fantasy premier league team selection GW36 – the FFGeek team for “GW36”


Here’s my fantasy premier league team selection GW36 article where I just give a quick update on what’s happening or not with the FFGeek team as the FPL site in it’s infinite wisdom keeps the gameweeks rolling.

fantasy premier league team selection GW36 – the FFGeek team for “GW36”

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Although there is no return date set amid corona virus pandemic the fantasy premier league site remains open and accepts transfers.  For that reason I’m still going to give updates on the FFGeek team and any plans I may have.

Here’s my current position:

Total points: 1693 overall rank: 31k.  team value:  £102.9m transfers available: 2

2nd wildcard, bench boost and free hit still available

Here’s how the team looks prior to any transfers this week:




fantasy premier league team selection GW36

My FPL team structure

Again apologies to regular readers for the definition preamble.

If it’s the first time you’ve seen it here’s how I classify each player in my FPL team:

Template player: 7 of the 10 top FPL managers I follow have him in their team. I use the 10 managers as a proxy for serious FPL managers who will finish in the top 100k or so. People have different interpretations of what is an FPL template. There’s no true definition though.

Template replacement player: the player you choose to go head to head against a template player with.

Bench player: A player who will for the most part be on your bench. Sometimes there are bench rotaters but I won’t muddy the waters

Difference maker: these are the rest and the players who can move you forward or back. I don’t call them differentials as this implies an ownership threshold which I don’t use

Here’s my squad using these categories:

PlayerCategory
McCarthyTemplate replacement for Pope
ButtonBench
Alex ArnoldTemplate
SoyuncuDifference Maker
BolyTemplate (although Doherty preferred option)
HolgateBench
BashamBench
SalahTemplate
De BruyneTemplate
Bruno FernandesTemplate
CantwellBench
H BarnesDifference maker
FirminoDifference maker
Calvert LewinTemplate
JimenezTemplate

Plans for GW36

Remember the Gameweek 36 deadline is Saturday 2 May 14:00 UK time

I have 2 free transfers and £1.2m in the bank

As I said at the moment there are potentially 3 players I’d like to replace in my team:

Button for Pope

Soyuncu for Maguire/Wan Bissaka

Cantwell for Aaron Mooy

Unfortunately that leaves me £0.5m short so those transfers can’t happen.

Effectively I have to make a decision whether I go for Maguire or for Pope.

Going for Maguire

The transfers would be:

Soyuncu out to Maguire in

Button out to Ramsdale in

I could also do Holgate out Charlie Taylor in to cover the Burnley clean sheet

I would replace Soyuncu with Maguire.  To continue having 2 GKs to give me a bench boost option without using the Wildcard my only option at £4.5m is Ramsdale of Bournemouth.  Regular readers will know my opinion on Eddie Howes defence.  That wouldn’t leave me with any money to upgrade Cantwell to Mooy

Going for Pope

The transfers would be:

Button to Pope

Cantwell to Mooy

What I would do with Soyuncu and to a lesser degree Holgate I’m not sure I suspect they would stay.

The decision

Do I want Maguire more or Pope more is the nub of the question?

Pope would give me the full template but Maguire would give me the 3rd best defence would good fixtures.  Taylor could cover the Pope clean sheet but with a likely on going 3-4-3 formation being played how many times will I select Taylor over Boly and Basham.  Probably very little.

In the end I decided that I would rather have the Man Utd defence than Pope so that was the transfer

So the transfers are:

Soyuncu out – Maguire in

Button out – Ramsdale in




fantasy premier league team selection GW36

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5 thoughts on “fantasy premier league team selection GW36 – the FFGeek team for “GW36””

  1. Here’s a question for you Mr Geek–and thank you for keeping this going during these lonely times!

    I have continued to make transfers (fruitless as this may well turn out to be), and my team looks like this:

    McCarthy/Henderson

    Alex-Arnold/Taylor/Saiss/Egan/Fernandez

    Fernandes/Mane/De Bruyne/Salah/Cantwell

    Calvet-Lewin/Jiminez/Jota

    I am feeling pretty, pretty good about this overall, but my question is this: where do you think it is best to spend my last bit of money: Essentially I can get a 5.1 midfielder to replace Cantwell, or a 5.1 defender. If there are lots of double game weeks, or one massive double game week (!), where is the potential for points best, do you think?

    Another route could be to downgrade Cantwell and Egan and change Jota to Ings, I suppose.

    All marginal tinkering I know, but if you have a few spare minutes one day, I would love to hear what you — or anyone else — thinks.

    Thanks again.

  2. Here’s a question for you Mr Geek—and thank you for keeping this going during these lonely times!

    I have continued to make transfers (fruitless as this may well turn out to be), and my team now looks like this:

    McCarthy/Henderson

    Alex-Arnold/Taylor/Saiss/Egan/Fernandez

    Fernandes/Mane/De Bruyne/Salah/Caldwell

    Calvet-Lewin/Jiminez/Jota

    I’m feeling pretty, pretty good about this on the whole, but my question is this: where do you think it is best to spend my last bit of money?

    Essentially, I can get a 5.1 midfielder to replace Cantwell or a 5.1 defender.

    If there are lots of double game weeks in empty stadia or one massive double game week (!), where is the potential for most points, do you think?

    Alternatively, I could downgrade Caldwell and Egan and change Jota to Ings?

    All marginal tinkering, I know, but if you have a few spare minutes, I would love to hear what you — or anyone else — thinks.

    Thanks again.

  3. I think Cantwell is he best value fifth mid.

    Ings has been the most sons player for five consecutive weeks.

    In your shoes, I would downgrade Henderson to Pope. You already have Egan for blades defence. And use the money to get Maguire or Wan Bissaka in for Uniteds great fixtures, if that works

  4. Thanks very much for taking the time to offer the advice Andrew. And it is good advice! Regrettably, however, the only realistic way that I can get a man utd defender is to downgrade Jota, which I am reluctant to do I guess.

    My other thought is that perhaps the only way to get the benefit of shef utd and Burnley defenders in the run in — should it ever take place — might be by doubling up on them.

    Thanks again.

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