fantasy premier league teams GW2 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team


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Here’s our fantasy premier league teams GW2 article where we give our early thoughts on the FFGeek team for GW2. We look back at gameweek 1 and give our thoughts on the gameweek ahead including potential transfers and captain choice.

fantasy premier league teams GW2 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team

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Gameweek 1

GW1 points: 84 (FPL average 65) Total points 84, Gameweek rank 669k, Overall Rank: 669k, no arrow, Team Value: £100.0m

Here’s my pre GW1 team selection article if you’re short of a bit of light reading.

Here’s the points:




fantasy premier league teams GW2

So while an overall rank of 669k isn’t something to be pleased about I would normally be very happy with a gameweek  rank of under 1 million during the course of a season so this shouldn’t really be any different.  Last season my GW1 rank was 55k so with that in my memory it’s obviously disappointing.  It is only gameweek 1 though so no need to over focus.

So 7 returning players is definitely a positive.  The Salah captain was a neutral position as he was something of an overwhelming favourite.  Apart from Sterling the returners were pretty low returns that’s for sure.

Here’s a bit of a run down from an individual perspective.  However very few players consistently perform good shot/key pass and xG stats everyweek so it’s better not to commiserate or celebrate for 1 good or bad week.

The  defence

So a return from Trent but the Liverpool defence looked anything but secure despite a reasonable 0.83 xG against and 12 shots conceded.  Van Dijk for that game was the one to have but I still believe in the fullbacks from an attacking point of view so I’m relaxed for the moment.

The City defence looked as good as ever with only 5 shots conceded even if the xGA was 1.13 and I’m a little annoyed at myself for not keeping the double up.   Little attacking  from Zinchenko with only 1 Key pass.

The Everton defence also did well for the clean sheet with only 6 shots conceded and Digne didn’t have 2 bad attacking stats.  A largely Zaha less Palace isn’t much of a test though.

My £4.0m Defender Rico, who was on my FPL bench, started as a wing back and narrowly missed out on a clean sheet with a last minute Sheffield goal.

A great if unexpected clean sheet from Pope with a bonus point and a save point.

The midfield

Fantastic performances from Salah and Sterling and a good sign as designated captains for the future

Sigurdsson stats wise with 4 shots and an xG of 0.56 looked good despite blanking although in our slack matchday chat Everton supporter Shaun was a little less impressed with his attacking contribution though.

A hugely disappointing performance though from Leicester and Perez with just the one shot an an xG of 0.06. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s sold on the back of that.

The forwards

2 disappointing performances from Ings and Wilson.  Wilson had just the 1 shot and Ings didn’t have 1 and was subbed off after 69 minutes.

Transfer plans

By the way if you’re thinking of an early transfer remember Liverpool play Chelsea in the Super Cup on Wednesday in Istanbul so there’s an obvious injury risk there.

At the moment I’m not planning any transfers.  Perez and Ings don’t have great fixtures and could be a candidate for transferring out but I prefer the flexibility of 2 transfers rather than having to do a like for like or taking a 4 point deduction for an extra transfer.  So for the moment I’m just going to wait it out this week.

Captain Choice

I’ve got it on Salah at the moment but I’ll see what happens in the Super Cup.  I won’t put a poll up until Thursday due to that fixture.  Sterling is still an option especially if Poch tries to go toe to toe with Pep.

Lineup issues

The lineup choice is between Ings v Liverpool and Rico at Aston Villa.  Neither are particularly exciting choices and I’ll have to mull it over.

At the moment I’ve got Ings on the bench but that could easily change to benching Rico.

Here’s the draft lineup:



fantasy premier league teams GW2

GW2

Here’s the fixtures.  It’s a normal 11.30am fixture

fantasy premier league teams gw2

The fixture ease graphic

I’m aiming for a fixture ease article tomorrow but here’s a graphic anyway.

It’s in alphabetical order not an order sorted by easiness:

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8 thoughts on “fantasy premier league teams GW2 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team”

      • Alrite mate. Neither are great options but the point is Ings will always have a punchers chance whereas I don’t see Rico keeping the clean sheet.

  1. Yip, especially against old club. Has anyone any idea why BSilva didn’t start? I mean, Mahrez played every minute of African Cup. I also picked Woods, but guess what, it’s Barnes that got the double. Right games, wrong players. At least my sub Dendoncker came in and scored…oh no he didn’t.

  2. Ings is utterly awful… I’m yet to remember a game when he’s been an influence for 90mins.

    No way he’d get anywhere near my team.

    My 2pence!

  3. It seems like most have gone for a very similar template team. It’s going to be harder than ever to find the value this term.

    Geek, I have Lundstram in for your Rico, Ryan instead of Pope, Fraser for Siggy and Tielemans and Jota for your Perez and Ings.

    83 points. 750k rank. Looks like that one point really makes a difference in terms of rank. Remarkable.

    After a wishful thinking redraft though, I started pondering; I could actually have a team with a fierce – if template – back line and a midfield comprising Sterling and Salah as WELL as Kane up front if I took a punt on, say Dombele as well as Barnes (who both displayed some solid early form yesterday).

    This of course requires a wildcard. I never shoot my bolt early and normally hoard my chips like Golum until late into the season. But Kane is showing signs of dispelling the ‘slow August’ myth for the first time. And he’s £11 mill. With a price rise before long, I’d venture to suggest. He seems to be on a Golden Boot mission already and obviously offers a fantastic third captain pick. I’d hate to see him plunder the points only for me to regret not jumping in early. His ownership is at 30% now so there’s even an argument for saying that he’s a shield.

    So the question is: knee-jerk or forward-thinking (pun intended)…???

    Man City next though, which is the only reason I can imagine for others not snapping him up so readily. But it might be an even better time, ahead of the pack. Plus, he may score of course!

  4. Ryan-Button
    TAA-Robertson-Zinchenko-Taylor(BUR)-Lundstram
    Salah(c)-Sterling-Barkley-Perez-Dendocker
    Kane-King-Greenwood

    88 points, happy with majority of my team, biggest disappointment was Taylor not playing (couldn’t find any mention of injury etc) and Barkley going off early.

    Hopefully Taylor value will hold and he plays next week but with Pieters getting 2 assists who knows, Barkley has good fixtures coming up so not too worried just yet. Perez & King blanked but its early days yet will keep an eye on them.

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