So here’s where I stand. I’m running sixth in the table right now in my fantasy league… but it’s a mere 30 ponts or so from the top spot so it’s still a very tight racel. I’d feel great if I was Bolton trying for a Europa league spot, but I picture myself more of a Manchester United or Chelsea type when it comes to fantasy football. After all, I need not remind all those in my pool that I am the defending champ. The title holder cannot be satisfied with anything but a repeat… so it’s time to play my wild card.
I figure if At the Rails allows me to give my opinions and advice on how to win your fantasy league, then you may at least want to know how I spent my wild card this transfer window. The January wild card means you can make as many transfers as you want for one week, but it’s only good for another month.
So I made some moves. Because really, who wants to read a fantasy column by a guy in sixth?
THE BIG SIGNINGS
First thing to do is figure out who the players are that you don’t have and feel you need, regardless of the cost. For me, I added high-priced members of Manchester United: Dimitar Berbatov, who I think will continue to score — especially if Rooney stays healthy — and Nani, who has been one of the top point-getters this year.
To make room, I let go of Johan Elmander who seems to have turned cold after a hot start to the season, and I dropped Samir Nasri. Dropping Nasri could turn out to be a mistake, but I felt Nani will outscore him and Man United make a push for the title.
Unfortunately this left me in the hole moneywise. My big sacrifice was dropping Joe Hart. His high price has scared off many from picking him up but I have had him from Week One and watched as he more than earned the high price, leading all goalies in fantasy points.
But I had to save money for what I felt was a great option out there: Craig Gordon. Gordon has been injured so his price is low. But since he’s been back, Sunderland have been regularly keeping clean sheets. I saved some more money at the goalkeeper position by dropping the injured Paul Robinson and picking up Steve Harper who seems to back in the top job for Newcastle. (Ed. Note: I always thought he was a right-winger! Ahahahahahaha… I’ll shut up now.)
To make it work right down to the penny meant dropping Scott Parker from West Ham for Newcastle’s Joey Barton. Barton, like many Newcastle players, is still a little undervalued in my opinion… though I will likely keep him mainly on the bench. And I got rid of Birmingham defender Roger Johnson (whose team I appear to have put a curse on ever since acquiring him as they stopped keeping clean sheets) for Kevin Foley from Wolves. That move was done purely for cost reasons, but it’s good to know Foley is a cheap starter if I ever need to put him in.
Rounding out the squad I kept pricey defenders Nemanja Vidic and Leighton Baines, who I think are worth paying top dollar for. I also kept Everton’s Seamus Coleman (who is really a midfielder so a good buy since the game has him slotted as a defender) along with Fulham’s Aaron Hughes. I also held on to the stars of the Tottenham midfield Gareth Bale and Rafael Van der Vaart along with Stoke’s Matthew Etherington.
Up front I couldn’t part with Carlos Tevez, despite his high price and his constant snood wearing. I also held on to Andrew Carroll hoping his current injury woes are not too serious.
Will these changes take me to the top of the table? Short answer. I hope so. I’ve already spent all the money I collected.