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FPL Q&A: How to fit in Salah, Lukaku and Ronaldo, best Everton mid and Leeds picks

The template is finally being shaken up, with Michail Antonio (£7.9m) and Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) having been shipped by nearly a million managers this week.

With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to use the tools and data in the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area to help answer some questions from the FPL community.


Q: Who is the best Everton midfield option? (@smallccapitalt)

A. Everton have a bunch of good midfield options – Demarai Gray (£5.7m), Andros Townsend (£5.4m) and even Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.5m) have already notched multiple attacking returns. Out of the three, I think Gray is the standout. As the below table from the last three Gameweeks shows, despite scoring three goals from as many shots on target, he is top amongst their midfielders for expected goals (xG, 0.78) and third for chances created (three). With Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.2m) injured, Benitez is likely going to look from goals from his midfielders and I think Gray offers great value at just £5.7m. 

Q: Who is the best forward under £6.5m to replace Ivan Toney? (@anathelana)

A: There’s very limited choice in the £6.5-and-below striker price bracket. Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.5m), Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) and Emmanuel Dennis (£5.2m) are some of the candidates but the standout in my opinion by some distance is Teemu Pukki (£5.9m). Norwich have failed to impress so far but it is worth mentioning that the Canaries were bottom of the Season Ticker for Gameweek 1-4. However, as the below image shows, they are top of the same ticker for Gameweeks 5-8. Norwich’s season starts now and Pukki is clearly their talisman. At just £5.9m and with very low ownership, he’s a great pick for the next four weeks. 

Q: Who would you pick between Patrick Bamford or Raphinha as a Leeds asset for the next three fixtures if you’re only going with one? (@FPLPHD)

A: Without going into the value/price argument, first let’s compare their numbers using the Comparison Tool in the Premium Members Area, starting off with assist potential. As the below image shows, it’s no shock that Raphinha (£6.5m) leads the way for chances created (seven to two) but the Brazilian’s numbers are not that great in isolation. Seven chances created over four matches is less than two a game and only one of those was deemed to be a ‘big chance’. 

In terms of goal threat, Patrick Bamford’s (£7.9m) numbers are impressive. He has been afforded nearly double (23 to 12) the penalty area touches compared to Raphinha and has taken 10 shots in the box to the Brazilian’s three, more than triple. The fact that Raphinha averages less than one shot in the box is not great.

When you add penalty-taking duties to Bamford’s repertoire, I think it’s pretty clear that despite the difference in price, the forward is the superior Leeds’ attacking asset. Raphinha’s numbers are likely to improve with the easier run of fixtures, of course, and he’s also a good asset in isolation. 

Q: Differential punts for Wildcarders in each position? (@FPLJames23)

A: I’ll skip the goalkeepers and start in defence. I think Nelson Semedo (£4.9m) is a great pick, his numbers versus Marcal (£4.6m) have been covered in detail in this piece by Neale. The fact that the Brazilian outscored him significantly last week means that the Portuguese will continue to go under the radar. If Semedo is too mainstream for you, then I would suggest Kieran Tierney (£4.9m). Arsenal switch to a back three in possession with the right-back tucking in to help the defence, so Tierney plays pretty much as a left-winger.  

In midfield, my pick would be Ismaila Sarr (£6.0m). Watford could not have asked for better opponents in the next three matches: Norwich, Newcastle and Leeds. As the below image shows, they are three of the five worst sides for open play goal attempts conceded over the first four matches:

Up top, Pukki is a great differential for the reasons mentioned earlier in the piece. Raul Jimenez (£7.4m) is also one to consider: he’s yet to find the back of the net this season but is posting good underlying numbers, indicating that a haul is just around the corner.

Q: Is Conor Gallagher a must-have? (@KaartikKrishFPL)

That’s it from me for now, hope you found the Q&A useful. We discussed a lot of the topics above and more on this week’s episode of The FPL Wire, so check it out below:

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  1. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    GTG for this week. FT made - DCL to Bamford.

    Raya
    Trent Shaw Christiansen Duffy
    Salah(c) Jota Raphinha Benrahma
    Ronaldo(vc) Bamford

    Gunn Gilmour Livramento Antonio

  2. caldracula
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    What to do with Ben? Was going to lose him next week for Gallagher but might just do it tonight.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Gallagher playing LFC over the weekend. You may want to wait?

      1. caldracula
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        But then Ben has a nice couple of fixtures and I might not want to make the move when I really do want rid! Also, don’t think he’s nailed.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          He's not nailed but it's a tricky time to switch.

          See how he does over the next 40 mins.

  3. Indpush
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    WC this week

    Anyone like this?

    Sa, Carson (4.0)
    TAA, James, Rudiger, Marcal, Liv
    Jota, Torres, Gray, Raphina, Bissouma
    Ronaldo, Lukaku, Bamford

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Lose Bambi, get Salah

    2. Gunneryank
        1 month, 4 days ago

        I like it. 3-4-3 with Marcal on the bench i assume?

        1. Indpush
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Yes 3-4-3

          Not this week. Marcal in, Rudiger first on the bench. I'm concerned Tott will get a goal. Wolves at home to Brentford.

          1. Gunneryank
              1 month, 4 days ago

              I'm sorry if you have Rudiger you have to start him. Spurs are crap atm. Maybe they score but I'm confidently starting Rudiger myself. Think about how Spurs looked vs Palace, then imagine them trying to attack Chelsea. I'm willing to risk a moment of brilliance from Kane or Son. Rudiger should always be started imo.

              1. Indpush
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to write that for me.

                1. Gunneryank
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    You're very welcome, good luck! Maybe Rudiger heads one in from a corner and we're laughing! Cheers.

                    1. Indpush
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      Thank you. All the best to you too. Yes wouldn't that be something? 🙂

        2. Khark
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Has anyone ever won one of the weekly or monthly prizes on fantasy football on here?

        3. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Rice scores

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Over did his celebrations for the locals liking!

        4. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Is that Benrahma coming on?

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Watching live comentary, yes it is.

        5. Bruno Commando
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Should I...

          A) Obafemi > Dennis to take advantage of his good fixture and WC GW7
          B) Tsimikas > Livramento, and then do Shaw + Antonio > Omo + Lukaku for GW7

          GW5 team:
          Sanchez
          TAA Ayling White Shaw*
          Salah Greenwood Raphinha Traore Benrahma
          CR7

          Steele // Tsimikas* // Antonio* // Obafemi*

        6. Gunneryank
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Rice with a beastly run. Ok, Antonio off now please and thank you.

          • FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Isn't Dinamo Zagreb a better team than Young Boys 🙂

          • SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Ben to raph -4?

            1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Good move

            2. Lindelol
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              why for a hit?

          • Sleepless in Settle FPL
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Moyes win europa this season, may give it a bet

          • Khark
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            So there's a youtube fpl content creator, who actually seems like a really decent guy so its nothing against him personally, but, he's taken a -4 to take out antonio to bring in ings for one week to bring antonio back in next week even though he has williams and gilmour on his bench

            smh

            1. Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Not that big of a deal IMO

              1. Khark
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Maybe not to be fair maybe its me being slightly harsh, just think the 0.2 you'll be losing on Antonio for a -4 just for one week is a bit of a weird play to make

                1. Threat Level Midnight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  No it definitely is. But I would rather start Ings over either of those two Norwich options. I had both and did Antonio>Bamford partly because I didn't want to start either of them.

                  Might be a sign I need a stronger a bench. Haha

                  1. Khark
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Antonio - Bamford makes perfect sense though because Leeds have real nice fixtures. Antonio - Ings, when Antonio has leeds next week and aston villa have manchester united i just can't get my head around. It's all very well saying you're gonna bring someone back but you could get X amount of injuries this week. In the Antonio - Bamford case, even if it was for one week, if you had other stuff come up it wouldn't be the end of the world keeping Bamford.

                    I do think though, players from your bench, no matter who you pick to stick on it you should be willing to field at least once in extreme circumstances. I don't think Williams at home to Watford is a bad fixture to field him this week at all.

                    So many different plays to make, so many different opinions. Fantasy this year, has potential to be the best and most diverse in a long time. Template well and truly smashed to bits.

                    1. Threat Level Midnight
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      Extremely well said. Cheers

            2. fclackless [Brazil Nuts]
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Being a 'nice guy' doesn't necessarily equate to being an elite fpl manager. Look at Az :p

              1. Khark
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Haha, i really hope he reads this!

              2. Gunneryank
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  *chuckle* 😀

            3. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Celtic bleeding badly

            4. Gunneryank
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Holy crap! Celtic was up by 2 and have now conceded 4 vs Real Betis! Oof.

              • sminkypinky
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                With Dennis, Gallagher (and Livra) on the wc bench is it too pricey?

                1. Indpush
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  No

              • Freshy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                does not feel like Europa without Arsenal.

                1. Sleepless in Settle FPL
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Lol

                2. syke63
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Enjoying my Thursday's nights off, ty.

                3. Gunneryank
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Ouch. Right in my heart, that one.

                4. HollywoodXI
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  GTG for this week? FT made - DCL to Bamford.

                  Raya
                  Trent Shaw Christiansen Duffy
                  Salah(c) Jota Raphinha Benrahma
                  Ronaldo(vc) Bamford

                  Gunn Gilmour Livramento Antonio

                5. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Tottenham Hotspur.

                6. dark91
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Were Bergwijn and Moura subbed off due to injury?

                7. Sleepless in Settle FPL
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Why is Nuno playing a strong team

                8. OLLY G
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Antonio and Benrahma
                  to
                  Bamford and Raphinha -4?

                  Thanks.

                  1. Werner Bros
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    I'm just considering keeping Benrahma over Raph on a WC, think he still looks lively and Antonio still in scoring form. Maybe one of those moves for free but not both would be a better option

                9. Gunneryank
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Please take Antonio off now, Moyes. Please? I'll send you a biscuit if you do.

                    1. Khark
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      hes off

                  • Rog.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    On WC

                    A) Sarr, Pukki, White (Rotating with Liv, Marcal,Omdele)

                    B) Gray, Dennis, Shaw (Playing every week)

                    Cheers

                  • Mini League Fatigue
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    I probably could have written this article given my WC squad … thoughts ?

                    Sanchez (Steer)
                    TAA, Marcal, White, (Ayling, Williams)
                    Salah, Torres, Townsend, Raphina, Podence
                    Lukaku, CR7 (Dennis)

                    0.2m ITB

                    Can bring in Gallagher after the Liv game

                  • MaRooney 5
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    What to do with this mess:

                    Sánchez, x
                    TAA, Shaw, Ayling, Veltman, Amartey,
                    Salah, Raphinha, Jota, Benrahma, Bissouma
                    DCL(!), CR7, Perica(!)?

                    3.3m ITB
                    Already on -4
                    Thanks in advance!

                  • BMiller415
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 3 days ago

                    Wildcarding this week and was trying to squeeze Rom, Ron, Salah and TAA onto the same team. However, I really disliked the budget midfielders and defenders after trying dozens of combos. Now I am thinking of the below team and would appreciate thoughts.

                    GK: Sanchez, Steele
                    D: TAA, Semedo, Tierney
                    M: Salah (C), Jota, Raphinha, Gray, Torres
                    F: Ronaldo, Bamford

                    Bench: Reece James (saving for GW 7), Livramento (looking at week 9 and beyond fixtures), Scarlett (4.5 filler)

                  • rmsmartins
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 3 days ago


                    Ayling, Duffy, Coady
                    Bissouma, Gilmour, Salah, Bruno, Benrahma
                    Bamford, Ronaldo

                    Sánchez, Livramento, Dier, António

                    I'm going to sell DCL for Bamford, is it worth it to sell Dier for Marçal (-4) and switch on 11 for Duffy?

                  • Tricky90
                      1 month, 3 days ago

                      Had a rethink and looking to pull the trigger on this WC

                      Sanchez
                      TAA, James,Cancelo, Semedo
                      Salah (C), Torres, Gray
                      Ron,Bamford,Jim

                      Steer, Liv, Gallagher, sissoko
                      0.2 ITB
                      Torres could be Jota and downgrade cancelo but I do want some Man City cover albeit a risk.

                      Thoughts please, thanks