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FPL Gameweek 8 Wildcard team drafts: The Scout team pick their best squads

Another wave of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Wildcards are being activated over the October international break.

Of the site users we polled who still had a Wildcard intact last week, around 30% were planning to deploy the chip in Gameweek 8.

In lieu of the weekly Scout Squad article, which will return on the Wednesday before the next FPL deadline, we asked the usual panel of Sam, Az, Tom and Neale for their own hypothetical Wildcard drafts.

It’s actually more than just hypothetical for Az, whose real-life chip is in play over the international fortnight.

Five-time top 1k finisher Tom, meanwhile, played his Wildcard last week, so he’ll be discussing what changes he would make in hindsight.

TOM’S GAMEWEEK 8 WILDCARD TEAM: SON IN, TAA OUT, FORMATION FLEXIBILITY

FPL Gameweek 8 Wildcard team drafts: The Scout Squad 2

As I played my first Wildcard last week, the team in the graphic is naturally very similar to my own right now. However, I have made a couple of small tweaks, which I’ll touch on below.

Firstly, I’ve replaced Cesar Azpilicueta with Ruben Dias, in an attempt to capitalise on Manchester City’s good run of fixtures (BUR, bha, CRY), while I’ve also included budget midfielder Mathias Normann. The 25-year-old is on set-pieces at Carrow Road and came close to scoring in Gameweek 7, forcing a save and hitting the Burnley crossbar.

The idea behind the set-up above – which enables me to switch between various formations (4-4-2, 4-3-3, 3-5-2) – was to ensure that I could bench Adam Armstrong in Gameweek 7 and Bryan Mbeumo in Gameweek 8, for their tough fixtures against Chelsea. Further down the line, using this rotation, I can also leave Kieran Tierney out in Gameweek 12:

FPL Gameweek 8 Wildcard team drafts: The Scout Squad 1

In goal, I’ve opted for David Raya, who was on course for a double-digit haul on Sunday until Jarrod Bowen equalised late on. However, Aaron Ramsdale and Robert Sanchez are equally good alternatives if you don’t fancy the Brentford stopper.

At the back, Trent Alexander-Arnold is the obvious omission, but if it does look like he will be available, I’d be tempted to sacrifice one of my Man City defenders and downgrade Son Heung-min to bring him in. However, having owned the South Korean international most of the season, it’d be a hard decision with Newcastle up next.

Elsewhere, Southampton – who have a nice run of fixtures coming up (LEE, BUR, wat, AVL, nor) – are represented via Tino Livramento and Adam Armstrong, and should be given a lift by the imminent return of Stuart Armstrong, who is an important player for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side. With him in the starting XI, they’ll start to click in my opinion.

Raphinha and Bryan Mbeumo are my two favourite mid-price/budget midfielders in the game right now, and at this stage, I’m not willing to gamble on one of Pep Guardiola’s midfielders. If I had to, I’d opt for Phil Foden, but with Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne all competing for minutes in the attacking slots, I’m not convinced predicting Pep is worth it.

Up front, given his forthcoming fixtures, I can see the argument for taking Michail Antonio out, but I’m not convinced that it needs to be done right now. If I do fancy a change further down the line, Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be a nice replacement once fit.

AZ’S GAMEWEEK 8 WILDCARD TEAM: FODEN AND RAMSDALE IN

It’s a couple of days after my Wildcard video over on our YouTube channel and my early thoughts haven’t really changed.

I can’t remember a time before or since my “wing-back year” of 2017/18 when I have ever put so much money in my defence, but I am finding the allure of a Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joao Cancelo and Antonio Rudiger triple-up to be increasingly more appealing. These three players have returned 13 clean sheets out of a possible 21, highlighting their consistency for ‘core’ defender points. Alexander-Arnold and Cancelo are also looking good for attacking returns and bonus, with both registering two double-digit hauls this season already. Rudiger is simply the lynchpin of the Chelsea defence, and the easiest way to tap into it without running the gauntlet of rotation every week.

