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Last week saw new records set for the eliminated scores. This week was a little different.

Last week  the average score in the overall competition was a healthy 60, this week it was down to 51, so you would expect that the scoring in the WML League, and for the 68 survivors in this competition would also be down, and you would not be disappointed.
So hard to find were points that not even having Lukaku as captain could save 2 of our teams – mind you, if you will go mad with transfers, which is a path we’ve trodden several times.
And you remember what I said about making Harry Kane captain when Spurs play away? Not many did, including me, it has to be said – in my case it was just as well that Bellerin was sur le feu (yes, I had to use Google translate – my guess would’ve been au feu).

Just the 3 players out this week, with the lowest score being 22 points – the second lowest score of the season.  Funnily enough the team with the absolute lowest score has the same name (cue John Motson chuckle).

As for me, a very pleasing 66, with a weekly rank of 707,000 got my overall ranking into the top 50%.  So it’s all good.

Anyway, enough of that, you’re here for this:

Week 7

Average Score: 58.85 (68 participants) – overall competition average 51

Highest Score: 84 – overall competition high score 132

Eliminated This Week:

With 22 points: Silva Lining (Matthew Foskett)
Gameweek Rank:
5,113,324 (out of 5,170,429 – an increase of over 41,000 – where have these people been?)
Key Selections:
Captain – Alli (Spurs) : 2=4 – successful alternatives: 0
No player scored more than 6
8 players scored 10 between them.
Nothing would’ve helped.

With 25 points: Relegation Fodder (Matthew Doughty)
Gameweek Rank:
4,788,345 (based on gross score of 33)
Key Selections:
Transfer cost of 8 points
8 players scored 12 between them
Captain – Lukaku (Man Utd) : 6=12 – successful alternatives: 0
Nothing would’ve helped

With 35 points: Forza Watford! (Kevin Parker)
Gameweek Rank:
3,194,372 (based on gross score of 47)
Key Selections:
Transfer cost of 12 points
5 players scored 7 between them
Captain – Lukaku (Man Utd) : 6=12 – successful alternatives: 1
Playing Ederson (Man City) : 8 instead of Elliott (Newcastle) : 1 would’ve done the trick.

Surviving this week:

Fairfielders (Avi Govind) : 36
Cupid Stunts (Antony Stunt) : 37
Wombles (Russ White) : 41-4 = 37

Top Scorer:

With 84 points : Siggy’s Hornets (Simon Holzman)
Gameweek Rank:
Key Selections:
Lukaku (Man Utd) : (C) 6 = 12
Davies (Spurs) : 16
Kane (Spurs) : 13
Doucouré & Richarlison (Watford) : 10 each
Only 3 players scored below 6

I think it’s time to mention those sides that have yet to flirt with danger – there are 13 teams that have not (so far) been within 10 of danger.  Here are the top 3, and the closest they’ve been:

Siggy’s Hornets (Simon Holzman) : 15
Sing When Winning FC (Paul Smyth) : 14
When Ken’s Fishing (Ian Poole) : 14

We will have 65 players going into Week 8, when Spurs play Bournemouth (at Wembley, don’t forget), Man Utd go to Liverpool, Chelsea go to Palace and Arsenal … yeah – I just thought I’d mention it, in case you’re tempted to make Kane captain, or transfer in the whole (or indeed any) of Palace’s defence.

Here’s the sheet: WML_LMS_1718_WK7

Enjoy your weekend off, folks.