Monday, 31 December 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 21

FPLH's GW 21 Team*

Transfers: Sessegnon (OUT) / Walcott (IN)

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Team Reasoning

Sometimes you have to go with your gut instinct even if it means a -4 hit.  Alas I didn't do that last GW and lost out on 26 points, as well as my place in the FPL Cup!  You guessed it, I wanted Theo Walcott but stalled at the last hour.  I even recommended him as one of my ideal XI hot picks for GW 20.  I suppose at least that purchasing Podolski for Tevez was a minor masterstroke and gained me a further 11 points.

The problem was that I wanted to give Valencia one final chance (and he just about delivered).  Another option was to get rid of Michu but I didn't want to panic sell a top goalscorer due to his short-term injury.  The final choice was to sell Sessegnon, despite his quasi-return to form.

For this GW I have gone with the obvious and brought in Theo Walcott.  I had in fact bought him in November before he was struck down with injury and had Reading not had a DGW I wouldn't have sold him for the ill-fated Robson-Kanu.  Ironically, Theo has an upcoming DGW and I thought it best to plan ahead and bring him in now, especially with Southampton (A) being his next fixture.

I was looking at a -4 hit for GW21 and many options stood out; Marveaux (4.2), Gibbs (5.5), Evans (5.8), Azpilicueta (5.6) to name but a few.  Knowing my luck they will probably score goals and keep clean sheets between them in GW 21.  In the end I decided to hold my horses and not make any other rash changes as my team looks relatively strong.

My captain for GW21 is Theo Walcott, which was a no-brainer.  I doubt he will be rested v Southampton as Arsenal didn't play on Boxing Day.  On a more positive note, as I won FPL Dugout's league last season I gained automatic entry into their Champions League for this season and I look forward to dominating it!

Recommended Player for Gameweek 21
  
Theo Walcott

Scored a colossal 40 points in his last 3 PL matches!
Listed as a midfielder but now playing as a striker.
At sub £9.0M, he is value for money.


FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 21

Hart

Luiz
Walker
Gibbs
 
Lennon
Walcott-c
Valencia
Mata

Van Persie
Defoe-vc
Podolski

Subs:
Lloris
Azpilicueta
Marveaux
B. Davies


6/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW Team

Friday, 28 December 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 20

FPLH's GW 20 Team*

Transfers: Tevez (OUT) / Podolski (IN)

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Team Reasoning

Not sure what to say about the previous Gameweek.  I bought and recommended Sidwell, yet stupidly didn't save the team and he ended up on the bench.  Fortunately he didn't score or assist v Southampton.  To add to my woes, RVP didn't get any bonus points (despite bagging a goal and an assist), I ended up scoring a paltry 44 and just about won my cup match by 2 points.  For the last 2 months it seems that a good GW is followed by a bad GW for me!

For this GW I have had to retract my previous statement about Tevez.  With loss of form and the fixture jam, I believe he will feature less, especially after failing to score in his last few fixtures.  He is in need of a rest and I think you will see Dzeko line up with Aguero, rather than Tevez.  With this in mind I decided to draft in Podolski.  I had him in my team previously yet sold him when his form faltered, only for him to bite me back and score more points!

Podolski is listed as a striker but plays in Arsenal's midfield, whilst Walcott is listed as a midfielder and has recently begun playing as their main striker.  Confusing?  Don't let it be.  Podolski will be a key purchase, especially with Arsenal's upcoming fixtures which includes a Double Gameweek:

GW 20 - Newcastle (H)
GW 21 - Southamption (A)
GW 22 - Man City (H)
DGW 23 -  Chelsea (A)
DGW 23 - West Ham (H)

I have decided to captain Van Persie again for GW 20 following his blistering form, with Podolski as my vice captain.  I have benched Michu as I think he will not recover in time for GW20, with Rafael also benched due to his on-going injury.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 20
  
Lukas Podolski

Scored 5 and assisted 5 in the PL so far this season.
Can cut in from the flanks to score/create goals.
Is regularly used as Arsenal's free kick taker.
At £8.2M, he is reasonably priced.


FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 20

de Gea

Huth
Riise
Gibbs
 
Sidwell
Walcott
Sessegnon
Bale

Van Persie-c
Hernandez
Podolski-vc

Subs:
Schwarzer
Baines
Luiz
Sterling

8/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 20 Team

Monday, 24 December 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 19

FPLH's GW 19 Team*

Transfers: Robson-Kanu (OUT) / Sidwell (IN)

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Team Reasoning

Looks like my team changes from last week were half successful.  Bringing in Luiz and recommending him worked out a treat.  However my purchase of Tevez (c) didn't come good against a dire Reading team, where as the player I sold (Fletcher) did in fact score.  Despite my captain only bagging 2 points, I scored 65 points overall and can't complain with the much needed bounce back.

For the boxing day fixtures (GW19), I realise that some regular first team players across the board will be rested.  Naturally this means that my bench could come into play and I am confident that I have reasonable subs at hand.  Moreover I am lucky that I have no Arsenal or West Ham players as their fixture has been postponed

I decided to buy Sidwell due to a number of reasons.  Firstly, he is a key member of Fulham's first team.  Despite only being a central midfielder he has scored a credible amount of goals in the league so far this season (4).  I am confident he will start in Fulham's next two matches, which are reasonable:

GW 19 - Southampton (H)
GW 20 - Swansea (H)

Sidwell tends to do well at home against non-elite clubs.  In fact all 4 of his goals were scored at home.  This is good as I can easily alternate him with confidence when he has an away fixture.  In addition his bonus points accumulation this season has been impressive - 10 bonus points, 11th best for a midfielder.  A better record than the likes of Arteta, Hazard and Silva!

All the above is amazing when you see that he is only priced at £5.1M.  I have never been a fan of his, but I now see a pattern with him and I like it.  He won't score week in week out, but he is the perfect pick for certain home matches, as is the case now!

As for my captain I have opted for Van Persie, even though I fear that he could be rested.  In which case Michu should kick in for me against Reading.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 19
  
Steve Sidwell

Likely to start upcoming matches, unlike some other players.
Less than 3% ownership makes him a differential.
At £5.1M, he is definitely a steal purchase!

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 19

de Gea

Evra
Riise
Baines
 
Sidwell
Pienaar
Taarabt
Michu-vc

Van Persie-c
Berbatov
Jelavic

Subs:
Silva
Luiz
Huth

6/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 19 Team

Thursday, 20 December 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 18

FPLH's GW 18 Team*

Transfers: Fletcher & Shorey (OUT) / Tevez & Luiz (IN)

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Team Reasoning

Following last GW's fail, I have decided to spruce up my team.  Out goes Fletcher and in comes Tevez.  Despite the rotation risk, I am confident that Tevez will feature for City over the festive period and do well with their upcoming fixtures.  Moreover City will be looking to catch up lost ground from United.

I have also decided to sell Shorey due to Reading's poor defensive record and brought in Luiz.  I was encouraged by his midfield role (despite being a defender) during the World Club Cup and I believe he is due a goal or two.

On a side note, I must apologise for my recent slump in form.  A good festive period points haul would be the perfect tonic to my recent woes.  It's not time for me to go gung ho, but a bit of high points consistency wouldn't go amiss.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 18
  
David Luiz

Attack minded defender that can score goals.
Less than 3% ownership makes him a differential.
Recently deployed as a midfielder which is promising.

Hart (MNC)

  Luiz / vc (CHE)
  Cole (CHE)
Johnson (LIV)
 
Sterling (LIV)
Hazard (CHE)
Valencia (MNU)
Toure (MNC)

Van Persie (MNU)
  Tevez / c (MNC)
  Suarez (LIV)

Subs:
Foster (WBA)
Walker (TOT)
Rafael (MNU)
Michu (SWA)

8/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 18 Team

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 17

FPLH's GW 17 Team*

Transfers: None

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
 
 
Team Reasoning

Following poor purchases (and a -4 hit) that failed to materialise in GW16, I have decided to go cold turkey in GW17 and not purchase any new players at all.

With hindsight it was a dumb idea to sign Shorey up for DGW, especially considering the fact that Reading have failed to keep a clean sheet away in the league all season.  Robson-Kanu's no show last night didn't help either.

On the plus side, the benefit of having Shorey and Robson-Kanu as subs is that I am now less likely to have lost points on the bench.

I have decided to bring Rafael back in following my disasterous choice of leaving him out v City, then again, who would have predicted his two assists?

Robson-Kanu loses his place to Suarez after he served his one match ban.

It was a close call between my captain pick (Van Persie v Suarez), but I have decided to opt for Van Persie as United have scored far more home goals than Liverpool (19-9).
 
I trust that my spare transfer could be handy with the upcoming fixture congestion for GWs 18-21.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 17
  
Robin Van Persie

Van Persie has scored 3 goals in his last 3 PL outings
United are scoring 3+ goals at home in the PL thus far
At £13.8 Van Persie isn't cheap, but definitely worth it!

de Gea (MNU)

  Bassong (NOR)
Enrique (LIV)
Ridgewell (WBA)
 
Sterling (LIV)
Snodgrass (NOR)
Dempsey (TOT)
Cazorla (ARS)
 
Van Persie (MNU)
Rooney (MNU)
  Suarez (LIV)

Subs:
Begovic (STO)
Riise (FUL)
Huth (STO)
Michu (SWA)

7/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 17 Team

Thursday, 6 December 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 16

FPLH's GW 16 Team*

Transfers: Walcott and Demel (OUT) / Robson-Kanu and Shorey (IN)

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Team Reasoning

I will keep this post brief like last week.  Following a run of mediocre/sub-par Gameweeks I have decided to shake my team up and take a -4 hit.

I have sold Demel due to West Ham's difficult fixtures and replaced him with Shorey due to Reading's DGW.  Shorey has been on form of late and has the potential to either keep a clean sheet or bag an assist.

Despite buying Walcott recently, it looks like he is out for the time being.  With an array of injuries in my squad (including Valencia, Ruddy and possibly Fletcher) I decided to make the most of DGW and draft in Robson-Kanu.  He too has been on form of late and could be key in scoring a few points in Gameweek 16.

My -4 hit could backfire, but it's worth taking a risk with the status quo.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 16
  
Hal Robson-Kanu

A steal at £4.3M and a differential! What more is there to say!?

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 16

  Federici (REA)

  Cuellar (SUN)
Shorey (REA)
   Davies (SWA)

  Robson-Kanu (REA)
Fellaini (EVE)
Sessegnon / c (SUN)
Michu (SWA) 

Berbatov (FUL)
  Fletcher / vc (SUN)
  Kone (WIG)

Subs:
Tremmel (SWA) 
Lowton (AST)
Riise (FUL)
Lallana (SOT)

7/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 16 Team

Thursday, 29 November 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 15

FPLH's GW 15 Team*

Transfers: Hazard (OUT) / Walcott (IN)

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Team Selection Reasoning


Folks, I won't bore you with a long article this GW.  My Sess captain/differential choice didn't pay off in GW14 and yes I should have stuck with safe old RVP as cpt.  For GW15 I have decided to sell Hazard for Walcott, due to the reasons stated below.  He may not be at Arsenal next season, but I am sure he will sign off in style.  27+ FPL points in his last 3 matches conveys his talent.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 15
  
Theo Walcott

Only owned by 2% of FPL Managers - Differential!
Arsenal have fairly good upcoming league fixtures
Has scored 2 goals in his last 2 league starts
Has proven Premier League pedigree
At £8.7M he is a relative bargain

An Ageing Kid Dynamite


FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 15

  de Gea (MNU)

  Vermaelen (ARS)
Kompany (MNC)
    Rafael (MNU)

Walcott (ARS)
Silva (MNC)
Sterling (LIV)
  Morrison (WBA)

Tevez / vc (MNC)
  Van Persie (MNU)
  Suarez / c (LIV)

Subs:
  
  Hart (MNC)
Cazorla (ARS)
Ridgewell (WBA)
  Garrido (NOR)


5/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 15 Team

Monday, 26 November 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 14

FPLH's GW 14 Team*

Transfers: Nolan (OUT) / Sessegnon (IN)

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Team Selection Reasoning

Ok folks, guilty as charged, I shouldn't have sold Defoe!  Murphy's law and all that.  To be honest it was a low scoring GW and I got lucky to score higher than the average and rise in the rankings.  You may be astounded as to why this post is going out now, if you haven't already realised, GW 14 starts tomorrow!  

I have made one change.  I have sold Nolan for Sessegnon simply due to the fact the former's fixtures will become more difficult and the latter's are more interesting as follows:

GW 14 - QPR (H) - Very High goal/assist scoring potential
GW 15 - Norwich (A) - Moderate goal/assist scoring potential
DGW 16 - Chelsea (H) & Reading (H) - Very High goal/assist scoring potential
GW 17 - Man Utd (A) - Low goal/assist scoring potential
GW 18 - Southampton (A) - Very High goal/assist scoring potential

If I am not mistaken, Sessegnon operates in the hole behind the striker.  He is capable of both scoring and assisting.  Despite having a barren spell for most of the season he has finally hit some form.  1.4% ownership (differential), good upcoming fixtures and his proven attacking pedigree are the reasons why I signed him. 

I was gutted that Valencia was sidelined last GW, despite buying and championing him.  He probably won't play this GW either, but just in case, I have kept him in my starting XI with Sterling as the auto-sub.  Other than that, I have subbed Riise (facing Chelsea) in place of Davies (at home to WBA).  I expect neither to keep a clean sheet, but think Davies may have a slightly better chance than Riise.

I have decided to captain Sessegnon due to the potential rewards available if he succeeds, with RVP demoted to vice-captain after his fail against QPR.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 14
  
Stephane Sessegnon

Scored twice and assisted once in his last two matches
Listed as a midfielder but plays as a de facto striker
  Sunderland have good upcoming league fixtures
At £7.3M he won't be listed any cheaper!

Sess est Magnifique!

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 14

  de Gea (MNU)

  Cuellar (SUN)
Kompany (MNC)
    Rafael (MNU)

Bale (TOT)
Michu (SWA)
Silva (MNC)
Sessegnon / c (SUN)
  
Tevez / vc (MNC)
  Van Persie (MNU)
  Fletcher (SUN)

Subs:
  
  Begovic (STO)
Huth (STO)
  Lallana (SOT)
Clyne (SOT)

7/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 14 Team

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 13

FPLH's GW 13 Team*

Transfers: Fellaini & Defoe (OUT) / Valencia & Fletcher (IN)

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

 Team Selection Reasoning

My GW 12 team ended up with the same score as my GW 11 team - 63.  Benching Ruddy, Defoe and having no City or Arsenal players didn't help my cause.  Nonetheless with 2 free transfers I thought it best to shake up my team for GW 13.  I have sold Defoe, as Adebayor's return from injury seems to be getting him more game time.  I was looking for a "sole-striker / sole-goal threat" to replace him and decided to bring in Fletcher.  He is Sunderland's top goal scorer this season and has some interesting upcoming fixtures:

GW 13 - West Brom (H) - High goal scoring potential
GW 14 - QPR (H) - Very High goal scoring potential
GW 15 - Norwich (A) - Moderate goal scoring potential
DGW 16 - Chelsea (H) & Reading (H) - Very High goal scoring potential
GW 17 - Man Utd (A) - Low goal scoring potential
GW 18 - Southampton (A) - Very High goal scoring potential

Sunderland are due a few more goals and the next few GWs sets up the perfect opportunity for Fletcher to achieve that.  He is only owned by 5.3% of gamers which almost makes him a differential.  Moreover, GW 16 in particular stands out as a bonus due to it being a DGW for Sunderland.

My other transfer may surprise some as it involved me selling Fellaini.  He has been fantastic this season, but with his suspension I had ample time to assess his upcoming fixtures which seem more difficult.  I decided to replace him with Valencia.  This was in part due to United's injuries in midfield (Kagawa and Nani seem to be out) and United have some interesting upcoming fixtures:

GW 13 - QPR (H) - Very High assist/goals potential
GW 14 West Ham (H) - High assist/goals potential
GW 15 - Reading (A) - Very High assist/goals potential
GW 16 - Man City (A) - Derby match/anything can happen
GW 17 - Sunderland (H) - Very High assist/goals potential

In my estimation Valencia will start United's upcoming league matches but could be subbed off during the second half of matches to allow game time for Giggs or others.  At the very worst Valencia will be used as super-sub which isn't too bad, but I think he is more likely to start and capitalise on the upcoming fixtures.  Valencia is more likely to assist than score.  Surprisingly it is the first time I have ever owned him.  I didn't pick him last season when he had a good run of games, opting for Nani instead.  Valencia is currently owned by 3.4% of gamers, which in my books makes him a differential.

Captaining Van Persie v QPR is a no brainer despite his fail v Norwich last week.  My vice captain is Valencia.

As for City or Arsenal players, I still don't have any of them in my team...

Recommended Player for Gameweek 13
  
Antonio Valencia

Assisted 14 times in the Premier League last season
Will be key in midfield with Kagawa and Nani out
United have good upcoming league fixtures
At £8.6M he is definitely a bargain!

Fast as Lightning

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 13

  Howard (EVE)

  Cuellar (SUN)
Baines (EVE)
    Rafael (MNU)

Cazorla (ARS)
Sterling (LIV)
Valencia / vc (MNU)
Sessegnon (SUN)
  
Fletcher (SUN)
  Van Persie / c (MNU)
  Suarez (LIV)

Subs:
  
  Begovic (STO)
Huth (STO)
  Michu (SWA)
Caulker (TOT)

9/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 13 Team

Friday, 16 November 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 12

FPLH's GW 12 Team*

Transfers:Vorm (OUT) / Ruddy (IN)

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Team Selection Reasoning

I'm back. I am pleased to say that International football is over for a good few months now, just enough time to recover from Zlatan's wonder goal!  Back to real fantasy football... 
I have only made one change this GW. In doing so I have saved £0.5M, with £2.2M in total banked.  I sold the injured Vorm for Ruddy.  This move may come as a surprise, but he has kept 4 clean sheets (joint 2nd best).  I intend to have him as a back up to Begovic but may use him as my first choice keeper in GW 15 (Home - Sunderland) and GW 17 (Home - Wigan) respectively.  I don't intend to make any changes to my goal keeping combo till at least GW 20.

With my other spare transfer I was very tempted to shop around for a striker to replace Defoe.  But then realised that GWs 13 and 14 are only separated by two days, which could result in players being rested and the transfer being wasted.  Moreover, My 5 midfielders seem to have good upcoming fixtures this GW and with Defoe being a doubt I thought it best to go 3-5-2 and give them all a run in the first team.

On a side note, I was recently reminded of an old FPL ace transfer tactic - The Differential.  I will explain more about it in my FAQs page shortly.  But I think now is the time to shop around for differentials as FPL teams look more and more similar.  Narrow margins will be the difference between you winning your private league or finishing mid-table, thus look out for Premier League footballers that are not owned by many!

Recommended Player for Gameweek 12
  
Luis Suarez

Wigan have conceded 1.6 goals per game in the league so far
Suarez has scored 3 & assisted 2 in his last 4 PL matches
At 10.0 he is still cheaper than other top forwards
 Remains Liverpool's sole de facto goal threat

Generates Headlines

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 12

  Hart (MNC)

  Kompany (MNC)
Baines (EVE)
    Rafael (MNU)

Cazorla (ARS)
Sterling (LIV)
Fellaini (EVE)
Ben Arfa (NEW)
  
Ba (NEW)
  Tevez / cpt (MNC)
  Suarez / vc(WIG)

Subs:
  
Schwarzer (FUL)
Johnson (LIV)
Michu (SWA)
Riise (FUL)

6/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 12 Team

Thursday, 8 November 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 11

FPLH's GW 11 Team*

Transfers: None

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Team Selection Reasoning

Ok folks, I admit I had a bad GW10 and shouldn't have left Fellaini on the bench.  However, that doesn't warrant panic changes.  In fact I have bought no reinforcements for GW 11 as I would prefer to have a free transfer at hand for GW 12.  The reason being there will be international football in-between the next two GWs and I would prefer to have a free transfer at hand in case of injuries.

Fellaini has been an enigma for me this season.  When I play him he doesn't do well, when I bench him he does do well.  Ouch!  I am hoping to buck that trend by playing him at home to Sunderland.  Not only that, but he is my vice-captain.  Sterling loses his place and is demoted to sub 1 as he faces Chelsea at home.  Aside from that Davies and Demel swap places on the bench.

My captain for Gameweek 11 is the man of the moment - Robin Van Persie.  He has bagged 8 goals and 4 assists in the Premier League so far this season.  He only made a substitute appearance (and scored!) yesterday which hopefully means he will definitely start against Villa.  United would not want to muck about, especially as they currently lead in the Premier League.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 11

Robin Van Persie 

He has scored or assisted in 8 out of 10 league matches this season.
Scored 30 goals and assisted 13 in the league last season.
He may be expensive (13.5) but is definitely worth it!
By far the most consistent forward in the league.
 
