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Fantasy Football First 2017/18 Site Team for game week 16

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 15 review

My points total for the week was 54.

Game week 15 started with Chelsea v Newcastle in the Saturday lunch time game. A Hazard brace and 3 bonus points meant a great 15 point haul to pay back some of the pain suffered in game week 14 when he was benched only to come on for a 1 point cameo. Morata scored and chipped in with 2 bonus for a score of 8. However, new signing Christensen only got 2 points after Chelsea conceded to a Newcastle side that I honestly could not see scoring. Moreover, Christensen hit the post with a header in the first half teasing the idea of future points. What a great start to the game week.

After the early kick off, things did not go quite so well.

Firstly Moreno was not in the Liverpool squad; a disaster as I really felt Liverpool could get a clean sheet at Brighton because The Seagulls play it tight, don’t score many and don’t concede many. Yet on in this encounter Brighton conceded on five occasions. Salah, our only other Liverpool player, only got an assist for 5 point. Given his form this season a 5 point return feels disappointing.

Naughton came off my bench for Moreno, but after looking solid early Swansea on conceded 2 goals at Stoke and thus Kyle returned just the one FPL point.

Ward got us 2 points. Again Burnley looked like getting a clean sheet, only to concede late on. This is becoming a habit for Burnley.

To complete our defence roundup, De Gea played in the Saturday evening game at Arsenal. To say David’s been a “wise investment”, coming in to my team for Foster, is an understatement. Arsenal trailed 0-2 but absolutely peppered the Man U goal with 31 shots (compared to 8 from Man U). The result was a DDG goal-keeping super-show. Sadly, he eventually conceded, but the 14 saves added 4 save points to his tally, while his performance also eared 2 bonus points from the BPS, for a total of 8 points.

Ramsey had a part in the only Arsenal goal, beating the offside trap to supply the assist for the goal. He got us 6 points which included a bonus point. In the same game Pogba, who we sold to “downgrade” to Ramsey to gain funds for an upgrade in defence, was red carded. This was after he had made 2 assists (at which point I was thinking what have I done selling Pogba!) All is well, however, as Ramsay outscored Pogba 6-5 and Pogba is now serving a 3 game suspension – one less thing to worry about this week. I feel I may even be able to buy back for game week 19 with his price reduced by £0.2m or so.

Richarlison let us down, getting booked for dissent and gaining only 1 point. He has a good run of fixtures coming so hopes are high for good points in coming weeks.

Groundhog Day

Or is it Kanehog Day?

Yet again I captained Kane.

Yet again he blanked.

Sound familiar? Yes it’s becoming a regular discussion.

In game week 15 I decided to “play it safe”, captaining the highly owned Kane who played away to a leaky Watford defence (conceded 4 at home in midweek games). Hazard was my original captain who would have delivered an additional 13 points. Oh, how I rue that change! It would have made the game week.

Now I know this is all “ifs and buts”, BUT the additional points would have ranked us inside the top 100k globally – which was our Christmas target. That’s the last time I captain Kane until Spurs form improves.

We went from rank 177k to 168k. This is not good enough! I can’t recall gaining a green arrow but feeling so utterly depressed. The final push is now on to get into that top 100k by Boxing Day. This rank is needed to have a strong platform for the second half of season (when I’m always at my best) to deliver a rank to be proud of come the close of the season.

Plans for game week 16

At this time no moves are planned. The team is well set-up and my only concern is to have a starter in the first position on the bench.

Looking at my bench, Niasse is my biggest concern as he was not used by new manager, Sam Alardyce, which is a concern moving forward. Calvert Lewin did start to deliver a goal and an assist. I have £0.3m in the bank, which ius the exact amount required to change Niasse to Calvert Lewin. Indeed, I nearly made this move on Sunday night to catch the rise on Calvert Lewin, but I held off because I was concerned about the midweek European games.

Moreover, Niasse seems to be “price locked”, because his “percent towards a price change” on the player price monitoring sites is zero. Therefore, I feel safer holding onto Niasse for this weekend to see if Sam uses him or DCL. That’s the plan anyway. I remain concerned that if Niasse’s price does fall then I cannot buy Calvert Lewin, so I will monitor the price change progress. But the current plan is “do nothing” and roll the free transfer.

Best of luck for game week 16 , and as usual, if there are any changes of plan I will post a comment below.

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NomdeGuerre

Seasoned FPL manager, I spend far too much time analyzing, researching and creating my FPL teams but enjoy the seasonal challenges FPL throws at you.............. sometimes ;-)

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  1. Need help to go up the rank…now I am bit clueless. The attack looks steady, defence looks okay in pen and paper, but not returning…. rank 389k (improved marginally, still way behind my 10k target). Waiting for todays games, if to be played…then go for 1 transfer at least. Bank balance is low to change something in attack.
    2FT, 0.1m ITB
    Pope, Elliot
    Otamendi, Christensen, Mustafi, Morgan, Francis
    Haz,Salah,Sterling,Richarlison,RLC
    Kane,Morata,DCL

    • @GoalMachine looks solid! Only players I’d look at shipping out would be Morgan and Francis!
      4.6-Tarkowski/Kiko/Gomez/Duffy etc + >4.4-Dunk/Kenny/Masuaku/Ogbonna
      Or
      2×4.5-Zanka/Kabasele(both nice fixtures!!)

    • @GoalMachine just looked at your linked team
      Nothing at all wrong with what you have, it’s a great team you’ve got.
      Francis to a Watford defender
      Mustafi, if he’s OK hold
      If not look to see if Jones starts today
      If you really want to shake it up maybe consider what I am
      Morata to Firmino
      You may then be able to go RLC to Ramsey? Not sure as I don’t know your selling values

      Don’t panic mate
      Good side you have, you can tweak it or do the Firmino move and get Rambo

      Further down the line Elliot to Speroni if he holds his place

      • @NomdeGuerre Thank you for the advice, yes I need to make some tweaks to go up. I have 0.1m ITB.
        (1) Can do Francis (4.4) > Cabasele (4.5) OR, Morgan(4.5) > Kiko (4.6)…I like Kiko more.
        (2) Mustafi (5.4) — I am not sure…holding as of now, unless I need fund…Jones (5.3) is a straight swap though. That will help me to do Francis > Kiko
        (3) Speroni – Guess will not keep his position…waiting to see
        OR
        (4) I like the Rambo+Firmino over Morata+RLC…..short by 0.5m.Then I have to sell Mustafi > Kiko or, Otamendi > Jones. Hold Francis and Morgan for the time being. :question:

  2. Bad day today after great start yesterday
    Finished on 64
    Hugely disappointing as I started today well inside top 100k at 72k
    Finished it 101k so very disappointed

    Otamendi was planned next week in a -4
    Couldn’t have kept quiet today could he :angry:

    Problem I have now is Rambo is out with a Hammy
    This has caused a big issue as he needs replacing

    Drawn up a -8 plan
    Still considering this however

    Naughton is finished on decent fixtures so needs to go
    Man City midweek so no CS coming there, one point at best
    Needs to go ASAP
    Given Kiko is a risk as regards playing midweek I don’t want to be playing Naughton

    Rambo
    Who to replace with?
    At selling value 7.1m not a lot of choice TBH
    Shaquiri was considered, still is TBH
    Groß has fallen away from early season attack points
    It appears selling after his 10 point haul was spot on timing
    Choupo no thanks
    He’s playing wide right now and Shaquiri is the best option there.
    Doucoure no good as we have Richarlison
    One that does fit the bill perfectly for a 2 week punt is Son
    Home game v Brighton looks good and promising
    Not so good at weekend away to city
    After that he gets sold to Pogba ego returns after suspension
    Son current price 7.9m, Pogba current price 7.9m

    To finance this all something has to give? Correct!!!

    Morata to Firmino which I had considered
    Can’t say I’m full of confidence after he was rotated today but it means he’s highly likely playing midweek

    Naughton to Otamendi
    Rambo to Son
    Morata to Firmino

    Leaves 0.1m spare
    May be able to get Mariapa for Mbemba if he doesn’t rise next weekend

    These are moves currently under consideration
    Comments welcome
    Going to look at alternatives however as I would prefer to keep it at -4 due to H2H contests midweek
    Never ideal starting v an opponent on -8

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