The Gold League Experience: Mixed Emotions

Seven years of drafting, a “Draft We Must” league title, a “International Genie League” title and (most importantl) a Draft Community League Champions Cup title…it’s not often you get to brag about your Fantasy Football achievements so I’m grabbing this opportunity with both hands!

Why the (not so) humble brag? Well, my Togga/Fantrax experience has inadvertently landed me with my biggest and toughest task of all…qualification to the Draft Community Gold League and (in partnership with the Fantasy Football Community) I am tasked with writing about my experience. This is unarguably the toughest league and Twitter so I could genuinely finish dead last…hopefully not eh?

This week we round up a triple header! I faced three fantasy old times in @tottiandor, @benchickens and @ateamofcarras with varied degrees of success…

@FFootball92 85.75 – 121.75 @Tottiandor

Quite simply, 85.75 is rarely going to be enough to win a matchup in this league. Mo Salah’s failure to grab a single attacking return in a 9-0 win summed things up nicely for us in our Gameweek 4 matchup against Tottiandor who enjoyed his best week of the season to date.

Before the gameweek began, I was gutted to see my old friend pull off a top trade, swapping an out of form Son Heung Min for a very sharp looking Luis Diaz ahead of THAT game against Bournemouth. Diaz succeeded where Salah failed to put this matchup beyond salvation pretty early on.

There will be weeks where Totti will have none of his City players starting. This week he had two which was always going to be deadly and Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden combined for 35 points to add insult to injury. Pervis Estupinan looks like he’s going to be worth each of the $21 I spent on him though with a 15.5 haul against Leeds United, including three key passes.

Early signs were that Martin Odegaard was going to be a bit of a reach for me as my top midfielder and that work needed to be done but the Norwegian scored his third of the season and added another 13 ghost points in a lovely 24 point haul.

I was briefly back in the game before Joelinton’s ridiculous 14.5 ghost points…2-2 after four is fine with a very decent FPts score! On to the next one…

@FFootball92 116.5 – 94 @benchickens

The quick turnaround was a much welcomed distraction from my Gameweek Four defeat and it’s even better when you get another win on the board to get the record back on the positive side.

Prior to this gameweek, I pulled off what could be my best trade of the season. Cashing in on the FAAB war, I paid @YesTheQB $16 while giving him (lumbering him with) the disappointing Adama Traore. The trade ensured Alex was the FAAB leader, giving him the deadly Alexander Isak. Meanwhile, I secured the signature of Leeds man Luis Sinisterra. Prior to the trade, Sinisterra hadn’t really featured for Leeds but it looks like I pounced at the right time as the Colombian struck his first Premier League goal in his first start.

Sinisterra’s goal kickstarted what was initially a very slow week for me (thankfully Ben was struggling at the same time) with the normally reliable Jack Harrison and Cesar Azpilicueta struggling to get anything meaningful on the board.

New fan’s favourite Estupinan eventually chipped in by winning the penalty for Brighton’s goal while Andreas Pereira also continued with his surprisingly bright start to the season with another assist, giving me a handy lead going into Wednesday’s game.

Ben showed his class in this matchup though, picking a couple of top, surprise streamers in Vitaly Janelt (15 points) and Joao Moutinho (10.5) to keep this tie alive. The comeback was on when Joao Cancelo scored for City but Mo Salah delivered where he couldn’t in GW4, assisting twice in a 26 point haul to seal the win. Lovely.

I’m excited about Luis Sinisterra. Before this week, I had real worries about who my second forward was going to be. Those worries are no longer here…

@FFootball92 86.75 – 147.25 @ateamofcarras

Aaaaand we’re back down to earth worth a bump. There’s a clear pattern in my form this season: WLWLWL. At least next week should be fun.

There will be weeks in this league that are write offs almost immediately with extremely high scoring from your opponent putting you out of the running before you’ve had time to check for streamers for the Sunday games. This was one of them with Robbie (@ateamofcarras) putting up a massive 147.25 to ensure that despite having the highest FPts total, I sit 3-3 in 5th position. Brutal.

Again, 86.75 points is hardly shameful but will rarely win you matchups in this kind of league. That’s the luck you need to win any league though, winning with scores in the 70s and 80s. That luck is deserting me right now though.

It’s probably easier if I just list the players who did the damage for Robbie as it’s pretty much all of them. This is what I had to contend with in GW6:

Joachim Anderson – 22.5

Thiago Silva – 14.25

Demarai Gray – 10

Solly March – 22

Harry Kane – 20

Ivan Toney – 39 (!!!)

Yeah…no chance! Congrats to Robbie on an outstanding week.

Vicente Guaita was a great pick up for me with a score of 18.25 while Luis Sinisterra scored again and got 17 points in 58 minutes (including a booking) to prove once again what a top Fantrax player he is set to be this season. Apart from that, it was all forgettable as benchings for Pervis Estupinan, Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho ensured I had to put out a much, much weaker team than I would’ve liked. Still, 3-3 after six is workable. With this FPts total though it feels like 4-2 (maybe 5-1 at a push) wouldn’t be an overachivement!


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