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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.

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481 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gunneryank
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I was reading the transcript of Tuchel's comments about Lukaku, and it struck me...beyond being 'tired mentally,' did it seem to anyone else he was inferring a physical problem? It was right at the end. Maybe trying to throw a bit of misdirection in the mix? Is that Tuchel's style. I don't honestly know. It left me feeling less than confident if i were to be considering Kaku....but, it's freakin Norwich, so maybe it doesn't matter. I'm prepared to accept a brace as a non-owner.

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

        I’m prepared for him to be rested as an owner.
        Hadn’t heard any of Tuchel’s comments though.

      2. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Think this week's game against Norwich is really tricky re: Lukaku because it can go both ways.
        On one hand, it's the perfect game to rest Lukaku, if a rest is needed. But on the other hand, it's also the perfect game for Lukaku to score a few and come back to form as well.
        Still looking to put the armband on his this week, but a bit reluctantly tho. Think this decision will go down to the wire this week.

        1. Gunneryank
            1 month, 11 days ago

            You put it perfectly. It's a fine line. I think it comes down to whether or not he starts vs Malmo. Why not rest him? Chelsea will go through the group surely.

            1. Echoes
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Yeah. Even if he plays and comes off at some point, I'm putting the C on him.

        2. Fadi AMJK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          I am not captaining him against Norwich if he starts against Malmo as I really suspect Touchel is going to rest him at some point

      3. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Need some help here folks. Want lukaku for his next 3 fixtures but also need to sort out the midfield. Doucoure injured and Jota not starting, plus sarr with his not so favorable fixtures. Any suggestions what to do here? Think a hit might be needed.

        2fts, 1.3m itb

        Foster
        Taa cancelo rudiger
        Salah Jota Sarr doucoure Gallagher
        Ronaldo Antonio

        Sanchez semedo Omo Scarlett

        1. Holmes
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Ronaldo to Luka, Doucoure to Raphinha is a good start.

          Sarr and Gallagher are fine this week, Jota sub appearance vs Man Utd probably wont be that bad either. You can use Semedo over Jota if unsure.

          Next week, Jota and Antonio to Son and Toney for -4pts.

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Sounds right mate. Not too keen on playing jota/ semedo though, both need to go soon. Just not sure if its worth a hit this gw.

          2. Gunneryank
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Raphinha of course! I spaced that in my comment below. Definitely Raph from Doucoure.

          3. Gunneryank
              1 month, 11 days ago

              For me:

              Ron to Lukaku and Doucoure to Mbeumo seems fine.

              Although i did Ron to Vardy to upgrade Scarlett to Toney. Risky yes but Kaku is in questionable form and Vardy and Brentford are in great form.

              1. Disturbed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Think I'm pretty set on getting in luk and raph. Would you dump jota for a hit this gw or just play him and hope he gets some decent minutes? Would have 8.5m itb to get a replacement.

                1. Gunneryank
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    For a hit? No, probably not. Vs United defense there's a chance for something there imo. If I did, it would be for Mbeumo. But that doesn't feel urgently needed. It's close.

                    1. Disturbed
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Cheers bud

              2. SINGH
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                You need to WC

                1. Disturbed
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Already did Singh

            • FantasyHero
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Which is a bigger problem that need to be addressed here:

              Sanchez (4.0)
              Alonso* cancelo liv (marcal williams)
              Salah mahrez* jota* gray (sissoko)
              Ronaldo jimmy antonio

              I'm thinking jota is more likely to start compared to mahrez

              1. Holmes
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Mahrez is a bigger problem due to price. Marcal can cover for Alonso if required.

                Ron-Mah to Son-Luka should be enough.

            • steven8991
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Which one to do this week? The other will be done next week
              A. Foden > Son
              B. Toney > Maupay
              C. Both for -4

              1. steven8991
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                sorry B should be Maupay > Toney

              2. Holmes
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                B

            • Mooster©️
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              CL:
              Would you sub Hakimi(3p) for Alex Sandro or Rashford for tonights games?

              1. BigRedDog
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Yeah

                1. Mooster©️
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Rash or Sandro?

            • Edalock
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Start 2
              Livramento (H) vs Burnley
              Sarr (A) vs Everton
              TAA (A) vs Manutd
              Reguilon (A) vs West Ham

              1. Gunneryank
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Trent always, and probably Livramento.

                • Holmes
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Trent, Sarr

                  1. Bavarian
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    This

              2. HollywoodXI
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I’m not a fan of taking hits but I’m considering a -8 this week to set my team up for this and the next few weeks:

                Ronaldo/Gilmour/White OUT
                Vardy/Mbeumo/Dias IN

                I have the exact money to do this move. What do you think?

                1. Gunneryank
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    I love it but...the rest of your team for full context. Information is king, after all...

                    A minus 8 is freakin harsh. (Says the guy who already took a hit this week hehe).

