Here’s our FPL team tips GW28 article where the 1st group of the FFGeek contributors show their teams for GW28. In this article there’s current FFGeek contributors Rob Reid, Kev in Canada, Andrew Pratt and Mikael Danielsen
FPL team tips GW28 – FFGeek contributors show their GW28 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.
Rob’s last 5 seasons overall rank were 148k, 94k, 22k, 4k and 7k
GW27 points: 62 (FPL average 45) Total points 1,586 Gameweek rank 657k, Overall Rank: 52k, green arrow 17k, Team Value: £105.8m
Rob has used his triple captain chip and 2nd wildcard. You can see his thoughts on navigating the blanks and doubles without a 2nd wildcard here
Another week of 2 halves! Things looked a bit concerning at the end of Saturday again – 0/4 returns for a grand total of 8 points and 13 points left on the bench from the Southampton defence. A GW Rank of 6.2 million at the end of the Saturday! It turned nicely around on Sunday though. My first experience of being a Matt Doherty owner was a highly positive one with Traore’s benching seeming to afford him a more advanced position and bigger goal and assist threat. A tidy 10 points to start his Chaos Theory career supplemented with 5 more from the ever steady Jimenez.
I was then pleased to see Aubameyang start as the main striker in the late Sunday game and he duly netted twice leaving me with an awkward GW28 decision regarding his continued ownership (more on that later!) The week was then rounded off with Trent and Captain Mo returning on Monday night which nudged my up another couple of thousand places leaving my nicely poised on the cusp of the Top 50k.
It’s been 3 weeks since my early Wildcard and I’m pleased with where I am so far. The Wildcard has halved my overall rank and a little more and if you combine my Triple Captain chip from GW24, I’ve now got 4 consecutive green arrows and a 161k gain in overall rank. The hard work starts here though as here comes the second blank gameweek of the season.
1 free transfer only and 0.6m in the bank, though my overall team value is very healthy at 106.2, especially when you consider I lost 1.4m on my Wildcard by selling Vardy, Mane and Lord Lundstram. I have 11 players with a fixture for GW28 but it’s in a 5-3-2 formation with all bar Lascelles playing away from home. This isn’t really screaming out another green arrow to me.
My non-playing outfield players are De Bruyne, Aubameyang and Grealish so these are targets for transfers out, but all come with caveats. I’ve got a rather silly 1.3m tied up in KDB so I’m not keen to sell. Aubameyang to Vardy was my initial plan for GW28 but Auba is in good form, Vardy is without a goal since GW18 and Arsenal face West Ham in GW29 as well as having the prospect of up to 3 double gameweeks. Barnes also gives me a degree of cover for Vardy and I’m likely to captain Salah again this week so I’m not sold on this move.
Then there’s Grealish. Only 1 return in the last 4 and some tough fixtures on the horizon but he is basically Aston Villa at the moment. If Villa score then there’s a fair chance Grealish will be involved and he’s still heavily owned so he’s risky to sell. There’s also the possibility of him having a GW31 fixture vs Newcastle so if I’m going for the non Free Hit in GW31 strategy, I wouldn’t want to sell him in case Newcastle get knocked out the FA Cup by West Brom prior to GW29. All a bit tricky really.
So onto what looks like the big dilemma that’s driving all this. Do I play to field as close to 11 players in BGW31 or do I use my Free Hit? Both are viable options. Saving the Free Hit means I’m limited to which players I can pick in the build-up to BGW31 a present, but we’ll know the make-up of BGW31 by the start of GW29. As I’ve already said, this is all about Grealish really – he could make BGW31 but he might not. It also does hinge somewhat on the result of Chelsea vs Liverpool. A win for Pool and it’ll have to be the Free Hit option. This latter plan still looks ok though, as I I’ve got essentially less transfer restrictions for the next couple of weeks and I can focus on building a team for the doubles.
So for the moment I either carry my transfer and accept that I’m probably looking at a red arrow this week or I change Grealish for a player who still has a guaranteed GW31 fixture. Looking at who’s available, it would be McNeil of Burnley who would be my likely transfer in. He got a big return last week and has good enough fixtures between GW31 and 34 that he could be utilised until the doubles kick in, with the big negative being that he’s hardly set the FPL on fire in the lead up to last week.
I’ll probably wait to the team news before I commit to anything – any injuries will force my hand I guess. As for my team, I think I’ll probably bench Lascelles if I put McNeil in, the irony being I would then have 11 players playing away this week! Oh well, it is what it is! Captain will almost certainly be Salah.
Best of luck this week folks – hope you enjoy the games!
Transfer summary: to be confirmed
Here’s his team pre any transfers
Mikael’s last 3 seasons overall rank were 12k, 100k and 5k
GW27 points: 72 (FPL average 45) Total points 1,529 Gameweek rank 113k, Overall Rank: 255k, green arrow 149k, Team Value: £105.3m
Mikael has used his triple captain chip
2 free transfers and £0.2m in the bank
Transfer summary: Most likely Grealish to Barnes and carrying over 1FT.
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Here’s his team prior to any transfers being made
Kev in Canada
Kev finished in 6k last season and 195k in 17/18
GW27 points: 55 (FPL average 45) Total points 1,526 Gameweek rank 1,551k, Overall Rank: 273k, green arrow 25k, Team Value: £106.2m
Kev has used his triple captain chip
Observations before getting into the player analysis:
• Wolves are in form and I have none. I was lucky to get a green arrow this week. Luckily Traoré is so highly owned and blanked. The main Wolves big scores went to the lower ownership players but it is a warning that I need two or three.
• I am sick of rotation. Every player I bring in I would like to ideally be nailed. I am going to bring in Boly this week over Saiss because he is that much more nailed in my opinion. Even though Saiss has been starting for a while now (and even takes some kicks). I am just short of Doherty (prefer him) and still having the funds to nab Jiminez in a week.
• I will be waiting until week’s end to transfer. Champion’s league and Europa fixtures are looming. Also, there could be a double game week announcement that may affect strategy.
• I was going to Captain Vardy v Norwich.. then I remembered that Salah destroys Watford. In 5 matches he has 8 goals and 2 assists. His record away this season is weak but the Watford stats and Vardy being out of form will have me on Mo.
Game week player analysis:
• McCarthy. Solid clean sheet. He still has good fixtures to come.
• Gazzaniga. Will move off on wildcard.
• Alexander Arnold. Why am I not captaining him every week?
• Robertson. Happy with the assist. Easily could have had another to Mo later on. Oh well.
• Söyüncü. The tough stretch is over. Back to green fixtures.
• Kelly. Back from injury. Hopefully he gets to play this week but it is not likely.
• Lundstram to Boly. Ideally I would like to move him in the week after this, as the TOT Away fixture is not great. However, next week will probably be my Jimenez move and I might as well have Boly vs a missing player all together. Jimenez would be replacing a playing Ayew.
• De Bruyne I will hold on. Did you watch last week vs. West Ham? He looks unstoppable most weeks.
• Salah. He is looking good. I will captain him this week.
• Richarlison. Looks nuts. Thought he might get more than one. Pity Calvert Lewin didn’t convert the two through balls in the box. I was yelling at the TV..
• Hayden. It is not ideal that he is barely playing and in a week I sort of need him too. I don’t think it is worth a hit to solve. If it was I would probably swap Grealish instead. It would be a sort of 2 pt hit in essence, so I may.
• Grealish. Likely holding.
• Vardy. If he doesn’t score vs. Norwich, I may swap him to Jimenez instead of Ayew for the cash and call it a day..
• Ayew. Very happy with the 5 off the bench.
• Ings. He had some nice assists that were wasted by the shooters x 2.
☆ Musical Chairs
Lundstram ➡️ Boly
Salah. VC Ings
☆ Substitute decisions
Gazzaniga. De Bruyne. Grealish. Hayden.
Transfer summary; Lundstram out Boly in
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Here’s the team assuming the transfer
Andrew finished with an overall rank of 8k last season and 1k in 17/18
GW27 points: 47 (FPL average 45) Total points 1,502 Gameweek rank 3,312k, Overall Rank: 449k, red arrow 29k, Team Value: £103.9m
Andrew has used his triple captain chip
Thoughts on Gameweek 27
This was a disappointing third consecutive red arrow. Of my 11 gameweek 27 starters, 8 contributed only 12 points. I feel that Aguero’s 4 points over the last 3 gameweeks for the league’s top scorers has been incredibly unlucky and this has hurt my rank. New recruit Saiss’s 11 point return was about my only positive take away from the gameweek. Manchester United and Wolves looked good and Liverpool keeps rolling on. John Lundstram’s time as a cornerstone of many teams is over and sales will be high.
Thoughts on Gameweek 28 and beyond
I think this week we can expect points from Leicester, Liverpool and Chelsea. A rare Matt Ryan clean sheet would be most welcome. Spoiler alert: he won’t make it into my wildcard team.
I have one free transfer this gameweek and currently have 9 reliable starters but question marks hang over Hayden and Rico. On the bench currently are Grealish, de Bruyne and Aguero, whose teams will not feature this gameweek. I have no interest in keeping Grealish from this time since his fixtures toughen considerably. However, I will wait to hear if City will have a double gameweek in gameweek 29 before deciding which changes to make. I’m hoping to hear whether this will happen and who their gameweek 29 opposition will be before the start of gameweek 28, which is Friday night.
If we hear before gameweek 28 that City gets a double in gameweek 29 and their second fixture is against Arsenal, I will keep both de Bruyne and Aguero and probably change Grealish for Harvey Barnes (with a string of easy fixtures and he plays high up the pitch) or Traore.
If we hear before gameweek 28 that City gets a double in gameweek 29 and their second fixture is against Chelsea, I will keep both de Bruyne and Aguero and probably change Grealish for Mason Mount (easy gameweek 28 fixture and a double in gameweek 29 albeit against City and Everton). It may then be that my gameweek 29 transfer will be Noble to Jorginho.
If there is no news about the potential gameweek 29 double before gameweek 28’s deadline, I’ll probably move Aguero out for Jimenez or Jota and Grealish for Fernandes.
Captain Salah and vice Alexander-Arnold.
Good luck to you all!
Transfer summary: to be confirmed
Here’s the team before changes:
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