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How checklists can help you make better FPL decisions: Part 2

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In my previous article, we discussed how checklists have dramatically improved outcomes in areas as diverse as air travel safety and reducing hospital infections and considered how they might also improve decision-making when it comes to Fantasy Premier League (FPL). In particular, I suggested that they might help compensate for our imperfect memories, mitigate our tendency towards overconfidence and help control our impulses.

This week, I’ll be expanding on the topic to address the question of what makes a good decision checklist, how best to use one and, finally, I’ll share the checklist that I’ll be using this season to help steer my transfer decisions.

And, no, I don’t have anything better to do. Nor do you. So let’s begin.

What Makes a Good Decision Checklist

What will make a good checklist will vary depending on the context. If you’re dealing with something particularly complex, such as a shuttle launch, the checklist might necessarily be quite long. 

A good decision checklist, however, will always be as short as possible and only feature important items. The longer a checklist is, the longer it will take to complete and the more likely it will not be used or not be used properly.

Focusing only on what is most important is also vital as this allows you to afford your time to areas where it will be most significantly spent. In addition, if a checklist has too many items, it might go too far in narrowing the options available.

In summary, a good decision checklist is detailed enough to be useful, but judicious with its items, allowing it to be completed easily and be efficient in its scope.

How to Use a Checklist

Now that we’ve established that bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to checklists, we should also acknowledge that it’s how you use them that really counts.

The point of a decision checklist is that it introduces consistency and rigour to the decision process and, as a result, it helps control some of the more negative effects of our cognitive biases. The value of checklists, however, is not necessarily measured by how rigidly or dogmatically their items are followed.

Context is always important and each item should always be considered in relation to where you are in your FPL season at that particular moment. For example, your checklist items might effectively rule out a particular player but, perhaps, this player has a double gameweek or maybe you are about to Wildcard after this Gameweek, meaning you only need the player for one week as a punt.

These and other factors can influence whether the items of your checklist are appropriate for that moment and, while it is important to take them relatively seriously if you want them to work, they are there to guide your decisions, not to dictate them.

Finally, a checklist does not need to be written in stone but, ideally, should evolve and be perfected over time. If it needs additional items, or items to be removed to be effective, go ahead and add or subtract them.

My Transfer Decision Checklist

Because I like to ‘eat my own dog food’ (not literally) I’ve drafted a checklist that I’ll be running all my transfer decisions past this season. Generally, I’m using this after I’ve identified a player I might want as a means of either deciding between multiple options or as a final sense-check before I push the transfer button.

Currently, I use a traffic light system marking each item as Green = Good, Yellow = Caution, Red = Bad based on how well the player fits that particular item. If my checklist is all or mostly green, I’ll go ahead with the transfer. If it’s significantly yellow or red, I’ll either look at other options or any contextual factors that might mitigate them.

Here’s the checklist:

  1. Are they nailed on?
  2. Are their next six fixtures favourable?
  3. If I had to, would I be happy to hold them for the whole season?
  4. Do they negatively impact my team’s flexibility?
  5. Do they play for a good team?
  6. Are they heavily involved for their team (e.g. the ‘talisman’ and/or on set pieces)?
  7. Do they actually improve my team over the player I’m transferring out?
  8. Are there bigger issues to solve first?
  9. Can I make this transfer later in the week?
  10. Could I bank this transfer instead?

Now, I stress, this checklist is not an exhaustive list of the factors I look at when picking a player, I still look at underlying statistics, eye test and all the other things we might use when making decisions and these could, indeed, be checklist items themselves. For me, however, my checklist reflects the principles which, when I stick to them, tend to correlate with me doing better in FPL. Ideally your own checklist will be similarly tailored based on your own experiences.

The added benefit of personalising your decision checklist is that, if it really doesn’t work, you will at least have empirical evidence that your preferred strategy might not be ideal. That doesn’t sound like much of a consolation but, in the long run, it could be an extremely valuable insight, and one that you can only gain through consistency in your style of play.

