If Fantasy Football points applied to Grimsby Town players: November and December

If you thought you were feeling empty, like something was missing from your life, then it was probably the absence of the last two monthly Fantasy Football league tables for Grimsby Town’s players. But don’t worry, your nightmare’s over – they’re here!

Like a manager giving refreshingly honest answers in a post-match interview, I have no excuses. I just forgot. Despite what some of my friends might think, I do have other stuff going on in my life.

For anyone joining the fun at this late stage, it works like this. I use the scoring system of Fantasy Premier League and apply it to GTFC’s players before taking a snapshot of the standings at the end of each month to see who’s contributed most in the season so far.

When I last reported in October, John-Lewis was top of the tree (and not under it) with 76 points, while McKeown was second (71), Neilson third (67), Magnay fourth (66) and Pearson fifth (58).

Those mathematicians and statisticians out there will probably point out the limitations of measuring performance in this way, but this was only meant to be a bit of nerdish fun.

This is what the Top 10 looked like at the end of November: Table showing Top 10 performing players in November

It was a good month for Town – and for John-Lewis, who picked up 31 points and stretched his lead at the top to nine points. Magnay also improved his position by jumping above both Neilson and McKeown, while Disley and Mackreth continued their steady progress.

By the end of December, after that awful home defeat to Lincoln, the table looked like this: Table showing Top 10 performing players in December

It was another good month for John-Lewis, who now leads the table by 11 points, while Pearson continued his progress and Mackreth entered the top five for the first time this season. Despite missing a chunk of the season through injury, both Pittman and Arnold have made their Top 10 debuts, while Neilson continues his slide from top position in September to 8th.

Then I decided to re-order the table based on the average points a player earns per game, since some players aren’t always available due to injuries and suspensions. Now the table looks like this: Table showing Top 10 performing players based on average points per game in December

This suggests that when Thomas, Pittman and Arnold play, they tend to make a good contribution. John-Lewis still leads the way though, which certainly gives weight to the argument that he’s having the best season of his career to date.

Make of that what you will. I’ll be back at the end of the month with an updated table for January.

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