Fantasy Football Fixtures

The first article of the week that looks forward to the up and coming gameweek is the Fixtures article, where we sort through which clubs have the easiest and hardest looking fixtures for the short-term and thus enable managers to construct their squads and think over transfers accordingly.

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 22

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 21 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 22. To quote Shawshank Redemption: “I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head.” That about sums up my mood yesterday after Everton beat City 4-0. I tell you truly that I walked on clouds my entire Sunday. I smiled at my wife a bit more, I listened more attentively when my kids spoke to me. From that win, I was a better husband, a better father, a better man. But now today is Monday, and I’m supposed to revert back to the same lesser version of myself that you all know and love. And for the purposes of this article, that’s probably a good thing. Had I written this article yesterday, I’m sure Everton would’ve been #1 on my list of buys, and I probably would’ve put City as the top team...Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 21

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 21 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 21. After an extended writing break due to the congested schedule, it looks like we can all get back to business as normal. And to kick off said business, we have to look at the best (and worst) schedules coming up. This obviously isn’t completely cut and dry, we are now in the middle of the transfer window – so teams that look a certain way now could certainly improve their lot with a few savvy moves in the coming weeks. And we also have the Africa Cup of Nations depleting several rosters of key players. I’m not sure if AFCON or the MLS gives a bigger middle finger to the norms of global football, but Africa calling up all of their best players in the middle of the season always strikes me as a truly crap th...Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 18

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 18 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 18. Just so you know, I’m writing this article for the GW18 fixtures prior to the last game from GW17 – the Liverpool Derby. And for that, I am grateful. Right now I’m nervous, but I’m not yet emotional. I can still think about stats and probabilities in a rational manner. Had I waited until after the Everton game, win or lose, I would have been a manic wreck. So you’re getting the ‘best’ of me here, whatever that is worth. It’s been an interesting weekend in FPL, and I’m glad that I just get to break down the fixtures and leave some of the bolder recommendations to others. With Diego Costa getting his last elusive yellow card, Kane blanking, and Arsenal continuing to concede goals…there will be a lot o...Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 15

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 15 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 15. We’re coming into a bit of a log jam for fixtures here in the next three rounds. GW15 will start this coming weekend, but GW16 will then take place midweek with GW17 starting the weekend after. For active players, this is always a good time to shoot above some of those managers who only check in on their teams on Fridays. Without a doubt, there will be managers who completely forget to check their teams for midweek adjustments. So when you see the three matchups listed for each of my selections this round, know that you’re really looking at one full weeks worth of fixtures. Because of this, there won’t be a typical fixtures article going into GW16, but I’ll still have some tips for you for GW16 in lieu of fixtu...Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 14 2016-17

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 14 2016-17 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 14 2016-17. It’s important to remember that there are 38 gameweeks in the FPL season. This is something I had to remind myself of constantly this weekend. No matter how badly your season is going (and there are a few stinkers out there), you still have 65% of the season remaining to get right again. Have there been some anomalous results? For sure. Have I failed to accurately predict a sufficient amount of those strange scorelines? You’re damn right – but I’m still staying positive. Because here’s the thing: for the most part, things are actually going to script. Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal all won this past weekend. Were they wins in the fashion that you’d hoped they’d be? Probabl...Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 13

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 13 2016-17 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 13 2016-17. I think it’s best if we can all just agree that last round should just be written off in its entirety. It was evident that there were some tired legs out there from most of our key players. And there were also a few teams that really looked like they hadn’t played together for a while. Results didn’t go as planned, and many fantasy teams suffered as a result. On a normal week, Liverpool would’ve probably put at least 2 goals on Southampton given the form they’re in. And Chelsea probably would’ve scored more than a single goal on Middlesbrough. And nobody is quite sure how they feel about Yaya scoring two goals for City, but that stat alone should tell you how abnormal this last round really was....Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 12 2016-17

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 12 2016-17 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 12 2016-17. It’s always a bit of a tough ask to write an FPL article when the international games are still taking place. Will a key injury happen (Eden Hazard) and ruin a team’s chances for the next round? Will South American players be given a bit of rest after their lengthy travel back to the UK? And will teams just not practicing together disrupt any rhythm they had prior to the break? It’s all very speculative. So just to be safe, I’ll go ahead and say that I will only accept responsibility for this article if all of my picks go off as projected. If some of these teams come back playing a reduced squad and blow it, I’m telling you now that it’s not my fault. But I’m getting ahead of myself here, ...Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 11 2016-17

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek11 2016-17 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 11 2016-17. I think we can all agree that this last week went a little more according to the script that we all had in our heads when this season started. Arsenal, Liverpool, and Man City all getting 4 goals in easy wins? Check. Eden Hazard attacking the ball and looking like a true superstar? Check. Jose Mourinho completely making a mess of things? Check. After the crazy season last year, it’s almost nice, comforting even, to be back in a predictable cycle within the Premier League. Sure, we’ll still root for that underdog team to make a bid for Top 4, and we’ll still root for a surprise promotion team to surpass expectations in their first year up; but when it comes to fantasy purposes, we have no qualms w...Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek10 2016-17

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek10 2016-17 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 10 2016-17. I went back and reread my previous week’s Fixtures article this morning. It’s usually something I do with a bit of trepidation, because once those picks are locked in, there’s really no turning back. Once the article is published, I’m either going to be right or wrong on those picks, and I just have to live with the shame if I really messed up. I’m usually OK with a single missed pick – after all, not everything is supposed to turn out 100% correct (if it did, I’d be a millionaire sports bettor right now). And I have to say, looking at the picks last week, even knowing how those matches played out, I’m not sure I could honestly say that I wouldn’t make the same picks again if I had to do it...Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 8 2016-17

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 8 2016-17 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 8 : Depending on who you are, the return of FPL might be a godsend. Maybe you’ve done nothing but wait for the international break to be over so that the Premier League might return, and you can get back to your one and only hobby. Maybe FPL is the only thing you have going on outside of work and family. And if that’s you, then this past week has probably been tortuous. But for some of us, the international break allowed us to take in those things we’ve been neglecting for a while. I mean…we have Trump v Clinton going on (and most people say that it’s the best game in town). We have playoff baseball starting up. The NHL is back this week. Oh, and there’s this little matter of the NFL now being in full ...Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 5

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 5 2016-17 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 5 2016-17. There’s a great Louis CK bit at the beginning of one of his specials where he acknowledges that he has trouble knowing what to say to start his show. It’s tough. Too much preamble and it sounds forced, but not enough banter at the top makes it look like you just don’t care about proper etiquette as you talk to your audience. I kind of wanted to get this intro right because it’s a huge shift for me on this site. Starting this round, I’ll be taking over the Fixtures article on a weekly basis. I know, right? What does the MLS guy know about tracking and predicting Premier League fixtures? Well I know more than some and less than others, but I’m punctual in writing articles and I’m fanatical about wat...Read More

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 7

FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 7 2016-17 Welcome to FPL Fixtures Analysis Gameweek 7. It’s really tough to write an article following a week when things just didn’t quite go to script. I mean, who are we kidding here? Did we think that Man City would win away to Swansea? Yeah, of course. But did you think that Everton would get blanked against Bournemouth? Did anybody think that Liverpool would somehow manage to score 5 goals with seemingly 8 different goalscorers (not one of them named Firmino)? And how about West Ham? Surely with all of that talent they could’ve put forth at least a single goal? Nah, sorry. And after all of that disappointment, we just start again. It’s kind of what makes fantasy football the best hobby in the world, isn’t it? We just start again, maybe with a bit more w...Read More

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