Gameweek 34 results

April 28, 2017

  same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
74 1985
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
68 1912
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
77 1911
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
41 1887
same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
51 1869
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
53 1868
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
68 1848
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
57 1837
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
72 1834
10  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
39 1825
11  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
68 1822
12  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
87 1811
13  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 1810
14  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
31 1809
15  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
51 1803
16  same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
54 1802
17  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
73 1800
18  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
37 1791
19  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
76 1790
20  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
55 1785
21  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
55 1782
22  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 1770
23  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
51 1767
24  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
86 1765
25  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
42 1759
26  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
59 1737
27  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
53 1734
28  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
56 1730
29  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
42 1728
30  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
51 1722
31  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
51 1720
32  up jetty city
scott mcgow
54 1684
33  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 1675
34  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
40 1667
35  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
44 1657
36  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
41 1640
37  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
32 1630
38  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
62 1627
39  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 1614
40  same FTM
Stu Smith
68 1610
41  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
65 1596
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
86 1581
43  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
48 1561
44  up Dj daz
darren frankland
78 1559
45  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
44 1556
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
76 1534
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
39 1483
48  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
73 1481
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
55 1480
50  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
56 1477
51  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
47 1400
52  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
41 1398
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
51 1394

 

Real Jorvik win the double gameweek with 86 points. They shared that score with Hucking Fell, but scored five goals to HF’s three and claim the weekly accolade. It was a double gameweek that could have delivered more. Jorvik only had two players that played twice and they only contributed 18 points. Jorvik’s best player was an elite single gameweeker. Diego Costa was handed the armband and had his best scoring week of the season amassing 16 points – 32 as captain.

In truth not all that many of us went double gameweek crazy. The managers who went for it scored in the 60’s and 70’s, but knowing an 80 point score was possible with only two double gameweekers makes you wonder whether it was worth it. Hucking Fell played four double gameweekers with a return of 53 points. They captained Beneteke, and had De Gea in goal. The United keeper returned the best of the double gameweek scores. The United defence boosted a lot of totals with their 0-0 Manc derby result. Daley Blind, Eric Bailly and Matteo Darmian all had double clean sheets. Frustratingly, Antonio Valencia, the most picked United defender, only played in one game. Watch out for Jose moaning about rotation for the next few weeks. As attractive a player Valencia is, he seems to be the one the United manager is more likely to rotate out of games.

There was a lot of investment in the Boro defence, a move which looked doomed for failure after 20 minutes against Bournemouth. At that point they were 2-0 down and a man down. They redeemed themselves against Sunderland with a 1-0 victory. And Christian Benteke was the main Palace scorer. Two goals against Liverpool helped boost the scores of those that had opted for him as captain.

The whole week was sent into a spin before it had even begun with Ibrahimovic’s injury. That forced a few managers into last minute hit taking transfers. He’s out for the season now. Marcos Rojo picked up a similar season ending injury in their Europa tie, so maybe Jose’s moans are justified. Aquamar were forced into five transfers because of the injuries, taking a 16 pint hit. They brought Rojo in only to have to transfer him out immediately. The gameweek worked out OK for them. Their overall lead was reduced by a measly 5 points as their double gameweekers contributed a useful 53 points towards their final 74 point total.

 

Player of the week – David De Gea – 17 points. Double gameweek goalie coming out on top.

Bargain of the week – Marc Pugh – 16 points. Single gameweek midfielder runs him close.

Donkey of the week – Oumar Niasse – -2 points. Unlucky – this card has now been rescinded.

Goal of the week – Diego Costa. Team goal alert.

 

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Gameweek 34 preview

April 21, 2017

Bournemouth 15:00 Middlesbrough
Hull 15:00 Watford
Swansea 15:00 Stoke
West Ham 15:00 Everton
Burnley 14:15 Man Utd
Liverpool 16:30 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 19:45 Southampton
Arsenal 19:45 Leicester
Middlesbrough 19:45 Sunderland
Crystal Palace 20:00 Spurs
Man City 20:00 Man Utd

It just doesn’t seem right not handing the captaincy to a player in a team playing twice during a double gameweek. That is unless it’s the worst double gameweek of all time. This one.

Palace are virtually safe and have two fixtures against much better teams with much more to play for. Spurs are taking teams apart at the moment. Two consecutive 4-0 victories could quite easily become three by 10pm on Wednesday. Christian Benteke is one of the most infuriating and belligerent FPL strikers of all time. Despite being in double figures for goals, he’s nowhere on the bonus table. Part of the skill of picking up bonuses is being able to pass and dribble – Benteke knows how to do neither. In Novemeber he went on a three week spree accumulating 28 points. It took him 15 more gameweeks to score the same total.

Middlesbrough can’t score. Don’t score. Probably won’t score. Even against Sunderland. They’ve only won four games. Their last victory was in December. Although they do like a 0-0. So bringing in a couple of Boro defenders could be worthwhile. No, not really – next week they play Manchester City. The week after its Chelsea. Don’t lumber yourself with Middlesbrough defenders.

