In this Scottish Fantasy Football guide, we look at how to play the game and the best picks for the rest of the 22/23 season.
The first thing to be aware of is there are two games to choose from. The official game has a wacky rulebook encouraging deeper thought, heavier number-crunching, and constant squad review. It is not for the faint-hearted. However, this article will focus on a newly launched alternative – www.fantasyfootballscotland.com. It is a purely app-based affair (Apple / Android) supported by a particularly enthusiastic Twitter presence (@fantasyscotland).
Fantasy Football Scotland Guide
The first thing to say is that this is essentially an FPL clone. It was originally launched last year but had to be pulled when it was not quite right – and it came back two and half years ago from now completely rebuilt, looking very slick, and with a determination to prove itself.
Squads are 15 players in the recognizable 2-5-5-3 structure. The budget is a stingy £60m, and you can only have six old firm players anyways, with three players per club limit. Transfers include one free per week and -4 hits for any further moves. The difference is that there appear to be no rolling free transfers! There is no Free hit chip, but everything else is present and correct. Price Changes to be based on transfers.
Points are largely per FPL but with some noteworthy differences. The biggest change is that there are no bonus points. To compensate for that, the vice-captain becomes more powerful as they yield 2x points for clean sheets (GK & DEF) or goals (MID & ATT). Another couple of things to notice are clean sheets are worth 5pts and a blanket -2 for more than 2 conceded. Penalties won/conceded are worth +2 / -2, respectively, in lieu of an assist, regardless of whether they are converted. There is also a two-point bonus for hattricks.
Substitutes are designed to bring on your highest-scoring option within formation rules automatically. For example, it is possible to let the game work by fielding two non-playing midfielders and getting the best 2/3 playing options on the bench! (Credit to @FPL_Audit for pointing this out. Sneaky!)
Gameweek 27 would be huge as this would be a double-game week for Celtics. And here we go. I had to make the team with 60 million.
Scottish Fantasy Football Keeper Picks
Joe Hart (Celtic, 3.8M) + Laidlaw are the two most influenced keepers I picked, as this is a fantasy game with a budget of just 60M. You will need your bench to be strong, so you can cope with it if anybody gets suspended/injured/blank GWs.
Scottish Fantasy Football Defender Picks
🟡 Club: St. Mirren
What a week for Ryan Strain! As well as scoring St Mirren’s consolation against Motherwell, the defender got an assist for the only game goal against County. That meant that those savvy FFS managers who captained Strain were able to reap a bumper haul of 44 points from the Australian – not bad at all for a right-back. Although St Mirren don’t have any more double gameweeks coming up, If you haven’t already got him in, there’s no time like the present.
🟩 Club: Hibernian
William Fish is another young defender having a stellar 2023 so far. Having started each of Hibs’ last four games, the centre-back has helped them to clean sheets in three of them and popped up with two goals, to boot.
🔴 Club: Aberdeen
With Aberdeen still managerless following the sacking of Jim Goodwin, life at Pittodrie in the immediate term remains uncertain. However, newcomer Angus MacDonald, signed from Swindon Town in the January transfer window, seems to be a strong bet for the starting XI. He’s played every minute since the switch, helping the Dons to two wins out of four, including a clean sheet at home to Livingston on Saturday.
At £2.3m, he’s an extremely cheap addition to your backline and is only owned by 0.1% of FFS managers; if Aberdeen does benefit from a new manager bounce, he’ll be an absolute bargain – but he’s a low-risk backup in the meantime.
🐿️ Club: Kilmarnock
Joe Wright has steadily crept up the FFS point-scoring leaderboard and now occupies a sixth place for defenders in the game. He’s one of only two in the top 10 who’s available for under £3m and has racked up four goals, five clean sheets, and 10 bonus points across the season, including three on Saturday.
That was due to a strong performance in which he won a whopping 16 aerial duels to go alongside his three tackles and five clearances. Despite his affordability and consistency, just 1% of managers have him on their teams so far.
🔵 Club: St. Johnstone
Daniel Phillips may count himself a little unlucky to have been given his marching orders against St Mirren, but regardless it meant his team had to play a whole 45 minutes with a numerical disadvantage. They did so admirably, restricting the Buddies to just five shots on target in the whole game.
Liam Gordon was a big part of that, winning three tackles, seven aerial duels, and making eight clearances. He’s priced at £2.6m, owned by just 0.8% of managers, and, with the Saints unlikely to face Celtic and Rangers again this season, is a cut-price option for your bench.
Scottish Fantasy Football Midfielder Picks
🟢 Club: Celtic
Hatate is the most creative player of Celtic.
The Celtic winning machine rumbled on the 26th Game week, this time demolishing Aberdeen 4-0 – and with 20 shots on goal (half of which found the target), it could have been worse. Reo Hatate, the Japanese midfield maestro, was the inspiration behind their dominant performance, picking up a goal on either side of halftime.
His first was all about strength and precision, as he held off three Dons defenders to pick his spot, while the second involved great vision and energy, as he bombed into the box after releasing teammate Calum McGregor and gobbled up his rebound. Although he’ll miss the next set of FFS fixtures, he has two in GW27 – and could play a starring role in both.
🟠 Club: Dundee United
United don’t have a blank in the upcoming GW26… and even better, they have two the following week.
Although off-form, they’ll be fighting tooth and nail to get points on the board, and their most dangerous player all season has been Dylan Levitt, who scored again on Saturday. With 94 points on the board in FFS so far, he has almost 20 more than any of his teammates. Plus, at £3.4m, he’s a fairly cheap midfield filler.
🟤 Club: Motherwell
Spittal is the most in form and most picked player.
A monumental week for Motherwell saw them put daylight between themselves and the relegation zone, and Blair Spittal had a hand in both wins, notching an assist in the first against St Mirren and a goal on Sunday against Hearts.
Spittal has four goals and six assists for the season, putting him second behind Kevin van Veen among Motherwell’s top FFS point scorers. He’s reasonably priced at £3.8m, and with a game in hand, he and his team could do more damage in the coming weeks.
Honorable mention: Kelly Armstrong (Another Gem of Kilmarnock).
Scottish Fantasy Football Forward Picks
Bojan Miovsky (Most point Scorer like Haaland of EPL)
🔴 Club: Aberdeen
Bojan Miovsky is the highest point scorer so far, like Haaland in the Premier League.
Miovsky scored 15 goals this season with one assist in 27 games so far. He has risen like a rocket since GW 20. Averaging 5.5 points so far. His next few fixtures are all throughout tricky as (DUU, Hearts, STJ, Kilm).
Lawrence Shankland (Has DGW & another most picked forward)
💗 Club: Heart of Midlothian F.C.
Shankland has a double gameweek and is another one of the most picked forwards in the game.
Has 17 goals this season with four assists, averaging a return every 87 minutes. He has played 26 games so far, returning 6.8 average points per match.
🦌 Club: Ross County
A rising star?
The pressure continued to pile up on Dundee United boss Liam Fox this weekend after his side fell to a 4-0 shellacking from their closest rivals in the table, Ross County. Eamonn Brophy was their chief tormentor, having a hand in all four strikes (two goals, two assists) on his way to three bonus points and a mammoth 22-point haul for the weekend.
He hasn’t had a great season so far, but his January move to Dingwall seems to be bearing dividends at last, and on the strength of this showing, he’ll be one of the first names on the team sheet for the run-in.
I have activated my bench boost so that the players who are left out of my bench might get crucial points, as all of them are in devastating form so far. Thanks to fantasy football scouts James when I started my Scottish fantasy football account and Johnny sweet of Scottish fantasy scout with amazing articles that I follow every gameweek.
You can find additional Scottish Premiership Fantasy Football resources for the 22/23 season here.