With a massive double game week looming, it was only right for me to make use of my free hit. So here it is, my team for GW34:
GW32 Winner: 88 for David
David Dooley wins yet another game week and expands his lead at the top with a huge 88 points in a weekend that proved difficult for most. Players that were key to the success of his team include Schmeichel in goal with a massive 15 points, Aubemeyang picking up 26 from captain, Eriksen scoring 9 and Lukaku with 8.
The league table remains the same, however its almost I’m possible to think how anyone can catch David at this point.
After a long break with international football, the premier league returns on Saturday, and with that comes another fantasy football game week. As I had a lot of money in the bank spare from GW31, I decided it would be a good time to take a -4 hit and bring in a couple of expensive players with good fixtures ready for the weekend.
The players that I went for are the Arsenal attacking duo of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Arsenal face Stoke at home this weekend, and as a slight risk I’ve opted to captain my new man Pierre. Hopefully this will pay off!
GW31 Winner: James’ Giant Weekend
An impressive 114 point weekend sees James Dooley soar above Elliot Preston into 2nd in the Boomtown league, helped predominantly by yet another massive performance by Mo Salah.
James captained Mo, which lead to a huge 58 points from the Liverpool attacker. His team also included Cenk Tosun, Mane, Firmino and Townsend who also had excellent games respectfully.
In a week with only 4 fixtures in the premier league, I’ve decided to save my free hit and instead play a -8 this week in order to make 3 transfers for my team. The players I’m bringing in are Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas, Huddersfield’s Aaron Mooy and Everton’s in form striker Cenk Tosun.
These transfers mean that I have a total of 9 players playing in GW31, a lot better than my previous 6. For my captain, whilst many will go for Mo Salah I’ve decided to take a gamble and go for Bobby Firmino, who hopefully will be banging them in against Watford on Saturday.
With the blank gameweek approaching, my early preparation has paid off with only a small -4 point hit being taken to field a full 11. My transfers this week will be Van Aanholt in for Mustafi, Mounie in for the injured Harry Kane and Butland in for Adrian. My team is looking solid and I have been able to save my free hit which means I still have every chip available to me as we approach the end of the season.
By having every chip, it puts me in a much better position than others in the league who are without triple captain and wildcard. My captain this week will obviously have to be Mo Salah. I was tempted by a differential such as Mounie or Firmino but it is just way too risky for the position I am in right now!
GW 30 Winner:
GW 29 was a very average week for me which saw James Dooley’s incredible 84 point haul place him only 10 points behind me! A total score of 42 points saw me match the average score for the week.
Otamendi and Mustafi saved my week by combining for a total of 20 points whereas the rest of my team only managed 21 points between 9 of them!
For this weekend, I plan on just making the one change to take Son out and bring in Riyad Mahrez, as I feel like now that he’s settled back in at Leicester he should be amongst the goals against an under-performing West Brom on Saturday.
Riyad Mahrez (2017/18) – Playmaking pic.twitter.com/JcPLzafHYp
— Declan (@dribblatore) April 2, 2018
In terms of my captain, I think I go with the majority when I say that it’ll be Kane I captain for GW30. One of the only players from the top 4 that have an easy fixture, I think Spurs should do some damage when they face Bournemouth.
GW 29 Winner: James Dooley Narrowly Wins
In a tight GW, it was James Dooley that proved victorious with 63 points in GW 29. Dan Grant, who played his triple captain, finish 2nd only 2 points behind James, whilst the rest of the league were unable to break the 50 point mark.
James’ key players that helped him see success this week included Son, Alli, Lukaku, Vertonghen and Stephens.
This week, my team goes into GW29 finally off of the bottom spot. Happy with my new position, my only tweak this week is to bring in Burnley goalkeeper Pope, who has a good run of fixtures and will replace Man City’s Ederson.
This frees me up some money in the bank to potentially bring in a big player in the coming weeks, but as of right now I have no plans to change anything massively.
I had a great gameweek 28 with the Liverpool double of Firmino and Salah combining for 28 points. My team in general did well with Dawson and Shaqiri both getting on the scoresheets.
I wont be looking to make a transfer this week however I will be monitoring the injury situation at City with Raheem Sterling potentially missing next game. If this is the case I will likely take him out the team!
GW 28 Winner: Presty Back to His best
Its Elliot Preston who comes out victorious in game week 28, securing a healthy 65 points to increase him gap from James Dooley in 3rd and close the gap on his brother David in 1st.
Stand out players for Elliot’s team this week consisted of Mo Salah with 20 points from captain, West Brom’s Dawson who finished on 7 at the back, and Bobby Firmino who gained a nice 8 up top. The rest of the league was very close this week, apart from Alan Semple who had a minor slip up with 39.
GW 28 Tips
Nice and easy for GW28, as I’m bringing in Pascal Gross who has been in excellent form recently and plays Swansea at home. Despite Swansea’s recent good form, I can see Brighton getting a result here and Gross being involved in one or two goals.
I will be making two transfers this week which will both be free. Firstly with Liverpool’s unlikely postponement of any fixtures, Van Dijk will be joining the team in replace of Marcos Alonso who has a knock and has been off form as of late. This will further allow me to free up funds for Theo Walcott to replace Jesse Lingard who is back in rotation with the other United midfielders.
With the recent announcement of postponements in upcoming premier league weeks, Everton and Liverpool look like good teams to bring in. I will be captaining Mo Salah again this week after a massive 26 point haul as my captain last week!
GW27 Winner: David Dooley with Another One
105 points sees Mr. Dooley soar even further into the lead, with yet another fantastic GW under his belt. Overall, it was Sergio Aguero that helped him secure this massive tally, with a huge 42 points from captain. Having said that, players like Firmino, Shaqiri, Firmino, Salah and Cresswell all scored him 10 or more points, so it was a great team performance all round.
Elsewhere in the league no positions changed, other than Dan Grant finally jumping off of the top spot and demoting Alan Semple to bottom of the table.
Gameweek 27 Tips
Feeling a lot more confident about my team setup after last weekend, this week, I’m making the most of my two free transfers by bringing in two new faces to the side.
The players I’m taking out are the under-performing Choupo-Moting and Alonso, both being replaced with Bournemouth’s Jordan Ibe and Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk. For my captain this GW, I’m thinking going for Callum Wilson who face Huddersfield. There’s a chance I might change that last minute to Mo Salah who faces Stoke, but we’ll see..
I had a pretty average gameweek this week with a score of 50 points, beating the global average by 7 points. In the end, the decision to captain Kane over Salah proved to bee costly and cost me 11 points!
This week I wont be making any transfers and saving one free transfer after a -4 last week. My team is looking pretty solid and with Salah facing a struggling Southampton side he will be back in the lineup as captain this week!
GW26 Winner: Dan Grant Finally Back in Business
It’s been a very long time since Dan has won a gameweek, which really highlights the struggles of his team over the last few months. Thankfully for him though, his team are back in business.
Winning this gameweek with 56 points has closed his gap on Alan Semple to just one point, whilst applying a bit of pressure to James Dooley in 3rd. In reality, this GW success was largely due to captaining Mohammed Salah who scored Dan 30 points, and if Dan has another good one in GW27 he could well see himself regain that 4th place spot.
Gameweek 26 Tips
Nice and simple for me this week, as I’m actually making 0 changes and sticking with my new look team going into GW26. Seeing as a did fairly well last week, I’m hoping sticking to this formula and moving the team around a bit should help things significantly.
In terms of my captain, it was a difficult choice but I’ve decided to go with Mo Salah. I can see Liverpool vs Tottenham being fairly high-scoring, so hopefully he’ll be involved in some of the goals this weekend!
GW25 was a pretty subtle gameweek in terms of big point hauls across the midweek games meaning that most players had to settle for an average gameweek. A score of 53 points saw me strike just above the overall average however we haven’t seen any winners or losers in the table this week.
After careful consideration of my recent poor form in the league, I have decided to take a minus 4 point hit on a defender which is usually a big no from me. However, after Masuaku’s recent 6 game ban and his price soon to drop it was a must and the suitable replacement in my eyes was Craig Dawson for West Brom. He is 100% nailed on for The Baggies and has a good run of upcoming fixtures. West Brom defenders are loved by FPL players as they are known for 0-0 draws and clean sheets! The other player I will bring in is Callum Wilson for Calvert Lewin up top to strengthen my offence as he plays a struggling Stoke side.
