Scout Notes

The latest van Dijk and Gomez injury news as Toney opens pre-season account

Four Premier League teams were in pre-season friendly action on Tuesday and we’ll have all the relevant talking points for Fantasy managers in our Scout Notes round-up below.

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WACKER INNSBRUCK 1-1 LIVERPOOL
STUTTGART 1-1 LIVERPOOL

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  • Goals: Divock Origi (£5.0m) pen | Sadio Mane (£12.0m)
  • Assists: Owen Beck | Kostas Tsimikas (£4.0m)

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS V WACKER
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS V STUTTGART

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), Sadio Mane (£12.0m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) were all involved as Liverpool’s pre-season campaign got underway in Austria.

Jurgen Klopp’s side contested two 30-minute friendlies against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart in Salzburg, with a different starting XI named in each.

Salah and Mane were involved in the second match, forming a front three with ‘false nine’ Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.0m) in the absence of Diogo Jota (£7.5m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.0m).

Those two unavailable players have been representing their respective countries at the European Championship and Copa America, so have been handed a belated pre-season break.

Salah wasted a clear opening against the Bundesliga side and went on to see Mane grab the Reds’ equaliser, with the Senegal international tapping home from point-blank range after a Kostas Tsimikas (£4.0m) cut-back.

Divock Origi (£5.0m) scored from the spot in the opening fixture.

New signing Ibrahima Konate (£5.5m) made his debut against Stuttgart, with the fit-again Joel Matip (£5.0m) involved in the draw with Wacker.

And Klopp’s options at centre-half may soon be boosted by the return of Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) and Joe Gomez (£5.0m), even if neither player is expected to play a part in the Merseyside club’s next friendly against Mainz on Friday.

The Liverpool boss said of the pair:

It would be a surprise [if they featured v Mainz], to me as well. They have looked really good in training and yesterday was the first day where they did very complex things, usually it is either offensive or defensive and stuff like this. We have to get there, step by step, but I don’t expect them for Friday.

Liverpool XI v Wacker Innsbruck: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, B. Davies, Beck, Clarkson, Morton, Cain, Gordon, Origi, Minamino.

Liverpool XI v Stuttgart: Adrian, Bradley, Konate, R. Williams, Tsimikas, Milner, Keita, Elliott, Mane, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

BOREHAM WOOD 0-2 BRENTFORD

FPL 2021/22 player price guide: Brentford
  • Goals: Ivan Toney (£6.5m), Tariqe Fosu (£5.5m)
  • Assists: Sergi Canos (£5.5m), Dominic Thompson

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Ivan Toney (£6.5m) opened his pre-season account with a superb curling strike at non-league Boreham Wood on Tuesday.

FPL’s most-owned forward played an hour of the Bees’ latest warm-up match, collecting a Sergi Canos (£5.5m) pass to put the visitors ahead midway through the first half.

All three of Brentford’s starting attacking trio were to bank attacking returns, with Tariqe Fosu (£5.5m) then doubling his side’s lead after the interval when converting a cross from unpriced full-back Dominic Thompson.

The much-hyped Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m) wasn’t involved for unknown reasons.

There was some confusion ahead of kick-off, with David Raya (£4.5m) initially named in the starting XI but understudy Patrick Gunnarsson (£4.0m) taking to the field.

Any injury concerns surrounding Raya were allayed when the Spaniard was introduced on the hour-mark, however.

Brentford XI: Gunnarsson (Raya 61), Roerslev (Stevens 61), Goode (Russell 61), Pinnock (Racic 61), Thompson (Gordon 61), Ghoddos (Gilbert 61), Baptiste (Oksanen 61), Haygarth, Fosu (Brook 61), Toney (Dervişoğlu 61), Canós (Valencia 61).

Burnley 2-1 Morecambe
Burnley 4-0 Salford City

  • Goals: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m), Ashley Barnes (£5.5m) | Josh Brownhill (£4.5m) x2, Jay Rodriguez (£5.5m) x2

Sean Dyche split his squad across two training-ground friendlies on Tuesday, with the bulk of his first-team players getting minutes.

Chris Wood (£7.0m) wasn’t involved and likely won’t feature in any of Burnley’s warm-up games as he is representing New Zealand at the Olympic Games, while Matej Vydra (£5.5m) is on a post-European Championship break and was also missing from the behind-closed-doors matches against Morecambe and Salford City.

Nick Pope (£5.5m) is said to be back in training after a knee injury, meanwhile, but wasn’t fit enough for inclusion.

Other than that, there were familiar faces and even more familiar tactics on show at Barnfield Training Centre.

Dyche reportedly went with his usual 4-4-2 set-up in both games, with £5.5m-rated FPL forwards Jay Rodriguez and Ashley Barnes on target in Vydra and Wood’s absences.

Budget FPL midfielder Josh Brownhill (£4.5m) matched Rodriguez in hitting a brace, with winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£5.5m) also on the scoresheet.

With cameras not allowed in, game highlights and official assist information were not provided.

Burnley XI v Salford: Norris (Hennessey 65), Bardsley, Collins (Bedeau n/a), Mee, Taylor, Thompson, Brownhill, Benson, McNeil, Rodriguez, Harker.

Burnley XI v Morecambe: Peacock-Farrell, Lowton, Tarkowski, Thomas, Pieters, Glennon (Tucker n/a), Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson, Barnes, Richardson.

NORWICH CITY 1-0 LINCOLN CITY

  • GOAL: Pierre Lees-Melou (£5.0m)

There was another training ground friendly involving a Premier League club elsewhere on Tuesday.

Norwich City were in action against Lincoln City, with a late goal from new signing Pierre Lees-Melou (£5.0m) handing the Canaries the win.

The match report from the official Norwich website implied that coach Daniel Farke had reverted to his tried-and-tested 4-2-3-1 after a dalliance with a wing-back system at King’s Lynn.

In the continued absence of the injured Grant Hanley (£4.5m) and Ben Gibson (£4.5m), there was another start at centre-half for budget FPL defender Andrew Omobamidele (£4.0m).

Any hopes of him lining up in Gameweek 1 may be dashed, however, with Farke confirming that his regular centre-half pairing could soon return to training:

Yes, it’s a bit disturbing that not all of the players are available. I hope pretty soon that our players who are now doing rehab like Ben Gibson, Grant Hanley, Kenny McLean or Sam Byram will join us.

Teemu Pukki and Tim Krul can hopefully join us soon [after international duty] and be available for the games, the same with Onel Hernandez.

Farke added on match-winner Lees-Melou, an attacking midfielder who brings only a modest goalscoring record with him to East Anglia:

Even in his first minutes, you could see his experience and his quality as a player who has played many games on the top level with top class teammates for a good club in a good league.

It was a perfect situation that he finished. We know he’s good from long range and those shots can decide a game. That was one of the reasons we were so keen to sign him. It’s good to have him and that he’s available to play.

Norwich City XI: McGovern (Gunn 45), Aarons, Zimmermann, Omobamidele, Płacheta (Mumba 45), Rupp (Gilmour 45), Sørensen, Adshead (Dowell 56), Cantwell (Lees-Melou 50), Rashica (Nizet 75), Idah (Hugill 45). 

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304 Comments Post a Comment
  1. goblin140
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    If Sancho is 10m or less, this is my draft that I haven't changed in a while:

    Sanchez fodder
    TAA Shaw Lamptey Ayling fodder
    Salah Sancho Grealish Jota fodder
    DCL Watkins Antonio

    Shaw will be Digne if not fit to start
    Playing 3-4-3 rotating Lamptey and Ayling
    Punting on Sancho + 2m over Bruno as I only see Salah captaincies in the first few GWs (until likely early WC)

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Don't like the triple pool and DCL is overpriced this season, better goalscorers at better teams for less

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Will Sancho be thrown in immediately? Expecting him to make a sub appearance or two before starting regularly.

      1. goblin140
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 19 hours ago

        I think we'll get a better idea after pre season, but with Rashford out I think he'll start from GW1

  2. ALegendJ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Hi all, I hope it is fine to post this here...

    If you:

    - Have played FPL for 3+ years;
    - Feel like you spend a lot of time on FPL;
    - From outside Europe; and
    - 18+ years old

    Please get in touch. We are writing an academic paper that discusses FPL and we are looking for voluntary interviewees. The online interview would take 30 to 45 minutes and you will be assigned a pseudonym. (Bottomed in last article)

    1. Edalock
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 17 hours ago

      Hi, Alegendj

      I've played 9 seasons (7 fully active) since 09/10.

      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/196024/history

      You can email me:
      Adewumikol @ yahoo dot com

  3. dshv
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    1. Martinez or sanchez
    2 antonio or dcl or toney
    3. Buendia or smith rowe

    1. goblin140
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      From a better value for money perspective

      1. Sanchez
      2. Antonio (but I prefer Watkins)
      3. Buendia

    2. Fiqz Fariss
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      1. Martinez
      2. DCL
      3. Buendia

      However budget is our main concern and we end up with Sanchez, Toney, Buendia

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      1. Sanchez
      2. Antonio
      3. Buendia

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Sanchez
      Toney
      ESR

    5. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Sanchez
      Toney
      Buendia

  4. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Is Holgate first team, or has he lost out to Godfrey?

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Godfrey is no.1 then Mina then Keane IMO, holgate ain't great

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      We'll have to see who Rafa likes but yeah don't see Holgate starting.

    3. Dogs Of War
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Godfrey and Keane should be first choice pairing. Mina future tbc.

    4. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Holgate would need a 3atb system installed I'd say to be a chance.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Okay, not a 4.5 5th defender punt.

  5. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Posted on previous article.

    I must say this is the strongest, most balanced and COVID secure squad I can come up with, what do you think?

    Sanchez Bachmann
    TAA Dias Digne Targett Ayling
    Salah Bruno Raphina ESR Brownhill
    Watkins Iheanacho Toney

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      beautiful set of lads

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Have you been analysing their xCovid stats?

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 19 hours ago

        Haha I expect everyone to get it so I'm only willing to have two from Pool as they are as essential as it gets

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          5 days, 19 hours ago

          OT, but I wonder if managers/teams will be doing anything extra to try and make sure their players don't get Covid - it's something I would look into if I was in their shoes.

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            5 days, 19 hours ago

            Unless they are going to stop all the staff seeing their families or stop their families going out they will get it plus I have no faith in footballers

            1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 6 Years
              5 days, 19 hours ago

              I can imagine Fergie if Covid was around in his time - he'd probably be hiding in the bushes of their mansions spying on them.

            2. Boxwoods
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 days, 19 hours ago

              If only there were some type of shot available that would afford protection against the virus.

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                5 days, 19 hours ago

                If only it stopped you getting it and spreading it

                1. Boxwoods
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 days, 18 hours ago

                  It pretty much does, though.
                  Peeps need to actually get the shot, however.

                  1. Super Saints
                    • 4 Years
                    5 days, 18 hours ago

                    Not sure where you are based, I'm in London and I know a lot of people who are double jabbed and have it, a lot of them went to Wembley mind but some of them didn't, it's spreading like wildfire across the country and I believe we are the most heavily vaccinated? I see it going up another level now everything is open

                    1. Boxwoods
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 days, 18 hours ago

                      AZ or one of the working ones?
                      I’m in US and new cases are (unfortunately) rising again here too, but virtually entirely among the non-vaccinated.

