Gameweek 29 results

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
72 1658
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 1612
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
66 1602
same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
64 1590
same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
62 1580
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
90 1567
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
72 1567
down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
71 1564
down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
75 1557
10  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
75 1541
11  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
64 1540
12  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
78 1531
13  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
66 1530
14  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
71 1520
15  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
62 1519
16  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
67 1517
17  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
37 1516
18  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
60 1516
19  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
47 1515
20  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
72 1514
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
67 1514
22  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
62 1509
23  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
40 1507
24  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
65 1473
25  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
63 1470
26  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
83 1457
27  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
57 1455
28  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
62 1455
29  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
52 1446
30  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
47 1436
31  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
47 1435
32  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
97 1429
33  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
47 1417
34  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
45 1413
35  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
29 1406
36  up jetty city
scott mcgow
80 1401
37  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
57 1394
38  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
72 1385
39  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
22 1372
40  same FTM
Stu Smith
48 1360
41  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
59 1359
42  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
52 1339
43  up Dj daz
darren frankland
69 1321
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
39 1295
45  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
39 1290
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
38 1289
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
53 1268
48  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
65 1240
49  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
29 1230
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
51 1209
51  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
51 1142
52  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
22 1141
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
40 1111

 

Shoelace Untied are the Buckets Cup champions. They have triumphed 97-72 over league leaders, Aquamar, who quite frankly didn’t have a chance against a team taking hits for fun and dropping the triple captain in for good measure. In the last three gameweeks Shoelace have made six, eight and eight transfers at the cost of 76 points. Aquamar’s challenge for the league has worked against them, although I imagine that not playing their wildcard or any chips will have much higher financial benefits in the long run. Their still respectable 72 point total maintains a healthy 46 point lead ahead of the chasing pack.

It was another Lukaku week. Everybody in the world handed him the armband to the tune of 32 points. Shoelace squeezed 48 points out of the Everton striker. Arguably, 33 of those points came in added time. Lukaku had contributed an assist before bagging a brace in the final moments of the game, nabbing the top bonus marks in the process. Shoelace’s final total was enough to earn them the highest weekly score accolade as well.

Despite taking the mega hits, Shoelace have actually managed to improve their league position. That’s probably a combination of making some very good transfer choices and the teams around them just not giving a shit anymore. Which is a shame, because if anything they’ve proved that by being out of the race for the league title doesn’t necessarily mean you’re out of the hunt for prizes.

Coming up on the outside, and winning the March manager of the month award are FC Caligula. Last years champs have also climbed to sixth and in contention for a league prize. It might be the first time they’ve appeared in the top 10 all year. Cold this be a late challenge? They’re still holding a wildcard and all of their chips.

 

Player of the week – Criag Dawson – 17 points. Arsenal doomed.

Bargain of the week – Benik Afobe – 12 points. Two wins and safe(ish) in mid table.

Donkey of the week – Phil Bardsley – -2 points. His yearly donkey.

Goal of the week – Jesse Lingard. 

Advertisements

Gameweek 25 preview

06 Feb 12:45 Man City v Leicester
06 Feb 15:00 Aston Villa v Norwich
06 Feb 15:00 Liverpool v Sunderland
06 Feb 15:00 Newcastle v West Brom
06 Feb 15:00 Spurs v Watford
06 Feb 15:00 Stoke v Everton
06 Feb 15:00 Swansea v Crystal Palace
06 Feb 17:30 Southampton v West Ham
07 Feb 13:30 Bournemouth v Arsenal
07 Feb 16:00 Chelsea v Man Utd

 

Is that a title decider on Saturday lunchtime? Leicester play Arsenal next week. What if they won them both? Arsenal are faltering. Vardy, Mahrez, Ighalo, Barkley and Kane have returned to their scoring ways after their winter breaks. Mesut Ozil hasn’t. Fantasy form can tell us so much about the on field fortunes of a team. Without Ozil performing Arsenal have failed to win in four games. It’s six games since Ozil last contributed anything. His value has started to fall. Is that it for the German?

It’s worth highlighting the form of some lesser fancied players. West Ham are quietly going about their business. They’ve a realistic chance of the top four and are more than capable of ousting United from the fifth spot if their recent form continues. Thanks not necessarily to Dimitri Payet, although he has looked impressive since his injury return, but to Michail Antonio and Enner Valencia. Payet will contribute more – it’s only a matter of time. He’s too good not to. Meanwhile Valencia has scored four in his last seven and added six bonus points. Antonio has been the Hammers’ main provider with five assists in the last seven. He’s also added three goals in the same amount of time.

