Friday, 30 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 4 Team

I reserve the right to edit this team right up until the final seconds of the FPL Gameweek Deadline.  Any updates  will be announced on Twitter via @FPLHINTS

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!


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

I reserve the right to edit this team right up until the final seconds of the FPL Gameweek Deadline.  Any updates  will be announced on Twitter via @FPLHINTS

Transfers: 2

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

Cash ITB: £0.5

Good luck to you all!


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!

League Code: eikx03


Friday, 16 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 2 Team

I reserve the right to edit this team right up until the final seconds of the FPL Gameweek Deadline.  Any updates  will be announced on Twitter via @FPLHINTS

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!


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!

League Code: eikx03


Friday, 9 August 2019

FPLHINTS - Gameweek 1 Team (2019/20 Season)

I reserve the right to edit this team right up until the final seconds of the Gameweek 1 FPL Deadline.  Any updates  will be announced on Twitter via @FPLHINTS

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:

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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FPL: Playing it safe in GW1

The Premier League is back! Friday sees the return of England's top flight but that also means the return of Fantasy Football. Just over 24 hours after the transfer window slammed shut, the FPL deadline is looming. Dave Black tries to offer a helping hand ahead of the big kick off.

The Friday night deadline coupled with a Thursday evening transfer window means there is little time to dwell on what consequences any late deals may have. Therefore my strategy is to play it safe with solid if unsurprising picks. There's plenty of time for experimenting in the coming weeks once we get a better idea of what a favoured 11 for every club looks like.

It goes without saying to look beyond week one if you're playing for the long haul. If you have a squad of players all at home this week just remember they will be away next week. It's always tempting to treat week one as a free hit but it's perhaps not the most effective plan for the season.
With that, here are five selections to consider for your starting team.

1) Harry Kane (Tottenham, Forward, £11m)

There was an annoying statistic that Harry Kane just doesn't score in August. Thankfully he put that particular coincidence to bed last season so he's one of the first names of my team sheet as Spurs welcome Aston Villa this weekend.

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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Gameweek 1 - Competition Giveaway

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Is Martin Kelly the £4.0M hero that we are looking for?

If there’s one thing that completes pre-season FPL planning it’s the successful scouting of a £4.0M defender that is likely to start in the Premier League and therefore be a usable option for at least the initial Gameweeks. A quick Twitter search shows you some of the previous candidates that I have championed, from the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Ryan Bennett, to name but two. Some FPL managers would baulk at the idea of even having one £4.0M defender due to the risk of them not actually starting. Remember, they are at that price for a reason! But if like me you want to maximise funds up top, you will be prepared to have a £4.0M defender in your squad....

Monday, 5 August 2019

🚨 Fantasy Football Hub's £5,000 FPL Mini-League 🚨


 To be eligible you must do the following:

1. Be a paying member* of Fantasy Football Hub:
(sign up 👉 here).

2. RT & like the tweet shown here.
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3. Follow @FFootballHub on Twitter.

After following the above steps you can then access the mini-league code from this article from Fantasy Football Hub website.

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Saturday, 3 August 2019

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