Gameweek 4 results

September 16, 2014

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 91 243
2 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 83 235
3 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 79 224
4 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 93 224
5 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 65 223
6 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 54 216
7 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 58 212
8 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 67 212
9 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 69 208
10 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 67 208
11 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 61 205
12 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 68 200
13 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 56 196
14 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 73 195
15 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 55 189
16 Van Damme United P Hawkins 51 188
17 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 68 188
18 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 44 188
19 Ciderheads Darren Pope 68 184
20 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 63 183
21 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 35 169
22 Howay Man AFC Mark Bromham 46 167
23 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 50 166
24 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 59 165
25 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 70 164
26 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 36 159
27 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 50 155
28 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 31 154
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 33 129

 

Uriah Rennie 2nd XI are our new leaders, jumping three places from fourth to first with an impressive 91 points. Not the highest score of the week however. Rip Roaring Reds eclipsed them with a 93 point haul, and jumped ten places from 14th into the top four. Both teams had Diego Costa and Wayne Rooney. Both made Rooney captain. Kind of a gamble given the indifference of both his and United’s early season form – but one that paid off. It’s taken until game four for United to finally get some worthwhile fantasy points on the board. No coincidence that it happened in the gameweek they were finally able to pick all of their new signings – and drop Ashley Young. Angel Di Maria (also picked by RRR’s) was the most impressive, and their highest scorer, with 14 points.

Kudos to those of you – and there were quite a few of you judging by the scoring – who took a risk on Diego Costa, either by bringing him in – or not leaving him out. And especially to those who went all out and opted for him as captain. Panza, Upper Bullens and *Your Ad Here*, who make up the rest of the top five, should be smugly relieved he overcame his injury. He’s scored in every game now. He’s bagged the first hat trick of the season. He’s on seven goals, outscoring some teams. Having started the week on £10.7 million, it’ll be interesting to see how far and fast that value rises before next weeks fixtures. At his rate of scoring, even if he were to tip the £11 million barrier, it still seems like too good an offer to turn down. No new striker has hit the ground running quite like Costa in the Premier League era. It took Luis Suarez a season and a half and a couple of bans to be this prolific. How long can it last? At this rate, if the hamstrings hold out, and he keeps his head – because he does look like he’s got at least one red card in him – could we be looking at our first 40 goal finisher?

He’s not the only newbie to be impressing. The top scoring striker list looks very unfamiliar. Leonardo Ulloa and Graziano Pelle leap into the top five having scored and gathered top bonus marks at the weekend. Both are set to see their values rise in the coming weeks if their form continues, but at £5.5 and £7.5 million respectively, neither are going to dent your finances too much and leave money for spends elsewhere. In fact, buying a form striker has never been as cheap. Steven Naismith and Andreas Weimann make up the top five (with Costa), and a little further down the list comes Gabby Agbonlahor. None of those three will cost you any more than £5.6 million.

And it’s Villa, who against all odds, are offering the best cheap options at the moment, particularly in defence and attack. All of their first choice back four have hit double figures, and Brad Guzan leads the goalkeeping charts. They have the best defensive record thus far, and kept another clean sheet at the weekend in a surprise victory over Liverpool. Contrast that with Arsenal, who’ve yet to keep a clean sheet. Wojciech Szczesny was last season’s second highest scoring keeper. Villa’s next opponents? – Arsenal.

 

Player of the week – Diego Costa – 17 points. Draft him in now

Bargain of the week – Graziano Pelle – 13 points. Southampton won’t get relegated.

Donkey of the week – John Terry – -1 points. Not completely watertight at the back.

Goal of the week – Enner Valencia. Boom!

 

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