Here’s an article where 4 FFGeek Contributors show their FPL teams GW19. There’s Scott Taylor, Rob Reid, Kris O and Sergio Torija
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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. The teams are shown as their “final-ish” teams so they could change. Where they have twitter accounts I have shown this and they may update them there or on our Slack Channel which is part of our subscription Patreon site but this is not guaranteed
Scott finished with an overall rank of 15k last season, 1k 18/19 and 12k in 17/18
GW18 points: 55 on FH (FPL average 30) Total points: 1,107, Overall Rank: 59k, green arrow: 25k Team Value: £105.3m
In the end I played my free hit chip last week as I only had Fernandes plus 2 free transfers for the game week otherwise so had no choice really. Expected more from Laca and Smith-Rowe last night but pretty happy with my score.
This week I had planned to play the bench boost chip with 15 doublers. Fixture changes and injuries have probably changed my mind. There’s a reasonable amount of chatter that this week still represents the likely best week to BB because of how future double and blank game weeks fall but I think I’m going to judge my team on the game week rather than on future game weeks. It seems to me that the only reason I’d bench boost this week is because I have a playing second keeper. That’s not a good enough reason for me.
I’m obviously missing City representation although it would be good to know whether their Villa fixture will go ahead before making any decisions about their players. I’m therefore thinking of Branthwaite to Stones and Mane to De Bruyne. I’m not convinced about taking a hit to swap a premium though. The other transfer I’m thinking of is Adams to Antonio but would like some positive words from Moyes first.
Captain armband is on Salah at the moment. If I bring KDB in I might swap it to him. Other options are Fernandes but I’m worried about him being on 4 yellows and therefore 1 away from a ban which could cause him to miss the second game in the game week. There’s a part of me that fancies Robertson and Soucek too or Stones if I bring him in but I’m very unlikely to be brave enough to do any of those!
Enjoy the game week!
Transfer summary: Maybe Branthwaite to Stones and Mane to De Bruyne
Here’s the team prior to any transfers being made
Kris’s last 4 seasons overall rank were 39k, 44k, 46k and 23k
GW18 points: 46 on FH (FPL average 30) Total points: 1,110, Overall Rank: 80k, no rank movement, Team Value: £104.6m
So in the end my free hit team didn’t work out that well; damage limited as no heavily owned players scored big – I was around 10 points shy of a ‘good’ FH team. I won’t dwell on the fact with Holding and Mitchell in my normal team I could have brought in KDB and Stones on a -4, so my seven players would have been within a couple of points of my FH team.
In terms of this week I want De Bruyne and the only sensible choice is a replacement for Son, raising cash through a Grealish or Robertson downgrade. I’ve opted for Robertson to Stones due to good city fixtures and I’m keen to keep Grealish given Villa still have a double and more games to rearrange.
I did the Stones transfer already as expected a price change (which didn’t happen). Will do KDB later on Friday unless the pressers throw a spanner in the works. KDB captain and Salah vice.
Good luck all!
Transfer summary: Robertson out and Stones in completed. Son out De Bruyne in to be confirmed
Here’s the team with the Robertson to Stones transfer confirmed
Rob’s last 5 seasons overall rank were 148k, 94k, 22k, 4k and 7k
GW18 points: 54 on FH (FPL average 30) Total points: 1,096, Overall Rank: 92k, green arrow: 33k Team Value: £105.3m
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An ok week on the Free Hit I guess. It was a low-scoring set of games so the points range was quite low, but I scored a fair bit above the overall average so having extra players on the park alone was a gain in itself over some. 6/11 returners, none in double figures though – 3 clean sheets from Leno, Stones and Cancelo. Assists from Rashford and KDB in midfield and a solitary goal (which damaged rank rather than improved it) from Kane.
The big frustration I guess was the missed penalty at the end of the City game. KDB goes down, penalty – thinking is ‘yes here’s a chance at another 10 points which will probably give him all 3 bonus as well’ so 16 to add to the total. Ok so why is Sterling taking it? Could be worse, KDB’ll still get the assist and maybe nab a bonus point. The rest is history. Could have been worse I guess – perhaps those of us who deployed our chips early should be thankful we were able to use the Chip at all in the end. I’m also into the top 100k for the first time this season too – if you’d offered me this at the near halfway point in the season I’d have snapped your hand off. Much to be happy about – let’s think glass half full! Now onto the chaos of GW19…
1 free transfer and 0.8m in the bank.
Bench boost thoughts
My initial plan had been to play my Bench Boost Chip this week. The news of Leeds and Southampton having their double gameweek cancelled has however made me decide to rethink this strategy.
