BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 34)

Get a load of this…..

Yeah that’s 3 one’s in the starting XI with a 6 and a 12 making up the bench. FPL my life.

It’s indicative of the way the last month has gone for us really, the Chilwell points obviously being the most disappointing. The thought process behind leaving him on the bench was actually fairly logically at the time. He was a big rest risk (as seen previously) for Chelsea’s Champions League semi in Madrid. Cheers Mr Tuchel, you can go and drop yourself in the same bin as your colleague, Pep.

It means that 34 in a week’s low scoring average of 36 turns out very underwhelming. Add those 18 on however and we would’ve had a completely different outlook. When your luck’s out.

We currently sit on 1848 for the season with 4 gameweek’s left to play. The challenge is now is getting to the magic 2000 point mark, to try and sneak into the top 1 million and to restore a bit of pride. We roughly need 40 points per week to get there, sounds simple and straight forward…….. if you don’t take -16’s each week.

LOOKING AHEAD.

There’s a great looking fixture for Spurs who entertain relegated Sheff. United. Tottenham’s fixture list going forward is pretty promising so Kane and Son should be in everyone’s thoughts, including ours, I would think.

Chelsea at home to Fulham and City at Palace are point scorers…… so it seems. But, both have Champions league in the week. Don’t be fooled into loading up because it’s a Pep and Tuchel double team waiting to happen. The amount of times we’ve been stung this season, especially by the former, has been a joke. It’s the reason I finally had to admit defeat and remove all City players.

Liverpool v Man U, this weekend, we could have done without.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS

I’ve just given all the spiel about not taking too many minus starts in order to get to 2000. And yet, we go into GW34 with a -8🙄

With the Spurs run in looking so favourable, I had to get Kane and Son back in. Out comes Mané, Watkins and Cavani, in comes the 2 along with Vydra. Lack of finance dictating the latter.

The Spurs duo take the armbands straight away, Kane the captain, Son the vice. Why do I have a feeling putting all my hopes in Tottenham players will come back to bite us on the arse? Ohhh aye, IT’S SPURS LADS. But, we’ll see.

I mentioned the other week we were going back to basics for the run in, well you can’t be more basic than 4-4-f**king-2. That’s how we will line up.

And, In form Allan Saint Maximin retains his place as our Toon representation. what a time to be alive.

GET IN THEIR FACES.

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 33)

We are heading in one direction at the minute and that’s complete nosedive down. As I write this we have one match and one player left to play in game week 32. Look at the state of this⬇️

SHAMBLES

As you can see there’s a red card, a couple of Zero’s and a boatload of injuries – A fantasy football combination from hell. The amount of players potentially unavailable for GW33 is going to be the biggest problem going forward. A squad overhaul will be a necessity which, of course, will result in a massive negative starting point. The accumulation of points is quickly turning into the dissipation of points.

Our title race ended a few weeks ago and now we are now looking cautiously over our shoulder as we scramble to secure a 3rd placed finish. After a brilliant 3 quarters of the season it’s total disarray and the head has gone.

Where do we go from here? TOTAL RESET WITH A F**K IT MENTALITY.

LOOKING AHEAD.

Let’s be honest, the GW33 fixtures aren’t great. City and Spurs have no fixture…… Thank god. They (Pep in particular) have been the masters of our demise in recent weeks.

Leicester home to West Brom and Liverpool home to Newcastle look the pick of an average bunch. What’s interesting though, if you’re looking for a bit long term planning both those sides have pretty favourable fixtures from now till the close of the season. The advice from this (failing) fantasy football manager is to load up on Leicester and Liverpool players for the next few weeks.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS

I said the head had gone and the mentality is now f**k it, nothing to lose. That’s where the reset comes in and a steady -16 fired. Yes, that’s right, MINUS SIXTEEN. 5 transfers in total and all Manchester City players binned. It’s been a battle with Guardiola all season and it’s one that seems impossible to win.

The transfer are –

EVANS (Leicester) for STONES

JOTA (Liverpool) for GUNDUGAN

MANÉ (Liverpool) for KDB

VARDY (Leicester) for KANE

WATKINS (Villa) for Lacazette

Some bold moves made, no least taking the big points hit, but, like I said earlier, nothing to lose at this stage. 2000 points is the target and we go from there.

I’m not sure about the captains pick at this stage. I’m going to wait until right up to the deadline and make a gut choice from there. Everything a fantasy manager shouldn’t do but hey, things haven’t been working out recently. We need to mix it up.

TAKE THE BALL, PASS THE BALL.

THE RESET SQUAD

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 32)

With 6 weeks of the season to go I’m afraid the time has come to concede the office league title.

As predicted, Game week 29 proved to be the pivotal week and since then things have steadily spiralled out of control. We now sit around 100 points off the top so points pride is the only thing left to play for in season 20/21.

Last week we managed 46 in a fixture set average of 41 which seems ok, but it paints a far from realistic picture of the week’s true goings on. 38 of the 46 points scored were only from 2 players, Lacazette (captain) and Allan Saint-Maximin. On the card we had 3 big fat zero’s and 4 one’s. Unbelievably really. How we managed an above average score is beyond anyone’s belief.

Again, pep’s rotation policy has left us short for which I have to hold my hand up. I’ve had opportunities to change and take pep’s boys out of the lineup and have stalled. The buck stops with the manager and I take that on the chin. What we can’t account for, however, is things like the Dominic Calvert-Lewin exclusion – No team news or red flags. As far as we are concerned he should of played and didn’t.

We move on. The target now is to get to the magic 2000 point mark and try and sneak back into the top 1 million worldwide. All the while trying to cut the gap at the top by as much as possible.

LOOKING AHEAD.

First thing to point out is Spurs have a double game week with their opponents being Everton and Southampton respectively. All sounds great but remember, lads… IT’S SPURS, perennial failure merchants when you think all is rosey. That being said, Kane captain is surely a move the vast majority will go with this week.

Elsewhere *takes a deep breathe* Man United at home to Burnley, Arsenal home to Fulham, Chelsea home to Brighton, Leicester home to West Brom and City at Villa all have the makings of points and could be conducive to a lucrative high scoring week. A 100 point week is not beyond the realms of possibility should the results go as most would predict.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS.

Having basically given up on the title, the pressure is off now as we look to enjoy the end of the season. In a way it’s a bit of a relief and the players can now go out and express themselves, hopefully proving to myself, the board and the fans they deserve a place in the squad next season. However, in saying the is pressure off and all that, we still start this week on a -4, making 2 enforced changes. Some things will never change.

Out comes DCL to be replaced by Edison Cavani whilst Ben Chilwell replaces the other crock Aaron Cresswell in defence. Providing Cavani plays, our front 3 looks very strong as the Uruguayan hitman partners captain Kane and Lacazette at the top end of the pitch. And guess what, we still include 3 City players despite the previous weeks failings. Sorry, not sorry.

TOON representation remains at 2 in the form of Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock to continue the accumulation of points, what ever that target maybe.

GW32 TEAM

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 31)

Has gameweek 29 sucked all the wind from our FPL sails? Not quite but the significance of that week lingers on.

The fact we managed to bounce back in week 30 with the respectable total of 48 does suggest we are just about hanging in there. The problem we have is the office leader. He’s riding the crest of a GW29 jet-streamed tailwind and has taking off, extending his lead by a further 15 points. We now lay around 70 back with 7 weeks remaining. BIG GAMBLES with BIG DIFFERENTIALS are now a must but bringing in the right players without taking to much of a negative starting point is the BIG CHALLENGE.

The captain pick was again a stumbling block. Had we chosen Kane over Fernandes we would’ve been looking at an extra 13 or so points and, as predicted, the majority of City contingent were rested. The back up we had planned in the bench positions though did work a treat, Joe Willock contributing a vital 6 points.

LOOKING AHEAD.

In terms of the current squad the fixtures aren’t looking too kind to us this week. Spurs v Man United is certainly one we could’ve done without and, as ever, City have another Champions league match in midweek which causes more selection headaches. The need to shift one or more of my City players is becoming greater by the week but changes elsewhere have always taken priority. Staying within a decent starting number has also taken a precedent. All too often we have been starting game weeks at -8 or more when our main title rival is starting on an even keel. It’s simply unsustainable………..Yet, we still go into game week 31 at -8 with 3 City players still in the squad🤷🏻‍♂️

THIS WEEK’S PICKS.

As just mentioned, we’ve made 3 transfers this week for a -8 and replaced no City players. The wheels seem to be coming off and rash decisions are being made so a bit a luck is definitely required. Am I happy with the squad? No. Could the board lose patience? Divided dressing room? The remit at the start of the season was to win the title and we are still pushing. After all, its the accumulation of points and getting to that magic number…….. whatever that number maybe.

The changes we’ve gone with are KILMAN for injured TIERNEY as a cash boost, SAINT-MAXIMIN for doubtful FRASER and the big change, LACAZETTE for WATKINS.

Not much to say really other than the feeling of regret. I wish I’d bought in Mason Mount but I can’t really afford another -4. We go into this week lacking in confidence but in adversity we need to show strength. Lacazette will be captain, hopefully as a crucial differential.

TURN BALL