Premier League: GW21 Starting XI

There should be no reason I am looking ahead to DGW22 when we are on the even of Gameweek 21, with West Ham and Spurs watching from the sidelines, preparing for next week. Currently all the Twitter activity surrounds Harry Kane’s illness and the possibility he might not make both starts next week. That factor could play into my decision this week, as I was planning to rollover the FT in preparation to bring Kane in ahead of Gameweek 22.
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Premier League: GW20 Starting XI

Spending 12 hours at work on Christmas gave me plenty of time to evaluate my current position in FPL. It’s been a struggle the past 4 weeks, with just a single green arrow. Out of Gameweek 19, 77 points (before a -12 hit) appeared to have the makings of a green arrow. Justified or not, 65 overall points was not enough to reward my squad with an up arrow, which left me doubting my decision to move Harry Kane after Gameweek 13. His 17 point haul was a season high, now 6 double digit hauls on the season.
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Premier League: GW19 Starting XI

First off let me thank everyone who has supported the development and content I have provided on 6thGoal. It’s great to be part of a great community of like minded fantasy football managers who enjoy the beautiful game. While we don’t all share the same opinions, it’s great to provide content, sometimes from a different viewpoint. Have a great holiday season and Merry Christmas!
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Premier League: GW18 Starting XI

Instead of preparing for Gameweek 18 I have spent more time attempting to plan out transfers leading up to the first DGW taking place in Gameweek 22. Taking injuries and potential transfers into consideration, along with fixtures for this week, I believe I will roll my FT to Gameweek 19 and make multiple changes. As it stands now, the only player still flagged heading into the weekend action is Stephen Ward, with Burnley’s run of poor fixtures, he will be transferred out soon.
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GW17: Knee Jerk

As I continually look over the options for my Gameweek 17 starting XI, I am left with an empty feeling, knowing my squad has some glaring deficiencies. The injury and subsequent “rest” for Alvaro Morata was unexpected, as I had him pegged as a full time starter in my 4-5-1. Rarely did I plan on playing Callum Wilson or Jamie Vardy up front in his formation. Vardy continues to struggle and his exit ticket had already been punched for Gameweek 18. However, with injuries I might have to make a unplanned transfer.
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Premier League: Gameweek 15 Starting XI

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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Premier League: GW14 Starting XI

…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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Premier League: GW13 Starting XI

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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Premier League: GW12 Starting XI

With the international break now behind us, we put the pedal to the metal and go headlong into the very busy FPL holiday period. We kick things off this week with a big slate of games on Saturday, beginning with the the North London derby, Arsenal v. Spurs. This fixture could set the table of things to come for the week, which could potentially results in BIG scores across the board. Many favorable match ups for the big clubs, while some of the lower, in form clubs could post good returns.
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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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Premier League: GW9 Starting XI

In my last article for FantasyFootballGeek, I preach “patience,” a quality I feel I have employed since Gameweek 1. Approaching GW9, I have attempted to look ahead and plan future moves in order to take advantage of a lucrative schedules for players I’ve had my eye on. With kick off just a few hours away, I have not come up with any solution for my current squad. There are some good match ups this week; Chelsea home to Watford, Man United away to Huddersfield and Man City hosting Burnley. Spurs hosting Liverpool has question marks all over it and running with Davies, Eriksen and Kane was a bit concerning, as their home form hasn’t been up to snuff.

FPL TRADITIONAL STARTING XI

For the week, I have decided to activate my Free Hit Chip to bring in, what I feel are a solid group of fantasy options that should hopefully provide a strong return for the gameweek. While activating chips early, in the past, have been a cause for concern, this is a new chip and we have yet to see how or when it is best to use this chip. I’ve been it used with a positive return in the past few weeks. I thought there were some good match ups, so the chip is on the table and here is what I did with it.

Since this week is about “going bigger” up top, let’s look at the changes to the 3-man forward line. I retained the services of Jesus against Burnley, even with some questions mark surrounding the return of Aguero, I figure Jesus will feature for at least 60 minutes. We have seen what we can do in that time frame. Kane has been nothing but frustrating this year at Wembley, while I still back up, I decided to move him in favor of Morata, who’s home fixture against Watford looks promising. Finally “Big Rom” makes his debut on my squad against a downtrodden Huddersfield.

With Kane temporarily out of my starting XI, the decision was made to keep Eriksen as my premium midfielder, he’s provided more consistent returns for Spurs, both home and away. I went with a FPL community favorite this week in Raheem Sterling, who’s inclusion is a bit concerning for me, as I have never been a big fan for club or country. You can’t deny the success he has had this season, so I push my allegiance aside and give him a start. Finally, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha will make up my 3-man midfield. Playing OOP as a forward, proved a viable differential last week in their 3-2 victory over Chelsea. We should see him retain that advanced role away to Newcastle.

Defensively, I have doubled up on Man United with Jones and Smalling, as you can’t deny the bus that Mourinho has parked at the back of the United defense. Planning on a CS from the Red Devils this weekend. Walker was the only current defender who made the Free Hit cut and gives me an attacking defensive option, after last weekend’s assist was nullified by an own goal. The 4-man defense is rounded out with Maya Yoshida against WBA, who continues to struggle to find the back of the net.

While this activation of my first chip doesn’t fall in line with my “patience” line of thinking, I feel it’s the right time to play it. My squad has some short term issues that need to be addressed and I wasn’t happy with the options I was presented. At best, it would have been to hold the FT for GW10 and make two changes next week. We will see just what GW9 has in store for us.

FPL DRAFT STARTING XI

My draft squad saw further change this week as I brought in three new players to help bolster my attack. Thankfully I should have Aguero back this week, who is looking to become the all-time Man City scorer and Pep wants that to happen at home. Could this be the weekend?

For GW9 I brought in Zaha, Chuopo-Moting and Abraham to my squad, all of whom will gain their first start for my fantasy team. This will also be the first time I start a 3-5-2 formation, dropping Alderweireld and Luiz to the bench.

Starting defensive for GW9 will include Cresswell home to Brighton, Stones gets the nod home to Burnley, while Azpilicueta will face Watford at home. All three of these starters have great potential to record a clean sheet.

On paper, the midfield looks solid; Alli, Coutinho, Zaha, Richarlison and Choupo-Moting. Unfortunately Alli has been lackluster to date, while Coutinho is still getting his shooting boots and form back. Richarlison and Choupo-Moting are both the “hot” budget type midfielders that fantasy owners have been yearning for. While Watford’s match up doesn’t bode well against Chelsea, I like him for the long term. Finally, Zaha, playing OOP as a forward against newcastle. He looked great in his first game back against Chelsea, so it’s my hope his form continues.

We will see just what transpires this weekend, as kickoff is quickly approaching.