Top of the league – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2388 points
Nothing has changed at the top. The Islanders and Da Pitch equaled each others totals – with below average scores – and so remain 41 points apart. The Islanders still have the triple captain to play and it’s difficult to see that lead being overturned. Albion also posted a below average score but should be safe in 3rd given Madrid’s inability to close the gap. If anything is going to change in the prize money positions it’s a possible usurping of Madrid by Bielsa Ringing or Caligula who are now just 14 and 22 points behind respectively.
Manager of the week – Greeenteeam – Adrian Greenwood – 78 points
All of the top six suffered as a result of Son Heung-Min’s uncharacteristic red card. Caligula had the right back up in the shape of a Laporte, Doherty, TAA triple double figure defence, and more tellingly, a captain that delivered. It was a damp squib of a week for the majority of the league and it was only those, like Caligula, who veered away from captaining City or Liverpool that really excelled. You have to travel to the depths of the league to find those 70+ totals that really moved managers up the rankings. Greeenteeam performed best, also captaining Hazard, but also by remembering they still had a bench boost and claiming 12 extra points.
Player of the week – David Luiz – Chelsea – 15 points
The most popular captain choice this week was Sergio Aguero – the majority swayed by the fact he’d contributed goal and/or assist points at every home game he’d started this season. It was, however, a week in which defenders ruled and not just through clean sheet keeping but for their additional goal scoring and assist making exploits. David Luiz came out on top against a Watford team clearly saving themselves for Wembley. His clean sheet and goal take him to his highest season total to date.
Bargain of the week – Ryan Fredericks – West Ham United – 14 points
Fredericks would have equaled the Chelsea man had he picked up top bonus. West Ham were comfortable victors in their last home game of the season – a factor always worth considering in these final two gameweeks. Six of the home outfits managed a victory to nil this week.
Twat of the week – Son Heung-Min – Tottenham Hotspur – -2 points
Who else? He was in a lot of teams given Spurs’ double gameweek possibilities and probably the final nail in the coffin for so many. Those owners may take some consolation in a hefty chunk of money readily available for a last week transfer punt
Manager of the week – Pure Buffoonery! – Jitesh Lakhani – 116 points
The gameweek which should probably have yielded the highest weekly score – didn’t. We did get a handful of managers passing the century barrier and all can consider themselves in with a good chance of picking up the last manager of the month award. Best team this week were Pure Buffoonery! who equaled It’sOnlyAGameFarke!’s 116 point total, but scored more goals – five to three. Both of these teams were bench boosted, and both had our player of the week. Although neither captained him. Had they, or any of the others with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in their teams done so, they’d be looking at our highest weekly score and May Manager of the month prize. They’d be out of sight with a triple captain punt. We almost entirely went with either Harry Kane or a Manchester City player. And that’s why we were all just bubbling under the 100 point mark rather than cruising past it.
And so we enter our final gameweek. Any of the top four could probably finish top. Any of the top six could probably finish top four. This unfortunately rules out Hornets who were top for so long. For a debut season in the game as a whole, not just in our league, it’s a fantastic effort. Only Chelsea and Liverpool have something to play for in the last gameweek. Southampton could still theoretically go down if they suffer a pasting at the hands of Manchester City, which in October I wouldn’t have ruled out. But even this season’s champions look like they’ve had enough for now and are winding down ahead of the World Cup. I’d expect as many full strength teams as possible, teams going bananas, lots of goalfests, and as a result maybe a few twists and turns as our Buckets season comes to a close.
Player of the week – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 23 points
Arsenal’s form has been so up and down with still no away win since the new year that their players were virtually ignored for this gameweek. And maybe rightly so given the 3-1 defeat to Leicester. Yet, maybe we should have all taken into consideration the last home game of the Wenger reign. A 5-0 thumping of Burnley produced four double figure scorers. Aubameyang finished the week – scoring their single reply against Leicester as well – with his 9th goal in thirteen games. One to watch from the off next season.
Bargain of the week – Adrian – 19 points
The big scores came from some unexpected places this week. Adrian kept two clean sheets, made a hatful of saves and picked up four bonus marks to finish as the second highest scorer. Of the bottom half teams playing twice managers tended to favour Swansea assets over the likes of Brighton, Huddersfield and West Ham. Wrong choice. Swansea are down. The Hammers, Terriers and the Seagulls are safe.
Twat of the week – James Tarkowski – -1 points
Burnley have done all that was expected of them and more this season by qualifying for Europe, so maybe their foot was off the gas a little. That combined with the last Wenger home game factor and an Arsenal win was kind of inevitable. Burnley will be disappointed to have conceded five, as will those stuck with Burnely defenders following their previous double gameweek appearance and no chips left to get rid of them.
It’s a record breaking week in Buckets. The previous record highest weekly total was 165 points recorded back in the 2013-2014 season. That was smashed by five teams this week. Hats off to Neil Madrid, To Elland Back, FC Caligula and The Craggy Islanders for playing the double gameweek and winning. Double hats off to Edgbaston, who with 181 points, have the highest weekly total ever recorded by a Buckets team. A total of 29 teams scored triple figure scores – including all but one of our top 21.
When Harry Met Alli scored 149 points. They and the Islanders leapfrog Aquamar, whose comparatively meagre 114 sees them drop into third. It’s still a three way fight for the title, but the momentum is surely with the top two teams. WHMA were chipped out (but for All Out Attack) so the fact that they matched those playing their triple captains and bench boosts is pretty remarkable. I predicted the Islanders might sneak into first place this week given they had their bench boost remaining. Both teams had Sanchez and Kane in their ranks but chose a different captain. One of them might have sewn the title up had they gone with the slightly more obvious choice.
