Considering the way Fantasy Premier League (FPL) tend to price players in accordance to position, you’d expect forwards -and one or two certain midfielders- to outscore defenders by a comfortable distance over any given campaign. This season, despite a decrease in clean sheets across the board, Leighton Baines proved a notable exception.

Fifth-highest scorer in FPL, only one forward -Carlos Tevez- managed to score more than Baines, despite Everton picking up just 9 clean sheets all season. Baines only managed double figures on two of the thirty-eight gameweeks but his consistency throughout the season saw him steadily rack up the points on his way to a total of 178.

His set-pieces and crosses from the left flank are a crucial part of Everton’s game and Baines’ Fantasy returns ultimately saw him resemble more of a cut-price midfielder than costly defender, in the end making a mockery of his 7.0 starting price.

The Statistics

Initially, that starting price did seem relatively high for a player with 11 clean sheets the previous season. Given that Nemanja Vidic was available for the same price -and Man United had 19 clean sheets, in comparison- he wasn’t a real stand-out option. Baines had also scored just two goals in his last three seasons, which hardly increased the appeal, either.

Also coming into the equation early on was Seamus Coleman; with the young Irishman available as a 4.5 defender in FPL despite being fielded at right midfield by David Moyes, Baines’ price subsequently dropped to 6.8 by gameweek 6.

As the season progressed, however, Baines’ attacking quality prevailed and he finished with 5 goals and 11 assists to his name. In comparison, only Nani, Cesc Fabregas and Didier Drogba managed more assists, with Ashley Cole second best defender with five.

Everton’s clean sheets dropped slightly from 11 to 9 this term (5 at Goodison, 4 on the road) following the pattern for the vast majority of teams, with clubs finding it harder to keep their opponents out.

Baines’ best haul came in gameweek 33, where a goal, clean sheet and two Bonus Points in a 2-0 home win over Birmingham saw him pick up 13 points for his performance.

The Prospects

Such a high score this season could see him come in at the 7.5 mark next time round, though unlike many high-priced players, Baines is pretty much a guaranteed starter in every game; he played every single minute of his club’s 38 games and with Everton not having to bother with European football next term, won’t be prone to rotation.

The absence of Mikel Arteta through injury undoubtedly helped the left-back’s score, with Everton’s set-piece and penalty duties left to Baines with the Spaniard sidelined. Ironically, having failed to win a penalty all season, once Baines took over duties, the Toffees won three in a short spell. If Arteta is fit and stays at the club, there could well be a drop in returns for Baines – retaining spot-kick duties will be critical to his potential.

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  1. Why Oh Why don`t the powers that be organise a decent nations competition when the World Cup & Euro`s aren`t being played . I`m pretty sure most footy fans would prefer a decent 5 nations tournement with ENG WAL SCO NI & IRE every 2 years .........

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
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      1. also wish England entered it. Would give us the chance to beat them in Rugby, Cricket, the Eurovision and Football in the one year.

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
        1. erm ireland beat us in eurovision

          • 4 years, 3 days ago
          1. erm I'm Irish...

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            1. Okay, just checking if I've got jamsiep's spread betting-esque thing right. So I bet on every result that isn't barca winning up to say 4-4, making sure my stake is less than £100 and therefore will either win some money from one of those results or get refunded my stake should barca win?

              • 4 years, 3 days ago
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          2. He's irish....

            *awkward*

            • 4 years, 3 days ago
          3. erm Thats what he said...........

            • 4 years, 3 days ago
    1. they're too busy taking bribes to organise MORE tournaments

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
    2. Don't you think it would be too much for players? They already play too many games every season. We often think of them as if they're machines. Some of them have health problems when they retire.

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. yeah good point

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
      2. bless them.........

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
    1. Ultimate chav. Incredible! There'll be more muggings down Southend (on-sea) high st tonight because of that.

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. Aaggh I miss S`end High St :-(

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
        1. I can't believe anyone anywhere would ever say that! Are you ok? 😉

          • 4 years, 3 days ago
          1. Am a proud ESSEX BOY !

            • 4 years, 3 days ago
            1. Me too, born a bred, but I can think of better places to miss than S-o-S High St!

              • 4 years, 3 days ago
              1. will be popping down on Sunday 4 the airshow :-)

                • 4 years, 3 days ago
                1. Where are you now? I'm in "upmarket" (heh!) Leigh-on-Sea... would do the airshow for my son but he only wants to go there for the chips and then go home. Spoilt brat 😉

                  • 4 years, 3 days ago
                  1. Bedfordshire for 12yr now

                    • 4 years, 3 days ago
                  2. Yeah Old Leigh is a bit snobby like Thorpe Bay 😉

                    • 4 years, 3 days ago
                  3. That's the way of it down here. I can't complain unless oiks like you invade 😉 Enjoy the show!

