You know what I hate? I hate it when a forward or midfielder that is really good and that I want to play every week in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is playing against a club that features a really good defender or goalkeeper in my FPL lineup. It’s the worst. You can’t win either way.
For instance, Liverpool travels to Bournemouth tomorrow to kick off Gameweek (GW) 16. I have Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Alisson, and Andy Robertson in my squad. What do I do?
I could guess at a result and pick my lineup to fit that result. I could let it ride and just play my best players, regardless if their results offset each other. I could also play my Free Hit to change my squad for one week to avoid the matchups, but this is going to happen again. Plus, it’s usually best to save your Free Hit for when the FA Cup dramatically reduces the Premier League schedule.
For this particular upcoming weekend, there’s a second thing I hate. Man City plays Chelsea, and I own both Raheem Sterling and Marcos Alonso. Different match, same problem.
Oh, and there’s a third thing that I hate. I hate how the FPL Cup works. Why is it that only your GW16 score determines your entry into the knockout competition? I get that it fits the rest of the FPL Cup’s format, but wouldn’t it make more sense to use the cumulative score over the first 16 gameweeks instead to get the best participants into the tournament?
Maybe that’s just my insecurities over the fixtures and how they don’t fit in with my lineup this weekend.
In case you’re interested in what I personally decided to do, check out the picture above. That’s my lineup so far. Sitting Alonso is never easy, but Chelsea’s defense has not been great. As for Bournemouth-Liverpool, I took a different approach — the play-your-best-players-and-let-it-ride approach. Well, mostly. It is equally hard to sit Alisson, but I trust Wayne Hennessey.
Here’s to hoping my recent good form in FPL continues. I’ll hate it if it doesn’t.