Fantasy Premier League – Top 100,000 (selecting a team 2/3 – MD and FW)

Q1: You know what? You are fairly good. I am doing much better this season, taking in your tips. Now tell me about strikers. And Midfielders.

A1: Okay, here you go. You listening? I will rush through. If you did not get anything, or have a question, you have the comments section. Use it.

Midfielders + Forwards:

Think of them as just the same. They are the ones who get the big points.

Caveat 1. A top assist making midfielder from a good team is equivalent to a top goalscoring forward, i.e. effectively Silva of 2011-12 is as good as Rooney 11-12. Just that Rooney is more costly, and Silva lost his form late season.
Caveat 2: The best forwards – who have the potential to score 2+ goals a week, are better than the Caveat 1 players.
Caveat 3: The top goalscoring midfielders (who have the potential to score 2+ goals a week) are Fantasy Football gold.
Caveat 4: Don’t buy defensive midfielders. Makalele, great as he was, was never an FPL stalwart. No goals, no assists, occasional bonus points, and some red and yellow cards…. Al at about 6M, while you could be ensured more steady returns even from JD2P.
So. Choose 6 of the 8 players now.

4 should be among the ‘very expensive’ bracket, these will be your choice of captains. 2 are cheap as chips.These are your enablers. The only think you have to note about the chips, are that they have regular 90 min game time. Thus the 4.5M irregular starter from Man United is far worse as a Fantasy Football pick  than the 4.5 starter from Wigan. Play-time for these enablers is important because there will be injuries during the FPL season, and when one of your first-teamers is not playing due to injury or rotation, you would like ‘John Doe 2 points (JD2P)’ to come in, rather than 17 year old Arsenal hotshot, who sat in the bench that GW.

Expensive ones will cost at the range of 10M each. Cheap ones will cost 4.5+4.5=9M

So you have got 12 players now. Costing 11+20+40+9 = 80M

(Tag: How to win at Premier League Fantasy Football – )


An ‘Iconoclastic’ mail about the Premiership stars

On Mediawatch today (Ref: ’24 hours later’) you mention that

    “We should also take a minute to savour Mr Smith’s words ‘He is, perhaps, the only true global icon plying his trade in the Premier League’ and offer the words ‘Wayne’ and ‘Rooney’.”

Well, let me be a bit of an iconoclast here – great player that he is, the two words ‘Wayne’ and “Rooney’ do not make a global icon. A global icon is not necessarily (one of) the best footballers in the world. David Beckham was probably never among the top three players in Man United leave alone the world, but was he, for a long time, the face of the Premier league to the greater world? Oh yes he was. Cantona was a global icon. Henry was a global icon. Zidane was a global icon. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the biggest footballing global icon. Messi and Kaka are global icons. And before you say that probably one has to be reasonably okay looking to be a global icon, Ronaldinho, and before him bucktooth Ronaldo, with faces that could sink a thousand ships, were global icons too. However, Rooney is not. British icon he may well be, footballing world icon he is not.

The Premier League is a huge global brand, especially because of its reach, it reaches the non-footballing superpower countries and regions (Africa, Arabic Asia, the Cricketing subcontinent, South east Asia, for example) in a way in which no other football league manages. Only the world cup compares with the Premier League in reach. And I have a bit of a vantage point here, as I am currently in India, and have a fair idea about the football following culture in South east Asia and Arabic Asia, and a little about the South Americas. Rooney is not the face of the premier league to the greater world, Torres is. Even Gerrard and Lampard are bigger global brands than Rooney. If anything, Sir Ferguson is a bigger brand than Rooney to the greater world. Arsenal is similarly icon-malnourished. A match between Arsenal and Man United is always advertised as the clash of Arsene and Sir.

And the shirt sales numbers are misleading. Man United is the most supported club in Asia by a distance (Liverpool comes second). I believe in the rest of the world it is fairly evenly distributed. So how is Torres’s shirt selling the most? It is because the casual not-virulently-supporting-a-club Premier League fan (yes, those exist) will buy the shirt of the biggest icon, and that is Torres. As for Rooney’s shirt sales being the third or fourth highest, that number is misleading too. This club has had global super-icon after super-icon. This club has had Cantona, then Beckham, then Cristiano Ronaldo. This club is the most supported in the shirt-buying world (that mostly excludes Spain and Germany and Italy too. They buy their own clubs’ shirts). The United fans are still there, remember? So whose shirt can they buy? The best player of their club, of course. And that’s Rooney.

Jaxx [{( If Rooney goes to Real Madrid, he will be out of the top 10 in shirt sales )]} B

Carlos Tevez

And where will Tevez fit in, in the ManU line up?

Left wing? That will be a criminal misuse of his sublime talents.

Support striker? He is a better player than Rooney (unless you are watching football with England-tinted glasses), but he will not be played above Rooney.

Right wing? No.

The Ole Gunner Solskjaer role? Yes, unfortunately.

And Tevez is a far, far better player than Solskjaer had ever been. Therefore, it is a massive wastage of talent. Tevez is a potential superstar of world football, and will be wasted by the ManU firmament. And that is unfortunate.

How Manchester United bought over the media…

First, a quote from the guardian (courtesy my football forum, thanks, Hlebadinho) (Click here for the full article)

First of all a little story to tell you what kind of man we are talking about. It is January 9, 2008, and in an upstairs room at Manchester United’s training ground five elderly men in smart blazers are struggling with their emotions in front of a hushed audience. It is the club’s media day building up to the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster and Sir Bobby Charlton’s polite smile does not hide the fact he is trembling as he takes his seat. Bill Foulkes is straight-backed and dignified but only a couple of questions have been asked before the tears appear in his eyes and he reaches for a glass of water.

In an adjacent room Wayne Rooney has agreed to offer a modern-day perspective of that seminal day when 23 people, including eight members of Sir Matt Busby’s team, were killed in the wreckage of the burnt-out BEA Elizabethan. It is not his specialist subject but he handles the occasion with dignity and more eloquence than some people might imagine. But then Cristiano Ronaldo comes through the double doors and the mood is broken.

He is wearing a white suit jacket and ripped jeans, looking every bit the boy-band hunk, but it is very obvious he is in a bad mood. He begins by berating Karen Shotbolt, the club’s press officer, because he is waiting for Rooney and the event has over-run. He is banging his watch with his hand, flapping his arms and gesturing in the way that Portuguese footballers usually reserve for fussy referees and, at first, he is so animated it appears as if it might be a wind-up.

When he flounces back through the doors, cursing loudly, it is very obvious he is being deadly serious. Rooney is professional enough to carry on with his tribute but the attention is no longer exclusively on him. Thirty seconds later Ronaldo appears again, first rapping his forefinger against the glass in the door, then opening it by a fraction and starting to whistle at Rooney in the way that a farmer beckons his sheepdog.

It was such an unpleasant scene the journalists decided not to write about it because we had been invited to the training ground to cover a far more important subject and, when you have sat with men as noble as Charlton, Foulkes, Albert Scanlon, Harry Gregg and Kenny Morgans and seen the hurt in their eyes, it felt incongruous to veer off-track.

Shocking! The behavior of Cronaldo no doubts, but moreso, the shameless fawning of the ManU brigade by the media. Can you imagine any other mediaforum in the world, ANY other group of journalists in the world just let it go? Or do so for any other club? ANY other club in the world? And not one or two, but all of the journos over ther, did so.

Do you doubt the veracity of the article? Okay, here’s my bet. If this is a lie, it is nothing short of character assassination. Thus, you would surely, as logic goes, never see another article from this guy about ManUre again, right? Of course because he is a perpetrator of lies about the club. Now here’s the bet, I bet you, he will get his ManUre exclusives next year as well. Just wait and watch.

Hence proved. Both that Ronaldo is a mammoth asshole, as well as that the media is sold to ManUre, so much so that there is concerted effort from them to ensure that ManUre wins the title every year. Shocking, to say the least!

From Liverpool…

Not, of course, that Mediawatch is buying this ‘we didn’t publish because it would have been hurtful’ guff. Journalists are, after all, not renowned for their delicacy or sensitivity. The suspicion must be that Taylor – and his chums – didn’t publish the story through fear of repercussions. As The Guardian’s man on the beat in Manchester, Taylor is reliant on staying in the club’s good books in order to maintain access to their star names – such as Rooney, who, as you might have noticed, is depicted as the hero of the story, and Charlton, with whom he subsequently held an exclusive interview to mark the 50th anniversary of Munich.

And I will agree. Full article here.

And Arsenal says.

This story is incredible beyond belief. Picture this. On the 50th anniversary of the Munich air accident, ManYoo’s star player openly disrespects the memory of his club’s greats. This is a shocking act of insubordination and rather disgusting and objectionable.
At the time of the event happening – a full Six Months ago – every single hack from the major British tabloids and broadsheets was present. They were all privy to the event taking place and had a duty to report it.
Funnily enough however, every single journalist there managed to find it within themselves to ‘delay’ reporting the incident until a time that so suited ManYoo.
And this is the clearest indication that Ronaldo is off-ski, as the story has wondrously been leaked now. What Arsenal fans need to be asking themselves, is ‘how crazy is it, that in a society that purports to stand for democratic values and a free uncensored media, a team like Manchester United can effectively control the divulging of information’?
It is clear that the British media took the decision not to publish this story, as:
a) The story concerned ManYoo and was bound to upset Alex Ferguson
b) The story concerned ManYoo’s best player
c) It was in the middle of ManYoo enjoying a surge in form so, nothing could be done to destabilize them.
From that, we can deduce that the media – usually so desperate to invent any story whatsoever – will do whatever it takes, including old-school Communist Pravda-style tactics of selective dissemination of information.

And I cannot agree more. This is sad. This is deplorable.

How much lower will the media fall now?