Thursday, 17 March 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 31

The Foxes continued their incredible assault at the title with a 1-0 victory in Gameweek 30 over Benitez's Newcastle, sealed by a fantastic bicycle kick by Okazaki. The rich array of City's attackers put in a dire performance against a defensively frail Norwich side to fall further away from the top, but Tottenham kept in touch by putting away Villa as expected.

As for the teams that didn't play in GW30, Everton and Watford progressed to Wembley at the expense of Chelsea and Arsenal. Palace ended Reading's FA Cup dream, while Man Utd and West Ham will lock horns in a replay to decide who gets the last semifinal spot.

The remainder of the run-in will see a number of double gameweeks with potential to use any remaining wildcards and chips. If you played your wildcard in an attempt to salvage your team for GW30, you will need to make some wise choices starting now to ensure your team is in prime position to benefit.

Gameweek 31 fixtures

Everton vs Arsenal
Chelsea vs West Ham
Crystal Palace vs Leicester
Watford vs Stoke
West Brom vs Norwich
Swansea vs Aston Villa
Newcastle vs Sunderland
Southampton vs Liverpool
Man City vs Man Utd
Spurs vs Bournemouth

Player Picks

Forwards

Kane (10.3) - A brace against Villa took Harry Kane to the top of the Premiership's scoring charts, and the Englishman's stock has never been higher. Ensure you are an owner as Bournemouth pull up to White Hart Lane.

Vardy (7.9) - Palace are yet to keep a Premier League clean sheet this year, so who better to pick than Leicester's chief hitman, who is looking to win back his place as the league's top scorer? The only thing diminishing his potential is the single GW34.

Midfielders

Sigurdsson (7.3) - Having notched up 7 goals and an assist since the turn of the year, there is no end in sight to Sigurdsson's remarkable 2016 form, The Icelander is a must-have until he goes cold.

Ozil (9.8) - The German has been Arsenal's shining light this season, and you have to get him at this point keeping in mind Arsenal's double GW34 as well as the fixtures that precede it.

Firmino (8.2) - Roberto Firmino has tried to live up to the comparison to Luis Suarez by delivering at 10 points per game for the last 6 active gameweeks regardless of the nature of the opposition. He's another who plays twice in round 34. Get in.

Wijnaldum (6.8) - Despite being pretty much useless away from home, Wijnaldum is still among the top 10 midfielders. With games against Sunderland and Norwich to come, this is a gamble that could pay off.

Defenders

Bellerin (6.2) - Bellerin loves to contribute at both ends of the pitch, with 12 clean sheets and 4 assists through the season making him the 4th most valuable defender. Well worth the price.

Wimmer (4.6) - With 3 shutouts in 7 games since his involvement became necessary for Tottenham, the Austrian centre back has proved to be a bargain buy, and is worth considering for some time yet.

Dawson (5.1) - Craig Dawson has been a trusty selection, scoring beyond appearance points on 12 occasions this season. The Baggies have back-to-back matches against Norwich and Sunderland, making the full back an attractive option.

Keepers

Fabianksi (4.7) - There is clean sheet potential in Swansea's next pair of games as they host Villa and visit Stoke, making Fabianski a more than useful pick in the short term.

Elliot (4.0) - Elliot could prove to be a bargain buy as Benitez looks to rescue Newcastle's season starting with a winnable pair of games.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team for Gameweek 31 in Fantasy Premier League

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 30

Finally, some breathing space.

This would have been the emotion of FPL players and fans of Leicester City after the previous round, which ended a tight string of gameweeks and saw the Foxes extend their lead at the top following a pulsating 2-2 draw in the North London derby. Villa and Newcastle found themselves in further trouble after disappointing results against Man City and Bournemouth respectively.

Arsenal's midweek win at Hull saw their GW30 fixture chalked off, leaving us with just 10 teams to pick and choose from - Wildcards may be necessary to put out a playing XI. Building a squad would have been a truly thankless task had the fixtures not served up 3 title contenders facing 3 relegation battlers, and it is this lot that dominate this post.

Gameweek 30 fixtures

Norwich vs Man City
Bournemouth vs Swansea
Stoke vs Southampton
Aston Villa vs Tottenham
Leicester vs Newcastle

Player Picks

Forwards

Aguero (13.5) - Aguero served up a typical explosive performance, marred only by a penalty miss that denied him and his owners a hat trick. With matches against Norwich, Bournemouth and West Brom to come, the Argentine is an absolute must-have.

Kane (10.1) - Harry Kane scored a cracker against Arsenal, taking his total to 17 goals for the season. With a dire Villa side fresh from a roasting at the Etihad up next, Kane will fancy his chances of adding to his tally.

Midfielders

Mahrez (7.3) - A goal at Vicarage Road took the Algerian magician past the 200-point mark, and reminded us all about why he is essential in FPL. Newcastle will not be looking forward to hauling up at the King Power to face up to this menace.

Alli (6.0) - Alli has delivered at 5.6 points per match through the season. Any player who 'scores his price' is the definition of value for money. Get him.

Silva (9.9) - The crafty Spaniard delivered the goods with two assists against Aston Villa. He will relish a chance to pull the strings against a Norwich defence full of holes.

Defenders

Daniels (4.9) - A late strike at St. James' took Daniels' recent tally to 27 points from the last 4 games. Charlie Daniels is the gift that keeps on giving. What are you waiting for?

Alderweireld (6.4) - Toby is more than a useful player to have considering his contribution at both ends of the pitch. He has notched 3 goals and 3 assists to go with 9 clean sheets, and found the net again in the North London derby to delight his owners despite conceding. Get in.

Fuchs (4.9) - In keeping with the defender-who-also-attacks theme, the Austrian full back is the pick of the Leicester defenders given his set play duties to go nicely with playing a part in a solid defence.

Keepers

Schmeichel (4.7) - Leicester's win at Watford gave the Dane his 6th clean sheet of 2016, with the promise of more to come in the near future.

Hart (5.6) - City's fixture list merits a front-to-back mention, complete with a suggestion to consider Joe Hart, who has managed 12 shutouts this season.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 29

Leicester built on their lead despite dropping points at home thanks to the collective failure of Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham to get anything from their games. Southampton's defensive solidity looks like a thing of the past after they shipped two more at Dean Court. Chelsea's victory at Norwich saw them move to within 7 points of Europa League qualification, while Liverpool avenged their league cup final defeat with a convincing 3-0 win at Anfield over Manchester City.

The FPL blitz round comes to a close with Gameweek 29 hot on the heels of a compelling 28th round. Let's go forward. Another reminder that Gameweek 30 is blank, so keep that in mind when making your purchases.

Gameweek 29 fixtures

Tottenham vs Arsenal
Chelsea vs Stoke
Everton vs West Ham
Man City vs Aston Villa
Newcastle vs Bournemouth
Southampton vs Sunderland
Swansea vs Norwich
Watford vs Leicester
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool
West Brom vs Man Utd

Player Picks

Forwards

Aguero (13.5) - Games against Villa, Norwich and Bournemouth over the next 4 gameweeks make Man City players irresistible choices for your starting lineup, which means Sergio Aguero is the frontrunner for sustained selection and captaincy.

Wickham (5.5) - Adebayor may have scored on his Palace debut, but it's Wickham with the wind in his sails following back-to-back braces. He faces a Liverpool side who don't have happy recent memories of playing at Selhurst Park.

Midfielders


Silva (9.8) - City's main creative focal point will be relishing the aforementioned fixture list. He could be the man to enable your rise up the rankings as his ownership stands at just under 5%.

Sigurdsson (7.1) - The Icelander's blistering form was halted by a tough run of matches against Southampton, Tottenham and Arsenal, but he should be back on everyone's radar now that a far more promising schedule lies ahead.

Ritchie (5.3) - Matt Richie was a popular early season pick who failed to live up to the hype, but is currently on song with a goal and 3 assists from his last 5 appearances, and will prove more than useful against a struggling Newcastle team.

Defenders

Williams (4.8) - The Swansea captain is fresh from scoring at the Emirates, an act that saw him become the top bonus point scorer among defenders. Combine that with the high chances of a shutout against Norwich at home and you have yourself a good deal.

Daniels (4.8) - The gift that keeps on giving. You would be foolish to ignore or dump him before the Cherries play at St. James'.

Morgan (4.3) - Leicester have been defensively solid in 2016, and travel to a Watford side who have failed to score in 4 of their last 5 games. With a home game against the Magpies to follow, the Foxes skipper could be a shrewd budget snare.

Keepers

Fabianksi (4.7) - The Polish keeper embarks on a run of matches promising plenty of clean sheet potential, and is the ideal choice for those looking to replace the injured Petr Cech.

Forster (5.0) - He is a lot less tempting now after conceding twice against Chelsea and Bournemouth, but remains a strong choice between the sticks over the next two matches.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team for Gameweek 29 in Fantasy Premier League