And so we reach the end of another fantasy football season. Personally it can’t come soon enough, another promising campaign falling apart down the straight. Congrats once again to the Football Guy for winning our league for the third consecutive year, he can consider himself the Fergie of this world. Well done too to Sportboy P who has reached the lofty heights of second for the first time leaving yours truly in third after two second place finishes. I’ll do a bit of analysis/end of season awards next week and perhaps some justification for not having Fat Frank in my team all year (might prove hard to do). In the meantime let’s look at the final picks of the season.
Top three captain picks:
1. Gerrard or Torres/Liverpool – With Liverpool pretty much guaranteed second bar a big swing of events, there’s not too much to play for at Anfield. That said, Rafa will want to end the season on a high and I have no faith in Spurs’ ability to prevent them from scoring a hatful. As usual Gerrard and Torres are the men to rely on.
2. Ireland/Man City – They face Bolton at home. It’s a dead game but that can often mean plenty of goals. Pick their best player this season for one final flurry.
3. Bendtner or Arshavin/Arsenal – With Adebayor still ‘injured’ Bendtner should get the start along with RVP against Stoke. The Potters are safe and will be in party mode, while Arsenal will want to show that the Wenger way is still the right way. Expect several goals with Arshavin at the heart and Bendtner on the end.
Three final throws:
1. Anelka/Chelsea – He’ll be gunning for the top scorer crown. On a side note, it’s a shame we don’t have a good name for it here unlike La Liga’s ‘Pichichi’ or Serie A’s ‘Capocannoniere’? Top scorer is a bit dull really.
2. Man Utd reserves – With Fergie pledging to rest his first choice XI for the forthcoming Champions League final on Wednesday, it falls to the youngsters and second choice players to face Hull. The like of Welbeck, Macheda and Nani are all cheap and a good shout for that final transfer.
3. Viduka/Newcastle – Whether or not the Geordies get the win they need may rest on fat man Viduka. I think he cares less about Newcastle staying up then impressing some other club enough to offer him a new contract in the summer. One final/first big performance from the big man?
Three to get rid of:
1. Any Everton players likely to play in the FA Cup Final – Of course they’ll try against Fulham but somehow I don’t see 100% commitment for fear of injury knocking them out of the big day.
3. Man Utd first choice (bar Rio) – They won’t play against Hull, you could use that money elsewhere.