Gameweek 23 results

January 24, 2013


# Team Manager GW TOT
1 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 80 1,300
2 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 92 1,279
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 79 1,275
4 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 74 1,262
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 77 1,245
6 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 59 1,239
7 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 75 1,235
8 Les Canaris David Spinks 66 1,234
9 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 83 1,221
10 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 51 1,198
11 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 74 1,193
12 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 66 1,192
13 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 69 1,176
14 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 83 1,158
15 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 98 1,145
16 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 40 1,124
17 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 74 1,118
18 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 50 1,101
19 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 47 1,097
20 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 57 1,085
21 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 39 1,082
22 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 41 1,070
23 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 54 1,066
24 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 38 1,039
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 35 1,018
26 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 35 997
27 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 39 991

As with last week, the amount of players you had in your squad from the 2 teams playing twice determind how big a score you achieved. Last week both Chelsea and Southampton kept a clean sheet, meaning defensive players contributed. Not so this week. Neither Arsenal or West Ham managed a shut out. But they did, as Chelsea and Southampton did, manage 9 goals between them, meaning there was plenty of points available in the midfield and attack. In West Ham’s first game, in which they drew 1-1 with QPR, their goalscorer (Joe) and their goal maker (Carlton) also contributed bonus marks. Joe ended the week on 10 points, Carlton on 7. They share a surname. Cole. Jack Collison scored the Hammers’ goal in the 5-1 defeat to Arsenal. Other than the Coles, Collison, and Matt Taylor who was credited with Collison’s assist, no other West Ham player really came through.

There were, however, 4 outstanding Arsenal players. And they were the ones that the majority of Buckets managers who took the risk opted to pick. Theo Walcott has enjoyed an upturn in fortune and form just in the last 6 weeks. He’s played every minute of every game since the 1-0 victory over Wigan just before Christmas. In this time he has signed a new multi million pound contract. He’s scored 5 goals, made 5 others and added 6 bonus points to his score. He’s hit double figures for goals, almost hit double figures for assists, and is the outstanding form player in the league. His value before the Wigan game was 8.5 million. His value now is 9.4. He scored 26 points in gameweek 20, which was the highest individual gameweek score for the season. And he’s topped the charts again for this week with another 18. Anyone who captained him – and the majority of managers who had him in their teams did just that – earned themselves a whopping 36 points. If he’s not in your team – remember – you’ve got that wildcard for one more week.

Also scoring in double figures for Arsenal were Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud. Podolski may have posted the most impressive score of the whole season. He didn’t feature against Chelsea in the weekend game, and only played, as he usually does, 60 odd minutes against West Ham. He had a hand in all but one of the 5 Arsenal goals, scoring one and assisting the other 3. Altogether he scored 17 points, with 2 bonus points included. I’m sure he’d be in more teams if he could be relied upon to finish more games. Podolski will either score you double figures or a measly 1 or 2 points. Olivier Giroud scored top bonus marks and hit 15 points. Cazorla scored 12 points over the two games.

So who had who? Who had the best combination? And who had the best back up?

Goodbutnosigurdsson managed their second manager of the week award, amassing 98 points. After a very slow start, last season’s runners up have been climbing the league over the last few weeks. In gameweek 11 they were rock bottom – and had been in the bottom 5 for most of the first half of the season. It’s probably too late for a top 4 challenge, but continuing this run of good form could bag a monthly award, and would put them in with a strong chance of the cup.  They (I think) may have been the only team to take a punt on Giroud, as well as having Cazorla and captain Walcott. Include Joey O’Brien, and their West Ham/Arsenal combination earned them 65 points. Suarez, Lampard and Michu provided extra firepower. Goodbut… bravely ousted Van Persie in favour of Giroud. They’ve left themselves with 2.9 million in the bank. Is RVP coming back?

The other 90+ score of the week came from Hedgehog Corpse. They climb into 2nd place and have made some ground on A Pint Of Fullers. They packed a 5 man midfield with Arsenal and West Ham. They (I think) were the only team to try Joe Cole. Captain Walcott and Cazorla also featured, along with the not so successful Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kevin Nolan. Altogether though, a healthy 63 points came courtesy of those 5 players. Probably best not to mention the 22 points sat on Hedgehog’s bench, although usual suspects Van Persie and Suarez topped up the score nicely, as did Glen Johnson, with Liverpool keeping their 4th clean sheet in 6 games.

  • Player of the week – Theo Walcott – 18 points. On fire.
  • Bargain of the week – Jonathan De Guzman – 15 points. A good week for Swansea, unless you’re a ball boy.
  • Donkey of the week – Ryan Bennett – -2 points. Scored one of Liverpool’s usual 5 goals against Norwich.

Goal of the weekend

Benteke. Villa’s only player.


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