Just like Manchester City nervously looking over their shoulder at the Jamie Vardy-inspired Leicester City, Generous John will be getting twitchy at the top of the Ladbrokes Life Fantasy Football League.
The long-time leader has seen his advantage over his four chums cut for the past two weeks, and it continued once again in Gameweek 12.
A return of 58 points isn’t necessarily bad but the decision to hand Alexis Sanchez the captain’s armband (four points) and bring in Odion Ighalo up front (two points) didn’t pay dividends.
Showing the Generous one how you do transfers was the Gut Truster.
He transferred in Chris “Mike” Smalling for Seamus Coleman with the Manchester United centre back adding eight points to his total.
That 72 point haul was helped by goals from captain Jamie Vardy and Yannick Bolasie, while Romelu Lukaku got his bi-annual goal against West Ham.
Throw in assists from Mesut Ozil and Anthony Martial and the gap to the league leader was cut once again.
That return puts the Gut Truster just ahead of Mr Brightside, who himself had a solid week.
The trio of Vardy, Martial and Lukaku led the line but there were also big scores from Philippe Coutinho (10), Mesut Ozil (eight) and Jack Butland (10) in behind to close in on John at the summit.
For The Professor and The Believer there were average weeks with the duo picking up 44 and 43 points.
The former moved Arouna Kone into his starting XI after his Chelsea heroics, but wasn’t rewarded as the Everton man picked up just two points.
For The Believer, the faith shown in his under-performing Newcastle trio paid off in part with Daryl Janmaat and Georginio Wijnaldum bagging a clean sheet and an assist respectively.
Just one of the Ladbrokes Life clan sit in the top 100 in the chase for that free £100 bet on offer to the winner of the league.
And we have a new leader with Scott Stanley’s ‘Stans Army’ taking advantage of low scoring efforts for last week’s top two.
At least eight points were added by seven of his starting XI including goals from the aforementioned duo of Vardy and Lukaku.
He draws away with a 20 point lead as we head into the international break with nearly a third of the season gone.
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