Liverpool's revival means plenty of FL bargains
Liverpool's post Christmas revival is remarkable. Not only did they take apart the Champions on Sunday but they have also started to look like the real deal and will almost certainly secure a Champions League spot this season. Their three at the back line-up has been superb such that since their New Year's Day aberration against Leicester, they've only conceded 3 goals and have kept 5 clean sheets in those 7 games. They've also kept 5 consecutive clean sheets in away games - a feat that they've not managed to do since Hansen and Lawrenson were still playing back in 1985.
The interesting thing for us FL managers is how their line-up can win us more points. Against City they played 3-4-3 with the 3 forwards classed as FL midfielders which means 5 points a game instead of the striker’s 4 points. Likewise, Alberto Moreno is classed as a defender but is playing as a wing back. Mignolet looks like he’s recovered from his early season wobble and is now the league’s most in-form goalie and in Philippe Coutinho they have one of the most in-form midfielders in the land who is not only cheaper than his team mate, Sterling but only has a 5% ownership as opposed to Sterling’s 30%.
Time to look at Liverpool again, we think.
In our league, lots of the top teams were ripped apart by the missing fixtures, particularly those with their full contingent of Chelsea and Spurs players. However, Oli Ottey had a different issue by somehow making Newcastle’s Jack Colback his captain despite being suspended until the middle of March. Lucky for Oli though as his VC was Rooney and he pulled in an impressive 26 points for him alone. Not bad considering he only scored 50 in total.
The top 10 are as follows:
Oli Ottey – Goodman Masson
John West – Meridian
Manager of the Week
Last season, Matt Holbrook was a regular in the top 10 and ended up a very creditable 19th. We haven’t heard much from him this season but what a week he’s had now. In a gameweek when the average score is just 34 points, Matt’s scored an amazing 67 points. A special mention must go to Newcastle’s Daryl Janmaat who came in with 12 points alone. Janmaat is now second only to Baines in the defenders’ assists table with 7 to his name already. He’s scored 26 points in his last 5 games and yet only costs £5.3m. Not bad eh?
A brilliant week Matt. Let’s hope you get back to where you belong soon.
Page 2 Pacesetter
With a massive 72 points in 64th place we find Rob Smith and his wonderfully-named team, Crazed Fantasy Elves. Rob blows hot and cold and was our Page 2 Pacesetter in Gameweek 5 when he was in a similar position. Liverpool fan Rob actually has class all over the pitch but his masterstroke was having Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney as his captain. How did he know he was going to be playing up front though? With Long Ball Louis’s mad team selection, Rooney could have easily been playing at right back with Fellaini taking over from the injured Van Persie.
Try and get to Page 1 Rob!
The Best of the Rest
If anyone can, Nyamekye Cann can. With 59 points in 167th place, we’ve never ever given a mention to someone who is so far down the table. Not wishing to do the man down at all, but Nyamekye has obviously had a lucky week. Anyone who selects Fabby as his captain when he’s playing in the Capital One Cup at Wembley this weekend obviously hasn’t got his eye on the ball. Luckily enough, he chose Coutinho as his VC and bagged 20 points for him alone.
Well done anyway Nyamekye. Maybe this first trophy will inspire you to take a greater interest and spend some of that £1.6m you have in the bank on a better keeper than Tim Howard.
Angel Di Maria.......
At £9.7m in FL terms and £60m in the real world, Di Maria looked like he was going to be one of the best imports we’ve ever seen, but we’ve all been through that before, haven’t we? LvG subbed him off at half time on Saturday and he apparently got changed and went home instead of watching the rest of the game with his teammates. Hmmm. We’d like to be a fly on the wall at Carrington on Monday. He does well against the small teams but United have got a very tough fixture list and we can’t see him doing so well for the remainder of the season.
For your £9.7m you could buy any one of Coutinho, Ozil or Cazorla. Or, if you’re determined to have a United player in your team, Danny Blind is a veritable bargain at £5.2m and is on better form than Di Maria.
The next gameweek starts on Tuesday and there’s only Spurs and QPR playing at the weekend. That means a double gameweek for both teams so major on Kane and Austin etc.
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