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Hall of Fame Update – Egersdoff Goes Top

The weekend break for the FA Cup handed us the opportunity to take stock of the latest standings in our Live Hall of Fame, which for the first time since the 2013/14 season, has a brand new leader.

This ranking system is applied to everyone who takes part in our Fantasy Premier League mini-leagues – both the free and members league. Managers’ performances over the seasons are then traced and scored via an exclusive algorithm to produce a Hall of Fame rating.

This article will take a close look at the histories and strategies deployed by those leading the current live HoF rankings.

This has been updated to take into account Gameweek 20 and can be viewed by Members via this link.

If you would like to know more about the Hall of Fame we have included a quick guide in this article. Alternatively, you can view this movie to listen to Mark and it’s creator, Chris Atkinson, talk you through it.

The career version, which shows the standings at the end of each season, is free to view here or via the HoF tab on the home page.

The new leader of the Hall of Fame is Jay Egersdoff, who has a rank of 1,616 in what is his 11th season. His reaching of the summit marks a dramatic ascent that included a move from 15th at the end of last season to third in our last analysis, which was published at the Gamweek 11 stage of the season.

A Gameweek 6 wildcard, that saw him rise from 44,965 to 12,177, has been key to his climb, as has the use of a five-man midfield, with Hull City’s Adama Diomande his makeweight as a third striker. This formation has helped him earn six green arrows in the last eight Gameweeks. In addition he has been careful not to take hits, with just two notched up so far.

His Christmas shopping spree proved particularly effective, with Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming in for Gameweek 18 and Leighton Baines of Everton and Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana drafted in ahead of Gameweek 19. His current squad also features Arsenal schemer Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard of Chelsea as well as Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, with West Brom’s Chris Brunt and Chelsea left wing back Marcos Alonso helping out in defence.

With ten seasons under his belt already, seven of which ended with a top 5,000 placing, he has the track record to keep his current billing as Fantasy Football Scout’s best ever FPL manager.

When we last analysed the HoF top ten at the Gameweek 11 stage David Meechan had slipped from fifth to seventh but was already showing signs that he had managed to turn around his season.

A fall to 286,560 in the overall FPL placing in Gameweek 5 was met with the swift use of a wildcard the following week, which shaved more than 200,000 off his rank.

Since then, no less than 10 green arrows have followed and a strong festive fixture schedule saw him rise to a season high rank of 6,417 in Gameweek 20.

David is also not afraid to spend points, with the drafting in of Sergio Aguero and Junior Stanislas for Gameweek 20 marking his seventh hit of the campaign.

As with Jay, David also favours a 3-5-2 formation with Sunderland’s Victor Anichebe taking bench duties. Ibrahimovic is his other striker, with Sanchez and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen among his other successful picks.

Already he looks well placed to achieve his third top 1,000 finish, in this, his tenth season.

Slipping to third place is Ville Ronka, who since the 2013/14 campaign has dominated the Hall of Fame rankings.

His usually successful patient approach has failed to reap rewards this season as he now sits in 108,540 place in the overall FPL rankings, during a campaign that has been peppered with nine red arrows and seen him rack up four Gameweek ranks outside of the top three million.

With no hits taken throughout, arguably his lack of activity in the transfer market has proved costly. His faith in a tried and tested 3-4-3 may have also hindered him, especially as his third striker, Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, failed to deliver over Christmas. A midfield that includes Sigurdsson and Joe Allen of Stoke City is also looking overdue for a refresh.

If he is going to reclaim top spot and protect an exemplary nine season FPL career, in which his lowest season placing was 4,668th in 2012/13 and has included four top 1,000 finishes, a change of strategy may be required.

Marlen Rattiner remains in the fourth spot he achieved in our Gameweek 11 analysis but has markedly improved his rank from 41,539 to 13,561. A trio of green arrows over the festive fixtures was all the more remarkable considering he ditched Christian Eriksen in Gameweek 19.

Unlike Ville, Marlen has got the most out of a 3-4-3 formation of late, with Salomon Rondon of West Brom his third striker, sitting alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Ibrahomovic. In midfield, Baggies winger Matt Phillips has proved a shrewd recent purchase. A fourth top 1,000 finish in this, his ninth season, looks well within his grasp.

This is proving a breakout season for Bruce Savage, who was in 19th place in the Hall of Fame at the end of last season and has risen from sixth to fifth place since Gameweek 11 this term.

A Gameweek 6 Wildcard provided a kick-start for his season and saw him rise 200,000 places to 65,308. He reached the top 10,000 in Gameweek 8, where he has stayed ever since. A current rank of 2,649 came after an excellent Gameweek 20 score of 78, in which he took two risky gambles.

Firstly, he removed Ibrahimovic and Eden Hazard, for his fourth hit of the season, to bring in Red Devil Paul Pogba and Aguero.

Secondly, and perhaps most significantly, he used his triple captain chip on the Manchester City striker, a move that could prove costly when double Gameweeks come along. This is his eleventh season in a career that includes three top 1,000 finishes.

Another enjoying a strong campaign is Sir Edo Nygren, who was just 66th in the HoF rankings at the end of 2015/16 before rising eighth in Gameweek 11 and sixth spot after Gameweek 20. He is our highest placed manager at 287 and, on his current form, could even push for top spot at the end of the season. He certainly looks to have cemented an eighth top 5,000 finish in his 11 season career.

As with Jay and David, a 3-5-2 formation has been key to his success, allowing him to have a midfield of Eriksen, Pogba, Lallana, Sanchez and Allen, with the latter perhaps the only weak link.

Up front, Sergio Aguero was installed for Gameweek 20 and joined Liverpool’s Divock Origi and Diomande, who takes up bench duties. He has managed to keep hits to a minimum this campaign, taking just three so far, and has been a regular fixture in the top 1,000 since Gameweek 8, with Gameweek 13’s rank of 79 his best to date.

In seventh sits Grant Barclay, who was 69th in the HoF at the end of the 2015/16 season. He is the top 10’s second highest placed manager, with a Gameweek 20 overall rank of 375 and is in his seventh season in a career that has seen him finish in the top 5,000 three times.

He is another to go easy on the hits, with just three taken so far, and also used a Gameweek 6 wildcard well to propel himself into the top 100,000.

In addition, he is among the top ten’s 3-5-2 advocates, with Aguero and Ibrahomovic up top and Hazard, Sanchez and Tottenham’s Dele Alli among his midfield stars. He was ahead of the curve regarding the Spurs man, after drafting him in back in Gameweek 14.

Peter Kouwenberg is still struggling to move up the overall FPL rankings.

He moved from third in the HoF at the end of last season, to fifth in Gameweek 11 and has now dipped to eighth. His overall rank has remained steady within the top 100,000 since Gameweek 10 and he now sits in 45,792 place, unable to make a breakthrough into the top 10,000.

Arguably hits have been an issue, with 14 taken so far, but a respectable Gameweek 20 score of 65 should give him hope he can recapture the good form that has seen him finish in the top 500 on two occasions over his 11 season career.

He currently has Origi as his third striker, but it remains to be seen whether he will switch to a 3-5-2 formation. His faith in fixtures over form may also change, as in Gameweek 20 he benched Eriksen and his 11 point haul for the Spurs man’s home clash with Chelsea.

One of the highest climbers in our Gameweek 11 updates was Mark Mansfield, who leapt from 109th to ninth place in the HoF. It is a spot he retains, after finishing Gameweek 20 with an overall rank of 772. A lack of hits is a feature of his strategy, with just four taken so far.

Mark’s strong midfield of Hazard, Sanchez, Eriksen and Phillips should ensure he retains a high placing. He will also be hoping that new recruit Aguero can avoid further red cards, although he also has Ibrahimovic to add some consistency to his three-man frontline, that also features Origi.

Glynn Sherwood (aka Spectrum) takes tenth place to join our group of successful Fantasy veterans, after finishing in 36th in the Hall of Fame at the end of last season. This is Glynn’s 11th campaign over a career that has included five top 10,000 finishes and a 133 placing in 2014/15.

Glynn has taken just four hits this season and is currently 16,207 in the overall rankings. Origi is Glynn’s third striker in a 3-4-3 formation, which includes Eriksen, Hazard, Sanchez and Gameweek 20 new recruit Phillips in midfield, with Costa and Ibrahimovic in attack.

Notable Mentions

Last year’s champion Dimitri Nicolaou‘s torrid season continued over Christmas with Gameweek 20 seeing him slip out of the top 2,000,000 in the overall rankings for the first time.

Tom Fenley, 2013/14’s winner, is fairing better. He is currently 127,825 in the overall FPL standings, a considerable improvement on his Gameweek 11 rank of 394,857, and is now 407th in the live HoF.

However, FPL champion of 2014/15 Simon March (aka Dufflinks), is struggling to improve on his Gameweek 11 rank of 333,085 and now sits in 393,729 position.  This has seen him slip to 171th in the live HoF.

Mark is the FFScout team’s  highest ranked FPL manager, after finishing the festive fixture run in 26,327 position in the overall rankings, his highest rank so far. That takes him to up to 26th in the live HoF.

Hall of Fame FAQ

How is my rating calculated?
The “HoF Rating” is based on your points scores from previous FPL seasons, with the latest season, weighted the heaviest and each corresponding season weighted at roughly 70% that of the previous season. So, in other words, those who performed best in 2014/15 will receive a bigger HoF Rating boost from those who did best in 2007/08. The “HoF Ranking” even allows for those with missing years, adapting the formula accordingly to allow to rank alongside the veterans of the FPL.

How do I join the Hall of Fame
Simply sign up to our leagues, either the Fantasy Football Scout Classic League (see home page for code) or if you’re a member, the Members Classic League (see Members home page for code).

How do I find myself in the Hall of Fame?
The search box at the top of the ranking tables allows you to search by surname or by FPL id.

What if I don’t want to be listed?
Either notify us via support@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk or simply leave the Fantasy Football Scout league, and you’ll be removed on the next update.

When does the Hall of Fame get updated?
The Career table is available to all and is updated at the end of each season to display the latest rankings. The Live version of the Hall of Fame is updated every week to use the latest season data.

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1,151 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hurricane Gilbert
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Of course Aké will start and soon you will hear this chant at thr Bridge:

      We've got Aké, Nathan Aké
      I just don't think you understand
      He's super Conte's man, he's better than Varane
      We've got Nathan Aké!

      1. FPLVirgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 17 days ago

        How many have you had?

    • stupendous
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Repost.Quiet around here. Anyone?

        Grant
        VVD Alonso Baines
        Eriksen Alli Hazard Sanchez Phillips
        Defoe (c) Costa

        Pickford Anichebe Mee McAuley

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Looks good.

          1. stupendous
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Ta!

          2. Pierce34
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Not sure what kind of comments you're after - team looks great! Similar to mine except I've got Lallana and Ibrahimovic instead of Eriksen and Defoe.

            • FPLVirgin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Template.

          3. Pierce34
              3 months, 17 days ago

              So does this article mean people are going to stop obsessing over Ville Ronka?

              1. Sess!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Bonka Ronka

            • director
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Just looking at the HOF rankings there. Annoyingly I used my current premier league account back in 06-07 and had a ghost team, getting an OR of 1.2m. Does having a really bad year way back impact the rankings much? Disappointed not to be in top 1000 despite 3 top 10k finishes, and a top 150 finish.

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                3 months, 17 days ago

                The 116K last season is probably the main reason.

                1. director
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Good to know. So recent seasons carry a much higher weight then.

                  1. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    From the article

                    How is my rating calculated?
                    The “HoF Rating” is based on your points scores from previous FPL seasons, with the latest season, weighted the heaviest and each corresponding season weighted at roughly 70% that of the previous season.

                  2. TorresMagic™
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Do you know your rank before last season?

                    1. director
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      I don't unfortunately.
                      Ok so the 06-07 season has very little bearing then. Thanks for the response.

            • Dr Wakeyosson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Late to the party re players for upcoming blank GW's...what's the direction of travel ?

              1. badgerboy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 17 days ago

                West Brom, Everton and Bournmouth players looking very handy.

                1. Dr Wakeyosson
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  That'll do nicely.

              2. Supac Thakur
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  when are you expecting the upcoming blank GWs?

                  1. Dr Wakeyosson
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Need to start planning in the next week or two depending on how many you already have. It soon creeps up.

                    1. FPLVirgin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      I'm struggling to understand the blank GWs. What's the deal, doc?

                      1. Dr Wakeyosson
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Some teams are already out of the cup and so face no Blanks and no DGW's. It's wise to make sure you capitalise on those with about six picks and use your transfers to bring in the blank players who then go on to have a DGW.

