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.
“Don’t you want me baby?
Mohammad Salah (£12.7 million) and Trent Alexandre-Arnold (£7.3million) might not have worked as waitresses in a cocktail bar five years ago, but they have certainly had the FPL world at their feet in recent seasons. Now it looks like they are only human after all.
Those among ‘The Great and The Good’ who have stuck with these two Reds suffered reds themselves over the weekend as they were unsuccessful and – with news of Alexander-Arnold’s injury joined by Reece James(£6.1m) European misadventures – no wonder this week’s theme is desperate for defensive cover.
READ MORE: Injury updates from James, Alexander-Arnold and more
In other news, Erling Haaland (£12.2million) made life difficult for Hibbo, the talented writer of the Captain Sensible articles who had to write five or six paragraphs about Gameweek 10’s decision, the Chelsea squad sheet has us all giddy with the rotation, and everyone wanted to forget the Monday night game between Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa.
Finn Sollie continues to exert a grip on the top spot, as he moves effortlessly through the top 5k. The Norwegian is yet to suffer a red arrow all season if you don’t play Gameweek 7.
This week brought him 79 points and his rise in the rankings coincided with a well-played Wildcard in Gameweek 8 which saw him focus his investment on the midfield slice of midfield.
James Madison (£8.3m), Jarrod Bowen (£8.2 million) and Phil Foden (£8.2m) all propelled it to the top of the ‘Great and The Good’ chart. Just be thankful he moved Gabriel Martinelli (£6.6m) this week otherwise he would have probably won the FPL by now.
Magnus Carlsen continues his top-to-bottom season reaching 80 points, although it’s worth noting that he remains on the “threemium” path with Kevin De Bruyne (£12.4 million), Son Heung Min (£11.7m) and the inevitable Haaland.
Here is the full list of the ins and outs:
- Az- Zaha, Guehi (Gross, Dias)
- LTFPL Andy – None
- Ben Crellin – None
- Fabio Borges – None
- Finn Sollie – Solanke, Zaha (Mitrovic, Martinelli)
- FPL Harry– None
- Joe Lepper – None
- Geoff Dance – Martial, Zaha (Jesus, Martinelli)
- FPL General – Zaha (Saka)
- Magnus Carlsen– Solanke, Cresswell (Isak, Worthy)
- Marc Sutherns- None
- FPL Matthew – None
- Neale Rigg– James, Zaha (Xhaka, Alexandre-Arnold)
- Pras- None
- Suvanch- Zaha, Gehi (Perisic, Bailey)
- Tom Freeman– Dunk (Worthy)
- Tom Stephenson– None
- Zophar – None
There was a rush on Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m) transfers this week. Az was even willing to take his first hit, though I suspect most will be disappointed with just help with their expenses.
Magnus Carlsen and Finn Sollie joined the Dominique Solanke (£5.7million) shuttles to the right save as he finally lived up to the hype with two assists – God knows what the reaction will be when he actually scores a goal.
Neale Rigg, the king of team news, clearly has a new opponent in Graham Potter who gave no hint of Chelsea’s weird but wonderful squad sheet, leaving our dear editor furious at the cameo. a point from James, which cost him minus four. I don’t dare ask him how he feels after Tuesday’s injury announcement.
Meanwhile, Geoff Dance has kept his faith in Manchester United because someone has to, bringing Antoine Martial (£6.9m) who provided an assist but then limped off after 28 minutes.
Pope (12), parish (10)
James (17), Trippier (16), Cancelo (14), Williams (10), Alexander-Arnold (7)
Andreas (18), Martinelli (15), Maddison (14), Zaha (14), De Bruyne (9)
Haaland (18), Mitrovic (16), Kane (6)
The model remains unchanged, with the presence of three Manchester City players and Martinelli creating a Blank Gameweek 12 conundrum. The fixtures would suggest sales, but the form indicates otherwise.
There’s a surprising lack of Foden in the model, with just three owners, though I suspect that will change in Gameweek 13. Glamorous defensive names like lewis dunk (£4.6 million), Marc Guehi (£4.3 million) and Eric Dier (£5.1m) come into the discussion.
This weekend showed the value and frustration of having a decent bench, as we saw the good fortune for those who have Andreas Pereira (£4.6 million) for Alexander Mitrovic (£6.8 million). I see you, Magnus and FPL Matthew!
Others, however, had to suffer from various players trying to block Fulham’s midfield scoring spots with a cameo from James, a half-time takedown from Trent and a brief neco williams (£4.1m) exhausted keeping this comeback firmly on the sidelines.
So, who benefited the most from these automotive subs during the season (see table below)? Well, FPL Harry stands out with 32 points from four occasions, including Solanke’s eight points coming this week, but he has to be disqualified due to bench magic in Gameweek 8.
For some reasons, Joao Cancelo (£7.3m), De Bruyne and Kieran Trippier (£5.6million) was benched first, later with a total of 24 points.
Ben Crellin and Magnus seem to have it right, only calling the pin a few times but getting decent returns. Crellin was lucky enough to get Tyrone Ming‘ (£4.4million) nine points from Gameweek 8.
Looking at the points from the bench, Magnus’ low tally shows he paid little attention to his 15, while Crellin’s tally of 82 shows more strength from deep.
I suspect he’ll be happier with this team, with the stream of defensive injury news coming out this week.
It looks like a big week in the season as we have to decide what to do with our wingers and Salah. The injury news may mean we ignore Mo’s problem and force our hands with Alexander-Arnold and James, so do we keep faith in the Egyptian knowing he’s playing Gameweek 12?
The other big call is how to prepare for life after white as, as of Gameweek 13, having a full set of Arsenal and Man City players seems to be a priority. Maybe those who saved their Wildcards were right after all?
Anyway, that’s all from me for another week and remember – don’t have nightmares.
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