This is the second in a two part recap of DGW34 (read Part 1 if you missed it), which ended Thursday, just hours ago as the Manchester derby ended in a scoreless draw. However, that’s excellent news for me, as I finished the week on 78 points. Not outstanding for a DGW by any means, but in this limited game week, where many managers fancied Negredo or Rashford as their DGW captain, I take solice in knowing Bailly picked up 24 points with the captain’s armband. Talk about a punt, but it paid dividends with the City and United going scoreless. Without the armband, Bailly was still my high weekly scorer with 12 points, just missing out on bonus points in the derby. My final score of 78 points has me seeing green for an eighth week in a road, a record for me in the 4 years I have participated.
As mentioned, Bailly was major punt on my part. I felt confident he would start both matches in DGW34 and knew his offensive potential was limited, requiring CS in order to make this work. Burnley was somewhat of a given, even at home with their limited offense, United was able to handle the Clarets, 2-0. The derby had me questioning the move, as City dominated the game, but the resilient United defense came up with big saves, big blocks and a few timely calls from the officials. In a surprised turnabout…not really…Gibson came back to redeem himself as Boro shutout Sunderland, 1-0 where he picked up a bonus point. On the whole, my defense accounted for 38 points!
I do believe Eriksen salvaged me from a rather dismal week with his goal in the Spurs 1-0 victory as he captured 11 points, with a CS and 3 bonus points. Alli was quiet in the win with just 3 points. There might come a time in the next few weeks I need to move one of these two players, currently it’s Eriksen that would be on the chopping block. After watching City today, I am not so sure I am ready to triple up on Sterling, Sane and Aguero. Hazard was supposed to be sold before this week to make way for City players. As it goes, he stayed in the starting XI and has me rethinking my strategy, which appears more foolish than foolproof. Hazard netted a goal, CS and 2 bonus points for 9, giving him good returns in 3 out of the last 4 games as we look toward an easy run to the end of the season after GW35; MID (H), WBA (A), WAT (H), SUN (H).
Overall a very pleased 78 points as I move up in the global ranking to 637k, as improvement of 78k spots. Since GW27 I have gained 495 points, averaging 61.8/week, a figured just over the 60 points a game I had set as a goal. The DGWs in 36 and 37 will be the turning point of the season for me. If I can gain 120-140 points, I have a good shot at 2000 points, down from 2170 points last year and a finish in the top 75k. Both mini leagues have made a drastic turnabout, now sitting second in one, just 44 points off the lead. The other league sees me in fouth place, 6 points out of third and 133 from the apex. Hopefully positive differential players will give me an advantage starting in GW35.
As I sit here contemplating GW35, I don’t really have a plan. My original of transferring up to DG37 has failed, as I didn’t bring in the necessary players last week, deciding to hold a few players back before of good fixtures. Two moves I know I will make, Gabbiadini and Benteke will grace my front line in GW35. With questions still surrounding the fitness of van Aanholt, he might need to make way for a DGW defender and I would like a keeper, most likely Forester to replace Heaton or Jakupovic. I was all hot and heavy into bringing in Aguero, but after today’s derby not sure that will be the case. IF a move is made for a City forward, it will be Jesus and most likely Sane if I double dip.