View from the Boot Room | Week Nineteen

Monday, December 23 2019

 

Fantasy League is too easy sometimes, isn’t it?

I daresay you all had 100+ pts from the pre-Christmas weekend. And your team looked largely like this…

Player

Club

Total

Price

Selection %

Henderson

SHU

12pts

£4.8m

8.4%

 

D

E

F

 

Alonso

CHE

11pts

£6.0m

2.5%

Kabasele

WAT

11pts

£4.3m

0.2%

Stephens

SHU

10pts

£4.3m

0.2%

Luiz

ARS

9pts

£5.7m

4.9%

 

M

I

D

 

Willian

CHE

16pts

£7m

2.6%

Sarr

WAT

13pts

£6.2m

0.2%

Almiron

NEW

10pts

£5.8m

0.4%

Cantwell

NOR

10pts

£4.8m

20.6%

 

A

T

T

 

Ings

SOU

13pts

£6.5m

13.5%

Vardy

LEI

9pts

£10.1m

51.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exactly that would’ve chalked up 124pts.


But – all hilarious banter aside – by the look of the selection percentages, not many had more than a couple kitted up this weekend.

Ings is worth keeping though. That’s 7 in 7 for Danny. And Cantwell is worth sticking with for at sub-£5m.

We should also make honourable mentions to a few good performers who didn’t quite make the best X1. But could be a look in the coming weeks.

Mahrez MCI £8.3m 3.8%

Grealish AVL £6.3m 12.6%

Foster WAT £4.8m 1.9%

Digne EVE £5.7m 11.6%

The next week or so will no doubt throw up a dose of upsets and oddities. But there looks to be a couple of good things on offer from the Boxing Day fixture list…


Tap ins

There’s a handy chance of clean sheets for Tottenham, Chelsea and Sheffield United.

Spurs need a bounce – and Brighton don’t travel well. Just 1pt and two goals on the road to Top 10 teams so far. And Chelsea and Blades will go into odds-on home wins full of confidence.


Long shots

Three more teams with clean sheet claims are Everton, Palace and Man United.

Ancelotti knows how to set up a back four and Everton’s back four will know that. And if they don’t, they soon will. Plus, Palace have racked up a clean sweep of clean sheets v Bottom Third teams so far.

You’d assume that De Gea will remember to take his hands for the visit of Newcastle too.

And goals wise, I’ll be sticking with Vardy, Rashford and Tottenham’s front three Alli, Moura and Kane.


Worth a punt

With yer man Ings as my number three, of course. Just in case we’re wrong about Chelsea’s clean sheet.

And here’s one for you…

What about Leicester to beat Liverpool. To Nil. Klopp’s lot are bound to be a bit puffed out from their World Club escapades. The Foxes have only dropped 4pts at home this season. And will have the scent of blood in their nostrils.

Load up on the usual suspects. Leave those Liverpool defenders on the bench for another week. And keep Vardy skipper.


 

Ben Dinnery

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