This season the FF1st team are proud to announce we have a top 1000 manager running the official Fantasy Football First site team. His job will be to tell you how and why he has picked certain players and formations for the Fantasy Premier League, and explain the reasoning behind any changes along the way. Introducing manager Nomde Guerre and his FF1st site team.
Game week 20
A good week for the site team scoring 104 points -4 hit giving a nice round 100 score
The week started great in the early Saturday kick off. We had the armband on Kane and he duly delivered with his second hat-trick is 2 weeks. His return of 34 points was the dream start we had wished for, and there were many more points to follow.
We made 2 transfers this week and boy did they deliver! We took a chance selling off Hazard after 2 lacklustre FPL performances and brought in the on fire Brazilian Coutinho, who I have wanted for about 4 weeks now. There was a double purpose to this move, the extra funds generated allowed an upgrade on non-playing Mbemba to Alsonso.
I had watched Alonso the week before at Everton and he frightened the life out of me every time he got forward, which happened throughout the game. He’s such an attacking threat that I deemed him good enough to replace the lost Chelsea attack cover in Hazard.
And Alonso didn’t let us down! He scored and got a clean sheet, with 2 bonus points, for a 14 point haul. He was actually unlucky not to score more being brilliantly denied by the keeper on 2 other occasions.
Coutinho like Alonso was straight on the goal trail with a goal after only 8 minutes. A superb goal from about 25 yards top corner giving the keeper no chance. He went on to assist a goal to Firmino and got 2 bonus points (the same as Alonso) for a 13 point haul. 27 points from these two new signings is what was needed to build on the 34 points from Kane
How did the rest of the team fare?
DDG not so good, conceding twice v Burnley in a game I saw as a probable clean sheet. A hugely disappointing return. He’s been conceding quite a few of late which is a concern.
Christensen was no show out with illness, meaning we missed out on the Chelsea clean sheet. This turned out not to be an issue as Kenny came off my bench (for the second week running) with a clean sheet for 6 points. Kenny has proven to be a cracking little signing; at just £4.4m he’s proving great value.
Otamendi was our other defender and he got a predictable clean sheet at Newcastle, with 2 bonus which will have been helped by his goal like clearance from an Aaron’s chip.
Sterling scored the only goal in the game at Newcastle, and got 3 bonus for a total score of 11. He’s been a superb source of FPL points in recent weeks, but sadly the advantage is being eaten away as he’s been transferred in by the thousands.
Salah is also highly owned, so a good haul from him provides less of an advantage. He again delivered points with 2 assists for a 9 point haul.
Richarlison missed his usual sitters (one day he’s going to score a load of goals) but he still delivered 5 points by way of an assist.
Pogba was hugely disappointing with 2 points, more worrying was his positional play which offered very little threat, more about that later.
Rooney was no show again with illness which is hard to take, he’s been in our team 2 weeks now and is yet to play.
Niasse comes in for Rooney. Two minutes before the FPL deadline I read rumours on twitter that Niasse was going to start instead of DCL. This was literally 2 minutes before the deadline, so I never had time to post on FFF. As a result of the gossip, I moved him up a position on my bench, from third to second – just behind Kenny. This gave Naughton the last place on my bench. This was a decision which gave me an extra precious point because Niasse picked up 1 point compared to Naughton who scored zero after conceding 5 goals against Liverpool.
Regarding that Liverpool game. Firmino once again inflicted damage on my FPL rank due to his 13 point haul and high ownership. Something has to be done in my FPL to address this rank risk.
Game weeks 21 and 22
I posted on the site team thread that 2 early transfers were to take place to catch price rises and avoid falls. (Chorley hopes to have a way to send site team news to irregular readers in the coming week. For now, be sure to subscribe to the Browser Alerts to keep up to date with site news.) These two transfers were part of a 3-transfer master-plan spanning two game weeks.
Pogba has been hugely disappointing. I sold him to buy the impressive Lingard, who again scored when coming on as a second half sub v Burnley. He’s not as nailed to start as Pogba, but when he does play he’s “more or less” playing in a strikers role. He also allows me to bank £2m on the sale of Pogba. To confirm Pogba was sold to Lingard.
The second part of the plan was to get Firmino in to avoid further damage. Rooney, who has not even played for us, has been shown the door and in comes Firmino. This means triple Liverpool attack! I’ve absolutely no issues with this given Liverpool are the most attacking team in the EPL right now. Liverpool have another good home game to come in GW21, and I fear Coutinho could be rested, so the introduction of Firmino at least retains double attack-cover for this game – although I hope Coutinho does start or come off the bench to gain points.
Part 3 of this transfer plan is for next week, the Spurs and West Ham Double Game Week, known as a DGW. If you are new to FPL, a DGW is when a team plays twice in the same game week. A good captain in a DGW has the potential to return over 40 points.
Richarlison is becoming frustratingly annoying missing chance after chance, which affects his bps, meaning that even when he does score he gets little or no bonus due to missed opportunities. I was short of funds to bring in Arnautovic (or “Arnie” as he’s known as on twitter or message boards). He’s been on fire of-late, playing out of position as centre forward. The spare funds off the Firmino + Lingard transfers have meant Arnie can come in to my team without a hit in DGW22.
I do have a slight concern that Michail Antonio is likely to be available for DGW22, and this could impact Arnie’s positioning. However, for now, this is the plan.
Kane will be benched GW21. I’ve seen a lot of comments asking should I sell to buy back in GW22? My answer is an emphatic no!!! To me “to sell then buy back a week later” is a complete waste of 2 transfers. I confirm, I will bench Kane in GW21, and he will definitely be site team captain in DGW22.
I’ve had questions asking are you using the free hit chip to load up on DGW players from Spurs and Hammers? No is the answer! There are more fruitful double game weeks to come.
What about triple captain chip on Kane? Undecided is my answer. Normally I would say yes but given Spurs play twice in just 3 days it’s a huge concern Hatty Harry will be rested in one of the games (as is the case with all Spurs players). For example, I had thought about bringing in Son, but given the close proximity of these 2 games I’m unsure if this is a good move. Kane and Arnie will definitely be in my team but beyond that I really don’t know.
In regard to the DWG defences, I’m totally avoiding defences of Spurs and West Ham. Spurs rotate defence as part of their normal EPL planning. Add in 2 games in 3 days then defender rotation is nailed-on, meaning the benefit of the DGW is lost. The Hammers defence looks dodgy, conceding 3 in both of their last 2 games. Arnie, and possibly Lanzini, are the only Hammers players who interest me, while Kane, Son, Alli and Eriksen, are the Spurs players to look at. Personally, I won’t be going with Eriksen or Alli, while Son is a good possibility.
I will update on the site team thread as the 2 GWs progress
This is my team for GW21. Salah is my captain and Sterling my vice captain.
Team rank progress
As I write this article we sit at rank 69k with 7 points to come off the bench and Arsenal v Palace to play. That’s a good green-arrow rise from game week 19’s 107k.
The team value is currently 106.1m which is a good platform for the rest of the season.