The estimable Our Man at the Valley is here with the latest on all things BPFL. You’re on OMATV:
Here’s a trivia question to start this wrap-up, courtesy of Fox Soccer Channel and Old27M: Name the four players who have played in more Premiership matches than Raheem Sterling prior to their 18th birthdays? Answers can be found at the bottom of this post.
I was thinking about Raheem Sterling this Gameweek, due mostly to the five points he added to my tally in my victory against the editor of this site, Fall River Marksmen [Ouch.— Ed.] The Marksmen were perhaps a bit overconfident due to a two match winning streak, declining to make any changes to their squad. At least they can take solace that due to a smaller league this season they’ll get a third chance, sometime in the Spring, to notch a first victory against my Disgruntled Numpties [!@$&%**%$!!—Ed.].
Important Programming Note: The Website-wide Fantasy Cup starts this Gameweek, with a qualifying round. Basically, if your score for Gameweek 17 (regardless of the total points earned in prior weeks) is in the top 80% of all entrants you’ll be entered in the first round of the cup in Gameweek 18. So, if you were looking for a good excuse to use that first wildcard and revamp your squad, here it is. By way of example, if qualifying had been held Gameweek 16, 11 of the 13 of us would have qualified for the first round.
Here are a few hints to help you with that trivia question: My four Charlton-based answers of Scott Parker, Jermaine Defoe, Paul Konchesky and Jonjo Shelvey were all incorrect.
On the pitch, Michu of Swansea gets Player of the Fortnight honors, as he bagged a brace in each match. Most of our successes or failures in the Backpost FPL turned on whether he was in a particular lineup.
Gameweek 16 also featured a double gameweek for Sunderland and Reading, as those two clubs finally made up their cancelled fixture from a while back. This caused some overthinking on some of our parts, and moves to make Stephane Sessegnon and Adam Le Fondre captain failed miserably for Rise* of FC Hammer and Old27M, respectively. [Author’s Note: I’m in the habit of writing these reports while a Gameweek is still in progress and this particular paragraph was written late in the second half of Sunderland v. Reading; I didn’t foresee Sessegnon’s garbage time goal or his subsequent Bonus Point. These were enough to turn defeat into victory for the Hammer. Good move; I never doubted you.]
Here’s another hint with that trivia question: Two of the four players appeared in this week’s Manchester Derby. A third is on a Premiership roster though I’m not sure he’s seen any action this season. The fourth is now firmly established as a central midfielder on the best club team in the world.
In the BFPL, there were two wins over Gameweeks 15 and 16 for Sporting de Dijon, Abes Army and Marskansas.
There were multiple losses for The losers, Old 27M, Prison Mike and I am Midtable I am Liverpool.
Despite the two losses, Old27M retains his place at the top of the table. Marskansas and Abes Army are both a victory away from taking over the top spot.
Our Performance of the Week in Gameweek 15 came from ColoradoKeeper. His 80 points were enough to defeat a very unlucky loser, Old27M, who had the second most points in the BFPL with 71.
In Gameweek 16, our Performance of the Week came from my Disgruntled Numpties, with 92 points. Our unlucky loser was Colorado Keeper, edged 64-63 by that Sessegnon 90th-minute goal.
Finally, our trivia answer: Gareth Barry, Cesc Fabregas, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen are the four players with more Premiership appearances prior to their 18th birthdays than Raheem Sterling.
Thanks, OMATV. We could only come up with Rooney for the trivia. Oh well. Thanks for the—wait! There’s more. The Co-Commissioner has filed an update. It reads:
A day after points for Gamewek 16 were thought (by me at least) to be official, the EPL website published the following:Important Information:
- The Player Performance Index has been re-calculated as a result of a review of footage. This has resulted in a change to bonus points awarded in the matches between Aston Villa v Stoke and Sunderland v Reading”As a result Stephane Sessegnon lost his single bonus point and Rise* of FC Hammer wound up drawing with Colorado Keeper, 62-62. Adjust your reading of the above post accordingly, please.