Fantasy Premier League

Rooney wins FPL manager prize for Liverpool fan

The Scout 19 Dec 2017
Everton v Swansea City

Manager puts club allegiances to one side as he turns to Everton striker to seal weekly accolade

Alan Upton will doubtless point to his Liverpool contingent as having been pivotal to his Gameweek 18 achievement but he also has Everton frontman Wayne Rooney (£7.6m) to thank for his Manager of the Week Prize.

A member of the Liverpool fan league, Alan is in his sixth Fantasy Premier League season and is on course for his best campaign yet.

An unbeaten total of 128 points was driven by a powerful midfield featuring Reds pair Mohamed Salah (£10.0m) and Philippe Coutinho (£9.0m).

Alan opted for the latter as his captain, with the Brazilian rewarding his faith with 13 points in the 4-0 win at AFC Bournemouth.

Manager of the Week Alan Upton's Gameweek 18 team

Salah contributed eight points, while Alan's perseverance with both Manuel Lanzini (£6.8m) and Aaron Mooy (£5.3m) really paid off.

Lanzini was signed in Gameweek 14 and Alan has kept faith with Huddersfield Town's Mooy since Gameweek 4.

Both produced Gameweek-high tallies of 15 points.

Without a chip in play, it was Alan's transfers that helped push him over the finish line.

He turned back to Liverpool for one of his two Gameweek 18 trades, with Andrew Robertson (£4.6m) drafted in to contribute another nine points.

But it was the swoop for Rooney that proved crucial.

Replacing Alvaro Morata (£10.7m) up front, it was his 13 points earned against Swansea City on Monday night that carried Alan to his unbeaten Gameweek total.

That jumped Alan 1.2 million places to sit 417,753 in the world as he bids to better a rank of 11,472 achieved in 2014/15.

As Manager of The Week, he wins a copy of FIFA 18, a Nike Ordem V match ball and an FPL mug, all bagged up in an FPL rucksack.

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