Maybe it’s the duration of the season, as we approach the last few games. It’s been a grueling year for many fantasy managers, myself included. It’s been a season of highs and lows and thankfully I am peaking at what appears to be the right time as we roll into DGW36. On the back of two green arrows (7 out of 8), I am making that final push in an attempt to make up -20 points and finish in the top 100k. It’s possible, but achieving it will require a strong DGW to make it happen.
Spent the better part of two days scrolling through Twitter and listening to a few of my favorite podcasts to get some idea on what direction to go. Owning three Man City players (Kompany, D. Silva, Jesus), I am not looking to move a double for a double, so Sane and Sterling are of no interest. I fell “stuck” with Harry “The Troll” Kane, as he’s been nothing but a headache for my starting XI all season long, not living up to his now, £13.0 price tag. A lot of huffy and puffy from Harry, as well as a “ghost goal” but out of fear, I will hold him through the end of the season. I doubled up on Spurs with Heung-Min Son in GW33, returns of 2, 1, 5 and 3 aren’t comforting, as he’s playing 90 minutes in just one of those games.
DGW36 sees the Bench Boost Chip activated, but I am not willing to take hits to field a starting XI or 15-man squad of all double players. In fact, it could play to my advantage to use the 2 FTs I have and would probably see an OR rise before kickoff with many other fantasy managers considering hits to take on new double gameweek players. Mohamed Salah has been one of the biggest transferred out players this week, with 118k managers moving the Egyptian, most likely for a Man City midfielder. Coming off his first blank in 6 weeks and away to Chelsea, fantasy managers make a compelling case to move the midfielder, but his GW38 fixture, home to Brighton could put the exclamation point on a record setting FPL season.
Initially I had planned on bringing in a second DGW goalkeeper, but I have moved away from that, not wanting to take a hit, knowing I would need at least a clean sheet to make the move viable. Defensively it’s Virgil van Dijk and Matt Lowton are two players under consideration to be sacrificed this week. Who comes in? Based on fixtures my head is turned by Man United, as I would look to double up with Chris Smalling (£5.7) or Antonio Valencia (£6.9). Smalling has outscored Valencia four goals to three, with two in his last three attempts. He’s a player in form, but realistically, Valencia brings more of an attacking potential to DGW37
A comment I made a few weeks back when planning for DGW37 was the fact I wanted to return to how I started the season, going defensive with a five defender set. At this point, formation is now irrelevant because the Bench Boost Chip is activated but I have the possibility to add two double gameweek defenders to give me the best potential at the back.
Other considerations for DGW36, introducing Dusan Tadic, off the back of a 2-goal performance for So’ton. He’s posted 12 points in the reverse fixture, home to Everton in GW13. That shows promise, as do his recent numbers on the pitch since Mark Hughes has taken over. The only non-DGW midfielder I own is Luca Milivojevic, at £5.0 I am not fond of moving him, as he’s been excellent all season long. The other four midfielders all double, so Tadic for Mili?
The last consideration for an attacking option, Frenchman, Olivier Giroud (£8.3) but like many other players ahead of DGW36, will we see him starting twice this gameweek? Games at home to LIV/HUD are a tale of two teams headed in opposite directions. Chelsea was on a bye in GW35, but Giroud has played 90 and 84 minutes in the last two games. He’s scored just two goals (brace in GW34 vs SOU) since joining the Blues. This move would cost me Cenk Tosun, coming off a goal in against Huddersfield and Everton have SOU/whm in the final weeks.
There are no sure things at this point in the season, then again I don’t think there is ever a sure thing in fantasy sports. Mo Salah has been about the surest thing we have seen since Luis Suarez a few years back. I’ve even considering shipping van Dijk and Lowton and bringing in double Crystal Palace defense; James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho or Patrick van Aanholt. The Eagles have just two games remaining, but post 5 goals last weekend and have strung back to back clean sheets together.
As of now, no decisions have been made. It will be left for late, Friday evening before any decision is rendered and two players are transferred in for DGW36.