Scout Notes

Why Schmeichel and Kulusevski were benched: FPL notes

We round up the key Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points from Saturday’s seven Double Gameweek 37 fixtures in our Scout Notes summary.

The graphics and stats below are taken from LiveFPL, Ragabolly’s excellent website, and our own Premium Members Area.

GOALS, ASSISTS AND BONUS

INJURIES AND BANS

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Dejan Kulusevski (£6.3m) was a surprise omission from the teamsheet for Tottenham Hotspur’s narrow win over Burnley, only being named on the substitutes’ bench.

The social media rumour mill had suggested that the Swede had been suffering from illness ahead of the game, something that Antonio Conte ratified after full-time.

“It wasn’t easy because yesterday morning the doctor sent me a message that a few players they felt not well and with a stomach problem, vomiting and also fever. For this reason, Kulusevski didn’t have a training session, also Gollini, also Hugo. He was not in a perfect condition today, also Winksy. Despite this we face the game in the right way and I am so happy because I have seen a team that has improved in many aspects. Now this team is ready to fight in every game.” – Antonio Conte

Ezri Konsa (£4.9m) was forced off in Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace and is now due for an MRI scan, with Steven Gerrard not expecting him to feature in either of the club’s remaining two fixtures.

“We’re concerned about Ezri [Konsa]. Normally, someone like him, doesn’t come off the pitch. We’ll send him off for an MRI scan. He’s got a problem in the knee area. We’ll know in the next 24-48 hours. I’ll be surprised if he plays again this season.” – Steven Gerrard

Crystal Palace will be without Michael Olise (£5.3m) for the remainder of their season after the winger picked up a knock in the lead up to Sunday’s game. The injury means he will now miss the midweek trip to Everton as well as the final game of the season against Manchester United.

Michael Keane (£4.6m), meanwhile, missed out through illness, with Frank Lampard hopeful he will be able to return on Thursday, while Samir (£4.5m) was injured in the warm-up for Watford and was subsequently replaced in the starting XI by Craig Cathcart (£4.2m).

Elsewhere, Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m), Fernandinho (£4.7m), Michail Antonio (£7.4m) and Craig Dawson (£4.9m) made swift returns from injury for Manchester City’s dramatic draw with West Ham United, while Mathias Normann (£4.5m) and Daniel Podence (£5.5m) were unexpectedly back from injury for Norwich City and Wolves – only for the former to reinjure himself.

FPL TALKING POINTS

‘SOMETHING TO PLAY FOR’

For those FPL managers who like their players (and more importantly, the head coaches who select the teams) to have ‘something to play for’, there is reassuringly a lot at stake in Gameweek 38.

The fight for fourth, the battle to avoid the drop, the tussle for the final UEFA Europa League qualifying spot and – if Liverpool win on Tuesday – the title race will all go down to the final day as a result of Saturday’s results.

Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester City, West Ham, Manchester United, Leeds and Burnley are the clubs who will have something tangible to contest, while Everton will be added to that group if they fail to beat Crystal Palace on Thursday.

One thing that now looks unlikely is the destination of the title race being decided by goal difference, which looked a distinct possibility when the Hammers were 2-0 up on City at half-time.

Liverpool would have to get four points from their final two games, and City would have to lose at home to Aston Villa, for that now to happen.

Had goal difference been a factor, we might have seen Jurgen Klopp go all out with a full-strength team at Southampton on Tuesday in a bid to narrow City’s advantage. Now, three points and little more is likely all that matters at St Mary’s.

SESSEGNON’S THREAT

Son Heung-min (£11.1m) couldn’t continue his purple patch of form on Sunday lunchtime, drawing a blank as Spurs ground out a 1-0 win over Burnley thanks to Harry Kane‘s (£12.4m) controversial penalty.

