Posts Tagged ‘steven gerrard’

Gameweek 21 – The January Wildcard

In 2011/12 on January 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm

It's all about the bonus points scoreboard

This is a big week in Fantasy Premier League.  Not only is it the first point this season that you can play your free January wildcard but it also sees a few of the Premier Leagues big boys off to the African Cup of Nations; Bye Bye Demba.  Bye Bye Gervinho.  Bye Bye Cheicks.  Add to that a a red card for Vincent Kompany and injuries galore – who is left to pick?

John Ruddy

Did you know Norwich are still yet to keep a clean sheet this season?  Pretty amazing for a team sitting 9th in the table.  Never the less Big John Ruddy’s value has gone up to £4.2 million.  Gameweek 21 could be a good opportunity for Ruddy and Norwich to get their first clean sheet away at West Brom.  The Baggies have not scored a goal in their last 3 games, including 2 at home and with Shane Long potentially missing and Chris Brunt injured it is hard to see where the goals will come from.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto

TFL’s biggest fan had a dream double gameweek; 2 clean sheets, 1 assist, 1 goal and 3 bonus points.  Woof.  It has propelled Benoit to 2nd highest scoring defender in the league and in Gameweek 21 another clean sheet is surely on the cards at home to Wolves.

Steven Gerrard
The Liverpool captain and England international is back and could be a good shout if you are looking for a galactico differentiator.  At £10.5million he is a decent price and is a bonus point magnet if he can keep himself fit.  With Stoke at home (gameweek 21), then Bolton and Wolves I can see Stevie G getting a decent score plus plenty of bonus points.  Saying that Gerrard is one of those Fantasy Premier League players that have never done the business when given the chance in my team.  Obviously couldn’t handle the pressure.

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2011/12 – The end of an era

In 2011/12 on July 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

It used to be simple. Put in Frank Lampard or Cristiano Ronaldo as captain, fill you team up with cheap defenders, sign a striker who takes penalties and away you go. Bonus points would be awarded at random (with discrimination) and you had one captain.

Not anymore. This season the Fantasy Premier League rule book has changed in more ways than one.

1. New rules

Introducing the vice captain; Vicey. The best man. Your number two. Not only do you get the pleasure of picking one captain this season; you get to choose two. This season if your captain doesn’t play you won’t have to rely on ‘form’ or ‘value to decide his replacement, instead you can nominate a vice captain. Will it make any difference? No. Will you have fun choosing a vicey? Yes.

2. Clarity on bonus points

Since day dot of Fantasy Premier League the biggest mystery has been the awarding of bonus points? Cesc Fabregas could basically fart and get one. I always thought there must a dubious bonus points committee, with the likes of Gary Mabutt and John Fashanu awarding points. But this is not the case, or at least not anymore. Fantasy Premier League have introduced the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to final provide some clarity and transparancy regarding the awarding of bonus points.

3. The death of the midfield galactico

Lampard = Old. Fabregas = Barca. Gerrard = Injured. Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo moved on from the Premier league the midfield galactico has been in decline. Lampard put up a good fight for a few seasons but he is now older than ever and injured. This season, new tactics will have to be adopted. The midfield galactico has been laid to rest.

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