Matthew Penycae is arguably the best FPL manager in the world with three top 500 finishes, a further six top 10k finishes and he has never finished outside the top 20k in ten seasons. Every week Matthew writes his FPL Team Reveal article detailing his team, captain and plans for the coming Gameweek exclusively for Fantasy Football Hub members.
Gameweek 24 Review
Well, the Triple Captain Chip was a bit of a disaster. Faced with a "coin flip" decision between Mané and Salah, I chose the former, who promptly got injured after 20 minutes of his first fixture, with 1 point, and that was the end of that! To compound my misery, Salah went on to rack up 16 points for the many people that chose the other side of the coin flip. I ended up with 56 points and a red arrow from 212k to 251k. Things like this are down to bad luck and it makes me think that this is not meant to be my season. Here it is in all its glory:
The headline this week for my team, and for many teams, is Mané's injury. Not only did this cause a malfunction in my Triple Captain Chip, it has also produced a problem this week and potentially beyond. Keeping is an option although, unhelpfully, Klopp did not say anything about him in his Press Conference, so his availability against Norwich in GW26 is, as yet, unknown. That said, due to the staggered nature of GW26 (the mini-winter break), that fixture is over two weeks away so there must be a chance.
So, lets think about potential replacements, whilst remaining open to keeping and benching. There are a few factors to take into account here.
First, the fixtures:
Next, there are the potential upcoming blanks to keep half an eye on. Information here is courtesy of DGW King Ben Crellin.
GW28 - this one is now confirmed with the EFL cup final causing the following PL blanks:
With these blanks being both confirmed and only a few gameweeks away, that probably rules out players from these four teams in the short-term. There was some talk of an early Man City vs Arsenal preponement (GW25/26) but this seems unlikely now.
GW31 - this set of potential blanks is due to clashes with the FA Cup Quarter Finals. Given that these are subject to what happens in Round 5, not to mention 4th Round replays in some cases, together with the fact that they're further off, I'm inclined to put less weighting on this information at this point, but it doesn't do any harm to factor it in slightly.
So, the four teams at the bottom are clear, although I'm not that keen on any of them, apart from Wolves and I already have Traoré. I would say that the four teams at the top look highly likely to have the blank, whilst Leicester have a good chance of one as well. The rest is more up in the air.
I suppose one key takeaway from all this is that Man City and Sheffield United look highly likely to have blanks in both GW28 and GW31 so that's just something to be aware of if looking at their assets.
Next, it's over to the Hub's trusty OPTA Stats Tool...here I'm looking at midfielders, over the last six Gameweeks and per start. Its sorted by 'expected attacking FPL points'.
I have gone down as far as Alli, as I wanted to look at him and Son.
Salah and the injured Mané both showing up well here, the latter despite one of his starts only lasting 20 minutes!
Looking at some of the other options that stand out to me here:
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About Matthew Penycae
Matthew Penycae is, arguably, the most consistently good FPL player in the world. In 10 seasons, Matthew has finished top 500 three times, top 10k eight times and never finished lower than 15,535 (in his first season). He’s also a dab hand at Sky having finished 2nd overall in 16/17, his first season, proving his strategies are effective across fantasy formats.
His full FPL history can be seen below:
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