GW Points: 66
Overall Points: 248
Overall Rank: 72,027
Transfers: Son out, Ronaldo in
Wan-Bissaka out, Robertson in (after the game week finished)
Tanganga out, Bertrand in (after the game week finished)
Kane out, Lukaku in (after the game week finished)
I’m not sure where to start after an eventful and frustrating game week. I’ll cover the details below but two red cards, a few players blanking and Lukaku hitting good form cost me big time this week on the leaderboard. It all started well with Ronaldo scoring twice against Newcastle, but once again Man Utd failed to keep a clean sheet. I wasn’t overly worried at this point as I thought they had a decent fixture to come against Young Boys. Of course, then Wan-Bissaka gets sent off and they fall apart. Up until that point, I was hoping Ronaldo was going to add another goal or two and they would keep a clean sheet. We then had Tanganga getting a daft red card and Spurs crumbling against Palace after keeping consecutive clean sheets. Not sure I saw that one coming but for me and they then conceded twice against Rennes last night. In the meantime, Lukaku scores twice against Villa and picks up more points in the Champions League. I think it’s going to be a really difficult season as to now I’ve prioritised good fixtures over early form, I’ve moved away from that approach with my transfers even though this isn’t what I’d normally do. Taking Kane out is a big risk, but I’d argue it’s an even bigger risk not to have Lukaku at the moment when Kane doesn’t look like scoring. Kane and the Man Utd defenders all started with good fixtures and they haven’t achieved what I’d hoped they would so I’ve lost patience with most of them – if they can’t bring in points with good fixtures then I’ve not got much hope when these become more difficult. It’s also a massive problem having 4 big name strikers and only 3 positions to fill. This is more difficult when you only focus on 1 main team, if I was playing the game of 10 teams and documenting those, it’s easy to cover all bases by having different variations of striker partnerships. Although I did create 10, I only really pay much attention to my main team.
11 points for Alexander-Arnold, he’s probably been my best pick of the season so far. Very happy with another 11 points.
13 points for Fernandes, in a week where we thought he would be overshadowed by Ronaldo, which he was to a certain extent but good to see him getting points on the board as well.
Traore picked up star man and 8 points again, not sure how but I’ll take it.
13 points for Salah was a half decent return
26 points from Ronaldo was a great result as less people put him in than I expected.
I felt like the team had a lot of issues after the game week so I made three transfers. Hopefully this has solved some of them going forward.
I’ve still got a question mark against De Gea but I’ve kept him for now so that I can retain one transfer. However, I moved Wan-Bisska on. I just felt like other defenders have made a better start for a similar value. He’s also going to be suspended in the Champions League. Liverpool have good fixtures, so I’ve put Robertson in instead. I see this as a decent upgrade.
Tanganga returned -6 points this week, which was a massive disappointment. After his good start, I’d hoped for at least another clean sheet but this pretty much undid all of the good work he contributed in the early weeks. I’ve reverted back to a player I started with the season with – Ryan Bertrand. He’s back in the team after missing the start of the season with Covid. Leicester have decent fixtures and he was slightly cheaper than Tanganga, it was a no brainer for me on that basis but let’s see how it pans out.
As mentioned above, I’ve also taken Kane out. There was obviously going to be a big price swing between him and Lukaku so I thought it was wise to act decisively. I also understand that Kane didn’t even touch the ball in the Palace box at the weekend. I just see Lukaku getting more game time (with the Champions League) and getting more chances than Kane. Obviously Kane will come good at some point, but we simply can’t have four strikers in our team and everything at this point in time points to Lukaku being a better option than Kane. It’s going to be difficult when Kane does have a big week, because it will happen but there’s nothing we can do about that.
I’ve also got slight question marks against Benrahma and Torres. I still think Torres is a great option if he keeps playing up front for City but the goals just aren’t coming as regular as I’d like. But at 3.5m and being classed as a midfielder, I thought I’d better sit tight on this one for now. Benrahma is a bigger concern, he was a bit of a bandwagon player and when everyone else jumped on him, I did point out that he wasn’t great last season. I’ll give him a bit longer but he could be the one who makes way with my final transfer as I’ve got money in the bank to upgrade him.
Tips for Game Week 5
I’ve set my team up for game week 5 with three transfers at the end of the week. I don’t think I’ll be using my final transfer this week as I’d rather hold onto it and see what happens. My main advice can be seen with the changes I’ve made and what I’m trying to do going into the game week. However, if you’re looking to do something different, the spreadsheet below shows the teams with the best fixtures: