GW Points: 101
Overall Points: 2,052
Overall Rank: 2,817
Transfers: None used
Strangely I picked up the same points this week as I did last week. Unfortunately, this time I didn’t see a big jump on the overall leaderboard. This suggests, although my team performed well, that other players that I don’t own had a good week as well. This is probably down to players like Vardy, Greenwood and Martial. A slip on the leaderboard isn’t ideal but I’d still say I’m fairly happy with a position of 2,817 at this stage of the season, with 3 transfers still available. My game week was pretty much let down by the performance of Man City against Southampton and Laporte subsequently not featuring against Newcastle. With so many games at the moment, I think this was just unfortunate timing.
Clean sheet points for both Maguire and TAA.
Sterling, Mane and De Bruyne all picked up some points. Fernandes continued to shine with 27 points across the game week. This was a big highlight – although I worry that most people own him now anyway.
It was great to see Salah pick up 25 points. I’d considered taking him out due to less fixtures for Liverpool but this would have been a poor move.
11 points for Rashford. As a new player to my team it was good to see him picking up over 10 points this week.
7 points for Jesus. Not a huge positive but at the moment I’m happy with any points he’s picked up due to a really slow point scoring start since the season got going again.
There are no real issues with the team. I’ve got no injuries and the team is picking up a decent amount of points week on week. The main problem I have is how and when you use my July transfers – which I’ll cover below.
Tips for Game Week 44
Game week 44 is another double fixture week, with plenty of points up for grabs as we close in on the end of the Premier League season. Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea look to have the best fixtures across the week and Arsenal have the worst. Looking at my team, I can’t see my changing anything. It will depend on starting line ups but I’ve basically got to decide when to take out my three Liverpool players. I’m not sure when the right time would be – however if any of them start on the bench at the weekend, I may consider taking one out.
In the longer term, the transfers I’m considering are:
TAA out, Shaw in – I’d prefer a Man City defender but there isn’t one that is being picked for every game
Mane out, Pogba/Willian in
Salah out, Martial in
I’ve also got a complete curveball in mind, which is swapping Patricio for Ederson. If I had 4 transfers I’d almost certainly do this now. However, I’m keen to move on my Liverpool players. The theory behind bringing Ederson is that Man City have some really good fixtures and Ederson is the only constant in their defence. Although he’s only ever likely to score 8 points per game. I doubt I’ll make this move but it’s certainly on my radar.
It’s generally a tough position to be in. We firstly don’t know for certain who is going to get to the FA Cup final so it kind of makes sense to wait and see who makes it. The problem then becomes – what if the final is a dull 1-1 draw with both goalscorers being obscure players and no clean sheets. There could be very few points up for grabs in such a game so saving the transfers to target this game could be a mistake. On the flip side, I could go all in on Man City and Man Utd players – hoping that they make the final and it could end up being Arsenal and Chelsea in a massively high point scoring final. Saving the transfers could mean we could bring in players other people can’t reach and if one of them were to score incredibly well it would give a huge advantage.
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