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.
That's it; free weekly FPL advice from two perennial top 1% finishers, no strings.
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TOBY'S LINEUP: GW29
Carnage in the FA Cup. The Liverpool exit means that most FPL managers have an additional three players available for the BGW31. It's slightly annoying as I had planned to use my FH chip in BGW31 knowing that most managers would struggle to get more than six or seven players out. Gianni has got particularly lucky (again) as he defined and planned for a strategy that was reliant on Liverpool losing that FA Cup tie. Everything he touches has turned to gold this season and it's a miracle I'm still within touching distance. If I manage to overturn the 40 points behind it'll be a season to remember!
Anyhoo, my team is in great shape this week. My GK and three defenders all have home fixtures against weak teams. In fact, I only have two players with an away fixture in the team. I had the exact money to do Dendonker to Sarr and, while it leaves me with a benching headache this week, it's all part of the long term plan. A plan that I'm refusing to reveal until next week because Gianni has started to copy my team. The evidence is overwhelming. He bought in Mané soon after I did. I told him I was bringing in Jiminez and he did the same. I told him I was bringing in Sarr and he's done the same. He's also stolen DCL, Lundstram, Ings and likely Bruno at some stage this season. I understand why he's doing it because he's desperate to beat me after his pants were pulled down last year. We speak a lot in the week about the moves we are making and it's cost me, dear. He's got a 40-point cushion and he's mirroring my team, stopping me from gaining ground. It's a classic move that we talk about in the book.
So I've told him from now on that I won't be sharing my moves until it's too late for him to copy them. Hopefully, it's not too late.
The big decision is the captain choice this week. KDB's fitness is in question so it's not quite a no brainer to put it on his double GW. Salah, Mane, Jimenez and even Ings (currently on my bench) are all viable options. Full disclosure – my current selection of Mané is subject to change. But if it's not KDB it'll probably be Mané.
GIANNI'S LINEUP: GW29
The FPL twitter community struggled for points last week which inevitably means I did well. I’ve halved my overall rank and feel like going with differentials like Doherty and Cahill has paid off. I had been scouting Doherty for weeks before bringing him in for two double-digit hauls. He had been getting so many touches in and around the box in both the PL and the Europa and I actually feel unlucky not to have had even more from him as he’s missed a couple of big chances.
Ahead of the double for City and Arsenal, the only player I really fear not owning is Auba but would require far too much surgery to accommodate him. I have flirted with the idea of Ozil for a one week punt to try and cover the highly owned forward but now the Arsenal kids have played so well against Pompey I’m not positive he will start both. Scrap that idea.
I guess I’m sacrificing the double this week to get 11 for 31. Predictably I’ve bought in Sarr for rotation/injury risk Traore. Palace are now keeping clean sheets but they are conceding so many chances so I’m hopeful on Sarr although hate making the template move! But let’s not forget, sometimes they’re template for a reason!
Captain KDB if fit, Salah if not.