Here’s our FFGeek sky sports fantasy football November update including our rank, potential transfers and captain planning
SKY SPORTS FANTASY FOOTBALL NOVEMBER UPDATE
In this article I’ll briefly recap on my sky sports fantasy football team results to date, my way of playing and then talk through potential transfers and captain planning
POSITION TO DATE
Here’s my basic stats:
Overall rank: 2,760
Transfers used: 4
FFGeek league position 31 of 196
So things have pretty much stayed the same in terms of rank since my October Sky Sports fantasy football update
Here’s the team as is now:
So after hovering around the 1400’s for a while I’ve suddenly dropped back to 2,760. That’s because the last gameweek was a total disaster apart from Salah.
Man City are the challenge at the moment as they obviously score lots of points but are uncertain selection wise which makes it difficult to captain plan them.
With the new overhaul rules it’s also hard to know how many transfers you should be using and this year will be a learning curve. Should I be more aggressive? I’m playing like there’s no 2nd overhaul but I’d rather have too many towards the end of the season than not enough
MY BASIC WAY OF PLAYING
I tend to play the game differently than anyone I’ve seen and I explained it in more detail in this season introduction post which also includes a rule summary. It also helps understand the rest of the article
In very simple terms I like to play 3-4-3 and have 3 premium forwards and 1 premium midfielder from the top 7 clubs to carry the principal captain burden. I then look to have at least 2 premium attacking defenders hopefully from different clubs than the forwards so they can possibly pick up the captaincy gaps if required. Budgetary constraints will probably mean 1 cheap Defender and a cheap GK. The remaining 3 midfield slots will be filled with cheap pass and or tackle bonus players who will hopefully pick up points in a consistent fashion negating the need for transfers to find good fixtures for lower value players. Again these are, hopefully, from a different spread of teams so they can fill in for captain duties when required on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday night.
I use transfers very rarely so I can fill all the captain slots and try to only make them when there are injuries or unavoidable captain gaps. I plan my captains about 5-6 weeks in advance.
The 2 overhauls (wildcards essentially) mean that my saving of transfers for the scattering of fixtures at the end of the season maybe a complete waste of time. That maybe offset by the many different nights of fixtures for postponements and TV demands but that remains to be seen. This way of playing has served me reasonably well so far so I’m going to continue with it come hell or high water. I have to say I don’t know anyone else who plays this way.
Whenever I plan a transfer I check on what the effect on my captain will be. The designated captain picks if you like are always going to come from the probable top 7 teams. There will probably be 4, 3 strikers and 1 midfielder. Here were the candidates:
Chelsea – Morata
Liverpool – Salah or Mane, maybe Coutinho
Spurs – Kane
Man Utd – Lukaku
Man City – Gametime is unpredicatable but anyone could be a captain on the day
Everton – no one suitable
Arsenal – Lacazette or Sanchez at a push
CAPTAIN PLANNING AND PLANNED TRANSFERS
So I’ve gone through 9 gameweeks (using FPL gameweeks ) to see where I need captains for my team. I’ve looked through all the permutations and below are transfers and a timeline to try and achieve a captain every match day.
So after going through the gameweeks I have planned 2 scenarios to get me through to GW20. 1 scenario has 3 transfers the other 4. They get me through to GW20 with only 1 game uncovered and that’s the Everton v Swansea game in GW18.
In the timeline below I outline the transfers with the timings. The transfers are in the main to cover captain requirements. I’ve introduced D Silva to cover some City needs as he has as good a gametime security as you can expect and has good pass bonus. Jesus worries me and it also allows me to bring in Morata who also has good fixtures and fixes some captain gaps. By the way be careful you transfer D Silva and not B Silva as they rather unhelpfully have named him as opposed to calling him Bernardo.
The difference between the 2 scenarios is merely to do with the initial Brighton transfer in GW12. If Bong doesn’t start or I get cold feet on his gametime I get in Stephens instead which ends up costing me an additional transfer.
These transfers don’t cover me for unexpected injuries. I wanted to get rid of Matic for Silva not Xhaka btw but I couldn’t get the cash to work.
Scenario 1 transfers
Reid to Bong (Brighton)
Xhaka to D Silva
Jesus to Morata
Scenario 2 transfers
Reid to Jorgenson or Zanak as he’s known in FPL
Xhaka to D Silva
Mooy to Stephens
Jesus to Morata
Man Utd v Newcastle – Lukaku
Watford v West Ham – Reid
Brighton v Stoke – (1)Transfer Bong in for Reid or (2) Stephens in for Mooy
West Ham v Leicester – Maguire
Man Utd v Brighton – Lukaku
Huddersfield v Man City – Latest (1) Transfer in Silva for Xhaka or (2) Jorgensen for Reid and Silva for Xhaka
Leicester v Spurs – Kane
Chelsea v Swansea – (1) and (2) Latest transfer Morata in for Jesus
Watford v Spurs – Kane
Man City v West Ham – D Silva
Spurs v Stoke – Kane
Liverpool v Everton – Salah
Huddersfield v Chelsea – Morata
Spurs v Brighton – Kane
Chelsea v Southampton – Morata
Bournemouth v Liverpool – Salah
Everton v Swansea – ?????
Arsenal v Liverpool – Salah
Burnley v Spurs – Kane
Spurs v Southampton – Kane
Newcastle v Man City – Silva
C Palace v Arsenal –
How the 2 scenario teams would look
Scenario 2 team
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