2019/20 Premier League: GW9 Starting XI

Yesterday, during my tinker and transfer session the decision was made to look at some advanced planning for the the hectic holiday fixture period, which I have tabbed as GW14-GW21. While NOTHING is set in stone, there are some players I want to introduce at certain points between now and early December. Having already activated my wild card, a little bit of planning now could  help stave off unneeded or unnecessary hits later. I’ve brought this up because this planning helped me determine my transfers this week and if you read yesterday’s article, GW9 Transfers, then you have some idea the direction I went. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW9 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW9 Transfers

I’ve got to admit, I am beginning to favor these international breaks as a time to step away from the FPL game and responsibilities I’ve taken on writing for 90MAAT and Planet FPL, as well as the articles I post on this site and the weekly podcast, Pitch & Pint Podcast. It allows me that time to relax and reset, while not worrying about transfers, captains and strategies. Now, as we turn an eye toward the weekend, it’s time to get back into the FPL grind as GW9 is coming quickly and as I mentioned in Episode 52: Fixing the Break, could be an “SDM” or season defining moment. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW9 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Retrospect

For such a low scoring week, I will consider myself lucky I finished on 43 points and saw a small green arrow, scoring 7 points over the weekly average of 36 points. That is the sort of weeklly average we see when very few captains hit and very few premium players scoring. I took a chance and captained Teemu Pukki, at home for another wasted armband. That makes 5 game weeks in a row that I had a successful captain play. More importantly, my team continues tick on with a consistency I am pleased with, even though I find myself off that 60 PPG average I am targeting. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Retrospect”

2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Starting XI

Key injury headed into GW7 comes in the form of Kevin De Bruyne, who was confirmed out by Pep and expected back by October 19, in time for GW9. That news in hand, I see no reason to waste a transfer on the Belgian, as we wait for further information out of the international break. The other player who’s flagged headed into the game week, Todd Cantwell, nowhere near as important as KDB, but has found way into 27.2% of FPL teams. Regardless of his inclusion this weekend, my starting XI is set without having to use a FT. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Transfers

Undecided. That’s the only answer I’ve come up with after the previous game, as Kevin Be Druyne is flagged and Bernardo Silva is facing up to a six game suspension for alleged racist tweets to teammate, Ben Mendy. While I don’t own Silva, his potential absence could be a decider when it comes to the free transfer I have ahead of GW8. This is also the final week before we head into the second international break, which has me considering rolling the FT, as I did after GW4, to myself more options when Premier League play continues. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Transfers”

Pitch & Pint Podcast: Episode 51 Show Notes

Season 2, Episode 51 of the Pitch & Pint Podcast recorded Tuesday, October 01, Possession Without Performance.

Hello and welcome to Episode 51 of the Pitch & Pint podcast, my name is Stephen and you can find me @6thGoal on Twitter.

Last week was one of those weekends in which I didn’t catch any Premier League games because I was teaching a group of Boy Scout about my other passion, radio! Continue reading “Pitch & Pint Podcast: Episode 51 Show Notes”

2019/20 Premier League: GW7 Starting XI

After writing my transfer article for GW7, it appears I will be moving on two defenders this week, but not obvious selections. Maybe it was the discussion on Episode 9 of the FPL Roundtable with Casey and Gabe that have me reevaluating how to approach the defensive quagmire. Recently, the only consistency at the back has been West Ham, dropping three CS in a row. While I am not supportive of their effort, I did mention a few of their options. Gabe made an excellent point last night, saying “points are points,” doesn’t matter at what end of the pitch they are scored. Such a simple concept, but their opinions helped me form my decision and make my transfers. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW7 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW7 Transfers

Last week I had higher expectations, but results fell short for GW6, as I decided to roll the FT into GW7, as I felt my starting XI was solid. As has been commonplace this season, CS were difficult to come by…again! This was the second biggest week for CS, with 6 (GW1 had 9) and I picked up two, but expect more. Ahead of GW7 I must look at addressing my defense, which continues to struggle. Last season, it was the anchor for my success but this season, my defenders are averaging just 2.75 PPG. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW7 Transfers”

VAPM – Viable Transfers?

The last two years I’ve dug deeper into some key metrics to help with player decisions. This is one of many different metrics to us when when contemplating players of interest. This year, I’ve paid more attention to deficiencies in past seasons. It doesn’t come as a surprise that my midfielders are excelling when it comes to their point totals in relation to their price and minutes played. It’s a plethora of acronyms; PP90, PPM, PPMM and VAPM, as managers look for keys in the numbers to unlock their season. Continue reading “VAPM – Viable Transfers?”