GW Points: 63
Overall Points: 150
Overall Rank: 79,397
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GW Points: 45
Overall Points: 104
Overall Rank: 364,465
Transfers used: Sancho out, Mbeumo in
Mahrez out, Diaz in
Overall the game week was more positive than the first two game weeks. The team jumped up the leaderboard by a significant number of places. It’s still no where near where I’d want it to be but after a poor start at least it’s moved in the right direction during game week 3. My transfers relied on Man Utd crumbling against Liverpool, that wasn’t how it panned out and typically Sancho got the opening goal. Diaz then blanked in the game, but at least Mahrez didn’t feature for City. The biggest highlight was another good performance for Arsenal, with a goal and a clean sheet for Saliba. It was also good to see Haaland back on the scoresheet.
Here are my thoughts on each player currently in my team:
Ramsdale: 5 points. 2 clean sheets from 3 games, he stays in my team.
Alexander-Arnold: -2 points. Another poor performance but we’ve got to hope he comes good, Liverpool can’t be this bad for the duration of the season so I’m sure things will turn around.
Saliba: 13 points. Fantastic return for a player that started at 2.5m. He stays in my team.
Ake: -2 points and injured. Disaster for Ake this week, going off injured and Man City concede 3 goals. Can’t be replaced with another Man City player but needs to go.
Diaz: 0 points. I had high hopes for Diaz after a good return last week but it wasn’t to be. 0 points after a bad result against Man Utd.
Saka: 3 points. 3 points is better than another blank but I’d like to see him picking up a goal or assist before long. Stays for now.
Coutinho: 0 points. Another horrorshow from Coutinho in terms of points this week and he even got a start in the EFL Cup game. If Ake wasn’t injured, I’d be taking him out as my final transfer of the month.
Mbeumo: 3 points. Given his value I’m relatively happy with 3 points.
Salah: 13 points. Not sure he deserved the star man award but I’ll take the 13 points. Can’t see me taking him out all season unless he gets injured.
Haaland: 8 points. Glad to see Haaland back on the scoresheet and he will remain in my team.
Jesus: 4 points. Not a great return but after last week I’m obviously going to keep Jesus.
Following on from the theme of last week, here are the players that caught my eye for the watchlist:
Trippier – I expected Man City to beat Newcastle comfortably but Trippier had another good week. I’ve bought him in for Ake before he rises too much in value.
Zinchenko – Zinchenko is another player that interests me but I didn’t fancy the risky Arsenal triple up despite their good fixtures.
Cucurella – I was tempted to put Cucurella in for Coutinho at the weekend but I’m glad I didn’t with Chelsea losing 3-0 to Leeds. Surely they improve though and he still looks good value for a Chelsea defender.
Pope – if Ramsdale wasn’t performing so well, Pope would be a goalkeeper that I’d be interested in. Good value and brilliant performances so far.
De Bruyne – looks like he will be the only consistent point scorer in that Man City midfield. I’m going to need him to have some quiet weeks if I’m ever going to be able to afford him though.
Elliot – started again for Liverpool and is dirt cheap, didn’t perform against Man Utd though. One to monitor.
Alisson – I can’t bring him in right now but I’m monitoring how far he might drop.
Plan for game week 4
With Ake being injured, I’ve swapped him for Trippier. That’s my final transfer of the month used so I’m stuck with the team I’ve got until September now. Ideally, I’d have liked to take out Coutinho but I didn’t want to risk Ake not playing at the weekend. I was tempted by Zinchenko or Cucurella but Trippier edged it for me with a good performance this week.
If you’ve still got transfers remaining, it’s a double game week coming up in the Premier League. Always worth studying the fixtures below:
My other teams
Following a new trend for this season, I’m just going to briefly touch on my other teams.
My highest scoring team is a top heavy team featuring Kane, Salah and Haaland up front. I think the team has mainly done well because of a back four that includes Pope, Trippier and Saliba.
Scamacca is a player who has done well for me again this week. I took a punt on him in three teams and he returned another 13 points.I also put Toney and Zaha into two separate teams last week – both scored at the weekend.
I wouldn’t say any of my teams have got off to an absolutely flying start but they are all in OK positions given how far we are into the season.
The full breakdown of my teams can be seen below for complete transparency. Typically my blog team is close to the bottom but I’ll do everything I can to turn that around.