As the 2016/17 Premier League Fantasy Football came to a close recently I decided it would be interesting to summarize my fantasy exploits in a blog article, at least it would make for a cool keepsake for the future. In the past I had played the Yahoo Fantasy PL game but when it folded up my friends and I searched for a replacement and found Draft Fantasy. 2015/16 turned out to be a great season for me individually as I went on to not only win my group but also finished as the #1 ranked global player which led to some writing opportunities and ultimately the creation of my own website/blog. I also decided to broaden my fantasy horizons, joined in with the FPL Twitter community, and added a few different games to my repertoire this past season. Let’s start the recap with my personal favorite as I attempted to defend the Draft Fantasy crown.
Stockholm, Sweden was the site of the culmination of Manchester United’s season as they took on Ajax in the Europa League Final. Ajax finished second in the Eredivisie, just a single point behind Feyenoord, and enjoyed a free scoring Europa campaign, although most of their damage was done at home. Preparation for this game has been weeks in the making for José Mourinho as it became the focus once it was clear that a top 4 place in the Premier League was unattainable. It has been a delicate balance of keeping the players sharp but avoiding any further injuries that have plagued the last couple of months. Other than a few long term absentees, Zlatan Ibrahimovic being the biggest name, and the loss of the suspended Eric Bailly, the Red Devils went into the match with a fairly strong core. Here is the starting eleven that took on a young and talented Ajax team:
Crown were taking on 1st-placed DW Energy FC on Wednesday evening and pre-game this time around is going to focus on not who could make the game but more like who couldn’t and why, so here’s the lengthy list to give you an idea of what personnel issues Crown has been dealing with this season:
Mark – injured/big babyitis
Tim – work travel
John – has twins
Josh – runs a bar
Eddie – sand in his lady parts (thanks Travis)
Micah – funeral
Jeremy #2 – baseball
It was the final game of Manchester United’s Premier League campaign on Sunday at Old Trafford as they hosted Crystal Palace. Due to the situation of being stuck in 6th place and the looming Europa League Final on Wednesday, it was the ideal time to give the future a chance to shine for the Red Devils. José Mourinho did name a handful of regulars to help the kids out as Bailly, Jones, Pogba, Lingard and Rooney found themselves in the starting eleven. Pogba needed some minutes after missing time recently due to the passing of his father, and Rooney was probably looking at his final time in front if the Old Trafford faithful. Here is a look at the youthful lineup:
Manchester United finishes up their 2016/17 Premier League season on Sunday with a home game at Old Trafford against Crystal Palace. Utd’s 6th place finish is written in stone at this point, and with the Europa League Final coming up on Wednesday you can just about guarantee a lineup that focuses on the future of the Red Devils. Along with Axel Tuanzebe who has already seen some recent game time, José Mourinho has stated that youngsters Joel Pereira, Demi Mitchell, Matty Willock, Josh Harrop and Zak Dearnley could all be given a shot and possibly Angel Gomes too. It won’t be all youngsters of course as there will still be some 1st team regulars joining them. Paul Pogba has returned from his compassionate leave and will start plus, if he overcomes a small knock Bailly will also start as he is ineligible for the Europa match.
First off, I didn’t really lie, I did not think you would see me on the field for a few games but a sub opportunity opened up as Justin was off flying a kite somewhere. Spreadsheet FC, I mean TDA were taking on a new addition to the division, the Sharpshooters, who had opened up their season with a perfect 3-0 record so something had to give as the Bulls put their undefeated record on the line. Here is your recap, with videos again 🎉!
TDA Bulls v Sharpshooters:
The Bulls meant business from the get go as they went on the offensive, pinning the Sharpshooters back in their own zone and Brandon eventually found the opener with a shot from distance, 1-0. Simon then hit the inside of the post but Carolyn was there to put the rebound in and it was 3-0. A really nice team goal was next as Ricardo to Jorden to Carolyn, tic-tac-toe, and it was 5-0 at the half.
This is it…the Final Gameweek in the Premier League Fantasy Football season is upon us. So you know what that means, my final preview article of the season is ready and waiting to help you take glory in your league, good luck!:
Manchester United made the trek south to take on Southampton in the penultimate game of their Premier League season. José Mourinho has both eyes firmly set on the Europa League Final next Wednesday so the importance of this game naturally took a hit. Some were surprised Romero was named the starter in net ahead of De Gea but Mourinho had already stated that Romero would play the Final so it made sense that he needed to stay sharp. Bailly is ineligible for the Final so he gave Valencia another rest at right back which also allowed Smalling and Jones to work on their partnership. Fellaini returned from suspension, while Pogba was still absent after the passing of his father. A decent looking attack was also named in a starting eleven that looked like this:
There is probably a Tornado heading for us shortly so let’s get straight to the recap before I have to get in our shelter, yeah, we have one…it’s real, and it’s spectacular.
Crown v Donkey Balls:
It was a slightly bizarre opening few minutes for Crown as the ball did not seem to want to bounce their way as an OG (Sorry Shawn, doesn’t count towards Golden Boot), a defensive mistake, and a brutal backspin led to an early 3-0 deficit. Simon set up Doug to cut the lead to 3-1 before the Donkeys answered with one of their own to take a 4-1 lead to halftime.
Manchester Utd’s crammed schedule continues as they travel to Southampton to take on the Saints in a midweek game on Wednesday. Utd’s Premier League campaign has stuttered recently so now they find themselves mathematically out of the top 4 race. But they still have the Europa League Final to look forward to and the players will need to be kept sharp so I think that José Mourinho will play are strong side for this one then rotate again on the weekend in their PL finale. Marouane Fellaini returns from his 3-game suspension and should be ready for some minutes in the middle, while Mourinho has already stated that Blind will be given a rest. Here is my best guess at the Utd lineup: