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Learning from the Great and the Good 19/20 – Gameweek 33 and 34

“Everybody’s talking at me. I don’t hear a word they’re saying, only the echoes of my mind”

Frantic, is the only way to describe the current FPL landscape with an overload of matches, an explosion of choice, rapid rotation and a cacophony of opinion for The Great and The Good to deal with.

Every day seems to bring forward a new so called “essential” player, with the midfield spots becoming a battleground, with options galore and everyone talking about their must-haves whether that be Fernandes, Foden, Martial, Pulisic or even dare I say Willian.

Question marks over the motivation of the top two clubs, along with fitness worries and rests for key players has seen managers wrestling with which of the heavy hitters from Liverpool and Man City to include. Each week sees us try to decipher news conference and team leaks both fake or Rockstar solid to second guess Pep and Klopp.

This has led to a rollercoaster of emotions for managers with pain for those who sold Salah, despair and then joy for Sterling owners and bewilderment at De Bruyne’s failure not to hit double digits against Newcastle.

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), Pro Pundits (AzLTFPL Andy, FPL “celebrities” FPL 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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We have a new leader as Ville Ronka has finally knocked Neale Rigg off his perch after twenty weeks of dominance, Salah was critical in this switch as Neale moved him out just before his Brighton brace.

The competition looks far from over though as Sean Tobin, in third, is also shown strong form equally the Finnish Enigma’s 13 green arrows in the last 16 weeks and he still has his Wildcard to play.

Looking back over the last couple of weeks, Gameweek 33+ belonged to the Fernandes captainers with Matthew Jones and Mark Sutherns leading the way. Matthew was only four shy of a century and put himself right back in contention with Mané and a triple United attack including Greenwood the key difference, he’ll hope it’s Sadio’s turn again with Burnley up next.

Gameweek 34+ was all about Mo with those who kept the faith reaping the rewards and those who didn’t, well it let’s just say it ended in red for most. The top scorers were the Bench boosting Sean and Geoff Dance, but Joe also hit a strong 86 points, his power five complemented by Serge Aurier and Greenwood.

WILDCARD + BENCH BOOST

The King of the Fantasy Canucks, Geoff, who’s Canadian in case that’s not obvious, has gone chip crazy playing his wildcard in Gameweek 33+ quickly followed by his bench boost in Gameweek 34+.

The full moves of his wildcard are below:-

IN – Martinez, Robertson, Aurier, Holgate, Foden, Martial, De Bruyne, Jesus, Nketiah

OUT – Button, Doherty, Saiss, Stephens, Mane, Sarr, Cantwell, Rashford, Jimenez

He stuck with a Liverpool triple but doubled up at the back with Mané making way for Robertson, he took out the blanking Jimenez and gambled on Jesus, a wise move in hindsight.

Buoyed by the sixteen points left on his bench after the wildcard he hit the boost button in Gameweek 34+ but unfortunately was one of those who suffered from the Nketiah red card and so ended up with only 11 points from his magic plank.

Sean also pulled the trigger and played all fifteen but suffered the double frustration of Foden’s missed opportunities and the Wolves clean sheet wipe out by Egan.

Only Joe is left to play what has become a cursed chip following the restart, he will have to beat 33 if he is to match Andy’s Dwight McNeil inspired score back in Gameweek 27 – simpler times!

TRANSFERS

This is a summary of the transfers for the two weeks :

Andy

GW33+ – Mahrez (Hayden)

GW34+ – Antonio, Jesus (Salah, Calvert-Lewin)

Az

GW33+ – Greenwood, Pulisic, Sterling (Saka, Rashford, Richalison)

GW34+ – No transfers

David

GW33+ – Greenwood, Salah (Aubameyang, Richalison)

GW34+ – Foden, Antonio (Davis, Saint-Maximin)

Joe

GW33+ – Greenwood, Mahrez (Aubameyang, Cantwell)

GW34+ – No transfers

Jules

GW33+ – Wan-Bissaka, Saint-Maximin (Grealish, Lundstram)

GW34+ – Greenwood (Nketiah)

FPL General

GW33+ – No transfers

GW34+ – Pulisic, Mahrez (Saka, Salah)

Geoff

GW33+ – Wildcard

GW34+ – Femenia (Holgate)

Mark

GW33+ – Van Dijk (Van Aanholt)

GW34+ – No transfers

Matthew Jones

GW33+ – Pulisic, Martial (Traore, Son)

GW34+ – No transfers

Neale

GW33+ – Pulisic, Van Dijk (Alexander-Arnold, Sarr)

GW34+ – De Bruyne (Salah)

Sean Tobin

GW33+ – No transfers

GW34+ – Greenwood, Foden, Aurier (Rashford, Luiz, Lascelles)

Ville Ronka

GW33+ – Greenwood, Pulisic (Sarr, Calvert-Lewin)

GW34+ – No transfers

*transfers out are in brackets

A flurry of transfer activity over the last week, unfortunately Andy’s hit to take out Salah before his haul hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons, maybe he should have just swopped Foster for Pope.

On the flip side David Munday brought Salah back into his team in Gameweek 33+ along with Greenwood which proved an inspired set of transfers, although he then ruined it by bringing in a simultaneously misfiring Antonio and Foden for a hit.

As is customary, Az took another minus four for Sterling, although it paid off in Gameweek 34+ and despite my ribbing he is not the only one to have taken an aggressive approach this season as Mark and Andy join him as joint kings of the trigger finger with 10 hits.

Perhaps a more conservative approach is better advised, Ville Ronka had taken six hits up to Gameweek 14 but since then has only taken one and during this same time he gone from being outside the top 500,000 to being inside the top 10,000. Fortune favours the cautious!

TEMPLATE

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

Pope (7) Martinez (4)

Alexander-Arnold (11) Doherty (8) Aurier (7) Boly (4) Femenia (4)

Fernandes (12) De Bruyne (11) Pulisic (8) Martial (6) Salah (6)

Jimenez (11) Calvert-Lewin (8) Greenwood (7)

* brackets show number of teams they appear in

A few changes to the template with Martial and Pulisic coming into midfield, Greenwood comes in as the third striker and the budget picks of Martinez and Femenia make up the numbers.

CAPTAIN CALL

Captain decisions have been key since the restart with some big hauls from the likes of Martial, Fernandes and of course Salah leading to green arrows for many of The Great and The Good.

Bruno was the right choice in Gameweek 33+ and half of them went down the Portuguese path but only Mark stuck by him the following Gameweek as others were swayed by De Bruyne’s advances, his loyalty was rewarded.

Interesting to note Bruno has been the most popular captain pick since lockdown, picked 35% of the time by these prominent FPL managers.

The best of this bunch at armband selection are Az and Sean with a 13.7 average return on their captain calls. Jamie Vardy has been the best returner for Az with an average of 18.3, will he bring him in and captain again this week?

Meanwhile, Sean’s best pick has been De Bruyne who he has only gone with twice but scored 44 points from those two occasions. You can have a look at your own stats via https://www.anewpla.net/fpl/report/

Whilst, like last year, Salah has remained the favourite at a 27% rate of selection there have been much more variety in their picks with 22 different players given the armband so far this season.

Yet, our most successful manager, Ville Ronka, has shown unshakable belief in Salah going Mo for 44% of the Gameweeks, so maybe we should consider more of set and forget approach. Especially with Bruno appearing to be a ready-made perma-captain until the end of the season.

CONCLUSION

I was asked last week how this year’s intake have compared against last season’s The Great and The Good and the results are in.

They show an average rank of 120,068 down against last year’s 82,858, there has been a downturn in fortunes for David, Andy and Mark who were all in the top 20,000 with Mr Sutherns as high as the top 2,000 this time last year.

However, others have fared better Ville Ronka has returned to form after last year’s 47,000 finish, FPL General, although a newbie in this group, has recovered from a nightmare last year where he finished outside the top 500,000 and it’s good to see former member Jay Egersdorff back to his best and inside the top 10,000.

So, the evidence shows that overall The Great and The Good have found it more difficult this time round compared to last season but not entirely unexpected with Project Restart playing havoc with chip plans, the continued increase in the number of overall players and the wealth of information now available to a wider audience.

Whatever the reason it is looking like it will be a tight finish in determining who will be this year’s greatest of The Great and The Good and captain calls will be key in these final weeks.

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 then you can find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Greyhead19

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/GeoffreyDance
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

37 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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    • 9 Years
    28 days, 9 hours ago

    Cheers Greyhead, especially for those numbers at the end - close to what I was expecting 🙁

    Az so close to a grey arrow there, just a 0.67% rank change! Been a weird restart for him, has seemed to be perfectly stationary, fingers crossed he can get some joy soon

    1. Az
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Yeah i'm getting a bit sick of looking at a rank of 90kish, still, at least I'm in the top 100k (for now!)

  2. barcaa7
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    Foden or Mahrez for next gw

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Willian or Pulisic

  3. Geoff
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    • 7 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    What a Bench Boost for me.. Nketiah on for -2 and then that helps me lose my Martinez clean sheet. At least Aurier came through.

    1. avfc82
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      • 10 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Similar here Geoff, as you know!

      Martinez 3, Maguire 6, Holgate 0 and Nketiah -2...

  4. Best GK to finish the season
    Geoff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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    • 7 Years
    28 days, 8 hours ago

    The GK template in Greyhead's above article is Pope (7) Martinez (4)..

    Those are the two in my team but Pope (liv WOL) and Martinez (tot LIV) don't fill me with confidence for the next two Gameweeks. I'm considering a GK transfer.

    Who are your GKs currently and are you thinking about a change? Who is the best GK to finish the season with?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      Pope Fodder, keeping for the run-ik

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 8 hours ago

        *in

    2. Rotation's Alter Ego
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      • 9 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      I'm probably going to keep rolling with Pope, but not sure he's necessarily my preferred option, just the one I think works best for my team.

      Issue for me with the best two options (Ederson and DDG) are from teams that I want to triple up on attacking assets from, which makes the options a bit sparse. Patricio also a good shout, but with Boly already in (I'm sure others will own Saiss or Doherty etc) I'm not in a crazy rush to double up.

    3. Atimis
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      As had loads ITB, went with Ederson, had DDG before

    4. The Rumour Mill
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      No need for a transfer here. Play Martinez this week as the Arsenal defence looks much improved and they are playing a truly dreadful Spurs side. I mean they couldn't even score past Bournemouth for Christ's sake. Bournemouth.

      Then play Pope next week when he faces a Wolves side that can't score goals any more.

      Focus your transfers on the players with a higher scoring potential than the goalkeepers. Or save a transfer this week when I don't see quite as many opportunities for players not in the template to score as I do next week, when rotation will bite and there's a better set of fixtures for Chelsea, City and Manchester United.

    5. Ask Yourself
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Have DDG atm but need greenwood in so going to have to take a hit. The only GL worthy of that I would say is alisson, given I want three city attackers for Bournemouth at home in 36.

    6. avfc82
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      • 10 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      I'm on Pope + Martinez too, and starting the latter this week, which I'm fine with.

      Then Pope as my no1 till the end of the season: WOL, nor, BHA.

    7. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Keeping Martinez, as he's the cheapest nailed on GK and short-term transfers on GKs is often a waste when they have such low ceilings. It's better to focus on the explosive positions unless you're downgrading to raise money, or have 2 FTs and no other moves to make.

    8. PoldervogelsUit
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Pope and Foster. Foster can perfectly fill in for the two tougher fixtures pope has in GW35 and GW36.

      1. SweepaKeepa
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        • 4 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Agreed. Probably making a rare gk trf this week. Henderson to Foster. To partner Pope.

    9. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Thinking like you Geoff. Trouble for me I have button and .4 which i can get fan I think. i hate using tfrs for goalkeepers

    10. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Henderson and Martinez - neither particularly great, but then Arsenal's defence is startingto improve, and Sheffield have shown they can be hard to beat at home, so not disastrous.

    11. JS27
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      I think McCarthy looks a decent shout, especially after this week is out of the way

    12. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 5 hours ago

      I brought DDG in on my GW31 WC and am sticking with that until I FH in 38.

      Though it’s really weird to be “disappointed” by DDG keeping a CS in 3 of 4 knowing what I could have had by using that 3rd United slot on an attacker...oh well.

    13. CroatianHammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 3 hours ago

      Hendo and Edero

      I've the cash, and they're clean sheets often. Not selling until maybe Gw38 when I might want a premium striker

    14. G-Whizz
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      • 3 Years
      28 days, 2 hours ago

      My current GKs are Ederson and £3.9 which was changed on my recent WC from DDG and Patricio (don't usually have 2 playing keepers but had BB in mind at the time).

      Not thinking of any further GK changes as believe he'll do me now right up until the last GW of the season 🙂

    15. TopMarx - H2H L4 D5
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      I have an irrational dislike of Pope - he drops the ball too much yet somehow always keeps a CS! That and the fact I don't own him, which makes it even more annoying.

      Martinez is excellent, I've been impressed. Just wish he played for a different team.

      If you own those two I wouldn't change at this late stage.

    16. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 3 mins ago

      the 2 teams with great fixture are city and utd and with there attack return you would want only attacking players!!
      so my next option would be fabianski West Ham ( nor,WAT, manu, AVL) - 3 from 4 good games - using martinez in game week 37 (avl)

  5. Bouncebackability
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    Who is Dwayne McNeil?

    1. Greyhead
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 6 hours ago

      Believe he’s related to Dwight. A goody bag is on the way for spotting this week’s deliberate mistake.

      1. Bouncebackability
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        28 days, 5 hours ago

        Ooh excellent, a good gameweek would be a delightful present!

        1. Greyhead
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 5 hours ago

          Erm.... I’ll see what I’ve got out back

  6. Pep bites Kun
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    Cheers, late-show - traffic jam on Zoom 🙂

    Great article as always - informative & strategic

  7. Lord Flashheart
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 6 hours ago

    DCL to iheanacho worth -4?
    i have vardy too.

    DCL is just dead now.

  8. STHH
    • 6 Years
    25 days, 5 hours ago

    This week, more people have transferred in Ashley Young (7) than Phil Jones (4). Phil is out with an unknown injury, but surely he's closer to a start than Ashley Young - he's been playing in Italy for six months!

    1. Greyhead
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 2 hours ago

      This I like