Gameweek 14 results and gameweek 15 preview

December 5, 2013

1 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 82 873
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 88 843
3 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 86 836
4 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 110 836
5 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 101 830
6 Ciderheads Darren Pope 102 829
7 The Magico Rob Buttaci 82 816
8 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 90 808
9 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 78 802
10 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 97 801
11 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 84 799
12 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 98 798
13 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 45 776
14 Kedah FA David Spinks 68 776
15 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 95 773
16 Have a little dink Ian Williams 103 766
17 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 61 751
18 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 90 748
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 79 747
20 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 67 743
21 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 54 740
22 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 53 688
23 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 39 675
24 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 38 672
25 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 62 659
26 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 53 646

I did say it would be a midweek bonanza, but I’n not sure I was expecting that. Possibly the highest average weekly score across the Buckets League and definitely the highest single weekly team score. With a humongous 110 points, Romeo’s-Honda-Van win the weekly award. The previous leaders on the highest weekly score chart were Neil Madrid on 97 points. They managed to equal that score, but only had the sixth best score of the night. As well as Romeo’s – Rip Roaring Reds, Ciderhaeds and Have A Little Dink all scored over 100. NaboombuDirtyYellows ended on 98 points. There were three other teams in the 90’s and five teams in the 80’s. Mid Season Blip started their mid season blip right on cue. Four days ago they scored the highest score, tied up manager of the month, and leapt from 13th to 5th. This week they fell back to 13th. And the reason why? They didn’t have Luis Saurez in their team.

In one match Suarez managed to post the highest weekly player score for the season thus far, win the player of the week award for the third time, score four goals and assist the fifth in Liverpool’s 5-1 hammering of Norwich, score his third hat trick against Norwich, score his second hat trick of the season, score double figures for the fifth time in nine games, move into third place in the overall player points table and become the Premier League’s leading goalscorer. Some of those records are made all the more remarkable when you consider he missed the first six games of the season. If you haven’t got him in your team, what are you thinking?

Add to that the fact that three of the goals would win goal of the week in most weeks. I’ve plumped for the first one. 

The majority of teams with Suarez made him captain. Wise move. I suppose most managers would have been hoping for a goal or two at home against a struggling side. The only downside is knowing that as the goals were flying in and the fantasy points were doubling up, that you’re probably not the only one on the brink of a massive score. And there wasn’t a bad supporting cast. Twelve other players scored double figures. Thirty-three goals were scored. Yet there was still room for six clean sheets. And six teams scored three or more. Even without Suarez, and the right combination of high scoring players, and good 70+ total was achievable this week. 

Eden Hazard and Mesut Ozil managed their fourth double figure haul of the season. Yaya Toure scored double figures for the third time. Jonjo Shelvey was the bargain buy for the night with 14 points. And Bryan Oviedo scored the goal that finally saw Everton win at Old Trafford. And David Moyes was there to see it. From the other dug-out. That’s hardly any game time in two seasons, and now 24 points in two weeks. Leighton who?

So what’s going to happen this weekend? Other than a mad scramble to crow bar Suarez into everyone’s team, we may have finally seen the end of the Southampton. Three consecutive defeats and no clean sheet in five could get worse over the next few weeks with games against City, Newcastle, Spurs and Everton all on the horizon. Prices may start to drop. Now might be the time to get your moneys worth out of Lovren, Fonte, Boruc, Shaw and Clyne. Ousting them may go someway in helping you squeeze in Suarez…who will score again this weekend. They play West Ham, who have failed to score in four of their last six games. So they might even pick up that clean sheet that those of us with Liverpool defenders have been expecting. Crystal Palace have kept three clean sheets in four. A home tie against Cardiff could produce another. Their cheap defenders could help you squeeze in Suarez. And United face Newcastle without Wayne Rooney, who is suspended, and possibly Robin Van Persie, who seems to be in that state of permanent injury that blighted his Arsenal days. Shifting either of those would definitely help you squeeze in Suarez. 

You should really try and squeeze in Suarez. Even if you don’t like him. Which I know is an issue with some people. 

Player of the week – Luis Suarez – 24 points. Squeeze him in. 

Bargain of the week – Jonjo Shelvey – 14 points. Although, he should really have been sent off. 

Donkey of the week – Costel Pantillimon – -2 points. Bring back Joe Hart. 

Goal of the week – Luis Suarez. The first one of the four.


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