Friday, 18 October 2019

Gameweek 9 - Differentials

Thursday, 17 October 2019

MadPick - Zero Hero (Gameweek 9)

@FPLMad continues his series of 'Zero Hero' picks which focus on super low-owned players. They could be uber-differentials (at 0.9% or less), thus require more scrutiny and evaluation over a three Gameweek window. Over the years, he has provided an assortment of successful differentials on a weekly basis through his own set of parameters and is relishing this new challenge. Here's his Zero Hero pick for Gameweek 9:
It has been two great consecutive weeks with Harvey Barnes and Neal Maupay getting FPL returns in the last two gameweeks, respectively. Meanwhile, the three weeks’ timeframe is up for Miguel Almiron who proved to be a terrible debut for the Zero Hero series with 3 blanks in a row. Hopefully, the following two have set the bar high enough for these weekly picks. Focusing on this gameweek, it’s another one that’s after the long dreaded international break which takes forever to pass. However, the following gameweek to an IB is usually unpredictable in terms of the form of the players as well as the teams; some players will turn it around while a few will keep up their great form they had before the break. However, this can’t be the case for this week’s pick. That’s because this week’s pick has still to play a single minute in the Premier League this season. This week’s Zero Hero is Kieran Tierney. The Scottish left back arrived this summer in a sensational move from Celtic. So far this season, he’s played two matches in all competitions for Arsenal and therefore the sample size is really small to judge him. This pick is more of a gut pick of a player who’s heavily hyped and rightly so; last year, he’s managed 5 assists in 20 appearances in the Scottish Premiership as well as a goal in 6 appearances in the Europa League. Also, this season, while he’s only managed two appearances, he’s looked impressive both in defense and attack and has already 1 assist to his name as an Arsenal player. Over the next three weeks, Arsenal play Sheffield United away, Crystal Palace and Wolves at home where they’d hope to keep at least two clean sheets with strengthening the defence being one of Emery’s primary targets. With the likes of Aubameyang, Pepe and the soon-to-return Lacazette at the end of his crosses, Tierney is all but set to make a great impact in that Arsenal team. With 0.8% ownership and £5.4 price tag, he’s a sneaky differential to jump on right now.
I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions about this week’s pick!


Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Gameweek 9 - Fantasy Football Tips

Join me and many other fantasy football managers in Starting 11’s 
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Starting 11 has another free toll mini-league prize on offer this weekend. I’m here to bring you tips and hints on how to make the most of your Daily Fantasy Premier League team, and ever Gameweek.

We all love fantasy football and with a lot of us playing in FPL cash games with family, friends and work colleagues, Starting 11 are offering us the chance to win some fresh cash, every weekend!

What makes Starting 11 special is that there are no player price caps or budget restrictions, which allows you to pack a weekly team with as many premium assets as you want, rather than being forced to own less accomplished players from the bottom end of the table.

If you’d like to get involved this week by challenging myself and many other FPL bosses from the community, simply create your line-ups today by downloading the free Starting 11 app, which is available on both iOS and Android.


This Saturday has SIXTEEN teams in action, with a list of fixtures that look to have some open games.  No doubt there will be many tough calls – who will make your Starting 11?

Below, I (@FPLHints) will show you guys my line-up in advance and offer a few thoughts on which premium and differential players I’m considering.

Once you’ve installed the app and are logged in, please head over to the ‘Mini-League’ tab and there you will see FPLTips’ contest for Saturday 19th October.

As mentioned, both the iOS and Android apps are free to download, and the freeroll contest is free to join and play so, there’s nothing to lose.

Harry Kane vs. Watford (H)
Many are giving Spurs players one final chance in their fantasy football teams this weekend, after their 3-0 defeat against Brighton before the international break.  They need to bounce back on Saturday against Watford.

Spurs don’t have the form, but they do have the fixture – Watford are still propping up the Premier League table, winless and with only 3 points.

Kane hasn’t shown us the form we expected to see so far this season.  However during that period of 8 games he has managed to score 5 goals and provide an assist – hardly a disaster?

Those 2 goals and 3 assists for England over the international break will help his confidence, he can use this fixture to kick start his season

Tammy Abraham vs. Newcastle (H)
Last season Tammy Abraham was shipped out on loan to play in the Championship for Aston Villa. Cue a new manager and a transfer ban at Chelsea - the now England international has found himself leading the line for his club – as well as being the current Premier Leagues top goal scorer.

His goal scoring record looks set to continue. He has made 15 attempts on goal during the last four weeks – the third highest behind Aguero and McGinn.

This week he faces Newcastle, a side who have conceded 62 shots during the last four Gameweeks – the 5th highest in the league. Worryingly 43 of those shots were taken from inside the box.

Tammy is looking like a must own this week and certainly a player to consider as your Gameweek captain.

John McGinn vs. Brighton (H)
You may have noticed a name you weren’t expecting earlier, John McGinn – the 2nd highest shots taken over the last 4 Gameweeks.

A remarkable stat.  One which will rub salt into the wounds of those who owned him during Aston Villa’s 5-1 win over Norwich – where McGinn was unable to record any attacking returns.

He's one to keep hold of, especially considering his recent hat-trick for Scotland, even if it was only against San Marino

Brighton continue to favour their new attacking brand of football, which worked out fantastically for them vs Spurs but it does leave them open at times, which will benefit McGinn.

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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Who Got The Assist? Pod 84 - Why is it so unpredictable? (feat. Alex Ball)

Gameweek 8. 2019/20!

This week we're joined from NZed to complete our brace of guests from Down Under by Alex Ball (follow him on twitter here) to help us take a look at what's happened in the first eight gameweeks and why so many have had a tough time.

As usual, we also include our usual features in the Market Forces, 30+, zombie, Nick/Tom picks, #dadwatch plus a league update for the first time in a while and also, of course, listener questions.

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Friday, 4 October 2019

FPL: Five picks for GW8 - A solution to rotation roulette

After a typically incident packed round of Champions League games it's back to Premier League action this weekend. The International break is just around the corner and FPL managers will want to avoid looking at red arrows for two weeks. Dave Black takes a look at where fantasy football points could be in the offing.

Game week 7 was looking promising for a while but ultimately Pep's wheel of rotation and Serge Aurier's indiscipline scuppered some plans. There were points for Jamie Vardy as Leicester ran riot whilst Aubameyang got his customary goal for Arsenal, maintaining his record alongside Callum Wilson and Sergio Aguero as the only players to return a goal or an assist in every match so far. Well done if you have all three!

Gameweek 8 brings it's own problems, mostly from the Man City treatment room but we start our picks in North London...

1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, Forward, £11m)

I think I owe Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang an apology. He's barely had a mention in 7 previous previews but as mentioned, he has yet to fail this season. He's about to embark on a lovely run of games where he doesn't face "big 6" opposition for 9 weeks. It's Bournemouth at home this weekend who, for all their attacking endeavour, have yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Gameweek 8 - Fantasy Football Tips

Join me and many other fantasy football managers in Starting 11’s 
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Gameweek 8 - daily fantasy premier league football

Starting 11 has another £50.00 Mini-League free roll this weekend. I’m here to bring you tips and hints on how to make the most of your Daily Fantasy Premier League team, and ever Gameweek.

We all love fantasy football and with a lot of us playing in FPL cash games with family, friends and work colleagues, Starting 11 are offering us the chance to win some fresh cash, every weekend!

What makes Starting 11 special is that there are no player price caps or budget restrictions, which allows you to pack a weekly team with as many premium assets as you want, rather than being forced to own less accomplished players from the bottom end of the table.

If you’d like to get involved this week by challenging myself and many other FPL bosses from the community, simply create your line-ups today by downloading the free Starting 11 app, which is available on both iOS and Android.


This weekend’s Super Sunday has EIGHT teams in action which include some tasty fixtures for Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, you can only choose 11 players though – who will make your Starting 11 line ups.

Below, I (@FPLHints) will show you guys my lineup in advance and offer a few thoughts on which premium and differential players I’m considering.

Once you’ve installed the app and are logged in, please head over to the ‘Mini-League’ tab and there you will see FPLTips’ contest for Sunday 6th October.

As we’ve said above – both the iOS and Android apps are free to download, and the £50.00 Freeroll contest is free to join and play so, there’s nothing to lose.

Sergio Aguero vs. Wolves (H)
I was a huge fan of Wolves last season, but it’s become clear this season that their squad depth isn’t deep enough to attack both the Premier League and Europa League on both fronts – given they play in Turkey on Thursday evening followed by a trip to Manchester City, they are worth targeting for Gameweek 8.

Aguero was rested during Gameweek 7, as Pep Guardiola continues to rotate his pack and ensure his squad stay as fresh as possible in every competition – with a two week break for the Argentine over the international break, I expect Kun to be back in City's Starting 11.

Despite only starting 5 of the opening 7 league games, Aguero has maintained a 100% record of recording either a goal or assist in every Gameweek so far this season – that consistency makes him a must own again vs Wolves.

Many expected Jesus to step in more this season after being awarded the number 9 shirt, however Aguero has proved he’s not finished yet – currently the league’s leading goal scorer on 8 for the season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs. Bournemouth (H)
It’s not only Aguero who has shown consistency this season, both Aubameyang and Callum Wilson are also yet to blank this season – the both also make my Starting 11 this Sunday.

With Lacazette ruled out until the end of October, now is the time to own Aubameyang – playing centrally rather than being forced out onto the wing for the greater good of this team.

Bournemouth are good fun to watch, they play attractive football, score goals – oh but they love to concede too, they haven’t kept a single clean sheet in the league yet this season.

Fikayo Tomori vs. Southampton (A)
Clean sheets haven’t been as frequent as we expected this season, in fact many fantasy bosses are now reverting back to 3 defenders as they search for attacking returns instead – but where is the best chance of a clean sheet on Sunday?

I read an interesting stat ahead of Gameweek 7, on how despite failing to keep any clean sheets – Chelsea don’t allow their opposition many chances.  Against Brighton that theory we confirmed, their first clean sheet of the season. When Kante returns they will only get stronger at the back.

