Arrse up Face Down Fantasy Footy League 21/22

Arrse up Face down. 2021/22 league has been updated.

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OR click on the league tab and use the code or better still click the auto link below.

Code to join the league: r6admo

Link to Auto join: Fantasy Premier League, Official Fantasy Football Game of the Premier League


A thread post registration will be in place from now on to prevent complete strangers from clogging up the league. Of course Arrse Members and invited friends or family are still quite welcome.

If you have entered already or are about to join you must drop by this thread and post your Arrse member team manager name (the one you wish to see posted in the thread updates) or your team name.
 
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FYI FOR NEW TEAM MANAGERS

Basically, after you register on the FPL Site:

You get £100 million to select a squad of 15 players - 2 goalies, 5 defenders, 5 midfielders and 3 forwards.

Prior to a Game Week (GW) you select a squad of 11 and the remaining 4 players are your bench bummers. Players score points for scoring, assists, defending, passes completed, passes stopped, and saves. There are also points added, or taken away depending on what the useless idiots do on the field, these Bonus points are finalized at the end of the game week.

At the end of that GW you can keep your team intact and save a free transfer for the following week and get 2 free transfers or use the free 1 to swap out a duffer. There is a max of two for any given week so you cannot build up 3 or more for example.
 

FPL: 15 tips to help you dominate Fantasy Premier League​

by Steve McGoven. Full Link

15 tips to help you succeed at Fantasy Premier League:

1. Don’t pick a ‘balanced’ side

You’re not a real manager, you’re not sending a squad out to win on the weekend. You’re looking to accumulate as many points as possible, so it’s imperative that you select the most effective players to that end.

Avoid defensive midfielders such as N’Golo Kante or hard-working forwards like Roberto Firmino who, while excellent in their own right, don’t bring in a lot of returns. Focus on the players who are most likely to get points via goals, assists, clean sheets and, in the case of goalkeepers, saves.

2. Pick players who are certain to start

This may sound obvious, but you want a starting XI that is going to be as nailed on as possible to start each and every game. Too many FPL managers pick players in the hope that they will get minutes rather than know they are a certainty.

This is what makes Manchester City assets so frustrating; the Pep Roulette ensures that we will all be burned at some point or another for owning one or more of their brilliant footballers. But in general it is wise to make sure a player is more than likely going to start before adding them to your team.

3. Don’t leave too much value on your bench

These players are on your bench for a reason; you don’t think they’re good enough for your team. So why pump a significant amount of your budget into them?

As touched upon in the previous point, rotation is always a concern, but there is no point having valuable assets on the bench as a contingency. Fill the bench with budget fodder – so long as they are likely to play – to make your starting XI as strong as possible.

“Early on to begin with, I don’t think the bench plays a huge part because the rotation is at its minimum,” FPL expert and Fantasy Football Hub contributor Abubakar Siddiq explained in episode one of The Fantasy Faithful podcast.

“But when the season progresses, and maybe when I’m playing my wildcard, I’ll have a stronger bench. Early on it’s better to invest in the first eleven, because it allows you flexibility to change players.”

4. Don’t make too many wild punts

It’s not rocket science: proven stars like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mo Salah are going to get you points. But everyone is going to own them, so owning differentials (footballers with a low ownership but have a good chance of returning points) is essential if you are to do well at FPL.

There is a difference, however, between picking a smart difference maker and an absolutely wild gamble. Do more of the former and less of the latter.

5. Plan ahead by looking at future fixtures

Although the Premier League can be an unpredictable league, planning ahead is essential in FPL. Look at which teams have the best fixtures over the next month or so to get an idea of which players you want to focus on. This will help you make smarter transfer decisions over the long-term, rather than reacting to the most recent happenings in the league.

Fantasy Football Hub’s fixture ticker can help you determine which club has the best or worst fixtures over a selected period of time based on how difficult or easy their upcoming opponents are. This is a vital tool, as no one wants to buy a player who is facing down the barrel of a tough run of fixtures.
 
Tips Part 2.

6. Make your transfers later in the week

Knee jerk reactions to beat the bandwagon and accrue team value are all too frequent in FPL, and while it pays off every now and again, it’s worth holding off and waiting as long as possible to make that transfer.

You want to collect as much information as possible before hitting that transfer button, looking at the data and numbers before making a final decision. A player might also pick up an injury in the meantime or play a midweek match in the cup or Europe that makes them more likely to be rotated at the weekend.

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a player scoring and appearing like a must-have option, but it’s not always the case – just look at Daniel James’ scorching start to last season and how that worked out.

