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GW24: Double Weak Game


An advice column for the bottom seven million Fantasy Premier League managers

For the top 10K Fantasy Premier League managers, double game-weeks present twice the opportunities for advancement; for the bottom 7M managers, though, you’re twice as likely to be shown up.

And go down.

My FPL team BC FC held on to the top spot in our ten-team family & friends mini-league but its lead over the second- and third-ranking teams is now just eight and nine points respectively; and I suspect my brother-in-law, at #2, will wildcard and whizz by me like Adama Traore past Slab Feet Harry Maguire.

In the far more knowledgeable neighbourhood mini-league, BC FC remains at number four, but the gap between it and the top team, which had been narrowed to under 100 points for the first time since game-week four, is back to three figures, 144.

But BC FC’s 1326 points is most revealed for what it is by comparison with the world number one fantasy manager, Ola Hovde, whose 1698 points put him almost 400 points higher, a simple stat that is also a cruel definition of the phrase, “out of your league”.

So, after occupying what were, for BC FC, the dizzying OR heights of the top one million, it’s back to far more familiar territory of bottom 7M (1,000,835). On the up side, such as it is, BC FC is at #448 in Barbados — but even that is small beer when you consider my team was knocking at the door of the Bajan top 100 not so long ago.

You wonder how a Danish teenager can put 56 points between himself and the number two overall ranked team when you struggle to get 56 points in a week yourself.

But it’s double game-week and, ergo, I have twice the chance of redemption — or damnation. With my brother-in-law likely wildcarding and the number three team having a lineup, in GW23, of seven players with two games in GW24, it looks like another case of “cling on by the fingertips or slip off the precipice” for BC FC.

So, since it couldn’t bring me a parachute or a trampoline to land on, I used my one free transfer to trade the now-apparently-permanently-overlooked Ben Chilwell for Ben Mee. If DCL plays, six of BC FC’s team members will have two games this week; but those six include Nick Pope, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Ruben Dias.

I’ve captained Sterling because, although he’s got two fixtures harder than Bruno Fernandes’ one, I just can’t resist the temptation of a twofer.

Instead of a massacre of BC FC, then, it may just be a rout.

Which must be what the Democratic impeachment managers in the US Senate must be telling themselves ahead of the likely weekend vote to let Donald Paul Revere off the hook.

My next advice column/eulogy/apology for BC FC will appear around the GW25 deadline