Of note, Frank Lampard has been singing the praises of centre back Fikayo Tomori, who has stated the last four league games for Chelsea – scoring once in the process.

My Differential – Riyad Mahrez vs. Wolves (H)
Our Fantasy Football hero during Leicester City’s title winning season, Mahrez has been wasted at Manchester City.  Fortunately he now has an opportunity to stake a claim for a regular starting place.

Having started the last 2 league games, scoring in each as well as a couple of assists vs Watford – Mahrez is on top form.

With De Bruyne now a doubt for the Wolves game and Bernardo Silva at risk of facing a band, I don’t feel Mahrez will be rested – especially with a 2 week break on the horizon.

Get onboard early before everyone else does!


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MadPick - Zero Hero (Gameweek 8)

@FPLMad continues his series of 'Zero Hero' picks which focus on super low-owned players. They could be uber-differentials (at 0.9% or less), thus require more scrutiny and evaluation over a three Gameweek window. Over the years, he has provided an assortment of successful differentials on a weekly basis through his own set of parameters and is relishing this new challenge. Here's his Zero Hero pick for Gameweek 8: After a great debut by their new boss Graham Potter with 0-3 away win at Watford, Brighton have had a below average start with 3 points in their following 6 matches. Sitting 16th, they still have a lot of work to do especially offensively; they’ve only scored 5 goals this season including the previously mentioned 3 goals in the season opener. Potter has been hugely hyped since then but has still failed to improve the results. However, with their fixtures turning, we might see that happening sooner rather than later. The success of Pukki and Abraham has turned a lot of heads this season, especially the ones who don’t think strikers who are proven at the Championship level can make it in the Premier League. Those two has been lighting up the Premier League this season with 13 goals between them. This brings me to this week’s pick; Neal Maupay, who seems to be having a hard time compared to the other two; he’s only scored twice so far this season. In order to strengthen their attack, Maupay was brought in this summer by Brighton among other additions like Trossard. The former Brentford striker comes in with a good reputation; he has scored 25 goals and 8 assists in the Championship last season compared to 29 goals & 10 assists for Pukki and 25 goals & 3 assists for Tammy Abraham.
So far this season, he has looked dangerous for the Seagulls with 33 penalty area touches, 17 goal attempts but only two goals and a low goal conversion rate of 11.8%, which makes one wonder what he can do when that improves. At the head of the Seagulls attack, he has great potential over the next few weeks. This weekend, he plays at the Amex Stadium a bedraggled Tottenham Hotspur’s defense who has just conceded 7 goals in midweek. In the following 3 weeks, he comes up against Villa, Everton and Norwich who have conceded 39 goals between them, averaging 1.8 goals conceded per match. With those fixtures coming up, an uber-low ownership of 0.5% and a £6.0 million price tag, he’s this week Zero Hero!
I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions about this week’s pick.



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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

WGTA Pod 83 - Differential Selection (feat. FPL Dare)

Gameweek 7 in 2019/20!

This week we're joined from Down Under by FPL Dare (or Dean to normal people, follow him on twitter here) to help us on our voyage through the differential selection - with a lot of managers bunched up at the moment, how should we approach differential strategies and who of those low % owned players is catching our eye?

As usual, we also include our usual features in the Market Forces, 30+, Nick/Tom picks, #dadwatch plus a Speaker's Corner from Dean on what he gets up to on his FPL Dare YouTube channel. Also a league update for the first time in a while and also, of course, listener questions.

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Back next week with Alex Ball!

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Friday, 27 September 2019

FPL: 5 players to consider for GW7

After a week of Carabao Cup shocks, it's back to Premier League action this weekend. FPL managers around the globe will once again try and second guess Pep Guardiola whilst there's mixed injury news for Man Utd and Chelsea. Dave Black takes a look at the fantasy football options ahead of game week 7.

Pep roulette bit hard last week for a lot of FPL managers. Raheem Sterling was the victim this week as he sat out for the first time this season. Kyle Walker owners were left disappointed as he was subbed before the hour whilst Sergio Aguero played 90 minutes and managed a goal and an assist despite Man City racking up eight goals. It's been that sort of season.

Man City face a trip to Everton which looks a lot less of a banana skin than it did a few weeks ago, whilst there are appetising home games for Chelsea and Tottenham. In a way, the Carabao games have given us a clue to the teams this weekend - except in Pep's case where better men than me have tried to predict.

With that, here are five picks for the FPL weekend ahead.

1) Raheem Sterling (Man City, Midfield, £12.1m)

It's been over a month since Raheem Sterling had an FPL return. Blanks against Bournemouth, Norwich and a non-appearance against Watford have lead to over 100,000 managers transferring the England man out of their teams. Sterling returned to goalscoring form in the Carabao Cup win at Preston but will that translate to FPL points?

