The fourth, and penultimate, piece assesses the impact of Nigel Pearson at Watford, with the former Leicester boss taken over from Quique Sanchez Flores in Gameweek 17.
Any vFPL suggestions?
2FT 0 ITB. Cheers 🙂
Henderson and Lundstram fixtures toughen this week..
TAA Alonso Webster
Salah Mané Mahrez Bruno Lundstram
(Button Masina Greenwood Taylor*)
When/if the season restarts, is anyone considering getting Rashford assuming he's back to full fitness?
With his low ownership, he could be a fantastic pick, especially with those fixtures.
1) Doherty & Jota (use 2FTs)
2) Boly & Jimenez
A) Sarr & Rashford & Son/Mahrez
B) Martial & Aubameyang/Kane & Cantwell
(A would require Jota & Boly for funds)
Looks like it’s gonna be back in a few weeks, so best 11 for the restart??
That's pretty much the template team from what I've seen.
vFPL good to go?
TAA Saiss Lascelles
Salah Bruno Mahrez Sarr
Auba Pukki Jota
(McCarthy Stevens Dunk Amartey)
Still haven't decided, but Salah in home games against weak opposition is hard to resist.
- Live Scoutcast 1pm Tues - FPL 19/20 successes and failuresJ0E
SCOUTCAST 1pm TUES!
This latest episode will focus on this season's biggest successes....and failures
What have been your biggest brags and blunders?
Will post a Youtube stream link later.
Joining me will be Andy and David
There will be a little Virtual FPL chat at the end too, where I'll ignore my awful rank and just mention that I own Lascelles! 😉
- Little Red Lacazette
Can't think of any brags but my GW29 WC with Auba, Saka, KDB and Aguero was a huge fail. 35pts all out.
Two big brags:
- Captaining Trent instead of Salah in GW27
- Buying DCL straight after Ancelotti's first game (scored 12 points in the next one)
And two big blunders:
- Selling Jimenez for Ings in GW23 I think it was? In the next 3 games, Jimenez scored in all of them and Ings scored in none.
- Mane TC in the DGW. Enough said.
biggest brag bringing in Vardy v Southampton for his hat trick and awesome goal scoring run until xmas
biggest blunder selling Pope for Ryan in gw22, due to fixtures, plus i didn't want to burn a transfer. Only just swapped them back on a slow wildcard.
Mostly blunders for me which explains my crap rank (260k)
1. Capping and keeping Sterling for a long period hoping he will deliver.
2. Was very late to join the Ings-wagon just as he went off the boil.
3. Choosing Maupay over DCL just when DCL started scoring for fun.
4. Not owning KDB for a couple of his hauls.
Think I would have been much closer to the Top 50k/10k if I got a couple of these decisions right
My 94 points in GW1 placed me joint top of the Mods & Cons mini-league (for one week only).
Although my initial squad (in a 5-3-2 formation, with 5 elite defenders) scored well in GW1 and would have done well last season, it was not the right formation for this season. I tried to correct this by playing my first wildcard in GW3 but still kept too many premium defenders - I should have just taken an 8 point hit instead and saved the wildcard for later, when it would become quite clear that this season I would need more premium attackers and fewer premium defenders. This caused my rank to drop to 3 million by GW9 before the squad had recovered sufficiently to start the climb back up the rankings, reaching a high point of 83k in GW28 shortly before the lockdown.
The biggest personal fail was Pope to Ryan in gw16. It preceded a horrible run of just two shut outs and virtually no save points. I curse hind to Hades!
Poor at spotting bandwagons too. Went Maupay over DCL, slow to react to Ings. Kept Vardy too long.
Brag: I had a great start (91) as is often the case before gravity kicks in. Nothing much else sadly bar successfully keeping faith with ones that others sold (e.g. TAA for his haul).
My biggest brag has been to jump on and off the players at the right time -
1. Mason Mount (got him in Week 3, got rid around Week 11)
2. Pukki (got in Week 3, got rid around Week 8)
3. Jimenez ( got him in on Wildcard in Week 9, never got rid of him even when so many others did)
4. Rashford( got him around Week 13 and got rid immediately after his injury)
5. De Bruyne (Have him since Week 1, never ditched him, never had Sterling)
My biggest blunders were
1. Missing the TAA haul against Leicester. Had him in my team since eternity and got rid just around that game due to blank GW of Liverpool. Used the cash available to bring in Son(who was red carded)
2. Bringing Pulisic after his 5 goals in 3 games, and then sticking with Pulisic for an extended duration of 5-6 blanks.
Result so far: Rank of 1456.
Very happy with it overall. Wish the season could resume soon.
I've recovered most of the ground lost after a disastrous 39 point GW2 in Virtual FPL, dropped me from 16th to outside the top 600 (now 132nd), largely thanks to my budget defenders (2 x CS and an assist form Ward in last two, and 25 points from Lescelles/Saiss rotation in last 3 GW) but Egan and Ward's fixtures are taking a turn for the worse in the coming GWs (as well as Auba), so how does this sound ?
TTA, Egan, Ward, Lescelles/Saiss rotation
Mane, KDB, Fernandes (Saka, Hayden)
Auba, Pukki, Jota
1FT, 1.2m ITB
This GW Egan to AWB
GW10 Ward and Auba to Alonso and Vardy.
Looking good. I would also monitor the coming performances of Jota and Fernandes to gauge if they should go.
It would be defence heavily but I see more value, in Alonso at 6.1m and AWB at 5.3m than mids and forwards at similar prices. Jota's goals have dried up but he does still have three assists in last 3 and his fixtures are improving, and Manchester United's fixtures have taken a turn for the good so I'm tempted to double up with Rashford.
My biggest concern with the defence heavy approaching is the number of goals being scored in Virtual FPL which seems higher than in real life. Are you happy with the simulated matches in that regard ?
Number of goals is definitely high atm, but I am expecting it to slow down a bit soon without me intervening.
To be honest, before the season started I had the option of tweaking the average number of chances per game and I thought I reached a state where enough goals are scored but not way too many. So far it's been a little too many, but also people do love goals 😀 Will see what happens
That said, Burnley, Palace, Liverpool, Arsenal(!) and somewhat SHU have been keeping consistent clean sheets.
I've just done that maths and the increase is just over 2 goals per GW compared to the real life PL, which is Iess than I thought it was going to be, and the sample size so far is a lot smaller.
PL 27.22 goals per GW (784 in 28.8 GW's)
VPL 29.57 goals per GW (207 in 7 GW's)
I bet this is the questions on everyone's lips but those who live in the UK and may have their ears closer to the rails - when (if) do we think the PL would be set to continue?
If the campaign is terminated from here, what would happen to current leagues such as global league and Mini-Leagues?
June target, pending approval from government.
We can stand arm in arm (or 2 metres apart) and observe a minutes silence for the null and void brigade 😉
TAA - Alonso - Lascelles
Mane - KDB - Bruno - Grealish - Cantwell
Jimenez - Pukki
(Button, Saiss, Wood, Egan)
0.3M ITB, 2 FT
Is Salah a better option than Mane in VFPL ? Maybe switch and save other Free transfer ?
Any other suggestions ?
So the Dutch league has officially been declared null and void with the Belgium league likely to follow. I worry about what this means for the premier league particularly as a Liverpool fan as it would seem likely that the premier league will have to follow suit.
There is still plenty of time. UEFA want everything completed by end of August, with their competitions played in the later half of that month. The PL have a plan to complete the league in 30 days, so a resumption as late as mid July is workable.
It's getting ridiculous now. Just test the players and staff for the virus and get on with the games behind close doors!
Tests don't work if you have only just contracted the virus, so I can't see us resuming until new cases levels have dropped considerably especially as playing behind closed doors involves 300 people being present at the stadium according to the German FA, that seems high to me but by the time you have included clubs players, managers, coaches, trainers, referees, medial staff, TV crews, ground staff and security it's going to be well into three figures per match.
The Dutch and Belgium leagues are minor European leagues, what they do won't make a difference to the main leagues.
I don't think its likely that the Prem follows suit.
One of the reasons the Dutch and Belgian leagues have called it is because nobody outside of Netherlands and Belgium really cares about those leagues whereas the Premier League has a huge global following and there is a significantly higher amount of money involved at all levels.
They will be doing all they can to get the Prem done I think.
9 players have played every minute this season in the PL.
2 are midfielders and the other 7 are defenders (in fpl anyway). See how many you can name in one go....I'll come back in a bit and answer