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World Cup of FPL – Group G

Our World Cup of FPL is hurtling towards the conclusion of the group stages – and we’ve got another vote for you today.

We’ve already seen some high-profile exits from the tournament and could see some more as we delve into Group G.

The vote is open both in the footer of this article and in the sidebar.

To keep you up-to-date, here are the first-round groups in full, with the current results included.

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
1. Frank Lampard1. Thierry Henry1. Harry Kane1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Robin van Persie2. Gareth Bale2. Didier Drogba2. Trent Alexander-Arnold
3. Branislav Ivanovic3. Steven Gerrard3. Gylfi Sigurdsson3. Eden Hazard
4. Patrice Evra4. Carlos Tevez4. Romelu Lukaku4. Andrew Robertson
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
1. Wayne Rooney1. Luis Suarez1. Kevin De Bruyne1. Sergio Aguero
2. Marcos Alonso2. John Terry2. Leighton Baines2. Mohamed Salah
3. Raheem Sterling3. Clint Dempsey3. Jamie Vardy3. Alexis Sánchez
4. Nemanja Vidic4. Gareth McAuley4. Cesc Fabregas4. Petr Čech

As you can see, we’ve got an exceptionally tight call between Cesc Fabregas, Jamie Vardy, Kevin De Bruyne and Leighton Baines to settle.

Take a closer look at each of the candidates before casting your vote below or in the sidebar.

Cesc Fàbregas

Cesc Fàbregas is one of those rare FPL assets to have enjoyed relative success at more than one club, Arsenal and Chelsea in his case.

The Spaniard’s time in north London was arguably more fruitful than his later years, but even at Chelsea, he provided plenty of value.

Fàbregas made a total of three Dream Team appearances while he was an Arsenal player in 2006/07, 2007/08 and 2009/10.

With 182 and 205 points in the first of those two campaigns, Fàbregas became something of a goal-sensation in 2009/10.

That year he found the net 15 times, combining those goals with another 15 assists for a huge 214-point haul.

Assists were a big part of Fàbregas’ game as he consecutively hit double-figures for that statistic from 2007/08 until leaving Arsenal in 2011.

After a three-year spell in La Liga with Barcelona, Fàbregas returned to the Premier League, controversially signing for Arsenal’s city rivals Chelsea ahead of 2014/15.

In his debut campaign for the Blues, Fàbregas finished the season with more assists than any other player in the league (19).

After Chelsea’s blip in Leicester’s title-winning season, Fàbregas was back at it again, finishing up in the top three assisters for the 2016/17 season, notching 15 as a £7.5m midfielder.

Jamie Vardy

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The rise of Jamie Vardy has captivated football fans for many years and it was just the same with Fantasy managers.

In his first-ever Premier League campaign, despite starting as a £5.0m forward for a newly-promoted team, the Leicester forward ended up with 12 assists to go with his five goals – only Fabregas set-up more than Vardy that year.

But, of course, it was Leicester’s title-winning season in 2015/16 that etched Vardy into the annals of history. Starting out as a £6.0m forward, the former Fleetwood man scored 24 goals and assisted another eight. A total of 32 attacking returns across the campaign ensured he finished it as a £7.4m option, scoring 211 points, behind only Riyad Mahrez and one goal short of the Golden Boot, which Harry Kane eventually got his hands on.

Not surprisingly, following that up proved difficult. Following a massive hike to £10.0m, Vardy netted just 13 goals and registered eight assists for a 161-point score.

However, 2017/18 saw Vardy earn his second Dream Team appearance in three years. That year, at a discounted price, he registered 22 attacking returns and scored 183 points – only Kane scoring more among forwards.

After another 174 points in 2018/19, the current season could see Vardy complete a hat-trick of Dream Team appearances.

After an incredible start to 2019/20, Leicester’s talismanic striker remains the leader in the Golden Boot race (19) and is behind just three other players in the battle to finish this campaign as the top-scoring FPL asset.

Kevin De Bruyne

Foden makes first league start of season as De Bruyne takes up advanced role

One of those is Kevin De Bruyne, who is currently behind only Mohamed Salah (186) with his 178 points so far in 2019/20.

But there is so much more to the Belgian than the most recent campaign.

After an indifferent start at Manchester City, with 131 points as a £10.0m midfielder in 2015/16, De Bruyne earned a place in the 2016/17 Dream Team.

Priced at £10.5m, he scored 199 points from 27 attacking returns and more assists than any other player in the Premier League that year (21).

De Bruyne got back into the Dream Team a year later as his 209 points came from another 26 attacking returns. On top of eight goals, the Belgian assisted 18 times, once again claiming more of those than any other player in the division.

After injury wrecked most of his 2018/19 season, De Bruyne was back to his best in 2019/20.

