Scout Notes

Jimenez ends goal drought as Arsenal claim convincing north London derby win

We begin our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 6 Scout Notes with analysis of Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers.

For a summary of all seven of Saturday’s games, click here.

ARSENAL 3-1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

  • Goals: Emile Smith Rowe (£5.3m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£9.9m), Bukayo Saka (£6.2m) | Son Heung-min (£10.0m)
  • Assists: Saka, Smith Rowe | Sergio Reguilon (£5.2m)
  • Bonus points: Saka x3, Smith Rowe x2, Aubameyang x1

ARSENAL ATTACK THRIVES

In a sensational first-half performance by Arsenal, Mikel Arteta’s side scored three goals with the impressive Emile Smith Rowe (£5.3m) and Bukayo Saka (£6.2m) causing Tottenham’s defence all sorts of problems.

The duo linked up well for the opener, and ended the game as the Gunners’ expected goal involvement (xGI) leaders, with 0.54 and 0.91 totals respectively.

Emile Smith Rowe (left) and Bukayo Saka’s (right) touch heatmaps v Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 6

With fixtures now easing for Arsenal (see below), the pair could become cheap options for our midfield set-ups, though it does perhaps feel like Saka’s spot in the starting XI is a little more secure, given that Smith Rowe only made the bench against Norwich City as recently as Gameweek 4, and was then replaced just after the hour mark the following week.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£9.9m) deserves a mention, too, having netted his second goal in three appearances. 

Admittedly, it’s hard to find a place for the Gabon international in our frontlines right now, but it is worth noting that amongst all forwards, only Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.7m) has accumulated more shots since Gameweek 4.

VALUE OPTIONS EMERGE AT THE BACK

Xhaka and Moura recalled as Ramsdale starts again

Another start for Aaron Ramsdale (£4.5m) means that he has now featured from the off in three consecutive Premier League games, conceding just one goal during that time.

As a result, he’s emerged as a value option in goal, who could realistically rival the likes of Robert Sanchez (£4.6m) and David Raya (£4.6m) for FPL points in the coming weeks.

At the back, Ben White (£4.4m) is a slightly cheaper alternative, but Kieran Tierney (£4.9m) remains the headline pick if your budget can stretch to it. The Scottish international was slightly more subdued in an attacking sense today, but has posted team-league totals for successful crosses and touches in the opponent’s half across the opening six matches.

Defensively, the Gunners have conceded just two big chances against Norwich City (h), Burnley (a) and Tottenham Hotspur (h), though the quality of opposition should of course be considered. 

PROBLEMS AT SPURS

As a result of today’s loss, Spurs’ have now conceded nine goals in their last three Premier League games, while at the other end, they’ve scored just four all season.

The underlying numbers remain a real concern, too.

TotalRank v other Premier League sides
Shots5619th
Shots conceded6718th
xG5.3819th
xGC10.9416th

Son Heung-min (£10.0m) was at least able to score a consolation goal today, which means that he has now netted three in five league appearances this term. However, given the above numbers, it’s hard to get too excited about any of their assets, despite a couple of reasonable looking fixtures – Aston Villa (h) and Newcastle United (a) – up next.

“We were not good enough and Arsenal did a good game. It’s always hard when you concede early in a game and we were not able to control the match. We didn’t start well and the first half was very bad.

Against Chelsea we played well in the first half, but today was the other way around. We were not able to execute it [game-plan] in the right way. 

Credit to Arsenal because they were strong, aggressive and stronger. What I focus on is making the right decisions. We learn in every moment. We are trying to build. There are a lot of things wrong and there are a lot of things good.” – Nuno Espirito Santo

Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka (Sambi Lokonga 82), Saka (Maitland-Niels 87), Odegaard, Smith Rowe (Tavares 88), Aubameyang

Spurs XI: Lloris, Tanganga (Royal 45), Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Alli (Skipp 45), Ndombele (Gil 70), Moura, Son, Kane

SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

  • Goals: Raul Jimenez (£7.5m)
  • Assists: Jose Sa (£5.0m)
  • Bonus points: Sa x3, Jimenez x2, Romain Saiss (£5.0m) x1

JIMENEZ ENDS LONG WAIT FOR GOAL

After 14 goal attempts without scoring before today’s game, Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) finally opened his account for the season and bagged his patient owners eight FPL points.

The Mexican had played every minute of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign since returning from the serious injury he sustained in November 2020, but was yet to find the back of the net.

However, that changed today, as he latched onto an excellent goal kick from Jose Sa (£5.0m) in the second-half, before coolly slotting the ball past Alex McCarthy (£4.5m).

Raul Jimenez’s xG shot map 2021/22

“I want to score every game, I knew the goal was coming, I was fighting for it, working for it and all the team deserve it. I was thinking ‘when will the goal come?’. It felt really good. Four of our five games have been incredible, we need to keep going like this. We did a really good job. The fans are always with us, supporting. It is really important for our team, to have them supporting and shouting.” – Raul Jimenez

SA SHINES

The biggest score of the day, however, was reserved for keeper Sa, who kept a clean sheet and made six saves, and as a result collected maximum bonus on his way to a huge 14-point haul for his small army of owners.

The Portuguese stopper has now kept back-to-back away clean sheets, and sits level in fourth with Edouard Mendy (£6.0m) in the goalkeeper standings, on 28 points.

At the back, it was another encouraging performance by Nelson Semedo (£4.9m), who forced McCarthy into an early save and rewarded his owners with a clean sheet.

TRAORE AND TRINCAO DROPPED

Brighton Burnley 5

Bruno Lage lined Wolves’ up in their usual 3-4-2-1 formation today, but switched personnel in the attacking midfield roles.

In response to their 2-0 loss at home to Brentford in Gameweek 5, Adama Traore (£6.0m) and Francisco Trincao (£5.9m) dropped out, with new signing Hee-chan Hwang (£5.5m) and Daniel Podence (£5.5m) coming into the starting XI.

Traore was finally introduced on 71 minutes, but touched the ball just eight times and failed to make an impact, while Trincao remained an unused substitute.

SOUTHAMPTON STRUGGLE, BUT LIVRAMENTO IMPRESSES AGAIN

Ahead of their Gameweek 8 fixture swing, Southampton failed to impress in their audition, though the performance of Tino Livramento (£4.2m) again stood out as he put in a lively display from the right of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s 4-2-2-2 formation.

The youngster ended the game with more final-third touches than any other player on the pitch (35), while he also created a couple of chances.

Tino Livramento’s touch heatmap v Wolverhampton Wanderers in Gameweek 6

Further forward, the Saints had their chances – registering 18 shots to Wolves’ five – but were unable to find the net for a third successive Premier League game, and lacked any real quality in the final-third.

As a result of the loss, it’s now six games without a win, as they remain one of five different Premier League teams (Norwich City, Burnley, Leeds United, Newcastle United) yet to register three points this season.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters (Long 74), Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Redmond (Djenepo 64), A Armstrong, Adams (Broja 64)

Wolves XI: Sa, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Semedo (Hoever 87), Moutinho, Dendoncker, Marcal, Hwang (Neves 88), Podence (Traore), Jimenez

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  1. kobewan
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Shaw owners

    Are you keeping Shaw or Transferring him out to a City or Chelsea defender?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Dont have cash for City or Chelsea defender, will keep this week.

      1. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Christensen?

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Thought about him but I'm not sure about his nailedness in easier home games. Hudson Odoi lurking. I guess Chalobah can also play in his position?

          1. kobewan
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 8 days ago

            WC not an Option?

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Getting in City defenders vs LFC not advisable.

              1. Harry the Hack
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                could help you beat price rises. Those who went Cancelo againstt Chelsea are quietly smirking

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  True

                2. pavlev
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Small smirk only as I also had James and Shaw!

            2. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Nah, not going to WC for just 2 players, can get them for a hit over next 2 weeks.

    2. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Easy sell

    3. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Ditch shaw as early as possible

    4. kobewan
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Currently
      2 sell
      1 keep

    5. luk46
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      easiest sell of my life

    6. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Shipped him for Rudiger this morning.

      1. Powers106
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Same here

    7. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Sold for alonso before the price change last night. Had the exact money left

    8. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Sold for Alonso

  2. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Have 1 ft

    Sanchez
    Trent christensen rudiger
    Salah sarr benrahma jota
    Ronaldo antonio bamford

    1. Save FT( Play 3 pool Against city, bench bamford)
    2. Bamford+ jota > lukaku + douglaz luiz (-4) long term

    Choose one

    1. Jafalad
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      1. Save.

      Need to ascertain Bamford's status first. If he is out l/t then obs move him out for Lukaku and d/grade Ron.

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 8 days ago

        That means keeping jota for now?

        1. Jafalad
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yes. Even if he is a sub, he still scores points most times he comes on.

        2. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Lukaku could blank again 😉

          Not that I want him to as I have him but not out of the question.

          1. Jafalad
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Quiet in the cheap seats 😉

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Lukaku blanked vs Spurs who are dross and 2nd blank in a row vs City. I am still considering the hokey cokey to Vardy.

              1. Harry the Hack
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                I'm wondering if the absence of Mount affected that - he was always going to be the best source for Lukaku

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Does not bode well to be honest. The Chelsea midfield looks like a lost cause.

  3. Mr Ozil
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Best Chelsea Midfielder to get?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Only one I would consider is Kovacic at this point.

      1. Chaldaea
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Could get dropped for Kante and Jorgi at times and very low goal threat.

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        None really. Mount could get occasional return

      3. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Tuchel is actually worse than Pep. Its just too risky unfortunately

      4. Karhumies
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Normally, I would have said Havertz or Ziyech, but with Lukaku + Werner in the XI vs Man City and both of them dropped off to the bench, I am going to say avoid and go for Grealish > Jota instead.

      5. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Steer clear imo.

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Who is Walker's competition in the City team? Has played in all except the first game.

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        No real threat for him. Just Cancelo shifting to that spot with Zinchenko as LB is their only option at the moment.

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Can be a good City option at just 5.5?

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            He could be. Attacking returns over last 2-3 seasons arent much.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              True. But an easy way to have some form of City defense. Can't stretch it to Cancelo.

          2. TKC07
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            If I can afford .6 extra I would go for Cancelo (more chances of attacking returns, bonus and minutes).

            Picking Walker has the similar risk as picking Christensen over Rudiger for .6 less.

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Agree. But don't have that additional 0.6!

    3. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      How did Podence do yesterday? would love to get him for Wolves nice fixtures.

      1. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Didn't set the world on fire, I'd be steering clear of Wolves mids for now, personally.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Agree

        2. CR7 is Home
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Cheers

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Had a poor game overall.

      3. rokonto
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Didn't take the knee....

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

          Alonso didn't either.

    4. Merlinho
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Is Shaw likely to go down in price before next gameweek?

      Trying to figure out whether to bin him or Tsimikas for a Chelsea defender. I have money in the bank and likely wild card next week or GW9.

      1. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        All but guaranteed I would say, looks likely for tomorrow.

        1. Merlinho
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Does the flag make any difference?

          1. waldo666
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Not as I understand it.

      2. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        He will drop in the next few days. Slight chance he could actually double drop this GW

      3. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah he’ll definitely drop

    5. aapoman
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Best move to make before gw8 wildcard? Lots of players that are possibly out/injured is annoying 1ft and 1.2itb.

      Foster
      TAA Ayling* Shaw*
      Salah Bruno Jota Raphinha* Benrahma
      Antonio Jimenez

      Bachmann*; Veltman, Livramento, Scarlett

      1. Karhumies
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Ayling to Rudiger / Chelsea def?

    6. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      One more rise for Sarr will be handy!

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        strong likelihood.

      2. CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Sell for one of the gunners

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yep, them or Mbeumo on shortlist. Will probably have to get both since Benrahma is also going to leave soon 😀

          1. CR7 is Home
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Salah and 4 of these 5.5-6.0 mids (3-4-3) with one of them on the bench based on form and fixture could work , it will also help cover any injuries

            1. Holmes
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Not interested in 4 at back?

              1. CR7 is Home
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Don't want to lose Livra and Duffy as long as they are starting 🙂

            2. ameisin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              This is exactly what I'm doing for my WC. (Although in the 5.5-7.0 bracket).

              Allows good rotation, 3 big defenders at back with White/Livra on bench, Lukaku, Antonio + 1 more up front.

          2. Gabbiadini
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Mbeumo gw9, yes on my radar.

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah don't do that

      3. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        keep for leeds surely

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Will surely keep for Leeds, might even keep for longer though if he returns vs Leeds as well 😀

    7. JVALDEZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Ramsdale
      TAA | Alonso | Rudiger
      Salah | Raphinha | Sarr | Gallagher
      Lukaku (c) | Antonio | Jimenez

      Foster | Cancelo | Livramento | Gilmour

      Wildcard team, thoughts?

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

        Not sure about Jimenez…

      2. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I'm on WC and have virtually the same setup at present. Just have Benrahma / Allan over Gallagher / Gilmour

    8. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      The budget mids are running the show at the moment.

      Benrahma, Sarr, Doucoure, Gray, Townsend, Kovacic, Gallagher and Raphina. Could add Saka as well.

      These 9 players make up the top 16 in the points table. 4 of them have more points than Fernandes.

      1. Harry the Hack
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        with their run i think you can add Saka and ESR

        1. Make United Great Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah I’m liking the look of Saka for sure

      2. Make United Great Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Makes for an interesting game.

      3. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Makes it little bit easier, isnt it? 😀

      4. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Only son and kdb can change that

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I would not have any Spurs asset and KDB has only started one match so far and not completed the 90.

          The KDB ship has sailed IMO.

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            more like not left the port yet … when he is fully match fitness he is probably the only City mid I would go for

            1. Harry the Hack
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              don't write off Foden

              1. Hotdogs for Tea
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                can’t see Foden getting much more than 3 games out of very 5 games … that City midfield is a minefield

    9. olidooley
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Looks ok for next weekend? FT used for Shaw to Rudi

      Sanchez
      TAA Rudiger Semedo
      Salah Jota Raphinha Benrahma Sarr
      Lukaku(c) Antonio(vc)

      Steele Ayling Veltman Scarlett

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yes good team. CR7 will hurt you if he hauls but you can't have everybody.

    10. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      What’s the earliest we’re likely to hear about shaw’s injury ? Wednesday CL presser with ole?

      Just working out weather it’s worth me moving early, I’d like to hold him for next week if there is a chance he plays and roll the transfer

      1. Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Now that I knee-jerked him out for Rüdiger, I think we can safely say he'll get cs + assist + baps against Everton

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        We should have one tomorrow

      3. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Shaw 15 point haul incoming as i ditched him

    11. Heiro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Hi all,

      A: Jiminez+Greenwood TO Lukaku+DLouis
      B: Obefemi+Bruno TO Lukaku+Smith Rowe

      Would leave me a front line of Antonio/Jiminez/Lukaku or just Antonio/Lukaku

      Thanks all.

    12. Athletico Underachieving
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Bam (if fit) or St Max alongside Lukaku and Antonio?

      1. CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Bam

    13. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Got all of James, Shaw, Rafh and Bamford as injury doubts (with bench of Livra, Duffy and Gilmour)

      What would be your moves?

