Oh Fantasy Football, you devilishly minx you. Just when I’ve given up all hope, the Letdown’s have good week and my enthusiasm is back (somewhat). Like a seductive mistress who teases but on approach is wearing a chasity belt. What a let down.

While it’s true that I had a decent week, with the majority of my team performing there is a but. And this is a big but. The type that would make Sir Mix-a-lot happy. Everyone in the top 5 had good weeks, which meant I made no gains at all on anyone.

Given that I briefly lost 3rd place in the league, I’m looking at the positives this week that I was able to snatch it back off the unworthy. Come on FPL Gods, I’ve been in the top 3 for ages now! You can’t take that away from me with the end in sight.

Points: 74
League position: 3rd
Bellend of the week: Alexis Sanchez

The Good

Marcos Alonso is back! In a ridiculous game that saw 2 incredible lucky goals go against me (Costa’s assist for the 1st goal… and Josh King deflected effort), Chelsea came out on top 3-1 against Bournemouth. All hopes of a clean sheet were shot at 2-1 but that didn’t stop Alonso smashing a free kick beyond Boruc and bringing home 8 points.

Ben Davies delivered on the clean sheet I was expecting of him in GW31 as Spurs smashed Watford 4-0. Davies didn’t really do anything in the game (Unlike Kieran Trippier who was immense!) but I don’t care. 6 points.

Ryan Bertrand returned from his mysterious injury and brought ANOTHER clean sheet for the Letdowns this week. Southampton ran out 1-0 winners over West From in a dire affair. 6 points.

Gabbiadini didn’t play again (Worst transfer of the season award…) but up stepped Stephen Ward from the bench who brought the 4th clean sheet of the week as Burnley drew 0-0 against Middlesbrough. 8 points. It could have been so much more as well as he was easily Burnley’s main threat as he bombed down the left and was unlucky to not finish the match with an assist.

Sergio Aguero scored for the 4th game in a row as Man City ran out comfortably winners 3-1 against Hull. 9 points. The main positive from this result was Hull scoring and ruining all the John Stones clean sheets! It was also probably the worst goal to concede all season. Please go and watch it.

Romelu Lukaku delivered as expected against Leicester as he scored 2 goals as Everton ran out 4-2 winners. It could have been so much more as he missed chance after chance but I’m just happy to have him performing again. 13 points.

And finally, we have the Captain this week and the man of the moment, Dele Alli. He scored one and kept a clean sheet as Spurs beat Watford 4-0. Again, it could have been more but it’s always good to have your captain deliver. 16 points.

Shout out to Tom Davies who scored the joint quickest goal of the season after just 30 seconds! Shame he was on my bench… I could have used his points instead of a certain couple of players (See The Bad below).

The Bad

My chosen keeper again failed to deliver and this week it was Ben Foster. This week he returned just 2 points as West Brom went down 1-0 to Southampton. Compare that to Eldin Jakupovic, who shipped in 3 goals but still returned 3 points… fuck sake.

Now, we get to the two players that I was expecting to deliver, Manuel Lanzini and Glyfi SigurdssonLanzini who had returned double fixture points hauls in his last 3 home games, and Sigurdsson the main man for Swansea who are in desperate need of points. West Ham won 1-0, neither player was involved in what was another dire match from the weekend. I’m going to have to look at alternatives for both of these players as they’re not delivering anything.

Bellend of the Week

Come on down, Alexis Sanchez. Holy fuck what is happening at Arsenal? After a gritty spirited performance against Man City that ultimately ruined any hopes they had of a title, you lose 3-0 to Crystal Palace. Really? Wow. That’s 4 away losses on the spin… As much as I admire what Wenger has done over the years there, how is he still in a job? If he can’t realise himself that his time is up then unfortunately he has to go. Leicester sacked Claudio Raneri after he won them the Premier League title for Gods sake!! (We love you Claudio!).

Anyway, enough about Wenger, he’s a doyle. Alexis Sanchez was shit wasn’t he? Lots of effort and energy but lacked any kind of cutting edge that made him a key FPL asset. Right now, he’s only still in the team because Arsenal have more fixture than most other teams in the league. Enhorabuena a Alexis Sanchez, eres el Bellend de la semana (Spanish for Bellend of the Week just in case he reads this).

NOTE: I love how bellend is still spelt bellend in Spanish. 

Summary

Overall it wasn’t a bad week but it wasn’t a good week. I kept hold of 3rd place but the gap between myself and 4th is now just 2 points… so it’s virtually none existent. Arsenal not scoring against Crystal Palace was a kick in the teeth and although I have Ryan Bertrand from Southampton, he’s not really delivering what I want. 4th place has two Southampton defenders who are racking in the points (34 points over two Gameweeks… wtf!). Also De Roon not coming on for Middlesbrough also made 2nd place gain an extra 9 points which cost me making any gain on them.

The fight for 3rd place continues and now I have to decide what strategy do I adopt for the last few game weeks. Do I attempt to block off the big hitters from 4th place and take a defensive approach? Or do I “attack” and go for differentials and hope they return points? Usually I have a game plan, players I want to bring in, hidden gems for double game weeks, but I have nothing.

Fuck.