Our man Dave Tindall takes on the Premier League’s Fantasy Football game and will give you some healthy tips each week on who could do the business to boost your points total.
The Premier League threw up its usual drama last weekend with VAR ruling out a late Manchester City winner at home to Spurs, and Liverpool and Arsenal emerging as the only two teams with maximum points after narrow wins over Southampton and Burnley respectively. Oh, and a hat-trick for new fantasy league darling Teemu Pukki, who now shares top spot in the scoring charts with four in two games.
Dave suffered some familiar managerial agonies in Gameweek 2 and has decided that action is needed after a slightly disappointing haul.
You can follow Dave’s journey throughout the season right here on TEAMtalk…
Gameweek 1 – 87pts
Gameweek 2 – 53pts
After the impressive first week, a reality check. And some classic frustrations. The headline of Gameweek 2’s column was ‘Tottenham star dropped for in-form Villa midfielder’. That would be Lucas Moura who scored with his very first touch after coming on as a sub in the 2-2 draw at Man City. Doh! That wasn’t the worst of it though. My making-up-the-numbers £4m Sheffield United defender, John Lundstram, who I relegated to last place on the bench, only went and racked up 14 points after scoring the winner and keeping a clean sheet. And, of course, I didn’t see any of that big haul. Double Doh! At least there was a change of fortunes on Monday night when Rui Patricio saved Paul Pogba’s penalty and racked up 9 points. Still, a difficult week for others too and I’m now joint-top of the 10-man table with 140 points after the leader only managed 40. Well, I’m actually second but not entirely sure why? Boo.
League position: 2nd
Week 2 breakdown (4-4-2)
Very happy with the goalkeeper, Lucas Digne is the top-scoring defender with 17pts (although has a knock and 75% chance of playing this week), Salah may not be worth the huge money and there are probably better options up front. Lots to think about.
Free transfers: 1
Aston Villa v Everton
Norwich v Chelsea
Brighton v Southampton
Man Utd v Crystal Palace
Sheffield Utd v Leicester
Watford v West Ham
Liverpool v Arsenal
Bournemouth v Man City
Spurs v Newcastle
Wolves v Burnley
Plan of action
I have £2m in the kitty after (cleverly!) swapping Moura for McGinn last week. I’ll also bank another £1m by swapping Salah for Mane as the latter scores just as many these days and loves playing Arsenal. I’m jumping on the Pukki bandwagon so will bring him in for Norwich teammate Josip Drmic, who has been sat doing nothing on my bench and now has a hamstring injury. That takes me over my transfer limit which means a penalty of -4pts. Worth it though. I still have £1.6m in the bank which will come in handy down the line.
Out: Mo Salah (Liverpool) – £12.5m, Josip Drmic – £5.4m
In: Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – £11.5, Teemu Pukki – £6.8m
Gameweek 3 team
Rui Patricio (Wolves) – Burnley (H)
Ricardo Pereira (Leicester) – Sheffield United (A)
Lucas Digne (Everton) – Aston Villa (A)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – Arsenal (H)
Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – Arsenal (H)
Youri Tielemans (Leicester) – Sheffield United (A)
John McGinn (Aston Villa) – Everton (H)
Raheem Sterling (Man City) – Bournemouth (A)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Arsenal (H)
Teemu Pukki (Norwich) – Chelsea (H)
Diego Jota (Wolves) – Burnley (H)
Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton) – Aston Villa (A)
John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – Leicester (H)
Josh King (Bournemouth) – Man City (H)
Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) – Liverpool (A)
Captain: Sadio Mane. He’s got the Midas touch at the moment. Two in the Super Cup v Chelsea and a screamer at Southampton last week. He’s also got a great record against Arsenal.
Vice-captain: Raheem Sterling. Joint-top scorer this season with four.
Spurs are at home to Newcastle but Harry Kane doesn’t have a great record against them. Then again, he’ll probably bang in a hat-trick now. Am also tempted to bring in Mason Mount for £6.1m as Norwich v Chelsea could be a goal-fest. But that’s another -4 if I do so.
No, just two changes although I’ll alter the staring XI by benching King as Bournemouth are at home to Man City. Lundstram is first substitute now though after last week’s heroics. He may be called upon if Digne isn’t passed fit. Not overly-convinced I should have two Liverpool defenders but they’re just as likely to accrue points at the other end of the pitch (a Robertson cross nodded in by van Dijk the dream scenario). Finally, don’t forget that Aston Villa v Everton is on Friday night so make your changes by then.
By Dave Tindall