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Hammers allegiance inspires weekly winner

The Scout 24 Jan 2017
Middlesbrough v West Ham

Three West Ham attackers and a 40-point Bench Boost steers Stephen Brown to FPL Manager of the Week

Putting faith in the team you support does not always pay off for Fantasy Premier League managers, but Stephen Brown's Gameweek 22 performance highlights there are exceptions. 

Stephen's decision to let club allegiance drive his team selection sparked a triumphant weekend.

A member of the West Ham United fan league, Stephen went into Gameweek 22 boasting three members of Slaven Bilic's squad.

That trio of attacking assets proved pivotal in building an unmatched FPL points tally. 

FPL Gameweek 22 Manager of the Week

Acquired via a Gameweek 4 Wildcard, Stephen's faith in Manuel Lanzini (£6.3m) and Michail Antonio (£6.9m) was repaid with 14 points as the Hammers ran out 3-1 victors at Middlesbrough.

Andy Carroll (£6.2m) was a more recent purchase. An inspired swap for Liverpool's Divock Origi (£6.5m) in Gameweek 18, the striker's two-goal contribution on Teesside supplied another 13 points.

Collectively, the West Ham contingent provided 27 towards a total of 116 points; a hugely impressive tally considering Liverpool's Adam Lallana (£7.6m), with just two points, was Stephen's chosen captain. 

Once again with the weekly winner, the Bench Boost chip was used to reinforce the starting XI.

With Everton's Ashley Williams (£5.0m) and West Bromwich Albion's Ben Foster (£4.7m) acquired as his two Gameweek transfers, Stephen deployed the chip to bring both into play.

Foster was one of three West Brom defensive assets in his squad, as Stephen profited handsomely from a first Baggies clean sheet since Gameweek 12.

West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland
Chris Brunt was one of three West Brom assets to collectively deliver 32 points

The attacking potential of Chris Brunt (£5.0m) and Gareth McAuley (£4.9m) was also realised, with a goal and assist adding to The Hawthorns haul, as a total of 32 points was gathered from the 2-0 win over Sunderland

Elsewhere, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino (£8.4m) had provided only a single goal since he arrived in Stephen’s squad back in Gameweek 12.

But unwavering belief in the Brazilian had remained and, part of his substitutes, Firmino added 14 points to Stephen’s Gameweek total following a brace in the 3-2 defeat to Swansea City

Liverpool v Swansea City
Roberto Firmino helped Stephen's use of the Bench Boost chip produce a huge 40 points

Now ranked 143,515 in his seventh FPL season, Stephen’s trust in West Ham’s attack, along with West Brom’s profitable victory, sealed the FPL Manager of the Week award.

Stephen wins a copy of FIFA 17, a Nike Ordem 4 match ball and an FPL mug, all packaged in a Fantasy Premier League rucksack.

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