Fantasy premier league team tips GW18 – FFGeek contributors show their GW18 teams part 2


Here’s our fantasy premier league team tips GW18 article where the 2nd group of the FFGeek contributors show their teams for GW18. In this article we’ve got Keith Spencer, Alex Ball, Scott Hargadon and Rob Reid

Fantasy premier league team tips GW18 – FFGeek contributors show their GW18 teams part 2

Here’s part 2 of the FPL managers who contribute to the FFGeek site with good histories who show their teams each week. This will give people a feel for what other managers are doing. It’s a fairly informal thing with no obligation on anyone and these teams may change at anytime before the deadline without further notice. It also wont cover early transfers. It’s just to give an idea of the trends for the week no more.

You can see the link to the part 1 contributors article here.

Rob Reid

Rob finished with a rank of 94k last season 22k in 16/17 4k in 15/16 and 7k in 14/15.

GW17 points: 47 (average 43) Total points 929 Gameweek rank 2,206k, Overall Rank: 717k, green arrow 17k, Team Value: £102.9m

GW17 review

An odd week as my increasingly comic season continues with yet another disaster which actually perpetrated a bit of a lucky escape! The latest calamity to befall my team happened when I logged in at 5pm on Saturday to check my score to find that my ‘transfer in’ Son, was sitting in position 3 on my bench! I have no idea how this happened – I had checked my team on Saturday morning prior to leaving for work and it was fine so I can only put it down to a glitch (I know a couple of other managers who have had the same issue this season.)

The good news was that the new team I was left with actually scored me 2 more points than the team I’d originally submitted! So although I once again got my 50/50 transfer call wrong by going for Son over Snodgrass, in a way I’m glad I did as I would have been very very annoyed had Snodgrass’ big haul been glitched onto my subs bench! Every cloud and all that.

Otherwise it was a pretty meh week and I’m not quite sure how I got small green arrow, those extra 2 points tipped the balance. I had 4 returns – Patricio (finally), Diop, captain Kane and star player Sane. For the second week in a row I left a clean sheet on the bench, with AWB the culprit this time. It’s certainly been a struggle these last few weeks and my decision to swap my premium players around a couple of weeks ago is hurting me at the moment. Just another in a series of calls I’ve got wrong this season. Oh well, onto GW18!

GW18 Team

I’ve a bit more time to play with this week so I’ll do my squad analysis again.

Naughty Boy List

Stones – gametime a real concern, likely to sell next week
Masuaku – swap as soon as practical
Murray – poor fixtures and gametime concern

Watch List

Patricio – a welcome clean sheet last week, but Wolves defence still a concern
Aubameyang – gametime, blank against a poor defence last week, needs to be performing highly at this price, good fixture this week
Son – gametime a concern, will need to be sold before Asia Cup in January, in good form though

I’ve 1FT and 0.6m in the bank this week. I’ve considered a few options but the one I like the most is a hit to bring Hazard back in. He’s come back into form and seems to be thriving in a kind of False 9 role. Fixtures are also good and if he stays injury free then I think he’ll get good minutes over the festive period. The obvious transfer out is sadly Son. I’m a big fan of the South Korean but after he was left on the bench last week, I’m concerned the same thing may happen away to Everton. He’s also been named for his country’s Asian Cup squad next month so I’d need him sold by then anyway.

I then need to find the funds for this move and I’d prefer to lose someone off my Naughty Boy list. Murray is the only enabler here, so he goes with Kamara of Fulham the only possible replacement for a -4. I then plan to sell John Stones next week and bring Lucas Digne in for Everton’s good run of fixtures.

For my team this week, it’ll be 4-4-2 with Kamara on the bench but I suspect Stones might get rested again after playing in midweek. I’m a bit torn on captain, but I think I might go against the polls for a change and go for Leroy Sane. Merry Christmas everybody, I hope you all have a lovely day next Tuesday and I’ll be back with some Boxing Day Player Picks in GW19.

Transfer Summary:  Son out Hazard in and Murray out and Kamara in.

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Alex Ball

Alex finished in 17k last season 10k in 16/17 28k in 15/16 and 3k in 14/15

GW17 points: 54 (average 43) Total points 991 Gameweek rank 1,061k, Overall Rank: 179k, green arrow 26k, Team Value: £105.2m

A small green arrow which is pleasing after a number of reds. Still missing out on the heavy hitter hauls as I play the roulette and land on the wrong ones! I’m holding patience with the ones I have for now but have a plan to move money to the midfield from next week on.

This week was a simple case of Patricio to Fabianski and rolling the other transfer. Sterling capo. Good luck all.

transfer summary;  Patrivio to Fabianski

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Keith Spencer

Keith finished with a 3k OR last season, an incredible OR of 325 in 16/17 and 9k in 15/16.

He is one of the 10 top FPL managers I follow weekly who’ve finished the last 3 seasons in the top 10k OR.

GW17 points: 62 (average 43) Total points 1,061 Gameweek rank 378k, Overall Rank: 20k, green arrow 9k, Team Value: £103.4m

Saving the transfer

BTW Keith is now on twitter

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Scott Hargadon

Scott finished with an OR of 70k and 21k OR in 16/17.

GW17 points: 55 (average 43) Total points 955 Gameweek rank 1,005k, Overall Rank: 422k, green arrow 82k, Team Value: £103.2m

Finally a positive week to break the downward spiral. Not only a solid green arrow but also a solid increase in team value.

Only one move this week– Stones to Lovren. Saves .4 which gives me a useful .5 in the bank, but adds for a cheap price a nailed defender in either the best or second best defence in the Prem. I considered Digne, but bringing him in this week was bad timing with the Spurs visting Everton.

Captain choice is Sterling — with a VC of Sane. Tough choice– but Sterling is the more explosive and I like the matchup against Van Aanholt.

In the year I finished 21,000 I was probably ranked 700,000 or more at this juncture of the season. So there is still a lot to play for even though my rank this year went from 8000 to 500,000. You just keep searching for a magic combination for even a few consecutive weeks and when you find it your rank can change quickly.

Transfer summary:  Stones out Lovren in

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Mikael Hietala

Mikael finished with an OR of 22k last season

GW17 points: 53 (average 43) Total points 888 Gameweek rank 1,257k, Overall Rank: 1,436k, green arrow 199k, Team Value: £100.7m

No transfers this week as I want to guard against any injuries throughout the festive period. There’s not all that much I can do anyway, I just have to hope that Martial will play (and get me some points!).

Sane captain, Hazard vice. Aubameyang played midweek so I am worried about him starting.



Transfer summary:  Carrying over a free transfer

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See also our fixture ease article as well as who the 10 top managers I follow have in their team.  See also last season 715 OR finisher Andrew Ferguson’s team

Also see who the popular defenders are for transfers in with our bandwagons and sinking shipsarticle

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