Gameweek 23 results

You either captained De Bruyne and spent 24 hours cursing his no-show until celebrating Jamie Vardy’s penalty miss like he’d scored a hat trick in a week that you’d captained him. Or, you celebrated De Bruyne’s no-show in expectation of a massive rank rise off the back of a Jamie Vardy goal blitz, and then wished you’d captained De Bruyne, even if it was just for four points.

Or you wildcarded, like The Craggy Islanders, drafted in Sergio Aguero and basked in the glory of the brace that secured the week’s highest Buckets total. That same wildcard has set the Islanders up nicely for Liverpool’s double header in the next gameweek. Most managers seem to have a Liverpool plan in place, with at least two of Salah, Mane, TAA, Robertson, Van Dijk or Firmino in place already. Not a lot of West Ham interest though. 

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
35 1364
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 1350
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
46 1341
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
69 1323
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
39 1323
6
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
31 1321
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
33 1315
8
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
34 1313
9
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
51 1310
10
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 1304

Nashton were the big movers this week, scoring 69 to shoot up into fourth and the prize money places. And that with both De Bruyne and Vardy as captain. They fluked Spurs’ only clean sheet this millennium, coupled with a penalty save for Paulo Gazzaniga, another double figure return for Jack Grealish, an assist for Mason Holgate (!) and clean sheet and bonus points for Reece James, who was conveniently hooked before Newcastle’s winning goal. 

Manager of the week – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 70 points

Player of the week – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 15 points

Bargain of the week – Paulo Gazzaniga – Tottenham Hotspur – 14 points

Twat of the week – Steve Cook – Bournemouth – -2 points

Goal of the week – Jack Grealish. 1m27s

 

Gameweek 22 results

Last week FTM scored 26 points. It was their lowest total of the season and saw them exit the Last Man Standing competition. Fast forward seven days and with just one transfer made, they’re this week’s outstanding team. It’s even more spectacular when considering that the transfer they made was to switch Harry Kane for, of all people, Troy Deeney. Deeney’s goal, Jorginho’s promotion from the bench and Rashford coming through as captain combined to help FTM make back most of the 600,000 or so places lost by last week’s horror show. They shared their 81 point haul with Queen Of The North, but FTM outscored them by six goals to five.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
63 1329
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
62 1300
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
65 1295
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
60 1290
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
60 1288
6
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
73 1282
7
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
66 1279
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
60 1259
9
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
66 1259
10
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
54 1254

There wasn’t much to choose between managers this week. Three top ten teams managed 60 points and most of the league posted around that total. Very few dipped below 50 or crept above 70. Musttryharder made the most ground within the top ten with a 73 point total, climbing one place in Buckets and 100,000 overall. It came with the help of a bench boost that added an extra 9 points. We’ll have to wait and see whether that was an ill-judged move ahead of double gameweek season. Also interesting to see that Locky’s have played their new wildcard already.

Regards Last Man Standing – I think we’re getting to the stage now where no-one’s really safe from elimination, regardless of where you are in the league. Soup-or-Boom, currently in 11th, left us this week, scoring 49 points along with Cook Pass Babtridge, scoring 48. Nashton, currently in 10th, were next on the chopping block with 54 points. That’s only three below the overall average score for the gameweek. Having said that, So Klose Yet So VAR, presently in 52nd place, are still going strong. We’re almost half way there with this competition. After GW24 there’ll be more teams eliminated than standing. Getting somewhere around average may not be enough to save you.

Manager of the week – FTM – Stu Smith – 81 ponts (6 goals)

Player of the week – Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 20 points

Bargain of the week – Abdoulaye Doucoure – Watford – 14 points

Twat of the week – Tyrone Mings – Aston Villa – -1 points

Goal of the week – Richarlison. 45s in

 

Gameweek 21 results

It was another week in which benches played an important part. Jamie Vardy missed out again and now has a yellow flag next to his name amid rumours of a calf problem. Given it’s FA Cup weekend, there’s plenty of time for a recovery and it’s not time to panic. Most of us lucked out in one way or another in his absence. Commonplace was either Todd Cantwell or Jack Grealish coming into play from the bench – or a Liverpool midfielder being promoted to captain – OR BOTH. Game of Stones’ score improved by 18 points as a result of both Mane and Cantwell contributing more than expected.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
45 1266
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
60 1238
3
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 1232
4
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
53 1230
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 1230
6
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
73 1213
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
62 1209
8
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
57 1200
9
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
69 1199
10
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
59 1196

Edgbaston won the week with 73 points. They benefited from a Sadio Mane vice captain pick while taking a standard Martin Kelly two-pointer to fill Vardy’s place. They had also held their wildcard until the final possible week and decided to jump on the Watford bandwagon now Nigel Pearson has got them playing. Christian Kabasele’s sending off and -1 point score didn’t matter too much alongside Gerard Deulefeu’s 12 point haul, supplementing other double figure totals from the aforementioned Mane and Cantwell, as well as Mo Salah.

Manager of the week – Edgbaston – Micheal Dinneen – 73 points

Player of the week – Mark Noble – West Ham United – 14 points

Bargain of the week – Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Arsenal – 13 points

Twat of the week – Diego Rico – Bournemouth – -1 points

Goal of the week – Hamza Choudhury. 2m31s.

Gameweek 20 results and December manager of the month

Here are the top 20, following gameweek 20, before we hit 2020.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
59 1221
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
71 1178
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
66 1177
4
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
74 1173
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
61 1168
6
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
60 1147
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
47 1147
8
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
58 1143
9
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
69 1142
10
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
64 1140
11
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
56 1137
12
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
42 1130
13
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
64 1124
14
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
54 1120
15
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
64 1117
16
Ole’s Revival
Patrick Martin
57 1111
17
Reluctant Soldier
Trevor Gordon
75 1108
18
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
76 1104
19
Cookie fc
Peter Cook
66 1103
20
But da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
48 1097

Locky’s sit at the top as we head into the new decade. It’s their tenth consecutive week at the top of the pile. They hold a 43 point lead over Game of Stones. Their lead was at it’s greatest last week, stretching to 51 points and it’s been fairly consistently at around 40 points since gameweek 11. The chasing pack can’t quite put a run together of outscoring Locky’s enough to close the gap. I have no idea if that last sentence makes sense.

This week Rock Ya Sin scored highest with 77 points. They sit just outside this top 20 with 1095 points. They benefitted from Danny Ings stepping in to fill the void left by Jamie Vardy’s non-appearance. It was the gameweek that was maybe expected to test the strength of the bench the most and it was mostly to cover Leicester absentees. I think we pretty much all had to call on at least one of our substitutes with the Vardy omission. Soyuncu, Pereira, Chilwell, Tielemans and Praet were all benched. James Maddison was too, but came on for a one point cameo.

Managers had varying degrees of success with their benches – most saw the likes of Kelly, Rico and Cantwell promoted to the tune of a few points. Special mention to Musttryharder who had Vardy as captain with De Bruyne has their vice. Traore took Vardy’s place in the team and Baldock replaced Lundstram for a total of 30 additional points, doubling their score and maintaining their place in the top 10. Smooth.

The December prize has been won by The Reluctant Soldier. This month they’ve achieved five out of six green arrows, rising 700,000 places in the overall ranks. They backed Vardy with the armband for the first four weeks, then switched to Alli last week and De Bruyne this week. All returned. Any captain advice needed – ask The Reluctant Soldier.

1
Reluctant Soldier
Trevor Gordon
75 378
2
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
54 373
3
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
76 367
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
58 364
5
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
56 362
6
Pukki Blinders
David Spinks
62 361

 

December Manager of the Month – Trevor Gordon – The Reluctant Soldier – 378 points

Manager of the week – Rock Ya Sin – Paul Bentz – 77 points

Player of the week – Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 14 points

Bargain of the week – Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton – 12 points

Twat of the week – Adrian Mariappa – Watford – -2 points

Goal of the week – Aaron Mooy. 2m20s.

Gameweek 19 results

The week in which Liverpool won the title. The week in which Trent Alexander-Arnold broke FPL. If you had him – green arrow and a massive rank rise. For the rest of us, weeks and weeks of good work undone in one 90 minute display. The Liverpool right back (imagine running a game from right back) collected the highest weekly score of the season so far with 24 points. It’ll take a double gameweek score to beat that. Probably his own double gameweek score in GW24. Liverpool and West Ham will play their rescheduled fixture then.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
62 1162
2
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1111
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
44 1107
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
71 1107
5
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
56 1104
6
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
57 1099
7
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
52 1088
8
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
35 1087
9
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
56 1085
10
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
58 1081

Buffoon United have been making steady progress over the last few weeks and with one round of December fixtures left to play they find themsleves top of the monthly league. They’ve climbed to 13th in Buckets and seen an overall rank rise of around 600,000.

1
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
319
2
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
317
3
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
306
3
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
306
5
Reluctant Soldier
Trevor Gordon
303
6
Pukki Blinders
David Spinks
299
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
299
8
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
297

To totally contradict my opening statement, their 83 points, the highest Buckets score of the gameweek, did not include TAA. Instead, they built their total around four double-digit, match-winning performances. Harry Kane starred as captain. Anthony Martial hasn’t been injured now for nearly a month and offers great value going forward, playing out of position and for less than £8 million. Adama Traore finished off City, yet the real differential in the Buffoon ranks is Djibril Sidibe. He has nailed down a right wing-back berth in an Everton team who should see results pick up with Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment. Even in the last days of Marco Silva and under Duncan Ferguson their were signs of Sidibe’s potential. The Buffoons may be the only one of us who have jumped on this. Four assists, three clean sheets and four bonus points in eight games hasn’t yet prompted a price rise, but it’s surely only a matter of time.

Manager of the week – Bufoon United – Jitesh Lakhani – 83 points

Player of the week – Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – 24 points

Bargain of the week – Adama Traore – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 13 points

Twat of the week – Ederson Moraes – Manchester City – -3 points

Goal of the week – Jordan Ayew. 2m33s in.