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


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:

fantasy premier league teams GW2

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

fantasy premier league teams GW2

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 – 7 of the 10 top FPL Managers I follow own the player or defence.  You can see this in yesterdays 10 top FPL managers article

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

fantasy premier league teams GW2

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

fantasy premier league teams GW2

Hope you had a good gameweek

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

  1. Sorry just read that you plan to make it in GW3.

    What are your thoughts on having to spend the extra 0.1 on KDB next week? No issues for you or tempted to bring him in this week? Why/why not?

  2. It makes sense to leave the Auba to KDB switch until GW3 unless you need the extra 0.1 ( more like 0.3 by next week ) for other deals.

    Points are more important than team value. Auba will be a strong captain favourite at home to a poor looking West Ham so any Auba haul looks like being very damaging to rank. I think it’s also a better fixture for Auba V West Ham than KDB at wolves.

    Makes sense to do Auba to KDB in GW3

  3. It is not so much that I need the extra 0.1, its more so what it ripples out into. For example, if I miss out on the 0.1, suddenly I am hamstrung from going Vinagre to Luke Shaw, or Werner to Vardy or any other number of trades that required a 0.5 jump.
    I’m valuing each 0.1 increment as about 2.5 points, so if KDB goes up by 0.2-0.3; thats essentially 5-7.5 points which I am expecting Auba to recoup for me if I do not make the trade… Decisions decisions, guarantee the wrong one will be made lol

      • Based on a targeted total points of ~2350 (past score) and if my average team value across the 38 game weeks is around 102.5 then each 0.1 increment is worth 2.27 points.
        Plus, a 0.1 hit in the first few rounds hurts as bad as a 0.5mill hit.

        I pulled the trigger this morning and had instant regret when KDB’s price did not move. Will be nervously watching the Arsenal vs West Ham game

  4. Really like your idea of having a table with performing of each player each GW. Do you have data/stat source to recommend for player data per game?

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