GW Points: 99
Overall Points: 339
Overall Rank: 13,610
Transfers: De Bruyne out, Foden in
Podence out, Mahrez in
I’ll start the review by saying I’m delighted with how the game week played out. It has been my most successful week of the season so far and I’m delighted to have jumped around 20,000 places on the overall leaderboard. I got quite a lot of satisfaction from the week as there were some difficult decisions to make. This was mainly around whether to leave Werner in or take him out and the same for De Bruyne. I’m delighted that I kept Werner (for now), many didn’t think this was a good idea but I just had a feeling that he might come good if he played down the middle. This doesn’t mean that the problem is solved but for this game week alone it was a great decision. It was also a good decision to hold onto Davies as he returned 8 points despite not playing in the league. The transfers I made only gave me an extra 5 points so that was a little disappointing but with 5 transfers now available for the month, I think this is to be expected. Mendy picking up a clean sheet with his first game between the sticks for my team was also very satisfying. For my usual standards, I felt like this was a differential pick as he stood out as a good choice to me but I don’t see many other people going for him. With two game weeks left for the month, I feel like I’m in a great position with two transfers remaining, 4.1m in the bank and a team that is on the rise.
Mendy picked up 5 points. As mentioned above, this didn’t seem like a popular pick at the time and I felt unlucky with his injury but delighted to see him return points when many keepers aren’t at the moment.
Over the moon with a clean sheet for Davies and Castange in the Europa League for two cheaper defensive assets.
15 points for Fernandes is a positive but I’d imagine most people own him anyway.
8 points for Havertz was good for the game week, but I can’t see him scoring huge points over the course of the season.
With two early goals for Kane, I was hoping for a hat trick but it wasn’t to be. Happy with 20 points anyway.
Similarly, I was hoping for a hat trick for Werner when I noticed two early goals. Regardless, for me this was the best business I did all week – not taking Werner out as I was almost certain that I was going to do it.
I’ll take 8 points for Salah but I’d hoped for a bit more over two fixtures.
After a good game week it’s hard to see any real issues in the team. If it carried on where it left off this week I’d be delighted with another successful game week. I’ve got two transfers left to use and I don’t plan on doing anything with them unless I need to. It would probably be wise to bring De Bruyne back in if he’s fit so I’d take out either Mahrez or Foden – depending on the Man City line up. Other than that, I see no real problems unless someone gets injured.
Tips for Game Week 6
My advice for the game week is to remember that although we are pretty much at the end of October there are still two more game weeks before we get a fresh set of transfers. As a result, I wouldn’t be rushing to use any unless absolutely necessary. If you wanted to study the fixtures for this week, you can check out my tracker below:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1t8-J8t2NKmHWDepR-Sf4Dqbd7oo7KcCkzR3ij4Fi3FU/ – may have some errors as I did it very quickly.
I’m personally avoiding Man Utd players as they’ve got some difficult fixtures. Liverpool’s short term fixtures stand out, with a very good fixture coming up in the Champions League. Chelsea face Man Utd at the weekend but they’ve got very good longer term fixtures after that. Man City also have a good run until the end of the month as do Spurs but we saw heavy rotation from them last night. Leicester could be a team to keep an eye on, especially Barnes who I’ve been monitoring since the start of the season. I noticed he started last night and picked up a goal. Someone else drew my attention to him before the season started on here but he still certainly interests me at this stage given him value. I haven’t done the maths but bringing him and KDB in might even create an easier route for getting Sterling in for Werner at some point.
I’ve also included my graph which shows progress on the overall leaderboard plotted against last season. I’ve not exactly got off to a flying start but I’m very happy with how I’ve started the season. As the graph shows, I’m well ahead of last season at this early stage so early signs are very positive.