FPL team tips GW38 – FFGeek contributors show their GW38 teams part 1


Here’s our FPL team tips GW38 article where the 1st group of the FFGeek contributors show their teams for GW38. In this part there’s Keith Spencer, Joseph Crilley, Rob Reid, Costas Chari, Sergio Torija and Alex Ball

FPL team tips GW38 – FFGeek contributors show their GW38 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.

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

GW37 points: 46 (average 48) Total points 2,265 Gameweek rank 3,518k, Overall Rank: 34k, red arrow 1k, Team Value: £104.0m

Joe has his Bench Boost left and is using it this week

GW37 review

It feels as though it has been a rather strange last few weeks and when looking at my overall rank, it actually shows that I somehow have never been outside the rank range of 33.9 – 36.1k since the end of GW32! The latest instalment of this crazy season began for my team with the sending off of Son which set the tone for the performance of my attackers. On the face of it, 3 points from my captain of Sterling seems like a poor result, but he actually had the highest score from any of my 8 attackers!

Fortunately, I was rather bailed out by my defence of VVD, TAA and Laporte who combined for a goal, clean sheet and three assists between them to contribute to around 65% of my score. This has left me at a rank of 35k and, with the bench boost still to play, I harbour some slim hopes of a late boost to push towards a top 25k finish.

GW38 Team

When pondering my transfers last time out, I decided that I wanted to ensure that I had two transfers for the final gameweek to give myself the best opportunity to maximise the BB chip. Unfortunately, the dismissal of Son has somewhat backed me into a corner in terms of who I transfer out as it will be him and Dunk to leave my side. The obvious concern with activating the chip in the final week is rotation, so I am looking to bring in a 3rd City player who are, of course, still fighting for the title. The question is whether to go for an additional defender in Walker or another attacker who would likely be Bernardo Silva.

In order to answer this question, I also need to look at who I would bring in with the 2nd of my transfers. If I were to bring in Silva, then the obvious places to look for a clean sheet are the United and Southampton defences given their fixtures. However, I don’t particularly trust either given the current form and potential rotation while Man City have been proving adept a grinding out low-scoring wins lately, so I am leaning towards bringing in Walker. That would leave 7.3mil in the bank and there is a raft of options who I could bring in which include the likes of Redmond, Milivojevic, Fraser or even Martial as a final day punt. Given that I shouldn’t be impacted by price changes, I will be delaying this decision until the last minute in the hope of finding out some early team news.

Captaincy is interesting as typically we would like to look a Liverpool or City player, especially given that they are the only teams with something to play for. However, the Manchester side have only scored 5 goals in their last 4 while Liverpool face a potentially tricky test against a Wolves side who love playing the big boys; this opens up the possibility of a differential captain! Potential candidates for this are Pogba and Vardy, but I think that I will end up playing it safe by going for either Sterling or Mané – currently the armband is on the former, but we shall see where it ends up at 2pm tomorrow.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed the latest season of FPL and particularly reading the articles on this site – shoutout to FFG for all the work that he does on here! Enjoy your summers and let’s look forward to doing it all again next year!

Here’s the team pre transfers:  Definitely Son and Dunk out with likely replacements Walker and Fraser or Milivojevic

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Rob Reid

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

GW37 points: 48 (average 69) Total points 2,193 Gameweek rank 4,933k, Overall Rank: 122k, red arrow 20k, Team Value: £103.3m

Rob has used all his chips. Also see Rob’s player picks article

GW37 review

Sorry it’s going to be a bit of a brief write-up this week, I’m lucky enough to be at the Rugby European Champions Cup Final this weekend so quite busy!

A poor GW37 unfortunately, only 3 returns (Salah, VVD and Jonny) a captain blank and a -2 for Son capped off my first really bad week in a while and cost me nearly 20% of my overall rank. Never mind – I’ve been on a great run of late, it looks like I’m going to miss out on the top 100k this season, but it’s still way better than when I was floundering at 900k back in January. Let’s see what this last gameweek holds!

GW38 Team

I had dreams of doing some wild carefree differential moves this week to see if I could chase OR a bit more, but sadly injury and suspension plus concerns over teams rotating means I’ve made what are pretty boring sideways moves to try and make sure I get 11 players out if nothing else. GW38 is always a bit of a lottery, I can think of at least a couple of occasions where I’ve gone into this gameweek with 15 fit players and I’ve had less than 11 start! So priority is trying to clear out some of the potential injuries, suspensions and rotation targets.

