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FPL managers – an interview with Andrew Whitfield

FPL managers – an interview with Andrew Whitfield

Right here’s our 2nd FPL managers interview with new FFGeek contributor and regular commenter Andrew Whitfield.  Andrew’s last 2 seasons have seen him finish with an general rank of 6k and 19okay. Here he talks about his strategy for enjoying FPL in addition to displaying his newest draft workforce.

FPL managers – an interview with Andrew Whitfield who finished the final 2 seasons 6k and 19okay OR 

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Hi Andrew, thanks for taking the time to do an interview, firstly tell us a bit about your self?

Thanks I’d wish to say firstly, its nice to be concerned on fantasy football geek this season as a daily contributor, a website that I’ve followed very intently for the last two years. I am amongst some very skilled and prime FPL managers – dare I say that Yaniv is my personal favorite ??!!

Nicely about me – I am in my 50s, married, I have grown up twins, I left the world of banking final yr after 35 years and circumstances permit me to now work three days every week, which I do with an area charity in Leeds. So additional time to spend on FPL !! I’m a proud Yorkshireman. I like lengthy walks and my ” semi retirement” means I now have extra time on the golf course and to benefit from the 8 Yorkshire racecourses and fill the satchels of the comfortable “on target” bookmakers. I am positive I have developed a tan from all my recent air and time spent on my racing days and time taking divots out of all of the native golf programs. I maintain the inexperienced keepers pleased and it keeps me match.

My love of football began when my late father took me right down to Oakwell, Barnsley being my native workforce , once I was about 7 years previous. I began following them at midnight days of the previous 4th division in the 1970s however its been very a lot principally uphill since then with the last 20 years bringing a season in the premier league, an FA cup semi remaining, a JP trophy ultimate win and three play off finals. Wembley is affectionately recognized now in these elements as ” Oakwell South” !! Like many golf equipment, we’ve a fame for snapping up younger up and coming gamers and selling them on, which may be frustrating, however we also have a popularity for enjoying good soccer the appropriate approach and Barnsley have spent more seasons within the second tier of English soccer than some other membership. After promotion last season with a club document 91 factors and going unbeaten at house all season, its good to be back the place we belong this season. Incidentally, do you know that Barnsley have gained on their last two visits to Anfield ?? – not many groups can say that !!

How long have you ever been enjoying FPL, how did you get into it and what’s your motivation?

I received into FPL fairly late. I played ” The Solar model” for a couple of years with combined outcomes, earlier than switching to FPL as part of workplace leagues that sprung up. This is only my 4th yr in FPL. My first season I made all the standard novices mistakes and discovered lots concerning the recreation. My final two seasons I have managed to complete in the prime 0.3% worldwide, OR 19162 after which with a private greatest last season of OR 6783. There are over 200 players in my workplace mini league, and I’ve frustratingly finished 3rd and 2nd the last two years !! Satisfaction has all the time been a much bigger motivator than cash. I’ve picked up money in profitable different mini leagues though final season once I gatecrashed the Harrogate Town supporters league – so I absolutely anticipate to be banned this season !!

Lets see your rank historical past


What is your FPL enjoying strategy?

1 – I might say I’m a protected, cautious participant. I am fairly danger averse. I wish to have the extremely owned or ” template gamers”. I attempt to personal 5 of the highest 6 owned gamers. You’ll be able to’t win FPL proudly owning these gamers, however you possibly can lose it in a short time for those who dont !! Considered one of my favourite articles on fantasyfootballgeek on a Monday is the one displaying which gamers the highest 10,000 OR managers own !! I also have a tendency to select the preferred captain within the polls. If Salah is captained by 60% of FPL managers and you don’t, and he scores a hat trick, then prepare to fall down the table a great distance. Sure you possibly can take these favourites on, but you will lose more than you win. The captain ballot favourite had attacking returns on 28 weeks out of 38 final season. I captained both Aguero or Salah on 24 weeks mixed, and I had attacking returns on 19 of them. Beware taking over the template !!

2 – I don’t chase group value. I do know many profitable gamers ” purchase early” earlier than prices rise, to construct staff worth. Personally, I feel that if I put factors on the board, staff worth will largely look after itself. I keep away from making impulsive and dangerous buys, I keep away from dropping gamers to damage after my free switch is gone, I am ready to lose out on players if I have to. I are likely to assume over my transfers through the week, but wait till any midweek European or cup video games, I wait until those very important Friday press conferences. I then make my switch late on Friday, with a relaxed head, proud of my selections. I additionally keep away from making transfers on Saturday mornings – that leads to panic and irrational decisions in many instances. Little or no emerges on Saturday that we don’t know on Friday night time. So I’m all the time pleased once I press that ” affirm” button on Friday nights.

3 – I feel I take much less “hits” than most ( for extra transfers over your free one ) I was stunned once I checked that I took 10 hits final season ( 40 points ). One thing that alarmed me – My average weekly rating last week was 63 factors. My average “internet” weekly rating in the 10 weeks that I took successful was 57 !! Sure hits might be made to cover a number of weeks ahead, but that’s made me more decided to avoid hits this season. You have got your bench. I nonetheless discover it shocking that folks take hits to usher in defenders. Assuming your bench player scores 2 factors, you need to land a clear sheet simply to interrupt even and canopy the -4. Individuals seem pleased in getting the clear sheet, however in reality, your defender must get an attacking return to be in profit. Until your player coming in scores double figures, hits are going to value factors, until you convey them in with future weeks in thoughts. I shall be taking much less hits this season !!

Four – The chips – I played them within the ” typical approach” last season, largely around the ” double gameweeks” when your gamers get two video games as an alternative of one. I acquired 107 points for the week off my triple captain, 109 off my free hit, and 106 off my bench increase. I managed to captain the Aguero hat trick. By saving my chips and enjoying them in the traditional method, I managed to enhance my OR from 112okay in gameweek 23 to OR 6141 in GW36. My early wildcard within the first Worldwide break didn’t work out last yr, so I am staying flexible and setting my workforce up accordingly. Final seasons winner didn’t wildcard until GW16 !!

5 – If there’s one word of advice I may give – PATIENCE .. Give your new signings a chance in case you are proud of the explanations you got them. Don’t panic and do things in a different way and chase things in case you fall behind. Have a plan and keep on with it.

6 – Comply with fantasy football geek every week !! There’s so much info on the market. Filter it to what works greatest for you. I do research some stats however I do favour ” the attention check”. I study quite a bit from watching video games. As many as I can get away with !!

Keep in mind that there isn’t any proper or flawed method to play the game. Quite often you take heed to your instincts. I keep in mind last years FPL winner saying – Decide the players you assume will score probably the most factors – straightforward !!!

Do you’ve gotten a modern draft FPL group?

Right here’s my newest draft:

I shared my first draft just lately which defined my rationale for my picks … its early days.. I have made a number of small modifications.. its not the completed article. In contrast to many people who find themselves going with no premium striker this time, I would like one in. As soon as Aguero or Kane begin knocking in a hat trick, its going to be exhausting to vary your shape and react. I feel by owning Aguero, I have a superb ” worth level” to flexibly swap around from Aguero to Kane and Auba and reap the benefits of beneficial fixtures for these hat tips.

In fact meaning I cant invest as heavily in to defence as many are doing ( and I would really like !! ). I would like three enjoying strikers together with a premium one, I would like two Liverpool defenders, one from City, I would like Salah. I actually need a 343 this season. My six largest scores last season all got here from a 343 and I didn’t use it enough. My two largest considerations in the meanwhile are not any Digne and no bench. I’d have to dilute my midfield which I’m reluctant to do when it seems filled with objectives. If I need a premium striker, I cant have all of it. I can stay without Digne. I’d simply have to shave 0.5m off my midfield to make sure I’ve 4 “enjoying ” defenders. Perhaps a £Four.0m defender will emerge from pre season games. Watch this area.

Do you play another formats of the game or different fantasy sports?

I solely play FPL and dont multi activity with other fantasy games or variations. I spend enough time fascinated with this one with out considering of others !! I’m positive I work three days every week and spend the other two dwelling and respiration FPL !!

Your greatest and worst FPL moment?

My greatest reminiscences of FPL ?? Nicely enjoying triple captain on Aguero’s hat trick final season was candy and turned my season round. Dare I say I enjoyed watching these tripling Sane squirming on the same double week as he tripled his 1 point. Which reminds me of my worst second, tripling Kane for 1 point in his double gameweek the yr earlier than. Oh and captaining Pogba for his penalty miss last season and Son when he obtained sent off. Humorous how we keep in mind the dangerous ones more than the great ones !!!

Your favorite and nightmare FPL participant?

My favourite FPL participant might be Aguero. He has served me properly through the years. My least favorite participant – Hazard – how that man has trolled me. I owned him 3 times final season and but he reserved his three purple patches for once I didn’t !! In the event you saw my report of pain with Hazard, you wouldn’t consider it. As nice a player as he’s, and nevertheless we’ll miss his expertise, I confess to having a beer to rejoice when he left !!

Good luck together with your tinkering !!!!

You’ll be able to talk about FPL with Andrew by becoming a member of the FFGeek Patreon website.  There’s additionally further content in the form of Podcasts, an interactive switch and factors prediction software, Four £50 prize leagues for the first 160 joiners and a Slack channel for discussion with members and contributors.  The first $3 monthly cost gets you within the prize leagues and Slack channel for the season.

Different articles

See the first FFGeek interview with Kev from Canada

See FFGeek contributors first draft teams half 1 and part 2

There’s additionally the gamers type article at the end of final season

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