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 34
102 points, the week ending with a whimper on Thursdays night with rotation and suspension biting hard into the previous 2 nights gains.
We sat 10k last night after good week gains but are projected to fall to 12k after tonight’s games.
Alonso suspended, Morgan benched, Willian benched tonight have been damaging omissions on an otherwise good week.
I won’t go over the full team due to lack time because of the short turnaround between gameweeks.
At the back
Alonso…. let’s not go there, he’s being sold in GW36…. enough said!!!!
Mike Smalldini What a week from him, 16 points and a GW difference at 8% ownership
Groß, Kane, Luka, Murray all getting good points.
So where does this leave us?
With a projected rank of 12k and a short turn around between game weeks I can’t wait for the game to update as this article needs to get out tonight.
Game week 35
Now the important bit
GW35 is if you were unaware of it, a blank GW.
The FA Cup semis are this weekend so the semi finalists and their opponents are missing this week leaving only 6 games consisting of 12 teams.
We are activating the last chip available and it’s the newest and most valuable – Free Hit!
I have clung in to this chip all season for dear life knowing it’s potential significance towards the end of season during a blank GW.
The clubs to target here are; Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Crystal Palace.
City and Liverpool simply because in my opinion they are the 2 best teams in the Premier League, extremely attacking and not too shabby at the back either.
It is in attack we intend to go in on these two clubs, City are home v Swansea and Liverpool at doomed WBA who pulled off one of the shock results of the season on Sunday winning at Man Utd.
Which players are the main targets?
City-Sterling, Jesus, Silva, KDB, Sane.
At the moment we have Sterling Jesus and Silva but will be looking for hints on Peps team selection via the press conferences.
Liverpool- Salah, Firmino and Mane.
The Liverpool team has been getting leaked in recent weeks and of all weeks this is the week we need that info due to rotation threat to one and all in their team due to Champions League involvement next midweek.
Salah of course is chasing the Golden boot so I think he will start this game but will be rested in GW36 v Stoke which lies between both semi final legs .Firmino and Mane could be rested, once the team news comes out (likely Friday night or at latest Saturday morning well in advance of the 11.30am GW cutoff). I will post the team on site, the information that has been coming out has been 100% correct for weeks on end now so is highly trustworthy. Once known, the site team will be finalised for the week.
Palace-Zaha and Milivojevic are the picks.
Zaha has been playing striker the last 2 games scoring 3 times, alongside him is Townsend if you fancy a differential pick chasing your league, Milo is on everything, Pens, FK the lot!! He’s been very successful of late bringing in premium price points at bargain basement cost.
If on FH I strongly urge you to at least have Milo first on the bench as there is highly likely a lot of rotation this week and he’s quality cover in the event you lose a premium price attacker to rotation.
Arsenal- Wenger has stated in his presser that he’s considering resting Aubameyang in favour of playing his Europa team given the time passed between the last game v Toon and the Europa game v Athletico Madrid
TBH you can see his thinking here, it does not however help us in FPL as Aubamayang was expected to be rotation proof given he’s cup tied in Europa
Aubamayang is now a risk, if you get him make sure you’ve good cover. Others who interest me are Ramsay ( if passed fit ) and maybe a defender.
I was going to just get Chambers as bench cover but as Arsenal appear to be playing a full strength team getting a defender now appeals.
Defence this week is troublesome, by going all in on City and Pool attack it leaves no room to get the likes of Robertson or Otamendi, this may change in Robertson’s case if there is Pool rotation, it will actually suit me to have one missing allowing Robertson to come in. Zaha would then be the Pool attacker replacement.
Others to consider? Arnautovic for West Ham is viable, he was unlucky for us v Stoke on Monday night but could face a full strength Arsenal side so bear that in mind.
Tompkins; I highlighted on boards last week and he obliged with a goal last week, as an enabler he’s very nicely priced at just 4.3m.
Newcastle- They have been in outstanding form of late, scored in every game since the week before Xmas bar at Liverpool a few weeks back.
They are safe now but won’t let up, Rafa will make sure they press on so I don’t expect to see any beach towels anytime soon, Lascelles in def, Dubravka in goal, Kenedy and Ayoze Perez are the picks, Perez has been on fire of late and if it’s an enabling third forward you want he’s your man at 5.3m.
Burnley- The defence needs no introduction, it would pay to get at least one player as cover due to high ownership across the board. Wood as third striker is an option along with Barnes.
Here is my team as it stands, things WILL change however once pressers have given a clue to teams and that Liverpool team sheet will be gold dust this week.
I will update as things progress on this thread.
Good luck and may your arrows be green