                    1. HollywoodXI
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Raya
                      Trent Christensen Dias
                      Salah Raphinha Sarr Mbuemo
                      Vardy Lukaku Antonio

                      Gunn Livramento Duffy Brownhill

                      1. Gunneryank
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Can't find fault with anything except Sarr because Watford fixtures aren't great, but that's a great team.

                    2. Holmes
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Overall the moves are solid

                      Who will get benched if you do the move?

                      1. HollywoodXI
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        See above

                        1. Holmes
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Green light from me

                          White to Dias can be avoided since you have Livramento vs Burnley.

                          1. HollywoodXI
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Yep good point. Just need to hope White and Dias remain the same price.

                    3. Dynamic Duos
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I would just a -4, Dias can wait, White and Livramento have a decent fixture

                      1. HollywoodXI
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Good suggestion. As long as White doesn’t drop and Dias doesn’t rise in price.

                        1. Dynamic Duos
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          It should ok tbh, Dias is being sold

                  • Dynamic Duos
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Antonio to Jesus -4 or wait a week?

                    1. Holmes
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Dont think Brighton away will be easy (or atleast high scoring). Would keep Antonio.

                    2. olidooley
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Keep Antonio

                    3. Gunneryank
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Definitely not.

                    4. olidooley
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Hey guys….On WC. Pretty set I think….2 questions though…

                      1) Sanchez, Ramsdale or Raya
                      2) Rudiger, Chilwell or James

                      **** Foster
                      TAA Dias Cancelo **** Livramento
                      Salah Son Raphinha Mbuemo Normann
                      Lukaku Toney Archer

                      1. Bavarian
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Raya, Rudiger

                    5. waltzingmatildas
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      On wc with a few rotation risks (Chilwell, cancelo)
                      Which do you prefer for the final three spots?
                      A) sarr, townsend, Antonio +1.1
                      B) foden, hojberg, Antonio +0.1
                      C) son, brownhill, hwang +0.7

                      1. olidooley
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        I’ve gone for Son….everyone will be getting him in soon. WC puts you ahead of the game

                        1. waltzingmatildas
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Yeah that's what I'm thinking, it's going to take most peuple a couple of moves. Only problem is losing antonio

                      2. Bavarian
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        A

                    6. FCSB
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Early days but who you captaining this GW:

                      1. Salah (form)
                      2. Lukaku (fixture)

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

                        The Egyptian King

                      2. Bavarian
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Mo

                      3. Disturbed
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Kaku

                      4. Holmes
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Lets see if Luka starts vs Malmo or not.

                      5. DAZZ
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Depends on Chelsea’s lineup against Malmo. If Lukaku plays 90, I probably won’t even bring him in, if he’s rested then Lukaku (C) against Norwich.

                      6. Konstaapeli
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Salah. No question. The man is in monster form.

                      7. Miguel Sanchez
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        I would argue that Salah has both the form and the fixture too

                      8. TheBiffas
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          The Egyptian king

                      9. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Giving Sa one last game then depending on performance getting rid, who to replace with 5m budget.

                        1. Bavarian
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Raya

                          1. g40steve
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Yes nice fixtures run.

                      10. GE
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Too light in midfield? (Wildcard active)

                        (0.0 itb)

                        Ramsdale
                        TAA/Azpi/Cancelo/Rudiger
                        Salah/Raphinha/Gallagher/Gray
                        Lukaku/Vardy

                        Bench: Foster, Manquillo, Brownhill, Archer

                        1. Bavarian
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          If on WC, you should consider Son

                          1. GE
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Interesting, but Son better than Vardy?

                        2. Firmino
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Bench is too weak

                          1. CAVEAT KING
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            This^

                        3. Holmes
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Yes imo, bench is too light as well.

                          Would drop one of the forwards.

                          1. GE
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Hmm, isn’t Manquillo and Brownhill nailed? Do I need more than that?

                            1. Konstaapeli
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              Ideally you have one decent option (who gives you a bit of benching dilemma) and two nailed on fodders like Livra and Manquillo. Broja could be good for the 3rd striker spot.

                      11. Mozumbus
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Current team:
                          Sanchez Foster
                          Azpi Rudiger Coufal Semedo Veltman
                          Salah Bruno Greenwood Raphinha Allan
                          Ings Antonio Toney

                          Contemplating on the following WC moves, exact funds:
                          Rudiger + Coufal + Bruno + Greenwood + Ings/Antonio > TAA + Livra + Son + Mbeumo + Vardy

                          A. Should I hit WC with above moves (can make other adjustments as well)?
                          B. Or should I make use of 2FTs?

