Scout Notes

Maddison and Grealish injury updates and Sunday’s FPL action reviewed

We round up the headline FPL talking points from Sunday’s matches in our whistle-stop review.

JACKED IN

Jack Grealish (£7.7m) was absent as Aston Villa succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Leicester City.

Rumours had swirled about the midfielder’s potential absence both before and after Friday’s Gameweek 25 deadline and there is still an element of mystery about how long the England international will be sidelined for, with the Athletic’s Gregg Evans reporting that Grealish will also miss next weekend’s match against Leeds United and the BBC’s Simon Stone going a step further and declaring (in a subsequently watered down article) that he may miss a month of action.

Interviewed after full-time, Villa boss Dean Smith expressed hope that Grealish could be back in time for Gameweek 26 – although did admit that he would have to be an “optimist” to think that:

Jack had some discomfort on Friday afternoon so we pulled him out of training, assessed him and didn’t think he was right for the game.

It’s not a re-occurrence of a longstanding injury or an old injury. It’s not going to be a long-term injury but I’ll be guided by the medical staff as to how long he’ll be out and Jack himself. I can’t tell you any more than that really.

Pretty much [a case of taking it game by game], yeah. If I’m an optimist maybe he’ll be back for Leeds or, if not, Sheffield United but I have to be guided by him and the medical staff and see how it is.

FPL managers aren’t hanging around either way, with Grealish the most-sold player of Gameweek 26 and already flogged by over 100,000 managers.

MADDISON ALL RIGHT?

Gundogan fit to start as De Bruyne returns to City XI and Foden drops to bench 1

Leicester City have their own injury concern as we prepare for the biggest Double Gameweek of the season.

James Maddison (£7.3m) continued his fine form on Sunday and opened the scoring at Villa Park – his 12th goal or assist in his last 14 appearances.

But the England midfielder hobbled from the field of play just after the hour-mark, having twice needed treatment from the visitors’ physios.

Brendan Rodgers said after full-time:

He had an issue with his hip last season. He just felt it when he was taking the corner so as a precaution we’ve taken him off and we’ll examine that over the next couple of days.

Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) is probably the biggest winner from the flags on fellow mid-price midfielders Grealish and Maddison: he is currently the most-bought asset of Gameweek 26.

Barnes recorded his second successive double-digit haul with a goal and an assist in the Foxes’ victory, which took his total to 10 attacking returns in 11 Gameweeks.

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) was intriguingly deployed ‘out of position’ in that win for the Foxes, lining up on the right of midfield ahead of Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) – although how much that selection was made with a plan to combat Grealish in mind is another question.

1-0 TO THE ARSENAL’S OPPONENTS

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Ilkay Gundogan (£6.1m) made a swift return from injury at the Emirates this afternoon but couldn’t add to his season’s goal tally of 11.

The German started and finished the game in his now customary ‘number eight’ role but he, and City as a collective, never really clicked in an attacking sense in north London.

Not that Pep Guardiola’s side really needed to get out of second gear, with Arsenal failing to capitalise on some threatening positions in the final third and mustering only one shot on target in the entire game.

This was City’s 15th clean sheet of the season and their 13th in the last 16 Gameweeks.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) made his first start on his return from injury as a ‘false nine’ and managed to look both classy and rusty before being hooked on the hour-mark, while the advanced Joao Cancelo (£6.1m) again saw plenty of penalty-box action and wasted a glorious chance to double City’s lead when toe-poking wide from 10 yards.

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) was the visitors’ match-winner, nodding home Riyad Mahrez‘s (£8.1m) second-minute cross for his 13th attacking return in his last 14 league starts.

SON/ANTONIO/SPURS

Grealish absent through injury as Castagne returns for Leicester's trip to Villa 3

West Ham United defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the first Premier League game of the day, with Jesse Lingard (£5.9m) continuing his purple patch of form in east London.

Lingard’s goal was his fourth attacking return in as many appearances for the Hammers and turned out to be the match-winner, which secured him maximum bonus points and a double-digit haul.

