Could this be the start for Kaptain Kane?

Well, we've all be waiting for last year's hero, Harry Kane to get out of the blocks and aside from a goal against City in September, the Spurs hero has been firing so many blanks we were starting to call him Jaffa. But is a hat trick against Bournemouth really any test at all? Some managers clearly thought that it was time for Kane to step up and made him their captain. You only have to look at the big scores in the league and they all have this in common. However, £9.2m is a lot of investment for someone who has recorded 8 twos and noughts out of 10 games. Wouldn't you be better off with a proven goal scorer like Jamie Vardy?

The unfancied Leicester man has now scored 10 in 10 and has only had one blank. When is the Jamie Vardy goal machine going to stop? We are all waiting for the lean spell to happen but he’s like Robocop and just keeps on coming. Despite his price going up more than any other player in the league, he’s still the top of the Value/Form table. His ownership of 44% is rising every week and only his Leicester teammate Mahrez is more popular. Can you afford not to have him in your side?

Sunderland recorded their first clean sheet of the season this weekend. Obviously, the Big Sam effect has arrived already but although Sam has a reputation for defensive football, he’s not all there on clean sheets. Two seasons ago he recorded 14 with West Ham but that was a blip. A test of this is how long he took to record 100 Premiership clean sheets with Jose setting the benchmark at 100 clean sheets in just 185 games. Big Sam took 357 games to get there, behind the likes of Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill and David Moyes. Be careful of selecting those Sunderland defenders. They might look cheap.....

In our league the manager who’s won the trophy for the last two seasons Jay Egersdorff is back on top with, we have to say, a pretty unimpressive 36 points. It just shows what a dreadful week it was for most managers with the favourite players not contributing much at all. Our sponsors, FuturaRec2Rec are normally pretty useless in this competition, but this year their talent manager, Natasha Wilcox has shown them all a clean pair of heels and now lies in 6th place, a full 240 places higher than her junior football coach MD, Tim Goodwin. And how does this self-professed football ignoramus pick her team? Lucky colours and numbers apparently!

The Top 10 are as follows:

Jay Egersdorff

Luis Cruz, ConSol Partners

Jonathan @ PDA Search and Selection

Jon Pheasant

Natasha Wilcox, Futura Rec2Rec

Gary Smith

Matt Newman

Ian Hall

Rick Foster

Dean Hart 

Manager of the Week

Bartley Hilliam

Spurs fan, Bartley obviously had to have Harry Kane as his captain this week and the 34 points he gained from that superb decision has taken him upto 30th spot in our league. Bartley’s in depth knowledge of Spurs has also had him selecting Bamidele Alli in his midfield. At £4.9m he’s as cheap as chips but doesn’t do much either. We wouldn’t be following Bartley’s lead on this one but maybe he’s seen something we haven’t.

A great week Bartley

Page 2 Pacesetter

With 60 points in 90th place, Kevin Atkinson was yet another of those managers who had put their faith in HurriKane Harry. Kevin’s 60 points could have been more if he’d not had 9 points Andre Ayew on his bench. Against Villa, Kevin? What were you thinking?

A good week Kevin. Keep it up.

The Best of the Rest

With 64 points in 202nd place we find Wes Scott, yet another Spurs fan but this time one who didn’t have enough faith in Harry to captain him. Wes chose Mahrez instead and gained a good 12 points from him. Barkley, Kolarov and Alderweireld also contributed but Smalling on the bench was a bit of a mistake given United’s ability to smother a game into a bore draw.

Keep up the good work Wes.

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

Eden Hazard......

With just 13 points in the last 4 games, the diminutive Belgian is still owned by 21% of managers. With the current malaise at Chelsea, his current form and his £11.1m price tag, there are many better ways to spend your budget.

Get him binned!

One to watch..........

Mesut Ozil

With an incredible 35 points in the last 4 games and a goal and no less than SEVEN assists so far this season (the highest in the league) Ozil is starting to redeem himself in our eyes. With the same form as Sanchez, £3m cheaper and just 12% v 38% ownership, the German playboy looks excellent value.

No Brainer!

Team names please

The reason we ask for your agency name as part of your team name is because it’s the only way we can ensure that we are paying the prizes out to the correct managers and that those managers are genuinely in the recruitment industry.

With the latest hacking of our league from semi-professional FL-ers, its even more important. Please help us manage the league better by doing this.

However, those of you who aren’t putting in your team names are missing out on some great publicity for your agency and, as recruiters tend to be competitive creatures, isn’t it better to beat you rivals in business AND in the fantasy league?

Want to receive the newsletter direct?

Please email and we’ll put you on the direct mailing list