Scout Notes

Kane makes immediate impact on Spurs return as Son breaks goal drought

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2-0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION

  • Goals: Harry Kane (£11.0m), Heung-min Son (£9.7m)
  • Assists: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£4.9m), Lucas Moura (£6.6m)
  • Bonus: Hojbjerg x3, Kane x2, Son x2

Kane and able

Harry Kane (£11.0m) made a swift return to Jose Mourinho’s starting XI in Gameweek 23.

Having injured both ankles in the Gameweek 20 defeat to Liverpool, Mourinho first reckoned Kane could return for the FA Cup fifth round or in Gameweek 24.

The Spurs boss then hinted at a comeback for West Brom’s visit, which duly occurred. Kane lasted the full game against the Baggies, despite an early challenge which saw him down and holding an ankle for a brief moment.

Kane also brought his shooting boots to the Gameweek 23 clash, managing more efforts (five) than any other player on show.

It was his fifth shot that beat Sam Johnstone (£4.5m), putting Spurs a goal ahead after 54 minutes. Kane also created the joint-most chances at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in Gameweek 23, while starting the move that saw Heung-min Son (£9.7m) double Spurs’ lead in the 59th minute.

Late rise for Son

Kane released Lucas Moura (£6.6m) on the counter-attack as West Brom sought a quick equaliser.

The Brazilian slalomed between panicked Baggies defenders before teeing up Son, whose shot had too much power for Johnstone to keep out – despite the keeper getting a slight touch before the ball sailed into the net.

Son was taken off well into injury time but not before he completed a late 30th pass. That, added to a pass completion percentage of 85%, saw him make a late rise up the Bonus Points System standings to earn two bonus points.

The FPL midfielder had failed to get on the scoresheet since Gameweek 17 and was delighted that his partner-in-crime Kane had returned to the fold. On his team-mate, Son regaled:

He’s so, so important for us. We know that Harry’s one of the best strikers in the world. It was only a couple of games but we missed him a lot. He came back and scored straight away, so I think this is what we need. When I play with him it’s really enjoyable – I miss him [when he’s not available].

Mou sleepless nights for Sam

Mourinho was effusive in praise of his players’ “compromise” after Spurs ended a run of three straight league defeats. He stated:

I loved the compromise of the players. I loved the effort, the determination. The clear show to everyone how together they are and how much they were suffering with the bad results. That, for me, was the fundamental thing.

In the first half we could kill the game, we had big dominancy and we had a couple of good chances. But the compromise of the players, for me, is the most important thing.

On failing to score in the opening 45 minutes, the Portuguese manager added:

Frustration, yes, but (also) a feeling of confidence. I spoke with the players at half time, maybe one minute. I didn’t need much more than one minute, there was not much to say apart from, ‘we are in the right direction and if we play the same way, for sure in the second half we have to win the game’.

Sam Allardyce, unsurprisingly, was less pleased with the outcome. The Baggies boss spoke before the game about his side’s defensive issues, which he felt came to the fore again over the 90 minutes.

I’m still facing the same problems ten games in and those lapses in concentration keep hurting us. Harry Kane being alone in our box amazes me but there you go. Son and Harry Kane have scored because of our weaknesses there.

Seeing Harry Kane in our box unmarked – that lapse at this level just can’t happen. We should be stopping that at source. Then we let them go from their box to our box without putting a mark on any one.

We scored, it got disallowed, we scored again and that was disallowed but at least we scored two ‘goals’ here. If we get the right service in the box we’ve got a man [Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m)] who can score.

Until we shut the back door better life is going to be difficult for us. This is it now, the window is shut, we’ve got what we’ve got. We’ve got to start winning games and we won’t do that by keeping on losing. We need an undefeated run with more wins than draws in it.

Every time I speak to you I’m sick about talking about conceding those kind of goals. It’s another night where I’m not going to sleep too well.

West Brom’s problems in defence bode well for Manchester United assets in FPL, with the Red Devils arriving at the Hawthorns in Gameweek 24.

Spurs’ next two games are tough-looking away trips to Manchester City and West Ham. Mourinho’s men will have Double Gameweeks in some fashion from Gameweek 26 onwards, though that schedule depends on FA Cup results among other things.


Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Davies, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier (Doherty 67′); Ndombele, Hojbjerg; Son (Scarlett 90+3′), Lucas Moura, Lamela (Bergwijn 73′); Kane.

West Bromwich Albion XI (4-5-1): Johnstone; Townsend, Bartley, Ajayi, Peltier; Grant (Phillips 68′), Maitland-Niles, Sawyers (Yokuslu 77′), Gallagher, Snodgrass (M Pereira 79′); Diagne.

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1,572 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tinear
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Digne
    Son Salah Bruno Gundogan
    Bamford DCL Antonio

    Steer Coufal Bissouma Mitchell

    2 ft 5.0 itb

    Steer to Pope and save another transfer to accomodate Kane next week is the plan. Gives me 6 DGW players.

    Any other obvious transfer needed?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Skogen89
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Looks just like my team!

      Thinking of doing Steer> Pope myself. Mitchell> Digne also an option

      1. tinear
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Can't do much about Bissouma and Mitchell. Thinking having some of bench fodders doesn't hurt. Saves me some benching headache as well.

        Mitchell to Digne on your side is a great move. Go for it.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      How can you get Kane if you're using a bunch of funds on Pope?

  2. Skogen89
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Martinez
    Coufal- Stones* - Cancelo* -C.Taylor *(?)
    Salah- Gundo* - Bruno - Rashford - Son
    DCL *
    (Steer, Dallas, Bamford, Brewster)

    1FT. 4.5m in the bank, thoughts on:
    * =Players with dg

    ?Will C.Taylor play both games? or even one?

    A) Brewster > Richalison
    B) Steer > Pope
    C) C.Taylor > Digne
    D) C.taylor and steer > Pope and Digne (-4)
    E) Grealish > James Rodrigues

    1. Pegboy
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I'd be surprised if Taylor got both, but one very possible.

  3. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Would you captain DCL or Sterling?

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I am going Raz captain but have chosen captains poorly over the past 5 gwks

  4. Make your own plans before listening to others
    Stormbringer22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Hi guys, hope you don't mind a question for the ones that have consistently done well in the game over the years and/or are doing well this season.

    How much information do you consume every week in the form of podcasts and articles before making a decision on your transfers at the end of the week before the deadline? Does you opinion often change because of what you've listened to or read?

    I ask because recently in the past 2 gameweeks I allowed myself to be deterred from my original plan and gut feeling by podcasts and that has cost me. Over the past 2 gameweeks I missed out on a 23pts and 19pts hauls respectively due to change of perspective due to podcasts. The week or so before that, I listened to my gut and was rewarded with 31pts haul thanks to my transfers.

    So I am just curious how much you allow yourselves to be influenced by content created by others? Maybe just looking at the stats on the membership page on here should arguably be enough to make a decision that is entirely your own and hatch a plan.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      1. Dont listen to any podcasts. (They know just as little as me tbh)
      2. Just read injury tweets on here, no articles.
      3. Play around with stats in members area on here(avoid RMT like the plaque)

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks Christina. I know you have an impressive record over the years. How are you getting on this season?

        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          ok-ish
          93k with Bamford(c) to go
          Benched DCL(12) over soucek 🙁

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            Benched DCL myself over Antonio (C). Owning Sterling brought me back in the game this week and am currently on 55 for this week with Bam and Dallas to go.

            Appreciate the input Christina, good luck!

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I always make my own plans. I do take in a ton of fantasy info for the week usually before I make a choice but the decision is always my own and it's in fitting with a larger strategic plan.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        So far this season, whenever I have stuck to my own plan I have done well. Not sure why over the past 2 weeks I allowed myself to be distracted by podcasts. Do you write down your plans ahead of the gameweek and all the podcasts and articles you read to make sure that they are not overly-influenced by that content at the end?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          No. But I usually do the bulk of my strategic planning the night after the last game of the week and before I listen to any podcasts.

          So that by the time I'm listening, I already have an idea of what I want to do. Going into a podcast intending to absorb that data with no idea of what you're going to do is asking for trouble. Because a podcaster's advice is always highly tailored to their team and not yours. You have different priorities, you have different money ITB.

          The stuff I'm looking for from a podcast is:
          - Differentials I didn't consider for the future (not this week)
          - Fixtures/injury news and the ramifications
          - Stats and analysis that could be decisive for captain (the only decision I tend to leave open until the last minute and probably why I'm so bad at it...)

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            Thanks Camzy. I always do go into the next gameweek with a plan in my head already and never go into in blindly. I find myself thinking about FPL whenever I have free time so there is always some plan hatching going on in my head!

            The information I look to get from podcasts is similar to the stuff you've mentioned. I guess the problem comes when a differential pick is very much over-hyped on the podcasts/articles and makes me reconsider my own plan in an effort to make that risky move for a higher pay-out. I have chosen captains poorly now for 5 gwks in a row, regardless of whether I've gone for differential or template.

            Appreciate your thoughts on all of this. Good luck in the coming weeks and the doubles! It will be fun navigating those 🙂

    3. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I never get swayed by podcasts/Twitter - I make my own captain decision way ahead of the GW in question and stick to it no matter what, my gut instinct is usually the right one.

      I do read them / listen to them in case I've missed any vital information re: injuries, DGWs, etc... but I will only really allow myself to be influenced with team decisions if I'm genuinely 50-50 on Player A vs Player B and the content indicates a really good reason to go for one over the other.

      You need to remember, FPL content makers get decisions wrong all the time too... e.g. even some of the most successful FPL managers of all time benched DCL this week.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks RoC! Good song that one 🙂

        I know ultimately we are all speculating and no-one knows the future with certainty (or uncertainty for that matter!) That is good advice to seek further opinions, etc when you are truly torn 50/50 between 2 players. Appreciate the input and good luck!

    4. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Play your own game
      Read the info but dont be talked into moves you not sure of
      Some of my biggest mistakes have come from this website

    5. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      After years of playing FPL my plan now is to try and leave my decisions until the end of the week, as close to deadline as possible.

      The other key thing with this is I like to look and think about my own decisions(s) BEFORE I listen to any podcast. Others people’s opinion will then either sure up your original thinking or make you consider an alternative. I have found that if you listen to others first you can just get an idea put in your head that is hard to shift.

      1. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Unlike some above I do recommend 1 or 2 podcasts. They can bring to your attention some news or stat you may have missed. Black box with Az and Mark is fantastic in my opinion.

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          I love BlackBox. I think it is my favourite. Thanks for the input!

      2. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        "I have found that if you listen to others first you can just get an idea put in your head that is hard to shift."
        So true.

      3. beetlejuice
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        That's also how I approach and it works.

    6. zeslinguer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I'm not a great player but I've noticed I score better when I shut out the noise and stop listening to others. I think it also depends who you listen to e.g. the guys on the FPL Wire pod have the finishes to call themselves experts, likewise some of the pro pundits on here with multiple top 10k finishes. There are a lot of chancers though so I think it's just a case of listening to those with proven pedigree.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Funny you should mention FPL Wire. It is their podcast that swayed me away from my original plans. I am not blaming them for anything in any way of course, they just do their job and speculate like we all do. I do enjoy their podcasts a lot but I feel like I may need to take a break for a while and see if my season improves.

    7. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Thank you all for thoughts. Interesting (and unsurprising really) to see that most of you that do well don't allow yourselves to be influenced too much by content created by others. I think I may reduce the amount of podcasts I listen to and follow my instinct a bit more. It has served me well in the past.

      Appreciate the input and good luck to you all!

      1. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Always make your own decisions. It feels better to succeed and fail knowing they were your choices.

      2. zeslinguer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        I would take anyone commenting on a website designed to talk about fantasy football who says they aren't influence by the opinions of others with a handful of salt. Why are they here then lol

    8. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      You get more joy out of making your own decision and it being the right one. I take advise on board but will always make my own decision

    9. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Not doing well but going to answer anyway 😛

      I dont really listen to any podcast or read many articles. Watching couple of guys talking about any topic for 1hr or more is not my cup of tea, no matter how interesting or informative it is. (10-20mins max)

      Injury or some tactical related article is what I would read at best. FFS tweets does the job in this case.

      I do fall for some stuffs every now and then, I guess thats how we are designed. But majority of the weeks, I try to reduce the incoming noise until my decision is made.

      Watching games and playing for fixtures is what I'm doing this year. Haven't followed numbers either.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks Holmes. Podcasts can indeed go on for a bit too long sometimes. Some are nearly 2hrs long! Good luck in the coming weeks!

    10. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Hi Stormibringer,i don't think someone must doing well or be a pro player to have a discussion with you.So i think that podcasts/fpl shows/and this forum are a really good thing in the community.I listen/watch 5-6 podcasts per week.I think the pleasure on podcasts/live fpl shows is mainly to have fun and enjoy your time and gather fpl informations that you will use when you sit down on piece of paper to decide by your own your decisions and your fpl strategy.The influence part is always in the game.All of us have some players that like/admire and follow them(i always follow some managers from Wigan2me league,some of them are usual posters here) and sometimes it's normal to not follow your instict or your study but go with someone else's opinion.This is normal and i find it beautiful.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Hi Wulfranian! Of course, I agree that this discussion can be for anyone who shows interest or feels like they have some good insight. Appreciate your input, it does offer a different viewpoint as someone who listens to even more podcasts than I do! Influence by others can be useful at times, especially when planning to make risky moves. As long as ultimately you feel like the decision you make is yours, then I suppose it is okay. Good luck!

    11. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Started consuming much more info on this site/comments this season as I am sat at home all day on my laptop working.

      It's been a help for the DGW's but I'd say it's sometimes more of a hindrance as you're exposing yourself to lots more conflicting views.

      One thing I am enjoying though is Andy @ Let's Talk FPL on YouTube. He's very insightful and his content is very good if you're not sure what path to go down.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        I haven't seen much of that podcast if I am honest. I may have a look and see if it fits with my intent to reduce the number of podcasts for the coming weeks though. Thanks for your suggestion and good luck!

    12. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I bought son(c)/Shaw in for a hit, took out Soucek/Robertson. Think I would have been persuaded not to on here if I put it to everyone last week.. And give me net 19 points by going with gut instinct

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Good moves mate and I think they made perfect sense. I myself got rid of Soucek a few weeks back and got Raz in against some people's recommendations on here. Has worked out well so far!

        1. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          I think you need to go with your own instinct but also it’s nice to get a second opinion. One thing I can’t stand is when the community gets blamed for someone’s own decision by being persuaded

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 21 days ago

            I agree. There are some people that log on during the match to complain that they didn't bring the player they wanted to bring (and who just scored) because someone told them not to. Grinds my gears that mentality. Ultimately, you decide what to do and you need to own it

    13. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      This season I've completely ignored any advice/suggestions from anyone or anywhere else and just made my own decisions.

      I'm having my best season in many years - currently 9k

      Understandably people will choose to follow the crowd on here or on twitter but ultimately you have to trust in your own thoughts and opinions.

      I am able to watch a lot of games though which makes making my own decisions a lot easier.

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Agree

      2. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        That is an impressive OR, well done! I am also in a position to watch a lot more football this year with the games being staggered and lockdown, etc. It helps a lot, I agree.

    14. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I rarely listen to podcasts. This site’s member articles/stats on Big Numbers and Captain Sensible plus TFT’s the review are sufficient

    15. SweepaKeepa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I consume hours of stuff until I find someone who agrees with me. Then I proclaim them and me a genius and log off.

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Love it! 😀

    16. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Make my own plans then will listen to the odd podcast to see if there's anything obvious I've missed.
      Sure there's probably more than a few out there who have just religiously copied Andy's team but don't see that as being much fun.
      Don't deep dive the stats as much as some of the "pundits" seem to as it often seems to be overkill.
      Context I do play more aggressively than most (taken 32 pts hits so far) but works for me, Currently around 3k. My only top 100 finish saw me take 76 pts in hits. Something I don't think many podcasts/pundits etc would recommend.
      Still a game so whole point is to enjoy playing it in the way you want to - not how others like to

    17. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Interesting discussion. I had my worst season last year (by a long way!) for a number of reasons, but I think the main one was I used twitter loads for FPL. Twitter is a bit of a bubble and you need to remember it's only a tiny number of players on there. I ended up getting caught up in the discussion on Twitter and making poor decisions and gambling on captains for example - something I would never normally do. I also listened to a lot of podcasts and I think I had information overload.

      This season I ignore twitter and barely listen to any podcasts (mainly due to being too busy but sometimes listen in to Mark and AZ). I've been on here a lot more and used the stats in members area quite a bit. There's some really knowledgeable posters on here but also a lot of trolls so you also need to filter a lot of the information you get on here as well. Overall there is so much info on FPL now that I think limiting the amount of information you take in will actually help you, it's worked for me as having a better season this year and enjoying it a lot more.

      1. BadgersBoys
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Couldn't agree more PB.

      2. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Sound advice from a national hero. I can still see that Romania pen save in slow mo in my head.

        1. BadgersBoys
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Might want to get that checked.

      3. im1974
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Ignore twit*uck full stop not just fpl wise.

    18. BadgersBoys
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Watching football and basing your decision's on that along with checking the odd stat is imo, the biggest reliant for picking your team. Watching someone play the game and seeing how he performs far out ways any stat you can find. Blackbox is the only podcast I listen to. Play your own game.

    19. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      1. Don't listen / read content in order to be influenced. Listen / read content in order to get ideas for further investigation or to get stats content to use (e.g. often there are people posting stats tables for free that use xG, xA, xGC data etc)

      The above is why I like 'The Review' that BigManBakar posts. He puts the stats up and I can use them to make my own decisions. He does include his own views, but that is easy to ignore.

    20. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Two words, cry babies. Grow up and stop blaming others for your decisions. I've been in a similar position where I listened to BigMakBakar and made a costly mistake. But I blame myself not BigMan for his advice which was based on sound stats.

    21. RoysCallerAnne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Podcasts are useful in your first couple of seasons to master the basics.
      Once you are comfortable with the game mechanics of price market/ using transfers/ effective ownership/ chip strategies ....

      then stay away from poscasts and stay away from FPL Twitter at all costs. Don't do RMTs on here as most respond with their own team in mind. Group-think is the worst thing about the FPL 'community'.

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        The again isn't this community the number 1 FPL league in the world?

        1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Both our Community Members and Open to All mini-leagues are currently in the top five in the world, and both have been number one recently.
          But that is based on the top five managers in each mini-league, not on the other fifty thousand.
          Most of the responses to RMT questions will not come from those top five managers, and they don't have as much time to work out the best moves for other people's teams as they do for their own.

          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            It still suggests the quality of advice is higher then other forums if the top 5 have made it to number 1.

            1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              The general advice from our best players is worth listening to, but it is best to make your own plans first before considering this advice.
              Other members of our community are never going to put the same time and effort into looking into the possibilities for your specific team as they do for their own.
              The top five managers in our mini-leagues are all in the top 30 in the world, but the median positions of managers in these mini-leagues are only 750k - 800k. The chances that the responses to your RMT requests are from any of our top five managers are vanishingly small.

    22. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I have always been thinkin of my transfer for next week, from the deadline. Sometimes even one week after the first one too. Usually listene to some podcasts, but not this season and i have done not that good so maybe i should listen to then again? I try to function on instinct and reasoning and often with short, medium term. When i do well my gut is stronger and when im doing bad then my gut be comes weaker and i waver and do strange things.

    23. zøphar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Something all 3 of us were quite clear on before starting the FPL wire, we won't be spoonfeeding. We merely present the information available and encourage you to make the best decision. There is no right or wrong way in this game

    24. FPL Froggies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 20 days ago

      What's important is to acknowledge that Twitter representes just a minor part of the players and players have the tendancy to brag and whine out loud but remain silent when things go wrong. So you get that feeling that the whle world is bitting you hard although it's just a minority.

      On the other hand I think it's a bit unfair to blame the outcome of your decisions on too much podcast listening. I mean, we are all responsible for our own decision in the end.

      What makes a podcast very valuable (bar all the info on fixtures, re-arrangements, data etc), is the DEBATE. You get different aproaches and insights from different players with different style of play. There's not a single great way to play the game, they are many.

      Also, don't be too result-oriented. You need to acknowledge that good decisions sometimes result in a bad outcome but always look back at what made you take that decision, not the outcome. This is particularly true with captain choices.

    25. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I see so many posts from people basically implying they would have got more points this week had they not listened to other's advice in some form or another.

      With all due respect, this post feels like a very sophisticated way of saying exactly the same thing.

      I imagine that you probably listen to podcasts, read comments on here, look at twitter ordinarily. I bet that on previous weeks where you "went with your gut", you did actually read comments/stats/advice and heard podcast comments that reinforced your gut feeling, and were therefore somewhat influenced by these inputs, but are now choosing reflect on those decisions as purely your own "gut feeling".

      These last two weeks, however, the points haven't gone your way and this may have coincided with times where podcasts opinions conflicted with your original plans. It was still your call whether or not to change your plans based on advice/opinion.

      I feel more comfortable playing this game if I "own" the decision. Yes I take on board loads of advice, but at the end of the day I MAKE THE DECISION.

      Finally, the luck factor means that even "correct" decisions/advice don't pay off. Always bear that in mind

    26. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I don't read any hot topics, or any of the comments underneath them.

      I listen to fantasy football YouTubes to help me get to sleep - really this time.

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Snow update from Leeds please, is it a blizzard yet ?

    1. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      🙂 . Jinx

    2. FantasyClub
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Forecast for Leeds is all just light snow

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      😆

    4. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I'm the other side of Leeds and it's just cloudy

  6. DeadStar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Morning all. Anyone in Leeds care to give a weather update? Followed by an hourly update from 4pm onwards? 🙂

  7. Rains of Castamere
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    With 2FT and locked on three City (Stones, Cancelo, Gundo), it feels like a good time to move to Sterling by losing Stones... not least because my ML rivals have Sterling and I'm 50pts ahead of them and I they will almost certainly captain him this week expecting me to be locked on the other three.

    How's this looking for DGW24?

    Areola(2)
    Cancelo(2) Tarkowski(2) AWB Maguire Coufal
    Bruno Sterling(2) Gundogan(2) Son
    Antonio

    More bench problems but AWB/Maguire at WBA looks like a clean sheet and possible attacking returns

    Bench: Bamford (ars), Soucek (WHU), Watkins (bha)

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I think you are well set-up. Unfortunate really with the bench but it is what it is. Nowadays benching big hauls seems to be an issue for many

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Like the Tarkowski pick over Mee.

      Looks good.

      1. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        I think he's got a goal in him soon

    3. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      cheers guys

  8. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Bench?

    A) Grealish (bha)
    B) Bamford (ars)

    1. tinear
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Bam

    2. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      B

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      B

    4. Im New Here
      7 months, 21 days ago

      B

    5. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Probably gonna bench B

    6. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      B done same to

    7. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Cheers all! 🙂

  9. Bonus magnet
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    choose 1.

    1.Barnes (vs) Liv

    2. James/Doucore DGW vs (Ful, MCi)

    3. Lookman DGW vs (Eve,Bur)

    1. Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 21 days ago

      2 or 3 anyway

      Possibly 2.

      I would expect some sort of a Liverpool response.

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Get James

  10. Fit_to_drop
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Advice needed please.

    I was halfway into building a bench to BB this week (did 2 transfers last week) that I am now thinking of backing out of.

    I brought in Pope and Rudiger (good single fixture) last week for DGW24. I was going to do 2 further transfers (Mitchell to Lowton, Dale Stephens to Lookman) and then BB all 4 this week (i.e. Pope, Lowton, Rudiger, Lookman). Have triple City in the team itself.

    But now having doubts about Burnley and not sure its even worth a BB? I could just use my single TF this week to simply swap Antonio for DCL, play him and Pope and forget about the BB altogether.

    Sorry for long post. Appreciate any advice given.

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Once you commit to a BB strategy, you have to follow through imo

      BB is worth around 15 points, you look good to get that with that bench

      Go for it

    2. End of King Wilson
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Lookman, when you bb ideally you want 15 players of dgw or some with great single fixtures, with preferably no teams against each other (ie lookman vs burnley def or dcl against city) because they would cancel out each other.

      Just to clarify, don't you have other single game week players in 24 to bench and play these on the bench instead?

      I've heard gw 26 still has a lot of unconfirmed fixtures so I'd wait for midweek to pass and decide again.

  11. The Hunt
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    A little anecdote regarding the vagaries of Fantasy Football. A guy in my work's league absolutely bombed in GW21. His weekly rank was well into the 7m's, he fell from 80k to 230k overall and he also blew the decent monthly prize we play for (for which he had a seemingly unsurpassable lead). He was distraught 😀 The following week his one sub was Firmino (2 points), his weekly rank was 100k and he got 100k of those ranking places back 🙁

    I shall remember this in gloomy times.

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      thanks for reminding that
      my rank is falling quicker than salah for penalty in the last 3 weeks

  12. Pchids
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Klich > Rafinha for Leeds DGW worth the transfer? Will have 2 FT that week.

    1. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Yeah probably

    2. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Yeah, one of the 3 best players that DGW alongside Bamford & Ings

  13. Gizzachance
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    thoughts guys 1 ft 0 itb (*dgw)
    pope*
    cancelo * rudiger coufal
    gundo*(C) ster* salah bruno grealish
    dcl* antonio

    bench martinez bamford dallas holding
    cheers

  14. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Would that be good for the next week or some changes for a hit ?

    Martinez
    Cancelo/Burnely def/Stones/Coufal
    Salah/Bruno/Grealish/Gundo
    DCL/Antonio

    Martin/Bamford/Justin/Stephens

    1. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Which Burnley def to get?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Mee

      2. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Lowton or Mee.

  15. jayzico
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Doesn't look like Kane is rising? Can this be true? 11 years at this and still a rookie. Sorry. I have exactly 11m in the bank for him.

    Pull trigger now for -8 or wait?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Wait

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Wait

    3. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Isn't his price locked 1 week?

    4. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Wait as in he won't rise? Can't afford 0.1 more

    5. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Kane is price locked for a week. You're gonna -8 to bring him in vs city?

    6. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      If you have a strong bench, then I'd take the risk.
      If there are any injuries, you will at least have bench to cover
      If you don't, then hold

    7. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      No way

  16. Baron Penguin (FKA Hadebayo…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Bus team prep - captain?

    1. Bruno
    2. Gundo
    3. Pope/Mee

    1. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      2

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      2

    3. 2OLEgend
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 21 days ago

      2

  17. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    I had a text off a colleague at work, mocking me for having DCL and Targett on my bench.

    Just looked at his team and he has Gundogan and Justin on his.

    I certainly made him feel like a reet goosberry.

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Practice what you preach.. Came back to haunt him.. haha

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      😆

  18. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    No BB left, FH left for gw29, may TC Gundo next week. If I can get a good team for gw26, when would be a good time for wc?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Not considering Kane TC in 26?

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Maybe, there's a possibility I may wildcard that gw and can't play double chip then...

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 21 days ago

          Gundo this week then. But if you decide not to WC in 26 Kane is a much better option.

  19. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    A) Martinez + Antonio
    B) Areola + Rashford (-4)

    Which scores more

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      If the same Antonio that appeared against Fulham appears, easily B. Otherwise A

    2. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Have to give Antonio the next game

    3. Levi's 501
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 21 days ago

      A.

  20. Openboxman
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Salah > Sterling for a week?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Short term is fine but long term meh... may have problems

  21. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Morning....just wildcard and TC left ..when is the best time to wildcard please?

    A.....25 / 26

    B....after bgw29 and really focus on final 8 weeks

    Thanks

    Martinez pope
    Cancelo dias chilwell coufal dallas
    Salah bruno grealish gundog soucek
    Dcl Antonio watkins

    1. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      B

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      A for me.

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I'm hoping b but the cup games and how my team is set up for 26 will decide for me

  22. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Pope
    Dias - Stones - Coufal
    Salah - Son - Bruno - Gundo
    Bamford - DCL - Antonio

    Martinez - Soucek - Dallas - Kilman

    2 FTs

    How’s this plan?

    GW24: Soucek ➡ Raphinha and save another FT
    GW25: DCL ➡ Kane and some other DGW transfer for 2 FTs

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Will you still consider Soucek to Raphinha of the red is overturned?

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Will you play Raphinha vs Arsenal? If you desperately want Kane then it’s worth it..

    3. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      looks good, not being suckered in for 2nd Burnely def or Digne to attack the leeds double which has more upside and provide better transfer flexibility after leeds double. very sensible

    4. SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      If you had enough funds would you do Antonio > Kane instead of DCL?

  23. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Martinez DDG
    TAA Shaw Cancelo Dias (Coufal)
    Salah Fernandes Gundogan (Son Smith-Rowe)
    Bamford Antonio Calvert-Lewin

    Only 0.6 itb

    Only 1 free transfer

    Plan A;
    De Gea to Pope
    Take a hit in 25 upgrade ESR (Rap or Harrison)

    Plan B
    Trent to Mee
    No hit in 25 to upgrade

    Plan C
    Double down Burnley defense -4

    Tempted to go with A as I intend to bench boost 26 also no WC

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I would wait until all FA cup games are out of the way so you have a better idea of who plays twice in 26. That may bring up new options for you, etc. If Burnley get a double in 26 as well, then C looks okay.

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        I’m not afraid to take hits but yeah I think patience is key this week with FA cup games..

  24. Lucky Z
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Martinez
    Dias • Mee • Targett
    Sterling • Gundo • Son • Grealish • Bruno
    DCL • Bamford

    Forster • Dallas • Struijk • Brewster

    7.5ITB, 0FTs

    Anything for hit?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Why did you do a transfer to early with 7.5ItB?

      1. Lucky Z
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        I like round numbers

    2. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Nice bank account.. No I think it gtg?

  25. Jellyfish
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    I have burned so many points this season by poor captain and bench choices. Antonio (captain) and Gundo on the bench has killed what would otherwise have been a reasonably good gw. Goes to show that however good our fpl squads are a lot of points are won and lost by our captain and bench choices

    1. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Not criticising you but interested to know your thought process in benching Gundogan.

      1. Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Its a valid question, and the simple answer is that with a wealth of options in my team he looked to be the fall guy. Antonio was an obvious pick and owners were just unlucky I feel. Playing Gundo ahead of Grealish might have been wise in hindset I guess, but a tough call.

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      yeah and captains more so, one of the worst aspects of the game imo

      1. Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        Yep - think its been my worst season for poor captain picks

    3. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      benched DCL this week ahead of grealish

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        captained antonio ahead of son and fernandes

  26. tibollom
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    would appreciate your help guys, got 1 FT and 1.0 ITB.. Not sure what to do here, perhaps Lloris to Pope?

    Lloris Button
    AWB Cancello Dias Mee Ctaylor
    Son Bruno Gundo Salah Raphina
    Bam DCL Watkins

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Button to Areola

      1. tibollom
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 21 days ago

        thanks mate, why ? Fulham arent keeping many clean sheets and lloris only has one GW

  27. jomikijiq
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    There's no point in planning so much right now when FA Cup can change the whole strategy for the next few weeks.

    Just for example - if United lose tomorrow Bruno becomes an easy sell after GW25.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      I agree.

      Seems lots of people enjoy planning all out for double game weeks.

  28. Sean
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    Didn't realise Kane was price locked, that really is ideal!

    1. Jellyfish
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 21 days ago

      Yep enables my planned DCL > Kane GW25 move with less risk

  29. Teomi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    What to do here guys?
    Any ideas welcome.

    2 ft 2,6 itb...

    Mendy
    Stones lowton Coufal
    Sterling salah Bruno gundo
    Dcl bamford Antonio

    Martinez raphina holding Dallas

  30. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 21 days ago

    How likely are Everton to have a DGW25? Or is that not even an option?