Gameweek Two Tips – Elliot Preston

This week, my tactics have been massively changed due to a likely 4-week injury to one of my main midfielders, Wilfried Zaha. The Palace midfielder took a blow against their embarrassing 3-0 loss to Huddersfield last week after many crunching tackles from the Premier League newcomers. Due to this, I have been forced to make my first transfer of the season, bringing in Aaron Ramsey for £7.0 million. Although this transfer will be made before the match on Saturday, it is 99% confirmed. However, a couple of other considerable options that I have in mind are Granit Xhaka and Matty Phillips. I particularly favour the Arsenal midfielders as they seem to be very nailed on and should be in line for a number of goals and assists.

Aaron Ramsey seems to be Arsenal’s main midfielder this season and depending on his fitness, he could be the determining factor in their success for the next 12 months. I expect him to return a few points against Stoke this Saturday and hopefully, even more points in the near future.

Gameweek Two Tips – Alan Semple

After Chadli failed to shake off his injury fully to start last weekend I’ve opted to transfer him out, with a budget of 6 million I’ve took a bit of a gamble in that this player is just coming back from injury as well but after getting 13 minutes under his belt coming on against Man City last week i’m sure he’s ready to start this week. He is the main player for Brighton and with a decent set of fixtures coming up I have gone for Anthony Knockaert, he was player of the Championship last season and the highest scoring midfield in the division with 15 goals, he’s also the set piece taker. Here is just a few examples of what this man can do on his day:

With only 2% of FF players picking him if he carriers his form from last season I think he could be a good find and do well in the Premier League. As far as captain goes I have not fully decided, the obvious choice is Lukaku away at Swansea after his great start but with Jesus knocking on the door last week I could opt to captain him at home against Everton.

Gameweek Two Tips – Dan Grant

After a promising first week finishing on a respectable 67 points, I’m feeling really good going into week 2. Game week one was a funny one really, as anyone who didn’t captain Lukaku was pretty much at a massive disadvantage (unlucky James). The big man picked up two goals and looked really lively in a very convincing 4-0 victory to The Hammers at home. Undeniably, Romelu is about to have a very bright season for the reds.

Big Rom the main man on his debut
Big Rom the main man on his debut

There was more to be happy about on the opening weekend too, as my defence picked me up a very healthy 20 points, only to be let down by Marcos Alonso’s dire performance that earned me a whopping 0. Despite generally happy with my entire team’s display and captain’s performance in particular, it is worth saying that my Chelsea really let me down on the opening weekend. It’s with these Chelsea themed performances that I run through this week’s changes to Dan’s Baguettes:

To kick things off, Marcos Alonso has been replaced with the ever reliable Man United fullback Antonio Valencia. In addition to this, I’ve taken the risk of starting Watford’s Huralio Gomes in goal ahead of Courtois, as the Chelsea #1 ironically could only manage 1 point on his nightmare start to the season and faces the ever consistent Tottenham Hotspur next on Sunday. Finally, Lukaku stays captain after a more than impressive debut, and Marco Arnautovic comes into midfield in place of the more defensive minded Oriol Romeu.

Poor start from Marcos Alonso's Chelsea
Poor start from Marcos Alonso’s Chelsea

 

As a little side note, I really believe that both Gabbiadini and Shaqiri could surprise a few people this week. Both of their first games of the season were very low scoring ones, and I think Gab vs West Ham and Shaqiri vs Arsenal (Arsenal looked very shaky defensively in their opener, see here: http://www.skysports.com/football/arsenal-vs-leicester/preview/373097) so i’m feeling optimistic about some very nice scores come in for the boys.

I’m hoping that these few little tweaks will continue my solid start, and fingers crossed my comfortable 15 point lead ahead of “fantasy football king” Mr. James Z Dooley will be stretched to 30+. In terms of Elliot’s start to the season, I won’t lie it has been very impressive. He finished on a nice 79 points, which gives me the task of closing down on that 12 point gap this weekend.

Gameweek 2 Preview

Gameweek 2 gets underway at lunchtime on Saturday with Swansea City hosting Manchester United. The hosts here picked up a creditable 0-0 draw at Southampton in their opener while United started the season impressively with a 4-0 victory against West Ham. The clean sheets for both teams in those games may be misleading for this fixture though, with both teams finding the net in each of the last six meetings between the sides. Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) looks the obvious pick here, although Anthony Martial (£8.0m) could be a shrewd midfield purchase, with his 10-minute appearance on Sunday bringing a goal and assist and putting him well in contention for a starting spot this week. For the home side Tom Carroll (£4.5m) is worth consideration at a bargain price, especially considering his likely deployment on free kicks and corners following the imminent departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Tottenham v Chelsea is undoubtedly the biggest game of the weekend, as last season’s top 2 go head to head early in this campaign. Chelsea started the season in horrendous fashion with a 3-2 home defeat to Burnley and red cards for Gary Cahill (£6.4m) and Cesc Fàbregas (£6.9m) mean that they’ll be suspended for Sunday’s clash. With Eden Hazard (£10.5m), Pedro (£8.0m) and Tiemoué Bakayoko (£5.0m) all ruled out as well through injury Tottenham should be confident of taking three points in their first ‘home’ game of the season at Wembley. Dele Alli (£9.5m) scored the opener in Spurs’ 2-0 victory against Newcastle last weekend and bagged both goals as they ran out 2-0 winners in this fixture last season, so is the man to look to for Fantasy Football points in this one.

The first Monday night game of the season sees Manchester City host Everton at the Etihad. City are undefeated in their last 12 Premier League home games while Everton have failed to win any of their last 8 away, so it’s difficult to make a case for the away side getting much here. Sergio Agüero (£11.5m) and Gabriel Jesus (£10.5m) started up front together on Saturday and will be expected to do so again in this game, with either (or both) providing a real goal threat for your Fantasy team. David Silva (£8.0m) was sublime in the 2-0 victory against Brighton and despite stiff competition for starting spots in the City midfield he surely can’t be dropped in this kind of form.

All fixtures for GW2 can be seen here:

Fantasy Football Game Week 2Fixtures
Fantasy Football Game Week 2Fixtures

To finish off, one pick from each of the remaining gameweek 2 fixtures:

Bournemouth v Watford – Ryan Fraser (£5.5m)

Burnley v West Brom – Sam Vokes (£6.0m)

Leicester v Brighton – Jamie Vardy (£8.6m)

Liverpool v Crystal Palace – Roberto Firmino (£8.5m)

Southampton v West Ham – Ryan Bertrand (£5.5m)

Stoke v Arsenal – Aaron Ramsey (£7.0m)

Huddersfield v Newcastle – Steve Mounie (£6.0m)

Fantasy Football Roundup GW1

Gameweek 1 Summary

West Brom’s Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi was the outstanding player in Gameweek 1, with the centre back scoring a debut goal to secure a 1-0 home victory against Bournemouth. The goal and clean sheet, alongside three bonus points, earned him 15 points this week. Tottenham’s Ben Davies also picked up points for a goal and clean sheet, but his yellow card mean he has one point fewer than Hegazi.

The Dream Team of the Week lined up in a 3-4-3 formation, with Hegazi and Davies joined at the back by Huddersfield centre back Zanka and goalkeeper Lössl, 4 players who would have only cost you a combined £19m. In midfield, Eriksen, Mkhitaryan, Salah and Xhaka were all directly involved in 2 goals each to score a combined 44 points (at a cost of £32m), and up front Vokes, Vardy and Lukaku scored 13 points apiece (for £26m combined) with each getting on the scoresheet twice.

Elliot’s Elite Shine on Game Week 1

(Write up by Elliot Preston)

Unsurprisingly, my somewhat ‘average’ score of 79 points has managed to take me above both James and Dan in the first week of fantasy football. To my surprise this morning, James told me that it was, in fact, Alan that managed to somehow fall behind James in the first week. This is actually as bad as it sounds as I was told that he was a really solid Fantasy player but such a shocking performance like that has me asking a few questions as to what he is doing in our league in the first place… Shocking performances from all of them has given me a nice head start to build the foundation of my team on and although it is very early to be confident I can now focus on holding this top spot for the season.

Although Lukaku was the main points provider in my team, Firmino was the real difference as although everyone I talked to said he was a bad signing, he managed to bring in 12 points with a goal and an assist. I can’t hear them talking about him anymore though… 79 points is a score that I am very happy with for the first game of the season as I have a solid plan in my head that involves a very early wildcard and saving my free transfers (something that Dan has already managed to bottle and has already made his free transfer on a DEFENDER). There really isn’t much hope left for him is there? Poor guy.

 

 

Gameweek One Tips – Alan Semple

Going through my team:

Foster: West Brom have a great start to the season and this is a position that money can be saved.

Dawson: Same as Foster with a Evans and McCauly doubts I went with him.

Valencia: Utd look to be playing a back 3 which should allow Valencia to get forward, with him being also being one of the first names on the team sheet worth the money.

Bertrand: Southampton also have a great start to the season should hopefully keep some early clean sheets also can be an attacking full back.

De Bruyne: City have a decent start to the season he looked impressive in pre-season, set piece taker and 90 minute man.

Ward Prouse: one of the first names on my team sheet, new manager seems to like him an attacking midfield who also takes set pieces, bargain.

Chadli: This is the last player I picked so more picked for price, West Brom have a good start with him playing far up the field should chip in with some goals and assists.

Loftus-Cheek: Bargain of the season a good attacking player who never got his chance at Chelsea a easy slotter to save money.

Jesus: Manager loves him and should score a lot this season.

Lukaku: Utd have good fixtures to begin with should be a 90 minute man and wants to impress.

Kane: My top scorer again this season a must.

Gameweek One Tips – David Dooley

Gk. Foster west brom
When selecting a keeper it’s imperative you believe he and his team are capable of keeping clean sheets, however, a keeper who is kept busy with shots on goal is just as vital for save points and also bps points.

Def Valencia man united
The right back is an expensive addition to my defence and I can see plenty of clean sheets on the horizon but valencia also poses an attacking threat and in recent friendlies he has been promoted to a more advanced right sided midfield.

Def Cedric Southampton
Another right back who loves to get forward and attack. With a kind set of opening fixtures he could prove a real bargain.

Def Dawson west brom
A robust defender. Outstanding off set pieces and with west brom set piece quality he’s assured to be amongst the goals.

Mid Ward-Prowse Southampton
Flourishing under his new manager and has been outstanding in pre-season. Not only is he the no.1 set piece taker he also has an eye for goal and is a bargain at the price.

Mid Pogba man united
With a hefty price tag of 93miilion people say he underperformed last season but the underlying stats could suggest he was exceptionally unfortunate hitting the framework on 13 occasions. With possibility of pens and free kicks I expect his returns to he far greater this time round.

Mid De Bruyne man city
Expensive but what a talent. With pep changing his system it means man city have been amongst the goals in pre-season and if he’s not scoring he’s usually on the premesis with assists.

Mid Loftus-Cheek palace
When looking for a bargain to save money for the big names but wanting somebody to ensure you points then step forward Ruben Loftus-Cheek. A snip and this chelsea loanee has already earned plenty of praise from his new manager with outstanding and commanding performances in recent friendles.

Fwd Benteke palace
With the palace manager changing his formation it looks assured that Benteke will reap the rewards. With plenty of crosses from the wide areas this man mountain will take some stopping.

Fwd Lukaku man united
With uniteds new style of play I can only see goals coming from this lad. Cool, calm, collective, strong, fast what more could you ask for. I anticipate a great season.

Fwd Kane tottenham
Who else? The golden boot award winner ticks all the boxes. You don’t look to save your money on your strikers you build your team around them.

Subs
Gk Fabianski Swansea
Assured to be busy and the swansea no.1 could suprise a lot with bps points and a few clean sheets.

Def Ben Mee Burnley
A squad rotation certainty with exceptionally kind home fixtures in recent weeks

Def simpson leicester
Expect a much improved leicester this season and this bargain defender is an assured starter in his right back roll.

Mid Brady Burnley
A surprise package in the making. Disappointed after becoming Burnleys record signing last season but seems to have improved significantly in pre season and could hit the ground running

Gameweek One Tips – Elliot Preston

The first gameweek is always a massive deal for everyone involved in the fantasy premier league as it is the foundation for your team for a good few weeks and maybe months. I have picked a solid team with a number of great players that I am 99% sure will be copied by Dan and James once they see this…

Foster: Ben Foster is always a formidable option to have in net and at a small price of £4.5 million; there is no question behind why he is the 3rd most selected keeper this year.

Cedric: My Southampton triple threat is one of my punts this year but their fixtures suggest that 3 of the Southampton players are completely necessary.

Bertrand: The second of my Southampton triple threat. I expect them to achieve many clean sheets in their first few months as only one fixture looks difficult on paper (vs Utd)

De Bruyne: The City magician is probably my main punt of the first gameweek due to the rest he has received in preseason and the acquisition of Bernardo Silva in a similar position. However his 21 assists last season speak for themselves.

Willian: He was never once in my plans until today when I was massively shocked to see that he came in at an unbelievable price tag of £7 million! An insane bargain!

Zaha: The palace star is a gem to have in any FPL team due to his attacking presence that he provides for Palace.

Ward-Prowse: JWP is the last of my Southampton triple threat. He provides assists on a plate for FPL managers and I expect him to bag me a few points in the first months.

Lukaku: Romelu will be my first captain choice this week as although I had my heart set on Kane captain, it seems less risky to play the mainstream vote and choose Lukaku who will be raring for a great start for his new team in the prem.

Firmino: The Liverpool star has now been changed up to a striker this year on FPL and seems like a very valid option to have as my third striker. Especially with the ever-injured Sturridge as he should get plenty of game time up top and possible as the lone striker.

Kane: Harry Kane is obviously nailed on and breaks a number of records regarding FPL including shots taken in the box. These underlying stats are something that last year I did not research and this year I am hoping that they will take me to the top of the league with ease.

Gameweek One Tips – Dan Grant

So yeah, as you can see, I’ve basically already won the league. I’ve essentially kept the best bits from last year and improved the parts that needed a slight tweak, allow me to begin with the goalkeeper and defence:

Courtois: Chelsea’s #1, fresh off of a premier league title winning season, confident as ever (don’t you dare mention his awful penalty in the community shield because that does NOT count). A solid, reliable goalkeeper bound to gather many clean sheets this season.

Alonso: Barely a defender, guaranteed goals, assists and clean sheet points weekly. Enough said.

Walker: Arguably the best fullback in the premier league last year, bombs up the wing, I can see more clean sheets from City this year with the revamped defence.

Dawson: Pretty much a centre forward. Loves a header. Cheap and cheerful.

Otamendi: A risk, but a calculated one (for now). Who wins fantasy football without risks?

The defence was the easy part. After all, if last season was a competition based purely on the defence I’d have won hands down. Now for the glue of the team, the midfield:

Pogba: It’s this man’s season to shine. I’m so confident about Paul Pogba, that I foolishly gave the tactic of bringing him into the team to Elliot and James who have unfortunately now copied me. Quite sad to see really, but I guess you have to help those less fortunate every now and then.

McArthur: I won’t lie, I can see this player being transferred out in the next few weeks unless I see some special performances from him. Another risk, but we’ll see..

Shaqiri: Undeniably talented and capable of being involved in many of Stoke’s goals this year. Very unlucky with injuries last year, and I believe people are massively underestimating him.

Now for the top dogs, the big boys, the main men, the breadwinners, etc etc. Here are my strikers:

Lukaku (Captain): Certain goals. Expensive, but certain goals. Had to captain him with his great record against West Ham (information that I foolishly shared with Elliot Preston)

Gabbiadini: Evidently a talented and more than capable goalscorer. Like Shaqiri, Gabbiadini was unlucky with injury last year. However when fit, I can see this being a steal at 7.0m.

Lacazette (Vice Captain): Yes James, Arsenal have signed a new striker (I’m sure this is the first you’ve seen of this news). Looked very lively against Chelsea in the community shield, Leicester at home will surely get him off to a good start in the premier league.

Dan Grant Introduction

Despite losing the league to James and Elliot, I saw last year’s season (this was my debut season) as an overall success. It’s worth mentioning that not being used to when to play triple captain, who is having double game weeks and when to play the all-important wildcard did set me back a bit, however with this new found knowledge I way more confident than I did back then.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom last year though, in fact for large portions of the season I was really in the running for first place (by “large portions of the season” I literally mean for a week or two). Furthermore my defence was solid throughout the year (something I hope to implement into the upcoming league), and who could forget my midseason triple captaining of Harry Kane bagging 4 goals and silencing both James and Elliot (shhhhh).

Also please allow me to enter the realm of statistics real quick. My good friend and work colleague Elliot Preston finished 1.4 millionth in the world on his debut season, whilst I finished 400,000th in the world in mine. Surely then, this would make me 1,000,000 times better than him at fantasy football.

Furthermore, James’ lack of transfer window information is sure to prove key this season, as I’m fairly sure that if me and Elliot told him Benzema had just moved to West Brom he’d be signing in trying to sign him. Worrying times for that man, but I guess it’s just another reason why I’ll win this year.

So after a rollercoaster ride of a first season with plenty of ups and downs, allow me to present to you the 2017/18 Fantasy Football winning team name: Dan’s Baguettes.

Elliot Preston Introduction

After finishing 14000th in the WORLD the year before last, I decided to calm down on my Fantasy Premier League graft last year and take it easy. Due to this, my measly 100,000th finish was a complete shambles of a result by my high expectations. But this year, with the competition’s regular trash talk as loud as ever, I have decided to refer back to my 2015/16 season and vow to end any hopes that James and Dan still have of beating me. Although I took an L to James last year, his mind games of a single gameweek bet that would change my team name to ‘I Am Gay’ for the rest of the season completely put me off and made me lose all control of the league that I had, consequently causing me to fall behind and lose. However, this year I am more than happy to provide the whooping that is needed to teach the boys who are the rightful boss of the Fantasy Premier League.

David Dooley Introduction

Hello followers. For those who are unaware of who I am my names David Dooley. I am fantasy football mini-league expert and after winning all 17 mini-leagues I entered last year, plus helping 1000’s of others to do the same, and finishing 224th in the global rankings then it’s no surprise that I’ve been inundated with requests to give a little insight into this year’s team selection and reasons for such choices.

Alan Semple Introduction

My name is Alan this years winner of the FF, there’s a few reasons for this, firstly picking a team is not just about the best players but fixtures, formations and managers thoughts need to be looked at. Based on previous years attacking midfielders and forwards are usually the highest scorers over a full season so I’m a believer this is where the money should be spent.