FPL team tips GW34 – FFGeek contributors show their GW34 teams part 1


Here’s our FPL team tips GW33 article where the 1st group of the FFGeek contributors show their teams for GW33. In this part there’s Costas Chari, Rob Cosgrove, Stephen Troop and Sergio Torija. Geek update : A late team arrived from Yaniv.

FPL team tips GW34 – FFGeek contributors show their GW34 teams part 1

Here’s 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 also wont cover early transfers. It’s just to give an idea of the trends for the week no more.

With many using their wildcard’s and the temptation of unlimited changes there is an additional likelihood that the final teams will change from that seen in this article

At the end of each commentary I’ve included a transfer summary.

Joseph Crilley

Joseph finished with an overall rank of 7k last season and 13k in 16/17

GW33 points: 83 (average 36) Total points 1,987 Gameweek rank 46k, Overall Rank: 34k, green arrow 25k, Team Value: £103.5m

Joe has used his free hit chip and has activated his wildcard this week.

GW33 review

I’m slowly warming to the fact that there is more opportunity to make large rank gains during a blank gameweek rather than a double. It seems to me that some reasonable planning and a smattering of good fortune can provide a great boost in these weeks as shown by my results last time out. 48 points combined from captain Hazard and Vardy along with a lucky 10 points off the bench from Guaita resulted by in my best gameweek of the season. I now sit at 34k and feel primed to make a late surge up the rankings!

GW34 wildcard Team

Similar to many others, I have activated my wildcard this week and I spoke about an initial draft in an earlier article. The big change since then is the tragic injury to Harry Kane which has caused a couple of changes in my team. Put simply, I have downgraded him to the in-form Vardy while I also swapped out Rashford for Deeney which allows me to bring in Eriksen to maintain a double-up on the Spurs attack. I wanted Watford attacking coverage for DGW35 given the fixtures while I have gone for Vardy despite the lack of double as he is in the form FPL player right now and I like his next 3 fixtures. Additionally, his price point means he is an easy swap to most strikers; right now it looks a great move to replace him in GW37 with a United striker.

The rest of the team is unchanged as I maintain a Brighton defensive double-up while I only include Sterling from the City attack and Mane is still preferred to Salah thanks to the 3mil saving. There is a slight worry about not owning Aguero, but I don’t foresee massive returns during the double, though Vardy is there to be replaced if I get nervous! I do have a slight benching issue this week with it boiling down to choice between Deeney and Laporte – I’m currently playing the striker as I think his ceiling is higher and I hope the cup momentum continues for Watford.

Regarding captaincy, it is certain that I will break one of FPL’s unofficial no-no’s. Either I will captain a defender in Duffy or a single gameweeker during a double with Son; currently the armband is on the Brighton man as I like the chances of two clean sheets or even a goal while there could be a slight Champions League hangover for Spurs. It is Huddersfield though… Nonetheless, as it stands the armband is on the Brighton defender – what has the world come to!

Good luck this week all and may your arrows be green!

transfer summary;  Wildcard used.

FPL team tips GW34

Rob Reid

Rob finished with a rank of 94k last season 22k in 16/17 4k in 15/16 and 7k in 14/15.

GW33 points: 89 -4 (average 36) Total points 1,922 Gameweek rank 13k, Overall Rank: 123k, green arrow 90k, Team Value: £103.3m

Rob has used all his chips apart from the bench boost.  Also see Rob’s player picks article

GW33 review

It’s a funny old game sometimes FPL. This was the week I’ve been most worried about since I burnt my second Wildcard back in January, I even joked to Geek last Thursday that I’d have been happy to stay in the top 250k in the Overall Rankings. The result? My best gameweek of the season by a mile (indeed one of my best gameweeks of all time in terms of Overall Rank) and a healthy green arrow. And all with only 10 players. Yep, FPL can be confounding sometimes! Let’s have a quick dissection of the latest instalment of my rollercoaster season.

I’ve said it before, but you know you’re probably going to be in for a good week when a low price, low ownership player returns for you early in the proceedings. This week it was Hojberg inside 10 minutes on the Friday night, amazingly his second consecutive attacking return. Salah added a lovely individual goal to this, so by Saturday in terms of Overall Rank, I’d made up the -4 to bring Hazard in that I’d decided to take on my lunch break on Friday. Saturday couldn’t have gone much better with 4/4 returns.

I was nervous watching the scores come in at 430pm though, Vardy was steadily racking up returns but my double Palace defenders were hanging on just up the road from me at St James’ Park. Then with time running out, Palace got a penalty against the run of play which was duly dispatched by Mili, and despite what seemed like endless injury time they hung on for a 1-0 which ultimately also maxed out the bonus points among my 3 Eagles.

Sunday was a bit of a non-event as Kolasinac was hooked after 45 minutes in another dire away performance from The Gunners, but Monday’s highly enjoyable London derby was made even better as my calculated points hit punt on Captain Hazard paid off handsomely with a 32 point haul. So 7/10 returns and a 5 figure Gameweek Rank for what will probably be the only time this season. It’s another big shot in the arm for my Overall Rank and I now have the top 100k in sight, something that looked a galaxy away back in January. The challenge now is to keep the momentum going, with the job for GW34 being to try and hold my rank as best my can while I prepare my team for the Bench Boost chip in GW35. Here’s how I’m going to do it….

GW34 Team

It’s all about getting as many double players in for GW35 now and the other big benefit of last week’s score is that I can be a bit more aggressive with points hit knowing I’ve got a bit more leeway. Last week was all about The Eagles for my team, 27 points between the 3 of them so guess what I’m going to do this week? I’m going to sell them all! This may look a bit mad on paper, but there’s method to my madness. First up, they’ve no double gameweek in GW35 so they are of limited use to my Bench Boost chip. Added to this, they’ve got 2 horrible fixtures next – City at home then Arsenal away. I suspect I’ll probably buy Mili back for the end of the season and I’ll be sad to see him go for the moment – he’s got 4 goals and 10 bonus points in the 7 weeks I’ve owned him so he’s certainly been a good investment. I’ll also be sad to say goodbye to AWB, the only remaining player in my squad who I’ve owned since GW1. But there’s no room for sentiment in this game!

So my first move is easy – Guaita goes and Ryan comes in. No-brainer this one; my other keeper Foster does have a double in GW35 but plays Arsenal this week (albeit at home so a Watford win does look a good bet) and Ryan has 4 fixtures over the next 2 weeks. He’s in and will start this week. Next up it’s my Mili replacement and with a home fixture against Huddersfield I just have to cover the Spurs attack this week with the added bonus being their double in GW35. Kane’s injury on Tuesday night rather bizarrely has simplified my situation somewhat.

He was the obvious captain pick for this week and next so I was getting a bit twitchy on how to cover him, but with him now sadly being out I’m left to pick between the midfield trio of Eriksen, Alli and Son. Eriksen looks the main assist threat, while Alli has had a fairly quiet season returns-wise so far with 5 goals and 3 assists in an injury hit campaign. For me though, it’s got to be Son – he should step in for Kane at centre-forward and although he’s heavily outperformed his stats this season, he looks to be coming into some good form again. He’s in for a -4.

Now a controversial third move to make it a -8 this week, but I think it’s worth a punt. It’s goodbye to the faithful Aaron Wan-Bissaka with a Brighton defender coming in. Looks a bit of a crazy one for a -4, but I think it’s worth it for their 4 games over the 2 weeks. If I bring one in this week and he plays all 4, I kind of see it as his appearance points covering the hit with any returns a bonus. It’s between Duffy and Dunk for this pick – they look the most gametime secure. Duffy seems to have more set piece threat, but Dunk is 0.3m cheaper which could come in happy at the business end of the season. Tricky call, but I’ve gone for Dunk here. If nothing else, if I put him alongside Virgil Van Dijk it makes my defence sound like they should be in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Finally team selection. I’ve gone for Bednarek over Jonny and Kolasinac with Southampton being at home so that’s settled. For captaincy, this looks to be one of the most split weeks of the season! The obvious choice would have been Kane had he been playing but now there looks like a big split between Son, Vardy and even some of the Brighton players! I’ve gone with Son for the moment, but I could see myself switching to either Vardy or even Ryan before Friday’s deadline! I’ll Tweet if I change my mind.

All the best for this week folks – may your arrows be green!

transfer summary:  Guita out Ryan in.  Milivojevic out Son in, Wan Bissaka out Dunk in

FPL team tips GW34

FPL Word

FPL Word finished 35K OR in 17/18. 9k in 16/17, 1k OR in 15/16, 5k OR in 14/15

GW33 points: 86 -4 (average 36) Total points 2,021 Gameweek rank 25k, Overall Rank: 15k, green arrow 10k, Team Value: £103.7m

FPL Word has used his free hit and this week is using his wildcard.

He has said that this Wildcard is subject to change at anytime

FPL team tips GW34

Costas Chari

Costas finished with an OR of 29k last season and 27k in 16/17

GW33 points: 60 (average 36) Total points 1,953 Gameweek rank 668k, Overall Rank: 70k, green arrow 4k, Team Value: £103.2m

Costas has used his 2nd wildcard in GW23 and used his free hit chip this week in DGW32.

Finally a green arrow!

Lots of changes this week (-8) with Mane, Felipe Anderson and Wan Bissaka making way for Eriksen, Son and Dunk. The clearing out of single gameweek players has started and I hope the Spurs pair cover my -8.

VVD drops to the bench and as for my captain I will decide between the Spurs pair and Aubameyang

Having not owning a wildcard I will certainty go another -8 next week as well if I am going to field and good team for GW35 and play my bench boost. If I don’t feel I have a good enough team I will Triple Captain in GW35 and and get rid of the likes of Speroni and Puncheon who don’t play in the following weeks and play the BB on the final 2 gameweeks

Fingers crossed lady luck is on our side!

Transfer summary:  Mane, Felipe Anderson and Wan Bissaka making way for Eriksen, Son and Dunk (-8)

FPL team tips GW34

Andrew Ferguson

Andrew finished 715 in 17/18, 16k in 16/17, 15k in 15/16 and 10k in 14/15

GW33 points: 67 (average 36) Total points 1,978 Gameweek rank 372k, Overall Rank: 42k, green arrow 8k, Team Value: £103.5m

Andrew has played his free hit chip and is using his wildcard this week.  See his early week article which also covers other formats

Stephen Troop

Stephen finished with a rank of 52k last season

GW33 points: 47 (average 36) Total points 1,929 Gameweek rank 1619k, Overall Rank: 109k, red arrow 16k, Team Value: £101.2m

Stephen has played his free hit and is using his wildcard this week


A fallback of 16k and back out the top 100k represented a disappointing week. Not owning Hazard was the primary reason as I had slightly improved in rank going into Monday’s game and had Luiz for clean sheet points.


I am on my wildcard with the primary focus to get the best double gameweek players and bench boosting for it. All but 2 players locked in.

Ryan – 2 double gameweeks with plenty of clean sheet potential.
Foster – 2 decent fixtures in the double gameweek so clean sheet potential there.
Duffy – 2 double gameweeks, chances of at least 1 clean sheet and stats show potential for attacking returns too.
Doherty – whilst all his recent returns have been in the cup I feel he can get double figures at any time so don’t see why I’d get rid for a double gameweek.
Laporte – Not the best fixtures but Laporte is safest city defensive cover in what could be a cagey/tight end to their title race plus has the double gameweek.
Alexander Arnold – No double gameweek but wanted one of the Liverpool wingbacks for the run in.
Valery – Cheap bench enabler with a double gameweek

Sterling+Aguero – the best city attackers (although I think KDB could be a good differential).
Son – Spurs have a plum fixture this week, and despite their less than ideal fixtures for the double, Son is always capable of big returns and Spurs still need to fight for a top 4 position.
JWP – bench enabler for the double gameweek bench boost. Set piece threat and Southampton are playing well currently.
Jimenez – A double gameweek for the in form budget striker. Can’t see a reason to not have him.
Deeney – I wanted Watford attacking coverage for their decent double gameweek fixtures. Likes scoring against Arsenal at home too and just think he is a safer option than the midfielders, plus has penalties.

Ramsey+Eriksen are the two I’m not a huge fan of but struggling to find an alternative. Pogba is playing very deep and reliant on penalties currently so I have excluded him. I prefer Eriksen to Alli but with Kane’s injury I may change this. Any suggestions welcome.

Transfer summary:  on wildcard

Yaniv Salomon

Yaniv finished with an 8k OR last season

GW33 points: 73 (average 36) Total points 2,023 Gameweek rank 205k, Overall Rank: 14k, green arrow 5k, Team Value: £104.8m

Yaniv has played his free hit chip and has activated his wildcard this week.  Here’s his team as it stands now

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FPL team tips GW34

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22 thoughts on “FPL team tips GW34 – FFGeek contributors show their GW34 teams part 1”

  1. Lloris Foster
    Duffy, Dunk, Boly, Valery, TAA
    Son, Erikson, Sterling, Pogba, Jota
    Aguero Deeney Jiminez


  2. Lee… that team is about as good as it gets. Mine is almost identical. No Liverpool coverage the only concern, particularly with their upcoming fixtures against Cardiff and Huddersfield.

    • Thanks Ian. I think I saw your draft in another thread and liked it. You have bigger TV than me though, I can’t get Mane in. My only issue with the team above is what transfer to make for GW35. I’d like to get rid of Dunk as don’t want 2 Brighton defenders for my bench boost. But no obvious candidates. Maybe Mariappa. Will have to move Erikson on to get Mane for 36.

      • I think I’m going to ignore all Man city players until gw36. Just look at their fixtures. They have 4 games in 10 days. All vital including champions league. There will be massive rotation and no guarantee of big hails away to palace and United and home to spurs. You could end up with a player playing half a game and rested in the second.

        • Christ this WC is so intense and unsettling. I was set on Aguero and Sterling and now that I’m looking at their fixtures from this perspective I’m thinking they’re a massive no-go!!

          • But they score against anyone and have the PL title to play for. Not saying you don’t have a point tho.

  3. Thoughts on the below?

    Lloris, foster
    TAA, doherty, duffy, valery, laporte
    son (C), eriksen, mane, sterling, deu
    laca, deeney, jimi

    plan to do duffy -> kol for GW35 (otherwise i would have jota over deu now). a little concerned over laca, but not sure if i can fit aguero in, unless i do lloris -> ryan, laporte -> kol, laca -> aguero.

    • I had Laca in also but decided against now. Put Aguero upfront and downgraded Spurs midfield to Son & Moura. Planning to downgrade Aguero next week for Auba.

      Really not sure on Moura though…

  4. Any idea why no one seems to be going for Glenn murray? Might not be the most exciting option but he has 11 goals this season (Only one behind Jiminez who i’ve seen a lot more hype about)

  5. Been playing with the team a lot this morning, think I’m nearly there:

    Ryan, Foster
    TAA, Doherty, Duffy, Cathcart, Valery
    Sterling, Mane, Son, Moura, Moutinho
    Aguero, Jimenez, Deeney

    Leaves me with £1.7m ITB and a strong standing for a BB in GW35.

    I’m thinking of downgrading Aguero to Auba for Arsenal’s DGW after City face Palace which makes me think I should be upgrading someone in the back line to strengthen.

    Also, I have a ? over Moura but now that Kane’s gone I feel he is a good differential vs. Alli & Eriksen.

    Any thoughts?

  6. On WC
    Ryan, Gunn
    Robertson, Doherty, Duffy, Valery, Dunk
    Sterling, Son, Erickson, Jota, Hoeberg
    Aguero, Jimenez, Firminho

    2.3 itb
    why aren’te more managers considering Firminho?
    He enables LFC cover, with Sterling, Son, Erickson, Jota etc.
    33 points in last 4 GWs
    Options are:
    a) leave as is then get Mane in if one of MIds is injured or go for VVD or TAA
    B) Start GW 34 with Vardy then get Firminho

    Thoughts please?

  7. Not a lot of City coverage in these teams I see. Now I am beginning to think that they could be differentials over the next 3 GW’s. City could easily score 6-8 in the next 3 games.

    • Completely agree. After their loss in the Champions League as well they could just turn up and blitz Spurs on the weekend. I’d still back Aguero over any other striker regardless of fixtures.

      • And I am a United fan and I do not see us keeping a clean sheet against st City… so dodgy at the back. And they will definitely score against Palace and Spurs.

  8. I’ve had like 20 different drafts now :/

    I’m really afraid of not having my team .. diversified?
    Only different teams in my current starting 11;

    Duffy, Jonny, Laporte
    Jota, Sterling, Son, Eriksen
    Jimenez Aguero Lacazette

    Foster, Hojbjerg, Alexander-Arnold, Valery

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