Gameweek 37 results

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
43 2388
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
43 2347
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
41 2326
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
39 2286
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
53 2272
6  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 2264
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
44 2198
8  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
65 2194
9  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
53 2178
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
31 2157
11  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 2149
12  same FTM
Stu Smith
27 2123
13  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
31 2115
14  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
38 2099
15  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
68 2095
16  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
63 2085
17  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
36 2084
18  same King raggg
Steven Darling
54 2076
19  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
49 2071
20  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
49 2062
21  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
33 2055
22  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
48 2050
23  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
76 2046
24  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
32 2029
25  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
58 2012
26  same Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
51 2007
27  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
41 1999
28  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
56 1998
29  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
43 1995
30  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
46 1992
31  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
45 1983
32  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
44 1974
33  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
45 1968
34  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
53 1949
35  same The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
56 1948
36  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
55 1934
37  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
53 1932
38  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
78 1911
39  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
62 1907
40  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
39 1905
41  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
75 1902
42  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
36 1901
43  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
65 1893
44  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
50 1874
45  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
47 1872
46  same Morningblues
Jeff Morning
28 1843
47  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
23 1821
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
77 1813
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
68 1740
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
47 1654

 

Top of the league – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2388 points

Nothing has changed at the top. The Islanders and Da Pitch equaled each others totals – with below average scores – and so remain 41 points apart. The Islanders still have the triple captain to play and it’s difficult to see that lead being overturned. Albion also posted a below average score but should be safe in 3rd given Madrid’s inability to close the gap. If anything is going to change in the prize money positions it’s a possible usurping of Madrid by Bielsa Ringing or Caligula who are now just 14 and 22 points behind respectively.

Manager of the week – Greeenteeam – Adrian Greenwood – 78 points

All of the top six suffered as a result of Son Heung-Min’s uncharacteristic red card. Caligula had the right back up in the shape of a Laporte, Doherty, TAA triple double figure defence, and more tellingly, a captain that delivered. It was a damp squib of a week for the majority of the league and it was only those, like Caligula, who veered away from captaining City or Liverpool that really excelled. You have to travel to the depths of the league to find those 70+ totals that really moved managers up the rankings. Greeenteeam performed best, also captaining Hazard, but also by remembering they still had a bench boost and claiming 12 extra points.

Player of the week – David Luiz – Chelsea – 15 points

The most popular captain choice this week was Sergio Aguero – the majority swayed by the fact he’d contributed goal and/or assist points at every home game he’d started this season. It was, however, a week in which defenders ruled and not just through clean sheet keeping but for their additional goal scoring and assist making exploits. David Luiz came out on top against a Watford team clearly saving themselves for Wembley. His clean sheet and goal take him to his highest season total to date.

Bargain of the week – Ryan Fredericks – West Ham United – 14 points

Fredericks would have equaled the Chelsea man had he picked up top bonus. West Ham were comfortable victors in their last home game of the season – a factor always worth considering in these final two gameweeks. Six of the home outfits managed a victory to nil this week.

Twat of the week – Son Heung-Min – Tottenham Hotspur – -2 points

Who else? He was in a lot of teams given Spurs’ double gameweek possibilities and probably the final nail in the coffin for so many. Those owners may take some consolation in a hefty chunk of money readily available for a last week transfer punt

Goal of the week – Vincent Kompany.

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Gameweek 36 results and April Manager of the Month

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
104 2345
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
105 2304
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
95 2285
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
79 2247
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
85 2223
6  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
121 2196
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
98 2158
8  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
83 2137
9  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
88 2126
10  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
125 2125
11  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
86 2099
12  down FTM
Stu Smith
82 2096
13  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
86 2084
14  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
110 2061
15  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
115 2048
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
82 2043
17  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
117 2026
18  down King raggg
Steven Darling
74 2026
19  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
72 2022
20  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
62 2022
21  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
90 2017
22  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
76 2002
23  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
52 1997
24  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
53 1970
25  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
62 1958
26  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
97 1956
27  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
74 1954
28  same Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
87 1952
29  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
85 1946
30  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
91 1946
31  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
78 1938
32  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
66 1934
33  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
59 1923
34  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
94 1896
35  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
96 1896
36  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
69 1883
37  same Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
81 1879
38  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
72 1866
39  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
80 1865
40  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
86 1845
41  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
58 1833
42  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
85 1833
43  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
59 1832
44  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
95 1828
45  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
57 1827
46  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
51 1815
47  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
73 1798
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
46 1736
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
57 1672
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
71 1607

 

Top of the league – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2345 points

Da Pitch aren’t giving up on that title yet. They’re making every effort to close that gap. Scoring 105 points should help, unless the team you’re chasing racks up 104. The big scores were plentiful this week – seven in triple figures – only one less than last week. Albion aren’t out of contention either, posting 95 points. Our leaders however, crucially, still have their triple captain.

April manager of the month – Kebab Eaters United – Paul Howard – 351 points

April has probably produced a Buckets record for the highest monthly score for a four week game month. It took Kebab Eaters 351 points to win it – which included two 100+ scores. We’re looking at an average score of close to 90 points a week. Mentions too for the Islanders, Caligula and Da Pitch who weren’t far behind, also averaging an 80+ weekly total.

1  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
117 351
2  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
104 344
3  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
121 330
4  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
105 330

Manager of the week – Rip Roaring Reds – Sean Whyton – 125 points

For the second successive week we have a highest weekly score of 125 points. It was the triple captain chip that garnered the triple figure totals this week. And it was the triple captaining of one player in particular, Mo Salah, that reaped the greatest reward. The Islanders held the highest weekly score prize for one week only – they only scored four goals to the Reds’ seven. Most of us realised that all out Liverpool was the way to go with them coming up against the whippiest of whipping boys, Huddersfield. I suspect the Islanders are saving their triple captain for the last gameweek – a tactic which I think they’ve employed before – but had they gone with it they’d have accumulated the highest weekly score, won the manager of the week, the manager of the month AND probably sewn up the Buckets title.

Player of the week – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 19 points

It’s Salah’s second player of the week award. What a week to land the triple captain chip. He was always going to be the one and this Huddersfield fixture was always likely to be the game. There have been frustrating moments throughout the fantasy season for Salah owners, but he’s still leading scorer, and now by a fair distance. It appears that by not reaching the heights of last season he’s unworthy of a player of the year nomination or a place in the team of the year. Nonsense.

Bargain of the week – Cyrus Christie – Fulham – 11 points

Three consecutive clean sheets for Fulham. How did that happen? There’s no point in discussing this any further. Only ghost ships own Fulham defenders.

Twat of the week – Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal – -2 points

Doesn’t anybody want Champions League football next season? Maitland-Niles did Arsenal’s Europa League cause more good with dopey 30 minute red. He was on the Rip Roaring Reds’ bench. A smart place to put him.

Goal of the week – Ryan Babel. No vid.

Gameweek 34 results

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
42 2128
2  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
75 2123
3  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
42 2104
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
45 2063
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
44 2018
6  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
43 1997
7  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
82 1991
8  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
43 1973
9  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 1946
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 1944
11  down FTM
Stu Smith
43 1938
12  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
59 1920
13  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
54 1896
14  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
36 1894
15  up King raggg
Steven Darling
90 1891
16  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
44 1879
17  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
86 1879
18  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
62 1862
19  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
34 1859
20  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
71 1858
21  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
42 1855
22  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
65 1845
23  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
54 1834
24  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
58 1831
25  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
55 1817
26  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
67 1805
27  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
59 1795
28  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
74 1789
29  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
59 1785
30  same Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
49 1785
31  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
38 1782
32  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
39 1776
33  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
49 1775
34  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
59 1742
35  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
48 1742
36  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
84 1737
37  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
67 1731
38  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
62 1727
39  same Morningblues
Jeff Morning
70 1723
40  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
84 1722
41  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
33 1715
42  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
66 1702
43  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
47 1689
44  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
70 1687
45  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
72 1685
46  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
46 1665
47  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
85 1650
48  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
74 1641
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
55 1544
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
57 1475

 

Top of the league – The Craggy Islanders – 2128 points

The three way battle for Buckets supremacy took another twist this week. The Islanders remain top, but theirs and Albions less than average totals opened the door for Da Pitch to creep back into real contention. The Islander’s wildcard was played with more than one eye on next weeks fixtures, but Brighton’s total failure as a double gameweek team this week let them and many others down. No goals scored and seven conceded is not what was wanted. Some managers fell even further into the trap and captained a Brighton defender. It’s a cruel irony that the best bet would have been to stick with those single gameweeking bloody Bournemouth players who hammered the first five past the hapless Seagulls defence. Take some consolation in the fact that Brighton defender Shane Duffy backed himself in his own fantasy side. Bizarrely, however, he also had Callum Wilson in his attack!

Manager of the week – King Raggg – Stephen Darling – 90 points

King Raggg accumulated 31 points from Bournemouth assets, as well as healthy contributions from captain Christian Eriksen and Raheem Sterling, to post an impressive 90 point total. It puts them top of the monthly league at the halfway stage. Not a single Brighton player in sight. A wise move.

Player of the week – Lucas Moura – Tottenham Hotspur – 21 points

Spurs players were popular among most managers and not just those on a wildcard ahead of next week’s double. Any team playing Huddersfield almost guarantees some return. Even before Dele Alli was ruled out, Lucas Moura should have come into contention for many more teams than he did, considering the likely rotation ahead of their European fixture in the midweek. Son was benched but nabbed a late assist much to the relief of many managers -and Christian Eriksen provided the same return in a 90 minute performance. This paved the way for Moura to provide a hat trick, top bonus and a load of hindsight.

Bargain of the week – Sean Morrison – 16 points

And in the end the best double gameweeker came from Cardiff. One point from the Burnley game was followed up with fifteen against Brighton. Its Morrison’s eighth clean sheet – Cardiff’s ninth overall. Brighton have kept six. Weren’t Cardiff the better bet for points in the first place?

Twat of the week – Troy Deeney – Watford – -2 points

Deeney was another popular choice on wildcard ahead of the double. He’ll play no further part in that. Watford will have to look to Andre Gray or Isaac Success to maintain their quest for the best of the rest. Some fantasy managers will be less enthused to make the same switch I imagine.

Goal of the week – Mohamed Salah. 1m08s

Gameweek 33 results

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2086
2  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
77 2066
3  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
78 2052
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
90 2018
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
69 1974
6  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
70 1958
7  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
64 1930
8  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
72 1913
9  up FTM
Stu Smith
72 1895
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
60 1888
11  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
49 1886
12  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
60 1861
13  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
75 1858
14  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
42 1842
15  same Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
46 1835
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
20 1825
17  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
59 1813
18  up King raggg
Steven Darling
61 1801
19  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
73 1800
20  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
41 1793
21  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
51 1787
22  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
88 1780
23  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
47 1780
24  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
14 1773
25  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
87 1762
26  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
51 1744
27  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
34 1740
28  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
8 1738
29  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
62 1737
30  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
29 1736
31  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
64 1726
32  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
74 1726
33  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
25 1715
34  same Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
59 1694
35  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
68 1683
36  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
61 1682
37  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
19 1665
38  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
28 1664
39  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
20 1653
40  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
22 1653
41  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
30 1650
42  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
33 1640
43  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
14 1638
44  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
19 1619
45  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
33 1617
46  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
42 1613
47  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
27 1567
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
21 1565
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
26 1489
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
14 1418

 

League leaders – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2086 points

As we get to the arse end of the season we’ll take a gameweekly look at how the title race is panning out. It looks like one of three teams for the top prize. All have undertaken a slightly different end of season strategy regarding their chips and wildcards. Of the three it’s the Islanders that appear to be in the strongest position with a wildcard, bench boost and triple captain remaining. I predict a wildcard in the coming gameweek with a bench boost following in GW35. That leaves their triple captain possibly for the last week when the scores can go crazy, form definitely goes out the window, all defences tend to go on holiday and strikers fill their boots. Albion have the highest accumulative score over the last three weeks but only have their free hit remaining. Watch out for that being played in GW35. Da Pitch have dropped back slightly, being the least successful of the three at negotiating the last three weeks, but with two more double gameweeks remaining and their triple captain and bench boost chips untouched, they could force their way back into the reckoning. Maybe we’ll see a brave punt on a GW34 Lewis Dunk triple captain?

Manager of the week – Neil Madrid – Neil Strong – 90 points

Virtually the same team that failed in blank gameweek 31 came through this reduced gameweek to spectacular effect. Backing any striker worth his salt against Huddersfield seems to be the sensible way forward at the moment – step forward Jamie Vardy. Eden Hazard would have been as effective a captain choice. They were the players of choice for the top nine teams in the league. Having both, as many teams did given the smaller pool of players to pick from, guaranteed you a score somewhere in the 70’s or above. Youri Tielemans may have been the player making the difference for Madrid, tipping the score out of the 80’s. The young Belgian has a goal or assist in each of the last six games. It’s a shame and a bit of a headache given his (and Vardy’s) form that Leicester don’t appear in either double gameweek.

Player of the week – Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 16 points

Two goals and an assist against a Huddersfield team now totally devoid of any fight was as obvious a captain choice as there’s been all season. Especially for a striker in a rich vein of form – Vardy has eight in eight. I’m not in sure you need to be a striker in form to get something against Huddersfield. Harry Kane faces up to that defence next week. In his quest for the golden boot, it could be brutal.

Bargain of the week – Phil Jagielka – Everton – 15 points

In gameweek 1 he was sent off after 39 minutes, collected -3 points, and looked likely to never play again. He did – two more performances amassed 7 more points to put him back in the black. A warm up injury to Michael Keane promoted him to the starting line up this weekend and he quadrupled his total for the season in the space of 90 minutes.

Twat of the week – Nathaniel Clyne – Bournemouth – -1 points

Hooked at half time having already conceded two and been booked. Bournemouth aren’t the most dependable when looking for clean sheet points and Clyne hasn’t provided any attacking full back assists as it was hoped he might since his loan move.

Goal of the week – Eden Hazard (1st goal).

 

Gameweek 28 results and February Manager of the Month

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
54 1750
2  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
66 1748
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
78 1738
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 1699
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
63 1681
6  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
71 1647
7  same FTM
Stu Smith
58 1641
8  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
46 1639
9  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
43 1600
10  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
64 1600
11  down King raggg
Steven Darling
37 1590
12  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
41 1588
13  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
50 1588
14  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
62 1579
15  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
39 1560
16  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
63 1557
17  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
49 1552
18  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
46 1551
19  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
73 1549
20  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
47 1541
21  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
43 1538
22  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
46 1524
23  same Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
57 1523
24  same Cookie fc
Peter Cook
50 1510
25  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
79 1503
26  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
38 1496
27  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
46 1489
28  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
60 1479
29  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
50 1470
30  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
50 1470
31  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
48 1470
32  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
53 1469
33  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
52 1468
34  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
49 1462
35  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
70 1460
36  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
84 1456
37  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
44 1456
38  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
43 1454
39  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
54 1445
40  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
35 1440
41  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
37 1429
42  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
58 1423
43  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
38 1419
44  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
58 1405
45  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
67 1397
46  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
28 1394
47  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
69 1383
48  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
53 1327
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
51 1295
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
62 1241

 

Top of the league – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 1750 points

