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Gameweek (GW) 34 will be remembered for a long time for the events unfolding in Manchester, as United – Liverpool never happened. For many FPL managers this was a brutal event. It’s hard to remember much more from the GW, also due to the fact it was pretty uneventful. Spurs slaughtered Sheffield United as expected, although Harry Kane returned with a blank. Gareth Bale was Mr. Hindsight’s captain this week. Other than that, old greats like Aguero and Aubameyang actually picked up some returns, while Havertz bagged a brace, showing a clear uptick in form.
Next GW is a short notice triple GW for Man Utd, as well as a big double GW for many teams. Hits will fly left and right to position for it. Although, keep in mind, United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester have no fixture the GW after – making for a lot of tinkering to field as many players as possible for the next two rounds combined.
In midweek, Chelsea and City went through to the UCL Final. While City are in holiday mode, Chelsea can finally return to focusing on securing that top 4 spot. There is no more UCL and UEL coming up until the finals after the PL season is settled.
GKs – Martinez is the Algo’s way to go. Preferably by not wasting any money on the bench, meaning Forster is an ideal partner, despite losing his place last GW.
Defenders –The Transfer Algorithm has backed Alexander-Arnold and Robertson as pretty much the top option for three straight seasons – and finally TaA also has some form to go with that. Shaw has got competition from a fit again Telles, but should start most matches as long as United need the points. Maguire and Wan Bissaka look the slightly more secure options. From other teams, Digne stand out as the go-to alternative. As well as a few clean sheets, Digne provide serious amounts of chance creation.
Midfielders –Salah and Bruno both seem to be must haves in the run in. Fernandes is this week’s triple gameweek captain for “everyone”. Salah is great this week, but also is the best captaincy option next week and in the run in. With Liverpool getting that extra match, Jota and Mane suddenly look top options again too, although it’s limited how many you can load up with from United and Pool, as they’ve also got some great defensive candidates. Ward Prowse and Zaha both have a decent double gameweek this week, as well as fixtures to go next week. It has to be mentioned Zaha has been struggling slightly with a knock midweek, and any info from the press conferences has to be monitored.
Forwards – Iheanacho has always had top class stats, and what have been missing are minutes to go with them. With a double this week, Iheanacho is the clear bargain out there. Calvert Lewin, Richarlison, Watkins and Adams all double this week, but still have a fixture next week. That make them great assets to get through both weeks in good shape. Wood is continuing to score, and although not a very enticing option this week, the final fixtures bode for a good run in thereafter.
If you have chips left to play, now is definitely the time to pull the trigger. The GW 35 and 36 construction certainly must be this year’s last big event to benefit greatly from chip play.
Also, boring is good. Of course Bruno is your captain.
Tor Mikkel Tokvam
Creator of The Transfer Algorithm
It was a bad week for Thomas Giblin’s FLying without Ings, who scored just 28 points and is now 20 behind leader Ahmed ShanTonu’s IUB Amigos. Luka Antic’s OleOle is breathing down IUB’s neck in second, just nine points behind with a huge GW ahead.
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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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