In this FPL Gameweek 9 team reveal article, FPL Matthew reviews Gameweek 8 and shares his thoughts going into Gameweek 9.
With three top 500 finishes and a further six top 10k finishes, FPL Matthew writes his article every Gameweek. He details his team selection, captain and transfer plans exclusively for Fantasy Football Hub members.
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FPL Gameweek 8 Review
This week I ended up taking a 'last minute' hit for my team as rumours started to circulate pre-deadline that Diogo Jota (£7.5m) was going to be on the bench for Liverpool.
As readers will know, I am generally quite hit-averse and would often let my bench do the work, but in this case I felt that Jota is likely to be an ongoing rotation issue - he was already on my "out-list" so I made the logical move to Phil Foden (£8.0m), a move that I had talked about in my article earlier in the week.
In the event, the move did not benefit me this week, as Tino Livramento (£4.3m) would have come off my bench with the same points as Foden, so I ended up 4 points worse-off but overall I am happy to have got the move done I think.
As with many people, the seemingly unstoppable Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) with the captaincy dominated my points, the majority of my other points coming from four clean sheets in my defence. I ended up on a decent score of 65 (-4) points which was enough to push me from 76k to 61k overall rank, my best of the season so far.
This was particularly pleasing in a week when many good managers used their Wildcard whilst mine is still sitting in my back pocket.
Here was my performance in full:
FPL Gameweek 9 Preview
Here is the Hub Fixture Ticker for the next four gameweeks. It's ordered from best to worst by opponent difficulty (the traditional fixture ticker view):
Chelsea are now into their nice run of fixtures, whilst Brentford also now move to near the top with their Chelsea fixture out of the way.
Current Squad - FPL Gameweek 9
This is how I'm currently set up heading into Gameweek 9, prior to making any transfers:
This may be tempting fate but my squad is looking pretty strong right now I think. The one downside this week is my goalkeeper, Robert Sánchez (£4.6m) being up against Manchester City this week. I could start my reserve keeper Ben Foster (£4.0m) who has been starting for Watford recently, but I'm not sure whether that is going to be much better away to Everton.
Key Stats Ahead of FPL Gameweek 9
Now, let's look at some key player and team stats for the last six gameweeks, highlighting some notable statistics, to get an idea of how things are going.
The Top Players From Gameweek 3-8
Here are the top players for Gameweeks 3-8 sorted by expected FPL points. The table also highlights some other notable statistics and I have also highlighted those teams which are currently high on the Hub Fixture Ticker for the next four Gameweeks.
The Top Teams From Gameweek 3-8
Here are some key team stats, sorted by total shots in the box and I have again highlighted some notable stats, as well as the teams at the top of the Fixture Ticker.
My FPL Most Wanted List
This is where I identify the FPL players who I am currently most considering bringing into my team. I'll also highlight who might make way for them.
I update this list each week and this helps me to formulate a rough mental shortlist of potential moves.
Ben Chilwell (£5.7m) - another high risk pick as he only just came into the team this week, but also high potential rewards as he did look great going forward
Removed: João Cancelo (£6.3m) - came into my team this week
Out-list: possibly Andreas Christensen (£5.1m) - who is a rotation risk (like most Chelsea defenders) with limited attacking threat
New: Bryan Mbeumo (£5.6m) - playing in an advanced position, he looks good value now that Brentford's fixtures have brightened up. Unlucky not to have scored more points so far.
Out-list: Saïd Benrahma (£6.6m) - his returns have dried up in recent weeks and West Ham's fixtures are not great
Removed:Phil Foden (£6.9m) - also came into my team this week
Romelu Lukaku (£11.7m) - he's not been great so far but you just feel that those upcoming fixtures will bring goals
New: Ivan Toney (£6.4m) - the other half of the Brentford attacking duo, either are good value right now I feel
Out-list: Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) - Manchester United's attack has looked dysfunctional in recent weeks and now their fixtures are about to get much tougher!
Transfer Plans - FPL Gameweek 9 Team Reveal
I will have one free transfer and zero in the bank this week.
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