Former Fantasy Football champion Dan Cox brings us his latest diary, documenting the highs and lows of his Fantasy Football season.
Gameweek 13 Review
I started the Gameweek in 1193rd after three underwhelming weeks. I was hoping for a change of fortune and to re-enter the top 1000.
Saturday didn’t get off to the best of starts, whilst Aaron Wan-Bissaka again achieved tier one tackle bonus there was again no clean sheet for Manchester United, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat on the south coast to Bournemouth.
At 2pm there was disappointing news from the Emirates. Nicholas Pepe was on the bench. My patience with the Ivory Coast forward has reached boiling point.
Aubameyang scored to end a run of three league games without a goal. I did toy with the idea of transferring out the Arsenal forward but I’ll keep hold of him for a few more weeks at least. He provides a decent captaincy option on a few days. But the aforementioned Pepe has played his last game for me.
At the Etihad, Southampton scored early on to wipe out Ederson’s clean sheet. I wasn’t expecting Southampton to pose Manchester City any threat after their 9-0 defeat last week. So it was disappointing to see them score after thirteen minutes.
There was no returns from Raheem Sterling, my captain. His yellow card leaving him on one point - well two for me. I was hoping he would have hit double figures. And Kevin de Bruyne could only manage tier one passing bonus. I should look on the bright side I was fearing the worst when I saw Sergio Aguero was starting. I should be thankful the Argentine only managed one goal.
I certainly captained the wrong player and should have opted for Sadio Mane. With a goal, an assist, MOTM and tier two shots bonus it was an eventful afternoon for the Senegalese international. He even earned a yellow card and still finished with 15 points. In the same game, John McGinn also picked up seven points from an assist and tier one tackles.
Onto the evening kick off of Watford v Chelsea. And I had one player in action - Fikayo Tomori. He easily attained tier two tackles and was robbed of a clean sheet in my opinion by an incorrect VAR decision to give Watford a penalty that Gerard Deulofeu took the chance to score from.
Sunday was my day of action. I don’t usually make a number of moves on one day but I felt there was a good opportunity and saw a couple of players as issues in my team. Nicholas Pepe, he’s been really disappointing and I’m admitting defeat with his selection. So he’s made way for one of my favourite players - James Maddison. I should have opted for him earlier. He’s at the heart of everything for Leicester.
Frederick Guilbert has done well for his price - but by downgrading Pepe it’s allowed me to upgrade. So I’ve done just that and brought in Ben Chillwell. Another great player with great returns so far. He’s the fourth highest point scoring defender and has scored more points than Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and is only four points behind Andrew Robertson.
I also took out Sadio Mane for Jamie Vardy. Seems like madness to remove Mane in his form - he’s the second highest forward with 89 points. But I have a plan.
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