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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. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    What's the consensus on ManC defense?
    Cancelo or Dias?

    1. Gashead9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Surely Cancelo is not nailed with Mendy and Zinchenko also available at LB

    2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Both have played lots recently. Ppl say Dias because Cancelo played 90min on Europe. But so did Dias, he could as well be rested.

      All we know is Walker and Laporte are definetly starting Burnley game.

    3. Thescaff
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Dias, seeing as Mendy is nearly fully fit, which puts Cancelo in some doubt.
      Trouble is I can see Dias not playing vs Burnley due to their style

    4. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      That they’re not v gd imo!

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Cancelo is much higher potential when he plays. He's started all of the last 5.

      I'm gonna risk it. Cancelo over Dias for me.

  2. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Who to captain out of these three?

    A Salah
    B KDB
    C Fernandes

    1. Thescaff
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B
      C
      A
      In that order

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Interesting. I currently have it on Salah and KDB vice captain.

    2. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      KDB

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 22 days ago

        My worry about KDB is Burnley will park a double decker bus and city aren't in free goalscoring form.

        1. Thescaff
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Maybe ideal for him to belt one in from outside the box

          1. FPLMACKEM
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Yeah I think I'll be going with gut feeling for this one. I just think the Liverpool game may be more open and end to end.

  3. john25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 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

    1. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I think you should be looking at KDB or Salah, if not this week than next.

      Might have to sell Son.

      Or you could look at something more like Kane > Brewster + 4.5 > Salah/KDB

  4. Geoff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    December fixture schedule has been released.

    Anything stand out?

    https://www.premierleague.com/news/1905124

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I can feel my hamstring twitch just looking at it.

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      2 days turnaround for Chelsea, City, Leicester (and probably someone else) between Boxing Day and 28th.

  5. Henning
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Vardy in for son? Jota in for Zaha?Dias/Cancelo/ Robertson in for Lampety?

    Any idea what to do with this team?
    2.4 in bank and 1 ft

    Martinez

    Coufal Chilwell Justin

    Son Fernandes Rodriguez Grealish

    Kane DCL Bamford

    Steer Zaha Vestergaard Lamptey

    1. Geoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I'd be looking to get in KDB or Salah

      1. Henning
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Have exact money to do Son to KDB,.

  6. Jack Burton
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Rashford to Salah and captain worth it for a minus 4 have Bruno also thanks in advance

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes

      1. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Cheers mate i think its worth it needed some conformation good luck this week

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I would yeah

      1. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Yeah got exact cash works out nicely thanks

  7. BigKeith
      1 month, 22 days ago

      1ft 0itb Anything worth tweaking or save a transfer?

      Martinez (Steer
      Chilwell, Dallas, Coufal (Mitchell, Dunne)
      Son, Salah, Grealish, Ziyech (Barnes)
      DCL, Kane, Bamford

      Cheers

      1. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Save nice team

    • Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      2 FT and 0.3 ITB.

      A - Son > Jota
      B - Egan > James and save 1 transfer
      C - Egan > Coufal and save 1 transfer
      D - Other suggestion?

      McCarthy
      Chillwell - Taylor - Konsa
      Son - Bruno - Salah - Grealish
      Vardy - DCL - Bamford

      Steer - Soucek - Egan - Mitchell    

      1. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Save

    • Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      As a Salah (last week), Zaha, Digne, Lamptey and Mitchell owner my reduced hits policy has gone out the window.

      Who's a good replacement for Digne? Have Chilwell and Cancelo. Cresswell maybe?

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        I'd be tempted just to go cheap, under 5.0m and keep the money for future attacking upgrades

      2. teneighty
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Perhaps Bellerin?

      3. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Cheapo. I like KWP, Dallas or Kilman.

      4. QueefParkRangers
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Cresswell

    • LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

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

      1 FT
      4.5 itb

      Which should I do here:

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

    • shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Son > Sterling and go for gold? GW12 switch back to Salah..

      Ryan
      Bellerin Konsa Coufal
      KdB(c) Bruno(vc) SON Soucek
      Kane DCL Mitro

      1. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No

    • PepSala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      vardy or KDB captain is doing my head in! who will score more points

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Whoever you don't captain 😉

        I think I'd go KDB

      2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Vardy or Bruno here mate cannot make my mind up haha. Also have the exact funds to do Rashford to KDB too bit would be -4 cannot decide on that one too!!!

      3. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Same dilemma, on Vardy at the moment. Have been all week and think i'll stick to it.

    • RED_ARMY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Will there be fans in stadiums starting from next week in London?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Arsenal have confirmed they will for their Europa league game next week

        1. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          I can't wait to see the fans back.

          The Premier League is a mere empty shell without them.

      2. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        If I read things correctly, yes

      3. F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        should be 2,000

    • Bullet Eder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Jimenez, Podence, Rodriguez and Son to Salah, KDB, Bamford and Stephens for a (-12), yay or nay?

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        -12, no way.

        Just do Jimenez + Rodriguez > Bamford + Salah/KDB -4

        1. Better off with a pin and a…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Or Jimi + Son -> KDB + Bamford this week (if you're happy to lose Son). JRod has a good fixture.

    • The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 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 too?

      1. AnfieldLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Probably not. I think both Spurs out for a hit is too much. Just one of them out for whoever you want to captain

        1. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Really wanna target Fulham fixtures

    • Booked4Dissent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Does anyone think that KDB will be benched vs Burnley? Pep said of his absence from UCL squad that he can have the ‘week off’ as they have the players back now...want to captain but worried he’ll be rested.

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        No, no chance he's rested twice in a row. Week off meaning the week, not the weekend. He's my captain!

      2. Joey Tribbiani
          1 month, 22 days ago

          1000% he plays 90mins, Pep can rest him again next Champions League game, because they qualified

      3. AnfieldLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        McCarthy
        Chilwell Cancelo Kilman
        Son Bruno Grealish Soucek
        DCL Kane Werner
        (4.0 Bissoums Shaw* Ferguson*)
        1FT 2.7ITB

        Planning to do Son -> KDB

        Worth Shaw out for a hit? Might need a 4th defender if Cancelo is a rotation risk. Exact funds for Shaw -> Cresswell

      4. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Martinez
        Semedo Robo Chillwell Mitchel Dunne
        Son Bruno Grealish Zaha* Burke
        Wilson DCL Jimi

        1 FT and 4.0 m itb

        1. Zaha to Sterling/KDB
        2. Zaha + Jimi to Ziyech/Jota + Vardy (-4)
        3. Zaha + Jimi + Robo to Vardy + KDB + Coufal/James (-8)
        4. Zaha + Semedo to KDB + Dias (-4)

      5. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Ziyech Rashford Son Grealish KDB
        Bamford DCL Werner

        Bench 1!

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Really wish I had AOA!

        2. Le Bluff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          That really is an awful team set up if you're benching one of those every week.

          Bench Grealish. No Barkley for Villa so expect them to struggle a little.

          1. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I know, had to get DCL in for Brewster, will restructure in 2 weeks.

      6. Slitherene
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Seeing the state of my defense & no other pressing issues..

        Martinez Fodder
        Cancelo Justin Lascelles*
        KdB Bruno Ziyech Grealish
        Vardy Richarlison Watkins
        Soucek Lamptey* Taylor

        1 FT, 2.1 ITB

        ..Cancelo to Robertson?

      7. The Red Devil
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Repost
        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?

      8. Dynamic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        How long is Pope out injured for?

        Have Peacock-Farrell as my bench GK

        1. Joey Tribbiani
            1 month, 22 days ago

            sounds like 1 game only

          • Geoff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Yeah, as Joey says should just be 1

        2. Big Ronnie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          GTG? Would you play Soucek or Coufal instead of anyone? Vardy or KDB captain?

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

          Peacock-Farrell, Soucek, Coufal, Lamptey

        3. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Best 4th defender (will start this week due to lamptey suspension)

          A) dann
          B) kwp
          C) Dallas
          D) coufal (have balbuena)
          E) holding

          1. dbeck
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            the everton left back

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

            Easy C

        4. JoeSoap
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Best long-term replacement for TAA?

          A. Robertson
          B. Chilwell
          C. Cresswell
          D. Cancelo/Laporte
          E. Other

          Have Lamptey, Mitchell, Justin, Zouma

        5. dogtanion
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          For the next 2 weeks, KDB and Sterling are better prospects than Salah ? Brighton aren't exactly pushovers are they ?

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

            The issue about Salah is the short turn around in fixtures and the must win fixture on Tuesday......I can see Klopp restricting minutes to both Salah and Mane v Brighton. They truly mocked up last night

          2. Thescaff
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Xga is very good for Brighton this season

        6. Who is the best Digne replacement?
          Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Digne to undergo surgery after suffering an injury in training (Sky Sports)

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            If mods were actually on here they would have hulked this early in the morning 😉

            1. A Dog Has Its Day
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              well done you want a blue peter badge now?

          2. Jonny HOW SON?
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I think a Man City defender is the route to go for

          3. FPL Egregious
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Telles

          4. riot
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            4.5 and pocket

          5. Alchim1sT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Cancelo / Diaz / Chilwell or going cheaper with a 4,5 like Coufal and spread funds.

          6. torshov_bulls
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I think both Cancelo and Dias might be rested this weekend. Both have had very much playingtime and are due a rest.
            Only sure starters i defense are Walker and Laporte who were rested midweek.

            Mendy and Zinchenko can play left back, Garcia/ and Stones can play alongside Laporte centrally.

        7. Deulofail
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Nice video about Martinelli, soon to return to premier league action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeuVD_9SaeE

          1. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Martinelli is not even listed by fpl,i wonder how much he will come in at when listed?

            1. Jared Dunn
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              He is on the 2nd page for Arsenal. 4.9 Mid.

            2. Deulofail
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              He's there. 4.9 mid. For some reason he doesn't show unless you search for him...

              1. Deulofail
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Oh he's on the 2nd page, as Jared says

                1. Deulofail
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Which is so, so cheap.Can see him playing through the middle and breaking the FPL game

        8. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          People need to realize theres a massive difference between a "deep lying defense" that is actually solid with good defenders who know their role in that system (like Burnley or even Newcastle) and a deep lying defense comprised of terrible defenders who are used to play possession football but who cant handle the increased pressure and instant punishment of losing possession that happens in the PL....

          Fulham will lose the ball in dumb positions because their team is simply inferior to Leicester in every part of the pitch, and then Vardy will have space in behind regardless of how "deep lying" Fulham set out to be.

          1. Deulofail
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            There's no "in behind" if they park on the goal line

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Everton's first goal game from a counter attack that started after Fulham played the ball into Richa's feet 30 yards from their own touchline

              1. Deulofail
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                ok...

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Finally...

          3. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Fernandinho and Silva were massive for City conceding less goals. Fernandinho cleaning midfield and Silva rarely gave the ball away.

          4. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Ssssh

        9. Silent Friend
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Captain Bruno over Salah

          1. Deulofail
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I'll do what I like, thank you very much