FPL Blank Gameweek 29 tips from former HOF Number 1 FPL Manager Richard Clarke. Rich is an FPL veteran and has one of the most enviable best records out there, notching 2 top 500 finishes, 8 top 10k finishes and has never finished outside the top 0.5% in every single one of his 14 seasons. Rich will be revealing his team on a weekly basis in 2020/21 season; providing observations and strategy comment where appropriate.
Blank Gameweek 29 Performance: 44 points
(Rank change = down 6,000 places to 54K )
Brief review of Blank Gameweek 29
It turned out to be a good week for many who used the Free-Hit chip, with several of the popular choices producing strong returns. Those who invested in the Brighton defence, Leandro Trossard and Jesse Lingard will have done well.
Leeds United produced a strong performance away at Fulham, to reward many managers who had kept the faith with the likes of Raphinha and Patrick Bamford.
An improved Tottenham Hotspur display at Aston Villa did little to reward Son & Bale owners, but just about satisfied Harry Kane captainers after a penalty and bonus point.
My Team in Blank Gameweek 29
In the end I only managed seven players on the pitch last week. My early moves for Heung-Min Son and Gareth Bale in Gameweek 28 and their subsequent absences were costly. I'm hopeful the Newcastle fixture to come in Gameweek 30 may allow me to claw back some of those losses.
Returns from Bamford, Raphinha, Kane (c) and my transfer-in, Lewis Dunk kept my score of 44 points just about average. Damage was limited to a small red arrow and a drop to 54k.
I chose not to take hits last week. Had I done so - I can't say I would have brought in Trossard or Lingard. I am not too downhearted by the small ranking drop and hope to do well in the run-in with my remaining wildcard intact.
Gameweek 30 Transfer Plans - Wildcard now or later?
My squad from Gameweek 29 shapes up really well for the forthcoming set of fixtures, even before making a transfer. For this reason, I am strongly tempted to keep the wildcard for at least another week and wait for more information.
We now have confirmation of a further double Gameweek for Tottenham and Southampton in the now double Gameweek 32. Keeping my triple Spurs attack against Newcastle seems sensible, if for some reason I decide not to wildcard next week.
Wildcarding in an international break is also rarely ideal. It might work for team value gains early in the season, but there is normally a lot of rotation for returning players, so I think that's another reason to hold fire this week.
There is also a big fixture swing away from the current template (from Gameweek 31 onwards) to a different group of teams with favourable fixtures. That is very inviting to take advantage of, so I am strongly considering a Gameweek 31 wildcard.
Gameweek 30 Transfer
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