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The Promoted

Who are the best FPL players in Watford’s mean defence?

Our series on the newly-promoted Premier League sides continues with this look at Watford’s goalkeepers and defenders.

We have already assessed Norwich City’s defence and their options further forward, with focus now switching to the Hornets. 

In this article, we will assess their overall clean sheet potential and then have a look at some of the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players in their backline.

WHAT IS WATFORD’S CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL?    

Watford return to the Premier League as the Championship runners-up thanks largely to a strong defence that formed the foundation of their success.

Their totals of 23 clean sheets and 30 goals conceded were both league-leading and show how good the Hornets were at the back.

In fact, their goals conceded total equalled a Championship record set by Preston North End back in the 2005/06 season.

Watford’s home record especially stood out in 2020/21:

PWDLFAGDPTSCS
Total46271096330+339123
Home2319224412+325914
Away238871918+1329

The appointment of Xisco Muñoz as head coach in December was the turning point, as the Hornets went on to concede only three goals in 13 home matches under the Spaniard, claiming 11 clean sheets.

Having started in a 4-4-2 formation, from February onwards they settled on a 4-3-3 which relied on the full-backs overlapping and getting the wingers on the ball as much as possible.

“Sometimes you need to change because of different situations, like injuries. We started in 4-4-2 because we were improving our physical condition and this is a formation where you have more normal situations on the pitch. After this we changed to 4-3-3 and this is a formation the team feels more comfortable in. We had better condition, better power, better speed and higher intensity, and it was a big success – Xisco Muñoz

Watford start 2021/22 with an appealing run and sit top of our Season Ticker for ease of fixture in Gameweeks 1-7:

To get back into the Premier League at the first attempt following relegation in 2019/20 was no mean feat. 

And while the Championship and Premier League has a huge gulf in quality, the numbers above do suggest that there could be value in Watford’s backline next season.

GOALKEEPERS

In goal, Daniel Bachmann (£4.5m) appears to have moved ahead of Ben Foster (£4.0m) as Watford’s no. 1.

The Austrian international, who featured at EURO 2020, started the season as backup to Foster but was awarded a first league start in January and went on to keep the jersey thanks to some impressive showings. 

He made 23 starts and kept 13 clean sheets under Muñoz, which does suggest Foster will have to bide his time and wait for opportunities.

It’s also worth noting that Bachmann saved three penalties in a man-of-the-match Carabao Cup performance against Oxford United back in September, and kept out another against Rotherham earlier this year.

Third-choice will be former Newcastle United custodian Rob Elliot, who has earned himself a new contract but is yet to be added to the game.

DEFNDERS: CENTRE-BACKS

Francisco Sierralta (£4.5m) and William Troost-Ekong (£4.5m) played the majority of matches under Muñoz, and will presumably start the new campaign as first choices.

The duo largely performed well in 2020/21, keeping 12 clean sheets in the 19 games that they were paired together. 

Troost-Ekong is a regular in the Nigeria squad, but Sierralta, who is 6ft 4in, perhaps looks like the stronger option in FPL.

Like Bachmann, he’s had to be patient, but made his debut on Boxing Day and hasn’t looked back since. He finished third in Watford’s Player of the Season vote, which is especially impressive considering he only featured in half of the promotion-winning campaign, and ranked top amongst the Hornets’ backline for goal attempts (18). 

However, nine yellow cards in 26 appearances suggests he might need to reign it in a little in the top-flight.

Christian Kabasele (£4.5m) and Craig Cathcart (£4.5m) will aim to push them for starting places, while new signing Matthew Pollock (£4.0m) will also offer cover having signed from Grimsby Town on a five-year deal in May.

DEFENDERS: FULL-BACKS

Right-back Kiko Femenía (£4.5m) was his club’s standout defender in terms of attacking returns in 2020/21, with four assists in 37 outings. He also supplied 30 key passes, more than the rest of the Watford full-backs combined.

One of the Hornets’ strongest areas is their right wing, with Femenía and Ismaila Sarr (£6.0m) striking up a real understanding together. 

On the other flank, it’s hard to envisage Adam Masina (£4.5m) being dropped after his excellent performances last term. The Morocco-born left-back made 26 appearances and scored two goals, and was also named in the EFL Championship Team of the Season.

Above: Kiko Femenía (top) and Adam Masina’s (bottom) 2020/21 touch heatmaps, via Sofa Score

That suggests new signing Danny Rose (£4.5m) will have a tough time displacing him in the starting XI, and given that his last Premier League game was for Newcastle United in 2019/20, you suspect plenty of work needs to be done to get him first-team ready.

Jeremy Ngakia (£4.5m) made 26 appearances last season and provides an alternative to Femenía, while Spanish defender Marc Navarro (£4.0m), who can also play at centre-back, offers further depth.

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385 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Thoughts on starting with Bachmann instead of Sanchez?

    1. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Reasonable especially if you have Dunk,Lamptey or Veltman.

      Bachmann/Foster seems decent.

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

      Yes, I have moved from Sanchez/ Schmeichel, which is a good rotation to the two Watford keepers. I've never tried the cheap goalkeeper route but it always seems to be the correct way on a season long basis so I'm trying it this year.

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

      Could work if you plan to go with Lamptey.

    4. DazF90
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Been in my team since the start 🙂

    5. Lovren an elevator
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      They rotate so well, I'm having a hard time looking past taking them both

    6. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I was thinking same thing seen as I have Lamptey. As a set and forget though GW 11 - 15 is a brutal run and puts me off a bit.

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

    All promoted players is wait and see for me unless Buendia.

    Have Epl exp and play for better team than his old club.

    1. 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Except

    2. Lovren an elevator
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      People are very excited about Buendia, no doubt his stats and quality is appealing. I see a problem being though, if Grealish stays, he is 2nd best and Grealish could be worth the extra. And if Grealish goes, who knows how Villa will even perform yet

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        If Grealish stays he will be like a magnet for opposition defences in a lot of games, probably double & treble marked in some games at times

        Could leave a lot of space for Buendia

        1. Lovren an elevator
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          It's a fair point. I'm sure Grealish is leaving though. Maybe just wishful thinking on my part. Grealish at that price, at city, or even Chelsea, is first name on my teamsheet.
          I then wonder, Villa without Grealish, how much joy Buendia is going to get

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

        I do think Grealish have possibility to outscore Buendia. He is their talisman so it doesnt matter if Buendia is 2nd best for me.

        What I want is he can catch up points with Grealish with a good ratio. He is 6.5. Grealish is 8.

        If he can get 155 points with 4.1 ppm his value is 24.

        Let say Grealish stay and with his injury he get 175 points. Buendia still win there. He gives higher return , points per million.

        1. Lovren an elevator
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          It's true, yes. IF he stays, I'm guessing villa fans will be on cloud 9 this season.

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

      If Grealish go to City, Buendia is another wait and see.

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

        Grealish would almost certainly outscore Buendia if he stays at Villa. The issue is whether he'd outdo Buendia in points-per-million.

        1. 3 A
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          I'take the chances as AVC said maybe Buendia get some set pieces.

        2. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Not necessarily since he'll draw defenders towards him and open space for Buendia and Buendia likely to be on set pieces.

  3. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    First draft:

    Sanchez Foster
    TAA Cancelo Shaw Fofana White
    Salah KDB Grealish Jota Gilmour
    Antonio Toney Davis

    Any thoughts?
    I have £0.5m to spend if needed…

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

      GK: See above
      KDB: probably misses the start of the season
      Jota, rotation risk but it's ok to have one of those, I've got Torres at present.
      Antonio: made of balsa.
      Fine otherwise.

  4. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    KDB not starting the season? Easy swap for Bruno then?

    1. Tinkermania
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Or someone else below 10mil so you can improve your weak forward line.

  5. 2EyedTurk
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Tinkered a bit, but I do like the options a Watford GK double offers

    Bachmann Foster
    TAA Shaw Lamptey Lowton Fofana
    Salah Bruno Foden Raphinha
    Antonio Watkins Toney

    1. 2EyedTurk
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      + D Luiz MID

  6. Lanley Staurel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    So Grealish is appearing in a number of drafts over Watkins. Grealish is £0.5m more expensive and scored 8 less goals last season. OK so 3 more assists but 5 less bonus points. Whats the logic here?

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Grealish was injured for a fair amount of the season. Imagine he actually played as much as Watkins.....

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

        Ah yes 1,200 more minutes. Thats material!

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

      Grealish is probably the better option for FPL but hard to compare them head2head when they’re in different positions

    3. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Don't forget that Watkins got fair few very jammy fpl assist last season.

    4. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      With Grealish and Buendia feeding him, it’s arguable that Watkins is probably the best Villa asset. I’ll have Watkins and one of the other 2

    5. Lovren an elevator
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Considering how much Grealish was out for...his stats are incredible.
      Pinch of salt though as that Liverpool game was hilarious for him. But even taking that out, considering his minutes, he shows massive potential for this season

  7. Thinkering like a Boss
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    If Willock > NEW
    How my current draft looks?

    Sanchez
    Robertson Shaw Lamptey
    Salah Fernandes Son Willock Raphinha
    Toney Watkins

    Foster | White Ayling Obafemi

  8. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Theoretically, can create quite a cheap nailed defence that has good CS potential:

    GK: Sanchez / Steele (Brighton)
    DF: White (Arsenal)
    DF: Ayling (Leeds)
    DF: Dier (Spurs) (or whichever of the £4.5m is first choice)
    DF: Fofana (Leicester)
    DF: Keane (Everton)

    The DF is basically the second tier of the PL (behind the big clubs of Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd), but all around at least £1m cheaper than their Big 4 equivalents.

    The advantage being that three of them don't have any European football and Spurs are playing in an easy competition which they can probably get through playing the second team.

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

      I like your thinking and all these players are good options but you’ll have to accept the inevitable missing out on clean sheets when you rotate them. Could work though but if a 5.5 or above starts firing you may be scrambling

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Liverpool were so good defensively over the final third of the season (8 goals conceded in the final 13 games was the best in the league, Leeds and Chelsea were joint second best on 11 conceded each, Man Utd 12, Arsenal 13, Brighton 14, Everton 15, Man City 17)

      With centrebacks returning, TAA’s ability to get 15-20 attacking returns, those fixtures, and his ownership - its playing with fire to start without him

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

        How many cs in there? I’m guessing nothing that special and not league leading

        GC is irrelevant really. Spurs and Arsenal both did well on GC on the season but were crack for Cs and FPL.

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

        Just checked

        From 26 on both Chelsea (and more surprisingly) Everton had a better cs record and United and Spurs were just the one behind.

        GC is a really misleading stat sometimes.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          From what I can see Liverpool kept 6 cleansheets in that run - and only Chelsea (with 7) kept more, no?

          Everton on 6 as well as Liverpool? (Southampton, West Brom, Brighton, Arsenal, West Ham, Wolves- or are they including a 14th game due to DGW)

          There’s generally a good strong correlation between conceding less goals and keeping more cleansheets - strong, but not perfect, rarely is anything perfectly correlated (in this game, at least)

          Man City conceded fewest goals, kept most cleansheets, Chelsea, second fewest goals second most cleansheets etc

          You’ll always have a bit of noise over shorter horizons, but over longer runs, conceding fewer goals generally points towards keeping more cleansheets and like anything else, there’ll always be a bit of variance

          With Liverpool only conceding 8 goals in 13 games that appears to signpost a real attention to defending from Klopp on the training ground

