Last year was a case of Spurs front man, Harry Kane being a “must own.” While his August hoodoo voodoo caused concern and panic among fantasy managers, his underlying statistics were among the league’s best. This year, Kane participated in the 2018 World Cup, which saw him return late to Spurs, fatigued, he got the start to open the Premier League season. Continue reading “The Great Kane Robbery”
Maybe it’s was my failure ahead of the start of the season, in terms of player selection, strategy and formation, looking approximately 8 weeks ahead, but planning for just 4 weeks. Like many other FPL managers, I went through many different drafts, chopping and changing players, shifting budget from defense to attack, settling on a big midfield, while going without a premium forward. Risky? Yes, very much so, but felt there was more value to be had in the middle of the pitch than up top, while interspersing a few premiums in my defense.
Continue reading “GW3 Wild Card: Activated”
I’ll admit it, I am not a whiz with numbers, but I enjoying using them when it comes to FPL to indicate value for player potential. There are a wide range of metrics that fantasy managers use when examining data as it relates to price, points, minutes and matches. Last season, xG (expected goals) and xA (expected assists) appeared to become mainstream when looking at potential attacking returns. xG represents “the number of goals that can be expected to be scored based on where and how a shot was taken.”
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In what was a surprise move, FPL was launched today after a leaked price list made the rounds on Twitter on Thursday morning in the US. As I was in the middle of converting the PDF found at Who Got The Assist, I happen to refresh my Twitter feed and saw FPL_Fly posting his ID number. Needless to say, I quickly pulled Premier League, registered for the upcoming season, auto drafted a squad and was given number, 446. While the ID is irrelevant, it seems to hold some bragging rights among some managers, where lower is better. Here I always thought, bigger was better. At any rate, about 80000 managers welcomed the league with open arms and Twitter was filled with managers getting back into the FPL swing of things.
Continue reading “FPL 2018/19: Initial Thoughts”
It’s the final week of the season and after a dismal performance in DGW37, it can’t come soon enough. It’s been a long and turbulent season, which has see highs and lows. However, it’s the lows that always seen to linger during the season. Harry Kane can fuck off! He’s been virtually useless on my starting XI all season long. Thankfully Mohamed Salah was a refreshing face that picked up much of Kane’s ineffectiveness.
Continue reading “Premier League: GW38 Transfer & Starting XI”
Maybe it’s the duration of the season, as we approach the last few games. It’s been a grueling year for many fantasy managers, myself included. It’s been a season of highs and lows and thankfully I am peaking at what appears to be the right time as we roll into DGW36. On the back of two green arrows (7 out of 8), I am making that final push in an attempt to make up -20 points and finish in the top 100k. It’s possible, but achieving it will require a strong DGW to make it happen.
Continue reading “Premier League: GW36 Transfers”
Uncertainty and speculation ahead of DGW34 have caused me to abandon my initial DGW34 strategy after unexpected injuries to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohammad Salah. The return of Harry Kane to fitness does not but add to the confusion. lLet’s not forget about Man United’s “flat track bully” ahead of favorable match ups for the double gameweek. It’s challenging moving ahead without the use of a Wild Card or Free Hit chip.
Continue reading “Premier League: DGW34 Transfers”
The UCL injury to Liverpool’s Mohammad Salah as sent the Twittersphere into a tailspin the last few days. The FPL points leader with 273 has been flagged for the upcoming fixture against Merseyside rivals, Everton. There has been little information confirmed, but lots of speculation about the severity of the groin injury. For me, it’s caused me to reevaluate my transfer options and hold my FT until late Friday before making a transfer decision.
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While many fantasy managers activated their second wild card during of after Gameweek 31, there are others like myself, who aren’t bothered by continued tinkering to set the “perfect” wild card squad ahead of this gameweek. Two days ago I laid out my roadmap to DGW37 with, No WC/FH Chip Strategy. There is no one “fits all” strategy, regardless of chips or wild card remaining but this is what works for my team.
Continue reading “Premier League: GW32 Transfers”
Having no Wild Card or Free Hit Chip, I have downplayed the last week or so, showing little interest in FPL. Not to mention the AFL kicked off the Premiership season in Australia, so my attention has been diverted. Maybe that’s a good thing, as I have not concerned myself with many happenings in in FPL or on Twitter, if it hasn’t been #FPLBeerClub related.
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Off a very successful BGW31, our attentions turns to the upcoming DGW34 and the following BGW35. On the back of three green arrows, I have made a charge up the overall ranking, gaining 328k spots over that period. On the season I have 1765 overall points, leaving me 405 points short of my best every score of 2170. Thanks in part to the 101 points in BGW31, I need to average just 57.8/PPW to achieve one of my season goals.
Continue reading “Look Ahead: DGW34”
The run in to BGW31 has been a long and drawn out process and finally the gameweek is upon us. However, there are still many questions ahead of fantasy managers before this weekend kicks off. For me, I have also used my Wild Card and Free Hit chip, so BGW31 will be a few men short of a full starting XI. Here are just some thoughts for managers ahead of the blank.
Continue reading “Free Hit Options BGW31”