I would like to think my starting XI is sorted as we are on the eve of game week 10. After a very discouraging week, many FPL managers are looking to regain some traction after a very low scoring week. I’ll consider myself lucky, as I scored 58 points and picked up a green arrow, moving up the OR to 341k. It’s to the point, where I am considering doing nothing! Not that I am completely happy with my midfield, but just not sure any transfers will work to my advantage this week and only hamper long terms plans.
This week I look to return to a 4-3-3 formation that hasn’t been too successful for me scoring, 58 and 49 points, the two previous times I’ve used it. That said, I don’t like my midfield options this weekend due to tough match ups. Hopefully that doesn’t mean players like Theo Walcott and Lucas Moura will bring their ‘A’ game and post attacking return, something they have don’t since I brought them in.
Minding the net again this week is Ederson, as I retain the services of the Man City keeper. He and the defense have been on a terror recently, posting five clean sheets in a row and will looking to add another one, as they visit Wembley and a struggling Spurs side. Ederson hasn’t been flashy, posting just eight saves in that five game run with a single bonus point. His time could be nearing an end, as I look to save some money and possibly switch to the £4.5 options with the likes of Mat Ryand and Lukasz Fabianski.
It’s a four man back line, led by the three premium players who’ve been nails all season. Marcos Alonso, still at £7.0, while his net transfer is just over 3k for the week, managers are looking elsewhere for defensive help. Many are unhappy with the lack of attacking returns. Looking beyond the score, his heat map is scorching, as he still plays a very advanced role, but his numbers are down in the last five weeks. Still, we all know Alonso will be there in the end.
Andrew Robert son has been linked with the captain’s armband this weekend, as Liverpool host Cardiff, the team with the worst defensive record, conceding 25 goals. While I don’t want to jinx anything, the Reds have an excellent chance to pick up another clean sheet. Robertson is still getting forward but has just two assists on the season
Finally, Ben Mendy returned to my starting XI last week and not a moment too soon, as I swapped him for Kyle Walker, which really saved my week, as he scored 10 points! Many owners and pundits talked about his lack of activity in and around the penalty box with the play of Leroy Sane ahead of him and how they can’t coexist. That said, he picked up his sixth assist on the season, second best in the Premier League behind Callum Wilson.
Ryan Bennett gets a late call into the starting line up, as I just don’t have faith in either midfield option. Wolves were upset last weekend and Espirito Nuno Santo said there will be changes, hopefully Bennett makes the cut and remains in the starting XI. At £4.1, he’s a budget option much like Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Bennett is two points off the pace of AWB with 30 points. Wolves are away to Brighton, who might be without Glenn Murray, due to concussion.
Look no further than Mo Salah, as I continue to trust the Egyptian this weekend as one of my starters. I also intend on giving him the captain’s armband, as Liverpool host Cardiff, who’ve been leaky all season. Nothing short of two goals will do, there is even talk on Twitter of the Triple Captain Chip making an appearance. While I don’t back the chip this early, I can understand why. His teammate, James Milner gets the nod, after a week off, due to injury. Still looking for some attacking returns that have dried up after game week 4.
Ryan Fraser gets one more week to prove himself. Now, some managers believe that at his price, he doesn’t need to be returning consistently to be worth a shout at £6.0. Since I have brought him in, he’s returns just one assist and two clean sheets. Expectations were much higher. His future could hinge on this week’s game away to a piss poor Fulham defense.
Kun Aguero, much to my dismay, I continue to hold my former “man crush.” His statistics are still strong, even if he’s only logging 60′ to 65′ minutes a game. Not ideal, but we all still have Newcastle on our mind when we consider Aguero. I know I do. He’s scored three goals in the last four games, but it could be a tougher call this weekend against Spurs. I am looking ahead to game week 11 and So’ton at the Eithad Stadium.
Marko Arnautovic has been high on many FPL managers list this week as a player they need to bring in. Why many have not had the guy from the start is beyond me. Last weekend, was somewhat unfortunate, as Hugo Lloris saved Spurs of a potential Arnie brace. He’s in good form and plays as an angry big man. Hammers travel to Leicester, who have tightened things up in the last two out of three games, but we’ll see if they can contain the big man.
Finally, another disappointing player, Callum Wilson. The ONLY reason I have him in my starting XI this week is because they play Fulham. Wilson should be able to get back on track against this poor side. Much like his teammate, Fraser, he is limited to just one more game, as I plan on shipping him out to save money in order to pick up another premium midfielder.
I can’t be upset with how my team has been playing, it’s green arrows in four of the last five games. My PPG is averaging 58.1, which is less than two points off my goal of 60 PPG. Just need a week in which I can find an additional 17 points to boost my average above that magic number. Some of that success I place on playing boring and not chasing points or taking unnecessary hits. This will be the third week I have rolled a FT, as I will carry two into next weekend. Since I have already activated my first wild card, I will need to roll either GW11 or 12 in order to have two FT out of the third international break. Looking for at least 62 point this weekend, which could hinge on a big haul from Salah.