It was an important week to keep momentum headed in the right, or is that the up direction as we close in the on the end of the season. A season that hasn’t been all that kind to fantasy managers over the course of 35 weeks. Coming off a 20k red arrow, I was hoping to rebound and finish strong, but those with the Free Hit chip had me concerned.
In reality, it’s not me versus the next fantasy manager. I only try to better my score from the previous week and improve my starting XI to gain the maximum amount of points. Real simple concept, right? However, it’s not always what it’s cracked up to be. On the week I finished with with 53 points before a -4 point hit for that second transfer I had been planning. Still, it was 19 better than the average of 30 points, so I saw a 22k rise to 151k, a season high!
The -4 hit paid immediate dividends, as I brought in Gabriel Jesus (7 points) and Vincent Kompany (6 points) for the rest of the season, a net gain of 9 points, as I moved Romelu Lukaku and Nathan Ake. Now with a Man City treble, I am partially set for DGW37, as City host Huddersfield and Brighton. Could be some real big numbers that week, depending on what Pep does for his starting XI
Elsewhere, it was no surprise to see Mohamed Salah don the captain’s armband for a 12th week and return 14 points, but it could of been so much more! The Egyptian continued a model of consistency, none can compare to this season. He’s now scored 360 points on the season for my team. David Silva continues to sport excellent form with a goal, assist and 2 bonus points. He’s my shout for a City midfielder going foward. He continues to get the job done, while flying under the radar at 12.5 TSB%, compared to that of his couterparts, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne.
On the back of 4 consecutive returns, we were bound to see a letdown from Luca Milivojevic, as Crystal Palace drew 0-0 with Watford. I do favor the midfielder for the run in, with no intentions on removing from my from starting XI, even with no DGW37.
Defensively, it was the Monday fixture, as Everton hosted Newcastle, as Jordon Pickford and Cenk Tosun would make or break my weekend. It also features Paul Dummett, so I was a bit torn when it came to what I was looking for in a result. In the end, it was a 1-0 win for Everton, Pickford recording the CS (6 points), his second in three weeks, while Tosun and Dummett had no returns. Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool gave away a 2 goal lead to cellar dwellers, West Brom in an utter collaspe. Way to go Reds! It took just 11 minutes for Matt Lowton and Burnley to lose their clean sheet against Stoke City. Both Lowton and van Dijk are now short timers.
With FA Cup now set and Champions League in the semi-finals, it will be interesting to see what sort of rotation we are in for. We also have seen some teams (WBA) dig deep, while others (Leicester) have gone to the beach. DGW34 and in some way DGW22 weren’t all they were cracked up to be. Much of my planning is done, we will have see to wait and see what becomes of those players I am looking at introducing, in an attempt to post 13-14 DGW starters. At the moment, I have no intentions on transferring Salah out, even if Anfield Express tweets he won’t start this weekend. I feel he will get some time during the week.
Plans for GW36 have me taking another -4 in order to finishing rounding out my starting XI (incuding Bench Boost) for DGW37. However, as has been customary, I will hold my transfer until late Friday night before any decision or captain is selected.