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Learning from the Great and the Good 19/20 – Gameweek 22

“You say goodbye and I say hello. Hello, hello I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello.”

Big decisions lie ahead. The route to the double Gameweek seemed so clear last week with Alli’s poor form and a long-term injury to Kane making it easy to say goodbye to our Spurs players with United, Chelsea and maybe even City assets next on our list of farewells as we say hello to the Liverpool triple and maybe a Hammer or two.

Yet, as always FPL didn’t play fair and a Rashford brace, a goal from Firmino and City Sunday super show made us question again who we would be saying hello to and who we would have to wave goodbye to over the next couple of weeks.

Then there was the welcome wagon needed for those without Ings and don’t get me started on Aguerooooooo!

As a reminder The Great and The Good are a handpicked group of FPL celebrities (?), FF Scouts or Pro Pundits 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.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE

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The battle for The Great and The Good wooden spoon is heating up with David dragging himself off bottom spot with 75 points this week with ten of his players contributing to a strong performance. De Bruyne gave him valuable captain points but it was his differential picks of Sarr and in particular Richarlison that paid off and saw him move up over 200,000 places overall.

Neale still sits at the top of the mountain, but Ville Ronka and Az are making up ground fast, both with six green arrows in a row and having made up 25 points plus on the leader since Gameweek 17. Joe is sitting uncomfortably in second with only 12 points between him and Ville, the Finnish enigma has truly shown the power of a well-played wildcard.

As for captain choice this week, the majority of The Great and The Good stuck with either Vardy or De Bruyne for the armband but Mark saw an opportunity and transferred in and captained Jimenez – this gamble didn’t pay off!

TRANSFERS

This is a summary of the transfers for this week:

Andy – Fabianski (Pope)

Az – Fabianski (Pope)

David – Sarr, Maitland-Niles (Moura, Tomori)

FPL General – Maddison (Alli)

Joe – McGovern (Pope)

Jules Breach – Calvert-Lewin (Kane)

Geoff – No transfers

Mark – Jimenez (Kane)

Matthew Jones – Traore (Alli)

Neale – No transfers

Sean Tobin – Calvert-Lewin, Robertson (Abraham, Diop)

Ville Ronka – No transfers

*transfers out are in brackets

The transfers this week did not exactly scream excitement with three goalkeeping moves but whilst Joe went double dullard with his McGovern move it prove more fortunate than the arrival of Fabianski into Andy and Az’s squads.

David did his best to spice things up with the arrival of an Arsenal defender and a Watford midfielder, who would have predicted that a few weeks ago, although Sarr was unlucky just to get an assist and looks a good move for those who take more than a casual glance at his recent stats.

Elsewhere, Calvert-Lewin made an appearance in Sean Tobin’s fifteen as did Robertson and he is the first of The Great and The Good to commit himself to a double Liverpool defence, with his pedigree that certainly makes this writer take notice.

TEMPLATE

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

Button (6) Pope/McGovern/Ryan/Fabianski (3)

Lundstram (12) TAA (11) Kelly (8) Rico (7) Soyuncu (7)

KDB (11) Salah (9) Grealish (8) Martial (5) Mane/Traore (4)

Vardy (11) Ings (6) Rashford(6)

*brackets show number of teams they appear in

The template is suffering from a goalkeeping crisis with five now been considered but this will quickly reduce to four after Fabianski’s injury Somewhat surprisingly, it seems no one is considering McCarthy or Leno at this stage.

Meanwhile, in midfield Alli walks away and we are left deciding over Mane and Traore with much being dependent on our squad set up for the double Gameweek.

WATCHING THE PUNDITS

The latest Meet the Manager with Lateriser12, it’s excellent by the way, reminded me that we had not paid a visit to the Pro Pundits for a while, they are FPL HintsSimon MarchTom FreemanSam BonfieldHolly ShandZopharLuke and Lateriser.

The table below gives a view of their performance and transfers when compared against The Great and The Good:-

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Lateriser12 has had quite the week with his well-published upside chase on Aguero paying off in some style as he transferred out Vardy for the Argentine, earning him 93 points and this now sees him top the overall table. His seeking out of opportunity is reflected in his immediate returns on transfers which sits at a whooping 122 points!

Overall, the Pro Pundits are putting pressure on The Great and The Good with four of the top five positions from this group, Sam Bonfield can count herself unlucky to be knocked off top spot as she has not fallen out of the top 30,000 since Gameweek 8.

Luke has slowed down with his hits, only three taken since Gameweek 12, but leads the way in total transfers along with overall team value with a squad worth 106.6, this even puts the Canadian kingpin Geoff to shame at a mere 106.2.

Simon March has had a strong run and is the top scorer between Gameweek 12 and 22 amongst the Pundits, he was an early adopter of Ings back then (before it was cool) and this purchase plus his captain pick 13.4 average see him in the top 50,000.

Holly Shand has made the greatest recovery having gained over 400,000 places during the last ten weeks, she took two well calculated mini-wildcards, one in Gameweek 13, which saw Jimenez, Maddison arrive and the other in Gameweek 17 which saw Rashford, Alli join her squad. These moves have sent her flying up the ranks after a slow start.

CONCLUSION

Lots of movement this week as plenty spotted opportunities to move up the ranks, some were good as in Lateriser with Aguero and some were not so good as in Mark with Jimenez.

Coming out of this Gameweek there are more options available to climb the rankings whether that be the returning Aguero, the rejuvenated Rashford, inspired Ings, majestic Mahrez or even coiffured Cantwell versus the whipping boys at Bournemouth.

However, some of these moves may influence our triple Liverpool plans for double Gameweek 24, so are these opportunities or threats? Is it hello or goodbye for The Great and The Good, only time will tell?

To misquote Paul McCartney, “the answer to FPL is simple. It’s a game about everything and nothing … If you have black you have to have white. That’s the amazing thing about FPL”.

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

For those effected by any of the topics raised in the above article they can find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Greyhead19

Likewise, if you want to keep up with the Tweets of The Great and The Good you can find them here

https://twitter.com/SkontoRigga
https://twitter.com/matthewpenycae
https://twitter.com/LetsTalk_FPL
https://twitter.com/DavidMunday815
https://twitter.com/ffscout_az
https://twitter.com/FFScout_Joe
https://twitter.com/FPLGeneral
https://twitter.com/julesbreach
https://twitter.com/GeoffreyDance

18 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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    1 month, 9 days ago

    Top work as always Greyhead, thank you. What a masterstroke by LR!

    1. Greyhead
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      1 month, 8 days ago

      No bother and yes great move by LR. I am sure he will dine out on that for a while

  2. brianutd-why always we? 20
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    1 month, 9 days ago

    Rash on for Tammy or get Firmino?

  3. Pep Pig
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    1 month, 9 days ago

    Great read as always mate

    1. Greyhead
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      1 month, 8 days ago

      Cheers PP

  4. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
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    1 month, 9 days ago

    Another excellent article.
    Nice to see the combined table for the Great and Good and the Pro Pundits, and the comments on the Pro Pundits' progress.
    I think that Az and Andy qualify in both categories.

  5. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
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    1 month, 9 days ago

    I noticed that two of the Pro Pundits (Tom and Simon) both delayed their first wildcard till GW20, and that Sam played hers one game-week earlier, in GW19.
    The new leaders in three of the mini-leagues that we report on (Fantasy Football Scout, Top 10k Any Season and January to May League) also played their first wildcards in GW20. This would appear to be an excellent strategy if you aren't forced to play it earlier - but as Lateriser12 has shown, there's more than one way to skin a cat!

    1. the Penman
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      1 month, 9 days ago

      How much of that did we think is because they didn’t *need* to use it, because they were doing really we without it? Seems a little like cause and effect the wrong way round to say you’ll have success by delaying your first wildcard...

      1. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
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        Many players find it difficult to resist the temptation to play their wildcard very early, and we see a lot of posts suggesting that the best time to play it is in the first or second international break or when there is a change in fixtures, and these strategies do work pretty well for some.

        However, if you have a solid initial squad and aren't hit by too many injuries etc, then it would appear that saving your first wildcard till the end of the Christmas fixture congestion and then using it to set up your squad for the early game-weeks in the new year, while still saving your second wildcard for the double game-weeks at the end of the season, is another very good strategy.
        In my opinion it is far better to set up a strong solid initial squad with the intention of saving the first wildcard for as long as possible or until it is really needed, and perhaps to take a small number of hits if necessary, than to take less care over the initial squad and then to rely on an early wildcard to fix it.

        The new leaders of the Fantasy Football Scout and Top 10k Any Season mini-leagues both had strong initial squads and have only taken one or two hits each so far.

        A strong first half of the season is less necessary to top the January to May League; Shirin Nizar, the new leader, took 5 hits in the first 11 game-weeks and was at 20k before playing the first wildcard in GW20, and has already risen to 4,140 OR.
        Shirin won this mini-league in 2017/18 and finished in 30th position overall, despite (if I remember correctly) being ranked much lower than this season at the start of January and playing an early second wildcard rather than a late first one.

        In the case of the Pro Pundits, it may well be significant that Sam, Tom and Simon were already ranked higher than the rest of the Pro Pundits (apart from Lateriser12) even before playing their late first wildcards, and none of them have taken more than two hits. Lateriser12, as we know, is less afraid of taking hits and has taken seven already.

    2. Rash
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      1 month, 9 days ago

      I played mine in gw20 also so I'm in good company. 29k OR hoping to push on.

    3. Greyhead
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      1 month, 8 days ago

      Thanks! Yes will have proper look at the Pro Pundits during the next IB but playing the wildcard either very early or very late appears to have been the smart move this year. Clearly I didn’t do either!

      1. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
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        I've just had a quick look at when the Pro Pundits played their first wildcards.
        Apart from Sam, Tom and Simon, they all played them between GW3 and GW9 inclusive.
        The main lesson I take from that is that if you aren't forced by circumstances to play it earlier then saving it till GW19 or 20 is an alternative well worth considering.
        But, as The Penman pointed out above, it may be that the reason the ones who saved it till later are ahead of the rest (apart from Lateriser12) might be more down to them having made a stronger start and therefore having less need to play it early than to the fact that they saved it for later.
        It might be interesting to know what were their original intentions about when to play their wildcards, and whether they stuck to these plans or decided to change them.

    4. Vasqujg
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      1 month, 8 days ago

      In my 1st team, I did not have KDB, Lundstram, or Mane but did have Perez, Jota, Fraser, Zinc, Digne, Sterling, Salah, and King

      That’s a lot of garbage. I would rank 2M with that original team

      1. RedLightning - The Last Ten…
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        1 month, 8 days ago

        So when did you play your wildcard and what is your rank now?

  6. Lateriser 12
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    1 month, 9 days ago

    Great read this. Always interesting. Thanks.

    1. Greyhead
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      1 month, 8 days ago

      Cheers LR! Great job this weekend - the stuff of dreams

  7. Vasqujg
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    1 month, 8 days ago

    Mane is not a consensus pick- I see lots of better FPL people with Salah

    I can’t make the move, even with peer pressure

    I wonder how many people will get Brandon Williams as he evolves into the new Robo .... “Brando” will be his Nickname

    Brando will further his football education facing Salah and Mane this week

    1. Greyhead
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      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yeah must admit I heading towards Salah and double defence but the fear of Mane is real!