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: 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 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 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 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: GW30 Starting XI

How’s your FPL week been? With many pods dropping and more information coming to light, things are starting to drop in place moving forward, as managers keep an eye on BGW31, but don’t want to leave themselves short for game week 30. As mentioned a few times, I strayed from my original strategy, with FOMO on Man City players. Raheem Sterling, one game, one captain. One bust. Jamie Vardy, one shot. One Goal. Not impressed. Now as we are on the even of the game week how does your starting XI look? Continue reading “Premier League: GW30 Starting XI”

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”

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: GW26 Transfers & Starting XI

Ahead of game week 26, it feels I’ve been out of the loop since I last podcasted, ahead of game week 24. Time constraints and life left me no time ahead of the first DGW, but after listening to other pods, they all had the game week covered. Out of DGW25, I was left disappointed with a paltry score of 51, well of the average of 65 points, probably the highest game week average of the season! Continue reading “Premier League: GW26 Transfers & Starting XI”

Premier League GW25: Transfers & Starting XI

A flurry of activity after the midweek fixtures, as fantasy managers turn their attention towards the first double game week of the season. On Twitter I’ve seen some taking hits to to bring 2-3 Man City players in, while moving other options out of their starting XI. For me, I am not going to bother with DGW25. Currently, I don’t own any City assets and won’t force a square peg into a round hole, which is what I would be doing, if I attempted to chase points with City players. As for Everton…pfft…not even bothering with these Marco Silva “misfits.” Continue reading “Premier League GW25: Transfers & Starting XI”

Premier League: GW24 Starting XI

After research, discussion on Twitter and a number of beers last night, I have come to a well thought out decision ahead of game week 24. Carrying 2 FTs into the game, I am going to roll one, on the off chance I feel the desire to pick up a Man City player ahead of DGW25. Right now, the only one of interest is Leroy Sane, which I can’t afford with¬†¬£1.5 ITB. Instead, I will go a different direction, one that is probably ill advised by many in the community but it feels more right that busting up my squad that’s played rather consistent. Continue reading “Premier League: GW24 Starting XI”

Premier League: GW23 Starting XI

After a rough patch of three reds in the last four weeks, SOMETHING have to give, right? How long can a bad luck streak run? Wait, don’t answer that, as I have seen fantasy managers worse off than myself, who’ve had some red runs. I recall a few years ago I had a 10-12 game red streak, so it can and does happen. Conversely, it can swing the other way with a bit of that “Irish” luck from Paddy and Johnny of The King Podcast. Green arrows are all the desire and after two transfers this week I feel my starting XI is the best it’s looked in a number of weeks. Continue reading “Premier League: GW23 Starting XI”