Scout Notes

Rüdiger forcing way into Chelsea picture ahead of appealing fixtures

FULHAM 0-1 CHELSEA

  • Goals: Mason Mount (£6.8m)
  • Assists: None
  • Red cards: Antonee Robinson (£4.4m)
  • Bonus points: Mount x3, Antonio Rüdiger x2 (£4.5m), Thiago Silva x1 (£5.6m)

OUT OF THE BLUE

Rüdiger forcing way into Chelsea picture ahead of appealing fixtures

Ahead of an appealing run of matches, Chelsea kept a much-needed clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Fulham.

It was the first time the Blues had kept out a Premier League opponent since Gameweek 14 and only their second shut-out since Gameweek 11 – but the signs of improvement were there at Craven Cottage.

And, of course, defensive returns were bread and butter stuff for Frank Lampard’s men earlier in the campaign, with achieved five clean sheets from a possible seven between Gameweeks 4 and 10.

Based on Saturday’s win, the next few weeks could see a return to that sort of form.

When sorting the Season Ticker by defensive potential over the next five Gameweeks, no team ranks higher than Chelsea, who face Wolves (home), Burnley (home), Sheffield United (away) and Newcastle (home) between now and Gameweek 24.

While Wolves have managed to score six times between Gameweeks 17 and 19, they have failed to find the net in every away match at a side inside the Premier League top seven this season (Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester United).

Meanwhile, Burnley (nine) and Sheffield United (nine) are the division’s joint-lowest scorers and Newcastle have scored just once in their last four league outings.

Against Fulham, Chelsea did, of course, benefit from a first-half sending off for Antonee Robinson (£4.4m) but the centre-back pairing of Thiago Silva (£5.6m) and Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m), despite only making a second Premier League start together, mostly looked in control.

However, that fact does introduce the main problem for Fantasy managers considering the Chelsea defence: how to invest.

Between Gameweeks 6 and 13, Lampard deployed Silva with Kurt Zouma (£5.8m), Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) and Reece James (£5.1m) seven times from a possible eight but that consistency has wavered since then.

Injuries to his full-backs and minute management for the centre-backs have made Lampard’s back-four harder to predict of late and Rüdiger’s form has further complicated matters – although it does provide an opportunity for Fantasy managers looking to take a cheap risk.

Despite Zouma’s consistent presence this season, the German international has lasted 90 minutes in two of the last three Premier League matches, paired with Silva in each of those appearances.

Rüdiger went close to scoring a headed effort at the far post on Saturday too, denied only by a superb diving Alphonse Areola (£4.5m) save.

Considering that James was only an unused substitute upon recovering from his injury, and Silva has required regular rests this season, Chilwell appears the safest route into the Chelsea defence in the coming weeks.

That said, the £6.1m defender has seen a drop-off in creative output recently, registering just one key pass in the last four matches.

MOUNTING AN ATTACK

Chelsea’s attacking options offer a similar challenge to Fantasy managers as Lampard continues to shuffle his pack.

Timo Werner (£9.2m), who missed a golden late chance, Tammy Abraham (£7.2m) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.7m) had to make-do with second-half substitute appearances while Olivier Giroud (£6.7m), Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) and Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) all blanked.

The Moroccan international is becoming increasingly influential for Chelsea again, taking his fair share of set pieces before Hudson-Odoi replaced him in the 74th minute. He is still without an attacking return since Gameweek 8 despite making five appearances since then although he was denied from the edge of the box and hit the post on Saturday..

Mason Mount (£6.8m), who also struck the woodwork at Craven Cottage, has been a relatively consistent performer, and starter, so may receive some consideration. That said, his Double Gameweek 19 goal was a first attacking return since Gameweek 14 and his first goal, and double-digit haul, since Gameweek 3.

“I thought it was very apt Mason got the goal. I thought he was fantastic.” – Frank Lampard

But considering the wealth of options Lampard has at Chelsea, and the fact that finding a truly devastating combination has proved difficult with just one goal scored in each of their last four matches, we may need more time before a real attacking Fantasy option emerges ahead of those appealing fixtures.

That is especially pertinent considering that the busy schedule played a part in Lampard’s most recent team selection and there are certainly plenty more matches to come in quick succession.

“It was difficult and I was speaking about Callum (Hudson-Odoi) specifically because there has been an uplift from him recently. But Hakim gives us something different. I did have Leicester in mind and we will see how some do over the next day or two.”

Frank Lampard

FULL CIRCLE

While Fulham suffered a ninth defeat of the season against Chelsea, they continue to prove themselves harder to beat than some Fantasy managers might be led to believe.

Despite losing Robinson on the stroke of half-time, Fulham still held Chelsea at arm’s length for much of Saturday evening.

Their 1-0 loss means they have conceded either one or fewer goals in each of their last six Premier League matches.

The last time the Cottagers gave up two or more goals was the Gameweek 11 defeat at Manchester City, which serves as a reminder to anyone still targeting them as Premier League ‘whipping boys’.

Manchester United are among their next opponents, although Fantasy managers can do nothing about that match as it forms part of Double Gameweek 19, while Leicester’s Gameweek 22 trip to Fulham should probably not be seen as much of an opportunity as it might do on paper.

In fact, with Brighton (away) and West Bromwich Albion (away) two of the Cottagers’ next three opponents, Parker might fancy their chances of adding to the two clean sheets recorded in the last five matches.

“I thought we defended heroically and we defended very well. It’s a shame they got their nose in front but overall nothing but admiration for the way the team played.” – Scott Parker

Scott Parker

Whether they can offer the same level of attacking potential remains to be seen, especially as Robinson formed such a big part of their threat against Chelsea and Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m) will miss Fulham’s second Double Gameweek 19 match against Manchester United.

The left wing-back set up Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) in the first half, who was denied by a Rüdiger block, before spearheading a move that saw Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) spurn a gilt-edged chance.

“First half limited them really and then ten minutes before the sending off we were in the ascendancy and missed a big chance with Cavaleiro when really when your us, those chances need to go in. Sending off changes the game obviously.”

Scott Parker

That Cavaleiro opportunity was created by Kenny Tete (£4.4m) who has shown signs of promise since returning from injury. He has now started each of the last three matches in all competitions at right wing-back for Fulham and looks in good form.

In fact, across his last four matches, he has created more chances than any other Fulham player, despite only featuring for 286 minutes in that time.

“I thought it’s the best we’ve seen Kenny (Tete) today. I thought everything about him today has been first class. He’s an attacking full-back and at times in the first half, we saw that getting in the right areas. In the second half, there were limited chance to go forward and he has to defend and put a shift in for the team. Defensively he was very good as well. He’s been out for a long while and we’ve asked him to play two games in a short space of time, that’s where it is and we’re going to need him fully in the next few games as well.”

Scott Parker

Fulham XI (3-5-2): Areola; Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina (Bryan 83′); A Robinson, Zambo Anguissa, Reed, De Cordova-Reid (Kamara 83′), Tete; Lookman, Cavaleiro (Onomah 79′).

Chelsea XI (4-3-3): E Mendy; Chilwell, Rüdiger, T Silva, Azpilicueta; Mount, Jorginho (Abraham 65′), Kovacic; Pulisic, Giroud (Werner 75′), Ziyech (Hudson-Odoi 75′).

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1,148 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Party time
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Kdb will likely start vs Villa. Yeah??

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      i'd be amazed if he didn't. got taken off after 70mins as soon as 3rd went in.

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Of course. They need him 100%.

    3. Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Sure he will.

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Definitely

    5. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      It's Pep, but even so......

    6. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah, he will do. Likely to be subbed off early again if they are comfortably ahead.

    7. Party time
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Thanks all

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Can even see him play all 90 minutes and get rested in the cup.

    8. ameisin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Almost certainly. He'll probably get taken off early again if leading comfortably.

      And then get a rest in the cup.

    9. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I don't own him and therefore strongly feel Pep will rest him.

    10. pjomara
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I captained him but am hoping he's dropped with all the TC chips used on him.

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        There aren't that much TC.

        If you (C) a haul from KDB is good for you, no matter what.

      2. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        EO around you will surely be less than 200%. Should not be more than 120%.
        You will definitely benefit a lot if he gets a haul

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Get ready for a Lacazette brace tonight since I got rid of him for Vardy for a hit.

  3. Goonerly
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    How is this for a revised WC team? Need to change things up immeadietely!

    Martinez - Areola
    Stones - Holding - Shaw - Dier - Mitchell
    KdB - Sterling - Bruno - El Ghazi - Smith Rowe
    Bamford - Kane - Rodrigo

    Too much money on GK? Too scary with no Liverpool?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      No Liverpool is too scary. They will hit form soon.

      1. Goonerly
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah, but until then the City double up could work. And then it's nothing more than a -4 to bring in Salah

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Liverpool fixtures are Spurs (A), West Ham (A), Brighton (H), City (H) and Leicester (A). There's a great case for going without them.

        1. Goonerly
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Exactly!

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I'm not a fan of the Rodrigo pick.I think I'd downgrade one of the keepers or Dier to upgrade him.

      1. Goonerly
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        But to who? I've owned Watkins enough to never want him again. Antonio maybe, but fixtures not amazing..

        1. Pegboy
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Too early in the GW to tell, but if Antonio stays fit, he's insane value.

          1. Goonerly
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            The more I think of it, the more I like the idea.
            Cheers!

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Looking nice. I think Sterling will frustrate you. Prefer a second City defender. Someone like Dias can match his score and for half the price.

      1. Goonerly
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        True.. Maybe I'm too intrigued by the fact he will be a major differential in my ML, but Sterling has that explosiveness that I like. A second city defender would be great too though..

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      can you afford the big five ? something like this ...

      McCarthy
      Stones, Holding, Coufal, Targett
      KDB, Salah, Son, Bruno
      Kane, Antonio
      Forster, Mitchell, Romeu, Davis

      1. Goonerly
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I actually just about can... But for some reason, I just don't like my team looking like that.
        Appreciate the input though!

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Would you not think double City defense (close to guaranteed double CSs for 2-3 GWs) and double United attack instead?

      1. Goonerly
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        So Dias + Stones in defence (would mean losing Holding)
        And then Rashford + Bruno in midfield (losing Sterling)

        Could work very well, I suppose.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          That's my team at the mo

          1. Goonerly
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Thanks! That will even allow me to upgrade Forster --> Areola.

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Yep I will do that with COVID caveat need playing GK (3-4 pts per accidental week cover is not too bad). Plus FUL DGW in horizon.

              1. Goonerly
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Exactly. Will be well primed for next DGW with BB chip ready.
                Cheers Zico!

  4. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Cancelo and Zouma ahead of Stones and Chilwell in the scoutpicks.

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      FF is very easy with hindsight.

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Cancelo will soon have a Stones-like haul. At least his underlaying stats suggest so. Those 2 goals for Stones were definitely a surprise, but a welcome one for those that had him

      1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Yes but there will be another benching along the way too

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Absolutely. There will be a benching for Stones as well though, I am sure

          1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I cant see Pep changing that CB partnership for a while with the way theyre both playing

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Actually... I don't think there will be in the league until Laporte and Ake are fit and even then... There's no competition at the moment especially when they are playing as well as they are.

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              and playing CB at city can't be the most exerting of roles right now.

    3. dmfisher
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      if you follow the crowd you won't get to the top!

