I could not have wanted this GW to come any more sooner.
Was furious with the mess my team was, with a lot of deadwood and failed punts clogging up space like furniture and bad Christmas gifts just sitting around collecting dust at home.
GW36 comes as a fresh spring clean with the wielding of my 2nd wildcard.
Here’s the team:
As this post was prepared after the 1st game of the gameweek had already been played late last night, you’d see the points already being added for Spurs assets who was shocked by a defeat at West Ham. Harry Kane and Alli delivered nothing. My jinx seems to be more powerful this week.
Obviously this team is to set up for the mega DGW 37 where I plan to use Bench Boost so it is important that this team gives good points for 2 gameweeks at least.
Let’s go through the selections.
GK – Caballero & Pickford
- Caballero is a cheap way into City defence. Pickford is playing for an already relegated Sunderland who would be getting shots fired at them non-stop, so save points. Plus, Pickford being young and English would be hoping the next few games nab him a new club.
DEF – Alonso, Monreal, Stephens, Holgate, Benalouane
- A rather cheap defence in order to fund better attacking options.
- Alonso is due to Chelsea having great fixtures over the next few gameweeks and him being an attacking threat.
- Monreal and Stephens are for Arsenal and Southampton’s double DGWs respectively. Would have loved to double up on either team’s defenders but Arsenal defenders don’t come cheap and Southampton has rather tough fixtures with nothing left to play for.
- Holgate and Benalouane are cheap as dirt enablers, with the former having quite good fixture despite not being a DGW player and Benalouane having 2 games in an improved Leicester defence.
MID – Hazard, Alli, Sanchez, King, James Ward-Prowse
- Hazard is a no-brainer. Chelsea’s and the league’s (arguably) most dangerous midfielder.
- Alli is another must-have in midfield due to ownership and his prolific scoring rate this season.
- Sanchez is captain and triple captain material and his explosiveness does not need any further elaboration.
- King is in the form of his life, with great fixtures and surely wants to court bigger clubs to buy him.
- Lastly, JWP is a Southampton player with double doubles and who takes all set-pieces and can be a threat mostly in assists.
FWD – Kane, Jesus and Gabbiadini
- Gabbiadini out of fear of his ownership, although he has bad fixtures, bad form and is unlikely to do anything significant.
- Kane is Kane. Ignore at your peril. Although, when Dembele doesn’t play (like last night), he doesn’t perform. Still, he has a DGW coming up.
- Jesus is for City coverage in the absence of Kun through injury. Even with Kun back, it seems Pep is now convinced that they both can play at the same time.
PLAYERS I’D LOVE TO HAVE BUT DIDN’T GET TO KEEP –
- Costa. Hosting Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge, this would be a game where he could rack up serious points. However, due to funds, it was either him or Kane. Kane edged it slightly for me with news of Costa having allegedly already agreed to transfer to a Chinese club in summer. I may come to regret this if Chelsea goes wild on Boro on Monday.
- Ben Davies of Spurs. Danny Rose is still out injured and he is arguably one of the very few left-footed defenders in Spurs. Solid and dependable in a team chasing the title. However, again the lack of funds meant Alonso remained while he is sidelined.
- Leicester players. They have been simply overpriced this season. Otherwise, it would be nice to own one or two of them for the DGW37 bench boost.