It was one of those awful Fantasy League weeks where as the weekend goes on you realise that it getting worse instead of the better you are hoeing against hope for.
I should have noticed on Saturday. I heading to a wedding at 3pm and check the scores early on to find that Onana, my keeper, has no points. I check to see if he’s not playing and discover that United have conceded twice in the first four minutes at home to Nottingham Forest. Maybe United cleans sheets should not be hoped for!
By Sunday afternoon I am needing Berardo Silva and Trent Alexander Arnold to do something spectacular. Before Bernardo can, and he doesn’t, my captain Haaland has doubled his -2 for a missed penalty! That is not so bad as 91% have Erling and most as captain.
Alexander Arnold though. Booked in the opening minutes for letting go of the ball. Was he meant to hold on to it. Bizarre decision but even more bizarre was his not being sent off a minute later for what WAS a yellow card offence! From there - nothing!
The Weekend result is that I free fall down my leagues.
My excuse is that Saturday was the first time `I had watched a match this season. I learned a lot. Gusto? Who is he? £4m! Wow. These little things that cannot be learned on vacation, away from good wifi will hopefully be fixed in the next few weeks.
My daughter Jasmine and her Earps, I Did It Agian remains on top. She had an average week but had enough of a lead. Up further than I fell and into second is Ryan Kee and his Jubious Bandits (his team name referencing his beloved Juba in South Sudan). The Bandits scored 87 points, just short of twice as many as Jasmine. Over half of those were on Friday night. Ryan captained Raheem Sterling as well as scoring with Jackson and clean sheeting with Chilwell. Visionary work. Deserved the points!
Perennial heavy hitters McMullen, Fitch and Orr are waiting to pounce. I have it all to do.
Again, it is Jasmine. McMullen and James Hume the closest chasers!
ONLY AN EXCUSE - HEAD To HEAD
I had a local derby with my mate Tim, who is currently living with us. Tim is a quiet gracious man but I knew he had his heart and soul grinning away that he thumped me from the off. I still had a chance on Sunday but as I hoped for Silva to save me, it came up on the screen that Matty Cash had scored for Villa. WHAATTT?! A Timmy defender not in our equations and then… Cash scores again and my Weekend is Ker Plunk! I mean Matty Cash twice in one game… when!!!
This league looks so exciting. It has everyone nudging for position. In a league of 16, 2nd to 8th all have 6 points with Timmy’s sin against me moving him one ahead on 7pts. No one with 100% records after 3 games. Heavy hitters are finding it tough though Ross Coulter found his feet to defeat Jasmine’s strong start.
Big decisions needed to strengthen as I try to strengthen the MBEs… It is that stage where we are all seeing what our teams could be with a few weeks of transfers. Far too early for a WILD CARD though another week like this one and I’ll be under that pressure!