Scout Notes

FPL notes: Man City rotation, Mitoma, Mac Allister’s creativity

The big Fantasy Premier League (FPL) talking points from Sunday’s three fixtures are covered in our Scout Notes.

All the key stats from the day’s football, from bonus points to expected goals (xG), can be found here.

Any numbers and graphics you see in this article are taken from our Premium Members Area, where you can access Opta player and team data from every single Premier League fixture.

PEP ROTATES

With the title already sewn up, Pep Guardiola opted to rotate pretty much all of his key players on Sunday, such as Erling Haaland (£12.4m), Kevin De Bruyne (£12.2m), Ederson (£5.4m) and Jack Grealish (£7.1m).

There were nine changes in total to the team that thrashed Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, with only defenders Kyle Walker (£4.7m) and Manuel Akanji (£5.1m) keeping their places.

In typical Pep fashion, those coming in included Cole Palmer (£4.2m) on his less-favoured left side, Rico Lewis (£3.7m) in midfield and Phil Foden (£8.0m) – who enjoyed plenty of the ball – playing off Julian Alvarez (£6.1m) in the ‘De Bruyne’ role.

Alvarez scored the game’s only goal and came close to adding a second, only for it to be ruled out by VAR, as Riyad Mahrez (£7.5m) used his arm during the build-up.

Haaland was introduced on 74 minutes – replacing Mahrez – and he didn’t have to wait long for his first sight of goal, but the Norwegian international dragged his shot wide of the post. That was, however, his only attempt.

The big question now is do Pep’s key players return for the midweek trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, or will he allow further rest time in light of Sunday’s celebrations?

“I have been so demanding in this period. We lift the trophy so to think of going to Brighton is so exhausting. We know how difficult they are. The players have to celebrate otherwise it makes no sense. We will arrive with time to rest mentally for the two finals against United and Inter.

We have to play two more games. I said enjoy it but be careful because we will destruct what we have done in these competitions.

Now I have the feeling that all of us are a little bit tired because it’s been a long season. Now it’s the tendency to think it’s done. Still we have a tough game at Brighton and Brentford, hopefully it can pass quick and then we have seven days to prepare United and Inter.” – Pep Guardiola

As for Chelsea, a lot of the time it felt like they were going through the motions, ahead of Mauricio Pochettino’s rumoured arrival in the summer.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.6m) returned in goal but was unusually quiet, making just one save. Instead, it was Manchester City’s keeper Stefan Ortega (£3.7m) who was the busier of the two, registering two save points and, in turn, maximum bonus.

MITOMA’S MISSED CHANCES

Kaoru Mitoma (£5.7m) had two decent chances to put Brighton ahead at the Amex on Sunday, but once again lacked the necessary composure to score.

It means the Japan international has now failed to find the net in each of his last 10 league outings, a period in which he’s missed six Opta-defined ‘big chances’ and is averaging just 3.0 points per start.

He did, at least, supply the assist for Evan Ferguson’s (£4.6m) second against Southampton with a beautiful pass, one of four created chances on the day.

CREATIVE MAC ALLISTER

However, it was Alexis Mac Allister (£5.6m) on his return to the line-up who was Albion’s key creator.

Freed up by Joel Veltman’s (£4.6m) return to play in the ‘hole’, the Argentine produced his first assist since Gameweek 26, creating a whopping seven chances, the most he’s managed in a single match all season.

Above: Alexis Mac Allister’s touch heatmap v Southampton on Sunday

As for Ferguson, he registered five shots in the box and looked a real threat in comparison to fellow budget forward Julio Enciso (£4.6m), who was ineffective and hooked at half-time.

“Ferguson’s improvement has been incredible. He’s playing like an old player but he is only 18. There is a good dressing room with the mentality to help all our younger players, Gilmour, Colwill, Enciso and Buonanotte – we are a very strong team.” – Roberto De Zerbi

Southampton, meanwhile, conceded another three goals at Brighton, taking their tally to 26 in their last 10 games. Next up is Liverpool in Gameweek 38, with a certain Mohamed Salah (£13.1m) set to be a popular captain pick.

MOYES: “THE SHACKLES WERE OFF…”

Jarrod Bowen (£8.0m) produced a goal and assist as Leeds United’s Premier League survival hopes were dealt a huge blow in a 3-1 defeat.

The winger has been in much better form since the restart, with 12 attacking returns from 21 starts, and could be a decent differential shout in Gameweek 38, when West Ham United visit Leicester City, who are without a clean sheet in their last 20 matches.

David Moyes sprung a surprise by naming a strong starting XI on Sunday. Even though he made six changes from Thursday’s win over AZ Alkmaar, Declan Rice (£4.7m), Bowen and Lucas Paqueta (£5.9m) – who has really grown into his role in recent months – all kept their place.

The Brazilian went close to scoring and almost got a second assist when he played in centre-forward Danny Ings (£6.3m), showing plenty of creativity and flair from the middle.

“The shackles were off and Paqueta was fantastic.” – David Moyes

Things looked ominous for West Ham when Rodrigo (£6.3m) put the visitors ahead, but Leeds were unable to build on their lead, with the Spaniard and Patrick Bamford (£7.1m) picking up unfortunate injuries.

The defeat means the Whites will be relegated if they fail to beat Tottenham Hotspur in Gameweek 38, but even that will not be enough if Everton win their final game against Bournemouth or Leicester pick up four points from their last two matches.

“Both of them are struggling badly. Rodrigo with a plantar fascia and Bamford with a hamstring. The impact of the subs I was expecting wasn’t there. I don’t think any of the subs made a difference today.” – Sam Allardyce


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311 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MikeS
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Do we think ederson will start Vs Brighton?

    1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'd say it's pretty unlikely

      1. MikeS
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        How about alvarez and Mahrez?

        1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Flip a coin. I think it depends on what Pep is doing, he's either giving this whole week to the B team so you'll see a similar team to yesterday and then full strength v Brentford, or he just gave the main team one game to rest and will play them all in the next two games

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            I think it's the former, that they rest this week and it's the squad players against Brighton again.

            The quote indicates that but he can change his mind by Wednesday.

    2. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'm going to say yes.
      Ederson v Brighton for rhythm.
      Carson v Brentford for baldness/lols/participation trophy
      Ederson or Ortega in FA cup final
      Ederson v Internazionale

      And then a serious discussion over the summer about whether Ortega should take more games or become de facto no 1.

      1. MikeS
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I was thinking pep would play full strength Vs Brighton.. then rest against Brentford ready for the two cup games.. but who knows with pep hey?!

        1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          That would be my thinking too simply based on game order in schedules.
          Hard to predict though, it being Pep. The argument for going full strength against Brentford is that their playing style will mirror what Inter will do in UCL final, so might want to treat that as the UCL practice session.

    3. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Sheer guesswork

    4. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Really hard to say. I wonder if he might give them half each

  2. FCSB
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who scores moe for the rest of this GW:

    1. Ederson Estupinan Mitoma Fernandes
    2. Steele Mahrez Wilson

    Thanks!

    1. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      4 against 3 then I would say option 1

  3. FCSB
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who scores more for the rest of this GW:

    1. Ederson Estupinan Mitoma Fernandes
    2. Steele Mahrez Wilson

    Thanks!

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      1 ...

      1. FCSB
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Probably very dependent on whether Ederson starts hey

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Well, tbf there's 4 players in 1 so it depends more on Bruno or Wilson scoring plus the rest.

    2. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      please see previous answer

  4. tbos83
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Do we think there's any chance Akanji starts v Bri?

    1. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Sheer guesswork

  5. _Gunner
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is McNeil a good option for GW38?

    1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Solid, but prefer Doucoure (or Eze).

    2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Only if DCL is available IMO

  6. wulfrunian
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is it worth to replace Mitoma with

    a)Maddison
    b)Gakpo
    c)Eze
    ?

    1. JBG
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      C

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Yeah C looks good

    3. Ranger3
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Too early to decide, need to wait for the thursday game

  7. boc610
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Mitoma benchers basically fell into shark infested waters yesterday and came out with a scratched knee

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Why woudl you bench a Brighton player in a DGW. Surely the trasnfers that lead you to having him in your team was because he had these DGW's.

      1. faux_C
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        They have had so many doubles, this week wasn't particularly one to target, and his output has dropped off drastically.

        I'll get him off the bench if Rashford doesn't play the next game :shrug:

    2. MikeS
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Will he start the second game tho?!

    3. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      'Tis only 5pts, will probably be lucky if he ends up on 7pts after Thursday

  8. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Isak, 1st bench, so not sure if I want him to do well or not. I played Rashford.

    Tripper and Schar also on the bench. Fingers crossed for NewC to get a drubbing.

  9. Kodap
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Mitoma > Eze for free?

    DDG
    Taa - Shaw - Trippier
    Salah - Rash - Mitoma - Mac10 - Mahrez
    Isak - Haaland

    Steele - Botman - Watkins - Zinchenko

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      That's what I'm thinking

  10. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    For GW37 City assets, it has to be a case of hold don't transfer in/out. Can't guess Pep.

    Use your final transfer elsewhere.

  11. Gameweek 38 punts
    Tomerick
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Give me all your favourite gw38 punts. The wilder the better, but you have to justify them. I’ll start:

    Gakpo because Southampton.

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Awoniyi - he's just getting into his stride to hit top form.

    2. Ranger3
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Watkins, he is due a haul, home game vs a tired Brighton

    3. ryacoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Won't Firmino get a start over Gakpo?

    4. ryacoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Eze, Rodrigo, Vardy, Bowen, Van Dijk

      1. Eze Really?
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Rodrigo carrying an injury.
        Iheanacho back probably

    5. Haa-lala-land
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Carson/Ortega

      Porro Perisic Tsimikas

      Barnes Maddison R Nelson McNeill

      Vardy Firminho Richarlison

      1. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I was taking this seriously until the last pick....

    6. IPSWICH
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Kane, last game in sours shirt, leeds down...spurs will win 6-1

    7. Float
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mitrovic! I'm looking at bringing him in for Isak.

      We've all forgotten just how good this guy is after his 8 game ban and Man Utd will have nothing to play for on the final day if they get even a draw against Chelsea midweek

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 14 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Good shout that

      2. jesus jesus
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Fulham also can’t improve or lose Pl position

    8. Hy liverpool
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Firmino
      Eze
      Iheanacho
      Mina

    9. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'm looking at:

      Paqueta
      Vardy/Barnes
      Eze
      Awoniyi

    10. Shultan
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mbeumo- good form & expect ederson back for city final

    11. Brimble82
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I’m going with:
      Eze, Garnacho, Kane

      The rest are template.

  12. Hooky
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is that the guy from the Yellow Pages French polish advert sat next to Bilva in the picture above?

    1. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      😆 topical reference ftw

  13. dshv
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Mahrez to Gakpo for the final
    Week ?

  14. Letsgo!
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Do u think gundo will play against brighton?

    1. El Presidente
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      yes

  15. villian-ty
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    No love for Villa platyers as a punt? They be going for it

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I have Mings
      I'm expecting a hattie from him.

    2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I have Martinez and Moreno, between Martinez and Steele so will probably play him but doubt I'll play Moreno too

  16. Most disappointing FPL team of 2022/23
    Haa-lala-land
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Start of the season, Disappointment team XI:

    Ederson

    James Perisic Chilwell

    Kulusevski Son Mount Bowen

    Darwin Havertz Vardy

    1. Robe Wan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Robertson, cancelo, sterling

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mine was
      Pope
      Taa Cancelo James Zinc
      Martin Kulu Bailey Salah (c)
      Haaland Jesus
      Ward Aaronson Williams Archer

      95 pts and 5k overall rank.

      But ending season with disappointment.
      Currently 54k.

      1. 23 Carra Gold
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        not what was asked, but okay

        1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Lol, only on this site could someone ask who were the most disappointing players this season, and get the response "I was in the top 5k at one point".

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            _ _
            \○/
            I
            / \

            Sorry Rocky

    3. Differentiator
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mendy
      James Robertson Dias Perisic
      Son Sterling Kulusevski Antony Sancho
      Vardy

    4. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Wow. At the start of the season most people would've taken that team if we were given the extra budget for it!

