FANTASY FOOTBALL: I'Anson closes in on leader Cooke

Fantasy football update
Fantasy football update

Paul I'Anson's Inca XI closed the gap on leader Simon Cooke's seadoggeees to only four points in the Scarborough News Fantasy Premier League

Second-placed I'Anson chalked up 77 points in gameweek 32, a trio of Arsenal players leading the way for his side, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin earning 14 points apiece and Nacho Monreal weighing in with six points.

I'Anson is now on 1,848 points in total, just three behind Cooke, while Marlon Moreno's Monkyonthecarfackoff team leapt into third place with a 74-point score last week and Brad Milburn's superb score of 95 took his Tekkers Slovakia up to 1,834 and fourth place.

MIlburn's defence had an outstanding week, as he also had Bellerin, Leicester City's defender Wes Morgan (15 points) and Chelsea's César Azpilicueta (11) and Manchester United keeper David De Gea earned seven points. He also chose West Ham star Dimitri Payet as his skipper, which also yielded 18 points for his side.

Alec Coulson's Ridsdale Rovers remain at the foot of the table with 973 points, with Craig Rackham's Rackti Dettori second-from-bottom on 1,053 and Commercial FC player-boss Geoff Osguthorpe just ahead on 1,066.

Ones to watch

Yannick Bolasie – Crystal Palace’s pair of home clashes with Norwich and Everton bring the 6.0-priced wide man onto The Scout’s radar. An inconsistent yet explosive Fantasy option, it is worth noting that both Bolasie’s double-figure hauls this season – 10 points against West Brom and 15 points against Newcastle – have arrived in front of his own fans.

Kevin de Bruyne – the Manchester City midfielder was back amongst the goals on his return from injury last weekend. The fit-again De Bruyne – who has averaged 5.5 points per game this season – also netted in the midweek Champions League draw with Paris Saint Germain and looks in fine form ahead of a plum home encounter with West Brom.

Aaron Lennon – despite bagging four goals and an assist in his last seven outings, the Everton winger is owned by just 1% of Fantasy managers. Priced at 5.6, Lennon will fancy his chances against upcoming opponents Watford and Crystal Palace, bearing in mind that both sides have managed two clean sheets apiece in their last 14 BPL fixtures.

Max Gradel – a trip to basement-dwellers Aston Villa affords the Bournemouth winger a chance to get amongst the points this weekend. Gradel – who is available for 5.7 – bagged a goal and assist against Swansea recently and squares up to a defence that’s conceded at least twice in all but one of the their last seven fixtures.

Graziano Pelle – Southampton’s in-form striker could benefit from a home encounter with struggling Newcastle this weekend. Pelle has played a part in all of his side’s last five goals, courtesy of three strikes and a pair of assists over his previous three appearances. He will be facing a defence that’s managed just a single clean sheet in 16 attempts.