WGTA Zombie Nation League: Starting XI

Want to give a shout to Nick and Tom at Who Got the Assist, as they have organized the WGTA #FPL Zombie Nation League (ML Code: 280665-58277). This is a great concept of drafting your 15-man squad and basically forgetting about the team for the remainder of the season. There are a few caveats ahead of the run out that fantasy managers need to be aware of.

The league currently has over 750 managers involved. The rules, simple. Set your starting XI players, select your captain and organize your bench. Once you have finalized your team, you forget about making changes. Your team will be like that lumbering zombie, unchanged. No chips will be used or wild cards activated, like that ghost ship, running unmanned over the open ocean.

Why this team was easier to put together than my weekly FPL team, I don’t know. However, yesterday in about 30 minutes I had finalized my zombie team for inclusion into the league.

Named after the Bobby Brown song, “Can’t Touch This,” as I won’t be doing anything with this squad. It was planned with balance in mind for the 38-week season. The team has premium players through out the starting XI, with budget options when needed.

GOALKEEPERS

Based solely on budget and the fact I will have a goalkeeper for every week of the season, I have decided on the Huddersfield Town duo of Jonas Lössl and Ben Hamer. While Hamer has been tabbed with the GW1 start, Lössl should be starting. This week, as I have noted, I do have Lössl as my starter. If he doesn’t start, then Hamer is automatically substituted in. Fair play. At £9.5, it’s the best budget option for my squad.

DEFENDERS

The defense has a good feel to it, with balance across the back line. Originally, Ben Davies was in the starting XI, but the fear of rotation with Poch, saw him moved in favor of Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson. David Luiz was selected as a punt with Sarri now in control at Chelsea, favoring the Brazilian, who could sneak some bonus points, take free kicks and get the off goal from corners. Patrick van Aanholt has been a consistent attacking defender for the past 3 seasons, not to say he should be selected just for his attacking prowess, but I am banking on PvA having a good season for Palace, especially with Mamadou Sakho back in the middle, that defense should tighten up and post 10-14 clean sheets this season. Cédric Soares rounds out my four man back line, the So’ton wing back loves to get forward and provided deliveries into the box. Hopefully we see some scoring from that forward group for the Saints this season. Defensively, I do feel they will be a bit stronger, but I won’t bullshit you. His price played into this decision.

The bench defender, Charlie Daniels. Bournemouth has much to prove defensively this season and while he isn’t a starter, he is a leader on the pitch and should put in many minutes this season. He will be listed as my second bench player.

MIDFIELDERS

The midfield is lead by #AlwaysCaptainSalah, who lines up next to Kevin De Bruyne, Mesut Özil and Pascal Groß. All starters, all integral to their team’s success this season and none of them highly rotatable. Özil could be seen as a punt, coming off a poor World Cup, and calls of racism, which saw him quit international duty. Hopefully Emery invigorates him to start the season with high priced attacking options in Aubameyang and Lacazette. The fifth and non-playing midfield option, James McArthur. He posted excellent numbers last season and see him putting up similar stats, he’s poised as my first bench players.

FORWARDS

Up front, I have decided on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as my premium option. He looked excellent in limited games last season and Arsenal have addressed their defense issues. I do like the fact he has Özil and Lacazette, regardless of where he plays (central or wing) he should post big attacking numbers this season. He has been coupled with Bournemouth’s, Josh King, who is looking to rebound from an injured plague season, last year. When health, he’s dynamic and exciting. That is what I am hoping to see this season for the Cherries. The final bench spot goes to Aboubakar Kamara of Fulham. Don’t expect him to ever play.

OVERALL

I am pleased with this squad, we will see just how it comes together starting later today, as Manchester United host Leicester City. Wish every zombie manager good this season, will be an interesting league to monitor.

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