Honestly, I really don’t feel like providing a retrospect from Gameweek 24. Finishing with 41 overall points, now 1313 on the season I dropped to 531k. It appears another pattern is emerging and it features more red than necessary, as the last 6 out of 9 weeks have been drops in the overall ranking, which did stand at 171k after Gameweek 15.
It was one of those week in which I entrusted Mohammad Salah with the armband in my #AlwaysCaptainSalah movement. Unfortunately, for just the 6th time this season, he failed to deliver any attacking points against last place Swansea City. Could it be the start of a downturn for the Egyptian? Highly unlikely, even with Philippe Coutinho moving to La Liga, as Salah has been delivering all season long. His failure on Monday was the final “nail in the coffin” to a dead week.
The double up of Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba in the Man United midfielder failed to return any attacking points away to Burnley in their 1-0 victory, while Raheem Sterling picked up a fantasy asset for going down in the penalty box. A total of 14 points from my starting 4-midfielders.
Up front, a majority of managers captained Harry Kane, who returned a and 2 bonus points at So’ton. Callum Wilson wasn’t so lucky, no return after posting 3 goals in the last 4 games and Chelsea up next. Not sure if Oumar Niasse will be viable, as scored his first goal since Gameweek 16 in a 21 minute cameo.
Defensively it couldn’t have gone worse. Andreas Christensen failed to make more than 57 minutes for the second week in a row, coming off due to a head contusion. Both games Chelsea kept clean sheets, an overall losing of 10 points over 2 weeks. Marcos Alonso, the other part of my Chelsea defense did record 6 points, but with Eden Hazard playing ahead of him, down the left, he wasn’t getting many opportunities to venture forward.
Nicolas Otamendi is on his last leg, as Man City don’t seem to keep clean sheets when expected. A late Newcastle goal cost him 4 points, while Virgil can Dijk and Liverpool gave up 1 goals in their away trip to Swansea. The same Liverpool that posted 4 goals again Man City. Still feel he is a worthy FPL asset as the Reds have some good upcoming fixtures.
In goal David de Gea continues to post clean sheets, with 4 in the last 4 games, however the save points have been down since Gameweek 18. Jordan Pickford continues to waste away on the bench at £4.9, not sure I need to dip into those funds for upcoming transfers.
With 10 days before the EPL returns, fantasy managers have time to contemplate their next set of moves. I have been all over the board since Monday, but am honestly considering Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. These two new players wouldn’t come without a cost, being Raheem Sterling and Paul Pogba.
While it wouldn’t be a straight swap, Jesse Lingard would also be transferred out in favor of Luka Milivojevic. Defensively, Otamendi and Christensen would make way in favor of more “budget friendly” options, James Tarkowski and Harry Maguire. As it has all season long, the moves look good…on paper. Maybe I should stop the planning, as it’s rarely worked out as anticipated.