Hall of Fame

World’s best FPL manager Fábio Borges speaks as we honour Hall of Fame greats

We hear from arguably the world’s greatest Fantasy Premier League (FPL) manager, Fábio Borges, as we launch our Hall of Fame roll of honour.

Here at Fantasy Football Scout, we believe it is important to acknowledge the best of the best when it comes to FPL.

This means that every year, we will toast the top five managers in our prestigious Career Hall of Fame.

The managers who can break into the top five will be immortalised on our Hall of Fame page.

You can check your own position in the Hall of Fame by becoming a Fantasy Football Scout Member and joining either of our two FPL mini-leagues.

Our Live Hall of Fame, which is updated throughout the season, had its first refresh for 2021/22 over the international break and you’ll be able to see all the correct new IDs attached to the managers in question.

And where better to start our mini-profiles of the elite managers than with Fábio Borges, our Hall of Fame number one who can boast of six top 5k finishes in a row.

You can read a more detailed interview with Fábio here.

Hall of Fame Career #1-#5 12
How do you generally approach FPL? What is your main strategy/style?

Fábio: I am definitely a stats-oriented manager. I do watch one or two matches every weekend but it is basically impossible to remember every small detail of every game and stats basically do that for me.

Regarding hits, it is very rare that I take them outside of Double Gameweeks. I like to plan ahead very carefully and since I am a very patient manager, unless there is an injury crisis, I like to stick to my guns.

What is your best FPL moment?

Fábio: When I captained Charlie Austin for a hat-trick in my first season playing. I was a casual player before but I enjoyed the thrill of a captaincy haul so much that I started taking the game much more seriously after that moment.

What are your top tips for securing a good finish?

Fábio: 1) Fixtures over form. We never know when a good period of form starts and when it ends so I think it is better to mainly focus on long-term stats since they give you a better view of what each player can deliver on average. Fixtures, on the other hand, are very important, since on average, every player does better in easier fixtures.

2) Transfers are precious. Don’t sell a player just because he blanked and someone else scored a hat-trick. Always try to buy reliable players that you feel confident having for at least four Gameweeks, even if they blank in the first three. By picking set-and-forget options and sticking with them through bad times, you can use your precious transfers on weaker spots in your team without having to take too many hits.

3) Be aware that luck is a massive factor in this game. Just because you had a bad Gameweek doesn’t necessarily mean that you made bad decisions. At the same time, just because your captain hauled, it doesn’t mean you made a good decision either. Always analyse your decisions with a critical eye but without being too harsh on yourself. After all, most factors in every football match are out of your control and happenstance plays a huge part in your team’s points in a single Gameweek.

What stats do you pay most attention to? What is your favourite tool in the Premium Members Area?

Fábio: I mainly focus on expected goals (xG) these days since I believe it is by far the most useful stat (assuming the model is reliable). I usually prioritise long-term stats since there is a lot of variance/luck in smaller samples.

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  1. Bam Saka Laca
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Anything worth a hit or gtg?

    Sánchez
    TAA Semedo Reguilón
    Salah(c) Traoré Torres Jota Sissoko
    Ronaldo Bamford

    Steele Williams Jansson Antonio*

  2. chelseabrad
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Starting to think a wildcard is necessary, what do you reckon

    0FT 0.4 ITB
    Bachmann
    TAA AWB Coufal
    Salah Bruno Raph Benrahma
    Antonio Jimenez Ings

    (Foster Veltman Williams Brownhill)

    A) Bruno & Antonio > Ronaldo & Doucoure for -8
    B) Antonio > Bamford for -4
    C) Wildcard to this:

    Sanchez Foster
    TAA Marcal Ayling 4.0 3.9
    Salah Raph Gray Doucoure 4.5
    Ronaldo Lukaku Jiminez

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      C for me

  3. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Get rid of Torres for a hit or keep for now?

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      keep and then sell before chelsea

    2. F4L
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      easy keep

    3. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      keep for sure

  4. dshv
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Sanchez foster
    Taa shaw ayling marcal (tsimi)
    Salah greenwood raphinha torres benrahma
    Cr7 (antonio)

    0ft 1.3 itb

    - plan gw7 WC
    - need Lukaku
    - shaw to rudiger
    - basically swap all the midfielders
    - get cancelo

    Wc hit now or wait ?

    1. Riverside Red
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Now

    2. chelseabrad
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      You dont need to wc

    3. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      No need to wc

  5. Scholes Out For Summer
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    0.1 off DCL + Antonio --> Jesus + Jimenez

    Pain

    1. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Just get rid of DCL

    2. Gandalf
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Wait until gw8 for Man City

    3. maglia rosa
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      0.1 off jesus for Perica this week so feel your pain. All the more reason to avoid those price drops imo.....only one player down by 0.1 for me this season so hoping i dont get this very often. It is pretty much inevitable isnt it.

  6. F4L
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    City are going to score a ridiculous amount of goals this season, maybe even eclipse 100 again

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      They scored 1 vs Leicester and Leipzig are known for conceding tons of goals.. Not sure they will eclipse 100 in the league

      1. F4L
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        they should've scored a few more against Leicester. Having so many good options in each attacking position will push the players on the pitch to play at a really high level.

      2. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        And none against spurs

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      With Laporte injured, they may concede more than usual too.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      They’ll burn themselves out just before the Christmas period, will be out of the champions league places & all cups by end of January, exit champs lge in first knockout round & Pep leaves before end of season

      1. maglia rosa
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        😆

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Lol

    4. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      100 different goal scores though

  7. Stupendous
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Torres on WC?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Gwk8 for me

    2. caldracula
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Too many attacking assets, would keep for this week if owned then ship.

  8. Davros
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    City score 6 and Torres doesn’t get a single return hmmmm

    1. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      His goal was just offside tbf. Wss a fantastic pass and goal

      1. caldracula
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        How many times was Werner offside last season?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Yes

        2. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          y bring that up now. Werner was off many times by huge margins

  9. Hy liverpool
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Great game.
    Very happy to have milan back with this performance... Welcome back big milan.

    1. F4L
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Liverpool played v well, but wasn't impressed by Milan. One 10 minute spell and that was it, on another night that game is 4/5-1

  10. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Think Cancelo might be the best option with chances of playing either side

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      He is in for me , defefece :-

      TAA Cancelo James Marcal Livramento

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Rest of the team? I think with those you can't have luk and ronnie upfront.

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Not having 3 premiums, ruin balance , Salah and Lukaku I'm having

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Agreed.

        2. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Full team is

          Sanchez Steele
          TAA Cancelo James Marcal Livramento
          Salah Jota Greenwood Raph Sissoko
          Jimenez Lukaku Pukki

    2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Had him from GW1, served me well thus far

  11. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Start Pukki or Marcal?

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Pukki

    2. Bam Saka Laca
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Marcal

  12. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    What is the plan then of torres owners who maybe want raphinha. Keep 1 more week?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Why get rid of Torres?

      1. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Maybe now all city attackers back fit

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I'm not getting him on wc , but want him gwk8

          1. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            well thats a good window to see how many mins he plays

  13. Lord of Ings
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Why is everyone keen on selling Torres now? He should’ve had a goal which was ruled offside by literally 1 mm and he did look pretty decent
    If not Torres there’s no one to play CF
    Jesus is gonna be a winger and it’s either raheem or Torres
    Raheem didn’t look great either.

    1. Casual Player
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      100% makes no sense. Especially under an article where if you read it the best manager in the world gives some pretty clues about what to do with him.

  14. jay01
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    1ft... Digne to Semedo or hold?

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

    2. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Hold or go for Marcal/Coady.

      1. jay01
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Marcals underlying stats dont look good plus hes not nailed on like semedo.. coady not got the attacking threat. Everythibg tells me to do the move but gut instinct

        1. jay01
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Dont look as good*

  15. iL PiStOlErO
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    What would you do here? Ronaldo or Kaku? Waited for CL games to be over...lost some value but what can you do. Have 2ft, can go -4 also.

    Sanchez Steele
    TAA Shaw Coufal White Livra
    Salah Bruno Mahrez Maddison Bisso
    Antonio Ings Scarlett

    0itb, 2ft

  16. Lord of Ings
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Right for CF it’s either gonna be Torres or raheem I’m certain
    Anyone think raheem gets the nod? He didn’t look great
    Also Torres was hooked off by 70 so kinda makes me sure he will start vs soton

  17. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Tempted to go Trent and Robbo dbl up… Robertson looked really good tonight..

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Meslier
      Semedo Trent Robertson Shaw (Duffy)
      Benrahma Raphinha Salah (c)
      Bamford Jimenez Ronaldo

    2. jackruet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      This 14.5 m duo can easily give you 4 points in a game

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Or 21

  18. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling jesus Mahrez
    Kdb Gundogan fernandinho

    Can be this

  19. Fred the Red
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    A) Son -> Jota for a hit
    B) Son -> Grealish
    C) Son -> ?