If we’re looking for some sort of convenient explanatory narrative, we can point to Son and Spurs struggling against the five-man-strong, low-block defences of Brighton, Brentford and Burnley in the last few months and prospering when allowed space to break against Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle, Aston Villa and others.

Even then, though, it took two superb stops from Nick Pope (£5.3m) to deny Son yet another goal in north London, while Kane’s inability to add to his strike from 12 yards was as much to do with his own profligacy – he had six shots in all – as it was Burnley’s rearguard.

Norwich, who set up with a five-man defence in their 1-1 draw with Wolves, might seek to do something similar next weekend but a) have they got competent enough players to replicate what Burnley did and b) would they even want to set up with such a negative mindset on their ‘free hit’ Premier League swansong?

There was more joy at the other end of the field, where Spurs kept their 12th clean sheet in 27 matches under Conte – all but one of which has been recorded against a side sitting ninth or below.

The dirt-cheap Ryan Sessegnon (£4.3m) has blanked in only one of his last five appearances and walked away with two bonus points on Saturday. He has created a remarkable five big chances over the last two Gameweeks, registering 11 penalty box touches in the Burnley game alone.

FODEN FAIL

After a run of 11 successive starts in the Premier League, Phil Foden (£7.9m) – who seemed to be second only to Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m) for security of starts in the Man City midfield – has now been benched in three of the last five top-flight fixtures.

The performance served up by the teammates selected for duty in east London hopefully does his chances of featuring in Gameweek 38 some good, at least, as the reigning champions salvaged a draw from the jaws of defeat in a disjointed display against West Ham, a performance neatly encapsulated by Riyad Mahrez‘s (£8.6m) late penalty miss.

Faith in the City backline was shaken ahead of the final day, too, as neither Fernandinho nor Laporte looked fully fit at centre-half and West Ham found it all too easy to carve out clear chances with what little of the ball they had – think the Norwich defeat two seasons ago.

Even De Bruyne was quiet in east London following his four-goal heroics in midweek but then this always looked to be City’s toughest test in the run-in. Next week’s opponents, Aston Villa, ought to be more obliging, having picked up just one point from a possible 21 in matches against ‘big six’ opposition under Steven Gerrard.

West Ham assets will likely continue to be an afterthought in Gameweek 38 but it’s again worth heralding Jarrod Bowen (£6.8m), who passed the 200-point mark and moved fourth in the overall FPL standings with a brace against City. Eight attacking returns have arrived in his last six starts, a period in which he has been understandably overlooked due to West Ham’s lack of a ‘double’, taking his tally to a superb 29 for the season.

FOXES TRIO HAUL

James Maddison (£6.9m), Harvey Barnes (£6.5m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.3m) were all on the scoresheet at Vicarage Road on Sunday, as Leicester City swept aside relegated Watford 5-1.

With 15, 16 and 13-point hauls respectively, the trio have got their Gameweek 37 double-headers off to the perfect start, and will head to Chelsea on Thursday full of confidence.

As for Maddison, he is now into double-figures for Premier League goals in 2021/22, his best goalscoring season of his career. Add in 10 assists, and it’s 20 attacking returns for the playmaker – only nine other players have more in FPL.

Meanwhile, after 149 consecutive Premier League starts, Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) was dropped to the bench by Brendan Rodgers to give Danny Ward (£4.0m) a rare start in goal.

“When we came out of Europe and I saw we had five games to play, I had spoken to Kasper [Schmeichel] that I would play him in three of those and play Wardy in two. Wardy was supposed to play today and against Norwich, but he felt his knee for the Wednesday game, so we didn’t want to expose him.” – Brendan Rodgers on starting Ward over Schmeichel

However, despite that goalkeeping change, the Foxes were once again all over the place defending set-pieces, with Joao Pedro’s (£5.4m) opener finding the net after they failed to clear a corner.

“It was another unfortunate deflection from the corner which saw us concede. Our response was outstanding. The hunger and momentum and feeling the game was good for us. It’s how we want to play. We want to be difficult to play against with or without the ball. We did both today.

We’ll definitely be doing something [about their struggles defending set-pieces] come the summer. We’ve tried different structures throughout the season. Too many times we’re not getting first contact. We’ll rectify that. It’s also aggression as well. It’s all about first contact. That’s about the mentality and aggression to get there first.

I thought the attacking part of our game was outstanding. James Maddison’s quality was sensational – his passing, his delivery, work rate was very good. We had that intensity. We were penetrating. We talked before about making more runs in behind.” – Brendan Rodgers

TARGET WATFORD IN GW38

Watford’s home campaign ended with another thrashing on Sunday, in a disappointing final afternoon for Roy Hodgson and his side at Vicarage Road.

Now, they will look to avoid finishing bottom when they travel to Chelsea on the final day of the season, although on Sunday’s evidence, they have already thrown the towel in.

As a result, their defence is certainly one to target in Gameweek 38, with Reece James (£6.4m) emerging as an early differential shout for the armband.

That’s because no team has conceded more chances or crosses from their left-flank than the Hornets in 2022, while they also rank 19th for actual goals conceded, with 40.

DIGNE AND WATKINS COMBINE

Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) was fit to start for Aston Villa against Crystal Palace despite suffering a “small injury” earlier in the week, and netted his 11th Premier League goal of the season in the second-half.

The England international converted his only shot on target from an excellent Lucas Digne (£5.0m) delivery, his second assist in his last three games.

And it was a strong all-round showing from the Frenchman – who also went close to his first Villa goal in stoppage time – as he ended the match with team-leading totals for final-third touches, passes received in the final-third, crosses and chances created.

Above: Lucas Digne’s touch heatmap v Crystal Palace in Double Gameweek 37

EVERTON SEE RED BUT RICHARLISON DELIVERS

The third most-transferred in player for Double Gameweek 37, Richarlison (£7.6m), rewarded his new owners with a goal and assist at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Brazilian took up a slightly wider role with Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) leading the line, but looked lively throughout, recording match-leading totals for shots in the box, penalty box touches and big chances created.

However, it wasn’t enough to secure the win, with Brentford taking all three points.

Premier League survival is still very much in Everton’s hands with teams below them needing to pick up points and just three points from two games enough to secure survival for the Toffees, but it will mean a few more nervous days ahead.

And they’ll have to do it without some key defenders, too. Frank Lampard’s backline was already stretched with Michael Keane, Yerry Mina (£4.9m) and Ben Godfrey (£4.7m) absent, and they’ll now be without Jarrad Branthwaite (£4.0m) after his first-half red card.

“Hopefully Michael Keane will be back on Thursday. I’m not hopeful of Mina or Godfrey. We had three centre-backs out today. it’s very difficult. Seamus [Coleman] played there. We played a back three at the end. Everyone has given everything.” – Frank Lampard


By Tom Freeman and Neale Rigg


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545 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Arteta
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Going with triple Villa and no Leicester assets looks like beyond awful decision so far. Yes, of course I considered them but in the end I thought I gotta go with either de Bruyne or Son in the middle + Ings/Watkins was just another 50:50 decision, which could go either way.

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      one of those weeks...

    2. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I just completely missed the Leicester memo. Had Maddison in my team for about 5 minutes on Sunday morning, but went with Coutinho in the end. Double up on Villa attack and Everton defence while ignoring Leicester completely about as bad as it could have gone.

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Maddison was pretty much my only FH success. 8 blanks including Captain, Rich with over 100% EO and a small 7 from Harry.

    4. SonnyPikey
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Maybe wait until next game to post this. Villa could easily do well v Burnley.

    5. Stimps
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Bench is in bits. Thoughts on next transfer? 0.7 itb. Questions over Salah and Mahrez too. Take a hit?

      Pope
      TAA Alonso Rudiger
      *Salah Son Mahrez Saka Kulu
      Toney Nketiah

      Foster *Dias *Dennis Ait-Nouri

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        You can do Salah to Mount/Maddison and Dennis to Vardy/Luka

    6. luke the lokonga enthusiast
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Pick one please for gw 38

      A) jota
      B) Diaz

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Diaz

      2. dshv
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        To replace salah or what?

    7. dshv
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Casper
      Alonso taa cancelo robertson cash
      Son kulusevski mount salah saka
      Richarlison nketiah pukki

      Salah to Kdb the only move??

    8. DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Kane or Vardy for GW38? Already have Son.

      Thanks

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Depending on Thursday, if Vardy plays 60 mins or 30 mins then I think Vardy tips it.

        We'll know a bit more about Southampton tomorrow and if they're building sand castles on the beach.

        Of course Kane away at Norwich could haul too.

        1. SonnyPikey
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Saints already are but they are so inconsistent they could beat Leicester who are equally inconsistent,

      2. Atimis
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Just get Son? Would you add something for a hit?

        Ederson
        TAA/Robo/Cancelo/Alonso
        Salah/KDB/Mount/Saka/Kulu
        Pukki

      3. Kodap
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        So last week of the season, this is my current team.. obvious issue here is Salah & potentially Robbo? I've got 0.6m in the bank, straight move to KDB the sensible option here? As it stands I'm 90 points clear of rival in my ML so don't think it's capable of being caught..

        DDG
        Taa - Robbo - Cancelo - James
        Kulu - Son - Salah - Coutinho - Saka
        Nketiah

        Schmeichal - Telles - Mateta - Weg

        1. The White Pele
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          what's wrong with Robbo?

          1. SonnyPikey
              1 month, 9 days ago

              cramp v chelsea should be ok for wolves

              1. The White Pele
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                cheers

        2. buzzkill
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Kicking myself for captaining Son over the doubler Richarlison now I'm sweating on a 36 lead in my main mini league.
          Can someone reassure me please?

          2nd place has Saka (new), Gordon (CRY), Mount (LEI) and (c)Richarlison (CRY) left this week.

          I have Pickford (CRY) and Maddison (che) with Richarlison not as captain.

          Realistically how much damage is he doing to that 36 pt lead this week?

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Impossible to tell but they effectively have 5 players to your 3 so chances are they cut it

            1. buzzkill
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              I'm sure they'll cut it - they can't not because I'm not expecting hauls from Pickford and Maddi especially at the Bridge, but Mount and Richarlison again scare me.

              If you took a 20+ point lead into the final gameweek would you take a -4 to buy two of his players to block him? I'm thinking Mount and Saka.

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                If you think they’ll score well and are a big threat then yes. They could then of course take them out themselves

                1. buzzkill
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  They could, it's only Mount that worries me really but I can't get to him without a hit and giving up Maddison vs Saints and I'm not sure that's a great idea

          2. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            It’ll be right, but think you’ll still have the lead come next week.

            1. Scots Gooner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              *tight

          3. OLEgend
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Your lead will be reduced to 10-12 points I guess

            1. buzzkill
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              This is what I'm afraid of. Not safe by a long shot, The final day would come down to my KDB and Maddison vs his Saka and Mount and then captaincy might decide it. We both own Son, Kane, James, Richarlison. He probably goes Son vs Norwich.

              Would you block his players on the final day?
              I'm ranked 6500 so may have to decide on winning my ML or preserving my rank.

              1. OLEgend
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Your Kdb and Maddison will outscore his two and I will only bring in Mount to nullify his. Captain Son and bring in Mount and you will be safe

                1. buzzkill
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I hope so. Trouble is my only way of getting to Mount is for a hit and means losing Zaha vs United, whom my rival also owns. I'm not sure if that's wise considering how bad United are.

