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 
Gameweek 9 free to enter £25 game.

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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.

League Code: eikx03

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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 
Gameweek 8 free to enter £50 game.

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.

League Code: eikx03

Back next week with Alex Ball!

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