Friday, 29 December 2017

Chief's Picks - Gameweek 21

Must-have pick?

Comeback pick?

Differential pick?


https://sports.yahoo.com/news/chiefs-premier-league-picks-gameweek-5-102422587.html

The week in Fantasy Premier League: #Kanexit fallout, budget strikers and Firmino V Coutinho

Last week, the term #kanexit was coined by frustrated Fantasy Premier League managers looking to offload the top-priced Spurs man after some inconsistent form. It's unlikely to be heard again anytime soon.
Two hat-tricks later and those questions about whether Harry Kane is worth that £12.8m outlay have been answered in some style.
Those who had faith enough to not only keep, but also captain the Spurs man reaped the rewards, as the rest were left to ponder what might have been. 
The term 'season ending' is a bit melodramatic and often overused, but I don't think there is any other way to describe this really. 
Yet although would be quite a stretch to call any FPL strategy that ends up sacrificing consecutive hat-tricks a success, some #kanexiters were quick to point out that they still managed a respectable score - largely due to respectable performances from new recruits such as AgueroFirmino and Alonso.
To read the full article, click here...

Gameweek 21 - Daily Fantasy Premier League Tips


Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular amongst the FPL community since August 2017, 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 for Gameweek 19 today via the FREE Apple or Android apps.



Forwards


Safe Pick - Alvaro Morata vs Stoke (H)


Chelsea have been in fantastic form of late but not scored the number of goals they should have without Alvaro Morata in the starting 11.

Well in Gameweek 20, Morata marked his return with a goal in the 2-0 win over Brighton.
With Saturday’s opponents Stoke missing key defensive personnel, it’s not a question of whether Morata will score, but a question of how many?




Differential - Dominic Calvert-Lewin vs Bournemouth (A)


Calvert-Lewin continues to be a nailed on starter under Sam Allardyce whether it’s wide right or through the middle as Everton’s lone striker.

This week, Everton travel to Bournemouth to take on the Cherries who are now without a win in 8 league games.

‘DCL’ will be ready to take advantage of that weak Bournemouth defence and add to the 11 goals they have conceded over their last 3 games





Midfielders


Safe Pick –  Philippe Coutinho vs Leicester (H)


After scoring 3 goals and providing 2 assists in only 3 games, the midfielder is starting to catch the eye of fantasy managers on Fantasy Premier League as well as on Starting 11.

Liverpool's opponents Leicester City are winless in their last 3 games, having conceded 7 goals during that period.

With Coutinho, Salah and Firmino in fantastic form I expect Liverpool to continue their goal scoring exploits on Saturday.




Differential Pick – Jesse Lingard vs Southampton (H)


After spending most of his Manchester United career being rotated, Jesse Lingard seems to have secured regular game time in the number 10 role at Old Trafford.

After scoring 4 goals and providing 2 assists over 6 games, he went on to prove his value to the team by coming off the bench in Gameweek 20 to score a brace and help his side recover form 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Burnley.

On Saturday, Manchester United host Southampton who haven’t won in their last 7 games and were torn apart by Spurs on Boxing Day, allowing them to score 5 times.



Defenders


Safe Pick – Cesar Azpillicueta vs Stoke (H)


Alongside Alonso with a reputation for a defender who provides attacking returns, Azpillicueta has been involved in 7 goals this season, scoring once and providing 6 assists.

In addition to this, the clean sheets for Chelsea are also noticeable, shutting their opponents out 3 times in their last 3 games.

With Stoke City having major defensive absentees this weekend, it’s unlikely they will have chance to build much momentum going forward on Saturday, as Chelsea aim to make it 4 clean sheets from 4.




Differential Pick – Ben Mee vs Huddersfield (A)


Everyone’s favourite differential defence this season has been Burnley, cheap on FPL and not utilised enough on Starting 11.

Well after a couple of tough games, Burnley’s fixture this weekend is Huddersfield, a favourable game which must have Sean Dyche targeting a return to those clean sheet lockouts.

Burnley's captain, Ben Mee, may be without an attacking return this season, however he has threatened and my gut says a goal is coming sooner, rather than later.





Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – David De Gea vs Southampton (H)


Perhaps a false statement at this stage of the season that Manchester United are providing fantasy managers with vital clean sheets points - only 1 clean sheet now in their last 7 games.

This weekend however Southampton are the visitors to Old Trafford, who as mentioned earlier, have failed to win any of their last 7 league games.

With Charlie Austin suspended I expect Manchester United to shut Southampton out on Saturday, with De Gea taking those clean sheet points home for Starting 11 managers.






Differential Pick – Jordan Pickford vs Bournemouth (A)


Everton’s unbeaten run continues, now stretching to 7 games which includes 5 clean sheets for Jordan Pickford.

Their opponents this weekend are Bournemouth who despite scoring 3 vs West Ham on Boxing Day, previously went 3 games without a goal.

‘Big Sam’ continues to make sure Everton get the basics right and with that has created solid foundations for his players to build on.  I expect Everton to keep Bournemouth out and continue their unbeaten run.



CAPTAIN PICK

Any of Liverpool's 'Fab Four' were a temptation but some Gameweeks you are handed a gift you cannot ignore. This week one of those gifts presents itself in the form of a broken Stoke defence.

Earlier this season Chelsea played Stoke, who were once again without the ineligible Zouma and injured Shawcross, the result was a 4-0 win including a hatrick for Morata.

I expect lightning to strike twice so Morata will carry the armband for me this week in S11.


Whatever you decide, I hope you’ll join us this Gameweek by downloading the FREE Starting 11 app in the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Gameweek 20 (Boxing Day) - Starting 11 Team

Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular among the FPL community since August 2017, 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 for Gameweek 20/Boxing Day today via the FREE Apple or Android apps.



Gameweek 20 - bOXING dAY tEAM


Monday, 25 December 2017

Christmas Number One on Christmas Island (Champion's Interview)



@FPL_Fly is a seasoned FPL manager.  His highest finish to date in FPL is 676th overall.  He also happens to be a former writer for FPLHINTS and one of the most interesting characters that I have met in real life.  But none of that is important now - he's surpassed it all by being crowned the Christmas Number One!*  I caught up with him on his achievement and FPL exploits.
*On Christmas Island

Chief - First and foremost, congratulations!  How does it feel to be the 'Christmas Number One'?

Fly - This ranks right up there with some of the greatest achievements in my life to date. It is hard to grade them, so in no particular order they are:

• Appearing on Tiswas as a 5 year old and having Sally James wipe Chris Tarrant’s custard off my face...

• Finishing 9th in the Men’s 100m Final at the London 2012 Olympics. I didn’t actually enter, but as there were 8 finalists it could be argued that I did in fact finish only one place below them...

• Killing Ayrton Senna. This is true, and one day the truth will come out. 
Chief - What was it that convinced you to switch your allegiance from England to Christmas Island during pre-season?

Fly - Truth be told I didn’t actually vote for Christmas Island in the competition you ran to decide who we would “adopt”. One of the other finalists was a remote island I once lived and worked on and for which I have a special affinity. That said, once the decision was made, I was wholly behind the endeavour.

Also, I remembered how much Mrs Fly is petrified of crabs so I figured if there *was* the chance of an all expenses paid trip to Christmas Island for the winner (come on @CITourism, make it happen!) then I knew she wouldn’t come with me which made it an altogether more enticing competition! 

Chief - What in particular have you enjoyed about being associated with the Christmas Island league?

Fly - I’ve actually learned a little about the place (other than it just all being about the crabs) and would love to one day visit Flying Fish Cove, which is also known as Kampong Settlement. Also, the shape of the island itself looks very much like a Poodle... 🐩 

Chief - I know that Mrs Fly is also an accomplished FPL manager in her own right.  Has she been praising your superlatives this season and taking tips from you?

Fly - Seriously? It’s like trying to get blood from a stone to even try and get the information about who she is captaining for my regular pre-Gameweek tweet! She’s more secretive than MI6 when it comes to her FPL team. I’m happy to report, however, that she’s doing RUBBISH this season and is currently languishing around the 1.5m mark after keeping faith with Sanchez for far too long. She never listens to advice from me, whether in FPL or in real life...

Chief - I know you're having a tremendous season to date.  Let's not beat around the bush, you can realistically win FPL! What's your secret and what are your expectations?

Fly - No secret. I got off to an excellent start courtesy of 101pts in Gameweek  1 to make the Top 5k. Those first 2 weeks of the season were a great platform thanks to Hegazi, Mkhitaryan, Eriksen and Rooney. I did slip in Gameweek 3 and 4 to a season low of 173k but I’ve consistently been in and around the Top 5k since Gameweek 7. 

That, combined with some decent captain picks has been the key which has allowed me to rack up a 63pt per Gameweek average. I’ve also kept faith with players with good underlying stats while others around me have rage transferred them out. But in all honesty, I’ve just been lucky. 

Chief - I also must ask this - come May 2018, what would you do and how would you feel if you won FPL?

Fly - It’s incredibly unlikely for various reasons. The main one is actually quite peculiar. Geographic location. The 2014 Overall Champion (@tomfenley) and the 2016 Overall Champion (@DimitriN23) live about 20 miles apart. I live slap bang between the two. In a global game of 5.5m+ players, 3 Champions from within the same small area in the UK would be a miracle!

I also think I may have peaked too soon; I prefer a much slower and steadier climb to tell the truth. The pressure at the top is massive. I know this from experience in 2010 when I went into the final week of the season inside the Top 50 (with a very realistic chance of winning) only to finish 676th.

Chief - Finally, I know you've had a challenging year to say the least.  What one piece of advice would you give to those that are having a difficult time in their FPL and non-FPL lives?

Fly - Yeah, it’s not been a great year outside of FPL. Having been diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in March my life got flipped, turned upside down - unfortunately there was no mansion in Bel Air at the end, just the removal of one of my precious spuds!

In all seriousness, I got lucky. It was such a rare tumour I didn’t need chemotherapy (as it wouldn’t respond to it) so I didn’t have to put my body through that.
What I would do is implore ALL readers, both male AND female to regularly check themselves and go to the GP is they detect anything unusual. There is absolutely NOTHING to be embarrassed/worried about!! 

On top of that I then managed to secure a job that satisfied a long-held ambition, namely to work in Antarctica, only to bust my ankle and leg up badly 12 days into the 6 month contract. This has left me with a permanent disability and coupled with the cancer has left my head in a very bad place. With no real family support and friends not really being of the “type” to want to discuss these kind of things, I found solace in strangers on the internet.

The FPL community have done wonders in ways I’ll never be able to truly communicate. They’ve allowed me a safe place to whinge, bitch, vent, laugh and cry. But anyway, enough about Jurgen Klopp’s (mis)management of Liverpool! 

I guess what I’m trying to say is whether you’re having a tough time in either real life or in FPL, find someone or somewhere you can talk. Don’t bottle it up. It’s not healthy. 

I just want to end this interview by name checking the three other Christmas Island managers who could quite easily have been talking to you instead of me: @barCOLEYna, who led for so long, @CareemSelim and @davidoff_7

I’m sure the lead of this league will swap many times between now and the end of the season.


Chief
 - It's been a pleasure speaking to you, buddy. Here's to a healthier and happier 2018 for you, and everyone!

Friday, 22 December 2017

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Morata moans, replacing Richarlison and #Kanexit

Red cards, diving, goals galore - Gameweek 18 had plenty to keep Fantasy Premier League managers on their toes.

It even saved the best 'til last, as one penalty seemed to have something for everyone.
It wasn't all fun and games, unfortunately - some of the complaints and more lurid speculation around David Silva's recent absence were as distasteful as they were ill-informed.
The idea that some people feel entitled to an explanation as to why he needed to attend to what must be a serious family matter boggles the mind. To their credit, most FPL players shrugged their shoulders acknowledged it as part of the game life, and moved on.
Back in the fantasy realm, the debate in the FPL community around whether to hold or sell Harry Kane (TOT, 12.8) reached such a critical mass it was given its own name.
To read the full article, click here...

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Gameweek 19 - Daily Fantasy Premier League Tips


Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular amongst the FPL community since August 2017, 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 for Gameweek 19 today via the FREE Apple or Android apps.



Forwards


Safe Pick - Sergio Aguero vs Bournemouth (H)


With Gabriel Jesus's presence in a second string XI in the Carabao Cup for Manchester City, Sergio Aguero is all but guaranteed to start for Pep Guardiola on Saturday.

Manchester City’s opponents this weekend are Bournemouth who are winless in the last 6 games.

Aguero hasn’t score a hat-trick since Gameweek 6 but my gut says we will see Aguero explode on Saturday and for Manchester City’s winning run to continue.




Differential - Tammy Abraham vs Crystal Palace (H)


With Wilfried Bony’s injury 4 minutes into the match vs Everton, Tammy Abraham finds himself back in the starting 11 for this weekend.

Despite Crystal Palace’s recent improvement lifting them out of the relegation zone, in my opinion, with Mamadou Sakho out injured they still look vulnerable at the back.

A nailed on starter, Abraham could be the man to give you a sneaky advantage on Saturday.





Midfielders


Safe Pick –  Paul Pogba vs Leicester City (A)


It's easy to see that Pogba is the key to this Manchester United side and his return from suspension this weekend should help maintain the gap to Manchester City, even if closing it seems too much to ask.

Their opponents, Leicester City, only have 2 clean sheets in their last 10 games and come into the match off the back of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.

During his 8 starts this season, Pogba has been involved in 10 goals (scored 3 and assisted 7).  Fresh to take on the festive period, I’m expecting more returns for fantasy managers.




Differential Pick – Xherdan Shaqiri vs West Brom (H)


After blanking in his last 3 matches, Shaqiri will be looking to end his purple patch this Saturday at home to struggling West Brom.

With West Brom second from bottom in the Premier League and without a win since August, if Stoke are to score then those goals will involve the Switzerland international.

Despite the recent blanks the signs are positive for Shaqiri, he has had 4 shots and provided 6 key passes during his last 2 games.  Can those stats turn into fantasy points this weekend?


Defenders


Safe Pick – Phil Jones vs Leicester City (A)


Phil Jones has played 90 minutes in 11 games this season and Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in 9 of those games.

Now back in the side after missing 5 games through injury, I expect the incredible David De Gea to have his workload reduced during the busy international period.

Their opponents Leicester City have been in a good run of form, however after the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace mentioned earlier, Manchester United will look to take advantage.




Differential Pick – Angelo Ogbonna vs Newcastle (H)


Many doubted him, but credit where it’s due, David Moyes has managed to turn West Ham’s season around.

The Hammers have been transformed from the worst defence in the league, to a side who have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 3 games.

This week, West Ham are at home to Newcastle who are on a 4 game losing streak and without a win in 9 games.

West Ham will win in my opinion and Ogbonna will collect his 4th clean sheet in 4 games.





Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Ederson


Manchester City have been a powerful force going forward for the last few seasons, however their downfall has always been their inability to keep a clean sheet.

This season it’s a different story, boasting the joint best defensive record for which Ederson is in part key too.

This week City are up against a struggling Bournemouth side who are now winless in their last 6 games and have failed to score in their last 2.




Differential Pick – Jack Butland vs West Brom (H)


A popular pick for the 2016/17 season, however Butland only has 2 clean sheets to his name this year, a true differential for any fantasy manager taking a punt on him.

Well this week could be the time for that punt, with a home tie vs West Brom who are without a win since August.

West Brom have only scored 1 goal in their last 4 games which came in the unlikely form of Gareth Barry, their attack shouldn’t be providing much threat to Butland’s clean sheet on Saturday.



CAPTAIN PICK

This season some of us may be guilty of forgetting what damage Sergio Aguero can do when he is on form.

Rested midweek, along with Sterling, De Bruyne and Manchester City’s other attacking assets, I almost feel sorry for Bournemouth this weekend.

Manchester City have captaincy options throughout their squad this weekend but for me this fixture has an Aguero hatrick written all over it.


Whatever you decide, I hope you’ll join us this Gameweek by downloading the FREE Starting 11 app in the App Store or the Google Play Store.

MLN - My Little Nuts: Chief's League Week 11



Here's another update from Chief's My Little Nuts League.

Have you heard about My Little Nuts (MLN) yet? It's a draft style Premier League game and it's the number 1 game in France (with 600k players). They can't all be wrong!


It's all based around head-to-head mini leagues with a standard 3 points for a win system. No global rankings!


Lets have a look at the 11th week of results:




Quite a few high scoring games this week, with 4 teams scoring 4 or more. The scoring system is different to standard FPL in MLN. Only real goals or virtual goals (scored by good ratings) count. Chief got his 2nd win in 3 as he got his season back on track.





A good 5-2 win for Chief. The 'blue goals' mean all the goals in this game were real goals. Chief tried a bonus to make it easier for him to score a virtual goal but it wasn't needed. 

Here's how the table stands:



With those 2 wins Chief is making his way back up the table. We have a new leader though with Lamb taking top spot.

ONE LAST THING: If you haven't given MLN a try yet please do, HERE.

There are 3 key differences to standard fantasy:

1. Unique teams (draft style)
2. Head-to-head mini leagues
3. Goals win games.

And it's FREE.



Friday, 15 December 2017

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Morata firesale, Power Three backline and the new breed of uber-budget defenders

Even the most pessimistic of Fantasy Premier League pundits never thought it would get this bad.


It’s been a trying time for FPL managers in recent weeks, as we’ve watched a relentless procession of heretofore reliable players fall foul of suspension, injury and squad rotation.

Fielding 10 or even fewer players each week has become commonplace, as the virtue of having a deep bench became painfully clear.
The FPL Cup offered little comfort for many active managers, many of whom had to endure watching “ghost ship” teams sail past them, thanks to 11 points from pre-season favourite David de Gea (MUN, 5.8) and the failure of popular GW17 captains like Kane and Salah. Even long-time world Number 1 Damir TeNay lost out to a manager ranked around 4.5 million - the magic of the cup, eh?
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But with all the plate-spinning in our midfield and forward lines, the emergence of standout picks in defence has largely gone unnoticed - and not just the “pound-shop” variety, either.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Gameweek 18 - Daily Fantasy Premier League Tips


Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular amongst the FPL community since August 2017, 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.

Gameweek 18’s headline fixture has Spurs heading to Manchester to face a City side that so far, cannot be stopped. They’ve managed to win 16 of 17 in the Premier League whilst drawing the other, and it’s difficult to see a fixture that will trip them up at present.

Elsewhere, there are a number of fixtures that could provide decent fantasy points - a rejuvenated Leicester hosting Palace and Arsenal welcoming Newcastle to the Emirates, to name just a few.

If you’d like to get involved this week by challenging us, simply create your lineups for Gameweek 18 today via the FREE Apple or Android apps.



Forwards


Safe Pick - Alexandre Lacazette


After coming on for just 8 minutes midweek against West Ham, we’re backing Alexandre Lacazette to be back in the goals this weekend. He’ll be up against a Newcastle side that’s hit a rough patch, with the Magpies winless in their last 8.

Lacazette scored in Gameweek’s 14 and 15 before failing to score in 71 minutes in a draw against Southampton over the weekend. The Gunners will have a great opportunity to get back to normal at home this weekend with plenty of goals (for Arsenal) expected.




Differential - Charlie Austin


Austin has to head to Stamford Bridge over the weekend to face a fairly solid Chelsea defence, but is in the midst of a run of four goals in four starts for Southampton so not all faith is lost.

The Saints managed an impressive draw against Arsenal in Gameweek 16 and were only narrowly defeated to Manchester City in Week 14, so fantasy bosses should give some consideration to Austin and Co. this week.

It’s also worth noting that whilst Chelsea don’t concede many goals, they have conceded to both Newcastle and Huddersfield in their last 3 Premier League games.




Midfielders


Safe Pick –  Riyad Mahrez


Mahrez and Leicester City are flying once again in the Premier League and quickly picking up consistent momentum, sitting eighth off the back of four straight wins.

The Algerian midfielder has been at the heart of Leicester resurgence, with four goals and an assist in the Foxes last four matches, including scores of 20 and 20.8 in his last two matches on Starting 11.

A Gameweek 18 tie against Crystal Palace shouldn’t be too much of a concern for fantasy bosses, although they did well in the dying minutes to secure a 2-1 win over Watford midweek. Play Mahrez with confidence this week.




Differential Pick – Heung-Min Son


Spurs may not be favorites, but the South Korean midfielder could still make an impact for Spurs and secure differential points for your FPL and Starting 11 lineups in Gameweek 18.


Defenders


Safe Pick – Laurent Koscielny


Arsenal are at home to Newcastle United in Week 18, which should provide them a great opportunity for a clean sheet.

Koscielny is coming off a clean sheet against West Ham midweek, after a run of three straight was broken in Gameweek 15 at home to Manchester United.

Play Koscielny with confidence against Newcastle this weekend and possibly consider Cech and Bellerin also on Starting 11 if you’re tempted to stack an Arsenal defence.





Differential Pick – James Tarkowski


Sean Dyche is working miracles at Turf Moor this season, as Burnley now find themselves 4th in the Premier League table – hats off to you Dychy!

Whilst Burnley’s attack don’t score many goals, it’s their defence which is holding this team together, with 2 clean sheets in their last 2 outings making them a fantasy must-own.





Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Petr Cech


Cech will be eyeing a second clean sheet in a row as the Gunners host Newcastle United this weekend. Doubling up with Arsenal’s defence (Koscielny) should be a smart way to set your lineup, with subs at the ready in case somehow disaster strikes.

As already mentioned above, Newcastle are no push-overs, but, I don’t see Arsenal struggling to against Rafa and Co. in Gameweek 18





Differential Pick – Adrian


Another manager who deserves a quick mention this week is West Ham boss, David Moyes – as Moysey has taken 4 points from a possible 6 in their last 2 outings against Chelsea Arsenal.

The decision to sideline Hart for Adrian has proven to be a masterstroke, conceding only 3 goals in his last 3 games, which also included Man City away.

Whilst Stoke’s recent performances haven’t been dreadful, they have conceded 7 in their last 3 and with pressure mounting on the Potters boss Mark Hughes, I fancy a comfortable West Ham in Week 18.



CAPTAIN PICK

With limited premium names, form and matchups to pick our captains from this week, the likes of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku won’t be popular captain picks this weekend.

Riyad Mahrez is in a run of incredible form and should have plenty of opportunities to continue his great points tallies of late against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Expect the Algerian to start and add to his tally of 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 4 outings.

Whatever you decide, I hope you’ll join us this Gameweek by downloading the FREE Starting 11 app in the App Store or the Google Play Store.