Friday, 9 November 2018

FPL: Five to watch in GW12 – Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal with favourable fixtures

This weekend sees the final set of Premier League fixtures before yet another International break. The Manchester derby is taking the headlines but we need to find five players to give you the FPL bragging rights for a few weeks.

The last International break of the year is really a checkpoint for everyone from fans to managers as it signifies the last break before the heavy winter schedule really kicks in. We’ll see 8 rounds of matches between the conclusion of the International break and the end of the year, which is incredible considering that cycle will commence from November 24th.

Time to focus on the here and now though and whilst the Manchester derby will be the biggest spectacle, the FPL credentials for Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal look stronger.

1) Mo Salah (Liverpool, Midfield, £13m)

Liverpool were poor in midweek against Red Star but I’m hoping that surprise defeat will be a wake up call for an FPL perspective at least. The Reds welcome leaky, leaky Fulham to Anfield and no matter which way you look at this, it’s hard to not look at Liverpool as anything other than heavy favourites. Salah is perhaps the obvious choice but I could really have just written “Liverpool attackers” as the heading here.

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 12



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.




Forwards


Safe Pick – Salah vs Fulham (H)


Is this the week all fantasy football managers have been waiting for?  Mohamed Salah and Liverpool against the worst defence in the Premier League…

Some will look at Liverpool’s disappointing defeat to Red Star on Tuesday night and be concerned. Not me. I’m expecting a reaction and a big result for the Reds on Sunday especially after Fulham managed to make Huddersfield look like Manchester City last weekend.

Despite not scoring, Salah still managed to fire eight shots at goal on Tuesday night (including hitting the post). This week he plays a defence which has conceded 29 goals, more than any other Premier League team.

Differential - Vardy vs Burnley (H)

The last time Jamie Vardy scord a goal was in Gameweek 7 against Newcastle. Fantasy football managers are losing patience and looking elsewhere. However a fixture at home to Burnley could be an opportunity to give him one more chance.

Why Burnley?  13 goals conceded in only 3 games – even the likes of Fulham have conceded far less (8) during that time.

Vardy hit the post against Cardiff and Maddison is continuing to create opportunities. The goals are coming so make sure you’re on board when they return.






Midfielders


Safe Pick - Ozil vs Wolves (H)

Mesut Ozil is quietly starting to produce the goal scoring opportunities we have seen from the German in previous seasons and has played an important part in Arsenal’s improved form.

During his last three games he has produced ten key passes and against Leicester he not only produced an assist but scored a goal too.

This week Arsenal are at home to Wolves who enter the game on the back of a three game losing streak, conceding six goals in the process.  This could be another opportunity for him to cause havoc.

Differential – Anderson vs Huddersfield (A)

It may seem strange to suggest a differential who’s just scored two goals. But Anderson has been on the radar of many fantasy football mangers for some time without fulfilling his potential for attacking returns.

Anderson, playing on the left of a front 3 as well as on set piece duty sounds like the ideal player for any fantasy team.

Since the injury to fellow midfielder Yarmolenko, Anderson has had to step up and help carry the team forward as was evident with his two goals against Burnley last weekend.  Huddersfield are next on Saturday and I think he will continue his form.






Defenders


Safe Pick – van Dijk vs Fulham (H)

Which Liverpool player has had the most shots in the box (5) during their last two league games?  Salah?  Mane?  No – it’s Virgil van Dijk!

No attacking returns all season but the underlying stats suggest a goal is imminent.

The way Mitrovic is playing it’s not like van Dijk is going to be kept busy at the other end of the pitch. Clean sheet and a goal incoming?  It’s not out of the question this week!

Differential – Doherty vs Arsenal (A)

Madness, I hear you cry! Why would you put in a defender from a newly promoted team who are playing away from home against Arsenal?

Well first of all a disclaimer – he’s not in there for a clean sheet – but 6 shots against Brighton plus an assist incorrectly ruled out against Arsenal means he has to be thrown in as a differential this week.

