Last Monday was a big day in the FPL, as I activated by first wild card. While many FPL managers did agree with the decision, after just two weeks of data, it was a move that allowed me to secure a few “hot” and wanted players for the near future. While one week doesn’t make a wild card, it returned 62 points this week, thanks in part to adding Raheem Sterling to my starting XI. One of the main factors in my decision to wild card.
When looking over the results, it was frustrating to see the lack of defensive returns for the second week in a row. VAR was instrumental in the outcome of a few games, awarding a penalty and not calling one. The system and more importantly, the individuals behind it aren’t perfect. That makes for an imperfect system that won’t be the answer to officiating decisions. Moving off the premium defenders appears to be the right decision. Then again, just four clean sheets over the last two weeks, it really doesn’t matter who you have, there was a high probability you didn’t get any clean sheet points.
Nick Pope lost out on a 90’+5 penalty kick. Again, VAR coming into play to cause controversy. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and John Lundstram, both came in on the wild card and I made the decision to start Lundstram over midfielder, Todd Cantwell because I liked the Blades match up. Both players picked up yellow cards and conceded two goals. Oleksandr Zinchenko and City conceded one, while Michael Keane’s Toffees also conceded two. In total, just 5 points combined for my defense. Thankfully, this was a week that my midfield picked up the pieces and delivered.
The “herd mentality” on Twitter said, “captain Sterling” and being the good lemming I am, I followed. Mo Salah wasn’t ever a real option at Anfield against the Gunners. Felt Sterling at Bournemouth and Harry Kane, at home hosting Newcastle were both options. Based on the percentages seen on a few captain poll, I stuck the armband on Sterling, who returned a goal and a goal for 15 points. However, it was Salah with two goals on the day, finishing with 15 points. KDB picked up another assist, but no bonus. Mason Mount continues to be the rising star for Chelsea, as he picked up his second goal in two games finishing on 8 points.
Up top, Teemu Pukki got his managers started with a goal and assist to finish the day with 11 points. Big expectations on Kane and Spurs, but they all went begging. Controversy near the end as Jamaal Lascelles appeared to trip and crash into Kane, sending him to the ground, but there was no call for a PK. Controversial. VAR? Don’t get me started…again! Kane didn’t return.
Overall, 62 points on the week, which was 18 over the weekly average of 44 points, which were three points better then the GW2 average. On the season I’ve scored 184 points, which has me at 415k in the OR, averaging 61.3 PPW.
Still without a transfer made on the season and the first wild card played, I am looking over my options for GW4, the final week before the first international break. Two lines of thinking, the first use the transfer to “hokey cokey” Kane out, in favor of Seb Haller, as West Ham host Norwich, a team that’s conceded a league leading eight goals on the season. The second thought, hold the transfer, as Kane has played 10 games against Arsenal and scored 8 goals and an assist. Kane is still among the top of the forwards when it comes to statistics.
The lure of having two transfers out of the international break will probably win out. As I said ahead of the season, I drafted premium players for a reason and don’t feel I need to dip in and out to take advantage of them. They are premium for a reason, stick on them, through good and bad.