Da Pitch still hold the lead, but it’s only a slender two points over the surging Craggy Islanders who are on the hunt for the second title. Perfidious sit third and only ten points further back after a resurgent week, and although not completely out of touch and out of contention for the title, Neil Madrid and Bielsa Ringing will need near perfect run-ins to catch those sides ahead of them. And we probably shouldn’t rule out the possibility of INIT, FTM or Shoelace sneaking into fourth place. We’re entering silly season, as the blank and double gameweeks begin to form and chip tactics come into play. We’re faced with only five fixtures in GW31 and the likelihood of a similar figure in GW33, depending on the outcome of the next round of the FA Cup. Already Manchester United have had two of their fixtures rearranged and moved to the middle of gameweeks 32 and 35. Expect the other successful cup teams to see their fixtures moved to the same midweek slots. Of the leading contenders, The Craggy Islanders, Perfidious Albion, Neil Madrid and Bielsa Ringing have all of their chips and their wildcard remaining. Da Pitch just have their chips to play. FTM Have their wildcard but bench-boosted in GW10, whereas INIT have no wildcards or triple captain and Shoelace have no wildcards or free hit. Negotiating the next few weeks could be tricky without at least one of the wildcard or free hit still in the bag. And it shouldn’t all be about the leaders, as a perfectly played strategy of wildcards and chips could hand any team anywhere in the league any of the next three manager of the month awards. It might also be something the semi-finalists of the Buckets Cup want to consider…

Buckets Cup quarter finals

Although maybe not in the case of The Craggy Islanders or Neil Madrid who probably have their eyes on a bigger prize. And that may play into the hands of Fake Madrid and Kebab Eaters who are the other two teams to progress to the last four. The Islanders beat Da Pitch as Madrid saw off FTM in the two top ten clashes. The Islanders will play Fake Madrid, who beat El Loco No Joko, who inexplicably kept Virgil Van Dyk and Sergio Aguero on the bench?!?!?!? Kebab Eaters edged past Mour Salt and Pep to face Neil Madrid. It could be a Madrid derby final.

February manager of the month – Atletico Chappers – Richard Chapman – 309 points

Thanks to their top 2,000 in the world weekly score of GW27 and consolidating with a steady 50 pointer this week, Chappers pinch the February prize. I’m not sure they were really in it at all before hitting the dizzy heights at the weekend. They have Gerard Deulefeu to thank and did so by benching him for their hammering at the hands of Liverpool last night.

Manager of the week – Queen Of The North – Dorine Reacher – 84 points

A week for defenders this week and QOTN lined up two of the big scorers – Schar and Robertson – in their team. They amassed 43 points from those two and their other defender, Ashley Young, who chipped in with a goal, and their keeper, Allison. They wouldn’t be picking up this award however had it not been for a Marko Arnautovic no-show. Although quite what Sadio Mane was doing warming the bench is anyone’s guess given his present run of form of six goals in six games.

Player of the week – Virgil Van Dyk – Liverpool – 20 points

It would have been 51 points had Van Dyk been lined alongside them in a triple up Liverpool defence. It’s not a ludicrous idea given that they’re three of the six highest scoring defenders in the game and that Liverpool have more clean sheets than anyone else so far this season. They could surpass 20 which would be a great achievement. It bodes well for the weeks ahead in which Liverpool play every week. They have no doubles, but they also have no blanks.

Bargain of the week – Fabian Schar – Newcastle United – 15 points

There aren’t many players with two weekly player awards so far this season. Fabian Schar is probably the most unexpected recipient. A clean sheet and a wondergoal always equals top bonus. Newcastle will play the blank gameweek in 31, and have other potential clean sheet matches between now and then.

Twat of the week – Kieran Trippier – Tottenham Hotspur – -1 points

A wonderful own goal that totally wrong footed Hugo Lloris, a World Cup winning captain no less. Tottenham’s meltdown might have started a few weeks earlier this season.

Goal of the week – Fabian Schar.