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The best FPL budget midfielders for 2021/22

We turn our attention to the best FPL budget midfielders as we continue to trawl through the Fantasy Premier League price list and pick out the names to consider.

Having already looked at the budget forwards and mid-priced forwards, we switch our focus to midfield options in the £4.5m-£5.0m bracket.

We’ve got every position covered, so take your pick!

There is the usual mix of defensive midfielders, deep-lying playmakers, assets from the newly promoted clubs and the odd attack-minded player to consider in this tier.

We will cover £5.5m options in our look at mid-price midfielders.

From goal threat to bonus point potential, you can find Opta data on the players listed below in our Premium Members Area.

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THE £4.5M BUDGET MIDFIELDERS BENCH FODDER OPTIONS

FPL budget midfielders - Jorginho in a duel

The primary function of a £4.5m budget midfielder is to be an emergency option on our benches, to be ready to come in for a two-point (or better) return when rotation, injury and/or suspension bites hard.

The first requirement of such a player is that he is a semi-reliable starter. Yves Bissouma (£4.5m) was named in Graham Potter’s starting XI on 35 occasions last season, a rarity among both bargain-bin midfielders and Brighton assets.

The Mali international fired off 42 shots in 2020/21. Seven of those were inside the box and Bissouma ended the season with one goal and no assists. Just three of his total efforts found the target.

Despite having far fewer attempts on goal, Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) had more shots on target (four) than his £4.5m counterpart Bissouma. The ex-Chelsea man only made his return from injury off the bench in Gameweek 38, so any investors will need to keep an eye on Romeu’s fitness.

Everton enforcer Allan (£4.5m) has been brought into the budget bracket from a lofty £5.5m price tag last year. The midfielder has a negligible goal threat but could be expected to feature heavily under whoever takes the reins at Goodison Park.

Morgan Gibbs-White (£4.5m) is on the opposite end of the spectrum to Allan, having ended the season in Nuno Espirito Santo’s experimental starting line-ups. He racked up 10 shots in the final four Gameweeks but the Wolves midfielder is now under the tutelage of Bruno Lage, so his pitch time will be a real case of wait and see.

When fit, Jack Cork (£4.5m) has traditionally been Sean Dyche’s preferred partner in central midfield for Ashley Westwood (£5.5m). Burnley’s trim squad also adds to Cork’s appeal in terms of minutes.

Josh Brownhill comes in at the same price as Cork. He can play centrally, on the right or as the most advanced midfielder in a 4-5-1, which Sean Dyche tends to reserve for the ‘bigger’ games. Brownhill started 32 games last season, with one assist his only attacking return. Only Dwight McNeil (£6.0m), with 707, had more touches in the final third among Burnley midfielders than Brownhill (468) over the season.

Douglas Luiz (£4.5m) also made 32 league starts in 2020/21, managing two assists. He created 19 opportunities over the season, including four big chances. Buying the midfielder would hamper a potential Aston Villa triple-up, in the same way that budget goalkeeper Jed Steer (£4.0m) blocked that move in FPL last season.

Another one for the wait-and-see list is Villa starlet Jacob Ramsey (£4.5m). Appearing mainly as a substitute in the latter half of the season, the midfielder racked up 11 goal attempts – eight of which were taken inside the area. Ramsey also created six chances in his 617 minutes of pitch time. The arrival of Emi Buendia (£6.5m) could stifle Ramsey’s development, though he longer has Ross Barkley to compete with.

Bissouma’s team-mate Jakub Moder could be the pick of the £4.5m bunch but is much more likely to succumb to Potter’s rotation wizardry. After arriving back from Lech Poznan in February, Moder made seven league starts – including the final three games of the season. From a left wing-back berth in Potter’s favoured 3-4-2-1 formation, the Poland international has much more licence to get forward than Bissouma.

