Former Sky Sports Fantasy Football champion Dan Cox brings us his latest diary, documenting the highs and lows of his Fantasy Football season.
After another excruciatingly long international break the Premier League and fantasy football finally returned. The good news is that there is now no more international football until March. And the next month, in particular, is filled with an abundance of match days. This Saturday started a run of 13 days where you can have a captain on eight days - that’s what we like plenty of captains to choose and transfers to plan.
Saturday wasn’t a great day, I took out Jamie Vardy, despite his great form to get a couple of extra games out of Sadio Mane starting before the international break. Vardy was heavily captained and he duly returned with a goal, assist and motm for a 32 point captaincy - ouch.
As someone with James Maddison his encroachment and the subsequent penalty retake lead to a 14 point swing for me. Six points for the lost Maddison ‘goal’, two from Maddison who would have got tier one shots bonus and six for the Vardy retaken penalty kick. The penalty miss would have been cancelled out by the assist so we can forget that.
Raheem Sterling who I also own had a last minute strike ruled out by VAR. Again a ridiculous decision in my opinion. Whether these calls were right or wrong VAR is destroying my points tally. I can see Maddison was encroaching as were Brighton players, but Sterling was a hard one to take.
On to the positive, Leicester City and my defensive assets Ben Chilwell and Caglar Soyuncu both kept a clean sheet. For a change, Soyuncu didn’t achieve passing bonus.
Kevin de Bruyne scored a deflected goal and took home the MOTM award. In the same game Fikayo Tomori also hit tier two passing bonus, so despite conceding twice he ended the game with four points.
Sadio Mane again scored but my captain on Saturday Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to deliver. His returns over the last six games have been extremely disappointing - just a solitary goal. I’ve only kept the Gabon international as he covers a couple of captaincy days and this is the problem you have sometimes.
Trying to navigate single game days means that often you hold a player that you’d rather not have. Still with Norwich, Brighton and West Ham on the horizon he has three games to save himself from being transferred out.
Sunday was a single game day and a player I’ve held for two months to cover it finally got the chance to pay me dividends. I brought in Arron Wan-Bissaka for Aleksander Zinchenko back in September with this game in mind.
With three goals conceded and a yellow card he really let me down. Minus two as captain. Great stuff. Even worse he finished the game on 58 successful passes, just two shy of tier one passing bonus.
Monday again lead to a single game day. Aston Villa hosted former boss Steve Bruce’s Newcastle and again a player I’ve held for a while with this game in mind did me no favours. John McGinn failed to deliver any points after previously earning points from a variety of bonus and goals.
In fact a player who I deemed surplus to requirements Frederick Guilbert was the one to have has he earned tier two tackle bonus and kept a clean sheet for a cool 20 points as captain.
What a disaster of a week. Thankfully there are many chances next week to rectify the points lost this week. As I fell from 583rd to 1361st through a hat trick of captain fails.
I started the Gameweek in 583rd. But by Saturday night I had dropped to 965th. Mainly due to Jamie Vardy. Arron Wan-Bissaka did me no favours on Sunday as I ended the day in 1317th.
Marcus Rashford would have caused me to drop a few places as many made the move to the United man off Aubameyang. Frederick Guilbert again caused a further drop on Monday.
On the plus side I didn’t use any transfers while some may have needed to make moves to cover the Sunday and Monday games.
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