Learning from the Great and the Good 20/21 – Gameweek 22

“I Feel The Need… The Need For Speed!”

The FPL season continues to accelerate with swift turnaround times and fast decisions needing to be made by The Great and The Good, with the newly announced doubles in Gamweek 24 and 25 on the horizon we are on the highway to the danger zone.

The midweek fixtures were eventful enough to take our breath away with a new record being broken with poor old Bednarek scoring -7, I doubt he will enjoy being the subject of Fantasy Football Trivia quizzes for years to come, but feel for the FPL manager of Al-AhlySc who triple captained the unlucky Southampton defender.

There was also a retro feel to the week with Jesse Lingard proving that he has not lost that loving feeling with two goals on his West Ham debut, surely, he’s not an option – is he?

For those not following along, The Great and The Good are prominent managers I track to hopefully improve my own performance. They are the Scouts Neale Rigg and Joe Lepper, Pro Pundits (Mark SuthernsAzLateriserFabio Borges and Tom Freeman ), FPL “celebrities”, FPL General,  Magnus Carlsen and finally from the Hall of Fame we have Ville RonkaMatthew Jones and Sean Tobin


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Matthew Jones was top gun this week with 87 points, with Justin, Raphina and Fernandes all contributing and taking him up to 246,000. This is a considerable achievement bearing in mind he was ranked over 4 million in Gameweek 7 and has managed a remarkable 14 green arrows out of 16 in that time.

Joe was the biggest riser this week with a strong score of 84, he was another to benefit from James Justin’s 15 point haul, unlike FPL General who retains top spot but will disappointed to have left the Leicester full back’s score on the bench.

Whilst the top 3 of FPL General, Fabio Borges and Mark Sutherns appear to be on cruise control I see some airstrikes ahead from the likes of Tom Freeman, Lateriser and Ville Ronka who have all their chips in hand.

The captaincy call was dominated by Mo Salah but two brave managers decided to play maverick, with Az putting the armband on Cancelo and Lateriser gambling on Bruno Fernandes. It paid to be dangerous and foolish this week with both of their picks outscoring the Egyptian King.


This is a summary of the transfers for this week :

Az – No transfers

Fabio Borges – No Transfers

Joe Lepper – Grealish (Mane)

FPL General – Martinez (Johnstone)

Lateriser – Bamford (Werner)

Magnus Carlsen – No transfers

Mark Sutherns – No transfers

Matthew Jones – Watkins (Rodrigo)

Neale Rigg – No transfers

Sean Tobin – No transfers

Tom Freeman – No transfers

Ville Ronka – No transfers

*transfers out are in brackets

The Great and The Good held their cards close to their chest this week with a limited number of transfers, FPL General even made a goalkeeping switch such was the level of excitement. Joe and Matthew’s move for Villains paid off with immediate returns but there was sense of sorrow over Lateriser’s decision to take out Werner after showing so much faith in him over the season.


The template for The Great and The Good is as follows with number in brackets showing how many teams in which they appear:-

Martinez (6), Johnstone (5)

Cancelo (9), Coufal (8), Dias (8), Robertson (7), Stones (7)

Bruno Fernandes (12), Salah (12), Gundogan (9), Soucek (8), Son (5)

Calvert-Lewin (9), Antonio (9), Bamford (9)

The template held firm with no one willing to buzz the tower, with a high degree of similarity across The Great and The Good squads although I can see a shakeup over the next couple of weeks with many holding 2 FTs and the ability to attack the double Gameweeks.


Varying degrees of squad depth across the teams due to the different chip strategies and that is reflected in the recent review below of the bench strength of The Great and The Good:-


Matthew Jones has left 171 points on the bench so far this season but Mark is not far behind on 151, the irony won’t be lost on Mr Sutherns that when he played his Bench Boost he only scored 8 compared to the 28 points he left just this last week with Soucek and Justin flying high.

Lateriser has only given up 67 points on the pine but when your substitutes include Mitchell, Davis and Button that is hardly surprising.

Fabio continues to be the most fortunate with his reserves, he has only called on them 5 times and they have averaged 5.6.


We speed into Gameweek 23 but thinking ahead will be key if we manage the turbulence of the three Double Gameweeks in the next three weeks, subject to Gameweek 26 being confirmed, this will provide further opportunity to fly high.

Yet, a note of caution, whilst I am sure many of us will be bringing out our spreadsheets and devising devilish equations to maximise the number of plays over this period, remember that this game is more than just a mathematical formula and also involves an ability to read the motivations and form of the real human beings. So, let’s not being Iceman in our calculations and rely on instinct and the eye test as well as numbers to help our decision-making as otherwise our Goose could be cooked.

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

6 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rotation's Alter Ego
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    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Cheers GH, did incredibly well to get this turned around so quickly! Best of luck to everyone trying to plan through these doubles.... I need another paracetamol.

  2. Major League Shocker
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    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 days ago

    The bench points data are interesting, and encouraging for me! I've got 49 auto-sub points and benched 101.

    On paper, that's the same number of points benched as Joe, but more of mine are appearance points only. I've benched only 2 goals, 1 assist, and 4 clean sheets (2 of which were unavoidable, as both my goalkeepers kept CS those weeks, and starting 2 GKs is not allowed). Whereas Joe's benched 4 goals, 2 assists, and 6 clean sheets (none of which were from GKs).

    On the other hand, captaincy, there's the killer for me...

    1. Dino
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      • 11 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Why do you think its a good thing not to be benching points? Its the sign of a weak team imo. You want subs that you can rotate in to your team for tricky fixtures of your first 11 and also for blanks, injuries, rests, covid etc. If your bench are not scoring points then you have a sub optimal squad imo. Bench points seldom frustrate me, having someone come off the bench with nothing does though or having to play a player in a fixture I know they're unlikely to get anything because my subs are rubbish is really frustrating.

      1. Major League Shocker
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        • 1 Year
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Overall, I agree with you. I have had a pretty strong bench since my GW9 WC. Watching BlackBox, I can tell that Mark's strong bench helps him in a lot of ways.

        I was just surprised that Joe had as many bench points as I do, even though he always talks about not wanting to have any bench points and spend all his money on the starting 11. Given he is not racking up a lot of appearance points from players like Steer and Stephens, 101 points benched should be considered a lot for him. Those are points that could have helped him if he had started the right players.

  3. Baps hunter
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    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Thx, always nice article to read 🙂

    1. Greyhead
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      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Thank you