My midfield and forward line features players that I would feel comfortable playing in most weeks, but using the FFScout Transfer Tool, I’ve planned ahead for the next five to six weeks to see where my weaknesses are. Emile Smith-Rowe, Andros Townsend and Ivan Toney can all come in and out of my side when the fixtures suit and I like the idea of having a decent first sub, especially with Phil Foden in my side, who could always fall victim of ‘Pep Roulette’.

Speaking of Foden, I can already see myself regretting this pick when he misses out, but with Burnley, Brighton and Crystal Palace on the horizon, I want to tap into the City attack before potentially hopping off again when the fixtures stiffen a bit from Gameweek 11. Foden has simply impressed me the most over the last few weeks, and while I think Jack Grealish has the greatest chance of seeing the most minutes, Foden looks to be the player with the highest points ceiling when he does play.

One of my big decisions on the Wildcard are which Brentford attacker to get, with Bryan Mbuemo and Ivan Toney both posting similar underlying stats. While Mbuemo has the “out of position” factor, Toney has penalties and takes up a forward space where I can’t see too many options outside pf Michail Antonio, Romelu Lukaku, Cristiano Ronaldo and perhaps Raul Jimenéz. If I went with Mbuemo, I’d likely have to go for a £4.5m forward and I am currently favouring having a strong squad in case injuries or rotation hit. 

Picking the best Everton midfielder is also a tricky one. I’ve gone for Townsend as it looks like he’s settling into his role as chief creator for the side, but after seeing Demarai Gray’s heatmap, I could turn my attention to the player who may well end up as bargain signing of the season.

The other position up for debate is in goal, with Aaron Ramsdale currently looking the most likely, with his attractive price tag and three clean sheets in the last four matches for what looks like an improving Arsenal side. I may end up plumping for David Raya or sticking with Robert Sanchez however, and all of these keepers should offer good value without having to go into the £5.0m+ bracket.

SAM’S GAMEWEEK 8 WILDCARD TEAM: FOUR MID-PRICED MIDS AND WATKINS

Having had Robert Sanchez for the opening seven Gameweeks of the season, now feels like a good time for a change of goalkeepers. With the exception of their Gameweek 8 match against Chelsea, Brentford have a fantastic run of fixtures which is mostly green all the way through until Gameweek 17, so having David Raya in goal seems great. With the change of management at Watford, I would understudy Raya with Ben Foster. As a result of the injury to Daniel Bachmann, Foster has been playing in goal for Watford and even with Bachmann available now I think there is a good chance that Claudio Ranieri stays with the veteran former England goalkeeper.

Most Wildcarding FPL managers (as well as those just using transfers) will be looking to invest in Trent Alexander-Arnold as well as a defender from both Chelsea and Manchester City. In seasons gone by, Joao Cancelo has been a bit of a rotation risk but he is now regularly starting in a team that has looked defensively solid as well as having great attacking potential. I would save some budget by going for Antonio Rudiger at Chelsea to cover their likely clean sheets over their great run of fixtures as well as going for the safe starter option. Thankfully, Timo Livramento and Ben White offer fantastic budget options who have great fixtures and, in Livramento’s case, have attacking potential too.

In midfield, Mohamed Salah is in my opinion essential and not having him, especially in Gameweek 8 when he will be highly captained against Watford, is not something that I would be prepared to do. Alongside him, Lucas Moura against Newcastle feels like a great option and this leaves money in the back to upgrade him to either Phil Foden or Jack Grealish ahead of Gameweek 9. Bryan Mbeumo has really impressed so far this season, especially with his relationship with Ivan Toney after the Chelsea game in Gameweek 8. Mbeumo looks like a fantastic option ahead of the great fixture run as well as being a great differential, especially as he has managed two eight-point returns in the last three Gameweeks. 

