fantasy premier league teams GW3 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team


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Here’s our fantasy premier league teams GW3 article where we give our early thoughts on the FFGeek team for GW3. We look back at gameweek 2 and give our thoughts on the gameweek ahead including potential transfers and captain choice.

fantasy premier league teams GW3 – 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

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Gameweek 2

GW2 points: 46 (FPL average 41) Total points 130, Gameweek rank 1,786k, Overall Rank: 581k, green arrow 88k, Team Value: £100.1m

Here’s the points:



fantasy premier league teams GW3

4 returning players including 1 double figure haul is the minimum you’d be looking for each week.  A gameweek rank of 1.786m is above the 1 million which is my general target.  A green arrow is something though I guess.

It was a pretty captain neutral week which by that I mean a week where there was an overwhelming favourite so choosing him at least minimised your downside.

Existing squad thoughts

At the moment I have Robertson, Perez and Sigurdsson who’ve blanked in both weeks.  I talked about the Liverpool defence in my bandwagons and sinking ships article and although it’s only 2 games they are posting some scarily bad numbers underneath the 2 games no clean sheets basic stat.  Robertson’s attacking stats have also fallen off a cliff compared to last season in the 2 games as well.

Sigurdsson I have more time for.  He’s posted underlying stats marginally better than his last season’s numbers.  You’d expect that given the opposition to date but still I’m not too negative about him.  He’s also played 172 minutes which is ok.

Perez’s numbers have been awful and he’s been subbed at 77 minutes and 81 minutes in both games.  His only positive is Sheffield United next.

Now that’s not the end of the issues.  Ings was benched but got a fortuitous goal and missed a sitter.  His benching could have been opposition based though but still not helpful.  His underlying numbers, albeit Adrian assisted, are good though.

Wilson Has Man City next but his numbers are sort of ok and he has returned in both games.

Digne is an injury risk although it sounds like  it shouldn’t prevent him playing v Aston Villa.

Subs bench wise Rico didn’t start which is a pain and leaves me with 1 starting bench player in Dendoncker.  Rico’s could be to do with transfer rumours to the open La Liga window but whatever it’s not helpful

That means in my team I only have Sterling, Salah and Pope where I have no current issues with. To use the words again, not helpful.

It is easy to get over negative at this stage but remember it’s only 2 matches.  Even the best players can go 3 or 4 matches without returning and still come back strong.

Transfer thoughts

I have 2 free transfers and no money in the bank



Martial in

At the moment my main target for a transfer in is Anthony Martial who has a good fixture next and thereafter as you can see in my fixture ease article

GW3 CRY (H)
GW4 SOU (A)
GW5 LEI (H)
GW6 WHU (A)
GW7 ARS (H)
GW8 NEW (A)

He’s playing CF and is a good price at £7.6m.  Man Utd played well against Wolves and they have posted the 3rd best xG behind Liverpool and Man City in the 2 games to date.  He’s never really been a shot monster which is not ideal but neither are Aubameyang or Sterling so it isn’t a prerequisite to success.

How I get there is a different story though.  If I go for Perez out then it’s a Wilson downgrade to either Pukki, Barnes, Wood, King or Jota.

Alternatively I could do a straight down grade to Sigurdsson but I feel that’s a little hash on him.

De Bruyne in

Man City took 30 shots against a team in Spurs that are likely to end up 3rd and only conceded 2 shots.  Against West Ham they only conceded 5 shots.  This is an incredible start and to only have 2 City players when they are in such destructive form seems like a tad bit of mismanagement.

Getting him in though is tricky.  An upgrade of Sigurdsson means the downgrade of Wilson to Wood, Deeney or Deulofeu neither of which are great options for me at the moment. A downgrade of Perez would mean Norwich’s Cantwell playing every week or rotating with Dendoncker assuming I don’t need Dendoncker as a bench option.

Kane in

There’s an outside chance I could look to restructure to a 3 premium set up and put Kane in for Wilson and downgrade Sigurdsson for Norwich’s Cantwell .

That’s seems a pretty drastic reaction though.  It’s just Newcastle were so awful against Norwich defensively.  Mainly on an individual basis though as collectively 15 shots against and an xG against of 1.51 isn’t a total disaster.

I’d be surprised if this is where I end up though.  A 3 premium structure does mean carrying someone you don’t really want or setting up a rotation of cheap players

Much to think about

As the mini heading says, much to think about.  I’m not going to rush a transfer.  I’ll wait to Friday I expect and lets the prices do what they do.  If I did anything early I would post an article but I doubt I will.

It does occur to me that I’ve looked at all the above options without thinking about downgrading the Liverpool defence which is another option.  It’s whether it’s 2 bad games or a sign of the future is the question.

Captain thoughts

I’ve yet to do a captain poll but it’s likely to be Sterling.

The lineup pre transfers

fantasy premier league teams GW3

A pretty good set of fixtures apart from Wilson at Man City and the Liverpool defence at home to Arsenal.

The fixture ease schedule

A fixture ease schedule for attacking players

Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the defences they face over the next 6 gameweeks.

fantasy premier league best fixtures GW3

A fixture ease schedule for defensive players

Here’s a  graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the attacking teams they face over the next 6 gameweeks.   fantasy premier league best fixtures GW3

Other fantasy premier league teams GW3 posts

Bandwagons and sinking ships

Fixture ease article

Transfer in and out polls

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11 thoughts on “fantasy premier league teams GW3 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team”

  1. Geek- who should I choose here:

    A – Sigurdsson, Rashford (IN), Firmino

    or

    B – Mount, Rashford (IN), Kane(IN) – 4 pt hit

    I just really want Kane at home to Newcastle

    • Kev thanks yes thanks for the prompt. Much appreciated. I did miss him somehow? Unfortunately I just have to accept that if he’s rested he’s rested. I’ll change him if and when he looks like he’s lost his place is my thought at the moment

      Cheers

  2. Hi Geek, I’m in a similar dilemma of what to do with Robertson, Siggy and Vardy. All of them have blanked consecutively. I’m thinking of Kane, Martial and Soyuncu for a -4 hit. Any thoughts?

  3. Considering dropping Wilson and moving to a 4-5-1 to bring in Martial. Not liking cheap forwards rn besides Barnes and Pukki. Team is as below
    Ryan
    Zinchenko VVD Robbo Digne
    Salah Sterling Siggy Perez
    King Wilson
    Transfers would be Wilson and Dendoncker to Wickham and Martial with 0.3 itb. Not sure on 4-5-1 as I feel it is unflexible in the long run, but I am looking to wildcard around gw6-8. Other options are Wilson to Jota and Siggy to KDB. Thoughts?

    • I do like both of your transfer options but it will come down to whether you’re happy moving to 4-5-1 or if you prefer that flexibility of a 4-4-2. Losing Dendoncker as a bench option for Wickham who barely plays is certainly a downside to Option 1. I expect Option 2 is easier for you to be comfortable with as there is no formation change and if you think Jota/KdB will outscore Wilson/Siggy ahead of your planned wildcard, it’s a straight forward change to make and justify.

      That said, don’t rule out a formation change immediately. We have very similar teams, except I’m starting the season in 5-4-1 which is equally as inflexible as 4-5-1. Yesterday, I did Fraser & Wilson > Martial & Pukki ahead of the price rises, leaving me with some £ ITB. I have little faith in Bournemouth right now, certainly not vs City. If it helps, my updated team is:
      Pope (Button)
      Robbo VVD Laporte Digne Zinchenko
      Salah Sterling Martial Perez (Dendoncker)
      Pukki (Greenwood, Wickham)

      • I decided against Pukki. Fixtures over form always for me. But im def not hugely happy about it lol. I went Wilson to Rashford instead. And got Martial in too.

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