Scout Notes

Mount and Rodriguez injury updates as Watkins hits good form ahead of Gameweek 35

Everton 1-2 Aston Villa

  • Goals: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) | Ollie Watkins (£6.5m), Anwar El Ghazi (£5.2m)
  • Assists: Lucas Digne (£6.1m) | Bertrand Traore (£5.8m)
  • Bonus Points: Digne x3 Watkins x2 Calvert-Lewin x2

Some key Fantasy assets warmed up for Double Gameweek 35 with a Goodison Park audition involving one of the more breathless first halves of the season.

The score was 1-1 at the interval, with the goals coming from FPL favourites Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.5m) and Ollie Watkins (£6.5m).

But it needed a stellar Jordan Pickford (£4.8m) performance and the frame of his goal (twice) to deny Aston Villa going in at half-time with a deserved lead before a late Anwar El Ghazi (£5.2m) strike secured the points for the visitors.

Ollie Jolly, Emi Less So

Both teams have two Gameweek 35 fixtures as they’ll face each other again once Everton have travelled to West Ham and Villa entertained Manchester United next Sunday.

Crucially, the sides also have a Gameweek 36 match, with Dean Smith’s men going to Crystal Palace and the Toffees at home to Sheffield United.

All of that ramps up the appeal of their main players, which only serves to highlight the curious case of Watkins in recent weeks.

The Villa striker is found in 25.6% of FPL squads, but his net ownership has dropped in four of the last five Gameweeks even though he’s produced attacking returns in every single one of them.

He was sharp and hungry at Goodison, forcing Mason Holgate (£4.8m) into the error that led to the first goal and only being denied further joy by the excellence of Pickford.

Watkins is comfortably in the top four for points among FPL strikers and is in far better form than the two players – Jamie Vardy (£10.3m) and Patrick Bamford (£6.4m) – directly above him.

His relative lack of appeal is odd, therefore, although Saturday night’s star turn has meant an early, if modest, upturn in owners for the Double Gameweek to come.

FPL’s most popular goalkeeper, Emi Martinez (£5.4m and 40%), has also experienced a slight drop in owners while bringing in 13 points to Watkins’ 33 over the same time frame.

Villa have kept just one clean sheet in eight matches now, with managers relying on save points and the odd bonus morsel to justify their investment in a keeper who doesn’t even offer a cheap price tag these days – only four stoppers cost more.

Dignety At All Times

Ownership levels on Merseyside have been a bit more explicable, with Calvert-Lewin way down on his 4.7 million peak when averaging a goal a game across the first 11 Gameweeks.

His strike against Villa was only his second since Gameweek 23, but he’s actually scored twice in his last four starts – relatively promising form for the pair of fixtures to come.

Midfielder James Rodriguez (£7.7m) had also been showing some potential following his latest return from injury, with a goal and an assist across the previous four matches, but he picked up a calf issue during the warm-up on Saturday to frustrate his 8.9% ownership.

Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti seemed unconcerned about the issue post-match, however:

I think he had a little problem. He was not comfortable to play. I think he is going to play in the next game. It was a really small problem.

At the back, Lucas Digne (£6.1m) was the stand-out option on display, if only because of his attacking threat.

The full-back’s corner, which led to Calvert-Lewin’s goal, produced the Frenchman’s first assist since Gameweek 24, although he has brought in five sets of clean sheet points since then to pay some of his Fantasy way.

Shutting down West Ham or a not yet beach-ready Villa might be beyond Digne in Gameweek 35, but his attacking threat remains – only Aaron Cresswell (£5.6m) can better him for assists (10 v 9) this season.

Everton XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Godfrey, Holgate, Digne; Allan, Andre Gomes (Delph 70); Richarlison, Iwobi (Bernard 76), Sigurdsson (King 82); Calvert-Lewin.

Aston Villa XI (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Douglas Luiz, McGinn; Traore (Ramsey 88), Barkley, El Ghazi (Davis 90+2); Watkins. 

