“Oooh this is getting better and better and better!”
What better way to start an article than by quoting the great John Motson on that night England thrashed Germany in Munich 16 and a bit years ago. I remember that side with great fondness but this fantasy team may be even higher in my estimations.
After nine straight victories it’s hard to sound big headed so quoting an actual living legend instead of bigging myself up is probably a good way to go.
Those who have read my previous article will know I wasn’t optimistic going into this week with my two top players facing away games against the best two teams in the country (as I Liverpool fan, I don’t count United in that obviously).
Motty’s right though. This is getting better. And better..!
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Matthew Ryan – 13
Ryan’s extended stay in my squad goes against all my fantasy football principles. My usual strategy is to stream ‘keepers (chopping and changing each week) but the Aussie’s consistency and Brighton’s new found stubbornness in defence has left me with no option but to keep faith in him. With a favourable run of fixtures to come, he may remain my number one for the foreseeable future.
Alberto Moreno – 5
No clean sheet for Moreno this week, leading to a very average points return. It was a little too much to ask of a Liverpool defence that managed a shut out in Gameweek 10. Two in a row would be unheard of! I expected more of an attacking return from the Spaniard who is basically a left winger when Liverpool have the ball and is joint highest assist scorer in the Champions League this season with three. I’ll be keeping faith in him though as he seems to have learned how to defend this season, a big bonus for a defender.
Cedric Soares – 4.5
Cedric is a player I am starting to lose a bit of patience with. Southampton’s defence is no longer watertight, despite the return of Virgil Van Dijk, and their attack continues to be as exciting as a Saturday afternoon trip to the local garden centre (Painful memories). When Virgil inevitably leaves in January it’s only going to get worse for Cedric and co. May be time to get rid.
Jonjoe Kenny – 7.25
Why not eh? Jonjoe Kenny looked the most solid part of a woeful Everton defence at Leicester (bar the horrible slice into his own net) and is widely regarded as the best right back at the club (by all bar a certain Irishman of course). Most of his points came from defensive contributions and a score of 7.25 in a back line that conceded twice is a decent return. Add a couple of good crosses into the mix and Kenny could be a handy fantasy football option going forward. Plus he has a great name.
Wilfried Zaha – 8.5
I didn’t expect much from my favourite Ivorian (bar Kolo Toure) in an away trip to Tottenham so 8.5 points was good enough. Could have been so much more had it not been for an open goal miss in the second half! Continues to be the centre of evertything that Crystal Palace. They have a favourable run of fixtures after the international break so I’m expecting some big numbers from Wilf.
Jonjo Shelvey – 7
Purely a one week pick up. The most notable thing Jonjo Shelvey has done in his career is disrespect Sir Alex Ferguson. There’s also only ever room for one Jonjo(e) in any fantasy team. Next.
Anthony Knockaert – 19
Much more like it from Brighton’s star man coming into this season. The Frenchman claimed his first assist of the campaign in a 1-0 win at Swansea. It was always going to happen when it’s the league’s in form striker he’s supplying bullets for (yes, that is Glenn Murray). Brighton are in the middle of a great run of fixtures but they’ve still got to do the business and so far they are doing just that. Knockaert and Gross continue to be at the centre of it. More to come I reckon…
Xherdan Shaqiri – 27
This week’s MVP by far. Shaqiri is thriving in that Stoke team now that the shackles in the shape of Marko Arnautovic have been released. A goal and an assist contributed nicely to a huge return that had all the hallmarks of a man of the match performance. The Swiss international finally looks settled in Staffordshire. Take it easy in those World Cup play offs please…
Leroy Sane – 4
We can let him have one bad one. I didn’t see the whole game so can’t comment on his actual performance but his fantasy performance was well below par, mainly because the par he has set himself is absolutely outrageous. He would almost certainly have got on to the scoresheet though if Kevin De Bruyne could pass a ball… He’ll get easier assignments than the one he was set against fellow pace merchant Hector Bellerin so I’m far from worried, especially looking at the set of fixtures the runaway leaders have up until the Manchester derby in GW16
Alexis Sanchez – 0.5
Oh dear. A pretty awful showing from Alexis who cut a frustrated figure in an Arsenal shirt once again. I wonder which changing room he went to after the match…
Glenn Murray – 11
Last but not least, the goal machine himself. Glenn Murray (yes, Glenn Murray) bagged his fourth goal in three games to seal another three points for the promoted seagulls. I purely picked him up for a one week run out last week but everything he touches seems to turn to goals at the moment, making him very hard to drop now. With near perfect service from Gross and Knockaert, he’s now scoring goals like he has done his whole career but this time in the toughest league in the world. I guess the goals are the same size wherever you play, after all…
I hate International breaks as much as the next fantasy football fanatic but staring at a league table which shows I’m top with a record of ten wins and only one loss makes it a tiny bit more bearable.
That’s a slight understatement. It’s amazing. Ten in a row next time? Maybe. I’m enjoying it while it lasts!
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