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  1. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Thanks for all the help rigs season, my teams finished in the top 60 and 21k. Last tip I took from here was Man U an d Newcastle to win away!

  2. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    This guy would be one to meet.

    https://twitter.com/FPLStatistics/status/1393634787819081732?s=20

    Think I'd personally rather keep it virtual but have fun folks!

    1. Tango74
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I would like to know best sleeper team?

    2. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Have Hall of Fame rank of 300 till last fpl season. Hopefully break in top 100 with 464 rank finish 🙂

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        You were 38th in GW34

        1. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Wow! Thats awesome! Looks like I am officially good at fpl now :p

        2. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          When will it be updated in HOF section mate?

    3. GW38 End of season rough with the smooth
      Legomané
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      The 2020/21 season is complete — tell us, how was your Gameweek 38?

      Did you manage to field 11 players? Did you use any chips? Were any of your players benched, or injured? Did your transfers pay off? How did your bench perform? Did your captain return?



      Most importantly — did you finish strongly in your Mini-leagues or were you pipped to the post? Did you achieve your Overall Rank target?

      Share your tales of joy or woe, here:

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Aguero was my highlight.

        1. Zen Arcade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Did you captain him?

      2. Tallahassee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Had an amazing week! Started out 3rd in ML, chasing by 25 points. Brought in Mane and captained him. Just before the deadline I put Lingard on the bench in favour of Bale. Ended up with a GW rank of ~2800, for my first ever ML win!

      3. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Had Meslier and Forster so no keeper. Played Digne and benched Dias.

        Brought in Cresswell and Mané for Shaw and Greenwood and captained Mané. Won my minileague by six having trailed by fifteen coming into the gameweek.

      4. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        71(-4) to jump 30k to 150k OR. Mane captain, ESR 3 points off the bench for Greenwood no show. Disappointing season where I failed to make any decent ground in any week really. Not getting Gundo probably cost me getting into at least top 100k and definitely my ML.

        1. aborg
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Same here mate....Not getting Gundo when he kept hauling killed my chances of winning the ML and maybe inside top 50k.

          He was an anomaly I could not fit in my game plan at the time.

      5. RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I halved my rank from 800 to 400 thanks to Mane and Willock. Mini league was won long time back 🙂

      6. Brimble82
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Brought in Kane & Willock for Bruno & DCL.
        Finished with a pleasing (yet somehow underwhelming) 63, and managed to sneak into the top 100k (started day at 102k)

        Finished 2nd in most MLs.
        Most pleasingly, to my 9yo in one league, who finished with 2415 and 65k OR.
        #prouddad

        It’s been a long haul of a season. Enjoyed it. Glad for a break.
        Huge thanks to all mods, members and contributors. 2020 was pretty sh!77y at times, and FFS has been a rock in the storm and a great support/thing to focus on in such times of uncertainty.

        Enjoy the Euros all. See you next season.

      7. Jafalad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Brought in Mane and Antonio for -4. One delivered; t'other not.

        After playing ff for 13 years, I achieved my highest ever points score of 2366. Beat my best my previous best by 62 points. The rank was way down though - 153k.

        I attribute this to an article pre-season from Laterz which talked of a much more aggressive transfer policy. Well the results speak volumes.

        Normally I'm a conservative player but the game is evolving and strategies must evolve with it. 54 transfers was well above my normal quota but the points haul was well up too.

        Thank you for all the excellent articles on here.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          It was a high scoring season but with 8 million players ranking in the top echelons is more challenging.

        2. Lateriser 12
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Lovely finish Jafa

      8. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        But captain on Mane week 1 and no Salah and Salah but no Mane in gw38 sums up my season.

        I had the arm band on TAA as yesterday's punt.

      9. Sedemuda
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        In two local mini-leagues.Got Mane for Bruno. Won one & would have won the other by one point if I'd captained Mane instead of Salah. Nor brave enough to go against the popular pick in case Salah went mad. 15k rank could have been 10k.

      10. Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Rough: Salah and Dallas disappointing but given their EO's not a big deal.

        Smooth: Bale, Coufal. 73 pts, up to a season high rank of 28k after horrendous first 15 gw's between 1-2 M...

      11. Do I Not Like Orange
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Fielded 11 with no problems. Worthless last minute WBA goal cost me my work ML, and a ridiculous 89pt score including Ederson 12 pointer cost me MOTM prize in another league. Both sum up perfectly why I'm so happy this season is finally over.

      12. Stejson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Arsenal blowing my over 0.5 goals in the first half acca
        Burnley blowing my over 1.5 goals by full time acca

      13. Kabayan
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Fielded 11 players with 2 playing sub.
        Got Mane for Bruno.
        50-50 call between Pepe or keep Son, went with the las

        1. Kabayan
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

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      14. Dreams
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        My gameweek 38 was decent. I did manage to field 11 players. I did not use any chips. Saka was benched along with Luke Shaw. The 1 point from Saka instead of 13 points from Bale hurts even now. My transfer of Jota out for Mount did not pay off really. The bench performed excellently with Bale and Dawson getting 19 points between them. Captained Salah which was a decent pick. I did finish strongly in the mini leagues but could not win all of them. The good part was that this was my highest Fpl points tally till now but somehow finished at 88k. Looking forward to the next season. Thanks for all your help during the season Legomanè.

      15. claretparrot
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Had an incredible final day in the pub. It felt like every score/event update contained points!

        98 on the day, propelling me to my best ever finish and the top 1k which I'd completely written off pre match.

        Special mention to my punt. Take a bow Pablo Fornals

        1. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Wow, Coufal and Fornals! Bet the pub was fun!

      16. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        An underwhelming end to a crappy season. 55(-4) giving me my worst overall rank of 220k. I was at 110k in gw10 and then just couldn't seem to progress at all. Not reading too much into it though, it's been such a weird season and most of my big rank drops were just bad luck with short notice double gws etc. Nowhere in my main ML but did manage to win my head to head league somehow. Hopefully next year is more normal!

      17. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Watched the Chelsea match and stayed away from my phone, so I was only aware of the goals from the Leicester and Liverpool matches really. Picked up my phone at full time to see only Kane and Salah had any sort of return for me and that Jota had come off the bench for a 2 minute cameo to block my Dawson CS. Auba punt was predictably a disaster too. Was quite nice to have all the disappointment out the way in one fell swoop tbh.

