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Learning from ‘The Great and The Good’ FPL managers – Gameweek 7

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.


“I’ve never been closer; I’ve tried to understand that certain feeling carved by another’s hand. But it’s too late to hesitate. We can’t keep on livin’ like this

Leave no track! Don’t look back! Temptation”

The temptation of a heavenly Gameweek 7 was too much for several FPL managers as the Chelsea fixture swing arrived and there was a rising number of defenders tackling little else than their club’s medical facilities.

For some, including Let’s Talk FPL Andy, this was a last-minute effort with the scare stories about the Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.6m) rotation coming true. His 60-second Wildcard got off to a flying start!

The armband argument came down to a straight Rom vs Ron debate, but we forgot about fixture-proof Mohamed Salah (£12.7m), who once again helped all those zombie teams who had perma-captained him in August to a green arrow.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE

We have a new leader going into the international break as Let’s Talk FPL Andy flew past Tom Stephenson, opening up an 18-point gap. This was his fourth green arrow in a row and he now sits just outside the top 10,000, his highest rank of the season.

Andy was joint-top scorer with another Wildcarder, Tom Freeman, as he reached 61 points, which saw Tom soar up 230,000 places in the overall rankings. The game is on!

Elsewhere, Fabio continues his steady ascent with 52 points for the week, helped by double Brighton defence and Son Heung-Min’s (£10.0m) continued good form.

It’ll be intriguing to see if the Hall of Fame no.1 hits the Wildcard button over the break. What we do know is that Tom Stephenson and Az has pressed it. Who else will join them?

WILDCARDS

Brentford injury latest as budget FPL midfielder Mbeumo impresses 1

Let’s look at the trio of managers who overhauled their squads this past week.

LTFPL Andy

Andy has doubled-up on Man City and Chelsea defenders but has given himself plenty of money in the bank for a Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) upgrade when he returns.

He has managed this through the triple up of mid-priced marvels in Raphinha (£6.5m), Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m) and Bukayo Saka (£6.3m) and it’s hard to argue with the initial results.

IN – Ramsdale, Rudiger, Cancelo, Azpilicueta, Laporte, Livramento, Saka, Mbeumo, Brownhill, Lukaku

OUT – Sanchez, Shaw, Alexander-Arnold, Ayling, Veltman, Tsimikas, Greenwood, Sarr, Bissouma, Ronaldo

Tom Freeman

Tom was another one to hit the reset button and he did so in style with 12 changes to his squad. He has stuck with a flexible 4-4-2 formation, using Son as the cash cow in midfield should he want to bring in Alexander-Arnold.

The bench is strong with Adam Armstrong (£6.0) looking primed to come in as Southampton’s fixtures improve and Mbeumo is an inspired move. I also like the Kieran Tierney pick, always good going forward, in an improved Arsenal defence plus he’s only £4.9m.

IN – Raya, Foster, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Tierney, Cancelo, Livramento, Mbeumo, Son, Douglas Luiz, Lukaku, Armstrong

OUT – Sanchez, Steele, Alexander-Arnold, Shaw, Maguire, Veltman, Ayling, Jota, Sarr, Gilmour, Ronaldo, Obafemi

Yavuz Kabuk

Another Wildcard and another approach with Yavuz – who let’s not forget is going for his eighth top 10,000 finish in a row – taking the “threemium” route.

Yavuz’s moves were focused on the supporting cast as he has continued to hold Salah, Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m).

The Chelsea defensive double-up was there and he has also invested in cut priced bargains such as Emile Smith Rowe (£5.3m). It also means he has the dreaded double midfield pivot of doom with two £4.5m midfielders.

The gamble is whether this lack of flexibility is worth accommodating the huge haul opportunities provided by those three big hitters.

IN – Ramsdale, Semedo, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Cancelo, Douglas Luiz, Brownhill, Smith Rowe, Antonio

OUT – Bachmann, Shaw, Alexander-Arnold, Tsimikas, Ayling, Benrahma, Gray, Traore, Dennis

TRANSFERS

Mendy injury latest as Chelsea defence impresses again 1

This is a summary of the transfers for this week:

Az – Azpilicueta (Alexander-Arnold)

LTFPL Andy – Wildcard

Fabio Borges – Son, Rudiger (Jota, Alexander-Arnold)

Joe Lepper – Cancelo (Williams)

Geoff Dance – Lukaku, Raphinha, Rudiger (Jota, Digne, Ronaldo)

FPL General – Rudiger (Alexander-Arnold)

Les Caldwell – Alonso (Shaw)

Magnus Carlsen – Saka (Jota)

Mark Sutherns – Rudiger (James)

FPL Matthew – Christensen, Rudiger (Shaw, Ayling)

Neale Rigg – Lukaku, Smith-Rowe, Christensen (Jota, Bamford, Alexander-Arnold)

Tom Freeman – Wildcard

Tom Stephenson – Rudiger (Coufal)

Yavuz Kabuk – Wildcard

Zophar – Rudiger (Ayling)

Defensive transfers were the order of the day due to a combination of necessity and desire to capitalise on that Chelsea guaranteed clean sheet. They forgot FPL never quite follows the rules.

Az made the pick of the moves thanks to Cesar Azpilicueta’s (£6.0m) double assist and Fabio Borges’ canny transfer for Son should not be overlooked.

TEMPLATE

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

Sanchez (10), Steele/Foster (7)

Rudiger (12), Livramento (9), Alexander-Arnold (8), Shaw (7), Azpilicueta/White/Semedo/Cancelo (4)

Salah (15), Raphinha (12), Sarr (7), Benrahma (7), Greenwood (6)

Antonio (15), Ronaldo (9), Lukaku (8)

A disturbance in the defensive force as Alexander-Arnold drops out of the 100% ownership club for the first time this season.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s defenders are flavour of the month with Antonio Rudiger (£5.8m) joining the template and Azpilicueta part of the battle for the fifth defender spot. As a result, cheap enablers Luke Ayling (£4.4m) and Joel Veltman (£4.4m) are discarded.

We also see the end of Diogo Jota (£7.6m), who has frustrated many a manager and who’s playing time now comes under question with the return of Roberto Firmino (£8.8m).

THE JOY OF FORMATION

With a large proportion of the FPL Community wildcarding over the next week, I thought I would poke around the formations of The Great and The Good as structural decisions will provide the framework for our final squads.

Obviously, 3-4-3 remains the preferred formation with the likes of Az, Magnus, Fabio, and FPL General sticking to this traditional format for the majority of the opening gameweeks.

However, this year the need for stronger benches, plus the rise of the cheap defenders and the £5.5-6.5m midfield bracket means that many of them are switching between 3-4-3 and 3-5-2.

Mark and Tom Stephenson have been strong proponents for the 3-5-2 from the start, whilst FPL Matthew and Geoff Dance have used their transfers and their Wildcard, in Geoff’s case, to shift to this approach.

Tom Freeman has stood alone with his case for the 4-4-2, mainly driven by his investment in Harry Maguire (£5.4m) and Son necessitating this formation.

Meanwhile, Yavuz and Neale are the managers to have invested in the triple threat of Lukaku, Ronaldo and Salah, meaning that 4-3-3 appears to be their structure of choice going forward.

The point here is that there are several options open to those Wildcarding this year with a key decision being how flexible you want to be with your selection going forward – is it a case of “threemium” of bust?

CONCLUSION

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Brace yourself for Wildcard mania over the next two weeks with RMTs and tinkering bound to hit explosive levels. My advice if you are not overhauling your squad is to log out as otherwise you will end up dizzy by all the dithering.

If you are Wildcarding then my advice is simple. Make your own decisions.

There is always the danger of ‘groupthink‘ and there are some names being overlooked by the masses, you only have to glance at Jamie Vardy (£10.4m) and Sadio Mane’s (£11.9m) form over the last few weeks to see how easy it is to forget some familiar faces.

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

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

313 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    18 days, 16 hours ago

    Will Foden or Grealish outscore Trent this season or any other midielder in their price bracket or lower?

    Y or N

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      Top post, oops!

    2. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      N

    3. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      N

    4. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      Or rather, yes they will outscore quite a number of players in the lower brackets.

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

      No to TAA but think they may end up doing quite nicely

      City have scored just 4 goals in the last 4 matches by my count and don't see that trend continuing or anything like it. The 3-0s 4-0s and 5-0s will return.

      Suspect returns are slightly skewed right now when we look at mids as a whole. The over performing cheapies will regress and there will be plenty of value in the 6.5 to 8.0 bracket.

  2. Smokey_Lowkey
    • 3 Years
    18 days, 16 hours ago

    Bottomed. How is this draft WC:

    Ramsdale Foster
    TAA Rudiger Laporte Duffy Livra
    Salah Son Raph Doucoure Mbeumo
    Lukaku Antonio Hwang

    0 ITB, any obvious moves?

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      Looks good if Laporte is nailed on.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      Looks great.

      Downgrade Mbeumo to upgrade Laporte to Cancelo?

      1. Smokey_Lowkey
        • 3 Years
        18 days, 16 hours ago

        That's an option, but I feel Cancelo will begin to share gametime with Zinchenko once fit and thereafter becomes a similar, if not more of a risk than Laporte...

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          18 days, 16 hours ago

          Mbeumo could end up being a bandwagon which derails though.

          1. Smokey_Lowkey
            • 3 Years
            18 days, 16 hours ago

            Any better options in that price range in your eyes? ESR?

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              18 days, 16 hours ago

              That is why I would rather go Cancelo over Laporte.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      Very good.

      I like it. Rotating Mbeumo/Hwang is an interesting choice.

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      17 days, 23 hours ago

      Probably the best WC team I've seen for GW8
      Fantastic work! Lock it in!

  3. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    18 days, 16 hours ago

    Bottomed.

    Best combo to have for 23.4m?

    A. Jimenez, Armstrong, Gallagher and White
    B. Hwang, Toney, Gallagher and R. James
    C. Armstrong, Toney, Mbeumo and R. James
    D. Hwang, Toney, Mbeumo and Dias

    Have Rudiger and Cancelo already.
    Currently Raya over Ramsdale in goal.

    Thanks.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      D

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        18 days, 16 hours ago

        Cheers.
        What is your opinion on Reece James? Nailed?

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          18 days, 16 hours ago

          Not a chance

          1. EmreCan Hustle
            • 9 Years
            18 days, 16 hours ago

            Hmm...shame. I thought he would have been perfect to provide service to Lukaku.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              18 days, 16 hours ago

              No wingback is a safe pick in that Chelsea team. Not one.

    2. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      E - Jimenez, Armstrong, Mbeumo & Tierney (or Tomiyasu if can't stretch to 4.9?).

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        18 days, 16 hours ago

        0.3m short of Tierney. Will explore Tomiyasu.

  4. Bruno Commando
    • 7 Years
    18 days, 16 hours ago

    How is this WC draft? Benching Raph since he will be back from South America late..

    Ramsdale // Foster
    TAA Azpi Dias Cancelo // Omo
    Salah Grealish Benrahma // Raphinha Douglas Luiz
    Lukaku Antonio Hwang

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      Looks good.

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 7 Years
        18 days, 16 hours ago

        Thanks mate

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

      Not sure I'd keep Benrahma on a WC but it looks good.

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 7 Years
        18 days, 16 hours ago

        I have been contemplating removing him but so many people in my ML has him! Alternatively I can swap Benny for Saka.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          18 days, 16 hours ago

          Rather have Benrahma in that case.

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

          I prefer Saka. Fixtures not great for West Ham. Reckon Antonio is enough.

          1. Bruno Commando
            • 7 Years
            18 days, 15 hours ago

            Thanks man! I definitely have the upcoming fixtures in mind. But will lose 0.3 on Benny though!

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Think Leeds said they expect him to play? Anyway I like the team a lot !

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 7 Years
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        I read that he will only return 1 day before the game! Will definitely cause some benching headaches for me if it's confirmed that he will be playing! Thanks Steve! Still considering if I should go with Azpi or stick with Rudiger...

