Thursday, 12 December 2013

Chief's FPL Team - Gameweek 16

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.


1 TRANSFER:

Townsend OUT 
Barkley IN

I moved up 25,000 or so places following the end of Gameweek 15 with a solid score of 64.  But I'm not content with that as I believe my overall position should be higher at this stage of the season.  I am all the more gutted that Suarez was retrospectively credited with a goal, despite FPL only giving him an assist.

For Gamweek 16 I knew I needed Everton coverage due to their good run of upcoming fixtures.  Lukaku was on my radar.  But could I really sell Rooney, Aguero or Suarez for him? Sadly no.  I then thought of doing a -4 hit for Howard and Barkley but was £0.1M short.  Another option was to fit Howard and Distin in my team, but I wasn't willing to risk 2 clean sheets from the same team, despite their good run of fixtures.  In the end I decided to buy the bloke I only sold a few weeks back - Ross Barkley.  He has been rested a fair bit recently and hasn't shown sustained electric form since September.  But he looked promising against Arsenal and I'm willing to take a chance on him.  He knows a place in England's World Cup squad is up for grabs.  Why will he squander that by playing rubbish?

Lukaku would have been the perfect captain choice at home against Fulham, but of course I didn't buy him.  In the end I opted for Suarez who is playing in the final match of Gameweek 16.  He is in-form and is Liverpool's sole goal threat without Sturridge.  Spurs haven't been great with clean sheets recently and Suarez won't be easy to stop.