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. Podorsky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Is Aaron Ramsdale first choice keeper at Arsenal. Or was last game a one off? If so, what happened to Leno.

    1. Lord of Ings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Nope he isn’t.

      1. Podorsky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Is Leno injured

        1. Pariße
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          - Leno conceded 5
          - Ramsdale cost a lot
          - Ramsdale is a much needed breath of fresh air at Arsenal
          - Leno is in his last year of contract

          I assume Arteta will rotate but Ramsdale’s place in the PL is his to lose now.

  2. Lord of Ings
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    G2G or hit needed?

    Sanchez
    Marcal digne White
    Salah jota sarr torres
    Bamford Ronaldo lukaku

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

      TAA missing

      1. Lord of Ings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Will have to live with it this week and hope lukaku matches/exceeds TAA which is probably my main differential right now.
        Any other changes?

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

          Looks great for this week. Gl mate

          1. Lord of Ings
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks bud and best of luck to you too 🙂

  3. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Gabriel Jesus for a one week punt?

    Will become Ronaldo -4 (C) next week.

    1. Fred the Red
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Nope

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

      Save the hit, bring the goat now

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Have to get Mane out to fund it, and I won’t do that when he’s rested and playing Palace (H).

        Have Antonio + DCL (Cucho on bench) so have to make a striker move. I’ll keep Antonio for Leeds once he is back.

  4. xHaTr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Have 4.4 ITB. Thoughts on this -4?

    Tsimikas and Gilmour to Semedo and Jota

    1. Fred the Red
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Sounds pretty good to me

    2. Lord of Ings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Big yes

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Could work out.

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

      Nope

    5. Glokollur nr.1
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      yes

  5. Dynamic Duos
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Thoughts on this wc please?

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

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Awesome defence

      Not keen on Jimenez and Pukki.

    2. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Too much at the back. If you have TAA, Cancelo and James there is no point in having Marcal imo.

      Jimenez and Pukki perhaps a risk too much.

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        But James and Cancelo may get rotated , so Marcal great back up, could go Bamford and Shaw/Laporte instead of Jimenez and Cancelo?

        1. Glokollur nr.1
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Cancelo rotated for who? Mendy's in jail or som

        2. Athletic Nasherbo
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          True, good 4.0m options however. Don’t really like Shaw all too much compared to Cancelo. Just have to hope Jimenez bangs. Laporte a deffo no.

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Jimenez to Bamford?

          2. Dynamic Duos
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            Could go Pukki to Hwang

    3. bazbestos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I have very similar. I went Ramsdale in goal, Dias over Cancelo for security and Semedo over Marcel. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet though.

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

        Pukki could be Armstrong. I read Pukki could be about to lose his place soon.

      2. Dynamic Duos
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah Ramsdale is who I may go it is between him and Sanchez

  6. RUUD!
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    A) Bamford and Coady
    B) Jiminez and Semedo

    1. Fred the Red
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Tough one....maybe B because Leeds still don't look their best

    2. Lord of Ings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B

  7. Babit1967
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Lads, Wilson to Jiminez for a -4? Wilson about to drop and Jimi is home to Brentford, either that or just play Ayling in a 4-4-2

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Yes

  8. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Shaw and Antonio to Semedo and Bamford worth -4?
    Y/n?

    It’s a 0.4 price swing, great fixtures for both players coming in, and Shaw fixtures about to turn sour very soon...

    I’m 0.1 short of just Antonio to Bamford...

    1. Fred the Red
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Don't think its worth the hit. Shaw facing an Antonio-less West Ham. Antonio in great form and back next week. Leeds haven't looked that great.

    2. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Absolutely not.

    3. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Cheers

  9. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Sounds like Son could well be back this week, if last season if anything is to go by when he unexpectedly started vs United.

    I’m gonna keep Kane if so! Maybe even buy Son too!

    1. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      This feels like compounding problems. Spurs fixtures and form are poor. The truth is, Kane is a terrible pick right now.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        The thing is though, I could sell them all for a hit, to get players everyone has anyway, so I’ll fall further behind either way.

        Plus there’s always the risk they somehow turn up vs Chelsea, they did vs City, and I’d lose out, again

    2. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Good on you. Heart over brain always works out.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        It usually does for me!

        1. FPL Brains
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Haha love it.

    3. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Was that the game he was never injured for but Jose needed an excuse?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Well it was the time Son went off at half time the previous week, was stated as being injured, never turned up in Europa and then bang straight in the XI Sunday vs United where he hauled.

        Loads sold, including me

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Thats the one, he wasnt injured. Jose never said he was, said that injuries happen

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 9 days ago

            If I recall he was flagged for something, can’t remember specifically what it was, but to flag him he must have said something

            1. Ginkapo FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 9 days ago

              Thats what we thought initially, but it was just Jose

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 9 days ago

                I could have killed him! I seem to recall selling Son and Wilson that week and they both hauled!

  10. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Are you doing DCL to Bam already? Dcl is dropping but would not like to bring in another injured player like Dcl last week.

    1. Union_Jacks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Is DCL price protected?

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Good point. I have not figured out when the price is locked due to injury.

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Got burnt last WC bring on DCL, on the basis that he had been trainng. Not doing that mistake again, so taking the -0.1

  11. FPL Brains
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Who you captaining?

    1) CR7
    2) Salah
    3) Lukaku
    4) Other

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      2

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      4

    3. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      2

    4. maglia rosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Possibly 3 more likely 2

    5. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      As much as I want to leave it on 1 I will probably end up on 2 tbh.

    6. F4L
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Lukaku

    7. Lord of Ings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      3
      Like last week it’s between salah and lukaku and it’s a close one

  12. Strongylad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Thoughts on my WC team ?

    Schmeichel
    Marcal TAA James
    Salah Jota Raphinha Gray
    Ronaldo Bamford Jimenez

    Steer / Livramento / Tanganga / Sissoko

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      10/10 for not having Traore or Semedo!

      1. FPL Brains
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Hes a wiser person than me, that's for sure.

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

        Tanganga is finished as a starter at Spurs.

  13. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    WC draft #476
    Sanchez / 4.0 but not Brighton
    TAA, Cancelo, James, Duffy, Livramento
    Salah, Jota, Gray, Gallagher, Bissouma
    Lukaku, Ronaldo, 4.5m
    0.2m itb

    1. maglia rosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      It's where you run to as Joe puts it on the Scoutcast when Gray and Gallagher have a run of poor returns.

    2. FPL Brains
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      I like ig

      1. FPL Brains
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        It* fat fingers.

        1. maglia rosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Yeah fair enough, just inclined to feel Trent Salah and the big boys up front takes away from the team to much. But hey Viperstripes has been around long enough to know the risks (and the fun to be gained from two beasts upfront smashing it each week)

  14. Fred the Red
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Best replacement for Son? Rest of my midfield is Salah Raphinha Benrahma Bissouma. Jota would have to be for a hit (too many Pool players).

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Just read Son could be back this week

      1. Fred the Red
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        Where'd you read that?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 9 days ago

          Daily Mail and Metro.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Keep, rumour he could be back

  15. skybluecam
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    DCL + Antonio > CR7 + 4.5 (1.1m itb) for a -4 or just ship out DCL for a similarly priced forward and wait to see if Antonio drops further?

  16. Reinhold
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Given that Firmino is not declared fit, who would you choose on wildcard?

    A) Jota (CRY, bre, MCY)
    B) Greenwood (whu, AVL, EVE)
    C) Torres (SOU, che, liv)
    D) Bamford (new, WHM, WAT)

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A, only if you have Salah and Trent though.

    2. Cowboy John
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      D.

  17. iL PiStOlErO
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    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

    If you can choose one:
    A) Bruno+Antonio to Pogba+Kaku (0.3itb)
    B) Bruno+Antonio to Torres+CR7
    C) Bruno+Antonio+Ings to Torres+CR7+Bambford for -4
    D) Bruno+Antonio+Madders to Pogba+Raph/Benhrama+Kaku for -4
    E) Bruno+Mahrez+Antonio to Pogba+Grealish+Kaku (1.1 itb) for -4

  18. FPL Brains
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Lovely insight by Fabio

    1. noquarternt
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah agreed, I like his focus on the long term. Contrasts quite a lot to the comments section on here most of the time!

      1. FPL Brains
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 9 days ago

        For sure. Its difficult not being trigger happy but that's why I guess he does as well as he's done.

    2. maglia rosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Comes mostly down to personality type i reckon. You can learn and become a better manager though but how these people get such high consistent finishes is pretty incredible.

  19. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Would you prefer?

    Trent/Robertson/Salah
    Or
    Trent/Jota/Salah

    Surely A by far, Robertson will outscore Jota this season as a defender at a cheaper price.. Do I not have a good reason to dbl up on the defence?

    1. noquarternt
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      For a whole season? Maybe, but you’d have to factor in that a Liverpool striker under 8m as a mid is probably the best in that position.

      You could also get a heavy City or Chelsea defender to complement.

    2. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Trent/Robertson/Salah as it's set and forget.

      Jota is explosive with hattricks in him, but he is a rotation risk. I also think he's injury prone.

    3. F4L
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Salah + TAA + VVD. VVD has basically matched Robbo the last 2 seasons he was fit for .5 cheaper.

  20. Dacra
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Trent didn't know he was a right back tonight.

    Good for fantasy, worrying for a Liverpool fan.

  21. Clay Davis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Test

  22. Clay Davis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    ~test~

  23. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    If you could only have 1 on a WC, who would it be?

    A. Antonio
    B Greenwood
    C Jota

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      WC means long term options so A makes sense.

    2. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A

      1. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 9 days ago

        This

    3. McGowan
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Hard 1! Greenwood has just been rested so could be him..

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      A or B, B seems steady flow

  24. Clay Davis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Thoughts on this wildcard draft please...

    Sanchez
    TAA, Cancelo, Rudiger
    Salah, Jota, Torres, Gundogan, Sarr
    Lukaku, Bamford
    Subs: 4.0 GK, Duffy, Livramento, 4.5 ST

  25. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Sanchez
    TAA, Shaw, Coufal
    Salah, Greenwood, Benrahma, Barnes
    Toney, Antonio, CR7

    Steele, Amartey, Tsimikas, Gilmour

    1FT £1M itb

    A) Tsimikas > semedo (go 442)
    B) Tsimikas, Barnes/Benrahma > semedo, Raphina -4
    C) any other suggestions?

  26. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Pulled the trigger on Son + Antonio to Salah + ASM

  27. FOO FIGHTER
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    News on Son that he could be in contention for the weekend.

    https://www.90min.com/posts/son-heung-min-injury-latest-tottenham-chelsea-fpl

  28. McGowan
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    A) Ronaldo, ASM, Gray, Schmeichel and Dias
    B)Lukaku, Pukki, Greenwood, Sanchez and Cancelo

    1. Glokollur nr.1
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      B

  29. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    Sanchez
    TAA Shaw Ayling Veltman
    Salah Greenwood Raphinha Benrahma
    Toney Ronaldo

    Steele Antonio Brownhill Tsimikas

    1FT, 1.9 itb

    1. Brownhill >> Gray
    2. Brownhill >> Sarr
    3. Toney >> Bamford
    4. Toney >> Jimenez

    Thanks

  30. Glokollur nr.1
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 9 days ago

    is matip nailed over gomez?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 9 days ago

      Yes