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Learning from ‘The Great and The Good’ FPL managers – Gameweek 5

Fantasy Football Scout community writer Greyhead continues with his series of articles analysing the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) transfers and strategies of some noted Fantasy managers, from serial top 10k finishers to well-known faces.

The Great and The Good this year are the Scouts Joe LepperNeale RiggGeoff Dance and Tom Freeman, FPL Wire’s Zophar, from the Hall of Fame Fabio BorgesFPLMatthewYavuz Kabuk and Tom Stephenson, Blackbox’s Az and Mark Sutherns, FPL “celebrities” LTFPL AndyMagnus Carlsen and FPL General plus last year’s mini-league winner Les Caldwell.


“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

Late team news meant that very few of us had a cool hand going into Gameweek 5 with unexpected absences meaning we had to rely on our already strained benches.

The concerns during the lead up had been the ping of Patrick Bamford’s (£8.0m) hamstring and whether to replace Michail Antonio (£7.9m) for his suspension, but then Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m), Edouard Mendy (£6.0m), Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) and Ferran Torres (£7.2m) were surprisingly missing in action whilst Said Benrahma (£6.4m) was surprisingly present and in action as he made the team on Sunday.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE

Neale Rigg moved back up to second amongst The Great and The Good with the top score for the Gameweek after he Wildcarded, although he left it late and it wasn’t until Antonio Rudiger’s (£5.5m) last minute goal that his table topping score was confirmed.

Fabio’s famed patience was rewarded, with a green arrow of 247,000, after he kept faith in both Ivan Toney (£6.3m) and Benrahma who delivered him double digit hauls.

Remarkably, neither FPL General or Geoff Dance have yet to experience the pain of a red arrow this season. Both were fortunate this week, or maybe well-prepared, to have a decent Trent substitute with Kostas Tsimikas (£4.0m) and Tino Livramento (£4.2m) the cut-price heroes.

The magical mini-league is still incredibly tight and reflective of the overall FPL rankings, with only 46 points between top and bottom. Magnus fell victim to this as his score of 49 saw him drop down to a mid-table position, with his triple Wolves and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£9.9m) gamble not paying dividend this week.

WILDCARD

FPL Gameweek 5 round-up: Sunday’s goals, assists, bonus and injuries 13

Neale decided that the Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.7m) factor, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s (£8.1m) injury and the fixture swings for Wolves and Leeds were a good enough reason to Wildcard as he overhauled his squad this week.

He has made eight changes to his team with a double up on both Leeds and Wolves, although Joao Moutinho (£5.0m) is possibly a surprising budget option from the Midlands outfit.

Diogo Jota (£7.7m) and Bamford come in, but Rudiger was his star signing who coupled defensive strength with a goal scoring threat this week. Perhaps, the most unusual choice is Fabian Delph (£4.4m) as he is injured and has only managed seven minutes of action so far this season. Does he know something we don’t?

The full moves are below:

IN Marcal, White, Rudiger, Jota, Moutinho, Delph, Bamford, Ronaldo

OUT – Digne, Duffy, Ayling, Fernandes, Benrahma, Gilmour, Toney, Calvert-Lewin

TRANSFERS

This is a summary of the transfers for this week:

Az – Semedo (Tsimikas)

LTFPL Andy – Sarr (Benrahma)

Fabio Borges – Ronaldo, Jota (Fernandes, Calvert-Lewin)

Joe Lepper – Bamford (Calvert-Lewin)

Geoff Dance – None

FPL General – Bamford (Calvert-Lewin)

Les Caldwell – Raphina (Benrahma)

Magnus Carlsen – None

Mark Sutherns – James, Jota (Tsimikas, Fernandes)

FPL Matthew – None

Neale Rigg – Wildcard

Tom Freeman – Ronaldo, Gundogan (Calvert-Lewin, Fernandes)

Tom Stephenson – Semedo (Tsimikas)

Yavuz Kabuk – Ronaldo, Traore (Antonio, Fernandes)

Zophar – Semedo (Tsimikas)

There was a Portuguese flavour to the transfers this week with more of them choosing to ride the Ronaldo rocket and Nelson Semedo (£4.9m) seen as an upgrade to Tsimikas.

Semedo failed to deliver and even Az aka The Rock – watch last week’s Blackbox for that reference – who has history with the Wolves wing back couldn’t smell what he had cooking, with a one-point return.

Andy and Les would have been happy with their Benrahma replacements as both Ismaila Sarr (£6.1m) and Raphina (£6.5m), with his dodgy groin, delivered double-digits, only for the West Ham midfielder to mute those celebrations on Sunday when he recovered to deliver points for those who stayed loyal.

TEMPLATE

The template for The Great and The Good is as follows with the number in brackets showing how many teams in which they appear:

Sanchez (12), Steele (8)

Alexander-Arnold (15), Shaw (12), Ayling (8), Livramento (7), Veltman (5)

Salah (15), Raphinha (11), Jota (9), Greenwood (8), Benrahma (8)

Antonio (14), Ronaldo (12), Bamford (4)

Minor changes to the template this week with many of them needlessly abandoning Tsimikas allowing Joel Veltman (£4.4m) to move back into the squad, whilst Calvert-Lewin’s injury saw Bamford as the replacement for those not upgrading to Ronaldo.

Worth noting, that as it stands not one of The Great and The Good own Bruno Fernandes (£11.9m) who has had a remarkable fall from grace with the arrival of the Siu superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, and the United midfielder can now be considered a differential!

BENCH BOOST

This was the first week that we saw our bench strength challenged with all The Great and The Good having to call on their auto-subs, so I thought it worthwhile to check on the depth of the squads so far this season. See below the points from auto-subs and the benched points this season:

You would probably expect to see the likes of FPL Matthew and Fabio Borges top for benched points due to the cautious nature of their approach. Matthew has picked stable low impact starters such as Ben White (£4.4m), Luke Ayling (£4.5m), Livramento plus the canny acquisition of Emmanuel Dennis (£5.2m) to give him the security of starts. Similarly, Fabio has Yves Bissouma (£4.6m) and Ayling to allow him to remain fine with his pine when rotation rears its ugly head.

Tom Freeman will have slightly more sleepless nights about any late injury news as Michael Obafemi (£4.5m), Billy Gilmour (£4.5m) and Veltman in the opening weeks were hardly rock-solid coverage, which is something he might need to address in the coming weeks.

CONCLUSION

Budget FPL players Duffy and Bissouma 5

A week which highlights the need for patience with many of those cast aside producing the goods, see Toney as exhibit A.

After an opening few weeks of limited rotation, even Pep seemed to be behaving himself, this weekend brought us crashing back to reality with some unexpected benchings.

Plus, there was a dawning realisation that maybe, just maybe we can’t rely on everything that is said in the manager’s news conferences.

However, perhaps the biggest lesson to be learnt, is that Cool Hand Luke levels of tenacity are going to be needed in a season which already promises to have many ups and downs, especially when 55 point plus scores are still resulting in red arrows.

Anyway, that’s all from me for now and remember don’t have nightmares.

For those effected by any of the topics raised in the above article then you can find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Greyhead19

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM GAMEWEEK 5

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  1. vova
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Hey guys, what do you think of this team?

    Sanchez Steele
    TAA Shaw Coufal Ayling Tsimikas
    Salah Greenwood Torres Raphinha Brownhill
    Ronaldo Antonio Pukki

    0.9 ITB
    1 FT

    Can't really see anyone I need to take out, should I save the transfer?

    Thanks!

    1. griffzinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Ayling, Tsmiikas, Torres, Brownhill all not certain I think. Ayling injured?? Robbo back, Torres -Rotation, Brownhill - injury??

    2. KDB4PREZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Reading this just hurts the brain, well done on the GREAT start of 179k tho pure genius

      1. KDB4PREZ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Ops fail

  2. JBG
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Wow.. Just noticed that Che - MC and MU - Villa are both at 12.30. Not often that happens.

    1. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      They moved the MUN game from 3pm slot.

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        News to me.

        1. Redhawk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          It was due to a clash with a concert at the cricket ground nearby - policing concerns

          1. JBG
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Not sure if that's a good thing for MU tbh, considering they play on wednesday.

            1. caldracula
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              5 hours will make much difference?

              1. FPL Brains
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 12 days ago

                Makes no difference whatsoever.

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

                Two and a half hours, mate

  3. Invincibles
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Wc team:

    Sanchez 4.0
    TAA Alonso Rudiger Duffy Livra
    Salah Raph Sarr Greenwood Benrahma
    Ronaldo Antonio 4.5
    1.5itb

    Any of these moves?

    A) Greenwood > Gray
    B) Greenwood > Grealish
    C) Ronaldo > Lukaku

  4. Red Red Robins
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Done my 1st hit of the season (i usually do 982 hits a year)
    Ramsdale and White in for DDG and Reguilon to save cash for Jimenez to Lukaka in GW8

    I hate myself haha - was they good shouts?

    1. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Arsenal Def is a no for me but Lukaku a huge upgrade on Jimi.

      1. Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah i know what you mean, had to save somewhere and am hoping for a change in fortunes with them
        All about getting Lukaku week 8 tbh

        Gives Jimmy Southampton and Newcastle to make up for his zero goals and assists haha

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

      It's done already forget about it now

      1. Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Well, kind of did it Sunday at the pub - and its now Tuesday haha

  5. Game of Throw_ins
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Please provide feedback on this WC 4-4-2 team. Any concerns you see here, other than Raphinha yellow flag? Looks pretty solid to me.

    Sanchez
    TAA - Cancelo - Rudiger - Semedo
    Salah - Raphinha - Sarr - Gray
    CR7 - Lukaku

    Bench: Foster - Duffy - Gilmour/Sissoko - 4.5 Fwd
    ITB: 0.0

    1. Jordan.
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      foster-steele
      semedo-livramento
      duffy to lamptey
      4.5 to dennis

    2. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Good team. I'd be tempted by Alonso over Cancelo, personally think he's nailed on.

      1. It's only Carlton Cole…
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Really? I was thinking that was his last game

  6. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    What do people think of this gw8/9 team? (is not a WC)

    Sanchez | Steele
    TAA | Cancelo | R James | Rudiger | Livramento
    Salah | Raphinha | Gray | 5.6 | Allan
    Ronaldo | Lukaku | 4.5

    1. Rohirrims
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      So much could change by then..

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        It could yes, but this is a projection.

        1. Rohirrims
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          It looks great but I expect you'd want a City attacker for their run in between 8-13.

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I own the large majority of these players, no hits are involved.

    2. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Any team with 3 premiums is a no for me. I don't understand how people can't see this won't be good value

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I've had 3 premiums since GW4.

      2. JUNITED
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Some people just prefer that way and some people prefer balance. I would like to see which one will give more points.

        One of Lukaku/Ronaldo plus 5.6 MID is actually 50:50 with playing 2 of 7.5-8.0 striker imo so I am with you that 3 premium is just not my thing.

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          cheers for the comment.

        2. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          It's not even 50:50, because the former costs 17-18m, and the latter costs only 15-16m giving you about 2m to spend elsewhere.

    3. 824545201
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'm on a wildcard right now and i'm going for Dennis in a 4-3-3 formation.
      The wildcard will have to handle the rotation over the busy Christmas period and having 3 bench players that play every game will be very important. I prefer Dennis + Gilmour/Sissoko much more than Gray/Gallagher + 4.5 non-playing striker.

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        If I had an extra 0.4 I would consider A Armstrong and a 4-3-3, but not really convinced by the cheap forwards as of yet.
        Wouldn't want Dennis after gw8, fixtures turn.

      2. dshv
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        And your forwards ?

        1. 824545201
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Ronaldo and Lukaku are the others, everything is pretty much iudentical to this team except for Dennis instead of the second 5.5 mid.

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            but what are you doing beyond gw8?

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              beyond gw7 actually*

    4. Flaming Flamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'd want to downgrade Ronaldo and spread the funds. Having Gray and another 5.6 mid is not worth the extra premium in my view. I love the defence though and will probably go for something similar on my WC.

  7. 824545201
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    On the topic of TAA not being essential.
    Yes, you might be fine without Trent so far, but the reason TAA is essential is that he is (major injury aside) absolutely guaranteed to score 180+ points over the course of the season. If Liverpool prove to be title contenders, he will get 200+ for sure.
    Covering TAA's points over the course of the entire season is very difficult, almost impossible. And it's not worth it.
    Assets like Cancelo and Dias failed to reach 150 points even in a title winning dominant season. Good luck trying to cover TAA.

    1. Richarlidad
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Van Dijk covers him very well IMO. The two seasons he's been fully fit, his numbers have been right up there. 208 points in 2018/19 which is only 2 points behind Trent's best ever season of 210 points.

      1. 824545201
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Van Dijk is a great shout and if fit, can absolutely cover TAA.

      2. bench boost for every gamew…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Agree on Vvd, he will score from some of the set pieces and he gets 6 for goals while Taa rarely scores but assists, and Vvd also good in bps

    2. Jordan.
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      i agree about trent but the counter argument will be say rudiger and a 4.5 might get you maybe 160 ,but rudiger and say benny who you can now afford might get 250 ,loads of ways to play the money game

      1. 824545201
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Let's entertain this comparison. If you have TAA + 5.5 MID (Gallagher) versus Rudiger + 7.5 MID (Jota):
        TAA 200 points + Gallagher 120 points
        If Rudiger manages to get 150 points (very generous estimation), then Jota will need 170 points for this whole thing to be worth it.
        And i highly doubt Jota even gets 150.

        1. Jordan.
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          yep all good comments ,i always have trent and dont disagree with you , just proposing the counter argument

          1. 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            In the same argument why not TAA plus Van Dijk? I know it's 1 million more but I might go that way

        2. Harry the Hack
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Rudiger getting 150 points is generous, but Gallagher getting 120 is mentioned almost as a throwaway, as if it's no argument?
          This whole points game is different people's perspectives on what different players will score. Personally I think the 30 odd points Trent scores more than Cancelo is more than made up upgrading a Gallagher to a Jota for example.
          TAA is not essential. Unless he is captain material, it's about how the extra cash is spent

    3. rokonto
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I thought similar.
      Had vvd after wc on gw2.
      Got rid last week for trent as it had cost me 14 points.
      Trent gets illness and vvd scores 12 points...
      How's yer luck?

    4. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I think it also depends on who TAA can prevent you from getting. Right now selling him for Dias/Cancelo is my best route to get Ronaldo and Lukaku.

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

    Pay Ings or Ben White this week? Currently have Ings on the bench.

    Only other option is to bench Alonso and play both.

    What you reckon?

    1. Jordan.
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      id deffo play white, spurs are crap ,probably ings as well ,theres tommy tombola and its man city,it is a toughie though g/l

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

        Thanks Jordan

      2. JUNITED
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        NLD could produce lot of goals which prevent spurs clean sheet

        1. JUNITED
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Prevent arsenal clean sheet I mean

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

      Definitely Ings and I own White. Spurs might be crap but they have a goal in them and you only have one route to points with BW as he isn't gonna score. Wouldn't bet against Villa scoring at OT as Man U haven't looked great at the back really

    3. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Ings can always get a goal.

  9. Invincibles
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Playing on a WC:
    A) Greenwood, Antonio
    B) 4.6 mid/Duffy/Livra, Lukaku

    1. dshv
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      On Wc . B

    2. 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      No way to get Antonio and Luka?

      Out of those I would get Antonio plus 7.5 mid, maybe not Greenwood. Take a punt on a Chelsea mid? Tough call

      1. 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Or maybe Antonio plus 6ish mid and use the cash to get 1 Chelsea def ( 2 def if you already have 1).

  10. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    I’ve got Bamford, Ayling and Trent all flagged. Tsimikas>Duffy exact change to give me bench cover?

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Hoping they are all declared fit by Saturday. I wouldn't spend an FT just yet. I have Raphina as well - 4 flags in my team currently!

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      don't mind it or ayling out.

  11. 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Repost:
    Would appreciate some input on this good fellas. Can't decide who to play and also the bench order.

    A. Eduard vs BHA (H)
    B. Marcal vs SOU (A)
    C. Duffy VS CRY (A)
    D. Livra VS WOL (H)

    currently playing Eduard and Livra.

    Bench Marcal Duffy Gilmour
    I am hoping that Eduard will score in the 25 minutes that he will play? Or play Marcal/Duffy over him? I think palace will score at home, so not so keen on playing Duffy. Between Marcal and Livra, I am playing Livra as he plays at home. Any thought?

    1. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Tricky one. I’m going with Duffy over Livramento due to attacking threat.

  12. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Patrick Bamford and Luke Ayling will both miss tonight’s Carabao Cup game with Fulham following injuries picked up in Friday night’s match against Newcastle United.
    Source:
    @LUFC

    Will Raphinha play vs Fulham?

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      wouldn't have thought so, given their league position.

  13. Richarlidad
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    I'm fairly certain I'll be making two transfers next week. Chelsea's defence look too good and I want to double up especially with those fixtures. Hypothetically lets say Bamford is out for one week. (It looks minor and I'd say this is a likely scenario) - Which one of those options look strongest:

    a) Bamford > Antonio (Free) with a -4 hit next week.
    b) Keep Bamford and play Sissoko NEW (H) with no hits taken.

    1. Richarlidad
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      The tranfers I want to make next week: Matip & Van Dijk > Rudiger & Alonso. I forgot there's also the option of bringing in just one Chelsea defender.

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

      A

    3. Khark
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      i don't mind B you know and hope Sissoko gets an assist for Sarr. Newcastle are so poor at the back

  14. Fpl_Ludwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Who to get as Traore replacement and why?

    Sarr - (If i take him and wan’t a chelsea def for gw7 i can’t take rudiger cuz he will go up in price before that, but i can go for Silva or Christensen)

    Gallagher
    or
    Gray

    1. Rohirrims
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Sarr feels too short term, do you see yourself playing him much in 8-15? I prefer Gallagher.

    2. JUNITED
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Sarr or Gray. Probably Gray since he has Norwich this week. United always conceded goal anyway so Gray can still produce something vs United.

    3. Jordan.
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      townsend saves 0.3 coins hes playing ok and brings rudiger back into the time equation..

    4. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      sarr is a transfer after gw7.
      the time to get him would have been when I presume you got traore.

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

      Quite like Bailey/Ward-Prowse.

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

    Potential wc draft. What you think ?

    Sanchez
    TAA Shaw Rudiger
    Salah Sarr Gray Raphinha
    Vardy Lukaku Antonio

    Steele Livramento Gilmour Williams

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      keeping shaw?

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

        Shaw>cancelo/dias gw 8 and Ronaldo is 2,3 more then vardy. Team suffers to much. Will captain Salah gw 6 Lukaku gw 7

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Fair enough.
          Yep, you'd either have to sacrifice the 3rd defender or the 3rd forward.

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

            Can downgrade vardy later on and uprade a mid or defender if necessary

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      and I'd stretch vardy to ronaldo, personally.

    3. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Very good.

      I was playing around with a similar team, only in 442, without Antonio, but with Dias and Ederson in there.

  16. Jordan.
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    got my eyes on villa offense ,average fixtures ahead bailey,buendia,watkins are all on the watchlist ,i thought they lookked good vs everton,torres and jiminez are playing to stay in my team,must do better...

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

      Having not been able to bin Ings the last few weeks I was thinking i'll just keep him now.

      Spurs aren't great either so happy to play him against them. Wolves seem a bit up and down and West Ham always give you a chance. Southampton seem improved but I think Villa will alright over that run.

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

      Ings and Bailey will likely come in for me.

  17. dshv
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    What do you prefer drom gw8

    1. Loose Ronaldo for Lukaku
    2. Loose antonio for Lukaku
    3. Take 3 of them and unbalanced team

    1. CONNERS
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'm keeping Ronaldo. Chelsea defence far better value.

      Might switch him in temporarily for GW9 mind you.

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Lose*
      3.

    3. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      2. I’m going this route because of fixtures and just don’t want to lose Ronaldo.

  18. CONNERS
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Many Christensen owners on here?

    Just interested in what your plans are, i.e. stick or twist for Alonso/Rudiger or keep him and double up?

    1. Khark
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I've gone Rudiger and want the double up. Cant for the life of me decide between Alonso/James and Christensen

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Cheap way into the defence- nothing wrong with him

  19. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Bamford possibly being injured is a real kick in the teeth for those not going rom&ron - it’s constant!

    1. Khark
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I honestly think he will be ok. he picked the injury up on 75 minutes against Newcastle and still completed the 90.

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I’m hoping so

        But it’s becoming frustrating since all the midpriced assets have flopped recently and become transfer issues

  20. Khark
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    People are realising (and Klopp has confirmed) that TAA has a different role this season aren't they. See a lot of comments over the past couple of articles like. TAA isn't essential, Virgin can cover TAA, TAA being wrongly compared with midfielders.

    -Can VVD match TAA for points this season? With Trent's more advanced role, i don't think he can!
    -Is TAA essential? I don't think anyone is essential, but he's close.
    -TAA isn't wrongly being compared with midfielders, he's playing so high up its a joke, the amount of times Salah has had to fill in at RB this season is scary.

    Of course the above 3 points are just my opinion. Which on the flip-side when people argue against are just their opinion as well. I do like how we all interpret information to suit our own needs. If you don't think TAA is essential, go without. If you think VVD is a better option, pick him and save the million, go for it. If you think the comparison with midfielders is wrong, then don't believe it.

    For me, Trent stays for the season unless Injured.

    I love the differencing of opinions, and in the words of Evra - I love this game!

    1. zeslinguer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'll keep TAA all season but interestingly this 'change of position' doesn't show up at all in the heat maps

  21. Kaptenen
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Harvey Barnes likely to drop in value tonight?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Hope so

  22. Raf
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Hey guys,

    Needed some thoughts

    Sanchez
    Taa shaw digne
    Salah benrahma Gray raphinha
    Antonio dcl ronaldo

    Bachman veltman livramento brownhill

    1ft

    Dcl to bamford?
    Or something else?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Digne out would be up there.

      1. Raf
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yep, but he’s playing atleast

  23. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    I do not believe many will be copying my team ha ha. It just feels refreshing to not be template and no injury concerns other than Mendy at this stage.

    Mendy
    Matip TAA Livra
    Salah Gray Gallagher Doucoure
    (A)ntonio Ronaldo Lukaku

    Foster Duffy Biss Williams

    Next week: Mendy to Guaita, Matip to VVD

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Tis a sheet team!

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks

  24. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    I appear to be in joint position with Zophar. Must be tied on points AND number of transfers made.

    Cool

    1. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Lovely stuff!

  25. zeslinguer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    so much broken in the members area these days. Just used it for 5 mins and the sorting for xGI doesn't work for midfielders (I remember flagging this ages ago) and the 'average per 90' option for heatmaps doesn't do anything. This is better than the new beta where you can't sort at all by most of the columns (only things like team name, if you want to see the teams listed in alphabetical order for some reason) and on mobile it's even worse as the tables go off the side of the screen and you can't scroll horizontally. Also can someone explain to me the concept of members-only videos when they're all on youtube??

    1. Harry the Hack
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      you'll get lip service from them. That will constitute action in their eyes

  26. Amartey Partey
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Should I bench boost this?

    Sanchez (cry), Dennis (NEW), Reguilon (ars), Livramento (WOL)

    I remember last season double gameweeks being better for triple captain and free hit, and this seems like a good bench this week…

    1. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Nope

  27. vova
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone else prefer White over Livramento/Duffy? Only 0.2 more expensive

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Nope, Duffy has attacking returns in his back pocket and Livra is cheaper than White.

      1. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        This. Duffy is still a huge bargain. He’s a beast in the opposition box.

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      not for mine.

  28. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    With Jota and Greenwood about to leave teams this and next week, looking at the other assets available in the middle price range as follows (feel free to add to the below list)

    Torres, Grealish, Harvetz, Foden, Pogba and Pepe

    There aren't many that really jump out.

    The value for money lies in the budget midfielders...

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Both out for son + Gallagher could work though

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Son not a middle priced midfielder though and not sure many will be rushing to get Spurs assets at this point.

    2. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Budget midfield and premium defence looks like the way at the moment

  29. Threat Level Midnight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    So is Bamford actually injured or more fear mongering?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Leeds have confirmed he has an ankle injury. Not fake news.

      1. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        oh crud >:|

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Pukki started the rumors

      1. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        lol 🙂

      1. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        cheers Klopp. looks like things should be ok.

  30. klopptimusprime
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Bring in Ronaldo for a hit or Toney to Antonio for with free transfer

    2.6m, 1FT

    Sanchez
    TAA | Shaw | White
    Salah | Bruno | Jota | Raph | Benrahma
    Bamford | Toney

    Gunn | Livra | Scarlett | Hoever 2.6ITB, 1FT