Watford Rewind: GW29 vs Leicester City

This was a big game for Watford, returning home from Anfield the previous week, where the Hornets were demolished, 5-0 thanks in part to a staunch defense that decided to offense and supplant themselves at the top of the Premier League. This week, the Hornets welcomed former Watford boss, Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City to Vicarage Road. Rodgers last managed the Golden Boys in the 2008/09 season, as he returns to the Premier League after a stint with Celtic in the SPL. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW29 vs Leicester City”

Premier League: GW29 Retrospect

Game week 29 was one of those forgettable ones, in which my weekly score was over the average, but not enough to match the top 1000 managers, which turned my Saturday green into a Sunday red. It was destined to go that direction, based on my previous game weeks, picking up back to back greens, followed by a red or two. All those ranks I increased, given back, however this week it was just a small 5k red, which could have been much worse. I will consider myself lucky as I remained in the top 85k ahead of this weekend. Continue reading “Premier League: GW29 Retrospect”

Premier League: GW29 Transfers & Starting XI

It’s been a week stuck inside my strategy spreadsheet for many hours while at work. The only positive, at least I am getting paid for it. Listened to a handful of podcasts during the week, discussed players and strategies with the lads on Episode 31 of Academica Vertex. I am trying to avoid the Twitter bias in order to now sway my decisions. Holding two free transfers ahead of game week 29 was supposed to make things easier, but it seems that hasn’t been the case. When that occurs, the answer usually is, don’t do anything but I don’t want to give away a free transfer, as both are needed to help me round out a BGW31 squad. Continue reading “Premier League: GW29 Transfers & Starting XI”

GW28 Preview: Liverpool vs Watford

Not sure why I decided to drop a preview of this game, as it could end up all red. In fact, the league leaders, Liverpool need to take care of business, as they have no margin for error with City breathing down the neck, just a point off the top spot in the Premier League.  Could it be anything other than a Liverpool victory at Anfield? Were the Reds poor at Old Trafford on the weekend or as Jurgen Klopp suggested in the post game comment, “F*cking hell, what a sh*t game!” Continue reading “GW28 Preview: Liverpool vs Watford”

Premier League: GW28 Transfers

It’s another midweek fixture as FPL managers had less than 48 hours to finish crying over their BGW27 results before looking ahead to game week 28. The biggest news out of the weekend, the injury to Marcus Rashford and Aymeric Laporte could dampen spirits, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka appears to be set for a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury. For me game week 28 represents a great opportunity to post back to back green arrows and break that 100k barrier, which has been somewhat elusive this season. Continue reading “Premier League: GW28 Transfers”

Premier League: BGW27 Transfers

Let me start this piece off by saying, I don’t own any BGW players; MCI, BHA, CHE and EVE, ahead of this game week. Good? Bad? Not sure we will know the answer to that this week. Rest assured, I will have a starting XI and full, healthy bench from which to choose. However, the transfer this week, isn’t so easy. By now many FPL managers have started working on their chip strategy, as we approach the business end of the Premier League season. As I’ve said before, there isn’t one strategy that works for all managers. Use the information you gain on Twitter, websites and from discussion and make a decision that will work for you. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW27 Transfers”

Premier League: GW26 Transfers & Starting XI

Ahead of game week 26, it feels I’ve been out of the loop since I last podcasted, ahead of game week 24. Time constraints and life left me no time ahead of the first DGW, but after listening to other pods, they all had the game week covered. Out of DGW25, I was left disappointed with a paltry score of 51, well of the average of 65 points, probably the highest game week average of the season! Continue reading “Premier League: GW26 Transfers & Starting XI”

Premier League GW25: Transfers & Starting XI

A flurry of activity after the midweek fixtures, as fantasy managers turn their attention towards the first double game week of the season. On Twitter I’ve seen some taking hits to to bring 2-3 Man City players in, while moving other options out of their starting XI. For me, I am not going to bother with DGW25. Currently, I don’t own any City assets and won’t force a square peg into a round hole, which is what I would be doing, if I attempted to chase points with City players. As for Everton…pfft…not even bothering with these Marco Silva “misfits.” Continue reading “Premier League GW25: Transfers & Starting XI”

Premier League: GW24 Transfers

With the announcement of the small double game week in 25, managers must consider or reconsider Everton and Man City assets. Currently, I own neither. I move Richarlison ahead of game week 23 for Mo Salah and Leroy Sane departed prior to game week 20 for Paul Pogba. Both have been excellent transfers since bringing them in. However, with the DGW upcoming, followed by their BGW in 27, what strategy do fantasy managers take? Continue reading “Premier League: GW24 Transfers”

GW23 Preview: Watford vs Burnley

At Vicarage Road this weekend, Watford welcome the return of Sean Dyche and Burnley. Early season action saw the Hornets pick up three points on the back of a 3-1 victory at Turf Moor. Andre Gray got off to a quick start just three minutes into the match, but James Tarkowski equalized moments later. Watford would prove too much as Will Hughes and Troy Deeney would score three minutes apart out of the the break to seal the victory. Continue reading “GW23 Preview: Watford vs Burnley”

Premier League: GW23 Transfers

When it comes to transfers, FPL managers usually wait until the last minute to move players, in order to get the most up to date information from pressers or on potential injuries that could limit playing time. This weekend’s injury to Harry Kane dealt Spurs a huge blow, as their favorite “Son” has left for the AFC Asian Cup. The other injury that has sent ripples through FPL, the loss of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who finished the game but came up lame with a knee injury that will keep him out for a month.  Continue reading “Premier League: GW23 Transfers”

Premier League: GW22 Retrospect

This weekend hurt more than others and it didn’t start off with a bang and Arsenal flopped like a fish out of water getting shutout by West Ham, of all teams! Guess it could have been worse, could have been Everton. The armband failed to return point this week, as defenders flourished again, but wasn’t able to see clean sheets across all the defenders. Where have the midfielders gone? In fact all attackers? Maybe this was one of those weekends that tests your patience. Continue reading “Premier League: GW22 Retrospect”