Gameweek 29 results

I didn’t set up my team this week with an international pandemic in mind, otherwise I doubt I’d have captained Aubameyang and brought in three Arsenal players to try my luck on the double gameweek. A double gameweek that was announced and then cancelled within a matter of days. It’s clear from the league table that I’m not the only one who had pinned my hopes on some big scores coming from the teams playing twice. It can’t always be relied upon, but it’s too much of a temptation to turn down for some managers. So we’re left with a semi-complete gameweek and no idea when – or even IF – the cancelled game will get played. As it stands, GW30 is going ahead – and the blank GW31 with it’s accompanying FA Cup games. But who knows?

There has been a lot of change at the top of the league and two very closely contested and low scoring Buckets Cup semi-finals. An don’t mention Last Man Standing. I mean the prize might literally go to the last one of us able to stand.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
80 1690
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
66 1686
3
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
46 1671
4
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
67 1644
5
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
43 1643
6
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
45 1632
7
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
62 1630
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
58 1626
9
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
70 1613
10
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1592

Caligula race to the top with a week-winning score of 80 points, capitalising on the no-show of captain Kevin De Bruyne, taking five additional points from the bench and nine more from their promoted vice. Having Harvey Barnes helped. And persevering with Jamie Vardy too – in the week I feel a lot of people may have eventually got rid to accommodate Arsenal and/or Manchester City players.

It was a bad week for Nashton Villa who relinquished the top spot in the league and were knocked out of the cup. Mister D triumphed 50-46, thanks largely to Ayoze Perez not taking part in Leicester’s 4-0 thumping of Villa. A double knife to the heart of the Nashton manager. Chris Wood was promoted from the bench to the tune of 9 points, enough to see them over the line. The second semi-final was totally drab. Neil Madrid prevailed 41-37 against Queen Of The North. “You can only beat what’s put in front of you”, I will repeatedly say if anyone dare suggest it’s a fix.

Manager of the week – FC Caligula – Ajay Supeda – 80 points

Player of the week – Harvey Barnes – Leicester City – 19 points

Bargain of the week – Alex McCarthy – Southampton – 12 points

Twat of the week – Moussa Djenepo – Southampton – -2 points

Goal of the week – Mason Mount. At 28s in.

Gameweek 23 results

You either captained De Bruyne and spent 24 hours cursing his no-show until celebrating Jamie Vardy’s penalty miss like he’d scored a hat trick in a week that you’d captained him. Or, you celebrated De Bruyne’s no-show in expectation of a massive rank rise off the back of a Jamie Vardy goal blitz, and then wished you’d captained De Bruyne, even if it was just for four points.

Or you wildcarded, like The Craggy Islanders, drafted in Sergio Aguero and basked in the glory of the brace that secured the week’s highest Buckets total. That same wildcard has set the Islanders up nicely for Liverpool’s double header in the next gameweek. Most managers seem to have a Liverpool plan in place, with at least two of Salah, Mane, TAA, Robertson, Van Dijk or Firmino in place already. Not a lot of West Ham interest though. 

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
35 1364
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 1350
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
46 1341
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
69 1323
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
39 1323
6
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
31 1321
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
33 1315
8
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
34 1313
9
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
51 1310
10
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 1304

Nashton were the big movers this week, scoring 69 to shoot up into fourth and the prize money places. And that with both De Bruyne and Vardy as captain. They fluked Spurs’ only clean sheet this millennium, coupled with a penalty save for Paulo Gazzaniga, another double figure return for Jack Grealish, an assist for Mason Holgate (!) and clean sheet and bonus points for Reece James, who was conveniently hooked before Newcastle’s winning goal. 

Manager of the week – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 70 points

Player of the week – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 15 points

Bargain of the week – Paulo Gazzaniga – Tottenham Hotspur – 14 points

Twat of the week – Steve Cook – Bournemouth – -2 points

Goal of the week – Jack Grealish. 1m27s

 

Gameweek 21 results

It was another week in which benches played an important part. Jamie Vardy missed out again and now has a yellow flag next to his name amid rumours of a calf problem. Given it’s FA Cup weekend, there’s plenty of time for a recovery and it’s not time to panic. Most of us lucked out in one way or another in his absence. Commonplace was either Todd Cantwell or Jack Grealish coming into play from the bench – or a Liverpool midfielder being promoted to captain – OR BOTH. Game of Stones’ score improved by 18 points as a result of both Mane and Cantwell contributing more than expected.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
45 1266
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
60 1238
3
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 1232
4
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
53 1230
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 1230
6
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
73 1213
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
62 1209
8
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
57 1200
9
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
69 1199
10
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
59 1196

Edgbaston won the week with 73 points. They benefited from a Sadio Mane vice captain pick while taking a standard Martin Kelly two-pointer to fill Vardy’s place. They had also held their wildcard until the final possible week and decided to jump on the Watford bandwagon now Nigel Pearson has got them playing. Christian Kabasele’s sending off and -1 point score didn’t matter too much alongside Gerard Deulefeu’s 12 point haul, supplementing other double figure totals from the aforementioned Mane and Cantwell, as well as Mo Salah.

