Thursday, 16 May 2019

Who Got The Assist? Pod 70 - End of 2018-19 Special

We're back for the final gameweek pod of the season as we look back over the campaign through the lens of several meaty and not-so-meaty awards for the year.

This means things like player of the year interspersed with bandwagon of the season!

We also round off our key features with some market forces analysis, the end of our zombie and mini leagues, plus give a short gaze into the summer's content.


*LONDONERS: if you can, save the date Sat 13th July for an FPL preseason meetup - Marylebone Sports Bar & Grill, 3pm onwards*

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Who Got The Assist? Pod 69 - next season speculation

We're back for the final "pre Gameweek" pod of the season to, well, spend a while navel gazing into *next season as we talk about what some of the impacts of this year's events may have on next year's teams and prices.

Additionally, it's market forces, it's a Zombie update (with a crowned winner!), the Nick pick and the All Englands.

The questions section this week also gives our thoughts on Gameweek 38!

*LONDONERS: if you can, save the date Sat 13th July for an FPL preseason meetup. Will give more details soon*

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Friday, 3 May 2019

FPL: Five players for GW37 – Time for another Aguero moment?

We’ve reached the penultimate weekend of Premier League football. Whilst the Premier League teams didn’t fair particularly well in the Champions League this week, there’s still plenty to play for domestically. More importantly, there are still fantasy football points up for grabs.
The most difficult thing at this time of the season is finding players who still have something to play for. As we approach the end of the season, there’s a risk certain teams will metaphorically be on the beach. The picks this week are therefore focused around teams who still have a lot to play for. Fortunately, most of those teams are around the top six.
With only two game weeks to think about, the equation is not particularly complicated. Here are our five picks for who could shine in week 37.
1) Sergio Aguero (Forward, Man City, £11.9m)
Aguero’s winner against Burnley was his first goal in five league games. It’s the time of season where form for an individual is not necessarily important. Aguero is a big game player and is one of the greatest goalscorers in Premier League history. A home game with Leicester should give him plenty of opportunities to add to his goal tally.
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Who Got The Assist? Pod 68 - Overmanagement

This week, we're back after a good week for both of us to talk about Overmanagement - should we revalue the importance of being idle and doing nothing?

We also take a look at captains for Gameweek 37 then do the usual features and questions.

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Friday, 26 April 2019

FPL: Five players to watch in GW36

After a week of shocks for some of the top clubs, the Premier League fixture list is down to three weeks. With plenty to play for at both ends of the table, where can fantasy managers turn to for a boost during the run-in? With Gameweek 36 getting underway on Friday, time is already ticking towards another deadline.
With the last double game week of the season now behind us, it’s a lot more straight forward from here. As a general rule of thumb, look to include as many players still playing for something as possible. Fortunately, that still includes all of the top 6 and most of the top 10, as the battle for European spaces looks like going to the wire.
As usual, here are five picks to hopefully keep you in the green this week. Thanks to Liverpool vs Huddersfield, the deadline is Friday at 7pm – don’t forget!
1) Mo Salah (Liverpool, Midfield, £13.2m)
Possibly the most obvious pick of the week. Liverpool host Huddersfield on Friday night which should be a home win. Huddersfield, as we know, are very relegated. Yes, that is the correct terminology. Whilst they have shown some admirable fight in recent games they are just not good enough for this level and barring an unbelievable performance, even the most ardent of Huddersfield fans couldn’t back their team here. Therefore it makes perfect sense to fill your team with Liverpool players this week and to be honest it could have been any of Salah, Mane or Firmino. Salah has the most FPL points this season (230) but he is £3m more expensive than Mane who has 201. If you’re on a budget, Mane is perhaps the way to go.

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 36

Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has gained in popularity since last year 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 today via the free app.


Safe Pick – Jimenez vs Watford (A)

With 12 goals and 10 assists since August, Jimenez has been a key player in what has been a highly successful first season back in the Premier League for Wolves.

Despite not scoring in his last 5 outings he was heavily involved and was unlucky not to find the back of the net vs Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Watford love to concede goals lately and have failed to keep a clean sheet in the league since 9th February – I’m expecting more goals in this one.

Differential Pick - Wilson vs Southampton (A)

Some say Bournemouth are on the beach and therefore we must avoid their players. Whilst I think there is now a risk of unpredictability with which Bournemouth side will turn up – we’ve seen this unpredictability with the Cherries all season.  The way I see it the pressure is off and they can play with freedom.

Having scored and created two assists in the 5-0 win vs Brighton, there are performances and fantasy points still to be had from Callum Wilson.

Their opponents Southampton have conceded 8 goals during their last 4 games.


Safe Pick - Son vs West Ham (H)

With Kane out injured, the main benefactor is Son – who often plays out of position as a striker in the absence of the England skipper.

West Ham have conceded 13 goals in only 6 games, even goal shy Huddersfield managed to get 3 past them.

Son has 12 goals and 8 assists for the season and no doubt he still has some more reserves left in the tank.

Differential – Babel vs Cardiff (H)

A bit of a punt here, but after scoring 3 goals and providing an assist during his last 5 games – Ryan Babel has the form to warrant his selection.

Fulham are down, the pressure is off and players like Babel have an opportunity to put themselves in the shop window this summer.

Having conceded 18 goals during their last 9 games, I expect Cardiff to be relegated this season.


Safe Pick – Vertonghen vs West Ham (H)

Spurs have a new fortress, since moving to their new stadium they are yet to concede a goal at home during any of the four games across all competitions.

Now Vertonghen may not be as exciting as Trippier for example, however what he does provide is reliability compared to an attacking full back who gets rotated.

West Ham have failed to win any of their last 4 games, they won’t go down, they won’t get close to Europe – they have lost all interest, where as Spurs are still fighting to secure a Champions' League spot.

Differential – Dunk vs Newcastle (H)

Have we all now forgiven Duffy and Dunk?  Was the clean sheet vs Wolves (as well as a fantastic effort vs Spurs) enough for us to trust them one more time?

Brighton are not safe yet, they HAVE to get something from this game - with Arsenal and Manchester City waiting after the Newcastle game on Saturday.

Always back the sides fighting for their lives at this stage of the season.


Safe Pick – Lloris vs West Ham (H)

3 clean sheets from his last 4 games, the new stadium has helped Spurs rise to the occasion during the business end of the season and in turn knocking Manchester City out of the Champions League.

I can’t ignore that home record, winning 100% of home games at their new stadium and conceding no goals - it has to be applauded and gives us the form we are looking for in a goalkeeper this weekend.

Lloris joins Vertonghen in a 'Spurs Defensive Stack' is a must.

Differential – Pickford vs Crystal Palace (A)

Everton failed to keep a single clean sheet from their opening 6 games of the Premier League season, even after 21 games they only had 4 clean sheets to their name.

Fast forward to the end of the season and Pickford can now boast 6 clean sheets from his last 8 games, the Toffees are winning football matches and possibly starting to show us the performances we expected with such vast amounts of money spent on players over the last few seasons.

They still have their Everton moments, a 2-0 defeat to Fulham for example – however if you are looking for an alternative option for a clean sheet on Saturday, then look no further than Jordan Pickford.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Who Got The Assist? YouTube Q+A with Will from Fantasy Football Hub

In lieu of a full fat podcast this week, Tom took to YouTube due to the tight turnaround joined by Will from Fantasy Football Hub.

Enjoy, back in Gameweek 36 for a full pod

Sorry for the sound issues, hopefully it's bearable - I couldn't sort it out :(

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Friday, 19 April 2019

FPL: Five players with a double game week 35

Have you got your breath back yet? Man City and Tottenham served up a treat in the Champions League and they get to do it all again this weekend. Not only is there a full round of Premier League games but eight teams will play twice. Is this the final chance to make up serious ground on your fantasy football rivals?
Not only will we get to see a re-match from Wednesday but there’s also a Manchester derby in midweek. Four of the top six play twice and at this stage of the season, we’re getting very serious indeed.
With that in mind, here are five players who will be playing twice who are worthy of your consideration for week 35.
1) Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, Midfield, £11.5m)
With four goals in a week, it’s impossible to ignore Raheem Sterling. I fully expect Man City to come back looking for revenge for their devastating Champions League exit on Saturday. If nothing else, it should lower the chances of Pep roulette now as Man City go in pursuit of retaining their Premier League title.

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