Here’s the first of the FFGeek Contributors with their FPL team reviews of the 2021 season. Costas reviews what went right and what went wrong and learnings for next season
FPL Team Review – FFGeek Contributor Costas Chari With His Season Review
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Costas’s last 4 seasons overall ranks before 20/21 were 17k, 84k, 29k and 27k. Costas finished this season with an overall rank of 191k
You can see all the FFGeek Contributors final standings in this article linked here.
Here’s Costas’s 20/21 gameweek history:
The 2020-2021 season has just finished and as every season regardless of result I feel a bit a relief. Let’s not kid ourselves, we love this game, it gives us so much joy, hence we are literally nuts about it but not having to think about transfers, captaincies, price changes etc for little while is needed.
It has been mentioned from a few FPL managers how the game has helped even – I dare say it- kept their sanity during these past 15-16 months of the pandemic. I live in the beautiful island of Cyprus where we were in lockdown with a strict curfew from October until April until 2100 hrs so we literally just worked and went home. Having something to think about and interacting with individuals through the slack channel, the contributors watts app group (toughest league in the world btw) and on twitter was therapeutic and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone.
Well it has been bad. Very bad, so you might be wondering why this guy is giving us a season review. I truly believe that personally I learn more every time after a bad season hence the seasons after are always one of my highest.
I have been playing this game for a while although I took it more seriously during the 2015-2016 season where I have been finishing in the top 0.5%. So this year’s rank of 191k is by miles my worst of recent seasons. With reflection I think it has been one of the easiest seasons to get a top 0.5 or even top 20k rank. It has been a template season and if you followed the template you are probably the winner of your mini leagues at least.
How my playing style worked against me
I am a different type of manager, I take risks and hits far too often and I usually use my captain as a sword rather than a shield. This leads of a couple of consecutive red arrows but a few extremely good gameweeks that make up the ground. This year unfortunately none of my punts worked out. Literally none. I always say that there is a certain amount of luck involved in the game BUT it’s a 38 week marathon you might be lucky or unlucky a few (maybe more) but at the end you get the OR that you deserve.
The main reason for my bad year was not luck but it was stubbornness and sometimes I was overconfident due to past year successes. I kept telling myself “you’ll bounce back”, “you just need a good wildcard”. I trusted Werner and Sterling for most of the season and did not trust the much cheaper more reliable options of their teams in Mount and Gundogan which I never owned this season.
Players I didn’t get
I was late on the Bamford and Raphinha train and never got on the Lingard one. I actually sold Calvert-Lewin (for Richarlison) after I was one of the few that owned him from GW1. Most importantly though I broke some of my fundamental guidelines when playing the game such as persisting on a certain punt for too long, deviating too much from the template and taking unnecessary hits for defenders. Up until the end I was making huge mistakes going with fixtures over form and doubled up on Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison for their great fixtures while at the same time cheaper players such as Bamford, Wood, Antonio were killing it.
Thanks and enjoy the summer and Euro 2020
SO, im going to have a great summer and relax in sunny Cyprus (you should visit and try all the traditional food and beer) watching the Euros and next year I’ll bounce back. I will not be taking part in the Euro fantasy football as I just want to decompress and enjoy the tournament without extra stress. *I do have France winning it and Harry Kane top scorer however.
See you next year peeps. Thanks for reading my team updates this season and I hope I provided you with enjoyment.