GW13 Complete. Was it lucky for you?
Super Jamie Vardy continued his incredible run of scoring in consecutive games, as Leicester City went top of the Premier League, smashing lowly Newcastle. He is now level with Ruud Van Nistelrooy and can beat his record this weekend when Leicester play, ironically, Manchester United. Can he do it?
Chelsea scraped past Norwich in a relegation 6 pointer. Everton dominated luckless Villa. Arsenal’s season is unraveling as it usually does, with injuries galore; this weekend they lost to a resilient West Brom. Klopp’s Liverpool overpowered a City side that looked like they didn’t want to be there. Stoke’s defensive resolve continued against Southampton although clean sheets were few and far between with Everton & Leicester the only other popular teams to achieve a shut out.
There were plenty of big scorers at the other end of the pitch so it was a crucial week in the FFUK league. How did you get on? Did your team make it onto Page 1?
The top 2 remain the same at the summit. Lester Deeble (1st) pulled away from the pack with 72 points this GW. His Lukaku (c) along with Kane, Vardy, Ozil & Mahrez got the bulk of his points. Lester has already made 2 early transfers this week – was it to get in a certain Argentinian striker? If so, which of his 3 form strikers did he drop?
Toby Glicher (2nd) lost ground this week with 66 points. Although he also had Lukaku (c), he was left with Ayew, Mahrez and Vardy to get him through the GW, as the rest of his side underperformed.
Hot on their heels is James Page-Chatton (3rd) after a strong GW scoring 83 points. James had Lukaku (c) but could also rely on points from Vardy, Kane, Simpson, and the highest scoring player of the GW, Ross Barkley. Well played James, only downside was leaving Mahrez’s points on the bench and Deulofeu not getting his assist!
There is another big mover in the top 10, it pains me to say it, but Peter Cronin (8th) had a good week with 84 points. He went for Kane (c) and although he didn’t have any Everton players, still managed points from Vardy, Ozil, Mahrez, Ayew & Simpson. Pete has made an early transfer bringing in Aguero for the misfiring Pelle! A logical decision but is it too soon? Fingers crossed there are (not) lots of injuries this week in all of the European games or in training ahead of next weekend’s games.
Other big scorers this GW were Matt Packham (32nd) with 88 points using his bench boost, however it may not have been the best week to use it as only 2 out of 4 players featured and only Butland got him any real points. In saying all of that it’s hard to complain when you have that kind of GW score!
Yabah Turnbull (24th) also had a great week. Whilst his Alexis (c) pick wasn’t the greatest he was able to bask in the points that the rest of his team accrued including Barkley, Coutinho, Eriksen, Mahrez, Alderweireld, Lukaku & Vardy. He even had Wes Morgans clean sheet coming off the bench replacing Darmian’s no show.
Sam Blakey (16th) continued his recent renaissance with 85 points off the back of using his Wildcard. Sam’s main reason for this was to get in Aguero early and take advantage of any early points and price rises. His team looks good going forward, as you would expect, with Kane & Vardy also up front, Ozil & Barkley in midfield and even Alderweireld getting attacking points this week.
The best score of the GW was reserved for Graeme Letts (48th) as he scored a whopping 93 points. What is even more impressive is that he scored the same number of points in GW11. This week it was down to Lukaku (c) plus Kane, Vardy, Ayew, Barkley & Mahrez which meant that he had almost all of the big points scorers of the weekend in attack. It is amazing that Graeme achieved this score with none of his defence earning a clean sheet. Graeme has also made 2 early transfers this week, if he is bringing in Aguero then who is he taking out?
On the other side of the coin spare a thought for Mark Tarbox (14th) who is dropping down the table after managing just 44 points. Although Mark had Lukaku, Vardy & Ozil plus a clean sheet from Stones there was a strange captain pick of Chris Smalling? Why? Mark thought he would have more time for fantasy football after the recent birth of his baby daughter. Is the pressure of fatherhood getting to him?
That’s your GW review. Onwards to GW14 and the last week of the first round FFUK cup ties. How are you getting on in your tie? Pete will be providing an update later in the week and we will be doing the draw next week for the Challenge Cup, there might even be a November review video for your amusement! All the details are on the tabs on the homepage (Rules, FFUK Cup, Challenge Cup).