Arsenal have been playing well and winning games, but have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 4 league games.  Doherty is well poisted to take advantage of the pockets of space that have often opened up with their backline.





Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Allison vs Fulham (H)

Fulham have only scored 3 times during their last 5 league games. They failed to find the back of the net in their last 2 games which were against Bournemouth and Huddersfield.

Mitrovic was their star man earlier in the season but has now failed to record a single shot on target in any of his last 3 games.

At home, Liverpool have only conceded 1 goals all season so it’s an easy decision to have both Allison and van Dijk in my Starting 11 team this week.

Differential – Schmeichel vs Burnley (H)
A 1-0 win last weekend against Cardiff meant Schmeichel recorded his third clean sheet of the season, this week he will be looking to make it two on the run with a favourable fixture at home to Burnley.

Burnley, having scored two goals and conceded thirteen during their last three games are in a torrid run of form and need to get back to basics before they slip any further down the table.

The emotions at Leicester City appear to be forging a team bond like they did during their Premier League winning campaign and I expect that to fuel them for the foreseeable future.








Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Who Got The Assist? Podcast, Ep 53 - The Midfield Quad (feat. FPL Racoon Nation)

 
This week, we're joined from Canada by FPL Racoon Nation (Rishi) to talk the star midfield quad of Sterling, Salah Mane and Hazard and how we fit them into our FPL sides.

We then look at the features - Market Forces, zombies and All England team - before answering some questions.

Main league: 516-441

Next pod the second week in IB (Tom in HK) but we'll be live with our friend FPL Stag.

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 11



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.




Forwards


Safe Pick – Salah vs Arsenal (A)


Has the 2017/18 Mohamed Salah returned for fantasy football managers?  The attempts on goal and attempts on target stats looked good but finally a fantastic performance against Cardiff paid dividends with a goal and two assists.

This week Liverpool have what looks like a tougher fixture against an in form Arsenal side, however the Gunners have failed to keep a clean sheet during their last three games – despite playing Fulham, Leicester and Crystal Palace.

Fitness issues with Monreal and Bellerin are not going to help matters this weekend. Can Salah and Mane continue from where they left off last weekend?  I think so.

Differential - Murray vs Everton (A)

Wilson, Arnautovic or Ings? We have had plenty to talk about this season when it comes to forward options with premium strikers perhaps not meeting our expectations – can we now add Glenn Murray to that list?

Brighton’s season has turned a corner - three 1-0 wins on the run has propelled the Seagulls up to 11th in the league – two of those three goals have been scored by, you guessed it, Glenn Murray.

With a trip to Everton up next, can we see that winning run continue?






Midfielders


Safe Pick - Mahrez* vs Southampton (H)

After a sluggish start to his Manchester City career, the former Leicester player kickstarted his season with two goals off the bench against Cardiff during Gameweek 6 – since then he has started the last three games, scoring in each of his last two.

Now on four goals for the season and arguably Manchester City’s most notable in-form midfielder, a fixture with the Saints is a mouth-watering prospect, especially after watching Chelsea fire three past them a few weeks ago.

After the tragic death of Leicester Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, it seems only fitting that a player such as Mahrez, very much part of his former club’s history, should score again this weekend.

*It would be safe to pick Manchester City players this weekend with a fixture at home to Southampton, if it wasn’t for the unpredictability of their line-ups - the lovely thing about Starting 11 is that ‘Pep Roulette’ isn’t an issue, your player isn’t starting?  Swap him out!

Differential – De Bruyne vs Southampton (H)

Pep continues to manage De Bruyne’s recovery from injury with two substitute appearances in the league sandwiching a start (and an assist) during their Champions League fixture.

Will this be the week KDB returns for a first team start in the league?  For me he has to start, Southampton gives him the opportunity to regain more match fitness and provide attacking returns while he is at it.

Manchester City’s goals tend to be spread with an embarrassment of riches in attack. What we need is a linchpin providing those assists – that man is Kevin De Bruyne.






Defenders


Safe Pick – Laporte vs Southampton (H)

This Manchester City side have it all, goals, attractive football and now the solid foundations at the back – highlighted by their current run of six clean sheets.

Laporte has been ever present this season and looks a sure fire way of accessing those clean sheet points without the risk of rotation.

Their opponents Southampton have failed to score now in any of their last five league games, I don’t see Manchester City’s defensive record or Southampton’s attacking record changing on Sunday.

Differential – Kiko Femina vs Newcastle (A)

After winning their opening four games of the season, Watford seemed to be falling away taking only 1 point from their next four fixtures.  However, the Hornets seem to have steadied the ship and sit proudly in 7th place in the Premier League.

Two wins from their last two games, scoring five goals and conceding none – Watford are one of the form teams at the moment and next face Newcastle who are still without a win all season.

Newcastle haven’t scored during their last two games and I don’t see them troubling Watford this weekend.





Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Ederson vs Southampton (H)

Do we double up?  Really we should be looking at a full stack – can Southampton really threaten Ederson’s goal on Sunday?

Joining Laporte in my Starting 11 picks this week is the Manchester City goalkeeper who, like Laporte, is also ever present this season and has been lapping up those clean sheet points – even away trips to Liverpool and Spurs were not enough to damage his record.

Southampton’s top scorer Danny Ings hasn’t found the back of the net since Gameweek 5 and doesn’t seem to have the creativity behind him to rekindle that goal scoring form. The Saints are fortunate that there are four very poor sides below them keeping them out of trouble.

Differential – Ryan vs Everton (A)

Maybe you feel Danny Ings will have the game of his life and cause an upset at the Etihad?  On the off chance you are looking for a differential then this week it’s the in-form Matt Ryan.  Three clean sheets from three games is fantastic, especially when you consider the save points he has amounted during those games.

Yes, Ederson is the safer option for a clean sheet this week, but IF Brighton can keep Everton out – then Ryan will be sure to outscore Ederson on Starting 11 by being the busier of the two goalkeepers.  Willing to roll the dice?








Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Who Got The Assist? Podcast 52: Sir Nicksalot

This week, Nick gets unleashed on the topic of the big at the back defence as we look at the key men to target back there and if the idea stats up.

We then look at the features (Market Forces (Barkley chase!)), zombies and All England team before answering some questions.

Main league: 516-441

Back next week with FPL Racoon Nation for a transatlantic pod!

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Friday, 26 October 2018

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Budget pitfalls, 'forgotten' defenders and how to avoid Arsenal

So how was your Gameweek 9? If your honest answer is 'Meh', you've done exceptionally well.
Widely dubbed as "the good Gameweek to have a bad Gameweek", an average score of 43 meant that there was little movement in terms of overall rank - or none at all, in some of the more bizarre cases.
Don't think I've ever seen this before. Apparently I didn't move an inch up or down the overall rankings in . Still at 36,017. Crazy!

It was a week where Benjamin Mendy (MCI, 6.3) reminded us - both on the pitch and on Twitter - that he is an indispensable FPL asset.
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Daily Fantasy Football Tips - Gameweek 10



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.




Forwards


Safe Pick – Salah vs Cardiff (H)


Salah made this spot his own last season, week after week he was the safe pick – well its Gameweek 10 and he's returned thanks to a fantastic fixture and some tempting underlying stats.

Maybe fantasy football managers were expecting more from Salah, but with 36 shots so far this season (only second to Aguero) he is certainly still looking dangerous! His 15 shots on target are the highest of any player in the Premier League this season.

Their next opponents, Cardiff, have leaked 19 goals already this season. Only Fulham have conceded more – with Neil Warnock still insisting on playing attacking football they are bound to be carved up by Klopp's men.

Differential - King vs Fulham (A) 

Fulham's defence has now conceded 25 league goals since Gameweek 1. Watching Match of the Day last weekend made me realise I needed to check which team they were playing during Gameweek 10.

That team is Bournemouth and the player flying under the radar is Josh King,with him regisering 6 shots compared to Wilson’s 4 during the last 2 games – I fancy King to be a threat.

Let’s not forget he has the added bonus of penalty duty too.






Midfielders


Safe Pick - Maddison vs West Ham (H)

What a start to the season for James Maddison, a very different player to Mahrez but he certainly had pressure to fill some large boots.  With 3 goals and 2 assists I would say he's had a good start.

After blanking during the last 2 Gameweeks some managers may be forgiven if they begin to wonder to look for other options in their teams. However after creating 2 big chances in the defeat to Arsenal, if it wasn’t for his team mates finishing it could have been a different story.

The visitors to The King Power stadium this weekend are West Ham, who enter the game off the back of 2 defeats.

Differential – Schurrle vs Bournemouth (H)

Which players have had the most shots this season?  We wouldn’t have thought Fulham’s Schurrle would be up there, but that’s where he is in 4th place – in fact his team mate Mitrovic is in 3rd.

Those 32 shots have resulted in 4 goals this season, and boy have some of them been special – after scoring twice now during 2 games his confidence will be sky high.

Their opponents Bournemouth continue to show inconsistency - won 4-0 one week and lost 4-0 another – which Bournemouth will show up this weekend?  With Fulham’s poor defence they certainly need to attack!






Defenders


Safe Pick – Robertson vs Cardiff (H)

Absolutely no questions here, Robertson is my safe pick defender this week. 6 clean sheets as well as a couple of assists already this season bodes well for him

Liverpool have only allowed seven clear cut chances this season, second only to Manchester City – those clean sheets are not based on luck and will continue this season.

As for Cardiff, I fear scoring those 4 goals vs Fulham may give them false confidence and they are in for a long afternoon.

Differential – Holebas vs Huddersfield (H)

Back from his suspensionand raring to go, Holebas missed out on a clean sheet last weekend but returns this weekend at home to Huddersfield.

Despite missing that game Holebas is currently 3rd highest for chances created with 5, equal with David Silva and Eden Hazard.  Not bad for a defender.

With stats like those and a fixture such as this, you know you’re tempted.  Still not sure?  Well Huddersfield have the lowest goals scored record this season with 4.





Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Allisson vs Cardiff  (H)

It’s a Liverpool defensive stack this week as we seek to maximise our defensive returns during Gameweek 10, I just can’t see Cardiff finding a way through.

Cardiff have only score 8 goals all season, 4 of those came against Fulham so can almost be ignored – even with those goals to their name only Huddersfield, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton have scored less.

Differential – Ryan vs Wolves (H)

After some tricky opening fixtures, Brighton have arrived for the 2018/19 season. The Seagulls have now won their last 2 games and kept 2 clean sheets in the process.

The favourable fixtures now keep on coming as Brighton hope to build some momentum. Next up are Wolves who are flying high in 9th place in the Premier League but have scored only 1 more goal than Cardiff this season.

For me, this one has 0-0 written all over it.








FPL: Five to watch in GW10 – Make friends with Salah?

After the Champions League brought mixed returns for English clubs, attention turns back to the Premier League as the latest round of fixtures brings some interesting fantasy football predicaments.

A relatively quiet game week 9 heralded an average of just 43. Many of the big hitters didn't fire and clean sheets were the order of the day but can we expect any different this week? I'm here to try and find five players to turn your arrows green by Tuesday morning. With Tottenham and Man City clashing on Monday night and some tricky looking fixtures for the other sides at the top of the table, we have to dig a little deeper to find out fortune this week.

In some cases, anyway...

1) Mo Salah (Liverpool, Midfield, £12.8m)

We've all seen the debate around Mo Salah. Would he score as many as last season? That success gave him the dubious honour of being the priciest player in the FPL game at £13m, a large chunk of anybody's budget. It did mean that any slump in form would not be tolerated by the FPL faithful and a small barren spell coupled with being an injury doubt has seen his ownership fall by almost 800,000 teams. His price is now only slightly better at £12.8m but with Liverpool at home to Cardiff, he's the obvious choice for captaincy this weekend.

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