Here’s part 1 of our Best FPL team for double gameweek 36 articles with 3 FFGeek Contributors show their FPL teams. There’s Kev in Canada, Andrew Whitfield and Costas Chari. Between them they have finished in the top 1% of teams 7 times out of 9 in the last 3 competitive seasons.
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Kev in Canada
Kev’s last 3 seasons overall ranks were 52k, 48k and 6k
GW35 points: 47 (12 Top managers average 45 ) Total points: 2,328, Overall Rank: 25k, red arrow 1k Team Value: £105.6m
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Kev has used his Wildcard, Free Hit Chip and Triple Captain
I suppose I should be excited about the big DGW36 and having the bench boost active.
However 5 straight reds to drop from 6k to 26k has me feeling like Eeyore. Pair that with Cedric and Dewsbury-Hall looking like bigger game time risks and it seems a bit gloomy. Still, it is just a game and perhaps some joy will emerge this weekend. So chin up buttercup.
Planned moves are Dubravka and Broja to Foster and Nketiah.
Transfer summary: Likely Dubravka and Broja to Foster and Nketiah. Bench Boost activated
Here’s the team assuming the transfers are made
Andrew’s last 4 seasons overall ranks were 34k, 132k, 6k and 19k
GW35 points: 57 -4 ( 12 Top managers average 45) Total points: 2,274, Overall Rank: 71k, green arrow: 8k Team Value: £104.4m
Andrew has used both Free Hit Chips, Triple Captain and wildcard
Gameweek 35 review:
Well it’s still neck and neck in the title race. Liverpool got the job done on a tough trip to Newcastle, where a 20 minute Salah benching cameo upset a few apple carts for FPL managers who gave him the armband. Man City found it much easier as they strolled to victory at Leeds, where the greatest threat came from the Elland Road fans and their paper projectiles.
No quarter given either in the chase for champions league spots as both North London teams prevailed against teams who rested key players ahead of vital European semi finals. Arsenal saw off West Ham and Spurs brushed aside Leicester reserves with the in form Son smashing it once again. If you captained Son this week, you are laughing.
Norwich are now relegated and Watford will inevitably follow. But Burnley won ( again !! ) and Everton pulled off a massive win against Chelsea to drag Leeds deep into trouble.
My GW35 score, rank and wrap up:
I went into the week with plenty of trepidation with the heavily captained Kane and the heavily owned Chelsea boys in particular making it a nerve wracking Sunday. But I was very pleased with how things worked out. I have to be delighted with a 10% rank uplift when I took a -4 hit and captained Salah !!
I scored 57-4 = 53 points with six returning players. That was eight points above the top 10k average. Just owning Son without the armband was enough to outscore Kane captains. I transferred in Watkins for a 9 pointer, Robertson and Cancelo returned clean sheets, and both Saka and Martinelli assisted.
That’s now six green arrows in seven weeks ( and one very tiny red one ) as my season continues on an upward trend from 226k just six weeks ago. I was up this week from 79k to 71k.
All the numerous bad luck stories of the second half of the season, seem to have turned full circle and everything has been dropping in my favour. Son is now seriously outscoring Kane. The popular Chelsea players I don’t own summed it up this week. After Reece James hit the inside of the post last week, it was Mason Mount who did the same this week.
More good fortune this week saw me benching Martinelli in favour of the blanking one point Weghorst, but still getting his points from first sub after Trent’s rest.
I will take the Salah captain benching on the chin. I was always going to captain him over Son. That way I benefitted from the points of both players, instead of being stung by a ranking drop from a Salah haul, even as an owner, due to his effective ownership being around 140% for me. The positive is that in many cases, Salah captainers still outscored Kane captainers – if they owned Son instead of Kane, which I do.
My gameweek was unquestionably saved by Son this week. Never at any stage was I going to captain him this week so I was just delighted with his 19 points. It meant he covered the returns of my two big Spurs threats in Kane and Kulusevski. In the last six weeks, Son has EIGHT goals to just ONE from Kane. Whilst Kane has seven assists in that time, the fact that Son has outscored Kane 73-37 over the last six games goes a long way to explaining my rise up the ranks.
If Son has saved my season, then bringing in Andy Robertson in GW29 is not far behind. Robbo has an astonishing 17 returns in his last 19 appearances. He is 44% owned at my rank level so is a decent differential. His clean sheet this week was all the more important with those relying just on Trent for the Pool clean sheet left disappointed. Having both Trent and Robertson is working out very nicely.
I took a hit to bring Watkins in for Mount this week which immediately paid back. One goal v Norwich could have been more but he does have back to back doubles now in GW36 and GW37. His ownership remains low too.
Martinelli had an effective ownership this week of less than 3% at my rank level so his assist was welcome. I just hope he can get enough minutes to do some damage for his differential potential. Martinelli and Ramsay ( 16% for me ) and Watkins ( 20% for me ) carry huge rank boost potential if they can deliver a big haul.
Saka punished his sellers with another return. 25 points in three gameweeks for those who kept the faith after three blanks. Bringing in Saka in GW32 for rank protection is one of my better moves of the season.
My one blip this week was a five point loss by giving the gloves to Ramsdale despite De Gea having better clean sheet odds v Brentford. But i have seen De Gea disappoint so often. He let in two v Norwich in a recent home game so I went for the more highly owned Ramsdale for added rank protection. I can’t wait for De Gea to leave my squad this week.
So what next ?
Well it’s the bench boost for me this week !! My one remaining chip. It’s going to be a very popular chip this week.
With the transfers I have been making over the last couple of weeks, I am now commited to a minimum -4 this week, to put 14 doublers out. So it’s going to be a nervous wait for the conclusion of the midweek European games for four English teams, as well as any other issues that could arise. I will be fortunate if I get away without having to take -8. Fingers crossed.
There will be plenty of free hits in play in GW37 and I can see them being pretty dangerous looking at the fixtures. So I would like to continue my momentum this week and put some points on the board.
The big advantage of playing the bench boost now is that 12 teams are doubling. Whilst many players in our teams won’t play twice, the chances of them at least playing once are high and the risk of a rotating blank are significantly reduced, which keeps the bench players on the bench instead of flying away in autosubs.
My proposed transfers:
I have one free transfer and 0.7M in the bank.
I currently have 12 doublers. I plan to take -4 to get 14 doublers out, plus Weghorst, who doubles in GW37. Whether or not I go further and take -8 we will see. I don’t want to give up too many points which end up wiping out the benefits of the bench boost.
I am definitely going to move De Gea to Schmeichel, who doubles in GW36 and also has an attractive double too in GW37. I already have Ramsdale who doubles in GW36. I could go Foster instead of Schmeichel to save money but he doesn’t double in GW37. Ideally I would like Schmeichel and Foster as I have close to 1M tied up in keepers I don’t need. But I don’t have the luxury of two keeper transfers.
Broja must be one of my worst moves of the season. He is currently on a run of 12 successive blanks and I can’t wait to offload him. I am looking to move him to either Pukki or Dennis. Pukki is my current preference as he is on penalties, nailed for 90 minutes, and doubles in GW36 against two teams who have been heavily focused on Europe.
That would give me 14 doubles plus Weghorst who plays Villa but then doubles in GW37. I could do Weggy to Dennis for an extra hit but whilst Dennis doubles in GW36, he doesn’t in GW37 and Weghorst does. I could also do Weghorst to Mateta who plays Watford and doubles in GW37. At the moment, if injuries are kind to me, I will settle for 14 doubles and a -4.
I have one eye on GW37 too and what the free hitters will be doing. Richarlison will be very popular in GW37 and in GW36 too. Everton are very strong at home so I would ideally want Richarlison in GW37, particularly if he is also a captain candidate. If I can own Richarlison and Watkins in GW37 who both double, I would like to. I can’t get both in this week.
Once the bench boost is out of the way, I would consider a hit to drop Weggy to bench fodder and get Pukki up to Richarlison and pairing him with Watkins if it means covering too highly owned popular doublers the free hitters will be all over.
Man City attackers are conspicuous by their absence in my team. I can’t see De Bruyne making it into my team as I won’t be losing Son or Salah. Not when Son finishes with Burnley and Norwich. With my team set up and structure, it’s going to be tough to get another City attacker in. City share out the goals so much anyway. It’s a minefield I might be prepared to avoid.
My GW36 set up:
Captain very likely to be on Salah, especially as he has now had his rest.
Below is my current team before changes.
Currently favouring De Gea to Schmeichel and Broja to Pukki.
That would leave me a bench of Ramsdale x2, Dier x2, Ramsay x2 and Weghorst if I base it on the four players with the least expected projected points.
Nothing is yet set in stone and is subject to anything else that crops up before the weekend. I will update my final team on my Twitter account, at least one hour before the deadline.
Good luck everyone !!
Transfer summary: Likely De Gea out to Schmeichel in and Broja out to Pukki in. Bench Boost will be activated
Here’s the team prior to any transfers being made
Costas’s last 5 seasons were 191k, 17k, 84k, 29k and 27k
GW35 Points: 44 (top 12 managers average 45 ) Total points: 2,141, Overall Rank: 369k, red arrow: 7k Team Value: £104.2m
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Costas has used his Triple Captain Chip, Wildcard and 2 Free Hit Chips
7k red to 369k OR. I really hoped to have 4 good gameweeks in the end to salvage anything but I think its over. Decisions were wrong again hence the 25 points on the bench (ouch)
Bench Boost week and I have taken a hit Sa and Mateta out for Schmeichel and Nketiah. 15/15 doublers. Plan was to keep Mateta for gw37 double but I already have a benching problem there and after criticism of Viera about his strikers and Mateta subbed on the hour mark I am sure he gets benched for gw36- hopefully Nketiah plays both games and the hit is justified.
Captain is currently on Cancelo and ill see if I switch to Salah
Transfer summary: Sa and Mateta out for Schmeichel and Nketiah in. Bench Boost activated
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