Friday, 15 December 2017

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Morata firesale, Power Three backline and the new breed of uber-budget defenders

Even the most pessimistic of Fantasy Premier League pundits never thought it would get this bad.

It’s been a trying time for FPL managers in recent weeks, as we’ve watched a relentless procession of heretofore reliable players fall foul of suspension, injury and squad rotation.

Fielding 10 or even fewer players each week has become commonplace, as the virtue of having a deep bench became painfully clear.
The FPL Cup offered little comfort for many active managers, many of whom had to endure watching “ghost ship” teams sail past them, thanks to 11 points from pre-season favourite David de Gea (MUN, 5.8) and the failure of popular GW17 captains like Kane and Salah. Even long-time world Number 1 Damir TeNay lost out to a manager ranked around 4.5 million - the magic of the cup, eh?
But with all the plate-spinning in our midfield and forward lines, the emergence of standout picks in defence has largely gone unnoticed - and not just the “pound-shop” variety, either.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Gameweek 18 - Daily Fantasy Premier League Tips

Starting 11 is a new Daily Fantasy Premier League football game and app, which has become extremely popular amongst the FPL community since August 2017, as managers get to pick a brand new fantasy team each week, without the headache of managing a season-long team.

As always, this week’s picks are suitable for all fantasy football game formats and will suit most scoring systems, so we hope you find good use for them, whether you’re playing Fantasy Premier League, or daily fantasy games over at Starting 11.

Gameweek 18’s headline fixture has Spurs heading to Manchester to face a City side that so far, cannot be stopped. They’ve managed to win 16 of 17 in the Premier League whilst drawing the other, and it’s difficult to see a fixture that will trip them up at present.

Elsewhere, there are a number of fixtures that could provide decent fantasy points - a rejuvenated Leicester hosting Palace and Arsenal welcoming Newcastle to the Emirates, to name just a few.

If you’d like to get involved this week by challenging us, simply create your lineups for Gameweek 18 today via the FREE Apple or Android apps.


Safe Pick - Alexandre Lacazette

After coming on for just 8 minutes midweek against West Ham, we’re backing Alexandre Lacazette to be back in the goals this weekend. He’ll be up against a Newcastle side that’s hit a rough patch, with the Magpies winless in their last 8.

Lacazette scored in Gameweek’s 14 and 15 before failing to score in 71 minutes in a draw against Southampton over the weekend. The Gunners will have a great opportunity to get back to normal at home this weekend with plenty of goals (for Arsenal) expected.

Differential - Charlie Austin

Austin has to head to Stamford Bridge over the weekend to face a fairly solid Chelsea defence, but is in the midst of a run of four goals in four starts for Southampton so not all faith is lost.

The Saints managed an impressive draw against Arsenal in Gameweek 16 and were only narrowly defeated to Manchester City in Week 14, so fantasy bosses should give some consideration to Austin and Co. this week.

It’s also worth noting that whilst Chelsea don’t concede many goals, they have conceded to both Newcastle and Huddersfield in their last 3 Premier League games.


Safe Pick –  Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez and Leicester City are flying once again in the Premier League and quickly picking up consistent momentum, sitting eighth off the back of four straight wins.

The Algerian midfielder has been at the heart of Leicester resurgence, with four goals and an assist in the Foxes last four matches, including scores of 20 and 20.8 in his last two matches on Starting 11.

A Gameweek 18 tie against Crystal Palace shouldn’t be too much of a concern for fantasy bosses, although they did well in the dying minutes to secure a 2-1 win over Watford midweek. Play Mahrez with confidence this week.

Differential Pick – Heung-Min Son

Spurs may not be favorites, but the South Korean midfielder could still make an impact for Spurs and secure differential points for your FPL and Starting 11 lineups in Gameweek 18.


Safe Pick – Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal are at home to Newcastle United in Week 18, which should provide them a great opportunity for a clean sheet.

Koscielny is coming off a clean sheet against West Ham midweek, after a run of three straight was broken in Gameweek 15 at home to Manchester United.

Play Koscielny with confidence against Newcastle this weekend and possibly consider Cech and Bellerin also on Starting 11 if you’re tempted to stack an Arsenal defence.

Differential Pick – James Tarkowski

Sean Dyche is working miracles at Turf Moor this season, as Burnley now find themselves 4th in the Premier League table – hats off to you Dychy!

Whilst Burnley’s attack don’t score many goals, it’s their defence which is holding this team together, with 2 clean sheets in their last 2 outings making them a fantasy must-own.


Safe Pick – Petr Cech

Cech will be eyeing a second clean sheet in a row as the Gunners host Newcastle United this weekend. Doubling up with Arsenal’s defence (Koscielny) should be a smart way to set your lineup, with subs at the ready in case somehow disaster strikes.

As already mentioned above, Newcastle are no push-overs, but, I don’t see Arsenal struggling to against Rafa and Co. in Gameweek 18

Differential Pick – Adrian

Another manager who deserves a quick mention this week is West Ham boss, David Moyes – as Moysey has taken 4 points from a possible 6 in their last 2 outings against Chelsea Arsenal.

The decision to sideline Hart for Adrian has proven to be a masterstroke, conceding only 3 goals in his last 3 games, which also included Man City away.

Whilst Stoke’s recent performances haven’t been dreadful, they have conceded 7 in their last 3 and with pressure mounting on the Potters boss Mark Hughes, I fancy a comfortable West Ham in Week 18.


With limited premium names, form and matchups to pick our captains from this week, the likes of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku won’t be popular captain picks this weekend.

Riyad Mahrez is in a run of incredible form and should have plenty of opportunities to continue his great points tallies of late against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Expect the Algerian to start and add to his tally of 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 4 outings.

Whatever you decide, I hope you’ll join us this Gameweek by downloading the FREE Starting 11 app in the App Store or the Google Play Store.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Chief's Picks - Gameweek 17 & 18

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GW17 preview from the world's best FPL manager

James Egersdorff's Festive FPL Hints

It's not often that you get to speak to a highly acclaimed FPL legend and one of the few people in the world that is a truly bonafide 'FPL expert'.

We recently had the pleasure of touching base with James Egersdorff and he was kind enough to provide some of his much coveted advice.

He may not have won FPL, but statistically speaking, he is probably the most successful manager in the history of FPL.

Feel free to have a read at his back-to-basics and bite-sized  hints for the busy festive period.



Written by: James 'Jay' Egersdorff

The bottom line for Christmas fixtures is that these games come so quickly that the results you achieve can really make or break your entire season.  It’s therefore crucial to get it right.  Below are my three top tips:
Plan ahead
Make sure you take a good look at the fixtures!  Some teams may have a more favourable run than others over the Christmas break so it’s important you capitalise on this by having enough players in your team with a decent run of games.

It’s vital too that you try and work out in advance a rough strategy over what the optimum captaincy choice might look like each Gameweek so that you can plan accordingly with strong armband picks.

This can require some clever transfer dealings so make sure you pay attention to possible price changes and don’t be afraid to make a transfer early, particularly if matches are closer together therefore reducing that chances of a player picking up an injury between games.  
Watch out for rotation risks
Rotation is unavoidable and largely unpredictable during the festive period.

You can offer yourself the greatest probability of avoiding rotation by selecting players who have little competition for their place in the starting XI – this may be due to injuries, a lack of squad depth or due to a player having a key status in their team’s respective starting XI.
Pick players who are likely to play
It’s critical that over the Christmas fixtures you have a full range of players who are starting regularly for their respective sides. 

It is no good having ‘squad’ players or players who are currently in the team but likely to lose their space once a more senior teammate returns from injury for example. 

This requires some careful planning and in some instances some squad restructuring as it is often the budget level players who come with this problem (their low price often reflects this). 

On the other hand, if you can find base-priced players who are likely to start most matches then these can be very useful as the value saved in their price can be used elsewhere among your squad.


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Friday, 8 December 2017

The week in Fantasy Premier League: Where have all the forwards gone?

There was a time when owning three high-priced forwards seemed like the only the way to go in Fantasy Premier League.
These days we look upon our players in each of those previously coveted spots with ever-growing resentment, each one now a sarcastic manifestation of cash better spent elsewhere.

Although the prospect of an inflexible 4-5-1 is probably a step too far, it’s safe to say that the smart money right now is in midfield.
In the scramble to generate cash, big-money forwards have naturally been first in the firing line - and right now, there’s not a player among them who we can confidently say is truly worth the money.
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