It was with some disappointment I realized I was the most active manager playing draft in my 8-team league. The top team appears to be active, making 15 transactions on the season, but the other 6 managers are all inactive. While my squad continues to perform, there isn’t any real competition. Too bad it took 15 weeks to figure this out. Not sure if I will continue to post draft information, as the game just doesn’t hold the attention like its traditional counterpart we know and love.
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This week signaled the start of the hectic, holiday period as we saw Gameweeks 13-15 inside the last seven days. On the back of 5 green arrows I went into Gameweek 15 with high expectations, after bringing in Eden Hazard for the midweek fixture, only to see him benched, wearing the captain’s armband. Sticking to my conviction, I kept the armband on Hazard, who ended up leading my starting XI in another great gameweek.
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The midweek, Gameweek 14 fixtures were challenging, but things don’t appear to be any easier as we head into Gameweek 15 this weekend. The holiday festivities are in full swing and FPL managers must stay sharp to and be open to potential rotation. Midweek many fantasy managers lost out on players like Hazard, Coutinho, Azpilicueta and Salah, who actually came on and in 23 minutes posted a brace. Amazing! The Egyptian continues to perform like Aladdin with his magic lamp!
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The midweek fixtures were an absolute horror for the draft team, posting 27 points, which is my worst score since Gameweek 8 and 26 points. This stopped my ascension to the top spot, as I was outplayed by 21 points by the team ahead of me at the top of the 8-man league. I still feel optimistic moving into Gameweek 15 at my current position.
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Just two days until the start of Gameweek 15 and we look forward to what potential changes or in form players would could introduce to give our squads a bump. For me, this was to be the week I dropped Jamie Vardy and Pascal Groß in favor of Oumar Niasse and Leroy Sané. However, Vardy scored last week against Spurs, while Niasse was still serving his suspension, Wayne Rooeny hit for a hat rick and Sané came up ill, which calls into question his availability for Gameweek 15.
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Gameweek 13 represented the collective EPL managers conspiring against fantasy owners, led by Pep turning on us with a big “FU!” It was THAT sort of gameweek, but one I managed to navigate and finish with a green arrow. How that happened, I still don’t know, as I turned off my mobile device with a small red arrow.
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…and so it begins, the start of the holiday period and more games than you can shake a stick at. As games come fast and furious, it’s important fantasy managers stay ahead of the curve and dialed in to their squads. Deadline dates, while always important become imperative, miss setting your lineup could cost you. It’s also a time for rotation by managers, which means your bench players could be called upon at a moment’s notice.
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As I mentioned in my Gameweek 13 retrospect, I made transfers for upcoming week on Sunday, before the end of the Man City game, in order to catch price rises. It was the second week in a row I had rolled a FT over to the following week, in order to help me set up for the upcoming holiday period.
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My concern heading into Sunday fixtures was the fact I had no attacking options for Man City, relying on Kyle Walker as my only asset. While not owning any City attackers hasn’t really been a big concern, up against a trodden downed Huddersfield team had the potential for big returns.
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Action kicked off Friday as West Ham hosted Leicester to start Gameweek 13 and the busy holiday period in FPL. Fresh off a season-high 84 points, I was looking to keep the ball rolling, so to speak, in search of another green arrow. It was this time last year the wheels fell off and recorded for 15 of the last 20 weeks of the season.
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With a Friday fixture in the fold, fantasy managers must make their decisions a day early. Having spent the better part of my work week finalizing my holiday strategy I have decided I will roll my FT over to Gameweek 14, in anticipation of introducing Chelsea assets to my squad. After rolling last week’s FT, which I burned in a knee jerk reaction to Callum Wilson’s hat trick, I didn’t feel change was necessary after posting 84 points, a season-high, last weekend.
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Let’s go back to Saturday, Gameweek 12, the morning fixtures are in full swing and Callum Wilson has just netted his hat trick in the 84th minute of his first game back from injury. Two minutes earlier, Tammy Abraham goes down with a back injury and is substituted, his immediate playing status is in doubt. During the Man City match I knee jerk Wilson in for Abraham, knowing I will get the £0.1 increase and a healthy starter, with potential, ahead of the holiday period.
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