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Fantasy League

Fantasy League returns for the 2019/20 season

Fantasy League is now live for the 2019/20 season and Fantasy managers can begin the process of setting up their leagues by heading to the site to register.

Many of you will need no introduction to Fantasy League, which has been on the scene for a remarkable 28 years.

For the uninitiated, Fantasy League is the daddy of UK Fantasy Football and the primary reason why the various formats are so popular today.

Founded in 1991, Fantasy League even pre-dates the launch of the Premier League and got many of us immediately hooked.

The Fantasy League game featured on Frank Skinner and David Baddiel’s massively popular Fantasy Football League show in the 1990s

Fantasy League is an auction-based game and perfect for those of us who enjoy pitting our wits against our friends and work colleagues.

Once a mini-league is set up (a pain-free process that takes less than a minute to do), Fantasy managers can invite up to 15 of their acquaintances to take part.

Between five and 16 managers can compete in a mini-league but eight to 12 is the recommended number.

The difference with Fantasy League from, say, FPL Draft is that there is no running order for picks: rather, each Premier League player goes to the highest bidder at auction.

As each squad is unique, leagues are always ultra-competitive. So, if you own Harry Kane, only you get the points when he scores. This means bigger points swings and leagues that stay close right through to the end of the season – no ‘template’ to follow here.

Each Fantasy League manager gets a £200m budget to build a squad of 15 players, with a limit of two players per Premier League club.

We’ve put together some rules and FAQs at the bottom of this piece but to hear more about the game and its origins, we spoke to pioneering Fantasy League founder Andrew Wainstein.

Q&A

FFS: How long have you played Fantasy games and how long have you been involved in Fantasy League?

Andrew: “As founder of Fantasy League, I have been involved since I launched it in July 1991. I have played Fantasy Football since then, in the same league, with the same group of friends, for the last 28 seasons. We meet up for our auction before the start of each season and it’s become one of the best days of the year and a great way for us all to stay in touch.”

FFS: How much does the Fantasy Football community owe to Fantasy League as the original game?

Andrew: “I suppose I would say a lot. As the first game, it set out basic rules around formation, club quotas and player points (e.g. goals, assists, clean sheets and goals conceded) which remain in every game today.

“Although the original UK Fantasy Football game was our auction format, we also created the first salary cap game for The Daily Telegraph in 1993 as they needed a way of translating it to a mass-market audience. This has allowed the game to become mainstream and that’s a good thing – there are now over seven million Fantasy Football teams playing on the Premier League.

“However, for the more discerning football fan, there is no better way to play the game than the auction format, the way the game was designed to be played.”

FFS: How do you think the Fantasy Football Scout website and Members’ Area could benefit those playing the game?

Andrew: “Fantasy Football Scout is the authority when it comes to understanding Fantasy Football players. The best way to leverage this knowledge is to compete against your mates in an intense, season-long Fantasy League. This includes scouting lesser-known players outside the top six. The need for deeper and wider knowledge is greater with Fantasy League. This is what Fantasy Football Scout is all about, great breadth and depth of knowledge.

“We don’t see Fantasy League as a replacement for FPL or other FF games. Many of our users play other salary cap games as it allows them to continue playing in wider established groups.

“Our game demands an understanding of player value. This gives the Fantasy Football Scout members a chance to back their judgement on player value, both in the auction and during the season in their monthly online transfer windows.

“We hope that some of the Fantasy Football Scout site users will play the auction format and get together with their mates and have a great evening, followed by a season-long game.”

FFS: Are there any particular statistics that it would be worth Fantasy League players staying on top of in order to succeed?

Andrew: “In many respects, it calls for the same approach as FPL: staying on top of form, injuries, fixtures, etc.

“But the difference is that, if you want a player, you have to win him by bidding highest. So, this calls for a smart assessment of player value, based on how much you’re prepared to pay and how much you judge he’s worth to others in your league’s transfer market.”

How to Play

Start by setting up a league and inviting your friends/work colleagues. Fantasy League have made this really quick and easy to do and it should take less than a minute. Leagues can be from five to 16 managers but eight to 12 is recommended. It’s also free for the first season!

Hold Your Auction

Fix a date for your auction and get everyone together, either online or face-to-face. Managers each have a £200m budget to build a squad of 15, with a two players-per-club limit. Each player goes to the highest bidder, so only one team gets Raheem Sterling – just like in the real world.

Scoring

The simple scoring rules are tried-and-tested and are as follows:

  • Goal: 3 points (all players)
  • Assist: 2 points (all players)
  • Appearance: 1 point (goalkeeper and defenders, 45+ mins)
  • Clean Sheet: 2 points (goalkeeper and defenders, 75+ mins)
  • Goal Conceded: -1 point (goalkeeper and defenders)

Formations and Substitutes

Each match week you have to choose your starting XI, with the jeopardy of leaving players on the bench who might score big. The formations to choose from are 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 5-3-2, 5-4-1 and 4-5-1. There are no backups, no second chances, no safety net: pressure!

Transfers
The game creates a real transfer market where everyone competes for players. You have a £50m budget for the season and monthly transfer windows where you place sealed bids for free agents against your rivals. You can also negotiate swap deals with other managers.

Click here for an outline or the game rules or here for a full guide to the game.

What similarities are there to FPL?

The basic concept is the same: choose a Fantasy team, earn points based on their performance in the real world and compete within your league.

Formation and squad rules are similar: 15-man squads, similar formations, and a club limit on players.

Scoring is similar and simplified in the Novice package but – as will discuss below – customisable in the Legend package.

How does Fantasy League differ from FPL?

The fundamental difference is that with Fantasy League, you have to bid in an auction with your friends/colleagues for the players you want, which means you each have unique, hard-fought-for squads.

Each team is unique, so only one team in a league can have Harry Kane (just like in the real world).

Teams are bought in a player auction, where a league of five-to-16 managers gets together online or face-to-face to bid against each other for their squads.

The auction is very different from FPL’s Draft format as instead of the US-style rotation picks, managers get to decide how much they’re prepared to pay for each player and have to battle against each other to capture their choices. This creates extra layers of strategy as you have to assess player value and also carefully manage your spending so you stay competitive against other managers as the auction progresses.

Once the season starts the unique squads make a big difference, as if you are lucky enough to own Raheem Sterling only you get the points when he scores.

This creates a league table with bigger points swings that remains tighter until the end of the season.

This means there is less need for weekly management of extras like who to captain, chip strategy etc. Weekly team management is simpler but with more jeopardy. You must decide who to leave on the bench – and, as we Fantasy managers know all too well, nothing hurts quite so much as squandered bench points.

It also creates a real transfer market where managers bid against each other for Free Agents in monthly transfer windows via online sealed bids (more ‘football-meets-poker’ as you have to outwit and outbid your rivals).

The scoring system in the recommended Novice package (free for users that are new to Fantasy League) is simpler than FPL and follows the tried-and-tested format that has remained intact since 1993. In the Pro or Legend packages, leagues are able to change more and more game features, including fully customised scoring in the Legend package.

As leagues are self-contained, Fantasy League is all about local rivalry. Many of the leagues have, over the years, created their own forfeit rules and traditions. It’s this rivalry that keeps Fantasy League managers coming back year after year.

On top of this, Fantasy League run an overall leaderboard, adjusted for league sizes and rules, which allows managers to see how they fare across the game as a whole.


We’ll have more strategy-based Fantasy League articles coming you way before the start of the season.

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Memberships for the 2019/20 campaign are now available for the price of £17.50.

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  1. Joga Bonito®
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    What price do you think Brewster will come in at?

    1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Should be 4.5, will be 5.0

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Probably correct. Not worth clogging up a third Pool spot. I've got greenwood, but he's not taking a 3rd United place.

    2. Jellyfish
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      millions

  2. Pat Butcher
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Surely Rob Holding is worth looking at now, 4.5m and back in action

    1. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      But even if he’s fit or not, he’s still going to be an Arsenal player.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Probably won't get fewer points that the other 4.5 defenders though.

    2. Joga Bonito®
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      He could be worth a shout, wait and see for him though.

    3. El Puqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 4 days ago

      If Gunners get Tierney then yes, absolutely.

  3. Clouseau
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Great article, Neale, and it reinforces what I said in my own about this being the ultimate form of the game. I think the important thing for the folks on here is Andrew’s point about the two games (FPL and fantasyleague) not being mutually exclusive; you can enjoy each for what it is and the knowledge required to be successful in either absolutely cuts across both games in equal measure.

    1. Jackpot777
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Completely agree with this. We had our auction last weekend and the struggle for value is real.

      For example, will Salah be good value at 42m of an 100m budget. We will see (I refused to pay that!).

      1. Clouseau
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Hey Jackpot, is there any way by which you could share your player prices with me please? Has your league been uploaded onto the FL website yet as that’s one way I could potentially see them, assuming that you’re ok for me to have a nose?!

        1. Jackpot777
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Once the site is up I'm happy to share. Im not the chairman so I dont have all the prices. I can tell you Sterling and Salah went for 42, Kane for 40, TAA and Robba for 25, Auba for 37.5.

          My team is:
          Lacazette (22.5), Son (17.5), Kepa (7), Rashford (13.5), Vertonghen (3), Martial (8.25), Willian (0.75), Maddison (7.5), Redmond (3), Coleman (3.75), Abraham (3.25), A. Barnes (2), El Gahzi (0) - we have to have 1 promoted player in our teams, Monreal (0.5), Sokratis (0).

          1. Clouseau
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Nice balanced team. Assume you’re happy with that? I’m always intrigued when I see your level of bidding granularity as my leagues have always stuck to whole numbers, with each unit being 2% of auction budget (1/50). Even at our units, the auctions last hours so I dread to think how long they’d take if our units were 0.25%!!

    2. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Thanks, Clouseau! I'm looking forward to your own insight (enjoyed your last auction piece).

      1. Clouseau
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Cheers Neale, appreciate it. Hopefully the next article will be up in the next week, ahead of your own big day (auction, that is, unless you also happen to be getting married!)

  4. Christina.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    This should get me to week 4:

    Ederson
    Robbo/TAA Vvd Digne Cathcart
    Salah Sterling Moura Fraser Perez
    Delefeo

    Dunk

    1. El Puqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Moura won’t. Else is fine i guess.

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        FT will sort that. lots of milfs in 7m range

    2. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      No penalty takers beside semi Salah..This might be a problem, no?

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Hhmm maybe...no use getting King and Kun for Penalties as i reckon Fraser & Sterling will outscore both.

        Could get Mili in for Moura I guess but thats just plain boring. Maybe Siggy in for Moura and drop a 4.5m def...

    3. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      So you sold kane

    4. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I would sell fraser and moura

    5. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Duelofeu as your only striker is genuinely asking for trouble, methinks.

      Newcastle have awful opening fixtures and Steve Bruce in charge, so I don't see much value in Perez at the start.

      I think swapping Perez and Cathcart to a 6.5 defender and 4.5 mid would actually get you more points, if you want to play 4-5-1.

      Contrary to what many say on here, though, I like Moura for GW1 and 2. Spurs should win both those games and Moura could haul especially against Villa. You could actually and up making 0 1 on him if he goes off and you keep him till GW3.

      1. Game Over
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Perez is at Leicester now.

        1. Nomar
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          There is that going for him, then.

          I forgot about that, got carried away somewhat! Leicester’s early fixtures aren’t great though. That point still holds.

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Decent but so template I don’t see it as a GW4 team. Take out Cathcart and Moura and it’s 100% template if you play a second forward.

      Don’t see 4-5-1 as worth the potential bother esp with Deu up top.

  5. barracuda
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Ake, anyone? Got Wilson and Fraser already. No other viable 5 mil around- don't like Holebas (old, in and out of the team at the end of the season, a card machine).

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      BOU defence? No, never.

      1. Respect My Authoritah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Surprisingly, they did keep 10 clean sheets last season.

        Could work well in a rotation at 4.5

      2. barracuda
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        10 CSs last season, great in the box (set pieces), nailed, 120 pts last season, superb start (fixtures)

        1. The 5% Team
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          for me Ake is the best 5.0m defender (Duffy a good shout, KWP outside shot)

          Too many premium options however, 5.0 bracket kinda overlooked

    2. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I think he was in and out due to injury.

      Aké is a decent shout long term. I'd just plump with Adam Smith if going Bournemouth though

    3. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Actually prefer Holebas, cards et al.

    4. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Looked quality in the friendly I saw the other day, pinging a ball 50 yards to Frazer to score.

      Not sure he'll be in my final draft though...

  6. Respect My Authoritah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    There are a fair few good mid options in the 6.5-8.5 range.

    Really struggling with settling on 1 (or 2) to kick the season off from this pool of miss in the 6.5-8.5 range:

    Pogba, Siggy, Rich, Anderson, Fraser, Brooks, Tielemans, Perez, Maddison, Moura

    Any strong preferences for a particular option?

    1. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Siggy, Fraser from the off

    2. Joga Bonito®
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Siggy and Tielemans for me.

    3. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Fraser and Richa for me
      Pogba and Perez very high on my watchlist

      1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        This!

        1. The 5% Team
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          need more midfield spots 🙂

    4. El Puqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I like Perez & Anderson but that’s just me...

    5. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Siggy and Fraser for me. Both time tested. Both with fixtures. Siggy with pens makes him worth the extra over say Moura (will rotate anyway)

      1. The 5% Team
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Siggy is a season keeper of course. I won't have that patience I think, will go for the (hopefully) more explosive Richarlison.

        I would like my midfield spots to be fluid as much as possible to jump on inform players, only season keeper would be Salah

    6. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Siggy,Fraser probably but Groß Or Trossard could be sneaky picks.

    7. Nomar
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Siggy, Fraser, Brooks, Moura (GW1 and 2) and Maddison are the ones I like.

      Moutinho and Westwood also look very good value in the 5.5 range.

    8. jayzico
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Lower end of scale - Pereyra (6m)

      Higher end of scale - Siggy (8m)

      They'd be my choices

      1. Luizdouzi
        1 month, 4 days ago

        JayZico knows best 🙂

    9. Jellyfish
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I'm in the Siggy & Tielemans club

    10. Luizdouzi
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Maddison & Fraser from that list. I would also rate Pereyra & Buendia as value options

    11. James H
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Think choices in this area will be key to differentiating our teams. Saw on twitter someone suggest going with Fraser GW1 with the intention to downgrade to probably a LEI midfielder in GW3 after we get some information from the first two Gameweeks when they face tricky opposition. West Ham options could also be worth consideration given their fixtures.

  7. Kizza_10
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Don’t think I’ve ever played this formation in all my time playing fantasy football but I think it looks pretty good, what are your thoughts ?

    Any advice on how to improve the team is welcome

    Pope
    Wan B VVD Walker Robertson Coleman
    Sterling Salah
    Rashford Wilson Jota

    1. Kizza_10
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Subs: Button, Mendy, dendoncker, Hayden

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Different, but good players there. I prefer midpriced mids over forwards but going two mids leaves a good bench. Personally i'd prefer a 532 with Siggy in midfield and King with Rashford.

    3. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I'd love to get Wan but can't see them keeping clean sheets in more than a few of their opening 6. He's priced well so will be in my WC team. So I'd be looking to get Digne instead.

      Rashford just overpriced. I think better value in MF so I'd say 532 would be better. Siggy/Fraser etc + Digne for Wan / Rash for the opening fixtures.

    4. Joga Bonito®
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Pope

      VVD TAA Coleman

      Salah Sterling Siggy Tielemans

      Wilson Ings

      1. Joga Bonito®
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Accidental post there... slaps face

  8. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Thoughts? Too weak bench with two 4.5 forwards? Will follow Kloppos quotes on Mane fitness.

    Pope
    TAA Robbo Digne Holding
    Sterling Salah Tielemans Groß Pereyra
    Kane

    Button Kiko Greenwood 4.5fwd

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      no bournemouth? nice fixt

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        First two agree, but good fixtures for my other mid priced options i think.

    2. El Puqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 4 days ago

      2x 4.5 forwards is very risky but i like it.

      1. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Whats risky? Everyone has FT's.

        1. El Puqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Well maybe its just me but i wouldn’t like to use my FT’s on bench players. And then making more moves to upgrade those 4.5 options and give up somewhere else.

      2. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Agree, but if one of them (Greenwood) looks like getting sub appearances i'm fine with it.

    3. Joga Bonito®
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Not a fan. Only 1 starter on the bench. Not sure on Gross or Holding either.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Pros: no points stuck on bench?

        1. Joga Bonito®
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Yea I get that. My problem with 5 at the back is that I think there’ll be people it that 6.5-7.5 midfielder range that I think could take off at the start of the season.

          Also a couple of injuries and you’re taking hits

          1. The 12th Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            If you get Siggy and/or Fraser then downgrades can be easily made to a 6-7m midfielder that takes off.

          2. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            It's not a 5 atvthe back, have 5 mids for the reason you explained. I just have a 7m defender over a 6.5 to 7m forward.

            1. Joga Bonito®
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Yea sorry, thought it was responding to the previous lad, crap signal on the tube. I like that you have Kane as a potential easy downgrade too.

  9. barracuda
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    What sort of football will Bruce produce at Newcastle?

    1. Markus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Championship football

    2. Slouch87
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Relegation stuff.

    3. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Will roll out a Lorry-Coach-Bus formation most weeks I’d imagine...

    4. Hasselbaink Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Bruceyball

  10. EgyptianKing
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Hi mates!

    Any feedback to this team, please?

    Ryan
    TAA, Robertson, Chenko, Coleman
    Siggy, Perez, Sterling, Salah
    Wilson, King

    Thank you!

    1. El Puqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Looks pretty much same as every other team here so i guess its good! 🙂

      1. EgyptianKing
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Cheers 🙂

    2. Joga Bonito®
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I like it if Pérez is getting good game time in the late friendlies and Zinchenko looks nailed. Until then it’s too punty for GW1 for me.

  11. Joga Bonito®
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on this? I’m considering AWB for Coleman. Ings is the other one I’m not 100% on.

    Pope

    VVD TAA Coleman

    Salah Sterling Siggy Tielemans

    Wilson Ings Jota

    Button Dendoncker Diop Kelly

    1. El Puqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I’d pick Adams over Ings. But that’s just my preferance. Everything else is really good and i really like it. Plus it’s a bit different. Has it all 😉 Might even copy..

      1. Joga Bonito®
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Cheers, yea, Adams is on the watch list for sure.

    2. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Think Southampton are going under the radar. Ings is a good shout, but his injury record is terrible. Transfer waiting to happen!

  12. Blanka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Penalty for Noble yesterday.

    5m, anyone?

    1. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      He’s in my zombie team

    2. Joga Bonito®
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      5 is a funny price, wouldn’t want to waste 0.5 on a bench midfielder but also can’t imagine starting Noble for the season.

      1. Blanka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Just looking if I can find the extra 0.5m, or if downgrading a 7m mid and use cash elsewhere would work!

