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.

Gameweek 29 results

March 20, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
72 1658
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 1612
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
66 1602
same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
64 1590
same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
62 1580
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
90 1567
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
72 1567
down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
71 1564
down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
75 1557
10  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
75 1541
11  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
64 1540
12  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
78 1531
13  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
66 1530
14  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
71 1520
15  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
62 1519
16  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
67 1517
17  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
37 1516
18  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
60 1516
19  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
47 1515
20  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
72 1514
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
67 1514
22  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
62 1509
23  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
40 1507
24  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
65 1473
25  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
63 1470
26  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
83 1457
27  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
57 1455
28  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
62 1455
29  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
52 1446
30  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
47 1436
31  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
47 1435
32  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
97 1429
33  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
47 1417
34  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
45 1413
35  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
29 1406
36  up jetty city
scott mcgow
80 1401
37  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
57 1394
38  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
72 1385
39  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
22 1372
40  same FTM
Stu Smith
48 1360
41  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
59 1359
42  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
52 1339
43  up Dj daz
darren frankland
69 1321
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
39 1295
45  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
39 1290
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
38 1289
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
53 1268
48  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
65 1240
49  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
29 1230
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
51 1209
51  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
51 1142
52  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
22 1141
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
40 1111

 

Shoelace Untied are the Buckets Cup champions. They have triumphed 97-72 over league leaders, Aquamar, who quite frankly didn’t have a chance against a team taking hits for fun and dropping the triple captain in for good measure. In the last three gameweeks Shoelace have made six, eight and eight transfers at the cost of 76 points. Aquamar’s challenge for the league has worked against them, although I imagine that not playing their wildcard or any chips will have much higher financial benefits in the long run. Their still respectable 72 point total maintains a healthy 46 point lead ahead of the chasing pack.

It was another Lukaku week. Everybody in the world handed him the armband to the tune of 32 points. Shoelace squeezed 48 points out of the Everton striker. Arguably, 33 of those points came in added time. Lukaku had contributed an assist before bagging a brace in the final moments of the game, nabbing the top bonus marks in the process. Shoelace’s final total was enough to earn them the highest weekly score accolade as well.

Despite taking the mega hits, Shoelace have actually managed to improve their league position. That’s probably a combination of making some very good transfer choices and the teams around them just not giving a shit anymore. Which is a shame, because if anything they’ve proved that by being out of the race for the league title doesn’t necessarily mean you’re out of the hunt for prizes.

Coming up on the outside, and winning the March manager of the month award are FC Caligula. Last years champs have also climbed to sixth and in contention for a league prize. It might be the first time they’ve appeared in the top 10 all year. Cold this be a late challenge? They’re still holding a wildcard and all of their chips.

 

Player of the week – Criag Dawson – 17 points. Arsenal doomed.

Bargain of the week – Benik Afobe – 12 points. Two wins and safe(ish) in mid table.

Donkey of the week – Phil Bardsley – -2 points. His yearly donkey.

Goal of the week – Jesse Lingard. 

Gameweek 28 results

March 13, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
63 1586
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
32 1540
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
40 1536
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
29 1530
same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
34 1522
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
45 1499
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
59 1493
up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
34 1482
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
35 1480
10  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
28 1479
11  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
63 1477
12  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
24 1471
13  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
46 1470
14  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
23 1468
15  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
32 1468
16  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
45 1457
17  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
25 1456
18  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
41 1455
19  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
36 1453
20  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
63 1450
21  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
31 1449
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
38 1447
23  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
20 1442
24  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
50 1411
25  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
40 1408
26  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
39 1398
27  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
27 1397
28  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
22 1394
29  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
25 1393
30  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
11 1388
31  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
19 1377
32  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
39 1374
33  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
11 1372
34  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
24 1370
35  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
47 1360
36  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
3 1350
37  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
27 1337
38  up jetty city
scott mcgow
37 1325
39  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
35 1313
40  down FTM
Stu Smith
24 1312
41  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
29 1300
42  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
12 1287
43  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
1 1256
44  up Dj daz
darren frankland
9 1252
45  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
31 1251
46  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
7 1251
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
2 1215
48  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
3 1201
49  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
45 1187
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
29 1158
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
14 1119
52  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
8 1091
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
14 1071

 

It was a gameweek, in all honesty, we could probably have done without. One we’re glad to see the back off. The last thing you want when you’ve taken hits over the approaching weeks to get a team ready for a reduced gameweek is a load of injuries, rotation and non-entities picking up the big scores.

Romelu Lukaku was the most captained player and that worked. The Everton striker picked up a goal and an assist and helped a lot of teams to a good starting total of 24 points with the armband. Sadio Mane was the most transferred in player. His two points left those opting for him as their captain with enough to cover a hit. Only half the regular Everton defence made it through 90 minutes and Fernando Lllorente, another popular transfer-in and captain choice didn’t even last a half.

Josh King was the player we all needed. And a few of us had the foresight to opt for the Bournemouth man. His 18 points helped two of our three highest scoring teams to their finishing total. Go Buffoons Go, FC Caligula and Aquamar all reached 63 points. GBG and Caligula enlisted King into their midfield. GBG scored five goals and take the weekly recognition.

Aquamar probably won’t care about that – they reached the cup final where they will play Shoeleace Untied. Both have a guaranteed prize. It’s our first year of offering the losing finalists a cash prize, so congratulations to both teams.

Player of the week – Josh King – 18 points. Could have been more had he not missed a penalty.

Bargain of the week – Oumar Niasse – 12 points. Who?

Donkey of the week – Craig Dawson – 0 points. West Brom the failing team of the week.

Goal of the week – Emre Can. Can he?

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