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 Strategy on October 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm
EPL fantasy season runs a great many months, spotted with frequent breaks and periods of madness. It behooves us to take a breath and reset our expectations based on the information we have gathered over the opening seven gameweeks of the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this game is predicting Fantasy Premier League bonus points. Bonus points (BP) are based on EA Sports Player Performance Index (EAS PPI) scores and vary from match to match and week to week. In other words, a player’s EAS PPI of 18 (higher is better) may earn three (3) BP in a scoreless draw, while another player who rates an 18 in a 4-1 match does not earn a single BP.
It is no surprise that the bonus points skew towards goal scorers. The top three, and four of the top six, are all rated Forward in the FPL. EPL fantasy managers will recognize these names and likely own them as their selection reflects their prices and early EPL fantasy success: Demba Ba (12 BP, 29.8% selected), Steven Fletcher (12 BP, 10.8% selected), Peter Crouch (11 BP, 9.1% selected) and Fernando Torres (nine BP, 25.5% selected).
Steven Fletcher is the most remarkable player in the league this season. Aside from his unbelievable scoring record — he netted five goals in his opening four matches with Sunderland — he also recorded four consecutive outings with the max. three BP. His 12 BP have come in five BPL fixtures while Demba Ba, level with 12 BP, has played in all seven of the Magpies League fixtures. Ba has also recorded the max. three BP in four fixtures, corresponding with the four fixtures in which he scored. Read the rest of this entry »
In Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy on October 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm
Fantasy Premier League tips abound. Last Minute Tinkers is here to address all of your needs and provide tips and analysis for each Barclays Premier League fixture. Back to two posts today as we look to focus ahead of the international break. We’ve written at length about the Champions League here and here and provided some helpful news about the site and an explanation of the new logo’s you’re seeing at the top of every post. Plenty of fantasy premier league tips to get to – so no further effort wasted. Part 2/2 available here.
Manchester City v Sunderland
Key Injuries: Garcia; Cuellar, Bardsley
Difficult to pick against Manchester City in this match as Roberto Mancini’s squad have been able to score nearly as liberally as they’ve conceded. The question is whom from the squad should be trusted this weekend and can fantasy premier league managers dare hand the armband to one of them? One interesting note, as we continue to preach patience with Carlos Tevez and note his value in relation to Kun Aguero is tied to price. 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 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 News of the Day, Player Projection on September 20, 2012 at 1:15 am
Champions League Group Stage matches continued on Tuesday and EPL fantasy managers had their first chance to see squad rotations for Manchester United and Chelsea for the first time this season. Both English sides were playing their opening match at home and each had an opportuntity to take all three points thanks to the efforts of their summer signings.
On day soon, he’ll have scored his age.
Chelsea did not win. But not for lack of effort from young Brazialian Oscar. The summer signing has yet to make an EPL fantasy impact at Stamford Bridge — he has played 61′ in the Barclays Premier League this season. The start against Juventus was his first for Chelsea and his 31′ and 33′ minute goals put the Blues ahead before the allowed Juve back into the game on an Arturo Vidal strike on 38′.
EPL fantasy managers need to note that the starting lineup for this match featured a middle “3″ of Mikel-Lampard-Ramires, while the front “3″ was Oscar-Torres-Hazard. Read the rest of this entry »
In Squad Sheet, Strategy on September 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm
Fantasy Premier League managers kindly take notice, this is part 1/2. Part 2/2 can be found here.
QPR v Chelsea
Rangers have once again bought a slew of players over the summer. In August alone Jose Bosingwa, Júlio César, Esteban Grenero, Stéphane M’Bia and Samuel Magri arrived at Loftus Road. This is not much different from a year ago when 10 new men signed the dotted line n August including Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joey Barton, Bruno Perone, Jason Puncheon and Tomasso Trani. Why are we mentioning them? Simply as a reminder that a cadre of new players neither guarantees success nor that the new faces will establish themselves enough to impact your fantasy EPL squad. We can appreciate the optimism surrounding the new faces, but we’re not buying that 12 new players will mean much in the short term. However, Esteban Granero is quick to disagree:
QPR’s Esteban Granero claims it was an easy decision to leave Real Madrid for Loftus Road after being sold by the club’s vision. ”It wasn’t a hard decision to come here. I’m hungry and here I will be able to grow as a player,” Granero said. ”One point from the first three games is not unexpected, but this is not the way it will remain. This season will be great, I can see that in my team-mates’ faces. There are quality players here, so just give us time.”
Granero played 84′ in the 1-3 loss against Manchester City and is priced £5.5m with 0.2% selection. If we’re investing in a QPR midfielder we have a hard time moving off of Ji-Sung Park (£5.8m and creating a number of chances despite the lack of a goal or assist) while we’re selling Adel Taarabt (£5.7m) as he has not played since gameweek 1 and should not be owned until Mark Hughes shows some faith in the temperamental Moroccan. Read the rest of this entry »
In Squad Sheet, Strategy on September 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm
Heading into gameweek 4 we’ve used Cooper’s personal side to show how to build a side around three high prices stars without sacrificing quality. We’ve also endeavoured to own a bench that can be expected to provide fantasy premier league points and earn Barclays Premier League minutes each week.
We’ve been answering question @FantasyGaffer over the international break, and one question drew more than cursory reviews of the top owned defenders, the top priced defenders and the upcoming Barclays fixture list. What we’ve uncovered is that there is a solid argument to made for buying Leighton Baines that does not exist for other highly priced fantasy premier league defenders.
Baines has created the most chances of any player in the Premier League this season. His 16 chances, by opta stats via EPL Index, lead all players by a wide margin with Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla second with 12 chances created. Baines price, while high at £7.1m, does not accurately reflect his ability to create chances and earn fantasy premier league points through his goals and assists. Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day on September 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm
Manchester United have a bit of good news today, as Darren Fletcher was named in the starting XI of the U-21 side:
Darren Fletcher and summer signing Alexander Büttner have been named in a strong Manchester United XI squad for this evening’s friendly match away to Stalybridge Celtic.
Gabby Agbonlahor is looking forward to competition for his place, but he does still term it “my place”, so we imagine the £6.9m rated forward will still be first choice:
Paul Lambert bolstered his forward line with the deadline day acquisitions of Christian Benteke from Genk and Jordan Bowery from Chesterfield. And Agbonlahor reckons the healthy competition in the goalscoring ranks bodes well for the claret and blues.
We’re expecting to see a good deal of Bent/Benteke leading the line and the new signing from Genk is priced £6.5m and still owned by 0.0% of Fantasy Premier League sides. Aston Villa’s first five after the break are: Swansea, Southampton, West Brom, Tottenahm and Fulham.
Arsenal.com interview Carl Jenkinson is feeling settled, but the article points out that he is still starting in the place of Bacary Sagna:
The boyhood Arsenal fan joined from Charlton Athletic last summer and made 14 appearances in his debut campaign. He has already made his mark this season, contributing to three consecutive clean sheets in the absence of the injured Bacary Sagna.
Sagna is injured and, in his absence, Jenkison has seen his price rise from £4.5 to £4.8 and he is currently selected in 13.9% of Fantasy Premier League sides. Read the rest of this entry »