GW Points: 111
Overall Points: 2,161
Overall Rank: 1,915
Transfers: TAA out, Shaw in
The team seems to be on a bit of a roll at the moment. This was another game week where I’ve picked up over 100 points. This puts me at the highest position I’ve been on the leaderboard all season – not a bad time to peak with only a few game weeks left. There was one disappointment, Luke Shaw rolling an ankle was far from ideal and he missed a clean sheet last night. He was meant to be my main differential – had it swung the other way and AWB was the player who missed the game and Shaw picked up points, this could have been a 10-15 point swing but it didn’t go my way. If he doesn’t recover quickly, this is going to be a big problem with only two transfers left for the rest of the season and two Liverpool players to potentially move on.
Patricio picked up another 8 points. I’ve been delighted with his performance over the season. As a budget option he’s been well worth the investment.
Clean sheets for Laporte and Maguire. It’s annoying that Laporte only appears to play every other game but that’s the nature of rotation at Man City. Fortunately, they didn’t keep a clean sheet in their second game anyway.
28 points for Sterling – this season’s must have player.
11 points for Mane after a couple of quiet weeks.
Rashford and Jesus both came good this week with 20 plus points each.
I’ve only got two problems with the team. Firstly, when is Luke Shaw going to be fit. Secondly, when do I move on Salah and Mane. More on both below.
Tips for Game Week 45
Firstly, good luck to those who are in the running for winning the Dream Team Tips mini league. It’s looking very tight at the top – I think I’m 9th and probably a little too far behind to finish first. There are some exceptional scores above me.
Looking at game week 45, for me it comes down to those Liverpool players. Do we stick or twist based on Liverpool not being in the FA Cup? For me, I can’t see the FA Cup games being huge point scorers and if they are, predicting who is likely to pick up points could be a big challenge. I like the look of Liverpool’s last fixture against Newcastle so I’m struggling to make a case for removing Mane and Salah. At the same time, I do like to work the fixtures and I quite like the idea of having two transfers left to target the FA Cup final, in the hope that I can bring in a player who nobody else has. I’m undecided about how to player it at the moment but I’d be interested in other people’s thoughts.
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