      My DGW team hauled 75 so far, refused to be drawn on the usual captains choices as I've almost never had success with midfielder in DGW & don't see why Creswell couldn't get 2 clean sheets..for 36 points...Stones was purely down to finance:

      GK: Martinez
      DEF: Stones, Justin, Cresswell (TRIPLE CPT!)
      MID: KDB, Fernandes, Son, Salah, Soucek
      ATK: Wilson, Bamford

      Subs: McCarty, Holding, Amartey, DCL

  5. jcr1997
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Thoughts on transfers? 1 free transfer

      Mccarthy
      Dias, Dier, Coufal
      Son, Bruno, Foden, Grealish
      Wilson, Lacazette, Vardy

      Fabri, Neto, Targett, N Williams

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        What are you thinking?

        1. jcr1997
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Got a few to get rid of gradually - Dier, Wilson, Neto, Targett....

            Would you save for a double FT the week after? Conscious no KDB but hoping Foden starts next game as he was rested yesterday.

            Maybe West Ham/City extra defensive coverage? or Zouma?

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Double City defence with their upcoming games sounds good.

            2. gogs67
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Targett's nailed on, villa got great run of fixtures after City, plus their double game weeks, great value, I wouldn't get rid of him.

          • ameisin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Get Foden out - he just won't play enough to make it worthwhile.

            Can you stretch to Barnes?

            1. jcr1997
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Yeah got £2m in the bank so could do that

            2. Pegboy
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Williams/Dier > Stones.

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Still think Cancelo's going to get that double digit haul and come up with a goal, assist or both. Hopefully against West Brom. Don't think people should be shipping him out just yet, he started 12 in 14 (IIRC) before this.

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              yes he is absolutely the better pick if you ignore price. Stones getting 2 goals is a bit of a freak (a lot of a freak).

            2. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              He ain't going nowhere. Keeping Stones, Cancelo and KDB until one of them gets injured or suspended.

            3. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Definitely. He is my top transfer target this week. Hopefully he delays his double-digit haul for 1 more game

            4. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Sticking with him, Stones and KDB. Walker didn't have a standout game yesterday so can't see him threatening

            5. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Yeah he looks primed. Last week he looked amazing.

            6. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Desperately need it now that everyone is going to jump on Stones.

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Any advice here?

            DDG, Martinez
            Stones, Cancelo, Coufal, Mitchell, Tierney
            Salah, KDB, Bruno, Saka, Soucek
            Vardy, Antonio, Bamford

            Can't do Vardy to Kane unless for a hit and not doing that for LFC game.

            Nothing in the bank and only 1FT

            1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              A lot of money on GKs imo

            2. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              I think you are well set-up. I would save the FT here. The one thing I would say is that there is too much £ in the GK slots

            3. ameisin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Save the FT - you're set for next week.

              Who you going to bench though?

            4. Pegboy
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Save a FT and then downgrade a GK.

          • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Is the dream of Leeds Soton in GW19 still alive?

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 25 days ago

              GW23 ideally where Sir Ingsy gets a DGW of Leeds and Newcastle

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Ings TC contender that week if fit

            2. tambourineman
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Shrewsbury update sounds like they're playing tomorrow despite their manager being in hospital.
              https://twitter.com/BBCShropSport/status/1351111139313266693?s=19

          • Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Matip coming back v/s Burnley will be huge for Salah (C) v/s KDB (C)

            Pray he starts!

            1. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              sh*t remains sh*t...

            2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Yes it will be. Pushed Henderson further up the pitch. makes a huge difference.

          • fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Best defender 4.1m or below?

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Mitchell it seems

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Phil or Grant.

            3. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Mitchell.

            4. Gemma817
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Mitchel

              • Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Mitchell seems first choice with PVA out of contract in the summer they may be looking to establish Mitchell

            5. Gemma817
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Any advice here?

                Johnstone
                Justin, TAA, Stones, Dallas, Mitchel
                Salah, KDB, Bruno, Soucek, Burke
                Vardy. Antonio, Bamford

                FT:1 ITB: 0m

                1. Pegboy
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  Anything in mind? From first glance, I'd save a FT

                  1. Gemma817
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      Nah, nothing really. Would like to double up on the City backline but wouldn't do it for a hit or by transferring out TAA. Matip is supposed to enter the fray so more CS possibility for TAA. Feel like TAA is due a haul too. So, probably roll the transfer and see if I can fit Dias with 2 FTs.

                      And Johnstone has fairly nice fixtures after City.

                      1. Pegboy
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Save the FT and reassess next week.

                        1. Gemma817
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Yeah, sounds like the logical thing to do. Cheers!

                    • Stormbringer22
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      TAA > Cancelo

                      1. Stormbringer22
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        or save FT

                      2. Gemma817
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          I really do wish to double up on City but not in the expense of TAA with Matip to be back

                          1. Pegboy
                            • 10 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            It's not worth a hit, so the only way is to ship TAA or wait a week.

                            1. Gemma817
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Wait a week it is.

                      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Totally lost here. Which are the expected DGWs and BGWs? Will 26 be the one to plan for?

                        1. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Yes, 26.

                          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            WC just before that?

                            1. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              I’d slowly get in the players. But I would say that as I’ve already wild carded. Definitely free hit in 29 though.

                            2. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              I wild carded in 18 to bench boost this week. I think that tactic will work even better for you.

                              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Yes. Thanks!

                        2. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          26 double and 29 blank I think

                          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Great. Thanks! Have all the chips. Will plan accordingly.

                        3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          26 very likely to be the biggest DGW. 29 likely to be the biggest blank week.

                          1. Rupert The Horse
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Thanks.

                          2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            WC before 26 and FH in 29 smart options then.

                            1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              That should work. 15 x DGWers in 26. Nom nom nom.

                              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Looking forward to it!

                        4. Inazuma X1
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          23, 26, 31, 33, 37 and loads more

                          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Wow. Lets see how it develops. And hopefully the fixtures are arranged well in advance for us to plan well.

                      4. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Early thoughts for next week? Thinking save FT, all chips available:

                        McCarthy
                        Cancelo | Stones | Cresswell
                        KdB | Bruno | Son | Grealish
                        Kane | Antonio | Bamford

                        Steer | Soucek | Dallas | Mitchell

                        0.3ITB

                        Thanks

                        1. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          That is a big fat steaming stinking save.

                        2. aleksaa2
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Save

                        3. Stormbringer22
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          If I have ever seen a most clear save FT, this is it 🙂 Excellent team

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Thanks all

                        4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Save

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Cheers mate

                        5. Super Saints
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          You don't need advice from me mate, you're absolutely flying, that rank with no chips used lol!

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Lucky season bro!

                      5. Inazuma X1
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        How is this team looking for next GW? Should I make any changes to the starting XI and the bench?

                        1 FT 0.1 ITB

                        Martinez
                        Coufal Stones Dallas
                        Salah KDB Bruno Grealish Soucek
                        Kane Ings

                        Forster Holding Mitchell Davis

                        1. Holmes
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          nope, g2g

                          1. Inazuma X1
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Thanks

                        2. Stormbringer22
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Save

                        3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Save

                        4. Inazuma X1
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Cheers all

                        5. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Looks like a comfortable save so long as Ings is ok

                      6. FPL Kaka
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Is Chillwell still good option?

                        Can get him back easily by ditching my Mane and Salah double up

                        1. Stormbringer22
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Keep if you've got him, but I wouldn't be rushing to get him in. City defence double-up the priority at the moment

                        2. Pegboy
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Fixtures are pretty good, so no point shipping.

                        3. Brosstan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Very happy to own him. Feels like a bigger diff now than he was pre dgw/blank

                      7. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Easy save here, right? 1 FT and 0.3 ITB

                        Martinez
                        Stones James Coufal
                        Salah KDB Bruno Son Soucek
                        Vardy Bamford

                        Steere Holding Mitchell Davis

                        1. aleksaa2
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Yes, save it

                      8. dbeck
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Are we anticipating Sam Johnstone to play vs West Ham?

