World Cup Game
Before I get into the game week review, I just wanted to briefly mention the World Cup. A preliminary game has been launched. If you’re interested in seeing blog content on this competition, please complete this form – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScu1TwC5UdmWfjEbL1cUDfARWz0G3GT0QpaOytgciczSe4rFQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
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GW Points: 60
Overall Points: 713
Overall Rank: 100,326
Main Blog Team
GW Points: 81
Overall Points: 686
Overall Rank: 159,676
Transfers used: None used
Game week 12 was one of my best weeks of the season so far. I’m still hugely frustrated with the start my blog team has had to the season but at least I’m eventually getting the rub of the green over recent weeks. Had the team got off to a better start, I’m convinced it would be flying high on the overall leaderboard by now. The team jumped another 40,000 places on the leaderboard this week, partly thanks to instant returns from Trippier and Almiron. Hopefully, the team can keep up this momentum before the World Cup as it would be useful to build budget before we get unlimited transfers during this break. I’m slightly undecided on what to do with our fresh set of transfers that are due to kick in this weekend. Given that I can’t make any changes for price rises, I’m half tempted to hold all of my transfers and only bring in players at the end of game weeks who are certain to rise in value. I think my main focus during November is to get as many points on the board as possible but also continue to build team value.
After a successful week, here are my thoughts on each player:
Ramsdale: 16 points. Another good week for Ramsdale, great to see him playing in the Europa League and getting a clean sheet. Certain to rise in value so will keep for another week. Could potentially look at resetting this position during the World Cup though.
Trippier: 10 points. Fantastic to get an instant return from Trippier. No regrets over bringing him in. May even keep hold of him during the unlimited transfer period.
Dalot: 20 points. I’m delighted with the returns Dalot has contributed since I bought him back into my team – proves he was a solid logical choice at the start of the season as well. He’s now the third highest scoring defender in the game, mainly down to some great returns in the Europa League. He could well be a keeper in my team for the season.
Cucurella: -3 points. Poor result for Chelsea at the weekend, I’m stuck with Cucurella for now so will probably give him another week in my team. If he looks like he’s going to drop at the end of the next game week I may take him out.
Ake: Did not play. Didn’t make an appearance over the game week, not the end of the world as he won’t drop in value. Will almost certainly come out during the World Cup period.
Bowen: 0 points. Massively disappointed with Bowen since bringing him into my team. Should drop in value again. If I had a transfer I’d take him out now but I’m stuck with him for the time being.
Saka: 5 points. Felt unfortunate that Saka didn’t score more points this week. Had he not been forced off injuried at the weekend he may well have had a big haul. Still confident that he was a solid pick for the season.
Almiron: 8 points. Delighted with 8 points from Almiron considering I only bought him in for the price rise. Will keep hold of him for now and hope for a few more points this week.
Salah: 21 points. Glad I kept the faith in Salah, he’s now the second highest point scorer in the game and could be a season long pick.
Haaland: Did not play. Season long pick and should only have a minor injury.
Kane: 4 points. 4 points isn’t really enough from Kane but I’ll probably keep him until the World Cup. Fingers crossed for a big return this week.
Here are the players currently on my watchlist:
De Gea – should be a reasonable value when we come back from the World Cup. Could be a better option over Ramsdale considering that he’s playing in the Europa League. Need to keep an eye on who Man Utd draw in the playoff round of the Europa League.
De Bruyne – after a few quiet weeks, De Bruyne is now back amongst the points. I’m partly wondering if he might be a better longer term option than Kane.
Cancelo – would love Cancelo but he’s out of reach for the time being.
Shaw/Martinez – I’m considering doubling up on Man Utd defenders given their current form. We may have missed the boat here, as they’ve been playing a strong team against the weaker teams in the Europa League but its food for thought during the break.
Hojbjerg – he’s been on my radar for a few weeks but I didn’t see him keeping up his point scoring form. He could be an option after the World Cup if we are looking for a cheap midfielder.
Plan for game week 13
For my blog team, I’m undecided about what to do during November. I’m tempted to hold fire on any transfers this weekend with a view to building as much value as possible with the 5 transfers for the month. At the same time, I could be tempted to attack the Man City Vs Fulham fixture at the weekend with some proactive changes in favour of City players. I think this is a risk at this stage in case they lose their clean sheet and I end up losing value rather than gaining it. My preference at the moment is to probably stick with the team I’ve got and then use transfers at the end of the game week if anyone looks like they will drop by 0.3m. I’ll mix up my approach across other teams, in some I’ll be really aggressive with my transfers and target this weekend’s fixtures. In others, I’ll just chase price rises during November.
If you’re interested in the fixtures for the clubs involved in Europe, you can check them out here:
My other teams
The majority of my other teams had a fairly poor game week this week. My best team from last week is no longer my best team overall as it only picked up 25 points. This resulted in a huge drop on the overall leaderboard. That’s fine by me though as my blog team had a huge jump. This was mainly down to having mostly Chelsea and Man City players in that team – many who didn’t play or picked up minus points.
Overall I think what I’ll do with my other teams is create defensive blocks during the World Cup reset. I’ll probably aim to have five teams with different blocks, going for Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd. This will probably be the only way to get some of them much higher up the leaderboard. It’s a high risk, high reward strategy so it’s not something I’d probably adopt for my blog team.
Interestingly, I do monitor the performance of some of the more well known players in the Dream Team community, including former winners of the entire competition. Although my overall performance isn’t great so far, I’m actually in the same boat as many of these other players when you look at their teams and points on the board to date.
As always, for complete transparency, here are my 10 teams: