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Fantasy week 22 wrap-up

It was interesting week in fantasy A-League this week, with only 12 goals being scored across the 5 games, a couple of red cards, a wide smattering of bookings, and only two teams managing to maintain a clean sheet. It wasn’t a great week for strikers this week as well, with only 2 recognised strikers finding their way onto the scoresheet. With all that said, where were the points to be found this week?

For goalkeepers, the two clean sheet keepers weren’t the top two scoring stoppers this week. Clint Bolton, who let through one goal but saved a penalty and seven other shots on goal along the way, top scored with 9 points, with Danny Vukovic and Mark Paston close behind on seven and six points respectively after their clean sheets. Danny Vukovic ($197k) would be our pick of the week, because with Perth facing the Mariners (Home), Gold Coast (Away) and Melbourne Victory (Home) in their last three games, he’s a very good chance to pick up a clean sheet or two, particularly against Gold Coast, and also a Melbourne Victory side that notoriously under-performs at nib Stadium (they last won there in November 2009).

Across the backline, defenders scored particularly well this week, thanks to a few goals off defenders boots. Wellington’s Andrew Durante was the best of the bunch on twelve points, thanks largely to his rare goal (only his 2nd goal in 139 A-League appearances – the third worst goals per game ratio of any A-League player in history) and a clean sheet against Gold Coast. Ben Sigmund was next best on eight points, followed by the Heart’s Curtis Good, who scored his first professional goal in the draw with Brisbane Roar. As we said with Vukovic, Perth have a fairly good last three fixtures, so any of Bas van den Brink ($150k), Josh Risdon ($108k) or Dean Heffernan ($127k) would be a good pickup this week for the final three weeks.

It was a mix of veterans and youngsters leading the way in the midfield ranks this week, with the top two spots being filled by a 19 year old and 33 year old. Jacob Pepper’s brace against the Victory on Saturday night netted him a handy 12 points, and he was followed closely by Perth hard-man and slap victim Jacob Burns on eight points, courtesy of his superb goal and a clean sheet. Rumours are abound this week that Jacob Pepper may see some bench time over the next few weeks given his recent hectic schedule, so he may not be the best pick-up at this point in time. Sydney’s Joel Chianese, at under $100k, is the best value pick-up as Sydney manager Vitezslav Lavicka seems content to keep picking him to start at the point of Sydney’s attack.

As I said earlier, points were a little thin on the ground for strikers this week, with only two strikers managing to score more than 2 points. Billy Mehmet and Ryan Griffiths were those two men, scoring six points each after being the only recognised strikers to put one in the back of the net this week. In terms of a trade, no striker really stands out after a fairly poor week, so we’ll just reiterate the danger that is Besart Berisha and how he may be the man for your team. 52% of team owners still don’t possess the cunning Albanian, so if you’re in that unimaginable group and have the $228k ready to spend, he’s the way to go.

Now, it’s time to name the winner of the Pele Sports prize for week 22. This week’s winner of the NYC tee is Tim Jones, who totalled a very respectable 54 points courtesy of high scoring stars like Vukovic, Pepper and Sigmund. To claim your prize, Tim, please send an email to enquiries@ultimatealeague.com.

Next week’s Pele Sports prize is the Zip Hoody (and I’m very jealous of whoever wins this as it’s a fantastic prize). As always, check in with the A-League injury list on Thursday night before making any changes to your team, and good luck in week 23!

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

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