As hinted at last week I have decided to play my wildcard this week to freshen up my team, hopefully in a bid to continue rising up the charts.
With Lee Grant now Stoke’s caretaker number one I have decided to bring in the other wonder fantasy football keeper Tom Heaton. This means I have a Stoke City player free and I have gone for the captain, Ryan Shawcross, who I feel is a lucky break away from going on the sort of goal scoring spree that helped Stoke win promotion to the Premiership. Also in defence I have decided to swap Azpilicueta for his Chelsea team mate Marcos Alonso who I expect to be the player most fantasy football managers bring into their team between now and Christmas. Joining Shawcross and Alonso as a newbie and my fifth choice defender is Simon Francis has the dual attributes of playing every week and also being cheap.
In midfield I have further tied my fortunes to Chelsea’s defensive prowess by swapping out Capoue for Victor Moses, who will probably be on my bench most weeks but is almost guaranteed to pick up points if one of my bug guns is not playing. With most of my midfield settled I still had to get rid of Pogba and so I have decided to pair Firmino with Phillipe Coutinho, this season’s second highest point scorer whose Liverpool team have a juicy set of fixtures between now and the end of the year.
After bringing in Moses I am forced, for now, to replace Diego Costa, let’s see if Conte buys another full back in the January transfer window. In deciding who to replace Costa with I am listening to an old adage, Harry Kane never scores at the start of the season but once he does start he never stops. I just hope his goal against Arsenal is the one which kick starts his season.