#1 → Listed at £12.5m, who was the most expensive FPL asset when the game was launched in summer 2014?
#2 → Who was the highest-scoring player (in terms of overall FPL points) of 2014/15?
#3 → Harry Kane burst onto the scene with 21 goals in his breakthrough Premier League campaign. What was his bargain FPL starting price?
#4 → Which cult FPL midfielder scored from this position against Chelsea in Gameweek 31 of the 2014/15 campaign?
#5 → Which striker finished as the third-highest-scoring FPL forward (on 176 points) despite his team being relegated at the end of 2014/15?
#6 → All of these players said goodbye to the Premier League at the end of 2014/15. Who scored the most FPL points in their final season?
#7 → Which budget midfielder, who had a starting price of £5.5m, banked 12 FPL assists in 2014/15, a total that only Cesc Fàbregas beat?
#8 → Who was the most-owned defender in FPL by the time Gameweek 38 rolled around?
#9 → Which FPL defender delivered more attacking returns (goals and assists combined) than any other in 2014/15?
#10 → All of these managers took the reigns of a Premier League club in 2014/15. Who was the only one not in charge on the final weekend of the season?
#11 → Who was the top-scoring goalkeeper for FPL points in 2014/15 (he racked up the most saves, too)?
#12 → The 2014/15 season was Sergio Agüero’s best ever for Fantasy returns. Seven of his goals/assists and 36 of his FPL points came in two meetings with which club that year?
#13 → Southampton’s 8-0 thrashing of Sunderland was the biggest win of the season. Who recorded a 23-point haul after scoring once and setting up four goals in that match?
#14 → Which no-nonsense budget midfielder was booked on 14 occasions (the most in the top flight), despite only starting 26 games?
#15 → Which short-lived budget defender bandwagon started all of Manchester United’s opening five matches of the season?
#16 → John Terry made the FPL Dream Team for the final time, finishing on 177 points. How many times did he feature in this end-of-season XI over his career (no defender made more appearances than the Chelsea stopper)?
#17 → Jamie Vardy, then available for £4.9m, scored 21 points and was involved in all five of Leicester City’s goals in a Gameweek 5 win over whom?
#18 → The rules surrounding the second FPL Wildcard were changed after 2014/15. How were Fantasy managers originally restricted in its usage?
#19 → Of all the Premier League players who found the back of the net in 2014/15, who had the worst goal conversion rate in the division (he scored with just one of his 56 shots)?
#20 → Which £5.5m forward scored on seven occasions in the first nine Gameweeks, going on to register 14 goals in 2014/15 overall?
Pros -Season gets finished like intended and everyone has played all their games. -Good for morale and a much needed pick-up for (most) the nation. -All CL, EL and relegation spots get decided without use of flawed PPG. -Contractual obligations for TV are filled.
Cons -Integrity of league is lost, - one rule for start of season/ another for the end. -Much needed NHS resources taken from front line. -Players may refuse to play for fear of catching and spreading to own family -Squads could self isolate, and not have enough players to compete. -If one case emerges (like in Bundesliga this week) the whole operation shuts down for who knows how long.
As much as I want to see football back, personally, I can't see behind closed doors working. At all!
The integrity of the league is lost far more if it is cancelled than if they have to play at neutral venues. I heard something about UEFA setting a deadline for completion. I guess they'd be too scared of losing CL money to tell them to stuff their deadline. I'd wait as long as it takes to finish this season and adjust next season.
I take your point for sure, and have similar views. Logistically though, behind closed doors is far too complex to ever get off the ground, for reasons mentioned above.
Also, I think when people talk about integrity, the semantics get a bit blurred. When we talk about the Premier League's integrity, do we mean its fairness or its durability? One could be used to argue to finish the season, the other to cancel.
I think you’re being a bit unfair in assuming anyone thinking the best solution is to try and complete the season is because they support a team about to earn something. Some people do just have the opinion that completing the season, whenever that is, should be the goal. Let’s not forget we’re not just talking about the Premier league here. The reaction from some clubs and players in the lower league when that was voided was very negative.
Personally I don’t think there’s any easy answer but I always come to the conclusion that completely voiding the season is actually the more unfair outcome. Gladly I think the Premier league and most clubs agree, which is why they haven’t done it yet.
I have to stick by my feeling that MOST people do have an agenda. I do myself. I've seen people go rant on about how it should be stopped then i click on their Bio and see YNWA. Hard to take them seriously when they bang on about lifting moral and trying to speak on behalf of every fan. At least people should be true to themselves and come out with the real reason. Everyone entitled to it and there is no right or wrong way of how they want it to go.
How many people on here want it started just solely on selfish FPL reasons ( which is fine). With out making an assumption , you are a west brom fan. In a situation where Villa could go down and west brom go up i would be interested to see how you would feel being a Villa fan . I just struggle to buy lifting moral reason , because if that is the case they are happy to risk lives to give themselves a boost ? Just as bad as me wanting it cancelled for my own footballing reasons
You’re absolutely right about most don’t want football to return soon - and that’s me included! You’ve got me totally wrong and banded me in with some others that have obviously annoyed you. That was my point - you’re assuming everyone who would like the season to conclude is simply because they support a team about to gain something. I haven’t put a timescale on anything and would hate football to rush back.
Let’s be clear, my feelings are:
- Football should return when safe to so. But my opinion is the fairest outcome would be to play out the season, even if it takes months, years etc. The alternative I’m coming round to is awarding honours on a ppg system, which is probably more realistic in the real world. I’m only coming round to this because it looks likely football can’t be played for months.
- If the season was only at the half way point I’d be in full support of voiding because at that stage nothing is close to certain. However the timing couldn’t be worse, the season was almost complete. So close in fact it’s pretty clear who the winners and losers would be to voiding.
- My opinion is purely in sporting interest. I’m more into FPL than I am real life football. I personally would find it incredibly unfair if Liverpool weren’t awarded the title (and trust me, I couldn’t care less about Liverpool) and teams close to achieving promotion were denied it. I also think the guy at the top of FPL should be awarded the prize this season 🙂
This is all in good spirit mate. I appreciate we clearly have different views. But this “pool fan?” response to everyone who doesn’t want the season voided is unfair.
I am asking a genuine question though. Are they a pool fan ? It's just a question as i am definitely seeing a pattern in real life and on twitter. They can answer or ignore it
They don't annoy me as i actually don't mind liverpool as i have said before. Personally i would love to annoy the UTD fans ( most of which want the season ended because they hate liverpool btw) . I don't like them playing the moral high ground , i hear it all time from them. What passionate pool fan doesn't want it to go on? Just admit the reasons though. It's fine.
Your reasoning is fine, no issues. I dont think cancelling next season to save this one is remotely realistic though regardless. Ill even say i have no issue with Pool being given the title. I don't think they should but no issue with it. The PPG is a disgusting idea personally. Hope that one gets put to bed. Sheff UTD are like .0001 behind UTD in ppg and 2 pts behind with a game in hand. If they won that game then they beat UTD in points and ppg. How is ppg now fair ?
You are insinuating that people only have their opinion because of the team they support. I’d like to think there’s plenty of us who can look at the current situation from a fair and sporting point of view.
I agree with your last point. To be honest the point I’ve been trying to make all along is that there is no fair outcome outside of if the season could just play out as it would have. Obviously this is not going to happen so for now it’s a question of which outcome is the least unfair. Like I’ve said, we were so close to the end I actually think awarding something (titles, promotions, relegations, euro spaces) based on this seasons performance is the fairer outcome. As I mentioned timing is also critical to me. If we had been much earlier in the season I don’t think there’s any issue in voiding.
