Gameweek 27 results

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 41 1,472
2 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 46 1,469
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 35 1,447
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 66 1,426
5 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 23 1,420
6 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 60 1,411
7 Ciderheads Darren Pope 52 1,408
8 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 34 1,402
9 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 37 1,395
10 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 38 1,395
11 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 43 1,389
12 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 45 1,386
13 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 28 1,362
14 Van Damme United P Hawkins 41 1,362
15 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 27 1,354
16 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 30 1,342
17 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 43 1,326
18 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 49 1,325
19 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 35 1,301
20 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 28 1,300
21 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 28 1,284
22 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 46 1,273
23 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 35 1,271
24 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 42 1,228
25 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 37 1,225
26 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 27 1,212
27 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 53 1,183
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 22 1,137
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 43 995

 

This weekend the average score across the whole game was only 34 points, so despite looking like a table full of low-ish scores in the 30’s and 40’s, the majority of Buckets managers actually performed quite well. Two totals jump out towards the top of the table. Hedgehog’s 66 points, based on the brave/stupid decision to make Papiss Cisse their captain, wins the manager of the week award and secures their bye into the first round proper of the Buckets Cup. RayCrawfordsCrackers couldn’t quite match that to notch their eighth weekly award, but their 60 points was more than enough to clinch them the February Manager of the Month prize.

1 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 60 238
2 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 43 226
3 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 46 214
4 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 45 214
5 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 49 214
6 Van Damme United P Hawkins 41 214

 

There’s no reason why a reduction in the amount of fixtures should lead to such a low scoring average, but with four of the eight games finishing 1-0, and only 15 goals scored, it was one of those weekends in which defences came out on top. Both of our 60+ scorers had Daryl Janmaat in their defence – a wise choice considering Newcastle were up against Villa this weekend. Janmaat assisted Cisse’s goal and is now the second highest assisting defender behind Leighton Baines. In fact, only seven other players can beat his total of seven assists, and he betters the totals of the likes of Ozil, Cazorla, Nasri and Silva. RCC’s had Jason Puncheon in their midfield – our highest scoring player of the week. Palace were the only team to score three this weekend, and Puncheon had a hand in all of them. Team mate Glen Murray is our bargain buy of the week, despite being sent off.

Check the Buckets Cup link for the cup draw. It’s about to happen….

 

Player of the week – Jason Puncheon – 14 points. Palace looking safer with every passing week.

Bargain of the week – Glen Murray – 9 points. Three in two and one week off.

Donkey of the week – Wes Brown – -2 points. It wouldn’t be a donkey ist without Wes Brown on it. Poor sod didn’t even do anything.

Goal of the week – Jordan Henderson. Narrowly beating Liverpool’s other goal from their defeat of City

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Gameweek 34 results

1 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 64 2,126
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 63 2,052
3 The Magico Rob Buttaci 63 2,033
4 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 55 2,024
5 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 69 2,011
6 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 38 2,009
7 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 79 1,974
8 Ciderheads Darren Pope 48 1,953
9 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 45 1,945
10 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 59 1,938
11 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 39 1,932
12 Have a little dink Ian Williams 74 1,904
13 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 57 1,883
14 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 42 1,877
15 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 41 1,866
16 Kedah FA David Spinks 74 1,843
17 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 44 1,816
18 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 48 1,812
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 73 1,801
20 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 65 1,788
21 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 40 1,776
22 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 49 1,769
23 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 53 1,766
24 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 54 1,760
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 37 1,704
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 44 1,603

 

It’s been a pivotal week in the race for the Premier League title, and the battle to avoid relegation. In the Buckets League – it hasn’t. Nothing’s really changed, and that’s largely due to a damp squib of a double gameweek in which all those expected to rack up the points didn’t really deliver. Most managers seemed to go with either Yaya Toure or Romelu Lukaku as captain. Toure lasted 18 minutes of the defeat by Liverpool and so finished the week on a single point. Lukaku completed both his games but contributed nothing. The player of the week was Jason Puncheon. He scored 23 points – a weekly total only bettered by Toure and Luis Suarez this season. Palace’s two victories virtually ensure Premier League football at Selhurst next season. Puncheon has achieved three successive double figure match scores, and it’s three successive matches in which he’s achieved three bonus points.

The best bargain buy turned out to be Connor Wickham. If the defeat to Liverpool merely dented Manchester City’s title hopes, the unexpected draw at home to Sunderland took them outside, kicked the shit out of them and left them bleeding and unconscious in a ditch. Something like that. And Liverpool and Chelsea have Wickham to thank for that. He appears in 0.1% of FPL teams and absolutely no Buckets teams, yet he scored twice and got full bonus marks in a game that Sunderland really should have held on to win.

Rip Roaring Reds chose David Silva as captain. Not a bad choice – and enough to help in posting the highest weekly score. Frustratingly, the 12 points picked up in the Liverpool defeat were all that Silva could contribute. He was ruled out of the Sunderland game with an injury. Other notable double gameweek contributions from Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley and Scott Dann held off challenges from Have A Little Dink, Kedah FA and Biscuitmen, all of whom had Puncheon – just not as captain.

So, Romeo’s maintain their lead. Their 64 points keeps them well ahead of Panza. Neil Madrid and Shakin’ Stephens leapfrog Sporting, who had a terrible week managing only 38 points. Another week like that and they’ll be out of the running for a top four prize.

Player of the week – Jason Puncheon – 23 points. Up to number 10 on the midfielders list.

Bargain of the week – Connor Wickham – 15 points. Poyet giving him a deserved chance – 8 months too late.

Donkey of the week – Chico Flores – -2 points. Unlucky to be sent off.

Goal of the week – Olivier Giroud. …does Bergkamp.

Gameweek 34 preview

12 Apr 15:07 Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
12 Apr 15:07 Fulham v Norwich
12 Apr 15:07 Southampton v Cardiff City
12 Apr 15:07 Stoke City v Newcastle
12 Apr 15:07 Sunderland v Everton
12 Apr 15:07 West Brom v Tottenham
13 Apr 13:37 Liverpool v Man City
13 Apr 16:07 Swansea v Chelsea
15 Apr 19:45 Arsenal v West Ham
16 Apr 19:45 Everton v Crystal Palace
16 Apr 19:45 Man City v Sunderland

As well as being aware of the fact that it’s a double gameweek for Everton, City, Sunderland and Palace, managers should also take note that Hull and Manchester United don’t play at all. Hull are competing in the FA Cup semi finals this weekend and their league game with United has been rescheduled for the next double gameweek – gameweek 37.
Of the four teams playing twice, three are definitely worth some transfer investment. You know which three. If you’ve any Sunderland players already in your squad, then by all means play them, but it’d be a waste of a transfer bringing in any Mackem fresh faces. Never mind the fact that they’ve beaten both Everton and City already this season. Their current form is bad, and getting worse. They look resigned to relegation, and their own manager has said they need a miracle. There are plenty of players from the teams playing once this week (Southampton and Stoke in particular) that offer up more points potential than most of the likely Sunderland starting XI.

One more win for Palace could see them safe. They’ve given us the bargain player of the week for the last two weeks. Jason Puncheon at £5 million will probably start both of their games, as should Joel Ward, who at £4.4 million, and along with his fellow defenders, offers the best chance of good double gameweek returns. You could optimistically expect them to keep a clean sheet at home to Villa. Against in-form, free scoring Everton that’s a less likely prospect. Although the ever present Julian Speroni could rack up some decent save bonuses in that game, and post a healthy double figure score.

Everton will expect six points from their two games and a hatful of goals. They’ve scored three in their last four league outings. Which makes Romelu Lukaku the obvious choice for a transfer. Ably assisting Lukaku in recent weeks has been the much cheaper, but no less lethal Gary Naismith, who will only set you back a measly £4.6 million. If clean sheets come with the goals, then Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines can be expected, as usual, to also offer good returns.

Don’t be put off by the potential injury indicator next to Yaya Toure’s name on your team sheet. It’s highly unlikely he’ll be missing for what could be a title decider, and the game of the season. Good news for City is that Sergio Aguero is back in contention, although that may not be the best news for those managers who’ve been benefiting from Edin Dzeko’s goals in his absence. Will the manager ease Aguero back in, risk him from the start or pair the two strikers together? Aguero will get game time, but Dzeko should still get more.

As we saw in gameweek 31 fleshing your team out with double gameweekers does reap rewards. This week you need to decide whether you drop your single gameweeking big names in favour of those playing twice. Could you be tempted to leave the slightly out of form Danny Sturridge on the bench – or any Liverpool player for that matter, given that they’re playing Man City? Eden Hazard’s injury gives those with the Chelsea’s main man in their teams a bit of breathing space for transfers. Early reports are that he’ll miss two games. Benching him until then is an option, but when there’s a double gameweek to take advantage of, you may be foolsih not to take the opportunity

Gameweek 33 results

1 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 83 2,066
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 58 1,993
3 The Magico Rob Buttaci 56 1,978
4 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 51 1,971
5 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 51 1,969
6 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 63 1,946
7 Ciderheads Darren Pope 50 1,905
8 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 51 1,900
9 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 52 1,895
10 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 58 1,893
11 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 40 1,879
12 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 62 1,835
13 Have a little dink Ian Williams 54 1,830
14 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 60 1,826
15 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 42 1,825
16 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 32 1,776
17 Kedah FA David Spinks 47 1,773
18 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 47 1,768
19 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 46 1,736
20 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 46 1,728
21 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 43 1,727
22 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 66 1,720
23 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 53 1,713
24 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 46 1,706
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 36 1,667
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 32 1,559

 

Romeo’s have won their seventh Manager of the week award, and in doing so set a new record for weekly awards won in a single season. The 83 points they scored strengthens their position at the top of the table. Panza, in second, have a 69 point gap to overcome. With each passing week it’s looking more likely that Romeo’s will be our 2013-2014 champions. Unless they fuck up the two double gameweeks coming their way.

