In the opening week my team performed well in most aspects and scored a total of 73 in a week that averaged 58. My captain Lukaku scored 26 and was my highest scoring team player which means it was the right call. This week as I pre-planned my transfer and team I’m happy with it and I’ve been locked in since Monday. My free transfer was used to sell my one week failed punt in the form of £5.5m Moussa Sissoko, his replacement was the £5.0 bargain basement Atsu from Newcastle. Captaincy has switched from Lukaku to Aguero, because of ‘Monday Night Football’ and the fact Everton play a few days before. Also Manquillo comes in for Ward-Prowse. It was originally Alexander-Arnold because despite his free kick in their European game, Liverpool struggled defensively against Watford really badly but with Zaha out and his added threat it could be a good call. Ward-Prowse could be at risk of rotation and only played 70 minutes in the last game so that’s why I’ve made this change and this week I’m playing 4-3-3, I’ve also got £1m in the bank and will more than likely roll next weeks transfer if possible.
When selecting my team I opted for four core players and built around them, they are all captaincy options. My midfield are all on set pieces besides one that’s my differential for the opening week and defence is filled players with good games that can get attacking returns. Lastly my keeper a non rotating option. All of these players have good opening games and are in my team for the reasons below:
Ben Foster (£4.5m) with an ownership of 15.5%
Ben is my keeper because of his underlying stats from last season. Despite the lack of clean sheets last season he was usually in the top 5 for most categories. In addition to this he is a bargain at his price and is a mainstay in goal.
Ben Davies (£5.5m) with an ownership of 3.1%
The other Ben is in because of the recent ‘Rose scandal’, as well the thought that when he played last season he impressed. He’s an attacking full back who likes a shot on goal.
John Stones (£5.5m) with an ownership of 4.9%
Last season Man City were awful at the back, but they have invested heavily. I expect them to be more stable and return more clean sheets (especially with their run of games). Stones has also scored a few in preseason and presents a goal threat.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£4.5m) with an ownership of 2.2%
The Liverpool young ester has flourished in the absence of Clyne and will start against Watford. After playing so well against Munich it wouldn’t surprise me if he does well again. Depending upon Clyne and rotation he might not be in the team for long but the first week doesn’t present many teams which look like they will be keeping clean sheets, he is one of the safer bets.
Moussa Sissoko (£5.5m) with an ownership of 0.03%
Moussa is my uber differential and potential single game punt. Despite links elsewhere, she did well in their last game and with Son and Lamela not ready to start, he could have his chance. Having famously wanting out from Newcastle he will want to impress and could have a huge game.
Kevin De Bruyne (£10.0m) with an ownership of 30.8%
The first of my core four; he was in my team since the game came back. Probably the only nailed on player for Pep and with the players behind him improving I think this will give him freedom and he will only get more assists and goals.
Matt Phillips (£6.0m) with an ownership of 2.9%
This position was for Chadli until this week, he is someone who has linked well with Rodriguez in pre season and is one of Albions’ most exciting players to watch. But with rumours of Swansea turning his head and an injury knock I’m not sure if he will start or stay. That means Phillips comes in and before his injury he did look very good and he does take set pieces. Also has a favourable run of games.
James Ward-Prowse (£5.5m) with an ownership of 2.9%
The youngster has looked good for England in the summer and since returning back to the Saints. Takes set pieces and plays wide as well as central. With their games and his price, he is a cheap and able player for my team.
Harry Kane (£12.5m) with an ownership of 37.8%
Harry was the first name on my team sheet this season after what he did last season but was out for Alexis in my team. With the news of the Chilean missing two games; Harry comes back in. He has favourable games and plays the first three games on Sundays and is the first of my premium strike force.
Sergio Aguero (£11.5m) with an ownership of 11.1%
When he plays he scores, despite the potential of rotation if he plays he will do well. Man City have good opening games and Aguero is the cheapest he has been for a while which makes him so appealing. He also has relatively low ownership and provides a potential for big points.
Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) with an ownership of 48.9% & CAPTAIN FOR GW1
Rom has an unbelievable ownership and is a must have. His stats were close to Kane and was competing till the end for the golden boot. You’d assume with a better class of players around him this season as the focul point he should at least replicate last seasons figures. He also has the best opening fixtures of pretty much any team. He is my captain for the opening week because Aguero potentially not starting and Kane being away from home in August which historically hasn’t been the best month for the forward. The Belgian also has a great record against the Hammers.
Boaz Myhill (£4.0m) with an ownership of 4.8%
Boaz won’t start but is in so that if anything does happen to Foster I have a replacement keeper that will start.
Tom Carroll (£4.5m) with an ownership of 6.7%
The in form Swans man impressed last season and if Siggy goes will be on set pieces. At his price point the best midfielder available and if needed a great option from the bench.
Javier Manquillo (£4.5m) with an ownership of 1.5%
The former Sunderland man got an assist in his last game and looked good. He is in for rotation with Trent and has besides the opener some great games initially.
Chancel Mbemba (£4.0m) with an ownership of 2.1%
As Chancel was introduced late to the game he has low ownership and besides Long is the closest thing to a starter even though I don’t expect him to. A bench player only.
*all percentages correct as if 13:40
Today feels like Christmas Eve; it feels like the game ended so long ago but knowing it’s back this week (and hopefully today) gives me butterflies. I can’t wait to register and look at those prices; get a pen and paper (old school style), start planning while making a million draft teams and continually overthinking things.
I’ve always adapted the content that I produce and the way that I interact with the FPL community and this season that will continue to be the case. The plan is to adapt those captain graphics and blog posts in order to produce something that is more interactive and even more unique. I’m working out the details but I’ll give you more on that as soon as I have it (which should be in about two weeks).
I’ll still be running my free to enter league and a newly formed cash league (codes and league details will be out on launch date). The free league saw some stiff competition and massive numbers enter which made me so proud and as for the cash league; I’ve never seen the standings change so much throughout a season. In the cash league at times different players took the lead and from nowhere Fly with a colossal swoop dominated and won the cash prize.
The format of the free league will stay the same but the cash league will be changing. Entry fee for the 17/18 season will remain at £20 and numbers will be capped again; this time at 25 people to keep things simple (an increase of 10). But the new prize breakdown will see more than just number one take it all (requested by many), it’s as follows;
1st prize : £300
2nd prize : £100
3rd prize : £50
4th prize : £20
* The team that scores the most points in a single GW will get £15
* The team that is top by the GW before Christmas (19 I think TBC) will get £15
It’s for participants in the U.K. only (sorry), entry fee and prizes rewards will all be by bank transfer, I will DM details to participants. This will be first come first serve and I expect places to fly (see what I did then?! LOL) and like last season I can guarantee a fun league and because numbers are limited, there will be 6 prizes as above everyone will have around a 1/4 chance of walking away with a prize.
I will confirm all these details in a separate post when the game launches.
All the best, @FPLCHI
I’m slowly and surely losing the fun and thrill of playing this year and that’s down to my decision making and results. Last week again I scored below the average with 38 in an average of 45. GUTTED.
Every player disappointed with just one or two points besides Aguero and Ibra. This week team stays the same with Lingard coming in for Brady who has been a wast of space in my team. Forster starts over Randolph, Daniels first sub with them playing Chelsea, Mawson against West Ham as second sub and lastly Morgan.
Good luck all 🙂
Last week I scored below average again which is becoming a worrying trend. I scored 39 in a week that averaged 40; with captain Aguero scoring 14. So many of my team disappointed with a single point including; Randolph, Alonso, Baines and Costa.
With a short period between gameweeks I’ve made two changes (-4) with Lukaku and Snodgrass out and Ibr and Zaha in. I’ve got a lot of trouble areas to watch such as Brady, Baines and Alonso but this will do for today.
Team selection was a tough one, I had 11 points on the bench and I want to try and avoid that if I can. I’ve picked Randolph on the bench because they play Arsenal and I can see them conceding a few goals, and for that reason Baines and Mawson too!
Captain Ibra, he’s rested and should be biting to get back and prove why United should do all they can to keep him next season in what could be a make and break game.
Game week 14 was a great week for me. I wasn’t home the morning of the deadline and having already used on of my free transfers on getting Austin in for Lukaku; I wasn’t quite sure what to do. Harry Kane signing his new deal and his upcoming run of games enticed me enough to get him in for Aguero who hadn’t been looking so hot despite him being fixture proof. With the City rotation and Spurs upcoming games I decided to go with my gut and get Kane for Kun. This move freed up enough funds to let me upgrade the woeful Gundogan; i decided to take the minus four and bring in Eriksen. I captained Kane and the team pretty much picked itself.
Kane and Eriksen scored very well indeed and it made me great fun for going with my gut instinct; Evans scoring too was a nice touch. The only shame was Alexis doing incredibly well and only being my vice captain. I scored 94 in a week that only averaged 50 so this helped my rise in all my leagues.
This week I planned on saving my transfer because there are a lot of players on my wish list; including Ibrahimovic, Costa, Siggy, Tadic & Alonso. But the injury to Austin who was a long term pick for me messed up my plans. I replaced him with Andy Carroll which was a hesitant move because last season he didn’t do to well and got injured quite quickly. But he plays his former side Liverpool this week and then goes on to play Burnley & Hull in back to back home games before then facing Swansea (A) which as fixtures go is as good as it gets. West Ham are in trouble and need points quickly; with Zaza failing to impress and Ayew getting injured; this is a make or break moment in the Geordies career. If he plays well enough to keep a starting role and can steer away from injuries he’s a talented lad.
My team this week picks itself again; Evans over Amat the only real decision. The Swans are struggling to keep a clean sheet and the Baggies can block out any team in the league so for me it wasn’t that difficult. Captaincy goes to Alexis ‘the man in form’ Sanchez; despite Firmino & Mane being interesting picks. Good luck all!
Looking back at game week eleven Firmino did the business while majority on my side scored a single point including Daniels, Fuchs, Barrow. I had a few areas I wanted to improve upon but the biggest one was Payet; he’s got a difficult run up and he’s playing in a team who are struggling immensely. There was a load of players who caught my eye but Mane was the stand out candidate. Liverpool are playing great and he’s at the heart of most things so I have no concern with doubling up with Liverpool players in my team.
I’ve captained Mane, he’s playing against his former team and in good form. There are doubts over Aguero starting against Palace; so this is a good opportunity for me to try something new. My team pretty much picked itself with the hardest pick being Pickford over Hull. I think United will score against Arsenal and Hull who are up against Sunderland could blank quite easily. Barrow drops out for Evans who has the better game and is at home. Zero hits!
In GW7 I had 49 compared to the average of 42; looking back I picked the best possible team and one of the best captain picks with only Payet in my team out scoring my captain Lukaku. With the international break I didn’t make any transfers until yesterday. Looking at my team the defence needed an obvious sort out and I needed to decide what to do with Ozil.
With his stats and form, I decided that I couldn’t look past Son. Despite him being a rotation risk and playing my beloved Albion limcant look past this guy. Spurs have a great few games coming up and if he plays (which I believe he will) then I should be in the points. Decided to sell Ozil because despite his fixtures he isn’t a regular fpl point returner and the extra funds mean that I have more room to tinker in the next few weeks. Adding in to that it was only himself, Alexis or Payet that could’ve gone it’s a no brainier.
I was happy with this team and not taking a hit but with the doubts over Clyne; I decided to take a hit to get Love out of my team. Reasons being are that he’s not a starter and I know with rotation and the winter period I’ll need cover. So despite the unfavourable games it allows me to keep Evans. My four man shortlist to replace him was Fuchs, Bellerin, Vertonghen and Robertson. Bellerin has the chop first because he was just out of budget; Vertonghen next because after the immediate few games the fixtures get much worse. Then finally Fuchs won it for me because of what he can offer in games to his team in an attacking threat as well as from a defensive view.
The team pretty much picked itself this week, really wanted to play Pickford but can’t bench Cech. Despite us being at home and fairly solid I’ve dropped Evans to first sub in place of the hit man Fuchs, who I can see keeping an early clean sheet. Captain on Aguero because of his points history in this fixture over the past few weeks and the fact that as much as I want to punt on Alexis; the Swans have a new manager and that can literally go either way.
Good luck all! 🙂
Week 6 wasn’t great and before it began I didn’t think I’d be relying on a clean sheet from Mee to help save my week. I scored 73 (-4) in a week that saw the average at 45 which wasn’t too shabby at all. Captain pick was pretty spot on and my Arsenal boys came back in to form.
My immediate transfer this week was Bony out. Mark Hughes hasn’t exactly been praising his work rate and play so far and he has disappointed. His replacement is Defoe who last week made it in to the top ten BPL scorers list of all time. He’s a quality player that will always score goals and despite Sunderland looking awful he is the sort that when he gets a chance scores more often than not. He’s already netted 4 this season and plays against WBA, Stoke, West Ham, Bournemouth and Hull in 5 of his next 6 games.
My team selection was pretty straightforward with the hardest decision being between Love, Mee & Amat. I opted for the former because even though he’s not a regular I’d rather. A point from him than a potential minus score from Mee or Amat who could concede big numbers is my punt even though Mee did me proud last week.
Captaincy was a tough one, everything is telling me to go for Aguero. His form and his ridiculous record against Spurs means he will be a popular pick yet again and for a good reason. Alexis is another who has been playing up too and been playing rather well lately. But I’ve gone for Lukaku. Before you laugh too hard let me make my case; Aguero blanked midweek and Spurs will provide a tougher task. As for Alexis he could be shifted wide or start from the bench (even though I doubt either). As for Lukaku, he’s rested midweek, he plays a Palace side who aren’t that solid at the back & they’ll be without their captain Dann. It’s a risk early on but hey, ho. Good luck all.
Last week had so much optimism but that soon faded; early doors my back 3 and keeper all played and totalled just 3 points. Add to that four points from my midfield 3 I wasn’t expecting much at all; in fact I was preparing for an awful week.
However it did turn around and my captain pick Lukaku was in an inspired mood scoring 3 and making more than the other 10 in my team combined. I scored 59 all in with an average of 43.
No transfers as planned and a pretty straightforward team, Mee is replaced by Amat for the only change. I was planning on captaining Alexis this week but with the form last week it has to be that man; Lukaku again.