Does it matter? No, really? At this point I’ve already taken a -8 point hit for game week 6, we still have no clear sign of what will come out of Pep’s pie hole regarding Kevin De Bruyne. Now, days after the Merseyside Derby, FPL managers get word that James Rodriguez is injured and won’t play for Everton. I’ve already had to resolve the loss of Virgil van Dijk due to injury, swap Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the stupid cunt, Richarlison and dumped Raul Jimenez because Wolves look pretty damn lethargic in attack, regardless of his goal against Leeds on Monday.
So while my FPL world continue to crumble there will not be any further changes until Friday. This week, unlike last I won’t rely on my bench to pick up the non-playing midfielders. I seemed to luck into a clean sheet with Charlie Taylor, but can’t expect those results this week against Spurs. Will Tyrick Mitchell play with Patrick van Aanholt returning to the Palace starting XI? More questions than answer, but I could potentially see two more transfers incoming for the week. So, a -20 would not be out of the question, but will do what I can to limit any further point deduction before the start of the week.
Mentioned this in a previous article, but I was already on a -8 point hit before the derby ended on Saturday. Logical, both moves, know van Dijk and Richarlison would lose owners and potential see a drop in price. Now, I’ve been a staunch supporter of “big at back” as well as “double Pool defense” but tossed both of those out the window and decided to double up on Villa.. Of all teams, right? 67 goals conceded last season, second worst only to Norwich and we know how their season ended. In a cost cutting move, I picked up Kona Ngoyo for VVD, which helped me bring in Harry Kane for Jimenez., leaving me with just 0.1M ITB.
The defense is slowly devolving into one of “budget” more than “big” as I own own three defenders until 4.6M, with Andrew Robertson (7.0M) and Nelson Semedo (5.5M). My concern now is, I am double Villa defense and I am not sold on them…yet. The numbers don’t lie and they appear to be playing like Sheffield United did last year with Dean Henderson in goal. Maybe Emiliano Martinez was the missing piece to that defense. At 4.6M with strong VAPM numbers it was too hard to ignore Konsa.
Hopefully the move for Kane doesn’t come at a time when Jimenez is ready to hit a purple patch, as Wolves still have some good fixtures through GW9, but it was becoming more difficult to ignore what Kane was doing on the pitch. I can only see him improving when Gareth Bale joins the starting XI. Could it be this weekend?
Rodriguez and KDB are still flagged, but feeling good that the City midfielder will start against West Ham. Carlo Ancelotti has already come out and said that James will miss the trip to St. Marys, but there hasn’t been much said surrounding the niggle. At this point, I am not planning on moving off Rodriguez for, potentially a week. If there is more information that comes out before the game week starts, then I might be persuaded to move him for a period.
For now, I will start the week in the red and can only hope I’ve got some luck with me that Villa can continue rolling defensively at home with a CS against Leeds and that Kane continues in form this week at Burnley.