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. marcos11
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Best option for just gw23 and gw24?

      a) Rudiger
      b) Mee

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

        Got the same dilemma.

        Is Rudiger 100% nailed and does he pose an aerial threat in the box?

        1. marcos11
            2 months, 4 days ago

            I think hes nailed at the moment, Silva went off injured last night and Zoumas also carrying a knock. I would say he poses an aerial threat in the box

        2. House Frey Wedding Planner
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I'd say Mee as he has an extra game in gw 24 and has better fixtures than Rudiger for gw 25 & 26

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Agree

      2. KAALI_DAAL
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Bench 2:

          Justin (wol)
          Coufal (ful)
          Dallas (CPL)
          Dias (liv)
          Webster (bur)

          1. marcos11
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Dias and Webster

            • The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Webster Webster and Cohen.
              Peace be the journey!

              Webster,Dias

          2. Red Dog
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Bench boost in 24? (Hear me out)

            I have 3 free transfers and Money to upgrade my fodder to Bur/City players. Who i would play, which gives me a bench of:

            Martinez (bri), soucek (SHU), Holding (LEE), Robertson (Lie).

            No dgw players but probable returns: 7, 5, 2, 2??

            I could then wildcard for 25/26 not spread my money too thin on WC but use my bench to prep for 29 (no FH).

          3. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Best mid upto 6.2 for DGW24?

            1. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              (Own Gundo and triple City)

            2. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              McNeill, Look an. Prob better off with a singler.

            3. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              punt on Lookman

          4. Free Hat
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Sad to see Joses post match interviews every time.

            He always seem to watch a different game than me.

            Nothing wrong with saying that the team is playing badly... Dont look for excuses, find a solution and man up.

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              100%, but it's too late in his coaching career to expect that.

          5. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Start one?

            A) Stones (with Dias)
            B) Digne
            C) KWP

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Digne - Stones ceiling is 6 points, KWP might still be injured (wait for presser) and Digne has attacking potential

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

                Stones ceiling is 21 points 🙂

          6. One of Those Days
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Gtg?

            Martínez
            Cancelo | Shaw | Cresswell
            Soucek | Salah | Fernandes | Sterling | Gündogan
            Bamford | Antonio(c)
            =======================================
            Johnstone | Maguire | DCL | Digne

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Sort the bench order - DCL first on the bench

              1. One of Those Days
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Cheers Tony

          7. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            A. Johnstone to Pope GW23 or 24
            B. Holding to Lowton GW24
            C. Both for free in GW24

            1FT 6.7itb
            Martinez
            Cancelo Digne Cresswell
            Salah Bruno Gundo Raphinha Soucek
            Bamford Antonio
            (Johnstone DCL Stones Holding)

            1. House Frey Wedding Planner
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              C

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

            Mitchell, Saka to Mee, Raphinha

            or

            Mitchell to Mee and give Saka the Arsenal game

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              A

          9. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Thoughts on Mount for the next 3? Playing as a No 10 and with those fixtures . Thoughts??

            1. marcos11
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Wouldnt say hes totally nailed

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

              Start DDG or Martinez

              Or get Pope now for double gw?

              Thoughts?

            3. MoSalalalalalalalalah
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Best moves to make? Think I need to get Chilwell out and maybe Son. Thanks for your help

              2.2 ITB
              2FTs

              Martinez
              Cancelo | Cresswell | Mee
              Sterling | Soucek | Gundogan | Bruno | Son
              Watkins | Bamford

              GK: Steer | Chilwell | DCL | Digne

              1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Getting Pope for the DGW could also work

            4. b91jh
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Martinez to Pope yay or nay?

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Nay.

              2. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Thinking about it as well, seems like good move with their fixtures

                1. b91jh
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  I agree but Martinez's fixture is still perfect to navigate with the WC30 plan.

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

              Captain for this week?

              1. b91jh
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Antoniooooooo

              2. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Antonio or Bruno

              3. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Bruno now but will switch if Olsen plays.

            6. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Which attacker to bench?

              A) Salah
              B) Rashford
              C) Gundo
              D) DCL

              DDG
              Stones, Dias, Coufal (Digne, Holding)
              Salah, Bruno, Rashford, Grealish, Gundo
              Watkins, Antonio, DCL

              1. b91jh
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                DCL obviously

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

              DDG, Mitchell to Pope, Rudiger

              or play DDG against Everton and have 2FT for gw24?

              1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Keep 2ft for gw24

            8. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Is Antonio on pen?

            9. SOTHPAW
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Sorry for the re-post, any changes needed here?

              Sanchez
              Shaw, Diaz, Dawson
              Salah, Maddison, Son, Bruno(c)
              Watkins, Wilson, Antonio(v)

              De Gea, Gundogan, Digne, Stones

              £2.6 mil itb & 1 free transfer