Pro Pundits - Simon

Double or triple-up? How much trust should FPL managers put in one club?

It could be argued that the question of whether it is better to centralise or decentralise control or resources has caused more conflict than any other throughout history as it does, after all, underpin almost all political debate.

At the core of these discussions exists the balancing of some very disparate beliefs, priorities and ideologies such as flexibility versus efficiency and individualism versus collectivism. Since, as we already know, Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is a powerful metaphor for life in general (or perhaps vice-versa), it is not, itself, absent of these tensions.

Within an FPL context, the clearest manifestation of this question is whether it is better to focus your squad selection on players from just a few teams or to spread that selection across many teams. This is the question that this article will seek to address.

The Case for Centralisation

Centralisation in an FPL context begins to occur when more than one player is selected from an individual Premier League team. Given that three players per team is the maximum in this respect, the highest level of centralisation would involve 15 players being selected from just 5 teams.

What are the advantages of this method?

First, by limiting your player selection to fewer teams, it reduces the number of teams you have to research. This permits you more time for analysis and, thus, an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of individual teams. Typically in FPL, the more you understand a team, their line-ups, patterns of play, set-piece takers, general strengths and weaknesses, the better-informed your decisions relating to their players can be.

It also means you can assess their fixtures and overall team form more easily. As with engine mechanics, the fewer the moving parts in FPL planning, the greater the overall efficiency.

There is also a ‘multiplier effect’ associated with picking several players from an individual Premier League team. For example, if you owned three Manchester City defenders, one clean sheet could be worth at least 12 points whereas, if your defenders came from three different teams, you would need each of these teams to keep a clean sheet in order to score the same amount, an outcome that is objectively less likely to occur.

Equally, if an individual team is scoring a lot of goals, it may well pay to maximise your coverage of their attacking assets. Not only will this give you access to a potentially strong supply of attacking points, it will increase the likelihood that you own at least one of the players generating them.

A key problem with the centralised strategy, however, is that it reduces flexibility. If, for example, you had three Man City defenders and wanted to bring Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) in, achieving this would involve at least two transfers.

The spend balance throughout your team will also be dictated by the relative pricing of individual teams. Three Man City defenders would involve more money spent in defence than, say, three Burnley defenders. This will have a knock-on effect on spend elsewhere and potentially reduce options for alternatives should you want to swap one out.

The Case for Decentralisation

Decentralisation, in an FPL context, would mean spreading out your player selection across a wider range of Premier League teams, the maximum, of course, being 15.

One key aspect of the decentralised approach is that it is less likely to produce extreme outcomes. Similar to how, in probability equations, the introduction of more variables typically reduces the odds of a particular outcome, utilising players from a wider range of teams is both less likely to produce a huge score and less likely to produce an absolute stinker.

You can observe this effect in practice by checking out the highest points scorer on the Official FPL site at the end of each Gameweek. These teams will almost always lean more towards a centralised rather than decentralised composition, with more players selected from a fewer number of Premier League teams.

Decentralisation reduces the risk of a blow out because it spreads that risk across a wider range of teams. Using again the example of the three Man City defenders from above, one goal conceded would wipe out all three cleans sheets. With defenders from three different teams, three goals would need to be conceded for the same outcome to occur. From a purely quantitative perspective, three events of a particular type will almost always be less likely to occur than just one.

From an attacking perspective, a decentralised FPL squad can tap into attacking returns from a wide number of teams, reducing the impact that opposition or team form might have on your likelihood to score points.

If you only had one attacking player from a team, statistically-speaking your odds of owning the player who scores the points is low compared to if you owned three. You also cannot score multiple points from a single goal (i.e. if you own both the scorer and the assister of a goal), meaning that you will typically need more goals to be scored in general than a more centralised team.

This effect can, of course, be mitigated based on who you select. For example, if you own Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) or Jack Grealish (£7.8m), there’s a good chance you will profit from a large proportion of Manchester United or Aston Villa goals, given their high levels of scoring involvement.

Finally, while a decentralised FPL squad featuring many individual Premier League teams will usually be more work to manage as it requires analysis of more sources of information (e.g. looking at team news for up to 15 teams instead of as few as 5), you are far more insulated against FPL’s more unexpected ‘black swan’ events. These can include the cancellation of a match or unexpected results (e.g. Liverpool losing successive home games to Burnley and Brighton) or the general dip in form from an individual team.

Conclusion

Ultimately, whether you choose a centralised or decentralised strategy is likely to depend on your approach to playing FPL in general. If you prefer more consistent scores (“dullard”), you are more likely to opt for a decentralised approach where the risk is spread more widely and, thus, somewhat mitigated. If you are willing to put up with the occasional blowout Gameweek in order to achieve some huge scores (“maverick”), you are more likely to lean towards a centralised approach which, due to its narrow focus, will produce more extreme results. Both, of course, still rely on the qualitative element of you picking the right individual players.

I’ve personally typically leaned towards the decentralised approach as my goal is generally to try and accumulate consistent scores over the course of a season (I also think it’s usually more fun to have players spread across different teams – particularly if you’re watching the matches) but I’d suggest that, if you are struggling towards the end of a season, adopting a more centralised strategy might be worthwhile as a final throw of the dice. At that point, extreme results may well be what you need and you don’t really have much to lose by trying it.

One final note; the tendency of a centralised approach to produce extreme results is also very often evident in daily fantasy sport games where the best scores almost always come from those managers who focus their selections on just a few teams and happen to nail it that Gameweek. I’d expect that their average scores are usually lower than a player who might adopt a more decentralised approach but, in that environment where it’s all about individual gameweek scores, that really doesn’t matter.

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471 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Play up Pompey

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Actually read the article now too: talisman attackers and double up defs in strong teams.

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

      FPL

      Fantasy
      Premier
      League

      Not FLO

      Fantasy
      League
      One

      1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Proof that Pompey fans still think they're Premier League!

        1. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          I support Pompey. I know we're not Premier League.

          Proof suggests there's some kind of theory that we think we are, which is a strange one.

        2. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Don't support Pompey.
          Went to see Mary Rose and HMS Victory once though.

  2. internal error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    If Antonio and DCL are ruled out and you own both, are you bringing in a replacement? I am looking at Cavani

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      If I were in that situation, I would just buy Ings now.

      1. internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I'm wildcarding in 25 so I will probably bring him in then

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Fair play. Then yeah, can easily see Cavani netting a brace at the weekend.

          Or if DGW is your bag, then Richarlison might be worth a punt.

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

      Might take the punt, though it would be for a hit. WBA is the team to target

    3. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Like the Cavani pick if you're wildcarding in 25.

    4. Matjes_taet
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Richarlison

  3. Tango74
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Now Wilson out, lots of WC this week ?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        For Wilson, I wouldn't have thought so.

        1. Tango74
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Well most people have

            Wilson Antonio FCL,Pope Dias Justin,james

            And Gundogan going to DM now

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

              What does DM mean re Gundo?

              1. Tango74
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Defensive midfielder, sit in front of back four

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

                    Ah, got ya. Thanks. Don't you think though that Fernandinho will play DM rather than their best attacking mid?

                    1. Tango74
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        https://www.mancity.com/news/mens/pep-guardiola-reacts-to-manchester-city-s-3-1-win-over-swansea-63748584

                        Fernan and Rodrigo both doubts, like others I have those players :(. But I do always have playing bench

                • Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  A couple of those will possibly play so depending on the bench, I'd rather hold on another week (or two)

                  1. Tango74
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      U going to gamble in DGW? That they play ?

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Hypothetical for me as I only have one of those, but my guess is Dias and Pope are okay.

              2. aapoman
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Don't think so

            2. aapoman
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              2fts and 0.1itb

              Martinez
              CANCELO STONES LOWTON
              STERLING (C) Salah Bruno Son Grealish
              Antonio Watkins

              Forster; Coufal, KWP, Brewster

              Was planning on Son + Antonio -> Hamez and DCL and then WC25, but not sure anymore. Any ideas?

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Are we sure Antonio is done? Changes a lot for you. Punt on Josh King and an extra Burnley def work?

                1. aapoman
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  It depends on DCL. If DCL is fit then Antonio is gone. Josh King maybe too risky. Could easily not start either game. Richarlison is someone I'm looking at in that case.

                  1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    DCL being out might break Everton

                    1. Tango74
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Antonio I think has fatigue , I reckon he be rested.what a nightmare ,

                        I feel like Jurgen !!

                        1. Brehmeren
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Surely Antonio can play after 9 days of rest. If he can't it's definitely not fatigue.

                          1. Tango74
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              West Ham manager David Moyes optimistic Michail Antonio will be fit to face Sheffield United

                          2. gogs67
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              He signalled to come off holding his leg in the last game, didn't look like fatigue

                  2. arkom
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Bruno / Grealish / Salah / Foden / Soucek

                    A) Save
                    B) Soucek --> Gundo
                    C) Grealish --> Gundo
                    D) Other?

                    1. Tango74
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Gundogan will play DM now

                      • Reeker
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Try and get in Sterling. Big differential and easy captain this week

                    2. JJeyy
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Im currently benching Son because it's City, but he does always seem to score against them, could see a big punish incoming possibly

                      1. Harper
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Probably not a big punish, but can see a goal. Still benching.

                      2. JBG
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Have to start him now seeing how Antonio and/or DCL won't start.

                      3. Black Knights
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        I'm not gonna have a bench by the time Dias, Digne, Antonio, DCL fill it up, so Son and BamBam are gonna end up playing anyway!

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

                      Simon, and FPL in vernal, thank you for writing these articles. So good to have some different and intellectual thinking.

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        True this

                    4. Konstaapeli
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Only 3 games for GW29 would be perfect.

                      1. Mr. O'Connell
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Yeah?

                      2. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        There’ll be more.

                      3. Well you know, Triffic
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        For who?

                    5. The Senate
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      is a bench of Dallas (ars) and Lewis (che) enough to cover the risk of DCL and/or Dias no showing? As well as any other rotation...
                      I'll have to sell Wilson for a hit if not...

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

                        Probably as I'd expect Dias to miss one game at most.

                    6. Atimis
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Will we have any more info on Justin, Antonio and DCL injuries?

                      1. Black Knights
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Press conferences on Friday (for the most part).

                    7. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Josh King anyone?

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        DCL out is preumably what they got him for so...

                        1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Wait for presser then I suppose. Can't afford Rich unfortunately

                    8. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Dear FPL can I have chip where I can transfer in and play 8 midfield players.
                      Thanks in advance.

                      1. One Wheels Enough
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        you only have 5 mids....

                        1. One Wheels Enough
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          if you mean the front 8, then BB is the only one

                      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Make that 10 please!

                    9. tomasjj
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      What about Jesus now if DCL is out?
                      Would he play in both games?

                      1. Harper
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Played 90 mins in the cup so unlikely

                      2. luk46
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        no way I would get Jesus in, even IF he would play both

                      3. tomasjj
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Ok - thanks!

                        Back to the drawing board then on the striker to replace Wilson.
                        Not many options for the DGW not if DCL is out.

                        1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Josh King is where I'm at

                          1. tomasjj
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            That's ballsy I must say.

                    10. Harper
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Are most people playing the WC 25 selling Salah for Kane?

                      1. Black Knights
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        I'm WCing in 25 and won't be bringing Salah in (don't own him). I might get Kane though.

                      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        No. Keeping both. With Son, Bruno and Gundo.

                        1. Harper
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          whats the rest of your team?

                          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Still waiting for the announcements but this is the core:

                            Martinez 5.0
                            Cancelo Stones 4.5 4.5 4.5
                            Salah Bruno Son Gundo 6.5
                            Kane Watkins Bamford

                            Post confirmations, there will be enough DGWers who will comfortably fill those blank price points.

                            1. John Nerdelbaum
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              Grealish?

                              1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 6 days ago

                                Never had him. Don't want him. Watkins has been matching him comfortably.

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

                              Looks good.
                              I'll have Grealish with a more expensive defence as a result of dropping Salah. Also I'm going to do a hokey-cokey with Leeds players, selling Bamford for DCL & Raphinha for maybe HBarnes or Sigurdsson/James in 26.

