Gameweek 17 results

The most transferred out player ahead of gameweek 17 was Kevin De Bruyne. He’d picked up a booking to finish GW16 with an unsatisfactory one point haul and clearly lots of managers had just had enough. Raheem Sterling had dropped out of a lot of teams over the previous weeks and now it looked set that De Bruyne was going to follow him. As I write in the lead up to GW18, the Belgian is the most transferred IN player. I sense a lot of managers think they may have made a mistake. Not us though. Eight of the top ten Buckets managers had De Bruyne in their squads and all eight kept him in there. The possibility of him running riot through that shambolic Arsenal defence was too risky to miss out on. By half time he’d scored two wonder-goals, assisted Sterling’s second and almost, but for a great save from Bernd Leno, scored one of the best hat-tricks in Premier League history.

So the overall look of the top ten didn’t change much. Ginger Fizz, one of the two non-owners, drop three places. Locky’s, the other non-owner, stay top but with the same lead over Game Of Stones, who despite owning the Man City midfielder, couldn’t take advantage. The 14 possible points sat on their bench probably didn’t go down too well.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
55 1062
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
55 1018
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
71 1015
4
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
60 1001
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
69 1000
6
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
69 996
7
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
68 990
8
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
52 990
9
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
67 987
10
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
69 977

Hovering just outside the top ten in 12th place are Nashton Villa who recorded the highest score of the week. They sold Sterling, so could have topped the 80 point barrier had they left their transfers alone. De Bruyne stayed put but it was a fouth 8+ point score from their goalkeeper, Vincente Guaita, that crowned them weekly winners. The Palace stopper is relatively lowly owned and despite conceding against Brighton, made nine saves, bagging him three extra points and all three bonus points. This follows three consecutive clean sheets and a total of 34 points since GW14. Special mention this week for ShakeItDown, who are in bottom place. Their 75 points was the third highest of the week, although not enough to lift them off the bottom. I’m not sure they’ll ever be anything but bottom. Even the 160 points spent on transfers wouldn’t promote them any higher than bottom. Had they picked Mason Greenwood ahead of Joao Moutinho though, they’d be manager of the week. But still bottom. And they still haven’t used their wildcard. Maybe next week. Although, they’d probably still end up being bottom.

Manager of the week – Jaime Nash – Nashton Villa – 79 points

Player of the week – Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 19 points

Bargain of the week – John Fleck – Sheffield United – 15 points

Twat of the week – Victor Lindelof – Manchester United – -1 points

Goal of the week – Kevin De Bruyne. 1st goal – from the start.

Gameweek 16 results

How much longer before we’re completely rid of our Manchester City players? Raheem Sterling has exited close to a million teams in the last month and with that seen an almost half million pounds price drop. There comes a time when patience just becomes sheer stubbornness and stupidity. Let it go, let it go. And as for Kevin De Bruyne, the one asset we all thought we’d stick by… Just because he was dirt cheap in the first place, shouldn’t mean he’s not replacable when the points dry up. He doesn’t look quite so cheap now when you compare his current form to that of Son and Alli, or even Jonjo bloody Shelvey. It is Arsenal this weekend though?!

It was a good week for Locky’s at the top, re-establishing a lead with the highest score in the top ten. It looks like the Spurs bandwagon has been well and truly jumped upon by a number of teams, most notably our leaders and Atletico Chappers, who leap up into third – possibly their highest placing ever. Chappers opted away from Vardy as captain and chose Harry Kane, who posted only his second double digit score of the season – the first being in GW1. Smooth.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
79 1007
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
67 963
3
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
72 945
4
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
46 944
5
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
68 938
6
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
52 935
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
54 927
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
75 922
9
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
66 920
10
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
66 910

Our monster score of the week, however, came from Kebab Eaters, who despite being down in 33rd place are on a bit of a roll. They’ve climbed 3.5 million places in the last seven weeks, managing consecutive green arrows. This 94 point haul was in among the top 20k worldwide and was miraculously made up of a five man defence in a week in which only four teams kept clean sheets. Standard captain plus a nice smattering of Spurs players, which I imagine may increase over the coming weeks, also saw them race into early contention for the December monthly prize.

Manager of the week – Kebab Eaters United – Paul Howard – 94 points

Player of the week – Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – 16 points

Bargain of the week – George Baldock – Sheffield United – 14 points

Twat of the week – Matt Targett – Aston Villa – -1 points

Goal of the week – Heung-Min Son. 

