Thursday, 28 April 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 36

Closer, ever closer.

Leicester City recorded their most resounding win of the season as Mahrez, Ulloa and Albrighton netted in a thumping 4-0 win that saw the Foxes take an 8 point lead. That gap was only cut down to 7 as Kane and co disappointed at home against West Brom.

Elsewhere, Eden Hazard made his return from injury and inspired Chelsea to a 4-1 win at Dean Court with a well-taken brace, while Iheanacho's exploits helped City comfortably past a Stoke side left with nothing to play for. Arsenal and Sunderland played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light, a result that left the visitors 4th and dragged the hosts out of the drop zone.

The season draws to a close with regular gameweeks sandwiching a double GW37 for Chelsea, Liverpool, Sunderland and Everton - something that you should prepare for if you are to end on a high. Read on and find out exactly how.

Gameweek 36 fixtures

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

Player Picks

Forwards

Costa (10.5) - Diego Costa was on song before suspension took him out of action for nearly a month. With Chelsea's midfield restored to full health, the fixture-proof Spaniard is primed to embark on a strong end-of-season run.

Sturridge (10.1) - Europe-induced rotation makes it tricky to pick the right Liverpool players, but Sturridge has been a consistent starter and scorer since his comeback from injury, and is well-worth considering for the matches that remain.

Defoe (5.2) - Only Kane and Aguero have more goals than Defoe in 2016, and he will be facing defences of far lower quality than Arsenal's in the coming weeks. A bargain waiting to be snared.

Midfielders

Mahrez (7.3) - The PFA Player of the Year has delivered the points away from home all season, and the Foxes will look to him to make the difference yet again in the absence of Jamie Vardy as they look to seal the title at Old Trafford.

Firmino (8.2) - Roberto Firmino is another who has remained a Premier League regular for Liverpool in the face of constant rotation, and has delivered a goal and two assists in the last 3 games.

Fabregas (8.4) - Cesc Fabregas who took centre stage last week, carving the Cherries open at will and contributing 3 assists. The returns of Hazard and Costa will provide the playmaker with plenty of chances to pick out dangerous runs as Chelsea look to end the season on a high.

Defenders

van Aanholt (4.7) - The Black Cats' rise out of the drop zone has been helped by their newfound defensive resilience that has seen them keep 3 clean sheets in the last 4 matches. With 5 goals and 3 assists through the season, PvA is also capable of providing value beyond shutouts. Get in.

Lovren (4.8) - Sakho's suspension means Lovren's spot at the heart of Liverpool's defence is locked down, and his run-in - which includes DGW37 - begins with a match against a Swansea side that has been struggling to score.

Monreal (5.8) - The Arsenal left back is not as prohibitively expensive as his right-sided teammate, and the chances of clean sheets against Norwich and Villa are high.

Keepers

Mannone (4.3) - If you feel PvA is a little pricey for a player from a relegation-threatened defence, you could do worse than consider the Black Cats keeper, who has picked up a mammoth 21 points in the last two matches.

Robles (4.3) - He's one of the few keepers with 4 matches to play, comes quite cheap, and could yet come away with clean sheets from the Bournemouth and Norwich games.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team for Gameweek 36 in the 2015-16 Fantasy Premier League

Friday, 22 April 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 35

It was a typical double gameweek that took fantasy managers on a roller-coaster ride with hits and misses aplenty. Liverpool's team selection at Dean Court frustrated many, although they did leave FPL players beaming after their resounding victory in the Merseyside Derby. Explosive performances from Aguero and Sanchez propelled their owners to great heights despite the best efforts of Lukaku to drag them down.

After feasting on points from 15 matches last round, we move to a diet version of the FPL gameweek that has been trimmed due to the FA Cup semifinals.

Gameweek 35 fixtures

Man City vs Stoke
Aston Villa vs Southampton
Bournemouth vs Chelsea
Liverpool vs Newcastle
Sunderland vs Arsenal
Leicester City vs Swansea
Tottenham vs West Brom

Player Picks

Forwards


Kane (10.3) - There is no stopping him. Tottenham's spearhead is top of the scoring charts and Jamie Vardy's suspension makes him the perfect combination of price and devastation at the moment.

Defoe (5.2) - Defoe comes cheap, has netted thrice in the last 5 gameweeks, and could prove to be a shrewd bargain as Sunderland look to end the season on a high and escape the drop.

Aguero (13.5) - An ever-present name in this column for reasons that really don't need explaining. His continued exclusion from the PFA Team of the Year is a mystery.

Midfielders

Alli (6.2) - Alli's season just gets better and better, with his latest exploits at the Britannia resulting in a 15 point haul - More than most double-gamers got. He will be crucial to Tottenham and everyone's FPL team during the run-in.
 
Sanchez (10.9) - Three goals in the double gameweek underline the Chilean's explosive potential and make him worth sticking with for the remainder of Arsenal's fixtures this season.

Townsend (5.7) -  2 goals and 2 assists over the last 4 matches make Townsend worth considering as a differential, given that he will have a go at a Liverpool side likely to field a second-string side ahead of their Europa League semifinal.

Defenders

Fuchs (5.1) - Fuchs is decently priced, part of a stingy defence, and puts in wicked deliveries from open play and set pieces. This is the last of Leicester City's winnable games on paper, but paper has hardly been what has dictated the Foxes' season, and certainly should not deter us from considering their players.

Alderweireld (6.4) - Spurs have seen out their toughest games, and are primed to mount an assault on the Premiership title in the matches that remain. The Belgian centre-half is top of the defenders' scoring charts, and would make a powerful addition to your backline for the rest of the season.

Bellerin (6.5) - The diet gameweek won't stop FPL's best defenders from going on show. Arsenal have the best schedule of the top 4 clubs, putting owners of Bellerin in a good position to capitalize on his abilities at both ends of the pitch.

Keepers

Cech (5.8) - If Bellerin is a tad expensive for your taste, Cech is the best premium-bracket goalkeeper who can help you capitalize on Arsenal's fixtures

Hart (5.6) - It is tough to find a quality non-premium option for the schedule starting this gameweek, but you would be well-served picking England's number one, who managed added another shutout to his collection last week

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 34

The last gameweek was a bit of let-down for those of us who placed faith in Everton attackers as they failed to put two defensively suspect sides to the sword, although tho. Chelsea's unbeaten streak was finally snapped as Sigurdsson extended his fantastic scoring run in 2016, while Leicester and Tottenham continued to pull away from the pack with hard-fought-but-a-comfortable-scoreline wins.


Iwobi notched two assists at Upton Park in a highly entertaining 3-3 draw. City and Arsenal are now almost assured top 4 places, the only uncertainty being who qualifies automatically.

And after all that, we're finally here - The Mega Double Gameweek (TM). We have a mammoth 15 fixtures to negotiate. You're going to have to scroll a bit.

Gameweek 34 fixtures

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

Player Picks

Forwards

Aguero (13.5) - There are plenty of cheaper options playing twice, but the Argentine netted again last week and his consistency combined with City's fixtures makes him impossible to ignore.

Kane (10.3) - I know, I know. Just a single game and all that. But with no other double gameweek strikers showing any sort of consistency, the red hot Kane is an excellent choice as Spurs' fixtures start to ease up.

Sturridge (9.9) - Remember him? He's hit a good little patch of form, with 3 goals and an assist in his last 4 appearances.

Midfielders

Sanchez (10.9) - The explosive Chilean is on a great run of form, having netted thrice and set up two more in his last 4 appearances. As Ozil fades and the fixture list smiles kindly on Arsenal in the run-in, Sanchez is a must-have at this point.

de Bruyne (10.3) - His owners were left frustrated as he was preserved for the European week, but his late striker against PSG made it 3 goals in 3 games since his return, underlining his importance to City's attack and our FPL teams.

Coutinho (8.2) - Another FPL star who fell victim to European rotation, he should start both games and be heavily involved going forward as Liverpool make a late bid to qualify for Europe.

Defenders

Mangala (5.3) - Mangala is the cheapest route to a City defence that has managed 5 shutouts in the last 7 games in all competitions, and faces teams that are not in the best of form.

Gabriel (4.3) - Bellerin is far more popular and expensive than the temperamental Brazilian. And while that is not without reason, you could get bang for your buck from Gabriel while splurging lavishly elsewhere.

Lovren (4.8) - Liverpool do not manage too many clean sheets nowadays, but with games against Bournemouth, Newcastle and Everton in the coming weeks, you could do worse than consider Lovren.

Keepers

Cech (5.8) - Arsenal's schedule during the run-in is riddled with clean sheet potential, making the fit-again Czech a strong selection between the sticks for the rest of the season.

Robles (4.3) - Having delivered a mammoth 14 points last round, he's worth sticking with for this one as well. The fixtures could be easier, but the argument remains the same - Even if all he does is show up, he will return his price.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team for Gameweek 34 in Fantasy Premier League

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 33

It was a goal-laden Gameweek 32 which saw Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City sail to 4-0 victories, with Pedro, Sanchez, de Bruyne and Pato proving a point. A harsh red card saw Payet's incredible free kick go largely in vain as Man United took advantage with a win over Everton to move above the Hammers and within a point of top four.

Elsewhere, Liverpool and Spurs battled to a draw at Anfield as Coutinho's great strike was cancelled out by Harry Kane's belter at Anfield, delighting the Foxes whose astonishing fairy tale went on. Wes Morgan headed in a peach of a cross from Fuchs to give Leicester a bigger points lead than Bayern, Barcelona and Juventus have.

Back to the present - This is the first of three double gameweeks remaining in the season, with Crystal Palace and Everton in the spotlight in this round before the following week sees half the league play twice. On we go.

Gameweek 33 fixtures

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

Player Picks

Forwards

Lukaku (9.0) - After coming up short against solid Arsenal and Man Utd sides, Everton should have a much easier time of it in the matches to come. Lukaku will spearhead an Everton attack taking on the shaky Watford, Palace and Southampton defences in the matches to come. Get in.

Aguero (13.5) - The Argentine netted at Dean Court and should be expected to keep delivering as City prepare to face West Brom, Newcastle and Stoke in the coming weeks.

Midfielders

Coutinho (8.2) - As suspected, Coutinho delivered the goods against Tottenham. The schedule gets easier for Liverpool with 3 home games in the next 3 gameweeks, and the Brazilian should be at the forefront of all things good for the Reds.

de Bruyne (10.3) - Kevin de Bruyne has been an instant success following his return from injury, scoring against Bournemouth and PSG. His attacking output will be key to City's push for top four, and the schedule upto Gameweek 35 isn't untidy.

Barkley (7.1) - It has been a couple of months since any noteworthy return from Barkley, but it's worth gambling on him returning to his best form with a double gameweek against two of the league's out-of-form defences.

Iwobi (4.5) - The Nigerian teenager is making good on his chances, with two goals in the last two matches. With his FPL ownership standing at 0.6%, he is a potentially explosive differential pick for the coming weeks.

Defenders

Otamendi (6.5) - Otamendi is a sturdy choice at the back given 3 shutouts in the last 4 games and 13 bonus points over the course of the season, combined with a schedule that promises plenty of clean sheet potential.

Gabriel (4.3) - Arsenal's newfound defensive solidity means that it's worth considering Gabriel, who can pick up shutout points in the coming weeks while enabling a splurge elsewhere.

Dann (5.7) - With 5 goals and 2 assists over the season, there is plenty more Scott Dann can offer than shutout points, and is well worth considering as Palace have two double gameweeks in a row.

Keepers

Robles (4.3) - Everyone's on the lookout for bargain buys and with four games over the next two gameweeks, Robles can provide value for money with just appearance points.

Hart (5.6) - Joe Hart is back from injury and is a good choice between the sticks if you're looking for a reliable DGWer with potential for clean sheets.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team for Gameweek 33 in Fantasy Premier League

Friday, 1 April 2016

Fantasy Premier League 2015-16: Gameweek 32


International breaks suck, don't they?

Unless someone interesting in FPL goes on and does something, which is what happened. Harry Kane extended his scoring run with a brace against Bournemouth followed by a goal in Berlin that sparked England's incredible turnaround. Jamie Vardy was also among the goals as he added Germany and Holland to his already-impressive list of scalps this season. Payet scored a great free kick for France midweek, while Ozil notched up a goal and assist during the break.

Now that the domestic campaign resumes, it's high time we started preparing for the upcoming double gameweeks that mark the run-in. This will be the theme of the next few posts.

Gameweek 32 fixtures

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

Player Picks

Forwards

Aguero (13.6) - City haven't had much luck in front of goal of late, but their fortunes could take a turn for the better as they face Bournemouth and West Brom before a double gameweek 34, and a certain Argentine should be in the midst of it all.

Lukaku (8.9) - People have been rushing to get in the Belgian en masse once it was confirmed that Everton would be playing twice in both GW33 and GW34. Ensure you get him before he gets too costly.

Welbeck (7.3) - Danny Welbeck has all sorts of arrows pointing at him - 3 goals and an assist in the last 5 games, double gameweek 34, and a very promising run of fixtures. Get in.

Midfielders

Ozil (9.7) - The aforementioned fixture list for Arsenal's run-in along with the German's general reliability this season make him the top midfield choice for the run-in.

Coutinho (8.1) - The Brazilian hasn't taken long after returning from injury to register on the FPL radar, notching up 22 points in his last 2 starts. He could be an essential addition as Liverpool's fixtures take a turn for the better.

Payet (8.3) -  Payet is in A+ form at the moment with 40 points over the last 5 matches. The Hammers currently have a blank GW35 right after their double gameweek, but you can't ignore the Frenchman if you're serious about scoring big.

Lennon (5.6) - The Everton winger is in good nick having scored 4 goals in the last 6 games. At 0.8% ownership and back-to-back double gameweeks to come, he could prove to be an explosive differential, with rotation risk as the only downside.

Defenders

Bellerin (6.3) - As stated in the last instalment, Bellerin is expensive but value for money, and he proved it again with a clean sheet and an assist at Goodison Park. You could do worse than grab him as Arsenal embark on a schedule with plenty of potential for clean sheets.

Cresswell (5.7) - West Ham have three home games in the next three gameweeks, and Cresswell is the pick of the defensive options for the Hammers having contributed 10 clean sheets, a goal and 3 assists over the course of the season.

Mangala (5.3) - The matches up to Gameweek 35 aren't too tough for Manchester City, and Mangala isn't too expensive. He is a tidy option if you're considering City's backline.

Keepers

Mignolet (4.9) - The Belgian keeper should benefit from a fixture list that eases quite quickly, complete with two double gameweeks to look forward to.

Robles (4.3) - Joel has displaced Howard as Everton's preferred keeper, and has to do little more than show up to score his price as Everton play 5 times over the next 3 gameweeks.

The Blogger's Team

The Blogger's Team for Gameweek 32 in Fantasy Premier League