A strange weekend of football really which had goals (see Chelsea) as well clean sheets (9 in all). The average points scored were a healthy 48, especially when you consider that United, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool all play again before the gameweek is up. I was pleased with my captain picks as my top four scored 12, 11, 8 and 5 points respectively while 4 of my top 5 defenses all managed a clean sheet. Chelsea's defense let me down but they more than made up for it with their 7 goals and big games from Anelka, Lampard, Ballack and Cole (who only played 45 minutes).
I am starting to get really concerned with differentiating my team as goals from Rooney (45% owned), Fabregas (32%) and Cole (15%) did little to help me catch/pull away from the opposition. However, with Torres, Drogba and Gerrard all unavailable the premium options are limited. Hopefully we will get at least a couple of impact players in the transfer window, but not resting on this assumption, I will post some ideas over the coming week regarding players who have been overlooked to date.
There are still three more games to come this gameweek with two tomorrow night and one on Saturday so there are still plenty of points to be had this week. After that we are treated to a midweek gameweek starting January 26 so if you plan on waiting until after the weekend's FA cup matches before making your transfers (advisable) then ensure you are able to act in time before Tuesday's 7:30 deadline.
With the spare few days I hope to post regarding the aforementioned differentiator problem along with some thoughts on the value of defenders and the upcoming strength of schedules.