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  1. Dazzler
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Always my favourite article of the week. Cheers!

  2. The Knights Template
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    We need a ‘The Shameful and The Lollygagging Season Review’. I shall announce winners and losers of the inaugural Hall of Shame Tourney upon the morrow!

  3. Camzy
    • 14 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    For a season where team value seemed to matter little, it's telling that 4 of the top 6 ranked managers also had correspondingly high team values.

    Ben Crellin and FPL Harry having the top team values seems to suggest that higher TV does correlate to having a better rank on average. I've always been an advocate for building strong TV and I feel like it's helped me this season. I had more options at every stage and even though towards the end I didn't spend all of it, the extra money allowed me to not have to make compromises and buy someone like Porro rather than Van De Ven as well as allowed me to have Salah for most of the season without needing to sacrifice too much elsewhere.

    Next season if the prices are more competitive, building good team value will matter even more and that slight edge could become even bigger in the hands of a good manager.

    1. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      And Az who finished 450k had a much better TV than Tom who finished 20k

      1. Camzy
        • 14 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Of course there are outliers but generally there is a correlation.

        It's not about making early transfers as much as retaining value in key players and keeping strong performers. I haven't made too many early transfers this year and yet my TV finished at 108.4m. I waited until Friday before making transfers basically since Christmas.

    2. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      There's a direct correlation and it's not just about them actively doing early transfers or otherwise boosting team value - doing well would mean that you have (or have been getting in) the in form players who will boost your team value, and also haven't had too many fires to deal with leading to drops in team value.

    3. theplayer
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Honestly it's not the be all and end all that everyone seems to think it is. The big turning point in my season was not having as good team value as I would've liked due to playing safe most weeks and waiting for press conferences.

      I wanted to double up on Arsenal defence away to Sheffield United and the main candidate to pair Gabriel with was Saliba at the time. But i was 0.1 out so punted on White instead which was just before his ridiculous run of points. Had I had good team value I would've gone Saliba for safety.

      1. Now I'm Panicking
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        My end TV was worse than everyone bar one in the Twitter circle-jerkers league, yet I had a great finish. I also had shite TV last season and finished top 500. TV really is something that gets disproportionately talked about.

    4. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Couldn't the correlation be the other way around?

      That is, high TV suggests they got in a lot of players early who continued to rise in price because they performed really well.

      So they have a high rank because of the players that drove the team value - it's not that their rank is high because of TV alone.

      1. Camzy
        • 14 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Correlation means both are true. Having higher TV means you're more likely to have a high rank. Having a high rank also means you're likely to have higher TV.

        But as some have rightfully pointed out, it's not necessarily causation. Focusing just on building TV won't ensure you have a good rank and that also doesn't mean that you can't have a high rank with low TV.

        It's just as an overall trend, teams with higher TV got better ORs.

    5. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I think if you try to get ahead of the template or get players in as they are becoming template due to good fixtures, the points and price rises should follow if good decisions are made.

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        You would rarely see the managers you mentioned getting in players that have had a two game hot streak but terrible fixtures coming up. They’ll probably rise in price though given their recent form.

    6. Ginkapo FPL
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Correlation doesnt mean causation, chase points and the pounds will follow

    7. Pras (FPL)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I had a very high team value which meant I bought Schar instead of Burn on Wildcard 35. Also, I could afford Ederson + Dalot instead of Onana + Gvardiol. Didn't work out well.

    8. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I think pricing should adjust so not so many template teams

      1. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        nice article Camzy

  4. Rhysd007
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Are there any free sites that offer a similar stats to Mini-League Mate?

    1. Dazzler
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Not sure what MLM gives you but Premier Fantasy Tools is quite handy https://www.premierfantasytools.com

      1. Rhysd007
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        ty

      2. Funkyav
        • 15 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I think this one is just page 1 of your mini league so no good if the league is over 50. Unfortunately a lot of the mini league analysers, espectially the free ones are only any good for smaller mini leagues below 50

  5. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Sounds like some big calls made by Southgate!! The right ones in my opinion too!!

    1. x.jim.x
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Grealish with 3 goals + 1 assist (no goal contributions since December) - IN
      Rashford with 7 goals + 2 assists (no goal contributions since March) - OUT

      Weird how we used to have to beg Southgate to include Grealish when he was good, now he just gets in regardless despite being crap.

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yeah I’m not keen on the Grealish pick mate, I suppose in tough games if we a winning he’s good for coming off the bench and can keep hold of the ball, slow play down and win free kicks

        1. x.jim.x
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Yeah I'm not mad at it really - just thought it was a bit funny the BBC used Rashford's goal contributions as a reason why he's not selected, then make excuses for Grealish in the next post.

      2. Ginkapo FPL
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Hiw many games did they play?

        1. x.jim.x
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Grealish only starting 10 games is not a plus point for him

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            It is for talking goal scoring stats though. Making your point here mute

            1. x.jim.x
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              My point was literally one has more goal contributions in the previous season than the other - that it is all. So no, I don't think my point is either "mute" or moot.

