GW Points: 36
Overall Points: 999
Overall Rank: 116,311
Transfers: None used
Game week 18 was another small step in the right direction, mainly down to Chelsea keeping a clean sheet against Spurs and Alonso picking up the star man award. It’s another case of what could have been in some cases though – De Gea was holding star man until Wolves scored late on, fine margins for success as those points would have been invaluable at the moment. B. Silva also lost star man very late on in the City fixture. Either way, I’m looking forward to the weekend as we get a fresh set of transfers. December felt like a very long month with a lot of disruption due to teams having various Covid outbreaks. January should be much easier to manage, it’s a fairly short month and Salah being away at Afcon should mix things up nicely. Ironically, I’m still not that unhappy with my team, had I made a good start I think it would be easily holding a stable position most weeks. However, as I’ve fallen behind, I’m going to have to be very proactive in January to try and make up lost ground. I’ll come onto my January plans later on in the blog post.
17 points for Alonso across the game week, with an unexpected 15 points against Spurs
7 points for Rudiger
8 points for Salah was OK, hoping a few people moved him on before this fixture
I’ll be looking to move on the likes of Walker, Sancho and Salah instantly in January. Obviously, this will depend on who starts in the FA Cup. If Walker starts, this might give him one more week in the team, however, Salah and Sancho are almost certain to come out.
Man Utd are still proving problematic, a lack of clean sheets for De Gea is an issue but he seems to get rated most games anyway and often is in the running for star man. Ronaldo is a bigger problem considering his value, previously Man Utd were poor but he was still picking up points. Now they are poor and he’s not picking up points. I’ll probably leave him in because we know he’s capable of being explosive in terms of points and is on penalties but it’s really frustrating when he keeps blanking.
Tips for Game Week 19
If you’re chasing the pack like I am, I’d suggest in the short month of January to use some transfers to try and get points on the board quickly. I’m going to be looking at having a front 3 again and this might be made up of Ronaldo, Son and Jota but I’m going to want to see who is starting in the FA Cup fixtures first. Liverpool assets are now more appealing if their fixtures go ahead as planned – they’ve now got two EFL Cup semi finals during the month after their fixture tomorrow evening was canceled.
It’s also worth considering that West Ham and Leicester have had fixtures rearranged for game week 19. West Ham in particular have a nice fixture against Norwich. I’ll personally be looking at Bowen as a decent longer term option. Maddison and Tielemans look a good price at 3.4m each as well.
Man City may potentially only have 2 Premier League fixtures during the month as it stands and we know they rotate heavily in the FA Cup. I may avoid bringing in any more of their players on this basis. Chelsea and Spurs both have some tough fixtures in January so I’m not sure I’ll be bringing in any more Chelsea assets – although Kovacic stands out as dirt cheap at 2.1m. I’ve also probably got the opportunity to bring Cancelo in, but unless he’s starting in the FA Cup, I might wait this one out until game week 20.
I certainly won’t be looking to bring in any more Man Utd players this week.
My best piece of advice is to keep an eye on who is starting in the FA Cup. If one of the big name regulars lands a starting place against a lesser opposition it might be a good time to bring them in.
If you wanted to check out the fixtures for the month, I’ve logged them below. I’ll do my best to keep this up to date as fixtures get rearranged. I’d also be interested to hear other people’s plans for January in the comments below.