Interview

Tips and strategy from one of 2021’s best Fantasy managers

We meet a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) manager who has had a very successful 2021 and hear about the strategy behind their success.

Fantasy Football Scout user Obay Eid, aka FPL Milanista, is currently ranked 90th in the world in FPL, having finished 473rd in 2020/21.

He also posted finishes of 141st in last season’s UCL Fantasy and 668th in Euro 2020 Fantasy, having finished 2nd in the world in the 2016 edition of that tournament.

Our thanks go to Obay for taking the time to answer our questions.

You’ve had three other top 10k finishes and three further top 20k ranks in the past but you’ve soared to new heights recently with a finish of 473rd in 2020/21 and a current rank of 90th. Have you adopted a new approach or made tweaks to your game over the last 12 months or so?

There are a couple of factors that helped me break into the top 500 last season and into the top 100 this time, most importantly being the scenario creation approach that I’ve started to implement as soon as the pandemic hit the world. To briefly explain this approach, I created a spreadsheet that has a variety of affordable sequential moves planned (scenarios) that I continuously evaluate and amend based on team/player form, injuries, price changes, etc.

My point here is that I’ve always planned ahead, but I took this step to a new level given all the uncertainties we had with Covid-related postponements and sudden isolation rules. This step was very useful in avoiding unnecessary hits that managers were taking to solve their team issues.

One other key aspect that I changed in my game is captaincy punts, where I started to control my emotions of getting over-excited on weird captaincy choices and limit that to just getting that player into my team. From experience, I’ve learned that such a punt will fail most of the time and is so demoralizing especially if the bigger hitters go berserk in that round.

Given that you finished in the top 500 last season, is it a case of first or bust (and risk losing your current lofty rank) or would you settle for finishing exactly where you are now at the end of 2021/22?

That’s a good question and in fact, I got asked a similar one before the season kicked off as to whether I’ll accept another top 1k finish or not. It’s now a better rank you are offering me, but my answer wouldn’t change as I still believe that if you are doing something and spending good time on it then you certainly must aim for the best result possible and that is finishing first. I’ve managed to finish second and fourth in other highly competitive fantasy platforms from years gone by, so I hope it’s time to go one better on FPL this time.

How do you approach things from here? Do you continue to ‘play your own game’, become more aggressive with moves or do you look to just consolidate that good start initially?

I’ve always played my own game and I’ll continue with that. However, Fantasy Football, like any other strategy game, has a lot of mental interferences and by having such a good rank at this stage, I’d say the mind will automatically adjust and start prioritizing steps that aren’t too risky. Nevertheless, I’ll be looking ahead at some opportunities that might go unnoticed but will reap huge rewards if they work out.

You played your Wildcard in Gameweek 5 and you have risen from 7,000th to 90th as a result. Do you generally play the chip that early and what was the reason for doing so this season?

Yes, I always tend to play my first wildcard early, and this season was no different. My initial plan was to play it in Gameweek 8 when the fixtures of the big clubs have that noticeable swing, however, I did an exercise of comparing my potential Gameweek 8 wildcard team with what I’d go for in Gameweek 5 and noticed a very similar team structure with only Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) and another Chelsea or Manchester City asset making the difference.

The upside of targeting the likes of Wolves and Leeds players too, as Ismaila Sarr (£6.3m) was too good to ignore with those fixtures plus the fact that I had two of my forwards out – Michail Antonio (£8.0m) suspended and Callum Wilson (£7.3m) injured – which further encouraged me towards pushing the wildcard button.

What is your general approach to chips: have you ever played, or would you ever consider playing, a Bench Boost or Triple Captain in the first half of the season, for example?

Alright, so for bench boost and triple captain particularly, I always prefer to use them in Double Gameweeks as many others do and that is simply because logically you will get the better chance of a big haul over two games. Double Gameweeks usually occur in the second half of the season, but if for any reason one is scheduled earlier this time, I wouldn’t mind using a chip there. As for the free hit chip, I do believe that it is ideally used in the big Blank Gameweek, but it will also depend on the team structure once those doubles and blanks are announced.

