Scout Notes

Antonio proving West Ham’s chief FPL threat as Dawson bolsters defensive options

West Ham 1-0 Burnley

  • Goals: Michail Antonio (£6.3m)
  • Assists: Pablo Fornals (£6.1m)
  • Bonus points: Antonio x3, Aaron Cresswell x2 (£5.4m), Fornals x2

YOU’RE SO FINE

Michail Antonio (£6.3m) got West Ham’s part in Double Gameweek 19 off to the best possible start as he scored the only goal of a 1-0 win over Burnley.

The Fantasy Premier League forward was signed by 500,000+ managers in the build-up to the weekend’s action and he made an immediate impact.

The sale of Sebastien Haller (£6.1m) to Ajax had all but implied Antonio was fit and ready to lead the Hammers’ line again and his performance against Burnley certainly suggested that was true.

Not only did the striker find the net nine minutes into his first start since Gameweek 10, but he also lasted 90 minutes for only the third Premier League match in 2020/21.

Provided that can continue, Antonio can go on to become West Ham’s greatest threat for their appealing upcoming schedule, rather than Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) who did not muster an effort on goal on Saturday afternoon.

By contrast, Antonio has registered a shot every 30.2 minutes this season, the best of any Hammers asset ahead of meetings with Crystal Palace (away), Liverpool (home), Aston Villa (away), Fulham (away) and Sheffield United (home) – all after their second Double Gameweek 19 match at home to West Bromwich Albion, of course.

Crucially, as things stand, the direct competition for Antonio’s place amounts to none – until David Moyes can find a new striker.

Ademipo Odubeko was an unused substitute against Burnley but the West Ham manager has been unequivocal in his desire for reinforcements in this area.

“I’d like some pace and someone who can run in behind. Because Micky gives us that just now, and if we don’t have him through injury or have to rest him at any time, we would like that type.” – David Moyes

SCORES ON THE DAWS

West Ham’s defence is also looking ripe for investment ahead of those aforementioned appealing fixtures as they recorded a third successive Premier League clean sheet against Burnley.

That is something the Hammers have not achieved since September 2019, their recent improvements in this area helped by Craig Dawson (£4.5m).

The centre-back is yet to concede a single league goal this season, starting and contributing to a shutout in every match since Gameweek 16 and was also present for a clean sheet in the FA Cup win over Stockport County.

“(Dawson) has played four games and kept four clean sheets. If you’re a centre-half and you come into a team it’s like being a striker and having four games with four goals. He should be really pleased with his performance. He’s had to be patient. We’ve got competition for places like Issa Diop waiting to come in and Aaron Cresswell has played as a third centre-back for us as well. The competition is there. They’re setting the standards now. Sometimes you do have to win 1-0 in these games.” – David Moyes

It would appear that Dawson has nailed down his place in the West Ham back-four now, especially with Issa Diop (£4.3m) an unused substitute against Burnley and Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) self-isolating.

WHUBHA

Whether or not Dawson can offer Fantasy value of his own rather than boosting his colleagues remains to be seen.

The centre-back was a prolific penalty box presence for Watford during Project Restart but is yet to register an effort on goal for West Ham.

Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) and Aaron Cresswell (£5.4m) have nine attacking returns between them this season so they look the more likely to get returns at the other end of the pitch.

That said, the latter was spared an own goal only by the offside flag on Saturday afternoon and the pair combined for just one key pass.

And those without West Ham defensive coverage, especially for upcoming meetings with Crystal Palace (Gameweek 20), Fulham (Gameweek 23) and Sheffield United (Gameweek 24) could do worse than selecting Dawson for his attractive price.

BOTTLE OF CLARET

In failing to find the net against West Ham, Burnley recorded a 10th blank of the campaign, solidifying them as clean sheet fodder.

No team has failed to score in that many games this season as they registered their 28th 1-0 defeat in the Premier League, the Clarets’ most common scoreline in the competition.

That is encouraging news for Fantasy managers targetting their upcoming opponents such as Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City between now and Gameweek 22.

West Ham United XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Coufal; Rice, Soucek; Fornals, Benrahma (Lanzini 68′), Bowen (Yarmolenko 82′); Antonio.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; Brady, Westwood, Brownhill, Gudmundsson (McNeil 46′); Wood (Rodriguez 72′), Barnes (Vydra 63′).

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1,734 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Il Capitano
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Back 4 of Stones, Justin, Robertson and Coufal carrying my team this week

      1. BoleynWin
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Indeed, I’m sitting on 80 odd points with only one return from my outfield players. Strange gameweek

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Blimey, how many keepers ya got?

          1. BoleynWin
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I scraped a C in Maths at school and it clearly shows.

            Sterling & Antonio my only outfield players to return, so 2 rather than 1.

            Fabs, Dias, Stones & Justin the lads bringing home the bacon thankfully.

            There’s going to be some monster scores this week.

            1. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I know what you meant mate, was just being a knob 🙂

        2. Il Capitano
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Park the bus chip with 10 defenders would be nice for weeks like this

            1. Tambling5
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yeah, there could've some great compulsory chips like that! Pick a team whose players names begin with a vowel chip. Pick a team with no City, United, Pool, Chelsea, Spurs or Leicester chip.
              I like it!!

      2. Seamy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        75 (-4) after Baps.11 players left to play
        I don't know whether to feel happy or sad yet that I didn't TC KdB

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Happy since he didn’t even haul

      3. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        It is lucky that Stones got two goals. That is massive luck.

        But it is not lucky to choose the two most nailed defenders in the Man City defence.

        1. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Correct

        2. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Obviously we owners knew the risks with Cancelo, but the gamble was that he might get one or two assists two compensate the odd benching. But really hurts now, especially as I did Dias to Cancelo y last minute transfer on a whim when WC 'ing last GW.

        3. Granville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Of course it's luck. Got to say though I targetted Stones ahead of the other City defenders. He was just too cheap to pass up

          1. Seamy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Same. I targeted stones as it allows me to get Son back in 2 FT's. The other options didn't

        4. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Especially in a dgw

        5. Homer21
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Agreed

        6. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Exactly

      4. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        80 points with 15 left to play and Rival still 1 point ahead 🙁 🙁

        1. JabariParkersEyelid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          That's a great score nothing to be upset about.

        2. Blush Response
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Humble brag.

      5. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Stones, Dias & de Bruyne triple captain 🙂

        It's been a tough year so little moments like this actually mean a lot more and make you smile during dreary times.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Feels good man. Cherish the rare moments when FPL works out.

        2. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Same for me ... but Cancelo instead of Stones ... erm, you win.

        3. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Well done mate! Fellow Stones and KDB TC'er here!

      6. yalala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Is Zambia closed off to Britons?

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          People ask some barmy questions on these boards.

        2. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Try the foreign office for this sort of advice to be reliable, not the footy heads on here!

      7. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Early days but only having lost about 10k with no chips played and no KDB is about as good as I could have hoped for at this stage with a captain blank.

        Plenty of time left.

      8. Isco Disco
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        44 points from a single game...Wow!
        I have never scored more than 44 points in a single game...Definitely a good gameweek.

        1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          46 here. massive wow

      9. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

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          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

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          1. Ragabolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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            1 month, 13 days ago

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          • 2 Years
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          1. Ragabolly
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            1 month, 13 days ago

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          2. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

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            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

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        4. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

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        5. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

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      10. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        You dont triple captain expecting a double haul, you triple captain so he has two games so he's more likely to haul in at least one of the games. 7 points is a good baseline for him to haul big this week.

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Well said. You do hope they haul both times mind, but yes two bites at the cherry with good fixtures is the intention. Early sub pretty much confirms he gets the 2nd bite.

        2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          So you triple captained him?

      11. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Why was Zaha missing?

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          injured

      12. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        That Stones haul giving me fond memories of Alonso at Leicester away few years back

        1. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I sold him that week!

      13. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        This run of City clean sheets is insane. It's just not going to stop is it.

        1. St Pauli Walnuts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Even when defence was a bit ropey, never actually conceded that many chances it was just a case of giving up big ones with risky high line and then awful mistakes. Dias is quite the upgrade on Otamendi, I couldn't wait to see the back of him. That and tactical tweaks further up the pitch from Pep have made all the difference.

      14. bluee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Gonna lose in my cup tie to a guy with Ederson & Allison in his team...

      15. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        40k Green arrow so far. Not bad considering i took a -12 hit. 15 players to go.

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          253K green arrow for me, can all change though

      16. Booked4Dissent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Pieters + Justin —> Chilwell + Mitchell for -4 ?

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I would keep Justin.

        2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Get another city defender

        3. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          100% no

      17. Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Why is Martial still yellow?

      18. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Anyone on a century already mind sharing your team link?

        Just curious

      19. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        63 with 13 players left is slightly above top 10k average?

      20. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Stones, Ederson and Dias, that was a delight. 77 points with 16 to go. On bb mind

      21. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Exactly how lucky did Stones owners get?

        "John Stones accumulated more xG against Crystal Palace this evening (0.74) than he did in the previous two seasons combined (0.70)."

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Obviously extremely extremely lucky - he hasn’t had a shot on target in the league befor today.

          But there is nothing wrong with getting lucky!

        2. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Non-owner. I'm just chuckling to be honest. Can't even factor in for something like this!

        3. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Would you like some vinegar with that salt? 😉

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            So just because I didn't mention I own him, you assume I don't 🙂 cool beans

            1. HollywoodXI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              🙂

        4. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          This game is all luck, whats new..

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I think it's around 30-35% luck tbh

      22. Buck The Trent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        What’s the overall & 10k average ?

        Live fpl down for me

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          52

          1. TimoTime
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            for top 10, 39 OR

        2. yalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          52 39

        3. Seamy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          52.24 after hits

        4. Rocky FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          40 and 52 respectively

        5. HM2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          52

        6. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thanks all

        7. Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          52 and 39

      23. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Stones will probably become highest scoring DGW player ever?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Benched next match.

          1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            He will never be benched as long as his streak is ongoing.

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            You are not watching Pep interview live now are you 🙂

      24. Blush Response
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        On 205 with 30 left to play, any good?

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          James Bond (TC)?

          1. Blush Response
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Stones septuple captain!

        2. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Below average this week

      25. Rocky FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Whats up with Liverpool? 1 goal in last 4 games. Time to do the unthinkable and remove Salah?

        1. Reeker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Of all the teams to struggle from lack of goals. Need Jota back asap.

        2. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Yeah it's really worrying.

          Salah is just way too expensive

        3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Been severely burned each time I’ve done it. As soon as I do he unleashes his genius and hauls double digits.

        4. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Zambian witch doctor spell till gw 20 🙂

        5. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thiago has ruined their team with his slow and ponderous passing.

        6. gogs67
            1 month, 13 days ago

            sold him 2 weeks ago after him being pretty much constant in my team for 3 years, not regretted it so far!

          • The Tinkerman
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            He is likely to make way for Spurs assets for me in a few weeks. I also own TAA who will soon become either Cancelo or Dias.

        7. hullcityfan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Turned off the 2nd half as a Stones Dias opener but no KDB.

          Amazing result.

          1. hullcityfan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            owner*

        8. Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Those with an extra goalkeper or unnecessary playing midfielders/attackers/defenders in your DGW sides, how are you fixing your teams moving forward?

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Probably keep with all the covid uncertainty

          2. Rash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            No rush to remove

          3. gogs67
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Downgrading Zouma to Mitchell, so that'll free up funds, and I've a decision on the 3 playing forwards Kane, Bamford and Watkins will leave that till next week
              Might sell McCarthy as I also have Martinez

          4. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Repost. My team name last season was Taxi For Stones

          5. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            This game is a rollercoaster, started game week at 640k, dropped yesterday to 770k & after no KDB but Dias & Stones amongst others now at 429k with 14 to play 🙂

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              My goal was to get from 700k to top 400k this game week. 13 to play and at 490k now so should go according to plan.

              1. Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I've you get lucky, this game is 100% luck 😉

                1. Whazza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  If*

              2. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Good going should see 300k if not 200k with 13 left?

          6. HM2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Are people holding onto Zouma?

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Nah, getting another City defender

              1. HM2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I wish i could.. im maxed out on City

            2. Krafty Werks
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Saved the funds to get one of Cancelo or Dias next week.