Rate My Team

FPL Rate My Team surgery with five-time top 1k finisher Tom Freeman

The next Fantasy Premier League (FPL) deadline is fast approaching, with Gameweek 37 offering us another chance to make last-gasp leaps up the overall rankings and claim mini-league glory.

The questions on player purchases, captaincy picks and Free Hit drafts are coming thick and fast in the comments section, with the final Double Gameweek of the season adding to the frenzied feel.

And so we’ve again asked five-time top 1k finisher and Scout’s Deputy Editor, Tom Freeman, to answer some of your posers over the next 60 minutes.

He’ll be on hand to first reply to requests from Premium Members in the Hot Topic below the line of this piece and will get through as many as he can until the next article goes up.

If there’s time, Tom will also turn his attention to other requests in the comments section.

As ever, you can chip in with your own opinions on the raft of RMT requests filtering through – and naturally, feel free to ignore the article subject matter and talk about any other wider FPL topics that you’d normally be musing on.

Don’t forget that, if it’s an algorithmic answer you’re after rather than an opinion-based one, we also have a ‘Rate My Team’ tool available in the Premium Members Area.


Pre-season price offer extended for FFScout Premium Membership 10

Full-year memberships, monthly subscriptions and a FREE trial are all now available.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT


287 Comments Post a Comment
  1. estheblessed
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 8 hours ago

    Bench boost this week. How's it looking:

    Pickford**
    VVD, Rudiger, Clyne**
    Ramsey**, Saka, Son, Salah
    Mateta**, Weghorst**, Kane

    Schmeical**, Holgate**, Maddison**, Burn

    1. MARVELLUS
      • 12 Years
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      I would play Holgate over Rudi

      1. MARVELLUS
        • 12 Years
        10 days, 8 hours ago

        Ahhh ignore

    2. TN
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      yep good - it's effectively schmeichel, Rudiger, Saka and Burn though cos you would start Maddison and holgate over them without a bb

  2. GE
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 8 hours ago

    No remaining chips and 1FT.

    1) Laporte -> Cash/Digne
    2) Salah -> Son
    3) KDB -> Son
    4) Mount -> Zaha

    1. jason_ni
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      Maybe Laporte to Cash.

      Mount is an option, but Chelsea home to watford last game, could be rout.

  3. Your Man With The Hair
    • 11 Years
    10 days, 8 hours ago

    Would you start Gordon or Nketiah?

    1. cutch
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      Gordon

    2. MARVELLUS
      • 12 Years
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      G

    3. Your Man With The Hair
      • 11 Years
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      thanks

    4. jason_ni
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      Gordon

    5. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      The cook

      1. NorCal Villan
          10 days, 7 hours ago

          The thief

      2. TheAbear53
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 8 hours ago

        Nket

    6. MARVELLUS
      • 12 Years
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      Could really do with some advice, tight in my money league, and everyone else has a FH left

      1. MARVELLUS
        • 12 Years
        10 days, 8 hours ago

        Rams (Dubr)
        Canc TAA Robbo Holgate Tilva
        Saka Salah Kulu Coutinho (Ramsey)
        Kane(c) (Mateta, Broja)

        Thinking go hard on Spurs with Burnley no CBs, and Nor.

        A) Trent/Saka to Clyne/Son
        B) Salah/Broja to Son/Richarlison
        C) Something else?

      2. cutch
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 8 hours ago

        In moments like this, I cross my fingers and just hope for the best. 😉

        1. cutch
          • 7 Years
          10 days, 8 hours ago

          Oh, you shared your team. Sorry, I hadn't seen it when I answered first. I like A from those options.

          1. MARVELLUS
            • 12 Years
            10 days, 8 hours ago

            No prob, was all set on selling Salah, but the fear is creeping in. Wish I could get someone better than Clyne.....

            1. cutch
              • 7 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              In the same boat here. Yesterday I was pretty sure about dropping Salah, but now "fear" is the word. So keeping for the moment.

      3. boombaba
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 8 hours ago

        My advice is keep FH next time

    7. DAZZ
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      Salah + Watkins > Kane + Zaha -4? Chasing and need to cover Son. But can’t make up ground copying Son.

      1. MARVELLUS
        • 12 Years
        10 days, 8 hours ago

        Prob not. If you were getting in Son then maybe. I am considering removing Salah above but would only do it for Son IMO

        1. DAZZ
          • 7 Years
          10 days, 8 hours ago

          Yeah i get you. But im chasing someone with Son. I wont gain with Son. Kane has the better stats aswell, and i’m a fan of the Kane captaincy against Norwich in 38. Kane has historically banged in GW38’s and also ahainst Burnley

          1. MARVELLUS
            • 12 Years
            10 days, 8 hours ago

            Go with your gut bro. How annoying would it be if you don't do it and it comes in. What i am thinking, thoughts on my dilemma above?

            1. DAZZ
              • 7 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              Yeah just saw your team, if your dead set on Son i’d rather sell Salah than TAA!!

      2. cutch
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 8 hours ago

        It doesn't look like the best move, but if you're chasing, (maybe) you have no other option. So (maybe) yes for me.

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

      Anu clear upgrade I'm missing on free hit here?
      Pickford
      Digne* Cash* Robbo
      Zaha* Son Salah Trossard
      Richa* Ings* Kane
      Steele Brownhill* Tsimi Amartey*

      1.2 left itb.
      1)Robbo or Cancelo?
      2) a)Ings & Salah
      b)Vardy & KdB (exact money)

    9. jason_ni
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 8 hours ago

      Starting Digne and Cash.

      Rather have

      A) Trip with Mings
      B) Anderson for some palace defense
      C) Any other option up for 5.0 (Non everton already trip up)

      1. jason_ni
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 8 hours ago

        This is FH

      2. cutch
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 8 hours ago

        I wouldn't trip on Villa defence. Of course it can work, but the sensible thing to do is to spread the risk. Maybe Ghehi, if fit.

        1. NorCal Villan
            10 days, 7 hours ago

            Just me, but triple AV defense just seems to be asking for it

      3. JBG
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 8 hours ago

        Bench two out of these?

        A) Alonso (LEI)
        B) Raphinha (BRI)
        C) Kulusevski (BUR)

        For Ri(c)harlison/Ing(c) and Mykolenko

        1. DelPiero10
            10 days, 8 hours ago

            I would leave out Alonso and Raphinha.

            1. JBG
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              Thanks

          • cutch
            • 7 Years
            10 days, 8 hours ago

            AB

            1. JBG
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              Thanks

          • The Nuttman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 days, 8 hours ago

            Not C.

            1. JBG
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              Thanks, basically my thinking. Just wanted too check.

        2. The White Pele
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 8 hours ago

          is Holgate nailed to start both games?

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 5 Years
            10 days, 8 hours ago

            Should be imo

          2. cutch
            • 7 Years
            10 days, 8 hours ago

            I hope so

          3. The Nuttman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 days, 8 hours ago

            Probably, worth risking it for the price if you already own.

        3. Casualspotted
            10 days, 8 hours ago

            Any news that Coutinho is injured?

            1. mdm
              • 10 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              No. Only Watkins doubtful

          • Flynny
            • 7 Years
            10 days, 8 hours ago

            Im 40 ahead of rical and he has no chips.

            How defensive shall I play the free hit in order to secure the league?

            Is it worth me getting kane to block him off? Or worry looking at dgw option like vardy instead?.....

            Thanks

            1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
              • 7 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              If your sole aim is to beat him, just copy all of his big guns

              1. Echoes
                • 1 Year
                10 days, 8 hours ago

                This, and play a safe captain/the guy whom you think he'll pick

              2. Flynny
                • 7 Years
                10 days, 8 hours ago

                I really would hate to lose to having having led for a few months!!

            2. NorCal Villan
                10 days, 6 hours ago

                Post rival’s team

            3. Valdez
              • 9 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              Salah, Jesus, Nketiah to Zaha, Ings, Kane for -8?

              1. NABIL - FPL otai
                • 9 Years
                10 days, 8 hours ago

                Could work

            4. The Mighty Hippo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              I've got 1FT and 0,1M in the bank. Is there anything worth doing here, or should I roll the free transfer to give me two in the final week? I could obviously bring in someone with a double (Zaha, Cash, Richarlison etc), but they don't really seem like standout options.

              Ramsdale
              Cancelo | James | Matip | Davies
              Salah | Son (c) | Coutinho | Havertz | Saka
              Toney
              --------------------------------------------------------
              Dubravka | Thiago Silva | Wood | Adams

            5. TN
              • 1 Year
              10 days, 8 hours ago

              Looking to bring in Son, Cash, Zaha and Richarlison as a -12 and my final hit of the season.

              Bit excessive but no risk for me, miles ahead in ML but unlikely to improve massively on my 450k OR

              My question is this:

              I am taking out Salah, Alonso and Watkins (injured) for Son, Cash and Richarlison.

              Which midfielder do I take out for Zaha?
              a) Kulusevski
              b) Saka
              c) Mount

              1. DelPiero10
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  I'd say Mount and Kulusevski over Saka for the last two gwks, so Saka out. There's an iffiness to it though.

                • The Nuttman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  Mount, Kulu at a push but definitely not Saka, he putting up serious numbers.

                • NABIL - FPL otai
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  B

                  Must be poor ML, sorry

              2. OptimusBlack
                • 9 Years
                10 days, 8 hours ago

                Which FH is better ?
                A
                3-5-2
                Schmeichel (3.9)
                Digne Myko Holgate ( 3.7 3.8)
                Salah Son KDB Kulu Gordon
                Ings Kane ( Richardson)
                B
                3-4-3
                Pickford (3.9)
                Andersen Digne Mykolenko ( 3.7 3.8)
                Son KDB Maddison Zaha ( Brown)
                Kane Ings Vardy©

              3. Dynamic Duos
                • 8 Years
                10 days, 8 hours ago

                So we will all have Werner mark2 next season?

                1. JBG
                  • 4 Years
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  Haaland?

                  1. Dynamic Duos
                    • 8 Years
                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                    Yeah lol

                2. The Nuttman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  Is Nkunku actually moving to the premier league?

              4. WATERMELONS
                • 4 Years
                10 days, 8 hours ago

                Anyone on Trossard vs Leeds?

                1. The Nuttman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  No, but I like it as a potential move, I mean who's going to stop him with Dallas and Ayling out?

                  1. WATERMELONS
                    • 4 Years
                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                    Thats my thinking. Obvious move for me is Saka to Zaha but just think leeds are shot. Which as a fan is so upsetting but it is there for all to see

                2. Tonyawesome69
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  I don't mind it.

                3. NorCal Villan
                    10 days, 6 hours ago

                    Thought about it but not for anyone I would have to lose. He’s definitely on a tear, my concern is that he is really due to come back to earth

                4. Tonyawesome69
                  • 3 Years
                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                  Likely doing Jesus to Ings with FT

                  Looking for thoughts on the options below.
                  A. Laporte to Mykolenko/Ings (-4)
                  B. Saka to Zaha (-4)
                  C. Play Brownhill

                  1FT 0.5ITB - No chips left
                  Schmeichel
                  TAA Robbo Cancelo James Laporte*
                  Salah Son Kulu Saka
                  Jesus
                  (Steele Brownhill Gelhardt Greenwood)

                  1. The Nuttman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                    I can't support you turning your back on Jesus.

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

                      Is that because you think he's part of the trinity with Cancelo and KDB that everyone should have?

                    2. Tonyawesome69
                      • 3 Years
                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                      Blame it on Sterling!

                    3. NorCal Villan
                        10 days, 6 hours ago

                        Do it 3 times

                  2. Dynamic Duos
                    • 8 Years
                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                    Zaha or Coutinho?

                    1. Tonyawesome69
                      • 3 Years
                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                      Zaha

                    2. NABIL - FPL otai
                      • 9 Years
                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                      Z

                    3. boombaba
                      • 9 Years
                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

                  3. KieranKA
                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                      Hi all. Looking to get one more DGW player into this team. 1 FT 0.5 ITB.

                      Schmeichel x2 // Foster
                      Trent Cancelo Royal // James Tavares
                      Salah Son Coutinho Saka Gordon
                      Richarlison (c) Mateta // Pukki

                      A: Pukki ➡️ Weghorst
                      B: Tavares ➡️ Roberts
                      C: Saka ➡️ Barnes
                      D: something else?

                      1. Tonyawesome69
                        • 3 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Enough itb to do Saka to Zaha or Maddison?

                        1. KieranKA
                            10 days, 8 hours ago

                            Yes. More confident of Barnes minutes at the moment

                      2. mcsteely
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Any thoughts on what do do with this? Might just roll a transfer

                        Schmeichel
                        Trent Robbo Cancelo Cash Alonso
                        Salah Son Saka Coutinho
                        Watkins

                        Bench: Foster, Nketiah, Dewsbury-Hall, Pukki

                        1. Tonyawesome69
                          • 3 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          How much itb?

                          1. mcsteely
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 12 Years
                            10 days, 8 hours ago

                            0.3

                            1. Tonyawesome69
                              • 3 Years
                              10 days, 8 hours ago

                              Only player I would consider selling is Coutinho but he might be don't buy don't sell

                        2. NABIL - FPL otai
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Watkins to ings or Richa to play it safe

                      3. Flynny
                        • 7 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Any views on better free hit set up please? Thanks

                        A....Trent, digne, fodder mid (433 with double villa defence)

                        B....Robbo, maddison, fodder defender (343)

                        1. mcsteely
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 12 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          I prefer B. Robbo just had a rest so more certain to start IMO

                        2. Tonyawesome69
                          • 3 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          B

                        3. NABIL - FPL otai
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          B

                        4. waltzingmatildas
                          • 11 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          B

                          1. Flynny
                            • 7 Years
                            10 days, 8 hours ago

                            Thanks

                      4. LIARS POKER
                        • 5 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        On FH

                        Cancelo + Ben Davies

                        or

                        Cash + Digne

                        1. NABIL - FPL otai
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Villains

                        2. Tonyawesome69
                          • 3 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Villa

                      5. Original - Wolves Ay We
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        My only remaining joy this FPL season is to see the high fliers losing considerable rank in the remaining weeks, especially Az. 😉

                        1. NABIL - FPL otai
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Camzy says hi

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

                            Who's Camzy?

                      6. boombaba
                        • 9 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Salah or KDB on FH?

                        1. NABIL - FPL otai
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Both

                        2. waltzingmatildas
                          • 11 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Salah. Not sure West Ham will be easy

                      7. ZTF
                        • 7 Years
                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                        Schmeichel (Matthews)
                        TAA Cash A.Nouri Davies (Tsimikas)
                        Salah KDB Gordon (Saka) (Eriksen)
                        Kane Nketiah Watkins*

                        Still have bench boost available

                        1 FT, 0.1m What would you do?

                        1. NABIL - FPL otai
                          • 9 Years
                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                          Aitnouri to Holgate/Andersen

                          I like your bench for BB38, except Matthews obviously

                          1. ZTF
                            • 7 Years
                            10 days, 8 hours ago

                            Interesting, thanks. Ait Nouri is a hard one because if he starts I can see him hauling big but it’s impossible to know if he will.

                            1. NABIL - FPL otai
                              • 9 Years
                              10 days, 8 hours ago

                              Yep he's good but frustrating to own

                            2. NorCal Villan
                                10 days, 6 hours ago

                                He doesn’t have it in him to haul big (Southampton aside)

                        2. Josh.E
                            10 days, 8 hours ago

                            is Trossard a better option over Gordon?

                            1. NABIL - FPL otai
                              • 9 Years
                              10 days, 8 hours ago

                              Definitely

                              But Gordon doubles so he's a good pick as well

                              1. Josh.E
                                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                                  I have 6m to spare on my FH and I feel like Trossard is under the radar, might as well punt on him

                                  1. NABIL - FPL otai
                                    • 9 Years
                                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                                    Good pick if you're chasing hard

                                  2. NorCal Villan
                                      10 days, 6 hours ago

                                      In your scenario- absolutely

                                • waltzingmatildas
                                  • 11 Years
                                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                                  Could be, yeah

                              2. waltzingmatildas
                                • 11 Years
                                10 days, 8 hours ago

                                This FH looking ok?
                                Pickford
                                Cash Digne Cucurella
                                Salah Son Maddison Zaha
                                Kane Ings Richarlison

                                1. NABIL - FPL otai
                                  • 9 Years
                                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                                  Similar to mine so I like it

                                  1. waltzingmatildas
                                    • 11 Years
                                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                                    Cheers mate. Many differences?

                                    1. NABIL - FPL otai
                                      • 9 Years
                                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                                      Only 4

                                2. Holmes
                                  • 8 Years
                                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                                  Yeah, looks okay

                                  1. NABIL - FPL otai
                                    • 9 Years
                                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                                    Watkins news forced me to FH 🙁

                                    1. Holmes
                                      • 8 Years
                                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                                      Oh, should still work. Can't solve the problem with 1Ft or a hit?

                                      1. NABIL - FPL otai
                                        • 9 Years
                                        10 days, 8 hours ago

                                        Already did Saka to Zaha with FT before price rise. Was thinking kdb & Watkins to Son & ings/richa (-8) but chasing ML leader (40 points difference) do can't afford multiple hits.

                                        1. Holmes
                                          • 8 Years
                                          10 days, 8 hours ago

                                          Makes sense. Final chance to reduce the gap, would go for 5-6 differentials. Worth targetting Liverpool game as well.

                                  2. waltzingmatildas
                                    • 11 Years
                                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                                    Cheers. Had a KDB draft, but think it's one premium too many.
                                    Although Salah and Maddison could be KDB and Jota/Diaz. Will see the line up tomorrow

                                    1. Holmes
                                      • 8 Years
                                      10 days, 8 hours ago

                                      Holgate and Diaz possible over Cucurella and Maddison?

                              3. West Hammered
                                • 5 Years
                                10 days, 8 hours ago

                                Ramsdale ((Foster)
                                TAA Robbo Cancelo Cash (Alonso)
                                Salah Son Foden Saka Gordon
                                Weghorst (Nketiah Dennis)

                                1FT 0.5itb

                                A) Ramsdale to Schmeichel
                                B) Saka to Zaha
                                C) Taa/Robbo & Dennis to Mykolenko/Digne & Ings (C)

                                1. NABIL - FPL otai
                                  • 9 Years
                                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                                  C TAA to myko

                              4. OptimusBlack
                                • 9 Years
                                10 days, 8 hours ago

                                This my final FH
                                Pickford or Schmeichel
                                Digne Cylne Mykolenko
                                Salah Son KdB Gordon Zaha
                                Kane Ings
                                Yaaay
                                Nope

                                1. NABIL - FPL otai
                                  • 9 Years
                                  10 days, 8 hours ago

                                  Your final has or for keepers?

                                  Yaay still

                                  1. OptimusBlack
                                    • 9 Years
                                    10 days, 8 hours ago

                                    Still thinking about this