Gameweek 17 results

1  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
67 1087
2  up Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
68 1063
3  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
54 1049
3  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
47 1049
5  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
66 1013
6  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
63 1006
7  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
53 999
8  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
71 994
9  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
54 993
10  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
47 980
11  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
48 974
12  up King raggg
Steven Darling
55 969
13  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
39 964
14  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
60 964
15  up FTM
Stu Smith
60 960
16  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
46 949
17  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
56 944
18  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
58 936
19  down RICO UNITED
44 919
20  same Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
44 916
21  up Kompany & Co
56 913
22  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 906
23  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
37 904
24  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
54 900
25  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
45 899
26  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
61 891
27  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
34 889
28  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
42 887
29  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
74 881
30  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
48 878
31  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
46 873
32  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
59 872
33  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
43 871
48 868
35  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
46 868
36  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
47 864
37  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
58 864
38  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
70 862
39  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
41 860
40  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
64 852
41  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
52 837
42  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
44 831
43  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
42 830
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
33 824
45  same Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
54 822
46  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
63 807
47  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
52 793
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
48 788
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
51 758
50  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
36 733
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
35 712


Manager of the week – Salah Buffoon!!! – Jitesh Lakhani – 74 points

A second manager of the week award for Salah Buffoon!!! Their last, in GW8, helped them jump into the top 40 and came largely as a result of sticking the armband on Eden Hazard and reaping the rewards of a double figure haul. Ditto this week. Hazard’s first 10+ total in nine weeks has helped the Buffoons rise into the top 30. Hazard scored a goal and a noteworthy fifth assist in four games to help Chelsea to victory over Brighton. Chelsea’s good festive fixture run might enable Hazard to produce more of the same – although it does appear that he’s ended the week with a yellow flag next to his name.

Player of the week – Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Arsenal – 14 points

Bargain of the week – Danny Ings – Southampton – 13 points

Southampton’s impressive win over Arsenal provides both the player awards this week. Does this prove it’s better to pump more money into your midfield than it does into your attack? Danny Ings’ brace and top bonus comes in at 11 points to Mkhitaryan’s 12 (2 goals plus 2 bonus points), and so he somewhat unluckily, given the match result, has to settle for the bargain award.

The Arsenal side that looked so impressive in the North London derby haven’t fulfilled that fantasy point-scoring promise, particularly Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who many managers instantly transferred in as a result of his performance against Spurs. Mkhitaryan gave way at half time in that game and has only played 45 minutes in each of the games since, so it would have been hard to predict his involvement here, never mind the likelihood of him netting twice.

Attention may switch to Danny Ings again as it did in the early weeks of the season. The Southampton striker needs to stay fit having just come back from a six week lay off. He and Salomon Rondon appear to be the only viable sub £6 million striking options on the table at the moment.

Twat of the week – Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal – 0 points

And to complete the set. It’s not the return to first team action that Koscielny would have wanted, but worth noting that he lasted the full 90 minutes and starts at a reasonably priced £5.4million. You’d expect him to be a regular, maybe once the busy festive schedule is out the way, so definitely worth keeping an eye on. Arsenal need to improve defensively and maybe Koscielny will help them do that.

Goal of the week – Gerard Deulofeu. A game full of good goals…

…and no vid to prove it.


Gameweek 9 preview

17 Oct 12:45 Spurs v Liverpool
17 Oct 15:00 Chelsea v Aston Villa
17 Oct 15:00 Crystal Palace v West Ham
17 Oct 15:00 Everton v Man Utd
17 Oct 15:00 Man City v Bournemouth
17 Oct 15:00 Southampton v Leicester
17 Oct 15:00 West Brom v Sunderland
17 Oct 17:30 Watford v Arsenal
18 Oct 16:00 Newcastle v Norwich
19 Oct 20:00 Swansea v Stoke

Most international breaks pass without incident. I can’t remember a time when a leading player has returned with a long term knock. Until now. Depending on which paper or website you read, Sergio Aguero could be out for anything between four and eight weeks. What is certain is that he definitely misses this week, and his chances of lining up against United in the Manchester derby next week also seem to have been written off.

Yet, is it really that big a deal? He was hardly banging them in before the Newcastle game. And the fact that he’s the most expensive player in the game means you can afford anybody you want.

Not that you would, but even by choosing Rooney or Costa at the top end of the strikers market, you’re going to have a few million left in the bank. Of the £10 million plus players, Daniel Sturridge offers the best differential potential. With only a 5.5% ownership, managers still seem reluctant to take a risk on him. Danny Ings is another that has suffered a serious injury this week. He is out for the season. It’s not as a result of his international debut, but of Jurgen Klopp’s first training session. With Benteke still out – Sturridge is definitely IN.

