It was third time lucky for the Soccerlens All-Stars. After finishing fourth and then fifth in weeks one and two of the Soccerlens Fantasy Football Game, my boys finally finished first in our eleven team league in week three. So I now join the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho as a league winning manager. Sort of. But even better than that… I won some money.
I paid $4.99 to play at the Silver level, and so my first place finish netted me $25 in prize money. Had I played at the Gold level I wold have won $50, and had I played at the Platinum level I would have won $125. But I’m not complaining. $25 is $25, and it feels all the sweeter for being earned through fantasy football.
The interesting thing is that none of my players had a superstar weekend. I made Gareth Bale captain (worth double points) based on the beating I expected Spurs to give Wigan, and thinking his clean sheet plus maybe an assist or a goal going forward would add up nicely. In the end he got just a point for starting the game and a point for playing more than 60 minutes.
In fact none of my players managed to make it into double digit points, so it’s not clear whether my plan to exploit weak teams like Wigan worked or not. Here’s my lineup, and how many points they each scored:
Pepe Reina – 6 points (four points for clean sheet, two for time on pitch)
Gareth Bale (c) – 4 points (two points for time on pitch, doubled to four for being captain)
Patrice Evra – 6 points (four points for clean sheet, two for time on pitch)
Glen Johnson – 6 points (four points for clean sheet, two for time on pitch)
Brad Hangeland – 1 point (two points for time on pitch, minus one for Fulham conceding two goals)
Aaron Lennon – 2 points (two points for time on pitch)
Florent Malouda – 7 points (four points for goal, two points for time on pitch, one point for clean sheet)
Andrei Arshavin – 6 points (four points for goal, two for time on pitch)
Wayne Rooney – 8 points (three points for penalty goal, three for assist, two for time on pitch)
Didier Drogba – 5 points (three points for penalty goal, two for time on pitch)
Bobby Zamora – 4 points (three points for goal, one for starting game)
Total: 57 points.
Read more about the Soccerlens Fantasy Football Game point scoring system.
What does seem important is that all three of my strikers scored and eight of my eleven players earned four points or more. So a solid team effort. But probably more than a little bit lucky.
Think you can beat my score of 57 points and win some money playing fantasy football yourself? Then sign up for the next round of the Soccerlens Fantasy Football Game. I’m going to step up and play at the Gold level in week four, paying $9.99 to enter and compete for a prize pool of $80. There’s an international weekend coming up, which means we all have plenty of time to pick our team carefully and give ourselves the best chance of winning that cash.