With two 100+ scores Ginger Fizz wins the first ever (and hopefully last) June Manager of the Month prize. It could have been so much more comprehensive. The two mega scores sandwiched a miserable 56 points in GW31+in which (I think) the boss missed the deadline. Still, averaging 95 points a week is going to be tough to beat. And they’ve climbed 400,000 places overall since the restart. If it was a case of a missed deadline, where could the Fizz be now in the overall standings? They’ve rocketed up to 7th. Could they have been top four?
The 106 points also unsurprisingly won manager of the week. The total was boosted by an astutely played triple captain on Aubameyang. Just when everybody else was getting rid and losing faith after the Arsenal captain’s apparent slow start, he contributes a 16 point haul (48 with the TC) and still remains on course for his second successive golden boot. Fizz also bizarrely opted for Matteo Guendouzi over Kevin De Bruyne. Thankfully the Arsenal man stayed on the bench where he belongs to allow De Bruyne to chip in with his ninth double digit total of the season. And the fourth time he’s scored 14 points.
This gameweek we said goodbye to Rock Ya-Sin and But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 from Last Man Standing. Both offered up depressing 37 point totals. Nothing went right with two perfectly decent teams on paper. Both suffered with a Jimenez captain choice, which in the event of City playing Liverpool was a totally reasonable thing to do. Look what happened.
June Manager of the Month – Noel Driver – Ginger Fizz – 286 points
Manager of the week – Noel Driver – Ginger Fizz – 106 points
Player of the week – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 16 points
Bargain of the week – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United – 15 points
Twat of the week – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Liverpool – -1 points
Goal of the week – James Ward-Prowse. A double barreled week. 2m09s.
Caligula played the free hit. Their closest challengers all went with the triple captain. Bullens will be cursing their luck the most, opting to put the armband on Raheem Sterling who returned absolutely nothing other than his appearance points for the one game he took part in. Calilgula also punted on Sterling – who didn’t? He wasn’t the only heavily backed double gameweeker who only made a single appearance. It was Aymeric Laporte, for the second consecutive Manchester City double gameweek, who impressed the most, and contributed the highest score to Caligula’s total.
Manager of the week – Sean Whyton – Rip Roaring Reds – 120 points
The Reds equaled the highest weekly gameweek score but only scored four goals from their bench-boosted squad. They needed to better the nine goals scored in the first double gameweek of the season by Shoelace to claim the highest score prize. Had they banged in nine they’d be outright leaders posting a potential 150 point weekly score.
Player of the week – Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur – 20 points
One of the few elite players to play both games and contribute in both, although Spurs assets weren’t all that heavily backed overall, certainly in comparison to those of City, United and Chelsea. Maybe that was to do with their tricky opening fixture against Liverpool. More was expected of United. City seemed happy to do the bare minimum and Chelsea, despite two victories, looked more convincing in their second fixture. Or was that just to do with the fact that Eden Hazard put in his monthly big performance?
Bargain of the week – Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea – 19 points
Hazard featured in most free hit squads. Punting on Ruben Loftus-Cheek would have earned you four more points for nearly £6 million less. Hazard was all set for the goal of the week nod until he was out-Hazarded by his younger team mate with the sumptuous curler that killed the game against Brighton.
Twat of the week – Ashley Young – Manchester United – -1 points
Indicative of Manchester United’s poor double gameweek return. No clean sheets was bad enough. Add to that only a single appearance by their most popular defensive pick, Victor Lindelof. Rashford and Martial impressed in the first game but neither started the second. Worst of all, Ashley Young received two quick yellows to end up on his minus score.
Still no team seems capable of catching Aquamar. They’ve been on the rise in the international game too, jumping to 2,602nd in the world. More often than not they’re outscoring most of the Buckets chasing pack, and always maintaining that lead, which currently stands at 80 points. That’s the highest it’s been. They’re chip-less and now wildcard-less – but has playing them early built up an unassailable lead?
Poor When Harry Met Alli, The Craggy Islanders, Biscuitmen, Hedgehog’s and Kebab Eaters have been staring at the back of Aquamar’s head for most of the season. They continue to score above average every week without making any real inroads, and now they’ve got the relentless rise of teams like Rico United and Joey Bosa coming up behind them to contend with. Rico and Joey were barely top 20 at the turn of the year, but now sit in 6th and 8th respectively. All of those in contention for a league prize, or with hopes of catching the leaders hold some kind of chip or have their remaining wildcard. With two (potentially three) more double gameweeks to cram into the final six, their could be more twists and turns.
Aquamar benefited from Palace’s surprise thumping of Arsenal last night. Mamadou Sakho was promoted from the bench to join Wilfried Zaha in their XI to add 17 points. Conversely, Jeff Lamp’s Porsche, despite outscoring everybody else and breaking the 100 point barrier, would have been hoping for a bit more from Alexis Sanchez. Before last night’s match they were sat on 98 points with hopes of catching the highest weekly score total. Only 2 points were added and it leaves most of us questioning Sanchez’s attitude and his worth (and that of the entire Arsenal squad) in these crunch closing weeks of the season.
However, you couldn’t have named a better player than Heung-Min Son as your captain this week, and that’s what JLP did. These are the kind of ballsy decisions that win you fantasy prizes, so lets see if they can follow that up with a challenge for the April Manager of the month award.
Player of the week – Heung-Min Son – 19 points. Can he hold onto his place now that Harry Kane is back?
Bargain of the week – Phil Jagielka – 12 points. Second successive double figure score.
Donkey of the week – Sebastian Larsson – -2 points. Never a sending off
Goal of the week – Dele Alli. Just needs to cut out those shit celebrations.
As well as easily being the best player pun team name in the league this year, The Kolarov Mane is also the highest scoring team of gameweek 32. Their 78 points sees them leap into 5th place overall, right back in the mix for the 3rd and 4th place prizes. With the double gameweeks on the horizon, teams as far down as 14th and maybe even further could still be in the mix for placing prizes.
Kolarov Mane played their second wildcard ahead of this week bringing in 11 new players and clearly tailoring their squad for the upcoming double headers. Hector Bellerin and Dimitri Payet were the most effective, both scoring double figure scores.
The Villa factor reaped it’s rewards again this week as a patched up Chelsea strolled to a 4-0 pummeling over the league’s bottom team. There were five Chelsea players among the weeks highest scorers with seven points or more – Pedro scoring higher than anyone. Amazingly, the captain of the title favourites and league leaders is still only worth £4.4 million pounds. Wes Morgan was the bargain buy of the week.
FC Caligula will play The Craggy Islanders in the Buckets Cup Final. Caligula kept up their quest for an unprecedented double with a skin of their teeth victory over Neil Madrid by 65-64. Both had almost identical squads with the difference being, arguably, the Christian Fuchs assist for Wes Morgan’s goal in Leicester’s victory over Southampton. The other semi was more clear cut. The Craggy Islanders saw off Upper Bullens with the third highest score of the week. Although their All Out Attack chip might feel a little wasted. The two defenders they played picked up more points than their three attackers, and they’d have picked up an extra point by simply sticking to a standard 3-4-3 or 3-5-2.
Player of the week – Pedro – 16 points. He was meant to do this a lot more often.
Bargain of the week – Wes Morgan – 15 points. And with this joins Fuchs and Huth in the top 10 defenders.
Donkey of the week – Alan Hutton – -3 points. Somehow the first Villa donkey of the season.
Goal of the week – Dimitri Payet. Stupid free kick looks like he took it with an Impossiball.
02 Apr 12:45 Aston Villa v Chelsea
02 Apr 15:00 Arsenal v Watford
02 Apr 15:00 Bournemouth v Man City
02 Apr 15:00 Norwich v Newcastle
02 Apr 15:00 Stoke v Swansea
02 Apr 15:00 Sunderland v West Brom
02 Apr 15:00 West Ham v Crystal Palace
02 Apr 17:30 Liverpool v Spurs
03 Apr 13:30 Leicester v Southampton
03 Apr 16:00 Man Utd v Everton
Our last remaining unscheduled fixture has been….scheduled. The Everton v Crystal Palace game cancelled to accommodate both teams’ appearance in the FA Cup semi final will now be played on April 13th. That’s in the next gameweek. Gameweeks 34, 35 and 37 were already a tactical minefield – now you’ve gameweek 33 to worry about.
Start planning now. The earlier you start, the more players you can get in. There’s no simple way of breaking it all down. Everton and Liverpool have the most games left to play. Everton play twice in GW33, GW34 and GW37. Liverpool play twice in GW34 and GW37, but also play in the reduced GW35, whereas Everton don’t.
There are a host of teams on 30 games played who feature twice in at least one double gameweek. If they feature in both, it’s likely they don’t feature in the reduced gameweek. All those on 31 games don’t play twice in any gameweek, but do all play in the reduced gameweek. Two of whom are Leicester and Spurs. How many of their players dare you kick in to touch to make way for double gameweekers?
Use of this gameweek and gameweek 36 could be key. Those without wildcards might want to leave these gameweeks free to build up their available free transfers. And those with wildcards just need to figure out the best time to play them.