Advanced Planning – 2FT

As mentioned in the Monday retrospect from Gameweek 23, things weren’t necessarily rosy. Finished the week on 66 points, which saw a small red arrow, down 8k to an overall rank of 417k. Compare this standing against last season and I am 819k spots better off. Not saying much, as I expected to be near the top 100k by this point of the season, but not all decisions have fallen favorably for me.

Ahead of Gameweek 24, I’ve made the decision to roll the free transfer to next week. While the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic are very tempting, I made an ill-advised, knee jerk-ish selection with Jesse Lingard ahead of the Stoke City fixture last week. The last thing I need to be doing is giving up points, a week after activating the WC. Lingard didn’t return, thankfully Paul Pogba and David de Gea did, so his 2-point performance didn’t hurt as much. The next fixtures are away to Burnley and Spurs before turning favorable, home to Huddersfield and away to Newcastle.

Elsewhere in the midfield, the decision to add Marc Albrighton was met with skepticism by some fantasy mangers. Against Chelsea, I didn’t have faith the Foxes would create, but a late injury from new boy, Virgil Van Dijk saw Albrighton substituted in. I fancy Leicester City and their fixtures until the end of the season, unlike West Ham who will run into a buzz saw starting Gameweek 28.

In an attempt to save and roll transfers with no wild card to activate, there was some advanced planning for the BGW and DGWs upcoming. A concern at this moment, is the lack of pitch time facing Oumar Niasse, with the addition of Cenk Tosun at Everton. Made purely as a speculative move, the addition of Niasse to my bench, currently leaves me a player short, since his time has been cut, but could potentially be more than young darling, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, now out of favor.

While not a template squad, I do have some of the assets that feature in it; David de Gea, Marcos Alonso, Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling, Mohammad Salah and Harry Kane. I am without Bobby Firmino at the moment, but it would require reallocating funds to fit him into my starting XI. At this point I still budgeted heavy in the back de Gea (£5,9), Pickford (£4.9), Alonso (£7.2), Otamendi (£6.5), Christensen (£5.6) and Van Dijk (£5.4). Plans are to play a 4-5-1 formation with the likes of Firmino in my starting XI. Plans are to move Christensen in the coming weeks to a budget defender in an attempt to upgrade Lingard, for a West Ham asset.

Looking further ahead, with Man City possibly missing out due to BGW, Riyad Mahrez remains near the top on my ‘Players I Need’ list. While his form hasn’t been as strong as it was their championship season, he is playing for a new contract for next year, why not perform on the biggest stage. Foxes have great fixtures and I see their run continuing.

Callum Wilson could be differential necessary to move up in the overall ranking. He’s posted goals in 3 of the last 4 games, recording 7 bonus points. Bournemouth have struggled offensively this season and are not without Jermain Defoe and Josh King, which realistically leaves Wilson to get it done. At £5.8, he could a real bargain. Fixtures against whm/che/STK/hud/NEW/lei/TOT all look appealing. Beyond GW30, just Liverpool and Man United remain in a sea of green.

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