Gameweek 15 results

December 4, 2017

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
65 902
2  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
81 881
3  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
49 853
4  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
47 852
5  same Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
36 831
6  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
62 822
7  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
31 820
8  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
61 819
9  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
37 816
10  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
65 813
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
40 812
12  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
47 804
13  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
50 803
14  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 797
15  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
40 796
16  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
49 793
17  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
44 786
18  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
71 779
19  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
51 775
20  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
63 774
21  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
46 773
22  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
58 767
23  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
53 762
24  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
35 760
25  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
58 758
26  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
50 757
26  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
46 757
28  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
76 756
29  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
40 750
30  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
55 747
31  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
68 745
32  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
47 743
33  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
33 743
34  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
46 743
35  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
54 738
36  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
37 736
37  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
33 725
38  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
27 722
39  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
57 714
40  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
41 713
41  up FTM
Stu Smith
53 707
42  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
33 705
43  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
47 700
44  same Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
34 691
45  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
36 683
46  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
51 669
47  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
39 667
48  same blakes11
Steven Darling
52 660
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
38 635
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
32 554

 

Manager of the week – Greenyteamy – Adam Greenwood – 81 points

Greenyteamy’s rise continues. They jumped on Eden Hazard’s return to the Chelsea line up back in gameweek 7. In the seven weeks since gameweek 9 he’s contributed in five – three of them have been double figure scores. This week he picked up 15 points and Greenyteamy had him as captain. A few other Buckets managers followed suit and there has been an increase in the ownership of Chelsea assets, particularly Hazard and Morata. Hornets, at the top of our league, captained Morata. As did Fun Lovren Criminals and Gotta Light in third and fourth. This shift has probably been prompted by the run of winnable fixtures Chelsea have between now and the New Year, as well as the complete unreliability of Lukaku and Kane and the slowing down of the Man City express. It seems City are in a groove now of only being able to win games 2-1 with very late winners, which isn’t good for those with City defenders, or a triple of City attackers. Points are being dropped somewhere. It’s worth noting also that Greenyteamy have achieved this rise up the table having never had Kane in their team. So there you go – you don’t need him. But dare you get rid? There’s a double gameweek just been announced. Spurs play twice in gameweek 22. This might seem like a lifetime away but such is the fixture build up it’s actually only in four weeks. So if you do get rid, the likelihood is you’re only going to want to get him back.

Player of the week – Philippe Coutinho – 18 points

Throwing another midfield spanner in the works, Coutinho’s form looks like it could be on the rise again. It’s been an in and out season dogged by injury and constant rumours of his exit to Barcelona. He’s made four double figure scores all season in just eight gameweek appearances, scoring four, making five and picking up 10 bonus points. He’s almost guaranteed to score something if he plays. Liverpool are the new City. Their goal machine has cranked up a gear since the 4-1 hammering to Spurs seven gameweeks ago. They’ve netted 19 times in the last six. And as well as considering the Chelsea fixtures for the next few weeks it may well be worth looking at Liverpool assets, particularly their front four of Coutinho, Firmino, Mane and, of course, Mohamed Salah. Salah should be a mainstay by now anyway. In among the fixture pile up expect at least three of these four to play and watch the points roll in.

Bargain of the week – Jesse Lingard – 15 points

Lingard has two double figure contributions in the last two weeks but the problem is you’re never quite sure whether he’s going to nail down a permanent starting berth in that team. He seems to be in a constant rotation with the likes of Mata, Martial and Rashford, and could quite easily be dropped for the next match. Form dictates he shouldn’t be but it is the Manc derby, so maybe Mourinho will think more defensively for that game.

Twat of the week – Davinson Sanchez – -2 points

Spurs players are not popular at the moment. The defenders are not keeping clean sheets, or in Sanchez’s case, not keeping clean sheets and getting sent off for throwing vicious elbows into the opponent’s winger’s faces. They’re dropping like flies out of fantasy teams and dropping in value. Where has Dele Alli been this season? Playing well in Europe, that’s where.

Goal of the week – Philippe Coutinho.

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End of season results

May 23, 2017

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2315
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 2312
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
77 2274
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 2255

The Craggy Islanders are our champions. By three points. I think that might be our closest finish yet. It was looking at one point, before the bonuses came in, that it might end up being a tie. I’m glad it wasn’t. I didn’t fancy the season long count back of goals scored. The Islanders won the last weekly battle 85 to 80 – the five point gap enough to take over at the top. WHMA played the All Out Attack, but to no avail. It wouldn’t have made a difference had they not bothered.

The Islanders started this season as our first manager of the week and then spent most of the next three months coming and going, in and out of the top 10. They hit a century in gameweek 14 climbing back to the summit. From that moment on they never left the top four, clinging on to first for six weeks between 16 and 22, and then next appearing in top spot when it really mattered – gameweek 38.

Meaning When Harry Met Alli must settle for second place for the second successive year. They were always in the mix. They never dropped out of the top 10 but for one week in December. From the turn of the year they took up residence in the top four and never fell below that. They were at the head of the group of teams trying to peg back Aquamar through the last third of the season, managing to take the lead in gameweek 37. Perhaps their decision to play their bench boost a week earlier than The Islanders cost them the title. We’ll never know.

And we’ll never know whether Aquamar’s itchy transfer finger cost them the top prize. Sitting in the top 3,000 worldwide in gameweek 32 with an 80 point lead over their nearest Buckets challenger, they went on a complete transfer bender making 19 in the last six weeks. Not having Harry Kane to play out the final two weeks, however, was probably the biggest handicap. It was a season of what might have been for Aquamar, also finishing runners-up in the Buckets Cup to Shoelace Untied.

Fourth place was a battle to the death with five or so teams continuously changing places over the closing two months of the season. Kebab Eaters United eventually pipped Edgbaston to the last cash prize. Edgbaston finished fifth last year too, but do take home the prize for the May manager of the month and the highest weekly score – a record breaking 181 points in gameweek 37.

Shoelace ploughed all of their energy into winning the cup, taking 76 points worth of hits across three gameweeks in order to outscore their opponents. Curiously, they also climbed the table, proving that taking hits doesn’t necessarily always cost you points. As long as you bring in the right players. It’s not a tactic I’d suggest playing across an entire season.

Rico United were double month winners and Yeboah’s Right Foot won manager of the week more than anyone else, coming out on top four times. That’s probably pretty impressive in a 53 team league. The record still stands at seven in a 26 team league.

Alexis Sanchez topped the player charts by some distance, although had Harry Kane played out a full season, it’s probable he’d have collected more points. He finished joint third with Eden Hazard, and just behind Dele Alli, but missed eight games with injury. Tom Heaton was the top goalkeeper. He kept ten clean sheets, and headed both the saves made and bonus points tables to finish ahead of Hugo Lloris and Thibault Courtois. The Chelsea defence ruled. No-one got close to Cahill, Alonso and Azpilicueta. Kane, Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku topped the bonus charts, all scoring 33. Marcos Alonso’s value rose the most over the course of the season, £0.9 million to £6.9 million.

Picking a bargain buy of the season hasn’t been as easy as last year when we had so many Leicester players to choose from. West Brom’s second top scorer, Gareth McAuley, deserves a mention. The 804 year old defender started as a £4.5 million back up in many teams but probably lasted the distance thanks to his steady return of goals and clean sheets – up until the point that West Brom reached 40 points and they got the holiday brochures out. Josh King’s second half of the season was as prolific as any of the elite forward players in the league. Only Sanchez and Alli scored more from midfield. From gameweek 20 onwards he contributed in 13 of the 18 games he played in. Expect a position change and starting price rise for next season.

See you then.