How much attention do you give to team value, especially in a season when there are multiple heavy hitters vying for our attention?

Not too much. Although I truly understand that team value is important but for me, it is not as essential as some people make it sound. There will be some struggle if you were on a very low team value especially in the second half of the season when that second wildcard is being played, but if you are playing the game right you shouldn’t be faced with such a problem. I don’t think the difference between a £107 million and a £106 million team for example is too apparent, especially if the former suffered a lot of unnecessary point hits in the process of reaching there.

You have a fairly cheap defence, with two budget assets and another (Nelson Semedo) under £5.0m. Are you looking towards bolstering that backline with a City defender or another Chelsea asset?

Well, I’m fairly satisfied with my current defence and, although I’d like a Manchester City defender for their good run, I’m not rushing into getting one especially when there is no easy route for me. Meanwhile, I’m still undecided on my Gameweek 8 transfer, needing to know more about the injury status of both Antonio Rudiger (£5.8m) and Diogo Jota (£7.6m). As for the budget assets you mentioned, I’m happy I went with Tino Livramento (£4.4m) and Shane Duffy (£4.2m) and I think I’d still pick them both if I was wildcarding now.

How much time do you devote to captaincy decisions?

I have already mentioned that one of the things that I’ve changed in my playing style over the last two seasons is taking no punts on captaincy, so I can say that this part of the game no longer consumes much time from me. I’m always a fan of fixtures over form when talking about captaincy, and by following such a strategy I tend to select my captain for the next four to five rounds in my scenarios spreadsheet and barely pull away from that. However, it is worth mentioning that I’ve been struggling with captain points so far and have had four blanks in the first seven weeks!

Having eschewed the ‘threemium’ approach so far, do you have any short-term plans to juggle three heavy hitters or do you feel that imbalances the squad?

That’s true, I still prefer the balance of teams that have only two premiums plus Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and, in my opinion, this approach offers a lot more transfer flexibility going forward. For my team, I have no plans to switch to the ‘threemium’ in the short term. Cristiano Ronaldo’s (£12.6m) fixtures are far from ideal so a switch to Lukaku is on its way soon while Trent is undroppable and offers the best value across all lines in my opinion. I do like Heung-Min-Son (£10.1m) as a third expensive asset in a team though and I must admit that I did try to accommodate the South Korean into my side.

Who is on your short-term watchlist over the next six Gameweeks or so?

All my scenarios are now focused on Lukaku who must find a way to my team before that Norwich game in Gameweek 9, whereas adding a second Chelsea defender or a Manchester City one, particularly Joao Cancelo (£6.2m), is also on my mind. I really liked what I saw from Brentford over the first 7 weeks so both Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m) and Ivan Toney (£6.4m) are high on my watchlist for when their fixtures get easier beyond Gameweek 8.

Jota’s injury update will be vital for me as I’m assessing a replacement that could be either of the Manchester City midfielders or Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (£6.3m). Of course, I’d like to upgrade to Son who I just talked about a while ago but that will need a lot of sacrifices in the team. Lastly, it’s Southampton that are sitting on top of the fixtures ticker so Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) is one I’ll monitor closely and could be an option that I revert to if funds were needed elsewhere.

You’ve said previously that you watch a lot of Premier League games before looking at stats. For anyone that perhaps can’t watch as many matches as they’d like, which stats would you prioritise in order to get the best ‘feel’ of a player’s performance or FPL potential?

I do perhaps watch a lot of football and that is basically because I’m passionate about the sport itself. Playing FPL or any other fantasy game has added that new aspect of a person looking at every small detail in a football game while his/her mind subconsciously assesses future moves. Stats are always supportive and, in a way, illustrate all the actions that happened during 90 minutes in numbers, and for someone like me who is very involved with numbers in his professional life, the development of such stats is remarkable and truly helpful.

