Fellow fantasy managers, I really feel your ache.
My gameweek 16 plan to change Jamie Vardy out for Harry Kane seemed to be an unusually prescient name with Vardy on the bench at Selhurst Park and Kane hopefully able to get again to scoring methods at dwelling in opposition to Fulham. However then Covid-19 struck, the sport got called off and the goals of a double-digit factors haul for the England captain vanished into skinny air.
Fortunately, I hadn’t captained Kane however 1.2 million managers did, one million others captained Son Heung-min and lots of of these might properly have had the opposite one as their vice-captain for back-up. Very unfortunate. Very harsh.
The identical goes for the hundreds of thousands of managers who personal the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with Everton’s recreation in opposition to Manchester Metropolis additionally falling foul of constructive coronavirus checks. There is no such thing as a compensation for this in Fantasy Premier League, simply the truth that the match will likely be replayed in some unspecified time in the future and supply a double gameweek for the groups concerned.
At the very least each supervisor will have the ability to plan for that and hopefully profit from it, not simply those who’d chosen Everton and Manchester Metropolis gamers for gameweek 16.
Hold calm and keep it up? The influence of postponements
Now you may be happy to know I am properly conscious that fantasy soccer is simply a recreation and crucial factor is controlling the unfold of this virus and attempting to maintain everybody protected, however this can be a fantasy soccer column, so please learn it in that spirit.
It makes efficient planning nigh on inconceivable, notably at a time if you end up constructing your squad in direction of gameweeks 18 and 19 and probably utilizing a few the precious chips just like the Free Hit and the Bench Increase, or perhaps even taking part in your second wildcard.
I believe the recommendation needs to be, simply maintain calm and keep it up.
You may’t predict the postponements so make your picks primarily based on the data you’ve gotten out there, make these choices as near the deadlines as potential to permit for any adjustments to the schedule and simply roll with the punches.
And, as we mentioned final week, it goes again to squad energy and the significance of your “filler” gamers being common starters for his or her golf equipment so that they no less than have the possibility of incomes you some factors.
Personally I used to be happy to see Rhian Brewster begin for Sheffield United at Burnley though he did not rating as a result of he got here off my bench to interchange De Bruyne, and equally it was good for me to see Tyrick Mitchell getting 90 minutes for Crystal Palace as he needed to step in for Kane.
He additionally solely scored two factors however that is definitely higher than nothing and by each beginning the sport there was clearly extra probability of a purpose for Brewster, or a clear sheet for Mitchell, and probably contributing some helpful factors to your total tally.
Usher in huge names and refill on Leeds gamers?
So how can we strategy gameweek 17? As I write this I am listening to that Manchester Metropolis’s coaching floor has reopened so I will be hanging on to De Bruyne within the hope their recreation in opposition to Chelsea goes forward.
We do not know but about Fulham’s journey to Burnley however no matter you do make your choices for the long run and never simply knee-jerk calls primarily based on a disappointing rating within the gameweek earlier than. Anger solely results in the darkish facet, as somebody as soon as stated.
If you have not already obtained Bruno Fernandes in your squad then might I like to recommend that you just deliver him in? His help for Marcus Rashford’s late winner in opposition to Wolves in gameweek 16 took him to 120 FPL factors for the season, the second-highest scorer within the recreation behind Mohamed Salah, having performed one recreation much less.
The general numbers are much more spectacular with a exceptional 219 factors in 21 gameweeks since becoming a member of Manchester United in January and 13 double-digit scores. Sure he is owned by virtually half the managers within the recreation however I am truly shocked it is no more.
And who have you ever obtained from Leeds in your squad? In reality it did not matter in gameweek 16 as a result of all of them just about contributed within the 5-0 win at West Brom – clear sheets for Illan Meslier and the defenders, assists from Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford, objectives from Ezgjan Alioski, Jack Harrison, Raphinha and Rodrigo. They’ve dwelling video games in opposition to Brighton and Southampton in gameweek 19 so if you have not already then it is positively time to get in on the Leeds motion.
Salah’s been the most well-liked captaincy alternative for the previous couple of gameweeks and many will in all probability go for him once more for Liverpool’s journey to Southampton, regardless of the very fact he failed to attain in opposition to West Brom and Newcastle.
Kane and Son are worthy candidates at dwelling in opposition to Leeds’ attacking model, which is certain to go away areas for the speedy Tottenham counter-attack.
Or there’s Fernandes with Manchester United at dwelling to Aston Villa. As I stated, he hardly ever fails to ship.
There’s heaps extra fantasy soccer chat with Chris Sutton and Statman Dave within the final Fantasy 606 podcast of 2020, which is on the market on BBC Sounds.
The deadline for gameweek 17 is 16:00 GMT on New 12 months’s Day.
Completely satisfied New 12 months everybody.