GW Points: 73
Overall Points: 73
Overall Rank: 172,002
After a lot of careful planning game week one was fairly average for the team. I felt like I’d got off to a decent start with Mane, Salah, Lukaku and Lacazette all being amongst the goals. I also gained clean sheet bonuses from Foster, Valencia and Baines. This resulted in 73 points for the team – which I thought was a fairly decent start. My overall rank is a little concerning – I finished the last few months of last season consistently within the top 1,000 teams in the competition. Sitting so far down the leader board already is a bit disappointing after week 1, but it is very early days.
Clean sheets for Foster, Baines and Valencia felt like a good start. Especially with the late change in keeper when I took out Pickford in favour of Foster to free up some budget.
Lacazette getting on the score sheet within minutes on Friday evening was a huge positive. I wasn’t sure how he would start in the Premier League, however it was slightly disappointing that he didn’t go on to grab another in this game.
Lukaku grabbing a brace against West Ham was the start I’d hoped for. He was the first name on my team sheet so it was great to see this paying off so early on.
Mane and Salah both scoring in Liverpool’s first game couldn’t have gone any better. Unfortunately this goal scoring form didn’t carry on into the Champions League qualifier.
Kane got off to a slow start from a point scoring perspective. At 8m I believe a lot of managers would have been questioning his selection – I personally didn’t want to risk excluding him. This didn’t pay off with only 2 points in game week 1 and they now face a tough fixture against Chelsea in game week 2. He did however hit the post, had this gone in it could be a different story.
Liverpool were poor defensively against Watford and this cost Matip a lot of points. They also failed to keep a clean sheet in the Champions league qualifier. Very disappointing and he will almost certainly need to be transferred out.
Man Utd destroyed West Ham and this resulted in -4 points for Ogbonna. He was always going to be a risk with West ham facing Utd in the opening game of the season. At 1.5m I’m hoping they will improve and over the course of the season (should they finish in the top half of the table) he could still be a good cheap defensive option. Early signs are not looking good though. On a more positive note, at least he started the game, suggesting he could be a first choice centre back.
De Bruyne only picked up 3 points against Brighton. Despite playing well he didn’t grab a goal or assist. This was a slightly disappointing start but I guess I shouldn’t expect a goal from every one of my midfielders every game week. Two out of three scoring wasn’t so bad.
It’s very early days but I’ve already spotted a few areas of concern in terms of players missing from my team. This could change very quickly but if results continue in the nature of game week 1 then I’m going to need to make some changes to address this. Aguero looks a worry as a first team regular for City. Pogba, Alli and Eriksen also look like they could score well this season. Defensively Davies and Kompany are both players I’ll be keeping a look out for. Having some Man City and Spurs coverage may be necessary and could be a value for value swap for Baines and Matip.
Any Team Selection regrets?
I chopped and changed my team quite a lot before the start of the season. Things could have gone very differently in game week 1 but I do think I made a couple of mistakes in selection based on how things did pan out.
– Pickford in goal. Two clean sheets in game week 1. Speaks for itself. I wish I’d stuck to my initial instinct and doubled up with Everton defenders as they had additional fixtures. This went away from my usual principle of selecting players with the best fixtures but I wasn’t sure Pickford would start in Europe.
– Lacazette instead of Firmino. For the same reasons as Pickford, I should have stuck with Firmino based on Liverpool’s extra fixtures. Luckily he didn’t score mid week. I got influenced by the percentage selection stats on the Dream Team website and wanted to reduce risk by going for the three most popular strikers.
Other than these two decisions I don’t regret any other choices. I think they were still the right players to go for based on last years stats and starting fixtures. It was just unfortunate that Kane and De Bruyne didn’t hit the ground running.
Tips for Game Week 2
I’m personally sticking with my team as it is. It’s too late for me to bring in Firmino or Pickford as they’ve already played their first additional fixtures and I still have a reasonable coverage of Everton and Liverpool players for game week 2. My team was chosen based on August fixtures and I’m still confident that it’s a good choice going into the next game week. I also want to hold onto my transfers. It’s way too early to jump to conclusions about how players will perform for the rest of the season, so I’m not going to rush into taking Kane out for example. Having three transfers for the end of the month could be very beneficial as players values are going to rise, I could then make a move for players who have played well in the first few weeks and be sure of growing my overall budget.
However, if you have got off to a really awful start and are looking to make changes. A few teams or players I’d look out for are:
Man Utd – (Next games: Swansea, Leicester) they have a good run of fixtures and obviously made a strong start. In my opinion Lukaku is a must have but Pogba also looks like he will score well, as does Mkhitaryan.
Liverpool – (Next games: Palace, 1899 Hoffenheim, Arsenal) Mane and Salah made good starts, they also have the return leg of the Champions League qualifier. I see these two as essential at least until the end of August.
Other than that I wouldn’t be looking at many other players for game week 2. Spurs, Everton, Chelsea and Man City are all playing each other.
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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