GW Points: 54
Overall Points: 337
Overall Rank: 20,883
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GW Points: 47
Overall Points: 253
Overall Rank: 298,588
Transfers used: Coutinho out, Cucurella in
Game week 5 was another slow game week. A bad result for Arsenal against Man Utd cost me significant points with rotation also taking place in the Europa League. My Liverpool players had another poor week with only Diaz picking up some decent points. Alexander-Arnold is the typical example of how 50/50 decisions can go against you – he was the same price as Cancelo at the start of the season. I could have easily gone for either of them but TAA scored slightly better last season and had higher ownership than Cancelo and typically he’s the one that’s made a much better start. Ironically, the two players I was tempted to take out with no European football this week ended up getting 8 points each and a value rise to go with it. It’s been a strange start to the season and my team is nowhere near where I want it to be, but I’m hoping for a big slice of luck to get back in contention. I also decided not to use any transfers last night as none of my key targets had a huge game week and with PL games being cancelled this weekend.
Here are my thoughts on each player:
Ramsdale: -2 points. Another bad week for Ramsdale. Could have been tempted to swap him for Lloris if I had plenty of transfers left but didn’t see it as a big priority. If they were playing this weekend, I’d hoped they would get a clean sheet against Everton but there’s a chance Ramsdale won’t play at all this week now.
Alexander-Arnold: 2 points. Not happy with his returns so far this season, in hindsight, wish I’d started with Cancelo. Would have considered taking him out last night under normal circumstances. Will monitor.
Saliba: -3 points. Poor return due to the Man Utd result. Hoped he would bounce back against Everton this weekend. That fixture has now been cancelled.
Trippier: 8 points. Couldn’t ask for much more than 8 points, happy with that return and value rise but may move on due to the lack of European fixtures – especially with PL games not going ahead this weekend and assuming European games will.
Cucurella: -1 point. Bad start in my team, even worse that Chilwell came on and scored. Question marks now over who will start with Potter coming in. It looks like he left on good terms so hopefully, this gives him the edge when it comes to starting over Chilwell and hopefully they improve quickly at the back.
Diaz: 8 points. Not a massive week but can’t complain with 8 points. Keep for now.
Saka: 4 points. Thought he played well enough to pick up a rating. Shame he didn’t start in the Europa League. May have to consider moving him on longer term.
Mbeumo: 8 points. Can’t ask for much more than 8 points from a cheap enabler. Not a long term solution with no European fixtures though.
Salah: 0 points. Awful game week, looks out of sorts. Just thankful that Kane dropped in value more than Salah did.
Haaland: 21 points. Another big return, scary to think how many points Haaland will finish on. He’s a season long pick if he stays fit.
Jesus: 2 points. Not a great return this week and didn’t play in the Europa League. Despite this, he’s still a point ahead of Kane for the season and the 4th highest scoring striker so it’s not an easy decision to take him out.
Given that Premier League games have been cancelled this weekend, and assuming that the European fixtures will go ahead, we can only really consider players who will be involved in those fixtures:
Kane – remains top of my list despite dropping in value and only scoring 8 points last week. Decent fixtures in the Champions League is the main reason for this.
De Bruyne – hard to ignore given the start he’s had to the season. The only problem is getting him in and I think he’s out of reach for me at the moment if I want Kane.
Cancelo – could have started with him instead of TAA but now the gap between them is too big. I’d love to bring him in but realistically I think he’s going to be out of reach for now.
Emerson Royal – still on my list from last week and continues to be scoring well. Good value considering Spurs should do well this season. Could be a good replacement for Trippier.
Fofana – one to monitor. Not sure I fancy the double up just yet but if Chelsea improve quickly, he could be a bargain.
Sessegnon – great value but think he’s going to face a lot of rotation.
Sterling – scored well the week before last but blanked again last week. One to monitor.
Dalot – if Man Utd have turned a corner, he’s a bargain and he scored OK so far this season.
Plan for game week 6
It’s going to be a bit of a strange game week. No PL fixtures but I’m assuming European fixtures will go ahead. There is also uncertainty about PL fixtures the week after, with an International break the weekend after. As a result, I’ll probably use transfers during game week 6 as there’s less of a risk involved with a reduced number of games this month. How far I’ll go with my transfers is another question. We will get to see the Spurs line up, should Sessegnon start, I can bring him in for Trippier and then swap Jesus for Kane. I could then go as far as Mbeumo out for Sterling and TAA out for someone like Dalot but that might be a step too far considering the game weeks left in the month. It would be useful if we could get clarity on whether there will be any PL fixtures before the International break or not. Until we get a little more info it’s hard to say what to do for the week ahead, but I’m certain I’ll make some changes.
If you’re interested in the fixtures for the clubs involved in Europe, you can check them out here:
My other teams
My best team didn’t perform as well as it did last week and ended up dropping on the leaderboard slightly. It’s still doing fairly well on 337 points. That team was let down by blanks from Sterling, Odegaard, Kulusevski, Saliba, Cucurella and Salah.
I had two teams who hit a high score of 69 for the game week. I’ve got De Bruyne in both of those teams so his points really helped.
I’m still finding that most of my teams are starting to look very similar as I’m favouring the same players with the same logic when it comes to scoring points across the month. There are also a couple of teams that I’ve pretty much given up on already due to really poor starts.
I’ve dropped in the graphic below that shows all of my teams for complete transparency.