GW Points: 83
Overall Points: 1,412
Overall Rank: 1,792
Transfers: None used
Despite a decent score during game week 19, I must admit I’m very disappointed with the progress on the leaderboard. I expected a much bigger jump considering the points I’d scored. Compared to earlier in the season it’s proving very difficult to rise sharply. Robertson has been a big let down over the past few weeks and those who switched him for a Man City defender would have gained a huge points advantage over those of us who kept him. Foden and Mahrez were also a let down this week with zero points between them. I must admit I’m very relieved to have 5 transfers back this week as well. It’s the first time this season I’ve ran out of transfers before the final game week and it’s not a great position to find yourself in. It’s still going to be a difficult decision regarding what to do with these transfers, Kane being injured, De Bruyne being injured and Man City’s more difficult fixtures on the horizon certainly don’t help. All of a sudden 5 transfers for February doesn’t feel like very many.
6 points for Schmeichel, not the best return but it least it was something this week.
13 points and 8 points for Dias and Walker. Annoyed that Walker only got one out of the two clean sheets but 8 points was better than nothing.
Another 8 points from Barnes. His points keep ticking over and he’s been a great addition to the team.
17 points for Fernandes, good score but makes little difference given his ownership
Delighted with 13 points for Sterling and 18 points for Salah. Surprised these points alone didn’t result in a bigger jump on the leaderboard.
I’ll need to keep my eye on injuries to Kane and De Bruyne. Obviously Kane for taking out and De Bruyne for bringing back in. The problem becomes if Kane needs to come out and back in within February and De Bruyne also needs to come back in, that’s already three transfers. I’m tempted to hold onto Kane and hope he returns quickly.
I also need to keep my eye on players who are potentially out of form. This would include Robertson and Mahrez. I’m not massively convinced about either at the moment. I’m also not sold on Walker given the rotation he now faces. Given these doubts plus the injuries, I’m going to have to be very careful with my transfers.
Tips for Game Week 20
As always my advice for the month ahead would be to keep on top of the upcoming fixtures and not to rush through your transfers. It’s especially worth noting the FA Cup fixtures which are taking place during the upcoming game week. Man City have a favourable fixture against Swansea but their Premier League games do take a turn for the worst in early February. The question is – will their good form continue or come to an abrupt end. The way they are playing it’s difficult to see anyone else beating them.
Check out the full fixtures below: