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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

FPL Gameweek 7 round-up: Sunday’s goals, assists, bonus and injuries

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

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 3? 8

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. McSauce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    15 days, 10 hours ago

    Play up

  2. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    15 days, 10 hours ago

    What do you folks plan to do with TAA who don't have him or are on WC?

    If he's fit, do you put him right back in?
    If he's not fit do you move forward without but with money ITB to bring him back? Or else just go without?

    I'm personally hoping he's OUT. Since I'm on WC, I'd plan a draft without any plan to bring him back and use the funds to buy Foden. He can be the sacrifice if TAA becomes a factor again around GW10-11.

    1. thewhitepele
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      So far been mainly toying with leaving him completely out for now. E.g. team below still allows TAA in with a Son downgrade though..

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      It would at least break up the defence template a little bit if he was out. If it’s only 1 or 2 I’d be happy with keeping and playing Duffy (nor) then Livramento (BUR). If longer then yeah I’d look at people like Cucurella to fill the void and upgrade Townsend/Mbuemo to a Foden

    3. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      Keeping. From the sound of it he’ll be back to face Watford.

    4. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      I took him out last week. If it's one of those lingering niggles, keeping him will be frustrating. So I resorted to using wat, mun, BHA, whu as a bad enough run for CSs to give it some time to assess.

      Can worry about it again in late-November.

    5. T.Henry14
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      Alonso & KDB for GW8-12 (or 13)

      then

      TAA & Son.

      1. Cheeto__Bandito
        • 1 Year
        15 days, 9 hours ago

        prefer to just go son straight away and have foden over kdb

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 9 hours ago

        I'd rather just go TAA + Son right away.

    6. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      15 days, 8 hours ago

      I have not had TAA all season. But plan to get him in gw13 or after. He is more appealing now given Robertson has the Tsmikas threat. But TAA is unlikely to be threatened by Milner much at all.

  3. thewhitepele
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 10 hours ago

    Thoughts on this WC draft? Got 0.4m ITB but not sure where to best place it..

    Ramsdale
    Dias Azpi Rüdiger
    Salah Son Raph Townsend
    Lukaku Antonio Toney

    Foster, Livra, Duffy, Brownhill

  4. Wild Rover
    • 11 Years
    15 days, 10 hours ago

    Has there been any official FFS to the Hub fisco? I would have expected a comment, particularly as the hacker accessed FFS to make his claims, and has publicly called one the senior FFS contributor's (amongst others) an 'Unenlighted Twitter Fraudster'

    1. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      *official FFS response

    2. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      This went up yesterday

      https://twitter.com/FFScout/status/1445002796768579589?s=19

      Speaking personally though everyone, Hub users or not, should take a chance to check their passwords - make them unique, make them strong and don't give your FPL login details to 3rd parties!

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 10 hours ago

        Thanks, I appreciate the reply, but it doesn't address how they were able to compromise this site to post their announcement, or why one of your senior contributors was named for denying there was a problem with The Hub.

        1. The Rumour Mill
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 10 hours ago

          Because its likely a mod on this site used ffhub and had the same login details here as there, so the hacker could use the same username and password to access ffscout.

          Senior contributor was named because the hackers follow twitter, had seen they were denying it, so called them out on it for making a denial they couldn't prove.

      2. Fitzy.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 10 hours ago

        Looks like those of us that couldn't be bothered with Twitter don't get included in updates these days...

        1. Wild Rover
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 10 hours ago

          I wasn't sure whether the response was posted on or not, but you are right.

        2. Studs Up
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 10 hours ago

          This

        3. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          The fact its not a HT on here is mind boggling.

          1. Beatle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Agreed

        4. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          Haha I starting to think that is a good thing. They sound like bitching/gossiping auld women half the time!

      3. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        15 days, 8 hours ago

        Jayus, I have seen less dramatic wording when there has been a natural disaster or some one has died. 'Collectively we will recover' 😀

        I did see that official FPL had sent a note (think it was at the weekend) saying to people to change passwords and not use 3rd party sites. They do not advise it. It must be related to this fiasco.

  5. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    15 days, 10 hours ago

    Who is the best forward for the third spot?Bamford,Jimenez,Toney or someone else?

    1. thewhitepele
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      I'd say Jimenez would be best but Toney's price enables so much more elsewhere so currently on him

      1. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 10 hours ago

        cheers

    2. T.Henry14
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      I will try with A.Armstrong.
      LEE, BUR, wat, AVL, nor
      currently 2.8% ownership

  6. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    15 days, 10 hours ago

    What are peoples thoughts on bringing Son in now or perhaps wait until GW12 when Spurs fixtures become tasty?

    1. jackx13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      What's wrong with Newcastle next GW? 🙂 West Ham are not the most solid team defensively either. United have kept just 1 CS, with Everton in GW11 perhaps being the most convincing.

  7. DavvaMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    15 days, 10 hours ago

    Sorry that was not meant to be a reply but a new post!!

    What are peoples thoughts on bringing Son in now or perhaps wait until GW12 when Spurs fixtures become tasty?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      Fixtures are fine, if you have an easy route at the moment, go for it.

      1. DavvaMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        15 days, 10 hours ago

        It would require a WC to be honest of which I was considering.

  8. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    15 days, 10 hours ago

    Sanchez
    TAA Rudiger Semedo (White Livra)
    Salah Benrahma Sarr Raphinha Greenwood
    Ronaldo Antonio (Scarlett)

    1 ft and 1,4 in bank. Wildcard this or save it for later? Will probably do Ronaldo to Lukaku with my free transfer if I save wildcard.

    Thanks!

    1. Johndwilcox
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      Ronaldo to Lukaku is good - to be honest you could even hold Ronaldo against Leicester rather than go straight for Lukaku v Brentford who I rate better defensively, though you definitely want him in for gw9. Depends if you have FOMO on Lukaku

      Wildcard could see some small optimization but your bench is OK and I think the only real issue is Greenwood minutes. Minor issue of Benrahma/Sarr fixture turn but they could still return or get a pen so not a horrible hold.

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      Leicester have one of the most porous defences in the league right now - two goals a game standard for them.

      Brentford are holding up pretty well.

    3. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 9 hours ago

      What you need is a City defender
      Semedo > Cancelo

  9. Johndwilcox
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    15 days, 10 hours ago

    Sanchez
    TAA Rudiger Cancelo White Omobamidele
    Raphinha Benrahma Salah Torres Gilmour
    Jiminez Antonio Lukaku

    1FT 0.5 in bank.

    Thinking Torres down to Mbuemo to enable Omobamidele upgrade - possibly to a James, Chilwell Christensen, Walker, Laporte but open to suggestions as these are rotation prone. Torres rotation has done some real damage with the injuries I've had and Gilmour/Omo not playing, so just kinda want a nailed player and doubting my faith in Torres getting any minutes. Willing to be convinced for a 25 pointa against Burnley though

    Could take a -4, or move the defender in next week depending on TAA availability?

  10. Meechoo115
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      On a WC would you prefer

      A. Laporte. Brownhill.
      B. 4.4 def. Townsend

      The 4.4 options would be bench fodder and both choices would have Cancelo

      1. Pegboy
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 7 hours ago

        Massively depends on the rest of the team (would Tonwsend play every week?), but I'd probably lean B with Ben White (and rotate him)

    • Atimis
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 10 hours ago

      Looking for a Greenwood replacement, can go just with a FT or other option including a hit

      1. FT

      A) Mount - Great fixtures for Chelsea, Tuchel believes Lukaku might be missing him, sounds a nice punt
      B) Everton mids - 3 home fixtures next 4 GWs, can see goals, Townsend my favorite stat wise
      C) Arsenal mids - would say that fixtures are better than Everton's, just can we trust Arsenal? Possibly toss a coin between Saka and ESR

      2. Taking a hit

      D) Greenwood Sarr/Benrahma out - Foden Arsenal/Everton mid in

      Thoughts?

      1. Meechoo115
          15 days, 10 hours ago

          D worth it in this instance …

        • Holmes
          • 8 Years
          15 days, 10 hours ago

          Saka

        • Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 10 hours ago

          Ooh with those 3 guys I'd take a hit.

          Probably Foden + Townsend in for Greenwood + Sarr.

          1. Atimis
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            Thanks!

        • pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Everton

          I'd swerve Arsenal for the time being - still just 5 team goals so far and I don't see Palace and Villa as being especially vulnerable. Perhaps when they get Leicester followed by Watford might be the time to move.

        • Atimis
          • 5 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Thanks all, Foden is tempting tbh, Townsend looking best from the Arsenal and Everton mids stats wise

        • Ronnies
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          Last time Sarr played against Pool in a home game he scored a hatty!

      2. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 10 hours ago

        A)
        Sanchez
        Taa-Rudiger-White-(Livremanto)-(Manquillo)
        Salah-Son-Foden-Mbuemo-(Luiz).
        Antonio-Lukaku-Armstrong

        Or

        B)
        Ramsdale
        Taa-Cancelo-Rudiger-(Duffy-Livre)
        Salah-Rapha-Foden-mbuemo-ESR
        Lukaku-Antonio-Armstrong

        1. Old Gregg
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 10 hours ago

          That’s a Wildcard btw

        2. mcginnntonic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          B

        3. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          B

      3. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 10 hours ago

        Why is Decoure not a better pick than Townsend?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          He's a perfectly good pick. He's blanked in just 2 games so far and playing box to box.

          Townsend being on penalties with DCL and Rich out is a big bonus though and his deliveries are great for getting assists. I'd go Townsend but it's close.

        2. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          DCL and Rich expected to be back after the IB. Close between the 2 when they start but I think Doucoure is the better option being a 90min player whereas Townsend could be subbed off early

      4. mcginnntonic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 9 hours ago

        Would you lose Sarr or Benrahma for Foden/Grealish?

        Have antonio. cheers

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Watford's fixtures don't look great. Wait and see what The Tinkerman does with the team

      5. vova
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 9 hours ago

        Benrahma to Foden? Would mean I don't have the money to bring TAA back in.

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Kneejerk

          1. vova
            • 11 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            thought so

        2. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Possibly. Wait for an injury update on TAA

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          If TAA is out, this is the move.

      6. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 9 hours ago

        GTG? Want to take a break until looking on deadline day!

        Sanchez
        Trent | Cancelo | Duffy
        Salah | Son | Raphinha | Sarr
        Kane | Antonio | Hwang

        Steele | Livramento | Luiz | Williams

        0ITB

        Thanks

        1. Joey Tribbiani
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Yes! Have a good break!

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            Cheers you too!

        2. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Good enough so go relax and smell the flowers.

        3. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          15 days, 8 hours ago

          You should definitely take a break because you've taken a -20 before one International Break game has even been played...

          https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2021/10/02/the-complete-guide-to-fpl-gameweek-7-tips-captains-team-news-and-best-players/?hc_page=13&hc_sort_by=comment_date#hc_comment_24216558

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            15 days, 7 hours ago

            Just a few changes from could have been to what might be!!

      7. Wildcarders: Best Goalkeeper to back?
        Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 9 hours ago

        Fellow WCers, how are we getting on with the GK decision between Sanchez, Ramsdale and Raya

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Raya > Ramsdale > Sanchez for me.

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            Probably this. Bored of Sanchez.

            1. Sharkytect
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              But Sanchez is the only one with a 4.0 back up...

              1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 12 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                That is a great point actually, effectively the two keeper combo.

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            what's the reason for Raya? Saves, BPS?

            Sanchez seems to be 2 or 6 points but is a steady pick and no rotation issue, similar to Raya.

            Slight concern with Ramsdale if he makes a mistake then Leno is waiting to take his chance.

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 9 hours ago

              Brentford look to have nice fixtures coming up and Sanchez doesn't make many saves.

