Saturday 14 October 2017

GW8 Team

Very quick post I'm afraid, to update site team for posterity. Key transfers this week over at are Firmino to Vardy and Mkhitaryan to Sterling so without any great thought 2FT used and the site team follows suit. Should have been Silva really based on the Top Players rating but just couldn't afford that - the team was started late (GW3) so missed out on some important price changes. Still... looking good. Kane (C) of course and some questions could be asked regarding bench and bench order but it'll do.  Good luck, folks!

Friday 29 September 2017

GW7 Fantasy Football Cloud Team

First up this is the unlimited budget "best bunch of 11 players" according to the Top Player ratings at

I am working on an algorithm which will compare a given FPL team to the optimum one, give your team a rating, and offer best way (transfer) to improve the rating within budget. But in this post I'l try and work the algorithm manually :)

So the current FFCloud site team before transfers looks like this with 2FT and 1.5 ITB...

Not too shabby but far from perfect. The team has a rating of 327 (just first XI) compared to the very best team (the first image) which scores 350, the big differences being Firmino and Brady instead of Morata and Salah, which would pretty much blow the budget to pieces.

One option would be to shift Firmino for Morata, selling Lowe to Mbemba to raise money. This would bump the rating up by 14 to 341. A "better" move however would be to do a straight switch from Lowe to Kolasanic, an increase of 17 and only using 1FT. Hmmm...  so that's the transfer then and team  for GW7 is below!

Looking at the ratings in general has led me to consider the "worth" of a player to your team. For example, if Tom Carroll is in 47/50 top manager's squads and Kane in just 42/50 does that make Carroll the better player for your team? Of course not. So I have some ideas and will be developing the ratings in this direction over the international break. Good luck, folks.

Friday 22 September 2017

GW6 Team Fantasy Football Cloud

Here's the site team for Gameweek 6.

There's no Sergio Aguero. After a massive surge on Sunday/Monday it's now looking unlikely his ranking in my "Top Players" bit will eclipse Kane or Lukaku, or even Firminio for that matter, and thus he does not make the team.  To be honest, it's close, and with 10 out of 50 WCs active this week he could well edge it over Kane.

Matt Ritchie has seen a fair no. of transfers in, as have David Silva and Sead Kolasanic. The transfer that would best align the site team with the Top Player ratings as they are right now would be Atsu out for Ritchie, increasing the overall "rating" of the team by 9.

However, Atsu could well be a WC target and it's not a clear transfer, so -  reading between the lines a little - I will hold the transfer this week in order to make a better move next. I will also hold my breath when City play Palace!

Kane is the captain as he is best placed in the various polls. I've picked Carroll to start based on his almost ubiquitous presence in top managers team hence he's likely for selection this week (plus is an okay FPL player for what he is).

Best of luck!

Friday 15 September 2017

GW5 Fantasy Football Cloud Team

Quick post to share the GW5 team. At a bit of a disadvantage due to starting late and missing some price rises on Eriksen, Mkhi and the like so have taken a 4 point hit.

As mentioned last week, the policy for this team is to keep it aligned with my "Top Player" ratings at, which are in turn based on the teams of best career FPL managers out there (e.g. HoF).

The key transfer to make this week is Ben Davies so in he comes, for Bertrand. Willian was sacrificed and so also new to the team is Robbie Brady. He was the highest rated player in that low to mid-price bracket.

Atsu looks like a problem but there is money to spend if required on a player like Maxim Choting (who has seen some transfers in this week). Kane (C)!  Good luck!!!

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Fantasy Football Cloud FPL Team

Hello folks,

Long time no see. I have not been away, just behind the curtain and wanted to first quickly share with you my new site Fantasy Football Cloud.

One of the things on the site I am most excited about is the "Top Players" section. This is based on the squads of the best fantasy football managers ever - or at least over the last 5 seasons. Similar to what FFGeek does in his weekly post Analysing the teams of theTop 10 FPL Managers, I gather team data from the 50 managers with the best record I can find over the last 5 seasons and aggregate this into players ratings.

I started doing this around the GW21 mark last season and basically the team could do no wrong. Consistently, week after week after week, it got a green arrow. So I am excited about it.

Based on these rating I have just entered an aggregate team into FPL (just now) and that actually is the main point of posting today. Admittedly at a slight handicap due to missed price rises but I can't help that now so let's see how she does.

If you head over to the site you'll see the the Top Players section is organised into a rough team structure via position and price bracket. There also the "Team" option so I've tried to follow that with the team I have entered. Captaincy will be based on the polls.

Anyway, enough rattle, here is the team. Let us see how she fares!