It’s always more difficult to provide a weekly retrospect on my squad after another Watford loss. It’s been a tough year for the Hornets and in some regard for my FPL team. Every time it feel likes I’ve turned the corner, I get smacked upside the head with another red arrow. Such is FPL and fantasy sports in general. Just when you think you have it figured out, you end up looking bewildered and left scratching your head. That was my GW6 as I look back on what was and what could have been.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks, coming out of the international break in GW5 with 57 points and a green, only to be undone in GW6 scoring 54 points and getting hit with another red arrow, as my OR drops to 968k on the season. The underlying theme of my continued failure, captain selection. Over the last three weeks I’ve scored a total of 12 points from Sterling (GW4), KDB (GW5) and Sterling (GW6), two of those games KDB and Sterling started on the bench, with just a 33 minutes cameo for De Bruyne. Just 10 points per week and it potentially would have been three green arrows in a row.
However, we can’t play the game like that, as it would drive us fucking crazy! GW6 feel worse than my GW2 score, which returned just 38 points as John Stones and Anthony Martial picked up injuries. This week, unlike GW2, I finished over the weekly average by two points. More importantly, I remained consistent, as I’ve now had 4 weeks with scores 54 points or better. I do need that one big week to push me over that 60 PPW mark, as I am just 17 points short with 343 points overall.
If you look at the defense individually, it wasn’t an impressive showing, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Michael Keane each picked up a single point. The saving grace, John Lundstram came off the bench, as Oleksandr Zinchenko did not play, resulting in 12 points. I mentioned Burnley in Epsiode 49 of the Pitch & Pint Podcast as a team I was continuing to look at due to their good run of fixtures. By the look of things, AWB and Keane aren’t long for my starting XI.
It was a weekend of what could have been for the midfield. Kevin De Bruyne continues to shine for Man City, picking up 17 points on two assists, a late goal, clean sheet and three bonus points. His teammates could have capitalized even more on some of this precise passing, but were unable to finish in an 8-0 romp over Watford. The downside to this game, aside from the Hornets losing…again, the fact that Raheem Sterling did not play. He, like KDB the week prior, got benched. We know had Sterling been starting, surely he would have returned something with City going big. Thankfully Mason Mount wasn’t injured seriously enough, he got the start against Liverpool, but the youngster was unable to return. As for Mo Salah, he continues to tick along, as he picked up another assists for just five points.
Up front, it was a return to obscurity for my forwards. I’ve been disappointed with Sebastien Haller, he didn’t look all that impressive up front that last few weeks and I am serious reconsidering his inclusion in the starting XI. After seven goals in three games, Tammy Abraham crashed back to earth with a no return against Liverpool. This was going to be their toughest game, but I will continue to back Abraham with Chelsea’s good run of fixtures. Teemu Pukki, has two no returns in the last three weeks. He’s still near the top with penalty touches (33), goals scored (6), total attempts (18) and big chances taken (6). By all indications, he should continue to be held, as I liken him to Raul Jimenez, last season. Overall he’s been excellent on the season, based on his starting price and output. Canaries have a nice run through GW19, so no intentions of moving off.
Ahead of GW7, I’ve got 2 FTs in my pocket and am looking at the best way to improve my team into the second international break. I feel defensive assets need to be reconsidered, as AWB and Keane aren’t getting it done. Up front, Haller has a modest run, but not sure I want to hold him, when there are a few options available including Aubameyang and Wilson. The midfield feels settled, I don’t feel Sterling is a real concern, starting in in the League Cup against Preston North End.