OFFICIAL: This is the worst fantasy football season of my life! It just keeps going from bad to worse. Case in point: last week I took a four point penalty to get Sanchez in and Silva out. The latter scoring and the former not playing due to injury.
Di Maria (5 – doubles to 10), Hazard (8), Kane (13) and Taylor (5) were the only four players to do anything for me. Hutton and Costa ( both 0), Bertrand (-1), Jones, De Gea and Downing (all 2) did what I’ve come to expect from my side….. absolutely nothing.
46 points, with an average of 46 – my side is as feeble as you can get for the second week in a row. After finishing 2,700th only two seasons ago, my position is now nothing short of embarrassing. I’m only just outside the top 6700 in the country and 420 000th globally. Ridiculously poor! Nowhere near good enough for my side. The only positive I can think of is that the only way to go from here is up!
GAMEWEEK 23 TEAM
GAMEWEEK 24 TRANSFER
IT’S WILDCARD TIME !!!
Before I go through my wildcard team, let me list the players that have been given my hairdryer treatment: De Gea, Mannone, Bertrand, Taylor, Hutton, Dummett, Di Maria, Sanchez, Sigurdsson, Austin and Costa. Yup, 11 of my 15 players have been given the boot.
Mannone was easy to get rid of, but De Gea was done with a heavy heart. The fact is that splashing cash on keepers is something I’ve never really explored until De Gea. But David Ospina seems to good to pass up with three clean sheets in a row, membership at a top four side, the good favour of his manager and a value of only 4.8 – . I’ve decided to make Rob Green my back up keeper. He’s cheap at 4.5, and has a double gameweek coming up in gameweek 28 where he could possibly rack up 8 – 10 points.
I’ve decided to buy two expensive defenders, supported by three cheap defenders. The two I’ve decided to spend proper money on, are Phil Jones (5.3) and Gael Clichy (5.8). Both these players are just below the top price bracket where the likes of Ivanovic, Terry and Baines find themselves. They both have potential to get goals and assists as well as clean sheets. Clichy is a rotation risk, which is why I’ve got two other defenders who are nailed on starters. Patrick van Aanholt (4.2) and Chris Baird (3.9) are also in my side. West Brom are now under Tony Pulis’ management, and he’s known for his defensively strong sides. My last defender is a bit of a risk – I’ve decided to go with Hector Bellerin. He seems to be starting for Arsenal in the absence of Debuchy and as mentioned above, Arsenal are keeping clean sheets. At just 4.4, he could be great business.
Now to the business end of my side, where the points should be coming from. I have kept two of my midfielders from my pre-wildcard team, partially because I rate them, but also because I’ve made a lot of money on them. Eden Hazard who I bought at 10 is now 10.8, and Stewart Downing who I bought at 6.2 and is now 6.6. If I drop them and they hit form – I may not be able to afford them again.
I was also keen to get an Arsenal midfielder in, but there are just so many. Ozil seems to be hitting form, Ramsey is back, and Sanchez will be back and is amazing. In the end I went for the obvious choice of Santi Cazorla (8.3) – his current form is on another planet. Another in-form North London player is Christian Eriksen. With two goals in his last two matches and reasonably priced at 8.3, I’ve drafted him into my side.
My final midfielder had to be cheap, not Boyd cheap but somewhere around the 5.5 mark. I pondered Walters, but eventually decided to go with Southampton’s Eljero Elia. Costing 5.6, he has scored 20 points in his three matches since joining the Saints, who play a managerless QPR this week, he seems like a great “fifth” midfielder.
Naturally this is was the hardest to pick. Unlike defenders and midfielders, you only get to pick three, and you ALWAYS want six. Two of them were easy enough. Harry Kane (5.9) has scored 10 goals this season and found the back of the net eight times in his previous eight games. Sergio Aguero (12.6) is a simple choice to make. With14 goals this season he is a fantasy must have.
This has left me with 11.3 in the bank, which means I can afford anyone except Van Persie. Sometimes this is a bad place to be – you almost want to only have two options. Rooney, Falcao, Pelle, Giroud, Costa, and even Remy (while Costa is suspended), crossed my mind. I may still change this decision – but I’ve decided to get on the Daniel Sturridge (11.1) train early. It worries me that he will still be a bit-part player while he’s coming back from injury. I may make a late decision on this.
Change of team – change of captaincy fortune… I hope! I have captained Aguero, while Hazard will take the VC armband.
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