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 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 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 Player Projection, Squad Sheet on September 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm
There were several Barclays Premier League sides in League Cup action on Tuesday and we examine the EPL fantasy impact of each fixture. Aston Villa, Chelsea, Everton, Man City, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, West Ham and Wigan experienced different levels of success and fielded different portions of their BPL starting XI.
Manchester City 2-4 Aston Villa
Balotelli (27′), Barry (OG 59′), Kolarov (64′), (Agbonlahor (70′), N’Zogbia (96′), Agbonlahor 113′)
Manchester City sXI: Pantillimon; Lescott Nastasic Kolo Kolarov; Barry Milner Razak; Tevez Balotelli Suarez
Substitutes: Sinclair (Suarez 62′); Dzeko (Lescott 74′); Helan (Razak 106′)
Aston Villa sXI: Given; Bennett Vlaar Clark Lowton; El Ahmadi Delph N’Zogbia; Weimann Agbonlahor Benteke
Substitutes: Albrighton (Weimann 66′); Herd (El Ahmadi 72′); Lichaj (Bennett 86′)
It was a massive win for the Villans, not only because of the opposition but because they finally found a scoring touch that had eluded them over their opening five Barclays Premier League fixtures. With five goals in five games – the floodgates opened against a Citizens defense that has failed to keep a clean sheet in any competition this term. The game ran into overtime and many key fantasy premier league players added another 120′ to their early-season tally. 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 »
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 Head-to-Head, Strategy on September 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm
07 September World Cup qualifies from CONCACAF and CONMEBOL included within. First it was Stoke City’s Wilson Palacios playing 80′s for Honduras in their 0-3 victory over Cuba. Wigan’s Maynor Figueroa played the entire match.
Elsewhere in CONCACAF qualify two American’s played in the 2-1 Jamaica victory over the USA. New Tottenham signing Clint Dempsey opened scoring in the 1′ but Jamaica scored twice to win 2-1. Maurice Edu, in at Stoke City, also played for the Americans – he earned the start and was replaced by Terrance Boyd in 73′.
Dempsey’s former club teammate, Bryan Ruiz, did not earn the start for Costa Rica in their qualifier against Chichrito and Mexico. The Manchester United striker did the nod for his international side, playing alongside Oribe Peralta Morones at the head of El Tri’s attack. Mexico won the match 0-2 and Hernandez played 75′, being substituted for Marco Fabian De la Mora.
Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates did not get on the field in the Colombia v Uruguay match. The oft discussed Radamel Falcao did score once for Columbia. More immediately relevant to fantasy EPL, Southampton’s new boy Gaston Ramirez was a 59′ substitute for Uruguay, coming on for Victor Maximiliano Pereira. Liverpool’s Luis Suarez did not make the squad, Diego Forlan and Edison Cavani led the Uruguay attack. Suarez was suspended for Friday’s qualifier against, but will join his team-mates for Tuesday’s clash against Ecuador in Montevideo.
It was a who’s who of European club football getting on the scoresheet for Argentina as Angel Di Maria (2′), Gonzalo Higuain (30′) and Lionel Messi (63′) found the target in a 3-1 win. Read the rest of this entry »
In Sorted, Strategy on August 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm
Well, we’ve done it. Left alone with our laptop, our Twitter and a team that was decimated by injures, Chelsea players and the departure of Rafa Van der Vaart to Germany. So we’ve just one Fantasy Premier League Wildcard left and a new team to play with as we continue to build a table-topping side:
Before the injury to Ryan Taylor and the transfer of Van der Vaart to Hamburg we were prepared to use our transfer to bring in Michel Vorm from Swansea and send Cech out. However, the loss of Taylor and Rafa, coupled with Torres, Cech and Cole all missing through participation in the Supercup, meant that we would be unable to field a full squad. In examining the possible moves, we contemplated an eight point penalty but determine we would be better off making wholesale changes than attempting to piece in corrections. Instead, we’ve selected the following players to remain in our side: Read the rest of this entry »
In ESPN Game, Pre-Season, Strategy on August 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm
We focus mostly on the Fantasy Premier League Official game on this site. This is because more than 2 million players from around the globe manage teams in this league. However, there are other games that are played around the world. One of those, one of the most popular of the alternatives to the Official FPL, is the game run by ESPN.
There are some key differences you should note. To start: the scoring is a bit different. There is no bonus points awarded and goals/own goals have different values. Players prices fluctuate based on performance, and transfers are not generated each week.
g. Scoring. Only starting or automatically substituted players will earn points for your team. The Promotion scoring system is as follows:
- Games Played = 1 point
- Play 60 Minutes = 2 points
- Defender/Goalkeeper Goal = 8 points
- Midfielder Goal = 6 points
- Forward Goal = 4 points
- Assist = 3 points
- Defender/Goalkeeper Clean Sheet = 3 points
- Midfielder Clean Sheet = 1 point
- Saves = 1 point per 3 saves
- Penalty Save = 5 points
- Penalty Shot Miss = -3 points
- Goals Conceded by Goalkeeper/Defender = -1 point per 2 goals
- Yellow Card* = -1 point
- Red Card* = -3 points
- Own Goal = -3 points Read the rest of this entry »