In Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy on November 10, 2012 at 4:22 am
We’ve returned with our signature fantasy premier league tips production – Last Minute Tinkers. All 10 Barclays Premier League fixtures chatted-up, brought home and kicked out before breakfast. Enjoy.
Arsenal v Fulham
The top defense in the Premier League will face Martin Jol’s high-powered offense in gameweek 11. Long-time readers will know how frequently we tout the cost-effective defensive options and both sides here are deep in the defensive ranks with several inexpensive selections on either side. For that reason we have split this match differently and we’re looking at the players by position.
Defensively, we’re not trusting anyone. With Arsenal having been blanked only once at home in the League and Fulham sitting on 21 goals to day, both sets of defenders are likely to concede at least one. Only 3.3% of fantasy premier league managers own Gunners’ ‘keeper Mannone and 4.9% of managers own Mark Schwarzer. Read the rest of this entry »
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 Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy on October 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm
With Fantasy Premier League tips needed as the League returns to action, Last Minute Tinkers are back following the international break a few players light. Theo Walcott, Bryan Ruiz, Kieran Gibbs and David Silva all look set to miss out while Dimitar Berbatov and Mladen Petric are reportedly fit to return. Plenty more names face late fitness and we recap the season to date below.
Tottenham v Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur can cement their title aspirations with an emphatic home win over Chelsea. Andre Villas-Boas will have nearly all of his first-choice starting XI ready for action and leads his squad into the clash with the knowledge that both offenses are capable of scoring a handful in this match. The corresponding fixture last season ended 1-1 with a goal for Emmanuel Adebayor. At this point in the 2012-13 campaign it looks that Ade is second-choice behind the rejuvenated Jermain Defoe. Defoe has four goals and two assists in the BPL this season and has posted the minimum two points in Fantasy Premier League twice in seven outings. The England man has seen his price rise to £7.8 on the strength of 130,000+ net transfers in over the past three gameweeks and we expect to see his name once more penciled into the starting XI. 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 Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy on October 5, 2012 at 11:44 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 1/2 posted earlier later today.
Southampton v Fulham
Key Injuries: Fox, Schneiderlin; Diarra, Petric, Berbatov
Fulham have allowed seven goals in their three away PL fixtures this term, including three to West Ham. Rickie Lambert sits level-ninth in the Premier League with 14 chances created, the same number as Vaz Te and one fewer than Aaron Lennon. This is another match where the stars align in such as a way that handing the armband to Lambert is simply not as foolhearty as it may sound. Lambert has scored four times this season, including three at St. Mary’s, and added an assist. When he scores, he has not always been a lock for Bonus Points, securing only three this season. Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day, Player Projection on October 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm
In Player Projection, Strategy on October 2, 2012 at 1:14 am
Fantasy EPL imposes a strict set of criteria when assigning success. Players have a limited number of ways to score — goals, assists, clean sheets, saves and bonus points — but the underlying statistics provide myriad possibilities for evaluating talent and projecting future fantasy EPL success. We’ve given a quick review of the top five most successful midfielders as determined by Fantasy Premier League points earned.
This was written after the completion of gameweek six and the players we’ve chosen under each paragraph are typically selected from similarly priced players. Obviously, if funds were no option we would always choose to replace Damian Duff with David Silva. That sort of analysis helps no one and we’ve attempted to avoid it here.
5. Maroune Fellaini, £7.3m, 31.0% selected
Fellaini is the second Toffee’s midfielder we would own behind Steve Pienaar. Assuming that you’re only going to own one, it is close to a coin-flip as to which to own. However, Fellaini has benefited from the absence of Nikica Jelavic to play further up the pitch and should be relegated to a holding role with the big striker fit. Read the rest of this entry »
In Squad Sheet, Strategy on March 3, 2012 at 4:16 am
We’ve missed a week, and it’s cost us all. Our Official team is a shambles, Cooper’s personal side dropped from 4th to 6th and we’ve not even won a Carling Cup in the interim. Another weekend with big fixtures and some big news with Robin van Persie possibly missing the clash at Anfield, Wayne Rooney’s throat tickle clearing in time for Spurs, and a host of other possible late fitness tests as we enter the final stretch of the season.
Liverpool (4-8-0 14:8) v Arsenal (5-2-6 24:26)
Liverpool are just 7 points back of the Gunners for the 4th spot, with a match in hand. And Arsene’s team hasn’t played well away from the Emirates this season in the EPL. With Arsenal’s defense still facing an number of injury questions we’re not looking to start any of them, and their poor luck may result in Liverpool being able to score a 5th home win.
Robin van Persie is a biggest doubt, from a fantasy premier league standpoint, but with the magnitude of the match and the lack of a second-scorer present we believe the man with 23 League goals already to his credit will line-up to start. More curious will be the fate of OX, who played just 10′ against Spurs while the rest of his side turned a 0-2 deficit into a 5-2 win. Certainly Liverpool will be hoping to emulate the Spurs marking of the first half which saw Theo Walcott held quiet for the majority of the first 45′. The England winger netted twice but we simple can not looking past the Reds defense – even if they’ve spent a bit too much time celebrating their new silverware.
The bigger news is LFC waiting on scans of their Captain’s hamstring as an injury forced him off and looks set to force him missing the Arsenal clash. Read the rest of this entry »
In Squad Sheet, Strategy on January 20, 2012 at 11:26 pm
This is game week 22 of Fantasy Premier League. Not much else to say so, right to it, then. Usual rules apply, home/away record and goals for:against listed. Long term injures typically not addressed unless the club did. Despite the title, we’re not talking too many transfers as the most important (McEachran to Swansea) will not matter until the Swans are back at Liberty. First five matches here, Part 1 available if you missed it earlier.
Sunderland (3-4-3 14:11) v Swansea (1-3-6 8:19)
Swansea away statistics are obviously still a bit slanted from the early season when they traveled to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, loosing all three matches, allowing 9 goals and scoring once. Since that time they’re 1-3-3, still not a very good record. But, they’ve allowed just 10 goals in those matches while scoring 7. Further, Vorm has posted three away clean sheets, blanking Liverpool, Aston Villa and Newcastle. You can not rely on the Swans attack away from home. Even with the addition of Josh McEachran, £4.6m and they didn’t loan him to sit him!, this isn’t a strong attacking team. We like adding McEachran to Sinclair and Graham for fantasy premier league purposes, but we’re staying away until they’re back at home if we’re able.
For Sunderland it will be a a chance to extend a home scoring streak. They’ve been held without a goal at home only once in the EPL this season. That came back in game week two when visiting Liverpool beat them 2-0. Of course, Swansea did hold them without a goal at Libery in a 0-0 draw. Read the rest of this entry »
In Squad Sheet, Strategy on January 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm
Part 1 of 2. Second part to come later (EDIT: Part 2 Available HERE) this evening. First 5 fixtures covered here. We’re adding one more quick snippet to the weekly match-ups: the first meeting score. While this isn’t going to be a perfect indicator of future success, it can show where to look on the field for goal. We’ve mentioned this in several tweets, but Wolves have been quite poor at preventing goals, as you likely know. However, the source of those goals have, of late, been the oppositions defenders and midfielders. With Spurs getting them this weekend, it’s an ideal time to re-acquire Rafa van der Vaart (under 10% ownership in Fantasy Premier League) or hand the captains armband to Gareth Bale. As always brackets have respective home/away record and goals for:against in those fixtures.
Aston Villa (3-2-5 11:13) v Everton (4-1-5 10:12)
This is the most even of matches in the opening five fixtures, with neither side seeing more than a goal a match either way. Aston Villa’s early home form has given way to a four match losing streak at Villa Park as visitors in those four matches have scored 7 times and allowed the Villans to score just once. In fact, over their last 9 EPL fixtures they have been held without a goal six times. Facing an Everton side that is allowing just over a goal a game, we’re certainly not expecting much from Alex McLeish’s side, especially as they’ll still be missing Emile Heskey.
Of course, Robbie Keane’s been signed so their quota of strikers who once suited up for Liverpool will still be met. Read the rest of this entry »