FFS Cup

FFS – League & Cups Round-up

Sunday’s goalfest brought the curtain down on the 2016/17 season, giving us time to assess the main performers in our Fantasy Football Scout leagues and cups over the last 10 months of domestic action.

The Fantasy Football Scout League

Jon Pears claimed top spot in the Fantasy Football Scout league in Fantasy Premier League after serving up 94 points in Gameweek 38.

Captain Harry Kane contributed 34 points and was joined by Manchester City trio Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, who delivered a combined 26 points in the 5-0 rout over Watford.

In his eleventh season as an FPL manager, John also has Philippe Coutinho, Gary Cahill and Petr Cech to thank for a further 20 points as he climbed into fifth spot in the overall standings. That’s a career-high rank, with his previous best placing 1,029 back in 2012/13.

David Brundish grabbed the runners-up spot after returning an outrageous 304 points in the final two Gameweeks of the season.

After picking up 186 points in Double Gameweek 37, David unleashed his Triple Captain chip on Harry Kane for Spurs’ 7-1 hammering of Hull Cuty and was rewarded with 51 points from the Golden Boot winner.

De Bruyne, Jesus and Coutinho were joined by Alexis Sanchez, Dele Alli, Ben Davies and Willy Caballero as David delivered 118 points to end the campaign as Australia’s number one FPL manager.

In his eighth year playing the game, David’s late rise in the rankings earned him eighth spot overall – bettering a previous high of around the 51,000-mark in 2014/15.

Jatin Arutla was the only other member of our top five to end the campaign with a three-figure tally.

India’s number one ranked manager called upon captain Kane along with Sanchez, Jesus, Alli and Davies, and also had Junior Stanislas, Pedro and Romelu Lukaku to thank as he picked up 105 points in Gameweek 38.

Josh King’s social media post, alerting us of his injury prior to yesterday’s teamsheets, clearly helped Jatin – he swapped out the Norwegian for his Cherries team-mate Stanislas with just one minute remaining before the Gameweek 38 deadline.

A ninth-place position betters Jatin’s top rank of around 69,000 (achieved in 2014/15) in his previous four seasons of playing.

In fourth place, Ogie Nolan had a number of the usual suspects on board.

The likes of captain Kane, Jesus, Sanchez, Alli, Coutinho and Caballero were joined by Christian Eriksen’s pair of assists away to Hull to help Ogie earn 97 points in the final round of fixtures.

He ended as the second-placed manager in Ireland on his way to 12th overall – this is the second successive season he’s finished inside the top 1,000 in a 10-year FPL career.

Mervyn Glasgow’s decision to opt for Diego Costa over Kane as his captain proved decisive as he dropped to fifth in the FFS league.

The Spurs fan also overlooked Kane with the armband for Double Gameweek 37, opting instead for Sanchez. He headed into Sunday’s finale in sixth place overall but dropped back to 14th after returning 78 points.

Mervyn also had Jesus, Alli, Sanchez, Caballero and Eden Hazard in his XI and opted to make no transfers for the final round of fixtures.

This was, nonetheless, his most impressive finish to date in 11 seasons of playing FPL – Mervyn’s previous high was 1,246 in 2011/12. He also claimed first place as Northern Ireland’s best performing FPL manager.

The Fantasy Football Scout Members League

World number six Ben Pearson rose to the top of our members’ league in the final day thanks to a score of 99 points.

Ben opted to captain Coutinho at home to Middlesbrough and was rewarded with a total of 20 points from the Liverpool playmaker, while the likes of Kane, Jesus, Sanchez, Eriksen and Caballero were also among his starting line-up.

City skipper Vincent Kompany and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin proved the differential picks, combining for a further 21 points after both were in the goals yesterday afternoon.

Ben finished the season as Switzerland’s number one ranked manager to chalk up a career-high rank, having ended a very respectable 1,251 in the previous campaign.

The aforementioned David Brundish and Ogie Nolan took second and third respectively and were joined in the top five by Billy Ketsu and Kristian Rudd.

Sky Sports Fantasy Football

Congratulations go to Matthew Jones, aka Numb, who finished top of our Sky Sports league with a total of 2,971 points – sitting just 28 points off the summit, he ended second in the overall rankings.

Niall Murphy grabbed the Scout league runners-up spot with 2,958 points, which was enough to claim third overall.

Nigel Dodds’ total of 2,936 points was third in the Scout league and joint-sixth in the world, while Ian Cox – aka Cheesoid – (2,929 points, eighth overall) and Oliver Brown (2,917 points, tenth overall) complete our top five performers.

Sky Sports have pledged to pay out £1,000 to the winner of our Scout league, while our top five will also share £1,000 between them as we also won the League of Leagues for the fourth successive season.

The Fantasy Football Scout Cups

Simon Bennett, aka Sleepysi, is the new winner of the Fantasy Football Scout open-to-all competition after defeating former FPL runner-up Kelvin Travers or “K3lvin” on overall rank alone.

Both were tied on 103 points in Gameweek 38, though Sleepysi emerged victorious as he ended the campaign in 460th spot, whereas K3lvin came in around the 57,000-mark.

The duo both went into Sunday’s showdown owning a handful of shared picks, including Kane, Jesus, Sanchez and Alli. In terms of final differentials, K3lvin had Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Leroy Sane, Ben Davies and Hazard while Sleepysi had Eriksen, Coutinho and Pedro on board.

Ultimately, it came down to a question of captains and K3lvin’s decision to opt for Sanchez – and not match Sleepysi’s choice of Kane – was the deciding factor.

Sleepysi is the 14th winner of our open-to-all cup and joins a growing list that includes donnellc, Jonty, Gribude, Goonerdave, Ninja_Fit_Saints, sleeping master, Mch, Wild Rover, Tdubb05 , CMIFLFC, Mark, Leon Harris and A Manager Has No Name, who edged past Moin in our first FFS open-to-all cup of 2016/17 earlier in the year.

In the third-fourth place play-off, Choppers13 (aka Adam Hopcroft) defeated My Pretty Pony (aka Peter Kouewenberg) by 92 points to 90.

Our FFS Members’ cup also concluded on Sunday and was another hard-fought battle, with Malaikat Jahad getting the better of Kristoffer Asp or “Aspern” by 89 points to 88.

Malakait’s final transfer – swapping Alli for Eriksen – almost cost him the crown and came at the loss of two FPL points, while Aspern’s final trade, which saw Hazard replaced by Coutinho, gained him a single point in a very narrow defeat.

Malakait joins a cast of former FFS Members Cup winners that also includes Waltzingmatildas, Fuzzy Dunlop, Kippax Kickers, Acquafresca, Trigg and Ola Svanheld.

In the third-fourth place play-off, Barwood (aka Steve Barwood) defeated Dynamic (aka Connor Richardson) by 106 points to 94 to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

Both cup winners receive a £200 Amazon voucher, while the runners-up can console themselves with a £100 Amazon voucher. The victors in the third/fourth place play-offs collected £50 Amazon vouchers.

FanDuel Beat The Scout Contest

We also offered the chance to win cash in a final day FanDuel contest.

Essentially, everyone who bettered the score produced by the team of Mark and Jonty in the Beat The Scout contest was entered into a draw.

Razor500 was the manager to emerge victorious after a hectic Sunday afternoon – he receives £50 cash for his day’s work.

He scored an impressive total of 334.75 points for Sunday’s matches – Spurs pair Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min supplied 97.75 points between them, while Liverpool duo Philippe Coutinho and Georginio Wijnaldum chipped in with a combined 84.75 points.

Congratulations to all those involved and here’s hoping to another successful season next time around – roll on August 12.

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  1. Dreams
    • 7 Years
    7 years, 1 month ago

    Who do you want to be the new managers of the following clubs?

    A. Crystal palace
    B. Watford
    C. Southampton (possibly)
    D. Hull
    E. Sunderland
    F. Middlesbrough
    G. Arsenal!

