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. Lingard’s Shin Guards
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Pull the trigger on DCL, Antonio -> Bamf, Jimenez (-4)?

    Sanchez
    TAA Shaw Coady
    Salah Jota Raph Sarr
    Ron DCL* Antonio*

    Steele McArthur Liv Dier* (1ft 0.2m itb)

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Just DCL to Bamford

      1. Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        This^

      2. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        +2

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      if jimmy blanks again would you want antonio back for the next few? if yes then just hold and swap dcl out

  2. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Anyone taking a punt on Pukki?

    At 5.9 and really nice upcoming fixtures I think he’s worth taking a punt on. Hasn’t done anything yet but he has played Liverpool, Man City , Leicester & Arsenal.

    Could easily score in 8 of the next 10 games

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Don't think I'd want any Norwich in my team right now. That includes Omo, Williams and Gilmour.

      1. Sturridge Wars
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Because of their recent form. But like I’ve stated they have played 3 top 4 teams already from their first 4 games.

        1. House Frey Wedding Planner
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Even still.....I don't think they will score many goals or keep clean sheets throughout the season

    2. yeahbuddy
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      I was but word on here is Sargeant is set to replace him or become a rotation risk

    3. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      You might need to find out how nailed on he is, Sargent is threatening his place from what I read

    4. lugs
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      yeah i brought him in for a hit lol, tbf he was my easiest route to get TAA in, with Shaw and Antonio getting the boot, there is talk of maybe Sargent taking his place, i don't see it happening yet myself as Sargent doesn't look very good, i only need Pukki for a few weeks anyway before i move him on for Armstrong probably, so hopefully he can hold his place until then

  3. House Frey Wedding Planner
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Sanchez, 4.0
    TAA, Shaw, Digne, Marcal, Coufal
    Salah, Jota, Greenwood, Benrahma, Brownhill
    Ronaldo, Antonio, Scarlett

    1FT, 0.8itb

    Should I:

    A - Antonio to Bamford
    B - Benrahma to Raphinha
    C - Coufal to James
    D - Any 2 of the above for -4

    My initial plan was to do B as I'm not keen on triple West Ham v triple Utd. I would've played Antonio but for his suspension and benched Coufal. The news on Bamford's hammy

    Leaning towards C or D as I would only really play Coufal in gw7 and he's been an expensive sub so far. I'd want James by week 7 anyway so maybe I should bring him in early now to fix this week's issue. Only thing though is that it would leave me playing a 5-4-1 formation for gw5.

    Thoughts?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      B or C. Or that D with B&C imcluded in it.

      1. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        I'm thinking D with keeping Antonio

        Cheers

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Good option yes. Antonio can have his rest and then bang some against lee defence. Think that trough the season he will definitely outscore Ben.

    2. CRO KLOPP
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Just B,with C you will have too much money in defence imo

      1. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Really not keen on Coufal playing against Utd.

        I'm okay with the money in defence for now as by gw7/8, I'd want to ensure I have a Chelsea defender, a City defender and Trent

        1. CRO KLOPP
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Going 5 atb next 2?

          1. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Just for gw5, I'll do 5-4-1.

            Back to 442 in gw6 with Marcal as 1st sub

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 13 days ago

              Fair,GL

  4. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 13 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.

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      1.

      Toney can wait a week

  5. Patty
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    What’s the best option here?
    A. Benhrama > Raphinha
    B. Benhrama, Tsimikas > 4.4, TAA -4

    Worth also keeping in mind that I am WCing in 2-3 weeks.
    Also not sure if Tsimikas has a chance of starting this weekend.

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      B

      Trent is close to essential as can be. You'd definitely want him for gw5 and 6

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Tsimi days are over unfortunatelly and TAA is going strong at the beginning of the season. Can you maybe sacrafice anyone else instead of Ben?

  6. 3 A
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Thats so simple from Fabio Borges yet I think he is right. Excellent.

  7. Jafooli
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    It's Pep, so can only go on gut feeling, but reckon Torres starts vs SOT?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Pep is Pep, this is why atm I would say the situation with city boys is dont buy dont sell.

    2. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Should do

    3. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Thanks both

  8. Amartey Partey
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    I honestly think West Ham are going to score a lot against Leeds. Antonio hattrick.

    Might be too early to sell him.

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      I can also see Leeds scoring a few as well.

      Think that's a good game for an over 3.5 goals bet

      1. Amartey Partey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Yeah true. Maybe a 5-3?

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Thats why I will keep him and bench him. Also he has Brentford after lee, is in great form and will have his rest this gw. Haul is realistic option.

    3. Whirl
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      I'm not worried about benching Antonio this week.

      The other two West Ham players I'm having to start is a different story.

  9. iL PiStOlErO
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Is it wise to go only with Pogba as utd attacking cover for next few gw?

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      most would probably say no. i'm currently debating this on my wildcard if i don't go Rom/Ron double up

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        I am thinkng of selling Bruno+Ingsy for him and Kaku and wait with CR7 for now. I know his assits are unsustainable but the thing that bugs me is if Utd will keep scoring this way...not having either from Bruno and CR is scary but want Kaku for long term also.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          seems wise. not like you're going to jump back at Bruno at 12m
          having a mid around the 7.5m price range is important, lots of options
          I also don't want to have to make the decision whether to jump off Ronaldo later so might skip on wildcard, not sure yet

  10. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Best defensive combination between these?

    A) Marçal + White + Duffy
    B) Tierney + Duffy + Livramento

    Cheers!

  11. Puntillimon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Hi all

    What do you think about doing Tsim and Bruno —> James and jota for -4?

    Thanks in advance

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Good moves but do you have utd cover then?

    2. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      I think its a good move as long as you have some Utd attacking cover if Bruno goes.

      I think James & Jota will comfortably outscore Bruno, Tsimikas with a 4 point handicap

    3. Gandalf
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Jota could well do well against CPL if he starts, but could well be rested in one of the upcoming games and is prone to missing chances.

      The hit not for me, assuming you have someone able to start alongside Bruno

    4. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Don't like that for free let alone for a hit.

  12. klopptimusprime
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Any Bamford news

    1. Gandalf
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Nope nothing new.

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

      Just saw a post that said Rodrigo was impressing Bielsa during training.

      Ominous…

    3. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      hmm hopefully some more info follows ty

  13. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Grealish or Jesus on WC?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Jackie G

  14. stamboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Antonio won't drop today surely?

    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      no chance

  15. Boxwoods
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Any love for Grealish after set piece assist and goal today?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Want him as city cover in my wc. Think he will only get better and Pep likes him

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      I'm considering him on WC.

      1. Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        He certainly made a case today. Goal a bit fortuitous, though well taken. Corner was lovely, and fact that he took it with Kev on the pitch noteworthy.

  16. stamboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Good morning/evening/afternoon all (morning for me)

    Best option for GW6 onwards (after Antionio's suspension) out of:

    A) Antonio
    B) Jiminez
    C) Bamford
    D) Other (non-premium)

    Thanks in advance

    1. dark91
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Antonio unless one of other 2+Edouard starts netting goals for fun then pick him

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

      A or C. If you have Antonio already, I would not sell him for a similarly priced FWD.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Still Antonio for now

      1. stamboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Thanks all. I do have Antonio...........

  17. Ragabolly
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 13 days ago

    Risers: Ronaldo (12.6) Kovacic (5.1)

    Fallers: Phillips (4.9) Onyeka (4.9) Tella (4.8) Gibson (4.4) Ait Nouri (4.3)

    1. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Finally

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      SIUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

      1. LarryDuff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        CRINNNNGEEE

    3. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      DCL survives 🙂

    4. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      VIVA RONALDO

      Toney lives to fight another day!

    5. OneArseneWenger32
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Cheers Raga

    6. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago

      This just puzzles me more now, how did it take Lukaku so long to rise?

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        because he is so big

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        big size = longer time

      3. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Because the price changes are controlled. Its kinda obvious but people will say must be wildcards.

        1. MagicMessi
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Hahah no man its because so many transfers out after he blanked last week check the transfers out in fpl

          1. MagicMessi
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Plus the wildcards

          2. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 13 days ago

            He went from being at 12% to over 20% between his first game and the Liverpool one

      4. Gandalf
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        This is my bad - I’m potentially waiting until GW7 for Lukaku so I asked the guy to hold off until then

    7. stamboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      the usual increase for a budget player who hauls..... LOL

    8. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Toney holding on like a champ, cheers Ragabolly.

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        will you be holding on to him ?

        1. waldo666
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah, only 6.9 to spend and don't really like the options, will see what I can do with 2FTs next week.

          1. Randaxus
              4 months, 13 days ago

              I looked for me the options are Raphinha,Saka,Barnes and Deli Alli. After Raphinha I would say atm I would pick Saka.

              1. waldo666
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 13 days ago

                Toney is a forward.

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

        cheers.
        livramento and duffy must have been close.

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          They have been close for several days now. WCs

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            yes I guess so, aye.

      3. F4L
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers. DCL you beauty, 0.1 saved 🙂

      4. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers!

      5. Thescaff
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Finally, 1 up. Cheers

    9. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Will there be a Leeds presser today (Thursday) ??

      1. RUN DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Most likely as they play Friday night.

    10. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Okay to start C?

      A) Toney (wol)
      B) Ayling (new)
      C) Gallagher (liv)

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        B

    11. RUN DCL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 13 days ago

      How long until price changes?

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        happened.

      2. Lingard’s Shin Guards
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        24 hrs

      3. RUN DCL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Phew

    12. melvinmbabazi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Benrahma to Raphinha for -4?

      yes or no

      1. ZTF
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Think I’d just wait for a FT tbh

      2. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Yes for me

    13. Puntillimon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Tsim and Bruno —> James and jota for -4

      Yes or no?

      1. MagicMessi
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Bruno to jota for free ?

    14. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Anyone else going with triple Leeds this GW ??

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Yes and I’m absolutely pinging

        1. FCSB
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          I have Ayling and Raphinha

          Shall I do Toney >> Bamford too?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Newcastle too tempting for me, I’m on a -8 for him Raph and Lukaku

    15. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Grealesh owners keeping this week ?

      1. ZTF
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Surely

    16. Johan Queef
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Squad not looking great this week...

      A) Barnes to Raphinha (start Coufal)
      B) Coufal to Semedo (start Barnes)

      Barnes is pretty stinky but I've kept the stink this long...

    17. Amans94
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Weighing up these two options, thoughts appreciated (3.8m ITB)

      A) Perica -> Bamford
      B) Smith Rowe + Tsimikas -> Jota + Semedo (-4)

      1. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        A

    18. Jase3377
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Has anyone else been caught with the early transfers?
      I stupidly did a -4 on Ronaldo and Gray early, only for Antonio to get a red and DCL to miss game and a few weeks....

      Now I am wondering whether to go for -8 with DCL to Bamf or just play Bissouma (LEI at home)

      WC still available.

      What would you guys do?

      Team
      Sanchez/Steele
      TAA/Shaw/Digne/White(Liv)
      Salah/Jota/Ben/Gray/Biss
      Ronaldo (DCL/Antonio)

      Thanks

      1. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        Wait for press conference tomorrow, bielsa will tell you if he’s out

        1. Jase3377
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          Good call, tks
          And if he is in?

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 13 days ago

            Buy him

            1. Jase3377
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 13 days ago

              Yep, why not hey. Tks

    19. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Sanchez
      TAA | Shaw | White
      Salah | Bruno | Jota | Raph | Benrahma
      DCL* | Toney*

      Gunn | Livra | Scarlett | Hoever 2.4ITB, 1FT

      a) DCL to Bamford, (Toney to Antonio next GW) +1.1m
      b) DCL to Jimenez, (Toney to Antonio next GW) +1.6m
      c) DCL + Toney to Jim + Bam (-4) +1.6m
      d) DCL to differential Jesus/Vardy/Auba, (Toney to best sub 7m FWD next GW)
      e) Hit out Benrahma
      f) Other

      1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 13 days ago

        a looks nice

        1. klopptimusprime
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 13 days ago

          currently on a, just waiting for more news

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

        (not interested in Rom/Ron till GW7 WC)

    20. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Any update on Son?

    21. mranonymous
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 13 days ago

      Re. 4.5 midfielders. It seems like Sissoko is the midfielder of choice. Any rotation risk there? Surely the most important thing for such players is assured minutes e.g. Bissouma/Allan