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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. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    22 days, 9 hours ago

    I've got an FT I need to use or lose before GW33 FH.

    Martinez
    Shaw, Rudgier, Dias
    Bruno, Son, Salah, Lingard, Gundo
    Kane, Iheanacho

    McCarthy, Bamford, Veltman, Struijk

    0.2m ITB, 1 FT

    A) Gundo to Neto
    B) McCarthy to Forster (with GW35 or 36 BB in mind)
    C) Martinez and McCarthy to Lloris and Forster for a hit,
    D) Other what ?

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      22 days, 9 hours ago

      Save. Bench Gundo. Play Bamford.

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        22 days, 9 hours ago

        Can't save will lose FT when I FH.

        1. BERGKOP
          • 9 Years
          22 days, 9 hours ago

          I don't like any of your options.

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      22 days, 9 hours ago

      A) Isn't neto injured?

      B) forster about to get dropped for Mccarthy

      C) why swap two keepers??

      Sorry but all of these moves seem illogical

      Think up a D

      Maybe Martinez straight to loris for the double

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        22 days, 9 hours ago

        Point one short of Martinez to Lloris. Didn't realise Neto is injured.

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          22 days, 9 hours ago

          Maybe get Patricio or Leno?

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      22 days, 9 hours ago

      I have no idea why A is a option.

      B.

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        22 days, 9 hours ago

        Didn't realise Neto is injured.

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      22 days, 9 hours ago

      B maybe but another GK swap might yet happen given how harsh that defence is generally.

      Mccarthy to your pick of

      Areola
      Johnstone
      Sanchez

      I'd go Sanchez. Not sure you'll be any worse off despite the DGW. Sanchez is playable over Martinez in 33 and 35 anyway.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        22 days, 9 hours ago

        *trash

    5. Wrench
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Gundo to Pereira (WBA)

    6. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      Struijk to Phillips

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        22 days, 7 hours ago

        That's is another option I've been considering. Like the Forster move it doesn't improve my team this GW but looks like a good move long term.

  2. Daghe Munegu
    • 4 Years
    22 days, 9 hours ago

    Play 2:

    A. Rudiger
    B. Fofana
    C. Holding ( have Leno)
    D. Vydra

    1. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      22 days, 9 hours ago

      AB.

    2. tommo-uk-
      • 8 Years
      22 days, 8 hours ago

      I have ABC and I’m tempted to go without Fofana as WBA have hit form and see them scoring.

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    22 days, 9 hours ago

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  4. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    22 days, 9 hours ago

    Would you BB this team?

    --Leno
    --TAA--Azpi--Coady
    --Salah--Jota--Son--Lingard
    --Kane--Laca--Nacho

    ---Forster--Fofana--Alonso--Gundo.

    Thanks.

    1. doher.ty
        22 days, 9 hours ago

        Probably not, you can't be sure if Alonso, Gundo play. I would probably just save for the bigger double - more chance of DGW on your bench.

    2. Cheeto__Bandito
        22 days, 9 hours ago

        Is Reguilon an obvious trap with the Spurs situation? Only alternative I see is Coady but it cant get more boring than that for a pick

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          22 days, 9 hours ago

          If you are looking for excitement, Pereira is worth a shot

        2. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          22 days, 9 hours ago

          Yes, Spurs' defence is now one of the 5 worst in the league over the period they showed in the captain video. Although Everton are pretty toothless if DCL remains out.

        3. Tango74
            22 days, 9 hours ago

            I’ve gone off spurs def and may get coady , I see spurs conceding and when u get spurs u expect one clean sheet or it cheese u off.

            As it’s near the end of the game , my Tactics (if I have any) have changed , I’m going for nailed players than highly ceilings

          • gogs67
              22 days, 9 hours ago

              My last 6 games from him have been 1-1-1-0-2-0, I can't wait to get rid of him after the double.
              He's turned into one of these players in your team you hate but haven't got rid of because of other fires.

          • King Kohli
            • 8 Years
            22 days, 9 hours ago

            Best move here?

            A. Raphina + Antonio > Son + Vydra/Brewster(-4)
            B. Bruno + Antonio > Son + Iheanacho(-4)
            C. Antonio > Iheanacho
            D. Raph + Antonio + Dias > Son + Iheanacho + 5.4 def(-8)

            Martinez
            Dias Azpi Rudiger
            Salah Bruno Jota Lingard Raphinha
            Kane Watkins
            3.9 Antonio White Struijk

            1 FT 2.6 ITB. FH left.
            Is there a case for saving FH beyond gw33 incase of any dgws?

            1. Benteke Fried Chicken
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              E) Antonio to nacho and Raph to Lucas?!

            2. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              I like D because I plan to ship off Man City completely from my squad

          • Toughie
            • 5 Years
            22 days, 9 hours ago

            Start one

            A. R Pereira (WBA)
            B. Digne (TOT)
            C. Raphinha (LIV)

            Currently on A but not too sure as Leicester don't do cleansheets

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              22 days, 9 hours ago

              Close between A and C, I'd probably go C

            2. BERGKOP
              • 9 Years
              22 days, 9 hours ago

              C

              Pool are shambolic at the back.

            3. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              Probably A

            4. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              A

          • Benteke Fried Chicken
            • 2 Years
            22 days, 9 hours ago

            Was there any news on DCL?! Actually keeping him might turn To a differential. I don’t see a viable -4 to remove if he’s back in 1 or 2 weeks. Don’t have nacho but I think West Brom at home might be difficult for them...

            Laca worth a -4?!

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              22 days, 9 hours ago

              Haven't heard anything, but will probably get Nacho for a -4 if he's out.

          • neonmoth
            • 3 Years
            22 days, 9 hours ago

            Wildcarded last week for a decent show. I have TC to play, I'm thinking Kane is best bet as any for this DGW?

            Also, thoughts on defence this week;

            Mendy

            Rudiger (BHA) / Shaw (BUR) / Dias (AVL)

            I have Coady (SHU) and Phillips (LEE) on my bench. Do I leave it or play Coady? If so who to bench?

            Cheers guys, all best of luck this week.

            1. BERGKOP
              • 9 Years
              22 days, 9 hours ago

              TC this week for sure

              Leave defence

            2. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              22 days, 9 hours ago

              I might play him over Dias. It seems like the Dias/Stones pairing is being saved for other competitions, and when Dias plays with another CB, they tend to concede.

              1. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                22 days, 9 hours ago

                Sorry, missed the first question. Yes TC Kane.

          • vova
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            22 days, 9 hours ago

            Play 1

            A) DCL
            B) Watkins
            C) Raphinha

            Thanks!

            1. BERGKOP
              • 9 Years
              22 days, 9 hours ago

              C

            2. Benteke Fried Chicken
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              You might be forced into B anyway if both injured

          • dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            22 days, 9 hours ago

            Start 1

            A Rüdiger (BHA)
            B Holding (FUL)
            C Fofana (WBA)

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              22 days, 9 hours ago

              In the order you've got them I think, though ideally you'd want to play all of them

              1. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                22 days, 9 hours ago

                Thanks- playing Alonso so one of others probably comes in and also starting TAA

                1. kysersosa
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  22 days, 8 hours ago

                  Holding.

                  See if Alonso starts this evening.

          • Holmes
            • 7 Years
            22 days, 9 hours ago

            Can anyone please recommend a lightweight mobile phone? Current one is around 133 grams, something like that would be nice.

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              22 days, 9 hours ago

              iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone 12 mini both sit at around 140g but I suspect you would have said if you wanted an Apple phone.

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                22 days, 8 hours ago

                Google Pixel 4a might be your best Android alternative

              2. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                22 days, 8 hours ago

                Cheers, will check

                Whichever phone I have checked recently, all around 200 gms 😀

          • kysersosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            22 days, 9 hours ago

            G2G?

            Martinez,
            TAA, Holding, Reguilon, Coady
            Salah, Moura, Bruno, Jota
            Nacho, Kane - TC

            1FT (looking to hold)
            0.4 ITB

            1. Benteke Fried Chicken
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              Couldn’t even think of a realistic curveball if I was trying to be funny lol.

              GTG.

              1. Benteke Fried Chicken
                • 2 Years
                22 days, 8 hours ago

                Gundo to play villa?!

                Surely its nearby being a punishment to be benched for 4 league games in a row lol

                1. Benteke Fried Chicken
                  • 2 Years
                  22 days, 8 hours ago

                  Sorry was meant to be a post not a reply lol

                2. kysersosa
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  22 days, 8 hours ago

                  I think he'll play 90 tomorrow night

                3. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  22 days, 8 hours ago

                  If he plays all the big cup games then the league is where the rest comes

            2. neonmoth
              • 3 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              Looks mint, no problem there at all. G2G.

              1. kysersosa
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                22 days, 8 hours ago

                Thanks

                1. neonmoth
                  • 3 Years
                  22 days, 8 hours ago

                  Out of interest, what will you do with your Spurs after this GW? Just use your two FTs and transfer Moura and Reguilon?

                  1. kysersosa
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    22 days, 8 hours ago

                    Exactly that. Maddison was my primary target, but we'll see how his covid breach effects his minutes. May have some news about DGW by then so JWP could be an option.

          • Better luck next year
            • 1 Year
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            Will there be another big DGW and when?

            1. Benteke Fried Chicken
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              Definitely at least 1 more double involving villa Everton and Southampton palace, probably more. 35 looks likely, everything else is speculation at this moment.

            2. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              As benteke has said below, there are games that we know need to fit in somewhere, and then the clashes for fa Cup etc

          • stu92
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            A) Mendy & Holding
            B) Leno & Rudiger

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              B, more saves for Leno and rudiger does have goal threat even if it hasn't worked so far

              1. Zen Arcade
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                22 days, 8 hours ago

                I agree.

            2. Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              B.

          • FantasyHero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            My team is a mess and have no WC:
            Which would you pick:
            1. Cresswell, ward-prowse, rich -> holding, son, ihenacho -8 (play Martinez in goal)
            2. Martinez, cresswell, rich -> Leno, regullion, ihenacho -8 (play ward-prowse)

            1. FantasyHero
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              Team:
              Martinez (Forster)
              Azpi cresswell stones (andersen konsa)
              Bruno gundo salah lingard ward-prowse
              Rich kane (Antonio)

            2. Zen Arcade
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              At first I thought option 2 included playing Ward-Prowse in goal.

            3. CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              1

              No sense in losing Martinez for a hit, especially with a DGW coming up.

              1. FantasyHero
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                22 days, 6 hours ago

                Makes sense cheers

          • TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            Last Man Standing GW31 (185 teams)

            Safety score = 55
            Top score = 89
            LMS average = 61.04 (-0.99) = 60.05

            62 teams to be removed, 123 teams through to GW32
            Up to 36% or minimum 45 teams out next GW.
            Congrats to the final 123 survivors 🙂

            https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

          • Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            So Lingard and Nacho both no-brainers if on WC?

            My ML leader is 30 points above me(He has both) and that is the reason i was trying to differentiate. But Doesn't make sense right with both of them in such good form.

            1. CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              30 points is nothing. I'd get both Lingard and Nacho and find a couple of differentials elsewhere.

              Perhaps Pereira in defence and someone like Laca up front?

          • Slitherene
            • 3 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            If I want to BB with this team next GW.
            What transfers would you suggest?

            Areola ¦ Sanchez
            Dias Shaw Coady
            Bruno Pepe Lingard Salah
            Kane Iheanacho Richarlison
            | Saka Alonso Phillips

            0.1 ITB, 1 FT

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              Depends on midweek lineups. You'll be doing well to get all 15 playing.

          • TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            Guessing most of the WC31ers will try to save a transfer if they didn't take a punt on a mid like Sterling or Auba instead of just getting Son?

            1. HashAttack
              • 4 Years
              22 days, 7 hours ago

              Yes - no transfers needs and have been trying to work out where I burn a transfer in gw33

          • Reedy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            Re: the Scout Picks Challenge game - how come there's no weekly round-up? I think there would be more interest in it if you actually reported how each community champion did v the scouts.

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              How did you do?

              1. Reedy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                22 days, 8 hours ago

                I'm glad you asked me that. As it happens I beat them, quite easily in fact, but there is no record of my victory anywhere as far as I can tell. 🙂

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              Passed it on. I think the early 53 made it nearly impossible for anyone else.

              1. Reedy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                22 days, 8 hours ago

                Cheers ha. Yes you might as well send AA33 the prize now...but it'd be interesting to see just how often the Champ beats the Scouts over the course of the season.

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  22 days, 8 hours ago

                  Think it was pretty close, I thought there was a running H2H score. Hopefully all the info is back this GW.

          • Big Ronnie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            Which 3 to start? Currently on A, B and C.

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

            1. CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              Yes, those 3.

              1. Big Ronnie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                22 days, 8 hours ago

                Cheers

            2. DangerFC
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 7 hours ago

              Sounds right

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            Thoughts on Stones to Regulion for -4?

            1. HellasLEAF
              • 11 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              This week I like it, but prefer Stones overall. He is a goal threat even with the odd benching.

            2. CONNERS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              I'd do it for free perhaps but not for a hit. Spurs won't get a CS in either game imo.

          • HellasLEAF
            • 11 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            Who is more injured/in more need of swapping out:

            Raphinha
            Pope
            Cresswell

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              22 days, 8 hours ago

              Depends on the replacement.
              Gutsy TC last GW.

              1. HellasLEAF
                • 11 Years
                22 days, 7 hours ago

                I did it to know mini league opponent out. It was 1 vs 2. Didn't love either KDB or Kane on TC but it was enough to secure victory so in the end worth it. Won by 2 points.

                1. HellasLEAF
                  • 11 Years
                  22 days, 7 hours ago

                  *Knock out

          • willos_wanderers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            I am currently neck and neck in my money ML.

            We are very similar in team, with the following differences:

            Me:

            Mendy, Forster
            Amartey (TAA, Rudi, Shaw, Dias)
            Jota, Neto (Salah, Bruno, Son)
            Vydra (Kane, Iheanacho)

            Him:

            Sanchez, Martinez
            Struijk
            Jones, Lingard
            Bamford

            Neto's injury this week has thrown a spanner in the works, and I am concerned that if Lingard continues on his streak, it's all over. So, do I:

            A: Neto -> Bowen
            B: Jota -> Lingard (and deal with Neto next week)
            C: Neto, Dias -> Lingard and Dunk (-4)

            1. DangerFC
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 7 hours ago

              I think either b or hold tight. I like the look of your team this week.

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 7 hours ago

              🙂

              Not sure I've seen Jones in a team yet. Presumably that'll be a swap to Jota which will leave it as a shootout between Martinez and Mendy pretty much if you bench Dunk this time.

              I'd do C probs - not a good time to lose Jota and next week you might want to swap back given fixtures. Bowen isn't a horrid call but Lingard is streets ahead of him.

            3. HellasLEAF
              • 11 Years
              22 days, 7 hours ago

              Get Lingard in any means necessary

          • Lignja
            • 3 Years
            22 days, 8 hours ago

            A. Dcl to Bamford and bb
            B. Dcl, Gundogan to Lingard, Bamford -4 and bb

            Mendy, Froster
            Shaw, Rudiger, Coady, Holding, Philips
            Salah, Son, Gundogan, Jota, Bruno
            Kane, Ihenacho

          • DangerFC
            • 2 Years
            22 days, 7 hours ago

            Any advice on this sterling and dcl for salah and nacho -8 but planning on using TC with kane/son?

            Or do you think one of the above is a better option

            1. HellasLEAF
              • 11 Years
              22 days, 7 hours ago

              -4 with TC yes for sure. -8 is tough call. 50/50 but I might still do it.

          • HellasLEAF
            • 11 Years
            22 days, 7 hours ago

            Watkins or Bamford to Nacho:

            Rest of season..

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              22 days, 7 hours ago

              Watkins if you really mean rest of season probs.

              There's a very handy fixture turn between Bamford and Nacho in 36. Watkins is better in 33 and has the DGW to come but Nacho might yet also have a DGW that week.

          • wowo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            22 days, 7 hours ago

            Hi, Chaps, Correct bench order?
            Ft saved for next week.
            Mendy, Froster
            Shaw, Reguilon, TAA
            Salah, Son, Jota, Lingard
            Kane, Ihenacho, Vardy

            Bench: Froster, Ralphina, Rudiger, Holding

          • fusen
            • 9 Years
            22 days, 7 hours ago

            I like this article as it backs up all my own thoughts on 'form', which everyone knows are the best kind of articles 😀

            Jumping on players doing well seems like the scenario in which you're also going to do well, compared to ignoring someone who is scoring points week after week.

            You have no idea how long it'll last, so you either jump on and get points until you and everyone else no longer gets points or don't jump on and most likely miss out for multiple weeks until at some random point in the future the points stop for everyone who has been benefiting from them.

            For a game where the point is to get the most points, not getting in a player who is scoring lots of points because they *might* stop scoring them soon seems an odd way to play.

            1. HashAttack
              • 4 Years
              22 days, 6 hours ago

              I'm beginning to think FPL noise is the best indicator for short term punts - Lowton (gw24), Veltman (gw29), Antonio (gw19)