2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI

I am already on international break, have been since the end of GW10. It has nothing to do with the Twitter community, those I discussion FPL with, pod with or write for. Like many other mangers, it appears I am still trying to sort this game out, looking back on the decisions that were made, which have put me in a position I didn’t expect to be in come November. It’s been said before, I honestly feel like Watford. I continue to put in the work and the results just aren’t enough to pick up that first win of the season. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW12 Transfers

Many pundits and FPL managers mention the word “patience” ahead of the start of the season. Usually this word is used in conjunction with non-performing players and those “knee jerk” transfers, as you go in search of something better then what you previously had. That was the case during GW11, when Raheem Sterling and Sebastien Haller combined for seven points, which included the City midfielder donning the captain’s armband. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW12 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League GW10 Retospect & GW11 Transfers

Read a few posts on Twitter asking to summarize your FPL season to date with a word, GIF or a scale from 1 to 10. “Watford bad” is the only way to describe how my FPL season has transpired over 10 weeks that ended last week with a small green arrow. Always willing to accept a green arrow, no matter how I achieved it, but it’s frustrating to see my OR tick up just 6k spots. That’s two green arrows in the last two weeks, but I feel mired in muck or bad decisions and poor pitch performances at 867k. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League GW10 Retospect & GW11 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League: GW10 Starting XI

Tinker. Tinker. Tinker. Why? Does it matter? Will it matter? Who fucking knows! It’s been a challenging year through GW9, one that I surely didn’t expect ahead of the start of the Premier League season. It goes to show that rarely are there any guarantees in fantasy sports. Luck will always play a role in our hobby, regardless of what the “experts” talking heads say. This season, I would love to have more luck, as the struggle is real and many premiums just haven’t fired as expected, based on previous season’s data. There is still much time and the law of fantasy football averages tell us, those players will come around. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW10 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW10 Transfers

Another week, another opportunity to improve the strength of our starting XI through the use of transfers. While there hasn’t been many positive aspects this season, one area I have prospered in, has been that of transfers. Based on FPL Statistico, I’ve gained 55 points from six transfers this season. I’ve got into the habit of rolling my transfers this season, so those six changes have come in just three weeks. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW10 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League: GW9 Starting XI

Yesterday, during my tinker and transfer session the decision was made to look at some advanced planning for the the hectic holiday fixture period, which I have tabbed as GW14-GW21. While NOTHING is set in stone, there are some players I want to introduce at certain points between now and early December. Having already activated my wild card, a little bit of planning now couldĀ  help stave off unneeded or unnecessary hits later. I’ve brought this up because this planning helped me determine my transfers this week and if you read yesterday’s article, GW9 Transfers, then you have some idea the direction I went. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW9 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW9 Transfers

I’ve got to admit, I am beginning to favor these international breaks as a time to step away from the FPL game and responsibilities I’ve taken on writing for 90MAAT and Planet FPL, as well as the articles I post on this site and the weekly podcast, Pitch & Pint Podcast. It allows me that time to relax and reset, while not worrying about transfers, captains and strategies. Now, as we turn an eye toward the weekend, it’s time to get back into the FPL grind as GW9 is coming quickly and as I mentioned in Episode 52: Fixing the Break, could be an “SDM” or season defining moment. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW9 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Retrospect

For such a low scoring week, I will consider myself lucky I finished on 43 points and saw a small green arrow, scoring 7 points over the weekly average of 36 points. That is the sort of weeklly average we see when very few captains hit and very few premium players scoring. I took a chance and captained Teemu Pukki, at home for another wasted armband. That makes 5 game weeks in a row that I had a successful captain play. More importantly, my team continues tick on with a consistency I am pleased with, even though I find myself off that 60 PPG average I am targeting. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Retrospect”

2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Starting XI

Key injury headed into GW7 comes in the form of Kevin De Bruyne, who was confirmed out by Pep and expected back by October 19, in time for GW9. That news in hand, I see no reason to waste a transfer on the Belgian, as we wait for further information out of the international break. The other player who’s flagged headed into the game week, Todd Cantwell, nowhere near as important as KDB, but has found way into 27.2% of FPL teams. Regardless of his inclusion this weekend, my starting XI is set without having to use a FT. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Transfers

Undecided. That’s the only answer I’ve come up with after the previous game, as Kevin Be Druyne is flagged and Bernardo Silva is facing up to a six game suspension for alleged racist tweets to teammate, Ben Mendy. While I don’t own Silva, his potential absence could be a decider when it comes to the free transfer I have ahead of GW8. This is also the final week before we head into the second international break, which has me considering rolling the FT, as I did after GW4, to myself more options when Premier League play continues. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW8 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League: GW7 Starting XI

After writing my transfer article for GW7, it appears I will be moving on two defenders this week, but not obvious selections. Maybe it was the discussion on Episode 9 of the FPL Roundtable with Casey and Gabe that have me reevaluating how to approach the defensive quagmire. Recently, the only consistency at the back has been West Ham, dropping three CS in a row. While I am not supportive of their effort, I did mention a few of their options. Gabe made an excellent point last night, saying “points are points,” doesn’t matter at what end of the pitch they are scored. Such a simple concept, but their opinions helped me form my decision and make my transfers. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW7 Starting XI”