City and Chelsea in boring 1-1 draw. United in 8 goal thriller.

You can imagine that headline this morning in the Daily Manchester United Mail can't you but United's transfer window buys and their performances this season do remind us of the original Galacticos of Real Madrid who went a full 3 years without winning a sausage after they bought Beckham to add to Figo on the right wing and totally ignored their defence. Elsewhere, what a week it was with some of the more fancied teams suffering from post-European hangovers and Southampton, Villa, Swansea, Leicester, West Ham and Hull all in the top 10 and Liverpool, United and Everton all in the bottom half.

In our league, the cream is rising to the top with old campaigners, Sachin Ruparelia, Adam Eld, Paul Harron and Andrew Midgley all featuring in the top 10. Our top manager, Sam Bisgrove has done exceptionally well despite 5 of his players only scoring 2 points each but take notice of Sam’s goalie and striker. Burnley’s Tom Heaton is the FPL’s top scoring goalie and Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa is second only to Costa in the strikers’ table. Both are cheap as chips but won’t be for long.

The top 10 are as follows:

Sam Bisgrove

Andy Lytle

Sachin Ruparelia, Camino Partners

Steve Pardoe

Oli Ottey

Adam Eld

James Alderson

Paul Harron

Bartley Hilliam

Andrew Midgley

Like Sachin, don’t forget to put your agency name in and then we can also give them a mention.

Manager of the Week 

Last week, Kevin Atkinson was struggling to scrape together 41 points but this week everything’s dropped for him and with 76 points he’s this week’s Manager of the Week despite having Tyler Blackett sent off and having Balotelli and Falcao in his front line. We’re a bit puzzled about which team Kevin actually supports as he’s in no less than 18 private leagues including LFC Forums, NUFC fans and Aston Villa Official. We hope he’s actually in the recruitment business!

Very well done Kevin.

Page 2 Pacesetter 

Rob Smith’s Crazed Fantasy Elves are another up and down team. Rob only managed to score 24 points last week but this week he’s our Page 2 Pacesetter with no less than 83 points and moving upto 54th place. This is despite his big guns, Ramsey, Aguero and Balotelli only scoring 8 points between them. His captain did well though. Liverpool fanatic Rob had the foresight to choose Angel Di Maria who bagged him 22 points. 

Excellent week Rob.

Taxi for...........

Boaz Myhill......

Selected by a massive 16% of managers, Myhill is the third most popular goalie in the league behind the much under performing Tim Howard and Newcastle’s Tim Krul. With Myhill only costing £4.0m, his popularity must be due to his value / form last season when Ben Foster was out injured a lot. However, this season the California-born Welshman is unlikely to get a league game unless Foster is injured again and he’s has publicly stated that he’s quite happy as Foster’s understudy.

The problem is of course, those managers with a very tight budget can’t afford a second keeper that actually gets a game but for those with another £0.5m in the pot, we’d advise taking a look at Burnley’s Tom Heaton who, as we mentioned earlier, is the best performing goalie in the league. With 5 games played, Heaton has amassed no less than 25 points from 3 tough fixtures in Chelsea H, Swansea A and Palace A, and 2 less challenging home games against Sunderland and United. Definitely one to watch.

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