Pitch & Pint Podcast Ep 24 Show Notes

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Episode 24 of the Pitch & Pint Podcast being recorded Thursday January 31, 2019 – Told Ya So!

INTRODUCTION – Episode 24

  • Hello and welcome to episode 24 of the Pitch & Pint Podcast. My name is Stephen, you can find me @6thGoal on Twitter.
  • I’ve heard a few other podcasts comment on those individuals in FPL Twitter who want to start their own podcast. I echo the sentiments of those before me, go for it!
  • However, keep in mind, it’s going to be a lot of work, take quite a bit of time, depending on how you prepare for your pod and the rewards or unique downloads/listens might not be what you were expecting.
  • For me, this isn’t my first rodeo when it comes to podcasting. I ran three previous pods, starting in 2001 with a show called Radio OZ, where I hosted an 80s radio show. Now, none of the shows were recorded, but I played before Blankz, the ponbigi of Internet radio and his show Anything goes.
  • At the end of 2001, I developed and produced a show called Urban Radio, centered around the Quake III mod, Urban Terror, as part of the development team. That show lasted nearly 10 years, on and off.
  • In 2005 I revived my 80s radio show, renaming it to Just Push Play, talking music, movies, video games and spinning the best 80s mp3s. Okay, so mp3s really don’t spin. You know what I mean.
  • (01:32) Having been at this FPL podcast game since July, 2017 for 24 episodes, my expected results haven’t lived up to my expectations.
  • That said, I do this because I have fun doing it. Much like the #30SecondBeerReviews, I never expected some of this video to exceed 3000 views!
  • So, my podcast isn’t popular and doesn’t have a co-host. That said, I do a lot hours of preparation just to give the FPL community 30-45 minutes of a pretty regular basis.
  • As Kevin Coster said in the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams, “if you build it, he will come.” So, while I am struggling with numbers, I will continue to produce quality content for the FPL community.
  • We know there are a lot of good podcasts out there; Always Cheating, Who Got the Assist, Scoutcast, if that’s your flavor, The Punt, FPL Surgery, 3 Amigos, minus Dale, The Dive, King Podcast, FML FPL, Planet #FPL, The 59th Minute, The Gaffer Tapes…these just scratch the surface.
  • Hopefully, what I produce, and present will equal those pods in terms of quality across the FPL community.
  • I must give myself some props from Episode 23. As I was discussing the top 1000 mangers I said about Luca Digne:
  • “I am still not a Digne fan, even though the defender is owned by 79.6% of the top 1000, for every double-digit return, you are likely to get a 1 or 2 point stinker. This week [GW23], it was another -1, second time in 6 weeks.
  • That seems to be what you get with the Frenchman. 10 points in GW16, followed by a 3 and a -1. GW19, he scored 17, followed by a 2 and 1 point performance. Most recently 12 points in GW22 and a -1 this week. Be ready for another no return in GW24 at Huddersfield.
  • Well FPL managers would have rather he stayed on the bench then come in for 11 minutes, see red and finish on -2. Ouch!
  • Now, onto the Watford GW24 review, as they Hornets visited Wembley Stadium and Spurs.
  • (3:14) Watford Review
  • It was all going so well for 45 minutes as Watford was outplaying Spurs at Wembley. It took to the 38th minute, but Jose Holebas from a corner kick floated a ball in that Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart both went for. Cathcart got a piece of the ball and sent it past a, late to react Hugo Lloris from just 6 yards out to give Watford the 1-0 into half time.
  • Things went from good to what the fuck are we seeing on the pitch in the second half. Spurs put together a few good attacks, as Fernando Llorente missed from about 3 yards out on a ball that Foster parried into the Spurs front man.
  • The game really chanced when Poch brought in Lucas Moura at half time. Now this guy didn’t do it for me in fantasy, but he sparked the Spurs comeback. He was quick to the ball, dynamic on the pitch and was making it happen in all facets of the game.
  • As the game rolled into the 60th and 70th minute, Foster was being called upon to do more and more inside his box. He made some good saves, but the Watford defense looked gassed, as did the entire team. Missing Abdoulaye Doucoure in the midfield was quite evident.
  • That’s not to say Huge and Cleverley didn’t play well, but we didn’t control the ball and rarely seemed to control the midfield the entire second half of the game. You could sense a equalizer coming and it did, just 10 minutes from the whistle.
  • It would be Heung-min Son cutting to his left and firing a great shot past Foster to tie the game at 1-1. It was a well-deserved goal as Spurs had but putting Watford under some intense pressure in their own end. The Hornets did themselves no favors, as they were unable to clear or maintain any sort of possession.
  • It’s reflected in the final statistics, as Spurs had 68.5% of the possession! Much of that was the domination in the second half of the game.
  • As the clock slowly ticked towards 90 minutes, Issac Success had been brought on in the 61st minute for Gerard Deulofeu to provide some speed and physicality up top, unfortunately, he wasn’t able to do much as Watford continually had 10 behind the ball. We never were able to get that long ball forward to provide an sort of counter attack.
  • Chance after chance went begging, but it would be Llorente in the 87th who banged home an across the goal header, as he made a beeline to Poch.
  • Much maligned by the fans, Llorente got the last laugh and the winner as Spurs saw out the game, 2-1. Not a masterclass, but a good game for both.
  • Looking at Watford assets, I still just 2-3 that could be considered. First Jose Holebas, 4.8 and let me preface this by saying, he’s on 9 yellow cards but has 9 attacking returns on the season. A good replacement for the red carded Luca Digne.
  • Ben Foster, at 4.5 is still good value, he’s made 9, 6, 3 and 4 saves in his last 4 starters and Watford still have a run of 3 games.
  • Finally, Gerard Deulofeu at 5.5. Might be a bit tough to swallow with David Brooks playing and scoring at 5.1, be he could be a differential consideration. The knock against him, that final ball, he’s struggled since coming into the starting XI.
  • Before we get into the FPL opinion I must pour myself the Gameweek 25 Beer of the Week.
  • Beer of the Week – Gameweek 25
    • Based on Untappd check ins for 2018, Tree House Brewing Company, out of Charlton, Mass finished as the fifth most checked in venue behind Mikkeller Beer Celebration in Copenhagen, DK, Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn, NY, home to Always Cheating. Screw the Black Horse, hit Other Half guys! The Answer Brewpub in Richmond, VA, I don’t know it but FPL_Sauce and Richard, RTY9A do. Fourth was the GABF or Great American Beer Fesitval in Denver, Colorado, so they don’t really count. Right?
    • As a West Coast, beer drinking guy, you would think I would be happy with all the excellent beer in California. From Modern Times, Abnormal, Pure Project and Mike Hess in San Diego to Monkish and Smog City in LA and north to the bay area, representing with Fieldwork, Moonraker, to Russian River and HenHouse. The beer is excellent and plentiful.
    • Yet, I find some God damn reason to continue to buy out of state. My vice, Tree House Brewing in Charlton, Mass.
    • Since I have a relatively open pipeline to some of the BEST and I emphasis BEST beer in America, why the fuck not take advantage of it, right?
    • Their lineup is nothing short of amazing! Offerings vary based on the season, their moods, and innovations discovered in the midst of day in and day out brewing.
    • Their artisan brewery knows no bounds and are driven by an intense curiosity of ingredients and how they blend together to create something special.
    • And special is how I would describe any Tree House beer.
    • This isn’t the first time I have featured a Tree House beer on the Pitch & Pint Podcast, this is the first time I have featured their milk stout, All That Is and All That Ever Will Be.
    • Let’s crack this 16 oz can and get some chocolate goodness flowing.
    • This English sweet or milk stout comes in at 6.5& ABV and is brewed with cocoa nibs and a blend of Tree House’s favorite coffee.
    • This beer pours a thick and viscous motor oil black with an small rich and inviting, complex khaki tan head that quickly dissipates.
    • The smell…it’s roasted malts, almost smoky with heavy dose of chocolate and a sampling of cold brewed coffee.
    • The taste is very chocolaty syrup or brownie batter, thick and rich on the palette.
    • There’s a slight brew coffee and a hint of bitterness late, but a nice drinking milk stout. As Tree House says, “Despite it’s heft it retains a wonderful and fluffy drinkability.”
    • Easy drinking and refreshing, it’s a great beer to get us started this week on the Pitch & Pint Pod.
    • Now let’s get into some FPL opinions
  • FPL OPINIONS (8:56)
    • What have we learned this week? Let’s run down some points.
    • City concedes title to Liverpool with loss
    • Manchester City have handed Liverpool the championship. Yeah, I’ll say it and we have just finished GW24.
    • May 12 could be the day Liverpool hoist the Premier League trophy. How the fuck does City lose to Newcastle?
    • I’ll tell you. Complacency. Liverpool is in the driver’s seat and it’s their title to lose. There are no teams as good as the Reds.
    • Sorry United fans, you all are a bit myopic with Ol’ Gunnar, but your defense sucks! You went down to Burnley, only to draw even in injry time with a Viktor Lindelof goal. Not like that will happen often.
    • Now Pep’s boys got off the blocks early, a goal in the opening 30 seconds and it appeared they would cruise to victory.
    • However, City looked like shit. Really, is there any other way to put it? They were a step late to the ball, sluggish and couldn’t but the Magpies away.
    • Rondon equalized on a poor clearance, then Fernandinho gave away a PK, scored by Matt Ritchie.
    • This City squad doesn’t deserve to win the title at this point, as they have been playing very average. Their defense has been suspect, since the Ben Mendy injury and ahead of DGW25, I won’t be looking at any Shitty…errr…City assets.
    • Why should I tear apart my team to shoehorn one or two of them in. Can’t see their defense keeping any CS points. Their offense seems hit and miss. And we ALWAYS and I emphasis ALWAYS must take the Perp roulette into consideration. Thanks for playing this season City. Better luck next season.
    • United stumble and nearly fall.
    • So Ol’ Gunnar is like the second coming, right? United fans don’t see him doing any wrong, as he’d won all his games up until GW24. Lots of tears in Manchester this week as Untied can’t defeat Burnley, a team that had 20 points and was in 17th, a point ahead of the relegation zone.
    • Myopic United fan will find some reason to not blame Ol Gunnar, but United started slowly and couldn’t take advantage, missing some big chances. Hell, I think I saw Rashford miss three BIG CHANCES. It hurts, especially after the City lose to drop two points and only pick up a draw that now has United on 45 points, look up at the top 4, holding onto their 6th
    • I don’t think they have enough defensively to be the fourth best team in the Premier League, I am sure myopic United fan will disagree.
    • Some big games on the horizon, including a Champstions League against PSG, Chelsea away in the FA Cup and travel to Leicester and Fulham in the Premier League. Good luck Myopic United, you’ll need it.
    • Fulham refuses to quit.
    • Let me preface this by saying, Fulham is still going to be relegated. I don’t believe they have enough to remain in the Premier League.
    • That said, in snowy conditions, the Tinkerman grabbed his guys about the cajones and saw them come from two goals down to win, 4-2.
    • I still no faith in Alexsandr Mitrovic at 6.5 to believe he is a viable FPL asset. That’s 2 goals in his last 4 games or 3 goals in his last 11 games. So, don’t get too excited FPL managers or Cottagers fans.
    • More impressive was the comeback after Glenn Murray netted twice to give Brighton a 2-0 going into the break.
    • Out of the break, in the blowing snow, it was all Fulham. Now Fulham can score, they just can’t defend, which is a problem, especially if your top goal scorer isn’t scoring at a regular clip. Again 3 goals in 11 games isn’t good.
    • However, Claudio Ranieri has breathed some life into this lifeless team and has them thinking they can stop the drop with Cardiff City losing, they are just two wins away from 17th.
    • Southampton has new life though under Ralph Haselhuttl, so that could be a big task for this Championship level team.
    • The Mexican
    • It was the Raul Jimenez Show, starring Raul Jimenez that saw Wolves shut out a shitty West Ham team. Oh yeah and Arnie got hurt again. Maybe he should go play in China.
    • West Ham was uninspiring and unimpressive on the pitch…again! No consistency in their play, but Wolves look in their early season form…again.
    • Last week it was Jota, this week Jimmy Nez, as he hits for the brace that see’s Wolves retain their 7th
    • Jimenez has been very consistent all season long and a helluva bargain, even now at 6.5 and Wolves in a good run.
    • He’s been a player who’s been able to create and score for Wolves at the top level of English football. On the season, he’s netted 8 goals combined with 7 assists, adding 17 bonus points.
    • Gunners get a sniff of top 4
    • Talk about a team with a poor defense, that’s the Gunners right now. Rife with injury in Bellerin, Sokratis, Holding and Koscielny, the Gunners were able to win with offense this week.
    • Granted they were only facing Cardiff City, but the Bluebirds had played some big six teams tough this season and through 60 minutes held Arsenal scoreless.
    • Can’t say the win was very convincing, as Emery needs to do find some resolution with his defense, giving up an injury time goal.
    • Cardiff had the better chances early but couldn’t capitalize on them and ledt the door open for the Gunners. They took advantage of it.
    • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and assisted, oh yeah and he was differential captain this week. Fuck yes! 24 points! More on that later.
    • I don’t believe Arsenal in their current form will finish as a top 4 team without healthy defenders.
  • (14:30) Beer News – Is Craft Beer Burning Out?

 

  • It’s time for some craft beer news, its an opinion piece this week
  • Found this on the Internet from Darren, The Burnt Out Beer Guy, an award-winning beer book author, blogger and craft beer and soda brewery founder.
  • You can find him and this article at theburntoutbeerguy.wordpress.com.
  • IPAs so cloudy they look like radioactive pond water, double mocha-wocha choco-vanilla fudgy wudgy pastry stouts, DDH fruit smoothies (that’s Double Dry Hopped for the uninitiated) and salty goses that taste like gym instructor sweat. Is craft beer trying so hard these days it’s in danger of burning itself out?
  • When Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, the owner of Evil Twin and one of the world’s most prolific craft beer creators got a little misty-eyed on Facebook recently when he wrote: “Man I miss the good old days where we didn’t have to put out 5 new beers every week to make the customers happy”, maybe it’s a sign we should all get off the hamster wheel for a moment and think about where craft beer is heading.
  • There was a time, not all that long ago, when a group of US brewers got together and vowed to reclaim beer from big business by making them with integrity and passion once again.
  • Thanks in large part to those early pioneers we are now able to sit around in craft beer bars App-drinking a seemingly endless deluge of quirky brews from around the world.
  • And that’s the problem. Because of their relentless drive to recreate beer craft brewers have inadvertently spawned a consumer culture where beer doesn’t necessarily need to be great anymore.
  • It just needs to be new.
  • As a craft brewery owner, myself I’ve lost count of the number of bars I’ve rung up to ask how sales are going, to be told our beer had already sold out. Great, I say, and ask if they want to order more:
  • “Oh, we won’t buy the same beer again. Our customers get bored easily these days. Have you got anything new?”
  • This insatiable need for new is robbing craft breweries of the time it takes to perfect their beers. Because the truth is that most of the world’s greatest beers didn’t taste that way after the first batch. Brewers would have spent months, and in some cases even years, tinkering and tweaking, raising a degree of temperature here, moving a hop addition another few minutes later in the boil there, in order to fine-tune and perfect their recipes. It’s what the craft in craft beer is really all about.
  • But now that craft is being compromised by the hashtag generation and some craft breweries are beginning to crack under the strain. For example, for many the practice of test brewing small batches of a new beer before upscaling to commercial brews has long been abandoned. There simply isn’t time anymore to wait 4 weeks to see if a beer recipe actually works. Just roll the dice and hope for the best.
  • Whereas once it was ok to have a lager, an APA, IPA and stout as your core range, with the occasional seasonal release to add a little drama, these days it’s not unusual for a brewery to have multiple versions of every style – many of which taste pretty much the same because they really are the same. Just add another kilo or two of dry hops and you get two beers from one. There’s simply no time left over these days to refine. It’s corner-cutting, sloppy but inevitable as brewers come under increasing pressure to conjure up something different every week.
  • So, is anyone to blame? Is it the craft breweries themselves, who now wield social media with all the skill of a Kardashian to fan the hype flames of new releases (often in limited numbers to deliberately increase the buzz)? Is it the drinking App platforms who encourage the ‘more is better’ consumer culture by rewarding users with shiny badges for drinking around, or the bars that happily feed their habit?
  • Or is it us, you and me, the craft beer drinkers, for no longer feeling any sense of pride in drinking local, or having the patience to stick with a beer we like for a while just because we like it and not because drinking it gives us more likes and followers?
  • Maybe the problem is craft beer itself. Remember, craft beer started out as a journey of discovery, so perhaps it’s unreasonable to criticize craft beer drinkers now when they simply want to take in all the sights along the way.
  • Whoever’s to blame craft breweries are increasingly feeling the strain of keeping up with their customers. When week in and week out they are being forced to choose between brewing the best beer they can make or brewing the easiest beer they can sell something’s eventually got to give.
  • Unless maybe, somehow, we can all slow down a bit, smell the hops and enjoy being in the ‘beer and now’ once in a while….
  • My opinion, I don’t feel craft beer is burning out, but then again, I don’t have a view from the brewery side. I only see it from the beer drinker and social media side.
  • Sadly, I do see many craft brewers coming out with such extensive lines of beer, many are limited or one-time releases. You see the same base beer used with different hop additions. In fact, Tree House does this with their Bright series, some of which I have reviewed on my 30 Second Beer Review.
  • There is something to be said about those established craft brewers like Vinnie at Russian River who has a limited line but continues to brew beer, like Pliny continually. It’s still an excellent beer! Legendary even, just like John Kimmich at Alchemist and Heady Topper!
  • These are solid DIPAs, but there is so much more out there being brewed that beers like these have fallen in popularity. Not sure either brewery really cares though. They continue to brew an excellent line and haven’t gotten caught up in all the foo foo shit we see from many brewers.
  • While choice is a good thing, I do think at some point the quality will decrease and beer drinkers will fall back on beers they enjoy. I have a handful of beers I consider my “go to brews” you can always count on.
  • Now let’s get back into some more FPL related opinions.
  • FPL Opinions (continued) (19:42)
    • Wednesday brought mid-week 24 to a close and we had a few shockers. The biggest, Chelsea a 4-0 loss to Bournemouth, minus Callum Wilson. But who needs him when you have Englishman, Josh King! At 6.3 the forward scored twice and assisted on Brooks goal to finish on 16 points for the week. That’s 2 weeks in a row with attacking returns.
    • With the words that Wilson could be sidelined until late February, could now be the time to buy into King? He’s just 2 years removed from that 2016/17 season that saw him score 16 goals.
    • It was also this time of year during that season he started to bang and be FPL goal! He would go on to score 12 goals in 14 games with a brace and hat trick.
    • While the Cherries do have some tricky fixtures to navigate through GW29; car/liv/WOL/ars/MCI. Eddie Howe seems to get his team to score against anyone. Sure, their defense is shit, but no one owns their defensive assets.
    • It’s all about Ryan Fraser, David Brooks and Callum Wilson. I think it could be a big differential play to bring in King, if you own Wilson.
    • After GW29, it should be FPL gold for Bournemouth the rest of the season, see no reason you wouldn’t want to double up on their assets starting with the away trip to Huddersfield.
    • The other change I am considering with the wild card, Fraser to Brooks, a difference of 1.0 million pounds. While a comparison of the stats leans Fraser on 5 goals and 9 assists, Brooks has 6 goals and 4 assists.
    • If you do xG, Brooks nearly doubles Fraser, but that double flips in favor of Fraser for xA. I think it depends on what you plan on doing with your midfield and if you have enough ITB to cover your future moves.
    • That’s 3 attacking returns in 2 weeks for Brooks, but he did pick up a knock. As of yesterday, all Howe would say was “I need to speak to him and the physios to find the extent of his injury.” He was subbed off at 68 minutes.
    • Did anyone see Mo Salah yesterday? Paging Mo Salah, Mr Salah, you fucked a majority of FPL managers by blanking! That’s good, even as an owner if you captained Aubameyang, like I did. He was a non-factor in a sleet soaked Anfield yesterday. It’s hard to be upset with him, all players of his caliber, who have been returning big points are due a poor game.
    • I said in my previous pod, it would curious to see which Leicester defense showed up. It was the one that has played the big 6 tough.
    • Defensively, it was Andrew Robertson, who should get credit for the Leicester goal, as he gave away a needless free key, then was a step behind blockhead, as Maguire netted to draw level.
    • Still with that error, I am still backing a double Pool defense. Honestly, where else do you look for quality and more importantly, consistency at the back? Not Chelsea. Not City. Man United? Right, unless you are one of the myopics. That third defender could be your differential. I’ll talk a few of them a bit later in the show.
    • So Bouremouth flourished, but Chelsea floundered. Maybe I can blame it on the factor Sarri started Emerson in place of Alonso, who conceded 4 goals. Okay, so that’s not realistic. I do think he needs to field his best XI and that will include Alonso.
    • Yeah, fuck you, call me a fan boy, I am not jumping off the defender at this point, like many have Digne. Back your play, back your talk. There’s a reason why Alonso is the second highest scoring defender in FPL.
    • The biggest failure, Eden Hazard. Now I don’t own the midfielder, but all the talk about Higuain coming in didn’t seem to give hazard what he needed to flourish against a defense that is 4th worst in the league, conceding 42 goals on the year!
