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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  1. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Think I'm gonna start with Rudiger and switch to Shaw in GW2

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      i don't like the planned GW2 transfer, I think it often forces early WC.

      My view is set up for first 2-3 weeks (even if it means taking a less than ideal fixture or potential no show on the chin). Ideally roll first transfer and set up for mini wc in GW 3 with a hit.

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah i know its risky

    2. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      You’re talking as if Shaw is somewhat essential. Bin off planning transfers. Just go Wan-Bissaka for now.

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        I don't particularly like United's chances of a clean sheet against Leeds anyways. Chelsea against Crystal Palace looks nicer

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          I agree but 4 points over a transfer hmm.

          1. Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah :/ nothing decided yet. Just thinking about it.

    3. chocolove
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Cool story bro, keep us updated

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        U know you can ignore me.

        1. chocolove
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          You know you can ignore me as well.

          1. Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 10 days ago

            Okay buddy I hope your day gets better

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Why not have Shaw and play a 4.5 bench guy? Save an FT early.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Yup. I've got Lamptey ready to go

      2. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        I like Chelseas fixture for a clean sheet

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Chelsea being slept on gameweek one I think because of tough opening 6

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            10 months, 10 days ago

            And rotation uncertainty. I'm tipping City and Chelsea to finish first and second this season, yet I've got none of their players. FPL logic

            1. Zalk
              • 10 Years
              10 months, 10 days ago

              Haha, couldn't agree more

            2. Zim0
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 10 days ago

              I'm hoping Rudiger is fairly locked in for GW1 with Thiago Silva going to the finals of the Copa America. He was being playing regularly under Tuchel as well. Dont know Reece James situation otherwise would prefer him. But yeah planned transfers don't usually go well so I'm still on Shaw right now but still thinking about Rudiger.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                10 months, 10 days ago

                Zoumas leaving but Christensen has emerged, meaning rotation is highly likely.

                1. Zim0
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  10 months, 10 days ago

                  Even for gw1?

            3. Athletic Nasherbo
              • 5 Years
              10 months, 10 days ago

              Got to hope you get the rotation right. Key to doing well this season I think.

    5. farmerfat
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Baking a gw2 transfer can go horribly wrong. Trust me I have done it more than once. Usually leads to a gw3 Wildcard :p

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah 🙁

  2. Mane and Salah in GW1?
    Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Thoughts on starting with Mane + Salah?

    They have gotten really long summer breaks. VvD will also be back. I think Pool could be the strongest starters of the new season. Going Salah + Mane + TAA could be the perfect way to capitalize.

    I might not do it on FPL but in FanTeam where Mane is 10.0m, I'm quite likely to go there I think.

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I’m going to be pessimistic. Van Dijk won’t just return to his best. It’s a long long recovery still. TAA had that injury, pretty tough one and we haven’t really seen Trent come back from an injury like that. Yeah Mane at 10m for fan team is worth it.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Mane is way overpriced imo...

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Not worth it in FPL for sure. Mane is too expensive and Bruno is needed for captaincy.

      Although I'm considering TAA + Robbo double up for FPL.

    4. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Could work out with their fixtures. Manes a super differential as well so u could be high up in ranking if he starts with a bang

    5. farmerfat
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Robbo probably a safer and cheaper bet .

    6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Most are going to have 32.5m of Liverpool already in a lot of weeks with Mo x 2 & Trent…

      I’m not bullish enough about them to Jack that up to 44.5m by adding Mane at this point

      Maybe in the right DGW

      1. Sanchit
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Wtf

    7. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      don't like it personally, would rather gamble on Jota.

    8. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Everyone on here is always going to say no - if you want to do it, do it.

      1. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        well Zimo said yes...

        1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Ha! Was just a lazy generalisation 🙂

          Suggesting something a bit different is always going to be overwhelmingly opposed on here, so I would just back my own judgement if I thought it was the right thing to do, and sod everyone else 😉

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

        This site does trend template, but I like to think that I keep an open mind to other approaches and can see some value in differentials.

        Last year, nobody started with Kane + Son and they started off insanely hot.

        This year, I'm trying to figure out who that might be and I can see:

        Mane, Havertz, Torres and Son potentially bursting out of the blocks.

        Son is 10m which I think is very fair pricing and he has 3 great fixtures after City and extended rest. New manager bounce too. I think he's overlooked.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          You want to captain a premium player a reasonable amount of times. With that combo you only have one captaincy option.

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 10 days ago

            When you want another captain option, you just switch Mane to another captain option. You don't have to keep him forever.

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          I am personally quiet surprised that Son isn't in more teams. Would love to try fit him in a side with TAA, Bruno, Salah & himself

          1. farmerfat
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 10 days ago

            My only problem with Son is that it would force me to move to a 4-4-2 . Getting rid of someone like DCL in a 3-4-3. Spurs have City , Chelsea Arsenal in their first 6 while Everton have 6 great fixtures. Not so sure Son is going to outscore someone like DCL in the first 6.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              10 months, 10 days ago

              Lack of Son is down to Kane and new manager uncertainty

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                10 months, 10 days ago

                I mean, I read gossip today saying Nuno wants to play a front two - Kane and Ings. That would surely adversely affect Son.

                1. Thomas Magnum
                  • 6 Years
                  10 months, 10 days ago

                  On the flip side could it benefit Son? if Kane is playing deepish like he has been and allows room for Son to make his dashing runs forward, could possibly lead for assists to Ings and space for Son himself maybe

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    10 months, 10 days ago

                    Well it could. These are questions I'd want to assess based on the evidence of the first 2 or 3 GWs

            2. Thomas Magnum
              • 6 Years
              10 months, 10 days ago

              You're right the fixtures do lean toward Everton and DCL has been known to start the season well (last season) but I also remember Son's big hauls last year as well. Different manager and circumstances now of course, and I guess also depends on your WC strategy also

              1. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                10 months, 10 days ago

                From what you read in this comments section, apparently most new managers are bad, even when the prior manager was sacked for doing a poor job himself. They hardly ever bring new, fresh ideas that improve their teams and players. In fact, when they have a top player that had a good season last year, they usually ruin him. Is that right?

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  10 months, 10 days ago

                  No. I rate Nuno as a manager - Levy is the problem. I think Vieira is a decent choice but will be undone by the club's lack of resources. FWIW I was very excited by Tuchels arrival last season.

            3. OneMan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              10 months, 10 days ago

              Same, Son was red hot early last year due to Spurs opening fixtures. This year it's Everton with the good opening fixtures. I'm still monitoring Siggy, just for those fixtures.

    9. lilmessipran
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Like you said ..I am doubling up on them atleast in 50 percent of my fanteam drafts

    10. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Built a draft last night with that combo, and I actually quite like it.

      Every squad I've put together so far has had 3 x premiums in.

      Latest has Salah, Fernandes and Kane, but Salah, Mane and Fernandes is nice too.

    11. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I would need to see signs of Mane hitting form again.
      Jota is the one that interests me from Liverpool could he displace Mane/Firmino in the team?

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Mane scored four and assisted another four in his last 10 games. He was ticking over nicely.

        1. Chandler Bing
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Thing is, ticking over isn't enough for a 12M price tag. Prefer Son to Mane by a long shot.

          1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
            • 12 Years
            10 months, 10 days ago

            I will likely get Son in for Fernandes at some stage after gw1 and spread the cash for bargains that have popped up.

    12. Silver_and_Gold
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Rule of thumb is, that you need to get 0,67 pts per million in a long run (to reach season average slightly above 60 points per GW).
      12,0 player needs to consistently deliver 8 points per game. I can see Mane struggle to reach this threshold. Overpriced unfortunately.

    13. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I like it, I've had Mo, Mane & Trent in my initial draft since the game launched and not shifted yet. Way things stand Mane has the armband v Norwich too and pretty sure it will stay that way although I appreciate there is plenty of time for things to change between now and the GW1 deadline.

    14. Flair
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 9 days ago

      I won't have him in FPL but Mane at 10M is essential for me if I can play FanTeam. Those Liverpool fixtures are absolutely incredible and Mane for 10M is the opportunity I wanted in FPL.

    15. jumpas 4 Goalposts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 9 days ago

      I'm thinking of goin balls to the wall myself with Salah, Mane and Jota. It's silly but can do a shuffle around over a gameweek or 2. Lpools defence should Def be better this season, I still just remem the high line from last season when VVD and Gomez were fit and Leeds and Villa put 10 goals past them early doors. Mane and Salah rested this summer and think Jota mite start if Firmino a late comer backer after the Copa. Pre season will b disrupted for lotsa teams with summer tournaments and it's a lottery to know who will kick off well. Wijnaldum will prob be a big loss for lpool too. Lotsa unknowns.

  3. farmerfat
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Have not seen anyone mention Moise Kean. Could have a shout with Richarlison out at the world cup. Kid has a lot of talent.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Let's see if Rafa likes him in pre-season. Hadn't considered him myself.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Hang on, he's not even in the game!

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Will he be there?

      1. farmerfat
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        He is an Everton player for now, there are some rumors of a move away but I think Rafa will want him to stay,

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Everton scored 18 goals in the second half of the season (17th in terms of goals scored)

      Lord knows they need to add goals for sure

    4. trinzoo
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Leagues won't stop for World Cup?

      1. trinzoo
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Ah, ok, it's next year, you mean qualifiers...

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          He means the Covidlympics

        2. farmerfat
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Sorry, I actually meant the Olympics :p

    5. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Interesting one. I expect him to return to PSG late in the window, however if he stays he definitely has that feeling about him that he could start well.

    6. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I saw him at an Italy u21 game a few years ago. He did not really stand out to me.

    7. Dogs Of War
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I don’t think he stays with us tbh. I’d love to see him get a shot, but my guess is that Rafa sets up with DCL up top with two pacey wingers (which will need to be brought in of course).

  4. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    I have this nagging feeling that Havertz will put up some Lampard-esque scores this season. Might go him over Grealish.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I'm waiting to see how and how often Tuchel uses him, and whether a star striker arrives.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Werner has to start converting all those chances too...

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Chelsea scored 25 goals in 19 league games under Tuchel

      Havertz started 7 of those 19, and 11 of the last 20 in all completions…

      I kind of understand where folks are coming from, but the data is just not there to support him as a pick at the minute

      GW7 fixture swing maybe, or if we see something in pre season

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        I agree but I think greater context is required.

        1. Tuchel joined a team struggling at both ends mid season
        2. Werner
        3. Havertz found his place in the team and the position come the end of the season
        4. Havertz has had an excellent Euro’s
        5. Full pre-season for Tuchel, albeit with less of his starting 11 but even so has more time to implement his ideas. The Chelsea of the last ten games of the season markedly improved on playing forward and creating chances. (Stats on this?)
        6. Palace - lots of experienced players leaving, lots of new young and prem inexperienced players now coming in.

        1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
          • 7 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Uh oh

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Yep all have to be considered, but the way I thought of those personally was:

          1. They scored more under Lamps (33 in 19) than Tuchel (25 in 19)
          2. Will still be Werner
          3. He started 11 of the last 20 in all competitions and 2 of the last 6 league games… that’s not finding a regular place in the team for me
          4. International football is close to irrelevant whether good or bad (the Karel Poborsky effect)
          5. Chelsea scored 15 and conceded 11 in his last 10 league games (and were fifth in the table over that spell) - not stellar offensively or defensively
          6. Single gameweeks are generally far too unpredictable - GW1 even moreso

          When we have such a visible fixture swing in GW7 plus all the downsides above, personally he’s too risky for me

          But if he starts 5 of the first 6 and is looking good, and Chelsea are scoring more goals than they have ever done at any stage up under Tuchel to date, then he could be a possibility GW7

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 10 days ago

            Eye test actually says Havertz is a good pick. He's playing OoP, he was decisive in the CL final, he played well for Germany. It looks like he's on course to have a big season.

            But I sort of agree on being wait and see and Chelsea's fixtures are really not great until GW7.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 12 Years
              10 months, 10 days ago

              It’s all ifs and buts, the eye test also showed him resting himself on the bench getting 2 returns in Chelsea’s last 7 league games, and 4 league returns in total under Tuchel

              I wouldn’t have the risk appetite for it personally at all as things stand - especially when combined with Chelsea’s league attack under Tuchel (25 goals in 19 games or 15 goals in his last 10 league games)

              We’ll get more information through pre season though, and through GW1-6 too, if things went his way he could end up a good pick

        3. pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Had a quick shufti but there doesn't appear to have been a particularly marked difference in Chelsea chance creation last season when you break the season down into thirds. There was a slight uptick towards the end but probably within variation.

          Think the point I'd put most weight on is full pre-season but that's diluted by so many Euros absentees.

          Trying not to pay too much attention to the Euros but Havertz looked great in an in and out German side.

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

        Have to agree, we are spoiled for choice in midfield so to choose someone who
        1. May not play every game, rotational risk
        2. Has tough opening fixtures
        3. Is priced above other similar options
        wouldn't entice me.

      3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        I might have to stop reading your posts they are always so reasoned and logic. I end up thinking of all sorts of other options and player combinations after reading them!

    3. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Would go for anyone Grealish

    4. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Currently on Son but could downgrade to Havertz later on if he's not being rotated and is doing well.

    5. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Possible, but would like to see him get consistent minutes first

  5. gogs67
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 10 days ago

    So Borussia Dortmund have turned down Chelsea's informal player-plus-cash proposal for striker Haaland, and Man City linked with Lewandowski.
    That's two transfers I'd love to see happen for FPL purposes, would shake up this Mo/Bruno template for a start.
    More so Haaland mind you, with pep being Pep.
    But still, I like more premiums, as it spreads out ownership % a bit more

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I don't think Haaland is going anywhere until next year. Are the Lewandowski rumors anything concrete? It just seems like speculation since City need a striker and he's one of the world's best. Don't think Bayern will sell.

      1. gogs67
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 10 days ago

        All just rumours but, like I say, could do with more good premiums IMO, the EO on Mo and Bruno this year will be ridiculous if it stays as is.

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          True true. Maybe Kane not being given a transfer to City will make him angrier and wanna shoot more 😛

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Someone on Reddit tallied up what Lewandowski would have scored in FPL with his season last year

      I think he was on close to 300 points by GW25 and would have finished on around 350 points from a 34 game season (where he missed 5 games)

      Him at city just would not be pretty at all

      1. gogs67
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Haha, that's just ridiculous.
        Might not be good for the game then, his 100% captaincy for 38 weeks lol!

      2. Rotation's Alter Ego
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Saw that Bundesliga to PL tax is a bit shy of a 20% drop in production, but point clearly stands - would still be expected that he'd do very well

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Yep, Werner was a great example of exactly that

          Although Werner got 28G 7A whereas Lewa got 41G 7A so was on a different planet to even Bundesliga Werner

          Plus Werner only had that one standout season (in the 6 before that he scored 16, 13, 21, 6, 3, 4)

          Lena has scored 29 or more bundesliga goals in 5 of the last 6 seasons which is just 😆

  6. Random Name
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Why aren’t I seeing Jorginho in teams who people are touting for the ballon d’or???

    1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Will still be highly owned by the "casuals", and will probably continue to score loads of points.

  7. The Mandalorian
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Brandon Williams loan deal to Southampton looks to be off. Williams would be earning more money than Ings, no deal.

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Hmm maybe if he goes to another premier league club now he might turn out to be a decent bench option.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        I can't see any club paying what he thinks he deserves if what Mandal says is right.

        1. Nomar
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          It’s worrying that a United bench warmer gets paid more than an England capped striker who is in the prime of his career.

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Personally didn't think he'd get many minutes at Southampton anyways

    3. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Jeepers

      Okay so Williams is overpaid but the next thought is if Ings is apparently on just 75K he's seriously underpaid in the modern PL.

      You wouldn't;t need to be thaaaaat greedy to think that a transfer might be a good idea knowing you're made of glass and about to be superannuated.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        I see him moving this summer and good luck to him. City, Spuds are rumoured - either would be in terms of a second choice but that's okay.

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah Ings needs to look out for number 1 here big time

        Could you imagine if he breaks his leg or ruptures his Achilles or ACL in his next tackle, it could cost him millions as it would impact his ability to pass a medical/sign pre contract agreements etc

        He’s in the (financially) highest risk stage he’ll ever be in & will surely be tough for him to perform 100% in training, let alone matches with that going through his head

        1. pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Yep

          He's one of those players I'm instinctively fond of - close to the Jim category here - and want to do well even if it spells FPL doom to me and this extends to wanting them to get every little thing that could come their way and defo a pay off move down the line.

      3. MosF94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Wait, Brandon Williams is on more than 75k a week? Who thought that was a good idea?

  8. JELLYFISH
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Seeing Bruno in most of these drafts and I’m really not convinced.
    His end of season form was poor and what I saw of him in the Euros didn’t suggest an upturn in form.
    Based on that 12m looks over priced to me, but the likes of Son/Havertz opens up so many options elsewhere.

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Honestly this.

      1. JELLYFISH
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Insightful

    2. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Add a name to that list - Sancho.

      Obviously comes with caveats but he should fall into the Son price bracket.

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I think he’ll be aware of the poor season finish and poor euro’s and come back with a bang but that’s just my opinion

    4. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Trust your gut. Going without him could pay off massively. It could also backfire massively though.

      1. JELLYFISH
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Yes it’s a risk based decision O guess, and their fixtures suggest the sensible move is to go with the majority. I still think he’s been overpriced though 🙂

    5. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I'm starting Bruno. If he turns out to be a bit flat I can transfer him out for just about anyone.

      1. JELLYFISH
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        True enough it’s easy to switch him up, but marquee players at this price point dictate the whole structure of the team that you set out with.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Well if my structure requires two premiums and the other is Salah, Bruno can become KDB, Son, Havertz, even Mane.

    6. Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      As someone who thought Salah looked like treacle in pre season of 2020 and was then burnt by the Leeds opener, I'd perhaps just start with Bruno given structure/captaincy/ownership and then switch him if the masses are wrong. Long season ahead and the value will present itself as we go along

    7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Bruno could flop and get 10 points from the first 5x gameweeks… but so could any player

      But Bruno could also do what he’s done to date (48 returns in 51 appearances), and not many players:

      (a) Have the structural strings to their FPL bows to do that type of damage - i.e. play for an elite attack, be nailed, have an eye for goal, be creative, take DFK’s, take penalties etc etc

      (b) Will be among the most, if not the outright most, owned players in the game - which will utterly destroy you in the event of points being scored

      The main thing is to back yourself

      If you don’t have a reasonable doubt that Bruno is overpriced and poor value, you can easily start without him

      But if you have even a reasonable doubt (on either front), you have to ask yourself - do you feel lucky punk?

