The Community Round Up

Filed under: Community - Posted by: Jonty

With the first Wildcards of January being fluttered, the community was abuzz with advice on the best picks, rotation pairings and formations for our newly-assembled teams. Elsewhere this week, the community attempted to decipher the secrets of some of the most consistent Fantasy managers around – is it skill or pure luck at work? We revisit this and other discussions, before calling in on the progress of a variety of tournaments taking place within the FFS community.

The Hottest Topics

With the January Wildcard available this week, there was a flurry of hot topics looking at the various strategies and key acquisitions available. Triggerlips’s post was one of the week’s most popular and contains some valuable advice such as anticipating price falls and delaying the Wildcard to the final Gameweek. Despite such advice, some Fantasy managers simply could not wait to start tinkering with their sides. Kingston and Wakey were amongst the early Wildcarders to make themselves known during our discussion.

Good on Zidane’s Floor was also on hand to offer valuable input on some of the potential January wildcard bargains. This includes those who are set to return from injury, with Southampton’s goalkeeper Artur Boruc and Liverpool’s left back Jose Enrique amongst the array of names offered up. Meanwhile, GK was busy researching wildcard formations and has supplied a list of some of the key bargains to earmark during the January sales.

The “ubers”, a term used to describe those who favour a very cheap defence, were also out in force this week in an attempt to convince Fantasy managers of the benefits of rotating a budget backline. In Koflok’s guide to cheap defensive rotation he also takes into account the need to include at least one premium defender, with Everton’s Seamus Coleman the pick of the bunch. Around Coleman he recommends rotating defenders from, among others, Hull, Stoke and Newcastle.

Another of our most popular wildcard posts during the last week was this epic guide to defender and goalkeeper rotations from Innsie.

Elsewhere, Granville had his say, stating that the Wildcard could prove the perfect time to ditch this season’s favoured 3-4-3 formation and opt instead for a 3-5-2 line-up with a cheap striker. Among the budget forward options he’s considering are Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez and Norwich’s Gary Hooper.

Gargamel’s Gargatron, the tool which helps Fantasy managers analyse their captaincy and bench decision, has been widely used among the community. He returned with a post this week to tell us of some updates, including the ability to show how far away from a particular rank you are in terms of points. Depressing reading for some – Mark should certainly steer clear.

Meanwhile, Lee AFC spotted that certain managers, such as our live Hall of Fame leader Evs and last year’s Fantasy Premier League (FPL) winner Spiderm4tt, seem to be achieving an incredible level of consistency. He asked whether they are just lucky or among the most skilful FPL players around. Luck vs Skill – an age old debate and a definite can of worms.

The Community Tournaments

FFS UEFA’s league competitions have ended. Last week we had just enough time to reveal that our moderator Evs had scooped the English Premier League crown. The full list of winners also include rest of Europe winner Djerbil, Ligue 1 champion GoonerByron and Bundesliga victor Billy Ketsu. In addition, two other members of the Fantasy Football Scout team emerged victorious, with our resident physio expert Facer scooping the Serie A crown and moderator Athletico Timbo taking the title of La Liga winner. The FFS UEFA Council has also revealed that it has no plans for any further league competitions but instead will concentrate on tournaments such as its Beach Soccer World Cup.

Those topping In Tommy We Trust’s All Things leagues are Evs, Bootsy, Athletico Timbo, Billy Ketsu, Jambo17 and Koneheads.

Thomass‘ Big Bash League Tournament has now reached the knockout stage. In Gameweek 22 the semi-finals will take place where Evs and fellow moderator Torres Magic‘s Sydney Sixers take on our Sky game expert D1sable and BlueLion, aka Perth Scorchers. The other semi-final will feature Thomass and Giggs Boson‘s Sydney Thunder against Melbourne Stars, the team name of Pleased to Michu and Rohan.

In Torres Magic’s Last Man Standing competition 35 managers left, with 271 remaining. Blue Teets leads his After Xmas League. His Millionaire Club & January Wildcard League start in GW21. Codes to all TM’s leagues can be found here.

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  1. Hypothesis:

    The more desperate Moyes' situation gets, the more minutes Januzaj will play.


    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. He seemed like such a bright prospect... now I'm not sure how good he is even if nailed. United just aren't scoring the goals, hard to pick him over say Sterling. God knows when Sturridge is back, he's been constantly struggling with fitness and injuries for 2 years.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Moyes isn't desparate.

      His job is safe and he will continue to manage in his own way. Janu will be used sparingly.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. I agree

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      2. Hasn't he started something like 5/6 games?

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. There's a long way to go.

          I'm sure the MUN midfield will find some form and Janu will be used less in that case.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. Moyes definitely rates him. Just checked, and of the 5/6 games he started, he was subbed off only when manu were winning. When they needed goals, he played 90

            Shows moyes sees him as important

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
  2. Not WC-ing yet and limping int GW21 with this lot:

    Coleman, Mert, JEvans
    Hazard, Sterling, Cabaye, Walcott
    Negredo, Rooney, Suarez

    Mannone, Shelvey, Gabbidon, Rosenior

    1FT to replace someone and I'm hoping Cabaye and Rooney will play some part.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Still looks better than mine. 1FT has to be on Walcott out.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Probably will be when we get some news.

        Not too thrilled with relying on Shelvey or Gabbi but that's what your bench is for.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Looks decent? Rooney and Cabaye probably aren't out for long, if at all in Rooney's case. Have a smoke, kick back and wait for pressers.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Sound advice.

        Lighting up.......now!

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Looks good to me Sport.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. And you now call yourself Sport.. Like I've always said.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. It's 2014 so I've decided to slim down.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
  3. mannone / marshall

    zabaleta / mertesacker /coleman /dawson /evans

    ozil / hazard / cabaye / barkley / eriksen

    rodriguez / saurez / aguero

    w/c if wally is out....

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. is this your current or WC team

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. will be w/c team ,strength everywhere....

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. its a strong team, my only critique is you've spent quite a lot of money spent in defense - if jay rod gets an injury or another striker hits a run of form it would be hard to upgrade him

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
  4. Just filtered news on Wacltt. ESPN reporting hes out for a MONTH. FECK!

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Ok.
      I'll wait for something better.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Time for someone to post an old article with a horrible headline 😀

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Guess ESPN not rated onn here :S

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Are you watching Press Pass? I am now in the background.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. "Arsenal's Theo Walcott *may* miss month due to knee injury"

        "Forward to undergo scan on possible ligament damage"

        Nothing new here

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. Theo is a nightmare to own. Requires far to many transfers in and out because of daft injuries. If he wasn't made of glass he'd be worth owning.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. I guess the 32 points he gave me over the last 3 weeks wasn't worth an extra FT or hit.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Not someone to rely on. I'll be delighted when his long injury is confirmed, saves the hassle of having to own him and watch him get yellow flagged every week.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
  5. If Rooney and Walcott a both ruled out I could save a FT and still field a decent XI!


    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. But I'd definitely use my FT.. Jus sayin...

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. aha! Knew there was something fishy.. 😀

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Hey if they are only ruled out for one game every chance I will save FT

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Like a boss.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Sterling & ward/ terry would come in for me, not sure if this is bossing it also

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  6. any chance Wally just 'jarred' his knee. that's kind of what it looked like. Painful and a bit swollen but not normally out for that long with it.


    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. This is Walcott we're talking about though. He injures himself getting out of bed in the morning.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. I'd use any excuse to get stretchered off at the end of a game to save my tired legs from walking

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Very much in the realm of possibility. He might also have just taken a kick. Wait for scan results either way, no point speculating

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. I will put money on him not playing a game for at least 3 weeks - he's oot ma team once i work out who to swap him for :-~

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      2. well i've seen replays of it, and sadly he definitely didnt get a kick. Studs got stuck in the turf and you saw the knee lock.

        At this stage strained ligaments has to be the most likely, but i'm still holding some hope of a quick return

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. I haven't seen it to be honest, but it sounds like he will miss a couple of games at least

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. I'm not a physio, all I know is I'm going to chill until we got some proper news. He's the #1 FPL midfielder in my book and I don't want to ditch him too early to find out he's back next GW (or even this one).

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  7. Having read SAF biography, I couldn't help but notice the part which says: "as I slipped out of the picture, David (moyes) brought in three of his own staff.... Which meant that Rene meulensteen, mike phelan and Eric Steele lost their jobs. It was David's call. I told home that if he kept my staff, I would be delighted"

    That, right there, tells me that SAF wanted Moyes to keep our main back room staff. Something Moyes chose to ignore. Changing a manger that has been in his position for 26 years is a dramatic change, but changing the whole back room staff on top of this, has caused shit stir amongst the players.

    Absolutely Clueless. Get him out now

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. I have no idea about MUN history but how did SAF do in his first season?

      Did he have bring in new coaching staff?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Thats not the point. Having a winning formula unlike no other the world has seen. To come in and completely disregard what Fergie told him says it all. Hes an absolute clueless clown and you can see how everton have benefited from his departure.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. I don't think SAF would have done much better with the same players.

          They may be the same names as last season but the performances have been dire.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. He won the league with the same players. What are you on about. With 3 games to spare and brought them withing goal difference of another title the year before. No excuses

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
          2. As Moyes himself said ''Nothing has changed but the manager''- Don't get me wrong I'm not saying SAF would have won the league but there is no way Utd would have been this abject in performance and results.

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. He had to succeed or fail his own way though. SAF escaping this debacle without much stick though. The squad moyes inherited, RvP and Rooney aside, is terrible. United would have been nowhere near the title last season without RvP, just like they are this season. midfield needs an overhaul but has done for about 3 years. Should have got sneijder years ago as part of the Ronaldo deal.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. The same side that won by 11 points last year under fergie.... O K

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. With RvP. Bit different having to win games with Welbeck up front over RvP.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
      2. Agree, saf was amazing at getting the best out of his team but that squad is not up to it and even with saf still at the helm i could not see it matching the man city and even the arsenal teams this year. Moyes has under performed but it was a hospital pass to which ever manager came in.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Wow. Fergie asked him to keep the staff that had been so successful and he refused?

      That is surprising

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. :roll: Managers bring their own staff in all the time. Seriously though as much as I put shit on Moyes he knows what he wants to do and it will take time to do it.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. So martinez can come in and inherit a completely new squad and take them above Manchester united. Supposdely a side that won by 11 points last season.

        But i guess you need time.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. apples and oranges

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
  8. Just saw the Ramires dive. 😆

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Lol it was terrible

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. What did Mourinho say about it?

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. Lol of course they dont, thats 2 in 2 games

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. "At Chelsea none of my players dive."

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. #IsolatedEpisodes

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Diving against Derby.

      That's commitment.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  9. Everyone forgotten Barkley in their WC teams. Cheap, nailed on and in the thick of a lot of their attack

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Coleman: check.
      Lukaku: check.

      Baines: maybe.

      Enough Everton for me.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Always a risk of rotation, wouldn't call him nailed on. But I got him for 4.7 and it'll be hard to let him go.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Not nailed on. Rotation is a pain with him.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. The problem is that he is not quite a 4th MF but a bit expensive for a 5th MF

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    5. Only Baines for me.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    6. I've got Mirallas and WHAT A JOY he's been to own the last 4 GWs! 😀 2 1 1 1.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Hit the woodwork twice last GW as well!

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. The different baseball pitches are very interesting, I remember I had it as a subject for some physics project in high-school some good years ago.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
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    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. We at newcastle have half season strikers :)

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. But he's not french...

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. He's not Senegalese enough

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  10. "Greek striker Konstantinos Mitroglou suffered a similar injury for Olympiakos at the end of November, and hasn't played since -with the prognosis for strained knee ligaments around a month."

    Hereisthecity on Wally. That is very comforting to hear.


    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Lonely over on the NEW POST 😉

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Hardly surprising when you don't post the link.

        How inconsiderate.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  11. Will Aguero be back this weekend? Secondly,are you opting for a 3 4 3 or 3 5 2 in WC team?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  12. Isn't it true that if you take out 1 or 2 world class players from any team, they struggle.

    Bale leaves Spurs and even with 100m in spending they struggle
    United without RVP
    Liverpool without Suarez
    Even City without Yaya against Palace

    Seems like there's an over reliance on a handful of top players than turn an average team into a top team

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Arsenal WITH Giroud 😆

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. It's a sign of how good those players are, not how weak the clubs are

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. It is, but it's almost like football is now about a handful of world class players and everyone else just fills in.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. yeah not sure that's anything new though. There's always been the "world class" then a big drop to the rest.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. I think Utd's problems run a lot deeper than RVP lol

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. RVP papered over the cracks last season.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. Liverpool played well without Suarez for a whole

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    5. Our record without Suarez is actually pretty good, Granny.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Nah, you had a series of 1-0 wins at the start of the season. Take out Suarez and you're bang average.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. But we could still get results. Heck we even beat you with RVP. We did well without him at the end of last season too.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    6. Liverpool didn't struggle without Suarez?
      And for Utd I can say their best three players last season were Carrick, Rafael, and RVP so it's not just RVP who's been missing, it would be the equivalent of City not having Aguero, Yaya and Kompany.
      Imo the top players add to an already good team or team set up specifically to get the best out of them, I think Bale is the only case where most of his goals were individual efforts as he usually picked the ball up 50 yards away from goal rather than being set up for a tap in

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Over a long period of time they would struggle.

        Just having a player like RVP in the side makes the difference to lots of players.

        I'd say that when Ronaldo left United, it made the side half as effective. They just had to adapt to cope with life without him.

        I'm not criticising any team, I'm just saying that world football is mostly about a handful of top players.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Yup you're right just like the Ozil effect on Arsenal, RVP simply being in the team raised a lot of players at Utd.
          Yeah I remember a stat I read that Utd actually had more points and goals the season after Ronaldo left! someone usually steps up, that season it was Rooney and surprisingly Nani who played really well

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
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  14. sorry if this has been discussed before...but Round 4 of the FA cup set to be played on 25th Jan - when are the PL games set to be moved to? Room to have in the same gameweek, or are we looking at a double?


    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. The prem games are midweek.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. No games on that weekend.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  15. Guys ur thoughts on my WC team....? :

    Migs. Davies.
    Zab. Kosc. Williamson. Ward. Chester.
    Wally. Haz. Silva. Cabaye. Colback.
    Suarez. Rooney. J rod.

    What do u think......? And what about Wally, Cabaye and Rooney will they b available for next gw....?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Rooney>Agureo

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  16. But aguero is not returned right......??

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Howz the team dude.....? When Aguero will b right then I will do:



        What u say.....??

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  17. Mannone
    Evans / Mertesacker / Coleman
    Silva / Walcott (c) / Hazard / Sterling
    Lukaku (vc) / Suárez / Rodriguez

    Boruc / Meyler / Chester / Ward

    0FT, 6.5M in the bank

    Shall I take a hit and bring in a Walcott replacement, or play Chester v Chelsea?

    I'm considering the hit for either Ozil or Yaya

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  18. Mos

    RMT please - any thought or recommendations for improvements?

    0FT and 0 in the bank

    Mannone (Davis)
    Coleman, Kosc, Sagna (Ward & Chester)
    Hazard, Eriksen, Yaya Toure, Ozil (Livermore)
    J-Rod, Rooney, Suarez(C)

    Not sure about Rooney but will probably decide later in the week when we know more...



    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  19. Hi,

    Have used WC and currently sitting on this:

    Mannone / Gazzaniga
    Mert / Coleman / Evans (Ward / Chester)
    Yaya / Hazard / Eriksen / Coutinho (Ramsey)
    Suarez (c) / Lukaku / Adebayor

    Other than being a bit shoddy in goal are they any suggestions for improvement?


    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  20. Of Wally's 370,000 owners how many will drop him between now and Saturday?

    Would an extra 30k to Oscar, Ozil and Eriksen each (entirely feasible) be enough to see them all rise 0.2? Oscar and Eriksen should rise tonight. Possibly all 3 tomorrow too.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  21. That's it. One final RMT before I sign off. After a whole week of deliberation, this is what I have come up with on the WC.

    Boruc (Davis)
    Coleman, Terry, Kos (Ward & Chester)
    Hazard, Ozil, Silva, Gerrard (Noone)
    Negredo, Adebayor, Suarez(C)

    0.1 ITB.
    I have plenty of heavy hitters to downgrade to upgrade Negredo to Aguero. Any final thoughts guys? Good to go?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago

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