End of season WINNERS, Last Man Standing, Teams and players of the season.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
65 2350
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
67 2270
3
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 2269
4
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
70 2263
5
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
63 2263
6
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
52 2248
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
72 2230
8
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
69 2228
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
66 2223
10
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
80 2211

Our final top ten looks like this. Caligula rose to the top in GW29 and stayed their till the end, stretching their lead week on week. Despite taking a tumble in the overall rankings in the last three gameweeks the gap back to their nearest Buckets rivals has steadily increased. Caligula returned after lockdown at 34k in the world. They end the season at just over 13k, having reached a high of just under 7.5k in GW35+. It’s their 7th top 20k finish in 14 seasons and it earns them their second Buckets title. Congratulations to them.

Game of Stones entered the top 10 in GW5 and stayed there for the duration, having brief spells at number one and never being outside of the top five. They reached a season high 24k in the world in GW25 and started the last nine gameweeks around the 39k mark, but as Caligula charged forward, Stones fell back. There was a lot of jockeying for position in behind Caligula within the top six over the nine weeks since the restart. Most held second position for at least a week, but none could put together a consistent run of scores to make ground on our champs.

Locky Bauer Bowyer became our first Last Man Standing winners. They saw off the final week challenge of Kebab Eaters and Sterling Silva by the finest of margins to take the prize. Locky’s also reached the highest overall rank of any other player during the course of the season. After GW11 they sat in 1,974th place and remained in the top 10k for the next nine weeks.

Mister D won the Buckets Cup at the first time of asking. Their impressive spurt during February and March set them up in the final against Neil Madrid. The final was played in GW30+ – the first back after lockdown. It produced the highest scoring Buckets Cup final to date with Mister D winning 105 to 95. Neil Madrid’s total would have won the Buckets Cup in any other year.

Gameweek 30+ saw many a Buckets team hit the hundred point mark. Five of the top ten hit triple digit returns, including Ginger Fizz, whose 124 points remained the highest weekly score of the season. It was a double gameweek with Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United all playing twice, which makes the single gameweek score in the final gameweek of 122 points by Upper Bullens all the more impressive. The Fizz’s 124 points was 21k in the world for weekly scores – Bullens’ total ranked them the 1,518th best team in the world. The Fizz followed up that 100+ effort with another two gameweeks later. Although less, the 106 points accrued in GW32+ was within the top 7k in the world for weekly scores. Within the first three weeks of the restart Ginger Fizz had climbed 400,000 places worldwide. It bagged them the June manager of the month award.

We had ten separate manager of the months this season and three teams who won more than one manager of the week award. They were Rock Ya-Sin (36th) King Ragg (44th) and FTM (26th). FC Caligula won MOTM once. Game Of Stones didn’t win it at all.

Mohamed Salah couldn’t make it three consecutive seasons as the highest scoring player. He finished second to Kevin De Bruyne, who successfully avoided both injury AND Pep roulette to hit 251 points, consisting of a new assist record (23) and 13 goals. Liverpool’s title winning season was the ultimate team effort. Points, goals and assists were shared around the team – although we’re still talking about the three highest scoring defenders, two of the three highest scoring midfielders and three of the four highest scoring players. When it comes to dishing out player of the year awards that split vote may hand that trophy to De Bruyne. Where would City have been without his contribution? You can also pick out any one of his four nominations for goal of the season too. Although, in truth, Son Heung-Min’s solo run against Burnely in GW16 probably just about shades it.

Team of the season

  • GK – Nick Pope – Burnley – 170 points
  • DR – Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – 210 points
  • DC – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 178 points
  • DC – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 144 points
  • DL – Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – 181 points
  • MR – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 233 points
  • MC – Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 251 points
  • MC – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 204 points
  • ML – Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 221 points
  • CF – Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 210 points
  • CF – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 205 points

Bargains of the season (with starting value)

  • GK – Dean Henderson – Sheffield United – 160 points – £4.5m
  • DR – Enda Stevens – Sheffield United – 142 points – £5m
  • DC – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 144 points – £4m
  • DC – John Egan – Sheffield United – 133 points – £4.5m
  • DL – George Baldock – Sheffield United – 142 points – £4.5m
  • MR – Adama Traore – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 130 points – £5m
  • MC – Mason Mount – Chelsea – 137 points – £6m
  • MC – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa – 149 points – £6m
  • ML – Harvey Barnes – Leicester City – 133 points – £6m
  • CF – Danny Ings – Southampton – 198 points – £6m
  • CF – Raul Jimenez – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 194 points – £7.5m

I’m not sure whether a defender has ever topped the 200 point mark – or outscored every single attacker other than the golden boot winner. Jamie Vardy may have banged in 23 goals but Trent Alexander-Arnold sits level on points with him having scored 4, assisted 15 and with 14 clean sheets. Might we be looking at the first £8 million defender at the start of next season?

We all know John Lundstram isn’t a central defender but for pretty much all of the first half of the season he was a FPL manager’s dream. A starting value of £4m and playing so far out of position he was almost in a different country. Unsurprisingly, Lundstram and his Sheffield United colleagues (the ACTUAL Blades defence) dominate the bargain differential squad of the season. The entire back line is red and white. Lundtsram is one of the seven players, along with TAA, who has returned a 20+ point weekly score. Michail Antonio’s four goals against Norwich a few weeks ago gave us the largest individual weekly total. The other four players to achieve the mark were Ayoze Perez, during Leicester’s 9-0 hammering of Southampton, Raheem Sterling in GW1 and GW35+, Sergio Ageuro, following a hat-trick against Villa – and Phil Foden in DGW30+, against Arsenal and Burnley. Manchester City players have achieved four of the nine highest gameweek scores since the restart.

Ryan Bertrand’s -6 in GW10 – the same week as Ayoze Perez scored 20+ – was the season’s lowest score. A bit unfair, considering he only lasted 11 minutes of the game, hobbling off to then watch his teammates implode as Leicester ran riot. Bertrand went into that game with only 5 points in the bank, having missed a few games with injury and not keeping a clean sheet in the games he had played. Credit to Southampton who finished the season impressively, beating Manchester City – and with Danny Ings coming close in the golden boot chase and being far and away the best value attacking player in the game for the whole season (not including Lundtsram of course – who really isn’t a defender).

 

 

 

 

Gameweek 30+ results

Rank Team & Manager GW TOT
1
FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 112 1802
2
Game of Stones Ryan Garoghan 107 1793
3
Nashton Villa Jaime Nash 81 1752
4
BASHAM’S ARRIVING! Tim Dodd 113 1743
5
Locky Bauer Bowyer Paul Hawkins 99 1742
6
Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 85 1729
7
DaSilvaortheFreD Stephen Papadopoulos 80 1712
8
Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 85 1711
9
GingerFizz Noel Driver 124 1697
10
musttryharder fc Paul Telford 102 1693

Welcome back. These updates are probably going to be quite short and sweet given the fast turnaround of games. By the time the league tables finally update, the next gameweek is rolling round. So, in a nutshell – a crazy week as most “first” gameweeks are. Unlimited transfers plus double gameweek should always equal mega scores. And it didn’t disappoint. One of those weeks where getting under 100 probably seemed like a failure.

Our highest weekly score has been smashed. Most of us went with three City players and Ginger Fizz’s Mahrez/Aguero/De Bruyne combo yielded 59 of their 124 points. Most of us also bench-boosted, although to no great effect. To counter the big City totals there were plenty of players delivering not very much – most of them from Arsenal. And we all had three of them as well.

We have a cup winner. Mister D triumphed over Neil Madrid by 105 to 95. That’s Madrid’s third Buckets Cup final defeat. Mister D find their way onto the prize winning board in their first season. Choosing Riyad Mahrez over Sergio Aguero – and not going as all-out on the double gameweek worked in their favour.

Manager of the week – Noel Driver – Ginger Fizz – 124 points

Player of the week – Phil Foden – Manchester City – 22 points

Bargain of the week – Kortney Hause – Aston Villa – 13 points

Twat of the week – David Luiz – Arsenal – -3 points

Goal of the week – Ben Chilwell. 

Screamer. 2m04 s in.

Gameweeks 31-35 cancelled

You’re probably all aware of the latest announcement regarding Premier League fixtures – cancelled until the end of April – which means the first planned gameweek as it stands at the moment is GW36, commencing on the 2nd May.
Will that happen? Probably not.
There was a Premier League meeting on Thursday and as well as announcing this, they also expressed a determination to get the season finished. How and when is anyone’s guess.
Regarding FPL, if they were, as I suggested in the last post, to have a mammoth last gameweek 38 to cover all the outstanding fixtures, we may end up having a 70 game gameweek, which seems totally unrealistic. So, maybe we will get a GW39, GW40 etc. I can’t even see GW38 being played as it is at the moment, so I expect there to be as many gameweeks as there were before the cancellations. It’s up to the FPL bods how they name/number them.
One thing we have got is the continuation of active gameweek deadlines. Transfers can still be made for free, so teams can still be shaped.
April Manager of the Month is cancelled. The Buckets Cup is still on hold. We await the first gameweek in which we can play out the final.
Last Man Standing is now completely on hold until it is 100% confirmed that fixtures are going to take place and gameweeks are going ahead. Until I know how the gameweeks will look – that’s when I can re-design the format.

Gameweek 30 and Gameweek 31 cancelled

Buckets Cup Final decision – for the benefit of me and Mister D

It was meant to be the Buckets Cup final this weekend. I have decided that this will be played out in the first gameweek in which any fixtures take place – which at the moment is going to be GW32 commencing on April 4th.
There is every chance that this could change again and the restart of the season could be put back even further. If this happens we’ll keep going until we get to a gameweek in which a fixture is played.
I guess there’s a possibility we might get a heavily reduced gameweek in which, perhaps, only one or two games are played and if that’s the case then that WILL count. Those scores will be added to your overall league score – so they will also go towards the cup final score.

March Manager of the Month

We’ve had one week of March fixtures. We’re not having any more until April, so as it stands, FC Caligula have been crowned March Manager of the Month.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
0 80
2
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
0 78
2
Hemel Hotspur
Paul Jarvis
0 78
4
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
0 78
5
king ragg
Steven Darling
0 77
6
Cook Pass Babtridge
Marcus Baker
0 76

June and July fixtures?

Might there be games played in June – and even July?? I haven’t budgeted for either.
So, IF we have June and July fixtures…
My understanding is that a GW39, GW40 etc WILL NOT be created. What will happen is that GW38 will become some kind of mega-gameweek including all remaining fixtures that haven’t been played by that point. So – yes – possibilities of triple, even quadruple gameweeks for some teams perhaps?
I think that the best course of action at the moment is to award the final manager of the month prize to whoever wins May + June + July + etc….
It’s worth noting that at the moment, only two weeks have been cancelled and there are two remaining weekends in May left after the original final weekend of the season. There is also a possibility that the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League and Internationals will be cancelled completely, which opens up vacant dates to complete league fixtures. So, all remaining fixtures could yet be finished by the end of May.

No games in April?

In the case of a whole month’s worth of fixtures being cancelled and the season still finishing in May, then I could add the £30 April prize to the May prize fund. May might end up being some mega-month worthy of the increased prize pot. If June fixtures happen, I’ll simply create a June manager of the month prize and use the April prize pot. July fixtures would result in a June/July combined £30 prize.

Last Man Standing

We’ve lost two gameweeks. This screws up how the Last Man Standing competition works. So, if we commence in GW32, I’ll be eliminating the lowest scoring 6 teams. That’s 2 for GW30, 2 for GW31 and 2 for GW32. If we don’t get started again in GW32, I’ll rethink this. But for now, this is how we’ll progress.

Complete cancellation

All money refunded or held onto to pay for entry into next season’s competition. No winnings paid out.

 

My gut feeling is that the season will not commence in GW32, but that every effort will be made to get it restarted – and finished. I also think it’s unlikely that it will finish in May.
I’m not sure the Euros are going to happen – so the summer opens up to accommodate the completion of the Premier League, although I’ve also heard that we’re likely to hit our virus peak in 3 months time – which is mid June. Too close to the planned start of next season?
Lots of people have lots of different theories as to what could or should happen – cancelling other tournaments, cups etc and playing two games a week through the summer. But no-one knows. These are just my hunches.
It’s a very changeable situation – and remember, ultimately, Boris Johnson is in charge of this.
So yeah, we’re doomed.

There have been interesting developments regarding how the game is going to play out over the next few weeks. Rather than just freezing the game, it’s actually active.
So – if you took a hit before the Coronavirus announcement, you’ve scored -4 this week. If you do the same next week, it’s another -4.
If you had two free transfers for GW30, you could have made them. They’d have been activated. You effectively had four free transfers to pay with ahead of GW32. You could have made two before the GW30 deadline – with a chance of making two more before GW32’s deadline. It’s a mini wildcard.
If you had one free transfer, you will now have two for GW31. Make them. They’re free.

How FPL transfers and chips will be affected by coronavirus suspension

This article on Fantasy Football Scout explains a few other things regards chips, wildcards, head to head leagues and the FPL Cup.

Gameweek 29 results

I didn’t set up my team this week with an international pandemic in mind, otherwise I doubt I’d have captained Aubameyang and brought in three Arsenal players to try my luck on the double gameweek. A double gameweek that was announced and then cancelled within a matter of days. It’s clear from the league table that I’m not the only one who had pinned my hopes on some big scores coming from the teams playing twice. It can’t always be relied upon, but it’s too much of a temptation to turn down for some managers. So we’re left with a semi-complete gameweek and no idea when – or even IF – the cancelled game will get played. As it stands, GW30 is going ahead – and the blank GW31 with it’s accompanying FA Cup games. But who knows?

There has been a lot of change at the top of the league and two very closely contested and low scoring Buckets Cup semi-finals. An don’t mention Last Man Standing. I mean the prize might literally go to the last one of us able to stand.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
80 1690
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
66 1686
3
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
46 1671
4
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
67 1644
5
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
43 1643
6
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
45 1632
7
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
62 1630
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
58 1626
9
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
70 1613
10
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1592

Caligula race to the top with a week-winning score of 80 points, capitalising on the no-show of captain Kevin De Bruyne, taking five additional points from the bench and nine more from their promoted vice. Having Harvey Barnes helped. And persevering with Jamie Vardy too – in the week I feel a lot of people may have eventually got rid to accommodate Arsenal and/or Manchester City players.

It was a bad week for Nashton Villa who relinquished the top spot in the league and were knocked out of the cup. Mister D triumphed 50-46, thanks largely to Ayoze Perez not taking part in Leicester’s 4-0 thumping of Villa. A double knife to the heart of the Nashton manager. Chris Wood was promoted from the bench to the tune of 9 points, enough to see them over the line. The second semi-final was totally drab. Neil Madrid prevailed 41-37 against Queen Of The North. “You can only beat what’s put in front of you”, I will repeatedly say if anyone dare suggest it’s a fix.

Manager of the week – FC Caligula – Ajay Supeda – 80 points

Player of the week – Harvey Barnes – Leicester City – 19 points

Bargain of the week – Alex McCarthy – Southampton – 12 points

Twat of the week – Moussa Djenepo – Southampton – -2 points

Goal of the week – Mason Mount. At 28s in.