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GAFFR Fantasy Championship 21/22 – Season Preview

The Championship season starts again this Friday, and that means that so does GAFFR Fantasy Championship. After a successful first season, we’re all hopeful for a bigger and better second season. More people are signing up this year and with that in mind, we’ve got a preview article to help you with your decisions on who to look out for in terms of teams and players.

The Relegated Teams

The obvious place to start with this is the relegated Premier League teams of Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United. As with most seasons in the Championship, these are immediately set to be three of the best teams in the division, so provide a great place to start looking for fantasy assets.

We’ll start with the slight favourites for the division according to the bookies, Fulham. There is still a strong squad at Fulham, particularly at the Championship level and a new manager in charge in Marco Silva. When it comes to GAFFR, the standout asset is obviously Aleksandar Mitrovic. The big Serbian is priced at 11.0m and seems to be back in favour. If he can produce close to his previous performances in the division again, he’ll be well worth the price tag. One of the most notable Championship purchases of the summer has definitely been Harry Wilson, and at a price of 9.5m, he could be another great asset for this season. Finishing in the top 10 for midfielders in GAFFR last season, Wilson is now playing for an even better team (sorry Cardiff fans!), so you’d hope for even better output this season. The other two main assets for Fulham are the two full backs, Kenny Tete (6.0m) and Antonee Robinson (6.5m). Robinson is probably the better of the two, but the early indications are that Silva wants the full backs to get high, so both could be really good options in GAFFR this season. Finally, keep an eye on Fabio Carvalho, priced in the game at 5.0m. He made a couple of Premier League appearances late last season, scoring a goal. If he starts, it could be an incredible avenue into the Fulham attack.

Next up, we have West Brom. They have a new manager in Valerien Ismael, who did so well in the division with Barnsley last year, and brought captain Alex Mowatt to the Hawthorns with him. The standout asset from West Brom would be Matheus Pereira, but he seems to be on his way out of the club. The most popular assets seem to be the two wing backs, Darnell Furlong and Conor Townsend, both priced at 6.0m. Both are encouraged to get forward in this system, they look to be great picks going into this season. Semi Ajayi at 6.5m might be an option as a set piece threat, but at 0.5m more than the wing backs, it remains to be seen whether he would be able to make up the difference there. In attack, Grady Diangana (9.0m), Matt Phillips (7.5m) and Karlan Grant (9.5m) have started the majority of the games in preseason. If that is the front three, all provide very good options, especially Phillips as a 7.5m midfielder. The other main option to watch there would be Callum Robinson, also priced at 9.0m in midfield.

Finally, we have Sheffield United. A clean sweep of new managers here, with Slavisa Jokanovic taking over at Bramall Lane. Jokanovic has two previous promotions from the Championship on his CV and there will be hopes he can add a third here. The reliable defensive assets like Basham (6.5m), Baldock (6.5m) and Egan (6.0m) are all potentially good options for this season. The other player that could do really well for managers if he gets in is Jayden Bogle at 6.0m, but that remains to be seen. In attack, a Sheffield United forward is a good way to go, you just have to pick the right one of McBurnie (9.5m), McGoldrick (9.0m), Brewster (8.5m) and Mousset (8.0m)! The other attacking option to potentially keep an eye on is Ollie Burke, as a 7.5m midfielder.

The Best of the Rest

The obvious place to start here is Bournemouth. Another team with a new manager in Scott Parker, they are the other main contenders going into this season. They are another one whose star man in Arnaut Danjuma is set to leave the club. They do however still have some very good fantasy assets. Dominic Solanke is 11.0m and will look to lead the line again successfully this season. David Brooks will be hoping for a bounce-back season at 8.0m after a bit of a disappointing 20/21 season. With Bournemouth likely to be solid defensively this season, the standouts there are probably Mark Travers at 5.0m following the departure of Asmir Begovic, and Jack Stacey at 5.5m. Stacey did go off injured at the weekend, but assuming he misses minimal time, he could be a very good pick!

Next among these is Cardiff City. They were good under Mick McCarthy last season and they would be expected to be up there this season. Their preseason has been rocky though, with a number of important players for both them and GAFFR managers having been significantly disrupted. The main man is Kieffer Moore (10.0m) up top, but after being away at the Euros, he has had Covid and hasn’t been able to appear at all in preseason. This means new arrival James Collins at 7.5m could be even more viable now. Favoured defensive assets Perry Ng (5.0m) and Sean Morrison (6.0m) both returned from absences with Covid and a dislocated elbow respectively on Saturday and, along with Aden Flint (5.0m), are the three Cardiff defensive assets for managers to look at

QPR look set for a good season and with how attacking they are likely to be, a number of their players look like good Gaffr options. Ilias Chair (7.5m) and Chris Willock (6.0m) look like great midfield options. Charlie Austin (9.0m) and Lyndon Dykes (8.0m) will both get goals for your teams. There are also good options defensively for them though. Dieng (5.0m) the goalie is a good option, as are the likely wing back starters of Odubajo (5.0m) and Wallace (4.5m), although Wallace’s place may be under threat from McCallum (4.5m) who has come in on loan from Norwich.

The likes of Middlesbrough, Millwall, Stoke, Nottingham Forest and Reading will all be among those hoping to push towards the playoffs this season. Here I’ll just pick out a couple of assets from each of these teams: from Middlesbrough, Paddy McNair (6.0m defender) and Duncan Watmore (6.5m midfielder); from Millwall, Scott Malone (6.5m defender) and Jed Wallace (10.0m midfielder); from Stoke, Nick Powell (8.0m midfielder) and Tyrese Campbell when he’s fit (8.0m forward); from Forest, Blackett when he’s fit (5.5m defender) and Alex Mighten (6.0m midfielder); and from Reading, Andy Yiadom (5.0m defender) and John Swift (6.5m midfielder).

Finally, I will just highlight some potential assets from the rest of the teams in the league. Callum Brittain and Michal Helik (5.5m defenders from Barnsley), Adam Armstrong, obviously assuming he stays at Blackburn (11.0m forward), Jay Dasilva (5.0m defender from Bristol City), Callum O’Hare (5.0m midfielder from Coventry), Harry Toffolo (5.5m defender from Huddersfield), Elijah Adebayo (6.0m forward from Luton), Jonson Clarke-Harris (6.0m forward from Peterborough) and Connor Roberts once he’s back from injury (7.5m defender from Swansea).

There we have it. Hope you find this interesting/useful and enjoy playing GAFFR Championship this season!

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16 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SUNFLOWER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Great preview article! Really helpful when trying to put a team together. Looking forward to my second season playing GAFFR.
    Team currently looks like this

    Moore
    Tete Furlong Townsend Wallace
    H Wilson Watmore Powell
    Mitrovic Moore Solanke

    Wilson Ward Olosunde Bakinson

    Might swap out Moore close to the deadline depending on whether it seems like he will start.

    Good luck to those playing!

    1. brendon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 5 days ago

      Your team looks solid. I would consider upgrading your keeper though. Coventry are a poor defensive side and keepers unlike premier league fpl score more points due to the half clean sheet. Other issue is if you want to change keeper you have to find money to upgrade meaning additional transfers

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

        Thanks for the advice! Yeah, not expecting much from the Coventry defence to be honest, but going heavy up top hasn't left much in the budget. I was drawn in by the promise of a starting 4.0 keeper! If I do swap Moore out that might free up some funds for someone like Dieng at QPR or Travers if Bournemouth don't sign another keeper, otherwise I'll probably give it a few weeks until the transfer window has closed and then reassess.

        1. brendon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          If you wanted to go up with keeper to say a 5.0 like diang I would consider downgrading Moore to a 9.0 like Austin or a Sheffield United attacker. You could also consider downgrading Powell as Stoke have difficult fixtures and are more of a defensive side. Better to go safe with keepers as you don’t want to book a transfer for a keeper

  2. Dušan Citizen
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 5 days ago

    Thoughts on my team?

    Schofield Moore
    Adarabioyo Enda Furlong Ng Knight
    Wallace HWilson Powell Willock Holmes
    KAG McGoldrick Clarke-Harris

    1. Nomar
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      I love the Clarke-Harris pick.

      I’m not that well up on the keepers, though, Schofield is Huddersfield keeper?

      1. brendon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Check on Clarke-Harris as I think he may be injured. If he isn’t available for a few weeks you have an issue as there isn’t a lot of flexibility at 6.0 striker. Your midfield has too much money invested IMO. Midfielders mostly don’t score as well as other players like forwards. Best line ups in gaffr are usually 5-2-3 or 4-3-3. Consider a 4.5 midfielder to save some cash for your forwards

    2. Blueberg
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Risky with no trent or salah imo.

      1. elizabeththequeen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Lol

    3. Dušan Citizen
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Thank you all

  3. Dogs Of War
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Afternoon

    Can I have some feedback on this lot:

    Travers Moore
    Townsend Ng Bree Odour Norr-Davies
    Wilson Willock Brooks Wallace O’Hare
    Mitrovic Armstrong Clarke-Harris

    Armstrong was Moore, but too much doubt there currently.

    Cheers

  4. Tippyunited
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Hello Guys,

    Feel free to join my league on Gaffr
    the code: 4xMjSu221ESdy256a8FiVQ

    Enjoy.
    There might just be a prize for the overall winner.

    1. Czabby12
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Hi joined the league but what is the prize!!

    2. Mr_Majestyk
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Thoughts on this team.....

      Ramsdale
      Egan Stacey Ream
      Brooks Lowe Chair Carvalho
      McGoldrick Armstrong Ahearne-Grant

      Trueman Gomes Ng Jenkinson

      1. Mr_Majestyk
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        A massive overhaul of the team after listening to the EFL Fantasy podcasts ...thanks guys.

        RMT V2

        Travers
        Morrison Furlong Townsend Egan
        Wilson Phillips Brooks Willock
        Moore McGoldrick

        Moore Dykes Bree O'Dowda

    3. Riverside Red
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      What about this team...

      Gazzaniga
      Pedersen Lindsay McNair Helik
      H Wilson Tavernier Stanislas
      Moore Woodrow Solanke

      Wilson Styles. McFadzean Ward

      Any tips on best chips to use early in season..