fantasy premier league teams GW9 – early thoughts on the FFGeek team


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

fantasy premier league teams GW9 – 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.


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:

fantasy premier league teams GW9

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 – 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 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.

Transfer thoughts

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

Wildcard thoughts

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.

Captain thoughts

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.

Lineup issues

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.

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Hope you had a good gameweek

Other posts

The FFGeek Podcast

Rob Reid’s wildcard

10 top FPL managers teams

Andrew Whitfields wildcard

Ben Wooton and Rob Cosgroves wildcards

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14 thoughts on “fantasy premier league teams GW9 – early thoughts on the FFGeek team”

  1. Thanks Geek – Great article as always and interesting that you are aiming for GW10 WC.

    Are you considering doing a Imaginary wildcard article for this week, considering quite a few people will be aiming for WC GW9 / GW10 if they haven’t already?

  2. I think your wildcard plan sounds like a sound one, if you’re happy going without either of Fernandes or Grealish this week. I was thinking the same but decided I couldn’t bare to watch another weekend of them both tearing it up, so have hit the wildcard button. As well as those two, I also needed to get in Calvert-Lewin, plus I had defensive issues to sort out; Saiss and Maitland-Niles (my failed gamble for the season) not starting. On top of all that, I really wanted Vardy in for Kane…I think going a week early could be a good differential punt against a decimated Liverpool defence, especially as Leicester love to hit teams on the break. My wildcard team is as follows:
    Mendy (Forster)
    Cancelo – Targett – Phillips (Dias, Justin)
    Salah – Fernandes – Ziyech – Grealish – Soucek
    Vardy – Calvert-Lewin (Brewster)
    Fernandes will likely become De Bruyne next week

  3. “Meanwhile, Antonio will likely be nursed back to full fitness. You can’t be too careful when it comes to hamstrings.”

    DCL in for Antonio imo

  4. Hi Geek,

    New to the site, love the articles. Just heard that Salah has tested positive for COVID. Find myself in a bit of a predicament as I own him, along with carrying Trent, Saiss and Mitchell in my team as things stand. Still have my wildcard, like you. Was actually looking for tips on doing mine and stumbled across your site. Does this change your stance to wildcard this for GW9 now? Any suggestions on whether or not I should be looking to? I gambled on DCL early so no transfer ITB. Here’s the team;


    Appreciate any insight you can offer. Cheers

  5. Absolutely. Ward-Prowse and Soucek have bailed you out a wee bit the last two weeks. Especially now with Chilwell injury

  6. On a Wildcard and this is the latest draft.

    McCarthy Forster
    Zouma Targett Balbouma Kilman Bernado
    KDB Bruno Ziyech Zaha Grealish
    DCL Bamford Kane

    Question is who would you rather have?
    A Soucek Martinez Cancelo Cresswell
    B Zaha McCarthy Bernado Balbouma

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