All aboard the bandwagon

Despite scoring well last week, the performance of a certain Liverpool striker saw Ruining Football fall drop down the fantasy football standings. With two transfers to use this week can they make up the lost ground before the international break?

In general, a total of 56 points would represent a solid, above average week. However, when you are not included in the large percentage of teams that contain a striker who bags more than half that as captain by himself then there’s bound to be a problem.

Fernando Torres’ recent performances have promted a re-think this week, especially considering that there were two free transfers to use.

After two horror weeks, Hull striker Kamal Ghilas was always going to be first out the door. Joining him is (surprisingly) one of the Chelsea trio that served me so well in the opening few weeks – Frank Lampard. He just hasn’t had enough of an impact and has failed to score from play, while also being forced to share set piece duties.

With the two of them cut it was quite easy to jump aboard two bandwagons – those of Fernando Torres and Darren Fletcher. Both have been in good form recently and know where the back of the net is.

My biggest mistake last was taking the captaincy off Darren Bent. Having gone with him in the side from week one and giving him the armband randomly two weeks ago, I should have had more faith in the striker at home to Wolves. He still bagged me a fantastic 18 points but it could’ve been so much more.

The Chelsea/Liverpool fixture this weekend means a number of players will be playing against each other so it could be a low scoring week points wise, however having players from both should be profitable in the future.

Joe Hart will get the nod in goal this week as his Birmingham City side host Burnley, and he will play behind a trio of left backs in Emiliano Insua, Ashley Cole and Patrice Evra.

Joining new recruit Fletcher in midfield will be Mark Noble, Gareth Barry and Aaron Lennon who contributed a nice assist last week.

The three -pronged attack of Torres, Drogba and Bent in general has goals written all over it, though maybe not this week given the fixture list so it will be a bit of gamble. Drogba gets the nod as captain over Torres as Chelsea are at home and Liverpool’s defence is shocking.

The team currently sits in 21,493rd place in the world out of a total of 2,049,401 teams.

Team for Gameweek 8 –


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Neil Sherwin

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2 thoughts on “All aboard the bandwagon

  1. Great looking team, though the fact we have about 5 or 6 overlap players makes me biased! I have been championing the case for big name strikers over Lampard/Gerrard for a while so I’m glad to see someone else agree for once.
    Keep up the great work!

  2. Hart starts for me too…

    Decided to take a 4 point hit this week, two risky moves but looking at the next 6 fixtures I really fancy it’ll turn out well.

    Stearman back in too!

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