FPL Gameweek 13  team reveal and tips from Rich Clarke.

Rich is an FPL veteran and has one of the most enviable records out there. Notching two top 500 finishes and eight top 10k finishes, he is the only FPL manager never to finish outside the top 35k in each of his 15 seasons.

Rich will be revealing his team on a weekly basis in the 2021/22 season; providing observations and strategies where appropriate.  

You can catch all our other brilliant FPL Gameweek 13 Team Reveals here.

FPL Gameweek 13 team reveal

Rich Clarke's FPL Record

 

FPL Gameweek 12 Performance

Points: 72

Rank Change: -3k  Red Arrow

Overall Rank: 60K

FPL Gameweek 12 - Brief Review

The 'Big Three' of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool continue to dominate the Premier League - each winning comfortably after the International Break.

It was another outstanding week for  'Attacking defenders' and fantasy managers fortunate enough to own four (or even five) heavy hitters at the back have shot up the rankings in recent weeks.

Reece James is the form player across the whole game right now, closely followed by Joao Cancelo and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Representation from the defences of each of the Big Three looks essential as we head into the December schedule.

 

FPL Gameweek 12 - My Team

My team scored a decent 72 points in gameweek 12 - which was 1 point off a Green Arrow!

I had a difficult decision to make in whether to acquire a Tottenham Hotspur asset or look at a different strategy going forward.

I decided to avoid Spurs, and instead transferred out Jamie Vardy (for Callum Wilson) and made a very late transfer-in of Diogo Jota (for Bryan Mbeumo).  A technical issue prevented me from updating my Gameweek 12 article confirming the Jota move (Apologies)

So far I'm better off for these moves. Both the Tottenham targets (Kane & Son) blanked again. Callum Wilson blanked too, but Newcastle's attacking performance was much improved. I'm optimistic Wilson will return over the next three gameweeks, though he is now on 4 Yellow cards which could cause me an issue down the line..

Diogo Jota scored a fine solo goal and could have had more, had it not been for some fine goalkeeping from Aaron Ramsdale. A heavy knock in the second half is another worry for this week - but if OK, Jota looks great value for the upcoming schedule of games.

Elsewhere, there were returns for Ivan Toney, my three defenders of Ben Chilwell, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joao Cancelo and of course the captain Mohamed Salah. Although not a spectacular week rank-wise, I'm well set with a deep bench and plenty of funds for transfers now.

Gameweeks 13-21

As fantasy managers, we are about to embark on the busiest period of the season, with 9 gameweeks to be played out between 27th November and 1st January!

There are a few essential behaviours I would suggest are adopted through this period of games.  These will hopefully aid safe passage and green arrows before 2022 allows a second wildcard to be played (if needed). These are basics but I do advise following them as 'Rules' in the coming weeks.

  • Avoid Early Transfers wherever possible - This is often given as advice, but people keep making transfers to catch price rises or because they have 'exact money'.  This is risky in normal times, but I urge you to wait for team news each game week before using your precious transfers. Bank a transfer if you can for extra power if things go wrong.
  • Keep the team healthy and available - If a player in your squad is injured, prioritise moving him on over making a more 'luxury' move on a fit, playing option.
  • Build a deeper bench - Rotation is inevitable, especially for clubs with large squads and multiple competitions to cover. If you have a number of 'non-nailed' players, or have gone 'Big at the back' with players who have competition for their start, this is a risky time. Make sure you have playing substitutes you don't mind coming in when rotation bites.
  • Maintain Financial Flexibility - Give yourself funds in the bank to pivot off a player or price-point to another in a maximum of two moves. Avoid becoming 'Skint' (£0.0m in the bank) as this can be restrictive and lead to otherwise unnecessary hits.

 

Strategy and Team Reveal Expectations

Over the next five weeks, the gap between gameweeks is very small with little time to write and publish an article in considerable depth. I will be aiming to apply the behaviours outlined above to my own team, which should drive my transfer thinking.

My articles will therefore take a shorter form from next week, with a focus on the immediate transfer and team selection for the gameweek. This should help Hub members with their own time management too!

 

FPL Gameweek 13 Transfer Options (1 free transfer, £2.9m ITB)

I had planned to bring in Reece James this week to complete the 'Dream Back Four' of Alexander-Arnold/Cancelo/Chilwell/James.  Unfortunately, Ben Chilwell sustained what looks like a serious knee injury in the Champions league fixture against Juventus this week.

I recall last season brining in James and Chilwell in a double transfer, when they had hit similar form and they were immediately both injured. Sometimes when something looks too good to be true, it often is. I hope Ben recovers quickly and Reece stays fit.

Dominate at Fantasy Football
Join the Hub