    • Not sure there is much to be said. Like Alonso, Hazard will be in the top 5 for scoring come the end of the season, but he’s hit a rough patch that has extended 5 games now. Do you move him ahead of a home game against Hudderfield? Do you give him that one more week to up his game? They blank in 27, so it could be worth the punt holding him just one more week and moving him ahead of City in GW26.
    • That said, 68k managers have sent Hazard packing in favor of Son or Sane, who’s got the DGW25 fixtures.
    • Now, Alonso didn’t start, I am sure there is a compelling argument to be had on Twitter, was he dropped or rested? Watching the game, Emerson didn’t impress me, and I can’t see Sarri continuing without Alonso in the starting XI. I am willing to give him another week in my squad. There’s a reason why he’s the second highest scoring defender in the league, even if most it came during the early weeks.
    • If he is out of favor, at 6.5 I can afford any defender. Historically the last few years, clean sheets are down and we are seeing that here the first few weeks of the 2019. It might be a case of the differentials coming in at the back and pumping more money in to the midfield.
  • Top 1000 Managers
    • Looking at the top 1000 managers this week, it almost mirrors all of FPL managers with a slight difference in the midfield. That being the 52% that now own Sane, compared to the 28% across FPL that still have Fraser. Alisson is also favored across FPL compared to Fabianski (49.4%) of the top 1000 managers.
    • Salah is now owned by 98.7% of managers in the top 1k, while Rashford sits at 92.2%! Another week and Pogba’s 88.9% ownership should eclipse 90%! At this point, all three are must own players.
    • Luca Digne, 77.4% owned should be dropping out the top 1k shortly, on the back of his 11-minute performance that culminated in a red card. Buh bye. We will talk about replacements for the Everton defender in the mail bag.
    • Sane, 52% owned is a new arrival to the top 1000, a player that I would still like to include in my starting XI. Unfortunately to make that happen, Aubameyang at 29.6% would need to be downgraded to say, Jimenez to free up budget to buy in Sane.
    • Jimmy Nez continues to tick on with a 63.5% top 10k ownership on the back of 2 goals, he’s been brought in by over 20k new managers.
    • More 1k numbers, 13.7% have already played their second wild card, compared to 14.7 across FPL. That’s a big number! I didn’t expect to see that in the top 1000. 2.6% have played their bench boost, while2% have played the free hit and just 0.9 the triple captain.
    • Remember we have some great minds in the FPL when it comes to strategy when navigating the blanks and doubles. I am thinking Ben Crellin and Peter Gray with some interesting ideas.
    • But there is no one definitive way to play this game. You play it as you see fit. If that means firing off a TC this week on a City player, go for it!
  • Players to watch (24:15)
    • Looking ahead I am watching fixtures from GW25 to GW30, as we prepare for BGW31, DGW32, BGW33 and DGW35. Aside from holding all my chips and wild card, I am hoping to roll a FT ahead of GW31 as well.
    • Wolves are coming back into the fold. Diogo Jota backed up with 19 with 6 points on Tuesday. Raul Jimenez hit for a brace and 12 points. I do think both are excellent shouts over this period, but not to the point of owning both.
    • Jota at 6.0 makes a great Fraser replacement; eve/NEW/bou/hud/CAR though GW29
    • Cardiff seem to have the best run, one reason I picked up Etheridge a few weeks back as a Ederson replacement scoring 13 over 3 weeks. Not great but on par with Ederson over that period for 1.2 million less.
    • Oumar Niasse is interesting, at 5.0 I think he’s too expensive, but the former Everton man showed spells last year at Goodison. Not sure he will get the service he needs. Just 3 penalty touches, 2 attempts on goal against ARS.
    • I do think he’s the best option at 5.0 and under, IF he gets the minutes. I would lay out the extra 0.5 to upgrade from someone like Issac Success. Going the other other way, if you can afford Danny Ings at 5.5, then go for it.
    • So’ton have a run of four games bur/CAR/ars/FUL before fixtures turn. It’s been a great spell since Hasenhuttl’s come in. Ings, if he can stay healthy could see a bit of a resurgence.
    • Crystal Palace is interesting, while many already own AWB on defense, can we look at any attacking assets?
    • Still don’t like the forward situation, Zaha at 6.7, 2 returns in the last four, but overpriced for what he’s returned.
    • In the midfield, you can give Luca Milivojevic a sniff at 6.1, only because he’s found some form and still on pens. Zaha loves to go to the ground, which means Luca would head to the spot.
    • Andros Townsend at 5.8 could be a Fraser replacement too, 20 crosses in the last 4 games but just 3 chances created.
    • Heung-min Son is interesting as Spurs have NEW/LEI/bur in their next 3 games. He should be the focal point of the attack. At 8.6, managers could hedge their bet, especially if the South Korean returns, like he did before the Asian Cup.
    • I know that was with a healthy Kane and Alli, but he’s a scorer, a finisher and knows how to find the back of the goal. Bring some serious creditability to my midfield.
    • Defensively, Palace tops this period. Could be a great time to start AWB, but also James Tomkins at 4.3 is a great budget option, posted his first goal on the season in GW22. PVA at 5.4 could be another defensive attacking option, even a Digne replacement with real CS potential!
    • What do we make the Newcastle upset against City? Their defensive assets might come into play as the Magpies have tot/wolv/HUD/BUR/whu/EVE. Lascelles at 4.6 and Yedlin at 4.5 would be good budget options if you are in need of a bench player.
    • Finally, Brighton, Glenn Murray, 6.3 could be back in the mix on the back of his brace against Fulham. First return since GW15.
    • They have 3 home games through GW29 but won’t play in BGW27. He now has 3 away goals on the season.
    • I mentioned Josh King before, if you are like me, still on Wilson and suffer from FOMO, like me maybe you make the lateral move. At 6.3 he’s just 3.3% owned and on 95 points for the season. That’s 0.2 cheaper and 19 points less than Wilson. It could be a masterful move, if the Cherries continue to score. They’ve posted 11 goals in the last 5 games, but did get shut out by Everton, not sure how that happened.
    • Time to look back on my game week 24

 

  • TEAM NEWS
    • Review Gameweek 24
      • It was a great week, compared to many others. I finished the week on 59 points, a GW rank of 591k. That moved me up the OR by 34k spots to 82k. My best rank since GW15 when I climbed to 81k.
      • Very pleased with the captain shout of Aubameyang over Salah. It paid off big! 24 points, carrying my team this week. Pogba netted, but now carries a flag and is questionable ahead of the weekend.
  • My transfer paid off big as well, as I move on Son a week before many other FPL managers and he delivered a goal and 2 bonus points for 9!
  • Alonso didn’t play, but Jonny was #1 on the bench and I picked up an extra 6 points. Very pleased that my team continues to tick on at a good pace. Nothing impressive, but nothing overly poor either.
  • Strategy
    • Going forward, I am not tearing up my team to make DGW25 and BGW27 work. It’s not worth the return in my opinion. Maybe that will come back to bite me in the ass IF and right now that’s a big ask, but if City decide to play like the City we saw early on.
    • I don’t see it though. I can’t buy in on their defensive assets as I am not confident they can keep clean sheets. The midfield is where I would look, if I had the budget to get Leroy Sane, since I don’t, I won’t honkey cokey Salah out for Sane.
  • Up front, the only player I might consider is Aguero in for a one-week punt in place of Aubameyang. He’s played 90 minutes in the last 2 games and just 14 in GW22 against Wolves? Rested? Possibly?
  • Will we see Jesus come in? He’s playing 0, 75, 0 and 17 in the last 4 games with a brace versus Wolves.
  • At this point, I haven’t made a decision on Aguero. I have two other problems to resolve and I don’t want to hit to fix either of them.
  • Aubs is in form and I could see him returning against City and playing all 90 minutes. Something I won’t see from Aguero, but will Aguero pick up 2 goals in the DGW?
  • Wilson is out until Feburary 23 and I am serious looking at King as his replacement. The other option Raul Jimenez.
  • Jimenez might have the upper hand, based purely on FDR. Wolves have a much better run, but it’s King who has the higher ceiling and we have seen him put together a great run in the past. Is he primed to do it again?
  • Transfer
    • Ahead of the game week I had 1.5 ITB and a FT. For some reason I thought I had 2 FTs but spent both of them ahead of GW23 on Salah and Rashford.
    • This week I was finally able to get rid of Felipe Anderson. Much like Richarlison, he’s attacking returns were inconsistent at best.
  • Yes, I know Richarlison returned, his first in 5 weeks. Anderson has one brace in the last 8 weeks. The Hammers are a bit of a mess with the Arnie shit of a possibly China move, now, he’s injured. Again. At 7.2, just didn’t see the returns, but West Ham coming back into a good run.
  • In his place I went with Heung-min Son. Now I brought him in based on his pre-Asian Cup form. Rumors of him saying he wasn’t “physically right” during the cup have put a few FPL managers off
  • That being said, he’s top the transfer heap with over 157k new managers.
  • This week the transfer will be used and not rolled. I know I had spoke about rolling an FT ahead of 25, but it didn’t work out as I planned.
  • I will look at rolling one in the next 2-3 weeks, but that decision could hinge on the health of Pogba. I am willing to hold him for a week to see where he is, but won’t waste that budget, sitting on the bench.
  • So my transfer will either be Kun for Aubameyang or King for Wilson. I won’t make it until Friday, late.
  • Captain
    • I went with the “differential captain” this week and gave the armband to Aubameyang. He scored and assisted and picked up max bonus for 24 points!
    • Now I need to parlay that into another successful captain shout for GW25. The DGW is alluring for Aguero, but his playing time is what worries me. The loss to Newcastle doesn’t give me much faith, but with the Liverpool draw, City sit just 5 points behind and within striking distance.
  • Right now, I am on Mo Salah as my captain playing away to West Ham. How cheeky do I want to get? I might consider Josh King at Cardiff as a punt to return for the Cherries.

 

  • Mailbag (35:18)
    • Alright, the FPL postman delivered some email. This question coming in from Mr. Walker-Porter on Twitter.
    • “Obvious topics…. Dingy replacement? Any must have for the fake DGW?”
    • Thanks for the question Mr WP! et’s take the fake DGW first.
    • As I mentioned earlier in the show, I am not hot for this fake DGW. Had City been convincing, I would have attempted to shoehorn a few Sky Blues, but the loss to Newcastle and their inclusion in my starting XI wanes.
    • I don’t feel the City defense is a must have. As I mentioned on Twitter, in response to FPL Gaffer saying, “I don’t understand how Man City have lost games this season. Newcastle haven’t touched the ball, let alone had a chance…” Defensively, Man City gets lazy. Sure, they dominate possession, but complacency seems to set in. Saw it way too much of it when I was very patient with Ederson and Laporte.
    • On the attacking end of the pitch, you can make a viable case for players like Sane, Sterling and Aguero. If you have any of them, hold them, obviously. If you don’t have them, I might conjure up a plan to get one in, maybe.
    • While I want to buy in on Sane, I don’t have enough ITB to cover that move without moving Salah, which I am not about to do.
    • Aguero is a possibility, but will Jesus cut into his playing time? He could still be viable, as I feel he will play parts of both games. Same can be said for Sane. Sterling, doesn’t interest me, price restrictive, but again if you have him, hold him.
    • The Dinghy! This could be called the Rise and Fall of Luca Digne, as the one time “must own” owned by 77.4% of managers in the top 1000 has fallen from grace posting back to back negative returns of -1 and -2.
    • Now in his defense, which I am not prone to do, since GW16 he returned 10, 17 and 12 but just 5 points in his other weeks. That’s a total of 41 points from 9 games at an average of 4.5 PPG.
    • He’s now suspended until February 6 and Digne is already the most transferred out player ahead of Everton’s DGW. No surprise there.
    • Many FPL managers are moving to Jan Bednarek of Southampton, motivated purely by his 3.9 price tag, not the fact that he has just a single CS on the year. In his defense, he didn’t play as a starter until GW16.
    • I wouldn’t touch him if you are looking for a starter, this appears to be purely a budget move over the 5.3 priced Digne.
    • Real considerations, if you want the possibility of the DGW, go Keane at 4.9. However, Everton’s defense isn’t good and I don’t see cleans in either game, which means you are now relying on Keane off a set piece.
    • Wolves in good form, you can straight swap Matt Doherty, 5.2 back in. They picked up a CS on Tuesday and have a good run through GW29.
    • Sead Kolasinac at 4.9 is probably the best offensive minded replacement for Digne. While he hasn’t been great going forward recently, just 4 crosses in his last 4 games, we know he loves to bomb forward. You won’t be grabbing Kola for the clean sheet, as Arsenal have too many injuries on defense.
    • I will also toss out Jose Holebas, 4.8 second for crosses with 160 on the season behind Digne, has 9 attacking returns and has the best potential out of the group to get you clean sheets.
    • Nearly had his 10th attacking return yesterday, but this week away to BHA, home to Everton and away to Cardiff. Be forewarned, he’s on 9 yellow cards!
    • Thanks for the questions.

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