BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Triple Gameweek 35)

FPL gaffers, how do? Welcome again.

So we have, if memory serves me right, an unprecedented TRIPLE gameweek incoming. This is the result of the ongoing European Super League fallout and the subsequent fan protests that followed. Man United, who were already pencilled in for a doubler, had their match against Liverpool postponed in GW34 and the rearranged fixture now gives them 3 game triple threat in 35.

It’s the sort of ACT OF GOD outcome needed for those chasing packs and in a tight title races…….. Unfortunately we are in neither and even managed to slip a place to 4th in the office mini league after another average week just gone.

Still, we plug on. We actually scored 43 in a gameweek’s average of 39. Not bad, not great, but GW35 is now an exciting proposition and one that certainly got my juices flowing.

LOOKING AHEAD.

As mentioned, Man United have a massive 3 matches in GW35, Villa, Leicester and Liverpool being the opposition. By no means easy fixtures but it’s effectively a free triple captain.

Not only do we have the treble but elsewhere, it’s a busy week. 8 teams have double games. We’ve got nothing to lose, we are loading up and taking a big negative starting point that’s for sure.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS

Since gameweek 29 our season has capitulated and, along with unforeseen unluckiness, we (I) have made some big managerial blunders. Eye off the ball, tatical suicide, that sort of stuff. This week is no different.

I had made 4 changes for a -12 and then realised I only had 2 Man United players in the lineups. It means either sticking at -12 or taking another -4 (total -16) to get the 3rd manc man in. We haven’t made the call yet so all changes are as it stands. We’ll make the final decision closer to transfer deadline.

The four transfers made so far are.

CALVERT-LEWIN for VYDRA

SIGURDSSON for SON

KABAK for TARGETT

KEANE for CHILWELL.

For now, Fernandes will be captain, whilst our TOON players (who only have 1 fixture) will have to make do with a place on the bench.

EDIT: You know what, f**k it. -16, we go in with no regrets.

CAVANI for KANE. Now we are fully loaded.

ROUTE ONE LADS.

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 34)

Get a load of this…..

Yeah that’s 3 one’s in the starting XI with a 6 and a 12 making up the bench. FPL my life.

It’s indicative of the way the last month has gone for us really, the Chilwell points obviously being the most disappointing. The thought process behind leaving him on the bench was actually fairly logically at the time. He was a big rest risk (as seen previously) for Chelsea’s Champions League semi in Madrid. Cheers Mr Tuchel, you can go and drop yourself in the same bin as your colleague, Pep.

It means that 34 in a week’s low scoring average of 36 turns out very underwhelming. Add those 18 on however and we would’ve had a completely different outlook. When your luck’s out.

We currently sit on 1848 for the season with 4 gameweek’s left to play. The challenge is now is getting to the magic 2000 point mark, to try and sneak into the top 1 million and to restore a bit of pride. We roughly need 40 points per week to get there, sounds simple and straight forward…….. if you don’t take -16’s each week.

LOOKING AHEAD.

There’s a great looking fixture for Spurs who entertain relegated Sheff. United. Tottenham’s fixture list going forward is pretty promising so Kane and Son should be in everyone’s thoughts, including ours, I would think.

Chelsea at home to Fulham and City at Palace are point scorers…… so it seems. But, both have Champions league in the week. Don’t be fooled into loading up because it’s a Pep and Tuchel double team waiting to happen. The amount of times we’ve been stung this season, especially by the former, has been a joke. It’s the reason I finally had to admit defeat and remove all City players.

Liverpool v Man U, this weekend, we could have done without.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS

I’ve just given all the spiel about not taking too many minus starts in order to get to 2000. And yet, we go into GW34 with a -8🙄

With the Spurs run in looking so favourable, I had to get Kane and Son back in. Out comes Mané, Watkins and Cavani, in comes the 2 along with Vydra. Lack of finance dictating the latter.

The Spurs duo take the armbands straight away, Kane the captain, Son the vice. Why do I have a feeling putting all my hopes in Tottenham players will come back to bite us on the arse? Ohhh aye, IT’S SPURS LADS. But, we’ll see.

I mentioned the other week we were going back to basics for the run in, well you can’t be more basic than 4-4-f**king-2. That’s how we will line up.

And, In form Allan Saint Maximin retains his place as our Toon representation. what a time to be alive.

GET IN THEIR FACES.

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 33)

We are heading in one direction at the minute and that’s complete nosedive down. As I write this we have one match and one player left to play in game week 32. Look at the state of this⬇️

SHAMBLES

As you can see there’s a red card, a couple of Zero’s and a boatload of injuries – A fantasy football combination from hell. The amount of players potentially unavailable for GW33 is going to be the biggest problem going forward. A squad overhaul will be a necessity which, of course, will result in a massive negative starting point. The accumulation of points is quickly turning into the dissipation of points.

Our title race ended a few weeks ago and now we are now looking cautiously over our shoulder as we scramble to secure a 3rd placed finish. After a brilliant 3 quarters of the season it’s total disarray and the head has gone.

Where do we go from here? TOTAL RESET WITH A F**K IT MENTALITY.

LOOKING AHEAD.

Let’s be honest, the GW33 fixtures aren’t great. City and Spurs have no fixture…… Thank god. They (Pep in particular) have been the masters of our demise in recent weeks.

Leicester home to West Brom and Liverpool home to Newcastle look the pick of an average bunch. What’s interesting though, if you’re looking for a bit long term planning both those sides have pretty favourable fixtures from now till the close of the season. The advice from this (failing) fantasy football manager is to load up on Leicester and Liverpool players for the next few weeks.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS

I said the head had gone and the mentality is now f**k it, nothing to lose. That’s where the reset comes in and a steady -16 fired. Yes, that’s right, MINUS SIXTEEN. 5 transfers in total and all Manchester City players binned. It’s been a battle with Guardiola all season and it’s one that seems impossible to win.

The transfer are –

EVANS (Leicester) for STONES

JOTA (Liverpool) for GUNDUGAN

MANÉ (Liverpool) for KDB

VARDY (Leicester) for KANE

WATKINS (Villa) for Lacazette

Some bold moves made, no least taking the big points hit, but, like I said earlier, nothing to lose at this stage. 2000 points is the target and we go from there.

I’m not sure about the captains pick at this stage. I’m going to wait until right up to the deadline and make a gut choice from there. Everything a fantasy manager shouldn’t do but hey, things haven’t been working out recently. We need to mix it up.

TAKE THE BALL, PASS THE BALL.

THE RESET SQUAD

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 32)

With 6 weeks of the season to go I’m afraid the time has come to concede the office league title.

As predicted, Game week 29 proved to be the pivotal week and since then things have steadily spiralled out of control. We now sit around 100 points off the top so points pride is the only thing left to play for in season 20/21.

Last week we managed 46 in a fixture set average of 41 which seems ok, but it paints a far from realistic picture of the week’s true goings on. 38 of the 46 points scored were only from 2 players, Lacazette (captain) and Allan Saint-Maximin. On the card we had 3 big fat zero’s and 4 one’s. Unbelievably really. How we managed an above average score is beyond anyone’s belief.

Again, pep’s rotation policy has left us short for which I have to hold my hand up. I’ve had opportunities to change and take pep’s boys out of the lineup and have stalled. The buck stops with the manager and I take that on the chin. What we can’t account for, however, is things like the Dominic Calvert-Lewin exclusion – No team news or red flags. As far as we are concerned he should of played and didn’t.

We move on. The target now is to get to the magic 2000 point mark and try and sneak back into the top 1 million worldwide. All the while trying to cut the gap at the top by as much as possible.

LOOKING AHEAD.

First thing to point out is Spurs have a double game week with their opponents being Everton and Southampton respectively. All sounds great but remember, lads… IT’S SPURS, perennial failure merchants when you think all is rosey. That being said, Kane captain is surely a move the vast majority will go with this week.

Elsewhere *takes a deep breathe* Man United at home to Burnley, Arsenal home to Fulham, Chelsea home to Brighton, Leicester home to West Brom and City at Villa all have the makings of points and could be conducive to a lucrative high scoring week. A 100 point week is not beyond the realms of possibility should the results go as most would predict.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS.

Having basically given up on the title, the pressure is off now as we look to enjoy the end of the season. In a way it’s a bit of a relief and the players can now go out and express themselves, hopefully proving to myself, the board and the fans they deserve a place in the squad next season. However, in saying the is pressure off and all that, we still start this week on a -4, making 2 enforced changes. Some things will never change.

Out comes DCL to be replaced by Edison Cavani whilst Ben Chilwell replaces the other crock Aaron Cresswell in defence. Providing Cavani plays, our front 3 looks very strong as the Uruguayan hitman partners captain Kane and Lacazette at the top end of the pitch. And guess what, we still include 3 City players despite the previous weeks failings. Sorry, not sorry.

TOON representation remains at 2 in the form of Allan Saint-Maximin and Joe Willock to continue the accumulation of points, what ever that target maybe.

GW32 TEAM

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 30)

It feels like a long time ago and the dust has settled but the disappointment lingers. As predicted, game week 29 was truly awful and has subsequently left us nearly 60 points behind the office leader with only 8 gameweek’s left to play.

With a -8 starting point our lads only managed 21 points for the week with Harry Kane bagging 14 of them. It makes for truly dire reading and is possibly my worst ever return for a fixture set in FPL history. Putting my faith in Newcastle players was a monumental mistake and definitely a case of the heart ruling over the head, an absolute FPL no no. Like Steve Bruce, I have become the fantasy April fool.

If we add a little more context however, the game week average was only 25. In normal circumstances our score wouldn’t have been too bad. The problem was, my 2 main title rivals scored a very impressive 71 and 61 respectively. An average week for them would’ve made our average score week totally fine. Would having Son fit have made that much of a difference to us? With that gap in score lines, probably not.

We did feel this week would be a poor one from our point of view. The fixtures or lack of, the availability of our squad, it all had the hallmarks of a nightmare incoming and so it proved. Obviously the key factor was not being able to foresee the points deficit we now have to claw back, I was thinking it was going to be around the 30 mark. DOUBLE THAT. DISASTER.

We need to get the player’s heads up, take our medicine and move on. There’s still a lot of points to play for and our rivals in question will have to make changes going forward. Yes, we will have to take a few risks but the aim now is to claw 10 points per week back. How? I’m not sure but it’s only a captains pick difference and is by no means impossible. We may have to look down the differentials route in the coming weeks and you know what, I love trying to find the gems. This season we’ve had a pretty good record in the regard.

LOOKING AHEAD.

As bad as our game week 29 was, the squad we have does still look decent for the upcoming fixtures. Our biggest concern, as always, is Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. This week is no different and trying to predict the rotation will be made harder by the fact they have a Champions League match in midweek. With the league all but wrapped up, you’ve got to think the Easter eggs will be firmly placed in the European basket. Is it even worth having City players in your squad at this stage? Definitely a question to be answered.

Man United at home to Brighton and Chelsea at home to West Brom look the pick of GW30, I would predict Bruno Fernandes will be a lot of managers captain this week and quite possibly mine. Do I take the risk and go for a differential though? Food for thought.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS

Only 1 transfer this week despite the game week 29 debacle. Importantly, there’s no minus hits in hope that the others have made changes and we already start to eat away at the deficit.

The change is Calvert-Lewin (home to Crystal Palace) coming in for Vydra which many would agree is a no brainer.

We now have a relatively strong bench which has enabled us to retain the Manchester City players. KDB and Gundugan will be in my XI but in the event of Pep roulette we should have decent auto back up subs.

I have played it safe with the skipper and gone with Bruno, while Kane takes the vice. In terms of our TOON representatives, Willock and Fraser will sit on the bench. The magpie’s form is abysmal and they don’t look like they’ll get another point, I just couldn’t afford (negative points wise) to replace them.

FIRST AND SECOND BALLS.

GW30 squad list

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 29)

Rocky times ahead ladies and gentlemen, I’ll briefly summarise GW28 and move straight into the eye of the week 29 storm.

We managed to maintain a slender 1 point lead at the top of the office leaderboard after the latest round of fixtures. In the end, 51 points in a week’s average of 43 was a decent return. Of course Pep did his usual trick and rested a few including my captain Kevin De Bruyne – nil point!! But, an excellent score from John Stones and a surprising 5 points from auto-sub Vydra just about salvaged what was shaping up to be a disaster. That, incidentally, leads me to game week 29. THE NIGHTMARE IN WAITING.

LOOKING AHEAD.

There are only 4 matches on the set list of GW29 which, in itself, is absolutely scandalous. It’s the kind of week your free hit chip is built for but, unfortunately, ours is long gone. With my Steve Bruce head on ‘we need to find another way’🙄

When Heung-Min Son pulled up against Arsenal the other day the magnitude of our plight really started to hit home. At the time, the South Korean was a one of only 4 players pencilled in our side for GW29. Now that he is almost certain to miss the coming fixtures we are, as it stands, down to 3. 3 representing players for a full game gameweek?!?! Unfeasible, unthinkable and a potential undoing of a season’s good work.

Last week’s decision to make 0 changes in order to gain an extra free transfer was a good one. It means we can make two transfers instantly and take our team up to 5 players with no penalty. At the time, it would have been 4 to 6 but didn’t take into account any potential injuries which could occur. What happens? Son’s crocked and it’s disarray. As I see it at the moment, we have only 2 potential ways of playing this.

The first would be only using our 2 free transfers but only starting the game week with 5 players. Advantages being no negative points hit and minimal squad disruption for the weeks ahead. The disadvantage quite clearly being a massive 6 players short of a full team.

The alternative second would be to use our 2 free transfers and make 2,3, maybe even 4 more changes on top of that. The advantages being a near full starting team, matching rivals up like for like. The clear disadvantages being a big negative point start and breaking up a strong squad.

I’m hoping a 3rd scenario will put into my head before I make any changes and we’ll be exploring more potential permutations but, putting the hard hat on and taking a sitting duck battering is looking the most likely option this week. Anything more than a -8 starting point would probably be pretty pointless (literally) and would disrupt our team too much for the coming weeks. The most amount of participants we’re looking at this week is 7. Not great but hopefully any lasting damage to our season will be minimal.

Scouting intel tells me my 2 main rival teams already have 8/9 players ready to start for them and with a transfer or 2 they will probably now have a full 11 a side team. This is where a well rounded squad comes in handy, we have been relying on a strong 11 for the majority of the season but at the value detriment to the bench as a result. Any changes we’ve made have invariably been full blown transfer rather than substitutions. I know my colleagues have been making little weekly tweaks in preparation for this spanner in the works game week and I have to take my hat off to them for that. We have been left in a pickle with only ourselves to blame.

In terms of the fixtures, they aren’t even great and certainly not a set you could make a long term plan from. Look for yourself..

  • FULHAM V LEEDS
  • BRIGHTON V NEWCASTLE
  • WEST HAM V ARSENAL
  • ASTON VILLA V TOTTENHAM

Where are the points at there? This could be our saving grace, a low scoring week is what we need here. There’s not a great deal to write home about that’s for sure but having only 5 players available to play is a problem regardless of the fixture quality. Had the matches been more pleasing on the scoring eye, I would have taken the starting points hit and matched up no questions asked. As it is, all I’m doing is asking serious questions with little few answers. What to do?!? At this point of writing, I haven’t a clue.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS.

So, after much intense deliberation, it’s 2 free transfers……… plus a -8 start for god sake. And we still only have 7 players involved. In terms of selections for a game week this is possibly the WORST I’ve endured in FPL. We start with 4 zero’s on the card and -8. Laughable really but if I can stay within 30 points of the top of the table after the week I’ll be very pleased.

The all important transfers are Cresswell, Tierney, Targett and Willock coming in for Son, Digne, Williams and Mitchell. The thinking here is that I’m predicting a low scoring week in terms of goals so I’ve tried to load up with decent defenders. Its making me ill to think I won’t be playing a goalkeeper.

In normal circumstances the changes I’ve made would be pretty decent but this isn’t a normal week and my hand has been forced. In terms of a captains pick, I’ve gone for the safe option of Kane but I may change that closer to the deadline.

Looking for a positive to end on, from our 7 players, 2 are TOON representatives. Is that a positive?!? I guess that sums up the week’s plight.

DIG IN, DEFEND.

GW29’s PITIFUL SQUAD

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Gameweek 28)

Hi all. Welcome.

We’ve reached the summit. An outstanding score of 89 points in week’s average of 60 saw us reel in the 12 point deficit to lead the office league by 2 going into game week 28.

Great stuff but what remains to be seen is, how long will this lead last? I’m not too sure. In fact, skipping over a week and into game week 29 things are looking bleak and it’s one that, if I don’t make some thoughtful changes, could derail my season completely. As it stands that week in question only has 4 fixtures on it’s list and my current squad would only have 4 representatives. With no wildcard or free hit remaining it’s going to take some astute planning of GW28 with 29 fully in mind. How I’m going to do it? Not a clue at this moment in time. I mentioned last week, that every week will likely begin with a negative starting point until the end of the season and that prophecy is likely to live up to the billing. What I must do is incorporate some of GW29’s changes into this week so minimise the hit.

In terms of our scorers for the week just gone, the big hitters all produced. Kevin De Bruyne (captain) Bruno Fernandes and Harry Kane all pulled excellent scores out the bag. That is in contrast to the defenders who only mustered 6 between them, roles definitely reserved from the previous week. Seasons really do swing in roundabouts.

LOOKING AHEAD

As just mentioned, we aren’t just looking at this coming week but also the week after. Only having 4 fixtures for a match set is just ridiculous and getting as many players into my squad from those 8 teams is going to be a monumental task. I could just write off that GW completely and take the hit but I know my rivals will be looking to capitalise. I need to find a way of minimising the damage – I sound like Steve Bruce🙄

Spurs play Arsenal this week in the North London derby which is a tough fixture but they are on a good run and, more importantly, have a fixture in GW29. That is one avenue I’ll be definitely looking down when making my transfers. Crucially, we already have 2 Tottenham players in the squad. Arsenal play in both weeks so that is also a possibility but maybe they will be in next weeks changes.

If we are looking at only game week 28, I would be looking at Man City at Fulham, Man United home to West Ham and Leicester at home to Sheff. United. Neither of those sides have a fixture in game week 29. Do I just play this week as it is and make huge changes and a huge point hit for GW29? This set of dilemmas is actually worse than anything a double game week could produce and there are so many different ways to approach it tactically. Picking the right approach is tough.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS

So……. after much thought, mental turmoil and exploring most of the permutations, I decided to make…….. NO TRANSFERS OR CHANGES!

All talk about taking minus hits every week from now till the end of season goes completely out of the window. When I looked at my team and the fixture set they all had for 28, it was all very conducive for good point scoring. Yes, it leaves us short for game week 29 but what making no changes this week gives us is 2 free transfers when we will need it most next week. 2 freebies and a couple of negative hits should see us scratch together a team for the 4 fixture week.

Who’s to say players I could have potentially bought in this week with next week in mind get injured or pick up a suspension. The Premier League could also add fixtures to that game week so we will just sit tight and see what happens. We are airing slightly on the side of caution this round but the fixtures always dictate the selections and we’ll deal with game week 29 when it comes around.

Even the captain pick remains the same, KDB has the armband with Bruno waiting in reserve. In terms of TOON representation, Fraser remains the sole flag flyer in black and white.

MARK YOUR MEN.

GAME WEEK 28 squad list.

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Double Gameweek 26)

Hello all, welcome.

We are still ticking along very nicely this season. 73 points in GW25 in an week’s average of 55 was an excellent return. Still 19 points off the office top spot but in a good position going into a massive double game week.

To be honest, things weren’t looking too clever going into the middle of the weekend, my rivals had doubled up on Leeds and Southampton players. I was banking on Newcastle United’s ineptitude and we were along way behind until the magpies faced Man U but, as expected, Rashford and Fernandes (captain) pulled us through. The pair accounted for 36 points of our total which was spot on. Getting my captain pick right was crucial to the strategy and luckily it paid off.

The one double player I did have was Bamford of Leeds which bought in another 8 points. It was a risky strategy not doubling up and I know the others around me scored slightly more for the week. What sticking with what I had now gives me is a clear path and a strong team going into the MASSIVE double game week of 26. My rivals will have to make a lot of changes which will incur subsequent negative starting points.

That all being said, in true fantasy football style I can’t rule out a number of tinkering transfers and minuses of my own despite our already decent looking lineup for this week.

LOOKING AHEAD

I’ve had my eye on game week 26 for a while. There’s a HUGE 17 game fixture set meaning 14 of the 20 Premier League teams have 2 matches. This is the chip playing territory and, as it’s the only one I have left, I’m certainly considering the TRIPLE CAPTAIN.

Tottenham, Everton, Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Leicester are, what I consider, the main sides with good double fixtures. It’s a embarrassment of riches to choose from and it’s easy to be swept away in endless amounts of transfers in order to take advantage. But, you don’t want to miss out, you can’t miss out! You know your rivals are also tinkering and looking to cash in. These weekends don’t come around often, when they do you need to make the most of them.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS

🚨ALERT ALERT ALERT🚨 – THE TRIPLE CAPTAIN CARD HAS BEEN ACTIVATED. Yes, that’s right, our last chip of the season is in play with the honour of the most important armband going to Harry Kane – Who else in all honesty. Although there maybe other big double gamers further down he track, two extremely inviting fixtures against Burnley and Fulham can’t be missed out on. Let’s just hope A) he’s fit and B) he’s bangs in a shitload of goals and creates some for Son while he’s at it.

In other (significant) news, we’ve made 4 transfers meaning a -12 start, our largest negative starting point of the season. When i said earlier that the team didn’t need much TLC, that was right but, when weeks like this come around you can afford to throw the boat out a little to take full advantage.

The transfers are as follows…

NECO WILLIAMS for AARON CRESSWELL (Cash builder)

LUCA DIGNE for ANTONIO RUDIGER

DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN for PATRICK BAMFORD

OLLIE WATKINS for MICHAIL ANTONIO.

These changes now mean all 11 starting players have two matches. That coupled with the TRIPLE CAPTAIN make for a pretty formidable force and it’s now a week I’m looking forward to immensely. We’ve really gone for it this week, only time will tell as to whether it’s paid off. In terms of a gamble, I don’t think the tactics applied are a massive risk simply because most fantasy football managers up and down the land will have the same mindset. Capitalising is definitely the running theme this week.

I’ve mentioned the captain picks, but if Kane is (inexplicably, disastrously, inhumanly) unavailable for whatever reason, Fernandes will take the reigns as vice. Our sole Toon representative, Allan Saint-Maximin, will have to make do with a place on the bench. He only has one fixture and Newcastle’s form is terrible.

GET TO THE BYLINE.

DGW26 SQUADLIST

BLOGIN FANTASY FOOTBALL (Double Gameweek 24)

Hello all, welcome.

There’s only one place to start. The big Allan Saint-Maximin deferential gamble of game week 23 paid off quite the treat. He started his match and then managed to conjure up 2 assists along with important win bonus points. It’s the kind of transfer that brings the most satisfaction in fantasy football. A deferential which no other manager thought of and an often risky inclusion that works out a to great effect. It’s excellent when little tactical tweaks like this pay dividends but you have to make the most of it when it comes off, usually they don’t stay rare deferentials for long. In this case, I can see alot of managers looking to bring ASM into their teams in the coming weeks. He’s very cheap, will always play (when fit) and is involved in most of Newcastle’s goals and attacking play. The Frenchman would be an excellent squad man, if anything, to have around your set up.

The Saint-Maximin show was the icing on a pretty productive week’s cake. We managed 67 points in a week’s average of 58 and at one stage of the weekend we were briefly top of the office mini league however, Leeds put pay to that on Monday night so, as it stands, we sit 2nd, a mere 7 points off the summit. Shout outs again to the outstanding Gundogan and of course, the consistent, Bruno Fernandes – Long may their form continue.

LOOKING AHEAD.

Gameweek 24 is a double game week. Now usually the excitement would be tangible when these weeks come around but, looking at the fixtures, this one flatters to deceive. The main team with 2 games in the fixture set to look out for is Manchester City. Great you may think? Hmmm not so much. The problem, first of all, lays again at the door of Pep Guardiola’s rotational selection policy. Is he willing to play the same players 2 games in a row in such a short space of time? History would suggest not. There’s also the extra added factor that there are elusive Champions League fixtures on the horizon, a competition that has slipped through the hands the blue-mooners for so long, a trophy they are desperate to win – Resting becomes a double risk. For arguments sake Pep names an unchanged side for both matches, they are up against Tottenham and Everton, 2 tricky fixtures where points certainly aren’t even guaranteed.

The other double matched teams aren’t really worth writing home about either. They are Everton, Fulham and Burnley. Everton could possibly be a lucrative scoring avenue but again, as just mentioned, one of their matches is against an inform City side and there are fitness doubts surrounding top goalscorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin who would be my pick if I could guarantee his involvement. On the whole, this doubler isn’t really one to get the juices flowing but, it is a doubler after all with a chance, however slim, to score double points and this brings me nicely to my question of the week.

ARE ANY OF YOU THINKING OF USING THE TRIPLE CAPTAIN CHIP FOR THE UPCOMING DOUBLE GAMEWEEK? IF SO, WHO ON?

For me personally, I’ll be saving my triple captain for later DGW’s for the reasons mentioned above. That’s not to say using it would out of the question for any other manager willing to take a bit of risk. The reward could be great as it would, I think, be a big deferential move. I would love to here from anyone taking the punt.

Elsewhere in the game week, Man United’s fixture at West Brom has to be a great scoring chance. It pains me to say but Chelsea at home to Newcastle is another. Leicester v Liverpool is fixture many of us could do without. In terms of my team, I’m not happy with this week’s fixture set to be honest and if someone offered me the gameweek’s average score right now, I would snap their hands off. Bit of luck needed I think.

THIS WEEK’S PICKS.

Just the one transfer this week which means no minus starting points. Reason being, after looking a the fixture set I’m not overly confident so we are going to need all the points we can get this week. Starting on a negative is out of the question unless totally necessary.

I’ve brought Harry Kane back into the squad despite Tottenham’s tough fixture at City. We were thrown a curve ball last week when the Spur’s number 9 returned from injury ahead of schedule, then inevitably scored. The lack of available fully fit forwards on the roster at the moment is desperate so no choice but to bring the England Skipper back really. Ideally I would have brought him in next week once City were out the way but needs must. He replaces the injured Callum Wilson who is out for a while.

Fernandes, away at West Brom, would of been my skipper had Sterling not had a double game week. Whether Sterling plays both games remains to be seen but it’s a risk we have to take. Allan Saint-Maximin is now our only TOON representative.

Please note, I have wrote this on Thursday evening so tinkering before deadline is possible/probably.

****EDIT***** LATE CHANGE – Cresswell of West Ham now comes in for the perma-crocked James Justin meaning a -4, but hey, it’s a minute to minute business this Fantasy Football game. We have to be able to adapt at the click of a finger.

WORK THE CHANNELS!!!

DGW 24 SQUAD

THE RHYMING MATCH REVIEW | Sheffield United 1-0 Newcastle United |

The Toon travelled to Sheffield with Wilson in attack, our opponents rock bottom but it’s 5 at the back. Set out our stall, we aren’t going to commit. All part and parcel of the Steve Bruce remit.

We start off sluggish, the passings inept. Hendrick looks homeless, disheveled and unkept. Longstaff is lost and everything is sloppy. He’s playing ‘false 10’, should of stuck to ice hockey. And then there’s Yedlin who is too easily breached. Not only that, his president’s impeached.

As possession teeters around 30%. This is nowt new, no attacking intent. Then a moment we certainly won’t saver, with an awful hair do, enter Ryan Fraser. Two silly tackles and the ref doesn’t waver. An early bath for Fraser, reckless behaviour.

‘You’ve got to feel for Steve Bruce’ no, not really, the bloke has got his customary excuse.

Into the 2nd half, any words of inspiration? Just more devastation and a lack of perspiration.

For Sheffield, it’s chance after chance. Newcastle struggling to cope, struggling to advance. These haven’t won a game all season to add to the plight. Newcastle bending over, to Sky’s clear delight.

It’s shambolic, prehistoric with no histrionics. Nothing on the bench to give us a tonic. We’re alarmingly bereft of pace and quality. A Sheffield pen via video technology.

How’s the bacon did you say? We can’t go on playing this way. It’s time to go Mr Bruce, you’ve out-welcomed your stay. A chancer, free lancer with no second answer. You claim mass hysteria, do the right thing and remove your posterior.

And lastly, Mr run badly, the trashy Mike Ashley. Neglect, oppressed, it’s sports direct. Non essential, a lack of footballing credential. A slimey nomad, anyone will do for me Bonny lad. Time to act, take your sports shop tat. Get out of the club you fat cockney twat.

It’s full time. 1 nil and I’ve had my fill. The clubs dead, relegation dread while Boris ensures the kids go unfed. A bore, a chore and rotten to the core. But Newcastle United, there’s always next week. We’ll support you ever more.