DGW26 and DGW27 Review
Another week, another red arrow, and although it was only a small drop from 9.1k to 10.5k, it feels like my team is treading water and in need of a makeover. A score of 86 (-4) was bang on the top 10k average, with Emi Martinez and Heung-Min Son, the only real template players I don’t own, hurting my rank again.
What a week. Let down after let down, as both my mass-owned premium and differential options failed to deliver; this coupled with some of the poorest standard of football in Premier League history is taking its toll on most FPL managers. Fatigue may be setting in on and off the pitch, but it’s time to try and stay positive and not make any rash decisions.
I only had four returns from 21 matches (four!). The only bright spots were my Man City defensive heroes John Stones (10pts) and Ruben Dias (12pts), who both scored against West Ham to get the first match of the round off to a flyer. Team mate Ilkay Gundogan (6pts) provided a late assist off the bench at home to Wolves, while Andy Robertson’s 9pts felt like a haul!
Triple captain Harry Kane returned one goal and 24pts. It could have been so much more though, with the England man missing a few guilt-edge chances against both Burnley and Fulham. Bruno Fernandes, Mo Salah and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all disappointed.
The only question is what to do with Bruno? Two blanks. City away, West Ham at home, then no game in 29 raises the appeal to sell, especially in a straight swap for Son, who has decent fixtures and plays in the upcoming shortened gameweek. It is risky going against arguably the best asset there is, but with no intention of captaining the United star soon, it may not be as crazy as it sounds.
This decision will go down to the deadline, but one I will most likely make. Having a wildcard in my back pocket to get Bruno back is also to my advantage.
Calvert-Lewin is also another problem. No news of a double in 28 at the time of writing and Carlo Ancelotti’s admission that he has altered his position to give Richarlison more chance to shine doesn’t make for positive reading.
The slow build without a Free Hit to the blank continues, so a swap to Michail Antonio, who has a favourable fixture with Leeds this week and Arsenal in 29, will happen, it’s just when. I’m not sure if that transfer is worth a hit now.
Salah, the next man on borrowed time, will get another shot, but even a home game with Fulham doesn’t bring much confidence. Gundogan will likely lead the troops into battle with the captain’s armband. Good luck all!
Stones Dias Robertson
Salah Son/Bruno Gundogan (c) Raphinha
Bamford Kane Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Meslier, Coufal, Lowton, Lookman