The metronomic Billy Gilmour has also been placed in the £4.5m category. However, the Scotland international has a tough task on his hands to break into Chelsea’s starting XI ahead of senior FPL budget midfielders N’Golo Kante (£5.0m), Mateo Kovacic (£5.0m) and Jorginho (£6.0m).

Of the promoted assets priced at £4.5m, only Norwich City winger Lukas Rupp might be of interest. The German made 23 appearances (15 starts) for the Canaries over the last campaign before a hamstring injury curtailed his season in March.

NEWLY-PROMOTED £5.0M FPL BUDGET MIDFIELDER OPTIONS

Newly promoted budget midfielders - Mclean

In the next tier up, we begin our £5.0m midfielder search with promoted sides Norwich City, Brentford and Watford.

With 30 starts and eight sub appearances last season, Kenny McLean (£5.0m) easily played the most minutes of any Canary in this bracket. The Scotland international managed two goals and six assists in that time.

Brentford’s Mathias Jensen (£5.0m), who has a share of dead-ball duties, had the same goal tally and one more assist across 38 Championship starts. Team-mate Vitaly Janelt (£5.0m) started one game more, scoring four goals and creating a further three.

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley (£5.0m) racked up 32 starts for Watford last season, scoring on four occasions and assisting twice. That’s the best goal-contribution record among Hornets midfielders in this price range.

BIG SIX BACK-UPS AND POTENTIAL STARTERS

Ngolo Kante with his coach

Kante is priced at £5.0m for the seventh season in a row. The France destroyer managed just 10 goal attempts in the entirety of last season, which underscores his limitations as a Fantasy asset.

Jordan Henderson (£5.0m) should be a regular Liverpool starter once fit, though would block FPL bosses from a triple-up on Jurgen Klopp’s more attack-minded assets. The luckless Naby Keita, James Milner and Curtis Jones all join their captain Henderson at £5.0m.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£5.0m) is yet another player without a club manager at the time of writing. Whether or not the Denmark man could bring his more assist-filled game for his country to his club may depend on who gets appointed at Spurs.

With 26 goal attempts last season, Thomas Partey (£5.0m) just about outshot fellow defensive budget midfielders Granit Xhaka (£5.0m) and Fred (£5.0m).

TOP-HALF OPTIONS

Wilfred Ndidi about to handball

Wilfred Ndidi (£5.0m) is an assured starter at Leicester City but as with many of the options in this article, cannot be relied upon for attacking returns.

While Kalvin Phillips (£5.0m) excelled further forward against Croatia in England’s opening EURO 2020 group game, we can expect him in a more familiar ‘quarterback’ role under Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.

His England midfield partner Declan Rice (£5.0m) is another player who guarantees minutes but could also be on penalty-taking duties for David Moyes. If that proves to be the case, the ‘Basmati Busquets’ might be worthy of serious consideration. Rice did miss West Ham’s last spot-kick of the season, however, hitting the post against West Brom in Gameweek 37.

BEST OF THE REST

Nathan Tella as a midfielder with teammates

Southampton attacker Nathan Tella (£5.0m), when used, is deployed as either a No 10 or a forward by Ralph Hasenhuttl in the manager’s favoured 4-2-2-2 system. Tella only made seven starts in 2020/21, however. Those 742 minutes did yield eight shots on target and two big chances created.

Newcastle United midfielder Jacob Murphy (£5.0m) started each of the club’s last nine Premier League games. From a right wing-back role, Murphy managed two goals and three assists over the campaign. Of the 19 opportunities he created, seven were rated as big chances. Quite why he’s listed as a midfielder, when Matt Ritchie (£5.0m) has been reclassified as a defender on the opposite flank, is another question.

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  1. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Captain?

