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Fantasy Football First 2017/18 Site Team for game week 36

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 35

This was the blank GW with only 6 games played, so the Free Hit chip we have saved all season long was utilised. My team scored 62 points. I felt this was a decent enough score to produce a decent rise, but far below the number of points I had hoped for, delivering only a game week of 115k (which on a normal GW I would snap your hand off for).

At the back

PVA scored 5 with a clean sheet at Watford, but was also booked costing us a point and any chance of bonus.

Bellerin didn’t live up to expectations and, more gutting, was the fact Monreal who is a member of the non FH team was binned in favour of Bellerin due to higher rotation risk: Monreal of course scored and TBH was unlucky not to get a second so we got off lightly.

Gomez was a disappointment not showing a great deal in expected attacking potential and conceded twice at WBA for just a single point.

Butland faired better, conceding but racking up the save bonus with 6 saves which also took him onto 1 bonus point for a score of 5 – not bad considering he conceded. We had Hennessy on the bench with 10 points but TBH I was not even close to starting him over Butland.

In attack

A decent week for once!

The Man City trio all scored, and Jesus plus Sterling both chipped in with assists. Jesus missed a pen which became a double hit when Sterling also lost an assist. Those missed took both players out of bonus point contention and likely cost us 12 points, which was the difference between a decent week and a good week.

Salah scored …. AGAIN! The man is a goal machine, he will be transferring back in this week all being well – more of that later.

Mane as expected went off early on around 62 mins for 3 points as Liverpool were on a clean sheet at that point.

Zaha was booked for diving, which replays showed was harsh as many a pundit claimed it was in fact a pen. An assessment I would agree with.

A week of missed opportunities and wrong choices is how I would best describe GW35

  • Aubameyang instead of Lacazette
  • PVA over Tompkins
  • KDB over Silva
  • Bellerin over both Monreal and Baines

Its all fine margins and lost points

So where does this leave us?

We started on 12k and finished on 8k. Not bad for a normal week but I am gutted at only rising by some 30% in a week when the Free Hit chip was in use, an advantage that really should have taken the site team to the season target finish of 5k

Game week 36

It’s back to the team and squad we had in GW34, which was a DGW so is full of players specific to that week. To be fair, a lot of these have a DGW37, but I don’t like the look of this squad in all honesty. No Salah, no City cover, these are the 2 big issues!!!

On the plus side, both of these clubs will highly likely see heavy rotation now, last night Liverpool played Roma in the CL Semi final first leg. Leading 5-0 they were apparently cruising their way to the final, that was until 2 late Roma goals gave the tie a different complexion. Barcelona beat Roma 4-1 in the first leg of the QF, they lost the second leg 3-0 to go out of the competition. Now Klopp may have a completely different way of thinking for the second leg next midweek, 5-0 you’re home and dry, 5-2 great result BUT can Roma repeat the Barca scoreline?

My thinking is if it stayed 5-0 Klopp would have played a full team v Stoke with 2-3 early substitutions, now? He may rest his big guns completely to save them for what will be a gladiatorial battle in Rome next midweek. Salah is currently not part of the site team, he was in the FH team but is not a part of the squad for GW36.

I want rid of Alonso but can’t do a thing until news of that Liverpool team-sheet comes out (likely Friday night via @AnfieldExpress on Twitter, who has been releasing the team sheets early, until last night that is – he withheld the team v Roma last night, hopefully this was due to the importance of the tie and not the end of early team sheet releases). We desperately need that team sheet on Friday to see if Salah is playing!

If he is, he’s coming in, likely for Mahrez with Alonso being sold to makeup the funds.

If Salah is not playing I will then turn my attentions to Man City attack. Sterling will come in again likely for Mahrez with Alonso likely out to Vertongen of Spurs,  he’s home v Watford this week with a good DGW37 next week.

All moves are currently on hold however until we see that team sheet.

Its a bit pointless posting the site team before moves, but we have no choice other than to wait due to uncertainties in “rotation” ….. I am beginning to hate that word now!!!!

Site team as it stands with no moves as yet.

This week contains many considerations to who to transfer into our teams, taking into account GW36 and DGW37. The overriding fear factor is that word again “Rotation”. Last week I was pretty sure that Pep wouldn’t rotate and bar Sane he didn’t, this week? I’ve honestly no idea, so bringing in the likes of Sterling comes at risk. Jesus should be pretty well safe BUT Sterling has proven time and again he’s an able replacement at false 9 so he’s not as nailed as you think.

Liverpool? Could be a blood bath this week as regards rotation and for Stoke, depends what is going through Klopps head ATM regarding that SF second leg next week, I expect heavy rotation TBH and that’s why I am holding off Salah until Friday night.

Palace home to Leicester could provide attack points for both Zaha and Milo, Milo in particular continues to impress.

Spurs home to Watford looks ripe for pickings BUT Kane has looked flat since returning from injury, something  Pochettino eluded to himself on Monday. Heads may have dropped after the cup exit so loading on Spurs comes at slight risk, I’m worried about Son rotation.

Southampton have a must win home game in the South coast derby v Cherries, a game I expect them to win. Cedric looks a decent option here attacking the right flank, and if Saints are to stay up this is a 100% must win game.

Man U v Arsenal I expect to see a Man U win. Arsenal will rotate heavily for this game with Europa in mind while Man U, on the other hand, can carry on the upturn in form. They impressed me v Spurs in the semi  final running out deserved winners. “Mike Smalldini” the DGW34 hero could come up trumps again. I’ve seen many benching him for this one… why? Arsenal won’t threaten with a weakened side away from home where they’ve lost every game this season. I am very hopeful of a double clean sheet in this for DDG and Smalling.

As ever I will update the team once moves are made, likely Friday night if we get the Liverpool team sheet.

Only 2 more weeks to play after this one :yahoo: To be honest, I am looking forward to this season coming to a close. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, I threw up my lunch a few times and now want to get off! Good luck and may your arrows be green  :)


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244 thoughts on “Fantasy Football First 2017/18 Site Team for game week 36

  1. Made it into the top 1000. Even though it might be temporary, it still a first and a great feeling! Thanks for all the advice here!

  2. Bad news people
    I bring you this news with a very heavy heart :cry:
    No more Liverpool team leaks :cry:

  3. Hearing on the grapevine there is no David Silva today, he is currently in Spain given time off to be with family.

      • @IvanTheTerrible should have got shot like me this week Ivan :)

        Willian will see rotation now, highly likely play one game in DGW

        • @IvanTheTerrible You have a few issues in this side, Christensen the Troll, Morgan crap, Willian may only p;lay v Liverpool in DGW missing the easier Huddersfield game, Lingard short minutes when playing, Davies is even rotation threatened now Rose is fit.
          Thought I had problems :lol:

        • @NomdeGuerre
          Well, we’ll get a better picture after the United, City, Spurs and Arsenal games. If it’s necessary I am going hit mad as it will be sink or swim situation :elmer_fudd:

        • @IvanTheTerrible Did that myself this week after a lot of consideration, came to the conclusion it was this week or next, get it done with and try and offset by pulling in points this week, sold Mahrez Alonso Willian who got 3 points comnbined, Luka still to play, brought in TAA, Sterling, Salah and Jesus, as long as Sterling and Jesus start I am happy enough with the trades as the tream next week will benefit massively, still have hope of a green arrow this week, 7 still to play in DDG, Smalldini, Sterling, Son, Arnie, Kane, and Jesus. If I can get about even and get somewhere close to starting rank of 8.7k ill be happy, currently 12.1k so some clawback to be done, the -12 is now factored in however so I do have some hope yet.

        • @NomdeGuerre
          You are absolutely right. I should have done it but better late than never. The good part is that I got rid of Vardy and Mahrez, next are deadwood like Morgan, Chris and Willian to go.
          If Jesus performs well today and Kane fails again tomorrow night we will have many decisions to be made.

    • @NomdeGuerre thanks was thinking about getting him in.

      What do you think I should do for this GW. Maybe Tarworski to Smalling and Gross to LC for a 4ph? Or Vardy to Lacazette and gross to bench fodder?

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      • @Vardster in your position I would likely go Groß to Rambo
        Lingard to Milo
        Think you’ve exact funds?
        Bench Milo first sub
        He’s then very useful in GW38
        Rambo is my main target to add to DGW37 squad
        I’m facilitating it by Groß it Rambo and Murray to Ayew who will be first sub
        That’s the plan ATM
        Been talking to a Gooner mate, said Rambo is one of the first on the team sheet when fit, once as I expect Arsenal go out to Madrid in Europa Rambo then becomes FPL friendly again :)

  4. @NomdeGuerre. Any advice on this disaster of a team for next week other than delete it. :lol: I’m tc Kane.I took a -8 this week to bring Salah and Jesus back but might bin Salah again next week. Regret selling Son for him now this week.

      • @Offaly Sanchez has tipped your team balance here, he’s simply too costly, he could however be a good differential if playing both games which he should
        He was rested in one in DGW34 due to cup involvement
        Your team is in a bad way mind
        Might pay you to sell Salah to fund other moves?
        Really don’t know mate
        Needs a lot of work
        I was in similar mess this week but cleared the decks with a -12
        No idea of your funds
        Salah > Sterling
        Groß > Rambo
        Kenedy > Silva

        • @NomdeGuerre Cheers mate. Yeah it’s a disaster but surprisingly I’m still clinging on in leagues I need to. The Sanchez punt hasn’t really paid off for me.I can so Salah to Sterling and Gross to Ramsey. Can’t afford the Silva move. Only 0.4 in the bank.

  5. @NomdeGuerre Cheers mate. Yeah it’s a disaster but surprisingly I’m still clinging on in leagues I need to. The Sanchez punt hasn’t really paid off for me.I can so Salah to Sterling and Gross to Ramsey. Can’t afford the Silva move. Only 0.4 in the bank.

  6. @shb
    Looking at going for it again in 37
    Considering a -8
    Morgan to Vertongen
    Salah to Silva ( I know we just bought)
    Groß to Rambo

    Team for DGW would then be

    Kane (c)

    I think this team has got what it takes to smash DGW37

    Going to think it over tonight

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    • Luka May miss the cup final says Jose
      Rashford now a live choice for DGW
      Plans may change now
      Luka clearly our for remainder of FPL Season
      Bad news for us
      They will all jump on Jesus

      • @Ted2007 yes, which means he’s more likely to figure in the DGW
        He’s had his break, Sane missed the one before that, could be the turn of Sterling next
        I hope not!!!
        I’m trying to bring in Silva

        • @NomdeGuerre
          I’m really bad at phrasing my questions :wacko: I meant will he continue to stay in in Spain…

          And what about Salah for the last week? Will you bring him back in?

        • @Ted2007 At this point in time Kane more likely sold than Salah
          How bad has he been since his return??
          This first half has been kike watching a fake Kane
          Spurs haven’t been at the races at all mind but Kane? He’s not even able to get into available scoring positions!!!
          If I did sell Salsh yes he’d be back for 38 which answers my own concerns
          Buy to sell to buy again in 38?
          Not happening!!

          He’s been allowed leave this week so my thinking is he returns GW37
          One to monitor the news with.

        • @Kenny typical missing the Son assist
          Kane doesn’t look sharp
          Thinking going Jesus captain next week now
          Cue goal 2 :P

        • @NomdeGuerre
          Despite his lacklustre performance, I’m forced to keep Kane. My ML leader doesn’t have him and he has the same heavy hitters as me (sterling, jesus, Salah ).

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