Michail Antonio (£6.6m) was passed fit to play and marked his return with an early goal, although his comeback was ever-so-slightly tainted with a second-half booking.

Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) also picked up a yellow card en route to a one-pointer, with FPL’s most-owned defender, Aaron Cresswell (£5.8m), losing his clean sheet when Lucas Moura (£6.6m) nodded home Gareth Bale‘s (£9.3m) corner.

Soucek and Vladmir Coufal (£4.7m) were involved in separate collisions but recovered to finish the game.

Son Heung-min (£9.5m) and Harry Kane (£11.1m) both blanked but came within inches of a return: the former striking the woodwork late on with a freak, looping touch, with the latter seeing a potential assist go up in smoke in the process.

Kane had also teed the impressive Bale up for a second-half attempt that clipped the bar.

All in all, though, another underwhelming Spurs display (their fifth defeat in six) will leave some FPL managers pondering whether even Kane and Son are worth the outlay for the upcoming Double Gameweek.

BRU-NO WHO

“It’s not been his best game but…”

That line has regularly been used in conjunction with Bruno Fernandes‘ (£11.6m) name over the past few months and there was almost an inevitability on Sunday that, after an anonymous first half in which his most notable contribution was to pick up a booking, the Portuguese playmaker would still come good.

A slightly fortunate assist for Daniel James‘ (£6.2m) goal and a customary penalty brought up his 10th double-digit haul of the season and means that he has now racked up 307 FPL points in his 39 appearances for Manchester United.

Matching Fernandes on the day was Marcus Rashford (£9.6m), who won the aforementioned spot-kick after earlier firing United in front.

Anthony Martial (£8.7m) couldn’t take advantage of the injured Edinson Cavani’s (£7.9m) absence and turned in a poor showing, while United’s back four yet again conceded to a Premier League struggler – the bottom five teams in the division have all breached the Red Devils’ defence in 2020/21, with Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m) the latest to profit.

Luke Shaw‘s (£5.1m) owners may overlook those deficiencies so long as the left-back continues to create chances a furious rate – the defender was again top for key passes for his side on Sunday.

GOALS, ASSIST AND BONUS

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922 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Boberella
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Quick poll on Best Captain for GW26?

    A) Bruno
    B) KDB
    C) Gundo
    D) Son
    E) Vardy
    F) DCL

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A or E

    2. baines is god
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      of those E

      real answer is Salah or Kane

      1. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Thanks. Yep, edging towards Vardy or DCL as a diff.

    3. Toughie
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A

    4. MikeS
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A

      1. MikeS
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        But depends if you're chasing, if chasing a punt on dcl would be good option

        1. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Chasing yes, so a punt on Vardy or DCL could be worth a pop

    5. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A,F,D imo

      1. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Thanks. Think A will be the popular choice (as well as Kane)

    6. Ruth_NZ
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      F by far. Good enough for a TC.

    7. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Somebody is going to score 3 or 4 goals and rise

      Totally random

      Pick the luckiest player

  2. Ragabolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Risers: None

    Fallers: Firmino (9.2) Antonio (6.5) Kouyaté (4.8) Devine (4.4)

    1. hueycho
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Nice cheers mate~~

    2. MikeS
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Cheers

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Cheers Rag. Antonio prolly worth having if Watkins sans Jack proves flat.

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        If only he had genuinely any fixture that wasn't City away

    4. jamesjoseph2770
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      No drop for Grealish. Good..

    5. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      How is firmino still 9.2m! Should be 7m or under next season

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Maybe he finds his mojo next season. Will be a tricky one to price, along with Jesus and Aguero.

        1. Fred54
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Aguero will leave in the summer.

  3. MikeS
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Start which keeper

    A. Martinez (Leeds, Sheffield)
    B. Areola (palace and spurs)

    Normally I'd pick Martinez but seeing them today they were shocking, and Fulham very defensive..

    1. baines is god
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      still Martinez and not even close.

