Tuesday, 20 August 2019

WGTA Pod 78 - Is 2 weeks' data enough?

Gameweek 2 in 2019/20!

After the quiet optimism of the opening weekend comes wildcards and hits galore, meaning we assess the merits of going nuclear right away along with presenting some data (thanks to our friend Wee Rogue) which may suggest big names are OK but reservations about ripping apart our teams.

Our features also return, which are the Market Forces, the Over 30s team, the Nick/Tom pick and the zombies, as well as #dadwatch as Nick's dad continues to school us all.

We finish off with our listener questions.

Hope you enjoy, back in Gameweek 3!

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Friday, 16 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 2 Team



I reserve the right to edit this team right up until the final seconds of the FPL Gameweek Deadline.  Any updates  will be announced on Twitter via @FPLHINTS


Transfers: 0

Changes: Murray benched / Lundstram on

Cash ITB: £0.0

FPL Points from Gameweek 1: 90

The biggest takeaway from Gameweek 1 was the validation of premium priced players as being worth their weight in FPL gold.  Of course, they aren't all going to get fantasy returns concurrently every week.  But having the correct type of coverage from the players that are capable of yielding big returns is essential.  I wish I had Harry Kane and Aubameyang but without them I have a stronger midfield with player that can play out of position.

Having watched Murray last weekend, I will be surprised if he starts in Gameweek 2.  No one else appeals to me in the £6.0M striker category so he will have to make do on the bench for now.  Maupay looks interesting and could become a bandwagon player if he starts and scores during this weekend.

Apart from Murray, I'm also looking to downsize on my Liverpool double up in defence.  A straight swap of Gomez to Coleman or Wan-Bissaka makes perfect sense.  If I do that, it means I have the option of rejigging my midfield in the foreseeable future and getting Mane in, alongside Salah.  To do this, I would need to offload Moura and Perez.

It's probably unorthodox having a 4-5-1 formation at this time of the season.  But I wanted to give Lundstram a chance after his superlatives in Gameweek 1, despite conceding a goal.  Sheffield United were fairly solid in defence last season and I'm hoping they can replicate some of that form at home against Crystal Palace.  If all else fails I will have 2 free transfers for next week.

Good luck to you all!

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Gameweek 2 - Differentials

Gameweek 2 Captain - Salah v Sterling

FPL: Five alternative options for GW2

Fantasy Football came back into our lives last week. The return of the Premier League also brought the game we all love to hate back into the mix and it didn't disappoint. Players benched, much fancied goalkeepers being injured and captains scoring - and that was just Friday night. How does GW2 follow that? Dave Black takes a look ahead to the weekend...

Nearly all of the fancied players have hit the ground running - Salah, Kane, Sterling, Aubameyang, Aguero and Van Dijk all got off to scoring starts, albeit some better than others. Even Sadio Mane, who only made a brief cameo in GW1, proved his fitness in the Super Cup so his inclusion is now a safe bet.

There are actually more questions than answers after the first round of matches. Chelsea's midfield muddle, will it be Martial or Rashford up front for Man Utd and has Gabriel Jesus done enough to keep a Sergio Aguero shaped wolf from the door?

The way I see it, you can take your pick of the premium players and there's an element of luck of the draw as to who fires and who doesn't if all are fit and well. The difference will be made in the rest of your team, which is why this week I'm offering up five alternative picks ahead of GW2.

1) Callum Robinson (Sheff Utd, Midfielder, £5.5m)

Sheffield United were the only one of the promoted clubs to pick up a point in week one and a home game with Crystal Palace might represent an opportunity for more. As you would expect from a promoted side, their players are priced very reasonably and I'm putting forward midfielder Callum Robinson as a pick this week.

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Monday, 12 August 2019

Who Got The Assist? Pod 77: Gameweek 1 Reflections

We're back for the first proper Gameweek of 2019/20!

Lots to talk about as the season kicks off, as we have a think about our reactions to the first Gameweek, advocate patience and talk about a few bits and pieces.

Yes, we're back to a classic stats pod sans stats, but we have plenty to discuss after the opening weekend.

Our features also return, which are the Market Forces, the Over 30s team, the Nick/Tom pick and the zombies, as well as our listener questions.

Hope you enjoy, back in Gameweek 2!

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Friday, 9 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 1 Team (2019/20 Season)


I reserve the right to edit this team right up until the final seconds of the Gameweek 1 FPL Deadline.  Any updates  will be announced on Twitter via @FPLHINTS


It only feels like yesterday when Manchester City and Liverpool finished last season in almost a dead heat of a race.  But there are no prizes for second as the Citizens did enough to nudge over the line and retain the Premier League title.  Liverpool were bereft and had to console their fan base by winning the Champions League. Both teams met again for the curtain raiser last weekend, which didn’t do much to rid the Community Shield of its tag of being a glorified friendly in the eyes of many.  But all of that is in the past now.  Wish the summer and your weekend afternoons goodbye, as it’s that time of the year again… FPL is back!



Avid readers of the blog will know that I used to post my team on here on a regular basis.  I stopped doing that a few years ago and I stopped tweeting about my team altogether before every Gameweek last season.  But seeing as I have been sharing my Gameweek 1 FPL teams for almost all of the past decade, I thought it best to share this one too.

Here's my reasoning behind each pick:

Pope/Ryan
Rotating goalies hasn't really worked for me in the past.  But I didn't fancy just having Ryan despite his generous fixture run.  Brighton didn't keep many clean sheets last season and with an attack-minded manager at the helm they may keep less this time around.  Pope and Ryan dovetail reasonably well for a prolonged period of time so I'm happy to acquire their services.  It's no coincidence that Pope's absence last season saw Burnley's backline struggle.  With him back and with some defensive reinforcements I would hope they can do well.

Van Dijk
He is the linchpin to Liverpool's defence and it's not surprising that he's the highest owned FPL defender on the eve of Gameweek 1.  Robertson and Alexander-Arnold are probably better for attacking potential.  But then again they are more prone to picking up yellows when tracking back and more prone to rotation once the Champions League games start again.  I think Van Dijk is value for money at £6.5M.  I expect him to be a mainstay in my team.

Stones and Gomez
I needed entry into Man City's defence.  Ederson was probably the safer pick but with Stones I have saved £0.5M less.  I expect him to start more games than he did last year.  Kompany's absence will be missed but it's time for players like him to step up to the plate.  Having him means that I need other defenders who can also start.  On that note, I've also chosen Gomez.  He missed a lot of last season due to injury.  He's not a guaranteed starter with Matip lurking about.  But I wanted double entry into Liverpool's defence without compromising funds up top.  I'm willing to take a few risks at the moment.  I hope both will start in Gameweek 1.
  
Zouma and Lundstram
Clearly it's unfair for me to class both of these defenders together but they sit on my bench for the start of Gameweek 1.  Zouma was a prized on-loan asset for Everton last season and it's no wonder Chelsea were happy to keep him for the 19/20 season.  With Luiz departing for Arsenal I expect Zouma to be a regular for Chelsea, but for Gameweek 1 he can it on the bench due to their match at Old Trafford.  As for Lundstram, he hardly played for Sheffield United last season and yet as a £4.0M defender was starting pre-season friendlies in midfield.  I couldn't ignore him after those exploits.  He takes up the 'Reece Oxford' slot in my team.  It would epic if he starts regularly in midfield.
  
The Attacking Out-of-Position Midfielders
I could have chosen a plethora of midfielders.  Honourable mentions must go to de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Richarlison and Sigurdsson.  But I came to the decision that I wanted players with out of position value.  Sterling and Salah were absolute must-haves so the midfield was built around them.  I didn't fancy fielding Guendozi and Dendoncker alongside them just to fit in Kane or Aubameyang up top.  It then dawned upon me that I could fit in three other de facto forwards in the other positions. 

Perez was a sensation last season and is a snip at £6.5M .  He should make a good impression against a Wolves team that will be fatigued from there Europa League travels.  As for Moura, he was Spurs' unsung hero last season and it was unfair of him not to start the Champions League final.  He will be looking to make the most of his chance against newly promoted Villa with Son out of the team.  As for Martial at £7.5M, his attacking returns per minute were very respectable last season despite often being a sub or being subbed off.  With Lukaku out of the team he should play a more prominent role up top.  I simply couldn't ignore him and his differential status
  
The Budget Forwards
I've gone against my former belief that having three premium forwards was a must in FPL.  The game has changed and so have the prices.  Clearly value now lies in midfield.  It still means I need forwards that can make an impact albeit at a lesser cost.  Murray at £6.0M seemed fairly cheap despite his influence in the Brighton team last season.  His place may be at risk with new reinforcements.  But the fact that he played as the main striker in pre-season is a positive sign.  He will be hoping to retain his place up top despite his mature age and he is worth taking a risk on with his generous fixture run. 

As for Wilson, I think he is under-priced after his superlatives last season.  The England international registered 26 attacking returns during the last campaign with the Cherries who scored the 7th most amount of goals.  Sure he will have to share the spoils with King and Fraser, but his opening fixtures are also worth investing in.  Finally this brings me to Greenwood.  He's hardly played much minutes in the Premier League.  I needed a £4.5M forward to complete my puzzle and he fitted perfectly.  I think he is a good sub 1/2 option.  He may not start many matches this season but at his price he could be interesting.  United have a Europa League campaign to contend with and he may make more starts there.  But as with Kane a few years ago with Spurs, once he impresses in the non-Premier League games, it won't be long before he can become the focal point of their attack.  Bench fodder for now, but I'm fine with that.

All the best with whoever you pick in Gameweek 1.

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