Friday, 27 April 2018

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Kane concerns, Man City must-haves & the verdict on the Free Hit chip

Arsene Wenger has divided opinion for years now - but he’ll always have a special place in the heart of some Fantasy Premier League managers after what he did this week.
In the build-up to Arsenal’s clash with West Ham, the usually coy Frenchman did his best Anfield Express impression and gave fortunate Free Hitters a rare insight into his selection plans.
Suddenly Alexandre Lacazette (ARS, 10.2) was showing up in Free Hit teams everywhere - and they were duly rewarded with 13 points.
Analysis on Fantasy Football Scout later revealed that managers who used their Free Hit in a Blank Gameweek enjoyed an impressive advantage of around 25 points on average over their rivals.
So now that most active managers, including literally all of the game’s top 1,000, have used the Free Hit chip, what have we learned?
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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Gameweek 36 - Daily Fantasy Football 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 36 today via the FREE Apple app.



Forwards

Safe Pick – Jesus v West Ham (A)

The chances are he is probably now off penalty duty, however a goal and assist against Swansea should give fantasy football managers confidence that the Brazilian can be counted on.

With Aguero still out injured, Jesus will continue to lead the line for Manchester City despite having already wrapped up the Premier League title.

West Ham have conceded six goals in three games - with Jesus having spent periods of the season on the side-lines, he will be keen to add to his eleven Premier League goals for the season.

Differential - Perez v West Brom (H)

The perfect blend of form and fixture that every fantasy boss loves to see.

During his last four games the Newcastle forward has scored three goals and provided two assists – form which has helped Newcastle reach 41 points and secure Premier League football next season.

For their opponents West Brom on the other hand, despite a recent upturn in form their time is all but up.


Midfielders


Safe Pick – D. Silva v West Ham (A)

Having pulled all the strings in Manchester City’s midfield this season the Spaniard has been key to their success in the Premier League.

His form during the final third of the season has been even more impressive, scoring four goals and providing three assists in seven games.

I expect him to link up with Jesus again on Sunday and cause Joe Hart problems on a busy afternoon.

Differential - Zaha v Leicester (H)

Does he dive or is he hard done by?  The debate goes on, what we can be sure of is that Zaha is the main reason Crystal Palace have risen to 14th in the Premier League.

His three goals in two games showed that despite blanking against Watford, the former Manchester United winger is starting to fulfill the potential Sir Alex Ferguson saw in him.

Leicester have been poor defensively this season. I expect Crystal Palace to rediscover their attacking touch and score goals again this weekend.


Defenders


Safe Pick – Azpilicueta v Swansea (A)

He's the centre-back who continues to surprise me with the sort of attacking returns we’d expect from a wing-back. Azpilicueta provided another assist last weekend in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Southampton.

He may have secured a clean sheet in that game too, however in the Premier League they are long overdue.

This weekend Chelsea take on Swansea, who have the joint worst goal scoring record of the season and have just come off the back off a 5-0 hiding from Manchester City.

Differential – van Aanholt v Leicester (H)

After another clean sheet last weekend, Crystal Palace have kept their opponents out in two of their last five games and continue to rise up the table.

What better way to take advantage of those clean sheets than with an attacking full-back, especially one with set-piece responsibility.  'PVA' is a player I expected more from this season but he is finishing the season in good form.

Leicester have nothing to play for, Mahrez has gone quiet – if Palace can keep Vardy out then another clean sheet is achievable.


Goalkeepers


Safe Pick - Courtois v Swansea (A)

Are you prepared to form a defensive stack with Courtois and Azpilicueta on Starting 11?

When you are playing a side struggling to score you have to seize the opportunity and take advantage.  Courtois is more than capable of keeping Swansea at bay.

Despite not keeping a clean sheet recently, Chelsea themselves have fourteen clean sheets for the season - only one less than Manchester City.

Differential – Pickford v Huddersfield (A)

If the thought of a Chelsea double act is too much for you then how about Jordan Pickford?

Everton have kept a clean sheet in two of their last three games and this week take on the only side who can match Swansea for their lack of goals this season – Huddersfield Town.

Pickford himself wants to be on that plane to Russia as England’s number 1, if called upon he will be doing everything in his power to impress Gareth Southgate at this late stage of the season.




Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Gameweek 35 - As It Happened


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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Gameweek 35 - Daily Fantasy Football 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 35 today via the FREE Apple app.



Forwards


Safe Pick - Salah vs. West Brom (A)


Now on thirty goals for the season, surely Salah’s lead over Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot is a stretch too far?

Salah certainly won’t be resting on his laurels, especially knowing he could be rested during Gameweek 36 with Champions League commitments – as well as Kane having one additional game.

For their opponents West Brom, normal service will resume this weekend – an easy win for Liverpool and a chance for Salah to stretch his lead over Kane.


Differential - Arnautovic vs. Arsenal (A)


How Arnautovic has taken on his new role as striker for West Ham, one of the few shining lights in West Ham’s season – his nine goals this season have been key to their likely survival in the Premier League.

This weekend West Ham take on Arsenal, a side which is regularly weakened lately due to Europa League priorities – as well as a leaky defence.

A player I’d love to own on FPL and one I love to utilise on Starting 11, he will take his place in my line-up this weekend.



Midfielders


Safe Pick –  Mane vs. West Brom (A)


With a fixture such as this it seems logical to double up on Liverpool attacking assets.  Mane and Salah’s link up play with Firmino has been a joy to watch at times.

I almost feel sorry for West Brom, with their season all but over the win against Manchester United may have given some a glimmer of hope – they will be brought down to earth with a thud this weekend.

Mane himself has scored twice in Liverpool’s last three games and I expect him to continue his good form.


Differential Pick – Gudmundsson vs. Stoke (A)


Well we all thought he’d miss Gameweek 34 through injury and then he popped up with two assists. Qho’d have thought we would be considering Burnley coverage for attack?

Well the Clarets are sitting pretty in 7th place, challenging Arsenal for 6th – could we see Burnley in Europe next season?

Their opponents Stoke are without a win since January and after throwing away a vital win last weekend, they could be joining West Brom in the Championship next season.



Defenders


Safe Pick – Van Dijk vs. West Brom (A) 


Liverpool don’t keep clean sheets - Well, van Dijk would argue against this after recording three of them in his last four league games – even Manchester City only managed to score once during their two legs in the Champions League.

Having the joint worst goals scoring record in the Premier League this season (27) along with Stoke City, I don’t expect West Brom to cause too many problems for Liverpool this weekend.

With his presence in the box an attacking threat (he was even on direct free kicks vs Everton), van Dijk has been threatening a goal which will surely come before the end of the season.


Differential Pick – Long vs Stoke (A)


With Ben Mee potentially out for the season, Long has stepped into the limelight and celebrated is league start with a goal vs Leicester – let’s try not to dwell on the own goal vs Chelsea.

The clean sheets seem to have dried up and have become something of a myth, but Burnley don’t concede many – in fact Chelsea were the first team to score more than one goal vs Burnley since Liverpool did on New Years' Day.

I still have faith in the Clarets to bring us another clean sheet and I will be backing them again this weekend.


Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Karius vs. West Brom (A)  


Are you willing to stack that defence vs West Brom? 

It’s certainly an option this weekend given Liverpool’s defensive form and West Brom’s lack of attacking threat.


Differential Pick –  Pickford v Swansea (A)


Ok, so that Liverpool stack feels a little too risky for you, would you put it all on a Burnley stack instead?

#PopeMee was a lovely thing earlier in the season, could this be the time of #LongPope?

With only three goals in their last six games, Stoke’s time in England’s top flight could be coming to an end – can Burnley shut them out this weekend?



CAPTAIN PICK

It’s Mohamed Salah, the soon to be crowned player of the season and golden boot winner, who else?

It feels like he deserves one of those Premier League winner’s medals from Manchester City – he’s certainly not going to get one of those at Anfield!

Scoring thirty goals in the league already this season is incredible and he seems motivated to secure that golden boot, despite us entering the stage of the season where Kane tend to go nuclear.

Unless you fancy a punt this weekend, captain Salah and enjoy the rewards.

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.



Friday, 20 April 2018

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Time for a Talisman

Friday, 13 April 2018

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Kane quarrels, saving Salah and Double Gameweek differentials

Owning Harry Kane has been a frustrating experience for Fantasy Premier League managers at times this season, but nobody was prepared for this.
Owning Harry Kane has been a frustrating experience for Fantasy Premier League managers at times this season, but nobody was prepared for this
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Transferred in by over 100,000 managers, everything seemed to be going to plan as he duly notched against Stoke, before confusion reigned just minutes later.
GOAL Stoke 1-2 Spurs (63 mins)

Eriksen scores his second goal of the match as his free-kick evades everyone
The goal (and all-important FPL points) were eventually awarded to Eriksen, before Kane’s bizarre crusade to take a goal from a teammate revealed the full extent of his lust for a third Golden Boot.
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Gameweek 34 - Daily Fantasy Football 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 34 today via the FREE Apple app.



Forwards


Safe Pick -  Lukaku v West Brom (H)


It was the perfect way to win. Lull your opponents into a false state of security – then after halftime produce a shock comeback to temporarily halt their trophy quest.

Manchester United have their heads up.  Sanchez and Pogba are playing with confidence. When Pogba is playing well, Lukaku scores goals.

Their opponents West Brom are quite the opposite.  Confidence is low from a win-less streak stretching nine games – Lukaku and co to inflict more misery this weekend.



Differential - Barnes v Leicester (H)


It’s unbelievable that a Burnley striker has scored four goals in his last five games.

The Clarets are also looking to secure 7th place in the Premier League. Can they also push Arsenal for 6th?

This week Burnley are at home to Leicester. Vardy and Mahrez may cause problems at one end of the pitch, but at the other Leicester have looked shaky in recent weeks and Barnes can benefit.


Midfielders


Safe Pick –  Eriksen v Man City (A)


Tottenham's opposition this week are currently on a three game losing streak. having conceded eight goals during that period.  You’d think I was describing a team in a relegation battle rather than Manchester City.

Having scored three goals (despite only being credited with two of them) in two games, Eriksen is in fantastic form.

There is no doubt that this is a tough game for Spurs, but my gut says they could increase Manchester City’s win-less run.




Differential Pick – Milivojevic v Brighton (H)


What?  Milivojevic has scored again?  It’s becoming harder and hard to ignore the Crystal Palace man who continues to prove himself as an amazing option in Starting 11 and other fantasy football formats.

Crystal Palace are fighting for survival and constantly creating chances, with Milivojevic carrying all set piece responsibility. His run of three goals in three games is more than likely to continue.

Taking on a Brighton defence that’s failed to keep a clean sheet in nine league games, we know Palace will have their chances to score – if it’s a set piece we know who will be taking them.


Defenders


Safe Pick – Bailly v West Brom (H)

Manchester United v West Brom! It may as well be written in bold on this week’s fixture list as fantasy football bosses look to the Red Devils for some big returns.

Despite periods on the side-lines through injury, Bailly has established himself as Mourinho’s first choice centre back this season.

A change in management is too late as the writing is on the wall for West Brom – I expect a comfortable win for Manchester United and don’t see their defence threatened.




Differential Pick – Holebas v Huddersfield (A)


Considering Holebas is playing as part of a back 4 at Watford, his heat map shows he spends a large proportion of his time in the opposition half and poses as an attacking threat.

This week Watford travel to Huddersfield Town, after four games without a goal the Terriers finally scored last weekend – although Duffy handed the goal to Mounie on a plate.

With a strong chance of a clean sheet, attacking threat and on corner duties – Holebas could be a high scoring differential this weekend.


Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – De Gea v West Brom (H)


In my opinion De Gea is now the best goalkeeper in the world and while he continues to make match winning saves at Manchester United, Navas is gifting goals to the opposition at Real Madrid – United will be unplugging that fax machine this summer.

For the time being he remains a Manchester United player and this weekend has the ideal opportunity to join Bailly in your Starting 11 line-up.

West Brom haven’t won a league game since January and that isn’t going to change this weekend.





Differential Pick –  Pickford v Swansea (A)


Those seats on the plane to Russia are far from sealed when it comes to goalkeepers, never mind which player will be taking the number 1 jersey for England this summer.

Jordan Pickford has between now and the end of the season a chance to stake his claim and this weekend Everton travel to Swansea. The Swans recently went three games without scoring a goal and could only manage to find the back of the net once v West Brom.

A clean sheet last week v Liverpool will give Pickford confidence and he will know that Everton’s fixtures between now and the end of the season are favourable.


CAPTAIN PICK

The season is ending how it began with Lukaku taking the captain’s armband for many fantasy football managers.

This is certainly the week to do it with West Brom, his opponents on Starting 11 and a Double Gameweek for the Belgian over on FPL.

Lukaku has looked an isolated figure at times this season without the supply he requires to compete with the likes of Kane and Salah for this season's Golden Boot.

We have seen lately though that Sanchez is starting to settle in as a Manchester United player, add to that the improvement in the form of Pogba – goals are coming for Lukaku.

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.



Saturday, 7 April 2018

Help @FPLStag secure a nomination for the FBAs




Hi all, Chief has been kind enough to let me write a short post here to promote my attempts to secure a nomination in the Best Young Football Blogger category for this year's Football Blogging Awards.

Under the name FPLStag, I have been writing about Fantasy Premier League and helping the community for almost three seasons now.

My first articles were previews of the newly promoted teams during the pre-season of 2015/16, all of which were published on this Fanatasy Premier League Hints blog. As Leicester's magical title challenge unfolded, I wrote weekly differential articles for Chief's blog as well as Fanfeud.

