Read a few posts on Twitter asking to summarize your FPL season to date with a word, GIF or a scale from 1 to 10. “Watford bad” is the only way to describe how my FPL season has transpired over 10 weeks that ended last week with a small green arrow. Always willing to accept a green arrow, no matter how I achieved it, but it’s frustrating to see my OR tick up just 6k spots. That’s two green arrows in the last two weeks, but I feel mired in muck or bad decisions and poor pitch performances at 867k.
One positive…now I am sounding like Quique Sanchez Flores, I can take from GW10, the fact that I recorded my first successful captain armband since GW3. That’s six successive games that my captain selections failed, scoring 22 points with Raheem Sterling was damn near half of my total points. In fact, the midfield was key to my success this week, scoring a total of 40 points, as Mason Mount (5), Kevin De Bruyne (6) and Mo Salah (7) all contributed. The only help from my forward line, a Tammy Abraham assist, as Seb Haller and Raul Jimenez didn’t return.
Defensively, it was another shit show at the back. I started Ryan Fredericks, who didn’t feature, which meant John Lundstram came off the bench and sadly was my top defender with two points. My transfer failed, as I moved off Caglar Soyuncu in favor of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a difference of -5 points, while Trent Alexander-Arnold conceded a goal and picked up a yellow card.
While last week’s transfer didn’t come off, I reflect and think it would have been better off to hold it. What’s another bad decision on what is already a bad year. Plans for GW11 are moving forward, as I won’t use my FT this week, rolling it GW12, as I will double down on the Foxes, something that I had planned back in GW9 on my “beautiful mind spreadsheet.” That FT could be used this week, but MCI v SOU is a strong match and I can’t see dropping Sterling ahead of it, when Leicester travel to Crystal Palace, think that could be an upset and I am not completely sold on the Foxes 5-goal performance against Newcastle or the 9-goal thrashing upon So’ton. They are good, but not that good.
Based on “my plan” there are no transfer I could make at this point that will help my starting XI. To truly get the ball rolling requires Sterling to leave my team to free up enough budget to build what I feel is a stronger team. That move could be contingent on how he performs this week, which would really toss my spreadsheet into disarray, but it’s something I need to consider. The other option would be to move Salah, but I don’t like the sound of that based on the fact he came back to hurt me last season.
GW11 TRANSFERS TO CONSIDER
Let’s just forget I offers some alternatives last week for GW10, because they ended up either getting injured, not playing or not returning. You would think I had no idea how to play this game based on my suggestions.
Now let’s forget about GW10 and concentrate on GW11, a week in which I am making any moves, but many FPL managers are. So, here are some thoughts when it comes to players at each position.
Dean Henderson (£4.6/5.3% TSB)
A team that seems to set up very well defensive and plays strong at home. This week, it’s Burnley coming to town, off a 2-goal performance at home last week. Think it could be a good shout, as Chris Wood will face a late fitness test.
Kurt Zouma (£4.7/1.6% TSB)
Chelsea travel to Vicarage Road to take on a Watford team that can’t find the attacking end of the pitch. They’ve put up a few CS in the last weeks, but are not generating any attacking stats worth nothing.
Anthony Martial (£7.6/4.6% TSB)
Returned from injury last week with a goal and is currently playing OOP as the lone forward. When he’s confident and scoring, he’s excellent, looking to regain that form we saw to start this season.
Joelinton (£5.8/1.2% TSB)
He looks exciting up front, but has netted just a single goal on the season against Spurs in GW3. If players like Almiron and Saint-Maximin can get him service, I like his chances at West Ham, who’ve conceded the last four game weeks.