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How the top 10k FPL managers set their teams up for Double Gameweek 25

Just over one-third of the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League managers are tripled-up on Leeds assets for Double Gameweek 25.

According to LiveFPL.net, 34.9% of them came into the latest round of fixtures with Patrick Bamford (£6.9m), Raphinha (£5.4m) and Stuart Dallas (£5.0m) in their team.

While Friday night was not the best of starts to the Gameweek for this trio, it could still be a powerful combination be against Southampton.

A wave of investment in Raphinha appears to be the main reason for the popularity of that triple-up.

The midfielder has broken into the top 10k’s most-owned players for Double Gameweek 25 having risen to 53.5% ownership at this level.

Ilkay Gündogan‘s (£6.1m) increased from 79.3% to 85.2% suggesting very few pounced at the short-term opportunity to sell him for Leeds’ set-piece taker.

And, despite dropping to the fifth-most top-10k midfielder, Son Heung-min (£9.5m) also earned more backers, rising from 52.2% to 53.3% backing at this level.

It was Jack Grealish (£7.7m) who looks to have been a popular route to Raphinha. He was the fifth-most popular top-10k midfielder for Double Gameweek 24 with 44.2% ownership. Following Friday’s deadline, he sits in just 28.9% of squads here.

There was still some investment in Dallas and Bamford for Double Gameweek 25, solidifying their already strong presence in the top 10k.

The defender rose from 51.9% ownership to 67.6%, becoming the top 10k’s most popular defender in the process.

Bamford was already their favourite forward but still had room to increase his top-10k ownership from 88.9% to 97.9%.

Meanwhile, Danny Ings (£8.4m) has broken into the template ahead of his two fixtures, already the second-most-fashionable forward at this level (41.5%).

Despite a Double Gameweek against Southampton (home) and West Bromwich Albion (away), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) looks to have been one of the fall guys here.

He was in 45.9% of top-10k teams for Double Gameweek 24 but resides only in 13.6% now.

And Michail Antonio (£6.6m) was almost certainly involved in Ings’ transfers considering his massive drop-off too.

65.7% of the top 10k owned the West Ham man for Double Gameweek 24 while only 36.1% still had him after Friday’s deadline.

The captaincy is something of a one-sided story in Double Gameweek 24.

82.0% of the top 10k backed Bamford with the armband, making him one of those most backed in one Gameweek so far this season. His effective ownership for the round stands at 180.7%.

The Leeds striker certainly has work to do after blanking against Wolves on Friday night.

That two-point score will certainly have eased some fears of the 6.4% of top-10k managers who captained Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) for Double Gameweek 25.

Despite playing just once this week, the Manchester United man is preparing to face a Newcastle defence that has conceded twice in six of its last seven outings.

Raphinha was the third-highest for top-10k captaincy backing (5.5%) while Ings (2.9%) and Gündogan (0.9%) came fourth and fifth respectively.

Double Gameweek 25 Scout Picks features Leeds triple-up

It will certainly be interesting to see what transfers transpire between now and Saturday’s Double Gameweek 26 deadline.

There will be 14 teams enjoying two fixtures making for the biggest Double Gameweek of the 2020/21 season.

For all the heavy investment this week, Leeds are not one of those sides, although have a relatively favourable single Gameweek fixture at home to Aston Villa.

In total, 10 players from the matrix of 15 in the top 10k most-owned matrix have two fixtures in Double Gameweek 26, so many of the managers at this level could be approaching a stacked-enough squad to warrant a Bench Boost.

As things stand, Dallas, Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m), Raphinha, Bamford and Antonio are the five popular top-10k assets scheduled to play just once in Double Gameweek 26.

6.4% of the top 10k have already laid the groundwork for Double Gameweek 26 by playing their Wildcard.

The Free Hit and Bench Boost received very little attention this week, although we can expect a bump for both of them next time out.

Meanwhile, just 1.1% played their Triple Captain for Double Gameweek, most of them handing it to Bamford.

Considering the higher-than-usual attention for Wildcards in the top 10k this week, it is worth looking at the trends they set.

As things stand, there is a slightly higher proportion of players with two fixtures in Double Gameweek 26, with 11 of this template fitting that description compared to 10 in the main ownership matrix.

Interestingly, a large number of Wildcarders still tripled-up on Dallas, Raphinha and Bamford while Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) was also included for Southampton’s Double Gameweek 25.

The most notable differences between this Wildcard template and the rest of the top 10k appear to be 66.8% inclusion for Luke Shaw (£5.0m) and renewed interest in Spurs assets.

55.6% of these Wildcarders selected Son while 62.3% of them went for Harry Kane (£11.1m).

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796 Comments Post a Comment
  1. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 27 days ago

    Anyone who just played their WC for this GW....

    How would your team have been different if they'd bloody announced the DGW's an hour or so earlier?

    I definitely would have gone with an Everton attacker (J-Rod/DCL and I'd have gone with a Villa attacker too (probably Watkins because of Grealish rumours).

    But thankfully, I think that's about it for changes I'd have made. So, I'm not too peeved about it. May take a -4 hit to rectify it though later in the week...

    (Bam & Raph > Watkins & J-Rod -4 will give me 13DGWers + McCarthy & Ings)

    1. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 27 days ago

      I think my team would be identical. Basically took a gamble and and the fixtures panned out almost exactly as I'd thought they would

      Got 3m itb now to upgrade ings to Kane.

      1. Bennerman
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Have a biscuit

    2. NateDogsCats
        2 months, 27 days ago

        Mine wouldn't have been any different, I lost Grealish for Raphinha for this week and will lose Bamford and Ings to facilitate Kane and then have to decide on the other 2 spots next week, but honestly Antonio uncertainty was the deciding factor in using it, but I ended up changing 7 players in total and punted on Maitland-Niles as a Justin replacement (decent few fixtures and playing OOP) so I lucked out with them getting a double too

      • Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I set my team up with a view to bring in an Everton, Leicester or Villa attacker for Bamford or Raph in 26.

        I used the Ben Crellin spreadsheet.

        Planned ahead up to 29 and also considered the next 3 after that.

        The predictions worked perfectly. It is exactly the team I would have kept had I seen the fixtures before deadline.

      • jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        How close was Ben crellan? Wasn't playing wc so wasn't paying too much attention to his predictions.

        Did he have everton down to have more difficult fixtures?

        1. Third Eye Vision
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 27 days ago

          I’m not on Twitter. I just googled him and looked at his spreadsheet screenshots.

          Have a look and you can see his posts from the last few days. Super simple to follow.

          Everything was pretty much bang on. They just haven’t announced a couple of the outstanding fixtures that’s all.

      • Buck The Trent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I missed the WC/BB boat and wished I wc-ed as the DGW26 is huge

        On the flip side, I now have more info so my WC team will potentially have KdB, DCL plus fodders who will play in BGW29 etc but can only field 11 doublers next GW

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          yip, the most important information will be injuries, rotation and the pressers so that you don’t carry any deadwood in to 26 ... KDB being very much of interest is a change to 2 attacking & one defensive City asset.

          Plus ditching Leeds & Ings is useful too

          1. Forgetmeknot
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Yeh I think probably there’s enough for both those that didn’t wildcard and those that did to feel vindicated

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 27 days ago

      Looking forward to seeing how both Bamford and Ings play on Tuesday.

      On fixtures switching Bamford for Kane and keeping both DCL and Ings looks most sensible to me.

      Good luck guys and gals and enjoy the weekend.

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 27 days ago

        I'm keeping Bamford and Dallas until after BGW29. Not expecting a whole lot but have no FH and saves me two transfers.

      2. Tango74
          2 months, 27 days ago

          Most doing ings to Kane as Leeds play GW29.

          Also easier to do ings to Kane as he’s 2m more

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 27 days ago

            True.

            I've saved FH29 so i guess I've got more flexibility over the next 4 rounds of league matches.

            1. Tango74
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Lucky 🙁 I’m on scraps with 3 city players lol

            2. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              But Ings also has a DGW in 27.

              1. Tango74
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  I know but easier to get Kane for GW26. Can’t fit 4 into 3 lol

                  The agureo back soon and KDB eeek

            3. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              Bamford season keeper,especially with the value i have tied into him, has to one of the best value players(maybe after gundo with his recent streak)
              Ings dcl kane all good options though!

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Yeah.

                Are you well set for this weekends action?

                1. jason_ni
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Yeah, i think so, but that never works out!
                  Bamford capt, but then everyone had him so not a big fail if he stuggles in game 2..

              2. Tango74
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Not sure after gw29

                  He has a few toughies

            4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 27 days ago

              BB in 26 with Bamford, Struijk and Vestergaard + 12 DGWers?

              1. aapoman
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Sounds ok imo. BB is the worst chip imo anyway

                1. thegaffer82
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Everyone always slags off BB - but, for me personally - the BB has always been a successful chip.

                  I've scored 100+ each time I've played it. Admittedly, that's because I always play it in DGW which is why the score is so high.

                  TC has been a complete disaster for me. I've not had one success (unless you count Kun 7pts x 3 as a success)

                  1. hullcityfan
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    That logic is flawed though. It only matters what your bench gets - not your whole team. You would have gotten most of the 100+ without using the chip.

                2. Tango74
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Why?

                    I think it’s an extra game week

                    Interested to see reasons ?

                3. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Is that after any hits?

                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    One hit. But that hit enables me to get two DGWers.

                4. thegaffer82
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  It's a bit meh if I'm being honest. Who's your bench keeper for the BB?

                  If it's a non-playing GK too, then I'd say no on the BB

                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Its a playing keeper. Have 12 DGWers already with 2 playing keepers - Martinez and Johnstone/ Areola.

                5. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  If you don't deploy BB in dgw26 when will it be used?

                  Is TC an option for 26?

                  Anyone with just BB left should play it on the best they can get.

                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Have TC left too.

                6. The Tinkerman
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Looks fine, 12DGW and Sanchez Raph, Bamford for me.

                7. DK_13
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  I am going for raphinha strujik reed(Fulham mid) + Martinez.
                  I think it will get me close to 15 points which looks good enough

                  1. DK_13
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    *yours is similar. I would do it

              2. pundit of punts
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Who would you replace Grealish with if he’s injured for DGW 26?

                I will be BBing this team. So prefer a DGWer

                Ederson
                Pereira - Stones - Shaw
                Bruno - Son - Grealish - Gundogan
                Kane - DCL - Watkins

                Lloris - Barnes - Holgate - El Mohamady

                1. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Perreira from wba

                  1. pundit of punts
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Is he nailed?

                    Sam benched him randomly.

                    1. GreennRed
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      He's nailed unless he wants to pack the midfield for trickier opposition.

                  2. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Nice run of fixtures and a lovely price. Hopefully he can do the business.

                2. Nightcrawler
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  You already be on -8 tho before the grealish transfer

                  Id keep rafinha and switch grealish to Barnes

                  1. pundit of punts
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Could do that but the lure of a dgwer is too much to resist

                    1. GreennRed
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      The lure is for us, players don't get a bounce from a DGW. It can look more tempting than reality and with European games there's a chance of rotation.

                  2. The Tinkerman
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    This

                3. The Tinkerman
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  BB team:

                  Martinez, Sanchez*
                  Dias, Cancelo, Pereira, Shaw, El Mo
                  Salah, Bruno, Barnes, Gund/Foden, Raph*
                  Kane (C), Watkins, Bamford*

                  * = SGW

                  No FH, plan to get 8-9 for that week using FTs. Foden or Gundo will come in for JWP this week, depending on fitness.

                4. DK_13
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Leicester mid

              3. Nedvěd11
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                What to do with Sterling?
                Surely waste to swap to KDB or FT to Salah with 1 FT with The fixtures?

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Can you afford Kane?

                  Pivot his value into Kane and you could get Foden or Silva or Mahrez and take a hit.

                  1. Nedvěd11
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Already got Kane, Son, Bruno, Gundo, Canc

                    1. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Sitting pretty. See how Sterling performs today.