Chelsea 2-0 Fulham

  • Goals: Kai Havertz (£8.2m) x2
  • Assists: Mason Mount (£7.3m), Timo Werner (£9.2m)
  • Bonus Points: Havertz x3 Andreas Christensen (£4.7m) x2 Thiago Silva (£5.6m) x1

Kai Havertz (£8.2m) made a belated pitch for Fantasy relevance with a clinical display against nearly-relegated Fulham.

The Germany international scored twice from two shots to double his goals tally for the season and continue his impressive form as a false nine in coach Thomas Tuchel’s current tactical set-up.

Kai Fidelity

Keeping faith in Havertz has certainly proved fruitful for his 3.3% ownership, with a second double-digit haul in three Gameweeks, although a net 3,244 managers chose to sell him on this week to miss out on 16 points.

Their logic, while ill-timed, was sound enough. 

Tuchel’s liking for rotation has meant the midfielder being in and out of the starting line-up despite his recent uptick in form (he has five attacking returns from as many starts).

And although Chelsea do have two fixtures in Gameweek 35, they’re against Manchester City and Arsenal, with the schedule that follows – a blank, Leicester and then Aston Villa – barely ramping up the allure.

That will likely stifle interest in Blues assets across the board. Not that there was a great deal of that to begin with.

The side’s most popular player, Mason Mount (£7.3m), set up the first goal to bring in a second assist in four Gameweeks for his 20.2% ownership before leaving the fray in the 75th minute with what looked like an injury.

Tuchel played down the extent of that after the game:

It was my decision to take him off. There was not any doctor or physio who told me to take him off. I saw him landing hard, but it was the moment anyway when we wanted to take him off if we had the chance, at around 70 minutes. So there was a bit of playing it safe with him, but I haven’t been given any new information about a problem for him, so he should be fine for Wednesday.

Wednesday refers, of course, to the Champions League tie against Real Madrid that is tipped, slightly, in Chelsea’s favour.

Tuchel made five changes to the team with that in mind, the most hurtful probably being the rest for Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.9m), whose 8% ownership missed out on a third straight clean sheet and a league-leading 18th (equal with Manchester City) for the season.

At least both Chelsea’s Double Gameweek opponents will also be in continental action, so current owners of Blues stars are unlikely to ditch their men until the blank that follows, while new investors might just steer clear altogether.

As for Fulham, the end gets ever nigher and although their first-half display on Saturday probably warranted a goal or two, the lack of a cutting edge and a six-match run without a clean sheet keeps their players way off the Fantasy radar.

Chelsea XI (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Zouma; Chilwell (Alonso 81), James, Gilmour, Mount (Abraham 76); Havertz, Ziyech (Kante 66); Werner.

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Lemina (Carvalho 78), Anguissa; Decordova-Reid, Lookman, Cavaleiro (Onomah 78); Maja (Mitrovic 81).

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688 Comments Post a Comment
    1. John Nerdelbaum
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Bale against SHU, who'd thunk it

    2. Rhinos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      We can all think of good punts, it's not difficult. It's
      whether you can justify a use of a transfer for them. Fair play to anyone who did but I figured Son a better c due to minutes (and tbf he scored after Bale subbed) plus didn't fancy Bale to start Leeds but of course the hatty has changed that. Looking forward to see how he performs against a team thst fights back coz he's yet to show anything.

    3. gogs67
        2 months, 29 days ago

        That was the only reason I bought him, after reading that!
        Cheers to the author *thumbs up*

    4. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Any news for ManU-Pool game...Will it stay this GW or not?

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Almost certianly not. Has to be played today or its moved to another GW

      2. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Highly unlikely given that United play in the EL on Friday. Only viable option appears to be GW36 (when they are scheduled to blank), with Pool's WBA fixture that weekend moving back to midweek in DGW35.

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          EL on Thurday

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Yep.

