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Big Numbers

FPL Gameweek 34: The key player and team statistics

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558 Comments Post a Comment
  1. AYLD28
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 15 hours ago

    I’m really struggling to find the enjoyment in this season. EO has had a real effect on that for me.

    Kane captain every week with 180% meaning a return gives you 2 points gain when he gets 15 points.

    Players like Iheannacho getting you 12 points but only gain 1.6 points from it.

    I go into weeks thinking whats the point in playing this recently. Anyone else struggling with enjoyment?

    Previous years I’d enjoy bringing in good players (regardless of ownership) vs weak teams but this year every week I feel lifeless in any decision making.

    I’m 55K so not a great season by my previous years (9K and 2K last two years) but not terrible.

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 hours ago

      Too many playing the game now. It's spoiling it for the rest of us.

      1. AYLD28
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 15 hours ago

        I never see number of managers a bad thing as I’m aiming top 10k regardless if there’s 8 million active players or 1 million.

        Obviously the reason for EO but I’m always looking at top 10K.

        I guess it’s the knowledge of EO which has killed the enjoyment for me. It would have always been around but not readily known/available.

      2. Davidwes
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 15 hours ago

        Effective ownership in the top 10k has always been around the same though??

    2. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 15 hours ago

      Been playing it for over a decade. I've struggled to break out of 400k the last couple of seasons. I'm now just playing it however I like, picking differentials just to go against the curve. Still all a bit meh.

    3. Davidwes
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 15 hours ago

      Depends on how you play the game. I tend not to focus on ownership. Just try and get as many points as possible. In a gameweek there is usually max 1 or 2 players who will have an effect over 100% and hurt your rank even though they are in your team.

      1. AYLD28
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 15 hours ago

        This is true. Bruno last year a good example of this. I guess it’s also that it feels like when we try and go against the template it backfires.

        Greenwood for instance. Get him in and United draw 0-0. So many other examples, it’s really tough mentally I find right now

        1. Davidwes
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 hours ago

          Yeah I got in Greenwood aswell this week, tough luck. I do agree with you though, going without a player that with 80+ EO is terrifying. Its the exitement of fpl but can make you feel really bad aswell. I have gone without Bruno since gw 26. Been the most nervwrecking experience of my fpl-life but worth it in the end haha

    4. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 15 hours ago

      Just go with differential picks esp cap picks. apart from kane in the last dgw havent captained anyone in the top 4 most captained top 10k players for at least the past 10 weeks

      On top of that have players like castagne Alonso vardy and now zaha

      Im 29k atm but dint want to linger around the same rank mark. Its either top 10k or out of top 50k. Only way to make it interesting

      1. AYLD28
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 15 hours ago

        I like the way you play.

        I’ve always been someone who buys on gut feeling as well as being a fixtures man. I’m looking at Zaha myself and bought Castagne last week

    5. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 15 hours ago

      I quite enjoy the challenge of finding the right balance between keeping up to date with the template to cover EO and trying to get ahead of the game with the emerging players e.g. jumping on the Gundo / Lingard style trains ahead of the curve. Agree that harder to take risks and gamble on differentials though

      1. AYLD28
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 15 hours ago

        This is true Gandalf. I brought in Gungo and Lingard early and I went from 1.4m to 90k in 11 gameweeks.

        Since it’s been 6/7 gameweeks where I tiptoed up to 55k. I hoped the wildcard would be the real push but it hasn’t happened. Players like Leno, Jota, Keeping Fernandes really piling on the pain.

        I always play in a way that “what is my weak link” but I do find there’s also a “you need Kane/son” every single week and when they’re owned by everyone it’s a bit rubbish.

    6. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 15 hours ago

      Just don't look at ownership - ignorance is bliss.

    7. Old Bull
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 15 hours ago

      I prefer the head to head league that I run. It’s a far more fun way of playing. For example, last GW I took a 28pt reduction and still managed to beat my opponent and get the 3pts.

    8. DK_13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      This is a weird year with doubles and blanks happening atleast once in a 6 week period from gw 17 onward, so without a choice few players have to be bought in and a few dumped despite okay fixtures, so all the actives playing a similar chip strategy end up with a similar core. i dont think it will be the same from next year

    9. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Agree with all the "ignore EO comments" - you can only make 1 change per week to your team without penalty, so mass squad overhauls aren't viable anyway.

      Also, try and join as many MLs as you can. Start a few with friends, join some public ones. With your OR, you'll probably end up near the top 2/3 places in most of them. And if some are money leagues, even better!

      It's very difficult to do really well against the entire FPL community when a significant element of FPL is pure luck. The more people play, the lower your probability of success.

  2. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 15 hours ago

    Which Everton defenders are most nailed ?

    1. Riverside Red
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 15 hours ago

      I've just signed Coleman..

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 15 hours ago

        Far from nailed

        1. Riverside Red
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 6 hours ago

          He's been injured earlier in the season and is still preferred when fit

    2. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Digne

  3. Davidwes
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 15 hours ago

    Still have Wildcard left
    Thoughts on building up a pretty decent team for gw 35 and then wildcard in gw 36?

  4. RamaLangaDingDong
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 15 hours ago

    MANC fans - what chance do you think we have of seeing Aguero get minutes between now and the end of the season...?

    - I can picture a GW38 cameo and mega-haul as a send-off just like when David Silva left the club...

    Might do a GW38 Kane switch-out if I genuinely thought Aguero would play...

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 hours ago

      Probably Jesus instead

    2. lilmessipran
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 hours ago

      I'd be surprised if he doesn't start gw38 with the captain's armband on, how many mins will his legs last might be a different story

  5. Jonny HOW SON?
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 15 hours ago

    Anyone with every chip still intact?

    1. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      BB and FH.

  6. AYLD28
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 15 hours ago

    Appreciate everyone who commented on my post above, sometimes the knowledge we now have can take the fun out of a game I do love playing ❤️

    Thoughts on my team below for next week and the coming gameweeks?

    Leno (no choice)
    TAA Rudiger Castagne
    Salah Fernandes Greenwood Salah Jota
    Kane Iheannacho

    Forster | Veltman Coady Davis

    3.9m ITB, 1 FT, I can literally do anything

    1. Greenwood > Spurs mid
    2. Davis > DCL (bench Jota)
    3. Fernandes + Davis > Spurs mid + DCL (bench Jota)
    4. Greenwood/Jota > Zaha

    Players on my watchlist for proposed DGW 35 - Digne, Zaha, DCL in particular

    1. AYLD28
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Double Salah.. oops should be Lingard

    2. Davidwes
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Double salah in midfield looking dangerous

    3. Davidwes
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Think I would just roll a transfer

    4. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Greenwood to Son/any other option you prefer. You’re very exposed to that Liverpool United game. If that’s a 0-0 you’ll be hurt bad.

  7. JBG
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 15 hours ago

    Which one?

    A) Salah to Son
    B) DCL to Ihenacho
    C) Bamford to Ihenacho

    Have Kane(C).

    1. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      B

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      C as Everton have dgw to come

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 13 hours ago

        This for me

      2. JBG
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 13 hours ago

        Yeah think I'm going for C tbf.

    3. Axel_s83
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      C

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 13 hours ago

        Yeah looks like it for me. Can easily get Bamford back again if I want him.

  8. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    Martinez (eve) or Leno (new) for this week? Despite recent form you’d have to fancy Arsenal more likely for the clean sheet, but Martinez definitely more save points in him.

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Leno might not start.

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Leno

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      I can see Ryan training like a beast again and dropping Leno for that OG

  9. Feed tha Sheep
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    Best 5.0 defender for rest of season? (not Rudiger)

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Llorente, Ayling, Coufal or Holgate.

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Coufal

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Coufal, Coleman, Ayling/Llorente

  10. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    Vardy and Trossard to Kane and Raphinha (-4)

    Yes or no?

    1. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      If that’s your best route to Kane then I would personally

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      Is Raphinha fit?

      1. Cheeto__Bandito
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 13 hours ago

        can bench him for jota

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      Probably yes but keep an eye out for Raphinha's injury update

    4. JBG
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Pereira instead of Raphinha?

    5. Aster
      5 months, 9 hours ago

      No

  11. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    What's your thoughts on these transfer below?

    GW34 Bruno to Pereira (1GW punt)
    GW35 Pereira to Greenwood/Bruno

    2FT 0.3ITB FH36
    Mendy
    TAA Rudiger Shaw Dallas
    Son Salah Lingard Bruno
    Kane Nacho
    (Forster Jota Holding Davis)

  12. Axel_s83
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    No. My first though is no. Vardy can score big. Then I realised that meant not having Kane. Kane has slightly better fixtures (23224 vs 22443). Have nothing to add on Tross vs Raph. Might miss a Kane haul or a Vardy one. Kane might bee more probable but minus four is for sure.

  13. RedWolf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    I'm looking to bring in 2 defenders who have a double in 35 (assuming it happens) and a game in 36, so 2 from:

    Villa (MUN EVE CRY)
    Southampton (LIV CRY FUL)
    Everton (WHU AVL SHU)
    Palace (SHU SOU AVL)

    Budget not a problem, who should I be going for? 1 Everton, 1 palace?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      I wouldn't trust any of their def based on recent performances. Probably Digne and Targett if you want 2 from these teams

    2. moz_1983
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      Digne for me.

  14. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    A. Stones to Reese James
    B. Bruno to Son
    C. Lacazette to DCL
    D. Hold

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      If Laca is still out then C. If available then B

    2. Aster
      5 months, 10 hours ago

      Hold

  15. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    De Bruyne cross be like: FAILED. Successfully!

    1. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Textbook Chelsea Willian.

  16. cutch
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    A) Bamford -> Kane
    B) Watkins -> Kane

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      A - Watkins is will have a double

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 13 hours ago

        I'd put money on Bamford easily outscoring Watkins in the run in.

        1. No Kane No Gain
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 6 hours ago

          How much?!

