Captains

How the FFScout captain poll winners performed this season

The Fantasy Football Scout community enjoyed a season of largely reliable captaincy decisions in 2018/19.

As you can see from the table below, across the 38 Gameweeks, the winner of the Captain Poll secured attacking returns on 28 occasions.

That meant 10 blanks for the voters with three Gameweeks being the longest streak without a return.

Gameweek Player Percentage Scout Picks? Score
Gameweek 1 Mohamed Salah 58% Yes 8
Gameweek 2 Sergio Aguero 43.7% Yes 20
Gameweek 3 Mohamed Salah 47.2% Yes 8
Gameweek 4 Sergio Aguero 59.6% Yes 6
Gameweek 5 Sergio Aguero 53.6% Yes 7
Gameweek 6 Sergio Aguero 26.8% Yes 6
Gameweek 7 Sergio Aguero 60% Yes 8
Gameweek 8 Harry Kane 37.1% Yes 1
Gameweek 9 Sergio Aguero 41.7% Yes 6
Gameweek 10 Mohamed Salah 40.1% Yes 15
Gameweek 11 Sergio Aguero 40.1% Yes 13
Gameweek 12 Mohamed Salah 39.3% Yes 8
Gameweek 13 Richarlison 30.1% Yes 3
Gameweek 14 Sergio Aguero 34.9% Yes 0
Gameweek 15 Harry Kane 33.8% Yes 12
Gameweek 16 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 40.9% No 5
Gameweek 17 Harry Kane 39.5% Yes 5
Gameweek 18 Raheem Sterling 24% Yes 2
Gameweek 19 Harry Kane 29.8% Yes 6
Gameweek 20 Harry Kane 32.9% Yes 6
Gameweek 21 Eden Hazard 25.6% Yes 3
Gameweek 22 Mohamed Salah 37% Yes 11
Gameweek 23 Mohamed Salah 57.5% Yes 15
Gameweek 24 Mohamed Salah 39% Yes 2
Gameweek 25 Sergio Aguero 24.8% No 17
Gameweek 26 Mohamed Salah 41.3% Yes 8
Gameweek 27 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 27.6% Yes 1
Gameweek 28 Mohamed Salah 33.7% Yes 3
Gameweek 29 Paul Pogba 23.2% Yes -1
Gameweek 30 Sergio Aguero 28.7% Yes 5
Gameweek 31 Mohamed Salah 39% Yes 2
Gameweek 32 Sergio Aguero 48% Yes 10
Gameweek 33 Eden Hazard 24.9% Yes 16
Gameweek 34 Son Heung-min 29.8% Yes 4
Gameweek 35 Raheem Sterling 24.3% Yes 8
Gameweek 36 Sadio Mané 40.4% Yes 13
Gameweek 37 Sergio Aguero 32.5% Yes 2
Gameweek 38 Sergio Aguero 29.7% No 6



Average: 7.1

The 38 different captaincies accumulated for a total of 270 points, the highest being Sergio Aguero‘s (£12.0m) 20-point haul in Gameweek 2, the lowest Paul Pogba‘s (£8.6m) -1 in Gameweek 29.

That averaged out at 7.1 points per Gameweek across the season.

Aguero proved to be the most popular with the masses this season, as he won our captain poll on 13 different occasions.

His longest streak of victories was between Gameweeks 4 and 7 when he won it four times in a row, returning each time.

Close behind Aguero was Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) who was chosen by Scout voters as the best captain candidate on 10 different occasions.

Harry Kane (£12.6m) was the people’s choice for five of the 38 Gameweeks, including his ill-fated Gameweek 8 meeting with Cardiff, in which he failed to score and was booked for a one-point return.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m), Eden Hazard (£11.0m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) all won the poll twice, with mixed success rates.

Meanwhile, Sadio Mané (£10.3m), Pogba, Richarlison (£6.4m) and Son Heung-min (£8.6m) all came away from the 2018/19 season with one vote win each.

Of those four, Mané was the only one to score more than four points in the week they were the most popular captain pick.

The way you voted in the 2018/19 largely coincided with how our Scout Squad and Scout Picks panels thought too.

This season, only on three occasions was there a player who won the captain poll but were denied entry into the Scout Picks.

They were Aubameyang for the Gameweek 16 visit of Huddersfield to Arsenal, Aguero in Double Gameweek 25 and the Manchester City forward again on the final day of the season.

The most popular captain in an individual Gameweek this year was Aguero in Gameweek 7 ahead of Manchester City hosting Brighton.

The forward pulled in a 60% share of the vote, a huge amount considering the average percentage share of a winning candidate this year was 37.4%.

The Citizens actually only won by a 2-0 scoreline that week, with the forward scoring once before coming off in the 65th minute.

The candidate with the lowest winning score was Pogba in Gameweek 29.

Just 23.2% of the voters selected him as their best choice for the visit of Southampton to Old Trafford and were punished by that -1 score.

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214 Comments Post a Comment
  1. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    11 days, 13 hours ago

    I take full responsibility on my captain picks. Plenty of failures this season 🙁

    1. Boberella
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 12 hours ago

      Hear hear.

    2. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 11 hours ago

      I could have done so much better 🙁

      But I'm not sure if I made bad decisions or just didn't get as much luck as I might have. I think part of it was that I wasn't brave enough on switching it, and that I played a little bit to EO when I shouldn't have as much

  2. Trippier Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 12 hours ago

    Thanks for this article, could we see a similar analysis using the RMT tool highest 1-2 scorers per week as well?

    1. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 11 hours ago

      Possibly yeah, I'll take a look into how easy that would be to pull

  3. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 days, 12 hours ago

    Is there any data on how the main player recommended for the armband in the conclusions of the captain sensible articles performed across the season?

    1. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 11 hours ago

      David's off today but I flagged this to him for when he's back, in case he wants to look at adding that or doing a different article 🙂

    2. DavidMunday815
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 1 Year
      11 days, 8 hours ago

      This is definitely a good idea and I would have liked to have assessed this over the course of the season. However, as we didn’t always come to a conclusive candidate it’s hard to do it as thoroughly as we have done for the poll winners. We are hoping to include an official captain choice in the Scout Picks next season so we can definitely review how well we did on that front after 2019/20!

  4. PEP_TALK
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 12 hours ago

    How does this compare to the best 'set and forget' captain pick for the season?

    I guessing this would be Salah as the highest points scorer in the game .... with 259 points

    259 / 38 = 6.82 average.

    Captain Poll average = 7.1 * 38 = 269

    So we didn't really gain much for all the effort of guessing the best one each week .... 10 points. 🙂

    1. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 11 hours ago

      Yeah, provided of course we chose Salah as the set and forget not someone else, like I probably would have ended up doing 😉

      1. PEP_TALK
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 11 hours ago

        After he scored so well in 2017/18 he would have been the obvious choice though, so it would have been a easy, stress free decision rather than agonising over it every week. I guessing there were quite a few 'ghost ship' teams still doing reasonably well long into the season because of this (Salah being top scorer 2 years running)

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 11 hours ago

          do you know how well you did choosing yourself? I got 294 and don't even really feel like I did well in the department, no chance I'd set and forget

          1. PEP_TALK
            • 1 Year
            11 days, 10 hours ago

            No I haven't calculated that. Maybe I will. Well done on your 294. I'm guessing you didn't just alternate between Sadio Mane and Leroy Sane 🙂

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 3 Years
              11 days, 10 hours ago

              ha that wouldn't have done badly if done at the right times! you can use the link provided by CC below and it tells you what you got 🙂 (the captaincy score is your doubled total points score)

          2. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 10 hours ago

            I veer away from the scoutpicks on this site if I think there is a better option.
            I ended up with 577 an average of 15 per week.
            I find that people talk themselves into the same captaincy as others on here.
            Without looking at the other options.

