GW Points: 78
Overall Points: 132
Overall Rank: 23,314
Transfers: Aubameyang out, Werner in
Willian out, De Bruyne in
Traore out, Podence in (all end of game week 1)
Overall I was delighted with the performance of the team during game week 2. A rise on the overall leaderboard by roughly 20,000 positions was a great result at this stage of the season and I’m comfortably having one of the best starts to a season that I’ve ever had. There’s certainly room for improvement but everything is going in the right direction at the moment with plenty of options going forward. I did miss out on points in a couple of areas – mainly due to not bringing in De Bruyne and debating whether to bring in Foden for Traore and then opting to stay as I was. However, all in all I can’t complain. Had I gone for De Bruyne, Havertz would have come out and I’d have missed his hat trick so it all worked out for the better in the long run – although I do feel that hat trick was a very big slice of luck for me. One key thing I did want to mention was patience – I noticed a lot of people rushing into 4-5 transfers after game week 1 and after only seeing one performance taking out players such as Alisson, TAA and Kane because of one bad week. I tend to select my team for a number of weeks and one poor performance wasn’t going to put me off giving these players at least another week as I picked them for a reason at the start of the season. I could see the value in sticking to a sensible plan and holding off on unnecessary changes to give myself a bit more data – this certainly paid off this week. I would add that I’m probably more cautious than most and this does cost me points at times but the vast majority of the time it does pay off to not burn transfers as a knee jerk reaction to one poor performance.
11 points for Alisson. Clean sheet and a penalty save contributed to this. Very lucky in some ways as most of the time players score from penalties but either way a welcomed 11 points.
8 points for TAA with a clean sheet. Happy with that after a poor defensive display against Leeds.
28 points for Havertz after a hat trick in the EFL Cup. Very fortunate to say the least. He got taken off early due to the sending off against Liverpool and perhaps this was the reason he started in the cup. Either way, these points pretty much saved my game week and got me into the position I’m in now. He was due to come out as well but due to these points I’ve kept him in with Chelsea having some good fixtures on the horizon.
4 assists, a goal and a star man for Kane. This isn’t too far off hat trick territory in terms of points on the board. I was absolutely delighted with this considering there was so much talk about taking him out. Again patience being the key and not taking him out based on one fixture.
Not a positive in their own right but good to see some points on the board for Salah, Traore and Aubameyang.
Spurs failed to keep a clean sheet again, in the context of the game week this wasn’t a disaster but how good of a start would the team have had if Spurs could have managed even 1 clean sheet from their first two games? As they play Newcastle this weekend, I’ve decided to keep Davies and Doherty for the time being – however neither are likely to last much longer in the team. They’ve also got the Europa League playoff fixture to play this week, which will count for points so I thought it was worth holding on.
I saw Arsenal’s fixtures as a potential problem so I’ve taken out Aubameyang and Willian. I wanted to get De Bruyne in anyway so these two had to make way to free up the funds to get him. If you wanted to read a full explanation of my transfers it’s here.
Although I’ve only just bought them in, longer term I’d have question marks against Podence and Werner. I’m hoping this week is the week that Werner kicks on but I’m still a little uncertain given the start that he’s had. With Podence, I’m concerned that the new right back for Wolves might push Traore on and risk his position in the team. However, both could potentially be shorter term options with 1 transfer still left for the month and 5 more soon available for October. I’m considering bringing in a Wolves defender and returning to Traore already given Wolves upcoming fixtures.
Despite the hat trick for Havertz, his first game can’t be ignored. As a result, he’s another player I’ll be keeping an eye on.
Tips for Game Week 3
I’m not sure I’d be bringing in many Spurs players if I didn’t already own them (except Son or Kane), however on paper they do have a decent week ahead of them in terms of fixtures so this could be worth considering.
I’ve avoided Leicester players this week as they face City and have no EFL Cup fixture due to getting knocked out.
Man Utd and Chelsea both have decent fixtures but their form has been less consistent than other teams and clean sheets appear hard to come by. Liverpool and Arsenal play each other.
Wolves have a decent fixture against West Ham but are also out of the EFL Cup. Wolves are also a team that stand out as having a very good run of fixtures in October which is worth considering.
Here’s a graph mapping my progress compared to last season. I think it will be a big ask to do as well as last season, however early signs are optimistic.