Premier League: GW 13 Retrospect – Part 1

Action kicked off Friday as West Ham hosted Leicester to start Gameweek 13 and the busy holiday period in FPL. Fresh off a season-high 84 points, I was looking to keep the ball rolling, so to speak, in search of another green arrow.  It was this time last year the wheels fell off and recorded for 15 of the last 20 weeks of the season.

Currently ranked in the top 349k, I enter the week looking to put a 4th consecutive green arrow on the board, making it 6 out of the last 7 gameweeks. Unlike last year I feel more in control of my 15-man squad, more importantly I have minimized hits. If I had to single out one aspect this year to my success, it’s been the planning and strategy with only the captaincy selections limiting me from reaching the top 10k.

Anticipation high, as the “Vardy Party” got started early on Friday with an assist to put the Foxes up. However Wwat ham controlled much of the second half, but Vardy did have a few chances but couldn’t  create any magic. His time is coming to an end and will be giving way soon.

Coming off his first 3 goals of the season last week, Callum Wilson failed to impress or find the back of the next in a 0-0 draw against Swansea. While I didn’t expect that, it didn’t come as a big surprise the forward set a very high bar after Gameweek 12. Currently, Wilson remains in my plans moving forward. The Cherries still have good fixtures; BUR/SOU/cry before a decision will be made on his future in my squad.

The die has been cast and Harry Kane has featured in my squad for the final time. Burned too many time by lack of returns when handed the armband, he looked poor against a manager less West Brom outfit in the 1-1 draw. At £12.8 I can’t rationalize starting him weekly if I don’t plan on captaining him. His failures have cost me many points this season. One last hoorah today finishing with a lucky goal and 2 bonus points.

While we are discussing failures, we don’t have to look much further than Christian Eriksen. If Kane isn’t scoring, then Eriksen isn’t assisting, his last coming in GW2! No returns in 5 weeks and his time is over. I thought his game winning performance for Denmark would have “spurred” him but it was another lackluster performance and another no return.

The man of the past few weeks for me has been Richarlison Andrade of Watford. Captained the last 3 weeks for 32 points he was the centerpiece away to Newcastle. He had a few golden chances but was left with a single assist and clean sheet on he day for 12 points! He continues to play very well for the Hornets and has been a great addition at £6.4.

The final midfielder in my 4-3-3 was the ever steady Egyptian, Mohammad Salah. I got to be honest and eat a bit of crow, as I didn’t expect Salah to be posting numbers the way he has for Liverpool to date. I felt the English game going to be too physical and fast paced for the Egyptian, but he’s proving me all wrong on.

Its only been 3 week that I have owned him but he’s returning 38 points in those games. Liverpool should continue in fine form with a sea of green into December. If I had to label an player “essential,” Salah would receive my accolades as being the one.

Defensively, I knew Marcos Alonso could struggle against Liverpool. Was I hoping for a Chelsea clean sheet or Salah to score? After the Reds goal, I was left hoping Alonso could get Time the box for a few chances. He did but couldn’t capitalize on them and failed to return for the first time in 4 weeks. Still nailed on in my starting XI as Chelsea looks in great form.

In a 0-0 draw, Lukasz Fabianski kept a clean sheet against Bournemouth. The match was not televised in the U.S. but I am working on an exit strategy for him. His replacement as it stands now, Heurelho Gomes of Watford. It was his 5th clean sheet of the season.

On the day I finished with 47 points, that tentatively bumped me inside the top 251k, an improvement of 101k over last weekend. Looking ahead to Sunday I have 3 yet to play. Kyle Walker and Man City should dispose of Huddersfield without any problem. Most importantly I will be looking for a 0-0 draw as Burnley host Arsenal, running out Stephen Wars and Sead Kolasinac in the match.

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