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  1. RashFraud
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    Why are we not seeing many teams with gakpo? He was first choice towards the end of last season. Am I missing something?

    1. I Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Minutes risk. Darwin has been on fire in preseason.

    2. Piggs Boson
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      I've seen Gakpo, Darwin, Jota & Diaz all dotted around in some teams. Someone's getting disappointed.

      Gakpo seemed to be first choice towards the end, but Klopp may have new plans. Darwin has a whole season & a pre-season under his belt, maybe Klopp's decides he's ready. We don't know.

      Plenty of other secure strikers to go with, at least for now. You can always bring in Gakpo later.

      1. Piggs Boson
        • 12 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        It's possible the Mac Allister and Szoboszlai signings were brought in to facilitate a striker like Darwin.

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Yeah I did think this also given the brief experiments with a 10 behind Darwin last season, and the potential conflict between Gakpo as false 9 & Szoboszlai's aptitude for a hybrid 8/10 type of role

    3. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Could be we're reading too much into their friendlies but he's been shuffled around various positions and hasn't spent as much time up front as Darwin or Jota. Hoping for new clues tomorrow!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        Or his versatility could mean he's got more starting options.

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Darwin and Jota but he could play most over the season.

    5. Sebastes
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      I think only Salah is really an option for Liverpool attack. At least before we are some gw’s underway but even then I reckon there’ll be a lot of rotation between the rest

    6. FF Red
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      I'm confident Gakpo will start against Chelsea. Nunez has caught the eye with his goals, but Gakpo has had a good preseason too in more understated way. My thoughts (as a LIverpool supporter) going into preseason was that Nunez would score loads in preseason and push for a starting position, but Gakpo will still start against Chelsea and we'll maybe see Nunez against Bournemouth and in some of the easier fixtures to begin with.

      I also expected Jones to start against Chelsea, regardless of who se signed, with him and Mac Allister playing the No.8 roles, and Szoboszlai eased in gently. With our DM position up in the air now and Jones playing there against Leicester, it might be an option to play Gakpo in No.8 as we did in our 2nd friendly and Nunez up top.

      The Bayern match will be telling as it's been interesting that Klopp has paired Mo and Nunez in every friendly so far, to great effect. As someone also highlighted, against Leicester, Mac Allister was taking up the sort of positions Gakpo would drop into, so if Mac Allister and Salah start against Bayern, whoever starts CF will surely be in pole position for Chelsea.

  2. PapaWengzz
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    Bottomed: Ignoring the fact that Onana costs 5.0, Who is the best 5.5m Defender if you could have only one?

    A) Shaw
    B) Chilwell
    C) Stones

    1. The Plutocrat
      • 14 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      I currently have B and C in my draft

    2. theodosios
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      C and then swap for B in GW3

      1. mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        This^. Shaw definitely the worse of the three and 0.5 overpriced imo

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Stones to start then Chilwell when Stones is rested, if Chilwell is still available and then Shaw for minutes and assists and clean sheets too.

    4. Sure You Did
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 16 days ago

      B and C far better options

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        Except Shaw could easily play 1,000 minutes more over the season.

        We'll have Shaw at some point with various opnions but he's been very reliable for a decade now.

        1. x.jim.x
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Shaw’s attacking output is poor for a top 6 fullback though.

          1. Piggs Boson
            • 12 Years
            11 months, 16 days ago

            Attacking output of all defenders has been poor since the inverted fullback craze. They're generally operating as auxiliary CBs or DMs now.

            Trippier was on his own last season until post GW30 when Trent changed position. Lack of big hitters back there.

            Chilwell has promise...

            1. x.jim.x
              • 9 Years
              11 months, 16 days ago

              Defenders who had more G/A than Shaw (3) last season:

              11 - Trent (2G + 9A)
              8 - Trippier (1G + 7A), Robertson (0G + 8A)
              7 - White (2G + 5A)
              6 - Porro (3G + 3A), Estupinan (3G + 3A), Tete (1G + 5A)
              5 - Mee (3G + 2A), Castagne (2G + 3A),
              4 - Van Dijk (3G + 1A), Chilwell (2G + 2A), Davies (2G + 2A), Perraud (2G + 2A), Stones (2G + 2A), Schar (1G + 3A), Tsimikas (0G + 4A)

              You also had Gabriel, Pinnock, Ayling, Cancelo, Dier, Koulibaly, Royal, Saliba, Dalot, Faes, Keane, Mings, Zinchenko and Moreno who matched him.

        2. Sure You Did
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Not sure we are talking about the same person here as the history I am looking at is completely terrible.

    5. Sebastes
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      I’m on Stones and Shaw together with Gabriel atm, with an eye on bringing in Chilwell for Stones early. Might bring in Estupiñan over one of them but right now feel quite good about it

    6. white91
      • 14 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Shaw was a BP magnet last season, Chilwell had a difficult campaign and I like Stones, but will he play every week? He burnt me a lot last season

  3. JELLYFISH
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    Greetings all. A bit behind in my pre season prep but an observation from team drafts that I am seeing is that they all seem to have Estupinan. Probably answering my own question here but assume this is due mainly to BHA fixtures? Just surprises me at 5m that’s all, esp. with a number of decent 4.5 picks.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Brighton look to be a good, attacking option again and he's pretty much nailed on with assist potential down the left wing.

      4.5s are okay but might be rotation risks. Brentford may let more goals in too.

      I've got Estu, Saliba, Henry, Cash and Gusto in my cheap atb squad.

      With a £5m goalkeeper.

      1. JELLYFISH
        • 12 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        I just worry they might do a West Han this season. Early season fixtures does make him an appealing option with his assist potential though, and I guess at the price band there are plenty of options to jump on to.

    2. WVA
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Which 4.5 option got 8 attacking returns in less than a full season?

    3. CONNERS
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      If I had to bet on one defender to get a double-figure haul on the opening weekend, he'd be at the top of the list with that fixture.

      Also, many are planning on using him as a placeholder for Chilwell (+0.5m ITB).

    4. Zalk
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      I have Estupinan, Stones and Saliba as a back three and 0.5 ITB. The one with the lowest points in the three first games will become Chillwell. It might be Estupinan either way because of those gw4-9 fixtures.

  4. x.jim.x
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    Trippier is pretty much dead as an asset with World Cup injury time rules. Thoughts are with Eddie Howe during this difficult time.

    1. Drexl Spivey
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Averaged 88 mins per game over 38 starts last season.

      I don't see your logic.

      1. x.jim.x
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        Newcastle had the ball in play for about 25 minutes per match last season.

        1. Drexl Spivey
          • 6 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Lol, 'k.

          1. x.jim.x
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 16 days ago

            Obviously hyperbole, but Opta found that Newcastle kept the ball in play for the least amount of time and were second-slowest in the league at restarts (slowest at goal kicks).

            This article sums it up: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-12059161/The-Premier-Leagues-worst-time-wasters-does-club-rank.html

            1. Drexl Spivey
              • 6 Years
              11 months, 16 days ago

              And how does this kill Tripps as an FPL asset?

              1. x.jim.x
                • 9 Years
                11 months, 16 days ago

                Newcastle won't be able to grind out results with dodgy time-wasting so will concede more is the simple answer.

            2. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 7 Years
              11 months, 16 days ago

              So... he can make even more points with more played minutes?

    2. Pumpkinhead
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Trippier is dead as an asset atm because Newcastles fixtures are so difficult. Change Newcastles fixtures with almost any other team and you'd see Trippier in more teams.

      1. x.jim.x
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        Which is made because he only managed 3 assists and 5 clean-sheets in 2023 (3 of which came in January).

        1. x.jim.x
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          *mad

        2. Pumpkinhead
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          I don't think it's mad for him to be an option if the fixture were better. There are a few players who didn't perform near the end of the season that folks have in their gw1 squads. It's a new season after all.

          1. x.jim.x
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 16 days ago

            No one would consider the second-most expensive striker in the game if he hadn't scored since January regardless of fixtures.

            1. Pumpkinhead
              • 9 Years
              11 months, 16 days ago

              He's not a striker though. His primary points don't come from attacking returns they come from defensive returns. You're oddly fixated on this topic though. You don't want Trippier, no worries, you don't have to have him. Depending on their form when the fixtures turn, I will consider him.

              1. x.jim.x
                • 9 Years
                11 months, 16 days ago

                The reason why Trippier is so expensive is because of his attacking potential otherwise you might as well pick Schar, who funnily enough picked up the same number of assists after New Year's.

                This is literally the first time I've even mentioned Trippier so how am I 'oddly fixated' on him?

                1. Batman1983
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 months, 16 days ago

                  In no way is Trippier "dead" from a FPL perspective. £6.5m is potentially on the high side given numbers did drop off in the second half of the season - but there are reasons for that. Don't see how the "dodgy time wasting" thing is relevant.

                  Not going for him personally, but an attacking full back, who creates chances from open play and set pieces, in one of the best defences in the league - is never going to be "dead as an asset", especially once fixtures improve.

                  1. x.jim.x
                    • 9 Years
                    11 months, 16 days ago

                    The time-wasting thing was a bit of a joke, but it's a no-brainer that if you're forced to play for 10-15 extra mins per half, you're going to concede more goals. Newcastle only had the ball in play for 51 mins on average last season and were second-slowest at restarts - it's going to affect you massively.

                    1. Batman1983
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      11 months, 16 days ago

                      As it says in the article you posted yourself, it's not just down to one time re time spent with the ball in play. We changed tactics and approaches depending on opposition. We also faced numerous sides who slowed play down, wasted time etc.

                      If significant amounts of injury time is added on (which i still have doubts about it actually being properly implemented), then it will impact every club / defenders points, not just Newcastle.

                      It could also allow Trippier more opportunities to create and get points from assists etc.

                2. Pumpkinhead
                  • 9 Years
                  11 months, 16 days ago

                  You literally started this with your opinion on Trippier and when others disagreed you just doubled down. You don't like him... cool, we know.

                  1. x.jim.x
                    • 9 Years
                    11 months, 16 days ago

                    If replying to people on a discussion forum is being 'oddly fixated' does that mean you're oddly fixated on me?

                    It's called a conversation mate and it wasn't that deep to begin with.

  5. Ask Yourself
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    An A or B !

    A) Watkins + Foden
    B) Rashford + Mitoma

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      A

    2. Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      A

    3. I Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      B

    4. Sebastes
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      B

    5. Ask Yourself
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Thanks all that helped !

  6. UnluckyXI
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    I've been scared off of Trent now due to Liverpool's continuing midfield clearance.

    Which means I've done the following:

    Bruno + Mitoma to Salah + Enciso
    Trent + Estupinan to Stone + Pau/Tarkowski

    The Trent v Salah going to plague me I also don't like have a 12.5 who won't be captained often

  7. Jimjam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    (A) Flekken + Jesus
    (B) Onana + Nkunku

    1. Sure You Did
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 16 days ago

      B

    2. Ask Yourself
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      A better 4.5m keeper and Jesus for me

  8. Sure You Did
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 16 days ago

    If that Man U striker comes in at 7.5 or less, I might just change formations and replace Foden with him so I have a player from each "top 6" team.

    1. Pumpkinhead
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Not sure I would go for an unproven striker just to get a player from each of the top 6. Rather keep Foden or some other player at 7.5 or less.

    2. x.jim.x
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      I would be absolutely astonished if he even hits double-figures in all comps for us.

      1. Andy_Social
        • 11 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        The kid has potential, but little experience. At least Jackson has had time to strut some stuff in preseason; Hojlund would be an utterly unknown quantity.
        I see him as having a 'Darwin first season' this year. Better than Martial, to be fair.

        1. x.jim.x
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          He will have had minutes in 2 pre-season games if we get him signed and in the squad within the next 4 days. Just can't see him starting games at first, especially with Ten Hag carrying on this Sancho false 9 experiment.

          If he scores as many as Darwin did last season, I'd see that as a huge success, considering he's 3 years younger and coming into a more dysfunctional team. I just really cannot see that happening.

        2. Men in green tights
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          He's been scoring a few goals at international level so at 7mil could be worth s punt will be put straight up front as a focal point can see him doing well if he gets some early goals.
          But do take onboard what the others are saying an unknown to the league but the Chelsea duo only have 5je preseason games behind them still new to the prem so also may blow up in their faces an exiting start to season I reckon , there will be quite a few difference between final drafts this time I reckon especially 8f Kane is staying too

        3. PartyTime
          • 3 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Højlund will get bullied in the PL imo

      2. I Member
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 16 days ago

        I would be astonished if he didn't.

        1. x.jim.x
          • 9 Years
          11 months, 16 days ago

          Based on?

          1. I Member
            • 8 Years
            11 months, 16 days ago

            Just the fact that it would be difficult to get less than 10 goals in all competitions as Man United's starting striker.

            1. x.jim.x
              • 9 Years
              11 months, 16 days ago

              Did you not see Weghorst

              1. I Member
                • 8 Years
                11 months, 16 days ago

                So now we're comparing one of the most hyped up forwards in Europe to Wout Weghorst? Okay.

                1. x.jim.x
                  • 9 Years
                  11 months, 16 days ago

                  When did I compare them? In your own words: "it would be difficult to get less than 10 goals in all competitions as Man United's starting striker".

                  The lad's played an equivalent of 20 full matches in Serie A. It's not mad to think he would struggle considering his age and experience.

                  1. I Member
                    • 8 Years
                    11 months, 16 days ago

                    I meant difficult for Hojlund.

                    Not saying he's guaranteed to succeed. 10 goals in 40 games would still be a struggle.

    3. Malkmus
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Definitely worth keeping an eye on him and seeing how these last 2 pre season games go. Imo he will be eased in gently, so won't be nailed on, so probably not worth having. But if he hits the ground running and gets regular starts then will be worth it. He is quick, strong, aggressive and works hard so will be a massive upgrade on martial.

  9. Sebastes
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    A) Raya, Stones, Mitoma
    B) Pickford, Estupiñan, Foden

    A means Stones becomes Chilwell for GW2. Wc planned for GW4

    1. I Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      B

  10. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    Big at the back. Big risk but certainly different. 1.0mITB.

    Onana
    TAA Chilwell Gabriel Saliba Estupinan
    Salah Saka
    Haaland Darwin J.Pedro

    Bentley Anderson Nakamba Philogene

    1. Pumpkinhead
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Certainly different. If I was playing a 5-2-3 I would want to be sure that all 5 of my attacking players get starts and I'm not sure Darwin or J.Pedro are certain to start every game.

    2. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      Looks not unlike my GW1 squad of last season. I soon regretted it.

  11. tricpic
    • 14 Years
    11 months, 16 days ago

    Got to say this as a 4-3-3 looks awesome. But the bench is dreadful and it feels very inflexible, I don’t think I have the nerve.
    Pickford
    Chilwell Stones Estup Gabriel 4
    Salah Saka Eze 4.5 5
    Nkuku Jesus Haaland

    1. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      That starting 11 does look good

    2. Disco Stu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 16 days ago

      I'm going with that same front 3/Defense/Keeper. Just have Bruno and Mitoma instead of Salah/4.5