Season review

May 14, 2018

1  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
84 2289
2  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
65 2253
3  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
67 2251
4  same Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
67 2250
5  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
86 2245
6  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
65 2216
7  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
76 2215
8  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
74 2193
9  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
52 2184
10  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
66 2156
11  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
71 2155
12  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
71 2148
13  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
51 2139
14  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
34 2134
15  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
73 2133
16  same Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
55 2125
17  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
54 2125
18  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 2108
19  same Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 2103
20  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
68 2095
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
88 2094
22  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
66 2089
23  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
53 2089
24  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
58 2082
25  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
48 2078
26  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 2073
27  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
87 2072
28  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
85 2065
29  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
69 2061
30  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
84 2061
31  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
55 2052
32  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
80 2050
33  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
70 2048
34  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
43 2035
35  same Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
57 2021
36  same blakes11
Steven Darling
54 1998
37  same musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
52 1995
38  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
58 1983
39  same FTM
Stu Smith
55 1980
40  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
85 1918
41  down iamgroot
scott mcgow
56 1903
42  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
66 1898
43  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
69 1896
44  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
50 1895
45  same disco dancer
darren frankland
61 1879
46  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
52 1848
47  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
59 1829
48  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
50 1799
49  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
50 1752
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
71 1653

 

Winners – The Vinegar Pissers 

The third manager to pick up their second title scoring the second highest finishing total. The Vinegar Pissers only spent six weeks outside of our top 10, first taking root in GW5. They did drop to the depths of 11th and 12th, before permanently floating around 6th until gameweek 29, when a manager of the week performance saw them rise to third. Then GW31 – only four games – but a Mohamed Salah masterclass and everybody’s posting 100+ totals and challenging for the highest weekly score prize. The VP’s kicked arse with 124 points from eight players, 58 of which came from Salah. That put them at the top of the league and that’s where they stayed – and in truth, no-one really got that close to them. Congratulations to the Pissers. They got as high as 8,202nd in the world, never took more than a four point hit, played their triple captain and bench boost in the run in and utilised their free hit well, picking up a good score with it and a green arrow just before Christmas. Interestingly, they played their wildcards at almost the earliest possibly opportunity on both occasions. Proving that there is still no logic to this game and it’s all complete luck.

Runners up – Nashton Villa, Edgbaston and Despicable Mee 

Our Champions League qualifiers all had similar seasons, making their surge into the top ten and then the top four at around the same time. It was during March that they all lost ground on the VPs and were left desperately trying to claw back the points lost during gameweeks 29 and 31 – the two weeks that definitely won the VP’s that manager of the month, and arguably won them the league. It was a superb debut season for Nashton who reached their highest worldwide position after GW37, but were unable to continue the rise and challenge for the top spot. They would have had to surpass the 100 point mark in GW38 to knock our champions off their perch.

Edgbaston have finally crept into our top four after two consecutive 5th place finishes, despite finishing lower in the world rankings than in both of their last two attempts. And fourth placed Despicable Mee are regressing. Two consecutive runners up placings and now fourth place. Once always the bridesmaid – now a distant uncle only invited because they had a space to fill. In all seriousness – if one of these two doesn’t win this title soon, I’d be very surprised.

The rest

There were valiant efforts by two former champs who just ran out of steam at the last knockings – FC Caligula and The Craggy Islanders finished 5th and 6th respectively. We’re sure to see them in the running next season. Hornets, a total rookie FPL debutant, who were top every week bar three between gameweeks 2 and 29, finished in a respectable 7th. By gameweek 16 they had climbed to 1,663rd in the world, as high (possibly) as any Buckets manager has been, but they peaked too early. Better understanding of the chips and when to play them might serve them better next season. The rest of us – probably got stung by Harry Kane once too often, and only realised when it was too late that they should have had Mo Salah as captain EVERY WEEK.

The awards

We had more managers of the week scoring 100+ scores than in any previous season. The Vinegar Pissers’ 124 point score was the second highest weekly winning score, but falls way behind their own record set in the 2013-2014 season when they managed 165 points in a week in which virtually everybody passed the 100 point barrier following a mammoth double gameweek. That same season produced the highest winning finishing score in our league of 2356 points. Despite there being more 100+ weekly winners in this season, The VPs finished 67 points behind that total. It’s worth noting that the 124 points scored in GW31 was done so from only four games. Another thirteen of our fifty teams passed the century mark that week. And most of them were only fielding bit part teams.

We had ten different managers of the month, six managers taking two weekly accolades, but only one, The bloody Vinegar Pissers, managing three highest weekly scores. Shoelace Untied took the December prize, accumulating 477 points for the month – the highest ever monthly total.

The players

We may have fallen just short of breaking our manager records this season, but the reason we got so close was largely due to one player – Mohamed Salah. He became the first player to pass 300 points for the season. No-one else came close – which may explain why we didn’t quite eclipse the higher scores from four years ago. Back then, in the ‘Suarez’ season, there was a great supporting cast, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Robin Van Persie, Yaya Toure and Eden Hazard all scoring big, playing consistently and featuring in a lot of teams. This season only Harry Kane, Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne passed the 200 point mark. Despite Kane running Salah (fairly) close in the golden boot chase, he was still close to 100 points behind. Which says more about the frustrating, annoying, inconsistent, trolling season the Spurs striker had. Nowt for weeks then just when you get sick of it all three frickin’ hat tricks…or whatever it was. Dickhead. Still – he’ll be in from the start next season.

Kane picked up more player of the week awards (three) than anyone else. Salah, who only scored more than anyone else once throughout the whole season, was much more consistent. A goal every week rather than three and a gap. And lets mention GW31 again – 29 points – the highest ever single match gameweek score. Sergio Aguero, Heung-Min Son and Marko Arnautovic were the only other players to get two player of the week awards. Tottenham won the award six times ahead of Chelsea with five, and then perhaps surprisingly, Manchester City, with only four winners. Ayoze Perez, Federico Fernandez and Callum Wilson showed up on the bargain list more than once and Newcastle appeared to be the best go-to cheapo team, winning the award five times over the course of the season. Watford were king of the twats offering up six ‘worst of the week’, with Jose Holebas winning the award twice. Jack Stephens also won it twice – and in consecutive weeks, so well done to him. Manchester City did dominate the goal of the week contenders with eight wins, but anyone who tells you that Jamie Vardy’s over the shoulder volley against West Brom in GW30 isn’t the goal of the season, is some kind of goon.

Debatable team of the season

  • GK – David De Gea – 172 points

No arguments here, although Lorus Karius did pick up more points per match of all keepers playing more than 10 games. Karius and Mignolet played half a season each – 19 games a piece. Mignolet scored on average 1.1 points per game less and kept three less clean sheets – although still 7 out of 19 which is pretty respectable.

  • DR – Cesar Azpilicueta – 175 points
  • DL – Marcos Alonso – 165 points
  • DC – Nicolas Otamendi – 156 points
  • DC – Jan Vertonghen – 138 points

Antonio Valencia, Ben Davies and Kyle Walker all scored more than Vertonghen, but none are central defenders. In the favoured three at the back, you’d probably have to drop Alonso. He hasn’t scored enough to warrant his usual left wing back position ahead of the highest scoring midfielders either…coming up next. Andrew Robertson missed 16 games and Phil Jones missed 15 games, but both beat all of the above, other than Alonso, in points per game. Jones managed 15 clean sheets in his 23 games. Basically – if he didn’t play – United usually conceded.

  • DM – Luca Milivojevic – 144 points
  • CM – Kevin De Bruyne – 209 points
  • AM – Mohamed Salah – 303 points
  • AM – Raheem Sterling – 229 points
  • AM – Christian Eriksen – 199 points

Obviously, this is where it all gets a bit ‘debatable’. No real team is complete without some kind of defensive holding player, so when you see the PFA team of the year, and it’s basically a goalkeeper and 10 attackers, you do wonder if they ever really watch the game. But then if you were going to stick a defensive midfielder in there, you wouldn’t necessarily be basing their inclusion on their fantasy points total, seeing as how nothing they do is ever taken into consideration when the scores are totted up. You’d just pick N’Golo Kante and move on wouldn’t you? Milivojevic is definitely worth a mention though. Arguably the most reliable penalty taker in the league, double figures for goals and in the top 10 for bonuses.