As it stands, I’m on 9 DGW players + Son, DCL (blank and red-flagged), Bamford, Walker-Peters, Adams (yellow-flagged but probably ok) and the likely non-playing Forster. There are doubts also on my 2 Villa players – Martinez and Grealish as we don’t know who has been affected by Covid and how they have recovered. There’s also a Kevin De Bruyne-sized gap in my squad – I’m very wary of this as I think he’ll be 1 of 3 split Captains this week (along with Salah and Fernandes) so he could be damaging rank-wise.
To get anywhere close to a feasible Bench Boost line-up, I first up need a second playing keeper and I would also need to move DCL on. That’s a -4 straight up. I’d also then like to work KDB into the team. The only feasible route to the Belgian would be to sell Son – that would be a -8 in total, the reality of which is that it detracts heavily from the value of the Bench Boost this week. So I’m going to hold the chip for now and think again.
Thoughts then shift therefore on preparing the team as best as I can for the double. I’d still like KDB so it’s going to cost me -4 and the only way I think to feasibly do this without ruining my team moving forwards is to sell DCL to fund the move. Sadly this doesn’t leave me much for my 3rd striker – 6.0m only. Frustratingly this is 0.2 short of my preferred budget striker this week – Antonio. So I’m looking further down the prices and really the only option is Decordova-Reid of Fulham. Fulham’s fixtures aren’t great this week, but this fixture difficulty is mitigated somewhat by the next 2 fixtures after this which are Brighton and West Brom. Fulham did offer quite a bit of threat going forward against Spurs so I’m not adverse to this move, although he is on 4 yellow cards so it is a risk.
The other option is that I just use one transfer and do Antonio for DCL. I’d then have to find a very big spot behind my sofa for the 2 City games or alternatively spend some time catching up on some boxsets (I haven’t watched the latest in David Attenborough’s new Perfect Planet series yet and the first one was excellent!) It also doesn’t solve the KDB problem in the long-term either with City facing West Brom, Sheffield United and Burnley in their next 3 fixtures after the double.
I’m going to mull this right up until Saturday morning I think. We’ve seen in previous weeks that the fixture and injury/Covid situation is incredibly fast-moving and dynamic, so I’ll wait as late as possible before I commit but I suspect I’ll go with the KDB/Decordova-Reid option. Thoughts would then turn to Captaincy and also possibly Triple Captaincy. I’ll see what Geek’s poll says on this one
, but my initial thoughts are to go with KDB but to hold my Triple Captain chip. KDB does look an appealing option for this, but I can see him getting either benched or subbed early in one of the 2 games (possibly the Palace one.) He looked pretty tired at the end of the Brighton game and I think Pep will be keen to manage his minutes if feasible.
I’ll be honest, I had targeted this week for a big gain but I’m now quickly backtracking and I’ll delighted if I can merely stay in the top 100k now. I don’t know what other managers will do, but I think there will still be a fair number of chips deployed this week. As for my strategy looking much further forward, I’m now angling towards something along the lines of one of 2 strategies. One is to deploy my Triple Captain in the next likely big double (this looks like GW26) before dead-ending my team in the next big blank (GW29.) I’d then Wildcard in GW30 with the view to playing my Bench Boost in one of the remaining smaller doubles in the 30s. The other strategy could be a Wildcard in GW25 to Bench Boost in GW26. I’d then accept a smaller squad for GW29 and use the Triple Captain anywhere else there is an appealing double. One thing we’ve all learned this season though is that planning is great, but it can quickly be turned on it’s head by this crazy world we’re currently living in.
As usual, I’ll Tweet my team once finalised tagging the Fantasy Football geek handle – probably early on Saturday morning before I go to work. Good luck folks for the gameweek, and if you’re using any of your chips, I hope the FPL Gods smile kindly on you!
transfer summary: Likely to be Son out and De Bruyne in. Calvert Lewin out and Decordova Reid in
Here’s the team prior to any transfers being made
Sergio’s last 4 seasons were 2k, 596k, 17k and 21k
GW18 points: 55 (FPL average 30) Total points: 982, Overall Rank: 1,376k, green arrow: 414k Team Value: £102.1m
Great blank gameweek for me without using my Free Hit Chip with 55 points. My 10 men squad managed to match what I would have achieved with the free hit chip. If I manage anything similar in GW19 without using chips again it will be a good outcome.
I only have one free transfer for the week, thinking to do Maguire or Dier to Cresswell. But will wait until last moment on Saturday morning in case of last minute team news or further game movements happen. Captain will be De Bruyne
Transfer summary: likely Maguire or Dier to Cresswell
Here’s the team prior to any transfers being made:
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