Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

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Neil Graham
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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:43 pm

Week 28

When I asked the fourth official why he didn't give more stoppage time........he replied by saying 'why do you want more time?’” Arsene Wenger after one of his 3-0 defeats this week.

So Manchester City march on humiliating Arsenal twice. Top captains Andrew Harley and Adam Bremner are making a determined effort to distance themselves from the pack but there are still 10 weeks to go and still plenty of twists and turns to come. Top score is Simon Brown with 78 points which is three times as many as the week's low score of 26 which once again is from Alana Deyes - her team Pjanic at the Disco is the only one left now with a three figure score and is now in 5,145, 459th place.

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 61 1697
2 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 54 1691
3 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 62 1659
4 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 65 1644
5 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 47 1625

Top Team Quick update on overall placings Boom Xhaka Laca with 1,880 points heads the overall ratings for an eighth successive week. The team is captained by Bharat Dhody (India).

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:03 pm

Week 29

My team also showed that we do not just have commitment, they have the belief they can turn things around, they are strong in this moment, Carlos Carvalhal. A man whose team was written off at Christmas.

George Georgiou was amongst the frontrunners last season - so I am pleased to give a mention this week for his top score of 82 whilst the low score is almost inevitably that of Alana Deyes with 20 as she drops another 30,000 places and still remains in three figures. Whilst the top two teams remain the same, Alex Bullen makes a determined challenge to join them and is now up to third place and within touching distance of the leaders.

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 54 1751
2 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 45 1736
3 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 66 1710
4 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 45 1704
5 Smez XI Sam Herring 63 1681

Bad decision of the week I've been racking my brains to think of how I can mention my team (still stuck in mid-table) however I now have the ideal opportunity to advise that last week I transferred out Heung-Min Son who was the week's top player with 16 points and replaced him with Leroy Sané who scored 3 points. Doh!

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:31 pm

Quarter 3 Report - Weeks 21-29

The third quarter was dominated by five teams who spent the nine weeks shuffling around position with Peter Staneland, Adam Bremner and Andrew Harley each spending three weeks as league leaders. This complacency was rather ruined when Alex Bullen made an appearance in Week 27 and he now looks to mount a challenge in the final quarter. Scores as usual based on 5 for a 1st place down to 1 for 5th - number of weeks shown in brackets.

1= Adam Bremner 32 pts (9)
Andrew Harley 32 pts (9)
3 Michael Ashworth 25 pts (9)
4 Peter Staneland 23 pts (8)
5 Sam Herring 17 pts (7)
6 Alex Bullen 6 pts (3)

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:47 pm

Week 30

"It's a challenge I'm excited by.I understand what it takes in this league to win games." Mark Hughes - appointed as Southampton manager.

In the merry-go-round of managerial appointments who can fail to be amazed at the resilience of the old guard with Roy Hodgson, Alan Pardew, Paul Lambert, Sam Allardyce, David Moyes, Claude Puel and now "Sparky" Hughes being given jobs after being dismissed from other Premier Clubs.
Anyway Alex Bullen is now hot-on-the-heels of Andrew Harley. Top banana of the week was Andrew Garside with 68 points whilst the stewed prunes goes to Mike Swanwick with a miserable 16 points.

1. Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 31 1782
2 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 64 1774
3 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 25 1761
4 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 52 1756
5 Smez XI Sam Herring 52 1733

Meanwhile it's Goodbye to Kane who is out with an ankle injury. Plenty of twists and turns to come.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:07 am

Week 31

It was Free Hit week so here are 10 penalty kicks to get you in the mood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv3v7ZfYp-g

Just four fixtures so possibly a low scoring week? Not so as managers in the know played their free hit card - and with Mohamed Salah scoring four goals and an assist it was bumper points time with 14 managers scoring 100 points or more - these included our top four who have now opened a not inconsiderable gap to the fifth placed side. Peak performance was from John Garnett with 118 points whilst several teams who have been left to fend for themselves were in single figures. Down in the dumps were Alan Tate and Sabrina Chevannes both of whom managed the low score of the week with four points.

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 105 1887
2 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 103 1877
3 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 101 1862
4 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 106 1862
5 Smez XI Sam Herring 70 1803

League Leaders The top teams broke the 2000 barrier this week with Boom Xhaka Laca still in the lead with 2074 points. Andrew Harley, our leader, is still some way off in 8.960th spot!

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:22 pm

Week 32

You always have to have faith in your own abilities and that has to be evident to your players. Alan Pardew
2nd April - Alan Pardew sacked after eight successive defeats.

In a strange quirk of coincidence, top score of the week of 79 points came from League leader Andrew Harley whilst the low score of 26 points was almost inevitably from bottom marker Alana Deyes. Whilst Robert Ashworth made a welcome return to the top five in 5th place, it looks as though the battle to become Premier Chess champions is now between the top four teams.

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 79 1962
2 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 56 1933
3 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 61 1923
4 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 45 1907
5 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 66 1866

Nick's Picks It's some time since we had a look at the selections of Nick London. With Alana in the field, Nick has been unable to cement his position at the foot of the table as in 2016/17. Last time we looked Nick had selected Brandon Mason - an inspiring choice at the time as he'd not kicked a ball in anger this season for his home club Watford. Although Brandon still sits on Nick's subs bench he was sent on loan to Dundee United in January. However in December Nick used a transfer to bring in Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United). Axel played for one minute in Week 22 and is now loaned to Aston Villa.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:23 pm

Oops - bit of a bad week here. Salah & Robertson didn't play; captain Harry Kane scored a goal - then it was credited to Erikson. Never mind - 1st substitute Davy Pröpper to come off the bench - oh he's been sent off so -1 and a three match ban to 04 May! :(

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:12 pm

Week 33

Important Information
While the second Spurs goal v Stoke City has now been awarded to Harry Kane after review, this will not be reassigned in FPL in accordance with the game rules and therefore points will not be modified.

Well folks there you have it - all those (like me) who had pencilled in Harry Kane as captain lost 8 points or so. With Salah not appearing for Liverpool it was a week of low, low scores for the majority of captains. Our top teams scored 32, 33 or 35 points but none of the other sides could make much progress. Top of the tree was Richard Pert on 58 points whilst Mike Swanwick & Simon Brown were rooted to the bottom on 14 points

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 33 1991
2 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 32 1965
3 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 32 1955
4 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 35 1942
5 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 46 1908

Overall Very much like the Premier League there are few English managers in sight - just one in the top 10 (in 7th position) whilst the remaining nine managers hail from every corner of the globe - two from South Africa and one each from India, Estonia, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Tanzania, Barbados & Indonesia.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:00 pm

Week 34

"I managed the club with full commitment and integrity. To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club." Arsene Wenger

Arsenal announce that after 22 years as manager, Arsene Wenger will be leaving at the end of the season - despite still having a year on his contract.

After a week of low scores, a week of high scores with a number of managers playing their bonus chips. Bench Boost cards contributed to the 117 pt tally of Mark Page and the even higher 126 points of Graham Ives. Graham's score was the 633rd highest overall of the week. There was no change at the top of the League where the top four teams have now passed the 2,000 point mark. Andrew Harley still has a 21 point overall lead and he is the only manager left with both a Wild Card & Bench Boost to play so must be favourite to be the Pep Guardiola of Premier Chess. Meanwhile the Mark Hughes for this week is Nick London who scored a mediocre 42 points.

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 88 2079
2 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 93 2058
3 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 80 2035
4 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 73 2015
5 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 86 1994

Finally Relive Arsene's greatest triumph "The Arsenal Invincibles" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E6aTKlh5vA

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