Scout Notes

Antonio the most-sold FPL player of Gameweek 13 as budget defender Ait-Nouri impresses

We continue our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 12 Scout Notes with analysis of Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Ham United.

For a briefer summary of Saturday’s action, click here, while you can read up on Liverpool v Arsenal, Manchester City v Everton and Tottenham Hotspur v Leeds United in more detail below.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1-0 WEST HAM UNITED

  • Goals: Raul Jimenez (£7.8m)
  • Assists: Daniel Podence (£5.5m)
  • Bonus: Rayan Ait-Nouri (£4.3m) x3, Jimenez x2, Romain Saiss (£5.0m) x1, Jose Sa (£5.0m) x1

JIMENEZ SECURES WIN

Raul Jimenez (£7.8m) scored the only goal of the game on Saturday, as Wolverhampton Wanderers beat in-form West Ham United 1-0 at Molineux.

The Mexican has now produced six attacking returns in his last six starts, and sits fifth in the forward standings on 51 FPL points, only behind Michail Antonio (£8.2m), Jamie Vardy (£10.6m), Allan Saint-Maximin (£6.8m) and Emannuel Dennis (£5.2m).

Elsewhere, Daniel Podence (£5.5m) grabbed the assist for Jimenez’s goal and went close to finding the net himself with two shots that were saved by Lukasz Fabianski (£5.0m). The attacking midfielder was a surprise inclusion on the day at the expense of Adama Traore (£5.8m) and Francisco Trincao (£5.7m), both of whom were benched.

After the game, Bruno Lage explained why he opted for Podence in his usual 3-4-2-1 system:

“We looked at the opponent. When you look at the four defenders, especially the two central defenders from West Ham, they are big guys so we need to put guys with agility in these one against one situations. I think he’s one of the best guys we have in our squad to do that.

I think it’s been difficult for everyone. Even Adama, he came into the team and did very well, also Daniel, when he’s played he’s helped us, also Trincao – I think Trincao has played more than the others. He (Trincao) can link the game and create chances. He missed a lot of chances. He needs one goal to be solid.

I’m very happy with the four guys, they are giving me a lot of solutions in each moment.”

As for Wolves, they are now up to sixth in the table, having won five of their past seven Premier League games. Encouragingly, they have been steadily improving since losing their opening three matches, and now have a chance to kick on with appealing fixtures against Norwich City (a) and Burnley (h) up next, before the schedule then toughens up over the Christmas period.

Wolves’ schedule right up until the end of the year

£4.3M AIT NOURI RETAINS PLACE DESPITE MARCAL RETURN

Since making his first start of the campaign in Gameweek 9, budget defender Rayan Ait-Nouri (£4.3m) has impressed and deservedly kept his place ahead of Marcal (£4.4m) on Saturday.

What’s notable is how he offers a different level of attacking threat to Marcal, whose underwhelming 343 minutes per chance created total is way behind Ait-Nouri’s 60 minutes. That figure stacks up well against other defenders, too, and is superior to the likes of Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) and Joao Cancelo (£6.6m).

Meanwhile, during his last four matches, Ait-Nouri is averaging an impressive five points per match. During that time, amongst all defenders, he ranks amongst the top 10 for final-third touches, passes received in the final third and successful take-ons, while his total of 27 crosses – albeit aided by corner-taking duties – is only bettered by James Ward-Prowse (£6.3m), Phil Foden (£8.3m) and Matt Ritchie (£4.9m).

ANTONIO ANONYMOUS

Saturday’s defeat was West Ham’s first loss on the road in 12 matches, dating back to mid-April, while it also ended a run of four straight Premier League wins.

It was an unusually flat performance by the Hammers, who registered just 0.25 expected goals (xG) from open-play, though Kurt Zouma (£5.4m) did have a goal disallowed from a Jarrod Bowen £6.4m) corner.

As for Antonio, it was a largely anonymous display, as he failed to register a single shot inside the box. The forward started the campaign in promising form but has now scored just two goals in his last eight appearances, and as a result, has seen more sales than any other player ahead of Gameweek 13.

The fixtures don’t get any easier for a while either, with Man City (a), Brighton and Hove Albion (h) and Chelsea (h) up next.

After the match, David Moyes discussed Antonio and what he needs to do to get back to form:

“I think he needs to get himself into a really good condition because he thrives when he is physically in top condition. We have tried to protect him, we have not used him too many times in European games so we have tried to do that because we are trying to keep him fit for Premier League games especially. But we will find a way. Centre-forwards often go through spells with no goals but we hope there are a few to come soon. He is fit but for Mic he always needs to be super fit really. I think Mic will know that when he is really on it he is a real handful but today he was not really as good as he has been.”

The manager also touched on the possibility of shifting to a back-three formation, in light of Angelo Ogbonna’s (£5.0m) long-term injury:

“To the naked eye we’ve been using a bit of it without it looking too obvious but we have to have the right personnel to do it. Arthur (Masuaku) is someone who could possibly do it for us but it is something we have to consider. They played three at the back and caused us problems with their width and wing-backs but we knew it was coming, so it wasn’t something we weren’t aware of.”


Wolves XI: Sa, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Semedo, Neves, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri, Podence (Traore 76), Hwang (Dendoncker 87), Jimenez

West Ham XI: Fabianski, Johnson, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen (Yarmolenko 71), Benrahma (Vlasic 71), Fornals (Lanzini 59), Antonio


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157 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jon.terry.tfh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    16 days, 10 hours ago

    If Benteke kept getting minutes he is surely an option given how terrible the forwards are this year?

    1. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      My thoughts exactly at the moment.

    2. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Yeah, should do. Viera says he likes Benteke against teams who sit back cause of his aerial ability

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Possibly but will go Gallagher in midfield so double up too much

  2. Scholes Out For Summer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    16 days, 10 hours ago

    A) Toney --> Dennis/King
    B) Mbeumo --> Gilmour (2x 4.4M and play 433 most GWs)
    C) Antonio --> ASM/Benteke
    D) Foden --> Bernardo Silva

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      This would be to help finance Jota + Cancelo in, if both are fit

    2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 12 Years
      16 days, 9 hours ago

      B looks the most simple and obvious

  3. winchester
    • 1 Year
    16 days, 10 hours ago

    Hey lads! Have 1.1m itb and 2ft. what would the best moves be here? Cheers.

    ramsdale
    taa - cancelo - james
    salah - raphinha - gallagher - son
    antonio - vardy - hwang

    (foster - duffy - livra - luiz)

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Raph to Jota if he's fit?

      1. winchester
        • 1 Year
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        cheers. yeah that could be wise

  4. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    16 days, 10 hours ago

    What to do with Kane ? Am tempted to hold and swap for Ronaldo depending on how utd play now ole is gone. Other options are selling for vardy or mane ?

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Assume you brought Kane in with gw12-15 in mind. I'd see out the next 3 games as Spurs have great fixtures and there's slim pickings for forwards anyway

    2. Yozzer
      • 4 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Lukaku if fit or go to Mane . I wouldn't go with Vardy.

    3. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Just stick, monitor united, and if all else fails, go to Mane is my plan

  5. AM9
      16 days, 10 hours ago

      Wilson and Williams to James and Dennis w/exact cash for a hit?

      1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 10 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        Surely hold Wilson for nor

        1. AM9
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            Do you think I should surely get a Chelsea fullback though?

        2. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          Just replied on last page

          1. AM9
              16 days, 10 hours ago

              Thanks man, but Norwich are still going to concede plenty and Wilson is one away from a yellow and not having James is literally killing me!

          2. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 3 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            Similar dilemma in looking to bring in Chilwell and Dennis for a hit (I already own James).

            Think not having the 4 big defenders is a rank killer at the moment

            1. Dave’s Rubber Digne R…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              16 days, 10 hours ago

              I did the same. Rudiger to James to give me the quad of TAA, Chilwell, James and Cancelo. Unless there’s injuries I can’t see any need to rotate given defensive records and attacking returns.

        3. Pep Roulette
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          How long is Firmino out for? Is Jota a better pick than Mane?

          1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            We don't know and depends how you spend the difference.

          2. internal error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            Jota is better value than Mane whilst he is nailed to start. Firmino injury is a grey area. Athletic said he was out till mid December but Klopp kind of suggests he will be back sooner.

          3. Firminoooo
            • 5 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            If same price I would probably pick Mane. But Jota is close and a nobrainer for his price.

        4. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          Had a solid week, also I still have WC so that is always a option. Where to go from here? Use ft on something or hold?

          Sanchez Steele
          TAA Rudi Cancelo Livra White
          Salah Saka Gallagher Raph Bisso
          Kane Antonio Toney

          0.4itb, 1ft

          1. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 3 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            Rudiger to James.....or roll transfer

        5. sirmorbach
          • 5 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          Friends, a little help here please:

          Ramsdale, Foster
          TAA, Cancelo, Chilwell, Dias, Livramento
          Salah, Foden, Raphinha, Mbeumo, Luiz
          Antonio, Wilson, Toney

          A. Toney to Jimi, Mbeumo to Jota for free now not to be priced out, or wait and do one of the following:

          B. Mbeumo to Jota, Luiz to Gilmour
          C. Mbeumo to Jota, Dias to James
          D. Mbeumo to Gallagher, Luiz to Cornet

          1. CoracAld2831
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            C.

            1. sirmorbach
              • 5 Years
              16 days, 10 hours ago

              I appreciate it! Cheers!

          2. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 3 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            C

            1. sirmorbach
              • 5 Years
              16 days, 9 hours ago

              Thank you, sir!

          3. demob
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            C all day

        6. The Mighty Whites
          • 6 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          1FT, 2.0 ITB, thoughts?

          Sanchez - Steele

          TAA - Cancelo - Chilwell - White - Livramento

          Salah - Foden - Raphinha - Mbeumo - Allan

          Vardy - Antonio - Toney

          Thinking either:
          Mbeumo to Jota / Gallagher / Cornet?
          Or, White to James??

          1. putana
            • 3 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            need to upgrade mid. mbuemo to any of those options is fine

          2. Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            Ima say the opposite. Upgrading White to James does improve the midfield because James is basically an attacking midfielder. James is the form player to have right now, upgrading any of that midfield will probably get more points but not James-level points.

        7. Disco Stu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          Better move this week?

          A. Veltman > Regulion (Bench Antonio and play 4 - 4 -2)

          B. Antonio > Jimi (Play 3- 4 -3)

          1. Boly Would
            • 5 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            I'm doing B so will say that

        8. CoracAld2831
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          Team now:

          Sanchez
          James-TAA-Cancelo(vc)
          Mbeumo-Havertz-Raphinha-Salah(c)
          Vardy-Antonio-Jimenez

          Foster-Livramento-White-Gilmour

          0,1m
          2 FT

          I was thinking doing Havertz, White -> Jota, Reguilon for free. (I have the the exact cash to do that). Thoughts?

          1. putana
            • 3 Years
            16 days, 10 hours ago

            i would do havertz to jota. Hold off on second move, spurs still poor defensively

            1. CoracAld2831
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              16 days, 10 hours ago

              Thanks you :).

              1. CoracAld2831
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                16 days, 10 hours ago

                Reply fail.

        9. LC1
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          Afternoon all,

          Hope everyone had a good GW. I had a minor green arrow which I will take all day!

          Any advise on my transfers next GW would be much appreciated;

          Sanchez
          TAA Cancelo Chilwell
          Raphinha Salah Saka Havertz
          Kane Jimenez Toney

          0.4 ITB and 1 FT.

          Was always going to go for Havertz to Jota (which I still may well do), but bringing in James is so important and with Hav > Jota I'd still need to make 2 transfers to bring in James.

          I could alternatively do Havertz to a cheap mid like Gallagher and go Williams to James?

          Thank you in advance!

        10. rnrd
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 10 hours ago

          Saint Maximin or Calum Wilson?

          ASM looks quite sharp and motivated. Wilson a proven GS and on pens. Who would you got with for the next 3 games?

          1. Sloopy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            Money no issue I would go for Wilson.

          2. Boly Would
            • 5 Years
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            Wilson on 4 yellows in 8 appearances. So if he continues that streak and picks up another in one of the next 2 games, he'll miss one of the two fixtures that you are likely bringing him in for.

            Not guaranteed to happen obviously, but there is risk attached...

            1. rnrd
              • 7 Years
              16 days, 9 hours ago

              valuable input, thanks for that

          3. LC1
            • 7 Years
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            Wilson most probs

        11. No Professionals
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          top tip, if you have cancelo, seriously consider selling him this week.

          I'm finally getting him, so expect the points to completely dry up with immediate effect.

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            He's a set and forget option this season.

        12. AzzaroMax99
          • 5 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          Antonio to who?

          a) Jimmy
          b) Toney
          c) King/Dennis
          d) other att @6-6.5 mil

          front 8 (playing 3-4-3 most of the time):

          Salah Jota*, Gallagher, ESR, DLuiz*
          Kane, Antonio, Wilson

        13. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          Get rid of Antonio or not?

          1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            Will you want him back? Plenty of strikers in better form.

            1. Dthinger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              16 days, 9 hours ago

              are they? I feel like the general consensus this season has been that no strikers are in form.

              1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 12 Years
                16 days, 9 hours ago

                Antonio certainly isn't atm. Even you are in better form.

                1. Dthinger
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  16 days, 9 hours ago

                  LOL, I scored 5 goals in my entire adult career, from age 18 to 36, but yeah he's been pretty bad.

        14. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          Hwang still a good option or not?

          1. Dthinger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            Sure. He's still quite cheap. But I think Jimenez will score more goals.

        15. Jimmy Boy
          • 5 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          Vardy > Maupay
          Havertz > Mane

          Good moves for 2FT? Maupay could be any sub-7.2m striker but just got a hunch about him scoring against Leeds.

          1. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            Lovely. I'd go Benteke. Maupay's on the bench (lost place to Trossard) atm.

        16. chonks
          • 7 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          play one

          wilson (ARS A)
          hwang (NOR A)
          antonio (MCI A)

          1. Dthinger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            Wilson

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            A and B

          3. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 12 Years
            16 days, 9 hours ago

            Hwang

            1. chonks
              • 7 Years
              16 days, 9 hours ago

              thanks all

        17. Dthinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          Had my first red arrow since GW 4. the cheap defense finally caught up with me.

          McCarthy Steele
          TAA Henry Livra Duffy Williams
          Salah Son ESR Gallagher Brownhill
          Ronaldo Jimenez Pukki

          2.2 in the Bank 1 FT.
          I know, I know, I know I need to get Cancelo or James (should have done it last week for a hit but just got Son instead). My question is: should I take the hit to also replace McCarthy, who las Liverpool and Leicester up next?

          1. Clive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            16 days, 8 hours ago

            Definitely not! A hit on a goalie isn't something I would ever do unless I had no playing one. He will likely get save points too.

            1. Dthinger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              16 days, 7 hours ago

              well....you could say the hit would be to get Cancelo.

        18. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 12 Years
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          I have been planning my christmas squad - ** transfers in (Based on the appearance of nice fixtures for Villa - Watford - Palace - Arsenal - Leicester)
          I realise - Wolves fixtures go bad. Spurs get mixed - but after a couple of gameweeks they get good again

          Sanchez - Steele

          James - Rudiger - TAA - Cancelo - *Reguilon*
          ESR - Son - Salah - *Gallagher* - *Gilmour*
          *Watkins* - Vardy - Hwang

          --
          I will be happy with that squad going into the Christmas period.
          Aubameyang - Dennis/King - Ings - Bentake are other considerations.
          --
          By the way I was one of those Antonio sellers this week - Hwang in Antonio out and Duffy out TAA in.

          Listened to tedtalks fpl - the fella seems very indecisive and all stats based. Does not see the wood from the trees. Seemed terrified of selling Antonio instead of just playing the fixtures and form! Andy/Sonaldo who was on with him was too nice to talk sense into the fella!

        19. Deer-in-headlights
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          16 days, 9 hours ago

          0.3 in bank, 2 FT

          Ramsdale (Foster)
          TAA Chilwell Cancelo (Duffy) (Livramento)
          Salah Son Raph Gallagher (Brownhill)
          Vardy Antonio Toney

          Considering:
          Raph to Cornet
          Toney to King
          Duffy to James (-4)

          Thoughts? Note: This can allow me to acquire James without losing Vardy or Antonio.
          Thanks.

          1. demob
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            16 days, 4 hours ago

            Vardy to King