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

Join me and many other fantasy football managers in Starting 11’s 
Gameweek 7 free to enter £50 game.

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.

The Full Eleven

To get involved, simply download the free app below and create your best 11-man team for SATURDAY’S 8 Premier League games only – oh, and you’ll need to pick a captain to earn you those all-important double points!


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.

League Code: eikx03

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


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.


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.

League Code: eikx03

Back next week with the brilliant @FPLDare!


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.

League Code: eikx03

Back after the International Break!