Pro Pundit Teams

Why we shouldn’t rush to change the rules of FPL

Ex-FPL winner Simon March: How to avoid getting carried away with your GW1 picks

As we enter the final stretch of another season of Fantasy Premier League (FPL), thoughts are already starting to turn to next year and what changes might benefit the game ahead of its next launch. Discussions to date have surrounded the chips, player classifications, the bonus point system (BPS) and the scoring system in general among many others. Typically if you ask a hundred FPL managers what they’d change about FPL you’ll receive 100 different answers but, this time around, there seems like a greater demand for change than normal.

Maybe a change is due – there hasn’t really been a revolutionary change in the way the game is played since the chips were introduced seven seasons ago – but there’s also a pervasive sense in the FPL community that this season has been somewhat ‘sub-fun’. Maybe it’s the last-minute cancellations and all the stress that that generated during the winter, or perhaps it’s the endless procession of Double Gameweeks that it precipitated. Maybe it’s the ‘variance’, with entire seasons seemingly made or undone by a differential captain choice and, of course, there’s the fact that barely a single forward managed to stake a claim for their inclusion in our squads all season. More than anything, it feels like strategy this season has been strongly dictated by circumstance, rather than individual intent. We have been reacting all season, never really on the front foot. It feels like something should change.

But change does not often come without a cost and it can backfire, making the situation worse or creating new problems. This is especially so when change is inorganic, top-down or imposed by edict. Even with the best intentions, change in the form of institutional intervention can serve to stifle innovation and bring about unforeseen consequences. This article will discuss why this is sometimes the case and, via a detour into the 2008 Housing Crisis, it will urge caution with respect to any potential wholesale revamping of the FPL game.

The 2008 US Housing Crisis

Why we shouldn’t rush to change the rules of FPL

An example that well illustrates the danger of overzealous institutional interventions can be found in the 2008 US Housing Crisis which, to cut a long story short, came about because too many mortgage loans were granted to too many people who could not afford to pay them back, and this ultimately led to the crashing of the global economy.

The most pervasive explanations given for how this situation came about tend to point to greed within the, sometimes predatory, financial institutions which were injudiciously granting the loans and the failure of the regulatory bodies to rein in their risky or unscrupulous behaviours. There is undoubtedly much truth to this perspective, but it does not tell the whole story.

In the build-up to the crash, many US government officials campaigned on the idea that their country was suffering from a nationwide affordable housing crisis and that lending institutions needed to do more to help lower-income and socially disadvantaged groups to afford housing. Supporting affordable homeownership was an extremely popular idea among voters and so politicians at the time practically fell over themselves to throw their weight behind various initiatives by which mortgage lenders were either incentivised or threatened to relax their criteria for granting loans. Lenders would almost certainly not have done this independently as the risk of loss to them was too great, however they did and the rest, as they say, is history.

What is almost never mentioned, however, is that there actually was no nationwide housing crisis in the US in the build-up to the crash. In most states, supply and demand tended to balance fairly well. It was only in states where the government had introduced strict land use and development regulations which had artificially pushed up house prices faster than the capacity of people to buy them. So, in many ways, the 2008 housing crisis came about not because of too little government regulation but because of too much government regulation and, while there are few innocent parties within the whole affair, it nicely demonstrates how institutional interventions can disrupt market forces and create problems that didn’t exist and/or make problems worse.

Back to FPL

It is unrealistic to think that FPL is a game without flaws or that it could not be improved by rule changes, but it is important that, if such changes are introduced, that they are necessary, that they solve a genuine problem and that they don’t instigate a whole new bunch of negative consequences. In fact, where possible, I’d argue that rule changes should be a last resort in most circumstances.

As with the example above, the marketplace has a tendency to resolve its own problems and inorganic interventions often serve to disrupt or undermine this process. The rules of ancient games such as chess or Go have barely changed in centuries, yet they continue to generate excitement and innovation. Indeed, throughout the history of FPL, it is typically not the rule changes that have generated energy and interest but, instead, the constant evolution of the actual game that it is based on and the inventiveness of those who play FPL.

In the past 10 years or so of FPL, the ‘template’ has gone from being built around attacking number 8s like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, to classic 10s like Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie to hybrid 10s like Juan Mata and David Silva to weird 10s like Yaya Toure and Marouane Fellaini to inverted wingers like Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard to attacking wing-backs like Joao Cancelo, Reece James and Trent Alexander Arnold. In that time, we’ve had the ‘Power Five’ midfield, the ‘Big at the Back’ experiment, Kanexit, Shane Duffy Triple Captain, defensive midfielders like Chelsea’s Jorginho and Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic emerging as unlikely top scores for their respective clubs, anomalies such as 2019/20 John Lundstram at Sheffield United and 2020/21 Stuart Dallas at Leeds and a whole host of paradigm shifts and bold innovations. None of these required anybody to change any of the rules.

Lundstram delivers on recent promise as Grealish misses penalty

If you leave things up to the players, particularly games with a critical mass at the scale of FPL, they will typically find solutions and innovate faster (and often better) than the rule-makers could ever hope to.

An example of this can be observed even with respect to that soggiest of chips; the ‘Bench Boost’. The Bench Boost does not have many fans, some as awkward and overrated. But in the past couple of weeks, you might have noticed people using the Bench Boost in a new and fairly innovative way, namely; to offset a -8 or -12 hit that they can use to revamp and reinvigorate their teams and gain an advantage for the run-in.

Now, you could argue that FPL points are fungible so, if you ever gained any points from your Bench Boost, you could tell yourself that you are spending them now but the difference is that, at this stage of the season, a -12 is a more dangerous move than normal because there is so little time to make it up if it doesn’t yield instant results. But this is not the case if it is offset by the Bench Boost. From this perspective; the Bench Boost offers an advance on its value (a little bit like a mortgage…) to spend on transfers without the negative consequences for your rank. Imagine how much better you’d feel about the hits you might be planning to take for Gameweek 38 if you could offset them against your Bench Boost? All of a sudden it no longer looks so soggy and, again, nobody came in and changed the rules with respect to Bench Boost, some people just found a fairly clever new way to gain some additional value from it.

Conclusion

Salah's brace, Mane's form and United's change of shape: FPL notes 2

Much as I personally lean towards trusting the ‘free market solution’ when it comes to FPL, I’m not such a staunch ideologue as to pretend that the game couldn’t be changed for the better or, indeed, may need to be changed in order to maintain interest, variety or simply to move with the times. 

What I would suggest, however, is that any review of the rules of FPL be done out of a clear necessity and in response to a genuine problem that couldn’t be solved or circumvented naturally by its player base given time. While innovation is often good and shouldn’t be avoided for the sake of it, organic or grass-roots innovation is typically preferable and carries fewer risks of backfiring when compared to explicit rule changes. Explicit interventions by FPL rule-makers may add new dimensions, but these might also end up being gimmicky or serve to dilute the skill factor of the game, creating artificial variance or strategic homogeneity rather than the individual agency, dynamism and diversity that makes the game great.


Full-year memberships, monthly subscriptions and a FREE trial are all now available.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to Members content in over 250+ articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT


199 Comments Post a Comment
  1. EL tridente
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Richarlison and Salah to Diaz and Kane for a hit?

    1. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yes, looks a decent move.

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yes

    3. eliado07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I am also looking to do the same

  2. Firmino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Play Laporte or Nketiah?

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Laporte

  3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    1.8 ITB. Chasing a 30 points lead in my ML. 18 points to break into the top 1K. What transfer/s should I make?

    Pickford Martinez
    TAA Matip Cancelo White Davies
    Son Saka Coutinho Gordon Ramsey
    Kane Vardy Weghorst

    Thanks a lot!

    1. GoonerSteve
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Coutinho to Bowen

    2. AutoFill 2021
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Or to Maddison - saints are muck. Bowen is a good shout

  4. HurriKane
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    With the addition of Haaland bargain hunting will be needed more than ever

    Which players you think have shown glimpses or has the potential to become a budget gem next season?

