Saturday, 29 March 2014

#FlyBuy - GW32

Picture the scene. It is 6am. I have been awake since midnight, having only gone to bed at 10.30pm. I have a toddler causing absolute carnage as this is the first time in 22 months he has slept in a "real" bed rather than a cot. This is not by choice. I am in a Premier Inn. A featureless box of a room, devoid of personality situated on the outskirts of Lowestoft. It's not so much the non-stop craziness of the boy that is preventing sleep. No, it's actually that everytime I drift off my dreams are haunted by visions of Lenny Henry.

I've always been slightly haunted by Mr Henry, truth be told. I can trace the exact origin of this though, and it's not as irrational as it may appear. When I was 5 years old I appeared on a popular Saturday morning kids TV show called TISWAS. One of the features of this show was a guy dressed in black (picture ghost face from 'Scream' but without the mask) known as The Phantom Flan Flinger. This dude used to, well, fling flans at kids. 

On this particular Saturday Lenny Henry also decided to get in on the action and from a range of about 2 metres he successfully flung his flan straight into my grid. And then laughed in my face in that booming Black Country voice of his. 

So, my Lenny Henry phobia has basis. Hence my sleepless night, exasperated by a toddler with limitless energy and no desire to sleep. And this is why I find myself locked in the bathroom in my Premier Inn room, tapping this weeks FlyBuy article on my iPhone with limited internet access.

I guess you're wondering now who my pick is. Fellaini failed massively in DGW31. I guess he would have been a great success if FlyBuy was about picking the player most likely to get arrested for GBH, but unfortunately that isn't one of my parameters.

No, for me, this weeks pick is a player I rate highly. Out injured since Dec, he has had a couple of games of being eased in gently. It's been back into a team who have struggled without him who have sacked their manager during his absence.

If anyone can score the goals and provide the assists to keep them in the Premier League though, it's this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, this weeks pick is the Spanish maestro, Miguel Michu!


Fly

@meet_the_gadfly

Friday, 28 March 2014

#CalledIt Differential Pick - GW32

Last week's get-together in London with Chief (@fplhints), Fly (@Meet_the_Gadfly) and Fantasy Yirma (@FantasyYIRMA) proved to be a blast! We met some fellow #FPL managers on the way (you know who you are), agonized over bad transfer decisions (hi Fly!), screamed from the top of our lungs when captain Suarez completed his bashing of Cardif City (hi Chief!) and compared our meeting to Comic-Con convention (hi, Fantasy YIRMA!). What did I do? Well, my GW was as bad as the Luton airport I flew back home from and WizzAir service that got me there. Never again. None of them.

But back to London. While I am no stranger to London (I have spent a month there at the young age of 18 unlocking the beautiful secrets of the wonderful language that is English), I must admit that it again took me by surprise. It's the little things. The smell and draft of the subway. The double-decker buses in Piccadilly Circus. The separate faucets for cold and warm water (this one still baffles me). The fact that I was freezing my ass off and paraded through Piccadilly Circus wearing my winter jacket, a warm pair of gloves and a hat, while there seemed to be many younger people who wore only t-shirts, shorts, mini skirts and seemed to be just fine. Maybe I am just old?

Anyway, so there we are, waiting for the 3 pm matches to begin and I wonder which game will be televized. Amused and with question marks hovering over their heads, the guys explain to me that it is illegal for 3 pm games to be televized in the UK. Say what? A joke? Apparently not. And while I have had a week to chew on this, I still can't fathom it. It just seems so odd that the games are being played and all of UK is watching a guy watching the games and commenting on what is happening. Absurd if you ask me. We get all of them back home...

