Gameweek 38 results

May 23, 2017

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2315
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 2312
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
77 2274
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 2255
down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
87 2238
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 2221
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
91 2215
70 2208
same Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
97 2175
10  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
84 2161
11  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
97 2157
12  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
75 2134
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
76 2123
14  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
80 2114
15  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
90 2107
16  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
80 2100
17  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
94 2093
18  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
77 2090
19  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
66 2076
76 2066
21  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
61 2063
22  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
78 2051
23  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
66 2044
24  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
51 2027
25  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
62 2024
26  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
100 2021
27  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
76 2017
28  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
49 2016
29  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
80 2008
30  up jetty city
scott mcgow
73 1979
31  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
73 1977
32  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
74 1968
33  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
77 1960
34  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
89 1958
35  up FTM
Stu Smith
92 1930
36  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
66 1907
37  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
68 1871
38  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
67 1869
39  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
68 1868
40  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
44 1866
41  same Dj daz
darren frankland
74 1857
42  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
65 1843
43  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
68 1822
44  up Pepe Le Blue
79 1821
45  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
57 1810
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
43 1742
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
40 1714
48  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
56 1705
49  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
71 1656
50  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
54 1655
51  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
49 1645
52  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
55 1638
53  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
59 1635

A typically crazy last week in which the Buckets league clocked up another couple of century scores. I’m pretty sure this season has seen more 100+ totals by our managers than any other. I suppose it helps there being 53 of us.

And all you had to do was concentrate on the top five. They scored 23 goals between them. The fixtures had fallen very kindly. As expected, Manchester City walloped Watford, Chelsea thumped Sunderland, Spurs annihilated Hull and Liverpool comfortably despatched of Boro. Even Arsenal, arguably with the trickiest tie, managed to hit three past Everton with ten men.

The four goals Harry Kane hit against Leicester on Thursday convinced many of us to go with him as captain. A simple choice – totally justified. His 17 points made him player of the week for the second week running and for the third time in total. Any combination of this supporting cast of usual suspects – Aguero, Hazard, Coutinho, Sanchez, Alli, De Bruyne, Pedro, Lallana, Jesus, Eriksen (the list goes on) – pretty much guaranteed you your 80+ score.

Kebab Eaters won the week, and fittingly, their 110 points was enough to see them jump into fourth place in the final table and claim the last cash prize. They pipped Edgbaston, who finished 5th for a second consecutive year. They should take some consolation in the fact they clinched the May manager of the month prize. Their record breaking total from last week virtually guaranteed the award, and despite the 87 points they achieved this week not being enough to hang onto fourth, it was more than enough to earn them a place on the role of honour. Here’s the May table…

same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
87 355
same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 336
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 331
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 329
same nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
90 329
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 325
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
97 324

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 17 points. Pretty much guarantees his most valuable player status for next season.

Bargain of the week – Geoff Cameron – 12 points. Er!

Donkey of the week – Laurent Koscielny – -2 points. What was he thinking?

Goal of the week – Aaron Ramsey. Probably the first thing he’s done all season.


Gameweek 21 results

January 14, 2016

1 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 27 1,159
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 24 1,132
3 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 26 1,129
4 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 31 1,121
5 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 43 1,110
6 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 41 1,101
7 Howayman Mark Bromham 25 1,100
8 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 28 1,093
9 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 26 1,093
10 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 36 1,093
11 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 39 1,089
12 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 24 1,086
13 SS3 FC Paul Murray 20 1,085
14 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 38 1,080
15 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 38 1,079
16 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 25 1,079
17 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 29 1,079
18 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 22 1,077
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 32 1,077
20 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 34 1,073
21 Init fc Mustafa khan 27 1,058
22 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 31 1,056
23 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 47 1,053
24 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 37 1,051
25 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 28 1,049
26 Below Par Paul Bentz 37 1,043
27 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 32 1,042
28 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 25 1,037
29 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 29 1,035
30 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 32 1,032
31 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 31 1,028
32 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 42 1,015
33 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 33 1,008
35 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 52 977
36 Ciderheads Darren Pope 36 957
37 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 24 956
38 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 35 931
39 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 32 930
40 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 28 917
41 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 48 895
42 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 26 892
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 34 811
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 21 761


Easily one of the shittest weeks in FPL history. The majority of us scored under the worldwide average of 35, and just under half of us didn’t even get above 30 points. And yet, there were points to be had. There were 34 goals scored – well over the gameweek average. It was who scored that was the problem.

Of the six players that started the gameweek with over 100 points, only Mahrez and Barkley scored any more than their appearance points – and that was the single point they get for a clean sheet as a midfielder. Of the most popular players – those with over a 20% ownership – only Bacary Sagna and Marko Arnautovic contributed anything extra.

And – there were five players scoring two or more goals this week. Olivier Giroud and Wayne Rooney offered the most likely path to a double figure score – with 14.9% and 8.5% ownership respectively. Jermain Defoe’s hat trick was enjoyed by only 2.5% of managers, with even less benefiting from Enner Valencia and Roberto Firmino’s braces.

Go Buffoons Go!!! were the only team to get above 50 points and did so thanks to Giroud’s 13 points and Arnautovic’s five – doubled to ten as captain. Andre Ayew contributed a double figure score also –  his first since mid November. Making the most ground at the top of the tree were Greensmeansbusiness and Walking With Memphis. Aaron Ramsey and Bacary Sagna were the main contributors to Greens’ score. It could have been so much better had they picked Defoe instead of Chris Smalling. The 17 extra points would have seen them climb another place in the table and into a prize money position. WWM also had Giroud. They got another 12 points from their City contingent – six from Joe Hart for his clean sheet and another six from their skipper, Yaya Toure.

It was a more memorable week for some cracking 20-30 yard screamers. Honourable mentions to Enner Valencia, Dimitri Payet (he’s back), Wayne Rooney, Jonny Howson and Joselu.


Player of the week – Jermain Defoe – 17 points. Five goals in two games.

Bargain of the week – Joleon Lescott – 15 points. Villa won!!!!!!!!!!

Donkey of the week – Kyle Naughton – -4 points. Wasn’t a sending off and will probably be rescinded. Doesn’t help if you had him in your team though.

Goal of the week – Roberto Firmino. His second just shades it.

Gameweek 36 preview

May 7, 2015

09 May 12:45 Everton v Sunderland
09 May 15:00 Aston Villa v West Ham
09 May 15:00 Hull v Burnley
09 May 15:00 Leicester v Southampton
09 May 15:00 Newcastle v West Brom
09 May 15:00 Stoke v Spurs
09 May 17:30 Crystal Palace v Man Utd
10 May 13:30 Man City v QPR
10 May 16:00 Chelsea v Liverpool
11 May 20:00 Arsenal v Swansea


If you’ve still got your wildcard, you’ve either forgotten you gave me £20 nine months ago or you play this game way too conservatively. Either way, you should be thinking about using it this week. Arsenal and Sunderland are up for a double-header in gameweek 37, but with a semi-favourable fixture for the Gunners this week, you could try drafting some of their lot in now rather than waiting. Arsenal still have plenty to play for despite Chelsea clinching the title last week. If they were to finish second it’d be for the first time in a decade, and they’ve the best chance of doing so of the chasing pack with their game in hand – so there should be no danger of any experimental rotation. The settled eleven that haven’t lost since the beginning of February should take the field on Monday night against Swansea. Note Aaron Ramsey’s return to form after a stop/start season with three double figure scores in six weeks – although the Welshman is rated as doubtful as I write.

Almost guaranteed a clean sheet this weekend are Hull. Hull face Burnley, who could go down if defeated. Burnley have forgotten how to score goals. Their last was in mid March. In goal for Hull 86 year old Steve Harper looks to have the nod over Allan McGregor at the moment. Harper has played the last four games and kept two clean sheets and was impressive against Arsenal on Monday night. He conceded three, but made eight saves, thus picking up some bonus marks. Hull could offer up some tempting cheap alternatives, particularly in defence. Paul McShane will still only cost you £3.9 million.

Much more obvious, but no less likely is a potential goalfest at the Etihad with QPR on the receiving end. Like Burnley, QPR could be relegated – although that would depend on other results. City’s season hasn’t delivered but there are signs that Sergio Aguero is on a mission to make sure he ends up as the league’s top scorer. He leads that race with 22 goals – five of those have come in the last four games. Only Harry Kane on 20 looks able to catch him, and the Spurs forward is starting to drop out of teams with only one goal in his last five. It would take some major tinkering to wedge Aguero back into your line up, especially if you’re going down the Arsenal route for the next two gameweeks.

Gameweek 7 preview

October 3, 2014

04 Oct 15:00 Hull v Crystal Palace
04 Oct 15:00 Leicester v Burnley
04 Oct 15:00 Liverpool v West Brom
04 Oct 15:00 Sunderland v Stoke
04 Oct 15:00 Swansea v Newcastle
04 Oct 17:30 Aston Villa v Man City
05 Oct 12:00 Man Utd v Everton
05 Oct 14:05 Chelsea v Arsenal
05 Oct 14:05 Spurs v Southampton
05 Oct 16:15 West Ham v QPR


Our first October gameweek, and the last before another pesky international break. Gameweeks seven, eight and nine make up October – another three week month. Once we get the European Championship qualifiers out of the way it’s thirteen straight gameweeks with no interruptions and some midweek fixtures thrown in. All the way through to the first weekend of the New Year, and the third round of the FA Cup.

The difficulty of knowing whether to stick or twist on transfers has been taken away for a lot of managers this week. Wayne Rooney and Aaron Ramsey will play no further part in the league until November. Hanging onto them is a risky move, particularly when there’s so much potential in lots of other players – most of whom come in at much cheaper prices.

The obvious swap for Rooney is Diego Costa. If you haven’t already got him in your team, now’s the time. That said, Chelsea’s relatively easy passage through the first few weeks of the season becomes a lot more difficult over the next six, with Arsenal this weekend, and Liverpool and United on the horizon. It may not be as straightforward as simply handing the captain’s armband to Costa every week. There’s scope for teams who haven’t made the best start to move up the Buckets table with a wise differential captain choice during Chelsea’s tougher weeks.

The best swap option for Ramsey could be Angel Di Maria. United are also faced with a tricky run of games. Far trickier than their first six fixtures which saw them lose at home to Swansea, fail to score against Burnley and concede five against Leicester. So far, Radamel Falcao, RVP and Juan Mata have been patchy at best. Di Maria at least, appears undroppable, and always likely to be involved in any goals the Reds do score.

Southampton continue to offer the best alternative options. Maybe too many. After this weeks tough-ish fixture against their former manager and Spurs, they go on a roll of five very winnable games until they finally face a title challenger in the last week of November. Fraser Forster, Nathaniel Clyne, Ryan Bertrand, Jose Fonte, Morgan Schneiderlin, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle all occupy top ten places for their respective positions.

Leonardo Ulloa will fancy his chances of netting against Burnley this weekend. Leicester are the only team not to keep a clean sheet so far this season, so owners of Kasper Schmeichel may finally get some reward against the lowest scoring team in the league. Swansea could get back to winning ways against a battered looking Newcastle, who also remain winless. The Swans midfield offers many a cheap replacement for those lamenting Ramsey’s injury. City offer more obvious captain potential with their forward line, although some extra tinkering will be needed you’re desperate to replace Rooney with Aguero. If you’re an owner of both Ramsey and Rooney a combination of Aguero and a Saints/Swansea midfielder could be the way to go.

Gameweek 6 results

September 30, 2014

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 49 338
2 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 62 318
3 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 33 310
4 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 46 304
5 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 52 298
6 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 44 295
7 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 37 293
8 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 31 292
9 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 34 290
10 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 51 288
11 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 39 287
12 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 26 284
13 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 45 282
14 Ciderheads Darren Pope 53 273
15 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 55 271
16 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 53 267
17 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 35 266
18 Van Damme United P Hawkins 30 259
19 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 32 253
20 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 34 246
21 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 41 241
22 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 47 241
23 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 35 239
24 Howay Man AFC Mark Bromham 40 238
25 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 35 238
26 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 49 231
27 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 41 230
28 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 48 228
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 52 224


The last week of September was won by NaboombuDirtyYellows with 62 points. Despite being the only team to get over 60 points for the week, this wasn’t enough to catch Uriah’s and claim the September manager of the month award. Uriah’s took the lead in the first week of September and have gradually improved it week on week. They’re 20 points clear at the top, and won the monthly award with room to spare…

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 49 186
2 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 51 168
3 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 44 163
4 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 46 159
5 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 33 158
6 Ciderheads Darren Pope 53 157
7 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 62 156


The big news of the week was Wayne Rooney’s sending off. Although he did manage to bag a goal before his dismissal, softening the blow for those that had him in their team. He now serves a three match suspension, will not play during the whole of October, and leaves a juicy hole to fill in some manager’s attacking line ups. If anything it might be a blessing in disguise as the new look United still struggle to find any kind of consistency. They were lucky to escape the weekend with a win.

Another player likely to miss October is Aaron Ramsey, who limped off during the Arsenal draw with Spurs. Rooney and Ramsey’s enforced breaks leave a potential £20 million pound gap in some fantasy teams. That’s a gap that shouldn’t necessarily be filled with straight swaps (Mata for Rooney – Cazorla for Ramsey perhaps?). It’s £20 million pounds you don’t really need given the continued good form of lower priced players in the game.

Saido Berahino was the latest forward in the £5-6 million bracket eclipsing the performances of those more expensive, bigger name players. His two goals for West Brom against Burnley have placed him fourth in the striker standings. Just behind Graziano Pelle, whose value is rising by the day. Up to £7.8 million now from his £7.5 starting price, and understandably so with goals of the quality of the one he scored against QPR at the weekend. The biggest conundrum for managers at the moment should be figuring out exactly which Southampton players to have in their team. It’s arguably Uriah’s Southampton contingent that have propelled them to the top of the league.

Elsewhere, Mile Jedinak’s second goal in as many games has moved him into view, as has Craig Dawson’s goal and second successive clean sheet for West Brom. It was West Brom’s third win on the spin. The aforementioned Berahino – and Graham Dorrans sharing the big points between them. Dorrans is our player of the week this week. Nacer Chadli, at £6.2 million, is Spurs’ best performer at present, and the joint leading midfielder.

So many options leaves the door open for some interesting moves in the Buckets table next gameweek.


Player of the week – Graham Dorrans – 16 points. August – Swansea. September – Southampton. October – West Brom?

Bargain of the week – Craig Dawson – 14 points. No longer to be considered defensive whipping boys?

Donkey of the week – Eliaquim Mangala – -2 points. Where to start…own goal, penalty conceded, booked. Probably left the gas on before leaving the house that morning.

Goal of the week – One of these two. – Austin – Pelle





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