GW Points: 84
Overall Points: 1048
Overall Rank: 38,426
Transfers: None used
Game week 16 was another step in the right direction with 84 points scored and a further jump on the overall leaderboard. I’m still not satisfied with an overall rank of around 38,000 but I feel like I’m in a fairly good position with a well performing team and two transfers in the bag over a busy festive period.
Double figure points for Sterling, De Bruyne and Salah. I’d considered taking Salah out but fortunately he started against Watford and grabbed a couple of goals.
A clean sheet for Robertson and Alexander-Arnold.
Although Soyuncu hasn’t grabbed a clean sheet yet for me, he’s still picking up a couple of points here and there.
Jesus added another 7 points. I’d hoped for more across the game week but 7 points was better than nothing.
Potential Issues and tips for Game Week 17:
I don’t have any real concerns about the team at the moment in terms of the players I’ve chosen. I’m more concerned about the upcoming fixtures which don’t really favour Liverpool. They are now out of the EFL Cup and are currently taking part in Club World Cup – this means that they only have 8 fixtures between game week 17-22. In contrast, Man City, Man Utd and Leicester all have 11 fixtures during this time period. With 5 transfers to potentially use over these game weeks the question becomes:
Will Salah outscore players such as Jesus, Aguero, Rashford and Vardy across only 8 games compared to potentially 11 games for the others.
There is also a bigger problem for game week 17 with Man City and Liverpool only having one fixture. Whereas most other teams have two. Do we make a short term transfer to accommodate this or do we stick with our core of Man City and Liverpool players. I don’t think it would be wise to take out any Man City players as they are the only team with 3 fixtures during game week 18 but it’s leaving big question marks next to Salah for me. The problem I have is, who would I replace Salah with? Vardy is the obvious choice considering he played in the EFL cup last night but I don’t fancy Leicester when they face Man City and Liverpool this week. Rashford has two good fixtures this week as Man Utd face Watford and Newcastle but I really don’t see him as a long term option. I’m half tempted to simply hold my final two transfers for the time being and take a hit during the upcoming game week. This will give me the opportunity to review the situation again next week – this ties in nicely with Leicester’s fixtures becoming really appealing which might have with the decision. Here’s an image of the chart I’ve been using to try and map out these fixtures:
As always any views and opinions on this in the comments section as I’m really undecided on what to do at the moment.
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