Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW5 Retrospect

It feels as if I am living in DC Comics, fictional, Bizarro World (Htrae), which in popular culture has come to represent a situation or setting which is weirdly inverted or opposite to expectations. Take my first ever attempt to field a 5-man defense, over a 38 weeks Premier League schedule in a season where clean sheets are down and goals are up. Right there, it’s got the making for something that resembles a horror movie, fitting as we are nearing the end of October and Halloween is right around the corner. Who knows, maybe a “Freddie” or  “Jason” could potentially carved up some points for my starting I. Continue reading “Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW5 Retrospect”

2020/21 Premier League: GW5 Retrospect

While holding the wild card for the sole purpose of exiting the first international break would have been a wise decision, it was somewhat surprising to see just over 8% of managers across FPL decided to active it, that was a percentage point less than those who activated it in GW3. What does that mean? Oh, probably not a whole hell of a lot, but based on Twitter you would have thought there were more FPL managers on their wild card. Goes to prove that Twitter isnt’ necessarily the movers and shakers some take it to be. As for game week five, can we just look ahead to next weekend? Continue reading “2020/21 Premier League: GW5 Retrospect”

Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW4

Clean sheets this season seem to be a rarity, even though we saw four more bringing the season total to 17 across the league. That is one fewer than last season (18) and three off the start of the 2018/19 (20). Numbers are fairly consistent over this time frame, even though Liverpool stand out with three clean sheets to open the 18/19 season. Never did I think I would see Aston Villa, Southampton and West Ham each on two cleans to start this season. Intentions going in this season was to buy “big at the back” but that seems to be a bit of a determent at the moment. Defensive points have been very difficult to come by, as witnessed by game week four, as my squad has posted just six clean sheets by my defenders. Continue reading “Think Different: 5-Man Defense GW4”

2020/21 Premier League: GW4 Retrospect

What the hell is going on with the early part of this season? It feels as if the shortened offseason has caused more trouble than three months during last season. This is like living on Bizzaro World, where you can throw logical, form and FDR out, opting to throw darts are your weekly starting players. I reckon I would of had a better score had I done that. The final week before two weeks off and the international break, which could provide more problems with virus related issues that worth. It was a weekend that could have been so much more but maybe creativity got the best of me.
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Think Different: GW3 Retrospect

The Think Different series continues, as I look back on the decision to activate the wild card ahead of GW3. This decision wasn’t a “knee jerk” decision, coming off a green in GW2, I was looking to build on a modest 109 points I had scored the first few weeks, about 21 points lower than expected. This week I just scrapped by scoring 45 points, on a week we saw 43 as the weekly average across the game, while the top 1k averaged 42 points. That’s two consecutive weeks, where the the FPL weekly average has been higher than the top 1k, somewhat uncommon occurrence. That tells you how this season is starting. Continue reading “Think Different: GW3 Retrospect”

2020/21 Premier League: GW3 Retrospect

No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it. Thus is the common theme experienced each year when a new Premier League seasons starts. This year, after just three weeks has been…different, but familiar but unexpected. ” It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key,” so spoke Winston Churchill in a radio broadcast in October 1939. The FPL game isn’t Russia, but sometimes the understanding is indecipherable or impossible to foretell. Ahead of the game week, I activated my wild card and felt confident in the decision but won’t be able to judge the effectiveness of my actions for weeks to come. Continue reading “2020/21 Premier League: GW3 Retrospect”

Think Different: GW2 Retrospect

Much like watching Premier League  players hit for attacking returns one week, then go dark the next, so goes my 5-man defensive team. On the back of a disappointing GW1 score of 47 points, it was difficult to look over my team, especially not owning the man the hot foot in GW1. Now GW2, we see Spurs, Everton and Leicester City get business done convincingly. Yet I owned just two players from those teams. Thankfully, 61 points was just enough to get me over the hump and pull off a small green arrow, up just 150k, but still nearly at 3 million OR. It’s early, but there is no way I am going to turn tail and give up on my 5-man defense. Continue reading “Think Different: GW2 Retrospect”

2020/21 Premier League: GW2 Retrospect

After a strong 78 point showing to start the new FPL season, coming back with just 58 points in GW2 was a bit disappointing. Maybe I was too quick to captain Mo Salah, coming off a hat trick against Leeds United but injuries and non-performers really caused my squad to look very average. It’s still early but many managers have already pulled that wild card trigger ahead of the upcoming game week. Before I even consider GW3, it’s time to check out the why of GW2  and where to go from here. Continue reading “2020/21 Premier League: GW2 Retrospect”

Think Different: GW1 Retrospect

This Think Different series began a few years back when I was a contributor to Fantasy Football Geek and initially focused on the viability of playing five defenders. While that strategy didn’t last long, the series did last a few seasons, before discontinuing submissions to FFG. This year, I’ve decided to revive the series on 6thGoal.com, posting the first of six articles on August 18, Think Different: An FPL Tale Part I. This series was conceived to follow my second team from pre-season planning and strategy, over 38 game weeks to see how a set and forget 5-man defense can get on in a very attack minded FPL game. Hopefully the first game week isn’t an indication of how things are going to go, but I am confident this team will rebound and finish the season with a respectable OR. More importantly, I am curious to see what I learn from this exercise. Continue reading “Think Different: GW1 Retrospect”

2020/21 Premier League: GW1 Retrospect

I have no reason to be disappointed with my final score of 78 points at the conclusion of GW1. My captain selection was spot on, going with Mo Salah, who returned 40 points and for many FPL managers the reason they finished the week above the weekly average points that finished on 50 points. Yet with this success, there was some frustration with personnel, from selection to performance that didn’t fair well. However, I feel I am off to a strong or stronger start than the past two seasons. My final score was good enough for a start at 376k with something to build on for GW2. Continue reading “2020/21 Premier League: GW1 Retrospect”

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”