CM_Hints takes a look at how his team fared in FantasyChampMan Gameweek 7 and Gameweek 8
FantasyChampMan Gameweek 7 Review
After alluding to it at the end of my previous article I finally decided to buy Taricco. He had a good run of games and appeared to be the best like-for-like swap for Lucas Neill. What could possibly go wrong? My biggest concern was the lack of attacking Tottenham cover in my team. With Selakovic and Rebrov seemingly the bandwagon buys I was worried that I might be missing out but found it hard to justify a hit for my other established starters. The only other headache I had was deciding who would start between Collins and Nolan. I ended up starting Nolan as he had the easier fixture and I already had Fulham coverage in the shape of the in-form Luis Boa-Morte.
As soon as the Gameweek kicked off, I realised that I had forgotten to change my captain. I was meant to give the armband to Alan Shearer but it remained on Ruud van Nistelrooy. This wasn’t a complete disaster as the Netherlands international had high ownership but he was facing off against Liverpool, whereas Shearer was playing against Leicester. Inevitably Shearer scored and van Nistelrooy blanked although thankfully I also had Solano who scored. To add insult to injury, Collins scored whereas both Nolan and Boa-Morte blanked. It was looking bleak as my defence also let me done, except for Taricco. Out of nowhere he conjured up a goal and clean sheet which bizarrely wasn’t enough for any bonus points! It did however salvage my Gameweek with my overall rank only tumbling by a few places.
FantasyChampMan Gameweek 8 Review
Before I could sing the praises of Taricco, it was announced by @FantasyChampMan that he picked up an injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the month. My gut instinct was to replace him with Titus Bramble but I left my transfer late and to my horror a problem occurred with my spreadsheet and I was unable to replace him. Thankfully my squad was registered as valid and I had enough defensive coverage even without him playing whilst giving me the advantage of two free transfers for Gameweek 9. Again, I had another benching headache and again I benched Collins in favour of Nolan and again started Boa Morte. It just made sense.
This Gameweek was a complete disaster to say the least for my team. None of my starters registered any fantasy returns despite their reasonable fixtures. The only exception in my squad was Collins, but of course, I benched him. Ipswich managed to keep a clean sheet without Taricco with Titus Bramble as the man of the match. Ironically, my captain van Nistelrooy registered bonus points despite blanking and Man United also kept a clean sheet with their high owned defence. Overall, I scored significantly below the average and my overall rank changed by more than a hundred places.
I need to bounce back from the past two Gameweeks by being proactive. Ipswich thankfully still have a good run of games and it’s still not too late to jump on the much coveted Titus Bramble bandwagon. But further afield, I think Leicester are flying under the radar. They’re currently 10th in the Premier League and face West Ham, Derby, Charlton and Southampton in their next four games. With Scowcroft and Sturridge in form it makes sense to hop onto them before they become must-haves even if I incur a -4 hit.
Good luck for Gameweek 9!