FPL team tips GW12 – FFGeek contributors show their GW12 teams part 1


Here’s our FPL team tips GW12 article where the 1st group of the FFGeek contributors show their teams for GW12. In this article there’s Joseph Crilley, Costas Chari, Sergio Torija and 2 huge scores from Rob Reid and Kris O

FPL team tips GW12 – FFGeek contributors show their GW12 teams part 1


This is part 1 of the FPL managers who contribute to the FFGeek site with good histories who show their teams each week. This will give people a feel for what other managers are doing. It’s a fairly informal thing with no obligation on anyone and these teams may change at anytime before the deadline without further notice. It won’t cover transfers in real time either. It’s just to give an idea of the trends for the week no more.

Joseph Crilley

Joseph’s last 3 seasons OR were 28k, 7k and 13k

GW11 points: 64 (FPL average 53) Total points 622 Gameweek rank 1,912k, Overall Rank: 222k, red arrow 17k, Team Value: £103.8m

After a pretty average week, I made my transfers early for GW12 as my desired moves needed to beat the inevitable price rises for Leicester players as managers understandably flock to them. I had already planned to bring Vardy in for Wilson this week which required a second transfer in order to raise the cash for the move. David Silva was likely to be the player leaving my team in any case, but his hamstring injury was the final nail in his coffin leaving me looking for a 6.6mil or less midfielder to bring in.

There are a number of nice options in this price bracket but I have gone for a Tielemans for a few reasons. Firstly, it seems pretty apparent that currently Leicester & Chelsea are the clearly best of the rest behind the top two, but, they don’t seem to have been priced accordingly in FPL. Therefore, a triple-up on each is a fairly obvious strategy, especially considering the fixtures for both – another factor for choosing Tielemans. Also, his price makes him an easy swap in a future week to a variety of other players which include Trossard, Grealish and Zaha. The players mentioned have a tough schedule at the moment, but could be good to bring in once their fixtures have turned.

So, in summary, I am jumping on Leicester by bringing in Vardy and Tielemans for Silva (D) and Wilson. In fact, I am very tempted to go all in on the Foxes by captaining Vardy this week as well! The Arsenal defence has been conceding shots for fun lately and Vardy has a fantastic record against them, as he does against many of the ‘top 6’ sides. The other option is Abraham who has failed to take chances at Stamford Bridge recently, but the underlying stats have been strong. A few weeks ago, I actually earmarked the Leicester man as my captain for this gameweek and he wears the armband for now – I’ll see if it’s still there come Friday night!

Best of luck this weekend and may your arrows be green!

Vardy and Tielemans for Silva (D) and Wilson

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Costas Chari

Costas’s last 3 seasons overall ranks were 84k, 29k and 27k

GW11 points: 55 (FPL average 53) Total points 666 Gameweek rank 3,220k, Overall Rank: 16k, red arrow 12k, Team Value: £101.8m

GW11 review.

What i feared (and stated in the mast article) the most happened. All 3 of Otamendi, Alonso and Hudson-Odoi got benched. To make it even worse Otamendi came in for 1 minute and so Rico did not come in. Those 5 extra would have made things a lot better and lessened the fall. Although to be honest with 3 benched players and my captain (Sterling) getting one point I feared an even greater rank drop.

The 3 attacking players scored and Lord Lundstram went wild. The GW wouldn’t have been bad if it wasn’t for that late Liverpool goal.


Moving forward to GW12. The most anticipated due to the clash between Liverpool and Man City. I will be rooting for the latter as I don’t own Liverpool players and have Sterling and De Bruyne. The citizens have to win the game anyway in order to keep close to the Championship. Liverpool can do with a draw to be honest.

This will be a really tricky gameweek that will depend largely on this game. Since a lot of managers have double or tripled up on both teams if it is a goalfest they will have the advantage on managers such as yours truly who opted to go a bit more differential in their teams. I do predict and lot of rank shifts. Its one of these gameweeks that will define the year both in PL and FPL. I am just hoping i am on the winning end.


£0.1m in the bank and 2 free transfers

I went for 3. The transferred out where no brainers in Otamendi, Alonso and Hudson-Odoi. I acted fast and beat the price drops of Hudson-Odoi and Otamendi btw.

In came Saiss who has great fixtures and is just £4.4m. I needed the funds to upgrade Hudson-Odoi to Martial which needs no explaining. In came Maguire as well. As mentioned in the Slack Channel I am fed up with rotation this year so I went for players I know will start.


A very very very interesting week captain-wise. I love these kind of GWs that give you the chance to play around with the captain and go for a differential. Since Liverpool and City play each other there is no captain favorite this week where if you don’t follow the flow you might get burnt.

So since the captaincy will be divided among loads of players (City and Liverpool assets, Martial, Rashford, Kane, Jimenez, Abraham, Vardy) I am going for a differential in Martial or Jimenez. I will decide by Friday and so it will be posted on the Geeks captain picks article where he outlines all the contributors captain picks.

Good luck everyone!

transfer summary:  Otamendi, Alonso and Hudson-Odoi out and Saiss, Maguire and Martial in.

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Sergio Torija

Sergio’s last 3 seasons were 596k, 17k and 21k

GW11 points: 55 (FPL average 53) Total points 615 Gameweek rank 3,137k, Overall Rank: 312k, red arrow 125k, Team Value: £102.3m

GW11 review

Week just above the average with 55 points, but a big red arrow down to 312K. That makes it 3 poor weeks in a row, where the last 2 were dominated by my last minute decision to bring Aguero in. He is been my captain these 2 weeks, which left me a lot worse off 2 weeks ago, and a bit better off this week, so call it still under par overall. Then this week was again about owning Lundstram, Abraham and Leicester players, I only have one of those, so that made the difference.


Looking into next week, I’ve got two free transfers and many problems to solve:

In my premium assets, the Aguero two week cameo hasn’t really worked out, and at that price, can’t justify keeping him given he can be benched any week it seems. Same can be said of Pepe, I jumped early on, but it hasn’t worked either. Now with Lacazzete back, he too seems a bench risk. These two picks show how tricky it is to get it right with the ‘template replacements’ as the Geek calls them. Had I gone with the more owned of say Abraham and Mane, I would be much better off now.

In defence, not loving life with Leno and Van Dijk. Leno, I will keep given the next few fixtures are still great (except this week), at least Arsenal defensive rubbishness means he is the new Fabianski, i.e. the keeper with the most saves in the league, which is crazy for a top side. As for Van Dijk, I’ve been wanting to move him for Soyuncu for many weeks already. Unfortunately I’ve never prioritised the move. Come to this point with just the City game for Liverpool before a great run of fixtures, I will hold him. Liverpool have conceded 1 goal in 9 of 11 games, which is unfortunate and I expect to improve.

Finally in attack, I’ve got Ayew and Connolly, which is not a very balanced attack, particularly with both of them facing a tough run of fixtures. Vardy, Abraham or even Jimenez would be ideal for one of them. Maybe Ings if funds are tight.

So all in all, a tough call this week. Fixtures are also bad for my team. One transfer is already made though, did Aguero to Vardy before more price changes yesterday.  I  might even captain him. Now debating about what to do with the second free transfer, or even do an extra one for minus 4. The one move option is Pepe to Salah, move against the tide, but I still fancy him and would want him back soon, this would be advancing the move a bit. The other single move option is one of Ayew or Connolly to Abraham or Jimenez. Haven’t made my mind yet, but if today was Friday I would make the Salah move.

That’s it, let’s hope for an entertaining Liverpool vs City game, and good luck for GW12 Geekers :)

Transfer summary:  Aguero out Vardy in

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Rob Reid

Rob’s last 5 seasons overall rank were 148k, 94k, 22k, 4k and 7k

GW11 points: 88 (FPL average 53) Total points 641 Gameweek rank 145k, Overall Rank: 81k, green arrow 190k, Team Value: £103.1m

GW11 review

A really good week!

So in GW10 7/11 returns (inc one from my captain) led to a 10k red arrow. This week I also had 7/11 returns and my Captain blanked. The result? My best GW of the season and a hefty 189k green arrow, knocking 70% of my overall rank in one fell swoop. Big smiles all round at Chaos Theory HQ. Yep, these are the FPL weeks you love and it was a pleasure to ride the roller-coaster of this weekend’s games.

The stars of the show were the defence – 42 points from my 3 defenders is pretty remarkable, especially considering 35 of these came from players brought in at a combined price of 8.6m. My strikers all fired too, with just my midfield letting me down. Mane returned a healthy 12 points, but there was only 6 points between the other 3 with a blank for Captain De Bruyne. Keeper Gazzaniga was the other blank, his clean sheet wiped out in the justifiably lengthy injury time in the final game of the weekend but I can’t really be too down on that.

