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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

fantasy team of the season

According to premierleague.com, these are the 11 best players - if you go by their scores in the fantasy game.

In goal, we have Brad Friedel. The veteran American of course was boosted by his 2 penalty saves in a match against Sheffield Utd and a more realistic selection would be David James. Mr Calamity might have a horror reputation, but he has yet to show his mad tendencies and Pompey fans must be praying he can keep out opposition forwards and of course, his calamitous alter ego.

At right back, its Chelsea's forgotten man, Glen Johnson who's now at Portsmouth of course. Of course this is largely due to his involvement in the Pompey backline which has kept clean sheets aplenty this season. This is not to underplay Johnson's abilities at right back where he is starting to show why he was so highly rated not so long ago. Eboue of Arsenal is a close second.

The same can be said at left back where his colleague and club captain Dejan Stefanovic has excelled in a somewhat unfamiliar role. while normally a centre-halve, Stefanovic has slotted in a left back to good effect.

Sol Campbell has been the revelation of the season, both in fantasy stats and in his perfomances on the field. Written of by many, myself included, Campbell looks to be back to his rugged best at the back and signed on a free, looks to be the best bit of business Harry Redknapp has done in a long time - and that's saying a lot.

Campbell is partnered by Olof Mellberg of Aston Villa. The dependable Swede has been very steady for Villa this season and its no surprise he makes the team. The Chelsea pair of Terry and Carvalho are next in the points standings.

Somewhat of a surprise inclusion is Ivan Campo of Bolton. He hardy looks fit enough to let alone pass a fitness test, but this Valderrama imposter has somehow made it into the top 4 of midfielders, beating out the likes of Tim Cahill and Michael Essien. i'd be surprised if he continues to stay in the side.

Partnering him in the middle is good old Franky Lampard. Victimised by just about everyone, Lampard still tops the charts for midfielders and if he hadn't missed a penalty against Charlton, would have have been streets ahead. Not bad for someone who's "off form".

On the wings - Ronaldo and Young. Young? No, not Luke Young but Ashley Young of Watford. Definitely the surprise of the season, the young winger looks to be a mix of Pennant and Lennon and is surely a future England international. I guess Beckham really has no future hmm? Ronaldo is no surprise. He has been tearing apart fullbacks - just ask Carr of Newcastle - and has arguably been the player of the season thus far.

The forwards are Andy Johnson and Didier Drogba. Consistenly hitting the target, Johnson is an early candidate to be top scorer while Drogba has made his more illustrious partner Shevchenko look ordinary.

Potato fantasy tip - Arsenal at home to Watford next. Stock up on Arsenal players.

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