My GW13 Team

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Well last week was fun (I joke). I scored an awful 43 in a week that averaged 40. My captain Lukaku, Aguero, Alexis, Mane, Firmino & Barrow all blanked while Fuchs scored 0. To make it worse Capoue stayed on my bench with 10 points and agh gigantic didn’t play.

This week I had a few areas of concern; Gundogan has done nothing for my team and in fact since I’ve had him in he’s only played once. Lukaku also isn’t looking the player he did while Everton struggled and Czech isn’t filling me with hope. I really wanted Yaya this week, I’m a huge fan of his and was overjoyed to see him playing again but there was no way to get him in without a hit which I couldn’t do. The same goes for Chris Brunt (anyone who follows me knows how much I love this guy).

So I made no changes and carried over my transfer. Capoue and Barrow came close to playing for me this week but only just missed out. With doubts over Aguero, Gundogan and Alexis I’m sure at least one of these lads will play for me. My vice captain is Mane who is a more than able debutant should Aguero not play. Good luck all!

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My GW12 Team

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Looking back at game week eleven Firmino did the business while majority on my side scored a single point including Daniels, Fuchs, Barrow. I had a few areas I wanted to improve upon but the biggest one was Payet; he’s got a difficult run up and he’s playing in a team who are struggling immensely. There was a load of players who caught my eye but Mane was the stand out candidate. Liverpool are playing great and he’s at the heart of most things so I have no concern with doubling up with Liverpool players in my team.

I’ve captained Mane, he’s playing against his former team and in good form. There are doubts over Aguero starting against Palace; so this is a good opportunity for me to try something new. My team pretty much picked itself with the hardest pick being Pickford over Hull. I think United will score against Arsenal and Hull who are up against Sunderland could blank quite easily. Barrow drops out for Evans who has the better game and is at home. Zero hits! 

My Gw11 Team In Full

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Ok so the previous game week failed to go to plan. Normally scoring 66 (8 above average) would’ve been amazing but I seemed to still lose ground on my mini leagues and overall ranking. Aguero and Alexis played out of their skins and Lukaku didn’t do too badly either.

When looking at my team for this week the main areas of concern was my midfield. Mindy from Leicester was out for even longer and Son has failed to shine in my team. This week I sold Mendy and Son; replacing them with Gundogan and Firmino. For me these are massive upgrades and worth the four point hit because both have great fixtures ahead.

My team this week pretty much picked itself with the only two considerations being Pickford and Evans. I opted in place of them for Cech because he can keep a clean sheet against anyone and Barrow because United are looking so poor so I think Barrow could have fun against Shaw this week. Captain armband is on Aguero because I honestly believe he could score 5 again in any of the next three games.


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My GW10 Team

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The last game week saw my team gather 43 points; just a single more than the average of 42. Not making a transfer and sticking to basics was a good move but Aguero was a captain fail; in fact all of my front seven failed to score a single goal which was frankly disgusting to me. This week I had a few positions I wanted to play with but the most important issue for me this week was what to do with Defoe and Mee. The former hasn’t scored since being in my team and has had his fair share of decent games. The latter has kept a clean sheet for me in recent weeks and not done too badly but he doesn’t have the best games coming up and I want four players I’m happy to rely on each week. I already had Fuchs and Clyne who will for now play every game for their attacking threats and defensive capabilities.

The player to replace Mee was Daniels who has a great run of games coming up and has a superb attacking record since his club came up. Here we have the three with Evans who in a Pulis team is reliable also; I’m happy with the four for now. I had a few strategies for replacing Defoe but I’ve decided to get Barrow from Swansea. Barrow looks a good player, has decent games (including Monday night football) and is only £5.0 so if he just does his bit here or there I’ll be happy. This also means following these two moves I have £2.5m in the bank looking towards game week eleven.

My team picks itself this week; Cech over Pickford & Amat/Mendy/Evans on the bench (two of the three won’t play and one plays Man City). Captaincy goes to Lukaku against West Ham. Even though Aguero is quality and is due soon I can’t back him against my team. Hoping this doesn’t come back to but me afterwards! A right winged pick in Barrow was tempting me but I just couldn’t be that ridiculously brash.


