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?

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

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
    2. yes. For the same reasons as above.

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
    3. cheers guys

      • 6 months, 1 day 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!

    • 6 months, 1 day ago
    1. *jots down Randy's midfield weaknesses...*

      Laughs maniacally. ;-)

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

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
      1. Looks like bentaleb may be coming out again...

        • 6 months, 1 day 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


    • 6 months, 1 day ago
    1. What about round 2 results?

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

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

      • 6 months, 1 day 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 :P

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
      1. GTS

        Oh we will STILL qualify. :cool:

        • 6 months, 1 day ago
        1. not on my watch :P

          • 6 months, 1 day ago
        2. For sure ;)

          • 6 months, 1 day ago
      2. Tell that at the end of Round 3. ;)

        • 6 months, 1 day ago
    4. Bias.

      I want a recount by an independent adjudicator. ;-)

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
      • 6 months, 1 day ago
      1. Have a guess of the important Group C fixture next week? ;)

        • 6 months, 1 day ago
        1. Mmm, the perfect dark horse position.

          Also, Go Japan!! NIPPONNNNNNNN

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

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
      1. hey Billy , what's up??

        • 6 months, 1 day ago
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    6. Argentina!!!!

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

    • 6 months, 1 day ago
    1. Aguero IMO.

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
      1. Aguero has looked awful. Massive risk.

        Oscar or Suarez over him for me.

        • 6 months, 1 day ago
    2. Oscar

      • 6 months, 1 day 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

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

      • 6 months, 1 day 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.

    • 6 months, 1 day 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

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

      Also on Serena Williams for the WTA.

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
    2. should've put it on Nadal..

      • 6 months, 1 day 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.

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

        • 6 months, 1 day 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.

          • 6 months, 1 day ago
  8. are matchday 3 predicted lineups out yet??

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

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
      1. good stuff cheers.

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

    Do we have to send Screenshots??

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

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
      1. Name and Password??

        • 6 months, 1 day ago
          • 6 months, 1 day ago
        • 6 months, 1 day ago
    2. Just join your relevant league, please.

      • 6 months, 1 day ago
      1. I have already joined that one

        • 6 months, 1 day ago
        1. That you have. As you were then :)

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

    • 6 months, 1 day ago
    1. I have already for our group

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

      • 6 months, 1 day 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?

        • 6 months, 1 day ago
        1. Sort them too.

          • 6 months, 1 day 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

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

    • 6 months, 1 day ago
    1. Ayew by a mile.

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

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

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

    • 6 months, 1 day ago
  15. New post lads

    • 6 months, 1 day 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

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

    • 6 months, 1 day ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

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Fixture Ticker

The Watchlist


Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 1:25pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Up Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs


Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX


Last updated: 20 Dec, 2014 10:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

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

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Vardy LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
Wickham SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder