Manager of the week – Emergency Gap Jumper – Ian Williams – 65 points
The lowest average weekly score so far this season and arguably one of the most depressing weeks in fantasy league history. If you scraped above 40 – well done. The average was 32. Scores in the teens were commonplace. Harry Kane made an unexpected early return, but didn’t perform, double whammy-ing those managers who’d striven to get him back in by pretending to score with his sleeve – and then getting booked. Romelu Lukaku had nothing to do with the 3-2 title-stopping victory over Manchester City. Everton and Liverpool kept the only clean sheets. I could go on. The list of non-performing regulars is pretty long. EGJ’s 65 is pretty special – double the average – and streets ahead of everyone else. There were only two scores in the 50’s. Although the bench boost decision might be one to rue. Three extra points is not what you’re looking for from a chip which would have been better played either next week or in GW37. The Gap Jumpers do, however, leap into the top 10 for the first time this season (or possibly even ever?).
Player of the week – Christian Eriksen – 15 points
Judging by post match interviews, it appeared Eriksen was happy to take the assist for Spurs’ second goal, and that the goal be awarded to Harry Kane. This would have given Kane owners a likely extra 6 points, as he was sat on two bonus points at that time. Those captaining would have mustered an extra 12. I’m not sure too many of us, if anyone at all, has Eriksen in their teams. Alli’s in slightly better form and Son’s much cheaper. This almost makes Eriksen a tempting differential for their double double gameweeks.
Bargain of the week – Ayoze Perez – 12 points
Perez has been ticking over quite nicely in the cheap striker club without anyone really noticing. He’s registered points in six of the last eleven. Not only are there forward facing players, like Perez, in the £5-6 million bracket worth looking at, but unusually for Newcastle, they’re also pretty sound defensively. The danger is, that with them virtually safe, will they take their foot of the gas a little and cruise in to the end of the season. I hope not. A top half finish would be fantastic.
Twat of the week – Jack Stephens – -2 points
We’ve had some multi-twats in our time. And some pretty twattish tams sharing the twatness around, but this is some achievement – two weeks on the spin as king twat. Well done. Just when he was gaining in popularity as a cheap defender for a double double gameweeking team. He’s now suspended until GW36. Any Southampton assets are surely only going to be bench fodder for the bench boost week, so he is still of some use suspended in reserve until GW37 I suppose.
Goal of the week – Ayoze Perez.