                    Time for bed.

                    • 4 years, 3 days ago
  2. If I had my way the play off finals would be a whole lot different and IMO a lot FAIRER indeed .

    Birmingham v Swansea
    Preston v Huddersfield
    Dagenham & Redbridge v Shrewsbury
    Lincoln v AFC Wimbledon

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
    1. They did something similar in the first year of the playoffs.

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. They did indeed, except the best of the teams in the bottom 4 (or however many were due to be relegated) entered at the semi-final stage. They also had two-legged finals.

        I still remember the play-offs for the old division 4 - Aldershot beat Bolton (who were then relegated) and then won home and away against Wolves. How things change?

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
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    2. ????????????

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
    3. no that would be rubbish

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
  3. oops- meant to post this down here:

    Okay, just checking if I’ve got jamsiep’s spread betting-esque thing right. So I bet on every result that isn’t barca winning up to say 4-4, making sure my stake is less than £100 and therefore will either win some money from one of those results or get refunded my stake should barca win?

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
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      1. i got deja vu up in here

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
          • 4 years, 3 days ago
      2. Ok sorry to be an idiot just making sure lol

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
  4. http://www.textsfromlastnight.com/

    Just on about this on Graham Norton, some are amazing.

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
    1. I can always make him wear a mask... I'll tell him it's a fetish.

      :lol;

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
    2. (519):

      and then she said I drew a line on her forehead with my cum and whispered "Simba"

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. (540): You scratched my dick last night. It deserves an apology and I fell that actions speak louder than words when it comes to apologies like this.

        😆

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
    3. what this all about then?

      people post funny texts they received?

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. "woke up this morning with a big mac and chips on a plate, coke in a glass and a knife and fork AND NAPKIN waiting for me in front of my computer. PORN WAS ALREADY PLAYING. I LOVE DRUNK ME"

        LOL

        the knife and fork make that

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
    4. that site is brilliant!!

      "I fed him jelly beans while he fingered me. Win, win situation."

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. i just walked into a room at this party and someone yelled "dibs!"...

        that would be great

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
        1. Lot of crap, but some classics too.

          (817): Printing the vagina inspector badge was money well spent.

          • 4 years, 3 days ago
          1. (415): dude what did you give her she's eating her pocket lint

            • 4 years, 3 days ago
            1. (845):
              Count me out. I seem to have semen induced blindness in one eye.

              • 4 years, 3 days ago
  5. -------------->

    That's all.

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
    1. It's about time Barcelona admitted that they blatantly stole our club emblem.

      http://kentsgeordieboy.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/forest_green_633790183305322500.jpg

      English flag top left, club colours behind the ball in the bottom segment... Not sure what the top right segment is all about though.

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. ha! is that forest green's badge?!

        i guess the top right segment is the green from 'forest green'

        duh

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
    2. haha i've literally just changed mine to the fcb badge!

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
    3. Says it all really. And not in a good way..... 😉

      BTW, to get it from the horse's mouth: if i follow you're spreadsheet on united winning by up to two goals, what's the highest amount I can possibly win?

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. £69.81, as it quite clearly states.....

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
        1. ah right, misread the spread sheet lol 😆

          • 4 years, 3 days ago
          1. Do you have a Paddy Power account?

            • 4 years, 3 days ago
            1. yeah

              • 4 years, 3 days ago
              1. i haven't set one up yet

                can you put a grand on for me?

                • 4 years, 3 days ago
                1. lulz

                  • 4 years, 3 days ago
            2. Sorry if this an idiotic question, but what happens if Barca win after extra time? My guess is that it's irrelevant and that the entire bet only depends on the 90 mins, but wanted to be sure.

              • 4 years, 3 days ago
    4. Small. And ugly.

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
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        1. AP

          So glad you'll be cheering on Iniesta tomorrow.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIrg7CFy2T4

          hahahahhahahaaaaaaaaaa.

          • 4 years, 3 days ago
          1. "AHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

            CHELSKI THE RENT BOYS

            NO EUROPEAN GLORY FOR U C*NTS

            AHAHAHAHAH LOOK AT THAT LITTLE KID C*NT CRYING AT THE END C*NT HE IS C*NT SON OF A WHORE C*NT
            wacko9119 1 day ago"

            I can't work out how he feels about this game...