Finally, checklists need not only be for transfer decisions. They might be used for captaincy decision criteria or deciding when to Wildcard or to play other chips or all sorts of FPL-related decisions you might want to introduce more accountability for.

Summary

A good decision checklist is short but substantial. Too long, and they may be overly restrictive and will probably put you off investing your time in completing them. But, they should include the items that you consider important to your decision process.

Good use of a checklist does not necessarily require dogmatic adherence to its items and the current context will always be important to consider. Checklists are there to make you stop and think and their true value comes from the consistency with which they are used.

Finally, the best checklists will reflect your own experience of the game and the challenges you have faced. We all have our individual strengths and weaknesses and decision checklists not only give us cause to consider what those might be, but they also give us a means of taking account and consistently addressing them whenever we make an FPL decision.

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  1. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 4 hours ago

    Ramsdale 4.0
    TAA Cancelo Rudiger Duffy* Livramento
    Salah Foden Raphinha Mbeumo Luiz
    Lukaku Antonio Jimenez*

    (Lukaku if injured becomes Ronaldo)

    WC draft, best option:

    1. Duffy Jimenez
    2. Dias Hwang

    Thanks

    1. Totalfootball
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 4 hours ago

      1

    2. EugeMurts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      16 days, 3 hours ago

      1

    3. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 1 hour ago

      1

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    16 days, 4 hours ago

    Having finally bought Salah back, after selling in GW3 and him scoring in every single gameweek since.

    If he blanks this weekend, I’ll be convinced the game is fixed

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 3 hours ago

      Bring back Pukki!

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

      Oh my. Had you been drinking before GW3 deadline? 😀

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 20 hours ago

        He's been drinking the Kaptain Kane juice feverishly!!

  3. Lukakuna
    • 4 Years
    16 days, 4 hours ago

    So... I've got Trent, Raphinha, Lukaku and King all potentially missing GW8 and no FT 🙁

    A) Play WC now
    B) Wait for pressers

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      16 days, 3 hours ago

      whats wrong with Lukaku? First i'm hearing that's all.

      1. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        16 days, 3 hours ago

        IB ‘muscle fatigue’ type injury

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          16 days, 2 hours ago

          ahh ok, sounds much of a nothing to me.

    2. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      B mate, chill.

  4. POTATO
    • 1 Year
    16 days, 3 hours ago

    Which two players join Allan on my bench?

    Dias Rüdiger Alonso Duffy TAA**
    Salah Torres Benrahma Doucouré Allan
    Antonio Jiménez Lukaku*

    I'll bench TAA in case he's a non-starter but it feels wrong to bench Duffy away to Norwich, but also wrong to bench anyone else. Good chance Alonso or Torres rotated or another IB injury occurs so perhaps it doesn't matter as first sub will likely play anyway.

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      16 days, 1 hour ago

      You’re right on Alonso I’d guess.
      Him and TAA on the bench for the defense - if not I might play Duffy over Rudiger. Chelsea haven’t been amazing lately and Brentford are good. (Maybe Rudiger is rested anyway).

      Bench Allan of the attackers for sure, and if TAA ends up playing and you need to bench another id do Benrahma next.

  5. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 3 hours ago

    Mexico please sub off Jimenez... or send him home after this match, he doesnt need to play all 3

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 2 hours ago

      Subbed off in 67th minute.

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 2 hours ago

        Saw that… I suppose playing time in the next match v El Salvador will dictate the likelihood he plays this weekend

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 2 hours ago

      Any chance Mbeumo rises early?
      Been a few unpredictable ones over the past week.

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        16 days, 2 hours ago

        Anything is possible but he shouldn't tonight.

      2. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        16 days, 2 hours ago

        Doubtful I’d say he has mostly been transferred into WC teams but as TM suggested anything is possible

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 2 hours ago

          cheers, sorry for the post fail. also.

