VAPM Update: GW6

Guess I can take solace in knowing that the key metric, VAPM numbers have been updated for GW6. Most notably this week has been in the increase in defenders above the baseline VAPM of 0.35. By the conclusion of the game week, 74 players are above the threshold and based solely on this metric are targets for transfers and wild cards. VAPM numbers are slowly decreasing overall, which is the expectation, as players put in more minutes and don’t have the returns to keep their VAPM over the median. As a reminder, this key metric uses 180 minutes and 4 points as the minimum qualifications to make this list. Players in bold are highlighted by position are currently at or above 0.35 VAPM. The GW6 list includes: 25 defenders, 26 midfielders, 13 forwards and  10 goalkeepers. Continue reading “VAPM Update: GW6”

Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW6 Retrospect

One of the positive aspects of FPL is being able to have multiple teams. Can you tell I never plan on actually winning the game? Okay, so it’s “my son’s team” that I manage, just to make sure I am playing fair and by the rules. While my 6thGoal failed miserably, I did take consolation in having a second team. Unfortunately, when it rains, its a fucking typhoon! While I pride this team on the 5-man defense, it was the first week that saw Sergio Reguilon not putting my team into a 4-4-2. I knew at some point this would happen, but didn’t think it would come from Reguilon, especially after his performance the week before against West Ham. Continue reading “Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW6 Retrospect”

2020/21 Premier League: GW6 Retrospect

I vowed I would not look at at ANY fantasy related items this week because I knew my score was going to be bad. However, thanks to Paddy (@TheFantasyKing2), I was lucky enough to have the biggest fall and fewest points in his mini league. Thankfully it wasn’t Monday and this news was much better received on Tuesday morning. To be completely honest, after that poor officiating in the Liverpool game, rewarding Sheffield United a penalty  kick, I watched no more Premier League the rest of the weekend. That combined with a 15-hour volunteer project on Sunday and it pushed FPL to the back of my mind. Continue reading “2020/21 Premier League: GW6 Retrospect”

2020/21 FPL GW6 Starting XI

This week I’ve used my free transfers and two additional, sitting on a -8 points to start the game week. Not how I really wanted to start out or was that end last week. Both hits were done and dusted before the conclusion of the Merseyside Derby. Knee jerk? Oh yeah! No other way to describe it, but Virgil van Dijk, who was “pickforded” is lost for months, while Richarlison was awarded a red card for dangerous play and will miss the next three games. Both players needed to be sorted out ahead of GW6 and I wasted no time resolving the problems. That was before the rumored injury to James Rodriguez, which may have been to deflect the negative attention from his teammate. Maybe this week they have taught Pickford how to slide tackle better. Continue reading “2020/21 FPL GW6 Starting XI”

Think Different: GW6 5Man Defense Starting XI

Oddly comforting is how I describe this 5-man defensive adventure I have set out on this season. As I’ve mentioned all week on the Pitch & Pint Podcast, as well in numerous articles on 6thGoal, this team is playing well. Honestly, can you ask anymore from a week to week than green arrows? Four of them! Count them, four with very little thought or effort, one would think this game was easy. Okay, I won’t go that far. While OR is the indicator FPL managers base their team success on, one could argue this team isn’t successful because of their 1.5M rank. Honestly, that’s one week of good football and remember we’ve been without Kevin De Bruyne, who missed GW5 and who’s two prior games were both no returns. This team isn’t that far off from where my expectations lie. Continue reading “Think Different: GW6 5Man Defense Starting XI”

Think Different: GW6 Transfers

Unlike my 6thGoal squad, where the transfers came fast and furious, while the Merseyside Derby was still going on, I have decided to take my 5-man defensive team and approach it a bit more rationally. There was no knee jerk transfer for Virgil van Dijk during the week. Add to that the news that James Rodriguez won’t play and I decided to hold Kevin De Bruyne last week instead of transferring in Heung-min Son. This team is not without its share of problems, with a FT in my pocket and just 0.3 ITB. This team is also on a run of green arrows to start the season and who thought you couldn’t be successful with an all premium, 5-man defensive team? Continue reading “Think Different: GW6 Transfers”

2020/21 FPL: GW6 Transfers

Does it matter? No, really? At this point I’ve already taken a -8 point hit for game week 6, we still have no clear sign of what will come out of Pep’s pie hole regarding Kevin De Bruyne. Now, days after the Merseyside Derby, FPL managers get word that James Rodriguez is injured and won’t play for Everton. I’ve already had to resolve the loss of Virgil van Dijk due to injury, swap Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the stupid cunt, Richarlison and dumped Raul Jimenez because Wolves look pretty damn lethargic in attack, regardless of his goal against Leeds on Monday. Continue reading “2020/21 FPL: GW6 Transfers”

VAPM Update: GW5

It will probably require much of the season to see if crunching the numbers in order to generate a baseline figure for VAPM will provide any advantage during the FPL season. This year, more than the previous two seasons, I’ve started using the ‘value added per million’ (VAPM) of 0.35 as a baseline for players in my squad. By no means will it guarantee a successful season, but it’s my hope that using this data in order to get a number to base player decisions around could improve the “total immediate points gained from transfers” as tracked using FPL Statistico. Continue reading “VAPM Update: GW5”

Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW5 Retrospect

It feels as if I am living in DC Comics, fictional, Bizarro World (Htrae), which in popular culture has come to represent a situation or setting which is weirdly inverted or opposite to expectations. Take my first ever attempt to field a 5-man defense, over a 38 weeks Premier League schedule in a season where clean sheets are down and goals are up. Right there, it’s got the making for something that resembles a horror movie, fitting as we are nearing the end of October and Halloween is right around the corner. Who knows, maybe a “Freddie” or  “Jason” could potentially carved up some points for my starting I. Continue reading “Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW5 Retrospect”

2020/21 Premier League: GW5 Retrospect

While holding the wild card for the sole purpose of exiting the first international break would have been a wise decision, it was somewhat surprising to see just over 8% of managers across FPL decided to active it, that was a percentage point less than those who activated it in GW3. What does that mean? Oh, probably not a whole hell of a lot, but based on Twitter you would have thought there were more FPL managers on their wild card. Goes to prove that Twitter isnt’ necessarily the movers and shakers some take it to be. As for game week five, can we just look ahead to next weekend? Continue reading “2020/21 Premier League: GW5 Retrospect”

2020/21 FPL GW5 Starting XI

Is this the week it really starts to go all wrong for my squad? Out of the break I thought I was fine, but Pep, talking as if KDB won’t be around for some games in the coming weeks and I am reconsidering my position, as I don’t want to fall further behind in some important mini leagues I’m involved in. Rest assured that Son’s ownership skyrockets this week as MANY managers move off the City midfielder and to the Spurs, but is that the right move or a trap for a one or two week punt? Continue reading “2020/21 FPL GW5 Starting XI”