FPL Vibes Podcast Episode 50 – The Half Ton

A milestone episode for us, as we return to the studio for Episode 50 of the FPL Vibes Podcast brought to you by Socawarriors.net.

I’m joined by “LVD” (the co-host formerly known as Darryl “2cents” Celestine) as we recap our teams’ respective fortunes and cast an eye on the top performers in the FPL Vibes Prize League. We share our ideas on handling the Diego Costa situation and also gloss over the impact of the pricing structure this year. The discussion moves to a view at some potential differential “season starter” prospects and as always we round off with our combined picks for Gameweek 9.

Hope you enjoy.

Is ah vibes!!

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FPL Vibes Prize League Roundup – September

Summer has come to an end and so has September, and with it brings our second monthly prize winner in the FPL Vibes Prize League. The September champ is Curtis Marshall with his team Milanista, rolling out a superb month that has propelled him to top spot in the league. For his monthly prize, Curtis has selected an AC Milan #3  Maldini Third Kit from our official kit supplier Red Mango Kits.

Curtis is trailed in the prize league by Pelau Prince – Riaz Ali in second place and in third spot we have Ebouelah Hazard FC – Saleem Boochoon. Rounding out the prize league positions are CescDrogs&Roque Roll – Aidan Ali and podcast co-host Darryl Celestine with his Manuvelona. Even though it is still early in the campaign, big up to the early pacesetters who have started the season well.  Now lets take a closer look at how Curtis accomplished his September feat.

September got off to a delayed start as a result of the international break, but it was a monstrous gameweek 4 that set Curtis on course for the prize. 3 transfers were made going into the week with Di Maria, Pelle and Duff replacing Mata, Jovetic and Hoovield. The Milanista registered a total of 104 points, just 12 points off the highest total in the entire game. Chief contributor was a hamstrung captain Diego Costa with a hattrick (34) followed by Pelle (13), Di Maria (14), Fabregas (10), Rooney (10), Sanchez (6), Duff (8) and Hutton (5).

For gameweek 5,  there was one cosmetic transfer with Moore in for Bruce. In a fairly sober gameweek, Curtis scored 49 points. Key performers were Di Maria (11), skipper Rooney (8), Pelle (5), Wisdom (6) and Duff (6). Heading into the final gameweek of September with a significant lead over the chasing pack, the Milanista made 2 transfers bringing in Aguero and Dyer for Rooney and Lamela. Main scorers here were Pelle (9),  Aguero (8), captain Costa (12), Wisdom (6) and Begovic (7).  The end result was another solid showing with 51 points in another tough round, enough to steer 13 points clear of the chasing pack and claim the monthly prize.

His truly outstanding showing in September saw Curtis “marshall” his troops to an overall rank of 205 in the world. Critical to this was the brave decision to give the armband to Costa in a week where there were doubts over his fitness and availability to play. In addition, getting in early on players like Di Maria, Aguero and Pelle as well as  gambling on cheaper options in defence exhibited an agressive managerial style that paid off magnificently.

As teams begin to settle and managers begin to find their feet, Curtis will surely be in for a battle to maintain his lofty status. Let’s see what the coming months bring in the FPL Vibes Prize League.

Can you feel the Vibes?

by Omar Romero

FPL Vibes Podcast Episode 49 – Window Watchers

We are back in the studio for Episode 49 of the FPL Vibes Podcast brought to you by Socawarriors.net.

I’m joined by “LVD” (the co-host formerly known as Darryl “2cents” Celestine) as we recap our teams’ respective fortunes. We gloss over some of the big moves and fantasy prospects in the transfer window and produce our ideas for wildcard teams. We discuss our choices for the top 4 and relegation and as always, we round off with our combined picks for Gameweek 4.

Hope you enjoy.

Is ah vibes!!

 

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FPL Vibes Prize League Roundup – August

After three whirlwind gameweeks of the Barclays Premier League, we have our first prize winner in the FPL Vibes Prize League.

Storming out of the blocks is Jahera Parris with his team Fibre 2 d Prem F.C.  Jahera amassed a mammoth 198 points; 2nd best in Trinidad and Tobago, to claim the August monthly prize. For his choice of jersey, Jahera has selected a Liverpool 3rd Kit, Balotelli #45 from our official kit supplier Red Mango Kits.   Let us take an in depth look at Jahera’s excellent start.

In gameweek 1, Fibre 2 d Prem F.C. amassed a solid 70 points to start the season. Key performers were Raheem Sterling and Gylfi Sigurdsson with 13 points apiece, Fabregas (11), Rooney (7) and captain Diego Costa (12). Clearly satisfied with his opening day output, Jahera decided to bank his transfers and returned a modest 48 points in gameweek 2. Main contributors were Mata (10), captain Fabregas (12), Costa (6), Amat (6) and Sigurdsson (5).

In the third and final gameweek of August, a monster 80 point return was the difference maker that propelled Fibre 2 the head of the pack. Like many other managers, Jahera was misled by conflicting news regarding Costa’s injury, and used his 2 free transfers to bring in Sanchez and Naismith for Odemwingie and Costa. However unlike any other managers, it didn’t affect him negatively. Key performers were captain Sanchez (20), Sigurdsson (11), Sterling (7) and Naismith (6) supplemented by clean sheets for his entire defense; Jones (9), Caulker (6), Amat (6) and Begovic (6). This was enough to steer him well clear of the competition and claim his prize.

We must credit Jahera for making some great decisions to start the season, and he exhibited shrewd management with his outside the box cap of Sanchez in gameweek 3 that paid dividends. With the close of the transfer window and the international break now upon us, let’s see how things take shape as managers rejig and retool for the month ahead.

Can you feel the Vibes?

by Omar Romero

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Free Trini Fantasy Leagues

For the BPL Fantasy League Managers in Trinidad & Tobago, here’s an overview of our favorite local leagues available to join for FREE:

 

The Andre Samuel League – 75040-23791

This league has been around for a number of years and originally found a home on the Socawarriors.net forum. The league features avid Trinidadian FPL managers based at home and abroad and has grown to over 150 members since inception. The talent level of the league is high, having often been listed in the top 150 leagues worldwide. Managers who reside on page 1 can be regarded as strong players while any placing in top 20 should be viewed as an accomplishment.

 

The ICEBOX Fantasy League - 1005110-239770

Our friends over at ICEBOX Entertainment (promoters of Suits Breakfast Cruise and Skins Boat Ride) have created an all new free fantasy league with the following incentives:

1. At the end of January, the persons ranked #1 and #2 will receive 3 comp tickets and 2 comp tickets to #suits2015 respectively.

2. At the end of the season, the overall leaders ranked #1 and #2 will receive 3 comp tickets and 2 comp tickets to #skins2015.

Rules:

  • No toting allowed
  • Only 1 team allowed.
  • Kix and trash talk highly encouraged

 

The Hypa Drive League - 2129044-471188

Quite probably the most popular fantasy league in Trinidad and Tobago, the league boasts the biggest membership of Trinbagonian FPL managers. Hosted by radio DJ personality Hypa Hoppa, it is regularly covered on their daily radio show “The Hypa Drive” and is a place where bragging rights have to be earned and are not given.

 

The SportsMax BPL Fantasy League  – 3999287-469426

Sportsmax Zone has reintroduced a Fantasy League for its viewers and fans in the Caribbean. Test your wits against other managers in the wider region, and who knows – winners may even get a shout on their live newsfeed during their broadcast of EPL games.

 

Good luck to all managers in the 2014/15 season.

FPL Vibes Podcast Episode 48 – The 2014/15 Season Preview

After a long summer break, we are back again with the third season of the FPL Vibes Podcast brought to you by Socawarriors.net.

I’m joined by “LVD” (the co-host formerly known as Darryl “2cents” Celestine) as well as special guest, winner of last season’s FPL Vibes Prize League Nigel Smith as we preview the upcoming English Premier League season. We cover a variety of topics including squads, transfers, prospects and Fantasy League strategies ahead the new season. As always, we round off with our combined picks for Gameweek 1.

Hope you enjoy.

Is ah vibes!!

 

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The FPL Vibes Prize League 2014-15

The FPL Vibes Prize League 2014-15 is now officially open!!

In addition to the coveted FPL Vibes Prize League trophy, there are Grand Prizes on offer for the Top 5 placed finishers in the league. There are also monthly prizes of an Official Club or Country Jersey of your choice from our supplier Red Mango Kits.  Finally, all entrants receive free subscription to our website and podcast hosted at http://fplvibes.wordpress.com .

 The 2014-15 Fantasy Premier League Season promises to be more competitive than ever before. Let’s see who has what it takes to dethrone current FPL Vibes Prize League Champion Nigel Smith to win the Grand prize.

