2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:42 pm

The Professor wrote: Bailey better hope for a phenomenal Australian Summer.


that'll be too late. He needs a phenomenal Australian Spring

thanks Prof. impeccable scoring as ever
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:55 pm

Simon Harmer finishing in top spot in County Championship weeks has been something of a regular fixture this year and it seems fitting that in the final week of the season he sits atop our weekly rankings. What is different this week is the manner in which he has done it. More well known for bowling the ball than hitting or catching it, Harmer bagged headlines this week for a maiden century for Essex and only his second of his career. He also got himself a lot of media attention for a spectacular catch to dismiss County Championship winning captain and flavour of the month Rory Burns. Harmer finishes the busiest part of his season with a thousand point lead over Jeetan Patel - a huge gulf for anyone to hope to catch him. It would take a brave person to not put him as clear favourite for the yearly crown at this point.

His 2018 has been way under par but his September has been red hot. I talk, of course, of Ravi Jadeja. Despite scoring 0 in August and just 25 in July, Jadeja has had something of a renaissance and scored 721 in September. This despite scoring 0 points across the first two weekends. This week he played an integral part in India's progression to the Asia Cup final though his three wickets and 25 runs against Afghanistan. Lest we forget, this is a player who just two weeks ago was settling himself in for his campaign with Saurashtra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In this week of inactivity for a majority of our players, Jadeja finds himself the only Cricketer to move up the table - over-taking Nathan Lyon in 18th place. His progression up the table in September has also been strong. He started the month in second bottom position and has overtaken a quintet of Australians in that time (Warner, Smith, both Marshes and Lyon). If he takes this confidence back to India he may yet find himself mid table after all.

It has long been said that if Rashid Khan does not perform for Afghanistan then Afghanistan do not perform. This was brought into focus this week as Afghanistan broke the hearts of every underdog supporter in the land and exited the Asia Cup. In his two Super Four games this week he picked up just three wickets whereas in his three games before that he returned seven. It seems fairly obvious that if your top bowler is underperforming you risk more of a chance of not progressing in a competition, but it seems like Rashid is starting to become a bit of a big game bottler. We saw this in his performances for Hyderabad in the IPL also. He will regularly take threefers in low pressure scenarios and against significantly weaker opponents but when the chips are down he fails to follow through. Despite this, Afghanistan's performances in this tournament have won hearts and minds around the cricketing world and has seen Rashid finish third for the week and named number one ODI bowler to go alongside his T20 crown. So not all that bad of a week. As we go forward one would think that it is only he that is likely to challenge Harmer for top spot overall - it all just depends on what opposition is put before him.

Week

Simon Harmer - 252
Ravi Jadeja - 193
Rashid Khan - 137
Jeetan Patel - 122
Shakib Al Hasan - 30
George Bailey - 27
Jofra Archer- dnp
Hashim Amla - dnp
Quinton De Kock- dnp
AB De Villiers- dnp
JP Duminy- dnp
Dean Elgar - dnp
Aaron Finch- dnp
Virat Kohli - dnp
Nathan Lyon - dnp
Mitchell Marsh - dnp
Shaun Marsh - dnp
Sunil Narine- dnp
Joe Root- dnp
Steve Smith - dnp
David Warner - dnp
Kane Williamson - dnp

Overall

Simon Harmer - 6025
Jeetan Patel - 5011
Rashid Khan - 4872
Jofra Archer - 4213
Jos Buttler - 3974
Virat Kohli- 3502
Sunil Narine- 3410
Joe Root - 3345
Aaron Finch - 3343
Kane Williamson - 3203
Shakib Al Hasan - 2886
Ravi Ashwin - 2581
JP Duminy - 2336
Hashim Amla - 2091
Quinton de Kock - 2020
AB De Villiers- 2010
Dean Elgar- 1980
Ravi Jadeja - 1947
Nathan Lyon - 1833
Mitchell Marsh - 1663
Shaun Marsh- 1498
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
George Bailey - 739

Headlines

DFM takes a 2819 point lead into a period of inactivity for his two players

Ian continues his push up the table and begins to eye up 7th.

Week

DFM - 374
Ian - 223
GG-AS - 137
Arthur - 27
Andy - 0
DC - 0
FTS - 0
The Professor- 0
RD - 0

Overall

DFM - 11036
GG-AS - 8217
Dr Cricket - 7556
Rich - 6555
The Professor - 5746
Adi - 5593
Andy - 5213
Ian - 5033
FTS - 3813
Red Devil Jr - 3753
Red Devil - 2899
Arthur - 2089
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:47 pm

well done, prof, as always.

this is where I have to sit back and wait to see if my cushion is big enough as both my boys take a well deserved break.

how long that break is remains to be seen. I have absolutely no idea whether either will play much or at all in the early matches of their respective domestic leagues. This was always part of the gamble

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:18 pm

Points on the board for George Bailey. I'm overwhelmed.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:46 pm

Just when it seems things can't get too much better for Ravi Jadeja - they go ahead and do. After being an afterthought for the majority of the England tour and a late call up for the Asia Cup, the spinner has now find himself back in the side and was the best performer of the week in the first Test against West Indies. What would have come as a surprise to many is the fact that 130 of the 310 points he got this week came with the bat, as the veteran Indian registered his first ever century. This is the fourth week in a row where Jadeja's points have been in the three figures - in that time he has also had two weeks where his points were over three hundred. This is not a bad haul for a player who has spent most of this year being very near to the bottom of the pile of our overall league. His red hot month now sees him in twelfth place - just behind JP Duminy and the large gap between eleventh spot and the top ten. It really does show how a good few weeks can have a bearing on your year.

Do not think that it is only Jadeja who is having a great late 2018. Alongside him there are a foursome of Australians who are all showing their worth as the leaves fall from the trees in the UK and the sun is high on the other side of the planet. In the UAE Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh have all registered high scores this week. Lyon's perhaps stands out most of all. Having only recently dropped out of the top ten despite being inactive for the last ten weeks, the spinner returned looking as fresh as ever with a startlingly impressive looking eight-fer against a rather green looking Pakistan A side. He looks like a different prospect since the last time Australia were tourists in that neck of the woods. Where the inexperienced Pakistanis felt the force of the ball from Lyon, they felt the return to form of the Marsh brothers with the bat. Collectively the siblings registered 256, with Mitchell's 162 being the Jewell in the crown for the Aussies. Whilst he is clearly still uncomfortable with the ball, Mitchell looks a force to be reckoned with as he takes on his new mantle as joint vice (and seemingly future) captain tomorrow morning. If fitness holds out for these pair there are a few inactive South Africans ahead of them that will be feeling nervous. The final Aussie that has impressed this week is George Bailey. Having spent most of 2018 with his feet up, it has taken the Tasmanian a little more time than his colleagues to get back into the game but two seventy plus scores from the ex-international has seen his side progress to the quarter finals of the JLT Cup. He finishes fifth in the weekly rankings but is still 412 points off Steve Smith in twenty-third spot. Bit of work to be done....but not impossible.

It seems even when they are not sharing a pitch we can still compare them. The Root v Kohli argument rumbles on. This week the severity of their matches were considerably different, but (yet again) their scores were desperately tight. With just nine points separating the Indian captain from his English counterpart, Kohli shades it this week but as a slew of ODIs await England, it is not inconceivable that Root may overhaul his nemesis. With just 166 between them on the overall table, one good performance matched by one poor one could see Root outstrip Kohli and take sixth place. Both are playing teams considerably weaker than them so points are up for grabs however the fact Kohli is playing at home might give him the advantage. I have stopped trying to predict the pendulous to-ing and fro-ing between these two and am instead just going to sit back and enjoy; safe in the knowledge that they can both do well and not hurt the other.

Week

Ravi Jadeja - 310
Nathan Lyon - 300
Ravi Ashwin 237
Mitchell Marsh - 227
George Bailey- 199
Shaun Marsh - 144
Virat Kohli - 169
Joe Root - 160
Sunil Narine - 139
Aaron Finch- 94
Rashid Khan - 64
JP Duminy- 61
Dean Elgar - 16
Jos Buttler - 0
Shakib Al Hasan - dnp
Hashim Amla - dnp
Jofra Archer - dnp
Quinton De Kock- dnp
AB De Villiers - dnp
Simon Harmer - dnp
Jeetan Patel - dnp
Steve Smith - dnp
David Warner - dnp
Kane Williamson - dnp

Overall

Simon Harmer - 6025
Jeetan Patel - 5011
Rashid Khan - 4936
Jofra Archer - 4213
Jos Buttler - 3974
Virat Kohli- 3671
Sunil Narine- 3549
Joe Root - 3505
Aaron Finch - 3437
Kane Williamson - 3203
Shakib Al Hasan - 2886
Ravi Ashwin - 2818
JP Duminy - 2397
Ravi Jadeja - 2257
Nathan Lyon - 2133
Hashim Amla - 2091
Quinton de Kock - 2020
AB De Villiers- 2010
Dean Elgar- 1996
Mitchell Marsh - 1890
Shaun Marsh- 1642
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
George Bailey - 938

Headlines

DFM's first pointless week sees him only 2595 in the lead.
A Jadeja inspired week sees Ian over leap Andy

Week

FTS - 316
Ian - 310
Rich - 237
RDJ- 227
GG-AS - 224
The Professor- 200
Arthur - 199
Adi - 169
RD - 144
DC - 94
Andy - 0
DFM - 0

Overall

DFM - 11036
GG-AS - 8441
Dr Cricket - 7650
Rich - 6792
The Professor - 5946
Adi - 5763
Ian - 5343
Andy - 5213
FTS - 4129
Red Devil Jr - 3980
Red Devil - 3043
Arthur - 2288
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:56 pm

cheers Prof

although I think I had a few pointless weeks at the start of the year too

I just have to hope that I don't have as many pointless weeks as Newcastle Utd
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Arthur Crabtree » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:08 am

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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:00 pm

NB: Scores do not include this morning's ODI between Sri Lanka and England.

He has been on the sidelines for many a week but Sunil Narine's return to Trinidad and Tobago (alongside the added benefit of playing three games in a week) sees the mystery spinner top the charts for the first time since April. Despite an underwhelming CPL, Narine has been back to his best in his second favourite tournament and has bagged two threefers this week to earn his table-topping 305 points. He has also been the biggest mover on the overall charts overtaking Virat Kohli, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler to reclaim fourth position with consummate ease. The Autumn and Winter could be a very productive time for the West Indian if he follows an effective Regional Super 50 with being picked up by a Big Bash team for the Winter. Narine has not been the only person to prosper due to the amount of games he has played this week. Rashid Khan has managed to claim second place for the week and overtake Jeetan Patel and take second place on the overall table with solid (but not spectacular) performances for Kabul in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League. What is interesting is another strong performance with the bat from the talismanic Afghanistani spinner. It seems fortuitous that Narine and Rashid finish first and second, as many people are saying that Rashid could follow in the footsteps of Narine in turning his hand to being a high impact destructive opening batsman as well a genuine wicket taking threat. If so, the points he would pick up would be insane.

Wickets tumbled for Nathan Lyon in the warm up game against Pakistan A, however that particular column was more subdued in the hugely entertaining first Test against the big boys. This despite him becoming the fifth highest wicket taker in Australian history. One area that Lyon did thrive in was through his stingy economy and his regularity of maidens - 18 overall across the two innings. On a track that seemed eminently batsmen friendly this is no mean feat. After struggling in his last foray in the UAE, it was important for Lyon to retain his composure - a task that he can say that he succeeded in. His lowly position of fourteenth on the overall table speaks for his lack of cricket this year rather than a decline in form. Another Aussie that seemed quietly confident was debutant Aaron Finch. Finch is one of those players that has always been deemed not suitable for Test selection however looked more than comfortable in his opening salvos with a 49 and 62 to continue his fine year. He is currently at ninth, his lowest placing on the overall table for many months due to the fact that he is not playing as regularly as he was at Surrey, however this performance has won him many more plaudits than points.