      1. MikeS
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I'm not so sure anymore, I picked areola this weekend and it paid off. And I think it could again.. currently on Martinez but tempted to switch

    2. money face bandwagon
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Martinez no doubt

      1. MikeS
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I reckon they could have 1 clean sheet each. Leeds should score Vs villa and spurs should score Vs Fulham. Both Sheffield and palace are absolute garbage tho so can't see them scoring

    3. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A by a mile, regardless of todays game.

  4. FantasyClub
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Vardy is the decoy now for Barnes and Maddison to produce

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        That explains the duck noises.

      2. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Which means less attractive for Vardy?

        1. FantasyClub
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Vardy is always tempting to transfer in because it’s Vardy but he hasn’t had a double digit haul for 11 GW’s now, although 3 of them GW’s he didn’t play. His highest score was 6, so I’m not very confident to bring him in and once again it was Barnes and Maddison that got the points

      3. barton fc
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Martinez (sanchez)
        Cancelo stones Shaw (dallas White)
        Salah bruno Barnes gundo (raphinha)
        Kane Bamford Watkins
        Is Bamford + raphinha + dallas > DCL + reed + pereira/digne worth a - 8 on bb?

        1. baines is god
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          yes

          1. barton fc
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Might go for it, worried leeds could do well at villa, the other option is Bamford to dcl for free

            Who do you prefer digne or pereira?

      4. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Worth getting in Targett now or have Villa lost their defensive touch...

        1. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Don't bother they looked awful without cash and grealish

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            This, have been for a while with the 2 playing but have been bailed by Martinez

        2. money face bandwagon
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Not base on 1 game. Esp with targett priced cheaply

      5. baines is god
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Is El Ghazi a legit option?

        Seems likely to start now Grealish out, and on pens, but was hauled off after 60 minutes today?

        1. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Wouldn't bother with villa tbh without grealish and cash

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            they have very possibly 2 doubles in the next 3 weeks and no gw29 blank.

            softish fixtures too, obviously missing their best player won't help but no evidence they won't still score goals and get clen sheets etc.

        2. Toughie
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Villa have no options at the moment apart from Martinez

        3. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Perhaps he was rested for the penalties to come?

          1. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            no, i think he was just subbed off because he and Villa weren't playing well.

            Dean Smith picked him for every game when Barkley was out, and doesn't seem to do 'rotation', so great chance El Ghazi starts both games. Probably around a 50% chance Villa get a penalty in one of those games so owning El Ghazi could be a good idea

        4. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Trez could start if he has another nightmare maybe

      6. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Sorry guys completely bottomed but have 2 questions for you all
        1) How many DGW players should you have on your bench for it to be worth playing it
        2) Whats is the biggest point hit that you'd take to justify your answer to 1
        Thanks! 🙂

        1. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          4
          -8

        2. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          1) at least 2 DGW'ers on bench for BB
          2) -8 tops

        3. Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A) If you have SGW players who have a very easy game, then you do not need any DGWers on the bench... DGWers may also not have any easy games in the DGW like probably Chelsea this GW. So may not be worth it to have DGWers.
          B) -8

        4. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          We can't answer that. Depends on the bench and expected points for hits. And no need to have any dgw players on bench to make BB worth while. For example my bench is areola, Ings, bamford and raphina only 1dgw player and I'd bb that of I had the chip still

        5. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          3
          -8

        6. LSK
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          If you decide not to use it because you don’t have enough DGW players, how many DGW players will you have when you actually decide to use it? Surely zero now that the other big double has passed. So even 1 is worth it. I’d aim for 2 or 3 though for a -4 or -8.

        7. money face bandwagon
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          I wouldnt take hits to get in a dgw player to bench boost. Unless it is part of a bigger trade.

          If u have 4 active bench players..i think its ok to bench boost if u have 1 or 2 dgw players. In fact i m doing it on a non dgw week as it is hard to exactly predict when is the next dgw and i have wildcarded this gw so cannot bb immediately.

        8. Ian & Zen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          SGW players are fine with a good fixtures - you can never guarantee your DGW players will actually play both games - when else are you going to use BB?

