Fantasy Football: Best transfers and captains for Gameweek 12
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Manager: Jack Green
Team: Lac of Klaassen
It’s dull at the top.
My team’s been doing so well of late that I really haven’t got much to change.
I could replace for permanent fitness doubt Phil Jones, but Watford’s Kiko is a decent replacement off the bench if the Manchester United defender doesn’t play.
I could find a way of getting highest points-scorer Leroy Sane into the side, but Raheem Sterling’s been doing bits all season and is better value at £8m.
And I could take the armband off Harry Kane, but he’s playing Arsenal and is therefore nailed-on for a hat-trick.
So we go again, unchanged, hoping for some kind of misfortune that will give me something to do next weekend.
Manager: Adam Drury
Team: Another New Dawn
My steady progress continued a fortnight ago, so I don’t see any reason to tamper too much.
Nobody can nail down that third striker position. This time, Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets a go ahead of Ayoze Perez, after scoring off the bench against Watford last time out.
Phil Jones’ injury will have several managers worried this weekend. He has come through several fitness scares to start already this season, however, so I’ve stuck with him for now.
Harry Kane’s phenomenal London derby record ensures that he retains the captaincy, despite having the toughest fixture of all my outfield players.
Manager: Will Rook
Team: Sheffield Old Boys
My main worry this weekend is my back five.
I’ve opted for Rob Elliot over Ben Foster in goal because, while a clean sheet for either is unrealistic, I think the Newcastle man will concede fewer.
I’m not holding out much hope for Harry Maguire, either, with Manchester City having netted at least three in four of their last five.
Elsewhere in defence, I might be better off if Jamaal Lascelles’ injury keeps him out of action.
Harry Kane takes the armband because it’s Harry Kane.
On the bench, I’m finally saying goodbye to Nathaniel Chalobah and Tiemoue Bakayoko comes in as a solid rotation player.
Manager: Tom Bowles
Team: Pascal Vegan
I’m currently presiding over a title defence that’s poorer than Chelsea and Leicester’s put together.
It’s remarkable that I haven’t had a Manchester United defender in my team all season. I was going to remedy that by bringing in Phil Jones, but his ongoing thigh injury means it’s just a matter of time before he’s ruled out.
So, in comes David De Gea, who costs less than Eric Bailly and has more points.
De Gea’s guaranteed to play every game and has already recorded eight clean sheets this season.
The jettisoned Ben Foster is joined by his West Brom team-mate Ahmed Hegazi, who should have been transferred out a long time ago. In Hegazi’s place comes Burnley’s James Tarkowski, who’s marginally cheaper.
The Clarets have been superb defensively this season, with the visit of Swansea on Saturday an opportunity to continue that form.
Manager: Tom Clee
Team: The Cleegulls
With Nicolas Otamendi and Christopher Schindler both suspended, I really am down to the bare bones.
But, even with Phil Jones and Hugo Lloris struggling for fitness, I’m sitting tight on the substitute front.
Put simply, my team is a mess, so a double transfer next week will be more useful in terms of limping along until January.
In terms of skipper, I was torn between Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku.
I figured Kane was the safer option, so decided to do the exact opposite of what my head said in a bid to break my captaincy curse.