Fantasy Picks

Arsenal, Newcastle and Baines end the Premier League season on a high

Wed, 18 May 2016 01:52:00 PDT

The season ended with a bang for Arsenal, a whimper for Spurs and a bomb scare for Man United. And the latter incident ramped up the tension for many ESPN FC Premier Fantasy managers who had to wait until Tuesday evening's rescheduled United vs. Bournemouth match to discover their final score for the campaign. Here's how one of the more surreal season endings panned out. WEEKLY WONDERS Managerless Everton brushed aside relegated Norwich, with previous ESPN FC Premier Fantasy stalwart Leighton Baines...

Alexis Sanchez a key pick, Dusan Tadic the man in hot form in fantasy

Fri, 13 May 2016 12:43:00 PDT

With most of the major Premier League issues now resolved, you could be excused for thinking that the ESPN FC Premier Fantasy season is about to end with a whimper. But that's far from the case, with two major local rivalries stoking the final-day fires. Tottenham's most successful season in an age could still involve them finishing below Arsenal in the table, while the two Manchester clubs have left it as late as possible to determine who will finish fourth. Before that, a quick recap of GW37's...

Steven Davis leads the way for Saints; how to make a fantasy difference?

Mon, 9 May 2016 04:33:00 PDT

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Louis van Gaal's future if Manchester United make the Champions League and more. Steven Davis was the undisputed star of the weekend. Leicester picked up their Premier League trophy in style, Man United cranked up the fourth-place pressure on their city rivals and Sunderland edged closer to a local derby with Middlesbrough next season. Here's what we learned from the first half of a busy, and at times emotional, double Gameweek in ESPN FC Premier Fantasy. WEEKLY WONDERS The double-match men are yet to shine, leaving the big points-scoring over the weekend to their single-fixture rivals. Southampton midfielder Steven Davis (£6.0m)...

Dmitri Payet and Eden Hazard the must-have men in Premier Fantasy

Fri, 6 May 2016 04:31:00 PDT

The Premier League's first and last places might now be sorted, but there's still a number of issues to be decided as we enter the penultimate gameweek of the ESPN FC Premier Fantasy season. Two factors need to be considered when picking players for GW37. The main issue surrounds the eight teams with double fixtures. Their stars should form the rump of your team, but some will be rather more motivated than others, with plenty of sides now playing for little more than pride. Here's a look at the...

Sadio Mane and Mark Noble impress in Premier Fantasy, turn to strikers

Tue, 3 May 2016 02:03:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Alison Bender goes game-by-game to break down the pivotal moments that made all the difference in Leicester's title-winning run. What felt like one of the longest coronations has finally taken place and now that's done and dusted we can concentrate on the real issue -- who's going to win ESPN FC Premier Fantasy? Here's how the latest Gameweek panned out. WEEKLY WONDERS Sadio Mane (£6.8m) took centre stage with a hat-trick and 21 points against Man City. The Southampton man now has five goals in three matches and seven from his last six appearances, two of which were as a sub. Two West Ham midfielders upstaged ESPN FC...

Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero the must-have men in Premier Fantasy

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:37:00 PDT

The title race could well be over by the end of this weekend, but the decisive date in the ESPN FC Premier Fantasy calendar is a little further down the line. Gameweek 37 involves double fixtures for eight teams, so a certain amount of forward planning is required in Gameweek 36. Here's a few pointers. TEAM EFFORTS Watford are this week's opponents for Aston Villa, which should be a great chance for the Hornets to bounce back from their FA Cup semifinal disappointment against Crystal Palace last...

Chelsea aces Eden Hazard & Cesc Fabregas among the Fantasy stars

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:31:00 PDT

Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas were among the big scorers in ESPN FC Fantasy this week. Tottenham have cracked. With Leicester now needing just one win from their remaining three matches, one of the most incredible title wins in history is edging ever closer. At the other end of the table, Sunderland moved out of the relegation zone with a 0-0 draw against Arsenal while Newcastle showed they won't go down without a fight, coming back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Liverpool. But it was in the middle ground, occupied by the teams with little to play for, where the big ESPN FC Premier...

Alexis Sanchez and Aguero lead the way, Ulloa and Mahrez to step up?

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 02:21:00 PDT

Leicester stuttered, Spurs swooped and Villa finally went down -- ESPN FC Premier Fantasy's double Gameweek 34 was a big deal at both ends of the table. This weekend's reduced seven-match schedule is just as key, with the top two and three of the bottom four in action. GW34's midweek action brought a hefty slice of big points-scoring. Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (£9.7m) added a brace against West Brom to his goal against Crystal Palace for a 25-point haul, while Sergio Aguero (£10.4m) hit...

Dele Alli comes the fore for Spurs, Heurelho Gomes stars for Watford

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 01:31:00 PDT

Consistency, or the lack of it, was all the rage in Gameweek 34 of ESPN FC Premier Fantasy -- and we're not even at the end of it yet. John Moss' decisions in the Leicester vs. West Ham match took centre stage, while Newcastle and Sunderland tore up the form book by winning and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp took squad rotation close to the max by making 10 changes to the team that beat Dortmund in the Europa League. Here's what else we gleaned from a Gameweek that won't be over until late Thursday night. WEEKLY...

Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial among the best fantasy picks

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:01:00 PDT

Gameweek 33 of ESPN FC Premier Fantasy ended with the 0-0 whimper that was Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton. The rewards of doubling up with players from those two teams were scant -- only the brave/psychic who believed that Palace would keep their first clean sheet of 2016 gained much joy, particularly as Alan Pardew's men promptly made it back-to-back shut-outs for only the third time all season. Joel Ward (£5.0m) was the pick of the Eagles' defence, hitting 17 points from a weekend assist and...

Toby Alderweireld and Divock Origi shine for fantasy managers

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:40:00 PDT

Leicester are almost there, while Villa and Newcastle are almost down and a massive double dose of fixtures is almost upon us. Gameweek 33 of ESPN FC Premier Fantasy had more than a hint of the holding pattern about it, with all the major issues remaining unresolved. But the 15-fixture GW34 could change much of that. Here's what we gleaned from a high-scoring but low-impact weekend. WEEKLY WONDERS Everton and Crystal Palace's double Gameweek match on Wednesday means there are still points up for...

Everton's Romelu Lukaku looks the top fantasy pick with a double Gameweek

Fri, 8 Apr 2016 03:12:00 PDT

We're in the ESPN FC Premier Fantasy home straight, but things are anything but straightforward. There are no fewer than three double Gameweeks still to take place, starting this weekend. Crystal Palace and Everton have two fixtures in GW33, with another ten teams doubling up next week as well. Here's a few suggestions to help tackle this Gameweek's extended fixture list. TEAM EFFORTS Neither of the sides with a double Gameweek are, to put it kindly, in the greatest of form. Palace have now gone...

Pedro stars for Chelsea, Hector Bellerin and Sanchez fire Arsenal

Mon, 4 Apr 2016 04:11:00 PDT

Another game, another 1-0 win -- their fourth in a row -- leaves Leicester within touching distance of the Premier League title while the lesser teams continue to fight over the crumbs. Villa, meanwhile, edged ever closer to a top-flight exit that Newcastle seem powerless to resist as well. But if the issues at the very top and bottom of the table are coming sharply into focus, there are still any number of blurred sub-plots that a goal-heavy ESPN FC Premier Fantasy gameweek did little to resolve....

Chelsea and Arsenal could pick up points, Dmitri Payet a must-have

Fri, 1 Apr 2016 02:20:00 PDT

With the international break done and dusted, ESPN FC Premier Fantasy now officially enters the home stretch. It won't be a straightforward run-in -- one reduced and three double Gameweeks will see to that -- but we'll kick off this weekend with a good old-fashioned programme of 10 fixtures across two days. Here's a selection of the ties catching our eye. TEAM EFFORTS We'll start, as ever, with the team lucky enough to be playing Aston Villa, which this week is Chelsea. The Blues will face a managerless...

Cesc Fabregas and Graziano Pelle back on form as Harry Kane stars again

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 06:10:00 PDT

This season's ESPN FC Premier Fantasy game continues to bring twists and turns aplenty, with all the key issues -- winners, Champions League qualifiers and relegation -- still wide open. And the events of Gameweek 31 left us none the wiser but better informed. At least we can use the international break to draw a breath or two. WEEKLY WONDERS The Swansea defence is not the obvious place to find a Gameweek's top scorer, but Federico Fernandez (£5.6m) was the man this weekend. He scored his first...

Riyad Mahrez, Harry Kane, Gylfi Sigurdsson could score high in Fantasy

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 02:56:00 PDT

Make the most of Gameweek 31. After it's done, the international break will starve us of ESPN FC Premier Fantasy action until early April. There are some stand-out fixtures to send us off, including both the Manchester and Tyne-Wear derbies, and a few match-ups that look good for big points returns. Here's the low-down. Team efforts As the season has progressed, it's become clear that the first port of call for Fantasy managers should be whoever is playing Aston Villa. This week that happens to...

Harry Kane, Graziano Pelle and Max Gradel star in ESPN FC fantasy

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 04:06:00 PDT

Gameweek 30 of ESPN FC Premier Fantasy was a reduced affair due to clubs' FA Cup commitments, requiring managers to get creative if they wished to maximise points from the five matches on offer. Investing in tried and tested players from Tottenham proved the winning ticket, as was tapping into Bournemouth's beautifully timed sprint for survival. Here's how it all panned out. Weekly wonders Bournemouth's third win a row, a 3-2 thriller with Swansea, was spearheaded by midfielder Max Gradel (£5.5...

Harry Kane to lead Tottenham against Villa, Josh King worth a look

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:34:00 PST

Gameweek 30's vastly reduced schedule means ESPN FC Premier Fantasy managers are more likely to make a transfer or two if they want to field a competitive team. A number of big performers will be absent, but plenty remain and there are some key match-ups that should bring the points flowing in despite the limited options. Here's how things could pan out. TEAM EFFORTS Aston Villa away has become an enjoyable trip for plenty of Premier League teams this season, and Tottenham look way too strong for...

Dimitri Payet and Riyad Mahrez star for ESPN FC fantasy managers

Mon, 7 Mar 2016 05:18:00 PST

Gameweek 29 of ESPN FC Premier Fantasy was another belter, although Newcastle boss Steve McClaren can be excused for disagreeing following yet another desperate defeat. Leicester did just enough, sparing us too much drama as they collected another vital three points in their 1-0 win at Watford. The same could not be said for Spurs and Arsenal, but even a cracking north London derby ended up being overshadowed by a remarkable comeback from West Ham, who triumphed 3-2 at Everton having been 2-0 down. Here's...

Gylfi Sigurdsson to bring in points, Sergio Aguero to end City woes?

Fri, 4 Mar 2016 03:48:00 PST

Gameweek 29 of ESPN FC Premier Fantasy is the storm before the calm. This weekend will involve a full set of league fixtures, but if Arsenal win their FA Cup replay at Hull in midweek, GW30 will be reduced to just five matches. As a result, a fair bit of forward planning is advisable now to avoid making excessive transfers in the quest to field a full team next week. TEAM EFFORTS Man City will be in action in GW30, and they'll warm up for that with a home match against Aston Villa. The Sky Blues'...

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