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 38 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
down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
87 2238
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 2221
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
91 2215
down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
70 2208
same Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
97 2175
10  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
84 2161
11  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
97 2157
12  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
75 2134
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
76 2123
14  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
80 2114
15  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
90 2107
16  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
80 2100
17  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
94 2093
18  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
77 2090
19  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
66 2076
20  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
76 2066
21  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
61 2063
22  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
78 2051
23  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
66 2044
24  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
51 2027
25  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
62 2024
26  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
100 2021
27  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
76 2017
28  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
49 2016
29  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
80 2008
30  up jetty city
scott mcgow
73 1979
31  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
73 1977
32  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
74 1968
33  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
77 1960
34  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
89 1958
35  up FTM
Stu Smith
92 1930
36  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
66 1907
37  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
68 1871
38  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
67 1869
39  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
68 1868
40  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
44 1866
41  same Dj daz
darren frankland
74 1857
42  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
65 1843
43  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
68 1822
44  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
79 1821
45  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
57 1810
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
43 1742
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
40 1714
48  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
56 1705
49  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
71 1656
50  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
54 1655
51  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
49 1645
52  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
55 1638
53  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
59 1635

A typically crazy last week in which the Buckets league clocked up another couple of century scores. I’m pretty sure this season has seen more 100+ totals by our managers than any other. I suppose it helps there being 53 of us.

And all you had to do was concentrate on the top five. They scored 23 goals between them. The fixtures had fallen very kindly. As expected, Manchester City walloped Watford, Chelsea thumped Sunderland, Spurs annihilated Hull and Liverpool comfortably despatched of Boro. Even Arsenal, arguably with the trickiest tie, managed to hit three past Everton with ten men.

The four goals Harry Kane hit against Leicester on Thursday convinced many of us to go with him as captain. A simple choice – totally justified. His 17 points made him player of the week for the second week running and for the third time in total. Any combination of this supporting cast of usual suspects – Aguero, Hazard, Coutinho, Sanchez, Alli, De Bruyne, Pedro, Lallana, Jesus, Eriksen (the list goes on) – pretty much guaranteed you your 80+ score.

Kebab Eaters won the week, and fittingly, their 110 points was enough to see them jump into fourth place in the final table and claim the last cash prize. They pipped Edgbaston, who finished 5th for a second consecutive year. They should take some consolation in the fact they clinched the May manager of the month prize. Their record breaking total from last week virtually guaranteed the award, and despite the 87 points they achieved this week not being enough to hang onto fourth, it was more than enough to earn them a place on the role of honour. Here’s the May table…

same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
87 355
same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 336
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 331
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 329
same nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
90 329
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 325
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
97 324

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 17 points. Pretty much guarantees his most valuable player status for next season.

Bargain of the week – Geoff Cameron – 12 points. Er!

Donkey of the week – Laurent Koscielny – -2 points. What was he thinking?

Goal of the week – Aaron Ramsey. Probably the first thing he’s done all season.

Gameweek 37 preview

May 19, 2017

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

We’ve made it to the final week of the season. The race for this year’s Buckets title is between three teams. When Harry Met Alli lead The Craggy Islanders by two points. Long time leaders, Aquamar, are 30 or so points back in third. WHMA have their All Out Attack chip remaining, and given the crazy goalfests you often get in gameweek 38, it might be the best time to play it. It might be what gets them over the line ahead of their rivals.

Five other teams go into the week with a realistic chance of finishing fourth. Kebab Eaters United have their All Out Attack remaining. Hedgehog Corpse have a triple captain to play, and they have Gabriel Jesus and Alexis Sanchez in their squad. Manchester City and Arsenal are two of the three teams left with something to play for and those two players were two of the top five scorers from last week’s mega double gameweek. That’s not to rule out last week’s high scorers, Edgbaston, last year’s champs, FC Caligula, and double manager of the month, Rico United. It’s the creme de la creme.

The other team with something to fight for are Liverpool, who, due to their lack of action in double gameweeks, have fallen off the fantasy radar a little. Their rout of West Ham last week, and the fact they take on a relegated Middlesbrough at home this week, should turn your attention to that elite midfield bunch of theirs for one last time this season. Philippe Coutinho seems the obvious choice and would only cost £8.6 million. They’ve also finally figured out how to defend with four clean sheets in their last five. Joel Matip leads the way in their defence with three two point bonus performances in that run.

