This was one of those weeks as a fantasy manager where you kinda wonder why you bother. When the research and planning wasn’t worth it, and the transfers have no effect.
The worst part came once the game updated, and I saw people in my mini leagues with huge scores thanks to captaining Jesus with De Gea VC, or having Okazaki come off the bench.
Then again, those were the same things that gave me hope. It’s just one week, and despite the score, I do have a good team. I just need to keep the faith with what I’m doing and be patient. But it’s tough at times like these.
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.
Pretty confident going in to the game week, it all started off brilliantly – the early game saw Chelsea lose a clean sheet (bonus for someone with none of their defenders), Morata scores and gets bonus, and my captain Hazard picks up 15 points! What a start!
It was then a case of what could of been, though. Despite getting 38 from those two players, the rest of my squad could only manage 16 between them (and 5 of those were from Salah!) to give me a total of 54.
Rotation, cameos, substitute points. The midweek games sent most of us on a roller coaster ride, eh?
I ended up with 52 (-4), which gave me some small greens across a few mini leagues, but basically kept my overall rank the same, with a minuscule drop of about 4k places. The good thing is that I’ve taken 12 points in hits over the last three weeks, and in that time my rank has risen 350k and the team is actually now close to where I want it.
I came to the end of this week feeling like it had been OK, but not amazing. I knew some players had performed, some hadn’t, and from a purely short-term view I made an error, but more of that later.
As it turned out, my 69 (-4) was enough for a GW rank of 43,481 (my highest BY FAR this season) and a green arrow which moved me up over 500k places! Have that, gameweek 13! It was quite enough to get out of the millions, but it was definitely an improvement!
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.
It was all just a bit, m’eh, really. I had little confidence (or enthusiasm) about gw11, and it turned out just like that. 43 points, 1 point below the average, and a small gain of approx 9k places, but nothing to be excited about.
As such, this week is all about being patient. I look at my team right now and I see far more problems than I’d like, but taking a step back and looking at it objectively is the necessary approach, otherwise I’ll be on a -8 in no time at all.