                          Thanks

                          1. CAVEAT KING
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Personally, I hate wasting 2 FT's.
                            Think about it
                            Sanchez and Veltman might do poorly this week.
                            Cofal a doubt and Semedo not performing.
                            Allan a bench warmer
                            The remainder are all capable of scoring.
                            You can get in an out of form Lukaku and drop Bruno which would be completely normal or:-
                            Get Livramento and tidy the defense

                            1. Mozumbus
                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                Thanks. Wanted to get Lukaku but looks like Son/Vardy are better choices now.

                            2. Holmes
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              Use 2FTs, you can survive one more week.

                              1. Mozumbus
                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                  Thanks. For perspective, I deviated from the plan last GW and so decided against WC. OR rocketed from 140k to 84k! Can't expect this luck every week though 😀

                              2. Konstaapeli
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                Just do Coufal & Bruno > TAA & Son this week.

                                1. Mozumbus
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    Thanks. Yes this is doable.

                              3. DAZZ
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                What do you make of Jotas benching last night? What are owners doing? I need to sell Jota or Traore for Mbuembo, can’t decide which to remove.

                                1. Gunneryank
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    I am keeping, but mostly because i can't afford to move him right now. I'm hopeful he will be involved vs United, and will start him. Firmino's freshness casts doubt over his place, and i used to be comfortable with his involvement.

                                    1. DAZZ
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Interesting, assuming you own Lukaku?

                                      1. G-Whizz
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • Has Moderation Rights
                                        • 4 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Yeah that's right...

                                        (My team is linked if that helps?)

                                  • HMC
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 11 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    clearly you shouldn't be owning Traore so if you need some bench cover keep Jota
                                    He'll be leaving my team for Raph

                                2. Miguel Sanchez
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                  Bit of a Lukaku catch 22 tonight, needs to play well and score tonight to be considered a captaincy option for me but also clearly needs some rest soon too.

                                  1. Holmes
                                    • 8 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    If he starts tonight, I may just avoid getting him.

                                  2. G-Whizz
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • Has Moderation Rights
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    I'd rather he was rested or came off early...

                                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Think a start, good performance a couple of goals and coming off at 60 mins is probably the best outcome.

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

                                    90 minutes tonight would be a bit of a red flag - but anything less than 70 should be fine - ideally he's benched

                                    But performance wise - for me he doesn't need to do anything he hasn't already done in his last 260 or so league appearances to get the armband for the weekend

                                    Scoring against Malmo doesn't make him a different player - he's capable of smashing Norwich to bits regardless... his lack of goals recently will be hurting him waaaaaayy more than his FPL owners, so he'll be chomping at the bit to score either way - doesn't guarantee he will of course, but on paper he's the guy this weekend

                                3. gellinmagellan
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                  Sanchez Foster
                                  Cancelo TAA Livra Coady White
                                  Salah Saka Jota Greenwood Benrhama
                                  Lukaku Antonio Scarlett

                                  1 FT 0.3 ITB. Midfield obviously a concern. Which midfielder to ship out first? Any suggestions on what to do here? I'm thinking either

                                  1. Jota > Mbeumbo
                                  2. Jota > Raphinha

                                  1. DAZZ
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    I think i’d move Greenwood before Jota tbh. Both concerns but yeah.

                                    1. gellinmagellan
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Greenwood seems like he'll get more minutes though, no? Firmino's good form means more Jota benching I assume. :/

                                      1. G-Whizz
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                                        • 4 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Exactly!

                                        Getting rid of Greenwood over Jota is just crazy talk...

                                        1. DAZZ
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          It isn’t though is it? We don’t know what Klopps plans are, we don’t even know if Jota has lost his spot yet, and with Man Utd and Brighton home coming up, you’d kick yourself if he started these.

                                          1. G-Whizz
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                                            • 4 Years
                                            1 month, 11 days ago

                                            Greenwood is guaranteed more minutes imo.

                                            Keep if you want his head is on the block with the axe raised and poised to strike for me. Would rather have Mbuemo or Raphinha tbh...

                                  2. CAVEAT KING
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    Saka to Mbeumo?

                                    1. gellinmagellan
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Saka definitely out? Just got him in, what a glorious waste of a transfer that was...lol

                                      1. CAVEAT KING
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        It happens all the time (smile) Wait and see anyway is my call.

                                        1. gellinmagellan
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 4 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          Fair enough

                                4. Antonio Buy, keep or sell?
                                  Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                  • 11 Years
                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                  Michail Antonio has 35 goal involvements in his last 42 league starts (34 from play, 1 penalty) for only 7.5... And looks like he's actually added penalties into that mix for this season

                                  And people are selling after 2 games without a goal

                                  1. DAZZ
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    His form has dipped. Bad fixture run, selling is a completely acceptable move.

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

                                      A red card will often artificially dampen a player's points for at least 2 weeks - he immediately followed that up with a goal & baps vs Leeds & had 1.1 XGi against Everton at the weekend

                                      I wouldn't really look at that as "form" but each to their own

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

                                        Convert to XG? 😉

                                        In his first 3 matches he had 6 big chances ie 2 per game and in his last 4 2 big chances ie 0.5 per game. Any stat can be outstatted. It's presumptuous of you to insist the red card is the cause of people looking n elsewhere, West Ham have gone from looking a devastating attack to a humdrum one. Watch the football!

                                        He's still a good option and hold if you have nowhere to go but please give up asserting why other people have moved on. Arrogant and wrong.

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

                                          Bit of a belligerent closing to your point but that being said - He got 0.91 XG and 0.17 XA against Everton - and had 35 goal involvements in the 41 starts prior to that... and West Ham's attack was "humdrum" for the vast majority of that period...

                                          I honestly wouldn't be hugely critical of his last 4 matches - Yes he's scored 1 goal - but he has also posted 3.25 XGi across those (using FB refs model, not sure what Understat or Opta's model say - I wouldn't put my house on any of them, but they are interesting reference points)

                                          There are at least a couple of things going on here I think:
                                          (1) The fact that he couldn't possibly sustain his points output from the first 3 weeks - no one could
                                          (2) The fact that he got sent off for a total of minus 1 point from GW4 & 5

                                          But forward looking, in an environment where he's not getting sent off every 4 or 5 games, there's very, very little to support selling a 7.5 forward doing that kind of damage - in my opinion of course, hopefully it's not arrogant and wrong 😉

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

                                            I don't disagree he's a good choice of course.

                                            Interesting using your metric of returns by starts to look at Callum Wilson. I count 20 in the last 26 starts - rather suspect there's a higher proportion of goals in there. With forwards it's surely the goals are weighted more highly as they bring the baps?

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

                                              I'm certainly not surprised at Wilson's stats - he is an incredibly good player?

                                              Thinking more about this - maybe (one of) the disconnect(s) between you & I here (and generically) is sample size

                                              Personally I *hate* (absolutely hate) small samples - and will generally try to use a larger sample where possible - 3 or 4 games isn't even really enough to classify as a sample in the majority of cases (again, in my opinion), and I genuinely think anyone holding Antonio's last 4 games up to the light & concluding "hmmm it appears he has broken" is sorely misguided

                                              It's also why I wouldn't put as much weight on 20 games of Callum Wilson as I would on 40 games of Antonio etc (And I rate Callum Wilson very highly)

                                              It's kind of like the other day when you threw the barb about Raphinha having less points than Bernardo Silva as the strawman that somehow invalidated my point about City Midfielders being fools gold (my point was "silly" and i should "enlighten" people i think was how you classified that eureka moment - but I wouldn't go around calling other people arrogant & wrong if I was positioning points in that manner)

                                              I didn't bother replying because you again totally missed the point, but (similar to the Shaw situation described below) Raphinha's 31 points, him being an absolutely jaw-droppingly great FPL choice, and City midfielders being fool's gold are not mutually exclusive - the existence of any of those doesn't negate the existence of any other - similar to Wilson being a very prolific scorer, and there being very little to support selling Antonio

                                          2. Sharkytect
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 7 Years
                                            1 month, 10 days ago

                                            Fixtures, innit?

                                            I'm moving on for toney, whose stats are good and has much better fixtures.

                                  2. Andy_Social
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    You don't get points for history. I'll be monitoring him and Iheanacho next GW to assess the way forward.

                                    1. DAZZ
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      This. MBP was advocating Luke Shaw as an under priced gem, a season keeper at 5.5, what a flop, essay upon essay we got pre season about the corners, and free kicks, are you still holding Shaw, for what it’s worth MBP????

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

                                        You know Shaw was an incredibly good pick, right? He had the fixtures, he had set pieces in the second top scoring attack in the league, he had a world class defender added to his defence - and he was in pretty much every FPL team as a result

                                        New information subsequently came to light with each passing gameweek, and you have to react to that new information, that's how FPL works

                                        If we go back to pre-season with the same information to hand I'm picking Shaw 100% of the time - and so would pretty every other manager with half a brain

                                        1. G-Whizz
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                                          • 4 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          If you can do that with Shaw, why can't you see that with Antonio?

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

                                            Because I don't expect Antonio to keep getting sent off every 4 or 5 games, whereas I do expect Man Utd's defence to be under pressure with Varane out and a fixture list that contains Liverpool, City, Chelsea, Arsenal in their next 5 league games sandwiched between 3 must win champions league games vs Atalanta twice & Villareal?

                                            1. G-Whizz
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                                              • 4 Years
                                              1 month, 11 days ago

                                              You not seen West Ham's fixtures then I take it 😆

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

                                                Antonio has done well in his last 42 starts though - 34 returns from play + 1 penalty?

                                                And seems to have added penalty taking duties to that mix…

                                                And he’s 7.5 not 12.5…

                                                I think he’s an easy sell when (not if - when) the injury comes - but when he’s fit it looks a bit like people are expecting the red card and ban to keep repeating themselves, rather than the 42-starts either side of it

                                                1. G-Whizz
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                                                  • 4 Years
                                                  1 month, 11 days ago

                                                  Last 42 starts? LMAO, if I took that same historical attitude with players I'd still have for example Luke Shaw still in my team 😉

                                                  Plus Antonio's not on penalties 😆

                                                  You know it, I know it, he knows it and so does Declan Rice...

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

                                                    I don't think so - Luke Shaw's last 42 starts haven't exactly been stellar - he was more of a forward looking prospect - his XGI per 90 for example was only behind Cancelo and TAA last season, he just struggled last season to translate that into attacking returns but in pre-season it was yet another tick in the "for" box along with all the other factors above (the fixtures, the fact that he had set pieces for one of the most lethal attacks in the league, the addition of Varane, the price tag etc etc)

                                                    And it's not even as if he started diabolically either - by GW4 he was on 4 PPG despite conceding three single goals... that's 152 points on a 38 game season... not exactly terrible for 5.5

                                                    The Ronaldo signing was definitely an unforseen black swan event, and hasn't helped the team - and his injury in GW6 didn't exactly help things either

                                                    But the point I would really stress here as it's important - Shaw being an excellent pick in preseason, and then gradually deteriorating into more of a problem are definitely not mutually exclusive

                                                    And similarly with the information we have to hand, the only reason I can think for people selling Antonio is that the red card and ban that have impacted his trailing 4-5 game points output are being taken as "normal" events that are going to carry forwards into his future performances (which they're obviously not - they are exceptions)

                                                    Regarding penalties - I'm not 100% sure he's on them, and not 100% sure he's off them - especially considering he took the last one while Rice was on the pitch... obviously he missed it - but that's why I said firstly "it looks like he's on penalties" and secondly "seems to have added penalties" rather than "You know it, I know it, he knows it" etc 🙂

                                                  2. Goonsquad245
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 5 Years
                                                    1 month, 10 days ago

                                                    Just to say that Luke Shaw was a fantastic pick to start the season and will be a great pick again when united's fixtures turn back in GW15 or so. People reading way, way too much into short samples as usual.

                                                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                                      • 11 Years
                                                      1 month, 10 days ago

                                                      Thank you - At least someone gets it

                                                      So many on here (and elsewhere) seem to have real trouble differentiating the outcome of a decision with the logic that underlies it

                                                      Cold, hard points in the last 2 or 3 weeks, maybe 4 weeks at a stretch - and no matter how affected (or not) by factors one could reasonably consider anomalous - are *all* that seem to carry weight

                                                      As I was saying to someone the other day who felt "the decision to go without TAA for the last few GW's has been very decent" - it's more that the *results* from going without were decent... the logic - I don't think was particularly sound at all

                                                      Someone who makes a decision to walk across a busy motorway blindfolded and pissed out of their head, for example can make it to the other side unscathed and can also say "the results from my decision were pretty decent so it must have been a good decision"

                                                      But do we really want to make a habit of walking across busy motorways, pissed out of our heads and blindfolded?

                                                      TAA got injured and was sick - that's just luck - he also has 89 returns and 83 bonus in his last 102 league starts... that carries more weight (for me anyways) than three gameweeks wrecked by random illness and injury

                                                      Antonio got sent off, was banned, scored, blanked, and put up 1.1 XGi respectively in his last 5 gameweeks...and had 35 returns in the 38 starts prior to the red card, which again carries more weight (for me at least)

                                                    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                                      • 11 Years
                                                      1 month, 10 days ago

                                                      *And that's 1.1 XGi in a single game vs Everton - not in 5 games obvs

                                                      But he is on 1 goal from his last 3.25 XGi from FBref - again, do people really think Antonio is going to continue scoring one goal from every 3.25 XGi... I'm not so sure

                                                    3. G-Whizz
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                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      1 month, 10 days ago

                                                      So because in your opinion Luke Shaw was a good pick at the start of the season why have people sold him then?

                                                      Let me help you out on this one...

                                                      Shaw has returned 20 points over the last 8 GWs. On your logic I should still have him because he was a good pick and at at some point in the future will be a good pick again? 😆

                                                      Same as Antonio was a good pick at the start of the season. You've seen what he's done over the last 5 GWs but according to you I'm supposed to keep him regardless because he'll come good at some stage in the future?

                                                      No thanks!

                                                      You keep him if you want...

                                                    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                                      • 11 Years
                                                      1 month, 10 days ago

                                                      Because (as I pointed out a few hours ago) Luke Shaw being a good pick at the start of the season, and him gradually and unexpectedly deteriorating into a problem as the weeks passed are not mutually exclusive?