Raphinha is the creative spark in the Leeds team and therefore owning him for their nice run of fixtures seems wise. He was tenth for xG underachievement in Gameweek 7 and should have returned points for his managers. He is also fifth for creativity among midfielders on the ICT index, something that bodes well for future returns. Likewise, Conor Gallagher has been impressive for Crystal Palace so far this season and has indeed been unlucky not to return more FPL points than the 34 he already has. He is an impressive eighth on the ICT index for threat among midfielders and has already managed a double-digit haul. With the exception of Man City in Gameweek 10 and the clash with Arsenal in Gameweek 8, the fixtures look really nice for Gallagher.

Even on the back of three blanks between Gameweeks 5 and 7, I don’t think you can Wildcard and not own Romelu Lukaku. Were it not for the post and a few inches with the offside flag, he could have braced in Gameweek 7 and Chelsea’s run of fixtures looks excellent going forward. 

Raul Jimenez is FPL royalty and a player that in seasons gone by has always been able to be relied on to return points for his FPL managers. Jimenez scored his first goal on his comeback from injury in Gameweek 6 and topped it off with two assets for Hwang Hee-chan in Gameweek 8, so seems to have found a reliable new attacking partner. Ollie Watkins was a popular FPL pick last season and the arrival of Danny Ings worried us in terms of game-time and Watkins potentially being shifted out wide, but these concerns have proved to be unfounded as he and Ings are playing centrally together. Watkins’ goal against Spurs was his first attacking return of the season but something I can see him building on in the next few weeks. When you compare Watkins to Ings, he has registered more attempts (13 to eight), more shots on target (seven v four) and more big chances (three to one), despite playing two fewer matches. The Aston Villa fixtures look set to improve now, too, meaning that he could be a great differential.

NEALE’S GAMEWEEK 8 WILDCARD TEAM: THREE PREMIUMS, 4-3-3

In our last stab at a make-believe Wildcard, I eschewed selecting three premiums and instead went early on City and Chelsea defenders, an astute move that now begs the question of why I didn’t follow up my own advice and instead built a poxy squad that managed to find room for Fabian Delph.

I’m playing it slightly different with my imaginary Gameweek 8 chip.

It’s effectively a 4-3-3 with three premium assets, featuring Kevin De Bruyne alongside Mohamed Salah and Romelu Lukaku, although there is also scope for a 5-2-3/5-3-2.

Phil Foden could very well end up offering much better value than the Belgian over the coming weeks and months but there is always a “could” with these mid-price sorts, and we have seen how the likes of Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez have nosedived from ‘must-have’ status to ‘get rid’ in the space of a Gameweek or two. We know that De Bruyne, however, will start the bulk of City’s league matches from past experience. Take last season as an example: from Gameweeks 1-27, the only matches he didn’t start were either because he was sidelined through injury or, in the case of two substitute appearances, only just returning from those fitness problems. Already top of City assets for minutes per shot, he’ll surely be boasting likewise for chances created when the favourable fixtures get going.

With the value offered in defence by Ben White and Tino Livramento, I’m not seeing too many weaknesses even with three heavy hitters. The midfield is only three-deep, of course, but Mathias Normann and Josh Brownhill are mere second and third substitutes who hopefully won’t be seeing much more than an odd auto-sub appearance once a month. I’m not one for having prolific points-machines on my bench (who is?) but having Livramento/White and then the set-piece-taking Normann to come in as emergency fillers isn’t too shabby.

Arguably the main concern with this set-up is the absence of full-back/wing-backs from Chelsea and Manchester City, particularly as Aymeric Laporte doesn’t offer much more security than the man we all really want, Joao Cancelo. I could, however, nab the Portuguese defender by downgrading Michail Antonio to an Allan Saint-Maximin type or perhaps by moving out Raphinha for Bryan Mbeumo.

David Raya, Antonio Rudiger, Laporte, Ruben Dias, Mohamed Salah, Raphinha, De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Antonio would likely all be regular starters if I stuck with the above squad, with the others rotating as follows over the next six Gameweeks and then beyond:

  • Gameweek 8: White (CRY) and Livramento (LEE) start, Toney (CHE) benched
  • Gameweek 9: Toney (LEI) and Livramento (BUR) start, White (AVL) benched
  • Gameweek 10: Toney (bur) and Livramento (WAT) start, White (lei) benched
  • Gameweek 11: Toney (NOR) and White (WAT) start, Livramento (AVL) benched
  • Gameweek 12: Toney (new) and Livramento (nor) start, White (liv) benched
  • Gameweek 13: Toney (EVE) and White (NEW) start, Livramento (liv) benched

Having three premiums also means I can choose between shifting Lukaku or De Bruyne out for Harry Kane or Son Heung-min in Gameweek 12, with Trent Alexander-Arnold potentially coming in at that point at the expense of Cancelo or Rudiger.

247 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 4 Years
    16 days, 17 hours ago

    Thoughts on this new wildcard draft?

    Sanchez
    Cancelo Azpilicueta Chilwell Duffy
    Salah KdB Son Foden Townsend
    ASM

    Raya Toney Livramento Archer

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 17 hours ago

      You’ll be quite stuck when Lukaku and Ronaldo fire.

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 4 Years
        16 days, 17 hours ago

        What about when KdB and Son fire?

        1. Mozumbus
            16 days, 16 hours ago

            It's between KDB and Lukaku. I think Lukaku will outscore.

          • Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            16 days, 16 hours ago

            KDB should do well. I can’t see where Son is getting his points from.

            1. Athletic Nasherbo
              • 4 Years
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              Newcastle, West Ham, United, Everton, Leeds, Burnley. All leaky teams.

              1. Athletic Nasherbo
                • 4 Years
                16 days, 16 hours ago

                In fact: clean-sheets after 7 prem games.

                Newcastle - 0
                West Ham - 1
                United - 1
                Everton - 2
                Leeds - 1
                Burnley - 1

                Not sure Rupert.

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

        It looks crazy but to be honest the only major difference is KDB over Lukaku which could be fine. Would be nice to be able to get ASM up to Jimenez.

      3. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        16 days, 16 hours ago

        It looks like a team that is comprised of players that hauled last week (excepting Cancelo and ASM), just feels like it's chasing points

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 16 hours ago

          Who am I missing then?

          1. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            16 days, 16 hours ago

            I don't think it's as simple as "you need X instead of Y", there are lots of good value players in each bracket so far this season. But it just stands out to me with this batch that 11 out of 14 playing players in it all returned in one form or another last week (even Raya still got 3pts after conceding 3 goals). I just think you might be letting that cloud other options that might be available and better

            1. NateDog
              • 1 Year
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              *even Raya still got 3pts after conceding, not 3 goals

    2. Zinedine Kilbane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      16 days, 17 hours ago

      Hoping this Newcastle takeover helps ship some of the Man U deadwood- think that's the standard of player they will attract in first few seasons

      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        16 days, 17 hours ago

        Lol

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 16 hours ago

        Doubt it. I'm sure they'll have a better plan than buying PL non-performers at inflated prices.

        1. Zinedine Kilbane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          16 days, 16 hours ago

          Maybe not the complete wasters of Jones, bailly, Fred, matic and mata- but there are players I'd love to see offloaded that would be big improvement to Newcastle like Henderson, Lingard, Martial or even van de beck if he sadly isn't being played

          1. Pep bites Kun
            • 5 Years
            16 days, 16 hours ago

            Some add value, through depth, to the squad, like Henderson & Lingard. Martial I'm not too big on. Van de Beek, I'm not even sure what the issue is.

            You're right, some of those would be better off playing well at other clubs (Pogba for one), but I'd blame Manu for the lack of strategy as much as I'd care to blame individual players.

            1. Zinedine Kilbane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              16 days, 15 hours ago

              Ur right on the depth- usually a fan of it, but with ole gives him too much opportunity to pick the wrong team

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

                lol - I don't really understand their system. They need a def-mid, like Kante/Rice quality or else they'll keep conceding. Every time they counter-attack they're at risk of an opposition counter.

          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 16 hours ago

            Plus Ronaldo

      3. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        16 days, 15 hours ago

        Ronaldo Henderson Varane and Lingard will be on the move shortly up north

      4. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        16 days, 15 hours ago

        Man United deadwood like...... Sancho?

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          16 days, 14 hours ago

          Sancho wasn't referred to. It's a bit early to be writing him off or playing him up

          1. Echoes
            • 1 Year
            16 days, 14 hours ago

            Nah, doing this new thing called "just fooling around"

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 5 Years
              16 days, 13 hours ago

              😉 Gotcha. Very 'new' that

      5. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 14 hours ago

        City supporter and want Newcastle to sign Sterling and Jesus.

    3. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 17 hours ago

      Bachmann (Foster)
      TAA, Rudiger, Christensen, Semedo (Livramento)
      Salah, Gallagher, Jota (Raphina, Allan)
      Lukaku, Jimenez, Antonio

      A) Bachmann -> Ramsdale
      B) Semedo -> Dias
      C) Save
      D) Anything else?

      Thanks!

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 17 hours ago

        B

      2. Mozumbus
          16 days, 16 hours ago

          B

        • Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 16 hours ago

          C

        • Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          16 days, 16 hours ago

          Either save or move Jota on as I think that would be your next move. Jota>???

      3. Threat Level Midnight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 16 hours ago

        If KDB is fit and in the XI weekly, he's the best mid in the prem. He doesn't really need to "find" form in my opinion. Let's not forget who he is. Could be a huge differential pick that wins ML's

        1. Mozumbus
            16 days, 16 hours ago

            Which premium you'd like to sacrifice for KDB?

            1. Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              Ronaldo would be the one for me if I did it. I am not, as I am content with my moves made already. But I would prefer him over Lukaku by a wide margin.

              1. Mozumbus
                  16 days, 16 hours ago

                  Agreed that it's been Lukaku and DeBruyne

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              Look at his point scoring last season. Pretty poor.

              He absolutely needs form, goals and assists to merit a pick.

            3. NateDog
              • 1 Year
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              Of course he needs to find form, if he doesn't have any then you've got a 12m mid that isn't scoring points. For his price his returns were pretty poor last season

            4. lilmessipran
              • 9 Years
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              Best mid in the prem doesn't necessarily translate to best fpl asset

            5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              "Let's not forget who he is"

              Exactly this - he's the guy who has underwhelmed for 5 of his last 6 FPL seasons... who refuses to take penalties even when on them... who misses sitter after sitter in the false 9 role... who has tendons which seem to be made of a very fine/glass/porcelain-type material... who has a rotational deviant for a manager... and who has a quite frankly ludicrous 12.0 price tag

              #NeverForgetWhoKDBis

              1. THE SHEEP HUNTER
                • 4 Years
                16 days, 16 hours ago

                I've had him for 2 g/w's now.
                Oh well_back to the drawing board!

            6. Lindelol
              • 3 Years
              16 days, 14 hours ago

              I will get KDB when City signs a striker

          • KUNingas
            • 5 Years
            16 days, 16 hours ago

            On WC

            A) Jimenez, Saka
            B) Hwang, Foden

            1. Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              A

            2. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              A

            3. Mozumbus
                16 days, 16 hours ago

                If you think foden is nailed then B

              • cheeky moses
                • 6 Years
                16 days, 16 hours ago

                I like B if you have a decent bench that can cover

            4. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              Sarr - Ronaldo - ASM >> Son - Lukaku - Hwang

              good move?

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                16 days, 16 hours ago

                Not amazing.

                1. Max City
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  16 days, 16 hours ago

                  too sideways?

              2. Echoes
                • 1 Year
                16 days, 14 hours ago

                Good moves imo

              3. mox81
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                16 days, 14 hours ago

                How about just Sarr and Ron to Luk and Foden/Grealish etc?