    Buendia
    Mbuemo
    Olise
    Martinelli
    Daka
    Guimaraes

    Here is my list. Dont has to be nailed on for now but if given a run there is a player in there

    1. DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Who you dropping? Salah or Kane?

      1. Rocket Raccoon
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Kane, he’s not been great this season. I’d have Son over him but certainly Haaland.

    2. RedRo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Trust me bro, Elanga is a sick player. If he’s under 6m he’ll be in every active team by October

      1. HurriKane
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Not touching united attacker until Ten Hag find a settled team.

        But yeah if Elanga is preferred from the start might consider as he will be cheap

      2. DavidBW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        He will start 10 games max next season

        1. RedRo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Who’re you expecting Utd to sign that’ll take gametime off him? If you’re thinking Saka there’s no chance of that this summer. Got to remember who the Utd owners are

          1. NorCal Villan
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Why would Saka want to play for that dumpster fire? 😎

            • DavidBW
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I’m an Arsenal fan and there’s 0 chance of him going to United next season, you’re worse than us.

              Sancho and Bruno earn £400k a week, Ronaldo £500k a week so that’s 3/4 attacking spots taken. They’ll no doubt sign someone for £100m to keep the fans happy.

              Can’t see him starting much at all.

        2. NorCal Villan
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Come on, shake your body, baby, do Elanga

            1. RedRo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I’m going to suggest that on RedCafe as a chant for next season 😀

        3. bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Guimares

      3. DavidBW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        James Tavernier is Right Back for Rangers and has scored 83 goals in 345 games. He’s the top scorer in the Europa league this season. God knows how many assists he’s got.

        Why has nobody bought him yet? Surely he’s good enough to come and play for a top 6 team in England. Better then Wan Bissaka, Dalot, Cedric, Tomiyasu, Emerson Royal (with cheese) and Doherty.

        Guessing Gerrard might buy him for Villa.

        1. HurriKane
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          He's 30. Cant see him starting over Cash. Could be a good squad player

          1. DavidBW
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            He’s better then Cash, but 30 so unlikely.

        2. Rocket Raccoon
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Best place would be Newcastle as he would meet their homegrown quota. However, he’s not a great tackler or marker and his positioning can be wayward, so he’d be found out in the PL defensively.

          1. DavidBW
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            He’s taken Rangers to the Europa league final as captain. He’s good enough for the EPL.

            1. Going Home
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Europa League is not comparable to the PL. how many PL teams has he come up against? Style of play is completely different. Ask city, who will win four out of five PL titles but without any European trophy to show for it

      4. CRAZY TRAIN
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Evening all….Vardy rise looking possible tonight (on 99.5%).
        I was holding until we see the line ups tomorrow but the prospect of a rise could force the move tonight.

        1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Will the rise mean you can't make the move?

          1. CRAZY TRAIN
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I can make the move but it compromises my other moves. I’m on a FH, and I am thinking (hoping!) the volume of FH transfers in are likely high, so inclined to leave it I think.

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Might not, given some FHs in play
          I’d avoid if possible given he has recently come back from an injury

          1. CRAZY TRAIN
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Yes I’m not convinced, and the trial this week doesn’t help. Wouldn’t be surprised if Rodgers starts Nacho or Daka in both games and leaves Vardy out.

        3. redsallstars
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          If you’re on a FH why don’t you put vardy in tonight and take him out later on in week if you change your mind?

      5. K4pril
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Hello everyone,

          I am leading 57 points as now in my ML.
          Pickford/schmeichel
          Taa, Cancelo, Cash, Laporte, Alonso
          Kdb, Son, Zaha, Countinho, Gordon
          Watkins, Richarlison, Nketiah

          My oponent:
          Ramsdale, Pickford
          Taa, Cancelo, Cash, Tsimkas, Ati Nouri
          Countinho, Son, Mount, Saka, Gordon
          Kane, Mateta, Ticharlison

          I am sure he will transfer out cash and Countinho.

