Monday, 20 October 2014

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#FlyBuy - GW9

It should come as no surprise to regular readers that my FlyBuy pick for GW8 flopped. However, I do still believe Lallana will come good in the coming weeks and he is definitely still one to bear in mind as a differential. Of recent FlyBuy picks, only Wilfried Bony is justifying his selection. After a poor return in GW6, he has gone on to score in consecutive games and is starting to look very strong.

For this week's pick, I was deliberating between two players returning from injury who made their long awaited comebacks last week. Both got good minutes on the pitch, with one returning a useful assist. Both have favourable fixtures coming up and it is a difficult decision to select one or the other. One is a midfielder and the other is a striker. With competition for the three Fwd positions becoming increasingly tough due to a number of players in good form I have decided not to go with Aston Villa's Christian Benteke. At £7.9m he is in the same price range as Graziano Pelle, and although the big Belgian has a differential-busting ownership stat of 0.3%, I can't see too many people taking a chance on him just yet. Maybe in a few weeks with a couple of goals under his belt he could be the man to swap Pelle out with once Southampton's fixtures get harder from GW13 onwards. Coincidentally, Villa then enter a run of favourable fixtures so keep this in mind when planning future transfers.

But, back to the matter in hand, I am NOT tipping Benteke for FlyBuy this week. So who is it? As I said he provided an assist in his return last weekend and he currently has a very useful ownership percentage of just 3.4%, making him an attractive option for a player with proven FPL points pedigree. With his club also entering a good run of winnable fixtures, and with managers trying desperately to free up funds to squeeze Aguero into their team alongside Costa and Pelle, they will probably need to lose one of their premium midfielders. At £6.7m, this is probably the cheapest price he will be this season, so I recommend you climb on board sooner rather than later.

The player in question, of course, is Everton playmaker Ross Barkley. I'm currently trying to find a way of squeezing him into my team, the tough call is just who to downgrade from Fabregas, Sterling or Di Maria.

Good luck in GW9 and thanks for reading. 

FLY
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FlyBuy picks to date (only takes into account 5 GWs)

GW1 - Calum Chambers (ARS) - Points: 1 / 0 / 8 / 1 / 5 
GW2 - Steven Pienaar (EVE) - Points: 1 / 0 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW3 - Siem de Jong (NEW) - Points: 2 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW4 - Marko Arnautovic (STO) - Points: DNP / 1 / 3 / 2 / 0
GW5 - Yaya Toure (MCY) - Points: 1 / 2 / 11 / 1
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6 / 7
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHU) - Points: 1 / 1
GW8 - Adam Lallana (LIV) - Points: 3

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Marco’s Maverick - GW8 – Frank Lampard

As the dust is blown off the keyboard we pick through the casualties of a hectic couple of international weeks for our premier league players (barring Raheem Sterling of course).
The long miles travelled and the inevitable crocks follow and that’s when the chance for a maverick opens up and gives us something to look at from the corner of our eye.

This weeks pick is Manchester City’s Frank Lampard. As Yaya Toure returned late from international duty and Fernandinho recovering from a hamstring injury Lampard should be given the opportunity to partner the midfield with Fernando and thus will surely be afforded a few runs in to the spurs box.

Spurs have at very best been kind to Manchester City having shipped 22 goals in the last 4 games and under a bit of pressure to perform, they need a dogged performance at very least to appease the fans who once again are becoming a bit restless and another trouncing at the Etihad won’t be welcomed.

Back to Lampard and his game time as many predicted has been restricted but when he has appeared he’s proved a very useful asset. Having only featured for 112 minutes over the last 4 games all season has returned 2 goals and 13 points which is a decent start by anyone’s reckoning. At 5.4m there will be a few managers harbouring bench fodder players with transfers to burn that may fancy a risk. Lets’ be Frank, he’s been quality over the years and give him a chance and he knows where the goal is.


Friday, 17 October 2014

PLAYER PROFILE (HORSES FOR COURSES): Dzeko

Nationality: Bosnian
Position - Striker
Current FPL Price: £8.5 million

Can We Play You Every Week? 

Some players have a knack of being a thorn in the side of some teams, like how Kevin Nolan likes playing and scoring against Aston Villa and Steven Gerrard likes doing likewise against Newcastle United, Edin Dzeko boasts an impressive record against Tottenham Hotspur as can be seen in the following section.

Key Attributes & Stats

Dzeko posses good movement, strength, good height and presence.
The Bosnian sometimes gains from other players deflecting attention from him and ultimately making space for him to strike.

Some players really prove to be a are a thorn in some team's side and it seems to be that way in the case of Edin Dzeko against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Bosnian international scored in midweek for his country and although he is streaky in terms of finding the back of the net, there is no doubting that the former Wolfsberg man knows where the back of the net is.
  • Dzeko has scored no fewer than 6 goals against Spurs since the 2011/12 season.
  • Dzeko did not feature in Manchester City's home win against Spurs last season (6-0).
  • Dzeko scored 4 goals in one game away at White Hart Lane against Spurs in the 2011/12 season.
  • Dzeko has been involved in a goal (scored/assisted) in only 3 Premier League goals thus far this season.
  • Dzeko is looking to score his first Premier League goal at home since scoring against Aston Villa (4-0) in May.
  • 5 of Dzeko's 6 Premier League goals against the London club came at White Hart Lane.
  • Dzeko has scored the exact amount of Premier League goals this season (2) as he had done at this point last season (2).
  • The majority of Dzeko's Premier League goals last season came from late December onwards.

BRACE YOURSELF - DZEKO LIKES A BRACE

VS HULL CITY (2-4) - 2014/15
VS MANCHESTER UNITED (0-3 & 1-6) 2013/14 & 2011/12
VS ASTON VILLA (4-0) - 2013/14
VS EVERTON (2-3) - 2013/14
VS NORWICH CITY (3-4)- 2012/13

Summary

Dzeko is an enigma but on his day is one of the most clincal strikers in the Premier League, the difficulity for FPL managers is finding those right days and as much as talk of tactics or form, it is genuinely very hard to know when the Bosnian will strike.

Dzeko can be somewhat hot and cold in terms of when he scores but if you are a FPL manager with a spare transfer or two, some money in the bank to replace someone who is not quite at the races, seemingly out of favour or injured, then Dzeko could well be your man.

Stats are self-compliled, mostly from memory, however, some are checked or found through FourFourTwo Stats Zone and BBC Football.

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#FlyBuy - GW8

My word that's been a long two weeks! International breaks really do interfere with the world of FPL. I'm not a fan! But at least it's given me the opportunity to reflect on the first 7 gameweeks. From a personal point of view its been pretty good. In the Top 21k and with only one red arrow so far. The decision to captain Ulloa over Di Maria in GW 7 is one that cost dearly but hey-ho.

The other thing that has been a disappointment are my FlyBuy picks to date. A mixture of bad luck and poor choices have combined to ensure NOBODY is taking any notice of my picks anymore! 

My choice for GW8 does err on the side of caution, and admittedly he did score last time out. But I believe he has the potential to go nuclear over the next few gameweeks, and for that reason I'm selecting him. A decision to captain him late last season cost me horrifically when he failed to deliver, but I hold no grudges. This week he faces everybody's favourite whipping boys, QPR, and I expect him to accumulate some points.

Maybe he is regretting the decision to move in the Summer, especially with his old club riding high in the table. Hopefully he will use that as an incentive to push himself harder and score the goals to propel his new team up the league. 

Yep, this week's FlyBuy is Liverpool and England midfielder, Adam Lallana. Pricey at £8.4m, but if you want to get away from the Template team, an astonishing fact is that he is owned by just 0.8% of FPL managers! An uber-differential!!

On a final note, take a look below at how a couple of previous FlyBuy's are doing. Particularly Yaya and Bony. Pienaar is back now too. Maybe I haven't lost my touch after all. Remember: FlyBuy isn't just a one gameweek pick...I select based on a 5 week window...

FLY
@meet_the_gadfly


FlyBuy picks to date (only takes into account 5 GWs)



GW1 - Calum Chambers (ARS) - Points: 1 / 0 / 8 / 1 / 5 
GW2 - Steven Pienaar (EVE) - Points: 1 / 0 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW3 - Siem de Jong (NEW) - Points: 2 (inj) / DNP / DNP / DNP / DNP
GW4 - Marko Arnautovic (STO) - Points: DNP / 1 / 3 / 2
GW5 - Yaya Toure (MCY) - Points: 1 / 2 / 11
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHY) - Points: 1

Thursday, 16 October 2014

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Friday, 3 October 2014

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Player Profile (HORSES FOR COURSES): Theo Walcott


POSITION: WINGER/WIDE FORWARD/STRIKER
FORMER CLUBS: SOUTHAMPTON
CURRENT FPL PRICE: £9.0 MILLION

The former Southampton man is gradually getting closer to fitness and perhaps the International break sees an opportunity for FPL managers to think ahead about their up and coming transfers. Walcott could just be one of those to mull over in the coming weeks, although it remains to be seen when exactly when he will be available for selection or be able to start or have a full 90 minutes.
However, in the meantime, here is what the Arsenal number 14 is capable of when he is firing on all cylinders.
PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS 2013/14

VS MANCHESTER CITY (6-3) - 2
VS WEST HAM UNITED (1-3) - 2
VS CARDIFF CITY (2-0) - 1

PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS 2012/13

VS QPR (0-1) - 1
VS MANCHESTER UNITED (1-1) - 1
VS NEWCASTLE UNITED (7-3) - 3
VS WEST HAM UNITED (1-3 & 5-1) - 2
VS SPURS (5-2) - 1
VS EVERTON (1-1) - 1
VS CHELSEA (2-1) - 1
VS LIVERPOOL (2-2) - 1
VS WIGAN ATHLETIC (4-1) - 1

Walcott was one of only 4 players to reach double figures in goals and assists in the Premier League in 2012/13.

Walcott scored 5 Premier League goals from December to January last season before being sidelined for the rest of the season and being ruled out of the 2014 World Cup.

Please note that Theo Walcott has not played a Premier League match since January 1st 2014 or a competitive match since January 4th 2014 (FA Cup) therefore is more than likely to need match fitness.

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Marco’s Maverick GW7 – Abel Hernandez


After last gameweeks’ opening success story of Southamptons Sadio Mane we continue the hunt for Fantasy Premier League points in the low ownership saloon with another deadline day signing from a team eagerly trying to push on into the top third of the league.

Hull have somewhat in my opinion pulled off a major coup in signing this player, and I think he could propel them with his goals easily into the top half of the league. It’s the Uruguayan forward Abel Hernandez. Kept out of his international side by the likes of Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani and Diego Forlan, Hernandez still has 16 caps to his name and has 8 goals for his country means he has the ability to produce at the highest level. Spending the last 4 years of his career at Palermo, Abel produced 31 goals in 111 appearances but his last season proved his best return for goals where he achieved a 1 in 2 ratio with 14 goals in 28 starts along with 2 appearances off the bench.

A successful world cup and a 10m move to the KC followed with immediate impact scoring a cracker against West ham on his home debut. 55 minutes against Newcastle in his second match and a 1 point showing made some managers jump ship but those who kept the faith in Hernandez were rewarded with another goal against the champions Manchester City albeit via the penalty spot. This however bodes well for the future if the Uruguayan is assigned spot kick duties from now on.

Hernandez’s inability to complete 90 minutes so far will scare off some with only 73, 55 and 78 minutes completed in his 3 starts thus far coupled with the fact that Ulloa and Pelle are strong contenders for the third striking spot and also in good form. The maverick is all about being different and with an ownership of 0.3% per cent that equates to around 6,800 managers having the faith in Hernandez and a nice home fixture against Crystal Palace he has the perfect platform to justify the price tag and bag himself plenty of FPL points.

Priced at 6.9m he’s not a cheap third striking option if you already own the likes of Costa and Aguero but if you are only playing one big hitter and two smaller options then he definitely could slot straight in.  Hull rotate fixtures with Burnley so there may not be an obvious foil for him but Swansea only clash on a few fixtures so Gylfi Sigurdsson could provide his near perfect rotation partner.

The fixtures ahead over the next six are a bit of a mixed bag, Home against Palace tomorrow followed by trips to the Emirates and Anfield aren’t the most desired trips but certainly won’t scare the tigers who could at least nick a goal, then saints at the KC then a trip to Turf moor brings a greater chance of returns and a home game with Spurs to round off the next six games.

So there is this weeks’ gamble, are you looking to replace Rooney? Abel Hernandez may not have been at the top of your thoughts but it’s all about doing something different to climb those leagues, are you Abel?