Premier League: DGW34 Starting XI

On the heels of back-to-back -4 point hits, I go balls deep this week with a -8 point hit, introducing that Spurs cheat, Harry Kane on the back of his “ghost goal” and the “Flat Track Bully,” Romelu Lukaku. It will surely be an interesting week with all the attention that has been paid to DGW34, there really is no clear cut starting XI this week. Captaincy is even up in the air with some good DGW options.

I have spent the better part of the week shuffling players in and out of my starting XI, looking for a lineup that will give me the best opportunity to keep the arrows green and climbing the overall rank. On the back of 4 greenies, it comes as a shock I abandon my initial DGW plans and moved in a different direction that initially intended.

In fact plans were already in disarray after an injury to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohammad Salah had me rethinking my strategy. The smart plan could have been to continue forward making few changes, lest taking a -8 hit ahead of this DGW. After further comments, tweets and discussion, moving for Kane and Lukaku is bold, but I feel it also give me the best opportunity to keep up with other managers. What’s the old adage, “if you can’t beat them, join them.”

Starting this week in a 3-5-2 formation, it will be Kane home to Man City and away to Brighton. Both games he blanked in, earlier in the season, so I am not all that confident in him. However, his desire to gain on Mohammad Salah can’t be questioned, even if he has to whine and complain until his “ghost goal” ended up in the back of the net, so said the EPL. Joining Kane, is United’s Lukaku, who’s been a bit more consistent, but loves to beat up the small, soft sides, which is what West Brom and Bournemouth represent in DGW34.

The midfield is a mixed bag, as the -8 will hopefully not hurt my overall score too much. Riyad Mahrez was sacrificed in order to bring in the power forwards. Mahrez, along with Jamie Vardy were dropped. Some would view this transfer as a lateral, as I swapped two DGW players (Mahrez and Vardy) for two others; Ashley Young and Kane. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also dropped to fund the move to Big Rom. Heung-Min Son retains his position, as he’s been better recently on the pitch than Mahrez had. It was a tough call, but it feels as if it’s the right call. This moves also saved £0.4.

Ashley Young is the interesting addition, as he plays OOP as a left wing back for United, but is known to get involved at the attacking end of the pitch. He’s got 5 assists on the season to go with 2 goals. I round out my midfielder five with City’s, David Silva. The Sky Blues fresh off a loss to Liverpool int he UCL followed by a come from behind win by United, 3-2 means Pep and the boys will be out to lock up the Premier League trophy this weekend.

With all eyes on Salah, since he was limped off with a groin injury, his ownership has slipped to 56.5 TSB%, sold by over 88k fantasy managers this week along in order to fund other moves to secure DGW players. I decided to hold Salah for the remainder of the season, as he’s been head and shoulder, the best player on my fantasy, helping this most recent run, which has seen me go from 608 to 153k in just 5 gameweeks. Salah will also be tapped with the captain’s armband this week, as I have activated the Triple Captain Chip in order to boost my offensive attack. Bournemouth has been terrible defensively, conceded 12 goals in the last 6 with no clean sheets.

Defensively, I am anchored by David de Gea in goal, a player I was looking at triple captaining, but decided against it with the return of Salah to the starting XI. United are home to West Brom and away to Bournemouth. It’s a back three of Matt Lowton, Nathan Aké and Virgil van Dijk, who plays just once. There is a growing concern over Aké, as the Cherries travel to Anfield before the home tilt against United. I am almost compelled to run out Lorent Hadergjonaj, as I feel Huddersfield, at home against a poor travelling Watford could result in a 0-0 draw, equating to 6 points. Not sure I will see 4 points from Aké in his two games.

The bench, if I need to go to it feature, Hadergjonaj, Cenk Tosun (swa) and Paul Dummett (ARS) for DGW34. Pickford will act as the back up goalkeeper. The Bench Boost Chip was being saved for DGW37 and with the TC chip activated, I am unable to use it. Good luck to all fantasy managers and a big thanks to those I interacted with this week on Twitter to help me finalize my plans. Cheers!


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