After 26 appearances so far, De Bruyne has already equalled his best-ever goal-tally for a Premier League campaign (eight) and will surely beat it when 2019/20 is allowed to resume. Furthermore, his total of 18 assists is the most of any player in the Premier League thus far. Surely a third season top of the division for that statistic is on the cards, as well as another Dream Team appearance.

Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines is nothing short of an FPL cult hero. The penalty-taking defender holds a place in many of our hearts for years and years of service to the Fantasy scene.

Down through the years, we will have all benefitted from the Everton stalwart’s ability to pull in points from a number of different avenues.

Debuting in 2006/07, since then, Baines has five campaigns in which he registered double-figures for attacking returns, and three in which he did the same for clean sheets.

2010/11, 2012/13 and 2013/14 were the big ones, as he scored 178, 177 and 169 points respectively across those campaigns and earned a place in the end-of-season Dream Team each time. The first of those huge scores even earned him a starting price-tag of £8.0m for the 2011/12 season.

Goals, assists, clean sheets, bonus, you name it, Baines has accrued it in droves and there are many happy memories associated with this man.

Some will remember a glorious day when the left-back found the net with two direct free-kicks, only to say at full-time he did so because Leon Osman had sold him from his Fantasy team!

70 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Simon_Hughes__/status/1247109195008180224?s=19

    Moment silence for the null and void gang. Liverpool 19/20 PL Champions.

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I tried to tell y'all they'd NEVER void the season, but no one would listen

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      It just means each league can extend their seasons for as long as need be but it doesn't mean they will.

    3. RealVirg
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Thought you were going to say moments silence for Pep's mother...

    4. Gentle_Turks
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      This actually means nothing right now. The virus will ultimately decide whether the league is cancelled or not.

    5. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      They should sit BT and It down. Lads, about that 750m we owe ye if the season doesn't finish. We've been advised that it'll void our contracts with ye if ye try to enforce payment in these unprecedented times. But luckily we've Amazon, Disney, Netflix, ESPN, BEIN Sports, etc so far expressing huge interest in buying some Premier League broadcast rights for the 20/21. How do ye feel about that ? 😉

  2. Boo Ya Ka Sha
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Question for the Brits. Do you think it's unfair the 3rd place teams in the lower divisions to have to play in a playoff?

    The playoffs are exciting and bring in a bunch of money, no doubt. However, it's not as if the 3rd to last place team in the epl has to enter a playoff. As an American with no connection to the teams, it's still heartbreaking to see a 3rd place team get knocked out. Perhaps I don't understand since it's a longstanding tradition.

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      It's fair in the sense that the rules are the same for all teams and they all know these rules before the season starts.

      It also means that teams still have something to play for much further into the season than they would if there were no playoff spots. Without playoffs there might be more teams who simply roll over and get beat by the teams with something to play for and that wouldn't be 'fair'.

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Fighting for sixth place in the lower leagues means a lot. The team in 3rd should have finished 2nd if they wanted to be safe.

    2. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Check out the new play off system in the National Leagues (Tiers 5 and 6 of the pyramid). Takes a few minutes

      As for the football league play offs, I think they strike a reasonably fair balance all things considered. Two-three still go up automatically (and the first position are proclaimed instant champions). I think if it was an NFL/Rugby Union Premiership scenario where even first place has to participate in a play off then I'd think that would undermine the slog of 46 league games.

      The play offs often provide the best games too. Two legged scenarios (without the away goal rule, which was removed by the Ipswich chairman in 1997). Yes, they're unfair if you've finished third and heartbreaking, but they're the best way to go up and in the likes of Huddersfield and Blackpool, they've created some of the best pyramid stories (of which there are many).

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Liverpool finally doing the right thing, https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/52191140

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Good to see.

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Aye it's good to see. Though the damage to their reputation has already been done..The original decision won't be forgotten. But at least they did it.

        1. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Yep, they only reversed it because of the backlash. Effectively a damage limitation exercise, I just hope the rest of the richer clubs don't make the same mistake.

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      How do clubs make money over the summers usually?

      1. circusmonkey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Tours of China.

        1. rokonto
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Heheheh

  4. Make Arrows Green Again
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    I swear I will never again allow myself to become frustrated by an international break ever again.

    Hope you're all keeping well.

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Puts everything in perspective.

  5. ragnarlookbrood
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    355 wildcards? DA hell ?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      People just don't care and lots of people have joke none serious teams.

  6. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Well done Flavio. Wolves win Ultimate Quaranteam final. Something to smile about in lockdown.

  7. onceuponatyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    What the hell would you do with this over the coming weeks?
    (This was put together with the BGW in mind).

