Here’s where I got to with my accidental fantasy premier league free hit team. I also decided to take one of the alternate FFGeek teams and turn it into my original team. I thought that might be helpful for people tracking my teams so they can see how I navigate through the up coming blanks and doubles via 2 teams. 1 with the free hit chip and also 1 without the free hit chip
fantasy premier league free hit team and the original FFGeek team cloned from another
The free hit Team
So I don’t want to make an over the top drama out of what my wife calls “pretend football” but thanks for the nice messages for people who feel my pain regarding the accidental use of the free hit chip. I may have made a little much of it using the word disaster as in the context of real life, it really isn’t but I appreciate the messages. Especially to the contributors and even more so Alex, Joe and Rob for helping with the free hit team.
The free hit team stage 1
So first I put together the non brainers.
So here they are:
Sorting the bench
The next stage was to pick 4 cheap players for the bench. I wanted these guys to play within reason. Here were the choices I made:
Dummett Newcastle Def £4.2m, Kelly C Palace Def £4.2m, Carroll Swansea Mid £4.3m Elliot Newcastle GK £4.1m and McBurnie FWD Swansea £4.5m. I decided that I would go for midfield and 4-4-2 rather than 3 premium or a cheap striker. 3 of the 5 shoud play if needed.
That’s 5 you may have noticed for a bench of 4 but with Newcastle home to Swansea I deemed Dummett good enough to start.
At that stage I only had 2 spots left in midfield.
Liverpool/Man City or no Liverpool/Man City
In my head I’m not sure if this is going to be a 1 goal game or a 4 goal game. So I had to decide whether to include 2 very highly owned players in Salah and Sterling or not.
This is a tough fixture for both teams so it did present an opportunity to swerve it and put the funds somewhere else. The favoured teams are this week Spurs, Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal. I would have loved to put Sanchez or Ozil in but Ozil is a doubt and I just can’t put £11.8m of Sanchez in my team with all the transfer noise going on. I’m just not sure if he will start and how he will play even with the midweek rest.
So I ended up with a conservative choice of Salah, Sterling and Christensen vs a slightly less conservative Salah, Richarlison and Alonso
At the moment I’m taking the cautious route and going for the latter.
The thing is I’m happy with my rank and the choice after this accident is to ignore the Man City Liverpool game in the hope f finding points elsewhere or take the cautious route and at least neutralise 2 highly owned players in Sterling and Salah. I’ve taken the cautious route.
So here’s the team as it stands:
So what I have I gained?
Here’s how the starting 11 is different than my original team assuming I made the Jones and Lingard transfers
Lukaku instead of Morata
Hazard instead of Richarlison
B Davies instead of Otamendi
Foster instead of Adrian
Dummett instead of Arnautovic
It doesn’t look like a huge upgrade when you look at it like that but I’m sticking with it unless I change my mind later before the deadline.
The Alex/Joe and Rob Free Hit Team
Here’s the team that FFGeek contributors Alex, Joe and Rob very helpfully put together for me. I don’t think I could have afforded Son and Alonso so would have had to be Richarlison/Arnautovic. My team ended up quite similar.
The original FFGeek team cloned
You may or may not follow the alternative FFGeek teams articles where I have 4 teams with different playing strategies.
Well I thought it would be useful for readers to see how I would have navigated the potential blanks and double gameweeks coming up with my original team and with the free hit chip available. I talked about the potential blanks and doubles in my recent article which I’ve just linked. Also if you use my team for your work league as a guide you still have something to work with.
Now I had to take a 28 point hit (can you believe I was actually able to mentally do it!) to make them the same but I’m not going for rank its for the reasons I’ve just mentioned. I didn’t use my wildcard as that would just negate the navigation of blanks and doubles.
The points spread between players is different and I’ve had to replace Gomez with Moreno due to funds shortfall but it should still be helpful.
That team will join my main FFGeek article as the cloned team.
Here it is for this week:
Fantasy Premier League: 5379-1967
Sun: FantasyFootballGeek SGDKX9Y3
TFF: FantasyFootballGeek PIN 8000919 Passcode 1159
Sky: FFGeek 8310511