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Thursday, 26 September 2019

MadPick - Zero Hero (Gameweek 7)

@FPLMad continues his series of 'Zero Hero' picks which focus on super low-owned players. They could be uber-differentials (at 0.9% or less), thus require more scrutiny and evaluation over a three Gameweek window. Over the years, he has provided an assortment of successful differentials on a weekly basis through his own set of parameters and is relishing this new challenge. Here's his Zero Hero pick for Gameweek 7:
Leicester City had a rocking start to the season sitting in 3rd place with 11 points playing 3 top 6 teams in 3 out of 6 matches so far this season; Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea. With the likes of Maddison and Tielemans at the heart of their offense they’re starting to make waves. This brings me to this week’s pick; Harvey Barnes. The former England U21 international was recalled from his loan spell at West Brom last season due to his excellent performances; scoring 9 goals and 7 assists in 26 appearances. In a makeshift team last season, he had 11 starts where he registered 3 assists and a goal which was an underachievement considering he had an xG of 3.92.
So far this season, he’s been slowly getting himself in that starting lineup with the new arrival Perez not fitting the 4-1-4-1 deployed by Brendan Rogers, as well as the likes of Albrighton and Gray not impressing as much. With two winger spots up for grabs, they are all set to battle out for the next few weeks but as of this moment in time, it looks to be his position to lose as he looks nailed on to start at least the next couple of GWs which was indicated by him being rested midweek during the Carabao Cup. In two starts and 3 appearances off the bench, Barnes has already scored an absolute screamer against Sheffield United in GW3. He’s had 20 penalty area touches, a total of 6 goal attempts including 5 shots inside the box as well as 3 chances created. In an attacking Leicester City side that has a great run of fixtures where they only face top 6 sides twice in the next 11 games, Liverpool GW8 and Arsenal GW12, you’ve got to invest in their FPL assets. However, as a ZeroHero pick, we’ll judge his performances over the next 3 weeks when he faces Newcastle at home, Liverpool away and Burnley at home. Barnes offers a great differential pick as well as a cheap option into their attack, being priced at a low £5.9 million and only owned 0.3% of FPL managers; he’s this week Zero Hero. I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions about this week’s pick.


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Gameweek 7 - Fantasy Football Tips

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To celebrate Starting 11’s £50.00 Mini-League free roll this weekend, I’m back to bring you regular weekly installments of tips and hints on how to make the most of your Daily Fantasy Premier League team.

We all love fantasy football and with a lot of us playing in FPL cash games with family, friends and work colleagues, Starting 11 are offering us the chance to win some fresh cash, every weekend!

What makes Starting 11 special is that there are no player price caps or budget restrictions, which allows you to pack a weekly team with as many premium assets as you want, rather than being forced to own less accomplished players from the bottom end of the table.

If you’d like to get involved this week by challenging myself and many other FPL bosses from the community, simply create your line-ups today by downloading the free Starting 11 app, which is available on both iOS and Android.


We really are spoilt for coice when it comes to picking our Starting 11 line ups.

You may have thought it was tough last Sunday with eight teams in action, well this Saturday’s bumper fixture list means you have a whopping SIXTEEN teams to take into consideration.

Below, I (@FPLHints) will show you guys my lineup in advance and offer a few thoughts on which premium and differential players i’m considering.

Once you’ve installed the app and are logged in, please head over to the ‘Mini-League’ tab and there you will see FPLTips’ contest for Saturday the 28th of September. As I’ve said above – both the iOS and Android apps are free to download, and the £50.00 'free roll' contest is free to join and play so there’s nothing to lose.

Sergio Aguero vs. Everton (A)
As you all know, I activated my Triple Captain Chip over on FPL last week – backing Aguero and Manchester City to respond to their defeat during Gameweek 5 in the best possible way, by making a statement vs Watford.

Oh and did they make a statement, my only disappointment was that Aguero only scored 1 of the 8 goals – Kun was unlucky, on another day he could have scored several more.  This week I am backing Aguero again, after watching some dismal displays from Everton of late. I’m confident that if Sheffield United can score two against the Toffees, Manchester City can score even more.  So roll with Aguero in both FPL and Starting 11 for Gameweek 7 in confidence.

Trent Alexander-Arnold vs. Sheffield United (A)

It looks like the season of the premium defence turned out to be somewhat of a myth - as are clean sheets. Add an injury to Liverpool’s goalkeeper, Alisson, and even the best defence in the league is leaking.  However, we play fantasy football for goals and assists - both of which Alexander-Arnold has on offer; not forgetting he still has some set-piece responsibilities.

With Liverpool facing Sheffield United in Gameweek 7, I’m doubling up with Robertson – they both provided attacking returns last weekend against Chelsea and have looked dangerous all season going forward.

Kevin De Bruyne vs. Everton (A)
One of the players of the season so far, Kevin De Bruyne, looks like he’s out to prove a point after missing so much of last season through injury.  Having made 27 key passes already this season and 16 shots on goal, it’s no surprise to hear he’s already chalked up 7 assists and 2 goals in the Premier League this season. 

Pep rested him against Norwich and was made to pay the price - he won’t make the same mistake again, surely?  Like Aguero, KDB is a must-own player in both FPL and Starting 11 for Gameweek 7 and a premium captaincy contender in my opinion.

My Differential – Serge Aurier vs. Southampton (H)
If not for VAR, Aurier’s goal would have stood last weekend against Leicester and would have led to him featuring in more fantasy teams than he currently does.  Spurs have a lovely little run of fixtures up next - starting with a home tie against Southampton and a point to prove after losing to Leicester City in Gameweek 6.

Aurier returned to the Spurs starting line up during Gameweek 5 and marked the occasion with two assists and a clean sheet, which is always encouraging for fantasy football managers.  I think Spurs are more can capable of keeping the Saints out this weekend and judging by how attacking his heat map was last weekend, he could add some attacking returns too.  A huge differential still on FPL and is unlikely to be a popular pick on Starting 11 either, so grab him with confidence for Gameweek 7.

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019

WGTA Pod 82 - Premium Health Check (feat. Will from Fantasy Football Hub)

Gameweek 6 in 2019/20!
On a week where many a fate was decided by a last minute no-show, WGTA are no exception as Nick suddenly gets eaten by the work monster. Luckily, we've an excellent vice captain of our own as Will Thomas from Fantasy Football Hub (follow him here) steps into the void.

It's all about the premiums this week as we don white coats and get them to cough for us as we examine the expensive players' current progress.

As usual, we also include our usual features in the Market Forces, 30+, Nick/Tom picks and a slightly different #dadwatch. Also a league update for the first time in a while and also, of course, listener questions.

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Back next week with hopefully Nick and also the brilliant @FPLDare!

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Friday, 20 September 2019

FPL: Form vs Fixtures ahead of GW6

The Champions League group stages may have taken the headlines over the past few days but last weekend is still fresh in the memory of FPL managers. Has the result at Carrow Road altered your best laid plans? Dave Black steps into the world of rotation, injuries and playing out from the back to bring you some FPL guidance ahead of Gameweek 6.

Things are actually starting to show signs of taking shape despite that result at Norwich. Chelsea have a striker scoring goals again, Liverpool's front three look to be on speaking terms and Sergio Aguero has scored in every game to date. There's been a distinct lack of clean sheets which suggests spending big on the defence is futile whilst budget figures like Mason Mount, Todd Cantwell and Ashley Barnes have been regularly in the points.

As this is the case, we're coming into peak wildcard territory. You get two a season and the first one needs to be used by the end of December, so you may as well maximise it before we get into the December madness of squad rotation. With that in mind, this week we're looking at each position and the top performers so far.

Goalkeepers

There are two top goalkeepers, one is FPL gold whilst the other may surprise you. David De Gea (£5.6m) has been keeping Man Utd in games for a number of years now and despite some high profile mistakes in recent times. He's pricey though and Man Utd are about to embark on a tough run of games including Arsenal and Liverpool. Tied with De Gea on 24 points is Angus Gunn (£4.5m). Gunn has gone under the radar somewhat but a 9 point haul away at Sheffield United last weekend has catapulted him up the table. A home game with Bournemouth is followed up by games with Tottenham and Chelsea though, so there is only really price in Gunn's favour.

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Thursday, 19 September 2019

MadPick - Zero Hero (Gameweek 6)

This is @FPLMad's debut article via FPL HINTS. Over the years, he has provided an assortment of successful differentials on a weekly basis through his own set of parameters (a player who has a chance of a good score for a single week and who is under 5% owned). Providing a weekly differential can be hit and miss at times, as not only is it a player who often hasn’t proven himself enough to be picked by many managers,  but also has to justify himself by bagging a return when put under the FPL microscope. However all of that has now changed as we endeavour to take it to the next level. Firstly, the majority of seasoned managers will not undertake one week transfers, so we're increasing the evaluation window to three Gameweeks. Secondly we want to take the term differential to the next level. Are there super low-owned players that in essence could be the uber-differentials that we are after? We think so. So the MadPicks will be reloaded and restricted to players owned by 0.9% or less! Introducing MadPick: The Zero Hero Edition.
This week’s MadPick/Zero Hero is Newcastle United's Miguel Almiron. Arriving from Atlanta United where he scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists during 17/18 season, he had great potential to translate that to the Premier League. Last year, arriving in January and suffering an injury that ruled him out in the last three weeks, he only had 10 appearances where he registered two assists.  Still, the Paraguayan winger has looked really good and has shown some promise of good FPL potential. This season, Newcastle have had a rough start, apart from the superb away win against Tottenham in GW3, with only 4 points gained. With Steve Bruce in charge, they’ve retained aspects of the same system that Benitez established last year with Atsu replacing the injured Ritchie, and Almiron out wide providing support to Joelinton the lone striker in attack.  They heavily rely on counter-attacking football in their matches and Almiron’s pace can be very dangerous for the opposition. So far, Almiron has been very quiet with an empty bag of returns with 0 goals and 0 assists. However, I expect that to change over the course of the next 3 gameweeks. In terms of his underlying stats, he had 78 touches in the final third including 11 penalty area touches, created two changes, registered 6 goal attempts and an xGI of 0.55.
I can’t lie; a huge factor in my selections is based on gut as well as what some people like to call, the “eye-test”.  I really think Miguel Almiron can do something over the next 3 weeks with Brighton at Home, Leicester away and Manchester United at home. They have only kept 4 clean sheets in their first 5 games. He’s only owned by 0.5% of FPL managers and comes at a reduced price of 5.9 million. In my estimation, he is worth considering as an extremely out of the box fourth or fifth midfielder option. I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions about this week’s pick.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

WGTA Pod 81 - What happened to Big At The Back?

Gameweek 5 in 2019/20!
This week it's time for some introspection as our heavily trailed Big At The Back idea is questioned widely. What happened? Where did the defensive points go? How will we react?

That's basically the main part of the discussion on today's edition.

As usual, we also include our usual features in the Market Forces, 30+, Nick/Tom picks and #dadwatch.

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Back next week with the brilliant @FPLDare!

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Friday, 13 September 2019

FPL: Five players to consider for GW5

With the International break now firmly behind us, club football returns this weekend. That means that after two weeks of tinkering for fantasy football managers, it's now time to make some final decisions ahead of Game week 5. Dave Black looks at five players you might consider.

It seems an absolute age since a pulsating North London derby brought the curtain down on GW4. Amazingly, Raheem Sterling was the only active player valued over £9.5m that didn't contribute a goal or assist. Typically, he was also one of the most captained. Whilst that will have set many rankings back, it's hardly a reason to panic.

The good news is, the International break seems to have claimed very few casualties with Giovani Lo Celso probably the highest profile so far, though he is owned by 0.4% of all players. The bad news is the Champions League is about to return which will further complicate Pep Guardiola's rotation system.

Hopefully that won't be a factor just yet as there are some familiar names in this week's selection, starting with a man in tremendous form.

1) Kevin De Bruyne (Man City, Midfield, £9.8m)

Manchester City are off to Norwich this weekend and given the Canaries' attacking intent so far this season, it's fair to say they won't try and hold the champions for a 0-0. You can take your pick from Man City's attacking options - Aguero and Sterling are the obvious (but most expensive) two but I've opted to highlight Kevin De Bruyne who is cheaper at £9.8m.

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Monday, 2 September 2019

WGTA Pod 80 - Where will it go from here? (Featuring Adam Hopcroft)

Gameweek 4 in 2019/20!

We're joined by the brilliant Adam Hopcroft (follow him on twitter here) to discuss the use of stats, and where we think the season will go from here.

As usual, we also include our usual features in the Market Forces, 30+, Nick/Tom picks and #dadwatch.

There's also a heavily expanded questions section, including our thoughts on mid priced strikers and midfielders.

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Back after the International Break!

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Friday, 30 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 4 Team



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Overal Rank: 183K

Transfers: 2

Changes: Pukki and Mount in / Murray and Moura out (- 4 Hit)

Cash ITB: £1.0M

Wildcard likely to be used during the international break.

Good luck to you all!


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Silva the solution to doubling up on Man City's attack?

FPL: Five players to consider in GW4

An incredibly tight start to the 2019/20 Premier League has made for some tricky decisions for FPL managers around the world. This weekend will see GW4 played out but with only two points separating 4th from 19th, the search for form is still very much on. Where does the value this week? Dave Black takes a look at the fantasy football prospects for the round ahead.

With only three clean sheets across the ten fixtures last week, it was very much a week for the attacking assets. Aguero, Salah and Sterling all continued to stake their claim to be your premium assets whilst Pukki, Barnes, Abraham and Haller looked to be in fine form as budget options.

The only conclusions we can really draw so far are that Man City and Liverpool are still ahead of the competition but the rest of the league is in somewhat of a flux. I'm surprised at the number of wildcards already played as personally I can't identify a squad of 15 that I definitely want - within budget at least. It's also the last week before an International break and the International transfer window still being open, so there are still some loose ends to tie up before making a big decision like that.

Anthony Martial has been ruled out of GW4 through injury. Martial was looking like a must have - a reasonably priced midfield option playing as a striker. But when one door closes another will open, for somebody, so where can we find some points this week? Here are five players I've picked out for your consideration:

1) Sergio Aguero (Man City, Forward, £12m)

Gabriel Jesus' hamstring injury might be bad news for the Brazilian international but it is excellent news for Sergio Aguero and his owners. With Jesus out of action that clears the way for Aguero to play unopposed, finally free of the threat of Pep rotation. He certainly enjoyed that luxury last weekend, netting twice against Bournemouth and continuing his record of having scored in every match so far.

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Friday, 23 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 3 Team



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Transfers: 2

Changes: Stones and Gomez out / Wan-Bissaka and Walker-Peters in

Cash ITB: £0.5

Good luck to you all!


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FPL: The top 5 transfers in for GW3 - are they worth it?

Well done if you've made it to week 3. Nothing bursts the fantasy football enthusiasm a new season brings like a low scoring game week. But whether you were cursing Mo Salah's quiet afternoon or cheering John Lundstram's heroics, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into game week 3. Dave Black takes a look at the weekend ahead...

Game week 2 was a bit of a roller coaster. If you had Teemu Pukki, things probably seem a bit brighter but for the other 80% of us there wasn't as much to cheer. Aubameyang, Sterling, Mane and Aguero did well out of the premium assets but with only two clean sheets across the whole weekend the average ended up being just 41. Much more is expected this weekend.

With Tottenham hosting Newcastle and Manchester United at home to Crystal Palace, there are two fixtures which look very favourable for the home sides. Once again though we're going to shift focus to trying to find those budget options.