                                                      I also didn't say "you should still have Luke Shaw" btw

                                                    5. Goonsquad245
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 5 Years
                                                      1 month, 10 days ago

                                                      He was a good pick at the start of the season because of his fixtures. He’s now a bad pick due to his fixtures. He’ll be a good pick again in the future….you see where I’m going with this.

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

                                                      He doesnt see. Thats the issue, a blind man walking across the motorway.

                                    2. DavvaMC
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Same here, fixtures are not great and I also want to see how Iheanacho fairs in the new couple of GW's

                                  3. G-Whizz
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                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    10 points since GW4...

                                    2.5ppg since GW4...

                                    You may say 2 games without a goal but that doesn't tell the whole story. I've already got rid...

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

                                      I think when looking forwards at players it's important to try to factor out things you expect to continue vs. things you don't - the Red card for example is a bit of a factor there too - not sure he'll keep getting sent off every 5 games?

                                    2. Andy_Social
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 9 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      I was lucky with his triple haul in the first 3 GWs; since then he's returned once, at a rate of 2 points per game - that's the last 5 games; long enough to determine this is not a blip.

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

                                        Was the red card and subsequent ban something you expect him to keep doing regularly?

                                      2. Goonsquad245
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 5 Years
                                        1 month, 10 days ago

                                        5 games is not long enough to determine anything about anyone, especially not someone like Antonio who has been an xG monster for so long and doesn't look like slowing down on that front.

                                      3. Flair
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        1 month, 9 days ago

                                        5 games is a tiny sample size and barely worth considering in football.

                                  4. Holmes
                                    • 8 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    Its boring to have same players every week, have to chop and change to keep things interesting!

                                  5. waltzingmatildas
                                    • 11 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    I'm on wildcard and trying my hardest to keep him, but if I drop him it does allow Son....

                                  6. CAVEAT KING
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    Good argument Maximus but as a matter of interest:
                                    1)How were the 42 games spread out? (injuries etc)
                                    2)What was his record prior to those 42 games?
                                    3)Has he been tested with Euro games on top recent bad form? This is what is coming up for him.

                                    Note my grav. Just asking (smile)

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

                                      Yep all have to be taken into consideration

                                      1) The 42 starts were 100% punctuated by his fairly regular injuries - and he turns into more of an easy sell when the inevitable injury comes - But (like red cards) I don't really want to be trying to predict when an uncertain/quasi-random event like an injury will hit

                                      2) Prior to the 42 starts he was positionally all over the place, playing in mad places like right back - something clicked with him back in Feb'20 - the beginning of the 42 start sample which seemed to signal the arrival of this version of Michail Antonio. Personally, I don't think the red card has signalled a reversion to the pre-Feb'20 Michail Antonio, I could be wrong of course, but there doesn't seem to be a lot/any evidence for it

                                      3) How are West Ham doing in their Europa League group - are they under pressure after a bad start, or have they 6 points from 6 with one foot in the next round and can rest players?

                                      1. CAVEAT KING
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        I have him and am 50/50 about moving him on to a safer option with better fixtures and opens up an opportunity for me to get Son (The timing in 2 weeks seems perfect for me) You answered my questions well. Thank you.

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

                                          Sure - personally I have yet to see an argument that holds water for selling him

                                          What may end up happening is that he gets injured and we get a lot of "see, I told you he was a good sell" - or he goes on getting 1 return from every 3.25 XGi (the current micro-run he's on) and *THEN* gets injured - but that's benefitting from luck imo, no one can reliably predict when any player is going to get injured or dramatically undershoot the expected goal involvement for a couple of games

                                          And in an environment where Antonio isn't injured (or suspended) he has consistently shown for approaching 2 years now that he is an absolutely devastating FPL asset

                                          Only my opinion of course 🙂

                                  7. RedRo
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Yep, agreed - he’s a massive keep for me. The fixtures don’t put me off at all as he can thrive in games where he’s part of a counter too. He’s got to be about 3m underpriced based on form so far this season. I can’t think of anyone that looks like doing enough to justify losing Antonio for them.

                                    • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Binned him after GW4 for ASM who’s averaged 5 PPM for me

                                    • Stejson
                                      • 2 Years
                                      1 month, 10 days ago

                                      I'm well behind due to "differential" (read incorrect) choices made in GW1, so I'm going without in a hope of catching up points

                                    • Twisted Saltergater
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 12 Years
                                      1 month, 10 days ago

                                      Sold before Brentford. Didn’t blank for me as captain, twice.

                                      Keeping Ronaldo hasn’t worked out, but made the transfer based on Antonio’s fixtures.

                                    • Dušan Citizen
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 10 days ago

                                      Oh here is the smartest guy ever talking about some form from last and the season before that. 😆

                                      Did you enjoy your Arsenal cs against Palace? Was pretty easy fixture for Gunners, wasn't it?

                                      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                        • 11 Years
                                        1 month, 10 days ago

                                        Oh dear God 😆

                                      2. Goonsquad245
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 5 Years
                                        1 month, 10 days ago

                                        Where do you expect Arsenal to finish in the league this season? What about Palace?

                                        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                          • 11 Years
                                          1 month, 10 days ago

                                          Maybe he foresaw Mike Dean being paid off by Palace?

                                        2. Dušan Citizen
                                          • 7 Years
                                          1 month, 10 days ago

                                          Arsenal 9th or 10th, Palace 13th.

                                          There is no big difference between them so that certainly wasn't easy fixture for Arsenal and they for sure haven't improved defensively. People were only blinded by a few clean sheets against Norwich, Burnley and Brighton who are possibly the worst attacking teams and they should have conceded even against them.

                                          Let alone fixtures against Villa and Leicester...

                                          1. Goonsquad245
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 5 Years
                                            1 month, 10 days ago

                                            I'm sure I remember you saying 'same level or above' - but your predictions don't suggest that. Now it's 'not an easy fixture' - which is it?

                                            I don't think anyone is expecting Arsenal to keep a clean sheet away at Leicester. I think the issues people had were more you saying that Palace were the same level or above Arsenal which just isn't true - even by your own admission.

                                            1. Dušan Citizen
                                              • 7 Years
                                              1 month, 10 days ago

                                              I'm so sorry I didn't know that 2 or 3 places make such a big difference for you in the mid table.

                                    • The Red Devil
                                      • 6 Years
                                      1 month, 10 days ago

                                      I'd say he's a sell if you don't have any other fires to put out, can move the money to a midfielder, or bring him down to a hwang or toney & upgrade midfield/defence
                                      But, he won't be the first name of my sale players list, hell i might even sell Trollukaku before antonio. I'm holding for a few weeks personally, antonio out is a luxury transfer, don't have any of them personally

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

                                      Hahahahahaha, do we need to dig up your preseason posts about how Antonio is an injury waiting to happen? Always three steps behind.

                                    • Flair
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      1 month, 9 days ago

                                      Selling him ahead of GW11 and Liverpool (H), bringing him back when the fixtures turn great in GW18. As always, playing the fixtures matters.

                                      The logic of people looking at a 4 game sample size to justify their biases and give a definition of "form" is absurd.

                                      He has .95 npxG+xA this season, 5 goals and 4 assists in 7 games. Still an absolutely fantastic player and FPL asset, has just suffered from the fixtures turning more difficult - but that's an issue every player suffers from, because nobody is fixture proof.

                                    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                                      • 11 Years
                                      1 month, 6 days ago

                                      And the correct answer was… KEEP - well done to everyone who had “Keep” as their answer

                                      We would also have accepted “Buy”, but “Sell” gets you nothing unfortunately

                                      So - That’s it for this week’s round of “Should we all sell unbelievable FPL asset who hasn’t scored for 2 weeks”, be sure to tune in for more next week!

                                  8. dbeck
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    Which transfer is a priority this week?

                                    Armstrong to Toney
                                    Benhrama to Raphina

                                    1. DAZZ
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Benny > Raph

                                    2. drughi
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 12 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      I'm most likely doing benny>raphinha but armstrong possibly benched again and toney have good fixtures coming up so maybe thats the move

                                    3. dbeck
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 4 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Yeah I can deal with Armstrong next week I feel

                                  9. waltzingmatildas
                                    • 11 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    After much tinkering, think I am fairly decided on my WC:

                                    Raya Foster
                                    TAA Cancelo Chilwell Duffy Livra
                                    Salah Foden Raph Mbuemo Brownhill
                                    Lukaku Antonio Toney

                                    0.6itb
                                    Considering Lukaku to Vardy or Antonio down and Foden to Son

                                    What do you reckon?

                                    1. Ranger3
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Good team, not really convinced with Raph or any leeds player... I would prefer Gallagher, he is due

                                  10. Steve The Spud
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    My wildcard game week 4 has been mostly successful but I did go with Bachman and foster which was a mistake, don’t ask!

                                    Do you think it’s worth biting the bullet and hitting Bachman out for a better keeper or hold and hope ranieri can do something ?

                                    They have to keep a CS some time right ?

                                    1. Miguel Sanchez
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 5 Years
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      Hit out Bachmann for your choice of Sanchez, Raya or Ramsdale. Will def pay off in the long term.

                                  11. Echoes
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    Re: Armstrong

                                    Saw somewhere that, Armstrong being rested against Leeds wasn't anything else but purely. Him being similar to Ings, Ings too was benched against Leeds both last season(though came off the bench both times). May be it's Hasenhuttl's tactics to not want to play an Ings/Armstrong styled striker against Leeds? And looking forward, Armstrong and Broja have played together upfront this season(with Broja replacing Che mostly). So, it may not be a case of one or the other either.

                                    Thoughts?

