Friday, 13 September 2013

Gameweek 4 Preview & Tips


CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- In my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul at the weekend. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.

Let's start from the top:

Robin Van Persie- It's not often when Robin Van Persie blanks two weeks in a row. However, this week I still back him to be among the top point scorers versus promoted side Crystal Palace at home. The Dutchman is coming off a red hot international display, scoring 3 goals in two games for the Netherlands, and hopes to continue finding the back of the net at the weekend. 

Christian Benteke- Coming off a solid gameweek 1, Benteke failed to find the net versus Liverpool. Not to worry though, as the Reds have not conceded thus far through 3 gameweeks. This week Benteke is up against a lackluster Newcastle side, who have been lucky to keep their oppositions out the past 2 games. Benteke will cause havoc for the Toon, and surely be involved in the scoring in his first home game this season.

Roberto Soldado- Soldado is coming off a frustrating week 3, having two good opportunities in the box blocked by Arsenal players. Many fantasy owners are saying Soldado has been lucky to find the scoresheet twice in three weeks, but I disagee. Soldado is still adapting the the Premier League and has shown great movement, finding gaps in behind defenders. It is now up to his teammates to find him in those gaps, and with Lamela and Erikson joining the Spurs attack, it is likely that Soldado's attacking returns will increase over the next couple of weeks, where he has favorable fixtures. This weekend he has a great chance to continue his great scoring record against Norwich at home, and is likely to be among the goals.


Theo Walcott- This weekend Walcott is up against a struggling Sunderland, who have only been able to total 1 of a possible 9 points in their first 3 games. Sunderland will be at home at the Stadium of Light, and are unlikely to sit back and defend, as they really need something going forward if they're going to get anything out of this game. With this being said, I think an open game will benefit Walcott, as he can use his speed to find gaps behind defenders.


CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, I fancy 2 teams for a clean sheet; Manchester United and Tottenham.

Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace- With Palace coming off a huge win in gameweek 2, I feel like they will be in for a shock when they arrive at Old Trafford. Manchester United are looking to avenge their 1-0 loss to Liverpool, and have been shutout for two weeks straight in the Premier League. I expect nothing less than a complete blowout in this game, with Palace not even getting a sniff at goal.

Tottenham vs. Norwich- Norwich are a team that have always struggled in the opposition's third. This weekend versus Tottenham will be no different, with Spurs looking solid in the back. Hugo Lloris looks well on his game, and with him commanding his defence, I don't see Norwich getting on the score sheet.


FLYING UNDER THE RADAR- Two players I fancy this week that have not yet flourished this season are Hatem Ben Arfa and Alvaro Negredo.

Hatem Ben Arfa- Still on the radar this week is Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa. Having scored last gameweek, he looks to be Newcastle`s main attacking threat. Also on penalties and corners, Ben Arfa may well be the best mid-priced midfielder to pick up over the next 2-3 weeks.

Alvaro Negredo- Having taken the Premier League by storm, Negredo has scored 2 goals in a mere 77 minutes. Trying to impress his new manager, Negredo has come off the bench in all 3 games he has featured, scoring in two of them. His red hot form suggests that he should be a starter in no time, and with his current record, I can see him causing trouble to the Stoke defenders, even the big men Shawcross and Huth. Keep and eye on him in the next 2-3 weeks.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

TRANSFER WATCH: GW3 Transfers



















A very important thing in fantasy football, is realizing when you make the wrong transfer. This past week, I followed the FFS pack in bringing in David Silva. I was clearly blinded by near-sighted vision (Home to Hull), with City's next couple of fixtures not that favorable. I realized my mistake and decided to shift Silva and keep faith in Coutinho, who has recently been moved into 'the hole' behind Daniel Sturridge.

My plan at the start of the season was always to get Robin Van Persie by GW4, where he is at home to Crystal Palace. With him being so expensive this season, I had to downgrade one of my midfielders to a cheaper option, so I decided to downgrade Silva.

I narrowed down my replacement for Silva was between two players; Robbie Brady of Hull, and Pete Whittingham of Cardiff. Both players had similar advantages, as they are responsible for set pieces and some corners for their respective clubs. In the end, I decided on Brady due his fixtures.

So to wrap up, my hit this week is:

Silva(9.4) ---> Brady(5.0) 
Dzeko(7.8) ---> RVP(14.0)

Slow and Steady... GW3

GW3 Team:
Gameweek 3 was a very disappointing gameweek in my opinion.

For a third consecutive week, my midfielders failed to produce, once again gathering 1 assist between the 4 of them. This has been quite an odd start to the season, as there has been an irregularly high number of clean sheets in the first 3 weeks.

Due to the abundance of clean sheets, my defenders were once again the ones to bail me out, 4/5 attaining a clean sheet.

The one upside of my gameweek was my captain, Theo Walcott. I was very tempted by Dzeko and Silva, but was not confident enough in either of them, as Silva is more of an assister and Dzeko's gametime has been threatened by a rejuvenated Negredo, looking to prove a point.

My strikers were equally bad as my midfielders, with Dzeko blanking and taken off at half, as Soldado had 2 great chances in the box blocked by a solid Arsenal defence.

My transfer this week is highly regretted, as Silva was more of a "safe bet". Although I gained 0.2 in value, I really wish I had the ability to look past ENR's Sky Blue Silva Smokescreen.

**If your team is not in shambles, I highly recommend holding your Wildcard. It is very tempting with a long two weeks ahead, but surely your WC will come good later on in the year, which may become a huge advantage.**

GW2 CONCLUSIONS:

Sometimes going against the crowd works in your favor. This week the highest on the captain poll was David Silva. I decided to stick to my gut and went with Walcott, which paid off in the end.


RANK PROGRESSION:

Although I was not happy with this gameweek overall, I still was able to get that prestigious green arrow, rising 11k to 65k overall. 





Monday, 2 September 2013

Transfer Day Deadline

















**This post only highlights the transfers completed on transfer deadline day**

Not going to bore you with the smaller transfers, so in this article I will highlight the key signings of the transfer window that I believe have what it takes to become decent FPL options.



Now let's discuss a couple of these players, who may become immediate hits in FPL.

Mesut Ozil- The German international has the most assists over the past 5 seasons in Europe's top 5 leagues, and also tops the assist chart in the Champions League over the past 3 seasons. Ozil may well be worth owning from an FPL point of view, with his huge assist potential and chipping in with the odd goal here and there. He will likely look to set up teammates Walcott and Giroud, who may shine with the former Real Madrid man pulling the strings.

Romelu Lukaku- After playing third fiddle to both Torres and Ba in Mourinho's pecking order, Lukaku looks to resume regular playing time, after confirming a season-long loan to Everton. Many fantasy managers were disappointed with Lukaku post-DGW, which saw his ownership fall from 8.0 to 7.4 in a mere 3 gameweeks. This may quickly change if Lukaku becomes Everton's number one striker, as the young Belgian netted 17 times in 2005 minutes last season on a loan spell for West Brom. Keep a close eye because at 7.4, Lukaku may free up some funds to improve your fantasy team elsewhere. 

Peter Odemwingie- Having scored 30 goals and notching 16 assists over the past 3 years, Odemwingie is very familiar with the Premier League. Leading the line for a newly promoted Cardiff, Odemwingie looks to replicate his previous FPL success. Priced at only 5.7, he is definitely one to monitor, as he is a great finisher when called upon.

Lastly, keep an eye on Mamadou Sakho, as he has been brought in by Liverpool. If you currently or plan on owning Kolo Toure, you might want to hold off, as Sakho looks to battle Toure for a spot in the starting XI.

Same goes for Manchester City CBs. With the arrival of Martin Demichelis, I would look to avoid Lescott and Nastasic, as the Argentine is ready to impress his new manager for a starting spot in City's back line.