                        It becomes clearer in a week or two but we already have a selection of picks that play right through the turmoil....now is the right time to start getting a few.

                        1. FPLVirgin
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          But surely if they are out of the cup, there will be less fixture congestion for them and they will not have to make up the games in a double GW?

                          Or does it mean their league game is likely to be postponed because their league opponent is in FA cup action?

                          Confused.com 🙁

                    2. Supac Thakur
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Will need to find cover or be forced to get rid of Liverpool assets

                        1. Dr Wakeyosson
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          Are they going to become a big problem ?....potential for two blanks and two DGW's haven't they?

                • Internal Error
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 17 days ago

                  Everton could make a 20 mil bid for Keane. Only 4.9 in fpl

                  1. badgerboy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 17 days ago

                    Could see Fonte and Williams making a decent partnership,

                    1. Sess!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      Yeah I'd be surprised if fonte doesn't end up there. Not sure where else he'd go.

                      1. Dušan Citizen
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          Benfica

                          1. Konig Luther
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              ah.. that would be good

                            • Kiwivillan
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              That would be Benefical for both parties

                      2. Ogie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Keane would be a good buy he is young and has done very well at Burnley
                        He is a big part of their good defensive record

                      3. badgerboy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        Did'nt someone put in a bid for him before the season started?

                    2. Ogie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 17 days ago

                      It would be nice if there was some HoF filters to play with so you could check last 5 years or take best 3 years of any player and compare managers and the likes of that

                      Maybe something for the future

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        3 months, 17 days ago

                        VR and Mark do well in the 3 year with 3rd best season being 362 and 382.

                        1. TorresMagic™
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          Kenneth Tang 158 😯

                          1. John Terrys dog 😆
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              I know his brother poon

                              1. Gnu
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                😆

                          2. Ogie
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 months, 17 days ago

                            I take it mods have these kinda tools at there disposal?

                            1. TorresMagic™
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              Nah, just looking at the live HoF.
                              Egersdoff only has 2 x Top 1K which the most recent in 11/12.
                              Goes to show what consistency does as he even finished 15K last season.

                      2. Lav
                          3 months, 17 days ago

                          0 ITB. Do I take a -4 here with this defense?

                          Alonso Cedric Holebas Friend Ake

                          1. QBPUNKS
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              Only minus 4 on defence in dire need. That 5 is more than adequate. Double Chelsea defence against hull next week potentially. Cedric and holebas should be eased out but not for hits

                              1. Lav
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Sounds good

                                  Cheers.

                              2. badgerboy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                No need to take a -4 with those.

                            • FPLVirgin
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              3 months, 17 days ago

                              Hull play midweek and have midfielders in defence.

                              Stanislas (C) is calling me.

                              He can't do it twice, can he ....?

                              1. Hooky
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                I'd consider it if Bournemouth were at home

                                1. FPLVirgin
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Good point. They are a different proposition away from home.

                              2. Kiwivillan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                Having him is enough for me

                              3. Ogie
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                Bournemouth are not very good away from home and Hull actully have not looked as bad of late so beware
                                Snodgrass(C) might be the way to go

                                1. FPLVirgin
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Snod is God, as they say on Always Cheating.

                                2. TheOverthinker
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Might take snoddy for zaha as a one week punt

                                    1. Ogie
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                      Just beware that he might lose spot kicks to Hernandez but i don't think/hope he will

                                      1. TheOverthinker
                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                          Any other punts?
                                          Or Antonio the better option?

                                          1. FPLVirgin
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                            I may get Tadic in. I love how he has been forgotten about.

                                          2. Ogie
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                            Pogba or Mkyi and Giroud this week i think are great punts
                                            I also like Mirallas for some reason

                                  • badgerboy
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Brass balls! Owning him will be a big enough differential on it's own. But there's not many better FPL feelings than getting a big captain haul from a low ownership player,

                                    1. FPLVirgin
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                      I know exactly what you mean!

                                3. Dr Wakeyosson
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                  Mmmm. Given my son Stanislas and Phillips these past two weeks for his team with a promise not to nick them. Looks like I might have to back out on that.

                                  1. badgerboy
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Phillips coming in for me after this gameweek. Stanislas's injury record really puts me off.

                                4. TheOverthinker
                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                    Firmino to fall by tomorrow and hence I'll lose .1
                                    Frustrating

                                    1. TorresMagic™
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • Has Moderation Rights
                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                      I thought the frustrating part was owning through the drought.

                                      1. TheOverthinker
                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                          This is like cherry on the cake of frustration !!

                                          May switch to coutinho in some weeks idk.

                                      2. FPLVirgin
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                        I've held onto him forever. Tempted to sell now. Liverpool's fixtures are crazy, rotation will be strife

                                        1. Kiwivillan
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                          Rife?

                                          1. FPLVirgin
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                            No thanks. I've got plenty of towels.

                                        2. TheOverthinker
                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                            So finally you giving up?
                                            Tbh I would see how he plays when coutinho returns as he will be play a bit more attacking and coutinho can do defensive work

                                            1. FPLVirgin
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                              This needs a separate post 😉

                                      3. Hooky
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                        GW22 captain choice is going to be tough. So many options!

                                        1. Dušan Citizen
                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                            Lallana against SWA

                                            1. Hooky
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                              Costa or Haz home to Hull? Sanchez home to Burnley? Brunt at home to Sunderland?!

                                              1. John Terrys dog 😆
                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                  Thinking some analysis of those players against similar style teams is answer.
                                                  I always hate to go for obvious and than find out afterwards xxx player always struggles against passing team etc.

                                                  1. Hooky
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                    Are you volunteering to do said analysis? 😉

                                                    1. John Terrys dog 😆
                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                        I could just make it up

                                            2. FPLVirgin
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                              Is anyone tempted to have a dry Liverpool this January?

                                              With their insane fixture congestion this month, is it better to avoid all Liverpool players (even the returning Coutinho) in your team?

                                              We saw towards the end of last season when Liverpool played 3 times a week week-after-week how ruthless Klopp was with rotation.

                                              1. Dušan Citizen
                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                  I may get Yaya instead of Lallana for GW 23.

                                                  1. FPLVirgin
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                    Nice. Could pay off if he keeps his place.

                                                    1. Dušan Citizen
                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                        Well, yeah. I have time to monitor situation about our strikers and if I decide to get Lukaku it will probably be instead of Kun, so I want Yaya as City cover. Plus he is on pens.

                                                        1. FPLVirgin
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                          There is some debate over whether he is on pens in cup games only.

                                                          1. Dušan Citizen
                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                              Hmm, doubt it

                                                              He never missed a pen in PL, so I guess Pep is sick of Kun's misses and losing points on that.

                                                              1. FPLVirgin
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                The latest always cheating podcast cast doubt on Yaya being on penalties in the league.

                                                    2. Ogie
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                                      I would not touch Liverpool assets right now with a barge pole
                                                      I think United will hammer them and its all down hill from there very hard fixture run
                                                      We will see how Kloops high intensity games stands up when the fixtures pile up

                                                      1. FPLVirgin
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                        We saw what happened to that late last season. It wasn't great.

                                                        I'm not too worried about their tough fixtures. Liverpool play well against the big teams. It's just the volume of games that is really worrying me.

                                                  2. DA Minnion
                                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                                      Lads what do you make of this wildcard
                                                      Grant jak
                                                      Brunt Baines Daniels Friend Love
                                                      Hazard Alexis Eriksen Philips Alli
                                                      Ibra Costa Crouch

                                                      Looks okay ?Thoughts please.

                                                      1. FPLVirgin
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                        You don't need Hazard and Costa. One is enough.

                                                        Downgrade Hazard, upgrade Crouch.

                                                        1. Somnus84
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                          This. Although I would upgrade the defence instead. 3-5-2 isn't a bad option this year

                                                    • Dr Wakeyosson
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                                      Am I reading this right then....?

                                                      GW28 both of Eve v WBA and Bou v Whm are sure to play...and that's it so far...

                                                      1. Dušan Citizen
                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                          Link me to other posts, please

                                                        • badgerboy
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                          Yeah thats it so far.

                                                          1. Dr Wakeyosson
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                            Good.

                                                        • korbendallas82
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                          pretty good teams to fill up squad with to.

                                                      2. JT1874
                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                          Pickford Grant
                                                          Jones Pieters Holebas Amat McAuley
                                                          Siggy Sanchez Hazard Phillips Capoue
                                                          Ibra Costa Benteke

                                                          Benteke to Giroud and Hazard to Alli for -4?
                                                          My defence does need some repair though!

                                                          1. Somnus84
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                            Tekkers how to Wham isn't worth taking out for -4. Haz to Alli for a free maybe (although I am a Hazard keeper)

                                                            1. Somnus84
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                              *home...

                                                        • TheOverthinker
                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                            Captain Defoe?

                                                            1. badgerboy
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                              Mike Dean reffing that one, he does love a pen.

                                                            2. Somnus84
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                              Mike Dean apparently...

                                                            3. Ogie
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                              With Mike Dean as ref it might be worth a shout

                                                          • Somnus84
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                            Foster / Robinson
                                                            Alonso, Friend, Ake / Evans, Amat
                                                            Hazard, Sanchez, Siggy, Phillips / Capoue
                                                            Kun, Ibra, Carroll

                                                            While I really want to WC I think I will hold off for the DGW. WHat would you do here? 1FT

                                                            a) Siggy -> Stanislas
                                                            b) I don't have another preference. Options?
                                                            c) hold

                                                            1. scootadee
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                              have any money? need one of eriksen/alli.

                                                          • Papamoa Fc
                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                              Ake owners. Do you start him even though it is highly unlikely he will start straight away or is the risk of a cameo too high?

                                                              1. Somnus84
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                He could get minutes off the bench, particularly with Conte saying he can play on the left. Alonso is playing a lot lately and could get subbed on 70 a bit more now

                                                                1. Papamoa Fc
                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                    That's my thinking too.

                                                                2. Dušan Citizen
                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                    I am not owner, but I would start.

                                                                    Highly unlikely to come off the bench if he is benched.

                                                                    1. Chenku Zipped up
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                      He will surely get time given how versatile he is and conte needs to justify recall.

                                                                    2. Papamoa Fc
                                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                        I just don't want a 10min cameo. How come it is unlikely for a sub appearance in your opinion?

                                                                        1. Dušan Citizen
                                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                            I guess he would get in Ivanovic for Moses, Willian/Pedro for Willian/Pedro and Matic for Fabregas.

                                                                      • Chenku Zipped up
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                        Dont play but bench.. maybe need to sell him ASAP if he doesn't start against lei.

                                                                        1. Papamoa Fc
                                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                            yeah I don't want to take a hit to sell him this week though. So now I have the option of playing him, Jones or Amat. Already have 3 playing in the United pool game...

                                                                        2. badgerboy
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                          Benching behind Amat until i sell him next week. I get the feeling there are a few people benching him for a few weeks to see if he gets game time but i just don't see it happening. In the mean time his value could tumble.

                                                                          1. Papamoa Fc
                                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                              Yeah it's not like it is difficult to buy him back if he does achieve a spot in the starting XI but holding him through price drops is uneccesary

                                                                        3. John Terrys dog 😆
                                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                            Do you think a gray is bad buy with four away games in a row in near future for burnley

                                                                            1. Hooky
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                              Yes

                                                                            2. Hooky
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                              3 goals in 9 away games so far for Burnley. Woeful!

                                                                              1. John Terrys dog 😆
                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                  Yeah that's my worry though was gray missing something to do with that? Also thinking maybe now they have created a decent gap over relegation they may risk more away from home

                                                                            3. Dr Wakeyosson
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                              @FPL virgin.

                                                                              I'll try and explain a little better.

                                                                              Every team that ends up with a DGW also has a blank close by (usually before the DGW obviously). There are usually three DGW's until the end the end of the season...and three blank weeks.

                                                                              Some FPL managers dream of filling their entire squad with DGW players at some point but that can be a problem for the blanks (depending which teams are in the DGW's and blanks).

                                                                              Usually the optimum number of players to aim for in any DGW is about seven or eight without impacting badly on the blank GW's...but we won't know who those are for a while.

                                                                              That usually means that it's prudent to do some stocking up of certain starters that go right through around about now and use transfers after that to bring in DGW players when we know who they are.

                                                                              You will of course have a WC that you can use on one of the DGW's or on one of the blanks as well (blank weeks are actually a good ploy fro WC)

                                                                              1. badgerboy
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                Good summary Doc.

                                                                                1. FPLVirgin
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                  He should write "an idiots guide to FPL", you know those yellow and black books you get.

                                                                                  1. badgerboy
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                    Guys like Doc are always here to help. The blanks and doubles are easier to get your head around when they're finalised and you can see all the fixtures written down in front of you. When they get a bit closer there will be plenty of insite, opinion and articles about them and how to approach them.

                                                                              2. FPLVirgin
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                I'm starting to understand how blanks impact DGWs. Thank you for explaining, Doc. I appreciate you typing all that out.

                                                                                1. Dr Wakeyosson
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                  those certain starters that go right through can be valuable. Some times the avg number of players playing in FPL teams can be very low on the blank weeks....unless we plan. It usually gets forgotten because folk leave it late and then concentrate on DGW players instead,. If you start now you can do both.

                                                                                  1. FPLVirgin
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                    Who are you looking at then? Everton and Bournemouth players?

                                                                                    1. scootadee
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                      lukaku, baines, daniels?

                                                                                      1. Hurricane Gilbert
                                                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                          + Stanislas and Antonio/Carroll if West Ham has made a transformation by then

                                                                                      2. Dr Wakeyosson
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                        and WBA. Good fixtures anyway regardless of being tactically savvy moves for in a few weeks. Works out very nicely.

                                                                                      3. Dr Wakeyosson
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                        You'll usually find that on the blank weekend that even if you plan you will end up playing something like a 4-2-1 formation or something daft like that...because you may not want to ditch strikers or mids that have a DGW around the corner that you can't afford to lose. That's how it usually works out (Costa Ibra and Sanchez on your bench !!!)

                                                                                        That will normally be enough to ensure you have in excess of the avg starting players on the blank GW.

                                                                                        Baines and Brunt should be fairly high on your list.

                                                                              3. raheem sterlings kids
                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                  Who you reckon is lost likely to knick a goal/assist:
                                                                                  A.Capoue
                                                                                  B. DeRoon

                                                                                  1. badgerboy
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                    Should be who's more likely to pick up a clean sheet point. De Roon.

                                                                                  2. FPLVirgin
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                    Capoue.

                                                                                    But I wouldn't spend the extra to get him.

                                                                                    1. raheem sterlings kids
                                                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                        Yeah already have him but considering the hit to get more from my eventual transfer to deroon before cap's price drop.
                                                                                        The extra funds are essential in my next gw transfers

                                                                                    2. raheem sterlings kids
                                                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                        *most

                                                                                    3. Dušan Citizen
                                                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                        http://prntscr.com/dtlu2c I think I am the only manager with 2 Wards 😀

                                                                                        1. Kiwivillan
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                          Dual casting perk?

                                                                                      • Bouncebackability
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                        From 12th to 193rd.

                                                                                        Slick.

                                                                                        1. Gnu
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                          A stinky poo season so far Mr J .... but don't worry, class is permanent. 🙂

                                                                                          1. Bouncebackability
                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                            Just a little Sir!

                                                                                            Tried everything. But will keep going. Lady Luck has not been kind this year. Captains have killed me. Will keep going, I love this game nevertheless. Every other fantasy game I'm flying in, raking it in- but not the one that matters most! #FPLoriginalandbest

                                                                                          2. Bouncebackability
                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                            Oh, I don't think I've transferred any cash for the Wigan league.. my donation! Did that get off the ground or did the cash idea stall?

                                                                                            1. Gnu
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                              Hmmm, I'll need to send another e-mail so it will depend on response.
                                                                                              Was a bit scunnered early doors as one person removed their team from the league on Saturday morning of GW1 without emailing me - obviously didn't like the idea but rather than message me left the league with the dreaded Mr Average ( who's doing surprisingly well, haha)
                                                                                              Put me off a bit all things considered.
                                                                                              I'll message again as some have paid.

                                                                                              1. Bouncebackability
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                May be a case of refunding a few instead? I'm happy either way. Will happily donate my £20 if required! Maybe make sure we get everyone's pennies on before GW1 next season, I know it was a late call for this.

                                                                                                Whoever dropped out on the morning without informing you showed poor form. But as you say, Mr Average doing ok. Think he stuffed me one week.

                                                                                                1. Gnu
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                  😆
                                                                                                  Yeah, refunding probably be the scenario but we'll see. I know it's a H2H but it's been competitive and I thought with feedback that was given it added an extra edge.

                                                                                                  Aguero making you restless yet?

