GW Points: 59
Overall Points: 2066
Overall Rank: 3,431
Transfers: Stones out, Van Dijk in
Game week 31 followed a similar trend to previous weeks with a slight drop on the leaderboard. This really isn’t a trend that I wanted to follow at this point of the season however it appears that my luck has run out recently. I was placing most of my hopes for the rest of the season on Kane scoring well as I’d imagine most were struggling to get him back in. This plan has now gone out of the window with his injury against Man City. For me, this opens up an opportunity to gain some ground on people who have used all of their transfers but it’s a tough choice knowing who to bring in. When I look at the players in my team, for the majority of the season I’ve struggled to know who to charge because I’ve always been relatively happy with the players that I’ve had. I’m still fairly happy but with Kane coming out it makes sense to upgrade Coady – more on this below.
A clean sheet for Ederson and 3 points in the Champions League.
It was good to see Rudiger playing both games this week and picking up two clean sheets. Can’t ask for much more than that from him.
Van Dijk grabbed a clean sheet and a 7+ rating.
Hazard got a couple against West Ham and a 7+ rating in the Europa League. He’s had a few weeks where his point scoring has dipped but I’ve never been tempted to take him out.
A goal for Salah.
With two transfers left for the month it makes perfect sense to address Kane being injured straight away. For me it also makes sense to upgrade Coady at the same time with Wolves crashing out of the FA Cup. Unfortunately time got away from me last night and I didn’t have chance to look at or even consider my transfers. I usually like to write my review of the week before making transfers as well. As a result I missed the chance to make transfers before the price changes. This was a big oversight – the Kane to Firmino and Coady to Laporte/De Bruyne transfer is now no longer on. I think this nicely illustrates how fantasy football success sometimes has nothing to do with football – keeping on top of making transfers at the right time can often be enough to give you an advantage over people who miss such windows of opportunity. I’ve usually fairly good at taking these chances but it just hasn’t been possible over the last 24 hours to find the time to publish a blog. This leaves me with a couple of options:
Firmino/Walker or B. Silva in
Son/B. Silva in
I can see a case for either route. However I’m slightly favouring Firmino/Walker at the moment. It’s basically a toss up between Liverpool and Spurs for the remainder of the season. They both have a tough away fixture in the Champions League coming up – however Liverpool’s is slightly easier. What I do like about going down the Liverpool route is that they are in the running to win the Premier League and more likely to progress in the Champions League – they also play Cardiff and Huddersfield at the end of April. Spurs on the other hand have a good fixture this weekend against Huddersfield but then face Man City twice. They could also go out of the Champions League despite being in the driving seat at the moment. Going for Firmino also opens up the opportunity to go for Walker over Silva (with Silva being an injury doubt himself). This leaves 0.2m in the bank if I wanted to make any further changes in May.
Tips for Game Week 32
At this stage of the season all of the top 6 clubs have a difficult game during the upcoming game week. However if you’re looking at the very short term Spurs do face Huddersfield in the Premier League at the weekend. City travel to Palace and Man Utd host West Ham which could also be fixtures to consider. Liverpool and Chelsea play each other, which could go either way depending on which Chelsea team turns up. Looking further into the week Spurs and Man City play each other. Man Utd travel to Barcelona. Liverpool travel to Porto and Arsenal travel to Napoli. Chelsea host Slavia Praha.
For the remainder of the season I’m personally only looking at Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea players. I see Liverpool progressing in the Champions League and pushing Man City for the title. Again Man City will be aiming to win the Premier League, will be desperate to progress in the Champions League and also have the FA Cup final. I’m also happy to have a Chelsea defender and the essential Hazard but I can’t imagine I’ll bring in anyone else. This is purely because they look likely to progress in the Europa League.
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