The ideal situation to be in would be to have two free transfers available. The three most in-form players are currently Kevin De Bruyne and Alexis Sanchez in the midfield, and Graziano Pelle in attack. Aguero plus one of your under performing midfielders surely affords you Pelle plus one of De Bruyne or Sanchez. Both City and Arsenal fans will expect goals in their weekend matches with each playing a newly promoted team. David Silva also returned from international duty with an injury that looks set to rule him out for at least a week. Much like Sturridge, De Bruyne will be his team’s main man this weekend.

Or, if you haven’t got him already, Jamie Vardy should definitely be considered. In eight gameweeks he has only failed to contribute in one. The form of Romelu Lukaku, Odion Ighalo and Anthony Martial is worth noting with each of them contributing something in three of the last four gameweeks. There are plenty of options. In fact, opting for Costa may sneak you ahead of your opponents. The Chelsea ogre is only owned by 6.1% of managers. They welcome Villa this weekend. Surely that’s a home banker. Isn’t it?


Gameweek 24 results

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 63 1,345
2 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 48 1,328
3 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 57 1,304
4 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 57 1,292
5 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 55 1,283
6 Ciderheads Darren Pope 34 1,268
7 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 53 1,268
8 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 51 1,262
9 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 54 1,261
10 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 40 1,256
11 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 77 1,250
12 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 47 1,238
13 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 42 1,237
14 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 64 1,236
15 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 54 1,221
16 Van Damme United P Hawkins 53 1,201
17 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 46 1,183
18 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 71 1,182
19 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 52 1,155
20 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 52 1,152
21 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 54 1,151
22 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 33 1,146
23 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 27 1,120
24 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 40 1,114
25 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 53 1,112
26 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 54 1,107
27 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 32 1,078
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 41 1,057
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 20 866


Who’d have thought Harry Kane would become the must have attacking player in this year’s FPL? Another double figure score. Accumulated from scoring twice to win the North London derby and take Spurs above Arsenal in the league, and well into the fight for Champions League football next season. It’s his 10th league goal in 9 games. It’s his 12th league goal of the season. He’s catching up with the suspended Costa and the out of form Aguero. Young player of the year is probably in the bag, and if he carries on at this rate, he could stake a claim for the player of the year awards as well.

Harry Kane’s 12 points wasn’t quite enough to bag him another player of the week award, although it did have an effect on some of the Buckets League’s big movers. There were two 70+ scorers this week. Accrington Rudyard installed Kane as captain and collected 71 points – the second highest team score. Kane was also one of eight players to contribute meaningfully to RayCrawfordsCrackers 77 point total and help them to their sixth manager of the week award. NaboombuDirtyYellows opted to transfer Kane out of their side two weeks ago. In that time he’s scored 25 points, NBYs have slipped from the summit of the Buckets League and their place has been taken by Neil Madrid – who have Kane in their attacking three.


Player of the week – Chris Brunt – 13 points. Inspired their come back at Burnley.

Bargain of the week – Maya Yoshida – 12 points. A second bargain award in recent weeks.

Donkey of the week – Luke Shaw – -1 points. £30,000,000 pounds worth of nothing.

Goal of the week – Danny Ings. Flowing move. bullet header. No video.

Gameweek 14 preview

02 Dec 19:45 Burnley v Newcastle
02 Dec 19:45 Leicester v Liverpool
02 Dec 19:45 Man Utd v Stoke
02 Dec 19:45 Swansea v QPR
02 Dec 20:00 Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
02 Dec 20:00 West Brom v West Ham
03 Dec 19:45 Arsenal v Southampton
03 Dec 19:45 Chelsea v Spurs
03 Dec 19:45 Everton v Hull
03 Dec 19:45 Sunderland v Man City


Some midweek games. Cool.

We’re entering into silly season. The December manager of the month is arguably the hardest to win. We’ve six gameweeks to get through, including the usual logjam around the festive period. Most teams play four in nine days – including their first fixture in January.

United are the team looking most likely to get among the points. Chelsea aside, they’re the form team, even with their patched up defence full of midfielders and kids. They’ll have to cope without Angel Di Maria for tonight, but that should mean Juan Mata gets his monthly run out. He’ll probably get double figures and be relegated to the bench by Saturday.

At the opposite end of the form table are Hull, who simply can’t win, and aren’t that much better at scoring. Away to Everton is unlikely to offer much. Hull are among the lowest scoring attacking teams – with Everton among the highest scoring defensive teams. It’s a banker.

Southampton enter phase two of their difficult month. They were so convincingly beat by City on Saturday, that another defeat without scoring tonight might seriously bring in to question the value of keeping on any of their players for the foreseeable. The same with Newacastle, whose run of five straight wins came to an end at the weekend. To add to their neverending injury list, which includes their captain and their keeper, they’ve the suspensions of Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback to deal with. And games against United, Chelsea, Sunderland and Arsenal before the end of the year. It’s a bare bones squad that could also find it difficult to hold off a semi resurgent Burnley this evening. Thus promoting Danny Ings to a viable cheap striking option. He has four in five game and seven bonus points in the same period.