Gameweek 1 preview

August 12, 2011

At last. The start of the season. Thank you to all who have entered. Most of you are paid up. Still a few to go, but I’m sure the payments will trickle through over the next few days. Looks like we’ve got about 26 people lined up for the league. That’s great. I still haven’t worked out the prize fund – expect that to be posted on the prize fund page, maybe by the end of the week.

This first gameweek is the hardest to predict. Once we’re into the meat of the season, we start to get an idea of who’s in favour and form and who isn’t. Right now, it’s anyones guess how the teams will line up.

One thing we do know is that no-one should be looking at Spurs or Everton. They aren’t playng. Tottenham is s till a crime scene (isn’t it always), following last week’s shootings and lootings, so fantasy league favourites such as Baines, Bale and Van Der Vaart should be at best, left on the bench. And only if you’re absolutely sure your starting 11 are  just that….starting.

There’s a lot of big name injuries and uncertainties. It seems likely that, for various reasons, Gerrard, Skrtel, Hernandez, Tevez, Aguero, Sturridge, Fabregas and Nasri won’t be scoring this weekend. And there are doubts over Van Persie, Vermaelen, Suarez, Odemwingie, Barton, Evra, Ivanovic, Luiz and Koscielny. Lots of early season selection headaches for the big teams – and – lots of early season selection headaches for Buckets managers. Which is just how it should be.

Good luck….

You’re going to need it. Because I am going to win.

 

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