End of season results

May 23, 2017

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2315
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 2312
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
77 2274
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 2255

The Craggy Islanders are our champions. By three points. I think that might be our closest finish yet. It was looking at one point, before the bonuses came in, that it might end up being a tie. I’m glad it wasn’t. I didn’t fancy the season long count back of goals scored. The Islanders won the last weekly battle 85 to 80 – the five point gap enough to take over at the top. WHMA played the All Out Attack, but to no avail. It wouldn’t have made a difference had they not bothered.

The Islanders started this season as our first manager of the week and then spent most of the next three months coming and going, in and out of the top 10. They hit a century in gameweek 14 climbing back to the summit. From that moment on they never left the top four, clinging on to first for six weeks between 16 and 22, and then next appearing in top spot when it really mattered – gameweek 38.

Meaning When Harry Met Alli must settle for second place for the second successive year. They were always in the mix. They never dropped out of the top 10 but for one week in December. From the turn of the year they took up residence in the top four and never fell below that. They were at the head of the group of teams trying to peg back Aquamar through the last third of the season, managing to take the lead in gameweek 37. Perhaps their decision to play their bench boost a week earlier than The Islanders cost them the title. We’ll never know.

And we’ll never know whether Aquamar’s itchy transfer finger cost them the top prize. Sitting in the top 3,000 worldwide in gameweek 32 with an 80 point lead over their nearest Buckets challenger, they went on a complete transfer bender making 19 in the last six weeks. Not having Harry Kane to play out the final two weeks, however, was probably the biggest handicap. It was a season of what might have been for Aquamar, also finishing runners-up in the Buckets Cup to Shoelace Untied.

Fourth place was a battle to the death with five or so teams continuously changing places over the closing two months of the season. Kebab Eaters United eventually pipped Edgbaston to the last cash prize. Edgbaston finished fifth last year too, but do take home the prize for the May manager of the month and the highest weekly score – a record breaking 181 points in gameweek 37.

Shoelace ploughed all of their energy into winning the cup, taking 76 points worth of hits across three gameweeks in order to outscore their opponents. Curiously, they also climbed the table, proving that taking hits doesn’t necessarily always cost you points. As long as you bring in the right players. It’s not a tactic I’d suggest playing across an entire season.

Rico United were double month winners and Yeboah’s Right Foot won manager of the week more than anyone else, coming out on top four times. That’s probably pretty impressive in a 53 team league. The record still stands at seven in a 26 team league.

Alexis Sanchez topped the player charts by some distance, although had Harry Kane played out a full season, it’s probable he’d have collected more points. He finished joint third with Eden Hazard, and just behind Dele Alli, but missed eight games with injury. Tom Heaton was the top goalkeeper. He kept ten clean sheets, and headed both the saves made and bonus points tables to finish ahead of Hugo Lloris and Thibault Courtois. The Chelsea defence ruled. No-one got close to Cahill, Alonso and Azpilicueta. Kane, Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku topped the bonus charts, all scoring 33. Marcos Alonso’s value rose the most over the course of the season, £0.9 million to £6.9 million.

Picking a bargain buy of the season hasn’t been as easy as last year when we had so many Leicester players to choose from. West Brom’s second top scorer, Gareth McAuley, deserves a mention. The 804 year old defender started as a £4.5 million back up in many teams but probably lasted the distance thanks to his steady return of goals and clean sheets – up until the point that West Brom reached 40 points and they got the holiday brochures out. Josh King’s second half of the season was as prolific as any of the elite forward players in the league. Only Sanchez and Alli scored more from midfield. From gameweek 20 onwards he contributed in 13 of the 18 games he played in. Expect a position change and starting price rise for next season.

See you then.

Gameweek 38 results

May 23, 2017

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2315
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 2312
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
77 2274
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 2255
down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
87 2238
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 2221
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
91 2215
down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
70 2208
same Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
97 2175
10  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
84 2161
11  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
97 2157
12  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
75 2134
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
76 2123
14  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
80 2114
15  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
90 2107
16  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
80 2100
17  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
94 2093
18  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
77 2090
19  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
66 2076
20  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
76 2066
21  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
61 2063
22  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
78 2051
23  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
66 2044
24  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
51 2027
25  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
62 2024
26  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
100 2021
27  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
76 2017
28  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
49 2016
29  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
80 2008
30  up jetty city
scott mcgow
73 1979
31  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
73 1977
32  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
74 1968
33  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
77 1960
34  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
89 1958
35  up FTM
Stu Smith
92 1930
36  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
66 1907
37  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
68 1871
38  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
67 1869
39  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
68 1868
40  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
44 1866
41  same Dj daz
darren frankland
74 1857
42  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
65 1843
43  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
68 1822
44  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
79 1821
45  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
57 1810
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
43 1742
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
40 1714
48  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
56 1705
49  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
71 1656
50  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
54 1655
51  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
49 1645
52  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
55 1638
53  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
59 1635

A typically crazy last week in which the Buckets league clocked up another couple of century scores. I’m pretty sure this season has seen more 100+ totals by our managers than any other. I suppose it helps there being 53 of us.

And all you had to do was concentrate on the top five. They scored 23 goals between them. The fixtures had fallen very kindly. As expected, Manchester City walloped Watford, Chelsea thumped Sunderland, Spurs annihilated Hull and Liverpool comfortably despatched of Boro. Even Arsenal, arguably with the trickiest tie, managed to hit three past Everton with ten men.

The four goals Harry Kane hit against Leicester on Thursday convinced many of us to go with him as captain. A simple choice – totally justified. His 17 points made him player of the week for the second week running and for the third time in total. Any combination of this supporting cast of usual suspects – Aguero, Hazard, Coutinho, Sanchez, Alli, De Bruyne, Pedro, Lallana, Jesus, Eriksen (the list goes on) – pretty much guaranteed you your 80+ score.

Kebab Eaters won the week, and fittingly, their 110 points was enough to see them jump into fourth place in the final table and claim the last cash prize. They pipped Edgbaston, who finished 5th for a second consecutive year. They should take some consolation in the fact they clinched the May manager of the month prize. Their record breaking total from last week virtually guaranteed the award, and despite the 87 points they achieved this week not being enough to hang onto fourth, it was more than enough to earn them a place on the role of honour. Here’s the May table…

same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
87 355
same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 336
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 331
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 329
same nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
90 329
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 325
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
97 324

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 17 points. Pretty much guarantees his most valuable player status for next season.

Bargain of the week – Geoff Cameron – 12 points. Er!

Donkey of the week – Laurent Koscielny – -2 points. What was he thinking?

Goal of the week – Aaron Ramsey. Probably the first thing he’s done all season.

Gameweek 37 results

May 19, 2017

up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
149 2232
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
168 2230
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
114 2201
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
181 2151
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
163 2149
down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
133 2138
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
179 2138
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
140 2128
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
155 2078
10  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
171 2077
11  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
172 2064
12  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
143 2063
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
145 2055
14  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
134 2038
15  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
113 2020
16  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
84 2017
17  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
159 2017
18  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
140 2010
19  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
142 2002
20  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
144 1999
21  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
118 1994
22  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
79 1978
23  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
54 1976
24  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
73 1973
25  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
118 1967
26  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
67 1966
27  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 1941
28  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
87 1936
29  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
120 1933
30  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
114 1908
31  up jetty city
scott mcgow
119 1906
32  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
77 1906
33  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
125 1887
34  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
80 1869
35  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
76 1841
36  up FTM
Stu Smith
109 1838
37  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
63 1822
38  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
98 1803
39  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
80 1802
40  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
89 1800
41  up Dj daz
darren frankland
113 1783
42  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
116 1778
43  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
98 1754
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
76 1753
45  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
120 1746
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
63 1699
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
74 1674
48  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
91 1649
49  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
39 1601
50  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
39 1596
51  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
82 1589
52  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
91 1583
53  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
97 1576

 

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.

 

up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
181 268
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
179 253
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
149 249
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
168 240
down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
159 239
up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
172 231
up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
171 225
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
163 225

 

 

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 31 points. Now leads the golden boot chase.

Bargain of the week – Kyle Naughton – 15 points. Non-double gameweeker and serial donkey. Well done Kyle.

Donkey of the week – Christian Fuchs – -1 points. Conceding six doesn’t help.

Goal of the week – Shinji Okazaki.

Gameweek 34 preview

April 21, 2017

Bournemouth 15:00 Middlesbrough
Hull 15:00 Watford
Swansea 15:00 Stoke
West Ham 15:00 Everton
Burnley 14:15 Man Utd
Liverpool 16:30 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 19:45 Southampton
Arsenal 19:45 Leicester
Middlesbrough 19:45 Sunderland
Crystal Palace 20:00 Spurs
Man City 20:00 Man Utd

It just doesn’t seem right not handing the captaincy to a player in a team playing twice during a double gameweek. That is unless it’s the worst double gameweek of all time. This one.

Palace are virtually safe and have two fixtures against much better teams with much more to play for. Spurs are taking teams apart at the moment. Two consecutive 4-0 victories could quite easily become three by 10pm on Wednesday. Christian Benteke is one of the most infuriating and belligerent FPL strikers of all time. Despite being in double figures for goals, he’s nowhere on the bonus table. Part of the skill of picking up bonuses is being able to pass and dribble – Benteke knows how to do neither. In Novemeber he went on a three week spree accumulating 28 points. It took him 15 more gameweeks to score the same total.

Middlesbrough can’t score. Don’t score. Probably won’t score. Even against Sunderland. They’ve only won four games. Their last victory was in December. Although they do like a 0-0. So bringing in a couple of Boro defenders could be worthwhile. No, not really – next week they play Manchester City. The week after its Chelsea. Don’t lumber yourself with Middlesbrough defenders.

Manchester United – surely rich pickings there for a double gameweek. Not necessarily. Progressing in the Europa League after extra time is the second worst thing that could have happened. The worst being the likely season ending injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had made his way into many teams already ahead of this week. Even if neither of those things had happened, it’s likely their star man would have only played one game. United are rotating wildly at the moment, and will have to again. Who knows who could take the field against Burnley.

So you might as well pick Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku. Or Phil Jagielka. This could be one of those double gameweeks in which a single gameweeker records the highest score. It’s a dilemma. I imagine most managers will have taken a look at the GW37 double gameweek and decided that was the one to wildcard for, so it’ll be interesting to see how many of us have actually been bothered to indulge this week’s fixtures.

Gameweek 33 results

April 18, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
58 1927
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
88 1850
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
51 1844
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
61 1834
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
65 1818
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
51 1815
same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
46 1786
same Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
47 1782
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
69 1780
10  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
68 1780
11  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 1762
12  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
56 1758
13  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
62 1756
14  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
56 1754
15  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
58 1753
16  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
45 1748
17  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
45 1742
18  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
56 1740
19  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
53 1739
20  same Cooksters
Peter Cook
44 1727
21  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
77 1725
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
61 1716
23  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 1714
24  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
42 1694
25  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
74 1692
26  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
54 1681
27  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
52 1679
28  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
48 1679
29  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
38 1678
30  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
70 1678
31  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
47 1673
32  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
57 1634
33  up jetty city
scott mcgow
75 1630
34  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
59 1627
35  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
45 1617
36  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
50 1603
37  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
50 1598
38  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
41 1572
39  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
54 1565
40  down FTM
Stu Smith
39 1554
41  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
72 1531
42  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
46 1521
43  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
59 1512
44  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
47 1495
45  same Dj daz
darren frankland
48 1481
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
51 1458
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
60 1444
48  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
42 1425
49  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
48 1421
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
45 1408
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
37 1357
52  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
65 1353
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
66 1343

 

Kebab Eaters are now the main challengers to Aquamar after recording the highest score of the weekend to leapfrog When Harry Met Alli and The Craggy Islanders into second place. They scored 88 points with nine players registering a score other than their basic appearance points. Harry Kane was brought in to accompany Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli – and that Spurs combination contributed 34 points. Kane played alongside fellow flat track bully, Romelu Lukaku, who also got his usual home goal against lesser opposition. And it seems nothing can stop Phil Jagielka scoring at the moment. Kebab Eaters took a chance on him grabbing his third goal in as many games – and it paid off.

 

Player ofthe week – Vincent Kompany – 14 points. Back, but for how long?

Bargain of the week – Phil Jagielka – 11 points. Lethal.

Donkey of the week – Sam Byram – -2 points. Sent off in a draw against Sunderland. Could you be any more of a donkey?

Goal of the week – Xherdan Shaqiri. If only he was fit for more than one month of a season.

 

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