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Planning future FPL chip usage around upcoming Cup postponements

Now we have reached the half-way stage of the season, the number of ‘dead teams’ is growing and it is left to the committed Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers to fight it out for overall rank as well as those all-important mini-league positions.

This season, things are slightly different, in that we have multiple teams already with games in hand as a result of postponements. This gives active FPL managers added complications when it comes to planning.

We have a better (although still not yet fully formed) indication of which teams are likely to encounter further Blank Gameweeks due to FA Cup progression.

We also have Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, who will miss Gameweek 33 as a result of the League Cup final, and Fulham and Southampton, who were due to play them that week.

Keeping abreast of the Blank and Double Gameweek developments will be vital for success during the remainder of the season. Many FPL managers will have already deployed at least some of the chips available (second Wildcard, Bench Boost, Free Hit, Triple Captain). If you haven’t, then that could give you a huge advantage over the opposition if used to their full potential.

I have three of my four chips left in play for this last part of the season – the Bench Boost, Triple Captain and the second Wildcard. In normal seasons the chips feel important, but this year they feel like tiny FPL rockets which can either skyrocket your season, or blow up before takeoff, leaving you reeling.

Bench Boost

When Double Gameweek 19 was announced, my original thought was to play the Bench Boost chip. However, as we entered the run of fixtures preceding the Double, we saw multiple matches postponed and players forced to isolate.

This uncertainty of players and fixtures put me off playing the chip. When a Gameweek lasts for a week it is impossible to account for the week that follows the Gameweek deadline and thus I held onto it.

Now comes the big decision as to when to deploy the chip.

So far this season I have benched 167 FPL points, where the player wasn’t substituted in to the team. This includes seven Gameweeks where my bench has scored more than 11 points (11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 18 again and 19 points). Given that I am 190 points behind the current leader at an overall rank of 44,000, those points are definitely missed opportunities.

Three of my benches so far this season

The success of my benches this season has made me consider playing my Bench Boost chip in a single Gameweek rather than a Double. My team structure this season has been to ensure I’m never struggling to get a full team out if games are postponed after the deadline or players are out on short notice.

The ramifications are there are always benching headaches and most of the time there are multiple FPL points sat on my bench. There are a number of Gameweeks coming up over the rest of the season where my whole squad looks to have the potential to return and a single Gameweek could provide me with an even better set of fixtures than for a squad I could build for a Double Gameweek .

Triple Captain

For the last couple of weeks leading up to the Double Gameweek I was planning to trust Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) with my Triple Captain chip. Most seasons my Triple Captain ends up being someone from the red side of Liverpool. They have been consistent in both their form and starts and always seem to provide a safe bet for the armband. Last season Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) had the privilege of wearing my Triple Captain armband and that was a success.

Why FPL managers should focus on the short-term this season

However, Salah blanked against West Brom in Gameweek 15, blanked against Newcastle in Gameweek 16 and again at Southampton in Gameweek 17. And he is now on a run of five Premier League matches without an attacking return. That suggests holding the Triple Captain was probably a wise idea for my team.

Unlike the Bench Boost, which could do well for me in a Single Gameweek, I will be looking for a Double Gameweek to play the Triple Captain chip. However, it’s not just about the Gameweek or even the fixtures, the form of the player going in to the week is vital as we are seeing right now with Salah.

While I wouldn’t be opposed to giving Salah the Triple Captain armband in a later Double Gameweek should Liverpool get one, his form would have to improve.

Kane and Son both return in new formation as Spurs breeze past Sheffield United 3

I think, unsurprisingly I know, I’ll look to Triple Captain Harry Kane (£11.1m) this season. Spurs already have a game in hand against Aston Villa which should have been played in Gameweek 17, and they will have to play their Gameweek 33 fixture against Fulham at another time, due to appearing in the League Cup final. Therefore, there will almost certainly be at least one Gameweek between now and the end of the season where Kane and Spurs will play twice.

Given Kane’s form so far this season in terms of goals, assists and bonus points I struggle to see myself triple captaining anyone other than him.

Second Wildcard

This chip has the potential to be the most important left in my arsenal. Playing the second Wildcard at the right moment is key not only for the immediate boost to points it can provide but also in terms of long-term strategy and planning.

The second half of this season will likely throw up some unpredictable moments due to the pandemic. It will also throw up changes to the fixture schedule as a result of the FA Cup which we as FPL managers will have to keep track of, especially as draws for the fourth and fifth rounds are happening at the same time.

My current squad feels solid for the next few Gameweeks at least without the need for any immediate surgery so the second Wildcard will remain safely in my back pocket until it is needed.

There is the possibility that we have a Blank Gameweek later on this season containing very few players we would want to own them long term. Having already used my Free Hit chip, I will likely look to dead-end my team in the build-up to that Gameweek, ensuring that I have a decent side for the week, and then hit the Wildcard to rebuild for the back end of the season.

At this stage my team value is up at £104.6m allowing me to access more of the highly valued players as well as keeping a solid bench. I had for a brief moment thought of Wildcarding around Blank Gameweek 18, however many of the players in my current team would have had to be sold and the value in them would have been lost too. While this may not seem important, it is if you want to buy the player back again as they cost more to own than what you sold them for.

Subsequently, it seems sensible to do this towards the end of the season where hopefully the situation with the pandemic is clearer and there will be less chance of postponements. This means I’ll be able to invest less in my bench due to team value being less important by that stage.

Legomane graphic showing fixtures through FPL Gameweek 25 including European commitments and Domestic Cups

I’ll be eagerly awaiting the FA Cup results in Gameweeks 19 and 20 and their impact on FPL Gameweeks to pick the perfect moment to play the Wildcard chip.

Final thoughts

We are coming to the most important part of the FPL season. This is the time where casual players often fail to prepare for the Blank and Double Gameweeks, or have already used their chips.

We also have half a season’s worth of knowledge and understanding on teams and players, meaning we can make more informed decisions. Early moves now for players who have the form and fixtures to last until the end of the season, or even better form, fixtures and something to play for can give FPL managers an edge on opponents.

Hold on to those transfers, don’t knee-jerk in players, and hold it out as close to the deadline as your nerves can stand to have the best knowledge of any changes to the Gameweek or the players clubs have available to them.

Most importantly, plan for those chips, but be flexible. The game is changing week-on-week and so too should our FPL strategies. I’ve stopped planning for the long term. I look at it and make decisions that suit both the short and long-term, because it’s less frustrating if matches are moved or players are unavailable.

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1,310 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Martinez
    Dallas stones cresswell
    Foden sterling bruno salah barnes
    Antonio bam

    Subs steer dcl saiss kwp

    Should i start dcl instead and who to bench?

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Gtg

      1. Gun gun
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Will u start dcl ahead of foden?

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      No

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Is this a WC- good team and a bit different

      1. Gun gun
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Nope is not, haa this my team for dgw and i got 114 pts.

  2. The Big Fella
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Is it worth a -4 to bring Gundo in for KDB and in doing so, giving myself a benching headache for the coming GW?

    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      No

      1. The Big Fella
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Succinct hahahah I can just see City hammering WBA though

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          You can?

          1. The Big Fella
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Yeah! 1 or 2 from open play/set pieces and then a pen when one of the 50 WBA defenders makes a stupid tackle in the box

        2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Don't think Brom will roll over and without KDB who knows how it will play out.

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            10 behind the ball for sure

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      No

  3. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Play two
    A AWB
    B Saka
    C Wilson
    D Coufal

    Have DDG and Creswell

    1. Going Home
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      B and C

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Wan-Bissaka and Saka.

  4. Gabbiadini
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone choosing to WC, post a BB to avoid further hits from KDB and revert $ on the bench back into the starting XI?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Dont do it

      Save the wc

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Yeh, I can get a nice team with a -16 (WC)
        But I'll prob just go to Gundo for a -4, as I had already generated some cash by trading Mitchell as I BB.

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Not worth it

  5. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Is there a chance that without kdb , gundo will sit deeper now?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Better chance he won’t be able to arrive unmarked in the box over and over is more like it

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      You never know, but I expect him to continue as an 8 alongside Bernardo, which makes him a good option with De Bruyne out.

  6. norab
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    As an owner of both Vardy and KDB and sitting on an OR of 56K it feels like these two replacement decisions are massive. Get them right and I can kick on to the top 10K. Get them wrong and it's sayonara back into the ether.

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I'm top 10k and think this is either going to make or break it

      1. norab
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Who are you considering Jonny?

        1. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Vardy to Kane deffos however midfield is Iffy feel either Maddison, Rashford and Grealish tbh wbu?

          1. norab
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Definitely Vardy to Kane. I'll also definitely use the funds from whatever MF decision I make to finally be rid of Brewster and move him to almost certainly to Antonio.

            Just gotta see how the FA cup goes.

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Kane Grealish seems obvious but that is probably for good reason..

    2. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Kane or Antonio easy
      MF is tougher..

      1. norab
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Never that easy

    3. Going Home
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Of those, I only own Vardy. As I already have Kane, and already moved out Taylor this weekD I won’t take a hit to get rid as nobody appeals this week. DCL looks good from next week though. Maybe Ings if they’re out of the cup and a likely DGW in 23...

    4. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Think I'm going to follow the advice of the FPL Wire guys and not overthink it. I'd like to get Gundo but we're not sure what's going to happen in that team, so Son and Kane for me.

      1. norab
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        I like that as well Phil, and it still allows me to move Brewster to Antonio.

    5. gogs67
        4 months, 22 days ago

        I have neither and am at 48K, Spurs pair and defence points have been doing it for me.

    6. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Which one to come into my team for KDB

      A) Grealish
      B) Maddison
      C) Rashford
      D) Barnes

      1. The Mighty Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        A or D

      2. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        A

      3. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        I’m on A or D; working through it

        1. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Why D over B?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            xG, xA from open play, prefer the scorer not the assister

            Maddison only really has set pieces... should not be as many without Vardy

            1. jonnybhoy
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Cheers mate

      4. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        D. Concerned Grealish on 4 yellow cards and Villa not yet played 19 games when ceiling for ban rises to 10 yellow cards

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Yeah I will take the kdb drop and get him after, good thinking tho

        2. Going Home
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          This. Villa still have a few to play where he can still get that suspension

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Wow thought they had 2 not 3... hmmmm

        3. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Good point will wait too

    7. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      There is no way Barnes outscores Grealish going forward does he...

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Not with Villa's game in hand.

        1. The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Not even including that.. will be a while before it’s added

      2. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Nah, can’t see it.

      3. Going Home
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Depends what period you’re talking about. Grealish very close to a suspension, which would dent his appeal

      4. gogs67
          4 months, 22 days ago

          I'm planning on having both in my team by GW 21

      5. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Vardy + KDB to who? (£0 ITB)

        Martinez Forster
        Robbo Chilwell Cancelo Dallas Coufal
        KDB Salah Bruno Soucek Burke
        Vardy Bamford Antonio

        1. Going Home
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Kane and Son say “”hi”. Maybe just Son this week and Kane next to avoid the -4

        2. jimmy.floyd
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Kane Grealish

      6. Going Home
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        With this front eight I’m good to move Vardy to DCL for free next week (bench this week), right? No need for a hit

        ESR (sou) Son (LIV) Salah (tot) Soucek (cpl) (B)runo (SHU)
        Kane (LIV) Bamford (new)

      7. McPollolocco
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Is Digne fit for the next gameweek?

          1. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Should be, yeah.

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              You backing your boy Grealish to improve now that Barkley is back?

              1. avfc82
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Yeah, prefer him on the left, at least for FPL.

          2. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Was fit for last one wasnt he..

        • Oooo Matron
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          A, or B?

          A) KDB & Brewster to Saka & Kane

          B) KDB & McCarthy to Sterling & Martinez

          Current team:
          McCarthy
          Dias Cancelo Dallas
          Grealish Fernandes KDB Salah Son
          Bamford Antonio

          Subs: Konsa, Dier, Brewster

          1. jimmy.floyd
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            B

        • Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          kdb vardy > sterling kane -4?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            I’d do that

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              cheers

          2. jimmy.floyd
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Yes

        • PP6
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          So if Southampton lose tomorrow they get a double in 23? Along with Leeds and anyone else?

        • Sloane426
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 22 days ago

          De Bruyne + Coufal > Sterling + Stones-4?
          Have to take the hit to do it as priced out next week.

          1. jonnybhoy
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Would take out another defender instead of coufal

            1. Sloane426
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Dallas?

              1. jonnybhoy
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                Yeh

        • jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Is Rashford over Grealish/Maddison a bad choice?

          1. UpTheCherries
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Wouldnt say so, maddi may struggle without Vardy and grealish could pick up a suspension

        • UpTheCherries
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          KDB to...

