GW Points: 38
Overall Points: 240
Overall Rank: 33,123
Transfers: None used
I made the risky decision to go into game week 4 without making any transfers. We had 5 available to use and I wasn’t entirely happy with my team but with an international break looming I took the calculated risk to hold them back. As expected, this cost me position on the overall leaderboard but thankfully it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Hopefully, this means the team will come good after the break, when I can use transfers to optimise for all those additional European fixtures. It was generally a very strange game week anyway with Liverpool getting thrashed by Villa and Man Utd getting thrashed by Spurs. Everton were a concern going forward with DCL scoring again – I’m hoping this trend slows very quickly as I don’t plan on bringing in any of their players at the moment. It also appears that clean sheets are generally few and far between at the moment, this does raise the question around if we should invest in expensive defensive assets. I don’t plan on taking the likes of Alexander-Arnold out just yet myself but it would free up funds for someone like Sterling. At this stage it’s just food for thought but I’ll want to see how this starts to pan out in the early stages of the season.
My game week was saved by Kane and Salah who both got a goal each. It was a shame one of them couldn’t pinch a hat trick but I’m happy to keep both of them for the longer term.
It was good to see Havertz pick up 5 points, although I was hoping for a little more from a game which Chelsea won 4-0.
5 points from Fernandes was OK, not a huge positive and he’s so highly owned that it makes very little difference anyway.
I’ll take any points from Davies at this stage so 2 points for winning a penalty was more than welcomed.
Alisson could be out for a while, this could be a blessing with Liverpool not in form defensively. I think he needs to come out but the question is, do we go with another premium option such as Ederson or save some funds with someone cheaper? I’m personally considering Mendy who is fairly cheap if he plays most games for Chelsea.
Podence blanked against Fulham which wasn’t great. I may switch him for a player who has European football throughout October.
Werner didn’t look like scoring against Palace, which is a big problem. I’m also hiding behind the sofa every time Sterling plays, which makes me think I need to get him in. The only problem is this could significantly harm the rest of the team. I’m at a loss to know what to do at the moment. De Bruyne hasn’t done an awful lot since I’ve bought him in but his ownership is so high that it would be a risk to take him out.
Tips for Game Week 5
If you’ve been patient enough to hold any transfers until after the international break, my main advice would be to bring in players from clubs who are involved in Europe. I’ve updated my fixture spreadsheet to include these fixtures:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t8-J8t2NKmHWDepR-Sf4Dqbd7oo7KcCkzR3ij4Fi3FU/ – may have some errors as I did it very quickly.
It’s hard to know what other advice to offer at this stage as we need to see who makes it through the international break without picking up an injury. However, this is something we can pick up in the comments. I’d be very interested to know what Alisson owners are planning to do with him? I’d also be interested in knowing if anyone is looking at the Europa League fixtures? Surely some heavy rotation to come into play but also some big points up for grabs if you’re brave/lucky enough to hit the right player.