Can we talk about the World Cup, can we go back to when I was hammering 70+ points a Game Round, can we talk about James Rodriguez … do we have to talk about how badly I’m doing in the Premier League. I think even Carlton Cole has more points than me !!
Most of you know me, most of you know I’m not very good at this game … for those that don’t know me, I’m Andy Dengate, in my 5th (I think) season of FiT. Someone once broke into my trophy cabinet … and pinched my carpet !!
I would talk a bit about the Champions League that’s kicking off next week but I don’t know my Bender from my Totti … so I’ll stick to pretending to know about what I’m talking about, what are we talking about??
I also play the Rich List game - half the time it takes priority over actually getting high scoring points. This won’t make a lot of sense to a lot of people, if you still don’t understand the whole concept, comment below & I’ll answer any questions you have to ask.
Back to the Premier League… our first game sees Arsenal v City. The past 2 seasons I have loved Yaya Toure, he disappointed me in the World Cup & he will be leaving my iTeam this week after scoring me 6 points so far. I can’t call which way this will go, I hope Welbeck silences his haters after scoring twice for England & I hope Toure bags a hat-trick for my iTeam. City play last next week against Chelsea, so I would transfer their players out after they have played.
I’m going to watch Carrick Rangers v my new home town Lisburn Distillery while these next matches are being played, they are in the championship (second division) and probably the equivalent to a good Sunday league team lol … I’ll let you know the result !!
Chelsea play Swansea in our first 3pm KO. Chelsea are a nightmare to pick players for in advance, I’m told Costa is FiT but with there new signing Remy waiting to play they may rest him. Didn’t Swansea have a really good midfielder that scored most weeks, Spanish I think, but his name slips my mind … they are playing there usual football, midfielders scoring well, keeping clean sheets … Gylfi should be in everyone’s iTeam if he isn’t already, a bargain at £6.5 mil.
Crystal Palace v Burnley is next. I gotta be honest, I don’t know much about either team, just that Puncheon pops up often. Burnley kept a clean sheet against Manchester United last Game Week but haven’t won a match yet … they do have a nice colour kit though. Interesting fact, my primary school girlfriend was a Palace fan & one season when I was about 14, I was on Sky Telly in a crowd shot against them … you’re right, neither were interesting.
Southampton against Newcastle, Soton have won one, drew one & lost one, the mass clear out doesn’t seem to be affecting their form & they will be hoping to get another 3 points here. Newcastle have lost one & drew two, just clinching a point against Palace last Game Week.
Stoke v Leicester … I’ve come to the conclusion this is a really boring Game Week. I’m hoping to get my promotion at work next week & I found Willy Wonker Gobstoppers in the pound shop, bonus.
Sunderland v Tottenham, so anyone get stuck with Davies at the start of the season, yeah me too, £5.5 for a spurs defender, what a bargain. Talking of bargains, anyone have Dier at the start of the season, nah me neither!! You would think Spurs would take 3 points here, but I’d still rather Carlton Cole than Adebayor
Can I have a badge??
WBA v Everton Baird, McAuley & Brunt all did Northern Ireland proud last weekend beating Hungary 2-1 … Everton not so good against Chelsea. This Game Week should see an Everton win. There’s a few players I keep looking at the likes of Coleman, Naismith & I just love Tim Howard.
Then we have Liverpool v Aston Villa as out 5pm KO & I think my bonus h2h knows something the rest of us don’t with 3 villa players in his line up. I have Balotelli, thought outside the box & put him as captain … didn’t pay off. This week I can see a lot of Pool goals from Sturridge, Balotelli & Sterling, also Lallana has lost his doubt symbol and may start.
Our only Sunday fixture is Manchester United v QPR which gets Andy Dengate’s ‘Fixture Of The Weeeeeeeek’. Looking to see how the new players play, are you signing Falcao or going for either Rooney or RVP?? Di Maria was very popular last Game Week, or after their poor form, maybe you’re looking at Austin for QPR… would love to see Rio put the ball in the back of the net !!
