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
The next aspect of FiT we wanted to explain is Prizes and Competitions. We have a host of great prizes on offer this year. More information can be found on the Competition page itself and also in the Help section.
English Premier League Automatic entry (ALL users)
FiT World Championship 14/15
This is the standard ‘overall’ competition which includes every FiT Manager and their iTeam(s). Each iTeam’s position in this competition is determined by the accumulation of all points awarded throughout the Premier League season.
The prize* for this competition is a £7,500 tailor made trip for two to watch any sporting event(s) in the world!
NEW FOR 14/15 - Prizes for 2nd - 5th Overall:
2nd Place Overall wins a prize* - a Red Letter Days Experience worth £1000.
3rd Place Overall wins a prize* - a Red Letter Days Experience worth £500.
4th Place Overall wins a prize* - a Red Letter Days Experience worth £250.
5th Place Overall wins a prize* - a Red Letter Days Experience worth £100.
FiT Rich List 14/15
This list displays which iTeams have the most value by calculating the sum of each iTeam’s player values, together with that iTeam’s remaining bank funds.
The prize* for this competition is a a Red Letter Days Experience worth £1000.
FiT Manager of the Month 14/15
The Manager whose iTeam accumulates the most points during each calendar month of the Premier League season wins.
The prize* for this competition is an Amazon Voucher worth £500.
FiT Manager of the Week 14/15
The Manager whose iTeam accumulates the most points during each Gameweek of the Premier League season wins.
The prize* for this competition is an Official Club Shirt of your choice!
Champions League Automatic entry (ALL users)
FiT World Championship 14/15
This is the standard ‘overall’ competition which includes every FiT Manager and their iTeam(s). Each iTeam’s position in this competition is determined by the accumulation of all points awarded throughout the Champions League season.
The prize* for this competition is a VIP European Match Day Experience for two people!
NEW FOR 14/15 - Prizes for 2nd and 3rd Overall:
2nd Place Overall wins a prize* - an Amazon Voucher worth £500.
3rd Place Overall wins a prize* - an Amazon Voucher worth £250.
FiT Rich List 14/15
This list displays which iTeams have the most value by calculating the sum of each iTeam’s player values, together with that iTeam’s remaining bank funds.
The prize* for this competition will be an Amazon Voucher worth £500.
FiT Manager of the Game Round 14/15
The Manager whose iTeam accumulates the most points during each Game Round of the Champions League competition.
The prize* for this competition will be a Red Letter Day Experience worth £150!
*Prizes will be awarded subject to specific terms and conditions - to view these, visit the Competitions section and tap on the banner promoting each prize.
IMPORTANT: The decision of FiT is final. In the event of a tie on points, the winner will be decided on goals scored. If there is still a tie, the winner will be decided on the number of assists. If there is still a tie, then the iTeam with the highest value will win. In the unlikely event of there still being a tie, we will draw the winner from a hat.
NOTE: Apple Inc. is not in any way associated with these competitions.
REMEMBER: you can make as many changes to your iTeam as you want up until 10 minutes before the first game kicks off. Once this time has passed, you will get 2 transfers for GW1, with the option to buy a 3rd.
Good luck everyone. Please contact us through the help if you have any questions. You can also speak to our Twitter team @fantasyiteam