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Learning from the Great and the Good 19/20 – Gameweek 35

“Now I’m the king of the swingers, the jungle V.I.P. I reached the top and had to stop and that’s what bothering me”

In the FPL Jungle you don’t win a thing if you don’t get that swing and The Great and The Good troop were not monkeying around this week with some seeing huge climbs up the ranks.

Gameweek 35+ brought plenty of howls, chatter, hoots and screams with the fantasy world proving to be a brutal wilderness as for every Antonio, Sterling and Solanke brace (?) there was a Salah captain blank or Soyuncu moment of madness.

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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The top banana this week was Az with a score of 97 to beat his chest about with Sterling and Antonio seeing him leap 60,000 places.

He moves into fourth spot, equal on points with FPL General, and only forty points behind our leader Ville Ronka. Az outscored Ronka by 41 points this week so another Antonio haul, he still is only at 2.9% ownership, could see him go top.

You can take it as gibbon that Andy will also be pleased with this week’s work with the biggest swing of 158,000, he had Antonio but also Martial and Jesus from his tribe to thank for his high score.

The captain call made a monkey out of some of our managers this week as those who put the armband on Salah (Sean and Jules) suffering red arrows.

However, with 24 shots and 7 big chances in the last six weeks, I would suggest there is no lemur-gency to remove the Egyptian from our squads.

Most of the managers captained Fernandes whilst Mark went with Rashford, Matthew with Vardy but it was Az’s choice of Raheem that really went Ba-Boom!

TRANSFERS

This is a summary of the transfers for the Gameweek:

Andy – No transfers
Az – Vardy, Antonio (Jimenez, Son)
David – Iheanacho (Jimenez)
Joe – Vardy (Jimenez)
Jules – No transfers
FPL General – No transfers
Geoff – Iheanacho (Calvert-Lewin)
Mark – Vardy, Antonio (Jimenez, Son)
Matthew Jones – Vardy, Saiss (Doherty, Jimenez)
Neale – Greenwood, Mane (Son, Rashford)
Sean Tobin – Vardy (Jimenez)
Ville Ronka – Ayew (Nketiah)

*transfers out are in brackets

Gorilla warfare in the transfers this week, Mark and Az’s choice of Vardy and Antonio was well-timed, it moved Mark to his highest rank since Gameweek 5.

Unfortunately, Neale will be going ape at his decision to take a hit for Mane and Greenwood, this cost him 20 points as both Son and Rashford hit the net.

TEMPLATE

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

Pope (7) Martinez (4)
Alexander-Arnold (11) Doherty (7) Aurier (7) Boly (4) Femenia (4)
Fernandes (12) De Bruyne (11) Pulisic (8) Martial (6) Salah (6)
Greenwood (8) Calvert-Lewin (7) Jiménez/Vardy (5)
* brackets show number of teams they appear in

The template is along simian lines to last week with only a minor change as Vardy jumps into the squad.

Will we see a similar monkey rush for Jesus this week with an Ake-less Bournemouth defence? Currently only Geoff and Andy own the City striker, he is second in shots inside the box over the last six weeks so looks to be the next one to explode.

TOP OF THE POPS

Looking back of the season which players have The Great and The Good seen as the Silverbacks leading their troops to success? The table below shows the players with the highest ownership over the last 34 weeks:-

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No monkey business here as Alexander-Arnold has been ever-present in the squads of David, General, Matthew, Mark and Az. Only Jules has shown a lack of faith in the flying Liverpool wing-back as he has only appeared seven times for her this campaign.

You probably heard it on the ape vine before that Mark has never owned De Bruyne preferring instead Sterling who has played for him 23 times and been captained 11 of these occasions.

David and Geoff have been the best of pri-mates with Lundstram and the Lord has turned out of for them 28 times, the highest of any of the managers.

Interesting to note that not one of them has owned Willian all season but could this change going into the Norwich game?

CONCLUSION

In Kong-clusion this week has shown FPL at its dramatic best and how quickly you can become a jungle VIP with the right differential pick.

Gameweek 36+’s fixtures provide a further opportunity with Chelsea offering Giroud at 2.9% ownership, David Silva at 4.8% or even Armstrong at 0.7%, he has 35 points since the restart. Who will The Great and The Good go for and who will end up the true Chimpion?

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

For those affected 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

36 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Cheers Greyhead!

    DCL in the template team and no Sterling in the template team... surely that has to change soon!

    Iheanacho brought by both Geoff and David (some collusion there methinks) seems rough now - interesting to see if that was a 1 week punt (ie out for Ings) or what.

  2. LordEllison
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    1 FT and 0.8 ITB, was thinking either
    Vardy > jesus
    Or Jimenez > ings
    Or should i just FH

    Martinez Martin
    TAA Doherty Aurier Kiko Lascelles
    Salah Martial KDB Fernandes Guendouzi
    Greenwood Vardy Jimenez

  3. The next Jungle VIP?
    Greyhead
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Thanks, who will be this week’s jungle VIP and cause the biggest Antonio swing? In the article above I have suggested David Silva, Stuart Armstrong or Olivier Giroud but who is everyone backing?

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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      • 9 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I quite like the way Soucek has been looking but can't help but feel that if Bournemouth lose both Watford and West Ham will be happy to play out a draw on Friday.

      Keeping an eye on Villa though - expect them to put up a serious fight against a demotivated Everton, so a seriously left-field pick would be 4.1m (and not nailed) Elmohamady. Some decent creation stats on him and I fancy them to keep a clean sheet.

      A more sensible pick? Perhaps Alonso - if we hear he's starting (unlikely but very possible) I'd like to see him flying forwards as there should be too much attacking pressure down his wing.

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        yeah if Alonso starts it could be massive. He's the only defender capable of a hattrick.

      2. Greyhead
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Soucek’s an interesting shout and maybe it’s Bowen’s turn. Pogba also has low ownership for anyone who hasn’t tripled up.

    2. Dont give a fuchs
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      David Silva. My capitano

    3. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Barkley likes weak oppo at home...16 pointer.

  4. Az
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    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    The puns in this article are friggin fantastic

    1. Greyhead
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Everyone loves a good monkey pun. Glad to see I am not past my prim-mate.

    2. Clouseau
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Az beat me to it. You are the chief punkey and certainly mandrilled them all home in barbaryic fashion....

  5. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    For this GW only:

    A. Ings

    B. Giroud

    1. Greyhead
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Can you get both? Ings for me

  6. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Giroud very short odds for a brace or hatty.
    Is he worth a -4 for Vardy? might even captain him

  7. willevete
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Any ideas how to best manage my team for this GW?
    1FT with 1.3 ITB

    Martinez

    Doherty, AWB, TAA

    Mahrez, Bruno, Antonio, Pulisic. KDB

    Jimenez, Rashford

  8. doy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Great piece, I'm 1 point off Ronka!

    1. Greyhead
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Thank you sir!

  9. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Which three is best for the season?

    a) KDB, Sterling and Dilva

    b) KDB, Sterling and Jesus

    1. Kurt Cobain
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      a) for me, Dilva is sure for GW 36+ and GW38+

    2. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      you mean Dilva or Jesus?

  10. Kurt Cobain
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Any new is Pulisic is starting?
    He will be my C, and i will be gutted if he is benched and come on for cameo...

  11. P-h-o-e-n-i-x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Loved this piece as always. Something I look forward to reading every time.

    I was hoping that this article would give an honorary mention to Lateriser12 this week, who is currently in the Top 50 overall and India Rank 1!

    1. Greyhead
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Don’t worry have it planned for when he hopefully wins the whole thing 🙂

  12. Oggle22
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    How far away from a come back is Aguero?

  13. Tinkermania
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    You are picking your team for next season?

    1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
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      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Some of the Pro Pundits such as Lateriser12, Sam and Tom should probably join the team.
      They were all on over 2150 points after GW35+.

      1. Greyhead
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Difficult decisions to make if I keep it going next year. Like a mixture of styles so not just rank.

        1. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
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          2 months, 5 days ago

          It's an interesting and entertaining series of articles. I hope you can keep it going next year!

    2. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
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      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      TopMarx could be another candidate, currently challenging Neale for the leadership of Mods and Cons.

  14. Darth_Krid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Amazing stuff as always mate.

    1. Greyhead
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Cheers fella!

  15. FourLokoLeipzig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Great piece, always enjoy reading these. I really wish Sterling had lived up to his VIP status when I owned him!

    1. Greyhead
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Very kind, Good luck for this GW

  16. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    TC Pusilic?

    1. Greyhead
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Brave but why not?

    2. Goodbye Horses
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Done it.