My team was nominated as the official Fantasy Football First team. My job is to tell you how and why I have picked certain players and formations for the Fantasy Premier League, and explain my reasoning behind any changes along the way. This article explains the changes I have made to my team and why.
How did I do in game week 24?
For game week 24 I sold Coquelin and bought Snodgrass which gives me only 3 players blanking in game week 26, meaning I can field 11 players using my bench. If you are unsure what the impact of the FA Cup is on our FPL Team, read this helpful guide. I scored 63 points in a week where Lukaku scored loads, and my rank rose 14K to 219K. Time to push into the top 100K with using DGW navigation.
I am concerned with Mirallas’ game time and points return since I bought him, and Cedric continues to disappoint.
Last week and the week before I pointed out that I was concerned with Costa’s recent points return and my prefered replacement was Zlatan. However, I stuck with Costa because the upcoming fixtures are kind, and Zlatan has potential for a blank game week in 28 alongside the confirmed blank game week in 26. Costa’s return of 8 points was most satisfying. As mentioned on the podcast, we all have a tendency to transfer too early. Just look at Sigurdsson’s points since I sold him!
Game week 25
So my hit list is Mirallas and Cedric. Perhaps I should be happy with Cedric because he returned 12 points in game week 23, but this only really catched up for all the 1 and 2 point game weeks. I admit to myself that Southampton are defensively not as secure as they used to be. Add to this that Southampton don’t play in game week 26 and I have a good case for selling Cedric over Mirallas.
My aim in selling Cedric is to buy a player who gives me cover for game week 26 and 28, and has a track record of picking up points. This rules out the Hull defenders who have not a track record of earning points, despite their recent good form and good rotation potential in my defensive 5.
Instead I look to West Brom. Selling Cedric puts £5m in my bank account. My prefered option of Brunt is £5.1m, so I cannot afford him. Instead I go for McAuley because of his excellent points record. To confirm, I have sold Cedric and bought McAuley.
This does give me a little dilemma in that West Ham face West Brom today, so if I play McAuley then I have an 8 point pair in Snodgrass and McAuley. C’est la vie.
My captain this weekend is Sanchez and my line up for this weekend is:
My plan next week is to make no transfers until after the FA Cup games. However, if I do make an early transfer I will post it on here in a comment – not on twitter. So be sure to check back from time to time.
Best of luck this weekend.