Another week, another win for Leroy Sane and co, making it eight in a row for me and another week at the head of the table. A score of 134.75 proved to be the best of the week, defeating my opponent Vallenar Pitbulls by a healthy 54.5 and taking my record up to nine wins and one defeat after 10 games.
It sounds like I’m getting used to this whole winning every week thing but to be honest, I can’t quite believe it either. I’m enjoying it while it lasts…
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Mathew Ryan (Brighton) – -2
I was extremely grateful for my editor last week who kindly pointed out to me that Ryan was Australian and not from New Zealand like I had said. I also wrongly referred to him as a stopper as he did none of that this week. One shot on target and one goal concession led to a pretty useless minus two. The one blot on a pretty attractive copybook…
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – 5.75
Conceding at home against unfancied opposition has been an Arsenal sort of thing to do in recent years and this week was no exception. Still, I went into this week fully believing in a clean sheet for Koscielny and co. Sam Clucas quickly put paid to that idea and Swansea could have made it two before Arsenal recitified the situation. Koscielny recovered a little to score a respectable 5.75. Almost certainly going to bench him when they travel to the Etihad next week.
Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) – 11.5
Only a foolish man (or a Liverpool supporter) would bank on a Liverpool clean sheet, even in a home match against low scoring Huddersfield. I’m arguably both of those things. In truth, The Red’s leaky back line was rarely tested, allowing for a comfortable shut out. I like Moreno for his attacking contribution but he didn’t do a lot of that this week, managing just one key pass. A return of 11.5 was acceptable.
James Milner (Liverpool) – 32
Only a foolish man (or a Liverpool supporter) doubles up on a Liverpool defence. It certainly paid off this week as Milner posted a less than boring 32 points from his favoured central midfield role. Not only is he being preferred in an advanced role this season but with Coutinho missing he became Liverpool’s creator in chief this weekend as well as their set piece taker. A massive attacking return (including an assist) coupled with a clean sheet ensured Milner was this week’s top scoring player in Togga. After losing his place in the starting eleven, he may be unowned in a lot of leagues and his classification as a defender makes him well worth an add if you’re prepared to stash him on your bench for most of the season.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – 18
Wilf is back with a bang following his lengthy lay off and he demonstrated his importance to Palace once again with a last gasp equaliser in the London derby against West Ham. Everything positive The Eagles achieve is usually conjured by Zaha and he made up for a disappointing showing at Newcastle with an 18 point haul. I took a risk in taking Zaha in the second round of my draft but he’s proving once again he can be a top performer this season, especially at home.
Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – 23.5
Another week of trying to trade Sane away proved fruitless. Once again, I’m thankful for the rejections. I’ve learned my lesson and will be keeping him for the foreseeable. Simply, the German is on fire and is one of the best players in the country right now playing for by far the best team. A first half goal and assist put me firmly in charge of the match up and made it a fairly comfortable Saturday afternoon for me. Raheem Sterling has proved that no one is safe from Pep’s rotation game but it’ll still take a very high price to acquire Sane at this moment in time. A definite keeper.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke) – 9
Shaqiri’s injury prevented what was likely to be a nice haul from the Swiss magician at home to Bournemouth last week but he shook the knock off in time to face an in form Watford side. I wasn’t hopeful of a good return this week and his contribution turned out to be fairly limited, not helped by a yellow card. An assist for the only goal of the game helped him to a respectable score of nine. I’ll be expecting much better from a home game against Leicester from Shaqiri who is finally threatening to be the player that Stoke signed.
Anthony Knockaert (Brighton) – 7.5
Not a bad return from the Championship Player of the Year but also not that good. Two key passes from two crosses and two successful dribbles represent an acceptable day at the office he was once again outshone by assist machine Pascal Gross. I’m confident that Knockaert is due a big haul very soon and has a nice run of fixtures to achieve that in. Nevertheless, Gross is the man to own from Brighton.
Andre Carrillo (Watford) – 7
Carrillo’s inclusion proved to be my only mistake of the week as I opted for him over Christian Fuchs (just the 24 points from the Austrian this week). I expected a lot more from Watford in general who found it tougher than expected against a stubborn Stoke City outfit. The Peruvian posted a respectable score of seven but will have to start paying out in goals and assists to keep his place in my team.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – 10.5
Following a monster haul against Everton last time out, Sanchez was due another big pay day at home to a lacklustre Swansea City. As often happens in fantasy football, it didn’t happen. The Chilean looked sharp and threatened to be the star once again but disappointed thousands of fantasy football managers and pleasing plenty of bookies all over the country by drawing an unexpected blank. Thankfully for me, the others did the business.
Glenn Murray (Brighton) – 12
Probably an odd decision to stock up on Brighton players this week (just the three) but I suppose it worked. I thought I’d take a gamble after his double at West Ham and the promise of taking on another uninspiring team in Southampton and it paid off with his third goal in two matches. It’s hard to see Murray keeping his place as he is still just a very good Championship striker but he can’t do a lot more than he is already doing.
With my top players facing incredibly tough matchups next week, I’m not expecting my recollection of Gameweek 11 to be as cheerful as this one, but nor did I expect to be 9-1 at this stage either. Until then, I’m going to enjoy spending another week looking at the league table.
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