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Scoutcast Episode 368 – FPL managers set for biggest ever Double Gameweek

Joe is joined by David and Karam to look at the key issues facing Fantasy Premier League managers ahead of Double Gameweek 26.

With 14 teams playing twice and six more having a single fixture, this looks to be the biggest Double Gameweek in FPL history.

There’s a lot for the Scoutcast crew to take in, with chips and captaincy among some of the issues to consider.

They also have to plan for future Double and Blank Gameweeks and still ensure they target the right players for the weekend.

Luckily, Karam is on hand to help frame the discussion as he unleashes his Wildcard.

Are Everton and Tottenham assets the best to target for the captaincy this time around, especially with such favourable fixtures? Or are more reliable premium assets such as Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) a shrewder pick?

And what of the cast of low-owned gems to consider, with Leicester’s Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) already being picked up by thousands of FPL managers ahead of the weekend.

Our trio take time to recap on their Gameweek 25 scores too, as well as frisk the fixtures over the next month and firm up their transfer and captaincy plans.

For Karam especially, he is hoping he can set up a team for a number of weeks, not just the impending set of fixtures. This is especially important as he prepares for his wedding next month – many congratulations from all at the Scoutcast ahead of his special day.

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  1. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Cup opponents out.

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      People are still in that?

      I got knocked out with 110 points in GW19 by one point...

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yeah that was a biggy. I got 126 that week.

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Unbelievably I'm still in!

      Raphinha's goal won it for me by 2 points!

      I'm sure my days are numbered but I don't think I've ever gone further than week 3 before 😆

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Waaayyy. Huge congrats mate. This is good fun isn’t it? I think the furthest I’ve gone is also week 3.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Haha congrats to you too mate - I'm quite enjoying having this extra little side competition to monitor!

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Wish I was a member of the few you are addressing.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yeah I know it’s niche. 8,192 left and there can’t be many on here.

    4. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Still in it furthest I have gotten win by 2 points last night

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Congrats.

  2. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Team is set to go for the DGW, playing my TC chip this week, am I set or would you put the arm-band on someone else?

    Martinez
    Stones - Dias - Shaw
    Salah - Bruno - Gundo - Raphina
    Kane (tc) - DCL - Bamford

    Bench: Pope - Dier - Soucek - Coufal

    1. AgentFern
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Same team as me but I have Cancelo over stones, Barnes over Raphina and Watkins over Bamford.

      1. AgentFern
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        On WC though

    2. @ocprodigy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Part of me says everyone’s overlooking the obvious option again in Bruno...

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yep... Can't decide if I'm honest, the 'obvious' option this week in my opinion is Kane, great fixtures, his history against those teams is good, but then again.. Salah, Bruno, and even DCL are screaming at me.

  3. Hy liverpool
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Cup oppoenents in

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Thanks.

  4. LLoris
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Your set

    1. LLoris
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      that was for the question above

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

      You’re.

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I didn't want to be the person to correct him

        You're turning into the new Epic Fail for me on here... it's a compliment i swear

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          He’s one of my favourite posters actually. Up there with Jafooli and Jarvish.

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            i dont see him around much but always makes me laugh

            the 2 Js are top quality as well

  5. Ranking the DGW Captains
    Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I think captaincy will be a huge factor this week. There will be plenty of TC chips in play with lots of good DGW options. I'm looking primarily at 3 things: fixtures, form and stats. Stats taken primarily from FPL website, trying not to share members area stats.

    Fixtures:
    Looking at shots/chances conceded, xGc and teams faced over the last 6 weeks, with a small bit of subjectivity/eye test, I ranked each team in terms of defensive solidity into 4 tiers. (you might disagree with my rankings of course)

    Tier 1 (best defensively) - Man City and Chelsea.
    Tier 2 (generally pretty solid defensively) - Man Utd, Fulham, Brighton, West Ham, Wolves, Leicester, Burnley, Arsenal.
    Tier 3 (suspect defensively) - Liverpool, Everton, Spurs, Leeds, Villa.
    Tier 4 (worst defensively) - Southampton, Newcastle, Palace, West Brom and Sheffield Utd.

    DCL - T4, T4
    Salah - T4, T1
    Bruno - T1, T4
    Kane - T2, T2
    Gundogan - T2,T2.

    Notes on fixtures:
    - DCL's opponents Southampton are winless in 8 matches and have conceded 3 or more goals in 4 of their last 8 matches. They will likely also be without Romeu. WBA have slightly improved lately in some defensive metrics but have still conceded 12 more goals than any other team this season. Both teams could be awarded 'whipping boy' status.
    - Kane's fixtures are not as easy as they appear on paper. Fulham have only conceded more than 2 goals once in a game this season - GW9 vs Everton. And only Chelsea, City, Brighton and Wolves have conceded less than Fulham in the last 6 GWs. Burnley have only conceded more than one goal in a game on 5 occasions - vs City twice, vs Chelsea twice and vs Villa once (discounting the first few GWs when they were without Mee and Tark). They haven't conceded more than 2 goals in a game since the 5-0 drubbing by City in GW10. They have conceded a respectable total of 12 goals in their 16 matches since GW10.

    Conclusion: DCL has the best fixtures vs two leaky teams. Kane's fixtures may be tougher than originally thought. Salah and Bruno both have 1 easy 1 tough match so although historically they can haul against anyone, it's almost a 'GW and a half' for them. City have two relatively tough fixtures but are the side most fixture proof in the league and can score well vs anyone. So I'm not sure how relevant fixtures are for Gundogan.

    Form.
    xGI and minutes per xGI for last 6 matches ranks:
    1. Gundogan
    2. Bruno
    3. Salah
    4. DCL
    5. Kane

    Form: average points per game last 6 matches vs average ppg whole season (in brackets)
    Gundogan - 10.0 (6.6)
    Bruno - 8.3 (7.6)
    Salah - 5.8 (6.8)
    DCL - 5.2 (5.9)
    Kane - 5.0 (7.0)

    Double digit hauls vs total blanks (in brackets) over the season:
    Bruno - 10 (9) - Including two double digit hauls in last 4 gws.
    Gundogan - 6 (10) - Only blanked 4 times in last 13 matches.
    Salah - 5 (10) - 8 of these blanks have come in Salah's last 11 matches.
    Kane - 5 (8) - 3 of Kane's 5 hauls came in the first 5 GWs aided by 8 of his 11 assists coming within the first 6 GWs.
    DCL - 3 (6) Run of 4 blanks between GW15 and 21 but has 2G 2A in his last 3 appearances.

    Haul potential: Times when their team has scored 3+ goals in a game and total goals scored by their team this season (in brackets)
    Bruno - 10 (53)
    Gundogan - 8 (50)
    Salah - 7 (45)
    Kane - 5 (37)
    DCL - 4 (37)

    Team form:
    Man City are in fantastic form.
    Man Utd are in decent form.
    Everton had a good win last time out but are perhaps the toughest team to predict, their form can be very inconsistent.
    Liverpool are in poor form, especially at home.
    Spurs are in poor form, losing 5 of their last 6 games, albeit having some tough fixtures in that period.

    Summary of form:
    Bruno and Gundogan are the most in form players. Bruno has had the most double digit hauls this season and his team have had scored the most goals. He has achieved double digits in 40% of GWs and he hasn't blanked in the last 4 GWs. He excels away from home and without Pogba in the team. Gundogan is averaging the most points per match in the last 6 and plays for the best team. Kane and Salah (and their teams) are relatively out of form. DCL is the least explosive but interestingly has the least amount of blanks over the season, indicating he is a low risk but low ceiling pick. Spurs and Everton tend to score less goals than City, Man Utd and Liverpool although DCL and Kane have high involvement in their teams goals.

    General notes and observations:
    - Bruno, Salah and Kane are on pens. There is an outside chance of Gundogan taking a pen but he's probably off them. DCL not on pens. Bruno and Gundogan are on set pieces.
    - Kane's points potential from assists has regressed to the norm after a period of big over-achievement early in the season. DCL and Kane both have 13 goals this season and an almost identical xGI. Kane gets chances and pen box touches at a faster rate. Gundogan is in the form of his life and while he has perhaps slightly overachieved lately, his stats are amongst the best in the division. Gundogan's early season form is essentially irrelevant since he is now playing in a much more attacking role.
    - I don't tend to put huge emphasis on home and away form, but it is worth noting here. Both Bruno's matches are away, which might actually be an advantage since him and United have excelled away from home this season. Gundogan has 2 home fixtures. City have a very good home record and have conceded just 7 goals at the Ethiad this season - but 5 of those were against Leicester in GW3!
    - As a TC'er of Kane (3pts) Sane (1pt) and Mane (1pt) in DGWs over the last 3 seasons, I am acutely aware of the devastating impact injury or illness can have on a TC chip in a DGW! Saying that, injury or illness is virtually impossible to predict. Here are some thoughts that are surely overthinking but may have some relevance. Kane historically has struggled with ankle injuries and has sometimes needed time to get back to full match sharpness. Bruno plays his tough match first so in the unlikely but possible event that he picks up a knock vs Chelsea, he may miss his plum fixture. Salah plays his easy fixture first which is a slight advantage.
    - Rotation is difficult to predict. In my own opinion, all five options are first choice and quite nailed. Gundogan, Kane and DCL have recently recovered from injuries so there is a small chance of recurrence, or of managers (i.e. Pep) managing their minutes. It goes without saying that keeping a close eye on European minutes is very important. Gundogan has played every PL game he has been available for since he adopted his new role so I think there is less of a chance of him being victim to Pep roulette than some might think. Pep's recent comments mention that if Gundogan is fit, he plays.

    Alternatives:
    Sterling and Barnes are two players I haven't looked at (mainly because they aren't in my team) but are worth a mention in terms of captaincy this week. Barnes has the form and fixtures and should be nailed. Leicester are a team in form. Historically though he has been erratic and inconsistent. Sterling has improved recently stats wise and plays for the best team but there is more of a chance of rotation with him. Sterling is a high-risk high-reward player type player who could be a consideration for those who are chasing or feeling slightly punty, however there isn't much to suggest he should outscore the likes of Gundogan.

    Final thoughts
    All 5 of the above are worthy of consideration and could score well this upcoming DGW. Salah is probably the least appealing based on form and fixtures. Kane's form and fixtures are mixed imo - could be better, could be worse. DCL has probably the lowest ceiling but certainly has the best fixtures and consistently brings in a steady stream of points. Gundogan and Bruno have the form and play for the most potent attacking teams. Historically this season they have more double digit hauls than the others.

    I am undecided yet who I will captain and whether or not I will use TC. It's a close call but at the moment my preference, for what it's worth, is:
    1 = Bruno and Gundogan.
    3 = Kane and DCL.
    5. Salah.

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      TLDR.

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Oh i read it.. Thanks for the efforts.

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      This was like reading a tax declaration...

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        But less fun...

      2. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yeah I went down a bit of a rabbit hole and formatting in the comments section is not ideal for long posts!

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Just joking a bit, actually read it all now and it was good and informative. Still undecided who to TC. On DCL for now but might easily change.

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Thanks, yes part of me thinks just pick one and leave it on them, real chance I've already over thought it this week!

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'm leaning similar. Bruno or Gundo for captain. If Gundo doesn't start tonight or gets reduced minutes he rockets up to the top of my captaincy thoughts maybe even ahead of Bruno.

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Are you playing TC?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Nah I'm on BB.

    4. built_this_city
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      TL DR

      I'm captaining Kane

    5. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Stellar work my friend. Much appreciated analysis

    6. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Useful info, thanks

    7. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Nice post, I would rank these options exactly how you have ranked them for more or less the same reasons.

      Do we really think Gundo has lost pens now with KDB back?

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I would guess so. Rodri took the last pen (I think?) but Pep didn't seem very happy about it. It's anyone's guess who takes the next pen for City imo.

    8. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Fulham stat about only conceding more than 2 goals in a game this season is wrong, Arsenal GW1, LEE GW2, AVL GW3

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thanks, I see where I made my mistake, was looking at Lookman's history but he didn't join Fulham til GW4.

    9. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      last paragraph was plenty lol, Bruno for me, not over thinking this one off the back of a Dallas captsincy punt. DCL is a decent alternative (but slight concern with fitness).
      City assets have high ceiling but major rotation risks. Spurs and Liverpool not for me on current form.

    10. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      enjoyed this, cheers
      Salah it is 🙂

      1. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yes, cue Bruno missed pen, Kane injury, Gundogan benching, DCL og and Salah double hattie lol.

        Really a huge amount is down to luck. Pros and cons for all of them this week.

    11. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Excellent. Thanks for posting.

    12. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Good analysis. As expected, pros and cons for each which makes it really tight. I think you've called it right and perhaps pens for Bruno will be the deciding factor. Of course, it will all come down to luck anyway 😉

    13. An Geafar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Fantastic piece, enjoyed reading that

    14. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Kane has been directly involved in eight goals in his last four PL appearances against Burnley, with six strikes and two assists. He also has six goals in six v Fulham.

      That'll do for me.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I don't like historical stats. They are not as predictive as current form, shots, xG etc.

        Burnley and Fulham are in decent nick especially defensively going into these games while Spurs' attack has fallen off a cliff. Not saying Kane won't do well, I fully expect him to score in at least one of these games but I think there are better and bigger scores this week out there.

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          You could also argue that current form is not against next opponents. It's quite likely that someone else will outscore him, but finding that person in advance is the tricky bit.

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

          I would also say that you shouldn't underestimate the psychological effect on a striker who knows he has a great record against a given team.

          1. Gnu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            This a big factor and being psychological is hard to qualify but a factor no less.
            Nothing is guarenteed but I'll use it as a deciding factor if unsure between players.

      2. Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Interesting info thanks. I didn't look into historical form vs their opponents. Just shows how stats can be both informative and contradictory.

    15. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Awesome post thanks

    16. The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Nice work, think I will stick with Kane, but no TC.

    17. F_Ivanovic
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      For me, Salah is still the number 1 pick.

    18. NateDogsCats
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Excellent post, definitely given me a lot of food for thought. At the moment have the captaincy on DCL but my plan initially was Kane, but Spurs are in really poor form right now. That being said, he looked far more likely than Son to do anything against West Ham, and Bale looked much more like the player a lot expected to be coming to Spurs this season so he could have an impact at improving their fortunes and thus naturally make Kane a better prospect. Will be very interested to see if he plays tomorrow night, if not then he might get a start in this DGW. But Bruno is hard to ignore despite the tougher fixture with 2 away games. I'm also not really convinced by Chelsea's defence, I think they've been blessed a bit by the teams they've faced since Tuchel took over and will face a run of games now against teams that should be much more threatening going forward so I'm not looking at that game as I would if it were City or... well I'm struggling to think of other reliably sound defences this season in that vein but you get the point. I think Allan being back is what is drawing me to DCL currently but it will be a long few days deciding this.

      • mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thank you, the more people you can convince to not captain Kane the better

      • Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Excellent write-up! Risk of getting absolutely stupefied in a severe case of analysis paralysis here. But still not sure on Gündo, if he should lose pens, I think it's still between Bruno or Kane (who I currently don't own) for me

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Nice post Collie. I'm deciding between Kane and Gundo right now, though leaning towards Kane. I think Spurs have the quality to attack these games without too much risk, and they should take some confidence (and regret) from the way they ended their last game against West Ham. Obviously, Jose could just as easily park the bus like a loon, but he's pragmatic and needs to get the most out of Kane and Son (and Bale!), and these fixtures are a perfect opportunity to return to form.

        This may sound like wishful thinking, but the norm is Kane and Son scoring goals and points, and the only reason we won't see that again is if Jose's lost the dressing room. With an unstable lineup, there are also (relatively) fresh legs fighting for places, which could help give them impetus.

        On the other hand, Gundo is almost the obvious choice. If he were on pens, I'd likely TC him without thinking twice about it. Fernandes is a great option too, but I just can't bring myself to captain him against Chelsea given the other fixtures available. And I'd happily captain DCL if Gundo and Kane had worse fixtures.

      • Treadstone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Enjoyed the analysis but disagree with your assessment of Villa defensively.....12 clean sheets ( including 3 in the last 5 games) is more than any of the teams in your tier 2 and Chelsea in tier one.They could well be on the decline going forward but there's no denying their current stats are more akin to your tier 1 than tier 3.

        1. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          This is an interesting case as to why stats can be so misleading based on what people value in them. Yes Villa have had a great amount of CS this season. They have also conceded 8 goals to City and Chelsea's 2 over the last 6 GWs and have conceded more shots in that time than any other team in the league. They are also expected to concede 3 goals in the amount of time it takes City or Chelsea to concede one. Personally I think Martinez has saved their bacon on more than one occasion. Not trying to disregard your opinion, because I can certainly see the point to put Villa higher on the list defensively. It's just interesting that stats should be viewed with a pinch of salt and that it's often possible to be selective in picking stats to suit a certain narrative - like I have just done!

          1. Ode
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Love this, thank you

      • Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thanks for this, great summary.

      • Smelbow
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        With the recent rise in high scoring defenders, I'm going Digne as captain.

        Great fixtures, DCl back and just got a hunch that he will do well.

        I've got all the big guns, as most have, so thought a punt now might pay dividends...

        1. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Interesting. Digne is possibly the best defender to have for this week, but the Everton defense is very suspect don't bank on CS's despite favourable fixtures.

      • Henry the Black Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Fantastic post, like reading my thoughts out loud... but with more substance! I’ve been lurking around here for a decade, but felt compelled to comment as captaincy/triple captaincy is such a conundrum for me and this has helped no end. Thanks.

      • Trippier Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Really good piece - and it is more like an article due to its length. I wonder if the mods might be able to turn posts like these into community articles?

        KDB hasn't been mentioned, but I think the matches tonight/tomorrow will be our best audition for captaincy

      • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thanks for taking the time to post this. Bruno for me I think.

      • pax888
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Great post! You should write this every week it’s as good as any captaincy article I’ve read.

      • 3 A
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Tq

      • French Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Lovely

      • Pointless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Great work! Thanks. I'm most tempted by DCL TC. I was going Kane but think Mou might rest him for the 2nd game, nursing his re-hab, and play Son/Bale up front?!

      • Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Great breakdown, thanks!

      • Yank Revolution
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I think this is between 3 players only:

        Bruno, Gundo and Kane.

        DCL/Salah are out of the convo.

        1. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          DCL is a solid pick for those who put emphasis to target the fixtures. I can see the rationale in picking him and I imagine plenty of proponents of 'fixtures breed form' theory will do so.

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I want my caps and triple caps to have a higher ceiling than DCL, who, like Bamford, is not exactly explosive, but good. Kane, Gundo and Bruno all have high ceilings AND floors...DCL is high floor, low ceiling for points.

      • Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Great Post..

        Nobody tempted by Son over kane? Extra points for goals and clean sheet point

      • WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I'm between Bruno and Kane. Both will surely start both games as their EL ties are effectively over so should be rested. Gundo starting vs Monchengladbach makes him a risk for getting benched in iether of the games as they play United the next weekend, where you'd expect him to start.
        Don't have DCL. Salah not in thoughts. He is in decent form but Liverpool are in terrible form right now.

