GW Points: 93
Overall Points: 93
Overall Rank: 62,694
Transfers: None used
On the whole I thought I’d made a fantastic start to the new season. All of my players scored points other than the two Liverpool defenders (this didn’t bother me that much as I’d assumed most people would have gone for at least one of their defenders) and B. Silva (who didn’t play). The rest of my team all scored well in terms of points and some of them scored very well. 93 points on the board appeared to be a fantastic opening game week. I was soon brought back down to earth when I checked my position on the overall leader board. It’s very early days and I know I’m jumping ahead of myself by judging my game week on the leader board but I couldn’t help but feel disappointed. Not even making it into the top 50,000 teams was a big surprise. I appreciate there were a lot of clean sheets and the big names all got goals but to be outscored by over 62,000 teams was a shock given the points I’d scored myself. Having said that it’s only game week 1 and things need time to settle down.
Clean sheet for Patricio. Very happy with this because in all honesty I didn’t expect him to get one against Leicester. I only really picked him because I didn’t see a huge amount of value in Ederson and Alisson at 4.5m and didn’t like Chelsea’s early fixtures.
Clean sheet for Zinchenko. I expected him to start but it was a relief when he did.
Star man, assist and clean sheet for Maitland-Niles. This one was particularly satisfying as I’d had my doubters about this selection. 15 points from a 1.5m defender was way more than I expected. I didn’t want to shout too loud about it but I just didn’t fancy Newcastle to score despite how bad Arsenal are defensively. With regard to his long term prospects, there’s still question marks next to his name for me. I don’t suddenly think he’s now going to be the pick of the season and if I’m being honest I don’t really see him matching the same points total in a game week again any time soon but I’ll happily take the 15 points for now. I mainly picked him because he came out second on my points per million spent calculation and had a good opening fixture. My gut instinct was not to go with him but the numbers suggested he was a good choice, so I just went with it.
Hat trick for Sterling. I’d imagine most people have him but he couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.
Moura picked up 5 points with an assist and 7+ rating. For a 3m midfielder a 5 point return wasn’t too bad but I think I’ll probably be moving him on before long.
A goal and assist from Salah. Good to see one of my big price tag strikers get off the mark. When it was 4 – 0 so early I was hoping he was going to be able to add a second and perhaps pick up the star man but it wasn’t to be.
A couple of goals and a star man for Kane. Very happy with this result – towards the end of the game I was thinking it might not have been the best pick but Kane came good in the end.
A goal for Aubameyang. Good to see Aubameyang get off the mark but I was surprised he didn’t get 8 points. I’m falling into my usual trap of judging him too early (he’s a player I don’t seem to have much patience with for no rational reason) but considering Rashford managed to get two goals against Chelsea, I’m wondering if there’s more value in him already.
The Premier League got underway on Friday evening and the clean sheet for Robertson and Gomez got taken out in the second half. This isn’t something that overly concerns me at this stage but I do think it highlights that Liverpool probably won’t keep as many as they did last season. Alisson picking up an injury wasn’t a bad thing for me directly as I won’t need to waste a transfer to take him out, however I do now wonder if they will be as strong at the back without him. Just something to keep an eye on at the moment. With Liverpool playing Southampton at the weekend, I certainly won’t be rushing into any transfers to take either of these two out just yet.
B. Silva not starting was the biggest surprise to me over the weekend. He looked like one of Pep’s favourite last season and I’d assumed he would be one of the first names on the team sheet after his performances last season. At 4.5m I won’t have a lot of patience with him should his game time look limited in the long run. I’d want at least 225 points from this position and he just about achieved this with a lot of minutes last season. If he’s being rotated a lot I think there are better places to invest these funds. Having said that, I also won’t be rushing into making a transfer just yet.
Tips for Game Week 2
If I was giving advice for game week 2, I’d personally say stick by your choices unless they are injured. If you felt like a player was good enough for selection before game week 1, he’s probably still good enough for game week 2. Things will change again by the end of next week and it’s very early days to be making any transfers. Alisson will be the main player of concern for those who have selected him. For me it’s a fairly straightforward decision if he’s out for a while – swap him for Adrian or simply move over to Ederson (depending on the balance of the rest of your defence). I wouldn’t be overly concerned at looking at upcoming fixtures at this stage – on the assumption that you did this when you picked your starting lineup. My personal strategy will be to gather some data up until the end of game week 3. If it works the same way as it did last season, at this point, players will rise or fall by a maximum of 0.3m. This could be a swing of 1.8m for the value of your team. I’m personally going to use my three transfers to move on players who I think are likely to drop in value and bring in some in form players who are likely to rise. This will help grow the value of my team but it will also ensure that I get rid of players who aren’t performing and bring in three who are. This will obviously be subjective to upcoming fixtures and who the players play for but I think the patient approach should work well.
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