Welcome to the GW8 REVIEW – SMILE

Though your heart is achin’
Even though it’s breakin’
When there are are clouds in the sky
You’ll get by…

If you smile
Through your fear and sorrow
And maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shinin’ through,
For you…

If you have seen the excellent new movie JOKER you will recognise this one. Who knew the song was all about FPL? For some of us (me) it has been a terrible start to the season. Massive thanks to Stu Allen, Damien O’Neill and Jamie Stewart for taking the review reigns recently I was hoping to return with a better rank and renewed vigour. But I can confirm that hasn’t happened.  My heart is achin’ But I am trying to SMILE, still waiting for the sun to come shinin’ through.

But you don’t want to hear about all that so lets check out the Official FPL Dream Team for GW8. How many of this lot did you own?

When Adama Traore (16) is the best scoring player of the week you know something strange has gone down. Wolves swept aside the champions with 2 late goals both coming the same way. Traore’s brace, clean sheet and max bonus earnt him a whopping 16 points. If he can show any kind of consistency Traore may well be on our radar as a 5.0 mid. 

Elsewhere in midfield there were a couple of Liverpool mids one more popular than the other. Many FFUKers own Mane (12) who, with a goal, assist and 2 bonus put a smile on the face of his owners, in particular the 6 who captained him, pretty much the only captain success. Alongside him was the ever dependable Milner (13), who scored the late pen and provided the assist for Mane, which meant max bonus. 

At the bargain end of the basement we find Villa’s Hourihane (11) who was pivotal in his side’s demolition of the Canaries, and will only set you back 5.7. You want even cheaper? How about Geordie smiler Matty Longstaff at just 4.5 who scored the only goal of the game and earnt max bonus. 

Up top it was Villa’s new boy Wesley (14) who had an eventful afternoon. 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 missed penalty and max bonus meant 14 points for his owners and brings him level with TAA for points scored overall. Who would have predicted that pre season?
Wesley too expensive at 6.0. How about a 4.5m forward in Brighton’s Connolly who scored a brace and got max bonus in the Seagulls demolition of the Spurs? The 2nd goal in particular was a beauty. Either of these bargains take your fancy?

At the back Watford’s Foster (10) was the best GK, for the first time this season. Watford assets havent been great so far but maybe the tide is turning there.

In defence the trio of David Luiz (15), Willems (12) and Dunk (10) all outscored their more expensive premium counterparts.


From now on we will post just the top 20 of the league in the review, after all these are the prize winning positions we should all be aiming for.

Ryan Corbett (20th) was the best scorer in the league, in a low scoring week, with 64 points. Smiles all round – Well played Ryan!

Allan Tomkins (1st), the reigning champ, is still top but its very tight up there, there are just 6 points between the top 5. And only 13 points between the top 10.

Biggest mover in the top 10 was Tom McEwan (3rd) with 59 scored this week. Tom was one of the lucky ones who got some points from his captain as he selected Mane (12 x 2).

Lowest score this week was tied with Adam White (186th) and Douglas Wilson (233rd) who both managed just 21 points. Smile and stick with it guys we can and we will turn this around. 

Would you like some chip stats for the FFUK league? Well here we go…

  • 29% of the league have used no chips at all yet this season
  • 63% of the league have now used their first wildcard 
  • 0.4% have used all 3 chips and their wildcard already! 

If you are a fan these stats then make sure you watch out for more stats based stuff coming to you over the international break.

Who goes this week?

Another gameweek, another double eviction in the CONTS mini league…

Top score is irrelevant in this league but fwiw it was Mark Storrar with 55 points. This week it was not a good week to be called James. Jamie Davis was ok with 37 points scored. Jimmy Spence survived with 31 points. But there were a trio of James with the lowest scores. James Page-Chatton escapes eviction by the skin of his teeth with 29 scored but there was no such luck for James Amar and James Downie.

Pete will take no pleasure at all in evicting you both. Better luck next season!

Plenty going on at FFUK at the moment, forget about the beef between Rebekah Vardy and Colleen Rooney and catch up with the latest FFUK news below:

Are you free on Saturday 19th October? That is the date of our next meet up, currently 12 signed up but we would love to see more of you. We have an area reserved at The Thirsty Bear which is just a 5 minute walk from Waterloo Station. So you can get there and back home from almost anywhere. Handy. Kick Off at 3pm then we have the main event at 5.30pm City vs Palace – which I think we will all have some FPL involvement with. 

Let us know if you can attend so we can ensure we have an area big enough!

The FFUK Cup is now underway, how are you getting on in your tie after the first gameweek of the month. Have you seen the latest Cupdate from Bakes? We can also announce the date for the FFUK Cup 2nd round draw video will take place on the evening Monday 28th October, live on YouTube. Put that one in your diary too!

Finally, we are always trying to increase the number of posts on the website, speaking of which look for out for a special on player ownership within the FFUK league during the international break, but if you would like to write something or have an idea, maybe you fancy writing a review, whatever it is, get in touch.

Pete and I are happy to help and grateful for any help we get. We wouldn’t be able to run this league without the assistance we receive but we are always on the lookout for more helpers. Get in touch if you have any spare time and fancy getting involved!

That’s it for another gameweek, thanks for reading, enjoy the international break and remember…

Look after yourself and each FFUKer!

I will leave you with more lyrics from SMILE as it seems apt.



Light up your face with gladness
Hide, every trace of sadness
Although a tear
may be ever so near

That’s the time, You must keep on tryin’
Smile, what’s the use of cryin’
You’ll find that life is still worth while
If you just smile

If you smile
Through your fear and sorrow
Smile, and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shinin’ through
for you……

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