Each week we will get the views and tips from one of the eight managers in the “Clash Across The Pond” league.
One Gameweek down in Fantasy Premier League Draft and, in our pundits’ league, the UK have stolen a march over their American rivals.
The first set of fixtures served up two transatlantic head-to-heads, both won by the UK teams.
|Sean’s Super Subs (US)||37||45||Sutherns Comfort (UK)|
|Get on the Snake (US)||31||43||Woody Allen (UK)|
|10 Huddersfield Lane (US)||54||52||Rotoworld PL (US)|
|Jonty’s XI (UK)||35||65||Andy’s Allstars (UK)|
We start with one of the victorious UK contingent: Mark Sutherns.
Current Squad: Begovic, Heaton; Koscielny, Mendy, Trippier, Vertonghen, Yoshida; Lallana, Lanzini, Ozil, Ritchie, Salah; Gabbiadini, Jesus, Vardy.
After limping into Gameweek 1 carrying five injuries and with only nine fit players on my teamsheet, I’m delighted to have snatched three points.
Sean Sullivan – my GW1 opponent – looked very strong on paper. Having 11 men was always going to help.
Such fine margins can decide a head-to-head.
I’m a little more confident of not needing to rely on such luck now my treatment room is clearing.
While Adam Lallana is a long-term casualty, I’m not inclined to enter the market to replace him.
The Liverpool man can be a quality player in FPL Draft and I am likely to keep him on my bench rather than risk surrendering him to a rival.
No one in our league has blinked and moved for a waiver; they also seem happy to hold their injured and inactive players.
So, as yet, there is no “streaming” of defenders taking place.
"Streaming" is when managers use waivers and free agents to improve their backline according to the fixture list.
For now, we are all sitting still, clinging to our initial picks.
But movement and new arrivals in the Premier League transfer window could spark a flurry of waiver activity.
A heavy defeat to my UK team-mate Andy, who scored an intimidating 65 points in Gameweek 1, might also convince me to dabble in the market.