New Fantasy Pod: Dare To Zlatan Lager

Join Jon and Kev as they lament the lack of Diego Costa in their fantasy teams while Matt quietly celebrates. The guys discuss the various striking options available, recommend Villa defenders without any sense of irony and anyone playing against QPR.

There is also a review of the Football League game and those players in the lower leagues to watch out for and get into your team. The early days of the Champions League game are reviewed, as are the other Fantasy games around the European leagues.


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New Fantasy Podcast: Debut or Bench Sitter?

With the transfer window closed and the international break over we are all wondering if the new signings will become instant hits or be eased into action via the substitute bench. Join Kev & Jon as they attempt to guide you through the uncertainty and highlight the players to pick and those to avoid.

There is also a preview of the new Champions League game as well as updates from the other European league games.

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New Podcast: Calm After Transfer Storm

Join Kev and Jon for a rundown of the last ditch transfers for the Premier League, and an update on the current state of their Fantasy Premier League teams.  There is also a quick update on the Football League as Jon remembers to submit his team to compete.  Then join Matt as he updates you on the rest of Europe, looking at a few notable transfers and top performers in the respective fantasy leagues.


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New Podcast: Time to Panic Yet?

Kevin and Jon miss out on the ‘wisdom’ of Matt this week as Gameweek 3 sees Kevin make wholesale changes to his Fantasy Premier League team and play his first wildcard.  Jon assesses where to make much needed changes on his own team and gives a tip on which team’s defenders to bring in.  The guys rundown a few of the latest transfers and  go through a few of the transfers that slipped through the cracks.  The is also a discussion on Eric Dier and if he should be in your lineup.

Jon finally gets his Football League Fantasy Team up and running, with a surprising amount of League 2 players in it.  In the process of selecting his team, he uncovers a new fantasy football selection strategy – the two click strategy

The Bundesliga Roundup finds a midfield option for under two million Euros who is playing and getting points! There is also Ligue 1 and La Liga updates and what to do without Zlatan in your lineup and if Xabi Alonso goes to Munich.


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Fantasy Ligue 1 Weekly News

Here is this week’s update for the Fantasy Ligue 1 game. Let’s start by looking at the defenses you might won’t to avoid.

  • Evian have conceded 9 goals in their opening two games. My advice, if you have Evian defenders then remove them ASAP.
  • Likewise the Marcelo Biesla reign at Marseille has begun with a leaky defense, as has Leonardo Jardim’s time at Monaco. You might want to consider removing high priced defenders from these clubs until things tighten up at the back.

If you want cheaper options, newly promoted Metz have conceded just one goal in their opening two matches.

If you are looking for value from a more established club, then St. Etienne has signed defender Kevin Theophile-Catherine on loan from Cardiff City. He has been given the #2 shirt and so should feature in the first team. He is currently valued at 4.16m

Last week’s top performers:


Ola Toivonen (Rennes, 8.95m) & Diego Rolan (Bordeaux, 9.85m) both scored twice to take their season totals to above the 30pt mark.

Mevlut Erdinc (St.Etienne, 13.1m), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon, 12.69m) & Christopher Maboulou (Bastia, 6.44m) are the only other strikers to be averaging 15pts a game over the opening weeks.


Paul-Georges Ntep (Rennes, 8.99m) got 2 goals last weekend to take his season tally to 28pts. The outstanding midfield player is Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse, 15.26m) who has an incredible 46pts after just two weeks!


Mexer (Rennes, 8.74m) and Daniel Wass (Evian, 15.14m) incredibly each scored 2 goals in the same game. Mexer now has 30pts for the season, while a leaky defense means Wass is trailing on 27pts. These two unsurprisingly have the highest point total of defenders. Word of caution, with Evian’s leaky defense be wary of bringing in Wass at such a high fee!


Mouez Hassen (Nice, 4.06m) leads the way with 26pts from his opening two games. Victor Enyeama (Lille, 12.27m), Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux, 10.26m) and Stephane Ruffier (St. Etienne, 9.96m) are the other keepers to currently average over 10pts through the opening two games.

Missing this week:


Mathieu Duhamel (Caen) left game injured vs Lille and is expected to miss 3 weeks. While defender Emmanuel Imorou is out for 6 weeks.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) was subbed off after 15min vs Bastia with a ‘strange’ injury according to Laurent Blanc. The club has said this week he will be out for several weeks. My advice is transfer him out and then bring him back at a probable lower price when he returns to action.

Kamil Grosicki (Rennes) subbed off in 1st half vs Evian but no word on how long if at all he will be missing.


Dennis Appiah (Caen) received a red card last week and won’t be eligible this week.

Brandao head-butted Thiago Motta after the match last weekend and a long ban is expected. Don’t bother holding out to see the ban, it will be lengthy so get him out now before his price drops any further.

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Fantasy Football League Weekly Update

With the games in Football League coming think and fast here is your update after the midweek fixtures.


Joe Bennett has joined Bright on loan from Aston Villa. He is an attacking full-back who should do well in The Championship and is one to consider, once he is added to the game of course.

Norwich has signed defender Carlos Cuellar and striker Cameron Jerome. There are a lot of good Norwich players in the game and so you could probably do better than Cuellar. However, Jerome is a goal machine at this level and will be well worth you considering. Once again, neither of these players has been added to the game as yet so you will need to check back.

Last week’s top performers:


There were a number of strikers who managed to get a single goal and scored 6pts, but the standout was Lewis Grabban (Norwich) who bagged a double and 7pts.


Jamie Ward (Derby) scored 2 goals vs Charlton to notch up a game week high12pts.

Gianni Munari (Watford) scored in his tally of 8pts followed by numerous goal scoring midfielders who also managed to score a goal on the night who scored 7pts.


David Edgar (Birmingham) scored a goal in his total of 6pts. It was Bruno (Brighton), Scott Golbourne (Wolves) and Tommy Hoban (Watford) who were the top point scoring defenders however, reaching 9pts for their efforts, thanks to an assist and clean sheet.


Those goalkeepers who kept clean sheets scored 5pts, but no one keeper managed to stand out above the rest.

Missing this week:


A reminder that Joel Ekstrand (Watford) and Martin Olsson (Norwich) will still be missing this weekend.

Fantasy EPL Weekly Update

Here is all the updated information after the opening week of the Fantasy Premier League. Good luck with your team this weekend!


Victor Moses has joined Stoke on loan. He is currently 5.5m which, if he plays regularly should prove a good addition to your side but there is a lot of competition in the Stoke midfield.

Alberto Moreno has joined Liverpool and should be a regular starter at left-back. At 5.5m he looks to be good value, so unless he struggles hopelessly to adapt to English football I would give him serious consideration.

Leroy Fer has joined QPR and is valued at 5.5m. If he is given license to get forward then he could be a good addition to your team as he has the ability to get a goal.

Eduardo Vargas has also joined QPR, though as someone new to English football I would wait and see how he settles in before considering him for your team. The club is still awaiting international clearance and so he is not yet added to the game.

Carlos Sanchez has joined Aston Villa but is unlikely to be a regular starter initially and even when he does start he will sit in front of the defense. Even at 4.5m I would pass on him.

Marcos Rojo has joined Manchester United and will likely step straight in at left wingback. This is a big step up for him, and not a step some experts expect him to be able to make. United’s defense still looks weak so I would wait and with Rojo. He is valued at 6m by the game.

  • Nani has left United as part of the deal, so if you have him then get him out

Defender Federico Fernandez has joined Swansea and is valued at 5m. It may take him some time to adjust to the Premier League from Italian football so I would recommend a wait and see approach with him.

Last week’s top performers:


Saido Berahino (West Brom) scored twice to secure 13pts and be the top scoring striker.


Gylfi Sugurdsson (Swansea) and Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) were the top scoring midfielders with a goal and got an assist each for a total of 13pts.

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) also scored on his way to a 10pt total.


Eric Dier (Spurs) and James Chester (Hull) both recorded a clean sheet and scored a goal to get a 15pt haul.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) was the only other defender to hit double figures after scoring a goal to amass 10 pts.


Allan McGregor (Hull) saved a penalty on his way to a clean sheet to rack up 14pts to be the top scoring goalkeeper of the week.

Missing this week:


Ross Barkley (Everton) out for anything between 5 months and 6 weeks depending on what report you read. Either way you will need to transfer him out of your team if you didn’t already.

Danny Drinkwater (Leicester) was subbed off vs Everton and is expected to miss at least 1 week.

Jesse Lingard (Man Utd) was subbed off vs Swansea but is given a 75% chance of being fit for this weekend.

Robert Snodgrass (Hull) is out for 6 months with a dislocated kneecap. Needless to say if you have him you will need to make a change. Alex Bruce was also subbed off vs QPR, but he is given a 75% chance of being fit this weekend.

Maroune Fellaini (Man Utd) left training on crutches and is unlikely to play for at least this weekend.

Mikael Arteta came off injured in the Champions League midweek but is rated 75% chance of playing this weekend by the game. However, there are reports he will be out for a week or two.


Kyle Naughton (Spurs), James Collins (West Ham) and Jason Puncheon (Palace) all received red cards and will miss this weekend.

New Podcast: Let’s Talk About Cesc Baby

The Fantasy season is underway and it’s all hands on deck for this edition of Subbed in the 59th Minute. Join Jon, Kev and Matt as they discuss their hard luck stories from the opening weekend of season. The guys debate what changes they should make and give you a few players to consider and avoid as you contemplate your knee-jerk reactions to the first game week.

The guys also look at their other Fantasy games in the Football League and Ligue 1, as well as a preview La Liga and Bundesliga which get underway this weekend!


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Fantasy Bundesliga Preview

The Fantasy Bundesliga game gets underway this week, so let’s take a look at some of the players you will want to consider when picking your team.


There are numerous high point scoring strikers in the Bundesliga, most of them costing over 12m! This means you are going to have to take a gamble on one or two attackers in order to leave some budget space for the rest of your team.

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, 16.13m) is the pick of the striker, having scored an average of 12pts a game last season for Dortmund. Now leading the line for Bayern I can only seeing him scoring more points. He is the most expensive striker in the game but should still provide value for money.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke, 10.14m) he is a close to guaranteed goals as you will find if he gets the chances. At 10m he could prove great value.

Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart, 7.57m) has been a consistent goal scorer in the Bundesliga for several seasons and should prove a solid point scorer at a reasonable price.

Adam Szalai (Hoffenheim, 5.18m) joins a team who scored 72 goals last season from Schalke and should be a regular starter. If Hoffenheim even get close to their goal tally last season then Szalai will help himself to a healthy number of them.

Ciro Immobile (Dortmund, 4.84m) was one of Italy’s top goal scorers and Dortmund’s answer to losing Lewandowski. He looks insane value and unless he fails to settle into his new team will be one of the best value players in the game.


Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich, 13.21m) he is considerable cheaper than both Ribery and Reus and should be full of confidence after a stunning World Cup. He could well be top top scoring midfielder in the game yet is only the sixth most expensive.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Dortmund, 11.81m) starting his second season in German football and should be more settled than this time last year when he still managed 9pts a game.

Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg, 8.92m) he has starred in German football and averaged 8pts a game last season. He has moved permanently to Wolfsburg and is at least 1m cheaper than other players who averaged 8pts per game last season.

Julian Draxler (Schalke, 7.25m) is one of the bright talents of German football who suffered from injury last season. He should be raring to go this season!

Valentine Stocker (Hertha Berlin, 4.79m) he has been very impressive in a very impressive Basle team and now gets his chance in Germany. He should make the step up without any trouble, but at under 5m it is a gamble worth taking.

Ilkay Gundogan (Dortmund, 4.79m) one of the world’s premier midfielders who missed most of last season with injuries. I had to double take seeing him in the game at this price! Although still working his way back to full fitness and perhaps limited to appearances from the bench in the opening weeks get him in your team now. If you wait this price will likely triple.


Mats Hummels (Dortmund, 9.47m) he missed lots of last season with injury which is the only explanation for his price. Dortmund are strong defensively and he chips in with the odd goal as well.

Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich, 9.12m) he is a guaranteed started and will likely play in midfield despite being listed as a defender and benefiting from the best defense in the league. A bit of a no brainer to get him in.

Felipe Santana (Schalke, 6.63m) Schalke had one of the better defensive records last season and is always a threat from set pieces. He could prove a shrewd pick-up.

Wendell (Leverkusen, 6.09m) Leverkusen were the third best defense last season and Wendell as been brought in for this season. He will look to get forward from left-back and has an eye for goal. There is a question over whether he will slip right into the starting eleven, but if he does then get him in.

Omer Toprak (Leverkusen, 5.42m) he was a regular in the strong Leverkusen defense last season and that shouldn’t change this season.

Holger Budstuber (Bayern Munich, 5.02m) he missed all of last season through injury but is fit and ready to go this time out. He should be a starter, though he hasn’t had the chance to play under Pep Guardiola so there will be a little uncertainty about his place. My advice, at this price for a potential Bayern starter – get him in. If he doesn’t start then make the change.


Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich, 12.45m) he is the most expensive keeper in the game, but such was Munich’s superiority defensively last season he is almost a must have despite the price.

Roman Weidenfeller (Dortmund, 7.88m) Dortmund had the 2nd best defensive record last season despite a shocking injury list for parts of the season. With the price difference Weidenfeller might not get as many points as Neuer, but could be the better value.

Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg, 6.01m) Wolfsburg finished 5th last season, yet despite this their keeper comes in a just a shade under half of Neuer. They might not have the greatest defensive record, but it is far from the worse and will also leave you with some budget space for other areas of your team.

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Fantasy La Liga Preview

Fantasy La Liga gets underway this weekend! Unfortunately you can’t just stack your team entirely with Real Madrid and Barcelona players. So, let’s have a look at a few of the players you should consider.

There appears to be three strategies to play in this season’s La Liga Fantasy

  1. Pick Messi or Ronaldo and fit in what you can around them
  2. Pick Messi and Ronaldo and shop in the reserves for the rest of your team
  3. Pick neither Messi nor Ronaldo and instead look for a balanced squad

The best strategy would appear to be the first with an obvious choice of captain, but who you pick to fill out the squad will define your season’s success. Though the second strategy is certainly tempting to try!


Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, 25m) and Lionel Messi (Barcelona, 24m) are the two obvious stars of Spanish football. However, with each costing you 25% of your budget it will be challenge to get one of them into your team, both next to impossible! With Messi costing 1m less and Luis Suarez not making an appearance for the early months of the season he looks the better of the two options.

Mario Mandzukic (Atletico Madrid, 13.5m) is Diego Costa’s replacement as the front man at the defending champions. If you opt for strategy 3 then he is a must have.

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, 13.01m) leads the line for Real, and if opting for stategy 3 is another player who you must have.

Carlos Bacca (Sevilla, 7.96m) a solid all round striker who will score goals, averaging 6pts a game last season.

Jese (Real Madrid, 6.66m) a very talented forward who may not start every week but usually scores when he plays averaging 6pts a game when he did play last season. How much he will play is the crucial question.

Gerard Deulofeu (Sevilla, 6.02m) impressive in England last season and continuing his development this season at Sevilla. At such a low price he will make a great addition if you are on strategy 1.


Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, 17.42m) if on strategy 3 then Bale, as a midfielder, is a must. He finished last season on fire and should kick on this season and score loads of points.

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona, 16.18m) had 7 assists from set pieces alone last season for Sevilla and he makes the move to Barca for this season. He averaged 12pts a game last year and it is difficult to see him doing worse in a better team.

Andreas Iniesta (Barcelona, 8.71m) at almost half the price of Rakitic, Iniesta looks great value. He should be a regular in the Barca midfield and chip in with his share of goals and assists.

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia, 7.96m) he averaged 6pts a game last season. With new investment at Valencia they should be a stronger team this time out, meaning Feghouli should have the players around him to increase this tally.


Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid, 12.7m) he is a threat from set pieces and Atletico won’t shift many goals. If you are opting for strategy 3 then this is a must have.

Gerard Pique (Barcelona, 9.79m) for a guaranteed starter for one of the ‘big two’ Pique looks a bargain at under 10m. Another strategy 3 must have.

Jordi Alba (Barcelona 8.45m) like Pique, Alba looks a bargain at this price for an attacking fullback who should start every week.

Antonio Barragan (Valencia, 7.51m) it is all change at Valencia this summer, but if Barragan holds onto his place then he should be able to improve on his 7pts per game average from last season.

Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona, 7m) he is a big money signing and as such should line-up next to Pique in the defense. He has an eye for goal and Barca will keep their fair share of clean sheets. Get him in at this price!

Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal, 6.43m) Villarreal had one of the better defenses in the league last season and Rukavina comes in to strengthen it. He should provide value at this price.

Shkodran Mustafi (6m) & Nicolas Otamendi (5.5m) are two of the Valencia’s squad improvements fresh from the World Cup Final. Both should start and thus be good value.


Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, 12.02m) he starred for Levante last season and now gets his chance at Real Madrid. If you have the budget space he will be a top performer. As a word of warning, Iker Casillas started in the Super Copa. It is unlikely Navas would have joined to be #2 but it is troubling as a fantasy manager that he didn’t start this game.

Moya (Atletico Madrid, 7.04m) expected to start for Atletico, and for a team with the best defensive record last season he should prove a bargain.

Diego Alves (Valencia, 6.97m) Valencia should be strong and be much better defensively than last season, meaning Diego Alves should reap the rewards.

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