Saturday, 14 December 2019

Why I've decided to lighten the bench

Gameweek 17 Differentials

Friday, 6 December 2019

Gameweek 16 Differentials

FPLHINTS' Starting 11 Team - Gameweek 16 (Saturday)

FPL: Five to watch in GW16 - dare to Dele?

The midweek Premier League games have barely finished but already attention turns to a fresh round of fixtures this weekend. The schedule is punishing for players and managers alike and rotation is bound to be a factor. Dave Black takes a look at the Fantasy Premier League picture ahead of gameweek 16.

If weeks 14 and 15 promised a hefty return, I am less optimistic ahead of week 16. The way the fixtures have fallen means that a lot of the FPL favourites are away from home this week. Whilst that isn't necessarily the be all and end all, the situation isn't helped by a Manchester derby and the ongoing injury doubts over Tammy Abraham and Mo Salah.

Whilst Salah can quite easily be replaced by Sadio Mane in FPL terms, Abraham's situation is far more unclear. The striker missed GW14 through injury but made a swift return for GW15, only to depart with an injury. Further news is awaited. Tottenham have a home fixture with Burnley which brings their attacking contingent into contention whilst Leicester were efficient rather than electric against Watford. Is the schedule taking it's toll?

We're back to just the five selections this week, starting with an in form midfielder at Tottenham.

1) Dele Alli (Tottenham, Midfield, £8.6m)

In a week with relatively few certainties, I've decided Tottenham's forward players are the best route to attacking returns. Even they are in a phase of transition, Jose Mourinho's winning streak being halted at three by Manchester United on Wednesday. Tottenham have looked much more of a goal threat and that has been typified by Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son. Whilst the South Korean has one goal and three assists to his name, Alli has netted three time under Mourinho including a wonderful finish at Old Trafford. A home game with Burnley presents a further opportunity for goals.

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

WGTA Live - Dec 2019 - Talisman And Value

Gameweeks 14 and 15, 2019/29

This week, in lieu of a full on pod, we took to YouTube to discuss two of WGTA's trademark stats - Talisman and Value.

The audio is attached here.

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Back next week with a full pod - and maybe Tom will be back with a solo back end of this week.

Watch the video (really sorry for the jerky cam footage; will fix next time!) here.

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Gameweek 15 Differentials

Friday, 29 November 2019

FPL - Who do you need ahead of GW14 & 15?

The Premier League returned after the International break and did not disappoint. As the calendar creeps towards December, the tough winter schedule really starts to take shape as we head into two game weeks in 3 days. FPL managers have some tough decisions to make so Dave Black takes a look at the games ahead.

With a midweek round (GW15) following in such short proximity, it makes sense to look at both sets of fixtures this week. Last week was very good for Jamie Vardy owners whilst Aguero and Sterling owners were tearing their hair out for differing reasons. Mo Salah got a much needed rest whilst Jose Mourinho gave new hope to owners of Spurs' attacking players, even if the defence has more questions than ever.

We're sticking with the Wish list theme for this week but taking both sets of games into account. These are 11 players that I'd want in my team with the two fixtures taken into consideration.

Goalkeeper

I've given the gloves to Nick Pope (£4.7m) this week. I'm hoping Burnley's home game with Crystal Palace will see a clean sheet whilst the midweek home game with Man City should be a chance to pick up some save points if nothing else.

Defenders

Once again Trent Alexander-Arnold earns his place in the selection. He was a late substitute during Liverpool's Champions League clash with Napoli so he should be well rested for the upcoming double header. Liverpool have two home games, starting with Brighton this weekend and out of form Everton on Tuesday.

Ben Chilwell (£5.8m) is the Leicester representative in our back line as the Foxes go hunting for a 5th successive clean sheet. Home games with Everton and Watford suggest a 6th and 7th are not out of the question.

I never thought I'd say this, but John Lundstram (£5m) is basically a must pick. The reality here is that Lundstram is listed as a defender on the game but essentially plays in attacking midfield. With 6 points on offer for a defender goal it's too big of a risk to leave him on your bench - and he is the top scoring defender in the game. Three goals, two assists and five clean sheets. Ignore him at your peril.