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My GW9 Team

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Well; how do I start? This past week was the first really bad week I’ve had this season and the reasons for that are later on in this article when I talk about the lesson I’ve learned.

I scored a total of 36 points (-4) compared to a game week average of 39 points.

This was a poor scoring week with no real points being scored across my team and a huge captain fail that I can’t say many expected or saw. The thing we did pick up from that is with City rotating and their early form dropping off they are not the same team we thought they’d carry on to be this season. That’s not saying they won’t but it’s saying things aren’t a given.

I’ve learned my lesson in the harshest way possible this week. The lesson I’m referring to is not overthinking or overplaying the game. I had a strong start to the season and this was arguably my worst and the first really bad week I’ve had this season. Originally I’d planned to use no transfers and to captain Alexis because of the Swans being more vulnerable at the moment. I went the entire break making no changes then the night before I got Son for Ozil as a bandwagon move to his stats and current form. That failed miserably as Son started on the bench and did nothing while Ozil started and scored. I also took a hit for Love out and Fuchs in for winter cover and also this week but Chelsea scoring did make me regret that move too.

As a result of that I’ve made no transfers this week; keeping things simple and not over playing the game. Seven men at home and a Sunday captain. Not looking at the team again till next week.

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My GW8 team

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In GW7 I had 49 compared to the average of 42; looking back I picked the best possible team and one of the best captain picks with only Payet in my team out scoring my captain Lukaku. With the international break I didn’t make any transfers until yesterday. Looking at my team the defence needed an obvious sort out and I needed to decide what to do with Ozil.

With his stats and form, I decided that I couldn’t look past Son. Despite him being a rotation risk and playing my beloved Albion limcant look past this guy. Spurs have a great few games coming up and if he plays (which I believe he will) then I should be in the points. Decided to sell Ozil because despite his fixtures he isn’t a regular fpl point returner and the extra funds mean that I have more room to tinker in the next few weeks. Adding in to that it was only himself, Alexis or Payet that could’ve gone it’s a no brainier.

I was happy with this team and not taking a hit but with the doubts over Clyne; I decided to take a hit to get Love out of my team. Reasons being are that he’s not a starter and I know with rotation and the winter period I’ll need cover. So despite the unfavourable games it allows me to keep Evans. My four man shortlist to replace him was Fuchs, Bellerin, Vertonghen and Robertson. Bellerin has the chop first because he was just out of budget; Vertonghen next because after the immediate few games the fixtures get much worse. Then finally Fuchs won it for me because of what he can offer in games to his team in an attacking threat as well as from a defensive view.

The team pretty much picked itself this week, really wanted to play Pickford but can’t bench Cech. Despite us being at home and fairly solid I’ve dropped Evans to first sub in place of the hit man Fuchs, who I can see keeping an early clean sheet. Captain on Aguero because of his points history in this fixture over the past few weeks and the fact that as much as I want to punt on Alexis; the Swans have a new manager and that can literally go either way.

Good luck all! 🙂

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My GW7 Team

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Week 6 wasn’t great and before it began I didn’t think I’d be relying on a clean sheet from Mee to help save my week. I scored 73 (-4) in a week that saw the average at 45 which wasn’t too shabby at all. Captain pick was pretty spot on and my Arsenal boys came back in to form.

My immediate transfer this week was Bony out. Mark Hughes hasn’t exactly been praising his work rate and play so far and he has disappointed. His replacement is Defoe who last week made it in to the top ten BPL scorers list of all time. He’s a quality player that will always score goals and despite Sunderland looking awful he is the sort that when he gets a chance scores more often than not. He’s already netted 4 this season and plays against WBA, Stoke, West Ham, Bournemouth and Hull in 5 of his next 6 games.

My team selection was pretty straightforward with the hardest decision being between Love, Mee & Amat. I opted for the former because even though he’s not a regular I’d rather. A point from him than a potential minus score from Mee or Amat who could concede big numbers is my punt even though Mee did me proud last week.

