Thank God you get another wildcard in January, because I royally f*cked that one!
I felt it was time to let the dice tumble last week as they had been getting sweaty rolling about in my hands – and tumble they did, last Friday. My team had a few injury concerns and I could not risk a points hit in my extremely competitive money-league. It was my birthday after all – what could go wrong? Well, fittingly my FPL team delivered me a shit-cake to wipe that smile off my face.
I managed to beat the average by 2 points which I suppose is decent but the real pain comes from the fact I lost ground in the money league – and let’s face it, that league is the only reason I am this serious about Fantasy Football.
Captain choice proved pivotal as ever and I decided to go with new recruit, Rom Lukaku, thinking the big man would be licking his lips at a home fixture to newly promoted Wolves. I also thought Jose would be keen to get one over on a team filled with his compatriots and coupled with a decent bit of form, I really thought this made Lukaku a worthy candidate for the armband! Alas, it wasn’t to be as United limped to a 1-1 draw. A week on, and I’m seriously debating sending Lukaku back to where he came from.
Hazard blanking added petrol to the fire and to top it all off a last minute goal for Brighton robbed Kieran Trippier of a clean sheet and some bonus points too. The cherry, on the icing, on top of the aforementioned shit-cake!
Anyway, onwards and upwards…(or downwards as it seems in my case)
Gameweek 7 gives FPL managers a chance to right a few wrongs and the team I am backing to turn around a rotten run of recent results is Everton. I brought Richarlison back into the fold with my wildcard and he will no doubt make my starting XI this week as he lines up at home to Fulham. 23 points in his first two Gameweeks was extremely impressive before a red card saw him sit out two games. Everton failed to win both.
Fulham have shown they are no pushover, but I am backing the Brazilian to bring home the goods this weekend – his club really need him to!
Managers will look to Leicester’s fixtures as a potential honey pot of points as they have a few winnable games. I chickened out of bringing Vardy in last week and instead opted for Rom. That decision really proves that I write this column as nothing more than a side hobby and that my Fantasy Football knowledge is in fact a load of Ball-X! I may look to correct last week’s error however, but James Maddison really should be on everyone’s radar. He has consistently delivered since his arrival in the Premier League and scored a peach of a free kick last weekend!
Chelsea take on Liverpool on Saturday evening, in a repeat of Wednesday’s pulsating Carabao Cup tie. Hazard showed everyone why his price is now £11m, with a fantastic individual goal, but Jurgen Klopp looks set to name a completely different back four for the upcoming game. Will Hazard be able to repeat his feat against Van Dijk and Co.? I wouldn’t be surprised if he did!
This week’s differentials are two big name players who I still can’t believe have under 5% ownership! Alex Lacazette and Raheem Sterling are 2nd and 3rd respectively in the form rankings and, for some reason, managers aren’t buying. Sterling’s 3.3% ownership may be down to price and Pep’s rotation, but he was excellent against Cardiff. Mr Lacazette seems to finally have his placed nailed down as Arsenal’s number 9 and he has found the net in each of his last three starts. The Frenchman loves to play at the Emirates and a tricky game against Watford could prove a challenge. Personally, I think he will bang and continue those dances that have given us all a smile over the last few weeks.
After his goal against Brighton, Harry Kane may look to get his season up and running proper against a porous Huddersfield this weekend. He managed a hat-trick against them in this fixture last year but Spurs have looked ropey this season. Personally, I am unsure on this one as Barcelona are in town this Wednesday and so I feel there could be some rotation in the Spurs ranks.
I have much to consider before Saturday’s deadline so I’ll leave it here, but if I could play my wildcard again this weekend, I probably would!