Monthly Archives: March 2014

Fantasy Premier League Q3 Review

With 30 GWs completed thus far this season, I have to admit the game in fantasy realm is starting to get exciting!

GW21-30 was pretty important because I was slumping in 3rd place in my mini-league and I knew I had to play some risks and catch up somewhat or not have a chance at all.

Firstly, I was forced to use my Wildcard early on, even before the January transfer window closed. This was (again!) due to the numerous injuries that decimated my squad to a worse than skeleton crew. Simply not enough bench strength to rack up the points to chase the leaders.

Of course, as suspected, the didn’t magically transform my squad into instant champions, but what it did was to stabilise the existing squad strength and provided bench strength as a base to chase the leading pack. With no other strange anomalies like Suarez scoring 5 goals, etc., I was able to rotate sensibly and leverage on my deep bench to provide strong outputs of 73, 69, 55, and 73 points from GW22-25.

Suddenly I was within range again of my mini-league leaders! I might even have caught up sooner if that strong gust of wind didn’t blow away two matches which I had more than 3 players, both my captain and vice were playing. And to add salt to that GW, I made two transfers that week to players who were affected by the weather!! Talk about tough luck!

Fortunately, I was still able to average out about 50-60 points per GW from GW26-30. My key move happened in GW 29 when I dropped Suarez and opted for Rooney, captaining him too, which he repaid me with a goal and assist! That proved to be a crucial differential in a season where almost everyone is stacking their teams with Sturridge and Suarez. The 69 points collected in GW29 was good enough for me to overtake the summit in my mini-league…almost 20 GWs since I led at the top!

Although the current lead is a fragile less than 10 points from the chasing pack, the patient chase from GW10 and eventual topping the mini-league (to-date) is so much more exciting that the season my Man Utd is having these days. 😛 Anyway, It is these kinds of exhilaration that makes fantasy football management so much fun!

In summary, as at GW 30, I have accumulated 1,731 points, sitting me in the Global Ranking of 129,819. This is a big improvement from about 266K ranking as at GW10. If there was one area I wish I could have improved more this season, it is in investing. I have failed miserably in this area in which the total value of my team is only 104.7M. Just have a bad feeling all these early bad and bothed investments may yet come back to haunt me before the season is over.

Why? Experience tells me that usually the final stretch of the season is usually controlled or owned by seasoned heavy hitters…which I just cannot afford to buy. Sigh.

With only 8 more GWs to go, I reckon it’s gonna be a very close race in my mini league because there are still a lot of games and twists of double GWs on the horizon. Final stretch. Feeling pumped up. Hopefully Man United are pumped up in the REAL WORLD too! 😀

5 Reasons Why Guardians of the Galaxy Will Rock!

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OK, I confess. When Marvel announced the production of an upcoming superhero team-up movie called Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG), I was quick to earmark it as a major potential to be come the first Marvel Comic Movie flop. After all, it has all the ingredients of a flop splashed all over it – Unknown actors/actresses, barely half the team are played by real humans, not popularly known comic characters, another team-up right on the heels of The Avengers?!, another Marvel movie almost immediately after Captain America 2?, space adventure = no danger to Earth, etc. And besides, Marvel just has to have a В flop sometime soon…..right?

Anyway, many moons have passed since my knee-jerk judgment. Since then, they have released a pretty cool trailer. Check it out below:

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And I have to totally retract my earlier statement. Now I firmly believe that GOTG is gonna be one of the bigger, if not the BIGGEST movie this summer.

Here are FIVE reasons why:

1. Anti-Heroism. There is just something about being a badass, anti-hero type that appeals to the current generation of movie-goers. Not sure if this was heavily influenced by good ol’ Wolverine himself, but it is a fact that people tend to prefer the naughty heroes compared to the goody-two shoes type, like erm…Cyclops? And in GOTG, we not only get one anti-hero, but FIVE of them…all on the same screen! You’re Welcome.

2. Rocket Raccoon is CUTE!В Where else can you find a gun-toting, tactical specialist, demolitions expert, sarcastic, fouled-mouthed hero all bundled into one cute furry Raccoon? If all else fails (eg. plot, action sequences, acting, special effects, etc.) GOTG can always depend on good old Rocky to pull in the crowd of kids who should in turn pull in their parents too! Can already foresee what this summer’s hottest plush toy will be…

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3. Tie-In to Avengers 2 and 3. As it was teased in the end credits of The Avengers that Thanos would be appearing sometime, somewhere in a Marvel movie (possibly Avengers 3), there is a very strong link between GOTG and The Avengers by way of Thanos! For example, Gamora is apparently the adopted daughter of Thanos and Drax was actually specially constructed and designed to destroy Thanos! It’s no wonder Marvel smartly chose GOTG as a link to connect Thanos to the Avengers, eventually. So in short…if you’re excited about The Avengers, you gotta watch GOTG to complete all links. You’re Welcome.

4. Human Leader. OK, OK. Not entirely true. Although GOTG’s leader, Starlord is actually a human/Spartoi hybrid, he doesn’t have any enhanced superpowers. Armed with his blasters and wise-cracking mouth, he is ultimately a hero everyone of us can identify with. Becoming like Drax, Gamora or even Groot is fantasy, but everyone can dream of becoming another Peter Quill, right? 😛 And that is very important in attracting the masses! You’re Welcome.

5. Flexibility. Although many may claim GOTG are not as well known compared to the likes of Iron Man, Thor, Cap, etc. I would like to believe that that fact may actually work to the advantage of GOTG. By having less ‘picky’ eyes on certain characters or even comic-book material to work from, this would actually give the director more freedom in creating a really fun, humourous, swashbuckling space adventure that people would enjoy. Even the trailer and promo teasers so far is quite unorthodox and refreshing from other Marvel projects, and this just gives me a good feeling about the movie. You’re Welcome.

Are you ready for GOTG В this August?