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Last season, as I may have mentioned before, I was eliminated in the very first week. This time – Week 10! But, oh, the heartache of some others …

Each week I look at whether (and how) the eliminated teams could have scored enough points to have saved themselves.  Mostly, it’s a combination of self inflicted wounds – too many transfers is a favourite, the wrong player benched (often the goalkeeper), or the wrong captain.  Sometimes you look at the squad and nothing could’ve been done.  This week, however, we have 2 major sob-stories; in fact, a less hard hearted organiser might have looked at it and said, “No, that’s OK.  We’re losing 3 anyway, and that’s a really unlucky way to go out, so have a free one.”  Unfortunately for the 2 players involved, I’m still annoyed by the whole Stoke City thing and I’m one of the other 3, so if I’m going, you’re going as well.

We have 1 player eliminated because none of his substitutes played, meaning that his Captain couldn’t be subbed out, scoring 0. If any one of them had played for their club, even for a single minute, his Vice-captain’s score would’ve been doubled and safety achieved.
Another was eliminated because, although he also had the same Captain, and he had a bench player who could replace him, and he had 8 players who would have scored enough as Vice-captain, the actual player he selected didn’t.
Unlucky in both cases.

But, as I say, no sympathy vote from me because I chose the wrong captain as well, although there was only 1 alternative selection that would’ve worked … it would’ve worked.  Mind you, I’m in good company, just look at who scored lowest of all this week.

Here we go, then:

Week 10

Average Score: 42.51 (59 participants) – overall competition average 46 (Not often, we’re below average)

Highest Score: 66 – overall competition high score 115 (explaining the whole low average thing)

Overall Competitors: 5,308,549 (an increase of 38,811 over last week – honestly, why bother?)

Eliminated This Week:

With 23 points: Germination (Martin Ingoe)
Gameweek Rank:
Key Selections:
Captain – Salah (Liverpool) : 4=8 – successful alternatives: 1 (on the bench)
9 players scored 12 between them.
Playing De Gea (Man Utd) : 9 instead of Elliott (Newcastle) : 3 would’ve done it.

With 26 points: Glory Hornet Boys (Simon Peat)
Gameweek Rank:
Key Selections:
Captain – De Bruyne (Man City) : 2=4 – successful alternatives: 2 (1 on bench)
8 players scored 13 between them
Playing De Gea (Man Utd) : 9 instead of Gomes (Watford) : 2 would’ve done it.

With 26 points: Lokomotiv Lemsip (Richard Scrimshaw – that’s me)
Gameweek Rank:
5,161,260 (it must be on alphabetical order)
Key Selections:
Captain – Gomes (Watford) : 1=2 – successful alternatives: 1
7 players scored 10 between them
Nothing would’ve helped.

With 28 points: Completely Barking (Robert Bell)
Gameweek Rank:
4,423,258 (based on gross score of 36)
Key Selections:
Transfers cost: -8
Captain – Aguerro (Man City) : 0=0 – successful alternatives: 10
6 players scored 10 between them (and making any of them Captain would still have been enough)
No outfielders played.

With 38 points: Roaring Success (Stuart Bower)
Gameweek Rank:
Key Selections:
Captain – Aguerro (Man City) : 0=0 – subbed out
Vice – Jesus (Man City): 1=2 – successful alternatives: 8
7 players scored 12 between them
Nothing would’ve helped

Surviving this week:

Horse & Jockey FC (Richard Taylor) : 31
JanmaterOfLife&Death (Paul Harris) : 32

Top Scorer:

With 66 points : Athacad (Tony Baines)
Gameweek Rank:
Key Selections:
Firmino (Liverpool) : (C) 8=16
Kalasinac (Arsenal) : 14
2 other players scored 9 each
(and 2 players scored 0)

So we will have 54 players going into Week 11.

Here’s the sheet: WML_LMS_1718_WK10