View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 14

Friday, November 30 2018

 

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Robbie Savage has his mum on his radio show ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha she’s predicting the scores ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha that’s not what you’d expect from someone’s mum HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA and she calls him ‘Poppet’ HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA no wonder he is a genius.

Or perhaps he’s just a waste of organs. Not sure.

Anyway…

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 13 Pts

Ederson (MC)

68

6

Defenders

 

 

Alonso (CHE)

87

1

Robertson (LIV)

78

7

Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

65

7

Laporte (MC)

64

6

Midfielders

 

 

Sterling (MC)

95

16

Hazard (CHE)

83

1

Salah (LIV)

83

8

Mane (LIV)

77

9

Forwards

 

 

Aguero (MC)

82

2

Aubameyang (ARS)

75

8

 

Look North By North West in goal…

Scouse pair Alisson (LIV) and Pickford (EVE) are slowly reining in Manc Ederson (MC) in, but clean sheets are less likely in the Merseyside derby than in City at home to Bournemouth. So Mr Ed stays top of the (ugly) tree for another week. 

Check out The (Liver) Birds at the back…

Liverpool left back Robertson has been joined by his opposite flanker Alexander-Arnold, thanks to 25pts in the last two weeks. An assist and a goal topping up the two clean sheets. Much of the pair’s best work was done going forward last season, but Klopp’s slightly more pragmatic approach – plus the arrival of a proper centre back and goalkeeper, of course – has added clean sheets to their FPL appeal. 15 between them so far.

Alonso is still top stopper, despite just the 1pt at Tottenham last weekend. A visit from Fulham on Sunday should set the record straight.  Oh and City’s quiet man Laporte sneaks back in to make up the four. It’s all about sheets with this boy – 8 from 13 matches. Bournemouth at home says 9

Raheem’s 39 Steps to the top…

Sterling (MC) is now the FPL’s most valuable asset. His 39pts – count ‘em, 39... – in the last three weeks has taken him past Hazard (CHE) who’s form has fallen off a Stamford Bridge. Eden has totalled 9ts from the last five matches and is a doubt for the Fulham match.

So you’re better off turning your attention to the Liverpool pair of Mo and Mane, Salah and Sadio. Neither has quite hit the heights of last season yet, but offer a bigger goal threat than Fraser (BOU) and Sigurdsson (EVE), show just miss out. They will save you some FPL dollar though, trading at just £6.2m and £7.4m respectively.

Dial A for Aubameyang…*

A rare blank weekend from Aguero (MC) – only the fourth time Sergio has failed to register a goal or an assist this season. But he has credit in the bank looks the stand out pic according to the fixtures. 

The silver-topped one is joined for the first time by Arsenal’s top gun Aubameyang. His 8 goals so far is solid, but when you look where he has scored them – it looks like he might be a ‘flat-tracker’. Cardiff, Everton, Fulham, Leicester, Palace and Bournemouth… Hmm.

Tottenham will be a tougher nut to crack, but with his mate Lacazette a groin-injury doubt at least he will start at the sharp end.

*As usual, there is a very sophisticated literary thread that runs through this week’s post. However, some of the links are more tenuous (or just plain shit) than others. This is one of them. But the next one is better…

Watch list: Strangers On a Bench**

*See!

If you haven’t got, or can’t get, or don’t fancy any of the above – this lot are handy alternatives. 

GK: Alisson (LIV) – has a tidy run of matches up to Christmas. And.GK: Pickford (EVE) – will save you £0.7m, plus looks value in the next two (at home to WAT & NEW).  
DEF: Walker (MC) – is on the verge. Not enough assists, but plenty of sheets.
MID: Sane (MC) – 34pts in the last three weeks after a slow start.  
FOR: Mitrovic (FUL) – might benefit from the Ranieri bounce. 

Quack quack oops.

Matt Nesbitt

View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 13

Thursday, November 22 2018

 

A bad week for Ryan Giggs. 

His Wales team lost their second game in a row and the fifth of his nine-match reign. He even criticised his own players after the 0-1 humbling by Albania.

Ideal candidate to take over at Man United then…

Another Premier League legend was in the news this week. Nicklas Bendtner has been given a 50-day jail sentence for chinning a taxi driver. 

But ‘jail’ in Denmark actually means you wear a tag around your ankle and have to stay at home while two blond-haired blokes with beards stare at your house from across the road in their Volvo. 

They’re way ahead out there.

And here’s a fact for you… Bentner was at Arsenal for nine years! There were a few loans in there, but that’s longer than Thierry Henry…!

You can use that one. You’re welcome.
 

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 12  Pts

Ederson (MC)

62

2

Defenders

 

 

Alonso (CHE)

86

8

Robertson (LIV)

71

12

Trippier (TOT)

59

1

Rudiger (CHE)

58

5

Midfielders

 

 

Hazard (CHE)

82

3

Sterling (MC)

79

2

Salah (LIV)

75

8

Fraser (BOU)

70

5

Forwards

 

 

Aguero (MC)

80

7

Wilson (BOU)

72

2

 

Rudy Blue

Ooh, a new face in the team! Chelsea’s goal-less draw with Everton didn’t do them a lot of good, with City and Liverpool both winning. But it did mean that big Antonio Rudiger could elbow his way into our Team of the Season. 

Not that a lot of the FPL stratosphere are convinced – just 4.9% are on board. For balance, that’s less than have Leicester’s Pereira in their side and the same as Bournemouth’s Ake. At just £6m, Rudy is a snip people. 

Egor (MC) keeps the No.1 spot despite staining his sheet with kamikaze decisions two weeks running. Liverpool’s Alisson is looming in the rear-view with three clean sheets in his last five.

Top Jocks

In front and to the left, Andy Robertson has had a good couple of weeks. First he takes our Player of the Week award with a dirty dozen points, then helps Scotland top the ‘group of death’ in the Nations League. Aw, c’mon now… it's bantz. You can only beat the pub team in front of you.

The story in midfield is also shaping up to be the story of the Premier League. Scottish playmaker Ryan Fraser - and his team-mates – can no longer be considered to be punching. Bournemouth players are only out-numbered by City and Chelsea now.

Over a quarter of you have picked him ahead of the likes of Moura, Martial and the Silvas. And at £6.2m he is looking a must buy this Black Friday weekend. 

Salah, Sterling and Hazard are probably untouchable in the Top Three positions – although all now trail Chelsea full-back Alonso, if you’re looking for a way to max out your Man City and Chelsea player quotas.

Callum bloody Wilson

Our forwards might take some catching now too. Callum Wilson (BOU) now makes the X1 for over a third of players – and factoring in the slight injury doubts over Arsenal’s front two, plus the debut goal swagger that Callum will bring back from International duty. At £6.8m, Wilson remains the man this weekend.

Sergio (MC), of course, is Sergio. And even if he doesn’t score these days, he’ll set one up – six goals, eight assists so far. If you can, do so.

Watch list: Players on the fringe

If you haven’t got, or can’t get, or don’t fancy any of the above – this lot are handy alternatives. 

GK: Pickford (EV) – Real chance of a second sheet on the bounce v Cardiff.
DEF: Laporte (MC) – Looks a fixture in City’s back line now. That’s a good place to be.
MID: Mane (LIV) – Not the player he was last season, but can’t ignore the numbers. 
FOR: Kane (TOT) – The best goal scorer in the worlds according to Gareth. Joint fourth best in the PL according to the numbers.

Keep it chopped out, yeah?

Matt Nesbitt

View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 12

Friday, November 9 2018

 

Is it just me, or does anyone else hope that Rooney gets sent off for a two-footed stamp during his 15-minute cameo for England. Then calls the FA fxxxxxg divvies and flicks the Vs to the fans as he leaves the field…?

And is photographed kissing a middle-aged prostitute goodbye in her doorway the following morning. Not a classy one either, one who lives in a terraced house behind a railway station. 

Right. It is just me then.

To business…

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 11 Total

Ederson (MC)

60

3

Defenders

 

 

Alonso (CHE)

78

6

Robertson (LIV)

59

2

Trippier (TOT)

58

4

Laporte (MC)

52

2

Midfielders

 

 

Hazard (CHE)

79

2

Sterling (MC)

77

21

Salah (LIV)

67

4

Mane (LIV)

65

2

Forwards

 

 

Aguero (MC)

73

13

Wilson (BOU)

70

7

 

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

Ederson (MC) is going to be as difficult to shift from the No 1 as the JFK assassination tattoo from his neck (If you look closely you can see an unmistakable puff of smoke from behind the picket fence, just behind his ear). City even conceded last weekend – their first in six matches. But nearest rival Alisson is a couple of clean sheets adrift.

Looky looky, same same…

No change in the back-four either – unless you count the switching of Laporte (MC) and Trippier (TOT) to third and fourth. In which case, BIG change in the back four! Tripper’s assist helped him leapfrog Laporte into third spot, just a point behind the FPL’s second best defender (and, curiously, Scotland’s second bets left back) Robertson (LIV). Alonso (CHE) has rediscovered his taste for assists with two in two weeks, so remains miles ahead.

Buy buy buy…

The value of Sterling (MC) is on the rise after an underwear-staining 21pts v Southampton. He’s now so good, he’s taken to bringing himself down in the penalty area and has been pulling his own shirt at set-pieces in training this week. Hazard (CHE) only played 25 minutes but notched an assist to stay out front. Mo and Mane (LIV) did just enough to stay involved but keep the faith – it’s Fulham at the weekend. 

If the cap fits…

What a week for Wilson (BOU). Another goal (against Man United) has kept him at the sharp end of our Dream Team – and got him an England call up. Not sure which he will be more pleased about. At least we won’t hook him for the last 15 minutes so Wayne Rooney can fulfil whatever promotional deal those bandits at the FA have cooked up.

Aguero (MC) is back in the frame too, edging out twin Gunners Lacazette and Aubameyang (thank god. I’m sick to death of typing it. It never looks right). Oh crap, he’s going to make the bench isn’t he. Unless…

Watch list: Players on the fringe

If you haven’t got, or can’t get, or don’t fancy any of the above – this lot are handy alternatives. 

GK: Alisson (LIV) – Fulham and Watford next. Clean sheet potential.
DEF: Mendy (MC) – Looks like Benji is being spared for PL action. Take note.  
MID: Richarlison (EV) – Has recovered his early season samba beat.
MID: Martial (MU) – Five goals in four for the Le Sulk.  
FOR: Rooney (DC) – Er, just to say thanks for what he has given. Or something.

Later skaterz,

Matt Nesbitt

View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 11

Saturday, November 3 2018

 

Two new faces this week. But sadly for the fully-sighted, Ederson's is still on view in goal.

Jeez, it's Hallowe'en every weekend in that lad's house. But have you seen his missus...?!

Tell me she would be with him if he still lived under a bridge in Rio, eating scraps from hospital bins.

Don't get me started.

To more pleasant business...

Goalkeeper

Total 

GW 10 

Ederson (MC)

57pts

8pts

Defenders

 

 

Alonso (CHE)

72pts

11pts

Robertson (LIV)

57pts

0pts

Laporte (MC)

54pts

6pts

Trippier (TOT)

54pts

2pts

Midfielders

 

 

Hazard (CHE)

75pts

0pts

Salah (LIV)

63pts

15pts

Mane (LIV)

63pts

15pts

Fraser (BOU)

62pts

11pts

Forwards

 

 

Aubameyang (ARS)

63pts

8pts

Wilson (BOU)

63pts

13pts

 

Nice stats, shame about the face…

A sixth clean sheet on the spin keeps pretty boy Ederson the ace face in goal. Alisson (LIV) is a full 10pts adrift and only £0.1m cheaper. Pickford (EV), Ryan (BHA) and Patricio (WOL) are only a couple of points behind him and will give you up to £1m to spend elsewhere. But all favour home matches.

Any Laporte in a storm…

City’s miserly run has also opened the door for Laporte* to make his bow in the Team of the Week. That’s seven sheets from ten, folks. Wolves’ wing-back Doherty pays the price for Wolves’ PL honeymoon coming to an end. But with the Top Five dominating the top eight slots now, he is a nice price alternative (£4.9) and carries a threat at the other end. 

(* This isn’t just thrown together y’know…)

Ryan mighty…

Hazard took the week off and still has headroom. Sadio Salah and Mo Mane (that’s tight, isn’t it…?) are duking it out for next best. Mane will save you £3.2m but only offers goals (six), whereas Salah offers assists (four) and is still moving through the gears (five goals so far). But Fraser’s double at Fulham makes him the assist king (with five) and a snip at £6.1m. Almost a quarter of players (23.6%) have snapped him up.

Aubameyang thank you ma’am…

A fifth strike in his last three has taken Arsenal’s (latest) flying No. 14 to the top of the tree. Take up is split between him and his mate Lacazette (15.1% v 14.1%) but PEA is the pick for me, based on bench impact.  

Callum Wilson’s 13pts weekend was unlucky for Fulham. The Bournemouth frontman seems to miss as many as he scores, but he has squeezed some big (and much more exotically priced) superdooper stars out of the X1 – Aguero and Kane among them. So, fair dos. 

However, if I were a betting man and had a farm – it would go on Aguero to score more v Southampton than Wilson will against Man United.  

Which brings me to the…

Watch list: Players on the fringe

If you haven’t got, or can’t get, or don’t fancy any of the above – this lot are handy alternatives. 

GK: Pickford (EVE) – a team on the up, nice price and at home to Brighton. 
DEF: Mendy (MC) – has been bubbling under for a while and has sheet and assist potential v Southampton.  
MID: Sterling (MC) – likewise, they’ll be plenty of gaols to share at the Etihad on Sunday.  
FOR: Aguero (MC) -  and Sergio might fancy one of three. 

Have funtasy. 

Matt Nesbitt

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