Posts Tagged ‘fantasy football’

Gameweek 37 – the finishing line

In 2011/12 on May 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

Gameweek 37.  The gameweek after the gameweek before and I’ve got a double gameweek hangover.  This week I take a look at the sub £6million differentials.

Adel Taarabt
He loves a sheesha pipe does Adel.  Despite a largely disappointing fantasy premier league season, Mark Hughes has got the young Moroccan magician playing some good stuff.  With everything to play for he is QPR’s go to man for the next 2 games.  He has scored 2 and got 2 assists in his past 3 games home games and at home to Stoke I predict at least an assist for Adel.

Victor Moses
I love Victor Moses.  What a name and what a player.  He is Wigan’s top performing outfield player this season, scoring more than  41 points than the next best,  Stephen Caldwell.  Moses is bang on form.  With Wigan playing some lovely stuff and games against Blackburn and then Wolves I predict Big Vic to boost his tally.

Tomas Rosicky
Super Tom Rosicky has been in great form for Arsenal and is 1 of the key reasons Arsenal are in 3rd place.  From a fantasy premier league perspective he is a bit annoying as he generally sets up the assist for the assist but at home to Norwich and Arsenal needing a win I can see Tom being in the action.  A bargain at £5.7 million.

Who ever you pick, good luck and may you be blessed with bonus points.


Gameweek 32 – Oh Gylfi Gylfi (home and away)

In 2011/12 on April 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

Oh Gylfi, Gylfi, Gylfi, Gylfi, Gylfi Sigurdsson.  The icelandic midfielder is fast becoming the fantasy premier league’s must have midfielder.  As predicted in gameweek 25, he is making waves and with; 6 goals, 3 assists and 8 bonus points in all but 10 starts.

However a strange phenomenon has occurred.  All of his 6 goals have come away from home (6 goals in 6 games).  So what is causing this discrepancy?  We compared his attempts at goal in his last 2 games; away to Spurs and at home to Everton.

Gylfi Sigurdsson - shooting analysis

A look at Gylfi Sigurdsson's attempts at goal; home and away for Swansea

Number of shots – funnily enough Gylfi is getting a consistent number of shots in both at home and away (averaging roughly 4 / game) – except for against Man City where he was marked out of the game.  This is pretty impressive for a midfielder and up there with the highest number of shots / game in the Premiership.

Blocked shots – despite getting in the same number of shots at home as away, Gylfi is finding more space away from home.  Against Everton he had 3 of his 5 shots blocked compared to just the 1 at Spurs.  Swansea are quickly building respect in the Premiership and teams are not giving them the space at the Liberty Stadium that they had in the early part of the season.

So will Gylfi’s home and away scoring phenomenon continue in gameweek 32?  Yes.  With Cheick Tiote and Cabaye in centre midfield for Newcastle it will be tough for Swansea’s Icelandic attacking midfielder.

Gameweek 22 – Super Sunday

In 2011/12 on January 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Arsenal vs. Manchester United.  Manchester City vs. Spurs.  Super Sunday.  Ouch.  In Gameweek 22;  7 of the 11 players in the team season so far will be on show against each other.  A tough call for fantasy premier league managers.  Do you go with the big boys or call in the differentiators?

Fantasy Premier League - Team of the Season

Fantasy Premier League - Team of the Season

Gameweek 22 Shortlist

James McLean
Who?   The Sunderland winger has risen to fame since Martin O’Neill took over at the Wearside club.  His bonus points / starts ratio is immense with 6 bonus points in only 3 starts, plus 1 goal.  He is direct, confident and most importantly for fantasy premier league he is cheap at £4.5 million.  Get him in now there is only one way his price is going.

Joey Barton
The QPR midfielder does wind me up but I must say I agree with Joey Barton’s comments about Neil Warnock.  In his last days the  QPR boss (with no eyebrows) seemed to blame anyone but himself for his demise.  Barton has just served a 3 game ban and at home to Wigan I can see him coming in and getting some points.  This season his stats have been solid if not spectacular with; 2 goals, 4 assists and 6 bonus points and I expect them to improve in Gameweek 22.

Ryan Shotton
He’s a gamble.  Ryan Shotton; a) doesn’t start every week and b) is having a fitness test ahead of Stoke’s match vs. West Brom.  If fit I think he’ll play and at £4.1 million he is an absolute steal.  Not only is he down as a defender (despite playing in midfield) he is also Stoke’s reserve long thrower (when Delap is injured).  Shotton has 1 goal and 4 bonus points to date and at home to West Brom if he passes his fitness test I expect more points.

Whoever you pick good luck and enjoy Super Sunday.

Gameweek 13 – Goals

In 2011/12 on November 26, 2011 at 11:57 am

It's all about the bonus points scoreboard

Earlier in the week I went to a charity do where Garth Crooks was chairing a discussion between; Gabrielle Marcotti, Mick Dennis and Big Sam.  It covered all the big issues in football; racism, agents, footballers as role models but there was one debate conspicuous by its absence.  Fantasy Football.  The elephant in room that the panel didn’t dare touch on.

As I wrote in my gameweek 12 fantasy football review – it is all about the strikers at the minute.  RvP, Aguero, Adebayor.  Unlike previous seasons where galactico midfielders led the way, this year it is all about the boys up front.  So who are the top picks for Gameweek 13?

Shane Long
The Irish striker has a decent points / game ratio at 4.0 just 0.1 below Luis Suarez.  He has stepped up to the Premiership with 4 goals (and 5 bonus points) and has overcome a maiming from Alan Hutton. If he is fit is a good shout for Gameweek 13.  £5.7million  is probably the best price you’ll get for him.

Javier Hernandez
The little Mexican has 5 goals in only 7 starts for United this season and a whopping 9 bonus points. With Rooney seemingly playing in centre midfield (now more likely – with Anderson injured) Hernandez is now the main goal threat for United.  From a fantasy football perspective he gets bonus points every time he scores.  This is good.

Ivan Klasnic
The Bolton striker is in great form this season and has 6 goals in 7 starts for Bolton.  For a team that is struggling this is pretty impressive.  Klasnic is cheap too at £5.8 million and on penalties.  At home to Everton.  Get him in.

Got a fantasy footy question – give me a shout on twitter @mjmaxwell.

Gameweek 10 – Trick or treat

In 2011/12 on October 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

It's all about the bonus points scoreboard

We are in gameweek 10 and Fantasy Premier League is starting to take shape.  Most teams have a similar core group of players but who are the differentiators?  With halloween drawing near I play trick or treat with the Premierships finest.

David Silva
I must admit I have a man crush on David Silva.  As much as I hate how City have bought the league I love to watch Silva play.  Towards the end of last season he was starting to show glimpses of his ability but this season he has taken it to a new level.  Against Manchester United last week he bossed the show.  His volleyed pass for the Dzeko goal was immense and he was involved in almost all of the City goals.  In fact he has developed the most annoying tendency in fantast football.  The assist for the assist.  Annoying. Despite this trait, against Wolves at home Silva has to be captain material.  Treat

Anthony Pilkington
So far this season in 7 Premiership starts the Norwich winger has a whopping 3 goals, 1 assist and 6 bonus points.  Pilkington really grew into the game against Liverpool providing the assist and more goal scoring chances for the beast – Grant Holt.  His value has already gone up to £5.2 million (an increase of point 2 since gameweek 9).  Can you afford not to have him in your team at home to struggling Blackburn? Treat

Danny Graham

£4.8million + goals = steal.  The Swansea striker Danny Graham is an absolute bargain and has a magnificent trait for someone so cheap.  He starts every game.  It took him a while to adjust to the Premiership and get going for Swansea but thanks to the persistence from Brendan Rodgers he now has; 3 goals, an assist and 5 bonus points in his last 3 games.  At £4.8 million and at home to struggling Bolton you could do worst then get him for gameweek 10.  Treat

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Gameweek 6 review – Fantasy Premier League FIX

In 2011/12 on September 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

It's all about the bonus points scoreboard

I can smell a scandal.

It involves; David Silva, James Milner and the fantasy premier league bonus point committee.

Here is a link to the piece I wrote for www.footyplace.com on the latest fantasy premier league controversy.

Gameweek 6 – Is fantasy premier league the new championship manager?

In 2011/12 on September 24, 2011 at 11:22 am

I couldn’t get to sleep the other night.  After; counting all the countries I had been to, producing my all time Arsenal XI and recreating magical @mjmaxwell goals I turned to Championship Manager.  What is my all time Championship Manager XI?

For me Champ and fantasy premier league are incredibly similar.  They are essentially databases of Premiership footballers whose statistics and figures change throughout the season.  They are both incredibly addictive and simple to play.

I owe my love of fantasy premier league to a misspent youth playing Championship Manager.  It was given to me as a gift from my mate Bev (in the Tommy Svindal Larsson and Brian Laudrup  years), then cost me decent grades at GCSE – in the TonTon Zola Moukoko years.  My Champ playing days hit their peak in the 2001-2 season which for me was when Champ was at its prime.  So here is my team based on that season.

Formation:  4-1-2-1-2

Style:  Direct

Pressing:  Yes

GK:  Andreas Isaksson – Sweden’s number 1, Sweden’s, Sweden’s number 1.

DL:  Ashley Cole – it pains me to put him in but for the life of me I can’t think of anyone who was better.  The only other left beft I can remember is Gareth Jellyman.  Have you got a good suggestion?

DR:  Mike Duff – now playing his trade for Burnley, Duff was a championship manager legend.  A £30k summer signing from Cheltenham did not fail to disappoint.

DC:  Rio Ferdinand – I know this is boring choice but @rioferdy5 was ridiculously good on Champ.

DC:  Taribo West – my 1st action as manager of any team I managed was to sign Taribo West on a free.  7.78 average rating guaranteed.  Taribo was the man.

DMC: Radoslaw Kaluzny – the bruising Pole was always available on a free at the end of the 1st season and his stats were chocker with 20’s.

MC:  Mads Jorgensen – versatile and Scandinavian – the perfect  combination!!  Mads could play anywhere along the midfield.

MC:  Kennedy Bakircioglü – WHAT.A.GUY.  Kennedy is in the Championship Manager hall of fame with Peter Prospar, Tommy Svindal and TonTon Zola Moukoko.  Get him in your team, playing on the right side and you have a superstar on your hands.  He did the business for me when I was Barnet manager.  The fans at Underhill will never forget him.

AMC / FC:  Ronaldinho – the Brazilian superstar’s stats bring a tear to my eye.  Play him behind the front two and there are; goals, assists, average ratings to die for. Ronaldinho was the difference between a good and a world class team.

FC:  Arkadiusz Bak – now I can not take the credit for this one.  The goal scoring Pole was spotted on a scouting mission by @adamd8 and delivered.  He had great stats and a good goal rate.  Probably better behind the  front two but with Ronaldinho in your team he could do a job up front.

FC:  Michalis Konstantinou – another great stats man.  He did the business for me as Valencia.  The tough Cypriot took to La Liga like a duck to water.  His average rating was always high and he got his fair share of goals.  A decent signing from the Greek league and as an English speaker adapted well to the Premiership.

So there it is – my 2001/2 Championship Manager top team – of which only Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand are options for fantasy premier league.  Would I get either of them in?  No.

Let me know what you think of my team or if I have missed anyone else through the comments section or on my twitter: @mjmaxwell.

Gameweek 4 – Transfer Deadline Day

In 2011/12 on September 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

The transfer window has been and gone but who are the must have buys for fantasy premier league gameweek 4?

English Premier League clubs spent £485m in the summer transfer window, up 33% from last year – giving plenty of opportunity for mixing up your fantasy premier league team in gameweek 4.

Emmanuel Adebayor
The lanky striker always starts well.  On 4 February 2006, Adebayor made his Arsenal debut  at Birmingham City and scored after 21 minutes.  For Man City, he scored a goal on his debut against Blackburn Rovers past Paul Robinson in the third minute.  At £8million Adebayor is a fantasy premier league bargain – at least for the first few months when he’s got something to prove.  I predict another debut goal at Wolves.  #buy

Nicholas Bendtner
Big time Bendtner could be a good punt at £6.4million.  Is he as good as he thinks he is?  No.  Will he score goals if he plays up front.  Yes.  At Sunderland Bendtner has something he never had at Arsenal.  He will be starting – every week – and as a striker not on the wing.  Like Adebayor he could be a good punt whilst he has still got something to prove.  #buy

Mikel Arteta
The silky Spaniard  is fantasy premier league royalty.  For the past 5 seasons Arteta has scored over 17 bonus points / season and in 2006/7 scored a whopping 27 bonus points (as well as 9 goals and 10 assists).  Even last season when Arteta struggled with injuries he got 3 goals, 4 assists and 18 bonus points.  For Arsenal we don’t yet know if he will be playing behind the striker or as a deeper centre midfielder but with RvP ahead of him and Theo Walcott on the wings against Swansea you would like to think there are points to be had.  #buy

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Gameweek 2 – The Watchlist

In 2011/12 on August 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

So the 2nd week of the fantasy premier league season is upon us – with unlimited transfers – but who to pick for gameweek 2?

Michel Vorm
The Swansea stopper made 10 saves against Man City last week.  I can’t see Swansea getting many clean sheets this season but Vorm looked decent both in shot stopping and kicking.  At £4.0m he is also cheap and at home to Wigan in gameweek 2 is a decent shout.  #hands

Stephen Fletcher
I had the balding Scot in my first team for last season.  And he was very disappointing.  It took the former Burnley man a while to get going but Fletcher scored 10 goals last season and has now scored 6 goals in as many games for Wolves.  #receding

Chris Eagles
I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky.  That is Chris Eagles moto.  Another former Burnley man, Eagles is a bit of a fantasy premier league legend.  When in the premier league with Burnley the ex-Man Utd winger got 2 goals, 3 assists and a whopping 18 bonus points.  18.  He started off his Bolton career well with 2 assists against QPR and I can him building on this.  #wings

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Gameweek 1 – fantasy premier league #FAIL

In 2011/12 on August 13, 2011 at 9:49 am

For me fantasy football is all about the last minute gamble.  You can have the perfect team planned for weeks; all positions validated and you are ready for the start of the season.  Content with your team.

But all that can change -and quickly.  All it takes is one article about; Stephane Sessegnon having a free role in training, the pre-season form of Victor Moses or finding out that Matt Jarvis is on corners for Wolves.  Suddenly you begin to question your line up – do I have too much cash in defence?  Can Scott Sinclair cut it in the Premiership?

The last minute changes based on information you will only get at the 11th hour is what fantasy football is all about and is the difference between a good and a great gameweek.  Sort it out fantasy premier league and get the site up and running. #FAIL