Gameweek 26 results

February 27, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
52 1461
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
56 1444
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
55 1442
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
61 1422
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
74 1416
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
88 1405
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
36 1399
down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
43 1396
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
56 1389
10  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
58 1385
11  same Cooksters
Peter Cook
63 1382
12  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
77 1376
13  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
79 1375
14  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
70 1369
15  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
57 1368
16  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
54 1361
17  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
48 1355
18  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
66 1351
19  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 1351
20  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
67 1350
21  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
52 1346
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
60 1344
23  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
49 1337
24  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 1318
25  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
79 1315
26  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
76 1312
27  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
32 1311
28  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
81 1311
29  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
81 1308
30  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
72 1302
31  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
68 1302
32  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
69 1282
33  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
76 1268
34  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
79 1265
35  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
58 1264
36  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
55 1261
37  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
62 1245
38  up FTM
Stu Smith
65 1224
39  down jetty city
scott mcgow
47 1223
40  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
56 1208
41  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
43 1207
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
61 1195
43  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
77 1194
44  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
43 1185
45  down Dj daz
darren frankland
37 1181
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
37 1169
47  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
92 1143
48  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
51 1143
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
51 1100
50  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
44 1063
51  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
38 1053
52  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
8 1030
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
37 1022

 

It looked like an even split of managers hoping for either a Harry Kane week or a Romelu Lukaku week. Everton welcomed Sunderland, while Spurs had Stoke to contend with. The odds may have been slightly with Lukaku, but it was Kane who provided the bigger points haul – 20 in total – 40 if you had him as captain. Lukaku’s goal came as welcome relief to those who went with the Everton striker, but come mid-afternoon Sunday, that would have been no consolation has a whole host of teams came sailing past carrying the Spurs forward and their 70+ scores.

Our weekly winner, monthly winner and most of the teams that advanced to the Buckets Cup quarter finals all had Kane, and most had him with the armband.

No-one could top Bermie United, whose unwavering faith in Leicester City finally paid off with a mindbending final total of 92 points. And all achieved whilst the manager is biking round ‘Nam for charity. Maybe Claudio is with him. Last season’s holy trinity of Vardy, Mahrez and Drinkwater contributed 23 points on top of the 40 from Kane. They made one transfer in gameweek four, and only managed to put out nine players for the weekend. Classic ghostship.

Uriah’s deserve a mention. Playing the game properly, they amassed 88 points. As well as captain Kane, they benefited from Christian Eriksen’s assists and another goal scoring performance from Gareth McAuley. He’s West Brom’s second top scorer, the league’s top scoring defender and moves into sixth place on the defender charts.

The manager of the month changed hands dramatically at the final reckoning. Both Lukaku and Kane had carried RG XV to the top of the monthly table before Monday’s game – they were 9th after last week’s fixtures. RG also had McAuley – and Seamus Coleman, who contributed anther double figure total with a seventh consecutive scoring week. Yet it wasn’t enough to hold off Rico United who pipped them by a point and have Matt Phillips to thank – for not playing. Rico utilised the bench boost expertly. Captain Phillips defaulted to vice captain Alli, and the extra eight points carried them past RG to the prize. They’re our first double month winner.

up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
79 208
up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
79 207
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
61 198
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 197
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
74 197
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
88 197
same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
67 196

 

Our cup quarter finalists have been decided. FC Caligula will not defend their trophy, falling to Release The Hounds, who will take on Jarvis FC in the next round. Rico’s month winning total was enough to see them through to play Upper Bullens. Bakerlona are the lowest ranked team left in, creeping through in a battle of the ghost teams. They face league leaders Aquamar, who only just squeezed through themselves with the second lowest cup score of the week. Joey Bosa and Shoelace Untied make up the draw. Aquamar are the only top 10 team left in the competition and there are more bottom half than top half teams remaining.

 

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 20 points. Another hat trick. Time for a few weeks off now, eh Harry.

Bargain of the week – Idrissa Gueye – 10 points. Everton’s Kante. The scoring will stop here.

Donkey of the week – Ashley Barnes – -1 points. Another cheapo striker’s honeymoon period is over.

Goal of the week – Danny Drinkwater. They won’t get relegated.

 

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1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 57 2,175
2 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 45 2,123
3 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 33 2,114
4 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 57 2,112
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 36 2,061
6 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 44 2,051
7 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 63 2,049
8 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 45 2,045
9 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 53 2,039
10 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 44 2,037
11 Van Damme United P Hawkins 42 2,021
12 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 52 2,003
13 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 26 1,993
14 Ciderheads Darren Pope 33 1,966
15 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 45 1,953
16 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 41 1,939
17 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 47 1,903
18 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 50 1,901
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 33 1,881
20 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 59 1,876
21 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 47 1,837
22 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 40 1,834
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 45 1,830
24 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 45 1,788
25 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 32 1,758
26 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 41 1,744
27 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 39 1,723
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 32 1,617
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 21 1,357

 

A  typically ridiculous last day of the season. Some teams scored lots of goals. Some players scored lots of points, most of whom are nowhere near anyone’s fantasy squads. Of the players who made the weekly dream team line up, only Santi Cazorla appears among the season’s top points scorers. The last Arsenal payer you want scoring a hat trick is Theo Walcott – but he did – and from warming the bench and the treatment table all season has potentially played himself into contention for an FA Cup final start.

Our last weekly winners are Bermie United. Fittingly, their 63 points also secured the May manager of the month award. They didn’t make any transfers this week – they didn’t need to – they’ve been on a steady rise for the last couple of weeks. They’ve climbed 200,000 places in the overall game since gameweek 34, and finish in 7th overall.

1 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 63 279
2 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 52 263
3 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 57 262
4 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 57 235
5 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 45 231
6 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 53 229

 

In the race for the title, Neil Madrid hit a steady 57 points to secure the trophy with room to spare. The battle for the runners up spot went to Pescara who leapfrogged Hedgehog Corpse. Hedgehog nearly slipped to fourth behind Naboombu’s, who would have pinched third had they made Moussa Sissoko or Phil Jones their captain. But who in their right mind would have done that?

Player of the week – Theo Walcott – 20 points. Only his fourth start of the season

Bargain of the week – Mame Biram Diouf – 16 points. Finishes as Stoke’s top scoring player.

Donkey of the week – Marouane Fellaini – -2 points. Trying his hardest to keep Hull up.

Goal of the week – Jack Wilshere. Screamer. 1m46s.

 

 

Eden Hazard finishes as top player. He played every game, and pretty much every minute, scoring more bonus points than anybody else by some distance, yet interestingly never picked up a player of the week award. The best bargain player by some distance was Harry Kane. He’ll still only set you back £6 million. It did get as high as £6.5 but has dropped after a quiet few weeks. Burnley keeper, Tom Heaton, is the best value for money player. Ten clean sheets might be unprecedented by a relegated keeper. This includes three in his last three games – since they were relegated. Heaton is also one of six keepers to have saved more than one penalty this season. He also comes in at fourth in the overall saves table behind Fabianski, Adrian and Rob Green. Proving again that the more shots you’re likely to have to save – the better fantasy keeper you are.

Alexis Sanchez’s value increased the most over the season – by £1.1 million. Harry Kane’s had got to a £1.5 million increase before his recent slump. Hazard’s had increased to £1.4 million only two weeks ago. He played at the weekend, but most managers had shipped him out after reading the reports of his wonky wisdom teeth. Nathaniel Clyne and Stewart Downing had both increased in value by £1.2 million at various points of the season. Southampton, on the whole, offered up the best value for money players. Had you ignored the early season pundit predictions that they’d struggle, and picked three of Clyne, Ryan Bertrand, Jose Fonte, Fraser Forster or Graziano Pelle, you’d have got off to a blinding start. Don’t expect them to be so cheap next season.

RayCrawfordsCrackers unsurprisingly tinkered their way to the most manager of the week awards this season. They finished the week with the highest score six times, one less that the record they set last year. Shoelace were the only team to take more than one monthly award, winning the prize in October and March. The player of the week awards were much more evenly spread than last year. I’d be surprised if anyone beat Luis Suarez’s record of five from last season. Harry Kane finished as the highest scorer on three occassions.

Yannick Bolasie hit the highest weekly score of 24 points in gameweek 32 – a hat trick, an assist and all bonus marks against Sunderland. In gamweek 31 Christian Beneteke equalled the highest score up until that point with 23 points – a total that had already been achieved by Dusan Tadic in gameweek 8 – also against Sunderland. Also in gameweek 31, Charlie Austin bagged 21 points – our highest bargain player score. Unsurprisingly, gameweek 31produced our highest team score – 119 points by Pescara – who had both Benteke (c) and Austin in their team. Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane, in gameweeks 36 and 37 respectively also posted 23 point weekly scores.

Sunderland’s Santiago Vergini hit the depths with a -4 weekly score in their 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Southampton. This included a cracking og that would easily be up for goal of the season, had it not been for the fact he volleyed it into the roof of his own net. Hull and Everton served up the most donkeys with four each. Kyle Naughton was our only double donkey this season whilst playing for Spurs. He now plays for Swansea.

Team of the season

  • GK – Lukasz Fabianski – Swansea City – 151 points
  • DR – Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – 171 points
  • DL – Ryan Bertrand – Southampton – 140 points
  • DC – John Terry – Chelsea – 170 points
  • DC – Phil Jagielka – Everton – 142 points
  • MR – Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal – 207 points
  • ML – Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 233 points
  • CM – David Silva – Manchester City – 191 points
  • CM – Santi Cazorla – Arsenal – 168 points
  • AT – Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 216 points
  • AT – Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – 191 points

Bargains of the season (with season starting value)

  • GK – Tom Heaton – Burnley – 150 points – £4.5 million
  • DR – Nathaniel Clyne – Southampton – 142 points – £5 million
  • DL – Neil Taylor – Swansea City – 109 points – £4.5 million
  • DC – Joleon Lescott – West Bromwich Albion – 127 points – £5 million
  • DC – Ashley Williams – Swansea City – 118 points – £5 million
  • MR – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham Hotspur – 160 points – £6 million
  • ML – Stewart Downing – West Ham United – 160 points – £5.5 million
  • MC – Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea City – 154 points – £6 million
  • MC – Ki Sung-Yeung – Swansea City – 129 points – £5 million
  • AT – Charlie Austin –  Queens Park Rangers – 176 points – £6 million
  • AT – Graziano Pelle – Southampton – 149 points – £7.5 million

 

That’s it. Seventy odd days till we start again. Check the Roll of Honour and Prize Money links for full season breakdown. I’ll be in touch with the winners regarding payment of prize money over the next few days.

Well done everyone.

 

Gameweek 38 preview

May 21, 2015

24 May 15:00 Arsenal v West Brom
24 May 15:00 Aston Villa v Burnley
24 May 15:00 Chelsea v Sunderland
24 May 15:00 Crystal Palace v Swansea
24 May 15:00 Everton v Spurs
24 May 15:00 Hull v Man Utd
24 May 15:00 Leicester v QPR
24 May 15:00 Man City v Southampton
24 May 15:00 Newcastle v West Ham
24 May 15:00 Stoke v Liverpool

 

Who has something to play for?

The top four look settled. It’s just a case of who finishes in what position. It will take an almighty crash, or a stroke of risk-taking-captain-appointing genius for Neil Madrid not to be crowned champions. Three points separate second and third. Pescara and Hedgehog Corpse look like the only two teams that could switch positions in the top four. There’s enough variation in their current line ups to suggest that it will go down to the last final whistle. Naboombu’s are 27 points behind third and 26 points ahead of fifth. Shoelace and RayCrawfordsCrackers, a further 14 points back in 6th, will need an inspired leftfield transfer or two to come good to give themselves a chance of catching fourth place.

Bermie United and PSG are the favourites for the May manager of the month…

1 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 57 216
2 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 55 211
3 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 62 205
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 64 191
5 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 52 186
6 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 67 182
7 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 65 180
7 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 52 180
9 Van Damme United P Hawkins 50 180

 

Other teams have closed the gap slightly following last weeks results. Hedgehogs and Naboombu’s may fancy their chances in an all or nothing last ditch transfer blow out in the hope that it might sneak them the last monthly prize and move them up in the final overall rankings.

Every other team should probably just do an all or nothing transfer blow out to try and score as many points as possible. Last days of the season can produce crazy results. Remember the 5-5 draw in Fergie’s last game a few years back? Concentrate more on attack than defence, and avoid Hull and Newcastle. They’re the only two teams who’ll be playing with any nerves, and their games are likely to be the cagiest. The battle to avoid paying in next seasons Europa League is all but over. No matter how hard they try to lose, both Spurs and Southampton will be in the draw if Arsenal win the FA Cup next weekend.

Newsflash…Eden Hazard has poorly teeth. This could open the door for some last minute changes in the final standings. Most teams have him. Reports suggest he won’t play this weekend. Remember it’s Sunday afternoon, so you’ve an extra day to mull it all over.

 

 

Gameweek 35 results

May 5, 2015

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 44 1,984
2 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 61 1,955
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 41 1,946
4 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 69 1,919
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 63 1,912
6 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 50 1,897
7 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 43 1,889
8 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 52 1,870
9 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 33 1,857
10 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 45 1,855
11 Van Damme United P Hawkins 55 1,854
12 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 71 1,841
13 Ciderheads Darren Pope 46 1,813
14 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 68 1,808
15 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 56 1,801
16 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 44 1,785
17 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 52 1,785
18 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 43 1,773
19 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 47 1,746
20 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 47 1,739
21 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 37 1,704
22 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 46 1,696
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 53 1,668
24 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 31 1,641
25 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 43 1,628
26 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 52 1,609
27 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 34 1,608
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 42 1,542
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 34 1,251

 

In a week full of sendings off and missed penalties, Chelsea finally got their parked bus over the line to become Champions of England for the first time in five years. They’ve won it with three games to spare, largely due to the failings of other teams at various points in the season. A better start by Arsenal or a better finish by City may have made the season end a little more interesting. But, their players do dominate the fantasy player charts. Six Chelsea names appear on that first page. Eden Hazard is comfortably ahead as the season’s highest scoring player and best midfielder, with Cesc Fabregas fourth for that position. John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic have justified their hefty price tags and are the leading defenders. And if it weren’t for his dodgy hamstrings and the odd moment of madness, Diego Costa would probably be challenging to be top striker.

Meanwhile, in our little league…

Bermie United finish the week as the highest scorers. Their 71 points establishes them in 12th position, which may e a little too far to push for a top four place, although it’s not completely out of the question. The key to any drastic position changes in these last few weeks will probably come in double gameweek 37.

The lead at the top has been cut slightly. Neil Madrid lead Hedgehog Corpse by 29 points. Madrid had a poor-ish week. Hedgehog, Naboombu’s and Shoelace all scored around 20 more points than the leaders. Two more weeks like that could see a change at the top, although it’s unlikely that the leaders are going to drop out of the top four. Hedgehog and Pescara could pretty much guarantee some prize money by equalling or bettering the performances of those teams down as far as seventh in the next gameweek. *Your Ad Here* in seventh are the last team with a realistic chance of nicking a fourth place finish. The 49 points that Upper Bullens would have to make up might be a step too far. But you never know – it’s all about gameweek 37.

 

Player of the week – Boaz Myhill – 17 points. The cheapest first choice keeper in the game puts in another good performance.

Bargain of the week – Jordi Gomez – 15 points. Two pens to raise Sunderland hopes.

Donkey of the week – Daryl Janmaat – -2 points. At last. Somehow Newcastle players have managed to avoid this award over the last few weeks – until now.

Goal of the week – Tom Cleverley. The goal that might have saved the Villa. At 2m12s

 

Season review

May 27, 2013

Team of the season

Ignore all other teams of the season. This is based on Fantasy League performance. There is no better indicator – in other words NO FUCKING MICHAEL CARRICK. It’s a classic 4-4-2 formation with a defensive midfielder (ie with Yaya Toure).

GK. Joe Hart

In all fairness, no one keeper stood out this season. De Gea made the PFA team, but Hart kept more clean sheets. De Gea kept only 2 clean sheets in his first 20 games. He had an impressive run of 8 in 10 from February through to April – which probably won United the title, but Hart’s 18 overall were spread evenly across the season. His best run came in January. He didn’t concede during the whole month. So unspectacular, yet effective.

RB. Glen Johnson

Kept more clean sheets than any other defender this season with 16, and played virtually every minute, but for a two game absence in the autumn. Contributed well with 5 assists.

LB. Leighton Baines

5 goals and 7 assists reads more like a decent midfielder, but add to that the 11 clean sheets and 24 bonus points, and you have England’s best defender. What Everton lack in clean sheet reliability, Baines more than makes up for in attacking threat and being an all round bloody good footballer.

CB. Branislav Ivanovic

Chelsea’s best defender. Not a racist. Or a publicity whore. Or a maverick. Or Gary Cahill. Just a defender. Scored 5 and kept 12 clean sheets. Finihsed week 1 with 24 points – the 2nd highest weekly total of the season.

CB. Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham’s failure this year may be put down to the amount of clean sheets they kept. 9 in total is 5 less than both Arsenal and Chelsea. Vertonghen played all but 4 of Spurs’ games, and in all 9 of the clean sheet games. His 136 point total was nicely topped up by the regular bonus marks, 5 goals and 3 assists.

DM. Yaya Toure

Who else? He’s at an advantage in that he’s bumped forward every so often. Like many of the City players, he didn’t seem to have as spectacular a season as last time, but he scored as many goals, scored more bonus points and bettered his overall points total. He only failed to match his assist total. And where’s Michael Carrick? Labouring on 101 points with a third of the bonus marks and a lesser value than he started off with.

LM. Gareth Bale

Second highest scorer behind RVP and 3rd on the goalscoring charts behind RVP and Suarez. He scored more bonus points than any other player and his value increased more than any other player – from 9.5 to 11.1 million. Bale achieved double figures in 13 gameweeks – a third of the season. In 12 of his last 17 appearances of the season since the turn of the year, Bale either scored or assisted – and invariably bagged the big bonus points aswell. And everyone had him in their team.

CM. Santi Cazorla

The highest scoring newcomer to the Premiership. Double figures for goals and assists and a healthy bonus points haul. It’s a total you can imagine he’ll improve on next season as Arsenal’s new creative lynch pin.

RM. Juan Mata

Like Cazorla, Mata adapted easily to playing in England last season, and followed those impressive totals with an even better showing this time round. Was used relatively sparingly, and had a few dry patches during the seaosn, but nevertheless, amassed more assists than any other player, and hit 11 goals.

CF. Robin Van Persie

The league’s top scorer and only 1 point behind Bale in the bonus charts. RVP contributed something pointsworthy to all but 9 of the 38 games, and effectively won the title for United. Went on a 10 week run of scoring goals, assists or bonuses from Novemeber through to January, and scored the goal of the season to boot – the one that confirmed the title, against Villa, on the 22nd April.

CF. Luis Suarez

Picked up 3 bookings in his first 4 games, which saw him being booted out of a lot of teams early doors. And to infuriate those that picked him even further, he goes and scores a hat trick in week 6. He was pretty unstoppable from that week on, particularly at the start of 2013. If it hadn’t been for his suspensions, which amounted to 5 games, he may have ended up as the league’s top goalscorer. He won’t be playing until week 6 next season either.

Bargain team of the season

That team above would never have been affordable. Here are the players you’d never heard of last August.

GK. Asmir Begovic

The game’s leading goalkeeper up until Christmas. Had kept the most clean sheets, and had only conceded more than 2 goals in a game twice. The Stoke’s season collapsed. Begovic only kept 3 more clean sheets all season, but he had built up such a points lead over most other keepers, that he finished the season as the joint 2nd highest points scoring keeper. His value reached 5.9 million at one point – 1.4 million more than his starting price.

RB. Joey O’Brien

For a 4 million defender, 11 clean sheets, 2 goals, 4 assists and 11 bonus points is a good return. West Ham’s season started well, dipped in the middle and picked up again towards the end, and that matched the pattern of O’Brien’s scoring. His value eventually reached 4.8 million by season end.

LB. Angel Rangel

Rangel’s value actually decreased over the course of the season. Swansea never went on a run of keeping clean sheets, which may explain that, but Rangel reached a respectable 111 points with a 3 goal return and a good haul of 15 bonus points. Also matched Van Persie, Walcott, Tevez and Suarez with 2 player of the week awards.

CB. Ryan Shawcross

Followed the same path as Begovic. Starting at 5 million, Shawcross saw his value increase to 6 million in the space of 8 weeks during the autumn. That took him to Christmas. Cue Stoke collapse. But by that point he’d kept 9 clean sheets, and only 5 other defenders finished the season with more.

CB. Per Mertesacker

And Mertesacker was one of them. Much maligned, but managed to usurp Vermaelen from the Arsenal starting line up, and form a good partnership with Laurent Koscielny. Mertesacker, I suspect, will start higher than 5 million next season. Maybe his reputation went before him. Finished with 3 goals and 14 clean sheets.

DM. Jonathan De Guzman

Ended with 5 goals and 7 assists, although had his best scoring run through the periods of the season when he wasn’t an automatic first choice. De Guzman nailed a starting place down from February onward, but he, like most other Swansea players seemed to put the brakes on a little once they’d secured the League Cup, and European football. Still better that Michael Carrick.

RM. Michu

Swansea were a good team to go to for your bargain buys. Not that Michu ended the season as a bargain. Michu started at 6.5, but had reached 7.1 by week 3. Eventually reached 8.5 million by March, but dropped back to 7.9 by the end, as Swansea slowed down, and an injury threatened to end his season early (it didn’t, despite the papers widely reporting that it had). Possibly the bargain buy of any Premier League season.

CM. Marouane Fellaini

Another whose value peaked and then dropped again as the season wore on. Started with a man of the match winning performance in their first game – a victory over United. Reached gameweek double figures 5 times before Christmas, but lagged behind as silly suspensions were picked up. Was the 5th best bonus scorer in the whole game, and finished with his personal best goals and fantasy points haul.

LM. Robert Snodgrass

Norwich enjoyed a period through October into December where they went 10 games unbeaten, largely due to solid defensive displays which saw them keep 4 clean sheets in 6. When the defence buckled, they simply scored more goals. Snodgrass contributed three double figure gameweeks towards the end of that 10 game run, and then 3 more scoring weeks in the last 3 games of the season to ensure Premier League safety. Was the 5th best bonus scoring midfielder with 23 points.

CF. Rickie Lambert

The second highest scoring Englishman in the game behind Theo Walcott. Many people questioned whether he’d be able to carry his scoring form from lower divisions into the Premier League. He did. He bagged 15 goals in his debut season, with 8 assists and 32 bonus marks.

CF. Christian Benteke 

The other from-out-of-nowhere buy of the season – along with Michu. Looks capable of playing for most teams in the league. Benteke’s debut Premier season produced 19 goals, 14 of which came in the 2nd half of the campaign to (almost single-handedly) save Villa from the Championship.

Buckets League Winners

A Pint of Fuller’s – P Hawkins – 2194 points

Champions League Qualifiers

Hedgehog’s Corpse – Nick Smith – 2120 points

Pescara Rangers – Stewart Pope – 2113 points

(Your Ad Here) – Matthew Hopkins – 2072 points

Buckets Cup Winners

(Your Ad Here) –  Matthew Hopkins

Highest weekly score

Panza Grande – Stuart Baker – 103 points – GW34

Highest monthly score

A Pint of Fuller’s – P Hawkins – 361 points – December

Most manager of the week awards

Goodbutnosigurdsson – Robert Hewer – 6 winning gameweeks

Most manager of the month awards

Goodbutnosigurdsson – Robert Hewer – 2 winning game months

Bermie United – Glen Davies – 2 winning game months

Highest scoring player

Robin Van Persie – Manchester United – 262 points

Highest scoring goalkeeper

Joe Hart – Manchester City – 158 points

Highest scoring defender

Leighton Baines – Everton – 177 points

Highest scoring midfielder

Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur – 249 points

Highest scoring attacker

Robin Van Persie – Manchester United – 262 points

Most goals

Robin Van Persie – Manchester United – 26 goals

Most assists

Juan Mata – Chelsea – 18 assists

Most clean sheets

Joe Hart – Manchester City – 18 clean sheets

Most bonus points

Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur – 50 bonus points

Highest value increase

Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur – 1.6 million

Highest weekly score (player)

Theo Walcott – Arsenal – 26 points

Most player of the week awards

Carlos Tevez – Manchester City – 2

Robin Van Persie –  Manchester United – 2

Luis Suarez – Liverpool – 2

Theo Walcott – Arsenal – 2

Angel Rangel – Swansea City – 2

Most player of the week awards (team)

Arsenal and Liverpool – 6

Most donkey of the week awards (team)

QPR – 4

Most goal of the season nominations

Adel Taraabt – QPR – 3

Most goal of the season nominations (team)

Manchester United, QPR, Everton – 4

Goal of the season

1. Robin Van Persie – Manchester United v Aston Villa – GW34

2. Matthew Lowton – Aston Villa v Stoke City – GW32

3. Cameron Jerome – Stoke City v Southampton – GW20

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