GW30: Team Reveal

How did I fare in GW29?

Judicious planning in the build-up to GW29 helped me field 10 players excluding Heung-Min Son in the blank, so I was hopeful of a green arrow from the get-go. Most managers in the top 10k fielded between 8 and 9 players, which already gave me a head start.


57 points in GW29 saw my overall rank rise to 489, with double-digit returns from Patrick Bamford and Jesse Lingard and single figure scores from captain Harry Kane, Raphinha and Lewis Dunk.


With 8 gameweeks left in the season, and a Wildcard pencilled in for GW31, I’m hoping for a strong end of the season. Maintaining a top 1,000 rank is obviously the main aim at this stage, but if I stick to the game plan and catch a few lucky breaks, anything is possible!


Bad luck:

- As a non-owner, I’ve been frustrated by Aaron Cresswell all season; he has been incredibly creative for West Ham and is the league’s highest scoring defender. GW29 was the first week I’ve owned him all season – so of course he was destined to score a big, fat zero!


Good luck:

- Most outcomes went my way this week, so I have little to complain about. In particular, Harry Kane’s penalty was rather fortunate, and Jesse Lingard scored two returns from unlikely areas on the pitch.


Bad judgement:

- In hindsight, captaining Harry Kane was perhaps the wrong decision in GW29, as the striker was destined to play without Heung-Min Son and featured for all 120 minutes against Dinamo Zagreb in midweek. I still think Kane is a great option most weeks and will be a premium captaincy option in GW30, but perhaps GW29 offered the perfect week to go different – and maybe captain a Leeds player.


Good judgement:

- Obviously, it required luck along the way, but to manage my team with only free transfers through the congested doubles and blanks has proved extremely fruitful. I have only taken 4 hits so far this season, which is a terrific improvement on last year.



Who are in my thoughts for the GW31 Wildcard?

Here is the pool of players I’ll likely be choosing from next week on my Wildcard.

Goalkeepers:

Eduoard Mendy (first choice)

Ederson (first choice)

Kasper Schmeichel (first choice)

Hugo Lloris (maximise double GW32)

Robert Sanchez (backup)


Defenders:

Antonio Rudiger (set & forget until GW35)

Romain Saiss/Conor Coady (set & forget until GW36)

Luke Shaw (rotate based on fixture)

Nathaniel Phillips (reserve, excellent value)

Kieran Tierney (set & forget until GW36)

Davinson Sanchez (maximise double GW32)

Ruben Dias (set & forget)

Craig Dawson (great fixtures from GW34)

Stuart Dallas (great fixtures from GW34)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (could be worth a punt with great fixtures)


Midfielders:

Bruno Fernandes (set & forget)

Mohamed Salah (set & forget)

Kevin De Bruyne/Riyad Mahrez/Ilkay Gundogan (captaincy against Leeds GW31)

Diogo Jota (set & forget, great value)

Heung-Min Son (maximise double GW32)

James Maddison (great fixtures until GW36)

Jesse Lingard (great fixtures from GW34)

Raphinha (great fixtures from GW34)

Bukayo Saka (great fixtures, great value)


Strikers:

Harry Kane (set & forget)

Jamie Vardy (great fixtures until GW36)

Kelechi Iheanacho (great fixtures until GW36, excellent value)

Patrick Bamford (great fixtures from GW34)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin/Richarlison (okay fixtures, due a double gameweek)

Alexandre Lacazette (could be worth a punt with great fixtures)



What are my plans in GW30?


As I’m planning on using the Wildcard next week, I may as well use a transfer this week and take a calculated risk - I’m blessed with the luxury of only needing to hold this player through GW30.


Chelsea’s plum fixture against West Brom is easily the most eye-catching to me. Both Marcus Alonso and Reece James play in advanced wing back roles for Tuchel and, whilst there is some risk of rotation, a haul could very much be on the cards. Therefore, I am considering the following moves:


1. Aaron Cresswell (vs. Wolves) out, Marcus Alonso (vs. West Brom) in

2. John Stones (vs. Leicester) out, Reece James (vs. West Brom) in


Currently, Marcus Alonso is leading the way, as the full back was left out of international duty and is the most likely to start of the pair, in my opinion.


Captaincy would be a step too far however, so Harry Kane will wear the armband once again, in Tottenham’s appealing fixture against Newcastle.


I do have a couple of benching headaches this week, notably Watkins vs. Lingard and Konsa vs. Stones. At the moment, I feel Lingard is a superior option to Watkins whilst Jack Grealish is injured, so unless I get confirmation of the winger starting for Villa, I’ll stick Watkins on the bench as first sub.


As for Ezri Konsa, I’m slightly concerned about double Aston Villa defence at the moment, and Fulham will see this as a crucial game in their bid for survival. I’ll probably opt for the Manchester City defence again, as I expect Pep Guardiola to name a very strong side against Leicester and all but seal the title.


Good luck everyone!


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