Gameweek 16 results

1  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 1020
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
56 1006
3  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
66 995
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
52 995
5  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
43 947
6  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
61 946
7  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
80 943
8  down Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
48 943
9  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
74 933
10  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
65 926
11  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
50 925
12  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
79 923
13  up King raggg
Steven Darling
68 914
14  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
48 904
15  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
45 903
16  up FTM
Stu Smith
69 900
17  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
34 892
18  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
63 891
19  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
47 878
20  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
37 872
21  same Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
40 867
22  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
63 866
23  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
57 857
24  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
44 855
25  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
41 854
26  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
36 850
27  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
64 845
28  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
64 832
29  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
30 831
30  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
68 830
31  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
66 830
32  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
56 828
33  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
70 822
34  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
37 819
35  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
48 817
36  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
37 813
37  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
53 811
38  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
49 810
39  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
29 795
40  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
52 792
41  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
50 791
42  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
46 788
43  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
73 788
44  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
40 785
45  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
42 772
46  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
59 744
47  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
64 744
48  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
47 741
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
47 707
50  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
37 697
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
47 685

 

Manager of the week – FC Caligula – Ajay Supeda – 80 points

From what I can see only two of us handed Mohamed Salah the armband this week. Caligula were the highest placed, now in 7th, and our highest scorers. Plenty of other teams had him but didn’t captain him, largely favouring Kane, who didn’t even start against Leicester. Lots of other teams don’t have him, having probably ousted him in recent weeks to buy Kane – or maybe Raheem Sterling. Caligula’s other 38 points were kind of cobbled together by a couple of clean sheets and just two more goals scored in another week where rotation caused mild panic and the need for a strong bench.

Player of the week – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 21 points

It’s all about him this week. And it’s a massive headache for those that don’t have him. How many teams in that 35% are ghost teams? Teams that picked him and maybe even set him as captain from week one but haven’t bothered playing the game. I wouldn’t be fooled by that figure. More managers have transferred him out rather than in over the course of this season. Just in the last three weeks nearly 100,000 managers have rejected him, probably to afford Sterling or Kane. This is the kind of gameweek that makes those decisions look awfully dumb. He’s now top of the scoring charts – somehow?! Liverpool’s strength so far this season has been keeping clean sheets as opposed to running riot at the other end of the park. Salah’s scoring rate appears fairly similar to that of last season too. Explosive bouts of scoring weren’t his thing. It was consistent high single figure to low double figure scoring. There were rare blanks but also hardly any bonus. Check out his bonus scores for this season – just 5 points. That’s less that Huddersfield’s Chris Löwe. The answer is to lose one of your heavy hitters if you have more faith in Salah, make six transfers to squeeze him in around a team full of dross or just leave it as it is and hope for the best.

Bargain of the week – James Tarkowski – Burnley – 14 points

All of the Burnley back line were capable of these type of scores all the way through last season. They perfected the ability to chip in with the odd goal or assist while keeping a clean sheet and winning 1-0. Not so much this season. Joe Hart sits top of the saves table which tells you a great deal about the holes in their defence. Their immediate fixtures aren’t great, so this may turn out to be more of a one off rather than a corner turned.

Twat of the week – DeAndre Yedlin – Newcastle United – -3 points

Newcastle’s defence are even less popular than Burnley’s, despite being amid a decent run of fixtures and being more than capable of frustrating more attacking teams. Dodgy refereeing and last minute winners didn’t help their cause on Sunday, although neither did Yedlin deciding to rugby tackle Diogo Jota when clean through on goal.

Goal of the week – Robert Snodgrass. At 31s in.

Gameweek 16 results

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
66 968
2  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
53 934
3  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
60 912
4  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
52 901
5  same Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
58 889
6  same Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
62 884
7  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
61 880
8  up The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
72 876
9  same Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
59 875
10  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
48 868
11  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
64 867
12  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
55 867
13  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
68 847
14  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
51 847
15  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
30 843
16  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
61 835
17  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
46 835
18  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
40 829
19  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
71 828
20  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
53 826
21  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
49 824
22  same Rico united
JASON REACHER
51 818
23  same Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
55 817
24  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
30 816
25  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
69 814
26  same Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
54 811
27  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
55 805
28  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
47 803
29  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
56 803
30  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 803
31  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
64 802
32  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
56 799
33  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
62 798
34  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
45 788
35  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
22 782
36  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
37 780
37  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
75 780
38  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
52 777
39  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
67 777
40  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
52 774
41  down mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
40 753
42  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
58 749
43  down FTM
Stu Smith
36 735
44  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
34 734
45  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
66 733
46  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
40 723
47  down iamgroot
scott mcgow
45 710
48  same blakes11
Steven Darling
42 698
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
45 676
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
47 601

 

Manager of the week – To Elland Back – Alan Hardy – 75 points

It definitely wasn’t the week for changing your team. You didn’t need to get Philippe Coutinho in and you didn’t need to get rid of Harry Kane. The Liverpool player, along with Roberto Firmino, was inexplicably left out of their squad for the Merseyside derby, having between the pair of them scored five in Europe in the midweek. The omens were with Kane and Spurs this week, having beaten Stoke by four goals in each of the last four games they’ve played against each other. This 5-1 victory included two goals for the games most frustrating player, who is still somehow second in the overall scoring charts. To Elland Back triple captained him, which almost guarantees you manager of the week status if you pick the right man.

Player of the week – Son Heung-Min – 16 points

It was Son who really shone for Spurs though. Last season it took him a while to get going and similarly this time round it’s only now he’s getting a run of games that he’s starting to contribute decent points returns. It looks like he might permanently fill that third attacking midfielder berth behind Kane in the Spurs line up as he did to great effect for the second half of the previous campaign. And at £7.9 million he’s a decent price for another midfield headache.

Bargain of the week – Steve Mounie – 13 points

Mounie’s only other two goals of the season came in week one. Nothing has happened since – not even an assist. We get frustrated by Harry Kane’s week on week off schedule. This bloke’s working to a week on, 15 weeks off schedule. Remember to pick him again in gameweek 31.

Twat of the week – Marvin Zeegelaar – -2 points

A short lived honeymoon period for the once unknown Watford defender of five gameweeks ago. The impressive run of four games, two assists, two clean sheets and three bonus points has now been brought to a shuddering halt by one red and a three game ban. We may never see him again.

Goal of the week – Jermain Defoe. See what happens when you pick him.

No vid though?! Again?

Gameweek 16 results

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
69 918
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
46 901
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
74 881
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
59 878
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
60 873
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
56 858
up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
52 857
down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
37 856
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
41 850
10  up 30:19
Darren Lavelle
58 839
11  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
42 838
12  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
49 837
13  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 836
14  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
74 834
15  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
45 824
16  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
49 822
17  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
73 821
18  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
37 820
19  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
54 809
20  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
69 808
21  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
42 808
22  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 807
23  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 807
24  same Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
53 798
25  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
47 789
26  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
81 788
27  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
44 787
28  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
34 786
29  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
57 778
30  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
49 774
31  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
45 772
32  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
57 763
33  down FTM
Stu Smith
34 758
34  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
59 752
35  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
49 752
36  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
46 751
37  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
47 743
38  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
46 729
39  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
57 726
40  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
40 718
41  up jetty city
scott mcgow
39 716
42  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
36 716
43  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
35 712
44  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
31 703
45  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
48 690
46  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
56 677
47  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
26 674
48  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
50 674
49  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
36 644
50  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
39 637

 

This is getting painful. At least we have a new name on the manager or the week roll call. Jarvis FC have been floating around between 30th and 40th for a few weeks now. Their 81 points puts them in 26th – the heady heights of mid table. Of more immediate interest will be the fact that with half of this 6 week game month complete, they’re up in to 5th place on the manager of the month table. It’s worth having a look…

 

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
69 220
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
46 207
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 201
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
74 198
up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
81 195
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
74 195
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
59 195
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
56 194
up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 192
10  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
60 187

 

Two players hit 19 points this week – Adam Lallana and Christian Eriksen. Jarvis made Eriksen captain, and that was that. It would have been a bold move to hand the armband to the Dane a few weeks ago, but his form has vastly improved since gameweek 13. He’s currently on a streak of scoring goals as well as providing assists, and he’s also nothced 8 bonus points in that four week spell.

After the goal glut at the weekend, defenders and keepers had a better time over these midweek games. Jarvis picked up 27 points from their defence and keeper. Eight teams kept clean sheets – that’s the most since way back in gameweek 9.

 

Player of the week – Adam Lallana – 19 points. When injury free, the most consistent and reliable of that Liverpool midfield.

Bargain of the week – Salomon Rondon – 17 points. Another £6-7 million striker coming into form

Donkey of the week – Marko Arnautovic – -2 points. Christmas off. Well done Marko.

Goal of the week – Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Coming back into contention.