Let me start this piece off by saying, I don’t own any BGW players; MCI, BHA, CHE and EVE, ahead of this game week. Good? Bad? Not sure we will know the answer to that this week. Rest assured, I will have a starting XI and full, healthy bench from which to choose. However, the transfer this week, isn’t so easy. By now many FPL managers have started working on their chip strategy, as we approach the business end of the Premier League season. As I’ve said before, there isn’t one strategy that works for all managers. Use the information you gain on Twitter, websites and from discussion and make a decision that will work for you.
I’ve spent too many hours shuffling players in and out. Setting up a strategy, only to realize it’s not what I wanted and deciding to go a different direction. This week was supposed to be one that allowed me to roll the free transfer to GW28. The more I look at the current strategy I am planning means I need to make a bit of a premature transfer. Much like the strategy employed, right or wrong, I won’t know until it’s too late.
Risk comes from not knowing what you are doing.
While I will never consider myself an expert in the fantasy realm, there is a lot of truth in this quote. The information for the doubles and blanks have been laid in front of us. Now it’s our responsibility to take it and apply it to our squad. Thankfully, I do know what I am doing, while it hasn’t been easy getting to where I am , there is still a long way to go.
In the coming days I will post my spreadsheet and talk through my plan. With five transfers ahead of BGW31, I plan on going in without a full starting XI. In order to implement my plan, I need to make a transfer this week or next week. Looking at the five players I am planning on bringing in, two are a bit price restrictive, so I need to move some of my premiums out in order to get the others in.
After weighing options and scheduling, I have decided to add Salomon Rondon, “the Venezuelan Ronaldo” to my squad this week. The downside to this transfer, aside from his consistency for Newcastle this season, Marcus Rashford must be dropped. Now looking at it, it seems a ridiculous transfers, based on how United has been playing and the fact Rashford has he’s posted seven returns in seven games.
Looking at the fixtures for United; LIV/cry/SOU/ars. Not terrible, this week against Liverpool will be a real test, but I don’t expect much from the Red Devils. Newcastle, a point from the relegation zone have much to play for. Their next three out of four games are at home; HUD/BUR/whu/EVE and look fantastic! In fact the rest of the season their have a very good schedule.
The addition of Miguel Almiron to Newcastle, his first home game and most likely start, should help to feed “Rondonaldo” up top. Huddersfield is the worst defense in the league and aside from pride, have nothing to play for. It’s not without risk, but I feel confident that I know what I am doing.
The Rondon transfer is the lynch pin for the start of my strategy leading up to BGW31. There is an outside chance Rondon will get the captain’s armband or at the least, the vice captain.