The man who won Premier League Fantasy Football has revealed his secrets

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Six million of us play Premier League’s Fantasy Football game and we all reckon we’re pretty good at it.

But no-one is better than Yusuf Sheikh - at least not during the 2017/18 campaign.

Yusuf scored more than points than anyone else in the world - but what was his secret?

With the ‘chips’ being introduced to Fantasy Football in recent years, you need to be very clever on how you use them.

And Yusuf has revealed all of his secrets that led to his success.

Some people keep their ‘Triple-Captain’ chip for a double gameweek but Yusuf noticed a trend in the previous season that saw him keep two of his ‘chips’ to the final two weeks of the campaign.

"Back in March, when I was second, the FPL Daily Update video analysed the top 10 managers and their chips," Yusuf recalls.

"When they talked about my team, they mentioned that I’d used both my Wildcards and my Free Hit. I was practically ruled out. But that just motivated me.

"I remembered last season when goals were flying in over the last two Gameweeks. I said, 'OK, I'll save my two chips for that time.'

"The Gameweek 38 fixtures made up my mind. Gameweek 37 I would use my Bench Boost and, at the end, I would Triple-Captain Mohamed Salah. That was a no-brainer."


With his substitutes earning 27 points in Gameweek 37 and Mohamed Salah registering 33 points for Yusuf, he claimed the top prize.

"I tend not to follow the trend, I like to do things differently," Yusuf explains.

Maybe we can all learn from that…


But Yusuf hasn’t always been good at Fantasy Football.

In fact, last season, he finished 1,030,675th in the world and bottom of his mini-league.

And the man from Tanzania revealed what he had to do as punishment.

"Last season I was bottom and the punishment was to wear my wife's mini-skirt and sing on video," he says. "So I was just trying to win this time."


With 10,000 managers coming from Tanzania, Yusuf is just glad to do his country and continent proud.

"It's a unique thing in Tanzania. I don't think it's happened before. It's crazy, everyone's celebrating. I'm happy to represent Tanzania and Africa,” he added.

"Our league is 22 people and I've just been trying to be top of the 22, but to be top of 5.9million, it's crazy."

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