Premier League: GW36 Transfers

…and in the blink of an eye, the double game weeks are finished. In my case, I don’t want to look back on either of the last two weeks, but to improve next year during the doubles and blanks, something will need to change.  Looking ahead, I do feel I can still make points that were lost over GW34/35. It’s dropped me some 9k down the overall rankings, but by no means will I saw 20k is a bad finish. So no complaints on the year to date. Just a few hasty and poor decisions that lead to back to back red arrows. Continue reading “Premier League: GW36 Transfers”

Premier League: DGW35 Retrospect

Can I say is was not good and just leave it at that? This is one of those difficult reports to post since it wasn’t the best performance on the season. An ill advised and rash decision saw me lose 22 points on a 16-point hit ahead of DGW35. Coupled with the activation of my second wild card for DGW34, I’ve lost a combined total of 36 points over the two weeks, compared to what I would of had, if I stayed the course with team and run of green arrows I was putting up. Continue reading “Premier League: DGW35 Retrospect”

Premier League: DGW35 Shit Show XI

Oh how things have gone terribly wrong since activating my second wild card after the start of BGW33. Based on how I approached the end of the season, I still feel it was the appropriate time to active the wild card, in anticipation of big points and green arrows. Now, a week later I am not sure of anything FPL related. DGW34 resulted in a small 2.5k red arrow, but I was able to maintain a top 15k spot. Continue reading “Premier League: DGW35 Shit Show XI”

Premier League: DGW34 Retrospect

This could be the shortest review I’ve done this season and can be summed up in a single word. Shit! That’s how my team performed this weekend…in fact they didn’t. It did make me reconsider strategy for next season, as I don’t want to sit here and play Captain Hindsight saying, “I had <enter player> in a previous draft.” At that point FPL managers, just go tell me to fuck myself! Finished the week on 45 points, which is my third lowest point total of this season. No surprise it was a 2k red arrow, but still around 15k. Continue reading “Premier League: DGW34 Retrospect”

Premier League: Wild Card & DGW34 Starting XI

The past few years I have written an article that discusses the ‘SDM’ or “season defining moment” that made or mauled your season. I discussed this in Episode 25 of The Pitch & Pint Podcast (1:24). This season I tabbed not owning Kun Aguero in GW25 as that moment. Much like Aguero, Mo Salah has been in the spotlight all season, for his failed to reproduce his success many FPL managers rode to glory last season. It could be fingered as an ‘SDM’ from GW16 through GW23, his best run of the season, picking up six double digit hauls, including a hat trick in GW16. Continue reading “Premier League: Wild Card & DGW34 Starting XI”

Premier League: BGW33 Retrospect

It’s getting to that point where I don’t want to jinx anything. I try not to boast about the progress I have made on Twitter or elsewhere, for fear karma will come back to bite me in the ass. That said, this week was another green arrow, the kind of contagious we, as FPL managers love to see. It’s now four green arrows in a row, my best run of the season, making it six out of the last seven, as I’ve climbed 131k spots, sitting at 11k! Continue reading “Premier League: BGW33 Retrospect”

Premier League: BGW33 Transfers & Starting XI

Coming off my most successful game week this season, I look to keep the ball rolling, going in search of that elusive green arrow, preparing for the last blank game week of the season. Based on BGW31 results, this week’s average score should come in over the season low, 26 points we saw two weeks ago. Unlike that game week, I will field a full starting XI, as I’ve just transferred in the final piece of my squad. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW33 Transfers & Starting XI”

Premier League: DGW32 Retrospect

Thinking back, I can’t remember another double game week that ended as strong as this season. In the article, Premier League: DGW32 Starting XI, I said, “I am not buying into the discussion of “swords vs shields,” this isn’t fucking Dungeons & Dragons. So work whatever angle you want, but fill your team with players you will feel will score points.” I highlighted the goal of the week, “would be great to hit 120 points, but more importantly I want a score that is 40-50 over the average score to see a stronger green arrow.” My assessment was spot on, as I finished the double with 120 points, 47 points over the average of 73! Talk about a hell of a week, this was that week. Continue reading “Premier League: DGW32 Retrospect”

Premier League: DGW32 Starting XI

Can’t remember where I wrote it or mentioned it, but this double game week is no different than the previous 31 FPL game weeks. Pick the best players you think will score the most points. It’s become a bit tiring to see so many Twitter teams looking identical, but that’s to be expected. I am not buying into the discussion of “swords vs shields,” this isn’t fucking Dungeons & Dragons. So work whatever angle you want, but fill your team with players you will feel will score points. The goal of the game remains unchanged. Continue reading “Premier League: DGW32 Starting XI”

Premier League: BGW31 Retrospect

While I called BGW31 a “disaster” when I dropped Episode 30 of The Pitch & Pint Podcast, I finished on a green arrow. Not many FPL managers can say that. Based on overall weekly points, this was my lowest scoring week of the Premier League season. It wasn’t unexpected, as 10 teams did not participate, as their games are to be rescheduled into double game weeks later, starting next week. While 39 points doesn’t sound like a lot, it was enough to finish over the average and see a 2k rise in the overall rank. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW31 Retrospect”

Premier League: BGW31 Starting XI

We’re back, 24 hours later! Academica Vertex. Episode 33 – Top Fidy was a success, however it answered NONE of my question, when Casey, Gabe and I collaborated on how to play the blank game week, while looking ahead to GW32. It took me a bit longer to realize the the Watford game started early and we could know the ramification before the deadline approached for BGW31. That said, I am hold my transfers and starting XI, until very close to the deadline on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW31 Starting XI”

Premier League: BGW31 Transfers

In the words of Ax Rose from the 1987 release, Appetite for Destruction and their song, Sweet Child O’ Mine, “where do we go now?” That is the question I’ve been asking myself the last two weeks, ahead of BGW31. Now, Thursday afternoon, I am no closer to answering it, as there are options on the bench with two free transfers in hand. Like that unspent money, it’s burning a hole in my pocket. I’ll see if I can talk my way through my transfer options for this, the first major blanks game week in the Premier League. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW31 Transfers”