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Friday, 19 October 2018

FPL: Five to watch in an injury hit GW9

The Premier League returns from International duty this weekend and that means fantasy football managers have some decisions to make. We take a look at which players could make an impact in game week 9.

It seems with every passing day another FPL stalwart has gone down with an injury. Zaha, Salah, Mane, Fraser and Trippier are just 5 of the players carrying knocks and it’ll be interesting to see how many of them recover in time to feature this weekend – though none have been definitively ruled out at the moment. With Chelsea and Man Utd clashing on Saturday lunch time and Spurs facing a tricky looking trip to West Ham some of the usual FPL highlights don’t look so bright this week.

Here are five to consider this weekend:

1) Sergio Aguero (Man City, Forward, £11.3m)

In times of trouble, latch on to an old favourite. Aguero has five goals this season and four of them have come at home so the visit of Burnley this weekend should have Aguero owners very interested. With all the uncertainty over Liverpool’s attacking outlets I am advocating running the Pep rotation gauntlet on Saturday. Aguero should be a certain starter as Gabriel Jesus has been away with Brazil but there is a concern over just how many minutes the Argentine striker will get.

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

FPL Guru - Let the algorithms influence your decisions

This week saw the launch of the FPL Guru iOS app.  At its core you receive intuitive recommendations via analysis of your FPL team!

The sophisticated algorithms can help with decision making on a number of key FPL matters ranging from transfers, squad picks, captaincy and wildcard usage.

The app will make suggestions on how to refine your team and also help identify areas in which you can potentially earn more points.

FPL Guru is the brainchild of Duncan from Steinbock applications. He initially decided to create the app as a way of improving his own fantasy football rank.

The app is free to download and currently there is no charge to use any of the features. 

But please note - there is on-going development, and as with all new things, be wary of minor teething issues.

Feel free to download the app and also tell others in the FPL Community. 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 9

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 – Aguero vs Burnley (H)

Salah injured?  Kane tired?  It’s been a busy international break for some – while Sergio Aguero has had a full two weeks to recharge his batteres and decide how many he wants to score against Burnley in Gameweek 9.

I think it’s fair to assume that the Argentine will only play just over 60 minutes again on Saturday with an important Champions League game midweek. However, just how much damage can he inflict in an hour?

The stand out captain for Gameweek 9 is the first man to gain a place in my Starting 11.

Differential - Mitrovic vs Cardiff (A) 

Over 85,000 managers have sold him in FPL ahead of Gameweek 9. Could they live to regret it? Mitrovic is about to enter a good fixture run starting with Cardiff City on Saturday.

Cardiff, without a win all season and playing at home need to go all out for a win and won't be content to hold out for a drab draw, which could see an open encounter.

Scoring in the international break will add to Mitrovic's confidence and I feel like this is the week he adds to his league tally too.


Safe Pick - Lucas Moura vs West Ham (A)

Arguably a differential pick earlier in the season, but with the injury crisis at Spurs this man is elevated to a safe pick in my estimation, especially against a defence that’s only kept one clean sheet all season.

With Kane dropping deeper, Moura and Son have found themselves in advanced positions – could Moura add to his three goals and assist so far this season?

West Ham looked to have their season back on track with a 3-1 win over Manchester United, only for it to come crashing down with a 1-0 defeat to Brighton. West Ham can score goals, but they continue to leak at the back, which bodes well for Moura.

Differential – Anderson vs Spurs (H)

Spurs have only kept 2 clean sheets all season. Now with Jan Vertonghen injured can West Ham chip in and make this match a goal fest?

On all corners and his fair share of set pieces, as well as playing on the left of a front three – Anderson will be looking to add to his goal and assist so far this season.


Safe Pick – Mendy vs Burnley (H)

Injury?  Internally disciplined?  We will probably never know the truth, but what we do know is that Benjamin Mendy is back!

A clean sheet against Burnley seems almost a certainty, but what we want is to see Mendy hugging that touchline and creating chances for Aguero and in turn creating a busy afternoon for Matthew Lowton.

For a defender to have five assists in only five games is incredible, now fit and back in City's line up he is a must own player again this weekend.

Differential – Doherty vs Watford (H)

Four clean sheets and two assists during his last five Gameweeks. Only a premium defender can achieve this, right?  Enter Matt Doherty who has been racking up a lot of fantasy football points lately.

Wolves have proved themselves to be a solid unit at the back, not something we expected during preseason. It feels like a Wolves defender is essential, should we all be doubling up?

Their opponents Watford conceded six goals in two games, let’s see if Doherty can bag another!


Safe Pick – Allison vs Huddersfield (A)

With Virgil van Dijk’s presence in the back four as well as the addition of Allison between the sticks, we have found that Liverpool finally have a defence worth investing in after registering five clean sheets from eight games this season.

This week they are up against a Hudderdfield Town side who find themselves within the relegation zone having scored only four goals all season, Allison is as safe as they come for a goalkeeper this weekend.

Differential – Patricio vs Watford (H)

A Wolves defensive stack is a ridiculous idea right?  Not for canny fantasy football managers such as @FFPundits_Drew, who managed to successfully load up on SIX Wolves clean sheets on three occasions during the last four Gameweeks.

Patricio seems unstoppable at the moment and his pedigree as an established international keeper is serving as a positive influence on Wolves' back-line.

Watford failed to score in either of their previous two games and I don’t see why they should find the back of the net against one of the best defensive units in the Premier League this season.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Who Got The Assist? Pod 50 - Attack The Block

Hi all!

It's our 50th pod! And we're joined by a live audience on YouTube to record the podcast this week.

This week, we take a look at the block of four fixtures between International Breaks and talk about the key sides and assets to be looking at during that period.
We then move on to our features section, which covers:
  • Market Forces: our look at the movers & shakers in the FPL transfer market
  • Zombie league: our review of the ghost ship league we're running on behalf of our unspecified family members
  • All England: keeping track of our team of All-English players this year
Finally, we take some questions.

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Friday, 5 October 2018

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Kane V Salah and the dangers of 'set-and-forget'

By Ken Rooney

Winning in Fantasy Premier League all about bringing in players who are performing well and getting rid of the ones who aren't - it's as simple as that. Except when it isn't.
Take a look at the game's most expensive player, Mo Salah (LIV, 12.9), who has looked a shadow of his former self in recent matches. No doubt we’ll learn the reasons behind his lack of composure and uncharacteristically frustrated body language in a future autobiography, but right now he’s become an expensive liability in FPL.
Salah is now the 5th most owned FPL player, falling behind team mate Sadio ManΓ© in the ownership rankings ⤵️

Salah has failed to return a goal or assist in 3 of his last 4 PL games, scoring only 14 points over the past 4 weeks πŸ‘€

By contrast, after a sluggish post-World Cup start to the season, Harry Kane (TOT, 12.5) is now looking sharper with every match - culminating in that trademark goal against Barcelona in midweek.
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FPL: Five to watch in GW8 - All aboard the Kane train?

The Champions League has been and gone for another week which means all eyes can now turn back to the Premier League. As FPL managers search for the best ways to make up ground before the International break, I've highlighted five players to consider this weekend.
After the relative success of last week's selections, I have the difficult task of proving that wasn't a fluke by finding you the value for money this week. With a tricky looking fixture list, there are more punts than usual. Don't forget it's a Friday deadline this week thanks to Brighton vs West Ham on Friday night. Let's crack on with some picks.

1) Harry Kane (Tottenham, Forward, £12.5m)

It seems ridiculous to think it wasn't too long ago there were question marks over Kane's form but his brace last week at Huddersfield was backed up by a fine goal against Barcelona. Kane is now the second top scoring striker in FPL after...

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 8

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 – Kane vs Cardiff (H)

Harry Kane did manage to get on the score sheet, but Barcelona were too much for Spurs on Wednesday night. With that said, what sort of damage can he do against Cardiff City?

After scoring three goals during his last two games, making it five for the season it’s starting to feel like Kane has rediscovered his form.

If Cardiff City allowed Burnley to score two against them at home last weekend, I expect Spurs to cause more havoc. Kane is a must-have and my captain this week.

Differential - Sturridge vs Manchester City (H)

Maybe I should rename this one a punt rather than a differential, but after Firmino played 89 minutes on Wednesday night – is it out of the question for Daniel Sturridge to start against his old club this weekend?

Two goals in only 25 minutes of football sounds fantastic on paper. He reminded us of the quality he possesses with his goal against Chelsea last weekend.

If he doesn’t start then you can easily switch him out in Starting 11, but I think he is worth a shot this weekend – remember that Manchester City just can’t seem to win at Anfield!


Safe Pick - Maddison vs Everton (H)

After scoring two goals and providing one assist in only three games he now has another reasonable fixture at hand.

Everton are scoring goals but they are conceding too, eleven in fact since the start of the season.

With Vardy and Maddison striking up an interesting partnership, I am likely to line-up with both Foxes in my team this weekend.

Surely Maddison can mark his England call up with a cracking display against the Toffees?

Differential – Sigurdsson vs Leicester City (A)

Let’s stick with the same fixture and hope for a classic high scoring affair! This time I have an Evertonian on offer in the form of Gylfi Sigurdsson.  After a slow start he has turned a corner, having scored three goals in three games.

Pulling the strings from the number 10 position he is supported with the pace from both flanks courtesy of Walcott and Richarlison

We may find that Siggy’s goal scoring form is not sustainable, but from his set pieces I am expecting him to start racking up more assists once his teammates regain their goalscoring instincts.


Safe Pick – Alonso vs Southampton (A)

Ok, so it turns out that a goal and five assists from four games from a left back wasn’t sustainable after all, but we all still love owning Alonso in all fantasy football formats and I’m not about to turn my back on him just yet.

He is the kind of player where we feel a clean sheet is not enough, but that only confirms what an explosive fantasy asset he can be.

Up against Southampton this week, he is my safe pick as I fully expect him to bank those clean sheet points and possibly chip in with a cheeky attacking return.

Differential – Holebas vs Bournemouth (H)

Some people have started to lose faith in Holebas, after recording four assists as well as a goal during his open four games – he has now failed to provide any returns from his last three games.

That said, from what I have seen he remains a constant threat – he is still producing dangerous crosses into the box and remains on corner duty.

Watford could and should have scored against Arsenal last weekend, Holebas certainly provided the opportunities.  He may have better luck against the Cherries and is definitely worth considering.


Safe Pick – Kepa vs Southampton (A)

It’s time for a defensive stack, with Chelsea’s Kepa joining Marcos Alonso at the back against Southampton this weekend.

Despite Danny Ings’ heroics I always felt that the service he required was not sustainable from this current Southampton side.  The Saints will be too busy worrying about Eden Hazard to even think about scoring at the other end!

Differential – Patricio vs Crystal Palace (A)

Wolves were supposed to be an attacking threat this season and we were all planning to fill our fantasy sides with the likes of Jota and Neves, which hasn't really worked out to date.

However, what we didn’t expect was for them to go on a run of three clean sheets in their last four games. This has been no fluke as they look solid at the back and we can expect many more clean sheets from them this season.

This weekend should be no different, up against Crystal Palance who have only scored five goals all season.