Premier League: GW22 Starting XI

As we steam towards the Saturday morning fixtures, it’s time to give one last look at potential transfers and finalize the game week 22 starting lineup. As it stands on Friday morning, on the West Coast of the US, I have three players flagged; Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (suspended), Ryan Fraser (hamstring) and Callum Wilson (hamstring). Many FPL managers would have me moving off the Bournemouth duo, but can’t argue with their 18 points last weekend. Favorable fixture against a non-existent Everton defense too this weekend. Continue reading “Premier League: GW22 Starting XI”

Premier League: GW20 Starting XI

…and in a blink of an eye, here comes game week 20. Coming off a solid 68 point week, unfortunately it wasn’t enough to garner a green arrow as I slide about 15k. This week with not much time between games, I made a rather quick decision to bring in Paul Pogba for Leroy Sane. Hopefully it doesn’t backfire, as City still have good fixtures, this week against So’ton. United faces a defensively leaky, Bournemouth. Continue reading “Premier League: GW20 Starting XI”

Premier League: GW15 Starting XI

We are about 24 hours away from game week 15 kickoff as the festive period is in full swing, as we look forward to the next game week on Saturday. Last week tossed a wrench into the machine to upset many fantasy mangers, myself included. Thankfully Virgil van Dijk picked up 12 points with the most unique assist that gave Liverpool a 1-0 win with virtually the last kick of the game. Ahead of the game week I am down to 97k after 54 points, but feeling confident as I took my first hits of the season. I do feel a bit dirty after hitting the transfer button, but do think my team has been strengthened.
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Premier League: GW12 Starting XI

It’s been a long week, longer than most and maybe in my mind I am already on an international break, so to speak. Ahead of the game week, I averaging 61.09/PPW through 11 weeks with an OR of 169k. Rolling my transfer last week, gives me 2 FT with £2.7 ITB. To say I have options is an understatement, as I wrote in Premier League: GW12 Transfers. It’s a good place to be, especially with pressers questioning the fitness of James Maddison and Richarlison. Let’s not forget all those FPL managers who are STILL carrying Alexsandr Mitrovic.
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Premier League: GW11 Starting XI

It’s still early Friday morning and I am mulling over my transfer options. I have a good idea who is leaving and who will be coming in, but I am just waiting until later in the day to confirm my transfers. At this point, not much can be said that will sway my decisions, as these moves should strengthen my starting XI for the short term, while providing me more ITB to cover the long term players I am looking to bring in the next few game weeks and over the international break.
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Premier League: GW9 Starting XI

Been sitting in front of the computer, here at work for 90 minutes now, finishing up Academica Vertex and The Art of the Dive and I am not much closer to a decision on the direction I want to go with my two free transfers. Based on Wednesday’s Premier League: GW9 Transfers, this decision seemed straight forward on the strategy I was looking to play. Now doubt and hesitation have started creeping him, much like that impending decision on who to captain. Mo Salah, away to Huddersfield or Kun Aguero, home to Burnley and the return of Joe Hart to the Eithad. Continue reading “Premier League: GW9 Starting XI”

Premier League: GW7 Starting XI

It’s been a long week, one in which I have held my FT, on the back of my second poor transfer of the season, buying Ryan Fraser. While one week doesn’t make a season, if there was ANY team he would score, it would have been Burnley, who had been terrible all season. As luck would have it, his addition to my team was a popular one, but failed to return any points on the road. Ahead of GW7, I am considering formation when it comes to how I approach this weekend. Continue reading “Premier League: GW7 Starting XI”

Premier League: GW5 Starting XI

FPL is back! The international break is over and we are poised on the edge of Gameweek 5, which begins with the match of the week, as Spurs host Liverpool. While many fantasy manager activated their wild card, I on the other hand haven’t done much tinkering at all over the last two weeks. Having already played my wild card, I was unable to roll a FT over into the break, leaving me with the weekly free. Injuries were a bit of concern, but I have held steady and made no transfers.
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Premier League: GW4 Starting XI

This article could have been posted on Monday as patience went out the door while Gameweek 3 was still in full swing, after Richarlison was sent off with a red card. No real surprise, I followed the herd and knee jerked Theo Walcott into my squad, after wild card activation last week. Now a day before kickoff, the outstanding concern is Marko Arnautovic, who’s still flagged with a muscle injury, but indications are he will start against Wolves.
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Premier League: GW3 Starting XI

Heading into Friday with a bold, new found confidence as I activated my wild card on Tuesday night. While there is no “right time” for this decision, it could be seem as hasty, giving the matra of “patience” I’ve adopted this season. It’s been two weeks above the weekly average (65.5/PPG), but the fact I was short a premium forward was beginning to weight on my conscience, which was part of the reasoning behind the activation.
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Premier League: GW2 Starting XI

Looking back on the past 7 days, it’s been a good fantasy week, starting with the 67 points my starting XI scored in GW1. While that doesn’t sound like much, it was 14 points more than the 53 point average and it was over 60 points, which acts as a measuring stick for the season. While I didn’t post my goals for the season (yet), averaging 60 points has been on that list for a few years. Looking ahead to GW2, I have made one change in my starting XI and have decided to roll the FT in anticipation of big changes ahead of GW3.
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