GW Points: 68
Overall Points: 1,057
Overall Rank: 520
Transfers: Rashford out, Sterling in
Walker out, Dias in
Game week 14 was a strange week with two fixtures being cancelled. This didn’t really help me as I’d just put Sterling in and was hoping for another clean sheet from Dias. However, it’s not something worth dwelling on as it’s completely out of our hands. It’s hard to predict where the season will go from here but one thing is for sure – it’s the same for all of us. My main advice would be not to rush your transfers and don’t overload with too many players from one club. It probably makes sense to only have one defender, one midfielder and one striker from the same club at the moment, as a cancelled fixture could prove difficult. I’d also not be taking out anyone unless they are injured or seriously out of form. My transfers from last week could be a good example of this – Walker wasn’t going to play so Dias was likely to gain me points. Rashford was always going to play and he ended up scoring more points than Sterling. This wasn’t a transfer I needed to make and it backfired slightly, for the time being. Despite the disruption to the game week which involved Dias, De Bruyne, Sterling and Kane all missing a fixture for me – I actually had another good week. 68 points resulted in another big jump on the leaderboard, an overall rank of 520 is a brilliant position to be in at this stage of the season. If I can maintain this for another couple of months, I could be in for my best finish yet.
Holding back a couple of transfers meant I could take out Walker for Dias. This was a good 8 points to gain as many would have been stuck without a transfer.
8 points for Robertson was another highlight.
21 points for Barnes was by far the biggest highlight. This was probably one of my highlights of the season so far. He’s a player that I’ve been monitoring since the start of the season and I decided to go for him a few weeks ago. I’ve certainly picked him at the right time – with low ownership and plenty of points on the board he’s probably the main reason I’ve reached the position I’m currently in.
16 points for Fernandes, good result but who doesn’t own him.
10 points for Sterling, it was good for him to get points on the board straight away but Rashford outscoring him over the game week does take the shine off this.
It’s hard to fault the team when it continues to rise up the leaderboard. However, if I were to highlight some potential issues in the team it would be the Chelsea players. Mendy or Zouma may well have run their course in the team. They play Man City next and the week after only have an FA cup fixture. Over the same time period Man City and Spurs are due to play four times. This also has an impact on Mount who hasn’t scored as well as I’d hoped. As we don’t really know which fixtures will be going ahead and which won’t at the moment, I’m going to review this as we head into game week 15. I’d like to use some transfers early on but it’s hard to justify at the moment.
Tips for Game Week 15
It’s hard to know what to suggest going into game week 15, at the moment it’s very unknown in terms of which fixtures will go ahead and when a game might be postponed. My main advice can only be the same as what it’s been all season – be very careful with your transfers (don’t use too many early in the month unless you really have to), keep on top of upcoming fixtures and pick the most popular players who are in form.
Should all the games go ahead, Man City are hard to overlook as they have four fixtures over the next two game weeks. Whereas Liverpool and Chelsea only have two fixtures. Spurs are another team who also have four fixtures over the next two game weeks. It’s also worth noting that Man City are going to have fixtures in hand, at some point these games are going to have to be played. If you wanted to check out the fixtures for January, my spreadsheet should be up to date: