With gameweek 38 now complete and mini-leagues finally settled, we have decided to release this short article to thank some very important people, and also to let you know what’s going to be happening round here over the next few weeks. Before all of that though, let us tie up a very important loose end by revealing how the official Fantasy Football Cheat team finished the season.
Our Fantasy Team
Gameweek 38 turned out to be a pretty decent week for our team. We set ourselves the target of finishing the season in the top 20,000 teams in the world, and we achieved our objective (just!). Our standout performer was Man City hero, and our gameweek 38 Captain, Sergio Aguero who delivered the goods with 8 fantasy points doubled to 16. Elsewhere we were also pleased to see strong performances from Rooney, Pienaar, Valencia and Caulker who all delivered us valuable fantasy points in this crucial gameweek.
Our only disappointment in gameweek 38 was to see Jonny Evans in United’s starting 11 for the game against Sunderland. Like many other fantasy manager’s we benched Evans under the impression he was injured. Under all the pressure, it must have slipped Sir Alex’s mind in the pre-match press conference to mention the return to fitness of Evans! With Evan’s stuck on our bench, we have to say that watching him keep a clean sheet and take 8 fantasy points from gameweek 38 really hurt. Once again, another lesson learned for next season, with the lesson being to always doubt the injury news, and question the updates provided by the Premier League managers. We’re not saying they’re liars, but every now and again they do seem to get either a little bit forgetful or uncharacteristically confused when it comes to accurately reporting injury updates! Ok. Whinge over, but I do feel better for getting it off my chest!
Our final score last week was a very satisfying 57 points, which was a pleasing 15 points above the average across the fantasy premier league as a whole. It was enough to see us make one final surge up the main fantasy premier league table, and we have now finished the season in position 19,851.
Over the last 4 seasons, our record now stands as follows:
Our average finishing position over the 4 seasons is position 18,790. We are pretty proud of that, and are very much looking forward to next season when we will try and beat our average and secure our third top 10,000 finish of our career.
A Message For Our Editorial Team
Over the last few days there have been loads of posts on our message boards from fantasy managers that have had superb seasons thanks to the advice on this site. It is hearing those success stories which makes running this site feel so worthwhile, but as you all know this is by no means a one man band. In fact, this site would be nothing without the immense efforts and contributions from our editorial team. I would therefore like to extend a huge thank you to the team of experienced fantasy managers that have all made time this year to provide invaluable articles for the site. Special thanks go to Mutley, Sharpie, Kop Warrior, Archivist, Flip, Ned, Migs, Cookie, S&S, Facer, Harry, Rob and Farid who have all published articles during the course of the season.
I would also like to thank everyone who has kindly given up their time for interviews with us this year. We have interviewed some great fantasy managers, so special thanks to everyone who has taken part.
The FFC Community
I would like to finish off the thank you’s by thanking everyone who comes on to our message boards and makes this place such a special community. Fantasy Football Cheat has become a hot bed of activity as fantasy managers from all over the world exchange thoughts, ideas and suggestions 24 hours a day. Whilst that in itself is pretty cool, what makes it absolutely fantastic is that it is done in such a fun and friendly manner. This is largely due to a great group of amazing regulars (you know who you are), and for that I am exceptionally grateful. Thank you.
Our Plans Going Forwards
If you’ve enjoyed this season, then strap on for the ride, as next season it is only going to get bigger and better. To do that, me & the team need to spend some time planning, brain-storming, organising, building etc to make sure we have everything in place ready for the build up to gameweek 1 of next season. We will not therefore be providing loads of articles over the summer break. Instead we will be busy behind the scenes improving the site and preparing to re-appear a few weeks before the start of next season with everything you need to know to pick your opening FPL fantasy teams for gameweek 1.
That being said, there is the small matter of Euro 2012 this summer. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Fantasy Football Cheat has set up a fantasy football league for Euro 2012 (thank you Red & Black for organising it). Our chief tipster Kop Warrior has prepared a short article with all the details of how to enter the league, and we will be releasing that article on the site shortly. Whilst we will not be providing player tips and advice on the Euro 2012 competition, we will be providing you with full use of our message boards throughout the tournament.
Our Final Tip…
Once again, thank you all for a great year. However, we can’t leave you without one final tip. So here it is…
Our final tip this year is quite simple. Start getting excited for next season’s FPL, because together we are going to go on one almighty ride…