With Van Dijk unable to keep a clean sheet against against a woeful Villa and De Bruyne being benched I got impatient and ditched the duo. Now down to just 2 transfers, I’m hoping my team stays injury and suspension (Alli I’m looking at you) free until the end. Instead of reviewing the previous gameweek, I turn my attentions to the remaining captaincy decisions.
2 transfers left
One last big decision. Its potentially a very important one as I ponder whether to place my faith in Liverpool or Chelsea assets for the run in. As you can see, both Route A & B (see two columns in red) only miss one day of captaincy (which is why I decided to use 2 transfers at the weekend).
When considering two different strategies, I find it easier to think of a captain as a player playing twice. This seems obvious I know, but it helps in making a decision on which strategy to go for. Also remember that it is the difference between the two strategies that is important. For example, I only get one extra Aguero against Southampton in Route A despite having him as captain, as I will still own him in Route B. Conversely, I will get 2 extra Fabregas’s (or Hazard if I go for him) against Tottenham, as I don’t even own him in route B.
Route A extra players: Aguero (sou), Fabregas (TOT), Fabregas (TOT), Fabregas (sun), Fabregas (sun), Aguero (ARS), Sanchez (mcy), Sanchez (AVL), Payet (stk). Total = 9
Route B extra players: Sturridge (swa), Sturridge (swa), Kane (che), Sturridge (WAT), Kane (SOU), Sturridge (CHE), Firmino (CHE), Firmino (CHE), Sturridge (wba), Firmino (wba). Total = 10
Route B provides 1 extra player (10 vs. 9), but with Klopp’s tendency for rotation and my reliance on Liverpool assets, I suspect that Route A will actually provide more minutes on the pitch. Although it’s worth noting that I will be able to see the line ups both times I transfer in a Liverpool player as captain, making Route B slightly less risky than it may appear.
Either way I’ll be taking a risk on a team either not 100% focused (Liverpool) or motivated (Chelsea) on the premier league. There’s also a couple of slight variants to Route B, but I won’t go into them as its pretty confusing as it is. Needless to say though, that Route B is slightly more flexible.
Which way will I go? I have no idea at moment, Route A is slightly safer but I think Route B has the greater upside. I’ll likely wait until I see the Liverpool line up on Sunday and hope that Alli doesn’t receive a ban. I have to admit that I’ll be slightly relieved once I have no more big decisions to make. With quite a bit of money on the line (somewhere between £3-6,000), a bad decision now (like relying on Sturridge’s hamstrings!) could cost me dearly.