PFA Awards Follow Fantasy League Stats
There weren't many football fans that would argue with the professional players choosing Hazard and Kane for the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year. But why bother with all the voting? They could have just looked at the PFL stats page and it would have shown that Hazard was indeed the top points scorer and that Kane was the top young points scorer. However, in terms of many previous winners, Hazard has quite a low goals and assists tally (so far) of 13 and 8. Previous winners such as Suarez (31/12), Ronaldo (31/7), Van Persie (30/9) and Henry (30/9) put him firmly in the shade.
So where has the diminutive Belgian scored his fantasy points then? Well, it isn’t in goals scored where he currently lies 7th. Nor is it in assists where he ties with Navas, Henderson and Tadic. Surprisingly enough, he’s actually the top of the clean sheets table. Even his Chelsea teammates don’t come close to him. There must be something about Hazard in the team that enables Chelsea to keep the goals out – probably because he has the ball more than anyone else! It’s not surprising that many of his points also come from the bonus points system – he’s streets ahead of everyone in this respect – and that only Kane has been in the DreamTeam more than him and has had a higher rise in value than him. Hazard is most definitely a worthy winner.
The PFA award started in 1974 and there have been some notable omissions during that time. Alan Hansen, Peter Beardsley, Glenn Hoddle, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Bryan Robson, Tony Adams, Peter Schmeichel, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero have all missed out on the award over that time.
These days, you really need to be a forward or a goal-scoring midfielder to have any chance at all of winning the award. In fact the last time a defender won it was John Terry in 2005 and before that you have to go back to 1992 and 1993 when Gary Pallister and Paul McGrath won it. David De Gea has been in brilliant form this season, almost single-handedly getting Manchester United into the Top 4, however his chances of winning the award were virtually nil. The only time goalies have won it in the past has been Pat Jennings in 1976 and Peter Shilton in 1978.
In our league we have a new leader. GM’s Oli Ottey has been taking chances for weeks but nobody has took him on properly. However, this week Oli’s dalliances have got their comeuppance. Matt Newman and Meridian’s John West have shot straight past him and last year’s winner, Jay Egersdorff ain’t far behind. Everyone captained Hazard this week because of his form and his double gameweek, but all they were rewarded with was a measly 10 points. The big scorers this week had bravely gone with in-form Leicester players and they made all the difference. Also new to the Top 10 this season are last week’s Manager of the Week, David Star and Paul Harron who led so well 2 seasons ago only to end up 3rd. The competition’s hotting up up there with only 8 points separating the top 5 managers.
The top 10 are as follows:
John West – Meridian
Oli Ottey – Goodman Masson
Manager of the Week
Marcus Francis has even beat leader, Matt Newman’s 92 points with a 95 of his own. Double gameweek Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Casper Schmeichel got him 23 points between them and when you chuck in 3 players each from both Liverpool and Chelsea, you can see how Marcus has done so well for being so brave.
An absolutely brilliant week Marcus.
Page 2 Pacesetter
We last saw Gary Chapman in Gameweek 35 of last season when he won this same award. Gary used to be one of the big guns and a few seasons ago would regularly feature in the Top 10, but alas that’s no longer. Gary now has to be grateful for the odd Page 2 Pacesetter award whilst his time is taken up throwing candidates into jobs for fun. He’s had a great week scoring 77 points in 96th place.
A great week Gary. We’d like to see more of you next season please.
The Best of the Rest
Can you believe that just 18 short weeks ago, Martin Scrivens was lying 7th in our league? He’s now in an incredible 110th place. What on earth has happened???? He’s gone down faster than his beloved Manchester United under David Moyes. We hope all is well Martin and can’t wait to see you up there with the best next season.
What a week. Time to build on it for a Page 2 finish Martin.
Even though he has been absent for a long time, Ron Vlaar is still a very popular defender with nearly 10% of managers having him in their side. His return to the Villa side hasn’t seemed to have helped Tim Sherwood tighten things up with the relegation-threatened Brummies leaking 7 goals in 3 games. The goals that they gave away on Saturday at the Etihad were a joke. Villa have 3 games out of the next 4 at home but don’t be thinking that is an advantage. Their away form is better than their home form.
The obvious replacements that also give you an ownership edge are from Leicester and Everton.
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