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.
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 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