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Sleeper

Can Matt Doherty recapture his best FPL form under Nuno Espirito Santo?

The ‘Sleeper’ series makes a welcome return to the Fantasy Football Scout pages this summer.

In these articles, we assess the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players who failed to live up to former glories last season.

First up, Matt Doherty (£5.0m).

With Nuno Espirito Santo now in the Tottenham Hotspur hotseat, we assess whether or not the Republic of Ireland international can bounce back as an FPL asset this season.

2018/19: FPL Record and Stats

  • Goals: 4
  • Assists: 7
  • Clean sheets: 8
  • FPL points: 144 (3.8 per match)

Under Nuno at Wolves in the 2018/19 campaign, no defender took more shots than Doherty (46).

The Ireland international was also an ever-present for the Molineux side that season, which underscored the trust his manager had in him and Nuno’s fondness for a settled starting XI.

Above: Defenders in 2018/19 sorted by total attempts

Only Cardiff’s Sean Morrison (128) had more than Doherty’s 110 penalty-box touches.

The then Wolves man led all defenders for shots in the box (40) and big chances (nine), too.

Doherty also had more shots on target (17) than any other player in this positional bracket, with the right wing-back notching four goals.

Those outstanding shooting stats were not quite matched in the creativity stakes but nevertheless, only six defenders laid on more big chances than Doherty (nine) in 2019/20. The Irishman totalled seven assists over 35 starts.

He also topped the defenders’ ‘expected goal involvement’ chart in 2018/19, with his xGI of 8.56 putting him narrowly ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold (8.16).

2019/20: FPL Record and Stats

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408 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ser Davos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Who is the best goalkeeper at 4.5?

    Forget team, fixtures or any or other context...

    ...who is technically the best keeper overall at that price?

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

      Technically I think Dubravka.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Has to be Sanchez

    3. Jacky boy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Sanchez. Great keeper but few shots towards him

    4. Chandler Bing
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Dubravka or Bachmann easily.

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Why those 2 easily?

    5. Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Interesting responses. I last logged in to see Dubravka in my latest draft with a proper kit there and it prompted me

    6. Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      One of those three

      I did wonder about Guiata

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Palace will relegate this season... :/

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

        Suspect Butland may displace Guiata this season - rather think he's got better distribution which would appear a Vieira thing.

        Class keeper is what I remember but that was a while back now. Has he regressed?

    7. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Sanchez followed by Dubravka for me at this stage

    8. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Sanchez for me

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

      I like Bachmann's save percentage

  2. Thomas Magnum
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    I understand we're still a while out from opening kick off, but now we have seen a template begin to form, who is a player you are surprised to not see in many drafts thus far?

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Not seeing a lot of West Ham. I know they overperformed last season but I just don't see them regressing especially if they get Pereira. Great start to the season as well.

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Lingard, Abraham and another they're linked with. If those come in then they'll be solid

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I agree with you on that one, as long as Rice stays the defense should continue to do pretty good. Pereira would be a great signing as well, especially if they can get him cheap as he's said to be available for. Shame we won't have EL qualifiers to suss out their side but pre season should tell us who is likely to start in attack. Will be interesting to see if they can sign Lingard as well.

    2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Wilson would be top of that list for me. Amazed he is so low owned. On pens talisman of team etc. Fixtures not too bad.

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I really like Wilson as an option, did very well last season even with the injury. I think people are overplaying his injury history, other than an ACL that was his longest spell on the sidelines. Hopefully he keeps flying under the radar

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

        A friend of mine always picks Wilson and he always seems to score for him early on. Might need him out of spite.

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          He is a funny player to watch. Can seem not involved in games at times the way Newcastle play. Then on the counter bang goal. On pens as well. It is between him or Iheanacho for me. It is a close call imo still undecided. Iheanacho is the sexy fpl pick, Visions of hatricks and so on. But Wilson ticks along nicely,

          1. Ooh Ah Cantona
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Wilson ticks along like you say, but I remember being uninspired when I had him in my team, and kept looking for an excuse to remove him. Kind of like Zaha.

            1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              You kind of have to leave Wilson there. He can score against any team on his day. I remember being knocked out of a last man standing one season because I took a -4 and transferred him out for a difficult fixture. I think he got a goal and an assist.

        2. NateDog
          2 months, 7 days ago

          He also has a very good record against West Ham and plays them in GW1. He's injury prone but I couldn't not pick him with taking that into account and Newcastle's positive attacking displays towards the end of the season

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

      Ings.

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I presume DCL being the same price point puts people off Ings. Will he be more or less attractive if he forces a move out?

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

          Depends where he goes. The man scored 22 goals in 19/20 season!

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            He's an incredible finisher, that's for sure. Penalties as well. I know people will be put off by injury history but if you can own him whilst he goes on a hot streak you'd be laughing!

          2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            If Ings was 7.5m loads would have him imo.
            I think fixtures go against him at the moment.
            That run from gw8 -12 looks nice though.
            I seem to remember Ings hoovering up bonus points most games he played last season.

    4. Ooh Ah Cantona
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Werner, assuming Chelsea don't buy a striker. And Son.

    5. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Antonio

    6. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Maddison and Cavani

  3. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Which one chaps?

    A) Son | Dallas | 5.0 def

    B) Trent | Raphinha | 6.0 mid

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      B. Don't like Dallas at all and Trent is essential for me.

    2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      B easy and McGinn or Sarr could be sneaky picks

    3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      It is Raphinha that sways it for me. Trent could easily be Robertson or even a 5.5m

    4. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      B

    5. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Easy, B

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks all, landslide

    6. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      The latter

  4. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Beginning to settle... for now!

    Sanchez Foster
    TAA Shaw Lamptey Ayling Fofana
    Saka Salah Fernandes Raphiana Bissouma
    Cavani DCL Toney

    Thoughts?

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      If Fofana does not start you are covered by your bench. I have gone Holding instead of him thinking he will start. I was told Saka will likely be eased back after the Euros.

      Alternatives Buendia and Trossard. I went for Trossard.
      If you went Smith Rowe or Sarr you could use that money elsewhere.

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

        Smith Rowe is a great shout over Saka too.

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

      Exact same back 7. Think I prefer Buendia to Saka if you don't want Watkins.

  5. Ser Davos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Dias and AWB

    Robbo and Lamptey

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

      I’d go R L

  6. RedJive79
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Martinez
    Shaw / Fofana / Keane
    Salah / Bruno / Raph / Saka
    Wilson / Watkins / Antonio

    Sanchez / Sarr / Lamptey / Ayling

    Any thoughts on this lot?

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Why Keane?

      1. RedJive79
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Opening 6 fixtures look pretty good, defensive manager just arrived, should be nailed. Would consider another 5.0m def if there's any suggestions; Coufal maybe....

    2. King Carlos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I would change Keane to a 4.0 fodder, and upgrade Saka to 7 or 7.5 mid. You already have a good bench and Ayling and Lamptey rotate beautifully. Just a thought...

      1. RedJive79
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah that works. Keane to 4.0 and Saka to Maddison. No doubt it'll all change with a day to go.

    3. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Good mid and attack, but defence looks weak.

    4. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Pretty weak looking team given you have no Pool defenders.

    5. RedJive79
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Shaw can become TAA, Sarr to Smith-Rowe and Antonio to Toney.......

  7. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    With Rashford out, Martial fading... surprised we aren’t seeing more of Cavani in drafts?

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

      Maybe even Greenwood or dare I say Pogba.

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Cavani should be great to start the season with, before fixture congestion comes into play. Greenwood also but he always has seemed to be at his best at the end of the season as opposed to the beginning

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

        🙂

        Yep Greenwood (and Wood for that matter) seems to be an April choice.

    3. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Cavani Team here! No Rash I m sur he will start at least 4 of the first 5 if he doesn't get injured

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

        That’s assuming Ole really ditches Martial. Just don’t see it. Think Cavani and Martial will just about share minutes.

    4. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Yeah, I've got a feeling Cavani is going to come out full guns blazing with those first 4 fixtures. He won't play the full 90 in them all, but I can't see him getting dropped or rested early on. Great pick to start with!

    5. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I have fitted him in my latest

    6. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      My one concern with Cavani is Copa America and whether he's in GW1. But he looks after himself and the crowd love him so it seems likely he starts. As a United fan, it's very tempting.

  8. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Sanchez
    TAA Tierney Lamtey
    Maddison Salah Son Havertz
    Antonio Cavani Watkins

    Foster Fofana Allan Williams

    Advices?

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

      yeah wait

    2. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Cavani and Havertz aren’t nailed enough. Otherwise hard to fault.

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

        Havertz is plenty nailed enough when there's only one game a week, maybe Cavani too although he could easily not last 60 mins

      2. linkafu
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Do you prefer Mahrez over Havertz?

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

          Same scenario neither will be nailed. Don’t like Marhez as he plays for a rotating manager.

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

          yes although i have both

      3. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Cavani is nailed though. United will start with him up front and then the not-nailed players are the wingers.

  9. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Thoughts on Welbeck?

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Don't like Brighton offensive players. So unpredictable. They play well but they don't have any killer striker

  10. King Carlos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Let's talk about Jota!

    Why is everyone so happy to have him? Is Firmino going to miss the first (couple of) gameweek(s)? Why would you gamble on someone who might possibly only have a 1 pt cameo in the first GW? For 7.5mil you could have someone who is definitely nailed and is possibly as good a pick as Jota (Maddison, Mount, Siggy, Jamez if he stays, etc).

    I know he was great last season when he did have game time, but isn't he a same kind of pick as any of Pep's midfielders (Foden etc.)? Meaning he's not nailed?

    IMO, the picks for the first couple of GWs should be nailed. The story is different if any of the Pool's attacking trio is injured, obviously. Or could we possibly see Klopp deploy 4231?

    Talk me into picking Jota! Go!

    1. linkafu
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Think the same! Jota will be on the bench to start the season

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

      Firmion played in the Copa final, he's getting am extra week off. Jota v likely to start gw1

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        ...and after that?

        Will Jota play at least 60 mins on GW2, or 3? Not saying you're wrong about GW1 but if Jota is your pick only for that first GW, I think there's a transfer wasted...

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

          just correcting you and the other poster. Minutes will always be an issue for him hence the price

      2. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        and btw... England played their Euro final on the same day. Will all of the English FPL players miss first GW as well??

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

          no idea but klopp has said he and Allison will get extra time off.

          1. King Carlos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            OK, fair enough 🙂

    3. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      He scores from the bench as well.

    4. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I completely agree. I cant understand going with Jota for 7.5M, if your going Jota as a 3rd Liverpool asset, you might aswell save £0.5 and go Robertson for £7.0

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        thiiiiiiis!

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

          Im heavily looking at taa robbo salah. I think LFC will start strong. Superb opening 6 to punt on double defence before the WC.

    5. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Because even with reduced minutes he's worth it imho. I don't he's even comparable to Maddison, Mount or Siggy. In fact imho he should be considered in the categories of Salah and Mane because he has very similiar stats to them and if he played as many minutes as them, he would probably end up on around 20 goals in a season. However I agree about the point about Robertson, because he's an exceptional value among the defenders and the choice between the two is difficult. For now I'm inclining towards Robbo a bit.

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        would you agree that there's a big if in your argument? 😉

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Well, as I said, even with reduced minutes he should be worth it imho. If he plays 70% of the possible minutes I would be perfectly happy, and he should easily outscore the likes of Maddison, Siggy, Mount or James.

    6. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Firmino is a slow starter, been to Copa and is going to be a bit sluggish when he reports back to duty.

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Baseless speculation

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          No, its based on what i håve seen from Liverpool pre season last 5 years. Firmino needs a whole pre season to get up to speed, first two weeks he looks a bit like Ronaldo (the old one). Wether he starts or not Vs Norwich is up to Mr Klopp to decide

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

      joke that players have to write stuff like this. Least some of the tards are being caught now. Good luck getting a job anytime soon

  11. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Griezmann to Atletico Madrid is close to done

  12. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    If you could spend no more than 25.5 on defence and have to start 3 each week, which of these structures would you go for?

    A. 7.5, 5, 4.5, 4.5, 4
    B. 7.5, 4.5x4
    C. 5.5, 5.5, 5.5, 4.5, 4.5
    D. 6, 5.5, 5, 4.5, 4.5

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

      this reminds me of my maths exam, no thanks

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A

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

      A

    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Depends who the players are

    5. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A

  13. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    What are the arguments for and against the TAA Robbo double up? Robertsons 161 last season was a great return considering their bad patch of form.

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

      its a lot of dosh is the main argument plus it's debatable how much better they'll be with VVD back, the defensive malaise began way before he got injured

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

      You say bad patch of form but how long does that stretch back if you're looking for consistent clean sheets - pre COVID.

      My worry is that they really need a 16-18 clean sheet season to be viable as a pairing and I'm yet to be convinced that VVD is a magic bullet there or that he will be the same player.

