Season results and review

May 20, 2012

I had an idea of posting a full on stat attack of the season, but the website has taken all player stats down, which is very annoying, and so I’m going to make most of this up. Starting with a team of the season, in a standard 4-4-2 with a defensive midfielder, and not a 3-4-3 with three attacking fullbacks, four advanced midfielders and three goal hangers.

Team of the Season

GK – Joe Hart – 166 points

  • The most clean sheets of any keeper with 17, although not the most popular pick. There are much cheaper keepers who didn’t finish that far behind Hart’s points total. But his undroppable status in the country’s best team ensured he was top of the pile.

RB – Kyle Walker – 140 points

  • Played almost every game for Spurs in his breakthrough season. Good going forward but only scored twice and assisted once. Fourteen clean sheets and the odd bonus made him the league’s top right back.

LB – Patrice Evra – 159 points

  • A slow-ish start, but as United’s form picked up after Christmas, Evra’s popularity rose, as did his scoring. A run of five successive clean sheets in March was enough to keep him ahead of Leighton Baines for the left back berth.

CB – Vincent Kompany – 145 points

  • But for two sendings off, and subsequent bans, Kompany probably would have been the highest scoring defender. He’s certainly the best. Was destined not to finish in the team of the season till his goal scoring, clean sheeting, bonus hogging captain fantastic display against United.

CB – John Terry – 138 points

  • More for his goalscoring and bonus pointing than clean sheets or race relations this season. Six goals is a season record for Terry, as is 18 bonus points. But only nine clean sheets is very un-Chelsea, down five on the 14 they kept last year.

DM – Yaya Toure – 139 points

  • There aren’t many defensive midfielders worth investing in, but Yaya is definitely one of them. Granted, he’s probably picked up most of his points when he’s been moved further forward, but his total is made all the more impressive when you consider he beat last years figures, and spent 6 weeks away at the African Nations Cup.

RM – David Silva – 184 points

  • Quickest out the blocks of any player, scoring or assisting in twelve of the first sixteen games of the season. It was a different story for the last sixteen, contributing in only four matches. Had done enough in the first half to guarantee a place in the team of the season, and  altogether posted six goals, 17 assists and 21 bonus points.

AM – Clint Dempsey – 209 points

  • The highest scoring midfielder in the league. Scored 17, which was only bettered by Rooney, Aguero and Van Persie. Also assisted seven times and picked up 22 bonus points. Scored double figures on eight occasions, including three weeks on the spin in March and April. Criminally overlooked for the PFA awards for being an American.

LM – Gareth Bale – 195 points

  • Bale’s season panned out in a similar way to Silva’s. Not as quick to start, but once he got going, he couldn’t stop scoring, particularly from October to the end of January. His dip coincided with Spurs’ bad run, but by that point was a mainstay in most teams. Scored ten, assisted 14 and got 21 bonus points.

CF – Robin Van Persie – 269 points

  • The top scorer, and Fantasy Premier League player of the season. His first injury free season, making you wonder what might have been had he stayed injury free playing alongside Fabregas, Henry, Adebayor and Nasri. Managed a massive 269 points, over 100 more than his previous best. Doubt he’ll score as much next season when he’s playing for City.

CF – Wayne Rooney – 230 points

  • Bettered his previous best points and goals total this season. Didn’t play every game, and was  only booked once, in the penultimate game of the season. Scored or assisted in 15 of the last 19 games he started.

Bargain team of the season

GK – Michel Vorm – 158 points

Swansea kept lots of clean sheets in the Championship. No-one expected them to carry that on into the Premiership, but with the addition of this guy, they found it very easy. Started of at 4 million quid, everyone bought him, and finished the season at 5.2 million. Expect him to start from that price next season.

RB –  Danny Simpson – 117 points

Simpson was almost an ever-present, up until injury forced him out of the last three games of the season. Another that started at 4 million, but soon saw his value rise as the clean sheets racked up.

LB – Ryan Taylor – 117 points

Really a right back, but started the season playing at left back, and played so well he kept his place until injury struck and limited his appearances in the second half of the season. By that time Taylor was the leading defender whose value had increased from 4 to 5.4 million. Clean sheets, a good collection of bonus marks and a couple of 40 yard screamers made him a popular fantasy choice.

CB – Jonny Evans – 123 points

Injury to Nemanja Vidic saw Evans promoted to first team duties more than expected, and ahead of the injury prone Jones and Smalling. He cemented his place in the heart of the United defence, and even popped up with the odd goal and assist in the second half of the season. All this after scoring the season’s worst weekly score, a -5 after the 6-1 stuffing by City.

CB – Ashley Williams – 123 points

Missed one game in Swansea’s impressive season, and kept 13 clean sheets in all. Picked up full bonus marks in their defeat of City.

DM – Alexandre Song – 125 points

 The ten bookings he picked up could have been expensive were it not for the incredible 13 assists he contributed, most of which were chipped balls forward for Van Persie to bury on the volley. He might be a clumsy, dopey defensive midfielder, but he’s more useful in a fantasy squad than the majority of his Arsenal team mates

RM – Scott Sinclair – 151 points

Swansea were definitely the go to team for the bargain this year. They were defensively sound, and weighed in with a good amount of goals. Sinclair was the most potent of their lightning quick midfield. He hit double figures for the week four times, scored all but one of the penalties he took, and picked up 13 bonus marks along the way.

LM – Matt Jarvis – 142 points

One of the two Wolves players worth considering all season. The other being Steven Fletcher. His performances will probably earn him a summer transfer, and another season in the Premiership.

AM – Stephane Sessegnon – 161 points

A slow start saw Sessegnon’s value drop to 6.1 million, before rising as high as 7.6 million. Benefitted from the dearth of fit (and good) attackers at Sunderland, and found himself pushed further forward, sometimes playing as a lone striker. Netted seven times, and assisted 12 times. Had a purple patch over the New Year when he scored points in seven out of eight weeks.

CF – Emmanuel Adebayor – 194 points

Has to be considered a bargain at a starting price of only 8 million. Adebayor reminded us of how good a striker he is and how well suited he is to the Premier League, despite his bad time at Man City. Scored 17 times, and assisted 12 times, including four assists in one game against Newcastle. Ended only six points short of his highest ever FPL total.  The bargain player of the year.

CF – Demba Ba – 165 points

Started off at 6.5 million, and topped 8.1 million by the end of February, then Papiss Cisse turned up, scored every game, and stole his thunder. But by that point Demba had already hit two hat tricks, scored 16 times, and picked up 21 bonus points.

Player and team stats

Most player of the week awards

Sergio Aguero (3 times).

Most player of the week awards (team)

Manchester City and Manchester United (7 times)

Most donkey of the week awards

David Wheater (2 times)

Most donkey of the week awards (team)

Queens Park Rangers (5 times)

Highest weekly score

Ashley Young (23 points in gameweek 3) Robin Van Persie (23 points in gameweek 24)

Highest bargain score

Andy Johnson (20 points in gameweek 7)

Lowest weekly score

Jonny Evans (-5 points in gameweek 9) Gael Givet (-5 points in gameweek 24)

Most goal of the season contenders

Robin Van Persie (3 times) Sergio Aguero (3 times)

Most goal of the season contenders (team)

Newcastle United (7 goals)

Goal of the season

Papiss Cisse (2nd goal) for Newcastle United v Chelsea in gameweek 36

Buckets stats

Most Manager of the Weeks

Romeo’s-Honda-van (5 times)

Most Manager of the Months

Magnificent Fifteen (2 times)

Highest weekly score

Neil Madrid (118 points in gameweek 36)

Highest monthly score

Neil Madrid (369 points in April)

Winner

Neil Madrid

Runner up

Romeo’s Honda-van

3rd place

none of the above

4th place

Panza Grande

Buckets Cup winner

Rip Roaring Reds

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