This season, we’ve pooled our (self-proclaimed) collective genius together to form ‘Team TSZ’, a fearsome squad of fantasy point machines who will gun for glory in our very own FPL mini-league.
Decisions will be made collectively after polite discussion. ‘Team TSZ’ consists of:
Rob Esteva – Managing Director
Trystan Pugh – Sports Content Manager
Tim Blackwell – Chief Sports Data Scientist
So how did we get on in Gameweek 18?
GW points: 62
GW average: 55
GW rank: 2,008,124
Overall rank: 49,455 (▲)
'Twas the night before Christmas, and after a scintillating Premier League weekend we find ourselves hurtling towards Boxing Day and its festive fixtures. Yes, Boxing Day, the day after goodwill and cheer for all, in which normally an inordinate amount of red cards are shown to players slightly heavier in the tackle than normal after all that "turkey".
The halfway stage is almost upon us, also, with Gameweek 19 the last first-meetings of the season for Premier League teams, and a real opportunity to establish their mentalities for the home straight of the campaign. Which is what we have done. We're in the top 50k in the world once again, and our New Year's Resolution is to stay here, invest well in January, and probably sack our manager in March when it all goes horribly wrong.
I'll let Trystan, Tim and Rob decide which one of them is the Mark Hughes here.
A couple of good decisions were made last week, and the team were rather kind to each other, so I can only be brief. Giving Aubameyang an extra week proved fruitful despite our misguided concerns over his pitch time. Getting Danny In(gs) was a good call, also, as yet another European manager comes into the Premier League and instantly gets results by trying something revolutionary: attacking.
Transfers made: 2 (Robertson > Holebas / Hojbjerg > Martial)
Point deductions: 0
We've made some wholesale changes here so do pay attention. Firstly, most notably, we have not (I repeat) not benched Wan-Bissaka.
Oh, also we've brought in Martial for Hojbjerg, which means Rob finally gets his man, and probably means he'll be rested against Huddersfield. I think we can all agree that Martial in for Hojbjerg is an excellent swap, but at the expense of Andrew Robertson? I was sceptical, as was Trystan, briefly, but as Tim pointed out, perhaps some Liverpool bias was kicking in. Still, seven goals conceded all season, electric pace and work-ethic, a gift of a cross, and a lovely smile means Andy will remain on Trystan and I's personal teams for sure.
(If you'd like to locate my personal team, don't).
Alisson was discussed for a while, but his price tag keeps him out of our range, as Tim suggested we swap out Fabianski for "someone who actually might keep a clean sheet," which of course means he will now do so. The aim now is to grow our transfers back, with the team the happiest I've seen them in a while with their decisions and general appearance of Team TSZ. I'll be back on the 27th to discuss with you how wrong they were.
Happy holidays from us at The Stats Zone!
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