As mini-season 3 draws to a close, we take a look at the goings on of Gameweek 14. We uncover an unsurprising 0-0 draw, some less frequently mentioned assets, a player out of position, a new manager in the dugout at The Den and a defender netting a brace. Not for the first time!
Leeds V Sheffield Wednesday
It seems like every week we highlight Leeds’ inability to convert chances and possession, but it seems fitting that the early kick off against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday ended in a 0-0 scoreline.
In the 14 games played, Leeds have kept a clean sheet in exactly half of their games. Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, have kept 6.
The game held all the traits you’d expect in a Yorkshire derby, and it was the two goalkeepers, Kiko Casilla (£5.5) for Leeds and Keiren Westwood (£5.0) for Wednesday, that stole the show.
Casilla sits joint top of the goalkeeping points scorers with Freddie Woodman (£5.0) of Swansea and is the highest points scorer for Leeds, with defender Ben White (£5.0) in second place.
Westwood sits 11th in the goalkeepers list after the opening day red card, which subsequently kept him out of Gameweek 2.
Wigan’s Defensive Assets
Wigan are a team that go under the Championship Fantasy radar, but two goals for centre back Cheyenne Dunkley (£4.5) for the second time this season should put him firmly in our thoughts. He now has 5 goals this season.
In fact, the top four Wigan points scorers are three defenders and their goalkeeper. The only attacker that comes close is midfielder Micheal Jacobs (£6.5) with 34 points: still a good 30 points behind Dunkley.
Jarrod Bowen in the Central Role
The suspension of forward Josh Magennis (£6.5) after last week’s red card pushed Jarrod Bowen (£11.5) into the lone central forward position for Hull, being selected over Tom Eaves (£8.0).
Although Bowen ended the game with both goals in the 2-0 win over Derby, both goals came only after Eaves came on as a substitute and Bowen moved to his more natural position out wide.
Fellow wingman Kamil Grosicki (£9.5) provided both assists, his 2nd and 3rd of the season, where he now has the most touches in the box in the league with 90, to second place’s Mitrovic’s 89.
Hull travel to Fulham on Saturday, and with two more games on the side line for a suspended Magennis, Hull boss Grant McCann has an important decision to make as to where to position his star man.
Preston North End
Preston may seem an unlikely side to sit joint second in the Championship, just 2 points behind WBA.
The form of midfielder Daniel Johnson (£7.5) has been well documented, with 8 goals and 6 assists to be the top point scoring player in the game. Last week saw a flurry of transfer activity for forward Thomas Barkhuizen (£6.5) after his goal and 2 bonus points, and were rewarded this week with 2 goals and 3 bonus points to take him to 5 goals, 2 assists and 62 points for the season so far.
Fellow forward Sean Maguire (£8.0) has also seen a lot of transfers in, thanks to 3 goals and 6 assists to tally 61 for the season.
Things are not as productive at the back, as the Lilywhites haven’t kept a clean sheet in 6 games, with keeper Decan Rudd (£4.5) scoring an unfortunate own goal in the first minute against Blackburn on Saturday.
Millwall’s New Manager
Gary Rowett made it a winning start to life as Millwall manager with a 2-0 home win against Stoke.
Rowett’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation may not differ from Millwall’s predominantly used 4-4-1-1 formation so far this season, leaving a lone man up front to lead the line, meaning forwards Tom Bradshaw (£5.0) and Matt Smith (£7.5) will most likely continue to share the minutes.
Bradshaw had registered 718 minutes with 6 goals, 1 assist and 12 bonus points, whereas Smith has 736 with 3 goals and assists and 7 bonus points to make it 45 points so far this season before the appointment of Rowett.
Perhaps the standout is midfielder Jed Wallace (£7.0) who scored his 5th goal of the season, added a 2nd assist and made it 13 bonus points this season. He has now taken and scored all 3 of the clubs penalties this season.
The win moves them up one place in the league, with an away fixture at Reading to come on Saturday.
After Monday nights’ game where Brentford saw off QPR, the Bees attacking trio of Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo have all been quickly drafted into many a team, with Patrick Bamford the man highly transferred out. The Leeds man hasn’t found the net since August.
Following him out is fellow forward Borja Gonzalez Tomas, who has struggled for minutes over the last few gameweeks.
As mini-season 2 draws to a close, we see promotions, relegations and an overall title win…
The Division 1 title this time goes to olegforward’s team, who won in the end by an 11 point margin.
In the final week of the season it was a captained Jarrod Bowen who racked up 26 points, with attacking returns from Daniel Johnson, Matheus Pereira and Said Benrahma.
Coincidentally, olegforward is also the Division 2 Champion. His Division 2 team won by 6 points and captained Pereira in the final week.
In Division 3, Yugoslavs won out by just 3 points, with Pereira also captained and a double digit haul from Karlan Grant (£10.5).
Division 4 ended the closest, with just 1 point separating dkporter in first and Jevarodi in second place. Dkporter saw Dunkley come off the bench with his 16 points, and had Bowen, Watkins, Pereira, Grosicki and captain Johnson all chip in with returns to help him to the title by the narrowest of margins.
Mini-season 3 kicks off on Friday at Oakwell, as Barnsley welcome Bristol City for a 19:45 start.