Week 38 – And the winner is ….

Well that was exciting.  In NFL fantasy football, you can see the points changing with each play, which adds a dimension, there’s no denying.

This final week was only finally decided (in fact the lead changed hands on Best Performance bonus awards, after the matches had finished.

Here is a spreadsheet showing how the scores changed minute by minute (and just how close it was at the end): WML_LMS_MBM

So let’s get to it:

Week 38

Average Score: 76 (2 participants) – overall competition average 58

Highest Score: 77 – overall competition high score 143

The runner-up:

With 75 points: Off to Okavanga (Derek Fabb)
Gameweek Rank:
860,654 (out of 4,503,345).

And the winner is:

With 77 points : Forza Watford (Tom Guzik) for the 3rd week in a row.

Gameweek Rank: 273,630

Congratulations to Tom and commiserations to Derek – it was very, very close on the day.

Here’s the final sheet: WML_LMS

So that’s it.  It’s been fun to do.  If you have stuck with me all the way through, well done you.

If you want your team included next season, you have to be registered for Week 1.

Enjoy your Summer.

Week 37 – And a podium finish for …

A huge penultimate week with almost all sides playing twice, particularly those at the top so little chance of players being rotated out then … shame nobody told the real world managers.  A particular big thank you to Conte for resting my captain Cahill on Monday, for example.  And Kyle Walker – 6 minutes over 2 matches?  Ah, well, there’s always next season.

But you’re not here to read about my inability to pick a high scoring team – you’re here to read about other people’s inability to pick a high enough scoring team … when it really mattered.  Because this was the week it really did matter; do well and you’re in the head to head final week; do not so well and you finish 3rd, which is a great achievement, but not the top 2.  So let’s get to it:

Week 37

Average Score: 137.67 (3 participants) – overall competition average 81

Highest Score: 152 – overall competition high score 223 (!!!!)

Lowest Surviving Score: 143

Eliminated this week:

With 118 points: When Ken’s Fishing (Ian Poole)
Oh, after being the highest placed survivor for quite a while, Ian goes at the second last.  And check out that gameweek rank.

Key Selections:
Good:
Sanchez : Captain 27=54
Kane : 31
No other player scored double figures – best of the rest was Capoue with 9.

Gameweek Rank: 476,281 (out of 4,501,614).

Safe this week:

With 143 points:

Off to Okavanga (Derek Fabb)

Top scorer this week with 152 points : Forza Watford (Tom Guzik) for the 2nd week in a row.

Key Selections:

Sanchez : Arsenal C 27=54
Jesus : Man City 19
De Bruyne : Man City 15
Bench Boost – where all of your bench players score (you get 1 of these) yielded 23 points.

Gameweek Rank: 63,656

Remaining Teams – 2. It’s head to head on Sunday. And you get nothing for second place.*

And, just so you know, here they are:

Forza Watford Tom Guzik
Off to Okavanga Derek Fabb

Here is the sheet:

WML_LMS

*Actually, you get nothing for winning the thing either but, you know.

Week 36 – A Top Three Finish

A very extended week with an early deadline and, once again, a number of extra matches for some clubs saw opportunities for those willing to take them, or even spotted them in time.

22 points separated the field this week, the second lowest but it’s all about getting into the final 3 so, let’s get to it.

Week 36

Average Score: 55 (4 participants) – overall competition average 46

Highest Score: 68 – overall competition high score 136

Lowest Surviving Score: 51

Eliminated this week:

With 46 points: Horns of a Dilemma (Adam Isaacs)
Mind you, that’s after being next to bottom for the previous 2 weeks, so maybe it’s been coming, eh, Adam?

Key Selections:
Having 6 players score 13 points between them.  Even making the highest scoring player Captain, wouldn’t have helped.

Gameweek Rank: 2,193,694 (out of 4,495,397).

Safe this week:

With 51 points:

When Ken’s Fishing (Ian Poole)

Top scorer this week with 68 points : Forza Watford (Tom Guzik)

Key Selections:

Sanchez : Arsenal C 14=28
That alone allowed Tom to leave 16 points on the bench – including selecting Hennessey to play at Man City over Pickford at Hull.

Gameweek Rank: 325,439

Remaining Teams – 3. Just 3.

And, just so you know, here they are:

Forza Watford Tom Guzik
Off to Okavanga Derek Fabb
When Ken’s Fishing Ian Poole

Here is the sheet:

WML_LMS

Week 35 – All About Making The Top Four

A weekend of two halves with the lowest goal scoring Saturday we’ve can remember followed by a pretty good Sunday, with some other match for good measure, was reflected in the performances of our final 5 with 3 decent scores and 2 not so decent.  Reflecting reality, it seemed almost appropriate that the lowest 2 teams scored identically but were separated by transfer charges.

Week 36 starts on Friday evening, so no making your team changes on Saturday morning …

Week 35

Average Score: 50.2 (5 participants) – overall competition average 46

Highest Score: 68 – overall competition high score 124

Lowest Surviving Score: 36

Eliminated this week:

With 32 points: Ratford Utd (Ian Hayter)

Key Selections:
Making Costa Captain 1 point = 2
But mainly, having 9 players score 15 points between them.

Gameweek Rank: 3,517,525 (out of 4,488,740).

Safe this week:

With 36 points:

Horns of a Dilemma (Adam Isaacs) – again

Top scorer this week with 68 points : Off to Okavanga (Derek Fabb)

Key Selections:

Cahill : Chelsea 14
King : Bournemouth 11
Sigurdsson : 10
Kane : Spurs C 5=10

Gameweek Rank: 226,145

Remaining Teams – Just 4.

And, just so you know, here they are:

Forza Watford Tom Guzik
Horns of a Dilemma Adam Isaacs
Off to Okavanga Derek Fabb
When Ken’s Fishing Ian Poole

Here is the sheet:

WML_LMS

Week 34 – Now We Have 5

An extended week, with double matches for some and no matches for others.  Obviously, you pick your captain from one of the teams playing twice – Crystal Palace = Zaha (in my case) = 3 points doubled to 6; for others, Benteke = 14 doubled to 28.
Choose the wrong player and could cost you dear.

Week 34

Average Score: 62 (6 participants) – overall competition average 56

Highest Score: 102 – overall competition high score 147

Lowest Surviving Score: 50 (again)

Eliminated this week:

With 43 points: Hornetz (David Weale)

Key Selections:
As mentioned above, making Rashford Captain 3 points = 6
Apart from that, nobody getting into double figures.

Gameweek Rank: 3,181,017 (out of 4,468,591).

Safe this week:

With 50 points:

Horns of a Dilemma (Adam Isaacs)

Top scorer this week with 102 points : Ratford United (Ian Hayter) – not for the first time.

Key Selections:

Bench Boost gained 12 points
Benteke
: Palace C 14=28
Costa : 16
Blind : 14

Gameweek Rank: 10,864

Remaining Teams – 5.

And, just so you know, here they are:

Forza Watford Tom Guzik
Horns of a Dilemma Adam Isaacs
Off to Okavanga Derek Fabb
Ratford United Ian Hayter
When Ken’s Fishing Ian Poole

Here is the sheet:

WML_LMS

Week 33 – A mad scramble

Another week, another record – unfortunately, just like last week, not quite a record that any of us would have wanted.  In the real world, getting to 40 points is the assumed target, and once you’ve reached that, you’re OK.  In this competition, on the other hand, matching the overall (as in the full 4.4 million players) average score has always been a target.
The problem with those sort of stats based targets is that, at some point, you’ll hit a situation where it doesn’t apply.  Unfortunately, this week, all of our remaining players bettered that average so it was instead all about the player that didn’t quite better it as well as everybody else.
No matter that this also set a new record high eliminated score; no matter that the eliminated score was only 20 off the highest scorer.  All that matters is that the lowest scorer goes.
If it wasn’t tense before, it’s going to be from now on.

Week 33

Average Score: 56.14 (7 participants) – overall competition average 46

Highest Score: 67 – overall competition high score 110

Lowest Surviving Score: 50

Eliminated this week:

With 47 points: A game of two thirds (Jon Gowshall)

Key Selections:
Nothing really stands out – 3 players only scored 1, 4 only scored 2, 2 scored 7, which is just too many low scores.

Gameweek Rank: 2,115,424 (out of 4,468,591) which is a new high for an eliminated team.

Safe this week:

With 53 points:

Ratford United (Ian Hayter),

Top scorer this week with 67 points : Off to Okavanga (Derek Fabb).

Key Selections:

All Out Attack
Kane
: Spurs C 12=24
Son : 10
Capoue : 8
3 others scoring 6 each.

Gameweek Rank: 178,993 (The lowest since records began.

Remaining Teams – 6.

And, just so you know, here they are:

Forza Watford Tom Guzik
Hornetz David Weale
Horns of a Dilemma Adam Isaacs
Off to Okavanga Derek Fabb
Ratford United Ian Hayter
When Ken’s Fishing Ian Poole

With packing your team with Spurs and Chelsea players clearly a good idea, that’s what I did.  Shame matches in the FA Cup don’t count.

Here is the sheet:

WML_LMS

Week 32 – No need for Video Replay

A record setting week, then – just not quite the record that one of us would have wanted – hi, Gareth.  To revisit a line often repeated hereabouts, what you are looking for when you have an off week, is that someone has an even worse one.  Unfortunately what we got this week that all but one of our players had pretty good weeks, resulting in a record setting gap of 22 points. Ouch.

As I say, our 7 survivors all scored pretty well this week with 4 scores in the 50s and 2 over 80.

Week 32

Average Score: 61.88 (8 participants) – overall competition average 56

Highest Score: 89 – overall competition high score 144 (who are these people?)

Lowest Surviving Score: 53 (22 points clear – a new record)

Eliminated this week:

With 31 points: Chiringuito Allstars (Gareth Reynolds)

Key Selections: Kane as Captain (1=2) and Deeney and Pedro who scored 1 each.  To be honest, though, with that kind of gap (and that squad), nothing could be done.

Gameweek Rank: 4,216,666 (out of 4,468,591)

 

Safe this week:

With 53 points:

Hornetz (David Weale),

Top scorer this week with 89 points : Ratford United (Ian Hayter).

Key Selections:

Son : Spurs 19
Costa : C 8=16
Lukaku : 13
Zaha : 11
Hazard : 10
Heaton : 7
He could even afford to field Holebas (0 points, you’ll be amazed to read)
When it’s your day, it’s your day.

Gameweek Rank: 56,308

Remaining Teams – 7.

And, just so you know, here they are:

A game of two thirds Jon Gowshall
Forza Watford Tom Guzik
Hornetz David Weale
Horns of a Dilemma Adam Isaacs
Off to Okavanga Derek Fabb
Ratford United Ian Hayter
When Ken’s Fishing Ian Poole

I wonder if Llorente’s fit? Got to be worth a go. Who are they playing? Ah.

Here is the sheet:

WML_LMS

Week 31 – Don’t shoot me, I’m only the goalkeeping coach!

Just what the remaining 9 players needed – a full mid-week program, lots of potentially key players getting injured and no time to do much other than make a quick assessment and some panicky transfer action.  Well, that was my Tuesday afternoon, anyway.

This week we lost our highest placed team, while our lowest scoring survivor did so with excatly the same score as last week. So, who is this week’s Walter Mazzari and, more importantly, this week’s Paul Clement.

Week 31

Average Score: 51.22 (9 participants) – overall competition average 45

Highest Score: 65 – overall competition high score 118

Lowest Surviving Score: 36 (again)

Eliminated this week:

With 30 points: gloryhornetboys (Mike James)

Key Selections: Sanchez as Captain (3=6) instead of Coutinho or Son (both 7 would’ve been 14) and leaving King (Bournemouth) on the bench – 7.

Gameweek Rank: 3,765,934

Safe this week:

With 36 points:

Horns of a Dilemma (Adam Isaacs),

Top scorer this week with 65 points : A Game of Two Thirds (Jon Gowshall).

Key Selections:

Alli : Spurs Captain 12=24

Deeney and Niang : Watford 11 each

Gameweek Rank: 240,063

Remaining Teams – 8.

And, just so you know, here are those 8:

A game of two thirds Jon Gowshall
Chiringuito Allstars Gareth Reynolds
Forza Watford Tom Guzik
Hornetz David Weale
Horns of a Dilemma Adam Isaacs
Off to Okavanga Derek Fabb
Ratford United Ian Hayter
When Ken’s Fishing Ian Poole

Well, I’m of to follow Jon’s lead and put Deeney and Niang in my team for Saturday.

Here is the sheet:

WML_LMS

Week 30 – And if 1 green bottle …

Back in August, we started with 92 players and here we are, after 30 game weeks, down to the last 10 – 10 green bottles hanging on the thin threads of (among others) Arsenal’s defensive strength, Dele Alli’s clinical finishing, Chelsea’s refusal to do anything else but win … all of which let me down.

So how did it go this week?  Who is this week’s Big Fat Sam and, more importantly, this week’s David Moyes – liable to get a slap, indeed.

Week 30

Average Score: 40.7 (10 participants) – overall competition average 40
Highest Score: 54 – overall competition high score 103
Lowest Surviving Score: 36

Eliminated this week:

With 29 points: Dublin Over (Mark Carpenter)
Key Selections:
Lukaku as Captain (2=4) instead of Mawson (5 would’ve been 10)
Mignolet (3) instead of Forster (7).
Gameweek Rank: 3,797,214

Safe this week:

With 36 points all 4 of:
gloryhornetboys (Mike James),
Horns of a Dilemma (Adam Isaacs),
Off to Okavanga (Derek Fabb),
Ratford United (Ian Hayter)

Top scorer this week with 54 points : Forza Watford (Tom Guzik).
Key Selections:
V
ardy : Leicester Captain 7=14
Valencia : Man Utd 8
Gameweek Rank: 484,854

Remaining Teams – just 9.
Actually, having just rechecked my arithmetic, if Mark had made the changes I suggest above, it still wouldn’t have been enough to save him and we would’ve had 5 teams eliminated; so for weeks 35-38 I would’ve been sitting here twiddling my thumbs.  So, thanks, Mark, much appreciated.

Here is the sheet:

WML_LMS