I’ve got 2 free transfers, Son suspended and Salah and Kolasinac yellow flagged. So Son is definitely a transfer out and I’m going to sell Kolasinac (who has been utterly useless for my team mainly thanks to Emery’s rotation policy) and I’ll hold Salah – looks like he’s got a good chance of being fit and I’ve got other reasons to do so which I’ll mention later. I’m going to bring in Laporte for Kolasinac – Brighton presents a good clean sheet chance for City and he’s a good target for bonus points, the City defence has also been killing me the last few weeks so I’m hoping I can at least stem the tide for this final week.

Second transfer is Milivojevic for Son – there could be some rotation in this game, but I suspect both managers will want to finish the season with a win and I’m hoping it could be an open high scoring affair with a couple of penalties for Palace! I do have 1.7m left in the bank and I am tempted by a -4 to do Vardy for Rashford but I’m not 100% convinced that Vardy minus 4 will outscore the United striker for 1 week despite the latter’s poor form. I’ll mull this overnight and Tweet tomorrow with the FFG tag in if I change my mind.

For my team selection, I’ve got Foster over Ryan in goals – I’m hoping he’ll play though I could see Gomes getting a run out to prepare him for the FA Cup Final where the Brazilian is likely to start. No other major dilemmas really – I’m tempted by Hojberg over Jota, but the latter has been in such good form that I can’t really leave him out, even if he’s playing Liverpool. For my captain, I’m going Salah – this week he’s kind of a differential for me as I’m chasing a rival in a mini-league where I can still get 2nd and he doesn’t have him so I’m taking a punt!

Best of luck for the final week folks – I hope your arrows are green!

Transfer summary:  Laporte in for Kolasinac and Milivojevic for Son.

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Keith Spencer

Keith finished with a 3k OR last season, an incredible OR of 325 in 16/17 and 9k in 15/16.

Keith is one of the 10 top FPL managers I follow weekly who’ve finished the last 3 seasons in the top 10k OR.

GW37 points: 40 (average 48) Total points 2,269 Gameweek rank 4,586k, Overall Rank: 32k, red arrow 5k, Team Value: £102.9m

Son out for Pogba.  Might change Captain to Sterling.

FPL team tips GW38

Costas Chari

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

GW37 points: 42 (average 48) Total points 2,225 Gameweek rank 4,244k, Overall Rank: 75k, red arrow 7k, Team Value: £102.9m

The season has finally come to an end. I say finally as it was one of the most frustrating seasons I’ve had. Loads of bad decisions but also lessons not to be repeated next year!

2 transfers this week: its Hazard and Mane in for Son and Salah! I made the transfer very quickly before Klopp announced that Salah will play on Sunday. So -4 this week.

Lineup: I don’t think Wolves will get something out of the game so I will be benching Jimenez and Bennett with Dunk. Hojberg gets in the lineup with a good home game with Huddersfield.

Captain- it was going to Aubameyang even if i still had Salah. I fancied his chances of getting the golden boot and after scoring that hat trick in the Europa League his spirits will be up. He is a great differential as well.  However  I read that arsenal cancelled training on Friday because there was a late return from Spain and they were tired!

I have switched to Sterling as captain and Mane as vice

Good luck!

Transfer summary:  Hazard and Mane in for Son and Salah (early transfer before being pronounced likely fit)

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Sergio Torija

Sergio finished with an OR of 17k last season and 21k in 16/17

GW37 points: 71 -4 (average 48) Total points 2,091 Gameweek rank 344k, Overall Rank: 491k, green arrow 101k, Team Value: £100.8m

A rare gameweek to be mostly happy about, 71 points, 300K GW rank and another 100K green arrow. I changed plans last minute and instead of bringing Pogba in, I did a -4 to bring Hazard and captain him. Also an exceptional return in defence, with TAA, Laporte and Doherty all in the double figures.

Few high profile flagged players in my team for the last gameweek. Salah seems certain to play, and he will be my captain. In contrast, Son and Firmino are definitely out, so even though I am generally against taking a hit for the one game, I am going to do it this time. So it will be Pogba and Vardy coming in. Holding on making the transfers until Sunday morning, just in case something Pogba comes out.

Good luck for GW38 Geekers !

The team before transfers.  Likely transfers Son and Firmino out and Pogba and Vardy in

Alex Ball

Alex finished in 17k last season 10k in 16/17 28k in 15/16 and 3k in 14/15

GW37 points: 40 (average 48) Total points 2,070 Gameweek rank 4,586k, Overall Rank: 624k, red arrow 69k, Team Value: £105.8m

Firmino out Zaha in.

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