It should come as no surprise I have not set my starting XI for BGW35. Sadly, I am refreshing Twitter, talking beer with the #FPLBeerClub and waiting for @AnfieldExpress to possibly post the starting Liverpool XI for their trip to The Hawthorns. Coming off a disappointing 80 (-8 points) points saw a red arrow down to 173k, which wasn’t expected, but could feel it coming ahead of the Thursday games. The 8 point hit only netted me 2 points in the end, positive but not enough to salvage my fantasy week.
This week many pundits have been pushing discussion on the Free Hit, a chip I haven’t had since GW9, so much of their commentary and insight has no bearing on my starting XI. Just a single FT with a possible -4 point hit to get two new players is not out of the realm of possibility. As it stands now I carry over 8 players who are starting this weekend.
Rotation in DGW34 was a “flat track bully” to many fantasy managers, many would are looking to rebound through the use of their Free Hit Chip this coming week. My strategy continues to roll with the punches, as fear got the best of me, which saw Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku break the starting XI last week. That mistake netted me only two points from the players I dropped.
Both Lukaku and Kane have returned to the chopping block, neither feature in BGW35, but return to action a week later. With Arsene Wenger “undecided” on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, I must move in the direction of Gabriel Jesus. Not really what I want to do, but he’s probably the best bet up front this weekend. Next to Jesus will be the Turk, Cenk Tosun, who last struck for a brace in GW31, hopefully the home fixture Newcastle will reap attacking results
Defensively, it will be Vincent Kompany in for Nathan Ake. I feel he’s the most nailed defender for the man City the rest of the way. Plus, when he is fit, he’s dangerous and commanding in the middle of the defense. He takes his place in a defense that will start Matt Lowton, mainly for his assist potential, Paul Dummett, faces Everton on Monday and Virgil van Dijk, still looking for that EPL goal.
It’s a three man midfield this week, led by none other than Mohamed Salah, who will don the captain’s armband again. David Silva appears to get the nod in the middle again, as City want to perform at home on the Premiership winning season. Finally, the budget buy of the year, Luca Milivojevic away to a poor performing Watford club.
It will be a starting X this week, as I’ve taken a -4 point hit to bring in two Man City players, but it’s a risk that should pay dividends this weekend. After a disappointing DGW34, it would be great to see this team over perform to pick up another green arrow ahead of DGW37.