FPL Triple Gameweek 35 tips from former HOF Number 1 FPL Manager Richard 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 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 34 Performance: 43 points
(Rank change = Up 2,000 places to 18K )
Brief review of Blank Gameweek 34
The recent instability caused by owner behaviours and fan demonstrations took another disruptive turn as the Manchester United v Liverpool fixture was postponed on Sunday.
Impact on FPL team scores largely depended on how many players from these two teams fantasy managers owned. A Harry Kane captaincy blank and several other notable absentees meant there were some very low scores last weekend. The forthcoming gameweeks look more open so we should see more variance with the armband.
Elsewhere, there were a few individual highlights for returning players to note. A hat-trick for Gareth Bale and a brace for Michail Antonio stood out in particular! Both could be key performers in the run-in.
My Team in Blank Gameweek 34
I fared better than some last week, largely owing to my transfer of Heung-Min Son for Diogo Jota and moving the (injured) Antonio Rudiger out for Joel Ward (a Crystal Palace 4.3m enabler for Son).
Late team news confirming the Rudiger absence and confirmation of the remaining double gameweek fixtures helped me to make these moves with confidence.
These transfers ultimately meant I was able to field ten players overall - well above average. Once again, the importance of a deep, playing bench this season was demonstrated - when bad luck strikes you need back-up.
43 points was above average and gave me a small green arrow - the fourth in a row to an overall rank of 18.5k.
The Top 10k is now 20 points away.
Triple Gameweek 35 - Strategy (1 free transfer)
I went into some depth with last week's article over transfer options and their dependency on fixture certainty. With weeks running out, information is paramount and the value of remaining transfers is very high - particularly for managers with no chips remaining.
Much to the surprise of the FPL community, a triple-gameweek was announced on Wednesday with Manchester United now playing Aston Villa, Leicester City and Liverpool in the space of five days! Man United will subsequently still blank in Gameweek 36. This makes it difficult to load up on their players unless fantasy managers have a free-hit or wildcard chip left or enough players for Gameweek 36 to get a full side out next week.
The impact of these changes on my squad are that they give me eight players with a double fixture, Bruno Fernandes with a triple and Son and Kane playing away to Leeds United.
The big decision I need to make is whether to go after Manchester United assets and their three potential fixtures, or save my transfer to help me navigate Gameweek 36.
Due to prioritising the transfer-in of Heung-min Son last week, I am reluctant to sell him again as part of an upgrade plan (for a hit!). I only have one transfer and nothing in the bank!
My option here is to move out Son and Wesley Fofana (still at risk of limited minutes due to fasting), for Mason Greenwood and Harry Maguire (-4).
Status for Gameweek 36...
Whilst the above moves give me 3 additional 'man weeks' this week - my list of players who blank next week would be:
From the above it is easy to see that I'm going to be in big trouble in Gameweek 36 getting anywhere near a full team out. With Fraser Forster no more than a 50/50 chance to start for Southampton that week, I may need to take additional 12 point hit? to form a team.
The conservative play here is to roll with what I have, take no hits this week and take two transfers into Gameweek 36 to help with the restructure.
One way to make this seem less scary is to consider that Gameweeks' 35 and 36 are one set of fixtures and look at the total returns from this block. Taking rotation and blanks into account, this makes keeping the Tottenham assets seem much more sensible.
I will make a final call on a transfer once we know team news. Like last week, if I find I have an injured player for Gameweek 35, this gives me an option to change the mix.
Triple Gameweek 35 Team Reveal
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