The Community Round Up

Filed under: Community - Posted by: Jonty

The World Cup may still be some days away but there’s been no shortage of competitive spirit amongst the Fantasy Football Scout community this week. We have seen our community writers battling out for our inaugural Community Submission of the month prize, while FFS UEFA World Cup team captains have been battling to recruit the cream of the crop to join their squads.

The Community Submissions

This week we launched a new informal twist to our Community Submissions section: a £20 Amazon voucher awarded to the writer of the article deemed the best of the month.

We asked you to vote for your favourite out of the 41 articles that were published during May and we can now reveal that the winner is Bedknobs and Boomsticks, for his excellent number crunching work around the Fantasy Premier League’s Bonus Points System. Congrats B&B!

Dino was another writer worthy of a mention this week , as he concluded his three-part assessment of next season’s prime targets. Dino points to plenty of potential points amongst the underachieving bottom of the table sides of 2013/14.

Crystal Palace were among those teams tipped for relegation ahead of last season but new manager Tony Pulis and resolute back four ensured their safety. Good on Zidane’s Floor expects a price hike for their defenders but his analysis shows they could be worth every penny.

As with May, the early part of June’s submissions were dominated by the World Cup with our scribes once again continuing their whirlwind tour of those teams taking part. Walsh has been analysing USA’s chances, meanwhile Heydudes13 has looked at Ghana, while Christina has been scouting Bosnia.

Our statisticians have also been back in force this week, with Blue Lion looking at the goals conceded and scored in the World Cup qualifiers and Demi picking out his 32 best World Cup stats, one for each of the teams taking part.

Asquishypotato has been focusing on World Cup teams on a group-by-group basis and last week reached Group C’s teams and key players. Meanwhile, OneKeano has begun a series of group previews, starting with Group A.

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The Fantasy Freak has been livening up the comment boards this week as quiz master. We thought we’d take a leaf out of his book and try out a quiz of our own based on the statistics available in our member’s area. Nobody managed to answer all ten of our questions correctly, although Demi came the closest with nine. Only Wilfried Bony’s record for most headed goals during the 2013/14 campaign eluding him.

Recovered ball statistics have also been vexing the community this week, with these defensive attributes looking key to success in the official McDonalds-backed FIFA game. Saniul wonders though whether such a prevalence on defensive play will ruin the game.

For those less concerned by the recovered balls issue, Tony Warner Uber Alles gave us this excellent analysis of how some of the World Cup’s key players perform in that area. Billy Gilmore also served up some tasty four year old statistics from the first Official FIFA world cup game.

For those looking for a game more akin to the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) format, The Fox Sports World Cup Fantasy game seems an interesting prospect. Christina urged those taking part to ensure they keep a close eye on fixtures in this discussion on how best to play the game. Right on cue Roscola’s World Cup fixture ticker was unveiled this week to help managers navigate their way around the tournament’s timetable. Innsie is also playing this game and prompted this discussion of the best defensive strategies.

Points for scoring penalties is a mainstay of all World Cup Fantasy games which makes Anonymous’s guide to the tournament’s expected penalty takers a key read ahead of Thursday’s deadlines.

Preparation for next season is still at the back of Giggs Boson’s mind as he asked which defensive formations we are likely to opt for in the next FPL campaign.

We also asked what the community’s ambitions were for the forthcoming Premier League season, with many echoing MJ6987’s minimum requirement of a top 10,000 finish and aspirational goal of a top 100 place. RonH‘s ambitions, meanwhile, focused on successfully persuading those behind the FPL game to reform their price change formula, after Van Persie’s value drop failed to mirror his plummeting ownership last season.

Finally, no Fantasy season preparation would be complete without some ingenious team names flying about. Some of the best team names to emerge from our discussion included Billy Gilmore’s ShawFrankReDempsey and JK’s The Kolorov Money.

The Community Tournaments

TM245 has come up with an intriguing World Cup game based loosely around OC Prodigy’s Scout Picks Challenge. Full details can be found here.

The FFS UEFA World Cup competition now has captains in place and Twitter accounts set up. This week, captains have been looking to recruit their squads with Spain boss Thomass producing the biggest transfer coup by enticing 2012/13 FPL winner SpiderM4att into his squad.

Elsewhere, Gargamel, the creator of the superb Gargatron team analysis tool, has set up a mini-league in the intriguing Goal Scorer Challenge game, whereby managers pick one potential scorer in each match. The catch though is that they can only pick them once in the whole tournament.

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  1. Absolutely hate this McDonalds game! Why is everyone so adamant on playing it where there seems to be much better games out there!?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  2. Hi. They answered one of the e-mails.

    For example if you have placed NEYMAR on Your Pitch and he did not perform as well as you expected after the first match you can replace him with a forward from your bench that hasn’t already played during the current round. You would lose the points from NEYMAR for the round but the new player might get more points.

    If you don`t make any changes to your team the current team will continue to score points for you.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  3. are we need to pick all 23pl?

    • 1 year, 8 months ago
  4. My new team on McD. Not included the 1m fillers.

    Romero, Itandje
    Ramos, Rodriguez, Evra, Durm, Daley Blind, Rojo
    Vidal, Cuadrado, KDB, Valbuena, Dzagoev, Delgado
    Neymar, Benzema, Peralta

    Would really appreciate some feedback.

    • 1 year, 8 months ago

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Last updated: 26 Jan, 2016 10:34pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hennessey CPL C, Vs, £
Down Butland STO C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI A
Up Forster SOT A
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
Up Fabianski SWA A
No Change Boruc BOU B
No Change De Gea MUN B
No Change Cech ARS B, VsX
Up Foster WBA C, VsX


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 9:04am
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No Change Van Aanholt SUN A, VsX
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Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
Down Johnson STO B
Down Kolarov MCI B, Rest, Inj


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 11:14pm
Player Club Factors
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Up Roberto Firmino LIV A, Vs, OoP
Up Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Barkley EVE C, Vs
Up André Ayew SWA A, OoP
Up Eriksen TOT A
Down Ozil ARS C, VsX
No Change Mahrez LEI C, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS C, VsX, Inj
Up Antonio WHM A, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Willian CHE B, Vs, Inj
No Change Wijnaldum NEW B
Down Arnautovic STO C, Vs, Inj
Up Silva MCI C
No Change Johnson SUN B, VsX


Last updated: 3 Feb, 2016 11:14pm
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No Change Aguero MCI A
No Change Kane TOT B
Up Vardy LEI C
Up Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Inj
No Change Ighalo WAT C, VsX
Up Rooney MUN A
Down Lukaku EVE C, Vs
No Change Giroud ARS B, VsX, Rest
Up Afobe BOU A, £
Down Austin SOT B, Inj

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Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
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Colback NEW 9
Byram WHM 9
Lucas LIV 8
Jones SUN 8
Yacob WBA 8
Westwood AVL 7
Diego Costa CHE 7
Huth LEI 7
Can LIV 7
Mangala MCI 7
Shelvey NEW 7
Pieters STO 7
Dele Alli TOT 7
Dier TOT 7
Noble WHM 7

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