For the final time 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 37
Before I go into the doom and gloom of the nightmare that was DGW37 I would just like to thank all on Fantasy Football First, Admin, visitors, anyone who has contributed to what is a special FPL community of FPL managers.
GW38 is upon us (cue mass celebrations from yours truly) and this is not only the last GW of a difficult season, it is also my last week managing the site team so this is also my very last article. It has been emotional is all I can say, the ups the downs (seems to be far more downs than ups mind ) of a long hard season all comes to a final conclusion on Sunday. I would like to thank Chorley for giving me this opportunity, for which if he hadn’t I would not have interacted with you lot on here. I knew very few of you before arriving on site and it’s been a pleasure interacting on all things FPL with you.
I may return in a site visitor capacity next season, we’ll see nearer the time, I just want to see the back of this season for now TBH!
Now to reveal my identity. You can find me on twitter under @Gallow111. You can also find me in the FF1st mini-leagues. Perhaps some of you looked? I am a Toon supporter for my sins, and I’m happy to see my team are still in the EPL – the one good thing about this season.
Once again before I press on, it’s been a privilege interacting with you lot Now the depressing part – GW37!
What a complete utter nightmare week it has been for me personally. When is a double gameweek not a double gameweek? When the likes of Wenger and Pep screw you over!!!!
A terrible score of just 67 has all but destroyed my season.
On paper the team was strong. In reality it was only as strong as the players who actually played. Out of a possible 22 players-in-games I only got 15 to play, which isn’t a lot better than your standard gameweek.
At the back
Monreal? Didn’t play at all, thanks for that Arsene, much appreciated. Lowton comes in for Monreal – Zero points!
Davies, no show in game 1 and a clean sheet at least in game 2 for 6 points, very disappointing.
DDG and Smalldini, well they conceded at Brighton in the first game, but managed a clean sheet last night at Hammers.
Son didn’t start game 1 but came on for a few late minutes. He did manage an assist in game 2, in what proved to be a dismal DGW for Spurs – losing at doomed WBA yet winning 1-0 against a resilient Toon team (who were very unlucky not to take Davies clean sheet). Kane-the-Troll blanked at WBA but scored the winner v Toon, but no bonus meant just 16 captain points over a DGW, which I suppose was better than those who captained Jesus who blanked in both (who saw that coming?)
Silva and Sterling both blanked in game 1 v Huddersfield and weren’t even in the squad for game 2 v Brighton ….. cheers Pep!
Arnie did play in the second game after going off injured in the first game. He picked up an assist to get a total of 8 points. Not great, but it’s a hell of an improvement on the 3 points Silva and Sterling bagged.
Rambo? Less said the better. The rotation by Wenger in game 1 was huge; Rambo and Monreal were part of that. Rambo did, however, start game 2 but did nothing and blanked for 3 points.
Overall a completely shocking week. One that has done irreparable damage to the season given there’s only one week to play.
So where does this leave us?
We have fallen like a brick !!!
One of the worst GW ranks of the season and it’s depressing reading.
A full 7k week fall is not what was in the script.
Looking back at the team I wouldn’t change a thing. It was strong in all departments but failed miserable due to manager rotation. I can’t say strongly enough how much I detest that word Deep breath ….. count to 10, it’s nearly all over ……………
Game week 38
The final week
The team is still as it was during horror week. I’ve no idea at all what damage rotation will bring this week but it’s already started.
I was informed on Twitter after last nights games that Jose has stated DDG will NOT play this weekend; the reason given is that DDG has already won the golden glove. Thanks Jose! Now this being the case (check online before selling) you have to ask what else is going to happen as regards rotation in GW38??? Its going to be an absolute nightmare by the looks of it. Smalling must be at high risk of rotation given the absence of DDG is most probably rotation / preservation / fitness for Jose’s team for the cup final.
What about Chelsea? Will Conte follow suit? They have just about blown any chance of CL football drawing with Huddersfield, so will we see mass rotation at Chelsea? Hazard only came on as a sub midweek which suggests it’s already began.
Liverpool surely won’t slip up home to Brighton to qualify for the Champions League, so Conte may just call it a day on the EPL and instead focus on pursuit of cup glory (before what looks an inevitable exit at Chelsea).
So given this mess, what are GW38 plans? I’m still looking at the overall picture TBH, trying to gauge who may rotate and who won’t, waiting on any snippets of info indicating rotation from the pressers.
Son I expect to not start. Simply put, it’s the turn of Lamela. Davies also concerns me, while Rose could likely start in his place.
Rambo? Anyone’s guess, Wenger is turning into a bigger Troll than Kane!
Pep? Again no idea. Logic states that because both Sterling and Silva did not even figure midweek, then they will start this weekend. Trouble is that logic doesn’t exist when talking rotation by Pep (and Wenger)!!!
I feel Salah should come back in this week. Liverpool have to win or equal Chelsea’s result to ensure CL qualification. Brighton have nothing to play for. Therefore, Alexander Arnold in our defence will be in the site team starting 11, with Monreal dropping to the bench. I am not sure if Monreal is off on his jollies or Wenger has just thought he’d screw us over. Either way, TAA is starting. having said this, now just watch Smalldini be rotated out and Monreal come in …… or not as the case may be
At present, the only thing I can decide on is I want Salah back. He’s my FPL comfy-blanket and after GW37 I need some comforting
I will update moves on the site team chat thread. Remember there are no games tomorrow ( Saturday ) as all KO at the same time on Sunday to finish the season.
Well this is it people, it’s been emotional, it’s been uplifting and it’s been a struggle at times, the 2017/18 season is coming to a close. Very best wishes to you all, may your arrows be green. We may meet again next season but only in a site visitor capacity.
Signing off as site manager!
Current site team
No moves yet and captaincy not decided, if I get Salah in he’s going to be captain.