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TRANSFERS: 2 (-4 HIT)
Lukaku & Lennon (IN)
Vardy & Yaya Toure (OUT)
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It's been almost a year but the Double Gameweeks are finally here! This is the business end of the fantasy football season, where zeroes can become heroes and cheeky punts can fall into your hands like gold dust. This week saw many FPL managers activate their wildcard in the hope of constructing a team that can work for the remainder of the season. The problem with that plan is we have two months worth of Premier League football left! Such long term planning isn't feasible, especially if it means selling all of your Leicester and Spurs cover when we still have a two-way title race on our hands.
There was no question that I wanted Double Gameweek 33 cover but I wasn't going to take big hits for two teams that have a blank in two Gameweeks' time. Palace have been horrific since the start of 2016 - players lacking consistency, hit by injuries and prone to rotation. Their two home fixtures over the next week and a half equates to fools gold. In fact, at home they're just about scoring a goal a game, yet conceding more than a goal a game. To top thing off, their Double Gameweek 34 fixtures include visits to Old Trafford and the Emirates - no thank you. Otherwise, Wickham, Cabaye and Sako would have been of interest.
It just made sense to look at Everton. Granted, their form hasn't been that much better than Palace's, yet the Toffees attack prowess from August has been present. Yes, they sit 12th in the PL table, but in terms of goals scored they are 5th best. What makes their players all the more tantalising is their three allocations of Double Gameweeks - 33, 34 & 37 respectively. This comes with added risk - with their fixtures being crammed in their players will be prone to rotation, which is why I have only bought two Evertonians.
Lukaku was obviously a must. His goals have come in spurts this season. I am hoping that he can rediscover his touch against two teams (Watford and Palace) who have nothing else to play for this season. He has no pressure on him. It's time for fun. Vardy had to go due to his lack of goals of late (25% strike rate in the last 16 Gameweeks). To fund a move for Lukaku I decided to sell Yaya. I was reluctant to sell another prospective DGW'er (34) but with the recent comments in the press about him and his injury issues I decided to ditch him.
With over £7M to spend on a replacement for Yaya, I had to look back at Double Gameweek 33. Barkley has been too inconsistent and not worth his price tag. I wanted a player that has shown form of late, is a differential and would let me free up funds for DGW34. Lennon matched the brief. Sure, he didn't get returns against Arsenal and United but prior to that he was showing his capabilities with 4 goals in 5 league games. If he fails to perform, I wouldn't be too bothered, he is effectively a punt pick. The extra unlocked funds will hopefully let me acquire United and Liverpool cover for Double Gameweek 34.
Good luck to you all.