Now to answer your question, the stats I tend to focus on more than others are expected data (xG, xA, xGI) as well as supportive key attacking metrics like goal attempts (total and inside the box), shots on target, penalty area touches, big chances, chances created, and big chances created. My view on defensive decisions is that the fixtures are what matters most. For example, I don’t get influenced by a defender whose team is putting impressive defensive stats (xGC, shots conceded, big chances allowed etc) if they are going to face Man City, Liverpool, and Chelsea in the next run of games.

How much attention to you pay to the Twitter bubble, Scout comments and general FPL community group-think before making your transfers/strategy decisions?

It truly is amazing to see how the FPL community has grown over the past few years and that in return has resulted in fierce competition as access to data and stats is now too easy. I do spend good time on Twitter and the Scout site, but I don’t get too distracted with ideas that I’m not too comfortable with. Again, planning ahead is too important if you want to succeed in FPL and so priorities will differ from one team to another. Believe me, the last thing you’d want is to ignore your plan (or gut) and follow the bubble, just for it to fail afterwards. This is exactly the incident that would most likely get into your mind, where you will then overreact and make rush decisions that you regret soon after.

You’ve had a hat-trick of top 1k finishes (FPL, UCL Fantasy, Euro 2020) in 2021 plus two top-five finishes in UCL/Euro 2016. What main bits of advice could you give to those managers playing shorter-form Fantasy games?

Shorter-form Fantasy games have a completely different set-up and so have different strategies and styles of play. My main piece of advice would be to always capitalise on the group stages phase as that’s where most of the fantasy points are, so play your chips, be aggressive, and target those juicy fixtures early on. In those games, we benefit from manual substitutions and captain changes so you need to initially sort out the best combination of 15 players that you can get while including the ‘best’ captaincy option for each day.

Moving on to the knockout phases, you will need to make your educated guess as to who qualifies and primarily focus on players from those teams as you don’t want to end up with a lot of eliminated players and fail to field a team, as hits should be avoided in such games. Lastly, in the final stages of the competition, games start to be played over just one or two days so that lessens the appeal of having a squad of 15 active players.

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433 Comments Post a Comment
  1. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Is James too risky on a WC? Rest of defence

    TAA Cancelo Duffy Livramento ****

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Don't think so. I'm on TAA Cancelo Walker James Livra.

  2. Konstaapeli
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Duffy's days numbered now that Lamptey is fit?

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

      It's more that Webster is back that threatens him.

      But having everyone around obviously means more competition.

      Probably his short to lose, but there's a lot of good players who deserve to play too.

    2. chendog
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      they play completely different positions, so no

    3. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      No.

  3. GW 8 Q&A
    Az
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Sam and I are doing a Live Q&A ahead of Gameweek 8.

    Any questions for us?

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Duffy's days numbered now that Lamptey is fit? 😆

    2. corderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Best Traore replacement? (up to £8.1m)

    3. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      When is it?

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        don't worry, I'll tune in to find out the answer

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What time and destination does Raphinha's flight land?

      Did he get to stretch his legs and sleep in the air?

    5. Mingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What looks to be the optimal formation for the coming weeks? 5 in midfield or 3 up top?

      I really want Son, but if you commit 10 mil to a 2nd midfielder, with 3 mid-premium defenders from Chelsea, Liverpool & City it leaves no money for a playing 3rd striker. Every man and his dog will have either Toney, Mbemo or both for their improving fixtures. Does the upside of Son outweigh the flexibility of 343?

    6. Murder on Zidane's Flo…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Which high risk options have the upside to justify them - Foden, James, etc

    7. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Havent seen a lot of love for C.Jones on WC. Looks a nice 5m 5th mid & 3rd pool player with goal & assist in last 2.
      Looking to play him this week & rotate with Toney the following week when they have Man.

