GW Points: 97
Overall Points: 412
Overall Rank: 235,985
Transfers: Morata out, Aguero in
Game week 6 turned out to be a fairly disastrous week. When looking at points scored, I was surprised to see that the team had actually dropped in the overall leaderboard. Every one of my attacking 6 players scored, including five goals for Kane and a few for Lukaku. When I saw these points coming in I thought I’d had an improved game week. To see the team drop in position was bitterly disappointing. It’s clear to see that with only Valencia picking up 4 points out of all my defenders this is the area of concern.
Kane was once again in fine goalscoring form. He’s a solid choice. Despite difficult fixtures in October, I’ll stick with him.
Lukaku continues his consistent scoring record at Old Trafford. Very happy with his performances to date.
Salah had another fairly positive game week for a midfielder. It was slightly disappointing that he didn’t do more in the Champions League but he’s been a good choice so far and continues to rise in value.
It was good to see Mkhitaryan back amongst the points with a goal in the Champions League.
Another clean sheet for Valencia, disappointed with only 4 points from this though. Ideally I’d have like to have picked up 8.
Kompany missed out again. I’d delayed making my last transfer as I was waiting to see what happened with Kompany. He was declared fit before last weekend so I had hopes of him making an appearance during this game week. City have now gone back on this saying he’s not ready. Really irritating situation when trying to play fantasy football because it’s hard to know what the actual problem is and when he will be back. As I’ve got no transfers left for September, it will be a case of waiting to see what happens. If he comes back into the team before we need to make changes in October, then I may keep him. If not, he may have to go.
Ogbonna comes back into the West Ham side against Spurs. As documented in previous blogs this is another really difficult situation to call. If he becomes a regular starter for West Ham, then I can’t see the need to take him out. That’s difficult to call at the moment as he appears to be getting chances in the more difficult games and missing out every time they keep a clean sheet.
Pieters made a good start to the season but hasn’t contributed anything since I put him in the team. Stoke should be a solid mid table team who will keep a steady number of clean sheets. However this isn’t paying off at the moment. In an ideal world I’d swap him for Baines right now, but with the lack of transfers available this isn’t going to be possible.
Aguero could now also be facing a spell on the sidelines after being involved in a car crash. Very unfortunate situation considering I’d transferred him in only last weekend. He was a player I’d wanted to keep for the majority of the season, I was more than happy with my front three and I really didn’t want to have to waste a transfer changing it.
Eriksen missing the Champions League fixture was another unfortunate situation this week. I opted for him to replace Mane as I saw some potentially easy fixtures for Spurs. This was a game I’d marked as a potential good point scorer. Without being able to see into the future there was no way of seeing this coming.
Quick note on the Morata to Aguero transfer:
This decision has come under some scrutiny. I’m just going to clarify the decision again briefly. Before the start of game week 6 I had no City attacking players. City were absolutely flying and Aguero picked up a hat trick the week before. They then faced Palace (at home) and an easier fixture in the Champions League. Chelsea travelled to Stoke and then travelled to Atletico in the Champions League. As a result I felt it was too risk not to have Aguero (the player I wanted long term anyway) as he had much easier fixtures for the game week. I don’t believe anyone disagreed with this decision on this basis before a ball was kicked in game week 6. I also didn’t mind losing Morata as long term I want Hazard as my Chelsea representation.
Obviously having seen the week play it, this decision couldn’t have gone any worse. Morata grabbed four goals. Aguero got one, missed a penalty and is now injured. In a literal sense it was a bad move because it’s cost us points, however I can’t predict the future. No one would have called it going that way before the start of the game week. On another day it could have easily gone massively in Aguero’s favour. Do I regret the decision or think it was an oversight on my behalf? Absolutely not, I hate losing the points but the logic behind the transfer was absolutely sound. But it’s not a situation anyone could have predicted.
Tips for Game Week 7
Personally I’m out of transfers and with a fairly turbulent month I’d imagine many others are as well. If you’re fortunate to have any transfers remaining, I’d personally be looking at Chelsea or Man City players. Despite them facing each other at the weekend both have good fixtures during October so it would be a good time to bring them in. Hazard is a player who looks a decent price, as I can imagine his form is only going to improve. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see Morata continue his good form during October with plenty of opportunities to grab some goals. I appreciate this conflicts the decision to transfer him out, but that was more to do with my long term plan of having a Hazard/Aguero combination. Rather than a Hazard/Morata combination with no City coverage. If Aguero is also facing a spell on the sidelines, I’d be looking at Jesus as another potential striker who may have a good October. City have some decent fixtures during that month.
I’d personally avoid bringing in any Spurs players now. They have a very tricky run during October. Which is why I’d ideally like to swap Eriksen for Hazard.
It’s also worth noting that if you’ve got transfers to spare and are struggling defensively. Everton’s defender are currently extremely low. For me it’s only a matter of time before their form changes so I’d be tempted to grab them at bargain prices. Baines has dropped as low as 2.4m. For me this is an absolute bargain.
As always, feel free to share your own progress, suggest any players to look out for or provide any other useful comments below.
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