FPL Double Gameweek 35 – Team TSZ

This season, we’ve pooled our (self-proclaimed) collective genius together to form ‘Team TSZ’, a fearsome squad of fantasy point machines who will gun for glory in our very own FPL mini-league.

Decisions will be made collectively after polite discussion. ‘Team TSZ’ consists of:

Rob EstevaManaging Director

Trystan PughSports Content Manager

Tim BlackwellChief Sports Data Scientist

So how did we get on in Double Gameweek 34?

Last Gameweek’s Points

GW points: 53
GW average: 54
GW rank: 3,307,229
Overall rank: 4,065 (▼)

A first red arrow in what seems like an age led to a drop of 373 places and a slight reduction in our lead at the top of our own mini-league. With Trystan away last week (and still away this week), it would appear that his spiel about being the driving force behind Team TSZ's success could be true - good to see him ruin this potential credibility in just seven words then!

With Trystan still getting bronzed we're thankful our players don't seem to be on their holidays just yet. Our main source of points in GW34 came from Bournemouth's Callum Wilson (15) and our trio of Liverpool assets - Sadio Mane (9), Trent Alexander-Arnold (8) and Andy Robertson (9).

As a team we still seem to be benefitting from the early wildcard, a decision that meant we couldn't over-analyse the upcoming Double Gameweek fixtures. It is a lesson to remember for next season - pick the best players and don't be seduced by the shrapnel who play twice.

Speaking of seduction/shrapnel I should probably mention the Shane Duffy experiment. Last week the move seemed a bold one - this week just foolish. I don't want to point fingers but the blame must surely rest at our absent colleague's door - or Rob's. Still we live and learn and look to apply the lessons learned in Double Gameweek 35

Double Gameweek 35 Team

Formation: 3-5-2
Captain: Sterling
(Triple Captain Chip Played)
Vice-captain: Jimenez
Transfers made: 2 (Milivojevic -> Sterling) / Vardy -> Jimenez
Point deductions: -4

With just five players set to play twice in DGW35, two of them Brighton, talk quickly turned to which of the double gameweekers would not only be useful this week but also prove an asset for the remainder of the season. With Adam sat in on the call and offering opinions Rob was quick to exert his authority on proceedings, ordering Adam to mute himself. In fear for his job Adam duly obliged but still felt compelled to offers suggestions through the media of message. These, of course, were instantly dismissed.

Instead, with the damning decisions of last week still haunting us, myself and Rob implored our new mantra - WWTD (what would Trystan do). With that, like a beacon shining from a lighthouse in the darkness, the transfers that needed to be made became apparent. Out went Jamie Vardy and Luka Milivojevic, in came Raul Jimenez and Raheem Sterling. Brief talk of bringing Deulofeu into the side as a bit of a left-field pick was just as quickly dismissed due to it not being in keeping with our new scripture.

The real decision lay in which, if any, of our chips to use. Given most FPL managers will be employing their bench boost this week, we went slightly against the grain and instead pumped for the triple captain. Our reasoning being that the GW36 fixtures look more favourable for a bench boost for our team. The three main options for the armband were between Son, Sterling and Jimenez. Each represent a solid option:

  • Sterling - Has returned five scores of 10+ points his last 10 Gameweeks
  • Jimenez - Averages six points per game at home this season
  • Son - Three goals and one assist in the four Premier League matches Kane has been absent

In the end we chose Sterling. Our rationale being that with City knocked out of the Champions League midweek, the fear of rotation has lessened somewhat. Pep knows his side must keep winning in the Premier League and the Englishman offers the explosive potential lacking from the other two.

Our final line-up therefore has seven players playing twice, three Liverpool starters against Cardiff and a free scoring Wilson against Fulham. A team, we feel, would make Trystan proud. With a match against Southampton, Rondon takes up the first spot on our bench. Pereira in second as Leicester travel to West Ham. As punishment for last week Duffy now sits at the end of the bench, with the rest of the players under strict instructions to shun him. Lesson learned - cue two clean sheets and a goal this week then.

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Captain Picks - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...

Projections - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...

FPL Fixtures - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...

Team News & Predicted Line-ups - https://www.thestatszone.com/f...

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