Fantasy week 19 wrap-up
With 50 points being the table topping total this week in our own fantasy league, and with only two teams managing to maintain clean sheets, it was never going to be a points-fest this week in A-League fantasy football. Add to that the fact that no strikers managed more than 1 goal, and than only 14 goals were scored over the 5 fixtures last week, and it made for a very competitive week when all was said and done.
For goalkeepers, it was once again a case of ‘keep a clean sheet, get lots of points’. For Ben Kennedy and Michael Theoklitos, who both scored 7 points, nothing is truer. Both kept a clean sheet, made a few good saves and, as such, racked up the points. If you have some cash burning a hole in your pocket, then Theoklitos ($244k) might be a great pickup before week 20 given that Brisbane seem to be getting back to their best, and have now kept two clean sheets on the trot. If you’re looking to save some money, then perhaps Sydney’s Ivan Necevski ($96k) is worth looking at, given his recent promotion to the starting role ahead of Liam Reddy.
In defence, it was much the same in terms of points scoring, namely clean sheets equals solid points. Therefore, if you had a good selection of Brisbane and Newcastle defenders in week 19, your defensive line was going to score well. Ivan Franjic, Byun Sung-Hwan and Tarek Elrich were the top scoring defenders on 9 points, with more Roar and Jets players filling the next 5 spots. Perth’s Dean Heffernan was the best from the other 8 teams, scoring only 4 points. With Brisbane hitting their straps, our defensive recommendation this week is Sayed Mohamed Adnan, who at only $146k is an absolute bargain given the amount of game time being afforded to him over Matt Jurman. Add to that the fact that Adnan is a free kick taker for the Roar, and you’ve got yourself a points machine.
Across the midfield, the points scoring formula was slightly different. This week, the points were topped by goal scoring midfielders. Brett Emerton was the best midfielder for points this week with 10 points thanks to his second half strike. Emerton was followed closely on 7 points by Dario Vidosic, Carlos Hernandez, Tomas Rogic and Harry Kewell, who were all on the scoresheet this week as well. Our midfield pick this week needs to be taken with a slight warning. Although Tomas Rogic ($125k) had a fantastic game last week against the Victory, Graham Arnold may manage his playing time over subsequent weeks, so selecting him could be very risky, but at the same time quite beneficial. In his favour is the fact that the Mariners are going to be facing a very understrength Wellington with a few key defenders and midfielders missing, so it could be a great week for all players in Mariner colours.
Up front, and it was a pretty dismal week for the strikers of the A-League. Only ‘single goal’ scorers this week meant that points were always going to be quite low, and that’s exactly the case. Jeremy Brockie, Besart Berisha, Ryan Griffiths and Bruno Cazarine all top scored with just 6 points, followed by a collection of players on 5. 19 points from his last two games has made Jeremy Brockie into a valuable commodity, and although he’ll set you back just under $200k, he is scoring goals (and points) on a pretty regular basis at the moment.
Now, it’s once again time to name the winner of this week’s Pele Sports prize. So, with that said, the week 19 winner is Warrick Betts, who scored a respectable 50 points this week. Congratulations to Warrick, and as always to claim your prize, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week’s Pele Sports prize will be announced here in the coming days. As always, check in with the A-League injury list on Thursday night before making your changes, and good luck for fantasy week 20!