Every week this season, two West Ham fans will compete at Fantasy Football to win money for their chosen charities.
DEF: Saliba, Mitchell, Tarkowski
MID: Kudus, Hee Chan, Saka, Salah, Bowen
FW: Watkins, Alvarez (c)
An eight-point victory over James moves me within a single point of him with my 1,039 breathing down his 1,040’s neck in menacing fashion.
My naff 31-point haul was propped up by unexpected six-point returns of Jarrod Bowen and James Ward-Prowse during West Ham’s shock 2-0 win at Arsenal.
I was blindsided by that as I captained Saka, who got just two points, and fully expected him to return a hatful but other than hitting the post, he didn’t have a sniff as Sir David Moyes masterminded his fist ever Emirates victory.
I had a typical dose of bad luck with new signing Matheus Cunha only getting one assist as Wolves steamrolled Brentford 4-1.
But that inspired one of my THREE transfers this week.
Wolves’ Hwang Hee Chan comes in for Anthony Gordon as injured Erling Haaland is replaced by Julian Alvarez and Ward-Prowse taps out in place of Hammers team-mate, and points machine, Mo Kudus.
Hwang’s 4.9 points per match makes him the Prem’s fourth highest scoring midfielder and I am hoping his Brentford brace sparks a goal-laiden run with Everton, Brighton, Man Utd and Chelsea up next for Wolves.
Kudus has bagged six goals and an assist in 16 Prem appearances, six of those from the bench, and he is looking better and better now he is a guaranteed starter.
Alvarez gets the armband in the hope Sheffield United melt at the Etihad – just like James Jones is doing in this competition.
Happy new year everyone. Viva Sir David Moyes.
DEF: Udogie, Gabriel, Pau, Colwill
MID: Bowen, Salah, Son, Palmer
FW: Watkins (c), Haaland
Well, GW19 was a complete and utter disgrace. My worst points return of the season (23) means my lead over Will is down to just a single point. That new year Wildcard can’t come quickly enough for me.
It was a disaster from start to finish. I ended the week with nine players, thanks to Cristian Romero being ruled out for Spurs after the deadline and Erling Haaland not quite being fit enough to return from injury.
My defence return a single, pathetic point and my captain, Mohamed Salah, blanked against the worst home defence in the Premier League. If it wasn’t for assists by Heung-min Son and Jarrod Bowen, it would’ve been a week without any meaningful points returns.
But I’m still in front – just! – and planning is underway for GW20.
So Romero is replaced by Chelsea’s Levi Colwill. He’s the highest scoring Chelsea defender at the Blues have a favourable run of fixtures coming up – Luton (A), Fulham (H), Liverpool (A), Wolves (H) and Crystal Palace (A). Chelsea are inconsistent, but he’s all I can afford right not and he’ll definitely return more than Romero during that period.
Also on his way out is Divin Mubama, who isn’t getting enough minutes at West Ham to warrant being a suitable cheap bench option for me. Replacing him is Sheffield United’s Cameron Archer. I’ve been eager to upgrade Mubama for some time now, and Archer significantly improves my squad, so I’m pleased with that move.
The rest of my squad picks itself for GW20. Cole Palmer comes back into my starting XI after his suspension, while my three Newcastle players – Dan Burn, Anthony Gordon and Martin Dubravka – are benched due to Newcastle being woefully out of form ahead of their trip to Anfield.
Haaland starts again. One of these days he’ll be fully fit to play again. I’m praying this is the week it happens!
My captain is Ollie Watkins. He’s due a goal having not scored in his last two, while Aston Villa host Burnley. They are one of only three teams who still have an unbeaten home record this season and are the highest-scoring team on their own patch, netting 26 at Villa Park in just nine games.