Here’s our telegraph fantasy football tips version of the “FFGeek contributors show their teams”. In it we have last seasons 7th place overall finisher Bryan, Sergio who finished 1,951 last season and top 1k finisher Ben Humphrey
Telegraph fantasy football tips – FFGeek contributors show their teams GW23
Bryan Forbes O’Rourke
Bryan finished an incredible 7th place overall in telegraph fantasy football last season
50 gameweek points, total points 1,213, Overall rank 1,439 transfers available 19
A reasonable week with 50 points scored. Treaded water in the rankings, now placed 1439 overall. 19 transfers remaining which is fine at this point in the season.
It all came down to the Monday night fixture where I needed a City clean sheet and some returns from my forwards. I hadn’t expected to make any transfers this week but with Kane picking up an ankle injury I decided beforehand to replace him with Aguero. Looking at the team sheets at 7pm it was instead Jesus to start with Aguero on the bench, so in came Jesus. The Brazilian forward was my certainly my saviour of the week with his first half brace and the City defence held out for a clean sheet for a change. So 24 points from the Monday game.
Again no transfers anticipated this week. I’m hoping that Jesus proves to be a good differential over the next few week until Kane returns. There will be opportunities ahead to burn transfers with the FA Cup and rearranged fixtures so I will sit on my hands till then. Till then, all the best :)
Sergio finished in 1,951 position last season in telegraph fantasy football
46 Gameweek points Total Pts 1,181 Overall rank 3,453 Transfers available 18
Last weekend was low key for my team with 46 points and a small rank drop. I had 6 returning players in Ederson, Robertson, Paterson, Hazard, Sterling and Salah, but all of them were single returns. Nothing from the midweek FA cup replays obviously. Glad I didn’t do the TAA in transfer given his injury but got the Kane injury.
This week I am looking at making some aggressive moves, Kane obviously needs to go and the longterm straightforward replacement seems Aubameyang to me. Paterson has been a good servant for me returning about every other week which for his price is great, however I feel his forward position days are counted and also his pitch time is at risk with Cardiff said to be bringing recognised strikers. Also the Liverpool pair could temporarily go since many teams have 3-0 over them with the FA cup next weekend and how the fixtures are arranged. However that means 2 transfers down the line for every Liverpool player I remove this week, since I will definitely want them back to my team. So will just move around Salah’s 6m and leave Robertson in the team.
So this is the plan this week then trying to maximise on games and players with good fixtures:
1st move: Kane out Jimenez in. While the Mexican was not top in my wish list, Wolves have a great run of games, still in the cup where he has a chance to feature and go through, plays striker which gives me formation flexibility on what other moves to do and is such a bargain price for a striker that has been scoring very well this season.
2nd move: Salah out Aubameyang in. After Liverpool play obviously, Aubameyang comes for the long term, Salah will come back to the team at the earliest opportunity, I will leave spare money in the bank for this.
3rd move: Paterson out Spurs/City in. This one is not 100% guaranteed I will do it, but most likely yes. Probably the order of appeal is Alli > Sane > Llorente, I will see how things feel towards Sunday.
4th move: bring Salah back in a couple weeks time. This will need to be from Hazard/Sterling due to budget, unless combined with another move and then Richarlison/Anderson could come into consideration.
So overall, pretty happy with the plan, the only downside is that it should probably include one of Pogba/Rashford but due to my current formation of 4-5-1 I would need to lose one game, so eventually left them out for now. You can’t have them all
Good luck for GW23 Geekers!
Ben is a top 1k finisher in TFF
Week points: 49 Overall rank: 1984 Transfers remaining: 21
I suppose that would be classed as an average week, although it did leave me inside the top 2000, which is nice.
I feel like I went a bit mad with transfers, using three over the weekend. However, two of them have been part of my long term plan; Salah in for Aubameyang, and Trent AA in for Kolasinac. As much as I love the Arsenal defender, he just can’t compete with the Liverpool potential for clean sheets. The third of my transfers wasn’t planned. After Kanes late injury, I swapped him out for Aguero. I did check first to see if he would start against Wolves, and even though he started on the bench, I decided to go ahead as I would have brought him in for next week anyway.
My defence managed three clean sheets; a double up for Liverpool and an unexpected 2nd in two weeks for Luke Shaw.
I have to admit to being a little disappointed with the rest of my team, collecting one goal and two assists between them. I do feel much safer having Salah on board though, and it will be interesting to see if he can help me climb that slippery fantasy mountain.
I only have one player on my personal watch list at present, Mr Pogba £4.9m. He has been unshackled by Ole and is clearly enjoying his new found freedom. He also well and truly impresses on the old eye test. The simplest and most likely way for me to bring him in, would be a straight swap for the increasingly disappointing Richarlison. I have £1.2 in the bank, so it can be done.
Both Everton and United have some decent fixtures coming up, but it is clear to me that Pogba is more involved and more likely to collect points than Richarlison. I also think that Pogba has a greater chance of playing in the FA cup, since they have drawn Arsenal and Ole won’t want to lose that. I think I have just convinced myself that Pogba will be coming in for Richarlison next week.
It does feel strange playing a 4-5-1, but I keep reminding myself that Salah, Hazard, Sterling and Richarlison have all been part time strikers. It’s also important that once Pogba has come in, most of my attackers are on penalties.
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