So how are we feeling after game week 13? Like shit? Lucky? Can we go back into the international break? Well, I for one had a solid week, with a bit of lucky and lots of patience, I continue to see green as my climb up the OR ladder continues. This week saw an average of 50 points across FPL. Ahead of the Monday fixture, I sat on 50 points with Johan Berg Gudmundsson to play, who missed out due to injury. A bit frustrating, as he was my only hope against Newcastle to pocket some points, as I had a small green arrow.
As for the week, I finished on 56 points. How you might ask? Aaron Wan-Bissaka, off the bench for a clean sheet and 6 points. Oddly enough, he was number two on the bench, behind Lucas Moura, who didn’t feature against Chelsea, so when the tables updated, I got a lucky six points, which boosted my overall score to 56 points on the week and 795 on the season and a jump into the top 100k (current rank 92k) for the first time in over three years!
As it’s been much of this season, my squad is built on defense and outside of Marcos Alonso, I picked up five clean sheets! It’s now a total of 35 clean sheets on the season for my defense, which is averaging 6.02 PPG! It was double clean sheets from Ederson and Aymeric Laporte, as well as Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk, with AWB coming off the bench for a grand total of 31 points!
The midfield continues to be a big concern. While expectations were dial back with Bournemouth hosting Arsenal, the Gunners defense had been suspect all season. While they did concede a goal to Josh King, it was David Brooks picking up the assist, not Ryan Fraser. At this point, I am not looking at moving Fraser, because he is a value pick at priced at £6.2 on 72 points for the season. As mentioned, Gudmundsson didn’t make the bench due to illness. His time on my squad has been frustrating. I brought him in ahead of game week 12, but didn’t start and was used as a downgrade to bring in van Dijk. He’s now on the verge of being transferred out, depending on the direction I go in the midfield.
Mo Salah continues to be a steady performer in the midfield. Even at £13.0 I have no plans of moving him, in favor of any City midfielder. I don’t see a reason to. Even over this festive period, I like the explosiveness he continues to bring to the pitch for Liverpool. I don’t believe he will miss out on any game, unlike the rotation Pep has going. Salah had the captain’s armband, which I took off him Friday afternoon, only to take it away late Friday night. I was up early Saturday morning, ahead of the late start and put the captaincy back on Salah from Kun Aguero. Got lucky and 16 points in another successful captain selection.
The forward line is a real concern. One fact I do know. Aguero, like Salah won’t be sold or moved to make a lateral move to a City mid. Hmm, think I just said that last paragraph too. I continue to stress PATIENCE this season and to date, it’s paid off. On the verge of 800 points on the season and consistent green arrows, why would disrupt the groove I am in, even in a poor week, like many managers had in GW13?
With Aguero in place over December, I need to make a decision about Marko Arnautovic. He doesn’t look good on the pitch, is battling a knee problem and if it were any other forward, I would have sold him weeks ago. The past six weeks fantasy mangers have seen one goal. That is not good enough for a £7.0 forward. This with West Ham having the best FDR through December. He is failing up front and I fear there is more to the knee injury. At one point in the game, he just quit and didn’t even bother running on the pitch. If that’s the case, the get the fuck off the pitch! Make the decision easier for those fantasy managers. Being a talisman only goes so far. This week, he could find himself on the bench of transferred depending on how I look to move forward.
Callum Wilson was a late addition to my sqaud and I’ve told myself if I decided not to go forward with two Cherry assets, Wilson would be the make weight to bolster my midfield. It was back to back no returns for Wilson, the first time this season, but the fixtures are tough moving forward. I might be willing to bench him against City, just to start him against Huddersfield in two weeks but Bournemouth fixtures are tough through GW29 (early March).
Looking ahead, Wan-Bissaka could come into play as Palace are through a sticky period and face BUR/bha/whu/LEI over the next four games. This could lead me to a 5-man defense, setting up a 5-4-1 formation once I sort out my midfielders. I’ve started looking closer at a Spurs midfielder. I won’t consider Harry Kane, as he’s too expensive to fit into my squad and won’t drop a premium defender to pick him up. Dele Alli is stop on my list, as I already owned Christian Eriksen, who failed early to start the season. Not sure Heung-min Son will get enough pitch time with other midfielders in play to warrant true consideration.