Champions League

The strategies and captaincy picks of the top ten in Scout’s UCL Fantasy mini-league

With less than two weeks until the UEFA Champions League resumes, we’re looking at the managers who currently top the Fantasy Football Scout league in the UCL Fantasy game. This article will focus on the top 10 within our league, looking at how they’ve used their chips, their captaincy decisions and which players they’ve relied on to get them to the top.

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Chips

There are only two chips in the UCL Fantasy game: Wildcard (just like FPL) and Limitless (unlimited budget for one Matchday). Every player in the top 10 has used both of these chips in the group stage and clearly, they’ve used them well. Eight of the top 10 used their Limitless chip on Matchday Two and all scored over 80 points with it that week. In fact, every player in the top 10 scored over 80 points with their Limitless – Mo Hafiz (fourth) got 85 points on Matchday Three and Damjan (joint-eighth) racked up 90 on Matchday Six. This shows how powerful this chip can be when used right – without it, they would have very different rankings.

There’s a lot less consensus on when was the best point to use the Wildcard. The top two both used it on Matchday Four, five of the top 10 used it straight after their Matchday Two Limitless and the two who didn’t use the Matchday Two Limitless both chose to Wildcard that week instead. AlNasib, who sits fifth, chose to Wildcard on Matchday Six, having been in a strong position starting with consistent high scorers like Bruno Fernandes, Erling Haaland, Ilkay Gundogan and Angelino. This highlights that, whilst there is never a ‘right’ time to use the Wildcard, knowing when is right for your team can reap massive rewards. 

Captaincy

Captaincy has also played a key role in getting the top 10 to where they are. Of the 60 captaincy picks across the top 10, there have only been five blanks, with none of them having more than one. Forty-four of these 60 picks have been one of Neymar, Mbappe, Ronaldo, Messi, Haaland and Lewandowski, highlighting how effective going with the popular pick can be. None of the top three managers have varied from those players when choosing their captains. 

Midfield picks have been the least popular, with Salah, Felix, De Bruyne and Coman all donning the captain’s armband once, for an average of 16 points each. Interestingly, defenders have been captained seven times, with top-scoring player Cristian Romero accounting for five of those when captained for his Matchday Five and Six hauls. 

Neymar is the highest-scoring captain on average – backed by five of the top 10 managers for the first time in Matchday Six, he returned 36 points. Damjan’s differential pick of Coman on Matchday Four got him 24 points to be the second-highest scoring captain on average, closely followed by Romero with 22 points on average. 

From this, we learn that most of the top 10 managers stick with the consensus, the classic ‘big hitters’, and it’s got them to where they are now. Having two or more of these big hitters is a staple of all of these teams and their captaincy statistics speak for themselves. 

Key Players

Interestingly, every player in the top 10 started with Angelino’s 19-point haul on Matchday One. All of the top eight teams found some use for Wilmar Barrios as a cheap option for balls recovered. This aside, there’s very little consistency in the players used amongst the top 10, which demonstrates perfectly how many ways there are to skin the UCL Fantasy cat with the depth and variety of players available in the group stages. As the player pool halves going into the last 16, more of a template will likely come to the fore. 

Two or three big-hitting forwards have been at the heart of every team, supported by defenders who either score high for balls recovered or have high attacking threat – ideally both. Teams very rarely find a place for more than one premium-priced midfielder, with many preferring a selection of midfielders priced between 7-9m, knowing they’re unlikely to captain a premium option like Salah or De Bruyne.

All things considered, most of the top 10 have made it there in their own, individual way. The most common path was using Limitless in Matchday Two and Wildcarding the week after, using solely premium forwards as captaincy options, but this is by no means a set rule. People will still be able to make up ground quickly with chips still to be used and a lot of football still to be played. 

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292 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Taegugk Warrior
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Martinez
    AWB/Stones/Justin
    Salah/Fernandes/Son/Gundo/Soucek
    Watkins/Bamford

    Peacok-Farrel/DCL/Mitchell/Killman
    1FT
    A. Mitchel to Cresswell, Bench stones
    B. Gundo to Grealish
    C. DCL to Anonio Bench Gundo
    D. Save FT

    1. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      D

    2. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      D

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      D

  2. marcos11
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Captain?

      a) Bruno
      b) Son
      c) Antonio
      d) Bamford

      1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Bruno i would say

      2. Mufc202020
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        A but if you’re feeling brave C

        1. Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          This

        2. marcos11
            2 months, 5 days ago

            My thoughts exactly, I’ll bare it in mind

          • Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            +1

        3. Aster
            2 months, 5 days ago

            I do not even want to hear Son's name

        4. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Would you bench Dcl and play Dier this gw ?

          1. Mufc202020
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            No

          2. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            No

          3. Balls of Steel
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Dier probably be dropped after last night's horror show

            1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              He almost scored last night

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Not sure that’s how you judge a defender’s performance

          4. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Never

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Dier with legs like a sea anemone? Him.

