GW Points: 47
Overall Points: 295
Overall Rank: 101,551
Transfers: Wan-Bissaka out, Robertson in
Tanganga out, Bertrand in
Kane out, Lukaku in
Benrahma out, Grealish in
After getting up to around 15,000th on the leaderboard, the past two game weeks have been a complete disaster. At the moment I can’t do right for doing wrong, by that I mean, I’m following the same logic and approach that has been successful in the past but at the moment it’s just not paying off. A couple of examples which should have gone my way this week but didn’t, include swapping Benrahma for Grealish. Man City had a decent home fixture against Southampton and news from West Ham was that Benrahma was a doubt for their more difficult fixture against Man Utd. It made perfect sense to swap them. I also generally saw this is a good upgrade longer term. Of course, Grealish then only picks up 3 points and Benrahma picks up 13 against Man Utd – where he had competition for those 5 points from the likes of Ronaldo and Fernandes. There was also Kane, I think we could all agree that no one wants to take Kane out but his form and Spurs in general hasn’t been great. I believe he didn’t touch the ball in the box against Palace while Lukaku was looking like he would score in every game he played. There was also going to be a big price swing. At the time that move made perfect sense. Of course, Lukaku doesn’t get on the score sheet and Kane is the only big name striker to start in the EFL Cup – picking up 13 points in the process. There was also Alexander-Arnold and Robertson missing out on a clean sheet for Liverpool at the weekend – the right choices but unfortunate again that they were not involved. Despite the current run of poor form, I’m still fairly happy with my team going into the last game week of the month – thankfully as I’ve got no transfers left. It’s also worth noting that with so many options this season, it’s very difficult when only picking one team. Those who focus on their overall position on the leaderboard come the end of the season often run 10 teams and simply pick out their best one as their top performer. This is much easier when you can cover all bases across multiple teams but that’s not the game I play (although I do fill my quota of teams, I’m not interested in the ones that I’m not blogging about on here).
De Gea looked like he was going to flop again, however a late penalty save bought him up to 6 points. Happy with that after they conceded again.
5 points for Robertson after coming on in the EFL Cup softened the blow of him not playing at the weekend.
8 points from Torres was an OK result. I’d have liked for a bit more from him considering that he was starting up front against a less opposition. However, to put his place in perspective, he’s a 3.5m midfielder playing up front for Man City. That’s a bargain and we shouldn’t expect a goal every time he plays.
12 points for Salah and 8 points for Ronaldo were both solid returns. Although Man Utd should have clearly had at least 1 penalty so it could have been more for Ronaldo or Fernandes. It would have been useful to see who was going to take it as well.
My main issue isn’t players I’ve currently got in my team, as I’m pretty much happy with all of them. It’s how to play catch up based on the volume of teams ahead of me. I’ll put more thought into this when we get fresh transfers. But what worries me going into October is the volume of clean sheets that Man City and Chelsea could pick up, given their fixtures. It may make sense to get some early transfers in to have a mixture of defenders from these clubs, which is going to take some major reshuffling. I’m fairly happy with my front 6 going into October.
The players who may need to make way to make this happen could be: De Gea, Robertson, Grealish and Bertrand. I’ll have to see what I can afford budget wise but Grealish may need to come out to allow me to upgrade some other positions.
Tips for Game Week 6
If you’re fortunate enough to have transfers left, Liverpool, Man Utd and Leicester all seem to have good fixtures this week on paper. Chelsea have a particularly difficult game week, but their fixtures look exceptional in October. You could use your final transfers to start to shape your team for next month or even hold them until the game week is over and make some moves with October in mind. As always, the spreadsheet below shows the fixtures ahead and I’ll be adding November shortly: