Game Week 7 is in the books, but before we look ahead to this week’s break for World Cup qualifying, let’s review the weekend’s real-life and fantasy EPL action.
Manchester City: Defeated Chelsea without the services of Sergio Aguero; now sitting alone atop the table on goal differential.
Stoke: Won against Southampton to elevate themselves into 12th place and out of the relegation scrum.
West Ham: Picked up a crucial 3 points against Swansea, thereby saving, for now, Slaven Bilic’s job.
Chelsea: Lost at home to title rivals City, falling 6 points behind the Citizens and into fourth place.
Everton: Despite starting Oumar Niasse and benching Wayne Rooney, Koeman lost his fourth league game in seven. With pressure building on him for weeks, could this be the final nail in his managerial coffin?
Individually, popular fantasy stars like Harry Kane, Philippe Coutinho, Kevin de Bruyne, and Alexis Sanchez all put up big numbers (at least in Fantrax). Richarlison, Stephen Ward, and Nick Pope are establishing themselves as reliable sources of fantasy returns.
But honestly now, how many of you bought Marouane Fellaini expecting his brace this week? Not me, that’s for sure. But neither did the fantasy managers who crushed GW7, so maybe the rest of us can feel better about missing out on him.
Here’s how the week’s top managers won:
This week’s winner was Hall of Fame, with 147 points despite taking a zero for Ogbonna, who didn’t play:
|D||Kieran Gibbs||West Brom||6|
|D||Angelo Ogbonna||West Ham||DNP|
|M||Kevin de Bruyne||Manchester City||19|
|F||Romelu Lukaku||Manchester United||11|
Just 7 points behind Hall of Fame was our staff writer Simon’s team, Stall Express, whose 141 points was good enough for second place (or as my dad always said, “the first loser”—just kidding Simon!).
We had a tie for first place in the Official game this week, with Innouch and KidZac each scoring 102 to share the honors.
Innouch just joined the league this week and went right to work, soaring to victory by playing his triple captain chip on Kane. That move was more than enough to overcome the zero for Bailly’s no-show:
|GK||De Gea||Manchester United||6|
|F||Kane||Tottenham||39 triple captain chip|
KidZac used his free hit chip this week, and captained Kane:
Stall may have come up just short of first place in the Fantrax NMA league this week, but he was the GW7 champion in Togga. Here’s his winning lineup:
|M||D. Silva||Manchester City||7.5|
My weekly score of 118 points in the Fantrax NMA league was good enough for 31st place for GW7 and 43rd YTD. But we want to hear from you—how’d you do? (And did anyone have Fellaini?)