            5. DAZZ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              Jota, Traore, King, Raphina. I’m in trouble

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 6 Years
                16 days, 16 hours ago

                Give it a week...

              2. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                16 days, 16 hours ago

                Lots of time to go.

              3. Pep bites Kun
                • 5 Years
                16 days, 14 hours ago

                How's your bench looking?

            6. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              16 days, 16 hours ago

              What are Werner's stats like compared to Lukaku?

              1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 4 Years
                16 days, 16 hours ago

                Better I believe, but don't go there

              2. RedRo
                  16 days, 16 hours ago

                  I don’t know his stats but I think he’s looked much better as a result of not being the main man.

                  Discovered the other day that he’s had 16 disallowed goals since joining a little over a year ago. Absolutely nuts.

              3. THE SHEEP HUNTER
                • 4 Years
                16 days, 16 hours ago

                Fixtures screaming it's Villa time: Seem to be jelling lately and have a good scrapping persona.
                Just bought Martinez and will bring in 2 outfields by g/w 9.

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  16 days, 16 hours ago

                  Looking at a potential punt on Leon Bailey meself - seems an absolute firecracker if he can just get fit

                  1. THE SHEEP HUNTER
                    • 4 Years
                    16 days, 16 hours ago

                    Top of my radar.

                  2. Nomar
                    • 11 Years
                    16 days, 16 hours ago

                    This is why I want to hold off WC till at least GW11. Hopefully players like Bailey will be back and so will give more options.

                2. Bobby Digital
                  • 4 Years
                  16 days, 16 hours ago

                  I have Ings, but might move him on. Watkins seems to get into better positions.

                  1. THE SHEEP HUNTER
                    • 4 Years
                    16 days, 16 hours ago

                    Watkins is probably the one for me actually.

                3. Maverick 11
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  16 days, 16 hours ago

                  Think I’ll wait until he drops in price -98.7 just now

                  1. THE SHEEP HUNTER
                    • 4 Years
                    16 days, 16 hours ago

                    Hoping he won't.

                4. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 4 Years
                  16 days, 16 hours ago

                  Had Ings since GW1. So far behind the curve that now I am ahead.

                  1. THE SHEEP HUNTER
                    • 4 Years
                    16 days, 16 hours ago

                    🙂 Giggles_ To be fair most were but it's taken them time to settle.
                    Like watching them now, even the touted Buendia will surely come into the reckoning soon.

                5. RedRo
                    16 days, 16 hours ago

                    Just spreading points around a little too much for me at the moment - hoping it’ll be a bit more obvious who to get by the time they have a good run of fixtures. Watkins I definitely think is a good option though (over Ings).

                    1. THE SHEEP HUNTER
                      • 4 Years
                      16 days, 16 hours ago

                      I like the next 6 tbh, nothing scarey there.

                  • NateDog
                    • 1 Year
                    16 days, 15 hours ago

                    Was (and still am) quite tempted by Martinez too, only worry I have is if I need the funds later on having to use another transfer to downgrade (and then the fact that the likes of Sanchez are 4.6 now) so I think I'll stock for now. Quite tempted by Watkins though, wish I had a spot for him

                6. Max City
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  16 days, 16 hours ago

                  Is

                  Sarr, Shaw, Ronaldo >> Son, White, Lukaku

                  a fantastic move?

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 4 Years
                    16 days, 16 hours ago

                    How big of a hit?

                  2. Bobby Digital
                    • 4 Years
                    16 days, 16 hours ago

                    Son has bad fixtures in the next 4...

                    1. Max City
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      16 days, 16 hours ago

                      WHU, MUN, EVE is not that bad from att point of view, imho

                      1. tricpic
                        • 11 Years
                        16 days, 15 hours ago

                        Lukaku has done very little recently. I have him and am holding. But it’s been frustrating.

