Thursday, 2 October 2014

Rooney Replacements

With Rooney picking up a straight red card against West Ham GW6, he is now suspended for 3 Gameweeks.

REPLACEMENTSLooking for replacements, I have come up with 2 premium and 2 budget alternatives to the United captain.

Let's start with the premium options:

Sergio Aguero- The Argentine is one of the league's most lethal finisher, as has a really tasty fixture this weekend away to Aston Villa, who looked dire against Chelsea. His fixture congestion is something of a worry, as Pellegrini might save him for Champions League, but if given the minutes he is always lively and in the points. I wouldn't recommend him as a long term option, but could be a great placeholder for someone with better fixtures, like Sturridge.

Radamel Falcao- With two assists in his first two games for United, Falcao is starting to find his feet. Falcao is a decent short-term replacement, but I wouldn't want him after his next two gameweeks (EVE, wba), when he goes up against Chelsea, City and Arsenal in the span of 4 games. I expect him to do well in his next two, so if you're keen on a short term punt, Falcao is your guy.

Now let's look at the budget picks:

Danny Welbeck- Coming off a mid-week hattrick against Galatasaray, the Englishman is full of confidence. Playing up front for Arsenal with great playmakers in their team, he could become a top fantasy asset. Albeit his difficult fixture this weekend, Arsenal have great fixtures starting GW8. I think he will score very well from GW8 onward, and could be a bargain at 7.2m.

Graziano Pelle- Pelle started off slow but has now lit up the Premier League, scoring three goals in his last four appearances. Similar to Welbeck he has a tough game this weekend, but fixtures seem to get easier from thereon out. I expect both him and Welbeck to pick up similar returns, so I think they are both great options.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Gameweek 5 Previews & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul.

Let's start from the top:

Diego Costa- With Chelsea's main man leading the Golden Boot race, he is essential in every fantasy football team. Having scored 7 goals in his first 4 games and averaging 10.25 points per game, he is nearing Suarez numbers of the 2013-14 season. Despite a difficult fixture coming up at the weekend against Champions Manchester City, I still back Costa to do well, as Chelsea look to be playing a lot better football than City at the moment. Many are doubtful with this one, as they feel Mourinho will go to the Etihad to park the bus. This of course was the case many times last year, but I just feel that Chelsea have a different vibe to them this season. I feel this game will be very open, and if Chelsea score Costa's surely to be involved.

Wayne Rooney- Rooney came good last week scoring a goal and an assist, for a total of 10 points. He has another good fixture this weekend when he's up against newly promoted Leicester City. Despite only 5 points in their first 4 games, Leicester have shown they can contest with the best, having picked up a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal. Rooney looks rejuvenated after last weekend, and I think will continue with his good form through September, as the fixtures are plump for Manchester United.

Emmanuel Adebayor- After being rested from Tottenham's mid-week Europa match, the Togolese striker goes into this weekend's match against West Brom fresh.  WBA look very poor, as they've been shut out in 3 of their first 4 games. I expect Spurs to dominate this game and Adebayor to be involved in the goals. He is a good captaincy choice this week.

Kun Aguero- City are coming off a Champions League 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich. Albeit them losing, the positive thing is that Aguero was rested for the majority of that game, in preparation for the big match against Chelsea this weekend. Aguero has a great scoring record against the top clubs in the Premier League, and I back him to do well again against a shaky Chelsea back line. He's a great captaincy differential this week.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- I fancy three clean sheets this week:

QPR at home to Stoke City

Tottenham at home to West Brom

Everton at home to Crystal Palace

GW5 PICKS- Here are my picks for GW5:

Thursday, 11 September 2014

GW4: May The 4th Be With You

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul.

Let's start from the top:

Wayne Rooney- Albeit United struggling over the opening three weeks, a favorable fixture sees Rooney slot in as one of this week's top captaincy options. Playing at home against a leaky QPR side this weekend, Rooney will try to lead his team to their first league victory of the new season. Being named Manchester United's new captain not too long ago, Rooney will want to prove to his manager correct in his decision. I predict a strong run out for Wayne this weekend, with a strong potential for goals and assists.

Raheem Sterling- The 19-year old has had an absolutely brilliant opening three games, scored twice to go along with his assist. With Sturridge injured, it will give Sterling the license to push higher up the pitch. Sterling is the most likely of the Liverpool players to hit Aston Villa on the counter-attack, which is why I think he's a great captaincy option this weekend.

Diego Costa- The Brazilian Spaniard has certainly silenced all his critics his first three weeks at Chelsea, leading the league with 4 goals in his opening 3 league matches. Bothered by injury or not, Costa has showed time and time again he can score goals for fun, and I expect Chelsea to continue their great form into their weekend match against Swansea. If confirmed fit by Mourinho, I think Costa is as good a captaincy option as any this weekend. (Be sure to check in on the Chelsea press conference before captaining him).

Mario Balotelli- With Daniel Sturridge ruled out for up to three weeks, it's Balotelli's turn to lead the attack. With the Italian striker having missed two glorious opportunities last gameweek against Tottenham, he still looked a huge goal threat. Playing up top at home to Aston Villa, I reckon he'll be among the points for Liverpool, and will most likely score his first goal for the Reds at Anfield. 

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- I fancy three clean sheets this week:

Chelsea at home to Swansea

Southampton at home to Newcastle

Manchester United at home to QPR

GW4 PICKS- Here are my picks for GW4:

Friday, 25 April 2014

Gameweek 36 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSIn my opinion, there are 4 solid captaincy options this week, with all of them able to obtain a huge haul. In the table above, I have listed my top 4 captain options this week.

Let's start from the top:

Wayne Rooney- After the sacking of David Moyes, United will look to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton. Rooney will play a central part in this, as he will be on most set pieces as well as PK duty, with RVP ruled out of the Norwich match. With Giggs being instilled as interim United manager, we might see a rejuvenated United side that get back to their winning ways. Their home form this season has been well under par, and I bet everyone will be willing to work for new manager and former teammate Ryan Giggs. There should be a positive atmosphere at Old Trafford this weekend, and Rooney will be central to United's attacks. Good option for the armband.

Aaron Ramsey- Ramsey has not gone quietly this season. In just his second game back from injury, he punished the doubters once again, grabbing a goal and 2 assists in a 16-point haul. That means he has played a part in 66.6% of all Arsenal's goals since returning from injury. He has a great fixture against Newcastle on Monday, and he will be lively as ever, trying to add to his career-high 9 league goals this season. Arsenal must keep winning to stay 1 point ahead of Everton for the final Champions League spot, so they will continue their attacking football vs. Newcastle.

Sergio Aguero- The Argentine showed his class with a lethal strike from outside the box last game. Aguero can score from virtually anywhere on the pitch, and leading the line for Manchester City certainly doesn't hurt. City are the second highest scoring team in the Premier League this season with 91 goals (trailing Liverpool's 96). With an away game against a stubborn Palace side this weekend, we will see what City are made of, as they will be missing their midfield maestro David Silva. I fancy Aguero to be lively as ever, and continue his good form. He's a good captain differential this week.

Wilfried Bony- Showing glimpses of brilliance this season, Bony still hasn't reached his full potential in the Premier League. Although troubled with Europa League and injury early in the season, Bony has managed to adapt well to the Premier League. He has managed to score 14 goals in roughly 2200 minutes played (24 full matches). He is starting to find his feet late on in the season, but is not scoring consistently. After his brace last weekend, I fancy him to do well against a struggling Villa side, who have only picked up 1 point in their last 5 games.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- I fancy only two clean sheets this week:

Sunderland at home to Cardiff

Arsenal at home to Newcastle

GW36 PICKS- Here are my picks for GW36:

Friday, 11 April 2014

Gameweek 34 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSWe keep on rolling the articles with weekly guests, as Rooneykush takes the stage this week, giving us his thoughts and opinions on this week's top captaincy contenders, as well as clean sheet predictions and picks his ideal XI to start this gameweek.

Let's start from the top:

Sergio Aguero"Go big or go home. That’s the mantra many managers follow during the latter stages of the season when there is little to lose. There are question marks surrounding his game time but the Sunday showdown against Liverpool is one where his manager needs him more than most games and he could just be the difference to setup City on their way to title. With 29 goals and 7 assists in all competitions from 29 appearances there is little doubting Argentine’s pedigree. This is the pick which comes with a risk but could pay off handsomely." This weekend's game vs Liverpool is a crucial one for both sides pushing for the title, and Aguero usually turns up in big games.

Romelu Lukaku"Everton are poised to do well in their two games against Sunderland and Crystal Palace and really test Arsenal for a 4th place finish. The big Belgian has been a nailed on option under Roberto Martinez. Deployed on the right side vs Arsenal in the last game, he still returned a goal, assist and maximum bonus points. He’s a strong and safe contender for armband this week." Rooneykush emphasizes Lukaku's ability to pick up goals and assists from anywhere on the pitch, and the big Belgian seems to be in form.

Yaya Toure"Who would've tipped the Ivorian to be such a crucial part in our FPL seasons. He’s added another part to his game with his incredible shot conversion. This consistency has lead to 18 goals from midfield in the PL, four of which came in his last double gameweek demonstrating his potential. The only downside to this is possible loss of penalty duties with first choice penalty taker Sergio Aguero back in contention. Nevertheless he has defied the odds to produce goods from midfield time and and time again and could do that again this week." 

Leighton Baines- "Never bench him, never captain him. This is one of the unspoken FPL rules when it comes to Leighton Baines. Everton have strong clean sheet potential with games against Sunderland and Crystal Palace. Both sides have struggled for goals all seasons. The England international has been outshone by his opposite fullback Coleman this season but there is no doubting his potential. With penalty, free-kicks and corner duties and strong bonus points potential he could turn out to be an astute pick this double." Rooneykush explains the upside of Leighton Baines, with the unpoken rule perhaps being shattered this week due to him having 2 chances to pick up points.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, Rooneykush fancies four home clean sheets:

Stoke at home to Newcastle

Southampton at home to Cardiff

Everton at home to Crystal Palace

Manchester City at home to Sunderland

GW34 PICKSHere are Rooneykush's picks for DGW34:

Friday, 4 April 2014

Gameweek 33 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERSThis week we have another guest, as experienced FPL manager Philman71 gives his opinions on this week's top captaincy contenders, as well as clean sheet predictions and picks his XI to start this gameweek.

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- "Suarez has finally ended the Suarez or Sturridge debate, with a long series of great points hauls. The rule "if in doubt, captain Suarez" firmly applies and he never really lets you down. Suarez is fixture proof and involved in everything 'Pool do. The option where you really can't go wrong, and the best choice if defending a mini-league lead." Some wise words from Philman backing Mr. Consistency as Suarez will try to add to his goal tally against West Ham this weekend.

Wayne Rooney- "With RVP out, Rooney continues to be a great captain choice, with pens and free kicks in his locker, and the central striker role. He is a decent alternative to Suarez given the opposition. Newcastle have shipped 7 goals without reply in their last two games." Philman backs Rooney to continue his good form as of late against a struggling Newcastle. 

Eden Hazard- "Still the main threat for the virtual striker-less Chelsea, with pens also in his locker. Hazard is still showing the form he has all season, and will fancy his chances against a Stoke side that tend to concede regularly on the road." Hazard put on a great display against PSG and calmly tucked away a PK. Up against Stoke this weekend will put to the test if Hazard is in fact a "flat track bully".

Edin Dzeko- "Dzeko is the number 1 choice for an Aguero-less City side playing a 4-5-1 formation. Sometimes wasteful in front of goal, he still gets plenty of chances and could well score big against any opposition. A bit more of a punt, but one that could well reap rewards." Philman explains the risk of owning/ captaining Dzeko, and how on a good day Dzeko could grab a great score. He showed his potential in the Manchester derby, and is likely to lead the line once again this weekend, with Aguero ruled out.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, Philman71 only fancies two clean sheets:

Norwich at home to WBA

Tottenham at home to Sunderland

GW33 PICKSHere are Philman71's picks for GW33:

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Gameweek 32 Preview & Tips

CAPTAINCY CONTENDERS- This week we're changing it up, as special guest and renowned FPL player FORCA gives his opinions on this week's top captaincy contenders, as well as clean sheet predictions and picks his XI to start this gameweek.

Let's start from the top:

Luis Suarez- "Do i really need to say anything about Suarez?? The guy is a total genius and the best player on planet by far (I've been saying this over 3 years now) and he will bully the Spurs defence badly" FORCA tips Suarez for another massive haul against Spurs. Last outing between these two teams, Suarez got 2 goals and 3 assists in a 22 point performance.

Wayne Rooney"I put Rooney on my list simply because that overrated and over-hyped "wanna be world class'' player RVP is injured. Rooney on the other hand is such a beast when RVP is not around and if Moyes isn't drunk, Mata+Rooney's partnership could do some massive damage against the weak Villa defence." Rooney is currently the heartbeat of the United team, if he doesn't perform, United usually don't either. He has a tasty home fixture this weekend at home to Aston Villa, and should be involved in most of United's attacks.

Romelu Lukaku- "Fulham is just a total joke and it seems like Lukaku is now on a hot streak and is ready to fire against the most pathetic side in the Premier League. Lukaku is also in his prime and is trying to prove to Mourinho that he's capable of leading the Chelsea line next season." As FORCA stated, Lukaku is on a hot streak. Coming off an 18 point DGW with 2 goals and an assist, FORCA backs Lukaku to continue his good form against the worst team in the league.

Wilfried Bony- "Always been a great player and has finally showed some of his potential over his last 2 games. With Michu back in the team, I expect Swansea to easily score a few, if not I'll just harsh him." Bony also had a solid DGW, scoring 2 goals in 2 matches. FORCA backs Swansea to score a couple at home to Norwich this weekend. Bony has the extra pressure of being harshed by FORCA if he does not produce.

CLEAN SHEET POTENTIAL- This week, FORCA fancies three clean sheets:

Southampton at home to Newcastle

Chelsea away to Palace

Sunderland at home to West Ham

GW32 PICKS- Here are FORCA's picks for GW32: