fantasy premier league teams GW17 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team


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Here’s our fantasy premier league teams GW17 article where we give our early thoughts on the FFGeek team for GW17. We look back at gameweek 16, The team planning schedule, transfer thoughts plus early captain thinking.

fantasy premier league teams GW17 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team

Gameweek 15

GW16 points: 49 -8 (average 55) Total points 964, Gameweek rank 3,619k, Overall Rank: 95k, red arrow 46k, Team Value: £102.6m

Here’s the points:



fantasy premier league teams GW17

Well that was some car crash of a  gameweek with the Foster penalty save and the Richarlison goal limiting the damage somewhat at the end. I thought GW15 and GW16 were going to be significant but I had hoped to get through it better than this.

If I go through the motions of my metrics on the face of it 5 returning players is above the minimum target of 4. However you’d like there to be 1 double figure returner otherwise it can mean nothing. However a 3.6 million gameweek is way off the 1 million you should be looking for.

In the end a Foster penalty save mitigated the rank drop to 45k. When I used live FPL it immediately gave me a 20k rank boost which shows the value of a differential. So it could have been alot worse that’s for sure.

However the reason for the drop was obviously selling Salah.

My theory was that Aubameyang was a great captain option and a great fixture transfer for the upcoming gameweeks and Sterling over the course of the next 6 weeks would, hopefully,  match Salah and Kolasinac would go someway to matching Alonso given the great Arsenal fixtures.  However it certainly hasn’t got off to a great start.

I’ve made 3 bad calls this season. The first being to put Alonso in before Hazard earlier in the season, the 2nd a 1 week punt on Kane and the third this one. All of them have lost a bundle of points.

However it’s naive to think that you’re not going to have bad gameweeks during the season.  It’s just something you have to accept.

The changes though have fundamentally changed my relationship with the template as you’ll see below and now I’m in a FPL faceoff between Salah and Sterling as my template replacement player.  Not a position without risk.

My team is also partly in Unai Emery’s team selection pocket which is where you don’t want to be.

I don’t think the damage is irreparable, 95k at the halfway stage of the season isn’t a total disaster and if I use my last years rank of 17k as a target I’m roughly 45 points from that.

The team planner

Here’s the latest version of the team planner.  It doesn’t have bookies odds at the moment but I’ll add them in later.

I’ve added in a new column which is where I’ve categorised my players as:

Template:  owned by 7 of the 10 top managers I follow or 70% of the top 10k

Template replacement player:  Where I haven’t gone for a template player but have opted for a direct replacement

Bench player;  Someone who’s not intended to do anything than fill the bench at minimum cost.

Differential:  The rest.  These and the template replacement players will be the main players who will move you backwards or forwards.  Captain choices also will play a big part.



fantasy premier league teams GW17

So probably no transfer this week.  I’d like to get in Felipe Anderson but there’s no obvious route this week so I’ll have to put it back.

I’ve not looked at a quick route back for Salah but Arsenals good fixtures turn at GW23 so it could be as far as then.  Liverpool only have 1 very problematic fixture which is GW19 home to Newcastle where Arsenal and Man City are away to Leicester and Brighton respectively.

Transfer thoughts

1 free transfer and £0 in the bank.

As I said unless something happens to force my hand I’ll be carrying over a free transfer this week.  As I said I’d like to get Felipe Anderson in but there’s no obvious route to do so.

Lineup issues

There is only 1 starting position in doubt this week.  That’s Fraser vs Wan Bissaka vs Richarlison

With Palace having Tomkins suspended for GW17 the defence will be weakened so I’ll probably make him my first bench option

Captain thoughts

Hard to believe it’s going to be anyone but Kane this week.  I’ll be putting the captain poll up later in the week.  It could be anything between Wednesday and Friday.  I need to have a think.

The lineup

Here’s the proposed lineup assuming no transfers:

fantasy premier league teams GW17

The gameweek

So back to the normal Saturday 11.30 UK time for GW17.  Worth setting your team just in case you forget for some reason.

Here’s the fixtures:

fantasy premier league teams GW17

That’s it.  Hope you had a better gameweek than me!

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10 thoughts on “fantasy premier league teams GW17 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team”

  1. The punt of letting go of Salah is worth it, I say. Bad start but I would say Liverpool are becoming the the 1 or 2 nil type of team (besides last week) with arsenal and man c still able to rack up goals (besides last week). Good luck and great thoughts as usual.

  2. I also got rid of Salah too but I replaced him with Anderson and replaced Mitro with Auba so the damage done was’t too bad (except with those who captained Salah but they were a minority by the looks of it). I think the punt will pay off over the Xmas period as it was always done with the medium term in mind, as opposed to one game week.

  3. Richarlison to Anderson is as stupid a move as they come. The amount of touches Rich has in opposition boxes as an OOP striker can’t be compared to Anderson’s duties for West Ham. Richarlison to Son is more of an upgrade I think.

  4. Hi everyone!
    Please give your tips and feedback regarding my WC team…

    Fabianski Button
    Luiz Doherty Robertson Digne (AWB)
    Salah Sterling Son Snodgrass (Hojbjerg)
    Kane Rashford (Kamara)

    Downside of taking all the biggies is to downgrade Alonso to Luiz and Felipe Anderson/Richarlison to Snodgrass…

    Am doubling up on Spurs for their Burnley fixture….son could become Richarlison/Bilva/Mahrez next week…
    Another drawback is no one from city defence and no sane..

    (P.S. Forgive me if I spam articles this week as I am extremely desperate buddies..Thanks in anticipation!)

    (P.P.S. Geek, I suppose TAA is a bit of a concern with his injury…)

  5. NS, try the fpl subreddit on Reddit. They have a whole thread on ‘rate my team’ + advice, and a ton of people who like to help. I don’t think this is the place.

  6. Hi Ming, I find the threat to price ratio quite useful but certainly not conclusive. In this respect Salah still passes one of my hoops to hold. Cheers

  7. I still don’t feel ready to depart from Salah or Hazard at the moment. Hazard is clearly the one to carry Chelsea while Salah always looks a threat. After his hatrick and Champions League goal I would be surprised if he doesn’t improve further.

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