The Community Round Up

Filed under: Community - Posted by: Jonty

World class goals, TV commentators, England’s demise and further controversy over the Official FIFA Fantasy game provided the inspiration for this week’s output from the Fantasy Football Scout community. We look back on the notable articles and hot topics produced by you, including the early analysis following the release of the Premier League’s 2014/15 fixtures. As always, we also catch up with the community tournaments currently taking place around the World Cup.

The Community Articles

Yet again this week, there was a batch of community writers on hand to help out with our latest predicted lineups. Advice and tips from Demi, Beavis and Portsmouth Bubblejet, among others, proved invaluable to keeping our list up to date with latest injury and rotation news. We’ll be posting a Matchday Three predicted lineups article next week, no doubt calling on your knowledge and opinion once more.

Fresh from his run of excellent World Cup preview articles, Balotellis Bib showed his talents again, this time running the rule over Matchday One’s games and the lessons we can learn from them. He also posted this look at the Official FIFA Fantasy game’s formation trap, a bugbear that has caught out a number of community members recently.

The Hottest Topics

Many of our hot topics focused on the winners and losers in the World Cup to this point. England inevitably rank amongst the biggest flops and, thanks to back-to-back defeats and Costa Rica’s improbable form, Roy’s boys will be on the golf course earlier than expected. Our discussion attempted to examine where it all went wrong for Hodgson’s men, with Wakey pointing to Leighton Baines failure to deliver successful crosses, while The Tinkerman was adamant that a simple case of failing to take chances cost England dearly.

The Official FIFA Fantasy game must also rank amongst this summer’s big disappointments. Bogged down from the start with confusion, last minute rule changes and an array of infuriating design problems, you’ve been quick to highlight the grips with a string of community posts. Phil Fox 85’s Letter to Fifa was one of the very latest and is undoubtedly one of the most eloquent of this week’s threads on the issues on show.

While the FIFA game’s design has come under fire, the basic premise of offering Fantasy managers more complex rules, with Gameweek squad changes and points for a greater variety of player attributes, still appears to carry plenty of appeal according to many who responded to our discussion last week. Roscola and HamsterGod were among the ranks of those welcoming such new dimensions. Hopefully, in 2018, FIFA will finally deliver a game that couples rich features with a clear ruleset and reliable design and interface.

Across the Fantasy games, one of the winning tactics during the tournament so far has been the investment in in full-backs over centre-backs. With a lack of clean sheets on offer, us Fantasy managers have been relying on the considerable assist potential that the full backs from teams such as Holland and Switzerland have offered, according to Parmtree’s hot topic contribution.

Off the pitch, you’ve also been assessing the quality of the TV coverage on offer, with Gnu’s discussion on the commentators and pundits highlighting a number of abject performers. For MJ6987, the BBC, steered safely by the reliable Gary Lineker, has fared well. ITV’s Adrian Chiles, meanwhile, has been far from convincing in opposition according to the opinion on show. Predictably, Phil Neville’s punditry also took another kicking within the thread, but at least the former Everton man’s performances provided the inspiration for this video, imagining Neville’s commentary dousing the flames of excitement during an episode of Game of Thrones.

Back amongst the comfort of the Premier League, this week saw the release of the 2014/15 fixture list. We were quick to take an early look at the fixtures, revealing that Manchester United players could well be back en vogue very early on, given their obliging start to the campaign.

Meanwhile, Fring pointed out that Chelsea have not been so fortunate. The London side have been handed tough matches after all their Champions League group games and face a nightmarish season run-in, as they visit Arsenal and play host to Manchester United and Liverpool in their final six encounters.

The Community Tournaments

The Fantasy Football Scout takeover of the Fox game has been unprecedented. Going into today’s games, 18 of our league were in the top 50 of the game overall, including the current leader Liam Jones. The Fox FFS Deadzone league is topped by Innsie, while Roscola has a commanding 28-point lead in the Fantasy Football Scout Mods and Contributors Fox league.

Over in our Official FIFA Fantasy game league, Welliott is currently top on 257 points ahead of HenryFarr in second on 253. Welliot is also just 13 points over the overall lead in the chase for the first prize of the Kia Soul motor. The Official FIFA game also plays host to the FFS UEFA’s team competition. The results from Matchday One’s matches can be found here.

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  1. You guys reckon Perisic is worth a shout?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Over Modric and Rakitic absolutely. They both play too deep over Perisic. Good shout for a MF spot.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. yes. For the same reasons as above.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    3. cheers guys

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  2. Well done too Croatia for their victory. A very interesting last group game now awaits. Could come down to goal difference. Unfortunately my squad looks set for rotation. Stevie g gonna be benched, not a great pick!

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. *jots down Randy's midfield weaknesses...*

      Laughs maniacally. 😉

      Remembers I have Alonso.... *chokes while laughing...*

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Looks like bentaleb may be coming out again...

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
  3. A list of the average scores for each of the teams in the FFS WC:

    232.4 – Colombia
    230.3 – Switzerland
    225.5 – Bosnia
    223.2 – Greece
    223.0 – Cameroon
    222.6 – Algeria
    222.4 – Belgium
    221.6 – Chile
    221.6 – Germany
    219.6 – Brazil
    219.2 – Netherlands
    218.8 – France
    218.6 – Russia
    217.6 – Croatia
    217.3 – Ghana
    216.2 – Ivory Coast
    215.6 – Spain
    215.0 – USA
    214.8 – Nigeria
    214.6 – Honduras
    213.8 – South Korea
    213.2 – Uruguay
    213.0 – England
    212.0 – Australia
    211.0 – Iran
    209.2 – Ecuador
    207.2 – Argentina
    204.4 – Portugal
    203.2 – Mexico
    203.2 – Italy
    201.2 – Costa Rica
    192.4 – Japan


    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. What about round 2 results?

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Updated on the spreadsheet. All bar the couple of people who aren't in the leagues.

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. And there I was at the start of the tournament thinking Mexico, Italy and Ecuador were the teams to beat...

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    3. Netherland's score is less than Chile and still, they will qualify, not fair 😉 Should have considered total pts scored by a team 😛

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Oh we will STILL qualify. 😎

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. not on my watch 😛

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
        2. For sure 😉

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
      2. Tell that at the end of Round 3. 😉

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
    4. Bias.

      I want a recount by an independent adjudicator. 😉

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Have a guess of the important Group C fixture next week? 😉

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. Mmm, the perfect dark horse position.

          Also, Go Japan!! NIPPONNNNNNNN

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
    5. *Switzerland – 127.6 (with Djerbil's score included)
      *Bosnia – 219.6 (with Sarnab's score included)

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. hey Billy , what's up??

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
          • 1 year, 7 months ago
    6. 😎

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  4. who is the best option to captain for round 3

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Aguero IMO.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Aguero has looked awful. Massive risk.

        Oscar or Suarez over him for me.

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. Oscar

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  5. Lads, in fox I'm going debuchy > aurier as I think aurier in unlikely to be rested.

    spend the 15m on:

    1. Vargas > Giroud
    2. Ozil > Muller

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. You should have Mueller/Robben is you don't already in Fox.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  6. Anybody else playing http://playlivemanager.com ?

    I think there is only 2,000 or so players, but it is actually a really fun game, they do FPL too, could be one for the Scouts to look out for in the future.....

    I am really enjoying it, much better than Mc'D's.

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
  7. BoyleSports offering cashback up to £100 (money back, no free bet crap) on all outrights if Andy Murray wins Wimbledon.

    Just put £100 on Novak @7/4

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Important bit is that the offer closes at 10am!

      Also on Serena Williams for the WTA.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. should've put it on Nadal..

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    3. Hate to burst your bubble, but Novak and Murray are on the same side of the draw? Or was this intentional?

      Not that Murray will make the semi's ofc.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. I think Novak will win it, Murray is just there for some cover.

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. Ah okay. I think the bet would be stronger if Murray was in the bottom half. Then you could get to the final and possibly be safe.

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
  8. are matchday 3 predicted lineups out yet??

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Being worked on. Lots of good players missing especially ones with 1 yellow.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. good stuff cheers.

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
  9. Billy , I see my and Sarnab's score highlighted by red in the spreadsheet

    Do we have to send Screenshots??

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Or join the FantasyFootballScout league, Berbilly will check your score from there.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Name and Password??

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. Just join your relevant league, please.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. I have already joined that one

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. That you have. As you were then :)

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
  10. @Berbilly - Should I update the group tables?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. I have already for our group

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
    2. If you would be so kind. You only have to change the W/D/L and GF/GA. The rest happens automatically.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
      1. Cool.
        And should I arrange the positions too? Or let the teams as they are, and change the positions only after Round 3?

        • 1 year, 7 months ago
        1. Sort them too.

          • 1 year, 7 months ago
  11. Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina will make a maiden appearance at the World Cup as reigning champions Spain say farewell with a match against Australia this evening.

    - http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/latest-news/165244-pepe-set-for-dream-debut-at-world-cup

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
  12. New Article Posted
  13. Fox game...De Bruyne, Origi or A Ayew??

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
    1. Ayew by a mile.

      Plays off the forwards, strong, fast and knows where the goal is. Plus a lot to play for.

      • 1 year, 7 months ago
  14. Fox game. Highest unexpected point scorer predictions in Round 3 in each position:

    GK: Navas 😉
    DF: Rodriguez (Swiss)
    MF: Fabregas
    FW: Giroud

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
  15. New post lads

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
  16. Feck it, transfers done. I'll pray for a Messi blank to get me back up to top spot.

    Kompany - RRod - Varane
    Muller - Oscar - Cuadrado - Robben
    Suarez (VC) - Neymar (C) - Benzema

    Davari - Yaya - Kombarov - De Sciglio

    • 1 year, 7 months ago
  17. so 11k in fox fantasy is good or bad score ?

    • 1 year, 7 months ago

Scout Picks

Gameweek 26

  • Hennessey
  • Coleman
  • Ivanovic
  • van Dijk
  • Daniels
  • Payet
  • Oscar
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Ozil
  • Aguero
  • Lukaku
  • Cresswell
  • Barkley
  • Afobe

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Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:01pm
Player Club Factors
Up Forster SOT A, Vs
Down Butland STO C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI A, Vs
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
No Change Boruc BOU B, Vs
Up Hennessey CPL C, £
No Change Cech ARS A, VsX
Up Fabianski SWA B
No Change De Gea MUN B
No Change Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:08pm
Player Club Factors
Up Fuchs LEI A, Vs, £
Up van Dijk SOT A, Vs
Up Daniels BOU A, Vs, £
Up Dann CPL A
No Change Ivanovic CHE B, Vs
No Change Alderweireld TOT B
No Change Bellerín ARS B, VsX
Up Johnson STO C, Vs
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Up Van Aanholt SUN A
No Change Williams SWA B, £
Up Smalling MUN C
Up Coleman EVE B, Vs
Down Dawson WBA C
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
Down Kolarov MCI B, Rest, Inj


Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:17pm
Player Club Factors
Up Mahrez LEI A, Vs
No Change Payet WHM B, Vs
No Change Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Arnautovic STO C, Vs, Inj
No Change Ozil ARS C, VsX
Up Eriksen TOT A
Up Antonio WHM A, Vs, Rest, £
Up Sigurdsson SWA A, OoP
Down Barkley EVE B, Vs
Down Roberto Firmino LIV A, VsX, OoP
Down Sánchez ARS C, VsX
Up Lingard MUN B, Rest, £
Up Khazri SUN B
Up Oscar CHE B, Vs
No Change Wijnaldum NEW B


Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:44pm
Player Club Factors
Up Vardy LEI B, Vs
No Change Kane TOT A
Down Aguero MCI A
Up Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Inj
Up Rooney MUN A
Down Ighalo WAT C, VsX
Down Lukaku EVE C
Up Afobe BOU A, Vs
No Change Giroud ARS B, VsX, Rest
No Change Defoe SUN A

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension
Player Team YC
Colback NEW 9
Yacob WBA 9
Byram WHM 9
Lucas LIV 8
Jones SUN 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
Brunt WBA 7
McClean WBA 7
Noble WHM 7

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