The last game week was the lowest points scoring week of the season with 796 points. The highest scorers this week were Liverpool with 64 points following their 0-0 draw. Stoke were the lowest scores with 21 points following their 2-1 home defeat to Spurs.
Man of the match
The table below are the Sky man of the matches:
None of the big guns picked up the award this week, though Eriksen and Pogba both picked up their fourth awards for the season and move to joint tenth for the season.
The distribution of bonuses by team this week is:
Not many bonuses were given out this week and the top teams only managed four. It is a bit of a surprise to see WBA picking up a tier 2 bonus (by C Brunt)
The season awards are as follows:
The bonuses by position are as follows, all positions being below average and none being picked up by strikers!!
Bonus by player
The table of top players by different points and awards is:
This week I’m going to look a bit more closely at J.Tarkowski, who plays for Burnley, which is the only side to play in the upcoming double game week followed by a game in the blank game week. He doesn’t pop up in my standard charts, but I have highlighted him and he only just misses out:
Tarkowski doesn’t appear in the top 20 for total points, but is seventh based on points/£m for defenders. However, his points/£m/game places him ranked 11th for defenders.
He has started 25 matches, with no attacking returns from goals or assists. He has picked up just two bonus awards and two MotMs. In his 25 matches he has been picked up 10 clean sheets, Burnley have only had one clean sheet in the seven matches he missed. In his 25 matches he has conceded minus four for goals conceded, defenders in the seven games he has missed have picked up minus three for goals conceded.
On the key metric of pts/£m/g is an excellent at 0.70, which matches the gold standard 0.7.
However, if we look at a break-down of his points per week we see:
Tarkowski has scored at an impressive 0.70 pts/£m/g, though he has missed several games in the second half of the season and the more recent trend in below this standard. In their last six matches they have four at home, they have a few tricky matches home to Leicester (battle for seventh and European spot), home to Chelsea (just before FA cup semi-final so a may not face a full strength Chelsea side) and an away trip to Arsenal who have recently been resting their main players due to Europa cup.
Tarkowski is cheap at £6.1m, the difficulty of bringing him in is that he tends to play on Saturdays so you don’t get an extra match with the transfer. However, he could be a replacement for Christensen if he is not in the early kick-off this Saturday for Chelsea. He is already in my team.
My first team had to make another transfer this week with Kane coming in for captaincy on the Saturday, meaning I only have one transfer left. There was nobody on the team scored many apart from Aubameyang getting double digits due to captaincy. The team dropped to 238th.
The second team also brought in Kane for captaincy as Firmino wasn’t playing and this means I had coverage for the Brighton Spurs game with extra fixtures. Only Aubameyang scored more than two points for my outfield players giving me a weekly total of 35 points meaning I dropped seven places to 45th.
The second half team brought in Kane for the same reasons as the second team above. I made a couple of rash transfers due to needing to go out on Saturday and needing to make a decision following my son’s football match Sunday in the rain. Thanks to having a couple of Liverpool defensive players, the team had a respectable 49 points and moved up one place to 17th.
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