Deconstructing 8 Gameweeks

As FPL is in the second international break is here and many aren’t looking forward to a weekend without Premier League action. After last week’s dismal performance, I am glad we have a week off to reflect on the previous eight weeks and what we face out of the break, as the holiday fixtures loom on the horizon. While it’s never fun to head into a break on a red arrow that’s just what I did scoring 49 points, just one short of the 50 point weekly average.  Continue reading “Deconstructing 8 Gameweeks”

Everton Now Watford 2.0

No surprise I have been taking some critical feedback about all the negative comments and feelings towards Richarlison. While he showed flashes of brilliance last season for Watford, he felt his career could be furthered elsewhere in the Premier League. Thankfully, Everton seemed to believe that  his £40 million price tag was warranted after a very below average season under Marco Silva, who took control of the Toffees at the end of May 2018.
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International Break: Wild Card?

The first four weeks of the 2018/19 Premier League are in the books and for many teams it’s been an…interesting start to the campaign. For many fantasy managers, this is a time when activation of the first wild card could take place. Don’t be fooled by the “experts” into think there is a perfect time to wild card. There isn’t. You activate the wild card when you feel it’s going to benefit your team. It’s that simple.
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Premier League: GW2 Transfers

I’ve had a few days, along with numerous podcasts and hours scrolling (not trolling) Twitter, reviewing activity from the opening Premier League gameweek.  Finishing with 67 points overall, saw my finish 14 points above the weekly average, but well of the pace of many in the Twitter community. Ranked 834k is one of my better starts to an FPL season. There was a bit of disappointment, knowing I could have scored more, not taking into consideration those players on my bench scoring 20 points.
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Why Not Watford?

As a Watford support it was a feeling of exhilaration to see Vicarage Road filled with cheers and excitement on the back of a 2-0 defeat of Brighton & Hove Albion to kick off the 2018/19 Premier League. The Hornets were dominating for 90 minutes, as Roberto Pereyra volley in the 35’ off a Jose Holebas cross found the top left corner of the goal. Watford controlled the ball and dictated the pace as the second half started. Again, it was Holebas and Pereyra hooking up down the left flank, as Pereyra cut into the box, with a bending shot that found far post, Watford had doubled their advantage.
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FPL Transfer Planner Review

Prior to the blank and double gameweeks last season, Ben Crellin created a fantastic spreadsheet that fantasy managers used to plan activation of their wild card and remaining chips. His spreadsheets took into account the missed games due to commitment to the UCL, UEL and league cups in England. As the season progress, so did Ben’s spreadsheet, until he tested the Twitter community and placed a price tag on his planning sheets, Out of respect for Ben, his time and effort in developing and maintaining these sheets, I made the decision to pay for his spreadsheet to finish out the season.
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Pay to Play

I’ve spent the better part of 35 years involved in fantasy sports, beginning in 1983 when a group of friends created a fantasy NFL league. Back then, there was no infrastructure to support the hobby like there is today. The Internet was in it’s infancy and I was logging into an online service called The Source, in an effort to get all the latest scores and updates, to be a step ahead of the morning newspaper, manually tally points for the weekend action.
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Watford Attacking Assets

Watford traveled to Austria to begin their pre-season training ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season, playing twice last week; 1-1 draw with 1. FC Köln and a 3-1 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf. The transfer window has introduced new players to the Hornets over the last few weeks, looking to make an impact and impress manager, Javi Gracia. The recent bid by Everton of £50 million, for the 21-year-old, Brazilian, Richarlison has sent shockwaves through the FPL community. On the back of just 5 goals in 41 games last season, he’s being courted by Marco Silva.
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5-Man Defense Feasibility

Lots of talk on how to approach this FPL season, as August 11 is coming towards fantasy managers, like Mo Salah blazing down the right flank. It’s interesting to see some early teams and the run of formations popping up. No real surprise that a 3-4-3 still seems to garner most of the attention. This, along with a 3-5-2 provides the most attacking potential from a midfield and forward perspective, while the four and five defender formations haven’t garnered much support.
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Keys to FPL Success

The leak of the FPL prices list, followed the unexpected release of the 2018/19 FPL game has taken many fantasy managers by surprise. In fact, I had just downloaded the PDF from Who Got The Assist when I noticed team ID numbers being posted on Twitter. Quick in signing up, naming my team and auto draftomg, I was number, 446. While these numbers are irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, it’s the earliest I have seen the official game launched, in my 5 years playing and the lowest ID I’ve recorded.
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FPL Accolades

Maybe I shouldn’t even consider this piece noteworthy. There were many individuals I collaborated with during the season. This was also the first season I used Twitter to aid the FPL decision making process. The word “lemmings” comes to mind as this social media outlet is but a small cross-section of a very LARGE online gaming community. That said, I had my “regular” users, sites and podcasts I turned to during the season.
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Kanxiety

It was anxious moments when Spurs forward, Harry Kane limped off with an ankle injury after 33 minutes in a 4-1 victory away to Bournemouth. Speculation began as to the severity of the injury and the duration he’d be sidelined, rehabilitating the ankle in order to return to fitness. In just 2 weeks Kane put in a 16 minute cameo appearance in a 3-1 loss to Chelsea last week. Where does that leave fantasy owners for the run in?
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