GW25 – Ben’s SkyFF Weekly Preview

Ben SkyFF Weekly Review 

Introduction

Hey everyone! Just thought I’d add a little paragraph at the beginning here to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my season so far. My name is Ben, and this is my first season playing SkyFF or any fantasy format for that matter and, thanks to the lads from Man on FPL and other fantasy podcasts, I think I’ve had a good season so far! As of the 28th February, I am currently sat at rank #1580 with 14 transfers remaining in my A team and rank #5899 with 19 transfers on the B team. I think I still have plenty of ways to improve but, given that I had a very rocky start to the season, I am very happy with my season so far and am hoping that it’s only up from here!

Gameweek 25 

Saturday 27th Feb

This Gameweek started off with a bang for myself and most other SkyFF players with the Manchester city defenders once again doing the business, despite losing the clean sheet with both Dias and Stones getting a goal and passing bonus (Dias T2 + Stones T1). Unfortunately for me, I don’t own Stones but thankfully I resisted the urge to captain Gundogan and instead picked Dias who gave me a nice 30 points.

Apart from that though, Saturday was a relatively quiet day for me with the lack of points from Cancelo, Gundogan and Bamford being a disappointment. However, the real stinger of the day for me came in the Westbrom v Brighton fixture with Brighton losing their clean sheet and Dunk’s goal being disallowed, a decision which in my opinion was completely unfair, but I’ll take the 5 points he gave me and move on to Sunday.

Sunday 28th Feb

Sunday was a slightly disappointing day for me with 3 of my 4 players all returning 2 points or less. The Arsenal line-up was the first disappointment of the day as I’d hoped that Saka, who is only owned by 13 teams in the top 1k, would give me a good rank rise should he perform well. Unfortunately, however, he was benched for the entire match and therefore gave me no points for the day. 

However, all was not lost as my planned transfer of Sterling to Kane (c) payed off with Kane netting me 18 points, a decision which seems even sweeter after both Fernandes and Salah blanked in their games against Chelsea and Sheffield respectively.

Monday 1st March

Monday is the first single gameday of the week with Everton hosting Southampton at 8pm. Initially, my plan for this day was to stick with my decision at overhaul and captain Vestergaard but, due to recent performances, I have decided to make a transfer for this game, bringing Calvert-Lewin in as my captain to replace Bamford. Whilst I’m not exactly happy about having to use another one of my transfers, I just don’t feel comfortable putting the captaincy on Vestergaard and, as Bamford seems to be struggling to find form, this seems like the perfect opportunity to bring in a player who I think is a much better captain.

Tuesday 2nd March

Tuesday is another single gameday this week with Wolves travelling to the Etihad to play Manchester City. Thankfully, as this is the only game on Tuesday, we can see the line-ups before the deadline and therefore don’t need to worry about Pep roulette when picking our captains. With that in mind, if he starts, my captain will be Joao Cancelo, my personal favourite city defender to captain due to his attacking threat. 

Wednesday 3rd March

Wednesday should be another straightforward pick for captaincy with the highly owned Bruno Fernandes playing Crystal Palace, who have looked dreadful since losing Zaha. Even if Bruno doesn’t deliver a haul, due to his high ownership, especially in the top 1k (99.6% at the time of writing), he is definitely the safest captaincy choice. Players who brought in Harvey Barnes on Sunday have been really unlucky as I would fancy him as a nice differential captain on Wednesday (Leicester play away to Burnley) if someone was looking to chase ranks but, as it looks like he will be out for at least 6 weeks, I’d strongly recommend not making him your captain on Wednesday. 

The more interesting fixture for me on Wednesday is the 6pm kick-off between Sheffield United and Aston Villa. With Villa’s single gameday against Newcastle United on the 12th in mind, I’m planning on bringing in either Matt Targett or Emi Martinez on Wednesday, as I fancy them to keep another clean sheet against Sheffield. The decision on which player I’ll go for depends on if I’m confident that Martinez will start as it’s possible he could miss this game with Dean Smith saying that he had issues with a “tight groin”, I’ll monitor the situation and make my decision on Wednesday morning.

Thursday 4th March

The final day of the gameweek is another tricky one, posing the same captaincy issue as Sunday, Kane or Salah? Kane has the early fixture playing Fulham away, whereas Salah has a massive fixture for Liverpool’s top 4 hopes facing Chelsea at Anfield. 

Fulham have looked a lot better in recent weeks than earlier in the season however, following a 4-0 victory against Burnley on Sunday, Tottenham look in cracking form. Liverpool are also playing off the back of a win, having beaten Sheffield united 0-2, finally breaking the goal drought of recent weeks. However, the key factor for me in this decision is purely based on the eye test. Kane has looked really good recently and was unlucky to score more on Sunday whereas Salah seemed quiet throughout most of Sunday’s game. Because of this, combined with Chelsea’s superb form since Tuchel’s appointment, I think it’ll be Kane (c) for me. 

Planned Transfers

Monday 1st – Bamford -> Calvert-Lewin 
Wednesday 3rd – Ederson -> Martinez OR Vestergaard -> Targett

Anyway, that’s all for this week, I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading my thoughts on Gameweek 25. If anyone has any questions and want to send me a DM, I’ve started up a new Twitter account dedicated specifically to SkyFF (@BenSkyFF) so feel free to follow me there. Good luck for the rest of the week!

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