    Henderson/Pope
    Robbo/TAA/Doherty/Lascelles/Williams
    KDB/Fernandes/Martial/Salah/Traore
    Ings/Jimi/Ayew

    The two I'd obviously like to ideally be rid of are Ayew and Williams - but they're rock bottom prices.
    £0.1 itb

  8. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    BREAKING Boris Johnson admitted into intensive care 😯

    1. Gentle_Turks
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Source?

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        BBC news.

      2. Gentle_Turks
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Ok, seen it.

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Obviously not good for him or his family but this happening to him may make the reality of it all hit home to people.

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah. Maybe more of these gatherings will disperse now.

    3. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Poor Boris, I hope he gets through this quickly.

    4. Monkey Hanger
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Not on a ventilator though.

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      2. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Yes, so they say. But usually only patients who do need ventilation are moved to intensive care.

        Yesterday him going to hospital was just precaution...

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Jesus

    6. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      British Icon, get well soon Sir.

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      That’s not 2m

    2. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      He’ll be out for 6 months after that

  9. rokonto
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Hi all
    Hope ur all well
    I use that fantasy fix site and and just wondering if it's safe to do so as I have put my login details in and all that. It's just that I remember some people had their teams messed up due to hackers few months back (not necessarily that site) so I'm getting paranoid.
    Stay safe...

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      It's never a good idea to give any 3rd party your login details.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Has the thing occurred at the start of this season with 3/4 manager's (account hacked) happened before ?

    2. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      They don't need it for legal purposes. Ragabolly has shown that team id number is enough.

  10. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    No price changes.

    1. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Cheers TM. You got any insight as to the two days of madness followed up now with zero movement, seems quite strange to put it mildly?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Update 5th Apr 2020

        The excessive number of price changes and the increasing size of the prediction errors over the last couple of days is now understood. Unfortunately this will be extremely difficult to model accurately without drastic changes to the system.

        The threshold at which a player will change in price is dependent on a large number of factors. These factors normally change gradually throughout the season as the total number of active teams making transfers reduce. During a normal season the primary factor that determines when a price change will occur is the net daily 'effective' transfers for a player. Basically, if the total net volume of transfers for a player exceeds a threshold then a price change will occur for that player.

        Owing to the cessation in the premier league fixtures the active number of teams making 'effective' transfers within the game has abruptly reduced by roughly 97%. The main impact of this is that the primary factor determing when a price will occur is now the size of the thresholds rather than the total volume of net transfers for each individual player. This is confirmed by looking at the sign of the net transfers when a price changed occured. Usually for a price rise to occur the net volume of daily transfers for that player will be positive - and vica versa for a pice fall. During a normal season this rule is only broken once or twice as the thresholds are reduced. However, over the last few days this rule has been broken consistently. For example last night there were 6 players who rose in price with a negative net daily volume of transfers and also 6 players who dropped in price with a positive net volume of daily transfers. There were also 15 players whose price changed with zero net transfers. So out of a total of 55 price changes last night 27 violated this rule. So in effect the primary reason for a player now changing in price is the reduction in the threshold values rather that the net volume of transfers for a player.

        I intend to expand on the above later - probably tomorrow. Back to the grindstone now. Stay safe and well!!!

        1. waldo666
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Thank you, kind sir.

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          This is interesting !

        3. tucaoneo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Thanks for reporting. I haven't been to that site for weeks.

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Impressive 😆

      Cheers TM

  11. cfreel
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    I love the content that both FFS and community members are posting during this strange time!

    Does anyone know where I can access all time points records for fantasy premier league since its inception in the 2002/03 season?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      https://www.fplanalytics.com/history1516.html

      Change the years in the end of the link. See if this is useful

  12. Tim Canterbury
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Quite shocked the German clubs have begun training again. Do we think this is a genuine beginning of the end or a bad mistake on their part?

    1. FPLGraham
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Might be a benefit to living in a country which tests 500,000 people a week.

      Everyone at training probably knows they haven’t got it.

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Good reading here - Germany have been handling this better than anyone so far:

      https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/04/world/europe/germany-coronavirus-death-rate.html

      They're also looking at introducing "Immunity Certificates" so people can leave lockdown early:

      https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-germany-covid-19-immunity-certificates-testing-social-distancing-lockdown-2020-3?r=US&IR=T

      Honestly, we should just put Germany in charge, a great bunch of lads

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Time will tell 🙂

  13. James
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Question...for those organising mini leagues, are they splitting the prize money between those players on joint points or do they payout based on the league ranking taking into account goals transfers etc etc ?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I'm 90 points clear in my ML, due to cash in on $1000. Unfortunately, it's run by a pub that in all likelihood will go bankrupt and I won't see a dime. 🙁

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        They may liquidate.

  14. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Some people don't know the value of what they have until it's gone.

    Get well soon Dear Boris

  15. Chemical76
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 7 days ago

    No voting buttons seen

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      On the right or just above league codes.