Pro Pundits - Lateriser

Why I’m betting against Vardy captaincy to make big FPL gains

Back from a nice vacation in Thailand, I’ve got a readymade excuse for being off my game a little for the last few days.

The last really good week I had was Gameweek 12 where I bet against Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) and Anthony Martial (£7.6m) was handed the armband against Brighton. This was one of five valiant attempts of betting against ‘Jammy’ Vardy.

It almost came through with Vardy managing his returns only after the 65th minute. I’ve soon realised this became a norm as the Leicester forward loves his second-half returns.

Martial didn’t do too badly either though and got two assists himself in a Gameweek he statistically outperformed Vardy.

I got a nice 83 points (Gameweek rank of 43k) with me being very early on the now prominent Vardy, Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) and Raúl Jiménez (£7.5m) frontline which propelled me from 130k to 45k.

I’m sure you must be wondering why I call Vardy ‘jammy’. It’s not about the statistical over-performance for me. I know all about that. It’s more about the jam that AppleBonkers brought to my attention.

He got 50 minutes versus ten men against Newcastle United which led to a brace. Then he got 78 minutes against the ten men of Southampton and netted a hat-trick. Last time out Tyrone Mings (£4.5m) naively refusing to come off when he sustained a hamstring injury absolutely gifting him Leicester’s opening goal and then he got a nice 45 minute run out at a poor Aston Villa defence without their best centre-back.

After that amazing Gameweek 12, Mourinho was appointed by Tottenham Hotspur. I am a huge Jose fan and immediately realised that Harry Kane (£10.9m) was there for the taking as a differential.  Kane facing Bournemouth and West Ham in Gameweek 13 and 14 was something I simply could not ignore.

I told myself this is a two-week flirtation against Mr. Jammy Vardy and if it doesn’t work, I would bring the Leicester man back. I am extremely comfortable switching big-hitters this season as mentioned in my strategy here.

My thinking is that I will always back myself to go against the grain with a short-term switch especially when it involves captaincy to make quick ground.

The basic idea is that if more than 70% of my switches (I say switches and not gambles because they are all thought through) come through, I should find myself having another good season. People play this game with way too much fear for my liking.

Vardy outscored Kane by 10 points in those two weeks. Not much damage done in my books (except for when I saw Kane’s haul last Gameweek).

You have to think of some of these results like bad beat in Poker. You cannot afford to go on tilt. Temperament is everything and if the results don’t go your way, do not lose your shit. Correct your mistakes quickly and always try thinking without baggage.

I gave the Anti-Vardy strategy another go last weekend by putting the armband on Mohamed Salah (12.2m) facing a depleted Bournemouth. Salah got a nice 13-pointer and I found myself jumping from 138k to 60k only for Vardy to match Salah later and push me back further. Hamstrung Mr. Mings needs to be thanked here.

I’ve been pretty much dilly-dallying between 50k and 170k for the last ten Gameweeks. While some might get frustrated with this, I don’t see a huge problem with that and I’m very comfortable to hold ground in this range as I feel that I am two good ‘switch-hits’ away from pushing myself into the top 40k permanently. Holding position is a very underrated concept and I don’t mind it at all when I’m constantly finding myself gambling against the grain.

Having recently returned from my holiday, I found myself under-confident and all over the place. Football hadn’t been seen. Articles hadn’t been read. Stats hadn’t been scanned. I wasn’t early on Alli & Son and was upset off about that.

My advice to Fantasy managers is that when life comes in the way, find two hours for Match of the Day (pick your matches if you have lesser time) and 20 minutes for a quick scan of the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area.

In the past three days, I’ve covered ground with my research. I feel like I am in a good place now and ready to take on December. I’ve caught up on the highlights, scanned the stats and read those beautiful reports by Neale and David.  

This is my current set up and I’m likely going to save this week. But there is one thing bothering me big time. I really really want Marcus Rashford (£8.9m).  

He is currently matching Sadio Mané (£12.3m) and Vardy for a lot less money. It genuinely feels like he’s at the cusp of superstardom. I am a Manchester United fan and this is by a distance the best I have seen him play. He genuinely looks unplayable.

For six years, I’ve not had a player that has me impatiently waiting for his next performance. I have that feeling right now and it’s absolutely beautiful. He just needs to be consistent.

The problem with wanting Rashford is that the current frontline is firing on all cylinders and is very difficult to sell. The move also needs to be probably funded by selling a Liverpool asset. Then there is the narrative that United are abysmal against a deep block and can only really play counter-attacking football against strong teams. Despite the results which support the narrative, I decided to look into the stats for the same.

Rashford vs the top seven (left) and against the bottom 13 (right)
Rashford vs the top seven (left) and against the bottom 13 (right)
Rashford vs the top seven (left) and against the bottom 13 (right)

Using the FFScout Member’s Area Flat-Track Bully Tool, I looked at Rashford’s stats against the top seven (The current top seven with Arsenal replacing Wolves) and then looked at his numbers in meetings with the other 13 teams.

The results were very interesting and in my opinion ‘myth-busting’. 

Rashford has a higher xG, more goals, more goal attempts and a much higher goal conversion rate against the top seven. Against the weaker teams, he has a higher xA, more goal attempts in the box, more big chances and more big chances created.

The goal conversion rate falls down from 35% to a staggering 9.7% against weaker opposition. This could be more chance than anything else and Rashford has only recently finding top form and his last two games being against tougher opposition might have something to do with those stats. This gives me enough conviction to make the move for Rashford either this week or next.

Until then, I will be pondering the merits of another switch-hit armband against Jammy Vardy. He plays the easiest defence in the league. But a certain FPL giant is finding form and he can No-Mo be ignored. I’ll leave you with this nice little stat. Good luck for the Gameweek!

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2,278 Comments Post a Comment
  1. white heart pain
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    GTG ?
    I have a WC to use next week and 1 FT this week 0.1 bank
    Origi for a one week bunt?

    Pope
    TAA Lund Soy
    Mane KDB Sterling Pulsic
    Vardy Jimmy Origi

    Button Kelly Dendonker Rico

    1. white heart pain
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Swords: Sterling Origi KDB
      Missing: Son Alli Tammy

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        You got a couple of blunt edges when it comes to swords imo...

  2. davies
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    How’s it looking lads? GTG?

    1FT / 0ITB

    Gazza
    TAA Soyuncu Lundstram
    Mane KDB Son Pulisic
    Vardy (c) Rashford Abraham

    Martin Kelly Cantwell Rico

    Cheers.

    1. rainy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      GTG, good luck

    2. Jayv807
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      G2G

    3. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Very gtg

    4. Gooner97
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      How?

      1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Boarding the train early...

        1. Gooner97
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          You must have been Trainspotting

      2. davies
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        How what?

    5. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      We have identical teams except our bench... I have Aurier instead of Kelly

      1. davies
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Let’s pray for a smashing week then

        Any plans in the next few weeks?

    6. Johan Queef
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      It's looking like the team I wish I had...well played sir!

  3. Jayv807
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Hello all,

    Any changes needed?

    Pope
    TAA, Soy, Lund
    Mane, Son, Alli, Mount
    Vardy, Rash, Abraham

    Button, Grealish, Kelly Rico

    1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Consider Grealish over mount

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Looks good imo

  4. Drogba Legend
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Bottomed, any pressing issues here? Pretty template..

    Pope
    TAA - Soy - Lundy
    Mane - KDB - Son - Pulisic
    Vardy (C) - Tammy - Ings

    Button - Aurier - Cantwell - Rico

  5. rainy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Price Changes - 14th December 2019

    🔺  Rashford (9.0), Abraham (8.0)

    🔻  S.Duffy (4.8), Yarmolenko (5.5), Wesley (5.7), Connolly (4.6), Idah (4.4)

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Wahey! Back up to 106m TV, cheers Rainy dude.

      1. rokonto
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Is that the figure at the bottom of team page... plus in the bank?