Manager of the week – Edgbaston – Micheal Dinneen – 73 points

Player of the week – Mark Noble – West Ham United – 14 points

Bargain of the week – Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Arsenal – 13 points

Twat of the week – Diego Rico – Bournemouth – -1 points

Goal of the week – Hamza Choudhury. 2m31s.

Gameweek 20 results and December manager of the month

Here are the top 20, following gameweek 20, before we hit 2020.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
59 1221
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
71 1178
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
66 1177
4
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
74 1173
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
61 1168
6
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
60 1147
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
47 1147
8
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
58 1143
9
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
69 1142
10
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
64 1140
11
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
56 1137
12
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
42 1130
13
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
64 1124
14
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
54 1120
15
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
64 1117
16
Ole’s Revival
Patrick Martin
57 1111
17
Reluctant Soldier
Trevor Gordon
75 1108
18
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
76 1104
19
Cookie fc
Peter Cook
66 1103
20
But da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
48 1097

Locky’s sit at the top as we head into the new decade. It’s their tenth consecutive week at the top of the pile. They hold a 43 point lead over Game of Stones. Their lead was at it’s greatest last week, stretching to 51 points and it’s been fairly consistently at around 40 points since gameweek 11. The chasing pack can’t quite put a run together of outscoring Locky’s enough to close the gap. I have no idea if that last sentence makes sense.

This week Rock Ya Sin scored highest with 77 points. They sit just outside this top 20 with 1095 points. They benefitted from Danny Ings stepping in to fill the void left by Jamie Vardy’s non-appearance. It was the gameweek that was maybe expected to test the strength of the bench the most and it was mostly to cover Leicester absentees. I think we pretty much all had to call on at least one of our substitutes with the Vardy omission. Soyuncu, Pereira, Chilwell, Tielemans and Praet were all benched. James Maddison was too, but came on for a one point cameo.

Managers had varying degrees of success with their benches – most saw the likes of Kelly, Rico and Cantwell promoted to the tune of a few points. Special mention to Musttryharder who had Vardy as captain with De Bruyne has their vice. Traore took Vardy’s place in the team and Baldock replaced Lundstram for a total of 30 additional points, doubling their score and maintaining their place in the top 10. Smooth.

The December prize has been won by The Reluctant Soldier. This month they’ve achieved five out of six green arrows, rising 700,000 places in the overall ranks. They backed Vardy with the armband for the first four weeks, then switched to Alli last week and De Bruyne this week. All returned. Any captain advice needed – ask The Reluctant Soldier.

1
Reluctant Soldier
Trevor Gordon
75 378
2
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
54 373
3
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
76 367
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
58 364
5
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
56 362
6
Pukki Blinders
David Spinks
62 361

 

December Manager of the Month – Trevor Gordon – The Reluctant Soldier – 378 points

Manager of the week – Rock Ya Sin – Paul Bentz – 77 points

Player of the week – Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 14 points

Bargain of the week – Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton – 12 points

Twat of the week – Adrian Mariappa – Watford – -2 points

Goal of the week – Aaron Mooy. 2m20s.

Gameweek 13 results

There is only one captain choice for double digit and regular 20+ point returns at the moment. Jamie Vardy seems capable of scoring against any opposition. He has become the first player to pass the 100 point barrier this season and with his next four fixtures being against bottom half teams in dreadful form, why not just set him up with the armband and leave it? He could quite conceivably return another 80 points by the end of that run. Looking for alternatives could cost you dearly regardless of who anybody else may be playing. Sadie Mane’s form and record against Palace tempted a few people this week. In the 82nd minute on Saturday, Palace equalised, wiping out Mane’s clean sheet point and putting his full bonus haul in jeopardy, while Vardy despatched his retaken penalty to assure his top bonus and kill Brighton off.

He’s no James Tarkowski, mind. The Burnley defender is the weekly top scorer for a second consecutive gameweek with a defender’s full house. If he makes it a hat trick, I’m retiring.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
67 822
2
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
69 799
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
72 790
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
64 786
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
73 780
6
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
64 769
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
70 759
8
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
64 750
9
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
80 748
10
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
64 739

The Mane captain choice was favoured by our highest scoring manager this week. FTM had nine out of eleven players returning to post an 85 point score. It moves them up to third in the November manager of the month table. There could realistically be as many as 20 managers in the hunt for our latest prize. Not many points separate a lot of teams.

Manager of the week – FTM – Stu Smith – 85 points

Player of the week – James Tarkowski – Burnley – 17 points

Bargain of the week – John Fleck – Sheffield United – 13 points

Twat of the week – Simon Francis – Bournemouth – -3 points

Goal of the week – Joao Moutinho.