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

        Did he not have a knock?

        1. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Groin. But then proceeded to play for U21s

    8. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Is it worth getting in Son now for his good fixture swing in a few weeks?

      Is double Brentford in a few weeks a good idea?

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

        I’d just avoid Son and Spurs for now.

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

        Soz …

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Didn't you were on the show? 😉

    9. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Also Az how can a man in your position have the wrong team link in your profile!! Haha, although he is doing better than you 😉

      1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        It's almost as if FFS is an afterthought....

      2. Az
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Whoops! Thought I’d changed it… updated!

    10. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Is Liverpool's poor recent record in 12.30 kick offs (against weaker teams too) a concern for the Salah captaincy?

    11. mayank_fpl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What are your thoughts on Wolves and Leeds defence given their good fixture run for the next few weeks?

    12. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?

    13. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Chilwell or Alonso, or neither?

    14. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      No

      1. Az
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Good to see you as ever Jarvis 😉

  4. McSauce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Going to Save FT this week as have little or options, is my starting 11 and bench all in order?

    Ramsdale
    Duffy Rudiger Shaw
    Gallagher Salah(c) Benramha Gray
    Antonio Ronaldo Lukaku

    Foster Sarr Livra Coady

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

      Save, looks good. Livra to auto-come in for Rudiger if he is out.

  5. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Best Traore replacement?

    A) Grealish
    B) Foden
    C) Raphinha
    D) Saka
    E) Another?

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

      C, but he may not play this weekend/have limited minutes. If that bothers you, then go Foden.

      1. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Could go Foden this week and Raphinha in next?

    2. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      C

  6. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    It looks like I'm gonna go James especially if Rudiger is out.

    Chelsea defense I'm thinking is gonna be:
    James Azpi Christensen Chalobah Chilwell

    If James is fit, I think he definitely starts this game with Thiago Silva out.

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

      All I need is Touchel to say that James is fit and he is coming into my WC team, even if he misses out this weekend. Think he is THE Chelsea defender to own.

      1. merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yeah, totally agree!

    2. dshv
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      We will wait.

    3. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      If Chalobah puts in another good performance and earns tuchel’s trust at LCB then I can see Rudiger being less nailed in the future. James could well end up being the best pick

    4. notlob legin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Good shout. If Rudiger is out would you swop to James for a -4

      James has a much higher ceiling in my opinion

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

        Not a fun question. Probably not for -4.

        1. notlob legin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          thanks - you're probably right but I am so tempted

    5. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      looks like my double up with alonso and rudiger on wc 3 gamweeks ago is possibly the worst decision ever

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        FPL decisions do not predict/cause injuries

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          looked good on paper, terrible outcome

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Rudiger will be fine soon, if not this week.

        Also people are writing Alonso off too early.

  7. Stormbringer22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    On a WC. Tempted to punt on Mahrez this weekend, leave enough £ itb, and then get Son in after than.

    Does it sound stupid?

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

      I've got a feeling he could be saved for Club Brugge rather than Burnley.

      I'd punt on Foden but it's just a hunch.

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

        Keep wavering between the two. Some say Foden will be saved against Burnley, others say Mahrez... I am not even trying to guess anymore - will just pick one and hope for the best!

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

          Best bet, toss a coin.

          Foden could well be rested but didn't Mahrez play and score for Algeria too?

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

            Both Foden and Mahrez played on Tuesday and played all 90mins I believe. Coin toss as you say.

    2. Indio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      No stupid at all, but it's just impossible to know if it'll work out in terms of him starting. Maybe worth it if you have strong bench, but I reckon 'punts' are better for starting differentials rather than gambling if they're going to be on the field at all! And if you like Son, he has Newcastle.

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

        Cheers mate! Will mull it over a bit more

    3. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      This is one of Son's best possible matchups

      A team that is horrible at defending but still insists on attacking. It's the space he thrives on

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

        Newcastle at home with a bee in their bonnet though and the home crowd mad for it!

