I’m going into GW24 with quite a lot of optimism, which is unlike me and a feeling that actually makes me a little uneasy!
Pretty much all my players have good fixtures, so despite taking a -4, I feel it could be a good week. I’m playing a 442 again which normally wouldn’t be my preference but more than happy with it this week.
GW23 was all a bit, m’eh. I joined the many in the community to jump aboard the Lingard bandwagon (1 point), at the expense of Son (12 points), so that wasn’t a great move in the short-term. Hazard produced another incredibly frustrating 1 point which confirms he will be leaving the building this week, and 4 of my defenders combined to give me 5 points.
Kane (c) came through, and Salah/Firmino/Jones continue to be consistent. Finished up on 60 points which isn’t tragic, a small red of about 50k to 364k overall.
Well, that was intense – 4 game weeks in 13 days is a LOT of games, and although I had a good few weeks (I gained over 680,000 places to sit just outside the top 300k) I think many FPL managers (me included) are now happy for a bit of a break before the next deadline to recharge the batteries before going again.
And we’ll need that energy. There are 16 game weeks left, and there are blank game weeks, double game weeks to come, and wildcards, free hits, bench boosts and triple captains to be used. We are now fast approaching the business end of the season.
On the back of two good weeks, it would be easy to get carried away, but with two more sets of games in the next few days there is likely to be plenty of rotation and changes in rank.
However, there are no changes I see this week that I think will benefit the team. I have no injuries in the squad and second guessing rotation is not a winning road, so instead I’ll save the FT for the (small) double in 22 and see what changes are necessary then. It could come in very handy.
I missed all of the Boxing Day games as I was off having fun with the family, so it was a lovely discovery when I looked up the scores and FPL points that evening.
I totalled out on 93, which gave me a GW rank of 284k, and an overall rise of another 250k. That puts me at 463,097 – which is an improvement of 525,000 places from game week 18.
Well that was fun, eh? Always nice to have a high scoring week, even if everyone else is also scoring highly.
A captain success; midfielders and strikers that returned big; and plenty of bonus points led to a score of 88 (-4) and a GW rank of 306k. It’s my highest score of the season, although only the second best GW rank due to the high scores all round.
It gave me a decent green though and I moved up 276k places to 712k overall, my best rank of the season. That’s 450k places gained in the last two weeks, and with (currently) no injuries or suspensions, this is the best position my squad has been in and finally I have some momentum and confidence. As we all know though, that could change again very quickly!
I’m sure this will change once the inevitable rotation and injuries kick in over the coming days, but at the moment I’m actually quite excited about the coming game weeks. Or is just because it’s Christmas? Who knows.
My transfers changed a bit this week from my early thoughts. I was looking possibly at Zaha, and also KDB, but then Morata went and got himself suspended and I had a rethink. I thought about holding him as he’ll likely now play the two games in 20 and 21, but I didn’t really want £10.5m sat on the bench, and while Chelsea aren’t scoring loads it seemed a lot to have both him and Hazard.