Fantasy Football Scout community writer Greyhead analyzes the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) transfers and strategies of some renowned Fantasy managers, from serial top 10k finishers to well-known faces.
The Great and The Good this season are the BlackBox pair of Marc Sutherns and Azboy scouts Joe Lepper, Tom Freeman, Neale Rigg, Geoff DanceProfessional experts Pras, Zophar and FPL HarryFPL “celebrities” Magnus Carlsen, FPL General, LTFPL Andy, Ben Crelinof the Hall of Fame, Fabio Borges, FPL Matthew, Finn Sollie and Tom Stephenson and of course last year’s mini-league winner and not overall. 2 Suvansh.
“Fly Without Wings”
We were on the hot coals of team news heading into the weekend, with injuries to Reece James (£6.0 million), Alexander Mitrovic (£6.7 million) and Trent Alexandre-Arnold (£7.2m), meaning we paid close attention to Friday’s press conferences.
Unfortunately the responses from Jurgen Klopp, Marco Silva and Graham Potter have kept us in the dark, necessitating the search for our own specialists, although we have been told Liverpool medical staff need a pay rise as the Trent “unavailable” seemed clearly available. while sitting on the bench against Manchester City.
Gameweek 11 itself has seen many regain their faith in Mohammad Salah (£12.7m) due to its central position, the cult of Dominique Solanke (£5.8million) also gained new followers and James Madison (£8.2m) owners probably spoke their own witty swear words when he kicked himself out of Gameweek 12 with a last-minute yellow card. Stupid boy!
The biggest shock when news of ‘The Great and The Good’ team came to light showed Magnus doing a Magnus and putting on the armband Son Heung Min (£11.8m) rather than everyone’s favorite permanent captain Erling Haaland (£12.2 million).
In the end, it meant nothing, although Magnus would claim a moral victory as Son managed an extra clean sheet point. Where will the magic pearls convince the Grandmaster to seek the Gameweek 12 captaincy?
Finn Sollie continues to climb the rankings effortlessly, annoyingly he even looks well equipped to deal with White, having two free transfers in hand. The Norwegian is joined in the top 10k by FPL Harry, who maintained his momentum despite leaving 18 points on the bench. Tom Freeman managed to top that with 22 sitting on the sidelines.
In a low-scoring week, Ben Crellin was one of only two to score 60 or more points. Its “threemium” strategy has paid off, with Harry Kane (£11.4m) plus that Salah man making up for Haaland’s first white.
Close behind him this week was Mark Sutherns, who had a week that could earn him more airtime on FPL Blackbox as his 60 points led to a green arrow of 650,000 thanks to his faith in Brentford. David Raya (£4.5 million) and Ivan Toney (£7.4million) had to rock it on Friday night.
Mark wasn’t the only one to benefit from a goalkeeping masterclass, as there were an incredible six double-digit men’s scores between the sticks.
- Az- Doherty (Alexander Arnold)
- LTFPL Andy – Trippier, Webster (James, Alexander-Arnold)
- Ben Crellin – Dunker (James)
- Fabio Borges – Dunker (James)
- Finn Sollie – None
- FPL Harry– Doherty (Alexander Arnold)
- Joe Lepper – Doherty (Patterson)
- Geoff Dance – Castagne (Alexandre Arnold)
- FPL General – Doherty (James)
- Magnus Carlsen– Trossard (De Bruyne)
- Marc Sutherns- Cresswell (Alexander Arnold)
- FPL Matthew – Dunker (James)
- Neale Rigg– None
- Pras- Doherty (Alexander Arnold)
- Suvanch- Doherty (James)
- Tom Freeman– Zaha, Andersen (James, Gordon)
- Tom Stephenson– Dunker (James)
- Zophar – Gehi (James)
Defensive transfers were the priority, with most looking to ship James or Alexander-Arnold. In retrospect, it might have been better to keep Trent, but either way it showed a split approach between “The Great and The Good”.
The most conservative opted for solid and reliable products lewis dunk (£4.6 million), while the more daring opted for Matt Doherty (£4.6m), although his starting spot after Gameweek 12 looks more secure after Conte’s move to 3-5-2 has certainly made Spurs more efficient.
The template for “The Great and The Good” is as follows, with numbers in parentheses indicating how many teams they appear on:
Pope (12), parish (10)
Trippier (17), Cancelo (14), Williams (10), James (8), Guehi (7)
Andreas (18), Martinelli (15), Zaha (15), Maddison (14), De Bruyne (8)
Haaland (18), Mitrovic (16), Kane (6)
It was at the back that we saw a change, with Alexander-Arnold sent off and James clinging to his space – although that won’t last. Marc Guehi (£4.3m) makes its first-ever appearance on a model.
A certain Liverpool midfielder will no doubt find his way back to Gameweek 12 as everyone has decided he is good again.
I took a look at the preparations for Blank Gameweek 12, with many less committed managers likely to be caught off guard by a quick turnaround and the sudden demise of their Man City and Arsenal assets.
James’ injury only exacerbates the situation and, quite frankly, I can barely type Maddison’s name because his silly simulation has let us all down.
Looking at the squads, I’ve listed the number of transfers and players currently available, excluding reserve keepers. Ben Crellin is best prepared with a full XI plus the luxury of having two free transfers if needed.
Seems less than optimal for Joe and Harry so I suspect a hit or two will be taken and like Neale Rigg well if having only seven players available doesn’t force a Wildcard I’ll eat my hat of a wizard!
Be on your guard as quick decisions need to be made. I expect Salah to come on stage plus a few hits here and there for those looking to bet on Brighton and Hove Albion’s home clash against Nottingham Forest. Still, it’s important to keep half an eye on Gameweek 13, as these Man City and Arsenal players will quickly become very attractive.
Anyway, that’s all for me for now and remember – don’t have nightmares.
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