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”

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 Retrospect

Regression, as FPL managers we knew it was coming after many experienced an explosion of points after GW1 that was an extreme high weekly average. Many crashed back to reality in GW2, as the weekly average dropped 23 points. Yet my starting XI came up just three points short of the 41 point average, even if I would have picked those points up, chances were still high it would have been the first red arrow of the season. Defensively, my squad was sighted on the side of a milk carton, missing. Key players misfired, all which led to a very poor week, but the silver lining going forward, after two weeks I am still close to my PPW goal. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW2 Retrospect”

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”

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”

2019/20 Premier League: GW1 Retrospect

I want to welcome back all FPL managers to the FPL season. What a great way to start the season, some very big scores, as many Twitter accounts I follow all put in an excellent shift to the start of the season. It’s just one game week, but getting off to a strong start is key to a good season. For me I posted my best GW1 result, finishing on 84 points, achieving that “strong start” and exceeding my PPW average. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW1 Retrospect”

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”