A frustrating week for me personally as many points were lost to the bench, if only I’d played that pesky wildcard!
Elsewhere I couldn’t find the best team overall as put together by someone but have instead dug out the team of the week as generated for FPL, which racked up 121 points. It was the week of the defender with five at the back. Ciaran Clarke was the top scoring player with 15 points and Kyle Naughton was the next best defender, which is why I had him on my bench, but I’m not bitter and that is the important thing.
Fraser Forster was the stand out keeper thanks to six saves and a clean sheet. If he can keep making a high number of saves in games then he could prove to be one of the keepers to have this season.
Further forward Cesc Fabregas and Mohamed Salah both hit 12 points. Salah in particular is looking like a difference maker this season in Liverpool’s dynamic attacking line. We all know what Cesc can do, but will he start regularly?
Roberto Firmino and Alvaro Morata both notched up 12 points. Although they are both high end strikers they cost less than your Harry Kanes and Romelu Lukakus leaving more funds to invest in other parts of the team while still racking up the points.
Firmino has been a bonus points machine so far this season making him particularly valuable. It would seem not having one of him, Salah and Sadio Mane in your team this season will be a mistake based on these early stages.
Moving into the LOVS league it was yay who picked up the highest score with 63.
Salah and Firmino were the two highest scorers, who of course made the dream team. Gabriel Jesus rewarded the loyalty shown after a difficult first two game weeks. He seems to be ahead of Sergio Aguero making him a good route into Manchester City’s attacking unit, which you would expect to kick start at some point.
The other lynchpin of the team was Forster in goal. His points help to balance out a more disappointing defence. You would though fell that Ben Mee and Ben Davies will be solid picks going forward. Henrik Mkhitaryan was amongst the points once again, and as the most in form midfielder in the game after three weeks you have to say he is a solid pick.
At the other end of the spectrum was a 21 point haul.
Matters were not helped by captain Lukaku missing a penalty, a lot of people felt that pain.
There were then problems in too defence with Rob Holding picking up negative points along with Watford’s Miguel Britos. Not what you want to see with Charlie Daniels picking up 7 points on the bench. The problem is though that you never know when Bournemouth defenders will pick up the points as they are so dependent on attacking points.
In weeks going forward you can see Anthony Martial and, Mkhitaryan picking up more points along with Chicharito. Although the little pea may well suffer as West Ham United appear to be suffering the post Big Sam blues which come for all.
The odd choice for me in that team though was playing the free hit chip. This allows you unlimited transfers in a game week. But at the end of the game week your team defaults to how it was before. To me it seems this is a prime tool for an FA Cup weekend where lots of your team are not in action, or for a big double game week.