                    2. Pep bites Kun
                      • 5 Years
                      16 days, 15 hours ago

                      *Mixed at best - all of those teams concede

                7. Maverick 11
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  16 days, 16 hours ago

                  Taa + Gallagher > cancelo + foden -4
                  Thoughts?

                  1. Mozumbus
                      16 days, 16 hours ago

                      TAA out for a hit, no

                    • Bobby Digital
                      • 4 Years
                      16 days, 16 hours ago

                      Nope

                  2. Nomar
                    • 11 Years
                    16 days, 16 hours ago

                    Why are the experts all ditching TAA on their WCs

                    1. RedRo
                        16 days, 16 hours ago

                        Maybe toying with the idea pending further injury news. Fixtures aren’t great for a little while after Watford and it’s a good time to be jumping on City and Chelsea defenders.

                      • Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 4 Years
                        16 days, 16 hours ago

                        They won't really, just seeing how many will follow.

                        1. Little Red Lacazette
                          • 5 Years
                          16 days, 16 hours ago

                          😀

                        2. Pep bites Kun
                          • 5 Years
                          16 days, 15 hours ago

                          It's easy to do a mock wc. It's more difficult to follow through. No doubt there's an opportunity for gw8 wc'ers to gain an edge with the fixtures 'if' TAA injured for Wat game with mixed fixtures thereafter

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

                        I did say I probably would bring him in and drop Son if fit, to be fair 🙂

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

                      Randomly I've justly been looking at Newcastle 2017/18 squad. This was when they had their Salah KdB Hazard moment a la Chelsea

                      All you have to to is substitute the name Toney, Adam Armstrong and Mitrovic

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

                        Not quite as good and I doubt the new owners will be in a rush to "bring them home"

                    3. Sulley
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      16 days, 15 hours ago

                      Contemplating this if all stay healthy:

                      Benrahma + Shaw > Cancelo +
                      Foden (-4)

                      Anyone think not a good idea?

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

                        Not mad keen on Foden but I suppose with decent subs...

                    4. tricpic
                      • 11 Years
                      16 days, 15 hours ago

                      A) Bissouma to Doucoure
                      B) Bissouma to Mbuemo
                      C) Dennis to Armstrong
                      Can’t decide

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

                        Bissouma out probably prudent. OOP wins it for me.

                      2. ANGRY PERSON
                          16 days, 15 hours ago

                          D) Bissouma to Jail

                        • Pep bites Kun
                          • 5 Years
                          16 days, 15 hours ago

                          All good choices - B for me.

                      3. King Kohli
                        • 9 Years
                        16 days, 15 hours ago

                        Best option on wc?

                        Ramsdale Foster
                        TAA Cancelo ____ ____ Livramento
                        Salah Son Raphinha Mbeumo Brownhill
                        Lukaku ____ Hwang

                        A. Chilwell/Rudi + White + Antonio
                        B. Dias + Chilwell + Toney

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

                          A with Rudi

                          1. Meechoo115
                              16 days, 15 hours ago

                              This …

                          2. ANGRY PERSON
                              16 days, 15 hours ago

                              How about Dias+Rudi

                              1. Meechoo115
                                  16 days, 15 hours ago

                                  Difficult to get Trent plus three other premiums if you want son too

                                  1. Meechoo115
                                      16 days, 15 hours ago

                                      Though guess you can if no Antonio or Foden

                                • cheeky moses
                                  • 6 Years
                                  16 days, 15 hours ago

                                  A with Rudi.
                                  You’ll want that 8 mil forward spot, lots of good options there.

                              2. Meechoo115
                                  16 days, 15 hours ago

                                  All good for WC. Prefer Laporte over townsend. Pens should go back to DCL for Everton which lessens his appeal

                                  Ramsdale. Foster
                                  Laporte. Cancelo. Trent. Rudi. Livra
                                  ESR. Brownhill. Foden. Salah. Raph
                                  Lukaku. Antonio. Toney

                                  Zero itb

                                  1. ANGRY PERSON
                                      16 days, 15 hours ago

                                      Laporte looks good as long as Stones doesn't come back to take his place

                                      1. Meechoo115
                                          16 days, 15 hours ago

                                          Agreed. But his place to lose atm

                                    • Meechoo115
                                        16 days, 15 hours ago

                                        How fixture proof is Antonio? His next lot of fixtures stink

                                        1. Echoes
                                          • 1 Year
                                          16 days, 14 hours ago

                                          I'm fixture over form most times. Will mostly choose players with fixtures except in exceptional circumstances, and Antonio, though very very good, is not an exceptional circumstance imo.

