Game Week 10 Preview (2015/2016)

Hello noobs! With the flurry of goals the past GW and the complications of a MGW, we would say, it has been a relatively kind week so far. Perpetual points-getters like Kevin De Bruyne, Mesut Özil continued their terrific form, while 19 year old handball magician Anthony Martial relieved his 29.6% owners’ worries, by scoring for their respective clubs. Crucially, the trend of players playing unimportant matches and getting freak injuries discontinued as most of the popular players escaped unscathed, although there were worrying signs that Alexis Sanchez may be rested.

With big games looming, this is expected to be a tensed and unpredictable GW. Keeping the shorter long-term (upcoming ~3 GWs) in mind, here is our list of weekly recommendations:

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Captain choices: Vardy, Ozil, Coutinho, Berahino, Wijnaldum, Eriksen, Payet

That’s all folks! Happy noobing!!

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Captain Hindsight and the Road Ahead

If hindsight is usually 20/20, does that mean captaining hindsight would give you 40/40? No, you noobs! You can’t captain hindsight. But you can learn a thing or two from it. So allow me to introduce you to a new section of the blog, where we will occasionally reflect upon the weeks gone by, and often tell you – I told you so!

In fact, there’s no better time than now, to catch up on hindsight. The last two gameweeks have been insanely rewarding in terms of potential points, and at the same time incredibly painful if you’ve missed out due to injuries / apathy / idiocy. Don’t panic – many many many more points lie ahead. But sometimes, before we move forward, it pays to pause for a moment, and look back.

You can't captain hindsight. But he's here to save your day.

You can’t captain hindsight. But he’s here to save your day.

Once, again, before we start, the most important lesson to remember is – do not lose hope. It’s only been 9 weeks – just about one quarter of the the way through the season. There are 3 more cycles of this still to go. Take deep a deep breath, sit down comfortably, and lets see what we’ve learnt so far.

Lesson 1: You are Newcastle

Newcastle received a masterclass in surgical aggresion, as Sergio Aguero sliced them apart 5 times in week 8. In week 9, they turned the tables and scored 6 goals themselves.

This is you.

You can be Newcastle one week, and Manchester City in another. FPL is a game of luck, patience, and persistence. Just because you had a bad week, or three, doesn’t mean your season is over.

Even if you’re at the bottom of your league, even if your team is mostly retarded with injuries, even if you only got 30 points in each of the last two weeks – heck, even if you just started playing – you can still fight your way to the top. As long as you keep trying, even half-assedly, you have a good chance of making it big. Don’t give up. It’s still very early in the season. I can not stress this enough. Proceed to lesson 2.

Some weeks you're this guy, some week's you're the other guy. It's all part of the game.

Some weeks you’re the goalkeeper, some weeks you’re scoring hattricks

Lesson 2: Attack. Attack. Attack. And then Attack a little bit more.

Football is a game about scoring goals. Clean sheets are an anomaly. The first few weeks may have led you to think differently, but by now it should be very clear to everynoob that Midfielders and Forwards bring in a lot more points, and more reliably than Defenders.

When defenders do their job well, they get 1 clean sheet, that too only if they ALL do well. When mids and forwards do their jobs well, they get many, many goals and and many, many points. Invest your money on your attacking players. Always play 7 attackers and 3 defenders.

I TOLD YOU SO

In an exclusive interview with fpl4noobs, Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa say “I TOLD YOU SO!”

Lesson 3: Hold your f*%(ing horses

Yes, it is a good idea to buy players who are in form. It may seem like an even better idea to buy them before they rise in price, and before your out-of-form players drop. This is sheer lunacy, as seen most recently during the last international break.

If you can help it, try not to make your transfers until Friday or Saturday. Players get injured during the week because of trainings, european matches, or even just via good ol’ food poisoning. Secondly, don’t drop a quality player just because he’s a had a couple of bad weeks. Use your free transfers to remove non-starters and injured players first, before trying to ship out Pelle for Bony, or Eriksen for Ozil based on one week’s (lack of) performance.

Lesson 4: Use Chips, Take Hits

What!? Are we really recommending using those precious one-time-only blue chips, or worse yet, trading points for extra transfers when you’re already doing so poorly? Yes. When you’re not at the top, you have less as stake, little to lose. It’s the best time to take some risks and inject some life back into your team.

A well played triple captain can get you 30-40 points just from one player, and shoot you up the table while it’s early in the season. A couple of extra transfers can revitalize your team, clear out the junk, and bring in players who have a good run of form and fixtures up ahead. You may lose 8-12 points now, but you’ll gain many more from them in the future if you pick well. Taking a hit or a risk is what makes the game fun!

Take Risks. But Hold Horses. Clear?

Take Risks. But Hold Horses. Clear?

Lesson 5: General Advice

Captain Hindsight has just been confirming what General Advice has been suggesting all along. Which makes sense because General Advice is technically much senior to Captain Hindsight.

  • Always play 7 in front, 3 at the back
  • Always captain an attacker (generally your most expensive player, preferably in form), and VC another attacker
  • Always place an attacker as your first sub
  • Be patient. If your team is made of good, attacking, players who start for mid-top table teams, the points will come.
  • Don’t make your transfers early. Especially if there are more games midweek.
  • Pick your starting lineup based on who’s in form first, and then based on who has the easier fixture
  • If you’ve gotten less than 40 points for both of the last 2 (high scoring weeks), you should STRONGLY CONSIDER WILDCARDING. Change things up, get everyone who’s in form. Start anew.

BONUS Lesson: Captain Hindsight & General Advice’s Combined Wildcard Template

This template contains recommendations for the 15 slots in your all new wildcarded team. Each slot may have several options of similar price range. Selecting one from every slot should give you a complete and balanced team with which to take on the rest of the week! Slots marked with a * are meant to be on your bench.

Goalkeepers

[Hart / De gea / Cech] –  [Elliot / Hennessey]*

Defenders

[Dier / Alderwiereld] – [Dawson / Cedric] – [Bellerin/Monreal] – [Francis/Nyom]* – [Hangelaand]*

Midfielders

[Sanchez] – [De Bruyne] – [Payet] – [Eriksen / Ozil / Mane] – [Barkley / Mahrez / Cabaye]

Forwards

[Vardy] – [Lukaku / Pelle / Martial] – [Ighalo]*

If you’ve already spent your wildcard, take a hit to clear the rotting parts of your team, or just be patient with  those who are true quality but yet to click. As always, our Friday recommendations will be there to help you with your transfers. The most important thing is that you make them. Keep your team alive, and you’re already doing better than 2 million people who’ve given up.

As for what to do with all that sweet Aguero money? I’ll let you newly enlightened noobs figure that one out.

Midweek European Games are Coming...

Midweek European Games are Coming…

Game Week 9 Preview (2015/2016)

It’s finally here boys and girls! FPL is back after a 2 week long eternity of a wait, and so much has changed since Aguero banged in 5 against Newcastle. Aguero for one, has banged himself up pretty badly since then, and joining him on the list of international casualties are the likes of David Silva, Danny Ings, and Joe Gomez.

A number of other players such as Kolarov, Rooney, and Sanchez remain at risk for ample playtime, and as your team fills up with yellow, orange, and red stickers, you realize you should have waited till the end of the break before making transfers. This is a generally good practice, because football players get injured all the time, and you want to be sure they’re fit on friday, before hoping they play on saturday.

Now if you read our post last week, you should also have been smart enough to save your transfer just before the break, to give you more options to deal with injuries before week 9. Selling Aguero or Silva will give you more money than you know what to do with, and a second FT always comes in handy at times like these. Especially when the injuries pile up.

Now many of you, being noobs, probably forgot to make a transfer last week unintentionally, so please use our handy transfer guide to make at least one transfer this week.

This is also not the worst time to take a hit. If you dont have 11 players (or 7 attackers) who are guaranteed 60 minutes of play time each, it might not be a terrible idea to drop 4-8 points, in order to get bigger gains over the next few weeks. The following players have been recommended, as usual, keeping the next 3 weeks in mind.

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Captain choices : Sanchez, De Bruyne, Pelle, Vardy

 

Game Week 8 Preview (2015/2016)

It’s that time of the week again boys and girls! And this time, you need to savor every last drop of it. Another international break awaits us on the other end of this game week, so get your fill of points before going cold turkey for two whole weeks. 

Lots of juicy fixtures this GW, which leads one to expect either lots of goals or lots of clean sheets. In both cases, we’ve got you covered with our weekly transfer recommendations. 

If your team is looking healthy at the moment you can also consider saving your transfer so that you’ll have 2 available once we return from the break. Think about it. 

  
Captain choices : Aguero, de Bruyne, Sakho, Vardy, Payet

Who to take out? Plenty of players in the red and yellow zones should make for ideal transfer (out) targets. 

Good Luck!

Game Week 7 Preview (15/16 Season)

As midweek games increase in frequency for all clubs, so will injuries, suspensions, and rotations for our favorite FPL players. So if your team’s piling up with players who are doubtful to start this weekend, we’ve got you covered yet again.

Here’s our pick for 3 players in each position, that look like good buys for next few weeks.

Captain Recommendations – Aguero, Martial, Mata, Vardy

Known rotation hazards – Targett, Yoshida, Cedric, Nasri, Navas, Gomez. These should be the next batch of players to remove from your squad, as they are no longer guaranteed 60-90 minutes ever weekend.

Captaincy: Your Weekly Lifeline

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Will you be the next Uncle Sam/Aunty Dolly to find your Captain America to save your team?

It’s been 6 weeks since FPL started. How many times have you gotten your captain right? How do you even get it right in the first place? Some liken this choice to a game of lottery. Essentially it is, but given that there are a lot less combination than the lottery world, you can make a smart gamble. We offer you 3 ‘F’s to help make life a whole lot easier for you.

Fixtures

In a game week, there are 10 fixtures. From there, you can identify potential games that would swing to one side. Let’s have an example here: Team AA vs Team GG.

  • Team AA has been performing well for the past few weeks. They do especially well when they are playing at Home.
  • Team GG had a pretty bad spell, and they have not kept a clean sheet so far.
  • Player FTW is currently the lead goal scorer for the team, and has clocked in bonus points.

Based on the conditions above, it will be a safe call to choose Player FTW of Team AA as your captain.

Hot pick for the upcoming game week 7: Manchester United vs Sunderland

Form (with Class)

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9 minutes. The amount of time you take to shower daily is what Lewandowski needs to score 5 goals in Bundesliga against Wolfsburg. As a substitute. Yep. Life’s like that.

You never quite know who’s next to hit the back of the net or chalk up points while defending. Well if it is ever predictable, nobody would watch football and FPL would be never have been created.

Usually, we observe a player who has performed well over 2 – 3 weeks period. Form is after all temporary but class is permanent. We want to choose players who are able to perform on a weekly basis. So players who perform well in a freak week should not be your reason to hop on the bandwagon immediately. Observe for a spell of 2 weeks, and if possible watch how he plays. Looking at statistics and watching an actual game are two very different ways to find your next captain.

Hot pick for the upcoming game week 7: Anthony Martial of Manchester United

Free-will

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Diego probably misunderstood the meaning of chest bump. Costa total of 3 match ban.

We live in a free world. While rules help us to live within boundaries for civility, every once in a while you may just wish to experience that once-in-a-lifetime moment. FPL offers just that moment, where you can simply just make a choice based on looks/names/colour of jersey that suits your personal preference. No one’s going to judge you for that, because magic happens and you may be the next guru that noobers will bow to for that out of the world but correct choice.

So fellow noobers, another game week to lose sleep and appetite over the captain of your choice. Remember, keep your choice a secret until 18:45 of 26 September.

 

Game Week 6 Preview (15/16 Season)

Perhaps the international break caused some momentum break in players you own and you’re wondering what to do next. Here are some recommendations we have for the upcoming game week! We hope it will help you to squeeze through the mid-table crowd or the slums down under, for the fresh air up at the top of your mini-league.

As usual, we have 3 suggestions per position, in 3 different price brackets, along with potential candidates for removal from your team.

May the odds be ever in your favour.

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