Captaincy was a tough one, everything is telling me to go for Aguero. His form and his ridiculous record against Spurs means he will be a popular pick yet again and for a good reason. Alexis is another who has been playing up too and been playing rather well lately. But I’ve gone for Lukaku. Before you laugh too hard let me make my case; Aguero blanked midweek and Spurs will provide a tougher task. As for Alexis he could be shifted wide or start from the bench (even though I doubt either). As for Lukaku, he’s rested midweek, he plays a Palace side who aren’t that solid at the back & they’ll be without their captain Dann. It’s a risk early on but hey, ho. Good luck all.
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My GW6 Team

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GW5 was full of shambles. My keeper and back line failed me again. Saying that Lukaku did me proud again so it could’ve been worse even though I believe Bony should’ve been awarded an assist for that Arnautovic goal. This week I had two free transfers and I had to get Kun back and sign Capoue due to his form and upcoming fixtures. I have decided to ditch Benteke because Bony has better games going forward even though they’re both crap right now. A spanner in the works as Masuaku was injured and I don’t want to play Amat as they’re up against City. As a result I took my first -4 this season to replace him with the attack minded Clyne based on fixtures and form. As Masuaku has been so bad since I got him in I’m not too fussed ditching him.

My team this week picks itself with Amat playing City being my last sub and Mendy not yet fit. My hardest decision was Cech or Pickford but I opted for the former. Captain is the returning Aguero. Good luck all 🙂

My GW5 Team

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Last week had so much optimism but that soon faded; early doors my back 3 and keeper all played and totalled just 3 points. Add to that four points from my midfield 3 I wasn’t expecting much at all; in fact I was preparing for an awful week. 

However it did turn around and my captain pick Lukaku was in an inspired mood scoring 3 and making more than the other 10 in my team combined. I scored 59 all in with an average of 43.

No transfers as planned and a pretty straightforward team, Mee is replaced by Amat for the only change. I was planning on captaining Alexis this week but with the form last week it has to be that man; Lukaku again.

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My GW4 Wildcard Team

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GW3 started with such hope but ended in disappointment with so many players blanking. I scored just above the average and in the international break I activated my wildcard for the following reasons;

1. Kun ban.

2. Townsend/Redmond blanked again.

3. Stones is not a solid option at the back.

4. Hull signed a new keeper who should be their number one.

5. The Smith I had from Bournemouth isn’t a starter.

6. The return of Payet.

7. The impact on Arsenal with Alexis & Ozil back.

8. Simpson is a player I want to ditch.

So I made THIRTEEN CHANGES and believe my team is set up the best I can till November. 

Starting from the top, Cech is the cheapest route into the Arsenal back line with their amazing run. Evans in a Pulis team is always a solid pick, Mee is in for three games and Masuakau is a very attacking player with a great run and an assist already to his name.

In midfield Hazard is a player I am keeping from the start. Ozil & Alexis are in for two great games and a good run. Payet I think will become a must have and with that run I need to own him. 

Up top Lukaku was the first name I wanted with his potential and fixtures. Same goes for Bony & Benteke; following their club transfers both for me are great options.

On the bench Pickford comes in for Jak as he’s more nailed on, Mendy is injured now but at 4.4m he will be a start for the champions and is expected back before GW6. Amat and Love are the closest things to nailed on bench players for around 4m. I’m not planning on using my bench players much if at all.

I don’t have City cover but I have a plan to get Kun for one from Benteke/Bony and downgrading one from my midfield in two weeks when he’s back. I’ve made some ballsy moves the hardest of which was dropping Zlatan. Yes he’s in great form and yes I believe he will score in the Derby BUT selling him allows me to have Payet and Alexis for now who I believe will score more points and are more essential.

I WANTED Spurs coverage and Everton cover at the back but I couldn’t fit it all in. This is the best that I would do with what I had.

There are a lot of moves that many wouldn’t do but this game is about risks and fun. Monday night captain is Rom because I’m a fan and even though he’s sporadic his record speaks for itself.

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