A game against the guy propping up the rest of the league is exactly what you need to get yourself out of a bumpy patch.
Coming off the back of my first consecutive losses of the season (which ended my second best ever win streak in Togga of 11 wins), I needed a bit of luck and that’s exactly what I got.
“The Special Two” as his team is called is certainly not the Special One in the league at the moment as he sits bottom of the pile with a record of 5-11. His lineup is potentially very good but the fact that he’s still fielding Henrikh Mkhitaryan (yes, he’s still a footballer) says a lot about his ambitions for the rest of the season.
The other stroke of luck I got was that I faced Eden Hazard in his quietest week for a long time as he turned in a lacklustre 6 points. I was worried he’d have the matchup sewn up before any of my players had kicked a ball. Thankfully it wasn’t to be and I gratefully accepted a comfortable 95-56.75 victory.
My poor run of recent form has seen my commanding 9 point lead chopped to a slender 3. There was hope that my main challenger Fantasy Gaffer would fall to a loss this week until Mo Salah (once again) dragged his team kicking and screaming to victory, meaning the gap remains at one win.
It’s gonna be tight.
Fraser Forster GK – 8.25
As previously mentioned, I like to stream my goalkeepers and I fancied Forster as a good option this week in a home fixture against Arsenal. I wasn’t expecting a clean sheet but he came within minutes of delivering until he was finally beaten by the length of Olivier Giroud’s perfect hair. 8.25 is still perfectly acceptable from the big stopper.
Ben Davies DF – 18.5
Davies is back! For now. The man who dominated the early part of the season returned for gameweek 16 thanks to an assist for Harry Kane in a dominant Spurs performance. A pointless Stoke consolation prevented another monster score. Frustratingly, I fully expect Danny Rose to get the nod in another very appetising match up at home to Brighton this week.
Laurent Koscielny DF – 3.75
It’s an understatement to say that Arsenal are not the defensive force (or indeed have any sort of defence) they can be without Shkodran Mustafi. They could easily have been 3-0 down in ten minutes at Southampton on Sunday and, despite all of his experience, Koscielny joined in with the headless chicken impressions. He was appalling for at least an hour and didn’t deserve the 3.75 he eventually mustered. Get well soon, Shkodran.
Phil Jones DF – 0
Oops. I ran out of players and there was no one to pick up with the Manchester derby being the last game. The most attractive man in football is definitely worth stashing for now though. Could be very useful.
Wilfred Zaha MF – 13.5
Another stand out performance from Crystal Palace’s only exciting player. One assist and four key passes made for another very good showing, making up for five dispossessions and a yellow card. He was also denied a second assist by Christian Benteke’s selfish stupidity. One worry I do have about Wilf is his tendency to fall over in the box. He looks to have got away with that first penalty call (never a pen) but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him join Oumar Niasse on the FA’s diving naughty list.
Leroy Sane MF – 11.5
Another decent showing from Leroy Sane, demonstrating that he isn’t a goal/assist dependant player. Four dribbles, two key passes and a shot at David De Gea made up another very good haul.
Xherdan Shaqiri MF – 4
I didn’t want to play Shaqiri this week but Anthony Knockaert’s omission from the Brighton squad forced my hands. I couldn’t see him producing his usual magic away at Spurs and I was right. Still looking like a very good asset this year though and I’m expecting much better returns from his next game at Burnley
Demarai Gray MF – 15
An early booking looked like it was going to produce another pretty dull haul from Gray but his second half goal lit up his stats sheet. His constant involvement in Leicester’s attacking moves shot him up to an impressive 15 points. Riyad Mahrez is undoubtedly Leicester’s main man once again but Gray is keen to let everyone know that he can play too. Two goals in two games prove that he intends to stake a claim for a seat on the plane to Russia. If he’s available in your league he’s definitely worth an add.
Alexis Sanchez FOR – 14.5
I’m not sure what’s going on with my boy Alexis at the moment. His score of 14.5 looks perfectly acceptable but having watched the game and, naturally, his performance closely he looks frustrated and disinterested at times once again. His score was saved by an assist (albeit a stunning assist) for Giroud’s late equaliser.
Troy Deeney FOR – 4.5
I tend to pick players I like for my fantasy football teams so I’m not sure why I have Troy Deeney, especially after he strangled Joe Allen. I love Joe Allen.
Glenn Murray FOR – 1.5
Murray was November’s Charlie Austin and now he’s December’s Carlton Cole. If that makes any sense. I thought there was a chance that he could do what Steve Mounie did in that game for his opponents. He didn’t do and he’ll be on the waiver wire once more by Tuesday afternoon.
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