fantasy premier league – the FFGeek team for GW5


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Here’s my fantasy premier league article with the FFGeek team for GW5. We look very briefly at last week, the transfer thoughts, lineup dilemmas and the captain choice

fantasy premier league – the FFGeek team for GW5

Gameweek 4

I went into a bit more detail in my early thoughts on the FFGeek team article so I won’t go through it again but overall it was a good week.

GW4 points: 56 (average 44) Total points 284, Gameweek rank 884k, Overall Rank: 40k, green arrow 19k, Team Value: £101.2m

Here’s the points:

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The problems

The problems are huge at the moment

Firstly it looks like Shaw, Austin and Gunnarson won’t play.  Zaha and Walcott are doubts but my impression from the press conferences is that they will start.  I don’t think Hodgson will want to risk losing to Huddersfield in what’s still a 6 pointer.  Also I’m not sure how Marco Silva will avoid playing Walcott with injuries and the Richarlson suspension.

Mkhitaryan I have serious doubts about starting.  I think it will come down to either him or Ozil and given Ozil had time off over the break then I would expect him to be the favourite to start.

So that meant I had 4 players I felt fairly strongly wouldn’t start and 2 doubts that I thought would start.  Plus I had 2 transfers to plug the holes with.

Transfer options

2 free transfers available and £0.3m in the bank.

My transfer dilemmas centred around whether to get Alonso or Hazard or both.  Attempts to get either in using Shaw or Austin to fund it were both pretty hopeless ending up adding another non playing guy to the team.  In the end I had no choice but to focus on Mkhitaryan who I would have liked to give another couple of weeks to.

Then the choice came down to Hazard or Alonso.  Alonso to replace Shaw or Hazard to replace Mane.  I’ve been procrastinating for ages but in the end I decided to get in Alonso. To be honest it was a complete 50/50 and I could have just got the dog to choose hours ago. I’ve downgraded Mkhitaryan to £4.5m Stephens to keep some money in for upgrades elsewhere.

With that cash I could still do a minus 4 for Hazard over Mane tomorrow but I’m not a fan of hits.  It’s just too easy to get into the habit of taking them.

So the transfers were

Shaw out Alonso in

Mkhitaryan out Stephens in

£1.1m in the bank.

I could still do Hazard tomorrow as I just said.  If I don’t, next week I could use the money in the bank to upgrade Austin to say Wilson.  I can’t do Gunnarson to Fraser without a price drop for Fraser though.  I also will have to remove Luiz in a couple of weeks as Chelsea play Liverpool in 2 weeks which is not the game to have 2 Chelsea defenders for.

Captain choice

If you saw my captain choice article you’ll know that I was going to go Aguero and that’s what I’ve done

Lineup issues

No issues here.  The bench picked itself as it were.

The team

Here’s how it looks then:

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That’s it good luck to everyone this week.

Below are some links to help you with your transfer choices

That’s it hope you found it useful.

See our the FFGeek contributors show their teams part 1 and contributors part 2 ,   last seasons 412 overall finisher Paul Williams on the midfield conundrum of Salah, Mane and Hazard,  the bandwagons and sinking ships article Rob Reids August review the FFGeek contributors imaginary wildcard teams part 1,  10 top FPL managers article, the underlying stats GW4 article, Jordans wildcard team, the early thoughts on the FFGeek team article and the fixture ease article

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11 thoughts on “fantasy premier league – the FFGeek team for GW5

  1. My changes for this week:
    Mkhitaryan out, Billing in
    Tomkins out, Alonso in
    Alonso is way too good at the moment to be ignored for the price. Hope he continues his excellent start because on current trending, he’s expected to score 250 pts+ but reality turns out to be different in most cases.
    I will playing a 4-3-3 system this week with the back four consisting of Mendy-Alonso-Robertson-Shaw.

      • Well anticipated about Shaw. It didn’t work out well for me this week with Tomkins out (6 pts) for Alonso (2 pts) but that’s the way sometimes this game rolls.

        Fortunately Wan-Bissaka coming from the bench will soften the blow.

  2. Gundogan, Salah, Mane, Mhkitaryan, Billing. I have a feeling that Billing may turn out to be a handy differential, so I don’t want to bench him. But Arsenal are playing Newcastle and ManC are playing Fulham. And I just can’t figure out whom to bench in this midfield.
    I’m inclined to play a 4-4-2 with Zaha and Aguero up front (Austin benched) and Mendy, Alonso, Robertson, Wan Bissaka (Shaw benched) at the back. Suggestions?

    • Both are good. Gross should not play plus Brigthon did not score away. In that sense Cedric is good. Also Zaha is back and will help the team. AWB looks good as well. Let’s see.

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