                      1. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        5 days, 18 hours ago

                        I must admit I don't know what vaccine they have all had but most are around the age of 30 and have had AZ, from what I've seen and heard here none of them seem to stop you getting it or passing it on although they have said it reduces this and it definitely reduces the symptoms to mild which obviously helps massively but in regards to players testing positive I don't think it will reduce that

                      2. Boxwoods
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 days, 18 hours ago

                        My understanding is that the data show Pfizer and Moderna offer pretty robust protection and that if more people (here) would just get the vaccine we’d be in pretty great shape. Britain’s apparently greater reliance on AZ, which doesn’t seem to be nearly as effective as alternatives, has been unfortunate.
                        I hope as many people (everywhere) will get the best vaccines available to them and that we can (collectively) lick this virus.

                      3. GREEN IS GOOD
                        • 5 Years
                        5 days, 14 hours ago

                        AZ works fine. All the vaccines work, but they cannot 100% prevent you catching covid. They just mean you're far less likely to get seriously ill.

                      4. Boxwoods
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 days, 13 hours ago

                        Data summarized here seems to suggest Pfizer affords more protection than AZ:

                        https://www.businessinsider.com/delta-variant-covid-vaccine-effectiveness-protection-pfizer-moderna-astrazeneca-2021-7?amp

                    2. Boxwoods
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 days, 18 hours ago

                      Reply fail below. Sorry to hear about your friends, and I hope they recover quickly and fully.

                      1. Super Saints
                        • 4 Years
                        5 days, 18 hours ago

                        Thanks mate, tough times for everyone.

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Really good to be fair.

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Commented on other article.

  6. psyurmh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Hi all, does FFS have just the two leagues or are there others depending on rank? For instance top 5k any season, top 1k any season etc?

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 19 hours ago

        There goes my referral commission

  7. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Thoughts on this draft?

    Bachmann Foster
    TAA Lamptey Ayling White Ait-Nouri
    Salah Bruno Son Raphinha Buendia
    Wilson Toney 4.5

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Unfortunately it seems impossible to have three premiums and a decent squad this season, it's too weak IMO

      1. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 19 hours ago

        Well, maybe, here is mine version of 3 premiums:

        Bachmann
        Robbo, Coufal, Lamptey
        Salah, Bruno, Son, Harrison
        Watkins, Antonio, Toney

        Foster, Ayling, Brownhill, 4.0
        I dont see it being awful or missing something glaringly

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 19 hours ago

          The glaringly obvious is TAA but other than that it is solid, I was tempted to make the most of the 4.5 defender options this season too, in your case I'd be tempted on Coufal > 4.5, Robbo to TAA. Bench is the obvious worry with COVID spreading more rapidly than ever

  8. Westfield Irons ⭐️
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    a) DCL + Sarr + 4.0 DEF bench fodder
    OR
    b) Antonio + Cancelo + 4.5 MID bench fodder
    ??

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      c) Antonio + Sarr + 4.5 def

      1. FPLGOOD
        • 1 Year
        5 days, 19 hours ago

        This

    2. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      B

    3. kevchenko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      Definitely B for me.... Cancelo PPM will be better than Sarr for me and the 4.5m will get you 2 points if he doesn't play.

      I'm assuming Watkins is already in at 7.5 though, prefer him to Antonio

  9. Westfield Irons ⭐️
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Who's hoping for an updated 'double digit hauls fixture ticker' from Mark on Black Box tonight? It is one insight that I think might reshape my draft.

    In anticipation, who do you think are the candidates as main teams that will concede double digits? I'll give my top 3 (based on hunch only):
    Norwich
    Palace
    Southampton

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Brentford will get tanked a few times this year. As will Burnley

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Brentford.
      Surprised they weren't in your 3 above.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      All look reasonable calls - though I suspect this season won't be a convenient repeat of last time out.

      Newcastle are also candidates. They absolutely stank for a large part of last season and people seem to be remembering only the run in.

