Interview

Meet the Manager: Ex-pro footballer with two top 5k FPL ranks talks Gameweek 9

Joe chats to another Fantasy Premier League (FPL) veteran with a strong track record in the game in his long-running series.

Former Ukrainian league footballer Vanya Guchev has played at youth and professional level and is still a semi-pro in his home city of Kharkiv.

Midfielder Vanya, who once turned down an offer to join Champions League regulars Shakhtar Donetsk, was a professional at Gelios Kharkiv and an academy player at Metalist Kharkiv. He still plays semi-pro for Brightgrove, also in Ukraine, and his footballing idols include Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Vanya also happens to be very good at Fantasy Premier League management.

Over his ten-year career, he’s had two top 5k finishes, including one within the top 2,000, and has only finished outside the top 100k once.

This season he could be set for another strong finish, going into Gameweek 9 sitting inside the top 4k.

With his experience as a player and skill as an FPL manager, he arguably has a unique perspective on the game, which he has put to good use to identify the Premier League’s most ‘efficient players’.

He chats to Joe about why some players have not impressed him and why others have become essential picks, due to their ability to conjure up big chances, going on to discuss his plans for Gameweek 9 and beyond.

Their chat takes in issues around hits, captaincy and risk. It was recorded on Monday 19 October, just ahead of Gameweek 8’s final match, between Arsenal and Crystal Palace.


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596 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Was set on Ronaldo to Lukaku but what now?

    A. Keep Ronaldo for 1 more week and save transfer
    B. Ronaldo to Vardy
    C. Ronaldo to Kane

    Still got Wildcard to play

    Thanks

    1. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Many have switched to vardy I think.

    2. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I'd go Kane or Vardy I guess.

      At least you don't have Lukaku. That's a way worse spot.

    3. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

    4. Gross injustice
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      no point keeping the transfer if you have the wc may as well attack

  2. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Lukaku > Ronaldo -16?

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      you on a -12 as of now steve?

  3. Moose™
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Gilmour + Lukaku to Son + Hwang

    Meh?

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Looks decent.

    2. THELUCKYONE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      DEFINITELY

  4. MountainBeach
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I'm such a fool for making the early transfer being tempted by price rises/falls. Did Ronaldo to Lukaku earlier this week. Been playing this game for a while too. Sigh.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yep. Tough to have sympathy really.

    2. demob
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      People get so obsessed with price changes.. It doesn't matter that much. Early transfers in a champs league week is especially daft. Get well soon

      1. MountainBeach
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        lmao yeah...really silly on my part. Would you do Lukaku to Kane/Vardy for a hit?

  5. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I can do Benrahma > Havertz for free and then bench Lukaku.

    I'll likely do that.

    Seems good to me - need to stop freaking and taking hits, cost me Son's points and -4 last week.

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I think you're right. I vowed not to make hasty premium transfers this season, and I have bench players who can play. My gut is saying I should roll the transfer and reassess next week with 2 FT.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I would just sell Lukaku, it’s the most pressing and the biggest value on your bench

      Benrahma isn’t even injured ? yet 🙂

  6. Taegugk Warrior
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Why jimenez becnh at Villa game…?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      played international football not long before so flew half-way across the world.

      so very much most likely just minutes management.

    2. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Late back from national team duty

    3. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Rested after internationals I think

  7. Mahjongking
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Lukaku to vardy and capt him?
    Also will chilwell start this weekend?

    1. demob
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yes a hundred percent a million thousand certainty maximum knowledge reassurance ok you're good

  8. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Rahpinha going up in price today?
    On the cusp and would appreciate another day to make moves

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      FFFix don't have him rising tonight. Their price rise accuracy is 98.8%. I'm hoping they are right and fplstatistics have it wrong.

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yep. Been hovering for a couple of days so wouldn't surprise.
        Would be more annoyed if he does rise so will make the move. Seems if it's not today it will be tomorrow.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      He’s been on 100 for 11 days.

  9. jim0wheel
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Seems excessive but

    Lukaku, Jota, Saka, Alonso —> Vardy, Havertz, Raphinha, Chilwell

    -8 anyone?

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      it's a yes from me

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yes also from me

    3. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Excessive.

    4. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Out of curiosity, do you have Ronaldo alongside these in your team?

      1. jim0wheel
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yep, it was his head on the chopping block until big Rom saved him. Would have probably got Mahrez over Havertz in that case.

        1. Salah’s Sonnet
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Ahh ok then cool. I 'm even dbating a huge -16! Really change things up

    5. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yaaaay

  10. n14mul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    So, champs league has thrown up some injuries.....

    If you had to do a wc team what would you do?

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Raya Foster
      Chilwell TAA Cancelo Livra 4.5
      Salah Son Raphinha Mbeumo Brownhill
      Jimenez Toney Vardy

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I like....not far off my self

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I can get to this in a -8 and it's pretty close to what I'd want on a WC...

      Ramsdale, Foster
      Dias, Cancelo, Azpi, Livramento, Duffy
      Salah, Mane/KDB, Havertz, Raphinha
      Antonio, Jimenez, Toney

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Havertz the last man standing for Chelsea?

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      avoid chelsea attack
      plan ahead for coming fixtures so one of kane or son

  11. Mahjongking
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Luk to vardy
    And traore to havertz for -4?

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Probably just Lukaku out for free and deal with Traore next week.

      1. Mahjongking
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        But it would mean i dont have any chelsea cover..

        1. waldo666
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          That's OK.

      2. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        yep take the hit

  12. waldo666
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Some thoughts here? I got Armstrong for this run now but then he gets benched, don't really want to get rid but might have to.

    2FT and 0.2 ITB.

    Sanchez
    TAA Rudiger Christensen
    Salah Jota Raphinha Greenwood
    Ronaldo Antonio Armstrong

    (Steele Livramento White Gilmour)

    A) Jota/Greenwood to Everton mid
    B) Gilmour to Allan
    C) A + Armstrong to Toney
    D) A + Gilmour to Mbuemo
    E) Something else

  13. MountainBeach
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Would you do Lukaku to Vardy/Kane for a hit?

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Depends who you have coming on for him if you hold.

      1. MountainBeach
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Bench is Coady, Allan, Williams.
        Got a possibly injured Saka in the team too

        1. waldo666
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          A hit may be necessary tbf, Vardy out of the two for me.

          1. MountainBeach
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Yeah, I made a really really mistake by doing Ronaldo to Lukaku early in the week being tempted by price rises. Sigh. Oh well, won't make the same mistake again. Also, Kane's fixtures look really good from GW 12 onwards. Would it make sense to just get him in now and save the transfer?

            1. waldo666
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'd go for the form player myself, Kane only just scored his first goal of the season.

    2. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Who would you be playing if you don't take the hit?

      1. MountainBeach
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Bench is Coady, Allan, Williams.
        Got a possibly injured Saka in the team too.

        1. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Take the hit.

          1. MountainBeach
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Cheers. Kane or Vardy?

            1. BeWater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Not sure. I'm considering both myself. Going to need to think about it. I probably prefer Kane.

  14. Parsnips
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    It’s between vardy or Kane… really struggling

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Vardy

    2. GS456
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Vardy

      Kane scored once all season

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’m doing Vardy now for his better form and fixtures … then will decide GW12 ish if I go from him to Kane for his fixture change … so basically Kane has three weeks to convince me.

  15. GS456
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Lukaku > Toney
    Benrahma > Son
    (-4)

  16. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Ramsdale
    TAA Cancelo James
    Salah Foden Mbeumo Raphinha
    Lukaku Antonio Jimenez

    Foster Livramento Duffy Brownhill

    1FT, 0.4 itb

    1. Toney
    2. Vardy
    3. Kane

    Thanks

    1. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Lukaku >>

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Kane

    2. GS456
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Vardy

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      We did Foden together. Let's join the Kane Train
      whu MUN continue to concede and fixtures post this look tasty

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        At first I thought yep definitely Kane but really like Toney, then maybe Antonio to Vardy in a couple of weeks, leaves enough for Foden >> Son GW12 ?!

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Solid planning and makes sense
          I’ll look at Armstrong to Toney next week if he’s benched again

          1. FCSB
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Spoilt for choice

  17. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Presuming Saka out.

    Saka + Lukaku >

    Son +

    A) inheanacho
    B) Edouard
    C) Watkins

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I like B here

  18. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Chris Wood to Ivan Toney?? Frees up the exact money to do Alonso to Cancelo next week??

    1. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Yes

  19. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Think going to end up on this team for a hit - look ok to go? Havertz Chilwell Kane in.

    Sanchez
    TAA Cancelo Chilwell
    Salah (c) Havertz Raphinha Mbeumo Benrahma
    Kane Antonio

    Foster Livramento Semedo Scarlett

    1. Mahjongking
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      So sure chilwell gonna start?

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yes I am. Came off after 62 minutes- plays Norwich and Alonso plays midweek cup game

        1. FCSB
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Reckon James starts v NOR?

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Not sure- Azpilicueta coming off early casts some doubt on that. And still building up fitness

            1. FCSB
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Rest Azpi please or play him in the back 3, pray for James

  20. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Which one?

    A)
    Sanchez
    Christensen / Rudiger / Semedo
    KDB / Salah / Son / Raphinha / Gray
    Vardy / Toney

    B)
    Sanchez
    Christensen / Rudiger / Livramento
    KDB / Salah / Son / Raphinha
    Vardy / Toney / ASM

  21. Atletico Junior
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Just did Ronaldo -> Toney and got 7M itb… Dont really see value in premium forwards today, unlike Toney who is playing well and has very nice fixtures (and he might rise today). Only premium forward I was looking was Vardy, but Getting Toney now @6.4M seems right

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      agreed, brentford really have impressed me this season so far.

  22. Ashleyajolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Would Mount not be a good pick this week? Everyone rather Havertz.

    1. Sturridge Wars
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Havertz will play striker. Prefer him over Mount

  23. Lallana
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Which 3 to bring in for a -4?

    1. Son, Havertz, Toney (1.4M ITB)
    2. De Bruyne, Mount, Toney (0.3M ITB)
    3. De Bruyne, Havertz, Broja (1.0M ITB)

    1. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      One with Toney

    2. Gross injustice
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      2

  24. klopptimusprime
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Sell Lukaku or start Armstrong/Livra

    1. klopptimusprime
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      start one of*

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’m selling. Can’t trust Armstrong to start and early kickoff unlikely to find out
      Livra perfect backup for other fires

  25. Gross injustice
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A Werner to Vardy
    B Werner and Saka to Vardy and Havertz -4
    C Werner and saka to Ronaldo and Havertz -4
    D Do nothing and roll the transfer

  26. FPL Brains
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Kane or Son?