    1. Holmes
      • 10 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Dont really care 😛

      Maybe Xabi Alonso at Arsenal 😉

      1. Epic Fail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        This minus the Alonso part.

    2. Siva Mohan
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      A. I fancy it

    3. zøphar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Tuchel at arsenal

    4. Dreams
      • 7 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      *Whom

    5. Siva Mohan
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Moyes @ Arsenal

      1. Dreams
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Enough fun made of the poor Scot. Let him be now.

        1. X Trapnel
          • 7 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Tapping into your football is romantic idea, Moyes seems to be almost a tragic figure, moving from one club to the next with an exhausted demeanour. I hope he can have a good rest and refresh himself well away from the limelight.

          1. Dreams
            • 7 Years
            7 years, 1 month ago

            He should change with the times. He is still stuck in the Bill kenwright days.

            1. X Trapnel
              • 7 Years
              7 years, 1 month ago

              That seems to enhance the tragedy, if it's possible to do that. Someone maybe impervious to change as time moves on, baffled by current trends.

              A manager successful at one style that in the first place didn't win anything though it earned him a certain respect. You feel he has to shrug off that respect and start afresh.

    6. AnderEstimatedHerrera
      • 7 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Tuchel at Arsenal
      M. SIlva at Southampton
      Ranieri at Crystal Palace

      1. Dreams
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        M Silva off to Porto most probably.

    7. Abel Xavier
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Current bookies favourites out of interest
      A) Claudio Ranieri
      B) Roger Schmidt
      C) Marco Silva
      D) No market available
      E) Nigel Pearson
      F) Ryan Giggs
      G) Diego Simeone

    8. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Wenger at Arsenal

  2. Live Lad
    • 9 Years
    7 years, 1 month ago

    My captaincy woes. I must improve next season. Not sure how though.

    Only captaining AGUERO, Sanchez, Lukaku, Ibra gave me returns, and also a lot of blanks including Kun -1, Zlatan one pointer.

    I had zero success with the following players.

    Kane (2 times - 8 points - average 4 points)
    Negredo (1 times - 8 points - average 8 points)
    Mané (1 times - 4 points - average 4 points)
    Hazard (1 times - 2 points - average 2 points)
    Gabbiadini (1 times - 2 points - average 2 points)
    Firmino (1 times - 6 points - average 6 points)
    Deeney (1 times - 4 points - average 4 points)

    1. Holmes
      • 10 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      So many captains 😮

      1. Holmes
        • 10 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Ah never mind, I have 12 captains 😮

    2. Eze Really?
      • 10 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      I don't see Negredo as a fail.

      1. soup natsi
        • 9 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Probably a dgw captain

        1. Live Lad
          • 9 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Yes, DGW

      2. Live Lad
        • 9 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        He had two games that GW.

  3. Eze Really?
    • 10 Years
    7 years, 1 month ago

    Treating Captaincy picks and DGW's I had:
    480 players that played 42 keepers, 128 defenders, 184 mids and 126 forwards.
    I had 95 players on the bench and only managed to use 13 and managed a measly 24 points from them.
    I averaged 4.21 for keepers, 3.63 for defenders, 5.74 for mids and 6.25 for forwards.
    My average budget was 4.5% for keepers 15.5% for defenders 32% for mids and 27% for forwards with 20% wasted on the bench.
    What I have learned is I will spend the minimum possible on the bench (16.5%) outside of BB. I will also ensure I have a good keeper no matter what as they are more valuable than we give them credit for.

    1. Epic Fail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Problem is every season is different. You can't have rules that encompass every season. What might have worked this season might kill you in the next one, it's all about adapting.

      1. Eze Really?
        • 10 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        I do understand that and it would be nice to see other results.
        I have looked at prior years results and it comes out pretty much the same.

      2. Taffer
        • 10 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        ^ This is 100% true.

        Although I do believe if you realise the mistakes you often make over a season, you cant adjust slightly for the next.

        For instance in the Suarez/ Yaya/ Ramsey season (13/14?) I rejected Ramsey and Yaya purely on price/ stats. I got absolutely murdered.

        This allowed me to easily get Alli/ Mahrez last season because price does not equal quality of player.

        Unfortunately this mental block came back this season with King 😀

        1. Eze Really?
          • 10 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          We have all made mistakes.
          My rank of 5k would have been a lot higher if:
          1 I kept king when his fixture turned bad.
          2 I took 144 pts in hits, covering my rival. I should have played my own game.
          3 I wasted bench money.
          4 I chased the money a little too much.

          1. Taffer
            • 10 Years
            7 years, 1 month ago

            Chasing Team Value is a classic mistake - there is little correlation between TV and rank.

            This season information was crucial when it came to injuries. i.e Zlatan's Europa injury came after a lot of people, including myself, had used their FT or transferred him in.

            Patience works.

            1. Eze Really?
              • 10 Years
              7 years, 1 month ago

              So true. I think it comes from a compulsive nature.

          2. Arn De Gothia
            • 13 Years
            7 years, 1 month ago

            I dont agree on 3) Bench is important when a regular is rotated, suddenly injured etc.

            1. Eze Really?
              • 10 Years
              7 years, 1 month ago

              I got 24 points in total from my bench out of 292 available. Not a good return on over 20% of my budget. Rotation is another story but I believe it was less affective this year.

  4. What can improve FPL next year?
    FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 years, 1 month ago

    3 Suggestions for FPL Next Season - My Two Pence

    1) Double Clean Sheet Chip

    This could replace AOA which people slate and then say they find useful.

    Simply put, when this chip is played, your starting GK and defenders get 8 points for a clean sheet and not 4, while midfielders get 2 points for a clean sheet and not 1.

    I think there would be more skill and less luck involved with this chip. You would have to analyse the fixtures for when defensive returns are likely and decide on a good formation to maximise points: 5-3-2? 5-4-1?

    2) 2 Points For Key Contributions (KC)

    Key contributions are something that Opta record and, as they play a vital and significant part in a goal, they should be rewarded. The classic example is Brunt's cross for Evan's header that came off McAuley:

    Brunt = 2 points KC
    Evans = 3 points Assist
    McAuley = 6 points Goal

    As Jonty said, "people love points" and I think this is a fair way of rewarding someone who hugely contributed to a goal.

    3) 2 points for a partial clean sheet

    This works very well in other games.

    I would keep it simple. Right now, you get 4 points for keeping a clean sheet for 60 minutes. If you keep a clean sheet for 30 minutes, award a partial clean sheet bonus of 2 points.

    We all know how annoyed people get when defenders are subbed on 59 minutes or less. Do we really want to keep a part of the game that makes people so irate and angry going forward?

    1. Qubit
      • 15 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      I agree with changing how clean sheets are rewarded, ive suggested it before. One thing that would need to be considered by fpl is that defenders would then score a bit more overall. I would rather see 1 point for a 45 min clean sheet.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Fair point.

      2. Old Man
        • 13 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Yes, I like this 45 minute-1-point idea! I also like the KC idea too. I'd like to see defensive/holding midfielders like Kante. Matic, Drinkwater, Dembele etc get more points.
        This could be done in several different ways - such as have them "starred midfielder" so they get 2 points for a clean sheet. At the moment they are only differentiated by price and the net effect is that very few have them in their squad.

    2. pompeyfan
      • 14 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Yes, I want to keep part of the game that makes people so irate 🙂

      There has to be a cut off somewhere, and if you're not on for 60 mins then imo you haven't contributed enough to the cleansheet.

      You seem to be the main person advocating these changes on here. Haven't seen it mentioned by anyone else.

    3. Azathoth
      • 9 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Agree with you and want to add:
      1pt for each player that his team won.
      1pt for scoring the winning goal.

    4. Epic Fail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      One of the big draws with FPL is it is a simplistic game. Having points for things like key contributions goes against that.

      When certain 'casuals' pick their team they do so thinking "I'll have Aguero because he scores lots", not "I think I'll get Brunt, he's likely to get some key contributions".

