52 points this week.


A pretty decent (and lucky) score considering I withheld the urge to wildcard and repair my team. During a week where many had wielded the wildcard to improve their lineup, getting 52 points with just a -4 hit can be considered a mini success.

I actually climbed up in rank and made up ground in my cash mini-leagues, so yay.

But, to be really objective here, the score is nothing to shout about as it was obtained by primarily 2 players only: Capoue and Costa. I got lucky in backing my gut to play Capoue vs West Ham and resting Redmond vs Arsenal. It paid off as Capoue once again made a mockery of his price tag with a goal, an assist and 3 bonus points in Watford’s thrilling 4-2 comeback against the Hammers.

As for Costa, it was a lucky punt. The popular picks was either between an in-form Hazard and a recently hot Alexis Sanchez going into the weekend. Around 90% of players in my mini-leagues went for either one of them. If either had exploded and Costa had blanked, I would have faced serious repercussions. This was a risky move and I am just lucky it paid off. Not to be repeated again.

Why Costa? Well, for one, I felt he would produce against an out of sorts Swansea who had a 4.1 Jordi Amat playing at the heart of defence. Swansea is still struggling to find their feet and a replacement for their captain and stalwart Ashley Williams. This looked like a good opportunity for an opportunistic and aggressive centreforward to thrive. Also, Hazard’s form on his travels aren’t as impressive as home, so it was a coin flip.

Enough gloating about the right calls. Need to focus on the many 1 or 2 pointers in my team.

This gameweek saw returns for many popular GW1 picks. Those owners who had patience reaped rewards. Eriksen, Alli, Firmino, KDB, Lukaku and to a slightly lesser extent degree Kane, Vardy and Payet all pulled in big hauls. Lukaku was the meanest, grabbing a hattrick to end a barren spell. Thierry Henry’s specialist striker coaching in the Belgian national team must have really helped the big guy remember how potent he can be in front of goal. Someone to watch out for, given Everton’s fixtures.

Need to monitor on the other players, especially Antonio, who returned 2 goals to make it 4 or 5 now. He is on red, hot form. Firmino finally broke his duck this season but it is unclear whether it was for real or he would continue to blow hot and cold. With Liverpool’s fixtures turning good soon, it would be wise to have either Firmino, Mane or even Lallana who has come into reckoning this season.

I am still not sold on KDB as I think he plays too deep this season. Also, City’s midfield is a minefield this season and I’d rather adopt a wait and see approach for them to settle.

Well, this is a very short gameweek as Friday sees a kick-off between Liverpool and Chelsea.

Will be considering what transfers to make, if any, over the next few days. However, currently thinking of banking the free transfer for next week when Kun returns.