Gameweek 2 results

August 27, 2013

1 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 52 140
2 The Magico Rob Buttaci 54 140
3 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 47 139
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 57 131
5 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 40 131
6 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 41 128
7 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 46 126
8 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 55 122
9 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 51 121
10 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 28 121
11 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 42 118
12 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 55 117
13 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 47 116
14 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 46 114
15 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 54 111
16 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 47 111
17 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 42 105
18 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 54 102
19 Have a little dink Ian Williams 40 102
20 Kedah FA David Spinks 32 100
21 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 43 99
22 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 39 99
22 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 43 99
24 Ciderheads Darren Pope 45 97
25 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 32 85
26 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 34 74

I can’t have been the only one to have taken a punt on Manchester City’s defence this week. What made the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Cardiff harder to take was the dispensing of Jose Enrique from my defence to accommodate Pablo Zabaleta. That’s Jose Enrique who kept a clean sheet and assisted Liverpool’s winning goal against Villa. I brought in Joleon Lescott too – for Ashley Cole. A much more sensible substitution given Chelsea’s fallow week next week and their match against United in this. That’s Ashley Cole who kept a clean sheet and picked up two bonus points. Brilliant.

The average weekly score was a relatively low 45 points. Probably something to do with there being only 16 goals scored, and three 0-0 draws on the scorecard. So the bulk of managers scores came from their defensive players. Hedgehog Corpse won the gameweek with 57 points. 27 of those points came from their three man defence and goalkeeper. It’s a score that’s lifted them from 10th to 4th, and in with a good chance of the first manager of the month award. Any of the top 15 or so teams has a chance of the award, with Crazylegs and The Magico in pole position with 140 points each.

The Magico managed 54 points, 30 of which came from their defence – 16 of those from their captain choice. It’s rare you see a defender picked as captain, and extra satisfying when it pays dividends. Kolo Toure managed 16 points for The Magico. Liverpool haven’t conceded yet. Neither have West Ham. Across those two defences only Simon Mignolet’s price has risen. West Ham don’t face a potential top 6 side till early October when they travel to Spurs. Juusi Jaaskelainen did finish as one of the joint second best keepers in the game last season and Sam Allardyce loves a clean sheet. But then, I should probably give up on making clean sheet predictions.

City’s defensive frailties – being forced to play Javi Garcia out of position with Kompany and Nastasic injured – played into Cardiff’s, and most notably, Frazer Campbell’s hands. The 5.5 million striker ended up as the weeks best player with his double. And this week highlighted the potential amongst some of the new boys. Hull bagged their first win and clean sheet. Robbie Brady scored from the penalty spot. His usefulness from set plays could see his price rise in the coming weeks.

Player of the week – Frazer Campbell – 16 points. Two good headed goals.

Bargain of the week – Jose Fonte – 11 points. A last minute equalizer and top bonus marks.

Donkey of the week – Fernando Torres – 0 points. Jose doesn’t like any of his forwards. Half an hour on the pitch, booked and 0.2 million less than his starting price already.

Goal of the week – Daniel Sturridge. Not much to choose form, but this was neatly taken.


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