Fantasy Premier League: Week 5 Recap

MAN ON FIRE

What in the world has gotten into Mr. Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey)?

The Welshman is playing out of his skin and is far and away the most in-form Premier League (@premierleague) midfielder.

Sunday’s match versus Stoke (@stokecity) saw Rambo pot his seventh goal of the season from his eighth shot on target (see GIF above).

Here are some other statistics we are seeing from the 22-year old so far in this campaign:

  • 87.8% successful passing rate
  • Average of 79.3 passes per game
  • 4 key long balls per game
  • 1.4 key dribbles per game
  • Drawing 1.5 fouls per game, earning some choice set pieces
  • Average of 1.2 interceptions per game
  • Dispossessed only 1.6 times per match
  • Averaging 5.2 key tackles per match

He only has one assist on the year but it’s tough to set goals up when you’re the one scoring them all.

At the moment, he just seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

Arsenal (@Arsenal) finished with a convincing 3-1 victory at the Emirates.

Especially of note is that all three goals were scored from set pieces, no small feat when stacking up against the towering Stoke back line.

Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) took all of the frees which gave him an assist on each tally. His involvement is truly elevating us into a different class.

We still seem to have a bit of difficulty holding onto the clean sheet and blasé starts to the second half are becoming an issue.

Saying that, the Gunners have looked a step above the rest of the competition this year.

Currently, we sit at the top of the table, leading the Spurs (@SpursOfficial) by one on goal difference.

COYG!

COYG!

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After an absolutely dismal Saturday, it was looking like I was going to drop some points in a big way.

I made a last minute decision to swap out Leighton Baines for Branislav Ivanović in the Yahoo! game and that really hurt my feelings.

The latter still picked up the clean sheet but Bainesy scored two beautiful goals from set pieces and finished with 33 fantasy points!

Anyone lucky enough to captain him this past weekend was laughing.

Benteke also went off early with what looked to be a groin pull.

Sunday was also looking a bit grim to start.

United (@ManUtd) were getting dummied by City (@MCFC) in the derby and my Yahoo! captain Rooney (@WayneRooney) was sitting on a -14 at the half upon committing four fouls and receiving a booking.

Luckily for me, he scored a second half free kick of pure class that turned my fortunes around dramatically.

Sadly, this weekend saw the end of Giroud‘s (@_OlivierGiroud_) consecutive goal-scoring run of one per match.

And bad timing for me to swap out last week’s gut pick, Robbie Brady – the Irishman had a goal and an assist in leading Hull (@hullfcofficial) to a massive away victory over Newcastle (@NUFCOfficial) at St. James’ Park.

Paulinho (@paulinhop8) put me over the top in the official game with his late winner and the week would have been that much better for me had I put Routledge (@WayneRoutledge) in for Snodgrass (@rsnodgrass7).

In any case, I did far better than I had expected to. The way Saturday went, I figured I would be dropping some points.

Instead, I made some pretty impressive gains!

Have a look:

OFFICIAL

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Overall Points: 311

Global: 34,934 (Last week: 56,595)
Fans of Arsenal: 2,420 (Last week: 3,596)
Canada: 286 (Last week: 427)

Private League: 1 / 17 (18 points clear)

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YAHOO!

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Total Points: 552

Global: 3,879 (Last week: 11,115)
Fans of Arsenal: 930 (Last week: 2,396)

Private League I: 1 / 8 (80 points clear)
Private League II: 2 / 6 (66 pts out of 1st)

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As you can see, I am quite happy.

In the official game, I’m currently ranked within the top 300 in Canada, the top 2500 Arsenal fans, and in the top 35k overall.

In the Yahoo! format, I’m in the Gooners top 1000 and within the top 4k overall. That puts me in the 98th percentile!

To be perfectly honest, this is the best start to the season I have ever had in Premier League fantasy.

Let’s hope I can maintain the pace I’ve set!

How did you make out in Gameweek 5???

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