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Gameweek 1 Reviews

From time to time we will be posting gameweek reviews from the FPL Surgery Slackers. This week we have reviews from Luke Jerdy (18/19 rank: 9,009), Stephan Haugsrud (18/19 rank: 1,710) and the Iceman (18/19 rank: 2,243).

Jerdy’s Watchlist

Here is a list of players that have caught Luke’s eye from GW1.

Pukki – great first touch and finish, caused the best defence for clean sheets last season lots of problems. Could he be the best option at £6.5m? More time to assess as they play Chelsea and City in the next 4.

Buendia – lovely pass for the Pukki goal, he looks confident on the ball, decent price but would prefer him at £5.5

KdB – one of the best players on the pitch, looks well up for this season and wants to make up for lost time. Firmly in my thoughts.

Trezeguet – got in the right areas for Villa and had a few chances. Remains to be seen if he is clinical enough. Subbed off at 58 mins, will earn him a shout out on the General’s pod.

McGinn – lovely run and finish, he was everywhere. Could be a great £5.5 enabler.

Kane – Harry doing what Harry does, primarily causing me a headache. Took his goals well, he’s fresh, he’s hungry. 25-30 goals looks to be a good bet. Can we fit him in with Sterling and Salah? Sacrifices would have to be made elsewhere, at the moment I don’t fancy playing Lundstram!

Femenia – will be interested to see his stats, looked lively at RB for Watford. Can’t see them keeping CS though.

Zaha – is he better than Siggy for a £1.0 saving? He is the type of player that will want to force someone into paying £80m+ for him in the next window. Very interested in Wilf.

Rico – nice option at £4.0? Took some set-pieces. Won’t be interested until first wildcard if he can hold down a place in their team.

Barnes – he has improved his goal tally every year and from this evidence he could get more than 12 this season. Really good finisher, could become the best £6.5 option quite quickly. From GW5-14 Burnley only play Chelsea from the top-6. Oosh!

Stephan’s GW1 Saturday Review

What the Slackers Say – GW1

Welcome to a brand new feature on the FPL Surgery Podcast website. What the Slackers Say will be a weekly article of comments and summaries from FPL Surgery Slack members about that week’s podcast. These will include individual highlights from the podcast and will help FPL players make their team decisions. There is wealth of knowledge and talent in the FPL Slack and a number of players who have consistently achieved ranks inside the top 1% in FPL.

Here’s what some of the Slackers have got to say leading up to GW1…

Alan Duffin

Rank last season: 19,248  |  Highest rank: 19,248

Excellent pod which will turn heads, Stephan has a very similar mindset to Stephen Toumi. 🙂

Alex Ball
Rank last season: 500k  |  Best rank: 3k

I liked the calm rationale given to each position as they talked through their current drafts and alternative options. I’ve listened to a lot of pods pre-season and this kept me interested right to the end. An excellent listen.


Rank last season: 478,189  |  Highest rank: 92,638

The idea of a King and Wilson double up, made my week, or at least made my team make sense. In addition I like Stephan‘s eye for greedy players like Jota.

Captain Kingpin
Rank last season: 119,513Highest rank: 21,777 (2017/18)

My main takeaway from the pod was to put out a team that was flexible so that I can jump on to in-form players easily. I had too much invested in defence and have shifted some cash into midfield/ up front.


Rank Last season: 58,788  |  Best rank: 4 🙂 (2011/2012)

An all encompassing pod this week, essential pre GW1 listening.Specific key messages – which stats to look at (something I’ve rarely used previously but is become part and parcel of the game) and how using that information alongside the eye test is integral to choosing players. Avoiding too many punts in GW1 and to a certain extent aligning with highly owned players that fit into your structure will allow a solid start – as both said you can’t win FPL in the first few GWs but being too maverick early on can be really damaging. Finally the Wilson/King approach was a really innovative solution to a tricky issue which I don’t think many people would have considered previously. Great work and good luck to all for the forthcoming FPL season.

Luke Jerdy

Rank last season: 9,009  |  Highest rank: 9,009

Latest pod was GREAT. Very happy to be convinced on Ayoze Perez and the Wilson/King double up. I don’t see Siggy as a risk he was one of the first to be nailed in my team, I think Everton will start well. Up the pod!

Last Season Rank 25,217  |  Best Rank 25,217

First season I’ve played all year and not given up a couple of months in. Now fully addicted! Still sore about triple captain on Sane last year :'(. I think eye tests and being patient for players in form to haul is important.

Rank last season: 8,726  |  Highest rank: 8,414

Hugely useful pod this week. You can get people on pods telling you certain players are must-haves. Only the surgery will tell you why, backed up with credible evidence. They forgot the mighty Benteke this week, though 😉
Edit: don’t publish the Benteke bit unless he gets a brace

Rank last season (1st season): 800k  |  Highest rank: 800k

The discussions and clarification of why you should be aware of highly owned fodder was informative. were following it for def, but not fwds.
as mentioned by others this is by far the most informative, and thought through pod. with evidence, stats, eye-tests ++ to support your choices of players both on your team(s) as well as on the watchlist. Also “The Algorithm” part will be very interesting to hear as the season progress. glad you got him in. 🙂


FPL players, start your engines, and strap yourself in for the ride.

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