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Grab, Avoid or Bore Off! – Fantasy Premier League 2018-19

Grab, Avoid or Bore Off! – Fantasy Premier League 2018-19

Grab, Avoid or Bore Off! – Fantasy Premier League 2018-19

International break time can only mean one thing, it is ‘Bore off’ time. This time around we have brought some fresh faces in while still keeping one from the old guard.

Smash makes his second appearance on GABO, you will usually find him on Team News covering pressers where he is always fighting with Wolves & Watford and misspelling Doucouré, much to Frenchie’s delight.

Kralin makes his debut. I haven’t crossed paths often with Kralin on the boards so I asked someone to describe him for me and this is what he told me. “18th century gentleman. Puts on a full 3 piece suit and top hat before siting down to comment on the site. Probably has a butler to type his words out for him.”

Kop is basically old furniture here at GABO. He is an original on this article and anytime he is not busy fighting with anyone who has a positive outlook on life we are happy to have him.

Ok, enough of the intros, let’s get it on!

Thanks for reading Grab, Avoid or Bore Off! – Fantasy Premier League 2018-19. This article was written by Mito21




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  1. 13
    Frenchie says:

    Thanks guys, that’s really my favourite article series.
    I am actually delighted by this article.
    And keep spelling Doucoure as you wish, Smash 😉

  2. 14
  3. 15
    banjomaker says:

    Love a good GABO guys! Highlight of the IB for me!! smile

  4. 16
    Jamie Mc says:

    On a wildcard, rate my first draft please:-

    Schmeichel and boric
    Alonso, Robertson, smalling, Bennett and wan bissaka
    Hazard, mane, richarlison, schurrle and hojbjerg
    Aguero, firmino and deeney



    • 16.1
      Kralin says:

      I think a lot of the arguments for/against Salah have been made, so I won’t go there.

      Am interested in why you’ve not gone for Mendy though. I’d have him in by some distance ahead of Smalling.

      • inittowinit says:

        Uncanny! I isolated Robertson as I figured they were more comparable price wise and an easier swap but yeah I wasn’t taken on the Smalling pick either. Their 3 after Watford look ok though in terms of CS potential I guess.

        • Kralin says:

          Oh yeah, Man U’s fixtures are all right, absolutely fine in fact. I’d keep Shaw if I had him.

          But I’d fancy Mendy going seriously mental in at least one of the City games in the same period. Though I daresay he’ll be rotated at some point.

    • 16.2
      inittowinit says:

      Hi Jamie, apart from the obvious omission there who I won’t mention as it’s long been debated already, would it not be worth having Mendy in there instead of Robertson, for now anyway at least. Their fixtures in the next 4 are at different ends of the difficulty spectrum.

  5. 17
    Jamie Mc says:

    I had salah and mickyt changed to mane and hazard.

    Annoyed that mickyt came on for 1 minute last week.

    Seriously thinking of Mendy and some cheap midfielder against smalling and richarlison.

    Thanks for your suggestion.


    • 17.1
      Kralin says:

      If I go one way I’ll be looking at Neves or Fraser, probably. A very close call because there’s not a lot between them, to my eye anyway. Fraser’s being closer more often in / around the opponents’ penalty box may swing it but I still fancy Neves.

  6. 18
    Red Robbo says:

    Evening all. Really enjoyed the GABO article as always – excellent way to break up the IB and good to see a new writer in Kralin.

    I have a bit of a conundrum. After GW8 I will be off-line for 3 or 4 GW’s so need to have a team set up to sail as a ghost ship for a bit, so I’m planning my transfers ahead. Problem is, I can’t make up my mind whether to stay with 4-4-2 or move to 3-5-2.

    4-4-2 would mean Bavies > Pereira (or Holebas, but fixtures favour Pereira)
    3-5-2 would mean Bavies > Bennett or Cedric.

    Midfielders I want to change are Mkhitaryan & Bilva, who I just don’t think are secure, and Jota, who seems to be rubbish! Also will probably need to upgrade Kamara, and change King (though he is a low priority change). Considering several including Hazard, Dilva, Pererya, Maddison & some cheapies to replace – Haz is only really do-able with the 4-4-2 set-up.

    I’ve got 2 FT and 0.1 ITB. Given fixtures for Bilva & Jota I can live with them for another week, though equally happy to take a hit getting rid of them!

    Anyone able to help me steer a way ahead?



    • 18.1
      Kralin says:

      I think in your shoes – the unmoored ship, drifting out of the harbour, wind cyclonic 4 or 5, increasing 6 at times, occasionally 7 later – I’d play the wildcard just before with a very close eye on the fixtures from weeks 9-12.

      We’ll know a lot more in week 8 about who’s in form, who has the decent fixtures etc. Eg now, it looks like B&HA have some good fixtures in your period of fantasy exile. But they may be in decline in the weeks leading up.

      • inittowinit says:

        This is getting scarily uncanny now. Maybe we should just arrange a shift pattern?! smile

        • Kralin says:

          It happened a lot (similar posts, as if we were playing snap) to me on FFF with another manager there, Old Goat (who of all the managers over there was the one I most hoped would come over here).

          Anyhow, can I leave you with midnight to 6am?

        • inittowinit says:

          That’s absolutely fine, I shall quit my other job now with immediate effect!

          Shame he’s not come over. Is he aware? The name rings a bell. Are you in contact with him elsewhere?

        • I’ve asked him many times but he seems to be busy with something.

        • Kralin says:

          Yes, he knows about here. I was in touch, slightly, but he was a bit burnt out (he pretty much took on RMTs single-handedly in the last weeks of the site) at the end of the season so I’ve haven’t hassled him about it.

        • inittowinit says:

          Ok cool, well hopefully he may reenergise and gravitate in time.

      • Red Robbo says:

        I was more looking to keep the wildcard for dealing with the severe storm damage I’m expecting after leaving the ship untended for so long. The wind analogy couldn’t be more apt – I’m heading to Cuba during hurricane season laugh

        Brighton cover for me would mean either a defensive filler, or Groß. GW9-12 three out of four are away games for Brighton, and Groß just doesn’t get the returns away from home which puts me off. I will add Dunk to my watchlist though. Still have fond memories of owning him for all of his own goals last season laugh

    • 18.2
      inittowinit says:

      All seems a bit chaotic if I’m being totally honest Robbo! In all seriousness if I knew I was defo offline for such a period (heck are you going?!) I’d probably just keep playing week by week for now and almost certainly simply WC before I left to give myself the best chance of keeping pace over that time.

      On Mikhi, looking at the here and now, I’ve got him myself and I’m a bit concerned as I saw the Arsenal highlights before and I’m not sure who he’s supposed to replace there to get back in unless Rambo drops back again in place of Xhaka, who really does need replacing! Rambo looked good where he was though.

      Apropos nothing, if you didn’t catch the highlights or the game itself it’s worth a watch just for the hilarity of Cech’s inabilty to cope with any back pass, of which they seem to be insisting on playing a lot of!

      • Red Robbo says:

        Thoughts on WC are above in my reply to Kralin, though I can see the benefits as well – shame I can’t roll over ALL my transfers for when I get back. It’s Cuba btw, hence off-line as it’s just too much hassle to get the internet there.

        I was struggling to see a place for Mkhi as well when I watched it, so might just ditch him this GW. It was excellent comedy watching the ball going back to Cech – I think he must have pissed off the defenders and they are getting revenge!

        • inittowinit says:

          I can see how that’d also be a benefit as yes it may well indeed be a mess when you return too! Personally speaking I’d simply hand my team over to Cookie, is that not an option? I don’t mean him specifically of course but is there not someone you know who plays and you can trust to run it sensibly for a few weeks?

        • Red Robbo says:

          Might be an idea on the handover, but I also quite like the challenge of setting the team up to survive it.

          I’m actually coming round to the WC idea as even if I was really unlucky with injuries, surely I wouldn’t lose more than 4 or 5 players, so could get straight back up to a playing 11 with my 2 FT’s on my return.

          A planned WC also means that rather than over-think it I can just attack the next few weeks with reckless abandon, which sounds fun laugh

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