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2018/2019 English Premier League kicks off in the next few days which means you have a few days to make your Fantasy Premier League team.

Last season, Ugandan Ivan Kassanga won Ksh50,000 for finishing on top in the HBR Fantasy Premier League. This year, we are back and more exciting news will be coming your way very soon.

With all teams having strengthened their squad, probably you should sit down and come up with a really strong team before Man United hosts Leicester City on Friday August 10.

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FPL: Players To Sign; Why You Should Captain Salah or Aguero

The Premier League returns on Tuesday evening with three matches on the card as Liverpool head to Huddersfield and Arsenal play Swansea.

How’s your Fantasy Premier League (FPL) doing? A number of transfers have been made while the biggest of the week, Aubameyang to Arsenal, is close.

So who should you get this week and maybe for the next three weeks?

1.Alexis Sanchez
His performance for United in the win over Yeovil said it all, what to expect. He will definitely get life going at Old Trafford. With Morata not firing, consider him right now.

2.Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Talk of great talent, Mkhi is expected to get his Arsenal debut against Swansea on Tuesday. With Swansea beating Liverpool in their previous match, Arsene Wenger will be taking no chance and he’s going to field probably the strongest team. The race for top four just got tougher.

3.Nacho Monreal

He has been directly involved in five goals, scoring three and assisting two, more than in any of his past five campaigns.

The statistics show how Monreal has offered more in attacking areas.

He has had a shot every 130.7 minutes and created a chance every 154.4 minutes this season.

His points-per-million value of 18.0 is only bettered among defenders by the Chelsea pair of Marcos Alonso(£7.3m), with 18.8, and Cesar Azpilicueta (£7.0m), with 18.1. 

4.Gerard Deulofeu
Remember him at Everton almost a year ago? Deulofeu just signed for Watford on loan until the end of the season.

Watford is looking to cement their place in the Premier League and his addition from Barcelona is a clear statement of their intention.

You can get him on and maybe bench him for now because they play Man City next, but from next game week, expect more.

5.Daniel Sturridge
Studge has signed for West Brom until the end of the season. You know what a fit Sturridge can do. Here, he will be given game time, what he wants; definitely, this will result in goals. You can consider him too.

Who do you captain?

For once, Harry Kane (£13.0m) has to take a back seat in the race for the Fantasy Premier League captaincy.

Instead, Mohamed Salah (£10.3m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) are the top two candidates for the Gameweek 25 armband.

The Liverpool midfielder scored 14 points in a 2-1 victory over Leicester City.

The Egyptian is capable of a repeat performance at Huddersfield Town as he looks to return to the consistent form that has delivered a goal or assist in 12 of his last 14 Gameweek appearances.

Aguero goes into a home fixture with West Brom as the most-bought player ahead of Tuesday’s 18:45 GMT deadline. 

Over 179,000 managers have signed him after a run of eight goals in seven appearances across all competitions in January.

Also at Man City, Raheem Sterling (£8.9m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) boast strong home form, each producing double-digit points hauls on four occasions at the Etihad Stadium.

Avoid Kane?
With Manchester United the visitors to Wembley Stadium, owners of the Tottenham Hotspur striker should look for an alternative.

 

FPL: Wildcard Available, How To Replace Coutinho

Going to game week 23 is probably the hardest stage of the Fantasy Premier League(FPL) this season. Liverpool have sold Phil Coutinho to Barcelona dealing FPL managers with a huge blow.

Before we speak about Coutinho and other signings, with the second FPL wildcard available(although I would propose you wait until the transfer window shuts), here are a few tips you can follow before making those transfers.

How is your goalkeeper doing? Are you one of those people who have a strong forward and weak backline? Well, you may consider keeper like Pope(£4.8m), Fabianski, Pickford, Ryan and Lossi all who are valued at £4.6m and have scored 84 points so far.

West Ham’s Adrian had a fantastic performance against Spurs and Moyes may give him a chance. Southampton’s Alex McCarthy is another option as we head to January-March period. In their next 10 matches, only Spurs and Liverpool we can say can worry you but other games will definitely bring points.

He’s valued at £4.4m. Good bargain I guess.

Everton have signed Cenk Tosun. You probably heard Dj John try to give details about this guy on Fanzone last Saturday. Tosun can deliver, Everton needs him. He’s worthy £7.5m in the FPL and scored 41 goals in 96 appearances for Beskitas.  

Now to the big issue, Philip Coutinho. Already a Barcelona player and you must transfer him out. He scored 103 points and cost managers £9.1m upon his transfer to Barcelona.

His exit will affect the performance of Mo Salah and Firmino who have been lighting up the FPL this season. Probably time you should stick only with Salah or Firmino but not both of them.

With Sanchez not sure whether he’s going to Man City, probably you would think to replace Coutinho with Hazard. Yes, Hazard. 

The Belgian can justify his tag as a Fantasy heavyweight over the second half of the season.

Hazard returned to the Chelsea attack in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal in Gameweek 22 and fired six shots inside the penalty area.

The recent return to action of Alvaro Morata (£10.5m) can help Hazard regain his FPL form. He will be expected to return from a calf injury to face Leicester City at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 23.

The Foxes have managed a single clean sheet away from home all season.

Staying with Liverpool, is it about you considered their defence? Virgil Van Dijk is an option to sign. He is set to become a mainstay in Klopp’s back for the remainder of the season.

A goal threat at set-plays, as he showed in the FA Cup on Friday, Van Dijk is poised for a testing Premier League debut for Liverpool against Man City on 14 January in Gameweek 23.

Top performing players in the FPL include De Gea, Alonso-Azpilicueta-Otamendi, Salah-Sterlin-De Bruyne-Mahrez-Eriksen and Kane-Aguero.

How Hard is Fantasy Premier League ?

Probably you’ve seen something called Fantasy Premier League(FPL) on Twitter or Facebook. This thing is hard, according to tweets we see.

FPL is a game in which participants assemble an imaginary team of premier league footballers and score points based on those players’ actual statistical performance or their perceived contribution in the league.

There are roughly 4 million Fantasy Premier League players. It’s known that people gamble even when the odds are against them for “fun.” 

Being good at fantasy football just means that you are constantly digesting lots of information by reading news, rankings, analysis, opinions, and looking at data.

Despite it being challenging, FPL is fun to play. This where you know whether you are better than Wenger or you can play two number 10s on the wing and a wing at no 10 like Mourinho.

Just how is playing FPL feels like?
I spoke to a few football fans and FPL managers who have different views as the league enters second and the last phase of the new year.

Lavin Asego, a Kenyan based manager who is also an Arsenal fan and a Kenyan international rugby player, says since August, he has been moving up in the standings.

For Bree Mongina, also an Arsenal fan based in Nairobi, it’s a different case though “up on some leagues and stagnant on some. I’m in like 10 private leagues.”

Asego adds that FPL is very exciting and challenging and he likes the challenge of strategizing and decision making.

One of the challenges a number managers have complained of this season is late withdrawal due to injuries when the transfer has already closed.

Being in a situation where up to three players are injured but you can only transfer one out is a nightmare to many.  

“Well I would prefer more (transfers) but I think one is ok. It makes you really think before using the transfer,” says Asego.

Asking Bree whether she’s happy with one transfer she says: “NOOOOOOOOOO! Because if let’s say three of your best players on your team are out on injury that will give you fewer points.”

If you see your team is heading in the wrong direction and you would like to bring a whole new team, you can play a Wildcard. A wildcard allows you to make unlimited free transfers throughout a Gameweek.

 

You play a wildcard when you want to make multiple changes to your team, for example, Gameweeks when teams are playing more than once, or when your team is underperforming or has a lot of injuries.

You, however, have two wildcards the entire season and the first one can only be played between August and December 30.

Asego used his first wildcard just recently unlike me, the writer, who played his’ in September (my team was doing bad)

“I played mine just before Christmas,” said Asego. Bree hasn’t used hers which means that has gone to waste!

You only have 100m to assemble a team which means you can’t have those stars you are thinking about. If you have Firmino, Kane and Aguero you’ll definitely spend up to 30m on them meaning the rest of the team will consist of some non-regulars at Manchester United like Juan Mata.

Asego wishes he “had Kevin De Bruyne” as Bree wishes to have “Kane back. I sold him and also David Silva!”

As Bree says FPL is not complicated than the league itself, Asego agrees it is “coz you have to research about the players and also the restrictions of the FPL.”

None of the two is happy where they are in various leagues ahead of gameweek 23.
“I would like to be first in my own damn league. I am struggling,” said Asego. For Bree, “Nope hahaha the guys in the Whatsapp group (FLP) make fun of me a lot.”

Asked on what feature they would like to be added to the FPL in the coming season, Asego feels “you shouldn’t be “punished” for injuries coz you have no control of that….in case of an injury (especially long-term) you should be allowed a ka free hit”

Bree would like two transfers. “At least two transfers per game week and a bargain icon think they overcharge us and maybe the player himself is not that good, yes.”

At HBR, we have no jokes when it comes to FPL. Fanzone crew members Dj John, G Money and I are all FPL managers.

Last season’s HBR FPL winner took home Ksh50,000 and this season it looks tighter than the league(obviously Man City has no competition). To join the league, put code 1776647-425219.

For more on this and the Premier League, listen to HBR Fanzone every Saturday from 9 am.

How HBR Fantasy League Looks Like After Gameweek 1

English Premier League kicked off last weekend so did Fantasy Premier League.

A number of FPL managers got their teams going as early as Friday evening when Arsenal beat Leicester while others are still wondering how they bagged just 31 points.

HBR Fantasy league has more than 1500 players with more expected to be added on game week two making it even more competitive.  

Being good at fantasy football just means that you are constantly digesting lots of information by reading news, rankings, analysis, opinions, and looking at data.

David Gitau’s Poseidon topped the HBR league after week one as he bagged 115 points with Nicanor Neyo’s Shanklops coming second with 107 points.

Gitau had debutant Lukaku captaining his team and went ahead to scored two goals returning 26 points while Vardy brought him 13 points.

His big boost came from the defence where he got 26 points from Walker(6), David Luiz(6), Otamendi(8) and Baines(6). Lloris also had a clean sheet giving him 7 points.

If Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 1 didn’t go your way, don’t panic, there’s more than enough time to bounce back.

You may consider bringing in players like Nicolas Otamendi, Mohamed Salah, Granit Xhaka, Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku. For those with Harry Kane don’t even think of transferring him, stick with him he will repay.

If you are yet to join do it now via this code 1776647-425219.

Meanwhile, HBR Fanzone returns on Saturday at 9am. What a time. See you then.