In the summer of 2016/17, I began writing for Rotoworld's Premier League division with my weekly Stag's Take articles. These columns have proved very popular within the community since I started them and it has been my pleasure to help thousands of FPL managers win their mini-leagues and climb the overall rankings. 

Now it's time for me to ask a favour of you. Many of you may know from my joking on Twitter that I don't remember 90s football, as I'm only a 21 years old student. My age makes me eligible to run for the junior category in this year's FBAs. I would really appreciate if you could take two minutes of your time to submit a vote for me.

You can vote in two ways:
  • Via Twitter: Just tweet the following - I am voting in @theFBAs for @FPLStag in the category #FBAYoungBlogger #FBAs
  • Or via the FBAs' website, which you can visit here. Just type "FPLStag" for the name and link my twitter page in the "Link" box - that's www.twitter.com/fplstag for those who are copy-pasting.
Thanks for reading and voting, good luck in Gameweek 33 and beyond.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Gameweek 33 - Daily Fantasy Football 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 33 today via the FREE Apple app.



Forwards


Safe Pick -  Aubameyang vs Southampton (H)


After 75 minutes of nail biting last Sunday, those of you with Aubameyang were two goals to the good.  I still can't believe he didn't take the penalty to secure his hat-trick!

When Southampton played West Ham last weekend they looked awful. In my opinion they will join West Brom and Stoke in the Championship next season.

Due to being cup-tied in the Europa League, Aubameyang is just about as nailed on as they come - scoring goals and a favourable fixture, the first player in your line-up.









Differential - Rodriguez vs Swansea (H)


West Brom are surely doomed. However, with Pardew out could we see a change in fortune?

Not many fantasy bosses would back a West Brom player at the moment. Could this be the week to take a punt on Rodriguez?

For Swansea, this fixture has come at the wrong time – can Rodriguez score past a defence that lost 3-0 in the FA Cup to Spurs, followed by 2-0 to Manchester United last weekend?






Midfielders


Safe Pick –  Son vs Stoke (A)


Alli may have been the player finding the back of the net last weekend from an advanced position in Kane’s absence but it’s Son who gets the nod for me against Stoke this week.

After scoring four goals and recording an assist from only his last three games, Son is in great form and will only benefit from the return of Kane this weekend.

After losing three on the run and without a win in eight, fill your team with players from the team playing Stoke - I can’t see them finding a way out of the relegation zone.







Differential Pick – Gross vs Huddersfield (H)


Gross has been finding some form again over the last few weeks, scoring once and providing three assists over his last five games.

This weekend provides the German with a fantastic opportunity to build on that form, up against a Huddersfield side without a win from their last four games.

With a Double Gameweek on the horizon over on FPL, Gross is finding his way into a number of teams across different fantasy formats.




Defenders


Safe Pick – Alonso vs West Ham (H)

The Spaniard is still a de facto winger with clean sheet bonuses in my mind. He was unlucky not to be on the score sheet last weekend against Spurs.

As this is Alonso we concentrate on the opposing teams defence, in West Ham’s case – conceding eleven goals during their last four games.

Will this be the weekend the cries of ‘Goalonso’ return?










Differential Pick – Van Aanholt vs Bournemouth (A)


It's always a pleasure to have 'PVA' in my team and this weekend offers another opportunity given their opposition, Bournemouth.

Not as attacking as Alonso, but he has come up with 2 goals this season, both scored within the last four weeks - as well as some set piece responsibility.

With Sakho back in the Crystal Palace defence their unit is altogether more stable and I think Bournemouth could struggle to score past them.






Goalkeepers


Safe Pick – Lloris vs Stoke (A)


What better way to make up for last week’s error than a clean sheet? Saturday’s match against Stoke City will certainly give him that opportunity.

The soon-to-be Championship side, Stoke City, have only scored once during their last four games.

Together with Spurs' defenders this fixture is showing potential for a defensive stack – would you be brave enough to double or even triple up?










Differential Pick –  Ryan vs Huddersfield (H)


Brighton have surprised me this season. They have played some good football and never looked out of their depth – survival is by no means guaranteed but they have put themselves in a good position with seven games remaining.

Their opponents on Saturday however find themselves a little closer to trouble – heavily down to their goal scoring form which is feeble at best.  It’s now four games without finding the back of the net for Huddersfield.

If there is a slither of hope for Stoke and Southampton’s Premier League survival, it’s that Huddersfield are sliding down into the mix.




CAPTAIN PICK

The Arsenal forward is scoring goals for fun and has a very favourable fixture, which makes Aubameyang my captain this week.

Whilst his team mates have Europa League distractions, cup-tied Aubameyang can concentrate on his league form - he’s now scored five goals in six games since his arrival in January.

Form and fixture – entrust him with the armband.

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.