January
12

The Community Round Up

Filed under: Community - Posted by: Jonty

The shock news of Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott’s long term injury left Wildcard plans and midfield lineups in tatters. Fortunately the community was on hand to rally round and provide a wealth of “Hot Topics” offering advice on how best to cope with his loss. Elsewhere, we examine how the community gave Ole Gunnar Solskjær a good going over plus provide an extended Community Tournament round-up featuring some rarely covered competitions, including one featuring some of the community’s most grizzled members.

The Hottest Topics

First off, World Cup motivation was the subject of Elninorules comprehensive list of players as he questioned whether their enthusiasm for an air ticket to Brazil could translate into Fantasy Football potential? A timely topic given Adam Johnson’s flurry this weekend.

That proved a welcome distraction from Wildcard fever which continues to sweep across the community, dominating discussion. Lachyas was among the latest to pen a guide to the Winter refresh. His look at the template Wildcard team includes a step by step guide, which builds around the “essential” Luis Suarez and identifies the cheap fifth midfielder as a vital component. Elsewhere, Evs decided to focus on the midfield big guns, asking whether we can afford to “go large” in the engine room and build around the “elites” that are Mesut Ozil and Eden Hazard.

The focus wasn’t all on goals and assists. Wildcard defenders also came in for some analysis with The Sarjeant’s informed post targeting those backline custodians with the most favourable run of home matches from Gameweek 24 onwards.

Talking of defenders, Dogba put forward a rather controversial post that pondered the merits of cashing in on the meteoric rise of Everton’s right-back Seamus Coleman.

The ubers, the term used to describe Fantasy managers that favour a cheap rotating backline, were also out in force to encourage others to look at budget defensive options. This week RonH asked the simple but often overlooked question, does rotating cheap defenders actually work?

Bucking the trend, Sporting a Beergut spoke up for those Fantasy managers resenting all the Wildcard talk and looking to make the most minor of changes. His post on the use of a so-called diet-wildcard provides low-fat food for thought for those who may have been planning major surgery.

Theo Walcott’s injury has undoubtedly rocked the community over the past week, with thousands in the market for a replacement. Ozil, Hazard and Yaya Toure were, of course, amongst the safe options touted by Beavis. Although Phaze 1 stirred the pot by asking, whether Toure could possibly keep up his relentless form.

Meanwhile, Matskm focused on the Arsenal midfield in more detail, pushing folk to take advantage of their form and kind run of fixtures to come.

The week also saw Cardiff unveil their new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær with one of our Norwegian community members, Slikk, on hand to give a thorough insight of the Norwegian’s managerial credentials and style.

Finally, Spencer sparked an interesting debate about how our mini-league rivalries influence our transfer decisions. Bentekkers was also investigating mini-leagues and has been busy developing a Google Chrome extension to give managers more details about their FPL leagues. Full details and link here.

The Community Tournaments

We start with the “Long and Winding Road” (LAWR) competition and among the league leaders going into Gameweek 21 were Christina who tops the Le Corbusier – Villa Savoye league. Evs continued to lead the Cloud Nine league and Champ stood proudly at the summit of the LAWR league entitled “Voicemail Slide”. LAWR’s organisers Doosra and Ginkapo have also announced early details of their “FA Cup of Tea” tournament, involving all 128 players in their head-to-head leagues across seven rounds. The competition starts in Gameweek 25 and the draw will take place in Gameweek 23.

Evs also topped the FFS Old Farts Club, a league dedicated to the community’s “older and wiser” members, but our moderator was in second in Team Senegoal’s league, behind Beric, ahead of this weekend.

Elsewhere, DonTheSpecialOne was in the lead of the The Puffinboy Memorial Cup, the league for veteran posters and named after one of Fantasy Football Scout’s very first regulars.

Kings of Lyon’s “Who wants to be a millionaire?” League is another tournament currently in progress. Set up back in Gameweek 8, this was earmarked for all those Fantasy managers that, at the time, were placed outside of the top million Fantasy Premier League players. The aim is to see how many can breach the Top 10k mark by Gameweek 38. Ahead of Gameweek 21, 60 of the 65 entrants were safely within the top one million and six are in the top 100,000. Amy Dexter leads the league with an overall rank of around 30,000.

In Torres Magic’s Last Man Standing league, 271 remained ahead of Gameweek 21 and he’s running three mid-season leagues to join, After Xmas, Millionaire Club and January Wildcard. Details here.

Meanwhile, at last I get to mention myself in this section, as ahead of Gameweek 21, I was in the lead in the FPL section of the Ironman league, a 12-strong league for those competing in the FPL, Metro and Sky Sports games. Gigging Order topped the Metro and Sky Sports components and remains in poll position for the title.

Finally, we’ve had a request from RonH to include the FFS Moderators and Contributors league standings. His interest is timely as, going into today’s games in Gameweek 21, Athletico Timbo had taken a shock lead over high-flying Evs with a bumper Saturday score of 60 points. Evs has since brought in 33 points today and trails Timbo by just a single point after our leader brought in another 17 points in Sunday’s games. Lower down, Granville was in 16th place, seven spots ahead of his ScoutCost co-host Mark. I daren’t say too much more on this – Mark will only edit it out.

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  1. I wonder if there's a way to find the most picked positions for WC teams - an average?

    I'm wondering if I have any real differentials.

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. Info on a player tells you the % of players he is picked by.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. Yeah, I'm talking in WC teams in particular. There are that many ghost teams now many players stats are misleading...

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
        1. Hmm, just NTI stats maybe for the past GW then, with an assumed amount of people who already owned them, could give you a decent idea.

          • 8 months, 7 days ago
          1. Tried that, but it's still misleading. Need an average over a given set of GWs I guess. Will see what's what next week and do a comparison.

            I've got a feeling only Gerrard will bring me any real joy.

            • 8 months, 7 days ago
  2. For this GW:
    A) Suarez, Sturridge & Negredo
    B) Suarez, Ade & Aguero

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. A, but wait to see City team in the Blackburn game

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    2. I mean GW 22

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    3. Or even, C) Suarez, Ade & Negredo plus a FT

      A probably shades it but I'm considering C (with Bony in my case)

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
  3. Morning All,

    I seem pretty well set for this week's plum games, apart from Arsenal attack.

    Could I get some opinions on the best way to get some Arsenal attacking cover into this line up please?

    Howard
    Koscielny - Bardsley - Chester
    Gerrard - Yaya - Hazard - Sterling
    Suarez - Negredo - Adebayor

    Daniels - Whittingham - Vidic - Burner

    1FT 0.7m in the bank.

    Cheers!

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. Ade -> Giroud (you need 0.1 more)
      But Ade could rise in time for you to get profit, if you bought him for 7.7

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. That would be ideal, but likelihood is Giroud will rise before Ade does!

        Might have to punt on Podolski if he look like starting.

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
  4. I would love , just really really really love to get .......
    Kolarov in my team.
    If only ......

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. just did, even if he plays every second game i think it's still worth it
      p.s. just hope no cameos

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. A story that has legs for once.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. Is this supposing that Mata will be gone by end of Jan?

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
        1. KDB could be sold in the article.

          • 8 months, 7 days ago
          1. That is good move. The new Yoyo

            • 8 months, 7 days ago
  5. Be honest. This isn't a bad pre-WC team, is it?

    Mannone
    Mert, Coleman, Gabbidon
    Hazard, Özil, Cabaye, Sterling
    Suarez, Sturridge, Negredo

    Marshall, Shelvey, JEvans, Rosenior

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. nope...not bad at all Sporting. Should have a great week. Only doubt would be Sterling, depending on how Rodgers sets up with Sturridge but he's been playing well enough to merit staying in i think.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    2. Looks good. It's a shame you have to mess it all up with the WC really.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. I know :sad:

        I think I'll just swap the keeper combo, replace the cheap defenders and boot Shelvey.

        Then I'm done.

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
  6. Januzaj and Aguero OR Cabaye and Negredo

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Januzaj and Aguero for me

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. Jan and Aguero

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
      2. moyes has suggested that adnan will be rested due to his age. he will not be overplayed

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
        1. KoL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          Wish I knew this before I brought him in last night :)

          • 8 months, 7 days ago
          1. well if its any consolation, he is uniteds best player atm and if moyes has any brains, he will play him.

            • 8 months, 7 days ago
          2. He'll still play very often though and should make a mockery of his 5.1 price tag. if he was 7 million + i would not own him

            • 8 months, 7 days ago
    2. Janero

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
  7. Is anyone brave enough not to captain suarez at the weekend?

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. some may captain ageuro i guess if he is fit

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. that seems way too risky

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
    2. Need to prepare for cricket scores. WC is my only way. :(

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    3. Just stupid not to do that. The only other option is Aguero but even if he does start I doubt he'll get 90 mins anyway.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    4. Been there, done that, red arrow, no thanks

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
  8. Morning guys,

    Am planning on WCing for GW24 so have a couple of weeks to do some semi-punts. Thing is, I'm pretty happy with my team.

    A. Mirallas -> Silva
    B. Lukaku -> Sturridge
    C. Hold fire and use 2FTs for GW23 when we'll know the lineups before the deadline

    McGregor
    Coleman / Koscielny / Shaw
    Hazard / Cabaye / Özil / Mirallas
    Suárez / Lukaku / Negredo

    Speroni / Chester / Kim / Burner

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. Mirallas to silva for me

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. Thanks man

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
  9. I think my wildcard will have SNS (Suarez-Negredo-Sturridge) with the cash to upgrade to the full SAS in due course. All will depend on Blackburn.

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
  10. is it crazy to want to wildcard with this team??

    mannone
    chester ward coleman
    ozil silva sterling hazard
    lukaku suarez ade

    lewis nasri evans burner

    2.9m in bank and 1ft.

    A) nasri to lallana/ramsey
    B) nasri and lukaku >>> ramsey and ageuro 4pt hit
    C) wildcard

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. Are you serious?

      I'd look into Ade -> Studge and you're set for a good week.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. well if you look at my bench players atm, they are all injured/out of favour.

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
    2. Defence is horrible.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. Unless you're going for a CP/Hull 0-0

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
      2. Defence is very okay for this week and this apparently is not his wildcard team but a team he has before wildcard and for me it is not worth wasting the wildcard yet.

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
  11. TInkering with my WC. Almost decided. Need help with DEF/MID

    A. Baines-Silva 0.1 in the bank
    B. Terry-Ozil 0.0 in the bank
    C. Zabaleta/Kolarov- Ozil.

    Cheers.

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. Emp

      A

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. Thanks.

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
      • 8 months, 7 days ago
  12. In his 27 league games for Liverpool, Sturridge has 20 goals total.

    14 appearances last season= 10 goals. 13 appearances this season= 10 goals.

    Prolific. Him and Lukaku are laughably better then Eto and Torres. Madness.

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. It's just a pity he can't stay fit.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. Whiff of RVP glass cannon around him for sure.

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
  13. Yay.. the Deadzone. Time for a debate.. one second

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. WC time for me I think Valar..... 8O

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    2. Go on. :)

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
  14. Catching up on my highlights. Another example of the goal review system working and taking away one of those occasional annoyances. Can't believe it took so long. Bit out of it in Australia, has it been well received by the fans and media? Now they just have to get one for off sides and we are half way to having nothing left to complain about when we lose

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
  15. 1 pre-WC punt:

    a) Rooney -> Aguero (assuming he plays a part in the B-burn game)
    b) Rooney -> Sturridge
    c) Lukaku -> Sturridge
    d) Eriksen -> Gerrard
    e) B.Turner -> Koscienly

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. Emp

      if rooney is fit C otherwise A

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    2. A or B depending on FA Cup game

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    3. B then A

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    4. if anything E should be Burner > Kolarov

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. Thanks all.

        would quite like to keep Rooney, but just not sure he's going to get anything away at chels even if fit

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
        1. If you want to keep him then I'd go for C or E > Kolarov mate.

          • 8 months, 7 days ago
  16. David Luiz worth consideration yet? Hogging all direct free kicks and playing OOP....

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. Red card around the corner.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    2. He's definitely not Oop just covering for lampard, mikes injuries

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    3. nope. when fit lampard and ramires are first choice and now matic is being signed too

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    4. Cheers all, back to the drawing board! :)

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
  17. This is probably unheard of on here and i'm probably gonna be exiled for even mentioning it.. but has anyone thought of making a team without aguero.. for a couple of weeks atleast
    Just coming back from injury.. tot CHE
    Barcelona game sandwiched between SUN STK. Suarez offering a captaincy option every week for the next 6 gameweeks with 4 home games and fulham and wba visiting.
    Alternatives in the form of
    Sturridge, Lukaku, Adebayor, Giroud, Rooney, Negredo and big hitters in midfield and baines to spend money on.
    Dont slate me.. i'm just asking if it is at all crazy to maybe ignore Aguero for some time in favor of other options especially as his points wont be doubled cause of suarez..

    Brought this up last night to some pretty good responses. so thought i'd mention it again.

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. Some good thoughts there but depends on what your hoping for from other forwards bony,a debater, Sturbridge etc

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    2. It's a valid strategy for sure. But his ceiling is so high for CAR, especially if he gets some minutes midweek against Blackburn.

      I'm WCing this week and I'm pretty sure he'll be in my team, unless Pellegrini confirms he won't be starting.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    3. Negredo and Giroud Cheaper then Aguero.

      Giroud 96 points, Aguero 117 points

      In midfield you could have higher scoring midfielder.

      Ozil Giroud
      Silva Aguero for example

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    4. Given that I have already used my WC, I probably wont get Aguero for now. I have Sua, Ade + Giroud, with Adebayor being the only one I have concern for!

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    5. Perfectly justified - especially as calf injuries appear to be prone to strains and recurrence (large muscle) - we could do with that Physio chap giving us the skinny.

      I'm still putting him straight in to. 11.9 won't last for long and City are going to continue to bang them in.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    6. It is a thought but it's just that I don't really like the other attacking options at the moment except from Sturridge. Lukaku will get points I'm sure but at the moment is off form, Adebayor - I don't really rate Spurs, Giroud I don't particularly rate, etc.

      It's a good idea IMO but the damage he can do just by starting a couple of those games is too much to risk. Not to mention also the fact that he already had important CL games in October/November and he wasn't really rested in those either. He can be rested in FA Cup, the Capital One semi final, etc. There are opportunities to rest him so he will feature in almost all of City's games IMO and thus will score very well.

      Also I think I'd prefer to captain Aguero rather than Suarez some GWs, e.g. 25 (Liv vs Ars (H) and City vs Nor (A)), 26, 30, 31, etc....

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    7. I've been thinking just that. For a couple of weeks. I might grab Sturridge as a stop-gap and bring him in a bit later. Negredo looks tempting in his own right against Cardiff and Suarez will be captain anyway.

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    8. Maybe i'm just not as eager as everyone else as i have owned Aguero VERY often last season and the one before that and he has burned me far too much. Now that he's just back from injury, got Barcelona in the UCL, got Dzeko and Negredo playing well together, Got jovetic coming back i sense frustration coming up tbh

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. Different manager, different Aguero this season though.

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
        1. Yup.. this season he's been a beast and i've owned him for most of his points. I just know i wont be captaining though as i prefer playing safe and most will be captaining Suarez for the next 8 weeks(those fixtures!!) .. so if i go for Sturridge over Aguero say i'll prob be missing out on just 20 odd points as they wont be doubled. i cant afford sturridge if i go with Suarez Aguero for eg

          • 8 months, 7 days ago
  18. As a Gerrard owner his points potential hasn't changed imo.

    His points come from set pieces and that won't be changing.

    However I noticed his bps at half time were impressive given his pen was in the 2nd half.

    I hope people do sell due to Rodgers comments as it makes Stevie a better differential for mw , but don't insult peoples intelligence by suggesting a deeper role affects a set piece King's points potential.

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. I must have missed out. What did Rodgers say?

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
      1. basically playing deeper new role

        • 8 months, 7 days ago
    2. Yeah. If you look at BPS - even with injury lay offs, he makes best 4 MF's after Yaya Haz & Rmsey

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
    3. Sadly he must leave my team to fund aguero lol

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
  19. When is best time to WC then?

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
    1. As late as possible

      • 8 months, 7 days ago
  20. New Post
  21. Eriksen or Cabaye in this week?

    Or punt on Ramsey fitness?

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
  22. Thoughts on a defenc of
    Mannone
    Coleman Clyne Whittaker Hudson bardesly

    Extremely cheap considering I got Coleman at 5.o
    The home fixtures for the rotating teams are unbelievable, can't guarantee arsenal, city etc will keep up defensive returns

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
  23. Anyone know why Nastasic missed out for City? Was it rotation only, or perhaps another injury?

    Disappointment considering I transferred him in with my WC.

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
  24. How has everyone done that used wildcard for this GW.
    85 with Ozil to go normally have a terrible GW after WC

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
  25. To WC or not to WC yet, that is the question. No keeper points is starting to annoy me, but not hurting too bad. Benched players are a sad sack. Wanted to wait another week or two if possible.

    Begovic | Jääskeläinen

    Williamson | Bardsley | Terry | Coleman | (Turner)

    Navas | Ozil | Hazard | (Brady | Jedinak)

    Suárez | Ade | Lukaku

    ---

    Thinking about downgrading defense to cheap rotators (so basically getting rid of Terry), getting Silva into the midfield for Ozil and getting rid of Navas, and upgrading Ade to Aguero

    • 8 months, 7 days ago
  26. Ok front three are currently Suarez, Lukaku and Adebayor.

    Pls comment.

    A. Aguero for Lukaku (no hit)

    or

    B. change Lukaku and Adeba for 2 of
    i. Sturidge
    ii. Negredo
    iii. Giroud

    Ty

    • 8 months, 6 days ago

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  • Begovic
  • Ivanovic
  • Lovren
  • Clyne
  • Zaha
  • Fábregas
  • Di María
  • Sterling
  • Pellè
  • Diego Costa
  • Balotelli
  • Moreno
  • Chadli
  • Naismith

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 17 Sep, 2014 11:07am
Player Club Factors
Up Forster SOT B, Vs
Up Begovic STO B, Vs
Up De Gea MUN B
Down Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Up Mannone SUN C, £
Up Szczesny ARS C, Vs
Up Fabianski SWA B, Vs
Up Heaton BRN B, Vs, £
Up Speroni CPL B
Up Lloris TOT B

Defenders

Last updated: 17 Sep, 2014 11:09am
Player Club Factors
No Change Ivanovic CHE A, VsX
Up Bertrand SOT A, Vs
Up Moreno LIV B, Vs
Up Shawcross STO B, Vs
No Change Trippier BRN A
No Change Van Aanholt SUN C, Vs, £
Up Taylor SWA B, £
No Change Evans MUN B, Vs
Up Chambers ARS C, Vs, £
Up Morgan LEI B, Vs, £
Up Baines EVE B, VsX
No Change Dier TOT B
No Change Ward CPL C
Down Caulker QPR C

Midfielders

Last updated: 17 Sep, 2014 1:15pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Sterling LIV A, Vs
No Change Sigurdsson SWA A
No Change Ramsey ARS A, Vs
No Change Fábregas CHE A, VsX
No Change Tadic SOT B, Vs
Up Di María MUN A
Up Chadli TOT A, £
Down Hazard CHE B, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS A, Vs
Up Mirallas EVE A
Up Eriksen TOT B
No Change Silva MCI B
Up Larsson SUN A, £
No Change Zaha CPL C, £
No Change Boyd BRN C, Vs, £
Up Downing WHM A, VsX, £

Forwards

Last updated: 17 Sep, 2014 11:15am
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE A, VsX
No Change Rooney MUN B
No Change Aguero MCI A
Up Pellè SOT A, Vs
No Change Balotelli LIV B, Vs
Up Adebayor TOT B
No Change Welbeck ARS C, Vs
Up Ulloa LEI A, £
No Change Naismith EVE B, £
Up Lukaku EVE B
No Change Bony SWA C
Up Wickham SUN C, £

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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