Gameweek 12 results

November 21, 2012

1 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 66 663
2 Les Canaris David Spinks 60 663
3 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 78 635
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 58 632
5 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 51 631
6 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 49 631
7 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 70 619
8 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 41 618
9 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 49 618
10 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 87 616
11 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 65 613
12 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 32 606
13 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 60 602
14 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 63 588
15 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 58 587
16 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 48 582
17 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 75 572
18 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 61 568
19 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 56 567
20 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 39 567
21 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 36 564
22 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 48 556
23 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 30 554
24 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 43 539
25 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 95 534
26 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 72 527
27 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 48 511
28 Shadwell Town Ed Carter 42 494

A hell of a lot happened this week. Lets start with that disastrous transfer decision I made before the weekend. Putting Suarez and Fellaini in was a moronic thing to do. It could have backfired even more than it did. And I say that even though the pair of them bagged me a healthy combined total of 26 points, utilising Suarez as captain. Fellaini is now suspended having reached 5 bookings. Had Suarez also been booked, he would also have been suspended. It’s definitely worth checking the card count before you bring anyone into your team, no matter how well they’re playing. And of course there was that all too familiar occurrence of the players that I shipped out scoring as many points than the players I brought in. Tevez and Bale (what was I thinking?) also managed 26 points, but had I made Tevez captain, it would have been 45 points. Basically those two free transfers would have been better employed somewhere else, like Andre Santos and Danny Guthrie (yes, I know – is it any wonder I’m in 16th place?!). I should have replaced Van Persie with Suarez.

Which might sound mental, but that’s exactly what Goodbutnosigurdsson did – and look what happened to them. Off the bottom, up four places, and scoring a big old 95 points. Suarez captained, alongside Tevez and Shane Long in attack. The team managed 12 bonus points between them, 7 goals and 6 assists. That’s more than Shadwell Town achieves in an entire season. Last years runners-up title challenge starts here. And if they’d picked Michu instead of Fellaini, that would have meant 5 more points, and a nice round century score.

Pescara are back at the top. Over the last six weeks they’ve made steady progress to climb 200,000 places in the worldwide league – that’s from 8th to 1st in Buckets terms. They also sit top of the November Manager of the Month league. We’ve got two gameweeks left to decide who wins that prize. We have midweek fixtures next week – don’t forget.

Yes, there were some goals this week. 35 in all. Lots of points to be had. But they came from some rather unexpected sources. There were the usual suspects – the aforementioned Tevez and Suarez. Cazorla leapfrogged a few players to second highest midfield scorer overall, and Michu added to his tally of goals and bonus points. The other big scorers are a curious mix.

We have some old favourites. David Silva couldn’t pass wind for the first few months of the season. He managed an assist and a couple of bonus points last week. And he’s gone and followed it up with 16 points this week courtesy of another 2 assists and his first goal of the season. Last year he scored week in, week out from the start of the season. Maybe now he’s getting into his stride. Silva’s value has dropped by 0.7 million since the start of the season. Expect it to start rising again soon. Theo Walcott has had two good weeks bagging a goal and three assists. The early season form of Gervinho was keeping him on the bench, but now it looks like he is back in Wenger’s starting XI plans again. And Brendan Rodgers had clearly made his mind up about Jose Enrique without actually playing him. The general crapness of the Liverpool midfield has forced his hand – Enrique’s been moved forward from his usual left back berth, and has, in the last three games, contributed a goal, an assist and notched 5 bonus points. They’re among the best players to pick in FPL – defenders in attacking positions – you get the possibility of goals, assists AND clean sheets. This might not be the last time Jose Enrique scores double figures for a gameweek.

There’s a host of probable one week wonders. Pretty much every player will have a good week at some point in the season. Step forward Jason Puncheon (12 points), Carlos Cuellar (8 points), Anthony Pilkington (11 points), Jonathan de Guzman (9 points) and Adam Le Fondre (13 points). If I mention them again this season I’ll be amazed.

But it’s the quiet ones you’ve got to watch – and most of them play for either Norwich or West Brom. Norwich kept their third consecutive clean sheet at the weekend – against Manchester United no less. Javier Garrido has scored 34 points in the last 5 gameweeks – 11 of those against United. Where did that come from? John Ruddy is the game’s top scoring keeper – 10 points against United. Who’d have thought? I notice Les Canaris are not about to jinx their efforts by moving any Norwich players into their team. Probably for the best. Over in West Bromwich, Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie and James Morrison, amongst others, are very, very, very quietly scoring, assisting, beating the European Champions, and sitting in 4th place – this year’s Newcastle. As for last year’s Newcastle – don’t bother.

  • Player of the week – Carlos Tevez – 19 points. Typical.
  • Bargain of the week – Adam Le Fondre – 13 points. Enjoy it while it lasts.
  • Donkey of the week – Brede Hangeland – -3 points. Harshly sent off.

Goal of the weekend

Sunderland players (other than Steven Fletcher) finally remember where the goal is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixp0DbTSS4A

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