                                      • cheeky moses
                                        • 6 Years
                                        16 days, 15 hours ago

                                        Put this wc draft together. Sue me.

                                        Raya
                                        Dias, Cancelo, Rudi, Duffy, Livra
                                        Salah, Son, Raph, Mbeumo, 4.5
                                        Lukaku, Antonio, Hwang

                                        1.6 ITB to upgrade Dias/Cancelo to TAA if fit.

                                        1. Meechoo115
                                            16 days, 15 hours ago

                                            All fine. Personally don’t think Hwang secure enough to punt over Toney. But that’s just my view. Will do well

                                        2. Ginkapo FPL
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 10 Years
                                          16 days, 15 hours ago

                                          I've seen Goal, I know how this works

                                        3. Zilla
                                          • 4 Years
                                          16 days, 15 hours ago

                                          Guys on WC what you decided; Antonio in or no?

                                          1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                                            • 3 Years
                                            16 days, 14 hours ago

                                            Admittedly I've had thoughts about replacing him in my WC, but for now I'm holding.

                                          2. Echoes
                                            • 1 Year
                                            16 days, 14 hours ago

                                            He's leaving my team, but with a heavy heart. Will definitely be back in my team sometime again this season.

                                        4. House Frey Wedding Planner
                                          • 3 Years
                                          16 days, 14 hours ago

                                          Is a Brentford double up of Mbuemo and Toney a good move or is better settling for one? If so, who?

                                          There's a high chance that one or the other would be involved in most of the goals Brentford scores, so the double up covers bases

                                          1. The Knights Template
                                            • 7 Years
                                            16 days, 13 hours ago

                                            Important to cover the Brentford bases?

                                          2. Pep bites Kun
                                            • 5 Years
                                            16 days, 13 hours ago

                                            For a combined value of 11.8m, they have 4 goals & 2 assists between them in 7 fixtures of varying difficulty. Maybe there's more value in Bre def?

                                            xStats look good though and so do the fixtures.

                                          3. Tarby
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 2 Years
                                            9 days, 21 hours ago

                                            I think the Brentford double-up is madness to be honest. Best case scenario really is 1 attacking return a GW from them combined. They both offer good value but a double-up on an average attack seems very limiting.
                                            With Wissa coming on strong recently I'd say Mbeumo might lose some minutes as well

                                            Having Mbeumo and Armstrong, maybe both would score.
                                            Or Townsend and Toney.

                                            Probably having Saka and ESM as a double-up is better value tbh, which is something I also wouldn't even consider though as relying on the Arsenal attack scoring multiple goals each week isn't a bet I'd take!

                                        5. Bobby's Teeth
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 5 Years
                                          9 days, 22 hours ago

                                          Hi legends, needed your help:

                                          Would you WC this team?

                                          Sanchez Steele
                                          TAA Rudiger White Semedo Livra
                                          Salah Jota Raph Traore Gilmour
                                          Lukaku Antonio ASM

                                          Majorly worried about:

                                          1. Lack of City cover
                                          2. The 2 Wolves assets

                                        6. Tarby
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          9 days, 21 hours ago

                                          I'm thinking a 532!
                                          Would love people's thoughts!

                                          Mendy
                                          Azpiliceuta Trent Dias Rudiger Cancelo
                                          Son Mo Raphinha
                                          Antonio Toney/ Armstrong (rotate)

                                          Foster Toney/ Armstrong (rotate) Normann Brownhill