7. Minimise the amount of hits you take over a season

It’s always tempting to make multiple transfers in a single week, even if it means taking a four-point hit. Doing so can be justified every once in a while, but some managers go mad and will take eight or twelve point hits to get in the players they want.

Aside from scrubbing out those valuable points, it rarely pays off. In fact, it often feels like it backfires massively, and the player you transferred out ends up returning points. Unless it’s absolutely necessary and you have factored in the long-term viability of the players you’re bringing in, then it’s not worthwhile.

8. Use your transfer to get rid of your worst player

This might seem obvious when read aloud, but it’s very rarely adhered to. Making sideways moves, such as moving from one premium player to another or from one decent player to a slightly better one, often only bring marginal gains.

The difference in points can be marginal, but by removing your worst player from the team, you can enjoy a win-win situation. Not only can you unburden yourself of a useless squad member, you potentially improve the overall strength of the team. And even if they don’t make big returns, it’s not big a deal.

By implementing this quite simple strategy, you can incrementally improve your team over a period of time and reap the rewards as the season goes on.

9. Keep an eye on price changes

Earlier we advised you to wait as long as possible to make your weekly transfer, but you also need to balance that with watching out for price changes. There is no point in waiting all week to make a move when you could potentially miss out on affording them when their price changes.

If you know for sure that you are going to buy a particular player, then do so before their price changes. The same goes for selling players before their price drops. On the flip side, we don’t recommend making transfers purely on the basis that a player’s price is changing or to increase your team value.

10. Don’t spend big on your goalkeeper

Having a quality goalkeeper is very important for your FPL team, but it’s not splashing the cash on an expensive goalkeeper. Buying a premium goalie will undoubtedly bring you points, but it takes up one of the three valuable spots of a quality team and the extra money is better spent elsewhere.

You want to look for the best value possible when looking for a shot stopper. Last season, for instance, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson were the highest-scoring goalkeepers in FPL, but only cost £4.5m. We recommend spending no more than £5.0m on a ‘keeper when constructing your team.
 
Tips Part 3.

11. Don’t be too clever when picking a captain

There is sometimes the temptation to take a chance when it comes to captaincy and make a leftfield pick. After all, high risk, high reward, right?

The truth is this is a dangerous strategy that will leave you with egg on your face more often than not. Sure, Michail Antonio scored four against Norwich City last year, and a few lucky managers captained him that fateful weekend, but instances such as those are few and far between.

You are far better off captaining those premium assets who are taking up such a huge part of your budget. There’s a reason why Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Sadio Mané are so expensive – so you might as well give them the armband, especially when they’re on form. Otherwise, what are they doing in your team?

12. Use stats to plug gaps

Watching football with your own eyes is better than viewing it through a spreadsheet, but as an FPL manager, it is essential that you use statistics to supplement your knowledge of the game. After all, you can only watch so much football and your eyes can deceive you.

If a player passes the ‘eye test’, then it does no harm to check the underlying numbers to confirm if you’re really on to something. It used to be quite difficult to find publicly available football data, but now there are a whole host of excellent websites offering the best of data for free.

Fantasy Football Hub provide all of the Opta data for managers to sift through, and even have filters so that you can look up specific stats by team, position, minutes played and so on.

Siddiq suggests looking at stats such as big chances, shots inside the box and expected goals. “I like the eye test to be backed up by data and numbers”, Siddiq told The Fantasy Faithful. “Once that happens then I know this is the pick I have to go for.”

13. Keep an eye on the news

It’s always important to do your research before making transfers, picking your team and deciding who is your captain. Make sure you are aware of who is injured or suspended for the coming gameweek. Pay attention to the pre-match press conferences, which typically take place one day prior to kick-off.

14. Save your chips

If the first few gameweeks go badly, the allure of using your chips (wildcard, free hit, bench boost and triple captain) early doors grows to an enormous degree. It’s an easy fix to a temporary problem, but you have to keep in mind that there are 38 gameweeks to play this game.

You should save your chips for those gameweeks where teams play twice or don’t play at all. The double gameweeks are particularly fruitful for those who use their chips wisely, so don’t waste them early doors.

15. Don’t live in the past

It’s extremely easy to get down after a bad gameweek or bask in the reflected glory of a really good one, but either way don’t get hung up on what happened last week. Ultimately, it’s in the past now and you need to look forward.

This doesn’t just count from a mentality standpoint, but also from a player performance one too. If Kurt Zouma scores a hat trick this weekend, is he likely to repeat that feat the week after? Or indeed ever again? Just by looking at his history, you would quickly come to the conclusion: of course not.

So don’t get distracted by the shiny new toy and instead focus on those most likely to perform consistently heading into the future.

Make sure to check out Fantasy Football Hub for all your FPL needs.
 
Tips Part 5.

Fantasy Premier League​

FPL experts' tips: How to use your chips. 23 Jul 2021. See the best strategies for your Wildcard, Triple Captain, Bench Boost and Free Hit in 2021/22​

With only five chips available during the season, it is vital that Fantasy Premier League managers use them effectively.

The two Wildcards are particularly valuable, giving managers an opportunity in each half of the season to pick a brand new squad and plan for the weeks ahead.

Create your 2021/22 FPL squad now

The 2016/17 FPL champion Ben Crabtree, tends to use his first Wildcard at the same time in each campaign, five or six weeks in.

“Around that time you've got a feel for starting line-ups, which teams are looking good, which teams are looking like they might disappoint and also which players are just coming to the fore,” he says in the video above.

Utkarsh Dalmia concurs, stating: “I usually use my first Wildcard in the second international break of the season.

“For my second Wildcard, it’s usually around Gameweek 30 or 31, when we know when the Double Gameweek starts.”

Alternative view​

Sam Bonfield has a different perspective on the first Wildcard and recommends holding it for as long as possible.

“That will set you up really nicely for the second part of the season, meaning you can hold your second Wildcard for that little bit longer too,” she says.

“Then when we get into those all-important weeks of blanks and Double Gameweeks, you have as many chips available as possible and you can build a team that's really focusing on those.”

All three experts agree that the Bench Boost and Triple Captain chips are most effective in a Double Gameweek, when players have two matches.

But Sam adds: “There’s always potential, particularly with the Triple Captain, to play it in a Gameweek where you have a particularly good player in a good run of form with a fantastic fixture.”
 

no f in beer

War Hero
I may have clicked all the requisite buttons, built a shambles of a team and joined the league

Possibly
 

no f in beer

War Hero
I may have clicked all the requisite buttons, built a shambles of a team and joined the league

Possibly

Ooh, sorry, Slightly Athletic - again

Just for info - a real team in the Midland Amateir Alliance in the mid 90's who i had the pleasure of refereeing

No idea if still going, but having seen the team the name made perfect sense
 
The League so far.
PlayersTeam NameArrse League NameCount
1
( ͡⚆ ͜ʖ ͡⚆)╭∩╮​
Dizzee 367​
1
2
Albrighton F.C. ⭐
Up the Wolves​
1
3
Ball-Kicker​
Sande IsAbeach​
1
4
Bayern Bru​
Happy Tom​
1
5
Benchwarmers Utd​
Striker Light​
1
6
Blind Rovers​
Shear Class​
1
7
Bombay Sapphires​
Forest Fire​
1
8
Celtic Boyos​
Celtic Guy​
1
9
Dribbling Lips​
Spank-It​
1
10
Ethel Aardvark Utd​
Ethel Aardvark​
1
11
Lantau Rovers​
W.P​
1
12
Meyers Muppets​
Faithful 6th​
1
13
Mr Blue​
Blue Martini​
1
14
Schoolboy Error Utd​
06FA56Paderborn​
1
15
slightly athletic​
No f in Beer​
1
16
Stockseys All Stars​
Tim from Leeds​
1
17
Tart of Midlothian​
*Jambosun​
1
18
The IRON​
* * THE IRON​
1
 

no f in beer

War Hero
Is anyone available to answer questions (some of which may be sensible)

I know how to swap players and change captain/v capt - but transfers and stuff are a mystery. No need to explain stuff as yet, see how the shambles gets on.

I will fully understand if i am led astray so that i don't win
 
Is anyone available to answer questions (some of which may be sensible)

I know how to swap players and change captain/v capt - but transfers and stuff are a mystery. No need to explain stuff as yet, see how the shambles gets on.

I will fully understand if i am led astray so that i don't win
Transfers.

You can practice transferring players without costing points from now until next Friday.

During the season.
1) You get 1 free transfer a week. There is a cut off deadline normally 2hrs before the 1st match of that Game Week. (GW).
nb: A player with a blue star is doing well.
A yellow triangle indicates a slight injury. 50% chance of playing.
An orange triangle indicates a more severe injury. 25% chance of playing.
A red triangle. Get the player off your team asap.

2) You can also bank a free transfer and make 2 transfers another time. 2 transfers in the bank at any one time is the max though.

3) TO transfer a player. Go to the transfer page and select the tosser you want to kick off the team. Above your team it shows the max you can spend on the new player. On the right there will be a list of players with their current point totals and £cost.

You can also change the list to show defenders, midfielders, and Forwards. Or even choose a single team listing. 3 players from 1 team is the max. BTW.

Basically you are looking for a player cheaper than your £max but with a higher point value. Click on your choice and add him to your team.
Select 'confirm transfers' and that's it.

You CAN make more transfers but each extra transfer costs -4 points.

4) Back on your team page you can toy with who is going to play and who is sitting on the bench.

5) Prior to making transfers it's a good idea to read the 'Scout' tab to see who is hot and who isn't.

6) You get 2 wildcards. 1 prior to Jan 1st and 1 after. You can use the wildcard and change your entire team without a penalty point loss. A lot of players wait until week 6 or 7 before using their 1st wildcard and only then if you have a bunch of clowns on the team.

7) The 3 other wildcards listed on your team page are a one shot deal and will be covered in another post.

8 ) At the beginning of this thread there are many tips on player how too's and tips from the pro's.

9) Don't despair during the season if your team isn't doing well. A few of us have been playing for years and may spend an inordinate amount of time stratagising and tinkering with our teams. My wife says I over think it and prefers to use a stab in the dark approach. She may be right.

Anyone of us will gladly help anyone to play the game better so feel free to ask questions.
 
The League so far.
PlayersTeam NameArrse League NameCount
1
( ͡⚆ ͜ʖ ͡⚆)╭∩╮​
Dizzee 367​
1
2
Albrighton F.C. ⭐
Up the Wolves​
1
3
Ball-Kicker​
Sande IsAbeach​
1
4
Bayern Bru​
Happy Tom​
1
5
Benchwarmers Utd​
Striker Light​
1
6
Blind Rovers​
Shear Class​
1
7
Bombay Sapphires​
Forest Fire​
1
8
Celtic Boyos​
Celtic Guy​
1
9
Dribbling Lips​
Spank-It​
1
10
Ethel Aardvark Utd​
Ethel Aardvark​
1
11
Lantau Rovers​
W.P​
1
12
Meyers Muppets​
Faithful 6th​
1
13
Mr Blue​
Blue Martini​
1
14
Schoolboy Error Utd​
06FA56Paderborn​
1
15
slightly athletic​
No f in Beer​
1
16
Stockseys All Stars​
Tim from Leeds​
1
17
Tart of Midlothian​
*Jambosun​
1
18
The IRON​
* * THE IRON​
1
This might just be the highest my team achieves in the table this season, thou I could have done better by calling my team A Schoolboy Error Utd best of luck everyone and cheers @Spanks for your continued efforts in educating us all.
 
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More tips.

Finding the right formation​

While it is sensible to build a squad with a starting XI and formation in mind, managers must be flexible as the campaign progresses.

The 3-4-3 system is the most popular in Fantasy. In that formation, the fifth midfielder and two benched defenders should be cheap back-up options for the first three to four Gameweeks.

But the value available in various positions can prompt a change of plan.

The success of Patrick Bamford (£8.0m) last season is a fine example.

The Leeds United striker started at just £5.5m and finished as the second top-scoring forward in the game on 194 points, thanks to 17 goals and 11 assists.

By snapping him up, managers were able to invest more in midfield, targeting premium picks such as Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) and Son Heung-min (£10.0m).

Look for the best value​

A number of budget-friendly midfielders also made a huge impact in the last campaign.

Three of the 10 top-scoring players in that position - Jack Harrison (£6.0m), Ilkay Gundogan (£7.5m) and James Ward-Prowse (£6.5m) - started 2020/21 at a cost of no more than £6.0m.

If this trend continues, the improved output from reliable, budget-friendly midfielders will again give managers the option of investing more money in defence or up front.

See: The Scout’s preset squads: Premium five-man midfield

This would allow them to target Harry Kane (£12.5m) as one of their strikers. The Tottenham Hotspur forward had his best ever Fantasy season in 2020/21, racking up 242 points.

Dangerous defenders​

The goals and assists offered by wing-backs or attacking full-backs can also be a factor.

Defenders score six points for each goal in FPL, while midfielders earn five and forwards get four.

Finding the players who offer a big attacking threat from the back can again lead to a change in tactics.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Luke Shaw (£5.5m) were among the top seven players overall for chances created last season, with 77 and 72 respectively.

That threat can merit more investment in defence, with a switch to 4-4-2 or 4-3-3.

See: FPL experts: The best premium defenders

Players getting a new role​

Reacting to on-pitch changes is also vital.

Leeds' Stuart Dallas (£5.5m) thrived after being moved into midfield midway through last season.

Listed as a defender at the start of 2020/21, he went on to score eight times, matching the best ever goal haul by a player in that position in Fantasy.

Monitoring such changes, as well as player form, will help shape and dictate your formation.
 

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