Here is Co-commissioner MGlo with the recap for Gameweek 18, which ended last Tuesday. Week 19 kicked off Friday, Dec 30, and ended today. Our Man at the Valley will have that writeup shortly.
Our New Year’s resolution: resume paying attention to our fantasy team.
Take it away, MGlo.
Did I say my son would be insufferable if he somehow managed to win our Family derby match? Well I was wrong. He’s worse than that! He has been calling me periodically to remind me of the outcome, a 54-43 victory that at one point was actually close. With not a lot of points on offer from Monday’s matches, he was only leading 20-13. I had 9 points from Newcastle’s Ryan Taylor sitting on my bench but would need Swansea’s Neil Taylor not to play against QPR. We both came through Arsenal’s match with 4 points from our captain Robin van Persie making for a 24-17 score. What happened next is in timeline form (La Gazetta dello Sport fans take note):
11:24 EST: News arrives from the Liberty Stadium that Neil Taylor is not in the squad. Ryan Taylor’s points put me in the lead. +2
12:00 EST: Scott Sinclair starts. +3
2:00 EST: Swansea draw but Sinclair plays 60 minutes. We both have goalkeeper Michel Vorm. +4
2:30 EST: Tottenham game begins. We both have Benoit Assou-Ekotto. I have Emanuel Adebayor. He has Gareth Bale. +4.
3:46 EST: Bale scores but is assisted by Adebayor +2
3:50 EST: Bale earns a clean sheet point. +1
3:58 EST: Bale scores again. -4
4:25 EST: I am losing 42-46 with Bonus points to come.
Needless to say, Bale earned 3 Bonus points, as did Newcastle’s Demba Ba, and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany chipped in 2. Ryan Taylor was my man of the day with 1 Bonus point to seal the final margin and cap another miserable week for me. I did, however, get through my Cup match, so at least I have something else to be tortured with for a while.
Speaking of the Cup, of the 41 teams involved in our league (remember there is an average team to balance things out), 8 did not even qualify, and this past week another 10 were knocked out in Round 1.
In the BPFL, there was no change among the Top 5 teams as they all won. Coloradokeeper maintained a 4-point lead at the top with their ninth straight victory. But second-place Dynasty of FC Hammer are hot on their tails with 11 consecutive wins. Three points further back is Herk City, who have won sixth in a row but face a tough match this week when they host fifth-place Giorgio Chinaglia. El nino sit between these two teams in the fourth spot on the back of a seven-game winning run and are hoping to move into a tie for third.
Performance of the Week: El nino are in the winner’s spot again with a 78-point total. They were led by Bale’s 16, captain Adebayor’s 10 and Ryan Taylor’s 10. Arsenal’s Gervinho, Fulham’s Clint Dempsey, and Manchester United’s Patrice Evra each chipped in 9, while Everton’s Leon Osman added 5. Well done!
Unlucky Loser: Bryan 04 Leverkusen was unfortunate to be playing El nino and thus takes the Unlucky Loser award this week. His 57 points were good enough to beat 35 other teams.
Happy New Year to All!
We second the holiday wishes. Thanks MGlo.