In short, I’m certainly more in favour of what France have done compared to Holland.
There still is quarter of the season to go though. We are on the last stretch but not as if we are 2 or 3 games away from ending. There is no absolute fair way. You are right. I also think taking a vote on it is stupid. They should make a decision and stick with it. I am more towards cancel it all but have no answer to who should be in Europe so it is tough
Yeah I don’t like the vote as most are coming from a position of having nothing to lose if the season is voided. In fact some teams have a lot to gain from it. In hindsight, it is a little surprising the Premier league in all its years of operating haven’t planned for a season not concluding. They will now!
I don’t think a lot of people realise all of the talk of any kind of football in the next 3 months + is being pushed by those who would lose out financially if the season was cancelled. It’s not based on reality
It should absolutely be safe to do so when football returns but we do have to remember that football is a business and this is their jobs. Yes most of them are on much more ridiculous wages but they’re still just “trying to return to work”.
I agree with this post. I can’t see any football being played for the next 2-3 months. Despite their efforts it’s such a difficult thing to get back doing safely. Despite all the debate about how the season should be concluded what I am pleased to see on this site is that there is no one playing down the seriousness of the situation. Hope you’re all keeping safe 🙂
It's a relatively easy decision for the other clubs to make, whose future in the Premier League next season is already guaranteed.
Europe aside, their final placings will only make a few £million difference (nothing in Premier League terms).
For the bottom six clubs, their entire future is at stake and home support could ultimately make the difference between maintaining Premier League status or scraping an existence in the Championship (or worse).
In a theoretical bumper GW38 with multiple fixtures who would you captain?
Think I'd stick with someone like Salah but it would be such a lottery and could easily be someone like Van Dijk on basis of minutes played. Surely forwards and full backs will be heavily rotated if games come thick and fast.
The below text is from the FPL-homepage. It says that each fixture in gw 34-38 are postponed and no points for players in these gw. So I can only conclude that there will be NO monster gw38 from this. Am I right in this conclusion?
GW34 Sat 18 Apr 11:30 BST GW35 Sat 25 Apr 11:30 BST GW36 Sat 2 May 14:00 BST GW37 Sat 9 May 14:00 BST GW38 Sun 17 May 14:00 BST
Any activity FPL managers undertake ahead of each deadline will apply to that specific Gameweek.
Given each fixture in these Gameweeks has been postponed, all players will earn zero points.
You would think they would be more clear and just say the season ends at this point. If it is the case then i guess that means all 38 weeks complete. Season complete , current standings apply. We all forget its a free game. They don't owe us a resolution
What they say would suggest no big GW38 and even if there was you need to set your team and activate a chip on the 17th of May deadline. There’s a big part of me that thinks FPL will end after GW38, even if the Premier league return. FPL have given no indication they can adapt the site, add game weeks etc.
I think if FPL has no intention/capability to continue after GW38 they would have already announced that the FPL season was over. My guess is that if the season restarts they will consolidate into four or five GWs which also rewards those who have held chips back for the business end of the season.....or is that wishful thinking?!
If there is a restart, playing at neutral venue with no fans could be a great leveller. Home fixtures vs away will mean nothing. So the template may well not be the way to go. Hypothetical for now but if I get the chance to wildcard my thinking will be heavily influenced by those clubs with most to play for especially where they have several fixtures against sides who will mentally be more interested in next season. So maybe the season tracker could rate fixtures based on the likely true motivation levels of the remaining opponents?
Its GW37 Hope for some serious article or/and Scoutcast about what should we do now. Plenty of us with WC and BB with 2FT too. If we get no info this week from FPL towers what strategy should we take as we cant use 2 chips in last(?) GW38. Should we WC this GW or maybe get just playing bench using our FT this and next GW and prepare for big GW38 with BB? If we wont use WC this GW and there will be no extra GWs than we will lose it and we wont get "perfect" 15 for BB in GW38.
