Here’s our fantasy premier league teams GW9 article where we give our early thoughts on the FFGeek team for GW9. We look back at gameweek 8, The monitor list, transfer thoughts plus early captain thinking
fantasy premier league teams GW9 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team
Here’s my GW8 team selection article btw
GW8 points: 70 (average 50) Total points 538, Gameweek rank 611k, Overall Rank: 28k, green arrow 12k, Team Value: £102.1m
Here’s the points:
So 6 of 11 players returned a goal or assist which is good (minimum 4), 3 of which were double figure returns although as Hazard wasn’t my captain this would have been a negative result. A gameweek rank under the target of 1 million with 611k and a green arrow of 12k.
On the surface a good week with all the main boxes ticked of players returning, gameweek rank and a green arrow.
In reality though it hides the decision of using 2 transfers for Kane was ultimately was the wrong one. The gameweek in reality was saved by Lacazette and Doherty.
The Kane transfer
There’s no doubt the rolling of the dice for Kane in was a disaster resulting in snake eyes or 2 1’s for those not familiar with the term.
So to relive it, the Mendy fit news threw me on Friday but I was too emotionally invested in having Kane as I had no real transfer needs in my team up to the Friday afternoon Mendy news. The Hazard debacle of a few weeks ago was fresh in my mind and the fact that the 3 top 6 teams that played Cardiff all scored 3 goals and more meant I just struggled to walk away from it.
The Kane performance statistically wasn’t that bad. 6 shots and a 0.38 xG isn’t a disaster. However, I think against Cardiff he would have been looking for an xG double that but still they aren’t stats that are the end of the world. What was disturbing is the fact that he wasn’t a CF he was a CAM. This has been evident previously but was really brought to the fore in this game. Moura was effectively the CF and surprise surprise he ended up with 5 shots and an xG of 0.93. How this is happening I don’t know. How Kane isn’t a CF is beyond me.
Now I’m in a position where I have to clean up the Mendy shaped mess I’ve walked into, that I conveniently buried my head in the sand over on Friday.
Mendy at home to Burnley is a double figure accident waiting to happen. Getting Aguero back though has to be the priority as he is a hat trick waiting to happen even with his minutes issues.
I haven’t decided yet how to deal with the situation apart from getting Aguero back for Kane.
The monitor list
Apart from Kane to Aguero, only 2 players on the outlist. That is the £4.5m mid Ward who was on the bench again and then got himself injured when he came on. I haven’t seen any injury news but he is on the outlist when I get the chance.
I do want Mendy back and Bennett is probably my choice to go rather than Wan Bissaka. The double Wolves thing is an option but it’s very all or nothing.
The Watford defence conceding 4 to Bournemouth wasn’t a great moment but in reality it was an 10 shot game from Bournemouth with Watford having 10 men so still something that is a monitor rather than a desperate need to get out. Foster was terrible though and I wouldn’t be totally shocked if he was dropped. That would be a huge pain with no reserve GK.
The tricky thing is though that Lacazette is the only funding option I have. He didn’t help my plans to sell him with his performance against Fulham. As an aside, the game did show the folly of Aubameyang as a LW and being on the bench. I really don’t understand the new manager. Just seems to want to play all his attacking players out of position apart from Lacazette.
1 free transfer and £0.2m in the bank
So the transfer I will do is Kane to Aguero. I will leave it to the end of the International break. I’m not fussed over price changes. I’ll leave it to then.
Mendy is the other issue. I could do Alonso to Mendy for a minus 4 but that feels like robbing Peter to pay Paul and not solving anything. I think I will just have to take the pain and leave him until I have 2 transfers in GW11. At least they play Spurs in GW10 which limits that clean sheet risk somewhat. That works well for Lacazette as Arsenal play Liverpool in that gameweek.
It’s impossible to play FPL without spending some games behind the sofa. You just have to hope you pick the right ones to do it. Something I haven’t managed so far.
No lineup issues this week. Wan Bisska to the bench away to Everton is the easy call.
Early captain thinking
Aguero or Salah look the obvious calls this week with Hazard playing Man Utd. Even with United’s defensive troubles I think Mourinho will target Hazard to neutralise him. I’ve got it on Aguero at the moment but it could easily be Salah. I need to have a think about when I put the poll up. I don’t want to put it up too early.
Pretend Kane is Aguero
The FFGeek is going on holiday
The wife and I are going to France from Monday the 15th October to Thursday 18th October inclusive so there won’t be any articles over those 4 days as I’ve made the decision (totally on my own!) not to take the laptop. Friday the 19th normal service will resume.
This week and up to Sunday I’ll be doing all the normal articles though. Depending on what happens over those 4 days I’m away some of the articles will need some adjusting if there are injuries etc but I’ll try and clear that up on my return.
Ok thanks and hope you had a good gameweek.
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