Great Expectations

FPL 2022/23 ones to watch: Can Bruno Guimaraes build on a solid start?

Kicking off our pre-season ‘Great Expectations’ series is an assessment of Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

In these articles, we look at players who have shown glimpses of promise and are potentially on the cusp of a breakout Fantasy Premier League (FPL) campaign.

Most of the stats and graphics used in this piece are taken from our Premium Members Area here.

2021/22 FPL REVIEW

As the first big signing of the Magpies’ new ownership, there was already an expectation on the 24-year-old to justify his £40m price tag. Yet it didn’t take long for him to do so.

Five cameo appearances began life on Tyneside, with his arrival happening to coincide with Joe Willock finally hitting some goal-scoring form.

Guimaraes’ full debut at Southampton was memorable for his casual back-heeled volley to win the game.

Newcastle's Bruno Guimaraes scores back-heeled stunner vs Southampton

The addition of both Eddie Howe and five winter signings caused a dramatic shift in Newcastle’s form. No Premier League team had ever escaped relegation having not won in their first 14 attempts.

However, not only did they survive, it was a comfortable mid-table finish on 49 points. Since January 1, only Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have better records.

Five Bruno Guimaraes goals from 11 starts helped with this, with the Brazilian bagging a brace against Leicester City in Gameweek 33 before notching strikes that defeated both Norwich City and Arsenal.

SeasonTeamAppsGoals
2021/22Newcastle United175
2021/22Lyon200
2020/21Lyon333
2019/20Lyon30
2019Athletico Paranaense252
2018Athletico Paranaense321
2017Athletico Paranaense40

Above: Bruno Guimaraes’ career playing statistics


Already loved by fans, the truth is that this run of goals is a purple patch for his career so far – only six had arrived in 117 league games for Lyon and Athletico Paranaense.

When comparing his heat maps of recent seasons, there seems to be no great change from ‘box-to-box midfielder’.

Heat maps of (left to right) Newcastle 2021/22, Lyon 2021/22 and Lyon 2020/21, according to SofaScore

His all-round qualities have already been displayed in the Premier League, alongside the goals. Since his first start in Gameweek 28, Guimaraes ranks as Newcastle’s best outfield player for shots (20), expected goal involvement (3.79), tackles (60) and recoveries (74).

However, in a wider context, his attacking statistics aren’t particularly impressive when compared to other FPL midfielders. In the same period, these goal attempts rank in 25th place, also coming 63rd for penalty area touches (19).

Above: Over the course of the season, Bruno Guimaraes was ranked only 43rd among midfielders for minutes per expected goal involvement (xGI).

THE 2022/23 FPL PROSPECTS

An initial FPL price tag of £5.0m was given to Guimaraes in January, under the assumption that he’d be a defensive midfielder.

He was seldom used as a ‘number six’, however, instead being deployed as a more all-action midfielder to the right of deep-lying playmaker Jonjo Shelvey.

Above: The xG shotmap of Bruno Guimaraes after his move to the Premier League

With such an impressive end to the season and a slightly more advanced role under Howe, expect his 2022/23 starting price to rise.

“Goals weren’t necessarily one of the areas where we felt he would enhance us as a team, but he has, he’s scored some key goals for us.” – Eddie Howe

The Magpies begin the season at home to Nottingham Forest and, if it wasn’t for the early meetings with Man City and Liverpool, they would likely have been deemed a team to target from an FPL perspective.

The Brazil international will have a full pre-season behind him and, with the World Cup coming in November, there is a place in their starting line-up to play for.

There is already a strong midfield connection with fellow Brazilian Joelinton, so adding some attacking talents to the flair of Allan Saint-Maximin and goal-scoring instincts of Callum Wilson should, in theory, mean that Newcastle – and Guimaraes – are seeing more of the ball in threatening areas that the Magpies’ faithful have become accustomed to in a barren few decades.

Where he was a real bargain in 2021/22, a starting price of around £6.0m-£6.5m would probably be a fairer summation of his FPL value. An average of a shot in the box and a chance created every 81 and 88 minutes respectively is more Conor Gallagher (92/75) than Bukayo Saka (42/44), so expectations have to be tempered a little.


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185 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 10 hours ago

    FanTeam have released their first PL game with the new prices.

    They seem to have priced the players well overall although I'm extremely sad that they have no fodder forwards (cheapest is 5.0m which is awful). I like their pricing overall. Salah at 12.5m not 13m is a shoo-in. The rest of the prices seem good overall. Couldn't spot anyone that was humongous value. Ronaldo is 10m which is quite appealing.

    Here's my first draft:

    Dubravka (4.5), Rodak (4.0)
    Cancelo (7.5), Robbo (7.5), Chilwell (6.5), Doherty (5.0), Salisu (4.0)
    Salah (12.5), Saka (8.0), Coutinho (6.5), Wissa (5.5), KDH (4.5)
    Haaland (12.0), Mitrovic (7.0), Davis (5.0)

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 10 hours ago

      Aren't Newcastle signing Pope?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 10 hours ago

        Well if they do I'd just pivot to another 4.5m keeper. There are quite a few to choose from.

      2. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 10 hours ago

        https://mobile.twitter.com/David_Ornstein/status/1539273743134081025

        Fee agreed and medical due, looks like it's happening

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      Perisic a 6.5m MID too

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Pretty dumb of fanteam. He's been a wingback for 2 years now and will play there for Spurs as well.

    3. SteveC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      Haaland £1m more than Kane seems wrong, Kane is proven but Haaland has been given a ‘hype’ price tag. I would have Kane 0.5 more than him.

      1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        Haaland best price 9/2 for the golden boot, Kane 7/1. Haaland probably more likely to bomb, though I would still expect Haaland to cost more in FPL. At the end of the day though it doesn't matter what I/we think, its what FPL Towers think.

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        Hard to avoid FOMO with Haaland but does raise serious questions if Kane is cheaper and has xMins of 90 vs. say 70

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          I'd have to go Kane over Haaland then probably if he's cheaper.

  2. Ser Davos
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 10 hours ago

    Henderson to be 4.5?

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 10 hours ago

      If he moves to Nottingham before the game releases

      1. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 8 hours ago

        Yup, otherwise he's 5.0 because he's at man utd and then if he moves he's a non option

        This is the reason they can't release the game too early, but surely they can drop the nailed on prices (son, kdb etc) asap

    2. jay01
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      Would love if he is, id pick him over Raya

  3. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 10 hours ago

    I'm still keeping an eye on him but I expect Newcastle will be active in the market and will sign an attacking midfielder which will mean Guimaraes will revert to being an 8 with less attacking intent. His purple patch coincided with Willock getting injured and then also being out of form on his return before getting injured again, so unless no midfield signings are made or it looks like Willock will be out of favour then I doubt he'll be worth looking at

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 8 hours ago

      More likely to sign a winger I think. Can’t have Almiron playing each week on the right, even though he does work hard.

  4. jay01
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 9 hours ago

    Nick Pope looks to be signing for Newcastle.. would be a great signing IMO.. will his price most likely be 5 million?

    1. Moxon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      Most likely

    2. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      I might just go for him at 5. Save point legend in a better team like Newcastle. Might end up being the best value goalkeeper

      1. jay01
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        Im tempted but thinking maybe hetting dean henderson at 4.5, and Trippier at 5 (if these are their prices)

      2. mox81
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Could be interesting, although the way Burley play (allow low XG shots from distance) was a big part of save pts. Also a bonus pt magnet when few goals are being scored. Not sure either are the Eddie Howe way.

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      No way he goes for 4.5M.

  5. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 9 hours ago

    We need next Lundstram or Dallas - that's what we need.

    1. Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Forest's 3-5-2 and Spence's transfer, plus Colback's WB role suggests something could be lingering under the surface

  6. adstomko
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 9 hours ago

    On this at the moment. Something different.
    Meslier
    Trent, Robertson, Van Dijk, Cancelo
    Saka, Kulusevski, Maddison
    C.Wilson, Watkins, Johnson
    (Henderson, Ait-Nouri, Neto, Wissa)

    This season will likely have more 7.5m strikers scoring more. Wilson, Bamford & DCL were injured for most of last season.

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      Who will u captain?

      1. adstomko
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        Kulusevski GW1, then Cancelo/Trent for a while

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 9 hours ago

          Risky very risky.

          1. adstomko
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 9 hours ago

            It is, but got to do something out of the ordinary to beat FPL

  7. Lovren an elevator
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 9 hours ago

    Has there been an article on Forest and their best players yet?

    1. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      No, but that's coming very soon! Was haggling with Mark to see how much of it he could contribute.

      1. Lovren an elevator
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        Fantastic, seriously looking forward to that one. The most exciting of the 3 promoted teams imo

      2. Wild Rover
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        He’s an Arsenal fan

        1. Wild Rover
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 9 hours ago

          Where did my winky emoji go?

          1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 9 hours ago

            I haven't seen your winky

  8. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 9 hours ago

    U think there's a chance Jesus is classified as a mid? He played a majority on the RW

    1. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      Discussed it briefly here:

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2022/06/07/the-fpl-players-who-could-change-position-in-2022-23/

      I think probably not given that it was a roughly equal spread between ST and RW, and he finished the season through the middle.

      1. Giggs Boson
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        I'd like to think FPL are capable of common sense too... hopefully.

        Seems clear he'll play central given the dearth of options there, and that Saka looks pretty nailed on the right. Dunno where Raphinha will play...

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 9 hours ago

          U never know. People who run fpl make a lot of mistakes 😆

      2. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        Yeah wishful thinking. Just love an OOP player 🙂

    2. Lovren an elevator
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      I'd say no, especially if he signs for Arsenal (or someone else) before the game launches

    3. 1justlookin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      Hopefully he'll be a FOR.
      They'll be far too many options in MID.

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        He probably will. Only by sheer stupidity can fpl make him a mid which is why I'm hopeful 😆

  9. Giggs Boson
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 9 hours ago

    4th highest pts tally since Jan 1st is an incredible stat. Newcastle will surely be at least a top half team this season.

    But awkward fixtures for them unfortunately. Will have to jump on the likes of Wilson, Trippier and Hazard GW6 onwards.

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      Hazard? They're signing a Hazard?

      1. Giggs Boson
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        Probably not. Just a placeholder for whatever mad signing they may end up pulling off 😆

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 8 hours ago

          Thorgan Hazard is rumoured.

    2. Moxon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      Very impressive. I think Wilson will be a great option this year

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

      could see Wilson being an early bandwagon.

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        Just in time for the City and Pool matches?

      2. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 8 hours ago

        Brace against Forest, can see if now. By gameweek 4 he’s injured for 10 weeks.

      3. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 8 hours ago

        Always starts well

  10. Leeroy357
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 9 hours ago

    Any predictions on when the game will launch?

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 8 hours ago

      If we don’t see prices tomorrow, I think more likely next week.

  11. 1justlookin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 9 hours ago

    Arsenal signing Viera and possibly Raphinha, whilst also having Saka.
    All 3 players suited to playing right side of midfield.

    Not sure how they'll accommodate all them.

      1. 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        Odegaard and ESR may struggle for game time then. 🙂

        1. Milk, 1 Šuker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 9 hours ago

          I think so. We'll see

          1. Athletic Nasherbo
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 8 hours ago

            No chance is Odegaard struggling for game time. People love a shiny new toy. Viera is not displacing Odegaard. You have to remember they are now in Europe, whilst still wanting Champions League. Their squad isn’t big enough right now.

        2. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 8 hours ago

          Odegaard will be the new Arsenal Captain, he’ll be nailed on

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      I really don't get the Raphinha signing when their best player plays in his position

      1. 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        Agreed

      2. Milk, 1 Šuker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 9 hours ago

        This. I'd no sooner spend the quoted £50m on a DMC and left back as back up for Tierney. Nuno Tavares hasn't proved himself in England (yet).

        1. mox81
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Looks like Arsenal are setting up for control rather than chasing/ being reliant on DMC

      3. mox81
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        If Pep has taught the FPL community anything, it's that you can't count on a fixed starting 11, or attacking players sticking to one position.

    2. Giggs Boson
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 9 hours ago

      Yeah not sure. Most useful part of pre-season is seeing how the new players slot in imo. Results and form pretty meaningless.

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

      To be a top team, we need depth. Saka can play on the left and Raphinha on the right.

      1. 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 8 hours ago

        True. Martinelli might see his minutes managed as well.

      2. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 8 hours ago

        This. Big clubs don't worry about having too many good players in the same position, and Saka is super versatile

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 7 hours ago

          I would think positions they're weak in should be targeted first. Then the excess.

          1. mox81
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            I'd suggest having to risk Saka in every minute is a big weakness. We saw as they dominated Man City last season that Arsenal have a strong first 11, then we saw later in the season that they have terrible squad depth and Southgate found out recently that even Saka gets knackered eventually.

    4. Fish up a tree
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 8 hours ago

      Dream formation

      Ramsdale
      Tomi Saliba Gabriel Tierney
      Partey
      Ode Vieira
      Raphinha Jesus Saka

      1. 1justlookin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 8 hours ago

        Great going forward and probably weak at the back, then. If Partey gets injured you'll be very light in DM.

        ESR, and Martinelli and Nketiah will probably struggle for game time

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

        are you in the market for a CB?

        1. Fish up a tree
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 7 hours ago

          Talk of the versatile Martinez of Ajax as LCB & LB plus DM competition for Gabriel, Tierney, Partey

          Will believe it when I see it as this window has us linked with every man & his dog!

    5. lugs
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      i wonder if the Arsenal pursuit of Raphina means Saka could be going to City, Saka & Jesus in a swap deal + 25m to Arsenal would be about right

      1. Fish up a tree
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 7 hours ago

        No chance Saka goes. Raphinha will come as competition. Saka can also play left & won’t play every week as he was burnt out come the end of last season.

        1. lugs
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 7 hours ago

          it does seem unlikely that Arsenal would sell their prized asset, but he only has 2 years left on his contract and as far as i know no new deal in the offing, so it really depends on Saka if his head can be turned by instant success and a shed load of money at City, Arsenal getting Jesus & Raph to replace him would not be a bad deal imo

  12. Milk, 1 Šuker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 9 hours ago

    Must say I do like the look of this lad Fabio Vieira on paper. The Portuguese tend to do well when they come over to England. Predicted price? 6.5m for me.

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 8 hours ago

      I don’t get the hype personally.

    2. diesel001
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Arsenal looking to buy a new spine it seems:

      Ramsdale
      Tomiyasu White Martinez* Tierney
      Partey Vieira*
      Raphinha* Odegaard Saka
      Jesus*

      Turner*
      Soares Holding Gabriel Tavares
      Lokonga Xhaka
      Pepe Smith-Rowe Martinelli
      Nketiah

    3. lugs
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      i was watching his club interview on Youtube earlier and i was getting Rosicky vibes of him, especially as as he was saying his strengths are his passing and playing between the lines, just like Rosicky

  13. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 8 hours ago

    Based on live fpl prices come up with this draft which I think looking ok. Martinez at 5m price point hopefully will be Pope or Henderson. Spurs player only miss. If Perisic is 6/6.5 mid could probably squeeze in over Neto. Gelhardt will probably not be 4.5 so likely need another 4.5.

    Martinez
    TAA James Tomiyasu Cancelo
    Salah Saka Neto Harrison
    Haaland Johnson

    Ward Coady Norgaard Gelhardt

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 8 hours ago

      I’d be surprised if Harrison is 5.5, and Tomiyasu could easily be 5.0.

      It’s standard. Which is good. Very similar structure to me - formations and price points.

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 8 hours ago

        They put Harrison at 6.0 even after an excellent season, so quite possible a price drop is in order given last season

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 8 hours ago

          Could well be, just I think they’ll play it safe with 6.0m.

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 7 hours ago

          But he finished in style - will linger in their memories

          1. Zim0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 7 hours ago

            He's not worth it at 6. At 5.5 he's in my mind.

  14. Ser Davos
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 8 hours ago

    FOR Henderson 4.5
    NEW Pope 5.0
    AVL Martinez 5.0

    Potentially a very tough call. If Ramsdale and/or Sa is/are 5.0 too

    Puts to bed my annual flirtation with Ederson

    1. DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 8 hours ago

      No one fancy Dubravka if he keeps his spot.

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 8 hours ago

        at 4.5? Would be excellent

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

        fixtures are horrible from a defensive pov and too much uncertainty if Pope comes in.

        1. Ser Davos
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          I think we get a bit fixated on fixtures and overthink.

          I'm willing to bet a nailed 4.5 NEW GK would be likely the best option we have at that bracket/range and if so, probably just set and forget

  15. Ser Davos
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 8 hours ago

    Could Haaland's relative FPL success depend on his assist potential do we think?

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 8 hours ago

      I genuinely think he will score a lot in a dominant, creative city team. Nobody questioned Aguero’s creativity at the time and he was an excellent fpl option

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Very true and he wasn't renowned for his assisting

    2. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      I'm hoping he's like Aguero or Suarez and gets 250+ points at least. Otherwise I'll regret getting him over Son

      1. No Professionals
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        You'll he allowed to swap

        1. No Professionals
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          *be

        2. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Well I won't know until the end of the year who was the better option. Its not like I'm expecting Haaland to flop. He could just be a little bit lower in total points but since he's higher priced probably I'll regret it.

          1. Ser Davos
            • 6 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            What were Aguero's point totals in the end?

            1. POTATO
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 3 hours ago

              Aguero's FPL history
              https://i.redd.it/n1mmnffh7nb41.png

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

    There was some chatter on twitter regarding fanteam and them not being able to payout their affiliates. There has been some news about them changing all their CXOs in the past one month. Personally, I played last year and my experience was fine but am a little skeptical with the news. Anyone else has any credible information regarding this?

    1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      It was simply one affiliate who didn't get paid as much as they wanted/expected (Draftgym) and then filled their diaper on Twitter. They haven't tweeted in the two weeks since, with any luck because they are being sued for encouraging a run on accounts - their business relationship with FT is in the toilet in any case.

      3 C-level employees did get moved on in one month, and any capital-driven business in this economy will face a risk, so you have to decide what risk is ok for you - your money is infinitely safer in a bank account than on FT but the rumours are basically all just from one wetwipe.

    2. glennbet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      There share price has been a disaster so it doesn't look good. I wonder whether consumer funds are cordoned off, or in the event of bankruptcy, these would be taken

    3. Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Don't wish to be a killjoy and each to their own, but investing/betting in these types of schemes seems very flakey... Football Index was popular here at one point

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        As much as we chastise ourselves on our interest in FPL, it is ultimately a free game and even a hellish rank doesn't affect the bank account

        I appreciate some are participating in some handsome cash mini-leagues

  17. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    If Son is made a FWD will anyone even pick him over Kane? He'll become obsolete. I sure hope they don't make Salah, Son, Bowen etc. into forwards.

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      There is literally an official fpl tweet that asks which fpl midfielder will score the most points in 22/23. And photos of son, Salah, Kdb and Bowen below it.

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Yes but when u read fpl articles u realise the ones writing them do not know classification of players as can be seen by the Perisic related articles.

