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When others have made mistakes to their cost, it is always wise to learn and not to repeat them – especially when they happened as recently as last week.

So , last week we had several players eliminated having made charged transfers that took their score into the bottom three.  This week, to be fair, there is only 1 but it’s quite impressive – 12 points being charged turning a safe score of 39 into a fatally low 27.

Of the 6 players eliminated, there are a lot of hard luck stories this week, the saddest (depending on your viewpoint) being the player who could have handed the captaincy to any one of 9 of his other chosen outfielders and survived.  He is also one of 3 of the 6 who would’ve survived if they’d benched the other goalkeeper. Interestingly, all 3 would’ve survived if they’d benched Foster, while last week we saw someone eliminated because they did – you might as well get Paul Merson to pick your team.  I have decided to add those “Oh, if only” aspects to the Key Selections, if only to emphasise how much of this expertise is down to hindsight.

Almost all of the eliminated players had either Lukaku (0 points) or Kane (4) as their captains this week.  Lukaku being an excercise in points chasing; as far as Kane is concerned, well at least his next match won’t be in August – it will be interesting to see how many make him Captain for Spurs’ next home game, though.

As for me, because I can’t help it, a very comfortable 38 this week – I played that free hit thingy that’s knew this season, because I never use my Wild card until the transfer window has closed.

Oh, and hands up those who had Britos. Yeah, thought so.  You’re going to replace him with Holebas next week, aren’t you?  Well, it’s him or Leighton Baines, I just can’t decide.

I’ve had a look at the schedule, by the way and am currently targetting week 26 to drop to 1 score being eliminated.  At the current rate of attrition, though, that’s bound to come down.

Right, let’s get to it:

Week 3

Average Score: 42.47 (85 participants) – overall competition average 43

Highest Score: 68 – overall competition high score 109

Eliminated This Week:

With 26 points: Hungry Hornets (Gavin Lewis)
Gameweek Rank:
4,519,932 (out of 4,804,150)
Key Selections:
10 players scoring 20 between them
Captain – Lukaku (Man Utd) : 0 – successful alternatives 1
Playing Foster (WBA) : 2 instead of Gomez (Watford) : 6

With 27 points: DblUAyTeeEffOhArDee (Darren Sear)
Gameweek Rank:
3,026,732 (based on gross score of 39 points)
Key Selections:
Making 4 transfers : -12
Captain – Aguerro (Man City) : 2 – successful alternatives 2
Playing Foster (WBA) : 2 instead of Elliott (Newcastle) : 7
Playing Hegarzi (WBA) or Davies (Spurs) : 2 instead of Lowe (Huddersfield) : 6

With 27 points: Unhippyman (Peter Fincham)
Gameweek Rank:
4,453,311
Key Selections:
9 players scoring 13 between them
Captain – Lukaku (Man Utd) : 0 – successful alternatives 3

With 28 points: Acton Hornets (Paul Goldsmith)
Gameweek Rank:
4,386,742
Key Selections:
9 players scoring 14 between them
Playing Baines (Everton) or Milner (Liverpool) : 1 instead of Daniels (Bournemouth) : 7
Captain – Lukaku (Man Utd) : 0 – successful alternatives 7

With 28 points: Championship Form (Joe Laver)
Gameweek Rank:
4,386,742
Key Selections:
10 players scoring 19 between them
Captain – Lukaku (Man Utd) : 0 – successful alternatives 9
Playing Foster (WBA) : 2 instead of Courtois (Chelsea) : 6
Playing Bellerin (Arsenal) : 0 instead of Keane (Everton) : 1

With 28 points: Smudgers (Debs Vincent)
Gameweek Rank:
4,344,277 (I have no idea)
Key Selections:
10 players scoring 2 between them
Captain – Kane (Spurs) : 4 – successful alternatives 1

Surviving:

Vicarage Roeders (James McNeill) – a good change of team name, there – 29
Anything But Crouch (Steve Dellar)*
The Watford (James Bratton)
Virginia Horns (Richard Holmes)
Yellow FC (Andi Turner) : all of whom scored 30
* made 3 transfers so lost 8 points

Top Scorer:

With 68 points : Namibian Troy Story (Rory O’Sullivan)
Gameweek Rank:
117,104
Key Selections:
Firmino (Liverpool) : (C) 12 = 24
Forster (Southampton) : 11
Could still afford 5 players who scored 6 between them

So, we have 79 players going into Week 4 – has anyone got Paul Merson’s mobile number?

Here’s the sheet: WML_LMS_1718

See you after Southampton.

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