Thursday March 2

MLS Strategy Series - Fantasy News Tracking, 2017 Edition!

Opening kickoff for the 2017 MLS season is right around the corner, which means that it's about time once again to post The List!

If you've played MLS Fantasy in the past, you're already quite familiar with the fact that the amount of information that is offered to players on the site is exponentially less than what you get when you play other fantasy games. This is mostly due to the way the league rules are currently set up - teams aren't required to disclose injuries like in other sports, so all you really see are players tagged with injury updates or international duties.

That being said, fantasy players who manage to stay on top of the MLS news cycle are able to put themselves at a huge advantage over the competition. I personally have found the most efficient way of doing this is to utilize Twitter; by creating a List on Twitter that tracks a combination of local beat writers, supporters' news sites, fantasy accounts and so on, you will have a considerable amount of fantasy-relevant information at your disposal (especially when you factor in Twitter's Advanced Search function. )

Below, I've compiled a list of MLS-related Twitter accounts that are solid resources for MLS Fantasy players. This list is a work in progress, of course; if there are any community members out there who have any additional accounts they believe should be followed, drop us a line or let us know in the comments below!

Additionally, we also highly recommend you check out the /r/FantasyMLS community over at Reddit. It's a growing and very well-run subreddit filled with plenty of fellow MLS Fantasy enthusiasts, definitely worth a look as well!

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Friday February 24

Captain's Quarters 2017: Hass' FPL Gameweek 26 Picks & Punts

With the EFL Cup final taking place this weekend, four teams drop out of the reckoning in Gameweek 26 with Arsenal and Man City given the week off whilst their opponents, Southampton and Man United, take each other on for the first Major Trophy of the season.

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Thursday February 9

Captain's Quarters 2017: Hass' FPL Gameweek 25 Picks & Punts

It’s that time of the week again and we’re right here to consider all of the candidates for the Captain’s armband ahead of Gameweek 25.

The Picks

Zlatan Ibrahimović – (WAT)

Back amongst the goals last time out, Zlatan Ibrahimovic emerges as the prime target for the Captain’s armband as Man Utd host Watford in Gameweek 25. The Swedish hitman took his tally to 15 League goals for the season and will be confident of adding to that haul against a side who have conceded 22 times away from home this season.

Alexis Sanchez – (HUL)

Despite being humbled by Chelsea last time out, Arsenal, and Alexis Sanchez, will have the opportunity to get back on track when they host Hull at the Emirates in Gameweek 25. Alexis has only failed to provide attacking returns twice since Gameweek 13, highlighting his consistency as an FPL asset this season. Hull have conceded the second highest total of goals in the Premier League this season (47).

Romelu Lukaku – (@mid)

Exploding onto the scene with an incredible four goal haul against Bournemouth in Gameweek 24, Romelu Lukaku is likely to be a popular option as Everton travel to Middlesbrough this time around. However, Middlesbrough have proven to be a tough nut to crack, especially at the Riverside, having only conceded 14 times at home this season.

The Punts

Gylfi Sigurdsson – (LEI)

Three goals and an assist in his last three matches sees Gylfi Sigurdsson emerge as an excellent choice from a form perspective as Swansea host an unrecognisable Leicester side this week. The champions are edging towards the relegation zone, having conceded ten times in their last four games, and gaining just a single point in 2017.

Gabriel Jesus – (@bou)

Three goals in his first two starts for City has seen Gabriel Jesus usurp Sergio Aguero as the main striker in Pep Guardiola’s attacking line. Having also added an assist, Jesus has immediately settled into life in the Premier League and will be confident of continuing his fine run of form against an out of sorts Bournemouth side that have conceded 16 times in their last five fixtures.

Hass’ Spotlight

Eden Hazard – (@bur)

After an inconsistent run of games from an FPL perspective, Eden Hazard showcased just how effective he can be with a mesmerising display against Arsenal last time out. Despite Burnley being a tough nut to track at home, I believe that Chelsea, and Hazard in particular will keep the Blues on track with another victory to further extend their runaway lead at the top of the table.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – (WAT)

A goal and assist against Watford last time around, Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems to have finally cemented his place in Jose Mourinho’s attacking line. The Armenian winger have taken time to settle into life in the Premier League, with Man Utd in excellent form, unbeaten in sixteen outings in the Premier League.

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Friday February 3

Captain's Quarters 2017: Hass' FPL Gameweek 24 Picks & Punts

The games a coming thick and fast with many of us still licking our wounds from a very frustrating midweek set of results from and FPL perspective. Nevertheless, we’re back to assess the best options ahead of Gameweek 24.

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Monday January 30

Captain's Quarters 2017: Hass' FPL Gameweek 23 Picks & Punts

With a round of midweek fixtures to look forward to, we’re back to assess all of the options ahead of Gameweek 23.

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Sunday January 29

#TeamNoTransfers - FPL Gameweek 22 Recap

All things considered, it was a pretty decent FPL weekend for #TeamNoTransfers. The squad put up 47 points during Gameweek 22, a mere one point higher than the global average of 46... and somehow, it was the eighth time this season that the squad has produced a score that is within one point of the overall average score in a Gameweek. Unfortunately, scoring the global average dropped us down roughly 52,000 places on the worldwide table, as the squad now sits in 729,707th place with an overall score of 1,113.

Five of our starting XI managed to find the scorecard this week; Captain Harry Kane picked up an assist during Spurs' 2-2 draw at Manchester City, and was supplemented by goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Troy Deeney (who also managed to come away with some bonus points as well this week). Additionally, both Chelsea and Everton managed to earn clean sheets this week, which meant that both Leighton Baines and Marcos Alonso came away with clean sheet points during GW22.

There has also been a bittersweet piece of news tonight that directly impacts #TeamNoTransfers - Dimitri Payet has officially been transferred back to Marseille, which means that he is now eligible to be transferred. It was ultimately a disappointing campaign this season for Payet, despite having a promising start following his early-season injury woes. Unfortunately, West Ham have thus far not able improve upon last season's Europa-qualifying campaign, and currently sit directly in the middle of the table with 28 points. Nevertheless, as West Ham moves forward, so shall #TeamNoTransfers - Dele Alli appears to be the leading candidate to be brought in at his price range, with three of their next four fixtures looking very promising for Tottenham.

Here is a look at how the full squad performed this past weekend:

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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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