He's Jamie Vardy, he'll score when he wants

Those of us who thought that Vardy's run had to end over the weekend were proved wrong yet again. It was a reasonable guess - after all he WAS playing WBA away who'd kept 6 clean sheets out of their 10 previous Premiership games and if Vardy had scored he would have eclipsed iconic players such as Shearer and Henry, drawn level with Daniel Sturridge and would have ended up just two goals behind the record holder for the most consecutive Premiership goals, Ruud van Nistelroy.

And he did it! In style as well!

When he made the run forward that begat his goal he left no less than three WBA defenders behind like a Porsche racing a Mini at the traffic lights. And he could have had a few more.

The only thing that’s going to stop Jamie this season is injury. Let’s hope he keeps fit. He’s becoming simply undroppable.

In our league the manager Jay Egersdorff is just about holding onto his number 1 spot but he’s under some serious competition with no less than 4 new entries of young guns desperate for his crown. The newcomers are Alan Furley, who’s racing up the overall rankings themselves; last week’s MOTW, Bartley Hilliam; KPI Recruiting’s Wes Farrington with his wonderfully-named team, Fat and comfortable and Bauhaus’s Ben Wilcox. Oh, and a special mention for Recruitment International’s Alvin Tam. We don’t normally mention the magazine itself because their managers are usually so poor that they’re simply not worth mentioning, but this week Alvin has surprised us all and for the first time in a long time, we have a RI manager on Page 1. That what comes of supporting QPR you see!

The Top 10 are as follows:

Jay Egersdorff

Alan Furley

Jon Pheasant

Jonathan @ PDA Search and Selection

Bartley Hilliam

Luis Cruz, ConSol Partners

Ben Wilcox, Bauhaus Recruitment

Gary Smith

Adam Grainger

Wes Farrington, KPI Recruiting

Manager of the Week

Alan Furley

Liverpool fan Alan has gone from 199,155 in last week’s overall ranking to an amazing 49,052 this week and has come from nowhere in our league to 2nd place.  Looking at his team, there are no great surprises and he joined lots and lots of us in captaining KDB who we all mistakenly thought would get a bag-full against Norwich. Alan also did very well with Jack Butland in goal who brought him 11 points and Romelu Lukaku’s two assists bringing him 14 for him to finish on an amazing 94 points without a chip being played.

A superb week Alan.

Page 2 Pacesetter

With 77 points in 88th place, we find Phillip Brass. Phillip played it safe with his captain and selected the one goal specialist, Jamie Vardy but who was to know that Koscielny was going to get a goal, a clean sheet and a bonus? We’ve no idea why he left Kompany on the bench against Norwich – City have only conceded a single goal all season with the big Belgian in the side and that was from an uncharacteristic mistake from Joe Hart.

Next stop, Page One Phillip. Keep it up.

The Best of the Rest

With 87 points in 176th place we find Non-Stop’s Matt Beedle. Matt Has a rich and famous history with our league having finished an overall 6th just two seasons ago. However, these days Matt is becoming like Leeds or Forest or Villa – you know, those teams who used to win a lot but are now drifting in the nether regions. Matt’s obviously not paying a lot of attention to his FL team because he’s wasted free transfers all season and still has Jagielka, Pedro and Gomez in his side. He’s either been promoted or got married.

We think we should be told Matt!

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

Memphis Depay......

With just a single goal and a single assist all season, Depay came highly recommended at the start of the season and cost United £25m. Long Ball Louis MUST have known what he was getting having coached him for Holland. Alas, this was just another LBL transfer blunder. Owned by over 8% of managers and costing £8.0m he’s just not at the races. Even his master seems to be losing faith and he hasn’t played a full 90 minutes for 6 games having not played at all for the last three. However, when he got dropped from the Dutch side yesterday we thought that LBL was being rather generous in saying that the over-confident 21-year-old is the “greatest talent of his age in the sport”. Van Gaal undoubtedly wanted to soothe the player’s confidence but his best mate, the national coach Danny Blind, was not so kind, criticising Depay for not functioning in a team.

Get him binned!

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

Marcus Rojo......

Whilst United’s goal scoring seems to have hit the buffers, their defence is brilliant with more clean sheets than any other team in the league. The cheapest way to get your share of these points is Marcus Rojo. He’s just £5.4m and has scored an amazing 22 points in the last 3 games. He was out of favour at the start of the season with LBL giving him just 68 minutes and one outing in 8 games but he’s completed a full 90 minutes in the last 3 games and with Luke Shaw out for the foreseeable, looks like he’s made the left back berth his own.

No Brainer!

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