Gameweek 16 results

December 15, 2016

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
69 918
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
46 901
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
74 881
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
59 878
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
60 873
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
56 858
up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
52 857
down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
37 856
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
41 850
10  up 30:19
Darren Lavelle
58 839
11  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
42 838
12  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
49 837
13  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 836
14  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
74 834
15  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
45 824
16  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
49 822
17  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
73 821
18  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
37 820
19  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
54 809
20  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
69 808
21  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
42 808
22  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 807
23  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 807
24  same Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
53 798
25  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
47 789
26  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
81 788
27  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
44 787
28  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
34 786
29  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
57 778
30  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
49 774
31  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
45 772
32  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
57 763
33  down FTM
Stu Smith
34 758
34  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
59 752
35  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
49 752
36  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
46 751
37  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
47 743
38  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
46 729
39  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
57 726
40  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
40 718
41  up jetty city
scott mcgow
39 716
42  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
36 716
43  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
35 712
44  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
31 703
45  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
48 690
46  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
56 677
47  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
26 674
48  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
50 674
49  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
36 644
50  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
39 637

 

This is getting painful. At least we have a new name on the manager or the week roll call. Jarvis FC have been floating around between 30th and 40th for a few weeks now. Their 81 points puts them in 26th – the heady heights of mid table. Of more immediate interest will be the fact that with half of this 6 week game month complete, they’re up in to 5th place on the manager of the month table. It’s worth having a look…

 

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
69 220
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
46 207
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 201
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
74 198
up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
81 195
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
74 195
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
59 195
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
56 194
up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 192
10  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
60 187

 

Two players hit 19 points this week – Adam Lallana and Christian Eriksen. Jarvis made Eriksen captain, and that was that. It would have been a bold move to hand the armband to the Dane a few weeks ago, but his form has vastly improved since gameweek 13. He’s currently on a streak of scoring goals as well as providing assists, and he’s also nothced 8 bonus points in that four week spell.

After the goal glut at the weekend, defenders and keepers had a better time over these midweek games. Jarvis picked up 27 points from their defence and keeper. Eight teams kept clean sheets – that’s the most since way back in gameweek 9.

 

Player of the week – Adam Lallana – 19 points. When injury free, the most consistent and reliable of that Liverpool midfield.

Bargain of the week – Salomon Rondon – 17 points. Another £6-7 million striker coming into form

Donkey of the week – Marko Arnautovic – -2 points. Christmas off. Well done Marko.

Goal of the week – Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Coming back into contention.

 

 

 

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Gameweek 11 results

November 7, 2016

same Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
46 623
up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
59 622
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
69 620
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
57 619
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
60 615
down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
49 613
same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
63 609
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
56 597
up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
60 591
10  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
47 586
11  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
50 585
12  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
66 584
13  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
46 579
14  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
54 577
15  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
38 572
16  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
77 571
17  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
58 570
18  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
74 569
19  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
57 567
20  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
55 560
21  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
50 550
22  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
48 550
23  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
52 542
24  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
54 541
25  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
87 538
26  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
40 537
27  up FTM
Stu Smith
62 532
28  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
47 528
29  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
52 527
30  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
62 526
31  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
42 526
32  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
43 526
33  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
52 524
34  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
49 519
35  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
53 511
36  same Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
52 508
37  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
25 485
38  same Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
42 484
39  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
54 483
40  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
31 478
41  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
44 477
42  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
60 473
43  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
51 472
44  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
68 471
45  down jetty city
scott mcgow
41 460
46  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
47 450
47  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
55 446
48  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
36 434
49  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
44 432
50  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
31 417
51  same Dj daz
darren frankland
54 406
52  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
51 403
53  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
42 395

 

Friday’s preview highlighted the rising stock of the Chelsea team and I don’t know why I didn’t take my own advice. Their fifth consecutive clean sheet and their fifth consecutive victory. They were the only team to keep a clean sheet this weekend. Only 11 defenders collected anything but their appearance points and four of them play for Chelsea. Eden Hazard scored his fifth goal in four games and registered the highest score of the week. His overall performance merited much more than the 19 points he achieved. He’s an absolutely essential buy at the moment.

So, it’s just typical that a two week international break should come along. Although it does give you plenty of time to figure out exactly how to wedge him into your team. But with each passing day there’s the danger that his value will edge higher and higher. It had already jumped from £9.8 to £10 million over the two gameweeks before the Everton game. There’s every chance it’ll increase by the same amount, or maybe more, come the gameweek 12 deadline.  And the same goes for absolutely everybody else in the Chelsea starting XI at the moment from Courtois to Costa.

No less impressive were Liverpool, hammering six past Watford. Their front four all returned double figure scores. It was Philippe Coutinho’s fourth – a feat only matched by Hazard and Alexis Sanchez. Mane, Lallana and Firmino have all managed three each. They occupy four of the top twelve scorers overall – four of the top eight midfielders. If you’ve still got a wildcard, gameweek 12 looks like a perfect opportunity to play it. At whose expense might be better looked at in the preview in a fortnights time. A few injuries to Arsenal, Spurs and City players over the international break will make that decision a bit easier. Here’s hoping.

Racing Club Skegness were far and away our highest scorers of the week with 87 points. There were only two other managers in the 70’s. Greenyteamy opted for Firmino as captain. He contributed 30 of their 77 points. Cooksters 74 points came with a 38 point contribution from Hazard as captain. Skegness also went with Hazard, but also benefited from Coutinho’s contribution, a resurgence from Wayne Rooney on his recall to the Manchester United squad and Sam Vokes’ 11 point return, which puts him at the top of the budget striker picks. His current form is bettered only by that of Costa and Romelu Lukaku.

 

Player of the week – Eden Hazard – 19 points. Goal of the week too.

Bargain of the week – Robert Snodgrass – 14 points. Back with immediate effect.

Donkey of the week – Jose Holebas – -2 points. A lot of managers won’t be happy with him – a form budget defender in a lot of teams. Picked up a ban too.

Goal of the week – Eden Hazard. His second goal from a slightly odd angle.

Gameweek 8 preview

October 13, 2016

Chelsea v Leicester
Arsenal v Swansea
Bournemouth v  Hull
Man City v Everton
Stoke v Sunderland
West Brom v Spurs
Crystal Palace v West Ham
Middlesbrough v Watford
Southampton v Burnley
Liverpool v Man Utd

It appears most players have returned with a clean bill of health from their international travails, although there’s always a question mark over those flying further afield. Alexis Sanchez and Philippe Coutinho were rested on their return from South America last time and I guess it could happen again. Some teams can afford the luxury of dropping key players with plenty in reserve. That might be a particular annoyance to Sanchez owners with a home tie against Swansea this weekend and the potential for him to fill his boots. Serio Aguero was mid-suspension during the last international break. It’ll be interesting to see how Guardiola approaches the situation. And he did allegedly pick up an injury in Argentina’s first match against Peru, yet still played in their second against Paraguay. Kelechi Iheanacho looks more than a capable stand in these days, although he has been to Zambia and back himself in the last week.

The more serious injury concerns happened within the England squad. Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana are the in form English players of the moment. Neither played either international. Lallana was injured in Liverpool’s last game and Sterling pulled out of the squad. If you believe internet reports, it doesn’t look promising for either player, although Lallana does have a few extra days to prove his fitness. Tom Heaton was also withdrawn after the first qualifier. The competitions leading keeper picked up a ‘minor’ calf injury and is listed as 75% fit. God knows what that really means.

Stoke’s luck could be about to change. Despite the worst goal difference in the league, having scored the least and with only West Ham conceding more, their run of fixtures into December all look eminently winnable. They play seven consecutive games against teams in the bottom half of the table, starting at home against Sunderland this weekend. They’ve yet to keep a clean sheet, but crucially have stopped shipping threes and fours. Shay Given bore the brunt of their worst performances and was replaced by Lee Grant, who in the last two games has accumulated 7 points. He’s another £4 million reserve keeper with almost guaranteed game time. That is until Jack Butland returns – and that appears to be some time in mid November. He keeps a Premier League clean sheet one in every three games. Stoke could be mid table by Christmas.

Gameweek 6 results

September 27, 2016

up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
65 360
up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
69 353
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
86 353
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
46 351
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
61 347
up 30:19
Darren Lavelle
61 337
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
87 331
up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
73 329
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
36 327
10  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
53 327
11  same 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
51 326
12  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
41 321
13  up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
68 313
14  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
71 311
15  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
34 310
16  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
31 309
16  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
61 309
18  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
43 308
19  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
49 307
20  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
35 304
21  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
76 303
22  same Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
57 302
23  down FTM
Stu Smith
48 300
24  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
54 299
25  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
55 297
26  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
36 292
27  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
47 292
28  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
58 288
29  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
35 287
30  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
24 287
31  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
65 283
32  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
23 276
33  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
49 274
34  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
31 270
35  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
32 268
36  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
34 268
37  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
18 266
38  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
64 263
39  same Cooksters
Peter Cook
33 262
40  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
24 258
41  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
43 258
42  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
20 252
43  up jetty city
scott mcgow
58 252
44  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
34 251
45  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
54 251
46  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
44 250
47  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
33 243
48  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
39 242
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
23 236
50  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
52 228
51  down Dj daz
darren frankland
40 216
52  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
31 214
53  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
36 204

 

Our September manager of the month is Rico United who leapt to the top of the monthly standings and into the top 10 overall thanks to the highest weekly score of 87 points.

up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
87 205
up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
65 198
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
61 182
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
46 181
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
71 181

 

They pulled out all the stops with a wildcard week, overloading the midfield with big hitters. It’s a tactic worth exploring. The big numbers occur week on week in the middle of the park. The stats back this up. Fifteen midfielders have made it past the 30 point barrier compared to six forwards and only one defender. This week has seen 12 midfielders reach double figures, compared to only three forwards and four defenders. The top eight scoring players in the game are midfielders. Five of these eight lined up for Rico United this week and contributed 73 of their 86 points.

There’s a lot of chopping and changing going on at the top of the pile. No Fuchs Given, which will be written like this from now on, become our fifth different leader in six weeks. Last week’s leader, When Harry Met Alli, had a poor week, despite drafting Sergio Aguero back in and making him captain. He was let down by the other ten players and wasn’t able to hold on to the lead in the monthly table either.

 

Player of the week – Adam Lallana – 15 points. One of nine Liverpool midfielders who earned points this week.

Bargain of the week – Michael Keane – 14 points. Goal, clean sheet, bonuses.

Donkey of the week – Ahmed Elmohamady – -2 points. Hull players can’t stop hand-balling on the line.

Goal of the week – Demarai Gray.

 

Gameweek 5 preview

September 16, 2016

Chelsea v Liverpool
Hull v Arsenal
Leicester v Burnley
Man City v Bournemouth
West Brom v West Ham
Everton v Middlesbrough
Watford v Man Utd
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Southampton v Swansea
Spurs v Sunderland

Beware of the Friday night kick off. Diego Costa has contributed in every game so far. Can he keep that run going against a Liverpool defence who still haven’t kept a clean sheet? Or will he just get booked…again? John Terry is injured and is likely to be replaced by David Luiz. Dare you? The Liverpool midfield is flush with point scoring potential with six players on double figures. No-one can match that. Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are taking turns in challenging for player of the week. Chelsea are also finding it difficult to keep clean sheets – they only have one. Whose turn could it be this week? 

Etienne Capoue has proved he was no one week, or two week wonder. His three goals and eight bonus marks mean he is an unexpected overall points leader. Is he this year’s Mahrez? In the week that most managers shipped out Deeney and Ighalo, they obliged by bagging 17 points between them, so Watford may not be the lost cause that a lot of people maybe predicted they’d be. Record signing Roberto Pereyra has brought a daft haircut and some craft and flair honed in Turin to their midfield. His two appearances have provided a goal and an assist. It may be another week that the many of us relying on Manchester United clean sheets are left disappointed. 

As well as United only Spurs, Everton and West Brom have kept two clean sheets in their four games thus far. And all could continue that trend. West Ham travel to the Hawthorns looking as shaky as Sunderland, who must try and get past Spurs. Everton welcome Middlesbrough, who, despite the promising start, are the lowest scorers in the top half. 

And is this the last chance saloon for Leicester City? Remember them? If they don’t do to Burnley what they were doing to City, United and Chelsea last season, is it finally time to spend the money elsewhere? Vardy and Mahrez ain’t £5 million anymore. There are safer bets for points in their price bracket.

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