Here’s our fantasy premier league teams GW9 article where we outline our early thoughts on the FFGeek team for GW9. We review GW8 and talk about potential transfers, captains and lineups for GW9
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Firstly if you’re new to the site my last 4 seasons overall ranks are 17k, 36k, 17k and 21k.
GW8 points: 62 (FPL average 55) Total points 440, Overall Rank: 1,803k, green arrow 136k Team Value: £100.1m
I haven’t used any chips yet
Here’s the points:
Despite the 136k green arrow that was a hugely disappointing gameweek which sees me in the disappointing rank of 1.8million. I’m still in the 80 points range away from 50k overall rank which is a general target so have made no progress there
Again the Villa game added about 300k to my OR when I was looking at a rank of around 1.5m and a 400k green arrow.
The 11 points of Targett on the bench was the added kick in the teeth for me especially when I didn’t really have a bench for him to be left on. My 50/50 transfer of Saiss for Chilwell instead of Alexander Arnold for Chilwell not only meant Targett was on the bench but also now Alexander Arnold is injured and my only option to get in Calvert Lewin without a hit is to take out Kane. It really couldn’t have worked out worse.
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 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
So with Targett some sort of cover for Martinez then it’s only Calvert Lewin who is missing from the template. With him having Fulham next and then Leeds and Burnley I’m keen to get him in but with the potential of wildcarding in GW10 then I’m not keen on spending the 4 points.
1 free transfer and £0.2m in the bank
At the moment James Ward Prowse has a tight hamstring but seems a decent prospect to be fit for GW9 as his England withdrawal was described as precautionary.
Alexander Arnold is expected to be out for 4 weeks which could be as far out as GW14 so he needs to be a priority transfer out
Michail Antonio has a hamstring injury but there are reports that he could be fit for GW9
I am half thinking that I may wildcard in GW10 but there is a world where in a big negative fixture swing and Kane and Son are sold en masse then Kane becomes Calvert Lewin, Alexander Arnold becomes Cancelo , Son becomes De Bruyne and Ward Prowse becomes Grealish and I still have £1.6m in the bank. That could be sorted out by GW11 with just a 4 point hit. The £1.6m remaining would easily sort out Mitrovic and Digne where there is no particular rush Digne wise considering Everton play Burnley in GW11. Mitrovic is a pain though as his fixtures aren’t great at all.
For that reason I may just make a transfer of Kane out Calvert Lewin in. I’m in no hurry to do so. A massive injury/Covid meltdown could still change things so I’ll leave it to closer to the gameweek.
Then next week the -4 for Aleaxander Arnold and Son out for De Bruyne and Cancelo. The next week James Ward Prowse out for Grealish. Thats one theory at the moment anyway
I’m also keen to see what the Captain Poll brings up as that may influence things. I won’t put that up to next week though
GW10 has the Man City fixture swing start which is why I am contemplating it then. Plus I would like Digne for Fulham for GW9. For me then I am willing to ride out this gameweek and review the position for GW10.
I do want to see the polls but I am thinking it will be Salah v Leicester. Interestingly Leicester gave up 11 penalties last season but this so far have given up none.
Chelsea at Newcastle and Man Utd home to WBA are the plum fixtures so it will be interesting to see where Werner and Fernandes are in the polls.
Injuries may make the decision for me but if Antonio and Ward Prowse are fit and Alexander Arnold is out then the choice for the bench is Mitrovic or Ward Prowse.
Here’s the lineup before any transfers
Assume Kane is Calvert Lewin and Antonio is fit.
Hope you had a good gameweek