Mike’s FanTeam Blog – GW3 – TRYING TO MAINTAIN ABSOULTE CALM & PATIENCE

Gameweek 2 felt like a good Gameweek, an early Salah blank filled me with confidence of an impending Bruno haul which never materialised. In fact, it ended up being the wrong choice after receiving a booking following an exchange of some choice words with the referee.

Players across all three teams delivered returns and overall, it felt like a solid enough return to build on a couple of big scores from the opening weekend. In normal circumstances a good weekly average and a solid start.

Unfortunately, the rankings don’t really reflect what I feel is a solid start, none of the teams are in the money currently and two teams in particular feeling slightly adrift.

The First XI have developed a healthy 22-point lead over the Algorithm team, with the Differential team pulling themselves back into relevance by reducing a 28-point deficit to the Algorithm to 5 points. The First XI is as close as we’re going to get to the money at this early stage of the season.

Who were the main points providers this week? Let’s find out:

GAMEWEEK 2 REVIEW

I mentioned last week I had concerns on the structure of the First XI team having to switch to 4-4-2 and this not being the optimal way to approach the Fanteam game. However big at the back came through with everyone but Coufal returning a Clean Sheet, but he did make up for it with an Assist.

The coin flip on the captaincy decision looked a masterstroke following Salah’s blank at home to Burnley, but Bruno followed suit the next day and topped it off with the booking aswell. Salah would more than likely have nudged a small red arrow into a small green one here.

Havertz looked “lively” but didn’t really look like scoring with Lukaku hunting for goals it was all about the big man up top, Benrahma continued his outstanding form but for the second week running still didn’t do enough to cover Antonio owners above us in the rankings.

Ings continues to provide returns and Wilson was unlucky not to win a penalty (and score) with his big toe straying offside in the build-up. Other than that Newcastle looked a bit blunt going forward. Two free transfers ahead of GW3 have already been pushed through and we’ll look at these in the preview a bit further on.

A Gameweek average at this early stage of 82.8 points as a great start to the campaign, if the team can keep the average up, we’ll be there or there abouts come GW38.

The Algorithm came unstuck in GW2. Also running with the Bruno captaincy choice, and decent points haul from defence, there wasn’t much else helping the points tally. An Assist from Pogba and Bamford a piece. A quiet day in front of goal for the rest of the team. 71.9 pts weekly average is still nothing to be sniffed at, if it can maintain the average over the originally forecasted 6 Gameweeks with the odd tweak as we go along, we’ll be a bit further up the table ahead of the much talked about Wildcard of Gameweek 7.

Finally, onto the Differential team. Winning the GW posting a more than respectable 76.8 points. With the main captain choices blanking the team closed the gap on the Algorithm and continues with a solid weekly average of 69.4 points. Another Clean Sheet haul at the back for March, Rudiger and Cancelo. Mahrez came on to return a late goal, and the Greenwood captain choice fortunately paid off despite a lacklustre Utd performance. After digging into Mane last week, he obviously supplied a double-digit haul without the armband. I left Werner in not entirely sure how much Lukaku would feature, Lukaku started, and Werner came on for a one-minute cameo leading to a very painful Benrahma benching. Lesson learnt… Werner is on borrowed time (as always). I can see DCL and Bamford to continue to provide returns over the next few weeks as Everton and Leeds fixture appear very favourable.

GAMEWEEK 3 PREVIEW

Straight out the gates with two free transfers made. Havertz was a GW1 roll of the dice that backfired. Raphinha takes the spot in midfield as he continues to impress and create for Leeds, with some great fixtures around the corner to build some form and provide some juicy hauls. Antonio replaces Wilson, the guy can’t stop scoring, can’t stop dominating and with Palace in GW3 he’ll be not only mine but a lot of people’s captaincy choice. It’s definitely a move made in order not to lose any more ground on those above us. He’s so good though, I don’t want to be hiding behind the sofa, I want to cheer the lad on!

ESR and White were both holds for Arsenal’s fixture swing (GW4!). White is out with Covid still, and ESR based on the League Cup XI fielded last night looks likely to have lost his place with the recruitment of Odegaard and the return to fitness of Auba, Saka and Laca. Couple this with the imminent return of Robertson to the Liverpool team, Tsimikas could also find himself on the bench this weekend. Leaving me with 10 players. I’m not taking a hit, I’m going to ride it out and hope we get one more week out of Tsimikas or ESR gets rotated back in. Neither fixture looks great for both, but any extra points I’ll take.

Transfers:

Wilson OUT

Antonio IN

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Havertz OUT

Raphinha IN

While I set up the Algorithm team to run over a 6-week period, I can’t let free transfers get burnt in the game. I re-ran the algorithm based on the existing team for the next four gameweeks and two options were presented. A Spurs defender in place of Veltman or Benrahma in place of Zaha. With two playing subs Veltman can rot on the bench for now, while Benrahma presented the biggest return ceiling so he’s in the van. Ready and raring to go. I wanted to roll one transfer to keep the options open as we move on.

I’ve switched the GK’s round, it just makes sense based on the fact Man City have started to fire in some goals and Arsenal seemingly happy to let them keep going in. Harrison just missed out to Toney on predicted points, I may switch this closer to deadline. Bruno keeps the armband.

Transfers:

Zaha OUT

Benrahma IN

For the Differential team just the one transfer, Jota comes out for Son. I wanted to use the Diff team to target more short-term fixture rewards. After watching Watford struggle against Brighton on the weekend, a Spurs team with a returning Son and Kane pivot could have a field day. Son gets the armband and Werner survives the chop one more week. DCL and Benrahma are also becoming more “template” picks, so I’ll be looking at freshening these up over the coming gameweeks to stay as differential as possible.

I think that’s everything for this week, I’ll take another 60+ return across the board, keep the averages up and who knows this time next week we might all be trying to get Ronaldo shoehorned in somewhere!

Stay safe, and good luck out there!

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