Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:54 am

Neil Graham wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:07 am
I've been looking at another Premier Fantasy Football League called Chess Players. There is some crossover with our league but most of the teams are not playing in Premier Chess. They have about 1/3 of our membership and their leading team trails our top five. If there are any more exclusive chess playing leagues let me know.
I think this one is all chess players: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/lea ... 12/classic "Veni, Vidi, Vici"

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:06 pm

Week 16

As if to annoy everyone the Premier League has shoved another set of midweek fixtures in - starting tonight. A therefore rather curtailed report about Week 16.

Adam Hunt is an unlikely top scorer with 74 points despite his lowly place on Page 2 whilst 13 points proved unlucky for Dominic Rabbitte whose Captain Aguero and Vice-Captain Hart were conspicuous by their absence. Absolutely no changes at the top as our five leaders maintained their positions.

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 42 923
2 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 60 921
3 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 66 921
4 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 62 917
5 Misery loves Kompany Paul Cooksey 63 913

Fantasy Cup We've started a week earlier this year so over 4,000,000 teams enter the first round draw. If your side scored 34 or above in Week 16 you're in the draw. So we've lost a handful of teams - follow progress in forthcoming weeks!

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:05 am

Week 17

Will Sparky Hughes be the next manager to be given the Order of the Boot? One thing is certain, if he goes Stoke won't be appointing Tony Pulis - though dafter things have happened.

Meanwhile to prove what goes up must come down top scorer Adam Hunt in Week 16 becomes this week's No 72 out of 72 with a mediocre 20 points - top gun this week is Graham Mill-Wilson with 73 points. After five weeks of "No change" in the top five we lose Adam Bremner whose place is taken by Sam Herring. Sam was a frontrunner for most of 2016/17 but faded towards the end of the season. Can he mount a challenge this time round?

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 53 976
2 Misery loves Kompany Paul Cooksey 52 965
3 = Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 42 963
3= Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 42 963
3= Smez XI Sam Herring 70 963

More next time.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:46 pm

Week 18

With the funds we have available we can strengthen the squad and end up being a better team, Paul Clement Aug 2017

As forecast in Week 14 No doubt that the next managerial sacking (Clement at Swansea) replacement will be "never relegated" Tony Pulis.
Rumour has it that Clements will be replaced by any one of a number of Premier Division "has beens" such as Karanka, Koeman, Bilic, van der Gaal but oddly enough not Pulis whose style (ie keeping teams up) is said not to suit Swansea.

Adam Bremner is back with a revenge along with Peter Staneland who hasn't graced the top five since Week 10. Richard Beach top scores with 88 with John Garnett's 31 the bottom marker of the week.

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 54 1030
2 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 68 1025
3 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 51 1014
4 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 49 1012
5 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 66 1007

Up for the Cup Into the third week of play and only thirteen Premier Chess teams remain. Grant Bucher is the highest placed and Will Place the lowest. If normal elimination rules apply all our teams should be K.O'd by Week 23. :(

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:10 am

Neil Graham wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:46 pm
Up for the Cup Into the third week of play and only thirteen Premier Chess teams remain. Grant Bucher is the highest placed and Will Place the lowest. If normal elimination rules apply all our teams should be K.O'd by Week 23. :(
I had an unexpected reprieve from my 64-63 defeat on discovering that my opponent had clocked up -24 for excessive transfers :shock:

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Sun Dec 24, 2017 8:58 pm

Week 19

Good managers make good sides. There’s no such thing as a side making a manager” Brian Clough. Thought for the day above - are there any other managers in line for the sack?

So here we are at the half-way point of the season; after a high scoring week (courtesy of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero) 23 teams have passed the 1,000 point mark. Top team Andrew Harley's "Harley Hotspurs" will soon have opened a gap of over 500 to bottom marker Alana Deyes "Pjanic at the Disco. Before anyone refers me to Gavin Carter's team, I need to point out that this was a Week 7 entry. No one quite reached the 100 point mark with Jonathan Blackburn weighing in with 91 points (key contributions from Kane, Sterling and Chopou-Moting) whilst the lightweight team of the week was Heath MacGregor's with 33 points.

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 84 1114
2 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 76 1101
3= Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 75 1089
3= Smez XI Sam Herring 90 1089
5 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 81 1088

Up for the Cup Eight managers survive - five go out. The overall Premier Fantasy Football leader now has 1267 points so 153 ahead of our top scorer - just 2 of the top 10 managers are English.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:50 pm

Week 20

‘People will say that Swansea need a miracle to stay up, but I don’t agree’ Carlos Carvalval appointed manager of Swansea days after being sacked by Sheffield Wednesday.

The 100 point barrier was broken for the first time this season in Week 20; Richard Beach, Nathan Talbot and Peter Staneland all reached triple figures but the gold medal performance goes to Bob Clark whose team Penyffordd Pirates scored a giant 112 points with a subsequent move of over 900,000 places in the overall ratings. For those of you interested Penyffordd Chess Club is based in North Wales and play in the Chester & District Chess League. Alana Deyes low scored again with 22 points. Just five points separate the top four teams.

1. Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 73 1187
2. Smez XI Sam Herring 96 1185
3 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 81 1182
3= GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 102 1182
5 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 71 1160

Meanwhile just five teams remain in Up for the Cup Three including Lawrence Cooper have now been k.o'd - the remaining captains are Alex Bullen, Mark Leonard, Andrew Garside, Alan Tate and Will Place.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:22 pm

Quarter 2 report - Weeks 11-20

As suggested in our review of Quarter 1 the number of teams who graced the top five places rapidly diminished so that only nine captains made an appearance in Quarter Two of which two were just for one week. Consequently the leader for seven of the ten weeks was Andrew Harley and he was the sole manager to figure in every match week. However as we reach Quarter Three there are several teams right behind Andrew including his closest challenger over this quarter Adam Bremner and fast scoring Sam Herring and Peter Staneland. The usual figures apply (5 points for a 1st place down to 1 pt for fifth, number of weeks in brackets),

1. Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 45 pts (10)
2. Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 32 pts (9)
3. Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 30 pts (9)
4. Misery loves Kompany Paul Cooksey 15 pts (7)
5 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 14 pts (7)
6 Smez XI Sam Herring 10 pts (3)
7 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 7 pts (3)

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:50 am

Week 21

I was away for Week 21 and unable to post on the forum but I did manage to list the leaders and here they are:-

1. GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 79 1261
2. Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 59 1246
3. Smez XI Sam Herring 54 1235
4 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 47 1229
5 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 62 1222

As you can see there was a shuffling of deckchairs but the top five that appeared in Week 19 remain firmly in place. A full report for Week 22 including Up for the Cup or more precisely Out of the Cup will appear in the next few days. No hurry as this Weekend is FA Cup Round 3 where Premier teams take on a totally different look whilst facing the might of the lower divisions (or in some cases each other).

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:03 pm

Week 22

Why would I seek reassurance? I don't need it Mark Hughes (January 4th). January 6th - Stoke sack Mark Hughes

In the never ending roundabout of management sackings and the same old faces returning, Stoke are looking to Quique Sanchez Flores, the ex-Watford manager, as replacement for Sparky Hughes. Karanka is back at Forest - perhaps Ranieri will be returning soon! We've kept predicting all the sacking of Premier managers - next on our list is Mauricio Pellegrino of Southampton.

On now to more mundane matters - A two fat ladies score of 88 from Mark Page was best of the week whilst Neil Jamieson found points thin on the ground for the week's low score of 27. The top five teams again remain unchanged with just some more shuffling around of positions.

1 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 50 1311
2 Smez XI Sam Herring 63 1294
3 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 54 1292
4 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 69 1291
5 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 58 1287

Up for the Cup As we reach Week 23 Alex Bullen, Mark Leonard and Will Place are still hanging in there; the latter who appears to have lost interest in September by an amazing run of luck. Finally I note a new team seeking entry to the League. I have normally closed entrance by this time and will be doing so immediately.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:19 am

Week 23

I am not a dreamer. I am a football romantic. Jurgen Klopp.
Well easily the best match of the season so far as Liverpool beat Manchester City 4-3 whilst Chelsea failed to score yet again!

Meanwhile for the fifth successive week there is no change in the top five Premier Chess teams. Big shot of the week was the appropriately named Guns 'N Moses captained by Mark Talbot with 88 points whilst Paul Cooksey's team selections weren't the right calibre and scored a mere 36 points.
Paul was 2nd in Week 17 - his drop to 43rd in six weeks has been dramatic. At the bottom Gavin Carter who started in Week 7 has now caught our regular backmarker Alana Deyes who was a Week 1 entry. Finally a welcome to John Peters who is our latest entrant - the League is now closed to newbies.

1 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 81 1380
2 Smez XI Sam Herring 79 1369
3 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 72 1359
4 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 61 1352
5 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 57 1349

Up for the Cup We predicted some weeks ago that Week 23 would see our last interest in the Cup - not so as one team Mark Leonard's Return of the Spock carries on into the Week 24 draw. Star Trek afficionadi will recognise the significance of the team and captain's name.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:42 pm

Week 24

In football, you are never invincible Marco Silva. Shortly after this Marco Silva was sacked as Watford manager.

As our leading five roll on remorselessly, Matt Parry is top of the heap with 93 points largely due to Shaw being replaced by Monreal from the subs bench. Bottom of the pile is Steven Smith with 27 points.

1 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 69 1428
2 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 75 1427
3 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 38 1418
4 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 65 1410
5 Smez XI Sam Herring 39 1404

Up for the Cup Mark Leonard won his Week 24 encounter against a team by the name of 50 Shades of O'Shea and now faces opponents from Bahrein عترييش. Meanwhile to keep everyone up to speed on top teams in first position is Boom Xhaka Laca managed by Bharat Dody (India) on 1629 points. Showing a remarkable similarity to the real Premier League only one of the top ten managers is English!

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:04 am

Week 25

I'm not scared to spend money. If you go out with me one night, you will understand that. Arsene Wenger
A man who possibly will have plenty time at the end of the season to go out.

In a week where there was a remarkable symmetry in results, Matt Payne and Adrian Matthews were top of the pops with 74 points whilst bottom of the flops were, appropriately, the backmarkers of Gavin Carter and Alana Deyes (again) with 24 points. The top five teams were unchanged yet again, but as usual there was a shuffle around - 21 points separate these five teams - but there is a 32 point gap to the sixth placed side.

1. Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 56 1484
2 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 48 1475
3 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 69 1475
4 Smez X Sam Herring 60 1464
5 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 47 1461

Up for the Cup. The full gamut of tiebreak rules had to be applied when Mark Leonard's side Return of the Spock drew 44-44 with the Bahrein side (see last week). The first tiebreak is "goals scored" and with both Firmino and Salah on the scoresheet this failed to split the two sides and a second tiebreak of "goals conceded" had to be invoked. This gave Mark a win and this week he faces Australian side WilliamsWizardz.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:08 pm

Week 26

No, I'm not worried. I'm not worried about my job Antonio Conte (Feb 7th)

In a week where Harry Kane missed a penalty - then scored a penalty the top scoring forward of the week was Lys Mousset of Bournemouth - selected by 0.2% of teams though hat trick hero Aaron Ramsey with 20 points was the unexpected player of the week. Meanwhile the top five teams remain, as ever, the same - however it may be that poor form this week from Sam Herring and Peter Staneland means that at last their positions could be in jeopardy as the sixth and seventh placed sides narrow the gap. Hot Points of the week from Matt Payne with 74 whilst Paul Spiller's Vacuuming sucks could only hoover up a disappointing 24.

1. Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 56 1531
2 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 55 1530
3 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 40 1524
4 Smez XI Sam Herring 36 1500
5 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 39 1492

Up for the Cup Mark Leonard saw off his antipodean opponent last week by 61-43 - this week he faces a challenge from Bangladesh from FC Ashraf - captained, not surprisingly, by Ashraf Ahmed.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:40 pm

Week 27

“We need to concentrate on the game and it’s a very important game. Alan Pardew. Taxi for Alan??

As predicted last time round there has, at last, been a change in our top five with Alex Bullen overtaking Sam Herring with a magnificent 98 points. However this wasn't the highest score of the week as the two top teams joined the 100+ club, Jacques Tivillier gets a first mention - unfortunately for the week's low score of 25. Can any team emulate Wigan and puncture Manchester City's triple hopes - we'll know more next week!

1 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 113 1637
2 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 105 1636
3 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 67 1597
4 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 90 1582
5 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 98 1579

Out of the Cup Alas despite scoring 74 points Mark Leonard's Return of the Spock went out to FC Ashraf who scored 85 points and that ends our interest in the Cup this season.

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