So a great overall score and huge shot in the arm for my season. I’ll enjoy this week, but refocus for GW12. Overall rankings are still very volatile and while one good week can catapult you up the standings, the same is also true in reverse. GW12 also looks a tricky and very open week from a captain perspective. Let’s have a look at how’ll I’ll be setting up.

GW12 Team

1 FT and 0.1m in the bank. I’m in the happy position of not having too many issues with my squad at the moment, but I do have David Silva carrying an orange flag with a suspected hamstring or ‘muscle’ injury. With the International Break coming up, he could be back for GW13 if this isn’t too serious, but it could also mean a good few weeks out.

He’s the obvious player out then with my options being to deal with the issue this week or simply bench him and carry the transfer leaving me 2 moves to deal with it at the end of the International Window. I’ve kind of got enough cover to deal with benching him – if he was fit I’d have a decision as to picking one from Dendoncker, Lundstram and Rico so it would make that call a bit easier. However, despite Lord Lundstrum’s big weekend haul, he’s away to Spurs next and Rico may have 3 consecutive clean sheets but you wouldn’t think The Cherries with Eddie Howe’s random as hell tactics could make it 4 in a row. Surely not? Can they? Really?!

Ok so top of my transfer in options for Silva would be either Martial or a 3rd Foxes player with all their midfield options available at that price point. I like Martial but United are still way too inconsistent for my liking so let’s look at the Leicester options. Maddison is the highest midfield scorer at the moment and his set piece delivery has been lethal, but at 0.9m cheaper there’s Tielemans who nearly has as many points. I also like the idea of having some cash in the bank as a buffer for after the International Window; it would make this easier to manage any injuries on 1 transfer. So that’s the decision made then – Silva goes and Tielemans comes in. Welcome to Chaos Theory Mr De Bruyne-Lite!

For my team this week, I’m going to do the unthinkable and bench Lord Lundstram – am I crazy? This decision I guess could change before Friday with Rico the likely swap out but that’s where I’m sitting at the moment. The rest of my team picks itself with Dendoncker in bench position 2 and Chambers 3rd. Now to the captaincy and this is where this week gets really interesting! It’s Liverpool versus Man City so there won’t be quite such a following on Sterling, Salah, Aguero and co. so this opens up the differential options.

The 3 standouts for me are all in good form. Mane has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 but the toughest fixture. Then there’s Abraham – 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 and in theory an easier fixture. But for me, it has to be Jamie Vardy. 7 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 matches and he’s up against a defence that conceded 25 shots at home to Wolves last week. My captain picks have been a disaster so far this season so I’m hoping the Vardy party continues and he doesn’t let me down.

That’s me for this week then, all the best for GW12 folks!

Transfer summary:  D Silva out and Tielemans in

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Kris O

Kris’s last 3 seasons overall rank were 44k, 46k and 23k

GW11 points: 89 -8 (FPL average 53) Total points 638 Gameweek rank 128k, Overall Rank: 99k, green arrow 124k, Team Value: £102.9m

Gw11 review

Another good week sees me creep into the top 100k for the first time this season! It could have been even better had I not thrown away 15 points (McGinn to Martial -3, Aubameyang to Lacazette -4 for an 8 point hit); and picked De Bruyne as captain! Hopefully those ‘lost’ points come back to me over the next couple of weeks.


Onto gw12 and my plan had been to let the team roll, however the D Silva injury and my feeling that Lundstram away to Sp*rs isn’t a great sub I want another midfielder. My list of 7.8m or below to consider, including some I’ve removed recently as my past actions should deter me from choosing the ‘best’ player now, are: Maddison, Pulisic, McGinn, Saint-Maximin, Mount, Trossard, Grealish, Tielemans, Perez. Some are well below 7.8 e.g. Saint-Maximin (5.4) where the additional cash allows me to upgrade a defender to Robertson in the next few GWks as Liverpool fixtures improve. After deliberation my plan, subject to press conferences, given the form and fixtures of Leicester is a move to Maddison. This also gives the future option to downgrade Lacazette to Jimenez and move Tomori to Robertson.

Captain armband currently with Vardy against a poor Arsenal defence (#Emeryout). Good luck all!

Transfer summary: D Silva to Maddison to be confirmed

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