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Eliteserien Fantasy – Ones to watch

With the Norwegian Eliteserien now 3 rounds deep, it is a good time to assess what has happened previously and what may happen in the coming rounds. Already, a number of players have announced themselves as Fantasy favourites with the likes of Eikrem (11.3, Molde), Thorstvedt (6.2, Viking) and Stolas (6.6, Haugesund) racking up big points in the early rounds.

However, there are still a number of players out there who represent huge value for money currently. With a number of teams overperforming at the beginning of this season (I’m looking at you Bodo/Glimt & Viking) certain prices have become inflated, leaving other players in the market criminally under selected. In this piece, I take a look at some players who could represent huge value for money over the coming weeks with some extremely tasty fixtures on the horizon.

Differentials, value picks, and good fixtures

Ibrahima Wadji, FK Haugesund (8.0)

  • Leads the line for his side
  • Always involved in attacking potentials
  • Brilliant pace and movement his main weapon

Having scored just 7 points in his first two fixtures of the season, Ibrahima Wadji finally started to justify his 8.0 price tag in gameweek 3 with a goal plus an assist and a return of an impressive 11 points.

Selected by just 5.12% of Fantasy users at the moment, there is definitely scope to keep an eye on Wadji’s progress over the next couple of weeks. Haugesund come up against Stabaek (H) in gameweek 4 before travelling to Lillestrom (A) in gameweek 5. Both of these matches will be viewed as extremely winnable for Haugesund and with Wadji due to lead the attacking line in both matches I would expect a decent points return from him over the next couple of weeks.

Wadji has always been highly rated in Norway, though never quite cracked the first team at Molde and only managed to make 17 appearances for the side during his stint there. However, a short term loan at the end of last season to Haugesund yielded 6 goals in just 12 appearances. If he can carry this form on into the rest of the 2019 season, he could be a very valuable addition for any Fantasy manager.

Bendik Bye, Kristiansund (6.5)

  • Winnable upcoming fixtures for KBK
  • Tends to find himself in dangerous positions in the box
  • Brilliant finisher

In 2018, Bye was a popular addition for many fantasy managers due to his low price and good points return (98) and he looks to be carrying a similar role into 2019 having been priced at just 6.5 and already racking up 13 points in 4 matches.

Kristiansund are currently struggling with the availability of their forwards with Thomas Amang (5.9) and Flamur Kastrati (7.5) out indefinitely and this creates a space in the XI for Bendik Bye to fill where previously he may have been benched. Even if not a guaranteed starter, the forward has a habit of nabbing goals and assists in his fleeting appearances from the bench.

Kristiansund also have some very tasty fixtures coming up with the side playing Ranheim (H), Stromsgodset (A) and Tromso (H) in the next 3 gameweeks. Kristiansund will fancy themselves to win well in all of these matches, especially at home against the weak defences of Ranheim (6 conceded) and Tromso (7 conceded) and Bye will back himself to play a big part in any potential victory against these sides.

Elbasan Rashani, Odd (8.0)

  • Skilful winger
  • Just starting to find top form this season
  • Key player for Odd this year

Listed as a midfielder and valued at a fair 8.0 price, Elba Rashani could be a valuable addition to Fantasy teams over the coming weeks with an in form Odd team coming up against sides’ many will tip them to win well against.

Rashani already has 15 points from his 3 matches so far this season and is a fixture in the Odd XI. Currently selected by 12% of Fantasy managers at the time of writing, it would not surprise me if this number soared in the coming weeks.

A tricky winger capable of winning games on his own, Rashani had a brilliant 2018 season and racked up 117 points. After a couple of blank rounds this season, he showed his true ability in the last match vs. Kristiansund by notching 11 points via a goal and 3 bonus points.

Odd’s next fixtures are up against Viking (H), Valerenga (A), Stromsgodset (H) and Tromso (A) making Rashani a potentially valuable hold over the next few weeks with the player likely to contribute heavily to any positive Odd results.

Birk Risa, Odd (5.5)

  • Part of a solid, in form defence
  • Has attacking capabilities
  • Price represents huge value for money

When it comes to Odd defenders, most Fantasy managers (19% in fact) chose to select Espen Ruud (6.5) in their side over Birk Risa (6%) however, with the significant price difference and good upcoming fixtures for Odd a good case could be made to select Risa over Ruud.

