The extra fixture between Liverpool and Swansea dominated transfer selections for Gameweek 26 of the CC/PP/CTN Fantasy League, with managers making sure they bagged two of this season’s superstars – Luiz Suarez and Miguel Michu – to let the points roll in.
It was a trend that was reflected the world over, with nearly half of all participants opting for Swansea’s Spanish striker Michu and more than a third fielding Liverpool’s Uruguayan maestro Suarez.
What separates the best from the rest, however, is the ability to find the rare gems of the week, the individuals chosen by less than three per cent of the league that nevertheless amass the highest totals.
Liverpool defender Sanchez Jose Enrique was one such player, scoring a goal, assisting another and keeping a clean sheet against Swansea to yield the gameweek’s best tally of 19 points.
Another Spanish wing-back, Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea, is also one set for a rapid rise in popularity after grabbing 10 points from his two assisted goals and overall good performance against Wigan.
Yari DyDy, manager of the gameweek’s top team, Sport Hunter, on 118 points, showed all the right decisions in his squad picks of Jose Enrique, Michu (18 points), Azpilicueta, overall points leader Robin van Persie of Manchester United (12) and Suarez (15) as captain.
Unfortunately, Yari DyDy is a Cellcard staff member and therefore ineligible for the weekly prizes given out by his company.
As luck would have it, the second placed team Black Diamond FC on 117 points secured its second win by default in as many weeks for manager Bun Kheang, who triumphed last time out due to the number one team making too many transfers.
Bun Kheang will receive another $20 phone voucher and T-shirt from sponsors Cellcard.
Managers will be looking forward to this weekend’s mouthwatering Manchester City-Chelsea clash on Sunday among the nine games that make up Gameweek 27.
It’s doubtful the round will reach the heights of the previous one, which featured a Dream Team total of 158 points, equal to the season’s best in week 20.
Managers will also look to offload their Liverpool and Swansea players as the two teams do not play due to Swansea’s appearance in the League Cup final on Sunday.
Managers should also be wary of midweek European endeavours that may induce injuries to players of the Premier League sides.
Ben Foster (West Brom) – 14, Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool) – 19, Gareth McAuley (West Brom) – 15, Angel Rangel (Swansea) – 10, Miguel Michu (Swansea) – 18, Gareth Bale (Tottenham) – 15, Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) – 14, Pablo Hernandez (Swansea) – 13, Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 13, Luis Suarez (Liverpool) – 15, Robin Van Persie (Man Utd) – 12
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