    A) Ronaldo
    B) E Hazard
    C) Dumfries

    Thanks

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Hmmm probably A from those

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Thanks, thinking Hazard could be a great differential. On pens too I think

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          I was close to saying him actually but only said CR7 cause you know if Portugal score there's a high chance he'll be around it, whilst if Belgium score it could be Haz, Lukaky, KDB etc. Hazard a good shout though if you think this'll be his breakout match in the tournament

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Not sure I’ve seen enough from Hazard - are we sure he’s starting too? He did get a full run last game but we haven’t really got a sense of Belgium’s top 11 I don’t think.

      But he could easily start and bang.
      Ronaldo I think is a good shout. He looks like he wants goals. So dangerous.

    3. Tomerick
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Roll the dice on Dumfries if you’ve got options on the other match days.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Thanks all

  2. Thomas Magnum
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    How many of these guys will still be at their clubs come season start and not loaned out, sold or replaced with a new signing

    1. SweepaKeepa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Partey may be relieved of some defensive duties with a new signing.

  3. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 24 days ago

    The official game will be regarded as a joke like it already is if they do stuff like give Damsgaard the 6 points when it should be 4. That is why fanteam is a much better game, respecting fantasy rules and keeping the points at 4.

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      How dare they give points. Throws the game into disrepute.

      Next we will get fake assists and dodgy own goals

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        The fake assists need to go

      2. Cheeto__Bandito
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 24 days ago

        exactly what it does, those points will cost money leagues, but luckily no one takes the official game seriusly so nothing iis on the line there

        1. Cheeto__Bandito
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          seriously

    2. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I’m now two points behind the ML leader who had Damsgard. The ML is worth £500. If I lose by one/two points I’m going to be very unhappy. They haven’t applied their own rules.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Are you sure you have not gained any points under dubious calls? Its too easy to feel outraged, much harder to look at the evidence

        1. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Well I’m sure I haven’t gained points as a result of EUFA not applying their own rules yes.

          1. ffs casual
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Pleny of time to get those 2 points back. Hope you haven't got Perisic

            1. HollywoodXI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Thankfully not!

      2. DrexciyaXI
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Why not email them and ask them to explain their call? Then let us know what they say please.

        • Well you know, Triffic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Email them and quote the rules.

      3. Viiksisika
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Well maybe they look at when the game is resumed after the substitution. It was 60:02 or something. I agree that still bit odd, they should've written the rules even more clearly.

      4. ffs casual
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 24 days ago

        euro 2020 rules:
        Players get points for a clean sheet when they play at least 60 minutes and their team doesn't concede a goal while they are on the pitch.

        As there was additional time in the first half and he went off at 59:58, I'd say in this instance, according to the offical games rules, he spent at least 60 minutes on the pitch. Either way, it is just a little entertainment to go along with the tournament.

        1. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          From EUFA rules page:

          Minutes played

          To score points for some actions, players need to play a minimum of 60 full minutes, excluding added time. So if your player is substituted in the 60th minute, that will be counted as having played 59 minutes – and he won't get the points for those actions. Minutes played will be confirmed when your points are calculated at the end of each day.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            He was subbed in the 61st minute

            1. HollywoodXI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              He was subbed at exactly 59 minutes and 58 seconds. He did not complete the full 60 minutes on the pitch required as per the official rules. They’ve either rounded up (not in the rules) or taken the time at when the ref restarted the game a few seconds later (also not in the rules). It’s quite simple, they’ve made an error here and it will cost someone somewhere their ML and likely cash. I just hope that’s not me.

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Check every single media outlet. They all state different.

                Or continue to feel aggrieved, your call

                1. HollywoodXI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  I don’t need to check media outlets. I have eyes. I watched the game and he clearly left the pitch at 59 minutes and 58 seconds. There is only one set of published rules for the game and they clearly state how this situation should’ve been scored (4 points, not 6 points). Simple.

                  1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Was that the official clock or the clock on the telly?

                    1. HollywoodXI
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      I couldn’t see the officials watch but the clock on the TV is what I’m referring to here.

                      1. Ginkapo FPL
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        So not the official clock then

                        1. Ginkapo FPL
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Your argument is that there is less than 2 seconds error in your ability to read a timer on the tv compared to the actual match clock

                        2. HollywoodXI
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Which is where?

                        3. HollywoodXI
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          I’m not arguing, and certainly not with you as I have watched how you operate on this site for a long time. I’m stating clear facts.

                    2. ffs casual
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      The match report has him subbed off at 60 minutes, so if you take the official rule that he has to complete at least 60 minutes, he would need to be subbed off at 61 to get the bonus points. Delaney was given bonus points, was subbed at 60 minutes and went off around 20 seconds earlier that Damsgaard.

                      Seems if they get to the 60th minutes, bonus points are given

                      1. Ginkapo FPL
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        The 1st minute is 00:00 to 01:00, so that isnt correct

                        1. ffs casual
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          So to complete a minimum of a full 60 minutes as per the rules he would need to go off at 60:00 or more (the 61st minute), or am I missing something?

                        2. Ginkapo FPL
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Read your previous post FFSCasual. You have explained why the points are correct

                        3. ffs casual
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Sorry, I am saying the points should not have been added if following the rules that Hollywoodxi posted. I have Damsgaard so happy with the additional points, but following the rules they may not have been given.

                          https://gaming.uefa.com/en/uefaeuro2020fantasyfootball/info/EURO.FANTASY.RULES/0
                          To score points for some actions, players need to play a minimum of 60 full minutes, excluding added time. So if your player is substituted in the 60th minute, that will be counted as having played 59 minutes – and he won't get the points for those actions. Minutes played will be confirmed when your points are calculated at the end of each day.

                      2. FPL Joker
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        I think the issue with Dams is that it was announced he was coming off earlier but didn’t. The other player came off first and the Dams after that. It took so long that what seemed like a 59 min sub was actually past 60. There is no conspiracy

                        1. Cheeto__Bandito
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          The sub was officially at 59:58 by match timer

                        2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Link?

                        3. ffs casual
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          You can infer some timings from here:
                          https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/match/2024478--wales-vs-denmark/matchinfo/?iv=true

                          First half was 45 + 2:02 additional time. Damsgaard played 61:55. Excluding the additional time inthe first half, Damsgaard played 59:53. Delaney also got bonus points and his match time was 61:36 (59:34).

                        4. Ginkapo FPL
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Want to know the fun part? Nowhere does it say extra time is excluded

                        5. ffs casual
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          It does in the rules. I have already been corrected on that.

                        6. Ginkapo FPL
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          That is FPL not Euros

          2. ffs casual
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I stand corrected. I was looking at clean sheets a few paragraphs above. I guess they may have rounded up the two seconds. The match report has him playing 61:55, but that proabaly includes the additional time in the first half.

            1. HollywoodXI
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              No problem 🙂

            2. FPL Joker
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              It’s two seconds. Of course they’ll round up. If it was 59:02 they’d round down. Everyone rounds up in that situation. It’s churlish to be moaning about it.

        2. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Yeah, the UEFA FF rules are ambiguous and they are slow to reply to e-mail. Not in the rules but my take is the first half is counted as 45 minutes, same with second half, regardless of injury times. Bookies will pay out on a draw after 10 minutes of injury time in the second half, but not pay out on a winning team, in extra time, they'll count it as a draw but have it in the small print.

      5. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        salty

        1. SPorting
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Sulky, more like.

          1. Cheeto__Bandito
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I'll repeat - I do not play official game, much better uses of time for fantasy euro games with good cash prizes, but it will be a continued joke if it does not enforce rules.

            1. Firminoooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              I feel your pain. Total joke.

            2. SPorting
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Ah, I see. You’re an out of control gambler who stands to lose cash.

              A fool and his money are soon parted.

            3. GreennRed
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              The official game is free. More onus on the paid games to have their house in order. I'm surprised the official game has ran fairly smoothly with more than 3 million teams. Not that long since the UCL and UEL games were awful, lagging, injury and suspension updates were poor, looked like some lad in a shed was running them.

    3. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Douglas Luiz at 4.5M looks pretty good, surprised he isn't mentioned.

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Agree mate!! I’m currently on John Brownhill, don’t think he’s mentioned either!!

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          *Josh Brownhill

    4. Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Captain Depay or Ronaldo?

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Wish I knew, think I am leaning CR7

      2. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Ronaldo

      3. Tomerick
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Has to be Depay

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I think this is just about as "big at the back" as I can bring myself to go. Like it though.

      Sanchez (Ward)
      TAA - Shaw - Digne - Cresswell (Lamptey)
      Salah - Bruno - Raphinha (Luiz, Romeu)
      DCL - Antonio - Watkins

      1. schlupptheweek
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        4 ATB is your way of differentiating and it's overall a good team. Having only 3 in midfield is very risky given they tend to score high, maybe downgrade a defender or striker to a bench fodder, otherwise your structure could be a problem for the midfield bandwagons. The reason I can see for 3 in midfield is that the 2 4.5 mids can come in for 2-3 points in an emergency.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Yeah my actual draft is basically Cresswell -> Sarr

    6. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Thoughts here?

      Sanchez
      TAA Digne Targett
      Salah Bruno Barnes Raphina
      Wilson Antonio Watkins

      4.0 Gilmore Lamptey 4.0

      1. Jacky boy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Like it. Barnes? Not so sure

        1. Stimps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Why not? He was on fire before his injury...

          1. Ooh Ah Cantona
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Prefer Coufal to Target, much more attack minded.
              Barnes was on course for 15-20 goals last season having only gained in his regular spot in the team 1/4 way through. I'm a huge Leicester fan, and will keep one eye on upcoming friendlies to see if BR plays him, if they continue with three five two which I think they will.

        2. Rhinos
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          nailed it, fpl is yours to lose

      2. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Couple of queries-
        1- what overall rank would you say is a respectable rank in euros fantasy?
        2- I've not done much of tinkering in FPL due to euros right now, but I've been thinking, is a decent team possible with the Trinity of kdb Bruno & salah in midfield with budget forwards & maybe one of TAA/robbo along with budget defenders?

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          1. No 1
          2. Yes

        2. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 24 days ago

          1. No idea really. I feel like I’m having a bang average one and am 88,000k. Hoping to end up around 50k but don’t think that’s very good.
          I suspect top 10k would be a good result but a lot around here will be higher and disappointed.

          2. Refusing to think about fpl yet. Hit autocomplete to get the team set up and not looked at things once.

        3. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Sanchez
          Lamptey Fofana Digne Robbo
          Salah Bruno KDB Raphina
          Toney Watkins

          Foster Bissouma Perica Williams

        4. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 24 days ago

          1. 10k?
          2. No

        5. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          First.

          Depends on the rest of squad you pick, fodder keeper and defender and a bounce from early season promoted teams might make a half decent team. Salah will be well rested and after today De Bruyne or Bruno will be fairly well rested, Bruno could remain on Portugal bench if they progress. But balance is important, spending over 35% of your budget on 20% of the players, when they're unlikely to start ripping it up from GW1 is a nice punt. On form all three are class. But likely to see you wildcarding before October.

      3. Joey Tribbiani
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 24 days ago

        1. top 100 - dropped to 19k after yesterday and gave up

      4. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        When do price changes occur in euro fantasy?

      5. Jacky boy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I want both raphinia and bamford after for gw5 (after gw4).
        Don’t know whether to start with them or buendia + antonio

      6. Louis99
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Odds say that a Depay goal is more likely than a Netherlands CS - that might sway me to Depay (C) over Dumfries (C)

        1. Louis99
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          It's also slightly more likely than a CR7 goal according to the bookies

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Any odds for who's more likely to be a multiple goal scorer? or just anytime goal

          1. Louis99
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Depay is around 5/1 to score two or more goals while CR7 is 8/1 - slightly surprising tbh considering how explosive Portugal have been, but I guess the thinking is that it's much less likely that Portugal will score 2+ than Netherlands

            1. Louis99
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              *Ronaldo has been explosive, not Portugal

            2. GreennRed
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Belgian defence is poor though and Ronaldo never contemplates not scoring in any game, regardless of opposition. Depay's big game temperament isn't as good.

      7. boc610
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        whinging about points being given to a player for completing 60 mins when clock said 59 in the Mickey Mouse Euros fantasy game. haha
        Ive heard it all now on FFS.

        1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          What about FPL RMTs in June?

        2. Firminoooo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Well. The two points may cost him 500£ in ML. Would be mad as hell myself.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Mad about what though? Ones own inability to read the rules?

        3. demob
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          So hurting man. Boo hoo 2 seconds away from RICHES. gimme a break if you can't take these kinds of hard knocks don't play fantasy football fellas

        4. Tomerick
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Probably worth pointing out that he’s the one that’s decided to put money on it. They have no responsibility to what he decides to put his money on. Supposed to be fun.

      8. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        What's the highest sum of budget you've ever left in the kitty on the first game of the season?

      9. TheBiffas
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Potential draft with the holy trinity midfield

          Sanchez
          TAA Digne Lamptey Fofana
          KDB Bruno Salah
          Watkins Toney Joao Pedro

          Foster Taylor Bissouma Luiz

          1. FPL Joker
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Joao Pedro: what’s the reasoning?

            1. Pipermaru
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              KDB, Bruno, Salah 😀

            2. TheBiffas
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Showed promise in the championship and fits into the template. Would probably downgrade TAA to get Watkins / Antonio in though

          2. Athletic Nasherbo
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Sanchez Bachmann
            Dias Doherty Mina Lamptey Fofana
            Salah KdB Sterling Soucek B.Traore
            Wilson Toney Nlundulu

            Couple of differentials. Mina will be good if Benitez comes I reckon providing he starts. Doherty the same if Nuno does. B.Traore will play, Smith talked him up all towards the end of the season even with Buendia coming in.

            1. Rhinos
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              if you start the season with any more than 5 of those I'll send you the goody bag myself

            2. TheBiffas
                3 months, 24 days ago

                You surely can't be considering sterling...

              • Vertigo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Sterling probably knackered after his hattrick in the Euro final.

                Something to bear in mind.

            3. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              What's the point of having RMTs when we all know everyone will copy everyone's team on Thursday 12th August, one day to the PL kick off?

              1. Dr. Rog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                exploration of various configurations, in the end it will converge to The Template, which will invariably be invalidated once the first ball is kicked.

                1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  The entire procedure of exploration and convergence to an ideal template can take a week or even less given how active ffscout is towards the season opener. No need of stressing this early when players could still get injured, switch clubs, contract covid and whatnot.

              2. Vertigo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                So the geniuses can dissect them, pull them to bits then patronise anyone who begs to differ.

                1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Boy ain't that true. As a matter of fact, the only reason why we love Ffscout, ain't it?

                2. GreennRed
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Sure that's half the fun, patronising them back 😉

              3. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Nonsense.

              4. Bojack Horseman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                RMTs are part of the reason that posters coalesce around the same picks IMO. People will tell the poster to remove a less popular pick for a more popular one, oftentimes without any reason given.

                1. GreennRed
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Do you mean a popular player amongst FFS posters or highly owned in FPL?

              5. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                How will they work out what template to copy on the 12th without RMTs now

            4. melvinmbabazi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Captain?

              A) Ronaldo
              B) Depay
              C) Dumfries

              1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                CR7 never in doubt.

