Welcome to the first update to the Cave of Man Fantasy football league. Now that the transfer window has finally closed, we can get to the business of recapping the events of the start of the 2012/13 season. This article will recap the actions from August covering the high flyers and underperformers so far, highlight the awards for the gambles that both boosted and hindered my attempts to climb the leagues and end with a preview of the thoughts that have flooded my mind with “what ifs” and “just maybes” that will be noted on my psychiatric report outside my padded cell.
Thankfully I can boast a 100% win record in the official Cave of Man Head2Head league, the only cave member to achieve this unprecedented feat…..is that the sound of me singing my own praises?? Yes, yes it is. Without further ado, let’s jump straight into the action and please comment below as we want to hear all the strokes of genius or epic failures that have influenced the position of your team so far. Each week I will begin my showing the team that have secured my points the previous week and end with the team that I trust to drive my ambitions forward with all the new changes included and we can see which work out and which bite in me in the ass!
Review of first 3 EPL weeks:
Goalies (% chosen by teams)
With only 16 team clean sheets so far this season is part of the basis for my strategy of the highest investment in the forwards and attacking midfielders. The Expensive Joe Hart has not brought the clean sheets points yet, are you keeping him in your squad? While new boy Kelvin Davis is performing well during their much publicised first 4 matches (Man City, Wigan, Man United and soon Arsenal), Can he possibly keep this form coming? Steve Clarke’s start to management at West Brom seems to have created the environment that is allowing Ben Foster to hold the role of Dream Team goalkeeper.
Ben Foster 16pts
Kelvin Davis 15pts
Tim Krul 9pts (19.3%)
Joe Hart 5pts (12.3%)
Defenders (% chosen by teams)
Is Kompany the only Blue Moon defender guaranteed a starting spot every week? While they are winning, £7.5m is a lot of spend for a defender not currently gaining clean sheets but who else in City can you invest for those future clean sheets? Or as a bonus point magnet is he worth the risk? Also, did anyone see these Arsenal defensive performances after the well covered transfers of RVP, Song, Podolski and Giroud?
Ivanovic 30pts (16.3%)
Vermalean 22pts (13%)
Kompany 4pts (25.1%)
With Hazard and Kagawa collecting a high percentage of the back page inches, Michu and Dyer of Swansea are harvesting plenty of points. Will this be able to help the Swans through the hard winter months of their second season? Something tells me that Santi Carzola could be a great signing for the Gunners the only concern is that for an extra £0.5m you can have the emerging Chelski centrepiece of Edin Hazard. With the transfer window shut, how will new signings Javi Garcia and Scott Sinclair fit into Mancini’s plans?
So when I have a front line of Rooney, Aguero and Torres at Gameweek 1 who could of thought that I would have any problems? Thankfully that if they had to get injured, it was separate weeks and allowed a free transfer each week. You won’t hear me complaining about having Torres, Tevez and Van Persie now in time for their great starts to the season. Petric had a fast start to the season but how much will the loss of Dembele influence Fulham’s season? Dempsey has departed to Spurs which may not hurt Petric’s goalscoring as Dempsey has been missing so far. Steven Fletcher had a great start to his Sunderland career and should see point’s benefits for the rest of the season and a player like Seb Larsson should see assists increase with the Stadium of Lights new hitman.
Van Persie 25pts
Cave of Man Fantasy Football Awards – Weeks 1-3
Missed the Boat Award:
The “Missed the Boat” award is for the gamble that I took that blew up in my face and to start off the season with a clinker. Edin Hazard who charted 34pts especially as he started as my captain before Week 1 costing me a potential 68 points, Ouch!
Shot in the Dark Award:
The “Shot in the Dark” award goes to the gambles that I certainly didn’t see coming and hopefully were a big surprise to many of the managers in our league. Michu is the standout winner of this award, who is currently the highest scoring player in the entire league with 35 points, and a big mention has to go to the Arsenal defence with 3 clean sheets from 3 games. Who’d thunk it huh??
Luck of the Irish Award:
It is also important to publicise the very few times that my gambles actually do pay off! Therefore I will point out my successful gamble on Torres so far without the threat of a Drogba and have to be thankful at being able to afford Tevez and Van Persie for free transfers after losing Aguero and Rooney to injury and bringing in 27 and 15 points respectively since my acquisitions.
So let us delve into our crystal ball for week 4 and try to pinpoint that factors that could be difference between catching up on the league leaders and being the base of a human manger pyramid.
Week 4 preview (15th Sept – 17th Sept)
Arsenal at home entertaining the Saints
- Will the Gunners defence hold up against Rickie Lambert & Co?
Chelsea away to QPR
- 1st match since being Falcao’s bitch
- With over 12 transfers for QPR including Julio Cesar, just who are the definite starters at Loftus Road?
Man United welcome the Dave Whelan brigade
- No clean sheets yet for the Red Devils, Wigan scorers?
- Van Persie to continue his form
Sunderland new boy Fletcher to heap more misery on Kopites?
- Will the Rodgers attempt at revolution finally begin?
Stoke host Man Citeh
- Can new signing Michael Owen help the Red Devils again?
Aston Villa Vs Swansea
- Will the graceful Swans hot streak continue?
Spurs away to Reading
- Dembele and Dempsey reunited
- Bale yet to show up this season
Everton and Newcastle entertain us on Monday Night Football
Berbatov’s Fulham Vs West Brom
- Can Steve Clarke’s great start to management be maintained?
Norwich host West Ham
- Canaries Vs Hammers, on paper hardly a fair fight
Let us know what your thoughts are about the start to the new season, the consequences of the transfer window and the upcoming predictions for the fixtures of September especially as we have an agonising 2 week wait due to the impending international break.