Whilst Ruud tends to rack up points for assists and FK goals occasionally, Risa has historically not had as high an output and as of writing this season has not scored or assisted a goal in the league this season. However, Risa is an attacking full back who used to play as a winger and occasional forward so his attacking output for Odd is high. Due to Odd’s dependance of goals coming from balls into the box, there is every chance that Risa’s goals/assists column could expand in the coming weeks with the side facing clubs with extremely shaky defences.

I think there is a lot of value in Risa’s selection, especially with him being a full 1mNOK less than Espen Ruud. Getting Risa into your fantasy team would not only add a solid back 4 player but also free up some funds for more expensive attacking purchases.

Ylldren Ibrahimaj, Viking FK (5.2)

  • The main attacking outlet in Viking’s midfield
  • Already has great attacking returns (1 goal, 3 assists)
  • Skill on the ball lends itself to potential bonus points

Kristian Thorstvedt (6.2) is currently the more popular choice when it comes to in form Viking midfielders (12% of users have selected Thorstvedt, whilst Ibrahimaj is selected by just 8%) but in terms of long term output I would suggest that Ibrahimaj offers the better value out of the two players.

Viking have been in sensational form this season with big wins against Brann and Kristiansund in recent weeks. In all 3 of their matches. Ylldren Ibrahimaj has contributed well with the player registering 3 assists and 1 goal across these games. Ibrahimaj is a player I have followed for a while now, stemming back to his days with lower league side Arendal where he was by far the most technically gifted player at the club.

I was personally surprised how quickly he adapted to the demands of Eliteserien football, but he is making playing in the league look easy at present and will surely contribute heavily in upcoming gameweeks with Viking playing against sides such as Ranheim (A) and Valerenga (H) who have already been shown to have a weak defence.

Kristian Thorstvedt is a player with a huge future and someone with undeniable potential, but in terms of long term output I would wager that Ibrahimaj finishes the season with the higher total of Fantasy points despite his significantly lower price value. Definitely worth drafting into your squad for the upcoming fixtures.

Bonus ‘One to Watch’

Youness Mokhtar (6.0)

  • Looks to be huge value for money
  • His CV is impressive
  • Could form ⅓ of an extremely talented Stabaek front 3

New Stabaek signing Youness Mokhtar is yet to feature for the side having signed from Ankaragucu on Deadline Day, but certainly looks undervalued at 6.0. Mokhtar has almost 150 appearances in the Eredivisie across his career (27 goals, 28 assists) and has a whopping Transfermarkt value of £2.25m, almost double the Eliteserien’s current most expensive player (Birger Meling, RBK). Mokhtar will unlikely be seen too much in the early weeks of the season but could become a key player for Stabaek by the end of the year.

Stabaek have already shown that scoring goals and creating goal scoring chances is coming fairly naturally to them so far this season and a forward line of Brynhildsen, Boli & Mokhtar would automatically register as one of the most dangerous in the league. Mokhtar has the ability and experience to make a significant contribution to Stabaek this season and is definitely one to watch in the coming weeks if he does play as regularly as most expect him to do.

Looking ahead to GW4

Which of these players do you already have?

Which are on your watchlist?

Are these players in your plans going forward?

Ben Wells (@FRFotballBen)

frfotballben Norwegian Eliteserien analyst for Football Radar.”

201 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sandstorm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    If Fantasy Eliteserien gave Tromssa goal's assist to Pirinen like Sofascore and Flashscore do, all my benched players would have an assist. [not goalie]

  2. Mince n Tatties
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    6th minute of injury time...

    1. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      7th...

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Deed - betting ends... Game over... 1-1

  3. GertJan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Molde vs Rosenborg up next....

    Anyone dare to go Eikrem (C) this weekend? 😛

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Only vc right now, but may change my mind

    2. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Ohi my K at the moment.

    3. TAT
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Definitely. This game will be a nightmare for Rosenborg.

    4. Dupuytrens
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      RBK surely will improve soon! I am going to back them to only conceded 1 so K goes to Vilhjalmsson at the moment. He has a tough match at Odd so I could change my mind. 🙂

    5. Vobinho In Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Eikrem here again, I’m strongly considering permacapping him this year.

      Scores of 9,11,12,2,14 very strong so far!

