Premier League: BGW31 Retrospect

While I called BGW31 a “disaster” when I dropped Episode 30 of The Pitch & Pint Podcast, I finished on a green arrow. Not many FPL managers can say that. Based on overall weekly points, this was my lowest scoring week of the Premier League season. It wasn’t unexpected, as 10 teams did not participate, as their games are to be rescheduled into double game weeks later, starting next week. While 39 points doesn’t sound like a lot, it was enough to finish over the average and see a 2k rise in the overall rank. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW31 Retrospect”

Premier League: BGW31 Starting XI

We’re back, 24 hours later! Academica Vertex. Episode 33 – Top Fidy was a success, however it answered NONE of my question, when Casey, Gabe and I collaborated on how to play the blank game week, while looking ahead to GW32. It took me a bit longer to realize the the Watford game started early and we could know the ramification before the deadline approached for BGW31. That said, I am hold my transfers and starting XI, until very close to the deadline on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW31 Starting XI”

Premier League: BGW31 Transfers

In the words of Ax Rose from the 1987 release, Appetite for Destruction and their song, Sweet Child O’ Mine, “where do we go now?” That is the question I’ve been asking myself the last two weeks, ahead of BGW31. Now, Thursday afternoon, I am no closer to answering it, as there are options on the bench with two free transfers in hand. Like that unspent money, it’s burning a hole in my pocket. I’ll see if I can talk my way through my transfer options for this, the first major blanks game week in the Premier League. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW31 Transfers”

Premier League: GW30 Retrospect

There was a point Saturday morning, watching the 3pm kick offs that I could not keep up with all the scoring. I just happen to have all five games streaming on my PC, as I am switching back and forth on Slack from Art of the Dive to Always Cheating, as discussion was coming fast and furious. With goals flying in, I was comparing OR in Fantasy Football Fix with livefpl.net and Premier League Tools. It all told the same story a big green arrow was in the making. However, that is not how it was for many FPL managers come to find out later. Continue reading “Premier League: GW30 Retrospect”

Premier League: GW29 Transfers

This article gets more difficult to write each week, as it get closer to BGW31. Your remaining FTs and hits will be predicated on your chip strategy ahead of the first big blank of the season. What works for me, might not work for you. I have no plans on taking a hit to bring in an additional players, giving me 9 or 10 starters. Some are looking at moving in a DGW player for a non-playing one, knowing they can recoup the -4 points. At this point of the season, points, like chips are important. Why give away unnecessary points if you don’t have to? Continue reading “Premier League: GW29 Transfers”

Watford Rewind: GW29 vs Leicester City

This was a big game for Watford, returning home from Anfield the previous week, where the Hornets were demolished, 5-0 thanks in part to a staunch defense that decided to offense and supplant themselves at the top of the Premier League. This week, the Hornets welcomed former Watford boss, Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City to Vicarage Road. Rodgers last managed the Golden Boys in the 2008/09 season, as he returns to the Premier League after a stint with Celtic in the SPL. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW29 vs Leicester City”

Premier League: GW29 Retrospect

Game week 29 was one of those forgettable ones, in which my weekly score was over the average, but not enough to match the top 1000 managers, which turned my Saturday green into a Sunday red. It was destined to go that direction, based on my previous game weeks, picking up back to back greens, followed by a red or two. All those ranks I increased, given back, however this week it was just a small 5k red, which could have been much worse. I will consider myself lucky as I remained in the top 85k ahead of this weekend. Continue reading “Premier League: GW29 Retrospect”

Premier League: GW29 Transfers & Starting XI

It’s been a week stuck inside my strategy spreadsheet for many hours while at work. The only positive, at least I am getting paid for it. Listened to a handful of podcasts during the week, discussed players and strategies with the lads on Episode 31 of Academica Vertex. I am trying to avoid the Twitter bias in order to now sway my decisions. Holding two free transfers ahead of game week 29 was supposed to make things easier, but it seems that hasn’t been the case. When that occurs, the answer usually is, don’t do anything but I don’t want to give away a free transfer, as both are needed to help me round out a BGW31 squad. Continue reading “Premier League: GW29 Transfers & Starting XI”

GW28 Preview: Liverpool vs Watford

Not sure why I decided to drop a preview of this game, as it could end up all red. In fact, the league leaders, Liverpool need to take care of business, as they have no margin for error with City breathing down the neck, just a point off the top spot in the Premier League.  Could it be anything other than a Liverpool victory at Anfield? Were the Reds poor at Old Trafford on the weekend or as Jurgen Klopp suggested in the post game comment, “F*cking hell, what a sh*t game!” Continue reading “GW28 Preview: Liverpool vs Watford”

Premier League: GW28 Transfers

It’s another midweek fixture as FPL managers had less than 48 hours to finish crying over their BGW27 results before looking ahead to game week 28. The biggest news out of the weekend, the injury to Marcus Rashford and Aymeric Laporte could dampen spirits, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka appears to be set for a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury. For me game week 28 represents a great opportunity to post back to back green arrows and break that 100k barrier, which has been somewhat elusive this season. Continue reading “Premier League: GW28 Transfers”

Premier League: BGW27 Transfers

Let me start this piece off by saying, I don’t own any BGW players; MCI, BHA, CHE and EVE, ahead of this game week. Good? Bad? Not sure we will know the answer to that this week. Rest assured, I will have a starting XI and full, healthy bench from which to choose. However, the transfer this week, isn’t so easy. By now many FPL managers have started working on their chip strategy, as we approach the business end of the Premier League season. As I’ve said before, there isn’t one strategy that works for all managers. Use the information you gain on Twitter, websites and from discussion and make a decision that will work for you. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW27 Transfers”

Premier League: GW26 Transfers & Starting XI

Ahead of game week 26, it feels I’ve been out of the loop since I last podcasted, ahead of game week 24. Time constraints and life left me no time ahead of the first DGW, but after listening to other pods, they all had the game week covered. Out of DGW25, I was left disappointed with a paltry score of 51, well of the average of 65 points, probably the highest game week average of the season! Continue reading “Premier League: GW26 Transfers & Starting XI”