End of season 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

The Craggy Islanders are our champions. By three points. I think that might be our closest finish yet. It was looking at one point, before the bonuses came in, that it might end up being a tie. I’m glad it wasn’t. I didn’t fancy the season long count back of goals scored. The Islanders won the last weekly battle 85 to 80 – the five point gap enough to take over at the top. WHMA played the All Out Attack, but to no avail. It wouldn’t have made a difference had they not bothered.

The Islanders started this season as our first manager of the week and then spent most of the next three months coming and going, in and out of the top 10. They hit a century in gameweek 14 climbing back to the summit. From that moment on they never left the top four, clinging on to first for six weeks between 16 and 22, and then next appearing in top spot when it really mattered – gameweek 38.

Meaning When Harry Met Alli must settle for second place for the second successive year. They were always in the mix. They never dropped out of the top 10 but for one week in December. From the turn of the year they took up residence in the top four and never fell below that. They were at the head of the group of teams trying to peg back Aquamar through the last third of the season, managing to take the lead in gameweek 37. Perhaps their decision to play their bench boost a week earlier than The Islanders cost them the title. We’ll never know.

And we’ll never know whether Aquamar’s itchy transfer finger cost them the top prize. Sitting in the top 3,000 worldwide in gameweek 32 with an 80 point lead over their nearest Buckets challenger, they went on a complete transfer bender making 19 in the last six weeks. Not having Harry Kane to play out the final two weeks, however, was probably the biggest handicap. It was a season of what might have been for Aquamar, also finishing runners-up in the Buckets Cup to Shoelace Untied.

Fourth place was a battle to the death with five or so teams continuously changing places over the closing two months of the season. Kebab Eaters United eventually pipped Edgbaston to the last cash prize. Edgbaston finished fifth last year too, but do take home the prize for the May manager of the month and the highest weekly score – a record breaking 181 points in gameweek 37.

Shoelace ploughed all of their energy into winning the cup, taking 76 points worth of hits across three gameweeks in order to outscore their opponents. Curiously, they also climbed the table, proving that taking hits doesn’t necessarily always cost you points. As long as you bring in the right players. It’s not a tactic I’d suggest playing across an entire season.

Rico United were double month winners and Yeboah’s Right Foot won manager of the week more than anyone else, coming out on top four times. That’s probably pretty impressive in a 53 team league. The record still stands at seven in a 26 team league.

Alexis Sanchez topped the player charts by some distance, although had Harry Kane played out a full season, it’s probable he’d have collected more points. He finished joint third with Eden Hazard, and just behind Dele Alli, but missed eight games with injury. Tom Heaton was the top goalkeeper. He kept ten clean sheets, and headed both the saves made and bonus points tables to finish ahead of Hugo Lloris and Thibault Courtois. The Chelsea defence ruled. No-one got close to Cahill, Alonso and Azpilicueta. Kane, Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku topped the bonus charts, all scoring 33. Marcos Alonso’s value rose the most over the course of the season, £0.9 million to £6.9 million.

Picking a bargain buy of the season hasn’t been as easy as last year when we had so many Leicester players to choose from. West Brom’s second top scorer, Gareth McAuley, deserves a mention. The 804 year old defender started as a £4.5 million back up in many teams but probably lasted the distance thanks to his steady return of goals and clean sheets – up until the point that West Brom reached 40 points and they got the holiday brochures out. Josh King’s second half of the season was as prolific as any of the elite forward players in the league. Only Sanchez and Alli scored more from midfield. From gameweek 20 onwards he contributed in 13 of the 18 games he played in. Expect a position change and starting price rise for next season.

See you then.

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Gameweek 37 results

May 19, 2017

up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
149 2232
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
168 2230
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
114 2201
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
181 2151
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
163 2149
down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
133 2138
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
179 2138
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
140 2128
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
155 2078
10  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
171 2077
11  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
172 2064
12  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
143 2063
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
145 2055
14  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
134 2038
15  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
113 2020
16  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
84 2017
17  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
159 2017
18  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
140 2010
19  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
142 2002
20  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
144 1999
21  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
118 1994
22  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
79 1978
23  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
54 1976
24  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
73 1973
25  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
118 1967
26  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
67 1966
27  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 1941
28  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
87 1936
29  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
120 1933
30  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
114 1908
31  up jetty city
scott mcgow
119 1906
32  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
77 1906
33  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
125 1887
34  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
80 1869
35  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
76 1841
36  up FTM
Stu Smith
109 1838
37  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
63 1822
38  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
98 1803
39  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
80 1802
40  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
89 1800
41  up Dj daz
darren frankland
113 1783
42  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
116 1778
43  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
98 1754
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
76 1753
45  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
120 1746
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
63 1699
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
74 1674
48  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
91 1649
49  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
39 1601
50  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
39 1596
51  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
82 1589
52  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
91 1583
53  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
97 1576

 

It’s a record breaking week in Buckets. The previous record highest weekly total was 165 points recorded back in the 2013-2014 season. That was smashed by five teams this week. Hats off to Neil Madrid, To Elland Back, FC Caligula and The Craggy Islanders for playing the double gameweek and winning. Double hats off to Edgbaston, who with 181 points, have the highest weekly total ever recorded by a Buckets team. A total of 29 teams scored triple figure scores –  including all but one of our top 21.

When Harry Met Alli scored 149 points. They and the Islanders leapfrog Aquamar, whose comparatively meagre 114 sees them drop into third. It’s still a three way fight for the title, but the momentum is surely with the top two teams. WHMA were chipped out (but for All Out Attack) so the fact that they matched those playing their triple captains and bench boosts is pretty remarkable. I predicted the Islanders might sneak into first place this week given they had their bench boost remaining. Both teams had Sanchez and Kane in their ranks but chose a different captain. One of them might have sewn the title up had they gone with the slightly more obvious choice.

Harry Kane’s 31 points is the highest weekly player score of the season. Alexis Sanchez held that record for all of two days before Kane’s blitz against Leicester last night. Gabriel Jesus was another popular armband choice among Buckets managers, and also came good with a 19 point haul. Curiously, Diego Costa  was the most popular captain choice in the world game according to the FPL site. Buckets managers are obviously a lot more savvy. I’m not sure any of us went down that route. Didn’t it seem way too obvious that Chelsea would win the league at West Brom and then rotate?

 

Edgbaston, who bench boosted to get their 181 points, now sit in fourth place. The race for the final prize money slot is still probably between five teams. There are 23 points separating them and Hedgehog Corpse in eighth. Unsurprisingly they also lead the chase for the May manager of the month with the other high scorers from this double gameweek in hot pursuit.

 

up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
181 268
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
179 253
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
149 249
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
168 240
down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
159 239
up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
172 231
up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
171 225
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
163 225

 

 

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 31 points. Now leads the golden boot chase.

Bargain of the week – Kyle Naughton – 15 points. Non-double gameweeker and serial donkey. Well done Kyle.

Donkey of the week – Christian Fuchs – -1 points. Conceding six doesn’t help.

Goal of the week – Shinji Okazaki.

Gameweek 36 results

May 10, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
63 2095
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
100 2083
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
80 2070
same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
66 2005
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
67 2000
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
62 1986
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
91 1974
same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
82 1967
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
36 1933
10  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
80 1932
11  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
43 1927
12  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
42 1922
13  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 1918
14  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
58 1910
15  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
84 1908
16  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
75 1908
17  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
79 1907
18  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
42 1900
19  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
39 1899
20  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
42 1899
21  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
39 1892
22  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
70 1886
23  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
67 1876
24  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
77 1872
25  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
84 1862
26  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
36 1859
27  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
40 1853
28  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
81 1849
29  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
70 1837
30  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
41 1825
31  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
38 1802
32  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
77 1789
33  down jetty city
scott mcgow
43 1787
34  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
26 1767
35  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
52 1765
36  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
57 1762
37  up FTM
Stu Smith
69 1733
38  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
24 1730
39  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
35 1711
40  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 1705
41  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
47 1677
42  up Dj daz
darren frankland
54 1670
43  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
31 1662
44  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
69 1656
45  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
69 1636
46  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
38 1630
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
69 1604
48  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
37 1562
49  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 1558
50  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
26 1557
51  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
38 1507
52  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
52 1492
53  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
36 1479

 

Are Aquamar about to throw this thing away? The gap is now 12 – just 12 points to When Harry Met Alli. And 25 to The Craggy Islanders. Aquamar have been posting good scores but have been taking a crazy amount of hits to achieve them. They opted to take another three this week to add to the eleven of the previous three weeks at a cost of 36 points. Have they got their chip and wildcard tactics all wrong?

In the same four week stretch WHMA have made 5 changes, costing them 4 points. They bench boosted their way to the highest weekly score of 100 points this week. The four subs collected 18 of those points. We’ll have to wait and see whether that would have been better left for next week.

And that’s because of those Craggy Islanders. Making just three changes with no points deducted in the last four weeks, they played their wildcard this week enabling them to set up nicely for next week’s double GW37. At present they’ve 13 players set to play twice. I expect that to be 15 at kick off. And they have their bench boost in waiting.

There was a wide range of scores this week. This highest – the 70, 80 and 90+ totals came to those that played the double gameweek, utilising their chips and wildcards cleverly. Sanchez lead the captain picks and didn’t disappoint. Arsenal defenders contributed too. Two clean sheets was perhaps unexpected. Just watch them finish fourth. Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida were popular choices. They were far too cheap to ignore and returned well. There was an extra bonus for those that took a punt on Fraser Forster, with the Saints keeper scaring the shit out of James Milner, then saving his penalty.

 

Player of the week – Fraser Forster – 17 points. Double gameweek – keeper wins again.

Bargain of the week – Rob Holding – 15 points. In till the end?

Donkey of the week – Lys Mousset – -1 points. Striker own goal. Ooops.

Goal of the week – Vincent Kompany. In till the end?

 

Gameweek 36 preview

May 3, 2017

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

There’s one extra fixture this week with Southampton and Arsenal both playing twice – once against each other in the midweek, and against Liverpool (Southampton) and Manchester United (Arsenal) over the weekend.

Meaning neither have an easy week ahead. Southampton are comfortably mid-table – about as mid-table as you can get. Last week, they were the first team since January to allow Hull to collect any away points, and before that were comfortably beaten by Chelsea and Manchester City. On the beach? This may open the door for Arsenal…or maybe not. Their respective form tables make similar reading.

Anyone holding both the triple captain and bench boost chips might be looking at this week to play the first of those. Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s form man with two goals and an assist in his last five games. I guarantee Alexis Sanchez will still pick up more armband nominations. Ozil’s barely been on the radar at all this season. Sanchez sort of looks like he’s still trying.

Introducing Southampton players to your team is a much easier task. Their defence is made up of three players coming in at under £5 million and whilst clean sheets might not appear likely given the opposition, be aware that both Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens have picked up 27 and 23 points in their last five weeks. That includes bonuses, assists and goals. Up top they’re giving us very little at the moment. Manolo Gabbiadini was meant to offer more. He arrived, he scored goals, he got injured – and he’s been hooked before the 60 minute mark since that return. The last thing you want is four games in two weeks returning just four points.

Double gameweek 37 holds much more potential. Chelsea and Spurs players are a must. Also consider Chelsea welcome Middlesbrough this week, whilst Spurs visit West Ham (on Friday night – remember) with the possibility of reducing the league lead to a single point. The problem with ditching Southampton players is the price difference, but if you’ve got your wildcard left, now’s the time.

Gameweek 33 preview

April 13, 2017

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

This is definitely the year that Arsenal don’t finish in the top four. Just look at their fantasy season. There’s only really been one player worth having at any time and that’s Alexis Sanchez, and even that bubble may well have burst. Laurent Koscielny has had his moments in an unusually unreliable defence and some of us got a bit excited when Olivier Giroud scored that scorpion kick. But that’s about it – and that’s being kind. Sanchez is still the overall leading points scorer, but has Hazard, Alli and Lukaku breathing down his neck. We need more than a single goal and assist in your last five outings, Alexis. That’s coincided with Wenger shifting him back out onto the flanks with Danny Welbeck through the middle. So is it time to get rid? We’re all clinging onto him in the hope that his manager sees sense and sticks him up top again – where the double figure scores undoubtedly are. And there are **NEWLY ANNOUNCED** double gameweeks ahead – two in consecutive weeks for Arsenal. Who’ve they got this week? Oh, it’s Boro. K E E P !!!

Harry Kane’s back. There’s your replacement. Providing of course you haven’t already got three Spurs players in your team. And why wouldn’t you? They’re the form team with the easiest run in and a double gameweek fixture in GW37. Bringing in Kane means the obvious sacrifice of a big hitter elsewhere – Sanchez is probably a leading contender (up against Boro – are you mad?). The real decision is which Spurs player to drop. Maybe there’s just too much surgery involved bringing Kane in right now. Bournemouth at home screams goals, but whose to say those goals won’t be shared between Alli, Son and Eriksen?

Also, drafting Kane in probably disrupts your carefully laid plans for next week’s double gameweek. Anyone whose been gradually transferring in Palace players must be pleased with themselves. Right through the team, from back to front, Palace arguably offer much more, and for much less money, than Manchester United, who also play twice. Be aware that Mamadou Sakho doesn’t play the double gameweek match against Liverpool as part of his loan agreement. And don’t be afraid that as well as Liverpool, they face Spurs away. They’re fairing better against the big guns anyway. Leicester this week – their minds will be elsewhere.

Click forward – the double gameweeks are in. Gameweek 36 sees Arsenal and Southampton play twice. They both play twice again in gameweek 37 – along with Chelsea, Watford, Manchester City, West Brom, Manchester United, Leicester and Spurs. Oh, and Sunderland. Best start planning those chips and wildcards.

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