The first gameweek of Fantasy Premier League’s 2014/15 season has come to a close with Chelsea defeating Burnley 3-1 in the early hours of the morning.
SCT Manager of the Round: Jason Le, King Coutinho: 81 points.
McGregor was the hero for Hull City against QPR, saving a penalty late in the match to earn 3 points for the away side and 14 points for his fortunate Fantasy owners. Lloris, Guzan and Hart were the only other keepers to hold a clean sheet. In selection news, Mannone ousted Pantilimon for Sunderland and Courtois got the nod over veteren Petr Cech.
With Hull, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Man City keeping clean sheets, it was their defenders who claim the majority of the points in GW1. Plenty of value was to be found in Hull and Villa’s defensive ranks, with Chester (£4.5m) bobbing up for a goal and 3 bonus points for a hot start of 15 and Vlaar (£4.5m) claimed 2 bonus points after his impressive defensive display. Attacking returns for Dier, Ivanovic, Koscielny helped them to double figure returns.
It was the popular selections that fared the best amongst the midfielders, with many managers having a combination of Sterling, Fabregas, Ramsey, Silva and Sigurdsson. The latter has already risen to £6.1m after claiming a goal and an assist in the upset win against Manchester United. Lee Cattermole (£4.5m) scored for Sunderland and will prove enticing for bandwagon jumpers, however it will almost certainly be fools gold, as it’s just his first goal in the last five seasons.
Quite a few of the big money players proved their worth on the weekend, as Rooney, Sturridge, Aguero and Diego Costa found the back of the net, while West Brom budget striker, Berahino (£5.5m) was the only player who managed to bag two and has already been transferred in by nearly 50,000 managers. Weimann (£5.5m) and Naismith (£5.0m) were the other budget strikers to score goals and claim bonus points.
How did you fare after week one? Enjoying the distraction of FPL amidst the carnage going on in the SuperCoach world? I certainly am!
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