While I called BGW31 a “disaster” when I dropped Episode 30 of The Pitch & Pint Podcast, I finished on a green arrow. Not many FPL managers can say that. Based on overall weekly points, this was my lowest scoring week of the Premier League season. It wasn’t unexpected, as 10 teams did not participate, as their games are to be rescheduled into double game weeks later, starting next week. While 39 points doesn’t sound like a lot, it was enough to finish over the average and see a 2k rise in the overall rank.
In a week I started just nine players, it was the performances on Saturday that made my week, as Bournemouth’s, Josh King picked up a brace to key my squad with 13 points. Many FPL managers were trolled, as they went in on his strike partner, Callum Wilson, after netting the previous week. Salomon Rondon, is arguably playing his best football with Newcastle, as the Venezuelan scored his ninth goal of the season at the Vitality Stadium in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth. Jamie Vardy had been playing well in the previous five games, recording five goals, but looked like the Vardy of old with just three penalty touches. Rodgers not promoting an attacking mindset.
I activated the Triple Captain Chip on Mo Salah, in hindsight I could chalk this up to one of my bad decisions on the season. However, I felt his underlying statistics were still strong, when compared to Sadio Mane, but had been without a goal for seven games. The fixture was in his favor, as Fulham has been terrible on defense all season. In the end, he failed and didn’t return any attacking points, but did score more than those who captained Leroy Sane earlier in the season. He finished on just six points.
For the blank game week, I picked up Eden Hazard and David Brooks. However in the my BGW31 Transfers article, I did reference Glyfi Sigurdsson and Manuel Lanzini, both players scored in the blank week. No returns for either player on the week, Hazard looked bamboozled and has no form to speak of. Brooks, in addition to Ryan Fraser scored me no further attacking points, leading to a poor week for midfielders.
Defensively, I felt confident ahead of the miscommunication between Virgil van Dijk and Alisson that resulted in a “gimme” goal for the red headed stepchild of Fulham, Ryan Babel. If there was ever a sure thing on the season, a clean sheet from Pool at Craven Cottage was it. That one goal wiped out 12 points and resulted in just four points between the Reds duo.
So BGW31 now behind us, I can take solace in knowing I did gain an important green arrow that bumped me inside 39k. It was my second green arrow in a row and four in the last five. It appears I am getting it done during the business end of the FPL season. If there is any time to be lucky, this is it. Time to maximize your Free Hit Chip and Wild Card, with a bump from playing the Bench Boost. Many continue to talk negatively about the Triple Captain Chip, mainly because many have failed with it this season. There are some good fixtures (and DGW) to activate in the coming weeks.
Looking ahead to DGW32, I have not finalized my decision on what I am going to do. There will be a chip activated, either the FH or WC, but I am holding that decision until unscheduled games are confirmed.