Saturday, 12 May 2018

Gameweek 38 - Daily Fantasy Football Tips



Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular amongst the FPL community since August 2017, as managers get to pick a brand new fantasy team each week, without the headache of managing a season-long team.

As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

If you’d like to get involved this week by challenging us, simply create your lineups for Gameweek 38 today via the FREE Apple app.



Forwards

Safe Pick – Aubameyang vs. Huddersfield (A)

Sunday not only brings us the end of the Premier League season, but also the final game of Arsene Wenger’s managerial career at Arsenal – surely the Gunners are going to provide the perfect send off?

Aubameyang has scored nine goals since his January move, three of which have come during his last two games.

He is the striker on form and goes straight into my Starting 11 lineup this weekend.

Differential - Giroud vs. Newcastle (A)

Who will start upfront for Chelsea?  Morata and Giroud continue to be rotated, however given that Morata started on Wednesday night – I reckon Giroud will get the nod on Sunday.

The Frenchman has scored three goals during his last five games, despite only starting three of them.

Newcastle are already easing into their summer break which is evident from their recent poor performances, I expect Chelsea to take advantage.



Midfielders


Safe Pick – Hazard vs. Newcastle (A)

Chelsea have to win this weekend and hope Liverpool slip up, otherwise there will be no Champions' League football at Stamford Bridge next season.

It’s been a quiet season by Hazard’s high standards. However with a win required it’s the likes of Hazard who need to step up and create some magic.

As I said, Newcastle are poor of late – if they give Hazard too much time and space he will most certainly punish them.

Differential - Loftus-Cheek vs. West Brom (H)

Making his final appearance in a Crystal Palace shirt before returning to Chelsea, overall it might not have been the season Loftus-Cheek was expecting, although we have seen glimpses of his class.

Crystal Palace are one of the form teams in the league at the moment, undefeated during their last five games including the 5-0 win over Leicester.

It’s no surprise that the recent upturn in form leading to Palace’s survival has come hand in hand with the performances of Loftus-Cheek as well as Zaha – 'RLC' has scored a goal and recorded an assist during his last two games.



Defenders


Safe Pick – Jones vs. Watford (H)

Jones spent the early part of the season as Manchester United’s first choice centre back and formed a brilliant partnership with Eric Bailly – injury caused the England international to lose his place.

With 2nd place now secured, Mourinho has announced he is ready to shuffle the pack on Sunday – which may include resting Smalling.

I am expecting Jones to start this weekend against a Watford side who have only scored two goals in their last four games

Differential – Van Aanholt vs. West Brom (H)

He only went and scored again, finally showing us the kind of returns I expected from the Dutchman from Gameweek 1 – Crystal Palace’s version of Marcus Alonso?

West Brom have found form but having had their relegation confirmed (as well as Crystal Palace’s form) I think they will be too much for the Baggies

With two clean sheets and two goals from his last three games – PVA is not only a player who will make my Starting 11 this weekend, but a player I will be monitoring in preseason ahead of the 2018/19 season.



Goalkeepers


Safe Pick - Romero vs Watford (H)

This man wouldn’t normally be a safe pick but after Mourinho’s comments post match on Thursday night – he made it clear than De Gea would be rested on Sunday and that Romero would start the final league game of the season.

De Gea’s clean sheet vs West Ham made it 18 for the season and confirmed the Spaniard as this season’s Golden Glove winner – Romero will be wanting to show that he can keep Watford out as well as Big Dave could!

I think a home fixture vs Watford warrants a Manchester United defensive stack this weekend.

Differential – Pope vs Bournemouth (H)

Nick Pope has been a regular differential this season since taking over from Heaton in the Burnley goal. I couldn’t complete my final preview of the season without him.

I know the clean sheets have dried up lately but after they shut Brighton out I have hope that they can end the season with one final parking of the bus.

Their opponents Bournemouth have only scored two goals in their last four games, another side who have lost some drive since securing their Premier League status.






Friday, 11 May 2018

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Plenty to play for as managers search for that GW38 game-changer


Fantasy Premier League managers everywhere are strapping in for the wild ride that is Gameweek 38 - especially those for whom disaster struck last Friday.

Fantasy Premier League managers everywhere are strapping in for the wild ride that is Gameweek 38 - especially those for whom disaster struck last Friday.
Despite the warnings, last Friday’s transfer deadline caught many managers by surprise, as the all-important chips they had spent weeks planning to use fell by the wayside.
Friday night Premier League football should be banned. Completely forgot there was a match on, so my double transfer and triple captain plans have gone straight down the toilet. Rubbish!
Ironically, most FPL managers who failed to deploy their Triple Captain chip probably ended up dodging a bullet. Over three-quarters of active managers put the armband on one of Kane, Salah, Sterling or Jesus, with only the Spurs man managing to emerge with modest attacking returns.
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Thankfully for them, Gameweek 38 has a long tradition of producing some unexpected results, and this season should be no different. 
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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Gameweek 37 - Daily Fantasy Football Tips



Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular amongst the FPL community since August 2017, as managers get to pick a brand new fantasy team each week, without the headache of managing a season-long team.

As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

If you’d like to get involved this week by challenging us, simply create your lineups for Gameweek 37 today via the FREE Apple app.



Forwards

Safe Pick – Jesus v Huddersfield (H)

Finally, a run of starts for the young Brazilian who’s injury free and without competition from the injured Aguero – Jesus has now scored three goals in his last three games.

With the title winning celebrations planned after the final whistle, I expect Manchester City to put on a show for their fans – poor Huddersfield.

This has the potential to be one of their biggest wins of the season.

Differential - J. Ayew v Bournemouth (A)

This man’s name has been thrown around a lot over on FPL, mainly due to his tempting price as well as a double Gameweek – but does he also have a place in our Starting 11 sides?

I think he does. Prior to his last two difficult fixtures (Chelsea and Manchester City) he found the back of the net against Everton. With Bournemouth up next he could be on target once again.

Bournemouth have conceded eleven goals during their last five games and have nothing to play for – Swansea on the other hand are fighting for their Premier League survival.



Midfielders


Safe Pick – Eriksen v West Brom (A)

Having scored four goals (Ok three when you take into account the one Harry Kane 'stole'!) as well as an assist during his last five games, Eriksen is continuing to provide returns despite Spurs not playing to the level we have come to expect.

It’s the same old debate, Alli v Eriksen – For me Eriksen probably edges it by a smidgen due to his set piece involvement and creative play.

West Brom, despite their upturn in form since the departure of Pardew, are still bottom of the table for a reason – I expect Spurs to be too much for them this weekend.

Differential - Zaha v Stoke (A)

Zaha and Crystal Palace are on fire, I was blown away by their performance last weekend which was a joy to watch even before Leicester went down to ten men.

A brilliant team performance as well as a brilliant individual performance from Zaha, who has four goals and one assist in only four games – not bad for a side who failed to score a goal during the first seven games of the season.

Are Stoke getting out of the relegation zone?  If they do it won’t be due to their defence – the 65 goals they have conceded is the second worst after West Ham.



Defenders


Safe Pick – Davies v West Brom (A)

What a frustrating fantasy football player he has been this season through no fault of his own. If it wasn’t for Danny Rose I think Ben Davies would have been a safe pick most weeks this season.

Despite his shared game time, Davies has provided seven assists this season putting him joint top for a defender – not to mention his eleven clean sheets.

West Brom aren’t going to cause too many problems for a Spurs clean sheet this weekend and I am expecting Davies to be pressing forward in the search for more attacking returns.

Differential – Baines v Southampton (H)

The FPL legend showed us there is still life in the old dog. A clean sheet as well as an assist made Baines one of the star fantasy footballer players of last weekend.

Of course the main reason we select a defender is for his clean sheets, which Baines has helped provide three of in only four games.

Everton have turned a corner, they look solid and I see no reason why they can’t keep yet another clean sheet this weekend against Southampton.



Goalkeepers


Safe Pick - Ederson v Huddersfield (H)

I’m expecting a full strength Manchester City side this weekend as Pep Guardiola attempts to break records and start the Premier League trophy presentation celebration in style.

This Manchester City side, who apparently can’t defend, have kept fifteen clean sheets this season and have the best defensive record in the league.

Up against a Huddersfield side with the weakest attacking record in the league – this is a fixture with clean sheet written all over it.

Differential – Hennessey v Stoke (A)

It’s not only been Crystal Palace’s attacking football that’s catching the eye.  At the other end of the pitch Wayne Hennessey has kept two clean sheets during his last two games.

Their opponents Stoke City have only managed to find the back of the net three times during their last five games – without a win since January it seems relegation is inevitable.

Crystal Palace may not have a double Gameweek on FPL, but they should feature heavily in your Starting 11 line-ups this weekend as one of the current form sides in the league.





Friday, 27 April 2018

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Kane concerns, Man City must-haves & the verdict on the Free Hit chip

Arsene Wenger has divided opinion for years now - but he’ll always have a special place in the heart of some Fantasy Premier League managers after what he did this week.
In the build-up to Arsenal’s clash with West Ham, the usually coy Frenchman did his best Anfield Express impression and gave fortunate Free Hitters a rare insight into his selection plans.
Suddenly Alexandre Lacazette (ARS, 10.2) was showing up in Free Hit teams everywhere - and they were duly rewarded with 13 points.
Analysis on Fantasy Football Scout later revealed that managers who used their Free Hit in a Blank Gameweek enjoyed an impressive advantage of around 25 points on average over their rivals.
So now that most active managers, including literally all of the game’s top 1,000, have used the Free Hit chip, what have we learned?
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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Gameweek 36 - Daily Fantasy Football Tips



Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular amongst the FPL community since August 2017, as managers get to pick a brand new fantasy team each week, without the headache of managing a season-long team.

As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

If you’d like to get involved this week by challenging us, simply create your lineups for Gameweek 36 today via the FREE Apple app.



Forwards

Safe Pick – Jesus v West Ham (A)

The chances are he is probably now off penalty duty, however a goal and assist against Swansea should give fantasy football managers confidence that the Brazilian can be counted on.

With Aguero still out injured, Jesus will continue to lead the line for Manchester City despite having already wrapped up the Premier League title.

West Ham have conceded six goals in three games - with Jesus having spent periods of the season on the side-lines, he will be keen to add to his eleven Premier League goals for the season.

Differential - Perez v West Brom (H)

The perfect blend of form and fixture that every fantasy boss loves to see.

During his last four games the Newcastle forward has scored three goals and provided two assists – form which has helped Newcastle reach 41 points and secure Premier League football next season.

For their opponents West Brom on the other hand, despite a recent upturn in form their time is all but up.


Midfielders


Safe Pick – D. Silva v West Ham (A)

Having pulled all the strings in Manchester City’s midfield this season the Spaniard has been key to their success in the Premier League.

His form during the final third of the season has been even more impressive, scoring four goals and providing three assists in seven games.

I expect him to link up with Jesus again on Sunday and cause Joe Hart problems on a busy afternoon.

Differential - Zaha v Leicester (H)

Does he dive or is he hard done by?  The debate goes on, what we can be sure of is that Zaha is the main reason Crystal Palace have risen to 14th in the Premier League.

His three goals in two games showed that despite blanking against Watford, the former Manchester United winger is starting to fulfill the potential Sir Alex Ferguson saw in him.

Leicester have been poor defensively this season. I expect Crystal Palace to rediscover their attacking touch and score goals again this weekend.


Defenders


Safe Pick – Azpilicueta v Swansea (A)

He's the centre-back who continues to surprise me with the sort of attacking returns we’d expect from a wing-back. Azpilicueta provided another assist last weekend in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Southampton.

He may have secured a clean sheet in that game too, however in the Premier League they are long overdue.

This weekend Chelsea take on Swansea, who have the joint worst goal scoring record of the season and have just come off the back off a 5-0 hiding from Manchester City.

Differential – van Aanholt v Leicester (H)

After another clean sheet last weekend, Crystal Palace have kept their opponents out in two of their last five games and continue to rise up the table.

What better way to take advantage of those clean sheets than with an attacking full-back, especially one with set-piece responsibility.  'PVA' is a player I expected more from this season but he is finishing the season in good form.

Leicester have nothing to play for, Mahrez has gone quiet – if Palace can keep Vardy out then another clean sheet is achievable.


Goalkeepers


Safe Pick - Courtois v Swansea (A)

Are you prepared to form a defensive stack with Courtois and Azpilicueta on Starting 11?

When you are playing a side struggling to score you have to seize the opportunity and take advantage.  Courtois is more than capable of keeping Swansea at bay.

Despite not keeping a clean sheet recently, Chelsea themselves have fourteen clean sheets for the season - only one less than Manchester City.

Differential – Pickford v Huddersfield (A)

If the thought of a Chelsea double act is too much for you then how about Jordan Pickford?

Everton have kept a clean sheet in two of their last three games and this week take on the only side who can match Swansea for their lack of goals this season – Huddersfield Town.

Pickford himself wants to be on that plane to Russia as England’s number 1, if called upon he will be doing everything in his power to impress Gareth Southgate at this late stage of the season.




Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Gameweek 35 - As It Happened


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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Gameweek 35 - Daily Fantasy Football Tips



Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular amongst the FPL community since August 2017, as managers get to pick a brand new fantasy team each week, without the headache of managing a season-long team.

As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

If you’d like to get involved this week by challenging us, simply create your lineups for Gameweek 35 today via the FREE Apple app.



Forwards


Safe Pick - Salah vs. West Brom (A)


Now on thirty goals for the season, surely Salah’s lead over Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot is a stretch too far?

Salah certainly won’t be resting on his laurels, especially knowing he could be rested during Gameweek 36 with Champions League commitments – as well as Kane having one additional game.

For their opponents West Brom, normal service will resume this weekend – an easy win for Liverpool and a chance for Salah to stretch his lead over Kane.


Differential - Arnautovic vs. Arsenal (A)


How Arnautovic has taken on his new role as striker for West Ham, one of the few shining lights in West Ham’s season – his nine goals this season have been key to their likely survival in the Premier League.

This weekend West Ham take on Arsenal, a side which is regularly weakened lately due to Europa League priorities – as well as a leaky defence.

A player I’d love to own on FPL and one I love to utilise on Starting 11, he will take his place in my line-up this weekend.



Midfielders


Safe Pick –  Mane vs. West Brom (A)


With a fixture such as this it seems logical to double up on Liverpool attacking assets.  Mane and Salah’s link up play with Firmino has been a joy to watch at times.

I almost feel sorry for West Brom, with their season all but over the win against Manchester United may have given some a glimmer of hope – they will be brought down to earth with a thud this weekend.

Mane himself has scored twice in Liverpool’s last three games and I expect him to continue his good form.


Differential Pick – Gudmundsson vs. Stoke (A)


Well we all thought he’d miss Gameweek 34 through injury and then he popped up with two assists. Qho’d have thought we would be considering Burnley coverage for attack?

Well the Clarets are sitting pretty in 7th place, challenging Arsenal for 6th – could we see Burnley in Europe next season?

Their opponents Stoke are without a win since January and after throwing away a vital win last weekend, they could be joining West Brom in the Championship next season.



Defenders


Safe Pick – Van Dijk vs. West Brom (A) 


Liverpool don’t keep clean sheets - Well, van Dijk would argue against this after recording three of them in his last four league games – even Manchester City only managed to score once during their two legs in the Champions League.

Having the joint worst goals scoring record in the Premier League this season (27) along with Stoke City, I don’t expect West Brom to cause too many problems for Liverpool this weekend.

With his presence in the box an attacking threat (he was even on direct free kicks vs Everton), van Dijk has been threatening a goal which will surely come before the end of the season.


Differential Pick – Long vs Stoke (A)


With Ben Mee potentially out for the season, Long has stepped into the limelight and celebrated is league start with a goal vs Leicester – let’s try not to dwell on the own goal vs Chelsea.

The clean sheets seem to have dried up and have become something of a myth, but Burnley don’t concede many – in fact Chelsea were the first team to score more than one goal vs Burnley since Liverpool did on New Years' Day.

I still have faith in the Clarets to bring us another clean sheet and I will be backing them again this weekend.


Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Karius vs. West Brom (A)  


Are you willing to stack that defence vs West Brom? 

It’s certainly an option this weekend given Liverpool’s defensive form and West Brom’s lack of attacking threat.


Differential Pick –  Pickford v Swansea (A)


Ok, so that Liverpool stack feels a little too risky for you, would you put it all on a Burnley stack instead?

#PopeMee was a lovely thing earlier in the season, could this be the time of #LongPope?

With only three goals in their last six games, Stoke’s time in England’s top flight could be coming to an end – can Burnley shut them out this weekend?



CAPTAIN PICK

It’s Mohamed Salah, the soon to be crowned player of the season and golden boot winner, who else?

It feels like he deserves one of those Premier League winner’s medals from Manchester City – he’s certainly not going to get one of those at Anfield!

Scoring thirty goals in the league already this season is incredible and he seems motivated to secure that golden boot, despite us entering the stage of the season where Kane tend to go nuclear.

Unless you fancy a punt this weekend, captain Salah and enjoy the rewards.

Whatever you decide, I hope you’ll join us this Gameweek by downloading the FREE Starting 11 app in the App Store or the Google Play Store.



Friday, 20 April 2018

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Time for a Talisman