        9. woodles
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Late reply but I took a -12 in GW19 to BB and I had 3x doubles and Saka (with a SGW). Johnstone played 1 of the 2 games. The bench gained me 41 in total.. so it can definitely pay off with a bit of luck

      7. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Do I need to wildcard?
        Martinez Forster
        Mee Shaw Stones (Dallas Coufal)
        Son Bruno Gundogan Raphinha (Grealish)
        Kane Bamford Ings

        Could do Grealish to Barnes for free for 10 double game week players.

        1. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          No way. Do grealish to barnes

        2. leeboy104
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Think that transfer would only give you 9 DGW players unless I've miscounted. Would do the transfer, maybe take a hit for DCL.

        3. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Smith optimistic of Grealish returning against Leeds, what do people make of this?

          1. Bennerman
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Personal opinion/interpretation – no

          2. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Unlikely

          3. Ruth_NZ
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            It's nonsense.

          4. Messiah Hazard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Probable, he’s the manager after all... but every other report points to the contrary...

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              yeh. if he is a chance to play I'd prefer not to take the -4 hit.

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              You clearly don’t know his history on this stuff then

          5. leeboy104
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I don't trust Smith, think Grealish out for DGW and beyond.

              1. Gabbiadini
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Yes most likely I'll end up taking the hit to Barnes.

              2. HammersXI
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Seems like every villa fan doesn't trust D.Smith update tbh. Earlier reports said 1 month, other journalist said at least out of Leeds game.

          6. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Would you rather do-
            A. Pope > Areola
            B. Salah > KDB

            Need to take one of the above hits to fund a good bench for BB.

            1. Messiah Hazard
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              B

            2. money face bandwagon
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              A

            3. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              B

            4. Ruth_NZ
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Try dropping Bruno instead. 🙂

              1. Esalman
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                lol hell no.

            5. Esalman
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Cheers all!

          7. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Is this worth a BB?

            Areola Dallas raphina coufal

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I would

            2. Boberella
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Yeah, I probably would

            3. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Not too keen on the idea of BB Coufal, could you move him out for someone in the same price bracket with a DGW?

              1. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Already doing a -8, not sure if it’s worth another hit. Although he’s the main reason I’m doubting BB this gw.

                1. The Units
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  I have the same issue and might just go with him as with this season you never know whats going to happen.

                2. HammersXI
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Ah if it's a -8 then maybe an extra hit might not be wise

          8. Boberella
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Not seeing KDB mentioned at all in any teams or WCs here.
            No one fancy him? or is it a case of waiting til after UCL match and assess further/rotation/less minutes, etc?

            1. Messiah Hazard
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              He didn’t play 90 mins. So remains to be soon how fit he is and how he will be eased into.

              1. Boberella
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Yeah, he certainly didn't look too sharp in places, but he played 2 amazing passes that both should have been converted (Sterling and Gundo)

          9. Messiah Hazard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Barnes expected to rise and Grealish expected to fall today? Have exact funds to do some moves and cant afford rises and loses.

            1. Boberella
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Price changes happened 25 mins ago and neither dropped or rose

              1. Messiah Hazard
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Oh so I get a day to plan the moves... Surely they will change tomorrow. Thanks.

                1. Boberella
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Gotta think Grealish will fall and Barnes will rise tomorrow yeah.

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Not worth the risk, still too many unknowns with EL still to play

          10. Sterling Malory
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Would you lose Salah to bring in Kane

            Or

            Go without, and do Ings > DCL

            1. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I would go without and go for DCL. Spurs just don't rly look like they are performing

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              B

            3. Messiah Hazard
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Kane has great fixtures but form is dodgy.

              Ings to DCL is probably a better move for this DGW

              1. Bennerman
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Form is dodgy?

                1. Messiah Hazard
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  He’s not scoring as often as we expected...

              2. OneDennisBergkamp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                i dont think he has great fixtures, Fulham and Burnley have not let in many goals recently

            4. Boberella
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Would B be Ings to Kane if losing Salah?

              I have already done Ings to DCL, but not bothered much by Kane as a Son owner. Spurs not exactly looking great and Salah has SHU.