      1. Rhinos
        • 10 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Exactly. The reason fpl has such widespread appeal is A the popularity of the premier league and B the ability to compete against mates and colleagues. If it ever reaches the point where you can only do well by picking players that meet certain minutiae rather than simply good footballers it will kill the game

      2. pompeyfan
        • 14 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        totally agree.

        No interest in points for KCs, 30 min cleansheets, recovered balls etc.. That's what bps is for.

      3. Old Man
        • 13 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        this is very true ...

    5. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 7 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Might also think of a way to reward players like Kante,Gueye,Herrera?

      1. Lawrø
        • 12 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Recovered balls

        1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 7 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Yep and tackles and all

          1. Azathoth
            • 9 Years
            7 years, 1 month ago

            1pt for every 3 won duels.

      2. Epic Fail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        They don't need to he rewarded. It's just a fun game, not serious competition where they need to he recognised.

      3. Polaris - The Mortal Coil
        • 10 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Awarding points for won duels would be the way (tackle won, aerial won, dribbling past opp, foul won). Bundesliga fantasy style - although any players who are duel machines tend to do well no matter what. Besides, these things are already added to the total BPS.

        Undecided if it would improve FPL tbh. Add some diversity maybe.

        1. RedLightning
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          The BPS could perhaps be tweaked so that Kante gets more bonus points - but don't let him have too many or he'll become a template player in everyone's team.

    6. MTPockets
        7 years, 1 month ago

        1) Nah

        2) Is that an objective (opta) thing not already accounted for in bps (like key pass)? Otherwise will only create its own problems - what about about the kc assister of assister of assister of a goal...

        3) Don't agree. Primary job of a defender is to defend against goals for the game. 60 minutes is debateable, let alone 30. Would also effect pricing. May be fairer to award CS to every defender who plays for CS team on final whistle, however many minutes played, but that would create it's own issues.

      • Lawrø
        • 12 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        1) Sure, sounds interesting.
        2) Not for me, it's I'll defined. I think we should be aiming to eradicate 'grey areas' - not add to them.
        3) Yeah I'm in favour of something like this. It wouldn't actually increase defenders points scored by much at all...

      • diesel001
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        For GKs and Defenders (ignoring appearance points):

        Play less than 45 mins but maintain a clean sheet = 0 pts
        Play more than 45 mins but less than 75 mins, but maintain a clean sheet in that period = 2pts
        Play more than 75 mins and maintain a clean sheet in that period = 4pts

      • andy85wsm
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 14 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        "Do we really want to keep a part of the game that makes people so irate and angry going forward?"

        Changes should be made because they add value to the game, not because people express outrage because they don't know the rules

        1. diesel001
          • 7 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          I think defenders should be rewarded for keeping a clean sheet, but you shouldn't get full credit if you come on after 29 mins and don't concede and then come off after 89 mins.

          As I said, I think this would be fair:

          Play less than 45 mins but maintain a clean sheet = 0 pts
          Play more than 45 mins but less than 75 mins (perhaps 70 mins), but maintain a clean sheet in that period = 2pts
          Play more than 75 mins (perhaps 70 mins) and maintain a clean sheet in that period = 4pts

        2. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          I think it would add a lot of value to the game, too.

      • Partick Bateman
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Partial award for any defender completing one half but less than 60 minutes where their team goes on to complete a CS. So, for example, a DF for DF at HT in a FT 0-0 would give both 2pts.

        1. Partick Bateman
          • 7 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Although you couldn't give a MF half point under that type of ruling.

      • BobBradleysOpportunity
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        I really like 1 as an idea, think it really would add an added dimension to team planning...

        Key contributions seems like a good idea, but could cause a lot of debate over decisions made by Opta

      • Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 15 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Get rid of the chips completely. 95% of us ended up playing our best chip on gw37. It's not really adding much to the game.

        1. Epic Fail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          This would be best. Can't see it happening though. I think chips are here to stay.

      • Jafalad
        • 14 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Surprisingly refreshing ideas.

        I'm not sure I want partial clean sheets when there are teams who are more likely to keep cs than others.

        Quite like the AOA idea.

