Fantasy Football is great isn’t it? When you’re team seems to be unbeatable it certainly is. That’s 11 (ELEVEN) in a row now, giving me a record of 12 wins and only a single loss. This week went from being big to massive when @fantasygaffer suffered an unexpected loss to 11th placed Vallenar Pitbulls, meaning my advantage at the top shot from six points to nine. Lovely.
This match up had double the significance for me as this was my first (and so far, only) grudge match of the season, coming up against the only man to topple my team. CSSS Champion Greg Gordon claimed a comfortable 98.75-73.5 victory over me in gameweek two, mostly thanks to an incredible debut performance from Jese against Arsenal (anyone know where that guy is now?), meaning it was doubly important to claim the W this week.
That’s exactly what the I Predict a Payet boys managed 11 weeks after that brief taste of defeat, continuing winning ways thanks to a resounding 109.75-58 scoreline.
Due to Greg’s ownership of Liverpool and Chelsea players, the Saturday evening clash at Anfield was even more nervy than it already was as a Liverpool fan, with Alvaro Morata’s presence up front the most stressful part of the whole occasion. Thankfully for both of my teams, Mignolet and co (somehow) kept him out, meaning I took a narrow eight point lead into the Sunday fixtures in what was actually my closest match up for a long time.
And then Alexis showed up and everything was better again. No time to hang about as Gameweek 14 starts today. If you think it’s bad for players, imagine being a fantasy football manager! Hectic. Twelve in a row anyone?
Heurelho Gomes GK – 13.5
I’ve always love Heurelho Gomes, partly because he’s a great character who pulls off some equally outrageous saves and partly because his name is extremely satisfying to say. I took a punt on the big Brazilian away at Newcastle as I thought the combination of points from saves coupled with the opportunity of a clean sheet would make him a good bet. It’s always nice when a one week point comes off and this one did. He was called into action on very few occasions in the end during a comfortable afternoon but two saves and a blank made for a very nice 13.5. Still undecided whether to keep him for the visit of Manchester United tonight or to welcome back Brighton’s Mathew Ryan.
Laurent Koscielny DEF – 16
Arsenal are a much better defensive unit when Shkodran Mustafi plays. Fact. I’d much rather own the burly German but his presence also significantly enhances the output of Koscielny. His defensive contribution wasn’t huge, with three quarters of Koscielny’s points coming from key passes. A solid 16 was a more than welcome extension of my narrow lead on Sunday, meaning I could sit back and enjoy watching my opponent’s centre back Nicolas Otamendi score an own goal with a healthy cushion.
Christian Fuchs DEF– 12.5
Fuchs had one of those games where he puts in a solid score without a clean sheet or assist; the sort that makes him an excellent defender to own. I picked the Austrian up on waivers in my first title win two years ago and he didn’t disappoint back then. He certainly doesn’t now either and his points total was satisfyingly made up of six interceptions, three tackles and three aerials.
Ben Davies DEF – 6.25
Ben Davies is my biggest headache at the moment. He’s still well worth owning but the lack of Danny Rose on my team means a plan B is always needed. His score of 6.25 from a home fixture against West Brom was extremely disappointing, especially considering his right sided counterpart Kieran Trippier managed a massive 22. I fully expect Rose to feature instead of Davies in midweek. Frustrating.
Wilfried Zaha MID– 10.5
Despite not managing his customary Selhurst Park goal, our flying winger still posted a more than acceptable score of 10.5. Zaha is always the most likely to provide for Palace and while they are in the middle of this nice run of fixtures he’s a must own if you can grab him in your own draft league. You’d have to pay a high price at the moment though. Expecting a nice haul against Brighton in midweek from the Ivorian.
Leroy Sane MID– 1.5
My Twitter feed was full of angry FPL players who captained Leroy Sane in the official game, only to see him blank and then get booked after the full time whistle. I’d share their fury but my matchup was already won and Leroy has been such a great servant for this fantasy football team. I’ll let him have one week off, although he’s another one that I wouldn’t be surprised to see rested in midweek. I really hope not though as a home game against Southampton could see another ridiculous score from the German.
Xherdan Shaqiri MID – 18.5
He just keeps on producing! This season will be by far Shaqiri’s best in terms of production as he’s already surpassed his previous record with three goals and five assists. I’ll actually be at the Britannia stadium on a cold Wednesday night this week to see if I can still manage a fantasy football team successfully. Will be hoping Shaqiri doesn’t tear my beloved Reds apart but if he does than I guess it benefits me in some way.
Sofiane Boufal MID – 3
Togga’s app his been temperamental in recent weeks and the live scoring froze again during the Southampton v Everton game. I’m still refreshing the page now but his score of three still haven’t improved. It’s not every week the Saints score four goals (understatement) so the fact Boufal had no involvement is very disappointing. I fully expect to see him lose his place to Nathan Redmond once more.
Callum Wilson FOR– -0.5
What on earth happened to last week’s Callum Wilson? The hat-trick hero I was lauding in my last article quickly became this week’s dud, despite playing against the worst team in the league. I’m hoping to see him get back to scoring ways against Burnley in midweek. Surely he isn’t a one week wonder. Is he?
Wilfried Bony FOR – 3.5
There’s definitely only room for one Ivorian Wilfried in this fantasy football team. Bony was only ever going to have a week to show his worth but he didn’t take his chance. A lowly 3.5 including a stupid booking, coupled with the fact that he’s yet to score a Premier League goal since returning home to the Swans means he isn’t a player I will value highly at all.
Alexis Sanchez FOR – 25
Another great score for Alexis! But that’s no surprise. It’s between him and Eden Hazard for the title of best Togga player for me. Four key passes and three successful dribbles show that he is Arsenal’s creative focal point in the absence of Mesut Ozil. A last minute penalty (albeit an extremely soft one) was the icing on a very nice cake which wrapped up this match up once and for all. I’m excitedly anticipating another tasty haul this week at home against Huddersfield. I love Alexis Sanchez even more than a Wispa Gold.
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