              1. Sterling Malory
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Probably lose Antonio for Kane if I sold Salah

          11. kobewan
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            McCarthy, Targett, Watkins, Rapinha

            BB or nah?

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Yes

          12. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Bring in Pereira or Digne?

            Concerns over whether Pereira will start every week...

            1. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Did you triple up on Leeds in the end? 🙂

              Would play safe with Digne. Periera will be slowly brought inside to manage his fitness

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Cheers. Nah just stuck with 2 but armband on Bamford sort of made it 3 lol

                1. HammersXI
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Yeah fell into that trap myself. Wanted to be punty with Raphinha as C but balls out of it at the last min.

          13. NATSTER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            What do you see as better strategy to DGW26 for chaser?

            A: Bamford > Vardy .. double Vardy & Barnes

            B: Raphinha > Son .. double Kane & Son

            1. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              If I'm chasing I would go with A

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              A

          14. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Unsure what to really do with my team, more keen on KDB over Kane.

            Martinez (Forster)
            Lowton Digne Dias (Rudiger Coufal)
            Salah Gundo Bruno (TC) Son Raphinha
            Ings Bamford (4.3m)

            Am really considering doing some wholesale changes, thoughts on which to do?

            A) Ings + Raphinha -> Watkins + KDB (-4)
            B) Ings + Raphinha -> Kane + Barnes (-4)
            C) Ings + Raphinha -> Kane + M.Periera (-4)
            D) Ings -> DCL
            E) Ings + Raphinha + Coufal -> DCL + KDB + Struijk (-8)

            Am willing to take a hit instead of wildcarding tbh.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              You’d definitely want 3 City for the coming 2 DGWs for City. A

              1. HammersXI
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Would you go Watkins > DCL tho. That's my thought process tho. I feel that Watkins without Grealish is an issue, but yes they face Leeds..

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Does Watkins to DCL involve an extra hit? I may bring in Watkins if Grealish injury is only short term so I have one less transfer to do for BGW29

                  1. HammersXI
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Yeah I'll be 0.6m short. So it will require a hit to get in DCl. Hence I'm considering the Coufal -> Struijk move (if no one rises, I got exact money for all..)

                    (Shucks my bad with the reply)

          15. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            This stage of the season, if you're outside the top 100k it's time to experiment.

            Sell, Son, Fernandes and Bamford

            All over 50% ownership, Son not on set pieces, Spurs not scoring much, Kane a better option.
            Fernandes tricky double and bad fixtures after.
            Bamford no more doubles.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I suppose you’re ditching all 3 yourself then?

            2. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              That's how you'll fall out of the top 1m. not 100k.

              Fernandes is almost fixture proof atm. And they are playing Palace. I would captain anyone who plays Palace.

              Bamford has 29. I would get rid after 30.

          16. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Yeah I'll be 0.6m short. So it will require a hit to get in DCl. Hence I'm considering the Coufal -> Struijk move (if no one rises, I got exact money for all..)

          17. baines is god
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Looking at City's fixtures and Pep's penchant for rotation, I don't think having just 1 or 2 City players is that bad for the DGW.

            There are 0 guaranteed starters or even highly likely starters for both their games except Ederson.

            They're more likely to get 0 clean sheets than 2, with 1 the most likely outcome, and their goals are so spread out who knows who to own

            1. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              If you look at the stats, Dias / KDB and Sterling has almost started every game when fit.

              I'll rather have KDB for 60 mins in an in-form side than getting Kane for supposedly better fixtures on paper.

              Burnley and Fulham are NOT easy games

              1. baines is god
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                great chance Dias rests one of the two, he'll start CL midweek and the Utd game after the DGW.

                KDB same story.

                agree about the last point though

                1. HammersXI
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  Dias already had his rest. So too KDB if you didn't realize.

