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Learning from ‘The Great and The Good’ FPL managers ahead of Gameweek 38

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.


“There’s some people on the pitch… they think it’s all over….”

It’s not quite over yet but there were certainly plenty of crowds on the pitch in midweek. Nottingham Forest celebrated reaching the play-off finals, inspiring Mark Sutherns to take his first-ever selfie with Djed Spence, while we also saw relief from Everton fans as they ensured survival for another season.

There was a general feeling of fatigue amongst the FPL faithful with many preparing their beach clothes for the upcoming break, which was no doubt accelerated by some phenomenal swings of fortunes over the last two Gameweeks.

Free Hits and Bench Boosts were flaunted across the community, and indeed The Great and The Good, with high expectations of green arrows for those chips, yet it was the 50/50 captaincy calls between Kevin De Bruyne (£12.1m) and Mohamed Salah (£13.1m) in Gameweek 36 and Danny Ings (£7.7m) and Richarlison (£7.6m) in Gameweek 37 which truly decided many of our fates.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE

Fabio, star turn in my recent Q&A (please do give it a read as he really is a lovely chap), showed his class by leaping past Az with an 81-point gain over Gameweeks 36 and 37 to take top spot.

Yet, he was not the highest scoring manager over the two weeks: that honour goes to Magnus Carlsen with a combined score of 250 points, all without an aid of a chip. His hot streak of captaincy picks continued, and he now has an impressive 752 armband points for the season.

It’s worth mentioning that Tom Freeman was only a point behind, thanks to a storming Gameweek 36 score of 177, more than halving his overall rank and gaining 153,000 places in that time. He looks determined to avoid being bottom of The Great and The Good.

The chips were flying with Andy top scoring this week, Free Hitting his way to 115, with James Maddison (£6.9m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.3m) both proving cunning picks. Geoff Dance also had a blinder in Gameweek 36 with his chip seeing him reach 149 points.

Bench Boosts were deployed in force in Gameweek 36 as seven of them decided to play the pine. For most it was successful but FPL Matthew and Magnus had the best returns as they gained 46 points off the substitute’s bench.

TRANSFERS

This is a summary of the transfers for this week:

Az
  • GW36 – Richalison, Gordon (Adams, Barnes)
  • GW37 – Maddison, Ings, Son, Pickford (Kulusevski, Hwang, Salah, Ramsdale)
LTFPL Andy
  • GW36 – Ederson, Nketiah (Sa, Wood)
  • GW37 – Free Hit
Fabio Borges
  • GW36 – Laporte, Nketiah (Broja, White)
  • GW37 – Free Hit
Joe Lepper
  • GW36 – Nketiah, Cancelo (Werner, White)
  • GW37 – De Bruyne, Richarlison (Salah, Watkins)
Geoff Dance
  • GW36 – Free Hit
  • GW37 – Vardy, De Bruyne (Ronaldo, Fernandes)
FPL General
  • GW36 – Gordon, Alonso (Schar, Ward-Prowse)
  • GW37 – Free Hit
Les Caldwell
  • GW36 – Mykolenko (Lamptey)
  • GW37 – Son, Vardy (Salah, Kane)
Magnus Carlsen
  • GW36 – Richalison, Maddison, De Bruyne (Pukki, Fernandes, Jota)
  • GW37 – Son, Holgate (Havertz, Robertson)
Mark Sutherns
  • GW36 – Richalison, Gordon, Dias , Pickford (Broja, Robertson, Foster, Podence)
  • GW37 – Zaha, Digne (Kulusevski, Dias)
FPL Matthew
  • GW36 – Richalison, Dias (Dennis, Robertson)
  • GW37 – Free Hit
Neale Rigg
  • GW36 – Pedro, Dias (Laporte, Mateta)
  • GW37 – Free Hit
Tom Freeman
  • GW36 – Rodrigo, Odegaard, De Bruyne (Rodriguez, Sterling, Havertz)
  • GW37 – Free Hit
Tom Stephenson
  • GW36 – Nketiah, Odegaard, Ederson (Weghorst, Kulusevski, Sa)
  • GW37 – Free Hit
Yavuz Kabuk
  • GW36 – Richalison, Jesus, Dias, Diaz (Broja, Podence, Robertson, Foster)
  • GW37 – Free Hit
Zophar
  • GW36 – Foden (Coutinho)
  • GW37 – Free Hit

The BlackBoxers were feeling cavalier over the last couple of weeks. Az took a -12 hit this week, which was saved by Maddison going mad for it, and Mark took the same triple hit gamble in Gameweek 36 but sadly the Everton trio failed to spark and his choice of Ruben Dias (£6.2m), who went off injured, highlights his rotten luck this season.

Fabio was the most effective in the transfer market with Eddie Nketiah (£5.7m) and Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) providing exceptional value in Gameweek 36, Joe got it right over both weeks with Nketiah and Richarlison proving deadly, and Les Caldwell continues to highlight a good eye for the transfer with Vitalii Mykolenko (£4.9m) last week followed by Vardy this one.

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:

  • Pickford (11), Schmeichel (6)
  • Mykolenko (11), Cash (10), Digne (9), Andersen (7), Tsimikas (6)
  • Son (15), De Bruyne (10), Zaha (10), Maddison (9), Coutinho (5)
  • Richarlison (13), Kane (9), Ings (8)

A Free Hit-impacted template this week with possibly more Villa defenders than you would expect to see, with only Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m), Son Heung-min (£11.2m) and Harry Kane (£12.5m) surviving from the last time we looked at the squad back in Gameweek 35.

WHAT IF?

Some brutal red arrows over the last couple of weeks have left many to question, “what if?” So I thought it worthwhile to bring out the What If Machine, something that shows your score if you had made no changes over the whole season and just left well alone.

Whichever way you cut it, Fabio has demonstrated that whilst there may be some luck involved, FPL is still a game of skill as through his transfers and captains he has gained 695 points, the highest of all The Great and The Good.

Zophar, Magnus and Tom Stephenson have also showed their ability to improve their team and Az has only just pipped Mark again on this metric.

CONCLUSION

The final curtain is ready to close, but there is still one last hurrah as we prepare ourselves for the final week of the season. Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Spurs all have some lovely fixtures to finish the campaign, while the word ‘motivation’ will be bandied around a lot in the run-up. Perhaps we should all just go with our gut as we are deep into stoppage time, and we might just yet score that late winner.

Anyway, that’s all from me for 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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541 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ronnies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Best option;

    A) Play Richarlison
    B) Sell to Toney (-4)

    Cheers.

    1. Mozumbus
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Toney to score 4 plus what Richarlison scores to breakeven, right?

      • THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        A

    2. Mozumbus
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Who will score more, different formations:
        A. Kane + Bruno Guimarães + Sessegnon
        B. Mount + Rudiger + Zinchenko

        1. Emah3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          A

          1. Mozumbus
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Thanks

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            A

            1. Mozumbus
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Thanks

          3. Bob.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Any Burnley fans on here? Reckon Weg will start up top?

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

            Is this worth a -8?

            Salah, Dennis, Dias -> Vardy, Mount, Robertson.

            Team would then be....

            Pope
            TAA Rudiger Alonso Robertson
            Son Mount Saka Kulu
            Vardy Toney

            Foster Mahrez, Nketiah Ait-Nouri

            1. George James
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              No way. Just start mahrez and Nketiah

          5. George James
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            James and Alonso are tough to own this week IMO.

            Think you have to start but very much feel it’s 2 X 1 pointers waiting to happen

            Would you?

            A) Start both and pray

            B) start one bench one fir Ben Davies

            C) Sell one to Robertson for -4

            1. The Mighty Hippo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              B

            2. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              B

            3. Mozumbus
                1 month, 16 days ago

                A

              • Finding Timo
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                B

              • Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                A

              • lifes a pitch
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                C alonso

            4. Sterling Malory
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Salah + Coutinho out for who?

              Son + 8.8m?

              1) Foden/Mahrez
              2) Havertz
              3) Diaz

              Pope
              TAA Robbo Cancelo James
              Son Mount Saka ****
              Kane Mateta

              1. Emah3
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Diaz, others are riskier to play I think

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

              Cash + Coutinho out, leaves 13.3 itb for me.. best replacement suggestions? SO many good options!

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

                Mount and Matic

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

              Will Salah play?

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

                Went round, his mum said no.

              2. Finding Timo
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Reckon be on bench and come on last 30mins

              3. Bushwhacker
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                If there's any risk at all no.

            7. The Polymath
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Drop who?

              A1) Kane
              A2)Salah

              Bring in

              B1) Maddison
              B2) Vardy

              1. Bushwhacker
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                A2 means it has to be B1 . . or Diaz.

              2. noissimbus
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Salah, apparently his mum said he couldn't play. Bring in Maddi.

                • The Knights Template
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  A2b1

              3. chilli con kone
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                How many points do you think KDB gets on Sunday?

                A. Blank
                B. 5-10
                C. 10+

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

                  B

                2. Mozumbus
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    B is expected. C is possible more than A.

                3. tomasjj
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  What do we expect from Arsenal and their assets this game?

                  Here is what I think:
                  A score draw, like 2-2 or even a third goal to someone.
                  Arsenal need a win, Everton can play without pressure.

                  Not sure what to expect from Saka, Nkietah and the rest. Ramsdale is dodgy as f though.

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

                    Expecting a big win

                  2. noissimbus
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      1-1 or 2-1. No CS here.

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

                        Yeah, no clean sheet.

                  3. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Foden YPOTY again. Who votes on these things?!

                    1. Bushwhacker
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Foden's Mom and Dad. And Liam Gallagher.

                    2. noissimbus
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Who'd deserved it more? TAA..?

                      • tomasjj
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Gallagher? Although he faded after a top first half.

                        Saka, coming off age and showing up well in a young Arsenal team.

                        Guehi/Mitchell for Palace.

                        White

                        Ramsey

                        Plenty of options.

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

                      Is this move worth -4 for team below
                      KDB Ings to Mount Vardy

                      A Yes
                      B No

                      Schmeichel
                      James Cancelo Robertson
                      Son (c) Mount L Dias Zaha
                      Vardy Toney Nketiah

                      Ramsdale Mykolenko Gordon Cash

                      1. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        A

                      2. Mozumbus
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          B

                      3. JP\'s
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        A or B for GW38?

                        A) Mount
                        B) Diaz

                        1. Bob.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 12 Years
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          A

                      4. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Guys, I see a lot of chat, especially on twitter that Chelsea are resting lots of players due to a comment by the manager. but I can not find anything to back this up ?? Can anyone confirm the source. ? I have read all of Ben Dinnerys tweets and there is zero mention that Tuchal said he will rest his players. I see that Alonso talks about the amount of games but nothing about rotation.

                        1. Bushwhacker
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Doesn't seem to make a lot of sense ; they've nothing but holiday coming what would they rest them for? I can imagine those departing the club may not make the starting XI.

                          1. Holmes
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            Everyone is expecting them to get a game and they are considered as nailed 😀

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

                            I was thinking the opposite and that they would rest a lot to try and blood some youngsters.

                          3. No Kane No Gain
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 16 days ago

                            To give the youngsters and imagers who haven’t played much a game against weak opposition

                        2. Finding Timo
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          Guess it’s because they played ET at weekend then 90 mins on Thursday

                      5. Mozumbus
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          A. Rudiger with a starting bench
                          B. Cancelo with almost no bench

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

                            A

                            1. Mozumbus
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                Thanks

                            2. lifes a pitch
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 16 days ago

                              B

                              1. Mozumbus
                                  1 month, 16 days ago

                                  Thanks

                              2. No Kane No Gain
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 16 days ago

                                A. You need a bench this week. Most definitely 1 nailed starter to come in if needed

                                1. Mozumbus
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    Thanks
                                    Here's the bench, in both situations:

                                    A. Rudiger with bench Gunn+Tsmiskas+Gelhardt+Amartey

                                    B. Cancelo with bench Stele+Tsmiskas+Richardson+Kelly

                                    1. No Kane No Gain
                                      • 3 Years
                                      1 month, 16 days ago

                                      A with gelhardt first sub

                                      1. Mozumbus
                                          1 month, 16 days ago

                                          Thanks

                                  • PartyTime
                                    • 1 Year
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    A. I would even go as far as benching cancelo. He isn’t needed this gw imo

                                    1. Mozumbus
                                        1 month, 16 days ago

                                        Oh, thanks for the insight.
                                        What's the reason Cancelo will be benched for the title match?

                                        1. PartyTime
                                          • 1 Year
                                          1 month, 16 days ago

                                          Team related but now considering not benching

                                  • Gizzachance
                                    • 7 Years
                                    1 month, 16 days ago

                                    Thoughts appreciated
                                    A salah to mane for free
                                    B Salah an Watkins to
                                    Diaz an Kane -4 ?
                                    Cheers

                                    1. Mozumbus
                                        1 month, 16 days ago

                                        A

                                      • lifes a pitch
                                        • 8 Years
                                        1 month, 16 days ago

                                        B

                                    2. Gizzachance
                                      • 7 Years
                                      1 month, 16 days ago

                                      Cheers

                                    3. Mozumbus
                                        1 month, 16 days ago

                                        A. Rudiger with bench Gunn+Tsmiskas+Gelhardt+Amartey
                                        B. Cancelo with bench Stele+Tsmiskas+Richardson+Kelly

                                        Reposting with more information. Thanks.

                                      • PartyTime
                                        • 1 Year
                                        1 month, 16 days ago

                                        Remember when Bruno, Antonio & of course Shaw were essential lol

                                        1. Mozumbus
                                            1 month, 16 days ago

                                            Yes lol

                                          • No Kane No Gain
                                            • 3 Years
                                            1 month, 16 days ago

                                            Benrhama too lol

                                        2. Beerman_68
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            How should I protect 1st in mini league holding a 40 pt advantage?

                                            The teams come down to my Kane, Richarlison, Saka, Mount, Gordon, Laporte, Sa
                                            vs. her Wout, Ings, Maddison, De Bruyn, Odegaard and Matip, Schmeichel
                                            she has 1 free transfer, I've used mine to match Son.

                                            I can move to Maddison from Saka with a -4;
                                            Should I?

                                          • Sprinterdude
                                            • 1 Year
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            In a bit of a state for the last game Kane Watkins Richarlison
                                            Bundeia Gordon Jota Kulu Son
                                            Robertson James Cancello Cash holgate

                                            Very close to winning my mini league for first time my best moves here appreciated

                                          • Twigs
                                            • 3 Years
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            Salah + Broja to Kane + Diaz for -4

                                            Or

                                            Salah to KDB?

                                            1. Rankbajin
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              1 month, 15 days ago

                                              Kane was a worry for illness . i'd go with KDB.
                                              Upgrade Bruja to Nketiah if you have the cash?

                                          • Rankbajin
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            1 month, 15 days ago

                                            Captain choice between Son and KDB ?
                                            Leaning Son because KDB might no start (Pepe Roulette)

                                            Any strong opionions otherwise?