Fantasy Football 247 Site Team Gameweek 14
Welcome to the Fantasy Football 247 Site Team Gameweek 14 article. Having fared poorly the previous week, as many did, we needed to bounce back this week and we did just that with a decent 68 points which saw us rise over 45,000 places and back up to a respectable overall rank of 34,512. Captaining Sanchez helped us massively, as did hanging onto Kun, which in itself feels like a feat given that 4/5 of the committee actually now admit that they sold him on their own teams! Other than those two, Austin got us 9 and Pieters brought a clean sheet and 6 but the rest were left wanting, it does go to show that you can still post a decent score if just a few of your troops turn up. Our big disappointment was of course our actual transfer as we had planned meticulously to finally bring in Coutinho but he unfortunately suffered a bad injury this week. To add insult to that Firmino also limped off too to leave us with a grand total of 4 points between them. Best laid plans and all that. Let’s take a look at how we plan to deal with the situation this week…
Transfer – Sold Coutinho & Lukaku and bought Pedro & Kane
We bring you the site team early this week and that is simply because we have decided to jump in and make our transfers now rather than wait to suffer the inevitable price drops of Coutinho and Lukaku. It would be remiss of us to post this on Friday and only tell you then that we made our moves on Tuesday. Yes we know the dangers of this of course, but it was a small risk we felt willing to take, especially given that had we waited we probably wouldn’t have been able to afford the guys we wanted, in particular our chosen captain.
Like so many other managers our transfer this week, or at least one of them, has been dictated to us as a result of the injury suffered by Philippe Coutinho. With Romelu Lukaku failing to register any returns for three consecutive games the decision was made to cut him adrift and in the process incur a 4pt hit, our first of the season.
So, having decided who we were selling we now had the task of identifying their replacements. Given the fixtures over the coming game-weeks it came down to a straight choice between Harry Kane and Diego Costa to fill the void left by Lukaku. While Chelsea are in great form, Spurs’ next three home games are against Swansea, Hull & Burnley and we simply couldn’t ignore the potential Harry Kane offers. Granted Spurs are struggling somewhat in front of goal but as we’ve seen in the past Kane only needs one chance. The fact that he features in slightly over 8% of teams is an added bonus.
With £7.5m to spend we turned our attentions to the midfield. Had we made the choice to go with Costa up top we would in all likelihood have went with Gylfi Sigurdsson. It was however felt that the lack of Chelsea cover could have dire consequences in the weeks ahead and with that in mind the decision to add Pedro to our squad was a relatively easy one.
THE NEW TEAM IN FULL FOR Gameweek 14
The team picks itself really and there are no surprises, maybe we could have considered Pickford ahead of Cech but Arsenal have only conceded 4 away and West Ham only average a goal a game at home (6 in 6). We hope Bobby (as Klopp calls him) makes it of course but even if he doesn’t we won’t be rushing to take more hits for him, we will let a 1 / 2 pointer come off the bench. As we said in the intro, it’s not always about a perfect 11 sometimes, it just needs the key elements in place, and we feel we have prepared ourselves correctly in that respect this week.
Our Captain is Harry Kane
The decision to appoint Kane as our captain this week was a unanimous one. After all Swansea have shipped 12 in their last four games and even Crystal Palace managed to put four past them in GW13. End of story with that one really!
If anyone is interested in following the site teams progress then you can do so here and we wish you all the best of luck this week with your own teams.
Thanks for reading Fantasy Football 247 Site Team Gameweek 14
Fixture Tracker – the next 6 games