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Gameweek 2 Points:

FC Winningham - 54....Stephen Ireland 12

CB Chargers - 50....Deco 11

The Good Doctors - 47....Mikael Arteta 10

Windy City Rumblers - 44....Joleon Lescott 8

Smell My Cheese - 37....Martin Laursen 7

Granicar - 30....Lescott 8

Winningham flexed its muscles and took the week behind a strong outing from the Man Citeh midfielder. In fact, the top three were led by the men in the middle.

The Gameweek 2 Dream Team:

GK: Shay Given 14

D: Brede Hangeland 12, Patrice Evra 9, Vincent Company 8, Jamie Carragher 8

M: Elano 13, Ireland 12, Deco 11, Liam Lawrence 10, Rory Delap 8

F: John Carew 12

Overall Points:

Smell My Cheese - 95

CB Chargers - 88

Good Doctors - 85

Windy City Rumblers - 76

FC Winningham - 72

Granicar - 52

Gameweek 2 Fixtures:

Saturday, August 30:

West Brom @ Bolton

Portsmouth @ Everton

Wigan @ Hull City

Stoke City @ Middlesbrough

Blackburn @ West Ham - FSC @ 10am

Newcastle @ Arsenal - FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday, August 31:

Tottenham @ Chelsea

Manchester City @ Sunderland - FSC @ 4:30pm

Liverpool @ Aston Villa - FSC @ 11am

Manchester United and Fulham do not play this weekend.

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Here is the league table through Gameweek 3:

1 Smell My Cheese........ 36 -- 131

2 Windy City Rumblers... 55 -- 131

3 The Good Doctors....... 43 -- 128

4 CB Chargers FC......... 30 -- 118

5 FC Winningham.......... 36 -- 104

6 Granicar.................... 37 -- 77

SMC continues to pace the league, despite a 3rd week stumble. The Rumblers cashed in on strong outings by David James and Jermain Defoe to force a tie at the top of the table, with the Doctors breathing down their neck. It's still a struggle for last year's top teams; Granicar hasn't quite gotten things going yet, and the Chargers are riding a roller coaster.....

Your Week 3 Dream Team:

G: David James (POR) 14

D: Glen Johnson (POR) 12, Michael Ball (MC) 9, Calum Davenport (WH) 8

M: Shaun Wright-Phillips (MC) 16, Antonio Valencia (WIG) 13, Denilson (ARS) 9, Stephen Ireland (MC) 8

F: Amr Zaki (WIG) 16, Jermain Defoe (POR) 16, Robin van Persie (ARS) 12

The League take next weekend off, and will resume play on the weekend of Sept 13.

There's still 35 Gameweeks yet to play, so there's still plenty of time for new entries!

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We're back in action tomorrow; here's the matches:

Saturday:

Manchester United @ Liverpool

Arsenal @ Blackburn

Bolton @ Fulham

Hull City @ Newcastle .....FSC @ 10am

Middlesbrough @ Portsmouth ....FSC @ 11pm

West Ham @ West Brom

Sunderland @ Wigan

Chelsea @ Manchester City ....FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday:

Everton @ Stoke City ....FSC @ 11am

Monday:

Aston Villa @ Tottenham

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Your updated league table, after 4 weeks:

1 The Good Doctors........... 51 --- 179

2 Windy City Rumblers....... 47 --- 178

3 Smell My Cheese............ 33 --- 164

4 CB Chargers FC............. 33 --- 151

5 FC Winningham............... 31 --- 135

6 Granicar......................... 31 --- 108

The Doctors claimed their spot at the top of the table with a strong showing, with the Rumblers hanging to keep it close. SMC's struggles continued as they slid, and the bottom three tread water.

The Week 4 Dream Team:

G: Manuel Almunia (ARS) 6

D: Ricardo Carvalho (CHE) 9, Lucas Neil (WH) 7, Bernard Mendy (HC) 6

M: Tim Cahill (EVE) 12, Joe Cole (CHE) 11, Zoltan Gera (FUL) 10, Mikael Arteta (EVE) 10

F: Emmanuel Adebayor (ARS) 17, Jermain Defoe (POR) 12, Marlon King (HC) 11

Gameweek 5 Fixtures:

Set your alarms for Sunday morning....we get two of the superpowers squaring off!

Saturday, Sept. 20:

Middlesbrough @ Sunderland

Fulham @ Blackburn

Stoke City @ Liverpool

Newcastle @ West Ham ....10am on FSC

Arsenal @ Bolton ....12:30pm on FSC

Sunday, Sept. 21:

Aston Villa @ West Brom

Manchester United @ Chelsea ....9am on FSC

Everton @ Hull City

Portsmouth @ Manchester City

Wigan @ Tottenham ....4:30pm on FSC

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The Standings through 5 weeks:

1 - Windy City Rumblers......... 54 - 232

2 - The Good Doctors............. 36 - 215

3 - Smell My Cheese.............. 49 - 213

4 - CB Chargers FC................ 36 - 187

5 - FC Winningham................. 29 - 164

6 - Granicar........................... 38 - 146

We had a change at the top as the Rumblers were lifted up with strong efforts by Shaun Wright-Phillips and Denilson. SMC also got some love from SWP, enabling him to stay hot on the trail of the Doctors, and within grasp of the Rumblers. The bottom half of the table fell further behind, and will need to pick up the pace....quickly.

The week 5 Dream Team:

G: Thomas Sorenson (SC) 11

D: Richard Dunne (MC) 12, Javier Garrido (MC) 9, Abdoulaye Faye (SC) 8

M: Wright-Phillips (MC) 14, Denilson (ARS) 10, Matthew Etherington (WH) 9, Dean Marney (HC) 8

F: David Di Michele (WH) 16, Michael Chopra (SUN) 11, Nicklas Bendtner (ARS) 9

Gameweek 6 Fixtures:

Saturday, Sept 27:

#3 Liverpool @ #9 Everton

#8 Sunderland @ #4 Aston Villa

#6 West Ham @ #11 Fulham

#16 Bolton @ #15 Manchester United

#17 West Brom @ #12 Middlesbrough

#10 Blackburn @ #19 Newcastle.....FSC @ 8pm

#2 Chelsea @ #18 Stoke City.....FSC @ 10am

#7 Hull City @ #1 Arsenal.....FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday, Sept 28:

#20 Tottenham @ #13 Portsmouth

#5 Manchester City @ #14 Wigan.....FSC @ 11am

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Gameweek 6 Update:

1 - Windy City Rumblers.......... 51 = 283

2 - The Good Doctors.............. 50 = 265

3 - MyNobStinks.Com.............. 49 = 262

4 - CB Chargers FC................. 58 = 245

5 - Granicar............................ 54 = 196

6 - FC Winningham.................. 37 = 193

It was a return to higher-scoring ways for most league clubs, as the sides recorded both goals and clean sheets. The Chargers topped 40 points for only the second time this season, and as a result, there are now four teams within 40 points of the lead. Granicar made a move, and ewanbrown managed to score exactly the same after the name change, as he did before it.

The week 6 Dream Team:

G: Scott Carson (WBA) 10

D: Jose Bosingwa (CHE) 13, Jonas Olsson (WBA) 11, Armand Traore (POR) 9, Glen Johnson (POR) 9

M: Cristiano Ronaldo (MAN) 14, Matthew Etherington (WH) 13, Frank Lampard (CHE) 9

F: Fernando Torres (LIV) 12, Daniel Cousin (HC) 9, Amr Zaki (WIG) 9

Ronaldo made a major impact in his first full match back from the ankle injury....Zaki collected his 5th goal, joining Jermain Defoe as the top scorers in the league.....Bosingwa moved into 2nd place in Defender scoring with his first EPL goal....a second consecutive appearance on the Dream Team put Etherington in the top 10 Midfielders....Cousin had the game-winning goal in Hull's massive upset win on the road at Arsenal

Gameweek 7 Fixture List:

Saturday, October 4:

#4 Arsenal @ #13 Sunderland

#15 Fulham @ #12 West Brom....FSC @ 10am

#16 Middlesbrough @ #10 Wigan

#11 Manchester United @ #7 Blackburn....FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday, October 5:

#17 Bolton @ #5 West Ham

#3 Aston Villa @ #1 Chelsea

#2 Liverpool @ #8 Manchester City....FSC @ 10am

#18 Stoke City @ #9 Portsmouth

#6 Hull City @ #20 Tottenham

#19 Newcastle @ #14 Everton....FSC @ 4:30pm

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Points updated through week 7:

1 Windy City Rumblers....... 51 = 334

2 MyNobStinks.Com........... 55 = 317

3 The Good Doctors........... 39 = 304

4 CB Chargers FC............. 26 = 271

5 Granicar........................ 52 = 248

6 FC Winningham.............. 40 = 233

MNS had another good week, and have moved firmly into 2nd place. The Doctors' tumble wasn't drastic though, as the nearest side was the week's bottom-feeder. The bottom two gained some ground, and the Rumblers continue to pace the bunch.

The week 7 Dream Team:

G: Boaz Myhill (HC) 9

D: Steven Taylor (NU) 13, Wes Brown (MAN) 13, Ryan Donk (WBA) 9, Gary Cahill (BOL) 8, Michael Turner (HC) 8

M: Geovanni (HC) 11, Frank Lampard (CHE) 9

F: Fernando Torres (LIV) 13, Jermain Defoe (POR) 11, Wayne Rooney (MAN) 11

Turner's play got him into a tie for 8th place, making him the value defender in the top 10 (only 4.5m).....Lampard became the high-scoring Midfielder, with a league-high 13 points from Man of the Match bonus points.....Geovanni is now tied for the goal scoring lead among Midfielders......Defoe is the league's high scorer overall with 51 points.....Torres has scored two goals in successive matches, and 25 of his 36 points have come in the last two weeks

The EPL will take a break for a week as players disperse for international matches. League play will resume during the weekend of October 18, We'll make up for it later in the month, when Gameweeks 9 and 10 are played between October 25 and 29th - a span of 5 days.

I'll post the week 8 schedule later next week.

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Your fixture list for Gameweek 8:

Saturday, October 18

#1 Chelsea @ #12 Middlesbrough

#15 Everton @ #4 Arsenal.....FSC @ 10am

#7 Portsmouth @ #5 Aston Villa

#10 Blackburn @ #16 Bolton

#14 Sunderland @ #17 Fulham.....FSC @ 6:30pm

#13 Wigan @ #2 Liverpool

#9 West Brom @ #8 Manchester United....FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday, October 19

#6 West Ham @ #3 Hull City

#20 Tottenham @ #19 Stoke City.....FSC @ 11am

Monday, October 20

#11 Manchester City @ #18 Newcastle

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The updated table, through week 8:

1 Windy City Rumblers........ 44 = 378

2 The Good Doctors............ 50 = 354

3 MyNobStinks.Com............ 33 = 350

4 CB Chargers FC............... 57 = 328

5 Granicar.......................... 73 = 321

6 FC Winningham................ 46 = 271

A good time was had by many, as the scores rose, and the race tightened. Thanks to surges by CB Chargers and Granicar, we ow have four teams within 60 points of the lead position. The Doctors regained 2nd place with another strong effort, while the Rumblers continue to keep everyone at arm's reach....it's just getting harder to do so.

The Gameweek 8 Dream Team:

G: Mark Schwarzer (FUL) 7

D: Michael Turner (HC) 15, Juliano Belletti (CHE) 12, Ryen Nelsen (BR) 9

M: Salomon Kalou (CHE) 18, Dirk Kuyt (LIV) 15, Florent Malouda (CHE) 11, Frank Lampard (CHE) 11, Rory Delap (SC) 10

F: Wayne Rooney (MAN) 15, Dimitar Berbatov (MAN) 11

It was good week to start Chelsea players, as the Blues romped 5-0.....Schwarzer, arguably the most popular backup keeper in the league showed why he respresents good value; he plays wevery week, gives a decent effort, and only costs 4.0 million.....Turner has now appeared on the Dream Team in consecutive weeks, and has now climbed into the #2 defender spot, one point behind Jose Bosingwa....Lampard has solidified his spot as the top Midfielder in the league with a third consecutive Dream Team appearance....it's been a long time coming for Berbatov, as United's summer prize finally made the scoresheet, meanwhile, Rooney has scored in three straight, and his points have increased exponentially each time

Your schedule for Gameweek 9:

Saturday, October 25

#5 Manchester United @ #16 Everton

#19 Newcastle @ #12 Sunderland

#3 Hull City @ 11 West Brom.....FSC @ 10am

#13 Middlesbrough @ #9 Blackburn.....FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday, October 26

#2 Liverpool @ #1 Chelsea

#18 Stoke City @ #10 Manchester City.....FSC @ 6pm

#15 Bolton @ #20 Tottenham

#6 Aston Villa @ #14 Wigan

#4 Arsenal @ #8 West Ham.....FSC @ 12pm

#17 Fulham @ #7 Portsmouth

Don't forget.....we have a very quick break between Gameweeks 9 and 10. Week 10 will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, the 28th and 29th. Any transfer moves that will be desired after this weekend's action will need to be made by Tuesday morning.

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Just for the heck of it, I decided to take a closer look at this week's lineups, just to see who people are using:

Goal:

David James - 2

Pepe Reina - 2

Brad Friedel - 1

Mark Schwarzer - 1

Not surprising that James and Reina are atop the list....James is the all-time EPL leader in clean sheets, and Liverpool's defense is one of the best in the league. What's interesting is that Reina is starting for two teams while facing Chelsea this week, another top club.

Defense:

Martin Laursen - 4

Jamie Carragher - 2

Rio Ferdinand - 2

Joleon Lescott - 2

Michael Turner - 2

Gael Clichy - 1

Ashley Cole - 1

Vedran Corluka - 1

Glen Johnson - 1

Vincent Kompany - 1

Danny Wheater - 1

Laursen was great last year, primarily during the first half, and Villa has a good club around him. The next three names are well-known and have histories as solid earners, even though Lescott's Everton side has played lousy defense for much of the season. Turner had another good game today, and considering that he's still available for under 5.0 million, I would expect him to be more heavily-owned.

Midfield:

Gareth Barry - 3

Stephen Ireland - 3

Shaun Wright-Phillips - 3

Mikael Arteta - 2

Deco - 2

Denilson - 2

Cesc Fabregas - 2

Ashley Young - 2

Jamie Bullard - 1

Geovanni - 1

Frank Lampard - 1

Luka Modric - 1

Leon Osman - 1

Carlos Villaneuva - 1

Midfield is where you get most of your points, so there's plenty of value to go around. That being said, if you had told me that those three would appear in as many lineups when the season began, I'd have laughed. Injury and underachievement have had a lot to do with that, so that list may shift a little as we go along. Interesting that nobody has invested in Cristiano Ronaldo.....yet.

Forward:

Amr Zaki - 5

Emmanuel Adebayor - 2

Gabriel Agbonlahor - 2

Jermain Defoe - 2

Wayne Rooney - 2

Yakubu - 2

Michael Owen - 1

Fernando Torres - 1

I guarantee that nobody would have envisioned the Wigan forward appearing on almost all of the Cup lineups, but 7 goals in 8 matches will do that. Rooney's hot streak ended today, so his 11.1 million may be getting spread around soon....possibly for Defoe, who's among the league's high scorers, and should probably be getting more fantasy play.

Considering how close the points race is getting, I'll be interested to see how clubs try to assert themselves over the next few weeks.

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The updated standings, after week 9:

1 Windy City Rumblers......... 56 = 434

2 MyNobStinks.Com............. 52 = 402

3 The Good Doctors............. 39 = 393

4 Granicar.......................... 49 = 370

5 CB Chargers FC............... 41 = 369

6 FC Winningham................ 61 = 332

The Doctors and Chargers picked a bad time to stumble, as the strong weeks had by those around them forced some shifting in the table. While the Doctors are sill in shouting distance of the pole position, the Chargers have drifted to less than 40 points from the bottom of the table. The Rumblers and MNS asserted themselves, and Winningham reminded us that they're still a factor.

The week 9 Dream Team:

G: Boaz Myhill (HC) 9

D: Kamil Zayatte (HC) 15, Jamie Carragher (LIV) 9, Armand Traore (POR) 8

M: Xabi Alonso (LIV) 10, Geovanni (HC) 8, Ryan Giggs (MAN) 8, Dean Marney (HC) 7

F: Robinho (MC) 17, Gabriel Agbonlahor (AV) 15, Marlon King (HC) 11

Ladies and gentlemen, get to you know your Hull City Tigers! Nearly half their starting XI made the Team, and how hot is Michael Turner? He didn't make the Team this week, but another clean sheet has him as the high-scoring defender in the EPL and he's still exceptionally affordable at 4.8m. Myhill and Geovanni are firmly planted in the top-10 at their positions, and King is 11th among Forwards.....Robinho's hat trick gave him four goals in his last two games, and has catapulted him into 6th place among forwards, meanwhile, Agbonlahor's goal was only his second since his own hat trick, back in August.

Gameweek 10 starts tomorrow with a single match, and then everybody else plays on Wednesday (looking forward to checking out that Chelsea-Hull match)...the schedule:

Tuesday, October 28

#13 West Brom @ #19 Newcastle.....FSC @ 3:30pm

Wednesday, October 29

#11 Blackburn @ #5 Aston Villa

#15 Wigan @ #16 Fulham

#2 Chelsea @ #3 Hull City.....FSC @ 6pm

#9 Sunderland @ #18 Stoke City

#20 Tottenham @ #4 Arsenal

#14 Everton @ #17 Bolton

#7 Portsmouth @ #1 Liverpool

#10 West Ham @ #6 Manchester United.....FSC @ 4pm

#8 Manchester City @ #12 Middlesbrough

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Points through week 10:

1 Windy City Rumblers..... 34 = 468

2 MyNobStinks.Com......... 40 = 442

3 The Good Doctors......... 44 = 437

4 Granicar...................... 41 = 411

5 CB Chargers FC........... 41 = 410

6 FC Winningham............ 60 = 392

Nice work, Winningham!

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The points through Gameweek 11:

1 Windy City Rumblers...... 30 = 498

2 The Good Doctors.......... 36 = 473

3 MyNobStinks.Com.......... 19 = 461

4 CB Chargers FC............. 48 = 458

5 Granicar........................ 41 = 452

6 FC Winningham.............. 24 = 416

Chargers were head and shoulders above the rest last week, and nearly completed the jump into 3rd. The Doctors took advantage of Nob's stumble by sliding back into 2nd. Granicar's revival continued, and Winningham followed up their splash with a clunker, but only lost minimal ground, overall.

The Dream Team:

G - Jussi Jaaskelainen (BW) 8

D - Alex (CHE) 17, Ricardo Gardner (BW) 13, Bernard Mendy (HC) 9, Gretar Rafn Steinsson (BW) 9, Phil Jagielka (EVE) 9

M - Cristiano Ronaldo (MAN) 15, Florent Malouda (CHE) 9

F - Niklas Anelka (CHE) 17, Obafemi Martins (NEW) 12, Dimitar Berbatov (MAN) 10

Bolton's 2-0 home upset of Man Citeh, and the resulting Bonus points landed Wanderer's keeper and top defenders on the Team.....Alex, Gardner and Mendy all had a Goal and Assist; Gardner was Man of the Match vs. City.....all told, five Team members were the MOTM; there was also Ronaldo (2 goals), Anelka (hat trick), Martins (2 goals) and Jagielka (top player in shutout of Fulham) earning the honors.....for Jagielka, it was the second week in a row

The full-season Team:

G - Petr Cech (CHE)

D - John Terry (CHE), Jose Bosingwa (CHE), Jamie Carragher (LIV)

M - Cristiano Ronaldo (MAN), Frank Lampard (CHE), Dirk Kuyt (LIV), Mikael Arteta (EVE)

F - Amr Zaki (WIG), Jermain Defoe (POR), Emmanuel Adebayor (ARS)

Total cost: 97.4 million, and with a little budget management (to make room for subs), it would be a tough team to overcome.

Which means, those of you reading but not playing, with over 70% of the season still remaining, there's still time to get involved and chase us down!

The Week 12 Schedule:

Saturday, November 8

#4 Manchester United @ #3 Arsenal

#12 Stoke City @ #17 Wigan

#18 Bolton @ #6 Hull City

#9 Portsmouth @ #15 Sunderland.....FSC @ 10am

#7 Everton @ #11 West Ham

#19 West Brom @ #2 Liverpool.....FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday, November 9

#1 Chelsea @ #13 Blackburn

#8 Middlesbrough @ #5 Aston Villa

#20 Tottenham @ #10 Manchester City.....FSC @ 4:30pm

#16 Newcastle @ #14 Fulham.....FSC @ 11am

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The new table, after 12 weeks:

1 Windy City Rumblers....... 38 = 532

2 CB Chargers FC.............. 55 = 513

3 The Good Doctors........... 31 = 504

4 Granicar......................... 37 = 489

5 MyNobStinks.Com........... 26 = 487

6 FC Winningham............... 34 = 442

The Chargers lived up to their name by storming their from 4th to 2nd overall. none of the other clubs were able to make such an impact, and for MNS, it was a particularly difficult week, as they find themselves in 5th after being near the top only a couple weeks ago. Rumblers failed to break 40 points for a third consecutive week; they led by 32 after week 9, and the lead is down to 19.

The week 12 Dream Team:

G: Jussi Jaaskelainen (BW) 11

D: Alvaro Arbeloa (LIV) 13, Nadir Belhadj (POR) 11, Gary Cahill (BW) 9, Fabio Aurelio (LIV) 9, Jose Bosingwa (CHE) 9

M: Samir Nasri (ARS) 15, Matt Taylor (BW) 8

F: Louis Saha (EVE) 16, Tuncay Sanli (MID) 13, Robbie Keane (LIV) 13

Once, again, Bolton Wanderers were well represented, and it was a good week for the men in Red in general, as Arbeloa, Nasri, Tuncay and Keane combined for seven Goals.....Jaaskelainen came up huge for Wanderers with seven Saves on his way to being Man of the Match....it's been a long time coming for Taylor, who two seasons ago, was a top goal-scoring defender with Portsmouth before falling out of favor; two more goals, and he'll have as many over the last two years as he did during his landmark 06/07 season

Gameweek 13 Fixtures:

Saturday, November 15

#2 Liverpool @ #11 Bolton

#5 Aston Villa @ #3 Arsenal.....FSC @ 10am

#19 Sunderland @ #15 Blackburn

#16 Tottenham @ #10 Fulham

#12 Stoke City @ #4 Manchester United

#17 Wigan @ #18 Newcastle.....FSC @ 4:30pm

#9 Portsmouth @ #14 West Ham

#1 Chelsea @ #20 West Brom.....FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday, November 16

#8 Middlesbrough@ #7 Everton

#13 Manchester City @ #6 Hull City.....FSC @ 11am

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Points Update through 13 Weeks:

1 Windy City Rumblers..... 58 = 590

2 CB Chargers FC............ 46 = 559

3 The Good Doctors.......... 54 = 558

4 Only Charlie Cares........ 57 = 544

5 Granicar....................... 41 = 530

6 FC Winningham............. 65 = 507

Fun and good times were had by all this past week, leading to a tighter grouping from top to bottom. The only changes were between 4-5, but the ongoing tug of war between Chargers and Doctors continued; the healthier display leaves the pair 1 point away from each other.

Your week 13 Dream Team:

G: Robert Green (WH) 10

D: Jose Bosingwa (CHE) 13, Martin Laursen (AV) 12, Fabio Aurelio (LIV) 9, Ryan Taylor (WIG) 8

M: Cristiano Ronaldo (MAN) 18, Stephen Ireland (MC) 13, Michael Carrick (MAN) 11, Simon Davies (BOL) 10, Geovanni (HC) 10

F: Niklas Anelka (CHE) 11

Don't know if anybody reading this caught the Chelsea or Hull matches over the weekend, but both were pretty good; Anelka was great for the Blues, and Geovanni's free kick prowess served him once again, this time against the team that didn't want him after last season.....Ronaldo and Carrick were the stars of United's 5-0 rout of Stoke.....Taylor was one of two defenders to score for the Latics, who tied with a slowly awakening Newcastle side

Gameweek 14:

Saturday, November 22

#17 Newcastle @ #1 Chelsea.....FSC @ 10am

#10 Fulham @ #2 Liverpool

#4 Arsenal @ #12 Manchester City

#13 Bolton @ #8 Middlesbrough

#6 Hull City @ #9 Portsmouth

#20 West Brom @ #15 Stoke City.....FSC @ 8pm

#3 Manchester United @ #5 Aston Villa.....FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday, November 23

#18 Blackburn @ #19 Tottenham

#14 West Ham @ #11 Sunderland.....FSC @ 11am

Monday, November 24

#7 Everton @ #16 Wigan

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The points through Gameweek 14:

1 Windy City Rumblers...... 51 = 641

2 CB Chargers FC............. 52 = 611

3 The Good Doctors.......... 49 = 607

4 Only Charlie Cares......... 50 = 594

5 Granicar........................ 58 = 588

6 FC Winningham.............. 59 = 566

It was a remarkably tight week, as each of the sides scored well, and are appearing to find their form. The greatest strides were made by the bottom-feeders, making the difference between 2nd and 6th only 45 points. The Rumblers, of course, continue to keep us all at arm's length.

The Dream Team:

G: Mark Schwarzer (FUL) 11

D: Gretar Rafn Steinsson (BW) 11, Glen Johnson (POR) 10, Abdoulaye Faye (SC) 9, Danny Higginbotham (SC) 9, James Collins (WH) 9

M: Stephen Ireland (MC) 11, Matt Taylor (BW) 10, Aaron Lennon (TH) 9, Valon Behrami (WH) 9

F: Mamady Sidibe (SC) 8

Super-sub Schwarzer was at it again, making us all stare at the points on the bench, while taking deuces from the higher-priced starters (Mr. James, I'm looking at you).....Faye and Sidibe were the starts in Stoke's win, while Behrami gave West Ham a road win at Sunderland....Ireland continues his great season, Taylor continues his revival

Gameweek 15 Schedule:

Saturday, November 29

Fulham @ Aston Villa

Newcastle @ Middlesbrough.....FSC @ 10am

Hull City @ Stoke City.....FSC @ 11pm

Bolton @ Sunderland

West Brom @ Wigan

Sunday, November 30

Manchester United @ Manchester City

Blackburn @ Portsmouth

Everton @ Tottenham.....FSC @ 4:30

Arsenal @ Chelsea.....FSC @ 11am

Monday, December 1

West Ham @ Liverpool

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Didn't have time for an in-depth report this week.....

1 Windy City Rumblers..... 40 = 681

2 The Good Doctors.......... 45 = 652

3 CB Chargers FC............ 32 = 643

4 Granicar....................... 44 = 632

5 Only Charlie Cares........ 37 = 631

6 FC Winningham............. 40 = 606

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The new standings:

1 Windy City Rumblers..... 44 = 725

2 The Good Doctors......... 51 = 703

3 CB Chargers FC............ 40 = 683

4 Granicar....................... 56 = 680

5 Only Charlie Cares........ 46 = 677

6 FC Winningham............. 36 = 642

The results were slightly better in week 16, but the net was no change in the ranking. Granicar outscored the Chargers for the third week in a row, and are poised to slide into 3rd. The Doctors also continue to make gains on Rumblers, and can see 1st from here. OCC is also in position to make an upward climb.

Week 16 Dream Team:

G: Manuel Almunia (ARS) 7

D: Joleon Lescott (EVE) 14, Nemanja Vidic (MAN) 13, Ledley King (TH) 12, Jose Bosingwa (CHE) 11

M: Ashley Young (AV) 15, Deco (CHE) 13, Jonathan Greening (WBA) 10, Steven Gerrard (LIV) 10, Alexandre Song (ARS) 9

F: Michael Owen (NEW) 13

All of the Midfielders and Owen were the Man of the Match for their respective games.....Owen, Young and Lescott scored a pair of goals.....Vidic and King scored while their team kept Clean Sheets.....Song and Bosingwa added Assists while their teams recorded shutouts

This weekend's matches:

Saturday, December 13

Arsenal @ Middlesbrough

Bolton @ Aston Villa

Hull City @ Liverpool

Everton @ Manchester City.....FSC @ 10am

Fulham @ Stoke City

West Brom @ Sunderland

Blackburn @ Wigan.....FSC @ 8pm

Manchester United @ Tottenham.....FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday, December 14

Newcastle @ Portsmouth

West Ham @ Chelsea.....FSC @ 11am

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And now, the results after week 17:

1 Windy City Rumblers...... 38 = 763

2 Granicar........................ 77 = 757

3 The Good Doctors........... 51 = 754

4 CB Chargers FC.............. 47 = 730

5 Only Charlie Cares.......... 50 = 727

6 FC Winningham............... 33 = 671

Everybody get out of Granicar's way! For weeks now, he's been steadily gaining ground, and after being the clear winner of the week, he's now poised to wrest 1st place away from Rumblers. The Doctors and Chargers weren't exactly dead fish this week, but lost places in the standings, anyway. Charlie's drafting Chargers, and is now ready to dump them into 5th.

The Dream Team:

G: Huerelho Gomes (TH) 8

D: Mario Melchiot (WIG) 9, Jose Enrique (NEW) 9, Vedran Corluka (TH) 8

M: Antonio Valencia (WIG) 17, Andy Reid (SUN) 16, Steven Gerrard (LIV) 14, Ashley Young (AV) 13, Danny Guthrie (NEW) 10

F: Gabriel Agbonlahor (AV) 15, Kenwyne Jones (SUN) 10

Valencia was Man of the Week with a Goal and two Assists in the Latics' win over Blackburn....Reid and Jones guided the Black Cats in their thrashing of West Brom....Gomes and Corluka helped keep ManU at bay in Spurs 0-0 draw...Agbonlahor and Young combined for three goals in knocking off Wanderers; Agbonlahor is now the 2nd-leading Goal scorer in the EPL with 9

This week's matches (NOTE: Manchester United and Wigan do not play this weekend):

Saturday, December 20

Stoke City @ Blackburn.....FSC @ 8pm

Portsmouth @ Bolton.....FSC @ 10am

Middlesbrough @ Fulham

Sunderland @ Hull City

Aston Villa @ West Ham.....FSC @ 12:30pm

Sunday, December 21

Manchester City @ West Brom

Tottenham @ Newcastle.....FSC @ 5pm

Liverpool @ Arsenal.....FSC @ 11am

Monday, December 22

Chelsea @ Everton

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The Gameweek schedule again tightens up around the holidays, with a one-day Gameweek on the Boxing Day holiday. We'll play three Gameweeks between now and the end of the year, with things breaking down this way:

Week 18: Dec 20-22

Week 19: Dec 26 (Fri)

Week 20: Dec 28-30 (Sun-Tues)

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The points after week 18:

1 Windy City Rumblers....... 31 = 794

2 The Good Doctors........... 34 = 788

3 Granicar......................... 34 = 787

4 Only Charlie Cares.......... 52 = 779

5 CB Chargers FC.............. 33 = 763

6 FC Winningham............... 38 = 709

Nice work, Ewan......

Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday!

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Points after Gameweek 19:

1 Windy City Rumblers..... 64 = 858

2 Granicar....................... 67 = 854

3 The Good Doctors.......... 60 = 848

4 CB Chargers FC............. 83 = 846

5 Only Charlie Cares......... 42 = 821

6 FC Winningham.............. 50 = 759

It was a Boxing Day Miracle for Chargers, who only gained one spot, but are now a fourth team within 12 points of 1st. Charlie lost ground, but stayed within 37 points of 1st.

One more round of matches between tomorrow and Tuesday, and then we get a break!

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The state of the nation after Gameweek 20:

1 Granicar....................... 81 = 931

2 Windy City Rumblers..... 55 = 913

3 The Good Doctors......... 59 = 907

4 CB Chargers FC............ 61 = 907

5 Only Charlie Cares........ 32 = 853

6 FC Winningham............. 38 = 797

We've reached the point of no return, and Granicar marked the occasion with an outburst of his own, leading to a change at the top of the table. The other clubs held their ground, but the overall points race widened a bit. We're settling into a four-team race, but there's still more than enough time for things to change, and with the transfer window now open again, there's a chance that some new faces to the EPL could have an impact here.

For all the latest news, gossip and commentary on the moves, go here: http://forums.rotoworld.com/index.php?showtopic=115642

Instead of listing the most recent Dream Team, here are some of the top performances of the last three weeks:

Week 18 (Dec 20-22): Benni McCarthy (BR) 2 goals; Steed Malbranque (SUN) goal, 2 assists; Brad Friedel (AV) clean sheet, 8 saves

Week 19 (Dec 26): Stephen Ireland (MC) goal, 3 assists; Robinho (MC) 2 goals, assist; Craig Bellamy (WH) and Robbie Keane (LIV) 2 goals each

Week 20 (Dec 28-30): Steven Gerrard (LIV) 2 goals; Mikael Arteta (EVE), Clint Dempsey (FUL), Frank Lampard (CHE) 2 goals each

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The EPL is taking the week off, both because of the extra day of matches last Friday, and for the FA Cup tournament to continue (Go Reading!...Beat Cardiff!).

The competition will resume with Gameweek 21 during the weekend of January 10. I'll post the schedule and TV listings as we approach the date.

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Updated points through week 21:

1 Granicar....................... 57 = 988

2 Windy City Rumblers..... 37 = 950

3 The Good Doctors......... 37 = 944

4 CB Chargers FC............ 32 = 939

5 Only Charlie Cares........ 37 = 890

6 FC Winningham............. 59 = 852

Nice work by Granicar in extending his lead, and Winningham in making up some ground. Rumblers and Doctors remain in the hunt, and Charlie kept pace, but Chargers took a hit.

This week on Fox:

Saturday

10:00am - Stoke City @ Chelsea

12:30pm - Arsenal @ Hull City

8:00pm - Wigan @ Manchester City

Sunday

11:00am - Portsmouth @ Tottenham

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Points through week 22:

1 Granicar....................... 66 = 1054

2 Windy City Rumblers...... 52 = 1002

3 CB Chargers FC............. 49 = 988

4 The Good Doctors........... 40 = 984

5 Only Charlie Cares......... 24 = 914

6 FC Winningham.............. 45 = 897

Granicar again led the bunch and extended his lead to 52 points. Rumblers and Chargers fought a good fight, but failed to keep pace. Charlie and Winningham are in danger of sliding out of contention.

Gameweek 23 will be played next Tuesday/Wednesday, and Gameweek 24 will cover next weekend.

The Fox schedule:

Tuesday the 27th: Aston Villa @ Portsmouth (3pm), Fulham @ Sunderland (5pm)

Wednesday the 28th: Liverpool @ Wigan (2:30pm), Newcastle @ Manchester City (5pm)

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Points after Week 23:

1 Granicar...................... 49 = 1103

2 Windy City Rumblers.... 45 = 1047

3 CB Chargers FC........... 55 = 1043

4 The Good Doctors......... 43 = 1027

5 FC Winningham............ 65 = 962

6 Only Charlie Cares....... 38 = 952

Kudos to Winningham on not only being the high man for the week, but for surging out of the basement! Granicar's solid showing allowed them to continue as the front-runner, with Rumblers still nearby, and Chargers making a small move.

Gameweek 24 is top-heavy with the matchups, the teams making up the top eight face each other, which will force many owners to temper expectations, especially if you have Everton players headed to Man United, or Wigan players on their way to Villa.....

FSC has those matches for us, plus another gem on Sunday:

Saturday, the 31st: Wigan @ Aston Villa (10), Everton @ Manchester United (12:30), Portsmouth @ Fulham (8)

Sunday, the 1st: Chelsea @ Liverpool (11)

Enjoy....I know I will!

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