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 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 News of the Day on September 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm
Liverpool’s Joe Allen looks to have recovered from the illness that sidelined him for the match against Belgium, Daily Post:
Wales midfielder Joe Allen has recovered from his illness and will travel with the squad to face Serbia in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying Group A clash in Novi Sad. Liverpool FC player Joe Allen missed Friday’s 2-0 defeat to Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium due to illness.
His teammate, Raheem Sterling, was the subject of Brendan Rogers lobbying as the LFC manager expressed his happiness that the teenager had not been called up to the full National side. Rodgers joy takes another hit, direct from theFA.com:
Theo Walcott has returned to Arsenal having woken on Monday morning with illness. Daniel Sturridge was forced to sit out of training also due to stomach cramps, but the England medical team are hopeful he will be available for Tuesday evening. Having lost five players from his original squad, Hodgson has added three players ahead of the first home World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Southampton’s Adam Lallana, Tottenham Hotspur’s Jake Livermore and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling will all join the squad.
Fantasy EPL managers should still exercise caution investing in Sterling as Rodgers has been vocal that the 17-year-old must be managed carefully. All evidence to the contrary. There are a number of internationals still to come, but recapping the most important club news, Newcastle’s Tim Krul returned to the club following an injury – from ESPN:
Krul played in the 2-0 win over Turkey in the Netherlands’ opening World Cup qualifier on Friday as he seeks to claim the starting nod from first choice Maarten Stekelenburg. But he now faces an anxious wait to discover the severity of the injury after being ruled out of the clash with Hungary on Tuesday night. Read the rest of this entry »