This was a week that I prefer not to provide a retrospect on how my game week 16 squad. While I didn’t get bite by Mo Salah, like many sellers, I moved him ahead of game week 15, but Harry Kane and Leroy Sane were gems that week, so I still come out ahead, even with Mo hitting for the hatty. However, after Liverpool are done with this tough run, I am considering moving the Egyptian back into my squad. That will be discussed further in an upcoming Transfers article.
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What a week! We still have one game week to go as I feel like I am in the back of a pink Cadillac with Thelma and Louise heading towards the edge of the Grand Canyon. While I am not Irish (maybe it’s because I listen to the Fantasy King Podcast), it seems luck could not have struck at a better time. I came out of game week 14 last weekend on 54 points (avg. 49 points) and a small red down about 5k to 97k in the OR. This week had the appearance of train wreck in the making with rotation hitting many fantasy managers hard.
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So how are we feeling after game week 13? Like shit? Lucky? Can we go back into the international break? Well, I for one had a solid week, with a bit of lucky and lots of patience, I continue to see green as my climb up the OR ladder continues. This week saw an average of 50 points across FPL. Ahead of the Monday fixture, I sat on 50 points with Johan Berg Gudmundsson to play, who missed out due to injury. A bit frustrating, as he was my only hope against Newcastle to pocket some points, as I had a small green arrow.
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Gameweek 6 was the fourth time in six weeks I’ve scored 60 or more points. Ahead of the season, ’60’ was the magic number I wanted to average over the course of the 38-week season. This week it was 63 points, and a GW rank of 815k. I registered a green arrow, second in a row and third in four weeks. On the season it’s 358 points, just two points off where I anticipated to be, before we started the FPL season, with a overall rank of 457k.
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From an FPL perspective, it was a rather poor week, but the thrill of the Watford, come from behind victory at Vicarage Road, over Spurs was a thing of beauty and made the FPL weekend that much better, even though it nothing to do with my overall score. It was another challenging week that has seen my overall average slowing sliding in the wrong direction.
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In hindsight, it was probably a hasty decision to activate the wild card ahead of Gameweek 3, but I saw a few problems mounting that I wanted to head off before they came major issues the further we got into this young season. That said, I was very pleased with how my WC turned out and had a confidence heading into GW3, off scores of 67 and 66 in the first two weeks of the season.
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The toughest decision I had to make ahead of Gameweek 2 was not to do anything and let my starting XI run their course. Was it the best decision made? In some respect it was, as we spend many hours reviewing statistics, building many different teams and experimenting with formations ahead of the opening fixtures. So to burn a FT after the first gameweek doesn’t make much season. Then again, I am trying to turn over a new leaf and be more patient in this, my fifth year at the helm of an FPL team.
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It’s usually a crap shoot headed into GW1, with weeks of planning, lineup tinkering and shouts of, “I had him in a previous lineup.” None of it means shit when the whistle blows. This week was a real odd one to start the. As I identified last season, there is an increasing trend in clean sheets, which saw an increase in the number of them over the last 2 years. This weekend did not fail those who stood by their defensive players, as a total of 8 clean sheets were award. SHOULD have been nine, but that 90’+2 Jamie Vardy goal cost Manchester United the clean sheets points.
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This year saw my approaching my 5th season participating in fantasy football. A fantasy game I have really taken to, more so than it’s US counterpart ever did, participating for some 38 years! I would like to think I learned a few new things this season, practiced a bit more patience and applied good decision making, based on the facts and information at hand. However, my overall score and rank aren’t representative of where I feel I should be. Then again, I think ALL fantasy manager can related to that, right?
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So, the last retrospect of the year, as the FPL draws to a close on a piss poor season. I’m not the only fantasy manager who’s struggle, excelled and been frustrated, as this ride has come to an end. It was mentioned ahead of DGW37 that, a single week could make or break your season. For me, that gameweek, followed by GW38 did me in. This off the back of a lot of work and good decision making to break into the top 120k.
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Going to keep this short and sweet as I look back on the final double gameweek of season. Fantasy managers knew there would be rotation and based on the previous DGWs, there was some concern over how this gameweek would play out.
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Out on a camping trip for GW36, I was unable to watch any of the weekend action, Thankfully, there was an Internet signal and I was torn to pull up statistics and scores as the weekend rolled on. Thankfully, I got the nerve to open Fantasy Football Fix and watch my players perform or in the case of a few not even play. Thanks Pep!
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