          This is what i heard too. Either 12th or 16th May was suggested to suit United if Liverpool go along with it.

        3. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          This^

      3. The Quiff
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        So no official decision yet, then? I've just had a guy text me to ask whether we'd get any points today in Sky Fantasy at 3pm for the United-Pool game, so I thought they must've announced it.

      4. HammersXI
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I won't be surprised that it will only be announced post social media blackout. This postponement couldn't have come at the worst possible time

        1. Cilly Bonnolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Did things just not get announced before social media was a thing?

          1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            No, we were all jibbering wrecks and dribbling everywhere.

      5. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I think they should have had the balls and the organisation to play it today at 3pm. They could get the teams in the ground and then announce it (and they still could). But I feel that they won't and partly due to the social media blackout. Ironically, this weekend shows how dependent people have become of it.

        I don't think there would be the same protest turnout today, they had their high yesterday and well done to them. It shows that when people are angry about something, they can affect things. We don't just have to be passive and accept everything that those in power want.

        I'll take the Mount points off my bench and having only one player in the cancelled game.

    5. Nightcrawler
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Was going ti go with a differential TC pick but with Salah likely doubling now, its jusy got to be him now with those fixtures surely?

      1. Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah, he is the obvious choice now.

        1. HammersXI
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Differential could be TAA or Nacho tbh. There are still options. This week shown that the obvious captain pick might not always be the best choice.

          1. Rassi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Yeah. I may even go with Mane (c).

    6. liverpool01
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Guaita
      Shaw, Lowton, Castagne
      Bruno, Lingard, Son, Mount, Jota
      Kane, Iheanacho

      Martinez, Dias, Bamford, Dallas

      1FT 2.0 ITB

      Jota> Zaha and BB?

      Any other suggestions please.

      Thanks

      1. John Nerdelbaum
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        You'll probably need Salah if Pool get a DGW

        1. liverpool01
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Yeh Salah I will get

      2. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Jota will probably have a dgw next week. Id be looking to sell the SGWers and play the BB chip

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          But he's not likely to play both?

        2. HammersXI
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Based on ytd's lineup, Jota might only play 60-150 mins in the entire DGW.I wouldn't be selling any of his SGW players. But yeah would keep Jota also. Zaha could be an injury doubt.

          1. liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Thanks will keep an eye on Zaha

            1. HammersXI
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Call me crazy but I'm eyeing Benteke for the DGW or any midfield assets for my BB. Also cause I don't have any other slot for Palace players

              1. Rassi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Benteke is currently on my WC team.

              2. liverpool01
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Lol could come good you never know.

                1. HammersXI
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Yeah he's a major differential for me and tbh there's nothing really to lose besides the hit i'll take for a Palace defender and striker over a 1 point Brewster in my BB team

                  1. liverpool01
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    I'm surprised you still have Brewster.

                    1. HammersXI
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      It was either him or Davis on the WC and honestly I fancied him to have more gametime, but honestly after watching the first half he looked rubbish

        3. liverpool01
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I might transfer Dias out, Leeds fixtures look too good to remove their players. Leicester blank Gw 36

    7. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      I lost Salah, TAA and Greenwood and all I get in return is Semedo.

      Had Pulisic and Rudiger too.

      Oh well, hurts one mini league top spot chase in particular leaving me second.

      1. HammersXI
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Semedo could still haul tho.

        I lost TAA Salah Bruno Holding and only getting Brewster 1 point and Coady.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          My captain is Pereira and went differential but have Patricio in goal.

          1. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            That isn't too bad atm. Ballsy but could pay off since Kane blanked.

            if only I had the guts to make such a decision

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          It's a kick in the teeth at this stage.

          I mean the United fans weren't going to attack their team bus.

          Was Liverpool the concern?

          Police it normally.

          Are they going to tunnel or helicopter in, in the future?

          Weird decision. Who took it?

          The Premier League or clubs or police or referee even?

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah I’ve lost a lead I had built up over a long period. Vanished overnight

      3. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I had Azpilicueta, Dias, TAA, Salah, Jota and Greenwood. Rival had only Bruno missing. Also, while I had Son and Kane (c) playing last night he had Son, Kane and (of f**king course) Bale.

        Yesterday probably ended my season.

    8. BaleKaneSon
        2 months, 29 days ago

        How many DGW players would be most ideal for the next gameweek?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Ideally 11.

        2. drav
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          15 with BB

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I get United fans have 16 years of resistance to the Glazers ownership model.

        And the Liverpool game is a hot one. But part of me can't help but think if Liverpool beat United at Old Trafford to send the league title to the noisy neighbours it would have been too much for some United fans to live with in Manchester.

        And the postponement has taken that away.

        Ridiculous decision.

        Just get on the coach ffs and get in the ground...

        1. Rhinos
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Let me guess, your squad is Man U and Liverpool heavy.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            I often avoid Liverpool but recently got TAA and Salah again.

            Just Greenwood because I'd sold Bruno before and Cavani this week. See above.

            This point is less about FPL, but United fans not stomaching Liverpool winning the game and Citeh the title in one go.

          2. Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            You just can't accept the fact that protest is wrong and the violence is unacceptable.

            What's wrong with Glazer family? They are not perfect or even not good, but are they criminal? If they are, I believe 80% of the teams owners also are too.

            So we expect we can have similar protests every week? next time New Castle, then next next week Arsenal, and Liverpool standby?

            Again, it's nothing about FPL, come on, grow up please.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Protest isn't wrong.

              It's a fundamental right in a democracy.

              I've been to far nore violent games at Mane Road for example.

              This was media on a bank holiday Sunday and timidity by many.

              Including the police. Greater Manchester police football duty would not normally have these issues.

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Maine Road... Where in division 2 bricks would often be falling on the away fans heading back to coaches or at Bolton oe Hull City or Leeds United running amok in the 1980s and 90s.

                1. Ginkapo FPL
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  I think we can all be glad that bricks dont get chucked at people any more

                2. Nightcrawler
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Yes Games shd go ahead becuase it was far worse off in the 80s

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    It could have been policed and stewarded.

                    Guess the club will be fined for not controlling fans and keeping the doors secure.

                    What happened at the hotel though?

                    Just get on the coach ffs and head to the ground.

            2. Rhinos
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              why is protest wrong? I don't care about Man U, relegate them, it would be funny as. Standing uo to the esl billionaires is alright in my book. Violence unacceptable but not seen anyone arguing otherwise

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                It wasn't even that violent from what i heard on the radio and saw on TV.

                A few barriers thrown around and an arrest and a copper needing stitching to a superficial wound on his face.

                Guess it was what you'd get with beer, sunshine and football on many a bank holiday.

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  I've just read a bit about it and perhaps the officer i saw on tv was the minor injury where he was smiling and chatting pitch side as someone in Sky asked if he was okay.

                  There seems to have been a more serious injury with a bottle that needed hospital treatment too.

        2. Ben White saved my life
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I think Liv should be awarded the points for the match. Can't have Man U fans behaviour going unpunished imo.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            That can't happen.

            Otherwise it means away fans can go rouge and undercover to do this again if say they are going down or need someone to lose...

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Next you will get police infiltrating trump rallies to five probable cause. Wherever will it end.

              Damm we already ended up with Boris

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                The police went undercover into the protest movements in England and even impregnated people they had conned in their deep cover, double lives.

                It happens.

            2. Salan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              It's correct and can apply to the home teams.

              I have said yesterday. If a home team do not want to play the game at that moment (may be because of injury of key players), they can also send some ppl into the stadium and stepping into the pitch. If there is no punishment or consequence on ManU, this must happen in the future again, and very soon.

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Are you alright? Anything you want to talk about? Your anger seems to go beyond this protest

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  I'm not angry.

                  I just think it was ridiculous to call off the match.

                  Play it at 8 pm.

                  1. Ginkapo FPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    I wasnt talking to you AC DC

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                It wasn't the clubs fault.

                It was x hundred people out of millions of fans.

      • Neo-Viper
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Dunk Raphinha Trossard Kane : Out
        Coufal Bale Zaha DCL : In

        Two hits.

        Yay or Nay?

        1. RichRover
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Nay

          1. Neo-Viper
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Any better suggestions ?

            I am .1 short of Kane to DCL , hence the extra hit

      • Forster to play DGW35 according to report
        Legomané
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Hampshire Live report that Fraser Forster will return to GK duties for both DGW35 matches, with Alex McCarthy back between the posts in BGW36.

        “Fraser Forster, the club's hugely impressive cup goalkeeper, will now step back into the first-team picture for the club's next two games, against Liverpool and Crystal Palace, before stepping aside once again for McCarthy to return against Fulham”

        https://www.hampshirelive.news/sport/football/football-news/southampton-goalkeeper-liverpool-ralph-hasenhuttl-5366361

        Worth keeping an eye on this situation, in particular for any Forster plus Schmeichel, Leno or Mendy owners holding out for BGW36 cover.

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Would u start Forster or Martinez next gW then

          1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            I am starting Forster.

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Good to know as I plan to BB with Forster! No keeper for 36 now though

        3. The Quiff
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Nice! I have Forster. Good timing Hasenhuttl.

        4. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Was that really worth a hot topic?

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Yes lots of Forster owners

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Quick thinking and slow thinking.

              When there is one hot topic a week, Fraser Forster will never be a justifiable topic

              1. asquishypotato
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                We get hot topics when Aguero gets a private flight home from Buenos Aires, if there is a highly owned player, or one that is in a lot of template teams.

        5. Fernando Torres
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Should I hold off on Forster to Guaita then? How legit is this? Got BB

          1. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Raph literally said it himself. It's as official as it gets. He doesn't clearly have a no 1. gk and plans to give both of them chances

            1. fcsaltyballs
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Do you have a source for what Raph was quoted to say?

              This will determine whether I transfer him out for Guaita and use an FT in the process

              Thanks

              1. gooberman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                click on the link. There is a direct quote from Ralph saying Forster will start the next 2.

                1. Tinkermania
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Where is the link?

                  1. gooberman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    its embedded in the legomane article here.

        6. HammersXI
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Great news for BB this week and shipping Mendy to Meslier the following week.

        7. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Excellent, that’s good for BB35

        8. Sharkytect
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Would have been useful with a bench boost, but I'm not wasting a keeper transfer on this

        9. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I needed him to play in 36.

          1. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Why not just move one of ur keepers for Meslier? That's what I'll be doing

        10. tisza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Daft. get thumped 5-0 at Liverpool or has a howler then he ain't playing the 2nd game/

        11. muc1999
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Still call bullship

        12. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          The article says Forster will play the next 2 but not the City game meaning owners with Forster and Mendy/Leno etc will still need to find cover for GW36. At least though this is some positive news for Forster owners after the carnage of yesterday.

        13. EVILFUK
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          I just sold Forster for Ryan as a punty hit. Damm.

        14. shirtless
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Great news as a Bench boosting McCarthy owner with Struijk and Moura to move on as well!

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Rival sat with just Bruno and Son(c).

        I have Bruno, Salah, TAA, Jota and Shaw.
        I have no Son.

        Over 30point swing 🙁

        1. Ben White saved my life
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          At least you're well set for the dgw, no biggie imo.

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            My rival will WC

            1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              rip

      • Fernando Torres
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Most nailed palace defender?

      • Toothless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Never thought that I'd ever be in a position where I'm counting on Chris Wood and Matheus Pereira to save my gameweek....

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Vydra and Lingard here!

      • Merlinsnose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I want to bring in Digne. Some advise on who to replace please. Holding, Coady or Mitchell?

        Will Holding play again? Coadys games are difficult with wolves on the beach? Will Mitchell play the double after his good performance?

        Many thanks

        1. HammersXI
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          With Luiz injury, I honestly see him starting more. All dependent if they crash out of the EL this week.

          if you're worried about security of starts I would get Ward. But to replace someone for Digne, it would easily be Coady atm

          1. Merlinsnose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Excellent advise, I appreciate it.

      • Ben White saved my life
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Anyone else captain Kane out of fear? I didn't really fancy his chances as thought he might still be not fully fit. Wish I had the courage to go less template.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Nope. Just thought he’d score the most points

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I partly did. Trying to protect rank and ML leads.

        3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I did. Knew everyone in my ML would. I am leading and have to protect it. ML is more important than the OR for me at this stage.

          1. Ben White saved my life
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            In fairness I think its a solid strategy captaining the fpl poll runaway leader. Just feel the template nature of teams on this site and in the first page of overall leadership makes the game duller.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              True. Hence I always go with a couple of differentials per GW. A combination of safe captain picks + two differentials has really helped me climb ranks this season. I will definitely not end this season with my highest rank ever but have sill done decently well.

              1. HammersXI
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I thought Periera would be my differential this week, and my ML rival also went and got him. Can't catch a break this season. Hopefully Benteke adds some joy and spark next week

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Benteke can prove to be a great differential. Even a 27% overall ownership and less that 10% top 10K owned DCL might be a good differential.

                  1. HammersXI
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Sadly don't have the money to get DCL in. Wouldn't want to change the shape of my whole team.

                    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Aah ok! I am planning to do Bamford + Coady to DCL + Mitchell. Will take a chance on Mitchell. Have TAA, Konsa, Rudiger and Struijk as my other defenders to cover three spots in defense in case Mitchell does not feature at all.

              2. Louis Van Gaalstones
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Yeah I did the same - captained him to cling to a ML lead and got lucky bringing in Bale for Fernandes

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  That's nice!

        4. HammersXI
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I guess kinda in fear plus I wanted to protect my ML. Would have gone with Nacho but the upside was way too much. It was a terrible week all round though

        5. Louis Van Gaalstones
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Who would you have captained otherwise?

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            I’d have captained Bale and vice captained Havertz but I don’t own them and had no intention of bringing them in so makes that strategy less possible

          2. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Well done for getting Bale. It was a great choice

            1. Louis Van Gaalstones
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Thanks! I had planned to bring him in for the DGW earlier in the season but bottled it and went for barnes (who immediately got injured), this heals that wound a bit haha

        6. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Didn't bring him back in for that exact reason and went for Wood instead.

        7. muc1999
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Yep.did son v

      • Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Toyed with Salah > Bale all week but can’t imagine standing still ever backfiring this much.

        1. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          ^ This. What made it worse if my ML rival made the move and is now winning my ML by 30 points!

        2. HammersXI
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Hindsight is always painful. Liverpool might have a DGW and I'm sure Salah would score more points over Bale in the remaining fixtures.

      • dshv
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        That united - pool match postoponed killed me..

        1. JonSnow
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah me too I had 3 pool + Leno, forster, gundo, rudiger this gw. Rough unfortunately

      • JonSnow
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        If the fixture change ends up being liverpool double in 35 and man united double 35 and no blanks in gw36 that really takes the advantage away from those with the free hit still available. Was banking on the blank to force my ML rivals hand.

        1. Tango74
            2 months, 29 days ago

            I have WC left and not sure when to play it now . my plan was to use BGW for the run in

            Tips?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Hit it soon. Probably now in actual fact to make it count.

          • AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            But those holding free hit for so long were gambling on getting lucky on the fixture schedule.

            All bench boosts and free hitters have suffered from late fixture changes this season.

