Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Get fantasy football ready with FotMob

The new season is almost upon us.  For seasoned fantasy football managers around the world this will mean an endless amount of spreadsheet planning and efforts to make the most of their weekends with loved ones before they are engrossed in the game that they are addicted to.

FotMob is a matchday companion app. It doesn't matter where you are, you'll never miss a moment!  Live scores, in-depth match stats, and breaking news will keep you updated.

At the end of last season, a new feature update from FotMob was introduced.  It brings live FPL points into the app. You can now follow along with every match and see real-time FPL points by player in the same place! Simply install the app, open a match of your choice and then click on FANTASY on the top left.

With all the FPL points for a match on one screen, you no longer have to hunt for each match's top performers.  With an aesthetically pleasing view, you can keep an eye on your transfer targets, spot the under-the-radar defender and keep tabs on the players that have an easy run of fixtures ahead.

Also, customizable alerts can notify you whenever a Premier League goal is scored, or when one of your front three score, assist, or start on the bench. Simply go to a league or player profile and tap the bell icon to enable alerts.

If like me you also happen to play other fantasy football formats, such as Eliteserien, you can also keep track of Norwegian football scores, as well as fantasy football points from their top-flight.

What more could you ask for? Download the app and get started today!

FPL Budget Defenders and Rotation Strategies

It goes without saying that you would almost never bench a fully fit high owned premium defender.  However, for those with a price tag of £4.5M or less playing for teams in the bottom half of the table, there is more freedom to rotate them accordingly.  With that said their cheap price tag also means that they may not start every week or simply aren’t good enough to generate fantasy returns on a regular enough basis...

FPL Budget Defenders and Rotation Strategies

Finn Harps Fantasy Football League (2019/20)

Thursday, 11 July 2019

#FOOT34LLER Challenge

Disclaimer: The following proposed venture is nothing but a vanity project on my part.  If you're only interested in reading pre-season FPL content it's best to temporarily close your browser window... now.

The 1990s was an awesome time for football, from hallucinogenic goalkeeper tops to strikers scoring worldies at a canter on a weekly basis.  It also happened to be the decade when I first got into football from collecting Merlin stickers, flicking through Ceefax on Saturday afternoons and watching MOTD.

At a young age I wanted to be a footballer (or a football manager as a result of my Championship Manager addiction).  In someways I think I've achieved the latter through being an FPL Manager and winning the 2018 CM97/98 World Cup.  But I've never come close to being a footballer after leaving school.  I simply wasn't good enough.  I'm still not good enough.  But all of this hasn't stopped my hope of still somehow becoming a footballer.

At an age when professional and semi-professional footballers are finishing off their careers, I'm attempting to work backwards and try to 'make it'.  Is it too late? It probably is.  Clearly the best I can now hope for is a very brief and short-term stint if it was to ever hypothetically transpire. And in order to do this, I have a specific set of minimum parameters that I'm hoping to meet as part of my challenge:

During the 2019/2020 season, If I can somehow manage to play even one second of regulation time league football in any of the Top 20 tiers of the English football pyramid I would consider the challenge to be completed ✔. By this qualification, I would then be able to refer to myself as 'former semi-pro footballer', which is the status that I'm looking to achieve.

I have to be somewhat realistic in this venture and therefore focus on the teams from the lowest possible eligible leagues, as follows:

Bristol and District League Division Five – 12 clubs
Central and South Norfolk League Division Three – 11 clubs
Devon and Exeter Football League Division Seven – 12 clubs
Duchy League Division Five – 12 clubs
East Riding County League Division Six – 11 clubs
Guildford and Woking Alliance League Division Five – 12 clubs
Lancashire Amateur League Division Six – 12 clubs
North West Norfolk League Division Three – 9 clubs
Stroud and District League Division Six – 14 clubs
(NOTE: No league has its top division at level 19)
Bristol and Avon League – 11 clubs
Central and South Norfolk League Division Four – 12 clubs
Devon and Exeter Football League Division Eight – 12 clubs
Stroud and District League Division Seven – 14 clubs

At a push, I would even consider semi-pro clubs in Scotland and Wales as a potential alternative route to completing this challenge.

I'm prepared to try out for clubs beforehand to prove my worth. I can't just expect them to simply let me achieve my challenge without showing my
capabilities in advance.

Making the match day squad as a non-playing sub, any type of cup games, featuring in a reserve game or friendly wouldn't be sufficient in completing the challenge.  It has to be at least one proper league match, even if it is just for one second of normal time.

In order to get the ball rolling, I guess I would have to make effort in contacting some of the clubs associated to the leagues highlighted above to see what needs to be done from my side to even meet their criteria of trying out for them let alone feature for them.

If your're able to assist with club suggestions or could even refer me to any low-level semi-pro clubs, feel free to reach out to me on
Twitter or via email.

With the above said, can I make it as a
#FOOT34LLER?  There's only one way to find out...

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

FPL Invite Codes 2019/2020 Season (Fantasy Premier League)

Twitter: @FPLHINTS
League Code: ennq58

The General
Twitter: @FPLGeneral
League Code: chistv

Twitter: @FPL_Fly
League Code: gl0577

Fantasy Football Pundits

Twitter: @FFPundits
League Code: hsv138

Who Got The Assist?
Twitter: @WGTA_FPL
League Code: eikx03

Twitter: @90MAAT_
League Code: flqrx1

Always Cheating
Twitter: @HailCheaters
League Code: dtz277

FPL Tips
Twitter: @_FPLTips
League Code: defh46

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Fixture Difficulty Ratings & Defensive Pairings/Rotation Sequences (GWs 1-4)