Posts Tagged ‘who should I make my fantasy football captain?’

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 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 38 – The Finale

In 2010/11 on May 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

So here it is. The final gameweek of another fantasy premier league season. We’ve had double gameweeks, goals and of course bonus points.

The final gameweek is always the most difficult to call in my opinion. First of all – do you have anything to play? At this point in the season most fantasy premier leagues have been wrapped up {sadly my crown was taking this year for the 1st time in 4 years} so there is a distinct lack of interest in gameweek 38. Those in with a chance of winning their league generally play it very safe. Those who don’t have a chance just go mental and put in randoms like Sammy Ameobi or Kazenga Lua Lua.

Are they playing?
More than any other gameweek a place in the starting line up is key. The final game of the season is a funny time of the year. Managers pick bizzarre teams. Most league positions are already determined so they use this game as the opportunity to play a few youth players. West Ham have said they’ll play their team for next season.  United will be playing their 2nd string.  Will players like Carlos Tevez, looking for a transfer get a game?

Do they have anything to play for?
The second most important factor in the final gameweek of the season has to be if they have anything to play for.  Relegation battle.  Get them in.  The chase for 3rd / 4th place.  Get them in.  Fight for 5th / 6th.  Get them in.  The big players for Wigan, Wolves, Birmingham, Blackpool and Blackburn have got to be attractive.  The Zog.  Charlie Adam. Steven Fletcher.

With automatic qualification in the Champions League, up for grabs Arsenal and Man City surely will be playing strong teams.  For Spurs and Liverpool a place in the UEFA cup is up for grabs.  Whether they want it or not, surely they will have full strength teams out.

Either way gameweek 38 is the hardest fantasy premier league week to call for me.  Good luck for your team and thanks for reading this season.

Look out for an It’s all about the bonus points review of the fantasy premier league season 2010/11 next week, before signing off for the summer.

Gameweek 8: The Captain

In 2010/11 on October 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

The Captain, El Capitan, da Mannschaftskapitän.  Call him what you will but selecting the right captain can turn an awful Gameweek average, an average Gameweek good and a good Gameweek special.

Your captain brings you double points.  They are the lynchpin of your fantasy football team.  The player you most trust and the player that says the most about your team.  I honestly think that the most important tool for winning your fantasy football league is selecting the right captain.

There are a number of attributes to look for in a good captain.  The ability to “lead by example” – I give you Cesc Fabregas.  The Bravehearts – those who play with passion and inspire – may I introduce John Terry.  But there is only one attribute you need in order to deliver as a fantasy premier league captain and that is points.

How do I pick my captain?

Midfield General – This is your insurance policy.  It is always best to have your captain as a midfielder as they are a less risky option than a goalkeeper, midfielder or a striker.  Midfielders are historically the highest point scorers in fantasy premier league as they have more outlets for points; clean sheets, bonus points, assists and goals.

Set Pieces – Like the midfield general for me it is critical for your captain to be a set piece taker.  Even if they are having an off days the odds are they will get an assist from a corner / free kick.

Galactico – Lampard, Cesc, Gerrard, Drogba, Rooney – the man, the one who week in week out delivers.  The man who you pay top dollar for.  The man whose teammates look to for inspiration.  Even when they don’t play well the galacticos get points and more often then not bonus points.  If you are paying top money for them, make them your captain.

Home Form – I will very, very rarely pick a captain who is playing away from home, so to speak.  You need you captain on home soil, where they deliver and most importantly, where they can get bonus points.

Who have you gone for captain this week?