GW Points: 77
Overall Points: 77
Overall Rank: 5,810
Transfers: None used
Overall a fantastic start to the new season, couldn’t have asked for much more from the game week. Almost a full set of clean sheets, assists from defenders, three goals from midfield and a goal from Salah. Position on the overall leaderboard means very little at the moment but it’s good to be well within the top 10,000 already. It is however very early days, so I’m not getting carried away with this start as I know it could change very quickly during game week 2. It’s also worth noting that Burnley’s game on Thursday will not count for scoring points. Should they get through to the next round, these games will count. I wasn’t aware of this before the season start, I’ve never known a competitive game which kicks off after the season started to not count in Dream Team but either way it’s been a good start.
Clean sheets for Hart and Lowton. It was good to see the two cheaper defensive options get off to a good start. I’d still have question marks next to their names for the long term but points on the board are what matter at the moment.
Clean sheet and an assist for Robertson. Very happy with this performance and selection.
Two assists and a clean sheet for Mendy. Extremely happy that I swapped Otamendi for Mendy. Thought he was very unlucky to not pick up star man with this performance. It was very close between him and Sterling.
A goal for Shaw. Thought he was unfortunate not to get a clean sheet as well. I’d like to see him get a run in the first team but I’m still not sure it will happen. I think one bad game and he will be out. A good performance but still one to keep an eye on in terms of regular game time.
A brace from Mane was a particular highlight, especially as I was close to leaving him out. Fortunately it became obvious from feedback on my team without him that he was essential so I managed to work him back into the team.
A goal for B. Silva was another highlight. I was tempted to take him out for Willian before the season got going, so it was a relief to see him grab a goal so early on.
A goal for Salah. I’d imagine most people have him so these points make very little difference but still good to see.
Despite picking up 0 points, I thought Mahrez looked a threat. He was close to getting rated which would have got him 3 points. Had he stayed on the pitch, I’m almost certain he would have got this. A situation to monitor but I thought he looked more of a goal threat than B. Silva for the long term.
There are no real issues after getting off to such a good start. However there are a few observations:
Sanchez didn’t really look like scoring. Although he should have had the penalty which would have made this a very different story. The plan was always to swap Sanchez for Kane anyway so there is no issue. It’s just knowing when to make this move. I’m still inclined to do it before Spurs play on Saturday. I appreciate that Kane didn’t play well at the weekend and looked off the pace. However I want him in before he has that game when he grabs two or three goals, rather than just after. I must admit when I saw that he was starting against Newcastle it was a huge concern so it may be best to get him in sooner rather than later.
Having Mahrez, B. Silva and Aguero could become an issue long term. There will be so much rotation between these positions that I think one of them should probably go. I won’t be making this decision based on one game week though. My personal opinion is that Aguero stays and between the other two Mahrez could still score more over the course of the season. I’d probably look to Chelsea for a replacement. As Chelsea face Arsenal and Man City face Huddersfield at the weekend, I’m happy to let this situation play out further before making a decision.
It was a great start from the backline, but if I was being mega critical I’d say I’m only 100% certain on Robertson and Mendy. It’s just something to keep an eye on at this stage but I’m not convinced having two Burnley defensive options is wise. I’m also not convinced Shaw will hold down a regular place all season (purely because of the way Mourinho is towards him). I want a Man Utd defender so if Shaw does go, I think it’s obvious to bring Young in. With Hart being so cheap it’s probably worth sticking with him – although I read Heaton is now fit so who knows how this might pan out. I’d like to upgrade Lowton to someone like Luiz to have some Chelsea coverage. This could be tricky as changing these positions could require 1.5m. At the moment I’ve only got 0.5m to play with when Kane comes in. It’s merely an observation at the moment rather than an issue though.
Tips for Game Week 2
For me it’s hopefully more of the same. I’m fairly happy with the team I’ve got going into game week 2. The only decision I need to face is whether to bring in Kane or not – I’ll decide closer to the time. With it being so early on, I can’t see me making any transfers other than this, unless someone gets injured in training. If you did not get off to the best of starts. It’s worth looking at the fixtures for the big teams for next weekend:
Man City v Huddersfield
Palace v Liverpool
Brighton v Man Utd
Spurs v Fulham
Chelsea v Arsenal
I’d be looking at City in particular and also Liverpool. With Chelsea and Arsenal facing each other it probably wouldn’t be the right time to bring in any of their players. Both Man Utd and Spurs could also have a good game week. There are so many players who could do well from these teams during the game week. It’s just too early to tell but I’d be keeping an eye on:
Man City: any defender, De Bruyne, Aguero, Mahrez, B. Silva
Liverpool: any defender, Mane, Salah, Firmino
Man Utd: any defender, Lukaku
Spurs: any defender, Eriksen, Alli, Kane
As always, feel free to share your own progress in game week 1 below, suggest any players to look out for or provide any other useful comments below.
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