After a miserable and frustrating start to the season where my choices and decisions have gone against me, I have taken the international week to take a complete two week break from all Premiership and Fantasy football.
With the break almost over I am back with a much more optimistic view on the season ahead than I did before heading into the break.
My team has been very inconsistent so far with only some players producing in fits and spurts which has been exacerbated by the infuriating performances of Chelsea players, Drogba and Malouda singlehandedly saving everyone’s teams and Anelka doing absolutely nothing while the rest of the team plunder goals and assist left right and center.
Obviously my reliance on Rooney has been a big hindrance and finding a suitable captain replacement hasn’t been the easiest of tasks.
I’ve also been plagued by unlucky choices in midfield where I’ve constantly chosen the player who is comprehensively outscored by my alternate choice. I’ve felt confident going into each weekend that the choices I made were the best given the circumstances and the logic behind them were solid. To illustrate this, this is what I did and what the results were.
Week one. I choose Valencia over Nani, Fletcher and Scholes due to Valencia’s good performance in the Community shield and despite my prediction that Nani would have a good season and Fletcher and Scholes were much cheaper.
Result – Valencia drops in value and subsequently gets injured and is out for the season after producing a total of zero goals and zero assists. Scholes continues his good form with a goal, three assists and seven bonus points. Nani is having a breakout season and is currently the highest scoring midfielder. More on him later.
Net result = 6 – 8 points lost.
Week two. After Nasri’s untimely injury in which he looked good I had a choice of Ireland or Diaby. I had Nasri in my team specifically as they had Blackpool in the second game but I wanted Ireland from the start of the season after it became clear he would move to Villa. I thought he would be able to perform at the level he had a couple seasons back for Man City.
Result - Alas he has been disappointing so far with a few injuries and no assists or goals. Diaby, meanwhile, would score 13 points that week.
Net result = 11 points lost.
Week three. A somewhat return to form after a wildcard use but my choice of Milner instead of Arshavin produces poor results. After Milner’s nine point outburst against Liverpool I thought he would be able to reproduce that form against Sunderland. I had reservations about Arshavin going against Blackburn who were looking solid and didn’t think Arshavin would be able to do much.
Result – Milner scores two points and Arshavin gets a goal and a bonus point for eight points.
Net result = 6 points lost.
Week four. Just an overall shambolic week even though I selected Torres to be captain instead of Rooney who didn’t play, only three players got more than two points and Foster kept a clean sheet on the bench.
Week five. A brilliant start with Fabregas, newly drafted in, getting an early goal but disaster strikes with him going off injured after 28 minutes negating any bonus points he would have picked up and also not being there to take and score the penalty that Rosicky eventually blasts over.
Result – One injured captain, one goal, 3 bonus points and a clean sheet bonus down the drain.
Net result = 18 points lost.
Week six. Even with my reservations of having two Spurs players on my team I pick up Van der Vaart as he looks very good after two games. Unfortunately Spurs decide they would rather concentrate on the Champions League and don’t turn up for the following league game. Meanwhile Nani continues his amazing form with a 12 point display making me look the fool for correctly predicting his future and not selecting him.
Result – Bale and Van der Vaart score two points each with Bale being close to undroppable due to his good form in the cups and general play while Nani is outperforming all Man United’s midfielders.
Net result = 10 points lost.
Week seven. After finally coming round to the fact that I really need Nani in my team I had to make some sacrifices to get him. Namely dropping Van der Vaart and Evans for Nani and a cheap Sunderland defender. Spurs were playing Villa so I thought it would be a tight game, probably a scoreless draw whilst United were playing Sunderland and I expected Nani to be able to continue his good form.
Result – United play poorly and should have lost the game with three points for Nani whilst Van der Vaart has his best performance yet with a 15 point display. Bale continues his non productive form with one point. Also to add insult to injury of spending four penalty points to acquire Nani, the cheap Sunderland defender I selected was Elmohamady who got nine points. Suffice to say my Sunderland reserve keeper was Mignolet who got six points leaving a further 15 points on the bench.
Net result = 21 points lost.