On the brink.
A perfect GW33 has put me on the verge of something I never thought was possible last August; The League of League Champions title.
After seeing Fantasy Gaffer’s stars Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino rested in the Merseyside Derby, I knew there was a decent chance of going 12 points clear at the top with 15 left to play for. It went just as planned.
Gaffer faced Ari Jons, undoubtedly the unluckiest player in the league this season, while I was up against Ruislip Champion Fyfester who has had a very decent season.
Fyfester was unlucky to lose Phil Coutinho in January and has struggled to maintain his title challenge since then but still boasts a good lineup.
As you’d expect, Gaffer struggled without two of his star men and with Riyad Mahrez enduring an unexpectedly quiet match against Newcastle, my only remaining challenger fell to a 99.5-59.75 defeat.
Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez turned up out of nowhere to guide my team to a comfortable 115.25-75.25 victory, securing my 10th win in a row and leaving me potentially just one win away from securing my greatest fantasy football achievement. Blimey.
Asmir Begovic – 4
I half expected a Bournemouth clean sheet against a Benteke-less Crystal Palace and as my opponent had Nathan Ake I made a tactical move to cancel out those points. Two goal concessions meant it made little difference but fellow Fantasy Football lover Begovic made four saves to claim a useful four points.
Jose Holebas- 7.75
Holebas is a great player to own if you can forgive the odd stupid yellow card. His aggressive defending style and involvements in attacking play mean he’s always likely to get a decent return. This week’s 7.75 despite conceding two goals was decent enough.
Danny Rose – 6.5
I had a sneaky suspicion that Ben Davies will be given a rest this week so made sure Tottenham’s lineup was my first port of call at 2pm on Saturday. Rose seems to be far from the Togga player he was last year, however, and his 6.5 owe largely to the assist he picked up for CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN’S SECOND GOAL…
Matt Lowton – 4
I faced Matt Lowton in a matchup in another league when he picked up 23.75 in GW29 so I thought it’d be a good move to pick him up in this one. No such heroics here but worth holding ahead of Burnley’s upcoming double gameweek.
Wilfred Zaha – 24
Zaha is officially back and he’s going to single handedly preserve Palace’s Premier League status. Slightly fortunate goal but another sparkling display which featured three shots on target, two key passes and four successful dribbles. Palace’s current predicament and his involvement in everything they do makes him a great player to own for the rest of the season.
Leroy Sane – 13
Sane probably expected to be celebrating a league title right now, especially after popping the ball on to Vincent Kompany’s head for the first goal on Saturday. His party was pooped but he’ll still get a well deserved medal in a couple of weeks. A rolls Royce of a player.
Matt Phillips – -2.5
I’ve given Phillips plenty of chances but he’s now on the banned book. I expected a new manager style response from West Brom and, in all fairness, their 1-1 draw is some sort of improvement. So they did respond. Just not Phillips.
Ryan Fraser – 25.5
Sanchez shone but Fraser was the star of the show. I was a flip of a coin away from going for Solly March as my spot start this week and was kicking myself when he assisted Brighton’s goal in the first half. However, I owned Fraser in GW21 when notched an incredible 32.5 and it was those fond memories that caused me to choose the Scot. It proved to be an inspired decision. His assist was just the cherry on top of a stunning display.
Callum Wilson – 4.5
I’ve finally lost patience with Wilson after owning him since GW12. Another blank, his 8th in a row, could finally signal the departure of one of my longest serving players.
Troy Deeney – 4.5
Similar situation to Wilson. A couple more favourable fixtures should see Deeney keep his place but he’s hanging on by his fingernails.
Alexis Sanchez – 24
Party pooper extraordinaire; Sanchez may well have won over the United faithful by putting in a virtuoso 45 minutes to silence their noisy neighbours. The Chilean finally looked like the Arsenal version of himself in arguably his biggest game in a United shirt so far. Precisely why as soon as I clinch the title (if I do) he will be gone from my squad.