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The FPL players we’ll be scouting over the international break

For Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers, this international break gives us some respite to take stock of our teams and/or to hit the Wildcard button.

In both cases, it is a great opportunity to scout potential new signings.

We asked our FFS International contributors who they are monitoring during this international window.


Jimenez ends goal drought as Arsenal claim convincing north London derby win 10

Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) has finally put to bed the ghosts of last season’s injury, with returns in each of the last two Gameweeks. While we may have missed some incredible fixtures, there are still some good ones on the horizon. Jimenez’s first Mexico call-up since that head injury will send him halfway across the world and into the cauldron of three Concacaf World Cup qualifiers, meaning he should be watched carefully by FPL managers over the international break.

Given Chelsea’s upcoming fixture run, if we can be assured of who will be starting at left wing-back, then there are significant points to be had. All eyes will therefore be on Marcos Alonso’s (£6.0m) recall to the Spanish national team and Ben Chilwell’s (£5.6m) late call-up to the England squad. If either should fail to return at full fitness, then the other will surely come into our consideration. If either of them really shines on international duty, it might just tip the Chelsea scales in their favour.

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Spot the Differential – Gameweek 2

We will be monitoring minutes of Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) during the international break as the Belgian is about to come back into the premium discussion. In the last couple of Gameweeks, his involvment in playmaking has been exceptional but has been lacking in goal attempts. The international windown will be another gauge of whether he is about to revert to the FPL points machine that we love or whether we have to wait longer to see this again.

We will also be monitoring Kelechi Iheanacho‘s (£7.0m) two games with Nigeria. It’s hard to understand why Brendan Rodgers has not capitalised on Ihenacho’s red-hot form from last season at the start of this new campaign but something has got to change for the Foxes as eight points in seven games is far from their usual standards. Iheanacho grabbed the opportunity given to him with a goal at Selhust Park in Gameweek 7 and his time might have come back again.  

FPL Froggies
Scout Notes - LIVMCI 2

One player I’m keeping a close eye on during the international break, or should I say on his game-time during the World Cup qualifiers, is Phil Foden (£7.9m). Foden has had the best xG and xGI of all of the City midfielders over the last two Gameweeks and his performance against Liverpool has put him firmly back on the radar. With Man City hosting Burnley after the international break, I definitely want an attacking asset from Pep Guardiola’s squad so will be monitoring Foden’s exploits with England carefully.

Someone else I’m monitoring over this international break is Ben Chilwell (£5.6m), who got a late-minute call-up in place of his Chelsea teammate, Reece James (£5.5m), who failed to recover from a recent injury. As a current Marcus Alonso (£6.0m) owner, I’m carefully monitoring the Englishman’s minutes and performances in the upcoming England matches as the two are now in direct competition for a place in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI.

FPL Rabbi
Sarr underlines differential potential as Chelsea earn another clean sheet 9

Both Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) and Marcos Alonso (£6.0m) are on my watchlist over international break. I’m looking to buy a Chelsea defender ahead of the next Gameweek to captialise on Chelsea’s run of fixtures. With Reece James‘s (£5.6m) injury, I would like to see how the Chelsea left wing-backs will get on during their international fixtures. 

This season, the Pep roulette has settled down defensively and João Cancelo (£6.2m) has become an ever-present. With good fixtures upcoming for Manchester City, increased solidity at the back and with Cancelo third among FPL defenders for expected goal involvement (xGI), he seems a great pick. My only concern for his minutes will be when Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.3m) is available but Cancelo has become one of the key defenders at Man City and I can’t see that changing. I am carefully monitoring his performances and minutes with Portugal ahead of transferring him in.

Mahmoud Diaa
Son keeps up fine form as Watkins and Iheanacho enter FPL conversation

This international break is a great time to try and find an answer to the Ben Chilwell (£5.6m) v Marcus Alonso (£6.0m) debate. Both of them offer high-scoring options if we can figure out who will start for Chelsea; their international minutes and performances might give us an insight in to Tuchel’s plans for Chelsea’s nice fixture run.

Son Heung-min (£10.0m) has a great fixture in Gameweek 8 against Newcastle, who have one of the worst defensive records in the league at present. I am closely watching his minutes and performances with South Korea over the international break and hoping that doesn’t pick up an injury, as he could be a great differential punt in the upcoming Gameweek.

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  1. dshv
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    On WC

    1. Son
    2. Foden/Grealish

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Son

    2. LC1
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Son imo

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      1

    4. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Son

    5. Firmino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Foden

  2. boc610
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    I suppose if you said to a toon fan that each body part of jamal khashoggie that was cut off with a bone saw represents a trophy you will win under this new ownership they'd bite the hand off you. do we all operate with some form of cognitive dissonance in our lives? yes, its pretty much impossible not to these days but this takes it to whole new level

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      This is true.

      But as a nation we sell them the military tools of the trade.

      Then get moral over the ownership of a football club.

      Whilst they bomb Yemen and families with British made equipment and arms. That is more hypocritical in my view and has endured for decades.

      1. boc610
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I don't think its the same. what a nation state does and how it behaves in a geo -political context is more out of your control as a citizen than the running of a football club you support. your choosing to do this. your choosing to go to the games and buy the shirts and liking the tweets. in germany fans have plenty of say on how a club is run. Toon fans don't have the agency they do in Germany but they absolutely could have done something as supporters to say no, we want success but not like this.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I think thier passion for Newcastle United is clearly blindsided and wouldn't ever be put to one side. Even with Kim Jung-un in the box seat!

          Newcastle fans want to take a tilt at Manchester City and Chelsea as well as Man Utd and Liverpool along the way.

        2. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          You could choose to support proportional representation and an end to two party politica which is behind a lot of this stuff

    2. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      The human rights abuses of course are my biggest problem with this takeover.

      But I honesly see it as the end of the game as we know it. The EPL will never be the same, it was bad enough with City, but Saudi Arabia are in a whole different ball park when it comes to its finances. They could go out and blow a billion quid on Mbappe who'd be free in 6 months if they wanted without having to bat an eyelid, no other club will come close to that spending power.

      Great for newcastle fans if you can look past the human rights abuse, I'll give it 10 years before they become the best club in England, with best squad, best stadium, best facilities and the titles that come with it. I'd give a conservative 4 years till they win their 1st pl title.

      1. PartyTime
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Arab money! They will spend a lot but will have to keep the balance with financial FairPlay

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            The books are in order and have been balanced so a 3 year run before FFP restrictions kick in.

          2. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            FFP is a joke, and City have proven as much.

            Keep losses to 105million over 3 years?

            OK welcome to the new Saudi Arena, formally known as the sports direct arena.

            Sponsership deal worth? Oh, lets make it 1billion over 5 years for the naming rights.

            Shirt sponsor? Lets go with Saudi Shirts, theres another 1billion, and so forth for all and any "Sponser" deals.

            Think we have went against FFP? Prove it, we have more money to lawyer up than anyone, and thats what counts.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              True this!

            2. pingissimus
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              All true

              FFP will be blindsided naturally. The issue is more about how long it takes to build something from scratch and to what extent 2 billion will outperform 1 billion and years of established football infrastructure.

        • AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          It's not exactly a level playing field when Sovereign wealth funds buy up Manchester City and Newcastle to project soft power or Chelsea with dubious Russian wealth accumulated quickly.

          Not even the New York stock exchange can compete with that at Manchester United and Liverpool.

          It does distort competition but looking at Paris doesn't always work out right away.

        • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          FFP will prevent them blowing a billion quid on players

          Even Man City can't spend more than £150 - £200m in a window - things are different now to when the Shieks originally came into City

          If Newcastle get their next 3-4 years of recruitment, coaching, and management all absolutely bang on perfect, they might, (at a stretch) be in a position to make it into the top 4 for the 26/27 season - again at a stretch

          And if they THEN managed to get the next 3-5 years after that of recruitment, coaching and management all absolutely spot on they might (at a stretch) be in a position to be simultaneously playing in europe and mounting a title challenge somewhere out towards 2030 (again - at a stretch)

          But there are so many ifs layered in there that if you applied all those ifs to any other club you wouldnt have them over-achieving either

          Yes they'll be able to buy a few players now - but this isn't FIFA or Championship manager, throwing loads of money at players doesn't guarantee success or anywhere near it

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I understand they have a fairly clear run for 3 years of splashing the cash before they need to stay within the FFP rules.

          2. Original - Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            True, wish more fans understood the rules.

          3. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            You are being a bit naive if you can't see this as a turning point for football. It's been bad enough the past 20 or so years, but has remained somewhat competitive.
            This takeover changes everything, and its a matter of time before Newcastle are the best club in England. And will be so far ahead of the rest of the pack.

            Money does guarantee success, City have shown as much, and this is on another level to even what they have done.

            Also, any hope that FFP will save it is also far fetched.

            1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Totally disagree that "it's a matter of time until Newcastle are the best club in England" and that "Money does guarantee success"

              That's paper/tabloid talk - the amount of things Newcastle would have to get right in the next 10 years to win a league is off the charts

              It's not impossible obviously - Blackburn & Leciester have won leagues in the last 25 or so seasons - but spending money doesn't guarantee success (No matter how much dissonance that might generate with certain people, or how uncomfortable it might make them)

              1. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Well we can come back in 40 years when I'm an old man, and see who was right.

                Its a vanity/sports washing project, and they will want to be the best, and the biggest factor is the have the funds to do it, and dwarf every single other team.

                We can agree to disagree, as you obviously have a completely different outlook.

                I'd be interested to know your thoughts on City managing to win the league within 4 seasons of their takeover - was that just a fluke with everything falling into place?

                As long as the saudis are interested in the experiment, they will make Newcastle the best club, 10/20/30/40 years of outspending rivals by 10-1 if they want will end up with the expected result.

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  These huge, generic, open-ended statements like "it's only a matter of time" and "come back in 40 years" are just the typical bluster of a tabloid trying their best to sensationalise & drum up noise and aren't even really measurable enough to be of value

                  There is a set of circumstances under which Newcastle could win the league, of course there is, but there are many MORE sets of circumstances under which they don't win the league, ever.

                  This isn't a game of FIFA where you can edit 5 or 6 big players into a team & press the right buttons and beat the computer or some foul-mouthed 13 year old sitting in his room in Woking

                  It's professional sport where there is uncertainty, competition, personalities, politics, luck, variance and a billion and one other factors that have to go right for a club to go from where Newcastle are now to winning the league

                  It would take Newcastle at least 5-6 transfer windows at £200m+ per window to get "a billion pounds" into the club - and what do you think Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man Utd etc are going to be doing during those 5-6 windows? Standing still?

                  Again - it's not impossible that Newcastle some day win the league. It;s not technically impossible for a lot of clubs. And they will have a lot of bananas to throw around all of a sudden.

                  But a club like Newcastle would need to get every single decision right, on and off the pitch, as well as navigating FFP to spend billions, for a period of years, if not decades to get into a position to win the league - money doesn't "guarantee" anything in sport - that's Jamie Redknapp/Daily Star type hyperbole that helps sell newspapers and sell Sky subscriptions

                  As a wise philosopher once said - always in motion is the future

        • pingissimus
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          4 years? Perhaps. That's more or less the time it took City but they started from a stronger base and in a distinctly less competitive league.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            It's depressing. Few come out of this well. My long-held sympathy for Toon fans has now dried up. When will we see the Taliban and the Syrian regime buying up clubs?
            All I can do to make a token contribution is to adopt a position of ABU - Anyone But Newcastle United. I haven't had a top-flight club to despise since the ancient days of Dirty Leeds.

            1. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              For some reason I have had an instant dislike to Amanda Staveley from day 1. Can someone explain this to me?

            2. pingissimus
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              It is depressing - Toon have long been one of favourite clubs and now I'm caught out by this and I imagine any sympathy I have for them will dry up.

              I'm also slightly depressed by one more piece of the Premier League becoming a de facto Super League slotting into place. It's been an incremental shift but the nature of the PL is really quite different now to what it was even 10 years back. Give it an other 10 years and we'll be fairly close to a no relegation league in all but name I fear.

        • Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Yes its terrible that money is coming into the premierleague and a different team might join the top six.

          Are you serious? The league is already uneven and this just adds another player at the top. If they pay their taxes properly what really is the issue from that standpoint?

      2. Fpl Richie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I'm escaping twitter for a while because of this issue. Seeing those fans celebrate, and I understand why, makes me feel sick. I got jumped on for saying I would happily ditch my club for this. But I definitely would - assuming that protest didn't satisfy the situation.

        The amount of folk saying 'Oh you watch Disney, Oh you drink at Starbucks, you hypocrite' (I don't fwiw) are unbelievable. It's no wonder we have the government we do, let alone allowing such people to own a great club. That said, the Premier League need to take more flack for this - ultimately the fans didn't make this call (though they can react accordingly).

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Completely agree with you. Most of the Toon fan responses I'm seeing are in the categories of 'I don't give a toss about morality' or 'whataboutery'. It's true that football is a dirty business at this level, but there's a lot of false equivalence going on. I despise gambling firm millionaires and hedge fund managers, but they are hardly the equivalent of genocidal brutes responsible for the death and starvation of countless thousands of children. I just can't accept that.

          1. zeslinguer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Andy will you be boycotting the World Cup next year? Close to 10k slave workers dead building the stadiums. Surely you can't accept supporting that either?

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Funny you should ask. My business is finding jobs for migrant workers. Their safety is paramount and I don't touch Middle Eastern countries with a bargepole.
              The simple answer is I don't accept the conditions Qatar puts on the workers. If watching the World Cup meant my money went to that regime, I would boycott it. The brilliantly ironic situation is that the cable company that shows the games (the only way to see them in my country) uses the pirate channels from Saudi that have held up the deal. Here in Cambodia I actually get to see all the football (including all the 3 pm PL kick-offs) for free (i.e. the cable fee is dirt cheap and no extra for the football). I know that's not a helpful answer to draw up clear-cut principle, but you did ask about my personal situation and there it is.

              1. zeslinguer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Doesn't it go deeper than financial support though? The point of sports washing is image manipulation, so if you're watching those games and that tournament, legally or otherwise, your participation is no better than Newcastle fans continuing to support their team. If you refuse to watch it then you have every right to criticise, good on you, but we'll see if that happens

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  Yes the purpose of buying a club or hosting a World Cup in these cases is for soft power/image manipulation rather than for profit. What can ordinary bods and fans do? Protest and speak out about the abuses is one tactic. If Toon fans were to do that, and display anti-Saudi regime banners, that would be great; unfortunately what I'm seeing is mostly accepting and justifying the murderous regime - exactly what the owners want. The other tactic is to hit them in the pocket by boycotting their product. In my case, I don't see how watching the games in my own home for free is benefitting Qatar in any way; participating without their knowledge and not handing over any money is at best a neutral stance, I'd say.

                  1. zeslinguer
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Honestly I think asking the fans to boycott the team they've supported all their lives is unfair to ask, it's not like we elected the Saudis to be owner. And I take issue with the 'Toon fans' part. When the Saudis were sniffing around Man Utd, the fans were polled and 91% were in favour of such a takeover (google it). And I don't see many people justifying the Saudis at all. I'd imagine the vast majority have no idea who they are and what they represent. At the end of the day we live in a society where money is king and nothing else matters. It's sick and it's sad, but everyone engages with it everyday and it touches every part of public and private life. Why does it fall solely on the newcastle fans to be the ones to have to stand up and say 'no'?

                    1. The Rumour Mill
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 25 days ago

                      You're right, this has very little to do with Newcastle fans. They shouldn't be asked to defend something they have no control over.

                    2. Andy_Social
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 25 days ago

                      You're right - it's not on to single out Toon fans and expect them to boycott games. What I think would be viable is to educate fans and try to get them to clearly divide in their minds support for their club and support for the ownership. They did it perfectly well when it came to Ashley; unfortunately, that wasn't so much due to his labour abuses as to his contempt for fans and shallow pockets.
                      You cite Man United - to be fair, despite the trophies and big players the owners have brought to the club, their fans do protest the ownership. Toon fans can do much the same, albeit for different reasons.

              2. Sharkytect
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Ah, that’s why you’re always online at this time!

      3. diesel001
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Looking forward to the days when the PL clubs are owned by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, China, UAE, Hong Kong and a host of US businessman.

      4. Olivier Bernards watch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Regardless on one's views on the substance of the matter, I think the initial comment here clearly isn't an appropriate starting point for a reasonable and objective debate, and that posting it as a hot topic under `Newcastle takeover debated' isn't especially constructive.

      5. RedRo
          1 month, 24 days ago

          From a human perspective I’m very uncomfortable with these people owning a Premier League club.

          At the same time, I don’t understand people going after Newcastle fans for being happy about it. I think it’s perhaps difficult for City, Utd, Chelsea etc. Fans to understand the misery they’ve been subjected to the last 14 years. They’re absolutely right to be happy about it.

          From a footballing perspective, I’m not really bothered at this stage. It’s just one more team jumping the ladder. Every top team is where they are largely as a result of spending an absolute load of money at this stage.

        • riot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Lifelong fan here. This isn't Newcastle fans' fault. Whatever your opinions, we are blameless. The takeover will revitalise both the club and city. See the work that's been done in Manchester by Man City.

          Personally, I'm one of the tiny minority of fans that likes Bruce and does resent the takeover to a degree. I'd much rather the club was successful 'organically', and would rather we weren't viewed as a joke of a club like Chelsea and City, able to throw enough money at a problem until it's fixed (Man Utd too I suppose, lol, but at least that's more organic).

          Mixed feelings, but optimistic. Sure they're murderers, but that's half the clubs in the CL. Nasty regimes are everywhere, and it's the PL and British government's fault for letting them into football. I'm delighted for my fellow fans and the city, while cautiously hopeful myself.

        • Bob McMayday
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          How has this post ended up becoming a hot topic??? The subject is worth discussion I get that but why this crudely worded post? Disgraceful take it down

        • Hairy Potter
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Is this the same for consumers of all the companies that the Saudi PIF has investments in? Like Uber, Activision, EA? Plus customers of Disney and Facebook when the PIF had investments in them?

        • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Selective outrage

      6. LC1
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Morning all,

        Thoughts on the below;

        Sanchez
        TAA Marcal Tierney
        Salah(c) Raphinha Greenwood Saka
        Lukaku Jimenez Antonio

        Foster Livra Williams Sissoko

        2.7 ITB and 1 FT.

        Does Marcal to Cancelo make the most sense (will wait until next week)

        Thanks!

      7. Riggs
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I am on WC and my core team structure will be like:

        Ramsdale Foster
        TAA Cancelo Rudiger Livramento *
        Salah Raphinha Mbeumo Douglas Luiz *
        Lukaku Antonio *

        I am pondering over the following options:
        A) Duffy, Son, Toney (Brownhill instead of D. Luiz because I'm 0.1 short of money for that draft)
        B) up to 5.0 def (may go for cheaper and money ITB), Son, Hwang
        C) up to 5.1 def (may go for cheaper and money ITB), Foden, Jimenez
        D) Dias, Foden, Toney and 0.2 ITB

        Which option would you prefer?

        1. jimmy.floyd
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          A

      8. Redhawk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Walker is nailed for city is he not?
        Missed the first game but has played the rest. So would he be a cheaper and viable alternative to Dias?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Cancelo can play there when Zinchenko is back. No one is rotation-proof. He'd score a bit less than Dias, but for less dosh, he's value for sure.

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            This, he's not nailed but he's very overlooked on here. Unpopular opinion, but I see him being better value than Cancelo

      9. dshv
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Permanent starters

        1. Mbuemo (3-5-2)
        2. Hwang ( 3-4-3)

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Depending who the 3rd forward in the 3-5-2 is I'd lean 1, but would almost be tempting going with a defender who is 5.5 instead

          1. dshv
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Ramsdale
            Taa rudiger cancelo duffy/white livra
            Salah son raph townsen mbuemo
            Antonio lukaku (davis)

      10. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Anybody else worried about Hwang as a Son enabler? Just worry we haven't seen enough of him to warrant having him as 3rd forward just to accomdate Son, and if he fails there really isn't much other option unless you go with a Watford forward (feel 4.5 forward is a waste when we need a strong bench as much as ever) or scramble to find the funds for Toney

        1. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          This is why I'm going Toney.

          1. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Did you have to make sacrifices elsewhere, i.e. TAA/Raph etc?

            1. Camzy
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              No. I have 3 slots left to decide on. Write-up below.

        2. The Rumour Mill
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Its a slight concern. Antonio has a tough run starting in 11, so perhaps an exit strategy of Hwang to Toney could be funded by Antonio to Edouard/Maupay/Armstrong/Saint-Maximin/Iheanacho for a few weeks?

          1. dshv
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Antonio until this time is gold.

          2. cheeky moses
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            This. Also, I don't think you should be getting Hwang as a permanent starter. I would have him rotating with Mbeumo. This way you can afford to bench him a few weeks if the punt fails.

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Exactly! Especially with so many good cheap assets in mid and attack. He's the frontline version of Gray/Mbeumo/Livra/Duffy

        3. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          https://www.livefpl.net/myteam

          Starting Hwang until GW14, bench GW15 (or earlier, if his form drops), becomes Antonio in GW16. Antonio to Toney GW11 and Raphinha to 4.5 in GW16 will generate funds for Hwang upgrade. If he becomes crap before then, he'd be regularly benched for my 4th mid or def instead. My first sub between now and GW15 is good enough to start

          So the Hwang exit strategy is to bench him until I downgrade Raph, more or less

      11. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Will women be banned altogether from attending Newcastle games ? Or will they let in them as long as accompanied by male protector ?

        1. BooYaKasha
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          The real question is who drives...

        2. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          They will have to wear fake beards. Then everything will be OK!

      12. Camzy
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        My WC team is gonna come down to 3 slots and it will heavily depend on TAA's fitness.

        Ramsdale Foster
        XX Cancelo Rudiger Duffy Livramento
        Salah XX XX Raphinha Brownhill
        Lukaku Antonio Toney

        TAA + Son + ESR
        TAA + Foden + Mount

        Son + Tierney + Foden
        KdB + Walker + Townsend
        KdB + Chilwell + ESR

        I think the other slots I've pondered and I'm not gonna move them. I like all those guys too much. Antonio is a 10m forward I'm paying less than 8m for. Frankly, I don't care about the difficult fixtures and the next 3 are not even that bad. If he blanks and looks bad in all 3 I'll ship in GW11. But I have faith he'll continue to deliver.

        The rest are fairly template/boring and don't need to be explained. Toney is fairly locked in because he has a great run of games from GW10 and I'd rather buy early and hold especially since he's a 90 min man on penalties.

        1. cheeky moses
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          TAA + Son + Mbeumo an option?

          1. Camzy
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            0.1m short sadly.

        2. Pegboy
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Much prefer Son to KDB options and I'd want to see a lot more from Mount before committing.

          So for me, it comes down to:

          TAA + Son + ESR
          Tierney + Son + Foden

          I think I'd go the former and rotate ESR with Duffy and Livramento

          1. Camzy
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Yeah I'm not super convinced KdB is worth it, but it could be rank defining if he decides to haul like we know he can. Two assists for Belgium last night too and his underlying stats are superb.

            I think he could be the differential I need to make a move up and if not, I can downgrade to Son in GW12 anyway with no loss of step.

            I'm leaning the TAA + Son + ESR if TAA is fit but if he's not, I'll probably go the KdB route and chance it.

        3. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I have a similar setup as you at the moment

          XXX Foster
          XXX Cancelo Rudiger XXX Livramento
          Salah XXX Raphinha Mbeumo Brownhill
          Lukaku Antonio Toney

          Depending on which GK out of Ramsdale/Raya/Sanchez I go with, the 4th def would cover the other team in Duffy or White.

          TAA/Dias/Azpi for the 3rd premium def spot. Still not entirely ruled out 4 premium defs but I want a long term defence and not want to waste a FT on defence.

          Foden v Son for the last mid spot

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            My preference would be the two options listed below

            TAA + Son + ESR
            Son + Tierney + Foden

          2. Camzy
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Ramsdale + Duffy is clear imo. Cheaper than Sanchez + White. And Duffy has more goal threat and Ramsdale makes more saves.

            I like Duffy a lot. He's top for ICT Threat among defenders which is crazy. I genuinely think he's one of if not the best defender less than 5.5m considering Brighton are also strong defensively.

            Yeah same dilemma as me for the last two slots. TAA fitness will decide.

            1. Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Duffy is not nailed in the slightest with Webster back in the mix - if Lamptey gets back up to speed pretty sure he's out

              1. Camzy
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                I don't think he's droppable on current form. He's been very good. They'd drop Veltman or Burn first imo.

                Lamptey/Veltman Duffy Dunk Webster March/Burn

                1. Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  Cucurella owns the LWB slot now. The rest seems correct, afaik. Veltman will likely displace Webster when Lamptey starts (might take a while, still). Burn and March haven't impressed

                  1. Goonsquad245
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Think Webster is pretty nailed tbh - his ball progression is excellent.

                  2. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Brighton have a lot of options in defence once they are all fit and available. Dunk and Webster are nailed in the CB spots IMO. March isn't getting a sniff with Cucurella the favoured LWB at the moment.

                2. Goonsquad245
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  He's not safe long term though - and your 4.5 defender is not where you want to be making transfers.

                  Because of the way Brighton want to play, I think Veltman is more suited to the system than Duffy is. We'll likely see in fairly short order.

                  Also, I think Sanchez is a better option than Ramsdale - but it's close. Brighton defence is better than Arsenal's and the difference in saves really isn't that much (think it was ~0.2 per game on average last season)

                  1. Tonyawesome69
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Potter has mentioned previously both Veltman and Lamptey can be on the field at the same time which suggests Lamptey RWB and Veltman RCB at some point.

                  2. Camzy
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Brighton defense being better than Arsenal's is debatable.

                    Arsenal's defense since White, Gabriel, Partey came into the team are statistically the best in the league - last 4 gameweeks (albeit with kind fixtures).

                    But I will give you that Duffy is not nailed. At least not compared to White. I don't think it's a big problem though because ultimately, he's 2nd bench slot. I've made teams with 3.9m non-playing guys before. Duffy being sat on the bench rotting and not playing is not the worst thing in the world. 0.4m is not that much to pay and I will get that value immediately by starting him this week to cover Raphinha's likely absense.

                    1. Tonyawesome69
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 25 days ago

                      I would normally agree with you having a cheap player rotting on the bench but in recent weeks with injuries 3 playing bench options have been very helpful. Duffy should be fine short term but long term is still unknown.

                    2. Goonsquad245
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 25 days ago

                      Cool - like you say 2nd bench slot is neither here nor there. Hard to make a massive mistake either way.

            2. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Ramsdale + Duffy is only 0.1 cheaper than Sanchez + White (at current prices) so not much but still a +

              I agree with the goal threat and saves argument. My slight worry with Duffy is Brighton will have Burn, Webster, Veltman (if Lamptey is available for RWB) vying for the other 2 CB spots. Duffy has been one of their best players this season. For Ramsdale, if he makes a mistake, Arsenal have Leno waiting for his chance.

        4. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Oh, this is tough

          I like Son Tierney Foden a lot. A whole lot, especially with Tierney flying under the radar and working well with Duffy and Livra for that 3rd def spot. TAA will be sorely missed, definitely. Wish there was a way to squeeze out that 0.1 for Mbeumo. If ESR will be your first sub most of the time in a 4-3-3, not expected to bang in stuff regularly as a member of your XI, I'll go for TAA Son ESR

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Alternatively: TAA Foden Mbeumo/Townsend and bank the cash for the next obvious upgrade post-WC

      13. MikeBravo
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Rumours that Bielsa is going to replace Bruce at Newcastle?
        Bruce will not be getting any compensation apparently, and if he kicks up a fuss, it will be 'detrimental' to his future?
        Sources say Bielsa is liked due to his use of 'murderball'...

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Bruce gets compo with every sacking and appointment...

          1. MikeBravo
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Compo. Your autocorrect is not working. Should read composted. Once the Saudis 'get rid' of him.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Called into the Consulate to explain himself?

      14. soup natsi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Erdogan should buy Leeds through Turkish sovereign wealth fund. I need this to happen.

      15. A-L
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        What do we think about Armstrong as an option? Good fixtures enough to make him a good pick?

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Cheap enough to roll the dice.

        2. MikeBravo
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I wouldn't rush into that one.

        3. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          With JWP out suspended he should be on pens for the next 3 aswell

      16. zeslinguer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Seen everyone having a dig at Newcastle fans. At the end of the day the Saudi Public Investment Fund has sizeable stakes in EA, Uber, Boeing, Disney (who own Marvel), Twitter and Facebook. If you use any of these product/services you have no right to criticise the Newcastle fans. If you plan to watch the World Cup in Qatar, where close to 10k slave workers have died building the stadiums, you have no right to criticise the Newcastle fans.

        Is it good that football teams are bought by murderous nation states? No, of course not. Are the Saudis morally bankrupt? Yes, of course they are. That's not the fault of the Newcastle fans though and expecting them to stop supporting their team is so stupid and hypocritical.

        1. soup natsi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Top quality whataboutism. Well done.

          1. zeslinguer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            lol 'whataboutism'. It's the go to answer now to avoid asking yourself difficult questions about your own morality/hypocrisy isn't it? Tell me what's the difference between you using those services/products and me supporting my team

            1. soup natsi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Do you honestly see no difference between Saudi PIF having a stake at Uber and owning Newcastle football club? It's incredible how many mental loops people are ready to jump just to feel better about themselves. I don't know anyone who attach their identity to their Uber car the way they a football fan does. Is it funded from the same source? Sure. But I won't pose with a Saudi flag, that says "There's no god but Allah" with a sword on it - to depict strictness of their justice, you know, the same sword they use to behead gay people, insignia of a country that funded ISIS for years, just because my Uber car arrived - unlike Newcastle fans.

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                This is an interesting debate.

              2. zeslinguer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                Give over, every fan base will have idiots or people who do not have the time or inclination to keep up with foreign affairs. Do you think those fans have sat down and read Amnesty International reports and the Guardian articles about SA's atrocities? Most people don't care/know. The fans posing with flags must represent less than 0.001% of the fan base. If anything it is worse you continue to use Uber. As you say your identity isn't tied up in it. Many football fans' identities are tied to their club. You could easily switch to a different taxi provider, but you don't, so wind ya neck in. Anyway, enjoy boycotting the World Cup next year, as I'm sure you are going to do

            2. jay01
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Its true, accept the world is fked and all about the money. In reality everyone needs to be criticised but we know that doesnt happen

        2. Well you know, Triffic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          You're forgetting the part about people wearing clothes and using phones manufactured through exploitation of labour 😉

        3. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Is the slave but accurate?

          1. zeslinguer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            It was 6500 in February, it will be over 10000 by time the World Cup kicks off. The 'slave' bit is well documented. Migrants have their passports confiscated on arrival and then work to pay off the debts they owe their bosses (transport, food, accomadation). This is how modern slavery works worldwide. You can read more about it here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2016/03/qatar-world-cup-of-shame/

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Thanks.

            2. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              That's not the death toll.

              Some have died in the heat. It is exploitation economically and a power in balance. Health and safety rules still apply.

              Most of the firms leafing the engineering design are American or British for Qatar 2022.

            3. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/feb/23/revealed-migrant-worker-deaths-qatar-fifa-world-cup-2022

              This shows 37 direct deaths on the world cup build. Still huge and a small part of a much bigger problem of construction in the Middle East with South Asian workers suffering.

        4. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Only a matter of time before they buy out FFS and order the mods to delete all the negative comments towards them. 😛

          1. Fitzy.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Any negative comments about the mods already get deleted

      17. Maverick 11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Taa + Gallagher > Pinnock + Son -4
        Worth it?

        1. MikeBravo
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Another one I wouldn't rush into. Son not got a brilliant record against Newcastle, and surely Newcastle will be up for it, with their fans happy that Ashley is gone?

        2. Maverick 11
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          That has been my only concern, also considering Taa + Gallagher> Azpi + foden/ grealish

      18. james 101
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Chose one:

        A. Townsend
        B Doucoure
        C. Gray

        And why?

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          (Gray looks v good, but both T and D have returned more 7 points this season for a cheaper price)

        2. MikeBravo
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Doucoure less likely to be benched?

          1. james 101
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Honestly I don’t know!

            Any fans around?

        3. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I would rule out Townsend with DCL and Rich expected to be back after IB.

          Gray is still a decent option when playing LM/LW or #10 behind DCL.

          Doucoure probably edges it being B2B and nailed 90 mins

          1. james 101
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Cheers!

        4. mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Stats-wise (all xG = non-pen)
          Gray xG 1.05 xA 0.91
          Townsend xG 0.97 xA 0.99
          Doucouré xG 0.86 xA 0.63

          Eye test:
          Gray > Doucouré > Townsend

          1. james 101
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Cheers

      19. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Morning....any views on best wildcard option here please? Thanks

        Ramsdale foster
        Taa cancelo xxx rudiger livra
        Salah raphinha xxx mbuemo brownhill
        Lukaku antonio xxxx

        A.....dias saka jiminez

        B....dias foden hwang

        B....Duffy son hwang

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I guess it depends if you are favouring 3 or 4 premium defs. Bit of a benching headache if you go for A or B

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Or B

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          B.1

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Yeah sorry, 2 Bs!!

            Can't decide on the 4 premium defenders or the son / foden option....thanks

        3. Firmino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Duffy Foden Jimenez

      20. JONK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        My defence has TAA, Alonso Laporte, Cresswell and Dier. I'm grudgingly getting rid of Alonso, now that Chilwell is back. torn between a straight Chelsea swap (Alonso- Chilwell or Alonso - Azpilicueta) and Alonso - Cancelo

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Cancelo sounds better, though I would try to remove cash from defense slowly.

        2. mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 25 days ago

          If one benching makes you want to ditch Alonso, then Chilwell is going to keep you unhappy

      21. Fuddled FC
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        I was going to use my wc but now thinking 1 hit would be sufficient and saving wc maybe until gw 9.
        This is my team v opposition gw 8

        Sanchez (Nor)
        Alonso (BRE) Rudiger (BRE) Semedo (AV)
        Jota(WAT) Barnes(MANU) Salah(WAT) Sarr (LIV) Benrahma (EVE)
        Antonio(EVE) Ronaldo(LEI)

        Foster(LIV) White(CPY), LIVRA(LEE), Perica

        a) take a hit
        b)WC now

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I see 8 spots I'd change in the XI and one on the bench (you may disagree, and that's fine). WC for me

      22. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Jota doubtful, via FFScout tweets

      23. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Seeing a few WC drafts featuring Son and TAA.

        In my opinion, the next 4 games are quite tough for both Spurs and Liverpool and both players would be better options from gw12 onwards rather than gw8. Don't think there's a need to get them in this early.

        Think there will be other better value players who will score more from gw8-11 than Son and TAA and struggling to justify two expensive inclusions on a gw8 wildcard

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I don't think people who're getting Son or TAA are looking at fixtures. They don't have competition at their prices, and are rather unpredictable since they have set-pieces and are VERY involved in open play, regardless of team form. So if you're going without, it might take two hits to crowbar them in

          It's more of an argument if going, say, Lukaku over Ronaldo or Chilwell/Azpi over Rudiger/Alonso. It's like going without Salah or Vardy: in or out, locked in long-term, very difficult to reverse

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Agree. TAA transcends fixture. Son I'm not so sure about - last season he would have transcended fixtures, but at this time I do think he's hampered by The Incredible Sulk. But as ZA suggests, the alternatives around his price point are either rotatable City and Chelsea assets, or declining United ones.

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Yeah. I'm not against going without them: there are justifiable reasons either way. I just don't think it's as easily reversible as suggested here. It's the kind of team structure decision that wildcards are here for

            2. Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              I think defenders suffer more from fixture difficulty than any other category because they lose points for multiple goals conceded.

              That said, I don't believe anybody transcends fixtures at all.

        2. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Yes Rudiger out in GW12 is my plan to get TAA back & Spurs are still a wait and see for me.

        3. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          TAA and Son are long term steady points. If I go with them on WC, I'm holding and riding the ups and downs in form and fixtures because of their pedigree.

      24. jay01
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Play Semedo or Livramento next gwk?

        1. House Frey Wedding Planner
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Livra

      25. SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Ronaldo player of the month for September loooooooooool

        1. boc610
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          haha wtf. and here's me thinking he had only paid off goalies to chuck them in. ASM should have got it .

      26. james 101
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        GTG?

        Sanchez

        Rudi Tierney Cancelo

        Salah(c) Benrahma Doucoure Kovacic

        Lukaku(vc) Ronaldo Antonio

        (Steele Liva Allan Williams)

      27. villian-ty
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Who out for Cancelo?

        White
        Christiansen
        TAA

        Other 2 are Williams and Livra

        1. Firmino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Difficult, TAA if injured.

          1. james 101
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Yes. But only if.

        2. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Wait for TAA news. If fit I'd stick or find a way of upgrading Williams.

      28. ASOUSA12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        On WC, which one is better:

        Ramsdale
        TAA Dias Rudiger
        Salah Raphinha Saka XXX
        Lukaku XXX XXX

        Foster Livramento Duffy Brownhill

        A) Zaha + Antonio (likely GW10 move to Toney) + Jimenez
        B) Zaha + DCL (likely GW10 move to Toney) + Jimenez
        C) Sarr (likely GW11 move to Zaha) + Antonio (likely GW10 move to Toney) + Jimenez
        D) Sarr (likely GW11 move to Zaha) + DCL (likely GW10 move to Toney) + Jimenez
        E) Mahrez (one week punt then move to Zaha most likely) + A Armstrong (likely GW10 move to Toney) + Jimenez
        F) Son + A Armstrong + Toney

        Some reasoning behind it:

        - Son will never be a cash cow because he has an incredible run between GW12 and 15. I don't like any of the 5.5 mids even if it seems the flavour of the moment.

        - My biggest WC differentials were going to be Zaha and JWP but his suspension ruined everything.

        - I'm leaning more towards any of the first four options at the moment, with potentially DCL if he is fit for 2GWs before moving to Toney and maybe Sarr instead of Zaha if i feel i can make the Zaha reverse move for him in GW11.

        - If TAA is fit he's in, if not most likely i'll play Livramento or Duffy every week until he's fit and put the extra money into Son.

        - Cancelo will be rotated in the future, hasn't happened yet because Zinchenko hasn't been fit. Also Laporte, Ake will be able to fill LB if required when Stones gets more minutes.

        - The problem with F) is that doesn't leave me margin to make any good transfers between GW9-12

        Any feedback is appreciated,
        Cheers

        1. ASOUSA12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Also Zaha on pens has the ability to be a 200 pts midfielder

          1. DavvaMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I am also tempted with Zaha, he burnt me though last season!

            1. ASOUSA12
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Different season, different manager and Zaha wasn't on pens last season

          2. Pegboy
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Agree to disagree on the 200pt potential. He used to have much, much greater G+A involvement and got nowhere near. Even adding 5 penalties wouldn't have got him close.

          3. pingissimus
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            200 points is very ambitious!

            It's worth bearing in mind that Palace haven't been creating that many chances despite the new attacking outlook. This is fairly constant with Vieira sides perviously - nothing necessary about it but a word of caution not least as the high press and possession game negates the strength of Zaha on the counter. It's also the case that Zaha GI is likely to be much less this season than previously just because there are other outlets in attack.

            The plus side to Zaha is that he is fairly consistently in an inside left position and not wide on the wing. This is typically when you want to pick him. Personally I think Edouard is the better punt. He'll only improve and there have been positive signs already.

        2. Camzy
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I don't mind the Zaha punt and you seem set on it, so go for it.

          Jimenez is in 5/6 options so I think you should just put him in since you like him, clearly.

          A is the one for me. Antonio is a 10M forward imo.

          Don't pick a team that requires a transfer right away. Aim on WC should always be to roll FT the following week and then reassess. Injuries would be the only thing that might force your hand.

          1. ASOUSA12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Antonio has shown to be a 10M forward in a good fixture run and no player is fixture proof. That's why i think he's clearly droppable at least until the really good run from Lukaku ends.

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Ignoring injuries, you have to go back to his stint as a midfielder (first half of 19/20 season) to find when Antonio wasn't fixture-proof

              https://www.transfermarkt.com/michail-antonio/leistungsdaten/spieler/104124/plus/0?saison=2019

            2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Antonio has 34 goal involvements (24 goals 10 assists) in his last 43 league appearances (41 starts 2 subs) - and has only just started taking penalties

              Something clicked with him in late February of 2020 & he just hasn't looked back

              If you think he's disposable while not injured then you haven't been paying attention to the last 18+ months

              1. ASOUSA12
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                On WC, i need to take some bets and these potentially are:

                - GW8-9: DCL WHU (H) WAT (H) > Antonio EVE (A) / TOT
                - GW10-11: Toney BUR (A) NOR (H) > Antonio AVL (A) LIV (H)

                People are ignoring the impact that Europa League will have in West Ham's energy levels for their Premier League games and expecting they keep the same level of performances as last year.

                Potentially, i may get him back in GW12 for a Lukaku downgrade to fund Son, if any of Iheanacho / Ings / Bamford aren't firing till then.

                Worst case scenario i would get him back in GW14/15 when Jimenez run ends.

                1. Camzy
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 25 days ago

                  You don't have to bet against one of the highest owned and highest scoring players in the game. There are much better and safer bets than that. Zaha is one.

                  Fixtures are not everything. Antonio's performances and return levels are elite and West Ham are a very decent side. Certainly top 8, probably top 6.

                  1. ASOUSA12
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    I can't see him punishing me heavily between GW8-12/14. He won't be captained and i expect the saving in Toney / A Armstrong to be applied in other positions to generate more points during this run.

        3. willos_wanderers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I wouldn't target Sarr - fixtures are terrible. I would probably go A as feel Antonio more explosive than DCL.

          1. ASOUSA12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Sarr fixtures are not great, but i still have some value on him and if Liverpool are potentially without Allison and Fabinho then suddenly not such a bad fixture. Then Sarr -> Zaha is potentially such a good move in GW11 as Zaha's next 3 fixtures apart from Newcastle aren't great

      29. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        We all seen this?

        Fantasy Football Scout
        @FFScout
        ·
        INJURY NEWS

        It is being reported that Liverpool's Diogo Jota is an injury doubt ahead of Portugal's friendly against Qatar, on Saturday.

        1. Joey Tribbiani
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          no way...
          I have 5 doubts in my team now 😀 😀

      30. Carlton P
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Ronaldo + Sarr > DCL + Son -4
        It’s not a bad move….or is it??? Help

        1. willos_wanderers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I would be looking to ship Ronaldo. And given Sarr's upcoming fixtures getting rid is not a bad idea too. Big question is who sits on your bench and whether or not you expect Son to outscore them by 4 or more...

      31. JAYPEE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        On a WC
        Would you do Ronaldo, Townsend and T Silva > Hwang, KDB and Walker/Laporte?

        1. Carlton P
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I wouldn’t have T Silva, KDB or Walker/Laporte on a WC
          Son over KDB easily

      32. Fuddled FC
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Walker or Laporte?

        1. King Kohli
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Walker slightly safer but Laporte has the better goal threat

        2. ANGRY PERSON
            1 month, 25 days ago

            tough one. They will be rotated with stones and zinchenko quite often. I'd personally prefer Laporte

          • Pegboy
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Close, but I'd lean Laporte

        3. willos_wanderers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          My current team is as follows:

          Ramsdale
          Dias - Cancelo - Rudiger - Alonso
          Salah - Raphina - Saka
          Lukaku - Antonio - Jiminez

          Foster - Semedo - Gallagher - Brownhill

          1FT, £1.2 ITB

          1. Save
          2. Semedo -> Livramento (to allow Alonso to TAA following week)
          3. Jiminez -> Jesus

          1. Oliver Tockman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            2

          2. Pegboy
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

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