Everyone has heard of the dented can theory, correct?  No?  Well, the dented cans are all hurt and/or dented, and therein lies the value. Today we look at said cans! More specifically, we look at guys that were injured, are returning to the pitch, and may have some intrinsic value for your roster.  Most of the guys that I have focused on have missed significant time this year, and really haven’t had any chance to gel with their club for long periods of time.  There is value there if you are a penny pincher when it comes to making out your roster like myself.  There are two reasons you need to be frugal during the year right after the January transfer window, just in case a value comes along.  So take a gander at the list, most are for some, some aren’t for most.  These are the guys that are coming back that you may want to stash as long as you have the loot to spare and a prayer to be answered.

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When it comes to being underrated Charlie Austin is the king. He was born on a Wednesday, a very underrated day of the week. His favorite meal growing up was meatloaf, a very underrated dish. His favorite band? The Happy Monday’s a very underrated band. But most of all Charlie Austin the footballer was very underrated. He was an unwanted bastard of the Reading youth system. So much so that he had to make his way through non-league football in his late teens. Playing semi-pro by night and laying bricks (literally) by day. After a few years he finally began working his way up to the lower dregs of the English football system. Scratching and clawing from Kintbury to Hungerford to Poole to Swindon to his big break with Burnley. He was underrated then and he’s underrated now.

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So yesterday we went over the overrated fellas, so naturally, today, we are doing the underrated guys.  The guys that are getting you value all across the board and allowing you to squeeze 3-4 top players into that £100 budget.  It’s the same assessment theories as yesterday.  We look at value, cost, percent of usage, and value as it’s associated to form.  All of these things are what makes up the current value of the player, and causes those pluses and minuses in value that make your team look good, or really good.  I didn’t include goalies, which are like fantasy football kickers, or fantasy baseball catchers, and you play the one that looks good schedule-wise.  So take a look at the guys where I think the numbers are returning better value then we give them credit for.

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So with the slow week, my colleague and I are going rover.  Not like the “red rover”, well… to be honest, it’s exactly like that. Now send your attention over… So this morning’s post focused on the most overrated crew that currently rosters itself in Fantasy Premier.  We came up with these lads based on season form, value assessment, percent of usage, and a price per point analysis.  This analysis determines the true value of a fantasy player on a point-per-game basis and correlates it to there value as a percentage of your roster’s salary.  So using all that goodness, wrapped in a pretzel roll, I have came to the determination that based on all those things, Yaya Toure is an absolute abomination to your fantasy roster.  Let’s look at what he does on a weekly basis and what it does to your team as a whole if you are rostering him.

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Overrated and underrated, it’s a familiar and possibly overused concept. It’s trotted out by every type of media from fashion magazines to fantasy sports sites like ours. What could be less alike than fashion and fantasy sports media types, amirite? I’m wearing a leather coat from 2006 and an old knit hat with a brim. Post-game Russell Westbrook I am not. Regardless, during the next couple of days we’ll be sharing our overrated and underrated lists with you. Feel free to share yours or passionately disagree with ours. Hey, it’s an international break you don’t want us writing about Brazil’s showdown with Turkey do ya? Just to be clear, I’m defining overrated one of two ways: 1. overpriced on the site 2. over owned by the general population. ONWARD!

RVP

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Gentleman and ladies, and by ladies I mean my Mom, let’s talk a little strategy today shall we? Success in Fantasy Premier League, as much as any of the other fantasy games out there, is predicated on good strategy and planning. There are numerous approaches and styles when it comes to roster building. Much of your focus, regardless of your team’s formation, needs to be on buying players with opportunity, and the ability for those players to make the most of those opportunities as they present themselves. Let’s not forget with a limit of one transfer per week, and two wild cards over the course of 38 weeks, you need to buy for the long haul. With this in mind, it’s important to target players involved in their club’s set pieces. It’s pretty easy to see why. Players who take penalties, directs, in-directs, and corners score more. Shocking! Earth-shattering! I know, basic as plain oatmeal, but you’d be shocked by how many players miss the boat when it comes to this. So, to help everyone out I’ve provided a handy chart below to guide you in your buys and sells in the next few days. I’ll continue to update these charts on a weekly basis. One important side note: If a club’s important set piece taker goes down (i.e Mesut Ozil) I won’t remove them from the chart but simply push them back a spot in the pecking order. Capiche? Capiche!

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