        Sterling same risk as Gundo. Barnes is a good pick. I plan to get him in. Captaincy? Probably not.
        I see there is no KdB mention He's on the bench in the CL. I expect him to start both games. If you have him or plan to get him, he is a decent shout.

      • Sloopy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Excellent post! Thanks!

      • Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I think in the end I'm going to TC Bruno. Gundogan playing 90mins in CL midweek put me off him as an option. Very tempted by Kane but going to stick to my original instincts and remember the stats that made me prefer Bruno in the first place. Good luck all!

    19. Netters2018
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      till mulling over Dallas to Digne for -4, not worried about GW29 as have a free hit. Would be an easier decision if we knew whether Everton had a double in GW28. What to do?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        how many bgw29 players do you have?

    20. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Would you do Dallas to Stones for a hit this week (Have Dias) so you can play BB?

      1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Stones might not play double anyway

    21. LLoris
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      What should be my transfer?
      A) Martinez for Pope
      B) Targett for Lowton
      C) Save a transfer

      1. Gashthebash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I'm doing taggert for lowton personally

    22. Zlatan F.C
        1 month, 27 days ago

        1FT and 3.6m in the bank. Would you do?

        A) Antonio and Grealish to Kane (TC) and Lookm. -4
        B) Antonio, Grealish and Pope to Kane (TC), Barnes and Aerola -8
        C) Antonio, Grealish and Coufal to Kane, Lookman and Castagne -8 (Bench Boost)

        Martinez
        Dias Cancelo Dallas
        Salah Bruno Gundo Raphinha
        DCL Bamford Antonio

        Pope Mee Coufal Grealish

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          just replied on prev post

          1. Zlatan F.C
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Cheers

        2. NateDogsCats
            1 month, 27 days ago

            (Apologies repost from last article)

            Is AWB to Pereira for a hit silly? I don't love MU's fixtures defensively especially since they've been leaky so I'll be likely losing him soon anyway and I like Leicester's fixtures really up until the last 3 of the season, I could see Leicester keeping 2 clean sheets this week and there's still the possibility of Ricardo playing more forward than usual again

            1. LLoris
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Not silly but I wouldnt for a hit.

            2. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              i wouldnt

            3. NateDogsCats
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Thanks guys

            4. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              WC team (No FH for GW29)

              Martinez, 3.9m
              Cancelo, Digne, Pereira, Dallas, Aina
              Sterling, Bruno, Barnes, Gundogan, Raph
              Kane, DCL, Bamford

              A) 3.9m keeper, Sterling
              or
              B) Areola, Son

              B leaves me with 1.8m for upgrades elsewhere.

              1. Hy liverpool
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Sterling raphina perreira to salah smith rowe and diaz or it's too boring?

                1. Captain_Shirokov
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  nah just don't want Salah tbh, waste of funds

              2. @ocprodigy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Given Pep roulette I’d prefer B.

            5. Sz21
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Which of the options below look best for this coming week.

              Bench Boost.
              Martinez.
              Shaw, Cancelo, Stones.
              Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundo, Raphinha.
              Ings, Watkins.
              Areola, Bamford, Dallas, Burn.
              2.8m ITB. Just BB left from the chips.

              1. Ings + Bamford -> Vardy + DCL (-4).
              2. Ings -> Kane 0.1m ITB. (Need to act quick on this one).
              3. Just Bamford/ Ings-> DCL.

              1. Traction Engine Foot
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                1

            6. Traction Engine Foot
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              This wc team look OK? Should be able to get 10/11 for gw29 with fts. Still have BB and don't know when I'll use it..

              Ederson
              Dias, Targett, Aina
              Salah, Bruno, Gundogan, Barnes
              Vardy, DCL, Kane

              Sanchez, Smith Rowe, Dallas, Burn

            7. LLoris
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Not silly but I wouldnt for a hit

            8. built_this_city
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Is the City team tonight going to influence peoples decisions heavily?

              Kind of hoping Cancelo is benched

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                on WC maybe but for those not on WC no baring I'd imagine. Other issues rather than 2nd guessing Pep & moving around city assets

              2. Quan MisTaka
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Yes. Close eye on minutes, injuries, benchings etc. The corss fingers and hope

              3. Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                if Gundogan is benched (which I think he will be) then may lean towards him for TC.

              4. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Yes

            9. fpork
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              How much game time will Smith Rowe get going forward? I can do Cavani, Grealish->Kane, Smith Rowe, giving me some more players in GW 29.

            10. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Barnes + Bamford
              OR
              Raphinha + DCL

              1. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                RD

              2. Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Close. RD for me.

              3. Zlatan F.C
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Raph and DCL

                • Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  The latter.

                • Boom XhakaLacaSaka
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Tough one, would go Raph/Dcl I think

                  1. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Surprised that's it's unanimous in favor of Raphinha and DCL.

                    I like both combos about equally.

                    1. Catastrophe
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Can't be bothered to check the stats but if Leeds were to get more penalties then it could be B & B.

                      1. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Bamford has only got 1 penalty. I don't think it's a kicker, really.

                        1. Catastrophe
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          Hes good enough without them, would be a nice bonus though. From memory, Klich missed 1 or 2 and Bamford took the last and very well

                • Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Raphinha + DCL

                  I'm probably the only one that thinks Leicester's fixtures in 26 are not great, plus Barnes can be very hit and miss

              4. mwa1t
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  Bench boost with McCarthy - Bamford - Raphinha - White, or use TC?

                  1. Catastrophe
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    That's borderline. Given the performance last night (at least 2nd half!) I would probably get BB done and out the way and use TC for a smaller DGW.

                  2. Indpush
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    TC

                • Catastrophe
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  On BB, 7 players currently for BGW29 (no FH):

                  A) Bamford, Raphinha & Dallas
                  B) Bamford, Raphinha & Keane (-4)
                  C) Bamford, Barnes & Struijk (-8)

                  Go sensible with A) or take some hits?

                  Cheers.

                  1. mwa1t
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Take a hit for Dallas, 7 is plenty and can use transfer between now and 29 anyway

                      1. Catastrophe
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Cheers - B, in other words?

                    • Quan MisTaka
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      I like barnes but dont think he is worth a -8. B looks good

                      1. Catastrophe
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Ta

                  2. wulfrunian
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Ogbonna->Mings for -8 and start him over Dallas?

                    1. Catastrophe
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Nope

                    2. mwa1t
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        No

                      • Little Red Lacazette
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Noooo

                    3. Jellyfish
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Considering playing BB with Raphina, Bamford and Struijk on my bench

                      Worth a -4 to do Forster > Pickford?

                      1. Catastrophe
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Do you have Martinez already, for BGW29? What about Areola instead. Not particularly exciting, you will make the -4 back but not if it leaves you with another transfer you need to make before BGW29 which could result in another hit (assuming you don't have FH)

                        1. Jellyfish
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          Yes, I have Martinez

                      2. Holmes
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        yes

                    4. LLoris
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      What should be my transfer?
                      A) Pope to Martinez
                      B) Lowton to Targett
                      C) Lowton to Dier
                      D) Save a transfer

                      1. sirmorbach
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        D

                      2. Utopsis
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        D -

                    5. Quan MisTaka
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Ok how about Dallas to Kabak for a hit this week.

                      Liverpool fixtures take a turn and then have a great DGW and a few good games after. I have a FH for 29

                      1. LLoris
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Not worth a hit imo

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

                        Liverpool are pretty much the worst team in the league right now. In what way do their fixtures turn?

                        Possibly consider going the other side of Stanley Park and get in Digne.

                      3. Catastrophe
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        I would stay away from Liverpool and him specifically! Anything ITB?

                      4. sirmorbach
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        I wouldn't do it, I'd definitely keep Dallas.

                    6. Balls of Steel
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      Best 3 forwards for this double gameweek?

                      1. waltzingmatildas
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Kane, DCL and one other (Richarlison/Watkins?)

                      2. Chris_H
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        On WC I have Kane, DCL and..... Diagne...!

                        1. NateDogsCats
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Love the Diagne punt, was planning to do it but decided on DCL in the end as I think I'll hold him for a while and I already have Maitland Niles but good luck!

                      3. sirmorbach
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 27 days ago

                        Lads, a little help please? Leaning towards A, B or E.

                        Martínez / Pope
                        Dias / Stones / Cresswell / Digne /  Dallas
                        Salah / Bruno / Gündogan / Raphinha / Soucek
                        DCL / Bamford / Watkins

                        A. Bamford to Kane
                        B. Bamford to Kane, Salah to Barnes (- 4)
                        C. Raphinha to Barnes, Bamford to Vardy (- 4)
                        D. Salah to Barnes, Bamford to Vardy, DCL to Kane (- 8)
                        E. Raphinha to Barnes, Bamford to Kane, Pope to Areola (- 8)

                        1. Quan MisTaka
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          Are you playing any chips?

                          1. sirmorbach
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            I'm not, unfortunately. Maybe triple captain. No more bench boost for me, sadly.

                        2. waltzingmatildas
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          A

                          1. sirmorbach
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Cheers!

                        3. Biggsy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          E of those but would prefer Soucek out instead of Raphina

                          1. sirmorbach
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            How stupid I am, I think you've got one hell of a point.

                      4. Zlatan F.C
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          Grealish and Antonio to Kane (TC) and Lookman? -4

                          1. waltzingmatildas
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Like it

                        • waltzingmatildas
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          Still torn between these options
                          A) Son and Ings to Barnes and Kane (-4)
                          B) Ings, Bamford, Cancelo to Kane, Maja, White (-8)
                          C) save ft
                          D) wc (basically to get Kane in)

                          Martinez Areola
                          Cancelo Stones Mee Dallas Coufal
                          Salah Bruno Son Gundo Raphinha
                          DCL Bamford Ings

                        • Scots Gooner
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 27 days ago

                          Is KDB over Kane silly and trying to be too clever?

                          Feel over 4 games/ 2 doubles (assuming he plays a part in all 4), KDB could outscore Kane. Also, Spurs form is horrible and fixtures aren't actually what you'd consider easy.

                          1. Captain_Shirokov
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            I would rather be one week too late with KDB than 4/5 too early.

                          2. NateDogsCats
                              1 month, 27 days ago

                              If you think Kane isn't worth it then go for it. I set up my team to get Kane in and captain him this week yet I'm stalling over it now with their poor form and the fixtures not being as easy as many think. Getting KDB in this week could be a great differential, just keep an eye on his minutes tonight first maybe and how City do in general. If he plays the full game or it ends up being a tight result he might be rested at the weekend or taken off early for the next CL game so maybe see how that goes and go from there

                          3. Lord of Ings
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Which one looks better?
                            1)play Dallas or Antonio
                            2)antonio-->Watkins for -4 and keep him till gw29.

                            1. waltzingmatildas
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 27 days ago

                              1 with Dallas

                          4. jia you jia you
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 27 days ago

                            Anybody else putting on James over Barnes as Grealish replacement?
                            Feels lonely being different lol

                            1. HMC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 27 days ago

                              Maddison or Rodriguez?
                              Not sure the former has been declared fit
                              The latter plays 60-70 so less chance for a haul

                              1. jia you jia you
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 27 days ago

                                Taking the punt on JRod

                                1. jia you jia you
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 27 days ago

                                  but I also own Maddison

                            2. yosim
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 27 days ago

                              was actually considering it, JR has nice fixtures