          4. mrelpea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            I also captained Son vs Richarlison and regretted it almost instantly. Could’ve taken the ML lead from rival, but now 11 points behind him. I think you should be fine mate going into GW38. Earth days yet, of course, but what are your captaincy plans for next gameweek? I’m pretty sure my rival will go son, so depending how this week goes I may have to gamble on James or Mount

            1. buzzkill
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              I regretted Son (c) about 15 minutes in when I saw Pope decided to play like Neuer.
              We both own Son, Kane, James and Richarlison and I reckon he goes Son vs Norwich. He loves Son and usually captains him so I might block. Debating a -4 to get his Mount and Saka for KDB and Maddison and blocking him. Madness?

              Bad luck on your league, hope you turn it around.

              1. mrelpea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Cheers mate, hope you maintain your lead and rank! Out of Saka and Mount, I’d be most worried about not having Mount, so I would def want him. With Saka it’s a case of wait see how they do tonight. I quite fancy Leicester at home vs Southampton on last day of the season, so without seeing what the gap is at the end of this gameweek, I’d be inclined to keep Maddison for that one. Obvs you need to make the call once this painful gameweek is done, but as a starting point I’d say Mount is a must as a starting point. Good luck mate!

                1. buzzkill
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Thanks mate. Yeah I have to keep Maddison don't I. Leicester could go big on the final day, they love a Vardy party. My only way of getting to Mount would be for a hit and to lose either Zaha at Man United or Richarlison vs Arsenal away. Rival owns both though... so I'm not sure.

          5. AARON-1
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Reassurance or reality?
              He could easily halve the deficit or even catch up. If Mount plays against that shoddy Leicester defence, he could do well. Saka is Gunners' number 1 attacker even though his form has dropped. Richarlison only needs one attacking return. I reckon you will go into the final game week with a lead but it might be less comfortable than you would have liked. Most will captain Son or Kane last game, so a lot will hinge on that decision. Hope you win!

              1. buzzkill
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                I'm expecting him (and would take it) halving the deficit if everything goes his way this week. I'm praying on a Pickford clean sheet and Maddison return to soften the blow. I'll be captaining Son for the final day, chasing the golden boot vs relegated Norwich - think it's a no-brainer.
                Everton will be desperate now but Palace are no pushovers. Can't tell you how much I regret not putting the armband on the striker that plays twice

            • Atimis
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Unfortunately also went with (c) Son to my rival's Richa (c), could've already closed the league. Said that, have Maddison that rescued me.

            • JELLYFISH
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Another here that went Son over Rich too. Fortunately my ML rival didn't cap Rich and put the armband on Zaha ahead (I just hope Everton contain him in their next game!).

            • Ooh Ah Cantona
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 9 days ago

              There there

              1. buzzkill
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Thank you!

          6. FPL_ UP_Down
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            What would you do here??
            Schmeichel
            James TAA Cancelo Alonso
            Salah Foden Saka Maddison
            Kane (c) Jesus

            Foster: Gordon Tskimikas Gelhartd
            A: Salah to Son
            B: Salah Jesus to Vardy Son
            C: Salah Jesus to Lukaku Diaz
            D: anyone else ??

            1. AARON-1
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Salah to Son will be fine

            2. What's your goal for GW38?
              RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              The last week! 🙂 And how so much can change during it!

              What’s your main goals to end the season guys?

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                World peace and an end to hunger

                1. Gordon Ramsey for DGW
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  1st time using fh on gw 38
                  Hoping for some mammoth goals from my starters

              2. Holmes
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                leave the FPL world with a green arrow

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Yeah always feels good

              3. Scots Gooner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Win my ML. Never been too fussed about OR.

                Started this week just 1 point behind the leader, now 30 behind after a disaster of a week. Hoping by some miracle Jota and Saka can close that gap enough that I have a chance of something next week.

                1. mrelpea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I also need a Jota haul and Tsimi to play

                2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Tricky one for Arsenal tonight. SJP will be rocking. I’ll be there. 🙂

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

                    Awesome, have a good night!

