Final league table

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
64 2448
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
63 2406
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
55 2381
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
62 2344
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
63 2323
6  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
58 2314
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
71 2269
8  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
69 2259
9  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
70 2219
10  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
40 2218
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
59 2216
12  same FTM
Stu Smith
67 2190
13  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
56 2171
14  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
78 2163
15  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
51 2150
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
49 2144
17  up King raggg
Steven Darling
68 2144
18  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
53 2137
19  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
59 2122
20  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
51 2113
21  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
49 2104
22  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
45 2091
23  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
36 2086
24  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
68 2080
25  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
73 2068
26  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
72 2067
27  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
80 2063
28  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
39 2060
29  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
44 2047
30  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
48 2042
31  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
63 2037
32  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
39 2031
33  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
77 2025
34  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
68 2013
35  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
65 1999
36  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
67 1999
37  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
93 1998
38  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
31 1995
39  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
88 1995
40  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
76 1978
41  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
53 1964
42  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
61 1962
43  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
68 1961
44  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
60 1934
45  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
52 1924
46  same Morningblues
Jeff Morning
58 1901
47  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
55 1876
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
66 1871
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
56 1796
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
60 1714

 

Winners – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2448 points

You have to go all the way back to GW12 to find a league table without one of our league prize winners sat in the top four positions. Once The Islanders climbed up into fourth in GW13, that was it. So ensued a four way battle for supremacy with The Islanders, Da Pitch, Albion and Madrid all spending some time at the top. Strangely our winners didn’t win a manager of the month (but did win the cup), whereas our three runners up all picked up a monthly prize. Albion spent every one of the 38 weeks occupying a top four place. Da Pitch spent all but two weeks and Madrid all but five in the prize positions.
The four way battle became a three way slog after a poor GW31 for Madrid – a time at which Albion surged back to the top. Following that however, both Albion and Da Pitch couldn’t match the power scoring of The Islanders, particularly in blank GW33 and double GW35. Albion’s rank fell over the final weeks but still remained around the 10k mark – a very good season. Da Pitch kept plugging away but couldn’t quite make up the ground and ended at around the 5k mark. A top 1k finish just eluded the Islanders. Once in the top 5k after GW30 they didn’t falter, rising into the top 2k in GW35 and staying there. Its the highest ranking finish by a Buckets winner, our highest scoring season by a Buckets winner and probably our most keenly contested title race. Not unlike the real deal. Manchester City and Liverpool’s relentless scoring no doubt helped increase the scores. Most of us were at least doubling up on both teams at all times through the season. The fantasy team of the season reflects that.
Special mentions to Rip Roaring Reds who won the December prize and chipped in with the best weekly score. Worth mentioning they pipped the Islanders to what would have been a treble of sorts. They both achieved 125 points in different gameweeks, but the Reds’ bagged more goals and so clinch the prize.
Team of the season 
GK – Allison – Liverpool – 176 points (£5.5 – £5.9 million)
DR – Trent Alexander Arnold – Liverpool – 185 points (£5.0 – £5.8 million
DL – Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – 213 points (£6.0 – £6.8 million)
DC – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 208 points (£6.0 – £6.8 million)
DC – Aymeric Laporte – Manchester City – 177 points (£5.5 – £6.3 million)
DMC – Luca Milivojevic – Crystal Palace – 166 points (£6.5 – £6.5 million)
MR – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 259 points (£13.0 – £13.2 million)
ML – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 237 points (£11.0 – £11.7 million)
MC – Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 238 points (£11.0 – £11.0 million)
MC – Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 231 points (£9.5 – £10.3 million)
CF – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 205 points (£11 – £10.8 million)
A team dominated by Liverpool more than City due to less rotation at Anfield and the assisting power of their fullbacks. Aymeric Laporte was a regular in the City line up, as was Raheem Sterling. Sergio Aguero misses out due to Aubameyang’s last day brace. The Arsenal man saw his price fall over the season – an indication that maybe he was slightly over priced to begin with. The other two golden boot winners make up the midfield alongside Eden Hazard, who produced the most double figure scores. My OCD can’t handle there not being a defensive midfielder in the squad and Luca Milivojevic fills that berth, thanks to the 11 penalties he buried in the back of the net.
Bargain team of the season
GK – Neil Etheridge – Cardiff City – 154 points (£4.5 – £4.7 million)
DR – Matt Doherty – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 144 points (£4.5  – £5.3 million)
DL – Jonny Castro Otto – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 103 points (£4.5 – £4.3 million)
DC – Willy Boly – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 120 points – (£4.5 – £4.7 million)
DC – Michael Keane – Everton – 129 points (£5.0 – £4.8 million)
DMC – Abdoulaye Doucoure – Watford – 124 points (£6.0 – £5.8 million)
MR – Nathan Redmond – Southampton – 137 points (£5.5 – £5.5 million)
ML – Gerard Deulefeu – Watford – 133 points (£5.5 – £5.7 million)
MC – Andros Townsend – Crystal Palace – 135 points (£6.0 – £5.8 million)
FC – Raul Jiminez – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 181 points (£5.5 – £6.9 million)
FC – Callum Wilson – Bournemouth -168 points – (£6.0 – £6.9 million)
Wolves dominate the differential squad. As a newly promoted team finishing best of the rest it’s hardly surprising. Doherty and Jiminez were among those that had the highest overall price rise. Jiminez’s £1.4 milllion increase was on a par with that of Vardy and Mahrez’s from the Leicester season. Getting them in early was key to a high score. Once in, they stayed. Callum Wilson stayed relatively injury free to post his best season score. Neil Etheridge, despite his relegation with Cardiff, produced the second most saves, the most penalty saves and the best bonus return of any of the keepers.
An honourable mention to Aaron Wan Bissaka, who was outscored by Matt Doherty for the right back slot, but was perhaps the real dream bargain pick – starting at just £4 million and collecting more points than all but three of the entire Manchester United squad.
Goal of the Season
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YxmkGzGZSk
No contest.
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Gameweek 23 results

January 21, 2019

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
75 1441
2  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
74 1429
3  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
69 1411
4  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
56 1395
5  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
77 1369
6  down FTM
Stu Smith
67 1366
7  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
63 1353
8  same Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
74 1353
9  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
83 1352
10  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
73 1346
11  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
70 1338
12  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 1333
13  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
64 1322
14  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
90 1312
15  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
62 1306
16  down King raggg
Steven Darling
60 1303
17  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
61 1290
18  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
69 1276
19  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
59 1271
20  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
66 1267
21  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
67 1261
22  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
69 1260
23  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
65 1255
24  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
56 1252
25  same PenshawPerformers
david bruce
59 1246
26  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
74 1241
27  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
61 1240
28  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
60 1237
29  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
73 1232
30  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
72 1223
31  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
64 1219
32  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
66 1209
33  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
43 1208
34  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
70 1192
35  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
70 1191
36  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
63 1184
37  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
48 1182
38  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
33 1174
39  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
63 1170
40  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
51 1165
41  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
40 1153
42  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
62 1152
43  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
43 1151
44  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
70 1147
45  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
79 1145
46  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
66 1132
47  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
71 1119
48  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
73 1108
49  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
54 1083
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
64 1081
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
51 997

 

Manager of the week – Aribo Haribo – Paul Hawkins – 90 points

Another big score wins the week. It feels like we’re on for a highest ever winning score. Albion were our half way leaders and they had more than half of our biggest ever finishing total – 2356 set by Romeoshondavan in 2013/14. Aribo Haribo’s 90 points lifts them into their highest position of the season so far, sat in position behind the top 10, primed for an attack on a top four finish perhaps. It could happen. They are the form team sat at the top of the January monthly table at present.

1  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
90 220
2  down FTM
Stu Smith
67 209
3  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
75 208
4  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
77 206
5  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 200
6  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
70 195
7  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
74 194
8  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
60 190
9  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
70 190
10  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
83 188

Aribo’s reaction to the Harry Kane injury was to swap him for Gabriel Jesus, who didn’t play…which was fortunate, because up stepped Ryan Bennett off the bench, who despite conceding three, got his 50p head on the end of a cross to register a goal and chip in with 6 points. Salah was captained to the tune of 30 points and that’s his sixth double digit haul in eight weeks, which is insane. It might have seemed like a slow start to the season and he may have appeared to be too expensive, but can you really live without him now?

Player of the week – Fabian Schar – Newcastle United – 21 points

Who else? Equaling Raheem Sterling and Mo Salah’s highest weekly points total. What took him so long? I’m not sure at what point in the Newcastle centre back pecking order he is – probably fourth choice. Not a bad fourth choice when you consider the ease at which he slalomed through the Cardiff defence to score his first goal. From GW26 Newcastle only play two top six sides – and they’ve kept seven clean sheets, which is only bettered by the top four and Crystal Palace. So despite it being the usual laughing stock madhouse up there, they might not be a bad option for differential defensive picks during the closing weeks of the season.

Bargain of the week – Diogo Jota – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 19 points

A late bloomer. There was a lot of early interest in Jota after his impressive displays in Wolves’ promotion season, but it was a slow start and people lost interest to the pont where he dropped from £6.5 million to £5.9 million. He’s still there now, but I suspect that will change. He appears to have found his feet. He had a mini-run of three games with attacking returns just before Christmas which was halted through injury. This was his second game back.

Twat of the week – Lucas Digne – Everton – -1 points

I was singing his praises last week. How often does this happen? From hero to zero (minus one). A 25 yard own goal should get a plus score surely? It seems he has to score or assist to make his presence in your team worthwhile because Everton ain’t keeping clean sheets.

Goal of the week – Callum Wilson. From 15s in.

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
61 682
2  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
68 666
3  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
86 635
4  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
91 626
5  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
51 613
6  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
75 608
7  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
71 602
8  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
77 599
9  down Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
64 599
10  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 598
11  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
87 595
12  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
45 590
13  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
66 578
14  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
51 575
15  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
58 571
16  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
85 570
17  down King raggg
Steven Darling
43 566
18  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
62 558
19  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
60 556
20  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
69 553
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
71 552
22  up FTM
Stu Smith
70 551
23  up CAS Vampire Slayers
Mustafa khan
72 549
24  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
78 547
25  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
78 546
26  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
74 543
27  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
44 535
27  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
44 535
29  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
84 530
30  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
71 527
31  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
72 523
32  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
68 523
33  same Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
65 522
34  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
54 520
35  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
70 517
36  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
24 516
37  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
66 512
38  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
45 510
39  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
55 506
40  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
46 501
41  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
52 497
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
47 486
43  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
40 479
44  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
46 475
45  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
52 466
45  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
48 466
47  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
47 460
48  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
49 459
49  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
40 454
50  up Ross’s champions
darren frankland
51 435
51  up The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 428

 

October Manager of the Month – Game of Stones – Ryan Garoghan – 198 points

It was Salah Buffoon!!!’s to lose – and they did. They had a 10 point lead over their nearest challenger after last week and a 22 point lead over Game of Stones. The 34 point swing meant that even if the Buffoons actually had Salah in their team, and as captain, they still wouldn’t have held onto top spot. Game of Stones have been no lower than 8th since the beginning of the season and their victory means that each of the manager of the month prizes so far have gone to our current top three in the league.

1  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
86 198
2  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
78 195
3  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
75 190
4  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
87 186
5  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
52 186
6  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
61 185

 

Manager of the week – Neil Madrid – Neil Strong – 91 points

Banking on Liverpool scoring a bagful against Cardiff and Bournemouth doing likewise against Fulham guaranteed Neil Madrid their week winning score. Sadio Mane contributed 30 points as captain and a combination of Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson, who is now the game’s highest scoring striker, added 24 points between them. Madrid move up into fourth, and along with Game of Stones, have managed to claw back a little on the two runaway leaders.

Player of the week – Ross Barkley – Chelsea – 17 points

From out of nowhere and getting back to the player he looked like he could be in his earlier days at Everton. This is Barkley’s second double figure score in three, his third consecutive scoring gameweek, and is offering ridiculous value in this form at £5.8 million. You just know the minute you bring him in he’ll be rotated.

Bargain of the week – Callum Wilson – Bournemouth – 13 points

It’s his second appearance on the roll of honour in the last three weeks as Bournemouth’s impressive free scoring start to the season continues. Wilson’s totals are being helped by Josh King’s absence. He’s the single focal point of the attack and is on (and scoring) penalties. Another current must-have in great form and becoming almost fixture proof with Bournemouth’s reliability at finding the back of the net.

Twat of the week – Mark Noble – West Ham United – -2 points

Can be a reliable asset when you’re lucky enough to have him in and West Ham get a penalty. He’s always cheap enough to occupy a bench spot with a guaranteed start. On the other hand he’s also one of those players almost guaranteed to land himself in the twat book at least once a season.

Goal of the week – Granit Xhaka. The latest in a run of long-range-top-corner blinders.

 

Gameweek 8 results

October 8, 2018

1  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
71 568
2  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
60 557
3  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
51 510
4  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
70 507
5  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
61 507
6  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
68 507
7  down King raggg
Steven Darling
55 507
8  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
60 505
9  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
76 494
10  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
71 491
11  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 491
12  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
56 483
13  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
49 480
14  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
47 466
15  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
55 464
16  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
58 459
17  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
50 457
18  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
58 454
19  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
56 453
20  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
50 453
21  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
35 448
22  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
58 445
23  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
32 441
23  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
62 441
25  up FTM
Stu Smith
64 435
26  up CAS Vampire Slayers
Mustafa khan
49 435
26  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
47 435
28  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
68 425
28  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
50 425
30  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
52 423
31  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
32 423
32  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
66 418
33  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
38 417
34  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
28 414
35  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
40 414
36  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
65 414
37  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
67 409
38  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
53 408
39  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
53 408
40  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
44 405
41  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
90 401
42  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
56 400
43  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
51 398
44  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
31 397
45  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
57 389
46  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
50 387
47  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
29 384
48  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
54 376
49  up The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
60 372
50  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
46 365
51  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
50 358
52  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
54 343

 

Manager of the week – Jitesh Lakhani – Salah Buffoon!!! – 90 points

We’re banging the high scores in week after week. Another 90+ score to win the weekly accolade. Bigger scores were achieved, as in Salah Buffoon!!!’s case, with the right captain choice of the two most popular this week. Harry Kane trolled the majority by not only not scoring, or even getting close, but by also picking up a yellow. Eden Hazard did what it appears he might do every week and put in a man of the match performance adding 14 more points to his total. Hazard is this season’s Salah. He’s never been more essential, posting returns in every gameweek bar one, adding £0.8 million to his value already. Elsewhere the Buffoons scored with three Wolves players, which is becoming template, Callum Wilson, the unlikely king of the assists and Alexandre Lacazette, who is quietly totting the goals up for an Arsenal team that no-one dare mention as title contenders.

Player of the week – Matt Doherty – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 15 points

As essential as Hazard in many ways, for his price and now his scoring rate. Only Hazard can better Doherty’s three double figure returns. This is is highest score to date, and takes him to third in the defender ranks. It’s a good season for attacking wing backs and it means you don’t necessarily need all three of Mendy, Robertson and Alonso.

Bargain of the week – Callum Wilson – Bournemouth – 14 points

Three goals ain’t bad but seven assists is bloody marvelous. Bournemouth are free scoring, hitting four for the second time this season. He and strike partner Josh King scored 27 points between them this week and have 91 points between them overall. A double pronged Bournemouth attack looks like a good proposition.

Twat of the week – Christian Kabasele – Watford – -4 points

You’ve got to go some to get a minus four. Well done son. Watford were twat team of the season last time out and this makes up for their totally twat free start to the season.

Goal of the week – Gylfi Sigurdsson. 49s in.

Season review

May 14, 2018

1  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
84 2289
2  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
65 2253
3  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
67 2251
4  same Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
67 2250
5  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
86 2245
6  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
65 2216
7  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
76 2215
8  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
74 2193
9  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
52 2184
10  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
66 2156
11  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
71 2155
12  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
71 2148
13  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
51 2139
14  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
34 2134
15  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
73 2133
16  same Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
55 2125
17  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
54 2125
18  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 2108
19  same Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 2103
20  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
68 2095
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
88 2094
22  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
66 2089
23  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
53 2089
24  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
58 2082
25  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
48 2078
26  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 2073
27  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
87 2072
28  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
85 2065
29  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
69 2061
30  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
84 2061
31  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
55 2052
32  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
80 2050
33  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
70 2048
34  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
43 2035
35  same Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
57 2021
36  same blakes11
Steven Darling
54 1998
37  same musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
52 1995
38  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
58 1983
39  same FTM
Stu Smith
55 1980
40  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
85 1918
41  down iamgroot
scott mcgow
56 1903
42  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
66 1898
43  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
69 1896
44  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
50 1895
45  same disco dancer
darren frankland
61 1879
46  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
52 1848
47  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
59 1829
48  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
50 1799
49  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
50 1752
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
71 1653

 

Winners – The Vinegar Pissers 

The third manager to pick up their second title scoring the second highest finishing total. The Vinegar Pissers only spent six weeks outside of our top 10, first taking root in GW5. They did drop to the depths of 11th and 12th, before permanently floating around 6th until gameweek 29, when a manager of the week performance saw them rise to third. Then GW31 – only four games – but a Mohamed Salah masterclass and everybody’s posting 100+ totals and challenging for the highest weekly score prize. The VP’s kicked arse with 124 points from eight players, 58 of which came from Salah. That put them at the top of the league and that’s where they stayed – and in truth, no-one really got that close to them. Congratulations to the Pissers. They got as high as 8,202nd in the world, never took more than a four point hit, played their triple captain and bench boost in the run in and utilised their free hit well, picking up a good score with it and a green arrow just before Christmas. Interestingly, they played their wildcards at almost the earliest possibly opportunity on both occasions. Proving that there is still no logic to this game and it’s all complete luck.

Runners up – Nashton Villa, Edgbaston and Despicable Mee 

Our Champions League qualifiers all had similar seasons, making their surge into the top ten and then the top four at around the same time. It was during March that they all lost ground on the VPs and were left desperately trying to claw back the points lost during gameweeks 29 and 31 – the two weeks that definitely won the VP’s that manager of the month, and arguably won them the league. It was a superb debut season for Nashton who reached their highest worldwide position after GW37, but were unable to continue the rise and challenge for the top spot. They would have had to surpass the 100 point mark in GW38 to knock our champions off their perch.

Edgbaston have finally crept into our top four after two consecutive 5th place finishes, despite finishing lower in the world rankings than in both of their last two attempts. And fourth placed Despicable Mee are regressing. Two consecutive runners up placings and now fourth place. Once always the bridesmaid – now a distant uncle only invited because they had a space to fill. In all seriousness – if one of these two doesn’t win this title soon, I’d be very surprised.

The rest

There were valiant efforts by two former champs who just ran out of steam at the last knockings – FC Caligula and The Craggy Islanders finished 5th and 6th respectively. We’re sure to see them in the running next season. Hornets, a total rookie FPL debutant, who were top every week bar three between gameweeks 2 and 29, finished in a respectable 7th. By gameweek 16 they had climbed to 1,663rd in the world, as high (possibly) as any Buckets manager has been, but they peaked too early. Better understanding of the chips and when to play them might serve them better next season. The rest of us – probably got stung by Harry Kane once too often, and only realised when it was too late that they should have had Mo Salah as captain EVERY WEEK.

The awards

We had more managers of the week scoring 100+ scores than in any previous season. The Vinegar Pissers’ 124 point score was the second highest weekly winning score, but falls way behind their own record set in the 2013-2014 season when they managed 165 points in a week in which virtually everybody passed the 100 point barrier following a mammoth double gameweek. That same season produced the highest winning finishing score in our league of 2356 points. Despite there being more 100+ weekly winners in this season, The VPs finished 67 points behind that total. It’s worth noting that the 124 points scored in GW31 was done so from only four games. Another thirteen of our fifty teams passed the century mark that week. And most of them were only fielding bit part teams.

We had ten different managers of the month, six managers taking two weekly accolades, but only one, The bloody Vinegar Pissers, managing three highest weekly scores. Shoelace Untied took the December prize, accumulating 477 points for the month – the highest ever monthly total.