            • 4 years, 3 days ago
            1. 😯

              • 4 years, 3 days ago
            2. AP

              Hey Damn Dan. Who's the current champions of the premier league and in the final of the champions league, and who's just scraped 6th place and was dumped out of the europa league by Braga? I've had a sudden memory lapse, help me out.

              • 4 years, 3 days ago
              1. 5 times CL winners Liverpool FC

                • 4 years, 3 days ago
                1. AP

                  Braga.

                  • 4 years, 3 days ago
    5. wow!glory hunter,jamsiep and dan 😉

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
  6. AP

    Loving at the gravatars. The last hurrah of the ABU's... support a different team to your own. 😆

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
    1. doesn't every football fan do that at some point?

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
        1. I guess that, in hindsight,challenging your rival to come back when they've won 18 wasn't such a clever idea after all?

          • 4 years, 3 days ago
    2. I'm not supporting Barca. If they win I get about €40 though.
      Perfect world = Man Utd win the Champs League and England pull out of FIFA. The feckers can stick it.

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. AP

        I'm with you on all counts here. I'd love it if we pulled out of FIFA, Viva the revolution!

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
        1. Does that mean I lose my coveted ABU#5 badge? 😉

          • 4 years, 3 days ago
          1. AP

            Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I guess it does! After tomorrow i'll be absent till August anyway at which point a whole new list will be drawn up.

            • 4 years, 3 days ago
    3. Ohmyf*ckingawd ...

      Lovin' the embrace of another team's badge guys. You all slay me.

      Gosh, what would happen if everyone changed their grav? What *then*

      Textbook.

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
  7. Barcelona to win, 11 or more corners and over 45 on card indez... 9-1.

    I prob won't do it, but that looks decent..

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
  8. Leighton Baines to Liverpool?

    Don't ask me for a link, because at the moment it's just a rumour ( but a strong rumour).

    Brilliant for LFC if this happened. Brilliant for FPL also, can you imagine the points for a Baines/ Carroll combination?

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
    1. While subtracting the points for Baines behind Gerrard and Kuyt on pens

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
  9. United to win 3 - 2 is now 33/1, as opposed to the 50/1 on the spreadsheet. This alters things significantly since the 2.84 stake on it isn't enough to cover the other bets - At least, by my calculations anyway, haha. Just a heads-up guys (and also a gentle nudge in jamsiep's direction)!

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
    1. Cheers for the heads-up. It's not the only odds that have changed as well.... If you save the spreadsheet to your computer, then you can change the odds in there, and the whole thing will recalculate itself.

      I'll try updating it on the Google doc.

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. Couple of rounds of BlackOps?

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
        1. Just turned it off, but yeah, why not!!

          • 4 years, 3 days ago
          1. Hopefully it will let me on today! 😕

            • 4 years, 3 days ago
            1. Ah it has. Bene.

              • 4 years, 3 days ago
      2. Right, should be done.

        It's actually works out better now. 1-1 (which has the lowest odds, and therefore requires the highest stake) has drifted to 6/1, and the odds on 2-2 have also drifted...

        New minimum profit works out to be £49!

        Worth emphasising that you really should check to make sure that the odds PP are offering, are the same as are in the spreadsheet. Because if not then it obviously cocks up all the maths.

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
  10. Not blowing smoke - but AP - you are an awesome poster - Atilla - we have had run in (whilst i have had different guises but you aint too bad either - chica chica chicarito first scorer united to win 2-1 booooooooom!

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
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    1. Which guise was that then?
      Hmmmmm I'll do my Colombo impersonation - you're a Man Utd fan who is literate so that rules out most of them........ I'll have to think :)

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. I can spell but i aint no Joseph Barton!

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
        1. Ha! Was the argument about Archbishop Barton? Ach anyroad, doesn't matter.
          As I said above I'd rather United win tomorrow, but I won't cry much if they don't. Barca have gone down in my estimation a lot this season. It was basically battle of the tosspots for me
          Nani & Rooney v Pedro, Busquets, Alves
          2-3 to Barca in the twat stakes. Plus I like VDS & Scholes and would like them to retire on a high

          • 4 years, 3 days ago
          1. i really hope you lott spend that 35 mill..got a fair spine already,,,

            • 4 years, 3 days ago
  11. Fuuck the spreadsheet, the only bet i'm doing is Ryan Giggs to swap shirts with Imogen Thomas after the game, 1000/1 on PP.....

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
    1. The TV ads say bets are refunded if Barcelona win in normal time. Is Jamsie on a different offer or is he (and everyone else who jumped in) screwed if Barca win in extra time or pens?

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
      1. Nah, then it'll be a draw which they've covered as well.

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
        1. Ah ok! Cool.

          • 4 years, 3 days ago
      2. Imogen thomas - it would be horrifically rude not to!

        • 4 years, 3 days ago
  12. Dan

    Not put any bets on in a while, might just have £3 on Man Utd to win on penalties at 10/1.

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
  13. Saw some talk of a pokerstars "home game" would be up for it. How about leading up to champs league final? To kill the boredom that comes a few hours before a big game!

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
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    1. very nice
      "One player who should perhaps stop trying is Stephen Hunt: the Wolves winger beat his opponent just three times from 36 attempts all season"

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
  14. Just been to see Source Code. Much better film than Inception imho.

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
  15. Paddy Power Rule 41,
    41.Paddy Power may, at its sole discretion, exclude selected customers from receiving the selected promotions: guaranteed best price; bonuses; free bets; enhanced prices; and money-back specials and any other promotions and offers introduced by us from time to time.

    Be warned, this could go tits up!!

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
    1. This is me being optimistic (since I've just placed my bet, haha!) - It says receiving the selected promotion, i.e., taking part in it in any way, doesn't it? I read a post earlier that said it would be outrageous for PP to not refund bets, because I've only placed them in the knowledge that there is that potential safety net.

      I don't want to get into a legal dogfight here because my knowledge of the law is pretty much non-existent, but it does seem pretty unreasonable.

      • 4 years, 3 days ago
  16. Should I bring more Utd. or Barca players in my team in UCL fantasy?Gut says United will win but Barca are the favourites.Who would you bring out of Rooney and Pedro?

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
  17. Depends on the scoring system. But Rooney is on pens, Pedro plays out wide.

    Points confusion in most games about what happens in penalty shoot-outs. Pen scored and pen saved score points, but do goalkeepers and defenders get minus points for every penalty scored in the shoot out?!! Do clean sheet points disappear? Might be worth not having a goalkeeper!

    • 4 years, 3 days ago
  18. Baines will be a good option next year he is the only one that is standing out for Everton now in previous seasons you have had to worry whether you wanted Cahill Arteta aswell. By only getting Baines gives you solid Everton coverage.

    • 4 years, 2 days ago
    1. Dan

      I think everybody on this site will have him at the start of the season, providing their fixtures aren't too difficult. I think he'll be priced at 7.5.

      • 4 years, 2 days ago

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For Gameweek 38

  • Schmeichel
  • Terry
  • Ivanovic
  • Coleman
  • Young
  • Silva
  • Bolasie
  • Walcott
  • Aguero
  • Ulloa
  • Lukaku
  • Vlaar
  • Mahrez
  • Benteke

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:10am
Player Club Factors
No Change Ospina ARS B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Schmeichel LEI A, Vs, £
No Change Pantilimon SUN C, VsX, £
No Change Howard EVE B
No Change Adrián WHM B
Down Harper HUL B, VsX, £
Up Myhill WBA A, VsX, £
Up Krul NEW C, £

Defenders

Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:11am
Player Club Factors
No Change Koscielny ARS B, Vs
No Change Morgan LEI A, Vs, £
Up Kolarov MCI B, Rest, £
Down Ivanovic CHE C, Vs
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Up Smalling MUN B, Vs
No Change Coleman EVE B
No Change Van Aanholt SUN B, VsX, £
Up Vlaar AVL C, Vs, £
Down Skrtel LIV C

Midfielders

Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Sánchez ARS B, Vs
Up Silva MCI A
Down Hazard CHE C, Vs
No Change Ramsey ARS B, Vs
Up Bolasie CPL B
No Change Albrighton LEI B, Vs, £
No Change Grealish AVL C, Vs, £
Up Mata MUN B, Vs
Up Sigurdsson SWA B
Up Mirallas EVE B, Rest
Up Sissoko NEW C, Inj
Down Coutinho LIV C

Forwards

Last updated: 19 May, 2015 8:12am
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A
Up Lukaku EVE B
No Change Benteke AVL B, Vs
Up Murray CPL B, £
Up Gomis SWA B, Inj
Up Ulloa LEI B, Vs, Rest, £
Up Pellè SOT B
No Change NDoye HUL B, VsX, £
Down Giroud ARS C, Vs
Up Ayoze Pérez NEW B, Inj

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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