Gameweek 35 results

May 2, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
63 2040
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
79 1990
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
75 1987
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
86 1955
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
69 1937
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
53 1928
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
80 1905
same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
48 1885
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
44 1884
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
49 1883
11  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
71 1880
12  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
60 1860
13  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
56 1858
14  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
72 1857
15  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
38 1856
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
50 1853
17  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
42 1853
18  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
61 1852
19  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
35 1841
20  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
38 1828
21  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
46 1824
22  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
57 1824
23  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
58 1823
24  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
51 1817
25  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 1809
26  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
75 1803
27  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
64 1790
28  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
50 1784
29  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
65 1779
30  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
31 1768
31  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
48 1764
32  same jetty city
scott mcgow
60 1744
33  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
66 1741
34  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
46 1713
35  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
82 1712
36  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
52 1709
37  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
66 1706
38  same Ciderheads
Darren Pope
49 1676
39  up FTM
Stu Smith
62 1672
40  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
49 1663
41  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
35 1631
42  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
49 1630
43  up Dj daz
darren frankland
57 1616
44  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
35 1596
45  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
31 1587
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
33 1567
47  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
58 1535
48  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
51 1531
49  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
43 1526
50  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
44 1525
51  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
69 1469
52  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
45 1443
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
46 1440

 

Quite a few managers played their all out attack chips this weekend. Well, you’ve got to get rid of it sometime I suppose. This was on the Saturday in which seven of the ten teams to play kept a clean sheet, and the player of the week was the game’s lowest priced first team regular, penalty saving goalkeeper, Eldin Jakupovic.

Maybe Aquamar thinks the league is won. They’re taking hits for fun at the moment. Another three this week for eight more points, although all worked out ridiclously well. Aguero, Stephens and Hazard returned 37 points – and all are set up nicely for the upcoming double gameweeks. The gap has closed up at the top again – now at 50 points. And there continues to be a lot of jostling for position behind. Kebab Eaters, second two weeks ago, are now down to sixth. Rico United climb into prize money contention with the highest score of the week, and down in seventh, Biscuitmen posted an 80 point score to keep themselves in the hunt.

Rico’s week winning 86 points wasn’t quite enough to pinch the manager of the month prize. They fell short of Hucking Fell who also held off challenges from The Craggy Islanders and Shoelace to pocket the £60.

same Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
58 414
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
79 400
down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
51 396
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
86 391

 

Player of the week – Eldin Jakupovic – 14 points. I don’t know where I’m meant to go with the bargain award

Bargain of the week award – Jack Stephens – 8 points. The other regular £4.1 million man.

Donkey of the week award – Nacho Monreal – 0 points. They’re not convincing ahead of their double double gameweeks

Goal of the week – Emre Can. 

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Gameweek 35 preview

April 28, 2017

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

An island of single gameweek calm in between the double gameweek madness and a week in which we might see a lot of wildcarding, bearing in mind you can’t wildcard and chip at the same time. Arsenal and Southampton have two consecutive double gameweeks coming up. Gameweek 37 has five extra games with all of the top six playing twice. Good luck figuring all that out.

Southampton could be worth investing in ahead of time given they’ve got Hull at home this weekend. Hull’s resurgence has been built on a strong home record. Away, they’re a slightly less threatening proposition. Their last away point came back in January. Southampton come in relatively cheap. Three of their regular back four come in at under £5 million and those of us that have persevered with Manolo Gabbiadini may finally see some attacking returns for only £6.4 million.

We’ll know our April manager of the month after this weekend. Here’s the table…

up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
86 356
same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 349
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
74 327
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
41 324
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
77 321

Realistically, there may only be two teams in it. Shoelace could add to their cup win, whereas Hucking Fell normally pick up at least one prize per season. Watch out for Aquamar though.