      Burnley away could be interesting if Dyche continues policy of last season of really going for it in away games.

  10. Rafa_is_a_geordie.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    I'll be tinkering again no doubt, but any thoughts on my team take 485 would be appreciated 🙂

    Sanchez (Guaita)
    TAA / Shaw / Forfana (Lamptey / Ayling)
    Salah / Bruno / Raphina / Sarr (Bissouma)
    DCL / Iheanacho / Watkins

    Antonio has been in and out of my squad the most, in place of all 3 of my current front 3 at some point :-/

    Thanks in advance!

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Template, as bad as the word is, comes to mind.

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Prefer Wilson and Antonio over DCL but other than that it's great except Guaita

  11. billnats
    • 10 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    A) TAA, Grealish, DCL
    B) 4.5DEF, Rafinha, Kane

    1. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      A!

    2. Rohirrims
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      B

  12. The Legend Squad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    I think I’ve got it now for now... thoughts?

    Sanchez
    TAA Robertson Lamptey Ayling Ait Nouri
    Salah KDB Buendia Smith-Rowe
    Cavani Antonio Toney

    Foster Ayling Ait Nouri Bissouma

  13. Dogs Of War
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    With everybody fit how do we see Leicester lining up this season?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Schmeichel
      Pereira Soyuncu Evans Castagne
      Tielemas Ndidi
      Nacho Maddison Barnes
      Vardy

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        This except I believe Fofana is first choice

        1. Edalock
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          What about Justin?

          1. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            5 days, 17 hours ago

            He's still injured, he plays in a different position to Fofana, fight between him and Pereira for their place maybe?

            1. Edalock
              • 3 Years
              5 days, 17 hours ago

              I know. I thought the point was "If everyone was fit"

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                5 days, 17 hours ago

                That's a big if, very rarely is everyone fit, will take Justin a while to get back to full match fitness I imagine

  14. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Origi 5.0, what's the likelihood of a move to a PL club where he is a starter?

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Very low imo if you expect minutes from the off.

      Don't think he'd be nailed to start at any of the old PL clubs. Palace might be the closest but Benteke held off Bats last season - he'd be just one more Belgium forward to put in his place. Southampton? Possible there perhaps but Ings would need to go probs.

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Yes, I am not hopeful.
        And as a Southampton fan, I think you can rule us out.
        1. I don't think we could afford him and 2. his profile would go against our transfer policies.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          Well yes

          He's been connected to Palace a few times over the years but he'd not get a look in now as we are putting in a much overdue salary system - we won't be paying Liverpool wages any more,

          As with Williams from United I suspect he may find it hard to get a club to pay him what he's come to expect. Winter transfer window perhaps when times are desperate.

  15. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Has anyone looked into seasons gone by in relation to clean sheets?
    It seems to stick in my mind, defenders are more rusty than forwards. So many times we go for good defenders and are let down early on
    Available stats would come in handy.

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Off the top of my head I tend to agree with you plus I can confirm from experience, going double pool defence from the start fails miserably.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        But...but....but....

        This time will be different!

        [nothing to do with my back 4 of TAA, Robbo, Shaw and Digne] 🙁

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          Haha I hope so for you but I did it last two seasons.

          I'm currently on TAA Dias Digne Targett Ayling to spread the funds and risk

        2. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          A worried look you have.(smile)

      2. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Worth thinking about

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Had a look at last season and was surprised by how many cs there were.

      Think it was mostly a question of the wrong teams getting the cs and not how many. This is clearly a good argument to go Southampton and Palace!

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Fair enough. Over the last few seasons it cost me in defense

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      My current defence

      TAA Dias Shaw Coufal Ait Nouri

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Nothing wrong

    4. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Took a very very brief look, didn't seem to be a massive swing so didn't bother checking further back

      All stats are formatted: Season - Average per Game during the first 6 Gameweeks - Average per Game over the whole season

      Clean Sheets

      20/21 - 0.241 - 0.295
      19/20 - 0.242 - 0.272
      18/19 - 0.258 - 0.272

      Goals Conceded

      20/21 - 1.647 - 1.347
      19/20 - 1.467 - 1.361
      18/19 - 1.450 - 1.411

      Less clean sheets / more goals conceded but nothing too crazy, and any changes you couldn't put down to defenders being more rusty (could just be that attacking outputs drop towards the end of the season which shifts the averages, idk). Haven't checked attacking returns for defenders.

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Thank you Mr Ego

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          😉

          The clean sheets in weeks 1-6 last time is probably what did for you. It did for me as I WCed out of double Southampton defence

          After first 6

          3 CS
          Southampton!!!
          Wolves
          Villa!!!

          2 CS
          Chelsea
          Leeds !!!
          Leicester
          West Ham!!!

          1 CS
          Liverpool
          City
          United
          Spurs

          Forget what template was early on in defence - Southampton may have been popular - but feel certain West Ham Leeds and Villa weren't.

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 days, 17 hours ago

            Cheers Pingy

  16. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Anyone else considering cancelo?

    If he can get starts against Norwich and arsenal could be a good upside with ayling and lamp on the bench for pep roulette

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      It's that "IF" though ...

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      I tend to look at the last 10 games of the last season. So you will know my answer

      1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        I tend to look at the last 8 so you know mine too

  17. Brooksy86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    After a years sabbatical how does this look?

    Sanchez (Steele)
    TAA/Digne/Targett (White/Fofana)
    Salah/Bruno/Mahrez/Buendia/Brownhill
    DCL/Antonio (Dross)

  18. Rohirrims
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Sanchez - Bachmann
    Robertson - Shaw - Fofana - Ayling - Williams
    Salah - Bruno - Torres - Raphinha - ESR
    Toney - Watkins - DCL

    RMT has this down at about 320 over first 6 but I'll probably be playing my WC over the first international window.
    Could easily downgrade Bachmann to Foster and get Jota for Torres closer to the deadline.

  19. Westfield Irons ⭐️
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Yes, I am considering sacrifcing a mid price MID to go four at the back with Cancelo (Shaw, TAA, Digne).
    I'll even consider giving him the armband v Norwich (depends how terrible Norwich look v Liverpool and how terrible Burnley look v Brighton in GW1 - because if I go Cancelo I'd be going againt probably the most popular captain in GW2 Salah v Burnley.

    1. Westfield Irons ⭐️
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      reply fail to Steve The Spud

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Cancelo isn't nailed is he, don't you prefer Dias?

      1. Westfield Irons ⭐️
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        I'd rather chase the higher ceiling with Cancelo than have the certainty of Dias starting, plus I'd prefer Stones to Dias, for the same reason (not stats related, just eye test/hunch). Early stage of the season I'm happy to gamble a little, an early wildcard can fix if. Is Dias at any risk of rotation against weaker teams?

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          Could be right actually, they do still have Laporte there, Cancelo is attacking to, I may take the risk on him to

        2. kevchenko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 days, 16 hours ago

          Very interesting thoughts regarding captaining Cancelo.

          When you won, would you say a lot of it was to do with similar kinds of captain picks? Going against Salah home to Burnley will be a huge swing if he does get 2 attacking returns.

          I came 3rd in 14/15 and annoyingly can't really remember what sort of captain choices I made... but I definitely would say I generally lean towards the most obvious option each week. I got it wrong a lot last season though...and plenty of seasons since really.

  20. hewittj1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Bookmark this. Doherty 5.0 massive shout being completely overlooked 😀

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Maybe. Prefer Reguilon personally.

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Better than Coufal?

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        agree.

    2. Zen Arcade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Can you bookmark posts on here?

  21. Godfrey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    1.0 ITB

    Sanchez
    TAA | Digne | Shaw
    Salah | Foden | Grealish | Raphinha
    Iheanacho | Watkins | Antonio

    Steele | Smith-Rowe | White | Fofana

    Maybe use 0.5 to upgrade Sanchez > Henderson

  22. Zen Arcade
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    I’m not sure what people gain from flooding these pages with RMTs.

    1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      You say that but what about this: Sanchez, Foster, TAA, Digne, Lamptey, Shaw, Fofana, Salah, Bruno, Buendia, Raphina, Bissouma, DCL, Toney and Nacho. Bet thats changed your views?

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Hearing a second thought and gaining different opinions.
      It's not too hard to understand. Or is it?

      1. Zen Arcade
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 days, 13 hours ago

        That’s partly my issue. All you get is usually someone’s very pithy opinion, rarely facts. You’re also opening yourself up to just being told what to do by the hivemind.

        It’s also just annoying seeing team after team.

  23. FPL_BUCCANEER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Meslier
    TAA Robbo Shaw Lamptey
    Salah Bruno Raph
    DCL Antonio Toney

    Foster Ait-Nouri Gilmour Romeu

    Thoughts? TIA.

  24. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Afternoon Lads

    Trying to complete my first draft and stuck in two minds with the below, not sure who to pick.

    A. Digne
    B. Coufal

    Thanks

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Coufal. Also, what would the extra 0.5 be able to potentially upgrade?

    2. Godfrey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Digne with Siggy 'gone'. All free-kicks and corners to Digne?

  25. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Do we realistically have any 4m defenders this year? I heard Brandon Williams name mentioned?

    Sorry I’m a bit out of the loop

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Could have a loan deal

    2. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Hearing rumours that Norwich centre backs are still injured so this guy called Omababidele could start at 4.0

      Not that its much use as its Norwich..

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        The most recent article here has the manager saying both CBS are back next week.
        No, currently there are no likely playing 4m.

  26. FantasyClub
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Is Havertz nailed?

      1. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Not compared to last season

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        A bit risky... Chelsea shopping for a forward. Griezmann latest on the table.

        1. FantasyClub
            5 days, 17 hours ago

            Thanks for the replies guys

      3. xHaTr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        John Stones is the best value player in the game

        He averaged a higher Points per 90 minutes last season than his price this season (5.96 to 5.5)

        1. Vertigo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          Ro-ta-tion-though.

          1. xHaTr
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 days, 17 hours ago

            Personally dont think theres much risk. He was 100% nailed when they had something to play for in the league and was then 100% nailed in all their important Champions League knockout games even when Laporte was back

            1. Vertigo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 days, 17 hours ago

              I had him myself, but I'm not paying £5.5m for a CB with a hook around his neck... not when Digne, Cres and Shaw are on offer.

            2. 3 A
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 days, 17 hours ago

              There u go.

              "Here we go" -F Romano.

              U said he was nailed when UCL knockout.

              So we know he play in important and harder games.

              Easy games in the league, he clearly can lost his place to Laporte or even Ake.

              Pep rotate for fun. He just loves to rotate. He knows he can win with 2nd or 3rd choice CB / attacker versus Palace, Burnley etc. This is the game u want Clean sheet but your player on the bench.

              City is not Burnley who will play his strongest team every week.

      4. FantasyClub
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          What do we think of Schmiechel over Martinez?

        • FantasyClub
            5 days, 17 hours ago

            And is Henderson nailed or risky?

          • FPL Egregious
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 days, 17 hours ago

            Here is a draft im currently happy with (currently is the key word). At least with the formation:
            Martinez, 4m
            Robbo, Dunk, Coufal, Ayling, 4m
            Mo, Bruno, Raphinha, Sarr, Mbeumo
            Nacho, Watkins, Wilson

            Tempted to replace Martinez with Hendo if he becomes no1 and/or replace Dunk with lamptey. Question is where should i invest the potential 0.5m (or even 1m) from such transfers? Thanks in advance!