              2. Taegugk Warrior
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Currently on B. Tempted to switch to A

              3. GreennRed
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Ronaldo. He's Ronaldo.

            5. Taegugk Warrior
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              For captaincy :
              A. Depay
              B. Ronaldo
              C. KDB

              1. melvinmbabazi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                b

            6. TheBiffas
                3 months, 24 days ago

                I think I'm going with Memphis

                1. TheBiffas
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Reply fail to the above

                2. GreennRed
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Chiesa will surely gonna take Berardi's spot for Italy's quarter final?

                  1. Well you know, Triffic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Possibly. Berardi probably offers more in terms of tracking back.

                3. Jacky boy
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Thoughts on starting with Watkins + Buendia + Grealish?

                  1. GreennRed
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Will all three start the first few games?

                    1. Jacky boy
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Probably yes

                  2. Dr. Rog
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Watkins + Grealish are good placeholders for the first 3

                    Buendia likely the best value season long pick, but the first few its a gamble on whether he hits the ground running

                    1. Jacky boy
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      It’s grealish or TAA for me. Will have robbo/VVD. 433 or 343 in another word
                      And yes. For first 3. Will get raphinia later.

                  3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    There are worse players to start with for sure

                    Two is probably enough though - and Grealish may not even be at Villa, in which case Buendia might be the de facto main creative spark for Villa right out the gate, he may get pens too

                    1. Jacky boy
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Grealish’ absence will affect whole team performance. Maybe from 3 players in my team to 0.

                      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        He’d be a loss to any team - but they don’t go down to 10 men if Grealish leaves either - they’ll just likely create less chances…

                        Watkins still managed 6 returns in the 13 games he played where Grealish didn’t start for example, had a controversial goal disallowed at Newcastle and missed his customary couple of sitters

                        Conversion rates will be more important - and Buendia gets a chance to shine as the main creative force - Watkins may have gotten more than 6 returns in those 13 games if Buendia had been there (or maybe not, who knows)

                    2. GreennRed
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Buendia is a good pick. But will Grealish be nailed on for City if he signs for them?

                      1. FPL Joker
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        For 100 million pounds you’d think so, yeah. But to be honest, City players are a pain in the arse to own. I’m only considering Ederson right now. Part of me wants Jesus as he’s their only striker and I can’t see them buying Kane this summer.

                        1. GreennRed
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          I wouldn't be so sure. 100m is nothing for City owners. Not saying that he won't be nailed but under Guardiola only Ederson, Dias and De Bruyne look like nailed starters.

                4. Tcheco
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Who would you rather start the season with?

                  A. Toney

                  B. Bowen

                  1. FPL Joker
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    A. I just think he scores goals.

                  2. Tomerick
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Toney. All West Ham mids tend to share the points. If you want a Hammer get Antonio.

                5. Marmalade Forest
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  An idea.

                  You could have a 343, with Salah, Mahrez, Foden and Torres in midfield, with Raphina as a 5th mid, accepting he comes in if one of those three City doesn’t play.

                  Assuming City don’t get Grelish or Kane, you could expect two of them to play every week.

                  And really, every game bar Liverpool, United and Chelsea away, you could see City scoring five.

                  Just an idea.

                  What are the big problems with this?

                  1. FPL Joker
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Pep Roulette is painful. It’s like going out with a gorgeous woman who wants an open relationship: it’s gonna hurt.

                  2. Zim0
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    I think the problem is that you're playing with 10 men then instead of 11 because the 3rd player will come on as a sub for a 1 pointer. So you're at a significant disadvantage.

                    1. Marmalade Forest
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 23 days ago

                      Had a look at EPL game time.

                      Mahrez sat out 11 games
                      Late sub in 4
                      Foden sat out 10 games
                      Late sub in 7 games
                      Torres sat out 14 games
                      Late sub in 10 games

                      Midfielder 5 would be playing pretty much every week.

                6. Paddy Gooner
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Too many potential captains today. Who would you choose?
                  A CR7
                  B LukaKu
                  C Memphis
                  D KDB
                  E Wijnaldum

                  ?????