Fantasy Football veteran FPL_Matthew shares his FanTeam Gameweek 4 team reveal as he chases the top prize of £200,000!
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Season Review so far - FanTeam Gameweek 4 Team Reveal
After the first three Gameweeks, I have accumulated 247.7 points, placing me at 1,133 overall rank - in the cash at £50 and 26 points off the top.
I am quite happy with this start and have only made one transfer all season (Jack Grealish to Saïd Benrahma). I did this in Gameweek 3, having saved a transfer the week before. Here is my team performance in Gameweek 3:
I will analyse my current team later on.
The Best Fanteam Upcoming Fixtures 2021/22 - FanTeam Gameweek 4 Team Reveal
Let’s now look at every manager’s favourite tool, the Hub’s Fixture Ticker.
Looking at Gameweeks 4-7, I’ll first sort the matches by fixture difficulty. This doesn’t take a team's quality into account.
Secondly, I am going to look at the same four Gameweeks but this time it'll be sorted by predicted points. This takes the quality of a team itself into consideration as well as their opponents.
We can see the dramatic effect that predicted points has on the Fixture ticker, with Manchester City jumping from second-bottom to near the top. Meanwhile, Manchester United's quality combined with their fixtures propels them right to the top.
Review of my Current FanTeam Squad - FanTeam Gameweek 4 Team Reveal
Here is my current line-up going into Gameweek 4:
I will now analyse my current squad, position-by-position, with the assumption that I'm not Wildcarding just yet.
I am pretty happy with my choices here in a position where I like to minimise spending.
Robert Sánchez (£4.5m) is a good value pick. Meanwhile, Freddie Woodman (£4.0m) has started the season as the first choice goalkeeper at Newcastle. It remains to be seen if he'll retain his place.
I am still satisfied with my two premium choices. Trent Alexander Arnold (£7.5m) has started well and has great underlying stats. Although Harry Maguire (£5.5m) hasn't yet hit big points yet, with Varane coming in to solidify the defence and a new set-piece coach at Manchester United, the prospect of points seems pretty good.
Moving onto the rotating budget defenders, things aren't quite so straightforward. Although Nelson Semedo (£4.5m) has been unlucky so far, I am still very happy with him as a value pick, particularly with the fixtures coming up. Perhaps he's even the best at this price point.
Picking Ryan Bertrand (£4.5m) was quite unfortunate as he has been out with Covid, but hopefully the international break will sort him out so he can be available going forward.
It also remains to be seen whether he'll come straight into the team, so he is one that's on my watchlist as a potential issue.
Kostas Tsimikas (£4.2m) was always going to be a short-term option and, wow, has he done his job! However, he now becomes a problem and is a player that I can look at replacing when the opportunity arises. It's likely not a burning priority though.
Mohammed Salah (£12.6m) has done well, as expected, and his underlying stats (as usual) support this. I am more than happy to keep him locked in for now, he's also a captaincy option most weeks.
My other premium-priced player, Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) is less certain of his place in my team. He started off brilliantly with an opening day hattrick against Leeds (no penalties!) but has since delivered back-to-back blanks.
The Portuguese playmaker now faces the possibility of losing penalties (to be confirmed) with Cristiano Ronaldo (£11.5)'s sensational return to Old Trafford. Maybe now is the time to look at moving him on?
Onto my mid-priced midfield options - a bracket where there seems to be quite a lot of promising choices. Mason Greenwood (£7.6m) has probably exceeded my expectations, with a goal in each of the first three games.
However, the return of Edison Cavani (£8.0m) and the dramatic entrance of Ronaldo puts more pressure on Greenwood's playing time.
Despite this, I am not too worried until Marcus Rashford (£9.0m) enters the fray. He is on his way back from surgery and I think, once he has fully recovered, that will be the time to move Greenwood on.
My final midfielder, Kwadwo Baah (£4.0m) is just a cheap non-playing option - I have no idea who he even is.
West Ham's Michail Antonio (£7.7m) has been the highest scoring player in the whole game so far. The Jamaican has made a mockery of his price tag by continuing his fine form from the second half of last season. I have no desire to lose him.
Aston Villa's Danny Ings (£8.1m) has started less spectacularly but steadily enough, with two goals and an assist. I still think he's a good pick at this price, and I think that Aston Villa will only get better as their new look attack starts to gel.
However, the Villains are now heading into a very tough set of fixtures, so Ings may be expendable in the short term. Brentford's Ivan Toney (£6.0m) started slowly but registered his first Premier League goal in Gameweek 3, and remains a good option at this budget price.
My FanTeam 2021/22 Gameweek 4-7 Shortlist - Gameweek 4 Team Reveal
So, that's my current squad, now let's see which players am I eyeing up for the next phase of this season.
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