As we emerge from the dark depths of the international break, last gameweek seems like an age ago. It was an important one for my team though, as it finally stemmed the downward spiral that had seen my team slip from top 100 to 500+ in little under a month. I’m hopeful that this can kick start a rejuvenation that sees my team edge back up the rankings.

 

Transfers remaining: 24
In the bank: 0.6m

Last week was a tale of two captains as Salah propelled me up the rankings with a tidy 42 point haul, while Kane once again floundered against ‘easy’ opposition at Wembley. The Spurs marksman’s apparent inability to accrue points against easier foes is becoming something more than coincidence. I’ll certainly be thinking twice before handing him duties in easier home ties where the opposition is likely to sit back and absorb pressure. Nevertheless, his record in north London derbies suggests that he could be a better option this time around.

My investment in Burnley duo Pope and Tarkowski proved to be one of my more shrewd investments in recent weeks. Pope in particular has racked up an astonishing 36 points for me over the last two weeks alone.

Elsewhere, Richarlison picked up a nice 8 points and was unlucky not to get more. He’s another one that looks a great value pick as we head towards the busy festive season.

Preserving transfers

In order to halt my team’s decent down the rankings, I have deployed an aggressive transfer strategy over the last few weeks. I’m now looking to be more frugal and won’t be making any moves this week.

In the medium term, Vardy and Eriksen are on the chopping block and need to impress to remain in my side. I’m eyeing up moves for Morata and Ramsey as replacements, but will reassess next week.

Captaincy

 

 

 

My captains

Planning captaincy in absolutely fundamental to playing Sky and its especially true now as we head into a busy fixture list. To help managers, I have just put together a captaincy strategy guide for the run up to Christmas.

For this week, I’ll be looking towards Coutinho to kick off the weekend. The diminutive Brazilain has been nothing short of a disaster of a transfer, having mustered a mere 2 points over the last 3 weeks after being blighted by injury. However, he played for Brazil in the internationals and I plan to roll the dice on him come Saturday. Richarlison will take armband duties on Sunday as Watford play host to a struggling West Ham side.

For the first time this season, I’ll avoid having a captain in place for Monday. Although, as I’m actually going to the Amex, I have not completely ruled out a last minute switch. Gross is the most tempting, but I feel I have missed the boat with him and, according to his underlying stats, he’s also been somewhat over-performing.

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