        Chunky red arrow, but satisfied with a 40k finish and some ML wins in a season where I couldn't pick a captain to save my life.

      18. Rundmc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        3 points behind in my mini league, had Bruno and Shaw, the leader son and only AWB from Utd.

        Took a punt and sold Bruno for Mane, DLC for Chris Wood (to fund the upgrade) and played Targett over Shaw.

        Captained Mane, guy leading captained Salah. 75 points haul to his 49 for the win plus snuck in the top 50,000 for the season.

      19. Black Knights
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Had 15 points to make up in my ML. Took a -4 to bring in Mane (C) and Bamford. Won the ML by 9 points.

        I had thought that picking ASM over Willock last week was going to cost me.

        Very average season by my standards, 67k, but i had a bit of a battle with mental wellness this year and had deleted and reactivated my team 7 times, missing 5 deadlines completely, including 3 in a row around GW25-GW27.

        All in all, a lot of things have put this game into perspective this season, so i'm a better person for it now.

      20. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Finished 9.5 K overall but could have been much better if I hadn't got bogged down in winning my mini league which I did but took in some turkeys in the last few weeks.

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Such an amazing consistency!

      21. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        4 red arrows in last 6 GW. MANU v LIV cancellation really didn’t help and threw all my plans out the window and it took 3 GW’s to recover but managed to stay in top 20k but probably a season of what might have been. Happy enough with my GW 38 finish except fro Leeds conceding late on. Looking forward to next year already!

      22. Lemongrab
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        GW 38. Rough - was on double Leeds defence so that last min goal cost me about 12 points. Went for Antonio over Bamford as one of my last week transfers which was a close call I got wrong.
        Smooth - brought in Mane. Scored 62 (-4) resulting in only a tiny red arrow of around 300 places.

        Overall - it's been a great season for me personally, won all my mini leagues and achieved my highest ever rank of 2597. Never finished in the top 10k before so I'm delighted 🙂

      23. FPLRaiser
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Overturned an 11 point mini league deficit and smashed my way into the top 100k on the final day.

        Slight wobble towards the end with an Azpi red and Dallas lost clean sheet, but Mane (C) and my dud from the week before (Bale) scoring a brace turned the 11 deficit into an 18 point lead.

        Also gave me my 5th top 100k finish. Unthinkable when I was around the 2.5m mark in December.

      24. Levi's 501
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Smooth, just about got a PB score of 2255. +13 on last season.

        Rough, rank was much lower than last season. Only Kane and Salah got returns this week. Manè cost me mini league for 2nd time in 3 seasons.

      25. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        One last rough to end the worst season ever for me.

        Mahrez > Torres -4 to lose my last H2H and finish 2nd in the mini league. Good riddance 20/21!

      26. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        After trailing all season I won two MLs on the final day and got my highest points total ever.

        Got Mane for Bruno.

      27. Zen Arcade
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Just enjoyed watching Match of the Day without knowing the scores - couldn't keep in touch with results during the afternoon so did it that way. Enjoyed it!

        I think I could've ended up better than 27k if I'd taken some more risks, but that's just hindsight I suppose, I am really pleased with that rank which is my joint best ever I believe.

      28. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Smooth: Sold Digne, Bruno and Son for Dallas, Mane and Pepe. (-8) Captained Mane.
        Trades returned a net 37 points. Scored 92 (-8). GW Rank of 8.5k.
        Overhauled a 23 point deficit in my main mini-league.
        Sneaked into the top 20k.
        Happy as Larry.

      29. Champ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Lost a mini league by a point on the last day thanks to Azpil red card and -2 🙂

        1. Lemongrab
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Brutal

      30. andymck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Brought in Mane who helped me win my mini league by two points and finish on my highest rank of the season of 38k!

      31. One Wheels Enough
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        200 points behind ML leader at Xmas (1.3M OR) and was 12th in ML at that stage.

        Ended up a dead heat yesterday with both on 2406 pts (77K OR), but he wins on the fewer trannies rule.

        He was 3 points ahead and got 63 yesterday and I got 66...

      32. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Usual rubbish final gameweek for me which happens every season. Captained Iheanacho. My mini league rival almost overturned my 23pt lead with his Mane captain punt but luckily for me, he had Azpiliqueta subbed in for Gundogan so I still won.

      33. Runaway
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Smooth: Bale + Son + Meslier > Mane + Raph + Mendy (-4) move -kind of- paid off thanks to Mane (C) decision. I won my country league (NL) from 15 point behind (I was the only Mane capper in first 30 or so).

        Rough: I was between Ederson and Mendy and picked the wrong one. I still can't get over the Meslier decision of Bielsa which came out of nowhere and cost me the top100 finish as such chance comes once in a 10 year (at least for me).

        Overall quite happy my highest ever OR (123) and my top 10K streak is going on, seven in a row now. It has been the most tiring season ever with non-stop DGW/BGW/chip planning from GW13-14 till the end but ended well for me.

      34. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Smooth: saved bench-boost until final GW, had 15 points to make up on my ML Rival, and started the GW at 46,050 OR.
        Rough: saw the teams and reralised Bamford not starting and no Ben Mee in Burnley team
        Smooth: Ederson in goal saves a penalty!
        Smooth: Great scores incoming from Mane, Salah, Coufal, Pepe, Leeds players: with 10 minutes to go, sitting on 108 points and 10 points clear on my rival
        Rough: Leeds concede, TAA gets YC
        Smooth: 5 minutes after final whistle and I'm on 101 points and 2 points clear of my ML rival.
        Rough: BP's get adjusted and my score drops to 99. Tied in points with my rival. Now check transfers and we both did 52 transfers during the season! Dead-heat!
        Smooth: final OR of 17212 - first time in Top 20k, and met my goal at start of season to average 65 points, which would have been good enough for top 5k or even Top 1k in most previous seasons.

        1. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          My aim is also always 65 points per GW average.

        2. Brimble82
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          So who won the ML!!!???!!!

          1. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Dead-heat. No way to split us. Both our OR is 17212. It's like a grey Arrow. 🙂

      35. Louis Van Gaalstones
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Saw my captain was benched at the beginning of the games.

        My captain was Bale.

      36. 5had0w14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        After 12 consecutive seasons, I finally decided to hang up my boots alongside Aguero. Used my free hit, and brought him for Kane and captained him. Also brought Antonio (for Bamford) , Wood (for DCL), Coufal(for Digne) and Mane (for Greenwood) . Aguero came on, scored a brace. Now we bid farewell to FPL. Thanks everyone for your valuable input throughout the years.

      37. Davros
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Very happy overall. Led ML by 8pts going into 38 but decided to take a -4 to bring in Raph and TAA. Decision kept me in 1st and 70k OR

      38. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Smooth for me:
        - Shaw (Castagne bench: 0pts) ➡ > Tierney (6pts)
        - Robertson assist and cleanie (8pts)
        - My team name, "Alexander Annulled" was vindicated by my ML rival and me both captaining Trent
        - Although 5pts was underwhelming for my captain, that made 3/3 defender cleanies
        - Foden goal, Mahrez assist (6pts each)
        - Kane goal and assist (10pts each)
        - Bale, Aguero and Saka came off the bench for get 4 goals (24 pts together)
        - That made 6 goals in a SGW, which is a record for me this season
        - 75 points this week and gained 37 points on my ML leader
        - Highest OR of the season for me at 374k (up from 3.5m in GW13)

        Rough for ML leader:
        - Schmeichel own goal (-2pts)
        - Azpilicueta rec card (-2pts)
        - Greenwood no-show brought Ward-Prowse off the bench (2pts)
        - Nothing from Dallas, Ings or Wood
        - Took a hit
        - 38 points for his worst GR of the season (5,987,946)

        Smooth for ML leader
        - He still beat me by 5 points.
        - I would have drawn with him if I'd captained Kane or Aguero
        - I would have beaten him if I captained Bale

        Boooooo

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          And when I say 'drawn', I mean 'won' as he made 44 transfers to my 36!

        2. Gentle_Turks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Robertson didn't get an assist.

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            2 baps, my bad

      39. shirtless
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Smooth; Decent last move, Bruno back to Mane, for a 71 point week. Finished at 600k, worst season ever, but some sort of recovery after being at 1.1m in GW28. Returns from Salah(c), Coufal, Son, Mane, Raphina, Kane and Bamford.

        Rough; Keane 0, Antonio only blank attacker with 2.

        Special mention to my 11 year old Emilia for finishing at 922k in her first season. Would've been higher if she'd done the Bruno>Mane swap but she insisted on dealing with Cancelo!

      40. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Won the mini league by leveling a 7 point deficit and having 1 less transfer than my opponent.

        He transferred in Trent and kept Fernandes giving me less differentials but severely weakening his team

        I transferred in Bamford to give me Bamford, Iheanacho and Martinez (coming off the bench for Areola)

        While he had Antonio, Mendy and Vydra (coming off the bench for Fernandes)

        Fine Margins but he was punished for limiting my differentials instead of brining in Mane. Maybe he didn't know but from what I seen he does his research and think he was trying to be slick.

        Also had Coufal first on my bench over Rudiger. I should of played him over Rudiger because he had Rudiger and Mendy and banked on Chelsea conceding but really thought Chelsea would keep a cleansheet and tried to minimise the damage.

      41. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Rough. Everton fan.

      42. FOMFF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Rough - Opted for Robbo and Mount instead of Chilwell and Mane
        Smooth - Just about managed to hold on to a top 100k finish

        Thank god that seasons over. Challenging to say the least.
        Which Euro fantasy game we all playing?

      43. Old Boots
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Rough: A decent team on paper largely misfired just at the wrong time, and nowt from my two final day transfers, Dallas and Antonio wasn’t quite what I expected at kick-off.

        Smooth: My seemingly mad differential, Gareth Bale, emerging from the Tottenham bench to win me one of my main mini-leagues in the dying moments of the season.

        Overall, apart from the drawn out game-weeks, it’s been a fun campaign and more than happy with a ninth consecutive year in the top 100k (31k)

      44. Mcster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        GW38 Bench Boost ROUGH - my girlfriend saved her benchboost until the last day of the season (rookie error imo) but had 3 Utd players so all 3 outfield Bench players autosubbed in anyway, and her Bench keeper was Schmeichel so her total benchboost score was minus 2 !! Ended up 2nd in work ML as a consequence. Lesson learned!

      45. Rishi Sehgal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Bought in Mane(c) and Raphinha for Bruno and Greenwood. 14th consecutive green arrow from 90k to 78k

      46. Top Mark.S
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I was 30 points behind in the final week having already made up 20 the week before. He was top 10k and I was 32k 2 weeks back. I brought in mane and he covered me but did not captain. He scored 54. I got a penalty save from ederson, mane captain and two bale goals to finish on 85 and win the mini league. I made up 100 points in 9 gws. Went from 150k to 10900 and overhauled someone who had been top 10k for several weeks. He never saw me coming 🙂

      47. IbrahiManU
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Was 40 points behind the leader in my ML before the last GW, changed Son for Pepe and Shaw for Tierney (-4). Having captained Mane I ended up with 100 (104-4), while he had 59 winning me the private league 1 point ahead (and improving my rank from 113k to 65k), amazing end !!!!

      48. djman102
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Finished just inside the top 200K, but ended on my proudest notes.

        GW 37 transfer: Jota --> Willock, so I could fund

        GW 38 transfer: DCL --> Aguero.

        If only I'd had the cajones to captain him!

      49. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Meslier to Casilla
        Semedo to Dallas
        -4

        Great on paper looking at the form and fixture, Dallas not really looking like a defender etc ...

        If I had simply done nothing I would have had 10 points rather than 1 point after the 5 (-4) that I ended up with.

        Just an example of the small margins we navigate

      50. Johan Queef
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Bought Pepe.
        Sold Bale.

        Sums up my season really as it didn't make a difference anyway!

        On the other hand, I came back from 17 points down to win FPL draft on the final day (and the cash to go with it).

      51. Lets Talk About 19 Baby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        My third best finish in a 10 year FPL career. I finished overall 5,912. Didn’t worry about team value, done last minute transfers, Held onto my chips for longer. Didn’t play my second wildcard until GW 36. Got to be happy with my final position.

    4. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      As someone who prefers the real football to FPL, I have enjoyed having all the matches televised and kicking off at different times so I can watch them live.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Saved lockdown for many.

        I support a lower league team where I could also watch pay per view for a tenner at 3 pm on Saturday iFollow.

        Many will say that's steep but I'm saving £50 on petrol and 5 hours travel, or more on the train plus the ticket etc and £8.74 went to the club. It's not huge but £40k of weekly income makes a difference to league 1 and 2 clubs. Shows you the chasm with Premier League and the Championship.

        So i suspect Covid-19 has smashed that old structure up somewhat but we'll see. The 3 pm Saturday restriction on domestic football on live TV in England.

        So

        1. claretparrot
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Who do you support, mate?
          Northampton Town fan myself, so £10 per week to stream our relegation!

          1. Zen Arcade
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Look forward to welcoming you to Brunton Park next season - you never seem to stay out of the same division as us for long!

            1. claretparrot
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              See you there. Not a happy hunting ground if memory serves, so I guess I'll be hoping for a good FPL day to soften the blow!

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Same here. Much better than having multiple games happening at the same time.

      3. Zen Arcade
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Its all subjective and there's no right way of doing it. I'm a traditionalist myself - love to see the return of eight 3pm kick offs in the top flight and just one Super Sunday and one MNF.

        Personally, I've no hope in hell of watching more than one televised fixture a week and Sat 3pm is my time to listen on the radio, so I love the excitement of multiple games happening at once.

        1. Do I Not Like Orange
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Would be nice in principle, as long as those 2 games were worth watching. Imagine a week where the only live football you get is Burnley/Brighton or Palace/Newcastle. Awful stuff.

    5. Tango74
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Another season gone . I be on my. 20th FPL season next year

        First picks next year

        Salah, Bruno , Kane

        Bamford , pukki

        1. Davros
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Wow you should link
          Your team in your profile

        2. Salarrivederci
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          3 of your 5 players will be on vacation in the first few GWs, so I hope you got cash for a strong bench!

      • beric
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Fantasy football fest hahahahaha

        1. Fitzy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Live team reveals! FPL big names! All for £20...

      • Vertigo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        So it's a bit like a Star Trek convention for FPL obsessives?

      • Live Scoutcast Tues 8pm - leave your questions here
        J0E
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        *FINAL SCOUTCAST OF 2020/21 - 8pm TUES*

        What lessons have you learned?

        How will you improve next year?

        The Scoutcast is back for the last time this campaign to help make sense of this tricky year. #fpl #FPLCommunity

        Feel free to leave your questions for us here

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Lessons I have learnt:

          Don't ignore the bandwagons
          Jump on purple patches asap
          Don't lose form players based on future fixtures
          Don't take unnecessary risks

          1. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            as always?

        2. Juande
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          This just a mediocre bragging post as I’ve waited over decade to be able to post one!

          I know a lot of people have had a terrible season and are happy for it to be over... but I finally won the mini-league I founded with friends 14 years ago yesterday. I’ve been playing for 14 years, lurking on here for 10 and frankly I’ve always been way too fond of a wild punt and never really kept up with the intricacies of the season as a whole to ever be any good. Never ghost-shipped a single season but my history is fairly mediocre.

          Not sure why that changed this season but I personally enjoyed the chaos and in the end I lead my ML the more or less the whole season to an emotional victory.

          My main lesson learned was to learn the difference between the intuition of someone who is informed against that of someone who is uninformed. For 13 years I was the latter, making punts because of a hunch or a dream that rarely worked. This season I kept myself informed, kept up to date with the tiny details that suddenly turned my hunches into informed risks and they paid off.

          Thanks everyone and good luck for next season!

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            what was your overall rank finish?

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              He won his mini league after 14 years so that's to be celebrated!

              1. gooberman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Yeah I know. Great. Was just interested to know his overal rank.

            2. Juande
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Nothing special by community standards... 108K it’s my second highest (got 69K once) but to be honest after new year I stopped taking risks as it became clear I might win the mini-league and focused on that over OR. Feel I could pushed on and chased down top 25k had I had the shackles off but who knows. Next year let’s see!

              1. Juande
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Worth mentioning the mini league in question has a player who’s made top 1k a couple of times so it still feels good to win it!

        3. Ben White saved my life
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I'll never learn but enjoying the ride. Bench boost gw1 next season and drive on from there.

          1. gooberman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Not sure I would advise that because its difficult to have a good bench in GW1 without taking too much away from your first 11. All the good players from last season will have price hikes and lack of funds often means you have to go super cheap on bench players.

          2. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I did that this season for 6 points!

          3. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Better try to Wildcard in GW1

        4. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          To win FPL...

          There's a huge amount of luck needed to win FPL.

          You cannot allow fear to influence your decision making.

          You have to be brave and make decisions that go against the majority.

          You need some differentials inorder to win.

        5. Zen Arcade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I reckon thinking about lessons learned is often looking for something that isn't there.

          The only thing I will take away from this season is not to panic if I have a poor start and to make sure I don't shoot myself in the foot by making decisions which I know to be stupid at the time but still doing them e.g. selling Kane based on one poor match on the opening day in favour of buying Martial, who I have always thought was a poor player.

          1. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah I can't disagree with this.. I was in 2 million OR up to GW15 or so, but manage to be in 80k in the end of the season..

            I still regret some decisions, though (benching Dallas twice when he hauls, not bring in Mane when I really wanted to bring him in and he hauled, canceled my BB last minute just because LEE didn't have a DGW, not trusting Martinez when I should be, etc. etc.)

        6. claretparrot
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I've learned beyond doubt that you really don't need to go *that* differential to make gains. One 'rogue' pick or captaincy every few weeks is more than enough to steal a march - it's the timing that's crucial.

          Finally, I've learned that you really don't need to take hits. Proper planning is far more important than catching a player's one plum fixture. I took zero hits this season, it took a hell of a lot of willpower and clearly some luck too, but led to my best ever OR of 436.

          Next year I'll try even harder not to let my own 'hunches' cloud my judgement. I'm getting better at trusting the data and only the data but still some work to do on that front!

          Thanks for the Scoutcasts. A real perk to working from home!

        7. Mr. O'Connell
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Lessons: I have learned that no matter what I do, I will continue to finish between 40 and 50k.

          How to improve: I don't think it's possible.

        8. Chris_H
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I feel like every year we say "don't ignore the bandwagons"

          Bandwagons I ignored this year:

          DCL GW1-10
          Soucek mid-season
          Gundogan
          Iheanacho
          Owned Bamford for 1GW all season

          1. claretparrot
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            This is another great Q in itself.

            For me:
            Gundo for about half of the returns
            Lingard completely
            Son when it mattered

          2. Brimble82
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I ignored Lingard. Single-handedly added 200k to my rank over a 5-8 GW window!
            I'm even worse than 'ignoring' though. I get stubborn.
            Someone in a ML will say 'best jump on xxx (ie Lingard)', I'll mock them for it, not get the player in, and then stubbornly refuse to acknowledge that they were right and I was wrong, whilst my rank tumbles and then pass me going in the opposite direction.

            Lesson learned for next year... don't be such a stubborn, arrogant, pri...!

            1. claretparrot
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              ncess? 🙂

              I'm the same, and it usually comes from not believing the player is 'really that good'. Got to learn that doesn't matter if they're raking in the points!

              1. Brimble82
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Hahaha! Yeah - princess works!
                Agree with you on the 'believing' point.
                I'm ashamed to say - I did it with Mo when he signed for Liverpool.
                I tried winding up some Liverpool mates by saying that £40m was a lot of money for a failed Chelsea reject.

                Needless to say, that was not my best season finish!

            2. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I am similarly stubborn but equally there is a good reason for it. Unless its a proven heavy hitter who we know will be fairly consistent over the season, there is no point jumping on a player after they have scored a shed load of points over several weeks as you have already missed their points. Its just too late and the chances are they have been over-performing and will regress.

              This is exactly what happened with the player you mentioned Lingard. Many missed his points and then got him in too late just in time for a run of blanks. Its just impossible for players to keep scoring game after game. It goes against stats and probability so sometimes the best thing to do is just let them go and try and identify an alternative option. This game is all about having players at the right time and not falling between the gaps.

              I was cursing myself for opting for McCarthy over Martinez in GW5 but eventually I resigned myself to the fact I was never going to get him as it felt pointless and wasnt going to assist my climb up the ranks. A lot of his clean sheets were quite lucky as well as it was noticable to me that Villa were conceding a lot of chances.

              Avoiding him at that point proved to be the right move as he only kept 1 clean sheet in the last 12 games.

              1. Brimble82
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Goobs, I wholeheartedly agree with you.
                Thing is with Lingard this season, I was stubborn whilst he was getting points, then succumbed when he wasn't because I feared his EO! There is so much that helps us from LiveFPL, but some of the time it can create decisions based in fear rather than instinct!

                The key, as you say is not to get the right players - it's to get players at the RIGHT time!
                Now, where did I put that 2021/22 sports almanac?

                1. gooberman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Haha yes, I would like that almanac too! I know, its so difficult timing transfers right so you get them at the right time. Really all you can hope for is to get it right more often than you get it wrong.

                  Bringing someone in after they have scored a run of points never sits comfortably with me and I will normally be inclined to let them go. Occasionally it will backfire like that season when Aaron Ramsey and Yaya Toure killed it. I ignored them for most of the season which ended up being to my downfall as they somehow kept it up for most of the season.

                  What I will say though is never make decisions based on ownership/EO.

          3. Traction Engine Foot
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Haven't had Martinez all season! Just never had the spare transfer to get him in and kept thinking he'd have to regress at some point. It's cost me at least 50 points

            1. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              He did regress. Only 1 clean sheet in the last 12 games.

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Still managed to get save points and 37 points gw28 to 38 to top the gk charts but about 69 points in the preceeding run of games.

        9. Aurora Borealis?
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Biggest lesson in terms of what had the biggest impact on my rank was when to play my BB. Played it after my 2nd WC and ended up becoming more of a hindrance as I delayed playing it and had to field a weaker Starting 11 for weeks followed by taking multiple hits to re-downgrade my bench and re-upgrade my Starting 11. Next season I aim to play my BB the week before my 2nd WC.

        10. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I think I was just largely unlucky this season but one thing I did which I guess was a mistake was over doing it with differentials too early in an attempt to try and make up ground after a bad start.

          I ignored Kane, Son and Salah for too long. I had a midfield of Sterling, Mane, Bruno (when he was low owned), Rashford and Foden. Sterling and Mane were often my captain picks as well and I just got nothing from them.

          I would actually pinpoint the last 2 games of GW4 as being quite season defining. Those 2 ridiculous scorelines between Villa and Liverpool and Utd and Spurs inflicted a significant amount of damage. Monster scores from Watkins, Grealish, Salah, Son and Kane and I didnt own any of them. Being a Liverpool fan as well that particular evening makes me shudder just thinking about it!

        11. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Last minute change of mind decisions are more often wrong than right.

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            This^ Hard not to listen to the "noise"

          2. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Oh! Ban XG or X anything from all pods please.

        12. Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Biggest lesson learned from this year for me: I will completely ignore BB chip next year, never make a plan for it and use randomly when I like the look of my bench. Many people including myself took hits, brought sub GKs and tied a lot of money on the bench and lost more in the process than won by the chip itself. It was OK in last years when we did WC34-BB35 or even WC36-BB37 but this year was different.

          For example, due to changes in my WC strategy, I stuck with Pope as my sub GK for 10 GWs which means 1.5 less money to use for 10 GWs..

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Just remove the BB. Problem solved IMO. And that is someone who got 162 points using it!

          2. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Agree, I used the WC in GW25 to set up a DGW26 BB. Got just 12 points from the bench and was stuck for the rest of the season with players like Donkey Calvert-Lewin who was brought in for the great fixtures in the DGW.

          3. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            This is exactly right on BB, just play it when injuries and fixtures look promising.

            The constant talk of 15 double game weeks then Rudiger is benched and it's all immaterial.

            I did okay on mine for the game week rank, but it seemed to be the main driving strategic objective for the over planners who love this game.

        13. Chris_H
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Here's one for you. Probably the first time I managed to successfully use the FH, BB and TC - still only finished 175k.

          TC on KDB GW27 for 16x3 = 48pts, 46k GW rank
          FH in BGW29 for 67pts, 190k GW rank
          BB in GW35 for 146pts, 42k GW rank

          So don't worry about the chips so much!

          1. Brimble82
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            146pt BB!!!! That's baller!

            I mean... a 48pt TC isn't half bad either!

