This weeks blog has been written by Don Burrows, otherwise known as Super Don. He is an established FiT Manager & Coach and his trophy cabinet speaks for itself. Don is also the Chairman of the UK Mini League.
Hazard, Torres, Tevez, Michu and Fellaini… They all carried on where they left off in gameweek 1 by scoring good points again in gameweek 2, as did the cheap and reliable Swansea defence, this Fantasy iTeam management is suddenly looking a bit too easy, especially when we’ve been blessed with an fixture list which as seen “the big four” all having staggered kicking off times, managers have had the option to swap their teams around and have the likes of Torres, Tevez, and Van Persie all in their team over the course of the gameweek, which is something that just wouldn’t normally be affordable this early in the season. That trend on the fixtures continues in gameweek 3, but make the most of it, as Arsenal, Man United, Man City, and Chelsea (back in action after missing gameweek 3 to play in the UEFA Super Cup), all kick off at the same time in gameweek 4, so the planning of your transfers this gameweek could be key to having a successful and gadget packed September!
Looking ahead to the fixtures for gameweek 3 you’d have to fancy both Manchester clubs to have comfortable victories over QPR and Southampton respectively, and with both Aguero and Rooney out injured Tevez and Van Persie look certain to start and will be popular captains selections this gameweek, Tevez probably the bigger favourite due to Man City having a home fixture.
Swansea have another home fixture, and while Sunderland should prove a tougher test than West Ham provided last weekend, you wouldn’t bet against Michu finding the back of the net against anyone right now, his value has climbed from 5.7m to 6.3 in two weeks and he’s proving to be a great signing for the Swans and fantasy managers alike. The Swansea defence is as tight as ever, and with a kind fixture list all the way to gameweek 9, they’ve got potential to score good points not only in gameweek 3, but over the couple of months as well.
Spurs are another team with a favourable set of fixtures over the next three gameweeks (Norwich, Reading, and QPR) and while it’s not easy to see where there goals are coming from I would expect them to keep a clean sheet or two out of those fixtures, so where better to start than home to Norwich this weekend, and with 7 points on offer for a defenders goal, Benoit Assou-Ekotto is a bargain at 6.3m.
Newcastle vs Aston Villa, along with Southampton vs Man United, are the last two fixtures of the gameweek, if the budget doesn’t stretch far enough to transfer in Van Persie, then Papiss Cisse or could be a cheaper option and the smart buy this gameweek.
Teams I’d avoid right now are Norwich and QPR, I can’t see any value in their players, and the fixture list isn’t doing them any favours either.
Tips – It’s still early in the season and hard to afford a team you’ll be entirely satisfied with, so keep an eye on your players values, once a players played his fixture there is a tendency for their value to drop due to other managers transferring him out to bring in someone who hasn’t yet played that gameweek, if you’re confident the player you’re wanting to transferring in will play, go for it, don’t hang around waiting for those starting line ups, the chances are that player will cost you more if you wait!
Another way to get extra funds for transfers is by using the H2H challenge, check out a few teams in you’re mini league or look in the H2H lobby, if there’s a team you think you can take down, go for it and take the challenge!
Finally, if you’re managing just one iTeam and in a small mini league, give some thought to leaving for one of the bigger leagues. You will get help and tips from other managers, enjoy more conversation on the mini league newsfeed, make new friends and just get more from the Fantasy iTeam app
Have fun and good luck!
This post was written by FiT Admin