What a week it was for all Fantasy Premier League players. The 44 goals scored this weekend were the most EVER scored for a single week during the league’s 20-team history. Only three teams failed to score a goal and eight teams scored three or more goals.
And there are still American’s that claim that this sport is boring…
Two Hotspurs Get Hot
While the points were aplenty this weekend, two players were head and shoulders above the rest. Spurs teammates Harry Kane and Heung-min Son put on quite the show as the pair teamed up for 5 goals and 4 assists between them. The English striker assisted FOUR goals by the South Korean winger and decided to get onto the score sheet with a late goal for himself.
In total, the former Golden Boot winner scored an impressive 21 points and secured the important maximum bonus points for the match. Son actually bettered Kane by three points with a grand total of 24. My fun fact about Son is that he was the second most sold player between weeks one and two. Almost half a million players sold the South Korean before his huge game (were you one of those folks? Leave a comment below and tell me how sad you are that you made this horrendous mistake).
Now the real fun begins for Palace’s London neighbour. Gareth Bale is back and “should” be hungry to prove that he still has plenty left in the tank. A front line of Son – Kane – Bale is insanely good and will cause the rest of the league tremendous problems. Thankfully for the rest of us that are not Spurs fans, we can still rely on that they are still Spurs and will ultimately fail to win anything of significance. The fantasy impact of this move should be very interesting. What will Bale’s price initially be set at? If he is in the 8.5-10 range I can see plenty of owners taking the bait and inserting him into their squad. Anything higher and his ownership most likely will be very low unless he regains form from yesteryear.
The Eagles Beak Fantasy League
Taking a look at our league, the team of the week comes to us courtesy of Alexander Chiles and lead by a captained Heung-min Son. Team AC also benefited from a penalty save by Allison and Wilf’s one man Old Trafford wrecking crew on Saturday. Here is the squad that scored 116 points this week:
The top of the league table looks like this:
My squad also enjoyed a high scoring week as I moved up almost 100 spots in the standings, moving from 172 all the way up to 91st place. Not a big deal. Just chipping away at the lead. I benefitted from Son’s four goals and with Captain America himself Christian Pulisic set to return this weekend, your favorite American Palace fan looks to move even further up.
Palace Quick Hits
- Wow! That’s all I can say after Saturdays performance. Back to back years winning at United. Unbeaten in the last five games in the city of Manchester. Nine away wins versus “Big 6” opponents since 2015. Palace are massive.
- Not much more can be said about Captain Wilf that hasn’t already been said. Love that man
- Speaking of love, can we get some for Joel Ward? Club legend still doing his thing at a high level. He may not get up the pitch as high as he used to but he is a very good defender and continues to be a solid player for the red and blue
- I saw a lot of chatter on Palace Twitter during the game about how competition has lifted the play of a few of our players (Townsend, Schlupp, among others) and I tend to agree with this assessment. There is definitely something to be said about bringing in competition for positions on the field come match day. Andros looks like an entirely different player amid the Said Benrahma rumours and the signing of Championship dynamo Eberechi Eze. There are only 11 spots on the pitch at a time and Palace are quietly building quite the squad.
- The next match is a big one. Like, really big. A win sees Palace to the top of the table with 9 points. In previous seasons, it has taken the club an average of just over 9 game weeks to accumulate 9 points. There was the magical first half of the 2015-16 season were they won three of the first four games of the season but take that season out, it’s closer to 10. Really, really big game Saturday against Everton.
Last bit of business from me. I know that Wilf had a hell of a game on Saturday but someone else deserved to be Man of the Match. I’ll let you be the judge:
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UP THE PALACE!!!