            The really good players nailed the captaincy and get about 100 more.
            Mark somehow managed it by just picking Salah/Sterling/Hazard bar on four occasions

            https://www.anewpla.net/fpl/report-test/lander.php?fplID=4668.

            1. SADIO SANÉ
              • 3 Years
              11 days, 10 hours ago

              btw I've halved it and taken the triple captain score away so that it's a fair comparison with the table on this article (although they have no autosub for GW14)

              but yeah - Mark did really well - think he's on to something with cheap forwards and heavy midfield captaincy options (they get clean sheet points which helps), you could probably rotate captaincy really well between Salah and Sterling next year and not bother with anyone else at all

              1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
                • 9 Years
                11 days, 10 hours ago

                I was shocked he used those three so often. Plus no Mane. And on 13 times his captains only scored 1-6 points.
                But he hit it big 22 times.
                16-24 points - 13 times, 25-40 - 5 times and more than 41 four times.
                That was the difference between his score and mine (took similar amount of hits)

                He used 7 captains in total and I used 15.
                I think they are two extremes.
                In between those might be the right way to do it 9/10 captains. Less risks but a bit of risk?

                1. SADIO SANÉ
                  • 3 Years
                  11 days, 10 hours ago

                  think I mess around with too many too, wasting FTs chopping and changing them also - think next year I'll invest more in defence and less up front, in theory you could get TAA, Laporte, Mane, Sterling and possibly not change them all season

          3. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 days, 4 hours ago

            I got 600 from my C. Mate that looks like a huge difference

    2. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 days, 10 hours ago

      Because I'm a massive nerd, I worked out this for my own team.

      Totaled 325 points from captains this season. Hazard and Sterling my highest average per game (11.5 and 13 respectively).

      Salah was interesting - very consistent at home (8 games at an average of 11 points each) but awful away (4 games at 4.3 points average).

      But my biggest failure was DGWs - 19 from 3 DGW captains!

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        (Should say that 325 would be 650 captain points total)

        1. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 10 hours ago

          Similar to Mark Sutherns so and similar rank.
          In or around 17points for captain each week

    3. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      11 days, 5 hours ago

      Choose a captain who is explosive, plays for a Top 6 club and is at home IMO.

      Narrows it down to Kane, Aguero, Salah, Sterling and Hazard pretty much every week.

  5. Man Getting Hit By Football
    • 1 Year
    11 days, 12 hours ago

    Sorry if it has been posted elsewhere, but how does the average captain score of the captain's poll (7.1) compare to the average captain score of the top 10k? If it's possible to calculate that.

    I imagine they won't be worlds apart but it would be a nice indicator on how much influence we give to the poll.

    Thanks, hope everyone is having a good week.

  6. Celt Abroad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 11 hours ago

    Actually, Leroy Sane topped the poll at 1130 in GW 25 (sometimes people keep voting after the deadline).

    I know this, because I couldn’t decide who to captain, so outsourced my decision to the poll, and fatefully brought in Sane for Hazard, and gave him the armband instead of Aguero for a loss of about 40 points.

    1. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 6 Years
      11 days, 11 hours ago

      Interesting! How close was it that week?

      1. Celt Abroad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 11 hours ago

        No more than about 50 votes in it - aguero led all week, sane overtook him on Saturday morning. I often use the poll as a good guide to the best captain when I can’t decide - this one week it let me down in style!

        1. Miniboss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 days, 11 hours ago

          Me too. Can’t seem to forget that disaster captain pick.

  7. Which player do you wish you avoided this season?
    Geoff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 6 Years
    11 days, 11 hours ago

    Which player do you wish you avoided this season?

    For me, I had Mitrovic way more than was warranted. Arnautovic was also one I was very frustrated with and i'd throw Richarlison in there too. Even though they scored well sometimes I seemed to miss all their hauls, and held them all much longer than I should have

    1. mike09
        11 days, 11 hours ago

        Patricio and Barkley.

      • dicky2014
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 11 hours ago

        Mitrovic - Had him way too long, 31 games averaging only 3.7 points over that period

        Son - 7 games, averaged 2.7

        Sterling - 6 games, averaged 4 points. For his price that is terrible can never catch him right

        1. PEP_TALK
          • 1 Year
          11 days, 11 hours ago

          I agree Son was pretty bad at the end of the season ... signed him when Kane got injured ... went on a run of blanks and then got a red card -2 in GW37 just to rub it in.

      • _sidney_will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 11 hours ago

        VVD over Robbo at the start was painful, finally swapped VVD to TAA and then TAA was injured for a few games and VVD started to get attacking returns

      • SAINTS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 11 hours ago

        Hazard. I put way too much faith in him and he didn't pay back as much as he should have.

      • SADIO SANÉ
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 11 hours ago

        same with Richarlison - transferred him in 3 (maybe even 4 cba to check) times and missed most of his goals, did get his red card though obv

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 11 hours ago

          3.8 average from him, same as my Glen Murray average..eurgh

        2. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 11 hours ago

          actually it's Mendy, got him for the DGW/season run-in instead of Laporte, that really was a genius move

          1. Lord Tachanka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            11 days, 8 hours ago

            Did the same, it was really Zinchenko that I didn’t account for though! Lost a good 20-30 points I think.

      • PEP_TALK
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 11 hours ago

        Near the start of the season (GW3 or 4) I fell into the trap of swapping the injured Richarlison (who had started the season really well) for Theo Walcott! (what was I thinking)

        Then at the end of the season (GW36) I was one of those who signed Firmino (for a -4 cos I was sick of having Lacazette) five minutes before news broke of him being injured. He never played for me and I was forced to sell him (for another -4) in GW38. Luckily I brought in Aubameyang (c) for the final day as a replacement.

      • HammersFan
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        Any united player once ogs was named permanent manager

      • Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        Easily Firmino I signed him AFTER the press conference a few weeks ago gw34. Then after that he was injured suddenly.
        I took out Vardy who got 16 thankfully gray from the bench eased the pain a bit.

        But the real sickening bit was if I waited for Friday and the late Frirmino rumours.
        I would have got TAA instead of Tripper.

        I worked it out that move would have put me into the top 2k (would have got some money in tough mini-league)

      • theplayer
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        Has to be Sane for that awful DGW. Captain that week too.

        Pereyra was a flop for me too. Totally missed his good point scores.

      • diesel001
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        Son.

      • jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        Arnautovic. Say no more.

      • The Rock
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        2 stick out for me.

        Kamara after scoring a couple goals for Fulham I brought him in a few weeks later the GW he missed the penalty against Huddersfield. He then had a big fall out with Mitrovic and only played a further 29 minutes before being shipped out by his club. It took me a lot longer to get rid of him after that due to other players needing gone.

