GW Points: 40
Overall Points: 1197
Overall Rank: 57,483
Transfers: None used
After a short game week and 40 points on the board, I thought I’d have probably held my position on the leaderboard. I was fairly surprised to see the team had risen over 10,000 places, so it was a much better game week than I’d first expected. The lack of a clean sheet for City probably helped with this, considering I’ve got none of their defenders. Roberson also did well for me with 12 points from two assists and a star man performance. Lukaku and Ronaldo continue to frustrate, blanks for both of them will see their value drop on Friday. Not ideal as we move into February with fresh transfers on the horizon but Lukaku has to go for me. Had he not started in that enticing FA Cup fixture, I wouldn’t have even put him in and he’s proved why with a lack of points since that game. As it stands there won’t be any fixtures this weekend but I’m keeping my eye out for games that have been rearranged as I think this will be crucial as we do move into February.
Clean sheets for De Gea, Rudiger and Alonso, it’s a shame they all only got 5 points each but happy with the points either way.
12 points for Robertson and no clean sheet for the rest of the Liverpool defence.
5 points for De Bruyne and 3 for Silva was better than nothing in a disappointing draw for Man City against Southampton
5 points for Jota, again was better than nothing
As I mentioned last week, the Chelsea players are an issue due to a lack of fixtures in early February. I’ll definitely be taking Lukaku out and one defender but I plan to see who is starting in the FA Cup before thinking too much about this. Ronaldo is also becoming an issue given his price tag and a lack of points recently. The problem is, we all know how quickly this can change with him, and overlooking him in the Euros really cost me so it will take some careful consideration before taking him out. The other problem is that there aren’t any other really consistent point scorers at the moment and we also need a plan for getting Salah back in the team.
Tips for Game Week 22
There’s a huge amount to think about for game week 22, however, at this stage, there’s little value in planning too far ahead. Currently, there are no fixtures this weekend and we are yet to see when some teams will have games rearranged after they were postponed. I’ll definitely be addressing the issues mentioned about but we can’t make a decision on players like Kane yet as we aren’t sure when those additional fixtures will drop into the calendar. I’ll post another blog next week when we’ve got some more information. It’s also worth noting that the first games back are another round of FA Cup fixtures, which for me are always a lottery. I’ll be keeping an eye on those starting lineups that week to try a find a big point scorer but again we can’t do much about it until those lineups are announced.
In general terms though, I’ll certainly be looking to get Salah back in as soon as he’s back from the Afcon. I’d also love to get Cancelo in but at the moment I’m not sure how that would be possible. Another alternative would be Dias but he doesn’t carry the same attacking threat, having said that he is around 2m cheaper so represents good value for the points he’s got on the board to date. Liverpool have got some decent fixtures in early February as well and Matip could be a nice double up with Robertson for clean sheets, on the assumption that Alexander-Arnold is out of reach. It’s difficult to look beyond Man City and Liverpool at the moment, especially with a lack of fixtures for Chelsea. I still don’t trust Man Utd or Spurs to get a result or a clean sheet against anyone. It may be worth considering some of the West Ham players as they’ve also got a decent run in February.