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FPL team guide 2021/22 – Newcastle United: Best players, stats and more

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

We’ll delve into the Magpies’ numbers in the article below but remember that you can conduct your own FPL research into Steve Bruce’s side with our comprehensive Opta player and team data in our Premium Members Area.

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DEFENSIVELY SUSPECT

TotalRank v other Premier League sides
Goals conceded6216th
Clean sheets718th
Shots conceded57219th
Shots in the box conceded35017th
Shots on target conceded18817th
Big chances conceded73=12th
Expected goals conceded (xGC)58.7317th

There isn’t much to champion in the Newcastle defence based on last season’s evidence.

United were in the bottom four for everything from shots allowed to expected goals conceded (xGC), with only relegated Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion keeping fewer clean sheets.

Aside from the obvious point about the modest quality of players at Bruce’s disposal, there were a number of significant reasons for the creakiness at the rear.

One factor was player unavailability.

Newcastle were the only Premier League club who didn’t have a single player banking 30+ starts (see above), with the constant chopping and changing at the back – mostly enforced by injury and a particularly damaging coronavirus outbreak at the club – unsurprisingly affecting the collective defensive displays.

First-choice goalkeeper Martin Dubravka (£4.5m) started just over a third of the Magpies’ league matches, club captain Jamaal Lascelles (£4.5m) was missing for exactly half of the campaign and midfield shield Isaac Hayden (£4.5m) was bedridden by COVID-19 and then missed the run-in through injury.

Centre-half options Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar, Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett (all £4.5m) also had significant periods on the sidelines.

Another aspect is the ghost of Rafael Benitez.

Bruce has repeatedly made noises about moulding Newcastle into a more attacking unit ever since his appointment two years ago, in a desperate attempt to escape the shadow of his more-revered predecessor.

Benitez favoured a pragmatic approach with the limited squad members available, with Newcastle finishing among the top eight teams for fewest goals conceded in both 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Bruce’s fixation on putting his own stamp on the club has resulted in the Magpies shipping a combined 25 more goals in the subsequent two campaigns, with a Gameweek 30 formation switch last season his latest attempt to shake things up.

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

    Seeing Jota in a few teams. Why are people seeing him hold down a starting berth? Have i missed somthing?

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

      There's an expectation Firmino won't be ready to start the season. It's a short-term exploit.

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

        irmino likely to miss start of season so Jota takes his place (Norwich then Burnley). Also Jota averages a goal every 123 minutes. The £5.0m saved on Salah can go a long way (could enable two form Kane/KdB/Bruno)...

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

          Indeed. Huge chunk of spare cash. These things never seem to go well for me though esp when Salah then bags a hattrick to Jotas 2 pts.

        2. J ⚒ Gimme ur Mané
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Going without salah vs Norwich at the start of the season seems an unnecessary risk IMO.

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

            Wouldn't say it is unnecessary if it is reasonably justifiable.

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Just had a quick whip around the multiverse and as I suspected, it isn't justifiable anywhere.

        3. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Saved on Salah lol , are you mad? Saved on Bruno

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

        Ah ok

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

      Last season he played 70% of all the possible minutes (take into consideration also that he was a new player in the team), inlcuding 5 starts in a row at the end of the season. I don't know why people assume that he's going to be benched most of the time all of a sudden.

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

        If you take his xG+xA per 90 minutes (0.66) and multiply by 0.7 you have expected goal involvement of 0.46 per GW. Quite good imho even if he still plays only 70% of the minutes. If Firmino is going to be rested at the beggining and Jota is sure to start, then it is a no-brainer for me.

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

        Where does this stat come from? FPL website says he played 1106 mins last season which is less than 30% of the season. He also didn't start the final game of last season and didn't even come off the bench. I like Jota but this is all untrue

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

          I’d say it’s 70% of *jota’s* available minutes

          (Not 70% of *liverpools* available minutes)

          I.e. giving him benefit of the doubt for periods of injury

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

            Even if you do that it's less than 50%

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

              How come? He played some minutes in every game he was in the squad: 10', 90', 12', 83', 20', 90', 89', 90', 17', injured for 15 games, 28', 90', 82', 29', 90', 81', 58', 79', 74', injured, injured, 1' (minutes of course). No way it's less than 50% unless I don't know about something.

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

                Mane injury definitely helped him end of last season. Could you see him playing many minutes in first 3 this season ? Could he potentially play behind the striker. Alongside Salah, Fir and Mane ?

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

            Yeah sure, 70% of the minutes when he wasn't injured (according to Transfermarkt that was 1112 minutes of 1620 possible). I didn't count the last game because he just returned from an injury and played 1 minute and Klopp said there is no need to risk him or something like that. He started 5 games in a row before he got injured and didn't play in the last 3 games.

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

      Interestingly, Jota has 16 goals & 3 assists in his last 3,100 premier league minutes

      Greenwood has 17 goals & 3 assists in his last 3,100 minutes (but obvs is 5 years younger)

      But last season Jota got 9 returns from just 1,100 minutes tbf whereas Greenwood needed 1,800 minutes to get his 9 returns, and Jota’s minutes per XGi is much better as a result

      But Greenwood could be in for a bumper season, no doubt

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

        I would be bullish on Greenwood if only United didn't sign Sancho. Now his starts are going to be seriously hindered by Jadon's arrival imho.

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

          I’m hoping he still gets lots of minutes in the front 3 covering for Rashford, Cavani & Sancho at times, he has the pace to play wide and the finishing to place striker, but obviously still a ridiculously young age - should get good experience again this year though

          Possibly a future Cavani replacement longer term

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

            *but that’s as a Utd fan

            Obvs for FPL urah he’s very risky, too risky for me initially

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

              Yeah, gonna keep an eye on him. No doubt he's a great talent.

  2. KirkhamWesham
    2 months, 2 days ago

    How is my team looking? Any suggestions?

    Sanchez
    TAA Digne Targett
    ESR Sancho Bruno Raphinha Salah
    Watkins Tony

    Steele, Ayling, Taylor, Davis

    1. Finding Timo
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I like it as a non Kane team although can you fit shaw in at all

  3. Chemical76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Azpilicueta banned for GW1. Sent off in final league game of 20/21

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I’ve got james atm in my team so this was quite nice news lol

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

        Nice for GW1, but the next 4 aren't attractive.

    2. Mmm sausages
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Red card was rescinded

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Was going to say he’s not flagged

  4. Finding Timo
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Is Bruno a must have ?

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

      No one's a must-have. In his case, whilst he's the highest points-scorer in FPL last season, his form tailed off towards the end and he had a subdued Euros. United are restructuring their squad and we don't yet know how that will affect Bruno tactically.

    2. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      nobody is, particularly at the premium end.

      the must have players are the lundstrums, dallases, awbs, mahrezes, vardys, michus that make a mockery of their starting price tag

      bruno is 12mln. what you will get is what you have paid for

      1. Finding Timo
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks andy and DR I may not get him then as can get better team with saving money

    3. Focus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Don't think so, United had a record amount of pens last season. Would be crazy if they reach that number again, especially with new pen rules.

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

        On the other hand, they've got another box-tumbler now.
        FWIW I've dropped Bruno for Sancho to spread that 2.5m around. Bruno may well be top scorer again, but that doesn't make him the best value or a must-have necessarily.

        1. Finding Timo
          2 months, 2 days ago

          My current mids buendia, salah, soucek, ESr & raphinha so think that is strong enough

      2. Coolbean
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        We say that every year but they’ve been getting by far the most number of 50-50 decisions going their way for the past many years, and don’t see it changing anytime soon. Their penalty taker will always be good accordingly

      3. Finding Timo
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Good shout can see less pens - shaw great utd option for me

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

        What are the new penalty rules?

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

      For me yes

      I’d see him having a very realistic shot at 30-40 goal involvements in a team that had a very realistic shot at 150+ attacking returns for the season

      (Tentatively assuming Man Utd score more than last year’s 73 goals)

      Penalties, DFK’s, assists, the odd goal from play…

      He has 48 returns, 54 baps & 22 cleansheet points in his last 49 starts/2 subs for a reason

    5. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      If Rashford has his op I wonder if Sancho or Greenwood then become more nailed and they become United ‘cover’, particularly plus Shaw

      1. Finding Timo
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Ahh yes good point that makes them more attractive

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

          Read the sacred words of the greatest Premier League analyst on the planet:

          https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/57943489

          1. Finding Timo
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Thanks mate

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

            Wow, great article. Thanks.

    6. Fletch69
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I would say the Man Utd Penalty taker is always a VERY safe bet for double figure goals

    7. Hairy Potter
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      For me, I need to make choice between Bruno, Kane and Son for one space at the minute.

      1. Finding Timo
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yeh similar dilemma although for me it’s between Bruno and Kane and slightly favour Kane if goes to city

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

    Fill in the gaps. 18.5 to spend.
    Bachmann
    TAA,Robertson,Coufal,Dunk
    Salah,Buendia,__________,__________
    Antonio,Watkins

    Foster,ESR,Llorente,Obafemi

    A) Fernandes,Raphinia
    B) Mahrez, Sancho
    C) drop Robertson and get Mane and Mahrez/ Sancho.
    replacing Robertson with a 4.5m or 5.0m.
    D. Something else.

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I like A the most - B is very tempting though

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

        It is tempting. A is probably the sensible way just in case I want KDB.

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

      Son Jota Barnes with a 4.5 in defence work?

      Loads of firepower there. Think Jota over Mane works if it also buys you a fifth mid.

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

        Yeh the idea with Mane was the low ownership for the first two Norwich,Burnley then sell for maybe Son in week 3.

        id love a Leicster attacker but who do you get?
        By week 3 when they play Norwich we will know more. Would love one of Barnes or Nacho.

        I dont trust Jota's gametime.

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

          Think we might know quite a lot preseason given Leicester have the Community Shield.

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

            If its Barnes i'll probably just change Robertson > 5.5m and use the cash to upgrade ESR > Barnes.

  6. Bruce Lee
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Hi gents,

    Any stinkers in here?

    Martinez
    TAA, Shaw, Digne
    Salah, Grealish, Raphinha, Smith-Rowe
    Kane, Richarlison, Toney

    Steer, Bissouma, Amartey, Manquilo

    Assumption that Kane goes to City

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

      Its a nice team. Richarlison at the Olympics. Will he be back?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Oh yes good point thanks - any idea on who would fit better? 8m budget

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

          Take your pick. Antonio,Wilson,Watkins,DCL,Bamford.

          1. Bruce Lee
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            How about Martial?

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

              Will he start?

          2. Focus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Nacho maybe and use the 0.5 to improve the bench

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

              Yeh Nacho an option too.

      2. Focus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Final is august 7, week later first GW

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

          No pre season training then with Everton. Think id hold off.

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      They all smell ok.

  7. Athletico Underachieving
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    What’s everyone’s thoughts of picking a GW1 player with only one game in mind? Basically thinking Rudiger for a nice first game, then move to Shaw who I think might miss GW1. Plus Leeds at home is no banker

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

      Early season is full of emerging assets and you'll want to jump on them as fast as possible to get ahead of the rest, not make useless defender transfers. Just start with Shaw.

      1. Athletico Underachieving
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah valid point about the newcomers. I’ll stop overthinking now!

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

      Nah, waste of transfer, especially in defense. You can go for a fodder who has decent fixture in GW1 and bench Shaw if not sure about his potential vs Leeds.

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

      No, and even no-er for a defender. He may well end up with the same 2 points as a 4.5 enabler.

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

        What I mean is, it might be justifiable if you were thinking of, for example, Bruno (c) GW1 with a plan to transfer him out for KGB (c) GW2.

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

      Only have 35 FTs all season.

      1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        34 actually, if you discount GW1, two wildcards and a Free Hit.

    5. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I'm not against this, if you have picked your team with the first 3 or 4 weeks in mind why would you need to be switching players to anyone you aren't already aware of.

      People say don't book transfers but what risk do you have with Chelsea. The latest blackbox showed that fixture difficulty doesn't really effect Chelsea defensively. So even if someone went out and signed an unknown player who scores a hat trick you could still make the move and it's not exactly like being stuck with Chelsea is the end of the World.

  8. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Imagine after all this drama Kane ends up at Chelsea

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

      Or Norwich

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

        essential

  9. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Anyone else considering Chelsea defence? Thing is in the hard fixtures I think they will play like v city, hard to beat, keep a cs and win 1-0

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

      Nope - all of them will be rotated

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

      Not at the start. Let's see if any pattern has emerged come GW7 fixture-turn.

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

      Maybe Dave, James or Chilly as we have all the 4.5s to rely on, but starting fixtures not great so wait and see

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

      not yet.

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

      Reece James is very interesting - he got as close to nailed as you can get under Tuchel at the end of the league season, and is very attacking when he plays

      CHO & Azpi are pains in the arse though, Tuchel is an awful bollocks for rotating

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

        Hmm good spot, wasn't considering him but he really played most of the games towards the end of the season. Could be great value.

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

      I'm still considering Chilwell, but these fixtures are not encouraging. On the other hand, with Man City they were the best defense since Tuchel came (don't remember exact stats so may be wrong about his one) and even if they keep CS in 3 games out of 6 and Chilwell gets an attacking return then it should still be worth it I guess.

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

      I’ve got Chilwell in my current draft. I think there’s upside in picking a Chelsea attack minded defender (especially GW1).

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

      Yep, doubling up.

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        That’s the spirit bud

  10. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Konate and Matip starting the season for Pool apparently…

    Anyone put off double Pool defence now?

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

      Not necessarily, it is not like last year when they were playing with teenagers or midfielders there.

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

    Keane over Digne for value?

    There's the argument that no Siggi and James possibly will give Digne close to a set piece monopoly. Over against that is Keane is one of the main set piece targets - more so if Mina isn't in the equation. Good Digne could also mean good Keane?

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

      Just 0.5 difference unfortunately, would have tried Keane if he was 4.5

      Not picking Digne as well until James leave.

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

        Yep

        But it's the 0.5 in week 1 that buys you a 6.5 mid potentially as opposed to an obvious makeweight.

        And I also quite like the 5.0 category in defence. They won't all stay at that price point but there are several options there that I can see being really good value. Not planning transfers but rationally I will make some and that's one area I can see myself making a switch relatively early.

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

        Should add that Keane matched Digne point for point last season and it's one of those price differentials that looks to be possibly out.

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

          Good luck is all I can say 😀

          At 5, I would prefer likes of Coufal, Tiernay or Targett.

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

          Infact, even Godfrey can be a better pick than him

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

            Mean to look into this as I while away the days before season starts but think CBs with aerial threat can be great value. Less sexy than the wingbacks of course.

            At the deluxe end you have VVD who clearly beats Robbo for value historically but Dunk too (missing from your list) was the Brighton asset to be on if you went around BGW. Have previously had a lovely relationship with Saiss and a brief fling with Konsa.

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

              I expect Slabhead to nut in a good few this season too. But at the end of the day, your wingback is going to return more frequently than your CB, so I'll still incline towards them.

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

      I'd still take Digger, but if you really need that 0.5m, Keane is a good differential.

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

      Maybe. Depends if we buy anyone.
      Keane, Godfrey,Mina,Holgate,Branthwaite all competing for a starting place.
      Watch preseason.

      Mina rumoured to move on.
      Holgate imho is trash.

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

        Hmmmm

        Last season is coming back to me now. Godfrey the truly nailed one but not exactly an upside choice is he?

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

          Godfrey was fantastic defensively. Our best defender. Mina and Keane have more aerial threat though.

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

      Everton is a big avoid imo

  12. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Going with two 4.0m defenders too risky to start the season?

    I'm thinking it's worth it as I normally WC early and trying to maximise budget in starting 11 early on.

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

      I used to do this and it would always backfire. And that was before covid lol

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

      if you dont have likes of shaw or lamptey, then it can work but I would still try to have 1 backup defender.

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

      Madness in my book. But if by early you mean GW2, go for it.

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

      Thanks all, will have another look.

    5. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      No probs if early WC

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

    How is this?

    Bachmann
    Trent Digne Lamptey
    Salah Son Buendia ESR
    Kane Watkins Toney

    (Foster Ayling Brownhill 4)

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

      If Lamptey fit, ESR nailed and Toney steps up, almost perfect.

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

        Cheers!

  14. kevchenko
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Who would you start in GW1

    A) I.Toney
    B) E. Smith-Rowe

    1. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B for me. Obviously anything can happen in a game but last seasons 3rd best defence against a promoted team, one of which had to come up via the play offs. Odds on an Arsenal Cleansheet must be quite preferable.

  15. Timbomars
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Really happy with this team generally , but is this bench too weak?

    Sanchez

    Shaw / TAA / Digne

    Buendia / Raphinha / Salah / Fernandes

    Watkins / DCL / Antonio

    Bench: Steele / Manquillo / Hoever / Brownhill

  16. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Grealish to Man City getting closer, where does he fit in?

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

      Sigh. Impossible to predict.
      Same as the others, expect some benchings.

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Bench probably so overrated imo

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

        Could make Mahrez,KDB or Kane ( if he joins) a better option.
        The amount of free kicks and penalties he will win.

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

        Operated ?
        I guess football is about opinions but this one is simply silly.
        He's a great footballer.

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

          Autocorrect ** overrated.

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

      The Peptation roundabout

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

      On the left with Sterling playing as false 9.
      In the middle with Sterling on the left and KDB up front.
      As a center back but only in Champions League semis\final.

  17. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Hello

    Hope you all had a good summer. Just back in the fantasy league groove and haven't checked any transfers or goss etc

    Tara and Salah still the players to get?

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

      Tara and Sarah are still essential

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Also any bargains from promoted teams ? Pukki party ?

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

        *cough*Toney*cough*

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Haha cheers 🙂

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

        Toney party this time

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

    Pickford/Bergovic combo for 9.0m anyone?

    You get some jazzy shirts and some nice fixtures.

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

      If the fixtures are good do the shirts count as nice fittings?

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

      Hadn't noticed that [Begovic replaces Foster]

    3. jia you (The No BS League -…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      between Henderson and Pickford to start with...will probably go Henderson

  19. Arvin-ation
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    A) Grealish + Greenwood

    B) Buendia + Sancho

    Thoughts?

    Cheers

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

      Who are the 3rd players?

      1. Arvin-ation
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        A) Ait Nouri

        vs

        B) Manquillo

        but I've got TAA, Robbo, Fofana and Lamptey for the rest.

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

          B , that defence is good enough

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

          Ait Nouri's gonna be immense (but wait until GW4). Manqie is backup to Murphy at wingback.

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

            I've gone Ait Nouri

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

      B

      1. Arvin-ation
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        That's what I'm on atm

        Thanks!

  20. TMF86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    A or B?

    A
    Martinez/Steer
    TAA/Shaw/Digne/Fofana/Manquillo
    Salah/Fernandes/Sancho/Raphina/Brownhill
    Watkins/Toney/Obafemi

    B
    Martinez/Steer
    TAA/Shaw/Digne/Fofana/Manquillo
    Salah/Fernandes/ESR/Barnes/Brownhill
    Watkins/Toney/DCL

  21. Mo Mane No Problems
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Thoughts? Don’t usually go this strong in defence.

    Sanchez Foster
    TAA Dias Shaw Digne Manquilo
    Salah Bruno Raph Buendia ESR
    DCL Antonio Obafemi

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

      It is brilliant with ESR as back up

  22. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Liverpool has 8 CBs this season

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

      When Liverpool's defence meets Watford's attack there's gonna be carnage.

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

        It was last time they've met.

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

    Salah going to be so highly owned that doubling up with Mané might be great differential to start season and jump off him when see what happens with other premiums. Could pretty much react to any that are firing. What are thoughts?

    Sanchez
    TAA Coufal Digne
    Salah Sancho Mané Raphinha ESR
    Watkins Toney

    Steele Lamptey Ayling Gilmour

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

      Salah,Mane combo are in my thoughts too, then move Mane to Son in wk 3.

  24. Jässi
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Back from holiday and time to start tinkering. So who are the best enablers of 2021/22 season? Who will be the Lundstram of next season?

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

      If we told you, we'd have to kill you.

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

      ESR

  25. 03farmboy
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    What do you think of this team? Think I’m finally happy with it! Would you change anything?

    Sanchez
    TAA, shaw, Dias
    Salah, Bruno, Raphina, Barnes
    Watkins, Iheanacho, Toney

    Bench: foster, lamptey, Gilmour, manquillo

  26. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    We can have 3 players from the same club on the our teams. What if I have a team of KDB, Dias, Jesus, Grealish ... and Grealish will move to City? Will I have 4 players from City?

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

      It is allowed, but your first transfer has to be to get rid of one of those City players.

    2. jia you (The No BS League -…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      If Grealish moves to City I plan on quadruple City at home to Norwich...that should be fun as long as Pep gets my memo

  27. Triffic
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Top 3K any year league code “lacz6l”.

  28. jia you (The No BS League -…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Those rolling the dice on triple MUN which three are you going for?
    Thinking Henderson, Sancho & Cavani here with three defenders from Liverpool/City...think those three teams will have the best defensive record along with Chelsea (early fixtures putting me off Chilwell/James a bit though so happy to start without).

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

      I was on Shaw, Sancho and Cavani but I've dropped Cavani. I now have a provisional temporary Bruno as a placeholder for KDB if he doesn't make the start.

      1. jia you (The No BS League -…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        yeah, played around with dropping Cavani also but just have a feeling he might have a fast start (his movement is so good and might catch the odd defence out in opening games) and he's such an easy downgrade to make if not at the races and/or rotated

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

          If Rashford is confirmed out for a while I'll probably reinstate Zorro. But if Rashie's good to go i'd worry about Greenwood stealing Cav's minutes.

          1. jia you (The No BS League -…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            pretty sure that will be confirmed (it would be silly not to have the op so that he can come back right after it)

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

              And yet it hasn't been confirmed. Rashie's 'thinking about it', his surgeon 'is busy'. Seems odd.

              1. jia you (The No BS League -…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                yeah a bit odd alright mate

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

      No need for triple… two is plenty. Bruno + Shaw if fit. Otherwise just Bruno.

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

        When are (c) Bruno?

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

          Probably gw3 and 4

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

      Wan Biss, Shaw, Bruno.

      Henderson could be handy when playing WC. I have considered Cavani but paying extra 0.5 over nailed and fit Iheanacho/Watkins doesnt feel right.

      1. jia you (The No BS League -…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        That defensive double up is interesting assuming we sign Varane

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

          Sancho on the right should enhance AWB's value too.

    4. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Just going Sancho

      1. jia you (The No BS League -…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Probably plenty and as a fan I often go without any but this season I'm tempted to start with a triple up for bants and the hope of a fast start.
        If I change keepers I'd likely just go with double attack to start though.

  29. Bambi
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Had a little switch around of funds to make it more attack heavy - what do you think?

    Sanchez - 4.0
    TAA - Digne - Fofana - White - Hoever
    Bruno - Salah - Raphinha - Sarr - Gilmore
    DCL - Cavani - Iheanacho

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

      With a bit of luck, it's very good. Without a bit of luck you could find yourself short if Fofana, White, Cavani and Nacho are rotated.

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

    Can anyone remember what price Lukaku was when he was last in the PL?

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

      10.8 till GW34, probably didnt change much in last 4 GWs

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/04/13/lukaku-leads-the-man-united-line-as-rashford-benched/

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

        Many thanks!