Pro Pundits - Zophar

Whether player form is ‘in the mind’ and how can FPL managers harness it

We often hear the term ‘form’ get thrown around in football. A player who has in the past been a good or average player suddenly becomes a spectacular one with no real explanation for his improvement besides the fact that he is ‘in form’.

With players like Jesse Lingard (£6.5m), Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.9m) and Matej Vydra (£4.8m) finding the back of the net this week I thought it would be a good idea to talk about form for this week’s article.

I have always been a firm believer that good fixtures can often create a good spell of form. However, there are also instances where form has prevailed over fixtures. I searched around for a definition of ‘form’, and this is the one I really liked:

“Form typically refers to a player’s level of performance relative to their potential level of performance.”

Source – https://pca-nwa.com/what-it-means-to-be-in-form/

I think it’s fair to say that a player is in good form when he is performing better than expected, but is it that simple? Who sets these expectations and how? 

I believe that, as the above linked article suggests, form is in the mind. It is a change in mentality. Confidence plays a huge role in sport and a positive mental state can often contribute to what we call good ‘form’. Having played Fantasy Premier League (FPL) for over 11 years now I have seen countless examples of it.

Papiss Cissé is a player I can never forget and he remains for me the greatest illustration of form. The Senegalese striker scored 13 goals for Newcastle United in the second half of the 2011/12 season in just 14 appearances. In the subsequent full season, he managed just eight goals in 36 matches. He proceeded to score two, eleven and three goals in the next three seasons. 

His numbers in 2011/12 were not spectacular, but I remember watching the player and there was something about him, an air of confidence, bordering on arrogance. It was like he knew every time he was going to shoot that he was going to score.

I was at Stamford Bridge when he scored two of the best goals I have ever seen, with the second almost defying the laws of physics. When it went in, it seemed he almost couldn’t believe himself what had just happened. 

Then there was Yaya Touré who, having tallied just six goals and six assists in 2012/13, notched a whopping 20 goals along with nine assists in 2013/14. Certainly, some of this could be put down to a change in tactics or role, but I remember looking at him and thinking, “This guy has a swagger about him this season”.

 I could also talk about Aaron Ramsey in the same campaign. Again, his underlying numbers were nothing special and we didn’t have xG back then, but I am sure he would have defied almost every model there is.

As Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players we only see what is happening on the pitch. We have no idea about the other factors that affect a player’s mental health – family, personal life, bond with teammates, change in habits and so on. The PCA article states:

…optimum performance includes mental as well as physical performance

There are also various studies that dispute the phenomenon of form. Some of this work is cited in the book “Myths and Facts about Football” edited by Patric Andersson, Peter Ayton and Carsten Schmidt, which is discussed in an article on the sportingintelligence.com website:

For example, Alan Shearer scored in 79 per cent of home games (34/43). But when he had failed to score in his previous home game his rate was 85 per cent (17/20). In other words, his form was “hotter” when he had not scored, although not significantly hotter, statistically. The same pattern was observed for Shearer away from home, and overall. The same analysis was done on 11 other players – Beardsley, Cantona, Fowler, Le Tissier and Sheringham among them – and “none of the associations for any player, home or away, show a pattern of scoring such that players are more likely to score if they scored in their previous game.”

The implication here was that Shearer was more likely to score in the next game if he hadn’t in the previous one, suggesting he was an individual who would motivate himself more if he had failed previously. Now, this may apply to the top, top players who were already performing at a high level, but what about players who may have been considered as comparative ‘also-rans’ in the past, like Lingard, Nacho and to an extent, Vydra? Maybe our expectations about their ‘normal’ level of performance were wrong?

Let’s start with Lingard…

Over the last six matches, Lingard has scored six goals from an xG of 3.04. His delta of 2.96 is by some distance the highest in the league with Bale 1.04 behind. 

What can explain this ‘overperformance’? Two possibilities are:

  1. The xG model is itself fundamentally flawed as it assumes players are of equal skill and ability at various points in their life cycle. A player might hit a shot differently if he has scored four goals in the previous four matches than if he has missed sitters. As a Chelsea fan, I saw no better example of this than Fernando Torres. 
  2. The mental aspect – confidence – which is impossible to quantify. West Ham and Lingard right now could be in an optimal mental state and that is helping them to achieve results which may be considered beyond their ability. This can be due to various factors on and off the pitch.

Very often good form can appear to be a ‘bandwagon’. We believe that this period of overperformance is unsustainable and just a ‘flash in the pan’. So how do we as FPL managers look to spot form? I think it is a mix of both the eye-test and statistics, with a greater reliance on the former.

A player’s body language, which I know is difficult to explain or quantify, is often the biggest tell for me. The likes of Iheanacho and Lingard have an air about them which reflects their optimal mental state. They’ve had it for weeks now. 

Foolishly, despite banging on about Lingard over this time, I chose to ignore him this week, wanting to observe what effect the loss of Declan Rice (£4.7m), and in particular Michail Antonio (£6.6m), might have on Lingard’s output. It’s not like Lingard is posting poor numbers. No midfielder has registered more shots on target over the last six matches:

Now let’s look at Iheanacho…

Over the last six matches, the Nigerian forward has a goal conversion rate of 33.3%, basically scoring from every third shot he takes. Robert Lewandowski, one of the world’s best finishers has managed a conversion rate of 30.7% this season.

Is this unsustainable for Iheanacho in the long run? Probably. But how long do we really need to look for? We are, as FPL managers, only concerned with the remainder of the season, maybe even less if we are looking to get rid of a player before the final few fixtures. We need to acknowledge the purple patch and look to capitalise on it right away.

Both Iheanacho and Lingard will be making their way into my squad this week. If you don’t own one, or both , I strongly suggest you make plans to do so. Thanks for reading. 

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237 Comments Post a Comment
  1. tissae
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Start 2:

    A) Rudiger (BHA, got Mendy)
    B) Holding (FUL)
    C) Shaw (BUR)
    D) Fofana (WBA)

    1. Il Capitano
        2 months, 3 days ago

        A + C

      • RealSocialDads
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Well this is a headache...

        BC but its tough

      • linkafu
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        CD

      • McSauce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        A & C

      • drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        A and C

      • Bragazeti
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        B & C

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

        a & c

    2. Il Capitano
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Gundo + DCL > Son + Nacho (-4)? Can then get Salah in for free next GW.

        1FT - 5.2m ITB

        Martinez
        Stones Digne Azpi
        Bruno Gundogan Lingard Jota
        Kane (TC) DCL* Bamford

        Fabri - ESR* Targett Cresswell*

        1. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Go

          1. Il Capitano
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Nice one

          2. CaptainKazuru
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Doing exact same moves -

              You will swap Bruno for Salah?

              1. Il Capitano
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  It'll be hokey-cokey with Son I think

            • Daghe Munegu
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Play 2

              A Rudiger
              B Fofana
              C Holding (have Leno)

              1. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                AB

              2. McSauce
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                AB

            • Johnny too hotty
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              I ask you this:
              Is Bamford and Gunda > Nacho and LIngard
              worth the -4 hit

              1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Long term . Yes.

              2. Voodoo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Yeah

              3. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Yes

              4. Bragazeti
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Should work out

            • Lateriser 12
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Fantastic read Zoph

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

                Really interesting article. And speaking of form, I have the following players and don't know who to drop this week:
                Vardy
                Iheanacho
                Jota
                Lingard

                One has to miss out. On form it should be Vardy. But his price and appealing fixture Vs Baggies make him hard to leave out.

                At the moment, I've moved Jota to first sub. Not sure that's the right call though.

                Thoughts?

                1. BurlingtonDriftersFC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Tough one - Jota or Vardy for me, but I'd say Vardy. WBA looking like they won't make it easy.

              2. Funky Cheese
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Intriguing, although I’d love to know why Zoph clings to his belief in form, when the only evidence he cites is that it’s a myth?

            • Zlatan F.C
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Repost: I'm leading a mini-league by 14 points. Manager in second has the same team as me except he has Mitchell and I have Coady. He has his TC left which I'm sure he will play on Kane this gW. I have bench boost left. Do i play the bench boost this GW or GW 37?

                Mendy
                Rudiger Coady TAA
                Salah Son Jota Bruno Lingard
                Kane(C) Nacho

                Forster Coufal Holding Vydra

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Coufal and Holding are fine for BB but other 2 players looks iffy. I think hold BB for now.

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

                  This happened in a few of my MLs. Everyone at the top just wildcarded to the template. 5 of top 10 got 77 points this week with practically the same team across the board. Some other guy copied FPL Generals wildcard last week player for player. The game has gone.

                  Sorry for the rant, but I'd hold the BB. Chances are you may need one of your bench players anyway.

