Jordan Etemadi crowned RG Fantasy League champion
Third time proved to be a charm for Jordan Etemadi after he was crowned The Royal Gazette’s Fantasy League champion at the end of the 2022-23 season.
The 20-year-old came out top in one of the closest title races in recent memory to secure bragging rights and the winner’s cheque for $1,000.
Etemadi’s Oh My Goodness amassed 2,598 points over the 38-week season, which was ultimately enough to top the list of 521 entrants and clinch the championship at the third attempt.
“This was my third season playing, my best finish and it feels good,” he said.
“I always enjoy watching football and watching the Premier League, so it was a fun experience to try to see who picked the best that week and try to see who can do the best.
“It’s really all about predicting and trying to come out ahead of all the rest of the contestants.”
Etemadi is a supporter of Mikel Arteta's Arsenal, who led for a huge chunk of the season before falling off the pace to finish runners-up to Manchester City.
“I thought we had a good season overall,” he added. “Obviously the ending was a bit disappointing but if William Saliba hadn’t got injured, we would have probably won the league.
“Credit to Manchester City. They were a good team this year but next year I think we have a good chance as everyone is still young in the team.”
Thirteen points adrift of the winner in second place was Kyle Harvey, whose late surge came up just shy of the promised land.
The 27-year-old’s Eze Does It amassed 2,585 points, which earned him $500 for his efforts, with his finishing position coming as something of a shock.
“It was a little bit of a surprise because I was never near the top all year and then the last five weeks I found myself in the top ten and then I just started taking a couple of risks and made the top two,” he said.
“It paid off and I was happy I was able to make it work at the end. Playing Fantasy is always tough because Manchester United has had a few rough years and I have done bad picking my team, so I just pick my favourite players.
“This year I went with my head a bit more and not my heart, and Manchester United had a few good Fantasy players, too, which is nice.
“I played with Marcus Rashord and Luke Shaw a lot and they got me a lot of points, which is nice because normally United guys get me nothing.”
Erik Ten Hag’s team ended the campaign on a sombre note after being edged 2-1 by city rivals Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley last weekend.
“It was quite disappointing and not the best game to watch either,” Harvey added. “But the result was definitely disappointing. Next season should be better. We need a few more signings but all I can ask for is improvement.”
Third place went to Mike Tait’s HertzBeStill who finished only four points behind Harvey on 2,581 points. He earned $200 for his efforts.
Chris Alexander’s Earth Wind & Maguire (2,575) and Mr Hullo’s No Way 2 FC (2,574) rounded off the top five finishers.
The 2023-24 Premier League season begins on August 12 with fixtures to be announced on June 15.
1 Oh My Ghoddos (Jordan Etemadi) 2598
2 Eze Does It (Kyle Harvey) 2585
3 HertzBeStill (Mike Tait) 2581
4 Earth Wind & Maguire (Chris Alexander) 2575
5 No Way 2 FC (Mr Hullo) 2574
6 Ur Muda’s Hary Kante (Victor Falcao) 2572
7 Non Sequitur (J D) 2565
8 Bermdua Celtic Bhoys (John Nicol) 2559
9 Erik ten Häagen-Dazs (Calum Maule) 2551
10 One Hag Two Hag (Mark Godfrey) 2550
11 Ahri FC (Ahri Daniels) 2549
12 Expected Toulouse (Darran Reitze) 2540
13 Mwaisa Nyonyoma (Dennis Lyelu) 2537
14 Fish & Tings (Jack Fishlock) 2528
15 Helen’s Heroes (Helen Lima) 2520
15 Hie & Dry Unlimited (Mike Shaw) 2520
17 Kante Catch Me (Michelle Botelho) 2519
18 Guide & Protect (Malachi Jones) 2517
19 In For De Jong Haul (Dominique Richardson) 2515
19 Tuchel Bhora (Simbarashe Chigwande) 2515
21 Cityzen Kane (J Martin aka “Pilot Flame”) 2510
22 Blue Army (Jake Fisher) 2508
23 Who’s Ur Captain Dan (Lara Nash) 2505
23 Run of the Milner (Matthew Viney) 2505
25 FC Arthurlona (Arthur Jones) 2504
26 Poinciana Road FC (Jorge Sanchez) 2503
26 True Sire AJ (Aidan Barritt) 2503
28 ICUunderMe (Shaun Philpott) 2499
29 Fish & Chips (Martyn C) 2498
30 Stegunda (Keith Steede) 2493
30 Res Ipsa Loquitor (Rod Semaj) 2493
32 Fermented PlantJuice (Omar Dill) 2492
33 KO for knockout (Kathryn Roberts) 2491
34 Farcelona (Miguel DaPonte) 2489
35 £ucky No7 (Kyle Beezy) 2487
35 TLF Gunners (Javon Darrell) 2487
37 Contacts red army (George Bremar Jr) 2486
38 V R United (Remson F) 2484
39 Cancelo Culture (Rupert Cuddon-Large) 2481
40 Channelmarkers (Paul Watson) 2479
41 Point Rats FC (Micah Franklin) 2478
42 Hanging By A Fred (Andrew Brookes) 2474
43 Bermudianbootboys (Dave Boyce) 2472
44 Invincibles (Machi Battersbee) 2471
45 GoldenEye FC (Victoria Millett) 2470
46 Son Perignon (Aaron Jackson) 2464
46 Redman (Max Hull) 2464
48 OB 1 Kenobi (Owen Botelho) 2463
49 Gabri3l (Kyle Hamilton) 2462
50 MegaBron (Bron Turner) 2460
Guide & Protect (Malachi Jones) 377
Erik Eleven Hag (Khano Smith) 149
FC Perrydise (Perry Thompson) 456
Stegunda (Keith Steede) 144
Partey Hard FC (Carlos Allers) 173
Untouchables (Julian Carpenter) 265
Rooney Tunes (Keston Lewis) 359
Hello Summer FC (Owen Darrell) 251
TLF Gunners (Javon Darrell) 577
Lambdinho’s XI (Keishon Bean) 336