Thursday, 5 December 2013

Chief's FPL Team - Gameweek 15

Disclaimer: *FPLH reserves the right to change this team at any time. Any changes made will most likely be confirmed on FPLH's Twitter account.


Gibbs & Cabaye OUT 
Ivanovic & Shelvey IN

66, 69, 78, 49, 64, 66, 76 - my scores for the last 7 Gameweeks (66.9 average) .  On paper they are decent scores, but they are deceptive in many ways.  My ranking has gone up slightly in that period, with some backward steps and red arrows to boot.  Gameweek 14 summarised my recently ambivalent FPL fortunes - I captained Suarez, had Ozil & Ramsey... yet my defence and goalie let me down.  To add insult to injury, my sub keeper Vorm had a fantastic match.  I was on course for 90+ points near the end, till my defence collapsed via Vidic, Flanagan and Pantilimon (+Gibbs no show).  People scored tons for fun, alas I was caught short aside from captaining the right guy.  Ironically, my average #HotPick/Captain score for this season now stands at 17.72 which is impressive for any team.  Nonetheless, I am still waiting for that elusive "perfect" FPL Gameweek where everything clicks and all my players perform collectively.

For this Gameweek I decided to use both of my free transfers.  Gibbs has been constantly overshadowed by Mertesacker's performances.  I can't see Arsenal keeping a clean sheet against a rampant Everton, even at the Emirates.  So I decided to cash in and buy Ivanovic.  In truth, I wanted to buy Terry but was 0.1M short.  Chelsea have good upcoming fixtures and the Serbian is due a goal and a few clean sheets.  As the first choice right back, he is far less likely to be rotated than the likes of Cahill or Luiz.  The Ivanovic purchase was funded by the saving I made through selling Cabaye for Shelvey.  Man United will be looking to bounce back in style and I can't see Cabaye having any major impact.  I think Shelvey is the perfect replacement (+ my GW15 #punt) as he has form on his side.  But more significantly, with no Michu or Bony, he will be their primary central attacking force.  Swansea have some good upcoming fixtures and his cheap price and attributes are indicative of his prowess rather than a false economy.  Suarez retains the armband as he faces an out of form West Ham team.