Here’s our article with 4 FFGeek Contributors and their FPL team selection tips GW12. Each show their GW12 teams. There’s Alon Shamir, Rob Reid, Chris Tucker and Ben Wooton. Between them they have 11 top 0.5% finishes in the last 4 competitive seasons including 4 top 10k finishes
FPL Team Selection Tips GW12 – 4 FFGeek Contributors Teams Part 4
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Alon’s last 5 seasons overall ranks are 44k, 1k, 123k, 4k and 2k
GW11 Points: 68 (FPL average 42) Total points: 756, Overall Rank: 24k, green arrow: 12k Team Value: £102.7m
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Alon has used his wildcard
68 points and a green arrow up to 24K, despite the 24 points that were left on my bench. With the Foster points I can live but Gallagher is a real (positive) headache. This guy is the second highest scoring midfielder somehow and a joy to watch. I wasn’t too successful rotating him and I still don’t feel comfortable enough to start him on a regular basis. Is it the cheap price tag bias? Not sure yet.
Cancelo hauled after joining my side in the previous GW but my latest transfer, Chilwell, has failed to deliver. I’m sure he will return some points though and am still convinced he should provide better value than James, especially now facing a fixture pile up. I guess we will find out if I was right soon enough.
Since Conte’s arrival to Spurs I have been interested in Son and it is probably just a matter of time until I bring him in. Kane and Reguilon are also interesting but Kane doesn’t suit my current structure and I can’t think of anyone from my defence that I would like to replace with Reguilon.
Back to Son. He was supposed to come instead of Jota who I got enough of (I have 3.2m in the bank). I like Jota a lot as a player but the rotation was just heavier than I expected. And just when I decided to let him go Firmino got injured, which should nail Jota’s spot in Liverpool’s starting 11 and also in mine :)
So, how will Son find his way to my side? He will just have to wait a bit longer to find out. His next game is vs Leeds who are expected to attack and leave a lot of open space, which Son likes. But I am pleased enough with my current team for this gameweek so prefer to roll the transfer so that I have more routes to Son next GW.
Another positive headache for me. All of my squad faces enticing fixtures and someone must be left out. The choice for me is between Rudiger, Gallagher, and Toney. I uploaded a poll on Twitter asking people to help me decide and as of writing these lines the results are as follows:
I guess Rudiger should really be bottom of the list for his low ceiling. The debate between the other two basically sums up to the ever lasting question of form vs fixtures. Toney and Brentford in general have let down many fantasy managers lately but it can’t get much better than facing their next opposition, poor Newcastle. Gallagher on the other hand may not face as terrible an opposition as Newcastle but Burnley aren’t such a bad fixture as well. Additionally, Gallagher proposes an excellent form, as mentioned earlier in this article, which might just be too good to turn down. I am really torn at the moment and would probably decide within the last moment, but the choice will surely be between these two.
Still not going to overthink things. Salah it is for me. But I understand people who go different this week. Kane and Son should be exciting picks.
I am updating this section on a weekly basis. It includes the players I monitor and consider a possible future transfer.
Defence – R. James, Reguilon, Emerson, Mitchell, Lamptey.
Midfield – Son, KDB, Mane, Cornet, Alli, Bowen, Rashford.
Forwards – Kane, Ronaldo, Iheanacho, Watkins.
Transfer summary: Carrying over the free transfer
Here’s the team assuming no transfers are made
Rob’s last 6 seasons overall ranks were 12k, 148k, 94k, 22k, 4k and 7k
GW11 Points: 66 (FPL average 42) Total points: 718, Overall Rank: 157k, green arrow: 78k Team Value: £103.0m
Rob has used his wildcard
Another slightly bittersweet Gameweek, but as with GW10 it’s hard to be disappointed with a solid green arrow. The negative this week revolved around a bad benching decision as stuck in bench position 1 was Cancelo who ended up being the highest scorer in my squad! I’d ummed and erred all week on who to bench and in the end went with my gut, which ultimately was an awful call. The trade-off with this is that, the other players I would have benched in this spot both returned as well – Smith-Rowe with 8 and Gallagher with 11 so in the end the damage wasn’t too bad. A little frustrating though – a really good week could ultimately have been even better and I’d have probably cracked the top 100k for the first time this season. C’est la vie eh?
Looking around the rest of my squad, my strikers were an absolute flop again (though most managers have similar issues in this department at present.) I had a full set of returns from my midfield though and added to this were returns from Ramsdale and Alexander-Arnold in defence which made up for the double Chelsea clean sheet getting busted late on in a game they had absolutely dominated.
6/11 returning players then and a 78k rise makes it 4 green arrows in the last 5 gameweeks. Oh and I managed to bank a transfer too! I’ve also got some money in the bank, so I’ve plenty of options going into the busy festive run. Add to that a fantastic display from Scotland on Monday night to see off Euro semi-finalists Denmark and secure a home semi-final in the World Cup Play-offs and there is much to be happy about going forward.
2 free transfers and £2.9m in the bank.
Here we go then. 10 gameweeks in 40 days – let’s buckle up! A few things to consider then as we approach this flurry of fixtures. First up, I think it’s now important to have a full squad if possible. The last couple of weeks have seen points on the bench, but those extra players are needed when fixture congestion hits to deal with rotation and to give a buffer from injuries and Covid. Next, I think it’s also important to look after those transfers. Keeping points hits to a minimum I think could be a good way to gain ground over the next couple of months so try to be frugal with those moves people.
For this week, the talk seems to have mostly centred around a couple of things. Spurs have certainly been a hot topic over the international window and we now eagerly await the impact of Antonio Conte. For us FPL managers I think the first question is do we need to hop on Spurs’ assets now and then if we do, are we going Kane or Son? I think there is a solid argument for hopping onto Spurs’ assets now to try and jump ahead of the game particularly in view a favourable run of fixtures from now until GW16. Son has showed more form so far this season and this week’s fixture will probably suit him over Kane. Kane has no real form this season, but his confidence will be buoyed by taking home 2 match balls over the international window albeit against easy opposition. Oh and he also has penalties.
The other debating points since GW11 seem to revolve around Foden and Jota. Jota looks likely to get some guaranteed gametime in what is probably the best attacking side in the league, though it doesn’t sound like Firmino is going to be out for as long as we were possibly expecting from what has been said on Thursday. Foden is an interesting one for me. He’s heavily backed by some of the top managers and there does seem to be a degree of FOMO among certain contributors. He is at a slightly awkward price point though, has blanked in the last 2 gameweeks and his fixtures look fairer from GW15 so for me, he’s one just to monitor for now.
As for my own team, the logical move for me is to simply go Vardy to Kane and bank the other transfer to stay flexible for next week. I’m fortunate in that I’ve got plenty of bench cover, so having 2 frees again for GW13 means I can go with the flow a little. The Kane move also allows me to hold on to my team structure somewhat moving forward as there is a likelihood that I’m going to want a certain Ronaldo back in GW16 when United face Norwich. This makes the transition more straightforward and probably saves me transfers further down the line.
There is a more aggressive option that looks tempting as well though. This would involve using both my free transfers this week to change McArthur and Vardy for Son and Wilson. I like the idea of this move on paper as it does strengthen my overall squad, though it would leave me with a benching dilemma this week (I’d probably have to bench one of my Chelsea defenders as I’d want to field all my attackers) and 3 strikers all with tricky games in GW13.
I’m going to mull this probably right through until late Friday night, but at the moment I suspect I’ll make the Kane move as it makes more sense in the long run. If I didn’t pick up any injuries in GW12, I’d then probably only use 1 transfer again in GW13 and that could be a proactive one where I move Toney for Jimenez for 1 week for their fixture versus Norwich and carry a free again and then move to Wilson for 2 weeks in GW14.
For my team this week, Sanchez’s 1 game ban for Brighton has come at a good time for me as a Steele owner as my primary keeper Ramsdale goes to Anfield this week! I’ll therefore be starting with Steele and Smith-Rowe, Duffy and McArthur will make up my bench with the armband on Salah. I’ll post my team on Twitter pre-deadline as usual folks, probably on Saturday morning. Good luck everyone – I hope you enjoy the games.
Transfer summary: Likely Vardy out and Kane in
Here’s the team prior to any transfer being made
Chris’s last 4 seasons overall ranks were 249k, 41k, 17k and 1k
GW11 Points: 63 (FPL average 42) Total points: 744, Overall Rank: 47k, green arrow: 9k Team Value: £103.1m
Chris has used his wildcard
I would have liked to have rolled the transfer this week, but I fear heavy rotation what with this game week being sandwiched between international games and Champions League fixtures. Therefore, I turned my attention towards my bench, which is probably sensible given that we are entering a period in which game weeks will be coming thick and fast.
I regret choosing Duffy over Livramento on my wildcard but I have now put that right. Southampton’s fixtures soon turn but he remains excellent value in my opinion. Granted it’s not an exciting transfer but I think it improves my squad and puts me in a stronger position to cope with any rotation going forwards.
Captain will be Salah.
Best of luck to you all.
transfer summary: Duffy out and Livramento in
Here’s the team with the transfer completed
Ben’s last 4 seasons ORs were 338k, 5k, 61k, 26k and 31k.
GW11 Points: 75 (FPL average 42) Total points: 723, Overall Rank: 128k, green arrow: 143k Team Value: £101.9m
Ben has used his wildcard
OK so 75 last week took me to season high 128k even with a Sanchez red.
Team solid with good depth, just got shot of Alonso for Reguilon at Spurs giving me a solid defence although no James or Chilwell.
At present I am looking at 5 at back this week, that said one option is to bring Gallagher in, but Livramentos now fit so looks a good option to play at Norwich.
Anyway with Armstrong saving himself last week my next move will likely be Sarr out. I could roll but I think it’s better to keep the options and depth with week 14 games coming quite soon
This weekly capt is Kane or Salah.
I feel maybe it’s the time to punt on Kane although Leeds have done better defensively recently so still deciding and it will depend us much on Liverpool injuries for me
Transfer summary: to be confirmed
Here’s the team prior to any transfers being made
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