Premier League Heavyweight

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 11

  Begovic (STO)

  Huth (STO)
Baines (EVE)
    Rafael (MNU)

Cazorla (ARS)
Michu (SWA)
Fellaini / vc (EVE)
Hazard (CHE)
  
Ba (NEW)
Van Persie / cpt (MNU)
  Crouch (STO)

Subs:
  
dea Gea (MNU)
Kompany (MNC)
Cahill (CHE)
Lallana (SOT)

7/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 11 Team

Thursday, 1 November 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 10

FPLH's GW 10 Team*

Transfers (OUT): O'Brien and Podolski
Transfers (IN): Huth and Defoe

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Team Selection Reasoning

I did it!  After four Gameweeks of having an extra transfer at hand I have finally used it.  I wanted to get rid of O'Brien and mulled over many defensive options.  I wanted an attacking defender and was close to signing Baines.  However that would have been pricey.  Instead I went for Huth, which could be a risk as I am doubling up with Begovic.  But the fact is that Stoke's fixtures are reasonable for the next 8 weeks or so (see previous post).  Moreover Huth possesses a formidable attacking threat.  He may not have scored this season, but I am confident he is due a goal - his league strike rate for Stoke is 10% + which would make any central midfielder or winger proud.  

As for the other transfer that involved ditching Podolski.  Despite being listed as a striker he has been playing as a de facto midfielder at Arsenal, with Giroud as the out-and-out striker.  That was a put off and his performance v QPR was the final straw.  Thus I decided to replace him with an on-form goal poacher, step in Jermain Defoe.  He on the other hand has been fantastic this season.  A regular run in the first team has meant that he has bagged 5 goals and 3 assists in 9 Gameweeks.  I was close to buying him last week at 7.8 but in the end forked out an extra 0.2 for waiting a week later.  So far this season Defoe has proved he can score against small teams, big teams and in derby matches.  With this in mind his upcoming juicy fixtures are of interest as follows:

GW 10 - Wigan (H) - High goal scoring potential v a leaky defence
GW 11 - Man City (A) - Mild goal scoring potential v an inconsistent defence
GW 12 - Arsenal (A) - Moderate goal scoring potential v an inconsistent defence + derby
GW 13 - West Ham (H) - High goal scoring potential + derby
GW 14 - Liverpool (H) - Moderate goal scoring potential v transitional defence
GW 15 - Fulham (A) - High  goal scoring potential + derby

Wigan have conceded almost 2 goals per away match this season, which means that I will captain Defoe.  As for the vice-captain's armband I have decided to give that to RVP following his heroics against Chelsea.

Minimum ideal gameweek 10 points:
50
Potential ideal gameweek 10 points:
70

Recommended Player for Gameweek 10

Jermain Defoe

(Tottenham)

Why?

Scored 5 goals in 9 league matches this season
Is currently Tottenham's main striker
Priced at a cheap 8.0 - Bargain!
Proven attacking threat

Attacking Assassin

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 10

  Mignolet (SUN)

  Walker (TOT)
  Riise (FUL)
  Rafael (MNU)

Mata (CHE)
  Bale (TOT)
 Morrison (WBA)
Sterling (LIV)

  Defoe / cpt (TOT)
Van Persie / vc (MNU)
  Fletcher (SUN)

Subs:

  Begovic (STO)
  Olsson (WBA)
  Huth (STO)
Hazard (CHE)

8/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 10 Team

Thursday, 25 October 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 9

FPLH's GW 9 Team*

Transfers (OUT): Cech
Transfers (IN): Begovic

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

 
Team Selection Reasoning

Following a bumper Gameweek 8 you would think that my team selection for Gameweek 9 would be easy?  Well no!  After much toing and froing I have decided to only make one transfer, which may come as a surprise to some.  I have sold Cech and brought in Begovic.  Despite Chelsea being top of the league they haven't kept many clean sheets.  With Terry's suspension I don't think that task will become easier for them.  Thus I decided to cut my losses and bring in a cheaper alternative.  Begovic appealed to me due to Stoke's dogged defensive "park-the-bus" system.  Moreover their upcoming fixtures are fairly kind to them as follows:

Sunderland (H) - High clean sheet potential
Norwich (A) - Moderate clean sheet potential
QPR (H) - High clean sheet potential
West Ham (A) - Mild clean sheet potential
Fulham (H) - High clean sheet potential
Newcastle (H) - High clean sheet potential
West Brom (A) - Mild clean sheet potential
Aston Villa (A) - Moderate clean sheet potential
Everton (H) - Moderate clean sheet potential

I can't stress how much I pondered over the second free transfer.  Defoe was an option, but I was worried he might tire after his European encounter.  Berbatov, Ben Arfa, Crouch, Aguero and Lennon were of interest too but I wasn't fully convinced.  I really want to get rid of Podolski but have decided to give him one more chance v QPR.  Fellaini has also lost favour with me, but I will bench him for now.  I then thought of beefing up my defence, but the overall lack of clean sheets this season was a put off.  In the end I opted to maintain the free transfer, despite the lack of captain options in my first XI.  I decided to captain Van Persie (even though he will face up to Chelsea), as he is a big game player.  Remember his hat-trick at Stamford Bridge last season?  I doubt I will score 80 points again for Gameweek 9, but never say never...

Recommended Player for Gameweek 9

Asmir Begovic

(Stoke)

Why?

Has kept 2 clean sheets from his last 3 matches 
Stoke play a very dogged defensive system
They have generous upcoming fixtures
Priced at sub 5.0 - Bargain!

Stoke's Solid Metal

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 9

  Begovic (STO)

  Vermaelen (ARS)
  Riise (FUL)
  Kompany (MNC)

Nasri (MNC)
  Bale (TOT)
  Ben Arfa (NEW)
Sterling (LIV)

  Defoe / cpt (TOT)
Van Persie / vc (MNU)
  Aguero (MNC)

Subs:

  Mannone (ARS)
  Mertesacker (ARS)
  Lowton (AST)
Nolan (WHA)

5/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 9 Team

Thursday, 18 October 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 8

FPLH's GW 8 Team*

Transfers (OUT): S Taylor
Transfers (IN): JA Riise

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

 
 
Team Selection Reasoning

After a few below par Gameweeks you may think that I would radically tinker with my team.  Not so.  I am confident that I can bounce back in Gameweek 8, especially due to the fact that 9/11 of my first team players are at home.  The only change I have actioned for this week is to sell S Taylor (a doubt) with dodgy upcoming fixtures for the ever attacking JA Riise.  He may not be a prolific goalscorer from defence as he was at Liverpool, but his attacking prowess still exists.  In fact he has assisted in his last two league matches.  I am confident he can obtain more FPL points in the upcoming weeks due to the aforementioned fixtures:

GW 8 - Aston Villa (H) - Strong clean sheet potential
GW 9 - Reading (A) - Strong clean sheet potential
GW 10 -  Everton (H) - Mild clean sheet potential
GW 11 - Arsenal (A) - Mild clean sheet potential
GW 12 - Sunderland (H) - Strong clean sheet potential
GW 13 - West Brom (H) - Strong clean sheet potential

Despite Suarez diving a fair bit and failing to score versus a dogged Stoke, I have decided to captain him again as he faces Reading's leaky defence.  The vice captain is Michu as I feel that he too can take advantage the Latics touch and go defence.  Let's hope for the best this time around!

Recommended Player for Gameweek 8

John Arne Riise
(Fulham)

Why?
 
Has assisted twice in his last two league matches
Is Fulham's first choice left back
Capable of scoring free kicks
Solid defender

Lethal Left Foot


FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 8

  de Gea (MNU)

  Rafael (MNU)
  Riise (FUL)
Ivanovic (CHE)

Nolan (WHA)
Hazard (CHE)
  Michu / vc (SWA)
Sterling (LIV)

  Suarez / cpt (LIV)
Van Persie (MNU)
Rodallega (FUL)

Subs:

Vorm (SWA)
Johnson (LIV)
  Baines (EVE)
Bale (TOT)


9/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 8 Team

Thursday, 4 October 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 7

FPLH's GW 7 Team*

Transfers (OUT): Mertesacker
Transfers (IN): B Davies

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.
 
Team Selection Reasoning

Last Gameweek saw a mild improvement in fortunes for the FPLH Blog Team, with a third consecutive net points increase.  The Suarez transfer proved a masterstroke as he bagged 20 points, if only I dared to captain him.  As for Gameweek 7, I didn't wish to tinker too much as the international break will be shortly upon us once again.  I was looking to replace Mertesacker, who is no longer a first team choice, for a cheaper alternative.  Ben Davies of Swansea came to mind, especially due to his team's upcoming fixtures:

GW 7 - Reading (H) - Clean sheet potential
GW 8 - Wigan (H) - Clean sheet potential

Swansea haven't kept a clean sheet since August, but I believe they are due one soon against teams that do no travel well.  Ben Davies has had a look since Neil Taylor's long-term injury and I believe he will provide value for money.  As for my starting XI, it is almost the same, but I have ditched S Taylor to the bench as Newcastle face Manchester United and have given Ben Davies his place.  The choice of captain was a tough call between Suarez and Hazard, but I felt form was on Suarez's side thus I opted for him.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 7

Luis Suarez
(Liverpool)

Why?

Liverpool are due a home win, Stoke have yet to win away
Has no major rivals for his position in the team
Scored 5 league goals in 6 matches
Is a natural goal poacher

On form


FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 7

Cech (CHE)

  Davies (SWA)
  Walker (TOT)
Kompany (MNC)

Fellaini (EVE)
Hazard (CHE)
  Bale (TOT)
Michu (SWA)

  Torres (CHE)
Suarez (MNU)
Aguero (MNC)

Subs:

Friedel (TOT)
Baines (EVE)
  Nolan (WHA)
Davies (SWA)


8/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 7 Team

Thursday, 27 September 2012

FPL Hints - Gameweek 6

FPLH's GW 6 Team*

Transfers (OUT): Tevez
Transfers (IN): Suarez

*FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter and Facebook accounts.


Team Selection Reasoning

Following the disaster of GW4, GW5 turned out to be another disaster in equal measure!  FPLH's team only scored 42 points, with 23 unused points sitting on the bench - courtesy of Fellaini and Rafael having a good GW.  For GW6, I have decided to make one transfer which may appear to be surprising to some.  I have sold Tevez for Suarez.  This is in part as Aguero is back and Tevez is once again competing with three other strikers for a starting place.  On the contrary, Suarez is Liverpool's principal striker with no major rivals to challenge him.  Liverpool may not have league form on their side at the moment, but a team of their quality have to start winning eventually?  Also Liverpool's upcoming fixtures could prove a treat as follows:

GW 6 - Norwich (A) - Winnable / goals potential
GW 7 - Stoke (H) /  - Winnable / goals potential
GW 8 - Reading (H) /  - Winnable / goals potential
GW 9 - Everton (A) - Derby match / goals potential
GW 10 - Newcastle (H) /  - Winnable / goals potential

In terms of team selection I have decided to bench O'Brien, as I don't want to play two players from the same team in the same position.  I only purchased Demel and O'Brien due to their cheap prices.  Mertesacker is also benched as they are playing Chelsea.  Arsenal haven't been keeping clean sheets despite their form with Mannone goal.  My first substitute is Sterling as I feel Hazard, Fellaini, Michu and Nolan are more senior and could fare better in GW 6.  Finally I have chosen Cech in goal, instead of Vorm.  Both are playing away matches and unlikely to keep a clean sheet, but Cech has kept more clean sheets.

Recommended Player for Gameweek 6

Marouane Fellaini
(Everton)

Why?

Everton have had a very good start to the season and are 3rd
Southampton have conceded 15 goals in 5 league games
Fellaini plays  in a forward position behind the striker
He has scored 3 goals in 5 league matches

"Hair" we go!

FPLH's Hot Picks XI for GW 6

  Howard (EVE)

Rafael (MNU)
Demel (WHA)
Baines (EVE)

Fellaini / cpt (EVE)
Hazard (CHE)
Nolan / vc (QPR)
Ben Arfa (NEW)

Ba (NEW)
Van Persie (MNU)
Fletcher (SUN)

Subs:

Mignolet (SUN)
  Y Toure (MNC)
Lowton (AST)
O'Shea (SUN)

6/15 Hot Picks' feature in FPLH's GW 6 Team.