Fantasy week 26 & 27 wrap-up
Due to an administrative stuff-up by Fox Sports, their fantasy system went a little bit weird, with fixtures being split up mid-round leaving managers scratching their heads as to exactly what happened. So, this week’s wrap-up will cover the prize winners for both week 26 and 27, and scores for week 27, of fantasy football.
The first two weeks of the finals were certainly interesting, to say the least. Both of the elimination finals (Wellington v Sydney, and Perth vs Heart) were particularly lacklustre in the first half, but once the second half kicked off, both fixtures went up a gear and were thoroughly enjoyable. In the major semi final, Brisbane took the chocolates in the first leg 2-0 at Suncorp Stadium, and eked out a hard fought 3-2 victory away at Central Coast to ensure the Grand Final is played at Suncorp Stadium in a fortnight’s time. 20 goals over the 5 games, however, was a good return for the neutral, and left fantasy managers with plenty of avenues to earning points these last two weeks.
Clearly, trades this week need to be spent on ditching players from the already-eliminated clubs, and luckily Fox Sports are giving you unlimited trades – so wholesale changes may be the way to go. So, if you have players from Melbourne Heart, Sydney FC or Wellington Phoenix, then you need to offload them this week. Also worth keeping in mind is that next week’s fantasy week only has the one fixture – Central Coast v Perth. So, without offloading your Brisbane players who you will need come grand final week (because who knows how many trades you’ll have before the grand final), get all your Mariners and Glory players into your starting XI and make some trades to top up. If you think Central Coast are going to go through to the grand final, then I’d suggest picking up some more Central Coast players. And vice versa.
In terms of goalkeepers, Danny Vukovic was the best of the bunch last week with 8 points due to the fact that both of Perth’s finals fixtures were somehow bundled together in the second finals’ week of fantasy football. Weird and annoying as that may be, that’s just the way it is unfortunately. Obviously, you’re going to need one of either Ryan, Theoklitos or Vukovic in your team over the next two weeks, and with all priced over $200k, it’s a matter of picking the one you think is going to play the most fixtures, or in the case of Theoklitos, score more points in just the one match.
Again, due to the system issues, Perth defenders were well on top of the scoring this week. Patrick Zwaanswijk is still finding avenues to goal, so if you can afford the $258k pricetag, then he may be worth getting into your team. On the other hand, Bas van den Brink scored his first Perth Glory goal last weekend, and he’ll only set you back a tick over $150k. Either way, you’re going to need some Mariners and Glory players this weekend, so those two might be a good selection.
Brisbane’s Henrique was the highest scoring midfielder last weekend with 10 points, thanks to a goal and an assist. If you have in your team, though, I’d recommend sticking him on the bench this week given he won’t be playing. In terms of trades, Perth’s Liam Miller looked good against Wellington, and Oliver Bozanic looked dangerous against the Roar. Both of them would be a good trade this week. Perth’s Andrezinho has also hit a rich vein of form of late, and at $139k, may be the best value trade for a midfielder.
Up front, Shane Smeltz was the highest scoring striker, again due to the administrative stuff-up by the Fox Sports system. Adam Kwasnik is hitting his straps the last few weeks in the A-League, and also in the Champions League. He’ll set you back $188k, but with Graham Arnold insisting on having him in the starting XI, he could be a shrewd selection.
But, now it’s time to name the winner of the Pele Sports prizes for weeks 26 and 27. The week 26 winner of the Santiago footwear, with 54 points, was Dean Knight. And the week 27 winner of the Rasunda footwear, with a monstrous 98 points, was Tony Pignata. Congratulations to both winners! To claim your prizes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we say each and every week, make sure you check the A-League injury list on Thursday night before making trades, and good luck in week three of the A-League finals! Oh, and next week’s Pele Sports prize is the Rasunda footwear. Nice!