Low scores do no t always mean bad Cricketers. We have seen that with Lyon this last few weeks and with Ravi Jadeja this last few months - but one player that I think has been hard done by this year is Quinton De Kock. The South African wicket keeper batsman has always looked so impressive when he is selected - but has not been treated poorly this year. After being dropped from the Bangalore set up in the IPL and withdrawn from a spell in the County Championship, he has had to rely solely on performances for South Africa. This has obviously limited his playing time hugely across the year. This week was only his 15th point scoring week in 2018 with his average score per week at 107. This sort of solid grinding performance can be really dangerous for a team and, if trusted, QDK can be flawless with both bat and gloves. If he had played his full compliment of games, he would have been far higher than his sixteenth place.

Week

Sunil Narine - 305
Rashid Khan - 245
Nathan Lyon - 241
Aaron Finch - 141
Quinton De Kock- 101
JP Duminy- 99
Jeetan Patel - 85
Kane Williamson - 84
Mitchell Marsh- 52
Nathan Lyon - 31
Shaun Marsh - 7
Shakib Al Hasan - dnp
Hashim Amla- dnp
Jofra Archer - dnp
Ravi Ashwin - dnp
Jos Buttler - dnp
AB De Villiers- dnp
Dean Elgar- dnp
Ravi Jadeja- dnp
Virat Kohli- dnp
Simon Harmer - dnp
Joe Root - dnp
Steve Smith - dnp
David Warner - dnp

Overall

Simon Harmer - 6025
Rashid Khan - 5181
Jeetan Patel - 5096
Sunil Narine- 3854
Jofra Archer - 3578
Jos Buttler - 3974
Virat Kohli- 3671
Joe Root - 3505
Aaron Finch - 3437
Kane Williamson - 3287
Shakib Al Hasan - 2886
Ravi Ashwin - 2818
JP Duminy - 2496
Nathan Lyon - 2374
Ravi Jadeja - 2257
Quinton de Kock - 2121
Hashim Amla - 2091
AB De Villiers- 2010
Dean Elgar- 1996
Mitchell Marsh - 1942
Shaun Marsh- 1649
David Warner - 1401
Steve Smith - 1350
George Bailey - 969

Headlines

Largely a low scoring week.
DFM picks up points sooner than most expected

Week

The Professor- 404
GG-AS - 245
FTS - 241
RDJ - 153
DC - 141
DFM - 85
Andy - 84
Arthur - 31
RD - 7
Adi - 0
Ian - 0
Rich - 0

Overall

DFM - 11121
GG-AS - 8686
Dr Cricket - 7791
Rich - 6792
The Professor - 6350
Adi - 5763
Ian - 5343
Andy - 5297
FTS - 4370
Red Devil Jr - 4133
Red Devil - 3050
Arthur - 2319
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:03 pm

well done, Prof

tbh, I hadn't even looked to see if either of my players had been playing, so Jeets being in action so quickly came as a very welcome surprise. I have a sneaky feeling though that, once these first two Shield matches are out of the way, he may well have 6 weeks off and sit out the Ford Trophy after a full playing season in England
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:05 pm

have you come to any conclusions about 2019, yet?
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:37 pm

just noticed that, after missing Warriors first Sunfoil match, Simon Harmer is currently playing in their second

and has taken his first wicket :D
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:40 pm

Durhamfootman wrote:have you come to any conclusions about 2019, yet?


I think so.

Major changes are:

Gonna stick with two per person - in the height of the summer it was taking me up to two hours to get everything bang on

Gonna drop the five points for maidens as it is double weighting the advantage of being an economical bowler.

Think will allow everyone to retain one of their two players so as to avoid stagnation

Also have thoyght of a quicker way of drafting everyone's players between Christmas and New Year.
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:05 pm

be hard to draft it quicker than last year... you set it up in about 3 days, which was quite an achievement in itself
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby Durhamfootman » Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:14 pm

I agree about the maidens... they are very easy points for the red ball players, but over the course of a year in the white ball games, there simply aren't enough of them to be particularly significant to a player's overall score
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Re: 2018 All Year Fantasy Competition

Postby The Professor » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:02 pm

Harmer signed for the Jozi Stars ...odd seeming as he is underwhelming at best at T20
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