                      Got to be on Man City for the double double.

                      I'd prefer a defender and 2 attacking players personally.

                      But which ones?

                      They'll all play a part.

                      1. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        *Sunday

                      2. Nedvěd11
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        Cheers

              4. casual69
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Morning all, thoughts on this squad and any changes you would make for next week?
                currently have 0.3 in the bank, was thinking of improving the defence and maybe dcl as well...looking to BB so any ideas would be helpful!

                Ederson Martínez
                Rüdiger Dallas Stones
                Salah Gündogan Fernandes Son Raphinha
                Bamford Kane

                Watkins Lowton El Mohamady

                1. casual69
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  looking at dropping dallas, mayb fernz to kdb, watkins to dcl and something with lowton for next week!

              5. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                I kind of despise my team for GW26

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Did you go all in on this week and now have the buyers remorse? That's pretty much where I'm at. Also annoyed there was no credible Grealish source either.

                  1. Bubz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Yeah triple Leeds, Ings, still have Grealish. No Spurs players. Sold Gundo. Team just looks a bit shite really

                    1. Eat my goal!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Sold gundo?

                      1. Bubz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Yeah for Raphinha. Will be needing him back though

                        1. Eat my goal!
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 27 days ago

                          -8 and you can set up nicely

                    2. Bennerman
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Respect this sort of no BS.

                      Would do some kind of emoji if I knew how

                    3. Mr. O'Connell
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Need a 4-4 between Leeds and Southampton to give us some points to spend on hits next week then.

                    4. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      You've got your WC and fixture certainty to sort it if you need to.

                      1. Bubz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Yeah I’m starting to think I might need to use the WC...

                        1. Hy liverpool
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 26 days ago

                          I did it yesterday.. I think we have to

                2. The Knights Template
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  You will make a great manager.

              6. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Guys 2ft, bb tc wc left don't know when to use bb but planning to use tc on kane this week which will be the better choice

                A) antonio salah to kane Barnes /maddy
                B) Antonio son to kane Barnes/maddy

                A will allow me not to use an extra transfer /hit to bring back son in..

                Suggestions will be helpful. TIA.

              7. Union_Jacks
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 27 days ago

                Hi guys, would appreciate your thoughts on the below.

                Would you BB this team for -4:

                Pope, McCarthy
                Cancelo, Dias, Mee, Dallas, Aina
                Salah, Bruno, Rashford, Gundo, Raphinha
                Richarlison, DCL, Watkins

                Or WC to this team:

                Martinez
                Cancelo, Dias, Digne
                Salah, Bruno, Barnes, Gundo
                Kane, DCL, Watkins

                McCarthy, Targett, Struyjk, Romeu

                1. Union_Jacks
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  The BB isn’t the worse but does leave me with double Everton v Chelsea away and double United attack v City away in 27...

              8. Vazza
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Who is the best option for the upcoming GWs

                  A. Maddison
                  B. Barnes
                  C. DCL

                  1. Union_Jacks
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Hmm probably C

                  2. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    A

                  3. Nedvěd11
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    C

                  4. Third Eye Vision
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    I’d get C and one of the Leicester mids. They’re both great value at the moment.

                  5. Gandalf
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    C

                • Dr. Rog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  GW26 team

                  Martinez
                  TAA Stones Dave Rudiger
                  Salah Bruno Son Foden Gundog
                  Kane
                  nobody DCL Brewster Struijk

                  only Struijk doesnt have a double, so im gonna BB

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    With nobody?

                    1. Dr. Rog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      yeah im not spending 2 transfers to bring in a 2nd keeper

                • Weeb Kakashi
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Have 7 starters already for GW29.
                  How about FH 26 and WC30/31??

                  Have No Kane and Son atm.

                  1. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    7 starters is very decent actually. I think I've got about 4 and I'll be selling a couple of them this week 🙁

                    If I had 7 already, I wouldn't be using FH in 29 that's for sure

                    1. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      But when will FH be more valuable?

                      In smaller bgw33?

                      1. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Hard to say at thew moment, but, yes, I'd say BGW33 could be the one

                  2. The Tinkerman
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    That’s strong. On WC I held 5 starters for that week, and intend to go up to 8 using FTs before then.

                  3. Rashers
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Same position as you and think I am going this route too.

                • Warbling Wendy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Am I the only one who couldn't care less how the top 10k Managers set their teams up?

                  1. Third Eye Vision
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    I think I’m more interested in the top 100 k. Too many early chip users still winging it in the top 10 k.

                    But I take your point, it’s not the greatest of weekly articles.

                  2. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Probably

                  3. Gandalf
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Find it useful to see the EO for the new templates to consider the impact of going without them if they haul

                  4. Boyd to Sven
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Increasingly arbitrary number when looking at the template. Such a small proportion of the overall players now and things are so bunched up this year that it's losing its meaning for me really.

                • Daniel Jebbison
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  To follow up on this article, I've never seen such a strong template and I am playing the game 10+ years.

                  Differentiating means a red arrow almost guaranteed.

                  So how to get a green? Different captain? Any other insights?

                  1. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    By going super template.

                    My team before WC was 75% template according to liveFPL. But, I moved from almost 3million OR to inside the top 100k in about 12 GW's.

                    So, it's still very possible for upward mobility even with a team that appears template

                  2. diesel001
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Doing well in DGWs and BGWs.

                    There are a lot of options next GW. I haven't seen many talk about Everton defence, Johnstone in goal, Lookman, Werner, Mount, Cavani, TAA etc.

                  3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    It’s always like this - every. single. year.

                    it’s just a pool of players but there are almost infinite combinations from that pool

                    Bamford, Watkins, DCL, Antonio, Vardy, Kane, Ings - how many variations of a 2 & 3-man forward line can you make from that lot?

                    Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Gundo, Soucek, Raphinia, Maddison, Barnes - how many 4 & 5 man midfields can you make from that?

                    How many combinations of 7 can you make from the above?

                    And that’s before you get to defenders & GK’s...

                    It’s about the same sized pool of players that we have every year, with Probably about a million possible teams from it

                  4. Third Eye Vision
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Going differential with captain choices is never wise unless it’s the last few weeks and you’re hoping for a miracle.

                    Planning well around doubles and blanks and chip use is the number one way to climb the ranks.

                    I’ve never been influenced by ownership when making transfers.

                    1. TubThumper
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      Surely that depends on if the most-captained player performs or not? If Raffina or Fernandes for example haul this GW ,and Bamford blanks, then going differential would be an absolutely brilliant idea?

                  5. TubThumper
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Why does differentiating mean an almost certain red arrow. Not differentiating means staying pretty much level......the only way to get a meaningful green is to attack a bit and go different?

                    Different captain a great way to go about it also. Going around Bamford this week was the perfect opening for those wanting to have a crack at climbing the OR. With Phillips out even more so. Following the heard at this stage of the season basically means settling for what you have out of fear.

                    1. thegaffer82
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      Read maximus bonimus post above.

                      You don't need differential captain to be different. There's 1000's of combinations you can have from the pool of players considered template.

                      I've risen almost 3 million places with a 'template' team and 'template' captains.

                      Maybe in the last few weeks of the season you can go a bit differential to try win your ML. But no need at all right now

                      1. TubThumper
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        That is a great effort for sure. But now you are at that higher rank you'll have a harder time making gains with a template most likely. Having a template team (based on the top 10k) at an OR rank 1 million + means that you are probably differentiated from those around you. But that dynamic changes a lot once you get inside 100k. You have to try and preempt the template to make impact......Gundy for example was a differential around GW17, now he's not. The biggest value was in having him early.

                • The Tinkerman
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Still nobody in the media has mentioned Grealish form what I can tell, and he did media duties yesterday. Seem likely that rumour was BS.

                  1. The Tinkerman
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    From*

                  2. Firminoooo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Been googling for news. Can’t find anything so hope he is fine. Important player for my plans forward.

                  3. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Probably is BS.

                    But, I do find it worrying that so many of his teammates have transferred him out of their FPL teams (including the physio!)

                    1. The Tinkerman
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Interesting, I wouldn’t know how to find that out. But I’d still expect there to be at least a whiff of it in a paper somewhere if it were true, especially given he was on media duty this week.

                      1. The Tinkerman
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Also, he has been rubbish FPL wise recently 😀

                      2. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Somebody posted a twitter link yesterday that showed about 6 players (Hourihane, Cash and some others) plus a physio had all transferred out Grealish.

                        Weird eh!!!

                      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        What if it only happened late yesterday...

                      4. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        AVL] Multiple insiders transferred OUT Grealish!

                        ○ [02-19] Matt Targett
                        ○ [02-19] Conor Hourihane
                        ○ [02-19] Neil Taylor
                        ○ [02-19] Scott (1st Team Performance Analyst)
                        ○ [02-18] Rob (Physio)

                        #FPL #GW25

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 26 days ago

                          It's also perhaps telling that the physio did it a day earlier.

                          1. thegaffer82
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 26 days ago

                            Well spotted. That is perhaps very telling!

                      5. AC/DC AFC
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 27 days ago

                        Local paper not reporting it.

                        Perhaps they are keeping it quiet. Besides the sigint leak via FPL!

                        https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aston-villa-leicester-grealish-maddison-19851870

                  4. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Been keeping an eye on the betting exchanges. Villas price is drifting somewhat.

                  5. Jellyfish
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    It’s bullsh1t....from a villa fan.
                    What I’ve heard is a possibility is John McGinn being dropped for Nakamba

                    1. Wild Rover
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 27 days ago

                      Being a fan doesn't make you any more itk than anyone else.

                      1. Jellyfish
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 26 days ago

                        Ok

                  6. Third Eye Vision
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Don’t follow the mainstream media.

                    Just base all your life-choice decisions by scrutinising celebrity fpl-teams and training ground photos.

                • Soto Ayam
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Pope - tot, LEI

                  Martinez - Lee, Shu

                  Worth a -4 to bring Martinez in week.?

                  Will also give me another player for gw 29, and Martinez seems to be a must have. I've been kicking myself for not bringing him in earlier when I had chances

                • Jellyfish
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Best 44 or less midfielder im the game?
                  Thinking Smith Rowe or Bissouma right?

                  1. Third Eye Vision
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Surely you’re not playing him with so many great options - he’ll be third on your bench. Keep the decent cheap defenders ahead of him.

                    Just pick the one with the most minutes recently.

                • Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Barnes (352) or Watkins (343) on wildcard?

                  1. Jellyfish
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Barnes

                  2. BENOIT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    No Grealish or Cash affects Watkins output IMO

                    1. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      I'm sure it will although Villa's fixtures look better on paper and they also have that game in GW29.

                • JOELIO8701
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Took a -4 this week and likely next week also. The combined -8 well well worth it for TC 26 and WC 31 though. I’m ranked 18k, can I still win FPL?

                  Hopefully will become the first player to win League and Cup double this season

                  1. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    It's tough because number 1 is miles ahead of even the person ranked 1k.

                    But I think a top 1k finish is definitely a realistic target from 18k

                  2. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    How soon is the apocalypse?

                • Jordan.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  ederson
                  lowton/rudiger/shaw
                  barnes/gundogan/salah/raphinha
                  watkins/dcl/(k)ane

                  martinez/digne/cancelo/fernandes

                  bench boost in play ,45k and wc2 left and fh gw29 ,going well

                • TeddiPonza
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Team:

                  Martinez
                  Dias Stones Tark Digne
                  Bruno Salah Son Gundo
                  DCL Bamford
                  (Raphinha Coufal Antonio)
                  Best move?

                  A. Antonio to Watkins, TC Salah, Son or Bruno
                  B. Son and Bamford for Kane (TC) and Barnes -4.
                  C. Kane (TC) and 3.8m def for Digne and Bamford.

                  1. Jordan.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    B

                  2. BENOIT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    Not sure i would ditch Digne with his double... jeeeeez.

                • jimmyharte
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  For DGW26 should I:

                  1.Triple captain Harry Kane BUR(H) FUL(A)
                  Or
                  2. Bench Boost with Grealish LEE(A)SHU(A), Mee TOT(A)LEI(A) & Neto WOL(A)MCI(A)

                  Thanks!

                  1. Jordan.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    1

                • Sloane426
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  (A) Ings > Kane(c)
                  (B) Ings + Raphina > DCL + Barnes -4. Will captain Son.

                • Forgetmeknot
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  Wc currently. Plan is to get some saints (bench them this week) for next weeks double then bench boost 28 for hopeful villa and eve double, TC Kane whenever Spurs get their double and FH 29.

                  This optimal use of chips (would have liked to bench boost 26 but that ships had sailed)?

                  1. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 27 days ago

                    I wouldn't let BB dictate your wildcard team this week. That's about it.

                    1. Forgetmeknot
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      Cheers yeh I was tempted to set up bb for next week so don’t have to try and second guess fixtures eg not over plan for BB. Problem is don’t really like treble saints vs city

                • Rinseboy
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 27 days ago

                  WCing this week and no other chips left so need a team that has some 29 players in too.

                  Thoughts on this draft? Honest feedback would be great! Nightmare season so far and ranked 300k and want some differentials!

                  Martinez 3.9
                  Digne Cancello Aina Dias Burn
                  Mane Gundo Bruno Son ESR
                  Kane DCL Watkins

                  1. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    You are pretty much there with your core players - although I'd definitely go for Salah over Mane (for penalties alone).

                    I wouldn't have your cheap DFers - White over Burn and I'm not keen on Aina either. Rest seems fine!

                    1. Rinseboy
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      thanks mate

                  2. Pépé Pig
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    I would get Shaw in over Digne, and then Mane to Salah

                • Bene_the_horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Does anyone know if Tete of Fulham is nailed?

                • CroatianHammer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Just realised I don't have any in action until the late game: Reid.
                  Had triple Leeds yesterday but came away with 11, so there's that. If Alioski was rested, fine, if bumped to the bench permanently then I reckon he's going out for... who knows. Targett? Alonso?

                • chaser123
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  £0.1m off being able to do:
                  Coufal + Rashford + Davis > Konsa + Son + Watkins

                  Any suggestions? Trying to sort out a team for both GW26 and GW29...

                  1. Optimus.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Elmo for 4.3 with Cash out?

                • RED_ARMY
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Still early in this gameweek but toying with some moves for next week. Off the back of a wildcard so reluctant to take a -4 but will do it probably. What's your preferred move here:
                  a) Ings + Dallas to DCL + Digne (keep Bamford and Raph)
                  b) Ings + Raph to DCL + Grealish
                  (keep Dallas + Bamford)
                  c) Dallas + Ings to Strujik + Kane

                • bench boost for every gamew…
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Every one in the ffs have cap bamford and triple leeds. Is it automatization going on? Weird, but kind of mainstream?

                  1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Only double Leeds here x)

                  2. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    We'll all be -8ing them out for the DGW

                  3. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Just bamford here, never understood the hype for the defence, still don’t think bamford was a bad decision, 1 goal against saints and it’s a decent return

                    1. bench boost for every gamew…
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      I have had ayling from gw2 wc so played him. And i was not questioning the choice Just Odd that every one did. Good choice and i was close too myself and bam was close too.

                  4. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Thankfully I went double Leeds - only a -4 to remove them now 🙂

                  5. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Well, its compulsory to captain a player playing twice 😉

                  6. Chandler Bing
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    How do I find my opponent?

                  7. tomasjj
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    With only two teams having DGW, it isn't too surprising.

                    Raphina and Ings the other two candidates with two games.

                    1. bench boost for every gamew…
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 26 days ago

                      Yep, i vc bam and put it on ings and those Grealish rumours made me close to get raph. Soucek off the bench If those are true, against spurs Who cant defend in the air. Or Grealish vs rusty pereira. Ings vs Leeds is gonna be fun. Hopefully kepa plays for Chelsea too.