2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI

I am already on international break, have been since the end of GW10. It has nothing to do with the Twitter community, those I discussion FPL with, pod with or write for. Like many other mangers, it appears I am still trying to sort this game out, looking back on the decisions that were made, which have put me in a position I didn’t expect to be in come November. It’s been said before, I honestly feel like Watford. I continue to put in the work and the results just aren’t enough to pick up that first win of the season. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW12 Transfers

Many pundits and FPL managers mention the word “patience” ahead of the start of the season. Usually this word is used in conjunction with non-performing players and those “knee jerk” transfers, as you go in search of something better then what you previously had. That was the case during GW11, when Raheem Sterling and Sebastien Haller combined for seven points, which included the City midfielder donning the captain’s armband. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW12 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League GW10 Retospect & GW11 Transfers

Read a few posts on Twitter asking to summarize your FPL season to date with a word, GIF or a scale from 1 to 10. “Watford bad” is the only way to describe how my FPL season has transpired over 10 weeks that ended last week with a small green arrow. Always willing to accept a green arrow, no matter how I achieved it, but it’s frustrating to see my OR tick up just 6k spots. That’s two green arrows in the last two weeks, but I feel mired in muck or bad decisions and poor pitch performances at 867k. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League GW10 Retospect & GW11 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League: GW10 Transfers

Another week, another opportunity to improve the strength of our starting XI through the use of transfers. While there hasn’t been many positive aspects this season, one area I have prospered in, has been that of transfers. Based on FPL Statistico, I’ve gained 55 points from six transfers this season. I’ve got into the habit of rolling my transfers this season, so those six changes have come in just three weeks. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW10 Transfers”

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 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”

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”

2019/20 Premier League: GW6 Transfers

After what appears to be a successful wild card played ahead of GW3, I rolled out of the international break with¬† 57 point week, and a green arrow in a week that say 52 points as the average score. Intentions with an eye on Friday, roll the FT and come with potential changes in two weeks. The starting XI is settled. Bench, two players deep and both starting. Picking up two starting forwards ahead of GW5 in place of Harry Kane, I shifted formation to a 3-4-3, which appears to be favored by the top 1000 managers (45.8%). Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW6 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League: GW5 Transfers

Activating the first wild card ahead of GW3 allowed me to roll my free transfer headed into the first international break, providing more options when Premier League action returns. This was the strategy employed last year out of the break, as I look to improve my squad. Thoughts of Sergio Aguero are stirring in my loins…again, given defensive clean sheets are down this season to start, budget seems to be the buy for the back line to free up attacking budget. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW5 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League: GW4 Transfers & Starting XI

It’s been a great week, football aside as I have did not record for the Pitch & Pint Podcast or FPL Roundtable, as I’ve been concentrating efforts at home. Rest assured both shows will return, if not over the international break, then ahead of GW5. Coming off a very successful wild card that a final score of 62 points, 18 over the weekly average, I shot up the OR as I looked to get back on track after a rocky start to the season. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW4 Transfers & Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW3 Transfers

Let’s put GW3 into perspective, by looking back to the 2018/19 Premier League. After two game weeks last season, I scored 67 and 66 points with an overall rank of 970k. The main concern, the OR combined with the fact I started the season without a premium forward and watched Sergio Aguero sink a hat trick against Huddersfield Town. Without much thought or hesitation, I activated my wild card, using a very small data set of two weeks, while looking forward to what the fixtures held. Immediate satisfaction wasn’t to be, as it resulted in my worst score of the season, but over a 10-week period, the early wild card was successful. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW3 Transfers”