                  1. The Rumour Mill
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    How is 5 people playing sensible wildcards an example of "the games gone"? Hahaha

                    1. Mr. O'Connell
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Was more aimed at the guy just copying someone elses team player for player. Where's the fun in that?

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

                      Not surprised by the number of upvotes on this. Should have known better than to criticize the almighty template on here.

                3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Bench boost is a lottery.will ad difficult to get four players all doing well. Southampton are terrible at the back at minute. Vydra won't score every week . But you have to take a chance sometime. I think I'd wait and see how he gets on. Then you'll know what you need going forward.

                4. The Rumour Mill
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  I'd play the bench boost there, team looks excellent with little chance of your players being benched this week. Go for it!

                5. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Play it when you think you'll have 15 starters. Euro and cup games might impact you getting 15 players for GW32. Your bench players can only have one game each at this stage so there's no real plus to BB in this DGW. You're leading the ML for a reason. Play your own game, not his, it'll be won in GW38, not 32.

                  1. Zlatan F.C
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Thanks, yeah I'm thinking GW 37 when the fixtures look decent for all these players

                6. linkafu
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Any change for -4? 0.8 itb

                  Mendy
                  Rudiger Fofana Coady
                  Salah Son Bruno Jota Lingard
                  Kane Iheanacho

                  Foster Bellerin Vydra Phillips

                  1. JabariParkersEyelid
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Absolutely not.

                7. Voodoo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Would you rather have:

                  A) Salah and Regulion
                  B) Moura and TAA

                  ? Thanks!

                  1. McSauce
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    A by a mile

                    1. Voodoo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Cheers. The transfers would be

                      A) Aubameyang and Digne to Salah and Reg
                      B) Aubameyang and Targett to Moura and TAA

                  2. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    A

                8. Kabaranko
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Great article, would love to have fantasy football coffee's with you hehe

                  1. The Rumour Mill
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Fantasy football spout

                  2. Well you know, Triffic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Wrong site for that pal

                  3. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Are you on antibiotics?

                9. McSauce
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  G2G and Save FT?

                  Martinez
                  Dallas Dias Shaw
                  Son Bruno Gundy Lingard
                  Vardy Kane (C) Watkins

                  McCarthy Raph Veltman Targett

                  1. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Raph over Watkins for me

                  2. McSauce
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    I made that mistake this week........

                10. Well you know, Triffic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Do we think Gundo will play v Villa?

                  14.04 - Dortmund (UCL)
                  17.04 - Chelsea (semi final)
                  21.04 - Villa
                  25.04 - Spurs (Final)

                  He's an important player for them, so I'd say he would be needed for Dortmund, Chelsea and Spurs.

                  I'm just weighing up whether it's worth taking him out for a hit, and getting Jota in (who doesn't blank either)

                  Any thoughts? Cheers

                  1. estheblessed
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    I've got him on the bench. Im done with City pretty much now tbh

                    1. Well you know, Triffic
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Maybe a hit to Jota? 😉

                      1. estheblessed
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Why not 😉

                  2. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    I dont think he starts against Villa but thats assuming he starts against Dortmund & Chelsea.

                    1. Well you know, Triffic
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Yep this is the key thing. But we won't know before the deadline d'oh

                  3. The Rumour Mill
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Don't think he plays again until gw35 tbh. Get rid

                11. estheblessed
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  a) Martinez (Man City H)
                  b) Johnstone (Leicester A)

                  ?

                  1. Qaiss
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    B

                  2. BERGKOP
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    B

                  3. linkafu
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    A

                12. tbos83
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    2 FT and 0.1 itb. Thinking Salah + DCL > Lingard, Kane (then Gundo > Jota next gw). Is this wise?

                    Mendy Areola
                    Stones Digne Targett Maguire Amartey
                    Mount Bruno Salah Son Gundo
                    Watkins DCL Bamford

                  • MIGHTY JOE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Leno
                    Shaw Coady Rudiger
                    Lingard Jota Salah Bruno Son
                    Kane DCL (Wood)

                    DCL -> Nacho for free a nobrainer?

                  • merin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Any suggestions for transfers?

                    Martinez Areola
                    Dias Azpi Digne Dallas Targett
                    Salah Bruno Lingard Gundogan Raphinha
                    Kane Iheanacho Bamford

                    1 FT, 1.7 ITB, No chips left

                    1. tbos83
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Gundo > Maddison might be worth a punt

                        1. merin
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          I was thinking Gundo Digne -> Jota TAA...

                      • Qaiss
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Gundo > Jota or Digne > Trent could be good

                    2. Qaiss
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Feel absolutely robbed as a Diagne owner, 7 points taken off like that for a perfectly good goal. We truly have the worst referees in the world.

                    3. jdogg
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Stones gundo mcgoldrick

                      To

                      Coady perriera inheacho

                      Worth -4?x

                    4. Johnny too hotty
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Im top of a very tight draft league.
                      Martial to Fabio Silva for a punt? Hes only good free agent left and Martial looks finished?

                    5. rnrd
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Leicester fans. Is it too risky to pick Ricardo Pereira as a differential?
                      with Ihenacho undroppable at the moment and Maddison and Barnes soon back, how will the foxes line-up? prbably no space anymore for an OOP Ricardo right?

                      1. Cookie Kid
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        As an ex-victim of Pereira's, I'd say back away.

                    6. Shaw must go on
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      my ever best in fpl in 9 seasons was 8k..nothing special at all!!.suprised to see "pros" with 17k as their ever best in the same space of time!! 🙂
                      A bit overrated this "pro" status....

                      1. JVALDEZ
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Zzzzzzzz

                      2. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        First few years would of been easy with bit of luck.
                        With 8M players & all the info available you need more luck 🙂

                        1. Shaw must go on
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          8M players is not the same as 8M different players tho..

                          1. g40steve
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 3 days ago

                            Still makes the chances harder

                            1. Shaw must go on
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 3 days ago

                              Absolutely..

                      3. bitm2007
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        There are pros and there are pros. Essentially anybody who makes a living form FPL is a pro, but that doesn't mean they are great at it. It's the same in many sports, take golf for example there are thousands of pro's who aren't good enough to play at the highest level but make a good living out of the sport by teaching others to play (almost all clubs have one or more of these). Many so called FPL are doing similar.

                        1. im1974
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          Good analogy

                          1. A.J.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 3 days ago

                            Not really. To become a club/teaching professional takes years of study, courses, tests to show you are capable (former assistant pro here).

                            This analogy would mean anyone could rock up at your local club and start teaching golfers without any qualifications just because you call yourself a pro (Pro Pundit is a self given title).

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

                              To be a pro is the truest sense means that you make money from it surely?

                              You give the examples of teaching professionals, but that's only one industry. There are some unregulated industries in which you do not have to pass any formal or charted exams or tests and have qualifications to make a living and therefore be a professional.

                              I think the there are pros and their are pros works. You can make money at something and not be very good or you can have the double whammy of making money and be excellent

                              1. A.J.
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 3 days ago

                                If you profess to be a pro at something and are not very good at said thing, in my eyes you're probably a con artist, especially if you are making money from claiming you are.

                                If I want professional advice on any subject, I think I'd want that person to show a certain level at being able to do what they are giving advice on.

                                Then the question becomes what constitutes a pro at fpl? That's not for me to answer.

                              2. bitm2007
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                2 months, 3 days ago

                                I work in photography where you do not have to pass any formal or charted exams to be a professional. An eye for a photograph is much more important and it's something that can't be successfully taught, you either have it or you don't. I come across numerous professional photographers, who have all the qualifications and can talk the talk and make money out of it but aren't as sucessful as others who are self-taught. Basically, they know the theory but struggle to put it into practice.

                                1. A.J.
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 3 days ago

                                  No worries. I was just debating the golf analogy. Before you can even enquire about being a professional, you need to show a certain amount of ability (5 h'cap or less) before you can consider turning professional. Club/teaching or touring/playing professional. The standard is the same whether you talk a good game or play like Tiger. Everyone has to get to that level first.

                                  In fpl there is no standard or level that constitutes a pro.

                                  The two are completely different.

                                  1. bitm2007
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    2 months, 2 days ago

                                    Being a golfer myself I'm aware that you need to an extremely good standard to become a pro, I should have emphasised that in the analogy. I'm surprised it's as high as 5 thought, I have played with lots of pro's and don't think any of them have had a handicap of more than 3, which is still some way off tour standard which I've heard described as the equivalent of minus six. That's what I was trying to get across with the analogy when stating 'aren't good enough to play at the highest level but make a good living out of the sport by teaching others to play'.

                                    1. bitm2007
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 7 Years
                                      2 months, 2 days ago

                                      plus six

                                      1. A.J.
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 5 Years
                                        2 months, 2 days ago

                                        Generally I wouldn't advise turning pro unless you were scratch or better, but 5 is the starting point. Ian Poulter has had a decent career and he was 4 h'cap when turning pro. I was plus 2.

                                        1. bitm2007
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          2 months, 2 days ago

                                          Poulter turned pro at 19 and it took another 5 years to gain his tour card, I doubt many worked harder or were more determined to get it than him. Plus 2 is a great handicap congrats.

                            2. bitm2007
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 3 days ago

                              I'm don't dispute that years of study, courses and tests have taken place to show that teaching pro's are capable. I thought that went without saying.

                      4. Quan MisTaka
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Not all pros are experts

                    7. The Rumour Mill
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Aston Villa confirm that Trezeguet will undergo surgery on a knee ligament injury sustained in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Liverpool.

                      Dean Smith still claims "he's in contention" for the next game. Or maybe the one after that. But definately will make the one after that. Maybe.

                      1. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        I had knee surgery Thursday, I can honestly say no chance he plays in the next three games!

                        1. Jonny HOW SON?
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          Get well soon!
                          Hope I can get you in for GW 35 then at least 😉

                        2. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          Ouch. What you done to yourself?

                      2. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        How would that be possible?

                      3. Cookie Kid
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        and then when he comes back in GW7 next season.

                        "This was always the first game we targetted for Trez to be back for.

                        By the way, did I ever say, I live in the real world."

                      4. mixology
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Lol what a complete piss taker. No way he actually said that! He makes Mourinho look like a saint

                    8. DannyDrinkVodka
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Sterling>Bruno is unavoidable, isn't it?

                      1. The Rumour Mill
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        If you're not opposed to the idea of points, then yeah.

                        1. DannyDrinkVodka
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          cheers, it has crossed my mind and I do like points from time to time

                          1. veedub1989
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Having taken Sterling in on a one-week punt last week (WC) for Salah I sincerely regret ever thinking about this move, let alone actually pressing the button.

                    9. Ronnies
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Best option;

                      A) Stones > Shaw (FT)

                      B) Stones, Raphinha > Holding, Lingard (-4)

                      Cheers.

                      1. Cookie Kid
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        You'll want Raph back...is there another way?

                    10. Nespinha
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Salah Kota Bruno Mount Neto
                      Vardy Kane Davis

                      A) Neto to Moura

                      B) Neto + Davis to Dendoncker + Iheanacho (-4 bench dendoncker)

                      C) Vardy + Neto to Iheanacho + Son (-4)

                      1. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        C

                      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        C

                    11. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Great article this

                      Especially interested in the body language point - it's the sort of intangible that eye test includes.

                      1. Euro Raiders
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        To a point. Interesting but without a conclusion. Unknowns stay unknown until they are known. You have to go with form.

                    12. Cookie Kid
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Will Raphinha drop in price before Neto?

                      Hoping to make the move after ruining Neto's year by putting him in my WC.

                      1. jtreble
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Think so: Raph's drop delta is 300+;Neto's is 100,000 +. GL

                        1. Cookie Kid
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          Hope so, though not sure why people are selling Raph now, looked brilliant away at Man City

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

                            Trouble is absence of returns - 2 goals and an assist in the last 8 is fairly slim pickings.

                            He just doesn't appear to have the knack of being Johnny on the spot. He's still behind Harrison for actual returns. Beginning to fear his talent is just to look good and not score. Checking his history he's never been exactly prolific.

                            Still great value but there are options out there.

                          2. jtreble
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 3 days ago

                            You know Raph is injured right?

                            1. Cookie Kid
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 3 days ago

                              I’ll wait for team news. Don’t think it’s that bad

                    13. Danstoke82
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Castagne > Reguillon 1FT

                      Yay or Nay?

                      1. Holmes
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Nay

                      2. BERGKOP
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        No

                    14. Halftime
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Is Dallas now Baines-like, "never bench, never captain?"

                      1. mynameisq
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        I benched him 3rd and he didn't come on and I'm leaning towards yes now, if he's in CAM with the way Leeds play I can't see a reason to not start him anymore

                        1. Halftime
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          That's what I think too, even against Liverpool it's too risky to bench him in that role.

                    15. The Mandalorian
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Anyone think Laca could outscore Bamford for the remainder of the season?

                      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        This is the way ..... yes, I think he has the fixtures to do so ...

                    16. BERGKOP
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Evening/morning all. Who would you have for the next few?

                      A) Semedo
                      B) Fofana
                      C) Neither

                      1. mynameisq
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Both are good options, I'd still go Leicester

                        1. BERGKOP
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          Cheers

                      2. maccarty
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        А