Southampton’s defence haven’t conceded in four. Koeman has had to chop and change a little bit at the back, but he was able to play arguably his strongest five against Arsenal in midweek. Bertrand, Soares, Van Dijk, Fonte and Fraser Forster are all available at under £5.5 million. Forster’s four clean sheets in four games since his injury lay off make him the most sought after keeper at the moment.

Christian Eriksen has begun to make his mark. He’s bagged two goals, three assists and seven bonus points in his last three games. He, Kane and Alli would have amassed 86 points in that time, and he’s become only the second player to reach double figures for assists this season. Could he catch his north London rival?

Benik Afobe has played four games for Bournemouth and scored in three of them. Also adding goals to his game in recent weeks is a little known English forward called Wayne Rooney. He was in danger of completing his first Premier League season without reaching double figures for league goals. Five in his last six have taken his total to seven. His value had dipped below £10 million. I think that may also be a first. He might be the best value striker around at the moment.

Gameweek 23 preview

23 Jan 12:45 Norwich v Liverpool
23 Jan 15:00 Crystal Palace v Spurs
23 Jan 15:00 Leicester v Stoke
23 Jan 15:00 Man Utd v Southampton
23 Jan 15:00 Sunderland v Bournemouth
23 Jan 15:00 Watford v Newcastle
23 Jan 15:00 West Brom v Aston Villa
23 Jan 17:30 West Ham v Man City
24 Jan 13:30 Everton v Swansea
24 Jan 16:00 Arsenal v Chelsea

 

We’re a week away from the transfer window closing and teams are freshening up their squads. It’s resulting, as usual, in more players leaving than coming in, but there have been a few interesting additions that could spark some fantasy interest.

Charlie Austin is the biggest name (so far) to come in from elsewhere. He’ll likely start straight away in the continuing absence of Graziano Pelle, and can be bought for £7 million. Austin grabbed 18 goals and eight assists last season for QPR. Anywhere near half that would represent a good return.

Jonjo Shelvey’s value decreased over time during the first half of the season at Swansea. His switch to Newcastle could rejuvenate him. If one game is enough to go by, it already has. He was indirectly involved in both of Newcastle’s goals last week. Against a plummeting Watford side he could score some proper assist points. He’ll have to watch that temper of his though.

Bournemouth will be hoping that Benik Afobe is the goal getter they need to replace the long term injured Callum Wilson. He grabbed his first goal in his second start last weekend, and he’ll only set you back £6.1 million. They’re up against Sunderland tomorrow who haven’t kept a clean sheet in two months.

Also strengthening their forward options are Norwich with the purchase of Steven Naismith from Everton. Naismith is capable of a goal – he bagged a hat trick at 17 points in one week back in September – and can play anywhere across the front line. He’s good enough and to get an immediate start for Norwich and with a run of games could be a useful addition to a fantasy line up. Especially at just £5 million.

Following on from the scoring returns to action of Dimitri Payet and Sergio Aguero in recent weeks, Alexis Sanchez is in line for some gametime this weekend. His price as dropped during his injury lay off to £10.8 million. Mesut Ozil is definitely in line for an instant return after missing last Sunday’s game against Stoke. It is against Chelsea though. An despite Chelsea’s shit season, they did beat the Gunners back in September in the Mourinho days. A lot will probably depend on the battle between Diego Costa and the Arsenal defence. Costa’s been showing glimpses of goalscoring form and fantasy usefulness since Hiddink took charge. Might it be best to leave him benched this weekend?

Just a reminder about the Buckets Cup. The preliminary round starts in gameweek 28. Twenty teams will receive a bye into the first round proper in gameweek 29. Those teams are Sergio Five 0 as last year’s winners and the 19 highest scoring managers of the week. Thus far we have 18 different managers of the week. So as we stand if you’ve won a manager of the week award, you’ve got a bye. This will probably change. Go Buffoons Go!!!, Greensmeansbusiness, GrievousAngelRangel and Pretty Schitty City are the teams most at risk of losing their bye. They all won their MOTW prizes with scores in the 50’s. If you’ve set your sights on a cup victory, best post a high score soon to give yourself a head start.