Looking back on an otherwise low scoring week, an average of just 35 points, I scored 55 points that saw a big, green arrow, jumping 39k spots to 103k, as I peak over that fence of the top 100k. It’s been a real struggle to break back that rank, spending just four weeks inside it. The last after GW24, where I scored 59 points and my last green arrow before the BGW27 result.
It was a week in which I was on the leading edge of a trend, as I dropped Marcus Rashford ahead of the home tilt against Liverpool. Rashford picked up an ankle injury in the first half of the game, but remained on the pitch for 90 minutes, as OGS used his three transfers for other players. Chances are Rashford will miss the midweek game at Selhurst Park. In his place, Salmon Rondon arrived and went on to pick up 12 points with a goal and assist, collecting all three bonus points. He also wore the VC against Huddersfield, unfortunately Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came on for just 15 minutes in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over So’ton. Why, we will never know. He wasn’t needed, but that substitution cost me 10 additional points.
It was bittersweet with Josh King week, as he scored, but missed a late penalty, clanging it off the left post as time ticked down. It was a good miss, as I selected Wolves as my survival team in the Always Cheating Survivor Pool. That goal would have cost me a loss, so I guess it was a win win situation, as King netted on Saturday.
The midfield was a major letdown…again, Paul Pogba and Mo Salah went head to head and combined for six points. Ryan Fraser was irrelevant, picked up 3 points, while Heung-min Son finished on just two points. The Spurs final score was a bit shocking, as Son had been in blistering form, but the return of Harry Kane left FPL managers wondering if now is the time to bring the talisman back into their starting XI.
This week it was the defenders that feasted, in the start to a 2019 that had been rather disappointing for clean sheets. Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Kolasinac all picked up clean sheets, combining for 23 points! This was probably the rest result I could of had for the Liverpool lads, however Mo came up empty and did expect Pogba to get on the board. I did expect more from Neil Etheridge and Cardiff, but didn’t expect a five goal outburst by Watford.
On the season I sit at 1602 points and continue to work on my chip strategy, as we continue to further information and confirmed games. Some good midweek, GW28 fixtures that could represent a big OR average this week. The big question, who to captain? Salah at home to Watford? Aubameyang at home to Bournemouth?