Yes but as pointed out, those with wildcards intact (not me) really need to know where they stand before GW37 deadline. Given that we now know there can be no games until GW38 surely FPL should be able to say what they intend to do.
This. People seem to think the scouts have direct access to FPL. This site is nothing to do with FPL and it would be scandalous if scouts got any more info than us. So much for integrity if so. Always suspected Mark had extra privileges and influence but can't be proven.
Why folk need a scoutcast to make decisions for them anyway has always been beyond me.
Given the popularity of FPL and large number of people who take the game seriously, I'm a little surprised at the lack of advice and guidance from those who are 'in the know' re the various ways in which the game could conclude. It's not my area of expertise and I'm sure there are many hidden complications I'm unaware of but I can't help thinking the finer details of the games mechanics/programming are surely known and it would therefore be possible to clarify the way FPL will play out should the league resume. It would help uphold the games integrity and support active managers with their plans.
Yeah I hear you Pumpkinhead, hard to convey a tone in a post sometimes but to clarify I'm not angry about it ! just surprised which I think it still allowed in this time of restrictions 🙂 I get it's free to play and we are owed nothing. I meant more from a business stand point that the quicker people know how FPL will play out IF the league resumes, the more 'clicks' and attention the game will maintain in the interim. By 'in the know' I certainly wasnt referring to FFS, i meant those who are involved in the decision making and future planning of the game itself. Anyway, hope you and your loved ones are well at this time, nice to come on here occasionally to try and keep FPL alive and kicking.
You didn't come across as angry at all mate 🙂 . The thing i don't get is how the Sun Dream Team have already said there will be extra game weeks but i suppose their site is a lot smaller i suppose . It could be quite possible that they do have a plan but it is all time dependent. I guess we find out in a week or 2 anyway.
Thanks, hope you and yours are good too buddy. All the best 🙂
I'm a WC and BB holder who has pretty much got to where I want to be with a slow WC. So I think the plan will be to keep both intact until about an hour before the GW38 deadline. Then if no news just play the bench boost. Might all be pointless but as a dedicated FPL player you tend to keep active...it's in the blood,,,
I think FPL towers will have a strategy already but it suits them to keep it to themselves. They will be damned if they do or don't just like the rest of the football organisations.
I’m sure i’m not the only one who’s tuned in, and if you have, you can vouch for me, if you haven’t already seen it, Gangs of London is an absolute must watch. It’s teetering on becoming one of the best, and certainly the most gripping series i’ve ever seen. Magnificent show. I’ve not been blown away by scenes like this since early Game of Thrones episodes! Anyone agree?
I've watched the first episode and found (in my opinion), contrary to your review, that situations were a little too contrived for my liking. Without spoiling things, you just felt that a certain protagonists luck would ride.
Will see how episode 2 goes, but, like you, it does have stellar reviews and the main thing is you really enjoy it.
Currently on Ozarks s3, not a patch on the others alas (four episodes in so far).
There's talk about finishing the PL abroad with Perth in Australia being touted as a possible destination. It solves some problems like not taking resources away from the NHS and not losing TV money but somewhere closer to home might be better.
In fairness, your null and void talk is pretty ridiculous. It's only because: 1) Spurs are having a shocker 2) You want your 30 pieces of silver back from your mini league because you are having a shocker
Can you not look at the problem objectively though and put aside your personal biases? Making a season that is two-thirds of the way through null and void is ridiculous and undermines the PL's integrity.
I said the FAIREST way to do it would be finish this season when it's safe to do so and not have cup competitions next year if it impinges on next season. This is unlikely though for a lot of reasons.
If this season cannot be restarted in June it may not be possible to start next season in August. Until there is a vaccine found there is a high chance that next season will be curtailed when the second wave comes. We could end up with two curtailed seasons.
I was bringing it up to talk about the possibility of the Premier League being finished abroad in a country where covid isn't as big a problem. If the games are going to be played at neutral venues what difference does it make if it's in England or abroad?
Will they be flying teams over? Will players want to be in isolation at the other end of the world for months whilst their families are at home in midst of a pandemic. Im not even having a go at you...just think the article is daft
I'm not keen on the double Saints D, you could use the 0.2m on Stephens to Saiss. I'd also look at getting a Manchester United defender in for their good run of fixtures, Baldock to AWB or McGuire funded by downgrading Grealish to Barnes or Sarr maybe.
Was the author Captain Obvious? This is why the PL need to make the decision and deal with the aftermath, as clubs will (rightly) only want, lobby for and vote for what is in their own club's best interest.
Sound. Studied a bit part-time of it in early 2019, interesting but had little time to learn it well and had other control stuff to also digest. I was thinking the FPL and VFPL were kinda similar, given player/machine data, change some variable and observe how they work in different conditions.
Probably. I couldn't bd ar$ed to run them though and make me even less decisive. Just look at the other stats which are plentiful now. Sure it's a virtual game, the real FPL is more redictable. I hit the WC last night, decided I should get a Pool attacker 🙂
True, was thinking for these quiet times, if I see last post was 30 mins ago I won't bother posting cos I think no one will respond. Maybe leave light on for 10 mins after someone posts to show they're active? Would be a waste of money though unless it's easy to implement when FFS gets busy again.
"Much needed NHS resources taken from front line."
I have seen this a lot, so exactly WHAT are those precious resources being taken from the NHS exactly??? Are we talking about the tests? The ones giving out almost 60% of false positives, those ones? And btw, there are AT THE MOMENT the ability to do 100.000+ tests PER DAY and most of it is not being used (guess why???), so you are f telling me you can´t use a few hundred of them each gameweek??? That would put a strain on the NHS? Is this a joke?
Pathetic. All of this is show off politics, with the objective of putting you under control. BIG F you!
My wife is a carer in the HSE here in Ireland. 30 carers where she works tested positive. 4 residents died from COVID there and that would be far from the worst carehomes. Staff need to be tested and retested and tests are not free.They need a buffer of tests in the event where things get worse. If football, with supergit elite athletes, is put on hold for months and just one person is saved from COVID as a result it will be a good thing.
A few of my siblings work for the HSE along with a few in-laws and many of my friends and i certainly do not want to see them put in any unnecessary danger as things are bad enough for them as it is.My kid brother has being tested once already,his missus twice and my sister in-law once all after coming into contact with infected people so my whole family is extremely worried about how it affect us.
I can empathize with you about about wanting getting the economy and life restarted but football is well down the list of priority's for people right now.It does not sit well with me either the way our rights have been taken away and i am worried about some of the things i am seeing going on just as much as Covid but we have to be willing to make these sacrifices so as to protect the health of our loved ones.If their are questions to be answers then we can deal with them when the dust settles and the threat has passed.
Why think about top 70 now when you can be in the Top 1 after GW38 😉
I still think having both of them in midfield is affecting the balance, particularly when they'll rarely haul in same GW but one of them and a Bruno, Son or De Bruyne could also haul plus you've cash to upgrade elsewhere.
It looks a bit imbalanced to me and a bit light in the forward positions.
I suppose trying to squeeze Salah and Mane into a team is going to make it suffer elsewhere.
Wood has proved to be a bit of a dud of late and maybe even a rotation risk with Barnes although he does have 2 decent fixtures coming up.Ings and/or Muapay would be nice for the upcoming game but their fixtures go down hill after that.
Who knows it might work out well for you the way it is,i ran a sim game last gw and Salah got 3 goals and Mane got 3 assists which would be a dream scenario for you TM. 😉
VPL is tougher than FPL, in a good way, more unpredictable. And no waiting a week or two for transfers, suspension hearing, paternity leave. In these times of hearing the clock tick the virtual FPL ticks faster 🙂