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Learning from ‘The Great and The Good’ FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 13

Fantasy Football Scout community writer Greyhead continues with his series of articles analysing the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) transfers and strategies of some noted Fantasy managers, from serial top 10k finishers to well-known faces.

The Great and The Good this year are the Scouts Joe LepperNeale RiggGeoff Dance and Tom Freeman, FPL Wire’s Zophar, from the Hall of Fame Fabio BorgesFPLMatthewYavuz Kabuk and Tom Stephenson, Blackbox’s Az and Mark Sutherns, FPL “celebrities” LTFPL AndyMagnus Carlsen and FPL General plus last year’s mini-league winner Les Caldwell.


“Work it, make it, do it, makes us: harder, better, faster, stronger”

You’d be daft punk not to get excited about the packed schedule of FPL activity over the next few weeks! We have nine Gameweeks crammed into the next 42 days, if you read this on 23rd November, otherwise it will be 41 days if you read on the 24th November or even 40 days if you read… anyway, you get the gist. It’s going to be an FPL frenzy!

The international break brought its own series of surprises with Roberto Firmino’s (£8.8m) injury giving Diogo Jota (£7.5m) owners comfort, Phil Foden (£8.3m) felt a disturbance and many believed Harry Kane (£12.2m) would be essential after scoring against a few accountants, sales assistants, and ceramic shop workers.

Then there was the managerial merry go round. One can only assume club chairmen thought there were coaching supply chain issues, as they stockpiled on new managers with Steven Gerrard, Dean Smith and Eddie Howe all bouncing their clubs to a much-improved performance.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE

Geoff Danced away with the top score this week of 85, with 53 of those points coming from his defence as Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m), Antonio Rudiger (£5.9m), Joao Cancelo (£6.6m) and Reece James (£6.1m) all provided him with double-digit hauls.

Az remains top, despite a captaincy mishap when he miscalculated just how fragile Ole’s grip on the wheel was, as his choice of Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.4m) only offered an assist when he should have gone for double-digit Emmanuel Dennis (£5.2m).

This was a better return than Kane provided Magnus, who gambled on the Spurs striker but he again failed to add to his solitary Premier league goal for the season, despite three shots inside the box against Leeds United.

TRANSFERS

This is a summary of the transfers for this week:

Az – Ronaldo, Johnson (Vardy, Duffy)

LTFPL Andy – Kane, Omobamidele (Vardy, Laporte)

Fabio Borges – Jota (Raphinha)

Joe Lepper – None

Geoff Dance – Kane (Vardy)

FPL General – None

Les Caldwell – Kane (Vardy)

Magnus Carlsen – Wilson, Kane (Vardy, Aubameyang)

Mark Sutherns – Guaita (Sanchez)

FPL Matthew – Kane, McArthur (Vardy, Mbeumo)

Neale Rigg – Cancelo (Christensen)

Tom Freeman – None

Tom Stephenson – None

Yavuz Kabuk – Alexander-Arnold, Gallagher (Azpilicueta, Havertz)

Zophar – None

Kane was the most popular transfer for the week with high hopes for the Conte revolution, but he again frustrated, Jamie Vardy (£10.6m) was the fall guy for most of them. Az went with Ronaldo instead of Kane and he’ll be hoping that the interim interim Michael Carrick can inspire some kind of response; I do wonder whether Cristiano will end up picking the team himself and allocate tea-making duties to Michael.

Mark made the sexy goalkeeping trade this week and again that move seems cursed as Vincente Guaita (£4.6m) conceded three on his debut, although he did at least secure some save points. The Magnus move for Callum Wilson (£7.4m) catches the eye as, although he blanked, he had five shots in the box and ‘attack attack attack’ seems to be the Eddie Howe tactic for avoiding relegation, meaning goals should follow for the striker.

TEMPLATE

Salah's role one to monitor in FPL as Alexander-Arnold continues forays infield 2

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

Foster (11), Ramsdale (6)
Alexander-Arnold (15), Cancelo (14), Livramento (13), Rudiger/Chilwell/James (5)
Salah (15), Raphinha (11), Foden (10), Mbuemo (9), Brownhill (7)
Antonio (13), Toney (11), Kane (7)

Kane is the big-name arrival in the template this week, displacing Vardy. Yavuz’s purchase of Alexander-Arnold finally means he is at 100% ownership but perhaps the biggest surprise is that James and Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) don’t have bigger ownership.

DOUBLE DIGITS

One of the best ways to catapult yourself up the ranks is through explosive returns and the following chart shows how many double-digit hauls that The Great and The Good have secured this season:

Unsurprisingly, Az and Tom lead this metric, which is one of the factors towards their places in the top 20k. Perhaps alarmingly for everyone else, it could have been three more for Az as he has benched Ben Foster (£4.1m), Aaron Ramsdale (£4.8m) and Emile Smith-Rowe (£5.9m) over the last few weeks.

Looking at the players behind these returns, no shock to see Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) at the top but the fact that Alexander-Arnold, Cancelo and James are next in the list highlights that it is finally the time to go big at the back and maybe even consider putting the armband on one of them?

CONCLUSION

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A strong template is forming with four-at-the-back seemingly the optimal strategy, complemented by a perma Mo captaincy with the real ground made up by your choice of mid-price striker and midfielder. As always, it’s best to look ahead though, as the fixtures turn towards Manchester over the next few weeks, so many of us will be keeping a close eye on the Old Trafford soap opera to see if they can get their act together and appoint someone to give them a bounce into a green set of fixtures.

