We can now reveal who has won our Fantasy Premier League cup following Gameweek 38’s dramatic final.
2Eyed Turk (rank 30,382) will join TH14, donnellyc, Gribude, Ninja_Fit_Saints, Wild Rover, Mark, A Manager Has No Name, Sleepysi and myself among the list of previous winners after a closely fought final against 17,402 placed Boxing Can Girouds.
He prevailed by just a single point (53-52) after making a successful double points hit. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and West Brom keeper Ben Foster all came in, with Salah handed the captaincy.
This proved a crucial decision in affecting the outcome. The trio scored a combined 19 points, whereas the players they replaced – Spurs midfielder Dele Alli and Manchester United duo David De Gea and Jesse Lingard – earned just a solitary point between them after succumbing to rotation.
Boxing Can Girouds’ points hit proved less successful, with new recruits Wilfried Zaha and Roberto Firmino scoring 12 points between them, two less than Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, who made way. His downfall was cemented by the bold decision to ignore Salah and hand the armband to Firmino, who, unlike the Egyptian, failed to register any attacking returns.
Despite earning double-digit points hauls from Zaha, West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic and Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Boxing Can Girouds’ unsuccessful attempt to find a differential option among Liverpool’s ranks was decisive.
Congratulations to 2Eyed Turk, who wins a £150 Amazon voucher and Boxing Can Giroud can still hold his head up high after a remarkable Cup run, in which he earns a £100 Amazon voucher.
The third place play off final was another close contest, with 2,077 ranked Batmaniac beating 17,070 placed Pete’s Blair (69-63) and winning a £50 Amazon voucher. His points hit to bring in Arnautovic and Liverpool stopper Loris Karius for Chelsea’s benched midfielder Willian and the non-playing De Gea proved canny.
Pete’s Blair also profited from his points hit swoop for Salah and Reds centre back Virgil Van Dijk for Vincent Kompany, who failed to make the pitch, and Eden Hazard, who suffered a disappointing final day defeat at St James’ Park to Newcastle. However, these smart moves were not enough to overcome Pete by the end of Sunday’s matches.