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Learning from the Great and the Good 19/20 – The Final

“Because I’ve had the time of my life. No, I never felt this way before. Yes, I swear it’s the truth. And I owe it all to you”

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Welcome to The Great and The Good end of season awards, a celebration of the 2019/20 season, the one we thought may never end.

There is a star-studded list of guests attending this fictional gala event, with even Ville Ronka appearing from his fantasy cave before disappearing in a puff of smoke. A massive thank you to FPL Doodles for capturing the prize-giving ceremony.

The drinks are flowing, and some are looking worse for wear after Az ordered tequila for everyone, David is showing off his Lord Lundstram tattoo and Neale is doing his best Geordie dancer impression high kicking his way across the floor.

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

So, the big one, who was the greatest of The Great and The Good? Last year’s winner Mark, still sulking over his final day Pulisic captaincy decision, opens the envelope to reveal Ville Ronka as this year’s champion.

Ville won by just eight points over a resurgent Az after a free hit to forget on the final day, he scored less than the weekly average of 60, but it was enough to see him crowned champion.

Mr Ronka had a strong second half of the season with fourteen green arrows during that period, he had a slow start and was at the million mark back in Gameweek 5, but he showed his class to finish just outside the top 10,000.

What’s interesting is that his return to form coincided with his resumption of his more conservative style, he took only one hit from Gameweek 14 compared to six in the first part of the season, maybe an indication that you need to stick to playing your own way.

The final day saw Sean Tobin outscore the rest with 81 thanks to a well-played wildcard with De Bruyne, Sterling and Aubameyang all starring for the Hall of Famer.

The final standings are below.

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TRANSFER WHEELER DEALER

The next award goes to the manager who demonstrated Harry Redknapp like skills in the transfer market and the winner is David with 239 immediate transfer points. Please note I have removed the free hit scores from the total.

The results are somewhat distorted by the restart, he certainly made the most of the free transfers bringing in both De Bruyne and Mahrez in Gameweek 30+, but there is no doubt he showed an eye for a bargain throughout the season.

However, he was not immune to the last day panic as he was one of many who took a hit, it was minus eight in fact for Munday, to transfer out notable Liverpool benchings when the early team news broke.

Mark, Joe and Andy were the others to take a hit and it was further bad luck for Andy as his minus four included removing Kevin De Bruyne. The full final Gameweek transfers are below:-

Andy – Sterling, Van Dijk, Williams (De Bruyne, Saiss, Alexander-Arnold)

David – Kane, Sterling, Robertson (Rashford, Salah, Alexander-Arnold)

Joe – Robertson, Kane, David Silva (Alexander-Arnold, Fernandes, Vardy)

FPL General – Mahrez, Bertrand (Alexander-Arnold, Foden)

Geoff – Tarkowski (Wan-Bissaka)

Mark – Digne, David Silva (Alexander-Arnold, Willian)

*transfers out are in brackets

Overall, Andy was the one to take the most hits over the season with twelve just edging out Mark and Az, this contrasts sharply with Matthew Jones who one took one minus four all season.

CAPTAIN KING OR QUEEN

Picking the right captain proved tricky this year but Az was the strongest in this category with an average of 14.8 for the campaign. His armband choices post restart were extraordinary with Sterling in Gameweek 35 and 37 notable highlights.

Az was one of many to go with the Man City winger on Sunday afternoon, Mark gambled on Pulisic, Jules went sentimental with Silva and FPL General was one to go through a rollercoaster of emotions with Mahrez.

Over the season there were 26 different players who were handed the armband, showing that this was not a campaign to set and forget, but it was Salah who remained the most popular, picked 25% of the time by The Great and The Good.

CHIP CHAMPS

The unique nature of this campaign meant multiple chip strategies were deployed, you only have to look at the final day as we saw five of them use their free hits whilst Sean used his Wildcard.

The winners in this category were Sean for his free hit in Gameweek 30 which saw him 35 points above the weekly average, Andy for his brave bench boost in Gameweek 27 which netted him 33 points and any of them who triple captained Salah back in Gameweek 24 rather than Mane, lest we forget.

In my mind at least, there is no doubt that Ville Ronka was the Wildcard wizard, when he played it in Gameweek 18 he was over 500,000 in the overall rankings but by doubling down on United fixtures he was inside the top 100,000 by Gameweek 23.

