Gameweek 36 results

May 10, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
63 2095
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
100 2083
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
80 2070
same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
66 2005
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
67 2000
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
62 1986
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
91 1974
same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
82 1967
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
36 1933
10  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
80 1932
11  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
43 1927
12  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
42 1922
13  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 1918
14  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
58 1910
15  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
84 1908
16  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
75 1908
17  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
79 1907
18  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
42 1900
19  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
39 1899
20  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
42 1899
21  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
39 1892
22  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
70 1886
23  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
67 1876
24  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
77 1872
25  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
84 1862
26  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
36 1859
27  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
40 1853
28  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
81 1849
29  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
70 1837
30  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
41 1825
31  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
38 1802
32  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
77 1789
33  down jetty city
scott mcgow
43 1787
34  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
26 1767
35  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
52 1765
36  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
57 1762
37  up FTM
Stu Smith
69 1733
38  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
24 1730
39  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
35 1711
40  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 1705
41  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
47 1677
42  up Dj daz
darren frankland
54 1670
43  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
31 1662
44  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
69 1656
45  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
69 1636
46  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
38 1630
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
69 1604
48  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
37 1562
49  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 1558
50  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
26 1557
51  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
38 1507
52  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
52 1492
53  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
36 1479

 

Are Aquamar about to throw this thing away? The gap is now 12 – just 12 points to When Harry Met Alli. And 25 to The Craggy Islanders. Aquamar have been posting good scores but have been taking a crazy amount of hits to achieve them. They opted to take another three this week to add to the eleven of the previous three weeks at a cost of 36 points. Have they got their chip and wildcard tactics all wrong?

In the same four week stretch WHMA have made 5 changes, costing them 4 points. They bench boosted their way to the highest weekly score of 100 points this week. The four subs collected 18 of those points. We’ll have to wait and see whether that would have been better left for next week.

And that’s because of those Craggy Islanders. Making just three changes with no points deducted in the last four weeks, they played their wildcard this week enabling them to set up nicely for next week’s double GW37. At present they’ve 13 players set to play twice. I expect that to be 15 at kick off. And they have their bench boost in waiting.

There was a wide range of scores this week. This highest – the 70, 80 and 90+ totals came to those that played the double gameweek, utilising their chips and wildcards cleverly. Sanchez lead the captain picks and didn’t disappoint. Arsenal defenders contributed too. Two clean sheets was perhaps unexpected. Just watch them finish fourth. Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida were popular choices. They were far too cheap to ignore and returned well. There was an extra bonus for those that took a punt on Fraser Forster, with the Saints keeper scaring the shit out of James Milner, then saving his penalty.

 

Player of the week – Fraser Forster – 17 points. Double gameweek – keeper wins again.

Bargain of the week – Rob Holding – 15 points. In till the end?

Donkey of the week – Lys Mousset – -1 points. Striker own goal. Ooops.

Goal of the week – Vincent Kompany. In till the end?

 

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Gameweek 25 preview

February 5, 2016

06 Feb 12:45 Man City v Leicester
06 Feb 15:00 Aston Villa v Norwich
06 Feb 15:00 Liverpool v Sunderland
06 Feb 15:00 Newcastle v West Brom
06 Feb 15:00 Spurs v Watford
06 Feb 15:00 Stoke v Everton
06 Feb 15:00 Swansea v Crystal Palace
06 Feb 17:30 Southampton v West Ham
07 Feb 13:30 Bournemouth v Arsenal
07 Feb 16:00 Chelsea v Man Utd

 

Is that a title decider on Saturday lunchtime? Leicester play Arsenal next week. What if they won them both? Arsenal are faltering. Vardy, Mahrez, Ighalo, Barkley and Kane have returned to their scoring ways after their winter breaks. Mesut Ozil hasn’t. Fantasy form can tell us so much about the on field fortunes of a team. Without Ozil performing Arsenal have failed to win in four games. It’s six games since Ozil last contributed anything. His value has started to fall. Is that it for the German?

It’s worth highlighting the form of some lesser fancied players. West Ham are quietly going about their business. They’ve a realistic chance of the top four and are more than capable of ousting United from the fifth spot if their recent form continues. Thanks not necessarily to Dimitri Payet, although he has looked impressive since his injury return, but to Michail Antonio and Enner Valencia. Payet will contribute more – it’s only a matter of time. He’s too good not to. Meanwhile Valencia has scored four in his last seven and added six bonus points. Antonio has been the Hammers’ main provider with five assists in the last seven. He’s also added three goals in the same amount of time.

Southampton’s defence haven’t conceded in four. Koeman has had to chop and change a little bit at the back, but he was able to play arguably his strongest five against Arsenal in midweek. Bertrand, Soares, Van Dijk, Fonte and Fraser Forster are all available at under £5.5 million. Forster’s four clean sheets in four games since his injury lay off make him the most sought after keeper at the moment.

Christian Eriksen has begun to make his mark. He’s bagged two goals, three assists and seven bonus points in his last three games. He, Kane and Alli would have amassed 86 points in that time, and he’s become only the second player to reach double figures for assists this season. Could he catch his north London rival?

Benik Afobe has played four games for Bournemouth and scored in three of them. Also adding goals to his game in recent weeks is a little known English forward called Wayne Rooney. He was in danger of completing his first Premier League season without reaching double figures for league goals. Five in his last six have taken his total to seven. His value had dipped below £10 million. I think that may also be a first. He might be the best value striker around at the moment.

Gameweek 24 results

February 4, 2016

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 63 1,326
2 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 48 1,322
3 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 66 1,322
4 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 78 1,302
5 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 83 1,299
6 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 87 1,296
7 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 74 1,292
8 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 79 1,288
9 SS3 FC Paul Murray 91 1,285
10 When Harry met Alli Trevor Gordon 60 1,285
11 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 72 1,276
12 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 56 1,265
13 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 71 1,261
14 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 80 1,261
15 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 66 1,259
16 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 68 1,258
17 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 82 1,257
18 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 56 1,251
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 59 1,249
20 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 65 1,248
21 Howayman Mark Bromham 72 1,248
22 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 59 1,238
23 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 64 1,238
24 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 81 1,235
25 Init fc Mustafa khan 54 1,234
26 Below Par Paul Bentz 82 1,222
27 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 83 1,214
28 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 88 1,209
29 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 116 1,209
30 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 69 1,207
31 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 52 1,193
32 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 54 1,176
33 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 78 1,172
34 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 68 1,161
35 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 105 1,144
36 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 48 1,105
37 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 33 1,095
38 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 80 1,088
39 Ciderheads Darren Pope 57 1,088
40 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 69 1,058
41 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 48 1,053
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 43 1,010
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 53 953
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 48 922

 

We have two scores above a hundred this week in a high scoring week all round. Release The Hounds hit 105 points with only one player, Nathaniel Clyne, scoring nothing other than their appearance points. The front six scored 79 points between them, which included eight goals. I’m not sure what Kevin De Bruyne was doing as captain, but having Dele Alli as vice certainly helped.

Weekly winners however are The Hardy Boys who, with 116 points, have guaranteed their bye through to the first round of the cup and risen four places in the league. They are now within touching distance of the mid table scrum. Hardy Boys were helped by playing their bench boost to the tune of 13 extra points. The rest was made up largely from scoring seven goals and keeping five clean sheets.

It was a week on which most of the old faithful could be relied upon. All of the top seven teams kept a clean sheet. Ten teams in all didn’t concede. Most Buckets teams were able to keep at least three clean sheets. And at the other end Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Ross Barkley all netted twice. Barkley’s status as a midfielder edged him ahead of his rivals to collect the player of the week award.

Our top three have been pegged back a little further. The 49 point gap between fourth and first last week is now down to 24. A 49 point gap now encompasses the whole of he top 10. FC Caligula have finally dismounted Golden Boys from the top spot, but they and Your Ad Here should be looking over their shoulders. Atletico Chappers, Bisciutmen and Rocky B Bauer have all moved within striking distance.

 

Player of the week – Ross Barkley – 16 points. His second award.

Bargain of the week – Fraser Foster – 12 points. Four games back from injury – four clean sheets.

Donkey of the week – Jamaal Lascelles – -3 points. Classic defender’s bad week – three conceded and sent off into the bargain.

Goal of the week – Jamie Vardy. His third nomination, and Leicester’s fifth.

 

Gameweek 31 preview

April 2, 2015

04 Apr 12:45 Arsenal v Liverpool
04 Apr 15:00 Everton v Southampton
04 Apr 15:00 Leicester v West Ham
04 Apr 15:00 Man Utd v Aston Villa
04 Apr 15:00 Swansea v Hull
04 Apr 15:00 West Brom v QPR
04 Apr 17:30 Chelsea v Stoke
05 Apr 13:30 Burnley v Spurs
05 Apr 16:00 Sunderland v Newcastle
06 Apr 20:00 Crystal Palace v Man City
07 Apr 19:45 Aston Villa v QPR

 

We’ve another double gameweek. Aston Villa and QPR (again) are up for twice the points. There are probably more cons than pros to drafting in any of their players. For starters they both face tough games in week 32. So if you use up multiple transfers this week, you’re likely to be lumbered. Villa play Spurs and QPR host Chelsea.

QPR played a double header as recently as gameweek 28 in which they played Arsenal and Spurs away from home, losing 2-1 in both games. Their defence was best avoided then, and they’ve done nothing in the intervening weeks to make you change your mind. No defender has scored more than two points since. In fact only three players have contributed anything to their totals other than appearance points. Eduardo Vargas would be the biggest punt of the three being the least likely to start both games. Charlie Austin’s scoring rate has dropped. There are 11 forwards in better form than him at the moment. Matthew Phillips may be the pick of the bunch at only £4.6 million and in a run of games that have seen him assist four and score a goal of the season contender.

Over at Villa Park prospects aren’t much better. OK – so they line up at home against QPR – and the smart money would be on them getting the three points in that game, but that’s off the back of a trip to Old Trafford. At the back they appear to be down to their bare bones with only two fit first choice defenders, which doesn’t bode well for a side that have only kept two clean sheets this year. Having said that, that’s still one more than QPR. In their favour, they’ve affordable players in better form. Christian Benteke is second in the striker form list with two double figure scores in the last three weeks. Fourth in the striker form list is Gabby Agbonlahor, who at £5.2 million, is almost a million and a half cheaper than Benteke, which I think adds up to being a better investment.

There’s been a semi interesting development involving a couple of goalkeepers in the last few weeks. Fraser Forster has been number one keeper for most of the season. Ben Foster has been integral to the new stingy West Brom under Tony Pulis. Both are now out for the season, meaning Boaz Myhill and Kelvin Davies are guaranteed starters for the remaining eight gameweeks. Both made encouraging starts a fortnight ago. Davies kept a clean sheet. Of Southampton’s remaining fixtures, five of the eight offer more clean sheet potential. Myhill meanwhile, despite conceding three against Manchester City, made 13 saves, adding 4 points to his score. Four out of West Broms remaining eight games could yield a clean sheet. At £4.4 million and £4 million respectively, they’ll also save you money.

Its Buckets Cup semi Final weekend. A top of the table clash and a mid table battle will determine who plays in the final next week.

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