GW Points: 71
Overall Points: 148
Overall Rank: 15,443
Transfers: Sanchez out, Kane in
If I was going to describe this game week I’d say it was a fairly solid result. It wasn’t by any means good but it wasn’t a disaster either. A drop on the leaderboard is never what I want to see but still being within touching distance of the top 10,000 is a good thing. To put it in perspective, when I finished within the top 600 places overall a couple of seasons ago, at this stage I was around 45,000 so there’s a long way to go and overall position at the moment means very little.
Aguero hat trick. I was debating whether to include him at the start of the season because of rotation issues. I’m certainly glad I did with 28 points at the weekend.
Another clean sheet for Robertson. Liverpool have made a solid start defensively but face some more difficult games in September.
A goal and star man for both Kane and Mane. Mane has made a very strong start and it was good to see the transfer of Kane pay off so quickly when I was completely torn around bringing him in or not.
Although Mendy only picked up 5 points it was another good performance from him.
Man City midfield. Seeing Mahrez benched is a huge concern. I’ve got to have players who are on the pitch in my team. He also drew a blank in the first game which makes it two in a row. I’m also not overly convinced that B. Silva is going to be a regular starter long term or a consistent point scorer. At the moment I’ll be focusing on Mahrez though, he will get one more chance at the weekend. If he starts, he stays in. If he’s dropped he’s out before the game. If he starts and draws another blank, he’s out before the prices change.
Hart/Lowton. Burnley shipped 6 goals across the game week. Fortunately Lowton and Hart missed the game in the Europa League. For me it’s now pointless doubling up on them defensively. I was bitterly disappointed that they conceded at home to Watford at the weekend. They don’t let in many goals at home and Watford hadn’t scored an away goal since January. It looked like a nailed on clean sheet. For me it’s time to move Lowton on. I’ll probably go 3-4-3 for the time being and bring in either Pedro or Richarlison at the weekend. Both have made solid starts but I’m not convinced by either of them in the long term. I’m going to try and ignore that feeling for now as they may surprise me and their values are almost certain to rise.
I don’t see too many issues within the team at the moment once these positions have been looked at. I can see where a couple of ‘mistakes’ may have been made with the initial team selection but without being able to predict the future it was hard to spot them before a ball was kicked. In hindsight I’d have gone for Gomez over Lowton and Richarlison or Pedro instead of Mahrez. This would have put the team around 30 points ahead of where it is now.
Tips for Game Week 3
Looking forward to game week 3. I’d fancy Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea to do well. They’ve all started well and I can see this continuing for the next game week. Both Man City and Chelsea have favourable fixtures in the short term as well. I’d personally probably avoid bringing in and Man Utd or Spurs players if you don’t already have them at this stage – as they face each other.
Wolves v Man City
Liverpool v Brighton
Newcastle v Chelsea
Arsenal v West Ham
Man Utd v Spurs
In terms of my transfers. I’ve already decided Lowton needs to go. As he’s 2.5m, this gives me a few options but I’m currently favouring Pedro or Richarlison with a change to 3-4-3. I’ll also be taking a look at the Man City line up with tomorrows early kick off. I’m hoping Mahrez starts – if he does then he will stay in. If he’s benched, he’s almost certainly going to have to go. This then leaves a more difficult decision – do I go for the player I don’t go for in place of Lowton (either Pedro or Richarlison) and end up with them both. Or do I go for a defender who is likely to pick up a few clean sheets over the next few weeks. I must admit at this stage I’m favouring a defender more – given that Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea and Spurs generally got between 16-19 clean sheets in the Premier League last season. I can’t see Pedro or Richarlison getting the equivalent in goals across the season and both score the same amount of points. If Liverpool didn’t have a few tricky fixtures during September my first choice would be Van Dijk as I don’t think there’s a rotation issue. Given their tricky fixtures I may be tempted by Stones or a Chelsea defender. This would be a difficult decision as Alonso has started well but I think he’s overpriced at 4.5m. However someone like Luiz at 3m may be at risk of getting dropped.
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