Gameweek 34 results

April 28, 2017

  same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
74 1985
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
68 1912
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
77 1911
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
41 1887
same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
51 1869
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
53 1868
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
68 1848
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
57 1837
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
72 1834
10  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
39 1825
11  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
68 1822
12  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
87 1811
13  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 1810
14  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
31 1809
15  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
51 1803
16  same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
54 1802
17  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
73 1800
18  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
37 1791
19  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
76 1790
20  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
55 1785
21  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
55 1782
22  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 1770
23  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
51 1767
24  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
86 1765
25  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
42 1759
26  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
59 1737
27  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
53 1734
28  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
56 1730
29  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
42 1728
30  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
51 1722
31  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
51 1720
32  up jetty city
scott mcgow
54 1684
33  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 1675
34  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
40 1667
35  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
44 1657
36  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
41 1640
37  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
32 1630
38  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
62 1627
39  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 1614
40  same FTM
Stu Smith
68 1610
41  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
65 1596
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
86 1581
43  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
48 1561
44  up Dj daz
darren frankland
78 1559
45  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
44 1556
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
76 1534
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
39 1483
48  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
73 1481
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
55 1480
50  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
56 1477
51  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
47 1400
52  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
41 1398
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
51 1394

 

Real Jorvik win the double gameweek with 86 points. They shared that score with Hucking Fell, but scored five goals to HF’s three and claim the weekly accolade. It was a double gameweek that could have delivered more. Jorvik only had two players that played twice and they only contributed 18 points. Jorvik’s best player was an elite single gameweeker. Diego Costa was handed the armband and had his best scoring week of the season amassing 16 points – 32 as captain.

In truth not all that many of us went double gameweek crazy. The managers who went for it scored in the 60’s and 70’s, but knowing an 80 point score was possible with only two double gameweekers makes you wonder whether it was worth it. Hucking Fell played four double gameweekers with a return of 53 points. They captained Beneteke, and had De Gea in goal. The United keeper returned the best of the double gameweek scores. The United defence boosted a lot of totals with their 0-0 Manc derby result. Daley Blind, Eric Bailly and Matteo Darmian all had double clean sheets. Frustratingly, Antonio Valencia, the most picked United defender, only played in one game. Watch out for Jose moaning about rotation for the next few weeks. As attractive a player Valencia is, he seems to be the one the United manager is more likely to rotate out of games.

There was a lot of investment in the Boro defence, a move which looked doomed for failure after 20 minutes against Bournemouth. At that point they were 2-0 down and a man down. They redeemed themselves against Sunderland with a 1-0 victory. And Christian Benteke was the main Palace scorer. Two goals against Liverpool helped boost the scores of those that had opted for him as captain.

The whole week was sent into a spin before it had even begun with Ibrahimovic’s injury. That forced a few managers into last minute hit taking transfers. He’s out for the season now. Marcos Rojo picked up a similar season ending injury in their Europa tie, so maybe Jose’s moans are justified. Aquamar were forced into five transfers because of the injuries, taking a 16 pint hit. They brought Rojo in only to have to transfer him out immediately. The gameweek worked out OK for them. Their overall lead was reduced by a measly 5 points as their double gameweekers contributed a useful 53 points towards their final 74 point total.

 

Player of the week – David De Gea – 17 points. Double gameweek goalie coming out on top.

Bargain of the week – Marc Pugh – 16 points. Single gameweek midfielder runs him close.

Donkey of the week – Oumar Niasse – -2 points. Unlucky – this card has now been rescinded.

Goal of the week – Diego Costa. Team goal alert.

 

Gameweek 30 results

April 3, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
47 1705
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
53 1665
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
37 1639
same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
43 1633
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
58 1622
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
55 1618
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
39 1615
down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
44 1607
same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
42 1599
10  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
64 1595
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 1593
12  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
40 1580
13  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
56 1575
14  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
49 1575
15  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
67 1574
16  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 1569
17  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
59 1568
18  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
52 1566
19  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
45 1562
20  same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
45 1559
21  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
40 1555
22  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
38 1554
23  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 1553
24  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
61 1516
25  same Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
41 1507
26  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
51 1506
27  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
64 1500
28  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
31 1500
29  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
42 1499
30  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
77 1486
31  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
36 1482
32  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
45 1480
33  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
58 1479
34  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
47 1464
35  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
37 1443
36  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
52 1442
37  down jetty city
scott mcgow
34 1435
38  up FTM
Stu Smith
74 1430
39  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
22 1407
40  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
28 1400
41  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
39 1398
42  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
30 1369
43  same Dj daz
darren frankland
38 1359
44  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1340
45  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
38 1333
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
41 1330
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
34 1302
48  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
60 1278
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
28 1268
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
47 1256
51  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
61 1202
52  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
48 1190
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
37 1148

 

Hucking Fell make the best start to the six gameweek slog through April picking up 77 points. Our 2013 champs were one of only two teams to get above 70 points in one of those rare weeks in which defences ruled. Just over half of Hucking Fell’s points came from their back five. Their front six scored four goals between them but only picked up two bonus points.