Romeo’s were almost 20 points better off than the next best team of the week. Each of their strikers posted double figure scores and their defence managed 26 points between them. Steven Gerrard top scored for them, netting two penalties for the second time in five weeks. It’s six in six for the Reds’ captain, whose in better form than Daniel Sturridge at the moment.

It was another gameweek of 30+ goals. Newcastle conceded their obligatory four to a Manchester United side that may have turned their 23rd corner of the season. Juan Mata starred for them scoring double figures for the second consecutive week. He’s player of the week this week. It appears United don’t need Van Persie or Rooney – just Mata (who is probably a better layer than both of them) to be played in his preferred position. And with next weeks double gameweek looming, those who may have been dithering over whether to invest in any Palace players will probably now be totally convinced following their sweeping aside of Cardiff. Another clean sheet – that’s eight under Pulis’ reign – and a match winning performance from Jason Puncheon serve up plenty of options in that important £4-5 million bracket.

Player of the week – Juan Mata – 19 points. Could he lead them back into Champions League contention?

Bargain of the week – Jason Puncheon – 16 points. Miraculously, Palace are just about safe now.

Donkey of the week – Mikel Arteta – -1 points. The latest in a long line of dreadful weeks for the Arsenal.

Goal of the week – Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea’s loss.

 

Gameweek 20 results

1 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 49 1,188
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 47 1,181
3 Ciderheads Darren Pope 42 1,177
4 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 44 1,169
5 The Magico Rob Buttaci 57 1,166
6 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 35 1,163
7 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 48 1,161
8 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 36 1,159
9 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 40 1,143
10 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 50 1,134
11 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 49 1,121
12 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 40 1,119
13 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 40 1,103
14 Kedah FA David Spinks 37 1,089
15 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 48 1,074
16 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 27 1,066
17 Have a little dink Ian Williams 35 1,060
18 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 59 1,059
19 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 36 1,043
20 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 55 1,020
21 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 45 1,008
22 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 47 997
23 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 39 976
24 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 42 971
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 72 959
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 34 878

Another week in which the the majority of teams landed in and around the average score, with no-one in the hunt for the title really losing or gaining ground on anyone else. Yet, look down the league – way, way down to the bottom – and you’ll find for the third time in four gameweeks a team way off the pace posting a score way above anybody else. Real Jorvik’s 72 points didn’t so anything for their position, but it gets them a place on the roll of honour. Jorvik’s winning combination included a clean sweep of clean sheets, plus two goals by defenders. Add to that Theo Walcott, whose return to the starting line up has seen him score five goals and 47 fantasy points in five games. And Emmanuel Adebayor, who as Jorvik’s captain, added 16 points to the total score. Adebayor has scored three in four and 31 fantasy points.

We’ve got a weekend’s break now for the FA Cup, which certain sides will be glad of. Some managers may see the FA Cup weekend as an opportunity to blood a few youngsters or give a few periphery players a chance. More importantly, they may be able to rest a few players, and allow others to come back from injury. December’s schedule claimed a few victims – particularly from Arsenal. Theo Walcott’s return to the side, and instant return to form will be a welcome relief to Arsene Wenger as he has to get through the first few weeks of January without Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey. They formed the backbone of many Buckets teams up until they all got injured within days of each other. Walcott seems to have taken on the mantle of all three.

In the case of Adebayor, you have to wonder what AVB was thinking. He obviously, for some reason, took an instant dislike, much like he did with some Chelsea players during his reign there. By reintroducing Adebaoyr, Spurs now look much more potent, and Roberto Soldado looks revived playing with a strike partner. It looks likely he’ll retain his place in the side for the foreseeable, and you can snap him up now for under £8 million.

Player of the week – Daniel Agger – 15 points. Liverpool’s sixth player of the week award – five of which have been won by Suarez of course. 

Bargain of the week – Jason Puncheon – 10 points. A sub £5 million first choice for the last eight gameweeks.

Donkey of the week – Kevin Nolan – -2 points. Temper temper. His second red in the space of a month.

Goal of the week – Wilfried Bony. Against City.

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