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Thursday, 28 November 2019

What are the avenues ahead without Aguero?

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

WGTA Pod 89 - Incoming FPL Onslaught (with Josh Williams)

Gameweek 13, 2019/20!

This week, in a packed pod, we're joined by the insightful Josh Williams (follow him on twitter @distancecovered) to look at the incoming FPL onslaught with 3 Gameweeks coming over just 7 days (Gws 14 to 16).

We do this through focusing on the key men for the sides with decent fixtures across that trio, covering our hot takes on Spurs under Jose Mourinho among other things.

It's an expanded Dad Watch this week in the features as Nick scores an interview with the man himself, as well as further listener questions.

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Due to the upcoming fixture congestion, we'll be on YouTube next Tuesday (3rd December) evening to do a live show. 

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Friday, 22 November 2019

Gameweek 13 Differentials

FPL: GW13 wish list - Leicester to maintain form?

The International break is over and FPL managers are reassembling ahead of the return of club football. Whilst a certain Portugese manager is back in town, most of us are sweating over the return of our International stars. Please, no more injuries! Dave Black take a look at the FPL weekend ahead.

Jose Mourinho's appointment at Tottenham has dominated the football news this week. From an FPL perspective, that Tottenham defence is only going to tighten up but just how quick can the re-employed one work his magic? There's worrying news coming out of Liverpool as FPL stalwarts Salah and Robertson struggle to shake off injuries and don't even get started on what team Pep will pick. It's good to be back.

We've gone for a format change too. Rather than just opting for five picks, I've expanded it to the full 11. There is minimal thought given to the budget and this is merely a wishlist of who I would pick if I was starting with a blank slate this week. It's a tricky fixture list this week so it seems a good week to try it out. As ever, comments are welcome.

Goalkeeper

Clean sheets have been at a premium in general this season but save points are on the rise. For that reason, Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m) gets the nod in goal.

Having collected bonus points in each of his last three matches as well as three clean sheets in four, Ramsdale represents value for money but also a fair chance of a points return as Bournemouth welcome Wolves. It's a bold move considering Wolves have only failed to score once this season but with Jimenez having been away representing Mexico, it could be Bournemouth's chance to profit.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Gameweek 13 Tips & £50 Cash Prize Opportunity

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Starting 11 daily fantasy football - Gameweek 13

Starting 11 has another free to enter £50.00* 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.

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 managers from the community, simply create your line-ups today by downloading the free Starting 11 app, which is available on both iOS and Android.

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This Saturday we have SIXTEEN teams in action which include some fixtures that are difficult to call. You can only choose 11 players. Who will make your Starting 11?

Below, I (@FPLHints) will show you all 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 23rd November.

As mentioned, 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.

Raul Jimenez vs. Bournemouth (A)
Raul Jimenez is showing both form and consistency ahead of the trip to Bournemouth, having scored three times now during his last four Premier League outings.  He is beginning to rediscover his goal scoring touch from last season.

A front three of Vardy, Jimenez and Abraham is becoming the go-to front three this season across all fantasy football platforms – Jimenez deserves his place among that trio.

Their opponents Bournemouth managed to keep three clean sheets on the run recently, a side normally known for both scoring and conceding goals.  However, normal service was resumed during Gameweek 12 as Newcastle put two past the Cherries.

What’s also worth noting is that Jimenez only played 20 minutes during his international fixture midweek, so he will be fresher than expected going into Gameweek 13.

James Maddison vs. Brighton (A)
While Vardy picks up the headlines, Maddison continues to be the driving force behind Leicester’s attacking football.

Maddison so far this season has chipped in with four goals and three assists, however a closer look suggests he could have delivered even more returns and feels like a must own at this stage of the season.

He has averaged two shots per game this season and in addition to his four goals, has missed four big chances – he’s averaging over two key passes per game.

There is a discussion as to whether we should own Maddison or Tielemans (on Starting 11 this week I have both!), however with Maddison’s set pieces added to his armoury – he edges it for me.

This week’s opponents Brighton have conceded nine times during their last six games. They play an attacking form of football to pose a real threat to Leicester’s winning run – but I still expect Leicester to score easily.

Lucas Digne vs. Norwich (H)
We all have to own an Everton player this week in Starting 11, purely for their fixture this week vs Norwich City.

Lucas Digne was a firm favourite among the FPL Community earlier in the season – attacking, set pieces, as well as the addition of possible clean sheets.

Three assists so far is less than we hoped for, as are only three clean sheets after a favourable opening fixture run. However considering Norwich have only scored twice during their last seven games, those clean sheet points look almost safe.

At the other end of the pitch, Norwich have conceded SIXTEEN times during those seven games. I'm sure we will see Digne in his opponents half more than we do defending his own goal.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Who Got The Assist? Pod 88 - Embrace The Fear

Gameweek 12, 2019/20!

This week, after focusing heavily on players and teams for the last few pods, we instead turn the spotlight on managers and how we deal with bandwagons in FPL. The challenge of the bandwagon decision comes around often, so this pod looks at the reasoning dilemmas and psychology behind them to help managers decide how to deal with challenge they represent.

As usual, we also include our usual features in the Market Forces, 30+, Nick/Tom picks, #dadwatch a league update and listener questions!

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Friday, 8 November 2019

Gameweek 12 - Differentials

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Gameweek 12 Tips & £50 Cash Prize Opportunity

Join me and many other fantasy football managers in Starting 11’s 
Gameweek 12 free to enter £50 game.

Gameweek 12 Starting 11

Starting 11 has another free to enter £50.00* 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.

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 managers from the community, simply create your line-ups today by downloading the free Starting 11 app, which is available on both iOS and Android.

*Terms and conditions apply



This Sunday there are SIX teams in action, which are difficult to call.  Who will make your Starting 11?

Below, I (@FPLHints) will show you all 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 Sunday 10th November.

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

Raul Jimenez vs. Aston Villa (H)
Wolves were a side I expected to be challenging for a top 6 position this season, however juggling the Premier League as well as the Europa League has led to a slow start to their 2019/20 season.

They appear to be turning a corner though, undefeated during their last six Premier League games – albeit only one victory during that period, against Champions Manchester City.

It’s no shock that Wolves’ upturn in form has coincided with that of Jimenez, who followed up his two assists vs Manchester City with two goals during the next three games.

This week Wolves play Aston Villa, who have failed to keep a clean sheet during their last six games.

Andy Robertson vs. Manchester City (H)
I wouldn’t want to select a defender when they are playing Manchester City, however I don’t view Robertson as a defender.  He’s more of a quasi-winger with clean sheets as bonuses.

His goal vs Aston Villa last week made it four attacking returns in total this season. To be honest his performances have deserved more – he is still a player I would choose every week and is definitely fixture proof.

He entered the box like a number 10 last weekend to score his first goal of the season, a goal which was assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold. It highlights once again how attacking Klopp expects his full-backs to be.

Sergio Aguero vs. Liverpool (A)
The Argentina international has  proved he’s a big game player. Well games don’t get much bigger than this one…

Pep Guardiola will have watched Klopp resting the likes of Mane, Firmino and Robertson on Tuesday, then followed suit by ensuring Aguero was fresh for Sunday’s clash.

After scoring 8 goals from the opening 6 Premier League games of the season, rotation has halted his momentum due to the Champions League – however after a rest on Wednesday night we can be confident that he will start against Liverpool.

I’m expecting an exciting game on Sunday, I think Liverpool will win – but I’m expecting goals!

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MadPick - Zero Hero (Gameweek 12)


@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 10: 

Before getting into this week’s pick, since I didn’t have an article last week for personal reasons, let’s take a look at how GW8’s and GW9’s Zero Heroes did over the three Gameweek window that they were given. It was a mixed bag with Maupay and Tierney. First, Maupay scored 2 goals in his 3 matches which would qualify the pick as a success. Second is Tierney, who was a total failure with 2 blanks in 2 appearances. All of that adds up to 3 out of 5 successful picks which is pretty respectable I think.

Focusing on the next 3 gameweeks, there’s been a differential on my mind for a couple of weeks actually; he was so close to being picked the last two gameweeks but I think this week is the perfect timing given his next three fixtures. This week’s Zero Hero has been going about his business without a lot of traction from FPL managers; he’s still only owned by 0.6%. However, he already has a goal and 4 assists to his name. He’s Dwight McNeil from Burnley. The young English winger was a breakout star last season for Burnley and has well established himself as a nailed-on starter this season; he’s yet to miss the starting XI and has been arguably one of the best players for Sean Dyche’s side. 

One thing not going in his favor, in the eyes of FPL managers, is his price. At 6.0 million, people have other more popular options like McGinn and Cantwell. However, when you look at overall points this season, he sits 4th for midfielders priced at 6.0 million or under. Other than the good form, he has fixtures on his side as well. In the next 3, Burnley plays West Ham and Crystal Palace at home and Watford away. The fact that a 6.0 midfielder from Burnley is putting a lot of people off, which makes him an even greater differential right now; he’s your Zero Hero for Gameweek 12.

I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions about this week’s pick!

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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Pod 87 - All Killer, Priced As Filler (feat. Luke Jerdy)

Gameweek 11, 2019/20!

This week, the cheap filler is looking killer as we're joined by Luke Jerdy (follow him here on twitter!), aka Jesse from Hollyoaks, from the Triple Captain podcast to look over the men in the cheap seats! Yes, it's the 3rd/4th/5th defenders/midfielders/forwards under the spotlight, as well as how the variety of cheap enablers around is impacting things like formations and transfer decisions!

As usual, we also include our usual features in the Market Forces, 30+, Nick/Tom picks, #dadwatch a league update and also, of course, listener questions!

League Code: eikx03

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Gameweek 11 Tips & £50 Cash Prize Opportunity

Join me and many other fantasy football managers in Starting 11’s 
Gameweek 11 free to enter £50 game.

Starting 11 Gameweek 11

Starting 11 has another free to enter £50.00* 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.

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 managers from the community, simply create your line-ups today by downloading the free Starting 11 app, which is available on both iOS and Android.

*Terms and conditions apply



This Saturday has SIXTEEN teams in action, with a list of tasty fixtures.  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 2nd November.

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

Sadio Mane vs. Aston Villa (A)
Mane or Salah?  I have both featuring in my Starting 11 team this Saturday. Both have 5 goals in the league this season and both have provided 3 assists each too.

After scoring against Genk in the Champions League, Mane was unable to get on the score sheet last weekend vs Spurs.  He did however win the penalty that Mo Salah converted during the 2-1 win.
Liverpool are still undefeated this season and have an impressive 6-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.  Their next opponents Aston Villa were on a good run but enter the tie off the back of a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

With no clean sheets for Villa in each of their last 5 league games, Liverpool will be hoping to take advantage and keep the pressure on the chasing pack.

Anthony Martial vs. Bournemouth (A)
Martial is finally back to the delight of  Manchester United fans.  He marked his return by scoring a goal and should have had a second if it wasn’t for a great save by Krul from the penalty spot.

A midfielder playing as a Number 9 is a fantasy football dream come true and something to take advantage of for the rest of the season, particularly for Manchester United’s favourable fixture run.
Bournemouth surprisingly have kept a clean sheet during their last 2 games, however also failed to score – they are a side known for goals at both ends of the pitch and I expect them to return to normality sooner rather than later.

Manchester United have broken their away day curse having won their first away games since February, firstly in the Champions League followed by the 3-1 win against Norwich last week.  Solskjaer will be looking to build some momentum.  For good measure, Martial has scored in 3 of the 4 games he has played in the league this season, which bodes well for the weekend.

Marcos Alonso vs. Watford (A)
A fantasy football legend - we may not see Alonso popping up in the 12-yard box like a centre forward anymore – but we know how much he loves an attacking return and Chelsea are in great form.

Alonso started the season from the bench.  Emerson was the preferred choice at left back – however having been given his opportunity during Gameweek 5, Alonso has been ever present in the league this season.

