As mentioned in my starting XI article, I started my international break a week early and really didn’t put much thought into the end GW11 and our final week ahead of the international break. Like the preivous two breaks we’ve experienced this season, I welcome this break, in order to step back and not care what happens until game resume on September 23.
It was a good week, in fact it was my best week since GW3 (62 pts) that saw me record my first green arrow on the season. However, since that week it’s been a rollercoaster ride, rising and falling over the next 9 weeks, where I landed on 72 points for GW12. That said, it still was a very underwhelming week when looking at my squad. The numbers support that opinion, as my defenders have averaged just 2.77 PPG this season that is well off the pace of last season. It really hasn’t matter what combination of defenders have been owned, clean sheets have been hard to come by. Even my goalkeeper is off the pace of last season, but is still a bit better then the defenders, 3.75 PPG.
This week Nick Pope owners finally saw a good return (9 pts), as Burnley won and kept their fourth clean sheet on the season, also picking up a save point and two bonus points. Defensively, I made a poor decision, moving Caglar Soyuncu in GW10 for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a move that has cost me 23 points since making that switch. Based on FDR, I was led to believe United had a better run of fixutres, but it’s been Leicester City playing some inspired football. I honestly didn’t believe in their defense, which is currently on a run of three clean sheets in their last three, giving them five on the season. The combination of Trent Alexander-Arnold, John Lundstram and Wan-Bissaka scored a total of six points.
Headed into GW12 I moved off Raheem Sterling in favor of Youri Tielemans, who has been brought in by over 300k the last two weeks returned an assist (5 pts) against Arsenal. Mo Salah scored against Man City and added a bonus point for eight points. Many FPL have started buying into Christian Pulisic, as he’s posted five returns in the last three games, but I continue to hold Mason Mount, who’s not returned in the last two games and Chelsea faces City out of the break. Mount and KDB didn’t return this week, as my midfielder struggled.
Up front is where my points were generated from, the trio of Tammy Abraham (8 pts), Raul Jimenez (18 pts) and Jamie Vardy (12 pts) combined to score 38 points on the days, as Jimenez was give the captain’s armband. The correct captain pick would have been Vardy, but I opted for a differential in Jimenez and feel it paid off owned by just 12.5% across FPL (18.7% in the top 1k). Vardy has been one of the most transferred in assets, over 1.2 million managers the last three weeks, as he’s now owned by 40.7% across the game and 86.4% of the top 1k.
This was the sort of week I was looking for, finishing on 72 points on a week that saw an average of just 48 points (+24), an improve of 519k in the OR, where I return to the 869k, a position I was in just two weeks ago. It feels like a broken record saying, hopefully this green arrow is the one I can build off. By outwards appearance, I have some of the highly owned players that are returning. Chelsea continues in great form, which might have me reevaluate moving off Abraham ahead of City in GW13. Thoughts of moving off in favor of Lacazette is where I was going for a short spell. That decision and others will all remain in limbo until Friday, November 22.