fantasy premier league team selection GW38 – the FFGeek team for “GW38” and statement from the FPL site.


Here’s my fantasy premier league team selection GW38 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. We also discuss the meaning of a long awaited statement from the Fantasy Premier League site.

fantasy premier league team selection GW38 – the FFGeek team for “GW38”

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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.

Remember the Gameweek 38 deadline is Sunday 17 May 14:00 UK time

Here’s my current position:

Total points: 1693 overall rank: 31k.  team value:  £102.8m 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 GW38

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:

McCarthyTemplate replacement for Pope
Alex ArnoldTemplate
MaguireDifference Maker
BolyTemplate (although Doherty preferred option)
De BruyneTemplate
Bruno FernandesTemplate
H BarnesDifference maker
FirminoDifference maker
Calvert LewinTemplate

What is the fantasy Premier league site doing?

As we are going into GW38 which in should have been the last gameweek of the season there’s a natural thought that we should get some guidance from the fantasy premier league site as to what’s going to happen next.  All we have got is a very unhelpful cryptic tweet and “explanation”

fantasy premier league team selection GW38

The link in the tweet goes to this article  where there was the following statement:

At the meeting of Shareholders earlier this week clubs were united in looking to complete the 2019/20 season, but only when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

We want to reassure FPL managers that we will provide further updates on the game when appropriate and we thank you for your continued patience.

We can confirm that any chips you retain at present (e.g. Triple Captain, Bench Boost, Free Hit and/or Wildcard) would remain available for you, in accordance with the Game Rules.

These are exceptional circumstances and we appreciate the understanding of FPL managers while the situation continues to evolve.

This tends to imply that there will be a continuation of the game when the Premier League recommences although why we have to interpret the statement rather than just get a proper explanation of what will happen is beyond me

Plans for GW38

This week I have 2 free transfers and £0.0m in the bank

This week my transfer is likely to be Mason Holgate out and Charlie Taylor of Burnley in.  That is basically to cover to some extent the template Nick Pope clean sheet although Taylor will primarily be a bench player so he won’t always be in the starting 11 when Nick Pope is in for other FPL managers teams.  So from that perspective he’s not an ideal cover for Nick Pope.

I actually rate the Everton defence better than the Burnley defence despite the fact that Everton have conceded 46 goals to Burnleys 40.  In expected goals terms there is only 3 goals difference in Everton’s favour and in shots per game conceded Everton rank significantly stronger than Burnley.  How much the difference between actual goals conceded and underlying stats conceded from an Everton perspective is down to bad luck and how much is down to Everton’s truly incompetent Goalkeeper is hard to tell.  However it’s worth noting that Pope is 11th in GK save % and Pickford is 19th with only the truly woeful Kepa worse.

However both Holgate and Charlie Taylor will primarily be bench players so it’s not a huge deal in terms of who is in my team depending on how the final gameweeks are structured by the fantasy premier league site

However I’m not going to make the final transfer until Sunday morning just to give the fantasy premier league site a chance to say something more.  It would be typical of them if there’s a follow up article.

So the transfer is likely to be Holgate out Charlie Taylor of Burnley in.  It’s a straight monetary swap.

By the way if you are also going to put Charlie Taylor of Burnley in then beware that there’s also an Ian Taylor of Aston Villa in the game at a similar price with a virtually identical uniform.  Make sure you put the right one in.

I will do a very short confirmation article of the transfer on Sunday morning as the  Gameweek 38 deadline isn’t until Sunday 17 May 14:00 UK time

Here’s how the team looks on the transfer page before the transfer is completed :

So just a further reminder I will do a very short confirmation article on Sunday morning

Stay Safe Everyone

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