        1. mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Doubt that bee is gonna help them defend any better

  8. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    If Torres wasn't injured I would have used him as a placeholder for Raphinha 🙁

    How does this WC look? And what to do with Raph?

    Ramsdale Foster
    TAA Rudiger Cancelo White Livramento
    Salah Foden Raphinha ESR Douglas Luiz
    Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

    0.5 ITB

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

      Looks good. Would prefer Toney over Jimenez on a WC personally, but nothing wrong with what you've got.

      1. merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Cheers. I might do Jimenez -> Toney in GW9 or 10. Toney vs CHE def this week isn't very tempting 😛

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

          Either that, or what Camzy has suggested below. Think Mbeumo is by far the better pick in that £5.5 bracket over ESR.

          1. merin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Yeah, I do fancy either ESR or Saka for their nice fixtures, and Saka might get the odd benching because of Pepe.
            I could do ESR Raph -> Saka Mbeumo though...
            Would be a bit difficult to get Raph back though. Leeds fixtures are so juicy going forward!

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I'd go Mbeumo over ESR if you don't have Toney.

      1. merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I will problably get Toney in next week or the week after, so then I've got BRE attack covered for their nice fixtures.
        Finding a good placeholder for Raph is hard though...

    3. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Other than Mbuemo as others mentioned, maybe take a punt on Trossard for one week @ 6.4 I believe ?

  9. Thomas Magnum
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Is there a GW8 defenders to pick article out that I am not seeing? or is that going to be the last article of the position picks posted as it seems the GK, Mid & Att ones are all out

  10. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Rapha started and braced then. Won't be at Leeds for long now. Ideal Liverpool/City fit I should think.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/58922829

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Rovers have to be sweating over Diaz now

    2. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      second goal was great

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

      I hope he says he won't leave Leeds and stays even if the opportunity arrives. Sick of these rich vultures being linked with players of other Premier League Teams.

      1. Firmino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thought you got a great deal for Jota

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Especially as he has a habit of not scoring for long periods, but he does keep the pressure on the defenders and goalkeeper, miss that. No point in getting a good deal if you waste your money up the proverbial wall.

    4. Gommy
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Also came off at 71 mins - I think that's a slight positive towards his chances of starting tomorrow afternoon.

  11. Andrew
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Good to go, have a few yellow flags but hopefully will be able to field 11

    Sanchez (Steele)
    White Rudiger Livramento (Coady Williams)
    Salah (c) Benrahma Gray Raphina (ESR)
    Lukaku Ronaldo Antonio

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

      I had a fairly similar team and WC'd. I wonder if you will do better than I will going forward.

      1. Andrew
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Time will tell I guess 🙂

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

          My defense of Rudiger Shaw Coufal Ayling Livramento was quite a bit worse than yours 😛

          But yeah let's see. I did manage to save like 0.3m in price drops never mind the price rises on the players I brought in.

  12. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Just in case some managers weren't aware, your player has to rise twice i.e. 0.2 before you player actually becomes worth 0.1 extra to you. One price rise 'aint gonna do it.

  13. Babit1967
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Good results for us Scots there but just glad the international break is finished and roll on club football

    1. Sanchit
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      How was Robertson?
      Or did Tierney play LWB?

      1. Babit1967
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Robertson always dangerous, Tierney plays lcb for us but sometimes breaks forward as well, typical Scotland, our 2 best players play same position lol

  14. Sanchit
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    1 FT.
    Which transfer should I make? ( Can make more than one but that'd be for a hit)
    A. Shaw to Cancelo
    B. Alonso to Dias
    C. Ronaldo to Lukaku

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      C

  15. LikeItLoveIt
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Is TAA essential on WC?

    1. Sanchit
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Noone is essential.
      Depends on what you do with the extra money and are you able to cover up the points you lose.

