Here’s our article where 4 FFGeek Contributors show their FPL teams GW32. There’s Andrew Whitfield, Kris O, Yaniv Salomon and Scott Taylor
FPL Teams GW32 – 4 FFGeek Contributors Teams Part 1
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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
Andrew finished with an overall rank of 132k last season and 6k in 18/19 and 19k in 17/18
GW31 Points: 51 -4 (FPL average 41) Total points: 2,032, Overall Rank: 18k, Red arrow 4k, Team Value: £106.0m
Andrew has used all of his Chips
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Gameweek 31 review:
Well a gameweek full of twists and turns, one that threw up a huge variance in scores, with many elite managers having either a stormer or a shocker. It was all about whether you landed those big points from Lingard, Trent and Iheanacho, with many peoples gameweeks also defined by whether or not those 17 Dallas points came off the bench or stayed firmly put !!
There were plenty of talking points as ten man Leeds pulled off a shock at Man City, Trent grabbed a last minute winner as Liverpool ended that horrendous home run, Man Utd came from behind at Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea “won big” and West Brom have transformed into Brazil !! Oh and these “shirt sleeve offsides” and VAR calls are still baffling all of us !!
My GW31 score and rank:
51-4 ( 47 ) with just four returns from Salah ( C ), Son, Veltman and a successful “points hit” to bring in Iheanacho. So an underwhelming week at the side of some great wildcard scores. But not a disaster. It was looking bleak after 1/6 returns up to Saturday, but Sunday and Monday came to my rescue.
My rank slipped from 14k to 18k, which is frustrating when I had flirted within two points of the top 10k. But still in a good place as I look for a strong finish over the last seven gameweeks.
My GW31 talking points:
The tone was set for my gameweek on Friday night when my keeper Areola conceded his clean sheet with virtually the last kick of the match in the 94th minute !! A sickener as it came out of nothing, beaten on the near post, in a game Wolves offered little. He had however been lucky to survive a shirt sleeve VAR call earlier. Nothing worse than watching a game with only your keeper playing and conceding in stoppage time. It only cost 4 points but a cruel start on Friday.
All my three Man City players played v Leeds and scored one point each !! Gundogan got nearly half a game and could easily have had a return. I had been frustrated a few times this season with Stones and Cancelo benchings and watching Dias owners hoovering up the clean sheets. This time, my two city defenders started, Dias was benched, a perfect double clean sheet opportunity. And they conceded. Both could have had multiple attacking returns too and Stones played as a virtual striker at times. How he didn’t score I don’t know. The added irony is that Cancelo and stones playing blocked Dallas off my bench, whereas many Dias owners got the Dallas points instead !!
I was never going to play Dallas who was an obvious 3rd sub. The amusing thing is that those who started him v Sheff Utd last week and missed the deadline would have landed his 17 points. Not too many around my rank would have missed that deadline though. But plenty did benefit from the likes of Dias, Alonso, De Bruyne and Calvert Lewin no shows. Those auto sub points were a rank killer to many !! This was just one of those weeks when some hit the auto sub jackpot. You also can’t legislate for a side down to ten men, hanging on at Man City , breaking away in the last minute and a Leeds defender scoring twice. Enjoy the Dallas points if you got them. Firmly last on my bench and all my starting eleven played.
I actually broke one of my golden rules. I always take all week to logically mull over my moves and make a well thought out calm transfer I am happy with on a Friday. I got Bale out of my hair and brought in Salah and captained him which went well. But I allowed my mind to get wrapped up in the changing template, price changes due and ownership and I ended up taking a rushed -4 right on the deadline. It’s just not me and for most of the week it looked like costing me points and messed with my head. I don’t do late transfers. I was annoyed I got sucked into that.
I brought in Iheacho for Watkins for a hit. Watkins scored at Liverpool which was bad and Iheanacho blanked for 70 mins. In the end, Iheanacho scored twice and got full bonus !! If I hadn’t done the late deal, I was going to start Bamford and bench Watkins anyway. So in the end, I effectively started Iheanaco over Bamford who I benched. I was a net 5 points up on the deal including the hit. So all’s well that ends well.
I wanted Iheanacho anyway from GW32 when he starts a delicious run and Watkins has Man City. By bringing the move forward, It meant I didn’t miss the opportunity in case other fires broke out. I also got spooked with Jota in every wildcard and if I had not brought in Iheanacho last week, i couldn’t have got to Jota this week for less than a -8. My hit had logic and I gained 5 points on doing it, Iheanacho is already in place, and I am also in a far better place to attack this week. So it did work out nicely.
The captain call I got right on Salah who duly scored, with rival captains Kane, Sterling and Gundogan blanking. The goal from Son with no Kane involvement was a bonus as Kane was a small rank loser even as an owner. The goal from Salah with no Jota involvement was equally welcome.
My week ended as it started, cheering on a clean sheet !! Only this time I didn’t get the 94th minute heartache. My choice of playing Veltman over Shaw was one of those satisfying little calls that got me 5 extra points.
There was only one “threat” that put a huge spike in my gameweek and that was Jesse Lingard !! That wasn’t pretty as a non owner. He seems to be scoring “worldies” from all over the pitch. Brimming with confidence. Messi Lingard !!! As Geek would say – “ The guy is a menace” !!
So what next:
I have 0.9M in the bank and one free transfer.
I won’t be doing anything until after the midweek Champions League and Europa games as an injury there could completely change everything. Bear in mind this is written before the midweek games so my plans below are subject to change !!!
I currently have five players who don’t play in blank GW33, so my priority is to get that down to three by GW33 to get a minimum of eleven players on the pitch. I want to keep Kane and Son who double in GW32 and have great fixtures after the blank. I need to lose two Man City players. I want to switch one of my Man City defenders to a Chelsea one, to reflect the new template. That’s likely to be Cancelo to Rudiger and keep Stones. Plus I will need to lose Gundogan who blanks in GW33. So I need to lose Cancelo and Gundogan this week or next to get 11 players out in GW33.
My original thought was to do Cancelo to Rudiger, to raise the funds to do Gundogan to Jota who is firmly in the new template after the wildcards played in GW31. I could just do the defender swap this week and then move Gundogan out in GW33. But I really wanted to cover Jota and I can’t do that without doing both, so I could look to take -4, then my GW33 is sorted and I have extra flexibility for the blank GW33.
The spanner in the works though is that man Jesse lingard who just looks unstoppable and he plays Newcastle this week !! So I could now look to get Lingard this week instead of Jota. Liverpool have a great fixture too at Leeds so ideally want both, but I do have Salah. If I get Lingard, I can at least have attacking coverage in both games.
My thoughts are that I could get Jota in GW33 when he plays Newcastle and get him for Son who blanks. But I would probably want Son straight back as he plays Sheff Utd and Leeds straight after the blank. So I could get Son back after the blank week and take out either Jota or lingard at that stage. It’s not ideal and I don’t like booking in transfers. I have to decide whether I want to keep Son, or Hokey Cokey him with Jota or Lingard.
My ideal five in midfield would be Salah, Fernandes, Son, Jota and Lingard right now. If I get Rudiger in, I am just short of being able to fit in both Jota and Lingard for Gundogan and Raphinha. My extra funds could come from Areola to Forster who has a double. Or Veltman to Philipps. So the issue is in what order I want to make the transfers and how many hits am I prepared to get to where I want to be.
As a template manager, my challenge is getting my team from the pre wildcards template to the post wildcard template. It doesn’t sit comfortably taking hits just to get my ideal team when I could be patient and get there over a few weeks. That’s more my style. I need to be careful I don’t give too many points away trying to align my team to the adjusted template. My hit last week did pay off though so maybe a more aggressive approach is what’s needed. Nothing wrong with taking a hit if it puts your team where you need it and sets you up for future fixtures too. Much to ponder.
So what to do this week:
My current thinking is… Cancelo to Rudiger to cover my exposure to the Chelsea defence and reduce my vulnerability to Pep rotation. I am tempted to then do Gundogan to either Jota or Lingard for a hit. My template says Jota but Lingard is a 90 min man with a great fixture. That’s my big choice this week. Jota or Lingard. I can’t have both. If it’s Lingard, I can avoid the hit and do my defender transfer next week. But I still have it to do and I am in danger of other fires breaking out and not getting Rudiger, and in danger of not getting Jota in if i have other transfers to do.
If I go Lingard this week, I can do Raphina to Jota in GW33 v Newcastle by doing Areola to Forster or Veltman to Phillips. It could mean a -4 this week and next, but I could emerge out of it with my “perfect team” and that could set me up for a strong finish and it will align me nicely with the new template.
My GW32 team:
Kane is the obvious captain when spurs play twice, despite some great fixtures elsewhere. There will be lots of triple captains on him too. It could be a bizarre one where I need to own him for rank protection but hope he blanks for the damage from the triple captains !!
I have a very strong line up and match up of fixtures. Apart from having two poor keeper fixtures, if I make my two proposed changes, it looks very strong this week.
I might have to bench one of Raphinha or Bamford v Liverpool. Here is my potential squad if I do make the planned changes.
Cancelo to Rudiger
Gundogan to Lingard ( -4 )
Good luck everyone !!!
Here’s the team assuming those transfers are made:
Kris’s last 4 seasons overall rank were 39k, 44k, 46k and 23k
GW31 Points: 72 on Wildcard (FPL average 41) Total points: 2,023, Overall Rank: 24k, green arrow 17k: Team Value: £104.8m
Kris has used all his Chips
So a decent week on my wildcard with my plan of jumping on mid price form players Lingard, Iheanacho and Jota paying off. Owning double Chelsea defence didn’t feel as good as I’d been led to believe and my Kane captaincy didn’t work out. In the end my Mahrez pick was neutral as Vydra got 7 off the bench, matching Son (though the extra transfer may bite later on!).
Gw32 is simple for me and I’ve made my Mahrez to Son move. Ideally I’d have waited for the European games to check on my other players but I had the exact cash and his purchases are rocketing. Kane on the double is captain and Son vice.
Good luck all
Transfer summary: Mahrez out Son in
Here’s the team with the transfer completed;
Yaniv finished with an overall rank of 3k last season and 4k in 18/19 and 8k in 17/18
GW31 points: 43 -4 (FPL average 41) Total points: 1,963, Overall Rank: 110k, red arrow 29k, Team Value: £106.4m
Yaniv has used all his chips
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Yaniv is one of the 10 top FPL managers I follow who have finished in the top 10k the last 3 seasons
Wow it is just not my season, I was looking for a 4th consecutive finish in the top 10k, now I am almost there but with an extra 100k rank- OR down from 80k to 110k, I will keep trying to climb, gamble and play different. Did an early FT Antonio to Iheanacho, thinking putting the armband on Son to try to get a rank boost or rank drop due to Kane expected EO of 190%. Still don’t have Jessi Messi, all my 50/50 in the last few weeks were wrong lets hope for a change. I will tweet any change I will make in my final team (3.3m itb)
Transfer summary: Antonio out Iheanacho in
Here’s the team with transfer complete:
Scott finished with an overall rank of 15k last season, 1k 18/19 and 12k in 17/18
GW31 points: 67 on Wildcard (FPL average 41) Total points: 2,010, Overall Rank: 34k, green arrow 16k, Team Value: £106.1m
Scott has used his Free Hit Chip, Wildcard and his Bench Boost
After using my wildcard last game week, it’s time for the triple captain chip this week, my last remaining chip. There’s an argument to keep it for later weeks to see what the rumoured double game weeks later in the season bring but I prefer to work with what I know and an in form Kane against Southampton’s suspect defence and his record against them plus against an inconsistent (at best) Everton defence is too good an opportunity to pass on.
I have one transfer and £1.2m in the bank so my pre-planned transfer of Mahrez to Son is likely to be what I’ll do. I’ll hold off until after the European games (subject to projected price changes) but assuming there are no injuries, Son will come in for the double game week.
Don’t forget it’s another Friday deadline this week. Enjoy the game week.
Transfer summary: Mahrez out and Son in
Here’s the team prior to the transfer being made
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