                  2. Scots Gooner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Im not feeling particularly confident. Should be a good game. Enjoy 🙂

                  3. SonnyPikey
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Toon poor v top 6 so probably lose

                      1. Ooh Ah Cantona
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        You can say they about any team Vs top 6

                      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 8 days ago

                        Nice 🙂

                        1. The Mentaculus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 8 days ago

                          Haha, take that Sonny! I had faith in your Toon 🙂

                3. mrelpea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Chasing in two mini leagues, 11 and 21 points behind the leaders. Will be hard but will try and beat them. They both had +100 lead 5 gameweeks ago so can’t complain too much. Broke into the top 100k for the first time this season, so would be nice to get to top 80k (currently on 92k)

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Nice one mate! Loads to play for then keeps it exciting! Good luck

                    1. mrelpea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Cheers mate!

                4. The Mentaculus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Top 100k would be a nice result for my 1st season. Peaked at 87k yesterday but dropped back to 104k after Everton game with no Richarlison

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Must only be a few points off that then! Sure you can get it! Good luck

                5. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Break into top 1k so need to be bold and lucky.
                  A lot will depend on Thursday games as I have triple Villa on FH with Ings captain.

                  1. NABIL - FPL otai
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    I can start being bold by getting Vardy and Maddison like me 😉

                    1. NABIL - FPL otai
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      *you

                      1. el polako
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I couldn't belive it 🙂
                        Well played, I guess my previous experiences clouded my judgement.

                        It was painful yesterday....

                        1. NABIL - FPL otai
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          They were playing like trying to prove you wrong 😛

                          Chin up buddy. GW38 will be a new sunshine

                  2. FPL Insanity
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Same here on the Villa game. I’m desperate for some Ings points as my captain but need a bit of Everton too. The non FH guy in my ML is doing better than my FH atm. Praying to the FPL gods

                6. Reinhold
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I am now 15 points behind ML leader (before the 2nd round of fixtures), after having been almost 200 points behind earlier this year. Coming from behind and winning that would be so sweet!

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Nice! Good luck

                7. NABIL - FPL otai
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Green arrow, like always.

                  I hope I can still catch ML leader, but still 40 points behind so not much I can do about it

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Tricky! Hopefully it’s less than 40 by the last day

                8. afsr
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Winning my ML. Will be very tough (41 points gap now) but I will do my best. See team 2 posts below

                9. POTATO
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Halfway through the season after GW19 my team wasn't in the top 1M OR
                  Currently 75K OR, just don't want to finish outside top 100k after all that climbing back up this year.

                  Plus World Peace and NZ qualify for FIFA World Cup™

                10. buzzkill
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I'm torn between finishing top 10k for the first time ever (never even finished top 100k) or winning my 24 mate ML. Currently ranked 6516 and sat 36 points ahead. I think truthfully I would take the ML and finish outside top 10k. Is that ridiculous?

                  1. POTATO
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Four figures looks cooler than five figure finish.

                    1. buzzkill
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Honestly mate I'm feeling dizzy, keep thinking it's a glitch and it'll go back down to 40k or something and I would take that! I guess I got lucky with a good team from GW1 and bench boosted a 184 last week to get inside the top 10k for the first time ever. Would love to hold onto it!

                11. Better off with a pin and a…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Want to cement top 100k. Might just make top 50k with a little luck. Main mini-league out of sight, though, I fear with the leader on 72 this week (FH) and into the top 10k.

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Good luck mate!

                12. Arteta
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  My main goal is top 10k finish. I started this gameweek at 15 and fell down to 25k after Sunday games. I still believe I can make it, but I really need something from Ings (c) to make up ground. Captain blank would be unacceptable but if all goes to hell, I'd at least like to end this season with a green arrow.

                  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Yeah still a chance then mate! GL

                13. DelPiero10
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    My one and only goal is to win FPL. That's not happening so just do as well as I can in the overall rankings and enjoy the swings.

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

                      Is this your 1st season? 18k is quite the result if so! Maybe one day you will win it... 🙂

                  • Patio Kev
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Having taken me 36 Game Weeks to finally get into the Top 10k for the first time this season then staying there for the final 3 weeks would be nice.

                    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Class

                  • No Need
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    I won't be beating 53rd ever again so a 10k ML winning season would be more than enough...

                    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Wasn’t there only about 200 players then anyways? 😆

                      1. No Need
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        2015 lol...was OR2 after 31 weeks (that's the grav) but Simon March had too much for me in the end....

                        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Haha! Excellent stuff mate! Best one for me was top 20 with 3 weeks to go. Ended just outside the top 100 with a Koscielny red card on the last day haha

                  • Jaws
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Top 10K. Depending on the remaining games in GW37, I’ll only be a few points off.

                  • Jafalad
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 8 days ago

                    Sitting about 20k. Is 10k realistic? Probably need a good captain's haul to make it happen. Any ideas? KDB or Kane perhaps.

                    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 8 days ago

                      Yep I think Kane could be an opportunity. Most will go Son.

                14. dshv
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Salah to Kdb will be the right move last gw??

                  1. Better off with a pin and a…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Son, KDB or Bowen all options. Jota or Diaz also in the mix.

                15. afsr
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Chasing in my ML, the gap is 41 points currently, hoping to close it at least to 30 by end of this GW. 2nd place gives me my money back, but want to push for 1st

                  Ramsdale
                  Robertson, Cancelo, James, Laporte
                  Son, Maddison, Mount, Zaha
                  Richarlison, Vardy

                  Pickford, Gordon, Watkins, Cash
                  1FT, 0.0 ITB

                  A - Laporte, Watkins, Richarlison -> fodder, fodder, Kane (-8)
                  B - Watkins, Vardy -> Broja, Kane (-4)
                  C - your suggestions

                  1. mrelpea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Who do you think your rival will captain? Depending on what the gap is, you might have to gamble on the captaincy

                    1. afsr
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      My rival played FH in 37, his nominal team has Salah but no Son, Kane or KdB. I expect him to get Son for Salah and captain him.

                      Hence my push to get Kane and captain him.

                    2. afsr
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      problem is Son is pushing for the Golden Boot and may have a chance if Salah is not playing, so Spurs may try to help him by giving him pens as well

                      1. Bavarian
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Secure 4th place is priority for them and don't think they will sacrifice this opportunity for the golden boot

                  2. mrelpea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Yes, I think you’re right that he’ll go salah to son and captain him. In that case I would def get Kane and captain a non-Son player. If chasing I wouldn’t take any more than one hit, so my vote goes for B.

                    I doubt Conte gives Son pens unless they are 3-0 up, he’ll only be focused on CL qualification.

                    Re the captaincy, does your rival have Mount and James? Kane aside, they would be other options for the arm band, albeit a more risky proposition. Can see that Chelsea game being a goal fest

                16. NABIL - FPL otai
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Me: Pickford, Myko, Maddison.
                  ML leader: Ederson, Zinchenko, Barnes.

                  It was really an emotional ride yesterday.

                17. POTATO
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Halfway through the season after GW19 my team wasn't in the top 1M OR
                  Currently 75K OR, just don't want to finish outside top 100k after all that climbing back up this year.

                  Oh and World Peace plus NZ qualify for FIFA World Cup™

                  1. POTATO
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    * ignore this reply fail

                18. Hazardous1983
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  what is the template pick for FH for gameweek 38

                  vardy
                  son
                  kane
                  maddison
                  kdb

                  are the 5 i can think off

                  1. POTATO
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Chelsea are at home to Watford

                  2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Chelsea vs Watford?

