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Fantasy Premier League Tips, Gameweek 28

· Campbell – Just a gut feeling with no real basis to it. Plus, I don’t think many people will get to the third spot on this list without already having chosen their man so there’s little risk in me putting an out-of-left-field recommendation in this spot.

I hope you enjoyed the maiden voyage of this column on EPL Talk. Please comment whether you like what you’ve read or don’t think much of it – I’m a big boy, I’ve heard it all but I do read the comments and attempt to make adjustments where good suggestions are made.

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  1. Vernon Hall

    February 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Welcome, Neal, on Premier Fantasy League.

    With van Persie and Wilshere not playng in this Gameweek, nor van der Vaart, nor Adam (all from my squad) i have to bring in at least one player. Or shall I lose 4 points and bring in two players?

    Chelsea, Man U, Everton and Birmingham have 12 matches to play compared to the others with 11. Choosing a player from one of those four offers possible ‘extra’ points” all things being equal -but they seldom are.

    Therefore I will bring in Bent (Aston Villa are at home) for van Persie and then bring the Arsenal player back next week. However, tomorrow morning at the approach of the deadline I will probably decide to lose 16 points and bring in 5 of your suggestions.

    There are not many people around who will understand what I am talking about …….I have a feeling that Neal, Daniel and Evan might!

    • Evan

      February 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      It’s best to take as few hits as possible. But you should take as many hits as necessary to play 11 this week. I know many other people are in the same situation as you. A good replacement for Adam this week would be O’hara from Wolves. He racks up the bonus points.

  2. Neal Thirman

    February 25, 2011 at 8:05 am

    @Evan – I’m a big fan of Odemwingie this season so I’m not sure you can go too far wrong in that choice but obviously I’m leaning toward Campbell over Odem for this week.

    @Daniel – I agree with you about the fun of the more complex games. The Yahoo game is the most detailed I’ve found. If you want more on my analysis of the coming week in the Yahoo game, follow the link above to my blog. We write mostly about the Yahoo game there.

    Thanks to both of you for reading and commenting on the first column here.

    Cheers – Neal

  3. Daniel

    February 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I’m interested to see where this series goes — I’m always curious how fantasy league results compare to real world.

    This is my second season having tried fantasy football (soccer) and I’ve been excited to continue and VERY frustrated at how poor all the setups are (I’ve found yahoos league to be the best). Here are my problems/ concerns:

    These leagues not only emphasize end results (rather than player quality performance) but it’s usually the only thing that matters; how many goals, assists, and how many against. Nothing said about passing completed rate, incisive runs, tactical through balls, blocks, interceptions, etc (although yahoo does a fair job of this).
    For example, a ManUtd defender might have a terrible game but get more points than a heroic effort by a Wigan defender who will get far fewer (if any) points for it. I’d much prefer a system that great players on whichever team rather than always highlighting players from the top 4, no matter how they perform.
    With so few trades available it’s difficult to make tactical trades after the team is setup so I lose interest. Alternatively, yahoo does let you trade players as often as you like, with very dynamically changing value based on interest, but you don’t keep accrued value when you sell the player (to keep it fair, I suppose)

    I’m pretty sure there are companies that track the minutiae of every game (castrol player index, for example) — is there a reason no fantasy league uses this to more accurately reflect people playing well or not?

    Is there a fantasy league more like this? If not I’ll stick to Yahoo — the best at present, if not really good.

  4. Evan

    February 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for writing this. I need all the help I can get. Currently sitting on 400k for my rank.
    I’m currently trying to decide whether I should play Odemwingie or Campbell for this week. I have a feeling both of them will do something.

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