telegraph fantasy football – FFGeek team review and player analysis

Here’s our review of the telegraph fantasy football format.  We look at the FFGeek team and it’s progress plus potential transfers.   We also do some analysis on the best value players and the best points per game players and then construct a team for going forward. 

telegraph fantasy football – FFGeek team review and player analysis

Before I start if you play telegraph fantasy football you should also read our TFF pundit Stephen Troop’s recent update article

The FFGeek team




Overall rank:  6,880  Total points:  580   transfers left:  37

Here’s the team with season points:

telegraph fantasy football

So overall I’m in a pretty good position considering I’ve only used 3 transfers so far.

 I think I’ve got a reasonably strong core of the 4 defenders plus De Bruyne, Salah, Kane and Lukaku.

Ritchie and Choupo Moting are the 2 fixture based players.  Choupo Moting possibly has 4 weeks left and Ritchie likely will go this week with Newcastle away to Man Utd

I’m a little concerned about having no Chelsea attacking player as they go on a decent run of fixtures soon but we’ll discuss that next.

Option 1 transfers

This is the low key transfer where I downgrade Valencia to Jones to save money but still keep a Man Utd defensive presence and then use the cash to transfer out Ritchie for Sane.  I could also do Sterling but I think Sane’s all round game is more suited to TFF

The team would then look like this

telegraph fantasy football

Option 2 transfers – The FFGeek Morata team

Getting Morata into the team requires a bit more extensive surgery of 4 transfers

Ritchie to Morata

Valencia to Jones

Forster to Pope

Choupo Moting to Doucoure

The team would look like this

telegraph fantasy football

At the moment I’m not sure which one I’m likely to do.  Probably the former as 4 transfers seems a little drastic

Assessing the best value for money players

Here are the top 26 value for money players as I’ve assessed them.  I’ve taken their points per game (including an arbitrary assessment for sub appearances) and related that to their price.  That gives a value calculator and they are ordered from the best downwards.  I’ve actually assessed over 200 players for value for money and points per game.  They had to have 4 starts and a minimum TFF points total.  Here’s the link to the google spreadsheet

Value £m Starts Sub Adj games Tot Pts Adj PPG Value factor
Ward, Burnley 2.3 11 0 11 52 4.73 2.06
Pope, Burnley 2.3 7 1 7.25 34 4.69 2.04
Davies, Tottenham Hotspur
3.4 7 1 7.25 49 6.76 1.99
Tarkowski, Burnley
2.1 11 0 11 44 4.00 1.90
Christensen, Chelsea
2.7 4 3 4.75 23 4.84 1.79
Doucoure, Watford
2.0 11 0 11 39 3.55 1.77
Sterling, Manchester City
4.6 6 3 6.75 55 8.15 1.77
Lowe, Huddersfield Town
2.5 9 2 9.5 41 4.32 1.73
Lowton, Burnley
2.5 11 0 11 47 4.27 1.71
Jones, Manchester United
3.2 11 0 11 60 5.45 1.70
Trippier, Tottenham Hotspur
3.8 7 1 7.25 46 6.34 1.67
RicharlisonWatford
3.0 10 1 10.25 51 4.98 1.66
Gross, Brighton
2.7 11 0 11 49 4.45 1.65
Sane, Manchester City
4.9 7 4 8 64 8.00 1.63
Lossl, Huddersfield Town
2.7 11 0 11 48 4.36 1.62
Vokes, Burnley 3.4 4 3 4.75 26 5.47 1.61
Bailly, Manchester United
3.8 8 0 8 48 6.00 1.58
Pogba, Manchester United
4.6 4 0 4 29 7.25 1.58
Jorgensen, Huddersfield Town
2.4 11 0 11 41 3.73 1.55
Yoshida, Southampton
3.1 9 0 9 43 4.78 1.54
Mustafi, Arsenal
3.9 5 0 5 30 6.00 1.54
Gomez, Liverpool
2.7 8 1 8.25 34 4.12 1.53
Murray, GBrighton
3.6 5 4 6 32 5.33 1.48
de Gea, Manchester United
3.9 11 0 11 63 5.73 1.47
Mendy, Manchester City
4.1 4 0 4 24 6.00 1.46
Sanchez, Tottenham Hotspur
3.7 7 1 7.25 39 5.38 1.45

Best points per game players

Again an arbitrary assessment for sub appearances and they are ordered from the best PPG downwards.   Here’s the link to the google spreadsheet

Value £m Starts Sub Adj games Tot Pts Adj PPG Value factor
Aguero, Manchester City
6.8 7 1 7.25 67 9.24 1.36
Sterling, Manchester City
4.6 6 3 6.75 55 8.15 1.77
Sane, Manchester City
4.9 7 4 8 64 8.00 1.63
Pogba, Manchester United
4.6 4 0 4 29 7.25 1.58
Davies, Tottenham Hotspur
3.4 7 1 7.25 49 6.76 1.99
Jesus, Manchester City
5.9 8 2 8.5 57 6.71 1.14
Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
7.0 10 0 10 67 6.70 0.96
Morata, Chelsea
6.5 9 1 9.25 61 6.59 1.01
de Bruyne, Manchester City
5.7 11 0 11 71 6.45 1.13
Trippier, Tottenham Hotspur
3.8 7 1 7.25 46 6.34 1.67
Salah, Liverpool
4.5 10 1 10.25 63 6.15 1.37
Bailly, Manchester United
3.8 8 0 8 48 6.00 1.58
Mustafi, Arsenal
3.9 5 0 5 30 6.00 1.54
Mendy, Manchester City
4.1 4 0 4 24 6.00 1.46
de Gea, Manchester United
3.9 11 0 11 63 5.73 1.47
Lukaku, Manchester United
6.6 11 0 11 63 5.73 0.87
Valencia, Manchester United
4.1 11 0 11 62 5.64 1.37
Azpilicueta, Chelsea
4.5 11 0 11 62 5.64 1.25
Ramsey, Arsenal
4.2 9 1 9.25 52 5.62 1.34
Walker, Manchester City
4.2 10 0 10 56 5.60 1.33
Vokes, Burnley 3.4 4 3 4.75 26 5.47 1.61
Jones, Manchester United
3.2 11 0 11 60 5.45 1.70
Sanchez, Tottenham Hotspur
3.7 7 1 7.25 39 5.38 1.45
Murray, Brighton
3.6 5 4 6 32 5.33 1.48

The value for money team

So I made a team from the value for money list.  It is simplistic and unfortunately over values cheap players so there’s a ton of money in the bank.  I basically just went through the list and took the top players.  However only 1 player per team per position and only gametime secure players (Man City excepted)

telegraph fantasy football

Unfortunately £10.5m in the bank so then I went through and replaced players with the highest PPG and ended up with this team

The value team with adjustment to spend the extra cash




I’ve taken the top PPG players and used them to replace the lower ranked value players in order to spend the remaining cash and optimise the team.  I used the same rules about 1 player per team per position

telegraph fantasy football

Not a bad team.  I would probably replace Kolasinac with Vertonghen but can’t fault it otherwise.  In telegraph fantasy football it’s less about short term fixtures and more about a strong core team.  This has it with really only Richarlison being a rotation fixtures based player

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