|NIGHTMARE WEEK 8 - HALIBUT BREAK THE CENTURY BARRIER
|A storming performance from David Metzger this weekend sees The Halibut flounderers set a new record for this season's top weekly score with a massive 106 points, topping the previous best by 12 points. Halibut's huge week was inspired by their three Watford boys earning 63 points between them (including William Troost-Ekong being picked as Captain and so doubling-up from 15 to 30). David could not have done any better with his squad apart from selecting Craig Cathcart as Captain. Cathcart earned a Nightmare Assist which helped him score 21 points, 6 more than Troost-Ekong. Flounderers climb four places to 4th overall - the two teams just ahead of him both had Troost-Ekong as Captain too. Up to 65 points, he takes over as the season’s Top Nightmare from Caglar Soyuncu, who saw his goal (-5 points) wipe out the points he earned as a defender conceding two goals.
With Norwich keeping a second clean sheet in a row, we have just one Canary in our Top 10 Nightmares list that they had dominated alongside Arsenal in the early season - no Gunners left now. It’s Leeds and Watford that now lead the way with three apiece. Jordan Ayew is usually a good bet, though his unusually high 7/10 rating only just saw him hang on to a top 10 spot. Alongside Soyuncu, Matt Targett is the surprise name on the leaderboard - he picked up 15 points this week, including 4 points for a Nightmare Assist as his deflection on Ruben Neves’ free kick effectively lost Villa the game to Wolves at the death.
|ARMY MARCHES ON
|Al's Army are on the leaderboard again - third best for the week with 84 points. Having seen their lead cut from 77 to 42 in the last two Match Weeks, Alex Metzger is now back to 53 points clear. Army's signing of Danny Rose was inspired - the Watford man was awarded an unprecedented 3/10 player rating as the Hornets lost 5-0 to Liverpool and scored 19 points. At a glance, Alex may have been disappointed to see Federico Fernandez dropped for Newcastle for their 3-2 defeat to Spurs - but it made little odds as Axel Tuanzebe came in with 9 points.
|CAPTAINS GOOD AND BAD
|Craig Cathcart (21 points) was the best Captain selection of the week, from Relegation Terrorists. Ipswich Invincibles, The Halibut Flounderers and Nightmare Novices all went for Catchart's Watford team-mate William Troost-Ekong (15).
Also choosing well:
- Clem Fandango, Emmanuel Dennis (12)
- The only way is down, Tyrone Mings (11)
- Swiffer, Chris Wood (10)
Kieran's Nightmares, meanwhile, made the disastrous decision to keep Marlon Geenwood as Captain. Kieran's boys were the only team to have a negative Captain (-3 doubled to -6). Next worst was Hextable Hackers' selection of Oriol Romeu (0).
|SUBS GOOD + BAD
|Top replacement for the week was Jonjo Shelvey, whose return to action for the first time since the opening day was short-lived - on as a sub and then sent off. Great news for Imperial Booze Boys -Shelvey came into their team. Frustration for Cloughies Cloggers who saw him left on the bench. With Lucas Moura and Ethan Pinnock also coming in, the Booze gained 25 from their subs.
The maximum possible three Managers have Matt Targett in their Nightmare Squad. He scored 15 points. All three chose to leave the Villa man on the bench, but it's good news for all - Targett came in to play and score for Grecians-2000, Blackheart Brewery FC and Knackers.
Elsewhere, Marvelous Nakamba (8 points) came in and was made Captain for AthleticoBonhillAcademical, with Captain and Vice Captain both missing. Teemu Pukki (11) came on for Cloggers, Ezri Konsa (11) for Gareth Bagel, Axel Tuanzebe (9) for Al's Army and Raheem Sterling (9) for The only way is down.
At the other end of the scale, after Cloggers' Shelvey the worst omission was Ben Foster (13) for Hextable Hackers while chosen 'keeper Jordan Pickford scored 5. Ipswich Invincibles may feel they should have played a Captain Joker again, missing out on 27 points including Tyrone Mings (11). Arseshot also missed out on Mings.