FPL Gameweek 3 Team Reveal by Adam Hopcroft. Adam is one of the the best FPL managers with six top 10k finishes to his name and has never finished outside the top 50k.
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I shall start with an introduction. For those that don’t know me I am one half of the Green Arrow FPL podcast and have been playing FPL since the 2011/12 season.
As you’ll see from my rank history below, I have six top 10k finishes and have never finished outside of the top 50k, although I came pretty damn close last season.
Whilst the Green Arrow is a perfect platform to share my thoughts, given the constant changing dynamic that is FPL, my views often deviate as the week progresses. Therefore, I thought it may be useful to provide a weekly diary to illustrate how my decision-making process evolves throughout the week.
As a new member of the 5AM club (great book by Robin Sharma), I find that I have most clarity first thing in the morning, so I hope to bring you some of my morning epiphanies when my decision making is at its finest.
So, on to this season. Like the rest of Twittersphere I have made a reasonably good start. I'm currently sitting on 180 points and at 167k this is my best start in recent memory, however I am far from content.
A 6.22PM switch of Benrahma to Toney just prior to Gameweek 1 deadline has me 20 points down and dreaming of what could have been. Lesson 1 for the season, stay off Twitter in the lead up to the deadline.
Gameweek 3 Thoughts and Transfers
This leads me on to Gameweek 3. Coming in to this Gameweek I have two free transfers, one of which I have already used ditching Harvey Barnes to bring in Said Benrahma.
Barnes has disappointed in his first two outings, registering just one shot and one key pass. He may have Norwich next but his poor underlying statistics and the fact he is yet to complete 90 minutes since his return to fitness makes it an easy decision for me to dismiss him from my team.
The best part is I can replace him with the second top scoring midfielder in terms of xPts (I’ll come on to this in more detail later) and even have £0.8m in change to spend on upgrading elsewhere in my team.
So, I have nearly brought you fully up to date as I am pondering my second transfer of the week. Given that Veltman and White have tested positive for Covid and Tsimikas’s honeymoon is coming to an end, I will need to use the second transfer to address my defensive issues.
With £0.8m in the bank, I am happy to pay up to £5.0m as I want to reserve at least £0.3m to cover the Ings to Calvert-Lewin transfer I will likely make in Gameweek 4. It always helps to consider future potential transfers when assessing your moves for the forthcoming gameweek.
I currently have the following shortlist:
Coufal – second for xPts amongst all defenders £5.0m in below
Dier/Tangaga/Sanchez – all £4.5m and have great fixtures in Gameweeks 3 and 4
Livramento – passed eye test vs ManUtd and could be the best starting £4.1m defender. Also faces Newcastle away next.
Oh no disaster has struck, both Veltman and White have dropped in price meaning my team value has fallen by £0.2m. I'm not sure how I will recover from this devastating blow! Deep breath taken and common-sense kicks in, whilst team value helps, I personally think that the constant price changes result in a lot of rushed decisions.
I have held off on my second transfer purely as I am considering a Spurs defender and they play this evening in the Europa Conference League.
Talking of Tottenham defenders, I thought I’d get insight from Twitter to help me decide on the best one to buy. So last night I tweeted “Considering a Spurs defender for next 2, don’t want to spend more than £4.5m. Who is the best option out of Tanganga, Dier & Sanchez?” See the first 3 responses below.
Thanks for nothing Twitter!
Are there any takeaways from last night’s Europa Conference League qualification match? Well Eric Dier was one of two players to retain his place from the Wolves victory, starting alongside Cristian Romero for the first time.
Does this put him at risk for the Watford fixture? Or perhaps it was Nuno trialing his first-choice centre back partnership? I am leaning towards the latter, especially after reading some comments from Tottenham fans suggesting they expect Dier to retain his place when Romero inevitably forces his way in to the Premier League starting eleven.
Before finalising my decision, I have checked the Hub’s predicted points tool. The below shows the top ranked defenders by predicted points for the next 2 game weeks. I have used a price constraint of £4.5m as I want at least £0.5m in reserve to cover the Ings to Calvert-Lewin move factoring any potential price rises.