Monday, 2 January 2012

Fantasy Premier League Mid-Season Review

Premier League – Mid-Season Review

Table Analysis

As expected, despite recent defeats, the Manchester clubs are dominating the top 2 slots (City 1st and United 2nd), with North London’s Tottenham (surprise title challengers) and Arsenal following them in 3rd and 4th.  Arsenal have done incredibly well to be as high as they are considering the poor start that they got off to, including a defeat to Blackburn and being hammered 8-2 at Old Trafford.  AVB has failed to live up to hype and expectation with a transitional Chelsea side holding 5th place.  Liverpool spent a lot of money in 2011, yet can only manage 6th thus far.  Where as Newcastle United’s shoe-string revolution has been a surprise package this season – credibly placing them at 7th.  Stoke, Everton and Aston Villa had inconsistent starts to the season, but their recent run of good form has elevated them to 8th, 9th and 10th respectively.  Newly promoted Norwich have defied the odds as they grasp on to 11th.  Roy Hodgson’s West Brom are another team that have punched above their weight – currently at 12th.  Sunderland’s revival under Martin O’Neill has allowed them to keep on rising up the table as they hold 13th.  Fulham unsurprisingly hold on to 14th, whilst newly promoted Swansea have dipped of late to 15th.  Wolverhampton have not caused much shock at 16th, where as the third newly promoted team, QPR, are hovering just above the relegation zone at 17th.  Wigan’s decline over the past few seasons is evident with their placing at 18th.  Under fire Steve Kean is trying to perform wonders at Blackburn as they have finally moved off the foot of the table to 19th.  Finally, a Bolton team packed with good quality Premier League players seems to have lost its marbles as they surprisingly hold the wooden spoon at 20th.

Top scorers

Robin Van Persie - 17 goals (cost Arsenal £2.75M in 2004)
Demba Ba - 14 goals (was signed as a free transfer in 2011)
Sergio Aguero - 13 goals (cost Manchester City £35M in 2011)
Wayne Rooney - 13 goals (cost Manchester United £25.6M in 2004)
Yakubu – 12 goals (was signed on an undisclosed fee in 2011)

Conclusion:
Lots of money doesn’t always equal lots of goals!

Goalkeeping Clean sheets

Michel Vorm – 8 clean sheers (cost Swansea £1.5M in 2011)
Wojciech Szczęsny – (joined from Arsenal’s youth set-up in 2009)
Pepe Reina – (was signed on an unknown fee in 2005)
Joe Hart – (was signed for a £0.6K-£1.5M fee in 2006)

Conclusion: 
Again, money isn’t everything & youth development/progress always helps!

Fantasy Premier League - My Mid-Season Performance

My Overall Rank:

9,503
out of 2,681,654 (Top 0.35% of FPL Gamers)

My team’s value after GW 19:

£108.0M

My average GW score over 19 weeks:

59.63 from 1114 points (excl. transfer costs)

My Overall Half Season GW Points Tally (excl. transfer costs):

0-10 points: 0
11-20 points: 0
21-30 points: 0
31-40 points: 1
41-50 points: 6
51-60 points:5
61-70 points: 4
71 points +: 3

My highest score, excl. transfer costs:

79 (GW 15)

My lowest score, excl. transfer costs:

38 (GW 6)

Transfers made:

23

Lost points through extra transfers:

24 points

My recommended players’ actual weekly performance:

Gameweek 6 - Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United):
2 points – but scored 6 points for GW 7

Gameweek 7 - Phil Jones (Manchester United):
8 points

Gameweek 8 - Scott Sinclair (Swansea City):
5 points, but scored 8 points for GW10

Gameweek 9 - Robin Van Persie (Arsenal):
11 points – and scored consecutive double digit points until GW12

Gameweek 10 - Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur):
2 points, but scored 6 points in GW 12

Gameweek 11 - Micah Richards (Manchester City):
1 point, but scored 14 points in GW 12

Gameweek 12 - Joe Allen (Swansea City):
1 point, but scored 3 points in GW 13 (failed to score or assist whilst in my team)

Gameweek 13 - Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur):
14 points

Gameweek 14 - Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
13 points

Gameweek 15 - Luis Nani (Manchester United)
18 points

Gameweek 16 - Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United)
0 points (did not play) but got 4 points in GW17 & 7 points GW 18 from 60 minutes.

Gameweek 17 - Demba Ba (Newcastle United)
9 points

Gameweek 18 - Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
3 points, but scored 22 points from his three matches prior to that.

Gameweek 19 - Leighton Baines (Everton)
5 points

Average Recommended Players' points accumulation per GW:

6.57

My Mid-Season Premier League XI*


GK:  Vorm (SWA)


DEF: Richards (MNC), Kompany (MNC), Jones (MNU)


MID: Nani (MNU), Silva (MNC), Dempsey (FUL), Bale (TOT)


FWD: Adebayor (TOT), Van Persie (ARS), Ba (NEW)

*The team is not necessarily based upon FPL points, but on general performance, value-for-money or due to their exceptional impacts upon their respective teams.