Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW3

This team just scraped by in GW2 with 61 points, enough to give me a small green arrow but green is always better than red. With just 108 points from two weeks, this team is struggling, yet could be the underlying theme all season long, as I need the defenders to pull their weight with clean sheets. Coming out of GW2, I was running with treble Liverpool that will really make or break every week, but looking ahead I feel there is a big need to get Manchester City defenders in. More importantly, this team started without Mo Salah, which I felt was a mistake, even though I attempted to convince myself it was okay. It’s not and while Arsenal’s fixtures are turning and we roll into fall, it was time to make some big changes ahead of GW3. Continue reading “Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW3”

2020/21 FPL GW3 Starting XI

It’s Friday and I’ve got “wild side” lyrics from Lou Reed to Motley Crue running through my head as I have activated my wild card ahead of GW3. Surprising? Not really, as this is the third year in a row that I’ve made this decision. Hasty? Maybe? Well played? Not sure, as it will be 8-10 weeks before I know the ramifications of this decision. As they say, “if it feels right, do it!” I’ve been doing work all week on a reworked squad that removed players going into poor runs, as well as any flagged or injured players, which shuffling some budget players around. Continue reading “2020/21 FPL GW3 Starting XI”

2020/21 FPL: GW3 Transfers

It’s Thursday and time to consider my options for GW3. While both teams are headed in different directions, I have a good feeling about both of them. The main team (6thGoal) has scored 136 points over two weeks and that is a weekly average I would really like to maintain. However, it was the 5-man defensive team (FPL Beer Mule) that posted the small, green arrow, but struggled the first week because of the lack of clean sheets. Now on just 108 points, there is much work to be done when building from the back. Change is inevitable and it might be time to consider the wild card a viable option. Reviewing the FDR, there’s a shift in teams rolling into purple patches as well. Continue reading “2020/21 FPL: GW3 Transfers”

Think Different: GW2 Retrospect

Much like watching Premier League  players hit for attacking returns one week, then go dark the next, so goes my 5-man defensive team. On the back of a disappointing GW1 score of 47 points, it was difficult to look over my team, especially not owning the man the hot foot in GW1. Now GW2, we see Spurs, Everton and Leicester City get business done convincingly. Yet I owned just two players from those teams. Thankfully, 61 points was just enough to get me over the hump and pull off a small green arrow, up just 150k, but still nearly at 3 million OR. It’s early, but there is no way I am going to turn tail and give up on my 5-man defense. Continue reading “Think Different: GW2 Retrospect”

2020/21 Premier League: GW2 Retrospect

After a strong 78 point showing to start the new FPL season, coming back with just 58 points in GW2 was a bit disappointing. Maybe I was too quick to captain Mo Salah, coming off a hat trick against Leeds United but injuries and non-performers really caused my squad to look very average. It’s still early but many managers have already pulled that wild card trigger ahead of the upcoming game week. Before I even consider GW3, it’s time to check out the why of GW2  and where to go from here. Continue reading “2020/21 Premier League: GW2 Retrospect”

Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW2

So the 5-man defensive strategy didn’t get off to the best start, stumbling in GW1, while backing treble Liverpool. Yet, their attacking returns helped to offset their lost CS points to some degree. Even more disappointing was the fact I missed out on all clean sheets for my defenders and came up short on the GW1 average points, by just three points (47 vs. 50). I’ve had a flurry of thoughts ahead of GW2. I can’t say I have ruled out a hasty wild card to shuffle players around, but that would be me failing to practice patience. If I ask myself, “do I really need to WC?” The answer is “no” however there is always a but. As in, “but I don’t own Salah.” Continue reading “Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW2”

2020/21 FPL GW2 Starting XI

What was the chance I would actually burn an unnecessary wild card ahead of GW2? Not a chance. As I said in Episode 60 of the Pitch & Pint Podcast, “It’s early, very early, so if your squad stumbled in GW1, have some patience, your team will rebound.” That said it will be interesting to see the percentage of managers who activated that wild card because of players from the Manchester clubs, Burnley, oh yeah and Villa. I am recovering from a poor selection of Kai Havertz in GW1, regardless of who was in that fourth midfield position was only a one week play and has already been transferred out for Kevin De Bruyne. So how does this team stack up for GW2? Continue reading “2020/21 FPL GW2 Starting XI”

2020/21 FPL: GW2 Transfers

As I stated in Episode 60 of the Pitch & Pint Podcast, I am not going to tell you how to play the game, who to captain or what strategies to employ. That’s not what I am about. Ask me a question and I will give you my opinion, but who’s to say its right? We’ve seen FPL managers activating their wild card, after just one game, to think I thought I didn’t have enough after two weeks of games the past few season. This year, unless something really goes awry in GW2, I will end up holding my wild card and potentially rolling a free transfer in the next few weeks. While we didn’t get some anticipated results or performances from a few players and teams, I feel confident after a 78 points GW1 that my squad looks good heading into the weekend. Continue reading “2020/21 FPL: GW2 Transfers”

Think Different: GW1 Retrospect

This Think Different series began a few years back when I was a contributor to Fantasy Football Geek and initially focused on the viability of playing five defenders. While that strategy didn’t last long, the series did last a few seasons, before discontinuing submissions to FFG. This year, I’ve decided to revive the series on 6thGoal.com, posting the first of six articles on August 18, Think Different: An FPL Tale Part I. This series was conceived to follow my second team from pre-season planning and strategy, over 38 game weeks to see how a set and forget 5-man defense can get on in a very attack minded FPL game. Hopefully the first game week isn’t an indication of how things are going to go, but I am confident this team will rebound and finish the season with a respectable OR. More importantly, I am curious to see what I learn from this exercise. Continue reading “Think Different: GW1 Retrospect”

2020/21 Premier League: GW1 Retrospect

I have no reason to be disappointed with my final score of 78 points at the conclusion of GW1. My captain selection was spot on, going with Mo Salah, who returned 40 points and for many FPL managers the reason they finished the week above the weekly average points that finished on 50 points. Yet with this success, there was some frustration with personnel, from selection to performance that didn’t fair well. However, I feel I am off to a strong or stronger start than the past two seasons. My final score was good enough for a start at 376k with something to build on for GW2. Continue reading “2020/21 Premier League: GW1 Retrospect”