    3. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Monitoring Hojbjerg as the 5m mid of choice. Could be in an advanced role

      1. Blanka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Suppose Jorgino in the frame as well.

  13. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    RMT& suggestions:

    Pope

    TAA VVD walker Zinchenko

    Salah sterling siggurdson Perez

    Wilson king

    # Plan is to use Bournemouth attacking asset for first two fixture & monitor zinchenko walker situation too then transfer Wilson to Vardy(for his nice fixtures)

    1. El Puqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Id get Digne/Coleman instead of Walker/Zinchenko

      1. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        City defence not better than everton??

      2. sunzip14
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        This. I'd rather have Digne than Zinchenko

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      What makes you think Perez will emerge as the Leicester mid pick over Maddison and Tielemans?

      I’m finding it hard to separate all 3

      1. Blanka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Cheaper and more of a forward/goalscorer.

  14. Sensible Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Sterling, Sigurdsson and King

    Or

    KDB, 6.0 mid and Kane ?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Start with A

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Pereyra a good option at 6.0, overlooked even. The question depends on how you will rotate captain really.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        I'd go A, more safe.

  15. Sensible Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    .... I am in at least 4 minds on this

  16. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Morning,

    Who's this looking?

    Sterling size hole in mid. Gk is a wait and see. Likewise Zinc.

    Pope
    Taa-Coleman-Van Dijk-Zinc
    Salah-KDB-Perez
    Deulofeu-Kane-Wilson

    Button-Dendonk-Stephens-Kelly

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Is Zinchenko nailed?

      1. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        See how pre-season goes. if there's any doubt, which I'm sure there will be Zinc could become Chilwell.

        1. TONY123
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          In that case, I'd be very worried with KDB as my only City player.

          1. Old Gregg
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            good point.

  17. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 days ago

    What’s going on, seems a bit crazy that s lot of RMT forward lines cost less than £18m.

    I feel people are being blinded by looking at last season overall points to make their RMT, a flawed approaches imo

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      There's little doubt that Salah and Sterling will continue their excellent PL form. Tough to combine both with a premium striker.

    2. Puncheon Guly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I suppose if you're happy to commit to an early wildcard strategy it's fine. But if not, it's gonna cause you a right headache if 3 or 4 forwards score in the first couple of games.

      Personally favouring a more balanced approach

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Exactly my thoughts, Auba and Wilson my front two

        1. J ⚒ Gimme your Mané…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          How can you trust auba to start? Emery is a nightmare

          1. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Was only rotated at the end of last year with europa. Start of the season last year pretty much nailed

    3. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      it comes down to owning the premium strikers at the right time I guess
      I think Aguero will start the season great, so starting with him
      Short term I like Auba vs Newcastle and Burnley though

      Over a whole season of course Sterling and Salah will outscore all the premium strikers imo

    4. Lebowski85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I agree, and it does unnerve me. However, for 12 million...Sterling Outscores Aguero. That's that. Also, the 8mil range of striker doesn't offer great value, as opposed to the Pogba/Siggy mould...so I've found myself seeking value in the 6.5 range, which is historically quite fruitful.

      I do hear you though....the balance feels off

    5. tuvok
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Agree. One of the things I haven't seen discussed much in relation to expensive mids (especially Sterling & KDB who seem popular picks) is captaincy.

      Granted, Sterling scored more points than Aguero and will likely do so again, but how comfortable are people giving him, nevermind KDB, the armband?

      For captains I'd take a steady, predictable stream of 6-10 points over gambling on occasional explosions from mids. This is why strikers are valuable.

      1. Lebowski85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        That is a good point. Captaincy is a huge factor. I'd never give KdB the armband. Sterling & Salah, yes. Maybe a form player like Son/Pogba if the right circumstances were at play.

      2. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Excellent point

      3. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        I would and will captain Sterling or Salah every week. Sorry to p*ss on your chips, as it were.

        I like premium strikers and I’d love to have them in my team, but I genuinely don’t see the value in them when the top defenders can match them for points at 5-6m less.

        Wilson, Vardy and Jimi all represent great value at prices that still allow you to have premium players elsewhere.

        The pricing system means that if you load up on premium strikers then your midfield and/or defence suffers. Likewise if you load up on premium defenders and mids your front line will suffer.

        There’s no way round it and no way to have it both ways. That’s the whole damn point!

        So, people slating others for not having premium strikers and vice versa are just sitting in glass houses throwing stones at the neighbors, imo.

  18. TONY123
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Tough question alert:

    Sigurdsson or Pogba (if he stays)?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Pogba, or even better, Richarlison imo

    2. Don Van White Jam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Sigurdsson until Utd find form.

  19. Don Van White Jam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    1 or 2, friends?

    1: Fabianski / Laporte / Kelly
    2: Ederson / Balbuena / Tarkowski

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      2 but with fredericks or diop and ctaylor

      1. Don Van White Jam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Who is cTaylor?

        1. leo_messi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Burnley defender

        2. dbeck
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Burnley left back at 4.5

  20. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on this?

    A) Wilson & Perez
    B) Siggy & King

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      A for me

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Yeah A has more goals in them I feel.

    2. Don Van White Jam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Tricky.
      B more balanced, perhaps.
      No way of finding the extra 1.5m for Wilson AND Siggy?

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Yes indeed its a tough one.

        No extra cash. Cant downgrade TAA, Robbo, Digne, Zinchenko, Fraser, Sterling & Salah. Im pretty settled on them.

    3. Luizdouzi
      1 month, 4 days ago

      A for me

  21. Kizza_10
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    How’s she looking ? Any advice on how to improve the team is welcome.

    Pope
    Wan B VVD Walker Robertson Coleman
    Sterling Salah Fraser
    King Vardy

    Subs: Button, Dendoncker, Hayden, Wickham

    1. Lebowski85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      That looks lovely

  22. ShaunGoater123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    thoughts on fabianski for a set and forget? horrible opening fixture but then a nice run after that?

    1. Don Van White Jam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I'm considering him for the first third of the season with his save points and West Ham's decent fixtures.

      1. ShaunGoater123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        yeah the more i'm looking at him the more i think even at 5m he would be good value

    2. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I think he will be the best value keeper this season

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        What makes you think that? West Ham simply don’t do clean sheets, it’s pellegrini’s philosophy. Ederson will be miles better and deserving of the extra 1m

        1. ShaunGoater123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          finding that extra million is tough / impossible though. I'm looking at a Kane, Salah & Sterling team

        2. The 5% Team
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          well, not particularly based on anything more than my own prediction 🙂
          think Ederson/Allison will have 1-2 less clean sheets, while Fab will get 1-2 more than last year....making the gap 10-15 points, which is not worth the extra 1m for me

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      It's pretty much a straight line through keeper price and points returned. This means that you will do just as well with a cheap keeper as a premium one IF you think you can wisely invest the extra 1-1.5m.

  23. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Won't zinchenko, digne, laporte outscore most of mid priced mids and forwards? Expect perez.

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Most yeah but there will be a fair few that they get outscored by

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Yeah but those few are unknown ones mostly. Must be so lucky to pick them
        But these defenders are guaranteed imo

        1. Respect My Authoritah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Zinchenko as a guaranteed starter is a fantasy

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            It really isn’t

        2. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          I am using an early WC simply to find out who these value players will be as obviously they will end up outscoring the defenders

          1. Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            I don't think you will necessarily have enough data to find out who these are. For every Mahrez you get a dozen Lamelas, Redmonds, Capoues, etc.

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Someone excellent always emerges early on. I am very confident this year will be no exception. If not then I will join the defender heavy template. I think I will have an improvement on it by then anyway

              1. Make Arrows Green Again
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Good luck to you buddy 🙂

    2. Swanremainsthesame
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      You are ignoring several facts.
      You want a season total 2,400+ so you need 200 per player, there are not 5 defenders who can do that.
      Defenders make their points by playing almost every game
      mids/fwds normally have purple patches and blank patches
      The TF are there to catch their purple patches and skip the blanks.

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Nice

      2. Nomar
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        How many players in total passed the 200 mark last season?

        7.

        2 defenders
        3 mids
        2 strikers

        You won’t find any position in the game that can or will give you five 200 point players.

  24. jai1212
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    My first draft for this season, would definitely need some reviews -

    Ederson (Button)
    VVD - Coleman - Cathcart
    Salah - KDB - Siggy - Zaha - Pereyra
    Kane - King

    Subs - Dunk - Kelly - Wickham

    Not sure on Zaha but good fixtures. Any suggestions?

    1. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Needs more TAA, Sterling and Digne.

  25. Lebowski85
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    For the season....

    Ryan/Laporte
    or
    Fabianski/Azpilicueta.

    Azpi under achieved last season...and would normally expect 175ish points

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Fab/Azpi...would even be happy with the 158 from Azpi's last season

      1. Lebowski85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Interesting

    2. TopwithKlopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I would go for Fab/Azp.

  26. FPL_WILDCARD
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Currently on:

    Alisson
    Robertson, Vertonghen, A.Smith, C.Taylor
    Salah(c), Sterling, Milli
    Kane, Wilson, Long

    Bench: Dendoncker, Stephens, Kelly

    Possible changes I could make? Don’t really like having Long, but not sure what I could do to upgrade him to Jota for example...

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      having Salah, Sterling and Kane is hurting your team in so many places....not worth it imo
      Having to play Smith, Taylor and Long every week? No thank you

      1. FPL_WILDCARD
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        The amount Kane, sterling and salah will get between them, with one always as captain will destroy anything 5/6 good players can get between them at the same price combined - as we learnt last season

  27. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Which is better. thanks

    A) Laporte + Perez (6.5 mid) + King
    or
    B) 5m Def + Siggy + King
    or
    C) 5m Def + Perez(6.5 mid) + Wilson

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Think it depends on how good Wilson starts. May well be C (Perez dependant).

  28. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Pope
    TAA / VVD / Digne / Zinchenko*
    Salah / Sterling / Siggurdsson / Brooks*
    Wilson / Jota

    Button // Dendoncker / Greenwood / Kelly*

    Obviously very template and yet to be refined - but any glaring errors?

    Zinchenko may change, as may Brooks. Siggy & Jota could do too; the latter due to fixtures/EL

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Have the same backline 🙂

      Not a fan of Jota to start season with, but overall I like it

  29. 11SPECIALONE11
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    My attempt at 5-4-1. Is it template?

    Pope

    Trent - Van Dijk - Digne - Dunk - Stacy

    Salah (C) - Sterling - KDB - Fraser

    Wilson

    Bench: Button - Dendonker - Greenwood - Nketiah

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Mostly template. I'm not sure Dunk & Stacey Warren cannibalising your front-line, however.

  30. Srv210
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    gone a little different,but did i go too far?

    Pope
    Luiz / TAA / Coleman
    Sterling / Salah /Perez / El Ghazi / Dendonker
    Kane / Wilson

    affording all of kane ,sterling,salah is a difficult from the looks of it

    so,back to drawing board??

    1. The 5% Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I've seen much worse teams trying to get those 3 big hitters in 🙂
      For me: Luiz > Azpi, Coleman > Zinch (even more risk, I know)

    2. Kimmich
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Wouldn’t want Dendoncker starting everyweek personally. May have to downgrade Wilson to get a little more balance in midfield.

    3. tuvok
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      I like it, but yeah I think ultimately you get more value by ditching one of your three big guns.

      Kane, Sterling & Salah only justify their price if you captain them regularly.

      Given City's ridiculous goal scoring feats (and me being a fan) it is weird to say this but I'm actually finding the Salah/Kane combo a better route for captaincy in the opening weeks, so considering going without a city attacker