mjmaxwell

Gameweek 10: The Bonus Point Round Up

In 2010/11 on November 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm

A tale of two fullbacks

Homer for Simpson
It nearly happened again.  In the 70th minute of Newcastle vs. Sunderland, Danny Simpson went on a marauding run down the wing, he beat a couple of Sunderland defenders and crossed.  Andy Carroll headed onto the bar and big Shola Ameobi applied a neat finish.  Nice.  4 points for Shola, 3 for the assist for Andy and a pat on the back for Danny Simpson.  But no! Fantasy premier league had other ideas.  For some reason the powers that be, fresh from the gameweek 9 Carroll-gate assist scandal, decided to award Simpson with the assist, denying Carroll any involvement in the goal.  I could see Monday’s headlines;

“CARROLL: WHY ME? I WANT A BONUS POINT!!”

HUGHTON, “IT WAS A FARCE.  ANDY GOT THE ASSIST. YOU KNOW IT, I KNOW IT, FANTASY PREMIER LEAGUE KNOW IT”

With a public backlash looming and lessons learnt from the Newcastle vs. West Ham fiasco,  fantasy premier league acted promptly awarding Carroll the assist at full time and a bonus point to boot.  Crisis averted.

Spare a thought for poor Danny Simpson in all of this.  It was his first home start of the season and on 90 minutes he was looking at a massive 8 points – clean sheet and assist.  He could go home happy knowing that his team not only won the local derby but more importantly his return from injury won him serious fantasy premier league points.  However the inevitable happened when Sunderland got a corner and Darren Bent scored in 91st minute.  If that wasn’t bad enough for young Danny his “assist” was rescinded.  In 1 minute, 8 became 1.

Very rainy for Stephen Crainey
Blackpool vs. West Brom was classic Monday night football.  It had everything; goals, red cards, lots of rain and bonus points. But it left me asking, “how the f*ck did Stephen Crainey get 3 bonus points?”  For a full back to get 3 bonus points they surely need to do something really special; maybe an assist, a goal or perhaps a goal line clearance and a clean sheet?

Not for fantasy premier league, Crainey took a leaf out of the Barry Ferguson bonus point text book by having a solid if not spectacular game.  To be fair he was decent but I honestly can’t think of anything of note that he did to earn 1 bonus point let alone 3.  What a shower.

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