Gameweek 24 results

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
56 1418
2  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
58 1410
3  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
65 1407
4  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
58 1401
5  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
56 1397
6  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
50 1394
7  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
74 1386
8  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
53 1380
9  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
73 1379
10  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
51 1376
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
47 1364
12  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
44 1356
13  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
60 1335
14  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
76 1333
15  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
43 1332
16  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
50 1325
17  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
40 1324
18  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
79 1317
19  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
51 1308
20  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
65 1302
21  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
53 1298
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
53 1297
23  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
46 1292
24  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
72 1286
25  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
64 1286
26  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
62 1284
27  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
65 1281
28  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
52 1279
29  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
48 1278
30  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
48 1276
31  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
50 1269
32  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
64 1268
33  same Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
59 1263
34  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
67 1258
35  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
74 1253
36  same blakes11
Steven Darling
55 1239
37  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
42 1238
38  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
68 1224
39  up FTM
Stu Smith
69 1201
40  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
66 1196
41  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
68 1195
42  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
42 1194
43  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
46 1183
44  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
43 1178
45  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
69 1178
46  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
37 1169
47  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
30 1139
48  up disco dancer
darren frankland
61 1123
49  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 1111
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
46 958

 

Manager of the week – Kompany & Co – Dean Cripps – 79 points

It all hinged on having Sergio Aguero and making him captain this week. A lot of managers probably can’t afford to have both Kane and Aguero and the midfield they want. Kompany & Co have shoe horned both strikers in with a reduced midfield and this week it produced the highest weekly score. Such is the dominance of Kane over every other high priced striker in the game that Aguero doesn’t really get a look in. His worldwide ownership is half that of the Spurs man, yet he has a higher points per match ratio. With Gabriel Jesus injured, Aguero is guaranteed more match time and City’s run of fixtures look a hell of a lot easier than Spurs’ in the coming weeks. Maybe it’s time for a switch?

The Winnings R Mine, for one night only, completed their remarkable rise to the summit. Hornets took over again after Sunday’s match. And all of this with no Kane, no Salah, no Aguero, no Man City at all, a West Brom defender, a third choice keeper and £2 million in the bank. What a maverick. Unsurprisingly, they’re in with a chance of the January manager of the month prize. The table currently looks like this with one round of fixtures to go.

1  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
58 216
2  same blakes11
Steven Darling
55 213
3  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
56 205
4  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
65 200
5  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
64 199
6  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
44 199
7  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
50 196
8  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
74 195
9  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
69 195
10  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
76 193
11  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
51 191
12  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
72 190

 

Player of the week – Victor Moses – 17 points

Chelsea’s defence have been ultra-reliable since gameweek 10 returning 10 clean sheets in 15 games. Marcos Alonso has been in among the goals and is somewhat of an indispensable fantasy asset if you can stomach forking out over £7 million on a defender. Victor Moses, much like last season, has been slightly behind Alonso in the scoring stakes, but finally got a double figure total on the board. It’s easy to balk at his price too, but consider that’s what you would have paid for him as a midfielder last season and he’s doing exactly the same job now. Still, none of us had him.

Bargain of the week – Federico Frenandez – 11 points

An unexpected win and clean sheet for Swansea against Liverpool. I’m pretty sure we were all expecting a nice total boost with the Monday night fixture. Whatever you were on after Sunday’s games, admit it, you were expecting another 20 or so points to be added by the end of Monday night. Fernandez’s assist to Mawson’s goal made it a good night for the Swansea defence all round. Lukasz Fabianski took the remaining bonus mark and sits third in the keeper table surpassing the 100 point mark at the same time as Ederson Moraes. The reason – he’s made over twice as many saves as the City keeper.

Twat of the week – Shane Duffy – -1 points

For being on the receiving end of a 4-0 hammering. Brighton haven’t won in a while, yet a smattering of 0-0 draws still makes their low priced defence worth considering. Duffy is one of only two Brighton players to have seen their value increase over the season and there’s a fairly friendly looking set of fixtures coming up.

Goal of the week – Alexandre Lacazette. 1m09s

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Gameweek 24 results

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
71 1353
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
88 1347
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
51 1335
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
55 1331
same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
77 1322
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
64 1293
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
78 1288
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
60 1284
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
60 1279
10  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
54 1268
11  up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
60 1268
12  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
66 1251
13  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
42 1250
14  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
57 1244
15  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
53 1242
16  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
43 1241
17  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
49 1241
18  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
72 1239
18  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 1239
20  same Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
43 1224
21  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
70 1224
22  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
35 1223
23  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
69 1223
24  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
70 1222
25  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
48 1215
26  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
45 1203
27  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
67 1197
28  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
78 1186
29  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
44 1185
30  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
51 1181
31  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
64 1172
32  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
43 1170
33  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
44 1158
34  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
47 1155
35  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
35 1149
36  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
41 1131
37  up jetty city
scott mcgow
97 1130
38  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
51 1125
39  same FTM
Stu Smith
49 1119
40  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
34 1118
41  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
56 1106
42  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
81 1103
43  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
56 1095
44  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
79 1094
45  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
53 1093
46  up Dj daz
darren frankland
67 1082
47  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
53 1071
48  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
50 1019
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
30 1004
50  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
58 983
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
47 975
52  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
31 971
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
70 962

 

Jetty City, for the second consecutive week, win manager of the week. They were the only team to manage a 50+ score during the drab midweek. This weekend they almost hit a century. Had they played their perfect XI or played their bench boost they’d have got past the 100 point mark and achieved the highest weekly score.

They were one of the few teams who went with a Lukaku/Defoe double pronged attack, captaining the Belgian, and picking up 55 points from their strike force along. That’s more points from two players than most teams managed with their full XI – the teams that unluckily had neither striker in their line up. There were plenty of teams carrying Lukaku, most notably our top two, Aquamar and When Harry Met Alli, who both handed him the armband.

Aquamar were involved in the biggest tie of the preliminary round of the Buckets Cup, coming up against sixth placed Kebab Eaters United and triumphing 71-64. It’s unlucky on Kebab Eaters who were the second highest scoring losers of the round. Shoelace crept through scoring only 35 points to Bazza 28 United’s 30. No Fuchs Given and 4 Fuchs Ake’s victories have set up a Fuchs derby in the first round proper, whilst the closest tie of the round saw Hedgehog’s beat Uriah’s on goals scored, 5 to 4 – Lukaku the difference again. All results and revised first round draw are on the Buckets Cup page.

 

Player of the week – Romelu Lukaku – 21 points. Cue kneejerk Lukaku transferring across the board.

Bargain of the week – Lamine Kone – 13 points. Palace doomed.

Donkey of the week – Jeff Hendrick – -2 points. He lasted six minutes.

Goal of the week – Eden Hazard.

Gameweek 24 preview

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

Its cup time. The preliminary round and first round proper of the Buckets Cup is drawn and on the Buckets Cup page. Check out who you’ve got and work out how to beat them. There’s a £50 prize for the winners, and this year, for the first time, a runners up prize of £20. If you’ve had your lot with the league, put you’re efforts into the cup. To remind you, you can make as many transfers as you want – if you want to approach it like that. It’ll ruin your league season, but your weekly points score is what counts in the cup competition.

We’ll be hoping for better returns than the midweek debacle. It can’t get any worse. The bankers didn’t come in. Spurs and Manchester United follow up games they definitely should have won with games they definitely should win. Chelsea defender-lovers might have to have another week off, coming up against Alexis Sanchez, who has racked up attacking points in nine out of the last ten gameweeks.

In the same period Sergio Aguero has contributed one goal. It’d be a brave move to assume that Pep is finished with him and Gabriel Jesus is their new main man, as impressive as his debut display was against West Ham. Retaining Aguero or bringing in Jesus might be doubly foolish given City’s blank week in a gameweek 26…

…and likely blank week in gameweek 28 given the favourable draw all the Prem teams have received for the 5th round of the cup. It’s very possible that gameweek 28 could consist of just three fixtures. Bournemouth v West Ham, Everton v West Brom and Hull v Swansea will definitely take place. The rest may not. The 5th round takes place after gameweek 25, giving you gameweeks 26 and 27 to adjust your teams as best you can.

Gameweek 24 results

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 24 preview

02 Feb 19:45 Arsenal v Southampton
02 Feb 19:45 Leicester v Liverpool
02 Feb 19:45 Norwich v Spurs
02 Feb 19:45 Sunderland v Man City
02 Feb 19:45 West Ham v Aston Villa
02 Feb 20:00 Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
02 Feb 20:00 Man Utd v Stoke
02 Feb 20:00 West Brom v Swansea
03 Feb 19:45 Everton v Newcastle
03 Feb 19:45 Watford v Chelsea

 

February begins with the end of the transfer window and some midweekers. It ends with our first reduced gameweek. Only 16 teams will compete in gameweek 27 due to the Rumbelows Cup Final between City and Liverpool. As well as the finalists, Newcastle and Everton miss a week. As yet, those games are unscheduled, but look out for some upcoming double gameweeks – probably sometime in March or April.

You may have noticed Sergio piling on the pounds again. It hasn’t taken long, but there has been a rush on the Argentinian since his return to the starting XI. And with good reason if you look at the stats for his last four appearances. For a player that’s only completed four 90 minute appearances in the league all season, it shows how highly thought of among fantasy managers he is. His value to has increased by half a million from it’s original starting price. There’s a good chance he’ll add to his goals total against a Sunderland side who haven’t kept a clean sheet since November.

And you can afford it. Well you’ve got a good chance if you’ve got Kevin De Bruyne in your team. The Belgian looks set to miss at least two months of the season after picking up a knee injury in the Milk Cup semi final victory over Everton last week. A little bit of tinkering is required to make way for Aguero, but in this season of the bargain, your cheaper midfield options are plentiful.

All of the new signings have been assigned prices. The most expensive signing will actually cost you £13 million less than his real life fee. Gianelli Umbula suffers from being a holding midfielder, so is unlikely to feature too highly on many fantasy radars. Oumar Niasse will cost you £7 million, but will probably only play second fiddle to Romelu Lukaku at Everton. Seydou Doumbia may be an instant starter in place of the misfiring Aleksander Mitrovic at Newcastle. A flying start could cement a place in his new team’s line up and could be a tempter in fantasy world. Leroy Fer posted good returns for a £5 million midfielder in his QPR days. His 25 yarders found the target a little more regularly than Andros Townsend’s – another who could make an instant first team appearance in black and white. Another likely starter could be Wahbi Khazri. He could be the attacking midfielder Sunderland have needed since the season started. Alexandre Pato will probably have to work his way into the Chelsea starting XI. Can you see him being anything other than an expensive gamble who’ll be back in Brazil in August? And Emmanuel Adebayor could go either way. Surely his experience is a better bet than the group of third choice strikers Palace are relying on at the moment?

All of these moves were outshone by the news that Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as City manager from next season. It’ll be interesting to see how the FPL administration deal with the pricing of Lionel Messi when he rocks up in August.