Fixtures

2016/17 Fixture Analysis – A Guide to Rotation

With just over five weeks remaining until the 2016/17 Premier League season kicks off, we’re stepping up our preparations ahead of the new domestic campaign.

First up, our coverage gets underway by looking at the basic principles involved in fixture rotation. In particular, we assess those sides that are likely to supply us with budget-friendly options for our 15-man squads before delving into last year’s data for examples.

The Concept

Essentially, the concept of fixture rotation only applies to squad-based Fantasy games and is utilised best with keepers and defenders. The idea is to simply find a couple of budget players whose home and away matches dovetail perfectly, allowing us to select the home option each time and bench the other player. Our rotation policies normally have us seeking out cut-price pairings – mainly because most will baulk at the idea of benching an asset in or above the mid-price value bracket.

Those playing games limited to just a starting XI or a smaller squad, such as Sky Sports or DraftKings, won’t need to worry about such strategies. But for Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers, rotation can be a significant element of our preparation and provide one of the keys to success. Shuffling resources at the back and selecting cut-price regulars with guaranteed pitch time allows us to free up funds for heavy investment further up the field.

Last term, Swansea offered a fine example of the benefits of a rotation pairing, with eight of their nine clean sheets arriving at the Liberty. The Welsh outfit conceded just 20 times in front of their own fans – only five teams shipped fewer home goals – though on the road it was a different story altogether. Swansea mustered just a single shut-out away from home (the joint-worst record along with relegated Norwich) and were breached 32 times – only the bottom four and Bournemouth were more porous.

On the other hand, Everton and West Brom bucked the trend. The Toffees managed just three of their ten clean sheets at Goodison, whilst the Baggies were surprisingly less resilient than many expected from a Tony Pulis team at home, with just five of their 11 shut-outs harvested at the Hawthorns.

Those statistics highlight some of the frustration involved in sticking rigidly to home and away rotation. While we endeavour to find budget options with friendly home fixtures, it is worth remembering that some sides fare better defensively away from home, particularly those who like to get men behind the ball and counter-attack – a tactic that could be more prominent in the forthcoming campaign.

Indeed, the defensive data reveals a definite trend developed last term. In 2014/15, as many as 17 teams conceded more goals away than at home but in 2015/16, just 12 sides were more porous on the road.

Somewhat surprisingly, this affected five of the top ten – champions Leicester conceded 18 times home and away, whilst Man City (21 home goals against to 20 away), West Ham (26 to 25), Southampton (22 to 19) and Chelsea (30 to 23) were also more culpable in front of their own supporters.

This pattern occurred less often in the bottom half of the table, with Everton (30 home goals against to 25 away), West Brom (26 to 22) and Bournemouth (34 to 33) the three teams in question.

Despite this recent pattern, then, it seems that the budget teams are still more likely to be relied upon in front of their own fans, suggesting that backing home defences will remain the default stance. Developing on from that, though, assessing the fixture difficulty of our pairings in any given Gameweek is likely to make our rotation pairings more robust.

Home and Away Rotation

The most obvious rotation pairings are created as a result of geographical proximity and the need to spread police resourcing.

Arsenal/Tottenham, Everton/Liverpool and Man United/Man City are examples of neighbours who rotate perfectly home and away over any given season, though the relegation of Newcastle and Aston Villa means that traditional rotation pairs of Villa/West Brom and Newcastle/Sunderland are no longer in play this year.

The other pairings – as mentioned in a hot topic by Balders – are sometimes less obvious. We’ve listed these and this season’s “couples”, in the table below:

Team 1Team 2
ArsenalTottenham
BournemouthWatford
BurnleyWest Brom
ChelseaSunderland
Crystal PalaceSwansea
EvertonLiverpool
HullStoke
LeicesterMiddlesbrough
LiverpoolEverton
Manchester CityManchester United
Manchester UnitedManchester City
MiddlesbroughLeicester
SouthamptonWest Ham
StokeHull
SunderlandChelsea
SwanseaCrystal Palace
TottenhamArsenal
WatfordBournemouth
West BromBurnley
West HamSouthampton

These relationships can provide the foundation for any rotation strategy, although, as we’ve mentioned, it pays to look beyond the simple concept of home and away rotation and start considering fixture difficulty to see whether even stronger rotation pairings begin to present themselves.

Start With the Stoppers

The goalkeepers are the obvious starting point for Fantasy managers considering rotation. This is mainly due to the fact that many tend to overlook the option of the expensive “one-stop shop” option in goal, seeking out mid-price and budget solutions that can work in tandem.

The FPL scoring system fuels this tactic. While clean sheets are the bread and butter of goalkeepers in most Fantasy games, the FPL’s decision to award an extra point for every three saves is crucial to our thinking when assessing our preferred stoppers. Watford number one Heurelho Gomes, for example, earned a total of 30 extra points from saves alone (outwith penalty stops) and delivered at least one save point on 27 occasions last term.

Assured pitch time is another factor that promotes the use of rotation options in goal: barring unfortunate injuries, there is every chance of forming a rotation pairing that can see us through a long period of the season; that’s not necessarily true elsewhere in our squads.

Immediately, FPL managers will be considering a budget rotation pairing that could exploit the Hull/Middlesbrough home and away relationship listed in our table above. Both teams should offer up 4.5 first choice options and both will surely guarantee ample save point returns to compensate for the perceived lack of clean sheets.

While we’ve talked up the strategy of rotating keepers, it’s worth noting that there is an alternative approach that has proved fruitful in recent seasons: the option of selecting a single team and backing both first choice and reserve stoppers.

This can work when either injury or lack of form plays a part in the respective team’s number one. Last season, for example, West Brom deputy Boaz Myhill started the season before Ben Foster recovered from injury, whilst Sunderland’s Costel Pantilimon began as first-choice before making way for Vito Mannone between the posts.

The Case for the Defence

Whether it’s a change of manager, a late move in the transfer window, an unfortunate injury to a first-team rival or a shift in the pecking order, there are nearly always one or two budget defensive options that take us by surprise and emerge as favourites to disrupt our starting squads.

Leicester’s entire defence are a perfect case in point under Claudio Ranieri. Three of the Italian’s first-choice back-four – Danny Simpson, Robert Huth and Wes Morgan – began last season in the budget bracket, with Simpson the cheapest of the lot at 4.0. Along with Christian Fuchs – who opened the season at 5.0 – that quartet were top for value amongst defenders in FPL.

Toby Alderweireld started the season at just 5.0 after moving to Spurs but, thanks to four goals and three assists, the Belgian rose as high as 6.5 in price after establishing himself as a mainstay in Mauricio Pochettino’s back-four. Keeping an eye on Tottenham’s defence could again be a worthwhile tactic at the beginning of the season – if Jan Vertonghen is ruled out for the first few matches due to his ankle ligament injury, Kevin Wimmer could prove a handy temporary replacement.

Before deciding on goalkeeper pairings, it is vital to also consider what’s on offer from their respective defences. While you may decide that budget and mid-price keepers is the way to go, there may be defensive options in those defences that have stronger appeal, offering a semblance of attacking threat for a similar price point.

For example, although Mannone will clearly be one to watch after earning 19 save points in as many matches for Sunderland, Patrick van Aanholt could be the one to pinpoint from the Wearsiders’ defensive regulars. From the point of Sam Allardyce’s arrival last year, the Dutchman racked up six goals, four assists, 11 bonus points and six clean sheets in 25 appearances – that’s 4.6 points per game under the new manager.

In many ways, it’s best to settle on your defensive selections first: find those who can fit a rotation strategy who may also offer up the potential of attacking returns. At that point, revisit the goalkeeping spots and scan the coverage options that remain.

Using the Fixture Ticker

To construct truly robust rotation pairings, though, we must strive to look beyond simple home and away rotation and delve into the midst of fixture difficulty.

As mentioned late last month, we’ve added a new feature for Members to our Fixture Ticker that should aid your quest.

By selecting any team on the and hitting “Sort by Rotation”, the ticker now ranks those teams most appropriate for rotation with the highlighted team over the Gameweek range you choose to display. You can apply this using both the attacking and defence filters to analyse rotation pairings in attack and defence. Be sure to check out this chapter of our recent preview movie to see the rotation feature in action.

The first five fixtures for all clubs are listed in the sidebar, though members can expand or restrict this by using the plus or minus buttons at the bottom right of the ticker. They can also view this in accordance with each team’s overall potential as well as by clean sheet and attacking prospects, sorting by difficulty as they go along.

In terms of defence, you can immediately see that Championship winners Burnley dovetail best with West Ham over the first eight Gameweeks, giving you seven very favourable fixtures (SWA, BOU, HUL, wba, WAT, MID, cpl). Elsewhere, a Crystal Palace/West Ham partnership over the opening nine Gameweeks (WBA, BOU, BOU, WAT, STO, SOT, MID, cpl, SUN) would hand you eight favourable home matches and a trip to Palace.

These are just a couple of very brief examples – over the next few weeks we’re going to present our guides to some of the strongest rotation pairings on offer, discussing the potential assets available when considering the keeper slots, defensive set-up and options in the final third.

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  1. mikess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    I keep leaning towards Gotze aaargh

    1. 1NVINCIBLES
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I've been looking at him too but would it be too much to ask Gotze and Muller to suddenly step up?

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Am I on the wrong website?

      2. Zasa
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Though gang-bangs were on Saturday 😯

    2. Zasa
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      You guys doing some Netflix & chill I take it?

      1. Gravless are for Kinnear
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Imagine someone stumbled upon FFS just now. Would give Fantasy Football a while new meaning

        1. Zasa
          • 4 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          😆

  2. VanDerStar
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Keep Muller or take a hit to get Ronaldo? Also should I get Griezmann or Giroud with my FT? Thanks

    1. Root
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Get Ronaldo with your FT.

      1. VanDerStar
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Ronaldo over Griezmann/Giroud? Would still need to take a hit to afford him, worth it u reckon?

        1. Root
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Yes, Ronaldo over anyone. Nothing is worth a hit.

          1. VanDerStar
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Cool thanks.

  3. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    A lost generation of Manchester United's youngsters.. some of them like Pique, Pogba and Drinkwater might be useful for Mourinho..

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-united/12149747/Were-Man-Utd-right-to-let-go-of-these-youngsters.html?frame=3571782

  4. Why Always Me
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    FINALLY!

    1. Professor MoUriarty
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      YES !!!!

    2. Stats Don't Lie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Finally what?

      1. Test Eagles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        They're tugging your chain Pklewy.

        Either that or simultaneous climax in an online environment.

        Either way, I'm excited

  5. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Alexis Sanchez listed as forward in FPL.

    Hope everyone is happy.

    1. Test Eagles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Not happy. Not happy that you know this!

      1. KingNidge
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Was listed as a forward last year too.. but as a midfielder in the actual game.. likely to be the same again

        1. Test Eagles
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Listed where though?

    2. Test Eagles
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Well they still have Arteta listed there so it ain't worth reading into this too much right.

      1. KingNidge
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        No

  6. Test Eagles
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    How long have EA been running the fantasy site for now??

    1. Stats Don't Lie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Not long enough to ruin it

  7. mikess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Fancy any teams to get a clean sheet in these semis?

    1. Stats Don't Lie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Wales

      1. HammersFan
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        This, have tripled up on welsh defense.

        1. Test Eagles
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          That's a pod of whales, for the record.

      2. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        I'm tempted to double on Portugal

    2. Why Always Me
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Would have said Germany only for hummels out. France aren't all they are made out to be. Portugal possible too with no Ramsey. Went Portugal / German mix anyway

  8. Triggerlips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Is the fixture ticker in the members area working correctly? I tried to input my own ratings and experienced a few issues. For example the slider bars for Chelsea and Palce appear to be connected, i change one and the other changes too.
    Also how do you save the ratings? It was very annoying to spend Twenty minutes adjusting them all only to find them dissapear

    1. Triggerlips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      The home away split is also very counter intuitive. One would expect Teams to have a higher rating at home. It is only from watching the video that it becomes clear (ish) that the rating isnt for the actual team themselves but the difficulty of playing them. So when creating own ratings have to give Arsenal a higher rating away, like i said, seems counter intuitive.

      1. The Big Cheese
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        I was saying to the mods earlier I am not a fan.

        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        This is how it has always been with the FFS ticker. As you said above though, the really annoying bit is the loss of the save feature which we had under the old ticker.

        1. Triggerlips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          The other thing i am unsure of is that it appears a teams attack prospects are not related to the defensive prospects, however when inputting your own ratings it appears to be just home and away ratings, not different ratings for attack and defence.

            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            I think I've figured it out and how the save function works. When logged in you can edit "Overall", "Attack" or "Defence" on the sliders. As you play around with either of them, it creates a new set of ratings on "Custom" which autosaves your edits. If you refresh the page you lose your overall/attack/defence edits but you'll now a have a custom set on the drop down that was saved from your changes.

  9. Blue Lion's Biatch
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Neuer courtois*
    Giacherinni* muenier* Jed* hector gueirerro
    Ozil draxler gotze payer sanches
    Giroud greizzman Rinaldo

    Got 3 ft and 2.5 itb. What ya reckon? A welshy or two?

  10. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Current team
    lloris
    boateng koscielny GIACHERRINI
    payet NAINGOLLAN KDB HAZARD
    giroud LEWANDOWSKI EDER
    COURTOIS GROSICKI MEUNIER JED

    Considering the following 6 changes to field a playing 11. Thoughts appreciated.

    Giacherrini - Guerrero
    kdb - ozil
    kazard - draxler
    naingollan - kroos
    lewandowski - ronaldo
    eder - griezmann

    1. Moin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      eder --> bale

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Thinking allen as some welsh cover. Bale will be hounded by pepe

        1. Moin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Bale also knows how Pepe defends, if you think about it....else Allen over Kroos is fine

  11. bigbudgie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Morning all! 2 frees left to get rid of munier and Hazard...budget not an issue. No Wales so far. No room for Bale. What would you do boys and girls?

    PATRICIO neuer
    Pepe Hector umtiti kos meunier
    Draxler ozil payet sanches haz
    G&g cr7

    1. Blue Lion's Biatch
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Gotze and ash

    2. Madderegern
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Would never get Pepe, as he's too prone to a red card for me...

  12. Blue Lion's Biatch
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Ash Williams fit?

    1. HVT
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Depends on your own taste doesn't it?
      😉

  13. Blue Lion's Biatch
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Balders can you tell the lads I smashed my phone screen 🙁 can't whatsapp

    1. Gloria Kanchelskis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Nice one!

      1. Blue Lion's Biatch
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Not really but I get your point 😀

      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      You tit, RKoBS in crisis hours before a draft is just typical!

      PS if the phone can still turn on, download whatsapp for desktop and you can use that while your phone and desktop are on the same wifi network.

      1. Blue Lion's Biatch
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        😆
        I'll give it a go. Turns on but can't see anything except some coloured lines.
        Also I use my PC through phones WiFi hotspot 😥

    2. Lateriser 12
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      WHICH WHATSAPP GROUP YOU LOT ON

      1. Blue Lion's Biatch
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        You have to ask the higher ups. I only follow orders

  14. raff97
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Players I have that wont play:

    Defense: Verma, Meunier, Giacca, Umtiti*
    Mid: KbB, Haz, Ramsey*
    Attack: Milik

    The obvious choice would be get rid of the 6 eliminated players, but I dont see many points in the midfield compared to the defence and attack. thinking of keeping ramsey and hazard and shipping Umtiti so I can get more German defenders in.
    Is there any chance of Umtiti playing? whod you rather have, Howdes or a mid other than Payet, Kroos Ozil?