        KCs...hmm...not sure I want any more ways of adding points in the game. I feel the bps are enough.

        A good post though young virgin. 😉

      • Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 15 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        I'd like to see the game refreshed though. More ways to score points, changing the bonus points to reward defensive mids. Points for earning a penalty. Reward half points for players on your bench. Half point autosubs. Points for recovered balls. Bonus points for man of the match.
        Football is also changing. Notice how few viable forwards there were this season. Too many are being classed as mids. Possibly should have an attacking mid slot. Now we see 3 at the back becoming quite common with wing backs.

      • Snevitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 15 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        1) I really like this idea, it puts more emphasis on defense for a week and encourages a balanced squad so that you have 5 playing defenders or at least have to plan to have 5 playing defenders for one week of the season.
        2) Too complicated for the casual player, they don't even know what a KC is.
        3) I agree that this would work but it is a rule which would only be relevant occasionally.

      • FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Wow, what a response! Thank you everyone 🙂

        One thing I forgot to add ...

        4) Reward players who score consecutive goals in a match.

        So a striker would get 5 points for his second goal in a game and 6 points for his third goal ... And so on.

        I think it is a better way to reward outstanding performances in a game.

        1. Az
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 14 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          I do actually quite like that!

        2. FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
          • 7 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Yes we used to have this in our old FF competition... 5 pt bonus for a brace and a 10 pt bonus for a hattie ...really exciting.

      • Az
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 14 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        The best changes would be nes that were just little tweaks. I wouldn't like to see anything other than CS, goals + assists personally - think it just overcomplicates a beautifully simplisitc game.

        My main changes would be get rid of AoA- it's rubbish. Like the CS chip idea actually, it would definitely be an improvement.

        I'm a strong advocate of making it so everyone gets 2 goes at the chips, similar to the WC. So all chips refresh in Jan. It would be great to be able to use all the chips in single GW at the start of the season rather than waiting until the end of the season.

        1. Differentiator
          • 8 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Agree. The simplicity of the game is good.

          Disagree with the point FPLV makes on +1s for winning team players. Makes underdog players less attractive and pushes more towards the top teams

      • FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        I like the clean sheet chip idea.

        Mentioned before but a new category [def mids] who are awarded 2 pts for a clean sheet and managers must have a minimum of one in each squad. This was in response to bringing more players into the game.

        1. Differentiator
          • 8 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          But ordinarily, you just wouldn't pick a defensive mid. So using up a spot in the team to accommodate a defensive mid over someone who is likely to score more points isn't exactly thrilling

          1. FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
            • 7 Years
            7 years, 1 month ago

            I guess so ..but by definition the players we are not picking are the more boring ones. Maybe if three points were awarded for a clean sheet for def mids it might get the juices flowing a bit more !

        2. RedLightning
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Introducing additional categories is a terrible idea.
          If you want top defensive midfielders like Kante to be more viable then just tweak the BPS.
          Other defensive mids are already options as cheap enablers.

      • Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Remove points penalty for scoring an OG - bad luck
        Subtract points for conceding a penalty - deliberate infringement

        It's amazing that the game has gone on so long with these crazy rules!

        1. Differentiator
          • 8 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Not all own goals are bad luck. Quite often they're due to poor positional play

          1. Polaris - The Mortal Coil
            • 10 Years
            7 years, 1 month ago

            Or having Richard Dunne in your team.

      • Boris Bodega
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        I really like the Clean Sheet Chip idea. The big issue with the AOA chip is that it will rarely get you a huge amount of points, most people's 'bench' player is a cheapo for a good reason - they will rarely score big. You would have to be really lucky to gain more than a few points from using this chip.

        It would be interesting to know what the highest, lowest and average point improvements from using each of these chips this season has been.

      • Ramboros
        • 12 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        AOA is the only chip I like. It's simple, rarely worth it, and adds a strategic element to using it. The issue with AOA is that it's too insignificant when you can only use it once. Give us 2 AOA chips for the first half of the season and refresh it for the second half. Make it impossible to use it twice in a row so you can't build a team for using AOA two GWs in a row. I also think it should be playable after using a WC.

        TC is incredibly boring. The only strategic element to TC is that BB is better used during a DGW, so you have to decide whether you want to waste your TC on the first possible opportunity, or save it for a DGW that might be crap. The only dynamic I like about TC is that it allows you to hit in a player for a single GW in order to maximize points from the chip.

        BB is too strong and straight forward to utilize because of the WC and DGWs. Having two chips that are best used before DGWs kills strategic diversities. It's nice that BB promotes a different way of building the squad, but with DGWs guaranteed to happen every year it's pointless to have it in the game. If it could only be used for the first half of the season it would be fine, but I imagine loads of people would just use it in GW1. Making it time limited to December and January would be cool.

      • Dave Boozle
        • 15 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Assists:

        1) Currently if Kane gets fouled for a pen and scores it, he gets just the goal. Could someone get both an assist and a goal?
        2) Yoshida gets fouled and wins a penalty which is then missed - could Yoshi get an assist?

        Even if nothing for the above two, perhaps extra BAPs of some kind?

        One other - chips in each half of the season - would like a TC and BB in the first half - everyone would use it differently.

        1. RedLightning
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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          • 13 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          How about the TC and BB chips both have to be used in the first half of the season - no TC or BB chips for the second half?

          Or a ban on using TC or BB chips in DGWs?

          Using them in DGWs, which mostly occur in the second half of the season, results in all serious players using them in the same DGWs.

          Detaching them from DGWs would make for more variety.

      • ABizzle
        • 13 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        I'd love to go all out there and propose something radical (stay with me here). Other than GKs, why not only have two ways of differentiating point scoring: for defenders and for attackers - so no special dispensation for midfielders with CS points and so on.

        BUT players can now have up to two categories. Kante would be "defender, midfielder" and can be deployed in either slot, but be scored as a defender. Sanchez would be "attacker, midfielder" and could be deployed in either category and would score as an attacker. This would instantly solve the wingback dilemma. You could field Alonso in either a midfield or a defender slot, but he'd be scored as a defender. So, if you wanted you could field an entire midfield full of defensive players who could rack up CS points, or an entire midfield of attacking players.

        I suspect initially it wouldn't change much, but would create some interesting tactical choices around the 4th/5th mid slots. Want to chance a 6m with sporadic attacking points, or a Kante-like stopper who racks up CS points? You could play a cheap attacking mid as your 3rd attacker to free up a mid slot for a defensive mid.

        I'm sure it's unworkable - but doesn't seem too overly complex for the casuals to grasp. If anything it makes the scoring more simple, it just creates some interesting tactical decisions.

      • @chapellefpl OR 577TH
        • 7 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Fantastic HT Virg and testament to your excellent playing style and intellectual understanding of the game.

        Love points 1&3 as I think these would actually improve the game and make it fairer. Point 2 is adding more grey areas which I dont like. So many dodgy assist awards can you imagine all the KC calls everyone will be trying to claim one after every goal.

        My suggestion would be to add a 'century chip'. You pick one player to stick it on and if that player scores a hatrick you automatically get 100 points for that player. Would give people hope who are losing ml by long way at the end of season. A way to keep them engaged longer. Its the hope that kills ya.

        1. TorresMagic™
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          • 15 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Century chip 😆

      • Dr Dream
        • 11 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        One I've always wanted and really think they should do. An extra point that stays for that CS on 60 mins would narrow the gap between keepers/defenders and the mids and fwds. It doesn't sound much but it balances the game up nicely (I did all the sums one year).

        And one personal like.. Make the game two free transfers.

        1. Dr Dream
          • 11 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          And no carrying over un used transfers.

      • buffrey
        • 11 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        I like some of these ideas but there are issues which have been mentioned previously.

        The Double defence chip I like actually, as it's sort of contrary to other offensive chips and will require skill and planning, great for us, but maybe no so much for the "casual".

