|1||Paris Spinks Germain||David Spinks||41||802|
|2||Uriah Rennie 2nd XI||Neil Greenwood||18||795|
|4||Neil Madrid||Neil Strong||31||776|
|5||* Your Ad Here *||Matthew Hopkins||23||771|
|7||Hedgehog Corpse FC||Nick Smith||36||753|
|9||Upper Bullens||Andy Taylor||32||749|
|10||Shoelace Untied||Caroline Strong||49||746|
|11||Pescara Rangers||Stewart Pope||16||739|
|14||Pretty Schitty City||Alex Michaluk||29||721|
|15||Bermie Utd||Glen Davies||24||702|
|16||Panza Grande XI||Stuart Baker||25||702|
|17||Luxembourg United||Simon Smallbone||22||684|
|18||Who R U||DEAN CRIPPS||31||678|
|20||Van Damme United||P Hawkins||36||675|
|21||The Mindless Morons||John Seacroft||25||673|
|22||Rip Roaring Reds||Sean Whyton||23||666|
|23||Real Jorvik FC||Simon Brown||21||658|
|24||No Recognized Plan||Paul Bentz||36||655|
|25||Get to the choppa||Mark Bromham||31||655|
|26||Crazylegs XI||David Caldicott||33||648|
|27||Accrington Rudyard||Ian Williams||34||638|
|28||Release The Hounds||Paul Mitchell||30||622|
|29||Jordie’s Giants||Jordan Raper||34||510|
One of the lowest scoring weeks in FPL history (probably), yet one of the most incident packed. And congratulations if you managed to end the weekend without any of your payers injured or suspended.
And the reasons for the low scores. Lots.
Saturday saw three goalless draws, and one other team keep a clean sheet. Clean sheets from some players are like an unexpected bonus most of the time. Most of time you try your best to avoid even having to pick those type of players. This week was one of those weeks. Anyone who had more than one player from a combination of Hull, West Brom, Liverpool, Sunderland, Spurs, Palace or QPR – well done – it won’t happen again.
I don’t suppose anyone expected Chelsea to lose. We’ve all been drawn in by the possibility of them going through the season without losing a game, and to think that it’d happen against a Newcastle side that were without key players – well that didn’t seem plausible. Yet it did. Bonus points if you picked any of the Newcastle ball boys. Thank god for Cesc Fabregas, who of the Cheslea regulars came away with an assist and some bonus points. Shame about the booking that rules him out of the next game.
Which leads us on to the sendings off.
Five in total. I may have come off worse out of all of you. It’s not often I straight up reference my own team. I try to keep the reviews and previews as neutral as possible, but for this week only, I need to spleen vent. I’ve done well to get out with 31 points. Pescara and Uriah’s didn’t even get past the 20 point mark. Both had Calum Chambers who was sent off for Arsenal and ended the week on -2 points. Uriah’s also had to contend with the dismissal of Lukasz Fabianski – who also finished on -2 – and is our weekly donkey. There were three other red cards this week. Paul Konchesky got his marching orders in Leicester’s game against Villa, but no-one seems to have him in their team, so lets not dwell on that. The other two sendings off, as well as Chambers, were in my team. Steven Taylor was sat on the bench, but that doens’t make it any easier for working out what to do next week. Charlie Austin at least managed to get a goal and assist before getting his second yellow. Again, not a complete disaster you might think, but I’m faced with five players out next week. Chambers, Austin, Taylor, Fabregas – and Sergio bloody Aguero.
As is everybody else. Probably. As little as we expected Chelsea to lose at Newcastle, no-one saw the FPL’s player of the moment crumpling into a heap after 7 minutes against Everton on Saturday evening. Those without, or even those that went for an alternative captain choice will be feeling smug. Early reports suggest a month out, which will upset City’s recent upturn in form, and makes the race for the December manager of the month very interesting. Most managers will have to make a change in their forward line for next week. One good thing is that you’re trading in the most expensive player in the game – so the league is your oyster.
Maybe you could trade in for one of the two highest scorers of the week. Back from the dead to win player of the week is Andy Carroll. West Ham are up to fourth. This is the team you go to when you start dropping your Southamton players. Can Carroll stay fit though? He’s been back for five games, played three full 90 minutes, and scored 25 points. You’d have plenty of change if you bought him in place of Aguero. Not so much if you opted for Robin Van Persie. Back from the dead to score his second double figure score in the last three weeks, RVP will still set you back over £12 million. It probably doesn’t seem like it, but he has started every game but the very first one, and has managed six league goals so far. I suppose he just seems a lot more interested in the last few weeks.
Uriah’s dismal score of 18 has allowed PSG to take over at the top. PSG reached 41 points, losing Chambers, Fabregas and Aguero. They were one of only three teams to surpass 40 points. Gaalacticos lost Chambers, Austin, Fabregas and Aguero, but ended on 45 points and finished second. Leading this week’s totals are Shoelace with 49 points. Lucky-ish Shoelace only lost Fabregas and Aguero with Taylor on the bench.
Player of the week – Andy Carroll – 16 points. West Ham spoilt for attacking options.
Bargain of the week – Alan McGregor – 15 points. Includes a penalty save and all the bonus marks
Donkey of the week – Lukasz Fabianski – -2 points. Unfortunate – might yet be rescinded.
Goal of the week – Diafra Sakho. West Ham really spoilt for attacking options. 2m40s in.