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Navigating the pre-Overhaul fixtures in Sky Sports Fantasy Football

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This week, four-time top 50 finisher Niall gives advice on how to navigate the fixtures of your Sky team, before the crucial Overhaul period beings after Gameweek 23.

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A chaotic and Covid-ravaged festive fixture schedule is now in the rear-view mirror, so it is time for Sky managers to plan their final transfers before the second Overhaul, which begins after the games on the 23rd of this month.

 
With a finalised set of January fixtures – including rearranged games – now in the diary, finally we have all the information we need to plot our way through the next few game weeks.

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Initially, the extra fixtures seemed much easier to manage than many expected, particularly the midweek fixtures on the 18th and 19th, which can be covered with highly-owned Manchester United and Chelsea players such as Cristiano Ronaldo (£11.8m) and Antonio Rudiger (£9.0m).

But the trickier fixtures come this week, especially after Everton v Leicester City was postponed on Sunday evening, leaving only Southampton v Brentford on Tuesday night and a plum tie for West Ham United against Norwich City on Wednesday.

Bowen v Antonio: West Ham's FPL attacking options compared

Both Michail Antonio (£8.8m) and Jarrod Bowen (£8.2m) are well-owned and will offer captaincy options to the 70% of top 1k managers who own at least one of the pair.

Those without West Ham coverage may also consider the in-form Manuel Lanzini (£7.6m), who comes in off the back of a monster haul against Crystal Palace and a goal in the FA Cup against Leeds United on Sunday. With Said Benrahma away at AFCON for the remainder of the month, security of starts looks guaranteed for the next remaining games and penalty duties add to the Argentine’s differential appeal. Turning now to Tuesday, where the only remaining team with four fixtures prior to the overhaul feature – Thomas Frank’s Brentford.

The Bees’ only consistent (albeit unspectacular) points scorer in the last six or seven weeks has been budget midfield man Christian Norgaard (£6.2m), who has picked up bonus points in four of his last five starts. A continuation of this decent form could quite easily justify a transfer for an injured or AFCON-bound player, just don’t expect a whole lot more than 15-25 points in this run.

From a Southampton point of view, only James Ward-Prowse (£8.6m) holds any significant appeal but the Saints only have two games after Brentford, which includes a visit from Manchester City. The midfield maestro has racked up 32 points in his last three outings but the onus would be on the England man to deliver on the single game day to justify his purchase.

Personally, I wouldn’t usually fret about skipping games such as Southampton vs Brentford but, with two players in my team out of action until the overhaul in Reece James and Mo Salah, I’ll probably roll the dice on Norgaard or Toney. Purely because they’ll justify a transfer even with a smattering of two-pointers, which I wouldn’t be surprised by in a difficult run of games.

The only other single game day in January involves the other team whose assets I would consider drafting in ahead of the Overhaul – Watford. 

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The Hornets’ standalone game against Norwich on Friday 21st is sandwiched between appealing fixtures against Newcastle United and Burnley – both of which could be captaincy games. 

Emmanuel Dennis (£5.5m) and Josh King (£7.6m) are the only real options, with Dennis the preferred pick after a brilliant season in front of goal. On 104 points, he is the best value player in the game and fourth overall in points scored by forwards. However, the Nigerian talisman was absent from Watford’s FA Cup squad with a minor injury that resulted in his halftime substitution against Spurs on New Years Day. He was also rumoured to be furious about Watford’s decision to prevent him joining up with the national team at AFCON this month, so does come with a reasonable element of risk.

King therefore may be the safer pick for those unwilling to risk Dennis. Though the former Bournemouth striker does come with penalty duties and a guaranteed starting place, he has struggled to find the net as frequently as Dennis and continues to operate wide on the left as opposed to his teammate who plays as a number nine. I would advise waiting for further information on Dennis prior to the weekend’s game with Newcastle.

In summary, I don’t see huge gains to be made from transfers in Sky between now and the Overhaul at the end of the month and would encourage managers to keep purse strings tight where possible, avoiding luxury moves. But strategic picks from the likes of Brentford, West Ham and Watford to cover single game days could yield points returns high enough to warrant a dabble into the transfer market this January.

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217 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KunDogan (B.D.)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 9 hours ago

    Need your help guys. I have a fwd dilemma: My forward line is King - Antonio - Dennis, would you ditch someone to get Ronaldo? I may need a larger sofa…

    1. CONNERS
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Unless Dennis is confirmed out or a game is off, I would stick.

      Antonio has a decent fixture, the other two have a DGW followed by Norwich. That's pretty good in my eyes.

      1. KunDogan (B.D.)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Thanks for reply. Yes, I know, i am short of proper captain candidates after Son injury and CR7 could be an option.

        1. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 8 hours ago

          I have Ronaldo, expect to get Dennis in, and will be captaining Dennis when i do. I don't even want my VC on CR tbh.

          1. KunDogan (B.D.)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 2 hours ago

            Cheers!

    2. The Point About It Is
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Stick. I would be happy with Kinnis double up. use the Ronny money elsewhere and you are good.

      1. KunDogan (B.D.)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Thanks. I have loads of cash, may have to replace Son but the mid options are limited for gw22.

    3. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Nope. Keep that forward line.

      1. KunDogan (B.D.)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 2 hours ago

        Cheers!

    4. XX SMICER XX
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      I like it. Ronaldo the obvious risk as his ownership will be high.
      You could risk Son to Bruno as a differential option?

      1. KunDogan (B.D.)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 3 hours ago

        Thanks, that could be a viable option at least if Leicester dgw seems to be in danger.

  2. The Mantis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 9 hours ago

    Won't be making any moves just yet, but no idea what to do with my team - any thoughts? Son is probably the only real issue:

    Sanchez (Steele)
    TAA / Cancelo / Coufal (Tierney / Livra)
    Bowen / Jota / Silva / Gray (Son*)
    Dennis / Ronaldo / Antonio

    Thanks

    1. vova
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Nice team, similar to mine. I’m thinking Son to Maddison/Moura.

    2. KunDogan (B.D.)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      That is a strong team, no major issues. Hard to find proper mids to replace Son this gw isn’t it?

      1. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Yeah it's difficult, obvious move would be bringing in Maddison, but I do like Mount - immediate fixtures not great though

        1. KunDogan (B.D.)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 8 hours ago

          Yes Maddison is the obvious choice If Lei games are on

  3. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 days, 9 hours ago

    Planning to do Gundog >> Maddison to get to 3 dgwers only unfortunately. Which hit(s) would you recommend here

    A: Antonio/DCL >> King (-4)
    B: Foster >> DDG/Sanchez (-4)..keen on this as ramsdale has bgw25/27
    C: Coufal/Livramento >> Reguilon/Lamptey (-4)...means benching Cancelo

    Leaning towards A and B...i think no watford attacker is a bigger risk

    1. KunDogan (B.D.)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      B or save ft

      1. KunDogan (B.D.)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Sorry, B or just do Gundo—> Maddison

  4. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 9 hours ago

    Surely despite all the rumours of unrest Ronaldo has to be a hold right ?

    1. FPLShaqiri
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      100%. They are only rumours. He's a decent captain option.

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        It's a lot more than "just" rumours you just have to listen to main ManU YouTube channels to realise that

        1. Vertigo
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          What do they say?

    2. wulfrunian
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      If he starts tonight then it's tricky.

    3. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Yes. Definitely hold. He'll get at least one start.

    4. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Just hope that he doesn’t start today

      1. Qaiss
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Ronaldo, Sancho, Maguire weren’t spotted at the hotel

  5. Jammy Dodger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 9 hours ago

    Thoughts on this team guys? Currently leaning towards taking a -8

    Ederson* | Steele
    TAA Davies Alonson | Cancelo Tierney
    Son* Bilva* Mount Jota | ESR
    King Antonio Scarlett*

    Info: 2 free transfers and 4.9m in the bank
    I'm going 3-4-3 for DGW 22 and transfer thoughts are:

    Ederson > DDG
    Son > Maddison
    Bilva > Moura
    Scarlett > Ronaldo

    Any other suggestions, or should I only do 3 of the above, if so which do I leave?

    Thanks!

    1. Yordan Letchkov
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Does Son / Scarlett to Maddison / Ronaldo work?

      1. Jammy Dodger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        It does yeah, just wondering if Ederson or Silva need to come out too for a hit? One of or both...

        Thanks mate

    2. Yordan Letchkov
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Not sure a hit is worth to remove Ederson, especially with the 3 following games vs sou, BRE, nor...
      Both, Ederson and BSilva could easily get in to points vs Chelsea at home. I would more think to start Cancelo instead BSilva?
      I personally think that hits will become less popular with the higher chance of DGW games cancellings and try to avoid or go for -4 max.

  6. winchester
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 9 hours ago

    Hey lads, have 1ft and 5.6m itb. what could be done here? cheers!

    ddg*
    taa - cancelo - reguilon*
    bernardo - jota - bowen - son*
    antonio - watkins - dennis*

    (foster* - saka - keane - livra)

    livra out for a brighton defender?
    could do watkins -> ronaldo?

    1. Yordan Letchkov
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Watkins to Ronaldo more upside potential (and you would probably captain Ronaldo?)

  7. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 9 hours ago

    Six flags in my team now. That and the Salah > Son mess I put myself in, the FH for dgw22 seems more likely, no?

    Current team:
    DDG, Ramsdale
    Trent*, Rudiger, James*, Cancelo, Livra*
    Jota, Bilva, Raphinha, Son*, ESR*
    Antonio, King, Denni*

    1. FPLShaqiri
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      You already did Salah to Son this GW? I'd be playing FH to keep Salah in my squad if that's the case

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        I did so right before the Son announcement. Still kicking myself.

  8. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 9 hours ago

    Is there a chance that Salah will be back for Palace?

    1. FPLShaqiri
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 9 hours ago

      Not sure what travel arrangements are, but AFCON semi-final is 2nd/3rd Feb, final is 6th Feb, Palace game is 10th Feb. If he makes the final maybe he misses Palace due to quick turnaround, but if not I don't see a reason he wouldn't be there.

      1. FPLShaqiri
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Sorry forgot about 3rd place play-off... If he makes semis (and therefore plays on 6th Feb) it's probably a bench appearance / rest. Otherwise I expect him to start vs Palace

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 8 hours ago

          You are talking about the Leicester game

      2. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        cheers.I get that but it's for the Leicester game.

        1. FPLShaqiri
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 8 hours ago

          Ah sorry just assumed you meant GW24. Almost zero chance he plays GW23

          1. wulfrunian
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            cheers

    2. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Pretty slim. Egypt has to be knocked out early, and they're among favourites

      Leicester game is more likely

      1. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        cheers

  9. putana
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    what exactly is the argument for ronaldo captain over dennis?

    Dennis is the better player, better stats, better fixtures, better form

    1. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Yeah. Ronaldo is definitely an inferior player to Dennis.

    2. dshv
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      I am thinking of King better than Ronaldo..

    3. Vertigo
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Didn't realise there was one. Overthinkers.

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      I sold Dennis on WC last week because og Afcon just to see him have a double. Naturally bought Son for Salah also. Now I am really struggling and wondering what to do with my forward line Kane, DCL and Antonio. Kane has to go one day, but selling him for a hit for Dennis is hardly worth it.

  10. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Chaos is a ladder, but trying to figure out possible covid postponements over week advance is almost pure lottery. Nothing we can do about it, but try adapt. But what I really don't like is the luck factor becoming too huge. The fun of planning and trying to more clever has been partially lost. Just complaining without purpose, sorry 🙁

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      "Chaos is a ladder" this is mostly true for those who are millionaires(rank-wise). Because otherwise they had zero chance to climb up as Salah was almost perma-cap and not many players were performing.

    2. Vertigo
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Yeah, pretty sure I maxxed out at four Injuries in a single gameweek once though, which took about twelve gameweeks to recover rank.

    3. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Probably best to not worry about FPL until Thursday at least. I own Salah, Son, Livra, Locadia, Foster, Dennis and TAA so just the 7 flags and luckily no Everton.

  11. Yordan Letchkov
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Any suggestion here?
    1FT, 0.6itb (both FH chips available)

    De Gea, Bachmann
    TAA, Cancelo, Rüdiger, Regulion, Livramento
    Son, Jota, Maddison, Bowen, Gray
    Ronaldo, Antonio, Broja

    I think about Broja to King and keep Son? Or any obvious -4 replacement for Son?

    Thanks

  12. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Last Man Standing up to near 800 qualifiers including 70 in the last week.

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2022/01/04/last-chance-to-enter-the-last-man-standing-competition-5/ for details.

  13. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    No rumours then about SOU vs BRE being off? Livra looks to be out, already getting Laca 2 points for Foden. Will leave Alonso 6 points on bench if Broja plays...

    1. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      I think your best chance is Broja getting a rest, but it’s slim

  14. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    DdG
    TAA, Cancelo, Alonso, Dawson
    Jota, Bowen, Gray
    Kane, Antonio, Dennis

    Ramsdale; Son, Cash, Gilmour.

    0 FT 2.1 ITB

    A) Good to go
    B) Son -> Fernandes -4

  15. baconbap25
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Watkins to Kane (1FT) or Watkins to Ronaldo (meaning sell James for -4)? I like watkins future fixtures but he becomes less of a good option with ings and coutinho and Kane has a double this week

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Kane for free.

    • G Banger
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Lacca + Son => Ronaldo + Maddison (-4)

      a) No brainer
      b) Not worth the hit

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        A

      2. Qaiss
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        There are better picks than Maddison long-term

      3. Camzy
        • 11 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        C) Worth considering.

        I want more news on Son. If he's back he's not a sell. Need more news on Ronaldo. He might be rotated. Same for Leicester. We don't know enough atm to make any solid plans.

        But on paper, those moves are good.

    • Better Call Raul
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      How can I fix this without using FH? Thanks

      2FT 0.6m itb

      DDG
      Trent*-Cancelo-Alonso-White
      Bernardo-Jota-Foden*
      Watkins*-Antonio-King

      Foster*---Salah*-RJames*-Brownhill

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Salah out is a start. James out depending on what formation. Foden might be eased back etc.

    • El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Wow, Conte and Kane are playing for Guinea right now... 🙂

    • Stram Dunk
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Why hasn't Coutinho been added yet?

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        To stop him being 50% owned by GW22.

      2. Vertigo
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        So it doesn't go to his head.

      3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Someone lost the data on his FPL history

      4. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        So he does pester Villa for a raise too early.

      5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        He is still trying to cut inside and score.

    • I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Kane worth it?

      I could Son+Watkins -> Maddison+Kane for free. I have Ronaldo already

      yay or nay?

    • PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Son -> Bruno?

      Sanchez
      TAA*, Reguillon**, Cancelo
      Son*, Jota, Bowen, Gray
      Kane**(c), King**, Antonio
      Ramsdale, Keane, ESR, Dalot

      1. CONNERS
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        I'm considering this move but waiting til nearer deadline.

    • Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Sanchez over DDG?