A Bag Full of Lemons – Week 9

Another week where I managed to harvest a points tally above average, 67 compared to 57, could have been so much better if it wasn’t for Watford and a dodgy captaincy decision on my part.07-11-2016

With the both Liverpool and Chelsea demonstrating their title credentials my Giraffe of the Week has to go a member of one of these teams and whilst Firmino garnered an impressive 15 points he wasn’t the stand out player in Liverpool’s match whereas, in contrast, Eden Hazard ran Everton ragged. With a red card and six goals conceded it can come as no surprise that Jose Holebas wins this week’s Lemon of the Week although I could lay claim to the award myself for captaining Lukaku rather than Costa, Hazard or Firmino!

With the last international break of the year coming up I am going to hang fire on making any changes with the expectation that next week I will play my wildcard to address some of the issues I have managed to introduce over the course of the season so far.

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A Bag Full of Lemons – Week 8

Another good week my Bag Full of Lemons Fantasy Football Team with 77 points, however any celebrations have to be dampened by the fact for probably the first time this season all the main players managed to get on the scoresheet, that is as long as they don’t play for Manchester United!

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With the attackers doing so well this week it is therefore no surprise my Bag Full of Lemons Giraffe of the week goes to one of their union, Wilfried Bony who, now his taste for the goal has returned, I fully expect to go on a goal scoring streak and banish memories of his recent drought. My Bag Full of Lemons Lemon of the week is awarded to Paul Pogba, with the Frenchman joining last week’s winner, Raheem Stirling, as a two-time winner.

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After debating whether to replace Joe Allen with his teammate Shaqiri last week I am glad I resisted the temptation with the Swiss maestro being replaced early in the game against Swansea. With this in mind Joe Allen keeps his place and instead I have decided to replace Heung-Min Son, whose team visit the Emirates at the weekend, with another previous Lemon of the Week, Eden Hazard. Similarly with Spurs travelling to Arsenal I have decided to swap out Vertonghen and bring back Van Dijk, whose Saints team travel to Hull hoping to pile the misery on the Tigers. You may also be surprised that Pogba retains his place in team but                with Manchester United travelling to the out of form Swansea I can only repeat what I said last week. If Pogba performs I get points and if he and his team fail? Well I’m still a winner!

A Bag Full of Lemons – Week 3

It’s official. I have changed my opinion about how easy Fantasy Football is, it’s not very easy at all. After last week’s 75 points this week my team was only able to muster a paltry, 11 points below the average (why did I get rid of Pogba?):

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My Bag Full of Lemons Fantasy Football Giraffe of the week has to go to arguably the best player in the Premiership this week, Kevin De Bruyne.

The Bag Full of Lemons Lemon of the week could have gone to a number of players but goes to a player whose current displays are beginning to look all too familiar. Eden Hazard started the season in the sort of form which won him the Player of the Year award a little over twelve months ago but against Liverpool and Arsenal he has returned to the sort of form which got Jose Mourinho the sack.

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I thought about bringing back Pogba for Eden Hazard but this would mean admitting to myself I am scared about the prospect of Stoke facing a rampant Manchester United so instead I have brought in Raheem Sterling who is beginning to finally justify the hype (and his price tag). With Grant likely to get the nod over Given, Jordan Pickford comes in to goal and with Bony being replaced by Azpilicueta this leaves no Stoke players in the starting XI. (I may not admit it but I am not totally blinded to the possibilities of Sunday’s match!) But do not worry they will return for when Stoke begin to rise up the table after the International break.