View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 4

Friday, August 31 2018


One more round of matches and we break for that really exciting and important international tournament that everyone is buzzing about… 

The Nations League series of matches are absolutely NOT simply friendlies by another name to try to distract fans into paying up to £70 to watch a collection of mostly unused substitutes play out a meaningless match.

Bang wrong. Uh uh. Nope. Not at all.

It’s the Nations League. Y’know, a bit like the World Cup, but better. 

Anyway, the sweet FA say it’s happening so there’ll be no Premier League next week.

So savour the Team of the Season so far…

Goalkeeper                    Total        Last week

Neil Etheridge (CAR)               28pts         2pts


Marcos Alonso (CHE)             35pts         11pts
Benjamin Mendy (MC)            27pts         4pts
Andrew Robertson (LIV)         27pts         9pts
Jose Holebas (WAT)               24pts         9pts


Sadio Mane (LIV)                    29pts        3pts 
Roberto Pereyra (WAT)          26pts        8pts
Mo Salah (LIV)                        25pts         8pts
Lucas Moura (TOT)                 24pts        15pts


Sergio Aguero (MC)                 24pts        2pts 
Alexsandar Mitrovic (FUL)      24pts        16pts 

But who’s going to do a job wherever you put them on the park this week, gaffers?

Boots off, slippers on. We’re heading for the BaDMaN Boot Room…

How long can this Welsh drag on… 

Cardiff stopper Etheridge is hanging on to the No.1 spot by the skin of his Sondicos. But with Arsenal in town there are better options around. Pickford (EVE) is a decent option with Everton entertaining goal-shy Huddersfield. They’ve managed just three shots on target so far. This season. 

Gullit bullet… er… mullet

Alonso (CHE) took a bit of stick from Ruud Gullit this week. More like a midfielder, apparently. And too tall and slow. Perhaps it was just the two assists and 11pts this week. Liverpool’s left back Robertson pushed him close and is averaging 9pts a week so far – so is on schedule for a 342pts season. Get him in. Like now.

The other perma-member of our select back four, Mendy (MC) had a quiet one, but is likely to be tearing up Newcastle’s right flank on Saturday teatime. But who joins them…

Hornet Holebas (WAT) played his way back in with a goal at the weekend. But going to Tottenham on Monday night might have you thinking about drafting in a Palace or Everton replacement. Their assignments at home to Southampton and Huddersfield should keep your sheets pristine.

Schlupp (CP) is the cheapest and best option at just £4.5m. With more to come from the likes of Baines and Coleman (both EVE) for a touch more dollar. 

Get your Hazards on…

Another goal from Pereyra (WAT) has taken him to shirt-tugging distance of the Mane (LIV) man. With the jet-heeled Mo (LIV) and Moura (TOT) crashing the party on the back of match-winning performances. 

You’ll get no arguments from me about any of them. But I will throw in a Hazard (CHE) warning that Eden is ready to play from the start. That means trouble for Bournemouth. Wolves’ Neves is currently level on pts, but going to £5.4m less – and won’t let you down at West Ham.

And Man City might react to spilling a couple of points last week. Their midfield is a bit of a quandary at the moment though, with Pep tending to favour his technicians over his speedsters at the mo. Gundogan is the mack daddy at the minute - and a snip at £5.5. Bernardo Silva makes a case, but wants another £2.1 off you. 

Looking to the middle order…

Two goals and an assist for big Alex Mitrovic (FUL) means he bundles past Aguero (MC) and is officially the greatest ever striker to play in the Premier League. Between last week and this, that is. 

On the plus side, he and his West London dandies are off to Brighton this weekend. And could well come back with pts. On the negative side, he is a clumsy cunt who just as likely to drop the nut on someone. So – personally – I’ll be looking elsewhere. 

In the mid-range, Arnautovic (WH), Zaha (CP) and Tosun (EVE) are worthy of your attention. In the bargain basement I like the look of Jiminez (and the sound. Ahem… hhhhhhimineth. Nice.) And Burnley have had little joy in front of goal so far, but whipping boys Man United are in town. 

Wood has been mainly on PL duty. 

More BaDMaN Boot Room banter next week. Now GET OUT!



View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 3

Friday, August 24 2018


So GW 3 and you’re still in the job, eh?  Still not lost the dressing room or upset the boardroom either. You’re doing well.

Better than Jose anyway. 

And in the BaDMaN Boot Room we’re here to help you perfect your team. Every week we’ll update you with the best performing X1 so far with a few pointers on who should be drafted in, or booted out for the upcoming set of matches.

Here’s the Team of the Season so far…

Goalkeeper                           Pts

Neil Etheridge (CAR)                        26pts 


Marcos Alonso (CHE)                      24pts 
Benjamin Mendy (MC)                     23pts 
Steve Cook (BOU)                            13pts 
Andrew Robertson (LIV)                  12pts 


Sadio Mane (LIV)                             26pts 
Richarlison (EV)                               23pts 
Paul Pogba (MU)                             18pts 
Roberto Pereyra (WAT)                   18pts


Sergio Aguero (MC)                         22pts 
Callum Wilson (BOU)                       14pts 

So where are the points going this weekend? Take a deep breath, hold your nose – it’s time to enter the BaDMaN Boot Room

C’mon now, be honest… was Cardiff keeper Etheridge on your pre-season shortlist? He is currently making 3.5% of teams and could keep his place at goal-shy Huddersfield. 

Alisson (LIV) and Ederson (MC) are obvious replacements but McCarthy (SOU) has matched their 13pts so far and is £1m cheaper.

The case for the defence…

Get used to seeing Mendy (MC) and Alonso (CHE) in the team of the week. Robertson (LIV) too has similar clean sheet and assist pedigree.    

Cook (BOU) is what’s wrong – or, at least surprising – about this picture. Thanks to a goal and assist double adding to his opening weekend sheet. More goodies at home to Everton is not out of the question, but there are some handy looking alternatives to consider.

Holebas (WAT) and Schlupp (CP) face each other this weekend and can be picked up at the same price as Cook (£4.6m). For £0.4m more you could draft in Gomez and Alexander-Arnold (both LIV) for a fruitful looking assignment at home to Brighton.

But if that takes you over your Liverpool quota, I’ll have a stab you won’t have three Cardiff on board. So 9pt Bennett is an option decent £4.5m option at Huddersfield – but make it short-term, there’s Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City on the horizon.  

Go four it this weekend…

I’ve gone 4-4-2 this week as Midfield is where it’s at. Mane (LIV) and Richarlison (EV) lead the pack and may well both like to be beside the seaside this week, with Brighton and Bournemouth up next.

Pogba (MU) has loped into the picture on the back of two worth-the-run-up penalties. And needs a big one v Tottenham, so by all means give the boy a break. But I’m drawn to a slew of cheaper, more bankable options.

His old mate Mkhitaryan (ARS) is one - £1m cheaper and with a tidy run of fixtures ahead. Walcott (EV) is another – available at £6.5m and (like his team mates) starting to look the part.

If you haven’t already and you can, Salah (LIV) could be waiting to explode onto Brighton - showering by standers in goals and assists (Liverpool have hit 15 in three encounters). And at the other end of the scale, Fraser (BOU) is punching above his price tag.  

Get in with the Ings crowd…

At the sharp end, Aguero (MC) leads the way – and almost half of players’ assault. And Wilson (BOU) is enjoying – or maybe causing – Bournemouth’s fast start.  

Deeney (WAT) has muscled his way into the picture – matching Wilson on 14pts - but Ings (SOU) and even club mate Gray (WAT) might be a better long term choice at around the same price. But this is big boy territory and there are plenty bubbling under the surface.

Kane (TOT) and Lukaku (MU) are obvious picks. And there’s more to come from Firmino (LIV) and Morata (CHE).

More BaDMaN Boot Room banter next week. Shut the door on the way out.



View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 2

Friday, August 17 2018


A wise man once wrote ‘let me be your fantasy’.

That wise man was Phil Fearon from early 90s breakbeat and house act Baby D. And what I think he meant to say was, ‘let me be your Fantasy… League guide for the coming season’.


Suit yourself.

Anyway, that’s we’ll be doing at BaDMaN. Providing you with a weekly summary of the optimum Fantasy League team, with a few pointers on who should stay or go for the upcoming set of fixtures.

This is the best performing X1 so far. Yes, I know we’re only a game in but the stats say that if the world ended right now, today on Friday August 17th – this is the best performing X1 in the Premier League. 

Goalkeeper                                Pts

Alex McCarthy (SOU)                          11pts 


Benjamin Mendy (MC)                         15pts 
Jose Holebas (WAT)                            13pts 
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (CP)                     12pts 
Marcos Alonso (CHE)                          11pts 


Sadio Mane (LIV)                                 16pts 
Roberto Pereyra (WAT)                       16pts 
Richarlison (EV)                                   14pts 


Callum Wilson (BOU)                           8pts 
Jamie Vardy (LEI)                                6pts 
Raul Jimenez (WOL)                           6pts 

But it’s not all about the numbers. So looking ahead to this weekend’s fixtures, here are a few idle thoughts from the BaDMaN Boot Room

A Saint can go marching out…

In between the sticks, Alex McCarthy’s (SOU) Fantasy season may well have peaked with his opening day 11pts. I’m less optimistic about his chances of keeping a clean sheet at Everton as I am Ederson (MC), Lloris (TOT) and Hart (BUR) at home to Huddersfield, Fulham and Watford.

If it aint broke, don’t Mendy it…

At the back, Mendy (MC) and Alonso (CHE) will probably stay right where they are all season. But Holebas is as unlikely to bag another two assists this week as Pereyra is to score them both. And Wan-Bissaka’s impressive Premier League debut doesn't cut any ice with Liverpool next up at Palace.

Tottenham and Man City look handy to keep clean sheets. But Mee, Tarkowski and Lowton (BUR) and Gomez (LIV) offer better value.

The Neves kid on the block…

Mane (LIV) remains a main man in midfield. Richarlison (EV) too, although I’m less convinced he will stay as long as Sadio. But I’m looking towards Man City, West Ham, Leicester and Wolves for goals this weekend. With Neves (WOL) getting the nod for adding to his hype with an opening day goal and assist.

Up top, Wilson (BOU) looked sharp as a tack last week and will enjoy the Hammers’ hospitality. Likewise, there is no good reason to drop Vardy (LEI) aside from his personality, rancid missus and vile little rat-boy face, that is. But Jimenez could probably make way for a bigger hitter. 

Kane looks able…

Lukaku (MU), Kane (TOT), Aguero (MC) and – a yet to get off the mark – Firmino are obvious candidates. Wood (BUR) and Arnautovic (WH) less so. 

More BaDMaN Boot Room banter next week.



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