          5. Aster
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Yes

          6. AC Yew
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            1- Start 3:
            Cancelo
            Stones
            Dier
            AWB
            Coufal

            2- McCarthy or Johnstone to either Pope or Martinez

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Cancelo
              AWB
              Coufal

            2. Balls of Steel
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Cancelo
              AWB
              Coufal

              McCarthy to Pope

          7. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Bit of help needed please

            A Smith Rowe to raphinha. Will keep DCL on the bench and give me even more benching headache but Leeds mid a good option for the next couple of gws...

            B DCL to Antonio. Could get DCL following gw no issue as have 2 fts. Am a bit worried not owning Antonio v fulham and Sheffield ...

            C neither move and back to square one

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              Just a bit of help please 😉

            2. My heart goes Salalalalah
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              I think no one is replying because it's a bit tough. But I would say C...I think LOL

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Haha ok cheers 🙂

            3. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              A and B look good.

              A...

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Thanks

            4. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 5 days ago

              A as early prep for gw 24 and bench dcl ?

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Thanks Steve. A bit concerned about not owning Antonio but a makes sense too. Cheers.

                1. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I’m a bit concerned to, I have souceck and double def so hoping that covers it

          8. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 5 days ago

            McCarthy Forster
            Cancelo Dallas Justin Coufal Lowton
            Sterling Salah Bruno Gundo Romeu
            Antonio Bamford DCL

            2ft, 3.5itb

            Do just McCarthy to Pope and save other ft for next gw?

            1. Teomi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              forster to pope?
              McCarthy up for a dgw in 26

              1. iL PiStOlErO
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Depends if I will BB in dgw26 but I like Burnley fixtures...cheers.

          9. Taegugk Warrior
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            to bench :
            A. DCL
            B. Soucek
            C. Stones

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 5 days ago

              C

            2. marcos11
                2 months, 5 days ago

                C

              • Balls of Steel
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                C

              • Aster
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  A

              • Warby84
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Martinez
                Coufal Shaw Cancelo
                Son Salah Fernandes Gundogan
                Bamford Antonio (c) Calvert-Lewin

                DDG TAA Dias Smith-Rowe

                Locked and loaded, bench in order ok?

                1. Balls of Steel
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Think I'd start Dias for security, Cancelo may come off the bench!

                2. One of Those Days
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Gtg

              • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Bench one ?
                This is really tough

                1. Dias
                2. Cancelo
                3. Dier
                4. Dcl
                5. Grealish
                6. Maguire

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  One of city or 3

                2. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Well you could bench 4 or 6 because they are facing each other.

                  1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    For now Dcl is benched

              • Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Start DDG or Martinez

                Or get Pope now for double gw?

              • Balls of Steel
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                What to do with 2FT, 8.2itb

                Martinez
                Cancelo Coufal Stones
                Salah Bruno Gundo Soucek
                DCL(C) Antonio Bam

                Forster Robbo Holding Burke

                Robertson to Rudiger and Burke to Son?

                Cheers

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Upgrade forster to one of the dgw keeper

                  Sure about captaincy?

                  1. Balls of Steel
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Cheers on keeper, oops that C should be on Antonio 🙂

              • Little Red Lacazette
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                2FT, 5.8ITB.

                Johnstone -> Pope and roll the other FT?

                Martinez
                Dias Stones Dallas
                Gundogan Bruno Salah Son
                Bamford Antonio DCL

                Johnstone Coufal Bissouma Bednarek

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Yes

                2. Bavarian
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I would play Coufal instead of Stones

                  1. Little Red Lacazette
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    Will do actually. What of the transfer?

                    1. Bavarian
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Pope will be great for the DGW but after that you will be facing benching headaches with 2 expensive GK'ers

                      1. Little Red Lacazette
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 5 days ago

                        Will drop one after. Plus I bought Martinez cheap.

                        1. Bavarian
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 5 days ago

                          do it then

                          1. Bavarian
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 5 days ago

                            why not Martinez to Pope?

              • fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Those with 2x MCI defence and Robertson, who are you benching ?

                1. Balls of Steel
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Robertson 🙁

                2. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I would bench one City.

              • Bavarian
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Martinez
                Dias-Coufal-Dallas
                Salah-Son(C)-Soucek-Bruno
                DCL-Antonio(VC)-Bamford

                Areola-Robertson-Holding-Bissouma

                2FT and 2.8itb

                What should be the next move?
                Robbo to who?
                Shaw/AWB/Mee/Alonso/Cancelo?

                1. Bavarian
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Martinez to Pope an option?

              • b91jh
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Start 3

                Cresswell (ful)
                Dallas (CRY)
                White (bur)
                Cancelo (liv)
                Dias (liv)

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  On fixtures you'd fancy Cresswell and Dallas plus a Man City pick.

              • tommo123
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                McCarthy
                Dias Konsa Holding
                Salah Son(c) Fernandes Soucek Barnes
                Antonio Bamford

                Nyland DCL Mitchel Zouma

                3.4m ITB

                Really struggling on decisions this week, Hold or bring in MCI for the double?
                Any obvious changes?

                1. tommo123
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Still have WC, FH and BB

              • Jellyfish
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Only just seen the confirmations on the double game week team news. Surprised Villa aren’t in that list with their games in hand!

              • AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                On fixtures and form, 2 ft:

                Salah to Raphinha?

                Or any other midfielder?

                Have Bruno, Son, Gundogan and Saka.

                Otherwise going to downgrade my second keeper for future funds for Vardy or Kane return.

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Do you want raphinha this week ?

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    I think so. Home to Palace who have some injuries.

                    Always open with Leeds.

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      Saka in that case. Fixture and form say otherwise but losing Salah for him is a bad move imo. Gl

              • Taegugk Warrior
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                play DCL or soucek..?

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Has to be soucek

                2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Soucek

              • The Tinkerman
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                When can we expect to know about the GW26 doubles?

              • Dele
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                How’s Pope gone up in price then?

                1. Old Gregg
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  DGW fever

              • Atimis
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Would you do Martinez or Martin to Pope -4? Good fixtures and DGW incoming so maybe it is worth it?

                Martinez
                Cancelo/Justin/Coufal
                Salah/Bruno/Grealish/Gundo
                DCL/Antonio/Bamford

                Martin/Robo/Stones/Stephens

                1. Dele
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Martinez to Pope

                2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  For a hit, never

                  1. Atimis
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    But for the next 4 games?

              • KEVIN DE CLAUS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Martinez
                Dias Cancelo Coufal
                Son Sterling Salah Bruno
                Wilson Antonio Bamford

                Peacock Soucek Alioski Mitchell

                0.7 ITB and 2 FT. Any suggestions on transfers? Thinking about swapping Soucek for Raphinha in a few GWs, and actually maybe benching Salah for Soucek this round.

                1. Here's Tom with the We…
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Actually makes a bit of sense benching Salah if you’re playing double city def.

                  Martinez to Pope?

              • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                As long as Dallas plays OOP, do you think you would be fine with playing him even in a difficult fixture in case of an emergency?

                1. G Banger
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I'm keeping and playing most games, as one assist / goal and he's scored as much as most DEF

                2. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  I'd prioritise a Burnley defender with likely Cs over a Dallas maybe assist.

              • K_B_M_10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 5 days ago

                McCarthy- Steer
                Cancelo, Stones, Coufal, Mithc, Justin
                Salah, Bruno, Soucek, Gundo, Son
                DCL, Antonio, Firmino

                Frimino to Bamford

                Who should I bench?

                1. Boly Would
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  DCL, Stones, Mitchell

              • G Banger
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                8.2 ITB and 2FT... priority here?

                Martinez
                Coufal / Dallas / Cancelo
                Salah / Fernandes / Gundogan / Grealish / Soucek
                Bamford / DCL

                Button / Stones/ Holding / Brewster

                a) Upgrade bench keeper
                b) Upgrade DEF
                c) Upgrade Brewster

                1. Herman Toothrot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Button to Pope if you're planning on a BB

                  1. Herman Toothrot
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    And Brewster to Antonio or,dare I say it, Wood?

                    1. G Banger
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 5 days ago

                      cursed words! but food for thought, cheers

              • Herman Toothrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Start Gundogan or Lookman?

                1. Here's Tom with the We…
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Gündogan

              • Tshelby
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                What to do? Chillwell out obviously but for who? Stay with Chelsea defenders? Maybe Justin or ManU?

                The team

                Martinez
                Chilwell, Dias, Stones, Coufal, Alioski
                Grealish, Salah, Bruno, sterling, Soucek
                Watkins, Antonio, Bamford

                2ft
                0.2 itb

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Leicester have some tricky fixtures.

                  Man Utd easier next 3 games.

                2. Old Gregg
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  Shaw or Rudiger/Azpi or maybe Mee in prep for the DGW.

              • AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Salah and Saka

                To Raphinha and Soucek for free?

                Yay or nay...

              • Old Gregg
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 5 days ago

                Mendy
                Stones-Cancelo-Justin
                Bruno-Soucek-Barnes-Gundogan
                DCL-Bam-Wilson

                4m-Salah-Konsa-Mitchell

                2FT

                The plan was Dcl > Antonio. But with Everton’s DGW I should hold i guess.

                What move now?.

                a)Wilson > Antonio instead
                b) Mitchell >mee
                c) Foster > Pope
                d) any recommendations?

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 5 days ago

                  All good moves.

                  A first.

                  1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 5 days ago

                    I'm doing B (already have Antonio)

                    Do both?