GW32+ Retrospect: Bleeding Red

For the second week in a row, I’ve finished above the weekly average (50 points) with 55 points, but failed to pick up a green, resulting in a second red arrow in a row. Frustrated with the results, I gambled on a few players for my wild card that failed to pay off. Guess I should have known better than to put my trust in Nigel Pearson to actually field a starting Xi that might have competed against So’ton. Now that I’ve used my Bench Boost, Free Hit and Wild Card, I look to run the remainder of the season with just one chip remaining and a few good paper options. Continue reading “GW32+ Retrospect: Bleeding Red”

GW31+ Retrospect: 72 Red!

It sounds like some sort of NFL play call, however that was my final score for GW31+, which resulted in a red arrow. It’s always a tough pill to swallow when your starting XI finished 10 points above the weekly average (62) and it results in a red arrow. Not the first time it, nor will it be the last. I mentioned previously, I am not followed the ownership numbers of the top 1000 managers, that group finished on 69 points, which is partly responsible for the red arrow this game week. The KDB goal and points from players like Salah and Alexander-Arnold really hurt since I did not include any of those teams when I activated my Free Hit chip for the game week. Continue reading “GW31+ Retrospect: 72 Red!”

Playing My Own Game

I’m not Apple, but since the restart have been thinking differently setting my GW30+ starting XI. Found it odd that FPL decided to allow managers unlimited transfers prior to the game week. About 12 days prior to the restart I cited “life speeding out of control,” in an article, Game Over and wasn’t going to play out the season. However, reneged on that thought and decided to spend some time (at work) on my FPL team. In hindsight I am glad I did, as the restart saw a strong 121 points, a successful captain and bench boost, as well as cutting my OR in half on the back of 8 out of 10 green arrows. Continue reading “Playing My Own Game”

GW31+ Retrospect: Disappointment

Now maybe I come across as an asshole when I say I only scored 121 points on the restart this last week for GW30+. It was a week in which 66 points was the average score and the highest points was 165. I honestly was hoping for 150-160, as FPL decided to give all managers unlimited transfers. Couple that with the Bench Boost chip with four teams on a double game week and the pieces were there. Continue reading “GW31+ Retrospect: Disappointment”

FPL Season Over

As a Premier League season comes to a close there is always the anticipation for next season. That has been the case the last six years participating in FPL and connecting with many individuals who share a common interest. Over the years, I’ve delved deeper into the fantasy game; articles, spreadsheets, podcasts, interviews and writing articles for a number of websites. This year has been unprecedented with the pandemic sweeping the world, virtual nothing happen, as there have been shelter in place orders to slow the spread. Continue reading “FPL Season Over”

All About Beer, When There Is No Football

With no end in sight for the “shelter in place” order or ANY sporting activities to watch, it was time to look elsewhere for enjoyment. Not surprisingly, I turned to beer. As a member of the FPL Beer Club, as we are now 3 years on  as a group, I’ve learned much about beer, especially craft abroad in the UK and Ireland. Been excited to drink and discuss craft beer, as well as get the infamous “FPL Beer Mule” to transport some great US craft beer to some of the lads in the UK. Talk about a treat, I feel I made out, as I received some excellent beer I would not have a chance of sampling. Yet, I yearned for more out of beer hobby, not that drinking isn’t enough, but who knows where future plans will take me, so I decided to explore a new avenue. Continue reading “All About Beer, When There Is No Football”

Chips Please

This time last year, I entered the later part of the FPL season with all but my Triple Captain Chip. This year, I’ve done one better and have held that TC to go around with allotted second Wild Card, Bench Boost and Free Hit chips. FPL managers continue to watch and wait to see where the blank games will fit into the congested Premier League schedule. This is when the insight and percentages of Ben Crellin come into play. As I wrote earlier in the week in Addicted vs Don’t Care, “I couldn’t continue pumping countless hours into FPL.” While that still remains a fact as of this writing, I have taken some time, to piece together my opinion on chip strategy. Continue reading “Chips Please”

Addicted vs Don’t Care

It’s been an interesting FPL season and we are not even to the full complement of BGW and DGWs yet. We will know more information regarding the run in by Thursday that will help guide our planning and decision making for the remainder of the season. For me, it’s been rough patch to a point that I’ve dropped recording the Pitch & Pint Podcast and The FPL Roundtable. No longer to listen to ANY podcasts specific to FPL. Strangely, I’ve been rolling in green arrows since GW20. Continue reading “Addicted vs Don’t Care”

Ghosting FPL

Just prior to starting this post I had to go back an look at the last time I brought some updated content, outside of a #30SecondBeerReview to this site. November 11 was the last update with a retrospect of GW12. To be honest I have no idea how that week ended. How some 14 weeks later, I really don’t care and that is the basis of this piece today. Continue reading “Ghosting FPL”

2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI

I am already on international break, have been since the end of GW10. It has nothing to do with the Twitter community, those I discussion FPL with, pod with or write for. Like many other mangers, it appears I am still trying to sort this game out, looking back on the decisions that were made, which have put me in a position I didn’t expect to be in come November. It’s been said before, I honestly feel like Watford. I continue to put in the work and the results just aren’t enough to pick up that first win of the season. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: Starting XI”

2019/20 Premier League: GW12 Transfers

Many pundits and FPL managers mention the word “patience” ahead of the start of the season. Usually this word is used in conjunction with non-performing players and those “knee jerk” transfers, as you go in search of something better then what you previously had. That was the case during GW11, when Raheem Sterling and Sebastien Haller combined for seven points, which included the City midfielder donning the captain’s armband. Continue reading “2019/20 Premier League: GW12 Transfers”