GW Points: 38
Overall Points: 480
Overall Rank: 205,069
Transfers: None used
After a more positive game week 8, game week 9 reverted back to the trend of this season with a very poor showing. The team slumped to the lowest position on the leaderboard that it’s been all season. Despite the performance of the team, I’m struggling to see what I can do differently. I’m following the same process that’s got me to a finish of around 1,000th over the past two seasons but it’s proving very difficult this time around. It just seems like whoever I pick at the moment stops scoring points as soon as I put them in. Take De Bruyne for example – coming in for the injured Lukaku seemed like a sensible approach and he only managed 3 points across two fixtures. Azpilicueta is another example, seemed nailed on to start most games for Chelsea and then didn’t play this week. Benrahma has also stopped scoring since I put him back in after going on a run when I took him out. I think sometimes we just have to accept when luck isn’t on your side, after all football is impossible to predict at the best of times, especially when focusing on individual players rather than teams. Who would have predicted Mount scoring a hat trick at the weekend for example – I don’t think he had even hit 20 points up until that fixture.
Rudiger picked up 8 points with a clean sheet against Norwich.
Walker didn’t get a clean sheet at the weekend but did start in the EFL Cup. It only resulted in 4 points but it was better than nothing.
Salah bagged an impressive 30 points but his ownership is that high it makes little difference.
I’m out of transfers for the week ahead so it’s going to be a case of waiting until this time next week to plan transfers but I’ll highlight the potential issues anyway.
I predicted De Gea would take a dip in form, had Lukaku not picked up an injury I’d have taken him out for Ederson. Now I’m probably stuck with him and a poor Man Utd team.
Bertrand remains a problem and is going to be difficult to replace at only 1.1m
Traore has started the past couple of weeks but he’s not picked up as many points as I’d have hoped. One to consider moving on in November.
Ronaldo is becoming a problem with plenty of budget tied up in him, he’s just not picking up the points I’d have hoped for and Man Utd look really bad.
Tips for Game Week 10
Following on from the theme of the month Chelsea and Man City both have by far the best fixtures for the game week ahead. It will be interesting to see how Man Utd bounce back as they face Spurs and Atalanta. This week could put some even bigger question marks next to Ronaldo but we will see what happens. If you’re lucky enough to have some transfers left, I’d suggest having a more detailed look at the fixtures below: