Using Your Second Fantasy Football Wildcard Wisely
January 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Talking from a personal point of view, Fantasy Football is a funny one. Every year without fail, I spend hours doing research and crafting a team that I think can compete with the best of them. Just as I’m drifting off into an uneasy sleep on the eve of the opening weekend of Premier League action, a brainwave will hit me and I’ll be wide awake.

“This is Shane Long’s year. 20 goals, no bother.”

And before I know it, I’m slapping him in the team. Twenty-four hours later, I’ll wonder why I went with a striker that doesn’t get his game, let alone score goals. This has happened every year for the past six years.

If you’re in the same boat, the January Wildcard could just be what you need to pick up a few points and catch up with your smug mates who are riding high at the top of the table. Here are a few players that could turn your fantasy season around.

Olivier Giroud – Arsenal

Current Price: £8.7m

Total Score: 68

Next 3 Fixtures: Burnley (H), Watford (H), Chelsea (A).

Well, this has been a surprise. For years, many of us have been salivating watching the Frenchman do his thing, although it hasn’t always been for footballing reasons. The handsome striker was often one who would let you down when it really mattered.

But recently Olivier Giroud has been on fire. With some hugely important goals, this could be the year that he finally proves he’s worthy to lead the line for Arsenal. He is also cheaper than most of the other top sides’ leading strikers, plus Arsenal have a couple of favourable fixtures coming up, so get him in there!

olivier-giroud-arsenal

Robert Snodgrass – Hull City

Current Price: £5.8m

Total Score: 99

Next 3 Fixtures: Chelsea (A), Man Utd (A), Liverpool (H).

Oh my, what would Hull do without him? Snodgrass has been involved in over half of struggling Hull’s goals this term, with seven goals and three assists. But the craziness of the situation is how cheaply he can be bought, in comparison to other players.

While at the minute he may be keeping Hull afloat by himself, he is heavily fancied to be whisked away from them in January. The smart ones among you will go for him while he’s still priced as a Hull City player. The stupid ones among you will probably go for Shane Long. Ahem.

robert-snodgrass-hull-city

Roberto Firmino – Liverpool

Current Price: £8.4m

Total Score: 98

Next 3 Fixtures: Swansea (H), Chelsea (H), Hull (A).

While he’s not exactly the cheapest player mentioned, Roberto Firmino could prove to be an absolute steal this January. With Liverpool losing Sadio Mané to the African Cup of Nations, they will be crying out for someone to step up and lead them to a title challenge. With his good old pal, Philippe Coutinho, returning from injury, Firmino could be the one to clock up some vital goals and assists. The mighty Pool also happen to be playing against the leagues top conceding side this weekend, Swansea, who have had their nets smashed in a whopping 49 times already this season! Read more about why we think Swansea will be relegated here.

But it gets better. Firmino is still listed as a midfielder by the powers that be in Fantasy Football land and he is likely to start against the leagues top conceding side as a striker. It’s well known that Klopp loves Firmino’s pressing, and he often plays him through the middle in a front three. Cha-ching, says you.

roberto-firmino-liverpool

Pedro – Chelsea

Current Price: £7.0m

Total Score: 98

Next 3 Fixtures: Hull (H), Liverpool (A), Arsenal (H).

Want a laugh? Of course you do. Ross Barkley, Aaron Ramsey and Memphis Depay are all cheaper than Pedro at the minute. Despite the fact that he’s almost as many points as all of them put together!

Possibly going under the radar a tad, the former Barca’ man has managed five goals as well as six assists, and with Chelsea flying high at the top end of the table, there’s every chance Pedro will continue to impress. Take out China bound Payet and throw him in there, sharpish.

pedro-ledesma-chelsea

Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur

Current Price: £8.7m

Total Score: 121

Next 3 Fixtures: Man City (A), Sunderland (A), Middlesborough (H).

He’s not in this list because he’s particularly cheap, nor is he here because he “might” come good, or because he “may” be an addition. Dele Alli has to be in your team because to leave him out is a simple case of your loss and everyone else’s gain.

The twenty year old has been in stupendous form of late, scoring a brace in three of his last four matches. Imagine you’re still farting around, hoping Mahrez comes good, while this chap is causing havoc week in, week out. Hazard and Sanchez are the only two midfielders with more points than him!

dele-alli-tottenham-hotspur

Shane Long – Southampton

What about that late Cup winner on Wednesday against Nowich? Remember that goal against Germany, who doesn’t want to see it in all it’s glory one more time!? He’ll come good, sign him up!

