Gameweek 2 results

NORWICH ARE BACK have changed their name…to Pukki Blinders. Do they have Teemu Pukki? Er, no. Well, they probably do now, like the rest of us. A sharp price rise up to £6.7 million could hike up even further by the start of GW3. His ownership appears to have trebled from GW1 to now. The market seems pretty volatile at the moment and I reckon there are going to be a lot more wildcards played this week than were maybe first planned as a result of not being able to afford certain players. Pukki’s the first and only to see a £0.2 million rise so far. That going to cause some managers to have to look at taking a cheaper option somewhere else in their team. And that cheaper option might not be John Lundstram anymore. Is the Sheffield United man this season’s Wan Bissaka? A regular £4.0 starter? Not only that, but listed as a defender and playing out of position as a midfielder. Watch his price rises closely. He could be another very quickly adding £0.2 million to his value.

There aren’t many Pukki owners among us at all. Plenty of Lundstram lovers…with him warming their bench. Our highest scoring manager, Rock Ya-Sin, who moves up to 32nd place with a 65 point haul, collected their big points from a shrewd captain pick, guessing Sadio Mane would pick up where he left off at the end of last season. Is Mane the Liverpool attacker to have? Ahead of Salah?

1
Cook Pass Babtridge
Marcus Baker
51 150
2
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
57 140
3
Show Me Da Mane
Jason Earwicker
62 138
4
The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
60 137
5
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
59 137
5
FTM
Stu Smith
46 137
7
Greeenteeaaam
adam greenwood
52 136
8
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
47 135
9
The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
57 133
10
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 132

Our leading pack all posted good 10-15 points above average scores with Cook Pass Babtridge holding onto their lead. Perfidious and The Islanders have moved into the top 10 and a special mention to The Mindless Morons – totally Sunderland-esque in their love of the arse-end of the table, but now perched with a nosebleed in fourth.

Player of the week – Teemu Pukki – Norwich City – 17 points

Bargain of the week – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 14 points

Twat of the week – Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 0 points

Goal of the week – Douglas Luiz. 

Close run thing this week. Pukki’s volley misses out because the keeper got a paw to it. Harsh, I know, but it’s my blog. Also, an honorable mention for Ruben Neves’s curler for Wolves against Man Utd.

Gameweek 2 results

1  up Hornets
Andrew Wade
80 142
2  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
47 132
3  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
55 130
4  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
52 129
5  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
50 129
6  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
48 126
7  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
63 126
8  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
36 124
9  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
63 123
9  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
54 123
11  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
50 122
12  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
38 122
13  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
60 121
14  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 119
15  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
51 118
16  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
26 112
17  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
42 110
17  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
40 110
19  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
28 108
20  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
31 108
21  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
46 107
22  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
35 107
22  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
52 107
24  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 106
25  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
43 103
26  up Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
47 102
27  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
35 100
28  down mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
40 100
29  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
40 99
30  up FTM
Stu Smith
47 97
31  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
45 96
32  down disco dancer
darren frankland
36 94
32  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
29 94
34  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
47 94
35  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
42 93
36  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
32 93
37  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
43 92
38  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
47 91
39  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
36 88
40  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
38 88
41  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
39 84
42  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
40 83
43  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
29 79
44  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
40 78
45  down blakes11
Steven Darling
36 77
46  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
44 75
47  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
36 73
48  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
27 68
49  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
21 67
50  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
19 47

 

Manager of the week – Hornets – 80 points

Straight to the top of the league and in pole position for the first manager of the month prize go league newcomers, Hornets. Player of the week, Marcos Alonso, top scored, with added double figure totals courtesy of our goal of the week scorer, Aaron Mooy, and Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. Pogba, along with Henrik Mkhitaryan, are top of the midfielder points, and at long last making those transfer fees seem worthwhile. Lukaku, meanwhile, isn’t wasting any time. He’s the most selected and was the most captained this gameweek.

Player of the week – Marcos Alonso – 16 points

Hopefully there weren’t too many kneejerk reactions to Cheslea’s poor showing against Burnley last week. Alonso has very quickly reminded us why he’s the most expensive defender, by basically playing as an attacker, and curling in a trademark beauty of a free kick. Harry Kane got booked again. How many kneejerk reactions will there be to his crap start? Surely next week against Burnley is where he finally makes his mark on the season?

Bargain of the week – Harry Maguire – 15 points

Leicester look far more capable of scoring and keeping clean sheets already than at any point last season. Scoring and keeping a clean sheet is exactly what Maguire did. He seems to have cemented his starting berth although three tough fixtures in the next four await.

Twat of the week – Kyle Walker – -2 points

And if you did kneejerk away from the Chelsea defence, lets hope you didn’t plump for Kyle Walker.

Goal of the week – Aaron Mooy 

No vid. disgraceful

Gameweek 2 results

up 30:19
Darren Lavelle
66 135
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
60 134
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
72 128
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
57 126
up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
67 126
down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
67 126
up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
81 125
up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
72 123
up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
74 122
10  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
73 122
11  up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
66 121
12  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
67 120
13  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
66 118
14  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
71 118
15  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
53 116
16  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 115
17  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
68 115
18  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
58 114
19  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
64 114
20  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
64 113
20  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
59 113
22  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
67 113
23  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
53 112
24  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
56 112
25  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
63 109
26  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
63 109
27  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
67 108
28  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
86 106
29  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
67 105
30  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
66 104
31  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
42 102
31  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
65 102
33  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
62 102
34  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
56 100
34  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
54 100
36  up FTM
Stu Smith
62 98
37  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
49 96
38  down jetty city
scott mcgow
49 95
39  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
59 93
40  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
46 93
41  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
58 90
42  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
47 88
43  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
40 86
44  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
53 85
45  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
41 77
46  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
43 76
47  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
42 74
48  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
36 72
49  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
36 68
50  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
36 62
51  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
37 56

 

Someone needs to read the rules. When you make 10 transfers, make sure you play your wildcard. And although playing your triple captain did pay off this week, you’ve missed the opportunity of playing it in a double gameweek. I’m talking about our gameweek 2 highest scorers, DJ’s Trail Blazers – who did exactly that – picking up 86 points – an impressive total – with double figure contributions from the three leading strikers – that’s a cumulative 69 points from Aguero (as triple captain), Ibrahimovic and Negredo – but instead of climbing the league – dropped 18 places into the bottom half. The Trail Blazers would have been top of the league and in pole position for the first monthly prize. Instead they occupy 28th place. Shame.

The race for the August prize promises to be a close one with potentially 20-25 times in with a shot. Most of of the top half posted good 60 and 70+ scores. The early pacesetter from last season, The Golden Boys, reached 81 points. That was enough to see them jump into 7th place. The Golden Boys, despite leading the league for most of the first half of last season, never won a manager of the month award. Maybe this is their time.

There’ll be those that kept Aguero as captain celebrating the 26 points added to their totals and those that made the switch to Ibrahimovic equally as happy with their choice. Are we already seeing a two way battle to claim the golden boot? Also netting a brace this weekend were Nolito, who did so from the bench, and Cristhian Stuani for Middlesbrough, who takes a clean sweep of player and goal of the week. Stuani didn’t feature last week, and saw his value drop ahead of this. I imagine that will climb back up before the next round of fixtures.

 

Player of the week – Christian Stuani – 13 points. His first was a belter

Bargain of the week – Shaun Maloney – 11 points. Hull??????!?!?!?!?!

Donkey of the week – Harry Arter – -1 points. Bournemouth’s tough start is telling.

Goal of the week – Cristhian Stuani. His first. Belter.

 

 

Gameweek 2 preview

Man Utd v Southampton

Stoke v Man City

Burnley v Liverpool

Spurs v Crystal Palace

Swansea v Hull

Watford v Chelsea

West Brom v Everton

Leicester v Arsenal

Sunderland v Middlesbrough

West Ham v Bournemouth

Our first Friday night fixture of the season sees Southampton travel to Old Trafford. It’s an 8 o’clock kick off. Your team needs to be readied an hour earlier than that. Potentially making his debut will be Paul Pogba, who’ll set you back a relatively cheap sounding £8.5 million. The man most likely to miss out is Juan Mata. But that’s alright, because I don’t think too many people expected him to start last week anyway. 

Chris Smalling is back from his ban and could come in for Daley Blind, completing what could be a first choice United back five for the foreseeable future. Matteo Darmian appears completely out of favour, nailing the full back slots for Antonio Valencia and Lake Shaw. New signing Eric Bailly completes the back four with David De Gea in nets. 

It’s not so clear cut across town at the Etihad. The full backs are still on rotation. It might take a few weeks to get a handle on Guardiola’s feelings towards Sagna, Zabaleta, Clichy and Kolarov. Maybe he prefers a particular pairing for the league and the other two for Europe. Otamendi and Stones will play in the middle until Kompany is fit, but that doesn’t look like it will be until September, at which point he’ll probably suffer another setback. Joe Hart is toast. Providing Pep gets his back four playing, Willy Caballero, could be good for early season clean sheets. Until the cash is splashed on the sweeper keeper. 

