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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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 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
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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Here is your weekly Fantasy Football League round-up. Remember there is a new game week starting on August 19th, so be sure to make any required changes in time for the midweek round.
Last week’s top performers:
There were three strikers who bagged 2 goals, with Britt Assomalonga (Nottingham Forest, 14.5m) leading the way with 10pts. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City, 14.1m) got 9pts while Rudy Gestede (Blackburn, 12.6m) only managed 8pts thanks to a yellow card.
Bradley Johnson (Norwich, 11.2m), Jake Taylor (Reading, 8.5m) and Ryan Hall (Rotherham, 8m) all scored a goal on their way to 8pts and joint top scoring midfielders
David Wheater (Bolton, 4.7m) scored a goal to on his way to 6pts and top scoring defender.
There were numerous keepers who kept clean sheets notched up 5pts, but no single keeper stood out above the rest.
Missing this week:
Joel Ekstrand (Watford) was sent off with a straight red card and will likely receive a 3 match ban.
Here is the latest news to help you through the final 24 hours before you finalise your team for the new season. We have tried to update the injury news of players in danger of missing this week, but as you can imagine it is near impossible to keep up with so many clubs in pre-season. Be sure to check the health of players in your team before submitting it.
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Here is our weekly update of who’s doing well, who to ship out and who is out of action this weekend to help you maximize your points total this match day.
Kenwyne Jones played well and got a good goal vs Blackburn. He has a long history of inconsistency and it might be worth waiting for a few more good performances before using one of your 5 August transfers bringing him in. If we get to the end of August and he has a few more goals and you have a transfer to spare then make the change.
Troy Deeney is likely to move to an EPL club before the end of the transfer window. Don’t waste a transfer bringing him in even though he got off to a scoring start. Wait until September, if he is still at Watford then join me in bringing him into your team.
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) scored 2 created 2 last weekend, and on this form his 10.1m price tag looks a bargain. However, he did miss a penalty for his hat-trick which meant he only notched up 7 points for his efforts.
Stevie May has joined Sheffield Wednesday. He has been scoring for fun in the Scottish Premier League and should do well. He is yet to be added to the game, but when he is anything under 10m should mean he is considered a good signing.
Huddersfield boss Mark Robins has the left club after a disastrous opening game. What this means for your team if you have any Huddersfield players is monitor any change in their playing time.
Norwich’s Martin Olsson was sent off and will miss this week’s game and faces an additional ban for his conduct leaving the field. Depending on the length of the ban you might want to consider moving him out of your team. Once the ban length is known we will tweet out the information @The_SubsBench.
In other red card news Andrew Croft (Brighton) will also miss 3 games following his dismissal last weekend.
Anton Ferdinand has joined Reading, but again is yet to be added to the game.
Blackpool continues to make numerous signings, however with the squad unfamiliar with each other steer clear of their players until results and performances begin to improve.
Will Buckley has left Brighton for Sunderland, so move him out if he is in your team.
Billy Sharp has joined Leeds from Southampton. He is yet to be added to the game but he has a good record in The Championship and could be worth a second look depending on his price.
In terms of lower league players who got off to strong starts defenders Peter Murphy (Wycombe, 4.1m) and Josh Coulson (Cambridge Utd, 5m), and strikers Jonathan Forte (Oldham, 8.6m), James Hanson (Bradford City, 11.5m) and James Collins (Shrewsbury Town, 13.6m) all notched up 10 points in their opening games.
And finally, the best advice I can offer is don’t panic after the opening week and make wholesale changes if things didn’t go well. Players can have an off day. However, if some of your players didn’t even feature on the bench then make a change, otherwise for this week I would persist with the team you had for this week.
And of course it isn’t too late to join our fantasy league, which you can do by clicking here. The league name is The Subs Bench and the password is 59thminute. Please allow us a little time to approve your request.
Lucas Orban has left Bordeaux for Spain, so you will need to move him out if you have him.
Last week’s top performers:
2 goals – Mathieu Duhamel (Caen, 7.53m), Mevlut Erdinc (St. Etienne, 13.42m), and Chris Maboulou (Bastia 7.96m).
Dario Cvitanich (Nice, 9.45,) notched up 27pts, with Zlatan Ibramhimovic (PSG, 22.3m) scored 22pts and Lenny Nangis (Caen, 7.06m) got 20 pts.
Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse, 14.39m) scored a goal on his way to 23pts and was the only midfield player to break 20 pts.
Issa Cissokho (Nantes, 11.45m) and Gregoire Puel (Nice, 8.03m) were the top scoring defenders with 16pts. The only other defender to break 15pts was Dennis Appiah (Caen, 7.37m).
Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux, 11.44m) and Stephane Ruffier (St. Etienne, 11.12m) were the joint top scoring goalkeepers and the only keepers to break 15pts, scoring 17pts.
Missing this week:
Red card – Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco)
Thiago Silva (PSG) is out for a month with a thigh injury. If you have him then he is too expensive to carry for this long and you should really consider replacing him.
Serge Aurier (PSG) admitted to France Football he is not yet 100% fit and so it is likely Gregory Van der Wiel will stay in the starting line-up this weekend vs Bastia.
Jon flies solo from the calming shores of New Brunswick to go through some of the latest transfers you should keep an eye on in gameweek one. With a plethora of German and Argentinian players rested after the World Cup finals, he reviews the updated starting lineups of both he and Kev’s fantasy teams. Find out who made the cut in this quick addendum before the season finally kicks off.
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Super Bru is a free sports tipping website and The Subs Bench have set up a pool there. To join the pool you will need set up a Super Bru account if you don’t have one already, just follow the link here. Pool name: The Subs Bench & Pool code: helleats. Each week you will pick the results of all of the premier league matches, for example I have gone with United 4 Swansea 0. The only prize we are able to put up is Glory, however Super Bru have put up £10,000!! To win the £10,000 on offer from Super Bru you will need to get all 10 Premier League score lines exactly right. That is quite difficult to do, which is why they have also put up £1,000 for anyone who gets 7 exact score lines. This contest is open to everyone regardless of where they live in the world.
Super Bru have also started a fantasy lite pool, where each week you pick one striker, 2 midfielders, and 1 defender and get points based on how well they perform. Of Course, there is a Subs Bench Fantasy Lite Pool. Pool name: The Sub’s Bench Pool code: mayanest
Here are my picks for both pools so you know what you’re up against:
United 4 – 0 Swansea
Leceister 0 – 1 Everton
QPR 0 – Hull City 2
Stoke 1 – Aston Villa 1
WBA 0 – Sunderland 2
West Ham 0 – Spurs 2
Arsenal 2 – Crystal Palace 0
Liverpool 5 – Southampton 0
Newcastle 1 – Man City 3
Burnley 0 – Chelsea 3
Fantasy Lite: Rooney, Ramsey, Eriksen, Baines
Kevin and Jon get together after a relaxing summer of enjoying the World Cup, pour a couple of cold ones and look at their tentative teams for gameweek one. Of course, they include a list of players they’ll likely swap out before the first whistle blows and discuss captaincy options. There are a lot of quality players new (or returning) to the Premier League and the lads discuss a few of them, as well as a few players who may find their return to form (or come good on their potential).
The league kicks off August 16th, so be sure to join our league by clicking here, league code is 82131-25589
This season of Subbed in the 59th Minute is brought to you by Cassel Brewery.