Gameweek 37 results

May 19, 2017

up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
149 2232
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
168 2230
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
114 2201
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
181 2151
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
163 2149
down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
133 2138
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
179 2138
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
140 2128
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
155 2078
10  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
171 2077
11  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
172 2064
12  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
143 2063
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
145 2055
14  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
134 2038
15  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
113 2020
16  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
84 2017
17  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
159 2017
18  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
140 2010
19  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
142 2002
20  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
144 1999
21  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
118 1994
22  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
79 1978
23  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
54 1976
24  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
73 1973
25  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
118 1967
26  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
67 1966
27  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 1941
28  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
87 1936
29  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
120 1933
30  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
114 1908
31  up jetty city
scott mcgow
119 1906
32  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
77 1906
33  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
125 1887
34  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
80 1869
35  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
76 1841
36  up FTM
Stu Smith
109 1838
37  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
63 1822
38  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
98 1803
39  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
80 1802
40  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
89 1800
41  up Dj daz
darren frankland
113 1783
42  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
116 1778
43  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
98 1754
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
76 1753
45  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
120 1746
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
63 1699
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
74 1674
48  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
91 1649
49  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
39 1601
50  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
39 1596
51  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
82 1589
52  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
91 1583
53  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
97 1576

 

It’s a record breaking week in Buckets. The previous record highest weekly total was 165 points recorded back in the 2013-2014 season. That was smashed by five teams this week. Hats off to Neil Madrid, To Elland Back, FC Caligula and The Craggy Islanders for playing the double gameweek and winning. Double hats off to Edgbaston, who with 181 points, have the highest weekly total ever recorded by a Buckets team. A total of 29 teams scored triple figure scores –  including all but one of our top 21.

When Harry Met Alli scored 149 points. They and the Islanders leapfrog Aquamar, whose comparatively meagre 114 sees them drop into third. It’s still a three way fight for the title, but the momentum is surely with the top two teams. WHMA were chipped out (but for All Out Attack) so the fact that they matched those playing their triple captains and bench boosts is pretty remarkable. I predicted the Islanders might sneak into first place this week given they had their bench boost remaining. Both teams had Sanchez and Kane in their ranks but chose a different captain. One of them might have sewn the title up had they gone with the slightly more obvious choice.

Harry Kane’s 31 points is the highest weekly player score of the season. Alexis Sanchez held that record for all of two days before Kane’s blitz against Leicester last night. Gabriel Jesus was another popular armband choice among Buckets managers, and also came good with a 19 point haul. Curiously, Diego Costa  was the most popular captain choice in the world game according to the FPL site. Buckets managers are obviously a lot more savvy. I’m not sure any of us went down that route. Didn’t it seem way too obvious that Chelsea would win the league at West Brom and then rotate?

 

Edgbaston, who bench boosted to get their 181 points, now sit in fourth place. The race for the final prize money slot is still probably between five teams. There are 23 points separating them and Hedgehog Corpse in eighth. Unsurprisingly they also lead the chase for the May manager of the month with the other high scorers from this double gameweek in hot pursuit.

 

up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
181 268
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
179 253
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
149 249
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
168 240
down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
159 239
up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
172 231
up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
171 225
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
163 225

 

 

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 31 points. Now leads the golden boot chase.

Bargain of the week – Kyle Naughton – 15 points. Non-double gameweeker and serial donkey. Well done Kyle.

Donkey of the week – Christian Fuchs – -1 points. Conceding six doesn’t help.

Goal of the week – Shinji Okazaki.

Gameweek 37 preview

May 12, 2017

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

Here it is. The gameweek that will probably decide so much. The title chase could take a dramatic turn this week. It’s a three horse race. Aquamar have been at the top since February 2nd. They built a lead, but over the last few weeks, The Craggy Islanders and When Harry Met Alli have chipped away. Aquamar go into this double gameweek with 12 players potentially playing twice, as do WHMA. Both have played their bench boost. The Craggy Islanders haven’t. They have 13 players lined up for a double appearance and their bench boost chip remaining. They’ve two free transfers this week. Expect 15 double gameweekers and put your money on The Craggy Islanders for the trophy.

The race for fourth should be as keenly contested. Rico, Hedgehogs, Kebab Eaters, Edgbaston and Caligula are separated by 38 points. Rico are in the box seat at the moment but have no wildcards or chips remaining. Hedgehogs are somehow still sat on their bench boost AND triple captain. Kebab Eaters have a wildcard left, and both Edgbaston and Caligula have their bench boost to play. I’m predicting a bench boost bonanza this week. How well that chip is played will probably determine our fourth place finisher.

Release The Hounds are the current holders of the highest weekly score. It’s 108 points, and they managed that in GW21. That’s got to go this week. If When Harry Met Alli can get a triple figure score from a double gameweek in which only two teams played twice, imagine what could be achieved this week. Ten teams take to the pitch for a second time, and that includes five of the top six. That’s 21 of the top 30 available players POTENTIALLY playing twice.

But only potentially. Chelsea could have the league wrapped up by this evening. If that happens, with the FA Cup final on the horizon, expect rotation for the Watford game. John Terry is bound to get a run out. Cesc Fabregas and Willian deserve more than a few more cameo appearances and will also probably start. We need a West Brom result – with a few Chelsea goals. That would keep Spurs going too. There’s less chance of rotation at the Lane, mainly because there’s not really anyone to rotate to, but how demoralised might they be come Sunday knowing they came so close for a second consecutive year? Surely Harry Kane’s pursuit of the golden boot should keep him motivated. It’s tricky. With something to play for, Arsenal and Manchester City are much better placed for this gameweek. If you’ve a wildcard kicking around – lucky you.

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