    1. Blue Lion's Biatch
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Doubt umtiti plays. I'd sell the eliminated. Draxler, gotze, pogba good shouts

  15. NUFCAndrew
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    What's the smartest way to play the semi finals? Pick 3 players from 3 countries and pick 4 from 1 country? Or just risk it and pick players from the majority of 1 or 2 nations?

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      4 Germans, 4 French, 2 Portuguese and 1 Welsh for me. Obviously hoping for a Portugal win

    2. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Obviously I only have 11 players even after the fts

    3. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      I'd say sway towards the dude you think will win but with some cover of the other team. We get 6 transfers for the final so you would be able to field an 11. I've currently got:

      6 Germany
      5 Portugal
      2 France
      2 Wales

      1. Blue&White85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        *side not dude!

      2. HVT
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        And if France/Wales go through your short 1.

  16. Blue Lion's Biatch
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Done. 6 ft got me 14

    Hennessey
    Gueirerro Williams pepe
    Payet gotze ozil sanches
    Ron (c) giroud greizzman

    Neuer hector draxler meunier

    1. Blurryface
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Are Gotze n Drax nailed? Thats concerning me otherwise it looks good

    2. HVT
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      You reckon 2 Wales/2 Por defs the way to go champ?

      1. Blue Lion's Biatch
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Depends what ya got already eh. I brought in hen ash draxler gotze ozil pepe

        1. HVT
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Team below Champ.

  17. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Predicted score for tomorrow? Thinking Portugal 2-1

    1. Blurryface
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      CR7 2-1 bale

    2. Athletico Timbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      2-1 Wales

    3. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Either 1-0 or 2-1.

      1. Blue&White85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Portugal!

    4. Irish Madridista ⭐
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      2-0 Wales if Pepe is out
      2-1 Wales aet if Pepe is fit

  18. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    6 fts done. Team good to go or anything worth a hit? Non existent bench

    lloris
    boateng pepe koscielny
    payet gotze draxler allen
    giroud Ronaldo muller

    courtois naingollan jed meunier

  19. Kings of Lyon ★
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    So bloody excited for tomorrow night ! Mon the Wales 😀

    1. Irish Madridista ⭐
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      +1

  20. HVT
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Will there be pressers today for the semis?

  21. HVT
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Ok Close to submitting: (6ft made/2.0 itb)
    Patricio/Lloris
    Pepe/Fonte/Chester/Hector/Boatang
    Sanches/Payet/Pogba/Özil/Draxler
    Ronaldo(c)/Giroud/Griezeman

    Every possible combo leaves me with 11 in the final bar a red/suspension.

    Any thoughts welcome, thanks.

    1. HVT
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      My bad Patricio needs to be Hennessy.

      1. MGD
        • 2 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        How sure are we on Drax?

  22. Respect My Authoritah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Any statisticians around?

    I've generated my own attack and defence ratings for each team, but I'm at a loss as to how to combine them for a match to give myself a single result for use in the ticker. I tried looking through my old stats notes but still no clue!

    1. Kings of Lyon ★
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Surely you just multiply them?

      1.5 x 1.25 = 1.875

      1. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        🙂 I tried. I also tried averaging etc. Doesn't really work well. Need some sort of distribution or something I believe

  23. Irish Madridista ⭐
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Morning chaps 🙂

    So, today's the day eh?

    1. Lateriser 12
      • 7 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Still a while.

      1. Irish Madridista ⭐
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Hah.. You wish 😀

        I plan on juhuu-ing all over the gaff later on, like it has NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE!

        1. Lateriser 12
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Mark will come on later to juhu as Daniel.

          1. Irish Madridista ⭐
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            I'm getting all tingly at the prospect.

  24. Lateriser 12
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Mourinho presser today.

    CMON FPL!

    Like the Burnley + Brom rotation

    1. Kings of Lyon ★
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Aye, Its pretty good

  25. J0E
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    New community article

    A look at who will do well under Sky's new bonus point structure.

    http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2016/07/05/sky-bonus-point-magnets/

    1. Irish Madridista ⭐
      • 8 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      How complicated is the Sky game? Considering making a team for it this year, any tips? I know there's a different pricing structure (looking at the article now Jonty!)

      Any players that are golden for that game? 🙂 Guessing Cazorla / Cesc type mids are good shouts?

      1. Kings of Lyon ★
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Xhaka will be gold in Sky

        1. Irish Madridista ⭐
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Good shout, so it's passers and all-rounders that we should look at? 🙂

          1. Kings of Lyon ★
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 years, 8 months ago

            Pass completion and sucessfull tacklers from what I remember. Also you get points for Man of The Match so worth keeping that in mind

            1. Irish Madridista ⭐
              • 8 Years
              2 years, 8 months ago

              Cheers man 🙂

        2. J0E
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Indeed, that's the first comment I make in the article thread.

      2. J0E
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Actually in some ways easier. Tricky bit is jut 40 transfers - so you have to exercise lots of patience. Also with no bench you want certain starters and those who are not injury prone. Worth noting too that man of the match gets 5 extra.

        See article for more on bonus. Other than that same rules apply goals, assists and clean sheets rule supreme

    2. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Leon Britton one to watch as a budget enabler if he nails down a spot?

      Can't imagine he played much last season so was missed in your analysis?

      1. J0E
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Indeed. But in Sky whether they play or not is key as you only get XI. Currently I'd say he's too much of a risk to start. You need someone in that role who is 100% nailed on.

        1. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Cheers. Makes Xhaka and Cazorla a fairly big risk then?

  26. mourinho_el_fenómeno
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    henes neuer
    fonte guerreiro kosc rami hector
    ozil kroos gotze payet sanches
    ronaldo muller _

    giroud, nani or robson kanu ?? im -14 from the first place. I have gotze muller and he has bale griezman.

  27. Madderegern
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Pick 2 out of 3:

    Kroos
    Draxler
    Pogba

    Already have Ozil, Payet and Renato

  28. mrtapio
    • 3 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    This is hard! No WC:

    Neur / Rui P
    Fonte / Hector / Sagna / Umtiti* / Meunier*
    deB* / Hazard* / Payet* / Renato / Draxler*
    Lukaku* / Griezmann / Ronaldo

    A) Guerreiro, Taylor, Ozil, Pogba, Bale and Draxler/Allen/Mateudi/Jao Mario (who?)
    or,
    B) Guerreiro, Taylor, Ozil, Gotze, Bale and Allen

  29. Couti & the Below5th
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Morning all! Good to be back

    @jonty I'm having trouble viewing article history - pages 2, 3, etc. keep loading the same articles from page 1 - is there a workaround?

    1. J0E
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Hi, not having the same issue here. Can you try clearing your cache and looking again. Not an issue we've had yet.

      1. Couti & the Below5th
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Hi, thanks for replying. Still no joy, I'm afraid (have updated Chrome since too). All these links for me have the same list of articles in them and only go as far back as 'Scout Report - Sofiane Feghouli'

        http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/articles/
        http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/articles/page/2/
        http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/articles/page/3/

        1. Irish Madridista ⭐
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          I get the same issue on Chrome for the record.

        2. J0E
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Can you do me a favour and email support@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk detailing this and specifying that its on Chrome. We can take a look at it then as sounds very much to be a Chrome issue.

        3. Couti & the Below5th
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Thanks both 🙂

  30. Jøssy ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 years, 8 months ago

    Afternoon guys!! Been a while...

    Swa the FPL update, at last... and prating for that "Coming soon" banner to be removed very soon...

    Getting excited!! 😀

    1. Jøssy ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Enough typos there to represent my excitement!? 😆

    2. McQueen
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 8 months ago

      Hey mate, good to see you back. 😉 Cheers.

      1. Jøssy ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 years, 8 months ago

        Cheers mate! Good to be back. 🙂

        Be better when FPL lets me start planning... 😀