GW Points: 87
Overall Points: 980
Overall Rank: 7,726
Transfers: Aguero out, Aubameyang in
Initially I thought game week 15 was going to be a positive week with a decent climb on the overall leaderboard. After the weekends Premier League fixtures I’d made a decent jump on the leaderboard. However this was quickly closed down across the European fixtures. As a result I’ve pretty much remained the same for this week compared to game week 14. The highlight of the week was Salah coming good with a hat trick and 35 points on the board. Although this hasn’t really helped much as his ownership is so high, it does help to illustrate what can happen if these big names are replaced. There’s been quite a bit of talk recently about people taking Salah out, this would have been a huge mistake given his points return this week. It’s almost a little unfortunate that Aguero got injured as I think many people would have opted to take Salah out instead at the start of December, this would have played nicely into the hands of people who kept him in. In terms of where the results from this week leaves my team going forward, at this stage I’m unsure about what to do with my final two transfers for the month. However I’ll cover this in more detail below.
Salah hat trick and 35 points on the board.
Clean sheet for Kepa with a solid performance against City.
A goal for Richarlison, bit of a shame he didn’t pick up an additional 3 points to go with this.
Two clean sheets for Robertson.
Another goal for Doherty.
7 points for Hazard with a couple of assists.
Aubameyang and Kane both chipping in with 5 points.
I could say that Shaw being injured has been a little unfortunate. However in reality he wouldn’t have scored many points anyway with Man Utd not keeping a clean sheet while he’s been out. I’m tempted to keep him for now as their fixtures improve dramatically towards the end of the December (should he look like returning from injury)
Mane’s form is a big concern. However he did miss a couple of great chances in the Champions League. Had he put a couple of these away it would be a very different story. I must admit it is very tempting to put Sane in instead which would also free up 0.5m but I just feel like this is a big risk with Mane being highly owned and likely to get more game time across the season.
I’ve kept two transfers in the bank for December, but the return of Aguero could be a concern. As Salah illustrated this week, these big names are more than capable of hitting a hat trick at any point. If I don’t bring Aguero back in when he’s fit again, this could potentially cost me massively. On the other hand with Arsenal’s upcoming fixtures the same could be said for Aubameyang.
Tips for Game Week 16
This game week is a short week with only one round of Premier League fixtures at the weekend and only the league cup midweek (where player selection can be a lottery). There are also some games where the big teams are going to clash:
Man Utd Vs Liverpool
Everton Vs Man City
With easier fixtures for:
Brighton Vs Chelsea
Spurs Vs Burnley
Southampton Vs Arsenal
As a result I’ve got a few options (with two transfers remaining and £1.1m in the bank):
Do nothing. It’s a short game week and retaining the two transfers should be beneficial in what could be a low scoring weekend.
Swap Mane for Sane. This would ensure I can still transfer Aguero back in (should he return quickly from injury). However I’d lose a big name player who is highly owned.
Swap Richarlison for Mahrez. I’d then lose the option of bringing Aguero back in for Aubameyang during December.
I don’t really see any as ideal. Doing nothing is a bit of a risk as I’m concerned that I’m lacking Man City coverage going forward. However Swapping Richarlison for Mahrez is far from ideal either. If Aguero comes back in he could do some serious damage during the last two game weeks of the month and I’d have no way of getting him back in. At the moment I’m favouring sticking with what I’ve got for the weekend. This should give me chance to review the situation this time next week but I’d be interested in other people’s thoughts.
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