GW32+ Retrospect: Bleeding Red

For the second week in a row, I’ve finished above the weekly average (50 points) with 55 points, but failed to pick up a green, resulting in a second red arrow in a row. Frustrated with the results, I gambled on a few players for my wild card that failed to pay off. Guess I should have known better than to put my trust in Nigel Pearson to actually field a starting Xi that might have competed against So’ton. Now that I’ve used my Bench Boost, Free Hit and Wild Card, I look to run the remainder of the season with just one chip remaining and a few good paper options. Continue reading “GW32+ Retrospect: Bleeding Red”

GW31+ Retrospect: 72 Red!

It sounds like some sort of NFL play call, however that was my final score for GW31+, which resulted in a red arrow. It’s always a tough pill to swallow when your starting XI finished 10 points above the weekly average (62) and it results in a red arrow. Not the first time it, nor will it be the last. I mentioned previously, I am not followed the ownership numbers of the top 1000 managers, that group finished on 69 points, which is partly responsible for the red arrow this game week. The KDB goal and points from players like Salah and Alexander-Arnold really hurt since I did not include any of those teams when I activated my Free Hit chip for the game week. Continue reading “GW31+ Retrospect: 72 Red!”

Playing My Own Game

I’m not Apple, but since the restart have been thinking differently setting my GW30+ starting XI. Found it odd that FPL decided to allow managers unlimited transfers prior to the game week. About 12 days prior to the restart I cited “life speeding out of control,” in an article, Game Over and wasn’t going to play out the season. However, reneged on that thought and decided to spend some time (at work) on my FPL team. In hindsight I am glad I did, as the restart saw a strong 121 points, a successful captain and bench boost, as well as cutting my OR in half on the back of 8 out of 10 green arrows. Continue reading “Playing My Own Game”

GW31+ Retrospect: Disappointment

Now maybe I come across as an asshole when I say I only scored 121 points on the restart this last week for GW30+. It was a week in which 66 points was the average score and the highest points was 165. I honestly was hoping for 150-160, as FPL decided to give all managers unlimited transfers. Couple that with the Bench Boost chip with four teams on a double game week and the pieces were there. Continue reading “GW31+ Retrospect: Disappointment”

FPL Season Over

As a Premier League season comes to a close there is always the anticipation for next season. That has been the case the last six years participating in FPL and connecting with many individuals who share a common interest. Over the years, I’ve delved deeper into the fantasy game; articles, spreadsheets, podcasts, interviews and writing articles for a number of websites. This year has been unprecedented with the pandemic sweeping the world, virtual nothing happen, as there have been shelter in place orders to slow the spread. Continue reading “FPL Season Over”

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”