TWO FPL VETERANS REVEAL EVERYTHING IN A HEAD-TO-HEAD FIGHT FOR FPL GLORY
UPDATED EVERY GAMEWEEK
In 2019, FPL veterans Toby & Gianni (six top 1% finishes in the last seven seasons) wrote a book called Fantasy Premier League: Unlocking The Secrets to A Top 1% Finish. The aim was to help good players become great players with comprehensive FPL hints and tips. FPL Diary is the continuation of that book.
Each gameweek, a few hours before the deadline, Toby and Gianni will reveal their team with a few words on why they did what they did. Take inspiration. Hell, copy it if you want. But ignore these FPL tips at your peril.
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TOBY'S LINEUP: GW17
Despite it being my 10th green arrow in a row, I was a bit disappointed with last week's showing of 70 points. A lot of players that I didn't own did well which meant I lost some ground in the Pentagon ML.
This week I've got 2 FTs but I'm only going to use one. It's not a particularly exciting move but I've got Tomori to Kelly. The Palace man is £0.5m cheaper than Tomori and his fixtures are great. Roy seems to have them on lockdown at home.
I flirted with the idea of going KDB to Dele but it felt like a sideways move given that KDB players a terrible Arsenal defence. Rolling one of my FTs also means I'll still have two next week when we see a blank GW for Liverpool and West Ham. This gives me a little bit of flexibility and I may make the move then.
I'm running out of patience with Zaha a little. His fixtures are still really good but if he blanks again it'll be three on the spin and I think I'll be looking to shift him to an enabler to play 3-4-3.
My final concern is benching Dingsy again. The man is on fire and it's a tough call but someone has to make way.
It's almost impossible to look past Vardy as captain this week. His for is unreal and he's at home to the worst defence in the league. Mane vice.
GIANNI'S LINEUP: GW17
Finally, I’m starting to make progress after a decent return last time out. I’ve got in form players everywhere I look. Salah has become a differential in most of my mini leagues and looks back to his best, I’m confident he will outperform Mané again this week. My double Leicester is going great guns too, likewise, Jiménez is still returning and has been unlucky not to clock up more points. I’m really happy with my team and can’t see myself doing anything too drastic on my WC in a couple of week's time.
On paper, this should be one hell of a week as the vast majority of my squad have “easy” fixtures. I’m going to go with Nick Pope despite Burnley’s poor form. He gets the nod over Hendo because I intend to play Lord Lundstram and I don’t want the risk of a SHU double up conceding.
Selling Kane for Rashford was a brave (maybe stupid) call but I’m prepping myself for my WC when I will bring in Son, Dele and Aurier so will have plenty of Spurs cover. Kane is too deep with the two ‘midfielders’ often more advanced than him. Rashford has blanked only once in his last eight games and looks flames right now.
I actually really like the idea of Salah as captain but haven’t got it in me to back my instinct. With Vardy’s ownership so high I can’t risk going against him as I did last week. I’m expecting 2 million FPL managers to back him again so have to join the party through FOMO.