Manager of the week – Despicable Mee – – Trevor Gordon – 87 points
Not only the manager of the week, but our new leader. As soon as we slip into the New Year, Hornets, ever present at the top since August, are knocked from their perch. Maybe this could be Despicable Mee’s year after two consecutive second place finishes. They played their free hit with good effect, although it would have been a lot better – and for a lot more managers – had Harry Kane (yes, him again) done what he was supposed to and scored two more hat tricks. I hope no-one triple captained him. The double gameweek could have been better. It was easier to draft in West Ham players than Spurs players given their cheapness and that didn’t open up too many point scoring opportunities. The free hit was probably the best chip to play in the circumstances with doubts over rotation and the fitness of some players. Without it, introducing Alli, Eriksen, Son and/or Kane would probably have meant losing a Liverpool or Man City big hitter. DM’s free hit consisted of three from West Ham and Spurs, and three from Man City and Leicester, who were the week’s highest scoring teams. It couldn’t have worked out any better really. Honorable mentions for The Winnings R Mine, who now sit 3rd, having been in 21st place on Christmas Eve. TWRM played an early wildcard, dropping Kane (brave/smart) and captaining the highest scoring double gameweeker, Son Heung-Min. Must Try Harder went with the free hit and a similar team set up to Despicable Mee to the tune of 83 points. Blakes11 totaled 86 with their early wildcard, captaining Alli, ignoring Kane, and picking up 51 points from double gameweekers.
Player of the week – Riyad Mahrez – 14 points
Mahrez has been racking up some impressive totals in recent weeks with either a goal or an assist in eight of his last nine games. He’s now the 5th highest scorer overall – the fourth highest midfielder. This might explain why he still feels like a slightly more under the radar choice. Is there any room? It’s not impossible to have him in your midfield, but it’s at the expense of someone who maybe feels more likely to score – like a Coutinho, a Sanchez or a Hazard. Yet, he beats them all in overall total and form.
Bargain of the week – Marc Albrighton – 13 points
Albrighton was pipped to the overall player of the week by his teammate, Mahrez, picking up three bonus points to his two. Both contributed a goal and assist in their victory over Huddersfield. Albrighton’s recent figures are good and worthy of note. He has six scoring weeks in his last ten, becoming a much more regular starter under Claude Puel. And all for £5.5 million.
Twat of the week – Christian Kabasele – -1 points
Soon to be renamed ‘Twatford of the week’ due to the frequency with which they win this award. It shows on Marco Silva’s face too. He knows. It was a slightly unfortunate own goal, rather than a scything challenge that did for Kabasele. Still, he went and did it in a week in which no-one conceded seven or snapped someone in two in the first half.
Goal of the week. Pedro Obiang. Two great goals in one match but this was the most unexpectedly spectacular. 2m15s