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The Premier League is back and we’ve got a full slate of football across the five big leagues for the Sorare Academy this weekend.

This week, we’ve got some tips from guest blogger, Ligue 1 expert Genesis, which should help you whether you’re participating in our free-to-play game or dipping your toe into the main Sorare game.

Over to you, Genesis!

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No matter the Sorare tournament, be it here at the Academy or on Sorare proper, when I am setting up my line-ups I always try and anchor my team selections with at least one ‘foundation’ player and sometimes two. This is a guy who can rack up very solid all-round scores. A guy who allows the other, more boom-or-bust players in your team to be a bit more… boom-or-bust. The foundation player gives the team some room for error. A solid start. A foundation to launch from.

However, for me, my foundation player is not simply a 50-points-per-week merchant. They are not regular goal scorers or assist providers but they are above average for their position. So, in addition to ensuring that you have a guaranteed weekly haul of points to anchor your tournament total, when they get those decisive actions you can start dreaming of hitting major scores and earning prizes!

If you’ve been playing Sorare for any amount of time it has probably become clear that ball-playing centre-backs are masters of building up heavy all-round scores. Dayot Upamecano is amongst the prime under-23 examples. Large passing volume, long balls, duels and some defensive actions can see modern centre backs like Upamecano hoard major points hauls. He is a strong weekly pick for the Academy tournament and equally so in the Sorare ones themselves. The same can be said for youngsters like Benoit Badiashile and Jules Kounde. However, they are missing a key facet of what makes a foundation player.

As noted above, we are looking for our foundation player to be able to amass these high all-round scores but, unlike most centre backs, have an above-average chance of a decisive action such as a goal or an assist. Better to look to another position group to find your foundation stone.

Let’s look at midfielders.  And specifically the all-action midfielder. Guys who can quickly pile up point-scoring actions, especially defensively. Guys like Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich. I love this sort of player. Just as likely to crunch into a tackle as they are to roar into the box late and rifle the ball home. They combine all that’s key for me on Sorare. Solid SO5 tournament utility and I love watching them. Owning them on Sorare enhances my enjoyment of football. It’s fun

However, with Kimmich being a popular pick (and an expensive one on Sorare), you might seek to be a contrarian, to pick against the masses, hoping to score points where they don’t. And there is one young monster in this category that we can take as our example. An under-23 French midfielder who is a scorer up and down the matrix – Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni. Not quite Joshua Kimmich in SO5 just yet but with stacks of potential and a very solid points-scoring history. Passes, tackles, interceptions, duels, shots – look up his stats and I think you’ll be impressed.

His work rate translates well on the Sorare scoring matrix – similar to Upamecano and not that far off Kimmich. He’s all but guaranteed to hit 50 and can reach big scores without a goal or assist. Take his performance against Nantes at the weekend for example, where he scored 72. He also has the ability to hit those much sought after perfect 100s.

Tchouameni is my guy. The player I rely on in the best team I put out each week to act as my foundation. The base from which my players more reliant on goals or assists like Moussa Diaby or Sofiane Diop can launch and hopefully combine to hit big overall scores and win prizes. Something like the below. A pretty aggressive double forward lineup with Tchouameni as the foundation.

However, what if you want to find someone different? Your own foundation player. Well, the template above is the start point from which we work back and this is where the fun starts. The part of Sorare that keeps me really engaged. Scouting for players to fit my SO5 requirements. Time to do a little digging and find some statistically similar players. I will be dropping some of my tips in a future article. In the meantime, I would love to hear about your strategy for the weekly tournaments, whether you employ a foundation player and, if you do, who are your go-to options?

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181 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bang Average
    • 1 Year
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    Evening all

    Looking for some opinions on the following alternatives for this GW only:

    1) Toney +4 or Ronaldo
    2) Gray +4 or Maddison

    Much appreciated

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      1 - CR
      2 - Mad

      1. Bang Average
        • 1 Year
        14 days, 18 hours ago

        thanks. Wanted someone to confirm that taking the hit wasn't a bad idea.

  2. JBG
    • 3 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    Is Ramsdale to DDG worth a -8?

    1. Bang Average
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Definitely not imo. Ramsdale has burnley next week

    2. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Its Only -4

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        14 days, 18 hours ago

        Yeah but it will be my -8 transfer if I take him out hehe.

        1. Arn De Gothia
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          14 days, 18 hours ago

          Still only -4. So if ddg gets 6 or more, assuming rams get 2 its a win

          1. JBG
            • 3 Years
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            True

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      No

  3. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    With Ramsdale having a tough gw22, blanks in gw25/27, what would you recommend

    A: Play Foster (back in training but i doubt he starts)
    B: Foster >> Sanchez (-4)
    C: Ramsdale >> Ddg (-4)

    1. Bang Average
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Is ramsdale out? I think its well within the realm possibilities that spurs-ars ends 0-0.

    2. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      None. I'd play Ramsdale then play Foster when he blanks.

    3. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      I actually would play Foster

    4. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      I'm playing Ramsdale

    5. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 22 hours ago

      If Villa get a double next week I'm thinking of a hit to Martinez, excellent fixtures coming up.

  4. lekalatch
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    Thoughts here?

    A) Son —> Bruno
    B) Son + Gundo —> KDB + Greenwood/Maddison (-4)
    C) Son + Gundo —> Bruno + Greenwood/Maddison (-4)
    D) Son + Broja —> Kane/Ronaldo + Maddison/Greenwood (-4)

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      B with kdb and mad

    2. KieranKA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      D (Ronaldo + Maddison). If we get late news about Ronaldo being out, B

  5. C0YS
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    Pick 2 transfers for -4:

    A) Antonio -> King (already have Dennis)
    B) Son -> Maddison
    C) James -> someone not Alonso/TAA/Cancelo/Reguilon

    1. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      BC

      1. C0YS
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 18 hours ago

        Cheers

  6. OptimusBlack
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    Who out to get Dennies ??
    A- Antonio
    B- Watkins

    1. C0YS
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Had the same dilemma, will be taking out Antonio since he’s out of form + Watkins has good fixtures and a likely favorable DGW

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        14 days, 18 hours ago

        Cheers

        1. FOMFF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          14 days, 18 hours ago

          Probably agree.

  7. Boly Would
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    Is Saka to Maddison worth a -4?

    1. C0YS
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Maddison will score more this coming GW but Saka is a long-term hold as long as he continues playing & performing. Anyone else you can sell?

      1. Boly Would
        • 5 Years
        14 days, 18 hours ago

        Only Mount really but plan is to replace him with KDB next week

  8. Beautiful Game
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    Which one among these two options for DGW and going forward?

    A) Tielemans + Gray(Already have) + Kane + King

    B) Maddison + Moura + DCL(Already have) + Dennis

    1. C0YS
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      2

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      B

    3. KieranKA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 17 hours ago

      Very narrowly B

  9. Pachi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    Would you use FH with this team? Both FH still available

    Sanchez
    Tta cancelo coufal
    Jota foden maddison moura bowen
    Antonio king

    Stelee watkins dias white

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      No need. If I made a FH team it wouldn't be far off your current one

    2. KieranKA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Wouldn't free hit, you have 4 DGWers already

  10. Siva Mohan
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    play Rams or Foster?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Is Foster back fit?

      Thought he was a week or two away.

    2. FOMFF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Probably Rams. Watford wont keep a CS.

      1. FOMFF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 18 hours ago

        Although maybe Fosters 4 pts from a double is better than Rams 2 because Spurs (Kane) will probably score

  11. rozzo
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    I will be wildcarding in a few weeks. Which team would you rather have? It will impact my transfers this week.

    A)

    Ramsdale SANCHEZ
    Trent LAPORTE Cancelo Alonso Tierney
    Salah Jota SON Bowen Saka
    Antonio Dennis BROJA

    B)

    Ramsdale SA
    Trent DIAS Cancelo Alonso Tierney
    Salah Jota MADDISON Bowen Saka
    Antonio Dennis WATKINS

    Cheers

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Are these WC teams (& from when?) or options for this week?

    2. KieranKA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      A. You'll want Son for GW27 when Salah, Jota, Trent, Tierney, Saka are blanking. Most weeks you'll bench three of Laporte, Tierney, Saka, Dennis and Broja anyway, so it's worth investing extra in the first XI (and an extra captain option, Son).

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      I like B more

  12. KieranKA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    What to do with this team?

    1FT, 3.0ITB.
    Sánchez // Foster
    Trent Cancelo Reguilón Coufal // Livramento*
    Jota Bernardo Bowen // Brownhill Salah*
    Antonio Watkins King

    A: Salah → Fernandes
    B: Salah → Maddison
    C: Salah + Watkins → Maddison + Kane (–4)
    D: Salah + Watkins → Maddison + Ronaldo (–4)
    E: something else?

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      B

  13. C0YS
    • 6 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    Rephrasing question above…pick 1 for -4:

    A) Son -> Maddison
    B) James -> someone not Alonso/TAA/Cancelo/Reguilon (who?)

    1. KieranKA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      A, those are the defenders you'd want anyway. You can wait until next week to sell James

    2. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      A

    3. CABAYE4
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      A

  14. Boxwoods
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    14 days, 18 hours ago

    Anyone considering Patson Daka now?

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Absolutely

    2. CABAYE4
      • 10 Years
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      Would be very surprised if he started.

      Maddison, Barnes, Perez, Lookman all fit - why risk him coming back from injury?

  15. MShalkz
      14 days, 18 hours ago

      What do people think of this Wildcard?

      Ramsdale, Sanchez
      Trent, Cancelo, Davies, Cash, Kilman
      Jota, Maddison, Bowen, Raphinha, Gray
      Ronaldo, Dennis, King

      Left 5.8 ITB for an easy midfield upgrade to Salah or Dennis/King to Watkins in case Villa double in GW23

      1. FOMFF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        14 days, 18 hours ago

        Gray is a troll
        Not sure 'd want Raph, Leeds are too hit and miss.

        1. MShalkz
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            Not crazy on Gray either but cheap, has some good fixtures, and should hopefully have some doubles soon.

            I like Raphinha because everything Leeds do going forward goes through him, should also have some DGWs soon

        2. KieranKA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          14 days, 18 hours ago

          Looks good, assuming you plan to sell Maddison/Bowen/Raphinha to get Salah back.

          1. MShalkz
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              Yeah selling Maddison GW24 when salah should hopefully be back and Leicester face Liverpool was my thinking

          2. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            Good job. Feel like you can ride the nice fixtures with Gray then shift to Martinelli maybe after Arsenal blanks

            1. MShalkz
                14 days, 18 hours ago

                Yeah exactly my thought process, Arsenal have 3 unplayed fixtures so getting Martinelli or another of the Arsenal mids after the blanks was on my mind

          3. FOMFF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            Gallagher & Scarlett > Maddison & Dennis for -4?

            Sanchez,
            Cancelo, Rudiger, TAA,
            Maddison, Bowen, Bilva, Jota,
            Antonio, Watkins, Dennis

            Button, Dawson, Livra, Salah

            1. KieranKA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              Absolutely

            2. CABAYE4
              • 10 Years
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              Good moves

          4. L S P
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            Foster
            TAA-Cancelo-Dias
            Salah-Jota-Bowen-Gray
            Watkins-Antonio-King

            Ramsdale-Saka-James-Livra

            Is the move simply Salah/Watkins->Ronaldo(C)/Maddison for -4 and leave it at that? Gives me 3 DGWers (maybe)

            1. FOMFF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              I'm a Salah holder. I don't want the headache. And I'm backing Watkins to get points, United look terrible, something to prove and digne and coutinho could make instant impacts.
              I think Maddison is essential.

              1. L S P
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                14 days, 18 hours ago

                My gut says Maddison would be essential with a full complement of teammates but I'm willing to take the 2-week punt.

                But I don't trust him or any of my other players as a C option thus: Ronaldo. I'd have no problem taking another hit in 24 to bring Salah back either.

            2. KieranKA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              That is my plan! You can also sell James for Reguilón/Emerson/Shaw/Varane, all should make back the -4

              1. L S P
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                14 days, 18 hours ago

                I've considered it tho I'm more likely to go with a Brighton DEF but taking hits for defenders, esp this GW, doesn't sit easy with me...

                1. Max City
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  14 days, 18 hours ago

                  I did James >> Dawson last GW and it gave me 3 points and a better squad

                  1. Max City
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    14 days, 17 hours ago

                    For a hit*

                    1. L S P
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      14 days, 17 hours ago

                      Congrats

                2. KieranKA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  14 days, 17 hours ago

                  Brighton blank in GW24, I'd avoid. Any DGW defenders should get 4+ points though, enough to justify the hit. No guarantee that Dias gets anything vs. Chelsea

                  1. L S P
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    14 days, 17 hours ago

                    I disagree with almost all of this but that's ok.

          5. TheYogaDaddy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            What to do here?

            De Gea (Foster)
            TAA Cancelo Dias (Johnson) (Livramento)
            Jota Son* Salah* Bowen (Brownhill)
            Antonio Watkins King

            1 ft, 0.0 itb

            1. TKC07
              • 2 Years
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              I would get Maddison & Lucas for a hit

            2. KieranKA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              Some options:
              – Son + Salah → Maddison + Fernandes (–4)
              – Son + Salah → Maddison + de Bruyne (–4)
              – Son + Salah → Maddison + Mount (–4)

              In each case, you can plan to bring back Salah in GW24 for either midfielder. I'd prefer Mount in these conditions to take advantage of DGW, then plenty in the bank for Salah

            3. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              * & * > Maddison & Bruno/Mount/etc

            4. CABAYE4
              • 10 Years
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              Son to Maddison and Livra to Spurs defender of choice

          6. CABAYE4
            • 10 Years
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            Anyone want to take a guess at Kane and Ronaldo EO for top 10k for this GW?

            Planning on going without both and want to estimate what the risk is.

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              Thinking of going without & C Maddison

            2. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              Don't have both and feel alright

          7. Weak Become Heros
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            Likelihood of Foster starting both doubles? Or just get DDG in for free?

          8. Jet5605
            • 7 Years
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            2 FT and 0.4 ITB. If I transfer out Son then I have a bit of a benching headache as my current starting 11 have doubles or nice fixtures. Any thoughts on what to do?

            DDG
            TAA - Cancelo - Dier - Lamptey
            Son - Jota - Bowen - Maddison
            Antonio - Broja - King

            Bachman - Salah - Son - Coady

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              You may bench Cancelo or Broja

            2. KieranKA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              Salah + Broja → Lookman + Ronaldo is one option

              1. Jet5605
                • 7 Years
                14 days, 18 hours ago

                I'm 0.1 short for that

          9. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            14 days, 18 hours ago

            Who 2 would you play (the others will be benched)
            A) Dawson
            B) Cancelo
            C) Foden
            D) Antonio
            E) Watkins

            Cheers

            1. KieranKA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              14 days, 18 hours ago

              BD. Bench order: Foden, Watkins, Dawson

              1. Max City
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                14 days, 18 hours ago

                Ta

          10. Nomar
            • 12 Years
            14 days, 17 hours ago

            I don’t mind keeping Salah, but it’s likely that if I do I would have to bench him for the best part of a month. Not ideal.

            Don’t want to FH just yet but don’t want to have to hit to get Salah back.

            So it’s looking like it’s a -4 to bring in CR7 and possibly Maddison.

            Could just do Maddison but seems pointless leaving all that money in the bank when Ronaldo is affordable and has a DGW.

            1. KieranKA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              14 days, 17 hours ago

              I'm also leaning toward the Salah + fwd → Maddison + Ronaldo move in GW22, then reversing it in GW24

          11. Dark Side Of The Loon!
            • 5 Years
            14 days, 17 hours ago

            Hope we get some positive Reguilon news. My BB depends on his availability.