  • CF – Harry Kane – 217 points

His best goalscoring season but not his his best fantasy season. Too many braces and hat tricks, if their can be such a thing, and not enough consistency. Kane would go missing for weeks, but then burst back into life racking up the highest bonus score too. It was all about catching him on a good day. He blanked in 19 gameweeks – half a season. Salah failed to score anything other than appearance points in only 10 games. Aguero, and latterly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, finished the season with more points per match. There’s your front three for August.

 

 

Player awards

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Gameweek 33 results

April 9, 2018

1  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
37 1963
2  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
23 1911
3  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
45 1908
4  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
48 1906
5  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
35 1905
6  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
36 1897
7  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
39 1879
8  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
38 1870
9  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
65 1868
10  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
51 1862
11  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
29 1857
12  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
55 1853
13  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
35 1849
14  same Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
39 1838
15  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
38 1837
16  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
39 1830
17  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
19 1826
18  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
11 1815
19  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
44 1813
20  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
28 1806
21  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
27 1804
22  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
46 1798
23  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
24 1779
24  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
37 1776
25  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
49 1774
26  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
40 1756
26  same Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
30 1756
28  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
25 1754
29  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
29 1748
30  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
49 1745
31  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
40 1743
32  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
19 1743
33  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
19 1738
34  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
50 1734
35  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
18 1732
36  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
30 1727
37  up FTM
Stu Smith
44 1712
38  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
24 1702
39  same blakes11
Steven Darling
49 1685
40  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
38 1659
41  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
46 1649
42  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
42 1638
43  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
20 1638
44  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
17 1619
45  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
31 1590
46  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
20 1579
47  same disco dancer
darren frankland
40 1555
48  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
34 1511
49  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
37 1480
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
45 1380

 

Manager of the week – Emergency Gap Jumper – Ian Williams – 65 points

The lowest average weekly score so far this season and arguably one of the most depressing weeks in fantasy league history. If you scraped above 40 – well done. The average was 32. Scores in the teens were commonplace. Harry Kane made an unexpected early return, but didn’t perform, double whammy-ing those managers who’d striven to get him back in by pretending to score with his sleeve – and then getting booked. Romelu Lukaku had nothing to do with the 3-2 title-stopping victory over Manchester City. Everton and Liverpool kept the only clean sheets. I could go on. The list of non-performing regulars is pretty long. EGJ’s 65 is pretty special – double the average – and streets ahead of everyone else. There were only two scores in the 50’s. Although the bench boost decision might be one to rue. Three extra points is not what you’re looking for from a chip which would have been better played either next week or in GW37. The Gap Jumpers do, however, leap into the top 10 for the first time this season (or possibly even ever?).

Player of the week – Christian Eriksen – 15 points

Judging by post match interviews, it appeared Eriksen was happy to take the assist for Spurs’ second goal, and that the goal be awarded to Harry Kane. This would have given Kane owners a likely extra 6 points, as he was sat on two bonus points at that time. Those captaining would have mustered an extra 12. I’m not sure too many of us, if anyone at all, has Eriksen in their teams. Alli’s in slightly better form and Son’s much cheaper. This almost makes Eriksen a tempting differential for their double double gameweeks.

Bargain of the week – Ayoze Perez – 12 points

Perez has been ticking over quite nicely in the cheap striker club without anyone really noticing. He’s registered points in six of the last eleven. Not only are there forward facing players, like Perez, in the £5-6 million bracket worth looking at, but unusually for Newcastle, they’re also pretty sound defensively. The danger is, that with them virtually safe, will they take their foot of the gas a little and cruise in to the end of the season. I hope not. A top half finish would be fantastic.

Twat of the week – Jack Stephens – -2 points

We’ve had some multi-twats in our time. And some pretty twattish tams sharing the twatness around, but this is some achievement – two weeks on the spin as king twat. Well done. Just when he was gaining in popularity as a cheap defender for a double double gameweeking team. He’s now suspended until GW36. Any Southampton assets are surely only going to be bench fodder for the bench boost week, so he is still of some use suspended in reserve until GW37 I suppose.

Goal of the week – Ayoze Perez. 

