GW Points: 77
Overall Points: 1,329
Overall Rank: 1,889
Transfers: De Bruyne out, Foden in
Dier out, Mahrez in
It’s safe to say game week 18 didn’t go to plan. With De Bruyne facing a few weeks on the sideline I expected to rise on the overall leaderboard. I had two transfers available and assumed some people would be stuck with De Bruyne. The transfers massively paid off with 29 points between Foden and Mahrez but strangely this wasn’t enough for me to rise on the leaderboard – in fact I dropped. Massively frustrating considering the transfers I’d made and a relatively good performance from most of my team. The biggest problem for me was being 0.1m away from Cancelo, I was desperate to get him in (as well as Foden) but just couldn’t make it work within my budget. I’d generally put the dip in form down to not bringing in a Man City block of defenders – they had great fixtures but I never tend to have more than 2-3 defensive assets from the same team. This has cost me massively during January. The big question now is do I follow the pack and bring in more Man City defenders or hope their form doesn’t continue with some significantly more difficult fixtures at the start of February. It’s also a very worrying time to be declining down the leaderboard – it was great to get off to a good start but this means nothing if you can’t hold this position until the end of the season. I’ll be doing everything I can to try and turn this around in February.
16 points for Foden, glad I had a transfer to bring him in for De Bruyne.
13 points for Mahrez, another good result considering he came in for Dier.
8 points for Barnes, he continues to chip in with regular points. Very good pick considering his value.
8 points for Fernandes, most people own him anyway but it’s always good to get points on the board.
10 points for Sterling, good to see him returning double figure points. Might still move him on in February though as I’d hope for a little more from him considering his value.
16 points for Salah, a welcome return to the points for Salah.
Walker not featuring during the game week at all was a problem. Would have been nice if he had started in the Premier League or at least come on for 5 points. One to monitor.
Robertson continues to not pick up clean sheets. Given his value he’s got to be one to look at in February.
Kane appears to be have picked up an injury. This is far from ideal with no transfers left to swap him out.
Tips for Game Week 19
I’d imagine this is the case with many people but I’ve got no transfers left to do anything with game week 19. If you have got any left now would be the time to use them. Man City, Liverpool and Leicester appear to be the teams with the best fixtures for the game week.
As always, check out the full fixtures below. I’ve now updated this to include February’s fixtures.