Premier League: GW29 Retrospect

Game week 29 was one of those forgettable ones, in which my weekly score was over the average, but not enough to match the top 1000 managers, which turned my Saturday green into a Sunday red. It was destined to go that direction, based on my previous game weeks, picking up back to back greens, followed by a red or two. All those ranks I increased, given back, however this week it was just a small 5k red, which could have been much worse. I will consider myself lucky as I remained in the top 85k ahead of this weekend. Continue reading “Premier League: GW29 Retrospect”

Premier League: GW29 Transfers & Starting XI

It’s been a week stuck inside my strategy spreadsheet for many hours while at work. The only positive, at least I am getting paid for it. Listened to a handful of podcasts during the week, discussed players and strategies with the lads on Episode 31 of Academica Vertex. I am trying to avoid the Twitter bias in order to now sway my decisions. Holding two free transfers ahead of game week 29 was supposed to make things easier, but it seems that hasn’t been the case. When that occurs, the answer usually is, don’t do anything but I don’t want to give away a free transfer, as both are needed to help me round out a BGW31 squad. Continue reading “Premier League: GW29 Transfers & Starting XI”

Watford Rewind: GW28 vs Liverpool

Really? Do I need to detail how and why Watford lost, 5-0 at Anfield? I don’t want to relive a game that is feeling like Groundhog Day, as it’s 10 goals conceded at Liverpool in the last two years. Just a observations, Adam Masina was manhandled on the left flank by Mo Salah. While Salah didn’t score or post any attacking returns, he had Masina twisting, turning and grabbing the red jersey to keep up the with Egyptian. Aside from committing a foul, Masina had no answer for him. Continue reading “Watford Rewind: GW28 vs Liverpool”

Premier League: GW28 Retrospect

It was a very bittersweet game week 28. Driving home, listening to the Liverpool v Watford game, in which the Hornets were already down 3-0 before Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk decided to go offensive. While that wasn’t good for the Honrets, that was excellent for my FPL team, as my game week turned from red to green in the span of four minutes. Mo Salah? Is he even relevant any longer? He pulled his best Richarlison impression on Wednesday. Continue reading “Premier League: GW28 Retrospect”

GW28 Preview: Liverpool vs Watford

Not sure why I decided to drop a preview of this game, as it could end up all red. In fact, the league leaders, Liverpool need to take care of business, as they have no margin for error with City breathing down the neck, just a point off the top spot in the Premier League.  Could it be anything other than a Liverpool victory at Anfield? Were the Reds poor at Old Trafford on the weekend or as Jurgen Klopp suggested in the post game comment, “F*cking hell, what a sh*t game!” Continue reading “GW28 Preview: Liverpool vs Watford”

Premier League: GW28 Transfers

It’s another midweek fixture as FPL managers had less than 48 hours to finish crying over their BGW27 results before looking ahead to game week 28. The biggest news out of the weekend, the injury to Marcus Rashford and Aymeric Laporte could dampen spirits, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka appears to be set for a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury. For me game week 28 represents a great opportunity to post back to back green arrows and break that 100k barrier, which has been somewhat elusive this season. Continue reading “Premier League: GW28 Transfers”

Chip Strategy: Part 1

I spent last Wednesday and Thursday, home from work and thought I would have plenty of time to continue tweaking my FPL strategy that started this week introducing Salomon Rondon in place of Marcus Rashford. It’s a risky moving, but based on the FDR, it was one I was willing to make. However, I spent more time playing Far Cry 5 than actually working on my chip strategy. Much like the plan I was working on, I feel I had worked myself into a dead end, leaving myself nowhere to go. And sadly, it’s not even BGW31. Continue reading “Chip Strategy: Part 1”

Premier League: BGW27 Starting XI

Yesterday, listening to Episode 18 of the What the FPL Podcast, I identified with both Yaron and Gaz when it came to that feeling during this time of the season. Much along the title of the episode, “F*ck it, Dude. Let’s go bowling.” That’s how I felt. I had spent a fair bit of time working on my spreadsheet with information gleaned from Twitter, discussions and podcasts. Yet, none of the strategies I employed seemed to fit the situation. Until today, Friday morning, ahead of the start of BGW27 and Cardiff City hosting Watford. Oh yeah and West Ham hosting Fulham. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW27 Starting XI”

Premier League: BGW27 Transfers

Let me start this piece off by saying, I don’t own any BGW players; MCI, BHA, CHE and EVE, ahead of this game week. Good? Bad? Not sure we will know the answer to that this week. Rest assured, I will have a starting XI and full, healthy bench from which to choose. However, the transfer this week, isn’t so easy. By now many FPL managers have started working on their chip strategy, as we approach the business end of the Premier League season. As I’ve said before, there isn’t one strategy that works for all managers. Use the information you gain on Twitter, websites and from discussion and make a decision that will work for you. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW27 Transfers”