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Fantasy week 18 wrap-up

A ‘glut of goals’ could be the best way to describe week 18 of the A-League, with 16 goals hitting the back of the net at an average of over 3 a game. Add to that the fact that 4 teams managed to keep clean sheets, and what does that mean for you, the fantasy manager? Well, it opens the door to the possiblity of big scores punctuated by goals, clean sheets and assists. And with 64 points topping the list in our own fantasy league this week, that is certainly the case.

As mentioned already, four teams this week managed to keep the opposition to donuts. For goalkeepers, this is a huge plus when it comes to fantasy points, and three of the four goalkeepers from those teams top scored with 7 points (namely Covic, Theoklitos and Vukovic) whilst the other (Bolton) was just a point further back on 6. With the addition of Mark Milligan, and a possible new Spanish signing, now might be the time to consider Ante Covic between the sticks for your fantasy team, given his low-ish cost ($162k). But, keep in mind that the Victory this week face off against runaway leaders Central Coast, so Covic could be in for a very busy game.

Defenders scoring goals, as we’ve already discussed countless times before, is the best way to earn points from your back three of four. Nikolai Topor-Stanley did just that this week, scoring one, and helping himself to a respectable 7 fantasy points alongside teammate Tarek Elrich. Close behind those two, on 6 points this week, was a collection of about 15 players across the four teams who kept clean sheets this week. Heart youngster Curtis Good and Perth full back Josh Risdon are probably the best value defensive picks at the moment in terms of cost, but if you were to choose between the two, simply based on his team’s current form, our selection would be Risdon.

Midfield was where the points were this week, with 10 players scoring 6 or more points this week from the middle of the park. Topping that list was Perth’s Travis Dodd (14 points), thanks to a goal, a few assists and the fact that Perth kept Gold Coast at bay for the full 90 minutes. Teammate Liam Miller was hot on his heels on 11 points, and Newcastle’s Ali Abbas, despite only playing 20 minutes of the match, was next best on 9. But if we were to suggest one player to strengthen your midfield, on current form that would have to be Perth’s Liam Miller, who will set you back about $140k but has scored 19 points in just the last two weeks.

For a week with so many goals, there were surprisingly few points to be found in the striking department this week. But in Newcastle’s 5-2 romp over Sydney, Jeremy Brockie managed to score two and provide an assist for another, netting himself a huge 13 points for his troubles. Behind him, by a fair margin, were single goal scorers Bruce Djite and Besart Berisha on 6 points. With Brisbane finally hitting their straps, now would be a good time (if you’re looking to save a little cash) to pick up young phenom Nick Fitzgerald. He’ll only set you back $75k, and while not guaranteed to play every game for the full 90 minutes, as long as Brisbane are playing attractive, attacking football, he’ll net you some handy points.

Now, just to remind you again, the Olyroos are still on duty overseas this week, so be careful with your trades and don’t select anyone from the Olyroos playing list under the impression that they’re going to play this weekend!

Now, it’s once again time to name the winner of this week’s Pele Sports prize. So, with that said, the week 17 winner is Adam Torea, who scored an impressive 64 points this week. Congratulations to Adam, and as always to claim your prize, please send an email to enquiries@ultimatealeague.com.

Next week’s Pele Sports prize will be announced here in the coming days. Keep in mind there are no double games for any teams next week again, so adjust your squads and captains accordingly. As always, check in with the A-League injury list on Thursday night before making your changes, and good luck for fantasy week 19.

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

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