14/15 Fantasy Premier League: Week 2 Recap

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F*ck.

It certainly does not bode well for the year ahead when your only natural centre-forward gets injured in the second match of the season.

While¬†Giroud¬†(@_OlivierGiroud_) was in obvious pain after blocking a Sylvain Distin (@sylvaind15tin) clearance, I don’t think¬†anyone was fearing the worst.

And yet, the latest reports are saying Giroud will not play again in 2014 after suffering a fracture to his ankle.

After all the talk of Shad Forsythe arguably being our signing of the summer, he is certain to be a busy man with the likes of Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta), Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs (@KieranGibbs), Theo Walcott (@theowalcott), Serge Gnabry (@SergeGnabry), Abou Diaby (@AbouVDIABY), David Ospina (@D_Ospina1), and now Giroud all requiring a substantial amount of time on the treatment table.

After the most positive start to a transfer window in quite some time for Arsenal (@Arsenal), we are back to asking ourselves those all-too-familiar questions about the quality of our reinforcements and the overall depth of our squad.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this!

News pertaining to¬†the severity of Giroud‘s injury won’t come until after today’s Champions League¬†(@ChampionsLeague)¬†fixture versus Besiktas (@Besiktas).

Speaking of Besiktas, who do we play up top today?

The most natural choice¬†would seem to be new marquee signing,¬†Alexis S√°nchez (@Alexis_Sanchez), although if his start leading the line against¬†Everton (@Everton) over the weekend told us anything, it’s that the¬†¬£35m man still needs time to acclimate himself within a¬†Premier League¬†(@premierleague) side, as well as a role differing from his natural¬†“out-wide” position.

Speaking of acclimation, the same can be said for the newly recalled Joel Campbell (@joel_campbell12). Despite a terrific World Cup performance, no one expected the 22-year old to walk into the squad as a number one attacking option.

Podolski (@Podolski10) Рwho only a few days ago looked all but certain to be leaving the Emirates Рwill not be going anywhere now, though he is another example of a player who has looked clumsy when forced into a target man role.

Once again, Gooners are left looking towards Mr. Arsène Wenger to see if he has any tricks left up his sleeve.

It’s no surprise to see many outlets reporting that Arsenal are unlikely to sign a new striker – that seems to be par for the course in North London.

For whatever reason, the striker position hasn’t appeared¬†to be a¬†priority area¬†in the mind of the manager for several years now.

Of course,¬†that hasn’t prevented the press linking us with¬†everyone from Edinson Cavani and¬†Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) to Lo√Įc R√©my and Danny Welbeck.

In all honesty, they each appear to be unlikely targets for various reasons, although Twitter was ablaze last night with a rumour that PSG (@PSG_inside) had accepted an Arsenal bid for Cavani

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To make matters worse, we will be without Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey) today after receiving two very harsh / ridiculous yellow cards during the first leg in Turkey.

I can’t predict what the XI will look like but I imagine that Sanchez will feature up top once again.

Wenger seems to have faith that this will work in the short and long term so all we can do is put faith in the manager and his continued insistence upon Playing the Right Way¬†‚ĄĘ.

Onto the fantasy!

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OFFICIAL

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Overall Points: 109

Global: 404,543 (Last week: 834,302)
Fans of Arsenal: 25,442 (Last week: 47,847)
Canada: 3,984 (Last week: 7,542)

Private League I: 3/9 (10 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 3/13 (9 points out of 1st)
Private League III: 1/3 (28 points clear)

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YAHOO!

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Total Points: 197

Global: ???
Fans of Arsenal: ???

Private League I: 2 / 6 (21 pts out of 1st)

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I would have had a much better week if I hadn’t entirely neglected a few key¬†Manchester City¬†(@MCFC) players.

In the Yahoo! format, I benched 21 points between Jack Rodwell (@JackRodwell) and Aaron Cresswell (@Aaron_Cresswell).

That’s the second week in a row that Rodwell put up points while sitting on the bench. I’m going to have to seriously consider getting him into the side now that he is likely to earn a ton of playing time under Gus Poyet.

In the official game, I jumped more than 400k places. Have to thank my back line for keeping me in it!

Good signs to be taken but still plenty of work to be done!

See you next week!

And #COYG!!

How did you make out in Gameweek 2???

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14/15 Fantasy Premier League: Week 1 Recap

 

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Here we are back again for another season of Premier League (@premierleague) football.

Of course, this also means we have kicked off the annual fantasy festivities.

And, as usual, we start the year off with a host of complaints regarding the latest (annual?) Yahoo! overhaul.

As stated in my previous post, prior to the start of the season, there were a lot “fixes”¬†applied to the Yahoo! format that players were looking forward to: scaling the squad budget back to¬†¬£100m from¬†¬£150m, removing the captain’s armband, points reintroduced for winning corners, etc.

However, now that we are through the first week, I have a few questions:

  • Why are some player prices still absurdly high? The last time Yahoo! used a¬†¬£100m squad budget,¬†they had yet to¬†incorporate¬†a substitutes bench into their fantasy game. With a¬†required 15 player selections¬†per game week, it is a bit ridiculous to see the likes of¬†Rooney¬†(@WayneRooney) and¬†Sturridge (@D_Sturridge) hovering somewhere around¬†¬£20m after the first week.
  • Why am I unable to view the squads of other players I am directly competing against?
  • Has the global game been removed entirely? I want to know my global rank!

Speaking of global ranks, early in the morning prior to the kickoff for Sunday’s games, Yahoo! glitched out and opened a three-hour window where the prices of a few new¬†additions to the Premier League – including Alexis S√°nchez (@Alexis_Sanchez), Diego Costa,¬†and Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) – all dropped¬†to¬†¬£5m, providing a huge boost to those who were up early and lucky enough to catch it.

Not sure how Yahoo! plans to fix that one but what an utter disaster. If I’m being honest, disaster has become a bit of a Yahoo! specialty of late. They seem to have problems with every one of their games, albeit none as glaring as the ones¬†we suffer playing fantasy football year after year (no handegg).

EDIT: Yahoo! has addressed almost all of my concerns with this blog post. They’ve also created a fix for the pricing errors. Check it out before the start of week 2 or you’ll miss out!!

On the other hand, the official Premier League fantasy game continues to run like a well-oiled machine.

It is, after all, the game that has set the standard, as well as being the model that has turned the Yahoo! game into a total clusterfuck due to poor imitation.

Saying all of that, I definitely didn’t have a great¬†opening week. First week of the season is always the toughest, if you ask me.

Let’s take a look.

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OFFICIAL

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Overall Points: 53

Global: 834,302
Fans of Arsenal: 47,847
Canada: 7,542

Private League I: 2/9 (6 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 7/13 (10 points out of 1st)
Private League III: TBD in week 2

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YAHOO!

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Total Points: 88

Global: ???
Fans of Arsenal: ???

Private League I: 3 / 6 (21 pts out of 1st)

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Not in terrible shape but still work to be done.

It’s definitely going to be a lot more difficult in the Yahoo! game this year – last season was a relative breeze – and the official game gets tougher with each year as the game continues to grow worldwide.

Now: onto the important stuff…

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Never forget…

How did you make out in Gameweek 1???