53 points this week. Slight green arrow and a tiny increase in mini league positions. A bit underwhelming considering I activated my wildcard. Somehow, when you use the wildcard, wild visions of grandeur where your team rake in points like there’s no tomorrow form in your head.
My tactic of upgrading my defence to include 2 premium defenders certainly backfired, at least for this week. On paper, Arsenal and Spurs had cleansheet potential written all over their fixtures. They both conceded. Arsenal by 2 goals, against Swansea. Vertonghen duly matched Koscielny’s 1 point haul by getting a yellow to reduce his meagre 2 by 1. Great.
My remaining spot for a budget defender saw me picking Pieters, who returned with a surprising cleansheet and 2 bonus points. This would be cause for celebration any other day, except for the fact that my other budget defender, Holebas, sat on my bench with 15 points. A goal, a cleansheet and full bonus points. What a start to the wildcard.
Upfront, the midfield was a mixed bag, Son benched and came on for a 1-pointer. Arnautovic was unlucky to only get 1 assist which was marred by a yellow. Firmino got a single cleansheet point plus 2 for playing against the United team bus driven by Mourinho. The only one who raked in a haul was Walcott with 13 points. Upfront, Deeney had a match to forget while Aguero proved the biggest talking point over the weekend by being benched, coming off the bench in the 2nd half and then proceeding to miss a penalty to give his owners -1.
I was very, very lucky to get Costa’s goal and 3 bonus points as my Captain, because I was flipping the Captain’s armband between Kun and Costa all weekend. I finally decided on Kun, but as I clicked the button, the game went into update. I was saved by the deadline.
Anyways, lots to think about. A lot of players like the form of Lukaku, Joe Allen, Stanislas and even Charlie Austin is prompting a serious re-think as to what my GW9 team should be.