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Fantasy Football Summary: Champions Again!

Champs Again! Well, at least in the Fantasy Football land, I have something to worth shouting for joy for, where in the just completed miserable season where in reality, Man City snatched the title with TWO stoppage time goals. Now, perhaps I’d truly understand why they call it stoppage time – the human heart can literally STOP functioning during those anxious-filled period..:-p

So enough about reality (we’ll plot the return of our rightful property next season..), I successfully defended the Number 1 position ranked amongst my friends for the second year running. Woo Hoo! This Β year, it’s even all the more sweeter since it involved me clawing back from 5-6th position to 1st position. Extra satisfactory grin there. πŸ˜€

On a personal level, it is also an improvement from last year’s achievement where I only scored 1,764 points and ranked 1,341 (0.2%) worldwide. This year, my scores not only improved to 1,773 points and ranked at 789 (0.1%) out of the worldwide total of 536,180 players, I managed to achieve my target of finishing inside the 1,000 bracket. Sub 500 target for next season, I reckon? πŸ˜›

On other stats, my weekly average score was 46.7 pts/Gameweek with the scoring spread summarised below:

Highest GW: 97.8 pts (GW 36); Lowest: 12.8 pts (GW 5)

Scoring Spread: >60 pts (6 times); 50-60 pts (10); 40-50 pts (9); 30-40 pts (10); <30 pts (3)

Guess that puts my par estimate at 40 pts just about right. :-)

My team value finished at $172.8M, marking my business profits in dealing and trading players quite good with an increase of $22.8M throughout the season. As expected, the value only increased $1.8M from GW 30. So, major tip for increasing team value is to get it done by GW 20..

So, instead of providing more tips (like I already did last year…they are still valid, y’know!), I would like to reflect on the exciting race in FF land and zoom in key GWs that allowed me to defend my No. 1 position:

GW1: Starting off the season well is always GOOD. With Rooney, Young and Klasnic, I managed to kick off with a super 55.3 pts

GW5: Lowest points EVER at 12.8 pts. Two of my defenders were on teams that conceded 4 goals and one other player had a red card! Incredible stuff. Only silver lining: most people suffered like I did in GW5 too!

GW20: First Double GW featuring Spurs and Everton players. Early planning enabled me to notch up 63.5 pts here. At this stage, I had already climbed up to the triple dogfight in the top 3 amongst my friends.

GW24: Whilst one of my friends, Friend A started to drop points in this pivotal Q3 of the season, Friend P was the front runner and making many good picks with his captain choices. In GW24, I was fortunate enough to pick RVP to captain my side, just like Friend P, and we managed to score 36 pts behind his hattrick in Arsenals 7-1 trashing of Blackburn. An important GW where I kept up with the leader.

GW27: Switching to Clint Dempsey bore much fruits when he scored 2 goals and some assists (apparently on his birthday) in a 5-0 trashing of Wolves. End result: 28 pts and closing the gap on the leader.

GW30: The week where I finally took over the lead. Taking a chance with Norwich’s Grant Holt paid off when he scored 2 goals (but got a red too) vs Wolves.

GW 34: In the final stretch of the season, GW 34-36 was always going to be critical where my friends could either catch up or I could break away. Thus, much planning was put into place especially for this stretch. I remembered GW 34 was almost a ‘half’ gameweek, where only about 10 teams were taking part. I was able to field 10 players here compared to 6-7 players for most other teams. End result: 60.4 pts and more daylight between me and the chasing pack.

GW35: This was a double GW for ‘fighting for survival’ teams Bolton and Villa. Revamping my squad to include Lichaj (Villa) and Petrov (Bolton) paid off with 66.5pts

GW36: This was the biggest GW of the season, with double games for many teams. With prior planning, I managed to squeeze in 8 players in my squad who would be playing twice. Unfortunately Gary Cahill (Chelsea) picked up an injury the week before so I ended up with a whopping 7 players playing twice. with RDV (Spurs) as captain, I amassed a career high 97.8 pts! At the end of GW 36, my overall rankings even surged from 1198 to 737!

Final take-away: a little planning will help the points to go a long way!

Can’t wait for the new season to begin! πŸ˜€

 

 

 

A Return to Normalcy

After a horrific GW5 in Fantasy Football land, I was glad that my team managed to inject some normalcy to my points in GW6.

Ben Foster was particularly superb in making a couple of saves and keeping a clean sheet to give me 7.3 pts whilst my trio of defenders combined to give me 13 points. Another good outing for Metersacker. Good buy with a value that is also increasing quite rapidly.

I was rather disappointed that DeFoe was dropped in preference of Van De Vaart despite his excellent past record vs Wigan. And Rooney was mysteriously sidelined with a hamstring. Sigh. Overall, it was a par performance by my standard, with 40pts being par.

Although I currently lie in 4th amongst my friends, I take pride in knowing my good investments have ensured my budget is doing pretty OK, which is really important in the later stages of the season. Only Shane Long’s value seems to be dipping a little after running a few matches without scoring. Hmmm.

My tips of for GW7:

1. Sell off Rooney….QUICK! His injury which sees him being laid off for a month will cause his value to drop big time. It’s already dropped about 0.5M as I write this! You can buy him again in the 3rd week of October…cheap.:-)

2. Get on the Spurs bandwagon! After their GW7 vs Arsenal, they have a pretty easy schedule ahead! Good time to stock up on the HOT Spurs and get some easy points.

3. For those looking for strikers, Welbeck may be a good bet right now. With Rooney and Hernandez out, young Danny seems to be the choice striker for SAF. He’s even on form, scoring twice in yesterday morning’s 3-3 draw with Basel. And best of all, he comes cheap too, at a sub 9M price..

4. Looking for midfielders? Ramires (Chelsea) looks pretty hot right now. And with only a sub 10M price tag, may be a good buy for the next few games.

5. Looking to drop players? Why not Suarez? Sure, he can score goals and probably is the best player in the Liverpool XI, but would you want a player who eventually averages close to a 1:1 goals to card ratio?