Fantasy Premier League: Week 17 Recap / Week 18 Boxing Day Player Picks

CLOWN

Thanks to the dildo Mike Dean (pictured above), Arsenal (@Arsenal) only managed a nil-nil draw versus Chelsea (@chelseafc) this past weekend.

The referee and his assistants failed to show the red card for two recklessly high challenges against Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta).

In the first instance, Mikel wasn’t even given a booking at all.

Sickening stuff.

No sending off for this, either.

And finally, a sure penalty shout was also not given.

Very disappointing when a game is decided due to such poor officiating.

It has been apparent for some time that Dean is not a fan of Arsenal.

This match just seemed to be a blatant form of further confirmation.

Let’s not forget this embarrassment:

Arsenal now share the league lead on points with Liverpool (@LFC) ahead on goal difference.

The Gunners have a chance to regain the lead in full with a visit to Boleyn Ground while Liverpool face a real test at the Etihad.

COYG!

Let’s recap week 17 in fantasy football.

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OFFICIAL

Overall Points: 989

Global: 460,842 (Last week: 572,801)
Fans of Arsenal: 23,133 (Last week: 29,256)
Canada: 4,147 (Last week: 5,224)

Private League I: 6 / 17 (140 points out of 1st)
Private League II: 1 / 11 (47 points clear)
Private League III: 2 / 7 (101 points out of 1st)
Private League IV: 3 / 5 (61 points out of 1st)

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YAHOO!

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Total Points: 2091

Global: 2,208 (Last week: 3,387)
Fans of Arsenal: 501 (Last week: 800)

Private League I: 1 / 8 (195 points clear)
Private League II: 1 / 6 (10 points clear)

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Pretty good week.

In the official game, I had my highest points total of the season thus far and in Yahoo!, I finally took over the lead in my second private league.

Incremental gains in the overall rankings in both formats but still loads of work to be done.

How did you make out in Gameweek 17???

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Hope everyone had a great holiday and that Santa spoiled all of you.

But with that behind us now, it is back to the important things in life, like football!

Here are my player picks for gameweek 18:

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OFFICIAL

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YAHOO!

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Already a bit behind the 8-ball to begin with.

Moyes certainly has a thing for giving late fitness updates.

Phil Jones (@Ph1lj0nes) has been ruled out for a minimum of two weeks with a knee injury which puts a dent in my Yahoo! backline.

Hull (@hullfcofficial) and United (@ManUtd) are already running wild with their fixture sitting at 2-2 at half time.

Rooney (@WayneRooney) is already on a goal and an assist having just become only the second player in Premier League (@premierleague) history to score 150 goals with a single club (the first being Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry).

I was a bit lucky though as I brought Januzaj into the official game only to see him start on the bench.

However, he was brought on in the 18th after Rafael picked up a knock.

The big trouble for me is that both Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) and Özil (@MesutOzil1088) are big rotation risks this gameweek and next, so we’ll see how that works out for me.

Lots of football over the next week though.

Just have to wait and see how the chips fall.

What Do Your Boxing Day XIs Look Like???

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