Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

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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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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:11 pm

Week 35

"The best word I can say to describe this is: Boom!" Jurgen Klopp.

Andrew Harley took a giant leap to retaining his title as Premier Chess Champion as his rivals faltered behind him. Alex Bullen could only manage a small step and second place is now back with Adam Bremner but the gap is now 61 points to the leader. Richard Beach top scores with 82 points whilst Richard Dineley & Mitchell Burke manage a mediocre dozen points each.

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 67 2146
2 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 50 2085
3 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 26 2084
4 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 46 2061
5 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 41 2035

"The Proact tomorrow will be witness to a wake attended by a huddle of bemused, bewildered and downright depressed fans." -goodbye Spireites!! :lol:

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Fri May 04, 2018 2:16 pm

Week 36

They think it's all over ........... Kenneth Wolstenholme

It is now as Andrew Harley increases his lead to 71 points. That's a 50 point increase in just two weeks. The remaining top four teams shuffle around with a mere eight points separating second from fourth. Top doh of the week was Kevin Williamson with 76 points whilst sol-fa behind was David Grobler with 17 points. After twelve weeks of decline, bottom team Alana Deyes "Pjanic at the disco" has surprisingly risen for the last three weeks - but lest teams above are suddenly quaking at this new found form, Alana is now in 5,205,089th place!

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 65 2211
2 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 54 2139
3 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 75 2136
4 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 47 2131
5 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 60 2095

Finally If you're reading this on Friday evening and intend to play your Wild Card/Bench Boost/Triple Captain - too late. They smuggled a Friday night fixture in again!

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Fri May 11, 2018 3:03 pm

Week 37

........ it is now!!! Kenneth Wolstenholme

as Andrew Harley opens up an 88 point gap at the top of the League. The only person who might have had confidence to close such a gap is Carlos Carvalhal who said earlier this week ""In this moment we are not relegated." but need to turn round a 10 goal deficit as well as win their last match and Southampton to lose. There again Carlos made the quote before Huddersfield drew with Chelsea. Anyway on to the top performance of the Year in Premier Chess with eight teams scoring 100 points or better. The highest score of the season of 132 points was achieved this week outstripping the previous best of 126 by Graham Ives in Week 34 - modesty forbids me to mention the manager's name. Low point of the week was 34 points from Dominic Rabbitte - little wonder as the team has transferred one player all season and used none of the special chips.

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 101 2308
2 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 81 2220
3 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 64 2200
4 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 68 2191
5 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 68 2163

And the winner is ........ English Test cricketer Stuart Broad who beat everyone else to score 180 points and win the week's top manager award and the goody bag of prizes https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/44075226. But who will the overall winner be? For over half of the season since Week 18 Boom Xhaka Laca managed by Bharat Dhody has been in first position with a temporary drop to 2nd in Week 20. Yet with one week to go three teams, the closest just seven points adrift, snap at the leader's heels. One has a horrible feeling that the title might just be snatched away in Week 38.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Mon May 14, 2018 4:32 am

Week 38

It was a hot hundred - no not the highest score of the week - but the margin of Andrew Harley's win as he successfully defended his title as Premier Chess Fantasy Football Manager. In the final weeks his challengers melted away to give Andrew an impressive victory. His overall position was 1,138 out of 5,910,135 competing teams. Top dog of the week was John Reyes who scored 96 points whilst the mangy mutt for a second successive week was Dominic Rabbitte who moved downwards to 72/73 - still above Alana Deyes - but below Nick London who after ten successive drops at last found some form.

1. Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 75 2379
2 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 59 2279
3 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 54 2254
4 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 53 2244
5 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 62 2225

A full round-up and publication of all the scores follows in due course.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Mon May 14, 2018 10:18 am

Final Scores in full

1 Harley Hotspurs Andrew Harley 75 2379
2 Ctrl Alt De Laet Adam Bremner 59 2279
3 Discovered Cech Michael Ashworth 54 2254
4 Crouch > Lukaku Alex Bullen 53 2244
5 Despicable Mee Robert Ashworth 62 2225
6 Wengerboys Lawrence Cooper 75 2209
7 Olympique Mayonnaise Grant Bucher 62 2203
8 Return of the Spock Mark Leonard 75 2194
9 Smez XI Sam Herring 51 2184
10 Good Vibes Revival Richard Beach 39 2179
11 Aimless Wanderers John Peters 65 2168
12 Sisu Out Mark Page 56 2158
13 Don't Stop John Garnett 92 2154
14 Suicide Squad Gareth Yeo 54 2145
15 Ramblas IV Simon Brown 68 2138
16= Poisoned Prawns Stuart Iles 75 2131
16= Scored Again James Redburn 86 2131
18 Ayew Ready? Nathan Talbot 35 2128
19 Busted Custard Neil Graham 82 2125
20 GoalsGalore Peter Staneland 51 2124
21= George's Best George Georgiou 58 2120
21= Frying High Joe Friar 77 2120
23 Hammered Again Graham Ives 52 2117
24 Check This Richard Pert 79 2103
25 SHOW ME THE MONEY Adrian Matthews 61 2091
26 Top of the Klopps Andrew Garside 74 2089
27 Anfield Attackers Matthew Payne 66 2087
28 PGM Autocats Neil Jamieson 78 2084
29 Avada Kedavra Matthew Parry 41 2074
30 Guns 'N Moses Mark Talbot 48 2072
31 Brentford Mods Jonathan Tait 59 2071
32 Wrenchester United John Wrench 48 2061
33 Woodpushers Alan Walton 58 2056
34 Penyffordd Pirates Bob Clark 65 2048
35 ScroobiusPep Samuel Watts 57 2039
36 Peregrinewellies Barry Redburn 78 2035
37 SirOsis of the Liver Graham Mill-Wilson 48 2030
38 Milsopolis Samuel Milson 74 2015
39 Left is Best Steven Smith 84 2004
40 Strong and Stable Paul Colburn 81 2003
41 Vacuuming Sucks Paul Spiller 60 1980
42 Blackys Barstewards Jonathan Blackburn 48 1979
43 Holy BeardHair Dave Ledger 38 1970
44 Game of Throw-Ins John Sargent 39 1965
45 No Excuses Kevin Williamson 39 1963
46 27Years No Title Lol Paul Talbot 65 1960
47 Lallanas in Pyjamas Richard Weaving 24 1953
48 Bobsy's Battlers John Reyes 96 1949
49 Supa Strikas Onos Kofi-Ofuafor 61 1942
50 1,2,3,4icanonlycount Angus MacGregor 67 1941
51 Oxspring Big Boys David Grobler 53 1937
52 Puncheon Judy Rob Ensor 65 1911
53 Heavy up Top XI Mike Swanwick 56 1893
54 Woodbridge Wanderers Adam Hunt 68 1890
55 one legged men Hendrik Hoffmann 55 1873
56 Knock em aert Rhys Cumming 49 1870
57 Pebworth Linos Daniel Lambourne 56 1863
58 Misfiring misfits Will Place 43 1856
59 Misery loves Kompany Paul Cooksey 23 1854
60 Da boss of footy Heath MacGregor 52 1819
61 NEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRDS! Ben Edgell 31 1806
62 For Fuchs Ake James Friar 38 1801
63 Sabz's Boy Toys Sabrina Chevannes 38 1794
64 La Cazette Alan Tate 36 1791
65 Zugzwang Thomas Rendle 19 1789
66 Ternacio's XI Jacques Tivillier 29 1755
67 mighty whites Neil Milson 39 1714
68 Red Devils Richard Dineley 34 1643
69 Wollaton Rovers Gavin Carter 48 1508
70 Burked FC Mitchell Burke 27 1501
71 Chess For Tigers Nick London 62 1489
72 Equity'sDarlings Dominic Rabbitte 12 1473
73 Pjanic at the disco Alana Deyes 31 1313

As noted previously Andrew Harley finished 1,138th overall with backmarker Alan Deyes in 5,208,241th spot but still ahead of some 700,000 teams -some of course who didn't join until Week 38. Last year's last place manager Nick London did improve by 200+ plus points over his 16/17 score of 1,265.

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Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2017-18

Post by Neil Graham » Fri May 25, 2018 12:06 pm

Quarter Four Report - Weeks 30-38

Just six teams featured in the top five for the final quarter. Andrew Harley was in first place for the entire nine weeks with his main challengers of Adam Bremner, Alex Bullen and Michael Ashworth shuffling around behind him. We lost Sam Herring in Week 32 replaced by Robert Ashworth but neither manager ever progressed beyond fifth place. Here is the summary for the fourth quarter:-

1. Andrew Harley 45 pts (9)
2. Adam Bremner 31 pts (9)
3. Alex Bullen 29 pts (9)
4. Michael Ashworth 21 pts (9)
5. Robert Ashworth 7 pts (7)
6. Sam Herring 2 pts (2)

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