fantasy premier league teams GW12 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team


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Here’s our fantasy premier league teams GW12 article where we give our early thoughts on the FFGeek team for GW12. We look back at gameweek 11 and give our thoughts on the gameweek ahead including potential transfers and captain choice.

fantasy premier league teams GW12 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team

Firstly if you’re new to the site my last 3 seasons overall ranks are 36k, 17k and 21k.

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Gameweek 11 review

GW11 points: 77 (FPL average 53) Total points 593, Gameweek rank 657k, Overall Rank: 744k, green arrow 529k, Team Value: £101.8m

Here’s the points:




Can I ever remember a gameweek where 2 defenders under £5.0m got 35 points which was nearly half my gameweek total? I don’t think so.

So 6 returning players and only my 3rd gameweek rank under 1 million.  A welcome green arrow of 500k to 744k overall rank.  Some respite from 3 consecutive 200k green arrows the previous weeks.

This is not the gameweek to be on the wrong side of as the effects were fairly brutal.  One of the 10 top FPL managers I follow had neither Soyuncu or Lundstram and went back from 352k to 1.16m.

Luckily I had both and neither were on my FPL bench.  It’s funny that going into the week I was lamenting  my bench and the fact that Cleverly was injured and Cantwell after a shocker looked likely to be dropped.  In the end though, these facts effectively prevented any chance that I had to make a mess of my bench order.

Looking back at one stage I was going to transfer in Connolly and Martial rather than Rico and Vardy partly due to strengthening the bench.  I shudder to think what the outcome of that could have been now.

Lastly I have been annoyed at myself for using the wildcard a couple of weeks ago but without it I may not have had  Lundstram in my team.

It really is a funny old game.

Regular readers will know that I base a number of picks around my definition of template.  That’s 3 players now I transferred in on the basis they would be template and they have been successful even though I expressed some doubts at the time.  Those 3 were De Bruyne, Pukki and now Vardy.

However the truth is that the more you analyse a player and look into his underlying stats the more likely that you will find something negative.  Even with the best players.  It’s difficult to work out how much that offsets the good bits.  As I also say if anyone says they can 100% predict player performance then unless they are saying it with a beer overlooking the sea in the South of France or similar with their betting winnings then they are pretty deluded.

That’s why template players I pick as hedges as not having them can end up with dire consequences if your replacement player doesn’t match their score.  Lessons from last season showed me that I was losing taking on a template player far more than I was winning.

Anyway that’s my thoughts. The great thing is that you can see on this site a number of other successful FPL managers who all play the game differently.

Transfer thoughts

1 free transfer and £0.0m in the bank.

This week is going to be another interesting one mainly due to Liverpool playing Man City.  Now that game could be a game that neither side wants to lose so it could be a massive disappointment.  However it does also have potential for a goal fest if the circumstances fall right.

Whatever it does make a captain pick from those teams a difficult choice but I’ll talk about that below.

As far as transfers are concerned this week is one that I might regret not having Martial with his game against Brighton.  Brighton didn’t park the bus against Man City so if they replicate that against Man Utd it could suit United as a transition based team.

For me though I’m thinking I’m going to carry over the free transfer.  I have been looking to preserve the possibility of getting Salah back for GW14 when Liverpool are home to Brighton.  Unfortunately Arsenal play Norwich that week so it’s not really the exit point you want with anyone especially Aubameyang as the obvious funds provider.  However at the moment I’m trying to keep 2 transfers while simultaneously burying my head in the sand with the problem in the “too hard” tray.

So for the moment I’m carrying over a free transfer

Captain thoughts 

As od now I’ve got it on Abraham at home to Palace with Vardy sub but the polls will influence me.  I’ll probably put the captain poll up on Wednesday morning after the Chelsea Champions League match.  City play on Wednesday night but with it being a Friday night gameweek that feels too late to start on Thursday morning.

Lineup issues

With Cleverley injured and Cantwell seemingly dropped it cuts down the choice that’s for sure.  In any normal week Lundtstram at Spurs would be my bench pick as I can’t see a clean sheet or a goal coming.  However putting someone on your bench who scored twice for 21 points last week feels pretty bizarre so I’m going to put that in the “needs more thinking tray”.  That’s just to the left of the “too hard” tray btw.

The team lineup before any transfers

Assumes I carry over the free transfer




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6 thoughts on “fantasy premier league teams GW12 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team”

    • Yeah mate, I am too in the same damning dilemma….as of now, I am looking to transfer out Sterling to bring in Vardy and captain him probably….coz Salah has got great fixtures and can now serve as a massive differential looking as I have had a big red arrow( with everyone picking up Mane and moreover I thought Salah was the one more likely to score till he was in the pitch vs Villa).

      {P.S. Btw I may be a bit biased against Man City or Pep specifically, coz Otamendi’s massive cameo ruined my chance of getting Sir John off the bench.

      P.P.S. Probably, I deserved it TBH having made this horrible decision in hindsight}

  1. Regarding the Pool v City game, I think 0-0 is the last scoreline in the world this game will be. City defence is just far too shaky to keep a CS here. And Pool simply can’t keep a CS currently. Defence also weakened by Matip injury. I think something like 2-2 is more likely.

    • The risk with benching Lundstram is that the template will be to field him; I expect most players to not put him on the bench after his recent form. If he gets a return it could hurt you unless Rico does the same.

    • Yes, I would have probably agreed with you Ian but that’s what everyone was saying about Norwich vs Cherries too…

      {P.S. Btw imho I have had enough experience from watching knockout UCL and WC stages to know that if there’s too much on the stake (esp.considering the single point gap last season at the top), both teams will be too afraid to make a mistake and there will be too many tactical fouls to break up play (referee too would be afraid to give any reds or any risky decisions and would err on the side of caution) limiting the risk and consequent attacking output.

      {P.S. But now since I have said it, you might turn out to be right }

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