20s in

1  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
58 1926
2  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
63 1888
3  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
66 1870
4  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
54 1867
5  same Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
66 1861
6  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
64 1858
7  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
59 1840
8  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 1832
9  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
47 1828
10  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
49 1814
11  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
62 1811
12  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
44 1807
13  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
35 1804
14  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
68 1803
15  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
51 1803
16  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
61 1802
17  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
67 1799
18  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
49 1799
19  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
53 1778
20  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
41 1777
21  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
50 1769
22  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
32 1755
23  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
52 1752
24  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 1739
25  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 1729
26  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
49 1726
27  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
59 1725
28  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
48 1724
29  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
47 1723
30  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
68 1720
31  same Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
53 1719
32  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
53 1718
33  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
60 1703
34  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
50 1697
35  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
59 1696
36  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
62 1688
37  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
42 1678
38  up FTM
Stu Smith
68 1672
39  down blakes11
Steven Darling
45 1644
40  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
62 1625
41  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
55 1618
42  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
55 1614
43  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
56 1604
44  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
57 1603
45  up Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
45 1559
46  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
34 1559
47  same disco dancer
darren frankland
58 1531
48  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
44 1481
49  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
46 1443
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
44 1335

 

March Manager of the Month – The Vinegar Pissers – Paul Hawkins – 304 points

There wasn’t really anyone else in it. During March The Vinegar Pissers have risen to the top of our league, climbed 100,000 places in the overall game into the top 20,000 and posted the highest weekly gameweek score of our season so far. They’ve no wildcard but all three chips remaining, meaning it looks like they’re in good shape to cope with gameweeks 34, 35 and 37. They’re our likely new favourites for the title and it’ll be a second time success for their manager. Beware of last year’s champs and runners up who are sat in 3rd and 5th respectively and on the climb.

Manager of the week – Pure Buffoonery! – Jitesh Lakhani – 68 points (7 goals)

Three teams picked up 68 points this week. Queen Of The North and FTM both scored four goals in reaching that total, but it’s Pure Buffoonery! with seven goals that take their place on the honours board. Seven goals is an impressive haul for a gameweek. They were scored by five different players with both Arnautovic and Aubameyang contributing a brace. Clearly they missed when placing the captain’s armband. Surely it was meant to land on Mo Salah, but instead ended up around Pascal Gross’ arm. Which would have been wonderful had it paid off, but it didn’t. But when your side bangs in seven goals, what does it matter?

Player of the week – Marko Arnautovic – 16 points

There haven’t been many double players of the week. Arnautovic becomes the fourth following Aguero, Son and Kane. He appears to be leading the line again following a spell relying on Javier Hernandez, which didn’t work out all that well. West Ham have a double gameweek upcoming – probably in GW37 – and they also play GW35. Arnautovic, who has scored his nine goals in 13 games, could be well worth keeping hold of if you’ve got him. Although, they won’t be playing Southampton every week.

Bargain of the week – Ben Chilwell – 11 points

Chilwell is winning the battle with Christian Fuchs for the Leicester left back role at the moment and at £4.3 with two double gameweeks on the horizon is a tempting prospect. He has two assists in his last two games, so there’s attacking potential there. This week he added a clean sheet. Leicester’s double gamewek opponents are Burnley, Southampton, West Ham and Arsenal. At least two, possibly even three of those four games could easily end up with more clean sheet points on the board.

Twat of the week – Jack Stephens – 0 points

It’s looking pretty dire for Southampton. They too have two double gameweeks to negotiate, but their run in is frightening. Chelsea, Leicester, Everton and Swansea make up their 34 and 37 opponents, which is bad enough. Add to that Arsenal next week and Manchester City last game of the season and even those that can’t resist filling the teams with double gameweekers are probably going to be steering well clear of Southampton players.

Goal of the week – Ashley Barnes. 

Was close to winning it a few weeks back. Definitely wins it this week. From the start.

 

Gameweek 36 results

May 10, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
63 2095
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
100 2083
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
80 2070
same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
66 2005
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
67 2000
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
62 1986
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
91 1974
same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
82 1967
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
36 1933
10  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
80 1932
11  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
43 1927
12  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
42 1922
13  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 1918
14  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
58 1910
15  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
84 1908
16  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
75 1908
17  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
79 1907
18  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
42 1900
19  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
39 1899
20  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
42 1899
21  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
39 1892
22  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
70 1886
23  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
67 1876
24  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
77 1872
25  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
84 1862
26  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
36 1859
27  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
40 1853
28  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
81 1849
29  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
70 1837
30  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
41 1825
31  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
38 1802
32  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
77 1789
33  down jetty city
scott mcgow
43 1787
34  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
26 1767
35  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
52 1765
36  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
57 1762
37  up FTM
Stu Smith
69 1733
38  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
24 1730
39  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
35 1711
40  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 1705
41  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
47 1677
42  up Dj daz
darren frankland
54 1670
43  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
31 1662
44  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
69 1656
45  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
69 1636
46  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
38 1630
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
69 1604
48  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
37 1562
49  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 1558
50  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
26 1557
51  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
38 1507
52  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
52 1492
53  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
36 1479

 

Are Aquamar about to throw this thing away? The gap is now 12 – just 12 points to When Harry Met Alli. And 25 to The Craggy Islanders. Aquamar have been posting good scores but have been taking a crazy amount of hits to achieve them. They opted to take another three this week to add to the eleven of the previous three weeks at a cost of 36 points. Have they got their chip and wildcard tactics all wrong?

In the same four week stretch WHMA have made 5 changes, costing them 4 points. They bench boosted their way to the highest weekly score of 100 points this week. The four subs collected 18 of those points. We’ll have to wait and see whether that would have been better left for next week.

And that’s because of those Craggy Islanders. Making just three changes with no points deducted in the last four weeks, they played their wildcard this week enabling them to set up nicely for next week’s double GW37. At present they’ve 13 players set to play twice. I expect that to be 15 at kick off. And they have their bench boost in waiting.

There was a wide range of scores this week. This highest – the 70, 80 and 90+ totals came to those that played the double gameweek, utilising their chips and wildcards cleverly. Sanchez lead the captain picks and didn’t disappoint. Arsenal defenders contributed too. Two clean sheets was perhaps unexpected. Just watch them finish fourth. Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida were popular choices. They were far too cheap to ignore and returned well. There was an extra bonus for those that took a punt on Fraser Forster, with the Saints keeper scaring the shit out of James Milner, then saving his penalty.

 

Player of the week – Fraser Forster – 17 points. Double gameweek – keeper wins again.

Bargain of the week – Rob Holding – 15 points. In till the end?

Donkey of the week – Lys Mousset – -1 points. Striker own goal. Ooops.

Goal of the week – Vincent Kompany. In till the end?

 

Gameweek 36 preview

May 3, 2017

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

There’s one extra fixture this week with Southampton and Arsenal both playing twice – once against each other in the midweek, and against Liverpool (Southampton) and Manchester United (Arsenal) over the weekend.

Meaning neither have an easy week ahead. Southampton are comfortably mid-table – about as mid-table as you can get. Last week, they were the first team since January to allow Hull to collect any away points, and before that were comfortably beaten by Chelsea and Manchester City. On the beach? This may open the door for Arsenal…or maybe not. Their respective form tables make similar reading.

Anyone holding both the triple captain and bench boost chips might be looking at this week to play the first of those. Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s form man with two goals and an assist in his last five games. I guarantee Alexis Sanchez will still pick up more armband nominations. Ozil’s barely been on the radar at all this season. Sanchez sort of looks like he’s still trying.

Introducing Southampton players to your team is a much easier task. Their defence is made up of three players coming in at under £5 million and whilst clean sheets might not appear likely given the opposition, be aware that both Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens have picked up 27 and 23 points in their last five weeks. That includes bonuses, assists and goals. Up top they’re giving us very little at the moment. Manolo Gabbiadini was meant to offer more. He arrived, he scored goals, he got injured – and he’s been hooked before the 60 minute mark since that return. The last thing you want is four games in two weeks returning just four points.

Double gameweek 37 holds much more potential. Chelsea and Spurs players are a must. Also consider Chelsea welcome Middlesbrough this week, whilst Spurs visit West Ham (on Friday night – remember) with the possibility of reducing the league lead to a single point. The problem with ditching Southampton players is the price difference, but if you’ve got your wildcard left, now’s the time.

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