GW Points: 32
Overall Points: 125
Overall Rank: 88,275
Transfers: Gomez out, Mina in
Game week 2 was a particularly flat game week for the team. Only 32 points scored resulted in a drop on the overall leaderboard. The problem areas included Liverpool failing to keep a clean sheet again and Gomez was dropped to the bench. Salah also failed to return any points. Man City and Spurs playing each other didn’t help either and it was disappointing to see Moura start on the bench. Arsenal also failed to bag a clean sheet but at least Aubameyang scored. Looking at my team, I’ve got no major regrets over anyone I’ve picked. I’m perhaps wishing I went for an Everton defender over Gomez to start the season but with Liverpool’s early fixtures they looked likely to get a couple of clean sheets. I still think the team is set up nicely to come good at some point and I’m happy with the flexibility I’ve built into the side. I made my first transfer yesterday with Gomez coming out. With clean sheets drying up for Liverpool and Gomez starting on the bench I thought it was the right time to move him on. I opted for Mina who has started the season well and Everton’s good fixtures continue (cue a goal for Villa tonight).
Patricio returned 2 points. I felt like he was unlucky to not get at least 4. Saving a penalty should be the holy grail for a goalkeeper and if this doesn’t earn a 7+ rating I’m not sure what should. Although Wolves conceded two in Europe last night it was encouraging to see that Patricio was chosen to start the game and they did get a decent result considering I’d assumed they would lose to Torino. He’s also risen in value this morning so I’ll be holding onto him for now.
Maitland-Niles managed 3 points despite conceding against Burnley. This was a decent result for me. With 18 points across the first two game weeks I imagine he will keep rising in price so despite tough fixtures coming up I’ll hold onto him for now.
Another goal for Sterling.
A goal from the bench for Moura. He’s another one that I’ve got a question mark against but with Newcastle on the horizon I think I’ll give him another game week, after all for a 3m midfielder we couldn’t have asked for more than 5 and 8 points respectively.
B. Silva started for City and registered 3 points. This wasn’t a massive success but it was reassuring that he started the game. If he starts against Bournemouth then I’ll keep him for now. If he’s benched again I’ll be going for De Bruyne (probably).
Aubameyang grabbed another goal. This was a positive but I always unfairly question his place in the team, and I’m starting to do it again already this season. I think it’s because I have no plans to move on Kane or Salah, which means when players like Martial and Rashford start to look appealing the only player to compare them against is Aubameyang. At the moment they are certainly looking like better value and I’ll use this weekend to evaluate how long I can hold off before seriously considering bringing one of them in.
Although the team didn’t record many points this week I don’t see many potential issues. In fact, I can see a lot of opportunities. I’m fairly happy with how my team is set up and I can see routes into getting any player I want. For example, I’ve got question marks next to Moura and Silva at the moment with players like Mane and De Bruyne looking essential. I’ve already got the funds to bring in De Bruyne for Silva. Should I want Mane, I could also swap Moura for Martial (should be an upgrade if Moura continues to be benched and Martial continues to play down the middle) and I’d then have to swap Aubameyang for Mane which should be very much like for like in terms of points. This would leave me if the team below:
Robertson, Zinchenko, Mina, Maitland-Niles
Sterling, De Bruyne, Mane
Salah, Kane, Martial
Most would agree this is a fairly strong team and is reachable with only a few transfers.
Tips for Game Week 3
I’ve personally tried not to rush into any transfers unless they are completely necessary. My advice would be to follow the same approach going into game week 3. We are still in the early stages of the season and we all spent weeks picking our initial teams and I’ve not seen a lot which would change that. I’ve outlined my plans above but if you were looking for some short terms gains the teams with the best fixtures for the game week are:
Spurs V Newcastle
Bournemouth V Man City
Man Utd V Palace
Norwich V Chelsea
Man City have the best long term fixtures and I’d probably avoid bringing in any Liverpool or Arsenal players as they face each other.
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