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Learning from ‘The Great and The Good’ FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 35

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.


“I’m blue

Da ba dee da ba di”

In a season where there have so many pivotal 50/50 calls, this time it was your choice of Reece James (£6.4m) versus Marcus Alonso (£5.6m) which determined whether you were left feeling blue.

Prior to the Gameweek, everyone was actually piling in on the blues. Chelsea and Manchester City’s favourable fixtures caused some to Free Hit, while there was a cacophony of Wildcards as the late rank charges began.

Yet pretty much everyone forgot about Gabriel Jesus (£8.5m), who provided divine returns for those who did in fact take a leap of faith on the City striker.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE

Neale Rigg was talk of the toon with an impressive 83 fuelled by a Wildcard which contained Alonso and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.9m) and, crucially, it also saw him keep faith in Bukayo Saka (£6.8m).

FPL Matthew was not too far behind with his overhaul giving him 81 points, even though he captained Reece James. Both managers had gone with a five-man defence and the final few weeks may yet prove the saying that the best form of attack is defence.

The Free Hitting double act of Az and Mark had less success. Mr Sutherns must have walked under ladder and kicked a few black cats as his bad luck continued with his decision to move out Saka, Nick Pope (£5.4m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.3m) proving costly, although his chip play did at least gain him a green arrow.

Az was the least fortunate and his red arrow gives an opening to Fabio Borges, who is now nine points behind. It could yet come down to the battle of the Bench Boost as both have this one chip remaining. Could Hee-Chan Hwang (£5.4m) be an unlikely hero for Az? Probably not.

As for the captains this week, it was an open field with a wide variety of picks. We even saw a lesser spotted Timo Werner (£8.7m) armband from Joe but the best of the bunch was Geoff Dance, who saw something twinkle in the eye of Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.2m).

WILDCARDS

The late Wildcard wagons pulled into FPL town with five of them making their move:

Magnus Carlsen

The Grandmaster caused a stir with his decision to say no to Mo and keep faith with Bruno Fernandes. He also waved goodbye to his Spurs and, to add to the controversy, went without any City players.

  • IN – Schmeichel, Mykolenko, Cash, Alonso, Fernandes, Jota, Coutinho, Havertz, Mount, Pukki, Iheanacho, Nketiah
  • OUT – Ramsdale, Coady, Doherty, Livramento, Saka, Martinelli, Cornet, Barnes, Son, Kane, Antonio, Calvert-Lewin
FPL Matthew

Hold the line! Matthew has gone big, big and bigger at the back with five premium defenders. It’s cheap and cheerful up front and good to see he has joined the Teemu Pukki (£6.0m) party. The lack of much Aston Villa, Everton and Leicester coverage suggests he is planning his Free Hit for Gameweek 37.

  • IN – Schmeichel, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Alonso, James, Mount, Kulusevski, Foden, Pukki, Nketiah, Dennis
  • OUT – De Gea, Saiss, Tarkowski, Livramento, White, Gilmour, Raphinha, Fernandes, Kane, Antonio, Weghorst
Neale Rigg

A cracking start for the Scout chief with his Wildcard. Surprisingly, he is the only one to go with Kevin De Bruyne (KDB), and he clearly likes his players with three-letter acronyms as he also brought in Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (£4.4m, KDH).

Joel Matip (£5.1m) is a canny pick who won’t get the headlines but has amassed a very impressive 41 points over the last six weeks.

  • IN – Schmeichel, Foster, Laporte, Matip, Cancelo, Alonso, De Bruyne, Salah, Mount, Dewsbury-Hall, Pukki, Mateta, Nketiah
  • OUT – Sanchez, Ramsdale, Doherty, Digne, White, Schar, MacAllister, Son, Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall, Ronaldo, Kane, Weghorst
Tom Freeman

Maybe variance is a thing, as Tom suffered more bad luck: his Raheem Sterling (£10.5m) pick looked good on paper but bad on the pitch and it was made worse by his decision to kick out James Ward-Prowse (£6.4m) as part of the reshuffle.

I still fancy a late surge from the king of the differentials as a midfield of Mason Mount (£7.7m), Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) and Kai Havertz (£7.9m) will have better days.

  • IN – Schmeichel, Foster, Emerson Royal, Laporte, Cancelo, James, Havertz, Mount, Sterling, Dewsbury-Hall, Salah, Nketiah, Pukki, Rodriguez
  • OUT – Sanchez, Ramsdale, Doherty, Kilman, Rudiger, Regulion, Sancho, Fernandes, Ward-Prowse, Martinelli, Luiz, Kane, Weghorst, Broja
Zophar

Zophar decided to avoid some of the potential Pep roulette by going with Ederson (£6.1m), as the most secure of the City defensive starters.

His decision to bring in Son Heung-min (£11.0m) while others decided to sell catches the attention, and his call to Bench Boost last week means he could spend little on the benchwarmers of Martin Kelly (£3.8m) and Sam Greenwood (£4.6m) and focus his investment on the first XI.

  • IN – Ederson, Steele, Robertson, Kelly, Son, Mount, Havertz, Pukki, Greenwood, Nketiah
  • OUT – De Gea, Ramsdale, Burn, Schar, Kulusevski, Martinelli, Sancho, Kane, Broja, Weghorst

TRANSFERS

This is a summary of the transfers for this week:

  • Az – Free Hit
  • LTFPL Andy – Havertz, Alonso (Fernandes, Tierney)
  • Fabio Borges – Alonso, Pukki (Coady, Lacazette)
  • Joe Lepper – Werner (Adams)
  • Geoff Dance – Pukki (Broja)
  • FPL General – Mount (Coutinho)
  • Les Caldwell – James, Salah (Schar, Fernandes)
  • Magnus Carlsen – Wildcard
  • Mark Sutherns – Free Hit
  • FPL Matthew – Wildcard
  • Neale Rigg – Wildcard
  • Tom Freeman – Wildcard
  • Tom Stephenson – Dobbin, Mount, Robertson (Wood, Raphinha, Rudiger)
  • Yavuz Kabuk – Alonso, Pukki, Havertz, Cancelo (Doherty, Lacazette, Raphinha, Rudiger)
  • Zophar – Wildcard

While the chips were flying, the remaining members of The Great and The Good had to be aggressive to keep up, leading to hits aplenty – which sounds like a really bad Bond villain.

Yavuz went on the attack with a minus twelve and at least Alonso and Havertz gave him immediate returns as he pushes for the boom or bust of a 10,000 finish; a rumour passed me that he would quit if he doesn’t achieve this goal.

Tom Stephenson was uncharacteristically offensive but again his minus eight was rewarded by Andy Robertson’s double-digit returns – great Scot!

TEMPLATE

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

  • Foster (7), Schmeichel (6)
  • Alexander-Arnold (14), Cancelo (12), James (9), Alonso (7), Robertson (7)
  • Salah (13), Saka (10), Mount (9), Havertz (7), Kulusevski (7)
  • Pukki (8), Nketiah (7), Kane (4)

As you expect, with the quintet of Wildcards the template is shaken to its core with changes across all positions as Kasper Schmeichel, Alonso, Mason Mount, Havertz, Pukki and Edward Nketiah (£5.5m) all come into the squad.

Harry Kane’s (£12.5m) appeal appears to be on the wane across this group of managers and this may yet have an impact on the final standings, as he could yet spark against a European fatigued Leicester for those willing to captain.

SEASON STATS

It’s worth having a quick glance at the season stats, with Yavuz leading the way in hits, Zophar still cash-rich and the captaincy calls proving decisive as Az and Fabio battle it out at the top on 676 points.

CONCLUSION

As mentioned right at the start, the swings caused by some crucial 50/50 calls have been crucial this season: we’ve had Havertz vs Salah, Antonio vs Bowen and even Bruno vs Ronaldo.

This weekend gives us another opportunity to spin the wheel with the captaincy call wide open, so while many have already started to count their predicted points for Gameweek 36, I would suggest spending a little more time on the armband choice for this weekend to make sure you are swinging whilst you’re winning.

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


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337 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Klatrewill
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Hi!

    Is this team ready to go? Have one free transfer. Planning BB in 36. What would you change in starting line up (subs and transfers). Thanks for replies.

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Matip, Alonso, James, Cancelo
    Saka, KDB, Salah, Mount
    Mateta

    Schmeichel, Pukki, Nketiah, Maddison

    Thanks!

    1. SonnyPikey
        2 months, 6 days ago

        play nketiah over mateta

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Yeah, i think so too.

          1. Klatrewill
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Thanks. Subbed on.
            Thinking og putting the armbad on KDB. He will surely start? =)

            1. Park_The_Bus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              I have the armband on KDB as well, but I'll be a nervous wreck until the team comes out. Maybe that means we should captain someone else?!

    2. Begbie.
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      For BB36:

      A) Davies, Ramsey, Kane
      B) Tavares/Cedric, Son, Watkins

    3. SonnyPikey
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Kane 16 G 3 A in 13 games v Leicester

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Essential.

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Shhh...

        3. Yank Revolution
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Stunned why more dont own.

      • Miro
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Barnes should start over the weekend after being benched midweek right ?

        1. SonnyPikey
            2 months, 6 days ago

            yeah

          • AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Yeah, but in a second string Leicester City team.

        2. gellinmagellan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Reposting

          Pope Dub
          TAA James Alonso Schar Cash
          Salah Saka Kulu Havertz Ramsey
          Kane Pukki Broja

          What should I do this week? BB 36. 1 FT 0.2 ITB

          A) Save FT
          B) Kai > Coutinho
          C) Kai > Foden
          Anything else?

          1. Finding Timo
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 6 days ago

            I have similar issue with kai but keeping and then bb next week

        3. ShaunGoater123
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Mateta likely to start?

          1. Sterling Malory
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Hope so

        4. Life_Ban
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Omg this is driving me insane.

          Who recently sang the rap version of J Lo - On The Floor ?!?!?!

          Please help, as heard it recently on radio

          1. Monty the Magpie
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Me.

          2. Danno - Emre Canada
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Pitbull, maybe....

            1. Life_Ban
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Thing is it is really recent cover...they sound like young lads...maybe 2 or 3 of them...

          3. User Unknown
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Pitbull?

            1. Life_Ban
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Pitbull has that gravelly player sounding voice. These young rap kids sound like delinquents but they managed to hook me in...very delinquent to Pitbull

          4. NorCal Villan
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Clem Fandango

            • NorCal Villan
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Google is your friend

                https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sDmOrE045EY

                😎

            • cescpistols111
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Best moves to make? 1FT, 0.1 ITB. BB36, FH37.

              A. Sancho -> Foden
              B. Sancho -> Coutinho
              C. Sancho + Broja -> BSilva + Watkins (-4)
              D. Any other moves?

              Ramsdale Dubravka
              Robertson Cancelo Rudiger Fofana Johnson
              Salah Mount Maddison Sancho Gordon
              Kane Broja Mateta

              1. Legohair
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                A

            • Legohair
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Saint-Maximin&Tarkowski to Greenwood&Robertson worth to take hit?or just do it free next GW?

            • Sterling Malory
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Worth taking a hit to downgrade Broja and bring in Coutinho for Kulu? FH36

              Pope
              TAA Robbo Cancelo James
              Salah Saka Mount Coutinho
              Kane Mateta
              Foster Gordon Schar 4.5m

            • artvandelay316
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Worth doing Havertz or Mount to Coutinho for -4?
              Will be using FH DGW26 so I would pay myself back hit-wise when he has a DGW27 and it makes the most of Norwich fixture as well.

            • tinear
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Maddison KdB (-4) or Coutinho Kane?

              1. artvandelay316
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 6 days ago

                I would do the hit next week instead

                1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Cout Kane

            • BlzE_94
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Is there a reason why not many people are transferring in Gabriel Jesus?

              1. Monty the Magpie
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Season form, Pep roulette, previous experience...

              2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Waiting for him to join Arsenal

              3. SonnyPikey
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  cos he got 4 goals last week and they think he'll repeat it

              4. Henning
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Need some advice on this.

                1. Freehit gw 36 or 37
                2. White out for Cash and play him over Broja
                3. Maddison out for Coutinho/Ramsey
                4. Save ft

                Have 1ft 0.7m itb and 1 fh
                Pope
                TAA Alonso Laporte
                Salah Saka Kulusevski Mount
                Kane Weghorst Broja

                Dubravka White Schär Maddison

              5. Zim0
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                When are scout picks expected?

                1. SonnyPikey
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    later

                    1. Zim0
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      I had no idea. Thankyou

                2. Ziyech on the Bench
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Kulusevski to

                  A) Gundogan
                  B) Zaha
                  C) Save FT

                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    C

                  2. Il Capitano
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    C

                3. ViperStripes
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Play 1 Bench 2
                  DCL no form & vs Chelsea
                  Toney on penalties & vs Man U
                  Schar vs Pool

                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Toney for sure

                  2. Il Capitano
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Toney

                4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Play 2:

                  A) Gordon
                  B) Davies
                  C) Ramsey
                  D) White

                5. Return of the FF
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Bench two please:

                  A. Ben Davies
                  B. Ramsey
                  C. Werner
                  D. Weghorst
                  E. Mateta

                6. WATERMELONS
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Hey guys

                  Have FH and BB left. I have been busy last few days and not had time to digest all the fpl content I normally do.

                  I am looking for reasons not to play BB36, FH37/38.

                  My team is below. Anyone see an alternative strategy here?

                  Ramsdale Schmeichal
                  TAA Laporte Cancelo White Schar
                  Salah Mount Saka Maddison Ramsey
                  Kane Mateta Broja

                  1. Cheeky Onion
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Certainly play BB36 - Not sure about FH. Take a look at your team after 36 and asses how many DGWers you have for 37 and how the fixtures for both weeks look for your squad

                7. bros
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Havertz to Couthino or Foden please?

                  1. Louis99
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Depends on chips, but Foden if you have none left

                    1. bros
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Thanks, still have 2FH to be used 36 and 37

                      1. Louis99
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Can't use them in consecutive weeks!

                        1. bros
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Really, jeez oh didn’t realise that!
                          Thanks for info…….back to the drawing board!

                8. FredUpAlready
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Havertz and Sterling to Foden/Coutinho and Son for a -4?

                  1. Louis99
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Looks good

                9. Louis99
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  What do we think of Raph + Toney > Zaha + Weg for 2FT ?

                  FH36 so only planning for 35, 37, 38.

                10. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  That moment of horror where you realise the time on a Friday and hope and pray you haven’t missed the deadline!

                11. Life_Ban
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  I found the J LO - On The Floor song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                  A1 x J1 & Tion Wayne

                12. dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Best option between

                  A Coutinho Kane or
                  B KDB Watkins

                13. Aeu96197
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  How do you see how many points you’ve got from your captain over the season?

                14. Cheeky Onion
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  What do you like better for GW37 WC:

                  A) Kane & Kulu

                  B) Richarlson & Son

                  1. User Unknown
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Surely too early to be worrying about it? Or do you mean wildcard now and they'll be your players for 37?

                15. User Unknown
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Has there ever been an occasion in FPL when you've not been 0.1m short of your desired wildcard team? It's never 3m short, or anything else blatantly unobtainable.

                  1. Feanor
                    • 13 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    I was about 0.3m short of getting Alonso last week so I got Matip instead.

                  2. Yank Revolution
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    Usually I take it as a sign if Im 0.1 short that I need to do more tinkering.

                16. artvandelay316
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Is it worth doing Havertz or Mount to Coutinho for -4?

                  Will be using FH DGW26 so I would pay myself back hit-wise when he has a DGW27 and it makes the most of Norwich fixture as well.

                  Cheers.