Why I Won’t Remove Havertz on Instinctive Call – Week 10 Fantastic Football Tips – Ghana Latest Football News, Live Scores, Results
I have to admit I woke up on Sunday morning with a cloud of fantasy football discouragement overwhelming me.
I had a total of just 20 points out of seven players, having also taken a four-point shot to bring Kai Havertz into the squad, who managed to be the only Chelsea player not to provide a return in defeat 7-0 from Norwich!
Then Mohamed Salah did his Mohamed Salah thing against Manchester United and, along with more than 3,000,000 other managers who led him, I benefited to the tune of 48 points.
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Now the only justifiable gut reaction here is to bring in Salah if you haven’t already, but I feel like I’m a stuck record saying that in this column.
However, I would advise against other emotional and instinctive reactions, which I would certainly have been tempted by if Salah had not offered the goods.
Take Havertz for example.
The seemingly obvious thing to do is replace him with Mason Mount after his hat-trick and 24-point run against Norwich, saving you £ 0.6million.
Make no mistake, Mount is an excellent player who takes a lot of offensive positions and takes some set pieces. And Chelsea are in a very good series of games at the moment.
But we brought in Havertz for a reason, he plays that attacking role in the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner and who can say he won’t be the one to score the goals at Newcastle this weekend?
It is very easy to chase form in fantasy football, but it is also important to give players enough time to make an impact in your teams. I’m staying with Havertz this week, but I’m obviously thinking about removing him once Werner and / or Lukaku are available again.
Burnley’s Max Cornet and Watford’s Joshua King are said to be another pair of players to enter the potential ‘knees’ category.
Both performed exceptionally well in Week 9 of play and both offer good value at £ 6million and £ 5.6million respectively, but what is the likelihood that they could repeat that in the weeks ahead given that Burnley and Watford both have relatively tough games going on?
Emile Smith Rowe might be a better bet in the role of the £ 5.5million budget midfielder, although you can also say he’s a slightly responsive choice given his 13 points against Aston Villa were only his second offensive comeback of the season, but hopefully he will be able to produce more consistently if Arsenal become more consistent as a team.
Southampton’s Armando Broja certainly grabbed attention with two goals in his first two Premier League starts and it might be worth shaking the knee to have him.
It’s a steal at just £ 5million, with games against Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich underway, but we have to verify that he will be in good shape for game week 10 as he has a flag of yellow warning to his name at the moment.
Teammate Tino Livramento is certainly not an instinctive selection and has some real John Lundstram vibes about him this season as a brilliant budget pick.
A £ 4.4million defender who likes to move to the right and is unlucky to have just one goal under his belt so far. Many managers left his nine points on the bench in frustration last week, but he’s a great first sub-option to come when your Chelsea or Manchester City defenders aren’t playing.
Let’s give Salah the last word though, whose incredible form seems to have changed the whole fantasy story this season, as Statman Dave pointed out on the Fantasy 606 podcast this week.
A few weeks ago, it was about finding a way to integrate the “big three” of Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lukaku in our teams. Now we just trust Salah, our only premium player. Give him the captain’s armband every week and let him continue.
This means that we can also bolster the depth of our squads with better performing and mid-priced players like Ben Chilwell, Phil Foden and Diogo Jota which also helps us deal with the dreaded squad rotation.
This narrative will undoubtedly change again when Lukaku gets in good shape, or if Harry Kane gets back in shape as Tottenham matches seem to get easier from game week 12, and certainly when Salah goes to represent Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
If it was just Captain Salah the whole season, that wouldn’t be much fun, would it?
Alistair Bruce-Ball presents the Fantasy 606 podcast alongside former Premier League winner Chris Sutton and Statman Dave. The latest episode previewing Game Week 10 is available by subscribing to stream 606 on the BBC Sounds app.
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