An absorbing gameweek 27 of the PPP/CTN Fantasy League had it all; Arsenal’s stunning comeback victory over Liverpool, West Brom’s shock upset of Chelsea, Fulham’s five-star flogging of Wolves, and Man United’s clinical defeat of Spurs.
But while the Dream team selected an encouraging total of 144 points, the global average was a meager 43, which roughly translates into some star turns from unlikely sources.
Man United’s Ashley Young was the week’s MVP with a dominating performance against Tottenham that included a brace inside ten minutes as well as an assist for their other goal to notch up 18 points.
The 26-year-old English winger has had a less than impressive campaign, although his 23-point haul back in August remains the best individual weekly total so far.
In close second for the gameweek, Fulham’s newly recruited Russian hitman Pavel Pogrebnyak was simply sublime for his hat-trick to earn 17 fantasy points.
Meanwhile, fellow Cottager Clint Dempsey netted twice for 15 points, a tally matched by double-bagging Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and West Brom’s goal scoring defender Gareth McAuley.
Top of the gameweek heap was Crabby Joe with his team The Spleef Queens on 81 points. Joe had nothing to complain about with a winning squad comprising of default captain Dempsey, Sigurdsson and Arsenal’s unstoppable Robin van Persie (13 points).
He even had the luxury of fielding two negative scores from Stephane Sessegnon of Sunderland (-2 points) and Newcastle’s Demba Ba (-1).
Steve Longley’s O Canada team on 91 points involved six transferred players and was prohibited from claiming the prize.
Thus the weekly spoils of either an internet dongle or US$20 phone card as well as a T-shirt courtesy of sponsors Cellcard wings its way to Joe.
In the overall standings, Henry Verey’s VoxClamantis has finally been shaken off the top spot by none other than 2010 winner Brenda Wade with her side AV Cambodia.
Gameweek 28, with a transfer deadline of 6:30pm on Saturday, sees double headers for both Liverpool and Everton, with the Merseyside rivals rounding things off with a derby match on Tuesday night.