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Learning from ‘The Great and The Good’ FPL managers – Gameweek 8

Fantasy Football Scout community writer Greyhead continues with his series of articles analysing the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) transfers and strategies of some noted Fantasy managers, from serial top 10k finishers to well-known faces.

The Great and The Good this year are the Scouts Joe LepperNeale RiggGeoff Dance and Tom Freeman, FPL Wire’s Zophar, from the Hall of Fame Fabio BorgesFPLMatthewYavuz Kabuk and Tom Stephenson, Blackbox’s Az and Mark Sutherns, FPL “celebrities” LTFPL AndyMagnus Carlsen and FPL General plus last year’s mini-league winner Les Caldwell.


“No clue, of what’s happening to you. And before this night is through. Ooh baby the rhythm is gonna get’cha”

Wildcard rhythm spread uncontrollably through The Great and The Good as not one, not two, but five of them threw in their chip.

In other signs of international break madness, some started tracking Raphinha‘s (£6.6m) flight path as he returned to the UK, there was more COVID chaos and Timo Werner (£8.6m) was being considered an option for those with short memories.

Things didn’t get any better with the squad announcements as the ‘Great Benching of 2021’ saw Diogo Jota (£7.5m), Jack Grealish (£7.9m), Ruben Dias (£6.2m), Raul Jimenez (£7.6m), Adam Armstrong (£6.0m), Reece James (£5.5m) and even Brandon Williams (£4.0) getting nothing but splinters in their posteriors.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE

‘Jammy’ Joe was top this week with a slightly fortunate or well-planned, depending on your perspective, 71 points, where 13 of those came from his substitutes.

Conor Coady (£4.5m) and Tino Livramento’s (£4.3m) contribution meant he had a full house of defensive returns and a green arrow of 225,000 places.

LTFPL Andy continues to lead the way, opening a 17-point gap but it’s incredibly close with only 20 points separating Tom Stephenson in second and Joe in 13th.

Unfortunately, I gave the commentators curse to Az on Twitter this week as he looked on track to finally overtake Mark, after over a season of trying, with only a narrow gap and two Arsenal players in hand. But sadly it was not to be.

WILDCARDS

Plenty of Wildcard activity with now only two managers left standing holding the most powerful chip in the game, Matthew Jones and Mark Sutherns.

So, how did the famous five, who spent their international break drafting and redrafting, end up when it came to their final squads?

Az

If Neal Maupay (£6.6m) is the answer, then what the hell was the question? Despite last season’s difficult experience with the Brighton striker, Az went back there again. He should really learn from his mistakes, maybe do an awarding podcast on his retrospective Blackbox? Nah, it will never catch on.

One error he did correct was Nelson Semedo (£4.9m), as he was ejected along with ten others to make it a significant overhaul.

Overall, it looks a good squad with depth, and he may need it with rotation risks Phil Foden (£8.0m), Reece James and Joao Cancelo (£6.3m) meaning he may call to the pine a few times over the coming weeks.

The full moves are below:-

IN – Ramsdale, Cancelo, James, Duffy, Alexander-Arnold, Mbeumo, Smith-Rowe, Foden, Raphinha, Lukaku, Maupay

OUT – Sanchez, Azpilicueta, Veltman, Coufal, Semedo, Greenwood, Benrahma, Sarr, Gilmour, Ronaldo, Toney

Fabio Borges

The headline from the Portuguese master is the distinct lack of any Chelsea defenders with Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) the only Blue to make his 15. That alone makes this writer worry at the what the man with the algorithm has spotted about their defence.

A triple up on Brentford catches the eye and he has also doubled down on both Arsenal and City, edging his gamble by holding 1.7 million in the bank should he need to correct course.

The full moves are below:-

IN – Raya, Cancelo, Dias, White, Livramento, Alexander-Arnold, Saka, Mbeumo, Brownhill, Lukaku

OUT – Sanchez, Shaw, Dunk, Rudiger, Ayling, Omobamidele, Son, Benrahma, Bissouma, Ronaldo

FPL General

Interesting here to see the Chelsea players that the General has plumped for, with Mason Mount (£7.4m) preferred to a defender despite his spotty returns this season.

Ben Chilwell‘s (£5.7m) inclusion could yet be a masterstroke if this weekend’s contribution is anything to go by, he is the only one of The Great and The Good to have him in his squad.

The full moves are below:-

IN – Ramsdale, Foster, Alexander-Arnold, Dias, Cancelo, Chilwell, Livramento, Mount, Mbeumo, Raphinha, Toney, Lukaku

OUT – Sanchez, Gunn, Rudiger, Veltman, Ayling, Shaw, Tsimikas, Sarr, Benrahma, Greenwood, Ronaldo, Saint-Maximin

Tom Stephenson

‘Template’ Tom has set the new Wildcard template with a strong selection, although he himself described it as “punty”.

This possibly refers to the rotation threats of James, Cancelo and Foden but it was Ruben Dias (£6.2m) and Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) he should have been more worried about.

Interestingly, he has £0.5m in the bank and I suspect he will use this on Ivan Toney (£6.4m) to backtrack on his Southampton striker.

The full ins and out are below:-

IN – Ramsdale, Foster, Dias, Duffy, James, Cancelo, Foden, Mbeumo, Brownhill, Lukaku, Armstrong

OUT – Sanchez, Steele, Rudiger, Shaw, Semedo, White, Sarr, Benrahma, Greenwood, Ronaldo, Scarlett

Zophar

Zophar must be taking notes from Tom or vice versa as his team is virtually identical, with only the choice of Livramento making him stand apart from the Hall of Famer.

Perhaps the one surprise is that he has only doubled up on his beloved Chelsea, preferring the Man City twin defence.

IN – Ramsdale, Foster, James, Dias, Cancelo, Livramento, Brownhill, Foden, Mbeumo, Armstrong, Lukaku

OUT – Sanchez, Steele, Rudiger, White, Shaw, Semedo, Sarr, Greenwood, Benrahma, Ronaldo, Obafemi

TRANSFERS

This is a summary of the transfers for this week :

Az – Wildcard

LTFPL Andy – Alexander-Arnold (Rudiger)

Fabio Borges – Wildcard

Joe Lepper – None

Geoff Dance – Cancelo (Williams)

FPL General – Wildcard

Les Caldwell – Son, Cancelo (Jota, Alexander-Arnold)

Magnus Carlsen – James (Shaw)

Mark Sutherns – Cancelo (Shaw)

FPL Matthew – Foden, Cancelo (Jota, Rudiger)

Neale Rigg – Dias (Shaw)

Tom Freeman – Foden (Son)

Tom Stephenson – Wildcard

Yavuz Kabuk – None

Zophar – Wildcard

Limited transfers outside of the Wildcarders but Les Caldwell must have insider knowledge as his hit to bring in Son Heung-min (£10.1m) paid off when, despite the Covid scare, he returned yet again, making a mockery of his 14.5% ownership.

FPL Matthew took a now-characteristic hit this Gameweek, he has now taken -12 for the season which goes against a previous conservative style and puts him ahead of some of the more maverick managers in this made-up mini league.

Probably the transfer that wasn’t should also be highlighted, as Joe’s decision to keep Mason Greenwood (£7.6m) paid off with a goal. With Jadon Sancho (£9.0m) still not justifying his price tag, his place looks slightly more secure.

TEMPLATE

The template for The Great and The Good is as follows with number in brackets showing how many teams in which they appear:-

Foster (10), Ramsdale (6)

Cancelo (13), Livramento (12), Alexander-Arnold (11), Rudiger (6), Dias (5)

Salah (15), Raphinha (14), Mbeumo (8), Brownhill (6), Foden (5)

Antonio (15), Lukaku (13), Ronaldo/Armstrong (4)

An explosion in the template with changes galore, the goalkeeper pairing moving from Robert Sanchez (£4.6m) and Jason Steele (£4.0m) to Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m) and Ben Foster (£4.0m) just the start of several shifts.