            1. drav
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              I went without Kane to make sure I had a good squad for BB 35, I've got 3 Liv & 1 Manu U and am on 43 for this week with Lingard to play, the cancellation has worked out perfectly, I'll have 13 DGW players who will all play (baring injury) for -4

          • gogs67
              2 months, 29 days ago

              My FH plan is a risky triple man city midfield against Newcastle or Brighton.
              Could bomb spectacularly, but if it works it'll produce results.

            • JabariParkersEyelid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 days ago

              There will still be 4 teams blanking in 36, that's not insignificant.

          • Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            so far so good going without Bruno
            time to get him

            1. Rassi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Same. Been Bruno-less since gw25. Just brought WC'ed him back now.

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            I would not mind a LIV double in 35, eases the captaincy pick decision.

          • estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Looking at DGW... Chasing league leader by 30pts ...

            Any hits here?

            Martinez*
            TAA, Rudiger*, Konsa*
            Bruno*, Greenwood*, Lingard, Zaha*
            Kane, DCL*, Nacho

            Johnston, Son, Veltman, Dias

          • Fernando Torres
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            2 FT

            Coufal + Jota -> Zaha + Ward.

            Ward best palace defender 4.4 or under?

            1. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              stay away from cpal

              1. Fernando Torres
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Why? Got 2 great fixtures.

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  GL then.

                  1. Fernando Torres
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    Who do you prefer around the 7m mark for mid and 4.5m for defender?

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      jwp/mount(if fit)
                      greenwood if double
                      defenders are a lottery..i wont waste a trsfr on them now

                      1. Fernando Torres
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 29 days ago

                        Sure, fair point. Greenwood has a double anyway but probs not nailed for both

                    2. Rassi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 29 days ago

                      Phillips is a great cheap def option.

                2. Tango74
                    2 months, 29 days ago

                    and not many cleans sheets!

                3. Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  I am having a crazy thought. Taking Rudiger out for Ward...

            2. Sterling Archer
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Wonder how many tweets Ben crellin has lined up for the end of this blackout!

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                He he he...

              2. fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Bet he’s absolutely chomping at the bit

              3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                And yet everyone has worked out what will happen without him.

                1. Rassi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Weird feeling having to use own brains...

            3. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              If liverpool get a dgw 35 no need for bruno right ?

              1. JabariParkersEyelid
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 29 days ago

                I'd still rather have him than not, but he won't hurt you as much with everyone capping Salah.

            4. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              So the club have over 15 years of anti Glazer protests and 9 days knowing protests were coming against Liverpool, on bank holiday Sunday and didn't secure a locked down stadium.

              That's poor security. Didn't they want to pay sufficient stewards or policing costs?

              That's the shambles here as much as any thing.

              The show must go on and Dunkirk spirit.

              Shame on the club, police and Trafford Council for buckling.

            5. Fernando Torres
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Best defender 5.7m or less?

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                shaw?

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Rudiger if Chelsea don't qualify for the Champions League final.

            6. JabariParkersEyelid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Think my run in LMS will come to an end tonight.

              5 players in United Pool and no Son was a pretty disastrous few hours.

              On the plus side, I may have just lucked into 4 more DGW players.

            7. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              If only Mourinho was sacked before I've sold Bale...

            8. Gazza2000
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Thoughts on this lot? want to play the BB next week but have no idea how to upgrade Davis here, don't mind a -4
              Original plan was to get rid if Son and get Watkins and Siggy in but not sure I want to loose Son now...

              2FT 0.1 ITB

              Martinez
              TAA Shaw Rudiger
              Salah Bruno Jota Lingard Son
              Kane Nacho

              Areola Coufal Burn Davis

            9. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Need a J Lingz masterclass tonight.

              1. JabariParkersEyelid
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Him and Pereira both for me.

                1. HammersXI
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 29 days ago

                  Same here. to save my gameweek

              2. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                Don't forget Coady.

            10. Christina.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Ollie 3 G & 2 A in last 5
              (c) material

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                He's more than promising now. Delivering consistently