It’s getting to that point where I don’t want to jinx anything. I try not to boast about the progress I have made on Twitter or elsewhere, for fear karma will come back to bite me in the ass. That said, this week was another green arrow, the kind of contagious we, as FPL managers love to see. It’s now four green arrows in a row, my best run of the season, making it six out of the last seven, as I’ve climbed 131k spots, sitting at 11k!
Looking at my weekly score, it’s becoming more important as to how much I am over the average, as opposed to just getting the green arrow. The last two weeks I’ve been 47 and 40 points over the game week average, which has allowed for excellent gains! So much so, I am now number in the Planet #FPL Writers Mini-League. Think that’s a first in the six seasons I’ve participated in FPL, leading ANY mini league. Don’t want to get too confident as there is still much football to be played and these next two weeks will be vital to the success of this season.
For the week, it was 76 points, 40 points over the average of 36 points, for nearly a 6k increase in the OR. My FT for the week was Kepa Arrizabalaga, who picked up a clean sheet, finishing on five points, after a yellow card for time wasting. If there has been one thing I can point to on the season, it’s been the positive impact my free transfers have made. I’ll have to pull the numbers on the season, but I don’t believe I’ve had a negative score to date.
Liverpool let many fantasy managers down, as they conceded a single goal to Shane Long. Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk combined for only three points, while Sead Kolasinac was removed at half time, as Unai Emery shift this tactical plan. That left Aaron Wan-Bissaka to pick up seven points, including a bonus point, as Palace defeated the Magpies, 1-0 at St. James’.
The midfield was a mixed bag, as Ryan Fraser and the Cherries faltered again, failing to score a goal. With good fixtures up coming, he along with teammate, Josh King might just have played their last games on my squad. The Egyptian king, Mo Salah, broke duck, picked up his first goal in eight games. The big question, is the one goal he needed to get back into scoring form? His underlying numbers; penalty touches and total shots are best in the league over the last six game weeks, but the bottom line are attacking returns. It was the return of The Eden Hazard Show, as the Belgian scored twice and picekd up all three bonus points. I also tagged him as my captain, so it was a big 32 point return, best captain haul on the season.
Up front, the Vardy Party continued, as he netted twice and added an assist with all three bonus. He too has been on fire the last eight game weeks with 10 attacking returns. However, Leicester City’s run is coming to an end and with the injury to Harry Kane, Vardy might get one, possibly two more games in my starting XI. It was disappointment from the previously mentioned King, as well as the Venezuelan Ronaldo, as Salomon Rondon blanked for the second week in a row. Could his run be over?
No complaints on the week or on the season. It’s been the most consistent I have played in six years. Current overall points are 2,029, as I close in my my best ever point total of 2,170, in the 2015/16 season. I’ve also exceed my 60 PPG average, as I am now averaging 61.48 PPG. I will have much more to speak on when I break down the 2018/19 numbers at the end of the season, but it’s been an excellent season, now it’s time to bring it home strong.