On Thursday, Fantasy Football Scout unveiled a nine-week battle that pits ten staff members and Pro Pundit experts against each other in Fantasy5. To determine who truly has the best eye for a Fantasy player, the FFS Challenge mini-league will take place between Gameweeks 12 and 20.
A small prize is up for grabs but, more importantly, so is bragging rights. The challenge requires picking a player from each of the week’s five selected matches who you think will exceed their assigned ‘points target’ (par score). The more players that do so, the better.
Get yourself involved here at Fantasy5 for a chance to win a potential £10,000 prize. It is free and very simple to play, following the exact same scoring system as FPL, just without the bonus points. Full terms and conditions are here.
For each round, Fantasy Football Community will have an in-depth team reveal from one participant.
Week 1: FPL Marc
- Watford vs Man United
- Wolves vs West Ham
- Liverpool vs Arsenal
- Man City vs Everton
- Tottenham vs Leeds
Despite the high points target of 9.5, I back Cristiano Ronaldo to exceed this against Watford. It’s a match that doesn’t provide many appealing options, with uncertainties over Man United’s defence and which striker will play alongside Ronaldo. Yet Wolves vs West Ham has the opposite problem – too many options appeal! Michail Antonio has a generous 6.5 target but has only scored once in five matches, whilst never previously netting against Wolves. Raul Jimenez has three goals versus the Hammers but I have instead chosen in-form Jarrod Bowen, a man with two goals and six assists from his last seven games.
My first thought for Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal was Diogo Jota – likely to play in the absence of Roberto Firmino. However, Fantasy5 was wise to this and assigned him a high 10.5 target. Sadio Mane has the same, with Mohamed Salah on 11.5. Therefore I am assuming that Kostas Tsimikas replaces hamstring absentee Andrew Robertson and will provide at both ends.
I definitely prefer a Man City asset over Everton but which one? Gabriel Jesus has eight goals from eight appearances against the Toffees but I’m not keen on his 9.5 target. Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne are both 10.5, so I have opted for the relatively safe option of Bernardo Silva. Having started each league encounter since Gameweek 2, he has more FPL points than all midfield colleagues. Finally, for Spurs, it had to be either Harry Kane or Son Heung-min. I don’t have faith in their defence should Cristian Romero be absent, so it’s a straight shoot-out between their two main attackers. Both are priced at 9.5 but Son gets an extra point for any goal, plus the chance of one clean sheet point.