Introducing myself – FPL Zeus
Before I preview Gameweek 35 I would like to introduce myself. I started playing FPL for fun in 2015 when I challenged a ‘know-it-all’ friend’s team selection ahead of some crucial games. I ended up finishing at 15k OR that season. my strategy was sporadic at best, I hardly paid any attention to xG xA etc. The next season, 2016, I was determined to top my OR and break the top 5K to prove my FPL mettle to my friends at work.
I played it the ‘right’ way with planned transfers, template teams, playing my chips the right way…I ended up at 31K that season. People often forget that there is a human element to the game. People tend to mull over stats and let it dictate the way they play rather than trusting their gut instincts. This initiative by FPL Chef is something that would come as a relief pill for a lot of FPL players that find themselves being drowned spending countless hours gobbling stats from ‘expert accounts’.
Fast forward to this season, we are nearing the business end of the season. This is an opportunity to make up for all those lost points during the season as closing games often tend to be very high scoring. I have been guilty of following the herd plenty of times earlier this season. For the weeks that remain, I am trying to put out a team that I feel confident in and players that have passed my eye test.
Double Gameweek 35
I don’t want to vomit stats out at you. But at this point in the season, if you’re playing catchup to your mini-league folks, © will play a stupidly important role in getting you that edge. The must haves for me regardless of who you Captain are Son, Aguero, Sterling and my POTY Jimmy. We all know Aguero’s knack of scoring against big teams. For me its between him and Raz. KDB could be a great differential option given his low ownership. I can see him being essential for City for the run in.
A tasty fixture this week is BOU vs Fulham; it could be a massacre and I am scared of not owing either Wilson/Fraser. Would suggest holding on to them, even consider for a differential © choice. Those with the likes of Pogba could keep him given he is on penalty duties. Those 2 goals could bode well for his confidence. Personally don’t fancy him, very erratic.
Another team that has really come to life is Southampton. They are fighting for their safety in the league and it has shown in the past few games. JWP was unlucky not to return in the previous GW and I expect some decent returns from him this week. For those with a lack of funds, Long can be another filler for that 3rd forward spot that I think would do very well. For those with the Watford attacking assets, Watford’s appeal for Deeney’s red card was unsuccessful, and thus if you really feel keen on a Watford forward, Gray is an option.
In the defending department, I don’t usually like to play safe. There are great options this season of defenders that are very attacking and although they don’t keep a CS, I have been rewarded by their attacking returns so I cannot complain. Doubling up on Liverpool defense could be a good strategy; great fixtures for the run in. I personally like the attacking assets better and thus only have TAA. Doherty is another great pick given Wolves good form and his knack for a goal. Kiko is my punt this week after the injurious nature of returns from the Brighton defenders from last week; don’t really fancy crazy returns, but anything more than 2 points will be appreciated!
Play the team you feel confident in regardless of the outcome; you will have no regrets at least. For those that have their TC chip, I’d blindly go for Mane/Salah vs HUD in GW36. The only issue could be picking one over the other; rotations are imminent and if you can nail that, it would put you in a great spot. Don’t be discouraged by those accounts posting 80+ scores in a week where you could barely manage 20; I personally followed many “experts” from last year that are currently ranked outside of the top 100K. It is a factor of luck, some skill and mostly a LOT OF FUCKING LUCK. Afterall, FPL really is just about beating your mates isn’t it?
Thanks for reading folks. Thanks again FPL Chef.
Twitter – @Banthiayash (FPL Zeus)