          Myself:
          Cash to sesegnon
          Kdb to Foden
          Countinho to Mount
          Watkins to Kane
          All above for -8

          Would be:
          Schmeichel
          Taa, Cancelo, Laporte, Alonso, Sesegnon
          Foden, Zaha, Son, Mount
          Kane

          1. Biggsy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            It's a decent team so if you think taking 8 points off that healthy lead is the best way to maintain that lead then go for it

            1. K4pril
                1 month, 12 days ago

                He have Mount and Kane that as Capitans could haul like KDB... 60p and I am gone in last week.

                Looking at his team he got to do 2-4 transfer either (cash, countinho, gordon, richarlison)

                My reasoning is that I am not giving him too much advantage as he gotta take hits either and I am taking his big hauls potentials.

            2. BooYaKasha
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Cash to Ses is not worth it, keep it to -4

              1. K4pril
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  What about Cash to James
                  And KDB instead of Foden to Kulu?

            3. Dynamic Duos
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Down to this now , Coutinho to Diaz 100% , but the A, B or C?

              A) Keep and start Zaha
              B) Bowen -4
              C) Toney -4

              1. OptimusBlack
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                C

              2. Biggsy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                B seems to be right on form and West Ham have placing above Man I to fight for

              3. DF
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                A defo

              4. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                A

              5. The Mighty Hippo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                A

            4. OptimusBlack
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Dubravka
              Robbo Cancelo Alonso (Schär White )
              Eriksen Son© Maddison Díaz (Saka)
              Richarlison Toney Kane
              This team Cost -4

              1. Biggsy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Nice. I'd normally fancy Saka Vs Everton but I guess his poor form means it's sensible benching ahead of the others

            5. Biggsy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Bit unsure what to do here - played FH last minute in 37 so plans up in the air and suggestions appreciated.

              Schmeichel
              James, Laporte, Cancelo, TAA
              Saka, Salah, Martinelli
              Richarlison, Kane, Nketiah

              Foster, Gordon, Coutinho, Holgate

              Salah to Son seems sensible. Then maybe a hit to upgrade Coutinho? Maybe a -8 to add in Richarlison to Vardy?

            6. Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Should I use my FT to replace sa to another keeper or play sa and do chabolah to Sessegnon ? Thanks

              1. Rocket Raccoon
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Can’t you do Sa to Lloris?

                1. Finding Timo
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Sadly not as only up to 5.2

                  1. Rocket Raccoon
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    What about Kaspar S?

                    1. Finding Timo
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Yeh good shout thanks

                2. NorCal Villan
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Played trivia last night at a local brewery. Rocket Raccoon was the answer to one of the questions

                    1. Rocket Raccoon
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Was it ‘who is the most ignored user on FFS?’ 😀

                      1. NorCal Villan
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          How did you guess?

                3. BUZZBOMB
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Have Son but no Kane. Expect ML rivals bring him in or have already.

                  1. Salah, Dennis to Kane, Kulu -4 KDH Pukki benched
                  2. Salah, Havertz to KDB, Maddison or Bowen? -4 KDH Pukki benched
                  3. Just Salah to KDB or Maddison? Play KDH

                  1. Rocket Raccoon
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    1

                    1. BUZZBOMB
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Cheers

                4. SuperG
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  We’ve just had one of the most interesting and intelligent articles ever written on this site and all anyone to date has said in comments is RMT or ‘what do you reckon about Vardy?’

                  Embarrassing. And surely disheartening for anyone trying to induce debate about the game we love.

                  My view is the rules should not be changed next season. This season and the last season has been disrupted by covid. So the rules as they are haven’t had a fair run-out for two seasons now.

                  Let’s give it one more and then see how we feel in a year.

                  If a change must be made, can we please delete Digne as an option.

                  1. Rocket Raccoon
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    It’s cos a Final is on.

                  2. BUZZBOMB
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Thanks for posting this right below my question...

                  3. CRAZY TRAIN
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Jolly good old boy…and my view is you are a self righteous pillock.

