Gameweek 31 results

March 27, 2014

1 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 158 1,932
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 161 1,880
3 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 165 1,866
4 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 124 1,859
5 The Magico Rob Buttaci 152 1,857
6 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 161 1,849
7 Ciderheads Darren Pope 133 1,800
8 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 132 1,797
9 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 158 1,789
10 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 125 1,786
11 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 120 1,773
12 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 129 1,770
13 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 146 1,724
14 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 115 1,720
15 Have a little dink Ian Williams 141 1,713
16 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 134 1,691
17 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 155 1,690
18 Kedah FA David Spinks 132 1,670
19 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 116 1,636
20 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 134 1,634
21 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 136 1,633
22 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 138 1,619
23 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 121 1,613
24 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 131 1,584
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 133 1,579
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 107 1,441

 

Saturday:- And many people’s best laid plans will probably have been completely ruined after 17 minutes of the first game as Eden Hazard stroked the ball home from the penalty spot to put single gameweekers Chelsea 3-0 up at double gameweekers Arsenal. Chelsea added another three to effectively post a double gameweeks worth of scoring in one match. And in doing so, reduce to tears those relying on their double gameweeking Arsenal contingent to get in amongst the big points. Each of Arsenal’s starting back four scored minus points, with the unfortunate Kieran Gibbs ending on -5. His red card will be rescinded, but his fantasy points, unfortunately for some, will not be.

Around 1pm today we were probably all regretting moving Chelsea players out of our teams. Four hours later, we’re rejoicing the almost universal selection of Suarez as captain, and the other transfer choices we made involving red Scousers and sky blue Mancs.

Thus far Yaya Toure leads the way with 21 points after a hat trick which included scoring the second best goal of the day. Suarez is one behind on 20 points. His hat trick was his third of the season. It’s likely that one of those two will eventually post this season’s highest gameweek score for a player. It’s currently held by Suarez who bagged 24 points in gameweek 14. The highest single gameweek score by a Buckets manager has already been beaten. Again in gameweek 14, Romeo’s notched 110 points, but with seven games still remaining of this gameweek, Shakin’ Stephens have already reached 120 points, while Panza Grande are just behind with 114. There are no other teams over 100 points but plenty bubbling under in the 90’s who will almost certainly pass the century barrier by the end of Wednesday night.

As well as those with Arsenal players, managers who banked on Sunderland and West Ham will be feeling slightly disappointed. West Ham have an easier game to come in midweek, but Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat to Norwich brought little cheer to those who saw long term double gameweek benefits in picking out a few Mackem players for their squads. It was left to Vito Mannone – again – to offer some hope. Six saves boosted his total to three points. Those relying on the Sunderland keeper will be hoping for a similar performance in midweek against Liverpool. He’ll certainly have plenty of shots to save.

Everton scored three but were let down defensively. A clean sheet looked more than likely against struggling Swansea, but only Leighton Baines, who scored a penalty, contributed anything from their back four. Those who took a punt on Lukaku, Mirallas and/or Barkley will be less disappointed.

Hull offered the best cheap options with a 2-0 defeat of West Brom. Liam Rosenior, at £3.9 million, the pick of the bunch. He netted their first goal and picked up three bonus marks. Newcastle’s defence offered a clean sweep of clean sheets and bonus marks, and even managers who took a wild punt on Manchester United turning in a performance will be pleasantly surprised. Picking Wayne Rooney, at his price, may have been considered a risk, but his 13 points equalled his best single game return of the season. And he scored the third best goal of the day. Well done Wayne.

Sunday:- At first glance, the games didn’t seem to be particularly significant today, with all four teams only competing once this week. However, they banged in 10 goals between them and offered up some big individual points scores. Having said that, looking at the league table, not too much has changed. Have A Little Dink have broken the 100 point barrier. Adam Lallana’s nine point score carried them over that threshold. It was the Southampton players in particular that gave a small boost to Buckets teams today. Rodriguez and Lambert offered a goal and an assist. I’m not sure anyone had Christian Eriksen who achieved the highest score of the day with 18 points.

The cup semi finals are poised nicely, in particular the game between (Your Ad Here) and Neil Madrid. It stands at 91-91. Neil Madrid have 10 players potentially playing over Tuesday and Wednesday night to (Your Ad Here)’s 7, and the same player (Suarez) set as captain. In the other semi, Crazylegs lead Inter Minan by 91 points to 73. It’s a tough ask for Inter. They’ll be regretting leaving Liam Rosenior on their bench. Had he been picked, Inter could have been two points behind, and with an equal amount of potential midweek players.

Tuesday:- Only four teams now remain below the 100 point barrier. Inter Minan are one of them, and it looks like their cup run may have come to an end, with semi final opponents Crazylegs having reached 127 points. Upper Bullens, Shoelace Untied and Bermie United are the other three, but all should pass the mark tomorrow. Tonight’s games served up another 10 goals. Fifteen games in a gameweek was always likely to provide 100+ scores, but the avalanche of goals has put some teams in with an outside chance of hitting 200. Another hat trick from Suarez tomorrow night against Sunderland could see Panza Grande and Shakin’ Stephens hit those heights. It looks like it’s between those two teams for the highest weekly score of the season award. Panza sit on 154 to Shaky’s 147. They’re also leading the way for the manager of the month award. More of that next week.

It was City and Everton that came up trumps tonight, with Arsenal’s title challenge probably finally coming to an end with a draw at home against Swansea. So many players have achieved double figure scores this week. Eight City players and five Everton players did so. Compare that to only two from Arsenal and one from United. Yaya Toure bagged another goal tonight and two more bonus points taking him on to a massive 31 points for a single week. Luis Suarez will need to score at least two and assist another with top bonus marks to beat him. In any other week Martin Dimichelis’s 20 points or Samir Nasri’s 15 points would be enough to win a player award. Well done to anyone who picked out those three as their City contingent.

Ross Barkley looks the best bargain of the week. He currently has 20 points, having scored twice – once in each game. Romelu Lukaku’s also scored twice this week and he’s finished on 18 points. Again – in any other week, those two scores bag you an award. Good goal by Barkley. Better than Rooney’s.

Wednesday:- Everybody made it over 100 points. The highest weekly score was inevitably beaten. Shakin’ Stephens will claim the £10 prize unless something miraculous happens. It’ll be a long time before Buckets sees a higher weekly score than 165 points. Kudos to Panza and Neil Madrid for reaching 161. The games last night produced another six goals and a sting in the tail for those who’d taken a punt on Allan McGregor or James Chester. The Hull keeper was sent off. Chester scored an own goal. Liverpool didn’t take Sunderland to the cleaners as expected – but did enough. And the usual suspects aided by a Steven Gerrard free kick got them he goals. Luis Suarez didn’t add too much more to his score, and didn’t overtake Yaya Toure as player of the week, but as most of us had him as captain, did add 50 points to most manager’s final scores. You’d have got 62 points by giving Toure the armband.

In the cup, the final will be between Neil Madrid and Crazylegs XI. Madrid had too much for (YAH), eventually winning 161-132. Crazylegs had it slightly easier, beating Inter Minan 158-103. Good effort Inter.

Player of the week – Yaya Toure – 31 points. Battling with Hazard to be the top midfielder.

Bargains of the week – Ross Barkley – 21 points. Possibly booked his ticket to Brazil this week.

Donkey of the week – Fernando Amorebieta – -4 points. Conference quality.

Goal of the week – Alexander Tettey. Technique, power, precision, harder ball to hit, smaller target to aim at. Looks better. Hit harder. And faster. Fuck Wayne Rooney.

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