We started off at a steady pace, picked up speed as we entered the notorious festive period of numerous fixtures, went round the bend aiming to hit the home straight and then ….. pause.
The almighty pause caused by a pandemic. Fantasy football needed to be adjusted and computers reprogrammed. Virtual coin tosses and ”gameweek+” got added to the FPL dictionary. The race resumed after three months and this time it became a mad sprint to the finish line. Gameweek after gameweek came thick and fast. Deadlines were of the ”blink and miss it” variety and then… it was all over. FPL Season 2019/20 was finally completed.
Here is your definitive round up of the promotion and relegation spots, and the winners and losers of the draft, head to head and money leagues. Before proceeding, we’ll have a quick salute for July’s top 5 managers.
- Philip Mbatia Kazileile (League 2B) – 426 pts
- Shaune Greene Athletico Pathetico (League 2A) – 419 pts
- Touhid Barkat Reds Cometh (League 1) – 408 pts
- Christopher Hayes Ima GOAT BAHH (League 1) – 408 pts
- Kandey Kands Kandssoccer (League 2B) – 408 pts
Congrats to Philip, Manager of the Month for July.
Now let’s get down to the business of end of season congratulations and commiserations.
More than 7 million managers took part in the 2019/20 FPL season overall and with a final position of 13,213th, I managed a clean sweep of all the PFLEF classic leagues and a retention of the Draft League title 🙂 It was only right that a Liverpool fan got to do this in the season his team smashed their way to the league title (and won a couple other trophies). This has been a common theme over the years for our fantasy leagues. For example, in 2015 when Chlesea won the Premier League, a Blues fan got into his rhythm to become our League 1 Champion. Even more fascinating, a Leicester City fan also outfoxed all competitors on his way to our FPL title the following season. The very season the Foxes won the Premier League.
Congrats to the other winners who triumphed in our Head to Head Leagues; Dayo Ogungbe and Baibhav Mishra. We used the table of results from actual gameweeks played to reward their efforts because there was no fairer way provided by the system to have a conclusive winner.
As indicated in the screenshots, a total of 15 managers are to be promoted from League 2 to League 1. The plan was to have the Top 7 from each of the divisions in League 2 come up, plus the higher scoring manager in 8th position in either League. Given that I am already in League 1, finishing 8th in 2A and 2B was however enough to get promoted.
The 15th promoted manager came down to which 9th placed manager had the higher number of points. Basically, it was a play-off !! Congrats to Charles Vusi who triumphed by outscoring his 9th placed League 2B counterpart. To all the newly promoted guys, I say a big welcome to the Elite Level of League 1.
Farewell to the relegated managers who gave it their all but couldn’t survive the tough times due to
squad issues, VAR , injuries, bad luck, poor weather, Baldiola, lack of insider trading (insert appropriate excuse).
FPL Season 20/21 is live. Get in shape, do your warm-ups, practice hard and gear up for another wonderful race. Hopefully, we don’t get another unforeseen 3 month pause. Tips and more FPL chat would be in our podcasts and facebook group.
From your Manager of the Season, here’s wishing all of you well. Stay safe.