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Despite the lurking threat of corona-trouble the first gameweek went nicely ahead. The big difference between most would be which one got the armband. Those who followed the Guru’s tip got a nice 40 pointer to kick off with. Also, Spurs delivered a big disappointment, while it seems Ancelotti has got something good going over at Everton. Leicester and Arsenal also seem to continue to show strength. Liverpool also keep it up, unfortunately also keeping up some horrible defending.

It was a strong start to the season for the UPTV League, with no less than five teams scoring more than 100 points.

Man Utd, Man City, Burnley and Aston Villa had a blank GW for GW 1. They now come into play, and despite an unknown timeline for their double gameweek, there seem to be a massive inflow into the Manchester assets, particularly the Man United front trio who delivered so well for the last half of last season.

GKs – Any combination of Ryan, McCarthy, Rodak and a bench-fodder 4.0 seem the way to go ahead. Also, there really isn’t that much difference between goalkeeper options anyway. In general, just keep it on a tight budget and be done with it. For those who got Nyland hoping for some early games, it all fell apart this week,as Aston Villa signed Martinez from Arsenal. Anyway, that might bring Leno to life as a better option later on in the season!

Defenders – Saiss keep his place as the top rated defender, now with a mammoth margin, providing returns at both ends for a tidy Wolves with some decent fixtures ahead. Digne put in a big FPL display against Spurs, and in an improved Everton side fielding three power-midfielders, Digne can be a beneficiary at both ends as their easy fixture run is about to start.

Aston Villa had a hard time managing clean sheets last season. At 4.5, all you get is hope, but Targett really looks like an enticing option if they’ve learned something from last season. The big guns from Liverpool are quickly fading away. Managing to concede 3 against Leeds, the prospects of facing Chelsea and Arsenal next simply doesn’t justify those price tags at the moment.

Midfielders – Salah is the undisputed king of FPL, still remaining underpriced. He is an absolute must-have, crushing other options for the value he can provide to your team. Just keep him in there. Rashford started with a blank, but now really become an encouraging option.
Reclassified as a midfielder, at a friendly price and with some amazing fixtures ahead – it’s simply a question of going for him or his companion Bruno Fernandes. Will United be able to keep up their penalty rate though? Probably not.

Brighton might feel a bit unlucky with their result against Chelsea. They actually played some good football for once, and Trossard seem ready for centre stage for returns in Brighton in his second season for the Seagulls. Down the ranks, Son is slipping away due to a poor performance vs. Everton. He is still probably a good option, but the high hopes many had ahead for him this season probably need to be moderated a little bit now.

Forwards –After a blank GW last time out, Chris Wood enters the fray. At such a bargain price, Wood is a great enabler for the midfield premiums. He jumps straight to the top of the ratings, given his long and proven record as a points contributor. Werner keeps among the top options, despite a merely average start to the season and a difficult fixture up next against Liverpool, everything is indicating that he will have a great time with Chelsea. Mitrovic also started off the season as a massive disappointment, only being fit enough for the bench against Arsenal. Anyway, he surely is their focal point of the attack, and at 6.0, he’s another bargain. Among the forwards, the biggest mover down the ranks is Michail Antonio. That’s simply the consequence of a triple negative: failed to deliver at home against an average Newcastle side, his competitor Haller scoring twice in midweek, and some really horrible fixtures against the top 6 coming up next.

Last week was all about doing the right captain choice between Salah and Aubameyang. This time around its much of the same, but Aubameyang has to be the preferred option. The anytime goalscorer odds at www.oddschecker.com is 1,67 (decimal), showing the big likelihood of delivering the goods against a West Ham side certainly being better at attacking than defending. As far as the guru is concerned, captaining a big player at home against West Ham have been a great route for points for the last couple of seasons!

The UPTV Transfer Guru is Mikkel Tokvam, developer of the Transfer Algorithm.

About Mikkel: Fantasy football is full of noise. Too much information slamming around about statistics like players being “big-game”, “fixture-proof”, “better away than at home” or “needs this or that player to deliver returns” (like the Kane – Dembele conspiracy a few years ago).

Motivated by this nonsense, I have let the machine load the data. Tonnes of data. And compute what matters in predicting the future by observing the past.

Since its inception in 2014, the Transfer Algorithm has produced exceptional results and helped propel FPL Managers to new heights, including some of the most talented and successful competitors around the world. With dozens of key statistics considered for each player and data sets spanning many years of historical performance, the Transfer Algorithm is set up to provide a close to perfect point-expectation for future returns, comparing one with other available players, and responding with simple value metrics for choosing the optimal players for future returns on a limited budget.

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