fantasy premier league teams GW8 – early thoughts on the FFGeek team


Here’s our fantasy premier league teams GW8 article where we outline our early thoughts on the FFGeek team for GW8.  We review GW7 and talk about potential transfers, captains and lineups for GW8

fantasy premier league teams GW8 – 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.


GW7 points: 58 (FPL average 53) Total points 378, Overall Rank: 1,939k, green arrow  183k Team Value: £100.1m

I haven’t used any chips yet

Here’s the points:

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So although it was a green arrow of 183k it was an incredibly disappointing gameweek.  When James Ward Prowse gets 17 points and Mitrovic 2 assists then you’ve got to be hoping for real rank movement and 183k going forward to 1.939m in the end was very disappointing.  At one stage over the gameweek I was 1.4m but the late Grealish goal was a real rank killer.

In the end I was behind the average score of the 10 top FPL managers I follow this week and actually dropped down in the FFGeek Contributors League.

I’m still 47 points behind the average of the 10 top Managers and last of the 10 when I would actually hope to be around the average and at least 6th.  The wrong captain choices and not covering their template has hurt me bad.

I’m 85 points behind the top 50k overall rank which is still catchable but this week should have been a week where I made progress towards that not stay stuck in the 80’s away from it.

FPL Team Structure

My general strategy is to cover the template as I define it to de-risk the team and then rely on the other players in my FPL team to make overall rank gains

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

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So this week my difference makers came to the fore in Ward Prowse and Mitrovic but both Chilwell and Calvert Lewin returned to negate that somewhat and Grealish who’s on the edge of the template got a big score

Transfer thoughts

1 free transfer and £1.0m in the bank

I have 2 immediate problems in my team.

The first is Saiss who was dropped vs Palace.  Kilman seeems to now be the favoured left sided CB in the back 3 and young defender Ait Nouri seems to be ahead of him as an LWB and possibly Marcal is as well.  So at some stage he has to go.

The 2nd problem is the injured Antonio.  With Fulham next I would like to have him in the team obviously and unless Moyes says he’s definitively not fit then I wouldn’t even consider selling him.  However I do want a Chelsea defender for my team so it’s possible I won’t even sell him in those circumstances.  He has a good run of games ahead and there’s the International Break after this gameweek until the 21st of November so he could actually recover over that time.

My GW9 priority is Calvert Lewin vs Fulham.  If I want to take out Mitrovic then the transfer of Saiss to either Zouma or Chilwell will leave me short by some distance.  That would mean scrambling around for a -4 or transferring out Digne or one of the Liverpool defenders.  Digne also has Fulham GW9 so I’m reluctant to do that.  The Liverpool defenders have Man City and Leicester next so there is some scope there.

Alot to ponder over the next few days

Captain Thoughts

Hoping to put a poll up today but it seems likely that it will be Kane or Son given that Salah will face Man City.  I would generally favour the penalty taker.


If Saiss becomes a Chelsea defender it becomes a tricky decision as I would ideally like to play Soucek.  If Antonio is injured then it becomes easier assuming I don’t sell him

Here’s the lineup before any transfers

I’m assuming Saiss is a Chelsea defender and Antonio is fit.

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Hope you had a good gameweek

Other posts

Analysing the teams of 10 top FPL managers

Fixture Difficulty schedule

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5 thoughts on “fantasy premier league teams GW8 – early thoughts on the FFGeek team”

    • At the time of writing the article that was the position. Subsequent to writing the article it seems he could be back for GW9. I don’t update all the articles as news changes during the week as that would be an impossible task. Hope that clarifies the position and hope you had a good gameweek and good luck this week

  1. Geek is well aware but he is now expected back after the break and has an incredible fixture run. It’s a tough one for anyone owning him already when he had a great chance of lining up at home to Fulham. It’s a painful transfer out and back in. An understandable hold if there is a strong 12th player on the bench at first sub..

    • Better options elsewhere. Incredible fixture run? Wouldn’t say that as it’s West Ham. Who usually fail against the lesser teams.


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