Premier League: GW36 Retrospect

Out on a camping trip for GW36, I was unable to watch any of the weekend action, Thankfully, there was an Internet signal and I was torn to pull up statistics and scores as the weekend rolled on. Thankfully, I got the nerve to open Fantasy Football Fix and watch my players perform or in the case of a few not even play. Thanks Pep!

The decision was made to roll the FT, based more on the fact I didn’t want to move any DGW37 players out, but any player I brought in would not have been in the starting XI. I had tossed around Marko Arnautovic and Olivier Giroud as possible replacement players for GW36, but neither materialize and my patience paid off this week.

On the week, the average score came in at 44 points, as I finished on 53 points and recorded a small green arrow bumping me up 7k to 144k, a new season high in the overall ranking. Ahead of DGW37 I feel good with my squad and hope this upcoming week is what I need to break into the top 100k, as I am just 20 points outside that mark on the season. It’s now 2 in a row and 7 green arrows in the last 8 weeks. If there was anytime to be peaking, now is that time.

Defensively, it was a mixed bag. Somewhat disappointed to see Vincent Kompany not play, then flagged due to illness. Not sure I would have caught this ahead of the gameweek. Outside of that that non-playing defender, Matt Lowton and Virgil van Dijk each picked up a clean sheet, while VvD was handed a yellow card, but the duo posted 11 points. In goal, it was another uninspiring performance ny David de Gea, not living up to that £5.9 price tag, as United have recorded just one clean sheet in their last four games. A good looking DGW for United and many fantasy managers banking on the Red Devils defense to post back to back clean sheets.

The midfield starters were all over the place. The captain’s armband was on Mohamed Salah, who blanked and finished with 6 points. David Silva didn’t start, due to family leave it appears, another late no-show I missed early Saturday morning. Luca Milivojevic had a chance to net another PK, but gave it to Christian Benteke, finishing on 3 points. The same was true to Spurs midfielder, Heung-Min Son, no return and a CS for just 3 points.

Up front, this is one of the few weeks I remember all my forwards scoring points. I continue to tough it out with Harry Kane, who hasn’t been impressive over the last 7 gameweeks, even with 2 goals scored in 2 game weeks. It’s the fear that has me continuing to start him. Gabriel Jesus has been just as unimpressive, scoring just 2 goals over the last few games in which City have scored a total of 9 goals. He’s scored in four of his last five and with Sergio Aguero not returning this season, should be a good selection for the double gameweek. Finally, I continued to stand by Cenk Tosun and he rewarded me with a goal and one bonus point for a total of 7.

With two non-starters, I turned to my bench, which saw Florent Hadergjonaj and Ashley Young come in after the week concluded. It worked out in my favor as Young picked up an assists. It was 7 points off the bench, which helped me to a small green arrow this week.

On the season I have scored 2049 points, just 121 points short of my best point total of 2170.  I need 60.5 PPW in the last two weeks to equal my best point total. That should be easy to achieve, especially with DGW37 coming up this week. Anything short of 110-120 will be seen as a failure, especially with 11 players doubling and the Bench Boost chip in play.

The question becomes, how many hits am I willing to take? Is a -4 or a -8 worth the investment? There are only 2 weeks (potentially 3 games) to get a positive return on investment. Many mangers will be looking at hitting this gameweek, which means taking no hits could be more beneficial than a DGW player who may or may not start both games.

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