Green arrow this week for Bobby’s Teeth with a good team performance and a victory in the FPL Cup.
GW points – 60 (-8)
GW rank – 545k
TP – 961
OR – 370k
So, a GW rank under 1 million, which is good, and a 43k jump in overall rank result in a decent week. In order to finish good, I set myself a benchmark for GW points average of 60. Currently, my team averages 56.2, so still have some catching up to do.
Now, let’s dive into GW17 in detail.
SIX returning players generally results in a good week and this is exactly what happened. Sane continued his hot streak, picking up two assists and looked very threatening when he was on the pitch.
Snodgrass scored a peach of a goal while Felipe Anderson picked up an assist. Balbuena finally notched the first clean sheet for my team.
Kane almost blanked with a bad performance before picking up the assist for Eriksen’s winner. My other captaincy option would have been Salah, so Kane was a better relative choice.
Jimenez continues to be the best budget-forward with another goal and full bonus points.
Finally, avoided a first-round cup exit with a relatively easy win in the FPL Cup. My opponent picked up 42 points to my 52.
Ederson conceded yet again. More importantly, Everton created enough chances to score more as City defence is not looking as impenetrable as it was at the start of the season. Pep’s side will take on Palace at home next and that will be a clearer indicator.
Alonso’s returns continue to diminish. If Chelsea do not keep a clean sheet, the Spaniard is ending up with either 0 or 1 over the last 5 GWs. However, I will be persisting with him in Hazard’s absence for some attacking threat.
Alisson’s spill led to Robertson losing his clean sheet. Barring that goal, Liverpool were solid throughout and we will see the left-back attacking more in Trent’s absence. Salah played upfront and was man-marked heavily throughout.
Finally, Son did not start against Burnley as Pochettino rotated the squad. He had a good chance to score after he came on and was generally lively.
It is not a good sign when your GW transfers do not get you back the points given away to bring them in.
Mane, Lacazette and Richarlison made way for Salah, Kamara and Son respectively. The former trio picked up 13 points while the latter picked up 5. Adding the -8, that is a 16-point swing which suggests I was better off not making the transfers.
The other not-okay part is the bench. Both Wan-Bissaka and Bennett picked up clean sheets. While I would not have brought them in for anyone else in my starting XI, it is still not good to have points on the bench.
GW17 Other Form players & Takeaways
Fabianski continues to pick up save points and bonus irrespective of clean sheets. West Ham’s run make him the best goalkeeping option at the moment.
Spurs defence are set to bag a few clean sheets in the coming GWs. Depending on Poch’s selection for the Carabao Cup quarterfinals against Arsenal, Trippier is a great option.
Hazard is in red-hot form with another top display against Brighton. The decision to remove him for Lacazette looks to have not aged well. Currently, I do not have a way to bring him back.
Danny Ings is a strong option for a cheap 3rd striker in a 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 setup. He has scored 4 goals in his last 3 games. 3 of them came against Manchester City and Arsenal. He definitely knows where the net is, should thrive under Hasenhuttl and has good fixtures until GW26, except for GW20-21.
These are my observations from GW17 and my team’s performance. Feel free to share your views in the comments below and stay tuned for the GW18 team article along with useful data this week.
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