  17. BigBillyBass
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 hours ago

    WC activated - currently on this.

    Using BB in gw35 to take advantage of the double. How’s she looking?

    Pickford (Guaita)
    TAA Digne Dallas Coufal (Targett)
    Salah Son Siggy Lingard (Zaha)
    Kane Iheanacho (Watkins)

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 hours ago

      Looks ok with the doubles are confirmed as predicted by Ben Crellin

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 13 hours ago

        If the doubles*

    2. 4-6-0
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      I'm on the same strategy. Similar ideas to myself with 9 players the same. I've also had some of the others in my drafts. All the best with it!

  18. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 13 hours ago

    Kdb to start vs crystal?

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      Is champions league next week?
      High risk he just played in EFL cup then today so 4 games in quick succession I think he’s a big doubt

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Unlikely

  19. moz_1983
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 13 hours ago

    Stick with Jota for the DGW (SOU) or swap for Siggy (whu & avl)? Have TAA and Salah.

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 13 hours ago

      Is there a confirmed double for Everton?

      1. moz_1983
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 12 hours ago

        Looking very likely, not officially confirmed yet.

  20. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 13 hours ago

    Trossard to siggy/son or sterling?

    1. ExpressoMySonny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Siggy is a good differential

      1. ExpressoMySonny
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 12 hours ago

        he is in better form than son too and has a potential DGW

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Stay away from Sterling. You've been warned

    3. Aster
      5 months, 10 hours ago

      Keep

  21. ExpressoMySonny
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 13 hours ago

    Is Jack Grealish done for the season?

  22. dshv
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Jota to siggy ??

  23. The Big Fella
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    When are the planned dgw and bgw supposed to be and who will they affect?

    1. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      According to Ben Crelin DGW35 and BGW36. Will most likely be announced this week. Most good teams with a double will blank in 36

      1. The Big Fella
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 11 hours ago

        Cheers

  24. joeymanuel
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Bruno & Vydra to Kane and Harrison for a -4?

    1. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 11 hours ago

      Not for me. I would just get Kane in somehow.

  25. Setpiecemad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Lingard potentially out injured this week

    1. Mahjongking
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      Where did u see this news? Fake news

        1. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 hours ago

          Then there is this saying he is fine and pics of him in training

          https://www.claretandhugh.info/whufc-pics-allay-lingard-injury-worries/amp/

          So I wouldn’t worry too much

    2. Aster
      5 months, 10 hours ago

      ?

  26. De Gea is GOAT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Thoughts on both Azpi and Rudiger starting this weekend? Thanks guys

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 12 hours ago

      probably will to me.
      depends if Azpi is a wingback again though....maybe he'll need a rest doing that vs a center back.

      1. De Gea is GOAT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 9 hours ago

        Thank you sir. If it wasnt for the CL game id be certain of both starting... ahhh decisions

  27. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Hallo. Halp?

    A) Jota > Siggy
    B) Jota > Lingard
    C) G-wood > Siggy
    D) G-wood > Lingard
    E) Bruno > Son
    F) Save transfer

    Sanchez
    TAA Pereira Castagne
    Bruno Bale Greenwood Jota ESR
    Kane Iheanacho

    Meslier | Robertson, Targett, Benteke

    1FT. 0.2 ITB. 0 chips.

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 11 hours ago

      save for me.
      also probably start Robbo over ESR

  28. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Will alonso and mount start this week?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 11 hours ago

      i expect Alonso to.
      not sure about Mount. if he doesn't he might come on which is tough - at least Alonso hardly ever gets subbed on.

  29. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Is this defense order correct?

    TAA(mun), Alonso(FUL), Rudi(FUL) (Fofana(sou), Holding(new))

    Half expecting to need my first sub - so really it's down to the order of Fofana or Holding

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 11 hours ago

      If Holding plays 90+ mins tonight, I'd keep this order, as in that case, there's a strong chance Luiz will start in the prem, so Holding may make a cameo appearance after Luiz' red card. If Holding's on the bench against Villareal, then I'd be 51% in favour of making him first sub

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 11 hours ago

        lol @ Luiz red - makes complete sense to me.
        cheers!

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 hours ago

      I'd say so - SOU without Ings will have less bite (assuming he's out)

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 11 hours ago

        i think i trust arsenal less than leicester - and think newcastle have looked frisky with asm back .

        cheers!

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 11 hours ago

          Not to mention Wilson as well - can defo see them scoring

  30. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 12 hours ago

    Really tempted to get Mount for a differential, which one do people fancy?

    Siggy: decent form, on pens, decent fixtures and DGW guaranteed, just hit or miss
    Maddison: woeful form, but good fixtures, could be explosive
    Zaha: double, talisman, but bad team
    Bowen: OOP, decent fixtures
    Lingard: just havent a chance to get him, but not much of a differential

    1. GREEN JUMPERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 11 hours ago

      Really depends how much risk you want to take, but for me, I'd rate them Lingard, Siggy, Zaha

    2. Aster
      5 months, 10 hours ago

      Sig