                                    1. Echoes
                                      • 1 Year
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      *purely tactical

                                    2. Steve The Spud
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      1 month, 11 days ago

                                      I am tempted to start him this week but fear is cameo

                                      1. Echoes
                                        • 1 Year
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Yeah, but may be he could get something coming off the bench as well? Though it depends on who you'd start instead of him.

                                        1. Steve The Spud
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 1 Year
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          Maybe but if I play him it will be for Christensen or sarr who I both don’t mind starting and are either nailed or won’t cameo

                                          I think if you have a good enough bench then you bench him but starting him isn’t the worst thing in the world either

                                          1. Echoes
                                            • 1 Year
                                            1 month, 11 days ago

                                            Yeah, Sarr and Christensen both good picks this week.
                                            If I start him, it'll be in place of one of ESR and Mbeumo.

                                            1. Steve The Spud
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 1 Year
                                              1 month, 11 days ago

                                              Play mbeumo 100% Over him, he’s got better returns and numbers anyway

                                              1. Echoes
                                                • 1 Year
                                                1 month, 11 days ago

                                                Yeah, thinking of starting Mbeumo. May be start him and Armstrong with ESR first sub?

                                  12. Twisted Melon
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    Marcal to:
                                    A) Dias
                                    B) Azpi
                                    C) Chillwell
                                    Sarr to:
                                    D) Foden

                                    (Have TAA, Cancelo and Alonso)

                                  13. George James
                                    • 6 Years
                                    1 month, 11 days ago

                                    Best pair this week?

                                    A) Jota + Semedo

                                    B) Jota + Chilwell -4

                                    C) Foden + Semedo -4

                                    D) Mbeumo + Semedo -4

                                    1. Gunneryank
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Context is a thing.

                                        1. George James
                                          • 6 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          Sooooo which one do you think scores most points this week? 🙂

                                    2. Gunneryank
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Just for this week lads:

                                        1.) Tea and cake
                                        2.) Death

                                        1. Holmes
                                          • 8 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          1

                                        2. Zogzeg
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 9 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          Death is due

                                      • Steve The Spud
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        1 month, 11 days ago

                                        Sarr owners should hold, only 2 tough games left before easy fixtures against United and arsenal

                                        1. Gunneryank
                                            1 month, 11 days ago

                                            Hahaha sigh....yeah.

                                          • Bavarian
                                            • 3 Years
                                            1 month, 11 days ago

                                            +1

                                          • Andy_Social
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 9 Years
                                            1 month, 11 days ago

                                            Ha ha - but there's lot of truth in that. I need to bring in Mbuemo and he was the obvious candidate to sell, but I may well hang on to him for a bit and lose ESR instead.

                                        2. tibollom
                                          • 5 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          thinking of doing those moves once the ucl games are over with my 2FT.. (0.1ITB)

                                          shaw + ronaldo to dias/cancello + kaku/vardy

                                          which would give me the following team:

                                          Sanchez
                                          TAA Rudi Dias/Cancello Livra
                                          salah raph benharma
                                          antonio ings kaku/vardy

                                          foster marcal saka brownhill

                                          1. tibollom
                                            • 5 Years
                                            1 month, 11 days ago

                                            anyone? Dias + Kaku instead of Vardy??

                                        3. CAVEAT KING
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          Sanchez Foster
                                          Cancelo TAA RJames Tierney Livramento
                                          Mbeumo Salah Raphina ESR (McCarthur)
                                          Antonio Jimenez Lukaku

                                          Still not taken -4 (Exact money) to ESR Antonio to Son Toney
                                          Should i wait?

                                          1. Pukki Party
                                            • 4 Years
                                            1 month, 11 days ago

                                            All 4 mentioned have fixtures that could go either way, i'd wait.

                                            1. CAVEAT KING
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 7 Years
                                              1 month, 11 days ago

                                              Its the price changes

                                          2. Root
                                            • 10 Years
                                            1 month, 11 days ago

                                            I'm waiting to do Grealish Antonio to Son Toney with exact money. Keeping an eye on Sons price change. He's at 72.3% according to FPL Statistics.

                                            1. CAVEAT KING
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 7 Years
                                              1 month, 11 days ago

                                              Tight spot. I was hoping ESR might go up but Monday put a stop to that

                                        4. Pukki Party
                                          • 4 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          Sell one this week:

                                          A) Grealish
                                          B) Sarr
                                          C) Jota

                                          1. JBG
                                            • 3 Years
                                            1 month, 11 days ago

                                            Grealish imo.

                                        5. We Go Again
                                          • 7 Years
                                          1 month, 11 days ago

                                          Sanchez Steele
                                          Cancelo TAA Marcal Tierney Livra
                                          Salah Raph Jota Foden Gray
                                          Lukaku Antonio Scarlett

                                          1 FT 0.6 itb

                                          Jota -> Mbeumo seems like the move. Then use the funds to upgrade Foden to Son GW11. Thoughts?