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Fantasy week 23 wrap-up

No team managed to score more than 1 goal in week 23, with only 8 goals being scored in total across the entire league. What did that mean for fantasy scores? Well, defenders and midfielders were able to pick up a bunch of points, while strikers found good points a little harder to come by. And with only two clean sheets being kept among the ten teams, there were two goalkeepers who did better than the rest.

Speaking of goalkeepers, the two clean sheets in question were for Perth Glory and Sydney FC, so no surprise that Danny Vukovic and Ivan Necevski were the best scoring ‘keepers, tallying a respectable 6 points each. As we pointed out last week, Danny Vukovic is still the pick of the goalkeepers given the high probability he’ll keep at least one more clean sheet in the last two games of the season. If he’s out of your price range (Vukovic will set you back just shy of $200k), then Sydney’s Ivan Necevski ($99k) is a shrewd pickup if you’ve got a lower budget.

As we already pointed out, it was a good week for defenders this week, with the low goal count helping that fact considerably. Six different defenders managed to total six points each, but Nikolai Topor-Stanley led the pack with 8 points, thanks to his timely goal against the Gold Coast. Again, as we said last week, Perth defenders are the way to go, given their last two games are away to cellar dwellers Gold Coast and at home to the poor-travelling Victory. Heffernan ($127k), van den Brink ($151k), Risdon ($110k), Mitchell ($143k) – whichever fits your budget is the one for you!

Midfielders were racking up the points this week across the board, with six players scoring 5 points or more. Perth’s Travis Dodd, thanks to his fortuitous goal against the Mariners, led the pack with a handy 8 points, closely followed by Gold Coast’s Daniel Bowles, Adelaide’s Iain Ramsay and Sydney’s Karol Kisel on 7 points. Bowles is an interesting player, and it all depends on what role Mike Mulvey plays him in for the last two games. If he remains as part of a front 3, highly likely given the way that formation worked against the Jets, then he would be an invaluable pick-up at only $75k. Elsewhere, Travis Dodd is in good form at the moment for the Glory, so might be worth a look even given his price tag ($215k).

At the pointy end of the field, it was always going to be a pretty poor week for strikers given that only eight goals were scored over the five matches last weekend. With that said, Eli Babalj, Besart Berisha and Paul Ifill all topped the charts with 6 points, thanks entirely to the fact that they were the only recognised strikers to score. In terms of who to trade for, Shane Smeltz should be back in the starting line-up for the next two games, and if you can afford him at just under $300k, he’s worth a look. Other than that, there’s really no other worthwhile moves to be made up front unless you have an injury to counteract. If that’s the case, get on Berisha – even when he and his team are having a poor game, he still finds a way to hit the back of the net.

Now, it’s time to name the winner of the Pele Sports prize for week 23. This week’s winner of the Zip Hoody is Stuart Ireland, who totted up an impressive 53 points, thanks to high scoring players like Vukovic, Dodd and Berisha. To claim your prize, Stuart, please send an email to enquiries@ultimatealeague.com.

Next week’s Pele Sports prize is the Vented Solid Stripe Gameday tee. As we say every week, check in with the A-League injury list on Thursday night before making any changes to your team, and good luck in week 24! Only two weeks of fantasy A-League left to play!

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

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