This week, we turn our attention to Gameweek 23 reviews, player analyses, differential strategy, passing, transfers, and the weekly whiffs.
Fantasy Football Analysis
There are several articles of Gameweek review, in addition to my Gameweek 23 Review. Most notably PL Fantasy’s Lineup Lessons, Fantasy Football Scout’s Scout Notes, Fantasy Premier League Hints’ Gameweek Summary, Stoosher’s Takeaway, and Fantasy Premier League Transfers’ Key Performances.
Mark, over at Fantasy Football Scout, highlights the resurgance of Carroll and Modric, the excellence of Bale and Coloccini, and the performances of Assou-Ekotto, Hibbert, and Hutton.
The Fantasy Gaffer Midweek Tinkers predicts “better than average fantasy premier league returns” from Stoke players in the coming weeks.
Stooshermadness presents a differential strategy of focusing on expensive elite defenders because of the similarity of options in midfield and forward line. A worthwhile read.
Chris Glover, in A Season of Two Halves, examines the pitfalls of depending only on the superstars of the early part of the season for further Fantasy points.
Nick at Footballistically writes a fascinating analysis of Arsenal’s defence and the price they have paid for playing centrebacks out of position.
K%ck Off analyzes the form of current premier league teams at home vs away over the last ten season. The result isn’t surprising, yet interesting: playing at home provides returns of over 10 points more than away per season.
5 Added Minutes examines Premier League passing trends and finds, among other things, that “a greater number of final third entries is uncorrelated with with winning”.
The blogger of Soccer Statiscially examines Landon Donovan’s play in his five league games for Everton and concludes that although he isn’t as direct as comparable playmakers he is performing well.
Zonal Marking has a fascinating examination of what “being good in the air” really means. The article is a great example of how a seemingly obvious subject can be broken down and examined in a way that proves that it wasn’t so obvious after all.
Norman Hubbard highlights the talent of Leon Britton, but reminds us that he is a midfield anchor, not a midfield creater.
The Guardian discuss the partnership of Smalling and Evans, “modern centre-backs”, after their excellent display against Arsenal.
In bad news for Arsenal and England, Jack Wilshere suffered a second stress fracture to his ankle, ruling him out for longer than expected. No time frame is estimated on recovery.
I recently discovered a great stats summary page over at Sky Sports that is updated after every Premier League game. Interesting facts from the page: RvP has most shots (80), Yaya Touré has the most passes (1552), and Nani the most crosses (182).
- …first whiff: This was a first for me: “Everton fan handcuffs himself to goalpost”.
- …transfer whiff: In one of the weirdest transfer news of this year, Manchester City reject Liverpool’s Andy Carroll for Tevez offer.
- …whiff of cooperation: Premier League clubs agree to move the final PL fixtures to a Sunday to avoid a clash with the FA cup final on Sunday.
- …unbelievable whiff: Liverpool’s owners were reportedly smitten by a fake Stewart Downing video.
- …funny whiff: Electroshock football. Just trust me on this, click the link.
Am I missing interesting analysis or articles from the last two weeks? Anything you would like to highlight? I would love to hear from you so please leave your comment and/or link in the comment section below.