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Less is rarely more at Christmas time, and it’s certainly not going to be that way with this year’s festive football schedule.

Tapping into the busiest of players over that time frame will be key across all Fantasy games, with Football Index no exception.

Football Index (FI) is a kind of stock market where people use real money to bet on football.

You buy shares in individual players whose value can rise or fall depending on their performance both on and off the field.

I’m actively using FI this season with more than a nod to Fantasy Premier League (FPL), seeing which aspects of each game marry up, and which don’t.

And the one that’s marrying up more times than Henry VIII at present is the continued supremacy of Bruno Fernandes (£8.64).

Above: Media Dividends winners over the last five days

The Manchester United midfielder has taken Fantasy Premier League (FPL) by storm since arriving from Portugal last winter.

He managed eight league goals and as many assists from his first half a season and hasn’t let up this campaign. He already has six goals and three assists and only four players in FPL have more points.

And since mentioning him in last week’s article, his price in FI has shot up by £2.

Above: Fernandes has been in the running for Match-Day Dividends in each of his last three games

Dividends are driving Fernandes’ popularity. He’s led the way in the Media Dividend standings twice in three days this week and backed that up with a Match-Day Dividend based on Saturday’s win over West Brom.

When you factor in players also earning traders In-Play Dividends for the first 30 days after the share purchase, then it’s no surprise many are now bumping up his price by surfing the Fernandes wave.

And seeing as he’s some way off his FI peak price of £11.34 in July this year, there’s evidence to suggest he still has much to give.

Man United have no fewer than 11 fixtures to play between now until January 2, 2021, ten of which – the Premier League and Champions League games – are eligible for In-Play and Match-Day Dividends.

Fernandes may not feature in all of those games, but he’s clearly the key man for United and will start most.

A win at home to Paris Saint Germain would secure a place in the Champions League knockout stages, freeing up one final group stage fixture for major squad rotation by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fernandes has appeared in one of the team’s two League Cup fixtures, but being rested for the quarter-final tie against Everton would also make sense ahead of three games in eight days across Christmas and the new year.

One interesting twist emerged from this week’s win in Europe over Istanbul Basaksehir.

Solskjaer has been sparing, to put it mildly, in his use of new signing Donny van de Beek (£1.83) this season.

But he started both the former Ajax man and Fernandes in midfield against the Turkish team and they worked very well together, with de Beek impressing in a deeper role.

If the manager continues with that line-up, de Beek looks under-priced, particularly as he is also the obvious player to fill the Fernandes role when the Portugal international is rested.

These selection conundrums will, of course, be played out across the Premier League and especially regarding teams with European commitments. But those extra fixtures also to offer the potential for even more FI returns.

With that in mind, Liverpool’s Diogo Jota (£2.68) could be worth monitoring.

He’s only started four league games this season, but crucially that includes three of the last four, and he’s still managed four goals from 392 Premier League minutes – Sadio Mane (£2.02) has the same returns from 707 minutes.

Jota also has four goals from three Champions League appearances and his value, which has risen nearly £1 in less than a week, should continue on that upward trend with the Reds’ domestic schedule looking so enticing:


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476 Comments Post a Comment
  1. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    4m, 1FT and soo many options...

    Martinez
    Chilwell James Saiss -- Lamptey Mitchell
    Bruno Grealish Son Barnes
    Kane Watkins DCL

    A: Saiss + Barnes >> Lewis + KDB (-4). Bruno/kane >> Salah/xxx in gw12
    B: Saiss + Son >> Dias + KDB (-4). Barnes/Kane >> Salah/xxx in gw12
    C: Saiss + Barnes + Kane >> Dias + KDB + Bamford (-8). Bruno > salah gw12

    1. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Probably B of those for me, like both the players you're bringing in. Do you really want to lose Barnes before FUL and the run of fixtures beyond? I know he's not done a lot, but I'd hold at least this week. I'd only lose Kane for Vardy.

  2. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Looked into some previous stats I didnt know.

    Cancelo started the last 3 matches at left back last season and in CL as well. Preferred to Mendy.

    I mistakenly thought Mendy was prefered the first 3 matches of this season, but Cancelo was out with a foot injury. First time when fit he came straight back in the team at left back.

    So rotation will always be there with Pep, but now more reassured he is first choice left back.

  3. DagheMunegu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Taa Ziyech to Nkounkou Kdb(c) -4 ?

    1. Hart-ake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Don't like losing Ziyech.

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I don't hate it, but personally I have no grasp of the Everton youngster. Might Delph even be a threat?

    3. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Who comes off your bench if Nkounkou doesn't play - he's got to be a risk for now so you'll need cover? KDB probably better over the upcoming run then Ziyech so it's an OK move.

  4. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Guaita
    Robertson kilman zouma
    Son Fernandes Ziyech grealish
    Watkins DCL Kane

    Nyland Taylor burke dunne
    1 FT
    Plan all along was Kane to Vardy (C)

    Thoughts? Get kdb? Salah?

  5. reedybob91
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Which defender would you start this week

    A)Reece James
    B) Kilman

    1. Hart-ake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      R James

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      James

    3. NateDogsCats
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Kilman, that game has dead rubber written all over it, and I fancy Spurs to score against Chelsea

    4. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      If Cancelo is benched I’ll only be fielding 2 defenders this week...

      Phillips to Lewis for free?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Better uses of a FT.

    5. Hart-ake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Does this move look worth it:

      Son + Bowen to KDB (C) + Jota (-4)

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Yes imo. Who would you cap if not?

        1. Hart-ake
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Fernandes I guess.

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      What teams do you enjoy the most and the least to watch so far this season?

      For me:

      Most: Leeds, Liverpool

      Least: Wolves, Arsenal

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Add Brighton to the top list and Burnley to the bottom list

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Brighton really? Lamptey is fun to watch but otherwise not a fan of them

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I like how they play a fairly open game, don’t sit back too much. Was a good game v Villa

      2. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I can concur with both your answers.

        Leeds very entertaining.
        Wolves highly frustrating.
        (but maybe bias because of 3 Wolves players unfortunately)

      3. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Agree with all apart from Liverpool. Grealish has made Villa watchable on his own. Enjoyed the couple of Southampton games I've watched.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Yea Southampton are a good shout, good team to watch! I agree watching Grealish is enjoyable but the team as a whole are not. Loads of dross... Barkley, Trezeguet, Watkins..

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Most: Leeds, Chelsea, Tottenham

        Least: City, Arsenal, West Brom

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Hahaha City

        2. Pegboy
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I agree with City, actually. Turgid stuff.

      5. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Think the bottom 2 are spot on. With others who are crap to watch like Burnley, Newcastle & Sheff Utd it's forgivable because they have dross squads, but it's shocking how tedious Arsenal & Wolves have been.

        Probs Leeds & Everton for most entertaining.

    7. Labile
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Son ➡️ Sterling -4?

      For two weeks, before getting Mo back in GW 12. Have Kane don’t want to get rid of Son but i think It’ll be worth it - Sterling could go big in these next 2.. Can’t afford KDB or Mo yet

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Lots of pressure on City to perform right now. Sterling is a sunshine player and right now its raining.

    8. ludaslol
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Worth to take a hit for a 4.4 det to Field 11?

      Got Chillwell, Robbo, lamptey, Mitchell, fergesson or just play with 10 this week?

      1. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I'd be tempted by Mitchell/Ferguson to a playing defender, as you're essentially fixing a problem for a -2 hit.

        If the limit is 4.4, I'd go for Balbuena, Lewis, Kilman, Dann or even Nkoukou as a gamble. Taylor longer term looks good too.

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          This.

      2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I would, it's a long term necessity really. Kilman, Balbuena or Lewis all viable.

        1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Or Nkoukou of course if you are a risk taker

    9. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Would you do Jimi -> Bamford or save FT? Pretty sure I'm doing Hamez -> KDB/Salah next week with spare cash in such case, but 2 FT gives more flexibility

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I'd do it myself but in reality there's nothing in it.

      2. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I'd normally say save, but I rage transferred out Jimi myself. It's a good long term move, so may as well do it early.

    10. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Captaincy debate is a tricky one this week isn't it? Tossing up between these three. I appreciate the latter seems a bit silly, but there will be enough different captains this week to make a debate for it.

      Form: Bruno
      Fixture: KDB
      Maverick mode: Jota

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        KDB

      2. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        KDB for me if you own him.

      3. Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Pope being out swings it towards KDB for me. Very tight though this week.

    11. john25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Hey guys, really can't decide if I should stick with this team or take a -4 to bring in one of Vardy/KDB/Salah. With this team will have to either captain Bruno or DCL.

      Martinez 4.0
      Lamptey PVA Mitchell Robbo Chilwell
      Grealish Son Bruno Jota 4.5
      Kane DCL Bamford

      3.6 ITB. No FT left. What do you suggest?

      Cheers

    12. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Which option scores more this GW?

      A) Targett + Vardy (C) + Grealish + 4 points

      B) Cancelo + Kane + KDB (C)

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Note that I also own Son.

      2. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        B

    13. pjomara
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      What are Rodriguez owners doing?
      Price is falling tonight.

      I'm tempted to swap for Mahrez but at same time thinking Leeds (h) is a tempting fixture.
      Hasn't been great recently but could first few games down to no Richarlison and last week down to hectic international schedule of games 5000 miles apart excluding return trip from England to Colombia

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        I think I'm keeping

      2. Better off with a pin and a…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Keeping this week, but if I can find a way to raise the cash he'll be Salah in a couple of weeks time.

    14. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Fofana is 100% nailed isn't he ?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Wouldn’t say 100 but yes

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Yes

      3. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Pretty much, but Rodgers does lover a random rotation every now again.

      4. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks all

    15. Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      All set for the weekend?
      Nothing worth a hit, right?

      2.1itb
      Martinez
      Robbo. Bellerin. Mitchell
      Salah. Grealish. Bruno(c). Jota
      Kane. DCL. Watkins

      Forster. Dallas. Burke. Lamptey

    16. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Kane zaha > kdb bamford for a hit?

      Bruno son ziyech grealish zaha
      Kane dcl Brewster

      1. Champione
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Planning the similar moves or Vardy + Jota. Considered that combo? Think I prefer KDB + Bamford as well but not decided yet

      2. Pegboy
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Think I'd just do Zaha > Jota, but can't fault your moves.

    17. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Would you do Semedo to Dias for a hit?

    18. Tsssst
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Which two out for DCL and Vardy? (I have Son)

      a. Kane (che)
      b. Werner (TOT)
      c. Jimenez (ars)

    19. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      So guys who are you going for Sterling or KDB? It has become really tough for me

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        KDB easily

      2. Whiskerz
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        If I was it would be KDB

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I am at 1.5m so I guess I should go for sterling as a differential

          1. Whiskerz
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Always go for the player who you think will score the most points. Rank doesn't matter.

      3. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Neither until Fulham

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Should I go for Salah instead?

    20. Ode
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Rashford to:
      A) KDB (c) -4
      B) Salah (c) -4
      C) Keep Rash and (c) Bruno

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        C

    21. Areyouthereyet
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      1FT 2.8mil itb
      A) Rashford to Bruno/ Salah/KDB
      B) Ziyech to Bruno

    22. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 6 days ago

      IMO, Vardy is the best captain pick this week.

      Yes, I know, I can't believe it either!

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Probably, still not getting him. Confident with my KDB C.

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Pope being out is a major benefit for sure.

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        My track record with Leicester players is pretty poor, always picked them at wrong time (except Pereira)

        Considering Kane to Vardy. 50-50 as of now...

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Don't get him please, thanks 😛

          Jokes aside, I wouldn't let past records have any influence in this decision. Had the same dilemma and currently 100-0 on Kane to Vardy (C).

      3. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        He was the best captain pick when he played Norwich last season tho 😉

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          he then blanked

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Which has zero relevance to this week's fixture.

            1. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Yes. But what I was saying, is that there was much expectation on him last season in that fixture as well. Leicester don't score a lot against teams who park the bus.

              1. Rasping Drive
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Fulham don’t park the bus, though

                1. Qaiss
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  Doubt Fulham will attack that much. They were quite defensive against West Ham a couple weeks ago. They probably won't be able to defend either way.

              2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Will Fulham park the bus though ?

    23. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Madness?

      Trent, Son, Rashford >>> Dias, Salah, Sterling (c)

      -8

      Could just do Sterling for Son, but if Salah rises I cannot afford Rashford to him... want to keep Son but he is the only way I can get both Salah and Sterling in.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Two captainable options in and one very strong value defender so it has merit. It does, however, seem unlikely Salah's dropping this GW though.

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          No I can afford it, but if Salah rises I can't afford to get him in a future GW

    24. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Guaita
      Robertson kilman zouma
      Son Fernandes Ziyech grealish
      Watkins DCL Kane

      Nyland Taylor burke dunne
      1 FT
      Plan all along was Kane to Vardy (C)

      Or Get kdb? Salah?

    25. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Would you play Mitchell in the hope he could start or Kilman?

      1. dicky2014
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Why would he start?

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          maybe PVA might play further forward. But doubt it tho

      2. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Starting Mitchell over Ayling myself.

      3. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Yes doing the same Mitchell over taylor

    26. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      GTG? Would you play Soucek or Coufal instead of anyone?

      Martinez
      Chilwell, Cancelo, Justin
      KDB, Bruno, Ziyech, Grealish
      Vardy(C), DCL, Watkins

      Peacock-Farrell, Soucek, Coufal, Lamptey

    27. LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Martinez
      Robbo - Chilwell - Zouma
      Son - Ziyech - Grealish - Hamez
      Kane - DCL - Watkins

      1 FT
      4.5 itb

      Which would you do here:

      A) Zouma ➡ Cancelo
      B) Kane ➡ Vardy
      C) Hamez ➡ Salah
      D) A + B for (-4) with C in GW11 fo FT
      ..?

    28. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Vardy is pretty average without penalty points this season, hmm

      1. The Red Devil
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Penalty points are points too

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Oh yes of course, but are they likely get any against a deep lying defense?

          1. The Red Devil
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I don't know man, think game is being made more complex than it is, vardy is a flat track bully, he enjoys such games, city will also do well, but I've yet to see city smash it in the league
            Between Salah & vardy for me

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        So is salah tho