It always feels good to head into a new game week with two free transfers, especially coming off a season high score of 87 points, that saw me jump up to 163k in the overall rank. That’s not to say I don’t have problems on my squad. There are still players that should have been shipped out weeks again. Hello, Theo Walcott, I am talking to you. Lucas Moura, you haven’t done shit since coming into my starting XI either. While I could have easily replaced both players the past few weeks, I have been looking longer term, as opposed to some short period gains. That’s you, Ross Barkley.
Making multiple moves last week would have potentially put me nearer 100 points, but decided to hold my second transfer as I felt I had a good starting XI for the game week. As mentioned the last few weeks, I have been playing “boring” and not taking chances or punts on those “one week wonders” or chasing points in an attempt to gain green arrows.
That stubbornness has led to holding out of form players longer than I probably should have. Based on their upcoming fixtures, it was a question I asked every week, “they have a good fixture and he could score.” I’ve said that too much over the last four weeks, but it comes to an end this week, as Walcott and/or Moura have reached the end.
Planning and strategy see my looking short term, ahead of the international break after game week 12, but looking ahead to the holiday fixture pile up that we see as we approach November. Rotation is bound to happen, so having a playing bench is key. This is nothing new for experienced fantasy managers. What I don’t want to do it take unnecessary hits to bring players in. To date, I have been fortunate not to take those hits to bring players in.
The list of those players I am watching isn’t extensive. Long term plans have me a minimum of four players, as I put a question mark over Kun Aguero. Starting the season without Aguero had me hiding behind the touch for the first two weeks. I’ve felt more relaxed with him in my starting XI, but his consistency hasn’t been worth his price tag.
The midfield will see the biggest changes, as I plan on moving Moura, Walcott and James Milner in the coming week(s), hopefully to take advantage of FDR and the fact there are a few in form players I would like to add to my roster. Both Gerard Deulofeu and Anthony Martial have had very limited success. Martial has posted four goals and an assist in his last three games. Deulofeu is still gaining match fitness, featuring 68′ and 64′ in his last two games as a starter returning an outstanding goal. He’s also been playing out of position as a forward, partnering with Issac Success.
These moves will help free up extra budget that will be used with the £1.3 ITB to bring in Virgil van Dijk in game week 12, when Liverpool host Fulham. That gives me four premium defensive assets, doubling up with Man City and Liverpool; Ederson, Ben Mendy, Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Marcos Alonso. Big money brings big returns and I have been living “high on the hog” with my defense this season.
I had hoped to roll an FT into the international break, but based on my current plan I don’t believe I will be able to follow through with that plan. This week I believe my transfer will bring Deulofeu (£5.4) in for Walcott giving me £2.3 ITB for the move to van Dijk next week. However lots can change between Wednesday and kick off, Saturday.
As for game week 11, if you are looking for transfer options, here are a few differentials you might consider.
Ben Foster (£4.5/4.3%): For the second week in a row I an tipping Foster to post his third clean sheet in a row aw Watford visit St. James’ a a team out of form, struggling to create offensive. I do believe the Hornets strength the past two weeks has been with a Foster led defense.
Fabian Balbuena (£4.4/0.5%): West Ham conceded in the 89′ minute last week at Leicester, to lose, what would have been a much deserved clean sheet playing with 10 men. At the attacking end Balbuena recorded his first goal on the 30′ mark. Balbuena had two big chances last week and looked excellent moving forward. Defensively, I feel the Hammers get it done this week with Burnley coming to town.
Marc Albrighton (£5.2/0.5%): He got his first start of the season last week against the Hammers and put in an amazing 24 crosses! Don’t let that fool you, as West Ham were down to 10 men. He did create four chances. I do believe the Foxes will come out after the unfortunate tragedy and play at a different level after the death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Laurent Depoitre (£5.2/0.5%): Huddersfield has come up short the last few weeks, but have put in good shifts against Watford and Liverpool. Up top, the Terriers have not had any forwards score but feel that will change at home against the league’s worst defense, Fulham. Last week it was four penalty touches and two shots inside the box, on target. This is the week the Terriers turn it around.