              Agree on Ramsdale, though I think we are being over cautious probably.

              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                15 days, 9 hours ago

                There is a cheaper alternative in White who seems to get BPS if people want to cover Arsenal defence and a nailed player

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 4 Years
                  15 days, 9 hours ago

                  White at 4.4 is pretty amazing (paid 4.5 myself though 🙁 )

                  1. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    15 days, 8 hours ago

                    Cracking value. Certainly under consideration if I go with 3 premium defs instead of 4

            2. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              15 days, 9 hours ago

              Sanchez's fixtures get much worse after Norwich. He's already had most of his good fixtures for the first half of the season. The good fixtures so far are inflating Brighton's defensive stats.

              Raya has good fixtures (after Chelsea) and Brentford are posting top-half defensive numbers. Pretty good for BPS too.

              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                15 days, 9 hours ago

                Ideally we are looking to pick a GK long term until we use the 2nd WC. Fixtures aren't that bad for Brighton after City and Liverpool.

                1. Major League Shocker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  15 days, 9 hours ago

                  While I agree that it's long-term, we aren't getting Brighton's first 7 fixtures back if we pick Sanchez now. And he's only averaged 3.6 points per match in these easy fixtures.

                  If it were only down to fixtures alone, we'd pick Guaita or McCarthy, who have already got a lot of their worst fixtures behind them.

                  1. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    15 days, 8 hours ago

                    Fair point. Probably a bit Sanchez biased after going with Bachmann/Foster and seeing a ridiculous high EO for Sanchez going against my OR each GW

        2. Nomar
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          I'm not WCing, but if I may be prepared to offer an opinion, if I was WCing I'd probably be going with a Ramsdale Guaita GK combo.

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            Have you used rotating GK's so far this season? If so, did it work?

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            Of course you can. I'm not a huge fan of rotating GKs. I can use that 0.5 elsewhere.

            What's the reason for the pairing? I assume the fixtures rotate well with each other

          3. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            It is interesting though, if Ranieri improves Watford defence, we can rotate our 4.5 with Foster easily enough, as long as he prefers Foster over Bachmann. Haven't really heard this discussed.

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              I had Bachmann/Foster pairing up to now and I don't want to go back there. Wait and see what The Tinkerman does with the team before hopping on Watford players again

              1. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                I'm keeping Foster as my 4.0. I agree that I don't really plan to play him much unless I see substantial improvement. But at least he will hopefully remain a playing 4.0 backup for me.

          4. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            15 days, 7 hours ago

            That's what I went for on my wildcard last week.
            I expect to play Ramsdale most of the time, but money isn't tight (unless you are trying to squeeze in the threemium) and it provides some security in case he gets injured, ill or rested.

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              15 days, 7 hours ago

              I'm just surprised that people don't feel like money is tight. The main difference for you relative to many others is that you've gone without Trent and not left money ITB to get him back.

              1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                14 days, 22 hours ago

                I can still get him back by GW9 in 2 transfers. One way is to downgrade Ronaldo and upgrade Alonso.

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Ramsdale for me.

          Arsenal have conceded 2 big chances in the last 4 games. Best in the league.

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            It was easier fixtures when you compare to the first 3 games of the season

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              And the next 4 look like 'easier' fixtures too.

              1. Dušan Citizen
                • 7 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                No, they don't.

                Palace, Villa and Leicester are at least at the same level as Arsenal, if not stronger than them.

                I'm still shocked how majority of people here understand football.

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  14 days, 14 hours ago

                  @Dusan Citizen - The form table over the last almost two thirds of a season doesn't agree with you on that

                  (From matchday 24 of last season, to matchday 7 of this season)

                  Team P W D L GD Points
                  Man City 22 15 2 5 31 47
                  Liverpool 22 13 5 4 22 44
                  Chelsea 22 13 5 4 20 44
                  Man Utd 22 12 7 3 18 43
                  Arsenal 22 12 4 6 7 40
                  WHam 22 11 4 7 13 37
                  Spurs 22 11 2 9 2 35
                  Everton 22 10 5 7 0 35
                  Leicester 22 10 3 9 1 31
                  AVilla 22 8 5 9 0 29

                2. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  14 days, 14 hours ago

                  They are easier than Brentford, Chelsea, Man City.

