Prologue – I have been playing FPL across 2 mail ids from 2010. I find it helpful to read fellow players’ thought processes and decisions as I contemplate upon mine. I hope my log does the same for some of you.
It has been a rollercoaster few Gameweeks in Fantasy Premier League. After being on the wrong end of quite a few 50/50 decisions, Bobby’s Teeth gained only its 2nd green arrow in the last 8 GWs.
Total points (TP) – 872
Overall Rank (OR) – 240k
GW 15 transfers
I had 2 Free Transfers (FT) prior to GW15. Here are the changes I made.
Salah -> Mane
Aguero -> Kane
Martial -> Sane
Peltier -> Balbuena
GW 15 points – 61
Several of the top guns failed to return, including 2 of my transfers in Mane and Balbuena. Martial and Salah scored 11 between them. Adding the -8 for extra transfers, I needed 19 points. Kane scored 12 and Sane scored 7, evening it up. However, I did gain Kane and Balbuena (terrific fixtures) along with Sane (terrific form).
Richarlison, Jimenez and Hazard returned to cover up for the rest while Arnautovic, Alonso and the entire defence failed.
GW 16 team
The two main objectives for this Gameweek are to find Arnautovic’s replacement and to get Arsenal cover in that order.
Further, the Gunners are in much better form compared to Chelsea and Aubameyang’s ownership continues to rise swiftly. However, if I get in Aubameyang for Arnautovic, then the money is not enough for Felipe Anderson. West Ham have the best fixtures among teams and are in good form too.
The big question this GW was regarding Hazard. He often blows hot and cold every season. This would imply the points are going to come again in the next weeks. However, Arsenal play Huddersfield, Southampton, Burnley and Brighton in the next 4 GWs compared to Chelsea who play City, Brighton, Watford and Leicester, which are relatively tougher.
This leaves me with Lacazette, someone I am not a fan of as a striker, especially when compared to Aubameyang. However, after back-to-back intense 90 minutes for the Gabon man, Lacazette could easily start against Huddersfield. Further, Laca always plays central, a huge plus.
Finally, he has scored the same number of points over the last 5 GWs as Hazard and is cheaper too. Thus, decent form, superb fixtures and a differential captain potential mean Lacazette comes in for Arnautovic. Anderson comes in for Hazard and I have 1.2 million left in the bank.
I am happy with this team as it contains assets from West Ham, Spurs and Arsenal – 3 teams with the form and fixtures this month.
Robertson was pictured in training yesterday so we can expect him to start. Klopp said Mane will start running yesterday and is a doubt for the match. While Mane has travelled with the squad, I have decided to get in Snodgrass for Hojbjerg.
While Kane is the safest captain option, I will be going all in on Lacazette this Gameweek.
May your arrows be green.
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