                    1. POTATO
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      snap

                      1. Hazardous1983
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        James
                        Mount

                        1. JELLYFISH
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I'm sticking with Alonso myself

                  3. Tigger_7
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Also using FH in Wk 38.- My current draft:

                      Raya (No money left for anything better)
                      James Alonso Cancelo
                      Son Maddison Mount Foden Jota
                      Kane Vardy
                      Bench: Tsimikas & Fodder

                  4. VIVA_RONALDO
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    If Salah is not fit, straight swap to Kdb or take a hit and bring in Jota and Vardy

                    1. dshv
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Thinking the same but maybe just KDB. Hate hits in last gw

                      1. SonnyPikey
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          they can pay off though

                      2. tibollom
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        depends on vardy mins vs Chelsea I suppose

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

                      Early days, but Salah -> Son look like the best move here this week?

                      Ramsdale
                      Cancelo, Robbo, James, Alonso, Laporte
                      Salah*, KDB, Mount, Kulu
                      Nketiah

                      Foster, Pukki, Martinelli, Broja
                      Bank 0.0m, 1FT

                      1. tibollom
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        yea looks like the right move

                      2. DelPiero10
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Certainly, if Salah is unfit or a serious doubt. If he's fit for the final day of the season I'd be wary of selling him.

                      3. tibollom
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Currently 8 ahead of ML rival, who finishes this GW with most points?

                        Me: Pickford, Digne, Cash, Matip, Andersen, Zaha, Richa, Vardy
                        him: Rams, Alonso, Myko, brownhill, salah, gordon, nketiah, richa

                        1. Dead Balls
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Don’t worry - this game week ain’t over!!

                          1. tibollom
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            indeed, obviously worried mainly about Arsenal tonight as apart from that I think i've got better players (vardy, villa double ect).. fingers crossed I make a bigger gap as he has a better team for 38 I believe

                      4. boc610
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        anyone feel that this thing of the linesman not flagging until after an attack has finished has made defenders more complacent?..in the past a defender if he looked over and didnt see the flag would suddenly spring into action if caught unawares and chase back believing the player is definitely onside . it doesnt mean a goal is prevented but if you look at Zinchenko yesterday I really think he fully expected the flag to be raised for Bowen which might explain his pathetic attempt to do anything about it. he seemed shocked not to have seen the flag raised after bowen had scored which does beg the question how much effort was he making in that situation if that was in his head?

                      5. JamesDL
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I deliberated over Schmichael, Maddison and Vardy before yesterday's deadline. I nearly went with all three, but eventually sided on the first two and Harry Kane. I guess I was lucky to have Maddison, but am kicking myself for not acting on Vardy. Having the keeper sit out was just pure bad luck. 55 points so far with 8 to play - could be much worse i guess.

                      6. PartyTime
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          El Polako wanted. He was advising people not to bring in Leicester assets this gw, even told them to thank him later

                        • AARON-1
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Last day dilemma. Free transfer:
                            Dennis to Vardy home v Southampton (depending on minutes v Chelsea)
                            Gordon to Bowen away v Brighton with Hammers chasing 6th spot

                          • KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            With a season high rank atm of 280k (lol yes it has been an horrendous season but strong-ish finish), what would you do in the final week?

                            Schmeichel
                            Trent | Robbo | Cancelo
                            Salah* | Son | Kulusevski | Gordon
                            Kane | Pukki | Nketiah

                            Bachmann | Schar | Amartey | Ramsey

                            1FT, 0ITB

                            Thanks

                            1. AARON-1
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                Salah to Bowen. Hammers trying for 6th. Guaranteed to play and in strong form

                            2. Bavarian
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Think I will bring Lukaku for GW38 and (C) him, is he a sure starter now?

                              1. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                Why is he a sure starter ??

                            3. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 7 days ago

                              Afternoon guys. I see Gomez went off at half time.....was this an injury and did it look enough to ensure TAA plays on Sundsy ??