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 33 results

April 9, 2019

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2086
2  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
77 2066
3  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
78 2052
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
90 2018
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
69 1974
6  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
70 1958
7  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
64 1930
8  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
72 1913
9  up FTM
Stu Smith
72 1895
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
60 1888
11  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
49 1886
12  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
60 1861
13  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
75 1858
14  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
42 1842
15  same Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
46 1835
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
20 1825
17  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
59 1813
18  up King raggg
Steven Darling
61 1801
19  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
73 1800
20  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
41 1793
21  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
51 1787
22  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
88 1780
23  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
47 1780
24  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
14 1773
25  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
87 1762
26  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
51 1744
27  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
34 1740
28  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
8 1738
29  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
62 1737
30  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
29 1736
31  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
64 1726
32  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
74 1726
33  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
25 1715
34  same Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
59 1694
35  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
68 1683
36  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
61 1682
37  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
19 1665
38  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
28 1664
39  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
20 1653
40  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
22 1653
41  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
30 1650
42  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
33 1640
43  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
14 1638
44  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
19 1619
45  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
33 1617
46  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
42 1613
47  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
27 1567
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
21 1565
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
26 1489
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
14 1418

 

League leaders – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2086 points

As we get to the arse end of the season we’ll take a gameweekly look at how the title race is panning out. It looks like one of three teams for the top prize. All have undertaken a slightly different end of season strategy regarding their chips and wildcards. Of the three it’s the Islanders that appear to be in the strongest position with a wildcard, bench boost and triple captain remaining. I predict a wildcard in the coming gameweek with a bench boost following in GW35. That leaves their triple captain possibly for the last week when the scores can go crazy, form definitely goes out the window, all defences tend to go on holiday and strikers fill their boots. Albion have the highest accumulative score over the last three weeks but only have their free hit remaining. Watch out for that being played in GW35. Da Pitch have dropped back slightly, being the least successful of the three at negotiating the last three weeks, but with two more double gameweeks remaining and their triple captain and bench boost chips untouched, they could force their way back into the reckoning. Maybe we’ll see a brave punt on a GW34 Lewis Dunk triple captain?

Manager of the week – Neil Madrid – Neil Strong – 90 points

Virtually the same team that failed in blank gameweek 31 came through this reduced gameweek to spectacular effect. Backing any striker worth his salt against Huddersfield seems to be the sensible way forward at the moment – step forward Jamie Vardy. Eden Hazard would have been as effective a captain choice. They were the players of choice for the top nine teams in the league. Having both, as many teams did given the smaller pool of players to pick from, guaranteed you a score somewhere in the 70’s or above. Youri Tielemans may have been the player making the difference for Madrid, tipping the score out of the 80’s. The young Belgian has a goal or assist in each of the last six games. It’s a shame and a bit of a headache given his (and Vardy’s) form that Leicester don’t appear in either double gameweek.

Player of the week – Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 16 points

Two goals and an assist against a Huddersfield team now totally devoid of any fight was as obvious a captain choice as there’s been all season. Especially for a striker in a rich vein of form – Vardy has eight in eight. I’m not in sure you need to be a striker in form to get something against Huddersfield. Harry Kane faces up to that defence next week. In his quest for the golden boot, it could be brutal.

Bargain of the week – Phil Jagielka – Everton – 15 points

In gameweek 1 he was sent off after 39 minutes, collected -3 points, and looked likely to never play again. He did – two more performances amassed 7 more points to put him back in the black. A warm up injury to Michael Keane promoted him to the starting line up this weekend and he quadrupled his total for the season in the space of 90 minutes.

Twat of the week – Nathaniel Clyne – Bournemouth – -1 points

Hooked at half time having already conceded two and been booked. Bournemouth aren’t the most dependable when looking for clean sheet points and Clyne hasn’t provided any attacking full back assists as it was hoped he might since his loan move.

Goal of the week – Eden Hazard (1st goal).

 

1  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
98 2001
2  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
89 1993
3  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
79 1974
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
103 1932
5  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
96 1909
6  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 1896
7  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
106 1866
8  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
77 1845
9  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
120 1837
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
94 1828
11  down FTM
Stu Smith
65 1823
12  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
94 1809
13  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
83 1805
14  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
71 1804
15  same Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
89 1801
16  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
117 1783
17  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
80 1759
18  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
90 1756
19  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
78 1754
20  down King raggg
Steven Darling
58 1748
21  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
93 1737
22  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
93 1736
23  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
87 1730
24  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
90 1727
25  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
56 1707
26  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
73 1706
27  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
106 1696
28  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
95 1693
29  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
59 1690
30  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
91 1679
31  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
93 1675
32  same PenshawPerformers
david bruce
71 1662
33  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
71 1656
34  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
100 1655
35  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
53 1646
36  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
57 1636
37  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
65 1633
38  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
48 1631
39  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
48 1628
40  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
40 1624
41  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
85 1621
42  same Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
70 1615
43  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
62 1611
44  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
69 1600
45  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
68 1584
46  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
51 1575
47  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
54 1544
48  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
48 1540
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
57 1463
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
61 1408

 

March manager of the month – Ayaj Supeda – FC Caligula – 270 points

One of a lowly seven triple figure totals in a frustrating double gameweek took Caligula over the line to the March manager prize.

1  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
106 270
2  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
83 264
3  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
93 262
4  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 261
5  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
120 258
6  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
68 257
7  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
94 257
8  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
89 255
9  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
98 253

Caligula played the free hit. Their closest challengers all went with the triple captain. Bullens will be cursing their luck the most, opting to put the armband on Raheem Sterling who returned absolutely nothing other than his appearance points for the one game he took part in. Calilgula also punted on Sterling – who didn’t? He wasn’t the only heavily backed double gameweeker who only made a single appearance. It was Aymeric Laporte, for the second consecutive Manchester City double gameweek, who impressed the most, and contributed the highest score to Caligula’s total.

Manager of the week – Sean Whyton – Rip Roaring Reds – 120 points

The Reds equaled the highest weekly gameweek score but only scored four goals from their bench-boosted squad. They needed to better the nine goals scored in the first double gameweek of the season by Shoelace to claim the highest score prize. Had they banged in nine they’d be outright leaders posting a potential 150 point weekly score.

Player of the week – Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur – 20 points

One of the few elite players to play both games and contribute in both, although Spurs assets weren’t all that heavily backed overall, certainly in comparison to those of City, United and Chelsea. Maybe that was to do with their tricky opening fixture against Liverpool. More was expected of United. City seemed happy to do the bare minimum and Chelsea, despite two victories, looked more convincing in their second fixture. Or was that just to do with the fact that Eden Hazard put in his monthly big performance?

Bargain of the week – Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea – 19 points

Hazard featured in most free hit squads. Punting on Ruben Loftus-Cheek would have earned you four more points for nearly £6 million less. Hazard was all set for the goal of the week nod until he was out-Hazarded by his younger team mate with the sumptuous curler that killed the game against Brighton.

Twat of the week – Ashley Young – Manchester United – -1 points

Indicative of Manchester United’s poor double gameweek return. No clean sheets was bad enough. Add to that only a single appearance by their most popular defensive pick, Victor Lindelof. Rashford and Martial impressed in the first game but neither started the second. Worst of all, Ashley Young received two quick yellows to end up on his minus score.

Goal of the week – Ruben Loftus-Cheek. 8m27s in.

Gameweek 18 results

December 24, 2018

1 same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
43 1126
2 same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
56 1119
3 same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
52 1101
4 down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
50 1099
5 up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
87 1067
6 down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
51 1064
7 up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
70 1063
8 down Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
54 1060
9 down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
53 1047
10 down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
43 1042
11 up FTM
Stu Smith
76 1036
12 same King raggg
Steven Darling
68 1029
13 down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
53 1027
14 same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
61 1025
15 down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
44 1008
16 up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
53 997
17 down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
41 990
18 same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
53 985
19 up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
80 979
20 down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
59 978
21 down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
51 967
22 up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
80 967
23 down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
46 959
24 same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
59 959
25 down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
47 953
26 up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
85 949
27 down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
44 948
28 down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
58 947
29 up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
73 945
30 up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
67 940
31 down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
45 936
32 up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
70 934
33 up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
72 934
34 up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 932
35 down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
61 929
36 down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
50 928
37 up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
63 923
38 down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
42 923
39 up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
77 914
40 up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
84 906
41 down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
37 904
42 down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
57 901
43 up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
62 886
44 down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
58 885
45 down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
50 880
46 up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
51 839
47 down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
26 833
48 down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
36 829
49 up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
89 822
50 down The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
61 819
51 same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
54 758

Manager of the week – Atletico Chappers – Richard Chapman – 89 points

Another week for the Salah owners. And the Aubameyang owners. And the Kane owners. Not the Sterling owners or the Hazard owners. Or the Sane owners. Chappers’ hit the heights with an Auba/Kane forward combo and an early punt on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer getting the best out of Paul Pogba. So far so good. Who’d have expected City and Chelsea to get beat at home by the opposition they had to face this weekend? Evil fantasy league. There’ll be a lot of very frustrated managers kneejerking on Christmas night.
Player of the week – Heung-Min Son – Tottenham Hotspur – 21 points

He’s off to the Asian Cup in January, so this might mean Pochettino’s going to have him playing every game to get the most out of him until his departure. It could be a long time without him as well with South Korea very likely to reach the latter stages of the competition. So, until then – I think it’s maybe four more games – and they all pretty tasty and full of point scoring potential. If they can stick six past Everton, how may are they going to get against Bournemouth, Wolves, Cardiff and Huddersfield?
Bargain of the week – David Brooks – Bournemouth – 15 points

Sold him this week to bring in Hazard. Evil fantasy league. Might have to get him back in this week to facilitate Salah. Kneejerk. Hazard hat trick against Watford guaranteed.
Twat of the week – Lewis Dunk – Brighton And Hove Albion – -2 points

Christmas off. Well done Lewis.
Goal of the season – Andros Townsend.

Gameweek 17 results

December 17, 2018

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
JASON REACHER
44 919
20  same Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
44 916
21  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
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
34  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
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.

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