Happy New Year from FPL Dugout

It’s that time where I would like to wish you, the FPL Dugout community, a very happy, healthy and successful New Year.

This is FPL Dugout’s fifth year and I’d like to thank every one of you for making it such a great place to discuss all things Fantasy Football. We’ve built a brilliant community of people from all over the world and it really does make FPL more enjoyable.

Special thank you to Kevo for organising the weekly Star and Punt articles over recent months, and for the smooth and excellent running of the FPL Dugout League Cup. We all really appreciate you giving up your time for our enjoyment.

Congratulations to Tom B for emerging victorious over Mesh in the League Cup final. Tom has upped his game this season and fully deserved the trophy. Don’t worry, Mesh, there’s always next year. Or the year after!

We’re exactly halfway through this season and it has been a mixed one for the FPL Dugout team. A rejuvenated Shiva sits at 3,251 in the world, and is on for his highest ever finish. After a shaky start, a run of six consecutive green arrows has seen Marco climb from 510,589 to 70,232. This has seen him overtake his great rival, Kevo, in the process.

Talking of Kevo, the elder statesman of the team is hovering just above Mesh and will hope his traditional end of season spurt fires him up the table. As we all know, things haven’t always gone for Mesh this season, however our favourite Saudi is showing signs of improvement. Sleno unusually sits bottom, just five points behind Mesh, though the Hammer will surely get it right sooner or later. After a disappointing 2013/14 campaign, I’m sitting 22nd in the world. Where do you go from there?

Villa Simon and Tom B are flying the flag for the FPL Dugout regulars. Simon sits at 2,828, and Tom at 3,036 – 16th and 18th in the FPL Dugout League respectively. Keep it up lads!

Also a special mention to Luke, who is probably selecting Benteke captain while I type this. Luke is currently sat inside the top 100k, a marked improvement on recent years. Here’s hoping Benteke bags a hat-trick today against Palace!

It’s been a mixed year for Fantasy Football. It’s fair to say that I was disillusioned last season at the apparent ease of playing the game. For example, the skill in choosing a captain was eradicated by Luis Suarez, who’s relentless scoring punished those who overlooked him. So Suarez upping sticks for Barcelona may have been catastrophic for Liverpool but liberated Fantasy Football from the clutches of boring and predictable. And don’t get me started on Aaron Ramsey!

Now it’s so refreshing going into each Gameweek with a handful of different captaincy options, and weighing up the pros and cons of each. Aguero’s injury only added to that. Fantasy Football is back to its best.

And on that positive note, I look forward to chatting with you over the coming year, and all the best for 2015!