In Sorted, Strategy on November 7, 2012 at 2:46 am
EPL Fantasy saw a number of fine performances from Barclays Premier League players in their midweek Champions League encounters. Both Arsenal and Manchester City finished the day with 2-2 draws, one leaving the Gunners in second place and the other all but closing the book on the Citizens European aspirations. We’ve already published one post this week, yesterday’s Up The Tweets!, and will endeavor to have more new content tomorrow.
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Manchester City 2-2 Ajax
Yaya Toure 22′
Sergio Aguero 74′
Manchester City starting XI: Hart; Nastasic Zabaleta Kompany Clichy; Nasri Garcia Barry Yaya; Tevez Aguero
Substitutes: Balotelli (Garcia 45′); Dzeko (Tevez 66′); Kolarov (Barry 85′)
While the result does nothing for Roberto Mancini’s side but stave off the inevitable, the goals for Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero are a welcome site for a side with two goals in their previous three fixtures. In Barclays Premier League action, City was held scoreless against West Ham last time out and managed only one goal in their 1-0 home win over Swansea the weekend before. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
That is the full story on Defoe. Read the rest of this entry »
In Player Projection, Strategy on October 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm
EPL Fantasy value is a fickle mistress…is that trite enough? Form is impossible to predict? This Tweet made us think about the role of form — as indicated not by observation but analytic examination of the underlying stats — and when we need to take a step back from even our favourite players:
Now the simple, and in our opinion correct, answer to this question is Pienaar. He has created 20 chances to Ben Arfa’s nine and is priced (£6.8m) far below HBA’s £7.9m. But, once we looked at the numbers, we realized it is more than that. There is a feeling that owning Pienaar makes more sense and that feeling is verifiable in the numbers. Pienaar is on the come. Over the past four gameweeks the Toffees midfielder has create four, four, two and six chances. Those 16 chances created would, on their own, rank him level-ninth with Yaya Toure and Eden Hazard. Trending the other direction, Ben Arfa has created only one chance in the Magpie’s last three BPL fixtures. EPL fantasy managers who benefited from his early form should note that HBA has created only three chances in the four matches since he posted four chances created (and eight FPL points) against Aston Villa in GW3. Ben Arfa had 21 FPL points in the opening three gameweeks but 14 in the last four gameweeks. Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day on October 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm
Fantasy EPL News & Notes with a bit of Weekend Recap mixed-in for good measure. We’re on partial sabbatical until next week with a few recaps and key notes added. Once next week begins we’ll be back w/ daily posts and more.
To start, Brad Friedel’s amazing run in the Barclays Premier League ended in GW7 when Hugo Lloris started between the sticks for Andre Villas-Boas:
Having started Thursday night’s draw against Panathinaikos in the Europa League, the goalkeeper held onto his place for Sunday’s clash against Villa at the Lane.
Friedel is priced £5.4m but will likely see limited chances going forward. Meanwhile, Lloris is £5.9m and will face Chelsea, Southampton, Man City and Arsenal in four of the five gameweeks directly after the break.
Steven Caulker also had an excellent fantasy EPL outing. The defender has been a rock for Villas-Boas in the absence of Benoit Assou-Ekotto. He is a top value provided he remains in the first-choice starting XI. £4.7m-rated defender had 15 points in the Official Fantasy Premier League, a cleansheet, a goal and three bonus points contributed to his current season tally of 20:
Steven Caulker was happy to claim a slice of luck for his first Spurs goal – he was simply delighted to make the key breakthrough against Villa. The defender was in the right place at the right time to open the scoring in the 57th minute in the Premier League encounter at the Lane on Sunday. Gareth Bale’s deep cross fell to Jermain Defoe, the striker took aim and his shot clipped off Steven’s heel and flew into the net. Read the rest of this entry »
In Strategy on October 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm
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The phenomenal Leighton Baines has inspired a post dedicated to the most creative defenders to ply their trade in the Barclays Premier League this term. Looking at each players passing, dribbles attempted, chances created and goals to compile a list of five of the top creative defenders going forward. FantasyGaffer makes a point to statting – do not chance defender goals! Goals can not be predicted. Robert Huth and John Terry are prime examples. Prior to Terry’s six-goal haul in the 2011-12 season, the Chelsea skipper had scored only six goals over his previous three Premier League campaigns combined.
5. Branislav Ivanovic
The Chelsea player leads all defenders at this early stage of the 2012-13 season with two goals scored and has converted 100% of his clear-cut chances this year (2). Where Ivanovic has made his mark in Chelsea’s attack is with his passing. He has competed 15 of his 22 long balls, completing at least one in Chelsea’s opening six Premier League fixtures, and he has made 34 final third entries. Read the rest of this entry »
In Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy on September 29, 2012 at 2:48 am
Fantasy Premier League tips as demanded by FPL managers as we get ready for the return of Rooney, Coloccini and Tioté. Ok, maybe just Rooney. Last Minute Tinkers is here to address all of your needs and provide tips and analysis for each Barclays Premier League fixture. One post today as we’ve published late. We’ve written at length about the League Cup here and here and the injury news for the week seems set, with few impact players out – from a fantasy premier league tips standpoint – due to undergo late fitness tests.
Arsenal v Chelsea
Key Injuries: Szczesny; Sutrridge
The Gunners will be without their first-choice keeper for the next several weeks which presents fantasy premier league managers with a unique buying opportunity. Vito Mannone is selected in 1.7% of squads despite a £4.5 price. We assume this is solely due to the gameweek opponent. Following the Chelsea fixture, Arsenal will face: West Ham, Norwich and QPR in Barclays Premier League Action. We’ve invested — he is sitting in favour of Vorm this weekend — and hope to see a modest price increase ahead of gameweek 7.
Sturridge’s injury keeps Fernando Torres in the lineup by default. Read the rest of this entry »
In Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy on September 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm
Fantasy Premier League managers your long wait is over. Last Minute Tinkers is here to address all of your needs. It’s a short one this week. We’ve written at length about the Champions League here and here and the injury news for the week seems set, with few impact players – from a fantasy premier league standpoint – due to undergo late fitness tests. Onward with part 1/2.
Swansea v Everton
This is not a simple match for either side. The corresponding fixture a season ago ended in a 2-2 draw and featured a free-kick goal from Leighton Baines that would do many Fantasy EPL sides a bit of good this weekend. We have made an exception to our mantras of ‘no high priced defenders’ and ‘you can not predict defender scoring’ for the new England left-back. Until his price climbs into a new, higher tier he is undervalued for the production he provides. Steve Pienaar is frequently the subject of our praise, and he remains an exception fantasy premier league player and recorded two assists in gameweek 4.
The only negative for David Moyes’ squad are the absences:
If you own Swansea defenders, you are riding them out in this match unless you’ve significant depth assembled. Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day, Strategy on September 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm
News & Notes for Thursday, 20 September include an update on Emmanuel Adebayor and speculation on the Fantasy EPL impact of West Ham’s back line.
The biggest news up front. Andre Villas-Boas ruled Emmanuel Adebayor out of Thursday’s Europa League fixtures with an injury, and that Benoit Assou-Ekotto still has to see a specialist about his knee:
Andre Villas-Boas reports that Emmanuel Adebayor is out of Thursday night’s Europa League clash against SS Lazio. The striker has a hamstring injury and joins Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Younes Kaboul (both knee), Jake Livermore (groin) and Scott Parker (Achilles) on the sidelines. “Benoit is still out, we’re waiting for the specialist to see his knee,” Andre said on Wednesday. “Ade has been struggling with a muscle injury, so he will be out of the game.”
There is the suggestion that the powerful forward has been dealing with it for a while, but the fact remains he is behind Jermain Defoe in the pecking order at the moment. Defoe makes an interesting addition in the short-term. Spurs next five fixtures run:
Scott Parker is still several weeks away and his position in the team will be far from certain upon his return. Aaron Lennon and Moussa Dembélé have played outstanding football of late:
“Scotty is still a bit far off, maybe three weeks before he returns to first team training, so slowly making progress and Younes is out for some time,” [Villas-Boas said].
Birmingham Post with news that Marc Albrighton is nearing a return to action: Read the rest of this entry »
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 »