Friday, 21 November 2014

Marco’s Maverick – GW12 – Mame Biram Diouf

After another successful week on the maverick front with Charlie Austin bringing home the bacon against champions Manchester City and causing somewhat of a bandwagon. A two week sabbatical has since followed and a chance to recharge the batteries and go again leads us to the Potteries and a striker who originated from the other side of Manchester. It’s Stokes Mame Biram Diouf.

Owned by 0.6% of the FPL population, Diouf has somewhat gone under the radar as early shouts Krkic (who was nearly chosen) and Crouch seemed to live further up the pecking order for managers. The last few weeks have shown that Diouf is starting to reproduce some of the form that made him a success in the Bundesliga although he has endured a steady decline in ownership and that has seen his value fall from 6.5m to 6.2m.

Stoke though are a resilient bunch and will once again turn the Britannia into a fortress for the arrival of Burnley, Unbeaten in 3 at home and Burnley not won away all season all points to Mark Hughes’ men getting another 3 points and continuing their march up the table with Biram Diouf the focal point with a goal and assist in the last 2 games and with a resurgent Krkic supplying the ammunition.

Diouf is not one for the longer term though as trips to Anfield, Old Trafford and a home visit of Arsenal are next up for the Potters followed by a trip to Palace then the visit of Chelsea complete a nightmare few fixtures. They surely will be going all out for a win this week and a good performance against strugglers Burnley. The likes of Sakho are looking risky this week and Diouf could be the winning ticket in this week's raffle.

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 12

Latest Rank: 28,345
  Welbeck* OUT / Austin** IN
New Bank Balance: £1.8M 

*Could be muscled out by the likes of Giroud, Walcott & Sanchez in the coming weeks.

**Good upcoming games and has form on his side.


This week's captain pick was selected by Asliga's stats.  So why did I captain Costa?

Costa plays for Chelsea.
Chelsea are top of the Premier League.
Chelsea have scored the most goals thus far.

Diego Costa is by far Chelsea's top scorer:
 Diego Costa is their most potent goal threat and has taken the most shots for them:

Diego Costa is Chelsea's top FPL points scorer at home this season:

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

#FlyBuy - GW12

Man alive, I DETEST the International Break! Meaningless friendlies against Third World opposition (Scotland) and the relentless amount of qualifiers to be played for a tournament that we have already guaranteed our participation, drive me wild! Of course, it doesn't take the brains of a rocket scientist to deduce that for me, it is the lack of FPL action that causes my frustration. It's more than that though, I just hate the fact that we do well in these games against mediocre opposition and fool ourselves into thinking we stand a chance of glory in the tournament proper. 

Anyway, I digress. It's FlyBuy we're talking about here, and after the first third of the season approaches its conclusion, I can only report that I've had an abysmal run. Pretty much like the team I am going to select my GW12 pick from. After a good start to the season, like the England team they fooled people into thinking they would continue to do well against opposition that matters. They didn't. They embarked on a run of wins and clean sheets against poor opponents, but then folded like a house of cards when the difficulty level increased. Like England.

The player in particular I am choosing also - somewhat bizarrely - has England credentials. I won't go as far as saying pedigree, but you get my meaning. He received 3 Caps, and actually had a goal disallowed on his debut, where he faced Germany away in Berlin. He played twice more; versus Spain and Belarus, the latter being the only competitive International in which he played.

Back to the present, and he has scored only two goals all season, in GW3 and 4 when he scored in the win over Hull, and the only goal of the game in an unexpected away win over Liverpool. He has a face like he has just lost a winning jackpot lottery ticket. Have you guessed who it is yet?

I'm referring to Aston Villa, and ex-England forward, Gabby Agbonlahor. With the continued suspension of main-man Benteke, he will hopefully regain his scoring touch over the next few weeks as Villa face Southampton (H), Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (A), Leicester (H) and West Brom (A). Agbonlahor and Villa need to get back to winning ways prior to the Xmas programme or they WILL get sucked into the relegation dogfight.



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 / 2
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6 / 7 / 13 / 1
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHU) - Points: 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1
GW8 - Adam Lallana (LIV) - Points: 3 / 3 / DNP / DNP
GW9 - Ross Barkley (EVE) - Points: 1 / 3 / 2
GW10 - Santi Cazorla (ARS) - Points: 3 / 2
GW11 - Stevan Jovetic (MCY) - Points: DNP

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Battle Royal 2: Winter World Cup 2014

B A T T L E    R O Y A L     II

Folks, it's back!  In conjunction with @FPLDaily, I am pleased to announce that we are launching a new edition of our Fantasy Football "Battle Royal" competition.  We are expanding it to a new level with more entrants than before and with more fun to keep you excited during the Premier League's winter peak.  In some respects, this series will be more than a game - it is effectively a "World Cup" of sorts!  After all, it looks like Qatar will host a "Winter World Cup", so we thought it best to beat them to it by doing our own version - 8 years in advance!

Of course, "Battle Royal 2: Winter World Cup 2014" is an unofficial game and has its own rules.  If you recall from the first Battle Royal series, it is essentially a list-style weekly knockout competition, dependent on your FPL score for the week.  The same principles from the previous series apply, as follows:

"Scores will not roll over and will be reset for each Gameweek.  In the event of level Gameweek points (with hits factored in) for borderline teams, the tie break decider will be the team ranked highest overall in FPL at the end of that Gameweek to progress in our competition.  There are no prizes - this competition is just for fun (and bragging rights!)."

Duplicate entries are strictly forbidden and we reserve the right to remove such teams.

The competition will start in Gameweek 13 (29th November 2014) and run until Gameweek 20 (1st January 2015) - 8 games over a duration of 34 days!  Qualification criteria for each round will be as follows:

Round 1 - GW13 - Unlimited number of entries are allowed to enter (Top 200 qualify to Round 2).
Round 2 - GW14 - Competing for Top 150 slots.
Round 3 - GW15 - Competing for Top 125 slots.
Round 4 - GW16 - Competing for Top 100 slots.
Round 5 - GW17 - Competing for Top 75 slots.
Round 6 - GW18 - Competing for Top 50 slots.
Round 7 - GW19 - Competing for Top 10 slots.
Round 8 - GW20 - (FINAL) January 1st 2015 - There can only be one winner!

To enter our Battle Royal 2: Winter World Cup 2014 competition, please fill out the following form (& also share it accordingly with any FPL managers):

Entries close on 29th November (12.45pm GMT).  We will not accept any new entries after this time.

We reserve the right to amend qualification (or any rules) subject to mitigating circumstances.  If you require clarification on any of our rules, simply contact us via Twitter, email or comment on this post.

In addition, round-by-round score updates will be generated via @FPLDaily.  They will appear on - Please follow @FPLDaily and us (@FPLHINTS) on Twitter so that you are kept up to date with the competition.

And finally...

Good luck!

PLAYER PROFILE - Steven Gerrard

Position - Midfielder
Current FPL Price - £8.8 million


Never mind "the slip". Champions League winner, FA Cup winner, League Cup winner, UEFA Cup winner, UEFA Super Cup winner, Charity/Community Shield winner, former England captain and current Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard still has plenty in his locker.

Although Gerrard is not as young as he used to be, generally plays in a deeper role and is more reliant on set pieces to score and/or assist, he still posses excellent technique, passing ability and is a hugely influential presence both physically and psychologically.

Gerrad has not been involved in (scored/assisted) in a Premier League goal since he got his only Premier League assist of the season thus far in Gameweek 8, where he assisted Coutinho (in open play) for the Brazilian's first Premier League goal of the season.

Gerrard was involved in (scored/assisted) in 26 Premier League goals last season.
Gerrard may not score and/or assist on a particularly consistent basis but throughout the course of the season is reliable for goals and assists.

  • Gerrard scored the exact amount of Premier League goals (13) as he got Premier League assists (13) last season
  • Gerrard has been involved in (scored/assisted) in 29 Premier League goals since October 2013
  • Gerrard has scored over 100 career goals for Liverpool
  • Gerrard has yet to get an assist via a set piece in the Premier League this season
  • Gerrard has scored the exact amount of Premier League goals (2) than he had scored at roughly this time last season (2)
  • 14 of Gerrard's last 15 Premier League goals have came from either direct-free kicks or from the penalty spot
  • Just 1 of Gerrard's last 15 Premier league goals have been scored have not been scored by a penalty or direct free-kick which was his headed goal against Everton (4-0) in January last season)
  • The last Premier League goal that Gerrard scored in open play (not a penalty, a direct free-kick or scored from a via a in-direct set-piece - i.e his headed goal against Everton) was against Manchester City in February in the 2012/13 season.
  • Gerrard has scored goals against over 20 different English teams
  • Gerrard has not missed a Premier League match since January 

Stats are self-compiled, mostly from memory, however, some are self-compiled/double checked through the use of FourFourTwo Stats Zone & BBC Sport (Football)


Friday, 7 November 2014

Marco’s Maverick – GW11 – Charlie Austin

After last week’s fail of Emmanuel Adebayor at Villa Park we get back on the donkey and search for more fantasy premier league points. (We aren’t picking Ade again though!)

Looking through the fixtures and potential david vs goliath battles sees us travel to Loftus Road and the visit of the champions. With talisman Vincent Kompany ruled out and Manchester City going through what only can be described as a sticky patch QPR have shown a recent upturn in form and they won’t make it easy for city to dominate the game and take all three points back to Manchester.

Looking at Austin’s ownership he comes in at 1.1% and valued at 5.7m he definitely offers a differential to all those Berahino/Sakho owners out there. You may be surprised that after a recent excellent points return over the last three games that Austin is the 6th highest scoring forward in FPL this season on 44 points tied with Ulloa with only the two aforementioned players and the heavy hitting Aguero, Costa and Pelle surpassing the QPR man. Austin has returned points in 4 of the last five gameweeks and 3 goals in 2 outings so is a man on a hot streak!

After the visit of city the next six fixtures look fairly bright with the schedule looking like this:

new, LEI, swa, BUR, eve, WBA

That run is followed by a trip to the Emirates but they don’t face Arsenal till boxing day and that’s gameweek 18. With the recent form improved and a run of fixtures that offers potential for a decent return of points Austin could be someone that goes under the radar for a few more weeks yet! 

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Chief's #FPL Team - Gameweek 11

Latest Rank: Top 0.9%

 No Transfers for GW11.

Bank: £0.3M

*Potential Transfer(s) for GW12:
S. Taylor, Sanchez &  Walcott  IN
Clyne, Sterling & Fabregas OUT

*I may not make these transfers, but will explore the potential.



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#FlyBuy - GW11

Welcome back to the latest instalment of FlyBuy. A weekly feature whereby I curse a Premier League player into performing to the level normally associated with Sunday parks football. Not my intent, but Wilfried Bony aside (and even he went off the boil last week) all of my picks this season have been absolute garbage.

The ACTUAL intention of FlyBuy is to draw your attention to a player who - for one reason or another - has not been picking up FPL points, but who I think could go on a points scoring run. Maybe they are returning from injury, have fallen out of favour, or perhaps have just been suffering from a catastrophic loss of form (think Aston Villa defenders...)

Last week's pick was Arsenal man Santi Cazorla. Although he did ok on the pitch in "real life", in FPL terms he only picked up appearance points and a clean sheet point. Marvellous. Still, the other factor FlyBuy adheres to is that it is NOT just a one off pick for a single Gameweek. There are many other FPL accounts who cover off that aspect of punditry. Instead, FlyBuy is based on a projected 5 week outlook, hence why the scores in the signature block below only take into account 5 GW's from the time the selection was made. Are you with me? Good. The final factor I try to apply is low ownership. I personally consider anything below 5% to be a differential, and anything below 2.5% to be an uber-differential.

This week's pick comes from a team currently in a little bit of a mini-crisis, although they did pick up 3 points in one of the biggest games of their season last week in GW10. However, that was sandwiched in between a loss in the PL in GW9 and a loss in the UCL in midweek this week.

The player I am tipping (or dooming) this week is currently owned by 3.4% of managers (thereby satisfying the differential requirement), has not completed 90 minutes in the League all season and indeed has only featured in 6/10 of the Gameweeks this season so far. His minutes have been gradually building up though, and he completed 70 minutes in GW10. I believe he will be the main man in the evening kick-off this Saturday though, when his team travel to West London to take on QPR.

I actually have a sneaking suspicion QPR may emerge victorious in this encounter, which will certainly be a shock result. I think his partner in crime, Sergio Aguero will be rested (many disagree with me) and it will be up to Eden Dzeko, and this week's FlyBuy pick, Stevan Jovetic to lead the line. He hasn't scored since bagging a brace vs Liverpool in GW2 so it's about time he rediscovered his touch. He'll get game time, he just needs to make sure he translates it into goals.



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 / 2
GW6 - Wilfried Bony (SWA) - Points: 1 / 6 / 7 / 13 / 1
GW7 - Kevin Nolan (WHU) - Points: 1 / 1 / 1 / 1
GW8 - Adam Lallana (LIV) - Points: 3 / 3 / DNP
GW9 - Ross Barkley (EVE) - Points: 1 / 3
GW10 - Santi Cazorla (ARS) - Points: 3

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Marco’s Maverick – GW10 – Emmanuel Adebayor

Chris Brunt’s assist last week keeps an impressive run going for the maverick who has seen returns in all but one of this seasons selections. Keeping below 4% ownership hasn’t been easy but we’re producing results for that FPL differential that we all crave.

Gameweek 10 provides some interesting fixtures as there are a few minnows travelling to the big boys with plenty of points potential ahead. One potential big hitter at the minute is Southampton and they roll up at the KC stadium in good form but some managers will be questioning just how long can they keep winning? When is the bubble going to burst? Well for those managers that have snatched Graziano Pelle’s points and are ready to make a quick getaway why not look at “FPLHints’ very own gameweek 10 Maverick pick, Emmanuel Adebayor.

Adebayor notched his second of the campaign in the match against Newcastle last time out and will be looking to continue his return to form against a Villa side that’s form against Spurs that can only be described as Abysmal. In the last five meetings Spurs have won all five, scoring 15 goals in the process whilst registering 0 goals against.

At 8.3m, Adebayor comes right up against Pelle for that second/third slot alongside Aguero and/or Costa. Pelle has been in sparkling form so many will choose him over adebayor and you wouldn’t find many argue against it. Pelle’s 29.7% versus Adebayors 3.3% ownership definitely gives cause for optimism if selected that green arrows are surely compulsory should Adebayor find the net.

Many have picked he likes of Chadli and flirted with Eriksen but the Togolese forward is no mug and he knows where the goal is and at Villa Park hopefully he will find it!!