Eighty one points this week, yet surprisingly it was still not enough for a green arrow. The final position for the season around the 56k mark. This illustrates just how tough it has been trying to make ground this season.
There are so many good fantasy assets, that not being able to own them all means it becomes all about owning the right ones at the right time, which often boils down to luck, as they all look good
All the front Seven were in the points and the differential captain came good but still it was not enough, due to not having Kane this week, or last for that matter. Hull like Leicester before them sadly bereft of any desire to put up any sort of a fight.
It was enough for me to scrape home in my mini league, by Two points, the first time at the top all season, so that made for a tense finish. The goal by Davies being the clincher.
The captain challenge is over for this season, and our poll, the Transfer Hub poll has come out top so well done all those who have voted throughout the course of the season
The big difference that swung it for the Hub was the poll not opening until all the weeks matches were over. The Fantasy Scout poll paid the price for starting too early, before all games were finished. If it had waited last week, I am sure Kane would have led rather than Sanchez.
The Bookies missed a chance to snatch second, as they had Costa very slightly shorter than Aguero. Still it was a good effort and showed that following the bookies top selection is not a bad option.
The Robot trailed back in Fourth spot, but has done enough to earn a spot in next seasons challenge, especially given its great performance last season. The Two other options will be replaced with a couple of new ideas for picking captains.
I thought playing the worst might have done a bit better, but it seems just choosing a player up against the worst team does not perform that well, this season at least.
One of the ideas for next season is to pick the most transferred in player for that week as the captain choice, that will be one of the Two new categories, the other is yet to be decided.
Eighty Eight for the Robot which was enough for a small green arrow. Not bad considering it did not own any Tottenham players. Jesus was the triple captain and the chip returned Eleven points.
The season was a tale of Two halves for the Robot. The first half was terrible. Around the Million mark at the half way stage. However only Four red arrows in the second half of the season saw it climb to 140k. I had been hoping to crack the top 1%, the same goal I had set for my own team, but it did not manage it due to that poor first half.
Like the form tables, the data needs time to settle down. Its algorithm works well when there is plenty of season data to work with, I need to find a way to improve its selections during the early part of the season.
The Questions have started
Some people seem to be more concerned about my own team than I am myself. Why didn’t you take more hits? The game has changed why havent you? Why dont you admit you are no good?
These are just some of the more polite reactions to my 50 k finish. Amusingly some of the less polite ones have actual come from people who have finished with a much worse rank.
Why didn’t you take more hits?
I took Nine hits over the course of the season, The overall winner of the competition took Eight. My season was not won or lost by the amount of hits I took
The game has changed, Why havent you ?
Has it really changed? What is so different about it. Every season is different we know that, with Five top One Thousand finishes, I believe I have already shown adaptability.
Yes but that was years ago, you are rubbish now
Two seasons outside the top 20k does not a poor player make. This years winner had a finish of around Three Hundred and Fifty in 2012 Five years later he won it.
There is big variance in this game, and the range of potential finishes is fairly large, it is extremely over optimistic to expect to finish every season in the top 1k. With Four Million players, any time at the top is likely to be fleeting.
Is there more competition now
Very much so, the scout providing advice through the Fpl site has basically meant anyone can just follow the advice and put themselves in contention for a reasonable finish. It is all pretty much spoon fed. Overall numbers are going up, almost double the amount of players than a few seasons ago, and they no longer have to hunt for information on how to play.
What mistakes did you make this season
The big mistake was not following my own advice in my book. I have always gone with 2x 4.5 keepers. I was all set to begin with Foster and Heaton, but decided to try something different in an attempt to save money and went with Pickford and Jaskelinen.
That decision alone I estimate has cost around Forty or Fifty points, maybe more. Heaton in particular proved very costly. I then compounded the error by being stubborn by refusing to pay extra for him once his price had risen.
much of the rest was down to poor timing/ luck. Eriksen being a prime example began the season with him, and knew he was a great pick, but he just did not perform, I was more patient with him than most but he still underperformed, then the moment I sold him he started scoring for fun. It is easy to over analyse these things, fact is 50k is not outside the range of possible finishes.
However it is all relative, and while I see 50k as below average, I know many people who would consider that a good rank. With the increased competition, the variance will only increase further, and the range of potential finishes will grow ever wider.