FPL writers tend to prescribe ideas writer @liambednarski is taking a gestalt approach opening the door to the inner workings of his team.
FPL is full of people advising on strategies, transfers and starting line ups each week. It certainly has its advantages particularly for the ego of the writer but it doesn’t help with the complex situations we face within the game.
You would be hard pressed to find two people who have the exact same team let alone make the same transfer decisions. FPL is an individual game yet you are also competing against everyone else. For those that have ever graced the humble greens of a golf course you would be able to relate. You beat yourself up with every poor putt or transfer. A wild drive off the tee or an eight point hit gone wrong.
Essentially you are competing against yourself so my words of wisdom are
‘Go with your gut’
Remember that everybody makes mistakes and that there are few true experts of the game of football. Especially those with a fantasy football swing on things.
The Writers Side – GW2 Review
It was again a mighty relief to secure 67 points in GW2 after failing to bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It has well and truly ended those faint dreams of first place leaving me to slowly claw my way towards the top end of the rankings.
Andre Gray was the delightful selection this week rewarding my pre season faith with a 10 point haul against Liverpool. Perhaps I should have researched his twitter feed with the impending suspension by the FA…
Fuchs teased me from the bench in as I broke policy in benching a premium defender. Jakupovic was sneering as well with Maloney well and truly earning his spot as third sub this week. 26 points on the pine, hindsight bias states it was a clear bench boost winner this week.
Elsewhere Ramirez came off after 59 minutes with a knock, in a week full of teases the Middlesborough midfielder only needed an additional minute to earn two more points for my side. Tadic was again the underlying king whilst Firmino went missing not as much as Vardy has though.
Aguero’s captaincy saved the day as McAuley added a goal to go with Shaw’s strong performance for United. There is lots to improve on but I am not disappointed with 67 points this week, it could have been much worse.
The Writers Side – GW2 Transfer Thoughts
Instant Ibrahamovic regret was on hand as I quickly pulled the trigger on bringing him into my side. I watched the highlights on Saturday morning and he was in my team before I finished watching the video at 11.5.
There were more questions then answers coming out of Liverpool after GW2 after an invisible performance from their midfield, well besides Coutinho who shoots from such difficult positions. A worldly doesn’t count as two mate.
Firmino was invisible with Hazard top of ‘The Watchlist’ and about to rise in price action had to be taken. Starting with three Leicester players always had the potential to hurt with funds needed Fuchs made his way out of my side for the bargain basement option in Amat.
The decision on Hazard over Barkley was not an easy one with Barkley scoring a free kick in the EFL Cup (League Cup) this week it has only added to the tension.
Here are my thoughts looking ahead. Like a game of chess I am already planning my next move, well considering it at the very least.
The most underpriced asset currently appears to be Barkley.
Mahrez is on short notice in my side with Barkley (7.8) enabling 1.7 million worth of funds to potentially upgrade Friend to a (5-5.5) defensive prospect.
That would leave me with a sticky situation in midfield if Tadic doesn’t start performing or if I wanted to bring in Lukaku as a third striker once he hits form.
Then I would be stuck with Barkley & Lukaku which is not ideal, diversification is preferred. It is generally better to have one attacking asset from a club.
Looking several moves ahead Barkley / Lukaku seem a must and they should score more points then an extra defender. Therefore if I move Mahrez on I will most likely hold the extra funds before deciding what to do with Tadic (possible downgrade on the cards say Redmond to fund Gray to Lukaku).
The Writers Side – Early Wildcard Consideration
I reminder that in pre-season I decided it best to activate an early wildcard for the first time. Generally I wait until getting a good read on early season form in a rather pragmatic approach. As with last weeks thoughts I am firmly in the mindset that slightly later will be better for my side.
Price changes have kicked in but certain bandwagons are still yet to be fully established. A lot can happen and will in GW3 with the quality of performances impacting on this wildcard decision. It is rare I take such a short term view.
The Writers Side – Final Decision
GW2 trades were all made with lightening speed as soon as the final whistle blew on the weekends matches to avoid any changes in price. It would have been best for you as readers to know this information early to assist with your own transfers. I shall be working on writing timelines in the future.
Vardy (10.0) transferred to Ibrahimovic (11.5)
Fuchs (5.5) transferred to Amat (4.0)
Firmino (8.5) transferred to Hazard (10.0)
No Cash in Bank
Negative four (-4) points due to three transfers
The Writers Side – GW 3 Line Up
Aguero again snaffles the armband whilst Tadic looks to open his account against Sunderland at home. Whilst Mahrez and Hazard look set to entertain in home comforts with Zlatan looking to rattle Hull City. Interesting week ahead best of luck with your teams and your transfers. As always leave your questions below for discussion.