            1. FALSE PROFIT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Great luck for those who get it but hardly a pointer for clever play. Possible to get 100 points in swings that could make 100 000 places. For what?

              1. Chris_H
                • 12 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                well that's basically my point - we can get hung up on prepping for the perfect BB or saving the FH for the right week and it made no real difference because the other 35 weeks were pretty average!

                1. Brimble82
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  I would love a purest version of the game, where we can play without chips completely - maybe a 'New Year WC' - but strip everything else away.
                  I'd even happily see the C option removed.
                  Just base it on whose starting XI scores more each week.

        14. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Is it time to change some FPL rules?
          We cannot change the past 15 months of covid but it definitely highlights areas for improvement.
          Free hits: Why not a compulsory free hit in GW38?
          The BPS system. Seems odd how extra points are handed out. Surely it should relate to performances on the field and not for instance getting extra BP's because they scored.
          Wild Cards: Maybe a wild Card could be bought rather than given. Say 30 points for each 1.
          Bench boost and TC must be kicked out. Just adds to the luck rather than trying to improve the skill.
          Price rises and drops: There should be a public algorithm. Who knows FPL towers are not using it to help their own teams. An early or late transfer should not be punished either.

          1. HashAttack
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            My favourite change would be for an automatic -8 every week but you get 3 free transfers. If you don't use them you still get the -8

            They could also consider not allowing any player to be owned by more than 50% of players - so that no player's EO (overall) is over 100% ... imagine not being able to buy a player because he is "sold out"

        15. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Is it possible to get FPL towers to stop designing the game to get more clicks at the cost of the game itself?

        16. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Next year, I will ensure I have time before the GW1 deadline to build the entire squad and adjust strategy accordingly based on incoming news, just in case it's necessary to do so.

          Also I will try harder not to miss deadlines. Simply meeting deadlines probably has a higher impact than deliberating the 50/50 calls for an entire week! (I had Martial for 19 GWs this season...)

          I'll probably use more players from Arsenal than any other team again, so there's no earning to be done there. I think I was a bit unlucky tbh, and it's no fun to conform for the sake of conformity.

          Continuing from Juande's point, I think it pays to play your own game, based on your own team, when you are informed. However, following Dark side of the Lonn's point, perhaps I will follow bandwagons more in times when I am busier with life, and less informed.

        17. Granville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I've learned that there's no point in planning to play the game differently from year to year because I never do. I just accept that as long as you keep to a rough set of guidelines, nothing else is in your power and the rest of it is just down to luck. That should see you around the top 20k every year give or take a few thousand.

        18. All about the galacticos
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          rule 1 - a good starting team effects first quarter of season. Thus for gw1, don't invest in too many or too much £m in unproven players in prem league (havertz+werner=17m). We already set aside about 15-20m for 3-4 championship players as bench fodder. To add an extra 17m of hav+werner, you have about 40m of unproven assets.
          rule 2 - Don't be stubborn hitting wildcard. If you feel the slide (and you are always 2 players behind where you want to be, hit the WC, button. That 2 players compromises your team, and you are effectively bringing players you don't want.
          rule 3 - don't ignore bandwagons if they are cheap, as you don't need to tear up team, Plus can always move on quickly, Keep a slot free for that bandwagon player and accept it may be hit or miss. e.g. gundo>lingard>jota>greenwood>willock.
          rule 4 - don't hold on to injured players for too long, with all the cancellations and covid, you need a full bench ready at all times.
          rule 5 - if you are on a bad run, and it is effecting you mentally step away from FPL and do something else. It stands to reason if you investing 10hrs+ per week of FPL research and content, and still doing badly then it's not helping. So investing less hours is not going to make things worse. It'll help mentally recharge. Obviously don't ignore it totally, but maybe book your transfers in ahead and do some minimal research a day before deadline.
          rule 6 - a bit of a contentious rule but something that is probably making FPL increasingly difficult - keep eye out on fpl cloners in your ML. More fpl players seem to be just cloning a youtubers full team. A person in my ML (his record of only once ever in top 100k, but usually around 500k) copied a youtuber, near transfer for transfer throughout the season to end up around 1-2k). If you see it in your ML make sure to associate that player with the youtubers team. I recognised it early then knew his move for each week, it was tough but used the info to help me win in end. It is what it is. With more money involved nowadays, it's something of an inevitability.

        19. shirtless
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Last year finished 2618 with 2399 points. No hits.
          This year finished 600k with 2250 points. One hit for BB in DGW35.

          The only thing that really happened differently was that I didn't hit a big rank spike week. Last year GW6 I went from 499k to 44k and stayed there with a 90 pointer. Was in the top 30k soon after and 602nd in lockdown. Never had that this year.

          My failure to be on Son & Kane early cost me, and my selling KdB around GW16/17 and going Sterling instead of Gundogan also compounded my rank slide. Two simple mistakes!

        20. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Lesson learned - don’t completely mess up the structure of my squad to prepare for a bench boost in a double gameweek. My BB returned a net 2 points and in the subsequent 8 weeks I benched a total of 141 points. Better approach would be to deadend the squad into a DGW and WC straight after.

        21. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Is top 100K the new top 10K given how many people play FPL these days?

          1. Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Honestly I think it is getting more difficult each year to get a higher rank. I'd argue that 10k this year for example is a relatively greater achievement than 10k was 5 or 10 years ago.

            My season history since I started playing more seriously is interesting, wonder if it's similar for other managers.

            17/18 season - OR 15k, total points 2297.
            18/19 season - OR 25k, total points 2343.
            19/20 season - OR 41k, total points 2307.
            20/21 season - OR 36k, total points 2443.

            So I got 150 more points this year than I did in my best ever season.

            Do we think this is down to greater competition from more managers or is it just that some seasons are higher scoring than others? It's probably a mixture of both.

            1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 12 days ago

              This was a high scoring season, mainly because of the unusually large number of double gameweeks.
              The top three this season all beat the previous record highest total set ten years ago when there were even more double gameweeks because of severe winter weather (but no chips apart from one wildcard).

        22. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A big lesson leaned for me this year is to get on bandwaggons earlier. I've only owned Bamford for 1 GW all season and didn't get on Chelsea defence when everyone had at least 1. Something for me to work on next season

        23. Collie01
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          After 4 years of playing FPL 'seriously' I think I've learned the importance of a good start and the importance of a good goalkeeper. The last 4 seasons have mainly had the same pattern for me: a slow start and gradually make gains to end up 15k-40k by the end of the season. I'm like that horse in the grand national who is outpaced and out of the picture after the first circuit but keeps plugging away to finish a distant but respectable 6th. I'm not sure how to improve my start for next season but it won't be for lack of trying.

          Another pattern I've noticed is that I never get triple captain chip right (ane curse and Bruno blank this season) which is mainly down to bad luck. But more importantly, I never get the GK position right. I alternated between Pickford, McCarthy, Pope, Sanchez and Patricio this season who combined for a paltry 124pts. Not including the cost of transfers to change keepers. For comparison, Ramsdale got 123pts. Set and forget on Martinez would have probably gotten me from 36k to 6k. That's one decision (or chain of decisions) that cost me 60+ points. Next season I think I'll pick a keeper that'll be locked in for the first 8 GWs and then I'll re-evaluate whether to keep long-term or get the emerging Martinez/Pope type keeper. Only allow myself 1 FT on the keeper position all season barring injury.

        24. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          A good start is very imporant. I know it sounds cliched but if you start well, you are less likely to make desparate calls later on, to make up ground. I tried to avoid hits early on and kept faith with some players longer than needed and avoided some players thinking I've missed the boat (Dallas, Justin, etc for me). For some players, you are never too late to join the bandwagon. Also, 1/2 more hits to get the in form players are probably worth it, for points as well as team value.

          The WC chip is very powerful. If you can save it and take an extra hit or two over 2 GWs, I'd prefer that. Current plan is to save WC 1 till the last possible GW if the winter break makes schedules similar to GW18 and GW19 this season.

          Captaincy is key. I'm going to look at the who I am goign to captain for the next 4-5 GWs before making any transfers. Differential captains here and there are great as well. If you're at a good rank, the differential captains can help you push further up.

          Lastly, it's a game. I know some of us have money involved in some MLs and stuff but at the end of the day, it is a game. You have to have fun, take risks and enjoy the game. Celebrate your good decisions and calls but don't dwell too much on the bad ones. You will always have an opportunity to make up and achieve your goals.

        25. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Having had some ridiculously good seasons and plenty of mediocre ones I think what I’ve learnt is to make sure you have most of the few outlier mega scorers all season (son, Kane, Salah, Bruno etc) and then be lucky with the streaky ones (soucek, perreira, nacho, Trent(?), lingard).

          Better to stick with one keeper probably than waste transfers but again luck plays a big part with pen saves and lucky clean sheets - Leeds and villa keepers for example.

          Otherwise don’t deviate on captains poll leaders too much and don’t try and be too clever, mostly template is the shield you only need a few swords.

          But again luck is an underestimated factor.

        26. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Bench Boost held my team back so planning to get out of way week 1 and early WC next season.

          Also be bolder in jumping early on form players as missed out this season by being one or two weeks late and missing hauls. But how to identify who to jump on early before they get a haul is the question? What are the proven metrics/stats to watch out for?

      • Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        What a season this aye. Hopefully, never again.

        1. BeWater
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          LR thanks for everything you have put into it. I watched every single minute of The Wire and despite the fact you didn't have a great season I loved listening to your insights into the game. I ended up with my best finish in 14 seasons with an OR of 23k. Good luck next season my man.

          1. Lateriser 12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Lovely finish mate congrats

        2. Juande
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Huge thanks to you, Zoph and Big man for keeping me well informed all season and finally winning my mini league after 14 years (see post above)!

          1. Lateriser 12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Lovely congrats!

        3. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Same haha. I chose the worst season to experiment with differentials and take more risks. Will aim to start with a more template base and then differentiate from there next season.

          1. Lateriser 12
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Amen. Thinking the same.

        4. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Thank you. Really enjoyed "Wire". Keep it up.

        5. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Thanks LR, I had my best FPL finish by miles at 7.4k. You guys on the Wire and Andy on Lets Talk made a big difference to how I approached each GW.

        6. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yep. I think the fixture changes at short notice affected the overall outcome. Easy for me to say that as a particular sufferer . (smile)

      • Salarrivederci
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Really hope Brentford can make it to PL!

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Pleassseeeeeee

        2. Zen Arcade
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Me too!

        3. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          It would be fantastic. Leeds came to the PL with progressive thinking. Let us hope Brentford with their ideas can have the same opportunity.

      • jayzico
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Bring on the Euros.

        Anyone? And which?

        1. claretparrot
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I can't wait to watch football for it's own sake and not care WGTA.

          Good luck to those who do take part, though. Assume the prizes are head ans shoulders above FPL-standard!

      • Ben White saved my life
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Anyone tally up what the scout picks scored for the season? Would be interesting to compare with the overall winners score.

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          OR 7 million

      • Dog and Fox
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Anyone knows the highest ranked ghost/no transfer team of the season?

      • Hryszko
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Absolutely over the moon to finish within the top 10k, can't help but think I could have finished much higher if I'd actually had better captain picks, Salah over Mane this game-week a prime example...

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Well done 🙂

        2. claretparrot
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Congrats mate, told you it was within reach 😉

          Don't let hindsight ruin the moment just yet!

          1. Hryszko
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            You did indeed mate, Mane and Bamford in sealed it for me! Appreciate the help/kind words.

        3. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          If only... 😉

        4. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Good stuff. When you do get a decent finish it becomes a list of "if onlys..." but not much point worrrying about it now. Even the winner makes plenty of "mistakes". I think I remember Simon March writing something about it ages ago.

          1. claretparrot
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Absolutely. You'll remember the standout bad decisions over the many good ones

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Amen. Can't argue with you after the season you've just had. Amazing stuff.

          2. Hryszko
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks mate, oh don't get me wrong i'm absolutely chuffed with it! But yeah I definitely made plenty of incorrect captain choices, triple captaining Kane the week before his hat-trick was definitely up there..

        5. MMN
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Why was Mane a better captain pick this week?

      • Aurora Borealis?
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Apart from manually working it out, does anyone know what optimum GW1 team would have been for the season if you then left it and didn't make any transfers? Interested to see what the budget allocation between defs/mids/fws would have been.

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I haven't seen it yet but there is normally a GW1 team that would have been OR1 for the season if no FTs were used.