      That said, if price is no issue, then TAA is definitely the best defender in the game.

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yes in my opinion

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      For me, yes. When fit, he's FPL gold. It's the bonus points that put him over the top. He's already gotten 8 bonus points from 5 games.

      Two years ago, he was the best scoring FPL player in the entire game never mind just in defense from GW7-30.

      That sort of points potential, you just set and forget.

    4. Mingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      When he's fit he's in my team across all formats. There is no better fantasy asset.

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

        I'm going without on FanTeam.

        The bonus points in FPL is what puts him over the top imo.

        1. Mingo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Fair enough. I'm not sure how FanTeam works, but it is legit to go without him on the Sky game due to passing and tackles etc. You are right with FPL though, bonus makes him King.

    5. Indio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      As essential as any player can be.

    6. Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      The ones with FOMO will always answer yes to this question

    7. LikeItLoveIt
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Thanks all

  16. Babit1967
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Gtg lads ?no ft left, wc still available but will hold for now

    Sanchez
    Taa Cancelo Azpi Tierney
    Salah Jota Raphinha
    Lukaku Jiminez Toney

    Sarr Livramento Brownhill

    1. Indio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yep GTG.

  17. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Son or KDB on WC? Doesn’t change my starting 11 too much so price difference not a big concern x

    1. Babit1967
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      KDB and captain, I would if I had the option

    2. Indio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Prefer Son this season from those two.

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Son is the flavour of the week

  18. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Chances of the below starting?

    A- Cancelo
    B- Foden
    C- Rudiger

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

      High
      Medium
      Low

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      75
      75
      50

  19. Von Lipwig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Hi all, mind if I ask again? Big shout for my season

    With Raph/Bam/Rudi in my team and Marcal/Livra as my 2 bench options,

    would you do any of these for a -4 and get a third/better bench option:

    A) Mendy > Gallager
    B) Mendy > Mbuemo
    C) Mendy > Kovacic

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Save the hit

      1. Von Lipwig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yeah? Tanks. Consensus seems to be Mbeumo, but I'm not so sure. Thanks for the input

  20. Indio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Morning all, so I've been settled on this templatey WC all the IB break, but now I'm suddenly tempted by Son, Vardy and Toney instead.

    Would these players make for a better balance, or should I just leave it alone and lock it in?

    Foster/Ramsdale
    Azpi, TAA, Cancelo, Liva, Duffy
    Raph, Salah, Foden*, Townsend, Brownhill
    Antonio, Jimmy*, Lukaku*
    (£0.1 itb; Townsend > Mbuemo in a couple of weeks)

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

      Stick with the draft you've got I think.

    2. Babit1967
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Would leave just cause Lukaku is captain material next few weeks, although it’s a shame you can’t fit Son Lukaku and Toney in

  21. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Which from:

    A) Play Alonso (bre) and hope he starts and save FT

    B) use FT on James (bre) who is more likely to start and has less competition

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

      James has more competition.

      RWB : James, Azpi, CHO
      LWB: Alonso, Chilwell

      James probably has less competition this week due to other CB absences.

      But do you know Alonso isn't going to start?

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Has CHO ever actually impressed at RWB?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Very briefly right at the start of Tuchel’s tenure. Much better as one of the attacking mids.

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I don’t and the problem is I can see a scenario where one of Alonso/Chilwell is the LWB for cup games and the other starts the next 4 league games.

        Would hate for Alonso to have been the right option all along and to have sold.

        Chilwell played pretty well in the Southampton game but the penalty he gave away was pretty unforgivable. I think it’s really 50:50 who starts this weekend.

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

      I think B. Have you got any other Chelsea def?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        No other Chelsea defence but Livramento (LEE) off the bench for an Alonso no show.

