The end of February month in the Barclays Premier League means we have our seventh monthly prize winner but our first repeat prize winner in the FPL Vibes Prize League. The February prize winner is Curtis Marshall with his team Milanista, copping the monthly prize for the second time this season. For his monthly prize, Curtis has selected an AC Milan Home Kit, Gullit #10 size Medium from our official kit supplier Red Mango Kits.
His blistering month sees Curtis assume top spot in the overall standings. Trailing in second place is Ian Emamalie with his team Power Rangers FC followed by Rishi Ramnarine with his team Pigeon Sweat FC in third place. Aidan Ali with his CescDrogs&Roque Roll and Luke Bibby with his Mufcbibb round out the top 5 prize league positions at the end of February. Now lets take a closer look at how Curtis was able to claim the prize for February.
Gameweek 24 was the last opportunity to use the January wildcard and Curtis used the opportunity to revamp his team. With his new look team, he recorded a solid 62 points in a lean week. Key performers were Kane (12), captain Aguero (10), Hazard (10), Mane (8), Clyne (8) and Naughton (6). With no transfers made, Gameweek 21 however brought a more subdued showing 54 point showing. Main point scorers this time were Aguero (11), Kane (11), Zouma (8) and Mane (8).
For Gameweek 26, Curtis again decided to leave well enough be and made no transfers. This time, the Milanista gathered 64 points mostly through the combined efforts of captain Aguero (18), Silva (17) and Hazard (8). However, the final gameweek of February was where we would see the real fireworks.
Heading into Gameweek 27, where Chelsea and Tottenham had blanks ahead of the double gameweek 28, most managers were battening down the hatches to either bank transfers for the double or plug gaps in threadbare squads. In addition, the Milanista was nowhere in the reckoning for the monthly prize. However, the Milanista adopted a totally different approach to devastating effect.
Curtis utilized his two free transfers to bring in Newcastle’s Janmaat and Cisse at home versus a faltering Aston Villa. The end product was a 73 point return in a week where most managers suffered minimal scores. Main scorers were captain Cisse (16), Puncheon (14), Janmaat (12) and Fabianski (11). This was enough to fire Curtis to the top of the overall prize league table and take him 6 points clear in the monthly standings to claim the prize.
A few key points stood out in the stellar tactics that resulted in the monthly prize. Curtis played the week superbly by going against the grain and bringing in key differentials in a week where just about everyone was looking in a different direction. To bring in and even give the armband to less fancied Newcastle players and ignore the common judgement of preparing for the double took major cojones; a risk that brought great reward.
It also goes to show that the prizes are up for grabs to anyone in the league with the right tactics employed at the right time. Only three more monthly prizes left before the grand prizes and surely many more twists in store.
Can you feel the Vibes?
by Omar Romero