Saturday, 23 May 2015

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 38

Latest Rank: 

(5k rise)

Ozil OUT
Yaya IN

Team Value:

Bank Balance:

As per the podcast, I don't tend to have good archival form for the final Gameweek of the season. As a result, I really didn't want to take a hit.  This will remain the case unless I make a last minute "light bulb" transfer on Sunday morning.  A 35k overall finish would be fabulous but will require fantasy returns from most of my players.

Explanatory Notes:

So here we are; Gameweek 38. The marathon is almost over and the 2014/15 FPL champion is about to be crowned.  Conventional wisdom says that the final day doesn't have many clean sheets, has squad rotation and lots of random results. It was with such considerations in mind that I wanted to take it easy and not go gung-ho.  Despite this, I seriously considered doubling up at the back by buying John Terry - I think Chelsea will be favourites for a clean sheet win at Stamford Bridge as Sunderland are safe for another season.  I also looked at buying Lampard for his final PL hurrah match, but I fear that he may only make a cameo appearance.  Ozil had to go due to his lack of fantasy returns.  Out of all the options at hand Yaya sprung to mind, due to his brace last weekend and awesomeness since 2013. He is probably playing his final game for Manchester City and will want to finish on a high.  30 goals in his last 63 PL games makes him an absolute must have. He will be wanting to show his suitors as well as City's fans his true explosive nature by scoring again.  Aside from that I can't justify taking a -4 hit for any other player.  What's the point if there's no Gameweek 39?  As for my captain, I decided to keep it safe and choose Aguero.  His recent goals, as well as his famous 90+4 goal in 11/12 makes him the perfect captain candidate for Gameweek 38.  As for Schmeichel being the vice-captain, why not?   I wish you all the best for Sunday and hope that you have enjoyed my fantasy football adventure.  I will jot up my end of season review in due course.  Apart from that I will mull over future plans in the summer. 


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Friday, 22 May 2015

#FlyBuy - GW38

Welcome to the final instalment of FlyBuy. This is a feature that has enjoyed incredible highs (Matty Phillips in GW28-32, Jamie Vardy in GW32-36) and disappointing lows (Eden Dzeko in GW16-20, Mile Jedinak in GW27-31) but overall its been a hit and miss kind of season. As regular readers will know, the FlyBuy pick is based on a player who - for one reason or another - has been out of form, not playing or returning from injury and who I expect to provide some decent points returns during a 5 gameweek window. My picks are based on my own tried and trusted method of selection, that I call "WAG Theory" or to give it its full title, "Wild Assed Guess Theory".

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Dan's Digest - GW38 Preview

The final day of the season is close at hand and with only a few league positions yet to be decided most teams don’t have much to play for. From a chairman’s point of view each league position is worth £1.2m so they’ll be putting the pressure on their managers to do their best to climb the rankings. In the same way we’ll be hoping our FPL teams make a late dash up the rankings to achieve as high a finish as possible. Below we've got a brief preview of each game that makes up GW38 plus a player from each team to consider as you look to win or climb your mini-leagues.

Arsenal v West Brom
West Brom visit the Emirates on the back of an impressive 3-0 victory over the champions on Monday evening whilst the Gunners have all but confirmed 3rd place and automatic qualification to the Champions League group stages. With their focus now firmly on the FA Cup final against Aston Villa, Wenger will undoubtedly rest a few of his first teamers, which is bad news for those of us who loaded up on Arsenal’s stars prior to the double gameweek.

Theo Walcott – With 5 big chances from just 215 minutes and the expectation of rotation, Walcott could looks set to be a main attacking threat this week
Joleon Lescott – With 4 clean sheets from the last 5 games including games against Liverpool, United and Chelsea, another shut-out isn't out of the question and Lescott carries a goal threat from set pieces too.

Aston Villa v Burnley
Villa were embarrassed by Southampton last week and will be in two minds this week. They won’t want to go to Wembley in terrible form lacking confidence but they’ll want to rotate players and keep them fresh. Burnley are preparing for life in the Championship and will hope to finish the season on a high whilst some of their players will be in the shop window hoping for moves back to the Premier League next season.

Tom Cleverley – With 3 goals in his last 5 appearances he’s a man in form and will want to carry that to Wembley.
Danny Ings – In what is very likely to be his final game for Burnley he’ll want to go out with a bang against a very poor Villa defence.

Chelsea v Sunderland
A match that has nothing riding on it after Sunderland’s hard earned draw away to Arsenal on Wednesday ensured their Premier League safety. Neither team will be particularly up for this which means anything could happen – as we saw at the Hawthorns on Monday.

Diego Costa – A player of undoubted quality that is owned by very few live teams. Fit enough to start on Monday evening he could be a real differential for this week.
Costel Pantilimon – 2 clean sheets last GW and plenty of save points up for grabs. Sunderland look more likely to keep a clean sheet than score against Chelsea.

Crystal Palace v Swansea
Palace have the worst home record in the league but still have the potential to finish in the top half if they win and other results go their way. Swansea’s position in 8th is secure but they’ll want to enjoy their last away day of the season.

Yannick Bolasie – If he can get his shooting boots on he can grab a few goals. He’s often in great positions but has struggled to finish the chances off all season.
Bafetimbi Gomis – 5 goals in his last 5 appearances shows he’s a man bang in form.

Everton v Spurs
Spurs could finish 5th with a win but were unimpressive against Hull last week despite their win whilst Everton will want to finish their very average season with a home win to give fans some hope of success next season.

Romelu Lukaku – A low ownership striker with 20 points in his last 3 games against a poor travelling Spurs defence.
Erik Lamela – 3 attacking returns in his last 5 games shows his potential.

Hull v Man Utd
This match means everything to Hull. They need to win and hope Newcastle fail to beat West Ham to secure their status in the Premier League. United have just 1 win and 3 goals in their last 5 games so it looks to be the ideal time to play them but it is still quite an ask of Steve Bruce’s team.

Nikica Jelavic – The striker has enough quality to get the goal Hull need to stay up and he looked sharp against Spurs despite his recent injury woes.
Ashley Young – The winger has shown plenty of attacking promise in terms of both assist and goalscoring potential recently.

Leicester v QPR
The Foxes secured their Premier League status last weekend whilst the Rs are destined for the Championship. QPR are woeful on their travels and Leicester will want to give their fans an end of season party.

Leonardo Ulloa – A strong aerial presence could see him take advantage of the shaky QPR back line.
Matt Phillips – One of just a few shining lights in the QPR squad this season has shown he can be an explosive FPL points scorer.

Man City v Southampton
Both teams have scored 6 goals in a game recently but Man City have been in much better form with Southampton losing a couple of games against supposedly weaker teams. Southampton know though that a win combined with a couple  of other outcomes this weekend could see them finish as high as 5th which would all but guarantee Koeman the manager of the year award.

Yaya Toure – Probably his last game in a sky blue shirt so he’ll want to continue his goalscoring form from last weekend.
Shane Long – Back in the starting lineup last week with 2 goals and 2 assists against Villa.

Newcastle v West Ham
Newcastle need a win to guarantee survival regardless of what happens at the KC Stadium. However, Sam Allardyce will be out to do all he can to send his old employers down to the Championship. Neither team are in good form so it will be a tight affair in what could be a crucial game this weekend.

Moussa Sissoko – You feel that if Newcastle are going to score they’ll need the powerful midfielder to be at his best
Mark Noble – The pressure could get to the Newcastle defence and cause them to give away a penalty for the West Ham midfielder to put away.

Stoke v Liverpool
Liverpool need a win to confirm 5th place whilst Stoke are guaranteed of a top half finish. Stoke surprised Spurs at the Britannia a couple of weeks ago and could do the same against Liverpool this week who only have 1 win in their last 5 games.

Jon Walters – Plenty of shots inside the box recently suggests he’s been unlucky not to get on the score sheet. 
Steven Gerrard – After all of the media attention last week, Gerrard will be looking to make his mark in his final Premier League game.

***All the best for your FPL aspirations heading into this final gameweek. May your final arrows be green***

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Friday, 15 May 2015

Chief's #FPL Team - Double Gameweek 37

Latest Rank: 

(13k fall)

N'Doye & Hazard OUT (-4)
Defoe & Gerrard IN

Team Value:

Bank Balance:

I wanted to ensure that I had 6 DGW players in my team.  I also wanted Gerrard.
I bought two thirtysomethings in my FPL team & sold two twentysomethings.

Explanatory Notes:

Falling back to back-to-back red arrows isn't a nice feeling.  This primarily came as a result of one decision; captaining Sanchez and not captaining Aguero cost me 20 points in GW36.  Oh well.  I need to make up at least 12k in the space of the final two gameweeks.  I know that is pushing it.  But with 4 out of 6 of my DGW37 players being differentials (PvA, Ozil, Seb & Defoe), I have some hope as my team isn't too homogenised.  

I sold Hazard with reluctance.  But he hasn't been that hot of late and is facing a WBA team that has only conceded in two home games since 11th February.  The downside of having 6 DGW players is that I have to bench Ivan - he's been a yellow card magnet of late so I'm happy to give him a rest.  

I think Gerrard is capable of giving one final hurrah at Anfield.  The fact he has form on his side and isn't fatigued certainly helps.  As for Defoe, I am aware his final two PL games  will be difficult. But he still has something to play for and should chip in with a goal or two from now to the end of the season even if it isn't enough to keep Sunderland up.  Equally speaking, the same could have been said about N'Doye, but the fact that Defoe has a DGW (and scored last weekend) gives him the edge.  

Finally, the captain had to be Sanchez.  With all the differentials in my team, I wanted to play it safe on the armband front.


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