2019/20 Premier League: GW3 Transfers

Let’s put GW3 into perspective, by looking back to the 2018/19 Premier League. After two game weeks last season, I scored 67 and 66 points with an overall rank of 970k. The main concern, the OR combined with the fact I started the season without a premium forward and watched Sergio Aguero sink a hat trick against Huddersfield Town. Without much thought or hesitation, I activated my wild card, using a very small data set of two weeks, while looking forward to what the fixtures held. Immediate satisfaction wasn’t to be, as it resulted in my worst score of the season, but over a 10-week period, the early wild card was successful. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW3 Transfers”

2019/20 Premier League: GW2 Transfers

Now, I saw a Tweet from Neil Murray (@roneildinho) that read, “I’m not in the ‘Save your FT this GW’ camp. I’m in the ‘Do what’s best for your particular team’ camp. While saving a FT looks the best move for many (including myself) it doesn’t necessarily mean it is for everyone. Make your FT decision with your eyes, not others’ voices.” For me, saving a FT is doing the right thing, however as Neil said, it might not be best for your FPL team. We should each play the game that we need to play in order to be success, not carry that herd mentality that has been seen on Twitter in the past. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW2 Transfers”

Premier League: GW37 Transfers

It’s that point in the season where many FPL managers are seeing out their respective seasons. Some good, others not. It’s also a time that we can see some younger players possibly get a run out, as end of season games can have the ability to produce some good scores. After back to back failed double game weeks, I am not so inclined to take a punt on these players, with the possibility of a start and even a return. Two weeks left, hopefully these final transfers will be enough to end the season on a small run of green arrows. Continue reading “Premier League: GW37 Transfers”

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: 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: 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”

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: GW28 Transfers

It’s another midweek fixture as FPL managers had less than 48 hours to finish crying over their BGW27 results before looking ahead to game week 28. The biggest news out of the weekend, the injury to Marcus Rashford and Aymeric Laporte could dampen spirits, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka appears to be set for a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury. For me game week 28 represents a great opportunity to post back to back green arrows and break that 100k barrier, which has been somewhat elusive this season. Continue reading “Premier League: GW28 Transfers”

Premier League: BGW27 Transfers

Let me start this piece off by saying, I don’t own any BGW players; MCI, BHA, CHE and EVE, ahead of this game week. Good? Bad? Not sure we will know the answer to that this week. Rest assured, I will have a starting XI and full, healthy bench from which to choose. However, the transfer this week, isn’t so easy. By now many FPL managers have started working on their chip strategy, as we approach the business end of the Premier League season. As I’ve said before, there isn’t one strategy that works for all managers. Use the information you gain on Twitter, websites and from discussion and make a decision that will work for you. Continue reading “Premier League: BGW27 Transfers”

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 Transfers

With the announcement of the small double game week in 25, managers must consider or reconsider Everton and Man City assets. Currently, I own neither. I move Richarlison ahead of game week 23 for Mo Salah and Leroy Sane departed prior to game week 20 for Paul Pogba. Both have been excellent transfers since bringing them in. However, with the DGW upcoming, followed by their BGW in 27, what strategy do fantasy managers take? Continue reading “Premier League: GW24 Transfers”