GW Points: 75
Overall Points: 75
Overall Rank: 33,609
Transfers: Bertrand out, Tanganga in (after the game week had finished)
Overall I’d say the team has made a solid start. I’m ranked better than I was after game week 1 last season and the majority of the early selection have paid off. Some things didn’t go to plan and I feel like I’m 16 points down already. 8 from Bertrand, who was surely going to start if he hadn’t picked up Covid. This was just unfortunate and could have happened to any player. He was still a good choice so no regrets over that one. I originally had Greenwood as well, he picked up 8 points whereas Kane picked up nothing. I did appreciate the fact that Kane was unlikely to feature at the weekend but I did think he might take part midweek as a bit of a preseason friendly type game. On that basis, I don’t regret picking him but will probably move him on this weekend. A quick note on both, I didn’t panic on either player when it became fairly obvious that they weren’t going to feature. I considered Cash for Bertrand straight away but resisted. Cash then blanked. I resisted Man City midfielders because I thought it would be difficult to pick the point scorer against Spurs and the ones I considered picked up nothing. I also resisted any players from tonight’s Europa Conference League – again most blanked. At this stage in the season, nothing is going to be won or lost over a few points so I wanted to take stock before making any changes.
8 points each for Alisson and Alexander-Arnold. Can’t ask for much more than that
28 points from Fernandes, hard to imagine why anyone wouldn’t pick him
7 points for Moura, great start considering this was in the more difficult game. 8 points for Son as well with a goal. A quick note on these two – yes I picked them to target the Europa Conference League game and that didn’t play out well, but their returns against City more than made up for this.
17 points for Salah was a great start to his season.
Wan-Bissaka and Shaw are likely to drop in value, not ideal but they do have good fixtures so I’ll hold onto them.
Bertrand was an issue but I’ve swapped him for Tanganga this evening. Mainly to take advantage of a hopeful price rise and because he’s good value with the big guns in mind.
Mahrez blanking was less than ideal but I’m hoping he can achieve something against Norwich at the weekend so I’ll probably stick with him.
Kane didn’t feature and may not feature this weekend either. I’ll probably swap him for De Bruyne as I like City’s fixture against Norwich and fancy the double up with Mahrez.
Tips for Game Week 2
My best advice for the game week is don’t rush into too many transfers. We’ve only had one game week and things could look very different by the end of game week 2. I’m personally only taking players out who aren’t likely to play and I’m trying to let good upcoming fixtures dictate who I bring in. The fixture that appeals to me most is City playing Norwich so I’ll target that game with De Bruyne if he starts. It’s also worth noting that it’s the Carabao Cup this week so if you’re brave enough to target some curve ball players who might pick up some additional points now is the time to do it. I’m personally not going to do much in this area, predicting who will play and score well is a lottery. One player who did jump out from game week 1 though is Adama Traore. He had a big season a couple of years ago and picked up a load of star man awards. I noticed he got one despite losing against Leicester and could be good value at 2.5m if he gets regular game time.
If you wanted to check out the fixtures for the big clubs, they can be found at: