WEEK 2 PREMIER LEAGUE FANTASY REVIEW

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Current Lineup:

Foster (Federici)

McCartney Ivanovic Walker (Hangeland Pearce)

Bale (C) Arteta Silva Ramires (Guthrie)

Graham Bent Tevez

Gameweek 2 Review:

Gameweek 2 was slightly underwhelming with a total of 44 points, but our move to pay a premium for Graham instead of Petric produced an immediate result. The second round was always going to be a round of reshuffle for Woy’s Wandering Wonderboys following our frugal approach in the opening round. We’re cashed up and looking to invest in a seller’s market full of new talent and bargain prices. Foster, Ivanovic, Tevez and Graham were the main contributors, while Silva, Ramires and Bale continued to underperform. At FFTD we’re looking for a vast improvement in our midfield, partiuclarly having missed the strong start made by new boys Hazard and Michu, as well as our long time favourite in Fellaini: http://footballfortheday.com/2012/04/26/a-tribute-to-marouane/ Fellaini continues to be deployed up front, and despite new boy Mirallas’ strong performance midweek, it’s hard to overlook the Belgian for value for money. For the second consecutive week, strong returns from 2 of our 3 strikers have kept us well in touch in our league.

Gameweek 3 Preview:

Gameweek 3 sees a potential boost to the bigger name players with City, Spurs and United all facing promising fixtures. Chelsea are obviously a side to avoid, but we prepared for that last week, and will continue to shift our exposure away from the London outfit. With a decidedly poor opening by Villa, Newcastle could provide upside momentum, with Fulham and Swansea facing winnable matchups. Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and WBA players look slightly unattractive at current prices. Looking further forward, an international break looms on the horizon, meaning holding fire on any big transfer ploys could be the conservative ploy.

Team Composition:

At current, our composition looks solid, if unspectacular. We’re most worried about our lack of exposure to some of the most promising point-scorers, most pertinently RVP. With Rooney out for an extended period, RVP could provide value despite his astronomical price tag. Our team is steeped towards a midfield bias, which we are comfortable with. In saying that, Arteta could be on thin ice after missing at least one golden chance over the weekend and losing the free kick duties to Santi Cazorla. Over we are looking to make a straight swap in that area of our side. We still fancy Zabaleta, but are hesitant to add further defensive investment spending, while Swansea and Everton retain the best 6 game outlook in terms of fixtures. Everton, particularly, must be squarely in the radar of potential bargain hunters.

Short Term Trade:

This week’s short term trade has to be Romelu Lukaku at West Brom. The on loan Chelsea man has failed to break into the first team as yet, but with Shane Long featuring mid week, we saw this as a signal of Steve Clarke’s intent to give the big fridge from the Bridge his first home start. Lukaku was dominant in his cameo at Spurs, proving a menace to an experienced Tottenham centre-half pairing. The young starlet looks a veritable talent, with touch, strength and a dazzling turn of pace to worry the best. Lukaku’s 4 shots in 32 minutes gives him the highest ratio of any frontman in England. Additionally, the Baggies have a soft short term fixture list, so this high risk play could produce significant dividends over the medium term horizon. Hooroo.

Romelu Lukaku Chelsea West Brom

The Big Fridge from Stamford Bridge

Long Term Trade:

For the second week in a row, our long term trade is a sell option on a highly popular player. Surprisingly 22% of fantasy managers have opted for Ryan Shawcross, but with a horrific fixture list and rumours of personnel changes at the Brittania, we’d steer clear at all costs. Stoke’s midweek loss to Swindon should not be overlooked, as a full strength back line shipped 4 goals against their League One opposition. Defending is often an endeavour of confidence, as much as skill, and Stoke seem to be seriously lacking that commodity. Wigan away from home may look a potential 3 pointer for the Potters, but with Kone opening his account alongside a seemingly rejuvenated Di Santo, we can’t see a clean sheet or any return from Shawcross. As a footnote, don’t be fooled by Michael Kightly’s strong start either, as we see him fairly valued at current levels.

Tip of the Week:

An indirect beneficiary of the Rooney injury will be Shinji Kagawa, who is now assured of a consistent starting berth in the United attacking set up. Kagawa should have had a second on the weekend after clattering the woodwork and as the Japanese import settles into the English brand, his returns should only increase. At 8.6, Kagawa marks an attractive entry point to opening a United position and we’ll be considering him in earnest this weekend.