    5. Hairy Potter
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Maybe Bailey given his popularity on here at the start of the season.

    6. Red Red Robins
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I never had him (couldnt afford) but Perisic in pre season, he was talked about the most i think

    7. Deer-in-headlights
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Neto

    8. jesus jesus
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Pulisic - was gonna be my 1st pick at the end of last season

    9. jesus jesus
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Neto too

    10. Piggs Boson
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ward
      TAA - Robbo - Chilwell - James - Perisic
      Son - Bruno - Sterling
      Darwin - Ronaldo

    11. Shultan
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ederson
      Cancelo Perisic James
      Son Bailey Maddison Zaha
      Darwin martial havertz

    12. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A lot of people suggesting Ederson, but I think that's not quite right considering the question is about start of the seaon.

      Ederson has been disappointing for those of us who brought him in min-season/recently to attack the double-gameweeks, but I don't think he would have been majorly considered at the start of the season. The Ward/Iverson pairing was probably the biggest disappointment from those we were considering at the start. Possibly Sanchez.

    13. Az
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ward / Iversen
      James Perisic Robertson Cancelo
      Mount Son Neto Foden
      Darwin Jesus

      Genuinely thought the 4.0 GK pairings could break the game.

      Defence picks itself really, we all had such high hopes for the attacking full backs and it just hasn’t translated into points due to rotation / injuries / transfers (!)

      Son was always overpriced at £12m but I don’t think anyone could have foreseen the poor season he’s had. Mount was the worst of the £8.0m options on offer to us. Neto is another pre season bandwagon to add to the fire and never speak of again. Foden flirted with being an elite option for us and then was unceremoniously dropped, adding to the disappointment.

      Up front, Nunez has had an absolute shocker but we’ve all been there and hoped he’d make good on his underlying numbers, but he hasn’t. Jesus got that huge haul early on for his 80% ownership, but really hasn’t been a factor for us since, especially with the injury.
      ,

      1. Haa-lala-land
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Like the famous philosopher Mike Tyson once said,

        "Every FPL manager has got a plan until GW1 come around and punches you in the face"

  17. Bubz
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Looking forward to my Schar goal, Trippier assist on my bench tonight

    1. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Maddi Hattie

    2. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ditto mate!

  18. Steevo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Leicester win tonight would mean Liverpool could get Top 4 with a massive win at Southampton?

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Yeah, but then you see who Newcastle play on the final day and realise it doesn't matter

      1. Steevo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Stranger things have happened.. would make Salah an even more enticing Captain for GW38.

  19. hussain_786zx
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is it worth bringing in TAA for GW 38 and captaining him?

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      If chasing, there's worst ideas.

  20. Tigger_7
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    On Free Hit, and currently 100pts behind. Looking for a lot of Differentials

    Currently on:
    Ramsdale (Ortega)
    Gabriel, Tarkowski, Shaw (Lewis, Tsimikas)
    Salah (vc), Maddison, Odegaard, Bruno, Eze
    Kane (c), Haaland, (Ferguson)

    Anyone else i should be considering (Not sure about double Arsenal defense)?
    Firminio instead of Haaland - he normally likes to score against Southampton.
    Could do Son instead of Kane..Too many decisions. No doubt will pick all the wrong ones anyway..

    1. hussain_786zx
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Get Firmino instead of Haaland and get Trent instead for Tsimikas and captain Treant maybe

    2. Haa-lala-land
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'd be going a lot more differential on FH38 if I was chasing.
      No Arsenal, except mybe Nelson
      Porro/Perisic in defence
      Play Tsimikas and Firminho only from Liverpool
      Definitely play Ortega in goal, Bps magnet.
      I'd prefer a McNeil or Eze or Son over Fernandes, and I'd prefer a Vardy/Mitro over a Haaland.

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Sorry mate, there's zero chance you make up 100 points in a single GW.

    4. Old Man
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      You are not going to close that gap without a miracle. Pick three defenders from one team, I'd say. Eggs. Baskets.

  21. SpaceCoyote97
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    David Ornstein saying that Arsenal really want Gundogan, Rice and Mount.

    1. Digital-Real
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Won't win them the league next season. This was their best chance, City were there for the taking.

    2. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I really want Jennifer Lawrence to knock on my front door

      1. Hairy Potter
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Insert own joke about Jennifer Lawrence and back doors...

        1. Now I'm Panicking
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Glad you didn't mention Arsenal

  22. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
    • 15 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I noticed the fpl godfather - Mark Sutherns has mirrored his Forest team and been flying in the run in. Time or writing 150k plus OR

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/116739/event/37

    Somehow about 40 points ahead of my rank for instance out of nowhere.

    At one stage I was feeling sorry for this fella. But he obviously knows what he is doing, 'form is temporary class is permanent' as they say.

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Fpl Virgin is c*mming rn.

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 15 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Hahhahaha

      2. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        He'll have surely found something to complain about in the act, and with that, flaccid once more.

    2. Hairy Potter
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Gains have been there to be got, especially as some of the FOMO picks, promoted by content creators, haven't come off during the WC/BB/FH period.

    3. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Oh lordy

    4. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
      • 15 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Jesus Christ. 'Godfather ' hahah

      He's still got a crap rank and has made terrible decisions all season. A few lucky decisions when he's forced to go differential because he's forgotten how to play FPL

      So when he's having a mare he's unlucky but when he gets a few good gwks he's great again. He's finished as a top FPL player. Bookmark this baby

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 14 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        You, sir, are spouting nonsense.

        1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
          • 15 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Well let's test the theory. Bookmark it. Just because you are all weirdly obsessed over him it doesn't make what I am saying not true. He's a terrible decision maker and he's 186 k not 150k. Are we glorifying near 200k OR now just because he used to be good before he failed to adapt to the changes?

          1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
            • 15 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            There is no obsession. I am just pointing out how the former owner of this site has improved dramatically following a a poor start. Which is a sign for sticking with it. And could be insprational for newer players playing the game. I would view 186k as a great OR especially considering the amount who play the game these days and the poor start Mr Sutherns had, That is all.
            I did not think such an inoffensive post would engender such a vicious reaction. People who normal do such things have underlying issues, they feel the need to attack. But each to their own.

          2. Rasping Drive
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 14 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            You say he has made terrible decisions all season, which would imply you are following his moves closely. Or to put it another way, obsessing.

            Although I don't follow his moves nearly as closely as you do, he has always made moves based on sound logic, a lot of the time, they work out (his FPL history supports this) This season, not so much, at least not in the first half of the season.

            And what changes in particular has he failed to adapt to?

            1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
              • 15 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Again not true that seems to be a logic fallcy you have created to suit your narrative.
              I merely watch the blackbox podcast and the 'mods and cons' league is free to view - which has been highlighted on this very site.

              I think the narrative from you and others who sound extremely bitter seems to be one of latent jealousy against Mr Sutherns?

              The fella lived the dream and the undercurrent from these comments seem to highlight that jealously. So ergo they are quick for the attack. it is very sad to see.
              Considering that you are now on the website that he created for fun and subsequently made a living from. Your attitude seems to be a very bitter, nasty one, Which adds nothing positive to the world.

              If everyone had your attitude the sale of ulcer prevention medication would sky rocket. But I suppose some people always need a target and someway to 'vent'. I suppose it is good that you can release such bitterness in the virtual world, which means you might cause less harm off it?

              1. Rasping Drive
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 14 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Is this reply meant for me? If yes, I think you need to read my post more closely.

                1. Wild Rover
                  • 13 Years
                  1 year, 1 month ago

                  Seems pretty obvious that it's a reply fail and not aimed at you.

          3. *Reformed-Character*
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            He has 10 finishes in top 5k - These stats demand respect.

      2. Old Man
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Very harsh, I must say. Give the poor bloke a break - he created the site, he did well at FPL, he sold the site and now he almost certainly doesn't spend as much time on doing his homework. Why should he - he still plays for a bit of fun I wold imagine. Good luck to him I say.

        All the sad old gits like me will remember fondly the days of Mark and Granville.

    5. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
      • 15 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      This has to be the most sickly post of the 22/23 season. Congratulations that's no mean feat .

      1. Dunster
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Perhaps - a little. But it was inoffensive. Whereas your (over)reaction has made you look a bit of a twit to any reasonable reader.