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Using Your Second Fantasy Football Wildcard Wisely
January 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Talking from a personal point of view, Fantasy Football is a funny one. Every year without fail, I spend hours doing research and crafting a team that I think can compete with the best of them. Just as I’m drifting off into an uneasy sleep on the eve of the opening weekend of Premier League action, a brainwave will hit me and I’ll be wide awake.

“This is Shane Long’s year. 20 goals, no bother.”

And before I know it, I’m slapping him in the team. Twenty-four hours later, I’ll wonder why I went with a striker that doesn’t get his game, let alone score goals. This has happened every year for the past six years.

If you’re in the same boat, the January Wildcard could just be what you need to pick up a few points and catch up with your smug mates who are riding high at the top of the table. Here are a few players that could turn your fantasy season around.

Olivier Giroud – Arsenal

Current Price: £8.7m

Total Score: 68

Next 3 Fixtures: Burnley (H), Watford (H), Chelsea (A).

Well, this has been a surprise. For years, many of us have been salivating watching the Frenchman do his thing, although it hasn’t always been for footballing reasons. The handsome striker was often one who would let you down when it really mattered.

But recently Olivier Giroud has been on fire. With some hugely important goals, this could be the year that he finally proves he’s worthy to lead the line for Arsenal. He is also cheaper than most of the other top sides’ leading strikers, plus Arsenal have a couple of favourable fixtures coming up, so get him in there!

olivier-giroud-arsenal

Robert Snodgrass – Hull City

Current Price: £5.8m

Total Score: 99

Next 3 Fixtures: Chelsea (A), Man Utd (A), Liverpool (H).

Oh my, what would Hull do without him? Snodgrass has been involved in over half of struggling Hull’s goals this term, with seven goals and three assists. But the craziness of the situation is how cheaply he can be bought, in comparison to other players.

While at the minute he may be keeping Hull afloat by himself, he is heavily fancied to be whisked away from them in January. The smart ones among you will go for him while he’s still priced as a Hull City player. The stupid ones among you will probably go for Shane Long. Ahem.

robert-snodgrass-hull-city

Roberto Firmino – Liverpool

Current Price: £8.4m

Total Score: 98

Next 3 Fixtures: Swansea (H), Chelsea (H), Hull (A).

While he’s not exactly the cheapest player mentioned, Roberto Firmino could prove to be an absolute steal this January. With Liverpool losing Sadio Mané to the African Cup of Nations, they will be crying out for someone to step up and lead them to a title challenge. With his good old pal, Philippe Coutinho, returning from injury, Firmino could be the one to clock up some vital goals and assists. The mighty Pool also happen to be playing against the leagues top conceding side this weekend, Swansea, who have had their nets smashed in a whopping 49 times already this season! Read more about why we think Swansea will be relegated here.

But it gets better. Firmino is still listed as a midfielder by the powers that be in Fantasy Football land and he is likely to start against the leagues top conceding side as a striker. It’s well known that Klopp loves Firmino’s pressing, and he often plays him through the middle in a front three. Cha-ching, says you.

roberto-firmino-liverpool

Pedro – Chelsea

Current Price: £7.0m

Total Score: 98

Next 3 Fixtures: Hull (H), Liverpool (A), Arsenal (H).

Want a laugh? Of course you do. Ross Barkley, Aaron Ramsey and Memphis Depay are all cheaper than Pedro at the minute. Despite the fact that he’s almost as many points as all of them put together!

Possibly going under the radar a tad, the former Barca’ man has managed five goals as well as six assists, and with Chelsea flying high at the top end of the table, there’s every chance Pedro will continue to impress. Take out China bound Payet and throw him in there, sharpish.

pedro-ledesma-chelsea

Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur

Current Price: £8.7m

Total Score: 121

Next 3 Fixtures: Man City (A), Sunderland (A), Middlesborough (H).

He’s not in this list because he’s particularly cheap, nor is he here because he “might” come good, or because he “may” be an addition. Dele Alli has to be in your team because to leave him out is a simple case of your loss and everyone else’s gain.

The twenty year old has been in stupendous form of late, scoring a brace in three of his last four matches. Imagine you’re still farting around, hoping Mahrez comes good, while this chap is causing havoc week in, week out. Hazard and Sanchez are the only two midfielders with more points than him!

dele-alli-tottenham-hotspur

Shane Long – Southampton

What about that late Cup winner on Wednesday against Nowich? Remember that goal against Germany, who doesn’t want to see it in all it’s glory one more time!? He’ll come good, sign him up!

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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