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.
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. My management style is fixtures/eye test based, so my articles won't be too stats heavy. I aim to make them quick and easy to consume alongside some of the excellent analytical tools on the Hub.
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Gameweek 6 Performance: 45 points
General Observations since last week
Probably the less said about last week from an FPL perspective the better, unless you own Patrick Bamford or captained Son, in which case congratulations on a good week!
It was certainly a week that won't live fondly in the memory of most active managers, almost all the premium picks blanking after Gameweek 5's happier returns.
It is important not to get too down when things don't go to plan. Football thrives on being unpredictable and here we are with a game about predicting it. We are going to get it wrong sometimes. When I get a week like this, I reduce the social media, switch off the laptop early and do something else. I find it really helps.
In the end 45 points wasn't too bad, for a bad week. A small red arrow back to around 1.9 million has not done too much long term damage. Of course I would like to be higher ranked, but I believe the gains will come and I'm reasonably happy with my squad and decisions so far.
My transfer in of Ezri Konsa (for Matt Doherty), didn't work out straight away. There are kind fixtures to come and I'm happy to hold the Aston Villa man. I went with the stats and the crowd with the Mohamed Salah captain pick. It was fine lines (a Trent assisted offside goal and a post) between success and failure last week.
Some brighter spots were returns for my Southampton players (Che Adams and Alex McCarthy), again showing that patience can reward doing nothing. Adams is now back on many watch lists as a cheap entry to the Southampton attack, and I may yet get back the £0.2m I have lost on him so far! McCarthy now has three clean sheets in six; a decent ratio and I'm happy to hold the £4.5m stopper.
Elsewhere Christian Pulisic has now had two games to light up my team and hasn't done a great deal. Allan Saint-Maximin is also nearing the 'departure lounge' following a couple of poor displays from Newcastle.
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