Overhaul special review
Last week was crunch time as sky sports fantasy football managers finalised their pivotal overhaul teams. To help guide those tough choices, I put together two team-by-team pieces, looking at differentials for both.
A special members’ guide, I hope some of you took up some of the picks and had a far more successful Gameweek 29 than I!
There were many highlights. Newcastle defender Fabian Schar picked up a whopping 28 points over two games, including a MOTM and screamer of a goal. His teammate Sean Longstaff, a £5m bargain midfielder, picked up 11 points on his way to scoring his first home goal at St James’s Park.
I was also delighted to see Declan Rice pick up his third MOTM in a West Ham shirt, and he is now a budget defender in my team.
Impressive as Rice was against Fulham, he couldn’t match Trent Alexander-Arnold’s amazing three assists and 18 points on Wednesday. Nor could he keep up with Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who bagged a brace and a MOTM against Cardiff.
And signs of a return to form were the warning sign that Palace midfielder Wilfried Zaha was due a big haul. He duly delivered against Leicester, on his way to 19 points picking up two goals and the match ball.
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Slipped through the net
New Newcastle signing Miguel Almiron (£8.3m/0.6%) didn’t make my final shortlist, with no starts under his belt as it came to the overhaul. With some stats behind other picks, it was a case of playing the waiting game with the MLS import.
But early risk takers were rewarded handsomely, with the Paraguayan earning a MOTM in his first start along with a shots bonus. He should have scored, too, striking the foot with a clever chip.
With Newcastle playing in one or two single-game days in the next few weeks, Almiron is well worthy of a spot in your side.
Differential XI (ownership less than 10%, not team’s most popular player)
Rui Patricio (£6.6m/4.53%)
David Luiz (£8.3m/7.4%)
Declan Rice (£6.6m/2.87%)
Luke Shaw (£7.8m/5.3%)
Miguel Almiron (£8.3m/0.6%)
Wilfried Zaha (£10.2m/5.2%)
Diogo Jota (£8.3m/1.96%)
Gerard Deulofeu (£7.7m/4.1%)
Romelu Lukaku (£12.7m/4.66%)
Jamie Vardy (£11.5m/2.04%)
Gonzalo Higuain (£11.9m/0.4%)
Comparison to my actual team
In a little twist until the end of the season, I’m going to compare my differential team to my actual team, to analyse how missing out on the major players impacts the overall score.
I built my overhaul team on flexibility, starting with Raul Jimenez, who came out for Aguero on Wednesday. I also had Laporte, who I had put in from the off instead of Schar. The Schar points were painful but the injury to the City bonus magnet was a real kick in the teeth.
My current team is below. I have one eye on Chelsea’s match against Fulham on Sunday, with eight transfers in the bank.
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