A Bag Full Of Lemons – Week 13

Whilst everyone else seems to have been making hay this week I feel like my team is treading water with my total of 52 points only slightly higher than the average of 50 and a long way behind the best of 149!


There can only be one winner for the Giraffe of the Week and that is Harry Kane, who managed to bag over half of my team’s entire points. The fact that the Spurs striker contributed so many points to my miserly total suggests there are a number of players who are in contention for the Lemon of the Week but for the second week in a row I am awarding it to Romelu Lukaku. I have said previously he is a streaky player and I have to hope one of those streaks is just around the corner. I will keep the faith at the moment but honestly I fear the worse now his partner in crime, Yannick Bolaise, is set for a lengthy spell on the side lines.


With Coutinho also out for a significant period of time, and Butland’s comeback stalling, I am afraid I am going to have to stick with only two Stoke players for a couple more weeks as I try and rejig my squad. These week’s change is reactionary after Aguero’s horror tackle on David Luis and with the Argentinian banned for the next four matches I have decided to replace Charlie Austin with Aguero’s teammate Kelechi Iheanacho.


A Bag Full of Lemons – Week 11

Fifty points may be down on previous weeks but as the average score was a miserly forty I feel I have had another good week.


In such a low scoring week my Giraffe of the Week has to go to Harry Kane, who bagged a brace against West Ham in what was ultimately a lucky win for Spurs. Any of my three compulsory Stoke players could have picked up the Lemon of the Week but after picking up a fifth yellow of the season, leaving him unavailable for the trip to Watford this week’s Lemon of the Week goes to Joe Allen.


Having only just played my wildcard you may be surprised I am making a transfer this week but with Joe Allen suspended I have decided on gambling with Ramadan Sobhi. If you haven’t seen the Egyptian winger yet this season he has the potential to be a star and although he will most likely only be deployed from the bench I suspect his influence on matches is going to increase over the course of the season. Like at Stoke, Sobhi will have to be satisfied with a place on the bench for now but if any of my midfielders get an injury, and Hughes brings him on, I have faith Sobhi will deliver.

A Bag Full Of Lemons – Week 10

As hinted at last week I have decided to play my wildcard this week to freshen up my team, hopefully in a bid to continue rising up the charts.


With Lee Grant now Stoke’s caretaker number one I have decided to bring in the other wonder fantasy football keeper Tom Heaton. This means I have a Stoke City player free and I have gone for the captain, Ryan Shawcross, who I feel is a lucky break away from going on the sort of goal scoring spree that helped Stoke win promotion to the Premiership. Also in defence I have decided to swap Azpilicueta for his Chelsea team mate Marcos Alonso who I expect to be the player most fantasy football managers bring into their team between now and Christmas. Joining Shawcross and Alonso as a newbie and my fifth choice defender is Simon Francis has the dual attributes of playing every week and also being cheap.

In midfield I have further tied my fortunes to Chelsea’s defensive prowess by swapping out Capoue for Victor Moses, who will probably be on my bench most weeks but is almost guaranteed to pick up points if one of my bug guns is not playing. With most of my midfield settled I still had to get rid of Pogba and so I have decided to pair Firmino with Phillipe Coutinho, this season’s second highest point scorer whose Liverpool team have a juicy set of fixtures between now and the end of the year.

After bringing in Moses I am forced, for now, to replace Diego Costa, let’s see if Conte buys another full back in the January transfer window. In deciding who to replace Costa with I am listening to an old adage, Harry Kane never scores at the start of the season but once he does start he never stops. I just hope his goal against Arsenal is the one which kick starts his season.