Gameweek 3 Team:

On a short term view, we’re hopeful for Gareth Bale for a second week running. We’ll be handing the armband responsibilities to Carlos Tevez, who should extend his scoring spree against a disjointed QPR side. We’ll be looking for a 20 point minimum from our skipper once again. Despite his gameweek 3 blank, we’ll be sticking with Ivanovic, as Hangeland has a favourable fixture against the Hammers, providing ample return potential as a replacement. As mentioned above, we favour Cazorla, or Kagawa over Arteta, but unfortunately, selling Ramires will leave us slightly short for capital. Further, our midfield provides something of a conundrum, stuck with a Reading replacement in Danny Guthrie. Our two options are to deploy a flat back four with Bale, Kagawa/Cazorla, and Silva sitting just in front. Secondly, we could look at exiting Darren Bent, in addition to Ramires, in a paid transfer, to free up cash for our desired midfield reshuffle. We’re a bit hesitant to add a third budget forward option, and are quietly optimistic at Bent’s future prospects. Cazorla’s higher valuation together with his tough fixture list and a stuttering Arsenal attack tips the balance towards Kagawa. Being 0.3 short, we’ll look to offload Pearce for a cheap defensive option. With Richard Dunne still absent, Nathan Baker could be our man.

Foster (Federici)

Hangeland Ivanovic Zabaleta (Baker McCartney)

Bale Arteta Silva Kagawa (Guthrie)

Petric Bent Tevez (C)

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11 thoughts on “WEEK 2 PREMIER LEAGUE FANTASY REVIEW

  1. eggchaser says:

    Current team with .7m in bank. I’m going to suffer badly in gw3 as no chelski/reading games.

    Do i play my wc or sacrifice some points?

    Federici/Cerny

    Kompany/Ivanovic/Clyne/Vermaelen/Barnett

    Michu/Mata/Santi Cazorla/Yaya Toure/Obertan

    Tevez/Torres/Pogrebnyak

    chur

    • passthesugar says:

      Eggchaser – playing your WC is a risky move as there’s an international break meaning it could be benefiicial to hold out for some big names coming back from injury. Your team is solid though – no real weak links. If you have a trade or two left maybe think about Mata who is out of form and swapping for someone with a better run? I wouldn’t be getting rid of Torres as he looks a gun. Ivanovic could go, as typically the differential between defenders is fairly minor…

      Good luck!

      • eggchaser says:

        PTS,

        thanks for the advice, I had another look at my team and can probably do some surgery rather than play wc. How do you think Begovic/Duff/Ben Arfa for Cerny/Mata/Obertan looks, it would cost me 8 points?

      • passthesugar says:

        That’s good depth there – keepers are least important so I wouldn’t be overly worried. Duff has started well and Fulham look dangerous despite losing midweek. I expect them to bounce back. HBA is a serious danger man, but it is a little risky as he can be hot and cold. Still a fan of those changes. 8 points is a lot to spend, as each player effectively has to make up a fair bit. As Cerny and Obertan are unlikely to play, and Mata has the break, you’d need your 3 players to produce you more than 8 points at least this week. If they all play then thats a 6 point start – so I’d be confident of it coming off…Good luck!

  2. Peter Hambessis says:

    my team is
    De Gea
    Vertonghen, Chico, Ivanovic ( Clyne and Butterfield)
    Dyer, Hazard (C) ,Cazorla, Yaya Toure, Anita
    Papiss Cisse, Podolski (Lukaku)

    beat that

    • passthesugar says:

      Peter,

      That is definitely a fine team. I like the look of Lukaku for this weekend – why don’t you deploy him instead of Hazard considering their gameweek blank.

      Very Nice!

      Let us know how thiings turn out…

  3. hahaha says:

    Who is Us and We? You?

    Haha

  4. Egg chaser says:

    PTS,

    Good advice last week mate, 82 points with 8 lost for transfers not a bad result at all. This week I am torn between playing cleverley and saving ft or selling cleverley and bringing in a cheaper mf like routledge which would give me extra $1m in the bank?

    My current team with .01 in the bank

    Federici/Begovic – undedcided as to which yet
    Ivanovic/Kompany/Vermaelen (Barnett, Clyne)
    Ben Arfa/Michu/Santi Cazorla/Yaya Toure (Cleverley)
    Pogrebnyak Torres Tevez

    Your thoughts?

    • passthesugar says:

      Great week! did much better than me!

      It’s a tough call – but considering it’s the international break I would definitely hold off making any moves for at least 10 days or so. However, I would be wary of too many Swans players in the midfield, particularly as their easy stretch starts to draw to a close…

      But yeh spread the word about your cracking gameweek!

      • egg chaser says:

        Thanks for reminding me of that mate, I didnt realise it was this week. I was thinking the same about the swans, good advice, cheers

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