Well done on surviving your first month in the Draft 2018/19.
It seems like we have picked up right where we left off, with the first 3 weeks of this season getting everyone (apart from Real Madras and Let’s get Sarri-ous) completely shook, with transactions already well under way.
Congratulations to Lallana Land for picking up the first Manager of the Month in the Draft 2018/19 league, with a handsome 7 point lead over a strong second. Click here to view all awards.
With a full understanding of the importance and prestige of the league, the draft day was a tense affair. Whilst spreadsheets and lists were at the ready, delays in proceedings further added to the atmosphere.
Some fared better than others on draft day – a notable mention to The Wenger Returns, who was slumped on a table trying to pull himself together to defend his title. The only thing he actually managed to pull was an early trigger on GK picks, bagging a sub-par De Gea in the third round.
Much is left to be desired for Real Madras’ fourth round pick Otamendi, who is yet to register a starting point.
Unsurprisingly, Neves say Neves took a high-risk-low-reward strategy of choosing Championship, un-proven or un-proven-Championship playmakers. Yarmalenko is already out; how long till the rest follow?
As per the graph above, on the whole, we are getting shitter.
As the league started it already looked like Let’s get Sarri-ous was going to run away with it, with two Gameweek wins in a row, buoyed by ardent picks Alli, Salah, Pogba and Mendy. Although it seems like Lallana Land had made a sudden surge to the top it is worth noting he was never far off the pace and looks well deserved of his place at the top.
Compliments have to be given to Malala Land, not for ripping off his team name but for recovering a shaky start to end the month in 7th, now only 19 points off the middle pack.
From how the first month has panned out – Real Madras, DIDIER POGBA, PengTingCalldMadison and The Wenger Returns look to be closely competing for the free meal spots and I can see them swapping places between 3rd and 6th all season.
The two cousins TAZZY FAMS and Neves Say Neves seem to be looking after each other, off the pace in 8th and 9th, and must focus on usurping Malala Land before challenging the main pack.
No-one is being shy in transactions this year, with 7 players already being in 2 teams. It won’t surprise you to know that of the 7 players that have swapped teams, 4 of them have been in Neves Say Neves. Will the wheeler dealer strategy pay off this year? 104 points in the month says not.
For close to a decade we have lived under the iron-clad rule of Ravi Verma’s Fantasy Football teams. Like Arsenal fans, for years we’ve asked for Wenger-Out Out. With the level of competition this year, that reign may finally end. This last week we’ve seen septic mind games from the leader Lallana Land and just like Arsenal fans under Unai, maybe we’re realising that we didn’t have it so bad after all.