The Premier League recently caved to fan backlash over the controversial act of charging fans £15 per game to watch their club. Not only did an entire legion of fans take on the big bad Premier League and win, but also raised an impressive amount of money in the process.
Palace fans alone have raised over four thousand pounds for the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank with many more donations still rolling in. A tip of the hat to all that have donated and all that continue to do so – really cool stuff.
Also cool is that we are back to business here at TEB which means FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE!!
Let’s take a look at the standings
Here is what the overall table looks like for the TEB Fantasy League:
Hakan Kilic and his CaddePes FC continues to dominate the standings as he has most of the season. Even with a pedestrian points total for game week 8, his squad still tops the charts with a lead of 15 points. Here is how his team fared:
The high score for the week was FC Geneva managed by Jamie Bolton as his squad put up an impressive 95 points backed by Bruno Fernandes’ big day for United and Southampton’s defence pitching a shut out on Friday night.
As for my team, it could definitely be going better. A week after I wrote about it being time to use the first Wildcard chip of the season, I succumbed to the pressure built up in my own brain and used it to overhaul my squad. Injuries to Christian Pulisic and Danny Ings hurt (pun intended) and I still am not sure how I feel about my 3-4-3 alignment. Midfielders usually score the most points in this league so I may change to a 3-5-2 in the near future.
Fantasy Stars of the Week
As previously mentioned, Bruno Fernandes had a splendid week for United in a game of much importance to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his future as Manchester United manager. The Portuguese playmaker scored a brace and provided an assist to score 17 fantasy points against a now struggling Everton.
Lukasz Fabianski also had a big day for his fantasy owners. The West Ham keeper scored a robust 15 points as he shut-out Fulham that botched a penalty late in the game. Rounding out the other top scorers this week is Ollie Watkins (13 pts) for his double over Arsenal and our own Eberechi Eze (13 pts) scored his first goal and collected his first assist in the Premier League in only his second start this campaign.
Who should be in your club moving forward?
I’ve been seeing a lot of “fantasy experts” tell us that it is time to dump any and all Spurs players and load up on Manchester City players. While it is never a bad strategy to load up on Pep’s guys, I would be cautious in dumping Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son. The schedule going forward vastly favors City as they take on Spurs, Burnley, and Fulham in the next three matches. Spurs, on the other hand, have City, Chelsea, and Arsenal in their next three.
The reason I am wary of what the experts say is that who else is going to score goals for Spurs if they do not come from Kane and Son? Sure Moura or Bale could sneak one in if needed but these are two of the best players in the entire league. If you are thinking the same way I am, you ride them until injury or severe scoring drought. Something I do not see happening with either player.
I do have one player in mind that should be in everyone’s squad moving forward. Hakim Ziyech. With only 12.4% ownership, the new Chelsea winger has hit the ground running since returning from injury. Expect plenty of assists and a fair share of goals from him moving forward.
Palace Quick Hits
- Eze, Eze, Eze. What a player he is. For all of the talk from Roy about him needing to learn the defensive aspect of the Premier League, he sure looked the part of a Premier League winger. The 22 year old was making plays all over the pitch, especially on the defensive end where he had a team high nine tackles. His first assist came off a Scott Dann header from a corner (!!!!) and it could not have been a better delivery. His goal from a close free kick was devine. Truly masterful. The entire package was on display and it should remain on display for the rest of the season.
- As noted earlier WE SCORED DIRECTLY FROM A CORNER!!! It’s refreshing to have to watch Palace corners intently again after years of half watching and waiting for the cross to be cleared away by the first defender.
- Wilf continues to perform at a high level. His pass to PVA that set up the own goal was amazing as was his slide rule pass to Ayew for the fourth. In eight games this season the Palace wonder has scored five goals and tallied two assists. Already surpassing his goal total from all of last year and he’s only one assist from his final total last year. It’s great to see Wilf being Wilf again and also having just celebrated his 28th birthday – Happy Birthday Wilf!
Palace have winnable games ahead…
And they need to continue to compile points. Overall 13 points from 8 matches is delightful to see and climbing up the table is always fun.
UP THE PALACE!!!