This week, I've had a look at the players who are the most transferred in ahead of game week 3 and assessed whether they are just a flavour of the week or if they are a serious consideration for your team in the long run. These figures are as of Wednesday evening. For those that are not aware, the value of players changes based on transfers in and out rather than form.

1) Teemu Pukki (Norwich, Forward, £6.8m. 760,808 transfers in)

If you score a hat-trick and you are valued at £6.5m, you are going to be the subject of a lot of attention. Whenever any goal scorer makes the step up from the Championship they are immediately compared to Robert Earnshaw, Dwight Gayle and many other second tier hot-shots who have gone before. It feels different with Pukki. For starters, he's in a team that actively want to attack whether they are home or away. He's clearly in the form of his life and has so far outperformed most others in his price range, with only Ashley Barnes coming close so far. However, it is only two games. Can he keep this up?

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

WGTA Pod 78 - Is 2 weeks' data enough?

Gameweek 2 in 2019/20!

After the quiet optimism of the opening weekend comes wildcards and hits galore, meaning we assess the merits of going nuclear right away along with presenting some data (thanks to our friend Wee Rogue) which may suggest big names are OK but reservations about ripping apart our teams.

Our features also return, which are the Market Forces, the Over 30s team, the Nick/Tom pick and the zombies, as well as #dadwatch as Nick's dad continues to school us all.

We finish off with our listener questions.

Hope you enjoy, back in Gameweek 3!

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Friday, 16 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 2 Team



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Transfers: 0

Changes: Murray benched / Lundstram on

Cash ITB: £0.0

FPL Points from Gameweek 1: 90

The biggest takeaway from Gameweek 1 was the validation of premium priced players as being worth their weight in FPL gold.  Of course, they aren't all going to get fantasy returns concurrently every week.  But having the correct type of coverage from the players that are capable of yielding big returns is essential.  I wish I had Harry Kane and Aubameyang but without them I have a stronger midfield with player that can play out of position.

Having watched Murray last weekend, I will be surprised if he starts in Gameweek 2.  No one else appeals to me in the £6.0M striker category so he will have to make do on the bench for now.  Maupay looks interesting and could become a bandwagon player if he starts and scores during this weekend.

Apart from Murray, I'm also looking to downsize on my Liverpool double up in defence.  A straight swap of Gomez to Coleman or Wan-Bissaka makes perfect sense.  If I do that, it means I have the option of rejigging my midfield in the foreseeable future and getting Mane in, alongside Salah.  To do this, I would need to offload Moura and Perez.

It's probably unorthodox having a 4-5-1 formation at this time of the season.  But I wanted to give Lundstram a chance after his superlatives in Gameweek 1, despite conceding a goal.  Sheffield United were fairly solid in defence last season and I'm hoping they can replicate some of that form at home against Crystal Palace.  If all else fails I will have 2 free transfers for next week.

Good luck to you all!

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Gameweek 2 - Differentials

Gameweek 2 Captain - Salah v Sterling

FPL: Five alternative options for GW2

Fantasy Football came back into our lives last week. The return of the Premier League also brought the game we all love to hate back into the mix and it didn't disappoint. Players benched, much fancied goalkeepers being injured and captains scoring - and that was just Friday night. How does GW2 follow that? Dave Black takes a look ahead to the weekend...

Nearly all of the fancied players have hit the ground running - Salah, Kane, Sterling, Aubameyang, Aguero and Van Dijk all got off to scoring starts, albeit some better than others. Even Sadio Mane, who only made a brief cameo in GW1, proved his fitness in the Super Cup so his inclusion is now a safe bet.

There are actually more questions than answers after the first round of matches. Chelsea's midfield muddle, will it be Martial or Rashford up front for Man Utd and has Gabriel Jesus done enough to keep a Sergio Aguero shaped wolf from the door?

The way I see it, you can take your pick of the premium players and there's an element of luck of the draw as to who fires and who doesn't if all are fit and well. The difference will be made in the rest of your team, which is why this week I'm offering up five alternative picks ahead of GW2.

1) Callum Robinson (Sheff Utd, Midfielder, £5.5m)

Sheffield United were the only one of the promoted clubs to pick up a point in week one and a home game with Crystal Palace might represent an opportunity for more. As you would expect from a promoted side, their players are priced very reasonably and I'm putting forward midfielder Callum Robinson as a pick this week.

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Monday, 12 August 2019

Who Got The Assist? Pod 77: Gameweek 1 Reflections

We're back for the first proper Gameweek of 2019/20!

Lots to talk about as the season kicks off, as we have a think about our reactions to the first Gameweek, advocate patience and talk about a few bits and pieces.

Yes, we're back to a classic stats pod sans stats, but we have plenty to discuss after the opening weekend.

Our features also return, which are the Market Forces, the Over 30s team, the Nick/Tom pick and the zombies, as well as our listener questions.

Hope you enjoy, back in Gameweek 2!

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Friday, 9 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 1 Team (2019/20 Season)


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It only feels like yesterday when Manchester City and Liverpool finished last season in almost a dead heat of a race.  But there are no prizes for second as the Citizens did enough to nudge over the line and retain the Premier League title.  Liverpool were bereft and had to console their fan base by winning the Champions League. Both teams met again for the curtain raiser last weekend, which didn’t do much to rid the Community Shield of its tag of being a glorified friendly in the eyes of many.  But all of that is in the past now.  Wish the summer and your weekend afternoons goodbye, as it’s that time of the year again… FPL is back!



Avid readers of the blog will know that I used to post my team on here on a regular basis.  I stopped doing that a few years ago and I stopped tweeting about my team altogether before every Gameweek last season.  But seeing as I have been sharing my Gameweek 1 FPL teams for almost all of the past decade, I thought it best to share this one too.

Here's my reasoning behind each pick:

Pope/Ryan
Rotating goalies hasn't really worked for me in the past.  But I didn't fancy just having Ryan despite his generous fixture run.  Brighton didn't keep many clean sheets last season and with an attack-minded manager at the helm they may keep less this time around.  Pope and Ryan dovetail reasonably well for a prolonged period of time so I'm happy to acquire their services.  It's no coincidence that Pope's absence last season saw Burnley's backline struggle.  With him back and with some defensive reinforcements I would hope they can do well.

Van Dijk
He is the linchpin to Liverpool's defence and it's not surprising that he's the highest owned FPL defender on the eve of Gameweek 1.  Robertson and Alexander-Arnold are probably better for attacking potential.  But then again they are more prone to picking up yellows when tracking back and more prone to rotation once the Champions League games start again.  I think Van Dijk is value for money at £6.5M.  I expect him to be a mainstay in my team.

Stones and Gomez
I needed entry into Man City's defence.  Ederson was probably the safer pick but with Stones I have saved £0.5M less.  I expect him to start more games than he did last year.  Kompany's absence will be missed but it's time for players like him to step up to the plate.  Having him means that I need other defenders who can also start.  On that note, I've also chosen Gomez.  He missed a lot of last season due to injury.  He's not a guaranteed starter with Matip lurking about.  But I wanted double entry into Liverpool's defence without compromising funds up top.  I'm willing to take a few risks at the moment.  I hope both will start in Gameweek 1.
  
Zouma and Lundstram
Clearly it's unfair for me to class both of these defenders together but they sit on my bench for the start of Gameweek 1.  Zouma was a prized on-loan asset for Everton last season and it's no wonder Chelsea were happy to keep him for the 19/20 season.  With Luiz departing for Arsenal I expect Zouma to be a regular for Chelsea, but for Gameweek 1 he can it on the bench due to their match at Old Trafford.  As for Lundstram, he hardly played for Sheffield United last season and yet as a £4.0M defender was starting pre-season friendlies in midfield.  I couldn't ignore him after those exploits.  He takes up the 'Reece Oxford' slot in my team.  It would epic if he starts regularly in midfield.
  
The Attacking Out-of-Position Midfielders
I could have chosen a plethora of midfielders.  Honourable mentions must go to de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Richarlison and Sigurdsson.  But I came to the decision that I wanted players with out of position value.  Sterling and Salah were absolute must-haves so the midfield was built around them.  I didn't fancy fielding Guendozi and Dendoncker alongside them just to fit in Kane or Aubameyang up top.  It then dawned upon me that I could fit in three other de facto forwards in the other positions. 

Perez was a sensation last season and is a snip at £6.5M .  He should make a good impression against a Wolves team that will be fatigued from there Europa League travels.  As for Moura, he was Spurs' unsung hero last season and it was unfair of him not to start the Champions League final.  He will be looking to make the most of his chance against newly promoted Villa with Son out of the team.  As for Martial at £7.5M, his attacking returns per minute were very respectable last season despite often being a sub or being subbed off.  With Lukaku out of the team he should play a more prominent role up top.  I simply couldn't ignore him and his differential status
  
The Budget Forwards
I've gone against my former belief that having three premium forwards was a must in FPL.  The game has changed and so have the prices.  Clearly value now lies in midfield.  It still means I need forwards that can make an impact albeit at a lesser cost.  Murray at £6.0M seemed fairly cheap despite his influence in the Brighton team last season.  His place may be at risk with new reinforcements.  But the fact that he played as the main striker in pre-season is a positive sign.  He will be hoping to retain his place up top despite his mature age and he is worth taking a risk on with his generous fixture run. 

As for Wilson, I think he is under-priced after his superlatives last season.  The England international registered 26 attacking returns during the last campaign with the Cherries who scored the 7th most amount of goals.  Sure he will have to share the spoils with King and Fraser, but his opening fixtures are also worth investing in.  Finally this brings me to Greenwood.  He's hardly played much minutes in the Premier League.  I needed a £4.5M forward to complete my puzzle and he fitted perfectly.  I think he is a good sub 1/2 option.  He may not start many matches this season but at his price he could be interesting.  United have a Europa League campaign to contend with and he may make more starts there.  But as with Kane a few years ago with Spurs, once he impresses in the non-Premier League games, it won't be long before he can become the focal point of their attack.  Bench fodder for now, but I'm fine with that.

All the best with whoever you pick in Gameweek 1.

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