There only a few things that I truly love in this world…
My sports teams.
And Fantasy Premier League.
This sport means a heck of a lot to me. I have taken an unconventional path to my Palace obsession and it is 100% connected to Fantasy Premier League. Long story short (perhaps for another time), a group of work colleagues and I decided to play randomly one season for the first time ever. I instantly fell in love with the game and three of us in the office decided to pick teams to support the following season. The only rule was that you could not select a ‘big six’ team.
I ended up making the best decision in my life when choosing this club. One friend unfortunately picked West Ham United and believe it or not, my other mate selected Leicester City. (We selected these teams before the 2015-16 season kicked off. 5000/1 odds is nothing compared to randomly deciding to follow and support a team and that team going on the most unreal run in the sport history. What are the odds on those chances? 500000000000/1?)
Fantasy Premier League is the reason why I speak to you today
Which is why it brings me great pleasure to feature FPL weekly on this amazing website. I could spew my opinions on what I watched on Saturday but there are better writers that have been life long fans and know way more about the sport than I could ever dream of that already put out great content each week, so I will leave the hard hitting analysis to them. I will stick to highlighting the fantasy aspect of the sport each week.
Without further adieu, here are the top performers in our very own fantasy league.
Top 10 Fantasy Teams of the Week
Show Me the Mane managed by Lewis Carter got off to a hot start on the new season. Like many players, this squad features a captained Mo Salah and benefited from the opening day hat-trick. Those 40 points is a nice haul to kick start your season. Here is how Lewis lined up this weekend:
On the flip side, my squad was bang average
In full transparency, I am going to report on my squad as well. If I have a bad week, you can let me have it. You also better believe that if my team goes off, everyone is going to hear about it. After week one, I sit in 172nd place out of a total 340 teams.
Week One Thoughts: Obviously I knew that City and Burnley were off this weekend and that Christian Pulisic was injured but I couldn’t resist having a fellow countryman starting for my squad. My goal for this week was to select a strong team at the beginning of the season and let it ride. I’m confident that Mitrovic is going to score goals and is a good value at £6.0m. Along those lines, as soon as I saw the transfer rumors with Bats coming back home I quickly tinkered with my line-up to include him up front.
Aubameyang is captain because I think he will continue to score 20+ goals each year he is in the league and his position changed this year to midfield which means even more points. Vicente Guaita is the man (more on him later) and Tyrick Mitchell is going to be this seasons AWB (in fantasy terms anyway). Just £4.0m for a starting defender on a team that likes to defend and attempt to beat teams 1-0 is a no brainer and many fantasy squads feature the young Palace left-back. TAA let a lot of people down this week as it was his teammates VVD and Andy Robinson that supplied the points from the Liverpool defenders.
Fun Fantasy Facts (FFF)
After looking through nearly every fantasy team that has signed up for the TEB Fantasy League (yes it took a long time) I came up with a few fun facts about the 340 teams battling it out for fantasy supremacy.
- The three most selected captains were Timo Werner of Chelsea, Mo Salah of Liverpool, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal. The most captained Palace players were Jordan Ayew and Michy Batshuayi.
- The three unlikeliest captains that I saw were Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Gomez, and even Vicente Guaita got the captains armband from one manager. Smart man.
- Eberechi Eze led the way when it came to naming a fantasy team. A lot of Eze Does It and Nice and Eze. Jordan Ayew followed the new signing when it came to team namesakes. There was one team that caught my eye: Milivojevic’s No1 Fan. He didn’t even have Luka on his squad! How can you be his number one fan and not have him on your fantasy team? Blasphemy!
- A few of my favorite team names that I came across: Sad All Over, Eze Dazet (creativity points for using Wilf’s middle name), Koch and Balls, Chamakh My Bilic Up, and someone named their team Nonsense. So simplistic yet so profound. Basically sums up FPL.
Quick Thoughts on Palace’s victory over Southampton
No better way to start the season than by earning three points in a sneaky comfortable 1-0 Palace victory at an empty Selhurst park. It’s not always pretty but RoyBall does have its advantages and the scoreline truly doesn’t indicate what actually happened during those 90+ minutes on the pitch. Palace should have been up 2-0 on two separate occasions but a victory is a victory. No matter how few passes you complete.
To the aforementioned thoughts:
- Roy and his unwillingness to make a change is maddening. He did eventually bring on the right players but it potentially could have been a disastrous situation. James McCarthy (who bottled JWP all match long) was on a yellow and still on the pitch in the 70th minute for some reason. Jeffrey Schlupp (who I adore) was very ineffective and was out there until the 81st minute for reasons unknown. I would have loved to see both Luka and Eze make their season debuts earlier than they did.
- Speaking of what I think the manager should do, Palace Twitter remains my favorite thing ever (follow me here). Roy could start their favorite player and they would still moan and complain and demand he be sacked instantly. I truly do love the community that Palace has on Twitter and I hope it never changes.
- Cheikhou Kouyate is a better version of Mamadou Sakho. Change my point of view.
- The home kits are starting to grow on me. I still don’t like them. But I also do not hate them as much as I initially did. Speaking of kits, I like the number change for Benteke to go to #20 (the number he wears for the Belgium National Team). Hopefully that tricks his brain into remembering that he was once a really good player and he finds a slither of that form. Having Michy back should help too.
- Even though I slandered his name just a few sentences ago, Jeffrey Schlupp playing the left mid position in front of Tyrick Mitchell reminded me a lot of when Andros would play in front of AWB that first season. Andros worked his ass off each game to ensure AWB was comfortable and protected. I saw a lot of that on Saturday from Schlupp which allowed Mitchell to play within himself.
- Lastly, I LOVE YOU VICENTE!!!!
UP THE PALACE!!!