The pulsating festive schedule is upon us. FOUR Gameweeks are set to take place in two weeks time. Therefore, it is a great time to gain or lose rank rapidly depending on your squads.
After a good GW17, Bobby’s Teeth enter GW18 in a good mood. As you can see from my GW17 review, it finally resulted in a green arrow despite a -8.
I always believe a GW average of 60 will keep a team at a good OR. This implies I need to be at 1020 points at the moment, instead of my current 961 points. While that is a pretty big margin to catch up in a single GW, I hope to match it soon.
GW18 Team Analysis
Now, moving on to GW18, this is how my FPL tracker table looks like.
Ederson continues to frustrate but a kinder run of fixtures await and I am set to give him one final chance. The defence looks solid despite Alonso’s below-par returns. However, a good fixture list and the absence of Hazard implies he stays put for now.
As you can see, my entire midfield is on fire despite Son’s gametime issues. Sane was rested for the Carabao Cup which should assure him of a starting spot this GW.
Kane picked up a superb assist coming off the bench in the same Cup against Arsenal and will start for sure. Jimenez has a tough fixtures against Liverpool but he is a great budget option at the moment and he stays put.
Thus, I am planning to roll over my transfer this GW for greater flexibility in the next.
Next up is my waitlist where I keep a track of high-ownership players I do not own and how they compare with their replacements in my team.
So far, Kane, Jimenez and Sane have done well against Aubameyang, Wilson and Sterling. Meanwhile, the jury is still out on Son and Felipe Anderson taking on Eriksen and Hazard. The latter is the one missing from my team and it would require a few changes to get the Chelsea main man.
Another top performance against Leicester will very likely force my hand to get him. Fabianski continues to outperform Ederson and I will be monitoring both of them this GW.
Another player in my thoughts is Richarlison. In fact, Digne also remains a good option considering Everton’s fixtures after this GW.
Remember, keeping track of players, substitutions and manager preferences are key during the festive period.
After deciding to roll on my FT (free transfer) this GW, here is my GW18 team.
The team picks itself along with the bench. No clear captain choice unless I want to place the armband on Sane.
Despite Wolves being the best defence outside top six, Salah gets the armband with Kane dropping to vice-captain from last GW. While Sane is the really tempting option here, I am still unsure of his minutes, especially if City is winning.
City can win games without him actively contributing. Further, Wan-Bissaka will possibly reduce Sane’s impact as well. Meanwhile, a Liverpool win will definitely see Salah get involved and he is more likely to play more minutes.
Thus, Salah gets the armband for GW18.
My opponent this week has an OR of 3 million. However, there are hardly any common players which implies it could go either way.
That’s all folks for GW18. See you at the end of the matches.
May your arrows be green!
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