Getting back to business, though. With the craze of GW31 finally behind us, we have two whole weeks of normal play and I, for one, am really looking forward to that. While the DGWs are making the headlines throughout the FPL community, managers seem to be forgetting or neglecting the teams battling relegation. With 7 GWs remaining, the time to jump on that opportunity is now. The team that my #CalledIt pick for GW32 comes from is currently hovering 5 points over the relegation zone, which probably makes them at least a bit nervous. I would be surprised to see them coming even close to that last three spots as I imagine they will pick it up, but perhaps just enough to give them a spark. And what better way to do that than to welcome back the guy who took the league by storm last year, scoring 18 goals and dishing out three assists. Sure, he is just coming back from injury and has yet to complete 90 minutes, but he played 62 minutes vs Arsenal in mid-week and had three shots and one chance created. He is not cheap by any means, but with a kind fixture list until the end of the season and with something to prove (not to mention a proven pedigree) he could be your man. #CalledIt pick for GW32, Miguel Michu.

P.S. Bony, at 7.1m and 5,8% ownership has scored 8 goals in PL in 2014. Cough, cough, hint! ;)


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Chief's FPL Team - Gameweek 32

Disclaimer: *FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will most likely be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter account.

The GW32 Team:


 1 FREE TRANSFER WAS AVAILABLE FOR GW32.

GW30 TRANSFER: 

ROSICKY OUT
KI IN

The feeling for many of us after DGW31: 

I scored my highest ever GW score of 173

The Post-DGW31 Screen Shot:


The DGWs on the Horizon:

Had a bad DGW31? No wildcard left?  Fear not, DGW34 & DGW37 are around the corner.  Plan ahead and be sure to invest wisely with a sufficient amount of coverage at hand.

The GW 32 Temptation:

ROSS BARKLEY - I was almost going to transfer him in with DGW34 in mind via a -4 hit by selling Oviedo.  I opted against it as I fear that he may be on the bench against Fulham.

The GW 32 Transfer & Reasoning:

KI - Form is "key", class doesn't matter... right? He scored as a super sub at Anfield and will be sure to start v West Ham during a #MNF game. A risky differential that has DGW34 too.

The Captain:

5 goals and 5 assists in his last 4 Premier League matches.  It has to be Suarez again.  He is on course for breaking further Liverpool & PL scoring records. Why would he stop now?

The Personal Competitive Context:

I am currently 20pts up after the 1st leg of my FPL Dugout Champions League tie against my perennial bogey team. I will be looking to outdo him & progress to the Quarter Finals!

The FPLH League Leaders:


The Perch of the Pundits 



That's all for now.  PS - I hope you like this new experimental format!

Fantasy Football Hints - Gameweek 32

#REJECT (R):

J. Yobo (NOR)

Unlikely to score or keep a clean sheet at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea score 1.73 goals a game on average when playing at home.
Norwich City concede 2.40 goals a game on average when playing away.


#PUNT (P):

R. Barkley (EVE)

Everton have won their last 4 PL games.
Barkley has scored 2 and assisted 1 in his last 2 PL outings.
Fulham concede 2.07 goals a game on averge when playing at home.


#HOTPICK (H):

L. Suarez (LIV)

Suarez has scored 5 & assisted 5 in his last 4 PL starts.
Liverpool score 2.93 goals a game on average when playing at home.
They are officially PL title contenders & have momentum in their favour.


FPLH's GW Star Picks:

Cech

Jones
Terry
B. Davies

Silva
Y. Toure
Michu
Barkley

Rooney
Bony
Lukaku

Subs:
Mannone
Adam
Bardsley
Shaw


FANTASY FORECAST*:

MAN UTD TO BEAT VILLA 2-0.
CHELSEA TO BEAT PALACE 1-0.
SO'TON TO BEAT NEWCASTLE 2-1.
STOKE TO BEAT HULL 2-1.
SWANSEA TO BEAT NORWICH 2-0.
WEST BROM & CARDIFF TO DRAW 1-1.
MAN CITY TO BEAT ARSENAL 3-1.
EVERTON TO BEAT FULHAM 2-1.
LIVERPOOL TO BEAT TOTTENHAM 3-1.
SUNDERLAND TO BEAT WEST HAM 1-0.


*NOT TO BE USED FOR BETTING PURPOSES

Bantasy Football: Milking Manchester City

The mere suggestion of GW 32 feels like the sort of stomach-churning comedown Nathan Barley might pretend to endure, after the dizzying heights of GW 31 (highest point score was a ball-tingling 205) recede into the mists of fantasy time.

Fun Gon' Come

More fun is still to come, though - and only one team are the bacon butty to soak up your depression hangover and get the serotonin pumping again after your 150pt wonder-week.

Don't be fooled by the Mourinho bandwagon. His unconvincing attempts to convince everyone Chelski aren't going for the title have somehow convinced everyone they'll actually win it. I beg you not to fall for it - at least from a fantasy perspective.


Man City

Whoever you think will top the league come the end of the season, do not be a slave to the rhetoric. Remember the three Fs of fantasy football - fixtures, fixtures, fixtures.

City have two more left than anyone else. By the process of maths, anyone who doesn't have three of them in their side by GW 34, their first of two remaining double GWs before the end of the season, is - as Kanye puts it - bat sh*t cray.



Yaya Toure (10.3)

Top of must-buy-ometer is Toure Yaya. Spenny for a midfielder I grant you but third highest scorer in the Prem and a fearsome combo of pace, silky soft touch and advanced technology (the new 'supreme tekkers') creates goals from absolutely nowhere. 48 points in his last four is just filthy. So let's get dirty. Don't be worried by trips to Arsenal and Liverpool - neither can defend and both could have nout to play for if Liverpool come unstuck against Spurs and/or Wham.

Let's get... dirtaaay

David Silva (9.4)

David Silva, or Dave Wood as he'd be known en Ingles got a paltry 9 points from DGW 31 - hardly what I was hoping for. I've been plugging this geezer all season and have him in every team - but he just plays so well every game. Creative players like Silva tend to drift in and out of games but he doesn't  - he's always the creative spark and usually their best player apart from Yaya.  

Samir Nasri (8.1)

Samir has returned from four games out to be a solid and consistent performer. Neither his spell on the sidelines nor the embarrassment of riches in City's midfield have stinted his playing time - and three assists in his last two is indicative of his play-making impact. He's still worse value than Silva and Toure but if you're hamstrung by a toight like a tiger budget, he's your man. 

Defenders

"I'm not sure why so many people have Man City defenders. I took a punt on Lescott this week because he's super cheap but the cost-to-clean sheet ratio is just off the charts. Zabaleta's propensity to attack makes an argument for him enticing but 6.1 is such a horrendous amount to pay for a defender who has kept two clean sheets in 11 games."

This is what I would have said to you on 3rd February - just before Man City went on a record-busting run of five consecutive clean sheets. The thing is, though, if I could play my wildcard now, I still wouldn't have a City defender in my team - because the attacking points Silva, Toure, Nasri et al. can make you are so much more valuable.

You can only have three City players so you should be choosing which ones carefully. There are plenty of cheapo defenders who can bag you a CS every now and again and if you rotate cleverly, you can efficiently pick up two or three clean sheets a GW without much bother.

Be careful when rotating Cleverley
Why spend more than 5% of your budget on a player you're never going to captain, who will get 12 pts at the most IF he unpredictably scores one of his two or three goals per season. "What about Zabaleta?", I hear you cry. "He's always getting in the box". Well yes, and he has five assists - but 0 goals. Those five assists are 15 points over the whole season - just two points less than intermittently present Dzeko got in one game at Old Trafford. Even if you add his 12 clean sheets, that's 48+15=63, which is just one more than Toure as captain would have made you in the last two weeks alone.

Obviously you can't make everyone skipper but upside (the handy American word for potential) has to be considered - a defender scoring 20 points is a freak occurrence. When was the last time you were surprised one of their front six got two, three or four goals?


America - re-inventing words since 1776




GW32 FPL #JackInTheBox

Well, the unique and crazy phenomenon that was DGW31 is now behind us. Whether you ended up on the right or wrong side of the green arrow differentiation line, you are probably shaking your head wondering if anything like that will ever happen again. I wish I knew the answer.

The good news is that we all enter GW32 with 7 more gameweeks left to move in the direction we wish to go. Still time to make up some ground if DGW31 left you shaking your head or shouting words out loud that you previously had only heard in an R-rated movie or two.

For GW32 I'm going with a #JackInTheBox pick that last year would have seemed crazy, strange and almost inconceivable. Finding themselves in the bottom 8 is surprising enough, but also finding this particular player with 5.0% or less FPL ownership (exactly 5.0 at the time of writing) would have been unheard of at this time last year.

FPL GW32 #JackInTheBox: Miguel Michu


Michu has gone from one of the absolute must-have FPL assets to an all but forgotten FPL prospect in about the same amount of time that David Moyes has gone from a well-respected manager getting the most out of the little talent he had to an incompetent tactician squandering the talent that coasted comfortably to the EPL crown last year. But, just like Moyes is the same person who calmly guided Everton to levels perhaps above their fighting weight, Michu is the same person who took the EPL by storm last season and had FPL managers drooling every time he set foot on the pitch.

With a juicy home fixture against a Norwich side fighting for respectability, I favor the recently healthy Michu to push, fight and nudge his way onto the scoresheet, despite the troubles he's faced this season with his fitness. After all, if flashbacks to the vision of him singlehandedly beating Arsenal last season do not readily come to mind, a quick check of last year's stats will tell you pretty quickly that Michu was the breakout star of the season, making early-investing FPL managers look like geniuses while everyone else scrambled late to get a little piece of the Michu-sized pie.

This weekend I will be looking for some of that spark that caught everyone's eye last year and had a good portion of Wales buzzing with excitement, promise and pride.

Miguel Michu; it's time to shine once again. Do me proud.

Good luck this gameweek everyone,

Walt



Looking back at Gameweek 31 - Chief's "LESSLINES"‏

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

6 STAR CHELSEA STUN 10-MAN ARSENAL IN WENGER'S 1000TH GAME.

SUAREZ & SKRTEL ARE SENSATIONAL AS CARDIFF SHIP IN 6 AT HOME.

BARKLEY GETS BACK TO FORM AS EVERTON OVERCOME PLUCKY SWANS.

TIGERS SCORE TWICE AND BUMP BAGGIES NEAR THE RELEGATION ZONE.

TOURE TUCKS IN THRICE AT HOME AS FULHAM FAIL & FLOUNDER.

LAST GASP CISSE GOAL SECURES 3 POINTS AGAINST UNLUCKY PALACE.

BLACK CATS FAIL TO CUT DOWN CANARIES AS SNODDY SCORES AGAIN.

ROONEY WONDER GOAL ROCKS HAMMERS AND GIVES UNITED SOME HOPE.

EXCELLENT ERIKSEN INSPIRES SPURS TO COME BACK & WIN FROM 0-2 DOWN.

STOKE SCORE FOUR AND STUN VILLA IN NOTHING-TO-PLAY-FOR MATCH.

ARSENAL'S TITLE CHALLENGE COMES TO AN END AS SWANS BAG A DRAW.

THERE IS ONLY ONE CLUB IN MANCHESTER NOW AS CITY THRASH UNITED.

PARDEW-LESS GEORDIES CRASH & CRUMBLE AGAINST IN-FORM TOFFEES.

10-MAN HULL BATTLE IN VAIN DESPITE ONLY CONCEDING TWO GOALS.

POYET'S SUNDERLAND PUT UP A FIGHT, BUT LIVERPOOL WIN & GO 2ND.

AND FINALLY...

EVERYONE THAT WAS ANYONE SCORES 100+ POINTS AS BEST BAGS 200+!