Crystal Palace alerted managers to their potential usefulness in the upcoming double week with a surprise win over Chelsea, who have now gone seven gameweeks without a clean sheet. The odd manager has started the slow draft in of Palace and Boro players. Wilfried Zaha appeared to be the most popular and he was instrumental in the victory picking up 11 points. Boro also reminded us that their defence offers good cheap points with a goalless draw at Swansea. Against their relegation rivals they don’t concede too many and in between now and the end of the double gameweek they face Hull, Burnley, Bournemouth and Sunderland.

 

Player of the week – Miguel Britos – 15 points. The first Watford player of the week this season

Bargain of the week – Craig Cathcart – 11 points. And only their second bargain winner.

Donkey of the week – Harry Arter – -1 points. The ball is still rising.

Goal of the week – Wilfried Ndidi. They’ll be champions next season at this rate.

Gameweek 27 results

March 6, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
74 1531
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
71 1509
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
86 1508
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
68 1504
same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
76 1492
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
77 1462
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
59 1455
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
52 1449
up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
80 1448
10  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
88 1448
11  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
62 1447
12  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
79 1446
13  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
63 1445
14  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
74 1439
15  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
35 1434
16  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
88 1426
17  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
77 1424
18  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
69 1422
19  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
75 1422
20  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
66 1417
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
73 1413
22  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
62 1412
23  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
62 1395
24  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
76 1380
25  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
71 1378
26  up 30:19
Darren Lavelle
66 1377
27  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
57 1372
28  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
72 1372
29  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
101 1365
30  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
45 1363
31  same Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
63 1361
32  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
56 1358
33  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
86 1347
34  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
64 1346
35  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
82 1343
36  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
97 1341
37  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
77 1314
38  same FTM
Stu Smith
80 1296
39  same jetty city
scott mcgow
77 1292
40  same Ciderheads
Darren Pope
70 1278
41  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
68 1275
42  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
77 1271
43  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
60 1255
44  same Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
75 1244
45  same Dj daz
darren frankland
62 1243
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
51 1220
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
70 1213
48  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
55 1198
49  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
62 1154
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
66 1129
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
52 1105
52  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
65 1083
53  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
27 1057

 

We’re getting to the business end of the season. A mad dash to make the most of Manchester City’s double gameweek was complimented by a flurry of triple captaining and bench boosting. The jury is out on whether it’s been worth it. First of all, sacrifices had to be made to accommodate the inclusion of Aguero, Sterling, Sane and company, and with next week in mind, it was Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal’s big guns that took the hit. Be smug if you decided to see the back of Sanchez and/or Ibrahimovic. Wince a little if you decided to give Kane, Alli, Costa or Hazard the boot. In the case of the Chelsea and Spurs players, sticking instead of twisting would have been as beneficial.

Im sure most triple captainers would have been hopeful of surpassing the 100 point barrier. That’s what you want to happen. Of those that played the chip, all went with Sergio, who again, didn’t quite play up to his price tag. You’d have been mad to do so, but you’d have been better off triple captaining the Stoke defence. The fact that the highest weekly scorer didn’t play for either Manchester City or Stoke tells the same story. There were high scores out there – just not high enough. Our leading three teams – Aquamar, The Craggy Islanders and When Harry Met Alli all took the plunge. Hedgehog Corpse didn’t and ended up jumping into the top three thanks to no transfer hits and five double figure scorers, one of whom was Artur Boruc of all people.

One manager did sneak past 100. Hucking Fell were helped by the 27 points of a triple armbanded Aguero, but the double figure returns of Kane, Alli, Grant and Mane were probably more telling.

Shoelace Untied achieved the second highest score with 97 – a total which carried them through to the semi final of the cup. Shoelace were the most successful bench boosters of the week, earning double figure totals from Caballero and Pieters, as well as Aguero, Alli and Grant. They’ll play Jarvis FC in the semi finals, while Aquamar, who are still on for the league and cup double, will face Rico United.

 

Player of the week – Dusan Tadic – 16 points. Always has one good week a season – this was it.

Bargain of the week – Erik Pieters – 14 points. The bus was well and truly parked.

Donkey of the week – Andrew Surman – -2 points. Probably should have been Zlatan’s award.

Goal of the week – Harry Kane. Probably time to draft him in again.

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