Tinker. Tinker. Tinker. Why? Does it matter? Will it matter? Who fucking knows! It’s been a challenging year through GW9, one that I surely didn’t expect ahead of the start of the Premier League season. It goes to show that rarely are there any guarantees in fantasy sports. Luck will always play a role in our hobby, regardless of what the “experts” talking heads say. This season, I would love to have more luck, as the struggle is real and many premiums just haven’t fired as expected, based on previous season’s data. There is still much time and the law of fantasy football averages tell us, those players will come around.
This season I’ve got into the habit of rolling my FT, to the tune that I’ve used 6 FTs on three separate occasions, letting two fall by the wayside when I activated my wild card ahead of GW3. Not that it means a damn thing, but looking over my squad, it’s settled and I don’t see many changes ahead of GW10. As mentioned yesterday in my GW10 Transfers article, I am setting up for the hectic festive period in the hopes of taking any hits to get the players I want into my 15-man roster. At this point, barring injury I like the plan I have developed, but must stay flexible. FDR is they key, for me, basing many of the transfers off this aspect of the FPL game.
I also mentioned the caution flag that still flies high on Trent Alexander-Arnold? False flag? Any truth to this mysterious illness? Klopp just a fucking liar, again? He’s my only concern ahead of the weekend, as John Lundstram is my first bench player. Maybe we will get more news from the Liverpool presser today. Todd Cantwell sits second on the bench, hopefully I don’t need his services.
While it’s a home fixture for Man City, taking on promoted, Aston Villa, there is a nagging that Kevin De Bruyne or Raheem Sterling miss out. At this time time, I’ve got the armband on KDB, as Raul Jimenez wears the VC strip. I doubt both City midfielders miss out, so that VC could move to Sterling or I could drop the ‘C’ on him instead. It could just be that wild imagination, but after what we’ve seen so far this season, nothing should come as a surprise.
Rounding out the defense, I’ve decided to hold Ryan Fredericks, as I picked up the Hammer last week, but they looking nothing short of pathetic against Everton. Maybe they step it up at home and not concede to Sheffield United, a team that doesn’t have much attack. Caglar Soyuncu rounds out my third defender, as his days are numbered, as I will move away from Leicester City defense, don’t feel there is enough in it, even with a run of good fixtures upcoming.
Mason Mount has attacking returns in the last two out of three, but it’s Callum Hudson-Odoi who seems to be grabbing headlines. Mount joins Mo Salah, as the Reds host a struggling Spurs team at Anfield. Many are playing the “move Mo to Mane” game, as over 601k managers moved off Salah last week. I refuse to consider Sadio Mane, feel he’s not as consistent as the Egyptian and doesn’t have same high ceiling. Regardless of the savings, it’s purely a lateral move, one that I won’t waste time of a transfer on.
Up top, Seb Haller is also running on borrowed time, as he will be moved by GW13. A goal and assist in two of the last three, but he isn’t the forward I thought he was. Against the Blades, I think West Ham struggle…again. I expect Newcastle to park the bus this weekend at St. James’ as Wolves, fresh off a 2-1 win in Slovkia midweek. Jimenez picked up his second goal in as many games with another PK goal. Are the struggles real for Tammy Abraham? Just one goal in the last three games and a shade of his former, self we saw in GW3 through GW5. Fixtures are still good, as Chelsea head to Turf Moor. Numbers are still good with 15 attempts, second best over the last 4 weeks.
Expectations this week? Well, I won’t put a number on it this week, as it seems to be like sticking a gun to my head in a game of Russian Roulette. Let’s go with scoring above the weekly average, if just by a point or two to get that small green arrow. Good luck in GW10!