2020/21 FPL GW2 Starting XI

What was the chance I would actually burn an unnecessary wild card ahead of GW2? Not a chance. As I said in Episode 60 of the Pitch & Pint Podcast, “It’s early, very early, so if your squad stumbled in GW1, have some patience, your team will rebound.” That said it will be interesting to see the percentage of managers who activated that wild card because of players from the Manchester clubs, Burnley, oh yeah and Villa. I am recovering from a poor selection of Kai Havertz in GW1, regardless of who was in that fourth midfield position was only a one week play and has already been transferred out for Kevin De Bruyne. So how does this team stack up for GW2? Continue reading “2020/21 FPL GW2 Starting XI”

2020/21 FPL GW1 Starting XI

Am I excited for the start of the Premier League season? Not really. Excited that FPL is back, not as much as I have been in the past. The decision was made during the brief off season not to bin to the Pitch & Pint Podcast, so there is still interest in the game. Twitter has been nothing short of a shit show, slander, “experts” giving their advice, professional FPL managers? What the hell is that? Betting and gambling sponsors. Sorry there are more important matters in life to deal with than a fantasy game. Now with that rant out of the way I will give you one man’s opinion in how I am setting up the first game week. Continue reading “2020/21 FPL GW1 Starting XI”

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”

GW31+ Retrospect: Disappointment

Now maybe I come across as an asshole when I say I only scored 121 points on the restart this last week for GW30+. It was a week in which 66 points was the average score and the highest points was 165. I honestly was hoping for 150-160, as FPL decided to give all managers unlimited transfers. Couple that with the Bench Boost chip with four teams on a double game week and the pieces were there. Continue reading “GW31+ Retrospect: Disappointment”

2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI

I am already on international break, have been since the end of GW10. It has nothing to do with the Twitter community, those I discussion FPL with, pod with or write for. Like many other mangers, it appears I am still trying to sort this game out, looking back on the decisions that were made, which have put me in a position I didn’t expect to be in come November. It’s been said before, I honestly feel like Watford. I continue to put in the work and the results just aren’t enough to pick up that first win of the season. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW10 Starting XI

Tinker. Tinker. Tinker. Why? Does it matter? Will it matter? Who fucking knows! It’s been a challenging year through GW9, one that I surely didn’t expect ahead of the start of the Premier League season. It goes to show that rarely are there any guarantees in fantasy sports. Luck will always play a role in our hobby, regardless of what the “experts” talking heads say. This season, I would love to have more luck, as the struggle is real and many premiums just haven’t fired as expected, based on previous season’s data. There is still much time and the law of fantasy football averages tell us, those players will come around. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW10 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW9 Starting XI

Yesterday, during my tinker and transfer session the decision was made to look at some advanced planning for the the hectic holiday fixture period, which I have tabbed as GW14-GW21. While NOTHING is set in stone, there are some players I want to introduce at certain points between now and early December. Having already activated my wild card, a little bit of planning now could  help stave off unneeded or unnecessary hits later. I’ve brought this up because this planning helped me determine my transfers this week and if you read yesterday’s article, GW9 Transfers, then you have some idea the direction I went. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW9 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Starting XI

Key injury headed into GW7 comes in the form of Kevin De Bruyne, who was confirmed out by Pep and expected back by October 19, in time for GW9. That news in hand, I see no reason to waste a transfer on the Belgian, as we wait for further information out of the international break. The other player who’s flagged headed into the game week, Todd Cantwell, nowhere near as important as KDB, but has found way into 27.2% of FPL teams. Regardless of his inclusion this weekend, my starting XI is set without having to use a FT. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW7 Starting XI

After writing my transfer article for GW7, it appears I will be moving on two defenders this week, but not obvious selections. Maybe it was the discussion on Episode 9 of the FPL Roundtable with Casey and Gabe that have me reevaluating how to approach the defensive quagmire. Recently, the only consistency at the back has been West Ham, dropping three CS in a row. While I am not supportive of their effort, I did mention a few of their options. Gabe made an excellent point last night, saying “points are points,” doesn’t matter at what end of the pitch they are scored. Such a simple concept, but their opinions helped me form my decision and make my transfers. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW7 Starting XI”

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: GW4 Transfers & Starting XI

It’s been a great week, football aside as I have did not record for the Pitch & Pint Podcast or FPL Roundtable, as I’ve been concentrating efforts at home. Rest assured both shows will return, if not over the international break, then ahead of GW5. Coming off a very successful wild card that a final score of 62 points, 18 over the weekly average, I shot up the OR as I looked to get back on track after a rocky start to the season. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW4 Transfers & Starting XI”