The players

We may have fallen just short of breaking our manager records this season, but the reason we got so close was largely due to one player – Mohamed Salah. He became the first player to pass 300 points for the season. No-one else came close – which may explain why we didn’t quite eclipse the higher scores from four years ago. Back then, in the ‘Suarez’ season, there was a great supporting cast, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Robin Van Persie, Yaya Toure and Eden Hazard all scoring big, playing consistently and featuring in a lot of teams. This season only Harry Kane, Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne passed the 200 point mark. Despite Kane running Salah (fairly) close in the golden boot chase, he was still close to 100 points behind. Which says more about the frustrating, annoying, inconsistent, trolling season the Spurs striker had. Nowt for weeks then just when you get sick of it all three frickin’ hat tricks…or whatever it was. Dickhead. Still – he’ll be in from the start next season.

Kane picked up more player of the week awards (three) than anyone else. Salah, who only scored more than anyone else once throughout the whole season, was much more consistent. A goal every week rather than three and a gap. And lets mention GW31 again – 29 points – the highest ever single match gameweek score. Sergio Aguero, Heung-Min Son and Marko Arnautovic were the only other players to get two player of the week awards. Tottenham won the award six times ahead of Chelsea with five, and then perhaps surprisingly, Manchester City, with only four winners. Ayoze Perez, Federico Fernandez and Callum Wilson showed up on the bargain list more than once and Newcastle appeared to be the best go-to cheapo team, winning the award five times over the course of the season. Watford were king of the twats offering up six ‘worst of the week’, with Jose Holebas winning the award twice. Jack Stephens also won it twice – and in consecutive weeks, so well done to him. Manchester City did dominate the goal of the week contenders with eight wins, but anyone who tells you that Jamie Vardy’s over the shoulder volley against West Brom in GW30 isn’t the goal of the season, is some kind of goon.

Debatable team of the season

  • GK – David De Gea – 172 points

No arguments here, although Lorus Karius did pick up more points per match of all keepers playing more than 10 games. Karius and Mignolet played half a season each – 19 games a piece. Mignolet scored on average 1.1 points per game less and kept three less clean sheets – although still 7 out of 19 which is pretty respectable.

  • DR – Cesar Azpilicueta – 175 points
  • DL – Marcos Alonso – 165 points
  • DC – Nicolas Otamendi – 156 points
  • DC – Jan Vertonghen – 138 points

Antonio Valencia, Ben Davies and Kyle Walker all scored more than Vertonghen, but none are central defenders. In the favoured three at the back, you’d probably have to drop Alonso. He hasn’t scored enough to warrant his usual left wing back position ahead of the highest scoring midfielders either…coming up next. Andrew Robertson missed 16 games and Phil Jones missed 15 games, but both beat all of the above, other than Alonso, in points per game. Jones managed 15 clean sheets in his 23 games. Basically – if he didn’t play – United usually conceded.

  • DM – Luca Milivojevic – 144 points
  • CM – Kevin De Bruyne – 209 points
  • AM – Mohamed Salah – 303 points
  • AM – Raheem Sterling – 229 points
  • AM – Christian Eriksen – 199 points

Obviously, this is where it all gets a bit ‘debatable’. No real team is complete without some kind of defensive holding player, so when you see the PFA team of the year, and it’s basically a goalkeeper and 10 attackers, you do wonder if they ever really watch the game. But then if you were going to stick a defensive midfielder in there, you wouldn’t necessarily be basing their inclusion on their fantasy points total, seeing as how nothing they do is ever taken into consideration when the scores are totted up. You’d just pick N’Golo Kante and move on wouldn’t you? Milivojevic is definitely worth a mention though. Arguably the most reliable penalty taker in the league, double figures for goals and in the top 10 for bonuses.

  • CF – Harry Kane – 217 points

His best goalscoring season but not his his best fantasy season. Too many braces and hat tricks, if their can be such a thing, and not enough consistency. Kane would go missing for weeks, but then burst back into life racking up the highest bonus score too. It was all about catching him on a good day. He blanked in 19 gameweeks – half a season. Salah failed to score anything other than appearance points in only 10 games. Aguero, and latterly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, finished the season with more points per match. There’s your front three for August.

 

 

Player awards

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