Opinion

The curse of the General goes on after KDB injury

Saturday morning, you bring in Kevin De Bruyne (£9.7m) and give him the armband for Double Gameweek 35.

The guy has been phenomenal in Manchester City’s last few matches. He’s a differential captain who is going to rocket you up the rankings with a mega-haul. At least that’s what I had convinced myself of.

Saturday afternoon, you sit down with a cuppa to watch Manchester City v Spurs full of excitement for KDB’s points.

Thirty-seven minutes in, the Belgian goes down clutching his leg.

Hello darkness my old friend.

Saturday evening, you switch off the TV, leave your phone at home and head out for the day to get away from the pain of FPL.

You are enjoying the sunshine in the park when three kids start kicking a ball around beside you.

You notice that one of them is wearing a Man City shirt. When he turns around, it reads ‘De Bruyne 17’ on the back.

The pain returns.

The kid even fell to the ground at one point crying after getting a kick from his mate. You couldn’t make it up.

I’m officially cursed this season.

Looking ahead to Gameweek 36, Sadio Mane (£10.0m) could be the next victim of the General’s curse. The triple captain chip is currently on him. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

It’s hard to look past this Liverpool fixture at home to a relegated Huddersfield side for those who have the chip still in hand. Mane has been very productive in front of his own fans this season with 14 of his 18 goals coming at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah (£13.2m) is a great option too for those that own him. He’s returned attacking points in each of his last four appearances. Some would say ‘he’s due’ a big haul. It could happen on Friday night.

Managers who own both Mane and Salah have a very tough decision to make regarding the captaincy. There are other options too, the Liverpool defenders can outscore their attacking team-mates, we’ve seen it a few times already this season and Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) could trump them all.

Watch Huddersfield win 1-0 now.

Aside from Liverpool, Son Heung-min (£8.8m) has a nice home fixture against West Ham which he should start in given that he’s banned for the Champions League first-leg tie against Ajax next week.

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) will be captained by many this week too for their trip to Burnley who are now safe having reached the 40-point mark.

Transfers-wise, De Bruyne must go this week. The obvious replacement is Sterling, but it would require a -4. Salah is another option. Most likely, it will be one of these two but Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m), Diogo Jota (£6.2m) and Gerard Deulofeu (£5.6m) are also fighting for that spot in midfield.

Whether or not to invest in Manchester United assets for their fixtures against Huddersfield (away) and Cardiff (home) in the final two Gameweek’s is something managers are asking themselves. The 2-0 loss to City on Wednesday night was their seventh defeat in their last nine matches. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side hasn’t scored a goal from open play in over eight hours of football.

It’s worrying times for United fans and it’s hard to justify bringing in any of their players in FPL despite the fixtures looking good on paper. Avoiding them completely might be the best thing to do.

I want to end my column this week by wishing Joe a speedy recovery. I’ve been lucky enough to spend some of my Saturday mornings this season doing the Breakfast Club with him. He puts in so much work behind the scenes and delivers some of the best FPL content out there week after week. Most of all, he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with since I started working in Fantasy Football. Get well soon.

Good luck for Gameweek 36 folks and enjoy your weekend.

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  1. Dthinger
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    So, Joe Gomez is fit again, right? Any chance he gets a start against Huddersfield in place of Matip?

    1. Tempestic
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Matip or Trent yes I think there's a good chance of it

      1. Dthinger
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        at 4.8M he could be a real bargain then...

    2. Right back Atsu
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I'm wondering the same. Concern with CL semi coming up.

    3. jdp219
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I was more worried about him replacing TAA, even with his form.

      1. Dthinger
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I suppose there's a chance of that, but wasn't he playing CB before his injury?

        1. jdp219
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Honestly not sure on that. I was thinking it's more about CL for TAA.

  2. Stimps
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Hi all, best move for this week? 0.9itb

    Foster
    Duffy Robertson Doherty
    Salah Mane Pogba Son
    Jiminez Vardy King

    Ryan Brooks Kola Luiz

    A) Brooks -> Babel
    B) Pogba -> Bilva

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Like A

  3. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Who would you rather play?
    A) JWP (BOU)
    B) Jota (Wat)

    1. jdp219
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Same players on my squad. I currently have Jota starting. JWP is first spot on the bench, though.

      1. Balls of Steel
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Same as that and starting Jota... Don't like how JWP is playing deeper with Valery not playing!

  4. Right back Atsu
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Matip likely to play gw36? Ta.

  5. Viper
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Evening all. I have a few options, are any of them any more obvious than the other?

    A. KDB - > Hazard

    B. KDB - > Sané

    C. Kdb & Eriksen - > Salah & 7.0m mid (Moura, Redmond etc) (-4)

    D. Kdb & Doherty - > Sterling & Yoshida (-4)

    1. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Might I suggest KDB > B.Silva?

      1. Viper
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yep, another option. Thanks.

        Leaves me funds to take a punt elsewhere in 37/38

    2. Jones Bond
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Would be C for me not sure who the mid should be though

      1. Viper
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I think it'll be Redmond. Fancy him for gwk 38

    3. Crazygopher
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Like kdb to bilva as already said

    4. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Anyone know the current (not beginning of gw35 which is all i can find) bb percentage in top ten k? Thanks

      1. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Difficult to know the true benefit/score of BB as many will have played strong options on the bench for the lolz.

        1. Bossworld
            2 months, 2 days ago

            My colleague at work alleges that Foster, Bednareka and JWP were not genuine starters and that Lloris Vardy, Eriksen on the bench was me going full benchw*nkery

            1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Sorry, i’ve been unclear. I mean: how many have it left?

              That said, bench thingery is difficult to judge. I couldn’t tell you if i would have started masina or firmino in the double because i never intended to have that decision to make.

        2. donlobatto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

          86.1% after GW35 (18.6% before)

          1. donlobatto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            That’s how many have used it in top 10k per LiveFPL

          2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Is that not the stat for people who went into 35 having played it? What I am curious to know is how many of that 13.9 remained in the top ten k. Thank you

            1. donlobatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Ah I get you. Yes I think you’re right

      2. Jones Bond
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Is it worth a hit to upgrade Kolasinac?
        With martial the make weight

      3. Tempestic
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Who would you rather keep until the end of the season? Jimenez or Jota?

        1. Jones Bond
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          That’s a tough 1, I’ve been thinking the same it seems like Jimenez time maybe up

      4. ★Kuntheman★
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        You around Berbs? How goes it?

        Very nervous for these final three weeks. I'd still give Liverpool the edge given both fixtures.

      5. Pilgrim62
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I need Salah due my to ML situation. I have to loos one:
        Sterling,
        Kun,
        Son
        Mane
        Any advise?

        1. KINGS
            2 months, 2 days ago

            None. Keep status quo

          • Crazygopher
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Kun as lots of other low price options ( perez Wilson Zaha ) my fav is rash for gw37/38 just a thought

          • MT180
              2 months, 2 days ago

              GTG?

              Pickford
              AWB Robertson Digne
              Mane Duelofeu Hazard Bilva
              King Aguero (C) Firmino

              Speroni Fraser Bennett Peltier

              1. Crazygopher
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Captain kun over mane?

                  1. MT180
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      No, i'll captain mane for this week. What about Firmino for captain though?

                  2. Crazygopher
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Toss up just have a feeling mane over firm but either good

                  3. Micahrichard
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      keep vardy or switch to firmino?

                      1. Pilgrim62
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Firmino imo

                      2. PBC
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Been thinking Firmino but actually Vardy vs Arsenal is a great fixture and I have other problems so used my transfers elsewhere and brought in TAA.

                    • KINGS
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Which one to bench this week?

                        A) Jimi
                        B) Gray
                        C) Redmond

                        1. GreenShark1
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          B

                      • Oggle22
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        G2G?
                        Ryan
                        Trippier Duffy Kolasinac
                        Salah Sterling Mane Salah
                        Jiminez Kun Llorente

                        Hammer Valery Bednerak Hudson-Odi

                        Cheers

                        1. KINGS
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            How many Salahs you have

                          • jdp219
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Needs more Salah.

                            1. Oggle22
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 2 days ago

                              Lol defo meant to be Son G2G?

                        2. jdp219
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          1) Doherty > TAA (exact funds)
                          2) Save FT

                          Would have done #1 already but a little nervous about rotation.

                        3. Slitherene
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Bench which one?

                          A) Wilson (sou)
                          B) Jimenez (wat)

                          1. jl3757
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            A for me

                        4. zizoo10
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          start one on field
                          A) batshuai (will he start?)
                          B) luiz

                        5. jl3757
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Should've went with Hojberg instead of JWP on wildcard, now I'm faced with keeping Eriksen or taking a -4 to switch for Mane. Worth it or not?

                        6. Pilgrim62
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Who is more dangerous till end of the season:
                          Kun or Son ?

                          1. Tshelby
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Kun