Here’s our fantasy premier league teams GW31 article where I give my early thoughts on the FFGeek team for GW31. I look back at day 1 of gameweek 30 and give my thoughts on the gameweek ahead including potential transfers/chips and captain choice.
fantasy premier league teams GW31 – some early thoughts on the FFGeek team
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Firstly if you’re new to the site my last 3 seasons overall ranks are 36k, 17k and 21k.
Gameweek 30+ so far
It’s only the first day of the gameweek but it started well
GW30+ points so far: 82 (FPL average 23) Total points 1,775 Gameweek rank 5,704k, Overall Rank: 11k, green arrow 20k, Team Value: £102.0m
Here’s the points after day 1 on Wednesday:
So if you saw my team selection article you’ll know my plan was to (as I generally do) go all in on the DGW with my Bench Boost even though there were conflicts in fixtures. However things worked out better than I expected. Interestingly you’ll see in my 10 top FPL managers article that those who Bench Boosted also went all out.
I won’t review individual players as there were only 2 games.
My FPL team structure
I normally divide my team up into different classification categories but I won’t do here as things will be changing quickly
Transfer and further Chip thoughts
1 free transfer and £0.2m in the bank.
The problem at the moment is that GW31 looks like a fixture disaster. See below:
It doesn’t get much worse than that. Alexander Arnold as captain says it all. Meanwhile in other fixtures it’s Leicester v Brighton, Spurs v West Ham, Wolves v Bournemouth and Liverpool v Palace. It’s a recipe for total disaster and one I walked into knowingly so I could go all out on DGW30+ . I just hope it ends up worth it.
So for me this means a wildcard or a Free Hit is needed.
Wildcard GW31 Solution
My GW31 wildcard team would look something like this:
I’ve also used Joseph Crilleys transfer planner from the FFGeek Patreon Site which helps you plan transfers. You can see the other Patreon features at the top of the page. Here’s how the team looks going forward. I’ve not made any transfers on the planner as given the condensed time frame I’m expecting most transfers to be reactive to rotation and injuries.
So you can see GW31 looks far healthier and going forward the fixtures aren’t too bad either. I also have most of the juicy fixtures covered. The only gap is a very large Aubameyang one in GW32 where Arsenal play Norwich. Unfortunately Man City play Liverpool so realistically the only Captain option I have that week is Jimenez at Villa which isn’t great.
I could sort this out by Free Hitting in GW32. Take out the Liverpool and City players and concentrate on Villa v Wolves, Arsenal v Norwich and West Ham v Chelsea.
That would mean I have no Chips left for injuries and rotation later on. I feel that I would be heading into the dark unknown at the same time as throwing all my torches away before I’ve gone 10 steps but I’ve made my bed now and it’s a case of getting on with it.
Free Hit GW31 Solution and then Wildcard GW33
This is the Joseph Crilley solution
The Free Hit team would look something like this:
Here again is the Joseph Crilley transfer planner from the Patreon site
Aguero goes to Aubameyang in GW32 to sort out that problem and you sort out that problem. That’s Joe’s wildcard team above in GW33 by the way. I just left it for the moment.
So which option will I choose?
The answer is I don’t know as yet. The last few seasons I have pressed the Wildcard button pretty much a few hours before the deadline much to everyone’s amusement. That’s because I need the deadline to make a decision and stop procrastinating. I need to do alot more thinking before I commit myself here and I’ll just have to swallow any price changes.
Assuming I do one of the above then Salah is probably the obvious captain although you could make a case for Son or Jimenez.
Neither option will give me any lineup issues. The Free Hit for obvious reasons and Nketiah and Cantwell in the Wildcard.
Articles this week
Having no gap between 1 gameweek and the other isn’t ideal by any stretch for articles and will probably affect the Player Rankings articles the most. Suffice to say I’ll be doing as many as I can.
The tricky one will be the Captain Poll. Ideally I’d like to put it up after the Everton v Liverpool game but that won’t work timing wise with the other articles so it will have to go up before that. A pain I know but unavoidable.
The Contributor posts will go up on the Monday night and Tuesday day.
Remember the GW31+ deadline is Tuesday 23 June 17:00 UK time