Here’s some early thoughts on fantasy premier league gameweek 13 and the FFGeek team. We look at gameweek 12, some issues facing the team, transfer thoughts and early captain thinking
FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE GAMEWEEK 13 – SOME EARLY THOUGHTS ON THE FFGEEK TEAM
GW12 points:67 (average 56) Gameweek rank 1.26m Overall Rank: 148k (green arrow 14k) Team Value: £102.5m
Here’s the team points:
So a relief of a week. I had felt like I had a really good Saturday but then saw that the green arrow was a mere 2k. With 2 games to go and only Choupo Moting left and alot of points coming off other managers benches I feared that the red arrow could put me back in the 200k OR range.
Richarlison’s goal took me to 186k and a 200k plus OR was definitely on the cards. Amazingly Choupo Moting came to the rescue with a goal and 3 bonus points (should have got an assist as well in my view) and I ended up with a small 14k green arrow.
It’s still 6 red arrows to 5 green and only 3 of 12 gameweek ranks inside 1 million and despite using my wildcard no progress on my opening week rank of 133k
But as I’ve said my overall rank isn’t a disaster and I’m still ahead of 8 of the 10 top managers I follow as you can see from the linked article but I just haven’t built on a good start.
I made the wrong call with Davies first on the bench instead of Loftus Cheek which was a bit annoying
Probably the most pleasing bit was the 2 transfers of Morata and Daniels bought me 17 points.
ISSUES WITH THE TEAM
I’ve got 1 transfer this week and a number of issues to sort out
So he looks to be out for between 4-6 weeks so he’s definitely leaving this week. I’m probably looking to do the straight swap for Otamendi which at the moment I have £0.1m in the bank to do. Away to Huddersfield is a great entry point. The prices need to be monitored although I think Otamendi is frozen for the week and Stones is only at 43% on the way to a price drop according to the excellent site FPL statistics. At least Man City play their UCL match tonight so if I have to go early, although I don’t think I will, the risk is lessened somewhat.
I do believe in the Man City defence it’s just the price compared to other positions.
Otamendi points per match is 5.1
Choupo Moting in midfield is 4.8 if you only count his starts. Gross is 5.7 having started each game
Murray as a forward only counting his starts is 6.0
I would probably say that Otamendi’s points are more sustainable and reliable going forward but the other 3 are less likely to be rotated (maybe Murray apart) and I would question whether Gross and Murray can keep up there PPM’s
The other point is by saving the £1m I then take a big tumble in points per game possibly down to 3.5 or so by getting a £4.5m although it’s hard to say what’s real as you tend to rotate your defence after investing more in midfield.
Needs some thought but my view at the moment is Stones to Otamendi.
With Rose left out of the squad entirely at the weekend with some speculation of a fall out with Poch it will be interesting to see who plays in the UCL tonight against Dortmund. I suspect it will be Davies again but if it is Rose then there’s a chance Davies could play home to WBA. Whatever the case this week he stays due to the Stones problem. Long term he’s got to go unless there is a Rose Poch fallout and Davies is forced to play most games until the transfer window. I guess then Rose could leave and someone else comes in. That’s getting ahead of myself though
West Brom (H)
Jones is great value for a Man Utd defender. He’s also the only realistic option as Valencia is way too expensive. What’s going on with Bailly who knows as he’s only played 2 PL games in the last 6. I’m not sure Smalling is nailed by any stretch and would only be an option if Jones is ruled out long term but no one is saying anything at the moment. Again UCL lineup will be interesting
Unfortunately his injury record could take him into serious rotation areas over the November and December period. What’s bizarre is that we haven’t heard anything more. Stones is the priority this week so whatever he stays
2 Man City attackers
With Man City playing Huddersfield next and the next 3 looking like this:
West Ham (H)
1 Man City attacker looks light to say the least.
There’s nothing I can do about it now. It needs one of the front 3 to be dumped and this week all Kane and Lukaku have great fixtures and Morata after GW14 has fantastic fixtures.
The only mitigation is rotation and the hope that points are spread around sufficiently to not cause too much rank damage
Where do you start? As I didn’t captain him at the weekend his poor performance was a relief as I thought it would impact me despite me owning him. He was poor and just isn’t fit and whether he will play in the UCL tonight remains to be seen
At the moment I’ve got other distractions but the easiest thing to do is to jump off the sinking ship at hopefully the optimum time and if he then starts scoring big it matters little. It becomes like Sanchez scoring big now. It’s an irrelevance for the moment.
Just another one to add to the problem solving list.
Would points deductions solve everything in 1 go?
As you probably know hits aren’t really my favourite thing and like the captain picks I generally use it as a shield rather than a sword. I’ve taken 2 hits so far and that was to prevent an Aguero captain massacre which actually was profitable
I could take a bunch of hits to sort out all of the above but crucial to that is to get rid of 1 of Kane or Lukaku. This week I see no point given their fixtures although City at Huddersfield is an incentive. It’s all just a bit too full on for me to do so I’m using Stones as an excuse for passive management.
As I said above likely to be Stones out Otamendi in but I’m still debating
Not sure yet. I see again that Kane looks like he will be the runaway leader. Needs some thought. I won’t be putting the captain poll up until Wednesday night or first thing Thursday morning so everyone has digested the UCL information before voting.
Team lineup before transfers
Pretend Stones is Otamendi btw
So Loftus Cheek would come in for Jones if he’s still injured meaning I’ve little choice but to play Davies anyway especially as Carroll was dropped last week.
It’s a Friday night deadline btw
Friday 24 November 19.00 UK time
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