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Thursday January 19

Captain's Quarters 2017: Hass' FPL Gameweek 22 Picks & Punts

A lot of familiar names line-up in our Captain’s picks this week as many teams face favourable matchups this weekend. We’re assessing all of the options for our FPL squads ahead of Gameweek 22.

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Wednesday January 18

#TeamNoTransfers - FPL Gameweek 21 Recap

Gameweek 21 was a phenomenal FPL weekend for the #TeamNoTransfers squad, as an 86-point outing propelled us to our highest global ranking since the second gameweek of the season! We breached the top 1 million in Gameweek 19, but huge outings from Harry Kane (34 points as our captain) and Marcos Alonso (21 points) have us sitting amongst the top 15% worldwide with an overall rank of 677,329.

Now, to be fair, there is some downside here as our midfield underperformed once again - the group has accounted for a mere one assist and one goal over the last three gameweeks, which could hurt us in the long run if this dry spell continues. Fortunately, they were buoyed by contributions from elsewhere on the roster: in addition to the aforementioned Kane and Alonso, we also had Zlatan Ibrahimovic find the scoresheet with a late goal to salvage a point against Liverpool, and new additions Leighton Baines and Darren Randolph (who came in for the replacement-eligible John Stones and Jordan Pickford) each notched a clean sheet this weekend.

Looking forward, our prospects are somewhat muted for Gameweek 22 - 9 of our 11 starters have road matches on the docket, and we have a tough choice to make with the Captain's Armband; Harry Kane may have been on fire last weekend, but this week he travels to the Etihad to face a City club that will be looking to avenge an embarrassing loss against Everton this past Sunday. Meanwhile, Zlatan (who has found the scoresheet in 9 of his last 10 Premier League appearances) goes up against Stoke, a club who have struggled mightily against top-tier clubs this season. We're leaning toward the Swede on this one.

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Thursday January 12

Captain's Quarters 2017: Hass' FPL Gameweek 21 Picks & Punts

We’re back and it’s time to take a look at the best options for our FPL teams and assist you in making that all important Captaincy decision ahead of Gameweek 21.

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Wednesday December 7

#TeamNoTransfers - FPL Gameweek 14 Recap

Talk about salvaging a dismal start! GW14 got off to a very rough start as Sergio Aguero picked up a red card in extra time, causing quite a bit of grief for the thousands of owners who gave him the captain's armband this week. Fortunately, #TeamNoTransfers was not one of the teams that had him captained... but unfortunately, we gave it to Gylfi Sigurdsson, whose 4-match scorecard streak ended as he blanked during Spurs 5-0 blowout of Swansea.

All was not lost, however, as our defensive unit produced quite the output this Gameweek with Lee Grant picking up a clean sheet and two bonus points (one for saves, one for BPS), as well as Jonny Evans who opened the scoring for West Brom as they defeated Watford 3-1. We did however miss out on some points from Marcos Alonso, who earned an assist and a bonus point from the bench during the Chelsea/City match.

Elsewhere in our lineup, Emre Can had himself quite the match with a goal and an assist against Bournemouth - definitely made the right call there with starting him over Joe Allen who only played 30 minutes in his first match back from suspension. In addition to Can's efforts, the squad also benefited from assists via Troy Deeney and Dimitri Payet, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up his fourth goal in the last three EPL matches he's played in.

We have some major decisions to make this week, however - Sergio Aguero has been suspended until New Year's Eve, which means that he will qualify for a transfer. Harry Kane has been fantastic since returning to the lineup with five goals in his last four league matches, and is the leading candidate to join the squad. Additionally, we will likely bring on Marcos Alonso for Wes Morgan in GW14, and run out Jordan Pickford in favor of Lee Grant who has a tough test against Arsenal this weekend.

Here's how the squad performed in full this past weekend - how did your teams do? Any moves you'll be making as we approach a flurry of fixtures during the holidays?

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Thursday December 1

Captain's Quarters 2016: Hass' FPL Gameweek 14 Picks & Punts

It’s time to take a look at the best options for our FPL teams and assist you in making that all important Captaincy decision ahead of Gameweek 14.

The Picks

Alexis Sanchez – (@whu)

After two successive blanks, Alexis Sanchez was back with a bang in the 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in Gameweek 13. His two goal display illustrated the explosive potential that he is capable of producing, and with West Ham up next for the Gunners, he could be in line for further returns. The Hammers are without a victory in four League attempts, and were humbled by Man United in a 4-1 defeat in the EFL cup. This downturn in form could be further exploited when the Gunners visit the London Stadium in Gameweek 14, with Alexis set to lead from the front once again.

Harry Kane – (SWA)

Having notched five goals in as many appearances in the Premier League, Harry Kane is certainly in consideration for the Captain’s armband this week. With Spurs hosting a Swansea side that have conceded eleven goals in their last four matches, Kane looks primed to profit and show further signs of the form that led him to the Golden Boot last season.

Zlatan Ibrahimović – (@eve)

With three goals in his last two League outings, as well as a double in the EFL Cup victory over West Ham, Zlatan is showing signs of a return to form, potentially banishing the inconsistencies that have been a feature of his game in recent weeks. A trip to Everton will certainly be a challenge for the Big Swede; however, it is worth noting that the Toffees have only managed a single clean sheet across their last nine League fixtures.

The Punts

Roberto Firmino – (@bou)

If he is able to shake of the injury that he picked up towards the end of the Gameweek 13 victory over Sunderland, Roberto Firmino could emerge as a great captaincy option ahead of a trip to Bournemouth this time around. Playing in the false nine role in the Reds attacking line up, we expect Firmino to take up the mantle in the absence of his injured teammate Philippe Coutinho, and lead the line at the Vitality Stadium this weekend.

Jermain Defoe – (LEI)

Whilst Sunderland have not had the best results this season, Jermain Defoe has certainly been doing his utmost to turn their fortunes around, scoring seven times and laying on two further assists. The Black Cats will host a Leicester side who have been horribly inconsistent in the League, conceding sixteen times on their travels thus far.

Hass’ Spotlight

Alvaro Negredo – (HUL)

Back amongst the goals for the first time since the opening day of the season, Alvaro Negredo provided a very timely reminder of his quality ahead of a great fixture at home to Hull in Gameweek 14. Their opponents have only managed a single clean sheet this season (back in Gameweek 2), and have conceded 28 goals this season, the highest of any team in the Premier League.

Charlie Austin – (@cry)

Continuing to deliver outstanding value (priced at 6.8m), Charlie Austin was on the scoresheet once again as Southampton defeated Everton 1-0. That goal takes his tally to six goals in nine League matches, highlighting his consistency over the recent Gameweeks. Up next for Southampton is a trip to Crystal Palace, a team who are yet to register a single clean sheet this season. Austin will surely be looking to extend that streak and add to his already impressive goal tally this season.

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Tuesday November 29

#TeamNoTransfers - FPL Gameweek 13 Recap

BOOM! That's one heckuva FPL round for #TeamNoTransfers!

For the first time this season, this lineup did exactly what it was designed to do - our playmaking midfielders contributed some solid points, two of our defenders were able to provide some additional padding, and two of our three forwards combined for three goals and four bonus points.

The only miss we had this week was deciding to captain Gylfi Sigurdsson ahead of Sergio Aguero, but when you have a week like we did (70 points total, compared to the global average of 46), it's tough to complain about missing two extra points.

The squad had it's highest GW ranking since Gameweek 2 (166,651 in GW2 compared to 374,772 in GW3), and now sits at 1,159,143 overall.

With regards to the upcoming week, Joe Allen returns from suspension, but we may end up leaving him on the bench as Emre Can has a favorable matchup coming up against Bournemouth. Additionally, we may let it ride with Gylfi Sigurdsson as our captain, as he now has found the scoreboard for four straight matches, and Swansea may open it up even more if they go down early against Spurs on the road.

How does your squad look coming into Gameweek 14? Any concerns coming into the middle third of the season?

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Thursday November 24

Captain's Quarters 2016: Hass' FPL Gameweek 13 Picks & Punts

With Gameweek 13 just around the corner, we’re taking a look at the Captaincy options for our FPL squads.

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Tuesday November 22

#TeamNoTransfers - FPL Gameweek 12 Recap

In a Zlatan-less Gameweek 12, the #TeamNoTransfers FPL squad came away with a score just a hair's breadth above average; our 41-point outing was a mere one point higher than the GW11 average of 40 points, good enough to bump us up to the 1,662,146th spot globally, placing us just a shade outside of the 60th percentile.

Our captaincy of Sergio Aguero fell flat on it's face, as the previously-irrelevant Yaya Toure came off the bench in the 75th minute and promptly scored a brace, giving Man City the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace (and his agent some much-needed leverage for the rapidly-approaching winter transfer window).

Instead, it was the defenders that carried the day for our squad, as both Marcos Alonso and Jonny Evans both earned clean sheet points this weekend. We did miss an opportunity for more points with Sunderland's Jordan Pickford earning 7 points from the bench with a clean sheet against Hull, while our starter (Stoke's Lee Grant) blanked with a 1-0 loss against Bournemouth.

Aside from them, we didn't see much from our attackers: Emre Can picked up a clean sheet point, but that was offset by Joe Allen's yellow card (which coincidentally results in a GW13 suspension for accumulation). Troy Deeney ended a 4-match scoresheet drought with an assist against Leicester City, and Icelandic wonder Gylfi Sigurdsson picked up a goal and two bonus points in a 1-1 draw against Everton.

This week, while we have no players eligible for transfer, we will be adjusting back to the 3-4-3 as Joe Allen takes Zlatan Ibrahimovic's place in the suspension queue at the end of our bench. Additionally, our back line will change up as well, as John Stones will take over for Marcos Alonso in the starting lineup as we prefer City's matchup against Burnley compared to Chelsea's clean-sheet chances against Tottenham Hotspur. Additionally, we are keeping the faith with Lee Grant between the posts, leaving Jordan Pickford on the bench against Liverpool.

How are your teams looking this weekend? What changes will you be making?

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Thursday November 17

Captain's Quarters 2016: Hass' FPL Gameweek 12 Picks & Punts

We’re back from the wilderness of the International break - just in time to assess the best candidates for the Captain’s armband ahead of Gameweek 12!

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Monday November 7

#TeamNoTransfers - FPL Gameweek 11 Recap

After four straight rounds of scores below the FPL average, #TeamNoTransfers bounced back with a 60-point outing in Gameweek 11, a score that is 15% higher than the global average of 52. The weekend tally was good enough to bring us over the 500-point threshold, as the squad has accumulated 503 points and is now ranked 1,683,124 out of 4,101,707 players worldwide as we head into the November international break.

Gameweek 11 was also the first time this season where #TeamNoTransfers had three separate players come away with double-digit outings (although Sergio Aguero required the armband to get there with with just one goal, bonus point, and yellow card). Aguero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the newly-acquired Marcos Alonso (who was brought in for the injured Eric Bailly) accounted for 37 points this weekend, while Paul Pogba and Gylfi Sigurdsson chipped in a goal and an assist, respectively.

Unfortunately, GW11 also saw a fifth yellow card for Zlatan, which means that we will be without his services for GW12 and will be forced to utilize either a 3-5-2 or a 4-4-2 next round. However, this is slightly mitigated by the fact that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is now eligible for transfer after accumulating less than 120 minutes over his last four League matches. There isn’t much out there in the 5.0m-and-under price range, but players like Emre Can and N’Golo Kante are attracting our attention for this fifth midfield slot as they are earning consistent minutes for red-hot clubs with favorable schedules.

Speaking of transfers: which players are you keeping an eye on during this international break? Let us know in the comments below!

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