From those 6 starts he has only blanked once, having produced 2 assists and scored the winning goal in the 1-0 win over Newcastle, as well as 3 clean sheets – even if the 3rd was a touch lucky, having been subbed on 62 minutes before Burnley scored.

Chelsea enter the weekend as one of the form teams, up against the side propping up the Premier League table without a win all season.

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Sergio Aguero and the last chance saloon

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Who Got The Assist? Pod 86 - The Season Long Men

Gameweek 10, 2019/20!

This week we (hopefully) return to normal service in the FPL scores, leading us to examine the players who are currently excelling and ask the question: are any of them season long men in our sides?

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

League Code: eikx03

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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Gameweek 10 - 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 Sunday has EIGHT 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 Sunday 27th 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.

Marcus Rashford vs. Norwich (A)
The great thing about Starting 11 is that it’s a pressure free alternative to FPL – take a risk and enjoy yourself – so let’s start with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

Things haven’t been going to plan for Ole Gunner Solskjaer this season, however after an encouraging display against Liverpool and a favourable Gameweek 10 fixture vs Norwich City - Rashford has an opportunity to add to his four goals and two assists this season.

Norwich haven’t won any of their last four games and during that period they have conceded nine goals in the process. It’s no surprise they now find themselves in the relegation zone.

Mohamed Salah vs. Spurs (H)
Salah missed out on the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon through injury. However after returning in the Champions League on Wednesday night (scoring in the process) – he is fit and ready to face Spurs on Sunday.

Some have been disappointed with Salah so far this season, but his four goals and three assists show he is actually performing at the similar level to that of last season – who’s going to be on-board when he gets to his best?

Spurs haven’t won either of their last two league games, which included a 3-0 defeat to Brighton – something’s not quite right and Liverpool will want to capitalise.

Matt Doherty vs. Newcastle (A)
An exciting pick to finish off with –  Doherty has been rotated more this season due to the Europa League – but even when he came on as a sub last weekend he still managed to record an assist.

Doherty was a consistent goal threat last season and was unlucky not to find himself on the score sheet more often during 2018/19, despite his reduced minutes so far this season he has already scored in both the league and the Europa League this season.

Newcastle are struggling to score goals, they only have five all season, so at the very least there is a strong possibility of a clean sheet on offer for any Wolves defenders.

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MadPick - Zero Hero (Gameweek 10)

@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 10: 

Before getting into this week’s pick, let’s take a look at how GW7’s Zero Hero did over the three Gameweek window. With games against Newcastle, Liverpool and Burnley, Harvey Barnes has proven to be an excellent pick with 3 assists registered for a total of 16 points. With more decent fixtures to come and a good form, he’s definitely still a great differential to have from a flying Leicester City side. 

Focusing on this gameweek, everyone is hoping it’s going to be different and the big hitters will be back for business. The last three GWs have been frustrating for many, me included, with the majority of big hitters and popular captain picks blanking again and again. If anything, these last few weeks have probably taught us the importance of a differential where the likes of Harvey Barnes last week would have probably guaranteed you a green arrow. 

This week’s Zero Hero is mostly known recently for his snarky Twitter. However, he’s a quite good footballer as well. He’s Manchester City’s left back, Benjamin Mendy. The French international has been hit with an injury after the other since his arrival at the Etihad. However, when he plays regularly he’s an absolute must have in your FPL team. This year, he’s been slowly eased back in to the team as Pep has been very careful with his minutes in order to prevent recurring injuries. Last week, he completed his first 90 minutes this season in the league. Also, he’s been taken off to rest at the 71st minute in the midweek UCL class against Atlanta which probably suggest a start this week and possibly more in the next weeks as Zinchenko’s a doubt now as well as Mendy being, arguably, the better option at LB for the Citizens. 

Before facing Liverpool in GW 12, Manchester City has time to tighten the gap in the next two weeks; they face both Aston Villa and Southampton at home where Mendy surely can be a good tool for them. He is a great crosser of the ball and can be a good source of points on both ends of the pitch, especially with Manchester City’s clean sheet potential. At 0.6% ownership and a relatively cheap price for a premium defender of 5.9 million, he’s this week’s Zero Hero.  



I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions about this week’s pick!



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