Last game of the Game Week is Hull City verses the Mighty Super Amazing West Ham United on the Monday Night. West Ham have lost two & won one, it’s not the best start from the hammers, who I thought this season could be a nice mid table team, but it looks like our usual dog fight. Hull have won two lost one & made some good last minute signings, clinching Ben Arfa from Newcastle.
I think finishing these are harder than starting them … my one piece of FiT advice that never seems to fail - if in doubt, do whatever Sir James Dash does !!
Your FiT Coach
So we are into the 3rd week of games now, this is where teams will be looking to move up through the gears and start to get up to speed, and this looks like a really intriguing gameweek for us FiT managers. You have 2 relatively big games in Everton vs Chelsea and Spurs Vs Liverpool, then you also have to factor in things like Manchester City playing a Stoke team that were really poor against ten man Hull City and that Manchester United have yet to win a game yet - and they rarely go 3 games without a win. So, I expect this week to throw up some twists and turns with some surprise point earners. We also have 3 big transfers that took place - Mario Balotelli, Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo, and if they are handed debuts, I expect them to score points.
Top 5 Gambles
There are always players who are 1 step behind when it comes to the start of the season, they just need a few games to get going and recapture that match sharpness. There are also players that look like they are about to hit form and may be worth a punt before everyone jumps on the bandwagon. So, in reverse order here are my 5 players who may catch fire this weekend and score decent points, also, these players won’t be in every team, so it could be your chance to make some points up. But, beware! Straying away from the herd is always a gamble, but then how will you ever make up them lost points in the first place?
Disclaimer - These players are gambles, and you transfer them at your own risk ;)
Siem De Jong – if this guy starts surely worth a punt - he scored 7 in 19 league games last season for Ajax, and I have to admit, I am a massive fan. He was the heart beat of that Ajax side and I was genuinely surprised he went to Newcastle relatively cheaply in the summer. A product of the Ajax Academy and the Toetahl Voetbahl Philosophy that they implement at Ajax, technically brilliant, can pick a pass and has an eye for goal. In De jong and Cabella, Newcastle will have a real partnership once it gels, and to be honest, I could have easily picked Cabella, as he really has impressed me, but I feel De jong should play more centrally with Sissoko most likely dropping deeper and playing a more box to box role. But, he may not be ready to start, so play it by ear and check the newsfeed for lineups! With Newcastle winless and playing crisis club Crystal Palace, this game could be ripe with points!
Loic Remy – Yet to score for the hoops, and the classy French man will no doubt be looking to help QPR bounce back from an absolute tonking at the hands of Spurs last week. And, provided no team swoops for him before deadline day he could be the man to help QPR register their first win or points of the season. I really like the look of Remy and I am surprised a bigger club hasn’t moved on him, I know he was set for Liverpool but what happened I have no idea, and for the fee being touted, it’s a steal in my opinion. He had a decent spell with Newcastle last season and you feel if QPR are going to stay up it will be due to this guys goals. Will this be the week the French man breaks his duck?
Christian Eriksen – The Dane is another product of Ajax, looked lively against QPR and it is only a matter of time before he starts racking up the points with some assists or goals from his trade mark free kicks. Liverpool will be a tough test, but after last seasons 5-0 capitulation which was the final nail in the AVB coffin. Spurs have a lot to put right and Pochettino knows how to win against Liverpool having gone to Anfield and grabbed a 1 nil victory last season with Saints. I like the look of how Spurs have set up under the Argentine, but given the array of midfield talent at Tottenham, it is not might not just be the Dane who will come up with the goods, but free kick takers are always worth a punt.
Wilfried Bony – I tipped this guy to have a stormer last season and he duly delivered with 17 league goals in 34 games. I love this guy and his attributes are suited to the Premier League so well. He is big, strong, pacey, good in the air, can finish and is a real threat in the box, and with him yet to register a goal so far this season I really fancy him to do the business against West Brom this week.
Romelu Lukaku – You may think this a strange one to have as a gamble but I expect after a return of one assist in 2 games people will be dumping the Belgian and probably getting in someone else but Lukaku may well be worth one of your valuable transfer credits this week! As you will be aware, Everton play Chelsea this week and how many times do ex players pop up with the winner against their former club? You would fancy Lukaku to be really up for this game and put in a stormer if indeed he is fit after coming off with a slight niggle at the weekend, but I would wager he will play through the pain barrier to start this one!
My top ten FiT tips to survive Gameweek 3 and the Transfer Window
Arsenal play last this game week and then first in game week 4 (albeit against Man City)
Man Utd play first this game week and then second to last next week
After this game week it is the international break be prepared for injuries
Players linked with moves away may miss this weeks fixtures to avoid injury as it’s deadline day on Monday!
If you haven’t put Physioroom in your Shortcuts go do it NOW!
Keep an eye on potential transfers and be aware of the cut off time for players to be registered in time for the weekends fixtures also if a players nationality isn’t a member EU and he does not have a valid dual nationality, he will need a work permit - this is why Rojo didn’t play this weekend even though I saw people buying him.
When it comes to Bandwagons, always be the first to get on and the first to get off, Eric Dier may not score or get a clean sheet this week, so always remember there’s always a good time to transfer out a player!
This links with number 7. Try and stay ahead of the PlayerDAQ - with an influx of new signings expected over the last week of the transfer window it can sometimes pay to get sacrifice a transfer and beat the inevitable price increase! For example - last season I sacrificed a transfer and I got in Ozil the minute he was available on FiT, it was the international break and by the time he played his first game I think his value had gone up by 500k (I also got off the Ozil Bandwagon early on and made over a million on his starting value).
Clean sheets can be hard to come by and are one of the most under rated sources of point’s in any fantasy football team.
You know when people say its not all about the winning its the taking part that counts… they lied!
Thanks for reading
I apologise in advance to any new FIT managers who may be unaware of my obscure views on a blog… To date I have written 5 blogs, and this I feel, is the the greatest piece of written work since early Shakespeare, Allo Allo or one of Andrew Dengate’s painful love poems…..
FIT has long since taken over my views on the Premiership and other domestic and European related cups, all of which seem to act as nothing more than an annoyance, as injury concerns, rotation, and ‘resting’ play havoc with our FIT masterplans.
My forthcoming preview of Gameweek Two and subsequent quotes should be taken with nothing more than the ‘stating the bloody obvious’ and ‘are you sure numbnuts?’ advice.
Aston Villa v Newcastle United.
I’m not too sure many veteran FiT managers will have a lot of interest in this game although a newly fit De Jong playing as a striker and classed as a midfielder is maybe one to look at, if injury or suspension free’s up a transfer. Other than that, no real stand out players for me to choose from, so let’s quickly move on……
Chelsea v Leicester.
This game on the other hand will be of great interest, managers who made decent transfers last gameweek will surely possess a debut scoring Diego Costa, Hazard, Fabregas and a useful Chelsea defender… Home win predicted… A Captains favourite will be amongst the Chelsea lineup.
Crystal Palace v West Ham United.
The Londoners do battle at Selhurst Park, goals from the ‘exciting’ Hammers may be a rare treat for the fans but at least they will be back home from this fixture in time for Ant & Dec….0:0 prediction.
Southampton v West Brom.
For a time it looked as though Southampton would struggle to field a 5 a side team, a fine battle with Liverpool last week shows promise. Tadic a great example - looking quality in midfield at 5.6m.
West Brom will prove a stern task, especially with Berihino fresh from his brace last week.
Swansea v Burnley.
To be honest I’d probably avoid this one, but Sigurdsson created maximum impact against Man United and at just 5.9m will tempt a few managers.
Everton v Arsenal.
Unfortunate news for Everton as Ross Barkley’s injury news causes concern for all. £28m Lukaku will want to open his account this season against an Arsenal team boasting an array of talent including the impressive Sanchez, goals expected in this fixture!.. 0:0
Hull City v Stoke City
Injury to key midfielder Snodgrass will come as a blow to Hull City and some FiT Managers, Ince is a talent who needs to shine and Jelavic will always prove a goal threat.
Meanwhile Stoke will want ex Barcelona prospect Bojan to prove his quality in the premiership.
Tottenham v QPR.
OPR have a wealth of talent on show with new signing Mutch a great buy at 5.2m, Remy after his failure to join Liverpool still looks fit and a threat around goal. Ferdinand will be a great addition to the QPR defence if he can remain fit.
Spurs will always fancy there chances at White Hart Lane and a decent performance in this fixture can prove there credentials this term.
Sunderland v Manchester United.
This I feel is going to be a FiT managers favourite fixture, as a scramble to buy in Man U players is a must as they play first next week and can’t lose against Sunderland…. Can they??
RVP should be fit.. Will he be your Captain?
Monday 8.00 pm
Man City v Liverpool.
We all love a Monday Night fixture, and none come much more exciting than this!.. The new SAS preformed well for Liverpool last week, but will it be enough to overturn the Champions?.. Silva and the fit again Aguero will surely have a say here.
MR BENNABLES TOP TIPS:
1.Transfer in players as late as possible, with club rotation and injury’s, a FIT must is check twitter or official line ups before committing transfers.
2. IF ASKED in a job interview how best to describe yourself in three words why not try “violent when disappointed ?”
3. If the offer of a stuffed meerkat influences your choice of motor insurance, you probably shouldn’t be driving.
4. PRETEND you’re a premier league footballer by going to your office and watching your colleagues work when your off ill.
5. MOTORISTS. Unless you’ve kidnapped it, nobody cares if you’ve got a child on board.
6. MAKE a Carlos Tevez action figure by cutting an Action Man off at the knees and microwaving for 2 minutes.
7. Note to self: wearing headphones doesn’t make my farts silent.
8. Pick to form: this may seem obvious but it it the most consistent way to amass FIT points.
9. PRO - FOOTBALLERS. Save energy by only being ‘good’ during the highlights.
10. As always remain positive, if you have a bad gameweek, focus and try again.
I heard recently that, on average, Alex Ferguson still receives two turds in the post each week. What I want to know is, who’s sending the other one?
I hate to end on another sour note, but once again Mrs Bennables had threatened to leave me due to my obsession with FIT… I had to ask her if it was a loan or free transfer?
Good luck managers for the season ahead may your weekends be transfer and trouble free…. You know what I mean.
Yours in FIT Mr Bennables.
We hope you’ve had a great start to the season, if you haven’t, don’t worry, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
We wanted to give you a heads up in regards to a cool new feature that will be implemented soon - ‘Scheduled Transfers’. This will enable you to plan ahead and make sure you don’t miss out on points.
If you struggle to make transfers over the weekend, due to:
*Living outside the UK
*Forced into a last minute shopping trip
*A poorly scheduled holiday
*Poor signal inside a stadium
*You’re just too busy
*You have 10 iTeam’s to manage
Then this should really help!
Using Gameweek 1 as an example:
On Thursday evening you planned the following:
Rooney to come out of you iTeam after he’s played and Sanchez to be brought in.
Sanchez to come out of your iTeam after he’s played and Sturridge to be brought in.
Use an emergency transfer - Sturridge to come out of your iTeam after he’s played and Costa to be brought in.
You will be able to cancel/amend the scheduled transfer(s) any time before they are completed. So, if you’re lucky enough to see the team line-up, and the player(s) aren’t starting or you simply change your mind, it won’t be a problem, you can cancel them. If you’re scheduled transfers cannot be completed due to a shift in a player’s PlayDAQ value, you will be given advanced notification, allowing you enough time to make alternative arrangements.
We will go into much more detail about exactly how it will work in a future article.
Scheduled Transfers will be available to iOS and Android users. While we are also working on improvements to our Android application, to provide a smoother experience for you all.
Well the season is about to start after the most enjoyable World Cup for decades, and I for one can’t wait. As managers, this is the time we should be tinkering with our teams and creating new ones. This year, I believe it will much harder to win the whole thing or even get a top 100 finish, due to the fact that most of the top fantasy managers have loads of teams. This app is so addictive that having more teams just increases the fun and the frustration! Pre-season is therefore a much busier time for all of us. One of the hardest things to get right is working out who are the good, cheap players to get into your side - particularly the players from the promoted sides who we’ve never heard of! I’ve got 4 teams now and I’m not happy with any of them. If you’re new to FiT, welcome. Get yourself into a Mini League and enjoy.
A word of warning to you all; English Premier League (EPL) doctors have recently discovered a new disease that could affect football fans when they play too much fantasy football. It’s called the Fantasy Football Syndrome. Here are some of the symptoms that players may experience:
- You start to care about unpopular matches because the players on the field are in your fantasy team.
- You are more concerned about the performance of your fantasy team than the team you actually support.
- You start rooting for players playing against your supported team, in front of your mates in the pub, simply because they are in your fantasy team.
- You went to your fantasy player’s twitter account and tweeted him to give a bit of a lecture on how he should be playing.
- You actually believe that you could have taken over David Moyes’ job last season and be a better manager than him at Old Trafford.
Since the Premier League 2014/15 is kicking off soon, be prepared for the potential psychological hazard that this app might cause in the next 10 months. If you discover that you have been afflicted by this syndrome, do not worry, doctors are continuing to look for a cure. Current research shows that the side-effects are short lived. So, enjoy the upcoming EPL season!
Anyway let’s take a quick look at this weeks fixtures in terms of picking your first weeks team or teams.
Man United vs Swansea
This is the early Saturday fixture and is key to the weekend. I would strongly recommend putting in at least 3 United players. Remember you have unlimited transfers right up to 10 minutes before this game kicks off. So, wait until the teams are announced (about an hour before kick off) and make sure your United players are starting. Rooney is a must especially as RVP isn’t starting. I would also consider De Gea in goal as he should start every week and United should be a lot stronger than they were last year. Mata and Herrera are good midfield choices and the 3 center backs of Smalling, Evans and Jones look set to start with United now player 3 at the back.
The 3pm Kick Offs
Leicester vs Everton
QPR vs Hull
Stoke vs Villa
West Brom vs Sunderland
West Ham vs Spurs
This is where it gets tricky. I always believe it’s better not to take risks when selecting players. Wherever possible, stick with the tried and tested performers. The problem at the start of the season though is that you can’t afford all these trusted players. Always pick players who start all the time. I personally try and only pick players whose team will finish in the top 10 come the end of the season. So from the above 10 teams, perhaps pick 3 or 4 players. If you are short of cash, these 3 or 4 players could be where you save money. For example, Lamela (5.9 mil) of Spurs has had a very good pre-season.
Arsenal vs Palace
The Saturday evening game. Arsenal have just won the Charity Shield (or whatever it’s called now) and I reckon they will have a very good season. Ramsey is a must, and if you want a a manager who doesn’t often rotate his defenders then select a few from Arsenal. If Sanchez is going to play wide left and Giroud down the middle, which is likely, then Giroud would be my preferred option out of the 2 of them.
Liverpool vs Southampton and Newcastle v Man City
Sunday sees Liverpool play Southampton (assuming they can get a side together) followed by Newcastle at home to Man City. Liverpool without Suarez? They will be fine? No really they will be! Sturridge will score loads this season, so get him in your side. Lovren is only valued at 6 mil and will hopefully keep many clean sheets. He will be in most of my sides. Newcastle and Man City?????? I’m really not sure how this will go to be honest. I have a bad (or good) feeling that City will struggle this year. Toure can’t repeat last year can he?
Burnley vs Chelsea
The final game of the weekend sees Chelsea at Burnley. Chelsea are many peoples favorites for the title. I agree, and think Fabregas and Costa will be immense and their defense will keep loads of clean sheets. But who will play in goal? Big Chelsea win.
Finally, get on the Forum, enjoy the banter, put your views across and enjoy the season! Right, I’m off to tinker with my sides.
Yours in Football