                    11. Deulofail
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Who's likely to score more?

                      A) Son (mci)
                      B) ESR (LEE)

                      1. Matjes_taet
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        50:50

                      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Son higher ceiling so I'd go him - though can't see him getting much.

                        1. Deulofail
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          I don't believe in ceilings. I just want to know who's likely to score more points iyo! 😀

                      3. tomasjj
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Son, superior player, even if it is City.

                      4. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        The one who’s in form.

                        1. Deulofail
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          ESR then

                          1. Rupert The Horse
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            😉

                            1. Deulofail
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              Naughty horse

                      5. Leeds-Utd
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Raphina

                      6. Deulofail
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        If they had the same chance of starting, ESR would be the easy choice for me

                    12. OneMan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Why has James Tarkowski not had a goal or assist all season. ? Was great last year.

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        xG twice as good as Mee and xA better too. Unlucky I guess.

                        1. OneMan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Thanks

                    13. Finding Timo
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Am I missing something but DCL & Justin haven’t been ruled out yet have they ?

                        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Not yet Dr Pangloss

                          1. Finding Timo
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              Cheers - I just had to Look up who that is !

                        2. Nemanja Vidic Legend
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Who to bring?
                          2 FT 2.3 ITB
                          WC TC and FH available

                          Mendy Martinez
                          AWB Stone Couf Justin Mee
                          Salah Bruno Son Gundo Saka
                          DCL Bamford Antonio

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Ings if Dom is out?

                        3. shirtless
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          If we are capping Gundog or Sterling his week, it's reasonable to assume we expect a big haul over a double game week of hopefully 15 points plus. So if we still have our TC chip, surely this should be unleashed this week?

                          Guy in my ML only got 7x3 in GW1 on Auba. That must be beatable on either player this gameweek...?

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Better options later possibly though

                          2. The Tinkerman
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            I’m personally looking at Kane in one of the Spurs doubles for TC

                            1. shirtless
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              Yeah good shout too. I'm BBing in DGW25, wildcard DGW26. Probably should hold something back.

                        4. King Kohli
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Would you BB this?

                          Martinez
                          Cancelo Stones Mee Tarkowski
                          Salah Bruno Son Gundo
                          Bamford Adams
                          Meslier Antonio Soucek Coufal

                          Can get Ings/Barnes/Richa for a hit if Antonio is ruled out.

                          Want to WC 26 with a strong 11 and get BB out of the way.

                          1. estheblessed
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Umean WC GW25?

                            1. King Kohli
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              No WC 26 as I have 3 dgwers for 25 and may get in 1 or 2 more.

                              1. estheblessed
                                • 6 Years
                                2 months, 6 days ago

                                I see so play them for the DGW then Wild card out.

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

                          if wolves beat southampton, it is very unlikely spurs will have a dgw isnt it ?

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            That is my understanding

                          2. JJeyy
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Why, Spurs still have games to reschedule

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

                            Not so. I think it’s very likely they will because of their Europa League commitments. They’ll have another in 29.

                          4. Inazuma X1
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Spurs will 100% have a DGW irrespective of the outcome

                        6. Deulofail
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          I tend to have a more centralised team than average because:

                          1) I want to pick the best FPL options, which naturally tends towards a good amount of doubles and triples accross the season.

                          2) People avoid centralisation for no good reason.

                          1. Hooky
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Is this an answer to an exam question?

                            1. Deulofail
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              How did I do?

                              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 6 days ago

                                10/10 as you have now shown your working below

                                1. Deulofail
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 6 days ago

                                  😆 Time to celebrate!

                          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Avoiding def double up is a rule, but probably shouldn't be.

                            1. Deulofail
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              Definitely shouldn't be. The only reasons to avoid doubling and tripling, in my opinion, are:

                              a) You are looking to rotate players based on fixtures. You can't do that if they are from the same team.

                              b) You want to keep a slot (or two or three) open for that team.

                              c) Concerns about fixture changes, postponements etc (so more fixture issues).

                              So in general, it's something that barely requires any attention, for me.