    3. Dammit_182
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Is James fit now? I want him and want him especially for Norwich. Can anyone say he is good to go vs Brentford?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Presser at 13:30

          1. Dammit_182
              1 month, 15 days ago

              ‘Yes, Rudiger is out and I think James is ready to start’. That’s what I’m hoping for a anyway.

      • Forgetmeknot
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Who would you prefer if on WC?

        A) Foden
        B) Mount

        Money not an issue.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A

          Mount great player in real life but not really a massive FPL option yet

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

          Mount more secure but Foden has a higher ceiling. How is the bench looking?

      • George James
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Can i get away with just leaving this and praying?

        Sa
        TAA Rudiger Livramento
        Salah Raph Doucoure Jota
        Antonio Ronaldo Jimenez

        Steele / Semedo / Williams / Sissoko

        1. AlternativeB
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Rudiger not on training

        2. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Our Father, Who art in heaven,
          Hallowed be Thy Name.
          Thy Kingdom come.
          Thy Will be done,
          on earth as it is in Heaven.

          Give us this day our daily bread.
          And forgive us our trespasses,
          as we forgive those who trespass against us.
          And lead us not into temptation,
          but deliver us from evil. Amen.

      • FPL ElasticO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Who to have on WC?

        A. Jimenez & 4.5 mid
        B. Mount & 4.5 striker
        C. Foden & 4.5 striker

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

          I like Mount

        2. merin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          C

      • -GK22-
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Best options?

        A) Saka
        B) Townsend -+money itb
        C) Zaha
        D) someone else?

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

          A

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

          Mbeumo if you don't have him already.

      • AlternativeB
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A) Hwang + Son
        B) Foden + Jimenez
        C) Vardy + 6.2 mid

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

          Think I prefer both A and C until Jimi is back to his best.

          1. AlternativeB
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            but 6.2 mid... Townsend/Docoure?

        2. merin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I went B

          1. AlternativeB
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            I have B now on my WC, but flicking back and forth

        3. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          B

      • Thewoodyhorse
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Are there pressers today?

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

          Loads

        2. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          see HT

      • merin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        My latest WC draft. Lets see what happens after the pressers.
        Crossing my fingers for Tuchel saying James is fit.

        Ramsdale Foster
        TAA Rudiger Cancelo White Livramento
        Salah Foden Saka Mbeumo Douglas Luiz
        Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

        0.6 ITB

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

          Ummm, you don't seem to have James

          1. merin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            No, but I will do Rudiger -> James if he is fit.

        2. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          How much is Douglas these days?

          1. merin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            4.6, and nailed

      • Oggle22
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Into the final two of last man standing in work only teams left for me to pick are in brackets help needed!

        (Watford) v Liverpool
        (Villa) v (Wolves)
        (Leicester) v Man U
        City v (Burnley)
        (Norwich) v (Brighton)
        (Southampton) v (Leeds)
        (Brentford) v Chelsea
        Everton v (West Ham)
        (Newcastle) v Spurs
        Arsenal v (Palace)

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

          Villa at home to win.

          The other 2 in brackets could be draws but you'd expect Brighton to win.

          Southampton v Leeds could go either way or be a 1-1 draw.

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

            And I'm not convinced that Spurs win away at St James's Park on Sunday afternoon.

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

              And Palace could get a draw at Arsenal.

              Can you pick draws?

              1. Oggle22
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Leaning towards villa or Brighton but

                Brighton struggle to score
                Wolves have come into form

                No one has ever picked a draw or asked but the lad running it asks you for a team each week rather than a result so I'd guess we can't pick a draw?

      • Atimis
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Best option here?

        A) Play Greenwood, keep FT, Ronaldo Greenwood Benrahma/Sarr out next week for a hit
        B) Greenwood and Benrahma/Sarr out to Foden Everton/Arsenal mid -4
        C) Greenwood out to Everton/Arsenal mid/Mount for free

        Foden is tempting as hell but is he worth a hit?

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

          I wouldn't take a hit for Foden. Maybe do C with Mount