Looking good to follow on from last week’s clean sheet are Swansea who play Hull at home. Perhaps in anticipation of this, two Swans have seen their value increase. Stephen Kingsley and Leroy Fer will now set you back £4.1 and £5.1 respectively. Jordi Amat, who has filled in the position vacated by Ashley Williams, is still at £4 million. They’ve improved the squad predominantly in attack with the additions of Fernando Llorente and Borja Baston, both of whom should feature this weekend. Llorente marked his debut last weekend with the assist to Fer’s goal. 

And will we finally see the return to action of all those poor lambs that needed the extra week off to recover from the Euros? Arsenal will be glad to see the return of Laurent Koscielny in particular. Also, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud should surely be ready for action. Dimitri Payet got 24 minutes against Chelsea. You’d expect him to start in the Hammers home tie against Bournemouth – their first in league match their new stadium. There’s definite points potential there.

Gameweek 2 results

1 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 54 111
2 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 57 101
3 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 59 97
3 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 54 97
3 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 45 97
6 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 44 95
7 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 50 94
8 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 50 92
9 What’s Up????? DEAN CRIPPS 51 87
10 Below Par Paul Bentz 52 85
10 SS3 FC Paul Murray 50 85
12 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 48 85
13 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 45 83
13 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 40 83
15 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 46 83
16 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 52 81
17 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 51 80
18 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 42 79
19 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 57 78
20 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 40 77
20 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 43 77
22 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 43 76
23 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 41 76
23 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 42 76
25 Ciderheads Darren Pope 43 75
26 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 34 74
27 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 47 73
28 Init fc Mustafa khan 39 71
29 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 34 70
30 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 30 70
31 Howayman Mark Bromham 43 69
32 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 37 68
33 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 46 68
34 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 28 67
35 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 30 63
36 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 33 62
37 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 42 61
38 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 24 60
39 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 38 59
40 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 22 57
40 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 28 57
42 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 26 56
43 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 29 52
44 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 35 46

 

Grievous Angel Rangel win gameweek two with a total of 59 points. They were closely followed on 57 points by two of our newcomers, Go Buffoons Go!!! and Golden Boys. All three teams installed Christian Benteke as captain.

Just behind them were gameweek one winners, greensmeansbusiness. They’ve extended their lead at the top and are in pole position for the first manager of the month prize. Manchester City and Everton, with a little late help from Benteke did the business for our weekly high scorers. There were a few more 50+ scores posted this week – we only managed three between us last week. It’s fair to say, as a league we’re struggling. Probably due to an over reliance on some under performing players. As well as City and Everton, Leicester and Swansea, and the defences of Liverpool and United are where the points are at the moment. Picking the right combo of mid and low price options alongside your elite players has always been the secret to a hot start in this competition – something which the majority of us are failing to do. I feel some early wildcards coming on.

I’m admitting defeat on my hunch about Sunderland. There’s already talk of crisis meetings and questions as to whether their manager really does want the job. A home game against the least fancied promoted team should have been an ideal opportunity for them to turn round last weeks disappointment against Leicester, but Norwich didn’t read that script and got their first points on the board. Nathan Redmond added to his goal against Palace with another strike and is our bargain buy of the week.

Maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised. That was Norwich’s thirteenth consecutive away game without defeat apparently – a stat that might be worth considering for future weeks. At the other end of that scale are Newcastle, who suffered their sixth consecutive away defeat. Among their many achilles heels is their indiscipline. Daryl Janmaat was sent off – their eighth red card of the year – and new signing, Aleksandar Mitrovic, received his second yellow card in a combined 25 minutes of play. Their opponents, Swansea, offered up the same goalscorers as last week. Both Andre Ayew and Bafetembi Gomis will only set you back a combined value of £14.2 million at present. Note the additional £0.2 million – they’re already on the rise.

The City’s of Manchester and Leicester sit at the top of the league – positions replicated by our current leading players. Riyad Mahrez and Vincent Kompany top the early season scoring charts. Mahrez’s third goal and second consecutive three point bonus puts him on 25 points. Kompany scored his second of the season and added a second clean sheet to equal that total. Both had seen their values rise by £0.1 million ahead of this week’s fixtures. Mahrez’s has gone up again off the back of Saturday’s result. Yaya Toure and Marc Albrighton also passed the 20 point mark.

As has Ross Barkley, who, like Kompany, Mahrez, Ayew, Gomis and Redmond, netted his second goal of the season. Another player on two goals is Romelu Lukaku, who added to Barkley’s strike to condemn Southampton to an unexpected 3-0 defeat – and is our player of the week.

 Player of the week – Romelu Lukaku – 13 points. A solid start from Everton’s main man.

Bargain of the week – Nathan Redmond – 11 points. One of many lower mid priced midfielders making their mark.

Donkey of the week – Daryl Janmaat – -3 points. Poor discipline another reason not to touch the Newcastle defence.

Goal of the week – Olivier Giroud. Flying volleys will always win this prize.