Learning from the Great and the Good 19/20 – Gameweek 4

“As flies to wanton boys we are for the gods, they kill us for their sport. Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the ageing of the cells, soon the science will fix the cells to the state and so we will become eternal. Only accidents, crimes, wars, will still kill us but unfortunately, crimes, wars, will multiply. I love football.”

And I think we can all learn something from that….

It was another Frenchmen Martial who was giving many of The Great and The Good a headache leading up to game week 4 with the injury news reported by FPL’s arch nemesis Jamie Jackson.

By the end of the game week we were all trying to work out how to fit three City attackers in our team, Vardy showed us there is no party like a Vardy party and an Abraham brace highlighted that Mount was not the only Chelsea youngster to consider.

As a reminder The Great and The Good are a handpicked group of FPL celebrities (?), FF Scouts or prominent managers who I will follow to see what we can learn as they navigate their way through the season. They are the Scouts (MarkJoeDavidGeoff and Neale), FPL “celebrities” (AzLTFPL AndyFPL General and Jules Breach) and finally from the Hall of Fame we have Ville RonkaMatthew Jones and Sean Tobin.


The table below shows current performance/ranking: –

We have a new leader! Neale moves into first place amongst The Great and The Good despite a red arrow and is the only manager who sits in the top 100,000.

In a challenging week he had TAA and De Bruyne to thank for his score of 58 and despite a strike force of Pukki, Greenwood and Andone his investment in midfield appears to be paying off at this early stage. Could we have found someone who can finally topple Mark?

In fact, Mark dropped down to fourth behind Neale, Andy and another newcomer Sean Tobin with only 46 pts after a hit for Mount and Wesley.

Overall, it was a sea of red this week with only half of them managing to equal or better the gameweek average of 57, FPL General scraped a green arrow with a small jump of 13,000 places.

FPL General was top scorer this week along with Jules, they both scored 60 after hits were considered. Much of her success was down to captain choice as whilst everyone else went for Sterling she placed the armband on De Bruyne which paid off handsomely. She now has the highest captaincy average at 15pts after Az’s 100% record came to an end.


This is a summary of the transfers for this week:

Andy – Barnes (King)

Az – Ceballos, Haller, Mount (Trossard, Jota, Martial)

David – None

FPL General – None

Jules Breach – Pukki, Mount (Giroud, Martial)

Joe – Mount (Martial)

Geoff – None

Mark – Mount, Wesley (McGinn, Jota)

Matthew Jones – None

Neale – Mount (Martial)

Sean Tobin – Haller, D.Silva (Martial, King)

Ville Ronka – Cantwell, Barnes (Dendoncker, King)

*transfers out are in brackets

“Psychic” Sean Tobin took a hit but showed a goal-den touch by picking Haller and David Silva who both scored over the weekend, worth finding out who he has in his crystal ball over the international break.

The move to Mount was the most popular with the injured Martial making way for most although Geoff and Mark have kept faith in the United man.

Mark also continues to own Callum Wilson despite the frankly ridiculous price drops, even though the Bournemouth man has returned in every game. The other manager to retain the Cherries striker is Matthew Jones and when two managers of their quality are showing patience it is a good sign for the 10% who own him at the time of writing.

Matthew Jones is showing remarkable, although not unexpected, restraint having only made two transfers this season, he is proving to be Ice Man to Az’s Maverick who took a -8 this week which paid off for this gameweek at least thanks to Haller.


The template for The Great and The Good looks like this: –

Pope (9) Button (7)

Digne (10) Lundstram (10) TAA (7) Zinchenko (6) Robertson/VVD (5)

Salah (11) Sterling (11) KDB (7) Dendonker (6) Mount (6)

Pukki (11) Greenwood (7) Jota (4)

* brackets show number of teams they appear in

Mason Mount joins the template with five of the managers transferring him in this week with Az and Mark even taking hits to secure the Chelsea playmaker.

No player is 100% owned by The Great and The Good with Salah, Sterling and now Pukki all one short.

Matthew Jones has refused the invitation to the Pukki party but one manager who seems to love a celebration is Joe who is dancing the night away with the Norwich frontman and enjoying the bright lights of the Vardy party.

Jules Breach continues to go without Sterling preferring the company of De Bruyne and Geoff believes Mane is enough to cover Salah – Canadians eh?


This week I have dug a bit deeper into how The Great and The Good have selected when considering the Premier League teams their squads represent. Liverpool players are the top choice with the managers having at least 2.4 reds in their teams. Will this last as fixtures start to stiffen?

Unsurprisingly, City and Liverpool dominate with 30% of all players coming from these teams. They have looked to Brighton, Norwich and Burnley to provide the cut price options so far as they sit 3rd, 4th and 5th in terms of most popular teams to pick from.

The Pukki party has had an impact as before season started the managers were happy to avoid the newly promoted teams with only 10% coming from these 3 teams, this has now moved to 18%.

Finally, spare a thought for Arsenal who despite the charms of Aubameyang, Lacazette and possibly Pepe only have one representative in The Great and The Good squads in the form of Ceballos.


The first international break is upon us and after a poor gameweek for most (who actually did get a green arrow this week apart from FPL General?) a number are considering the wildcard.

For those who are pushing the reset button there are many questions to answer, Mane vs Salah, Sterling v Aguero and which of your children to sell to get in De Bruyne?

Two weeks of second-guessing our gut and no doubt a mountain of RMTs await but try to enjoy the break and remember “when the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea”. Thanks Eric.

Anyway, that’s all from me for now and remember don’t have nightmares.

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34 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 8 Years
    19 days, 17 hours ago

    Makes me a bit happier seeing it was a rough week all around 😉

    Wonder if we'll see that KDB ownership jump now? Form is certainly becoming hard to ignore, wouldn't be surprised to see a few move for him ahead of Norwich.

    Cheers again Greyhead, excellent stuff as always!

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      19 days, 17 hours ago

      I got KDB in for Ceballos giving me a team of...

      VVD TAA Digne Lundstram
      Sterling Salah KDB McGinn
      Pukki Abraham

      Button Dendonk Kelly Greenwood


      1. Trossard or not Trossard
          19 days, 15 hours ago

          G2G if there are no injuries during the break!

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      19 days, 17 hours ago

      Awful start for me. Need to take a few more risks tbh I think. Maybe rid Salah or Sterling soon.

      Can anyone explain the community playoff tournament to me? Looks interesting but so confused 🙂 cheeds

      1. Turns
        • 3 Years
        19 days, 17 hours ago

        Always difficult when you have Salah and Sterling and they don't fire. Next GW could be gold though

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          19 days, 16 hours ago

          Everyone has them though

          1. Turns
            • 3 Years
            19 days, 16 hours ago

            True. I went Kun over Sterling and that has worked well for me

      2. Weekend Seekers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        16 days, 10 hours ago

        Not a bad call..

    3. seewhyaxe
      • 2 Years
      19 days, 17 hours ago

      A Robbo haul is imminent.

      or at least I hope.

      1. Turns
        • 3 Years
        19 days, 16 hours ago

        Yeah fingers crossed

    4. GreenWindmill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      19 days, 16 hours ago

      Pedants' Corner...

      "“Psychic” Sean Tobin took a hit but showed a goal-den touch by picking Haller and David Silva who both scored over the weekend" David Silva didn't score this week, he got 2 assists 🙂

      But nitpicking aside, lovely stuff.

      1. Greyhead
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        19 days, 11 hours ago

        Love a good nitpick... glad you like the weekly nonsense.

        1. GreenWindmill
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          19 days, 9 hours ago

          You’re a goodun.

    5. manu4life99
      • 9 Years
      19 days, 16 hours ago

      Any obvious weaknesses to target over next few GWs?

      Pope Heaton
      TAA VVD Digne Montoya Soyuncu
      Salah Sterling Mount KDB Dendonker
      Pukki Barnes Greenwood

      1. Lindelol
        • 1 Year
        19 days, 16 hours ago

        Very Similar to mine. But I went for Robbo instead of TAA and suffered.

    6. JP1995
        19 days, 14 hours ago

        Robbo / VVD / Digne / LaPorte / Mings
        Salah / Sterling / KDB / Mount/ DenDoncker
        Pukki / Greenwood / Wickham

        0.4 ITB, 1FT

        Any need for a wildcard? want TAA, LaPorte replacement (maybe a downgrade to allow a second striker option)

        thoughts on how I can improve?

      • JonBoy
        • 6 Years
        19 days, 9 hours ago

        Hadn't realised Wilson has been dropping ag all. Madness!

        1. Greyhead
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          18 days, 8 hours ago

          Absolute nonsense - I think it could come back to bite some.

      • souleil
        • 4 Years
        19 days, 9 hours ago

        Brilliant writing, Greyhead! This is becoming one of my fave articles around here, keep it up!

        1. Greyhead
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          18 days, 8 hours ago


      • doyeon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        18 days, 23 hours ago

        Top write-up once again, love these articles, well done Greyhead!

        1. Greyhead
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          18 days, 8 hours ago

          Very kind, Thanks

      • Casper77
          18 days, 14 hours ago

          Guys what do you think of this?

          De gea
          Kelly - mings - diop
          Salah - debrune - sterling - genduzi - /cantwell/
          Abraham(or barnes) - aguero -

          Pope - greenwood - lundstram - ward

        • The Sociologist
            17 days, 9 hours ago

            Always a fun article to stumble across, thank you for your effort!

            1. Greyhead
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              16 days, 20 hours ago

              Pleased to have provided a fun stumble