Gameweek 13 results

same Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
65 727
same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
66 721
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
53 698
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
46 695
up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
51 694
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
38 690
down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
42 689
up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
56 688
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
36 687
10  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
62 686
11  down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
63 685
12  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
52 674
13  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
44 666
14  up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
61 664
15  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 661
16  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
43 661
17  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 660
18  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 648
19  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 647
20  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
55 645
21  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
34 643
22  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
38 643
23  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
58 642
24  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
34 636
25  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
51 635
26  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 632
27  same FTM
Stu Smith
51 631
28  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
61 630
29  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
57 626
30  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
57 625
31  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
70 615
32  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
42 612
33  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
59 608
34  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 606
35  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
38 599
36  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
39 594
37  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
69 593
38  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
68 585
39  up jetty city
scott mcgow
66 579
40  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
51 576
41  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 574
42  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
56 573
43  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
45 572
44  same Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
56 571
45  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
42 569
46  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
66 554
47  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
60 535
48  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
34 520
49  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
41 506
50  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 495
51  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
50 490
52  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
60 481
53  down Dj daz
darren frankland
25 457

 

We have our first gap opening up at the top of the table. We’ve a two team brekaway. Uriah Rennie 2nd XI and Queen Of The North move past the 700 point mark with healthy weekly scores of 65 and 66. The gap between QOTN and The Craggy Islanders in 3rd is 23 points. Then only 13 points separate the next nine teams. In fact, an inspired captain choice and prevailing wind could see teams as far down as maybe Rip Roaring Reds in 17th climb the league and land somewhere in the top ten and within shooting distance of the prize money.

November manager of the month goes to Greenyteamy who held off challenges from a number of teams to hold on to the lead they’d established after last week’s matches. Only Yeboahs Right Foot and Hedgehog Corpse of those featured in the monthly table appear in the overall top ten. This may explain the tightly packed nature of the mid table. Other than our leading pair and Hedgehogs, the rest of our top ten had a fairly uninspiring week in which they limped to an around-average score. Much the same as last week. And the week before.

 

same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
44 172
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
62 168
up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
56 168
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
61 167
up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
68 164
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
51 163
down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
42 161
up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
58 161
down FTM
Stu Smith
51 161
10  up jetty city
scott mcgow
66 160

 

 

Buckets stalwarts, Romeoshondavan, scored the highest weekly score. More than half of their 70 point total came courtesy of old faithfuls Sergio Aguero (as captain) and Alexis Sanchez. Before the week started, Philippe Coutinho was not only the most picked player in the game, but also the most transferred in and most popular captain of the week. He lasted 36 minutes. The rap he took to his ankle looks like it might rule him out until the New Year. There was potential for a Sunderland trouncing at the hands of the Liverpool midfield, but it never transpired, and left a lot of managers cursing their luck.

The nine goal thriller served up by Swansea and Palace provided us with six of the ten players who managed double figure scores this week. They’re not among the most popular teams with fantasy managers. I know a couple of Buckets teams have Christian Benteke clogging up their attack. His ownership across the whole game is only at 6%. More surprisingly perhaps is that Gylfi Sigurdsson appears in only 5.2% of teams in the game as a whole. Maybe his value seems a little high. But, he’s a top ten midfielder, has played virtually every minute of Swansea’s last nine games and has contributed meaningful points in seven of them. Basically if Swansea score, he’s usually somewhere in the mix.

 

Player of the week – Fernando Llorente – 15 points. Collected in 25 minutes.

Bargain of the week – Leroy Fer – 14 points. His 5th and 6th goals of the season. Only Hazard and Sanchez have more in the midfield.

Donkey of the week – Kyle Naughton – -1 points. A clean sweep. His fourth donkey in three years.

Goal of the week – Pedro. Finally worth considering him for your fantasy team. At 3m25s

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Gameweek 13 preview

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

Can Chelsea keep seven consecutive clean sheets? Their defence is in for it’s sternest test since they shipped three to Arsenal back in September. Tottenham are still unbeaten, and Harry Kane is back and has scored four of Spurs’ last five goals. Three of those have been penalties, so they’ve got their diving boots on. It’s worth remembering Spurs’ pretty shocking record against Chelsea though. There have been no victories at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and only six victories in the last sixty encounters. Spurs have the league’s stingiest defence, but all their good clean sheet work was done early in the season. It’s been seven games since they last had a shut out. The odds seem to be in Cheslea’s favour, unless Spurs get a pen.

