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 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 Player Projection, Strategy on October 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm
Today @OptaJoe hosted an #AskOpta and we’ve taken some of the choice tweets and expanded upon them for EPL fantasy purposes. All tweets are based, naturally, on Opta stats and we’ve distinguished when the statistics we’re using are from Fantasy Premier League as simple stats such as assists and minutes played are frequently different between the two sources.
Podolski has been one of the most frustrating figures in EPL fantasy this season. The new arrival at Arsenal has, as the above Tweet indicates, been substituted in each of his seven Barclays Premier League fixtures. The FPL has credited him with two goals and two assists in 509′. His longest League outing was the 84′ he received in the gameweek seven fixture at West Ham in which he recorded an assist. Podolski is priced £8.6m and selected in 17.4% of FPL sides. EPL fantasy managers who own the striker-come-left-winger will know that he has earned two FPL pts in four of the seven weeks. He has earned 25 points in the other three weeks with his five bonus points coming in the two weeks in which he scored a goal. 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, Team of the Week on October 1, 2012 at 1:17 am
EPL Fantasy News & Notes are once again focused on injuries and omissions from the weekend. With one match still to play, gamweek six was a flurry of scoring and a number of players bagged braces or better – we’ve covered some of the highlights of the weekend below as well.
For Alan Pardew, a Demba Ba handball spared the Magpie’s blushes against a Reading side that had taken one point from their opening four Barclays Premier League fixtures. While Ba was captained in a number of EPL fantasy sides this weekend, his club captain missed the match with a set-back in his return from injury:
Magpies captain Coloccini has made just three appearances this season and returned from a hamstring injury picked up on Argentina duty in last week’s Capital One Cup defeat by the Red Devils. He subsequently sat out Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Reading, while fellow centre-half Taylor suffered a hamstring injury early in the second half at the Madejski Stadium. Both players are expected to miss the Europa League tie against Bordeaux on Thursday and Pardew hopes the defenders will recover in time to face Sir Alex Ferguson’s United.
Bad news for Newcastle as their defense has been poor, posting one cleansheet in six tries. The continued absence of Coloccini would provide a buying opportunity for a number of discount defensive options — chiefly £3.9m-rated James Tavernier — but the next BPL fixture v Manchester United is highly unlikely to yield a cleansheet bonus. Read the rest of this entry »
In News of the Day on September 25, 2012 at 2:20 pm
Fantasy EPL managers will need to watch Capital One Cup contests this midweek with a bit of concern as a number of Barclays Premier League sides have already sustained substantial injuries. Liverpool were the latest side to succumb to the wave of injuries carrying defenders into physio’s rooms across England and Wales.
The Reds will be without first-choice defenders Martin Kelly and Daniel Agger as both sustained injuries in the 1-2 loss against Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, with Kelly facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines:
The England international [Kelly] will now require ACL reconstruction. Meanwhile, fellow defender Daniel Agger, who was stretchered off the pitch 13 minutes before Kelly limped out of action, has suffered a significant bone bruise to the left knee. No ligament damage was sustained but further tests will be carried out before it can be established when he will be able to return to training. To add to Brendan Rodgers’ woes, Fabio Borini has considerable swelling to the inner aspect of his right ankle though no fracture was detected on the X-ray.
Brendan Rodgers made headlines recently for his statements that Liverpool need to shoot more and that his side lacks a player with the “DNA” necessary to pull the trigger:
Rodgers wants his players to threaten the goal more, especially as they have scored four times in five Premier League matches, but is happy with the way everything else is developing despite his side being in the bottom three. ”You have to shoot otherwise you don’t score – that is something we know across the board we need to improve on. Read the rest of this entry »
In Sorted, Squad Sheet, Strategy, Uncategorized 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 2/2.
Wigan v Fulham
Dimitar Berbatov lived up our hype with a brace in his first start with Martin Jol’s side. Beratov will look to build on his already impressive resume with the Cottagers when they travel to Wigan. The Latics have scored four and allowed eight, including four goals at home where they have failed to win in two attempts. Fulham will be getting back Bryan Ruiz and will be without Diarra. Jol said “It could be the next couple of games…it could be longer” in relation to a knee injury the midfielder suffered while on international duty with Mali. This is good news for Kacaniklic owners as it limits the number of competitors for a midfield place, but significantly diminishes the prospect of keeping a cleansheet.
That said, we’re still invest in the Cottagers defenders Hangeland and Hughes as low cost options with a friendly set of fixtures and the ability to keep a cleansheet every other match. Low cost, low risk, but also low ceiling as neither present much in the way of attacking value.
For the Latics, we like Shaun Maloney (£5.0m, 1.4% selected; 1 goal 1 assist with 16 FPL pts) and have come to accept that Franco Di Santo will score goals. Di Santo has scored two goals in 300′ this term after scoring seven goals 2025′. 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 »