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Meet the Manager – Great and the Good league founder Greyhead

Joe (@FFScout_Joe) chats to Greyhead(@Greyhead19) to find out what he has learned from tracking the best managers in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) in his Great and the Good league.

Each week, Fantasy Football Scout regulars can learn the tactics, player selections and captaincy choices of the best managers in FPL thanks to Andy, aka Greyhead, and his Great and the Good article.

He created this league four years ago to track the strategies used by those with regular high finishes.

This research has already paid off, helping him to a top 100 finish in 2018/19 to add to another previous top 10k campaign. This time around he is once again doing well, currently at 8,370th in the rankings.

He chats to Joe about some of the characters in the league and how he has been learning from their weekly moves over the years.

Have Magnus Carlsen’s maverick tendencies influenced him? Or is he swayed by dullard planners?

Greyhead takes us through the Great and the Good’s latest template and he reveals the best strategies for success that he has adopted.

As a snapshot of his thinking, he discusses his own Gameweek 13 plans, transfer issues and captaincy selection. In addition, Joe and Greyhead look ahead to 2021’s remaining fixtures and some of the latest expected statistics kings to consider before the year-end.

Joe, who is a regular in the league, also questions why Greyhead himself is not included, given his own strong track record.

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328 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    So Chilwell >> Alonso? 0.2 short for James.

    Or take a hit and get James?

    Sanchez
    TAA. Cancelo. Chilwell
    Salah(C). Jota. Raph. Gallagher
    Kane. Antonio. Toney
    (Foster. White. Livra. Gilmour)

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Same dilemma. Thinking Kane > Vardy to fund the move. It’s either that or get in Alonso instead of James.

    2. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      James should be the priority imo , why not for free next week?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Could do

    3. Shardlow
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Might be wrong but not keen on Alonso

  2. TheTinman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    HMC, Natedog, thanks a lot for your comments this morning. Very useful information.

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      No worries

  3. Louis99
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Thoughts on these 2FTs?

    B) Chilwell + Toney > James + Benteke

    When Watford's fixtures turn I plan to do Hwang > Dennis, which is why Benteke seems like a good differential for now.

    The alternative is Chilwell > Alonso and save FT

  4. hemalm
      1 month, 22 days ago

      How does this WC look?

      Ederson (Foster)
      James Alonso TAA Cancelo (Lamptey)
      Salah Jota Gundo Gallagh (Gilmour)
      Kane Benteke (Davis)

      1. TopBinFc
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Not sure about Gundo, not getting many returns lately.

      2. balint84
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        A) Benteke + Jota
        B) Antonio + Mbeumo

        Which pair is better for the next and after?

        1. hemalm
            1 month, 22 days ago

            A

          • Shardlow
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            A

        2. rozzo
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Ramsdale
          TAA Cancelo Dias James Alonso
          Salah Son Gallagher
          Jesus Antonio

          Gunn Bowen Dennis Allan

          0ft
          0.3 itb

          Anything worth a hit? Got the starting 11 right?

          Cheers

          1. Kun Tozser
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Like the Jesus pick, Son one to monitor but Dias downgrade and Son > Mane could be a nice diff

            1. rozzo
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Yes that's my plan, or son to Jota and upgrade elsewhere, although losing Son when they have good fixtures might not be a good idea.

          2. Shardlow
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            No hits required.

        3. Kun Tozser
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          How’s this WC?

          Ederson Foster

          James, Rudiger, Alonso, Cancelo, TAA

          Salah Jota Bilva Bowen ESR

          Antonio Wilson King

          Happy with benching points, interchange based on form/ fixtures

          1. JBG
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Bold going with triple Che defense. But can pay off massively tbf.

            Other than that, pretty good.

            1. Kun Tozser
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I’ve been triple Chelsea defence since GW8 but with Mendy so looking to retain that but double on City due to fixtures

          2. hemalm
              1 month, 22 days ago

              On WC too, great team.

              Got similar but not brave enough for a triple Chelsea defense. I'm tempted with Bilva, but going Gundo instead.

              1. Kun Tozser
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Currently have Foden but think a downgrade is safe enough due to pace of incoming fixtures

                1. Kun Tozser
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  I.e I know they will get benched!

            • dbeck
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              can you get ESR to gallagher?

            • OneArseneWenger32
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 22 days ago

              its good considering the amt of games as well so with rotation the depth is also important for xmas

          3. tbos83
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Genius or madness to cap Kane? Am stuck around 450k, have had a nightmare week of transfers (bought Chilwell on Monday, have taken -8 to undo) so need something drastic...

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              If you got a gut feeling with Kane then go for it.

            2. Kun Tozser
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Why though? Salah can’t stop, Kane can’t get going

              1. tbos83
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Has to turn dvent6

                1. tbos83
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  Eventually (typing with cold thumbs!)

          4. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Chilwell to

            A. Alonso
            B. Dias
            C. Reguilon
            D. Get James after the weekend

            1. Kun Tozser
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              D

          5. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Have Antonio and Armstrong, looking to sell one for Benteke. Best option next 3 before WC? Striker benched this gw

            A) Antonio + Reguilon next gw
            B) Armstrong + James next gw (lose 0.4 on selling Antonio)

          6. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            https://mobile.twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/1463856680257695745

            Marcelo Bielsa: "Jamie Shackleton is available. Raphinha is available. Rodrigo is available. Luke Ayling is healthy and is likely to play for the U23s on Monday. Robin Koch and Patrick Bamford are finishing their recoveries."

            1. Skogen89
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Nice! Raphina stays in my team then

            2. Hy liverpool
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Happy 2 points for everyone

              1. JBG
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                This

          7. FantasyClub
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            No way Lukaku starts right?

            1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              usually more central

              1. FantasyClub
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Hahah no I meant starts the game

          8. DannyDrinkVodka
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            A) Chilwell >Alonso FT (bench Mbeumo)
            B) Roll transfer and start Mbeumo

            1. CAVEAT KING
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Identical situation. I am moving Chilly

            2. Hansel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              B

          9. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Has anyone thought to see the impact of transfers taken so far this season?
            I completed a little spreadsheet ignoring the the wildcard. I treated each transfer, free or otherwise to cost 4 points.
            I projected the decision over 5 gameweeks or less if the initial transfer lasted for less.
            I have made 24 transfers excluding the wildcard (costing 88 points)
            I have made ground 110 points (22 net) by GW12
            There have been some disasters there too (ESR to Havertz, Jota to Mbeumo, Rahina to Foden costing a net 55 point loss)
            I know it is a simplistic way of doing things but it helps disprove the myth that transfers are unwise.

          10. Jässi
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Already got James from Chelsea:

            A) Chilwell to Alonso -4
            B) Chilwell to Reguilon -4
            C) Chilwell to Rudiger -4
            D) Nothing, take the price drop and transfer Chilwell out next week

            1. Kun Tozser
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              D

            2. Skogen89
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              d

          11. Mahjongking
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Actuallly dont know isit just me. Somehow jus got that feeling chelsea gonna concede

            1. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Agreed

            2. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Their wing backs are still capable of hauls even if they concede.

          12. ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Is Foden out for this week ?

            1. Mahjongking
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Seems so..

              1. dbeck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                whats the latest?

              2. Gentle_Turks
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Source?

            2. Hy liverpool
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Nothing confirmed wait for pep presser

              1. ⭐ ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Thanks

          13. Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Is Foden confirmed out at the weekend,?

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              No

          14. Skogen89
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I did Chilwell > James

            But now im concidering Foden > Jota for a hitt. Yey or ney?

          15. Lignja
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            How is this transfer plan looking

            Havertz, Benrahma to Jota, Gundogan -4

            Sanchez
            Taa, James, Cancelo
            Salah, Son, Havertz, Raphina, Benrahma
            Antonio, Wilson

            Livramento, Amartey, Scarlet

            1. Skogen89
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Would have said yes if it was Jota and Bernardo

              1. Lignja
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Can be, but have some fealing gundo will score points next...

          16. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            What's everyone doing with Foden??

            1. Hy liverpool
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Out for jota or if he he is going to be fit for villa will probably keep (i have hwang on bench)

              1. BrockLanders
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Yeah, need to probably wait for presser tomorrow

            2. Camzy
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Getting rid for Foden if Pep rules him out.

              There are 3 games in a week. If he's not ready now the chance of him being involved midweek are slim as well.

              If Pep says he's fine, he'll stay.

          17. Mahjongking
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Foden to bsilva or jota?

            1. Camzy
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Jota.

            2. BrockLanders
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Jota

          18. SmasherLagru
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Does noone fancy Gundo no? Surely he'll be the false 9 if Forden out

            1. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Shhh

              1. SmasherLagru
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                My bad then

            2. Lignja
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I do

          19. Pep Roulette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Where's Mark?

            1. JBG
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Oh hi Mark!

          20. Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            I see a few arguing that those who need to take a hit to get James in might as well wait until next GW.
            But considering it seems a strong possibility he'll get rested against Watford, so if he get's attacking returns against United this GW as well, you might be looking at an additional 0.2-0.3m counting from today. So maybe better looking at the move as long term and take the hit - or just get Alonso

          21. Echoes
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Megan Fox -> Scarlett Johansson for free. Yay or nay?

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I wouldn't lose Megan Fox

              1. Echoes
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Yeah, her xHotness is worth holding tbh. Cheers.

            2. Drumandbaines123
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Megan Fox essential

              1. Echoes
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 22 days ago

                True. Though just a bit tempted by Scarlett's xbobs though. Cheers.

            3. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Do you have value tied up in Fox?

              1. Echoes
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Yeah, got her when she was an upcoming actress. Got quite a bit of a value tied up, tbh.

          22. Tor Total Football
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Good to go this week?

              Ederson

              TAA, Cancelo, James, Regulion

              Salah (c), Son, Jota, ESR

              Hwang, Toney

              Steele, Gallagher, King, Chilwell*

              2.3m ITB

              Transferred Foden to Jota this week and plan to transfer Chilwell out for Alonso next week.

            • Pep Roulette
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Is Jesus being overlooked?

              1. TyroneGAA
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Have had him a few weeks now with all his non starts and blanks be a shame to get rid now

              2. PascalCygan
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Nice option with good fixtures. I’d be tempted if I didn’t have so many fires to put out in my inferno of a squad

            • PascalCygan
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              I’ve gone from hoping to save a FT this week to looking at a -4 because 4 of my players are injured.

              Chilwell to James (free) +
              1) Foden to Jota
              2) Gray to Gallagher

              1FT 1.3ITB
              Sanchez
              TAA Cancelo Rudiger Chilwell*
              Salah Foden* Raphinha* ESR
              Kane Toney

              Steele Gray* Livramento Street

              Cheers!

              1. Fitzy.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Injured or just flagged? Some of those should play, Raphina is OK for sure.

                1. PascalCygan
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 22 days ago

                  That’s something at least. thanks. Chilwell and Gray look bad. Granted I wanted rid of Gray but playing Brentford would have helped.

            • Shardlow
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              Mbuemo to Gallagher for free?

              1. PascalCygan
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 22 days ago

                Yes