Harry Kane’s 31 points is the highest weekly player score of the season. Alexis Sanchez held that record for all of two days before Kane’s blitz against Leicester last night. Gabriel Jesus was another popular armband choice among Buckets managers, and also came good with a 19 point haul. Curiously, Diego Costa was the most popular captain choice in the world game according to the FPL site. Buckets managers are obviously a lot more savvy. I’m not sure any of us went down that route. Didn’t it seem way too obvious that Chelsea would win the league at West Brom and then rotate?
Edgbaston, who bench boosted to get their 181 points, now sit in fourth place. The race for the final prize money slot is still probably between five teams. There are 23 points separating them and Hedgehog Corpse in eighth. Unsurprisingly they also lead the chase for the May manager of the month with the other high scorers from this double gameweek in hot pursuit.
Everton v Watford West Brom v Chelsea Man City v Leicester Bournemouth v Burnley Middlesbrough v Southampton Sunderland v Swansea Stoke v Arsenal Crystal Palace v Hull West Ham v Liverpool Spurs v Man Utd Chelsea v Watford Arsenal v Sunderland Man City v West Brom Southampton v Man Utd Leicester v Spurs
Here it is. The gameweek that will probably decide so much. The title chase could take a dramatic turn this week. It’s a three horse race. Aquamar have been at the top since February 2nd. They built a lead, but over the last few weeks, The Craggy Islanders and When Harry Met Alli have chipped away. Aquamar go into this double gameweek with 12 players potentially playing twice, as do WHMA. Both have played their bench boost. The Craggy Islanders haven’t. They have 13 players lined up for a double appearance and their bench boost chip remaining. They’ve two free transfers this week. Expect 15 double gameweekers and put your money on The Craggy Islanders for the trophy.
The race for fourth should be as keenly contested. Rico, Hedgehogs, Kebab Eaters, Edgbaston and Caligula are separated by 38 points. Rico are in the box seat at the moment but have no wildcards or chips remaining. Hedgehogs are somehow still sat on their bench boost AND triple captain. Kebab Eaters have a wildcard left, and both Edgbaston and Caligula have their bench boost to play. I’m predicting a bench boost bonanza this week. How well that chip is played will probably determine our fourth place finisher.
Release The Hounds are the current holders of the highest weekly score. It’s 108 points, and they managed that in GW21. That’s got to go this week. If When Harry Met Alli can get a triple figure score from a double gameweek in which only two teams played twice, imagine what could be achieved this week. Ten teams take to the pitch for a second time, and that includes five of the top six. That’s 21 of the top 30 available players POTENTIALLY playing twice.
But only potentially. Chelsea could have the league wrapped up by this evening. If that happens, with the FA Cup final on the horizon, expect rotation for the Watford game. John Terry is bound to get a run out. Cesc Fabregas and Willian deserve more than a few more cameo appearances and will also probably start. We need a West Brom result – with a few Chelsea goals. That would keep Spurs going too. There’s less chance of rotation at the Lane, mainly because there’s not really anyone to rotate to, but how demoralised might they be come Sunday knowing they came so close for a second consecutive year? Surely Harry Kane’s pursuit of the golden boot should keep him motivated. It’s tricky. With something to play for, Arsenal and Manchester City are much better placed for this gameweek. If you’ve a wildcard kicking around – lucky you.
There were more goals scored in this gameweek than there were in the other monster double gameweek of a few weeks ago but Buckets totals weren’t as high. Probably due to the fact that the highest scoring players of the week came from Norwich and Sunderland, and not from West Ham and Manchester United, as I think most people expected. The popular choices for (triple) captain seemed to be Dimitri Payet and Anthony Martial. They didn’t disappoint necessarily, but a punt on Lamine Kone – and it would have been one hell of a punt – would have bagged you a potential 63 points.
Still, we had some 100+ scores. Kudos to Init FC and Edgbaston with 110 and a week winning 114 points respectively. Edgbaston triple captained Jermain Defoe, and picked up another 18 points from Patrick Van Aanholt, capitalising on Sunderland’s dominant week. Seven other double gameweekers and useful single game scores from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero did the trick .
Init bench boosted to good effect, picking up an extra 23 points. Their choice of captain let them down. Andy Carroll only contributed six points. They also had Defoe and Van Aanholt. A captaincy punt on either of them would have made them clear weekly winners.
…And put them in pole position for the May manager of the month. Two weeks worth of scores decide it. Here’s the table as it stands – basically this week’s highest scorers…
As we go into the final week it’s still too close to call. Caligula have extended their lead over Your Ad Here to 16 points. The two teams have been trading blows at the top for the last few months. No sooner do YAH get back to within spitting distance, than Caligula pull away the following week. The Kolarov Mane are 24 points further back, and who knows, maybe still in contention themselves for the top spot. That is probably just out of reach for Shoelace, who will also have to be careful of Rocky Ba Bauer, Edgbaston, Game of Throw Ins and long time leaders, Golden Boys, who all realistically have a chance of at least fourth place.
Player of the week – Lamine Kone – 21 points. Keeping them in the Premier League.
Bargain of the week – Andy King – 13 points. Another Leicester weekly award – they’ve had the most.
Donkey of the week – John Terry – -2 points.The last we’ll see of him. Possibly
Goal of the week – Eden Hazard. What a prick. Obviously realised he needs to play to get a move.