The Fantasy Premier League 2016/17 season came to a stuttering halt on Sunday night as fantasy managers witnessed 37 goals being scored across the 10 simultaneous kick-offs.
Firstly, many congratulations to Ben Crabtree for winning the overall FPL league! His team, FC Crab Dogg scored 97 points on the final day to win the overall league by just 5 points! Talk about thin margins.
Moving on, I made a late season dash myself to finish with a respectable (not really) rank of 37,004. I managed to score 102 in the final gameweek thanks to a brace and an assist from captain fantastic Sergio “Kun” Aguero. Vamos Kun! Hope Guardiola wraps him up with cotton wool next season.
Anyhow, it’s time for the FPL End of Season Awards. Starting with…
The Saviour – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
It had to be him. It just had to be him. Alexis Sanchez has carried the burden of our collective expectations and come out in flying colours. With a cumulative total of 264 points, the maverick Chilean delivered when it mattered the most. His 27 point haul in Gameweek 37 will go down in fantasy folklore. As fantasy managers, we sincerely hope Mr Wenger is able to convince Alexis to stay put at Arsenal (or in the country for that matter)!
Mr Dependable – Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
The “one season wonder” produced the goods yet again this season for Tottenham Hotspur (and the fantasy managers) on his way to the Premier League Golden Boot. Kane finished 4 goals clear of his nearest competitor, Romelu Lukaku, after an astonishing late-season blitz that saw him notch 7 goals in just 2 matches! Harry Kane, is hence, wins our Mr Dependable award.
One season wonder. Again, and again. ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/rZ9f8hnOet
— Harry Kane (@HKane) May 22, 2017
The Jack in the Box – Josh King
The “Jack in the Box” award is given to a fantasy asset who defied pre-season expectations and reaped rich dividends for managers who jumped on the boat early. Riyad Mahrez, Dele Alli, Aaron Ramsey and Michu all fall in the same category. Judging by this criteria, it is only fair to give this award to the phenomenal Josh King. The Bournemouth midfielder-turned-striker scored an astonishing 13 goals since the turn of the year to sent his owners into raptures. Whether he can replicate this kind of form next season remains to be seen.
The Wall – Tom Heaton
Why would we give this award to the goalkeeper of a club which finished 16th in the League table? Well because that goalkeeper is none other than the extraordinary Tom Heaton. Heaton finished at the top of the FPL goalkeeping charts after accumulating an astonishing 141 saves on his way to keeping 10 clean sheets. The 31-year-old English shot-stopper produced some stunning individual performances throughout the season, most notably at Old Trafford, and rightly earns the accolade – The Wall.
WINNER! | This season's Player of the Year… TOM HEATON! Congratulations Tom! pic.twitter.com/RYTfhD8zHw
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) May 14, 2017
The Troll – Manolo Gabbiadini
The way Manolo Gabbiadini trolled managers who kept faith in him late on in the season will go down in fantasy folklore. Heading into gameweeks 36 & 37 (back to back DGWs for Southampton), interest in the Italian striker was understandably high. And why not. He had scored 6 goals in his first 4 appearances since his arrival from Napoli, with two of them coming against Manchester United in the EFL Cup final.
However, things did not turn out as planned.
Gabbiadini accumulated a total of 5 points from 5 matches which included a missed penalty against Manchester United and a no-show against Middlesbrough. FPL trolling at his best.