fantasy premier league GW30 tips – early thoughts on the FFGeek team |

Here’s our fantasy premier league GW30 tips article where we outline our early thoughts on the FFGeek team for GW30.  We review GW29 and talk about potential transfers, captains and lineups for GW30

fantasy premier league GW30 tips – early thoughts on the FFGeek team

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Firstly if you’re new to the site my last 4 seasons overall ranks are 17k, 36k, 17k and 21k.

GW29 review

GW29 points 51 (FPL average 25) Total points 1,896, Overall Rank: 36k, green arrow 3k.  Team Value: £104.1m

I’ve used my Free Hit Chip and the Bench Boost Chip

Here’s the points:

So a 3k green arrow to 36k overall rank. I said in my GW29 team selection article that I would take a neutral overall rank position for GW29 and GW30 for when I’m likely to wildcard in GW31.  This gameweek took the first step to meeting that objective.  The gameweek involved quite variable scores with the FFGeek Contributor scores varying from 37 to 76.  The key players that helped to seperate the lower scores from the higher ones seem to be Trossard, Lingard and Antonio.  Despite having neither my decision to get Veltman purely to save cash over Dunk got me 4 extra undeserved points which were the points that tipped me over to a green arrow.

My other transfer of Bale never got off the bench which was disappointing.

It was one of those captain neutral games where Kane was the overwhelming favourite.  I prefer these gameweeks as it takes a decent amount of randomness risk out of the gameweek.

Team structure

Regular readers will know that I categorise players as either Template, Template replacement, difference makers or bench players.

Template is defined by being owned by 7 of the 10 top FPL managers I follow.  I generally have them in my team irrespective of my thoughts about them as it protects my rank downsize.  The rest of the categories are, hopefully, self explanatory

Here’s my team structure using those categories:

Fantasy Premier League GW30 Tips

So the gameweek changed the landscape a little in that Salah dropped out of the template.  My intention as I write this at the moment is to bring in Fernandes this week (I jsut don’t know how?) so that will neutralise that risk.  Watkins plays Fulham v Calvert Lewin against Palace so I’m happy with that risk for the moment

Transfer thoughts 

1 free transfer and £5.9m in the bank.

It’s worth noting that although GW32 has had fixtures removed it seems likely they will be moved to midweek so it seems there will be no double or blank implications

Aston Villa v Everton and Spurs v Southampton are postponed games yet to be given a home

Firstly a quick note about chip strategy

I’m looking to use my wildcard in GW31 at the moment and the triple captain for Kane in any Spurs double gameweek that occurs.  If things change on the fixture front  I may defer the wildcard situation but that remains to be seen.  I think I will activate the wildcard late in the lead up to GW31 occurring irrespective of price rises

Possible transfers

At the moment my thought is to bring in Bruno Fernandes into the team.  I’m sick of the stress it brings not having him in my team.  Generally him and Ollie Watkins have been my only template players I don’t own and the only players with effective ownership which scares me.  The how Fernandes comes in is not quite so easy.

Effectively I have 4 options:

The first is if Son is still out.  Then it’s an easy move to take him out and bring Fernandes in

The 2nd is if Son is fit and I convince myself that Bale is a starting risk for GW31.  Then again it’s a straight transfer for GW31 Bale out for Fernandes in.  I’m very reluctant no matter who the player is to take them out before a plum fixture so I’d be surprised if this is the route I end up taking.

The 3rd option is a straight transfer of Gundogan out and Fernandes in.  I would bring Gundogan back in on my wildcard GW31 I think and at the moment I would lose £0.3m on the buy and sell price variation.  I only have £0.2m in price movement buffer for this and I won’t be doing it unless it’s last minute

The last option is Lookman out and Pope out for Fernandes and Forster for -4 points.  Any – 4 unless it’s a big captain defensive cover doesn’t work for me but I’m not taking it off the table just yet.

The other overall option is to get someone from Chelsea for their match against WBA.  In attack that’s difficult due to the unpredictable selection.  Particularly so as Chelsea play Porto in the UCL quarter final Wednesday and Porto given their Champions League results this season are absolutely no mugs.  That makes even the selection of as much of a banker as Rudiger is difficult.  So I’m not sure going through the Fernandes stress , even if I do believe in the Brighton defence, is worth the gamble that one of the attackers may come in or Rudiger starts with a likely outcome of 6 points.


So it’s definitely not easy and I’ll either go with the bookies odds or Joseph Crilleys transfer planner selection for the bench as it has a good record in that regard.

I’m pretty sure Lookman and Veltman will go to the bench but then it’s anyone of Coufal, Gundogan or Cancelo.  It’s always possible Pep wll solve the problem for me given that Man City play Dortmund on Tuesday.

Captain Choice

Impossible to think that anyone except Kane will be the captain choice this week.  Possibly Raphinha to be vice or Calvert Lewin

Here’s the lineup

Definitely not final but it will do for now

Hope you had a good gameweek!

Fantasy Premier League GW30 Tips

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