Here’s my fantasy premier league team selection GW2 article. As is normal, I review GW1, share my transfer thoughts, captain choice and the lineup dilemmas.
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Firstly if you’re new to the site my last 4 seasons overall ranks are17k, 36k, 17k and 21k.
GW1 points: 68 (FPL average 50) Total points 68, Overall Rank: 984k, Team Value: £100.m
Here’s the points:
I talked in detail plus threw a couple of schedules at you in my early FFGeek thoughts article so I won’t go over it again. In essence a disappointing start at 984k overall although it should be remembered that anytime you get a gameweek rank of under 1 million you should be pleased and it would generally result in a big green arrow. Secondly I should be grateful that Saiss bailed me out with his 15 pointer otherwise I would have been closer to 2 million.
I was all set to carry over the free transfer until I saw the detail of the Man City press conference in which Pep informed us that Laporte had only started training today. I guess I should be grateful that he actually told us anything at all about it.
Orignally I wanted to do in GW3 Aubameyang to De Bruyne and Ward Prowse to Foden depending on Fodens playing prospects but not having Laporte and Saliba was just too much.
So with Saliba not making the match day squad last week then I had no choice but to make a transfer. The Saliba to Justin transfer wasn’t feasible as Justin had risen in price and Saliba down bUt really with Laporte a couple of weeks away he really should be the focus of my attention.
There were 2 choices for me Wan Bissaka and Lucas Digne. Now there’s no doubt in my mind that Man Utd have the better defence and I rank them higher in my defenders ranking article. Allan surely would have improved it but it’s still a similar defence to the one that Gueye protected so fantastically so it still has some risk to it. That is balanced out by the fact that Digne is the better attacking asset. He’s 11th in my 19/20 season ranking of attacking defenders whereas Wan Bissaka is 45th. Now that’s a little unfair as Wan Bissaka improved markedly. Both have a good entry point fixture and with Man Utd having Palace and Everton having WBA.
I also thought about Mina of Everton as I actually ranked him 7th last season for attacking defenders and with Holgate and Branthwaite injured he’s got the job for a number of weeks yet. But it seemed a bit of an unnecessary risk so I left it
In the end I went for Digne but it was a close call. Another FPL 50/50 which will dictate our seasons
transfer completed Laporte out Digne in
You may have seen my captain analysis article which left me with the conclusion of going for Aubameyang with Salah as vice. I won’t spoil the detail with you by giving you a synopsis of the article.
The lineup only has 1 issue and that’s Soucek or Saiss. Soucek plays Arsenal and Saiss plays Man City. Soucek isn’t meant to actually ever be in the starting lineup but the combination of Saliba out of the sqaud and Saiss playing Man City means he comes within my thoughts. Soucek in isolation playing Arsenal isn’t the end of the world but when you combine it with Antonio playing in my lineup as well it’s all a bit of a West Ham overkill. Saiss does have attacking potential but it seems a bit much of a stretch to play him as there seems little chance of a clean sheet. So in the end I benched him.
I put Saliba in the lineup on the basis that if he starts he’s possibly a better prospect than Soucek or Saiss but it’s hard to see it happening given Arteta’s comments
Structure and odds
I’ve put the bookies odds in a schedule for clean sheets for defenders and anytime goal scorer odds for attackers. There’s also the structure between Template, Template replacement and difference maker which you can get definitions if you’re unfamilar in my early thoughts article
Here’s the team
Good luck everyone!