Here’s our FPL relaunch teams article where I outline my first thoughts on the FPL relaunch and it’s affect on the FFGeek team planning. In particular the unlimited transfers surprise.
FPL relaunch teams – first thoughts on the FFGeek team implications
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See my article outlining the key points on the FPL relaunch
Probably the most significant one is unlimited transfers in leading up to what they are calling GW30+
My team as it stands
Current total points: 1,693. Overall Rank: 31k Team value: £102.7m.
Here’s the team after GW38 and where I have made no transfers since unlimited transfers were announced:
Thoughts going forward
The GW30+ DGW teams are: Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Man City and Arsenal
Option 1 Free Hit GW30+ ignore the unlimited transfers
If I were to Free Hit in GW30+ my team would revert back to the team above for GW31.
I have written an article on what would be a draft free hit team and one of the drafts looks like this:
My initial thoughts on the positive side of this strategy is that I can’t imagine my GW31 team being much different than the team I have now so if I were to use unlimited transfers I’m not sure how different my team would be to what it is now. So what am I losing out by not using it and going for the free hit.
In terms of attacking players Man Utd and Wolves have a great set of 5 fixtures from GW31. Calvert Lewin has Norwich in GW31 and Harvey Barnes has Brighton at home in GW31. The defence is also exactly where I want it to be.
Option 2 unlimited transfers and bench boost. Wildcard GW31
So this is my alternative option.
Basically I would use unlimited transfers to put out a bench boost team which is below.
My bench which would collect points would be Leno, Alonso, Boly and Abraham
I would then use my wildcard in GW31 in order to put out a team which would look something like my current team. The problem is that in transferring out and transferring the same players back in I would lose something like £1.0m in value due to the difference in buy and sell prices. I don’t know how I would make that up apart from selling Firmino.
Alexander Arnold £0.4m
H Barnes £0.1m
With a team value of £102.7m thats not helpful.
With 4 double gameweek teams the maximum amount of these players you can have is 12. So 3 of your bench will have to be single gameweek players. Aston Villa play Chelsea which is a nice fixture for your bench as would Southampton playing Norwich to have Danny Ings involved or even Pukki. West Ham play Wolves which would allow Jimenez as well. What’s more you can immediately plan for it now with unlimited transfers rather than having to plan as the gameweeks go along. You would also only be carrying a high value bench for 1 gameweek to maximise points rather than, probably, a low value bench later on.
Which option will I choose?
At the moment I’m not sure but with no price rises until the GW30+ deadline on the 17th of June I don’t need to make a decision.
The question to be answered for me is:
Is being able to have a DGW goalkeeper in Leno and the bench of Abraham, Alonso and Boly over a likely inferior bench later on worth the loss of £1.0m value and the effect it has in buying back my team. Ultimately I would be sacrificing Firmino who I have been sticking with as he has accumulated over 4 expected goals without scoring and I feel will explode at any time. It maybe worth the sacrifice as once Liverpool win the league anything could happen rotation wise. Although Liverpool play Palace in GW31 which is a tasty fixture to miss out on.
Alot to think about.