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        oh, VVD defo is the magic bullet... whether he is that immediately is another question... but I'm expecting pool to have at least 15 CS's this season. easily

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

          15 cs is good but only high midrange really. Robbo would need to blast it with his attacking returns to make 7.0 work on that number of cs.

          You're not picking him for the season of course so he only needs a high proportion of cs in a certain match span. I'd argue early season - despite fixtures - is iffy. VVD getting up to speed and other teams prepared to have a go at Liverpool high line. Think mid late season more likely when teams may back off them a little to eke out draws.

          1. King Carlos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Robbo's 9 attacking return last season can be considered as poor for his standards, but let's say he repeats that plus 15 CS's and one could argue he is worth the money...

            but who knows? we shall see soon who's right! 🙂

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

              I'm not against the double up - I'm simply waiting for cs form to appear.

              All the cs teams iirc over the last 2/3 seasons (City Liverpool Chelsea even Everton) have been form teams in defence and went on runs as opposed to being consistent over the whole season

    3. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Argument for: They are nailed on to start and good chance of a clean sheet against Norwich, and of course they often get assists.

      Argument against: It will suck to have them both and Liverpool concede. Also, they are very expensive and having them means less money for the rest of the team.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        This. I like it. Simple and concise

    4. King Carlos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      I think it's easier to downgrade one to let's say 5.5mil def than it's to upgrade a 5.5mil def to 7.0... that's one plus

      although, you could argue that there's more value this season in the mid-priced defs (digne, shaw, coufal etc). That would give you 1.5-2.0 mil to upgrade elsewhere

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Main argument against is the fact that Liverpool have been suspect defensively since post restart of 19/20.

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        that doesn't mean that would happen this season, though.

        Pool had such a commanding league lead when the league continued after the Covid break that they surely took foot from gas pedal... and the next season VVD got injured early on...

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 7 days ago

          They conceded 11 in 4 games before VVD got injured.

          1. King Carlos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            small sample size... but last season was a disaster, agreed.

            the two prior seasons:

            Pool:
            GC:
            19/20: 33
            18/19: 22

            ManC:
            GC:
            19/20: 35
            18/19: 23

            When pool has had their best 4 at the back, they've been the best defensive unit in the league.

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 7 days ago

              There's also the sample size of post restart where they were leaky... seems more of a trend to me.

              1. King Carlos
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                one more time: When pool has had their best 4 at the back, they've been the best defensive unit in the league

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  They had it and they weren't. Face the facts.

                  1. King Carlos
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    OK, you're right... lol

                2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  There is a thing that really encourages me about Liverpool’s defence

                  And it’s the final third/13 games of the season

                  Why?

                  Because they were the best defence in the league with just 8 goals conceded in those 13 games (with no VVD, Gomez or Matip)

                  Leeds and Chelsea were joint second best on 11 conceded each, Man Utd 12, Arsenal 13, Brighton 14, Everton 15, Man City 17

                  But Liverpool clearly found their defensive mojo again, make no mistake about that

                  1. Ginkapo FPL
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    Did Salah and Mane struggle to score during that patch? I feel like that was during the curse but could be completely wrong

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Lean at the start of that run, but both were chugging along by the end of it

                      Mane 4G 4A in the last 10

                      Salah 5G 2A in the last 9

                      If you divide the season into thirds, Liverpool topped the table after he first 13 games with 28 points, and also topped the table of the last 13 games with 29 points…

                      It’s the table in the middle where they hit the self destruct button - getting 12 points from 12 games from GW14 to GW25 (16th in that table)

    6. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Out of interest, If you do go that route and let's say you didn't get your expected results for the first 2 gw's - do you have a jumping-off point - Che in gw 3 perhaps or do you hold through Leeds for Palace & Bre before City?

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I currently have Robbo and taa

        I don't see a better mid or attacker in the game for the 7m I can get with robbo

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Raph or Harrison imo. It's better diversified risk.

          Do you have a jump-off trigger for TAA/Robbo or do you intend to hold throughout the season or just initial good fixtures?

          What's the sacrifice for this prime double-up is my interest?
          Every man to his own team, just too millions in one basket early doors for me.

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            *too many millions in one basket

  14. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    B just because of trent and a lot of good options at 4,5

  15. Pep bites Kun
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Here's a question 🙂 I've seen a few drafts with Pickford. Considering he played the Euro final, will he even be available for gw1? Does a GK generally require less pre-season than an outfield player?

