Gameweek 3 results

September 1, 2014

1 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 51 162
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 58 158
3 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 49 154
4 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 53 152
5 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 64 152
6 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 33 145
6 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 52 145
8 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 50 145
9 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 54 144
10 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 53 144
11 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 58 140
12 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 39 139
13 Van Damme United P Hawkins 42 137
14 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 46 135
15 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 36 134
16 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 36 134
17 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 42 132
18 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 38 124
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 38 124
20 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 35 123
21 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 30 123
22 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 36 122
23 Howay Man AFC Mark Bromham 35 121
24 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 52 120
25 Ciderheads Darren Pope 38 116
26 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 33 110
27 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 35 109
28 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 27 96
29 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 37 94

 

Our first manager of the month is NaboombuDirtyYellows. A steady 51 point haul saw them jump from second to first and hold off the challenges of Panza, Paris Spinks Germain, Uriah’s and this week’s manager of the week, *Your Ad Here*. Champions, RayCrawfordsCrackers, had a disappointing week, dropping back to 6th, with only a 33 point total.

Naboombu’s ascent to the top, and *Your Ad Here*’s 64 point week-winning score mainly came courtesy of the Premier League’s top two. Swansea contributed 17 points to Naboombu’s weekly total, thanks to the consistently brilliant Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Neil Taylor, reinstated as their first choice left back after Ben Davies’ departure to Spurs. *Your Ad Here* were helped to their manager of the week award by a 23 point contribution from their Chelsea contingent. Diego Costa is leading the striker race, bagging two in their goalfest with Everton. Branislav Ivanovic is justifying his hefty £7 million price tag notching a second goal of the season. They also had Cesc Fabregas supplying one of the assists. As well as Sigurdsson, whose value has now increased by £0.5 million, and whose popularity is only exceeded by Rooney, Costa, Ramsey, Sterling and Fabregas.

We’re heading into a pesky international break. Gameweek four commences in a fortnight’s time on September 13th, by which time today’s transfer deadline madness will have ruined any ideas you may have had about having a settled first XI – like it’s ever possible to have a settled first XI. Particularly if you’d decided to go down the Manchester City route this week. A lot of Buckets managers in the 30-40 point zone seemed to go with an all out City tactic expecting the Champs to get three points and as many goals against Stoke. That didn’t happen. A lot of us may also have been seduced by Spurs’ clean sheet start to the season. Eric Dier’s almost faultless start came to a crashing halt, managing only one extra point. He gave away the penalty for Liverpool’s second, and probably should have been booked, which would have resulted in him finishing the week on zero points. Their front four were ineffectual, and Liverpool, whose start had been stuttering to say the least, all of a sudden looked like the team from last season. Particularly Raheem Sterling – and maybe even Mario will be worth a punt. United are frustratingly being shit, without being absolutely shit. Their defenders came to the fore this weekend. Blackett, Jones and Evans all picked up bonus scores against Burnley. Defences across the game are being typically annoying. Of the 11 players to have kept two clean sheets, Dier will set you back the most at £5.4 million. There’s already enough to suggest that going cheap at the back will be a good tactic. Plough your money into the midfield and forward line.

But….probably best save these thoughts for a fortnight. Clubs are buying, selling and loaning like bastards as I write, and don’t be surprised if your star striker breaks his leg on international duty.

 

Player of the week – Nathan Dyer – 16 points. Swansea, kings of the midfield.

Bargain of the week – Morgan Schneiderlin – 15 points. If he stays with Southampton, he’s their main man.

Donkey of the week – Tim Howard – -1 points. Concedes six, gets booked and loses his temper.

Goal of the week – Wayne Routledge. I love goals like this.

 

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