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Scout Squad

The Scout Squad’s best FPL players for Gameweek 31

The Scout Squad panel are back to champion the stand-out picks for Gameweek 31.

For those new to this feature, Fantasy Football Scout editor David, deputy editor Neale, video content manager Andy and Pro Pundit Tom each put forward an 18-man long-list of players and explain their notable inclusions and omissions below.

The assets listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83.0m) for the weekly Scout Picks selection ahead of the FPL deadline at 18:30 GMT on Friday.

In each writer’s squad, there are requirements for at least:

  • One goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less
  • One sub-£5.0m defender
  • One midfielder listed at £6.5m or below
  • One forward priced at £7.5m or lower

Each panelist is also restricted to no more than three players from the same team, as is the case in FPL.

We will again be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks, with details of that revealed on Friday.

DavidNealeTomAndy
GKEdouard MendyNick PopeEdersonNick Pope
Bernd LenoBerno LenoEdouard MendyEdouard Mendy
Robert SánchezAlphonse AreolaBernd LenoBernd Leno
DFTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-Arnold
César AzpilicuetaMarcos AlonsoCésar AzpilicuetaMarcos Alonso
Luke ShawAymeric LaporteJoão CanceloCesar Azpilicueta
Matthew LowtonKurt ZoumaRob HoldingJoão Cancelo
Lucas DigneCedric SoaresMatthew LowtonRob Holding
MFMohamed SalahRaheem SterlingMohamed SalahMohamed Salah
Raheem SterlingDiogo JotaRaheem SterlingRaheem Sterling
Bruno FernandesBukayo SakaBruno FernandesPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Diogo JotaLeandro TrossardDiogo JotaDiogo Jota
Mason MountRaphinhaBukayo SakaPedro Neto
FWChris WoodHarry KaneHarry KaneGabriel Jesus
Harry KaneKelechi IheanachoDanny IngsChris Wood
Matej VydraChris WoodJamie VardyDanny Ings
Danny WelbeckRicharlisonChris WoodHarry Kane
Kelechi IheanachoMbaye DiagneDanny WelbeckJamie Vardy

Most popular picks: Bernd Leno, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Raheem Sterling, Diogo Jota, Chris Wood, Harry Kane (four), Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mohamed Salah (three)

DAVID SAID

I personally think Chelsea’s 5-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion was a blot on an otherwise impressive defensive copybook under Thomas Tuchel, so I have no qualms in selecting three of their players this week, including Edouard Mendy and César Azpilicueta. Over the last six matches, the Blues remain the Premier League’s best team for expected goals conceded (xGC) and, on Saturday, they face a Crystal Palace side who have registered the second-fewest shots on target during the same period.

Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to be on the way back into fashion based on his recent performances. Over the last six matches, no FPL defender has played more key passes, created more big chances or recorded a higher score for expected goal involvement (xGI).

Luke Shaw is a close second on the key pass metric over the same period, while Lucas Digne ranks third. Ahead of facing a porous Newcastle outfit, Burnley right-back Matthew Lowton is joint-top with Alexander-Arnold for most big chances among defenders over the last six.

During that same period, Mohamed Salah is best among all midfielders for expected goals non-penalty (xG non-pen), which is particularly ominous considering he also takes Liverpool’s spot-kicks. I have doubled up with his colleague Diogo Jota, who always appears dangerous whether or not he starts matches for the Reds.

Selecting a Manchester City asset for Gameweek 31 was made harder by Pep Guardiola’s most recent Champions League line-up. I would love to have included Kevin De Bruyne considering his potential to expose Leeds from set pieces but I am concerned about his game-time now.

Raheem Sterling was an unused substitute against Borussia Dortmund and has started none of the last three Premier League matches. In any other team, that would be seen as cause to overlook such an expensive player, but it does suggest the England international starts against Leeds, probably on the left-hand side of a front three. Over their last six, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have conceded 20 chances down their right flank, which is more than they have allowed from the left and middle zones.

Chris Wood and Matej Vydra are two of my favourite forwards for Gameweek 31. The former has netted in each of his last three matches, while Vydra has two goals and one assist in his last four. This week, they face a Newcastle defence that has conceded at least two goals in nine of their last 13 Premier League matches.

Danny Welbeck has returned in each of his last three appearances and over the last six matches, is fourth-best in the entire Premier League for minutes per xGI.

NEALE SAID

As one of the few Manchester City players who hasn’t started a competitive match since the international break, Raheem Sterling looks well positioned for a run-out against Leeds this weekend. That’s half the battle with Pep Guardiola’s side: we know there’ll probably be a haul or two in the offing in any given Gameweek, it’s just attempting to second-guess who will be taking to the field on a week-to-week basis.

It’s not just the likelihood of starts that’s in Sterling’s favour, however, as he racked up an impressive 17 penalty box touches, five goal attempts and five key passes when these two sides met in the very open reverse fixture.

Raphinha is also included for Saturday’s game, as the City back four (or five) may well be disrupted again with one eye on next Wednesday’s return match against Borussia Dortmund. Ruben Dias never looks as settled when he’s alongside Aymeric Laporte as when he’s paired with John Stones, while I relish the prospect of Leeds’ chance-creating, trigger-happy Brazilian coming up against Benjamin Mendy (who was admittedly pretty good at Leicester) down the City left.

Just to cover all bases, I’ve actually plumped for Laporte as one of my defensive selections – although this is as much to do with his dormant goal threat and Leeds’ chronic inability to defend set plays as it is faith in City’s backline, who have conceded in each of their last four home league games.

Newcastle are another side who have a weakness in the air, which should be music to the ears of Chris Wood. I think the Magpies’ clash with Burnley will be more open than many are expecting, as Steve Bruce looks to be throwing caution to the wind (note their impressive expected goals tally of 4.03 against Spurs). With the typically profligate Joelinton up top and Callum Wilson still a doubt, the chances may not be converted into goals – and so Nick Pope could turn in one of his multi-save specials that have been in short supply of late.

I also think there could be goals at Brighton, with Everton potentially vulnerable through their injury-hit core.

Albion have been impressive from a defensive perspective of late but the Toffees’ away record is equally positive, with six wins arriving in their last eight on the road. Only an inspired Vicente Guaita stood between Richarlison and FPL attacking returns on Monday night, while no FPL asset has had more shots in the box than the Brazilian in their last six matches.

Mikel Arteta’s team selection on Thursday will likely dictate which Arsenal players make their way into the Scout Picks on the following day but after an injury-enforced three-week breather, Bukayo Saka will be champing at the bit for game-time. No Arsenal player has had more shots than the young winger in their last six appearances, while Sheffield United have the second-worst record for conceding chances from their left flank when filtered by the same criteria – let’s just hope that the versatile Saka isn’t covering for the injured Kieran Tierney at full-back.

TOM SAID…

Ederson and João Cancelo are my picks from the Manchester City defence in Gameweek 31. Predicting Pep Guardiola’s line-up is never usually a good idea but the goalkeeper should be nailed-on to start, while Cancelo’s rest last weekend means he could feature at right-back. Further forward, I’m not convinced anyone from Tuesday’s starting XI is safe, which leads me to Raheem Sterling, who makes the cut based on his recent breathers.

We could see a bit of rotation at Liverpool, too, but I’m not convinced there will be wholesale changes. Jürgen Klopp’s side are still in the hunt to qualify for the Champions League and a win against Aston Villa could see them move into fourth position before the sides around them play. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah are my top picks in their respective categories, while budget option Diogo Jota is getting hard to ignore. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal look a good team for bargain hunting this week. Despite a poor showing against Liverpool last time out, their form since Boxing Day has generally been good, with the Gunners winning eight and drawing four of their last 16 Premier League games, I’ve selected Bernd Leno, Rob Holding and Bukayo Saka, but their inclusion may well hinge on how many minutes they are afforded in the Europa League on Thursday. Calum Chambers and Martin Ødegaard are equally good alternatives if rotation does become a concern, though.

Elsewhere, Chelsea duo Edouard Mendy and César Azpilicueta, plus heavy-hitters Bruno Fernandes and Harry Kane, are obviously decent options this week, so I’ll dedicate a bit more time to some of my other picks.

Burnley have been very un-Burnley like in recent matches. They have been much more creative and attacking, and take on a poor Newcastle United side on Sunday. Chris Wood has three goals in as many run-outs, while Matthew Lowton ranks joint-fifth amongst all defenders for chances created over the last six Gameweeks.

I’m also backing Danny Ings, who gets another call-up following his inclusion in Gameweek 30. Just by having him and Theo Walcott back in the starting XI last weekend, Southampton looked like a different team. It’s hard to imagine West Bromwich Albion keeping him quiet, especially as they will have to commit bodies forward in an attempt to avoid relegation.

The squad is completed by forwards Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck.

ANDY SAID

I did consider putting Leandro Trossard ahead of Pedro Neto in this squad but looking at recent matches, Neto is ahead across the board with six shots in the box (versus two) and eight chances created (versus three). I’m still not sure how Trossard managed two double-digit hauls recently. Fulham have conceded 5.82 expected goals (xG) in that same time period, and I don’t think they’re as watertight as many others do. 

Even with Matej Vydra starting the last six matches, I can’t put him in as my budget option ahead of Chris Wood given that the latter is absolutely nailed and on penalties. He’s also had 13 shots in his last half-dozen appearances, compared to 10 for Vydra. The Czech international is a great Wildcard enabler, but not someone I’d choose over the tried-and-tested Wood.

You could probably make a very good case to include Kelechi Iheanacho over Jamie Vardy. Over the last six matches, there isn’t much that the latter wins out on. Iheanacho has had six more shots and three more efforts in the box, he’s created four more opportunities and he’s had four more big chances – all of that in 71 fewer minutes. Vardy, however, comes with guaranteed starts and penalties, so I can’t overlook him in this case.

Only an idiot would continue to try and second-guess Pep Guardiola, and that’s exactly what I keep on doing. With another important Champions League tie to come next week, there’s going to be more rotation against Leeds, which feels like a fixture we can’t ignore. With João Cancelo missing the Leicester game, and both Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling sitting out the first leg against Borussia Dortmund, they are surely near the top of the list when it comes to a start against the Whites. I can’t believe the reverse fixture ended 1-1 and feel this will be one of the highest-scoring games of the week, with whoever features in with a shout of a big FPL points total.

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612 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    For fun sakes let's predict the man city lineup for the weekend. Here is mine:

    Ederson
    Cancelo stones Laporte Mandy
    Silva Fernandinho gundo
    Torres aguero sterling

    1. Hart-ake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Maybe Zinchenko in for Mendy and Jesus for Aguero, but agree elsewhere.

      1. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Possible

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Daring no Dias

      Must happen one day surely.

      1. FantasyHero
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Had his worst game against BVB. Also will need him for next 2.

        1. nurav11
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Have to bare in mind how inconsequential this leeds game is when they've got Dortmund, Chelsea FA cup, villa prem then EFL final (5 games in 2 weeks...)

    3. Zen Arcade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Randy Mandy at left back.

    4. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Ederson
      Walker Stones Laporte Mendy
      Torres Dinho Gundo Sterling
      Jesus Aguero

    5. nurav11
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Bold - Pep promised 'even more changes' than normal but agreed think Dias might get this one off...

      I reckon zinchenko in for cancelo and maybe even Ake for Stones?! Otherwise agree with that (unless he changes formation and goes 2 up top, Jesus in for sterling)

    6. b91jh
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Ederson
      Stones Laporte Ake
      Cancelo Fernandinho Gundogan Mendy
      Raz Kun Jesus

  2. Zen Arcade
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    According to a source at the US's Guantanamo Bay facility, prisoners being forced to read through page after page of "rate my wildcard team" posts on Fantasy Football Scout have been giving up fiercely guarded secrets at a rate the Pentagon "never thought possible".

    1. Hart-ake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Legit lol.

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Very good +1 🙂

  3. Hart-ake
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Which one to start this week:

    a) Martinez (Liv, a)
    b) Sanchez (Eve, H)

  4. tabby98
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Is salah essential for a WC team?

    1. Danstoke82
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Not essential but as close as considering he has something to play for

    2. Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I'm bringing him Trent and Jota in on mine

    3. Hart-ake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Nah but a very good option. You could just go Jota and Trent.

    4. moz_1983
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Considering it, ahead of KDB who may be rotated now that they've pretty much sewn up the league and CL to prioritise.

    5. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      1 goal in his last 6, far from essential. But one would think Liverpool have something to play for.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Not for me but a cheaper triple-up on Liverpool is viable. I'd go with TAA, Phillips and Jota myself.

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Nope - no particular sign of any change.

      The fixture turn began a while back and he blanked against 3 of the bottom 8. He's still getting stacks of chances and could do brilliantly but that's been true for ages. Neither Villa nor Leeds away are especially great fixtures.

      1. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        This for me - he's blanked against good fixtures but it seems like a blank in 29 and international break has caused people to forget just how often he was blanking - Wolves, Fulham, Sheffield United, Brighton - you'd pick him for those yet he blanked in all of them.

    7. MARVELLUS
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I have gone for him, to have as a captain option, especially the last 4 GWs. And will prob cap this week.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Fair dos

        Slightly torn on the question whether he is a definitively better captain choice than Jota - who'd be my Liverpool option this week. Just not sure.

        Do agree that 35 on the fixtures do look especially tantalising. Being careful to leave myself a route into him for those ones.

  5. tabby98
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone WC'ing with no city players?

    1. Ciarant20
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I’m debating it cba with rotation headache

    2. MARVELLUS
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Dias only here

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Toying with either Dias or none

    3. mrelpea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I went for none. Rotation and relatively high value (gundo and stones aside) meant that other options seemed better value for money

    4. KGJ United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I went with none.
      Can't cope with anxiety "does my player starts" week on week.

      I realise though that it could backfire.

  6. Ciarant20
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC?
    No TAA is my biggest concern. Sterling to Bruno GW32*

    Mendy Forster
    Holding Philips Dias Rudiger Shaw
    Maddison Salah Jota SterlingC* Son
    Kane Nacho Vydra

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      yeah.....I would maybe consider getting TAA for Dias.....but it's good

  7. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Current WC draft.

    Mendy, Forster
    Coady, Holding, Rudiger, TAA, 4.1?
    Salah, Jota, Bruno, Neto, Son
    Vydra, Kane, Iheanacho

    What are peoples thoughts on this?

    1. MARVELLUS
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Like it a lot. Philips to finish your defense.

      1. MARVELLUS
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        oh wait no max Liverpool. fodder i guess.

      2. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Cheers. Think amartey is getting the final slot.

        The big call I have is do I get Phillips for TAA and spread that money around.

        1. MARVELLUS
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          that is what i have done. my team is below if you want to compare/comment

          1. FPLMACKEM
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 17 days ago

            Just done so.

        2. Dsmythy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Struijk might still get some games too

          1. FPLMACKEM
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 17 days ago

            Not sure I'm keen on Leeds fixtures in the short term.

  8. MARVELLUS
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Hi all, another RMWCT. Think I am settling on this WC. Decided to have a weaker bench and go for a stronger first 11. Happy to go with double Lei attack. Pretty template I know. Defense low cost but good fixtures and rotates pretty well. Got slight worries over Holding/Kelechi/Philips game time. Thoughts?:

    Mendy (Forster)
    Dias Coady Fofana Holding Philips
    Salah Jota Son Bruno SmithRowe(permanent last on bench)
    Kelechi Kane Vardy.

    1. FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I had a similar draft to this in my earlier tinkering.

      As a suggestion would you consider Ederson and Rudiger instead of Mendy and Dias? Would work out cheaper.

      1. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Ederson + Forster = no GK in 33

        1. FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Ah fair point. Unless you FH then.

        2. MARVELLUS
          • 12 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Good shout, but yeah think Ederson/Sanchez is about 1.5m more than Mendy/Forster.

  9. moz_1983
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Best replacement for Antonio, budget of 8.5?

    A) Nacho
    B) Watkins
    C) Other?

    1. MARVELLUS
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Nacho or a BUR striker

    2. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Can you find 1.6 elsewhere to make that Vardy?

    3. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Wood?

    4. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Nacho

  10. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    I know he's had an awful season........but Lateriser's on point with Sterling(c) this week

    1. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Not sure if on point or one point.

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Could be both 🙂

    2. Zen Arcade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Hardly a big call is it?

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      He’s been on point all season but still at 1+ million

    4. Zen Arcade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I like your username.

    5. Mane Mane Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 17 days ago

      What did he say

    6. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Nothing to lose and everything to gain. It's a good call for his position and he's renowned for his aggressive decision-making.

  11. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Do we think Aguero will start against Leeds?

    1. In a Rush
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I’m wondering this as well tempted to do Watkins ➡️ Aguero

  12. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Thoughts? 1.0ITB

    Martinez
    Azpi • Shaw • White • Dawson
    Salah • KDB • Son • Gundo
    Kane • Antonio
    (3.9 / Raph / Bam / Struijk)

    Looking at KDB to Sterling(C) and then Sterling to Bruno next week. I’m expecting a goalfest between City and Leeds and City will rotate a lot so I’m not against having to field Raph / Bam. Will Antonio play?

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Think that game will be a cracker and a goalfest must be a possible outcome.

      Sort of expect a thrilling 1-1 again here but if you see goals then Sterling is plausible. But there again I think it's likely KdB plays and would go with him.

      KdB really doesn't miss that often and he had a fair break before IB with the injury rest. Don't see this as a fixture Pep would lose him for.

  13. doncapo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Wildcard coming to one last decision, should I go 3-5-2 or 3-4-3

    Pereira - Vydra (bench player)

    Or

    Smith-Rowe (bench) - Diagne

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Don’t force feed us WBA in both...

      1. doncapo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        I get it, yeah. But Pereira or Diagne will most likely be on scoresheet when WBA happens to score and they are both almost guarenteed 90mins, so I've decided to get either of them in my team.

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Yeah I understand, been very tempted by Diagne myself though wouldn’t waste a precious mid slot on a WBA player. Forwards we have lack of choice so Diagne may be worth a shout

    2. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Funny because I am considering Vydra as a regular for a 3-4-3.

      1. doncapo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        I personally wouldn't consider Vydra regular for too long, now when Barnes is soon back. He'd be a bench player but undecided if 4.8 is too much ti sit on the bench.

        1. Lionel Ronaldo
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          How about Vydra and ESR? Rotate them as needed

          1. doncapo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 17 days ago

            Well than would certainly enable upgrades somewhere, so why not. But I'm little sceptic about their playing time in the long run.

  14. Malkmus
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    A'noon all. On WC, which is best GK / Def combo to go with:

    Shaw / Stones / Nat P / Veltman:

    A - Mendy - Azpil
    B - Ederson - Rudi

    Ta

  15. tabby98
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Will Amartey Play?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Until Soyboy returns

    2. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      For this GW at least, yes. Afterwards I doubt.

  16. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Use FT
    Martinez
    Konsa Dallas Alonso
    Son Bale Raphina Lingz Raphina
    Bamford Kane

    Steele Antonio Stones Dunk

    Or WC to
    Leno
    TAA Holding Coady
    Salah Son Bruno Jota Neto
    Iheanaco Kane

    Foster Rudiger Struijk Davis

    also considering castagane fofana Mount

    Any help appreciated

  17. Plagued by indecision
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Just can't fit all the players I want in on this wildcard... here's my latest draft, where I lose TAA (unfortunately). Thoughts? I'm fairly comfortable in my ML (about 70-80 points clear) but 223k OR, so looking to push up (FH still available too).

    Mendy / Forster
    Rudiger / Dias / Coady / Holding / Shaw
    Bruno / Son / Jota / Salah / Lingard
    Iheanacho / Kane / Vydra

    1. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      If I were to lose TAA, it would have been for Phillips. Damage limitation.

    2. Malkmus
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Looks good. I'm not keen on coady or holding and I've gone dcl, nacho, kane up front on my wc but should do you ok

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Dias to Trent surely? Dias not nailed with city going for the cups and they’re not going to keep many clean sheets anyway. Could do Coady to Masuaku or Vydra to Davis for the funds

  18. No end product
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Help really appreciated.on WC choices. Many thanks for any help

    A. Phillips, Salah, Davis
    B. Laca, Raph, Azpi

    1. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Unpopular opinion, but B.

    2. No end product
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Thanks yep just proves the sacrifice to get Salah. Got to hope Laca does something but Raph feels too consistent to drop even with tough fixtures and Azpi fairly safe to get something. I'll go against the grain!

  19. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Final decisions on wc...

    A. smith-Rowe + Richa
    B. Neto + Wood

    1. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      (C) Raphinha/JLing + Vydra ?

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      yikes

    3. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      B

  20. b91jh
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Many people are drunk here spelling Vardy as Vydra.

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      A drunk Vydra will probably outscore a sober Vardy tbf

    2. Zlatan F.C
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Ha! Nice one

  21. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Best defender short term max 6m?

    1. Lionel Ronaldo
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Some would say Alonso. I wouldn't.

      1. BobB
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        While Chelsea are still in the CL Alonso looks a good pick

        1. Lionel Ronaldo
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          Nothing looks safe at Chelsea except for Lord Azpi.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Might go for Cancelo, he's fun to own.

  22. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    If Wilson is fit to play he could be a useful differential for the run in

    1. Zen Arcade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Great point yeah. Have you heard any news on his fitness?

    2. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Could be but it's still New

  23. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Jesus or Aguero as a one week punt

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      If I had to pick one, Jesus

  24. Biggsy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Starting to think the reason I don't like my drafts is trying to fit Salah and Son with others taking up premium "slots". Would you?

    a. Salah + Lucas Moura
    b. Son + 7.0m mid (likely one of Mount, Gundo, Lingard or Maddison) + 3.0m to upgrade elsewhere.

    Currently leaning on b, rolling a FT in 32 and looking at Son -> Salah as part of 2FT for 33 if Salah comes good

  25. tabby98
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    WC Team:

    Mendy, Forster
    Rudiger, Holding, Coady, Cancelo, Phillips
    Salah, Jota, Bruno, Lingard, Son
    Kane, Nacho, Vydra

    £0.7m left

    Anything obvious worth changing??

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Defence isn't that exciting. Cancelo doesn't count as he will be heavily rotated.

      1. tabby98
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Who would you switch to?

  26. Mane Mane Mane
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 17 days ago

    On a wildcard and have £1.6m left to spend. Any changes to this??
    Mendy, Forster
    TAA, Phillips, Fofana, Rudiger, Holding
    Lingard, Sterling, Son, Fernandez, Jota
    Kane, Nacho, Davis.

    Please help...

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      Interesting draft with double Liverpool def. I would just leave the money itb

      1. tabby98
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Who would u switch to with the money remaining

      2. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        I would do Sterling to Salah for the run in, so I would look to a different defender in Phillips unless you plan to switch both out???

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 17 days ago

          He doesn't necessarily need Salah if he thinks Jota can cover

        2. Mane Mane Mane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 17 days ago

          What defender would you think about bringing in?

    2. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      What is the plan for Sterling? Surely not a keeper, but you've got two of the obvious switches (Son and Bruno) and can't bring in Salah with the 'pool triple up

      1. Mane Mane Mane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Potentially improving one of the forwards, but I’m really tempted by moving for Moura for next weeks double gameweek and bringing in Maddison based on how many minutes he gets this week.

  27. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    I think I'm close to locking my WC. Dallas, holding and Davis on the bench.

    0.3itb and FH left
    Mendy Forster
    Rudiger TAA Alonso Dallas Holding
    Son Lingard Bruno Jota Salah
    Kane Nacho Davis

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      0itb*

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 17 days ago

      I like it TBH. Alonso is well covered

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 17 days ago

        Aye cheers.

  28. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Hi all Another WC draft.

    Was set on A before Antonio injury

    Leaning towards B and Dias could well be anyone.

    C is a for a Vardy Party gamble

    A. Mendy (Forster)
    Rudiger, Shaw, *TAA, Holding, *Mitchell
    Salah, Bruno, Jota, Son, *Lingard
    Kane. Ineanacho, *Antonio

    B. Mendy (Forster)
    Rudiger, Shaw, *TAA, Holding, Dias
    Salah, Bruno, Jota, Son, *Maddison
    Kane. Ineanacho, *Davis

    C. Mendy (Forster)
    Rudiger, Shaw, *Philips Holding, Mitchell
    Salah, Bruno, Jota, Son, *Lingard
    Kane. Ineanacho, *Vardy

  29. Assist me a river
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Good to go guys?

    Mendy
    Castagne - Dias - Rudiger
    Salah - Lingard - Bruno- Jota - Son
    Iheanacho - Kane

    Bench: Forester, Phillips, Coady, Vydra

  30. Vazza
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 17 days ago

    Best option?

    A. Ayling >> Robbo (free)

    B. Ayling, Gundo >> TAA, Neto (4pt hit)

    C. Ayling/Veltman, Watkins/Antonio >> TAA, Iheanacho (4pt hit)

    D. Stones, Ayling >> TAA, Saiss (4pt hit)

    FH still available.