Blank GW36: Transfer Plans

How did I fare in Triple GW35?

Despite my 106 point total this week, GW35 was nothing short of a disaster.

I started GW35 just 29 places outside of the top 100, but I have now plummeted to 298 in the overall rankings, according to It’s an incredibly disappointing time to lose rank, as there is little time left to recover with only three gameweeks left to go.

The chaotic rescheduling dealt me a poor hand last week, but at least I opted for Bruno Fernandes over Harry Maguire – otherwise I could have even finished outside the top 500!

Emi Martinez, Edouard Mendy, Lucas Digne and Mason Greenwood punished me heavily this week, with the highly owned quartet each securing double digit returns.

Needless to say, my new aim is to end the season inside the top 100 places, but it will take a major shift in fortune to salvage the freefall!

Bad luck:

- Bobby Sanchez looked on for a tidy clean sheet against Wolves, but Lewis Dunk’s red card turned the game on its head and left him on a pitiful 1-pointer.

- Wesley Fofana suffered from the last-minute injury to Jonny Evans – Leicester were dreadful in defence this week without their defensive stalwart.

- Edouard Mendy, who is owned by a lot of my top 1k rivals, was gifted his penalty save on a silver platter by Aguero, which was beyond frustrating as a non-owner.

Good luck:

- My main (and possibly only!) slice of good fortune this week was evading Harry Maguire, who I thought was an excellent asset heading into the triple gameweek. His injury against Villa was a cruel outcome for those who opted for him.

Bad judgement:

- My hands were tied heading into GW35 and, whilst I could have taken an additional hit to transfer in Greenwood, I had already used a -4 to acquire Bruno. The main irritation is that I wasted my Bench Boost in GW26 and could have really used a chip this week to soften the blow. It’s a stark reminder that anything can happen in FPL and perhaps it’s worth keeping a chip back just in case.

Good judgement:

- It was clearly the correct decision to bring in Fernandes for a hit this week and sacrificing Jamie Vardy worked well. Both Bruno and Calvert-Lewin thankfully outscored Son and Vardy, so it’s nice that my hit paid off, even if the rest of the team failed to deliver.

What are my plans for Blank GW36?

After a couple of stressful deadlines in terms of transfers, I’m fairly set on my decisions this week.

I need to take yet another hit to field 11 players but I’m happy to do so, as it should set me up nicely for the run-in and allow me to optimise a few fixture swings.

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Leicester now face Chelsea and Tottenham after their blank in GW36, so Iheanacho and Fofana are first on the chopping block. Conversely, both Leeds and West Ham have three great fixtures left; they both play Southampton and West Brom after facing Burnley and Brighton respectively this weekend.

Unless he picks up a shock injury, Stuart Dallas will return to my team for Fofana. Dallas is comfortably the leading points scorer amongst defenders this season and it seems a no-brainer recruiting him at this stage.

The only question mark this week is whether to replace Iheanacho for Patrick Bamford or Michail Antonio. Both have been back amongst the goals recently.

Reasons to get Bamford:

- He plays in arguably the better attack and averages more big chances per 90 than Antonio.

- He is more durable than Antonio, who has struggled with injuries this season.

- He takes penalties for Leeds - an extra route to points.

Reasons to get Antonio:

- He is a better finisher than Bamford and requires fewer chances to score. This often helps him secure more bonus points than Bamford when he does return.

- He has had more shots in the box and shots on target than Bamford per 90 since his return.

- West Ham need to win their remaining three games to secure Europe next season – perhaps Moyes will be forced to play more expansive football in search of goals.

In terms of captaincy, I’ll likely opt for Mohamed Salah against West Brom. Liverpool still need to accrue points to put pressure on Leicester and Chelsea and Klopp will surely play a full-strength team against West Brom on Sunday.

Sheffield United are still struggling to assert themselves at the bottom of the league, so I may be tempted the armband to switch to Calvert-Lewin and take a calculated risk on him outscoring Salah.

Two disappointing red arrows in a row – time for a green!

Likely team on for GW36: Lloris (WOL); Alexander-Arnold (WBA), Dallas (BUR), Ward (AVL); Salah** (WBA), Lingard (BHA), Harrison (BUR), Jota (WBA); Kane (WOL), Calvert-Lewin** (SHU), Antonio (BHA)

**Captain, *Vice Captain

Likely transfers in bold

Good luck everyone!

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