Premier League: GW12 Draft Retrospect

I’ve mentioned it before, but the FPL Draft game doesn’t hold the same excitement and thrill as the traditional game does. Maybe that was to be expected, this the inaugural year with fantasy mangers looking at the game from a different perspective. While I am not a fan of the draft, I have continued to actively participate, with weekly transactions, I am still pushing to finish at the top of my  8-man league.
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Click Click Boom

That was the sound heard prior to the conclusion of Saturday’s fixtures after Callum Wilson netted his third goal of the day, as Bournemouth rolled up Huddersfield, 4-0. This was your classic knee jerk reaction transferring in a player returning from injury, making a major impact. While I have preached patience this season, as we haven’t seen many patterns emerge to date, this reaction to Wilson’s performance nearly had me clicking a -8 before I stopped and told myself to slow down before I made any further rash decisions.
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Premier League: GW12 Retrospect – Part 1

Where do I begin on what has transpired this Saturday to kick off the majority of activity for Gameweek 12. Anticipation was running high, but that’s commonplace for every week of the EPL. On the back of two green arrows I was looking to make it a third, out of the international break. It took until Friday but decided to roll my FT over to Gameweek 13.
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Premier League: GW12 Starting XI

With the international break now behind us, we put the pedal to the metal and go headlong into the very busy FPL holiday period. We kick things off this week with a big slate of games on Saturday, beginning with the the North London derby, Arsenal v. Spurs. This fixture could set the table of things to come for the week, which could potentially results in BIG scores across the board. Many favorable match ups for the big clubs, while some of the lower, in form clubs could post good returns.
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GW12 Captain Quandry

Breakfast time in America and I still have no decision on who will grab the captain’s armband for Gameweek 12. To date, I have hit on just 3 captain selections through 12 weeks resulting in 80 total captain points. Harry Kane in Gameweek 7 returned 26 points, while on my Free Hit in Gameweek 9, Romelu Lukaku returned 10 points and during Gameweek 11, Richarlison posted 14 points. Looking at my starting XI, Harry Kane should be the unanimous selection weekly, but his returns have been nothing less than disappointing, especially costing me £12.6. At this point of the season, we need to step back and potentially look elsewhere for a viable captain option.
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Gameweek 12 Transfer

FPL continues to throw us curves out of the international break. Are you one of those managers who’s held their FT or burned it early in anticipation of a price rise? With only a single FT, I have stopped chasing prices in an attempt to roll a transfer as we head towards the hectic holiday period, with 10 game weeks over 7 weeks. The key to this period, having a squad of 15 players who actually see pitch time.
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Midfield Differentials

Fantasy managers always want to be a step ahead of the trending players. Last year, it was Etienne Capoue who started the season with 4 goals and 1 assist in the first 5 games, but the law of fantasy averages caught up, ending with just 3 more goals on the season. This season we’ve seen a few budget midfielders hit stride and begin to pay dividends to fantasy managers. Topping the list, Watford’s Richarlison (58) with 4 goals, 4 assist and 4 bonus points. Brighton’s Pascal Groß (58) has put up 2 goals, 5 assists and 8 bonus points through 11 gameweeks. Other notables include Abdoulaye Doucouré (52) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (44).
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FPL Draft: Strategy GW12

As we approach the start of Gameweek 12, attention turns towards the FPL Draft squad. Currently the Go ‘Orns sit in second place on 473 overall points, 49 points from the top spot, but with lots of football remaining, it’s not time to panic. However, I am a bit concerned with his forward line of Lukaku and Morata but his midfield, led by Eriksen and Mkhitaryan have been off their mark for some time. I’ll consider myself lucky I have not lost more ground to date.
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Holiday Planning

It’s with mixed emotions we come out of the second international break, but 2018 World Cup will be without European powerhouse, Italy. They were defeated on aggregate 1-0 by Sweden. Dark days for the Azzurri who miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958, a former shadow of a team who won the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The image of Gigi Buffon as the curtain comes down on a stellar career for Juventus and the Italian National Team. Guess I won’t worry too much about watching Russia 2018 next year.
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Potential Budget Midfielders

Taking a look at premium attacks means looking to Man City to fill out your midfield and foward attacks. Outside of Sergio Agüero, all are fairly affordable, especially if you have the likes of Christian Eriksen of Dele Alli still in your starting XI. Premiums don’t come without a price, as fantasy managers must round out their midfield with 2-3 budget players even non-players. Heading into the holiday season, the wise move is make sure you run with 15 starting players, in order to reduce the risk of running out 10 starters or less. Budget midfielders have held their own this season, as Richarlison has been near the top all season.
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