After a decent first 6 weeks, I thankfully managed to continue my form into Gameweek 7. I made a slightly rash decision to bring West Ham striker – Diafra Sakho – into my side. I decided to Captain him too. With Hazard, Siggy and Di Maria all scoring more points than him, I could have done better, but a goal and 2 bonus points (8 points – doubled to 16) left me relatively happy with the decision. A total of 70 points, when the week’s average was 51, meant green arrows for my side, leaving me in the top 18,000 globally and top 300 in SA.
GAMEWEEK 7 TEAM
GAMEWEEK 8 TRANSFERS
My starting XI is fairly settled, so I have finally got to the point where I can start upgrading the likes of Marc Albrighton (Leicester) and Alex Bruce (Hull), who are sitting on my bench and losing value. With last week’s change of Rooney to Sakho, I have 6.3 in the bank, but I’m not keen to try my luck again with the Hammers striker, so want to get him out and upgrade one of my passengers.
With Liverpool playing QPR, Hull, Newcastle, Man City, Palace, Stoke, Leicester and Sunderland in their next 8 fixtures, only City should trouble them, making their players a very tempting prospect for me. I already have Sterling, and I’m pondering the likes of Balotelli (Will he play?), Moreno and Lallana.
I’m leaning towards the latter. Adam Lallana is finally back from his injury and has started the last 2 premier league matches, scoring in one of them. What makes him most appealing to me, is that he has only 0.8% ownership in FPL.
Arsenal are another side that have a decent run of fixtures. The Gunners face Hull, Sunderland, Burnley and Swansea in their next 4 encounters. I want to avoid their defence, due to a mild crisis in that department (Chambers, Koscielny and Debuchy either suspended or injured), but the likes of Welbeck, Alexis and even The Ox have entered my thoughts. Costing 6.4, Oxlade-Chamberlain may be fantasy gold while Ozil is out injured. Let’s also not forget the return of Theo Walcott after a long lay-off. There is a chance he will be back this week too.
Other players who are doing well, and in my thoughts, are Chadli, Downing, Puncheon and Henderson from the midfielders and Jelavic from the strikers. Bandwagon players don’t generally interest me. I’ve had Pelle and Siggy from GW 1, so will be leaving them in, but probably won’t look to bring in the likes of Ulloa or Berahino into my side.
I’ve decided to make 2 changes, taking the 4 point hit this week, to get Welbeck in for Sakho and Lallana in for Albrighton. Thus making my side stronger in my opinion – but creates a problem at the same time…. Who do I bench? I always play three at the back and, until this week, played four in midfield and three up front, due to Albrighton not playing at Leicester. With 5 strong midfielders and 3 strong strikers, it’s a tough decision. I’m going to take the risk of putting Pelle on my bench. Scoring 4 goals in his last 5 games is a huge worry to me, but there is no-one else I can think of benching. I will play the 3-5-2 formation and I’ll also be taking a huge risk playing Krul and Dummett, knowing that Newcastle have a leaky defence.
This season has often been simple to select our captain. Just like 2 seasons ago, we all had RvP, and last season we all had Suarez as captain every week – This year we have all being giving in-form Chelsea striker, Diego Costa the arm-band. This weekend he has Crystal Palace away, which seems the obvious choice. But, Sterling and Lallana face a horrible QPR defence and Welbeck is at home to Hull. In the end, I will probably stay with Costa, but will make a final decision between him and Welbeck just before the bell goes on Saturday.
Let us know your thoughts. Are we mad to bring in Lallana? Should we be leaving Sakho in for another week? Captaincy thoughts? We want to hear from you.