Gameweek 21 results

January 14, 2016

1 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 27 1,159
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 24 1,132
3 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 26 1,129
4 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 31 1,121
5 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 43 1,110
6 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 41 1,101
7 Howayman Mark Bromham 25 1,100
8 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 28 1,093
9 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 26 1,093
10 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 36 1,093
11 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 39 1,089
12 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 24 1,086
13 SS3 FC Paul Murray 20 1,085
14 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 38 1,080
15 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 38 1,079
16 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 25 1,079
17 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 29 1,079
18 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 22 1,077
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 32 1,077
20 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 34 1,073
21 Init fc Mustafa khan 27 1,058
22 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 31 1,056
23 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 47 1,053
24 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 37 1,051
25 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 28 1,049
26 Below Par Paul Bentz 37 1,043
27 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 32 1,042
28 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 25 1,037
29 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 29 1,035
30 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 32 1,032
31 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 31 1,028
32 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 42 1,015
33 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 33 1,008
34 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 47 977
35 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 52 977
36 Ciderheads Darren Pope 36 957
37 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 24 956
38 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 35 931
39 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 32 930
40 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 28 917
41 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 48 895
42 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 26 892
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 34 811
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 21 761

 

Easily one of the shittest weeks in FPL history. The majority of us scored under the worldwide average of 35, and just under half of us didn’t even get above 30 points. And yet, there were points to be had. There were 34 goals scored – well over the gameweek average. It was who scored that was the problem.

Of the six players that started the gameweek with over 100 points, only Mahrez and Barkley scored any more than their appearance points – and that was the single point they get for a clean sheet as a midfielder. Of the most popular players – those with over a 20% ownership – only Bacary Sagna and Marko Arnautovic contributed anything extra.

And – there were five players scoring two or more goals this week. Olivier Giroud and Wayne Rooney offered the most likely path to a double figure score – with 14.9% and 8.5% ownership respectively. Jermain Defoe’s hat trick was enjoyed by only 2.5% of managers, with even less benefiting from Enner Valencia and Roberto Firmino’s braces.

Go Buffoons Go!!! were the only team to get above 50 points and did so thanks to Giroud’s 13 points and Arnautovic’s five – doubled to ten as captain. Andre Ayew contributed a double figure score also –  his first since mid November. Making the most ground at the top of the tree were Greensmeansbusiness and Walking With Memphis. Aaron Ramsey and Bacary Sagna were the main contributors to Greens’ score. It could have been so much better had they picked Defoe instead of Chris Smalling. The 17 extra points would have seen them climb another place in the table and into a prize money position. WWM also had Giroud. They got another 12 points from their City contingent – six from Joe Hart for his clean sheet and another six from their skipper, Yaya Toure.

It was a more memorable week for some cracking 20-30 yard screamers. Honourable mentions to Enner Valencia, Dimitri Payet (he’s back), Wayne Rooney, Jonny Howson and Joselu.

 

Player of the week – Jermain Defoe – 17 points. Five goals in two games.

Bargain of the week – Joleon Lescott – 15 points. Villa won!!!!!!!!!!

Donkey of the week – Kyle Naughton – -4 points. Wasn’t a sending off and will probably be rescinded. Doesn’t help if you had him in your team though.

Goal of the week – Roberto Firmino. His second just shades it.

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Gameweek 4 results

August 31, 2015

1 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 34 203
2 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 50 196
3 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 52 192
4 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 42 191
5 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 35 190
6 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 39 187
7 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 43 186
8 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 42 185
9 Below Par Paul Bentz 38 181
10 What’s Up????? DEAN CRIPPS 49 178
11 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 34 177
12 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 47 176
13 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 40 172
14 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 62 172
15 Howayman Mark Bromham 41 171
16 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 54 169
17 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 39 165
18 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 41 162
19 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 29 160
20 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 46 160
21 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 39 159
22 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 51 158
23 SS3 FC Paul Murray 42 158
24 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 47 156
25 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 49 156
26 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 36 155
27 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 28 155
28 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 45 154
29 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 28 153
30 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 48 151
31 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 40 151
32 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 43 149
33 Ciderheads Darren Pope 27 148
34 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 37 147
36 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 25 147
36 Init fc Mustafa khan 27 147
38 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 29 144
39 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 36 139
40 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 28 134
41 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 20 133
42 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 45 133
43 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 36 130
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 28 130
45 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 42 119

 

Despite their poorest scoring week of the season, greensmeansbusiness hang on at the top to claim the first manager of the month prize. So, congratulations to them. Their 14 point lead was reduced slightly, but most of the chasing pack had equally disappointing returns, and so were unable to catch our leaders.

In fact, none of us are posting mega-scores. Seven teams broke the 60 point barrier last week. Only one has achieved that feat this week, and with 62 points, Rico United, another newcomer, wins the weekly award. Rico transferred in Eliaquim Mangala to complete the necessary triumvirate of City players, who between them contributed 30 points to their overall total. City remain unbeaten and unbreached, with eight of their players in among the highest scorers. Although that doesn’t include Sergio Aguero, who drew another blank this week – the week in which most of the world made him captain. Which may explain the low scoring. There have been stand out obvious picks for captain choices in each gameweek, and none of them have brought home the bacon.

The international break can’t come soon enough for most of the league. City, Palace, Leicester and Swansea occupy the top four positions – an order that no-one would have predicted at the start of the season. United’s defence conceded for the first time, and only Sunderland have conceded more that Chelsea. It appears West Ham will only perform away from home against the top six. Bear that in mind for their trip to the Etihad in gameweek six. Liverpool, at home against the Hammers, seemed nailed on for another clean sheet to continue their steady start to the season. That 3-0 defeat probably cost a lot of managers a lot of points.

 

Player of the week – Dusan Tadic – 16 points. Posted last season’s highest weekly score, and is back on the roll of honour again.

Bargain of the week – Scott Sinclair – 14 points. A midfielder playing up top with 5 goals in 2 games. Worth a punt?

Donkey of the week – Steven Whittaker – -3 points. Five sent off in one week. Whittaker wins courtesy of being a stupid, dumb defender.

Goal of the week – Yann  M’Vila. Our first perfectly executed free kick winner of the season. Goal comes at 12s in.

 

Gameweek 3 results

August 25, 2015

1 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 58 169
2 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 61 155
3 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 55 152
3 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 55 152
5 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 55 150
6 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 48 149
7 Below Par Paul Bentz 58 143
7 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 66 143
7 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 60 143
10 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 69 143
11 What’s Up????? DEAN CRIPPS 46 133
12 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 53 132
13 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 34 131
14 Howayman Mark Bromham 61 130
15 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 62 129
16 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 35 127
17 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 56 126
18 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 41 126
19 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 42 125
20 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 58 124
20 Init fc Mustafa khan 57 124
22 Ciderheads Darren Pope 46 121
23 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 52 121
24 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 58 119
25 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 55 119
26 SS3 FC Paul Murray 31 116
27 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 32 115
28 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 42 115
29 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 43 115
30 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 62 114
31 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 37 113
32 It Doesn’t Mata Elliott O’Bray 48 111
33 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 29 110
33 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 48 110
35 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 35 109
35 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 37 109
37 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 47 107
38 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 50 107
39 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 43 106
40 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 49 106
41 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 48 103
42 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 34 102
43 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 40 96
44 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 26 94
45 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 31 77

Manager of the week this week is another one of our new boys, Scotty2hotty, with 69 points. It’s our highest weekly score of the season. They’re gradually going up as managers get into their stride after a sluggish start. It places them in the top 10 and in with an outside shot of the first manager of the month prize. They key to their success was handing the captaincy to Riyad Mahrez, who scored his third double figure score in three weeks. It’s his fourth goal in three. He’s the leading player in the game and his value will probably hit the £6 million mark by the weekend. It’s an impressive and unexpected start for the Leicester winger.

The August manager of the month looks like it’s going to go to one of our new managers. Flying the flag for the old school in the top 10 are 4 Lime Jellies, Below Par and Pretty Schitty City. Greensmeansbusiness maintain their lead at the top, with Walking With Memphis jumping into second.

Callum Wilson became the first player to bag a hat trick this season, and after two none scoring weeks will probably have saved himself from the chop from a number of teams. He’s the first of the newly promoted team’s strikers for whom so many take a punt on to register a meaningful total. Troy Deeney and Cameron Jerome have yet to get up and running, but at least Watford and Norwich are in among the goals and it could only be a matter of time before they get their names on the scoresheet.

I dare say more people will be concerned and losing patience with Wayne Rooney than anyone else. The early season uncertainty over Aguero, Sanchez and Costa’s game time made Rooney the most popular elite striker pick. Omitting Rooney would free up the funds to invest in those three. Rooney’s value has already started to drop.

Player of the week – Callum Wilson – 17 points. The highest weekly score so far.

Bargain of the week – James Morrison – 12 points. West Brom’s first goals of the season.

Donkey of the week – John Terry – -3 points. Three weeks and two Chelsea donkeys. Perfect.

Goal of the week – Riyad Mahrez. Should be August’s player of the month. Goal comes in at 2m50s

Gameweek 2 results

August 17, 2015

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.

 

Gameweek 1 results

August 11, 2015

1 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 57 57
2 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 52 52
3 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 51 51
4 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 44 44
4 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 44 44
4 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 44 44
7 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 43 43
7 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 43 43
9 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 42 42
10 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 41 41
11 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 40 40
12 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 39 39
13 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 38 38
13 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 38 38
15 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 37 37
15 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 37 37
15 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 37 37
18 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 36 36
18 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 36 36
18 What’s Up????? DEAN CRIPPS 36 36
21 SS3 FC Paul Murray 35 35
21 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 35 35
21 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 35 35
24 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 34 34
24 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 34 34
26 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 33 33
26 Below Par Paul Bentz 33 33
26 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 33 33
26 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 33 33
30 Ciderheads Darren Pope 32 32
30 Init fc Mustafa khan 32 32
32 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 30 30
33 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 29 29
33 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 29 29
33 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 29 29
36 Howayman Mark Bromham 26 26
36 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 26 26
38 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 25 25
39 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 23 23
40 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 22 22
41 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 21 21
42 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 19 19
43 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 11 11

Nice to see the Premier League is as predictable as ever. Arsenal second bottom. Leicester, Palace, West Ham and Villa occupying the European places. Long may it continue. Although it won’t will it? It’s the first week. No-one knows what’s about to happen. No amount of fantasy pre-planning would have envisaged Arsenal conceding two and scoring zero against the Hammers. Only five teams managed a clean sheet. It wasn’t a weekend for the defence. Thank goodness for Man City who posted the most convincing result. Their 3-0 defeat of West Brom established them at the top of the league, and gives Yaya Toure the first player of the week award. He and Vincent Kompany had sluggish seasons last time out, but their double figure scores for this week might get a few more managers interested in them again.

So – plenty of points to be had among the goal scorers and assist makers – but, only if you’d taken some wild-ish punts on the mid price market. Aside from Toure, the most expensive player occupying that first page of high scores is Philippe Coutinho at £8 million. Next highest scorers of the week Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton won’t set you back any more than £5.5 million. Highest scoring striker Arouna Kone is a £5 million player and £4.5 million Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez posted the second best score for a defender behind Kompany.

A good selection of the lesser known new signings made their mark. As well as Gomez, Jordan Amavi and Rudy Gestede had promising debuts for Villa. As did Andre Ayew for Swansea, Dimitri Payet for West Ham and Georginio Wijnaldum for Newcastle. All should have slipped onto a few managers’ radars. Slipping off may be Petr Cech, who clearly thinks he’s still playing for Chelsea.

As things stood on Saturday night we had a Leicester fan sat at the top of the Bucket with a Sunderland fan at the bottom – which felt right. Apologies if anyone was led down a Mackem based garden path based on what I’d written in the first blog post. It was a double whammy of sorts for the Mindless Morons who didn’t even have any Sunderland players in their team, yet still propped everybody else up. They were one of many to invest in Thibaut Courtois. Pretty Schitty City stayed loyal to Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, and they returned 25 points. But its league newcomer, greensmeansbusiness, who leads the way and gets our first manager of the week award. Their 57 points came courtesy of a canny (or was it accidental?) use of their bench boost chip. An extra 13 points was added to their total courtesy of scoring performances by Jason Puncheon and Steven Fletcher.

Player of the week – Yaya Toure – 16 points. Making City the early pacesetters.

Bargains of the week – Marc Albrighton – 15 points. Ended last season strongly too.

Donkey of the week – Thibaut Courtois – -2 points. A chance for Asmir Begovic?

Goal of the week – Philippe Coutinho. Because it appears overhead kicks have been banned.

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