It’s TSG EPL Fantasy Time

We didn’t run an EPL fantasy group last year and regretted it the whole campaign.

Matthew's team: "Chest Rodwell"

This year…we’re already set up and it’s a chance to earn a spot in the TSG Hall of Fame and maybe a few other goodies.

To participate, just click here, create a profile and enter the code: 1003470-216588

TSG’s league name: “Lanverton.” Matthew’s team is “Jack Chest Rodwell” and Shaun’s is “Shins Hurt.”

Thanks to all of you who helped us pick the web site and game to use.

TSG is by no means experts at fantasy (I mean we did finish in the top 100 for ESPN’s Fantasy game two years ago…before ESPN’s game got more complicated than a blind date with your best friend’s girlfriend’s best friend.)

Anywho, TSG is certain we won’t win our league this year. We’ve got to keep providing stuff that you’ll read.

But here’s a few tips when considering whom you want to join you on your trip to glory this year:

• Is that midfielder or striker you just selected the penalty taker for their club? Because if they are…money in a bag.

Two words for you: Frank and Lampard

• Is that defender you’re thinking about possibly headed to a new–and better–team?

TSG has the Maynor on their side...and so might Liverpool

TSG took a shot on Wigan’s Maynor Figueroa who could be headed to play with Glen Johnson at Merseyside.

His current price tag in the game, $4.5M, reflects the points he’ll likely attain at Wigan, not Liverpool where he’ll get more clean sheets and likely more scoring opportunities.

• Insure that you have one top table goalie on your squad…and insure that he’s not considered tasty by the injury bug.

• And finally…avoid the latest hyped England player.

Two years ago David Bentley and Stuart Downing‘s costs were ratcheted up and their values for their absolutely abysmal performances were retched.

Last year, Theo Walcott was on something like 15-20% of the fantasy teams going into the season. Oops!

There are exceptions (Adam Johnson), but they’re exceptions and the probability says avoid those players.

This year’s over inflated Queen’s man?

Andy Carrol from Newcastle (do you really expect a striker on a bottom-table side who is all of 21-years-old to come flying out of the gate when four of Newcastle’s first seven opponents are against Manchester United, Aston Villa, Everton and Manchester City?).

Yet, he’s been selected by nearly 7% of the game’s managers. If you like him, wait a few games.

Instead of Carroll, pick up Aston Villa’s Nathan Delfouneso who is only owned by .2% of managers.

Martin O’Neill has already stated that Delfouneso is going to get an abundance of first team minutes and his competition up top includes two oft-injured elder statesmen: Emily Heskey and John Carew.

(Full disclosure though, TSG doesn’t have Delfouneso on our team).

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ryan on 2010/08/08 at 3:33 PM

    What the hell! You can’t be giving away tips on the guys I was eying (Figueroa)!


  2. Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/08/08 at 8:33 PM

    Do you know how I can use remaining money after my squad is selected, if I can use it at all?


  3. Posted by Nelson on 2010/08/09 at 5:30 AM

    You’ll have the opportunity to use excess cash when you make transfers. That’s if you buy players worth more than the ones you have now. Otherwise money in the bank means nothing


  4. Posted by Colin on 2010/08/09 at 6:42 AM

    Andy Carroll scored 17 goals and 8 assists in the championship last season. He started 33 games and made 6 appearances off the bench. They just gave him the #9 jersey, he is 6’4″ tall and is very good in the air. In his limited appearances in the last season that newcastle was in the premier league (When he was 19) he scored 3 goals from 5 starts and 9 appearances off the bench. He isnt going to light the league on fire, but then again, you dont get much cheaper than the 5.0m and still find someone that starts every week.

    Yes, I am a newcastle fan.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/08/09 at 8:45 AM

      He’s also done pretty well for the U19s and U21s (so far) – although a solid conclusion cannot be made at this level as he only has a handful of caps.

      I have an inkling that Villa will have another good season.


  5. Posted by John on 2010/08/09 at 9:40 AM

    Boom. Done.


  6. Posted by jwrandolph on 2010/08/10 at 3:23 PM

    I haven’t played fantasy league since 1998 major league baseball. This is going to be really fun and educational for my first season watching EPL. So far I know that Robert Greene has been good luck!


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