                  And they now have a clear first choice back line and Partey is fit.

                3. Goonsquad245
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  13 days, 10 hours ago

                  This has got to be a joke. You think Palace are the same level if not stronger than Arsenal, and YOU'RE shocked at the understanding of football?!

                  1. Dušan Citizen
                    • 7 Years
                    13 days, 43 mins ago

                    Before this 3 easier fixtures against Norwich, Burnley and Spurs, Arsenal were horrible. Even Norwich had a number of great chances against them. Brighton were all over them last gw and Palace play very attacking under Vieira. Watch football.

                    1. Goonsquad245
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      12 days, 12 hours ago

                      Did you see the team we put out vs Brentford? You're coming to conclusions based on 7 games of PL football this season. We just completely ignoring all of last season now?

                      This is where 'watch football' is a fallacious argument - you become super prone to knee-jerk beliefs based on ridiculously tiny samples.....like Palace being better than Arsenal.

                  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • 11 Years
                    12 days, 14 hours ago

                    He obviously hasn't watched Leicester in about 6 months either - they've won 10 of their last 22 league games... the arse fell completely out of them around as soon as they hit April & they've never recovered

                    Villa are worse - have won 8 of their last 22 league games & haven't been anywhere near the same since Grealish originally got injured & missed those 14 games with the shin problems

                    Palace - I mean, I don't know where he's going with that - They look better under Viera for sure, but that wouldn't exactly be difficult considering how they looked BEFORE Viera - and Spurs remains their only actual win under him - conceding 11 and scoring 8 in his 7 games so far... they also have 22 points from their last possible 66... just a tiny 18 points behind Arsenal over that timeframe

                    Not sure what the guy's been smoking, but whatever it is, it's as strong as the time he went on the rant about people not selecting City players on the eve of Norwich being cowards before he proceeded to... not select city players for Norwich 😆

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Norwich Burnley Spurs Brighton isn't a great sample for big chances

            Not sure Palace for instance conceded one big chance to Spurs and Brighton.

        4. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          I've gone for Ramsdale

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            What's the reason for going with Ramsdale?

        5. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Have Martinez and Foster since GW1. Have Duffy, got Tomiyasu for Arsenal defence last week. Hopefully not much tinkering and Foster keeps his place to cover Martinez absence for GW8.

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            I do like the cheaper defenders as alternatives to the GKs.

        6. RedRo
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            I can't see past Ramsdale at that price point.

          • BigRedDog
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            If I was WCing I'd go Ram followed closely by Sanchez

          • Lanley Staurel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            McCarthy (good fixtures coming up and Saints defense has shown some resilience) with Foster as playing back up. So only £8.5m total. So none of those 3 Im afraid.

          • Johnny 8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            15 days, 5 hours ago

            Surrprised Guaita has not been mentioned more. If I didn't have other fires to put out I'd swap Sanchez for him.

            1. FantaCity
              • 8 Years
              14 days, 14 hours ago

              agree, great fixtures ahead, 2 clean sheets despite bad fixtures until now, defence firming up

        7. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Jota/Williams>Dias/Saka done. Gives me....

          Sanchez
          TAA/Dias/Rudiger/Semedo
          Salah/Raph/Saka
          CR7/Antonio/Jimenez

          Gunn/Jivra/Sarr/Gilmour

          Plan is Sarr>Bench fodder and then allocate funds elsewhere...thoughts?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            Good for this week (fingers crossed Raph features) and seems a sensible plan

        8. Nomar
          • 11 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          Every one of these experts have all ignored Vardy, who I would pick right now over Ronaldo or Lukaku if I was WCing now.

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            Remoaner elite pundits always having their head turned by something exotic from Europe even though our own stoat yeoman are world beating.

