Here’s our fantasy premier league teams GW2 article where we outline our early thoughts on the FFGeek team now that GW1 is complete. We review GW1 and talk about potential transfers, captains and lineups for GW2
fantasy premier league teams GW2 – early thoughts on the FFGeek team
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Firstly if you’re new to the site my last 4 seasons overall ranks are 17k, 36k, 17k and 21k.
GW1 points: 68 (FPL average 50) Total points 68, Overall Rank: 984k, Team Value: £100.0m
Obviously I haven’t used any chips yet
Here’s the points so far:
So a start that was less than I hoped for when the gameweek started but could have been so much worse if it wasn’t for Saiss on Monday night.
On the face of it 5 returning players, 2 in double figures is about as much as you can expect in any gameweek. A gameweek rank under 1 million during the course of the season is also classified as a good gameweek and would generally lead to a decent green arrow it’s just in gameweek 1 you’re hoping for more.
Saliba missing out of the squad was a big disappointment. Originally the feedback was a knock but this is what Arteta said after the game:
“I think it’s going to take him [Saliba] some time to adapt to our way of playing but as well to get adapted to the language, the rhythm, the physicality of the country,” Areta said.
“As well we have to bear in mind that he didn’t play much football last season with all the injuries he had.”
GW1 evaluation schedule
Here I look at how the players performed in shots and xG terms. In defence we look at the players attack and the team defence. In attack we look at shots and xG/xA
The Liverpool defence doesn’t worry me at the moment. There were some pretty shambolic moments but that will happen when you’re pressed like Leeds did. But the upshot was it was only a 6 shot against game against vs a PL average of around 12.
Mitrovic being a sub was a pain especially as he had no clean sheet to ruin with Saliba not in the squad.
Ward Prowse was the biggest disappointment against an injury hit Palace defence. Everyone else in attack at least had shots if not xG
FPL Team Structure
Regular readers may want to skip past this section but this is how I classify players in my team:
Template replacement – If I don’t own a template player then a player who is the designated replacement who will fight it out weekly for points
Bench – a player who will primarily sit on the bench
Difference maker – the rest. These will generally give you the rank boost. Not defined by ownership so not called differentials
So you can see why I scored less the the 10 top Managers last week. In the end the template replacement players matched the template thanks to Saiss but my difference makers of Antonio, Robertson, Ward Prowse managed 1 assist between the 3 of them and Salah was the 10 top managers overwhelming captain favourite
Looking ahead to GW2
My original plan before I changed my team was to have Fernandes for GW2. My instinct at the moment seems to be to carry over the free transfer though and take any Fernandes and Man Utd pain. I have thought about the swap of Justin in for Saliba which would get me closer to the template. Especially as Leicester are at home to Burnley and Saliba seems unlikely to play.
However I wanted 2 transfers for GW3 to get De Bruyne in for Aubameyang and maybe even Foden for Ward Prowse if it’s still possible money wise
More thought needed here
I’ll put a poll up today but my instinct is Aubameyang v West Ham despite my misgivings about him. Salah at Chelsea seems a difficult one.
Here it is assuming no transfers
Hope you had a good gameweek