        Kolasinac is the other. He had such good stats and looked a real threat when I brought him in for GW 34 and he only started 2 of the final 6 games. Not trusting Emery next year!

        1. Lemongrab
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          I feel your pain on Kamara, I had him stinking up my bench for weeks and he was so cheap that there was no other forward that you could just swap him out with.

      • FPLGraham
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        Lacazette. Got him on first WC GW6, kept until about GW18.

        Great fixture run for Arsenal and started OK with goal vs Everton, assist vs Watford, brace vs Fulham but it quickly went downhill fast.

        Captained him at home vs Huddersfield after he was rested (i think) in the EL; only to see him hooked at HT after missing a glorious chance and having another goal chalked off for offside.

        He then got a goal + bps against Man Utd (I think) only for it to be reduced to an assist after full-time.

        Watching him during that run was tortuous. Moved out wide a lot, early subbing... Auba racking up points instead of him.

        Meanwhile, Jimenez was scoring points basically every week for about 4m less. Pretty much jiggered my season! Lesson learnt though. Emery's a troll man.

      • AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        All about timing - in that respect I'd be tempted to say Hazard, Digbe, Pereira etc.
        But Walcott, Anderson, probably players I'll avoid in future based on this season. I'm probably done with Eriksen too unless he gets a price drop.

        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 10 hours ago

          Actually one player above all - kolasinac under emery. Dreadful.

      • Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        Bilva over Laporte cost me a top 10k place.

        1. svg53
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 days, 7 hours ago

          Dilva over Laporte in city's first double gameweek and then Bilva over Laporte in second double gameweek kept me out of top 20k.Lesson learned no allout city attack next season.

      • Sessegnon Blanc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        11 days, 10 hours ago

        Kane and KDB. Brought them both in twice; each time they promptly got injured ☹️

        1. Miniboss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 days, 9 hours ago

          I was really excited to have KdB in my team, he was in great form after his injury. Then he goes and limps of in first match I own him.

      • Lemongrab
        • 9 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Not including some truly terrible 1 or 2 week punts (Barkley I'm looking at you) Leroy Sane and Marco Arnautovic are the two that stand out. Bringing in Sane for that first double where he got 1 point cost me dearly when others had the captain armband on Kun. I brought in Arnie a couple of times but a combination of poor performances and injury meant I rarely got any returns from him and kept having to waste transfers to get rid. The lesson for me for next season is stick to reliable returns, especially in the mid price bracket rather than gambling on unfit or out of form players that have good (on paper) fixtures.

      • asquishypotato
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        The Brighton defenders! Although Ryan provided a few cheeky saves.

        I always get drawn in to double gameweeks, so that’s an issue!

        Son has been awful for me, he’s always the players that I’m late to pick up on and never at the right time.

      • Andy'81
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Patricio 24 games avg 3.4
        Doherty 14 games Avg 3.5
        Coleman 10 games avg 2.5

        These were my worst offenders, I stuck with Patricio far too long, got on Doherty too late and got off Coleman too early. Three totally different mistakes concerning defensive options which probably just highlights how bad I am at this aspect of the game as I always struggle back there.

      • Celt Abroad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Honorable mention to Walcott for making his annual visitation to my team.

        Signing sane in Gw25 was a season defining mistake.

      • Toblerone52
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 9 hours ago

        Kolasinac instead of laporte on my second wildcard cost me 2 mini leagues!

        Lesson learnt, don't trust arsenal, get the obvious players who are more likely to start!

      • Earn your Spurs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 8 hours ago

        Troy Deeney. 1 week, -2 points
        Robert Snodgrass 4 weeks 5 points

      • GreenWindmill
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        11 days, 8 hours ago

        Aubameyang was a nightmare for me. Had him from the start then sold him in GW8 as he'd got me 2 goals in 7 games and was an injury doubt. Sold him for Kane who had Cardiff at home and had just scored against Barcelona. Kane blanked against 10 man Cardiff whilst Aubameyang made a 28 minute substitute appearance and managed to get 2 goals 1 assist and 3 bonus. The next week Kane blanked against West Ham and Aubameyang got 2 goals and 3 bonus in a 29 minute appearance.

        From GW8 to GW14 he went on a run of 8 goals and 63 points in 7 weeks.

        I then bought him back and kept patience with him for 14 weeks during which time he got 6 goals and 67 points.

        Sold him again in GW29 and from then until the end of the season he got 6 goals in his last 10 games.

        All in all he scored 8 goals and 95 points whilst in my team ( 21 weeks at 4.5 ppg) and 14 goals and 110 points when not in my team (17 weeks at 6.5 ppg)

        The mad thing is I'll do it again next season - he's an awesome striker who I managed to make some dreadful choices with.

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

          (Duffy/Ryan in the DGW go without saying!)

        2. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          11 days, 7 hours ago

          I'm going with Aubameyang too. Started the season with him and then got rid before his good run. I clearly remember having (and keeping faith) with him over the game weeks where Aguero got his hattricks against Arsenal and Chelsea. He then even missed out through illness against Huddersfield. Cost me a lot of points.

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

            Oh god, I think I'd blocked that part out. Did exactly the same - missed out on back to back hattricks and then he didn't even play the plum fixture. Terrible luck really.

      • Mr. Hindsight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        11 days, 8 hours ago

        Mitrovic, Ings, Patricio. These injury prone players are a real pain.

      • Brosstan
        • 4 Years
        11 days, 8 hours ago

        Higuain, Vinagre, Kolasinac. Horrible picks. Vinagre didnt get a single CS and then I had to remove him earlier than expected as Jonny returned surprisingly early. Kola was benched every game I owned him and he was a stupid differential pick that would have been TAA. Just didnt pick TAA because all rivals had him and I needed to make up a lot of ground.

      • pingissimus
          11 days, 8 hours ago

          Salah of course

          He comes with double jeopardy as it’s so tough not to captain him

        • Better Call Salah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          11 days, 7 hours ago

          Higuain

        • TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          11 days, 7 hours ago

          Higuain

        • Vobinho In Wengerland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          11 days, 6 hours ago

          Mahrez instead of Sterling v Southampton (h)

          Alli instead Son over Christmas

          Mitrovic way too much

        • Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          11 days, 6 hours ago

          Sane. For all the talk of Pep Roulette, anyone who just stuck by Laporte, Sterling and Aguero was laughing.

          1. TRASH BOAT
            • 5 Years
            11 days, 4 hours ago

            Yep I got him in for Newcastle game where he blanked, then capped in DGW for 1 point. I got no returns out of him after he had torn it up previously. Had to turn round 70 points to win ML and missed out on 10k purely on him and Pep falling apart.

        • Flapjack ✅
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          11 days, 6 hours ago

          Kolasinac
          Salah
          Son

          All awful picks.

        • Amey
            11 days, 3 hours ago

            Three words:
            Sane Triple Captain

          • Gnu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            11 days, 3 hours ago

            Had a few howlers, Pedro & Reid come to mind but it was the major change to GW1 team less than hour before deadline that defined my dreadful season.
            Out went Mendy, Robertson, Alonso & Mane to squeeze in Salah who I was convinced was not good value.
            Mee Bamba Coleman along with a downgrade of Mahrez were the mistakes 5hat came in.
            37 weeks to recover in fairness but just couldn't get going after that.
            Worst season ever... by a long way.