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 9 hours ago

              Stout obviously, though stoat does seem to fit Vards in some way

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            Yep he's just doing what he does best

            Couldn't be happier about how wrong I was in thinking he had lost the knack - seems he just needed the crowds back 🙂

            Have a potential route to him from GW10 and may well duck premium defence just for the pleasure of owning him again.

          3. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            15 days, 9 hours ago

            I really did not expect him to do as well as he has done so far this season. Genuinely did not see it coming.

          4. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            It's simple:

            Vardy - MUN bre ARS lee CHE
            Lukaku - bre NOR new BUR lei

            I pick Lukaku all day. Vardy is not fixture proof.

            1. BigRedDog
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              I think Vardy has a high chance to score in those games bar Chelsea. If the difference means you can have a Cancelo over a Coady then I'd go Vardy all day. That said I'll be going Lukaku as I have Ronaldo and no wildcard.

            2. GreennRed
              • 10 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              He's in form though. Lukaku looks tired to me, not at PL pace yet. Chelsea will beat Norwich handily whether he starts or not. After a tiring IB I wouldn't be surprised to see him start on the bench. Very unlikey but possible.

          5. Cok3y5murf
            • 5 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            But if you ignored him as well, you’re no expert either, right?

            1. BigRedDog
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              He didn't claim to be.

        9. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          15 days, 9 hours ago

          WC draft so far

          Ramsdale
          TAA - Cancelo - Dias - Rudiger (Livramento)
          Salah - Foden - Raphina (Doucoure/ESR/Townsend/Mbeumo)
          Lukaku - Antonio - Toney

          What do you think?

          1. ANGRY PERSON
              15 days, 9 hours ago

              Looks good

            • Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 9 hours ago

              Not keen on Foden, would rather 2 of your cheaper mid-options and spend the cash on upgrading Toney (especially if you go for Mbeumo).

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                15 days, 9 hours ago

                Fancy Toney a lot tbf. Great run of fixtures - considering even doubling up with Toney + Mbeumo. Also feel really strongly about Foden haha 😀

                Appreciate the response though!

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 4 Years
                  15 days, 9 hours ago

                  Unfortunately, do the opposite of whatever I suggest, is probably the soundest advice I can give

                2. BigRedDog
                  • 4 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  Go ESR if you fancy Toney and Foden. I like the team. GL

              2. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                Who would you upgrade Toney to?

                Only Jimenez and Watkins interest me and not as much as going Foden.

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 4 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  JIm, Watkins, Bambam if fit.
                  My anti-Foden sentiment is likely a result of owning him at the wrong time in the past (same with Jamie V)

                2. Podorsky
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  Hwang, and upgrade midfield.

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

            Philips inured, hopefully not back for saints as my Armstrong punt needs all the help it can get on the evidence of the last 2 game weeks

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              "Kalvin Phillips out of the England squad. Calf strain. Leeds United don't think he'll miss any of their games."

              https://twitter.com/GrahamSmyth/status/1445373457957539840

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                Argh nice one, hopefully he’s just in pain then at half pace 😉

          3. dshv
            • 4 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            ON WC?

            * Trent - yes or no
            * Ramsdale or Sanchez or Raya
            * Son or not
            * Toney or hwang
            * 3-5-2 or 4-3-3

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              Yes
              Rams
              Not
              Hwang
              433

            2. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              yes if fit
              Can't decide
              Not at the moment
              Toney
              343 or 442 - can't decide between 3 v 4 premium defs

          4. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            15 days, 8 hours ago

            Twitter message on F Hub breach

            FFHub full list of breached users:
            I have filtered out all personal info and cut it down to just the usernames of all breached accounts. If your ffhub username is on the list your email, full name and hashed password are out there. (Almost 70k total)

            https://twitter.com/FplAngelo/status/1445175320626270212?s=19

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              Is there a way to search for your username?

              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                ctrl + f

                1. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  argh yes, there I am

                  1. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    15 days, 8 hours ago

                    My understanding is everyone that is signed up to FFH is on the list

            2. BeWater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              15 days, 7 hours ago

              I found myself. Spent Sunday night changing so many passwords. My subscription was ending soon anyway. Might try FFS for a year.

          5. winchester
              15 days, 8 hours ago

              Hey lads, any comments on this WC draft? Risky ditching antonio? could have him instead of dcl of course. Townsend could also be replaced with mbuemo or esr?

              ramsdale foster
              taa cancelo rudiger livra duffy
              salah son raphinha townsend douglasluiz
              dcl lukaku hwang

              1. GreennRed
                • 10 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                Looks good, nice balance. Yeah, wouldn't sell an inform Antonio for an unmatchfit DCL. Townsend to Smith Rowe.

                1. winchester
                    15 days, 8 hours ago

                    cheers. valid point there on antonio vs dcl, would love to get foden in the mix as well, but seems impossible that defense line..

                    1. GreennRed
                      • 10 Years
                      15 days, 8 hours ago

                      Maybe Foden instead of Raphina with DCL - Antonio balance and Townsend to Smith Rowe or fodder?

              2. pjomara
                • 11 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                Is Grealish to Foden too sideways?
                Grealish is the only Man City mid to start every game, mainly because of his price tag, but that's not going to last too much longer I suspect.

                1. EmreCan Hustle
                  • 9 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  Why not wait till Grealish drops out and then bring in Foden. With such good fixtures, Grealish could do well.

              3. Krafty Werks
                • 6 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                Never a wildcard is it?

                Sanchez
                Azpi / Cancelo / Rudiger
                Salah / Greenwood / Raphinha / Benrahma
                Ronaldo / Antonio / Jimenez

                Steele, Veltman, Livramento, Sissoko

                1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                  • 12 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  Nope only three players who are now questionable - not including Sanchez he could get save points!

                  A -4 and/or a gradual transfer plan and you will be grand.

                  1. Krafty Werks
                    • 6 Years
                    15 days, 8 hours ago

                    Thanks, thought as much!! Poss Greenwood to City mid this week for a -4 (or might just hold?) then Ron > Kaku next week my likely moves. Will save WC for max effect when others have already burned theirs then I think. Next ITB after GW11 or GW14/15 for big fixture swings maybe? Will see?

              4. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                • 12 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                Is there any hope a 'sh!te and the average list' can be created as well?

                😀

                1. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/31874/standings/c

                  Ignore the first name he'll be out next season

                  1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                    • 12 Years
                    15 days, 8 hours ago

                    That first name will have to take a few hits fairly quick! 😀

                    1. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      15 days, 7 hours ago

                      Find it rather sweet you can have only one green arrow all season and still be OR 379

                      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                        • 12 Years
                        15 days, 7 hours ago

                        I'm not worthy to be even replying :O

              5. Smokey_Lowkey
                • 3 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                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. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  If Laporte stands up as a selection that could be great if you don't mind bench headaches each week.

                  Is there some form of rotation between Hwang Doucore and Mbeumo? It feels like one of those where you're fated to get it wrong each week.

                  Would dump one attacker and get Cancelo myself.

              6. Ronnies
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                Thoughts on Greenwood starting against Leicester? I was thinking keep him maybe 1 more week. He's not in the England squad so will be well rested.

                Cheers.

                1. EmreCan Hustle
                  • 9 Years
                  15 days, 8 hours ago

                  He should start.

                2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                  • 12 Years
                  15 days, 7 hours ago

                  Greenwood should be ok until you hear Rashford is fit. He has been performing well. It is the more senior players who have been letting the side down.

              7. EmreCan Hustle
                • 9 Years
                15 days, 8 hours ago

                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. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                  • 12 Years
                  15 days, 7 hours ago

                  You don't make it easy do you??
                  I am always inclined to go for value.

                  So D) screams value for me.

                  I would get James instead of Dias and use cash elsewhere or save it. Could come in handy. Also Chelsea v Norwich with James starting looks too good of chance to turn down.