Gameweek 23 results

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
75 1441
2  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
74 1429
3  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
69 1411
4  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
56 1395
5  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
77 1369
6  down FTM
Stu Smith
67 1366
7  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
63 1353
8  same Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
74 1353
9  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
83 1352
10  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
73 1346
11  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
70 1338
12  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 1333
13  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
64 1322
14  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
90 1312
15  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
62 1306
16  down King raggg
Steven Darling
60 1303
17  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
61 1290
18  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
69 1276
19  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
59 1271
20  same RICO UNITED
66 1267
21  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
67 1261
22  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
69 1260
23  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
65 1255
24  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
56 1252
25  same PenshawPerformers
david bruce
59 1246
26  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
74 1241
27  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
61 1240
28  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
60 1237
29  up Kompany & Co
73 1232
30  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
72 1223
31  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
64 1219
32  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
66 1209
33  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
43 1208
34  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
70 1192
35  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
70 1191
36  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
63 1184
37  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
48 1182
38  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
33 1174
39  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
63 1170
51 1165
41  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
40 1153
42  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
62 1152
43  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
43 1151
44  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
70 1147
45  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
79 1145
46  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
66 1132
47  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
71 1119
48  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
73 1108
49  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
54 1083
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
64 1081
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
51 997


Manager of the week – Aribo Haribo – Paul Hawkins – 90 points

Another big score wins the week. It feels like we’re on for a highest ever winning score. Albion were our half way leaders and they had more than half of our biggest ever finishing total – 2356 set by Romeoshondavan in 2013/14. Aribo Haribo’s 90 points lifts them into their highest position of the season so far, sat in position behind the top 10, primed for an attack on a top four finish perhaps. It could happen. They are the form team sat at the top of the January monthly table at present.

1  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
90 220
2  down FTM
Stu Smith
67 209
3  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
75 208
4  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
77 206
5  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 200
6  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
70 195
7  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
74 194
8  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
60 190
9  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
70 190
10  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
83 188

Aribo’s reaction to the Harry Kane injury was to swap him for Gabriel Jesus, who didn’t play…which was fortunate, because up stepped Ryan Bennett off the bench, who despite conceding three, got his 50p head on the end of a cross to register a goal and chip in with 6 points. Salah was captained to the tune of 30 points and that’s his sixth double digit haul in eight weeks, which is insane. It might have seemed like a slow start to the season and he may have appeared to be too expensive, but can you really live without him now?

Player of the week – Fabian Schar – Newcastle United – 21 points

Who else? Equaling Raheem Sterling and Mo Salah’s highest weekly points total. What took him so long? I’m not sure at what point in the Newcastle centre back pecking order he is – probably fourth choice. Not a bad fourth choice when you consider the ease at which he slalomed through the Cardiff defence to score his first goal. From GW26 Newcastle only play two top six sides – and they’ve kept seven clean sheets, which is only bettered by the top four and Crystal Palace. So despite it being the usual laughing stock madhouse up there, they might not be a bad option for differential defensive picks during the closing weeks of the season.

Bargain of the week – Diogo Jota – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 19 points

A late bloomer. There was a lot of early interest in Jota after his impressive displays in Wolves’ promotion season, but it was a slow start and people lost interest to the pont where he dropped from £6.5 million to £5.9 million. He’s still there now, but I suspect that will change. He appears to have found his feet. He had a mini-run of three games with attacking returns just before Christmas which was halted through injury. This was his second game back.

Twat of the week – Lucas Digne – Everton – -1 points

I was singing his praises last week. How often does this happen? From hero to zero (minus one). A 25 yard own goal should get a plus score surely? It seems he has to score or assist to make his presence in your team worthwhile because Everton ain’t keeping clean sheets.

Goal of the week – Callum Wilson. From 15s in.


Gameweek 23 results

1  up Hornets
Andrew Wade
64 1362
2  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
74 1352
3  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
43 1351
4  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
94 1344
5  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
70 1342
6  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
87 1341
7  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
71 1327
8  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
63 1325
9  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
70 1317
10  up Queen of the north
104 1312
11  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
46 1312
12  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
75 1306
13  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
74 1289
14  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
70 1288
15  same Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
67 1275
16  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 1275
17  up Rico united
74 1265
18  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
59 1257
19  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
47 1246
20  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
75 1245
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
70 1244
22  same Kompany & Co
52 1238
23  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
48 1237
24  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
62 1234
25  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
71 1228
26  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
40 1227
27  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
52 1222
28  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
38 1222
29  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
69 1219
30  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
90 1216
31  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
68 1214
32  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
50 1204
33  same Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
57 1204
34  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
40 1199
35  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
60 1196
36  up blakes11
Steven Darling
72 1184
37  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
65 1179
38  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
54 1156
39  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
51 1152
40  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
53 1137
41  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
76 1135
42  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
67 1132
43  same FTM
Stu Smith
59 1132
44  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
47 1131
45  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
52 1130
46  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
39 1109
47  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
64 1109
48  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
53 1070
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
63 1062
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
51 912


Manager of the week – Queen Of The North – Dorine Reacher – 104 points

Some huge scores this week and another one topping the 100 point barrier. I’m not sure we’ve had quite so many 100+ scores achieved just in single gameweeks. Queen of the North’s 104 is the second highest winning score and the fourth highest score of the season overall. The secret to their success and many of the other higher scoring teams was keeping faith in those originally brought in for the double gameweek. West Ham and Spurs players may have disappointed slightly in GW22, but this week eight goals and a clean sweep of the bonus marks between them made up for that. QOTN collected 55 points alone from those two teams.

The Manchester City v Liverpool game had the potential to make or break a manager’s weekend. It lived up to it’s billing and as a seven goal thriller, it kind of half worked. Everyone playing in red who you wanted to score…scored. It was left to City’s supporting cast to provide the bulk of their points with meager returns for De Bruyne and Sterling – and a minus score for Otamendi.

Could we be on for a record breaking finish? In 2013-2014 our winner finished the season with 2,356 points – our highest ever total. At this stage during that season we only had one team on exactly 1,300 points. This season we have 12 teams past that mark, the highest of whom sits on 1,362. It also looks set to be the tightest ever finish. Given that The Winnings R Mine have climbed a million places in the worldwide game in six weeks to be 10 points behind our leader (from nearly 150 points behind our leader), who’s to say that teams as far down as 30th aren’t out of the race for the title?

Player of the week – Marko Arnautovic – 16 points 

Arnautovic has been threatening to post a highest weekly score for the last few gameweeKs. He seems to have found a new lease of life under David Moyes of all people. We like midfielders playing as central strikers and he’s now scored six in eight, posting two double figure totals, contributing three assists and seven bonus points. West Ham’s fixtures look very winnable for the next four gameweeks as well.

Bargain of the week – Jonny Evans – 15 points

West Brom have been best avoided since about gameweek 5. They have kept a couple of clean sheets since then, but only in 0-0 draws and all of their players, but for Ahmed Hegazi, have seen their values fall from their starting price. There’s talk that this might be Jonny Evans’ last appearance for them too. At least he left on a fantasy high, but don’t expect him, at whichever club he warms the bench for, or West Brom, to offer up too many double figure efforts again this season.

Twat of the week – Nicolas Otamendi – -1 points

He’s not the first Manchester City player to appear in the twat list. He does so by virtue of being the most expensive of the four players to record a -1 score this week. It’ll be interesting to see if other teams adopt the way that Liverpool played against City to see if they can get anything out of the game. Starting with Newcastle this weekend…yeah right!

Goal of the week – Sadio Mane. Goal at 1m in.

Gameweek 23 results

up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
46 1286
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
31 1284
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
41 1276
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
34 1263
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
42 1245
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
28 1233
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
34 1228
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
43 1219
down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
31 1214
10  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
44 1212
11  same Cooksters
Peter Cook
36 1210
12  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
27 1208
13  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
29 1202
14  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
38 1198
15  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
30 1193
16  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
21 1192
17  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
30 1188
18  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
32 1187
19  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
27 1185
20  same Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
32 1181
21  same RICO UNITED
32 1171
43 1171
23  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
43 1162
24  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
46 1154
25  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
30 1154
26  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
26 1152
27  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
46 1141
28  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
31 1134
29  same Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
32 1131
30  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
26 1130
31  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
32 1114
32  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
36 1114
33  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
30 1112
34  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
45 1108
35  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
42 1108
36  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
42 1090
37  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
34 1084
38  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
41 1074
39  down FTM
Stu Smith
24 1070
40  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
41 1050
41  down Pepe Le Blue
30 1048
42  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
45 1039
43  up jetty city
scott mcgow
52 1033
44  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
42 1022
45  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
20 1018
46  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
35 1015
47  down Dj daz
darren frankland
35 1015
48  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
33 974
49  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
38 969
50  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
31 940
51  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
36 928
52  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
28 925
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
36 892


One of those weeks where nothing happened – nothing came off. Only 19 goals scored. The average FPL score was a measly 35 points. Our manager of the week managed 52 – the only manager to break 50 points. Jetty City crept ahead of everybody else probably because they had Gylfi Sigurdsson in their side. The Swansea midfielder doesn’t appear in too many other Buckets teams. A good example of a differential paying off.

The only side in the top six that won were City, and we got sick of them weeks ago. No goals for United or Spurs, a stalemate with two unlikely scorers between Chelsea and Liverpool and worst of all, Arsenal messing up at home to Watford, who have been in terrible form of late. Thank goodness for the Alexis Sanchez assist. He appeared to be the popular captain choice again and the extra four points probably turned what could have been a really shit week into…a fairly shit week.

