Fantasy Football: Trio of top performers sees Brightside go clear

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The past two days may have served up a treat in terms of the Premier League title race but for the Ladbrokes Life gang, it wasn’t such an enjoyable Gameweek for their Fantasy Football teams.

Only two of the quintet managed to beat the average score of 35 points as the pressure began to tell in the race to beat the others.

We had a new leader last week as Mr Brightside wrestled top-spot away from Generous John and he is showing no signs of letting up.

A 45 point return saw him pull further clear of the chasing pack, and he had Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino to thank more than anyone.

The Brazilian’s 12 points added to clean sheets from Jack Butland and Aaron Cresswell and a goal from Riyad Mahrez.

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It could have been even better had he kept faith with Bournemouth’s Adam Smith who continued his impressive form with another eight points left on Brightside’s bench.

Nevertheless he did add another 14 points to his lead over John who could only manage 31 points.

The aforementioned Mahrez and West Ham’s puppet master Dimitri Payet the only two players to bring in more than four points.

His total was more than one of the group though as The Gut Truster laboured on 28 points.

Payet, Adrian and Jamie Vardy brought in 18 of those, highlighting the short-falls of the rest of our man’s XI.

He is in danger of falling into the clutches of The Professor who’ doubled his score with 36 points courtesy of a 20-point haul from his strike-force of Vardy, Romelu Lukaku (captain) and Diego Costa.

Had he opted not to leave Payet on the bench (six) it could have been even better, but our brain box did at least beat the average.

Still bringing up the rear is The Believer whose 33 points, while better than a couple of his peers, isn’t the type of score that is going to help him avoid the wooden spoon any time soon.

His decision to swap Odion Ighalo for Lukaku paid off, but there would have been a handful of better options to hand the captain’s armband to Sergio Aguero bringing just four points in.

The quintet were all embarrassed in the scoring department by the new leader of the Ladbrokes Life League.

Craig Hatton’s LookingDownOnYou brought in a whopping 65 points to leap to the head of the race for the £100 Free Bet at the end of the season.

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The Bournemouth duo of Matt Ritchie (10) and Charlie Daniels (six) coupled with the Stoke defensive pair of Butland (eight) and Philip Wollscheid (nine) were four of eight players to add at least five points to his total.

He holds a nine point lead at the top of the table but as we have seen in the Premier League this week, changes to the pecking order can come thick and fast.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.