Look, my heads jumping.
Look, my hearts jumping.
Throw my head back.
Come on now.
Don’t forget yo say you will.
Yeah, don’t forget to shout.

YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH

Okay, let’s move on from the Lulu – Shout singalong but its certainly how I was thinking on Saturday. Dancing around my house like a crazy madman at one player in particular… though I suspect every Fantasy Football manager knows exactly who I’m talking about.

Points: 77 (+2 on 1st)
League position: 2nd (+1)
Bellend of the week: Wilfred Zaha

The Good

Ben Foster delivered a second clean sheet in three games since he’s been drafted into the Letdowns. After going 9 games without a clean sheet, he’s now got two in three and still has some very nice fixtures coming up. West Broms 1 – 0 win over Stoke was enough for Foster to bring back 5 points. A yellow card dampened his return a little but I’m still happy enough with his performance.

Marcos Alonso did it again! No, he didn’t manage to keep a clean sheet against Arsenal, but got another goal.That’s 3 goals in 4 games now and 2 clean sheets over those same 4 games. He is an absolute Fantasy Football machine returning 8 points.

Harry Kane scored the only goal as Spurs beat Middlesbrough 1-0. The Spurs frontman missed a few opportunities, which I found myself both cheering and bemoaning (#RelegationVSFantasyFootball). Ultimately though, I was happy for Kane not to deliver much as he was this weeks Captain choice for 1st place in the league. 6 points.

The last match of the weekend was Manchester United away at Leicester, which they won 3-0 and the big man, Zlatan Ibrahimovich got on the scoresheet, returning 6 points. Those points were vital as without, I would have lost ground on 1st place.

And finally, the man that made me dance around my house like Alan Pardew, Romelu Lukaku. No other player in the history of the Letdowns has made such a massive impact in the Gameweek they were transferred into the team. Lukaku scored a monster 4 goals! Yes, 4 goals! (also robbed of an assist as well). What made this even better was that he was my Captain so his points return got doubled and add to that the maximum bonus points he received (He scored 104 on the BPS!), he returned a massive 42 points on his own. That’s more than the total score for some teams in the league. What an absolute monster. He has Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Spurs, West Brom and Hull in the next 5 games as well so he has the potential to keep this form going.

For the second week running, a special mention to Hull’s goalkeeper Aldin Jakupovic! Last week he got a clean sheet against Manchester United, and this week against Liverpool! What the absolute fuck. Nobody in their right mind had Hull to get anything from these two games so to return 4 points and 2 clean sheets is a monster effort.

The Bad

Lets start with both Stephan Ward and Winston ReidWard up against Watford and Reid up against Southampton, both having potential for clean sheets and both ruining their chances within minutes of kick off. Burnley going down to 10 men after 6 minutes and West Ham conceding after 12 minutes. Both players only returned 1 point each from two favourable fixtures… not good at all.

Dele Alli, up against Middlesbrough, missed a glorious chance early on in the match and didn’t really do anything of significance afterwards. He was the pass before Son was brought down for a penalty and overall, didn’t do enough for any bonus points. 3 points.

Matt Phillips, hasn’t delivered again for the Letdowns. Despite being West Broms most dangerous player (Clearly… and from every review of the match), he failed to deliver again. This time at home to Stoke. Oh and he topped his afternoon off with a yellow card. Brilliant. 2 points.

A final note on the 4th player in my midfield, Alexis Sanchez. He didn’t perform against Chelsea (Which is fine…) but there are more concerning matters. As a Fantasy Football player, he has been key, but Arsenal are playing terribly and Sanchez is getting more and more frustrated. It’s Hull City up next who have found form, so it’s now or never for Arsenal. I don’t quite believe myself, but when I’m looking at transfers, Sanchez is creeping up my list…

Bellend Of The Week

And finally, the first week he’s been drafted into the starting 11, Wilfred Zaha, spectacularly failed to deliver as Crystal Palace got beat 4-0 by Sunderland. I thought this was a joke when I saw the scoreline go up and up. Oh and a nice yellow card to boot for Zaha really topped off an absolute shambles of an afternoon for my midfield. Returning just 1 point for the Letdowns, Wilfred Zaha, you are this weeks Bellend Of The Week.

Summary

What a week. Thank you Romelu Lukaku, but I’m left with a bitter taste given I only made up 2 points on 1st place. I’m left contemplating what could have beenIf my midfield had turned up, this week would have been sensational. I was very fortunate that Lukaku decided to smash Bournemouth because without his points, this season would have been over.

Shout out to GSL who after a steady rise in the league had his sights set on 3rd place and over taking the Letdowns. Find out how he got on here but lets just say, the Letdowns aren’t concerned anymore… 

GW25 brings another week of Real Life vs Fantasy Football, where I have to weigh up which I prefer, a Middlesbrough victory over Everton or for Lukaku to score another 4 goals. I’m leaning towards goals and I hate myself for it.

The Letdowns.