There were some interesting tactics employed in the race for the January Manager of the Month. The top two challengers played chips. Greenyteamy went for the bench boost and that garnered them an extra 12 points. Upper Bullens triple captained Harry Kane to the tune of 6 points – essentially two more than they’d have got had they just not bothered.  Disappointing on the one hand, but it was enough to get them over the line. Might they regret those choices come the double gameweeks? Here’s the final table.

up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
46 253
same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
42 251
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
34 251
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
46 245
up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
42 242
down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
35 240
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
32 240


Player of the week – Scott Dann – 15 points. That first Palace win under Allardyce had to come sometime.

Bargain of the week – Michael Keane – 12 points. Burnley indestructible at home.

Donkey of the week – Jose Fonte – 0 points. West Ham always get hammered by Man City.

Goal of the week – David Luiz.

Gameweek 23 preview

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


Its the last gameweek in January. By Wednesday evening we will know our January manager of the month. We’ll also know the ten teams joining FC Caligula in the first round proper of the Buckets Cup. That draw will be made and published on the Cup page ahead of gameweek 24 which kicks off on Saturday.

The final of the cup will take place in gameweek 29 – so to get there you’ve got to negotiate gameweek 26 – which now has a reduced schedule due to it being League Cup final weekend. Manchester United and Southampton’s fixtures have been cancelled giving them, and Manchester City and Arsenal, a week off. Forward planning needed. Probably even from now. I’m sure there are many teams carrying both Zlatan and Sanchez. They’re the most owned attacker and midfielder in the game. Positioning yourself for a two free transfer week is a must. The wildcard is much better utilised for the double gameweeks up ahead. Gameweek 28 will see another reduced week as it’s FA Cup quarter final weekend, although it’s debatable as to whether there’ll be any Premier League teams left in it the way things are going. Sutton v Lincoln final all the way.

Last season the double gameweeks popped up at 34 and 37 due to the gaps in the fixture caldendar. I’ve no idea whether that will be repeated this season. It depends on how well our teams perform in Europe I suppose. With three of the four teams sitting out gameweek 26 still involved in European competition, we may have to wait that long.

The transfer window will close midway through this gameweek. It’s notable the amount of players that have swapped one Premier League side for another. All could come into future contention. Morgan Schneiderlin, Jeffrey Schlupp, Saido Berahino, Tom Carroll, Oumar Niasse and Tom Cleverley should get more game time at their new clubs. Their lack of action has seen their values drop. Schneiderlin (£4.6m) and Berahino (£6m) look particularity attractive.

Robert Snodgrass has been a permanent fixture in and around the top 10 midfielders since the season started. You’d think more assist points would be on the table providing balls to Andy Carroll than there would be hoping Adama Diomande gets his 50p head pointing in the right direction.

Patrick Van Aanholt has jumped out of the frying pan – although you have to say he does have better players around him at Palace. He played well under Allardyce at Sunderland, and in the same way he provided many an assist for Jermain Defoe (who’s going to do that now?), he may be the key to Christian Beneteke getting a few more goals.


Gameweek 23 results

1 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 60 1,274
2 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 60 1,263
3 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 51 1,256
4 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 81 1,225
5 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 67 1,224
6 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 63 1,218
7 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 75 1,216
8 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 67 1,209
9 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 58 1,209
10 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 59 1,209
11 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 26 1,204
12 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 52 1,197
13 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 45 1,195
14 SS3 FC Paul Murray 63 1,194
15 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 49 1,194
16 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 59 1,190
17 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 59 1,190
18 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 35 1,183
19 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 37 1,181
20 Init fc Mustafa khan 59 1,180
21 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 92 1,179
22 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 59 1,179
23 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 59 1,178
24 Howayman Mark Bromham 44 1,176
25 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 59 1,158
26 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 44 1,141
27 Below Par Paul Bentz 37 1,140
28 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 56 1,138
29 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 46 1,131
30 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 28 1,122
31 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 46 1,121
32 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 37 1,094
33 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 71 1,093
34 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 40 1,093
35 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 51 1,066
37 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 45 1,039
38 Ciderheads Darren Pope 35 1,031
39 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 46 1,008
40 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 35 1,005
41 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 56 989
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 34 967
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 46 904
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 48 874


Even without the bench boost points that Uriah’s scored this weekend they would have clinched the January manager of the month prize. The extra 15 points helped them clean up and secure the weekly prize as well. Here’s the table for January…

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 92 258
2 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 81 236
3 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 67 225
4 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 59 216
5 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 75 212
6 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 60 205


There wasn’t really anyone else in it. The Kolarov Mane came closest, posting the second highest score of the week. The consolation for them is they were able to jump ten places in the league to occupy fourth. Uriah’s climbed seven places and sit in 21st at the bottom end of that concertinaed middle group chasing the top four. It was a bad week for 4 Lime Jellies. For so long a title contender, their score of 26 points has seem them drop from the top 10 for the first time this season.

Player of the week – Roberto Firmino – 18 points. Worth a pop? He’s a £7.9 million midfielder playing as a striker.

Bargain of the week – Danny Drinkwater – 14 points. Leicester back on track.

Donkey of the week – Per Mertesacker – -2 points. Arsenal don’t beat Chelsea in the league. Remember.

Goal of the week – Dele Alli. Decent.