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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. Haugli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    Time to WC? (0FT - Already did Pickford -> Grant)
    Cech / Grant
    Brunt, Holebas, Cedric, Luiz, Love
    Sanchez, Hazard, Allen, Lallana (Leko)
    Ibra, Costa, Rondon

    1. Moin ♖
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      No Need to WC, next Downgrade Hazard to Alli/Eriksen and use the funds to upgarde Leko, Holebas, Cedric

    2. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Nope - the bones are good. The odd u/grade here and there. Try to make Rondon, Defoe by cheapening some of those needless defenders.

    3. Dark_Mata
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Don't think you need to

      • Alnair
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Wouldn't have done that move tbh but WCing only makes your situation worse...

        • Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Not worth it. Save WC for DGW

      • timPgoodwin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        Ake's been brought back to Chelsea as competition for Alonso - I have both players! 4 Chelsea players in total now lol I have to sell one apparently. Which one?! Hazard and Costa are my others.

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Wait a week see what happens

        2. McQueen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          I'll wait for presser and ditch Ake for Rose most likely. No way I see him starting soon. Unless Conte tells something direct, he's out sadly. We had really good thing going on with Ake.

      • ddfc
          8 days, 9 hours ago

          What to do with this lot

          Heaton
          Alonso Jones Ake :/
          Sanchez Eriksen Lallana Hazard de Roon
          Ibrahimovic Costa

          Foster McAuley Anichebe Amat

          0 FT, 0.8m ITB

          Advice Please!!

          Thanks

          1. Ruffio
              8 days, 7 hours ago

              Hold for pressers maybe look at aoa to see who plays for Chelsea?

          2. Internal Error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 days, 9 hours ago

            I just went on to Swanseas forum to see what they thought about Llorente leaving. I found one topic: Holly Willoughby-Are they getting any bigger

            1. Dark_Mata
                8 days, 8 hours ago

                What do you mean?

              • Ruffio
                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                  It's that kind of focus that's got them doing so well!

              • keeney
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                8 days, 9 hours ago

                Hull forecast to have snow Friday & Saturday. Most of the north and west coast have a met warning for snow. Are we going to see some postponements?

                1. Dre
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  8 days, 8 hours ago

                  You may be right

                  1. keeney
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                    Saving my 2 free transfers till Saturday, Burnley probably most likely with the old ground

                2. Dark_Mata
                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                    So which are the risk grounds? Burnley probably the only one? Any others?

                    1. keeney
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      8 days, 8 hours ago

                      Hull and Sunderland possibly, it's not just the ground as I remember a United game getting postponed due to the conditions outside the ground.

                  • Ruffio
                      8 days, 7 hours ago

                      Not in the Prem

                      1. keeney
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        8 days, 7 hours ago

                        League 2 sides have better grounds than Burnley

                  • merin
                      8 days, 9 hours ago

                      Best replacement for Ake? Got 5.1 to spend.

                      My current back 7:
                      Hennessey Grant
                      Alonso Walker McAuley Ake Amat

                      1. McQueen
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        8 days, 8 hours ago

                        Smith probably. 4.7M and next 3 look juicy.

                        1. merin
                            8 days, 8 hours ago

                            Thanks.
                            You reckon he's nailed?

                            1. McQueen
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              8 days, 8 hours ago

                              Now that Ake is out, he sure is. Francis also out for next three. So you're safe for next three at least. But I believe he's nailed on from now on. You have great defenders so you're good either way.

                              1. Dark_Mata
                                  8 days, 8 hours ago

                                  Would you pick smith over Daniels or only for the money?

                                  1. McQueen
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                                    Daniels, but he's not cheap anymore, but I'm still willing to pay 5.2M for him, he's my lad from last year. We had some great times back then. 😉

                                    So depends on how much you need this 0.5M.

                                    1. Dark_Mata
                                        8 days, 8 hours ago

                                        Thanks mate. Nice tales of yore 😉

                            2. Ruffio
                                8 days, 7 hours ago

                                Possibly Phil jones? Or look at Delaney/Kelly for cp. big Sam set pieces although Dan would be no.1 don't think you can afford?

                                1. merin
                                    8 days, 7 hours ago

                                    Went with Smith, but thanks.
                                    Dann is 5.2 atm, and I had 5.1

                              • Legomané
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                8 days, 9 hours ago

                                A. G2G? (look at Brunt or Rondon next week).
                                B. (-4) Origi > Benteke/Wilson/Negredo?
                                C. Or, can anyone suggest any decent (-8) options to upgrade Origi?

                                0 FT, 0.8 ITB.

                                Heaton (SOU)
                                Alonso (lei) Pieters (sun) Smith(hul) Valencia (LIV)
                                Sanchez (v) (swa) Eriksen (WBA) Alli (WBA) Phillips (tot)
                                Aguero (C) (eve) Ibrahimovic (LIV)

                                *Pickford (4.1) *Origi (6.7) de Roon (wat) *Collins (4.2)

                                Thoughts much appreciated as always. Cheers.

                                1. ILOVEBAPS
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                  I'd actually consider downgrading Origi in your position and upgrading De Roon > Stanislas. Or playing a 4th defender most GWs

                              • pundit of punts
                                  8 days, 9 hours ago

                                  Team for the gw.

                                  Foster
                                  Bellerin - Brunt - Mee
                                  Sanchez - Hazard - Phillips - Stanislas
                                  Aguero - Ibrahimovic - Giroud

                                  Jakupovic - Carrick - Amat - Lenihan

                                  1.8m itb for Mee ➡ Baines next gw.

                                  Thoughts please?

                                  1. Moin ♖
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                                    You can get Baines next week after the City fixture is over

                                    1. pundit of punts
                                        8 days, 8 hours ago

                                        Exactly what I'm thinking.

                                    2. McQueen
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      8 days, 8 hours ago

                                      Planning to get TOT cover anytime soon?

                                      It looks good for this GW. I'd rather get Rose than Baines though, but follow your gut.

                                      1. pundit of punts
                                          8 days, 8 hours ago

                                          Alli for Hazard in gw 23.

                                          Will get a Spurs defender in gw 26 for Bellerin.

                                      2. ILOVEBAPS
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        8 days, 7 hours ago

                                        Double Brom defence not great this week as Spurs will score. Otherwise great! A better 2nd keeper would be decent too.

                                    3. Toure The Route
                                        8 days, 8 hours ago

                                        Wanted to start a hot topic.

                                        Arsenal have Swansea away, Burnley, Watford and Hull all at home in 4 out their next 5 games.
                                        Swansea conceed 3 goals mostly regardless of home/away and Watford looking absolutely lost at the moment, hull are hull and Burnley away from home could still lose 2-0, maybe 3-0 if Giroud and co can score early.

                                        These 4 out of 5 games are probably the best short term fixtures for any team this season so far according to what I have seen . They seem to be begging to get Giroud as a punt even if he misses one game , considering wenger doesn't drop players in form plus Giroud usually gets the easier games.

                                        Are Giroud non owners going to be punished ?
                                        Is an Arsenal defender being overlooked due to Arsenal s tendency to conceed more often than not ?
                                        A Kosc goal with a couple clean sheets might easily make him match Baines/Rose (becoming the template premium defenders here) over this period.

                                        1. Dark_Mata
                                            8 days, 8 hours ago

                                            I agree with all the above and can see him scoring and yet still can't bring myself to commit

                                            1. Toure The Route
                                                8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                Yea just don't want to look back after hull , 5 weeks later and think, it was right in front of my eyes once he gets a huge haul.

                                                1. Dark_Mata
                                                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                    Has he ever got a huge haul though? All I seem to remember is vast disappointment

                                              • McQueen
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                Had Koscielny for 9 GWs, got me 1 8 pointer, and only 0s,1s,2s, so no thank you. I'm OK for now, ARS defense is very frustrating. Giroud on the other hand, could be a good shout. Although I still don't think he's nailed on yet.

                                              • sslad1
                                                  8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                  Sanchez will out perform Giroud in those fixtures.

                                                  1. Toure The Route
                                                      8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                      Everyone has Sanchez .
                                                      Is the double up going to be a major bandwagon next week?
                                                      Best time to catch on is now, rather than think back after 1,2, or 3 weeks where every week he has a high chance for a double digit score. He usually gets single digit scores but his form has to be taken into account

                                                • Dark_Mata
                                                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                    I'm confusing myself now. Is Stanislas a sound pick or total bandwagon?

                                                    1. Toure The Route
                                                        8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                        He had the best PPGame with Hazard and was easily the best value mid after week 12-13 I think before he got injured.
                                                        Even if he is a bandwagon it looks like a very justiable one.
                                                        Besides the bandwagon started at the start of the season, now he has sort of proven his quality in a bmouth team who attack .
                                                        (One of those rare bottom placed clubs who actually play an attacking philosophy)

                                                        Him and Phillips are some much needed competition to Snodgrass . That said, I'm going for Stan, gutted to have missed his price rise yesterday but still.

                                                        1. Dark_Mata
                                                            8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                            Thanks. I got him in a few days back but still undecided. On a WC. Stan and Phillips is one too many small game pts scorers

                                                            1. Toure The Route
                                                                8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                Stan plus Phillips only if you rotate or play a 3-5-2 with three heavy Mids .
                                                                That's what I'm trying.
                                                                With Haz-Sanchez-Eriksen plus Costa-Ibra

                                                        2. Hit Machine
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                          Thoughts on Luiz as Chelsea defensive cover?

                                                          1. Dark_Mata
                                                              8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                              Acerage

                                                            • Toure The Route
                                                                8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                Only if you already have Rose who plays for an equally good defensive side as a wingback.

                                                                1. Hit Machine
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                  On a wc. Getting rose

                                                                  1. Toure The Route
                                                                      8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                      Probably go Courtois then if you are so attached on Chelsea cover? Save 0.6
                                                                      Luiz still hasn't scored a goal although it's due.

                                                                      Kos however in a less than able Arsenal defence has been a good pick over season at the same price.
                                                                      Luiz might just start emerging if his points rack up.

                                                                      1. Toure The Route
                                                                          8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                          Over the seasons*

                                                                2. Dark_Mata
                                                                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                    *v

                                                                  • Plutocracy
                                                                      8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                      Any feedback on this top heavy approach? (*apart from Aguero is a mid not on penalties)

                                                                      Heaton/Randolph
                                                                      Baines/PVA/Brunt/Jones/Chambers
                                                                      Sanchez/Iwobi/Phillips/Stanislas/Allen
                                                                      Ibra/Aguero/Costa

                                                                      Thanks 🙂

                                                                      1. Dark_Mata
                                                                          8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                          I'd downgrade PVA and bolster someone, probably Iwobi

                                                                          1. Plutocracy
                                                                              8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                              Thanks mate. PVA is a bit of wasted £ isn't he. Just fell like the 6.5 range in mids is not great...

                                                                              1. Toure The Route
                                                                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                  yea the 6.5 range isn't good

                                                                          2. joescores
                                                                              8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                              Hello, will I have the same amount of points if I sign the football scout league today?

                                                                            • FearGorm
                                                                                8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                How does Mhki and Anichebe to Giroud and De Roon for a (-4) hit sound?

                                                                                Would involve pushing Phillips from 5th midfielder to 4th. Mhki isn't guaranteed but I see him as a potentially great differential.

                                                                                1. Man Don't Care
                                                                                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                    Ok but Giroud will be rotated. If you're ok with him missing every odd game then go ahead.

                                                                                    1. FearGorm
                                                                                        8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                        Considering their fixtures it's worth the risk I think - particularly when he's well able to score off the bench too

                                                                                      • Dark_Mata
                                                                                          8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                          Thanks for the reality chexk

                                                                                      • Dark_Mata
                                                                                          8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                          Phillips is a good 4th IMO

                                                                                      • Man Don't Care
                                                                                          8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                          Foster
                                                                                          Alonso, Rose, Jones
                                                                                          Sanchez, Pogba, Lallana, Philips
                                                                                          Ibra, Costa, Defoe

                                                                                          (Pickford; Pieters, Capoue, Amat)

                                                                                          Anything worth a hit in this team?

                                                                                          1. FearGorm
                                                                                              8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                              Lock up that FT is your best bet I reckon

                                                                                              1. Man Don't Care
                                                                                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                  Cheers, already used my two free ones though

                                                                                              2. Dark_Mata
                                                                                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                  Is that a WC team? It's fantastic

                                                                                                  1. Skloppy Kops
                                                                                                      8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                      If that's a WC team, its not fantastic at all..
                                                                                                      With Pickford and Amat, surely not.

                                                                                                      But for a non-WC, its nice! 🙂

                                                                                                    • Man Don't Care
                                                                                                        8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                        Really? Haha

                                                                                                        I'd beg to differ!

                                                                                                      • Toure The Route
                                                                                                          8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                          He has Capoue so I'm guessing no wildcard

                                                                                                    • Jinswick
                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                      8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                      Any update on Benteke's injury?

                                                                                                      1. Venom Snake
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                        Yeah, it's still causing me grief.

                                                                                                    • Toure The Route
                                                                                                        8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                        Rephrasing a question I asked earlier,

                                                                                                        Will Giroud outscore Ibra/Costa/Kane/Kun over the next 5 games?
                                                                                                        3 plum games at home on paper before facing Swansea away next week who usually conceed 3. (Potentially a goal plus assist Vs Swansea could be a double digit haul sparking an even greater bandwagon than already)

                                                                                                        Is it worth taking out one of the big hitters up front for Giroud and bringing them back ? (Considering that would also give quite a bit in the bank for a premium addition in midfield, though of course value from Costa/Ibra etc would be lost.

                                                                                                        Value or the 2-3 huge point hauls ?
                                                                                                        is it absolutely foolish to take out Ibra/Costa/Kane?

                                                                                                        1. Dark_Mata
                                                                                                            8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                            Doubt it

                                                                                                          • Individual
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                            Kane would be the one to remove to follow up on your hunch, as long as you have Alli/Eriksen involved in your midfield.

                                                                                                            I'd be tempted to do it. I couldn't quite afford it without the -4 this week so I went for Rondon in for Origi as I haven't got Phillips and think Rondon should match his output. But yeah, Giroud a good shout; Arsene always keeps players in form starting games.

                                                                                                            1. Toure The Route
                                                                                                                8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                Thanks both cheers!

                                                                                                            2. Skloppy Kops
                                                                                                                8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                No. Welbeck will still manage to snatch some gametime from him.

                                                                                                              • Ruffio
                                                                                                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                  I don't think he will cos of rotation with wally back as well he only needs to blank once and wenger won't fancy him again

                                                                                                                • Athletico Timbo
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                  I'd love to have Giroud but I personally think he'll be back on the bench very soon. It's a gamble I know but if I thought he would start I'd definitely get him in

                                                                                                                  1. Toure The Route
                                                                                                                      8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                      Thanks all!

                                                                                                                • TLF
                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                  8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                  Morning all, considering Ake to Rose in a couple of weeks, too much invested in back line ? Would give me

                                                                                                                  Alonso, Rose, Brunt, Pieters, Amat

                                                                                                                  Hazard, Sanchez, Eriksen, Philips, Stan

                                                                                                                  Ibra, Costa, Carroll

                                                                                                                  .2 itb

                                                                                                                  1. Individual
                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                    8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                    Nah very sensible, good move that. Always good to have 1/2 premiums, 1/2 rotating cheapers (though I imagine you'll always play brunt over Pieters) then a bargain basement 5th Def who likely will never see the light of play like Amat.

                                                                                                                    1. TLF
                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                      8 days, 6 hours ago

                                                                                                                      Thanks for response, yellow cards are a convene but think he is worth it. Other option was a cheap borough Def and use money to upgrade Carroll but I may well down grade Hazard after Hull if he blanks so we shall see, cheers

                                                                                                                  2. Slindoffer
                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                    8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                    Good move imo and not too much invested.

                                                                                                                    Nice team 🙂

                                                                                                                  3. Toure The Route
                                                                                                                      8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                      Looks good
                                                                                                                      Can downgrade Alonso depending on his future gametime assurity after the Ake-Conte looking to rotate full backs saga

                                                                                                                      1. TLF
                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                        8 days, 6 hours ago

                                                                                                                        Thanks all 🙂

                                                                                                                  4. Jonty
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                                                                                                                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                    For Sky players - Here's D1sable with a look at the MoM, Bonus magnets and transfers made by the top managers so far.

                                                                                                                    http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2017/01/10/sky-sports-fantasy-football-mid-season-stock-check/

                                                                                                                  5. Dark_Mata
                                                                                                                      8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                      This:

                                                                                                                      http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-city-news-gabriel-jesus--12426445

                                                                                                                      Is now starting to become an itch I need to scratch... just me?

                                                                                                                    • GreenWindmill
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                                                                                                                      8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                      You know when you see a stat posted that just doesn't seem to stand up to reason?

                                                                                                                      I enjoy a good witch hunt as much as the next person and please don't misunderstand this post, I think Mike Dean is a complete buffoon but it bugs me when people copy and paste 'stats' without doing any fact checking. More than once I've noticed people posting that 5 of Mike Dean's last 6 red cards have been overturned. Utter fiction.

                                                                                                                      Mike Dean's last 7 straight red cards:

                                                                                                                      * Feghouli against Man Utd on 2 Jan 17, dismissed for a serious foul. Overturned.
                                                                                                                      * Redmond against Tottenham on 28 Dec 16, dismissed for a professional foul. Not appealed.
                                                                                                                      * Stephens against Middlesbrough on 7 May 16, dismissed for a serious foul. Upheld despite appeal.
                                                                                                                      * Courtois against Man City on 16 Apr 16, dismissed for a professional foul. Not appealed.
                                                                                                                      * Rondon against Bournemouth on 19 Dec 15, dismissed for a headbutt. Not appealed.
                                                                                                                      * McClean against Bournemouth on 19 Dec 15, dismissed for a serious foul. Not appealed.
                                                                                                                      * McAuley against Man Utd on 7 Nov 15, dismissed for a professional foul. Not appealed.

                                                                                                                      In fact, Feghouli was the first successful appeal against a Mike Dean red card since Gabriel was sent off for his clash with Costa on 19 Sep 15.

                                                                                                                      The man's a clown but there's no need to make stuff up.

                                                                                                                      1. Man Don't Care
                                                                                                                          8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                          Yeah, I had read that "fact" somewhere too. Nice research.

                                                                                                                        • Skloppy Kops
                                                                                                                            8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                            Yep but FA will side by the ref most of the time, to keep their ego!
                                                                                                                            All the benefit of the doubt eventually come to the ref, instead of the player!

                                                                                                                            1. GreenWindmill
                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                                                                                                                              8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                              Think you're missing the point - people are happily sharing made up stats and believing them!

                                                                                                                              The real stats are that only 2 of Mike Dean's last 7 red cards have even been appealed and only 1 of those was successful!

                                                                                                                              1. Skloppy Kops
                                                                                                                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                  The fact that FA increase the ban if appeal upheld, means the teams do not appeal.
                                                                                                                                  But I'd wish to see ref getting bans for blatant wrong decisions, only then that can be changed.

                                                                                                                                  Mike Dean is the only responsible for ruining matches, including the last between WHM and MAN.
                                                                                                                                  I think Billic's side had the better of the game until the RC!

                                                                                                                                  1. GreenWindmill
                                                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                                                                                                                                    8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                    Fairly sure the frivolous appeal rule is no longer in place, certainly can't think of an example of it being applied for a long time. The fact is that most of those red cards weren't appealed because they were good decisions.

                                                                                                                                    But again, you're still missing the actual point - this isn't about whether Mike Dean is a good ref or whether the red cards should have been appealed, this is just about lies being spread about and believed without challenge. I said in my post that I don't rate Mike Dean but making stuff up about him is just wrong.

                                                                                                                                    1. Gnu
                                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                      8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I can't remember any case recently when ban has been increased after appeal.
                                                                                                                                      It's a reasonable point you make and unfortunately it seems to be more the norm these days.

                                                                                                                            2. GreenWindmill
                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                                                                                                                              8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                              By the way, this reminds me of a post my mother-in-law shared on Facebook shortly before Christmas. It was a warning about a couple of suspicious characters who'd been seen hanging around the local area during a spate of break ins, accompanied by a photo of them in their van. It was Harry and Marv from Home Alone. 😆

                                                                                                                              Always fact check 😉

                                                                                                                              1. Kiwivillan
                                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                Did they catch them?

                                                                                                                                1. GreenWindmill
                                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                                                                                                                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                  After much hilarity.

                                                                                                                          • Brakos2k
                                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                            8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                            Lukaku or Giroud after this GW? Also have Sanchez and Baines. Thanks.

                                                                                                                            1. HurriKane
                                                                                                                                8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                lukaku

                                                                                                                              • Slindoffer
                                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                Lukaku

                                                                                                                                1. Brakos2k
                                                                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                  Thanks both

                                                                                                                              • Karan14
                                                                                                                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                  After this GW of Giroud scores and remains in the starting 11 he's a better pick than Lukaku.

                                                                                                                                  Much prefer Arsenal's (swa, BUR, WAT) fixtures to Eveton's (MCI, cry, stk) for the next three.

                                                                                                                                  1. Toure The Route
                                                                                                                                      8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                      +1

                                                                                                                                • HurriKane
                                                                                                                                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                    Hmm so De roon scored in the cup.

                                                                                                                                    Would you start him (wat) over Rondon(tot) ?

                                                                                                                                    1. Individual
                                                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                      8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                      Probably not, am a Rondon owner and I'll play vs Spurs I think

                                                                                                                                    2. Ruffio
                                                                                                                                        8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                        No go with rondon they haven't looked half bad and always threat from set plays

                                                                                                                                      • Athletico Timbo
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                                                                                                                                        8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                        No

                                                                                                                                      • Papamoa Fc
                                                                                                                                          8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                          I'm playing Foster, Phillips and Rondon. Somehow feel ok about it. I can see WBM doing well actually

                                                                                                                                        • HurriKane
                                                                                                                                            8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                            cheers all.

                                                                                                                                        • denial
                                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                          8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                          I'd absolutely take Ronka's OR right now. Not that bad considering how this season has been for lots of veteran players.

                                                                                                                                          1. FplDreams
                                                                                                                                              8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                              Me too.

                                                                                                                                          2. Ruffio
                                                                                                                                              8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                              What do I need to do here?

Foster. (Pick)

Holebas. Brunt. Friend. Jones. Kingsley

Stanislas. Haz. Sanch. Pogba. Carrick

Kun. Kane. Gray. 

                                                                                                                                              How and when to change gray is this my biggest prob?
                                                                                                                                              
Big thanks! 
0ft. 0.7itb

                                                                                                                                              1. Man Don't Care
                                                                                                                                                  8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                  I thought Gray was a good pick atm?

                                                                                                                                                  1. Dark_Mata
                                                                                                                                                      8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                      Haha. Me too, I know Burnley don't score but he does and maybe they will now he's back?

                                                                                                                                                      1. Man Don't Care
                                                                                                                                                          8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                          Yeah I was considering him instead of Defoe for a while. Seems good value if he keeps starting.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Dark_Mata
                                                                                                                                                      8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                      anyone have gray and plan him to be first 11?

                                                                                                                                                      1. FplDreams
                                                                                                                                                          8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                          Will get him soon and he'll be my bench fodder in a 3-5-2

                                                                                                                                                          1. Dark_Mata
                                                                                                                                                              8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                              Must be a nice MF?

                                                                                                                                                        • Legomané
                                                                                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                          8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                          Cap:
                                                                                                                                                          1. Aguero
                                                                                                                                                          2. Sanchez

                                                                                                                                                          Play one:
                                                                                                                                                          A. Valencia (LIV)
                                                                                                                                                          B. Origi (mun)
                                                                                                                                                          C. de Roon (wat)

                                                                                                                                                          Cheers!

                                                                                                                                                          1. Dark_Mata
                                                                                                                                                              8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                              1 A

                                                                                                                                                            • HurriKane
                                                                                                                                                                8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                2. A

                                                                                                                                                              • Deulofail
                                                                                                                                                                  8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                  2A

                                                                                                                                                                • FplDreams
                                                                                                                                                                    8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                    1 A

                                                                                                                                                                  • Toure The Route
                                                                                                                                                                      8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                      2A, Swansea conceed 3 even Vs the small clubs

                                                                                                                                                                  • Deulofail
                                                                                                                                                                      8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                      Stick or hit? (0.9 ITB)

                                                                                                                                                                      Grant
                                                                                                                                                                      BELLERIN - AKE - CEDRIC - Friend
                                                                                                                                                                      Sanchez - Hazard - Alli - Stanislas
                                                                                                                                                                      Ibra - Costa

                                                                                                                                                                      *JAKUPOVIC | BETRAND, Phillips, *ANICHEBE

                                                                                                                                                                      CAPITALS = might not play/start
                                                                                                                                                                      * = won't play

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Pep says
                                                                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                        8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                        FRIEND

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Deulofail
                                                                                                                                                                            8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                            Oh really? Because he's not nailed or other reasons?

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Lionel's Messy Boxers
                                                                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                                                        8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                        Any news on Theo? Got a 7.7 slot in midfield that's crying out for him

                                                                                                                                                                        1. FplDreams
                                                                                                                                                                            8 days, 8 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                            Wait for the update from Mr.professor.

                                                                                                                                                                          • Toure The Route
                                                                                                                                                                              8 days, 7 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                              Def wait this week out