Keys to Success: FPL 2019/20

This is a series I promoted a few years ago, which is intended to help my focus over the 38-week Premier League season. Setting goals is commonplace for FPL manger and it’s typical to hear, “my goal is to finish in the top 10k.” We’ve all said it. That’s great goals play an important part to our season but to achieve them we need to a set a keys or principles to follow in order to make them a reality. Continue reading “Keys to Success: FPL 2019/20”

Premier League: GW38 Retrospect

The final week of the season and I watched nothing. Pulled up the Premier League website to see some scores at halftime, but put no effort into watching the last round of games. Guess this is what I get for putting very little effort into the final week. It has been a frustrating end to an otherwise good FPL season, in which I finished with my best OR, most points scored and an average weekly score of 61.39 PPG! Continue reading “Premier League: GW38 Retrospect”

Premier League: GW37 Transfers

It’s that point in the season where many FPL managers are seeing out their respective seasons. Some good, others not. It’s also a time that we can see some younger players possibly get a run out, as end of season games can have the ability to produce some good scores. After back to back failed double game weeks, I am not so inclined to take a punt on these players, with the possibility of a start and even a return. Two weeks left, hopefully these final transfers will be enough to end the season on a small run of green arrows. Continue reading “Premier League: GW37 Transfers”

Premier League: GW36 Starting XI

Can’t keep looking back at what didn’t work the last two weeks with the assorted double games and the failed hits. Time to start new for the final three weeks of the season, end on a positive and not and maybe, just maybe sneak into that top 10k.  Unable to roll that DGW35 FT last week, leaves me not wanting to take another -4 hit this week, so I head into the week brimming with confidence on my lone transfer and hope that the Egyptian doesn’t set sail down the river Nile. Continue reading “Premier League: GW36 Starting XI”

Premier League: GW36 Transfers

…and in the blink of an eye, the double game weeks are finished. In my case, I don’t want to look back on either of the last two weeks, but to improve next year during the doubles and blanks, something will need to change.  Looking ahead, I do feel I can still make points that were lost over GW34/35. It’s dropped me some 9k down the overall rankings, but by no means will I saw 20k is a bad finish. So no complaints on the year to date. Just a few hasty and poor decisions that lead to back to back red arrows. Continue reading “Premier League: GW36 Transfers”

Premier League: DGW35 Shit Show XI

Oh how things have gone terribly wrong since activating my second wild card after the start of BGW33. Based on how I approached the end of the season, I still feel it was the appropriate time to active the wild card, in anticipation of big points and green arrows. Now, a week later I am not sure of anything FPL related. DGW34 resulted in a small 2.5k red arrow, but I was able to maintain a top 15k spot. Continue reading “Premier League: DGW35 Shit Show XI”

Premier League: DGW34 Retrospect

This could be the shortest review I’ve done this season and can be summed up in a single word. Shit! That’s how my team performed this weekend…in fact they didn’t. It did make me reconsider strategy for next season, as I don’t want to sit here and play Captain Hindsight saying, “I had <enter player> in a previous draft.” At that point FPL managers, just go tell me to fuck myself! Finished the week on 45 points, which is my third lowest point total of this season. No surprise it was a 2k red arrow, but still around 15k. Continue reading “Premier League: DGW34 Retrospect”

Premier League: Wild Card & DGW34 Starting XI

The past few years I have written an article that discusses the ‘SDM’ or “season defining moment” that made or mauled your season. I discussed this in Episode 25 of The Pitch & Pint Podcast (1:24). This season I tabbed not owning Kun Aguero in GW25 as that moment. Much like Aguero, Mo Salah has been in the spotlight all season, for his failed to reproduce his success many FPL managers rode to glory last season. It could be fingered as an ‘SDM’ from GW16 through GW23, his best run of the season, picking up six double digit hauls, including a hat trick in GW16. Continue reading “Premier League: Wild Card & DGW34 Starting XI”

Premier League: BGW33 Retrospect

It’s getting to that point where I don’t want to jinx anything. I try not to boast about the progress I have made on Twitter or elsewhere, for fear karma will come back to bite me in the ass. That said, this week was another green arrow, the kind of contagious we, as FPL managers love to see. It’s now four green arrows in a row, my best run of the season, making it six out of the last seven, as I’ve climbed 131k spots, sitting at 11k! Continue reading “Premier League: BGW33 Retrospect”

Premier League: BGW33 Transfers & Starting XI

Coming off my most successful game week this season, I look to keep the ball rolling, going in search of that elusive green arrow, preparing for the last blank game week of the season. Based on BGW31 results, this week’s average score should come in over the season low, 26 points we saw two weeks ago. Unlike that game week, I will field a full starting XI, as I’ve just transferred in the final piece of my squad. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW33 Transfers & Starting XI”

Premier League: DGW32 Starting XI

Can’t remember where I wrote it or mentioned it, but this double game week is no different than the previous 31 FPL game weeks. Pick the best players you think will score the most points. It’s become a bit tiring to see so many Twitter teams looking identical, but that’s to be expected. I am not buying into the discussion of “swords vs shields,” this isn’t fucking Dungeons & Dragons. So work whatever angle you want, but fill your team with players you will feel will score points. The goal of the game remains unchanged. Continue reading “Premier League: DGW32 Starting XI”

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”