    1. Bam Saka Laca
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      B

    2. Alcapaul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      A

  20. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Back 3 of Cancelo, James and TAA probably the way to go.

    Just a pity about Laporte injured. Could hamper cleanies.

    1. Killitzer
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      What injury?

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Both Stones and Laporte are injured. Confirmed by Pep.

        1. Milkman Bruno
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Did he mention the extent of the injuries?

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Read on other news muscle injury for Laporte.

          • Killitzer
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Damn. I didn’t know or hear that. Fortunately have activated WC. Who’s the best £5.5m defender- I got rid of Shaw but many seem to rate James or Rudiger.

    2. maglia rosa
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      My 3 weakest players in defense midfield and attack.......any thoughts from the greater good of the community about order of priority for the boot and/or any suggestions for alternatives for said dead wood?

      Ayling
      Benrahma
      Perica

      James
      Trincão
      Bamford

    3. JIMMY764
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Any thoughts on this Ron+Rom wc draft? Is it viable?

      Sanchez
      TAA Shaw James Semedo
      Salah Raph Traore Sarr
      Ronaldo Lukaku

      (Steer Livramento Sissoko Locadia)

      1. BUZZBOMB
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Its absolutely viable and Im wishing Id gone this route on WC last GW. Decided to build instead for GW7 but Antonio and DCL have set me back thereon alas.

      2. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        yh very much. U can double up on chels defence from gw7. I made a few drafts ( not on wc tho) and a team pretty much same as this is the one I liked most

      3. moment
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Looks great. I have the pair of them in a 3-4-3 with Antonio, but I think 4-4-2 may be the better way to go given the availability of decent 6-7M midfielders.

      4. maglia rosa
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        The Defense and front line are clearly very strong......Raph as essentially a 2nd midfielder is playing in a team that has yet to find its rhythm and is hardly in your team on form. Same could be said for Traore and although Sarr is clearly the best option from Watford they are pretty poor. Is it viable.......i'd say it's an option but with the value in mid priced midfielders i reckon it's not the best option. My main rival of many years has gone this route, its a great new dimension to the game, gonna be interesting. Good luck Jimmy.

    4. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Thoughts on this WC? Could also go with Antonio over GW in a 433.

      Sanchez
      TAA James Tierney Marcal
      Salah Raphinha Greenwood Gray
      Ronaldo Lukaku

      Steele Livramento Sissoko Locadia

      1. Bam Saka Laca
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I like it

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          cheers

      2. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        How is that possible?whats you’re team value?

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Only 101m..its possible due to the rubbish bench lol

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Nice, really want to pull trigger as well.

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Cheers

    5. tommo1989
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Do we think Salah will get rested for Palace on Saturday or is it good news he was subbed off with 10 mins left?

      1. Bam Saka Laca
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        No

      2. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        No

    6. Shark Team
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Armstrong or Pukki? to partner the two big guns Rom and Ron

      1. Bam Saka Laca
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Pukki

      2. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Pukki of those two

      3. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Armstrong

      4. Clay Davis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Easy...

        Start with Pukki for gameweek 5 to 8 (WAT, eve, bur).

        If he shows form keep him gameweek 8 to 14 ( (BHA, che, LEE, bre, SOU, WOL, new).

        If he hasn't shown any form switch him to Armstrong gameweek 8 to 12 (LEE, BUR, wat, AVL, nor)

        1. Shark Team
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Best answer thanks a lot

          1. bazbestos
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Norwich fans seem to think Pukki’s place is under threat.

    7. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Start Williams (WAT) or Duffy (LEI)?

      1. Lord of Ings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Williams if you already have Sanchez
        Duffy if not

        1. Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          No sanchez - I have sa

        2. Sharkytect
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Don't see why this makes a difference.
          (Williams, but the way)

      2. Lord of Ings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Could you help me below?

    8. Lord of Ings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      What to do with Torres? Surely keep?

      1. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        For one more gw

      2. Shark Team
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        ofc keep

    9. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Is that the same Haller that couldn’t get a game for West Ham scoring 4 goals in a champions league game 😆

      • Silecro
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Worth bringing Greenwood if now on WC?

        1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I wouldn’t (owner)

      • Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Meslier
        Semedo Trent Robertson Shaw (Duffy)
        Benrahma Raphinha Salah (c) (2x4.5)
        Bamford Jimenez Ronaldo

        Too heavy at the back, Ronaldo and Shaw out soon for Lukaku and James…

        1. MosF94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Excellent team, think heavy at the back will be popular by GW8