Here’s our fantasy premier league team selection GW24 article. We look at last week, the transfer thoughts, lineup dilemmas and the captain choice
fantasy premier league team selection GW24 – the FFGeek team for GW24
GW23 points: 79 (average 53) Total points 1,376, Gameweek rank 204k, Overall Rank: 101k, green arrow 41k, Team Value: £102.3m
Firstly here’s the points:
I wrote in more detail about GW23 in my early FFGeek team article if you want more info but here I’m going to be brief.
It ended up a pretty good week when I was prepared for a red arrow at the least. A 41k green arrow to 101k OR.
6 returning players above the minimum target of 4 and a gameweek rank of 204k against my ideal of 1 million
What was most pleasing was I got my own back against the template after it really cost me last week. My differentials did ok too.
1 free transfer and £5.5m in the bank
In my early FFGeek team article I outlined 3 possible transfers:
Hojbjerg to Pogba
Hojberg to Puncheon and Barnes to Aubameyang for -4
Digne/Gomez/Alexander Arnold for Lovren/Morgan
In the end the Doubles and Blanks got more certainty and we now have more clarity over a double gameweek for Man City and Everton in DGW25 as well as a blank gameweek for those 2 teams plus Chelsea and Brighton in GW27
So while I will go into more detail on my double and blank thoughts below in simple terms I’m going to carry over my free transfer to have more flexibility to plan for the double in GW25.
I feel Pogba and Aubameyang could really hurt me but I’m going just to take the pain this week.
So no transfer. Carrying over a free.
So here’s the team planner. You’ll notice it has grown a couple of arms and legs which I’ll explain.
So in this section I’m only concentrating on prospects for this week.
Ideally I’d like to have no one with goalscoring odds or clean sheet odds under 3.00 and 3 players with odds under 2.00
Rashford, Kolasinac and Salah are under 2.00. But Wan Bissaka is £3.50 for a clean sheet and if Lovren doesn’t start then Barnes will come on at £4.00 to score. So not ideal. Btw the GK odds don’t fuss me as save points tends to mitigate clean sheet odds.
My 2 template battles are Sane v Pogba and Koalsinac v Digne both of which I feel reasonably well placed.
I could do with Lovren starting otherwise the Liverpool template defence gets a freebie against me.
Of my differentials Barnes and Morgan are on the bench. Ings and Hazard have good fixtures though and I’m hopeful for returns from both. Foster not so much although the prospects will grow if Son isn’t fit.
Blank and double talk
Unfortunately it’s that time of the season. Once upon a time it was an easy way to make a big OR increase but now there’s so much information that it doesn’t really change the dynamic of the season apart from maybe making it a bit more of a lottery.
At the moment I’m sticking with my chip plan but I hope to run some simulations of what could happen to see if that changes anything.
Here’s the 2 options for my chip plan:
DGW25 blank GW27 and the triple captain chip
There was a possibility that Chelsea could get to the FA Cup semi’s and a 3rd double gameweek would be needed but with them drawing Manchester United in the 5th round that carries alot of risk now. I would probably put more money on the weather creating postponements than Chelsea. Or it’s go with Salah in GW36 v Huddersfield. So for me I’m looking at the triple captain in DGW25 even though there is no worse double gameweek than one with Man City and their opponent as the only beneficiaries.
Who knows who could play 2 games consecutively for Man City let alone 2 games days apart. For me the focus is on Aguero and Sterling who at least are strong off the bench. Sane I fear may not play twice if Mendy is fit. The whole TC situation is far from ideal.
Given the above then the plan is to get a team of players with games in blank GW31 that also play in blank 33. Who has doubles in 32 and 35 is fairly irrelevant as I will wildcard and free hit them.
So at the moment I have 2 DGW25 in Sane and Richarlison. I will probably add 1 more but I can’t have too many as I have Doherty and Lovren who could easily have lost their place meaning 2 bench positions taken for blank GW27 unless I can transfer them out
How many BGW31/33 players do I have now
The simple answer now is 3. The team planner theorises another 5 to take me to 8.
As yet I haven’t done a transfer planner to see how it would work out.
Joseph Crilley though has this natty google spreadsheet which can help you plan your transfers.
The up to date blank GW31 and GW33 schedules
After the FA Cup 5th round draw I updated the schedules which show how these gameweeks are progressing.
The teams with fixtures in both GW31 and GW33 are still as follows with some player suggestions.
Bournemouth – Wilson, Fraser
Burnley – Barnes
Leicester – Vardy, Pereira
Liverpool – Alisson, Alexander Arnold (when fit) Gomez (when fit) Salah, Mane, Firmino
Huddersfield – Puncheon. Maybe Lossl
The 5th round FA Cup ties could still change things though.
Here’s the schedules:
No real issues this week. I chose Button over Foster although I would be surprised if the returned Ryan doesn’t start.
I chose Wan Bissaka over Barnes and Hojberg even though it conflicts with Ings.
I’ve done a captain analysis article but it’s Salah for me
That’s it good luck to everyone in GW24
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