Are Aquamar about to throw this thing away? The gap is now 12 – just 12 points to When Harry Met Alli. And 25 to The Craggy Islanders. Aquamar have been posting good scores but have been taking a crazy amount of hits to achieve them. They opted to take another three this week to add to the eleven of the previous three weeks at a cost of 36 points. Have they got their chip and wildcard tactics all wrong?
In the same four week stretch WHMA have made 5 changes, costing them 4 points. They bench boosted their way to the highest weekly score of 100 points this week. The four subs collected 18 of those points. We’ll have to wait and see whether that would have been better left for next week.
And that’s because of those Craggy Islanders. Making just three changes with no points deducted in the last four weeks, they played their wildcard this week enabling them to set up nicely for next week’s double GW37. At present they’ve 13 players set to play twice. I expect that to be 15 at kick off. And they have their bench boost in waiting.
There was a wide range of scores this week. This highest – the 70, 80 and 90+ totals came to those that played the double gameweek, utilising their chips and wildcards cleverly. Sanchez lead the captain picks and didn’t disappoint. Arsenal defenders contributed too. Two clean sheets was perhaps unexpected. Just watch them finish fourth. Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida were popular choices. They were far too cheap to ignore and returned well. There was an extra bonus for those that took a punt on Fraser Forster, with the Saints keeper scaring the shit out of James Milner, then saving his penalty.
Player of the week – Fraser Forster – 17 points. Double gameweek – keeper wins again.
Bargain of the week – Rob Holding – 15 points. In till the end?
Donkey of the week – Lys Mousset – -1 points. Striker own goal. Ooops.
Goal of the week – Vincent Kompany.In till the end?
West Ham v Spurs Man City v Crystal Palace Bournemouth v Stoke Burnley v West Brom Hull v Sunderland Leicester v Watford Swansea v Everton Liverpool v Southampton Arsenal v Man Utd Chelsea v Middlesbrough Southampton v Arsenal
There’s one extra fixture this week with Southampton and Arsenal both playing twice – once against each other in the midweek, and against Liverpool (Southampton) and Manchester United (Arsenal) over the weekend.
Meaning neither have an easy week ahead. Southampton are comfortably mid-table – about as mid-table as you can get. Last week, they were the first team since January to allow Hull to collect any away points, and before that were comfortably beaten by Chelsea and Manchester City. On the beach? This may open the door for Arsenal…or maybe not. Their respective form tables make similar reading.
Anyone holding both the triple captain and bench boost chips might be looking at this week to play the first of those. Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s form man with two goals and an assist in his last five games. I guarantee Alexis Sanchez will still pick up more armband nominations. Ozil’s barely been on the radar at all this season. Sanchez sort of looks like he’s still trying.
Introducing Southampton players to your team is a much easier task. Their defence is made up of three players coming in at under £5 million and whilst clean sheets might not appear likely given the opposition, be aware that both Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens have picked up 27 and 23 points in their last five weeks. That includes bonuses, assists and goals. Up top they’re giving us very little at the moment. Manolo Gabbiadini was meant to offer more. He arrived, he scored goals, he got injured – and he’s been hooked before the 60 minute mark since that return. The last thing you want is four games in two weeks returning just four points.
Double gameweek 37 holds much more potential. Chelsea and Spurs players are a must. Also consider Chelsea welcome Middlesbrough this week, whilst Spurs visit West Ham (on Friday night – remember) with the possibility of reducing the league lead to a single point. The problem with ditching Southampton players is the price difference, but if you’ve got your wildcard left, now’s the time.
The briefest of entries just for the records. I have been away for most of the last week, so wasn’t able to grab the league table before it changed.
The highest score was achieved by Yeboah’s Right Foot. It’s their fourth manager of the week accolade – the most of any manager this season. And the player contributing the most to their score was Kasper Schmeichel. Yeboah’s handed him the armband. Cheeky. Well, they were playing Sunderland.
Aquamar extended their lead at the top utilising their wildcard, while the chasing pack behind them continued to jostle for position.
Player of the week – Abel Hernandez – 14 points.Hull to stay up?
Bargain of the week – Maya Yoshida – 11 points. Southampton’s bargain defence playing wll ahead of their double gameweeks.
Donkey of the week – Daniel Ayala – 0 points. Boro going down?
The Baker Bum Boys win week 25 with 87 points. They played their wildcard to great effect, realising the current strength of the Saints defence and bringing in Jose Font to pay alongside Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld. Petr Cech was also transferred in. In the week he collected top bonus marks for his clean sheet. He’s now out clear at the top of the keeper charts. Mesut Ozil made a welcome return to form, and Diego Costa’s slight return to being a worthwhile fantasy player paid dividends, wearing the armband and picking up 18 points.
They beat Your Ad Here, who are our new leaders, by a point. YAH take their turn at the top of the tree ahead of FC Caligula. They drafted in Roberto Firmino who posted his third double figure score in five weeks. This moves him to the top of the overall form charts. A good week for Leicester, which admittedly is nearly every week, signals a good week for Pretty Schitty City. They bounced back into consideration, climbing up to fifth, and to within 10 points of the once seemingly uncatchable Golden Boys. Riyad Mahrez supplied 28 points as captain. His five week lean spell is well and truly forgotten. It’s three scoring weeks in succession, and his 10th double figure score.
Player of the week – Robert Huth – 16 points. 57 points in 7 weeks.
Bargain of the week – Maya Yoshida – 15 points. Bagged two bargain awards last season. Plays too occasionally to be a serious consideration.
Donkey of the week – Pablo Zabaleta – 0 points. Mahrez’d.
Goal of the week – Riyad Mahrez. Who else? Goal at 1m48s.
Who’d have thought Harry Kane would become the must have attacking player in this year’s FPL? Another double figure score. Accumulated from scoring twice to win the North London derby and take Spurs above Arsenal in the league, and well into the fight for Champions League football next season. It’s his 10th league goal in 9 games. It’s his 12th league goal of the season. He’s catching up with the suspended Costa and the out of form Aguero. Young player of the year is probably in the bag, and if he carries on at this rate, he could stake a claim for the player of the year awards as well.
Harry Kane’s 12 points wasn’t quite enough to bag him another player of the week award, although it did have an effect on some of the Buckets League’s big movers. There were two 70+ scorers this week. Accrington Rudyard installed Kane as captain and collected 71 points – the second highest team score. Kane was also one of eight players to contribute meaningfully to RayCrawfordsCrackers 77 point total and help them to their sixth manager of the week award. NaboombuDirtyYellows opted to transfer Kane out of their side two weeks ago. In that time he’s scored 25 points, NBYs have slipped from the summit of the Buckets League and their place has been taken by Neil Madrid – who have Kane in their attacking three.
Player of the week – Chris Brunt – 13 points. Inspired their come back at Burnley.
Bargain of the week – Maya Yoshida – 12 points. A second bargain award in recent weeks.
Donkey of the week – Luke Shaw – -1 points. £30,000,000 pounds worth of nothing.
Goal of the week – Danny Ings. Flowing move. bullet header. No video.