GW Points: 70
Overall Points: 202
Overall Rank: 25,719
Transfers: Doherty out, Castagne in (all end of game week 3)
Game week 3 was a bit of a flat one for me. Although the team remained stable on the leaderboard, I can’t help but think that I’ve missed out on a lot of points and the potential to secure a higher position. One particular event over the game week caused the most frustration. Going with Doherty and Davies from the off was clearly a mistake but I wanted to see it through until the end of the month as I was convinced they would pick up at least a clean sheet against Newcastle. They looked set to do this and deserved the clean sheet – in my view this was wrongly taken away from them with a poor decision resulting in Newcastle getting a late penalty. Both Doherty and Davies were on 16 points which was completely wiped out. If Newcastle had created a lot of opportunities during the game and scored in open play, I wouldn’t have much to complain about but I’m fairly sure the penalty was there only shot on target in the game. Another frustration was Podence not playing due to a knock. It’s always irritating when a player you bring in gets injured before he even has chance to play – fortunately Wolves were poor against West Ham so I don’t think I lost out on much over this one. Coming back to Spurs, they failed to keep a clean sheet in the Europa League playoff game – as a result I made the decision to cut my losses with Doherty and took him out for Castagne with my final transfer of the month. They will probably now go on to pick up a few clean sheets in October but I didn’t want to run the risk of holding onto him for too long with his price continuing to drop quickly. Castagne has been impressive throughout September so he was the player to come in. We could talk about the likes of DCL and Vardy also scoring hat tricks but my view is that this was too hard to predict. We’ve also got a wealth of options for those three striker positions so neither of them were high enough up my list to be considered. When you’re only focusing on one team these aren’t the players most of us consider beyond the usual big names who score the most points across the season. We simply can’t have them all in one team at the same time so it’s currently a bit of a lottery and luck comes into play a lot – unless of course you’re playing the game differently with 10 teams and you include all of the strikers across different teams.
30 points from Kane pretty much got me out of jail this week. I was facing a massive drop on the leaderboard without these points.
I was pleased with a goal for Werner after he blanked against West Brom. Although I would have hoped for a little more over the game week but we will see how it goes.
Liverpool had a tough fixture so I’ll take 4 points from TAA, with hopefully more to come in the next few weeks.
Man Utd weren’t overly convincing and I felt very fortunate to get 9 points from Fernandes.
Anything from Davies was a positive, so I was happy that he picked up 4 points last night as this meant he didn’t drop in value.
A small return from Salah and De Bruyne this week was far from ideal. Although they are proven point scorers so I’ll hold to them. Salah is more of a concern as there are other players who can take this slot who are performing well. Sterling in particular is uncomfortable not to own.
Given the lack of clean sheets for most teams, I’m starting to question if funds being tied up with Alisson are worthwhile but I’ll monitor for another week.
I’ll hold Werner and Havertz for the time being but I’d want to see a little more from them in terms of points ideally – aside from Havertz getting a hat trick in the EFL Cup of course.
Davies probably needs to come out before the weekend with Spurs playing Man Utd.
Wolves have good fixtures but I worry that Podence isn’t going to come straight back into the team after his knock. He could be another that I’ll replace at the weekend if he’s benched.
Tips for Game Week 4
My main advice for game week 4 would be to be cautious with your transfers. I probably held some of mine for slightly too long during September but it has put me in a position where I don’t need to race through any in October. I’m seeing a lot of people making 5 changes off the bat in October, which is far from ideal in my view. A lot are changes that I’d already made in September – which makes me wonder what they did with their first 5 transfers. In my experience rushing transfers rarely pays off as you end up using your next allowance to make the changes you wish you could have made a few weeks earlier. My plan is to tweak my team – which will probably involve a couple of early transfers but I’ll be holding the rest of them until after the international break. It’s also worth remembering the European competitions are due to start later in the month as well. In terms of fixtures for the month – Wolves could be a team to consider as they’ve got a really good run through October. However, after seeing them get thrashed by West Ham this doesn’t necessarily mean they will have a good month.
Finally, I’ve also updated the graph that maps my progress against last season. As you can see, I’m still well ahead.