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          18 days, 15 hours ago

          I think I would go rudiger, those little 0.5’s might come in handy soon when you look to potentially get a dcl or mid priced mid back into your team

          1. Bruno Commando
            • 7 Years
            18 days, 15 hours ago

            Good idea! Thanks Steve!

    4. McGazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 13 hours ago

      Livra must be better than Omo. Can u afford?

  5. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 16 hours ago

    Best option?

    A) Antonio and TAA
    B) Son and Matip

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      A

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

      A

    3. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      A

    4. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 16 hours ago

      A

  6. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 16 hours ago

    Hey all, hope you’re enjoying the quieter week here, Gtg? Anything worthy of a hit here? Maybe jota or sarr? No ft left as had to move shaw to cancelo with exact money right after the deadline. Wc already played

    Bachman
    Taa cancelo rudiger
    Sarr jota salah Raph
    Antonio Armstrong Ronaldo

    Foster Christensen livramento gilmour

    1. Bruno Commando
      • 7 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      I think no hit required. Jota is a rotation risk but you have good enough bench to deal with that!

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        Cheers Bruno

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        This for sure

  7. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    Looking at Toney and his fixtures from GW9 to 19.

    Seems to good to pass on.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Especially at 6.3m

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        Thinking the same although with sarr and jota being a bit smelly in my team I may just shift one of those to mbeumo my old mate

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          18 days, 15 hours ago

          Good move. Sarr with those fixtures is the priority imo.

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      If I lose ronaldo itll prob be for him

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Definitely getting him at some stage. May even double up with Mbeumo.

    4. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Thinking the same. Would you double up with Mbuemo?

  8. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    To WC or not?

    Current team

    Sanchez, Steele
    Shaw, Digne, Tierney, Dier, Tsimikas
    Salah, Sarr, Saka, Gallagher, Gilmour
    Ronaldo, Lukaku, Antonio

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Yup, I would pull the trigger.

    2. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Yes what you waiting for

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Cheers lads!

    4. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      I would probably do it, but you can get by with transfers only if you want.

      Probably would be downgrade Ronaldo to fund defensive upgrades.

      Back to back -4s would let you do
      Ronaldo+Shaw+Tsimi+Sarr > Cancelo+Rudiger+Son+Hwang/Armstrong
      (Or something like that).

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        cheers Jimmy, I've just done Shaw to Rudiger. If I get through IB ok I'll prob sit tight on the WC

        Might do Ronaldo + Tsimikas out the following week & build

        Team doesnt feel overly bad

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          18 days, 15 hours ago

          Nice.
          Hope it works out for ya!

  9. HD7
    • 4 Years
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    Which are the best middle priced midfielders to have going forward?

    Raph, Gray+other Everton midfs, Saka+other Arsenal midfs, Gallagher

    Anyone else?
    Brentford midfielder, would put JWP here if it wasnt for the red card

    1. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Foden, Mount, Jota

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Wait and see how those 3 Everton mids lineout when Richarlison and DCL return.

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      I'd consider Zaha if you're looking at Saka

      Once this week is gone Palace are right up there in the FDR and more or less top of it if you discount City in GW10. Oddly Palace look good for goals this season and he is on pens and playing inside left as often as not - that's a good sign.

      Most of the stats point to towards Zaha too.

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        I like this idea. 6.9 is pretty cheap for him if he gets going and Palace do look lively.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          18 days, 15 hours ago

          Feel uneasy they may turn out to be an eye test team.

          They steamrollered Leicester in many ways but didn't actually create that much. There's a bit of history of this with Vieira teams from my preseason research - for all the attacking that goes on there isn't much by way of goals.

          The plus for Zaha is that he isn't now the single outlet in attack and so he is harder to close down as he has company up top.

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            18 days, 15 hours ago

            Interesting. I definitely haven’t looked into it at all - mostly based on vibes from the WH match to be fair.

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              18 days, 15 hours ago

              The Brighton and Leicester games played out fairly similarly - only Brighton were defensively well-organised and came into it later.

              Lots of possession and a huge amount of pressing and winning the ball upfield - just not a lot of precision in the final ball against a massed defence.

              In a way this plays against Zaha's strength as his pace is much less relevant.

    4. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Raphinha and Mbeumo are my faves.

  10. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    Which one? Can't do it this week though.

    A) Matip, Bissouma, Antonio
    B) Dias, D.Luiz, Toney

    Mids will be for bench.

    1. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      B. Case closed

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        Can also fit in Mbeumo for Luiz

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          18 days, 15 hours ago

          Mbeumo, I'm bringing him in after CHE game

    2. Thescaff
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Matip is a interesting one. His place to lose form / injury

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      B, comfortably IMO.

    4. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      B, would not trust Matip he was made of jelly last year and there fixtures turn slightly

  11. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    Really hope DCL or Bamford are back in gw9.

    Antonio > DCL/Bam and Benrahma > Mbuemo looks a quality double move to me.

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      I have currently double EVE with Townsend and Gray.. might need to let one of them go once DCL is available

  12. Please Answer Me
    • 7 Years
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    Why am I not seeing any WC with double City and Chelsea defence? I know its unusual but over the next 5-10 fixtures they will probably get more points than another midfielder at that price. 433 might be the way to go...

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Because Chelsea has conceded in recent games plus rotation. I have seen some teams with Man City double up though...

      Double Man City and double Chelsea was a popular idea till last week.

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 7 Years
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        I don't expect there to be much rotation between Azpi, Rudiger, Cancelo and Dias. High risk high reward.

    2. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Don't see a massive need to get rid of Trent or Liverpool Def but yes double ups will be fruitful

      Only thing is you can easily get trapped and locked into it if a mid price starts killing iy

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 7 Years
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        I dont expect many cs from Liverpool so for that price I'm not sure he's worth it. This is the team I can build without TAA and doubling up. What are your thoughts?

        Ramsdale
        Azpi Rudiger Laporte Cancelo (Livramento)
        Salah Raphinha Mbeumo Doucoure (4.4)
        Lukaku Jimenez Vardy

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          18 days, 14 hours ago

          By not going a back 4 and downgrading Jimenez to Toney.

          But you look set on going the back 4 route so play your own game.

  13. Max City
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    Ronaldo Sarr >> Vardy Son

    good move?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Could be a good move if you don't have any other issue and Luka is already in

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        can't have Lukaku and Son, unfortunately

      2. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        would you rate Alonso or Shaw as "an issue"?

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          18 days, 14 hours ago

          Shaw for sure

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      I did Ron Gallager to Vardy Son

      Felt to good to resist.

    3. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      I think this could be good, the probably of Son doing well against Newcastle is high

  14. 1471
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    Thoughts on my first WC draft (A). Fairly happy although don’t normally play with 4 premiums at the back and bench is fairly week, thoughts?

    A) 0 itb
    Ramsdale
    Cancelo Rudiger Dias Trent
    Raph Townsend Salah Son
    Antonio Lukaku

    Foster Livra Brownhill Davis

    B) 0.3 itb
    Ramsdale
    Cancelo Rudiger Trent
    Raph Townsend Salah Son GREY
    Antonio Lukaku

    Foster WHITE Livra Davis

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      A looks better

      1. 1471
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        Thanks, not much in it tbh

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      B

      1. 1471
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        Thanks

    3. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      A, I would prefer a 6.0 defender over gray any day

      1. 1471
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        Thanks, got Everton cover with Townsend any way

  15. Please Answer Me
    • 7 Years
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    Thoughts on the following?
    1) Is it time to consider Vardy on a WC? Not captainable, but good value still for his price.
    2) If we expect TAA to have less clean sheets, is he still essential on a WC?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      1) vardy IS cap worthy. On penalties and explosive.

      2) Liverpool have kept as many clean sheets as CHE (4). Man City have 5. Trent is a points monster so yes, worth keeping on WC.

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 7 Years
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        How would you fit him in this team then?

        Ramsdale
        Laporte Cancelo Azpi Rudiger (Livramento)
        Salah Raphinha Mbeumo Doucoure (4.4)
        Lukaku Vardy Jimenez

        I think Laporte and Azpi will get more points than TAA+Manquillo

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          18 days, 14 hours ago

          Well you’re trying to start 12 players there …

          First, Laporte to White then bench.
          One of Vardy/Jimi down as far as you need to fund Azpi/Rudi up to TAA.

          But if you want Vardy and Lukaku and Salah I think the team you’ve got is pretty good.

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 10 Years
      18 days, 12 hours ago

      Yes
      No

  16. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    Is anyone else skipping CHE defence and planning on going Trent, Dias and Cancelo plus 2 playing cheapies for your bench?

    1. 1471
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Thinking of going 4 premiums (RMT a few posts up)

      Something like:
      Cancelo Rudiger Dias Trent (Livra)

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Norwich, Newcastle, Burnley after GW8 is about as good as it gets for defenders. I'd try and fit one in.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        18 days, 15 hours ago

        I am playing 343 though.

        Dias better option for points + bonus and odd attacking returm than Rudi IMO.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          18 days, 14 hours ago

          City play Brighton (a), Palace (h) and Man Utd (a) over the same period. I'm not convinced Dias is a better option for points during that run, but is obviously still a top pick.

          Have you considered Trent, Rudiger + one City, or are you set on doubling-up?

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            18 days, 14 hours ago

            Yeah, the points are in City defence vs their minefield attack. So City double defence makes sence to me instead of Pep making you want to scratch your eyes out picking a midfielder. Not keen on Jesus the troll either to be honest.

            1. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              18 days, 14 hours ago

              Yeah, totally get that, I avoided the mids on my WC last week.

      2. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        18 days, 14 hours ago

        Have Cancelo and Trent.

    3. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      I think at least one is require with those fixtures too good to pass up plus the eo of owning a chelsea defender will be near 100% in the next few gws

    4. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      If you’re playing 3 at the back I can totally see it.

      Cancelo is first for me.
      TAA is second (though I went without on my WC)
      Dias/Rudi/Azpi/Laporte/Chillwell etc - chose your poison.

      Bench Livra & White/Duffy

      I did Cancelo, Rudiger, and Dias.

  17. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 8 Years
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    My current Wildcard thinking, thoughts?

    Ramsdale 4.0
    Taa Cancelo Rudiger Azpi Livramento
    Salah Foden Townsend ESR Luiz
    Lukaku Jesus Toney

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      Looks good. Not really a fan of Foden and Jesus but it's not like we have too many standout options.

      Something like Watkins and Saka over Smith Rowe and Jesus can be considered.

    2. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      Foden and Jesus is dicey on WC. You know the risks with Pep.

      Im leaning more towards a Foden.

  18. Ronnies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    18 days, 15 hours ago

    Would like to keep White, Arsenal have decent fixtures. I can do White > Dias as my FT this Gameweek. Currently don't own any Man City players and feel I need a City defender more than an Arsenal.

    Do it ?
    A)Yes
    B) No

    Cheers.

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      no one else that could be switched out in your defence, as Arsenal do look good defensively.

      1. Ronnies
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        18 days, 14 hours ago

        Afraid not m8, exact cash for the about transfer.

        1. MattysFantasyFooty
          • 8 Years
          18 days, 14 hours ago

          I'd go for it then

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 15 hours ago

      Yes if that's your only route

    3. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      That’s a lot of money you could use elsewhere.

      I say if you’re not feeling don’t do it.
      Transfers are precious. Roll it and see how you feel next week.

  19. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    18 days, 14 hours ago

    Cancelo or Dias untiþ Wildcard?

    Not sure when I will play my wildcard but probably in 4-5 weeks

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      Dias

    2. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      Ruben.

    3. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      Cancelo for me!

    4. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      Dias

  20. Weak Become Heros
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    18 days, 14 hours ago

    Wildcarders - what formation are you going ahead with short term from GW8?

    I’m assuming most 4 at the back but are you going 2 or 3 up top?

    1. sirmorbach
      • 5 Years
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      3 for me atm, not a fan of many mids this season

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        18 days, 14 hours ago

        Yeah, the 7 to 8 midfielders are not doing much when Toney and Antonio offer something plus DCL and Bamford will be back after the IB.

        343 the way to go IMO

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      Went 3-4-3 last week. Feels good.
      Think there’s such food value in 4th and 5th defenders and they’re excellent bench players.

      Allowed me to get Son in too.

    3. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      3-4-3 also gives you 3 playing bench that a 2 up front won’t.

  21. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    18 days, 14 hours ago

    Too light on defence and midfield? Seriously considering the following:

    Ramsdale / Foster
    TAA / Cancelo / Rüdiger / Livramento / Manquillo
    Salah / Raphinha / ESR / Townsend / Luiz
    Lukaku / Vardy / Antonio

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      Not keen on that midfield

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        18 days, 14 hours ago

        Thanks!

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      18 days, 14 hours ago

      I think in this set up you go Antonio > Toney and upgrade Manquillo to White.
      Or take a chance on Hwang.

      Depending on money you can upgrade ESR or just bank it.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        18 days, 14 hours ago

        Cheers!

  22. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    18 days, 14 hours ago

    Would you go with Jesus having Duffy, Livramento and Luiz on bench? Or safer to just go with Bamford having Cancelo already?

  23. Saubi
    • 1 Year
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Thanks Greyhead!
    Different approaches to the game makes it so interesting. Andy's last minute Wildcard really paid off

  24. 3 Girls 1 Schlupp
    • 7 Years
    18 days, 13 hours ago

    Please help.
    A. Cancelo + Saka
    B. Alonso ( currently have) + Raphinha
    C. White + Foden + 0.2

    Already have TAA plus Rudiger and not willing to get rid of TAA. I am not too eager to get Raphinha as Leeds are not scoring many goals, so might not loose out on Raphinha hauling.
    Me currently inclined to C.

  25. Randaxus
      18 days, 3 hours ago

      I kept hearing people say about how good Jota's stats were, so I decided to do some research and the results are astounding. I looked at a couple stats of elite strikers 20+ in the premier league, Kane, Salah etc. here are the results.

      Elite Strikers vs Jota

      Scoring frequency: 140 Minutes Jota 124 Minutes
      Goals per game: 0.6 Jota 0.5
      Shots on target: 1.5 Jota 1.4
      Goal Conversion Rate: 17% Jota 20%

      Jota stats from the 2020/2021 season better the attacking stats of Kane and Salah on average over the past four seasons.

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

        Yeh he's great, but Klopp decides not to start him regularly and plays Bobby too often for Jota to be a nailed-on pick.

        1. Randaxus
            18 days, 23 mins ago

            I looked at the stats and last season jota played an average of 59 minutes and so far this season he has played an average of 72 minutes, who knows if Firmino will be able to play because Brazil play on Friday and then the GW8 game is on saturday, jota could play 90 mins.

            1. Twisted Saltergater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              17 days, 23 hours ago

              Firmino hasn’t been called up by Brazil, afaik.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                17 days, 23 hours ago

                That's correct. And Jota HAS been called up.

                1. Randaxus
                    17 days, 23 hours ago

                    I just assumed that Firmino was playing for Brazil lol

            2. zeslinguer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              17 days, 23 hours ago

              Isn't this priced in though? We know he isn't nailed. If he were nailed with those stats, at Liverpool, playing OOP, he's gonna be £11m+. Instead he's a rotation risk priced at £7.5m and I think that represents good value.

        2. Caravagio
          • 6 Years
          17 days, 23 hours ago

          Thoughts on this WC Team?

          Mccarthy (Foster)
          White Rudiger TAA Cancelo Livra
          Saka Mbuemo Raph Salah Brownhill
          Jesus Jiminez Lukaku

          Plan to rotate white/livra/mbuemo

        3. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          16 days, 18 hours ago

          Bench 1 from

          A) Christensen
          B) White
          C) Livramento

          Also have TAA and Rudiger