GW Points: 63
Overall Points: 136
Overall Rank: 74,331
Although game week 2 returned less points than game week 1 it was a much more positive result. This can be reflected by the rise to 74,331 in the overall leaderboard. This is still some way off where I’d like to be – I’m hoping to target another top 500 finish by the end of the season but at least it’s a move in the right direction. I’d put a lot of this week’s success down to Liverpool’s additional Champions League fixture – I wish I’d have had even stronger Liverpool representation with Firmino up front as originally planned. But it’s easy to look back in hindsight.
Another clean sheet for Foster and Valencia. I put Foster in at the last minute as I wasn’t sure he would score too well but he’s definitely got off to a decent start. Valencia was my first choice defender who has also made a strong start.
Clean sheet for Matip against Palace was a bonus and he also picked up two points in the Champions League game. However I’m not sure this is enough to keep him in my team long term.
Ogbonna managed a clean sheet and 8 points in the EFL cup. After a very shaky start I’m not sure this will be enough to keep him in my team but it was good to see him get some points on the board.
Goals for Mane (Premier League) and Salah (Champions League) both contributed to a successful game week. As planned from the start of the season it was a good move doubling up on Liverpool attacking options with these extra fixtures in August. I’m happy with both players but going forward I’m not sure I’ll stick with two Liverpool midfielders.
Another goal from Lukaku was a positive. Out of all the big name strikers he’s got off to the best start.
Kane failed to find the back of the net for the second week running. I didn’t really expect much against Chelsea and I believe he hit the post again but at 8m I’d have wanted a bigger return than 4 points in two games. If his form doesn’t pick up quickly he could be one to watch and potentially replace. If he doesn’t score at the weekend I’d not be surprised to see his value drop.
Lacazette also failed to score at the weekend. He was a touch unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet as he was ruled marginally offside. I did watch the game and chances were fairly limited for him, this could also quickly turn into an area of concern.
For the second week running De Bruyne only picked up 3 points. As they were playing Everton this isn’t a huge problem but I’d have hoped for a better return after two game weeks. Hopefully this can change against Bournemouth at the weekend.
No points for Baines this week. Everton had two fairly good results this week but no clean sheets resulted in 0 points. They have a tough run of fixtures coming up so it could be time to take him out before game week 3.
Tips for Game Week 3
In the very short term Man City, Spurs and Man Utd look the most likely to score well in game week 3. Chelsea host Everton and Liverpool host Arsenal over the weekend so these could be fixtures that score lower on points. If you’re purely thinking about game week 3, I’d be looking at players like Aguero, De Bruyne, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Pogba, Mkhitaryan or Lukaku.
My approach is more to plan for the long term. I’ve still got 3 transfers to use for August so game week 3 presents an interesting dilemma with prices set to rise and fall on Friday 1st September. If you’re in a similar position there are two choices to make:
– Stick as we are and hold the transfers until after the weekend. This then gives us a couple of days remaining in August to use our transfers and select players who are almost certain to rise in value. This means we would be almost certain to grow the value of our squad however it comes at the cost of having to keep players who may not score well this weekend.
– Option two is to make some transfers tonight, going into game week 3. At the moment I’m favouring this option. There’s little point holding onto the transfers if there are areas of concern already. We shouldn’t lose out in terms of players who are likely to rise in value as we should already have a good idea about players who will rise in price.
With this in mind and three transfers to use, I’ll briefly highlight the players I’m personally targeting to remove or keeping an eye on:
Matip and Baines for similar reason. Liverpool and Everton have now played their European qualifying games so no longer have the benefit of extra fixtures. I’m not convinced with Liverpool’s defence and they’ve once again got off to a poor start defensively. I’ve got more faith in Everton’s backline but they’ve got an awful run of fixtures coming up in the Premier League. As a result these two are priorities for transferring out and I may do these tonight.
Ogbonna has also not made the best of starts. However at 1.5m and some favourable fixtures approaching I think I’m willing to see how this one goes. Having said that I’m already questioning if he’s even going to be a regular starter at West Ham for long. As a result at this stage he will stay.
De Bruyne hasn’t made the best point scoring start but I’m willing to see how he gets on against Bournemouth at the weekend.
Lacazette is another I’m keeping an eye on, he got off to the best of starts but failed to score against Stoke. He’s another I’m willing to give another week to.
Kane has probably made the worst start of any player based on his value, however he has hit the post in both games. With a home game against Burnley at the weekend I’m hoping he will come good.
Matip out – Kompany in
Baines out – Davies or Stephens/Pieters in
Kompany is a better like for like option than Matip at the same value. Swapping Baines is a little more complicated – I’m very tempted to go for a cheaper option to free up funds for Aguero in September. I’m concerned he may score 300+ points this season and Lacazette may flop. Going cheaper on a defender would ensure freedom for the next few months when it comes to attacking options. Hegazi has been mentioned a few times on social media as a great cheap option. He’s made a brilliant start but I’m not sure I see him as a regular for the duration of the season and I don’t want to double up with West Brom defensive players. I’m also not sure Stephens will be a regular for Southampton all season so Pieters is looking like a decent cheap option.
As always, feel free to share your own progress in game week 2 below, suggest any players to look out for or provide any other useful comments below.
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