GW Points: 53
Overall Points: 210
Overall Rank: 169,322
Transfers: Moura out, Mount in
Aubameyang out, Aguero in
Game week 4 was once again another flat week for the team. The transfers paid off but there wasn’t much movement on the overall leaderboard. This was probably because pretty much all of the other players picked up points as well – Vardy, Abraham, Richarlison, Firmino, James, De Bruyne, Pepe, Alexander-Arnold, Tielemans, Mane, Aubameyang, Matip, Ederson and Van Dijk all got at least 8 points with some scoring significantly more. As a result I’d imagine most people had a decent game week. Strangely I’m fairly happy with the team that I’ve got. If I were to reset I don’t think I’d change an awful lot about my team on paper – things just haven’t gone my way to start the season. With the players in place and the money in the bank to upgrade B. Silva to Mane, I’m fairly confident things will turn around. However being outside of the top 100,000 teams going into the international break is a million miles away from where I wanted to be at this stage. At the same time I don’t know what I could have done differently to change the outcome. for me it’s simply a case of misfortune but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept after all the research and thinking about the initial team selection that went into this season. I also know how difficult it can be playing catch up with Dream Team. When things start to settle a lot of people tend to go for the same players and the positions can be very difficult to shift in the right direction.
Taking a punt on Aguero paid off with 20 points for the game week.
Clean sheets for Robertson and Zinchenko.
7+ ratings for Maitland-Niles and Mina despite conceding two goals each.
A goal for Kane.
A goal for B. Silva from the bench.
I’m starting to see B. Silva as a problem. Despite scoring from the bench, I don’t want a 4.5m asset losing so many minutes. As a result my first transfer of the month will probably be Silva out and Mane in.
I’m slightly worried about having funds tied up in Mina and Maitland-Niles. Neither have kept a clean sheet for the past two weeks. Granted Arsenal have had two tough fixtures but their defence doesn’t look any better. Both players should continue to rise in value for the time being but I’m wondering if swapping one of them for the cheaper James would be a better option. He won’t be at risk of losing points due to conceding goals and has made a fantastic start to the season. This should also leave a little bit in the bank to upgrade either Patricio or whoever is left between Mina or Maitland-Niles.
Another player I’m slightly concerned about is Patricio. Wolves aren’t keeping clean sheets. However if he does play in the Europa League there could be plenty of opportunities in the group stage to pick some up.
Another area I’m undecided on is the striker positions in general. I talked a lot about points per million and players reaching an expected level of points based on their value at the start of the season. This has gone out of the window a little since the season started, however if we were to review points scored by strikers so far it does bring players such as Kane into question. If we use Kane as an example – he’s worth 7.3m and a lot of people would say he’s “essential” but let’s compare him to some other strikers based on points scored so far:
15.8 points per million spent so far
8.4 points per million spent so far
5.7 points per million spent so far
4.5 points per million spent so far
4.3 points per million spent so far
3.5 points per million spent so far
On a points per million spent so far ratio Kane and Salah appear bottom of the pile out of the names mentioned above. Yet if we were all asked who’s essential this season, most people would run off the same names – Sterling, Salah, Kane, Aguero and so on. I doubt anyone would mention Abraham – who’s now only valued at 1.9m with a whopping 30 points to his name already. Based on these numbers we should be rushing out to get at least one of the bargain players in – however I’m as guilty as anyone of being sat here happy with Kane, Salah and Agureo for the time being. I’m starting to wonder if there is way too many funds tied up in these players when there are some real bargains to be had. Or is it simply a case of minimising risk as the big names are so highly owned and at any point could explode into action? I’d be interested in other people’s thoughts below on why we aren’t rushing out to get the likes of Abraham and Jimenez in our teams.
Tips for Game Week 5
As we’ve got an international break coming up I’d tend to sit tight for game week 5. If you’ve got any unused subs I believe you’ll need to use them before Friday or they will be lost. With regards to new transfers coming into play on Friday, I personally won’t be using any until we can see who makes it through the break. I also won’t be rushing into making too many transfers straight away. I would only use essential transfers to start the month. Despite my thoughts on the strikers above – my only essential transfer will be Silva out and Mane in to start the month. I’ll probably then hold my final two until at least game week 6.
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