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FPL

FPL team guide 2021/22 – Crystal Palace: Best players, stats and more

Our team-by-team guide to the new Fantasy Premier League (FPL) season continues with this preview of Crystal Palace.

It is the end of an era at Selhurst Park, with Roy Hodgson’s departure as manager preceding 11 first-team players effectively leaving the club after contracts ended – though Christian Benteke (£6.5m) and Joel Ward (£4.5m) did pen new deals this summer.

The Eagles were relatively comfortable in their bid to remain in the Premier League last season, finishing 14th on 44 points.

Despite being thought of as defence-first unit under Hodgson, only relegated side West Brom (76) and Southampton (68) conceded more goals than Crystal Palace (66) in 2020/21.

The New Vi-era

If Hodgson was a defensively-minded coach, the signs are that new manager Patrick Vieira will focus more on attack.

However, his Nice side were based on possession and being hard to break down rather than any sort of offensive verve.

You can read a full profile of the former Arsenal midfielder via the link below:

Crystal Palace attacking statsTotalRank v other PL teams
Goals4114th
Shots34918th
Shots in the box22418th
Shots on target13116th
Big chances4619th=
Expected goals (xG)34.4919th

The attacking numbers from last season will not make for pretty reading in Vieira’s Palace in-tray.

One positive in terms of going forward was that penalty taker Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) had his best goalscoring campaign in 2020/21, netting on 11 occasions including two spot-kicks.

Just three of those were scored from January onwards, however, with the Ivory Coast international missing a month’s action in February due to injury.

Zaha logged just two regular assists over the campaign, though did rack up an ‘expected assists’ (xA) figure of 3.85.

Creative design

Palace’s top assister (eight) from last season was Eberechi Eze (£6.0m), who will not be back in action anytime soon after rupturing his Achilles in May.

Eze created more chances than any other Eagles player last season but some context is needed: his minutes-per-key pass average (60) was inferior to 50 other Fantasy midfielders.

Recruitment is, unsurprisingly, going to be one of Vieira’s biggest tasks during pre-season. Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said on July 4:

We have a lot to do to prepare in the coming weeks and I look forward to working closely with Patrick and Dougie (Freedman) in bringing in some new faces to help us all to a successful season.

One new face already in the door is Michael Olise (£5.5m). In 46 Championship appearances for Reading last season, the attacking midfielder scored seven times and notched 12 assists.

“I had a conversation with the manager and he was talking about how he sees me in the team: the plans, the development and the vision for the club. It’s very good, so I thought it was a good fit.” – Michael Olise

With a paper-thin squad and a lack of creators at the moment, Olise could be expected to make the Premier League step-up from the off at Selhurst Park.

“I think [my role] is to make him do what he’s doing best: enjoying his football on the field, scoring goals, going forwards and playing with personality. He’s got that in his locker.

“I think it’s important to refresh the squad: to bring some new faces, to bring young talent to this football club. This is a really good signing for us. Of course, there will be more signings coming.” – Patrick Vieira

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688 Comments Post a Comment
  1. OLB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Not for me Palace.

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

    Have not changed my side for a week.
    😎

    1. OLB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Well done, I can't say that.

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

        kane moves and everything changes I guess.

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Downgrade Bruno and find 0.5

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            If you have Bruno that is

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I reckon I'll go without to begin with. I know I'll want him at some point whether he's at City or Spurs, but to begin with there's a lot of value upfront with better fixtures + rested.

          He's probably going to be my WC lynchpin

    2. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Go on then give us a look.

      Im currently here :

      Bachman
      Stones Shaw James TAA
      Mahrez Bruno Havertz Salah
      Toney Pukki

      4m Gilmore 4m 4.5m

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

        Thats different. Nice. I would invest in say Ollie up front tbh. Not a fan either of Havertz.

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I think Havertz will start 90% as CF for Chelsea this year and have a blowout of a year and make his price look silly.

          Im not mad on Waktins , Watford will not be easy ( They have a decent chance of keeping Villa scoreless i think) and then he is a transfer waiting to happen.

          Pukki at 6 mil with pens along with Toney at 6.5mil is worth the risk for the money saved.

          Im still however unsure on Stones / James

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

            Not sure how Watkins is a sell if he blanks in one week? I prefer Son over Havertz, even for 1.5m more. Nice to be different though, dont change it.

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              No, sorry i meant from week 4 i dont like to have to book a transfer to move him.

              Dont want to make any commitments for future transfers (which i meant Watkins looks like, can of course be wrong).I also dont like paying 7.5mil for a striker not on pens without a certain playmaker role for now (grealish)

              Also the Havertz or Mahrez combo if needs be can become Son + Another in week 3 if necessary

          2. Bobby Digital
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Someone else big on Havertz.. nice!

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              We are the few. 🙂

          3. Pep bites Kun
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I'm unsure on Stones/Digne med-term. I know I'll want City & Che def at some point, but I think it's worth being patient to see how they lineup.

            Agree with your points on Havertz. I'll add Werner, who I also think will improve this season. Won't be getting him day 1 though. I think the whole Che setup will improve with Tuchel.

            Watkins I'm willing to ride with. Fixtures are decent. I'm not expecting braces for the price.

            I'll take one calculated punt in my squad; Toney for the early fixtures, then Pukki for Nor good fixtures

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

        Full marks for not being template. That's different.
        No bench risky with Covid and post Euros poss impact to defence return.

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Yep a consideration.

          Gilmor will be sure start however so I have 12, but im not sure yet on James / Stones

      3. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Different. I like.Why Bach over Sanchez?

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Watford defence stats from last year, and how they currently setup. Lots of home cleansheets.

          Plus Bachman apparently makes alot more saves.

      4. Don Van Vliet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Weak front line.

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          To be fair everything is a toss up now

          Dcl Bamford watkins were also a weak lineup this time last year

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

            Those 3 teams are a different beast to Norwich and Brentford though.

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              I agree, but i think Brentford will be way more attacking than people currently think.

              Plus Toney and Pukki have pens and I have a feeling Norwich will also surprise people initially at least.

          2. Pep bites Kun
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Fair point. DCL, Kane & Son caught most with their pants down 🙂

    3. Jacky boy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Same.

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Boring week

    5. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I haven't changed my side since the day the game opened. When there are some new facts on the ground that should change my opinions (e.g. seeing how teams actually line up in a game where they are using what we can expect to be their usual starting XI), then it will be worth changing my team.

      So many people are acting like you have to react all the time to rumours and things, as if there were price changes during pre-season that you have to beat.

  3. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Evening.....can I ask which version you prefer here please? Thanks

    A

    BACHMANN
    Taa shaw AYLING fofana LAMPTEY
    Salah bruno raphinha BEUNDIA 4.5
    DCL CAVANI toney

    B (double lpool defence)

    SANCHEZ
    Taa shaw ROBBO fofana MANQUILLO
    Salah bruno raphinha SARR 4.5
    WATKINS ANTONIO toney

    1. OLB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A
      But if you want two Pool defenders, what I did was DCL to Watkins and Fofana to Konate.

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I like the move if Konate is first choice. Pre-season should give some insight

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I like B

    3. DARE TO BISCAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Hard to say with LFC until more VVD news. Prefer A with Watkins over Cavani & spend upgrade elsewhere.

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers....if I go double lpool defence it will be the full backs I want

        Isn't vvd expected to be fit for start of season? Thanks

        1. DARE TO BISCAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Oh, dunno about VVD. Read something on here earlier. Will know more in the coming weeks. I'm tempted by TAA/Robbo double myself.

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Should have a full pre-season & then we'll know more

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        In isolation - would you choose Watkins over Cavani for the first 3 gws? No challenge, just interested in a pov

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          In isolation its a tough call.... watkins has better fixtures. Cavani plays for the better team.....so dunno

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Does the Ben White sale affect any Lamptey appeal?

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

      I would think so, but people on here think Lamps is best thing since sliced bread.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        He's exciting to own that's for sure...

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Could ask the same for Sanchez. I am guessing there is no lamp in your team.

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

          not sure yet. just working on first 3 weeks. Might go for Ayling over him

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Ayling's 1st 3 not very pretty.

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

              I will use him for gw 2 (EVE). Will most likely WC after gw 3

              1. Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Hope DCL and boys don't say hi.

    2. Jacky boy
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Think they will buy a replacement and invest the money

    3. OLB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Probably affects Lamptey and Sanchez

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

      Absolutely

      You can’t take a centreback of that calibre out of a bottom half team & not see impacts

      Leeds were desperately trying to get Brighton to sell White last season, and he had a great season for Brighton

      Lamptey’s appeal is his attacking threat though so still merits in him

      It’s Sanchez (and Dunk at 5.0) who I’d be more wary of now

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Cool. Did not know Leeds had tried to get him.

    5. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I'm not sure about their CS potential plus not sure he is going to play every game.

      But everyone here loves him, so probably not going to change much.

  5. DARE TO BISCAN
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    a) DCL & Targett/Coufal
    b) Nacho/Antonio (have Ollie) & Digne
    c) Cavani & 4.5

    1. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B

    4. DARE TO BISCAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Hmm. B gives me:

      Sanchez
      TAA Shaw Digne Lamptey
      Salah Buendia Barnes
      Nacho Kane Watkins

      4.0 Raphinha Brownhill 4.0

  6. Bobby Digital
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Best 4.5m defender?

    A) Fofana
    B) Lamptey
    C) Ayling
    D) White
    E) An.other

    1. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B.

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

      D,C,A,B in that order based upon player and teams they are on

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers!

    3. gogs67
      2 months, 11 days ago

      E. Thomas, if he gets a start.

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Dier could be the AN Other as could Coady. Not seeing they are worse than White really.

      Wolves have a great run from week 4 and if the 4.5 is largely fodder then that could prove a shrewd investment.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Planning to rotate two 4.5s for the third defender spot if Digne is out. Ayling and Lamptey rotate nicely eg.

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

          Not a fan of rotation - I'd much prefer to have one and stick with him and then a back up as first bench.

          Brighton and Leeds actually rotate quite poorly for home and away. Both Leeds and Brighton were home defences last season. Lamptey could as easily blast off away as at home

    5. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      D

  7. OneMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Jota will prob start. With Firmino’s Brazil making it to the Copa America final. Could be good for first 2/3.

  8. JohnnyRev7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Ben White to ARS. 4.5m for an ARS defender is worth consideration.

    Dodgy opening fixtures but a good run from GWs4-11

    One to monitor.

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      If Arsenal tighten up in defence Tierney at 5 m looks a bargain

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I prefer Coufal at that price.

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I have both in present team so can afford 8 m mid field and forward price points

        2. JohnnyRev7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Absolutely. I was just being polite. 🙂

          But ARS do have a good run GWs 4-11 so I'll think about them then after a GW3 WC.

      2. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I think White's the man to do that. Certainly gonna be more consistent than David Luiz.

        Tierney looks good from GWs 4-11.

        Watch and monitor.

    2. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Arsenal could keep a dozen clean sheets. But White is wouldn’t produce much in way of attacking returns.

      1. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Disagree. At BRI he was held back to let Dunk and Burn go up for set-pieces.

        With David Luiz gone he could be ARS's main target man in the box at set-pieces.

        We'll see...

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

          Interesting idea

          But is White any good attacking the ball in the area? Some CBs get loads of chances but miss the lot. It's not just being a target you still need an eye for the goal (with your head)

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/ben-white/leistungsdaten/spieler/335721

            Goal a season and a few more assists over his career below Prem level, not a thing last year

  9. Mikel Arteta
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Thoughts on this?
    Between Dunk or Lamptey it is hard to decide.
    0.0 itb

    Meslier
    TAA Shaw Dunk
    Salah Bruno Raphinha Buendia
    Watkins Antonio Iheanacho

    Bench: 4.0 gk, White, Brownhill, 4.0 def

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Watch preseason. If Lamptey is fit again I'm sure he'll outscore Dunk. If not, stick with Dunk.

      Nice team. I'm on Antonio instead of DCL as well.

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

      Like the Meslier pick. Lots of saves

  10. 4Rsenal_1886
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Varane likely joining Utd, may even consider AWB + Shaw

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      If Digne is out that becomes a possibility for sure.

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Slabhead time

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

        Slightly outpoints on the YC metric but it's a close run thing.

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

      Henderson for me

    4. lilmessipran
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Can't see myself doubling on utd defence with Ole incharge

  11. Football 365
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Have a go at it
    Pickford Virginia
    AWB Robbo Trent dunk fofana
    Raphinha Pogba Bruno Salah Gilmour
    Toney Watkins Davis

    1. Football 365
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Thinking to play 5-3-2 gw1

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Fofana might be a rotarisk with Soyboy back...

    3. Dogs Of War
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      It’ll be Begovic you want not Virginia.

    4. Football 365
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Well sure I'll look up at begovic and regarding fof being a rot risk don't lei play 3 at the back ? With Evans and soy too ?

  12. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Asmir Bergovic to Everton almost a done deal.

  13. FPL Joker
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    This could have been a very simple and short article including only one word: Zaha.

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Six words:

      Zaha, then Eze when he returns.

  14. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    How this please?

    Sanchez Steele
    TAA Shaw Digne White Lamptey
    Salah Bruno Raph Harrison Gilmour
    Watkins Antonio Nacho

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

      Lamptey + Sanchez maybe overkill?

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Maybe I could go Ayling or Fofana but that is 5th defender spot so

    2. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Good squad. Stick with Lamptey he’ll outscore Ayling.

  15. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Been tinkering to get draft if Kane goes to City. How is this as team with TAA Bruno Salah Kane? Means only 1 realistic bench cover

    Sanchez (Foster)
    TAA Coufal Targett Lamptey ( Ayling)
    Salah Bruno Raphinha Sarr/Harrison
    (Gilmour)
    Kane Toney ( Obefemi)

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Can't see Kane going to City for that price.

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Even less bench cover but seriously strong IF the defenders nail down their places!

      Sanchez
      TAA Fofana Dier White
      Salah Bruno Raphina
      Kane Wilson Toney

  16. OneMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Pepe scored 5 in the last 3 games of last season. Surely Arteta will give him a better chance this season. His stats are really good too. Arsenal fixtures turn very nicely after GW4.

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

      Yeah maybe. No reason to start with an Arsenal player imo. We can use the opening three GWs to assess Pepe, Saka, ESR, Tierney and White.

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Did finish well, but not expecting much from Arse with those early fixtures.

  17. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Who would you rather start season with please?

    A....watkins (in addition to buendia)

    B....cavani (in addition to bruno and shaw)

    Thanks

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      The one who looks like he knows exactly what he is doing.

    2. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A. Watkins will get more game time and 3 great fixtures to start with. That 1m will also help out somewhere else.

  18. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Quick Tekkers note

    He is the one Palace player worth having on a watchlist imo. Not a week 1 selection but one to monitor.

    I ditto comments/stats above. I'll add this rider. I picked him quite early last season not just because he was hitting the target he looked confident and was taking chances on. There is still a good forward in there. Don't think he's any worse a choice than any other 6.5 forward.

    Palace fixtures? Well when he started scoring towards the end last season it wasn't really on the back of a positive fixture run. Palace had a horrid run in.

    1. Giggs Boson
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      He only started to perform again when his contract was ending. Some players are like that.

      I expect him to go back to being crap again now he's got the deal.

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

        One possible interpretation

        He might of course have got a better contract had he scored more goals!!!!! Not sure I know many forwards who try not to score either come to that. You are also missing the fact that his contract was renewed previously when he was scoring precisely no goals. But I suspect you already have your preconceived notions here.

        And well you can't fake confidence and he looked confident for the first time in yonks.

      2. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Scenes, as the say, when after a few weeks Tekkers has scored a couple and Toney has not had a sniff

  19. Do I Not Like Orange
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    How's this looking? Trying to have a decent squad to cover unanticipated Covid-related annoyances.

    Bachmann Foster
    TAA Digne Fofana Ayling Coady
    Salah Jota Bruno Raph Gilmour
    Toney Watkins Nacho

    0.5 ITB, main dilemma atm is Jota or Gundo for GW1

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Decent enough. Are you actively avoiding Brighton?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Jota, Bobby not even back in training for another few week i think.

      2. Do I Not Like Orange
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Had the keeper combo til today, too many bad experiences with Lamptey to do anything but monitor for now. Gilmour > Bissouma is a possibility.

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Think either the keeper(s) or a defender probably money well spent. I can see why you might want to avoid a double up and, I have my own reservations about Lamptey - flattered to deceive last year, before long injury.

  20. Spin The Wheel
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    I like that current draft team

    Bachmann
    TAA Coufal Fofana Shaw
    Salah Fernandes Mount
    Watkins Toney Richarlison

    Foster Raphinha White Bissouma

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Not seen Mount or Richarlison in many teams.

      1. Spin The Wheel
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I know...

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Mount not explosive and Chelsea's early fixtures not great, 7.5 seems a lot?
          Richarlison too random and same cost as Wilson, Nacho, Mick Antonio etc.?

      2. Dash4
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Isnt Richardson at Olympics so unavailable for first couple of weeks?

        1. Dash4
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          *Richarlson

  21. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    So I guess Lamptey going nowhere as Messi have signed the contract and staying at Barcelona.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Lamptey was tipped to become Barca talisman? He's good, but...

  22. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Is it possible that Ancellotti squized the absolute max out of DCL (As he did with Shevchenko or Benzema) and now Everton forward at 8.0m will not deliver as consistently ?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Entirely possible, DCL and Everton a wait and see for me.

    2. Dogs Of War
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I think you are overthinking it. DCL will be the no.1 striker for a team that will almost certainly improve on last season. Will score consistently throughout the season. Benitez has already talked about the supply line to him. As an Evertonian he’s in my team.

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        With Ancellotti gone why you so sure that team will improve ?
        Point I was trying to make it that Carlo likes his teams to have a focal point in centre forward, can the same be said about Benitez ?

        Not knocking anyone's credentials just asking questions.

    3. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      My view is that Ancelotti, when he first took the job, thought he had a squad that needed work, but had potential. As the season progressed he realised that potential was not as high as he thought and he would have to do a lot more work to get them to where they wanted to be.

      I also think the end of season loss to Sheffield Utd was a tipping point as that was a poor loss and Everton were pretty much everything Ancelotti did not want them to be.

      As soon as a chance to bail came along he took it.

    4. West End Exile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      He's in my team with Everton's nice early fixtures.

  23. Fulchester's New Centr…
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    A. Toad-in-the-hole
    B. Lasagne

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      In this heat you want cold beer to go with it so it have to be A.

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Outside the box thinking. Like it.

    2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A, if it is done right

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Mmmm, dripping.
        Actually, would have been a good question for last Sunday thinking about it

  24. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Just checked Buendia's last season stats...
    Wow, at 6.5 feeding Watkins potentially alongside Grealish - straight in my team.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Think he has to be in - before Watkins and Greal - considering the price.

    2. Dogs Of War
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Bargain

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Always has a good day.

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Aww... I miss Portugal.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          One of the few countries left that I haven’t been to and want to go to. I’d love to cycle around Porto.

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Stats in the championship though

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        There is that sure but he already looked like a good player last time Norwich was mixing with big boys in PL.

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Good marker

    5. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Similar things were said of Matheus Pereira and Diego Jota when they were bumped to the PL, but it took them a while before they really started to deliver. Hard to ignore his fixtures but I'd sooner see how they line up first.

      1. Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        (After a decent spell in Championship)

  25. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Literally no bench coverage for when Jota is rotated, but otherwise love this XI:

    4.5
    Trent | Robbo | Shaw
    Bruno | Son | Jota | Dallas | Cantwell
    Kane | Pukki

    Fodder

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Some fodder in 1st XI too...

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Dallas and Cantwell will be bargains 😉

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Not for me.

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      That much in fact I’ve gone with it :O

  26. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Which one?

    A) Sanchez, Robertson + DCL
    B) Martinez, TAA + Davis

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Sanchez, TAA and a 7.5?

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Strange A or B - A is 2m more expensive

      1. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        2m itb

  27. Big dog
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Is this ok?

    Bachmann
    TAA Dias lamptey/ayling
    Salah Bruno Barnes Raph
    Cavani Wilson Toney

    Foster Hoever Browning lamptey/ayling

    Cavani for DCL means upgrade Hoever to 4.5 def for bench?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Seems ok to me. If Hoever gets some game time under new manager, good as is

      1. Big dog
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks

  28. Dogs Of War
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Convince me on Martinez. I’ve been set on two 4.5m keepers for a while now, but something is nagging in the back of my mind that Emi is the one to have. Great last season, but can he repeat that?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I pick a keeper last when drafting, if you do that you won’t be able to afford 5.5

    2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Do what you feel is right - don't let others persuade you differently.

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        But people usually ask here when they are not sure

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Never question Jarvish.

          1. Lindelol
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Sorry

          2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            😆

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              I’m just sorry you had to go through that. It’s like some people don’t even know who you are. I’m a little disgusted, if there are varying degrees of disgusted.

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Well I don’t really know what the counter Martinez argument is.
      He’s basically a 8.5m striker in goal.

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        *was but can he repeat that?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Yea I do think that. He just seems so confident and strong. When going more expensive you lose the save points and bonus. When going cheaper you lose too many clean sheets.
          He is a sublime keeper and even better fantasy option.
          I haven’t checked everything but he’s probably up there with the best points per million player and I expect him to get around 165 this season.

    4. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Get for the first 3 and then downgrade if both he and Villa aren't the same.

  29. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    As I haven’t been on much this year, are many going with a full playing back 5 due their prices?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Yes, with 2 of those being Ayling/Lamptey and then a White or Fofana

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I’m certainly on Lamptey.

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

      I'm on a 4-3-3 as today answers, with a £4.5m defender as main backup. But that'll no doubt change.

    3. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Starting with a back 4 for now.
      Tierney Coufal Shaw White / Lamptey

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I assume you don’t feel the extra 0.5m is with it. This season I feel the most undervalued area is defence, and to quote my Nan in bed, “I’m absolutely loving it”

        1. Garth Marenghi
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Depends, from the 4.5 perspective the .5 is worth it for Tierney and Coufal. Yeah defenders do seem better value than past years

    4. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I am doing 5 I think. Torn on
      TAA, 5.5, Coufal, 4.5, 4.5
      TAA, 5.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5.

      Probably depends on if I go Sanchez or Meslier

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Still trying to get 7/8 good attackers too - so only one dud in the squad

  30. Garth Marenghi
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Who to start?
    A) White away to Brentford
    B) Raphinha away to Utd

    1. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A

      1. Garth Marenghi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks, that was my inclination.