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 24 days ago

        GW3 was my first week with Eikrem, after getting him in and deciding to permacap

        Got burned

        Still permacapped, as the essence of a permanent captain is that you get his hauls AND single digit points

        Got rewarded this GW 🙂

        1. Vobinho In Wengerland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          I captined Vilhjalmsson GW1 and been on Eikrem ever since. Been very rewarding so far, he looks the standout performer by a mile - goals, assists, Molde very attacking, and he mops up the bonus too.

  4. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Adekugbe & Ingebrigtsen to Haraldseid & Evjen sound like good moves? Will give me funds to do Strand Larsen to Bovren the week after.

    1. TallestJohn
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Yes although I still like Ingebrigtsen, just not the best time to own him with nagging injury and mixed fixtures.

    2. Vobinho In Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      I'm looking at getting Haraldseid & Bovren in too soon, good moves.

      Failure of a lot of premiums means building a deep squad should be quite easy... until Rosenborg hit form!

  5. Mince n Tatties
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Odd

    1 Sondre Løvseth Rossbach
    2 Espen Ruud
    3 Fredrik Semb Berge
    5 Birk Risa
    21 Steffen Hagen KAPTEIN
    6 Vebjørn Alvestad Hoff
    7 Fredrik Oldrup Jensen
    16 Joshua Gaston Kitolano
    10 Sander Svendsen
    11 Elbasan Rashani
    22 Torgeir Børven

    1. The Quiff
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Thanks for doing these lineups, Mince n Tatties. Just Rashani for me in tonight's game (Ibrahimaj 1st on bench). I expect most people have more Odd and Viking representation than I do and my rank will fall tonight. (Really, I'm just posting this before the game kicks off as an excuse to casually mention, and have a record of the fact, that I'm currently 44th overall. It's probably mostly red arrows for me from this point on.)

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Amazing start to the season!
        My first season I finished in top 300 so you could go onto win it!
        I’ve had a very average start but no different to my first season so anything is possible - Good Luck!

      2. JohnnyMagrinho
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Wow. I was happy with being top 1600 before tonight so yeah that's impressive.

        Already messed up this week with not captaining Eikrem. Gone for Rashani instead and have Borven too.

        Fully prepared for this to end 0-0 now and the fall to begin.

      3. Fit of Pique
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Shameless brag from me here too, currently 19th overall and 1st in England. Know what you mean about the red arrows too, feel loads of pressure to maintain it now!

      4. Vobinho In Wengerland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I know exactly what you mean with the red arrow pressure!

        Up to 90th overall now (only Rashani tonight though), but feel every week needs to be nailed to maintain rank!

      5. The Quiff
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I have absolutely zero designs on winning the whole thing. I know I'm lucky enough to have had a decent start, and that it will be virtually impossible for me to keep it up. I'm setting myself a final target of top 1k overall, and top 50 in the very competitive FF Scout league. I'd be very happy if I hit those targets.

        1. Fit of Pique
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Agree luck has a huge part to play, bigger than most acknowledge in my opinion

          If you're this high now though, why not aim for the stars? 😉

          I've finished top 500 both seasons I've played, so aiming to at least match that. Statement of the obvious, but would love to win either the FFS league or England league and have to believe it's achievable from this position

          1. The Quiff
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Not for me. I'm just going by form, and whatever nuggets of information I can glean from these articles, and the comments (thanks to all contributors, by the way). But like Johnnymagrinho says below: "Unless you watch the games it's almost impossible to have any real insight".

            For example, I'm dumping Teniste (for Ruud) this week solely based on the statistic of no clean sheets in 5 for Brann. Maybe Brann have been unlucky defensively so far and are about to turn things around, but I've no real way of knowing without having seen them play. Also, I'm plumping for Ruud over his less expensive teammates based on his 8 goals and 3 assists last year, and also his reputation as "Eliteserien's Leighton Baines". For all I know, he may no longer play the same role in the team that enabled him to achieve those returns. Again, I'm going on faith.

            Despite this example, I think I'm making a positive move this week. I think 5 games is enough of a sample size to judge Teniste, and Ruud's 2 assists indicate he's still involved in his team's goals. But future transfers may be less clear-cut. I really am relying on these articles and associated comments section to guide me.

            Congrats on your 2 previous top 500 finishes. I've no doubt, given that pedigree and your current lofty position, that you'll achieve (or even better) it again this season. I played actively (and really enjoyed the challenge) the first season, but wasn't as active last season. I set-and-forgot my team, and by the time I logged in again in GW4 or GW5 everyone had a massive points advantage due to "Parking The Bus" in a DGW that I missed. I intend to be active this season and, as I said above, I'd be delighted with a top 1k finish.

  6. Mince n Tatties
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Viking

    1 Iven Austbø
    3 Viljar Helland Vevatne
    4 Tord Johnsen Salte
    18 Sondre Flem Bjørshol
    23 Rolf Daniel Vikstøl
    20 Ylldren Ibrahimaj
    27 Samuel Kari Fridjonsson
    28 Kristian Thorstvedt
    7 Zymer Bytyqi
    10 Tommy Høiland
    11 Zlatko Tripic

  7. JohnnyMagrinho
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Well this is going well.

  8. Team Cruel
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Rashani is a fraud playing for a defensive team, never captaining again

    1. Vobinho In Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Molde the only side i’ll captain all season I think, they’re just so much more attacking than the rest.

    2. TallestJohn
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Interesting theory

  9. TAT
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Børven captaincy fail. Eikrem (VC)…

  10. Vobinho In Wengerland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Odd and Viking defenders on my list.. both look quite solid.

    1. The Quiff
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I'd already decided before the match tonight that my next transfer was going to be Teniste to an Odd defender (most likely Ruud, as I have the funds to afford him). The clean sheet tonight only serves as further validation of this move for me. My Wormgoor/Teniste double up hasn't worked out as good as I'd hoped (Wormgoor's monster GW1 score aside).

      I'd also like to get a goalkeeper to rotate with McDermott. Unfortunately, I gambled on the wrong Viking option at the start of the season (I went Wichne over Austbø). However, I'm willing to let this decision slide for a week or two while I make other transfers.

      1. Vobinho In Wengerland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I’ve had Wichne as a backup too - very annoying.

        I may just strengthen my bench and upgrade Hansen to Ruud and use Psyche as my last defender.

        I might even double up and get Risa in place of Adekugbe - Dont think Valerenga fixtures are that great.

    2. Sandstorm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      They do? Ok you convinced me, transfer Holmen Johansen -> Austbø done. Cheers.

  11. JohnnyMagrinho
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Think I'll struggle to keep up with this for the whole season.

    Unless you watch the games it's almost impossible to have any real insight.

    Seems only logical play is to keep captaincy on Eikrem for whole season!

    1. Vobinho In Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I’m just going on underlying stats really and using a patient approach.

      Will probably struggle when form changes.

    2. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Inexplicably, I've consistently done better in this than FPL, despite not watching the games

      There's something about understanding the fundamentals of the game allied with a patient approach that's working well for me. The advice on here is invaluable

      1. Vobinho In Wengerland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Totally agree there.

        Maybe I should start applying these fundamentals to FPL!

        1. Fit of Pique
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Haha, been trying to myself with mediocre results;

          Maybe it has something to do with the unpredictability of the Norwegian league - makes adherence to those fundamentals more significant

          1. Vobinho In Wengerland
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Yeah I overthink FPL big time.

            Going back to basics next year I think.. seems to work in Eliteserien!

  12. Team Cruel
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Vålerenga - Man Utd to be played in the midweek before GW16.

    1. TallestJohn
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Ronny's at the wheel

  13. TallestJohn
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Highlights of the highlights:

    JESUS CHRIST Stølås' set pieces are good
    Layouni's set pieces are also very good and he's unlucky not to have more returns so far

    Another home game against good opposition where B/G could've (should've) been out of sight. S08 seem to give up quite a few chances on the counter but manage not to concede from them.

    Akintola cutting in from the left looked infinitely more threatening than when he was made to hug the right touchline against B/G.

    A draw seemed fair between Mjøndalen and Tromsø considering both gave away sitters inside their own box (both of which were spurned)

    Wormgoor literally dragging an injured Shala from the pitch like a parent with a crying toddler.

    1. Team Cruel
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Stølås is crazy. 2g, 2a, 2cs and the way he's taking the set pieces should be alarming to every non-owner. That 18 pointer was no fluke.

      Wormgoor should have been booked. You can't drag opposing players out like that.

  14. JohnnyMagrinho
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    No new article?

    Look forward to a round up each week as they're usually really helpful.

    Hope to see them again, unless I'm looking in the wrong place?