GW25 Winner: James Bounces Back
After a fairly difficult and close week for everybody, it was James that prevailed as the GW25 winner with a very decent 63 points to solidify his position in the middle of the table. Stand out players for James’ XI include Callum Wilson (12), Sergio Aguero (Captain, 12) and Sterling (10) which really helped add to his tally this week.
Elsewhere, struggling Dan Grant’s newly-formed team scored a respectable 46, three points more than 4th place Alan Semple. Elliot Preston scored the 2nd best in GW25 with 53, whilst top of the table David Dooley had a very minor slip up with 44.
Gameweek 25 Tips
I will be making a single change this week to avoid a -4 hit. Xherdan Shaqiri will be coming in for the injured Arnautovic as a straight swap and with his great run of upcoming fixtures and recent poor luck in front of goal, I am confident he will start finishing the chances he is getting. Shaqiri is definitely the star player from a mediocre Stocke side at the minute so I definitely see this as great value for money as he is only valued at 6 million!
After dropping to bottom in GW24, I decided a big change was drastically needed. As I had a lot of injuries/suspensions across my team, I decided it was time to play my newly-acquired wildcard in an attempt to salvage my poor performances.
So without further adieu, my new an improved team looks like this:
GW24 Winner: 89 Points sees Alan push to 4th
An excellent 89 point gameweek for Alan Semple drops Dan Grant into bottom of the Boomtown league, and pushes him into 4th. Two players were almost solely responsible for this excellent weekend; Hazard and Moses.
Hazard (C) provided Alan with a massive 32 points, whilst Moses’ start performance scored him 17 as a defender.
Gameweek 24 Tips
Gameweek 23 was a shocker for my team! A poor 59 points allowed the Dooley brothers to gain 30 points on me leaving a 97 gap between me and David at the top. Thankfully Harry Kane’s captaincy paid off as he returned a 26 point score and Salah with a nice 11 point haul. However, the decision to play 5 at the back really didn’t help as I expected but with little choice of formation I was not expecting a good gameweek.
This week I have made a couple of quick transfers for a -4 point hit to bring in the price-rising Arnautovic and Firmino. They both have a great run of upcoming fixtures so could easily both provide me with a great return!
After a week that was much more like it from my team, I feel slightly less pressure regarding going bottom of the league as the gap is now at around 25 points. Despite this, James’ 91 point week means that I’m about 45 points off 3rd, so a lot of work is yet to be done.
For GW24, a -4 has been taken to Lukaku and Alli out in place of De Bruyne and Firmino (C). I’m hoping having a bit more firepower up top and keeping my high-performing West Ham midfielders should be enough to score me some decent points, whilst Everton’s Kenny comes in off the bench to face West Brom at home.
GW23 Winner: David is running away with it!
Getting bored of writing just how many good game weeks David Dooley is having. This week, the league leader expanded on his great form by scoring a gigantic 92 points, his brother James coming oh so close to winning this week with 91. The impressive score sees David almost 100 points clear at the top, with James Dooley solidifying his place in the middle of the table.
Elsewhere in the table, Dan Grant scored a decent 79 to give himself a bit of breathing space from Alan Semple, who managed only 60 points in a high scoring GW. However it was Elliot Preston who managed the worst week in the league this week, scoring a total of 59. Elliot remains comfortably in 2nd place however going into GW24.
Gameweek 23 Tips
In gameweek 23, I am going to be looking to be making at least one transfer due to having 2 free transfers available. Alonso, Aguero, Jones and Lingard are all looking plausible options as I decide who is the best fit but with Gabriel Jesus out for a month, I think Aguero will definitely be making an appearance for the team. Jesse Lingard is also a really good option for his amazing 6.3 million price tag and his insane form.
I am looking to close the 60 point gap at the top and realise that won’t be very easy with David Dooley’s expertise. However, anything is possible in the second half of the season and with all of the chips still available and double gameweeks still to come, this is definitely doable. For this reason I am still keeping one eye on 3rd place as James Dooley is 100 points behind. So far I have had a decent season with 1230 points but nowhere near expectation as I aim for top 50,000 overall.
I’m going to need a good GW23 to avoid going bottom of the Boomtown table and hopefully put some pressure back on those above me. For my tip this week, I’m going to be bringing in Jesse Lingard, a player who seems to be Manchester United’s top performing player as of late and is scoring for fun.
My captain will be Harry Kane vs Everton, as I really don’t fancy giving the role to Lukaku and would prefer to get him out of my team ASAP really. In fact, I may even end up taking a -4 hit and bringing in Aguero in his place, so stay tuned…
After a busy Christmas period of fixtures, we’re all back in the office and there’s a lot to catch up on. In total, 3 game weeks went by whilst we were away. In that time, the table really doesn’t look too much different other than James Dooley fighting his way off bottom to go 3rd after some very good GWs.
Despite James’ new position in the league, it’s not all gone well for him leading into GW23. One noticeable mistake of his from last weekend saw James use his Triple Captain on Harry Kane during Spurs and West Ham’s double fixtures. Unfortunately for James, Kane only played part of his first game and failed to score in either, only securing him a total of 9 points as his TC.
In other news, things are very tight at the bottom with only 4 point separating last place Alan Semple from Dan Grant. Things have tightened up slightly at the top too, but there’s still 60 points for Elliot Preston to gain on the high-flying David Dooley. Here are the standings going into GW23:
Boomtown Bingo Fantasy
Gameweek 19 Tips
Another average week for me with a score of 53 points means I continue in second place in the league. I keep matching the exact global average of FPL players which although might seem worrying, in the league, I have cemented my place in second. David Dooley had a scorcher of a gameweek with 76 points which pushes him miles ahead of me but the main time for points scoring comes after Christmas so I’m not worried in the slightest!
This week I have made 3 transfers which involve 2 free transfers. I have brought in Firmino, Masuaku and Sterling to replace the suspended Morata, off-form Naughton and David Silva who has started sitting further back for City recently. The main risk here is Morata as his suspension will only see him out for one game to return to a solid fixture at home to Brighton.
Two decent weeks running sees me remain in 3rd place, however, Alan Semple’s brilliant 76 points (a whole 25 more than I managed) pushes him just 3 points behind me so I need to try my best to increase that gap this weekend.
Whilst I did have some standout performances in game week 18, my lack of depth hurt me as players scoring only 1 and 2 points came off the bench for me due to injuries. To rectify this, I’ve taken out Christian Atsu for Aaron Mooy who seems to be in good form as of late. In addition, I’m, back to taking -4 point hits and bringing in Arnautovic for Riyad Mahrez who faces United at home. Let’s see if these transfers will do the trick!
Additionally, my captain this week will be Kevin De Bruyne, who picked me up 10 points last week in his first game for my team. City face Bournemouth at home, and with KDB rested he should be ready for a potential goal fest at The Etihad this weekend.
GW18 Winners: 76 Points for Alan & David
Joint winners Alan Semple and David Dooley both scored a very impressive 76 points which sees David run away with the lead at the top and drops James Dooley to the bottom of the Boomtown. table. Dan and Elliot remain both 2nd and 3rd, both scoring 53 and 51 in a decent GW respectively.
Gameweek 18 Tips
As I work on closing the gap at the top between me and David Dooley, a misjudged but reasonable decision to bench Ben Foster against Liverpool resulted in him missing out on a crucial 10 points in an overall low-scoring gameweek, allowing me to gain a few points on him! I know it won’t be easy taking the top spot from him but you never know what will happen in the second half of the season.
My week wasn’t great to be perfectly honest, An average 46 points saw me drop in overall rankings but in the Boomtown league, it actually wasn’t a bad gameweek at all. After the Dooley brothers both bottled it my week saw me move into a much safer position in the league with Dan trying to catch me up. David Silva was the main starlet of my week after an unbelievable 16 points from midfield. To be honest, before the past couple of weeks I was thinking about transferring him due to his constant blanks and dropping price but I’m so glad I kept faith in him.
FINALLY. A good game week after a dark, dark month of fantasy football. After scoring the 2nd highest score in the league, I leapfrog James Dooley and go back into 3rd. Hopefully, this will set a nice platform to build on ahead of a busy set of Christmas time fixtures.
Now that i’m back in business, i’ll stick to my “no -4 hit” rule and make just the one transfer for this upcoming gameweek. The transfer is definitely just as risky as it is big, and involves taking out high flying Salah (who looks set for squad rotation) and bringing in the expensive but deadly Kevin De Bruyne.
We’ll see if this pricey move pays off, but as KDB didn’t play a full 90 in the week i’m thinking he’ll be slightly more rested and ready to go against Spurs over the weekend. My last big tip for the week: Bring in Riyad Mahrez. He’s done nothing but score or assist since iv’e brought him in, and he seems to really be finding his form in the league recently.
GW17 Winner: Semp-ly Brilliant
It was bottom of the table Alan Semple that took the league by storm this GW, picking up a nice 51 points to close the gap on falling James Dooley. Largely, it was his defence that really scored well for him. With bonus points shared out to 3 of his back 4, he scored 27 points for his defensive line alone!
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) December 13, 2017
In other news, Elliot Preston closes the gap on David Dooley at the top, whilst Dan Grant’s well-needed good score sees him overtakes James to go back to third with the 2nd highest score of the gameweek.
Gameweek 17 Tips
For gameweek 17, I have decided to take a 4 point hit on a defender. I would usually never do this but with Otamendi’s goalscoring form and Bournemouth’s awful upcoming fixtures, I had no choice but to get rid of Daniels for the City defender. Especially since Mustafi has recently been injured and may be rested on Wednesday! Calvert-Lewin also comes in to replace Callum Wilson who has failed to start ahead of on-form Jermain Defoe. My captain will once again be Harry Kane after his brace at the weekend. He is at home to a struggling Brighton side and this fixture stand out as the obvious captaincy choice so expect to see most people captaining Kane in your league!
If I’m brutally honest, I probably wouldn’t take any gameweek tips from me until I prove I can actually have a decent GW again..
Another poor weekend in which I scored 38 points sees me drop to 4th in the table, very poor considering I was contesting for 2nd place just a few weeks ago. A bad decision to captain Morata saw me score only 4 points, whilst Salah (a player I was also debating captaining) picked up 11. Fairly sure that other than Mahrez, everyone got me about 1-2 points per player. Genuinely appalling.
This week, no more -4 hit as its really not helping things. Instead, I’m taking Callum Wilson out and bringing in Chris Wood as a straight swap who faces Stoke at home. I really, really, REALLY need a good game week for GW17, and I’m actually thankful that the fixtures are midweek. It saves me from the embarrassment of viewing my woeful team for another week.
Fair play to Elliot and the rest of the league that actually performed really well, it was only a matter of time in my current form that I’d slip down the table. If this was real life, there’d be an increasing pressure on me from the fans to sack me as manager. Thankfully, I have no fans, so business resumes as usual. Really could do with that confidence boost this week as we lead into a busy Christmas period of football.
It can only get better from here! (surely).
GW16 Winner: Preston’s Prestigious Boys
It was Elliot Preston’s excellent score that sees him top GW16 with an extremely impressive 67 points, a total that pushes him slightly closer to David Dooley at the top and really cements his position in 2nd. His main points scorer was Harry Kane getting 24 points as captain but with David Silva, Mo Salah, Long and Naughton all getting a haul this week, Elliot has managed to edge the total for points earned over this weekend!
Gameweek 16 Tips
Looking at 3 subs for GW16. Taking a 4 point hit but confident of extending my advantage and having this mini league wrapped up by Christmas. Making a lot of changes this GW and taking a lot of hits as a result. My subs include:
Out: Jesus, Welbeck and Bakayoko.
In: Wood, Firmino and Son.
This week I’ve managed to hit the overall average of 44 points. However, in the Boomtown league, this 44 points was seemingly great as Dan yet again managed to slip up with 32 points. David Dooley, on the other hand, had an insane gameweek with over 70 points!I need to get my act together if I want to take 1st place as we all know David doesn’t mess around with his top 300 finish last year. Hazard was the only mistake I made as I hesitated to make him captain with Harry Kane playing a Watford side who were fresh off a poor defensive performance against Manchester United last week.
For this week I have tripled up on my Chelsea players and brought in on-form Alvaro Morata. The Chelsea striker has a great run of fixtures and with him and Hazard in my team, I am guaranteed quite a few points from the Chelsea starlets!
Back to back poor game weeks sees me remain in 3rd place, but the gap is steadily increasing from Elliot in 2nd and I need to look to rectify this soon. My choice to bring in Davinson Sanchez last week could not have backfired more if I tried, as his straight red cars really did not help me much last GW. Despite this, bringing Mahrez in was a decent decision with his early assist.
51 – Davinson Sanchez is shown a straight red card for a collision with Richarlison and we’re down to 10 men.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 2, 2017
This week I’ve brought in Leicester’s Maguire for the suspended Sanchez, whilst Everton’s Kenny comes in to give me defensive depth. Captain wise, I’ve got a feeling Salah will perform well at Anfield in the derby so I’m taking the risk and going for him. Hoping and praying things improve from here!
After my woeful start, I now have James Dooley in sight who I should be passing the wooden spoon ? to soon. Probably no subs for me this week as I want 2 for the next. Captain Hazard is on ? and will be captain again.
Hopefully, my good form can continue into the GW and I can carry on putting pressure on James and work my way off the bottom spot.
GW15 WINNER: The David Dooley Show
David has had quite the season so far, and it currently looks like his tips are the best to be taking as he stormed GW15 with a huge 72 points, 23 more than anyone in the Boomtown Bingo Fantasy Football league.
His decision to captain Eden Hazard paid off tremendously securing him a whopping 30 points from captain, whilst Otamendi’s goal saw the Argentine secure 11 points from CB. The standings for the table remain the same, however a good week from Alan Semple and poor ones from Dan Grant and James Dooley sees Alan closing the gap on James to only 8 points. Could we soon see both Dooley brothers on either side of the table?!
Gameweek 15 Tips
I’m actually taking yet another -4 hit this weekend, and i’m hoping this is the last time for a while that I need to do this. For the games this weekend, the injured Phil Jones comes out for Davinson Sanchez of Spurs, whilst I also bring in Riyad Mahrez in place of the under-performing Dele Alli. One Spurs player out, one Spurs player in.
Hoping to continue my decent form of last GW and put the pressure back on Elliot for 2nd place!
GW 14 WINNERS: Victorious Duo Win Gameweek 14
It was Alan Semple and Elliot Preston who scored the most in a tight GW14, both scoring a very nice 52 points in a largely difficult and frustrating week of football for many. These frustrations stemmed mainly from a large number of high named players being rested ready for their weekend games, something we probably should have predicted really.
Regardless of certain players not playing, generally everyone had a solid GW14 other than a certain James Dooley who managed a small 30 points going into the 15th gameweek.
Gameweek 14 Tips
Gameweek 13 went exaclty how I said it would… perfect! Kane captaincy finally paid off as he secured 16 points against a struggling West Brom side and my team, in general, managed a solid score of 62 which obviously put me above Dan’s team (sorry friend). 2 out of my 4 defenders managed clean sheets this week which is something I am particuarly happy with considering they are the weak part of my team and usually fail to keep clean sheets!
I am sticking with the plan of bring Eden Hazard in as my captain this week and also will be taking one of my first 4 point hits to bring in Arsenal defender Mustafi who has a great run of upcoming fixtures and should hopefully get a few clean sheets and maybe even a cheeky header.
It would appear 13 is unlucky for some, at least for me. GW13 saw me score an abysmal 38 points in what was nothing short of a frustrating weekend of football. Generally, I believe I was unlucky with my score as star players forgot to turn up, however, my decision to keep Yoshida in last week proved poor as he only played a few minutes for Southampton and earned me only 1 point.
As a result of this, he’s out of the team this weekend in place for Mustafi who I picked up just before he went up in price. With a rare set of midweek games, I’m looking for big performances from my Chelsea players and overall just a better GW overall than last…
GW13 WINNER: 13 Not Unlucky for David Dooley
A great GW13 of 68 points in total sees David Dooley run away with it slightly at the top, and he’s looking like a difficult player to beat. Great games from the likes of Kane, Fabianski, Sterling and Valencia saw David score 68 points this week. With David expanding his lead at the top of the table, he’s looking unstoppable going into GW14. All can change though!
Gameweek 13 Tips
After a shocking GW12, I have decided it is time for drastic change. The ever-so inconsistent Sergio Aguero has been a pain in my team since he joined for his drastic 11.6 million price tag and I am finally taking the action to get rid. My thinking behind this is to bring in a risky striker of Callum Wilson who bagged a hat-trick last week to give me the money to afford Hazard next week ahead of his great fixtures.
I actually took some advice from Dan for GW13 and chose to bring in Stoke midfield (basically striker) Choupo-Moting. In addition, I also went for a 4 point hit as took out Rooney and brought in Callum Wilson (again similarly to Dan). let’s just hope his logic pays off!
After an excellent 75 point GW12, for this upcoming weekend, I’m willing to take yet another -4 hit in the hope that it will continue my good form and push me closer to 1st in the Boomtown League.
For this gameweek, I’m taking the potentially injured Tammy Abraham out, in order to bring in Callum Wilson off the back of his hat-trick last weekend. Furthermore, As John Stones has picked up an unfortunate injury it seems like a great time to bring in Manchester City centre-back Vincent Kompany, who will be well-rested for the weekend’s fixture against Huddersfield (please start him, Pep..)
Fingers crossed it will be another strong GW. For now, here are the current standings:
GW12 WINNER: Dan Grant’s Great Gameweek
That was the weekend I was looking for. Taking that -4 to swap Aguero (whom I quoted “Isn’t certain to play every game under Pep”) out for Morata and captaining the Spaniard paid off massively, bringing me in a nice 18 points from captain. On top of that, star performances from Salah, Choupo-Moting, Richarlison, Lukaku, Courtois and newly subbed in Azpilicueta (just to name a few) saw me score a whopping 75 points.
This weekend sees me push above Elliot Preston into 2nd (sorry friend), something I have been steadily working towards for quite some weeks now. The key for me now is to retain my lead over fierce rival Elliot, whilst closing that 12 point gap between me and the infamous David Dooley.
My only slight frustration with GW12 was The Official FPL’s decision to not grant Choupo-Moting with a somewhat obvious assist for Stoke’s 2nd goal. After watching their official twitter app deem the assist as “to be confirmed” the moment the goal went in, I went to Twitter to voice my opinion on the matter:
CONFIRM IT WAS CHOUPO pic.twitter.com/pyJqpRXJ1b
— Dan Grant (@dangrant77) November 20, 2017
Halftime passed, and after about 20 minutes of waiting for the confirmation I desired, the Official FPL concluded that there was in fact no assist for the goal (there clearly was). Livid, I went back to Twitter to turn their decision into a meme, a tweet that went down well with the Twitter community but ultimately made no difference to their decision or my fantasy team.
oPta rEvieW cOnFIrmS nO asSisT fOr sTOke’s 2nD gOaL pic.twitter.com/kfIkLrUT1g
— Dan Grant (@dangrant77) November 20, 2017
Enough complaining, though. A great weekend overall and hopefully more of the same for GW13!
Gameweek 12 Tips
For gameweek 12, my initial thinking is to save my free transfer. My team is looking very poor considering three injuries to Dele Alli, Loftus-Cheek and Lascelles, however, I still plan on saving the free transfer. I am not expecting a great week for gameweek 12 but I know we are all looking forward to the return of the Premier League after a 2 week break!
With another decent week of 49 points, I’ve decided to take a -4 hit for this game week and bring in a couple of Chelsea players that I feel are worth getting in long term. The players I’m taking out are Otamendi (suspended) and Aguero, who isn’t certain to play every game under Pep.
In their place is the Chelsea duo Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta, who have been a brilliant partnership this season both being directly involved in 5 of Chelsea’s goals this season.
Azpilicueta 5 AssistsMorata 5 Goals
Highest combination in Europe.. unstoppable pic.twitter.com/Wr0PAKBk8B
— . (@OfficialCheIs) November 15, 2017
Fingers crossed this will be the key to success for me in GW12, I also have Courtois playing in goal so i’ll be a temporary Chelsea plan on saturday for their game against West Brom!
Gameweek 11 Tips
After treading water again last week and picking the wrong captain again! I’ve took out Lacazette and Dawson (injured) and brought in Kane and Gomez (I know a Liverpool defender what am I thinking). After Alli’s great display against Real Madrid I’m either going to captain him or Kane.
Some really difficult weeks approaching and the December fixtures are unbelievable. I have been toying with a wildcard and a free got but will save them both for that period. Lukaku out, Kane captain in.
Kane is notorious for having a really good record against London rivals Arsenal, and with most people captaining Lukaku I feel as though it is worth this risk for me to go with Kane this week.
After an incredibly close weekend last weekend, i’m going to utilise my two free transfers this week in an attempt to change up my team a little and gain some extra points over the rest of the league. This week, i’m taking out Javier Hernandez for the high-flying Tammy Abraham who faces Brighton at home. Additionally, i’m subbing out Mkhitaryan for Dele Alli who massively impressed against Real Madrid last week and faces a struggling Crystal Palace side that sit bottom of the Premier League table with only 4 points.
In terms of captaincy, I don’t fancy giving the role to either Lukaku or Aguero who both face very tough fixtures in GW11. Instead, i’m going to captain one of my newly drafted in players. I’m yet to reveal which, as I can see this being a very last minute decision.
Really hoping Alli can replicate this form in the league, and as a lot of people in our league have Harry Kane in their sides i’m praying he isn’t involved in any of the goals at the same time!
Gameweek 10 was, as you can see, a really strange week for everyone and resulted in everyone scoring a very similar score of around 45 points. However, I have many worries for my team at the minute with the main problem stemming from a triple threat of Manchester City players Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and David Silva. This is because of Pep Guardiola’s constant decision to rest all of his players meaning that they will not be starting every game and for their price tags, this is a massive problem.
— Goal (@goal) November 20, 2017
Therefore, after Spurs’ amazing win against Real Madrid, Dele Alli will be returning to my team in replace of the constantly rested Raheem Sterling. Alli is much more nailed on and will likely shine after his recent form of 4 goals in his last 4 games. The only option for captaincy this week for me is Harry Kane after he has the best fixture possible at home to an awful Crystal Palace side. We could see a few goals for Kane in this one so don’t risk not having him in your team!
GW10 WINNERS: 3 Winners In a Bizarre Game week
That has to be the closest game week we’ll have all season. With only 4 points separating the best score of this weekend from the worst, let’s take a look at who did what:
- David Dooley – 48 Points
- Dan Grant – 48 Points
- James Dooley – 48 Points
- Elliot Preston – 47 Points
- Alan Semple – 44 Points
So with 3 joint winners in one game week and virtually no change in the standings, there really isn’t much different to report on after this weekend. Its back to the drawing board for us all this week, and hopefully next week there will be a bigger cap in the results!
Gameweek 10 Tips
This week is quite an easy one for me, as Jesus comes out for Aguero who I really hope starts this weekend. Also changing the formation to 3 at the back and benching Phil Jones to bring on Choupo-Moting from the bench. Short and sweet from me this week!
After a decent gameweek 9 scoring a well deserved 61 points, my plan going into gameweek 10 is to carry on this form. I am looking to bring in Sergio Aguero who returned from injury last week to score for Manchester City in their 3-0 victory against Burnley. With Citizens current form, he is almost guaranteed a few goals in the upcoming weeks and will likely replace the struggling Romelu Lukaku who hasn’t been providing me the points needed to earn his price-tag. My stupid last minute mistake of bringing in Raheem Sterling for Dele Alli proved to be costly as Raheem didn’t even make an appearance and Dele ended up scoring against Liverpool costing me not only a free transfer but also 9 points!
GW9 WINNER: Captain Kane Promotes Dooley
This week, it’s safe to say no one really knew what to expect and with all the strange results and teams that we saw, there haven’t been many high scoring teams this week. However, David Dooley managed to come out of his very risky tactic of captaining Harry Kane against a really formidable Liverpool as he secured 2 goals and an assist, getting him 32 points for those who captained him. Because of this, David ended up with a great score of 80 points to take him to the top.
Elsewhere in the league, an unsurprising shock of Dan Grant managing to bench 26 (Yes… TWENTY-SIX) points has resulted in a shocking gameweek for Dan’s Baguettes and has further caused him to fall to 4th place in the league. However, he still somehow managed to beat the disappointing Alan Semple who is failing to deliver week after week nowadays!
Gameweek 9 Tips
This week my plan is to bring in Swansea’s newest goalscoring threat Tammy Abraham to replace the ever-so-disappointing Everton striker Dominic Calvert Lewin. My thought behind this are that Swansea have quite a few easy home games in the upcoming weeks so a weekly rotation between him and my other strikers/midfielders should hopefully pay off due to his low price tag potentially shooting up if he can continue to score.
Tammy Abraham has been involved in 5 of Swansea’s 7 goals this season, What a prospect. pic.twitter.com/pJwvMOmNSc
— CM (@ConteMindset) October 28, 2017
For this gameweek, I’m jumping on the Man City bandwagon by bringing in Raheem Sterling for Dele Alli. Whilst I don’t particularly rate Sterling as a player, he seems to be in the right place at the right time very often and pick up some very easy tap-ins almost on a weekly basis. Dele Alli, on the other hand, hasn’t been picking up the point I was expecting him to, and as a result, I’m hoping this will put me in good stead this game week.
Believe it or not, I’m even going as far as captaining Raheem this weekend, which I am aware is quite a big risk. I’m just hoping his form continues and picks up a couple of goals!
This week it’s fair to say that I had a very average gameweek. With such a strange week for the Premier League, I am not too worried and still believe in the strength of my team. We saw some very interesting fixtures including a goalless Crystal Palace put two in against Chelsea to beat them at Selhurst Park and a Watford side that managed to beat a struggling Arsenal team by scoring a late winner at Vicarage Road.
For gameweek 9, I am considering a very risky move of Kane to Aguero. With Kane’s recent form, this could be a very risky move but looking at Manchester City’s upcoming fixtures it could be crucial to obtain a Manchester City striker. There is a chance that he will be rested due to it being his first week back since breaking a rib however it may be a risk that I need to take.
Well.. safe to say my Hernandez captaincy didn’t pay off. Having said that, joint 2nd this week with 43 points (a very low scoring week across the board) has closed the gap even more at the top to only 7 points. Whilst the improvement has been steady over the last few weeks it has been there nonetheless.
There’s more for me to be happy about too, as for Gameweek 9 my team has some excellent fixtures. Here’s just a few that stand out:
- Manchester United’s Lukaku, Mkhitaryan and Jones away at Huddersfield
- Stoke’s Choupo-Moting at home to Bournemouth
- Swansea’s Federico Fernandez at home to Swansea
- West Ham’s Chicharito (better actually do something this week) at home to Brighton
And if that wasn’t enough to look forward to, my subs this week (yes I’m taking a 4 point hit) aren’t half bad either. I’ve brought in Newcastle’s Atsu for the under-performing Willian, and my risk this week is taking Jesus out and bringing in Sergio Aguero, who I’m now debating benching until next week as I’m unsure if he’ll start. Overall though, I’m expecting a very decent weekend.
GW8 WINNER: Alan Semple’s Simply Brilliant XI
After a fairly low scoring weekend across the board, Alan Semple secured an impressive and well needed GW8 win with a total of 54 points, 9 more than Dan Grant and David Dooley who finished joint second with 43. Alan’s key ingredients for success this weekend were Jesus, Knockaert and Hart, who collectively scored a whopping 30 points for him.
Overall a fairly close weekend for all players, but Alan will be happy to close the gap on others in the league to help him push off the bottom spot.
Last minute risk taken – Dan Grant
So after Pep Guardiola has hinted that Aguero could feature in the game against Stoke, I have decided to take a proper risk and make Chicarito captain instead. My theory is that if City struggle to get off to a good start against Stoke, there’s potential for Jesus to come off and Aguero to take his place around the 60th minute mark depending on his fitness.
In addition, Chicarito is almost nailed on to feature for the full 90 minutes against Burnley away, and iv’e got a weird feeling he will score a goal or two this weekend. Really hoping this move pays off.
More of this please..
This isn’t necessarily a top tip to captain Hernandez this weekend, however, I will say that at times with Fantasy Football, risks having to be taken. You really never know what can happen in football, and I’m hoping I’ll look back on this decision feeling like a tactical genius rather than an absolute idiot..
Gameweek 8 Tips
This weekend I’m going for the exact same change as Dan for pretty much the exact same reasons: Alvaro Morata out, Gabriel Jesus in. City’s impressive form coupled with Aguero’s injury should hopefully mean the Brazilian is amongst the goals over the weekend. My front line of Lacazette, Kane and Jesus will hopefully rack up a decent amount of points with the teams they face.
For gameweek 8, we have the painful wait of over 2 weeks due to the international break. Now fantasy players know how much of a stressful wait this can be after they have all of their strategies set up! My plan this week is to hold off on transfers until after the international break to ensure that I have no injuries to my team. However, with 2 free transfers ready to be used, I am definitely planning on making at least one transfer and will almost definitely be getting rid of Roberto Firmino who only managed to make a 16-minute appearance last week against Newcastle. For £8.5 million, it is crucial that they play every game and Firmino just can’t do this due to his likely rotation with Daniel Sturridge.
This week I managed to hit pretty much spot on bang average. What seems to be a shocking week for me in other leagues and globally, was actually a fairly decent gameweek in the Boomtown Bingo League. With everyone averaging roughly 50 points each, there is not much of an evident change in the table. My gameweek revolved around my two strikers who brought in 25 points between them with Romelu Lukaku respectively being my captain for the week.
Going into Game week 8 in 2nd place and closing the gap down to 11 points off 1st, I feel like only minor tweaks are needed for the team. Alvaro Morata’s hamstring injury has forced me to make that minor tweak early in order to save money, and in his place I’ve brought in Gabriel Jesus who is almost certain to start for City due to Aguero’s unfortunate rib injury. In terms of captaincy it’ll either be Jesus or Chicharito for me, as for some reason I don’t fancy Lukaku away at Liverpool (watch him score a hat trick now)..
Sadly, we have an international break to endure before this gameweek even commences. So I guess my final tips for gameweek 8 is to pray your players don’t get injured for their respective countries, and oh, don’t buy any Crystal Palace forwards..
Crystal Palace are the first team in 129 years of the Football League to lose their first seven games without scoring.
Unwanted record pic.twitter.com/1hsYyotaf9
— AccaTracker App (@AccaTrackerTM) October 2, 2017
GW7 WINNER: David Dooley Does it Again
A very close game week 7 sees David Dooley edge it this week with 58 points, closely followed by Dan Grant’s 54, James Dooley’s 53 and Elliot Preston’s 50. Unfortunately for Alan Semple, he finished on 36 points keeping him at the bottom of the table.
The key players that stood out for David this week were Kane, Lukaku (C) and Richarlison, who combines scored the superior Dooley brother a whopping 35 of his 58 points! I’m sure these players won’t be taken out of his team going into gameweek 8..
Gameweek 7 Preview
There’s just one place to start with captain choices this weekend and that’s at Old Trafford. Manchester United, who are only behind Manchester City on goal difference at the top of the league, face rock-bottom Crystal palace, who are yet to pick up a point or even score a goal in the league this season.
Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) is currently in 57.5% of Fantasy Football teams and a huge proportion of those with him in will undoubtedly have him pencilled in as captain for this one. The Belgian has 6 goals in 6 league games for United, and scored twice in their 4-1 Champions League win at CSKA Moscow in midweek. Anthony Martial (£8.0m) was outstanding in that victory, and having scored 3 goals from just 120 minutes on the pitch in the league so far this season is a tempting pick in midfield.
The late kick-off on Saturday sees the other Manchester club facing a much more difficult task as they travel to Stamford Bridge to face defending champions Chelsea. The big news here is that Sergio Agüero (£11.7m) will be missing for the visitors having been involved in a car crash in Amsterdam this week. Chelsea’s Álvaro Morata (£10.3m) could be the perfect replacement if you need to transfer him out though – Morata scored a hat trick last week as Chelsea won 4-0 at Stoke, taking his league total for the season to 6.
All Fantasy League managers unable to focus on their day until they work out whether to replace Aguero with Kane, Jesus, Lacazette or Morata
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) September 29, 2017
Considering City have scored in each of their last 8 meetings with Chelsea in all competitions and have racked up 29 goals from 9 matches so far this campaign it’s impossible to ignore their attacking players, even without Agüero, so Gabriel Jesus (£10.4m), Leroy Sané (£8.3m) and David Silva (£8.4m) are all excellent options.
Here’s a little look of what the Chelsea forward can do in his role:
On Sunday there’s another clash that will prove tempting when choosing your captain to pick up a big Fantasy Football points haul when Arsenal host Brighton. The Gunners are looking strong at home, winning 9 and drawing 1 of their last 10 league matches at the Emirates. Alexandre Lacazette (£10.3m) has scored in each of his 3 league appearances here for Arsenal and will be confident of adding to that tally against a Brighton side who’ve lost 3 out of 4 away games in all competitions in this campaign. They’ve only scored in one of those fixtures too, so Sead Kolasinac (£6.0m) provides points potential for your backline this week.
To finish off, one pick from each of the remaining fixtures:
- Huddersfield v Spurs – Harry Kane (£12.5m)
- Bournemouth v Leicester – Jamie Vardy (£8.5m)
- Stoke v Southampton – Wesley Hoedt (£5.0m)
- West Brom v Watford – Richarlison (£6.1m)
- West Ham v Swansea – Chicharito (£7.0m)
- Everton v Burnley – Jordan Pickford (£5.0m)
- Newcastle v Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho (£8.9m)
It should be a great weekend of football. Here’s how the Premier League Table shapes up at this stage:http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/table
This week, my main tip is to bring in Brighton’s Pascal Groß (listed as a midfielder but plays up top). I have a feeling he’ll rise about 0.6 this year! In terms of the team things stay fairly similar, with Lukaku captain against Palace who will surely concede a few goals away from home.
Gameweek 7 Tips
I’m taking a gamble this week.Even though Man City have been in excellent for recently, they face Chelsea away this weekend and I can see that game being fairly low scoring. As a result, im taking Kevin De bruyne out and bringing Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey in.
This week, my main tip is to bring in Brighton’s Pascal Groß (listed as a midfielder but plays up top). I have a feeling he’ll rise about 0.6 this year! In terms of the team things stay fairly similar, with Lukaku captain against Palace who will surely concede a few goals away from home.
After top scoring last week and finally things going right I was confident going into this week but with Aguero being involved in a car crash and rumours that Morata may be injured I’m going to have to wait till the last minute to make my subs with Lukaku and/or Lacazette possibly coming in. Should be a very interesting weekend indeed!
Overall, fairly happy with my team choice last week after a solid 59 points were collected. After captaining Gabriel Jesus (who didn’t start for City) I was worried, however thankfully he didn’t play at all, thus moving my captaincy points over to Big Rom yet again.
As you can imagine then, my tip this week is if you have Jesus, he is probably worth getting out the team as Pep proved to be unpredictable yet again. I’d argue that Aguero is a solid choice if you have the money, but I’ve taken a slight gamble and gone for in form Chelsea Spaniard Alvaro Morata. I’ve coupled this decision with starting Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois in goal and dropping Nicolas Otamendi to the bench, so its safe to say i’ll be rooting for Chelsea in the big game on Saturday..
In other news, Lukaku remains captain against Crystal Palace, a team yet to score in this premier league campaign. It is because of their poor form in goal that Phil Jones stays in the team, whilst Yoshida returns to my defence to face Stoke away.
My planned transfer will either include any injured players or a simple switch between a defender. However, I am looking further ahead than this week and will look to bring in Chicharito due to his great run of fixtures he has soon. This week, I will captain obvious choice Romelu Lukaku as Manchester United host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. It should be an easy win for United and we could see many goals for the Reds against a team that has yet to score in the Premier League.
GW6 WINNER: Elliot’s 80+ Points to Number 1
After a great Gameweek in Gameweek 6, scoring 81 points, I have now retaken my lead at the top of the league. A minor 15 point lead is good for how successful everyone has been so far and therefore I am very happy with where I stand in the league right now! With 2 free transfers that I don’t even need to use, this gets even better and I can wait until after the Champions League fixtures have been played on Tuesday before I make a change.
Gameweek 6 Summary
Chelsea’s Álvaro Morata was the outstanding player in Gameweek 6, with the Spanish striker netting three times in their 4-0 win away at Stoke.
The Dream Team of the Week lined up in a 3-4-3 formation, with Brighton’s Mathew Ryan in goal after he secured 9 points. Chelsea’s César Azpilicueta was the star defender with 2 assists and a clean sheet, and he’s joined at the back by Christopher Schindler of Huddersfield and Phil Jones of Man United. Man City dominate the midfield positions with Leroy Sané, Raheem Sterling and David Silva amassing 3 goals and 4 assists between them, and they’re joined by Liverpool’s Phillipe Coutinho, who scored 1 and assisted 1. Up front Harry Kane and Alexandre Lacazette join Morata, with that strikeforce netting 7 goals between them last weekend.
The Season So Far (5 weeks in)
5 weeks into both the season and our Premier League Fantasy Football Tips blog and we are starting to see a separation between top and bottom. With an 80 point difference between Dan Grant at the top of the league and Alan Semple at the bottom of the league, it is definitely too early to rule anyone out of winning the league.
There are 7 points between the top 3 which shows how close it really is. After finishing 270th in the league last year, David Dooley is yet to show signs of his success in this season but hopefully, we will get to see this as the season progresses. The main talking point at the minute is the failure of Alan Semple’s team which has catastrophically managed to fall 80 points behind in the first 5 weeks. We heard a lot of talk about this guy’s potential on Fantasy Football but so far we really aren’t seeing much quality at all.
Dan Gran, however, is proving to surprise many of us with his top spot in the league, coupled with his 100.5 team value worth looks very impressive early on. James Dooley, on the other hand, has managed to fail on his main talking point this season which is team value. His team has fallen to 99.7 million which is a very worrying sign so early in the season, especially considering he thrives upon building a very good team value! Elliot Preston has the best team value with 100.6 and being only 7 points behind, we could see him begin to slowly overtake Dan Grant at the top.
Gameweek 5 Summary
Man City’s Sergio Agüero was the outstanding player in Gameweek 5, helping himself to 20 points with a hat trick and an assist in their 6-0 demolition of Watford.
The Dream Team of the Week lined up in a 3-5-2 formation. Swansea’s Lucas Fabianski (£4.5m) was the standout goalkeeper with 11 points, and the back three were made of up of players from Man City and Man United; Valencia, Otamendi and Walker scored 37 points between them (although at £18.5m they’d have taken up a considerable amount of your budget!). In midfield Scott Arfield, Steven Davis and Andrew Surman were all available at £5m or less and scored a goal each, while Matt Ritchie (£5.9m) and David Silva (£8.2m) assisted twice each to help the midfield’s points total reach 53. Up front Agüero was joined by Romelu Lukaku, with the front two scoring 4 and assisting 2 between them last weekend.
Ladies and gentlemen…
Introducing your Top captains for MW5 ?
Lukaku – 30.1%Kane – 20.1%Firmino – 6.0%Aguero – 4.0%Morata – 3.7% pic.twitter.com/bCHbyzcHIk
— FPL (@OfficialFPL) September 16, 2017
Gameweek 6 Preview
The first game this weekend sees West Ham host Tottenham at lunchtime on Saturday. Spurs have lost just 2 of their last 18 league games, but one of those defeats was a 1-0 loss here in May that effectively ended their title hopes for the season. They’ll be keen to avoid a repeat of that scoreline and they’ve started well in away games this season, winning two from two and scoring five goals in those games without reply. With that in mind Kieran Tripper (£5.4m) could be a good option in defence; it seems that Pochettino is opting for 3 at the back this season and with Tripper playing the full 90 minutes at wing-back in each of their last 4 league games he’s got potential to pick up points at both ends of the pitch. Harry Kane (£12.5m), who has scored 5 times in his last 5 appearances against West Ham, is worth consideration as captain too.
In the 3pm kick-offs (See all of September’s fixtures here) there’s one match in which you’re spoilt for choice when looking for Fantasy Football picks. Manchester City host Crystal Palace, and the two sides’ form could not be further apart. City are top of the league with 13 points and a goal difference of +14, while Palace are rooted to the bottom with 5 defeats from 5 and no goals scored. Man City have been victorious in each of the last 6 meetings between the two and at the Etihad have beaten Palace by an aggregate score of 14-1 in the last 3 games.
It’s hard to ignore Sergio Agüero (£11.6m) here, with the Argentine scoring 122 Premier League goals in his 6 previous seasons in England, and adding another 5 already in this campaign. Other notable picks for City this week are Gabriel Jesus (£10.5m) and Raheem Sterling (£7.8m), who have both scored in each of their last 3 league appearances, David Silva (£8.3m), who has assisted 5 in 5 in the league, and Kyle Walker (£6.5m), who has played the full 90 minutes in each of City’s Premier League clean sheets this season and has assisted goals in each of his last two. Ultimately then, you could argue one of the best premier league fantasy football tips would be to bring Aguero in.
Liverpool travel to Leicester for the evening kick-off on Saturday, in a repeat of Tuesday night’s EFL Cup tie that was won convincingly by the home side. The Foxes have beaten Liverpool on each of their last 3 visits to the King Power Stadium now and will be looking to capitalise on the Reds’ vulnerability at the back. Jamie Vardy (£8.5m) could be a shrewd pick if he shakes off his groin injury in time – the England man has scored in both of Leicester’s last 2 league games and has scored a brace in each of his last 2 appearances here against Saturday’s opponents. The away side will be dangerous in attack though, and Mo Salah (£9.2m) will be looking to continue his impressive start to his Liverpool career, where he’s scored 5 goals from 7 starts in all competitions.
To finish off, one pick from each of the remaining fixtures:
- Burnley v Huddersfield – Ben Mee (£4.5m)
- Everton v Bournemouth – Jordon Ibe (£4.9m)
- Southampton v Man United – Phil Jones (£5.1m)
- Stoke v Chelsea – Eden Hazard (£10.5m)
- Swansea v Watford – Daryl Janmaat (£4.9m)
- Brighton v Newcastle – Pascal Groß (£5.6m)
- Arsenal v West Brom – Alexandre Lacazette (£10.3m)
Gameweek Six Tips
After a decent week last week that sees me sat in 2nd, I’ve decided for gameweek six to take Stoke’s Joselu out and bring the Everton youngster Calvert Lewin in. Really wanted aguero and was tempted with a wildcard but next weeks fixture has prevented me from doing so just yet. Additionally, Everton’s easy run of fixtures should hopefully mean they start to pick up some surprise points here and there, so my main tip for this week is to start bringing some of their players in.
For Gameweek 6, my main philosophy is Manchester City. The Citizens have enjoyed a set of great results against some very strong teams. 4-0, 5-0, and 6-0 results are something that City fans could be getting used to for the next few weeks as they play against some much weaker teams in the Prem.
For this reason, I believe it is imperative to start drafting in the Manchester City stars. I already have David Silva due to Paul Pogba’s unfortunate injury last week which could keep him out for months and now it might be time to say goodbye to Lukaku. As a United fan, this isn’t something I am delighted with, but with Aguero looking so sharp and Jesus always looking lively and wanting to get on the scoresheet, it might have to be done. This is definitely a huge dilemma that a lot of Fantasy Premier League managers seem to be facing and there are a number of options to bring in City players. Many are considering downgrading Alli or Eriksen to upgrade Firmino to allow them to bring in a City star whereas others are even considering parting ways with Harry Kane. This is definitely an option but the Spurs striker has managed more shots than Swansea this season, so surely goals are on the way?
32 – @HKane has had more shots than Swansea City (30) this season – both have scored just twice. White.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 18, 2017
Next week, City face a very weak Crystal Palace side at home. After demolishing Liverpool and Watford, I could see the blues firing in a number of goals against the struggling Palace team with Aguero likely to get on the scoresheet at least once. So this week, if I decide to make a change, I plan on bringing in Aguero for either Kane or Lukaku!
Although everything can change, it’s looking like City or United are favourites to win the league!
My Gameweek seems good compared to the rest of the world, however, in our league, it seems somewhat average. Even though I still managed to beat James who was rescued by Valencia’s wonder goal providing him 15 points!
Dan has managed to crawl to the top for now. But with my future plans all set-out, this shouldn’t last too long and I should be back to the top in no time.
My main let down star this week was Harry Kane who failed to score against a struggling Swansea side and even missed a couple of sitters in a frustrating 0-0 draw for Spurs.
David Silva, Romelu Lukaku and Mohammed Salah, on the other hand, all played well and brought in over 10 points each for me. My defence really stood out as 4 out of 5 earned clean sheets. Jones for United, Naughton for Swansea, Cedric for Southampton and Foster for West Brom all managed to prevent their opposition from scoring and racked up some points for my team!
My main tip this week is to bring in Newcastle’s Lascelles at the back whilst he’s still cheap. He’s been picking up points for fun recently and looks likely to keep rising in price the way he’s playing.
In terms of the team I’ve replaced West Brom’s Dawson with the Newcastle man, whilst bring in Swansea’s Fernandez in off the bench for their home fixture against Watford.
Finally, I’m also starting Newcastle’s Elliot in goal, so a clean sheet for Newcastle really is a must for me next week.
After my horrendous start to the season it seems like whatever I do goes wrong. Despite my poor form, this week i’m going into this week with a positive attitude knowing my players are ready to excel. I’ve looked at the fixtures coming up and decided to take Lukaku out and bring Aguero in.
My reasoning for this is due to Aguero’s outstanding form lately, and enough though Lukaku has also been playing very well recently, Man City have Palace at home and are sure to fire in some goals.
GW5 WINNER: Dan Grant’s Genius Wildcard Pays Off
Well well well.. that wildcard worked just fine! 86 points strong and back where I belong, at the top of the Boomtown Fantasy League. There were many standout players in my new look side that fired me to the top of the league, however, allow me to pick a few that really stood out:
Salah: (captain): After a brilliant start to premier league life and a goal in his Liverpool Champions League debut, Mo Salah looked like a worthwhile risk to captain this week. This risk paid off with a total of 20 points after the bonus points for my side.
Lukaku: What can I say, if you haven’t had this man in your team over the last 5 weeks you have missed out on many crucial points. Picked up another 12 for me this time around.
Otamendi: A goal, and a clean sheet. What more do you want from a centre-back?!
Mkhitaryan: Another very in-form player, picked up 9 points from midfield in an impressive attacking display.
Yoshida: Clean sheet and two nice bonus points saw me gain 8 points from the defender.
Oh and James, I didn’t forget about your tweet the other week. The best premier league fantasy football tips I can give him is to talk to me when he’s top of the league..
— Dan Grant (@dangrant77) September 18, 2017
Gameweek Five Tips
After being saved somewhat by captaining Harry Kane last week, I have decided I could do with bringing in more Spurs players to hopefully bring in some more points. As a result, Mane is out and Dele Alli is in. Also, I’m thinking about bringing Phillips in off the bench to hopefully have an impact against struggling West Ham.
Had a decent enough week last week with 47, my tips for this week are pretty straight forward. Firstly, I’m going to captain Kane as he faces Swansea which he’s likely to score against. Secondly, as injured Paul Pogba needs replacing out the side, I’m going to bring in David Silva who has been in decent from as of late and could do damage against Watford over the weekend.
Overall I’m hoping these changes will help me progress to the top of the league, as so far I’m happy with my team’s first four weeks in the Boomtown Bingo Fantasy League.
After a reasonable week finishing on 44 points, I’ve opted to take the risk and play my wildcard this week in an attempt to bring in plenty of the in form players from the opening weeks of premier league football. I’m hoping their great form will continue into week 5, and potentially propel me to the top of the league. With further ado, here is my new and improved XI:
Time to sit back and watch the points come in!
GW4 WINNER: David Dooley Dominates Competition
After a busy week of holidays and work trips, unfortunately, we weren’t able to offer any tips for Gameweek 4. Interestingly though, this lead to the first week where we all didn’t know what our opponents had up their sleeve. To conclude, David Dooley took home the gold in a tight week with his 54 points. Players that stood out for him included Harry Kane with an impressive 13 points, De Bruyne with 9, Lukaku with 6 and Pogba with 5 despite picking up an injury.
After this gameweek was over and done with, things remained relatively tight in the Boomtown Bingo Fantasy League leading up to Gameweek 5.
Gameweek 4 Summary
Brighton’s Pascal Groß was the outstanding player in Gameweek 4, with the midfielder picking up 18 points from his two goals and one assist in their 3-1 win against West Brom. Pascal is evidently a very capable footballer, just check out his best goal and assists from his 14/15 season with Ingolstadt:
The Dream Team of the Week lined up in a 3-4-3 formation. Newcastle’s Rob Elliott (£4.0m) was the standout goalkeeper with 8 points, and his teammate Jamaal Lascelles (£4.5m) the star defender with 15. They were joined in the defensive positions by Spurs’ Ben Davies (£5.7m) and Watford’s Kiko Femenía (£4.5m). A cut-price midfield of Groß, Choupo-Moting, Sané and Obiang would have earned you 57 points this week, while up front some more familiar names in Welbeck, Kane and Jesus (combined cost £30.3m) scored 41 points between them.
Gameweek 3 Summary
I think this tweet sums up quite a bit that James Dooley tweeted through to Dan Grant. After him being in first place last week he has had a very low scoring week and dropped few places.
— James Dooley (@james_dooley) August 28, 2017
In general, the week was a low scoring affair with the main percentage of people choosing Lukaku or Harry Kane as captains. Both not producing any goals or assists then because of this majority of scores was below the 50 mark which seems to be average scores per week.
Gameweek Three Tips
After a better GW2 from me, this week I’m keeping things simple and making 0 subs to save for two on GW4. Start of the season is all about trying to maximise player value and bringing in players who rise in price and taking out those not performing who are losing 0.1 in value. Towards the end of the season, this is vital because you should be having your team value to be around 105 million to choose from and the ones who don’t look into this and only have a team value of 99 million end up struggling at the tail end of the year.
Golden Tip is to utilise player value early in the season so you build a squad value of 105 million plus because end of the season especially when it starts to fall into double game weeks this pays dividends
So after a strong week that has catapulted me into first place, it’s time for my game week three predictions that will hopefully continue my good form. This week I’m sticking with the 4-3-3 formation, with Otamendi, Valencia, Dawson and Alderweireld as my backbone with Gomes in goal for a second week running.
My midfield is where I’ve really gone to town for my premier league fantasy football tips this week. My first signing is the Brazilian wonder kid Richarlison of Watford, who impressed massively last week and faces the shaky looking Brighton at home for GW3. In addition, the acquisition if champions league winning Jese Rodriguez Ruiz from Stoke should play in a very advanced position against West Brom away. My final midfielder includes the in-form Paul Pogba, who is looking like a real steal at 8.0m when I first signed him before GW1.
Up top remains the same with Manolo Gabbiadini, Romelu Lukaku (captain) and Alexander Lacazette as a front 3. Lacazette has the hardest fixture out of the three against Liverpool, but i’m hoping for a good week from all three.
No changes for me this week as like James, i’m waiting to get two transfers next week. I’m hoping last week was a one off, and that this week I push off the bottom spot.
Only some slight changes this week for me as I bring in Dele Alli for Kevin De Bruyne. Kevin has struggled in previous weeks to pick up the points people were expecting from him, whilst Alli has looked promising in both fixtures he’s played so far and faces Burnley at home. I expect a solid return from Alli against Burnley with Kane failing to supply the goals that Spurs desperately need and there is a chance that Firmino could return a goal against a weak Arsenal side who just sold Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to the Reds.
Gameweek 3 Preview
There’s a host of excellent games to look forward to this weekend, starting with Saturday’s early kick off, as Manchester City travel to Bournemouth in search of their second away win of the season. Fantasy managers will have been frustrated by City’s attacking players thus far, particularly against Everton on Monday when City were denied despite myriad chances. With that said, Bournemouth have been poor in their opening 2 fixtures, and most will be predicting a comfortable City win here. Kevin de Bruyne (£10.0m) looks a good pick for this match and an underperforming Bournemouth could be just what the Belgian needs to open his account for the 2017/18 season.
Saturday evening sees an in form Manchester United side hosting one-time Champions Leicester City in what is likely to be the first real test of the Red Devil’s title credentials, but there are an array of fantasy talents that will appeal to fantasy managers – Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku has been in red hot form, netting three goals in two games so far and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Midfielder Paul Pogba (£8.1m) has also found the net on two occasions already, whilst Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£8.2m) has chipped in with four assists in his first two games of the season.
There’s some great matches being played out on Sunday too, with Spurs home-away-from-home fixture against Burnley kicking off at 1:30pm. The north west outfit should prove not so stern a test for Spurs as trying to keep Chelsea out in their second game at Wembley, and the likes of Dele Alli (£9.5m) and Christian Eriksen (£9.6m) are both appealing fantasy prospects for the weekend. Spurs could well keep their second clean sheet of the season against Burnley too, who endured a truly awful away record to hang on to Premier League status last season, making Ben Davies (£5.6m) a tempting prospect for defensive returns as well as attacking output.
To finish off, one pick from each of the remaining gameweek 3 fixtures:
- Crystal Palace v Swansea – Tom Carroll (£4.5m)
- Huddersfield v Southampton – Aaron Mooy (£5.6m)
- Newcastle v West Ham – Chicharito (£7.1m)
- Watford v Brighton – Richarlison (£6.0m)
- Chelsea v Everton – Alvaro Morata (£10.0m)
- West Brom v Stoke – Ahmed Hegazi (£4.7m)
- Liverpool v Arsenal – Roberto Firmino (£8.5m)
Gameweek 2 Summary
There were a host of excellent performances during gameweek 2, with Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso scoring 2 goals in a close game between Chelsea and Spurs in their first home game at Wembley. The national stadium did the Lilywhites no favours but there is no doubt that Chelsea were the better team on the day, overcoming a Michy Batshuayi own goal in the first half to win 2-1 thanks to the Spanish wingback’s superbly taken goals.
The Dream Team lined up in a defensive 4-5-1 formation, with Jack Butland putting in an inspired performance to keep a dogged Arsenal from scoring against the Potters, whilst Huddersfield’s Christopher Schindler had an excellent game for the Terriers against a woeful Newcastle side.
Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez opened his account for a 10-man West Ham side against Southampton over the weekend, scoring twice against the Saints, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Southampton, who won a penalty late on to secure all 3 points.
GW2 WINNER: Dan’s Baguettes Boss the Boomtown League
After a solid opening week, my task for game week two was to close that gap on Elliot and push for the top spot. After some savvy substitutions and subtle changes to the team, I can happily say that that gap has well and truly been closed. A week of 55 points has positioned me 10 points clear at the top, however after some unfortunate red card incidents I’ve been forced into taking a -4 point hit this week to bring out a couple of my short-tempered banned players.
Despite the -4 point hit and a few disappointing games from some of my players, overall I was really pleased with my team selection for GW2. Pogba had an absolute blinder which had me celebrating like a mad man in front of my friends on Saturday, whilst my prediction for Manolo Gabbiadini to perform against West Ham came true with a goal in a 3-2 win. Other players that really added to my week winning performance were Watford’s Gomes and West Brom’s Dawson, who both picked up a nice clean sheet over the weekend too.
Gameweek Two Tips
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.
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 taken 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 are 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.
Nice and simple. Zaha out, Mane in. Mane captain. Brace against Palace coming up!
Wiinner Winner Chicken Dinner!! Too eassssyyyyy
— James Dooley (@james_dooley) August 29, 2017
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 and arguably the mos common premier league fantasy football tips will be to have the big man in your team every week.
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 lets 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.
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:
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)
GW1 WINNER: Elliot’s Elite Shine on Game Week 1
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 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.
Gameweek One Tips
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.
Gk. Foster west bromWhen 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 unitedThe 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 SouthamptonAnother 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 bromA robust defender. Outstanding off set pieces and with west brom set piece quality he’s assured to be amongst the goals.
Mid Ward-Prowse SouthamptonFlourishing 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 unitedWith 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 cityExpensive 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 palaceWhen 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 palaceWith 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 unitedWith 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 tottenhamWho 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 SwanseaAssured to be busy and the swansea no.1 could suprise a lot with bps points and a few clean sheets.
Def Ben Mee BurnleyA squad rotation certainty with exceptionally kind home fixtures in recent weeks
Def simpson leicesterExpect a much improved leicester this season and this bargain defender is an assured starter in his right back roll.
Mid Brady BurnleyA 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
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.
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.
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