Gameweeks 31-35 cancelled

You’re probably all aware of the latest announcement regarding Premier League fixtures – cancelled until the end of April – which means the first planned gameweek as it stands at the moment is GW36, commencing on the 2nd May.
Will that happen? Probably not.
There was a Premier League meeting on Thursday and as well as announcing this, they also expressed a determination to get the season finished. How and when is anyone’s guess.
Regarding FPL, if they were, as I suggested in the last post, to have a mammoth last gameweek 38 to cover all the outstanding fixtures, we may end up having a 70 game gameweek, which seems totally unrealistic. So, maybe we will get a GW39, GW40 etc. I can’t even see GW38 being played as it is at the moment, so I expect there to be as many gameweeks as there were before the cancellations. It’s up to the FPL bods how they name/number them.
One thing we have got is the continuation of active gameweek deadlines. Transfers can still be made for free, so teams can still be shaped.
April Manager of the Month is cancelled. The Buckets Cup is still on hold. We await the first gameweek in which we can play out the final.
Last Man Standing is now completely on hold until it is 100% confirmed that fixtures are going to take place and gameweeks are going ahead. Until I know how the gameweeks will look – that’s when I can re-design the format.

Gameweek 30 and Gameweek 31 cancelled

Buckets Cup Final decision – for the benefit of me and Mister D

It was meant to be the Buckets Cup final this weekend. I have decided that this will be played out in the first gameweek in which any fixtures take place – which at the moment is going to be GW32 commencing on April 4th.
There is every chance that this could change again and the restart of the season could be put back even further. If this happens we’ll keep going until we get to a gameweek in which a fixture is played.
I guess there’s a possibility we might get a heavily reduced gameweek in which, perhaps, only one or two games are played and if that’s the case then that WILL count. Those scores will be added to your overall league score – so they will also go towards the cup final score.

March Manager of the Month

We’ve had one week of March fixtures. We’re not having any more until April, so as it stands, FC Caligula have been crowned March Manager of the Month.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
0 80
2
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
0 78
2
Hemel Hotspur
Paul Jarvis
0 78
4
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
0 78
5
king ragg
Steven Darling
0 77
6
Cook Pass Babtridge
Marcus Baker
0 76

June and July fixtures?

Might there be games played in June – and even July?? I haven’t budgeted for either.
So, IF we have June and July fixtures…
My understanding is that a GW39, GW40 etc WILL NOT be created. What will happen is that GW38 will become some kind of mega-gameweek including all remaining fixtures that haven’t been played by that point. So – yes – possibilities of triple, even quadruple gameweeks for some teams perhaps?
I think that the best course of action at the moment is to award the final manager of the month prize to whoever wins May + June + July + etc….
It’s worth noting that at the moment, only two weeks have been cancelled and there are two remaining weekends in May left after the original final weekend of the season. There is also a possibility that the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League and Internationals will be cancelled completely, which opens up vacant dates to complete league fixtures. So, all remaining fixtures could yet be finished by the end of May.

No games in April?

In the case of a whole month’s worth of fixtures being cancelled and the season still finishing in May, then I could add the £30 April prize to the May prize fund. May might end up being some mega-month worthy of the increased prize pot. If June fixtures happen, I’ll simply create a June manager of the month prize and use the April prize pot. July fixtures would result in a June/July combined £30 prize.

Last Man Standing

We’ve lost two gameweeks. This screws up how the Last Man Standing competition works. So, if we commence in GW32, I’ll be eliminating the lowest scoring 6 teams. That’s 2 for GW30, 2 for GW31 and 2 for GW32. If we don’t get started again in GW32, I’ll rethink this. But for now, this is how we’ll progress.

Complete cancellation

All money refunded or held onto to pay for entry into next season’s competition. No winnings paid out.

 

My gut feeling is that the season will not commence in GW32, but that every effort will be made to get it restarted – and finished. I also think it’s unlikely that it will finish in May.
I’m not sure the Euros are going to happen – so the summer opens up to accommodate the completion of the Premier League, although I’ve also heard that we’re likely to hit our virus peak in 3 months time – which is mid June. Too close to the planned start of next season?
Lots of people have lots of different theories as to what could or should happen – cancelling other tournaments, cups etc and playing two games a week through the summer. But no-one knows. These are just my hunches.
It’s a very changeable situation – and remember, ultimately, Boris Johnson is in charge of this.
So yeah, we’re doomed.

There have been interesting developments regarding how the game is going to play out over the next few weeks. Rather than just freezing the game, it’s actually active.
So – if you took a hit before the Coronavirus announcement, you’ve scored -4 this week. If you do the same next week, it’s another -4.
If you had two free transfers for GW30, you could have made them. They’d have been activated. You effectively had four free transfers to pay with ahead of GW32. You could have made two before the GW30 deadline – with a chance of making two more before GW32’s deadline. It’s a mini wildcard.
If you had one free transfer, you will now have two for GW31. Make them. They’re free.

How FPL transfers and chips will be affected by coronavirus suspension

This article on Fantasy Football Scout explains a few other things regards chips, wildcards, head to head leagues and the FPL Cup.

Gameweek 29 results

I didn’t set up my team this week with an international pandemic in mind, otherwise I doubt I’d have captained Aubameyang and brought in three Arsenal players to try my luck on the double gameweek. A double gameweek that was announced and then cancelled within a matter of days. It’s clear from the league table that I’m not the only one who had pinned my hopes on some big scores coming from the teams playing twice. It can’t always be relied upon, but it’s too much of a temptation to turn down for some managers. So we’re left with a semi-complete gameweek and no idea when – or even IF – the cancelled game will get played. As it stands, GW30 is going ahead – and the blank GW31 with it’s accompanying FA Cup games. But who knows?

There has been a lot of change at the top of the league and two very closely contested and low scoring Buckets Cup semi-finals. An don’t mention Last Man Standing. I mean the prize might literally go to the last one of us able to stand.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
80 1690
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
66 1686
3
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
46 1671
4
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
67 1644
5
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
43 1643
6
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
45 1632
7
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
62 1630
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
58 1626
9
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
70 1613
10
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1592

Caligula race to the top with a week-winning score of 80 points, capitalising on the no-show of captain Kevin De Bruyne, taking five additional points from the bench and nine more from their promoted vice. Having Harvey Barnes helped. And persevering with Jamie Vardy too – in the week I feel a lot of people may have eventually got rid to accommodate Arsenal and/or Manchester City players.

It was a bad week for Nashton Villa who relinquished the top spot in the league and were knocked out of the cup. Mister D triumphed 50-46, thanks largely to Ayoze Perez not taking part in Leicester’s 4-0 thumping of Villa. A double knife to the heart of the Nashton manager. Chris Wood was promoted from the bench to the tune of 9 points, enough to see them over the line. The second semi-final was totally drab. Neil Madrid prevailed 41-37 against Queen Of The North. “You can only beat what’s put in front of you”, I will repeatedly say if anyone dare suggest it’s a fix.

Manager of the week – FC Caligula – Ajay Supeda – 80 points

Player of the week – Harvey Barnes – Leicester City – 19 points

Bargain of the week – Alex McCarthy – Southampton – 12 points

Twat of the week – Moussa Djenepo – Southampton – -2 points

Goal of the week – Mason Mount. At 28s in.

Gameweek 28 results and February Manager of the Month

The blank gameweek. So called because some teams don’t play. Or in the case of this horror show, when all your players DON’T SCORE ANY POINTS. Well done if you picked three players who returned. Congrats if you got out a full XI. Kudos if you beat the average – a measly 26. It’s definitely the lowest scoring week of the season. It may even be the lowest scoring week EVER. The same thing could have happened last week had Liverpool not brought home the bacon. Even the ever reliable champions elect couldn’t come to our rescue this time out. 

1
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
29 1625
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
26 1620
3
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
31 1610
4
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
42 1600
5
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
25 1587
6
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
29 1577
7
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
24 1572
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
22 1568
9
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
29 1546
10
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
18 1546

Kante Fit My Willian took the opportunity to free hit to stake a claim for the February manager of the month award. And it worked. Although I’m not sure that mustering 53 points from a free hit would normally be a satisfactory end total. Still, it was twice as much as most of the rest of us managed. The best weekly score pushed them over the line to bag the best monthly score. So…well deserved. Marcos Alonso was the difference. The Chelsea bouffant has posted some incredible stats this season. Lampard obviously doesn’t fancy him, limiting him to just nine starts, yet he’s returned in eight of those at an average of nearly 8 points a game. He’s still playing in the same way as he always used to, being so far forward, he’s in a different stadium. Will he finally nail down a place? Look out for him when Chelsea double gameweek rolls round.

The Buckets Cup semi-finalists have been decided. The unpredictability of the recent weeks has left us with two bottom half teams competing for a spot in the final. Based on their last three gameweek scores, both Mister D (48th) and Queen Of The North (40th) could be in with a chance. Both outscored their higher-placed opponents, Nashton Villa (1st) and Neil Madrid (13th)

Manager of the week – Paul Callaghan – Kante Fit My Willian – 53 points

Player of the week – Ismaila Sarr – Watford – 19 points

Bargain of the week – Jamal Lewis – Norwich City – 15 points

Twat of the week – Ezequiel Scheletto – Brighton and Hove Albion – -1 points

Goal of the week – Ismaila Sarr. 6m36s (2nd goal)

Gameweek 27 results

For the second week running our highest scorers come from the distant land of page 2. Mister D earn their place on the roll of honour with a 72 point haul. It’s worth mentioning ShakeitDown’s performance again. Surely their charge for the title has come a tad too late. Our bottom placed team registered 68 points, the third highest Buckets total of the week – for the second consecutive week. In GW26 they played their triple captain chip on TAA. They kept the armband on him to the tune of 20 points this week. Surely it’s time to start seriously considering the Liverpool man for the double points every week. Even when they concede he invariably chips in with assists. It’s been 12 gameweeks since he failed to register a return. Ridiculous.

1
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
61 1600
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
56 1594
3
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 1583
4
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
49 1566
5
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
52 1558
6
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
62 1548
7
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
62 1548
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
57 1546
9
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
41 1528
10
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
38 1525


Mister D’s impressive late run of scoring has kept them in contention for the cup, progressing as the lowest ranked side left. Nashton are still in with a chance of the double but face a stern test in the shape of Basham’s Arriving in the next round. Basham’s have equaled Nashton’s rise over the last six gameweeks, climbing 200,000 places in the overall rankings. 

 

Manager of the week – Mister D – Mister D Boy – 72 points

Player of the week – Diogo Jota – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 16 points

Bargain of the week – Romain Saiss – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 11 points

Twat of the week – Valentino Lazaro – Newcastle United – -1 points

Goal of the week – Dominic Calvert-Lewin