GW Points: 58
Overall Points: 1,173
Overall Rank: 1,384
Transfers: Zouma out, Dier in
Mount out, Walker in
Game week 16 was by far my worst of the season yet. I gambled on a transfer before prices changed on Thursday evening, this backfired with Zouma starting in the FA Cup. Dier then picked up nothing across two potential fixtures. That’s why I rarely make changes on Thursday evening despite the benefit of gaining value in the team. Mendy of course didn’t play. I then felt like Walker would outscore Mount over the game week – he didn’t. Typically Mount scored very early on for Chelsea in the FA Cup. Thankfully Walker did get a clean sheet but then didn’t feature during the mid week game. Not a complete disaster but it’s always frustrating to be two transfers down but end up with less points. Good points from Leno, Foden, Mane, Cancelo, Stones, Maguire, Justin, Havert, Ziyech and Moura also wouldn’t have helped my cause. Then we come to Sterling, I didn’t really expect him to start in the FA Cup but I at least expected him to start one game. I certainly didn’t expect him to hardly feature in either, and then miss a penalty to finish the week on -3 points. That’s an awful result, and I’d put the decline in position on the overall leaderboard down to bringing Sterling in. The reason I left him out at the start of the season was because it weakened my team elsewhere, I think I’m now paying the price of testing out if having Kane, Salah and Sterling could work – I don’t think it does. The problem now becomes; do I cut my losses this weekend or given Man City’s fixtures do I see this through. More on that below. Just to conclude the overview of the game week, I would say despite a poor couple of weeks, I’m still happy with my overall position. I’m sitting in a good rank for this stage in the season, if I can turn around the dip in form, it shouldn’t be too difficult to climb back up the leaderboard.
13 points for Dias was a great result for the game week.
7 points for Walker was better than nothing.
15 points for De Bruyne.
8 points for Barnes was a decent result considering Leicester only played once.
My biggest problem is the price tag that comes with owning Sterling, especially considering that he’s not outscoring other strikers. Given Man City’s fixtures, I’m tempted to give him another game week, hoping for a massive score when others might take him out. If he has another poor week, he almost has to go as his price tag is stopping me bringing in other players at certain price points. This will all depend on who starts for City at the weekend.
Mendy is another concern, however I expect to see him back in the team at the weekend so I’ll probably give him another week as Chelsea play Fulham.
I’ve also got question marks against Dier and Walker. Mainly because Spurs aren’t as good defensively as I’d like and Walker faces a lot of rotation. This is one to monitor but I’d rather have someone like Foden.
Tips for Game Week 17
My first piece of advice would be to remember that there are still 3 game weeks in January. If you’ve still got transfers left, I still wouldn’t be rushing into using them. Others will almost certainly be running out by now so we could gain a real advantage towards the end of the month if we keep a couple back. Having said that, Id’ still be taking injured players out. For me the main team to look at is Man City at the moment, their fixtures until the end of January are incredible. It’s also worth noting that Spurs and Arsenal have a fixture less than the rest of the top clubs.
As always, check out the full fixtures for the month below: