Tuesday, 17 September 2019

WGTA Pod 81 - What happened to Big At The Back?

Gameweek 5 in 2019/20!
This week it's time for some introspection as our heavily trailed Big At The Back idea is questioned widely. What happened? Where did the defensive points go? How will we react?

That's basically the main part of the discussion on today's edition.

As usual, we also include our usual features in the Market Forces, 30+, Nick/Tom picks and #dadwatch.

League Code: eikx03

Back next week with the brilliant @FPLDare!

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Friday, 13 September 2019

FPL: Five players to consider for GW5

With the International break now firmly behind us, club football returns this weekend. That means that after two weeks of tinkering for fantasy football managers, it's now time to make some final decisions ahead of Game week 5. Dave Black looks at five players you might consider.

It seems an absolute age since a pulsating North London derby brought the curtain down on GW4. Amazingly, Raheem Sterling was the only active player valued over £9.5m that didn't contribute a goal or assist. Typically, he was also one of the most captained. Whilst that will have set many rankings back, it's hardly a reason to panic.

The good news is, the International break seems to have claimed very few casualties with Giovani Lo Celso probably the highest profile so far, though he is owned by 0.4% of all players. The bad news is the Champions League is about to return which will further complicate Pep Guardiola's rotation system.

Hopefully that won't be a factor just yet as there are some familiar names in this week's selection, starting with a man in tremendous form.

1) Kevin De Bruyne (Man City, Midfield, £9.8m)

Manchester City are off to Norwich this weekend and given the Canaries' attacking intent so far this season, it's fair to say they won't try and hold the champions for a 0-0. You can take your pick from Man City's attacking options - Aguero and Sterling are the obvious (but most expensive) two but I've opted to highlight Kevin De Bruyne who is cheaper at £9.8m.

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Monday, 2 September 2019

WGTA Pod 80 - Where will it go from here? (Featuring Adam Hopcroft)

Gameweek 4 in 2019/20!

We're joined by the brilliant Adam Hopcroft (follow him on twitter here) to discuss the use of stats, and where we think the season will go from here.

As usual, we also include our usual features in the Market Forces, 30+, Nick/Tom picks and #dadwatch.

There's also a heavily expanded questions section, including our thoughts on mid priced strikers and midfielders.

League Code: eikx03

Back after the International Break!

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Friday, 30 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 4 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


Overal Rank: 183K

Transfers: 2

Changes: Pukki and Mount in / Murray and Moura out (- 4 Hit)

Cash ITB: £1.0M

Wildcard likely to be used during the international break.

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Silva the solution to doubling up on Man City's attack?

FPL: Five players to consider in GW4

An incredibly tight start to the 2019/20 Premier League has made for some tricky decisions for FPL managers around the world. This weekend will see GW4 played out but with only two points separating 4th from 19th, the search for form is still very much on. Where does the value this week? Dave Black takes a look at the fantasy football prospects for the round ahead.

With only three clean sheets across the ten fixtures last week, it was very much a week for the attacking assets. Aguero, Salah and Sterling all continued to stake their claim to be your premium assets whilst Pukki, Barnes, Abraham and Haller looked to be in fine form as budget options.

The only conclusions we can really draw so far are that Man City and Liverpool are still ahead of the competition but the rest of the league is in somewhat of a flux. I'm surprised at the number of wildcards already played as personally I can't identify a squad of 15 that I definitely want - within budget at least. It's also the last week before an International break and the International transfer window still being open, so there are still some loose ends to tie up before making a big decision like that.

Anthony Martial has been ruled out of GW4 through injury. Martial was looking like a must have - a reasonably priced midfield option playing as a striker. But when one door closes another will open, for somebody, so where can we find some points this week? Here are five players I've picked out for your consideration:

1) Sergio Aguero (Man City, Forward, £12m)

Gabriel Jesus' hamstring injury might be bad news for the Brazilian international but it is excellent news for Sergio Aguero and his owners. With Jesus out of action that clears the way for Aguero to play unopposed, finally free of the threat of Pep rotation. He certainly enjoyed that luxury last weekend, netting twice against Bournemouth and continuing his record of having scored in every match so far.

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Friday, 23 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 3 Team



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Transfers: 2

Changes: Stones and Gomez out / Wan-Bissaka and Walker-Peters in

Cash ITB: £0.5

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FPL: The top 5 transfers in for GW3 - are they worth it?

Well done if you've made it to week 3. Nothing bursts the fantasy football enthusiasm a new season brings like a low scoring game week. But whether you were cursing Mo Salah's quiet afternoon or cheering John Lundstram's heroics, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into game week 3. Dave Black takes a look at the weekend ahead...

Game week 2 was a bit of a roller coaster. If you had Teemu Pukki, things probably seem a bit brighter but for the other 80% of us there wasn't as much to cheer. Aubameyang, Sterling, Mane and Aguero did well out of the premium assets but with only two clean sheets across the whole weekend the average ended up being just 41. Much more is expected this weekend.

With Tottenham hosting Newcastle and Manchester United at home to Crystal Palace, there are two fixtures which look very favourable for the home sides. Once again though we're going to shift focus to trying to find those budget options.

This week, I've had a look at the players who are the most transferred in ahead of game week 3 and assessed whether they are just a flavour of the week or if they are a serious consideration for your team in the long run. These figures are as of Wednesday evening. For those that are not aware, the value of players changes based on transfers in and out rather than form.

1) Teemu Pukki (Norwich, Forward, £6.8m. 760,808 transfers in)

If you score a hat-trick and you are valued at £6.5m, you are going to be the subject of a lot of attention. Whenever any goal scorer makes the step up from the Championship they are immediately compared to Robert Earnshaw, Dwight Gayle and many other second tier hot-shots who have gone before. It feels different with Pukki. For starters, he's in a team that actively want to attack whether they are home or away. He's clearly in the form of his life and has so far outperformed most others in his price range, with only Ashley Barnes coming close so far. However, it is only two games. Can he keep this up?

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