Christmas and New Year is a time for family, food and football. It can also be a time to reflect on the year and at the halfway point of the season we decided to get some FPL related prizes handed out before Man City receive the Premier League title in March. Welcome to the FPL Draft Boss Midseason Awards! Here in Part 2 of the Awards we focus on THE BAD and the, er, De Gea…
<Read PART ONE: THE GOOD here>
🏆 MOST POINTLESS PREM TEAM (Presented by Jamie Redknapp & Graeme Souness*)
FPL Draft Don: Dishonourable mentions go to Bournemouth, Stoke, Newcastle and West Ham but there’s one clear winner here – WEST BROM. They can’t score with only 14 goals in 20 games and although their defence isn’t the worst (conceding 27 goals) their tendency to leak 1-2 goals on a regular basis has led to them only keeping 3 clean sheets in their last 15 games – making owning their defenders nearly as pointless as owning one of their strikers/midfielders.
Their one useable asset early-season was Ahmed Hegazi, who had managers flocking to get him in after plundering 23 points in the first two weeks in standard…and then proceeded to return only 33 in his next 16, at a ponderous 2.1 PPG clip.
Why over 18% still own him, is beyond me.
I will tell you my thoughts on Ben Foster below but apart from those two, no-one else is more than 3.5% owned (and that’s backup keeper Boaz Myhill).
All of which makes West Brom pretty pointless from an FPL point of view, doesn’t it?
FPL Draft Boss: WEST BROMWICH ALBION. The Baggies have had 7 consecutive seasons at this level and have finished 11th, 10th, 8th, 17th, 13th, 14th, 10th. What’s the point? It has been 50 seasons since they won a top level trophy. This season they have gone 18 matches without a win. Boing boing indeed. Are West Brom fans happy with years of nothingness punctuated by an occasional scrappy win over a decent side? In the top 160 FPL players this season only 2 play for West Brom. Stoke City have 6 players in the top 160. Bottom of the League Swansea have 7.
FPL Robinson: West Brom and Stoke get close here but both do have a point in the game. Whipping boys. BOURNEMOUTH look to be stagnating a bit under Howe. Only 4 clean sheets, forwards not scoring, Andrew Surman their top points scorer. Play good football but in FPL terms do we need them? Any team named Pique Blinders. (Incidentally anyone still looking for a show to watch needs to watch Peaky Blinders. Tom Hardy is triple captaincy material when he appears).
🏆 MOST OVERRATED PLAYER: (Presented by Adnan Januzaj*)
FPL Draft Don: BEN FOSTER. I was one of those sucked in at the start of the season, when he got off to a fast start with two clean sheets in a row.
How many has he had in the 16 games between then and Christmas? A measly three, with two of those coming in the last six games and an incredible ten-game barren spell where he returned an average of 1.4 PPG. And yeah, I’m still slightly bitter it took until about halfway into that barren spell for me to realise what a fraud he – and West Brom under Pulis – were being and dump him. However, he’s still owned by a staggering 10.1%, more than 12 of the 14 keepers who have outscored him to date – including Burnley’s Nick Pope who is only at 6.4% ownership despite being 28 points ahead of Foster.
Alexis Sanchez runs him a close second seeing as he’s been in a sulk all season at not getting his move away from Arsenal last summer, and only misses out as everyone seems wise to his act and possibly given his extravagant £11.8m price tag too, only a paltry 2.8% own the Chilean.
FPL Draft Boss: NATHAN REDMOND. I actually drafted Redmond as my 5th Midfielder partly due to the Saints easy opening schedule where they faced only 1 Top 6 team in the first 11 Gameweeks. He only lasted 4 GW’s in my squad before getting the boot. Over the first 11 Gameweeks of the season Redmond averaged 2.6 PPG. Tom Carroll’s season average is 2.7 PPG. At the time I write this Redmond has had the same amount of shots (30) as Leroy Sané but is yet to score and ranks joint 52nd in the League for assists (3).
FPL Robinson: HARRY KANE number 1 pick in most drafts (I managed to get him with second overall pick) but only the 2nd highest scorer. 11 blanks in 20. Supposedly must own but an emotional rollercoaster to have, especially as a captain in regular game. Struggles at Wembley, fed up of being told he’s must own and I was lucky to get him, he hadn’t even scored a hat trick until GW19 😁
🏆 BIGGEST DRAFT BUST: (Presented by Katie Price*)
FPL Draft Don: HENRIKH MKHITARYAN. For someone you probably drafted in the first three rounds, you’d expect a lot more than 125 points/10.4 PPG in Togga and 49 points in Draft Fantasy. Oh, and did I mention he’s been left out of 7 of the last 9 squads by Mourinho? Not exactly what you dreamt of when you patted yourself on the back for managing to grab him early doors.
FPL Robinson: SADIO MANE completely overshadowed by Salah, kung fu kicks, injuries. On his way to being a differential next season. Mané was on average the 10th player off the board and is only the 109th highest points scorer in the game. That’s the definition of bad value.
FPL Draft Boss: Everyone’s favourite Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan has managed just 28 Pts in the last 17 Gameweeks at an average of 1.6. Sadio Mané May possibly have been a first round pick and has produced late Round value so far. But purely on a positional basis I’m giving this to a striker. Forwards are so precious in the Draft format and you simply must get some return from your first pick at the position. Miki was a very tradable prospect earlier on and Mané will still have many suitors. But anyone who grabbed JOSH KING (9th FOR taken on average, 20th highest points scorer at the position) as a second round pick in the hope that he would reproduce his form from earlier in 2017 has been bitterly disappointed. The Norwegian was on average taken before Riyad Mahrez, Leroy Sané & Wayne Rooney who all have more points than King and teammate (and fellow bust) Jermain Defoe combined.
🏆 2 POINT MACHINE: (Presented by Tony Hibbert* <265 Apps, 0 Goals, 8 assists>)
FPL Robinson: 2 Points, 2 words. TOM CARROLL.
FPL Draft Boss: Midfielder Dale Stephens of Brighton has played every minute of every game this season and has managed 0 goals and 1 assist but I can’t see anyone but the most ardent of Seagulls fans having him in their FPL team anyway. My vote goes to TOM INCE who despite being 26 next month is still regarded by some (not by me) as an exciting raw young talent. As such he often gets given a try as a 5th Midfielder. Through the first 19 Gameweeks he made 18 starts and “produced” 0 goals, 1 assist & 0 Bonus Points.
FPL Draft Don: Has to be everyone’s early season 5th midfielder – TOM CARROLL. Heralded as the man to take on the departed Gylfi Siggurdsson’s role on set pieces and a sly assist machine, our Tom has returned a mighty…3 assists all season. With a woeful Swansea defence behind him only achieving 6 clean sheets, Carroll has ‘rewarded’ owners with 9 2-point hauls so far making him an obvious candidate for this award.
Sadly for Carroll, he has been well and truly usurped as the cheap 5th mid of choice by Reuben Loftus-Cheek who, since proving his fitness, has a goal and four assists in his last 9 games alone.
🏆 MOST EMBARRASSING DRAFT PICK: (Sponsored by Brussels Sprouts)
FPL Draft Boss: One of my mates took Andros Townsend. In the second round. Deliberately. Salah, David Silva & Sterling we’re still on the board.
FPL Draft Don: Anyone who took a GK in the first 6 rounds.
FPL Robinson: Our work league picking the Official game not Draft Fantasy.
🏆 THE STEVE MCCLAREN AWARD FOR THE GUY YOU KEEP BRINGING IN AGAIN AND AGAIN EVEN THOUGH HE’S CRAP EVERY TIME (Presented by Steve McClaren*)
FPL Robinson: ALVARO MORATA. Still hit and miss and still not sure how good he actually is.
FPL Draft Boss: MATT RITCHIE. In the last 15 Gameweeks he has 13 blanks where he’s managed 0 goals, 0 assists & no Bonus Points.
🏆 MOST LIKELY TO RUIN YOUR WEEKEND (Sponsored by Jägermeister*)
FPL Draft Don: HARRY KANE. Scores twice then blanks for two weeks in a row, netting you a huge 4 PPW as you captained him in standard, then when you’ve had enough and captain someone else he scores two again. Very odd season so far from the Spurs man and yet he’s still 7th in overall scoring (UDPDATE: and has just leapt to 4th after scoring a hat-trick). (UPDATE #2: and has just leapt up to 3rd after scoring another hat-trick 😁)
FPL Robinson: GUARDIOLA. Whoever I captain. People who tweet Arrested Development GIFs even though they’ve probably never seen the show.
FPL Draft Boss: DAVID DE GEA. There’s a guy in one of my leagues who took De Gea in the second round of the draft. Even though the Spaniard was the No.1 GK on my board I told him he was an idiot because the difference between GK’s in FPL terms is so small. He swore blind it was the right thing to do. De Gea is currently the 13th highest scoring player overall in FPL with more Pts than 1st rounders Lukaku, Alli, Hazard and Jesus. De Gea is 15 Pts ahead of second placed keeper Courtois yet just 13 Pts separate 2nd-10th at the position. Every time De Gea scores big I have to hear about it and the worst thing is my mate still thinks it was a good value pick 🤨
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