    8. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      He's a strong contender/placeholder for many reasons. My pick of the Manu players. Will have had full rest and a good pre-season, so you would hope should be back to max potential gw1. Easy to downgrade and gives time to assess how other players such as Son, Havertz, et al will fare with mins, new mgt, etc.

      Strategically sound imo.

    9. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      True but the problem is that most other people will have Fernandes. If he does well and you do not have him you could be really chasing. I agree he is overpriced though.

      Last season there were plenty of times when I did not have Fernandes and he would get those soft pens out of nowhere and 3 bonus. Suddenly my rank was in trouble. Or at best stagnating.

      The beauty about owning Fernandes is not only ownership it is the fact that he is on pens. It is likely Sancho will win a lot MORE pens this season and he should be more of threat from open play since the opposition will have Sancho to worry about. .
      Plus if worst comes to the worst and Fernandes is not doing his stuff you can downgrade him to all players bar Salah.

      It depends if you think the likes of Son under Nuno will fire or not. Plus how will Nuno set spurs up?

  9. Ser Davos
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Just assumed Doherty was 5.5

    5 offers incredible value and potential

    1. JELLYFISH
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I agree

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        I'm going very template despite being tempted by the likes of Mane over Bruno etc.

        He may be worth a risk and an exception to the rule given the upside. If he's due to start I think I'll seriously consider him

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      He and Regulion could be gold if Nuno goes back to wingbacks. But I'd want to see Spuds in action for 2 or 3 games first.

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah, Reguilon is 5 too and there's an argument that he'd be better

        Doherty is FPL Gold though

    3. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      The whole Spurs backline is dirt cheap.

      If they go 3 at the back then the 4.5 central defenders also look good and could turn out to be the choice over generic Fofana.

    4. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Will be avoiding Spurs until after GW10, their run isn't enticing at all. I remember Son and Kane were average against top opposition last term.

      1. Sanchit
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Do you have any stats to back this claim?
        As far as I remember, Kane and son returned against United, Arsenal, Liverpool and City

        1. OneMan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          After Chelsea 0-0 on Nov. 29, Tottenham have lost eight successive matches against England’s best. What’s most concerning is the way in which Spurs had capitulated in those crucial behemoth tilts. Tottenham, outscored 16-4 in the nearly five-month winless streak.

    5. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Good price alright. Still comes with risk based on last season and new mgt this season, so he wouldn't be a gw1 starter for me.

      Another wait & see.

  10. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Toney at 35.5% ownership. Never thought it would be this high, must be the price, a lot of cheapskates in FPL.

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I don't own him but I'm worried that if he scores against Arsenal on opening night his price will fly.

      1. farmerfat
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Assuming he is fit, does Harvey Barnes get a start?

        1. farmerfat
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          fail

    2. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Pukki at a measly 10.2%

      Do people have no sense of history? Are they really that flush they can afford 6.5 in the no hoper category?

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        History = a sample size of 1 season?

        1. pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Two seasons perhaps if you take Liverpool opening fixture being a slam dunk against a promoted team.

          Norwich 4-1
          Leeds 4-3

          Norwich could have had plenty that day from memory.

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 months, 10 days ago

            Fair point. But Norwich don't have any new tricks left in the bag to surprise anyone with, do they?

            1. pingissimus
              • 3 Years
              10 months, 10 days ago

              Really curious to see which Norwich will turn up this season

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                10 months, 10 days ago

                The one without Buendia

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        High enough considering the opening fixtures. Easy to move to from Toney

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Proud cheapskate here!

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I love watching his highlights reel

      My (potentially misguided) hunch is that his strength and one touch finishing style is going to transfer well to the premier league, and that he’ll have no bother getting 10+ goals against bottom half sides, and will suprise the odd complacent top half side

      50% goal involvements means we basically need Brentford to score 35-40 goals & Toney will be an FPL darling

      Even if they only score 30 he should still be viable…

      And if they happen to score 40 or more??

      Then it’ll be Toney The Tiger Time

  11. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Sanchez
    TAA, Digne, Shaw, Lamptey
    Salah, Fernandes, Mahrez, Buendia
    Antonio, Watkins

    Foster; Ayling, Gilmour, Obafemi.

    Quite like this 4-4-2. Can't think of another player that I really really want. Raphinha looks great value but I don't think I need to start with him. Will likely come in for Buendia after his favourable fixtures.

    1. Carlton P
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I’ve been looking at a similar set up but with Robertson over Digne. The ayling/lamptey rotation is just too good to miss.
      Saying that I’m slowly going off Shaw so will likely go
      TAA l Robbo l Lamptey l Ayling l 4.0 and play 3ATB

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        I haven't tried to build a TAA + Robbo draft but I doubt I'd be able to afford it now that I've set my mind on having Mahrez.

      2. DazF90
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Same backline 🙂

    2. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Beginning to be a fan of the Watford gk double up having checked their record last season - wary of Sanchez Lamptey combo.

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Bachmann is on my watchlist. May well switch Sanchez to him if White leaves Brighton.

      2. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        It's the way Brighton dovetail with Leeds that attracts.

        1. pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          But you get Brighton away mostly when you need them - iirc away they weren't anything like the same proposition last time out.

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Nice team. But Brighton concede, your mood goes down a notch.

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        For sure but Lamptey has attacking threat and Ayling will be playing some weeks.

    4. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Midfield close to what I have had myself - but I’m trying to stretch to Grealish over Buendia.

      All this love for Buendia and assuming he’s still at Villa I see Grealish being better than him in every way and then some.

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Would certainly have Grealish over Buendia if I could afford it but 1.5m is a lot at this stage.

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Sure sure. It’s all about where you chose to spend.

          1. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 10 days ago

            Which City/Villa midfield pair do you like better; Mahrez + Buendia or Grealish + Gundogan?

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              10 months, 10 days ago

              I’ve got Torres and Grealish.
              (Just posted team below)
              I’m not convinced of Torres but he’s in there at the moment. If I can squeeze another 0.5 he’ll become someone else (maybe Gundo)

  12. pingissimus
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Pleased to see Sky reporting Cahill is back - never made sense to lose him - quite young enough to play for Italy after all

    That also means Palace with Guehi will now have more players next season than Southampton and Man City when everyone is added 🙂

  13. Reeceviljoen
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Hbsm4u fantasy code - apparently top 200k in there. Just received.

  14. The Mandalorian
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Varane to MUFC

    Varane is a fast CB, if he comes to United then I expect them to play higher up the pitch. At the moment they can't play that way due to having two slow CBs.

    We could see alot of goals early on. Pogba could be good value if he replaces Rashford on the left. There's a possible double up on him and Bruno.

    Any thoughts?

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      You get 100% set piece coverage with Bruno & Shaw - that’s the route I’d prefer at the minute

      I’d like Varane to sign I think he’ll help shore up the defence a fair bit

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 10 days ago

      MU seem to be doing good business this off-season.

      Getting a nice DM and they’re on their way to challenging MC for me.

    3. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      is mctominay out then?

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Varane is speedy enough to do that but only Bailly is fast enough of those that are in the team atm. Him over Maguire then? Latter is quite slow. Pogba left side attacker, hm..

  15. pingissimus
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Anyone else spot that Buendia took and scored a pen at Norwich last season?

    Pukki had almost all of them and there were a couple of others who nipped in with one but it does show he is a penalty taker and Villa are woefully short there and Grealish does pick up a lot of fouls ....

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Yeah that’s my hope too

      I have to go with Buendia instead of Grealish or Watkins for budgetary reasons, so him getting pens would be unreal

    2. Silecro
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      On my subjective opinion, if El Ghazi is not on the pitch, i can see Watkins having another try at pens before Buendia claiming them

    3. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      At least he'll probably be on set pieces even if its not pens

  16. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Reports stating United told photographers not to take photos of Lingard in training.

    That's a lot of money for not taking pictures!

  17. Cynical
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    The more I (over)think about it the more Bamford over DCL seems to make sense. Everton fixtures are nice and all but Leeds were a much better attacking force than Everton last season.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Everton scored 18 goals in the second half of the season (only Wolves with 15, Sheffield United with 10, and Fulham with 11 scored less)

      And DCL has 5 goals in Everton’s last 27 games

      I also don’t think their fixtures are excellent - they’re away to brighton, Villa and Leeds in the first 5 weeks (all are defensive darlings of the FFS boards, and rightly so), with Burnley home completing their first 5 - another defence that can frustrate on their day

      DCL is well capable of opening the season strongly - but I prefer Bamford

      There’s enough there that I can be comfortable with the logic behind the decision, the outcome will be what it will be

      1. Cynical
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks for your reply, the numbers definitely reinforce my stance.

    2. KnightSlayer
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Bamford DCL Kane

      1. Cynical
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Some big sacrifices elsewhere for that frontline though

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Yeah I've gone off DCL to be honest. He'll need to have a very strong preseason for me to put him back in my team.

    4. FFSbet.com
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Cavani

  18. Wild Card this!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Has anyone considered Llorente as Leeds defensive option? If he stays fit, he might get few attacking returns - might be bargain at 4.5

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Ayling seems to be the default choice. Does Llorente have good goal threat?

      1. Wild Card this!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        He is, even FFS is ranking him top in Season Projections among 4.5 lot.

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Very much so. I may be influenced by the herd mentality in going for Ayling, but I see Llorente as a damn good option, with good bap potential when Leeds keep clean sheets.

      1. Wild Card this!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Exactly why I consider him - might prove as great Leeds “differential”

  19. Moxon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Watkins + Sarr (+0.5m) or Ihenacho + Buendia?

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Watkins + Buendia for me.

      1. Moxon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Decent shout. Then move on the worse performer.

  20. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Would love some thoughts on this.

    Meslier, Foster
    TAA, Digne, Coufal, Ayling, Lamptey
    Bruno, Salah, Grealish, Torres, Raphinha
    Watkins, Welbeck, 4.5

    Digne could become Shaw.

    Deciding to do Meslier over Sanchez - this is close so I’d rather the 5.0 so I have more flexibility with keeper moves - I assume I won’t get the right one.

    Really like the value of the mid-price mids. Might end up with 2x 7.5s but at the moment it’s 7.0 and 8.0.

    Welbeck is an early season punt, but the plan is to play 4-5-1 mostly.

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Would avoid the double Leeds defence -- locks you out of a second Leeds attacker which you'll probably want when their fixtures improve.

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Yeah that’s a good point. I think I’m more likely to want to get rid of Ayling than Meslier in that case - lots of 4.5 value in defense.

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

      Coufal, Digne and Lamptey are very unlikely starts.

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Assuming you’re thinking

        Coufal - Euro rest
        Digne - Injury
        Lamptey - not first choice?

        Will happily not have Digne and hopefully we know more about them all.

  21. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    I’m set on this, unless there’s an injury or a big signing such as Haaland/Kane etc.

    Sanchez
    Chilwell Castagne Lamptey
    Salah(C) Sterling Mahrez Havertz
    Wilson Toney Pukki

    Bachmann Fofana Doherty Gilmour

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Next 30 days will be boring for you 😉

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Maybe the first team I’ve seen with 14 players likely to get full games and no throwaways.

      I’d be scared of Chelsea rotation so it makes sense to spread the money to cover rotation.
      Sterling is an interesting one - will his form transfer back to the PL? Will Pep care how his Euro was?

    3. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Just the couple at risk but the other variable that can thrown this completely out is what rest the England players have. Can't see a natural switch from Raheem.

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Not sure id want double Chelsea when they finished the season so poorly under Tuchel

      In their last 10 league games they were fifth, with a goal difference of only +4 (only 15 goals scored and 11 goals conceded)

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        They were fighting on three fronts. "Poorly" is a bit harsh. Tuchel transformed a mediocre team under Lampard into one of the best sides in Europe.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Dunno mate, they scored a lot more goals under lamps (33 in 19) vs Tuchel (25 in 19), and under Tuchel they dropped points to Wolves, Brighton, Southampton, Leeds, Man Utd & were beaten by Villa, Arsenal, West Brom & Leicester

          I think Pep gifted then the champions league with his DM-less team... And cup matches don't pay the bills in FPL either

          Plus the sheer amount of options they have, id rather sit back and see what they do GW1-6 before the good fixtures kick in GW7

          My hunch is they rode a new manager bounce for all it was worth, but if not, GW7 is a safe time to jump on

  22. Chandler Bing
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    If you could only pick one Everton player in your team, who would it be?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Digne

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

      Dumfries.

    3. Wild Card this!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Digne

    4. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Digne

    5. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Allergic to Digne but he's rational enough.

      Might think about Pickford but prefer Meslier at the same price point. DCL could happen but not from week 1 for me.

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Digne

    7. Jaws
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Leighton Baines

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Them were the days.

        2011 benched for the opener due to the riots and Arteta moving to Arsenal

        8m

    8. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      DCL

    9. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Digne

  23. Mona Lisa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Any notes on this one? (I'm unsure of the forward line tbh)

    Sanchez
    Digne - Shaw - Coufal
    Sa(l)ah - De Bruyne - Jota - Son
    Watkins - Welbeck - Toney

    Steele - Fofana - Murphy - Kelly

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Digne maybe an injury doubt so keep an eye on that.
      KDB the same.
      I think you might be better going with a definite starter instead of Jota - such as Trossard/Buendia.

      1. Mona Lisa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Hmm I'm hoping that Digne and KDB are going to be sorted by the start of the season, so yeah I'll have to keep an eye on those two. But yeah fair point on Jota, I just don't like a lot of the options his price. Thanks for the thoughts 🙂

        1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          I am not saying Jota is bad option by the way. But personally 1 point cameos would annoy the be jayus out of me. If that does not annoy you and can have a decent first sub in case of no shows - go for Jota.

  24. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Of these three who is the worst option to start with?

    A) Digne
    B) Shaw
    C) Welbeck

    Will either be playing 4-4-2 with both of those defenders or 3-4-3 with one of them making way for Welbeck.

    1. Mona Lisa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I currently have all 3 starting lol, but I'd say Shaw is the worst one for GW1

    2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I have one of those three - shaw and I am benching him gw1.

      Digne - has been carrying an injury since the euros
      Welbeck can get injured at the mere mention of the word.

  25. The Mighty One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Key question for me: How much would I actually captain Bruno!

    If I captain him often then he is worth it. If I would go mostly with Salah then I could do so much with that extra money.

    I could move:
    from Bruno & Gilmour
    to Havertz & Grealish.

    That is some awesome depth. I have to see if I have the nerve to do it.

    Would I ever captain Havertz?
    What if Bruno is still exhausted?

    1. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Think my next draft will be a single premium draft and see how I feel about auto Mo captain for the first run.

      Looking at possible Nacho in week 3 which is the first week when Mo doesn't look natural. Felt quite happy captaining Nacho last time.

      Son is another possibility week 3 and 4 (another poor one for Liverpool) and quite reachable if you spread funds.

      1. The Mighty One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Hey it's YOU again! Haha. We seem to be analyzing the same stuff!!

        Great point on Nacho...I had him in my first draft but have gone away from him. That is a mistake and I currently sit with Watkins & Antonio, so I will likely go for Nacho instead of one of those.

        I totally disagree on Son though...I am staying far clear of him this year. In fact I'm not touching any Spurs all year even if they go on a purple patch. Kane if he stays will be far overpriced and drop so deep, and Son is overpriced too. You would definitely have to captain him to make it worthwhile and that is a big risk.

        1. pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 10 days ago

          Yep

          Son is a reach and in some ways he's a placeholder for Mahrez Sancho Havertz - easier to pick the most expensive and work your way down is the way I see it.

          Simply looking at captain choice week 4 is the first stumbling block with no Bruno. I take Leeds to be a positively bad fixture for Liverpool.

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 10 days ago

      I think this is certainly worth testing out. Even going Son over Bruno opens up some sweet options.

    3. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Agreed, people should be talking more about what captain options they need for the first several fixtures.

      1. The Mighty One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        That is the most important thing to consider: What will be your upcoming stretch of captains. That is all that really matters in this game. It means that you make a contrary point to me though: I should keep Bruno because I would captain him at least 3 times in the first 8 weeks. Hmmmm.

    4. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Assuming you have Salah you will likely need a captaincy option on gw3.
      If you do not want to go Fernandes the options for captains gw3 are:
      Villa, Spurs, Leicester, Newcastle, Leeds, Everton

    5. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Going without Bruno is like being broke with no money. He will end your life.

      Or something like that.

      1. The Mighty One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        That reply was not exactly scientific...but effective anyway. If he fires in these first 8 gameweeks then he will punish me.

  26. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Sanchez or Martinez?

  27. pingissimus
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Meant to hold off longer but here's next draft - this time single premium.

    Meslier 4.0
    TAA Shaw Digne Lamptey Rose
    Mo Grealish Barnes Buendia Mahrez/Son
    Nacho Bamford 4.5

    A few names in there that are up in the air but mostly at price points with easy switches. Son over Mahrez would mean losing a 5.5 at the back probs and 4.5 keeper

    Single premium limits captain choices but this looks quite okay.

    Mo -Norwich
    Mo - Burnley
    Nacho - Norwich
    Son - Palace

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Looks pretty good. I'd try to fit in Kane if I went without two premiums in midfield.

      1. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Oh I'll have a Kane variant too of course

        Currently just having fun working my way through different set ups making use of the unlimited WC preseason. Think this is version 4

        1 - triple premium
        2 - double premium plus Son
        3 - template
        4 single premium

        Still need to have a look at BB squad and big at the back. Being quite methodical here and just working out what my strategy is this time - until I turn it upside with WC week 3 of course :-). Favourite so far is the double premium plus Son or this one.

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 10 days ago

      My version has Greenwood+Raph over Barnes+Buendia
      (Mainly because I have Watkins over Bamford too).

      I really like this. Also 7 amazing attackers makes me feel like a 4.0 defender is more viable.

      1. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 10 days ago

        Greenwood is going to be a real temptation if we see white smoke rising from the correct chimney at OT - as would Cavani be.

        Barnes I'm very keen on but no one is sacrosanct and double Villa and double Leicester may be overbold. But I do like all those assets individually.

  28. Football 365
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    How's this looking ?? Have a go at it

    Sanchez foster
    Shaw bissaka taa Robbo lamptey
    Salah Bruno Foden brownhill bissouma
    Watkins Dcl obafemi

    1. Moxon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Downgrade defence or Foden for a better 4th mid for me.

  29. Football 365
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Thank you

  30. Chandler Bing
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 10 days ago

    Why am I seeing so many teams with Welbeck? Have I missed something?

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 10 days ago

      Fixtures and price mostly 6.0 saves that .5 that can be used elsewhere. I avoided him and went for Trossard instead,