Gameweek 32 results

April 10, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
89 1873
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
75 1793
same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
84 1773
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
81 1766
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
79 1764
same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
73 1753
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
88 1744
up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
87 1735
down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
49 1716
10  up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
76 1711
11  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
64 1703
12  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
61 1702
13  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
82 1699
14  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
68 1698
15  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
54 1697
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
62 1694
17  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 1693
18  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
87 1686
19  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
68 1684
20  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
62 1683
21  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
51 1655
22  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
100 1652
23  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
58 1650
24  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
66 1648
25  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
46 1640
26  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
74 1631
27  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
59 1630
28  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
65 1627
29  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
80 1627
30  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
72 1622
31  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
57 1608
32  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
60 1577
33  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
46 1572
34  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
50 1568
35  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
62 1557
36  down jetty city
scott mcgow
57 1555
37  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
76 1548
38  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
73 1531
39  down FTM
Stu Smith
50 1527
40  same Ciderheads
Darren Pope
63 1511
41  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
83 1475
42  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
37 1459
43  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
52 1453
44  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
63 1448
45  down Dj daz
darren frankland
55 1445
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
43 1407
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
25 1384
48  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
67 1383
49  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
41 1373
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
66 1363
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
61 1320
52  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
56 1292
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
59 1277

 

Still no team seems capable of catching Aquamar. They’ve been on the rise in the international game too, jumping to 2,602nd in the world. More often than not they’re outscoring most of the Buckets chasing pack, and always maintaining that lead, which currently stands at 80 points. That’s the highest it’s been. They’re chip-less and now wildcard-less – but has playing them early built up an unassailable lead?

Poor When Harry Met Alli, The Craggy Islanders, Biscuitmen, Hedgehog’s and Kebab Eaters have been staring at the back of Aquamar’s head for most of the season. They continue to score above average every week without making any real inroads, and now they’ve got the relentless rise of teams like Rico United and Joey Bosa coming up behind them to contend with. Rico and Joey were barely top 20 at the turn of the year, but now sit in 6th and 8th respectively. All of those in contention for a league prize, or with hopes of catching the leaders hold some kind of chip or have their remaining wildcard. With two (potentially three) more double gameweeks to cram into the final six, their could be more twists and turns.

Aquamar benefited from Palace’s surprise thumping of Arsenal last night. Mamadou Sakho was promoted from the bench to join Wilfried Zaha in their XI to add 17 points. Conversely, Jeff Lamp’s Porsche, despite outscoring everybody else and breaking the 100 point barrier, would have been hoping for a bit more from Alexis Sanchez.  Before last night’s match they were sat on 98 points with hopes of catching the highest weekly score total. Only 2 points were added and it leaves most of us questioning Sanchez’s attitude and his worth (and that of the entire Arsenal squad) in these crunch closing weeks of the season.

However, you couldn’t have named a better player than Heung-Min Son as your captain this week, and that’s what JLP did. These are the kind of ballsy decisions that win you fantasy prizes, so lets see if they can follow that up with a challenge for the April Manager of the month award.

 

Player of the week – Heung-Min Son – 19 points. Can he hold onto his place now that Harry Kane is back?

Bargain of the week – Phil Jagielka – 12 points. Second successive double figure score.

Donkey of the week – Sebastian Larsson – -2 points. Never a sending off

Goal of the week – Dele Alli. Just needs to cut out those shit celebrations.

Gameweek 20 results

January 5, 2017

same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
74 1137
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
62 1123
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
72 1113
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
69 1081
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
64 1078
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
55 1073
up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
62 1069
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
62 1066
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
55 1062
10  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 1059
11  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
59 1054
12  down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
42 1051
13  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
32 1049
14  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
38 1045
15  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
67 1040
16  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
45 1039
17  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
48 1034
18  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
65 1032
19  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
62 1028
20  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
67 1019
21  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
67 1014
22  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
66 1012
23  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 1011
24  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
32 1007
25  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
41 997
26  same Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
44 987
27  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
62 985
28  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
46 979
29  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
49 973
30  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
54 969
31  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
41 965
32  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
48 959
33  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
57 958
34  down FTM
Stu Smith
52 957
35  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 951
36  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
72 938
37  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
43 924
38  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
48 920
39  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
39 919
40  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
62 919
41  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
39 915
42  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
60 901
43  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
52 884
44  up jetty city
scott mcgow
57 881
45  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
46 872
46  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
77 852
47  up Dj daz
darren frankland
69 849
48  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
42 833
49  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
30 827
50  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
36 821
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
43 815
52  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
50 790
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
34 768

 

There wasn’t a preview. I didn’t have time. And I’m glad of the week off for the 3rd round of the cup. Everybody should have their second wildcards activated and you’ll have noticed the Africans have gone. That is…Sadio Mane has gone.

This gameweek’s highest scorers are Pudding And Pie. Yes…Pudding and Pie. And they’re up to the heady heights of 46th position – a season high. And they did it with three lame ducks on the bench. Ibrahimovic bagged his regular double figure score as captain. Robert Snodgrass and Romelu Lukaku added their own double figure totals and Allen Nyom and Ben Mee scored 15 points between them at the back.

They also had Dele Alli in their midfield. The Spurs man was one of three players to reach 15 points along with Ryan Shawcross, Olivier Giroud and Leighton Baines. Shawcross wins the official player of the week award, but Alli’s double against Chelsea to end their winning run was perhaps the real performance of the gameweek. He’s picked up 53 points over the Christmas period, scoring seven goals in the last four games. He’s the form leader and has joined that never ending list of midfielders we can’t do without.

 

Player of the week – Ryan Shawcross – 15 points. Good old goal and clean sheet combo.

Bargain of the week – Ryan Fraser – 13 points. On 47 points from three starts.

Donkey of the week – Fernandinho – -2 points. His third sending off in six games.

Goal of the week – Lucas Perez.

 

Gameweek 18 results

December 29, 2016

same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
52 1023
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
44 1009
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
86 1008
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 979
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
77 968
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
66 967
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
69 962
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
55 960
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
71 959
10  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
74 956
11  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
68 954
12  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
55 952
13  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
58 951
14  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
75 951
15  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
81 947
16  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
53 933
17  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
47 928
18  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
96 925
19  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 923
20  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
75 920
21  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
65 911
22  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
86 909
23  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
41 902
24  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
41 899
25  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 899
26  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
51 892
27  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
85 884
28  same Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
55 879
29  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
37 867
30  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
44 864
31  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
47 864
32  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
36 855
33  up FTM
Stu Smith
49 844
34  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 843
35  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
62 840
36  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
65 839
37  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
60 838
38  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
35 835
39  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
39 831
40  same Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
55 822
41  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
73 818
42  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
36 796
43  same jetty city
scott mcgow
37 786
44  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
26 785
45  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
36 776
46  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
42 761
47  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
45 752
48  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 739
49  up Dj daz
darren frankland
47 733
50  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
70 731
51  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
29 729
52  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
34 709
53  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
34 705

 

Joey Bosa lead the way this week with an impressive-for-the-post-Christmas-fixtures type score of 96 points. They almost produced a full house, and were potentially on for the highest weekly score of the season until Jose Fonte and Jan Vertonghen let the side down. They managed only a solitary point between them in the final fixture of the gameweek. Still, 96 points is enough to see Joey climb eight places into the top 20.

They, and most other managers with him in their squad, went with possibly the most obvious captain choice of the season. Zlatan didn’t disappoint, adding 30 points with the armband. That captain choice appeared to be the difference between those managers scoring up in the 60s and 70s and those struggling in the 30s and 40s.

Neither of our leading pair made that choice and the gap at the top has been closed as a result. The Craggy Islanders and Yeboah’s Right Foot managed only 52 and 44 respectively. Every other team in the top 15 outscored them both. Aquamar in particular, with 86 points, hauled Yeboah’s back to within one point. Aquamar have also put themselves in contention for the December manager of the month, along with Cooksters, who race to the top of the monthly pile, last years champs, FC Caligula, and one or two others bubbling under…

up Cooksters
Peter Cook
69 326
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
52 325
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
86 325
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 317
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
44 315
up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
75 312
down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
68 310
up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
81 304
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
77 302

 

Player of the week – Dele Alli – 15 points. Just as managers were beginning to drop him, he gets 26 points in two weeks.

Bargain of the week – Joel Robles – 12 points. A goalie assist.

Donkey of the week – Nathan Redmond – -2 points. Harshly sent off.

Goal of the week – Pedro. Mkhitaryan’s was offside.

 

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