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: 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: 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: 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: 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”

2019/20 Premier League: GW6 Starting XI

Ahead of GW6 the decision was made to roll the FT, even with Mason Mount calling a flag, as Chelsea host Liverpool this weekend at Stamford Bridge. The Blues midfielder is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the Champions League game on Tuesday, in a 1-0 loss to Valencia. Earlier today Frank Lampard said, “He’s got a chance. We’re trying to get him moving today and it’s one I’ll have to call just before the game with another 24 hours in the bank.” Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW6 Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI

I wrote the transfer article on Thursday and then decide to make multiple moves to my starting XI. As written in GW5 Transfers, I had a few thoughts and directions I could have potentially gone since I was holding 2 FTs. First there was Aguero that would have required to downgrade a defender, then Aubameyang, a direct swap for Kane. I decided to dump the premium and move on two moderate priced forwards with good potential. That said, I should have held the FTs until Friday, as word comes down about Lacazette being out through October. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW4 Transfers & Starting XI

It’s been a great week, football aside as I have did not record for the Pitch & Pint Podcast or FPL Roundtable, as I’ve been concentrating efforts at home. Rest assured both shows will return, if not over the international break, then ahead of GW5. Coming off a very successful wild card that a final score of 62 points, 18 over the weekly average, I shot up the OR as I looked to get back on track after a rocky start to the season. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW4 Transfers & Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI

It’s Friday and after recording Episode 46: Don’t Panic on the Pitch & Pint Podcast, being called out on Thursday on Episode 6: Hold It Now, Hit It, by co-hosts on the FPL Roundtable, I finally confessed that I activated my wild card late Monday night after the Wolves vs Man United game. We can debate the reasoning all season, but the thought process was explained in the article 2019/20 Premier League: GW3 Transfers. I seem to be following in the footsteps of last season, when I activated the wild at the same time, ahead of GW3. This year, it was the fact I did not own Raheem Sterling, owned by 97.6% of managers in the top 1000! Big ownership number, I could not ignore. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI”

Premier League: GW2 Starting XI

No Friday game, which means we get an extra day to tinker and transfer, for those FPL managers who didn’t quit make the grade with their GW1 squads. For me, I’ll consider myself lucky, finishing on 84 points and feeling I don’t have any pressing needs that need to be addressed. I will be watching a handful of players, after their GW1 totals didn’t quite measure up to their expectations. It’s a short list and I wrote about them in my GW1 Retrospect including, Joe Gomez, Ryan Fraser and Raul Jimenez. Continue reading “Premier League: GW2 Starting XI”

FPL: GW1 Starting XI

So the 2019/20 Premier League is steaming towards us with a Friday opener, as newly promoted Norwich City, return to the league to face Champions League winners, Liverpool at Anfield. Thoughts aside, we are now deep into our starting XI and much of the tinkering has subsided. For me, there has been some shifting of players and budget this last weekend, however for the last few weeks I held my Defensively Red, Offensively Blue strategy. As Friday approaches I still plan on six players from Man City and Liverpool in my starting XI, but have moved off a few key players in search of better value. Continue reading “FPL: GW1 Starting XI”

Premier League: GW37 Starting XI

Still reeling from that 16 points I took ahead of GW35, chasing points, any plan I had to see the season out was thrown out the window. Based on fixtures, before United went tits up, I was playing double United to finish the season. Then it was double Palace with Milivojevic and Zaha. Jota partnering with Jimenez, then crossed my mind. Now, a few hours before Friday kickoff, the team has been finalized. Continue reading “Premier League: GW37 Starting XI”