GW Points: 79
Overall Points: 1,672
Overall Rank: 1,524
Transfers: None used
Game week 22 was a little flat for me. A small gain on the overall leaderboard was welcome, however it’s starting to feel like the team has reached its peak and now it’s just a case of plodding along until the end of the season. Movement of position is becoming more challenging as most people have similar teams and generally the same players are scoring well week in week out. As I’ve got a decent overall rank, it’s probably not worth doing anything about that and just accepting the situation for what it is. However, were I much lower down on the leaderboard I’d have to look for a differential to try and boost my position. This is where the game can completely slip away from you. Pick the wrong one and you can instantly find yourself even further behind with the same players still picking up more points than the differential pick. I can clearly see where my teams performance took a hit, it was when a vast majority of people moved to a Man City defensive block and I didn’t. I identified the good fixtures but I just didn’t see them keeping as many clean sheets as they did. Had I made this change when I was around 500th on the leaderboard I’m fairly sure I’d still be there or higher. The difficulty now, is that it’s not worth moving to a Man City block with everyone ahead of me also having one.
19 and 13 points for Cancelo and Dias respectively. Happy with this and delighted I eventually managed to get Cancelo in my team. I was way too late getting on this one.
I’ll take 5 points each for Maguire and Wan-Bissaka as it’s better than nothing but it was less than I wanted for the game week really.
Another 14 points for Barnes, still delighted with this pick but now questioning if it’s time to move him on with Leicester out of the Europa League.
Really happy with 15 points from Rashford considering I took him out for the more expensive Sterling.
The biggest issue I’ve got is getting De Bruyne back in my team. I’ve got one transfer left and I’m not sure I’ll use it this week. The only players I can swap him in for are: Dias, Maguire, Cancelo, Foden, Fernandes, Salah, Kane or Rashford. I’m really not keen on losing any of those so it’s going to be a very tough call.
Leicester are now out of the Europa League so I’ve got to question keeping Schmeichel and Barnes longer term.
Tips for Game Week 23
I’ve now updated my fixture spreadsheet, to include games up until the rest of the season and potential European games. See the link below. I’m going into game week 23 with one transfer remaining. As mentioned above I’ll probably hold onto this one as I can’t decide who to take out for De Bruyne. Unless someone like Foden or Dias doesn’t start for City at the weekend and I might just make this straight swap then. Other than that it’s a double Premier League game week coming up for most of the big clubs other than Arsenal.