60 points this week.
Though 4 better than last week, relative to the scores around the globe (and in my mini-league), this was poorer than last week. Only 3 points above the average, and my global rank (together with my position in my mini-league) took a tumble downwards. I am now mired in mid-table obscurity.
The main reason for this? Lack of Ibra. 2 goals and 3 bonus points meant he matched Kun in terms of points scored. For those who have both Ibra & Kun, they ripped it up again in the charts.
Sensing an inevitable price rise (or two), I quickly dumped Vardy for Ibra hours after his demolition of Southampton. I had to take a -4 to be able to fund him, as I did Eriksen to Lamela.
Value-wise, it was a good move. Vardy has dropped in value, while Lamela and Ibra both experienced price surges. True enough, Vardy did not perform against Arsenal. He may open his account at Swansea this coming week, but it’s too late in the day.
Just to clarify, my Ibra and Lamela transfers happened after the transfer deadline. My only 1 transfer this gameweek was Gray to Negredo. On hindsight, it wasn’t the brightest of moves, as Gray finally broke his EPL duck by scoring and setting up a goal against Liverpool. Still, Negredo has slightly better fixtures, though this kind of move may feel like you’re chasing last week’s points and can get really frustrating.
Hazard got an assist, but a yellow meant he did not pick up any bonus. My defence was not good, with only Valencia picking up a cleansheet. This week when I went for Foster, Heaton showed us a masterclass in goalkeeping effort by shutting out Liverpool and getting some saves too. This is one of the drawbacks of the keeper rotation system. You may end up missing all the cleansheets and picking the keepers that concede. Sigh.
As for Capoue, he is turning out to be 4.5 mid steal of the season, thus far. 2 games, 2 goals from midfield. 1 goal even came against Chelsea. Of course, not many (except maybe his own fans) would play him in both gameweeks, but those who did would have enjoyed 2 fine goals from a midfielder soon to rise in stock. The only thing that has seemed to put a handbrake on his meteoric price rise is the fact that he picked up an injury in the game against Chelsea. It’s calf-related, so we have to wait for the prognosis. Being a 5th mid, though, means not many would be too bothered if he is out for 1 or 2 games.
Anyway, a very lukewarm, underwhelming week, points-wise. I am feeling a bit knee-jerky and want to rage-transfer Firmino out, but as many are quick to say, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Firmino faces Spurs this weekend. Both teams are slightly out of sorts, and both teams play that fast-paced, high tempo, high press game. I am hoping it’s a goalfest with Firmino and Lamela being among the goals.