GW12 Captain Quandry

Breakfast time in America and I still have no decision on who will grab the captain’s armband for Gameweek 12. To date, I have hit on just 3 captain selections through 12 weeks resulting in 80 total captain points. Harry Kane in Gameweek 7 returned 26 points, while on my Free Hit in Gameweek 9, Romelu Lukaku returned 10 points and during Gameweek 11, Richarlison posted 14 points. Looking at my starting XI, Harry Kane should be the unanimous selection weekly, but his returns have been nothing less than disappointing, especially costing me £12.6. At this point of the season, we need to step back and potentially look elsewhere for a viable captain option.
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Gameweek 12 Transfer

FPL continues to throw us curves out of the international break. Are you one of those managers who’s held their FT or burned it early in anticipation of a price rise? With only a single FT, I have stopped chasing prices in an attempt to roll a transfer as we head towards the hectic holiday period, with 10 game weeks over 7 weeks. The key to this period, having a squad of 15 players who actually see pitch time.
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Midfield Differentials

Fantasy managers always want to be a step ahead of the trending players. Last year, it was Etienne Capoue who started the season with 4 goals and 1 assist in the first 5 games, but the law of fantasy averages caught up, ending with just 3 more goals on the season. This season we’ve seen a few budget midfielders hit stride and begin to pay dividends to fantasy managers. Topping the list, Watford’s Richarlison (58) with 4 goals, 4 assist and 4 bonus points. Brighton’s Pascal Groß (58) has put up 2 goals, 5 assists and 8 bonus points through 11 gameweeks. Other notables include Abdoulaye Doucouré (52) and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (44).
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FPL Draft: Strategy GW12

As we approach the start of Gameweek 12, attention turns towards the FPL Draft squad. Currently the Go ‘Orns sit in second place on 473 overall points, 49 points from the top spot, but with lots of football remaining, it’s not time to panic. However, I am a bit concerned with his forward line of Lukaku and Morata but his midfield, led by Eriksen and Mkhitaryan have been off their mark for some time. I’ll consider myself lucky I have not lost more ground to date.
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Holiday Planning

It’s with mixed emotions we come out of the second international break, but 2018 World Cup will be without European powerhouse, Italy. They were defeated on aggregate 1-0 by Sweden. Dark days for the Azzurri who miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958, a former shadow of a team who won the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The image of Gigi Buffon as the curtain comes down on a stellar career for Juventus and the Italian National Team. Guess I won’t worry too much about watching Russia 2018 next year.
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Potential Budget Midfielders

Taking a look at premium attacks means looking to Man City to fill out your midfield and foward attacks. Outside of Sergio Agüero, all are fairly affordable, especially if you have the likes of Christian Eriksen of Dele Alli still in your starting XI. Premiums don’t come without a price, as fantasy managers must round out their midfield with 2-3 budget players even non-players. Heading into the holiday season, the wise move is make sure you run with 15 starting players, in order to reduce the risk of running out 10 starters or less. Budget midfielders have held their own this season, as Richarlison has been near the top all season.
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Attacking Question Marks

With time on my hands and a plan in the works, there are a list of players I am currently targeting to bring in, as well as other who remain on a watch list. Currently without a wild card, activated for GW5, I have taken my first consecutive 4 point hits of the season, in order to shift my 5-2-3 formation to one with more attacking potential. We have already seen the potential of running big at the back with premium wing backs. We have also experienced life with 3 big forwards. Now it appears the tide is turning and fantasy managers turn their attention to bolstering their midfield.
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FPL Observations

Maybe we should rename this FPL season to WTF? Might be more fitting, as there is been no consistency in this young season after 11 Gameweeks. There has been a great deal of frustration for fantasy managers, just when you think you’ve made a great transfer, they get benched by Pep the following week or don’t return.  It’s been a very difficult year to read and we still have 28 weeks of games to come.
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Premier League: GW11 Draft Retrospect

It was a mixed performance for the draft squad this week as we continue to look up at the top spot in the 8-team league. A final score of 53 points saw my move 19 points close to the top spot, now trailing by 49 overall points, I feel confident I have a good squad to make that ground up. As for Gameweek 11, we enter the break in form and will look to make a few transfers to shore up a questionable defense. I might have to look at swapping out my bench, as I got caught with 2 players who didn’t start this weekend, but only one available off the bench.
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Premier League: GW11 Retrospect

From a fantasy manager’s  viewpoint, Saturday wasn’t supposed to generate many points. The top EPL teams were poised to play Sunday with Spurs hosting Palace, while Arsenal visited City and Jose returned to The Bridge to face Chelsea. However, Saturday did set the tone for the weekend and points were tough to come by. Much like GW10, I made the decision to take another -4 point hit, as I am in the process of moving to a 5-man midfield with premiums Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and Mohammad Salad. Risking the potential of a big return, I did not captain Harry Kane, which turned out to be a good move. I finished the game week with a green arrow on 57 points and moved up 188k to 766k in the overall rankings.
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Premier League: GW11 Starting XI

With Friday in full swing, it’s time to take a look at the starting XI for Gameweek 11 before heading into the international break. For my squad, it’s been a series of highs and lows through 10 weeks.  Currently riding a green arrow (3 out of the last 4 weeks)l, I finally crept back inside 954k. Earlier in the week I put together a plan to get me through the holiday madness. This is the second week of that plan shifting my formation to include 5 midfielders.
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