Thursday August 13

Top Midfielder Picks: Gameweek 2, 2015-16 Season

Now that we've ranked our top goalkeepers & defenders, it's time to move on to the midfielders, who had a rough go of it in Gameweek 1. Of the twenty most-owned midfielders, only four of them scored more than 3 fantasy points in GW1. Now that number may seem surprising considering many fantasy experts had pegged this season to be a strong one for midfielders in terms of fantasy production; however, managers would do well to remember that often times goals/assists from midfielders will come from the run of play. At the start of the season, teams are still very rusty and familiarizing themselves with their own roles and that of their teammates, so it makes sense that midfielders numbers would lag behind a bit early on in the season.

With the above in mind, it's important to note that there are still some very favorable matchups for midfielders over the next several weeks and should garner quite a few points for fantasy managers, regardless of how early in the campaign we are. Below are our up-to-date rankings for fantasy midfielders, which not only take into account their GW2 matchups, but also their value (relative to their price), fitness levels and their upcoming fixtures from now until the end of September.


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Thursday August 13

Daily Links Round-up - August 13, 2015

David De Gea held out against Aston Villa, Slaven Bilic may play Diafra Sakho despite reported arrest, injury updates and more in today's Daily Links Round-up:

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Wednesday August 12

Top Goalkeeper/Defender Picks: Gameweek 2, 2015-16 Season

With Gameweek 2 coming up in a couple of days, it's time to revisit those goalkeepers and defenders. As we mentioned in our Gameweek In Review piece, we certainly don't want to go crazy and completely and overhaul our our entire rosters; however, should one of your players have unexpectedly come into the season as a substitute (David De Gea) or in a role that is different than anticipated and would reduce their fantasy value, swapping them out should be a priority in the next week or two before they experience significant price drops. So without further ado, allow me to present you with our Top Goalkeeper & Defender picks for this gameweek... and if you have some players in mind that you think should be on the list, shout them out in the comments section below!

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Tuesday August 11

Upcoming Matchups: Gameweek 2, 2015-16 Season

As usual, now that we've moved past Gameweek 1, the pieces are beginning to fall into place regarding starting lineups and player roles. However, fantasy managers must also be mindful to position their rosters in order to take advantage of the strong matchups and avoiding the bad matchups in the upcoming weeks. Our Upcoming Matches piece will be a weekly feature where we discuss the upcoming matchups that fantasy managers should be aware of when making their roster moves.

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Monday August 10

Gameweek In Review: GW1, 2015-16 Season

There's no way of sugarcoating this: it was a rough weekend for most fantasy managers. Many of the top teams and players underperformed in their first match of the season, and quite a few fantasy squads suffered for it. Just for some context, here is how the 20 most-owned players did this season on the FPL website:

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Monday August 10

Gameweek 1 - August 10: Starting Lineups [Updating!]

• West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City (20:00 GMT+1, 3:00pm EST)

West Bromwich Albion: Saido Berahino and Rickie Lambert both up top for West Brom in a 4-4-2.

Manchester City: Raheem Sterling debuting at the Number Ten position right behind Bony. Aguero on the bench today, will likely see him come on in the second half.

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Chester, Dawson, Lescott, Brunt, Morrison, Gardner, Fletcher, McClean, Berahino, Lambert
Subs: Rose, Olsson, Yacob, McManaman, Sessegnon, Anichebe, Ideye

Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (C), Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Bony
Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Denayer, Demichelis, Nasri, Iheanacho, Aguero

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Sunday August 9

Gameweek 1 - August 9: Starting Lineups [Updating!]

• Arsenal vs West Ham (13:00 GMT+1, 8:30am EST)

Arsenal: Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez both listed as subs today.

West Ham: West Ham debuting a 4-4-2 diamond today with Zarate and Sakho up top and Payet as the number ten. 16-year-old Reece Oxford starting at the midfield today for the Hammers.

Arsenal: Cech, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud
Subs: Ospinna (GK), Gibbs, Chambers, Gabriel, Arteta, Walcott, Sanchez

West Ham: Adrian, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Oxford, Noble, Kouyate, Payet, Zarate, Sakho
Subs: Randolph (GK), Collins, Poyet, Nolan, Jarvis, Lanzini, Maiga

• Newcastle vs Southampton (13:00 GMT+1, 8:30am EST)

Newcastle: Jack Colback will be a holding midfielder today, not amongst the attacking three

Southampton: Jay Rodriguez gets the start as an attacking midfielder, Ward-Prowse and Caulker both listed as subs

Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Obertan, Cisse
Subs: Darlow, Taylor, Tiote, De Jong, Aarons, Perez, Mitrovic

Southampton: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Fonte, Davis, Rodriguez, Mane, Tadic, Wanyama, Pelle, Targett
Subs: Gazzaniga, Long, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Juanmi, Caulker

• Stoke vs Liverpool (13:00 GMT+1, 8:30am EST)

Stoke: Bojan is not amongst the subs today, potential fitness concern

Liverpool: Coutinho making the start despite Copa America participation

Stoke: Butland; Johnson, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters; Whelan, Adam; Walters, van Ginkel, Afellay; Diouf
Subs: Given, Ireland, Odemwingie, Joselu, Sidwell, Crouch, Wollscheid

Liverpool: Mignolet; Skrtel, Lovren, Clyne, Gomez; Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Ibe, Coutinho, Benteke
Subs: Toure, Can, Origi, Bogdan, Moreno, Firmino, Ings

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Saturday August 8

Rapid Reaction - Gameweek 1, Aug 8 Matches

The first day of the EPL season is in the books, here's what we're thinking now that the matches are over:

• Spurs came out hot to open the game, with Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane showing some great chemistry. Then came the own-goal by Kyle Walker (Rooney earned a late assist), and Spurs went into their now-familiar shell that they seem to always go into after going down early at Old Trafford.

Matteo Darmian was by far the strongest United defender on the pitch today, even during the initial flurry by Spurs. If fantasy managers look to pick up a Man U defender, Darmian is the one to own. Memphis Depay showed quite a bit of promise, even if he did not earn managers any fantasy points. Morgan Schneiderlin had a rough go of it today, and did not look very sharp at all.

• Leicester City came out swarming today and played with a chip on their shoulder: Riyad Mahrez led the way with a brace as LCFC spanked a hapless Sunderland. Will be interesting to see how long they can carry the "Noone believes in us!" mentality before their defense (which had several mental lapses today) lets them down.

• Everton defense struggled once again, and looked very shaky in their home opener against Watford. John Stones made some critical errors, and they certainly missed the presence of Leighton Baines who was out with an ankle injury (which is rumored to be a two- or three-month injury). The Toffees looked much better in the second half, with sub Kone (1 goal, 1 assist) being the spark they desperately needed to salvage the draw.

• Bournemouth looked very solid in their debut against Aston Villa, outplaying the Villans in every facet of the match (especially in the first half) except for on the scoreboard. Tim Sherwood's men showed some surprising resilience defensively and played a much better second half, but absence of former striker Christian Benteke was very noticeable - they will certainly need to make a move before the transfer window is over.

• The Crystal Palace midfield proved to be the main source of offensive production once again, with Zaha, Cabaye, Puncheon and McArthur each producing a goal or an assist. Should they add a striker before the close of the transfer window, Alan Pardew's men will have quite the potent offense indeed.

• New signing Andre Ayew notched his first goal as a member of Swansea, and his presence added another dimension to their attack and really allowed them to open up and stand toe-to-toe with the defending champs. Bafétimbi Gomis showed a penchant for making great runs to the net, but was just a hair offsides about 75% of the time... as the season goes on, should his timing improve, he will certainly be a fantasy threat. Dreadful start for the 11.37% of fantasy managers who own Thibaut Courtois on the FPL website after he was sent off for fouling a breaking-away Gomis in the penalty area.

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