Premier League: GW16 Retrospect

It was one of those weekend mornings with a 4:30AM start here on the West Coast and I was not going to be able to watch any football during the day, as I was going hiking with my son. However I was awake, lying in bed I turned on my mobile device and to my dismay saw Chelsea down 1-0 to West Ham. That set the tone for my fantasy weekend.

Not sure there is anything else that needs to be said, as I had captained Eden Hazard. As we have seen in the past, you go the way your captain does and Hazard let me down. Just one game, but this week, like last week it was imperative to get your captain choice correct. While I succeeded last week with Hazard, I failed this week him. Don’t get me started on the the “mockingbirds” repeating, “see I told you Kane would make good.” We can save that topic for another day.

On the week I finished with 35 points, now compared to the weekly average of 21 points, it doesn’t look so bad. It was my first red arrow in 8 weeks, dropping 120k, now sitting at 296k. Not what I needed after a series of good transfers to get me inside the top 171k, I wanted to keep momentum going, but failed to do that with the first match of the day.

There were only two bright spots, which if we look at it realistically, there was just one. That spot was Lukasz Fabianski who posted a shut out against WBA. Yet, I should have offed him by this week, as Swansea’s run of fixtures turns red, but he’s still between the pipes, as I have other more pressing issues to address before swapping keepers and introducing Heurelho Gomes.

The other point scorer this week was Mohammad Salah, but at 55.6% TSB nearly every active owner got his points, so while it was nice to see him continue his red hot form, the points didn’t really help me bump up the overall ranking.

There were 13 points left on the bench this week, as I banked on Watford keeping it clean against Burnley. Christian Kabasele started in place of Stephen Ward, lost 6 points on that. The surprise of the week was Aaron Cresswell picking up 5 points, with the surprise clean sheet against Chelsea. That’s 10 points in the last 2 weeks, against top 6 opposition. I might end up holding Cresswell.

With just 2 days to regroup and formulate my plan, the rotation risk is even more real. As I speculated leading up to my transfers before GW16, Philippe Coutinho didn’t start, but featured late. In some way not bringing him was a good thing, but Aaron Ramsey now flagged with a 75% chance of playing. Not what my 5-man midfield needed.

Transfers will come later today, time permitting I will run thought my logic as to who and why.

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