The business end of the season is well underway. It’s fair to say I’m feeling the pressure after a couple of match ups that have gone right to the wire.
Gameweek 27 was a comfortable one for nine tenths of the week. A last minute Aaron Mooy pick up ahead of his 30 point haul against Bournemouth proved inspired and took me to a very comfortable lead of 113-33.75 going into the Monday night thriller (Chelsea v West Brom).
My opponent The Conte One (a Chelsea fan himself) is the lucky owner of Eden Hazard and unsurprisingly the Belgian wizard inspired his out of form team to make my matchup much more interesting than it needed to be. His double along with Antonio Rudiger’s clean sheet and Pedro’s contribution of 15 took my opponent to within 16 points of my total. The final whistle came at a good time as I clung on for another victory.
Gameweek 27 proved to be a huge one in the title race as Fantasy Gaffer faced a tough opponent in Mackay B Haifa. Mackay put up an impressive 128, a score which even Salah and Firmino couldn’t save the Gaffer from, extending my lead to six points at a crucial time.
With The Gaffer to come for me in Gameweek 29, a win in 28 was crucial in order to take a little pressure off the six pointer.
It was my turn to face the in form Mackay B Haifa and this one turned out to be my nerviest match up since…the last time I faced this opponent. A timely reminder of how Fantasy football is bad for your health.
A big score was needed from my team. They didn’t deliver…
Mat Ryan – 2.25
Ryan was a mainstay in my team early this season, producing some big scores thanks to a string of fine saves. I brought him in this week to cancel out any possible clean sheet brought in by my opponent’s Shane Duffy. A tactical move that I needn’t have done.
Christopher Schindler – 11.75
Schindler is often a great streaming pick due to his defensive contributions. I felt a match up this week against a West Brom side with a great aerial threat would keep the German busy and I was right. Schindler won 8 aerial duels and made 15 clearances to score 11.75 despite a goal concession.
James Milner – 13
Much was made of James Milner’s reclassification as a defender in pre season and many put him in the same bracket as Marcos Alonso. Milner’s first team chances have been few and far between for Liverpool this season but when he starts its tends to be in central midfield, making him a great fantasy option. Thirteen points despite a goal concession shows his value.
Sead Kolasinac – -1.25
With The Beast from the East the constant headline news in the U.K. At the moment, I thought it’d be appropriate to put some trust in The Beast from the East playing at left back for Arsenal. I had a narrow lead going into the last game of the week between the Gunners and the Champions elect and all I needed was a solid showing from Kolasinac. Nothing spectacular. Three goals conceded and a yellow card, coupled with a non existent contribution has put this beast back on the waiver wire.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 13
My best pick this season. Shaqiri is Stoke City this season. Another goal shows that he is their only hope in staying in the Premier League. I’m happy for that to continue.
Anthony Knockaert – 13.5
The emergence of Pascal Gross has meant the disappointment of Anthony Knockaert has gone relatively unnoticed. Last season’s Championship player of the season came up promising a lot but has delivered little. A goal this weekend in the hammering of Swansea resulted in one of his better performances of the season.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson- 6.5
The Icelandic midfielder has been one of my favourite Togga players of the season. I managed to pick him up on a free in one of my leagues and managed to trade for him in this one. His pinpoint set pieces and general involvement in everything Burnley do means Gudmundsson is a highly valuable, non-goal/assist dependant fantasy asset.
Matt Phillips – 6
With Leroy Sane coming back from injury and playing in the last game of the week at Arsenal, I couldn’t bring myself to risk starting him. A man of the match performance brought about 25 points. Phillips scored 6. Everyone makes mistakes.
Demarai Gray – 3.5
With Troy Deeney seriously lacking form, I couldn’t bring myself to risk starting him. A man of the match performance brought about 21.5 points. Gray scored 3.5. Everyone makes mistakes.
Alexis Sanchez – 7.5
I’m worried about Sanchez. I predicted a decline in his fantasy form when transferring to a conservative United side but at the moment it’s killing his value. Still a class player on his day, now is a good time to trade for Sanchez in a cut price deal. I’m just going to have to ride it out…
Callum Wilson – 2.5
Wilson is well worth owning but is completely goal or assist dependant. Another poor showing this week makes me more hesitant to put faith in him, especially with Jermaine Defoe on his way back.
They say that grinding out a win when you pay poorly is the mark of champions. Or just extremely lucky. This week was definitely the latter as I somehow managed a 78.25-76.5 victory to maintain my six point cushion.
Having missed Sane and Wilfred Zaha recently, I like to think my luck is turning.
This week is the big one.
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