          1. Aurora Borealis?
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            That would be crazy if there was a team which you did nothing and could win the whole thing. Min effort/Max reward

            1. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              The link below contains a 2018/19 team that would have won FPL without making a transfer.

              https://thevideoscope.com/2018/07/07/win-fpl-without-transfer-changes/

              1. Aurora Borealis?
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Amazing. When you look at those teams they seem so obvious in hindsight; same as the lottery results, every time I seem them I'm like "I recognise all of these numbers and totally would have picked them if I was playing"

        2. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I am sure that it will appear soon. I'd have thought it would be fairly straightforward to write a simple program to figure it out (not that I could) for this season.

          This is a couple of years old now, but I found it an interesting read:

          https://mathematicallysafe.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/fpl-analysis-what-five-seasons-of-data-modelling-have-revealed-about-predictive-analysis-fixture-impact-and-optimal-team-structure-in-fantasy-premier-league/

          1. Aurora Borealis?
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            WOW that was in-depth. Fascinating read and definitely some nuggets to consider when picking my team next season. Interesting some of it follows a bit of a tongue-and-cheek message I posted at the beginning of this season.

            https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/09/06/how-does-kai-havertz-compare-with-chelseas-other-fpl-attacking-assets/?hc_page=1&hc_sort_by=comment_date#hc_comment_22335733

      • bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Well! 1.553.663 doesnt sound a good rank, but when you finish above 81.145% of people, it's not that bad. Welldone to me.

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Finishing between #1 and #2 is a great achievement for sure!

        2. Andy'81
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Sometimes sticking with it when you ain't doing too well is reward enough, I haven't the patience anymore and wrapped pretty early this year.

      • The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Will Rachel Riley dressed as a goalkeeper be at Fantasy Football Fest?

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Much as I admire Mark, that would make me far more likely to go.

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            With my luck it'll be Sean Locke dressed as a keeper!

        2. claretparrot
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Thanks for backing the Fornals pick! May have bottled it without a bit of encouragement

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Arise, Sir ClaretParrot the Brave!

      • Rains of Castamere
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        3k overall in GW28. Always finished strong in recent years. This year I managed 9 red arrows in the final 10 weeks, final rank 30k.

        Head still in a bit of a spin, not sure what I did wrong, every move backfired and every 50/50 decision went the wrong way. This week summed it up... all week on here I said I was going to bring in Pepe for Jota... in the end I talked myself out of it and did Martinez to Mendy. LOL.

        Thankful for the break.

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          The moral of the story is... don't listen to anybody else 🙂

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Unless it's me.

        2. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Pretty similar but not as drastic, OR 200, 8 weeks later 1.7k finish

          Every 50/50 wrong, every transfer failed, but I can't complain too much that's probably just the luck I had early season evening out

      • DannyDrinkVodka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Won my ML by 30+ points so I’m happy, but I might not join a league next year to see if that helps me do better with OR (finished in top 25k but was blocking in one way or another from GW31 onwards which probably cost me top 10k)

        1. claretparrot
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          It's not a bad idea if you really want to have a crack at OR.

          Until a few seasons ago I used to play a team game where the league was divided into two teams and the winning team (total pts) were paid for by the losing team at the end of season curry. It was such good fun and kept everyone interested all season, but if you look at my rank history it's not hard to guess when we stopped doing it!

      • Fantasy Gold
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I hope Mark has got a restraining order in place for FPL Virgin and Daniel for this....

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          That's what I was thinking

          1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I'd gladly contribute to funding all the nutters on here to attend

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Hopefully I qualify for a free flight

      • Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Rough for Villa: 11th on 55 points.

        55 points has been enough for 7-9th in the PL for the past 20 years (and probably more, but I couldn't be arsed to check any further)

        1. Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Then again this season, without crowds, has seen a lot of teams get away points they wouldn't normally have got.

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Works both ways though. Lesser teams didn't have the home advantage to help them steal 3 points either.

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              I think it's less about crowds and more about teams that were in Europe having to play an outrageous number of games squeezed into a season that was a month shorter than normal. This made it easier for teams that were not in Europe to take points off them.

              1. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                This make more sense. Although it should be noted that Villa got 30/55 points in the first half of the season.

      • artvandelay316
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Managed to boost my overall rank to 794K after being at 1.2K most of the time. Quite happy with that, along with winning my ML!

          This was my first year playing and using these forums, so many thanks to all for advice and I have learnt a lot!

        • Rains of Castamere
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          If teams finish level on points with the same number of transfers, what's the next deciding factor?

          1. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Looks. Best looking wins.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Need to lift the mask!

          2. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            After that they just give them the same position

        • The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Just used this free site to analyse my FPL team, pros and cons of my decisions, transfers, captaincy etc

          http://www.fplretro.com/

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Team of the season:

            Martinez
            Dias, Cresswell, Cancelo
            Bruno, Salah, Son, Gundogan
            Kane, Dom, Bam

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Thank you that is useful to look back.

          3. HashAttack
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Worst transfer week of the season - gw4 : Son, Wilson, Fernandes, Ramsdale to Fernandes, Ings, Foden, Martínez
            -41pts ... Yikes!

        • Chief Brody
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Just a quick note to everyone who runs FFS to say THANK YOU. The content is always first rate but this year especially so. It’s been a huge help and a comforting place to escape to during the worst months of the pandemic.

          Superb effort everyone, keep up the good work.

          Seventh year on the trot top 100k, couldn’t do it without you.

          Chief

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            This!

        • shirtless
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I've tied for 4th in a ML, same points and transfers (35). Flip a coin? Or a punch-up?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Money league?

            Share it??

            1. shirtless
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              No just for 5hits & giggles fortunately 🙂

          2. The Mandalorian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Meet under a bridge and have a duel

        • Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Meslier, Dallas, Rudiger, Lingard and Antonio
          To
          Ederson, Coufal, Chilwell, Bale and Vardy for -16?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Stupendous

          2. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Time to catch the price rises for sure!

        • Original - Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Note to myself for next season.

          Stop taking hits, stop taking hits, stop taking hits.

          1. FALSE PROFIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            That post is a minus 8. (smile)

        • Jonny HOW SON?
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Today feels like the first day after a festival.

          You know everyone is hungover, but no one is anywhere to be seen

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            This too!!