                  4. sulldaddy
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    I will chime in in agreement. Every article post the comments almost never talk about content of the article.
                    Dont get me wrong, I do find the discussion and advice on the comments with users as beneficial.
                    But very rarely any discourse about article content.
                    I find it definitely odd .

                    Also agree no rule changes for next year. Owners can change strategies, past two seasons have been anything but normal.

                    1. NorCal Villan
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Perhaps some consideration should be given to the notion that some might find the commentary more essential, informing, & entertaining than the articles. Surely there is room here for both viewpoints

                        1. sulldaddy
                          • 12 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Yes, doesnt have to be either or.
                          Just always strikes me as heavy towards rate my team/ transfer posts.
                          Which I do find valuable as content also.

                          1. NorCal Villan
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Well, to paraphrase Zappa, the spoonfeeding never stops 😎

                      • Well you know, Triffic
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Vardy or Lukaku?

                      • Zinedine Kilbane
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        I was just thinking that- really enjoyed that article and went to comments to see if any further discussion.... exactly as expected

                      • KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Fair comment - but there’s an easy way to fix, just create an ongoing forum page/article for discussion and questions only.

                      • Yozzer
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        You found it interesting? The game is in dire need of many changes. It's gone stale. He's got a right to his view but it's not one that most will agree with.

                      • kennethrhcp
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        really good article!

                        & totally agree dont change anything next season.

                        also feel BB gets a bad name as many either cant plan or got unlucky in the past

                      • Pointless
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Wholeheartedly agree! The way threads appear on FFS is a joke! FFS needs a major overhaul, not FPL! It should have threads for different subjects/articles rather than a jumble of comments.

                        1. NorCal Villan
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            ^^^This!

                          • Indpush
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            That above his "This"

                      • The Orienteer - find me in …
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Just what I was thinking!

                      • NorCal Villan
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Agree on giving it another year. The WC is going to be a major disruption to the season, to the point that it will be nothing like a regular (pre-COVID) campaign. Changes to rules or format of game would just be further disruption

                        • LÖrKingMuch
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Good article and points made, thanks!

                        • dunas_dog
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          What move would you make with 1 m in bank? I am thinking

                          A Cash to Alonso and play over Ings
                          B Ings to Toney and play ( over Ings)
                          C Cash to Sessegnon, Ings to Toney and Richarlison to Vardy-4
                          D Cancelo to Sessegnon, Richarlison to Kane and Ings to Toney-4
                          E any other suggestions?

                          Schmeichel
                          James Robertson Cancelo
                          Son KDB L Díaz Zaha
                          Nketiah Richarlison Ings

                          Ramsdale GotdonMykolenko Cash

                          1. BUZZBOMB
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Of those options C. I assume A and B involve wasting a transfer. Can you not do something with it?

                        • circusmonkey
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Thank you Simon, another good read. I don't think the rules need changing but I think the player classifications are out of date. I hear that they date to a time when 442 was the standard formation and strikers were central strikers rather than wide forwards that move in centrally. Football has moved on and but we still have Salah, Mane, Sterling and Son as midfielders. Would you support reclassifying those players or does that risk creating a stronger template?

                          1. Rocket Raccoon
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            I think Haaland changes it as he’ll be a striker. I think all strikers being crap this year has scewed the picture somewhat.

                            1. Biggsy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              You could have said the same about Lukaku or Ronaldo joining the league this year....

                              1. Rocket Raccoon
                                • 11 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                He won’t be as crap as those two.

                        • g40steve
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          FH38?

                          Any changes needed?

                          Lloris
                          James, Alonso, Cancelo
                          Jota, Maddison, Zaha, Son, KDB
                          Vardy, Toney

                          Ward, Tsimikas, Anderson, Nketiah

                          1. DF
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            I'd change Jota

                            1. g40steve
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Mount?

                              Too risky double Chelsea def?

                              1. DF
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Why not Diaz? I'd have thought he'll start

                                1. DF
                                  • 8 Years
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  But I'm starting Mount and happy about it. I've got Jota myself and either doing him to Diaz or Coutinho to erikssen (which would mean benching jota)

                                  1. g40steve
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 12 days ago

                                    Cheers

                        • FCSB
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          Who scores more GW38:

                          1. Diaz Nketiah
                          2. Maddison (Bowen) Jesus

                          1. AutoFill 2021
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            I would guess 2

                            1. FCSB
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              thanks

                        • Weasel Boy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 12 days ago

                          I think you should be able to change your captain on each match day.
                          Like champs league fantasy.

                          That's my 2 cents.

                          1. RedRo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Actually this would work really well for them too as I think one of their main priorities is increasing engagement.

                            1. Weasel Boy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Cool
                              Good to hear

                          2. TimoTime
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 12 days ago

                            Nah, I think captaincy is a big part of what makes FPL exciting… you HAVE to nail it consistently to do really well (which I haven’t done)…

                            Giving people two roles of the dice would take the excitement away and be very frustrating for those who nail the lock consistently first time around

                            1. TimoTime
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Nail the pick*

                            2. NorCal Villan
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Agree with you, absolutely no reason to get a mulligan. I could see it being a chip that could be used only once, but totally against it being in play each week

                            3. kennethrhcp
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              id hate nothing more than that

                              dont play the champs lge fantasy as think it's a poor format

                              Been playing 2006 but reckon id call it a day if that came in

                            4. Weasel Boy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Knew it would be unpopular.
                              Still like the idea myself.

                              1. NorCal Villan
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  And that’s perfectly fine. We’ll never all agree on anything (and it would suck if we did)

                            5. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Evening all!! Preferred option here????

                              A- Kane and Kulu or Barnes
                              Or
                              B- Vardy and Mount or Diaz

                              Many thanks!!!!

                              1. DF
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                A

                                1. DF
                                  • 8 Years
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  With kulu

                                  1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    1 month, 12 days ago

                                    Thanks mate!! DF same initials as my name!!

                              2. FCSB
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Any way you can do Kane Mount with a hit elsewhere?

                            6. FCSB
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Ramsdale
                              TAA Matip Alonso Cancelo
                              Salah Son Mount Saka
                              Jesus Nketiah

                              Dubravka KDH Broja Schar

                              1. Salah >> KDB
                              2. Salah >> Mane
                              3. Salah Broja >> Maddison Kane [-4]
                              4. Salah Jesus >> Diaz Kane [-4]
                              5. Salah Jesus >> KDB Vardy [-4]

                              Thanks

                              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                Similar dilemma for me too this week mate!!! Ideally for me I’d want Mount and Kane for my team already have Maddison but can’t get Kane and Mount if I got Kane only have 6.7 to spend on a mid, I’d go for Kane and Maddison for your team personally

                                1. FCSB
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  Thats the direction I'm leaning mate, then I'd probably Jesus ahead of Nketiah ?

                              2. TimoTime
                                • 2 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                So sure Salah doesn’t play?

                                1. FCSB
                                  • 6 Years
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  Im not sure, but 13m is a big risk to take

                            7. Freshy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              RANGERS

                            8. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                              • 12 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              OMG aribo

                            9. DavidBW
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              Rangers goooooaaalll

                              1. DavidBW
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                I know everyone in Scotland hates them. But I have no reason to. Hope they win

                                1. Old Man
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  So do I. I think that every reasonable Brit should do.

                            10. dunas_dog
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              1-0 Rangers

                            11. RedRo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              WOW

                            12. ZimZalabim
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              That was some terrible football from Frankfurt

                            13. RedRo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 12 days ago

                              The great thing about a couple of smaller clubs making it to the final is we're guaranteed to see the trophy go to a team it actually means something to. I'd like to see them stop sending teams that've been knocked out of the Champions League to it.

                              1. Boppin' Marv
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 12 days ago

                                I agree totally with the second part. Calling Rangers a small club is a bold play though.

                                1. RedRo
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  1 month, 12 days ago

                                  Yes, you're right, I misworded that - I should've said a couple of clubs that maybe wouldn't expect to get to this stage of the competition too often. Huge in terms of history, fan base, etc.