With this weekend’s fixture schedule dedicated to the FA Cup Fifth Round, we’re afforded time to assess the leading contenders in the Fantasy Football Scout leagues across a variety of games. With leagues in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), Ultimate Fantasy Premier League,Sky Sports and Sun Dream Team, there’s plenty to catch up on.
FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE
Chris Rigden – who placed fourth in our last update – retained his spot at the summit following a lacklustre 39-point round. Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Mesut Ozil delivered the goods, while Charlie Daniels justified his selection with an assist. Chris’ decision to hand Sergio Aguero the captain’s armband ultimately saw him drop below the Gameweek average of 41.
By virtue of a massive 79-point Gameweek, Ahmed Essam propelled himself into second place in our Scout League. Aside from his masterstroke in captaining Dimitri Payet (26 points), Ahmed profited from the double-figure hauls of Christian Eriksen (10) and Willian (13). At the back, Cesar Azpilicueta and Daniels bolstered his total with assists.
Craig Ward muscled into the top three with 55 points in the previous wave of fixtures. He opted for a 3-5-2 set-up, deploying a five-man midfield that comprised of Roberto Firmino (captain – 12 points), Payet, Ozil, Dele Alli and Riyad Mahrez. Although none of his defenders mustered more than two points, Fraser Forster came up trumps with a clean sheet.
Mustafa Eren Keçeci maintained his grip on fourth position with 46 points. His decision to captain Odion Ighalo against Crystal Palace didn’t pay off, but solid returns from Payet, Ozil and Kane kept him afloat.
In the wake of a 35-point outing, Ciaran Treacy slipped to fifth. Blanks from Alexis Sanchez, Ross Barkley, Mahrez, Aguero, Ighalo and a captained Romelu Lukaku found him dropping out of the top 50 in the global rankings.
To join this league use the code: 600-520
FPL MEMBERS SCOUT LEAGUE
Andrew Dougan enjoys a one-point lead at the top of our Member’s League. Playing Alberto Moreno over Toby Alderweireld proved to be an astute call, but Aguero’s blank undermined his captaincy selection.
Despite the fact that only four of James Ollerenshaw’s players produced attacking returns and he benched Vardy, Payet’s 26 points as captain contributed to a 57-point Gameweek.
Ralf Buckenmaier dropped one place after notching 49 points. Virgil van Dijk, Payet, Ozil and Firmino were his star performers, but a strike partnership of Wayne Rooney and Aguero failed to hit the mark.
Akin to Ralf’s Gameweek, Euan Thompson had the likes of Payet and Firmino, and Fraser Forster’s shut-out, to thank for his respectable 45-point showing.
Rounding off the top five, Brian Moss correctly benched Alli and Eric Dier en route to 55 points, plumping for a midfield that included Ozil, Firmino and Payet.
ULTIMATE FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE
Dominic Nelson heads up the field in our Ultimate Fantasy Premier League table, having pushed up to 1890 points (13th in the global rankings) with a 63-point Gameweek. Sean Tobin leads the chasing pack with a total score of 1883 following a 59-point haul last weekend.
Sultan Osman steered himself into the top three after producing 81 points, placing him two points shy (1881) of Sean’s total. Meanwhile, there’s nothing to separate Michael Wong and Mateusz Grzadzielewski; the latter racked up three more points than the former (62 compared to 59) last Gameweek, but both men are neck and neck on 1874 points.
To join this league, use the code: 1258-516.
SKY SPORTS FANTASY FOOTBALL
Having amassed 182 more points than the second-placed David Browne (1692), it would take something special to prevent Alan Wood (1874) from securing the gold medal. Cathal Jordan – who’s just one point ahead (1675) of fourth place – completes the top three in our Scout League.
Positioned first in the league of leagues, we’re on pace to retain our crown. To join this league use the league name: FFScout and the code: 8009000
SUN DREAM TEAM
Jonathan Bancroft is the manager to beat in our Scout League (1585 points). Harry Kane (224 points) has been his main man throughout the course of the campaign, while Eriksen and Firmino are newer acquisitions that delivered last time out. Wayne Rooney’s injury has thrown a spanner in the works, though.
David O Byrne is breathing down Jonathan’s with 1577 points so far this term. Daley Blind’s 161 points have set the foundation for a strong back line, with all five members breaching the 100-point barrier. A 51-point gap has opened up between David and the third-placed Charles Mouzon (1526), who’s forward line of Aguero, Costa and Kane is capable of bridging that deficit.
Sitting just four points being Charles, Yiadom Yeboah (1523) is commandeering a well-balanced team includes both of Arsenal’s starting full-backs. Tim Mongiat and Jeff Payne share the honours in fifth place (both 1515 points). The former’s decision to field three Spurs players in his front six could pay dividends this Gameweek, while the latter could suffer from Aguero’s blank and Rooney’s injury.
To join this league use the PIN: 8060586