GW35+ Retrospect: Shit Show

Where should I start? Let’s go back to GW33+ that saw 81 points and a green arrow with an improved in the OR to a season high, 153k! Yet green with envy, it was short lived as  GW34+  I missed the weekly average (59) finishing on 52 points thanks in part to Son not starting and Laporte not playing in a week that City picked up clean sheet. GW35+ was a roll of the dice, so to speak, as I was in the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Banterbury H2H League. It was a league I didn’t put much thought into but found myself down two points heading into the season leg. Continue reading “GW35+ Retrospect: Shit Show”

GW32+ Retrospect: Bleeding Red

For the second week in a row, I’ve finished above the weekly average (50 points) with 55 points, but failed to pick up a green, resulting in a second red arrow in a row. Frustrated with the results, I gambled on a few players for my wild card that failed to pay off. Guess I should have known better than to put my trust in Nigel Pearson to actually field a starting Xi that might have competed against So’ton. Now that I’ve used my Bench Boost, Free Hit and Wild Card, I look to run the remainder of the season with just one chip remaining and a few good paper options. Continue reading “GW32+ Retrospect: Bleeding Red”

2019/20 Premier League: GW10 Starting XI

Tinker. Tinker. Tinker. Why? Does it matter? Will it matter? Who fucking knows! It’s been a challenging year through GW9, one that I surely didn’t expect ahead of the start of the Premier League season. It goes to show that rarely are there any guarantees in fantasy sports. Luck will always play a role in our hobby, regardless of what the “experts” talking heads say. This season, I would love to have more luck, as the struggle is real and many premiums just haven’t fired as expected, based on previous season’s data. There is still much time and the law of fantasy football averages tell us, those players will come around. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW10 Starting XI”

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: 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: GW6 Starting XI

Ahead of GW6 the decision was made to roll the FT, even with Mason Mount calling a flag, as Chelsea host Liverpool this weekend at Stamford Bridge. The Blues midfielder is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the Champions League game on Tuesday, in a 1-0 loss to Valencia. Earlier today Frank Lampard said, “He’s got a chance. We’re trying to get him moving today and it’s one I’ll have to call just before the game with another 24 hours in the bank.” Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW6 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI

I wrote the transfer article on Thursday and then decide to make multiple moves to my starting XI. As written in GW5 Transfers, I had a few thoughts and directions I could have potentially gone since I was holding 2 FTs. First there was Aguero that would have required to downgrade a defender, then Aubameyang, a direct swap for Kane. I decided to dump the premium and move on two moderate priced forwards with good potential. That said, I should have held the FTs until Friday, as word comes down about Lacazette being out through October. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI

It’s Friday and after recording Episode 46: Don’t Panic on the Pitch & Pint Podcast, being called out on Thursday on Episode 6: Hold It Now, Hit It, by co-hosts on the FPL Roundtable, I finally confessed that I activated my wild card late Monday night after the Wolves vs Man United game. We can debate the reasoning all season, but the thought process was explained in the article 2019/20 Premier League: GW3 Transfers. I seem to be following in the footsteps of last season, when I activated the wild at the same time, ahead of GW3. This year, it was the fact I did not own Raheem Sterling, owned by 97.6% of managers in the top 1000! Big ownership number, I could not ignore. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI”

Premier League: GW37 Starting XI

Still reeling from that 16 points I took ahead of GW35, chasing points, any plan I had to see the season out was thrown out the window. Based on fixtures, before United went tits up, I was playing double United to finish the season. Then it was double Palace with Milivojevic and Zaha. Jota partnering with Jimenez, then crossed my mind. Now, a few hours before Friday kickoff, the team has been finalized. Continue reading “Premier League: GW37 Starting XI”

Premier League: GW30 Starting XI

How’s your FPL week been? With many pods dropping and more information coming to light, things are starting to drop in place moving forward, as managers keep an eye on BGW31, but don’t want to leave themselves short for game week 30. As mentioned a few times, I strayed from my original strategy, with FOMO on Man City players. Raheem Sterling, one game, one captain. One bust. Jamie Vardy, one shot. One Goal. Not impressed. Now as we are on the even of the game week how does your starting XI look? Continue reading “Premier League: GW30 Starting XI”

Premier League: BGW27 Starting XI

Yesterday, listening to Episode 18 of the What the FPL Podcast, I identified with both Yaron and Gaz when it came to that feeling during this time of the season. Much along the title of the episode, “F*ck it, Dude. Let’s go bowling.” That’s how I felt. I had spent a fair bit of time working on my spreadsheet with information gleaned from Twitter, discussions and podcasts. Yet, none of the strategies I employed seemed to fit the situation. Until today, Friday morning, ahead of the start of BGW27 and Cardiff City hosting Watford. Oh yeah and West Ham hosting Fulham. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW27 Starting XI”