Premier League: GW38 Retrospect

So, the last retrospect of the year, as the FPL draws to a close on a piss poor season. I’m not the only fantasy manager who’s struggle, excelled and been frustrated, as this ride has come to an end. It was mentioned ahead of DGW37 that, a single week could make or break your season. For me, that gameweek, followed by GW38 did me in. This off the back of a lot of work and good decision making to break into the top 120k.

It was interesting to note that I ended this year and last year in similar fashion, 49, 56 points last year and 49, 56 points this year. The difference this year those scores were red arrows, while last year’s were green. Unfortunately, those combined points saw me finish 20 points short of my goal and a drop to 267k, a difference of 123k spots in just 2 weeks, that’s how bad the final two weeks were.

This week the only player who has been doing it all season continued, as Mohamed Salah a goal, assist and 2 bonus points for 11 points. Oddly, I didn’t captain him, which only hurt my overall points. Bad decision on my part, as he’d been my fire and forget captain the second half of the season. Instead, Christian Eriksen donned the armband and failed to return points, as did Heung-Min Son and not surprisingly, Dusan “Doucebag” Tadic. No more frustrating player to own the Serb in FPL. Sadly Ashley Young only saw 60 minutes, picked up a yellow card and finished with nil.

Defensively, the addition of Mamadou Sakho paid dividends, as I shipped out Vincent Kompany, who didn’t play, while Sakho picked up 8 points (CS and 2 bonus points). If Palace can find some offense, this is a very dangerous defense moving forward! Starters, Alfie Mawson and Matt Lowton didn’t return, as did Florent Hadergjonaj, who was on the bench. However, Paul Dummett finished the season strong with a Newcastle CS against Chelsea. Sadly Dummett’s and Hadergjonaj’s points (total of 8) were the best my Bench Boost Chip could muster. David de Gea was benched in favor of Jordon Pickford, who failed since picking him up on my WC, scoring just a single point.

Up front, I still despise Harry Kane, he’s been a royal pain in my ass all season long. He picked up 2 goals, about 20 games too late. He’s trolled me all season but stuck with him and don’t feel as if he really paid off. Next year, no English forwards on my team! Gabriel Jesus was another failure toward the end of the season, just 1 goal (GW38) in his last 3 games, finished on just 5 points. The right choice, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, he excelled since coming to Arsenal.

While I plan on putting together a season in review, I do want to say it’s been the most enjoyable year in the five seasons I have played. This was the first year I used Twitter, even though I’ve had an account since 2010. Joining up with the #FPLBeerClub has kept many of us fantasy managers going, it also spawned the #30SecondBeerReview. It’s a great group of guys and look forward to the fun of next season and even what the World Cup is about to bring.

Also thanks to Fantasy Football Geek for allowing me to contribute my Think Differently articles, as well as 90 Minutes At A Time as their Watford correspondent, writing reviews and previews of games. While I didn’t have enough time, Tactics FC also posted some of my content. Also near the end of the season FPL Academica, sort of on a whim asked me to provide 30 second player review. Cenk Tosun just happened to hit for 2 goals the week I predicted it and it became a weekly feature. All this, while providing my own content on 6thGoal.

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