                          3. Harper
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            I've found that doubling or tripling up results in a wider variance of GW rank due to being reliant on those teams. For example I've had multiple 6mil ranks this season which also coincide with GWs in which Villa and West Ham were crap.

                            1. Deulofail
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              Yeah that makes sense. It's doesn't mean you'll necessarily get more or less points over all though.

                        7. Fulchester's New Centr…
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Tottenham Hotspur’s defence has been made a priority for the Covid vaccine after being identified as an extremely vulnerable group.
                          After conceding five goals in last night’s FA Cup tie against Everton, the Spurs defence has been categorised alongside care home residents and frontline health workers on the coronavirus vaccine priority list.
                          “The Spurs defence was so weak and pathetic that we immediately reprioritised the vaccine rollout,” said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
                          “Never mind the relatively robust over-70s, the Spurs backline will obviously collapse at the slightest attack – and Covid-19 is highly aggressive, certainly far more potent than Everton. If we don’t act now it’ll be carnage, as we’ve learnt the hard way – oops!”
                          Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is at the very front of the queue.
                          “I used to think I was invincible,” he said. “But I’m beginning to realise just how exposed and defenceless I am.
                          “I never go to the supermarket without wearing my massive gloves – I even challenge fellow shoppers who don’t seem to think their hands need to be covered.
                          “But it’s not enough – my underlying fragility means that I’m simply too exposed.”
                          Manager Jose Mourinho said, “My defenders didn’t turn up last night. That’s because the doctors told them to stay home and shield themselves because they are so demonstrably feeble.
                          “Unfortunately, that meant they were not available to shield the goal.
                          “But that is in the past now. We get vaccinated, we go again.”
                          Meanwhile, West Brom fans are livid that their frail defenders are not being vaccinated.
                          “It’s so unfair!” said Baggies fan Simon Williams.
                          “It’s one rule for the London metropolitan elite and one rule for the rest of the country!”

                          https://newsthump.com/2021/02/11/vulnerable-spurs-defence-leaps-to-head-of-vaccine-queue/

                        8. Stand By Mee
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          If all my flagged player miss out: Pope, Dias, Dcl, Antonio

                          I can still field this eleven:

                          Martinez
                          AWB - Stones** - Coufal - Holding
                          Salah - Bruno - Grealish - Madisson - Gundo**
                          Bamford

                          1FT - 4.9 ITB

                          But I would have only 2 DGW players... Is there a move woroth doing? I can do:

                          Holding -> Mee
                          Dias, Madisson -> Mee, Sterling -4

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Hit not worth it if Dias plays

                        9. Threat Level Midnight
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Own Antonio, DCL, Dias, Pope

                          Only one I fear not playing is DCL.

                          1. Goonerly
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Does anyone know if we'll get an Everton presser before deadline?

                        10. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Stones -> Digne
                          Salah/Bruno/Grealish -> Sterling (c)

                          Worth for free? WC next GW. Yay or nay?

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Digne might not be fit and Stones a good chance of playing both now.

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

                          Was going to get DCL with my FT.

                          So gonna wait on presser.

                          If little or no info who would you recommend as an alternative?

                          1. Harper
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Cavani

                          2. John Nerdelbaum
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Ings/Cavani?

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

                            richarlison

                          4. Holmes
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            who do you have?

                        12. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Hi lads, smartest thing to do here? 2FT, 2.2 ITB.

                          Was planning to bring Rashford in for Son and strengthen my defence but with DCL/Justin news...

                          Meslier, Button
                          Justin,Coufal,Cancelo,Mitchell,KWP
                          Salah,Gundo,Son,Bruno,Maddison
                          Antonio,DCL,Bamford

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Tarkowski and Cavani

                          2. mirkomen77
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Get a Burnley defender for Mitchell

                        13. FPL ElasticO
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Soucek >>> Raphinha this week
                          Or Next week

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Next

                          2. Holmes
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            next

                        14. Do I Not Like Orange
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Who is your preferred Burnley defender if money no object? Will be coming in for Chilwell.

                          1. Goonerly
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Mee. Good for baps and a possible goal

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

                            Depends on Pope. If Pope is out then none

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

                            Chilwell doesn’t play in goal.