  6. Ragabolly
    • 11 Years
    16 days, 2 hours ago

    Risers: Azpilicueta (6.1) Thiago Silva (5.5)

    Fallers: Ritchie (4.9) Balogun (4.8)

    1. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 1 hour ago

      1 up

  7. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    16 days, 2 hours ago

    Ramsdale
    Cancelo | Rüdiger | Duffy
    Salah | Raphinha | Sarr | Gray
    Ronaldo | Lukaku | Jiménez

    Steele | Livramento | B Williams | Allan

    Projection trades,

    a)
    B Williams, Sarr & Gray
    to
    TAA, Mbuemo & Brownhill

    b)
    B Williams, Jiménez & Allan
    to
    TAA, Mbeumo & K Davis

    Thoughts?

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

      A

    2. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 1 hour ago

      A

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

      A

    4. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 1 hour ago

      Thanks all.

  8. Tambling5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 1 hour ago

    Thiago rise odd when last thing I read about his availability for next game is that he won't get back in time to play.

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

      Son's rise was odd too.

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        16 days, 1 hour ago

        TS was at 99.0 tbf.

    2. luk46
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 1 hour ago

      seems weird, maybe some wildcarders who just got him in for now

      1. Brehmeren
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 20 hours ago

        Wildcarders doesn't affect prices.

  9. luk46
    • 3 Years
    16 days, 1 hour ago

    who would you pick?
    A - Son + Hwang
    B - Foden + Jimenez

    Ramsdale Foster
    Trent Cancelo Rüdiger Livramento Duffy
    Salah Raphinha Mbeumo *** Luiz
    Lukaku Antonio ***

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 57 mins ago

      A

      1. luk46
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 57 mins ago

        currently on that, cheers!

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      16 days, 57 mins ago

      B for me.

      But I can see A being better. I like the balance of the price points a bit better in B I guess.

      1. luk46
        • 3 Years
        16 days, 52 mins ago

        Fair enough, Jimenez is their main man, but maybe Hwang can get close if it comes to points. I think getting Son early before that fixture run from gw12 onwards could be beneficial, even tho I'm not too sure if Spurs even win most of those games.

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          16 days, 45 mins ago

          I like Son - got him last week on my WC (and Jimenez too for that matter)

          Similar team to yours but no TAA.

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 36 mins ago

      A

  10. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    16 days, 1 hour ago

    Thoughts ?

    Greenwood & ASM > Son & Hwang for -4

    Y or N

    Cheers

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      16 days, 56 mins ago

      I can see that working out.

    2. luk46
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 55 mins ago

      ASM been quite good so far, not sure if I'd do that move for a hit. possible to save the transfer?

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        16 days, 54 mins ago

        I have Ronaldo for United cover if that helps??

        1. luk46
          • 3 Years
          16 days, 51 mins ago

          I guess we both hope Leicester win, so might as well do Greenwood + Ronaldo > Son + Lukaku if thats possible

          1. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            16 days, 49 mins ago

            That was my original move. But Kaku is flagged now.

  11. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 1 hour ago

    Do we reckon TAA will be fit for the weekend… but feel

    1. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      16 days, 1 hour ago

      Gut* haha

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 1 hour ago

      I think so.

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      16 days, 43 mins ago

      literally we have no idea
      could see an argument to rest him another week to be right for united. On the other hand, if he's right to go then he should def start. Normally don't think Klopp would want to start Milner in so many successive games but he's had the IB to freshen up in case

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 23 hours ago

        To rest him for Atletico and then United*

    4. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 23 hours ago

      He could well be fit,
      I think the more intriguing aspect of the question is, can he/does he play 3 games in a week?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        good point. more important to be right for UCL if he can play 2 games in a few days

  12. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    15 days, 23 hours ago

    Which duo on a WC?

    A) Trent & Foden
    B) Laporte & Son

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 23 hours ago

      B, but only if you have a decent bench cover for Laporte

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 23 hours ago

      B

      Dont like Foden

    3. mojoindojo
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      A

  13. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 23 hours ago

    Looks like Lukaku, Rudiger are just "IB injuries". But thinking of the worst case scenario, where Raph and Jimenez may not be available with those two, people on WC(like myself) might need to start making a draft without those four as well just in case.

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

      Always good to knock up two or three drafts when wildcarding anyway.
      With those 2, TAA and Raphinha in my starting line-up, I'm just burying my head in the sand for three or four days until we have proper news on them. No sense thinking too much at this time with a lack of crucial information.

      1. Cruyff's Eleven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        This ^

        We won't hear from Tuchel and Bielsa till Friday, if that.

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 23 hours ago

      People like me WC’d last week and have those four are screwed. Ha.
      I would probably move Jimi to Toney if this looked likely - but really hope not.

    3. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 23 hours ago

      You need to plan a WC for 4-6 weeks, not just for one week.

      I'm including 2 or 3 of them, with certain bench cover I think.

      Can't WC with 4 transfers to follow...

  14. Jumpernot
    • 5 Years
    15 days, 23 hours ago

    I don't understand everyone's rush to put in Son, spurs are pony at the moment and they have been for a while, and songs pretty average for his price. Why not go vardy instead? Spurs fixtures don't get much easier the next 4 so why be in such a rush to fill a spot with him?
    Waste of time and money for me.

    1. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      No room for Vardy?

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Son :
      42pts in 6 games
      Average : 7pts
      Price : 10.1
      Upcoming Fixtures : new, whm, MUN, eve, LEE

      Vardy :
      48pts in 7 games
      Average : 6.85
      Price : 10.5
      Upcoming Fixtures : MUN, bre, ARS, lee, CHE

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        15 days, 22 hours ago

        Thanks for this.

        Fixtures are better and he’s cheaper. I’m happy I have him.

      2. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        15 days, 21 hours ago

        BOOM!

    3. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 22 hours ago

      Think they’re both similar, both sides have been pretty average so far this season so Son and Vardy doing well is just by virtue of them being such good players, and should only get better if their teams get better. Son more popular probably because there’s less alternatives at his price at midfield then there is for Vardy in attack. Both hard to fit in though unless you drop TAA or have Hwang so not sure either are really worth it right now honestly. But also Son is flavor of the week on here, and Vardy doesn’t get much respect around here either

    4. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      Son was very consistent last season and he has maintained his form this. Midfielders earn cs points and more for a goal so it makes sense to prefer Son over Vardy.

  15. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    15 days, 22 hours ago

    Thoughts on this WC?

    Ramsdale
    Cancelo, Chilwell, Laporte
    Salah, Son, Raphina, Saka
    Lukaku, Antonio, Toney

    Foster, Livramento, Manquillo, Brownhill
    Bank 0.0m

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 21 hours ago

      Honestly its solid, I’m sure you’ve weighed up the risks of your 5.5 defenders but with Livra coming off the bench and it being unlikely they both get benched in the same week it should work, plus hopefully Cancelo starts say everyone 8/10 games as well, could do Dias for more safety if you want. I’m not a bit Saka fan but not much else in that price unless you go down to Mbuemo and upgrade a defender. But all in all, one of the more solid no TAA drafts I’ve seen just because you’ve covered your bases well

    2. mojoindojo
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Rotation risk is high with that back.

  16. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 22 hours ago

    Which team will perform better?

    1. NEW with new owners
    2. WAT with new manager

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 21 hours ago

      Newc

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 21 hours ago

      Presuming you mean for the rest of the season. Newcastle (but presuming Wilson stays fit)

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 21 hours ago

      1

    4. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      NEW although it is pretty even until NEW start investing.

    5. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      Must be NEW as they will spend in January...I do believe that WAT became immune to change in management, they kinda got used to it - they're changing them every few months or weeks 🙂

  17. Hits dont lie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 21 hours ago

    Go without Lukaku?

    Ramsdale Foster
    TAA Rudiger Cancelo Dias Livramento
    Salah Son Raphinha Mbuemo Foden
    Antonio Toney Hwang

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      That looks like benching headaches every GW.

  18. DavidBadWillie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    15 days, 20 hours ago

    We're though the worst of the IB now.

    Not long to go till the next disappointment

  19. villian-ty
    • 11 Years
    15 days, 20 hours ago

    Who out for Cancelo? Dont want to get rid of WIlliams and Livra for Cancelo. Have 2.6 ITB

    White
    TAA
    Rudiger
    Williams
    Livra

    1. villian-ty
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      Keeper is Sa

    2. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 20 hours ago

      In the same boat, and decided not to get him now.
      Will wait for news on TAA

    3. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      I got almost same players...only instead of Williams I have Marcal...and Marcal will make way for City defender.

  20. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 20 hours ago

    Play Mbeumo or Rudiger for Brentford v Chelsea?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Both

  21. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 20 hours ago

    Morning.....who to start (should raph be missing gw8)

    A....Duffy v Norwich

    B...livra v Leeds (prob without raph and Bamford)

    Thanks

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Duffman

    2. DavidBadWillie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Duffy is captain material this week.

    3. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      A

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 19 hours ago

        Cheers

  22. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 19 hours ago

    (C)ancelo?

    It’s worked before

  23. Submit questions for Lateriser
    Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    15 days, 19 hours ago

    For this week's article for Fantasy Football Scout, I will be taking your questions.

    Go on, ask away.

    1. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Is bringingen in James early, with Duffy and Livramento as backup a good plan. Need 0.2 for my WC team, and James is nr1 Chelsea defender for me.

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 19 hours ago

        Yes this - how much of a gamble can we take with defenders on wildcard?

        I have trent cancelo livra and Duffy locked

        Do I play safe with rudiger - or go James/ chilwell who are rotation prone but much more up side

        Cheers

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      With KDB back in the frame, is there a case for proceeding as if Ron/Rom never happened?

      1. Aston VII iia hahaha
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        15 days, 15 hours ago

        I'm tempted to bring in KdB for Ronny. Especially with cheap forwards like Toney having green fixtures. KdB firing for country, club to follow?

    3. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Why does a country of a billion plus fail to beat a country of 5 million people in the Test Cricket Championship final?

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

        Nobody cares about Cricket pal.

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

          Username does not check out

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

          And who are you?

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

        They weren't good enough?

      3. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        15 days, 12 hours ago

        Go away Jafa

    4. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Standing up, or sitting down?

    5. Space Cadete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Torres best City attacker on wildcard? Foden is flavour of the week given recent performances, but really think Torres was just left out for last 3 league games as Pep was fixed on a false 9 system for the big games and Torres comes back in as striker for the ‘easier’ run. 6.9 for a City striker is just ridiculous value.

    6. Vertigo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      If you could afford just one, would you pick a City or Chelsea defender?

    7. Bertonian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Is having James / Chilwell & Foden / Grealish too much rotation risk (have good bench options) & which 2 would you go for?

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

      I know you touched on this on your latest wire pod but with lots of wildcards being played, how to best be a little bit different so we don't all end up with similar wc teams!!
      eg: I imagine most would have 2 of the 3 cheap defenders in white livramento duffy then 2/3 of Trent + CHE defender + CITY defender, so not much variance

      Who are the players to target early to jump ahead of the pack...

      fwiw, I am on Armstrong. Despite his poor heatmap he could be on pens the next 3 and his fixtures are very good + an easier swap to Toney in a few weeks time if he's not converting.

      for those going without Trent, I quite like the idea of getting Virgil in and keep 1m itb. You don't miss out on their cs and potentially can have better assets elsewhere in the interim.

    9. The Rumour Mill
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 18 hours ago

      Would you rather own Son or a City mid?

      And if owning Son meant you had to take Hwang rather than Toney or another striker up to 7.5m, is this a trade off worth making?

    10. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 17 hours ago

      What is the most you would pay for a defender who keeps lots of clean sheets, but has very little attacking threat (e.g. 1G, 1A last season)? Do defenders above a certain price have to offer significant attacking threat for you to consider them?

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

        Yes and no. I’d pay 6m for a defender who guarantees me 2/3 CS a season for sure … it’s whether you take the risk on the CS guarantee … they can disappear in the blink of an eye.

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

          Soz … didn’t notice this was a directed question for the scout cast.

    11. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 12 hours ago

      Are we soon going to realize that premium forwards aren’t worth the money?

      Salah perma-captain with Son as the two premiums allows you to really strengthen elsewhere

  24. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 19 hours ago

    Chances of Cancelo and Foden starting vs Burnley?

    50% both?

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Higher in the case of Cancelo - comes down to the situation with Zinchenko probably. But I'd certainly have him in the at risk category.

      1. Mr Ozil
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 19 hours ago

        my decision for this gameweek will probably come down to:

        Traore' > Foden and play 3-4-3
        Or
        Williams > Cancelo and play 4-3-3

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

      Strong benches could really pay of this game week … will be doing a lot of chin rubbing on Friday and thinking a lot about my transfer if I need to make one.

  25. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    15 days, 19 hours ago

    WCDraft nr3. James in early and bench first GW. 0.0 itb.

    Ramsdale Foster

    TAA Cancelo James Duffy Livramento
    Salah Raphinha Son Mbuemo Normann
    Antonio Lukaku Hwang

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      On trend this week - off trend last week - next week?

  26. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    15 days, 19 hours ago

    Best option this week?

    A) Shaw, Son, Vardy
    B) Cancelo, Greenwood, Lukaku

  27. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 19 hours ago

    Opinions on best options here, 1ft and 1.4itb

    A) save ft
    B) coady to Walker
    C) coady and Sarr to ESR and Cancelo -4

    Sanchez
    Trent Alonso Coady Rudi
    Salah Benramha Jota
    Armstrong Lukaku Antonio

    Gunn Sarr Livramento Mbeumo

  28. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    15 days, 19 hours ago

    Rudiger, Trent, Raph, cancelo, jota all in my team

    Imagine if none of them start lol

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      15 days, 18 hours ago

      What's up with Cancelo - apart from general Pep rotation ?

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

        Nothing, just the threat of rotation, maybe he gets a little break after the IB

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          15 days, 18 hours ago

          Always a risk. I'm considering getting him still . though. But then I have all those you mention + Jimenez to worry about as well...

  29. as33
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 19 hours ago

    Hey, need some advice:
    Sancez
    Rudiger, Cancelo, Marcal, Livra
    Salah, Ralph, Benrahma, Greenw
    Toney, Antonio, Ronaldo
    Have 1ft and 2.1m itb which 1 is better move
    Greenwood>Foden or
    Greenwood>Son - Toney>Hwang for a hit?

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

      Don’t sell Toney, good fixtures are coming

  30. mcginnntonic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 19 hours ago

    Sanchez (Steele)
    Cancelo Azpi Rudiger (Liv Semedo)
    Salah Raph Ben Sarr (Bhill)
    Lukaku Antonio Bamford

    WC, or just do Benrahma -> Foden/Mahrez?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Why the hell would you WC that?

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

        That's what he's asking.

    2. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      No transfer needed. Why transfer a player to two players who are likely to warm the bench?

    3. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      15 days, 19 hours ago

      Looks good. Would keep Benrahma. Is Bamford expected to start in GW8?

    4. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 18 hours ago

      Not enough fires to trigger wildcard
      Even playing Liv if Bamford is out is a nice luxury
      You just need a backup for Raph this week which could be Semedo or go for the Benny out move

      As for the city IN move, i'll leave you with this tweet! https://twitter.com/fplrhinos/status/1445671837564760069

    5. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 16 hours ago

      Roll FT. Team looks good.