GW Points: 37
Overall Points: 633
Overall Rank: 38,947
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GW Points: 70
Overall Points: 557
Overall Rank: 208,775
Transfers used: None used
Game week 10 was another half decent week. Good points for 3 of my 5 defensive assets was a nice result considering they are all fairly cheap. Saka continued his good form with another 16 points and Kane continued to bring in consistent points with another 13. My biggest disappointment was Sterling and Bowen. I felt particularly hard done by with Bowen missing the penalty against Liverpool. Had those two performed this week, I think the team would have made a significant jump on the leaderboard. I also thought Salah deserved more than his 5 points against Man City, on another day this could well have been 13. With two transfers left, I was tempted to take Sterling and Bowen out last night, however, I decided to hold fire for the time being as they’ve both got good fixtures and Chelsea in particular need a result in the Champions League. The biggest frustration now that the team is starting to kick into action is that I’m following the same logic as I was at the start of the season but it’s only just starting to pay off. It’s very difficult when playing catch up given how harsh some of the price rises and falls are.
Here are my thoughts on each player:
Ramsdale: 11 points. Very happy with that, shame he’s not also playing in the Europa League but 11 points was a good return. Still one to monitor this weekend though.
Sessegnon: -1 point. Poor result, typically didn’t come on for the clean sheet at the weekend but did come on for minus points against Man Utd. Another one to monitor.
Dalot: 16 points. Very happy with 16 points from Dalot given his price, worth remembering I started with him from day one so the logic was always there. Stays in my team.
Cucurella: 13 points. Consecutive 13 points for Cucurella, another one who took a while to come good but again the logic was clearly there in selecting him. Stays in my team.
Ake: 0 points. Far from ideal but given that City only had one fixture against Liverpool it was almost to be expected. Stays in my team while he’s getting game time.
Bowen: -3 point3. Really disappointing for his first game week in my team. Had he scored the penalty it could have been a different story, very fine margin. Gets another week in my team but I’m not sure I can afford another price drop if he doesn’t perform.
Saka: 16 points. Fantastic return from another player who took a while to come good. Had he started the season in this form, this team probably wouldn’t be in the mess it’s currently in. Stays in my team.
Sterling: 0 points. Another poor return and is on the verge of being taken out. He’s a player that should consistently score points but he hasn’t done much since I’ve bought him in.
Salah: 5 points. Was unlucky not to get more points against City. Need more than 5 points across two fixtures from him though. Will continue to monitor.
Haaland: 0 points. Season long pick barring any injuries so it’s irrelevant what he scores.
Kane: 13 points. 13 points is a decent return from Kane, not sure why he dropped 0.2m in value. Could have been the blank against Man Utd but that seems a little unfair after the points he’s scored in recent weeks.
Here are the players currently on my watchlist:
Foden – Sterling to Foden is still a transfer that’s on the cards for me. Foden appears to be in much better form and could be a better long term pick.
Cancelo – would love Cancelo but he’s out of reach for the time being.
Kepa – as I said last week Kepa is bringing in the points at the moment and is giving Potter a reason to keep him in the side. Luckily Ramsdale got a decent return as well but switching to Kepa might be a better longer term solution. The problem is, I don’t really want to waste a transfer on a keeper at this stage of the season.
Jesus – I still think Jesus is a solid pick so I’ll continue to monitor him.
Trippier – another player I had earlier in the season. Took him out due to lack of European fixtures but he’s done well since. Could be a case for having him in November.
Antony – has scored reasonably well since joining Man Utd. Appears to be getting game time in the Europa League. Risky move for me but I’ll keep an eye on him.
Almiron – continues to score well and is good value. One to monitor.
Mount – appears to eventually hit some form, another one to monitor for the time being.
Aubameyang/Firmino/Rashford/Nunez – I could make a case for any of these as a third cheaper striker. Firmino in particular has started the season well, is good value and should be certain of game time with injuries to Jota and Diaz.
Plan for game week 11
For my blog team, the plan for game week 11 is fairly simple. I plan to either stick with the team I’ve got or take Sterling out and bring Foden in. With City kicking off first, I’ll be able to check to see if Foden is starting against Brighton. I’ll then make a decision from there. Unless there are any injuries between now and then, I won’t be making any other changes.
I’m also starting to think ahead to November with regards to transfers. A key consideration in this month is going to be team value. In theory, if we hold all 5 of our transfers until all of the fixtures for the month are over (there are only 2 game weeks), we should be able to use our transfers at the end of the game week to take out players who are going to drop and bring in players who are going to rise. It won’t matter who we bring in due to the unlimited transfers during the World Cup. That could increase our team budget significantly. Another approach would be to bring in players who may play in the EFL cup or be really aggressive with transfers at the start of the month.
If you’re interested in the fixtures for the clubs involved in Europe, you can check them out here:
My other teams
I don’t spend an awful lot of time on my other teams so it will be luck of the draw in terms of whether these teams do well or not. I bought Kepa into some of these teams last night to make the most of the price increase. I’ll also bring in some of the other names on my watchlist above to cover those bases.
My best team didn’t have a great week during game week 10, this resulted in a slight drop on the overall leaderboard.
I took some major risks in my worst two teams but that doesn’t appear to have paid off massively and they probably aren’t worth developing any further as they’ve not even reached the 500 point mark yet.
As always, for complete transparency, here are my 10 teams: