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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Gameweek 14 Tips & £50 Cash Prize Opportunity

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Starting 11 - Gameweek 14

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.  A lot of us play in FPL cash leagues with family, friends and work colleagues.  Starting 11 are once again offering us the chance to win some cash!

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 Sunday we have EIGHT teams in action.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 Sunday 1st December.

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. Sheffield United (H)
After a dismal opening to the season when Wolves adjusted to juggling both the Premier League and the Europa League concurrently, they have turned their season around. It's surprising to think that Wolves have risen all the way to 5th place in the league table.

The man key to that improved form is Raul Jimenez. His return to form sparked the rise up the table.
When Wolves score goals he’s involved - highlighted once again during the Europa League on Thursday night, when he scored once and assisted twice during the 3-3 draw.

This week Wolves are at home to Sheffield United, who sit only one position and one point below – however they come into the tie having thrown away a 2-0 lead over Manchester United to draw 3-3.

Jack Grealish vs. Manchester United (A)
Jack Grealish was pivotal to Aston Villa’s promotion from the Championship last season, he’s not faired too badly in the Premier League either – scoring twice and providing four assists so far this season.

Playing left of a front 3, Grealish has impressed me lately and I am expecting to see an increase in the number of attacking returns he is providing. Against Newcastle on Monday night he was the best player on the pitch.

His 5 shots, 5 chances created and 11 touches in the opposition box were more than any other player during the game. He recorded one assist but was unlucky not to have more fantasy points to his name.
Historically this would have been a fixture to avoid, but a trip to Old Trafford is no longer a daunting task – instead it’s a winnable game.  Aston Villa will need to be at their best but they know Manchester United are not the side they once were.

Caglar Soyuncu vs. Everton (H)
It’s hard to believe that Soyuncu would have been surplus to requirements this season, had it not been for the summer transfer of Harry Maguire to Manchester United – the late move promoted Soyuncu straight into the Starting 11 and he’s not looked back.

With four clean sheets from his last four games, Leicester’s defensive assets are impossible to ignore – especially when they are at home to an Everton side who were appalling last weekend in their defeat to Norwich.

Having already scored and provided an assist this season, Soyuncu is also a threat from set pieces – this weekend I will be doubling up at the back in Starting 11 with Pereira.

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The Full Eleven



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.

League Code: eikx03

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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Saturday, 23 November 2019

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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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The Full Eleven



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!

League Code: eikx03

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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 
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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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