GW Points: 80
Overall Points: 351
Overall Rank: 33,273
Transfers: Mendy out, Laporte in
Van Dijk out, Maddison in
Pedro out, Hazard in
Game week 6 just goes to show what a difference a week can make in this game. Regardless of the transfers used the same players who let me down during game week 5 came good during game week 6. Only two players let me down really, this was Mane drawing a blank in two games and Shaw failing to pick up a clean sheet. Every other player either scored or kept a clean sheet, resulting in my highest scoring week of the season so far. This instantly boosted the team back to a more respectable position on the overall leaderboard after the huge drop last week. With injuries to Mendy and Pedro, I did end up using my three transfers for the month in one go. However I felt it was the right time to use them. This also softened the blow of missing out on Hazard’s hat trick. If I’d have made the transfers the week before, I would have taken out Van Dijk and B. Silva for Maddison and Hazard. I would have then missed out B. Silva’s 15 points this week and I would be stuck with Mendy and Pedro injured with only one transfer in the bag. I think being patient cost me points initially but has resulted in the team being set up better for the long term.
All three transfers contributed 8 points. This put me 16 points better off than I would have been and hopefully going into game week 7 with no injured players. I’ve got a feeling some people are stuck with injured players until October after using all of their transfers early.
The big three (Kane, Salah, Aguero) all got a goal each. This made a big difference this week as I think many people moved away from having all three in the same team. I’m hoping that keeping faith in the three of them will pay off in the long run. If all three managed two goals each in a given weekend this could have a huge impact on the overall leaderboard.
Hart kept a clean sheet against Bournemouth. Any points from Hart is a bonus at this stage given his value but he looks to have made a decent start at Burnley.
B. Silva came good with a star man performance against Cardiff. I was close to taking him out and had Pedro not got injured he may have gone. However I’m glad I stuck with him.
There seems to be a lot going on at Old Trafford and I’m glad I didn’t got for Lukaku who I feel should have scored a lot more points given the game time and opposition he’s faced over the last couple of weeks. I do however have Luke Shaw. I’ve got a slight question mark next to his name given the teams poor form. Given his price I do plan to stick with him for the short term, as long as he can keep his place in the team. I think he’s still good value at the moment.
Mane drawing a blank over two games is a concern. However his quality should come through so I plan to stick with him but monitor over the next few weeks.
Having to swap Van Dijk for Maddison (to accommodate Hazard) didn’t seem quite right. Although Maddison scored, I’m not massively convinced he’s going to be a regular point scorer over the season. I can’t see him getting a goal every other game, however I could see Van Dijk getting that many clean sheets. To accommodate Hazard this had to be done. It’s not really an issue, more something to keep any eye on.
The three “potential issues” above are only minor. Overall I’m very happy with the team I’ve got. At the moment I can’t see where I’d make any changes even if I had transfers to use.
Tips for Game Week 7
If you’re fortunate enough to have transfers for game week 7 (I’m not). I’d be tempted to look at Man City, who face Brighton and then Hoffenhiem in the Champions League. Man Utd’s fixtures don’t look too bad on paper with a trip to West Ham and then hosting Valencia. However I’m personally avoiding their players for now. Chelsea and Liverpool face each other in the Premier League so their players may want to be avoided for now. Spurs have a decent looking fixture against Huddersfield but then face Barcelona in the Champions League. Arsenal could be a team to look at as they face Watford and then an easier Europa League tie. However the only players I’d really be interested in are Lacazette or Aubameyang, and I’d rather not disrupt my front three to get one of these two in.
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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