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

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140 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Milkman Bruno
      8 days, 16 hours ago

      Yessssssss

      1. Milkman Bruno
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          Get the f in Sancho! You have lift off!

      2. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 days, 16 hours ago

        Sancho goal

      3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        8 days, 16 hours ago

        OMG sancho

      4. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 16 hours ago

        He's deserved that the last few games.

      5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        8 days, 16 hours ago

        Bruno assist

      6. G B
        • 10 Years
        8 days, 16 hours ago

        Fantastic 😀

        Sancho has arrived!

      7. Milkman Bruno
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          Fernandes didn’t even celebrate when it went in

        • Bartowski
          • 11 Years
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          BREAKING: Man United have offered Michael Carrick a five year contract as Manager.

          1. Nomar
            • 12 Years
            8 days, 16 hours ago

            Wouldn’t surprise anyone either if they really did.

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          Anyone else benching both Chelsea defenders this GW?

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

            God no.

        • Malcolm Tucker for England …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          Woodward about to offer Carrick a 5 year deal...

          1. Nomar
            • 12 Years
            8 days, 16 hours ago

            Only 5?

            He’ll have him signing an extension on Friday lunchtime.

            1. Malcolm Tucker for England …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              it's 5 now, but if one of the teams keeps a cleanie in the Thursday training 5-a-side it'll trigger a 3 yr extension clause

              1. Nomar
                • 12 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                Yes, good call.

        • tangtastic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          BREAKING NEWS:

          Carrick signs 3 year deal as Utd manager

          1. Malcolm Tucker for England …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 days, 16 hours ago

            great minds....

          2. tangtastic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            8 days, 16 hours ago

            ok slow stream

            1. Malcolm Tucker for England …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              😀

          3. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 16 hours ago

            Looks like they haven't learn anything

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          8 days, 16 hours ago

          What a pass by Bruno

        • Milkman Bruno
            8 days, 16 hours ago

            Juan Mata, what a man

          • ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 16 hours ago

            As a long-suffering ManU supporter, I enjoyed that goal, but I'm trying not to get carrick away...

            1. DavidBadWillie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              Long suffering?? We’re you not around for the glory days?

              1. ClassiX
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                I was - hence long suffering since 2013

          • DavidBadWillie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 days, 16 hours ago

            Juan mata on.

            Still on £350k a week for 5 appearances a season

            1. Nomar
              • 12 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              Cheap as chips

            2. tangtastic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              He's on less than half that

              but don't let reality get in the way of a good rant

          • Milkman Bruno
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              What a difference Fernandes made when he came in.

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                I wonder why he didn't start

                Fatigue?

                Trying something new with VdB and Martial?

                Felt like Man U came onto the pitch when Rashford and Bruno came on

            • DavidBadWillie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              8 year contact for Carrot

            • Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              Pity Ole didn't last till this game to qualify for the KOs 🙁

            • Cok3y5murf
              • 5 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              Manager bounce!

            • TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              Might play Normann & Livramento over James & Chilwell on this display.

              1. G B
                • 10 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                First 20 minutes was worrying. If they start like that against Chelsea they'll be 3-4 goals down by half time.

            • Nomar
              • 12 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              Ole looking at his tv going, “..yeah, thanks then lads. Where was that on Saturday afternoon?”

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                Yeah felt for Ole in his interview and now this...

                Roy Keane said a while ago these players threw Jose under the bus and will do the same to Ole... Poch up next?

                1. Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 16 hours ago

                  Yup. I just needed proof of this to confirm my GW16 Ronaldo rush

                  The Man U of early season came onto the pitch in the second half, restoring the faith I'd lost in the first half... Again, this does seem due to Carrick's team selection, but early days still

                  Even Pogba might probably play well again

              2. G B
                • 10 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                He'll be delighted they won. Probably shed a tear.

            • Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              Do people think benteke will go up in price tonight?

            • Nomar
              • 12 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              So, who are our FPL whipping boys now, then?

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                Still Everton

                Then Watford and Norwich, I guess

                1. Ze_Austin
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 16 hours ago

                  Newcastle! How could I forget?

                  Newcastle for FPL attacking assets (wingbacks, full backs and attackers)

            • HurriKane
              • 9 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              Just realized only Antonio (10) has been involved in more goals than Dennis (9) out of all Forwards in FPL

              4 goal 5 assists for 5.3m is remarkable value.

              Watford fixtures till new year is decent as well (gw16 to 21)

              bre bur CRY wol WHU TOT

              He is a great bench fodder for Christmas period right?

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                I prefer the 4.4 mids and Johnson

                Funds are about to be tight af

                1. Eat my goal!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 16 hours ago

                  Johnson nailed?

              2. lilmessipran
                • 9 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                Think I prefer King over him under Ranieri, but will definitely monitor and get one for Jimi around that time

              3. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                Might be off to AFCON after CRY.

              4. Finding Timo
                • 1 Year
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                Dennis great to help fund getting players like ronaldo

            • Rocket Raccoon
              • 11 Years
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              People thinking about benching Chelsea defenders cos Man Utd won? Ha ha ha ha ha how utterly silly.

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 4 Years
                8 days, 16 hours ago

                WUM's

            • RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 days, 16 hours ago

              Zapata!!!

              wahoo