Fantasy Football Scout is run by a team of dedicated individuals. Here is everything you need to know about them.
David: Editor. Former sports journalist turned Fantasy Football writer and handed the near-impossible task of replacing the legendary Mark Sutherns in May 2018. Had a pretty average FPL overall rank history before taking on this job but came out of 24/7 access to the FFScout Members Area in 2018/19 with a 17k finish. If that’s not an advert for Membership, we don’t know what is.
Neale: Deputy editor, Newcastle United fan and FPL veteran, still searching for that elusive top 1k finish. Joined the team in May 2018 after years of loitering and now spends his time trying to second-guess Eddie Howe while writing the site’s team news.
Paul: Head of Content. The site’s first writer (after Mark), he has been on board since 2009, or for three World Cups. Was also FFS editor for a number of years and is often the brains behind our most insightful Members articles and comparisons. Half-decent at FPL Draft.
Geoff: The Scout’s Operations Manager started as a moderator after years as a site regular, and the Canadian brings some international flair to the FFS team. He has an Allsvenskan finish of 301, Eliteserien finish of 149, and six top 20k FPL finishes along with a top 50 finish in 2016/17. His only title win came in the 2018 Goalscorer Challenge World Cup.
El Fozzie: The Scout’s Commercial Director is far from a newbie to either Fantasy Football or the journalism scene (he reminds us 3.4 times a day that he used to write for Total Football), Chris has forgotten more about this Fantasy lark than most people learn in a lifetime, which probably explains why he’s often found languishing in the lower echelons of the table.
Andy85wsm: Originally from Somerset and now a resident of Ireland, this moderator has gone on to become a regular on the Scoutcast, where his West Country tones can be heard regularly talking about Manchester United differentials and his dreams of Alexis Sánchez finally scoring. Now in charge of the site’s video and audio content.
Ed: Technical Director. The technical brains behind the outfit, Ed may have built these pages and the many boxes they sit on but his biggest claim to fame will be the time he topped the Premier League’s own mini-league. It didn’t last but, for a man who thought that Van Wolfswinkel was a particularly nasty internet virus, it was a lofty achievement.
Joe: After spending years dishing out advice as a community member we welcomed Joe into the team as a writer in 2011. His role has since grown and evolved over the years and he now takes charge of our video and podcast operations, hosting content for captains, team news and the Scoutcast.
Meltens: Born and raised in Stockholm, Meltens is part and parcel of the English community surrounding Fantasy Allsvenskan, writing articles and raising the profile of the Swedish league. He loves a cheeky punt on a perceived high-ceiling differential and is prone to letting nostalgia picks get the better of him, which swings him from the top 10k to around the 200k mark season to season. His top finish in FPL is 1,546 and in Fantasy Allsvenskan is 218.
Az: Fanboy turned member of the Scoutcast team, Az tries to use his doctorate in Psychology to play mind-games on others, but this mostly ends up with him convincing himself to make brilliant decisions, such as captaining Jesse Lingard. He did finish 817th a few years ago..
D1sable: For those playing the Sky Sports Fantasy Football game D1sable’s knowledge is an invaluable guide in the race to the top money prizes it has to offer. He also spends his time featuring on the Scoutcast and supporting Manchester United from his base in the home counties.
Chris: Known as the professor among the Fantasy Football Scout community Chris is the brains behind the Rate My Team computer, which is available to our members. He is also a familiar voice, making appearances on the Scoutcast where he regularly proves machine can beat man in Fantasy Football management.
TorresMagic™: This moderator from Down Under has been around the Fantasy Football Scout community for an eternity. He can mostly be found patrolling the Dead Zone (12 am to 6 am UK time) in search of those in need of advice. Custodian of the very popular community competition Last Man Standing.
Spencer: One of the first names on our moderating team sheet, he is among the quickest at highlighting good and valuable posts and turning them deftly into ‘Hot Topics’. Despite having started playing in the 2011/12 season, he is probably most (in)famous for taking a -40 hit by forgetting to activate his wildcard.
Rotation’s Alter Ego: Having started FPL at the age of 8 in the 08/09 season, Rotation has grown up with FPL and joined the Scout moderation team at the start of the 18/19 season. As he is studying Maths and Statistics at university, he is only available when not studying – so that’s 23 hours a day.
G-Whizz: Ex sarf-Londoner living in Bournemouth who (at his age) doesn’t take life too seriously, except for when life includes FPL, DS stats, and clean sheet odds. Always up for a chat and usually found buzzing around on match days, the Dead Zone, or even occasionally Twitter.
RedLightning: Played chess for many years at a fairly high level, but now prefers FPL which he started playing in 2009/10, even though he has not yet even had a top thousand finish. Joined the FFS moderation team in 2016. Also runs a few community mini-leagues including Top 10k Any Season and the January to May League.
Rainy: Having lived just across the downs from Nick Hornby, and now in an equally verdant corner of North America, grey skies mean home comforts to this Dead Zone denizen. Enjoys a new player and a price change, missing an Eliteserien deadline, and believing he’ll better an FPL finish of 3k one of these years.
Legomané: Fond of a tongue-twisting Hot Topic title (Can you Carry a Cameo Kamara?), Legomané is a recent enthusiast to FPL with an aptitude to Excel.
Ryan: As a New Zealand resident rugby is naturally Ryan’s first sporting love. But having been persuaded by a friend to play the Fantasy Premier League game he soon started to see the joys of the beautiful game with the spherical ball. This moderator now pretends to be an expert in all things FPL boosted by his desire to analyse stats and fixtures.
The Pro Pundits
Tom: Aston Villa supporter Tom Freeman – aka avfc82 – comes onto the team to make most of us feel wildly insecure about our overall rank history. A long-time Fantasy Football Scout user, he has finished inside the top 1,000 a staggering five times since 2009. His best finish, 214th, arrived in 2018/19.
Zøphar: An FPL veteran of 10 seasons, Utkarsh Dalmia – aka Zøphar – has been a member of the site since 2009 and has finished in the top 5k in six of those campaigns, with a best finish of 17th in 2010. A Chelsea fan based in India, he relies heavily on statistics for his FPL decision-making process.
Sam: Sam Bonfield and husband Lee make up popular vlogging duo FPL Family, who are regulars on the official FPL Show. Sam has served up two top 30k finishes in the last two seasons and is well on course for her first overall rank inside the top 10,000 in 2019/20.
Simon March: Simon won the Fantasy Premier League title in 2014/15 and has become a fixture on the Fantasy punditry circuit ever since, writing for, amongst others, the BBC and the Times. Two other finishes inside the top 10,000 suggests his win was no fluke.
Lateriser: Fantasy Football Scout user Lateriser12 has a very impressive Fantasy CV. He has registered two finishes in the top 200 (one of them equating to number one in India) and four in the top 10,000 in the last six seasons. The secret to his success has been playing non-conventionally and fearlessly, swearing by ‘upside chasing’ and not giving ownership much of a look.
Holly Shand: Holly, the founder of content-aggregating blog FPL Community, has two top 10k finishes to her name in the last five FPL seasons. She is a regular guest on the FPL Show, a recent addition to the Scoutcast line-up, and a writer for a number of Fantasy websites.