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. King Carlos
    • 6 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Coady-Ayling-Lamptey rotation trio for the 3rd def spot will give you only 2 matches (Coady gw12 vs WHU, and gw13 when BRA vs lee) with an FDR rating of 3 up until gw16...

    Your thoughts?

    1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      I’d rather use the .5 elsewhere and run two rotating defenders. 3 rotating defenders just sounds as though you’ll be benching points IMHO.

      Good luck either way though.

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Lamptey-Ayling pair is fine, too. But if Lamptey's hammies say boom, Coady is a great cover...

      2. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        And also Covid...

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

      Who do you drop from TAA, Shaw/AWB and Digne though? Has to be Digne right?

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Actually Im currently on TAA-Robbo. However that's an easy switch from Robbo to whoever is hot at 5.5

        1. Just Fofana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 days, 16 hours ago

          I’m on a similar strategy. TAA Robbo and 3 rotating 4.5 third defenders…choices: White, Fofana, Ayling, Lamptey, Holding, Coady, Ait Nouri, Femenia.

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

      If Wolves' defence turns out to be decent, the 4.5 you want is Ait Nouri, being an attacking wingback.

      1. King Carlos
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Ok... have to check if he's nailed when the season begins. Good shout!

    4. Zen Arcade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 17 hours ago

      Sounds good on paper.

      My issue is as soon as a couple of great value picks come along it’s out the window.

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

    Happy Summer all. It's been a while (haven't been on since last week of the season)!

    I'm considering taking a season off from FPL .... am I mad?

    Have been doing it since 2013 and seriously since 2016 - had 4 seasons in the 35-60k OR range and this past season spent way too long on it and on here and pulled out a top 10k finish.

    Came on here and seeing all the RMTs and that, I'm not sure if I have the energy to go again!

    Anyone else feel like that? Is a sabbatical in order?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Hi mate, hope you are well! Weirdly my first day and post back on here today haha.

      I totally get you, unsure myself on what to do tbh. Had a tinker for the first time this morning then lost interest! It will be hard to resist when it’s the week leading up to the new season though

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

        That's spooky mate! All ok here - hope all good with you!

        I haven't even gone into my FPL account for this season let alone tinkered with a team - may just give it a miss altogether and see what it does to my life 😆

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

        Haha it'll probably come down to that TM - hope you're well mate

        1. King Carlos
          • 6 Years
          5 days, 19 hours ago

          Actually I flipped the coin for you...

          Have you tried fishing?

          🙂

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

            Lol maybe a nice spot of angling is the way forward mate, yeah

            Or some basket weaving perhaps? 😆

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

      Absolutely not in order Don.

      I'll make all your key decisions for you if that's the issue. I just tell you to do something and then you do the opposite. Simples.

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

        Ah Pingi - don't tempt me!

        Maybe I should just do an autopick and leave team!?
        Can't take the stress of it all!

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

          The obvious solution is to rebrand as Don Top 10K Kloppeone.

          Spend your time advising everyone else what to do and keep your team under wraps. Much less stressful that way - messing up other people's teams can even be quite fun 🙂

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

            Haha - after 4 'mediocre' top 60ks and 1 top 10k I'm in no position to advise anyone!

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

              You see it's already working

              I tell you to do something and you do the opposite.

              I'm currently having doubts about TAA early and think that VVD is the one to have through weeks 1-4 given dodgy fixtures in weeks 3/4 and 7.5 isn't worth it off the bat but Liverpool defence is viable.

              What do you think?

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

      You'll play.

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

        Haven't even accessed FPL - if I just leave it long enough it'll be too late 😉

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

          Scorpion and the frog, mate - it's in our nature.

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

            I fear you'll be right mate

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

      I had a sabbatical last year and took up chess... It was a move note worthy use of my time tbf...

      Gunna have a stab this year purely for fun and see what happens.

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

        Thanks mate - will wait til last min I think and see

        1. Brooksy86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 days, 16 hours ago

          Good luck to ya!

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

      You could try another fantasy game. I think there are better versions out there.

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

        'Find ze Finger.'

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

        Blasphemy

    6. FPLGOOD
      • 1 Year
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      My advice is to do login, do a 5min team purely with the players you like, then logoff and come back later only if you feel like.

      This way you have the option to "start" example as late as in October but you atleast have some points from the first weeks 🙂

      Totally not creating even a ghost team - might really come to haunt you if you start feel like playing 14th August Saturday with Prem full alive.. but the GW1 gone by for you!

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

        Cheers - there's no dipping my toe in the water for me - it's go hard or go home 😉

        1. FPLGOOD
          • 1 Year
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          I get it, hopefully what ever you decide works for you! 🙂

  3. Ahtikullervo
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    What about

    Sanchez Bachmann

    Maguire Shaw Dunk Digne Coufal
    Fernandes De Bruyne Grealish Raphina Gilmour
    Firmino Maupay Fabio Silva

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      How many points do you expect that front 3 to score?

      1. Ahtikullervo
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        I expect Fabio Silva to turn some heads and Firmino could do some damage. But mainly I expect them to be comrades of mr Gilmour on the bench... And if forced on field they are possible point makers.

        My expectation for season
        Firmino - 175 points
        Fabio Silva - 150 points
        Maupay - 120 point

    2. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      I'd love this as a team in real life - most chances created and most missed in the world.

      1. FPLGOOD
        • 1 Year
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        True 😀

      2. Ahtikullervo
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        In real life very creative midfield. One ball for those guys would not be enough. Thank God they are playing in 4 different locations with 4 different balls. So they could sucseed. And a bit off templete too.

    3. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      I haven't heard anything to make me feel confident for Wolves this season. Mid table would be good by them.

      1. Ahtikullervo
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        True. But I expect Fabio Silva take a step as a player. Not so big ethusiast of Wolves making miracles this season.

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Varane's deal almost done

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Link please. Id like to have a read too

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 19 hours ago

        ITK

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

    Any loopholes in this draft?

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

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      U have 10 of the starting players i have so I like it 😉

    2. Brosef Stalin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      It looks like a good team. What formation are you planning on plying with that?

      1. Dthinger
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 16 hours ago

        pretty clearly a 3-5-2

        1. Brosef Stalin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          Could be a 4-4-2 as well. Was just asking a question to the OP.

  6. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Anyone going sans Bruno?

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Yeah, possibly. I think Son + Auba could be just as good as Bruno + DCL.

      If Kane goes to City then I’ll definitely not have Fernandes.

      1. Dthinger
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        So, if he goes to city you want him...but not otherwise? Is he less likely to score goals for Spurs? Seems to me he's going to score goals whatever team he's in (besides England, of course).

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

      Interesting to see what you can do with that cash and he isn't needed for captaincy - or even a prime captain choice - much at all in first 8 weeks or so.

      No Bruno on current draft but likely to have him I guess as a placeholder spot as much as anything. I imagine that a second premium will fire - assuming that Mo does.

    3. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 15 hours ago

      More than half the game.

  7. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Arsenal looking to sign Jordan Henderson

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

      I don’t know where you get your information from, because that rumour just isn’t true.

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          Sky making up lies to rile Arsenal fans and they aren’t extremely reliable these days. Henderson wouldn’t want to leave anyway.

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Arsenal are really serious this time in the transfer window. Two good signing already. Covid leeway means they can spend more $

  8. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    Is there a decent article on Toney?

    What are people's detailed thoughts on him as an option?

    Is there genuine weight to his huge ownership or will it perhaps be cut in half if he blanks week 1?

    A brace week 1 and it's HUGE ownership!

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Overrated

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Helpful

    2. L4 Azzurri
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      Personally I think he’ll struggle big time in the Prem. It’s rare a Championship striker can make the step up and this one certainly isn’t convincing when you watch him play.

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        I haven't seen him so this is helpful cheers. I think i'll let him pass by for now until I have seen in the P.L.
        Ta

        1. L4 Azzurri
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          People get swayed by his great stats but they dont translate to Prem ability. Its a bit like saying this guy might be able to speak French cause he’s quite good at Italian. When he scores 1 goal in 8 games they’ll know they’ve got Lambrusco when they were hoping for champagne.

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            5 days, 18 hours ago

            If he bangs in a brace against Arsenal I wouldn't be surprised though.
            Week 1.
            hahhaha

      2. Brosef Stalin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 days, 15 hours ago

        Everybody said that about Watkins, and look what he did last season.

    3. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 19 hours ago

      My thoughts are he's the only striker below 7.5 that's worth getting so everyone has him. Pukki lost Buendia, Welbeck is made of glass and Watford have an army.

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 19 hours ago

        I think 3 5 2 is the way to go. I loved it last year and there are just simply too many defender and mid options compared to strikers!

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          Yeah im on 3-5-2 myself

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            5 days, 18 hours ago

            ta

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

      I think he's a rough and tumble card magnet suited more to the Championship, but that's just me.

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        The verdict seems to be the same here cheers

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

          Yet all the YouTubers and pundits have him

          1. L4 Azzurri
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 days, 17 hours ago

            Most of them are average though so no to worry 😀

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

          Lots of people on here have him. I dont trust Brentford at all. I would rather spend 1m and have any 7.5 forward. Would also rather have Buendia/Raph/Harrison/Sarr and play a 3-5-2.

  9. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    A 4.5m defender to go with Ait Nouri, anyone that rotates with him?

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

      If you scroll up, King Carlos has worked out a 3-way with him, Lamptey and Ayling. You'd want to leave AN on the bench for the first 3 GWs though.

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

        Yeah seen it looks good , but i want Coufal as 3rd , then someone else to go Ait, I know fixtures are bad until gwk3 but don't plan on using transfers there if I can help it

    2. FPLGOOD
      • 1 Year
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      I think you only need to look at Gw1-3 because Gw4-14 Wolves are okay.

      So anyone from Brighton, Brentford, Newcastle.

  10. FPL Egregious
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    I can't believe i bottomed...
    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!

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

      If 0.5 then maybe Coufal to Shaw
      If 1.0 maybe Mbeumbo to Harrison ( good points flex bench option )

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

        Thank you! I like both ideas especially the Harrison one. In fact i can upgrade mbeumbo with 0.5 (he is 5.5 and harrison 6). I had shaw but the news of his possible rib injury

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

          ...made me to swap him with coufal

  11. mattyb09
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 19 hours ago

    RMT 🙂

    Pickford 4.0
    TAA Digne Shaw Lamptey 4.0
    Salah Maddison Foden Jota Saka
    Watkins Antonio Richarlison

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Triple Everton inc double def?! 😯

      Shaw, Foden, Saka and Richarlison may not even start the season.

      1. mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Everton get off to notorious hot starts + Leeds is the best attack they face through the first 6 GWs.
        I didn't realize Richarlison was in the Olympics, but Those players aren't playing because of Euros? Saka & Foden barely played.

  12. Grounderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    What is the one lesson I learnt from last season is to keep the captaincy decision simple, especially in GW1.

    It was between Salah and Mane last season and I had gone with Mane instead. Salah bagged a hat-trick and Mane blanked. My first transfer was Mane out and Salah in, with Mane went on to return more points in GW2.

    Keep it simple and establish your rank first.

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

      I think this is spot on, i am seeing a lot of non bruno owners which seems to be trying to be different for the sake of it. For me, Trent, Salah and Bruno are locks

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        It’s not being different for the sake of it, when many will want to captain Bruno only once in the first 11 gameweeks.. he’s a very good option but expensive for someone you can’t captain. If anything, owning Bruno is more out of fear.

        1. FPLGOOD
          • 1 Year
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          This is going to be interesting, because there is a lot of comments like this here now but I'm doing quite the opposite. I'm looking at captaining Bruno maybe 7 times in the first 8gws, so decided not to spend too much on my vice captain (being Son).

          I also feel there is a change to handle the "salahless" with TAA, Robbo, VVD triple pool defence.

          Might by blowing my rank come gw6 but at least I like my current draft 🙂

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            5 days, 17 hours ago

            Well I like the sound of your team 🙂 variance is good.

            1. FPLGOOD
              • 1 Year
              5 days, 17 hours ago

              Thanks! 🙂

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

      How are your captaincies lining up this year so far?

  13. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Friends, please:

    Meslier / 4.0
    TAA / Coufal / Fofana / Lamptey / _________
    Salah / Bruno / Raphinha / Buendía / 4.5
    Bamford  / Watkins / _________

    A. White/Lowton, Iheanacho
    B. Digne/Shaw, Toney

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

      C? Shaw/Digne, Nacho and downgrade Buendia.

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

      B

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

      Watch for transfers another option - if Abraham moves in Prem he would be best value poss.

  14. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    RMT please

    Sanchez
    TAA Digne Coufal
    Salah Bruno Jota Greenwood Buendia
    Watkins Nacho

    Fodder bench

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      6/9

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

      I like this approach. Only question would be minutes between Jota and Greenwood. I dont mind one of them, 2 is too punty for me. Maybe Greenwood to Raph

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Ya only selecting Greenwood if Rashford is getting his surgery

  15. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Please have a go at this lot........

    Sanchez
    TAA Dias Cresswell
    Salah Bruno(c) Buendia Harrisson Barnes
    Watkins DCL

    4.0m Davis Manquillo Dier

  16. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Bachmann
    TAA Shaw Lamptey
    Salah Bruno Raphinha Buendia
    Bamford Cavani Wilson

    How is it?

  17. mattyb09
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Why does Watford have 10 FWDs? LOL

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Copying Southgate's approach to right backs.

    2. Dthinger
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 16 hours ago

      They also have 14 mids.

    3. Ooh Ah Cantona
        5 days, 11 hours ago

        West Ham have one forward on FPl by comparison!

    4. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Man...

      Usually I spend so much of the summer drafting and planning and researching for fpl and I really love it.

      But this year, making a team has been so easy that there's nothing to tinker with. I don't know what to do with myself!

      Anyone else feel similar?

      1. Salarrivederci
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Yes!
        Toy with a BB GW1 WC GW4 team. Makes it fun again 🙂

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Tinkering all the time , so many great teams to be made, so many great options I.e

        forwards 6.5m to 8m, how have you managed to decide who you want out of these?

      3. Moxon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Unchanged for 4 days but still looking for different combos I might not have considered.

      4. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Actually yes- had same team for 3 weeks now. Play around with different ideas but always come back to it

      5. Dogs Of War
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 days, 16 hours ago

        What’s the magic team then?

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

      Finding the right combo of 1 mid and 1 fwd for 15.5m is proving tough.

      Currently on Mahrez and Toney

      What combo do you like at the this price?

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Who do u already have?

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          Mahrez and Toney

          1. Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 days, 17 hours ago

            No like in your team. So I don't say those players

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 8 Years
              5 days, 17 hours ago

              Salah , Bruno, Raph, Brownhill ***
              Watkins Davis ***

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Grealish and Toney for 14.5m

      3. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        DCL + Pepe, Wilson/Antonio + Grealish

      4. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 16 hours ago

        I quite like Mahrez and Toney.

        Cavani and Barnes/Maddison could be nice too.

    6. Differential (c)
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      After a talk with a friend who convinced me on Havertz, here's my team now.

      Bachmann
      Alexander-Arnold Shaw Digne Coufal
      Salah(c) Fernandes(vc) Havertz Bowen
      Calvert-Lewin Watkins

      Gunn Brownhill Obafemi Omobamidele

      0.0m ITB
      It was basically switching from Cavani + Barnes + 1.0m to Calvert-Lewin + Havertz

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

        Bench lets you down a lot.

        1. Differential (c)
          • 5 Years
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          Yeah thats a problem. Semi-hoping Omobamidele gets spot if Norwich play a back 3.

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        Chelsea has Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech, Mount, Havertz for 3 spots. And they will sign a striker. Rotation all day

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

          This

        2. Differential (c)
          • 5 Years
          5 days, 18 hours ago

          Havertz ended the season pretty nailed on as the false 9 with Werner drfiting from left. If a striker doesnt sign Havertz looks fairly nailed.

          1. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            5 days, 18 hours ago

            So Tuchel will only play 2 out of Werner, Ziyech, Mount and Pulisic?

            Mount seems to integral to the team as well...so.. 1 out of Werner, Ziyech and Pulisic?

            1. Differential (c)
              • 5 Years
              5 days, 18 hours ago

              Yeah sounds about right. If Chelsea don't sign a striker its a big sign that Tuchel will use Havertz more as the striker, he's had a season in the Prem, seems to tick under Tuchel, fairly certain he'll have a big season ahead.

              1. circusmonkey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 days, 16 hours ago

                Hope so, on Mount, Havertz and Ferran Torres at present ( if City don't sign anyone). Is that too much rotation risk?

    7. 03farmboy
      • 1 Year
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Ivan Toney don’t really know much about him, what’s all the hype about?

      1. Differential (c)
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Scored a lot of goals for Bees in Championship, on pens, basically their talisman, and decent opening games (for a promoted side).

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          Price

        2. 03farmboy
          • 1 Year
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          Thanks good value for money then

      2. Wılly
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 16 hours ago

        33 goals and 10 assists in 48 Championship matches

      3. Rock n Grohl
        • 10 Years
        5 days, 16 hours ago

        Rafa let him go whilst at Newcastle, as he didn't think he'd make it in the PL.

        Classy finisher but good poacher at times as well. So is timing of runs is also good.

        Talisman for his club and has decent creativity behind him as well.

        I'll finish this by saying at lot of people got put off by Bamford coming up to the PL, arguably so, and he delivered exceptional value. I'd argue Toney is a better striker than Bamford but Bamford did play in a better team.

        Hope that helps somewhat.

        1. 03farmboy
          • 1 Year
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          Thanks has helped a lot looks like really good value for money especially if he’s on pens as well

    8. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Ok I think this is the best I can come up with now!!!

      RMT!

      Sanchez
      TAA Dias Cresswell
      Buendia Sarr Salah Bruno(c) Barnes
      Watkins Antonio

      4.0m Dier Davis Coady

    9. Moxon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Hot take. Antonio is not that good and is 31 years old.

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Tammy to West Ham

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Have to say I strongly disagree dude

        Antonio is an absolute beast

        He’s just made of a very brittle porcelain-like substance, some sort of ceramic or fine glass/crystal type material that shatters into a million pieces with the wrong impact

        But when he’s fit he’s developed into an insanely dangerous player over the last 18-24 months - a bit weird at his age, but obviously a late bloomer

      3. Differential (c)
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        HARD no. He is unstoppable when fit. Just so difficult for any CB to deal with, even Dias and Stones were left a little baffled when they faced up to him last season.

        1. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          He's a beast when fit. WHEN.

      4. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Yea, no. This is rubbish sorry. But you are entitled to an opinion!

        1. Moxon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          Thank you sir. He's undeniably strong but not an out and out natural goalscorer for me.

          1. Wılly
            • 7 Years
            5 days, 16 hours ago

            Maybe because you remember him playing right-back haha

            1. Moxon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 days, 16 hours ago

              Haha very true.

      5. Wılly
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        One I won't be getting in my team, alongside Wilson. Good strikers and potential to burn you but just as much potential to be burned by owning them.

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

        Tends to be a consistently reliable fantasy asset when fit. Plenty options to switch to in that price bracket when he inevitably picks up an injury.

      7. CaptainPrice
          5 days, 16 hours ago

          Antonio is a beast of a striker just unlucky with injuries

      8. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 days, 18 hours ago

        I'm playing BB GW1. Best FWD+MID spot for 10mil?

        Thinking Bissouma and Vydra/WAT FWD but it's slim pickings.

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

          If it's just for gw1 I would say ESR and punt on Brownhill

        2. Wılly
          • 7 Years
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          Better off going for 2 cheap mids rather than a forward 5.5 or below.

        3. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 days, 16 hours ago

          Spread your funds more if you're bb.

      9. 03farmboy
        • 1 Year
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Rate my team?

        Sanchez
        TAA, Shaw, Cancelo, Coufal
        Salah, De Bruyne, Havert, Raphinha
        Watkins, Toney

        Foster, lamptey, gilmour, Davis

      10. Wılly
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Sanchez
        TAA Robertson Lamptey
        Salah Bruno Raphinha Sarr
        Jimenez Watkins Toney

        4.0 GK - Ait Nouri - Brownhill - 4.0 Def

        1.0m ITB as well!

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

          Jimenez seems an unnecessary risk. Coming back from a long layoff with tough fixtures to start.

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 16 hours ago

          Agree with member but it's a great team

      11. JakeTheRed
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Currently sat on:

        Sanchez - (4.0)
        TAA - Shaw - Cresswell - (White) - (Manquillo)
        Salah - Fernandes - Harrison - Sarr
        DCL - Antonio - Watkins

        Thinking about going Watkins -> Bamford after 3 GW's

        Thoughts on the team so far?

        1. Zen Arcade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 16 hours ago

          Solid enough.

      12. Spoox777
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Need a little help please.
        Which team is better?

        A)
        Schmeichel / Ward
        James / DIAS / Shaw / CRESSWELL / Coady
        Salah / Fernandes / SAKA / Raphinha / Bissouma
        DCL / Watkins / Toney

        B)
        Schmeichel / Ward
        James / TAA / Shaw / COUFAL / Coady
        Salah / Fernandes / ESR / Raphinha / Bissouma
        DCL / Watkins / Toney

        Thank you

      13. Silver_and_Gold
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 days, 16 hours ago

        What do you, guys, think about setting a team for first 2-3 GWs with all 15 playing, with good fixtures, bench boosting in GW1 or GW2, and then clean the mess with the wildcard, say during first international break?
        Bench boost was a dissapointment each season for me. Moreover I had to keep an eye on my bench, lacking some budget in the starting 11 when the crunch rime of DGWs / BGWs was coming.

        1. Rock n Grohl
          • 10 Years
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          I did a GW1 BB and GW2 Wildcard last year. Worked really well top 10k until GW5 or 6 when the more obvious choices became apparent. So kinda waste of a wildcard and struggled to get back to that rank all season.

          So can be quite successful but the Wild Card needs to be spot on. Alternatively you can build a team to stand a few game weeks before the early season players begin to open up.

          Wouldn't rule out a template busting GW1 team BB and switch to the template GW2 but obviously quite risky if it doesn't come off.

          1. Silver_and_Gold
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 15 hours ago

            Thanks, mate! Interesting insights. I thought about GW2 BB, as fixtures look most tempting there for several teams. More appealing than GW1. If I decide to do it, will let you, guys, know later, how it went 😉

        2. Ben White saved my life
          • 7 Years
          5 days, 15 hours ago

          My plan, BB gw1 then wc or just acquire some good assets steadily. Planning to avoid hits and like a minimalist bench.

          1. Silver_and_Gold
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 days, 15 hours ago

            Keep my fingers crossed for you 🙂