PRIZES:

OVERALL GRAND PRIZES:

First Place:   Apple MacBook Air 13″ and FPL Vibes Trophy

Second Place:   Apple Ipad Latest Generation

Third Place:   Sony Playstation 4

Fourth Place:   Amazon Kindle Fire 7″

Fifth Place:   Official Club or Country Jacket of your choice

MONTHLY PRIZES:

Premier League Club or National Team Jersey of your choice, including Player name and number.

REGISTRATION DETAILS

REGISTRATION FEE:

 USD $50 or TTD $330

LEAGUE CAP:

 The league will be capped at 70 players maximum. The first 70 registered players will be entered following which the league will be closed off to further entrants.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

 August 14th, 2014

LEAGUE CODE:

 Strictly, league code will be provided via email upon payment of Registration Fee. No Fee, No Code. Please do not ask.

PAYMENT DETAILS:

 Direct Bank Deposit: TTD deposit to RBC bank account in Trinidad. USD deposit via Chase Quickpay. Email fplvibes@gmail.com for further details.

Paypal: Email fplvibes@gmail.com for payment details via Paypal.

FAQs:

What happens to the prizes if less than 70 players register?

 The prizes will be adjusted accordingly based on the pool of collected fees to include prizes and the cash differential. At a minimum of 35 players, the prizes will be:

 1st Prize:  Apple Ipad and FPL Vibes Trophy

2nd Prize:  Sony Playstation 4

3rd prize:  Amazon Kindle Fire

If less than 35 players register, the league will be scrapped and the fees refunded to registered players.

Can I enter more than one team?

 Entering more than one team is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.

When will the prizes be distributed?

Monthly prizes will be distributed within 4 weeks of official notification from FPL Vibes Admin. Grand prizes will be distributed at the end of the season within 4-6 weeks of official notification from FPL Vibes Admin.

How will I be notified if I win a prize?

 FPL Vibes Admin will notify you of prizes via your registration email.

What if there is a tie at the end of the month?

 In the event of a tie at the end of a month, the winner according to the rules of the Fantasy Premier League game is the team that made the least number of transfers. If scores are tied and number of transfers are equal, then there following gameweek will be used as a playoff between the tied teams.

How do I contact league administrators?

 Contact us at fplvibes@gmail.com for any questions or further info.

The FPL Vibes Prize League 2013-14 Roundup

With the World Cup now complete and many football aficionados already looking forward to the upcoming Barclays Premier League season, we take a look back at the top finishers in last season’s edition of the FPL Vibes Prize League.

Congratulations to the winner of the FPL Vibes Prize League 2013-14, Nigel Smith with his team Trini Red Devils. After a modest start at the beginning of the season, Nigel put the pedal to the floor in November to claim the November Monthly prize.  He exhibited shrewd management over the busy Christmas schedule and beyond, and his consistency allowed him to repeat as monthly prize winner by claiming the April Monthly Prize. A strong finish through May kept him clear of the stiff competition from his nearest challengers and ensured that Nigel claimed the grand prize of an Apple MacBook Air and FPL Vibes Trophy.

Nigel finished the 2013-14 Fantasy League with a grand total of 2,466 points and an overall rank of 1,341 in the world. He also finished 3rd amongst all players from Trinidad and Tobago making this his best ever performance in the game. Kudos to Nigel on a remarkable season.

FPL Winner's Shot - Nigel Smith

Prize league winner Nigel with his first prize of an Apple MacBook Air and Trophy.

In second place was Vivek Bissoon with his team Five by Five FC.  Vivek enjoyed a stellar season, beginning well and maintaining a consistency that saw him placed in an around the top 5 places throughout the course of the season. Vivek occupied top spot briefly in March and April and pushed for the title to very end, to claim his second prize of an Apple IPad 5 Air. Congrats to Vivek on a superb season.

Vivek Bissoon

Prize League Runner Up Vivek Bissoon with his second prize of an Apple IPad Air 5.

Our second runner up was Robert Simmons with his team TangentMan4Eva FC. After a somewhat subdued start, Robert hit the NOS in December to claim the monthly prize. There was no looking back as he pressed hard through the second half of the season to join the leading pack. His second successive 3rd place finish in the FPL Vibes Prize League saw him claim the 3rd place prize of a Sony Playstation 4.

Rounding out the top 5 were last year’s overall winner Rene Ribeiro with his team BESBRAHN FC and Alon Cooper with his team AC Gunners FC. Defending champion Rene endured a tough start to the season but recovered in January and never looked back as he claimed the monthly prize for February. Rene’s 4th place finished earned him the prize of an Amazon Kindle Fire . Alon enjoyed an overall productive season as his impressive form earned him monthly prizes for both August and January months. Alon’s 5th place finish gave him a triple kit haul as he claimed the 5th prize of an  Official Club Jacket of choice. He chose an Arsenal Club Jacket.

Rene Ribeiro with Kindle Fire

Prize League 3rd Runner Up Rene Ribeiro with his third prize of an Amazon Kindle Fire.

 Alon Cooper with Club Jacket

Prize League 4th Runner Up Alon Cooper with his fifth prize of an Official Arsenal FC Club Jacket.

 

Finally, in the annual personal podcast bet between FPL Vibes co-hosts Darryl Celestine and Omar Romero, revenge was in order as I claimed the prize of a 1 Litre bottle of Johnnie Walker Black. While I should acknowledge that this was an uncharacteristically average season from my arch rival, I’d much rather call it order restored and I look forward to more of the same for the upcoming season. Long may it continue!!

Omar with Johnnie Walker

Omar with his bottle of Johnnie Walker Black 1L courtesy Darryl.

Thanks to all competitors who participated in the FPL Vibes Prize League 2013-14. The FPL game is already up and running and managers are already making plans for the new season. Look out for details on the revamped and reloaded 2014-15 edition of the FPL Vibes Prize League.

by Omar Romero

 

FPL Vibes Prize League Roundup – May

Can you believe it folks? The nine months of thrills and spills have come to an end. Manchester City has won their second BPL title in three years and the corresponding FPL season has been exciting and very eventful. Some would be disappointed with their showing while others may be very chuffed and already planning strategies for next year.

Today we salute our May prize winner, Andrew Boissiere with his team GOLDEN EYES. Andrew tallied the same 163 points as Christian Gittens with his team gitzn11 but prevailed on a tiebreaker by making less transfers for the month. For his choice of jersey, Andrew has selected a Netherlands Home Kit from our official kit supplier Red Mango Kits.  It was only a two gameweek month but Andrew was rewarded for finishing strongly. Let us take an in depth look at Andrew’s final push.

The last double gameweek 37 of the season was disappointing for many managers but not so for ‘GOLDEN EYES’. Andrew amassed an incredible 102 points with captain Dzeko leading the way with 50 points. Other leading lights included Zabaleta(12), Mertesacker(8) and Hart(7). I hope Andrew ‘raised his bat’ for this peerless century!

In preparation for GW38 Andrew sold Lallana and Mertesacker and bought Ward and Gerrard. He totalled 61 points on this occasion with Gerrard(11),Ramsey(10) and Zabaleta(9) being the star performers for ‘GOLDEN EYES’. What is remarkable about Andrew’s feat is that he landed the monthly prize without the fantasy giant, Yaya Toure. Zabaleta and Dzeko proved to be the key men for Andrew in his push to the May monarchy just as they were key for coach Manuel Pellegrini in the club’s push for the BPL title.

Congratulations to Andrew as well as all other monthly winning managers in FPL Vibes for their sterling efforts this season.  The FPL managers in this league have exhibited tactical acumen of the highest order and in my opinion winning prizes gets harder with each passing year. Look out for a coming article which wraps up the league and recognizes the top 5 managers in the overall standings.

We anxiously await the 2014 World Cup which will keep the football vibes bubbling till August 17th when we do it all over again.

I must end by asking all managers..

Did you feel the vibes?

by Rene Ribeiro

 

 

 

 

 

FPL Vibes Podcast Episode 47 – Don’t Let This Slip!

Hosts Omar “dinho” Romero and Darryl “2cents” Celestine are back in the studio for Episode 47 of the FPL Vibes Podcast brought to you by Socawarriors.net.

We are joined by special guest Nigel Smith, monthly prize winner for April and current frontrunner in the FPL Vibes Prize league. Nigel talks about his monthly accomplishment and recap’s his stellar season today and strategies for the run in. We review some of the disappointments and surprises of the season. The discussion moves on to the latest twists in the BPL including the title and relegation battles and the Moyes sacking. We look at the best prospects for the double gameweek. As always we close out with our combined picks for the upcoming Gameweek 37.

Hope you enjoy.

Is ah vibes!!

 

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