Premier League: GW23 Starting XI

It’s wild card weekend for me, as I hit the activation button midweek to bring about my second and last wild card on the season. Too soon? Possibly, but even with 2 FT headed into GW23, I felt change was necessary. My squad didn’t perform as well as I had expected, however GW22 was strong, even if I missed the deadline for the start of the fixtures. No, I wasn’t hungover either.

Now on the week that’s been a roller coaster ride since Wednesday, as I have made change after change, taking BGW28 into consideration. Activating early means it’s important to get players who will feature in BGW28 and BGW31. We know Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City will not play in GW28. That was taken into consideration. Looking forward, I will need to conserve transfers and continuously roll in order to shuffle the necessary players in and out. Enough WC chit chat, onto the starting XI!

Back in goal is United’s, David de Gea, picked up in GW18, he had a difficult start when he joined, but is coming off back to back clean sheets and fully expect him to pick up another 6 points this week on Monday, home to hapless Stoke City. Could pin him with the armband, but don’t think Stoke City will get many looks at goal, so maybe a bonus point added to the CS.

Fucking love my defenders right now with the addition of Nicolas Otamendi and Virgil Van Dijk to the back line. New boy, Paul Dummett comes in, taking over left back duties. He could have started this weekend, but I just don’t see how I can sit Van Dijk after scoring in his first game. I don’t expect Liverpool to pick up CS, but VVD could return attacking points.

I continue to keep the double with Marcos GoALONSO and Andres Christensen, home to Leicester I am actually looking for Alonso to go hog wild the Foxes. Clean sheet? Possibly, but not figuring it into my plans this weekend. Christensen will retain a starting spot through GW27.

With 4 defenders in place, I run out 5 midfielders, which I am quite comfortable with. The addition of Marc Albrighton and Jess Lingard should help in the short term, as both have been in form for their respective clubs. I retain the services of Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba, which doubles up in the Man United midfield and Mohammad Salah, fresh off a niggling injury.

Up front, the return of Harry Kane, While exciting, I am hesitant to give him the armband after too many failed attempts early in the season. Unfortunately, he’s essential at this point. Top forward, second in points only to Salah and probably the de facto captain for many fantasy managers. I though, am not one of them. Could I be burned by these feelings towards Kane? Sure, I could, because we know we will see him at or near the top of EVERY captain poll from here until the end of the season.

This weekend, I am just not feeling Kane as the best captain options. The numbers tell us differently, as does the previous match up against Everton, when he hit for 2 goals back in GW4 (one of those weeks I did NOT captain him). Currently, the armband resides on Marcos Alonso. Should be a given, 12 points with a CS, but on the offense end is where I am looking for the differential. Alonso bagged a brace, January 2017 against the Foxes. Does lightening strike twice again?

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