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.


    • 1 year, 25 days 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.

      • 1 year, 25 days 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.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. I agree

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
      2. Hasn't he started something like 5/6 games?

        • 1 year, 25 days 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.

          • 1 year, 25 days 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

            • 1 year, 25 days 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.

    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. Still looks better than mine. 1FT has to be on Walcott out.

      • 1 year, 25 days 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.

        • 1 year, 25 days 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.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. Sound advice.

        Lighting up.......now!

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
    3. Looks good to me Sport.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. And you now call yourself Sport.. Like I've always said.

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
        1. It's 2014 so I've decided to slim down.

          • 1 year, 25 days ago
  3. mannone / marshall

    zabaleta / mertesacker /coleman /dawson /evans

    ozil / hazard / cabaye / barkley / eriksen

    rodriguez / saurez / aguero

    w/c if wally is out....

    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. is this your current or WC team

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. will be w/c team ,strength everywhere....

        • 1 year, 25 days 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

          • 1 year, 24 days ago
  4. Just filtered news on Wacltt. ESPN reporting hes out for a MONTH. FECK!

    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. Ok.
      I'll wait for something better.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    2. Time for someone to post an old article with a horrible headline :D

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    3. Guess ESPN not rated onn here :S

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. Are you watching Press Pass? I am now in the background.

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. "Arsenal's Theo Walcott *may* miss month due to knee injury"

        "Forward to undergo scan on possible ligament damage"

        Nothing new here

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
          • 1 year, 25 days 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.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. I guess the 32 points he gave me over the last 3 weeks wasn't worth an extra FT or hit.

        • 1 year, 25 days 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.

          • 1 year, 25 days ago
  5. If Rooney and Walcott a both ruled out I could save a FT and still field a decent XI!


    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. But I'd definitely use my FT.. Jus sayin...

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. GTS

        aha! Knew there was something fishy.. :D

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
        1. Hey if they are only ruled out for one game every chance I will save FT

          • 1 year, 25 days ago
    2. Like a boss.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    3. Sterling & ward/ terry would come in for me, not sure if this is bossing it also

      • 1 year, 25 days 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.


    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. This is Walcott we're talking about though. He injures himself getting out of bed in the morning.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    2. I'd use any excuse to get stretchered off at the end of a game to save my tired legs from walking

      • 1 year, 25 days 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

      • 1 year, 25 days 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 :-~

        • 1 year, 25 days 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

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
        1. I haven't seen it to be honest, but it sounds like he will miss a couple of games at least

          • 1 year, 25 days 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).

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
        • 1 year, 25 days 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

    • 1 year, 25 days 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?

      • 1 year, 25 days 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.

        • 1 year, 25 days 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.

          • 1 year, 25 days 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

            • 1 year, 25 days 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.

            • 1 year, 25 days 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.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. The same side that won by 11 points last year under fergie.... O K

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
        1. With RvP. Bit different having to win games with Welbeck up front over RvP.

          • 1 year, 25 days 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.

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
    3. Wow. Fergie asked him to keep the staff that had been so successful and he refused?

      That is surprising

      • 1 year, 25 days 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.

      • 1 year, 25 days 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.

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
        1. apples and oranges

          • 1 year, 25 days ago
  8. Just saw the Ramires dive. :lol:

    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. Lol it was terrible

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. What did Mourinho say about it?

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
          1. Lol of course they dont, thats 2 in 2 games

            • 1 year, 25 days ago
    2. "At Chelsea none of my players dive."

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. #IsolatedEpisodes

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
    3. Diving against Derby.

      That's commitment.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
  9. Everyone forgotten Barkley in their WC teams. Cheap, nailed on and in the thick of a lot of their attack

    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. Coleman: check.
      Lukaku: check.

      Baines: maybe.

      Enough Everton for me.

      • 1 year, 25 days 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.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    3. Not nailed on. Rotation is a pain with him.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    4. The problem is that he is not quite a 4th MF but a bit expensive for a 5th MF

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    5. Only Baines for me.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    6. I've got Mirallas and WHAT A JOY he's been to own the last 4 GWs! :D 2 1 1 1.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. Hit the woodwork twice last GW as well!

        • 1 year, 25 days 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.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
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    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. We at newcastle have half season strikers :)

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    2. But he's not french...

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    3. He's not Senegalese enough

      • 1 year, 24 days 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.


    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. Lonely over on the NEW POST ;-)

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. Hardly surprising when you don't post the link.

        How inconsiderate.

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
  11. Will Aguero be back this weekend? Secondly,are you opting for a 3 4 3 or 3 5 2 in WC team?

    • 1 year, 25 days 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

    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. Arsenal WITH Giroud :lol:

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    2. It's a sign of how good those players are, not how weak the clubs are

      • 1 year, 25 days 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.

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
        1. yeah not sure that's anything new though. There's always been the "world class" then a big drop to the rest.

          • 1 year, 25 days ago
    3. I think Utd's problems run a lot deeper than RVP lol

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
      1. RVP papered over the cracks last season.

        • 1 year, 25 days ago
    4. Liverpool played well without Suarez for a whole

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    5. Our record without Suarez is actually pretty good, Granny.

      • 1 year, 25 days 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.

        • 1 year, 25 days 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.

          • 1 year, 24 days 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

      • 1 year, 25 days 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.

        • 1 year, 25 days 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

          • 1 year, 24 days 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?


    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. The prem games are midweek.

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
    2. No games on that weekend.

      • 1 year, 25 days 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....?

    • 1 year, 25 days ago
    1. Rooney>Agureo

      • 1 year, 25 days ago
  16. But aguero is not returned right......??

    • 1 year, 24 days ago
      • 1 year, 24 days ago
      1. Howz the team dude.....? When Aguero will b right then I will do:



        What u say.....??

        • 1 year, 24 days 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

    • 1 year, 24 days 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...



    • 1 year, 24 days 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?


    • 1 year, 24 days 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.

    • 1 year, 24 days 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?

    • 1 year, 20 days ago

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For Gameweek 23

  • Pantilimon
  • Jones
  • Koscielny
  • Bertrand
  • Cazorla
  • Hazard
  • Sterling
  • Walters
  • Giroud
  • Defoe
  • Pellè
  • Fonte
  • Puncheon
  • Rooney

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Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 3:45pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Pantilimon SUN B, Vs
Up De Gea MUN B, Vs
Up Forster SOT A
Up Begovic STO A, Vs
Up Ospina ARS B, Vs, Rest
Up Foster WBA A, Vs
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs, Inj
Up Hart MCI C, Vs


Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 3:29pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ivanovic CHE A, Inj
Up Bertrand SOT B
Up Koscielny ARS A, Vs
No Change Van Aanholt SUN B, Vs
Up Jones MUN B, Vs
No Change Wisdom WBA A
Up Wollscheid STO B, Vs, £
Down Janmaat NEW B
Down Baines EVE B
Down Zabaleta MCI B, Rest
Up Davies HUL C, Vs
Down Trippier BRN B, VsX
No Change Ward CPL C
No Change Hutton AVL B, VsX


Last updated: 30 Jan, 2015 11:18am
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE B, Vs
Down Sánchez ARS B, Vs, Inj
Up Puncheon CPL A, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Di María MUN C, Vs, Inj
Up Cazorla ARS A, Vs
Up Moses STO B, Vs
Down Sterling LIV B, VsX, OoP
Down Fábregas CHE B, Vs, Inj
No Change Chadli TOT B
Up Tadic SOT B, Vs
Down Downing WHM A, VsX
Down Silva MCI B
No Change Eriksen TOT B


Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 6:53pm
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI C
Up Giroud ARS B, Vs
Down Kane TOT B, £
Up Rooney MUN B, Vs, OoP
Down Austin QPR B
Up Pellè SOT B, Vs
No Change Berahino WBA B
Up Defoe SUN B, Vs
Down Ings BRN A, VsX, £
Up Gayle CPL A, £
Up Drogba CHE C, Vs
Up Gomis SWA B

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Cattermole SUN 9
Diego Costa CHE 8
Barry EVE 8
Bardsley STO 8
Reid WHM 8
Hutton AVL 7
Fábregas CHE 7
Matic CHE 7
Gerrard LIV 7
Colback NEW 7
Dunne QPR 7
Pellè SOT 7
Taylor SWA 7

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