POWER PUNDIT

This year also saw the emergence of the Pro Pundits, giving me a chance to scout their performance for inclusion in The Great and The Good squad next season.

The Pro Pundits are FPL HintsSimon MarchTom FreemanSam BonfieldHolly ShandZopharLuke and Lateriser.

A summary of their season can be seen below:-

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The standout performance was Lateriser12 who was 31st overall, an outstanding achievement in a challenging season. He championed a proactive style, along with a deep love for Aguero, taking 14 hits and scoring an impressive 258 immediate transfer points as a result of this upside chasing. Well played Sir!

He was not alone in having a strong campaign with both FPL Family Sam and Simon March finishing in the top 10,000, higher than any of The Great and The Good.

CONCLUSION

So, another season ends and what a season, which nobody could have predicted.

What have I learned this season? Well, Lateriser and Ronka have shown there is more than one way to be successful at this game, Az has highlighted that you should never give up with his remarkable recovery but most of all I’ve learned to just enjoy FPL, it’s a game that brings a global community together and that in itself should be celebrated.

Before I leave you in peace, I want to share my gratitude to Rotation’s Alter Ego for editing my ramblings, Geoff and the Scout team for allowing me to share my puns and ponderings, to The Great and The Good for letting me follow them on their journey plus poke a little fun at times and finally to anyone who has stumbled across these articles during the last year and shared a nice comment. Enjoy the break!

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

43 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rotation's Alter Ego
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    14 days, 6 hours ago

    Well done to Ville for another impressive finish and a big shout to Az as well for his final charge up the standings

    Most importantly though, thank you Greyhead for another fantastic season, I've really enjoyed reading all the instalments and it's been a fascinating insight. Looking forward to seeing who makes it into next years group, LR surely will be an early favourite!

    Will miss reading these each week!

    1. Greyhead
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Thanks RAE - it’s been a pleasure!

    2. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      Ronka’s a truelly elite FPL manager for sure, such levels of consistency over so many seasons is very rare considering how much the game’s changed season from season

  2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    14 days, 5 hours ago

    This is fantastic as always - brilliant stuff & thanks 🙂

    1. Greyhead
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Thank you Sir - much appreciated

  3. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    14 days, 5 hours ago

    Lateriser is a beast. 14 hits too...

    Thank you for all the work, Greyhead.

    1. Greyhead
      • 2 Years
      14 days, 1 hour ago

      Very kind of you

  4. linkafu
      14 days, 5 hours ago

      Second FPL season finished at OR 76k.

      Really hope to be in top 3 of 20/21 season. Heard about FanTeam with very nice prizes, is it using the same app to get your points?

      What's your final rank and objective for next year?

    • wulfranian
      • 3 Years
      14 days, 5 hours ago

      "a game that brings a global community together and that in itself should be celebrated."That phrase is the most important thing,especially at this difficult time.Cheers Greyhead.Enjoy the break.

      1. Greyhead
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Thank you !

    • Milvus
      • 7 Years
      14 days, 5 hours ago

      Nice work Greyhead - look forward to reading your updates again next season.
      By the way, I beat you by 17 points... 😀

      1. Greyhead
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        Cheers - beat you by 250 pts last season so let’s go for the decider next season 🙂

    • FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      14 days, 2 hours ago

      Ridiculous decision to include Jules in this article series. She has never seen a stat table in her life.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        14 days, 2 hours ago

        Apparently she gets all the juicy team news *much* earlier than anyone else too the little rascal

      2. Pépé sur le P…
        • 4 Years
        14 days, 2 hours ago

        She beat me.

        (no lewd jokes pls)

        And I'm a tats expert.

      3. Greyhead
        • 2 Years
        14 days, 1 hour ago

        We welcome a variety of styles in The Great and The Good 🙂

    • Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 16 hours ago

      Thanks for everything this season buddy. It's been so enjoyable!

    • Greyhead
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 14 hours ago

      Cheers LR

    • Christina.
      • 10 Years
      13 days, 13 hours ago

      Not sure why Im not on these lists to be honest. Beat everyone except LR, Sam and Simon.

      3 x Top 5k
      3 x Top 10k
      3 x top 15k

      Something smelss fishy.

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        A legend in your own lunchtime 😉

      2. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        TM should be there too. Has incredible history over most guys in there.

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 6 hours ago

          TM upvoted this

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        6x Top 10k's is phenomenal Christina - respect

        Out of interest - have you noticed a drop off in 10k finishes since the chips were introduced in 15/16? My theory is that their introduction has knocked most top managers' 10k consistency out of wack - simply becuase they add so much more variance into the final top 10k's ranking now

        I.e. a significantly higher proportion of the top 10k are there now because of hitting one or more of a lucky once off BB/TC/FH jackpot than a steady hand on the tiller over the course of a season (rather than the normal "twitter is spoonfeeding now" or "there are 7 million players now versus only 4 million in years gone by etc etc")

        https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2020/07/27/vote-for-the-best-fpl-goalkeeper-of-2019-20/?hc_page=6&hc_sort_by=comment_date#hc_comment_22225573

        1. RoysCallerAnne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          12 days, 18 hours ago

          I've had 3 top 5Ks, including a top 1k since chips came in.
          A 1k and a 5k and a 10k in some of the years before the chips.
          I hate the chips but they ain't knocked my consistency out of wack, as you put it.

          1. Christina.
            • 10 Years
            12 days, 16 hours ago

            you again...

            🙄

            1. RoysCallerAnne
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              12 days, 10 hours ago

              You started it 😆

        2. FALSE PROFIT
          • 6 Years
          12 days, 16 hours ago

          It is clear from my own experience chips impact big time. My rank does not totally relate to chips, but captaincy included it is massive. After lockdown and coming back in having used my last and WC chip on GW29, I more than held my way, which is very satisfying. OK, I lost the WC but the guys holding on to chips were limited to single GW's. If they got rid of chips and captain I would be a happy fella.

      4. Sir Edo
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        Great record Chris!
        Maybe you (at least) are included in this former Champions and Veterans list?
        https://www.reddit.com/r/FantasyPL/comments/co8ncb/a_list_of_former_champions_veterans_and_pundits/
        I'm in the list since playing FPL in 20+ years with an OK record of 7 x Top 2k. 🙂

        1. Christina.
          • 10 Years
          13 days, 12 hours ago

          Hi Sir! I always track your progress. Great record!

          1. Christina.
            • 10 Years
            13 days, 12 hours ago

            PS....Im not on that list either...

            1. Sir Edo
              • 7 Years
              13 days, 11 hours ago

              Make a comment in the Feedback section (below the list) and ask for inclusion.. 🙂

          2. Sir Edo
            • 7 Years
            13 days, 12 hours ago

            Thanks, a little bit in decline but doing my best to keep up with the big boys and girls in HoF!
            Good luck next season! 🙂

        2. The Mighty One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          7x2k is phenomenal!

      5. Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        #JusticeFor4Kna

      6. La Vida Latte
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        I've got 6 top 5k finishes. Where do I sign up? 😉

        1. Christina.
          • 10 Years
          13 days, 11 hours ago

          xxx

        2. The Mighty One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          I have a weird humble brag for a stat that sounds pretty bang-average: I have been in the Top 67,000 for 12 of my 14 years. I’m happy with that.

        3. The Mighty One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          13 days, 1 hour ago

          6 in the Top 5k! Strong.

      7. Greyhead
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Smells like teen spirit. I’ll add you to the long list for next time - great career history.

    • shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Lateriser is some player. Top man. Excellent record above too Christina!

      A small stat for you;

      Year Points OR

      2009/10 2384 4085

      2019/20 2399 2620 me
      2019/20 2426 921 mate

      Very similar points requirements a decade apart!

      I've now had nine top 30k's in 14 seasons, with two top 5ks.

    • Siva Mohan - Make more gree…
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Top 2K finish - 1
      Top 10K finish - 2
      Top 20K finish - 2

      this season 132K

    • Az
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      Pretty happy with second seeing as I was near the bottom for most of this! Still, frustrating that if i'd just gone for Aubameyang and not tried to be too clever I'd have won. Ah well, there's always next year.

      Thanks for these articles Greyhead, I always enjoy reading them 🙂

      1. Greyhead
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 1 hour ago

        Thank you