    2. lugs
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      it depends how much cheaper Son would be, 0.5 cheaper and i wouldn't go near him, 1 or 2m cheaper and that would give me something to think about

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Son will be more expensive imo

    3. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      I just don't see it happening. If wingers / WFs are to be reclassified as Forwards then there will be a large batch of players being reclassified and midfield options will dry up. The only way I can see such a change being justified is if instead the game moves away from Mids and Forwards and just has 8 Attackers or something similar.

    4. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      If cheaper - defo.
      Remember more BAPs as a striker if goals

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        But he’ll be a mid - nobody is ruining my Salah, Son, Haaland, Robertson and Cancelo draft!

        1. No Professionals
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Other than you 😉

      2. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        He already gets all the bonus when he scores.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Needs a brace, especially if the Kaptain chips in/clean sheets

  18. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    There is literally an official fpl tweet that asks which fpl midfielder will score the most points in 22/23. And photos of son, Salah, Kdb and Bowen below it.

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      First reply said error, annoying

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Just happened to me too. Something afoot.

  19. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    I'm looking at what the City midfield and forward line will look like if all strongly-rumoured comings and goings occur.

    Haaland
    Alvarez
    Grealish
    Foden
    Mahrez
    KDB
    Rodri
    Phillips
    Gundogan*

    9 players for 6 positions, it's not exactly a plethora of options. It was suggested Gundogan may leave this summer after the season ended, but with Fernandinho gone and the possibility of Bernardo moving to Barcelona growing, I don't think they could afford to lose him. Realistically I think City's first choice midfield-attack may end up looking like this:

    Grealish Haaland Foden
    Rodri Phillips KDB

    Some say Pep won't play with a double-pivot with Rodri and Phillips, however I disagree that he won't play both together. Rodri gets on the ball so much for City and is great at playing slide-rule passes through to advancing WBs/WFs and generally has outstanding passing range that I think he could comfortably play a CM role. Phillips similarly is a decent passer and could be blooded to play the role. Having a CF will mean City lose a bit of control in midfield compared to last season so I don't see why Pep would think having more than one player on the pitch that's capable of playing the DM role is a bad thing, the rest of his side changed positions so regularly on the pitch last season so why not them?

    With Sterling, Mahrez and Bernardo gone there would only really be Grealish, Foden and Mahrez to occupy the wide forward roles (along with Alvarez who is capable of playing across the line but I imagine ideally will be used at CF). Grealish had much more of an impact in the last few weeks of last season than he did for arguably the rest of it and I think he will make that position his, they didn't spend £100m on him for nothing. Foden can of course be a challenger there but according to The Athletic, he wants to play on the right. Whether Pep goes along with that is another question, but we've seen in recent seasons that he just doesn't seem to trust Mahrez as a permanent option at RW in the league. Even when they had limited options due to injuries and other issues, he often went with Torres, and then proceeded to move Jesus to RW instead of playing Mahrez.

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      I’d be very very surprised that City don’t replace Jesus. Many rumours that they’re after Leao.

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        After the season he's had I'd imagine Milan would be looking for close to €100m for Leao, not sure City would pay it (not that they don't have it). It would make sense if they were to sell all of Jesus, Sterling and Bernardo that they'd have to sign at least one player but at the same time it seems like they've been expecting a fair few departures this summer

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Schrödinger's Mahrez?

    3. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Man city are too good to waste time with a double pivot. Level best defence in the league playing de bruyne and Bernardo Silva in a 3, why would they change that style?

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        I don't think they will play with a double-pivot, but I think both Rodri and Phillips could play together with one playing as DM and the other as CM. But in certain circumstances within a game they may revert to playing with a double pivot if needed, much like last season if they needed to create an overload in midfield for a period the false 9 would drop back while the wingers press high

  20. Ser Davos
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Would anyone consider going with Haaland and Kane over Salah and Son?

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      I like the 1 mid and 1 fwd option for flexibility personally

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        this is likely to be the sensible play and two premiums seems the right balance. Three is too prohibitive

    2. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Have them two in my current draft:

      Alisson(6.0m) 4.0m
      Laporte(6.5m) Dier(5.0m Dunk(5.0m) Kilman(4.5m) 4.0m
      Luis Diaz(9.0m) Maddison(8.0m) Odegaard(6.5m) Neto(6.0m) 4.5m
      Kane(12.0m) Haaland(12.0m) Wilson(7.0m)

      Opting for CB’s due to expecting full-backs to be rotated more often

      1. Ser Davos
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Very intriguing team

        Are you a fanatical 3-4-3er?

        1. Ser Davos
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          I'm leaning toward latching onto Diaz and Kulu early then having two premium slots and then one cheap attacker with the rest of the funds concentrated on the back 5

          1. SAKA AND EMILE SMITH ROWE
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Do like the look of back 5 drafts, certainly a lot of value in premium DF’s

    3. Indpush
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      I'm aiming to start with all four.

    1. RedRo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      So that’s why they bought Nunez!

  21. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Do we think Digne will be 5.0m and Cash 5.5m, or both 5.5m.

    Digne doesn’t warrant 5.5, considering he started 5.5 this year and finished on 80-89 points.

    1. Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      That would be my prediction

      Remember when they made Leicester's Pereira 6.0 for the 19-20 season?

    2. Chilli Heatwave
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Yes think digne 5.0, Cash still far more the attacking threat, but you never know!

      1. Chilli Heatwave
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Though points lower due to injuries, changing teams and falling out with Rafa so not necessarily the telling sign to go by

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 3 mins ago

          They ought to be same price. Digger just underperformed last season because he was in a Rafa funk then got injured.

  22. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Ah poop Minamino going to Monaco. There goes a bargain.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Would he have got many minutes anyway with Jota, Nunez, Diaz and Firmino around?

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Think a few were hoping he might stick in the PL, we're rumours a couple of teams like Leeds were looking at him

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Ah I see!

        2. NateDog
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          *were

  23. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    https://mobile.twitter.com/David_Ornstein/status/1539349986755981314

    Arsenal have formally submitted an offer for Raphinha tonight, but it is expected to be rejected immediately as it is well below Leeds' valuation

    1. lugs
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      they should throw in Pepe as part of the deal, 6.5m Pepe at Leeds next season and i'd be massively tempted 😆

    2. Qaiss
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      If we pull off Raphinha and Jesus, the disgraceful ending of last season, might, just might be forgiven. We will have a serious team if they sign for us.

      1. RedRo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 days, 3 hours ago

        If you pull off Raphinha and Jesus - that in itself is disgusting and not befitting of a family friendly club.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 3 mins ago

          I don't see why Arsenal would want him given Saka plays in his position. Mind you, if Barca are now going for Bernardo S, they won't need Raphinha - or afford him. The other interested party is Spurs who also are strong in that position - altough as they've dropped their interested in Eriksen, that could have legs.

  24. Lovren an elevator
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 3 hours ago

    Anyone think Alvarez could actually end up playing quite a lot this season? Especially if Jesus and Sterling leave, and no replacements?

    1. RedRo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 3 hours ago

      I’d be very surprised if he didn’t play a lot

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 6 mins ago

      He'll be gradually integrated with frequent sub appearances, I'd wager. I don't agree with posters saying City need to replace Jesus - they already have.

  25. lugs
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 1 hour ago

    oh just noticed today is the 22nd, exactly 1 month since the final gw of the season. so hopefully today is the day we start getting some price reveals in preparation for the game launching at the weekend or possibly Friday as that will be exactly 6 weeks before the season starts 🙂

    1. Darwin von Humboldt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 58 mins ago

      I really hope so. It's an earlier start to the league this year - I need the tinker-time!

  26. Nostalgic Thuggery
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 59 mins ago

    There were 434 million transfers on FPL last season... that is approx. 48 per FL player.

    So finally i'm twice as good as the average at something (I really must tinker less this season).

    But this 434 million number must help calculate how many active players there are?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 45 mins ago

      Does this number include WC & FHs, as would skew numbers to make it look like more active players than there really are.

      1. Nostalgic Thuggery
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 41 mins ago

        Good question

      2. Wild Card this!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 days, 21 hours ago

        Not just that, it also includes all those bogus/weird teams, that were competing only for team value and not points...they were making hundreds of transfers...and not to forget those "highest GW points" teams...loads of transfers.

        1. POTATO
          • 1 Year
          2 days, 21 hours ago

          ... and some accounts got hacked with something like a thousand transfers, so I don't know if allowances were made for that. It might be more informative if the number of transfers for the top 1M OR were averaged, or if the median number of transfers was published alongside the averages.

          1. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 days, 21 hours ago

            Wild card and Free hit tfrs also?

      3. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 days, 21 hours ago

        See below

  27. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 7 mins ago

    Chelsea's transfers lady is offski - I wonder if this could be a serious problem, timingwise. They need a new defence, the midfield is getting geriatric and incomings are needed at the top end. I wouldn't be surprised if the new season opens with Arsenal's squad in a better shape than Chelsea's.

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      2 days, 18 hours ago

      Judging from everything I've read about her and her significance since she joined the club, it has to be a big blow, especially in what is a crucial window for Chelsea. The Kounde chase has already been going on for a year now and doesn't seem like it's any closer, and with the very close attention she gave all transfers and potential new players and that job now moving to a new owner (who naturally has a lot of other things occupying his time), it doesn't exactly look promising.

  28. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 days, 20 hours ago

    With Raphinia and Jesus, Arsenal might our "cheaper yet scoring" go to alternative for us.

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 days, 19 hours ago

      If they're bought early enough and integrated pre-season, they will appeal for those first 8 GWs.

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        2 days, 18 hours ago

        Supposedly Raphinha has told his agent to tell suitors that whoever he ends up going to he wants the move done before preseason begins as he wants a full preseason to settle in and ready himself for the new season

    2. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      2 days, 18 hours ago

      If they sign both I feel like it'll be a bit of a quandary trying to figure out who to get! Raphinha is very talented but we've only seen him at RW, but Saka has been so good there that you wonder if he would be played at LW for Arsenal. Jesus you'd have to think slots straight in at CF but Nketiah just signed a new deal and has to have been given a promise over minutes, and Martinelli is waiting in the wings too and had a decent season. No idea who would take penalties either, shouldn't be Jesus with his awful record but any of Saka, Martinelli or Raphinha would be candidates.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 days, 18 hours ago

        I know, for those first 8 fixtures, I'm leaning towards Ramsdale and Tierney for 2 spots, and one further up - Jesus, Saka, Odegaard, Raphinha - would depend on prices and pre-season I guess.

  29. CAVEAT KING
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 days, 20 hours ago

    I think Pep wishes he never signed Grealish.

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 days, 19 hours ago

      Why?

      1. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 days, 19 hours ago

        Party Animal

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          2 days, 19 hours ago

          Well it's not like that wasn't known

          1. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 days, 19 hours ago

            Escalating

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              2 days, 19 hours ago

              Pep probs thought he could control.the animal

            2. St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 days, 17 hours ago

              Klopp regretting the Robbo transfer too?

    2. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      2 days, 18 hours ago

      I don't really get this huge fuss over Grealish's love of nightlife. Lots of players do, heck it was way, way worse going back 15-20+ years where players in the middle of the season would be doing what Grealish is now doing in his off-season / holidays, people just didn't care about it as much nor was there social media to constantly monitor it. As long as he's not doing it during preseason up until the end of the season and he turns up fit and focused what's the issue?

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 days, 17 hours ago

        Agree, for me it's not relevant. What is relevant is that he didn't appear to fully gel with Pep's system last season. Will he integrate better in the second season? Will he be best used as an impact dub, drawing penalties against tired legs?

      2. CAVEAT KING
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 days, 16 hours ago

        Today's players are totally different type of animal and rewarded for it. With all the top choices on offer I would be inclined to choose a fitness robot with a settled boring life. That's all.