As discussed in my gameweek preview, there weren’t a ton of decisions to be made this week. Nonetheless, below you will find my thought process for this week’s moves.
I made two transfers again this week. My first move was obvious, transferring out Sergio Agüero for a few week punt at forward. My pick for the swap is Christian Benteke. I thought long and hard about his handsome compatriot, but in the end I feel Villa’s upcoming fixtures are a bit more promising, at least over the next fortnight,
The second change created more of a dilemma. I have been itching to drop Guy Demel for Marc Wilson for sometime. While Stoke can no longer tout a top five defense, I feel the Potters have been getting a bad rap lately. My six-week form ratings have Stoke at twelfth but only marginally below the theoretical median. Further, with Demel a rotation threat the improvement to Wilson seemed obvious. The issue, of course, is taking a hit for a defender with a mediocre matchup. Chances are I will at best break even with the Wilson swap even though I need him to form a full starting XI. Yet, in the end, I feel the hit is justified as Wilson will be a starter in several upcoming weeks and his low price will facilitate any moves to prep for forthcoming double gameweeks.
I have eleven playing this week with eleven open slots. Even I couldn’t screw this one up.
I’ve already indicated I had no plans to captain either of the primary threats in the Liverpool – Tottenham game. While that game could be open, I would prefer a situation that doesn’t involve top four defenses on both sides. That leaves me with Benteke as the primary option. I am quite comfortable with his selection as I don’t foresee Reading handling the precocious forwards athleticism. I suspect he will score and produce a comfortable total for my squad.
For vice-captain, I’ve again passed on both Bale and Suárez and instead have gone with Michu. While I am not thrilled with Swansea’s matchup, I am going with my gut which says Michu won’t be blanked this week. I should note that last time I went with my gut I nearly cost myself seventeen points, so take from that what you will. Hopefully Benteke plays and the selection is irrelevant.
I am not too thrilled with this lineup but don’t suspect my opponents are either. I am simply looking to survive without major losses and move on to full slates and double gameweeks in the near future.
Good luck to all in this shit of a gameweek!