Telegraph fantasy football tips – the FFGeek contributors show their teams week 29

Here’s our Telegraph Fantasy football tips article where 4 FFGeek contributors show their teams. All of them finished in the top 1000 and 2 within the top 500 last season.

Telegraph fantasy football tips – the FFGeek contributors show their teams week 29

Bryan O’Rourke

Bryan finished 37th in TFF last season and 7th in 17/18

Total points 1,362 Overall rank: 5.7k

This team is placed 5664 place overall with 11 transfers remaining.

I made two transfers this week on the spur of the moment. I noticed Aguero starting in the midweek cup game and decided to bring him in along with Barnes at Leicester. Out went the injury doubt Jonny Castro Otto, call him what you like, and Mo Salah in a change to a 4-3-3 formation.
This week there are fitness concerns over de Bruyne and Abraham, but being unclear on the severity, both players will stay and hope for the best. No transfers planned.
Onward and upwards. Best of luck

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Sergio Torija

Sergio finished with an overall rank in the 300’s last season

Overall rank 9.5k transfers 11

A scrappy gameweek with the EFL cup final blanks and the Leicester and Liverpool defeats. Despite me having 7 players between this two teams, somehow I managed to survive the weekend games and even slightly improve my rank. Jimenez 10 points was the only return other than appearance points. Now after FA cup Wednesday games, I only got any value of the Leicester cleensheet, which has brought my down to the border of top 10K. Still Martial and Greenwood to go so hopefully they give me something before the weekend.

My team is too Liverpool heavy, which is fine for now, unless they start losing more games and rotating players. Also, both Arsenal and City play 3 times before Liverpool feature again after Saturday early game. With no City representation in my team, my prime target this week was KDB but he seems hurt now. If he doesn’t start vs United, it might be Sterling who I bring. Aubameyang also with a shout. As for whom to remove, it needs to involve at least a Liverpool asset due to price. More pondering to do, but my ideal moves would be: Robertson & Mane to KDB & Aubameyang

That’s it, good luck this week Geekers!

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Ben Humphrey

Ben finished with an overall rank of 576 last season

Week points: 48 Rank: 7222 Transfers remaining: 13

Team review.

It is hard to express my feelings about the week of fantasy football just gone without swearing. Let’s just say it wasn’t very good.

It doesn’t help when Liverpool lose 3 – 0 to Watford, especially when you have four of their most expensive assets in your side.

Then Ings not starting, and Vardy staying at home with a mug of cocoa. The latter was at least offset by me being a Norwich supporter.

Team thoughts

I think I just need to write off last week as one of those inevitable disappointments as a fantasy manager.

I do however have a few planned changes.

I, like most people, have been very impressed with Fernandez, and when making a direct comparison between him and Martial, I find that a simple choice. Not only does Fernandez seem full of energy and desire, he also has the magical power of set pieces, not to mention the fact that he is £0.3m cheaper than Martial.

That will free up the exact amount needed to make another change I am desperate to make.

Grealish can make way for Jota, £3.9m.

I said at the start of the season, that is a bargain price for Jota. It’s taken him a while to get going, but he is very much in form, and is backed up by some lovely fixtures. What’s not to like? Well, I suppose you could bemoan the fact that he rarely finishes a game, but I’m happy to take that compromise for £3.9m. It is worth remembering that last season, Jota actually managed more returns in the second half of the season than Jimenez, and it’s funny how often these patterns repeat themselves.

I was also toying with a third transfer of Vardy out for KDB. My thinking was, if anyone is going to play both games this week for City, it’s him. However, his injury doubt has cast a shadow over that particular transfer. It doesn’t feel like the end of the world though, as Vardy will be back, and he has some good fixtures to remind his deserters what he can do.

There was also the temptation to freshen things up further by moving Ings out, but he also has some good fixtures. Newcastle, Norwich and Watford.

I feel like I have reached one of those crossroads us fantasy managers know all too well. That temptation to make a transfer when a player has gone a bit quiet, even though we bought them in for a good reason. It feels like one of those tests of patience. I could shift out Vardy and Ings, but I think I will side with patience this time. I know they are both capable of punishing me, and they both have the fixtures to do so. I shall there for be making just the two transfers this week, probably.

Good luck all.

You can follow Ben on twitter here

Here is a link to his podcast, “Oh My Pod, it’s fantasy football”.

Stephen Troop

Stephen finished with an OR in the 900’s last season

overall rank 4.8k

A very average week, where my rank hasn’t really moved and I remain at 4.8k. Liverpool’s 3-0 loss meant I scored fairly poorly as I had 5 Liverpool assets plus Ederson and Mahrez not playing at all. A Jiminez goal was my only return (but points all round were low with Leicester’s loss to Norwich etc)

I’m fairly happy with my team, and there are some good opportunities to use my 15 remaining transfers. I have already brought Aguero back in for the FA cup game against Sheffield Wednesday. Firmino made way as he had been underperforming and takes up a lot of cash. Liverpool play Bournemouth first on saturday before playing last the following gameweek. This is great as City/Arsenal will have a 3-0 over them. I’ll likely swap Salah for Aubameyang at a minimum to take advantage. Trossard is my only other real concern. a swap to a Leicester asset might be worthwhile (maybe Barnes or Chilwell on Monday night) due to them still being in the cup.

You can follow Stephen on twitter here

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