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Fantasy week 15 wrap-up

Of the 7 games that made up this week of A-League fantasy, an average of only 2 goals per game effectively should’ve made it difficult to score big this week in fantasy, with goals worth so much to your overall score. But, that wasn’t to be, as fantasy managers took advantage of four teams playing twice by choosing a large selection of players from those teams – and, especially, their captain. 91 points was the #1 score in our own league, showing that cunning selections this week were key.

With goalkeepers this week there were a great deal of points to be had. Matthew Ryan from the Mariners continued on his merry way, racking up 11 points from his two games this week, after only allowing one goal in and producing 11 saves in the process. Double gamer Danny Vukovic was right behind him with 9 points, after saving a penalty in the game against Melbourne Heart. Matt Ryan is now a full 13 points ahead (68 compared to 55) on the goalkeepers fantasy points list for the year, once again showing how valuable he is to fantasy managers. If you can afford the $232k required to purchase him, get on it!

Down in defence this week, it was birthday boy Patrick Zwaanswijk topping the list, with a handy 14 points (the most of any player this week) thanks to his clean sheet against the Heart, and his goal against the Jets this week. Just behind him, with a fantastic 12 points, is Sydney defender midfielder Terry Antonis, after not being on the field to concede any goals in the two games Sydney played this week. It’s fair to say the majority of fantasy managers already have Antonis in their team, given his bargain basement starting price this year. If you don’t yet, at only $101k, he’s a worthwhile trade even if he’ll only sit on your bench.

Midfielders put up good numbers this week too, with the two games for Sydney, Central Coast, Melbourne Heart and Perth ably assisting. Nick Carle was the best of the bunch with a handy 11 points, thanks to a couple of assists. And the next 5 best midfielders were from the four aforementioned teams as well; Steven McGarry with 9 points, and Adam Hughes, Kristian Sarkies, Michael McGlinchey and Oliver Bozanic all scoring 8 points each from their two games. Both Bozanic and McGlinchey are racking up the points of late, and both are relatively affordable at the moment ($189k and $191k respectively). So, if you’re in need of a quality, in-form midfielder, these two are worth chasing. Heart’s Kristian Sarkies has only been back in the fold the last few games, but already has totted up a handy 14 points. At $92k, he, like Terry Antonis, would be a shrewd pick-up, but keep in mind the transfer rumours are abound with Sarkies, so his playing time may change in the coming weeks.

Up front, there were good points to be had in the strikers department this week, however not quite as easy to come by. Sydney’s Mark Bridge, thanks to his two goals this week, led the way with 11 points, but the Perth pairing of Sterjovski and Smeltz also racked up 7 and 8 points respectively and were the next best behind Bridge. At a mid level price of $166k, Mile Sterjovski could be a good trade given the amount of game time being afforded to him at the moment by Ian Ferguson.

But it’s once again time to announce the weekly winner of the Pelé Sports prize, which this week was the Fine Stripe Polo. And the winner this week, with 91 points, is Dan Gialdini. Dan’s team was spearheaded by 28 points from Patrick Zwaanswijk (captain) and 11 each from Ryan and Carle. To claim your prize, Dan, please send an email to enquiries@ultimatealeague.com.

Next week’s Pelé Sports prize for the weekly fantasy winner is the French Terry Short, whose cotton/polyester blend make them absolutely comfortable to wear and give them a perfect fit. We’ve already updated the A-League injury list, so make sure you check that none of your players picked up a knock last week. All that’s left to do is to wish you good luck in week 16. So, good luck!

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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