Fantasy Football League 2017-18

Discussion in 'football' started by Lazy Llama, Jul 12, 2017.

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  1. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Spent what are hopefully my final points on transfers for this season (no last minute player unavailability news please!), another 8 points down the sink!
     
  2. passenger

    passenger up and down...

    I need 52 points from Sunday to breack the 2,000 point mark for the first time.
     
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  3. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I'm 16 points behind first place at work, and I haven't got a fucking clue what to do!
     
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  4. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    This was an odd season i think.
     
  5. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Only my third season so I dont have all that much to compare to, but a few thoughts about problems this season:

    Even harder than before to get offensive points out of Man Utd.
    Harder to find clean sheet consistency, both at the high end and the bargain basement.
    Annoying Spurs defensive rotations.
    Lack of Chelsea consistency, including rotation issues/lack of Costa.
    Sigurdsson not much use at Everton.
    Felt like there was quite a long period earlier in season where it was hard to get excited about any forwards, let alone 3.
    We were a bit spoilt last year with end-of-season form of some key teams.
    Lack of great new revelations (Salah, Gross, Doucoure & Richarlison earlier on but fell off cliff, Aubameyang later, several Man City players with much improved points potential, who have I forgotten? Ok Murray and Barnes at times, Zaha was not a new revelation but I supoose Milivojevic & McArthur points were a surprise)

    A few things that helped me/were easier:
    Coutinho leaving made it easier to pick the right Liverpool players.
    Some midfielders that didnt have amazing seasons did manage a good run of form for a while (eg Mahrez helped me do well for a while.)
    Think I had far less injury woes this season.

    Things I'm sort of looking forward to next season:
    post-Wenger Arsenal, hoping for some consistency at some point.
    A few less managers whose style I did not appreciate, hopefully.
    Post-champions Leicester team seems to have run its course/has unreliable attitude and I'd like to see big changes there and Mahrez getting regular games for a different team.

    Not looking forward to next season:
    Even greater Man City squad rotation assuming Pep beefs the team up even more.
    The potential for Salah not to sustain his amazing form.
    I'm sure more will follow once transfer etc gossip starts to solidify.
     
  6. sealion

    sealion Splish splash splosh

    I was about to win a mini league until my closest rival triple captained Augymang :mad: Europa league it is for me then :rolleyes:
    I still enjoyed taking part in what has been, quite a frustrating season of rotation and positional tinkering.
     
  7. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Ouch, I was grateful that I didnt run into anyone that captained him let alone triple-captained. I lost out in another league the good old fashioned way, by being over 100 behind the leader, hitting a great run of form and getting almost 100 ahead of him, only to see my lead gradually erode and then collapse as I got myself into a position where I had to spend so many points forming a team for each tricky week near the end of the season. This was my first serious chance to win any league and I blew it!
     
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  8. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Nick Pope. Got him on my first wildcard and he was unreal until Christmas. Next season will be interesting...Pope or Heaton?!

    Jones - when fit, he was class. Clean sheets galore and always in the bonus points.

    Silva before his family issues. Cheap and nailed, and people seemingly didn't jump on the train until late.

    Sterling - finally showed his true potential. If he learns to be less wasteful in front of goal, could be next seasons highest goal scorer. First pick for me next season (I reckon Salah will be overpriced/under-perform),

    Ward from Burnley was great until his injury. Made me a fair chunk of cash, too.
     
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  9. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Biggest let downs this season :

    Kane - obviously scored high but for his price was way too inconsistent. I think I only had him for about 3 weeks.

    Sanchez - way too expensive, and doesn't perform the same role in a boring Mourinho team.

    Lukaku - Same as Sanchez, really, although fairly consistent. An overpriced Costa.

    Ben Davies - Clearly the better full back at Tottenham, but rotation pain. If he was nailed he would be essential.

    Mhikitarian - Great start at Manu, then did fuck all for weeks. Thought maybe he'd do the business at Arsenal, but meh.
     
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  10. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    All great points - I got good results out of Pope for a while too, only sold him because of double gameweeks and certain sites hyping the prospects of Heaton getting some games.

    I know what you mean about Kane but he did help one of my Draft teams win that league. Cant say Im at all shocked that he failed to repeat last seasons end-of-season pointsfest, or that Spurs as a whole leave me feeling a little cold due to inconsistency.

    I've not totally given up on Mkhitaryan, one of the reasons I'm interested to see what sort of Arsenal team takes shape next season.

    As for Salah, is he bound to be a forward in fantasy next season? Depending on what other strikers come and goes from the prem over the summer, he might well still make my starting team.

    As for David Silva, yeah I was so impressed with him this year that I gave him a few more chances even after the family issues lead to irregular appearances. And I've often been more than happy to bring in Sane, though if I remember correctly I was also a fan of him last season before he had really hit his full stride. Sterling goes without saying, De Bruyne lost out because I didnt manage to increase my team value enough this season to afford him without sacrificing elsewhere, and the few times I was looking coincided with him not getting many points.

    I really, really loved having Son during one stretch of the season too, even though I held onto him for too long once the sustained run was long gone.
     
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  11. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Regarding team value, that might be my single biggest disappointment of the season, because my strategy in the later half of the season does tend to rely on having lots of cash relative to most other teams. I still had more than average, but way down on previous seasons. Think it was a combination of the price change calculations being changed (in various ways, but that stuff isnt really public) and not very many bargains who rose in value a lot over long periods. Me actually having some periods where I was conservative with transfers (hard to believe I know!) probably played a small role in this too, as did the free hit card.
     
  12. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    I know what you mean by this but I think he's still been undervalued this season.

    He's the second top scorer in the league, despite his rotation. And he's only owned by 1.5m players. At his peak only 2.2m owned him.

    For comparison, Salah is owned by 3.5m and was last below 2m ownership in GW13.

    Sterling's 1.5m cheaper, too.
     
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  13. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Ah yes, I didnt mean to imply that everyone recognised his brilliance and got on board.

    It's a phenomenon I've seen before. Memory a little hazy but I think I was amazed how many teams refused for so long to take a serious look at Mahrez and Vardy during the Leicester league-winning season.
     
  14. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    I wasn't playing that year, but I think with players like that there's the, "This can't last" feeling.

    Like Hegazi earlier this season. I never owned him, because I thought it was one of those flash in the pan things. Turned out he did ok.
     
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  15. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Ahh, even though I have little faith in the points that tomorrows games will bring, cant help get a little excited for a week where all the games take place at the same time. Especially after the slow-motion failure of certain double-gameweeks this season.
     
  16. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Gross is probably a better example than Hegazi, actually
     
  17. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Alonso was another disappointment this season. Obviously priced v high due to his previous performances and playing as basically a left-forward, but I don't think he was worth the money. Owned him for a few weeks where he didn't do much for me, and tied up a load of value. Meh.
     
  18. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    I'm glad people are often very conservative and listen too much to the 'this cant last' feeling because it gives me the chance to get a sustained advantage over them by being bold and seeing trends early.

    As for Hegazi, West Brom were probably the best example of teams that prior seasons indicated might be great for cheap, effective defensive points, but that lost that property big-time this season. But I need to go and check my facts, my dodgy memory indicated to me that I got more ot of Hegazi last season but I dont think he was actually in the premier league at all then so I wonder who I was thinking of. It doesnt seem to take long for me to forget what earlier chapters of this season were really like in detail, let alone prior seasons!
     
  19. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Like Coutinho, he is a player I have memories of others doing well with in the past/past seasons, but that I never seem to have much luck with (bad timing). I seem to have warmer feelings about my luck with Azpilicueta at times, but the stats might not actually back this up, will go and nerd over this for a little while.
     
  20. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

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  21. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Azpi was one of the highest scoring defenders this year, and if you do "value (season)" sorting in the stats page, he was one of the highest non-GKs there, too. Only beaten by Salah and one or two other players.

    He was a solid choice, and if I could go back to August, he'd be a set and forget for me.
     
  22. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Yeah not a bad example. Only had one sustained run though, eg weeks 8-13 were a good time to own him and it looks like I got him in for week 10 and had sold him by week 13. If I'd really believed in him and done my bold strategy early, I'd have got him in week 5 after he got 18 points in week 4. He got some nice points in other occasional games later in season but far too sporadic, and not the sort of player I'd enjoy benching either.
     
  23. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Yeah I was drooling with envy over his double gameweek team when this first got reported on the fantasy site and then picked up by the media. Which at the time was before the final game so I wasnt sure if he'd end up on top in the end.

    I wouldnt want his overall rank though (959,370) or his team value (£98.3, which makes his double gameweek benchboosted score even more impressive).

    Does make me laugh when these sorts of stories talk of him beating almost 6 million other players. Because there must be millions of zombie teams in that number from what I can tell from the current rank of people I know who stopped playing dozens of weeks ago.
     
  24. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Ah, turns out I had him from weeks 12-27 but I've no memory of what made me get him or sell him. At some point over the summer I will probably get bored and try to work out exactly where all my points for the season came from.
     
  25. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I thought the games were today, so ended up panic buying Zaha at 13:30 :facepalm: :D

    Ah well, die is cast...
     
  26. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    BREAKING: Zaha out of tomorrow's game after hearing LC has transferred him in.

    "I really wanted to play, but fucking up his team one more time this season was too good an opportunity to turn down"
     
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  27. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Quite a lot of players on various teams benches or entirely absent.
     
  28. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Wow, I might be proper fucked this week

    No Son, no Alli, no Jesus, no Otamendi..and I haven't even checked the other teams' lineups yet.
     
  29. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    No Willian, no Jones.

    RIP
     
  30. elbows

    elbows WoeTimer

    Turning into, if not quite a goal-fest yet, a busy afternoon.
     
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