Here’s our fantasy premier league team tips GW6 article where the 2nd group of the FFGeek contributors show their teams for GW6. In this part there’s Joseph Crilley, Rob Reid, Scott Hargadon, Jordan Sadler and Robert Cosgrove
Fantasy premier league team tips GW6 – FFGeek contributors show their GW6 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
Joseph finished with an overall rank of 7k last season and 13k in 16/17
GW5 points: 64 (average 47) Total points 328, Gameweek rank 797k, Overall Rank: 144k, green arrow 29k, Team Value: £102.4m
It was rather a strange gameweek for me last time out as I returned a decent score and subsequent green arrow, but only 4 of my players were able to return more than 5 points. The primary reason for the rise up the ranks was Hazard whose hat-trick helped to justify my early wildcard which I activated for GW4 – mainly so I could bring the Belgian in.
The other returners were captain Aguero, though it was disappointing to see him substituted early, and Wan-Bissaka while Bennett came off the bench with a clean sheet to replace the missing Mendy. On the other hand, there were disappointing returns from my collection of mid-price midfielders which included my late transfer of Pedro. In the end, I can’t complain about a solid green arrow, but it feels like it could’ve been so much more following the Hazard trio of goals. On to the next week though and I’m hoping to edge closer towards the top 100k!
Originally, my plan had been to hold the transfer this week, but a couple of injuries have taken their toll on my side. Mendy has seemingly been ruled out, but it always feels difficult to trust Pep so I’m looking to hold him for one more week for further info as I have Wan-Bissaka waiting to come off my bench when required. The other injury worry is Pedro having picked up a knock to his shouder on Thursday and he forms part of a midfield where I have struggled with selecting the right mid-priced options.
Pedro is looking like a potential rotation problem regardless of his injury and I have decided that it’s best to immediately take him out following his transfer in only last week. There are three players that I would like to bring into my midfield – Maddison, Fraser and Richarlison. I am wary of doubling up on the Bournemouth or Everton attack with Wilson & Walcott already in my side, which has helped lean the decision towards Maddison. He also has fantastic fixtures and seems to be a key man for his team while an entry fixture of Huddersfield at home is never a bad thing.
The disappointing midweek display from Salah has increased the difficulty of the captaincy decision as he had been the leading candidate for the armband prior to the European games. However, I am now considering the credentials of Hazard and Aguero who have shown stronger form than the Egyptian so far this season and were rested during the week. Sarri’s positive words about his player highlight his rising attacking potential while Aguero faces a Cardiff side who don’t appear to be ready to sit deep judging by the words of their manager. The three-way battle will be finally decided on Saturday morning, but the armband is currently on the safe option of Salah for now.
Best of luck to everyone this weekend and may your arrows be green!
See also Rob’s GW6 player picks
Rob finished with a rank of 94k last season 22k in 16/17 4k in 15/16 and 7k in 14/15.
GW5 points: 52 (average 47) Total points 326, Gameweek rank 1,751k, Overall Rank: 160k, red arrow 68k, Team Value: £101.6m
At the conclusion of GW5, I was fairly dejected but having reflected further I’ve decided it was more of a lucky escape rather than an abject failure. Things were looking grim on Saturday night. I was resigned to only fielding 10 players following the late news regarding Mendy’s injury and my OR had slipped 210k places to 300k at the close of play that night. I was getting seriously twitchy around the Wildcard activation button, especially seeing as I’d missed out on Hazard’s 20 point haul.
My week however was salvaged by a couple of my differential players with Boly producing 7 points in Sunday and Danny Ings converting a penalty on Monday night. In the end I clawed things back to a slightly above average score of 52 with the consolation of having 2 transfers in the bank for GW6. The problem was I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with a team which was looking even more like a hospital wing than it was last week!
On Monday night, I was considering any number of possibilities. A slightly belated Rage Wildcard having missed out on a bunch of early price rises. Various strategies for how to burn my 2 transfers, some with Hazard, some without. I even considered some conservative sideways moves to buy in some fit players as I don’t believe there’s too much wrong with the core of my squad. In the end I’ve decided to hold my Wildcard and make some adjustments to my existing troops.
I’d really like to try and hold both my Liverpool midfielders for the Saints fixture and the good thing is that I have Aubameyang. His form may not be great, but he’s a good cash cow. The bad thing was that he played pretty well in the Europa League which means that he’s bound to net a hat-trick this weekend if I sell him! I also still have a lot of red flags and I need to clear some of these to make sure I field a full 11 this weekend.
In the end, I waited until Friday to make my moves so I could garner maximum information and this proved sensible with Mendy confirmed as out again. I may have missed out on some price rises (which compromised my moves slightly as you’ll see in a second) but at least I’m going to hopefully get 11 out, perhaps even with the luxury of a sub.
For me with over 30% ownership and as the highest scoring player in the game, Hazard has to come in now. He’s also facing a very leaky West Ham defence so a big return is once again a possibility. To enable this, I’ll have to sell Aubameyang. It’s not a great time to sell sadly against an injury-laden Everton defence – his anytime goalscorer odds are one of the best this week. But with much lower ownership, at least he’s less of a threat to overall rank. I’ve just got a bad feeling I’ve sold him before a big score (I did this at a similar stage last season with Morata.) Fingers crossed I’m wrong!
