Fantasy League: Sample draws level with Cooke while Bloomfield claims bragging rights

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Long-time leader Simon Cooke has finally been caught after Carl Sample drew level at the top of the table.

Cooke endured a horrible week, netting only 33 points, while Sample will be annoyed that he couldn't fully take advantage as he only collected 43 points to move level on 1,233 points.

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The rest of the top five didn't fare much better. Jamie Ramm could only muster 27 points, Simon Farrant consolidated his place in the top five with 46 points and Brad Milburn managed 35 points to stay fifth.

The outstanding performance of the week came from Christopher Bloomfield, brother of Scarborough News sports reporter Andy Bloomfield, as he amassed 70 points.

Bloomfield completely outclassed his brother, who could only manage 34 points, to take home the bragging rights in the Bloomfield household. His team, FC Bloomers, grabbed 70 points thanks to a 32-point haul from skipper Wayne Rooney after his double at Newcastle United, plus Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud netting him 13 points.

Not far behind Bloomfield were Josh Rewcroft and Nick Sumpton, 68 points, Jonny Blackburn, 67 points and Scalby FC stalwart James Blenkinsop, whose team, The Blue Lounge FC, claimed 64 points.

Looking Ahead (courtesy of fantasy.premierleague.com)

Four of the top six teams in the Barclays Premier League are on their travels this time around as The Scout assesses the Gameweek 22 schedule.

League leaders Arsenal visit the Britannia Stadium, where Stoke City have won four of their last five matches. Manchester United face a testing trip to rivals Liverpool, West Ham United look to extend their eight-match unbeaten run away at Newcastle United whilst Leicester City make their way to basement-dwellers Aston Villa.

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur welcome Sunderland to White Hart Lane, third-placed Manchester City host Crystal Palace and Chelsea prepare for Everton’s visit to Stamford Bridge.

Ones To Watch (courtesy of fantasy.premierleague.com)

Nicolas Otamendi – a goalless draw at home to Everton earned the Manchester City centre-half a second clean sheet in three league outings. Otamendi could be in line for further points this weekend as he plays host to a Crystal Palace outfit that has failed to score in each of the last four game weeks.

Jonjo Shelvey – Newcastle’s January signing looks set to be unleashed from the start at home to West Ham this weekend. With fellow new boy Henri Saivet adding to the numbers in the middle of the park, the £5.3m-priced Shelvey could even be pushed into an advanced central role against the Hammers.

Erik Lamela – a home clash with Sunderland affords the Tottenham midfielder a chance to get amongst the points. Lamela fired three efforts inside the box against Leicester in midweek and his eye for goal could take advantage of the league’s most porous defence.

Shane Long – the in-form Southampton striker has bagged three goals in the last four game weeks ahead of a home clash with his former club West Brom. Priced at just £5.7m, Long will fancy his chances against a backline that’s kept out their opponents just once in the last 11 game weeks.

Benik Afobe – Bournemouth’s January signing was handed an immediate start up front at home to West Ham on Tuesday evening. Available for £6.1m, Afobe entertains a Norwich side that’s failed to keep a clean sheet on their travels all season.