FPL Gameweek 3 team reveal and tips from Rich Clarke.

Rich is an FPL veteran and has one of the most enviable records out there, notching 2 top 500 finishes, 8 top 10k finishes and is the only FPL manager never to finish outside the top 35k in every single one of his 15 seasons.

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

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Fantasy Premier League Tips gameweek 3

 

FPL Gameweek 2 Performance: 83 points

(Rank: Up 259k places to 118K )

FPL Gameweek 2 - Brief Review

Another high scoring weekend in the Premier League, saw the goals continue to roll in as most of the heavyweight teams delivered wins.

Manchester City reverted to their ruthless best, duly thrashing Norwich 5-0, while there were comfortable wins for Liverpool and Chelsea too.

Perhaps Manchester United delivered the most disappointing result from a fantasy perspective - failing to win at Southampton.

The 'value' assets then, appear to be coming from the second tier of teams - West Ham and Everton are starting to stand out, while Leeds United and Aston Villa delivered much improved performances on Gameweek one.

FPL Gameweek 2 - My Team

While not quite reaching the highs of the opening weekend, my team managed a strong score of 83 points - helping my ranking improve to 118k  (Top 2%) at this stage. I'm very pleased with this position, given that last season my ranking was 3.1 million after two weeks.

Whilst it is still very early and ranking means little at this stage, I'm hopeful I can avoid having to make a recovery from way back this season.

The 'template' nature of many teams (including mine) has continued to deliver so far - although it is hardly down to any skilled transfer moves. I haven't made any yet!

Points were delivered last week from the defensive end of the pitch, with 33 points coming from Trent-Alexander-Arnold, Kostantinos Tsimikas, Luke Shaw and Robert Sanchez!

Last week's heroes (Mohamed Salah & Bruno Fernandes) were this week's villains as captaincy returns temporarily dried up.

Goals form Danny Ings, Raphinha, Mason Greenwood and Michail Antonio helped ensure the trajectory was still strongly upwards. More importantly, I'm very happy with most of my squad at the moment.

Gameweek 3 Transfers (2 free transfers, £0.0m ITB)

The bandwagons are rolling! Transfer activity is usually at its peak around now - and the markets are not disappointing.

It is very tempting to join in the action and address the 'Fear Of Missing Out' (FOMO) on a player surging in popularity. This has to be tempered with the sensible approach of carrying two transfers into a long International break, where many teams will play 3 World Cup qualifying matches.  International travel challenges and Covid restrictions add to the uncertainty that all players in our squads will be available for Gameweek 4.

The Aggressive Move

For me this is causing a real dilemma. Like many, I want Said Benrahma (£6.2m) in my team this weekend. I don't however, want to lose Raphinha and Mason Greenwood, whom many others are trying to bring in!. This means upgrading my Bench player - Josh Brownhill (4.5m) to Benrahma - so I need at least 1.7m to finance this move.

I can't get to the West Ham playmaker in a single move, so my only real option is to downgrade Ivan Toney to raise the funds required. Without making a third transfer, this realistically needs to be to a £4.5m non-playing forward - committing me to a 3-5-2 for the foreseeable future.

This move would also leave me with virtually no bench cover (White (inj), Tsimikas, Obafemi?)  and only one free transfer during the International break.

There are some additional advantages in moving now for Benrahma.

  • Obviously his direct cost is rising, and waiting two weeks could see him reach £6.5m/£6.6m? by Gameweek 4 (which may make the transfer unaffordable off Toney)
  • West Ham play Crystal Palace this weekend, where 'only having Antonio' in attack will make for an uncomfortable watch.
  • Indirectly, making the move now would yield a useful 0.3m to finance Danny Ings to Dominic Calvert-Lewin in Gameweek 4.  This looks a good fixtures-based move. There's a little wriggle room here but not much - so again, acting quickly will free more budget than if Toney were to fall in price during the International break.

 

The 'Strategic' move

The alternative (more cautious) approach - is to 'fix' the defensive hole made by Andrew Robertson  probably returning this weekend (for Kostantinos Tsimikas). This may allow a small profit on owning 'Tsmi' and moving in another £4.0 asset (Tino Livramento)

When considering the defensive transfer, it doesn't feel like it will make much difference when looked at in isolation. I have a settled 'set and forget' defence with Alexander-Arnold, Coufal and Shaw. Ben White is there as a back-up (or 4-4-2) as Arsenal's fixtures improve (from Gameweek 4). We are really talking about the fifth defender spot here for Livramento, so perhaps Tsimikas should just sit there a while..?

What is valuable though, is the flexibility of having two transfers in the International break.  The (real) transfer market is still open, FIFA are arguing with the UK government  and Red lists / Covid are still an issue. When this outcome is combined with the small change in defence, it adds strategic value.

 

Update - Friday PM

Late last night, I decided to play safe and made the Tsimikas to Livramento move, and thus will carry two transfers into the International Break.  I'm happy with my starting eleven / bench and hope Ivan Toney gets off the mark at Aston Villa this weekend.

I'll have to tough out the West Ham v Crystal Palace fixture without the popular Said Benrahma, but thanks to the saved transfer, I'm in a good position to plan to acquire Cristiano Ronaldo (!!!) after the break, once his price is known and some options to re-shuffle have crystallised.

 

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