Dias and Armstrong join but the previous good value of Luke Shaw (£5.4m) no longer seems to be true and in midfield we see the arrival of woodwork loving Bryan Mbeumo (£5.5m), as well as Foden and Josh Brownhill (£4.4m).

WHAT IF….

“Time. Space. Reality. It’s more than a linear path. It’s a prism of endless possibility…follow me and dare to face the unknown. And ponder the question what if….?”

That rather marvellous quote is neat a segue into the bi-annual look back at what might have been for The Great and The Good.

We do this by using the terrifying What if machine to assess what score they would have achieved if they had not made a transfer or captain change throughout the season.

You can see the full table below, but I warn you the results are quite alarming as they show the minimum impact the constant tinkering has had so far, LTFPL Andy leads the way with a 42-point gain from meddling but he and Les Caldwell are the exception rather than the rule.

If you cast your eye towards the bottom of the table, you will see some have even damaged their score because of their transfers and captain choices. Use the link above, if you dare, to see how you would get on.

CONCLUSION

After a week where the bench strength of our squads was tested, I suspect this coming week will drift into the debate of form vs fixtures, with question marks over Lukaku leading many of us to consider the in-form Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) as our captain this weekend.

The other question is whether we continue to ignore the likes of Jamie Vardy (£10.6m) and Son despite the consistency of returns and is the “threemium” option really dead?

Lots to consider but if the ‘What If Machine’ teaches us anything, maybe overthinking is not the answer and maybe it’s as simple as just leaving it well alone.

Anyway, that’s all from me for now and remember don’t have nightmares.

For those affected by any of the topics raised in the above article then you can find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Greyhead19


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481 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Is this team good to go?

    Foster (Sánchez)
    Cancelo, Alexander-Arnold, Rüdiger (Marcal) (White)
    Salah, Benrahma, Greenwood, Raphinha (Gilmour)
    Lukaku, Antonio, Saint-Maximin

    Which player I should transfer out?

    Thank you!

    1. FCSB
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      looks fine... if anyone maybe greenwood or roll the transfer

    2. acidicleo
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      gtg...
      i may play sanchez due to better team..also more chances of save points..

  2. grooveymatt65
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    hey guys this is my team:

    Ramsdale Elliot

    Cancelo Rudiger Livramento Duffy Johnson

    Salah Sarr Benrahma Raphinha Brownhill

    (c) Lukaku Ronaldo Antonio

    0.0 itb 2ft

    what could I do from the below?

    1. Ronaldo and Benrahma to Vardy and Foden for free

    2. Ronaldo and Benrahma to Toney and Son for free

    3. Ronaldo, Benrahma and Sarr to Toney, Son and Foden for -4

    3. Just Ronaldo to Vardy for free

    4. Ronaldo, Benrahma and Duffy to Toney, Son and Chillwell/Dias for -4

    5. Save

    thanks!!

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      4

    2. jonnybhoy
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      1 or 3 part 2

    3. baines is god
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      1

    4. acidicleo
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      2

  3. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Bench one of:

    Benrahma (TOT)
    Sarr (eve)
    Livramento (BUR)

    Thanks

    1. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Sarr as other 2 have home fixtures & Watford are basically pants

    2. Del Griffith
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Normal rule is play your attackers but I'd bench Benny if you have Antonio

      1. baines is god
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        definitely bench Sarr

    3. 1984 TC
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 15 days ago

      I’d bench Benrahma and play Sarr (unbiased Spurs supported)

  4. FCSB
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    given he was at the presser I'd say James definitely starts v Malmo... based on this, % chance he starts v NOR ?

    1. FPL_Crisis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I think Azpi is due a rest soon. So if he misses midweek then it could be risky for James at the weekend
      Don't think I can captain Lukaku if the likes of James aren't playing

      1. FCSB
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        If that’s the case and he starts Malmo and Azpi rested would you use an FT to shift James to someone else… Chilwell if he is rested v Malmo or Rudiger??

        I know what you’re saying re Lukaku, tempted to just stick with Salah, form over fixture

        1. FPL_Crisis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 15 days ago

          i'm sure in the same boat, but this whole james situation is super frustrating. I look forward to having no chelsea defenders in a few weeks!
          Chilwell for me will be the same risk each week. Azpi the most nailed

          1. FCSB
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 15 days ago

            So frustrating mate… I think we need to come up with a plan together like we did with Foden last week haha

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          8 months, 15 days ago

          You cannot predict who plays or doesn't just because of midweek. They also have a cup game for rest if needed after.

          If James plays vs Malmo I don't think he's automatically out for Norwich. Tuchel is working on finding his best team right now because it's not quite clicking. There's no set first team and second team.

          Getting rid of James for another Chelsea defender is asking for trouble. Just ride it out and hope Livra can cover in the meantime.

          1. FCSB
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 15 days ago

            Thanks Camzy

            Trust the process

          2. FPL_Crisis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 15 days ago

            The voice of reason

          3. No Need
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 15 days ago

            Benches can’t cover cameos and James is probably one of the worst for this

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              8 months, 15 days ago

              I know but it's not impossible.

            2. No Need
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 15 days ago

              If Azpi got injured, Hudson-Odoi got Norwich and got replaced on 87 by James I would not bat an eyelid

              1. FCSB
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 15 days ago

                definitely possible, just hope James starts v NOR tbh

  5. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Would do Greenwood > Foden

    Y or N

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Would you

    2. dshv
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Y

    3. baines is god
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      issue with Foden is I often feel he's the best player on the pitch but his great performances don't always lead to goals and assists, i.e tonight

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        He got an assist tonight

  6. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Any news regarding Rudiger injury?

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

      Back in training

  7. baines is god
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    learnings from tonight

    1-City are seriously bloody good
    2-Guardiola subbed off Foden and KDB early, they'll both start vs Brighton
    3-Mahrez played really well, but I still think Jesus will play on the right wing ahead of him
    4-I expect a Rodri KDB Bernardo Grealish Foden Jesus front 6, but Gundogan will be reintroduced at some point
    5-Liverpool are bloody good, winning 3-2 against the La Liga champions away without even playing well by their standards is incredible
    6-Jota will probably bench league fixtures until the next international break given how well the front 3 are playing

    1. Del Griffith
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      7 - Never try to second guess Pep.... he'll win every time!

    2. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      8-Disregard everything except 1 and 5

      1. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        And 7

  8. ㅤRising
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    "The FFS Live Hall of Fame (which, unlike the FFS Career Hall of Fame, can only be viewed by Premium Members) was updated during the international break after Gameweek 7, and 62,578 managers participating in the Fantasy Football Scout and Fantasy Football Scout Members mini-leagues are now ranked in it."

    Where exactly can I view the live Hall of Fame?

    1. RedLightning
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      You can only view it if you're a Premium (paying) Member (in which case you should have a Member icon against your name).
      For those who are Premium Members, click on the Members Tools tab at the top of the page, select Hall of Fame and then select Live.

      1. Atletico Junior
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Position 7093... Not sure if good or terrible lol

        1. 1984 TC
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 15 days ago

          Lol, probably terrible, lol

          Lol

          1. Don Van Vliet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 15 days ago

            2072 here. Sounds underwhelming.

        2. RedLightning
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 15 days ago

          Your HoF rank is in the top 12% of managers in the two main FFS mini-leagues, and the last three seasons have been three of your best. You're getting closer to a top 10k finish, so 7093 is certainly not terrible!

          Numbers 7085 and 7088 both finished in the top thousand last season, and 7080 has actually had two top 50 finishes in the last four seasons but is currently outside the top two million.

  9. baines is god
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Best 5.0 or less to replace Williams?
    I have exactly £1.0 ITB and the cheaper the better.

    1. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 15 days ago

      If you're after 5th defender bench fodder maybe Manquillo? For something a bit pricier I'd look at a Brentford defender (Henry, Pinnock)

  10. Atwood
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    So Saka was a good transfer...
    Any ideas what to do here deadzoners?
    2FT's

    Sanchez
    Livramento - TAA - Christensen
    Salah - Saka - Gray - Jota
    Ronaldo - Antonio - Armstrong

    Marcal - Shaw - Sissoko

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

      Saka -> Mbeumo

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      I had a similar team except I had sarr and Raph for saka and gray

      This week I’ve done jota and Ronaldo to lukaku and mbuemo for a -4

  11. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Gallagher or ESR out for Mbuemo?

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

      ESR

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      ESR

  12. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Put these Chelsea defenders in order you would bring them into your team?

    A Rüdiger
    B Chilwell
    C Alonso
    D Azpilicueta
    E James

    1. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Money isn’t tight atm, so with a good bench, I’m having a punt on having both Chilwell and Alonso, hoping for no cameos.

    2. acidicleo
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      BDAEC

    3. kenzo.
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      I own Christensen and I found this disrespectful af...

  13. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    If Saka is injured...

    Ronaldo + Saka >

    A) Vardy + Foden
    B) KdB + Toney
    C) Mane + Toney
    D) Son + Werner

    1. baines is god
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      A or B

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Could also do Son + Toney and leave money ITB for Gallagher > Foden in GW10. That's a two week plan.

        1. acidicleo
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 15 days ago

          This sounds better,

        2. Crunchie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 15 days ago

          I was gonna say D Son + Toney anyway 🙂

    2. TJ
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Fanteam?

  14. Il Capitano
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Working on a WC draft. Any ideas on that last midfield slot? Can either have Sarr or any mid up to 6.2. The plan is to downgrade Lukaku and upgrade this mid to Son by GW12.

    Raya Foster
    TAA Cancelo Chilwell White Livra
    Salah Raph Mbeumo * Brownhill
    Vardy Lukaku Toney

    1. baines is god
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Smith Rowe an option?

      I may have missed something but Chilwell will surely just rotate with Alonso over the season?

      downgrading Chilwell to Manquillo frees up money for a 7.7 midfielder, maybe a City midfielder, Bernarndo, Grealish, Foden?

      1. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Both Cancelo and Chilwell rarely cameo if they're benched. I can foresee a number of weeks where those City mids you've listed are hooked off early or come on for 15 minutes for 1 pointers, blocking autosubs.

      2. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        I think Chilwell will play 70% of the games from now on in the league, without a sub appearance.

        Gallagher is still good apart from Man City , but is assisting the assiter the last 3 games. but Il Captiano bench is great.

        I really lke that team.

        If lukaku halls over the next 3 and Vardy doesn't you can still to Vardy to Son. I really like it

        1. Il Capitano
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 15 days ago

          Gallagher's an interesting shout, easily benchable for Livra in GW10 too.

          Think it makes sense for me to go Vardy + Lukaku on WC over starting with Son, prefer V + Ls immediate fixtures and as you say swapping to a Spurs asset when needed is fairly straightforward.

    2. FPL_Crisis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      If Toney is an every week starter guessing you'll be playing 343 most weeks, if so you'll want someone where you don't have to check lineups each week to see if they're playing
      I think Dunk is a good long term defender so could downgrade Chilwell
      Otherwise Sarr or Gray - it's a really tricky price, not much to be excited about

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Brighton fixtures are horrible though.

        1. FPL_Crisis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 15 days ago

          Not too bad post the next 2
          MCI liv NEW avl LEE whu sou TOT WOL

          I'll probably move James soon if he doesn't get a proper run

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 15 days ago

            Yeah I only look at Brighton fixtures with CS potential, not goal scoring potential, but thats just the way I look at them

            New, Villa Soton and Wolves probably, the rest not so probable

            1. FPL_Crisis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              8 months, 15 days ago

              I've got too many players where I need to check weekly lineups so time to limit this!

            2. Crunchie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 15 days ago

              Brentford defence is even better than their attack (same with Arsenal) even though there is great value in both attack and defence.

      2. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Not too keen on dropping a Chelsea defender on WC. The mids at that price aren't looking all that fresh I agree, just a necessary sacrifice to afford the Lukaku, Vardy double up for a few GWs.

  15. baines is god
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Newcastle fans how nailed on is Manquillo?

    I have Duffy, TAA and Manquillo, then two Norwich non-starters?

    I don't want to waste a transfer upgrading defence, and I'm happy just to pick those 3 for the next 3 games.

    But if Manquillo is at risk of being rotated, I might have no choice but to upgrade 1

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Points are in defense now. No idea why you're resisting upgrading one of your Norwich non-starters.

  16. No Need
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Of all my team to get injured its the differential with Watford home next up, hard to take

    1. FCSB
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Doucoure ?

      1. No Need
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Fraid so. Served me well too

        1. FCSB
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 15 days ago

          well at least you got some good points out of him

          who will you swap him with ?

          1. No Need
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 15 days ago

            Mbuamo no contest

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Same here mate, only
      Got him in last week with Townsend too with this game in mind!! Dreadful luck atm for my team DCL, then did him to Bamford and then he got injured, Got Rudiger in and he got injured and now Doucoure!!! Grrrr

      1. No Need
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        The game in a nutshell.

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 15 days ago

          Absolutely right mate!!! Soooo frustrating haha, I’ve already moved him out for Mbeumo now so he will be next on the injured list

          1. No Need
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 15 days ago

            Oh great hes my next target lol

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 15 days ago

              Haha sorry mate,
              Maybe rethink that one now haha

  17. FCSB
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    teams are becoming more and more mixed up it seems!!

    1. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Tis a terrible thing

  18. klopptimusprime
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Going to roll FT, just need to avoid potential cameo appearances

    Who to bench?

    atm I'm thinking
    Livra, Armstrong, Brownhill

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    TAA Dias Cancelo James Livra
    Salah Foden Raph Mbeumo Brownhill
    Lukaku Antonio Armstrong

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Hold unless James to Chilwell after tomorrow night.

      Can you do Armstrong to Toney GW10?

      1. klopptimusprime
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        yep will monitor,

        but probably do James + Arm to Toney + 5.1m defender GW10

  19. Boberella
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    That "What If" tool is interesting!

    What's everyone's difference?

    I'd be 6 pts better off at 531

    1. mixology
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Awesome tool. To be fair- this year I expect many to be in the red so far as Salah perma-captain has shown to be brilliant in hindsight

      1. Boberella
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Agree. Those who didn't cap salah in GW1 would more than likely be way off a gain.

    2. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Similar would be 2 pts better at 533

    3. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 15 days ago

      I would be on 541.
      I am on 540.

      I remember it being super close last year and then it got further and further apart.

      Kinda a bummer to have lost 1 point through tinkering - but it's more fun making changes.

    4. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      where is this tool?

      1. Boberella
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Link in the article, but here it is:
        https://www.game-change.co.uk/2017/08/28/fantasy-football-what-if-machine/

  20. Cali
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Ronaldo, McArthur to Vardy, Raphinha for a -4?

    Current team:
    Sanchez
    TAA, Cancelo, Rudiger, White (Duffy)
    Salah, Benrahma, Saka, Gray (McArthur)
    Ronaldo, Lukaku (Scarlett)

    1. FPL_Crisis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      I like those moves

  21. No Need
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Anyone for Reguilon as an alternative? Nailed, looks to be linking well with Son and Kane. Certainly in a few weeks but may get on early as Semedo is stinking out my team

    1. Boberella
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Could be a good shout. I'd say better than Semedo for similar price

  22. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Ramsdale (Foster)
    Dias, Cancelo, TAA, Azpi, Livra
    Salah, Gallagher, Raphinha, Saka, Normann
    Lukaku, Jiminez, Antonio.
    Hold right,

    I am thinking either

    A) Hold
    B) Azpi to Chilwell (after Wednesday)

    Then decide on who to downgrade to Toney out of Jiminez and Antonio in GW10.
    And GW12 either Lukaku to Kane, or Downgrade team to Son for GW12 if Lukaku gets his mojo back, as his fixtures are still good to GW16.

