Rate My Fantasy Premier League Team

Help My Team for game week 21

Here to help. Post your team and get good constructive feedback on your selections. We will share our thoughts and concerns to help each other build better teams and hopefully win our respective mini-leagues.

How does it work?

Tell us your first 11, bench, cash in the bank and captain as we’ll take a look. We might tell you there is too much money sitting in the bank. We might question if you have the right striker or goalkeeper. We will point out obvious errors like it is rarely a good idea to have a defender as captain. For sure you will be told about the absence of a ‘star’ player and the captain de-jour.

Option 1: Post your team using the Rate My Team Automated Advisor

The most advanced RMT algorithm on the market today is now in “Release 7 Beta”, meaning it has been updated with the latest functionality to help managers for the full season. Based on published research, and capable of machine learning, our Automated Advisor is a powerful FPL analytics tool. Our Points Prediction engine takes into account new signings, formation changes, manager changes, and many other factors.

However, Fantasy Football First’s uniqueness is that as well as the excellent analytics engine, we have excellent FPL managers who’s opinion you can canvas. Data and experts – a powerful winning combination. Check if your team is ready and import your FPL team. Enter your FPL Team Code and import your team direct from the FPL site!

Option 2: Write your team in a comment

Post the players you select in the formation you want to play them, and separately list your subs., transfers and remaining cash in the bank. For example:

Please rate my team:

Baines, Terry, Azpi
Ozil, Payet, Wanyama, Townsend
Defoe, Lukaku, Kane
Subs: Mignolet, Chadli, Smith and Fosu-M.

Captain: Ozil and Vice is Payet.
Money in the bank: £1.5m
Transfers Mingolet -> Boruk so I have cash to upgrade Terry next week

Link your team

Linking your team means anyone can click on your profile image and see your team. This helps because the reviewer can see your transfer history and get a sense of your overall strategy. After all, we don’t want to suggest a player you have just sold.

To link your team

1. get the url of your team from fantasy.premierleague.com. To do this open the game and click on POINTS. In the “Game Week Points” section you will see “View Gameweek history”. Open the Gameweek history page. Copy this URL.

2. Click “Profile” in the footer of the site. This will open your profile page.

The website field is in yellow on the image above.

3. copy the url into the Website field on your profile page and save.

Can YOU help someone?

You’re more than welcome to join the fun. Helping each other out is what this site is all about. The sharing, the arguing and yes the gloating is all part of the fun. Its not all stats, stats, stats. Just give constructive feedback on the team and your view on the points it will earn, and you are all set.

Keep popping back

As the season progresses we’ll provide all sorts of articles, stats and tables to help everyone to maximise their points potential. We’re also posting updates on who is playing well or playing out of position in the weekly game reviews, thereby giving us all the latest information. The first set of tables are out and will be updated on Thursday. So keep popping back to see the latest player information.

We look forward to reading your teams


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1,631 thoughts on “Help My Team for game week 21

  1. It may be too earls but are there any news on Bellerin and Benteke injuries? Will they be starting against Swansea and West Ham?

    • @Zwischenzug I didn’t play it. Mainly because I hung on for the Spurs game, and then when I got to work I realised I’m behind on a few projects so would need to use a lot of my evenings. Given I knew I’d not have enough time to dedicate to proper research, I left it for a week. I’d rather do a good job than half-a-job.

      • @ChorleyRocks Understandably. I was actually looking forward to the thoughts behind drafting a wildcard team. Maybe you could explore that in tonight’s podcast?

        Another question. How many premium forwards (including the likes of Hazard and Sanchez)? Is 5 viable or too much?

        And of course, if its now worth to invest in a more expensive defensive line.

    • @ChorleyRocks What is Conte cooking up for Ake, the full Ragù Alla Bolognese, or just a bowl of anti-pasta?

    • @ChorleyRocks I’d be interested in a conversation around when to use the chips. I’ve been holding mine for double game weeks, but can imagine some valid arguments to be made for using some sooner.

      • @nshapir1
        AOA when you are confident that you have 15 players to start. TC when sure that your captain will go mad against the next opponent ;)
        DGW is not guaranteed for either.

      • @nshapir1
        Hello nshapir1,
        I will adopt the same strategy as last season. Feel free to use any, all or none of it.
        Assumption1 There will be 2 GWs (between GW30 and GW38) when there will be 8 or more teams with 2 matches in those gameweeks. Call them GWA and GWB
        Assumption 2 There is a least one GW between GWA and GWB
        Assumption 3 That you carefully hoard WC2, Bench and Triple Captain Chips

        As you see the situation unfolding, preferably transfer-in players in these 8-10 teams, then play Bench Boost in GWA. If you have the whole squad playing twice, you would have the equivalent of 30 players on the pitch in GWA. This is not recommended because you may have a very low score in GWA-1.
        Use your WC2 for GWA+1 to rebalance your squad.
        Play your Triple Captain Chip in GWB for the best player in one of the 8-10 teams that play twice in this GW.
        Now it may be, that it is more appropriate to play your Triple Captain WC in GWA (eg if MCI or ARS play both bottom clubs at home and Aguero or Sanchez is fit). In this case you may want to play WC2 to prepare for GWB as your sqaud will not need to be rebalanced from GWA. Beware you cannot play 2 WCs/Chips in the same gameweek. So play WC2 in GWB-1 and your Chip in GWB.
        You might have noticed that I have made no mention of All Out Attack Chip. I generally concentrate resources on Midfielders and Forwards, preferring to use the AOAWC to save hits when I am caught short with only 2 fit defenders (it happens). Even so I still tend to use AOAWC late in the season when I have 8 strong Midfielders and Forwards (no bench-sitters).
        The FA control Cup match rescheduling and the Premier League control when they reschedule PL matches lost to FA Cup, High Wind (MCI v EVE 2016) etc. They won’t know which matches need rescheduling until GW27-28 or later. Historically they reschedule for 3-4 multi-game GWs and tend to clump them 1-2, 1-2, 4-5, 4-5 (more exciting!), rather than equally. They also avoid rescheduling for GW38 (so they can finish as they started with 10 matches on the final day).
        This may not be the best plan but it should be better than no plan.
        Oh, events will conspire against you.
        Hope this helps and was not too complicated to understand.

        • @WBAler This is sound strategy, but there’s an extra layer of consideration that you’ve not mentioned.

          In order to get double game weeks (DGWs) those teams must have a blank game week (BGW) first. So DGW strategy may need to begin before the BGW.

          Ideally you need to ensure you have at least 11 players to field for the BGW. This means that you may have to drop some of your intended DGW players if you already hold them, unless you have room to just bench them all for the BGW. Then, after the BGW, you need to start re-acquiring those players (and others from the DGW teams) before the first DGW (unless you use the WC the week before the DGW, as you say).

          Last season, the BGW was 30 and the first big DGW was 34, so I had to take a few points hits along the way to get the team I wanted for the DGW (I’d already used my WC in January). It was worth it though, as I got 160pts in DGW34, using TC chip :)

  2. My understanding of a WC
    To play or not to play your wild card now? It is a personal choice and depends on many factors. If your team has quite few problems like long term injured players or banned ones for 3-4 games the answer is yes. The pros are that you can refresh your team with the most in form players and catch up with your rivals. The cons are that you might miss on hot fresh blood arriving by the end of the month. If you choose to keep it for later you could drop in ranking and be not that competitive against your opponents in your mini leagues. The positive thing is that you will have a clear picture who is in and who is out near to the DGWs. The strategy is to use it a week before in order to be able to take advantage with one of your chips like AOA or triple captain. Just remember the DGW means two games within one round for many teams. That leads to the headache deciding who will play 180 minutes and who will be benched for one of the games. It’s a complicated situation in which some get lucky and others are left disappointed.

  3. Arggh, just realised I posted in error to the Gw 19 Talking Points thread.

    CR or anyone with admin access, can someone please move it for me or should I just repost it here? It was post no. 326.

  4. Yup, need to make some changes with yellow and red flags. 1 FT and 0.2 ITB.

    I’m thinking of getting Grant before Pickford’s price drops but will be 0.1 short, so I need to make another transfer to clear some money. I’m looking at either Holebas or Cedric to Chambers.

    On another note, I REALLY need Anichebe and Cedric to get well, already lost 0.1 on each =(

    Any thoughts?

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  5. Heaton is fine for this week, he will get enough saves plus possible penalty save and the traditional bonus points. Holebas was out due to some illness, he could be OK for Boro at home. Cedric is out with some head injures, a couple of paracetamols some time can help :) Just wait for the managers conferences on Thursday and Friday ;)

    • @Chipster

      As your next transfer has to be getting rid of a Chelsea player, I would say that you are good to go – unless you want to do Ake to Chambers now?

      • @OldGoat Thanks OG :thumbup: Yeah, I was thinking of rolling the FT and waiting to see what happens with Ake first. When else will I get a shot at holding four players from the top-of-the-table team :D

  6. I am one defender short of a GTG team IMO:

    Was thinking Darmien -> Brunt but second guessing that now. Leaning towards Ben Mee? Any advice?

    Also who to Captain?

    Thinking of course: Not LFC, MUFC.

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    • @Slumdog Mignolet You have Heaton already, so Mee seems overkill. Assuming you don’t have the cash for an ARS or TOT defender, then Brunt (or any of the WBA boys) seems a good shout. Re: captain, I’d still be tempted by Ibra.

  7. Hi all!
    Bcs Ake is now in CFC i have 4 from CFC in m team.I make tranfer -4 points before that, and now is question!Make -8 points (remove Alonso)or juse WC!? :-(

    • @zmajevi
      Hi zmajevi, If I understand you correctly, neither. You have already made the change you want for GW21, no point in taking a hit or using WC for the sake of it. Just stay put and keep 4 Chelsea players in the squad (I would be inclined to play all 4, depending on your squad). Come GW22, you cannot transfer a non-Chelsea player until you have transferred a Chelsea player. So, you will take a -4 point hit if you transfer anyone but not a -8 point hit and you still don’t have to transfer anyone, if you don’t want to.

      • @WBAler ty m8 and sry for my english,Is bad :-(

        But if i understend i MUST change some from CFC.I cnot have 4 from them in team.
        And now if i undrst you,i can have 4 now GW21 bcs i make some changes before Ake move!? GW 22 i Must change 1 of CFC players if i have 4,and this is this?
        Mybe i must start to juse google translations :-)

  8. FA CUP DRAW (or as The Guardian calls it “A load of Balls’.
    The fourth round represents the last-32 stage of the competition, and all ties are scheduled to be played between 27-30 January.

    Tottenham Hotspur v Wycombe Wanderers

    Derby County v Leicester City

    Oxford United v Newcastle United or Birmingham City

    AFC Wimbledon or Sutton United v Cambridge United or Leeds United

    Plymouth Argyle or Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Southampton or Norwich City v Arsenal

    Lincoln or Ipswich v Brighton

    Chelsea v Brentford

    Manchester United v Wigan Athletic

    Millwall v Watford

    Rochdale v Huddersfield Town

    Burnley or Sunderland v Fleetwood Town or Bristol City

    Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley or Blackpool

    Fulham v Hull City

    Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley

    Crystal Palace or Bolton v Manchester City

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