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GW19 Review – finally some momentum

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!

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GW16 Review – Schoolboy error

So you would have seen my post on Saturday morning, boots are laced, where I had the captaincy on Kane, after switching it from Hazard.

I looked towards the end of the West Ham game, a little smug at my genius decision, only to find the (c) was still on Hazard. I refreshed. I closed and re-opened the app. I tried the browser. Nope, still on Hazard. ARRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH.

For the first time in my FPL career, I hadn’t hit save.

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GW12 Review – Frustrating times

I wasn’t particularly positive going into the week. I knew that my bench would be used, I didn’t have a strong feeling on the captaincy, and there were too many risks taking place.  As it turned out, not a lot went right and I spent the majority of the weekend frustrated with my team.

It started off with another Kane captaincy fail – the most annoying thing about that is in my captain article last week I actually said when I’m not sure maybe that’s the time to spread it about, but I didn’t listen to myself. Eriksen also failed, although there was a surprise clean sheet from Kolasinac, Aguero then didn’t play a minute, Jones as expected didn’t play, and Swansea continue to be rubbish.

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Transfer thoughts – to hit, or not to hit

The free transfer has already been used this week, after I made the early move to switch Lukaku to Aguero. Yeah, there’s some doubts about Aguero after he played 120 minutes against Wolves… and they have Napoli coming up… and then Arsenal… blah de blah… but we’ll probably be doing this all season without actually ever working out Pep’s plans.

What I do know is that I want a fit and firing Aguero in my team. Sure he’ll get rotated, but that’s the risk you take. He was also rising in price the night I made the move, and it looked like Lukaku was dropping, which is a 0.2 swing I didn’t want to lose. Lukaku still hasn’t dropped yet, but I’m sure he will.

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Transfer plans – GW8

Another dull international break is almost over. England did what England do, and it was left to the Irish to provide any sort of reasonable excitement against the Welsh.

Barring any injuries in the games tonight or later in the week during training (or on a car journey), we now have a pretty good picture of availability for GW8, so can take a look at possible moves.

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GW5 Review

This game can be so bloody frustrating sometimes. Another week of mediocrity, and after 5 in a row, you do start to wonder if you are just being unlucky, or if you’re just doing it wrong?

Points from Lukaku and Mkhi on Sunday afternoon made the score look reasonable, but given their ownership, it was irrelevant really. The damage was done on Saturday with Kane somehow not scoring, again, and the failure of Ben Davies to even show up. The misery was then compounded by Naughton being third on my bench (as I expected a hammering), and not even getting his 6 points.



Time for reflection

I look back at who I’ve sold who have come good – Jesus (admittedly sold for Lukaku), Walker, De Bruyne, and now this week Bertrand, and you wonder what the hell you’re playing at. But each of those moves were considered and the players bought in haven’t all flopped, so of course there’s the luck element. But with a rank outside of the 3m, it’s been the roughest of rough starts, and things need to change, and change soon.

It’s wildcard time.


I made the move on Saturday – furious enough with my squad to do it, but rational enough to know it was the right thing to do. Lukaku went for Aguero, which many will see as ridiculous after another 12 point haul yesterday, but I watched the game and he was terrible. Yes, this game is about points and not performance, but his assist followed a mistake by Williams, and then Everton fell apart. I’m sticking with Kane, and with Aguero back and City firing on all cylinders, there’s no room for big Rom at the moment.

Suttner, Dann, Phillips and Mounie will all go too. I’m sick of all of them. I’ll likely be putting more money into defence and scaling down the midfield – the problem there is that Mkhitaryan will probably need to go, which is hard after 4 returns in 5 games, but it’s him or Salah, as Eriksen is going nowhere. It might depend on the forwards – I’m favouring Vardy over Firmino at the moment, so I want Salah for that Liverpool attack.

Lots still to consider, but I feel better already that the old squad is being dismantled.