              1. Andy_Social
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                Can't have Gordon as the ONLY left winger, so Grealish makes sense, as does dropping Rash and Raz.

                I think Southgate made big calls in dropping his undeserved favourites and taking the punts he has. I might have liked one more Palace youngster - Mitchell as a left back but otherwise, it all good.

                1. x.jim.x
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 26 days ago

                  Eze is also a left winger (and should start over Gordon imo) and Southgate will probably play Foden off the left too, despite him showing he's useless there.

      3. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        TBF though, Grealish had quite a stop start season with injuries. Plus he offers something different to other mids in squad in terms of ball retention and winning FKs, which could be quite handy to bring on as a sub if holding a lead in knockout stages.

    2. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      shocked - first time his listen to form over loyalty since taking over - room for hope

  6. Charlie Price
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Euro 24 Fantasy

    TTvmty

    All welcome.

    1. Funkyav
      • 15 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      any prizes on offer?

      1. Charlie Price
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        The Charlie Price organisation do not subscribe to the belief that material rewards should be offered to persuade potential competitors to join their leagues.

        Playing the game with like minded individuals and exchanging opinions & humorous banter is considered reward enough.

        Thank you for your interest.

  7. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Finished above Borges, brilliant.

    Tom Freeman must have ended really well - remember him being a long way back earlier on. Would love to see a chart of their ranks over the season.

    1. Charlie Price
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      After GW11 Tom was still outside the top 2 million but finished with an OR of 20k. Good example of not giving up even after a slow start.

      He actually finished with a rank of 7k in the Second Chance League which started in GW21. He was still outside the top 400k at that time.

    2. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      what had been your success

      1. Charlie Price
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Mediocre season for me. Finished at 811k due to a mixture of bad luck & schoolboy errors on my part. Determined to do better next season but the main thing is to enjoy playing the game regardless of rank.

  8. FFScout Tom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Hi everyone,

    Congratulations to the following for finishing in the Top 10 of the FFScout Mini-League. Please support@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk to sort your prize!

    1st - Euan Thompson
    2nd - Carl Lawrence
    3rd - Rishaad Khan
    4th - David Martin
    5th - Ben Tinker
    6th - Dan Simpo
    7th - Jack 'GG' Roberts
    8th - Alexandre Foing
    9th - Jake Holton
    10th - Jonathan Okurut

  9. The Mandalorian
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Southgate wants England to play possession basex football high up the pitch.

    In the last World Cup the last 4 teams all played counter attack football while all the possession based teams went out in the QFs.

    Rashford doesn't suit England's new system so he should be dropped.

    Personally I think England looked better in the Euros playing on the counter. Its an easier system to coach making it great for international tournament football.

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Foden Rice and Bellingham central has to be the core, so its all about maximising thise three. Spanish tiki taka might be right for that bunch

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Could get run through by the big big boys with that midfield.

  10. ENGLAND EURO 2024 SQUAD
    x.jim.x
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    ENGLAND PROVISIONAL SQUAD

    Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), James Trafford (Burnley).

    Defenders: Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Jarell Quansah (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

    Midfielders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Curtis Jones (Liverpool), Kobbie Mainoo (Manchester United), Declan Rice (Arsenal), Adam Wharton (Crystal Palace).

    Forwards: Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Anthony Gordon (Newcastle), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), James Maddison (Tottenham), Cole Palmer (Chelsea), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

    1. Tasty Jerk
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Who will be our natural left footed full back cover for Shaw? I might be impartial but would of selected Tyrick Mitchell, has had a great season for us there (as can be seen by his FPL standing)

      1. x.jim.x
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Simple answer is we don't have one - reckon the plan will be to play Gomez there or (please no) Trippier

      2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Trippier and Gomez can play left back. I personally don’t understand why he’s only got one recognised left beck in shaw who’s a fitness doubt too himself, could he be considering Saka left back and play Cole Palmer on the right of the front three?

    2. lilmessipran
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Shame Solanke did not get selected, would have him over Toney on this season's form.

      1. x.jim.x
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Part of me thinks Toney's pen-taking alone gets him on that plane. Will probably be cut from the final squad though.

        1. lilmessipran
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Agreed

        2. Andy_Social
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Will Toney ever be on the pitch when Kane isn't? Could be good as a 119th minute sub, I guess.
          I suggested Mitchell earlier as a specialist LB.

          1. FFS ManU
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Mitchell deserves to be included ahead of Shaw, imo and I am a Man Utd fan.

          2. x.jim.x
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Mitchell isn’t in the squad though, doubt Toney makes it the final one either.

            1. FFS ManU
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 26 days ago

              Yes, I meant deserved rather than deserves. Southgate is probably hoping that Shaw can do what he has often done in the past, ie. get fit in time to play for England and then play better than he has done for Man Utd.

              1. x.jim.x
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 26 days ago

                That was in reply to Andy - agree with you

      2. FFS ManU
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I agree - Solanke deserves to be included in at least the provisional squad.

    3. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      thanks - very interesting

    4. diesel001
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Would start with:

      Pickford
      Stones Gomez Maguire Guehi
      Rice
      Saka Bellingham Foden Gordon
      Kane(c)

      If you got Man City type players in attack then you should play 4 CBs and a DM, just like Man City do. Disappointed Colwill isn't in the squad. Thought he could do a job at LB if you are going to put five very attacking players in the team to keep the balance between attack and defence. Same with Ben White at RB. Rice is critical in this team. Against weaker opponents he can get forward and become the 6th attacker. Against stronger opponents he can sit deep and be defensive to protect the back 4.

      1. x.jim.x
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        That midfield gets absolutely ripped apart by any decent team, as do both fullbacks. You can’t just “play like City do” overnight - it takes months of coaching by arguably the greatest manager ever.

        White doesn’t want to be called up and Colwill is really poor at LB imo.

        1. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Good point there about not being able to play like City do overnight. To play cohesive attacking football in international football can be quite difficult due to fact that there is short amount of time during the year that the team is together so it can be difficult for the manager to get his philosophy across to the players. Add to that the different styles that players play at their individual clubs and it's even more difficult.

          International teams that I have seen do it well and win before are Brazil in 1994 & 2002 - the talent they had up front was exceptional both times, Spain 2008-2012 - the Barca players along with David Silva were able to hold on to the ball as they did with their clubs and play through the lines when they needed to and I suppose Argentina at the last World Cup is another one who had the brilliance of Messi to rely on.

          The more functional teams like Germany and Italy have been in the past, have very often knocked the more attacking teams out of tournaments who had been playing great football up to that point.

  11. RoyaleBlue
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Anyone care to share Initial Euros Drafts, Strategies, advice, etc.?

    Here’s my first crack:
    Pickford Lunin
    Castagne Grimaldo Dimarco Scholtt Pavard
    Trossard Bruno Zaire-Emery Saka Jorginho
    Kane Mbappe Havertz

    Lots of cheap defenders who I’m honestly not sure on their minutes, but will rotate those around. Relatively happy with the front 8.

    Feel free to comment and/or share yours 🙂

    1. x.jim.x
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Knocked this up earlier with very little thought, but it's pretty similar to yours:

      Pickford - Lunin
      Dimarco - Pavard - Vertonghen - Maguire - Schlotterbeck
      Olmo - Trossard - Coman - Fernandes - Jorginho
      Kane - Mbappe - Havertz

      1. RoyaleBlue
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Did some more extensive research and have already ripped up my whole team haha

        1. Men in green tights
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Is havertz first choice

  12. Romani
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Bet365 Epl game. Anyone been paid out yet?

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Took a while, but I have now. 175 smackers.

  13. Not again Shirley
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    What’s this about Poch being sacked by Chelsea!

    1. Wild Rover
      • 13 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Left by mutual consent

  14. POCH LEAVES CHELSEA
    lilmessipran
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Just when Chelsea were turning things around, this is wild.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2024/05/21/mauricio-pochettino-leaves-chelsea-live-updates/

    1. Wild Rover
      • 13 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Seems odd, just as they were starting to look good.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      De Zerbi to Chelsea maybe?

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        There goes another £500m.

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Bought Brightons players ..then Manager....when what they really needed was Brighton's scouts.

    3. F4L
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      did not expect that. poch must have a job lined up if its mutual consent. Bayern?

      1. I'm out of name ideas
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Mutual consent is just a euphemism for sacked.

        1. F4L
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          oh right 🙂

          very odd then

        2. pilgrimchris
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I’m not sure in this case, doesn’t normally take two days of discussion between club and manager to sack him. Recent results have strengthened Pochs hand and I suspect he was only prepared to stay under certain conditions

      2. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Manchester United - shoe in

    4. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Boehly has done nothing for the stereotype of the brash American throwing money around recklessly.

      1. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        He should take a back seat - means well but just not understand football (america soccer)

    5. tambourineman
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Chelsea have had 11 managers since Carlo Ancelotti and none of them currently employed as managers with five being sacked this year.

      1. André Villas-Boas
      2. Roberto Di Matteo
      3. Rafael Benítez
      4. José Mourinho
      5. Guus Hiddink
      6. Antonio Conte
      7. Maurizio Sarri
      8. Frank Lampard
      9. Thomas Tuchel
      10. Graham Potter
      11. Mauricio Pochettino

      1. Now I'm Panicking
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Wow - great stat!

      2. Bluetiger1
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        How many trophies did Chelsea win from - a european model which worked
        1. André Villas-Boas
        2. Roberto Di Matteo
        3. Rafael Benítez
        4. José Mourinho
        5. Guus Hiddink
        6. Antonio Conte
        7. Maurizio Sarri
        8. Frank Lampard
        9. Thomas Tuchel

    6. Bluetiger1
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      A surprise now when Chelsea had draw one & one five on the bounce with the horrific defeat to Arsenal.

      Recent results I feel decision had already been made - Poch recovered (or fortunate) with injuries
      followed onto a small team & inverted full back in Marc Cucurella. Prior to recent results would have
      parted ways back at Christmas - now does seem strange but would appear both parties happy