Thanks for joining us for our Gameweek 17 squad preview, we hope that the weekend hasn’t left any bad battle scars!
Before we go into the article, be sure to check out our GW16 final team where we discussed our transfers and decisions in depth.
Total Points: 50(-4) = 46
Overall Points: 996
Overall Rank: 32,176
After the big green arrow of GW15, we have been hit with a big red arrow with our overall rank doubling to 32,176! We somehow only just scraped through to the FPL cup, thanks to some last minute heroics.
Our GW16 transfers of Sane and Lacazette didn’t bring the rewards that we were expecting when buying them. Especially for Lacazette – who faced Huddersfield at home – got taken off at half time by Emery. The Frenchman could have had two goals in the first half, one being a slip and another wrongly called offside. Big opportunity missed for a massive points haul in that match.
Sane too didn’t have any better luck, also being substituted early on for Jesus. He could have had a goal himself if it wasn’t for a brilliant block by Azpillecueta. As mentioned in our previous team article, the transfers were made for a long term strategy therefore we aren’t worried about the blank this week.
Our defenders proved to be the big scorers over the weekend, especially Doherty’s last minute winner for Wolves. He has proved to be one of the value picks of the season and looks like a must own for many FPL managers.
Robertson continued his brilliant form, including 1 assist, and is now breathing down the neck of Alonso as leading FPL points scorer for defenders.
The Everton duo of Richarlison and Digne were left to save the squad after the events over the weekend. Thankfully both scored Everton’s goals including a last minute free kick from Digne – finally the goal we’ve been waiting for!
GW17 Transfer Thoughts
1 Free Transfer
After a tough gameweek like this one, it’s very important not to jump to any conclusions and change your team without thought. After their blanks, it would be very easy for Lacazette and Sane owners to jump ship and seek value in other options.
For our team, we don’t have any players that are desperate to be transferred out. After their tricky away match against Chelsea, City face Everton at the Etihad, a match that we expect both Sterling and Sane to have attacking opportunities.
Harry Kane faces a great home match against Burnley, one of the many matches that we highlighted when bringing in the Spurs man. Burnley have conceded 17 goals in 8 away league matches, so owners should be optimistic that he can deliver this gameweek.
After his rest in GW16, Jimenez should be back to lead the line for an in form Wolves side at home to Bournemouth. Although Bournemouth have been playing well, they have still conceded 12 goals in 7 away matches, so we are hopeful Jimenez can contribute in the match along with Doherty.
His heroics last night saved many managers, but Digne will be an unattractive asset for the coming weeks with City and Spurs in his next 2 matches. While some managers may look to sell the Frenchman, we think our squad is strong enough to cope having to bench Digne for those two matches. If it wasn’t clear already, having a strong, playing squad is essential over the Christmas fixtures, and if some managers are struggling with this check out our helpful guide.
So as mentioned, we are happy with the squad and unless any injuries occur over the European matches we will be rolling the free transfer. When managers don’t have the luxury of money in the bank, it is important to try and roll a transfer in order to have the flexibility 2 free transfers provide. You won’t always find the replacement for your team at the same price, therefore having the additional transfer helps avoid any points hit to your squad.
On the note of European matches, it is the perfect example of how some managers can get caught out after a bad gameweek. With many managers struggling from GW16, they may get the urge to make quick transfers in a reactive manner rather than a reflective one. With the European matches kicking off tonight, you take a risk of bringing in a player that may get injured during these midweek matches.
The only time we would recommend making transfers before these matches is if you are trying to avoid a price rise and know you cannot own the player another way. If that’s the case, then you can’t avoid it and it would be a risk worth making for the ownership. However, if that isn’t your case, hold that transfer until after these matches as you can very easily get burnt by midweek injuries to your transferred player.
So here is how the team will line up for GW17:
Harry Kane will be taking the armband, with his home match against Burnley the perfect opportunity for any striker to get goals. We think that he is the best captaincy option for managers this week, and even their midfielders could stake a claim. Both Sterling and Sane were great captaincy options, having seen City already score 30 goals in 8 home league matches. But Sterling as vice captain seems the logical choice.
Lacazette would of been in our thoughts hadn’t he been substituted at half time last weekend. Unfortunately that decision by Emery has cast doubts over any future captaincy for Lacazette, but we will see how the coming fixtures play out.
Hopefully a much better gameweek on the horizon for the squad, and remember to not get down from 1 or 2 poor weeks. Fixtures come thick and fast, and the players that haven’t performed over recent weeks can very easily become the ‘must-owns’ in one single match. Stick to your game plans and don’t get hung up on the occasional bad week!
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