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 38+ and July Manager of the month results

1
Pukki Blinders
David Spinks
105 444
2
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
69 432
3
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
50 415
4
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
80 410
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
65 405
6
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 403
7
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
66 403

This post will concentrate on this gameweek and who has won the last weekly and monthly accolades of the season. Pukki Blinders take their place on the role of honour winning July’s best manager prize. They played all of their available chips in the final six weeks of the season and amassed a total of 444 points – which may be the highest monthly total ever in Buckets League. They were 24 points down on Sterling Silva coming into GW38 but scored 36 points more, posting a triple digit score, and taking the final prize by a clear 12 point margin. Ultimately, captain choice made the difference – common sense versus sentimentality. Kevin De Bruyne or David Silva. The former chalked up his 10th double digit haul, his 13th goal and his 23rd assist of the season. He ends as the gameweek’s highest scorer and the season’s highest scorer. David Silva…blanked. A shame. Sometimes you’ve just got to go with the head. If only we knew when those times were.

Pukki’s 105 points wasn’t the only century score of the gameweek. Putting in an almighty effort and almost pinching the highest weekly score prize were Upper Bullens, who finished on 122 points, just two shy of the 124 points posted by Ginger Fizz back in GW30+. They probably couldn’t have done any more and were no doubt stung by Mo Salah’s omission from the starting XI against Newcastle. Could they have braved another transfer for a hit and mustered enough points to overtake the target? Unlucky Bullens.

July Manager of the Month – David Spinks – Pukki Blinders – 444 points

Manager of the week – Andy Taylor – Upper Bullens – 122 points

Player of the week – Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 19 points

Bargain of the week – Che Adams – Southampton – 13 points

Twat of the week – Jonny Evans – Leicester City – -2 points

Goal of the week – Kevin De Bruyne. His 4th nomination of the season. Take your pick for goal of the season. Jump to 41s in.

 

Gameweek 37+results

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 2285
2
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
63 2217
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
76 2207
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
59 2204
5
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
63 2204
6
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
60 2193
7
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
63 2163
8
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
78 2162
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
70 2157
10
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
76 2153

As we go into the last week, 24 points separate the chasing five. Locky’s, in sixth, have their free hit remaining – the only one of the five with a remaining chip. It could be enough to see them leapfrog into second. Look out for Kebab Eaters, back in ninth, who are the only other top ten team with a chip left. They too have a free hit and could make a late charge, although they’d have to get everything right and hope for a major mess-up in those teams above them.

But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 almost got everything right this week. Their 94 points, which was the gameweek’s best, saw returns for all but two of their starting eleven, including 34 points from captain, Raheem Sterling. I doubt it’ll be enough to put them in contention for the final monthly prize. The July table currently looks like this…

1
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
63 367
2
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
72 365
3
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
63 351
4
Pukki Blinders
David Spinks
80 343
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 340
6
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
70 337
7
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
66 334
8
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
76 334
9
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
76 332

Our first Last Man Standing final will be between Sterling Silva, Locky Bauer Bowyer and Kebab Eaters Utd. Naston Villa and Relegation Material fell at the last this gameweek with 59 and 58 points respectively. It was very close, with Locky’s only suviving by a point. Sterling Silva go into the final week with the highest average score through July with between five to seven points more per week than their rivals. But Locky’s and Kebab Eaters have those free hits. It’s anyone’s.

 

Manager of the week – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 94 points

Player of the week – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 17 points

Bargain of the week – Erik Pieters – Burnley – 12 points

Twat of the week – Emiliano Buendia – Norwich City – -2 points

Goal of the week – Naby Keita.

Gameweek 36+ results

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 2223
2
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
64 2154
3
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
58 2145
4
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
70 2141
5
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
60 2139
6
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
58 2133
7
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
55 2100
8
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
36 2088
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
71 2087
10
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
42 2077

The top six – and it may be that we have a definite top six now – are jostling for position. Not so much Caligula, who seem destined to make it a second league title, but the following five. Again there’s been a switch round in positons with 12 points separating the weekly scores and 21 points separating them in the table. It’s going to go to the wire for all of the runner-up prizes. Sterling Silva could still catch – there’s an outside chance. There’s the motivation of knowing they’re in pole position in the race for the last monthly prize – and that they’re still in the hunt for the Last Man Standing title, in which Neil Madrid and Caligula fell short this gameweek. Sterling Silva have the highest average weekly score (70 points) since the restart, closely followed by Kebab Eaters (68 points). Making up the final five are Locky Bauer Bowyer, Nashton Villa and Relegation Material, who all average 62 points.

There’s a strong challenge to their July manager of the month chances and that’s Buffoon United, who outscored everybody else this week with 81 points. Buffoons ousted TAA, in the week he finished as worst player, for Marcos Alonso, recognising the chance of bumper points against Norwich and going so far as captaining the Chelsea wing-back. That all worked out well – and added to the regular hauls for Manchester United assets and another goal for Michail Antonio. Here’s the monthly league table with two gameweeks remaining.

1
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
55 304
2
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
81 293
3
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
64 288
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 278

 

Manager of the week – Buffoon United – Jitesh Lakhani – 81 points

Player of the week – David Silva – Manchester City – 13 points

Bargain of the week – Luke Thomas – Leicester City – 12 points

Twat of the week – Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – 0 points

Goal of the week – Raul Jimenez. 1m27s.

Gameweek 34+ results

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
84 2117
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
51 2037
3
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
83 2032
4
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
72 2030
5
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
74 2025
6
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
76 2018
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
98 2009
8
Stranger Mings
Adam Burnett
91 1981
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
84 1974
10
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
82 1969

We may have our winner. As the chasing pack alternate between good gameweeks and bad gameweeks, Caligula only have good gameweeks. Another 80+ score sees them jump into the top 10k overall. And it may be five from the next six to take the runners up prizes. There’s another chasing pack of five or six teams all of whom are consistently posting 80 and 90+ scores but it’s proving to be not quite enough to claw back the gap to 6th place. Ginger Fizz have gone big again, almost hitting their third 100+ score of the season. The current Ginger Fizz tactic is score big, score 56, repeat to the end of the season. It might work.

The Fizz didn’t quite hit the century but The Islanders did. They incorporated their bench boost to accumulate 103 points and achieve the gameweek’s highest score. This included four double figure returns, one of whom was John Egan, the Sheffield United defender, who got double digits for the second consecutive week. Obviously, we’ll all be benching him next gameweek.

In Last Man Standing news – we’re down to our final nine. Six of our current top ten remain. Only Relegation Material, down in 25th, sit outside the top 12. We said goodbye to Sterling Silva in 2nd and Alisson Wonderland in 21st after this round of scores. Stranger Mings are the form team with an average of 86 points per gameweek since restart, closely followed by Caligula. Nashton and Rip Roaring Reds have the lowest average. But that average is 72 points. So, let’s just conclude that any one of these teams could win it, such is the high consistency of scoring.

Manager of the week – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 103 points

Player of the week – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool -18 points

Bargain of the week -John Egan – Sheffield United – 15 points

Twat of the week – Federico Fernandez – Newcastle United -2 points

Goal of the week – Wilfred Zaha. 1m24s