Former HOF Number 1 FPL Manager Richard Clarke 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.  

Rich's FPL record

Objective

After writing a series of 'Vet's guides' over the last two seasons, I have decided to reveal my team for Hub members on a weekly basis.  I like to play quite 'subjectively', so my articles won't be too stats heavy.  I aim to make them quick and easy to read alongside some of the excellent other content on the Hub that provides the analytics.

I'm happy to answer members questions after the reveal is published.  Please ping me a question in the comments and I'll try to help.

Gameweek 2 Performance - 44 points

Rich's Gameweek 2 Points

Observations since last week

After playing fantasy football for fifteen years, I can honestly say I have never quite seen a weekend of football like the last one. The total goals record for a single Premier League Gameweek (44 scored in total) was finally broken in the Manchester City v Wolves fixture. This brought an end to a roller-coaster gameweek of FPL thrills and nightmares. If the rest of the season is like this, it will be exhausting, but a lot of fun!

My own team did not fare very well at all. After advocating a cautious approach going into Gameweek 2 and saving a transfer, my lack of Everton and Tottenham attacking cover was punished as these two sides racked up ten goals between them. Frustratingly, their meeting in the first Gameweek yielded only a single goal.

Further high scoring games at Leeds and Leicester also brought points-a-plenty.  I felt fortunate that Alexander Mitrovic and James Justin got me some returns at least!

The only slight comfort to me, was the defeat of Manchester United at home to Crystal Palace, as I had avoided the rush to get one of their attackers in.

The majority captain decision of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned a single assist, giving me a disappoint return of 44 points. This was 15 points below the average for the week, and a ranking sitting around 3 million.

Overall, I feel there is still a lot more volatility and learning to come over the next two weeks. After the first International break, things might start to settle down a little. The transfer window is still open too and with so many moves to come over the next week to ten days, I am still going to resist the wildcard for now.

I have reviewed a number of Ultra Members' teams this week. The vast majority of the time, I  have recommended patience and key moves only, rather than hits and/or a wildcard. It does depend on the members team quality though, so if you have more that three or four fires to put out, this is a good week to wildcard.

Transfers & Possible Targets

I have made two transfers this week. Both were done early on in the week which is unlike me.

I brought in Heung-Min Son (for Kai Havertz), while his price had dipped to £8.9m, making use of the spare £0.5m I had in the bank. I then waited to watch the Manchester City v Wolves clash, before making the easy decision to bring in Kevin De Bruyne (for Aubameyang), still fortunately at his base price of £11.5m.

Players on my watchlist that I would like to acquire in the next couple of weeks:

I like a trio of players from Wolverhampton Wanderers - in particular Romain Saiss, Raul Jimenez and Daniel Podence. I am very likely to bring in at least two of these guys in the coming weeks. Podence will likely be to replace Allan St-Maximin, who has an ankle injury and has not impressed so far.  Saiss could come in for Matt Doherty who gets another chance at home to Newcastle this weekend to justify his £6.0m price tag.  Jimenez will stretch my budget, but he might be a downgrade from Timo Werner if he doesn't start firing soon. West Brom at the Hawthorns will surely be a comfortable win for Chelsea.

Further Manchester City cover is also on my mind. Stretching the St-Maximin move to cover Phil Foden looks a decent option, as does Gabriel Jesus if Werner falls further out of favour.

A final watchlist mention has to go to Tariq Lamptey (Brighton)  who was magnificent against Newcastle last weekend. He is sure to be in many a wildcard team this week. At such a favourable price, he can be a real enabler when Brighton's fixtures pick up from Gameweek 5 onwards.

Gameweek 3 Team reveal

 

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