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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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  1. Used my FT this week on Sane -> Coutinho because of price changes, FlashScores also said Sane went off with injury last night so fingers crossed it will be a good move.

    Should I play Choupo over Otamendi/Smalling? Thanks All

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  2. Please help my team  0 FT, 0.5 ITB. I used FT to get Morata for Jesus already. Any suggestions for who should start / what formation? I put 3-5-2 for now as Niasse did not play last game and not sure if he starts.

      • @Ombob @IvanTheTerrible @NomdeGuerre Thanks guys. I will wait and see what the scans shows. I just need a third playing DEF this GW. Kane just keeps frustrating me. He is an expensive player to keep delivering blanks. I may give him another chance… It’s just that that money may be well spent on two players delivering more points than Kane alone… The DGW would be a good point if he was a scoring guarantee and you consider playing triple captain. Now Spurs don’t even have a match the GW before, so one may almost consider it two separate GWs IMO.

        • @KimmoTheGreat I agree with the others that you should keep Kane. If your concern is about your defence, then you don’t need to touch Kane.

          And anyway, you don’t ”need’ a third playing defender as you have two on your bench in Smalling and Otamendi. I can understand the reluctance to field them, given the derby game, but Ota has a few goals already this season, so it wouldn’t be a complete disaster if you play him instead of Moreno if he’s not fit.

          Unluckily, Mee is also injury flagged now I see, so as it stands Smalling may sub in to your starting XI too. Fingers crossed for a goalless derby then :lol: Otherwise, just replace Mee or Moreno with someone sure to play, or consider getting Christensen in for Smalling or Ota if you’d prefer. But personally, I would keep things as they are (put Ota ahead of Smalling on the bench) and hope Mee and Moreno both start. It’s not as if you have no bench players to replace them in auto-sub if they don’t.

  3. @shb
    Calling a site team board meeting mate and it could involve Rambo being binned :eek:

    You know my thoughts on Coutinho
    Been rattling on about him for 3 weeks now, he was the original plan going forward until Hazard turned out attention to him.

    Coutinho is STILL my big target
    Saturday at Brighton ( still feeling sick about this ) he got 3 assists and a goal
    Last night in the CL a hatty and we’ve now also discovered he’s on pens …. just gets better and better

    Trouble is we lose your beloved Rambo :hurt:
    On top of Rambo we lose Richarlison

    Coutinho and RLC
    Rambo and Richarlison

    It’s a tough call….. very tough
    We need Calvert Lewin in too next week if Niasse is no show again
    He is to rotate with RLC
    Great run of fixtures rotating these 2 with RLC starting this weekend so no hurry for Calvert Lewin meaning Coutinho moves are only -4

    Front 7 then –

    Hazard -Salah-Sterling-Coutinho

    Morata- Kane

    Calvert Lewin abd RLC rotating as the 7th attacker on good fixtures for at least 9 weeks.

    This is actually the most difficult decision of the season so far :headscratch:

    It’s a potential rank takeoff but a calculated gamble also losing 2 good attacking mid options.

    The attraction is the differential
    Our TV is such that not many can do this change
    The Power 6 could absolutely nail big points
    Kane will come good, going nowhere
    Morata will score simply because he’s in a good attacking side with Hazard on fire
    Salah Coutinho pair up could be THE move given Pools form and scoring of late, they’ve literally taken over where Man City left off and are scoring for fun

    City cover still in place via City top scorer Sterling but if City continue grinding out results a simple sideways move to Pogba could be on in 3 weeks after his ban.

    Lots of thinking and considering to do today/tomorrow

    Thoughts and input welcome ;)

  4. Please help my team  Hi – have 2.3 mil and one free transfer. Thinking of selling Kane for Austin and Mooy for Hazard (four point hit obvs)
    My team are doing pants right now and need to get my act together. Any advice welcome. Jon

    • @jp500 You can’t do your suggested moves as that would give you four CHE players (Alonso, Christensen, Morata + Hazard).

      If you’re dead set on Hazard, I would look to downgrade Alonso to Otamendi and upgrade Sane to Hazard.

      Keep Kane though, whatever you decide. The lad will come good again.

    • @jp500 Kane to Austin is not too brill an idea: check out Southampton’s fixtures, for starters.

      If you’re going to throw Kane over, GW18 is arguably the time to do it (with some sort of plan to bring him back for the DGW).

      Remember in a month of rotation, Kane is a relatively settled player who is more likely to play than not. Whether he will score or not is another matter, but let’s hope Spurs up their game this weekend.

      • @Kralin2 @AO1992 I agree with Kralin, don’t sacrifice Kane for Couts.

        Your attack is really good so I would look at strengthening your defence. Consider replacing Hegazi or Naughton for a WAT defender like Zeegelaar.

        Or roll the FT and you’ll have more options for the midweek GW.

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