A weekend of fantastic sport which saw Birmingham beat Arsenal to the Carling Cup, England's rugby team beat France and the cricket team snatch a sensational tie with India was completely overshadowed by the six players retained in the team who did not play. The Fantasist wore a resigned expression of self-inflicted defeat much like those on the faces of Laurent Koscielny and Wojcich Szczesny did on Sunday.
Rather aptly, six was the same number of points garnered in a truly calamitous gameweek.
Obviously, Arsenal quartet Szczesny, Koscielny, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie were all in action at Wembley, while Cesc Fabregas was watching from the stands with an injury.
In addition to that, Charlie Adam sat out the first match of his two-game suspension, while Chris Brunt, John Carew and DJ Campbell all haemorrhaged points, the latter thansk to his red cards against Wolves.
There are a couple of plus sides. Aleksandr Kolarov continues to provide great value when he plays. Adam is now halfway through his ban, so is perhaps an option for keeping for another week. Nemanja Vidic's red card, Chris Smalling's concession of a penalty and Dimitar Berbatov's benching in the defeat at Chelsea meant that the planned loading up on Manchester United players did not materialise and subsequently disappoint.
As they say, every cloud...
THE FANTASIST: GAMEWEEK 26 (Current price in brackets)
Wojciech Szczesny (GK, Arsenal, 12.08) 0 points
Laurent Koscielny (DF, Arsenal, 8.04) 0
Aleksandar Kolarov (DF, Manchester City, 11.56) 9.50
Martin Kelly (DF, Liverpool, 8.94) 5
Cesc Fabregas (MF, Arsenal, 13.98) 0
Samir Nasri (MF, Arsenal, 12.30) 0
Charlie Adam (MF, Blackpool, 13.33) 0
Chris Brunt (MF, West Bromwich Albion, 9.74) -1
Robin van Persie (FW, Arsenal, 21.74) 0
DJ Campbell (FW, Blackpool, 8.44) -6
John Carew (FW, Stoke City, 4.16) -1.5
Week 24 score: 6.00 (SIX)
Overall total: 2,409
Overall rank: 3,931
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SUPERLEAGUE TOP 10 (position change since last blog in brackets)
1 (1) Boss FC - 2,835 (11th overall)
2 (2) Numero Uno - 2,809 (23rd overall)
3 (5) Simply da Best x 8 - 2,773.50
4 (4) Dragonbalz - 2,769
5 (-) Baktang Gerdu FC @ Malaysia - 2,766.50
6 (10) A Man Moth ? - 2,765.50
7 (6) sticktoyrguns - 2,751
8 (8) Cincilatori (Kosova) - 2,721.50
9 (-) A new king is born ~ RAJAGOBAL - 2,715.50
10 (-) KHOLIO fc - 2,709.50
- Laurent Koscielny
- Chris Brunt
- Charlie Adam
- Samir Nasri
- Cesc Fabregas