                                                                                                  1. Bouncebackability
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    Yes. Thinking of shipping already!

                                                                                        2. TorresMagic™
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                          You'll move up quickly with a few green arrows.

                                                                                          1. Bouncebackability
                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                            I'm not holding my breath TM! May have to seek Aguero to Giroud/Kane to get some pennies. Very decent season for you I see.

                                                                                            1. Bouncebackability
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                              Sell*

                                                                                            2. John Terrys dog 😆
                                                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                Dare I say it but I am sure you will bounce back

                                                                                                1. Gnu
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                  Very droll. 🙂

                                                                                              • TorresMagic™
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                Treading water but can't complain. Need to captain Aguero with confidence to keep him imo. Kills a player elsewhere if you don't.

                                                                                                1. Bouncebackability
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                  I have more confidence in Aguero than I do in Pep so I think he has to go.

                                                                                        3. Slamdog Mignolet
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                          Man U vs. Liverpool score predictions?
                                                                                          Could be a goalfest or a snoozefest

                                                                                          1. Papamoa Fc
                                                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                              I have Lallana, Mkhitaryan and Ibra. Possibly Jones also if I decide to play him...

                                                                                              1. Slamdog Mignolet
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                Exciting 🙂

                                                                                                Got Firmino, Ibra and Jones myself.

                                                                                            • Kiwivillan
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                              Ibra and Jones. Ibra brace 2-0 please

                                                                                            • Hurricane Gilbert
                                                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                Unfortunately I think United will win 2-1

                                                                                              • FPLVirgin
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                Mourinho will play for a 0-0. 100% guaranteed.

                                                                                                1. Kiwivillan
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                  I'll take that

                                                                                                2. Hurricane Gilbert
                                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    Mou will not chicken out at home. He will go for it.

                                                                                                3. korbendallas82
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                  Pogba goal.

                                                                                                4. Ogie
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                  Liverpool are weak and will be put to the sword
                                                                                                  3-0

                                                                                                5. Spectrum-FFS Doubles Champ
                                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    I think it will be a low scoring affair

                                                                                                  • Sharpe Shuffle
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    1-0 United - Ibra (hopefully assisted by Mkh)

                                                                                                  • FC Lackless
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    United have timed the fixture well in terms of momentum but if MU try to attack LFC they will tear them apart. I predict a 0-0 unfortunately with double decker redeployment

                                                                                                6. Sadio
                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                  Currently on a WC. Pick 1 from each group:

                                                                                                  Toby or Walker
                                                                                                  Chambers or Ake

                                                                                                  1. Kiwivillan
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    If you don't have Ake there's no point getting to find out he's stuck on the bench IMO

                                                                                                  2. badgerboy
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    Rose and Chambers.

                                                                                                7. Jack Wilshere
                                                                                                    3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                    When site will be fixed ?

                                                                                                    1. TorresMagic™
                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                      • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                      Clear cache.

                                                                                                  • Papamoa Fc
                                                                                                      3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                      I have a feeling I'm getting a low score this upcoming GW.

                                                                                                      Foster
                                                                                                      Alonso, Ake/Jones, Baines
                                                                                                      Sanchez, Mkhitaryan, Lallana, Phillips
                                                                                                      Aguero, Ibra, Rondon

                                                                                                      Pickford, De Roon, Jones/Ake, Amat .5itb 0ft

                                                                                                      1. Hurricane Gilbert
                                                                                                          3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                          Yeah looks like it. Only Sanchez got a good fixture on paper.

                                                                                                          1. Papamoa Fc
                                                                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                              3 WBM away to Spurs. 4 in the Mun v Liv.

                                                                                                        • Hurricane Gilbert
                                                                                                            3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                            Scoutcast tomorrow?

                                                                                                            1. TorresMagic™
                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                              • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                                              3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                              Tonight or tomorrow probably.

                                                                                                              1. Hurricane Gilbert
                                                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                                  Brill

                                                                                                            2. We Will Klopp you
                                                                                                                3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                                Alli (Form factor), Aguero (Kun factor), Sanchez (wing factor) or Defoe (Dean factor) captain?

                                                                                                                1. Sess!
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                                  Aguero

                                                                                                                2. korbendallas82
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  3 months, 17 days ago

                                                                                                                  Sanchez. Swansea likely to let 3-5 in.