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Yaya Toure is Gameweek 3’s Unfantasy Player of the Week!
His performance was once again mediocre as Yaya is yet to justify his price tag. Despite being the three-time African Player of the Year, Yaya has shown that he cannot replicate his performance from last season. His one-point FPL score was a the result of a yellow-card for simulation in the match against Stoke City. This was a match that Manchester City was expected to dominated, yet went on to lose 1-0 after an epic display from Mame Biram Diouf. Goal.com had this to say about Yaya’s performance:
"Played as one of the two holding midfielders and still looks a little way off the player who inspired City to the title last season. His passing was a touch slow and overall he could not drive City forward."
With Two Unfantasy Player of the Week Title’s to his name, Yaya Toure has cemented his place as the early front-runner for this year’s title of Unfantasy Player of the Year. However, Wayne Rooney could come charging back into the fray if Manchester United keeps disappointing. 

Yaya Toure is Gameweek 3’s Unfantasy Player of the Week!

His performance was once again mediocre as Yaya is yet to justify his price tag. Despite being the three-time African Player of the Year, Yaya has shown that he cannot replicate his performance from last season. His one-point FPL score was a the result of a yellow-card for simulation in the match against Stoke City. This was a match that Manchester City was expected to dominated, yet went on to lose 1-0 after an epic display from Mame Biram Diouf. Goal.com had this to say about Yaya’s performance:

"Played as one of the two holding midfielders and still looks a little way off the player who inspired City to the title last season. His passing was a touch slow and overall he could not drive City forward."

With Two Unfantasy Player of the Week Title’s to his name, Yaya Toure has cemented his place as the early front-runner for this year’s title of Unfantasy Player of the Year. However, Wayne Rooney could come charging back into the fray if Manchester United keeps disappointing. 

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This week’s Unfantasy Player of the Week is Yaya Toure!
Wayne Rooney, with his two-point haul against Sunderland, was the favorite for the award going into Monday’s epic match-up between Liverpool and Manchester City. But Yaya Toure, ever the competitor, beat Rooney in this week’s battle for the biggest fantasy disappointment. Congratulations Yaya!
Unlike last week’s winner Bojan, Goal.com only gave Yaya a 1.5 star rating for his one-point Unfantasy performance. Goal.com had this to say about his performance: 
"Strolled through most of the game. Decent passing but lacked his customary drive and pretty poor with his defensive positioning." 
So far, Yaya is yet to justify his price as the most expensive midfielder in FPL. And based on how other top midfielders are performing, he could be primed for a massive sell-off. 

This week’s Unfantasy Player of the Week is Yaya Toure!

Wayne Rooney, with his two-point haul against Sunderland, was the favorite for the award going into Monday’s epic match-up between Liverpool and Manchester City. But Yaya Toure, ever the competitor, beat Rooney in this week’s battle for the biggest fantasy disappointment. Congratulations Yaya!

Unlike last week’s winner Bojan, Goal.com only gave Yaya a 1.5 star rating for his one-point Unfantasy performance. Goal.com had this to say about his performance: 

"Strolled through most of the game. Decent passing but lacked his customary drive and pretty poor with his defensive positioning." 

So far, Yaya is yet to justify his price as the most expensive midfielder in FPL. And based on how other top midfielders are performing, he could be primed for a massive sell-off. 

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Since Gameweek 1 is over, it is now time to reveal this week’s Unfantasy Player of the Week!
For a review, Unfantasy Player of the Week is the title given to an attacking player (Midfielder or Forward) selected by 10% or more owners in the Official Fantasy Premier League game who plays for a full 90 but scores the fewest Fantasy Premier League points.
Tie-Breakers are as follows:
1. Lowest EA Sports PPI
2. Lowest FPL Bonus Points System Score
Using the above criteria, Bojan, Juan Mata, and Romelu Lukaku tied on FPL points. However, Bojan has won the Award as he posted the lowest EA Sports PPI, with a score of only 2. 
Perhaps it is not too surprising that Bojan has won this highly uncoveted. People either tapped him for success or failure. Lukaku disappointing was not surprising either given his track record of Unfantasy material in good matchups on paper. I wouldn’t give up on Mata just yet as United are still without their main man in RVP. Also, Swansea is a pretty good team.
Now back to Bojan. Goal.com actually gave Bojan a three-star match rating. Goal.com wrote the following on Bojan:
"As you’d expect, his touch was exquisite and he found space at will. Showed off his passing ability with some wonderful through-balls early on but struggled to get any testing shots away. Dropped deep to collect the ball when perhaps he would have been more effective in and around the box. Faded as the game progressed and was denied a debut goal by a phenomenal block from Ron Vlaar."
Their review shows that Bojan had a decent game, although his EA Sports PPI says otherwise. Either way, don’t give up on these three players just yet. And congrats to Bojan, for winning Unfantasy Player of the Week Honors.

Since Gameweek 1 is over, it is now time to reveal this week’s Unfantasy Player of the Week!

For a review, Unfantasy Player of the Week is the title given to an attacking player (Midfielder or Forward) selected by 10% or more owners in the Official Fantasy Premier League game who plays for a full 90 but scores the fewest Fantasy Premier League points.

Tie-Breakers are as follows:

1. Lowest EA Sports PPI

2. Lowest FPL Bonus Points System Score

Using the above criteria, Bojan, Juan Mata, and Romelu Lukaku tied on FPL points. However, Bojan has won the Award as he posted the lowest EA Sports PPI, with a score of only 2. 

Perhaps it is not too surprising that Bojan has won this highly uncoveted. People either tapped him for success or failure. Lukaku disappointing was not surprising either given his track record of Unfantasy material in good matchups on paper. I wouldn’t give up on Mata just yet as United are still without their main man in RVP. Also, Swansea is a pretty good team.

Now back to Bojan. Goal.com actually gave Bojan a three-star match rating. Goal.com wrote the following on Bojan:

"As you’d expect, his touch was exquisite and he found space at will. Showed off his passing ability with some wonderful through-balls early on but struggled to get any testing shots away. Dropped deep to collect the ball when perhaps he would have been more effective in and around the box. Faded as the game progressed and was denied a debut goal by a phenomenal block from Ron Vlaar."

Their review shows that Bojan had a decent game, although his EA Sports PPI says otherwise. Either way, don’t give up on these three players just yet. And congrats to Bojan, for winning Unfantasy Player of the Week Honors.

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I WANT TO SUPPORT A PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM FOR THE DUMBEST REASON POSSIBLE!

Anyone will tell you the key to being good at fantasy premier league is to not be biased. Which is my PUNDIT TIP NUMBER SIX: DON’T BE BIASED!

Just because you support, for instance, Arsenal does not mean you can’t have a player from Tottenham on your team. Regardless of who you support, you need to field the best possible team each week in FPL

This is easy for me because I do not support any Premier League team. I currently have season tickets to my local MLS side here in the states. However, I would like a Premier League team to support…well actually a team to support me first. 

I will support the first Premier League team to follow my blog’s Twitter Account: @Unfantastical. In return, my blog will follow said team on Twitter, and I will buy a jersey of said team. 

Now my options are limited. As far as I can tell, only Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Manchester City follow their supporter’s on Twitter.

Anyway, I just want an incredibly dumb reason that can top the typical nonsensical American Premier League Team fan’s reason for support like this one:  ”When I was a kid, my Uncle when to London and bought me a Man United jersey.” Yes, because Manchester is in London lol.

Nevertheless, this blog will continue to focus strictly on Fantasy Premier League. You won’t be seeing those annoying Twitter posts about said team messing up every second when the team is playing.

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Unfantasy’s Guide To Not Being Mediocre: Part 5

PUNDIT TIP NUMBER FIVE: MAKE SURE YOUR MIDFIELDER’S/FORWARD’S HOME FIXTURES VARY!

Fixture rotation is commonplace in FPL, particularly in the defense and goalie positions. However, I do not think that FPL players pay enough attention to home/away fixtures in their midfield or forward positions.

To sum up, you could have a situation in which most, or even all, of your midfielder’s/forward’s play at home one week and then away the next. This is a quick way to mediocrity. 

The easiest way to be good at FPL is to consistently post above-average results each Gameweek. You do not need to be spectacular each week to succeed! Before FPL updated, I looked back at my Gameweek rank’s. I realized that any week I had a Gameweek rank of 400,000 or better I ended up improving my overall rank. image

Now this screenshot only shows Gameweek’s 1 though 31 but the point is still relevant. Simply put, You do not need to have all of your players play at home in Gameweek 1. Have a mix of player’s playing home and away each Gameweek in your midfield/forward positions. Being consistently above average each Gameweek is more important to Overall FPL success. 

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Unfantasy’s Guide To Not Being Mediocre: Part 4

PUNDIT TIP NUMBER FOUR: FOLLOW THE RIGHT BLOGS/WEBSITES! 

The first year I played FPL, I searched for  ”fantasy premier league blogs” on Google, and found one: premierleaguefantasy.blogspot.com

It was a great blog…until the guy that managed it stopped updating it last season. The next year I decided to expand my horizon and search for “fantasy premier league hints” on Google, and I found this great site: fantasypremierleaguehints.blogspot.com

It is a great website, with a variety of different contributors, and run by a guy named The Chief who once finished 73rd overall. To summarize the website, The Chief will post his team each gameweek while his contributors gave tips on potential targets. 

For a while I strictly used these sites, but I eventually started to look at fantasyfooballscout.co.uk which is perhaps the premier destination for FPL players. I also started to go to TotalFPL.com for price change information. 

Eventually, I even ended up making my own twitter account, writing for fplmaestro.com until the site shut down, and switching from blogging about fantasy american football to FPL. Anyway, I suggest using the above active websites if you are serious about not being mediocre. There are of course many more sites out there to choose from but these are my personal favorites.

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Unfantasy’s Guide To Not Being Mediocre: Part 3

PUNDIT TIP NUMBER THREE: DON’T OBSESS OVER YOUR FPL TEAM RIGHT NOW!

But FPL just opened? Yes, I know. However, there is no point in constantly changing your team with a month to go until the season starts. 

Everyone is a critiic. By constantly looking at your team this early, you will begin to doubt every player. Besides, it’s too early to judge who has the best FPL team as preseason has only just begun.

Go online on any FPL website or Twitter. People are begging to have their teams critiqued by “experts”. Any real expert would tell someone not to worry so soon. My advice is to ask for judgment in the week leading up to the start of the Premier League season.

As it stands right now, many potential star prospects such as Remy Cabella and Diego Costa are not even in the game! And Crystal Palace beating an amateur side 13-1 is not telling anyone anything. Wait until more meaningful preseason games have been played before making obsessing over who to pick. By then, you might actually know who the real manager’s will pick.

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Unfantasy’s Guide To Not Being Mediocre: Part 2

PUNDIT TIP NUMBER TWO: DON’T TRUST FPL’S INJURY REPORTS!

Fantasy Premier League itself “keeps track” of injuries with its highly inaccurate, color-coded system of ridiculous injury percentages. I hate this system so I don’t use it. Why? Because telling me that Wayne Rooney has “75% chance of playing” is not really answering the question of whether or not he will play. 

Instead, I follow Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) on Twitter and keep track of injury return dates at PhysioRoom.com. Ben seemingly always knows who will play and who will not. He’s also a Freelance Injury Data Analyst for PhysioRoom.com, which helps explain why their injury return dates are so accurate. 

With only three bench spots in FPL, plus one for goalie, it is highly important to field a healthy squad of players. Putting your trust in FPL’s injury system could lead to a situation in which you can’t even field a full team, which is a quick way to having a mediocre season. 

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Unfantasy’s FPL Tip’s: A Guide To Not Being Mediocre

I have decided to write a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) guide to not being average. Why? Because I am an expert on mediocrity, but still great at FPL. 

Here’s my FPL CV: I finished in the top 1% last year and made it to Gameweek 29 in the official FPL Cup. I also wrote the Differential article’s for FPLMaestro.com for the latter third of last season. My first pundit tip is below: 

PUNDIT TIP NUMBER ONE: UNDERSTAND THAT FPL IS NOT FAIR

Fantasy Premier League is not fair?! What? It’s definitely more fair than a draft-based league like Fantasy American Football!

Yes that is true. But here is how FPL is unfair: Increases in player prices matter less in comparison to decreases in player prices.

Here is an example: You bought Player A at a price of 7.0, and he has since increased in price to 7.4. If you sell him, his selling price will be 7.2. Meanwhile, you have Player B, who you also bought at a price of 7.0. His price has since decreased to 6.6. If you sell him, his selling price will be 6.6. As you can see, FPL punishes you more for price losses in comparison to the reward for price gains. 

The only tip I have to counteract this issue is to track player prices. Now, FPL itself claims that you won’t know when prices will change, but a website named TotalFPL.com does know. Use their site to track player prices and you will have a better chance of finishing above average. Stay tuned for more tips later in the week. 

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Twitter User’s Are Worse Than Suarez

Normally I have a funny meme and a funny article to article go along with it. But today I don’t.

Why is that you ask? Here’s why: Most People on Twitter are Stupid. Sure it has been said a thousand times. Heck it has been said millions of times. But it has not yet resonated for some of you.

Most People on Twitter, let’s refer to these people as the Average Twitter User’s (ATU’s). ATU’s do whatever it takes to criticize public figures on Twitter. Why? Because ATU’s are Perfect!…or so they think. 

ATU’s believe that actions speak louder than words. That’s why they are on Twitter. You know, because saying is different that doing. But it is not. 

If you think Suarez should be dead or banned from football for life, you are an ATU. Why? Because there are people far worse than Suarez playing football/soccer these days. And it is not just people playing soccer, it is people running soccer clubs. Roman Abramovich is much more evil. So is Manchester’s City’s owner with his civil rights abuses. 

Should Suarez be banned? Of course but only temporarily. But not for life and nor should he be killed. ATU’s need to take a long look at themselves if they had wished Chiellini beat the shit out of Suarez. If you wish player’s played soccer appropriately, then why would you wish for a player to be beat up? Unless you are an ATU. 

Just think about what you write. Because what you say on Twitter is an action. And stop being biased and racist. Sometimes the best reaction is no reaction at all.