Manchester United – surely rich pickings there for a double gameweek. Not necessarily. Progressing in the Europa League after extra time is the second worst thing that could have happened. The worst being the likely season ending injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had made his way into many teams already ahead of this week. Even if neither of those things had happened, it’s likely their star man would have only played one game. United are rotating wildly at the moment, and will have to again. Who knows who could take the field against Burnley.

So you might as well pick Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku. Or Phil Jagielka. This could be one of those double gameweeks in which a single gameweeker records the highest score. It’s a dilemma. I imagine most managers will have taken a look at the GW37 double gameweek and decided that was the one to wildcard for, so it’ll be interesting to see how many of us have actually been bothered to indulge this week’s fixtures.

Gameweek 13 results

November 28, 2016

same Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
65 727
same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
66 721
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
53 698
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
46 695
up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
51 694
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
38 690
down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
42 689
up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
56 688
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
36 687
10  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
62 686
11  down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
63 685
12  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
52 674
13  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
44 666
14  up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
61 664
15  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 661
16  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
43 661
17  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 660
18  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 648
19  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 647
20  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
55 645
21  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
34 643
22  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
38 643
23  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
58 642
24  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
34 636
25  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
51 635
26  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 632
27  same FTM
Stu Smith
51 631
28  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
61 630
29  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
57 626
30  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
57 625
31  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
70 615
32  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
42 612
33  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
59 608
34  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 606
35  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
38 599
36  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
39 594
37  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
69 593
38  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
68 585
39  up jetty city
scott mcgow
66 579
40  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
51 576
41  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 574
42  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
56 573
43  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
45 572
44  same Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
56 571
45  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
42 569
46  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
66 554
47  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
60 535
48  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
34 520
49  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
41 506
50  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 495
51  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
50 490
52  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
60 481
53  down Dj daz
darren frankland
25 457

 

We have our first gap opening up at the top of the table. We’ve a two team brekaway. Uriah Rennie 2nd XI and Queen Of The North move past the 700 point mark with healthy weekly scores of 65 and 66. The gap between QOTN and The Craggy Islanders in 3rd is 23 points. Then only 13 points separate the next nine teams. In fact, an inspired captain choice and prevailing wind could see teams as far down as maybe Rip Roaring Reds in 17th climb the league and land somewhere in the top ten and within shooting distance of the prize money.

November manager of the month goes to Greenyteamy who held off challenges from a number of teams to hold on to the lead they’d established after last week’s matches. Only Yeboahs Right Foot and Hedgehog Corpse of those featured in the monthly table appear in the overall top ten. This may explain the tightly packed nature of the mid table. Other than our leading pair and Hedgehogs, the rest of our top ten had a fairly uninspiring week in which they limped to an around-average score. Much the same as last week. And the week before.

 

same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
44 172
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
62 168
up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
56 168
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
61 167
up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
68 164
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
51 163
down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
42 161
up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
58 161
down FTM
Stu Smith
51 161
10  up jetty city
scott mcgow
66 160

 

 

Buckets stalwarts, Romeoshondavan, scored the highest weekly score. More than half of their 70 point total came courtesy of old faithfuls Sergio Aguero (as captain) and Alexis Sanchez. Before the week started, Philippe Coutinho was not only the most picked player in the game, but also the most transferred in and most popular captain of the week. He lasted 36 minutes. The rap he took to his ankle looks like it might rule him out until the New Year. There was potential for a Sunderland trouncing at the hands of the Liverpool midfield, but it never transpired, and left a lot of managers cursing their luck.

The nine goal thriller served up by Swansea and Palace provided us with six of the ten players who managed double figure scores this week. They’re not among the most popular teams with fantasy managers. I know a couple of Buckets teams have Christian Benteke clogging up their attack. His ownership across the whole game is only at 6%. More surprisingly perhaps is that Gylfi Sigurdsson appears in only 5.2% of teams in the game as a whole. Maybe his value seems a little high. But, he’s a top ten midfielder, has played virtually every minute of Swansea’s last nine games and has contributed meaningful points in seven of them. Basically if Swansea score, he’s usually somewhere in the mix.

 

Player of the week – Fernando Llorente – 15 points. Collected in 25 minutes.

Bargain of the week – Leroy Fer – 14 points. His 5th and 6th goals of the season. Only Hazard and Sanchez have more in the midfield.

Donkey of the week – Kyle Naughton – -1 points. A clean sweep. His fourth donkey in three years.

Goal of the week – Pedro. Finally worth considering him for your fantasy team. At 3m25s

Gameweek 8 result

October 18, 2016

same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
62 472
same nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
52 452
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
61 448
up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
60 446
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
49 441
down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
37 427
up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
58 426
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
52 424
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
37 422
10  same 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
42 420
11  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
55 418
12  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
35 416
13  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
28 411
14  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
35 410
15  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
70 410
16  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
57 409
17  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
41 404
18  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
56 397
19  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
39 394
20  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
37 387
21  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
49 386
22  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
40 385
23  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
51 385
24  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
35 380
24  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
42 380
26  down FTM
Stu Smith
41 380
26  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
44 380
28  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
57 378
29  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
35 368
30  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
43 367
31  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
57 366
32  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
36 366
33  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
39 363
34  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
16 355
35  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
50 354
36  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
53 350
37  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
32 346
38  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
30 343
39  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
47 340
40  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
41 332
41  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 328
42  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
37 325
43  down jetty city
scott mcgow
27 325
44  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
22 322
45  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
28 318
46  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
46 316
47  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
45 311
48  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
34 310
49  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
40 303
50  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
29 296
51  same Dj daz
darren frankland
29 288
52  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
22 275
53  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
33 264

 

Two penalty saves in one game is a rare feat. Maarten Stekelenberg picked up 17 points, a massive total for a keeper, as a result of keeping out Kevin De Bruyne and then Sergio Aguero. The Aguero save in particular wouldn’t have gone down well with a lot of managers. Aguero scored a record low -1 points – -2 for the unfortunate bunch who opted for him as captain. You were unluckier still if you had Christian Benteke as another of your attackers. He also missed from the spot. Aguero became a first time donkey – out-donkeying even the Hull defence, but Stekelenberg’s efforts weren’t enough to secure him a player of the week award. Thanks to that Hull defence, Junior Stanislas outscored everyone else with only the second 20+ score of the season, equalling Nacer Chadli’s 21 points from a few weeks ago.

Top manager this week is Yeboah’s right foot – for the second consecutive week. This week they notched 70 points and moved a further seven places up the table from 22nd to 15th. They’d risen 13 places the previous week. Reminds me of the charts in the eighties. They could be top ten next week. Key to their total were goal scoring performances from Nathan Redmond and Dele Alli, who has actually had four scoring weeks in the last five – a little under the radar. I hadn’t noticed. Yeboah’s also plumped for Costa as their captain and had the form horse, Theo Walcott, leadng their midfield.

Player of the week – Junior Stanislas – 21 points. The new Capoue?

Bargain of the week – Joe Allen – 16 points. Stoke’s goal machine.

Donkey of the week – Sergio Aguero – -1 points. By no means a safe bet from the penalty spot.

Goal of the week – Jose Holebas.

 

Gameweek 3 preview

August 24, 2016

Spurs v Liverpool

Chelsea v Burnley

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth

Everton v Stoke

Leicester v Swansea

Southampton v Sunderland

Watford v Arsenal

Hull v Man Utd

West Brom v Middlesbrough

Man City v West Ham

It’s a top of the table clash at the whatever their stadium’s called now in Hull. Can they extend their early season run of surprise victories? Surely Manchester United are a step too far for this Tigers team still having to pick from their pool of 12 fit first teamers. Yet six of these twelve have made into double figures, a feat which only Manchester United can match.

Robert Snodgrass was bought to supply the creativity to keep Hull in the top division last time round, but was injured in the first few weeks of that season and didn’t play again for over a year. He’s Hull’s leading point scorer so far this season, and if he can match the 152 point return from his first season in the Premier League with Norwich, in which he scored six and assisted nine times, he could prove to be one of the best bargain midfielders in the game.

Eldin Jakupovic has attracted a lot of early attention principally because he’s a second choice keeper carrying out first choice duties. Allan McGregor is injured and expected to be out until the new year, so gametime is guaranteed, and at the standard second choice keeper rate of £4 million. He and Hull are performing well enough to be more than just a back up option.

Despite this, the likelihood of anything other than a Manchester United win to nil is, on the face of it, pretty slim. This might be the weekend to switch the armband to Ibrahimovic ahead of Aguero, if you’re lucky enough to have been able to crow bar them both in to your squad. It’s early days but it already seems vital to have both occupying two of your front three positions, although this obviously comes at the expense of other elite players in other positions. Spot kick duties have been passed around a few players at Old Trafford over the years with varying results. Ibrahimovic looks to have assumed this duty, and has scored from the spot already this season.

The biggest transfer news of the week has happened down at Selhurst Park. Palace have been without a decent striker for about 15 years. Alan Pardew will be hoping Christian Benteke is the player to fill that void. He was a non-starter at Liverpool, but is instantly the main man at his new club, and at £7.4 million, could be worth a punt if he hits the ground running.

We’re playing for the August Manager of the Month this week. It’s a three week month – so offers up a £30 prize. Is that enough to tempt one of you into a chip to enhance your chances? Had DJ’s Trail Blazers not ballsed up their selection last week, they’d have climbed to the top from 10th place overcoming a defecit of 18 points. Apply that to this week and most of the top 20 are in with a shout. Good luck.

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