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Dec 10 at 2:49PM
Any news on Jota rich?
Dec 10 at 3:7PM
a doubt – I’m keeping and starting, and I hope my bench will cover if he’s out.
Dec 10 at 2:58PM
Your thoughts on Man United defence? how about Dalot?
Dec 10 at 3:8PM
decent budget pick. If you are able to focus on your defence this week you are in a minority! so many flags elsewhere its all about attacking changes and getting a side out this week. if wildcarding, Dalot is worth a punt at 4.4.
Dec 10 at 3:56PM
Brilliant team reveal as usual by the legend and GOAT :) Good luck to you this week. I really admire how you have the mental strength and patience and planning to avoid taking hits.
For me I had Sanchez/Steele – missing game. ESR doubt. Son – missing game Jota -doubt Davis (3rd non playing sub which I need to sort out eventually) and also Vardy who unlikely to play given he had to start mid-week so I’d have had 9 players and had to do a -8. I went for:
Steele, Son and Vardy OUT for De Gea, B.Silva & Ronaldo IN. Hopefully this will stand me in good stead for this week and moving into busy xmas period and plan is to roll a tf next week and then do a Chelsea defender out and upgrade 3rd striker spot to Antonio then should have that deep squad set-up finally.
What factors do you consider in order to NOT make a hit or do you just always NEVER take any hits whatever the situation/state of your team/squad is? And how do you be comfortable not taking hits to e.g. get Ronaldo this week especially as he has good fix and is most likely the main captain candidate soon once Salah goes to AFCON?
Your mental fortitude and planning etc is why you have an amazing record year in year and and its also why i’m ranked 85k this year and you’re top 25k :) keep up the great work mate and loved the video you did with Fergi this week, brilliant insights.
Most of all you seem to really enjoy helping and advising people and you are humble, credit to yourself and to the FFH.
Dec 10 at 4:7PM
Thanks a lot Luke. In my article above I make a point about hits being ok for this week. in a situation where they are necessary, I have no problem with them and they help accelerate a restructure of the team, which you have figured out. Obviously, due to a deep bench I’ll get away without a hit again this week (which in a way backs up my point on having a deeper bench indirectly) but if I do get in a situation down the line due to bad luck, I’d take some hits. hope this helps
Dec 10 at 4:24PM
That is awesome thanks so much for coming back to me :) Do you have a rule in your head you try to stick to about how many players your team/squad would need to have injured/unavailable before you’d consider taking hits? e.g. you will only take hits if you have for example 9 or less starting players available? (*assuming that is that you wouldn’t be playing your FH that gameweek of course*).
Also have you always played in a style where you build a deeper squad/bench especially coming up to the xmas time or is that an approach you’ve adopted more so in the last 1-2 seasons due to covid?
Dec 10 at 3:58PM
How long do you think you will look to hold Wilson for as his fixtures turn now and if Ronaldo say gets a hat-trick vs Norwich and people are likely to start captaining him would that influence you towards trying to re-structure to get him in or do you intend to ignore him given you don’t take hits and your squad is set-up for squad depth rather than 2x premiums?
Dec 10 at 4:9PM
I said to fergi I expect Ronaldo to score 4-6 goals in next group of fixtures (to new year) but obviously if he keeps scoring hat-tricks this will hurt me a provoke a potential reaction. I won’t panic though and back my strong mids to match or beat Ronaldo structured sides.. lets see.. that’s the challenge..
Dec 10 at 4:21PM
Love it Rich and good luck to you. I suppose the key is to stay calm and no panic as you say, stick to your plan but then also be flexible and adaptable each gameweek
Dec 10 at 4:29PM
I have Cancelo, Arnold and James and I want to replace the Reglon and cash in by bringing a suitable and cheap alternative, is there a good option?
Dec 10 at 4:38PM
Dalot @ 4.4 or Ben Davies (but not this week).. you must have a great team if you a focused on defensive changes…
Dec 10 at 4:35PM
Nice team Rich!! Any changes to the line up posted with Foden& Jota potentially out?
Dec 10 at 4:45PM
Hi Rich… have you finally decided to transfer out Raphinha to Bernardo… As I think Smith Rowe and Foden both are available
Dec 10 at 4:47PM
Arteta said ESR is being assessed ahead of the game I believe unless there has been a further update since his PC earlier today?
Dec 10 at 4:49PM
Latest update on ESR: Emile has trained today and he was feeling much better after losing him for the last game and hopefully he will be available to play. The rest [of the squad] is okay.
Dec 10 at 6:9PM
yes, just did Raphinha OUT, Bernardo in. ESR 1st Bench
Hey Rich, final Q from me this gameweek :) how do you prioritise your transfers each gameweek? This might sound ‘obvious’ but do you always go for the highest immediate impact move every time or do you always evaluate the entire make-up of your 1st XI and squad each week before deciding which players are the priorities to take out or bring in?
For example if this gameweek a player had Sanchez & Steel and Son and Kane and 1 FT would the order of priority be : 1)Kane OUT 2)Son OUT 3) Sanchez or Steele OUT based on value and also likely points potential of other similar players at each of those price points or is it not as simple as that and you look more holistically at your whole team and how you plan to change it both in the short term but also in the next 4-5 gameweeks based on fixtures swings etc (assuming no injuries or games called off due to covid)?
And what is your secret to avoiding taking hits as this seems so much more ‘easier said than done’ and seems to be a trap that so so many fpl managers fall into? The psychology behind it is really interesting.
Dec 10 at 5:31PM
transfer highest ceiling player first. sorry for brief answer.. still working on my own transfers
Dec 10 at 5:34PM
No worries at all. Good luck with your moves mate.
Dec 10 at 4:54PM
What a legend! Two questions please I would appreciate ur insights on:
Dec 10 at 5:4PM
Will let the GOAT Rich give you advice here mate but I’m pretty sure he is likely yo say for you to wildcard to avoid taking the hits firstly just pick players in your WC that aren’t going to AFCON bar mabye Salah. e.g. King over Dennis etc.
For point 2, Mane is going to AFCON soon and Jota’s injury might only keep him out for one gw so best to hold him and focus moves elsewhere and even on WC probably better to spend the premium funds on Ronaldo rather than Mane. Good luck.
agree with this
ideal week to wildcard – you’ve left it late though mate..
Dec 10 at 5:1PM
Hey Rich! Please who to bench between Mount, Foden & Jota. Thanks
Dec 10 at 5:56PM
I am bit in a predicament. I got Dier, Son & Toney. My Bench is decimated to Livra, Duffy & Brownhill and I have only one transfer. Trying to avoid a -8 but Jota is ? as well.
What do you recommend a -4 and play Brownhill or -8 and sort your team out so I am ahead of the pack mid week?
Dec 10 at 6:1PM
I think this isa week where many are in your predicament.. If the players you are getting in are players for the long term strategy of the team, take a -8, particularly if for high impact players . keep Jota and start him, but have a bench cover to come on if he doesn’t make it. It is, as you say a chance to get ahead of the changing template, albeit for a hit, but you can make that up over time.
Dec 10 at 6:3PM
Hi Rich..Any news on Foden? or just transfer out Raphinha for Bernardo?
Dec 10 at 6:10PM
answered above.. keeping Foden and starting him
Dec 10 at 6:15PM
Hi Rich, when will the article be updated? 15 minutes left on the Deadline 😅
Dec 11 at 8:11AM
I think this was the week where my article laid out the transfers and the three possible guys I would lose pending team news. Sometimes its necessary to try and gather information and do the transfer in the last minutes remaining. there is not always time to update the article and its not intended to be a ‘copy what I do’ service, more a guide to thinking. As gameweeks are so tightly packed, we have a publishing schedule for all our contributors and often we get one shot each in quick succession in order to get all the content out. Hope this sets expectations
Dec 10 at 7:31PM
Rich – just wanted to say how much I hugely enjoyed your guest appearance on the Green Arrow. SO much very sensible advice and it’s easy to see / hear why you are such a consistent tip top fantasy manager. I alos enjoy reading your articles too – note to self follow Rich’s advice as it’s GOLD!! ALl best for the weekend cheers Simon B
Dec 11 at 8:7AM
Cheers Simon – I’ll be back Monday so see you then!
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