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 23 results

up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
46 1286
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
31 1284
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
41 1276
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
34 1263
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
42 1245
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
28 1233
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
34 1228
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
43 1219
down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
31 1214
10  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
44 1212
11  same Cooksters
Peter Cook
36 1210
12  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
27 1208
13  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
29 1202
14  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
38 1198
15  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
30 1193
16  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
21 1192
17  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
30 1188
18  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
32 1187
19  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
27 1185
20  same Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
32 1181
21  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
32 1171
22  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
43 1171
23  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
43 1162
24  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
46 1154
25  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
30 1154
26  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
26 1152
27  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
46 1141
28  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
31 1134
29  same Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
32 1131
30  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
26 1130
31  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
32 1114
32  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
36 1114
33  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
30 1112
34  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
45 1108
35  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
42 1108
36  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
42 1090
37  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
34 1084
38  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
41 1074
39  down FTM
Stu Smith
24 1070
40  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
41 1050
41  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
30 1048
42  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
45 1039
43  up jetty city
scott mcgow
52 1033
44  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
42 1022
45  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
20 1018
46  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
35 1015
47  down Dj daz
darren frankland
35 1015
48  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
33 974
49  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
38 969
50  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
31 940
51  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
36 928
52  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
28 925
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
36 892

 

One of those weeks where nothing happened – nothing came off. Only 19 goals scored. The average FPL score was a measly 35 points. Our manager of the week managed 52 – the only manager to break 50 points. Jetty City crept ahead of everybody else probably because they had Gylfi Sigurdsson in their side. The Swansea midfielder doesn’t appear in too many other Buckets teams. A good example of a differential paying off.

The only side in the top six that won were City, and we got sick of them weeks ago. No goals for United or Spurs, a stalemate with two unlikely scorers between Chelsea and Liverpool and worst of all, Arsenal messing up at home to Watford, who have been in terrible form of late. Thank goodness for the Alexis Sanchez assist. He appeared to be the popular captain choice again and the extra four points probably turned what could have been a really shit week into…a fairly shit week.

There were some interesting tactics employed in the race for the January Manager of the Month. The top two challengers played chips. Greenyteamy went for the bench boost and that garnered them an extra 12 points. Upper Bullens triple captained Harry Kane to the tune of 6 points – essentially two more than they’d have got had they just not bothered.  Disappointing on the one hand, but it was enough to get them over the line. Might they regret those choices come the double gameweeks? Here’s the final table.

up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
46 253
same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
42 251
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
34 251
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
46 245
up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
42 242
down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
35 240
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
32 240

 

Player of the week – Scott Dann – 15 points. That first Palace win under Allardyce had to come sometime.

Bargain of the week – Michael Keane – 12 points. Burnley indestructible at home.

Donkey of the week – Jose Fonte – 0 points. West Ham always get hammered by Man City.

Goal of the week – David Luiz.

Gameweek 5 preview

Chelsea v Liverpool
Hull v Arsenal
Leicester v Burnley
Man City v Bournemouth
West Brom v West Ham
Everton v Middlesbrough
Watford v Man Utd
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Southampton v Swansea
Spurs v Sunderland

Beware of the Friday night kick off. Diego Costa has contributed in every game so far. Can he keep that run going against a Liverpool defence who still haven’t kept a clean sheet? Or will he just get booked…again? John Terry is injured and is likely to be replaced by David Luiz. Dare you? The Liverpool midfield is flush with point scoring potential with six players on double figures. No-one can match that. Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are taking turns in challenging for player of the week. Chelsea are also finding it difficult to keep clean sheets – they only have one. Whose turn could it be this week? 

Etienne Capoue has proved he was no one week, or two week wonder. His three goals and eight bonus marks mean he is an unexpected overall points leader. Is he this year’s Mahrez? In the week that most managers shipped out Deeney and Ighalo, they obliged by bagging 17 points between them, so Watford may not be the lost cause that a lot of people maybe predicted they’d be. Record signing Roberto Pereyra has brought a daft haircut and some craft and flair honed in Turin to their midfield. His two appearances have provided a goal and an assist. It may be another week that the many of us relying on Manchester United clean sheets are left disappointed. 

As well as United only Spurs, Everton and West Brom have kept two clean sheets in their four games thus far. And all could continue that trend. West Ham travel to the Hawthorns looking as shaky as Sunderland, who must try and get past Spurs. Everton welcome Middlesbrough, who, despite the promising start, are the lowest scorers in the top half. 

And is this the last chance saloon for Leicester City? Remember them? If they don’t do to Burnley what they were doing to City, United and Chelsea last season, is it finally time to spend the money elsewhere? Vardy and Mahrez ain’t £5 million anymore. There are safer bets for points in their price bracket.

Gameweek 33 results

1 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 69 1,867
2 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 71 1,832
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 58 1,809
4 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 38 1,802
5 Les Canaris David Spinks 66 1,795
6 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 78 1,752
7 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 91 1,749
8 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 64 1,732
9 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 67 1,707
10 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 56 1,700
11 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 67 1,695
12 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 54 1,690
13 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 62 1,688
14 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 60 1,671
15 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 55 1,644
16 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 59 1,626
17 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 71 1,603
18 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 66 1,590
19 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 68 1,586
20 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 61 1,575
21 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 38 1,566
22 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 30 1,537
23 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 50 1,528
24 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 55 1,460
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 46 1,449
26 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 62 1,448
27 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 52 1,426

 

Tinkering on a massive scale paid dividends for Neil Madrid this week, who, with a 91 points, are the highest scoring team. Although the 16 points tinkered away on transfers mean that they haven’t gained much ground on the teams above, and the chances of a 4th place finish are slipping away. That last Buckets Champions League place may also be out of the reach of Uriah Rennie’s 2nd XI, meaning there are just 5 temas left in it for the 4 cash prizes.

Neil Madrid employed 10 of their starting 11 from teams playing twice, although Fergie’s tinkering meant Rafael only played the one game for Manchester United. Robin Van Persie scraped 2 more goals onto his total – one offside and the other a penalty – but it was enough to gain 32 of the 91 points as captain. The majority of points came courtesy of Arsenal and Everton. Good wins for both clubs in their weekend games, and a 0-0 draw in their midweek contest, resulting in plenty of clean sheet points, saw the 6 players from both of those teams in Neil Madrid’s line-up pick up a total of 44 points.

Unusually the highest scoring player of the week came from a team that didn’t play twice. John Terry managed 21 points thanks to 2 goals, top bonus and a clean sheet in Chelsea’s defeat of Fulham. Could that performance win him his first team place back? The inclusion of Chelsea players is something Buckets managers need to start thinking about for the next double gameweek – gameweek 37. The fixture list will finally balance itself out in that penultimate  week. City, Wigan, West Brom, Swansea and Tottenham are the others lined up for double game action. And that could be the week that decides the title.

  • Player of the week – John Terry – 21 points. The joint 4th highest individual weekly score of the season
  • Bargain of the week – Alex McCarthy – 11 points. One of the best goalkeeping displays of the season, picking up 4 additional points for saves made
  • Donkey of the week – Philippe Senderos – 2 points. Tricky to pick this week. But Senderos played 2 90 minute games, conceded 4 and picked up a booking.

 

Goal of the week

Thanks to David Luiz, I didn’t have to pick a Sunderland player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfadLn3PtOQ

Gameweek 18 results

1 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 50 996
2 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 55 980
3 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 54 950
4 Les Canaris David Spinks 48 950
5 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 62 944
6 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 50 936
7 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 35 933
8 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 49 928
9 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 44 927
10 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 51 901
11 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 49 899
12 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 30 890
13 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 36 885
14 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 57 883
15 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 57 876
16 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 30 868
17 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 59 854
18 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 31 848
19 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 51 841
20 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 60 840
21 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 32 829
22 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 60 816
23 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 46 809
24 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 48 805
25 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 42 801
26 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 53 797
27 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 66 796

Top scorers this week were our bottom team. Real Jorvik scored 66 points, yet still remain bottom of the table. All of Jorvik’s Chelsea players that have been hanging around since the early weeks finally came good. No fewer than 6 Chelsea players hit double figures. And every Chelsea player picked up either goal, assist, clean sheet or bonus marks. Time to move some Chelsea players back in perhaps? Time for the fans to stop singing the Di Matteo chant? David Luiz was employed in midfield. He scored and picked up some clean sheet marks. Could this be his new starting position for the rest of the season. It’s no surprise he’s been moved forward, given how gifted a footballer he is. He’s never struck me as being a defender. And he strikes as sweet a free kick as anyone in the league. See goal of the week. Cesar Azpilicueta is another Chelsea defender now worth considering. He’s started 8 of the last 9 games, bagged two assists, including one yesterday, and is priced at 5.6 million. Will there be a place in the team for John Terry when he returns from injury? Let’s hope not.

Chelsea players, however, don’t win our player of the week awards. Steven Gerrard is the highest scorer. Does anyone still have him? His first telling contribution of the season was a 17 point haul for a goal, clean sheet, assist and top bonus marks in Liverpool’s easy win against Fulham. Even Stewart Downing scored. That’s his first goal and first assist of the season. City were meant to annihilate Reading. They didn’t. And while we all sat with Tevez and/or Aguero has our captains, Gareth Barry went and scored their only goal in Mancini time. He’s your bargain.

  • Player of the week – Steven Gerrard – 17 points. A long while sonce he and Lampard scored in the same week.
  • Bargain of the week – Gareth Barry – 11 points. Probably your 11th choice City captain.
  • Donkey of the week – Matthew Lowton – -2 points. No surprises.

Goal of the week