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Poppy Dog’s Pride laps up gameweek treats

A sizzling gameweek 11 served up a barrage of goals to make for rich rewards in the PPP/CTN Fantasy League. Bolton’s five-star flogging of Stoke provided a trio of Dream teamers including Ivan Klasnic, who had his hand in four of them.

Having enjoyed a stellar start to the season, the Croatian striker suffered a recent slump in form along with the rest of his side but came back with a bang over the weekend with a brace of both goals and assists to amass an exemplary 19 points.

Four others shared second spot in terms of fantasy points with totals of 15 – Aston Villa’s hitman Gabriel Agbonlahor, Arsenal’s defensive stalwart Thomas Vermaelen and the two bargain buys of Wolves’ Jamie O’Hara and Bolton’s Chris Eagles.

Another notable inclusion is Swansea stopper Michel Vorm, who makes a mockery of his price tag and with 55 points in total is currently the most valuable goalkeeper in the league. Little wonder nearly a quarter of fantasy managers have him in between the sticks.  

Our weekly winner was surprisingly apt for a league based on English football with Remembrance Day celebrated in England this Friday.

Poppy Dog’s Pride was all that and more, as manager Hayley Flack bounded to the top of the heap with a tasty tally of 96 points.

Hayley’s pedigree chums included a fearsome frontline of Robin van Persie as captain for 22 points, Edin Dzeko (12) and Ivan Klasnic. Other pet picks worth drooling over in the Poppy line-up were Chelsea’s Frank Lampard (11), Wolves’ Stephen Ward (10) and Newcastle’s Ryan Taylor (10).

Nevertheless, Hayley retrieves the golden prize of either an internet dongle or US$20 phone voucher and T-shirt courtesy of sponsors and ‘dog and phone’ operator Cellcard.   

Fantasy managers can don the slippers and pipe for a week as international fixtures swing through.

Gameweek 12 kicks off on November 19 with a blockbuster encounter the following day between Chelsea and Liverpool set to grab the headlines. Transfer deadline is the usual 6:30pm on the Saturday.

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