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Man City 3-0 Spurs

  • Goals: Rodri (£5.3m), Ilkay Gündogan x2 (£6.0m)
  • Assists: Gündogan, Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), Ederson (£6.1m)
  • Bonus points: Gündogan x3, Ederson x2, Rodri x1

ON THE SPOT

Manchester City’s penalty-taking saga of 2020/21 took another intriguing turn in their 3-0 win over Spurs.

After the first match of Double Gameweek 24, the club’s designated spot-kick taker remains unknown even though they scored a penalty on Saturday.

Fresh from his Gameweek 23 miss at Anfield, Ilkay Gündogan (£6.0m) did not step up this time, even though it was him who won the latest penalty.

Despite Ederson (£6.1m) waltzing to the half-way line, figurative cap in hand and sporting puppy-dog eyes, Pep Guardiola would not let his goalkeeper anywhere near the penalty.

Instead, Rodri (£5.3m) was the man who grabbed the ball and took it. 

His effort was not exactly convincing, squeezing just under Hugo Lloris‘ (£ outstretched palm in what could have been a save for the Spurs goalkeeper.

Incredibly, that was the midfielder’s first-ever penalty in club football, the fact he took it simply coming down to his attitude, based on his post-match quotes.

“No (I’ve never taken a penalty in my club career before). I was a bit angry the last weeks because we’ve been missing many penalties, more than we expect. You have to score big penalties. I grabbed the ball and nobody take it away from me. We were laughing in the locker room. Next penalty, I’m going to take.” – Rodri

However, Guardiola was keen to nip Rodri’s enthusiasm in the bud, citing the fortune associate with the Spaniard’s penalty and ruling out any chance of him establishing himself as the first-choice taker.

“No (Rodri has not done enough to convince me he is Manchester City’s penalty taker). The taker was no good. We were lucky. So I love and admire the courage to take it but he was not a good taker. We were lucky.” – Pep Guardiola

Naturally, journalists put the question of Ederson taking a penalty to the Manchester City manager, which perhaps carried more weight considering his 70-yard pass to assist Gündogan’s second goal of the night.

“If he can play that pass from 70 yards he can shoot from 12. His quality of the shot is good. I know him. Penalties are different. I need to think.” – Pep Guardiola

GROIN-DOGAN

For all Gündogan’s brilliance in Man City’s 3-0 win, his burgeoning ownership will still have one eye on Guardiola’s next press conference.

After racking up his fourth double-figure haul since Gameweek 19, the German international asked to be brought off in the 68th minute, clutching his groin.

Guardiola revealed after the game that they would not know enough to assess the damage and provide a return date until he had been looked at tomorrow.

“We will see (how he is) tomorrow. He told me (his groin) was tight. He is intelligent to say it but we will see tomorrow.” – Pep Guardiola

Aside from the injury latest, Gündogan owners will be pleased with one development in Double Gameweek 24: how he combines with Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m).

We recently reported that the midfielder was struggling to occupy advanced pockets of space when Guardiola deployed a centre-forward instead of a false-nine.

But it appears that Gündogan is rapidly learning to overcome that stumbling block.

Against Spurs, he pressed into dangerous areas with ominous regularity, popping up to get on the end of passes from Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) and Ederson in the second half after winning a penalty for a similar run in the first.

DIAS ANOTHER DAY

Cancelo finally delivers big haul as Gündogan shines in KDB's absence 17

Even though Manchester City recording a 14th clean sheet of the season, the somewhat surprising absentee was Rúben Dias (£6.1m).

It was the first time Guardiola’s men had taken to the field in the Premier League without him since Gameweek 3.

Judging by the manager’s pre-match quotes, his midweek illness likely played a part in that benching though.

“He had the fever and didn’t feel good. Aymeric played so we went with him.” – Pep Guardiola

Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) enjoyed a largely uneventful evening alongside John Stones (£5.2m) and, considering he has now started three of the last four matches for City, it is clear the competition for centre-back places is continually on the rise.

As a result, João Cancelo (£6.1m) is now the most popular defender among Guardiola’s men, boasting 23.0% ownership worldwide.

Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Zinchenko, Laporte, Stones, Cancelo; Gündogan, Rodri, B Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Foden.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; B Davies, Dier, D Sánchez, Tanganga; Højbjerg, Ndombèlé; Son, Moura, Lamela; Kane.

Elsewhere in Double Gameweek 24

James Maddison (£7.4m), Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) and Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) got the goals for Leicester as they executed an impressive second-half comeback to beat Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday lunch-time.

The latter looks set to emerge from the King Power Stadium with the most impressive tally as he recorded a goal and an assist, putting him in the running for two bonus points.

It was bad news for owners of Liverpool defenders as Ozan Kabak‘s (£5.0m) debut ended in disaster. Goalkeeper Alisson (£5.9m) collided with him in the 81st minute, allowing Vardy to convert into an open net.

With goals for Maddison (15.2%-owned) and Vardy (14.8%), the fact that Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) also found the net means the Fantasy masses are likely to be content with the way Double Gameweek 24 has begun.

The Egyptian is owned by 42.7% of managers worldwide, although was not considered a big part of the captaincy by the highest-performing managers.

Just 0.5% of the top 10k handed him the armband this week, a total of nine players receiving more attention in that department, including Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m)

Burnley got their Double Gameweek off to a relatively positive start, although it came at some cost.

As expected, they secured a clean sheet against a Crystal Palace attack still yet to score a Premier League goal without Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m) in the team this season.

Nick Pope (£5.5m) secured an eight-point score thanks to three saves and a one bonus while Matt Lowton (£4.5m) score his first-ever goal for Burnley.

While it was a rare attacking return for the right-back, he capitalised on Crystal Palace’s well-documented problems defending their left flank of late, recently discussed in our Double Gameweek 24 preview article.

However, the second half produced two concerning injuries for Sean Dyche’s men.

Ben Mee (£5.0m) was taken off with a potentially serious head injury, receiving extensive treatment on the pitch and coming off wearing a brace.

And minutes later, Erik Pieters (£4.3m) felt a groin problem develop and was replaced by Phil Bardsley (£4.4m)

Fantasy managers invested in the Burnley defence will know the impact Mee has had this season and with Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) still sidelined, their left-back position could also be a problem against Fulham…

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1,225 Comments Post a Comment
  1. davies
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Thoughts on this wildcard?

    (Dallas > Targett GW26)

    Martinez Areola
    Cancelo Stones Dallas Vestegaard Veltman
    Salah Bruno Son Gundogan Raphinha
    Kane Bamford Watkins

    Cheers.

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      BB?

      1. davies
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Yes

    2. DK_13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Veltman plays in the lamptey spot right(LB)? He probably isn't nailed

    3. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Very similar to my first draft. Think it looks good and gives you enough for blank in 29 as well. I’m weighing up sterling vs salah and might go sterling as city will have more doubles

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

    Worth a -4 ?

    Digne, Antonio -> Ayling, Ings

    Cheers.

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Already have Dallas? Or can’t afford? Digne could have many dgws coming up. If not WCing 26. I’d keep him.

  3. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Will DDG be dropped this week? If yes, I hope McCarthy is dropped too. With Martínez getting a haul, can’t have a GK no show!

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Is that your expectation or some rumours regarding DDG dropping?

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Many news articles about that. Just saw a few in Dailymail.

    2. Lucky Z
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Too many hopes

  4. Lucky Z
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Martinez
    Dallas • Struijk • Mee • Dias
    Son • Grealish • Sterling • Gundo • Bruno
    Bamford

    Forster • DCL • Targett • Brewster

    1FT, 7.5ITB

    Hold on with planned WC for BB26? Already 3 Leeds. Can do Brewster to Kane/Ings for free. FH available, can do it in 26 also navigating 29 with FTs.

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      yeah id hold

  5. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Pope,
    Mee, Dias, cancelo
    Bruno, rashford, gundo, lookman
    Ings*, Bamford*, antonio

    Martinez digne, bowen, coufal
    1 FT, 5.5M ITB

    Bowen -> raphinia the move here? Will WC in 26. Tempted by Dallas but don't think it's worth a -4, particularly as I have ings

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Yeah I’d do the Raphinha move. Do the Dallas move if Dias is looking unlikely

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        What's up with Dias? Thought he just had some stomach issues... or is there something more to his absence?

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          I mean a stomach bug could be pretty annoying. It drains your energy and messes with your recovery process as you can’t properly digest anything.

          Sounds like it knocked him out of commission and couldn’t train for a while. He just got back to training the day before the game. Wait and see how he does against Everton

          1. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            True true

  6. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    There is a lot of discussion regarding when to play a BB, just get rid of it as soon as possible etc., it's the weakest chip etc. ...

    One thing that I have noticed in a double game week is that we are torn between playing a weaker player that has two fixtures (one normally a difficult fixture too) against a better player with a plum fixture.

    This week most of us have maybe a WHU defender and Soucek against Sheff Utd, Villa players against Brighton or fancy a Chelsea player against Newcastle but the lure of dgw players is strong.

    What I quite like with the BB in this situation is not that there is a clear 11 and then a clear bench but a total 15 players that you simply cannot separate and a risk that you will get it wrong. We are seeing the likes of Martinez benched for the Fulham keeper, or Son being benched etc.

    Now, without hindsight, it seems mad to be benching the likes of Martinez or Son when you have a BB in your back pocket to take away the risk.

    I think the BB is a great chip and tool to be used in a mini double game week where you just happen to have a benching headache because some of your normal duffers have two games.

    I normally combine my BB with a WC the week before but this does mean spreading the cash, so form now on I think I will take the opportunity to play the BB when it just seems right and not the perfect storm ... sometimes it’s best not to let perfect be the enemy of good, imho 🙂

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      TL:DR 🙂

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I am thinking about doing a BB this upcoming GW, with Lowton, double Leeds defence (had Alioski for a while now) and Antonio as the borderline bench options

      Just debating to bring in one of Dallas or Raphinha

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        everyone plays the game differently, but I am coming round to decoupling the BB from the WC if other opportunities show themselves in a mini game week and your plan for 25 sounds good and removes the 'who shall I play' issue.

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Yeah exactly. Also solves the issue of having too many good bench players after the BB

      2. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Your doublers won't be on your bench if you decide to not play the chip though, would they?

    3. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Agreed, for me the allure of the WC 25 BB 26 strategy was diminished because it meant I'd either have to skip out on Leeds assets for their double or field Leeds SGW players in my BB which kind of defeated the objective. Played it this week instead and have 12 points from Martinez so far with triple west ham to come so very happy so far

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        yip, that was a sound move with the fixtures your bench has ... classic time to play it imho ... GL

        1. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Just a shame I stupidly captained cancelo over gundo. Haha

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            oops ... but it may yet turn out ok with Gundo probably missing the second game

            1. fish&chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Yep fingers crossed for a huge cancelo haul. Probably get benched though. Haha

              1. Chopmahoney
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Great post I actually used mine this week with Martinez Maddison Son and Ings and it has worked out great

  7. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Would you sell any of these midfielders for Raphinha for a hit for their double this upcoming GW?

    Salah, Bruno, Rashford, Barnes, Gundogan (if fit)

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 6 days ago

      No.

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

      Maybe Barnes, maybe Salah

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Leaning towards no Leeds midfielder, going for Dallas (double up with Alioski) and Ings for a hit (DCL out)

      Looks ok?

    4. DK_13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Barnes has some really good fixtures coming up. If you still don't want him and wanna free up money then him. Otherwise na

  8. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Bruno points prediction?

    I'm going 14.

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      17

    2. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      2 or 11

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      I think maybe 8 or 9

    4. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      red card and -1 ?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 6 days ago

        He's due, just like Lowton was.

  9. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Chances of Gündogan playing vs Everton??

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Nobody knows. Wait until pep presser. Doesn’t even matter anyhow there’s nothing you can do

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Yes I know. But in my mini league - it was between my Gundogan captain vs their sterling cap so that’s why want him to start next game because sterling might come good in next game

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Just have to wait until Wednesday. No point thinking about it cause it’s not like you can take out gundo before next GW

          Just a waste of your brain cells at this point worrying about it

          1. Lindelol
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            True

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Chances are pretty low really, such injuries as groin (and hamstring for that matter) strains are not the sort of things that clear up in a few days and can be aggravated quite easily

      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Not to mention the fact that they are playing in the Champion's League as well so Pep will want to rest him

      2. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Damn!!!

  10. Lucky Z
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    What happened with Kun?

    Seems that there something wrong outside football or injuries. He was crucial last year and scored 16. He could not become "old" in several months.

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      injuries

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Injuries, Covid, can’t train leads to match fitness. Pretty common really, same thing with Pulisic as well

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        It's also the case that in contrast to Kane for Spurs, there's absolutely no need to rush him back. Even KDB is not needed at this moment.

  11. IRBOX ⚽
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 6 days ago

    Who wins? Still alive in the Cup.

    Me: Antonio, Alonso (Coufal 1st sub) + 20 points

    Him: Shaw, Cresswell, Rashford, Lingard, Bamford

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Shaw and Rashford could be your downfall

      1. CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Him if Antonio doesn't start

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 6 days ago

      Him

    3. Party time
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Him

      • Party time
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Busby babes 😉

        • IRBOX ⚽
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          5 differentials to outscore my 2 by 20? Not so confident.. think I’ve got this one in the bag as well

          1. Lindelol
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            It’s 50-50 actually

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Worth taking a -4 to get a keeper for BB?

        Rest of the bench

        Cancelo(ars) Cresswell (TOT) Lookman (SHU)

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Partly depends on the fixture, but I don't think any keeper maintains an average of over 4 points, so generally it would be a bad move.

          1. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            I am Wildcarding next week. So need to get BB outta way.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Sorry, that makes no sense

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Wildcarding in 26, BBing in 25.

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  8 months, 6 days ago

                  Yeh, but why can't he BB after WC?

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Meslier maybe yes, if you have a non starter on your bench. Pope would have been good to get this week and bb next week with a nice fixture.

        3. DK_13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          If you got Forster, you might not need a hit if he plays today.
          If not, I don't think that bench is insanely strong to BB(all single gw players with okay fixtures). Bench boost after gw 30 on any random week by saving 2 FT(and taking a hit like now if needed)

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Anyone tempted to go with Ederson on WC?

        1. CR7 is Home
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          I think Martinez will match him

        2. DK_13
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Just asked that question below. I am really confused. Are you going with double city defence or attack?

        3. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          He is a safe City port in a double game week storm ... and is serving up assists and will probably be given penalty duties soon.

          What's not to like 😉

        4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Many already own Emi.
          He's expensive and his ceiling is usually 6 points

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Emi only owned by 36% in top 10k
            still a rank changer

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              5 x 10+ scores

            2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Must be the Areola and Johnstone DGWs

            3. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Excellent news.

          2. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Ederson might be a safe route from CL rotation, but he'll still average 6 points per game despite yesterday. I'd rather triple up on assets with higher ceilings and risk the odd rest, especially with Martinez as a solid alternative.

          3. IRBOX ⚽
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Ceiling 6 points? Hahahaha

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Ha ha what? He rarely gets save points and had one bap all season before yesterday.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Sorry thought he meant Martinez. Might get a pen if he’s lucky

        5. Lucky Z
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Nah, he does not make assists every game

      • DK_13
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Which is a better combo on WC?(will have stones as 1 city defender)

        A) ederson + targett (10.9 mil) {nailed city defender even during European competitions but no save points}

        B)Dias/cancelo + Martinez (11.3 mil) {might be rested during champions league week + save and bonus points}

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Not much in it I guess.

          As you said, B for save and bonus points. Can always have a cover for them.

          1. DK_13
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            The problem with Martinez is the fixtures turn like crazy after 30. I don't expect a lot of CS points then.
            And City might be somewhat on the beach with the league wrapped up. I think ederson might be the only nailed player then(but then not sure if CS points are guaranteed). This is the confusing part

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Emi still have 3 fixtures to be rescheduled

              1. DK_13
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                I have one Aston villa in both scenarios, so number of fixtures is irrelevant right?

              2. Captain Vantastic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Hey Spud. BB going well for us 🙂

        2. Ha.
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          N

          1. Ha.
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            *B

      • Ha.
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Spent far too long deciding who to play out of Watkins and Son

        Ended up benching Cresswell, so enjoy his haul!

      • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Isn't it fun when we all do well.
        Granted we spend 20 hours planning for DGWs whilst casuals spend 2 mins but it's still fun getting more cookie points than them.

        1. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Equally it's completely shameful when you're still ranked 1.6m at this stage of the season. Haha

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            .... and you've been in here for 10 years 😉

            1. fish&chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              At least I finished 2k last year with a lot of luck. I was due a bad season.

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          77 from 33% of the weeks' fixtures is fun indeed. On course for over 200 points with 11 still to play.
          No way will it last, but can smug myself all over Valentine at least 😉

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Even before the second games are played, some might break the ton

          2. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Nice! 57 with 16 to play here (if mee and gundo are fit). If I'd have captained gundo over cancelo I'd be flying but I might still get away with it

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Only Bruno and Bamford playing today. A grey arrow from here would be appreciated but unexpected.

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          I'm expecting at least 15 points between them

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 6 days ago

            What's Bruno's EO?

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Approx 113

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Hope he can get me in the 100 club then, if his points are fairly useless.

            2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              I've had enough of EO. I just care about my rivals.

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Cousin in my ML has Bruno (C), thankfully his cap record is horrendous so I can rest easy.

              2. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Me too - went into last night top of my ML on 77. Everyone has Bruno but only a few have Bamford, with only me playing Digne. Hope to extend my lead before the mob catch up

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 6 days ago

                  Yeah, don't remember seeing much of Digne in my ML. If Everton can keep a CS you're rising... Big if though!

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    8 months, 6 days ago

                    Toss up between leaving him on the bench or a half-fit Antonio. Have gone for an unorthodox 5-4-1 this DGW due to injuries. Fulham don't score - I just hope Digger doesn't go negative v City.

        2. Amey
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Bruno Rashford Bamford Digne for me. Hopefully a huge day 😀

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Jealous mate, wanted a second Utd attacker vs the calamity that is West Brom

            1. Amey
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              I have Rashford for long. He owes me points !
              Newcastle next GW then he'll leave for Sonny boy

          2. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Same + lookman and ings 😀

            1. Amey
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Wow

          3. GreennRed
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Bruno, Pereira, Bamford and Digne today. Onwards and hopefully a bit upwards.

            1. Amey
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Periera is shrewd pick. I have a feeling I might go after him IF I decide to lose Grealish (and get Targett as double Villa defense)
              He's cheap as chips & has favourable fixtures. Hmmm

              1. GreennRed
                • 10 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                The few West Brom games I've seen since Sam took over Pereira has his boots near most chances, but there are few. He's on set pieces, a decent crosser and a lurker. But one of the most joyless looking players I've seen for a good while. C'mon Matty boy, you're getting paid well to play the game you love. Smile a little 🙂

                1. Thomas Magnum
                  • 6 Years
                  8 months, 6 days ago

                  Is he nailed on? seems to be rested and or dropped whenever they play a top 4 or so team

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 10 Years
                    8 months, 6 days ago

                    He's nailed on unless Sam wants to pack the midfield. Returned from injury a few weeks ago and his gametime was managed before he got matchfit.

                    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/sam-allardyce-drops-west-brom-19790546

                2. Amey
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 6 days ago

                  Ha ha
                  Difficult to smile when you get thrashing every GW tbh.
                  He's on Pens too (although new striker Diange might steal them from him)

        3. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          AWB, Cavani, Bruno, Meslier, Digne, Richarlison ... maybe 🙂

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 6 days ago

        Aguero not coming off the bench, Pep going ultra conservative with his fitness with CL coming soon. Hope he can be reintroduced well with no injury recurring

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Gundo and the gang are just starting to gel with Jesus. I'm not sure Kun joining the fray will improve the fluidity of the side right now.

        2. Amey
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Game was won tbh. I have a feeling Gundogan substitute was also precautionary.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Really hope he plays the next, otherwise the Sterling cappers will catch up 🙁

            Wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't though

            1. Amey
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Absolutely ...
              But if he's fit & it wasn't a groin injury he'll play. Can't do anything than wait agonizingly 😀
              At least we have points in the bank !

      • Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 6 days ago

        For those who are wildcarding and bench boosting who are you guys looking at as your second keeper?
        None really jumping out at me right now due to either playing on poor teams or having not great fixtures over the double

        1. Jebiga
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Forster is 3.9 and 2 dgws incoming

          1. Jebiga
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            *it's 4.0 actually

          2. FantasyClub
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Forster is 4.0

          3. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Not WCing, but I'd be looking at Sanchez.

          4. ivantys
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 6 days ago

            Had Sanchez as Martinez backup and the only week I played him out of his last 5 CS was GW23 😀

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Until the end of the season, IIRC there are 3 GWs when both have bad fixtures; otherwise they dovetail well.

              1. ivantys
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Yeah the Brighton defence is really solid they hardly conceded shots yesterday. I'm definitely starting him the next 2 GWs.(one being BB)

        2. Jebiga
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Is Antonio to Bamford and Salah to Rapinha (c) good move for a hit ?

          Want some money to update Brewster to Kane for dgw 26...

          Make sense ?

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 6 days ago

            I personally would, as hard as it is to lose Salah it feels like now is the time to do it especially if you're looking to C Kane over the double. Furthermore if Liverpool somehow become attractive again Jota may somewhat cover Salah when hes back in a few weeks

            1. Jebiga
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Exactly and pool will battle for CL only

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                They won't - they'll have to fight for top 4 now. Just when they badly need to rest and rotate, they can't.

        3. Sloane426
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          Bench boost next GW or WC + BB 26.....
          Johnstone-Coufal-DCL-Adams-

        4. Jebiga
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 6 days ago

          How long are groin injuries usually ? One week, two, three, a year ?

          1. Party time
              8 months, 6 days ago

              3-6 weeks

              1. Jebiga
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Pants. All mini league rivals captained Sterling, i captained Gandja

                1. ivantys
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 6 days ago

                  You should be fine, doubt he'll get 2 attacking returns next game.

            • Rasping Drive
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              It’s not confirmed as an injury though, is it? Ilkay said he felt some tightness in his groin, that’s it. Probably wanted to save himself for Valentin’s Day.

          2. Party time
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Antonio not seen in training will be much appreciated

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 6 days ago

                +1

            • SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              There was two choices for me. I was anyway going for a burnley defender so it was between Pope and mee.

              Fst plan was to do dcl and martin to Watkins and pope and start pope ahead of Martinez and then it was Christina I guess who said going without Kane in dgw26 is not good then I have changed my plan and inorder to accommodate Kane I need to go down to Lowton instead of mee. So went with kwp to Lowton for free and started Martinez...

              1. Amey
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Nice

            • Nightcrawler
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              For those with all chips intact is this the route to take?

              WC This week

              BB next week

              FH 29

              TC in a smaller DGW

              ?

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                This is what I am doing, was originally planning on WCing in 30 and bench boosting in 26 but my hand has been played after a dire score this week and losing rank in my ML

              2. ivantys
                • 1 Year
                8 months, 6 days ago

                I think no need to WC this week if you already have a decent squad.

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 6 days ago

                  Only got 2 players from leeds soton and one of them is McCarthy who might be dropped

                  1. ivantys
                    • 1 Year
                    8 months, 6 days ago

                    Is Saints' double confirmed in 26? Even if you stock up on Leeds, they only have one game on your 26 BB.

              3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                What is your squad? Please see my post below.

              4. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                BB 24
                Dead end the team & WC 26
                FH 29
                TC in a smaller DGW

            • DK_13
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              8 million players. Top 40k is top 0.5 percentile and 8k(~top 10k) is literally beating 99.9% of players. Crazy stuff

            • 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 5 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Pope
              Cancelo, Dias, Mee, Dallas
              Bruno, Salah, Son, Grealish, Gundo
              Bamford
              [Martinez, Coufal, Antonio, DCL]

              With 2FT, A or B?
              A. WC GW 25 and BB GW 26 with Kane
              B. Antonio -> Watkins (GW25), Coufal -> 4.5 def (BB GW 26)

              Cheers.

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                A, if you'll C Kane if not B, imo.
                You have a good side atm, wouldn't necessarily dismantle it just for Kane unless you really want him

              2. waldo666
                • 11 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                B

              3. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                C. Antonio -> Ings (GW25), Coufal/Grealish -> Leeds ... then BB25
                WC 26

            • waldo666
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Still yet to work out what I'm doing with chips, feel like BB is one to get out of the way, if I make my planned transfer this week my bench will be as follows;

              McCarthy Stones Antonio Coufal

              Doesn't feel strong enough to me, thoughts appreciated?

            • Bavarian
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              So frustrating to see 76 pts on bench last 5 GW's

            • Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 6 days ago

              Anyone else on wildcard? Very rough first draft, plan is BB 26 and no FH left for 29

              Martinez Areola
              Dallas Targett vestergaard Cancelo digne
              Son sterling Gündogan Bruno raphinha
              Kane Bamford Watkins

              Not sure on Watkins and digne will probably change. Sterling or salah as well is tough call. Prob do Bamford to DCL in 26 and still leaves me 7 for 29

              1. Lazaretti
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 6 days ago

                Watkins should be good pick. Villa has also games in hand so more doubles to come. Good team but quite template picks.

                1. Pat Bonner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  8 months, 6 days ago

                  Cheers. Quite happy with template! It’s when I’ve tried something different this season that things have gone wrong