          • Vatroslav
            • 4 Years
            11 days, 3 hours ago

            Sane, and keeping ManU players for the last 10 GWs, what a disappointment.

          • BRKFCTrueRover 42
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            11 days, 2 hours ago

            Mitrovic all day long had for ages and was always a more important transfer to make rather than taking him out

          • tambourineman
            • 4 Years
            11 days, 2 hours ago

            Wilson - brought him twice, both times after he had hauled against Huddersfield. Firstly he picked up an injury which Howe failed to mention before Liverpool at home, switched to Jiménez after 3 weeks. Brought him back for home games in 31 and 33 either side of FH, he blanked in both and proceeded to score 15pts in GW34 after wildcarding him out. 5 games, 4 at home, 7 points.

            Notable mention to TAA who I made an early transfer to bring in, he'd played 90 minutes after the warmup scare in the previous game, but he was out for a month and stuck on my bench. To top it off sold him on GW34 wildcard so missed his incredible end of season run.

          • tisza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            11 days, 1 hour ago

            Stuck way too long with Alonso. Not sure why. Surprised to see on anewpla he actually averaged 4.4 ppg for me.
            Maximized Christensen last season and never worried about it.

            Never had a season where I've spent more transfers on keepers - had 8 different keepers inc. WCs and FH.
            Always 1 or 2 decent cheapies but this season they've all lacked sustained consistency. Keeper score of 3,58 ppg I think is my worst ever.

          • luv4rotties
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 10 hours ago

            Definitely Son!
            Had him all the wrong times... e.g. gw26-30 & also gw34-end of season. Making it 1 return in 9 games (without counting the last game, where he was at my bench).

          • Pompey92
              10 days, 6 hours ago

              Felipe Anderson for sure. I held on to him for far far too long!

          • ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 days, 11 hours ago

            Headline: "Premier League players making VAR gesture will be booked"
            Who do you think will be the first player to be red-carded next season for being booked twice for this indiscretion?

            1. mike09
                11 days, 11 hours ago

                Salah.

              • PEP_TALK
                • 1 Year
                11 days, 11 hours ago

                What about managers and coaches ... will they be sent to the stands?

              • Miniboss
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 11 hours ago

                Ashley Young

              • dicky2014
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                11 days, 10 hours ago

                Bale

              • Brosstan
                • 4 Years
                11 days, 8 hours ago

                They said this about the "carding gesture" years ago but players never get booked for it

              • SUPER 11
                • 1 Year
                11 days, 7 hours ago

                Schar

              • diesel001
                • 2 Years
                11 days, 5 hours ago

                No-one.

                Refs are too afraid to send off anyone for something like this. They won't even book them the first time someone makes the VAR gesture.

              • EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 5 hours ago

                matt ritchie

            2. Which promoted players are of interest?
              Il Papera
              • 2 Years
              11 days, 11 hours ago

              Which promoted players are of interest? I’m looking at the following so far:

              Enda Stevens SHU - 45 appearances, left wing back so contingent upon him being classified as a defender. 41 goals conceded (joint best), 4 goals and 6 assists. 4.5 would be a bargain.

              Dean Henderson SHU - 46 apps, useful young goalkeeper and I think he will gain enough save points and clean sheets could be periodic at Bramall Lane. 4.5 in rotation with another keeper perhaps.

              Teemu Pukki NOR - FW - 43 apps, 29 goals, 9 assists. 20% chance conversion isn’t bad. 6.0 hopefully, given he doesn’t have Mitrovic’s reputation.

              Buendia/Emi - MF - 35 apps, 8 goals, 12 assists. Norwich didn’t win a game without him. 22 years old and still developing. 5.5 would be good business.

              While there are no statistical stand-outs from Leeds, Derby’s Harry Wilson (MF) has weighed in with 15 goals and 3 assists in 36 starts and if they gain promotion I assume they can keep him. 5.5 might be too high though.

              Equally, Tammy Abraham (still only 21) should be playing EPL football next season one way or another, and 26 goals & 3 assists in 39 appearances suggests another bite at the cherry could be more successful than 5 goals in 15 apps (16 substitute apps too). 6.0 should be good value.

              Am I missing anyone as things stand?

              1. Miniboss
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 10 hours ago

                Depending on fixtures, I’m pretty happy to gamble with Pukki & Sheffield defender at the start of the season.

              2. The Rock
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                11 days, 10 hours ago

                Enda Stevens is one I am certainly interested to see what he is priced at, he could be as good as Doherty was this year! However because he is a WB and off a good attacking season i can see him being priced at 5m.

                His team mate John Egan is another I am looking at, he only got 1 goal and 1 assist this season but he has scored quite a few goals in seasons before that. And is likely to be cheaper than Stevens.

                I don't know much about the Norwich players at all but there would surely be some options from the Villa team if they get promoted.

                1. Il Papera
                  • 2 Years
                  11 days, 10 hours ago

                  Egan is a good shout but I think I’m going to be putting a lot of eggs in my defensive basket next season, possibly TAA and Robbo, Digne, Laporte and one more

                  1. Il Papera
                    • 2 Years
                    11 days, 10 hours ago

                    Hmm half my post disappeared!

                2. Lizardprime
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  11 days, 10 hours ago

                  Definitely getting John Egan. Picking ex-Gillingham players for FPL is as close as I'll ever get to the club loyalty / fpl points dilemma Premier League club supporters have so I always shoehorn them in.

              3. Oddjobleff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                11 days, 10 hours ago

                As a Norwich fan I'd say avoid all of them to begin with. They scored a lot (obviously will be much tougher to do in PL) but conceded quite easily too (therefore will do even more in PL).
                I think they're going to get tonked next season.

                1. Il Papera
                  • 2 Years
                  11 days, 10 hours ago

                  I think Norwich can learn from Fulham’s disastrous season. You have a young defence, so a few experienced additions could stand you in good stead, as Buendia, Pukki and Stiepermann should offer a threat at the other end. Good luck!

              4. Geoff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 6 Years
                11 days, 8 hours ago

                Nice one, thanks for posting. Have to admit that I know very little about these players, maybe my afternoon will be digging into them a bit 🙂

              5. LAMELA_AND_CONSUELA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 days, 7 hours ago

                Buendia if well priced may be shrewd aqusition. I do not see any offensive player from SHU worth to get

                1. Il Papera
                  • 2 Years
                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                  Yeah I’m assuming Sheffield Utd won’t really solely on Madine and Sharp! At 33, Sharp could have a Glen Murray season but it’s highly unlikely. It will be interesting to see how they buy, Maupay got 25 at Brentford so would be worth a closer look, while Che Adams has attracted interested. Rodriguez and Gayle might not stick around at WBA, though interest would surely be minimal there.

              6. Indpush
                • 1 Year
                11 days, 7 hours ago

                Only ones I've felt worthy of listing:

                1. Teemu Pukki – Norwich
                2. Tommy A. - Aston Villa (If still with)
                3. Billy Sharp - Sheffield
                4. Kemar Roofe – Leeds
                5. Harry Wilson – Derby County
                6. David McGold- Sheffield
                7. Mario Vrancic - Norwich

                1. Il Papera
                  • 2 Years
                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                  Vrancic only started 3 games from February (the final two inclusive) and mainly appeared as a sub. Roofe might be interesting if he continues to develop though I imagine a Leeds promotion will lead to a huge overhaul of playing staff.

                  1. tambourineman
                    • 4 Years
                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                    Vrancic picked up an injury in February having been in great form, Kenny McLean came in and played well and Farke didn't change it when Vrancic regained fitness.

                    Vrancic is a player I like but Norwich didn't really have a settled midfield two, Trybull and Tettey are the more defensively minded with Vrancic, McLean and Leitner the more forward thinking, I think it's difficult to know Farke preferred two as they were rarely all fit at the same time (McLean was injured for the first half of the season, Leitner during the middle, Vrancic and Tettey towards the end) so best avoided from FPL point of view.

                    1. Indpush
                      • 1 Year
                      11 days, 6 hours ago

                      Too bad. Vrancic had 8 goals and 5 assists when last checked.

                  2. Indpush
                    • 1 Year
                    11 days, 6 hours ago

                    Thanks for that info.

                    As of April 23rd Roofe had 14 goals, 3 assists and had missed six weeks of play.

                2. Fire Chief Moe
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  11 days, 36 mins ago

                  Imagine Wilson we be back at Liverpool

              7. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 5 hours ago

                none of them until i see significant investment in these teams

              8. _sidney_will
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                11 days, 4 hours ago

                Hoping Henderson is at Sheffield United next season, with decent Fixtures he’ll be in my side

              9. Peter Ouch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 4 hours ago

                Abraham still 21!
                OMG

              10. Jafalad
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                11 days, 1 hour ago

                “No statistical standouts from Leeds.”

                Obviously never seen Castilla, Hernandez or Roofe play. Three Leeds players will be essential next season.

                1. Il Papera
                  • 2 Years
                  10 days, 23 hours ago

                  Aware of Hernandez’ Indian summer with his assists and goals this time out but at 34 years old it is asking a lot to better his previous 2 and 3 goals in the Prem. Castilla may be a good keeper but this doesn’t look like a tight defence to me. As for Roofe, I’ve mentioned that he might be interesting but he hasn’t hit the heights of Pukki and Abraham. Similar record in terms of minutes and goals to Assombalonga who I wouldn’t go anywhere near.

                  You’re right though, they might well be essential next season!

            3. boc610
              • 7 Years
              11 days, 10 hours ago

              wow, had no idea about city's liverpool mocking version of allez allez allez till now.

              the lyric " battered in the streets"..after all that happened to sean cox?

              what a classy bunch they are.

              1. FPLGraham
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 10 hours ago

                They claim that it isn't about Sean Cox, but some other really high profile well-covered incidents at the final which everyone definitely, 100%, categorically knows about to put in song lyrics.

                Also... they've just won the league. Can't they make/sing a song about that rather than another team's defeat / a fan getting brain damage?

            4. Sheffield United's approach
              avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              11 days, 10 hours ago

              For those interested, here are some thoughts on Sheffield United’s approach ahead of their return to the Premier League, and a few players who are, in my opinion, worth monitoring.

              Sheffield United’s manager is Chris Wilder, a Blades fan, who’s approach is “front-foot football”. They play a fluid, possession-based 3-5-2 system with overlapping centre-backs.

              Those overlapping centre-backs are Jack O’Connell and Chris Basham. Both players bomb forward and overlap the wing-backs, which can be seen in this excellent analysis by Stewart England:

              https://www.footballdna.co.uk/features/sheffield-united-3-5-2-attacking-overlapping-centre-backs/

              It’s rare to see centre-backs so high up the pitch in open play and quite exciting from an FPL point of view. My preferred pick, Jack O’Connell, has returned 3 goals and 3 assists this season.

              The two wing-backs also push up high, with the left-sided Enda Stevens the more attacking of the two. His improved delivery has seen him contribute 6 assists with 4 goals.

              Both players, in my opinion, should be on our watchlists going into the new season.

              Other options include the creative Ollie Norwood, who is more of a technical passer and is on the majority of set pieces (8 assists, 3 goals) whilst Billy Sharp, the club captain and expected budget striker, has hit the back of the net 23 times. Lethal in the box, he’s the focal point of their attack and a real poacher. It’ll be interesting to see if he is given the opportunity (he’s 33 years-old) to thrive in the Premier League. I personally have my doubts, so often we see Championship level forwards struggle to make the step up, but United’s transfer activity this summer should give us an indication as to how much Wilder plans to use him.

              Whilst Sheffield United do throw up some interesting FPL options, I do advise an element of caution with their assets. Despite similarities to Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolves team (a tactically astute manager with a back-three system rising from the Championship, sound familiar doesn’t it!), I’m unsure if they can replicate their achievements in their first season back, largely down to player quality, but that isn’t to say they can’t throw up some useful assets.

              Thanks for reading. If there’s enough interest, I’ll follow this up with a look at Norwich City next week and eventually, the play-off winners!

              1. SADIO SANÉ
                • 3 Years
                11 days, 10 hours ago

                quality - I used to do that on FIFA (352, do a one-two with the outside CB and bomb on), fun but good luck to them against quick counter-attacking teams!

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 8 hours ago

                  Yep it'll be really interesting to see if Wilder continues with this approach. Personally I think he will, don't see him changing their identity, and his two CM's do sit deep so I think it could work but time will tell.

                  1. SADIO SANÉ
                    • 3 Years
                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                    they will definitely be my favourite promoted team if that's the case - nice write up

                  2. TLF
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    11 days, 4 hours ago

                    Thanks for taking the time to post this, really helpful.

                2. Pigeon
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  8 days, 17 hours ago

                  This is a very late reply but did you have your centre backs instructions as 'Join the Attack' or did you switch them to fullbacks in game?

              2. fclackless [RoboKlopp]
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 10 hours ago

                +1

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 8 hours ago

                  Cheers!

              3. Make Arrows Green Again
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                11 days, 9 hours ago

                Great! thanks - flagged for HT 🙂

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 8 hours ago

                  Much appreciated!

              4. 32chickens
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                11 days, 9 hours ago

                Liking this

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 8 hours ago

                  Thanks!

              5. Flaming Flamingo
                • 2 Years
                11 days, 8 hours ago

                Great post. Another player I think could be of interest is the goalkeeper Henderson. Not a very exciting pick, but will likely be a solid option for those who like to have a cheap set and forget keeper.

                Enda Stevens would be my pick of the defenders were he to be priced at 4.5, but given FPL priced Douglas and Smith at 5 in the past two seasons I have my doubts.

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 8 hours ago

                  Henderson is a good shout. I avoided including him in my analysis as he's now back at Man Utd, but I read some comments recently by Ole that he think he needs a season playing in the top flight which suggests another loan.

                  If Enda Stevens starts at 5.0 it'd put me off. The appeal of these guys is that they should be priced at 4.5 and taking a punt on them GW1 shouldn't be too risky.

                  1. Flaming Flamingo
                    • 2 Years
                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                    Ah, that makes sense (didn't realise Henderson was on loan). Thanks for the post and hopefully we'll be seeing Villa in the Premier League next season 🙂

                    1. avfc82
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                      Thanks, it was a bit nervy at times last night but we got the win in the end! Would love to do something more in depth on Villa if they make it as they'll have some interesting, probably under the radar options.

              6. dbeck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 days, 7 hours ago

                great post and insight. As a Doncaster fan I have a soft spot for Billy Sharp but I do believe the Championship is his level (like Gayle or Rhodes). I'd be very surprised to see him leading the line in the prem but I do hope I am proved wrong.

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                  I agree mate, so many fail to make the step up - Gayle and Rhodes are good examples, David Nugent and Danny Graham also spring to mind!

              7. The Rumour Mill
                • 2 Years
                11 days, 7 hours ago

                Fantastic analysis, thank you.

                Overlapping centre backs sounds pretty novel, this in intruiging. I feel it could go either way though, and I feel its more likely that a centre back the wrong side of 30 is going to be stranded upfield when an attacking move breaks down (leaving his fellow defenders hopelessly exposed), than it is he chips in with multiple goals and assists when going up a division.....

                I'd certainly be interested in you taking a look at Norwich and Villa/Leeds/Derby next week 🙂

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                  Cheers! Yes it'll be intriguing to see. I do like Wilder though, think he's one of the most underrated managers around, so I'd back him to make it work, albeit maybe a slightly more cautious version now they're in the top tier.

                  1. The Rumour Mill
                    • 2 Years
                    11 days, 5 hours ago

                    Yeah I must admit I know very little about him, going to try and read up on them and the other promoted sides over the summer. So in your opinion they're more of an attacking side than a defensive one? I.e. more of a Fulham than a Cardiff? (if using this seasons propoted sides as an example).

                    1. avfc82
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      11 days, 5 hours ago

                      I think they're a pretty balanced unit. They scored 78 goals this season (fourth behind Norwich, West Brom and Villa) but had the best defensive record along with Boro. If you were to ask me now who'll finish higher next season, the champions Norwich or runners-up Sheffield United, I'd back the latter.

              8. Jᴀʀᴠish
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                11 days, 7 hours ago

                Interesting also that every single player in their current squad is British or Irish.

                1. avfc82
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 6 hours ago

                  The 'Total Brexit' team, as one Spanish newspaper described them earlier this season!

            5. Make Arrows Green Again
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              11 days, 9 hours ago

              Very interesting read - thanks FFS.

              Well, that is a pretty decent result and it shows that, for the most part, we know what we are doing when we pick captains as a community. Is there the probability equivalent of "one stat to rule them all " though? is there a source of information that could outperform our selection processes which factor in all sorts of things including assist potential and extra points for midfielders?

              Well, maybe!

              The site FPL Bet (no affiliation 🙂 ) collates anytime goalscorer odds every weeks from a number of bookies. They choose a team every week and the captain is always* the player with the best anytime odds. They then try and build the best team they can afford based on odds but this is a little more subjective and harder to quantify.

              Below is their list of captains for most of the season except for two weeks over Christmas when they must have taken a break. Where there is no number next to the player it means that the captain poll picked the same player. Where there is a number it is the score of the best anytime goalscorer, and in brackets is how we did. The asterisk is that for one week Murray had the best odds but they went for Son, which is annoying, but I have corrected this week to Murray for completeness.

              1 - Salah
              2 - Aguero
              3 - Salah
              4 - Aguero
              5 - Aguero
              6 - Aguero
              7 - Aguero
              8 - Kane
              9 - Aguero
              10 - Salah
              11 - Aguero
              12 - Salah
              13 - Aguero 2 (FFS Richarlison 3)
              14 - Aguero
              15 - Kane
              16 - Aubameyang
              17 - Kane
              18 - Lacazette 5 (FFS Sterling 2)
              19 - Kane
              20 - Kane
              x
              x
              23 - Salah
              24 - Salah
              25 - Aguero
              26 - Salah
              27 - Aubameyang
              28 - Aguero 9 (FFS Salah 3)
              29 - Aguero 2 (FFS Pogba -1)
              30 - Aguero
              31 - Salah
              32 - Aguero
              33 - Hazard
              34 - Murray* 3 (FFS Son 4)
              35 - Aguero 2 (FFS Sterling 8)
              36 - Salah 19 (FFS Mane 13)
              37 - Aguero
              38 - Aguero

              Bookies + 44
              FFS + 32

              The first thing to note is how good we are as a community at picking the "best" captain if anytime goalscorer odds are the best way of picking a captain (and I'm not saying that this really is the best method, merely observing that FFS and the bookies tend to agree on who is going to score big in any week).

              The other thing to note is that, well, this year the bookies actually did better than us at predicting captains. And that's based solely on the odds of scoring rather than any other factors which might otherwise sway our decisions, the aforementioned assist potential being key amongst these. If we as a community had gone for the best anytime scorer we would have scored an extra 12 points across the 36 weeks for which we have data. 12.67 points when scaled up over the course of a season or almost exactly an extra point every three weeks.That would take the average up to 7.4 points per captain per gameweek.

              It's not a huge difference but what is interesting to me is that it is based solely on one criterion (albeit a very complicated criterion calculated with very powerful algorithms, but then, we don't need to perform the calculation, the bookies do it for us!).

              So what do you think - if in doubt about your captaincy choices in 19-20, would you go to the captaincy poll or see what our friends in the bookmakers do the thinking for us? 🙂

              1. Make Arrows Green Again
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                11 days, 9 hours ago

                Sorry - the site is "Fantasy Bet" and the feature is called "Bookies Advantage"

              2. SADIO SANÉ
                • 3 Years
                11 days, 9 hours ago

                I usually base my benching decisions on clean sheet odds and usually look up anytime scorer odds when I can't decide by 2/3 options for captaincy - I've always thought that's better than the FFS poll (for a start people usually pick the best they own, not who is actually the 'best' that week)

                1. Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  11 days, 9 hours ago

                  Very good point - I had not factored in the fact that people tend to vote for those players who they own rather than think will do the best. I would expect most people to own most of the obvious candidates in a given week though,

                2. EMBOLOFAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  11 days, 5 hours ago

                  same

              3. backstreets
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                11 days, 9 hours ago

                That's interesting and good to know! There was a few times during the season when it was tough for me to pick between players for captaincy - I usually looked at RMT or who I thought other players in mini league would captain and decide from there. Might look to these type odds in future to add to the mix!

              4. baps sniffer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                11 days, 8 hours ago

                I usually check anytime goalscorer odds, but use a bit more sophisticated system. Mids get one extra point and have also chance to cs point. Assist potential is very important also and baps shouldn't be forgotten. There is also one thing to remember, game time security.

                All these factors are important to use when deciding who to bench also. There are some different methods that can be used, but I am considering to start calculating them next season. Yet while captaincy between 2-4 different candidates is easy and comparing also own bench options, doing this with all possible bench players is hard work and needs to be compensated.

                Maybe I should make a site for the purpose? Unless somebody wants to hire me to work with these and publish expected points on their own site 😉

                1. Make Arrows Green Again
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                  Game time security is a very good point. Most anytime goalscorer odds seem to assume that all players will play the same amount of time and that simply isn't true. For example, when I was reviewing the figures earlier, Jesus was consistently amongst the favourites for anytime scorer when in reality he is lucky to get 15 minutes in any match.

                  1. markloe
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    11 days, 6 hours ago

                    As most AGS bets are voided if the player doesn't play it means there's no really much impetus on them to have odds that reflect the actual odds of them scoring, i.e. the odds reflect the likelihood of scoring over 90 mins

                    1. markloe
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      11 days, 6 hours ago

                      also, another thing to consider in this kind of model is that the overround for popular players is worse

                2. EMBOLOFAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  11 days, 5 hours ago

                  it isn't hard to factor in positional advantages, you just do a simple EV calc to produce an expected point total

                  1. EMBOLOFAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    11 days, 5 hours ago

                    likewise factoring in average minutes played and so on, very easy

              5. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 days, 5 hours ago

                yes this game is really not complicated.
                most individual players have statistically significant data for important things like goals, assists, etc. by christmas most teams have statistically significant data for chance creation + concession. if you watch a few games and keep track of bookmakers odds (which are a summary of this info anyway) then it's simply a case of optimising your transfers and good forward planning.

                1. Gnu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  11 days, 3 hours ago

                  You should link your team with such a great OR and your team name sums you up nicely 'Southgate is a pedo' is a charm.

                  1. RoysCallerAnne
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    11 days, 2 hours ago

                    Ah but he has solved FPL. That much is obvious. Y'know the one or two that do it every year, blah blah all season long on FFS about how easy it is, then conveniently disappear when things don't go quite as well the following year.

                    1. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      11 days, 2 hours ago

                      Nailed it last year, and the year before, and the ye.....

                      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/entry/1049189/history

                      1. RoysCallerAnne
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        11 days, 2 hours ago

                        Haha haha!
                        Well found. Impressive history but I'm sure he only taken it seriously from this season.
                        Don't they all.

                        1. EMBOLOFAN
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          10 days, 21 hours ago

                          9 years on here and you can't handle someone with no experience being better than you

                      2. EMBOLOFAN
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        10 days, 21 hours ago

                        u mad

                        1. Wild Rover
                          • 8 Years
                          10 days, 21 hours ago

                          Mad how? Hasn't he just highlighted that despite your boasting and know all attitude this year you are a one season wonder with a terrible history. Please correct me if I we are wrong

                          1. Wild Rover
                            • 8 Years
                            10 days, 21 hours ago

                            Oh, and get a grav. Nobody who can't work out how to or can't be bothered commands much respect around here 😉

              1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                  11 days, 8 hours ago

                  Its our owners bro. We just won’t pay players what the likes of your oil rich clubs like City, PSG and Liverpool will and we’re not really the dominant force we were so lost our lure in that respect too.

                  1. La Roja
                    • 7 Years
                    11 days, 8 hours ago

                    Are you saying he is worth 300k per week?

                  2. Lord Tachanka
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    11 days, 8 hours ago

                    Oil rich Liverpool? Not too sure on that one...

                    1. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      11 days, 7 hours ago

                      You must be new to here..... 🙂

                    2. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      11 days, 4 hours ago

                      2 upvotes..... Inspector Clouseau would be proud.

                      1. Lord Tachanka
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        11 days, 2 hours ago

                        In the barren wasteland that is the post season I’ll take that!

                        I prefer the man with the little grey cells myself

                        1. Gnu
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          11 days, 2 hours ago

                          🙂

                  3. AuFeld
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                    I can assure you, John Henry didn't accumulate his wealth from oil. Glazers and First Allied Corp are doing just fine.

                    The weekly pay is on par with the likes Kante. IF I were Herrera, I would take the money and run. He's worth every penny. One of the hardest working players on the pitch. It is a shame to see him leave.

                  4. Jᴀʀᴠish
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                    Still catching those fish MPSR 🙂

                    1. Lord Tachanka
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      11 days, 2 hours ago

                      Statements like that is fishing with a grenade

                  5. Fire Chief Moe
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    11 days, 7 hours ago

                    Liverpool are oil rich? Is this breaking news?

                    1. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      11 days, 3 hours ago

                      Recently discovered an olive field, could be at least 20 to 25 barrels down there.

                • davidfromkent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  11 days, 8 hours ago

                  Gareth Bale has commented he wants to stay at Real Madrid, maybe something to do with his £600,00 per week salary!

                • tambourineman
                  • 4 Years
                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                  Similar to Ramsey going to Juventus on 400k per week, once a player is out of contract they hold all the cards and their agents are able to pimp them out to clubs willing to pay through the nose for wages on account of them being a 'free' transfer.

                  1. SADIO SANÉ
                    • 3 Years
                    11 days, 6 hours ago

                    yep, the player basically gets the transfer fee + their 'normal' wage - Herrera would get 40m easy, over a 4-year-contract that's 10m per year (200k a week) + 100k a week normal wage - and they can always sell him to recoup some

              2. AuFeld
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                11 days, 7 hours ago

                My total captain points was 539. Total captain points if I picked the right captain every week, 1012. Captured 53% of the possible captain points.

                Anyone have a poorer %?

                1. EMBOLOFAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  11 days, 5 hours ago

                  48.26%
                  finished in top 150 so make of that what you will

                  1. fclackless [RoboKlopp]
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    11 days, 4 hours ago

                    k*

              3. fusen
                • 7 Years
                11 days, 7 hours ago

                https://www.anewpla.net/fpl/report-test/ownedtable.php?id=164758

                replace the number on the end with your own ID and you'll see what players you got in/kept/got rid of at the right/wrong times.

                Also highlights what players you've owned the entire season. I've only got Robertson who I didn't have during my free hit when he got 8 points :X

                1. Andy'81
                  • 1 Year
                  11 days, 7 hours ago

                  Very good, cheers.

                2. Klose but no Zidane
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  11 days, 5 hours ago

                  Thank you, I was looking for something exactly like this!

                3. Brosstan
                  • 4 Years
                  11 days, 4 hours ago

                  Can anyone find a worse ppg difference over a significant sample than this?

                  TAA when I owned him: 75 points in 23 games = 3.26 ppg
                  TAA when I didnt own him: 110 points in 15 games = 7,33 ppg

                  .......

                  1. Brosstan
                    • 4 Years
                    11 days, 4 hours ago

                    And great site btw!

                  2. korbendallas82
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    10 days, 21 hours ago

                    Azpilicueta. 16 not owner. 3.8 owned.

                    1. korbendallas82
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      10 days, 20 hours ago

                      Did not own him more than 190 or so, thou.

              4. Ruud vom Mistelroum
                  11 days, 6 hours ago

                  I've just done a bit of research about my own captain picks for this season.. it's pretty from reading, overall 232 points lost

                  There does seem to be a large dose of luck involved sometimes though. I could have gained an extra 105 points if I'd only chosen Sterling or Hazard on the correct weeks. So we're not always talking about crazy captain choices

                  That difference would have boosted my rank from 34k to 2.5k

                  Meh, hindsight is 20 20 I guess..

                  1. fusen
                    • 7 Years
                    11 days, 6 hours ago

                    "There does seem to be a large dose of luck involved sometimes though."

                    AKA Fantasy Premier League

                    Knowing how to play the game will only get you so far, once you're passed that point you really do need luck on your side.

                    1. Ruud vom Mistelroum
                        11 days, 5 hours ago

                        Yea I guess, just seems wired to see 'what could have been'

                        If I was near the top of the rankings I think I'd put that down to good transfers week in week out but the right captain can have just as good an effect

                  2. bbaggins79
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    11 days, 5 hours ago

                    FLPStatistico says i got 540pts from my captain which is surprising.

                    Now we're in the off season ive put some thoughts down on FFS.

                    Things I love about FFS:
                    - The articles, analysis, stats and opinion pieces have stepped up this season. I feel the quality and depth has improved and it seems like the right amount of info.
                    - The videos are also great. It’s nice to be able to sit down with a cuppa and watch the Captaincy video Saturday morning.
                    - The community forums. There's valuable info in between the RMTs.
                    - Season Ticker. Invaluable. I don’t want to think how much time I sit looking at it.
                    - The compare tool i use a lot. It's handy to be able to compare, say, Hazard at home vs. Sterling away when choosing a captain.
                    - Being in Australia the time zone makes playing the game different. Originally from London I moved here and had to change my strategy. For example; depending on the time of year (daylight saving) price changes are at midday or 2pm, the 1230 Saturday game is 930pm or 1130pm, most games are in the middle of the night. FFS is great because I can get on at any time to view, read and assess.


                    Opportunities 🙂

                    - There must be an easier way to get your team into chat for a RMT without typing it out every time. A macro would save the community a gazillion hours. It could be an incentive to link your team to your profile.
                    - The public stat tables are a mess. We can only sort by votes or date which means there's probably loads of useful tables lost in there.
                    The tables that are locked to a past season should be cleaned up – either add the year filter so they're relevant or remove them. I can't pick Suarez however obscene his Away Day stats were in 2016.
                    No-one uses tags; searching by the columns used in the table could be a better way so if I'm looking for xG I can see all the tables with that data and pick the ones I like.
                    Being able to favourite/bookmark/like tables into a 'like list' would be handy. Perhaps reset the vote count or track hits.
                    - Templates for My Stats Tables – It’s quite onerous to create a table so when I get a structure I like I’d like to be able to save and re-use.
                    - Linking teams to profiles. Being able to view someone’s team increases transparency which is important when we’re exchanging opinions and information in the forums.
                    By linking teams to profiles we unlock a huge amount of data and we could make more of it.
                    - More tiles. By tiles I mean the number next to our avatars showing years on the site and the icon if you're a member. Examples tiles: HoF Ranking, Current Rank, even gw rank, team value, number of transfers, highest ever rank, etc.
                    - A form ticker. Like the Season ticker for teams, but a backwards looking form ticker for players and/or teams (with filtering by home/away)? Just an idea.
                    - Can we please log in on more than one device. Each time I use a different device I have to re log in which can happen several times a day.


                    Thanks FFS. I appreciate the effort the mods, cons and community put it. See you next season.

                    1. Geoff
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 6 Years
                      11 days, 4 hours ago

                      And I appreciate the effort you put into this post. I can't say I disagree with much of it at all 🙂

                      I'll take those opportunities (nicely worded) and give them a think through. I agree with most of them on first look though.
                      I would say that linking teams to profiles is good, but not necessary. Some want their teams hidden and that's their choice, but it is encouraged to share them.
                      More tiles - yes, I agree there's space there for more. I did a test to get the years on site badges added and now that I know that's possible I'll look at others. There are pros but also cons to a few of them, but I agree there's space for that.
                      All the rest of you said I think I totally agree with.

                      I'll look into the login issue asap.

                      And really glad to hear all those things you like. See you next season!

                      1. GreenWindmill
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        11 days, 3 hours ago

                        Not sure if you remember but years ago the comments section used to work so that the user grav was a link to their profile/posting history and the username was linked to whatever URL they had specified in the website field of their profile.

                        If the user hadn't specified a URL then their name was grey rather than green (I think) and it was unclickable.

                        I was much more inclined to try to check people's team links in those days because you could see immediately who had a link and it was a single click to access it.

                        Obviously everyone still had the choice to link or not.

                        1. Geoff
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 6 Years
                          11 days, 3 hours ago

                          I'll look into why that isn't a feature anymore

                          1. GreenWindmill
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            11 days, 3 hours ago

                            Cheers Geoff, not going to make or break the site but I used to like it 🙂

                      2. bbaggins79
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                        Great glad it went down well 🙂

                      3. bbaggins79
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        10 days, 18 hours ago

                        Oh, Id love to be the guy up against the Scout picks next season. Im always in bed when the thread to nominate comes out 🙁

                    2. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      11 days, 4 hours ago

                      Great post mate!

                      Pretty much agree with all of that.
                      Would like to see atleast a few of those ready for next season specially all those points related to the stats tables.

                    3. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      11 days, 3 hours ago

                      Great post.
                      The one area I'd like to see improved is the season ticker, actually it's a couple of things that used to be a feature but no longer are.
                      The previous results history on each fuxture tab was a very quick and useful function.
                      Also, if you were to set the gameweeks to say 8 and then do set by difficulty as you do now BUT when you moved or removed a gameweek it wouls stay relevant to the original setting ( make sense?)
                      I'm sure there's something with dragging relevant gweeks and teams to assess but I'd need to go back in and try and remember the details - on hols and on tablet so not as easy as it sounds for me at least.....
                      Both the first two have been mentioned before but what the hey.

                  3. Peteski29
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    11 days, 5 hours ago

                    Total captain points for the season was 583 and I only had 8 captain blanks which I'm surprised about.

                    How do you link your team?

                  4. TAT
                    • 1 Year
                    11 days, 5 hours ago

                    Which is the best (free) tool for checking various stats for the season? Thinking captaincy etc.

                    1. Peteski29
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      11 days, 4 hours ago

                      https://www.anewpla.net/fpl/report

                      And enter your team ID in the box

                      1. TAT
                        • 1 Year
                        11 days, 4 hours ago

                        Thanks! 😀

                  5. diesel001
                    • 2 Years
                    11 days, 4 hours ago

                    Interesting how poor the 'out there' captaincy choices did in the FFS poll.

                    Richarlison, Auba, Son, Pogba all fared poorly. Only Mane delivered outside of the big guns of Kane, Sterling, Aguero, Salah and Hazard.

                  6. mwahid954
                    • 2 Years
                    11 days, 4 hours ago

                    i got 277, just follow my instinct..

                  7. TRASH BOAT
                    • 5 Years
                    11 days, 4 hours ago

                    Anyone know when the HOF gets updated for this season for non-members?

                    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 7 Years
                      11 days, 4 hours ago

                      From what I've heard, possibly in the next week, but that's not a certainty.

                      Lots going on I think!

                      1. TRASH BOAT
                        • 5 Years
                        11 days, 4 hours ago

                        Fair enough thanks for replying...

                        1. TRASH BOAT
                          • 5 Years
                          11 days, 4 hours ago

                          Interested to see how far Ronk and Jay Egg fall and if Mark makes the summit...

                  8. rokonto
                    • 3 Years
                    11 days, 4 hours ago

                    Anyone know how to find out how last year's overall winner did this year?

                    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 7 Years
                      11 days, 4 hours ago

                      Not quite as good a season 😉

                      https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/entry/742266/history

                      1. rokonto
                        • 3 Years
                        11 days, 4 hours ago

                        Wow thanks

                      2. Wild Rover
                        • 8 Years
                        10 days, 21 hours ago

                        Ultimate one season wonder! 😀

                        Do we get an interview?

                        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 7 Years
                          10 days, 21 hours ago

                          Could be talking about mine or Yusuf's history there 😆

                          Either way, the answer is only for paid members 😉