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 – GW3 Review
A score of 43 points in GW3 after a miserable captain score from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The penalty misses this week hurt our scores and caused uncertainty in regards to the role at numerous clubs.
Eden Hazard was delightful against Burnley achieving an 11 point haul. Top of ‘The Watchlist’ his form has returned to an impressive level.
West Brom came through with the double clean sheet in what was a dour affair against Middlesborough. With little action throughout the match the winners on the day were FPL managers invested in both defences.
Tadic continues to be a tease whilst Ramirez is the bright point in a limited attack. Both players roles are beginning to be questioned within this FPL squad.
Jakupovic has become a save machine with an impressive save point tally this week. Only 6 points on the pine this week. Good bench players *head pat*.
Sitting a single point above the GW3 average is the very definition of the word as doubts begin to linger over the make up of this FPL squad.
The Writers Side – Wildcard Strategy
I have discussed my pragmatic approach previously in regards to wildcards without detailing the strategy involved behind the choice to active one.
The price movements within the game are at their peak early in the season with a majority of registered players interested in how their teams are performing.
As this interest dies off the market begins to slow down, we see less movements in price.
A ‘GW4 Wildcard’ allows us to capitalise on the majority of the market movements making some quick profits whilst stabilising our sides for the challenges ahead.
The FPL market starts to calm down with relatively settled line ups from teams. We become aware of who the form players are and who is on set pieces for each side.
With the transfer market about to close the Wildcard gives one the ability to transfer in a potential gem. Allowing for our sides to be reconstructed around them.
There is now an international break so we have two weeks to make as many trades as we want with the transfer market closing on the 31st of August at 11:59PM (London Time).
GW4 does not start until the 10th of September 11:30AM (London Time) giving us a well earned break to settle our teams and discuss our strategies.
- A player can rise or decrease in price a maximum of 0.3 between now and GW4
- You only earn 50% of profits on player price (i.e. player raises 0.2 in price you earn 0.1)
- If you wildcard early and keep an eye on the market movers you can make a handful of 0.1 gains over the next two weeks
- Jakupovic (4.1), Hazard (10.2), Fer (5.2), Capoue (4.7) have already risen this week, hurting those slow to wildcard
The Writers Side – GW4 Transfer Thoughts – Wildcard Activated
Alarm bells are ringing throughout my FPL side this week with a large number of issues. Generally I activate a Wildcard if four or five transfers are required amongst the squad of 15 players. This is certainly the case.
Sergio Aguero elbowed Winston Reid in the face and is sure to face a charge from the FA in relation to this. A charge of violent conduct is likely which will see the leading FPL striker face a three match ban.
Team mate John Stones has an eye injury with heightened concerns over his teams ability to keep a clean sheet considerations have to be made on his abilities.
George Friend is trying his best not to be a friend of our FPL squads with a muscle injury in the EFL Cup (League Cup) forcing him out of this weekends clean sheet. The cautious manager at Middlesborough is unlikely to rush him back into action.
Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty which cost FPL managers a healthy haul of points and raised doubts over Leicester’s regular penalty taker. Jamie Vardy is talented from 11 yards and may now be in charge of spot kicks.
This added to the impending suspension of Andre Gray for comments on Twitter. There is limited prescience in this area. I expect a lengthy ban of five or more matches. The FA is not great at dealing with these types of issues so it could swing between a one and 10 match ban.
Tadic the king of underlying performances was substituted early which is a worry. His fitness base has not always been his greatest asset unfortunately. I see Tadic being valuable in FPL at times this season but his teams start has been uninspiring with others presenting value in his price range.
Ramirez is also failing to get points, although the bright point of Middlesborough’s play the attacking midfielder is not creating the expected amount of chances on goal.
Even the 15th placed man in the FPL squad Amat is under threat with a poor performance against Leicester. Giving away a penalty and generally having a bad time in a horrid performance for the youngster.
My wildcard is now active with the flexibility available extremely refreshing as I begin to shape a new side for the reminder of the season.
The Writers Side – Final Decision
GW4 trades were not made with lightening speed as the final whistle blew on the weekends matches I was asleep. An (Eden) Hazard to the FPL managers being based in Australia I nodded off before Sterling notched his second goal.
Early transfers so far in my GW4 Wildcard are:
Mahrez (9.5) transferred to Ozil (9.5)
Tadic (7.4) transferred to Sterling (8.1)
Ramirez (5.5) transferred to Capoue (4.7)
0.1 Cash in Bank
Unlimited Transfers due to Wildcard being Active
The writers side will return on the other side of the International Break in the build up to GW4. The Watchlist will be updated throughout the week as usual with the schedule being shuffled slightly due to this additional piece and the length of the break between GW’s. I encourage discussion and questions below in regards to your transfer and Wildcard considerations.