Another inspiring round of the CC/PPP/CTN Fantasy League flashed by over the weekend as managers were treated to six-goal hauls from both Liverpool and Aston Villa, while a goalless stalemate condemned both Reading and QPR to the Championship next season.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson was the surprise star player of Gameweek 35, with the English midfielder bagging a brace and setting up another in their rout of Newcastle to amass 19 fantasy points.
Aston Villa’s Belgian hitman Christian Benteke reined in 17 points for his sublime hat-trick past Sunderland, while both goals and assists for West Brom’s Romelu Lukaku (15 points), Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge (14), Chelsea’s Frank Lampard (13) and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale (12) helped them onto the Dream team roster.
The weekly slugfest for prizes was clinched by K Serey with his side Rocky FC on 97 points. Henderson, Benteke, Lukaku and Lampard were all in Serey’s corner, as well as captain pick Robin van Persie for an additional 16 points.
Had Serey dropped the usually solid Stephane Sessegnon of Sunderland, who scored a minus point for his 69th-minute red card, the manager would likely have enjoyed hitting the century mark. As it is, he still gets his gloves on a $20 phone voucher and T-shirt from our heavyweight sponsors Cellcard.
With just three rounds left, attention is starting to shift to the top of the overall standings with Colin Brown’s Scooter City FC still sitting pretty on 2,163 points, 68 ahead of second placed Torres Seng’s The Whites FC with Matt Culis’s PPFC in third on 2,066.
The Wade clan’s stranglehold on the fantasy league, which has seen mother and son Brenda and Mick win all three of the previous seasons, appears to be over, with Mick’s Phnom Penh Villa lying in 19th place, nearly 200 points off the pace of the front runner, and Brenda floundering in 55th.
Gameweek 36 is a bumper set of 13 fixtures spread over four days, including double-headers for Manchester City, West Brom, Wigan, Swansea, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Watch out for the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, and a titanic clash between champions Manchester United and Chelsea, who will then face north London rivals Tottenham in a crucial tie in the race for Champions League berths.