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

      all the international players will be available it's just whether the manager wants to ease them back in or not. Be v surprised if any gk's are rested though

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        That would be my thinking with the gk's - cheers

        Leaves a bit of risk dilemma with some outfield players considering Ole & Moyes recent comments, but it's navigable.

  16. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Some people are far too obsessed with players being nailed. The truth is, some of the bigger upside players (e.g. Stones last season) play for teams which rotate. There is a reason you have a bench.

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

      Agreed

      Currently have Mahrez in current draft. But issue with week 1 budget is that there's likely a considerable downgrade to bench option. Easier call to make when budget can stretch to a potential starter as your bench option.

    2. King Carlos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      players that don't play don't score points... and bench players are bench players for a reason... 🙂

    3. Rhinos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      yep totally. The pool of actual nailed players gets smaller every season

    4. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Agreed. Players like Mahrez and Cavani have so much potential when they're on the pitch. Yes they will be benched sometimes but 13 + 1 and 7 + 7 both equal 14.

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I see what you're trying to say here. However if we look at last season, Mahrez vs let's say Soucek, Mahrez scored less points than a "nailed" Soucek... And scoring points is what counts after all...

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

          Yeah but that's only if you plan to hold them all season which you obviously don't have to.

          1. King Carlos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I thought the argument here was "great player vs nailed on player"... and why it would be better (imo) to have a nailed on player scoring points regularly...

            but hey, it's all good!

            GL for the new season! 🙂

          2. Pep bites Kun
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Let's get it straight & fair - Mahrez is a qualified gamble in comparison to a nailed player. None of us know whether he'll start gw1 or any other gw. He's a calculated bet in comparison to a player who regularly starts or plays each and every gw.

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              *I should have added - 'with an upside on that gamble when/if it pays off'

        2. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          What about Mahrez vs Kovacic?

          Kovacic is nailed and plays for a good team.

          We can all cherry pick to fit our narrative

          1. King Carlos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Kovacic played less last season than Mahrez... so there's that.

            Also, you're not even trying to understand what I'm trying to say... oh well...

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              You are saying its better to get less points regularly than more points. Hardly an enticing case. More points wins

              1. King Carlos
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                what???

                where did I say anything close to that? lol

  17. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 7 days ago

    I’ve tinkered with my team so much today

    It’s bloody stupid, need to give myself a slap and delete the app for a couple of weeks

  18. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Arsenal interested in Tammy Abraham

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

      Amazingly poor for FPL - so will likely happen. Though perhaps better than a Watkins or Antonio stand in

  19. RUUD!
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Who are people captaining in GW1? Will it be a Salah landslide?

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

      I'd imagine so. Odd few on Bruno.

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Norwich poor, Leeds capable, easily Salah (C).

      1. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Are Norwich really that poor? They easily won the Championship. Leeds concede a lot.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Yes, they are.

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Yup, just like last season.

      1. RUUD!
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        nope I captained Auba GW1 last year while my rivals went Mo!

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Don't repeat that error.

    4. Rhinos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Havertz

      1. RUUD!
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Brave

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

          he plays for a better team and Palace are rubbish. Norwich won't lie down at home

          1. RUUD!
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Will he be 'nailed', especially if they sign a new striker, lots of competition in that Chelsea front line

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

              only need him for one gw so dont care

    5. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Bruno. He’s playing at home while Salah is away. Salah usually scores more at home.

    6. Tomerick
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Pukki Party 2 is guaranteed. That’s all I’m saying…

  20. linkafu
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Keep 1

    A Antonio
    B Rodrigo
    C Wilson

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Antonio

    2. RUUD!
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      ACB in that order

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

      Keep Antonio

  21. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Which seems better?

    A: Sanchez + Ayling + 4.0 GK
    B: Bachmann + Lamptey + 4.0 GK

    Also, any 4.0 GKs who could probably be a starter this season?

  22. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Sanchez 4
    TAA Diggers Lampy/Ayling 4
    Salah Bruno Kai Rafa 4.5
    DCL Watkins Welbex

    All price points pretty much covered.

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

      Absolutely solid mate.

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

        Sanchez 4
        TAA Shaw Lampy/Ayling Fofana
        Salah Bruno Mahrez Rafa Sarr
        Watkins Toney 4.5

        We look quite similar.

  23. Lovren an elevator
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Trossard or Groß?
    Trossard seems more trendy, but Groß was more nailed towards towards of season and good assist return

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Neither?