fantasy premier league teams GW22 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team


Here’s our fantasy premier league teams GW22 article where I give my early thoughts on the FFGeek team for GW22. I look back at gameweek 21 and give my thoughts on the gameweek ahead including potential transfers and captain choice.

fantasy premier league teams GW22 – 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.

Gameweek 21 review

GW18 points: 62 (FPL average 48) Total points 1,221, Gameweek rank 920k, Overall Rank: 98k, green arrow 24k, Team Value: £103.6m

Here’s the points:

fantasy premier league teams GW22

So a good gameweek with a 24k green arrow to 1,221 points and a 98k overall rank. The first time this season I’ve been under 100k overall rank.  Amazingly I was 131k overall in GW3 but then proceeded to get 6 red arrows in the next 7 gameweeks to end up 1.273 million.  It’s amazing how quickly things change and while I’d like to change my glass half empty outlook that and the story I tell about last season going from 70k to 208k in 4 gameweeks between 27-31 means that glass is always going to be half empty.  Yes I’m an evidence based pessimist!

Again this week luck was definitely with me.  On the assumption that Vardy was going to start I put the vice captain on Jimenez instead of what appeared to be the overwhelming favourite vice of De Bruyne.  It seemed that I could  repeat the earlier gameweek when I didn’t cover the popular vice and De Bruyne proceeded to get 17 points as captain for every man and his dog except me.  This time I escaped as De Bruyne got 2 points only.

One thing I can’t now bemoan my luck about is sub points though.  The Vardy no show allowed me to get 10 points off the bench from Cantwell.  That’s the 2nd time recently although to be fair to myself I have suffered 2 Cantwell 8 pointers on the bench.

Apart from that the main positive I guess was the double Liverpool clean sheet.  Kev in Canada says he prefers to invest in attackers as he hates cheering for clean sheets.  Well I can tell you cheering for the double Liverpool clean sheet was the last thing I was doing. There was alot of grimacing going on.  Liverpool may have only faced 3 shots but I had my hands over my eyes when I though McBurnie was going to score late on.

Alli is a huge disappointment.  I haven’t done that badly with him but anyone who both shoots and produces key passes at less than 2 per 90 just shouldn’t be touched with a barge poll.  Again it was another 1 shot 1 key pass masterclass from him. Maupay was similarly low in volume albeit against Chelsea but he at least is shooting at 3.37 times per 90 which is really good.

At the other end of the spectrum Jimenez had 4 shots 2 of which were practically in the centre circle so his was a very disappointing outcome v Watford

My FPL team structure

Apologies to regular readers for the definition preamble.

If it’s the first time you’ve seen it here’s how I classify each player in my FPL team:

Template player: 7 of the 10 top FPL managers I follow have him in their team. I use the 10 managers as a proxy for serious FPL managers who will finish in the top 100k or so. People have different interpretations of what is an FPL template. There’s no true definition of the despite it being bandied around like it’s in the Oxford Dictionary and it’s an interpretive word.

Template replacement player: the player you choose to go head to head against a template player with.

Bench player: A player who will for the most part be on your bench. Sometimes there are bench rotaters but I won’t muddy the waters

Difference maker: these are the rest and the players who can move you forward or back. I don’t call them differentials as this implies an ownership threshold which I don’t use

Here’s my squad using these categories:

PopeDifference Maker
Alexander ArnoldTemplate
GomezTemplate replacement for Kelly
AlliDifference maker
De BruyneTemplate
ManeDifference maker
MaupayDifference Maker
JimenezDifference Maker

In GW21, only 1 difference maker of the 5 returned however the template replacement player of Gomez getting 6 points and 10 off the bench from Cantwell squeezed out a green arrow.

Looking ahead to DGW24

2 free transfers and £1.2m in the bank.

My thoughts at the moment are focused on gameweek 24 where Liverpool and West Ham have 2 fixtures and then Liverpool have a fantastic fixture run after that means that for the moment I am focused on  getting Salah in the team plus keeping Mane and Alexander Arnold.  This is not absolute as I’ve said before if Salah and Mane start looking like they are in a rotational job share then that would change.

I know that there are beliefs that going with 2 Liverpool defenders doesn’t decimate the squad as much and allows money to be invested elsewhere.  I understand this but in short bursts the correlation between a players cost and his returns definitely aren’t absolute so I’m not buying into that at the moment.

In addition I’m going for Fabianski if fit because anything can happen and I think he is a good save point man.  He is the top GK PPM if you discount Norwich’s McGovern who only played 2 games.

So here’s roughly how the team could look:

The transfers would be:

GW22 – Pope out Fabianski in

GW23 – Gomez out Hanley in

GW24 – Alli and Jimenez out Calvert Lewin and Salah in

I only have the exact funds for that and could do it with a -8 but that’s just not going to happen.  There will ultimately be some flex between Calvert Lewin and Hanley in those 2 positions.

Transfer thoughts for this week

2 free transfers and £1.2m in the bank.

So this week as I said above I’m going to do the Pope to Fabianski transfer.  Hopefully Fabianski will be declared fit otherwise that’s going to make it difficult as it would force my hand with regard to the Gomez transfer..  I don’t want to play my hand on those other transfers just yet but I’ll cross that bridge if I come to it.

Captain choice

Vardy is the obvious captain choice although I’ll look at the polls.  The key to the gameweek could be how effective Norwich are in stopping Man Utd.

Lineup issues

Choices all over the place but I’ve just fudged it for now and done it without thinking about it too much.  Any combination of Grealish, Maupay, Rico, Gomez and Cantwell could end up on the bench.

Here’s the lineup as of now pre any transfers.

fantasy premier league teams GW22

Hope you had a good gameweek.

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