*"LESSLINES" is a portmanteau of Lessons and Headlines.  They are intended to be bite-sized summations of what we learnt during the Gameweek!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

FanXT launches Fantasy World Cup All-Stars in anticipation of the FIFA 2014 World Cup

Fantasy managers don’t have to wait long to be able to build their World Cup dream team as FanXT has launched Fantasy World Cup All-Stars (http://fantasyworldcup.fanxt.com), a fantasy football game that consists of star players that are going to play in World Cup but are currently competing in the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, and German Bundesliga.


This exciting concept enables fantasy managers to earn fantasy points based on the performances of players like Messi, Neymar and Rooney in their ongoing leagues mentioned above. The best part is that points accumulated in Fantasy Pre-World Cup All-Stars can be converted into extra budget in the upcoming Fantasy World Cup! This enables the users to buy expensive players to complete their dream World Cup team, granting bragging rights and increasing the chances of winning the fantastic prizes that are going to be offered in the Fantasy World Cup game. The socially savvy can also invite friends to join via Facebook and earn $ 0.5mil budget for each friend who joins.

Other than that, the game’s features include statistics like Goals, Appearance, Substitution, Yellow Card and Red Card to score points, ability to assign a captain to the fantasy team, make changes based on statistical analysis of players, choose team formation (4-3-3, 4-4-2 or 5-3-2) as well as create private leagues and competing with other private leagues.

Fantasy managers all over should join now as the first gameweek deadline edges closer, by either registering or using their existing FanXT account.

About FanXT [www.fanxt.com]

FanXT aims to be fantasy sport and digital media provider for sport leagues across the world, by managing the internet and mobile rights of the leagues via the provisioning of official websites, fantasy sport game, mobile apps, Facebook apps and even Smart TV apps.

We are the Official Fantasy Football Provider for,
-         Veikkausliiga, Finland's Top Division Football League
-         Hong Kong First Division Football League
-         India I-League, Top Division Football
-         Philippines United Football League
-        Singapore S.League

We Are the Official Digital Media Provider for,
-         Taiwan Intercity Football League
-         Philippines United Football League


For any information and enquiries, please e-mail us at info@fanxt.com or visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FanXT

FanXT Chooses Malaysians As First Wave Of Users For Ultimate Fantasy - Its New Weekly Fantasy Sports Game

With most fantasy managers excruciatingly waiting for the end of the Premier League season to collect their titles and rewards, FanXT has launched a new concept in fantasy EPL through Ultimate Fantasy (http://ultimatefantasy.fanxt.com/site/lobby.php), a fantasy Premier League weekly game – with Malaysia being the lucky region for the game’s first wave of users.

By simply signing up or logging into Ultimate Fantasy with their existing FanXT account, Malaysian fantasy managers can expect an exciting and competitive season of Fantasy Premier League with weekly cash prizes of up to RM10,000 up for grabs.


Other than the obvious feature of weekly prizes, Ultimate Fantasy packs a punch with the following features:
  • Instant Wins, Shorter Wait: Win cash immediately after each gameweek.
  • Compete: Manage fantasy team just for the gameweek, and pit directly against other users.
  • Keep Track: Check upcoming and past contests to review performance.
  • Compare: See fantasy team line-ups against rivals’ and check history via contest details
  • Player Stats: view player stats and score points on Goals, Assists, Saves & more
  • Formation: Choose your fantasy team formation from 4-3-3, 4-4-2 and 5-3-2
  • Fixtures: Check players’ next 5 matches on the stats graph and view upcoming fixtures while managing your fantasy team

Ultimate Fantasy would be more exciting for fantasy users as proven in the USA (Daily Fantasy Sports is holding its ground well in the U.S. and Canada, despite its introduction only a few years ago). It is more numbers-driven, and in many ways takes more skill, research and intuition to play a weekly game than traditional fantasy; or as DraftKings.com puts it, "stripping away the most time intensive and obstructive elements of conventional games, and distilling the game to players' favorite aspects of fantasy sports.”  Plus, in these days of instant gratification taking center stage, fans are drawn to the idea of not having to wait entire seasons to cash out on rewards - as Nigel Eccles, CEO of FanDuel.com calls it, "fantasy for the A.D.D. generation."

Fantasy games like this allow a player to study all factors and work on that knowledge. Just as any other activity or game, playing fantasy sports needs users’ analytical capability and intuitiveness, as well as closely following updates. "The more time you can spend doing your research and coming up with the best strategy, the better you can do, because it’s a skill game," Draftstreet.com CEO Brian Schwartz says. FanXT CEO Melvin Wong concurs, adding that “(Europe and Asia) should also be able to enjoy these games like in the U.S. and Canada; especially since association football is massively popular here.”

About FanXT [www.fanxt.com]

FanXT aims to be fantasy sport and digital media provider for sport leagues across the world, by managing the internet and mobile rights of the leagues via the provisioning of official websites, fantasy sport game, mobile apps, Facebook apps and even Smart TV apps.

We are the Official Fantasy Football Provider for,
-         Veikkausliiga, Finland's Top Division Football League
-         Hong Kong First Division Football League
-         India I-League, Top Division Football
-         Philippines United Football League
-        Singapore S.League

We Are the Official Digital Media Provider for,
-         Taiwan Intercity Football League
-         Philippines United Football League


For any information and enquiries, please e-mail us at info@fanxt.com or visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FanXT

Friday, 21 March 2014

#CalledIt Differential Pick - GW31



He eventually did what I expected him to do, but IN THE WRONG COMPETITION. And now he is out for 4-6 weeks and I am stuck with him and Kompany (thanks, Vincent, for getting that red card, for no CS and for missing out the game with Fulham!) and looking at a all-time-high point hit to get my team anywhere close to resembling a proper DGW team. Argh!

OK. Now, that I have gotten this out of my system, we can talk about the differentials for GW31. I will not lose time talking about the importance of this week and yada, yada. You have heard it a lot over the course of last weeks and only people who fell from the moon have less than 5 DGW players on their rosters. And yes, that includes yours truly!

As I need to somehow make up for the massive points hit I am about to take, my personal differential for the week will be Edin Džeko. With Agüero sidelined, Negredo completely off form and Jovetić just coming back from injury, I assume (you never really know with MCI, do you?) he will be leading the attack against Fulham at HOME and with 5 goals in the last 9 games, he could be a great differential (crazy captain idea?). In the second game MCI go up against Vidic-less, Smalling-less and RVP-less MUFC. Call me crazy, but I see some goals in this for him.

Sadly, he cannot be my #CalledIt pick as he is owned by more than 5% of managers.

Have no fear. The second pick on my list also has a DGW. What's more, he has two HOME games, one of them as well against that Vidic-less, Smalling-less and RVP-less MUFC team. He scored his first goal of the season last week and seems to be pretty consistent at getting attacking returns this year whenever he does manage to suit up (which was not often, truth be told). Nevertheless, I can see him having a major impact this GW. Andy Carroll, #CalledIt pick for GW31. 

P.S. Maybe I picked him because he has a similar ponytail I used to have back in the days? We will find out after the GW is over.


#FlyBuy - DGW31

Last weeks pick flopped. It was as simple as that. A lot of FPL managers put their faith in Romelu Lukaku, and without sounding overly smug (difficult when I actually selected him as my FlyBuy pick), I hate to say I told you so.

His lack of gametime since GW22 confirmed my suspicions. That said, as regular readers will know by now, FlyBuy is not just a "one-off" pick; it is a player who I suspect has the potential to go on a run. The DGW for Everton means Lukaku remains a popular transfer choice and one I have deliberated over going with myself. But I've decided not to, and keep faith in the in-form J-Rod in my own team. He may be only playing once in DGW31, and away at Spurs, but I think he will stay amongst the points.

So, onto this mega-gameweek and my choice for FlyBuy has to be someone whose team is playing twice, right? Right.

Someone who used to be a must-have for FPL managers, but who nobody in their right mind would touch with a barge pole this season, right? Right.

Someone with stats of scored 11 and assisted 7 last season, but whose figures of 0 and 0 this season make for painful reading, right? Right.

Someone who cost £8.5m as the start of this season, but whose value has plummeted to just £7.7m at the time of writing, right? Right.

Interestingly, this still puts his price at £0.4m HIGHER than he reached last season, despite his ability to rack up big points.

But that was at his old club, his value increased for no other reason than this season he joined the League Champions (stop laughing at the back!).

I refer of course to the man with the craziest hair in the Premier League, Andy Carroll. No, wait, his is the stupidest hair in the League.

No, this honour goes to Man Utd midfielder, Marouane Fellaini. A terrible first season in a terrible team. But his return to the midfield has impressed many in his 3 appearances recently. A season hampered by injury and trying to fit into a misfiring team has seen his opportunities and his confidence suffer.

But I predict he will score big against West Ham, and he could well make the difference in the Manchester derby. Crazy talk, right? Right. I've been up since 4am and the strong java is kicking in.

However, what if I'm right? You'll be kicking yourself if I am; but I don't think anyone is going to be rushing to bring Fellaini in even after reading this. But what if you need a differential? Surely he's worth considering? Currently owned by just 3.5% of FPL managers (many of which will be ghostships who got him in for GW1 I imagine).

Man Utd will be buzzing after their unexpected progression in the Champions League, and could get through this DGW on adrenaline alone.

It's worth considering...

By the way, I couldn't find a clip of Fellaini scoring league goals in a Utd shirt, so watch this instead and let it get your juices flowing for this incredible double gameweek!!!


FLY

@meet_the_gadfly

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Chief's FPL Team - DGW 31 (Wildcard Edition)

Disclaimer: *FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will most likely be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter account.


WILDCARD TRANSFERS: 

MARSHALL OUT
McGREGOR IN 
Reason: Rotates fairly well with Mannone till the end of the season.

DISTIN OUT
COLEMAN IN
Reason: More expensive but has shown regular attacking prowess.

MARTIN OUT
ZABALETA IN
Reason: DGW31, DGW34 & DGW37 + a mainstay in the City team

B. DAVIES OUT
DUMMETT IN
Reason: Value for money and has 2 home DGW fixtures.

HAZARD OUT
GERRARD IN
Reason: Shown fine form of late & is first choice on penalties.

LALLANA OUT
SILVA IN
Reason: Has been overshadowed by Y. Toure but is back to his best.

HOLTBY OUT
ROSICKY IN
Reason: Plays in the hole and will play due to AFC's depleted midfield.

RODRIGUEZ OUT
LUKAKU IN
Reason: Has been patchy of late but is due a run of goals.

WARD OUT
DANN IN
Reason: Cheaper than Ward and also has DGW34 coming up.

HOOLAHAN OUT
OVIEDO IN
Reason: Cheap makeweight player that has freed up funds.


Hi all!  I managed to bag 64 points in GW30, 10 of which came after Suarez (c) was credited with an assist and some baps after FPL's retrospective action.  Woohoo!  Enough of that, there's some other business to attend to...

The biggie is here - DOUBLEGAMEWEEK 31 + my all-season wildcard has finally been activated.  I tried buying players who have some form on side and are likely to play twice.  I also factored in DGWs 34 and 37.  My wildcard changes and their reasons are fairly straightforward (as detailed above).  I am feeling bullish and I think a score of 90 will be par for those with wildcards, whereas a score of 100 is an achievable target.

I have opted for Suarez as captain due to his fantastic short-term and long-term form.

On a side note, we qualified 2nd in the group stages of the FPL Dugout Champions League and are now through to the knockouts!

Good luck to you all!