          Not something I’d personally want to tempt fate towards by going without TAA

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

            Agreed

            That 8 goal figure is really impressive - no arguments there. But there are a few buts for me - no double defence is about the only actual decision I’ve made

            The PL looks very different to when Liverpool defence was dominant - much greater strength in depth

            Everton - amusingly - did actually get 7 cs in that period. Probably won’t be them again but could be another team

            VVD in isn’t necessarily a magic bullet. Haven’t worked it out but pretty sure his last 20 games or so we’re nothing special for better cs

            Liverpool midfield may be less powerful now and they are critical for cs too IMO

            Robbo looks expensive to me unless they absolutely blast cs

            So very likely TAA in for me and just wait for cs run to appear before I jump. Could yet go VVD not TAA initially

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Yep I wouldn’t be doubling myself either - I just wouldn’t be starting without TAA as the OP was advocating - and not just because of the defensive uptick either

              But because of the defensive uptick, plus his ability to hit 15-20 attacking returns, plus his fixtures, plus his ownership…

              When you roll all that together it takes a brave (/silly?) man to start without Trent in favour of 5 cheap defenders!

              1. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Isnt he injured?

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  There's no confirmation that he's missing GW1 no

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

            One more caveat for me is Konate - if he appears instantly then there is a pairing to bed in.

            Not saying it isn’t a good buy but Liverpool defence is quite an extreme animal and he may not be quite right for it immediately

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Logically id expect VVD, Gomez, Konate to be an improvement over the likes of Phillips, Fabinho etc, - there's always the potentially for variance, but I don't think you can plan for that by avoiding TAA tbh

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

                I'm not worried about Konate - it's VVD potentially missing the start of the season that restricts me to just TAA in defence. Once VVD is back, not only is their back 4 strong, but having Fabinho playing in his proper role, together with Thiago, the defence should be well screened too.
                When VVD is back and strong, my intention is to stick long term with TAA, VVD and Salah.

    3. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I'd add C Taylor of Burnley and maybe Kiko Dementia of Watford. I'm on 4x 4.5 and 1x 4.0 with 8.5 spent on gks. My front 6 looks spiffing. Always got a wildcard to sort but I always find more clean sheets from the big teams happen later in the season not the first few weeks.

      1. Calculated Risks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Femenia not dementia! ...auto correct

        1. King Carlos
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          oh dear me... ROFL!

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

      Honestly no TAA? Agree with the value in cheap defenders this year though, I'm set up with the Watford keepers, TAA White Dier Fofana at the moment with of course the other 4.5 options ready to come in. That defence allows me Salah Bruno and Kane too.

      Batman
      TAA White Dier Fofana
      Salah Bruno Raphina
      Kane Watkins Toney

  9. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    How many clean sheets will Leicester keep in first 3 games?

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

      1

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

      1

  10. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    5 - 3 - 2 Formation - Yes or No?

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

      depends on players

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

      Personally no but I guess could work if you want to trap yourself into an early WC

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      No

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

      No

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

      Occasionally

  11. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Why TSB of KDB is so low? (15%) Play him or Bruno?

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

      Not fit

  12. Chelsea91
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Ederson
    Taa,Shaw,Digne,Creswell
    Raphinha,Bruno,Maddison,Salah
    Watkins,Toney

    Forster White,Davies,Gilmour.

    Thoughts on the team?

    1. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Great team, very solid.

      1. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks

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

      Great team until Kane moves to City

      1. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        If kane move, son will be my priority.Digne can be Dumfries

  13. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    So Kiko it is. I’ve missed him 🙂

    Also missed those injuries so Ngakia as 4.0 back up

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

      Kiko starts the match with a yellow card

  14. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    According to the fpl site, Watford have 10 strikers - that can’t be right surely

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

      pleaseeeee let’s hope that Josh King is the one that starts 🙂

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I heard he would miss the start of the season after England went so far in the Euros

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

          Josh King the Norwegian?

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

          I've missed these, are people still biting lol

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Yes it’s brilliant haha

  15. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Cantwell or Dallas?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Cantwell assist in pre season

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Lovely, actually you know what I might double up with both 🙂

  16. yousunkmybattleship
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Is Ben White a trap?

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

      Could be, you can avoid till 1st WC or just use him as bench fodder

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

      Nailed 4.5 arsenal defender, you know what you're getting

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Who knows beforehans he is nailed really

  17. Ginkapo FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Is the concept of 'Form vs Fixtures' damaging to FPL?

    We have a squad of 15 players with limited ability to change the players. Our transfers tend to focus around 3-4 spots, replacing players quickly for short term captaincy boosts. The majority of our squad stays the same for long periods.

    Form vs Fixtures, whilst an astute question, focuses on the short term. This could be relevant for the spots with focus of transfers, but what about the unchanging portion of our squads? Should we be thinking differently about how we pick the approximately 10 mainstays in our team? A focus on fixture proof ability and long term reliability for instance.

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

      Focus on fixtures to begin with and you should end up with some in form players. As the season goes on I tend to focus more on form as you suggest.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I didnt suggest that at all. I'm suggesting ignoring form and fixtures for the majority of the squad

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

          Oh I'm sorry mate. You're suggesting form is temporary and class is permanent.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Thats the one, although I'm not hugely comfortable declaring Ben Mee as class, albeit he is fairly reliable

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

              Ahahaha reliable does seem like a more fitting term.

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

          I like to have certain positions that won't change e.g. keeper, Bruno, Salah, some defenders. But working on a short-term basis can be extremely useful to gain team value.

          1. 3 A
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Team value os important, thats the one to consider but longer term approach is much better. Average team value still can make some team win.

            Not all teams that have among the highest team value win the ML

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

      I 2nd this. For me, a long term is the first criteria when build a team.

      Thats doesnt make me ingnore the fixtures and form but the quality of players and avaibility to play agaist any teams is what I looking for.

      Thats why I ignore most of 4.5 except one. I just cant rely and I hate to rotate.

      I want a team that can stay longer and proven.

      FNCPE.
      Flexible
      Nailed
      Consistent
      Proven
      Explosive (last) . Not just explosive, but not nailed.

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I don’t know about you, but I had about 1 player half through the season that I started with in gw1. Our starting teams are very short term due to that early first WC

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Was this because of good strategy or because of poor strategy? Would you have benefitted from having more players that didnt need to be replaced?

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          It’s not strategy, we simply can’t predict what’s going to happen in 5, 10, or 20 weeks time. We plan our teams for the first handful of GWs, because many of us will use our WCs for the gw7 fixture turn. On the first WC is when you start bringing in long term season keepers, but not from now

  18. Dutchy
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    How come no teams with Mane, Son or Auba? Feel like there being ignored for what they can produce

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

      Cant add them with Salah and Bruno already in team, have to sacrifice someone for them.

      1. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I think a salah, Bruno, son team is fairly easy, it’s the third top tier premium that hurts (but can be done).

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Who are you leaving out for them?

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

      Quite a few with Son.

    4. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      From those 3 only Son looks tempting especially if Kane should make a move.

  19. anish10
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Which one

    A) Robbo + Foden

    B) Targett + Son

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

      B

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

    Is anyone else starting to lean towards Bachmann over Sanchez with the departure of White?

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

      Dunk, Burn, Webster, Veltman - the defence is in good shape.

  21. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    A friend of mine came up with this draft - thoughts?

    Sanchez 4.0
    TAA Fofana Lamptey 4.0 4.0
    Salah Bruno Mahrez Jota 4.5
    Antonio Welbeck Wilson

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Defence is shocking. One of Mahrez/Jota need to go to a 6.5

  22. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Think I may start the season with x3 7.5 strikers. Is this a disaster waiting to happen?

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Its ok you have commited 100% to an early wildcard anyway

    2. Soto Ayam
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Probably, because I'm doing it also. Mind, i do have .5 itb.

    3. DazF90
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I've gone with 2x7.5 and an 8 so why not 🙂

  23. Soto Ayam
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Wilson, iheanacho, Watkins

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Perfectly viable.

    2. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Solid.

  24. amit1964
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    hii
    do you think shaw will start in gw 1?

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      No one can say for shaw.

      1. LangerznMash
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        That pun was only Luke warm but it still made me chuckle.

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          😉

  25. LangerznMash
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    I have somehow ended up with 3 x Arsenal players :O

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Take a break.

      1. LangerznMash
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I think i need to!

    2. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Who do you own?

      1. LangerznMash
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Tierney, Pepe (LOL) & Auba.
        I think as individuals they all seem under-priced this year.

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

      Skip FPL this season & come back next year.

  26. smix
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Template mainly but punting on Maddison

    Bachmann Sanchez
    TAA Shaw Coufal Lamptey Lowton
    Salah Bruno Maddison Raphinha DLuiz
    Antonio Watkins Toney

  27. Kitman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Big at the back!!

    Bachman
    TAA-Robbie-Dias-Shaw-Digne
    Salah-Bruno-Grealish-SmithRowe
    Wilson

    Subs Foster-Gayle-Douglas Luiz-Davis

    Thoughts?

  28. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Why is Vardy not so popular?

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Red Bull reportedly facing import difficulties

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

      Because he's an accident waiting to happen.

      (And a very expensive one at that)

    3. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Cuz u can get Son for the same price

    4. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      I'd rather try my luck with Iheanacho.

    5. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      You can cheat your wife, you can cheat your teacher, your mates even your mummy but you can't cheat time.

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

        Sharon Stone stll looks the part at 63, to be fair.

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Fair point.

        2. Ben White saved my life
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Even Nacy Pelosi isn't bad at 81!

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

            Any port in the storm.

  29. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    You can get a feel for how good FPL think a team is by taking the average price of their highest priced GK, DF, MF and FW. This gives you the macro view of each team. Which of them is ranked very low or very high compared to where you think they will end up?

    01. Liverpool (£8.75m)
    02. Spurs (£8.25m)
    03. Man City (£8.125m)
    04. Man Utd (£7.75m)
    05. Chelsea (£7.375m)
    06. Leicester (£7.0m)
    07. Arsenal (£6.875m)
    08. Aston Villa (£6.5m)
    09. Everton (£6.375m)
    10. Leeds (£6.125m)
    11. West Ham (£6.125m)
    12. Southampton (£6.0m)
    13. Wolves (£6.0m)
    14. Burnley (£5.875m)
    15. Brighton (£5.625m)
    16. Palace (£5.625m)
    17. Newcastle (£5.625m)
    18. Brentford (£5.25m)
    19. Norwich (£5.125m)
    20. Watford (£5.125m)

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

    Thoughts on Raphinha? Great value, but the first 4 fixtures don't look very appealing, especially given that Leeds played rather defensively vs top teams in the second half of the season. Maybe it would be better to get him in on the first wildcard after the Liverpool game? They have a nice run of fixtures after that game.

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      If he scores he'll just start increasing in price and will make it harder to get later though

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      If he can build on his last season form then he is a no brainer for me at this price point.
      Class act in offensively minded team, borderline fixture proof.

    3. LangerznMash
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      16 attack returns in 30 matches makes the £6.5m price tag look a bit silly. Of Leeds opening fixtures only Man Utd + Liverpool are bad. Leeds comfortably beat Everton last season and did the double over Burnley and Newcastle (scoring 11 goals in these 4 games).

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

      Despite being a mainstay in all my initial drafts, I’ve left him out of my current side due to the opening Fixtures