In Up The Tweets on November 6, 2012 at 3:24 am
We’ve been missing from the fantasy EPL scene for more than a week following a loss of power, television, phone and more. Back and ready to dive headfirst into one of the more interesting weeks of Fantasy Premier League gameweeks.
Sunderland are a one-man show and unfortunately that one man does not create many chances of his own. Steven Fletcher has scored five goals, still level-fifth in the Barclays Premier League, but has not found the net in four gameweeks having failed to score in October. In the Top 50 most creative players in the BPL only one Black Cat finds his name – Seb Larsson. Larsson’s 13 chances created are level-44th in the BPL with Baggies forward Peter Odemwingie and just one more than players like Leon Osman — fourth among Toffees — and Andy Carroll — who has played 443′ in the League this term. We love Fletch, but he is playing in a side that lacks the creativity to provide him with consistent opportunities in front of goal.
In Sorted, Up The Tweets on October 26, 2012 at 7:41 pm
Plenty of Tweets this Friday seeking a bit of Fantasy EPL advice that requires a touch more than 140 characters. Rapid-fire for a few of these in a quick post while we continue to research Last Minute Tinkers (link is to last weekends) for publication later this evening.
Would have answered this on Twitter, but I got distracted by your background. The answer is layered, a decent bit of complexity goes into it but at the end of the day we’ll take Defoe in the short term. The questions over Adebayor’s health and the recent comments from Andre Villas-Boas give us confidence to use Defoe until such a time as his production falters.
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In Up The Tweets on October 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm
We’ve been slow the last two weeks as other issues have drawn our attention away from fantasy EPL, but we’ll try to make it up this week starting with a quick Up The Tweets!
This was going to be a quick response, but 140 characters just were not enough to get everything across. We Take three separate approaches with a high/low split either way and an even allocation of the funds. First, high-end striker with a discount midfielder.
Ba (£8.3m, 30.8%) / Sterling (£4.9m, 11.3% selected)
We wanted to include Wayne Routledge here but the slate of upcoming fixtures for the Swans are difficult. Man City (a), Chelsea (h), Southampton (a), Newcastle (a), Liverpool (h), WBA (h), Arsenal (a), Norwich (h), Spurs (a), Man Utd (h). That takes Michael Laudrup’s squad through to Christmas. While Routledge will undoubtedly post a handful of decent outings, it will be difficult to determine which. If you’re using him as a fourth or fifth midfielder there is still a good argument to made for including him in your squad. He is level sixth in the Barclays Premier League in chances created with 21, the same number as David Silva and one better than both Gareth Bale and Steven Pienaar.
However, we’re going Raheem Sterling. The Liverpool youngster has created 16 chances — that is level with Juan Mata — and scored his first goal for the Reds in gameweek eight. Read the rest of this entry »
In Up The Tweets on September 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm
All new Up The Tweets! touches on Fantasy EPL implications of owning Arsenal’s defense, rating the Manchester City forwards and find inexpensive midfielder who create chances and see the pitch.
The man who would win “Best Mustache” amongst all our followers asks about Vermaelen and Arsenal’s slated fixtures:
We’re not opposed to owning Arsenal’s defense, but we’re uncomfortable investing the £7.1m necessary to select Thomas Vermaelen. Arsenal still face Chelsea September 29, but their schedule is considerably easier for the following three gameweeks in which they face: West Ham (a), West Brom (h) and QPR (a). Gibbs (£5.7m), Mertesacker (£5.1m) and Jenkinson (£4.9m) have each played the full 450′ this term in the Barclays Premier League and any of the three present substantial value over their Captain. Read the rest of this entry »
In Up The Tweets on September 19, 2012 at 3:10 am
EPL Fantasy quandries abound as gameweek 4 wrapped up with a number of surprising omissions, substitions and more unfortunate injury news. We’ve opened @FantasyGaffer and answered some of the most frequently asked topics in our recurrant feature: Up The Tweets!
We’re frequesntly in receipt of questions that look very similar on their face, but the difference in price present staggering gaps in the quality of EPL fantasy player available. Investing in a defender for £5.3, you necessarily have all the lower priced options available, but so frequently EPL fantasy managers try to maximize their return simply by buying a more expensive player. The options available at £5.3 that we would take over lower-priced options are limited to Angel Rangel (SWA) and Per Mertesacker (ARS).
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In Up The Tweets on September 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm
We’re getting slammed with Twitter questions following the break and rather than send 100 individual replies we’ve answered the most frequently asked questions with Fantasy EPL analysis.
We are absolutely moving Petric to make room for Berbatov. The Bulgarian is a solid value at £6.9m and – as we’ve written frequently – he created five chances in his first 45′ with the club. Berbtov scored seven goals in 521′ last term and is only one full season removed from being the Golden Boot winner. There is no valid case to be made against him at this juncture and we’re investing immediately.
We’re trying very hard to get the armband on Cazorla or Podolski with the prospect of a pourous Southampton defense visiting the Emirates causing images of a four goal haul for the Gunners to dance in our heads. If you’re choosing elsewhere, we have to put faith in Carlos Tevez. Read the rest of this entry »
In Up The Tweets on September 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm
Another new post getting a nod over the international break: Up The Tweets! will focus on the most repeated questions we’ve received @FantasyGaffer.
There are a number of question regarding the comings and goings of top midfielders. David Silva, Nani and Gareth Bale have drawn the most criticism from fantasy premier league mangers as the trio have performed well below expectations. Part of the problem with the critique is that none of the three – well, perhaps Nani – have played poorly, but they are failing to impact the categories that drive fantasy EPL scoring.
Santi Cazorla is receiving a good deal of support. In the Fantasy Premier League, Cazorla’s price has held steady at 9.0m, but his ownership sits at 9.9%. If he were to be bought up to the level of Bale (14.8%) or even David Silva (10.4%) we could see his price begin to creep upwards. Eden Hazard has risen from £9.5 to £10.1m in three weeks. Cazorla is driving the Arsenal attack in a similar fashion to Hazard at Cheslea. The obvious difference would be the one goal and six assists that the young Belgium international boasts. Read the rest of this entry »