        1. Railwayman
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Yes.

    2. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Cheers rainy 1-0

    3. Grievez
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Always sweetens a -4 when both rise

      1. Grievez
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Cheers man 🙂

    4. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Cheers Rainy Days! 🙂
      I caught a Rash in my Ford once.
      Her name was Jenny!

      1. Grievez
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I'll give that a clap

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          😆

          1. Alli Express
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 5 days ago

            1up

        2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Here's another

    5. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      106.5 TV before new year (:

      1. I hate Moreno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Good rank?

        1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          116k

          1. I hate Moreno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Tidy

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

        Is that the figure at the bottom of team page... plus in the bank?

        1. marc24on
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Yeah mate!

    6. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Cheers Rainy.

    7. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Rashford finally rises, Connolly finally drops

      End of the world confirmed

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

    Team g2g folks? Save ft?

    pope
    taa soy lund
    mane kdb son alli
    vardy tammy ings

    button dunk dendo rico

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      GTG..

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

        Cheers bud

  7. istanbul05
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Who to bench from:
    1) Lundstram (AVL)
    2) Zaha (BHA)
    3) Soyuncu (NOR)

    Pope,
    TAA, VVD, Lundstram, Soyuncu, Kelly,
    Mane, KDB, Alli, Zaha, Cantwell,
    Vardy, Abraham, Jimenez.

    Cheers guys

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Lundstram

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Cantwell

    3. Babelcopter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Zaha

  8. Gurra
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA Lund Soyuncu
    Mane Tielemans KDB Son Zaha
    Ings Vardy

    Connolly Rico Fredricks

    2fts and 2.9 in the bank!

    Please any tips?

  9. davies
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Pulisic owners...

    Are you selling next week regardless of how he does this week?

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I may do, he'd really have to haul big time to persuade me to reconsider.

      1. davies
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        > ?

        1. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          what don't you get? 😉

          1. davies
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Selling for who?

    2. Gooner97
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I was just thinking to ship out Mount for him

      1. davies
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I fear rotation for both over Xmas

        1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Bench...

          1. davies
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Cameo

    3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I am keeping him regardless of what he scores this week

      1. davies
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Surely can’t keep it he blanks again?

    4. Alli Express
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yes

    5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Gone for Grealish or Martial

  10. Zico Senna
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Hi guys, my team i've already had feedback on, but what would you do here AFTER this GW?

    Hendo
    TAA - Soy - Lundy
    Mane - Alli - Son - Pulisic
    Vardy (C) - Tammy - Rashford
    _____________________________
    Button - Dendoncker - Tomori - Rico

    will have 0.8 ITB

    A) Tomori + Pulisic > Aurier + Maddison
    B) TAA + Pulisic > Airier + KDB
    C) Other variation?

    Just trying to plan some future moves. Obviously if Puli scores a haul plans may change. Thanks gents 😉

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Prolly A for me

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Cheers man, toughies for Leicester follow but Maddi already showing he can score against top teams like pool & Spurs

        1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Well I would not be in a rush to take out Pulli... But understand why Maddi appeals

          1. Zico Senna
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            true, just already had 2 blanks from Puli, a third against Bou and don't think i could stand for that, especially when Lamps has said rotation is inevitible also.

            1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Being rotated for one week is not the end of the world. But yeah if he keeps blanking he is out for me as well

    2. Teahupo'o
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Tough one but probably A. Tomori out. This weekend will likely dictate the moves, though.

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Yeah gravitating towards A more just because of Tomori really, but yes this weekend will probs make the decision for me, especially if TAA gets a booking.

        1. Teahupo'o
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          As it stands TAA's gonna be my sacrificial lamb, 5th yellow or not, if Tammy doesn't deliver v Bournemouth and I replace him with Rashford.

          1. Zico Senna
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            that could likely be worth it anyway TC or not, even tougher fixtures for pool for a period and cleanie's look just as unlikely.
            Tammy to rash sounds ok but that'd pain me losing tammy, thankfully have both.

            1. Teahupo'o
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Barring injury, it's gonna be a coin flip between losing Kane or Abraham. Blanking while playing deep vs blanking v Bournemouth.

  11. Kloppster
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Bench two to keep rico company:

    taa, robo, lundy, kelly
    kdb, son, tieleman, mount, grealish
    Abra, vardy, jiminez

  12. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    GTG?

    Ryan
    Lundstram TAA Kelly
    Salah Mount Pulisic Alli
    Vardy Abraham Rashford

    Button Grealish Dunk Aurier

    1FT 0m itb

  13. ^Freedom Fighter^
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Play Aurier over Kelly or Lund?
    Have Henderson GK

  14. ^Freedom Fighter^
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Play Pukki or Grealesh ?

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Do you have LEI or SHU defenders?

  15. Dr. Agabuse
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Everyone agreeing that Salah and Mane are much better players than Vardy and that Liverpool is a better team then Leicester and that Watford is 20th

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      You know it makes sense.

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I can see Liverpool resting players for this one.. It makes perfect sense to do so

      1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I think Origi should be given the start over Firm. He's the one player I've had from g/w 1 (Firm) and have showed extreme patience with him. With the blank, I've finaly called it a day on him and brought in Rashford, long, long overdue.

        I really hope Origi gets the nod.

    3. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Salah TC for me.

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

      Vardy doesn’t have anyone to share the points with

  16. Teahupo'o
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Bottomed. Decided to delay Rashford in until next gw, with 2 FTs in hand.

    G2G?

    Pope
    TAA Lundstram Soyuncu
    Mane Son Alli Mount
    Vardy Kane Abraham

    (Button, Kelly Cantwell Williams)
    1FT 0.2ITB

    1. Drogba Legend
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Team is fine, but wouldn't fault you for moving Kaner > Rash and either spend or save the other one. I'm waiting one more week for Rash.

      1. Teahupo'o
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Thanks. Yeah, Rashford will be difficult to avoid next gw. It's losing Kane that I'm not yet comfortable with. Especially after Mourinho's presser today.

        1. Drogba Legend
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Agreed but I still think Sonny boy the best looking attacker on the team still but wouldn't fault you for keeping both. Did Jose say anything about Aurier? Can't decide if I want to start him over Lundy this week let alone keep him at all moving forward

          1. Teahupo'o
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Talked up Foyth a bit but imo I don't thin Aurier's place is under threat. Though I would start Lundstram this week. As long as he is opp, I can't bench him.

  17. Lingard’s Shin Guards
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Ditch Liverpool assets in gw 18 or just bench?

    Have TAA and Mane

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I am thinking about ditching Mane for a one week punt and then get Salah

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Bench

    3. Drogba Legend
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I'm probably benching Mane throughout but actually looking to drop TAA > 4.8 defender for a hit to fund my Ings > Rash next GW

    4. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Bench

    5. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Most people have a strong bench, so use em

  18. st4rty
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Henderson
    Lund - Kelly - VVD
    Puli - Mane - KDB - Zaha - Madders
    Vardy - Kane

    Roll FT?

  19. Drogba Legend
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Play Aurier or Lundy?

  20. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Don't get me wrong as 1. I haven't been captaining Vardy nearly enough to my detriment and 2. I love a differential captaincy punt...but...
    Managers that own Vardy at home to Norwich, in the form he and Leicester are in, and are considering an alternative captain this GW are of a masochistic nature to be mild about it!

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Jesus Captain confirmed.

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        May the good lord have mercy on your soul

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          May the bad Lord show no mercy for the Vardy red card.

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Not when you have Salah against Watford who loves a beating against Liverpool

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        A definite case of overthinking mate 😉

      2. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        actually tbf I would prob strongly consider Mane but the possibility of a new manager bounce puts me off (its a real thing)

    3. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      yeah for a few brief moments i was thinking should i bet against him, but then thought who am i kidding, haha

    4. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Salah C here. Just do your template things.

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Haha, you don't know me if you think I do template things lol

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

      My thoughts for the last 5 gws....

      So here we go again 😛

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        ...owned Vardy since GW10 mate and only captained him twice which has killed me! One of the times I did captain him Mane outscored him by 10 point lol

    6. ...al - Fireteam Zulu
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      I totally agree, but this crazy streak has to end sometime!

      Still Vardy C here

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        ...it does for sure, I'm just extremely doubtful that Norwich will stop it! GL for the GW mate!

  21. Scout Picks Challenge GW17
    @ocprodigy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    SCOUT PICKS CHALLENGE - GAMEWEEK 17

    GW13 results: https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/21317694
    GW14 results: https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/21317753

    GW15 in the morning for sure (already started, last bits!).

    ****** WHAT IS IT? ******

    For those of you who haven't been around or aren't aware, every evening prior to the start of the gameweek FFS releases their picks of players for the gameweek, "Scout Picks", as well as 3 differentials before the first games to separate yourself from the crowd.

    This is your way to have a bit of fun and challenge those scout picks with a set of your own (read instructions below). This will always open the day before the gameweek starts around 8pm, and whilst you don't have to play weekly, the more you play the better chance you have of winning!

    ****** INSTRUCTIONS ******

    Everyone can have their own scout picks (there is no limit on team value) but with one simple rule,

    YOU CAN ONLY PICK ONE PLAYER FROM EACH TEAM
    (yes, two of your players at least will be on opposing teams).

    You can only have ONE submission, and your FIRST submission will be what is accepted. You also must respond DIRECTLY to this post (I.e. not to a reply on this post, just as a reply to this post). FFS Scout Picks are automatically enrolled. Teams must comply with FPL formation rules and be submitted in an easy to read format, e.g.

    GK
    DEF DEF DEF
    MID MID MID MID
    FOR FOR FOR

    Deadline for this gameweek is Saturday 14th December, 11:30 GMT.

    ****** SCORING ******

    Regardless of number of applicants, scoring will be done by the following:

    1st place: 3 points
    Top 4% of the population will rank "second" and score 2 points.
    Top 10% of the population will rank "third" and score 1 point.

    There is also a bonus point which everyone is eligible for. If you score higher than FFS' Scout Picks AND Substitutes (i.e. 14 players), you will be awarded with a bonus point regardless of whether you were in the top 10% scoring positions or not.

    Welcome to the game, and good luck.

    ***** THE STANDINGS *****

    Your top three as it stands:

    1st - COYS96 [13pts]
    2nd - Scratch [11pts]
    3rd - MB10 [10pts]

    Spreadsheet: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oyuz31n7ppeccuu/Scout%20Picks%20Challenge.xlsm?dl=0

    1. @ocprodigy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Placeholder for GW15, 16 results.

    2. tets mcgee (BSC Small boys-…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Pope
      Bertrand Schar Guilbert
      Trossard Salah Son KDB
      Vardy Abraham Rashford

    3. GoonSquad
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Henderson
      Tarkowski Digne Dunk
      Martial Pepe Mane Sterling
      Abraham Vardy Kane

    4. Whiskerz
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pope
      Dunk, Kelly, Fernandez
      Son, KDB, Mane, Grealish
      Vardy, Abraham, Rashford

    5. Expected Toulouse
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Dubravka
      Chilwell Tarkowski Kelly
      Salah De Bruyne Son Willian
      Rashford Jiminez Ings

    6. Coldplay
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Leno
      Baldock Kelly Fernandez
      Mane KDB Kovacic Alli
      Vardy Rashford Jimenez

    7. FC Jammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Guaita
      Lundstram Doherty Tarkowski
      Mane Son de Bruyne Martial
      Vardy Ings Abraham

    8. speedyboyz - Brazil Nuts
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pope
      TAA Lundstram Willems
      Maddison Martial Sterling Zaha
      Abraham Jota Aubameyang

    9. ameenkw
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pope
      Lundstram / dunk / Tomkins
      Sterling / Salah / son / martial
      Ings / vardy / Abraham

    10. MB10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pope
      Lundstram Kelly Bertrand
      Mane KDB Son Richarlison
      Rashford Vardy Abraham

    11. Polar_Bear
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Guiata
      Lundstram Bertrand Tarkowski
      Salah Pulisic Sterling Son
      Vardy Rashford Auba

