GW Points: 40
Overall Points: 335
Overall Rank: 152,489
Transfers: None used
After a poor game week 5, I didn’t think things could get any worse. I was wrong. Game week 6 was another horror show. It still appears to be a case of not being able to do right for doing wrong as I had previously made some positive changes but it’s just not paid off (yet hopefully). A great example is moving on Kane for Lukaku. Lukaku looked relentless in front of goal and in a much better team. Kane and Spurs in general were struggling – he didn’t touch the ball in the box against Palace. Spurs continued to struggle and slumped to defeat against Arsenal, yet Kane comes off the bench in Europe and hits a hat trick. Of course Lukaku has done very little since either. In this situation there’s very little that can be done and at the time the transfer made absolute sense and still does in all honesty. The same goes for swapping Benrahma for Grealish. Grealish was surely an upgrade with Benrahma potentially being injured, again since the move was made Benrahma has racked up a decent points total and Grealish has done very little. Going into game week 7, I need a massive change of fortune and could really do a with a week where the front three are firing on all cylinders. The problem with getting off to such a bad start is that your players start to drop off in value and those who started better than expected quickly become out of reach (Chelsea defenders). What’s also reasonably interesting is that I monitor player ownership in a fairly competitive mini league that I’m entered into (it has two previous winners of the whole competition in it – to the best of my knowledge): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oNHCjgqkm4vfkaVdmDgXdB55Cs-W8Aij8pIpuz0_kDE/ my players are highlighted in green. As you can see, I’m generally making the same decisions as everyone else so I can’t be the only one who has found this season a struggle to begin with.
A star man performance from De Gea resulted in him getting 8 points for the week. This was a good result given his value. Man Utd haven’t been good defensively but to put his points total in perspective, he’s only 2 behind Ederson and 3 behind Alisson. It’s difficult to be too unhappy with that at this stage in the season.
21 points for Salah but his ownership is so high that it hardly matters anyway.
7 points for Ronaldo was a decent result but I’d have liked more from two fixtures.
It’s hard to know where to begin with the issues for the team:
Alexander-Arnold and Robertson both contributed very little across the game week and had a bad result against Brentford. I’m very tempted to move both on for Chelsea defenders, as their fixtures are by far the best out of any in October.
Bertrand returned -1 point. Leicester haven’t found any form defensively yet this season and I’m hoping this changes quickly. I think Bertrand is good value still but he needs to start returning something before it becomes a problem.
Grealish and Torres achieved 0 points between them. More worryingly Torres didn’t get a single minute on the pitch across two fixtures. Not sure why considering he was one of the regular starters earlier in the season. This will have to change quickly if they are to remain in the team. I’m tempted to switch Grealish for a City defender after the international break as they have good fixtures and clean sheets are probably more likely than goals for Grealish.
Traore was benched for Wolves at the weekend, I can’t justify sticking with him if that’s going to be the case going forward. I’ll hold this weekend to see what happens but with Wolves not being in Europe he will have to go if he keeps starting on the bench. I must admit I was surprised to see him not starting considering the ratings he had been getting in Dream Team.
My front three haven’t had a big week collectively at the same time but at the moment I still think they are the strongest front three to have throughout October. Kane is a worry but you can be sure if we swapped Lukaku for Kane, that Lukaku would get a big return the game after so it’s not worth tinkering too much.
Tips for Game Week 7
I plan to make some changes for game week 7 but I’m not doing anything too radical. Liverpool and Man City face each other and I wanted some Chelsea defenders anyway based on their fixtures. As a result, I’ll probably swap Robertson and Alexander-Arnold for two Chelsea players. Other than that, I probably won’t make any moves as we’ve got an International break the week after. This will leave me with three transfers after the break. Where I’ll consider swapping Grealish for a City defender and will also review what to do with Torres/Traore/Bertrand depending on what happens this weekend. Despite taking Benrahma out, he’s also a player back on my radar to bring back in. With 5 transfers a month, I think it’s important not to be stubborn and admit mistakes. I thought Benrahma might have been a bandwagon player whose form might slip but he appears to be keeping it up so bringing him back in might be a wise move. As always I’d recommend having a look at the fixtures below: