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”

Premier League GW25: Transfers & Starting XI

A flurry of activity after the midweek fixtures, as fantasy managers turn their attention towards the first double game week of the season. On Twitter I’ve seen some taking hits to to bring 2-3 Man City players in, while moving other options out of their starting XI. For me, I am not going to bother with DGW25. Currently, I don’t own any City assets and won’t force a square peg into a round hole, which is what I would be doing, if I attempted to chase points with City players. As for Everton…pfft…not even bothering with these Marco Silva “misfits.” Continue reading “Premier League GW25: Transfers & Starting XI”

Premier League: GW24 Starting XI

After research, discussion on Twitter and a number of beers last night, I have come to a well thought out decision ahead of game week 24. Carrying 2 FTs into the game, I am going to roll one, on the off chance I feel the desire to pick up a Man City player ahead of DGW25. Right now, the only one of interest is Leroy Sane, which I can’t afford with £1.5 ITB. Instead, I will go a different direction, one that is probably ill advised by many in the community but it feels more right that busting up my squad that’s played rather consistent. Continue reading “Premier League: GW24 Starting XI”

Premier League: GW23 Starting XI

After a rough patch of three reds in the last four weeks, SOMETHING have to give, right? How long can a bad luck streak run? Wait, don’t answer that, as I have seen fantasy managers worse off than myself, who’ve had some red runs. I recall a few years ago I had a 10-12 game red streak, so it can and does happen. Conversely, it can swing the other way with a bit of that “Irish” luck from Paddy and Johnny of The King Podcast. Green arrows are all the desire and after two transfers this week I feel my starting XI is the best it’s looked in a number of weeks. Continue reading “Premier League: GW23 Starting XI”

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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