Also out for me then are the red flagged Cairney (what a disaster that enabling transfer in was) and Mendy for a minus 4. I’ll lose a bit of OTV on the latter, but it means I can get a better replacement for Aubameyang. I narrowed it down to Zaha, Wilson and Mitrovic as replacements. I can’t bring myself to pick Wilson again after he trolled me last season so it was a call between Zaha and the Serb and I’ve gone for the latter. Both have been in good form so far, but I’m impressed by Mitrovic’s high number of shots and set-piece aerial threat so he gets the nod. Sadly that means I can only afford a 4.3m defensive replacement for Mendy – an extra 0.1 and I’d have gone for Tomkins. Bennett comes in then giving me double Wolves defence, meaning I’ll have to play either him or Boly against United this week.
My team just about picks itself again. Bennett is my one fit bench player with Ings ineligible and Gunnarson still unfit. I’m a bit torn on captain this week – it definitely looks like there will be a big split. Salah looks like the Shield call, but you could argue Ageuro also fills this bracket. Hazard and Mane are the more Sword options, but I’m leaning towards Salah at the moment. I know there’s been a lot of talk about him out of form, but he’s still getting plenty of chances and he’s going to bag a huge return at some point.
Good luck this week everyone – hopefully it’ll be green arrows all round!
Scott finished with an OR of 70k and 21k OR in 16/17.
GW5 points: 57 -4 (average 47) Total points 348, Gameweek rank 1,319k, Overall Rank: 43k, red arrow 29k, Team Value: £101.9m
Wildcard played this week. Decided Salah at 13.0 ownership needed to become Hazard plus 2.1. Without playing the WC my GW6 team would have been weak.
Robert finished with an OR of 20k last season and 23k in 16/17
GW5 points: 87 WC played (average 47) Total points 336, Gameweek rank 63k, Overall Rank: 91k, green arrow 325k, Team Value: £101.3m
wildcard was used! I am happy with my score, but disappointed about taking Fraser and King out! If I had done my 2 definite transfers of Mane -> Hazard and Shaw-> Doherty I would have more points and still a wildcard! Fantasy football is a game full of ‘ what ifs’ so let’s move on!
I was planning on carrying over a transfer but Mendys injury has forced my hand! I was tempted to do a straight swap for Walker but I believe my current GK Ederson is adequate City DF cover as their fixtures get tricky soon. I was tempted by Robertson because of the Southampton game, but after that it looks tricky too. The last option for me was Man Utd as they have a nice run coming up.
With Jose having so many defensive options I have gone for who I personally believe is the most nailed on – Chris Smalling. He has fantastic goal threat from set pieces and a clean sheet looks highly possible.
So, to clarify, I have transferred Mendy OUT and Smalling IN
Jordan finished with an overall rank of 76k last season
GW5 points: 63 (average 47) Total points 336, Gameweek rank 826k, Overall Rank: 90k, green arrow 6k, Team Value: £102.4m
After Hazard’s antics on Saturday I was ready to write this week off but a great Sunday and Monday rescued the gameweek for me. I only had one player on the Sunday and one player on the Monday but 19 points between them boosted me up to 63, giving me a green arrow for the week, which considering I didn’t have Hazard I was delighted with. So 6 players returned: Ederson, Wan-Bissaka, Doherty, Ings, Wilson and Aguero and I’m more than happy with that.
The players that didn’t return were Alonso (who should have been given an assist in my opinion), Luiz, Pedro, Mane and Salah. Cardiff scored from one of their 2 shots on target so that was unfortunate but nothing to be concerned about. Salah and Mane both blanking was just absurd as both had plenty of chances but poor finishing and poor decision making let them down versus Spurs.
So in terms of how happy I am with the wildcard I settled on, I’m pretty happy. Hazard is the obvious blip but it was between him and Mane and honestly watching Mane on Saturday he could have quite easily had 1-2 goals and 2-3 assists so nothing to be concerned about in my opinion. Only other question mark for me is Luiz but the alternatives I considered also all scored 2 points so it doesn’t really matter.
I’m really happy with the Wilson and Ings picks over Mitrovic who hardly got a sniff against City. Also I hope after Doherty’s 12 point haul this week people now understand why I think he’s worth the extra over Bennett, he really should have scored against Burnley as well but he completely messed up his shot.
Originally I was going to save my free transfer but after Pedro picking up a shoulder injury I expect him to be benched over Willian, therefore I have transferred him out for Richarlison as I would have done that next week regardless. It’s not the best fixture to bring Richarlison in for but I’d rather a guaranteed starter as I already have Mendy and Ings out this week so I don’t want to risk another potentially injured player.
Ings and Mendy are both benched for obvious reasons and the player joining them will be Doherty due to his fixture being Man United away.
I think all of Salah, Hazard and Aguero are viable options for captaincy this week. However, I think I’ll be going the safe option of Salah versus Southampton seeing as he’s at home and the other two are away.
Good luck with gameweek 6.
See also Rob Reids player picks, FFGeek captain article FFGeek imaginary wildcard article, Andrew Ferguson’s teams article, Alex Ball’s wildcard, bandwagons and sinking ships article, 10 top FPL managers article, underlying stats GW5 article, the early thoughts on the FFGeek team article and the fixture ease article
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