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Author Archives: David Yaffe-Bellany

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek One

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After a whirlwind opening weekend in the Premier League, here are my thoughts and tips relating to Fantasy Premier League. 1. White is the color: Swansea and Fulham finished opening weekend at the top of the Premier League. Two slick European … Continue reading

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, The Return

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In less than three weeks, the 2012-13 season of the Premier League kicks off. So if you haven’t done so already, be sure to sign up for EPL Talk’s free mini-league version of Fantasy Premier League. 1. IT’S BACK!: There’s Christmas … Continue reading

Will the Confidence and Magnetism Of Andre Villas-Boas Win Over Tottenham Fans?

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Thanks to Jose Mourinho’s continued success, the sharply dressed Iberian has gradually replaced the bespectacled Scotsman as the de-rigueur football manager. Eighteen months ago, Andre Villas-Boas slid effortlessly into that role with a charming, irresistible panache. He was slightly cooler … Continue reading

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Summer Planning

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Here’s the final Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League column of the season. 1. Pay attention: Off-season attentiveness is a prerequisite for early success. Managers who familiarize themselves with the oddly named Europeans sure to trickle into England this summer … Continue reading

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweeks 36 and 37

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1. This isn’t Italy — Despite everything that Roberto Mancini has said over the last two weeks, Premier League teams very rarely have “nothing to play for”. Take Norwich City. Spiraling towards end-of-season malaise, the Canaries arrived at the Emirates on … Continue reading

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 35

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1. Chelsea are dull- The good old days have returned. After dispensing with the innovative AVB, Chelsea have reverted to their “Mourinho tactics”. Who cares if the new style alienates Fernando Torres? It’s effective, and that’s all that matters. Plus it … Continue reading

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 34

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1.  Tevez- In fantasy football, you don’t have to deal with uncooperative players. That’s why it was difficult for managers like you and me to get our heads around Mancini’s Tevez dilemma. But we certainly understand goals. Goals. Tevez. Three at … Continue reading

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweeks 32 and 33

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Redemption- These were gameweeks of redemption, and not just for Wigan Athletic. Andy Carroll was absolutely shocking for 91 minutes of Liverpool’s 3-2 win at Ewood Park, before springing into life for the final 120 seconds. Joey Barton, too, put … Continue reading

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 31

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Squeaky Bum Time- As the clock ticks on this year’s Premier League, fantasy managers everywhere are beginning to sweat. Whatever your motivation – pub bragging rights, office sweepstakes, England job – the importance of cashing in on opportunities now couldn’t … Continue reading

Adventures in Fantasy Premier League Gameweeks 29 and 30

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Feed the Yak- Along with Danny Graham and Grant Holt, Yakubu is one of the top three value-for-money forwards in the Fantasy Premier League. Available at £5.9 million, he has scored more league goals than either Balotelli or Dzeko. He … Continue reading

Adventures in the Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 28

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Playing Fantasy Premier League each week, you begin to look at the actual games in different ways. Here are some of my findings from this past weekend’s action: 1. Nikita Jelavic- It’s always risky to praise a player after just one … Continue reading

Adventures In The Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 27

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1. Resurrection- Two games, two deficits, two wins. Suddenly Arsenal have fight, suddenly Arsenal have character. With Andrey Arshavin gone, the media must identify a new scapegoat. Thus far, the Gunners have denied them. Rosicky is approaching his Dortmund form, Walcott … Continue reading

Adventures In The Fantasy Premier League: Tips Gleaned From Gameweek 25

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1. Return Of The Pie – Steven Pienaar has returned to form, so it seems appropriate to mention his wonderfully appropriate name. It has got “pie” in it. And there is nothing more beautiful about football than its association with … Continue reading

Adventures in Fantasy Premier League, Gameweek 24

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1. The Fantasy Cup-  For the first time ever, my fantasy football team is on a cup run, beating some poor, helpless bloke to reach the Fantasy Cup eighth round. Just to put that in perspective, I still have to … Continue reading

Fantasy Premier League Review From Gameweek 22

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1. The game is flawed- It’s a point I’ve been meaning to make for a while and one that arose in a comment on last week’s post. In that article I, perhaps harshly, described Modric’s goal against Wolves as the first … Continue reading

Fantasy Premier League Tips For Gameweek 22

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1. O Valencia- The Decemberists were on to something. Not only did Manchester United’s speedy number 25 hit top form just as the Christmas countdown began, but his performance on Saturday gave new meaning to the words “and you ran like a … Continue reading

Fantasy Premier League Tips Learned From Gameweeks 19 and 20

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1. Wingers in Wales- As Wayne Routledge wheeled away in celebration after scoring Swansea’s second goal, Brendan Rodgers probably popped an Aspirin. For newly promoted sides selection dilemmas are few and far between, making each individual one all the more dangerous. Sinclair, … Continue reading

5 Fantasy Premier League Tips For Gameweek 19

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1. Gareth Bale- It’s easy to jump on the Gareth Bale bandwagon. We all did it after his fabulous hat trick at the San Siro. We all did it after his Player of the Year Award. I’m doing it again now. … Continue reading