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

      Pope
      Digne Kelly Dunk
      Salah KDB Grealish Alli
      Abraham Ings Vardy

    13. apples...oranges
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Pope
      Lundstram James Bertrand
      Zaha KDB Salah Son
      Rashford Vardy Aubameyang

    14. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Ryan
      Lundstram Willems Tarkowski
      Mane Son Sterling Grealish
      Vardy Abraham Rashford

    15. ManUnitedComeBack
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Guaita
      Lundstram Tarkowski Dunk
      Salah Son Sterling JWP
      Vardy Rashford Abraham

    16. squire345
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      guaita
      lundstram willems shaw
      salah son antonio traore
      jesus abraham vardy

    17. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Ryan
      Lundstram Jetro-Willems Cedric
      Mane Son DeBruyne Grealish
      Vardy Abraham Rashford

    18. lugs
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Martin
      Schar, Tarkowski, Lundstram
      Mane, Martial, Son, Zaha
      Jesus, Vardy, Abraham

    19. ALoadOfCobblers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Guaita
      Dunk Stevens Tarkowski
      Salah Grealish Son Sterling
      Abraham Vardy Ings

    20. Lord - Blaming it on Rio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Guaita
      Lundy, Dunk, Tarkowski
      Mane, Sterling, Son, Pulisic
      Rash, Ings, vardy

    21. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Krul
      Lundstram - Tarkowski - Dunk
      Pulisic - Antonio - KDB - Salah
      Vardy - Rashford - Kane

    22. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Ryan
      Tarkowski Lundstram Kelly
      Salah Son Richarlison Sterling
      Vardy Abraham Rashford

  22. ninja
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    How's this looking
    Pope
    Soyuncu Robertson Lundstram Aurier
    KDB Salah Dele
    Vardy Abraham Jimenez

    Got 0.7m itb and 1 ft but planning on keeping it. Any thoughts?

    1. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Keep

  23. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Locked & Loaded!
    GL for the GW all and as always enjoy the footy (or at least try to)!

    Pope
    Trent / Robbo / Lord
    Mane / Alli / Pulisic / Zaha
    Ma(C)hine / Rashford / Jimenez
    (Henderson, Kelly, McGinn, Rico)
    1FT
    0.3

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      GL JYJY! 🙂

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        you too bro!

  24. Gooner97
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Would you take a hit for one of these moves?

    A) Jimenez to Abraham
    B) Mount to Pulisic
    C) Mane to Salah
    D) Son to KDB

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

      No

    2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Nothing sparkles there tbh

    3. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No way

    4. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      KDB to Son you mean?

  25. True Deadzoner
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Rashfird 80 penalties kicks made his stats superb

  26. ^Freedom Fighter^
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Guys would you play Aurier over Lundy/Kelly ??

    Henderson
    Pereira Lund Kelly // Aurier. tomori

  27. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Salah 20 pointer would be wonderful. Abraham, Mane and Vardy blanks too.

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

    Im finding this season boring zzz

    I dont know why....anyone else?

    1. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yes.

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

        It is hard to explain, I'm just not 'feeling' it

        1. True Deadzoner
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Everyone has the same team

          1. Manani
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            too many good cheap options. No compromise has to be made

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Yeah, it has been a bit, especially combined with a few horrible GWs for me with no luck whatsoever! My Richarlison(20) to Puisiic(6-4=2) summing it up!
      If I didn't have plenty of free time on my hands I'd likely quit until next season lol but I'll persist and continue the misery!

    3. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      kind of feels like the picks are obvious at the moment

  29. Manani
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    save FT?

    Pope
    TAA Soyu Lund
    Mane(C) Alli Maddison KDB Son
    Tammy Rashford
    McGov Kelly Conolly Rico

  30. Disco Stu
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    TAA/Baldock/Lundstrom/Kelly

    Mane/Tielemans/Pulisic/KDB

    Vardy/Rashford/Jimi

    Need to sit one of Baldock/Lund/Kelly/Tiel/Jimi

    Who would you sit?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Baldock