        My chip idea was a "superb". basically it removes your lowest point scorer in your team for an applicable highest point scorer off your bench.. but less tactical and more braindead..

        in terms of Key Contributions, although I don't mind the concept it does open things up to interpretation. I'm not sure Opta do have this as a stat as such, and it really can and will cause more arguments when someone thinks a back heel in the box to a player should count as it was exceptional whilst others think a defence saving tackle that is the assist of the assist should count...

        Partial cleanses I'm not keen on personally. What COULD be done though is similar to what they do in sky. Get the CS points for minutes played, keep it at 60, but even those subbed only get the points if the team go on to keep a clean for the entire game... removes that random 6 point haul for someone who was deemed expendable to be subbed

      • Hughes the Daddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 14 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Best change would be something to encourage more transfers as current setup is too stagnant imo. Specifically I'd reduce 4pt hit to a 2pt hit or alternatively give two free transfers each gameweek. I honestly feel this would allow managers more freedom to manage instead of being heavily penalised for altering your team.

    7. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 7 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      My confederations cup fantasy team would be something like this,does it look good?
      Ochoa Akinfeev
      Kimmich Mustafi Medel Cedric Reid
      Sanchez Vidal Draxler Jedinak Guardado
      Chicharito Vargas Ronaldo

    8. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 15 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      All set for next season - is this the first RMT to be posted?

      Heaton (£5m), Boruc (£4.5m)
      Alonso (£7m), Bailly (£5.5m), McAuley (£5m), Stephens (£4.5m), Chilwell (£4.5m)
      Eriksen (£10m), Coutinho (£8.5m), Pedro (£7m), Stanislas (£5.5m), Puncheon (£5m)
      Kane (£13m), Defoe (£7.5m), Llorente (£7m)

      1. Epic Fail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Nope.

      2. Lawrø
        • 12 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Bailly - 6.0m
        Coutinho - 9.0m
        Pedro - 8.0m
        Stanislas - 6.0m
        Defoe - 8.0m

        In my opinion... Also no City with their fixtures! 😉

        1. andy85wsm
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 14 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          These prices look fair

        2. Snevitz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 15 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Oh, priced out of the team I want yet again.
          You may be right about Coutinho.
          I know City start the season with BUR, bri, WAT, STO, whm, BOU but difficult to pick nailed on players 🙂

        3. goriuanx
          • 13 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          I'd be all over Coutinho at 9m.. his goals per 90 are up there with the best mids. Good chance he gets pens if Milner doesn't start as expected.

          1. Lawrø
            • 12 Years
            7 years, 1 month ago

            Hmmm, I hasn't thought about who'd be on pens actually 🙂

            Coutinho doesn't strike me as a good penalty taker to be honest. Hopefully we can actually sign a striker who can take them! You'd of thought Henderson would be ahead of Coutinho though.

        4. Johqvist
          • 8 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Fixtures??

      3. Jafalad
        • 14 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Probably 60% of that team will be unable to reproduce their performance from this season. New blood...and thinking....needed.

        1. Snevitz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 15 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Completely disagree, start the season with safe, proven performers.
          The majority of new signings do not hit the ground running.

          1. Epic Fail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 13 Years
            7 years, 1 month ago

            Was you late to the Zlatan party this season?

          2. Jafalad
            • 14 Years
            7 years, 1 month ago

            The likes of Kane, Mahrez, et al hardly hit the ground running last season. Get scouting.

          3. Snevitz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 15 Years
            7 years, 1 month ago

            I am well aware that there have been exceptions to this but on the whole it is best to get proven players.

            1. Epic Fail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 13 Years
              7 years, 1 month ago

              I don't think there is any correlation. Plenty of players tear it up when they are new to the league. Just like plenty of proven players have bad starts.

      4. Old Man
        • 13 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        But will Coutinho still be in the EPL?

    9. BigManBakar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 years, 1 month ago

      Wow I just logged in to see some of my old quiz questions being asked again by Luke on the previous page - Nostalgia!

      1. Jafalad
        • 14 Years
        7 years, 1 month ago

        Are you going to sue?

        1. BigManBakar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          7 years, 1 month ago

          Nope haha. I don't mind it at all. 🙂