                        1. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Yes

                        2. g40steve
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Yep, he posted he was back in training

                        3. dbeck
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Cheers, i saw that but wondered if that was training alone or if he was out of isolation

                      9. ViperStripes
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Well the last minute switch from TC KDB > Bench Boost has been a disaster.

                        Johnstone didn't play and Button played (that transfer I took a hit for)
                        Bailly - didn't play
                        Zouma - didn't play
                        Cancelo - 1pt (have had him several weeks so Stones wasn't in the frame and didn't want to triple up any team with Covid havoc)
                        Dallas - got f'all
                        Bamford - didn't score either as my other only SGW player.

                        At least Wood > Antonio seems to be working out so far.

                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          It has been a GW of chances. I think doubles do that to you. I did Kane + Ampadu to Vardy + James for -4. Kane scored, Vardy did not. Vardy hobbled off. James did not feature. In hindsight should have just done Ampadu to Dawson that I had originally planned.

                        2. Hotdogs for Tea
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          rage quit ? 😉

                          I had 24 (-4) in GW16 with 7 no shows and no captain or vc ... keep the faith, dust yourself down and live to fight another day 🙂

                        3. ViperStripes
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          It's the TC > BB and Keeper swap that are really annoying, all the others were good moves.

                      10. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Bournemouth sign Jack Wilshere. Bugger. I’ve already used my transfer.

                      11. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Bruno vs Blades should be an obvious captain pick even with the current lack of form, right?

                        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          West Brom has been conceding quite a few!

                        2. thegaffer82
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          He’s captain in my team right now.

                          See how he goes on in the next game

                        3. HMC
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Definitely, however if form has dropped due to fatigue I wouldn’t be surprised if he sat out this match

                      12. Rinseboy
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        I have Stones Dias Sterling.

                        Do I now
                        A - Stick
                        B - get KdB for Sterling -4
                        C - Switch Salah to KDB and lose Dias for a -4?

                        1. Gemma817
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            A

                          • aleksaa2
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            A

                          • Super Saints
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            A

                          • Rinseboy
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            thanks all

                        2. Inazuma X1
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Does Wolves concede a lot of set piece goals?

                          1. Miguel Sanchez
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            They didn’t but something has changed since moving to 4 at the back

                        3. thegaffer82
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Fair bit of self-loathing and consternation on the boards this morning regarding the Stones haul.

                          If I didn’t own him, I definitely wouldn’t be beating myself up over it. I bet Stones doesn’t get another brace for the rest of his entire career.

                          There was zero way you could have known. If you got Cancelo instead, again, it’s a good move (and he is still a better pick than Stones), you were just unlucky.

                          At the end of the day, as much as we try, we can’t see the future. And luck can be a bitch!

                          GL for the rest of the GW everyone!

                          1. Holmes
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            true that...

                          2. Brimble82
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Well said.
                            And in comparison to the self-loathing, there’s a lot of unjust smugness from Stones owners.
                            I brought him in this week, but am more than happy to admit... it was only because I couldn’t afford Dias. Not for John’s attacking potential (sorry John).

                            Best City defensive picks still stands as: Dias, Cancelo, Stones - in that order.

                            #canceloisdue

                            1. HMC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Don’t mean to be smug below, but I own Dias as well
                              Expensive backline due to lack of viable forwards

                              1. Brimble82
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Don’t think that was smug.
                                I was more referring to certain users who make out that they brought Stones in because ‘they knew’ that score was coming.

                                Gold plated BS.
                                I spend a fair amount of time on my team, but am the first to confess when I get lucky.
                                Last night, Stones owners got lucky (not as lucky as Stones, Dias, KDB owners!), I’m hoping that on Weds, us patient Cancelo owners are next in line!

                            2. Gemma817
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Same, I got in Stones this week for a hit.. But just because I couldn't afford Dias

                              • thegaffer82
                                • 9 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                I second that sentiment too. I brought Stones in this week but I was thinking maybe 12 points plus a bonus or two was max. It was Salah in that was the main transfer for me

                                1. Brimble82
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 25 days ago

                                  Ah Mo... why do you mock us so!
                                  Let’s hope the ‘Palace Mo’ turns up against Burnley on Thurs.

                              • Camzy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Should be looking to streamline your team as much as possible. I think Stones is superior to Dias purely because of price. Their attacking threat is similar enough to not be worth paying extra for Dias imo.

                                Cancelo > Stones > Dias.

                                1. Brimble82
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 25 days ago

                                  Interesting.
                                  Always value your opinion Camzy, and maybe my comment was more on ‘football’ rather than FPL.
                                  I have Cancelo&Stones and am pretty happy with not owning Dias.

                                  And yes, as for ‘streamlining my team’, next week I will have a bench of;
                                  Forster-Mitchell-Brewster-Davis

                                  I may well be the most acute protagonist of ‘streamlining’ in these parts!!!

                              • FPL.team
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Agreed. If Dias and Stones were the same price I'd have Dias right now and not Stones.

                            3. HMC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Very true however with such a score it’s a good forum to vent!
                              Personally I swapped Taylor for Stones as part of a -12 bench boost and feel it’s already paid off (sold DCL too).
                              I was hoping for ~15 points across the 2 games

                            4. Ajax Hamsterdam
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              I am personally not keen on posting great scores.not everyone on forum will have done so well and it could be quite demoralising for some individuals, I know it's only a game but obviously some take it more seriously than others. Also I have the feeling some managera post only their success stories , not so much their failures. Just my thoughts 🙂

                              1. Brimble82
                                • 2 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Concur.

                              2. FPL.team
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Agreed. I only ever post my bad scores for that reason to try and balance the hysteria on this site out a bit.

                            5. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Lol I went for stones over cancelo to have cash in the bank. Loving the haul but it's not a genius move on my part.

                          3. Inazuma X1
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Expecting Holding to match Stones tonight!

                            1. thegaffer82
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              He will match him in minutes played 🙂

                            2. Brimble82
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              I own the receding beast myself, used RB’s ‘what if’ to see what would happen if it was 0-0 (with Tierney still missing) and Holding getting max BPS.
                              The results are pleasing!

                              (Obvs results are different for each user based on OR)

                          4. Ajax Hamsterdam
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Who do you think is the best keepe to get now until the end of the season? Lloris or Martinez because of extra games ? Areola cheap and extra games too? Thanks

                            1. aleksaa2
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Emi imo

                            2. dbeck
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Areola looks the best cheapie, however i am seeing the bigger teams become better at the back, and as the league becomes tight i can see that trend continue. (I dont have data to back this up) so if i was looking for a GK change i'd go premium.

                              I am on Ederson atm and want to keep between now and end of season

                              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                • 6 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Good point cheers

                              2. FPL.team
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Trouble with premium keepers is they block their other assets. I'd much rather Stones, Dias, Cancelo over Ederson for cheaper. They rarely get bonus in top teams either which is why cheap keepers are normally so good.

                            3. thegaffer82
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Martínez

                            4. Holmes
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Martinez or McCarthy will do the job.

                            5. Ajax Hamsterdam
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Thanks all. I think I only had 2 cs this season with gks so need to get it right !!

                          5. Sgt Frank Drebin
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Why such things as Stones' 21 pointer never happen to me...

                            1. Rupert The Horse
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Did you not have Chilwell or TAA for their big hauls?

                              1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Only TAA last year. Usually I'm 1 GW late for the party

                          6. Weasel Boy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            36 -4
                            11 to play including Vardy*.

                            Not looking great.