                  The odds of them getting rested again seems low. KDB minutes will be managed per game. But I see him starting everything till they win the league.

                  1. baines is god
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    that's just inaccurate. Pep rotates constantly, the reason Dias has played almost every game when fit this year was Laporte and Ake were injured. Since Laporte's return he has rested Dias once, and very possibly will more, unless you think he'll play him in 4 straight games over 10 days.

                    KDB just coming back from injury is an even bigger rotation threat, they're 10 points clear and 98% favourites to win the league, you think Pep doesn't realise that?

                    1. HammersXI
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Dias wasn't rested. He was coming back from sickness hence Pep decided against playing him till he has fully recovered. Him play 3/4 games tbh would provide more points potential than any other team atm with the way city are playing.

                      I'm more certain that KDB isn't gg to play more than 70 mins per game for the next few weeks.

                      I wouldn't call him a rotation threat. Mahrez / Foden / Jesus and Torres are rotation threats.

                      "Pep rotates constantly" - but yet Sterling missed 2 out of the last 14 games while also playing in the FA cup and UCL. And before you said injuries, Mahrez / Bernando / Torres were all fit. Pep's rotation isn't as crazy as you think of it at several positions

            2. Sterling Malory
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Based off your last 2 comments it's as if you're intentionally trying to give bad advice so people fail :')

              1. baines is god
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                bro just throwing out ideas, people can take them or reject them!

                1. HammersXI
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 29 days ago

                  If you're throwing out ideas cause you are making such moves then you're more credible. Talk is cheap 🙂

              2. HammersXI
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Oh, right didn't know he was the person asking ppl to sell those 3 people. lol. Good spot, Shouldn't have wasted my time

          18. Sterling Malory
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            How do we feel about the following moves

            Ings Antonio Dallas > DCL Watkins Digne or Pereira(-4)

            BB the following, assuming Maddison is fit.

            Martinez Areola
            Cancelo Stones Shaw Digne Lowton
            Son (C) Salah Bruno Gundo Maddison
            DCL Bamford Watkins

            1. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Digne might get another DGW apparently? Would hold off the Pereira move as he might not play both games. Gotta wait for Europa league.

            2. baines is god
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              like it, shame to miss Ings DGW27 but meh

          19. fcsaltyballs
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Martinez
            Cancelo Stones Robertson
            Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha
            Bamford DCL Ings

            Pope Soucek Coufal Ferguson

            1. Soucek Coufal Ferguson >> Barnes Targett Shaw (-4) (play BB)
            2. Coufal Ings Coufal >> Targett Kane (could TC)
            3. Pope Soucek Ings >> Areola Barnes Kane (-4) (could TC)

            Thanks

          20. FPL ElasticO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Are these transfers worth doing for -4?
            This will give me 12 DGW players..... for 26

            Sterling / Bamford / Pope >> Barnes / Kane / Areola

          21. Jafooli
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Whi wins:

            A. Raphine & 16pts

            B. McCarthy, Dallas, Bamford & Ings

            1. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Will be a close call. But i suspect A might win. If Leeds score, most likely Raphinha will be involved

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Yeah, I agree. And also LEE & SOT attack & defence cancelling each other out

          22. FPL ElasticO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Currently I got 3 Man City players in my team.... & I'm looking to get rid of Sterling to afford Kane.... So, is it worth doing?

            1. enrico.palazzo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              considering the same. Not sure what to do with him

            2. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Would wait out for UCL / UEL before deciding.

            3. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              just posted similar on the next page
              are you going sterling to gund or only having 2 city?

              1. FPL ElasticO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Deciding to go with 2 City (Gundo & Cancelo)

          23. enrico.palazzo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            How come the Live HOF isn't being updated regularly this season?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              It's up to GW23.

          24. FPL ElasticO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Hey, have anyone noticed the PL table....
            Only the Manchester clubs are in top 4....
            So, the PL title is heading back to Manchester where it belongs....

          25. Ruinenlust
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Son or Barnes?

            Already have Kane