    1. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 15 days ago

      A

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      A

  23. GloryBXI
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    On a WC - what needs to change. Not a great TV.

    McCarthy
    Cancelo Azpi Livramento
    Salah Greenwood Raphinha Gray
    Vardy Lukaku Hwang

    Foster Mbueno White Jansson

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 15 days ago

      I don't think I'd be doing Greenwood on a WC right now.

      McCarthy sticks out - but maybe the fixture turn will be good for Saints.

      I'd also probably try Broja over Hwang - better fixtures and you have the depth on the bench if he ends up not playing all the time.

      1. GloryBXI
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        If I do Hwang to Broja and I have 8.1 for a Greenwood replacement. Foden?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 15 days ago

          Yeah that might be fun - seems more explosive than Greenwood at the moment.

          Could just keep the money ITB too.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Solid team, strong bench. Like it.

  24. C0YS
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Make the Gray to Mbeumo transfer this GW or roll the transfer?

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

      Roll

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Gray vs Watford or Mbuemo vs Leicester should be obvious pick

      1. C0YS
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        I agree in general, asking since Doucoure is now confirmed out…do you still back Everton?

  25. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Benny to Meumbo

    or

    Antonio to Toney?

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Niether?

      1. Ruinenlust
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        West Ham fixtures bad Bentford fixtures good

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Former

  26. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 13 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    I just did that 'what if' Machine. If I made no changes to my team from gw1 I would have been 2 points better off than now.
    A team with Vardy VC - Salah C - and even had ESR
    Team value would have been awful though.

  27. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    From a statistical standpoint, its risky to sell Ronaldo even before Liverpool (who are not the tightest defence). Also, regarding Lukaku, Norwich have defended better lately. No great, but not amongst the worst. That combined with lack of service and lack of play through midfield lately is making me question selling Lukaku for Ronaldo.

    1. Ruinenlust
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Who is selling Lukaku for Rinaldo?

      1. TheSteel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Vice versa*

    2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 13 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      I have both Ron and Rom-Com.
      It only paid off once so far. I think Lukaku is likely to score v Norwich. Plus the way Liverpool are defending and big game player Ronaldo against them. He is the most likely out of Man United to get something. However a tough European game for Man United might mean Ronaldo gets taken off early?

  28. Totalfootball
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Any Saka injury update?

  29. FPL_Crisis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Jota to Raphinha for free?
    Surely I can wait at least another day (who knows with price changes anymore)

    Have James and Armstrong headaches so either I bench Jota and roll or do this move

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      Have done that move already to avoid the Jota drop.

      1. FPL_Crisis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Have already copped a drop, should be safe for a few days

  30. smash
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 15 days ago

    Anyone keeping hold of Jota? I'm the only one left with him in my mini league (teams are already all quite similar) feel he's one of my only real differentials tbh, have a utter dross bench so him not playing is extra concerning, easy switch to Mbremo I guess, ...just tempted to leave it another week incase he repays me?

    1. FPL_Crisis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 15 days ago

      See post above.
      I have too many players that I need to check lineups each week
      So Jota won’t be staying

      1. smash
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 15 days ago

        Yes I think I'm in the same boat as you, I've got that Norwich defender Ombanbdi? and that Southampton striker who's gone out on loan to contend with, I'll hold tight tonight see if any other pressing issues come up due to tomorrow's games, potential 0.2 swing is a killer though

        Cheers