        1. GoonerSteve
          • 14 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          What a beautifully stated retort. Bravo.

        2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 15 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Plus it was a tongue in cheek original post, on purpose hoping some might find it amusing as well as informative.
          But I did not factor in the fact that some have high levels of jealously and bitterness and feel the need to attack. Plus irony of irony's use Mr Suthern's own creation to attack Mr Sutherns - and somehow treat me as his proxy.
          The internet is a really odd place these days.
          I would have suspected that the poster in question with the overreaction was a teenager/young. But unless they joined this site when they were 5 they can't be. So the overreaction becomes more questionable when you realise the poster in question is likely in their 30's.

      2. Haa-lala-land
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        You are a horrible person Pulpkinhead.

        1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
          • 15 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Yeah

    6. Twisted Saltergater
      • 15 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Mark’s the GOAT and always will be in my eyes! Form is temporary, class is permanent.

      1. Old Man
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Hear hear.

        1. Westfield Irons ⭐️
          • 14 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Mark is an FPL legend. You can’t write off his previous achievements based on a poor start to this season. He is ranked 6205 in the Second Chance league which is remarkable, clearly showing he hasn’t ‘forgotten how to play FPL’. Besides he has been committed to our cause and helped elevate the game over many years and the content he has created either via Scoutcast or Black Box is fantastic.

      2. Wild Rover
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Not sure the stats bear that out, but he’s a good guy to whom FPL players owe a great deal.

        1. *Reformed-Character*
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Are you serious? he has 10 finishes inside the top 5k....

          1. Wild Rover
            • 13 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            The HOF doesn’t lie

            1. Wild Rover
              • 13 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Of course he is a great player, but not the GOAT as claimed above.

            2. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
              • 15 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              The HOF that was created and manipulated by Mark and scout themselves The HOF is a sham and the worst thing to happen to FPL imo. For a start you have to be in their league. He's nowhere in that non scout one

              Of course I'm not saying he's bad or anything. That would be ridiculous. People getting butt hurt thinking I said that and in panic . Yes he was a great player. Yet 3 of his last 4 ranks ( Inc this one) have been bad. My whole point is that he's certainly no GOAT and he's currently not a great player. I don't think he will ever be a top player again because he tries too hard to be different. It's too high risk against so many players now. He's not learning any lessons just doing the same thing over and over . Also doesn't he not captain players who play Forest? That is what noobs and casuals do.

              1. Wild Rover
                • 13 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                I’m well aware that the original HOF was ‘tweaked’ but as far as I know (no longer a member), he is nowhere near the top now, hence my comment about the HOF not lying, to put down the theory that he is the GOAT.

                1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
                  • 15 Years
                  1 year, 1 month ago

                  Yeah fair play. I mean people who actually win the game have achieved more than anyone with 10 top 10k ranks so it's unfair on the actual champions to put people who haven't come close to what they have achieved . This HOF is such a joke , it is the reason all this 'elite player' rubbish started.

                2. RedLightning
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 14 Years
                  1 year, 1 month ago

                  Our HOF is somewhat biased towards recent seasons' results, so is not really a fair comparison between current and past greats. Some former greats such as Ville Ronka used to dominate FPL just as much as current greats such as Fabio Borges have done more recently. It is a combination of Consistent excellence and recent form - some have even suggested that it ought really renamed as a Hall of Form.

                  There are other HOFs that emphasize different measures of success, and there are probably others who have had better career records, but Mark has certainly had an excellent FPL record, and when you also take his other contributions to FPL such as FFS into account, then he is certainly at least an FPL Legend.

              2. Øgaard it's Haa…
                • 1 Year
                1 year, 1 month ago

                I thought you said were not responding anymore. Do us all a favour.

                1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
                  • 15 Years
                  1 year, 1 month ago

                  Yeah

      3. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
        • 15 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I think...I think I'm going to be siiiiiiiccckkkk

    7. Hooky
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I've gone from 1.2m in GW28 to 158k now. Can I be know as the FPL Modfather?

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 15 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        It all depends if you have the hair for it, nice jacket, and possibly a certain swagger when clicking on transfers on your fpl team. I wonder do Paul Weller play fpl?

    8. :
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      "...he failed to adapt to the changes"

      Genuinely interested as to what these changes are because obviously I haven't adapted to them either. 😀

      1. Pumpkinhead - I'm ITK …
        • 15 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        😆

  23. Sharkytect
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I might just roll my FT this week

    1. ritzyd
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Not a bad plan to get ahead of the game in GW1 next season

  24. hussain_786zx
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    GW 38 PUNTS:

    Ultra* - This means player is a huge punt / ultra differential

    Liverpool: Diaz, Gakpo, Firmino, Elliott (Ultra)*, Carvalho (Ultra)*
    Everton: Gray, McNeil, Iwobi, Pickford
    Man Utd: Antony, Sancho, Garnacho (Ultra)*
    Man City: Alvarez, Mahrez, Foden, Gundogan
    Leeds Utd: Rodrigo, Gnonto, Sinisterra (Ultra)*, Harrison (Ultra)*
    Newcastle: Willock, Joelinton, Guimares (Ultra)*
    Leicester: Maddison, Barnes, Iheanacho, Daka (Ultra)*
    Nottingham Forrest: Awoniyi, MGW, Danilo/Lodi (Ultra)*
    Aston Villa: Watkins, Ramsey, Bailey (Ultra)*, Buendía (Ultra)*
    Wolves: HHC, Neves, Traore, Sarabia (Ultra)*
    Bournemouth: Solanke, Billings, Tavernier, Outtara (Ultra)*
    Southampton: JWP, Adams (Ultra)*
    Brighton: Enciso, Ferguson, Groß, Buonanotte (Ultra)*
    Fulham: Mitrovic, Willian, BDR, H Reed (Ultra)*, Palhinha (Ultra)*
    Palace: Eze, Olise, Edouard
    Brentford: Mbuemo, Wissa, Jensen (Ultra)*
    West Ham: Bowen, Paqueta, Benrahma, Rice, Antonio (Ultra)*
    Chelsea: Sterling, Felix, Havertz, Auba/Madueke (Ultra)*
    Spurs: Son, Kulusevski, Richarlison, Porro, Perisic (Ultra)* Danjuma (Ultra)*
    Arsenal: Jesus, Odegaard, Gabriel, Nelson (Ultra)*, Kiwior (Ultra)*

    1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I have 2 FT, so do you have any more suggestions? I was thinking Che Adams and Palhinha from this list...

      1. hussain_786zx
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        If DCL is confirmed out for (BOURNEMOUTH - Home) then Maupay could potentially start.

        1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Ok I did Che Adams and Palhinha, but the app says Adams is injured? Should I get Maupay instead, for a hit?

          1. KanuLenoMeeMoCash
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            do not get Maupay
            He is terrible

            1. Now I'm Panicking
              • 9 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Someone should have said that to Everton before they bought him.

              1. KanuLenoMeeMoCash
                • 3 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                fact lol
                Sackable offence that

    2. Haalander
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Thanks for this. Took a lot of effort and will use for my free hit. Cheers

    3. Digital-Real
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Nelson from Arsenal unlikely to play (contract dispute)

    4. hussain_786zx
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      VVD could be a goal threat against Southampton, having him and TAA could be a huge rank booster

    5. hussain_786zx
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Forgot to add Trossard to the list as well as VVD and Maupay

    6. Dunster
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Super post this - thanks for sharing your detailed thoughts.

    7. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 15 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      No Almiron for Newcastle??

    8. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      My eyes my eyes!

    9. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Thanks Hussain_786ZX for a lot of time & alternative views for GW38

  25. Old Man
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Horrible dilemma. For FPL I want Newcastle to win 5-0 with all the points going to Trippier and Wilson. For real football I want the Foxes to survive, so I want a 0-5 result.

    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
      • 15 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Do Foxes eat Magpies?

    2. Hooky
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      That's not a dilemma. Sod FPL if you're team might get relegated 😆

      1. Wild Rover
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Beat me to it

      2. Old Man
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Indeed

      3. Old Man
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        but we're doomed anyway.

        1. Haa-lala-land
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          We must nurture the hope that there is hope, otherwise what do we got!