                            1. dbeck
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              A lot of players still to go, can still turn it around

                            2. Super Saints
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              You're only missing Stones, unlucky

                            3. thegaffer82
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              That sucks.

                              Stones haul has created a situation where there are a few ‘haves’ and a load of ‘don’t haves’ in my ML.
                              And the difference between them is stark!

                              1. Weasel Boy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Yeah
                                My Rivals have stones and got 70+ points.
                                🙁

                          7. Saïss doesn't mat…
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Pain is when your fh team, which had stones, resets back to your normal team... which has cancelo

                            1. Holmes
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              much better, you can enjoy the present as well as future...

                            2. thegaffer82
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              That is unlucky / harsh.

                              Hopefully Cancelo can go big v’s West Brom

                          8. Super Saints
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Nearly inside 100k for the first time all season! Would you start Dallas or Holding? I want to save this week then find a way to get Kane.

                            Martinez
                            Stones Coufal Holding
                            Salah KDB Bruno Son Grealish
                            Bamford Antonio
                            Johnstone Dallas KWP Brewster

                            1. aleksaa2
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Dallas, no way we are getting a CS against SOU.

                              1. Super Saints
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Yeah agree to be honest and he has more attacking threat than Holding

                            2. Camzy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Wow we literally have the same team.

                              Only differences are a few defenders:

                              Holding = James
                              KWP = Mitchell
                              Brewster = Davis

                              My tentative plan is to save some FTs and get Kane in GW23 by ditching Salah or Bruno.

                              1. Super Saints
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Yeah Kane seems much better value than Salah right now, hoping I can afford to get Robertson some how after I've ditched Salah for Kane

                                1. Camzy
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  2 months, 25 days ago

                                  I have no interest in Robertson. He's really expensive and that budget is important for getting 4 big hitters which I think is necessary this season.

                                  I intend to juggle 4 of Salah, KdB, Fernandes, Son, Kane and Vardy all season and having Robertson will typically prevent that from being possible.

                                  1. Super Saints
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 25 days ago

                                    Not at all mate, you could have something like the below with money left over!?

                                    Martinez
                                    Robertson Stones Coufal
                                    KDB Bruno Son Grealish Soucek
                                    Kane Bamford
                                    Johnstone KWP Dallas Brewster

                                    1. Camzy
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 10 Years
                                      2 months, 25 days ago

                                      I could... But I think I will want Salah at some points this year, and this team will struggle to get there.

                            3. thegaffer82
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              I think I’m gunna do Holding > Shaw this week and play him for GW20. Might be a move you may consider too?

                              1. Super Saints
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Thank you, I wouldn't consider Shaw personally but I do have my eye on Justin.

                          9. Catastrophe
                            • 10 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            What's the consensus on Vardy? Ship? I have 0FT and 0.1M leftover to pull the trigger on Vardy -> Kane which presumably will need to happen before the next deadline - is it worth the hit?

                            Martinez
                            Dias, Stones, Coufal
                            Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Son, Soucek
                            Vardy, Bamford

                            (Steer, Mitchell, Brewster, Douglas)

                            Cheers

                            1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Out of all the premium assets vardy is the one I want the least.

                              1. Catastrophe
                                • 10 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Same. It feels like a no-brainer to go for Kane. Leaves me with little flexibility going forward, mind.

                            2. hullcityfan
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              Hold until Leeds at home in GW21 - could be a massive Vardy party there (14 points in away fixture).

                              1. hullcityfan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Plus Kane has Liverpool next week

                              2. Catastrophe
                                • 10 Years
                                2 months, 25 days ago

                                Cheers. Kane has Brighton away that week also which is a pretty nice fixture. These niggling injury concerns re: Vardy are worrying me!

                            3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 25 days ago

                              I have exactly the same playing 11 apart from Dias. I am planning to keep Vardy till Fulham. Kane plays WBA the week after. Will bring him back for that.