Although Neal and I are hip deep in this stuff every day, sometimes it doesn't seem like we're actually doing that well. We're usually in the top 5% of teams, but it has been a while since either of us were knocking it out of the park - to mix sports metaphors - on any regular basis.
One friend of the blog (FOB) who has been killing it for the last month or so is Mohamed Kileeny. Mohamed participated in our Liverpool Round-table before the season started and now finds himself in the top 50 teams overall. Mohamed rotates the majority of his team week-to-week, looking for the best match-ups rather than holding players long-term. And he has an uncanny knack for finding the week's random goal-scorer be they MGP, Huth, Crouch or Evra -- just to name the ones from the past month!
I've solicited Mo's (I hope you don't mind if we call you Mo) help and asked him to preview the week for us. Here's a little insight into how one of the top players approaches his team:
Hello Jeremy and Neal,
First of all, I must mention that you are doing a great job with your posts and analysis and its a joy to read them.
As I promised I will write something short for this week and I would be glad to help people with some of my recommendations... which hopefully will continue to be correct. :}
So regarding the week ahead, I guess you wrote most of the good things and I can add a bit more on what you have got.
Andy Johnson : I like him and @ 4.5 and playing at home against birmingham I gotta go with him in order to afford some of the expensive guys so he is the first one my team sheet this weekend. [ed. note: See the update below regarding AJ and other news.]
Anelka : Love his price and I like his match, he will grab a goal there or 2 against that defence. Usually I know when he scores, like MGP. :}
Piquionne : The one thing about him that he is the penalty taker and also playing against Wigan,so he is a good option.
Other ones which I like should be Rooney, Drogs ( So expensive ),Elmander,Doyle.
For now I am keeping Holden,Nani,Meriless and Adding Jarvis to the mix. Others looking good also are VDV, Malouda, Arteta/Cahill.
Bargains: Mancienne is a bargain @ 4 but wouldn't risk that he will or won't play. It looks like he will play after the injury to Thomas so maybe he is a good option.
Also Jacobsen of WHU, but he'll get a yellow card from a foul on N'Zogbia that's for sure! Maybe Robinson as well, the Bolton left back.
Then you've got Coleman (Not guaranteed 90'), Rafael if u got him cheap he should play, Bale will have a cs dont worry :}. Also salcido looks so dangerous and if he gets the cs he will score good points. I like the idea of Upson this week, he is due to a goal and hopefully he will notch one.
Jussi, Howard, Green, Hahnemann
Well,that was a long post,sorry really it should have been much more shorter :}
Update: A brief chat with Mohamed, updating his team and his thoughts on the weekend.
Mo: andy johnson destroyed my team
Jeremy: can you just move to di santo?
Mo: i guess I will go with piquionne and change upson to mancienne
Jeremy: i don't think I could stomach having upson
Mo: a header tomorrow guaranteed
Jeremy: i'm not going to argue against you.
Jeremy: what do you think of koscielny?
Mo: wouldnt come close to any of ars defenders
Jeremy: had stam, but the extra few cents lets me keep gordon instead of dropping to al-habsi
Mo: i am going with yussi
Jeremy: you know how I feel about Bolton
Jeremy: and Elmander is enough for me
Jeremy: right now I'm on...
Mo: i dont like 2 strikers from WHU but I think they will win tomorrow and score goals
Jeremy: gordon kolarov jacobsen koscielny vdv nani meireles n'zogbia rooney dbent elmander
Jeremy: wondering about moving up to tevez
Jeremy: don't think I can get to drogba without dropping to SCarson
Mo: dont say carson infront of me
Mo: i like anelka this week also alot
Jeremy: looked that direction...
Jeremy: if only he still took kicks or pks or something
Jeremy: it's goals or nothing from him
Mo: yes good point
Mo: thats why I like obinna
Jeremy: like him too
Jeremy: but thinking dbent against wolves is a good play
Jeremy: dbent/kos or obinna/rafael
Mo: 2 home players all the time
Mo: but with sir alex u never know with his selection but I think rafael should play
Jeremy: when you're right you're right
Mo: no I get lucky
Mo: but usually I stay away from any players who got doubts
Jeremy: with obinna/rafael, I have enough money in the bank to start thinking about gutting again to move from rooney to tevez
Jeremy: (speaking of players with doubts)
Mo: Why u want to get tevez,i dont think he will score alot this week
Jeremy: never sure with stoke
Jeremy: can shut out chelsea
Jeremy: then give up 3 to brm
Mo: but I understand that its the last chance to get him with good price 15 again
Jeremy: you think rooney makes his big comeback this week?
Mo: i think yes he will
Mo: even if I was playing I will score with this emotions
Jeremy: or get sent off
Mo: ya something like that
Mo: especially this week I gotta play bit safe,cuz all ppl will have rooney
Mo: my problem this week is bale ! come on glen johnson
Jeremy: lucas back to double him?
Mo: anybody do the business for me thats why I put hutton,so incase he got the CS I am with the lads
Jeremy: gotta run
Jeremy: turning the computer over to my daughter
Jeremy: thanks and good luck this weekend
Mo: big hi to everyone there