March Manager of the Month – The Vinegar Pissers – Paul Hawkins – 304 points
There wasn’t really anyone else in it. During March The Vinegar Pissers have risen to the top of our league, climbed 100,000 places in the overall game into the top 20,000 and posted the highest weekly gameweek score of our season so far. They’ve no wildcard but all three chips remaining, meaning it looks like they’re in good shape to cope with gameweeks 34, 35 and 37. They’re our likely new favourites for the title and it’ll be a second time success for their manager. Beware of last year’s champs and runners up who are sat in 3rd and 5th respectively and on the climb.
Manager of the week – Pure Buffoonery! – Jitesh Lakhani – 68 points (7 goals)
Three teams picked up 68 points this week. Queen Of The North and FTM both scored four goals in reaching that total, but it’s Pure Buffoonery! with seven goals that take their place on the honours board. Seven goals is an impressive haul for a gameweek. They were scored by five different players with both Arnautovic and Aubameyang contributing a brace. Clearly they missed when placing the captain’s armband. Surely it was meant to land on Mo Salah, but instead ended up around Pascal Gross’ arm. Which would have been wonderful had it paid off, but it didn’t. But when your side bangs in seven goals, what does it matter?
Player of the week – Marko Arnautovic – 16 points
There haven’t been many double players of the week. Arnautovic becomes the fourth following Aguero, Son and Kane. He appears to be leading the line again following a spell relying on Javier Hernandez, which didn’t work out all that well. West Ham have a double gameweek upcoming – probably in GW37 – and they also play GW35. Arnautovic, who has scored his nine goals in 13 games, could be well worth keeping hold of if you’ve got him. Although, they won’t be playing Southampton every week.
Bargain of the week – Ben Chilwell – 11 points
Chilwell is winning the battle with Christian Fuchs for the Leicester left back role at the moment and at £4.3 with two double gameweeks on the horizon is a tempting prospect. He has two assists in his last two games, so there’s attacking potential there. This week he added a clean sheet. Leicester’s double gamewek opponents are Burnley, Southampton, West Ham and Arsenal. At least two, possibly even three of those four games could easily end up with more clean sheet points on the board.
Twat of the week – Jack Stephens – 0 points
It’s looking pretty dire for Southampton. They too have two double gameweeks to negotiate, but their run in is frightening. Chelsea, Leicester, Everton and Swansea make up their 34 and 37 opponents, which is bad enough. Add to that Arsenal next week and Manchester City last game of the season and even those that can’t resist filling the teams with double gameweekers are probably going to be steering well clear of Southampton players.
Goal of the week – Ashley Barnes.
Was close to winning it a few weeks back. Definitely wins it this week. From the start.