      Am thinking James out for Rudiger tonight before price rise as James is defo out for long and wait on other 3 injury news and take a hit if required? Would you play any different?

      1. afsr
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Had Shaw Raph and Bamford (no James), shipped Shaw and Bamford for a hit last night for Alonso and Jimenez

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Many going one or double CHE defence. I want to add Cancelo and Dias next to TAA for GW8.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 8 days ago

          I’m surprised that combo isn’t talked about more, cancelo and Dias double up was magic last season and it’ll only cost you about .7 more than Alonso and rudiger

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I will also have Duffy and Livra waiting to come off the bench if any rotation or injuries happen.

            I prefer 343 to any other formation this season 🙂

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              3atb is my preferred also but you have to be tempted by a 5.0/5.5 defender over a 5.5/6.0 mid.

              1. FOO FIGHTER
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Meh, the budget mids are doing well enough.

                1. Gabbiadini
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Yes but I for one have had three of them for the past 3+ weeks. Raphinha, Sarr & Gray.
                  Whether I go a 4th or grab a defender.

      3. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Duffy can play this week. Raphinha will probably be fit as well, wait for updates on bamford and james.

        1. CR7 is Home
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          thnx mate

      4. Hotdogs for Tea
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        do you have any other players that have fixtures mid week in Europe and at risk of getting crocked ? if so it may be worth waiting until the weekend to consider the best transfer options based upon the latest information

    14. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Everyone seemed absolutely desperate to roll 2 transfers into the first international break but looks like a lot of people are moving early before this one, any reason for that or just the James and shaw injuries ?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I have one FT in my back pocket and at this point rolling. Have no injury concerncs though.

      2. pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Could be lots are looking at WC next time - just some oddballs like Holmes 😉 will be hold outs

    15. The case for Aubameyang
      pingissimus
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Theoretical question

      Had Auba on my watchlist anyway but now getting more interested. I'd be looking at a modified version of the triple premium template simply substituting Ron and cheap defender for Auba and full premium defence. Feels like it could add up. Fit and selected Auba has been a consistent 20 goals a season striker and imminent fixtures prime.

      (Losing Benny to Saka could also happen?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I am still in the wait and see camp re Arsenal assets.

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Ramsdale I think you can move on.

        2. pingissimus
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yep for sure not an imminent move this week and would take at least one more week before leaping but it does look an intriguing prospect.

          Auba has been a consistently good FPL asset - it was really Arteta and Europa that killed him last season. Laca isn't even getting subbed on nowadays and not sure he led the line in the Mickey Mouse Cup so that threat seems low.

          Not liking any of 7.5 to 8.0 guys much and it's really a question of going low or high for me. Vardy just too expensive

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah Auba looks a good bet now for the third striker slot alongside KakMonster & AntMan

        His price is horrible though when DCL & Bam are 2.0 cheaper & both will be back soon & on pens - the same thing makes Vardy a difficult buy also

        Arsenal have momentum, so Auba could explode in the short term while DCL & Bam are getting back to fitness but longer term I’d still back the 8.0’s

        Jesus is one who I think people might sleep on - looks like a guy who will just sneakily claw his way up to 100+ points by Christmas bit by bit in between blanks & benchings

        Saka & ESR would interest me more than Auba tbh - feels better having cheap high value assets from Arsenal than a big premium (at the minute)

        1. pingissimus
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yep Jesus is on the radar too but he's really oop nowadays starting much wider - would take a bit more convincing about minutes.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Yeah the POO factor is a bit annoying, but you know Pep…

            Thing is Jesus is already steaming ahead of every City midfielder - his versatility will be in his favour at getting minutes…

            But then again with Foden back in the mix and Mahrez, Torres, a Sterling, Grealish all knocking about its a bit of a nightmare

            Bam & DCL are the guys to be looking at for third striker - just unfortunate they’re injured (after watching Wolves yesterday I still wouldn’t be massively bullish on Jimmy just yet, Bednarek was very dodgy for his goal)

            1. The Rumour Mill
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Bednarek was so awful wasn't he. Not good as a Livramento owner with Stephens out for 12 weeks. Martin Keown on MOTD2 was trying to blame the full backs for Southampton conceding, the fact is Southampton had a 2 on 1 at the back which should be more than adequate to deal with Jimenez, the problem is one of them was Bednarek! A route 1 hoof from the keeper should not be leading to a goal at this level.

      3. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I'm not sure if he will be able to compete with likes of Bamford/Antonio/Dom but fixtures are there, so he could be worth a punt.

        1. pingissimus
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Antonio would be in anyway

          Gone really cold on Bamford here. DCL is a possibility I guess.

      4. Hotdogs for Tea
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Africa Cup of Nations ?

        10 cheaper forwards have scored more points than him so far, even the likes of Pukki, Maupay, Dennis & S-M … cheaper and better alternatives with the added bonus of extra money to spend on your team elsewhere ?

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

          Afcon comes more or less as Arsenal fixtures turn iirc

          Simply raising the idea here and cheaper options are always an alternative. I'd personally rule out Dennis and Pukki as playing for two completely gash sides who at best will tick over gently.

          ASM, Toney and Maupay right now look good for sure and my plan A is to go heavy defence with one of that type. But that said still think Auba could be a worthwhile choice if Arsenal continue on current trajectory (ie forgetting weeks 1-3). He is a possible golden boot candidate on pedigree after all.

        2. The Rumour Mill
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          AFCON isn't until January!

      5. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Oh the “Player X has just scored, he was on my watchlist all along” article.

        What’s next, ESR / Saka enables Threemium u-turn?

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Fair 🙂

            Didn’t Magnus Carlsen bring in Aubameyang two weeks ago?

            As a community, we really should be looking forward. Yes, it’s safer to wait and react after the first shoots of Spring (Jimenez goal, for example), but we all end up sounding like Captain Hindsight.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Auba and Arsenal have faced the three worst defences in the last 3 games. I wouldn't be taking their attack seriously until they show they can do it against a half-decent team or two.

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

                Fair 🙂

                Though I think they're yet to face Newcastle and Leeds! Or even Watford who I suspect will end up conceding 60 plus.

                Using the Brighton game as a test case.

      6. lugs
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        already have him, brought him in in gw 4 WC as basically he was my replacement for Son, 2 goals in 3 games so far from him including a captain success against Norwich so i'm happy to keep him

      7. have you seen cyan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        I have Auba, and got Saka in this week, triple Arse now with Ramsdale

    16. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Good enough to save my FT? 0.7 ITB

      Guaita
      TAA-Rudiger-Semedo
      Salah-Jota-Raphinha-Sarr
      Antonio-Jimenez-Ronaldo

      Steer-White-Livramento-Allan

      1. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        yes

    17. mojoindojo
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Save FT or get rid of Jota?

      Sa
      TAA Alonso White
      Grealish Jota Raphinha Saka
      Ronaldo Lukaku Antonio

      4.0 Semedo Livra Bissouma

      1. jackruet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Save

    18. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Good to go for next week? Will Captain one of the forwards but not sure which yet

      Ramsdale
      TAA Alonso Duffy
      Salah Benrahma Sarr Doucoure
      Ronaldo Lukaku(c) Antonio

      Steele Sissoko Livramento Tsimikas 0FT 0.0 ITB

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I am leaning towards Ronaldo. UTD surely will bounce back at home. Everton are not pushovers though. If DCL is fit this is going to be a match loaded with goals.

    19. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      So is that Traore officially dead then?

      No way Newno changes a winning team with Wolves need for points Shirley, impact sub from the bench for the next few?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Seems better suited to an impact sun role anyway. Sell

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Shaw > Rudiger & Traore > Saka looking very easy FT’s at the minute

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            If you can see out the midweek games even better

      2. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Impact sub will actually suit him better

        But the incoming guys didnt offered much either, so he could still return to starting XI.

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah - Trincao is still knocking about there too so that Wolves attack just looks horrible from an FPL standpoint outside of Jimmy, who has lots of competition from other strikers in that price range too

      3. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I do not own him but my advice would be to send him packing.

      4. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I will start him vs New and reassess in g8.

    20. The Mantis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Worth a -4?
      Shaw, Jota and Bam to Rudi, ESR and vardy

      1. Ëð
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        No

      2. pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Is ESR the playing 4th mid?

        He was fantastic yesterday of course. No Arsenal expert here but I'd still have slight concerns about minutes. Pepe Saka Odegaard and ESR is presumably one name too many.

      3. Carefree Crew
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I quite like it, so I'd say yes.

        Shaw went off injured, fixtures about to turn.

        Jota has City & Firmino is back. Read on here he's not selected for Brazil don't know if that's accurate.

        Bamford was injured & no confirmation he's fit for the weekend.

        Rudi excellent fixtures next 5.

        ESR fixtures & value & form / confidence after NLD. Ask arsenal fans if he's nailed, but he's been consistently one of their better players IMHO.

        Vardy form, fixtures, bit of a differential still? Not checked ownership.

        1. The Mantis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Exactly my thinking. However I have made the transfers but not chose Vardy as he's always been a bit of a trap for me. I've brought in Cancelo, ESR and Auba now as I had just the right funds for that

      4. Carefree Crew
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        According to Sky sports & BBC Firmino hasn't been called up for Brazil. Sky link below states "Liverpool duo Allison & Fabinho."

        https://www.skysports.com/amp/football/news/12027/12416807/brazil-call-up-eight-premier-league-players-including-alisson-and-ederson-amid-quarantine-uncertainty

        I'm assuming Jota has been called up again for Portugal but haven't checked.

      5. Carefree Crew
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        I try to explain my thought process when answering, so people can make their own judgements if they agree or think I'm talking rubbish.

        Good luck The Mantis. 🙂

    21. GuenDoozy
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Which Wc team would you go for?
      A) 3-4-3/4-3-3/4-4-2 Flexible Team (0.5 ITB)
      Ramsale Foster
      TAA Cancelo Rudiger Alonso Livra
      Salah Raph Sarr Saka Luiz
      Lukaku Antonio ASM

      B) 3-4-3 Team (0.0 ITB)
      Ramsdale Foster
      WHITE Cancelo Rudiger Alonso Livra
      Salah Raph Sarr Saka Luiz
      Lukaku Antonio VARDY

      Thoughts appreciated.
      Cheers

      1. MARVELLUS
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Both are great, hard choice, would go A just. Got burnt by Vardy last season....

      2. Karhumies
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        How does Vardy -> ASM only give you 0.5M ITB?

        1. Karhumies
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Oh yes, TAA -> White missed that.

          Would pick TAA over Vardy myself.

      3. Ëð
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        A

      4. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        A

      5. GuenDoozy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers All

    22. Ëð
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Best use of 1FT this week? Will probably wait until next week for the Ronaldo -> Lukaku swap. £2.2m ITB.

      Sanchez, Foster
      TAA, Shaw, White, Livramento, Amartey
      Salah, Jota, Raphinha, Benrahma, Bissouma
      Ronaldo, Antonio, ASM

      1. Aussie Rules
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Shaw to a Chelsea defender of your preference

        1. Ëð
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Thanks was leaning towards the same. Would you not consider cancelo?

          1. Aussie Rules
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 7 days ago

            I own him already so yes definitely worth considering as well

      2. pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Presumably Shaw to Chelsea defender of choice.

        I have Rudiger but think Alonso may well be where it's at. Rudiger gets 6 points and hates baps. A couple more goals could come if held long enough but Alonso has potential to be very explosive. Risk reward of course but Chilwell looked poor in his one outing and doesn't seem likely to get more than the odd game.

      3. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Shaw to Chelsea defender

    23. JBG
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Sanchez-(Steele)
      TAA-Shaw-Ayling-Duffy-Tsimikas
      Salah-Greenwood-Benrahma-Gray-Raphinha
      Pukki-CR-Antonio

      Should I:

      a) Use WC (and bring in City, Chelsea and Wolves assets)

      b) Shaw-Greenwood-Pukki to Marcal-4.5-Lukaku for -4 (but have to play Duffy or Ayling this GW)

      1. Exotica
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        would say
        B with 4.5 doughlas luiz

        1. JBG
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Thanks

    24. MARVELLUS
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Hmmm, is Saka a better pick than Sarr on WC? Tough one, Sarr more key to his team, maybe on pens, Saka in the better team.

      1. Exotica
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        I have a similar thought but looking for Smith lowe and spent rest budget for upgrade another

        1. MARVELLUS
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Sarr has scored in 3 of 6 games so far with no pens, i know the fixtures get tougher but how often will Saka haul? Thinking sticking with Sarr, just.

        2. MARVELLUS
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Could do ESR over Gray?

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Saka for me.

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Sarr, Saka & Raphinha all would have the quality to be FPL mainstays for the medium to long term imo - no reason not to have all three supporting Mo

        Could see them all being pretty much fixture-proof, but actually having good fixtures in the short term sweetens the deal a bit

        ESR definitely has the quality too tbf - but he does seem to get injured a bit more

        And Gallagher definitely looks to be developing into a serious player at an alarming rate also

        Then there's the Holy Trinity of bargain basement Everton midfielders...

        Absolutely zero need to be spending more than 6.5 on any midfielder who's not Salah at the minute

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

          Thanks for the great response, totally agree. Currently on Mo, Raph, Sarr, Gray, so not fit in any Ars players.... Yet. If Raph is injured then Saka will be in.

    25. Exotica
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      plan to wildcard next GW and need some advice from you guys

      Team A
      Sanchez/Ramdale, Foster
      Duffy, Manquillo, Rudiger, Alonso,Cancelo
      Salah, Raphinha, Gray, Benrama, Doughlas Ruiz
      Vardy, Antonio, Ronaldo

      Team B
      Sanchez/Ramdale, Foster
      Duffy, Manquillo, White, Alonso,Cancelo
      Salah, Raphinha, Gray, Benrahma, Doughlas Ruiz
      Lukaku, Antonio, Ronaldo

      Still cant figure out abt Benrahma to who atm, any suggest ??

    26. Miami Monkey
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Sanchez (Foster)
      TAA Rudiger Marcal White (Livramento)
      Salah Jota Greenwood Benrahma (Brownhill)
      Lukaku *Bamford Antonio

      Already used my 2 FTs to bring in Lukaku/Rudiger from CR7/Amartey. Hopefully Bamford will be ok to play but can survive if he isn't this week.

      Do you think I should wildcard next week? I feel like the team looks good. Only popular picks missing are Sarr and Raphina

      1. Exotica
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        i would rec Rapinha over Bamford, and i think you if you use just 2 st in every gw you can have some budget to upgrade brownhill (Many good option in mid)

    27. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Best Chelsea def ?

      A) Alonso
      B) Azpi
      C) Rudiger

      Will have Cancelo too so I want as many starts as possible.

      1. Exotica
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        rudiger is the best for every week start

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

        Has to be Rudi

      3. Casual Player
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 7 days ago

        C if you wan starts

        A if you are prepared for the odd non-start

    28. Casual Player
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 7 days ago

      Really making a hash of the last few GWs

      Alonso out on WC GW4 at 5.7 (5.6 sale), now will probably bring him in for Shaw at 5.9 lol

      Or is Cancelo a better bet.

      I’ll be waiting until after midweek for further info, but keen on early thoughts.