          A - Gundogan
          B - Sterling

          1. jonnybhoy
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            B

            1. TLF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              I'm curious, on what basis ? (See my post below)

        • Super Jack Grealish
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Martinez, Forster
          Robbo, Cancelo, Dias, Dallas, Mitchell
          KDB*, Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Soucek
          Bamford, Antonio, Adams

          1 FT 1.2 ITB

          A) KDB > Sterling
          B) KDB + Adams > Barnes/Mads + Kane (-4)
          C) KDB > Son (Then Adams + Robbo > Kane + 5.3 (-4) next week)

        • michaelington
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Will kdb drop in price tonight or is he protected?
          Sorry if this has been asked already a million times.

        • baines is god
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Wildcard team. I originally had Antonio and Targett instead of Brewster and Chilwell. But since I planned to have Antonio as first sub for the CPFC A game, and the only really good fixture for him I can see is in GW24, I decided to upgrade Targett instead. It would be nice to have a starting back up GK for when i bench boost as i don't have a FH chip but decided the 4 point on average loss not having one would entail isn't worth the 0.5 extra. (Let's hope a 4.0 goalkeeper starts playing)
          I'm opposing Spurs, their next 6 games include Che, Man City and Liverpool, and their expected goals (i.e a factual evidence based analysis how many goals on average they will score) for the next 6 games is less than 10.

          Any thoughts much appreciated. I've gone penalty taker heavy with Sterling as a differential. Opposing Spurs.

          Martinez (Foster)
          Chilwell Cancelo AWB Mitchell Strujik
          Grealish Salah Gundogan Sterling Fernandes
          Bamford Wilson Brewster

          1. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            WC so soon?

            1. baines is god
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              my current team is injury blagued rubbish sadly, drifting down the rankings

        • PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Would you punt on Werner starting?

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            his substitute cameos have been so bad i don't think Lampard can justify starting him. But he might re-introduce him at some point. See what happens this weekend

            1. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              But he was a good pick last GW?

              1. waldo666
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 22 days ago

                *this

        • Shardlow
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          McCarthy (Johnstone)
          Dias, Cancelo, Coufal (Dallas, Zouma)
          KDB, Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Soucek
          Antonio, Bamford (Adams)

          1 FT
          A. KDB > Son
          B. KDB > Gundo this week, Adams > Kane next week.

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            B

            1. baines is god
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              by far

        • TLF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          The numbers appear to be heavily in Gündogans favour when compared to Sterling over the last 4 GWs but I can't help feeling as though Raz might go on a mad one against WB, I'm tempted but wonder if I'm being swayed by price tag bias.

        • UpTheCherries
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          KDB to...

          A - Gundogan + Soucek > Salah next week
          B - Sterling
          C - Rashford

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            A just ahead of B

            1. UpTheCherries
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Cheers 🙂

          2. jimmy.floyd
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            A

            1. UpTheCherries
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Thanks 🙂

        • norab
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Will Vardy and KDB be protected from dropping?

        • Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          With a likely price rise tonight, gamble on bringing in Kane & Son now? Surely Mourinho won't risk his key players against Wycombe in the cup?

          1. TLF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            I wouldn't do anything until just before deadline, so much uncertainty in the current climate.

        • jimmy.floyd
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Play two...
          A AWB
          B Saka
          C Wilson
          D Coufal

          Have DDG and Creswell

        • Mitos77
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          KDB to...:
          a) Pogba
          b) Gundogan
          c) Maddison

          1. jimmy.floyd
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            B

        • dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Plan was Mané to KDB - would you
          A just keep Mané for Spurs game and then switch to Son
          B Switch to Son now

          Have Salah Robertson from Liverpool also

          1. McMurphy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Good question Legless. I just Googled it and it looks like NBC has the TV rights until 2021/2022. So I imagine the matches will be on the Peacock steaming service while NBC still has them. After that, who knows. NBCSN has done a bang up job since they took over from Fox Sports, it's been the best PL coverage we've ever had in the US.

          2. Warblers Fear Satan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            I read they'll stay with NBC and split the games amongst USA Network, NBC and Peacock. I'm pretty certain the Premier League is a huge moneymaker for NBC/Universal.

            1. McMurphy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 22 days ago

              Cheers Warblers. I hope they can renew after 21/22 as they've really been fantastic. If not I'm guessing ESPN will probably be in the mix to get it. ESPN+ has all the FA Cup and Championship matches which has been nice. It's never too early to start scouting for next year's budget gems!