Here’s what I’m hoping will be the FFGeek fantasy premier league GW1 team. I talk through the structure and each position
fantasy premier league GW1 team – the FFGeek team
I’ve gone for a team that will essentially play 4-3-3. However the first game doesn’t work for the rotation so I’ve gone for 3-4-3 to start.
In defence Davies Bailly and Cedric will play every game and the other 2 will rotate.
Willian, De Bruyne and Ward Prowse will play every game and The 2 £4.5s will sit on the bench most likely.
I’ve gone for a big front 3 as I don’t really think there’s much value in the cheap strikers and it gives me good captain options.
I also didn’t really want to double up in attack at this stage
I’ve gone for Foster and Elliot even though it doesn’t really work as a rotation as they often play at home at the same time. However the fixtures in between are ok. The lure of a £4.0m GK was just too much. There remains a risk that a GK is bought by Newcastle to replace Elliot but the way the market is going price wise has to help the situation.
I went for Bailly because he was the most secure and I think with the fixtures that he should pick up some decent clean sheet points. I didn’t want to risk a no show.
Davies is a risk definitely with Rose supposedly coming back to fitness. The latest is he’s not expected to be fit before the end of August so hopefully it’s delayed and a slow return. Rose telling the world about whether he wants to play for Chelsea or Man Utd may change things but that remains to be seen. I think Davies is worth the gamble at the moment. I did think about Monreal at Arsenal but Spurs for me are the better defence. The longevity of gametime is not sitting with me well though.
There was no question about the Saints defence I was always going to have one. I’ve moved my mind between all the £5.0 defenders but come back to Cedric. He started the last preseason game and looked good by all accounts. There seems to be alot of love for Stephens and when I’ve watched him I’ve been very impressed but I’ve gone back to Cedric to hope he starts.
I was going to have a Burnley /Watford 4th defender rotation but I’ve lost confidence in picking anyone of the 2CBs who could play for Watford. I’ve moved over to Swansea/ Burnley with Mee and Naughton. It’s not ideal but at least I’ll get 2 playing
I’m mulling over in my mind whether I want to throw caution to the wind and go for a Holgate of Everton and Moreno of Liverpool rotation. Holgate should play in a back 4 although a 3-4-3 is dodgy for his selection. Moreno is getting good words from Klopp and started the last pre-season game. Are these genuine words or to help his exit in the mind of other clubs. Milner and Robertson could take the position too. One to sleep over.
Willian is great value for a Chelsea player with set piece responsibility and an advanced position. Even if the fixtures could be better he works well for me
De Bruyne is at the heart of the Man City creativity and with Jesus probably the most secure of the Man City attackers
Ward Prowse is a fixture play and should have some set piece responsibility. The best of the £5.5ms
Then I get to the £4.5m benchwarmers. Carroll is the best of them by a distance for me. I can’t see Sigurdsson staying so that should give him so set piece responsibility. The risk is what Swansea do with the money. The saga has been going on so long that you would think they have someone lined up for the money.
The other benchwarmer is Lokilo who is a young striker who’s played in the advanced positions in the last 2 pre-season games. He’s a massive gametime risk and it’s hard to see him holding his place but if he plays against Huddersfield in GW1 who knows. Carroll is the safest £4.5m player though
Lukaku is a no brainer with the fixtures, captain potential and ownership plus his ability to score big.
Kane with a pre-season and no international tournament in the summer should hopefully put all the slow stater stuff behind him.
Lacazette is also a gamble. Not in terms of gametime but adjustment and the lack of Ozil in GW1 won’t help him. However I’m struggling to see who is a legitimate captain in GW4 as every other top team has a tricky fixture whereas Arsenal are home to Bournemouth. in GW4 Jesus/Aguero home to Liverpool is the only other option unless you want to take Lukaku at Stoke
Link to Forward player rankings article
No choice for me here. Lukaku. From what I’ve seen of the polls he’s miles ahead and he’s top of the bookies anytime goalscoring odds as well.
Here’s my captain planning article
Anything can still happen with just under 24 hours to go. I will at least tweet my team if I change it. My twitter handle and link are below. I will almost certainly not do another article if I change things
Have your team ready by 1pm tomorrow UK time
At least have it in a form you can live with. The FPL site crashed a couple of years back and I’ve never forgotten it.
GW1 isn’t everything
After all the build up it’s easy to get carried away either positive or negatively about your GW1 score and rank. However while a good start is helpful it’s not the end of the world for a bad score or a guarantee of a good future score. The bookies team I run had an overall rank of 1.5million after GW1 before ending up at 6k overall.
The best finishing manager in my top 10 managers series last season after GW1 had an overall rank of 259k but finished up 15th overall.
It’s a marathon not a sprint
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