All of a sudden Liverpool’s home tie against Sunderland isn’t the banker it might have been a few weeks ago. Sunderland have an in-form strike force and Liverpool still can’t be relied upon to keep a clean sheet. Their two previous clean sheets have both come in 0-0 draws. If Liverpool score, they tend also to concede. You should probably expect both of those things to happen on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero continues to frustrate. He’s working on a two weeks on/three weeks off rotation at the moment. You just know that as soon as you cut ties he’ll do what he’s meant to do and hit a double figure score. His previous three big scores have all come in convincing victories away from home. Maybe this is another one of those weeks. You have to question whether he’s worth the outlay? Both Jermain Defoe and Etienne Capoue have scored more than Aguero. Their combined price is cheaper than the £13.2 million you’d have to fork out for him this week.

We’re a third of the way through the season and we’re one weekend from knowing who the November manager of the month is. Here’s the table…

up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
51 128
down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
32 119
up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
54 114
up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
44 112
up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
52 112
up FTM
Stu Smith
52 110
down Cooksters
Peter Cook
33 107
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
66 106
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
40 106
10  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
54 105
11  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
56 103
12  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
50 102
13  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
58 101
14  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
36 101
15  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
49 101
16  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
45 100
17  up Dj daz
darren frankland
46 100

Gameweek 13 results

1 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 57 716
2 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 64 694
3 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 53 693
4 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 57 680
5 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 71 670
6 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 46 669
7 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 59 669
8 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 54 668
9 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 78 668
10 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 62 666
11 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 44 663
12 Below Par Paul Bentz 60 653
13 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 53 653
14 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 78 653
15 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 65 646
16 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 72 646
17 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 76 643
18 Init fc Mustafa khan 57 642
19 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 59 640
20 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 70 635
21 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 66 627
22 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 52 625
23 Howayman Mark Bromham 59 621
24 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 53 621
25 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 57 620
26 SS3 FC Paul Murray 44 612
27 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 62 610
28 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 36 606
29 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 42 604
30 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 40 588
31 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 74 586
32 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 55 584
33 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 79 576
34 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 78 576
35 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 37 567
36 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 50 564
37 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 42 564
38 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 68 557
39 Ciderheads Darren Pope 55 551
40 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 57 544
41 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 57 542
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 41 528
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 37 498
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 61 438

 

Crazylegs are the top scorers this week, heading a clutch of teams that hit the high 70’s. Given that it looks like they came into the gameweek carrying five injured or doubtful players, their 79 point total is quite an achievement. The key was the transferring in of Harry Kane, and then making him captain. Kane scored 13 points (26 for Crazylegs) – a total that moves him to the top of the form charts. It’s eight goals in seven games for Kane – and it’s seven in seven for Romelu Lukaku (second in the form charts). Most of the teams posting 70+ scores had one or both of them in their line ups. Crazylegs didn’t have Lukaku, but did have player of the week, Ross Barkley. Everton players have won four player of the week awards – two more than any other team – and dominate the attacking form charts, having scored 11 goals in their last three games.

It’s a great week for Leicester City. It might be the best weekend in their history, not to undermine their League cup successes of fairly recent years. Teams like Leicester might get a week or two at the top of the league in August. The fact that they’ve climbed to the summit in November is extraordinary. Two Leicester fans sit in the top three of the Buckets League too. It’s no coincidence. Both PSC and Caligula’s blind faith in Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy has paid dividends, and then some. They’ve been in the starting line up of both teams from the start. It appears PSC have made one or the other captain almost every week as well. They’re the two highest scoring players in the game, and it’s very likely that one of them will be the first to pass the 100 point barrier. If they were both to do it next weekend against Manchester United it would probably eclipse this weekend’s achievement. As well as the team climbing to the top of the league, Jamie Vardy must get his obligatory weekly mention, having equaled the Premier League consecutive game scoring record. How many more weeks can it continue? He does look capable of scoring against anyone at the moment.

 

Player of the week – Ross Barkley – 19 points. Following in the footsteps of Lukaku, Naismith and Kone.

Bargain of the week – Erik Pieters – 12 points. Added assist points to the now almost obligatory Stoke clean sheet. It’s five shut-outs in the last six.

Donkey of the week – Eliaquim Mangala – -2 points. Another bad week for City.

Goal of the week – James Morrison. A better goal than it was given credit for at the weekend I think.

 

Gameweek 13 preview

21 Nov 12:45 Watford v Man Utd
21 Nov 15:00 Chelsea v Norwich
21 Nov 15:00 Everton v Aston Villa
21 Nov 15:00 Newcastle v Leicester
21 Nov 15:00 Southampton v Stoke
21 Nov 15:00 Swansea v Bournemouth
21 Nov 15:00 West Brom v Arsenal
21 Nov 17:30 Man City v Liverpool
22 Nov 16:00 Spurs vWest Ham
23 Nov 20:00 Crystal Palace v Sunderland

 

We’re through a third of the season as we return from the last international break of the year. The next break in the fixtures occurs at the third round of the FA Cup after gameweek 20. That gives us eight straight weeks of uninterrupted Premier league action to concentrate on. This international break has returned it’s fair share of casualties, most notably in the Manchester United attack, with both Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial unlikely to start against Watford.

The statistics for this game favour defensive picks. Only four of the 12 goals Watford have conceded have been at home. United and Watford have posted five 0-0 draws since the start of the season and there have been 11 0-0 draws in the Premiership in total, so they account for almost half. A depleted United attack and a strong Watford back line offer good odds on another blank scoresheet.

Unfortunately for West Ham, Dimitri Payet picked up an injury in the game before the international break, and looks likely to be out until February. Payet is the highest scoring new addition to the league and is owned by almost a quarter of all managers. It has to be time for a change. His value had increased at it’s peak by £0.8 million, although that will no doubt have dropped by the time the gameweek starts. But still, at £8 million, where he currently sits, gives enough spare change to bring in a decent replacement.

Offering even better replacement options is Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean isn’t marked as injured, but reports suggest there’s a chance he may be rested following international exertions. The bulk of Sanchez’s points were scored in a three week blast at the end of September into early October. Since then – nothing of note. Arsenal’s injury problems have forced Sanchez into having to play virtually every minute, but it’s been the considerably cheaper Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud who have been supplying the firepower for the Gunners. It’s a risk to drop a player that will almost certainly get some gametime, but he’s so far down the midfielder form charts that it might have to be something worth considering. Every midfielder is cheaper than him, and most of them are scoring more points than him.

In the week where everybody – well Leicester fans at least – will have wanted to make Jamie Vardy their captain, it might be best avoided. Vardy comes into the gameweek rated as doubtful. The Newcastle defence will probably be hoping he doesn’t start. It may be the case that he was rested from international duty in midweek to give him every chance of being able to start. But dare you risk handing him the armband for him to not be in the squad or at best on the bench? I’d still back him to score…a 90th minute consolation.

 

Gameweek 13 preview

29 Nov 12:45 West Brom v Arsenal
29 Nov 15:00 Burnley v Aston Villa
29 Nov 15:00 Liverpool v Stoke
29 Nov 15:00 Man Utd v Hull
29 Nov 15:00 QPR v Leicester
29 Nov 15:00 Swansea v Crystal Palace
29 Nov 15:00 West Ham v Newcastle
29 Nov 17:30 Sunderland v Chelsea
30 Nov 13:30 Southampton v Man City
30 Nov 16:00 Spurs v Everton

 

We’re a third of the way through. Uriah’s have been top of the Buckets League since gameweek four. They built a commanding lead up to week nine of 41 points, but have seen that slowly chipped away over the last three gameweeks to just 12 points. As we approach the second third of the season, the end of the fourth month and the start of the winter schedule, are we about to see new leaders of the Buckets League?

It seems unlikely we’re about to see new leaders of the Premier League. Chelsea have established a six point lead over Southampton and an eight point lead over City. They’ve almost twice as many points as Arsenal and more than twice as many points as Liverpool. It’s no surprise that a large amount of teams have the full quota of Chelsea players. There’s not a great deal of rotation going on at Stamford Bridge either. It’s pretty much the same eleven every week barring injuries and/or suspensions, meaning managers can be reasonably confident of opting for the likes of Willian, Oscar and Azpilicueta if they’re finding it difficult to squeeze in Fabregas, Costa, Hazard or Ivanovic. Their march towards the title shouldn’t be hindered by an on/off Sunderland team this weekend.

Positions may alter below Chelsea however, as Southampton head into a tough run of fixtures. The Saints must face Aguero (as Man City will now be known), United, Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal (twice!) between now and the break for the FA Cup third round in the first week of January. It will be interesting to see how they cope, how many points they manage to pick up, where they end up in the league, and most importantly for the purposes of this blog, whether there’ll be a mass cull of their players from Buckets squads. Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic have only managed two assists between them since their 8-0 hammering of Sunderland. It already could be time for a rethink on their attacking options. Their most reliable players are Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand, but it’s highly likely there won’t be as many clean sheet points available to them over the next six weeks or so. Although, as they proved in their draw at Aston Villa last week, both are more than capable of picking up goals and assists.