1  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
63 898
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
65 895
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
48 869
4  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
61 862
5  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
63 830
6  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
65 826
7  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
45 824
Adam Burnett
62 823
9  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
52 821
10  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
48 821
11  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 819
12  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
54 812
13  up FTM
Stu Smith
76 807
14  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
51 802
15  same King raggg
Steven Darling
57 798
16  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
63 790
17  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
52 790
18  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 787
19  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
51 785
20  down RICO UNITED
34 782
21  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
65 782
22  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
56 776
23  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
53 773
24  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
73 761
25  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
49 754
26  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
54 753
27  down Kompany & Co
44 752
28  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
30 733
29  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
44 732
30  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
59 730
31  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
50 730
56 729
33  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
45 726
34  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
59 724
35  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
55 719
36  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
53 715
37  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
39 711
38  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 708
39  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
46 703
40  same Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
47 699
41  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
43 689
42  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
58 688
43  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
46 680
44  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
42 670
45  same Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
51 664
46  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
47 650
47  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
46 648
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
50 642
49  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
56 617
50  up Ross’s champions
darren frankland
71 594
51  down The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
46 590


November Manager of the month – Neil Madrid – Neil Strong – 272 points

Madrid were in fourth at the start of the month, 60 or so points adrift of the top. They now occupy the number one position, having clawed back that gap to take the prize for November. Swapping and off-the-boil Hazard for Raheem Sterling at the point the City man went fantasy nuts was surely the key. Madrid have posted five consecutive green arrow scores that has seen them rise from 196,000 to 13,000 overall. Check me out.

1  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
63 272
2  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
61 263
3  up FTM
Stu Smith
76 256
4  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
52 242
5  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 240


Manager of the week – FTM – Stu Smith – 76 points

FTM’s second week winning score in three wasn’t quite enough to push them to the summit of the monthly table, being let down arguably by their GW13 score. Nevertheless, they have climbed from 22nd to the outskirts of the top 10 and look set to push on through December. FTM are loving West Ham right now. Ahead of their favourable run of fixtures they picked up 15 points from Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson. As with many teams, Sterling became default captain through Aguero’s absence, and a five man defence, also popular this week, propspered to he tune of 35 points. Only Jose Holebas failed to deliver a clean sheet.

Player of the week – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 16 points

Maybe game of the season. Maybe the best Arsenal have played in a decade. And as Raheem Sterling became the first player to pass the 100 point barrier, PEA hit his 9th and 10th goals of the season to move within nine points of the same target. Aubameyang comes into serious contention now, particularly with an injury to Sergio Aguero, Liverpool relying on Divock Origi, inevitable City rotation, and no-one quite sure whether Harry Kane is paying well or not. Spurs’ run of fixtures into February could result in a period of heavy scoring for the England captain. Arsenal’s, on paper, don’t look as easy, but their star striker looks capable of scoring past anyone at any time. His overall Premier League record is 20 goals in 27 appearances. With 23 matches of the season remaining, there’s a strong possibility he’ll get close to the 30 goal mark. Why would you want to miss out on all that?

Bargain of the week – Javier Hernandez – West Ham United – 13 points

Somewhat of an unexpected result, but one that should alert fantasy bosses to the potential value of one or two West Ham assets in their team. Hernandez may not start every week however, so maybe steering towards Arnautovic or Anderson would reap more rewards. West Ham don’t play a top six team again until GW22.

Twat of the week – Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham Hotspur – -3 points

The game started boiling over in the first half so there was a certain inevitability about a red card being dished out at some point. Vertonghen conceded the penalty and looked rattled throughout until he finally lost it after Arsenal had bagged their 4th goal. Despite the aforementioned fixture swing in favour of Spurs, I wouldn’t go anywhere near any of these defenders.

Goal of the week – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 1m14s in. This game had it all.


Gameweek 21 results

January 4, 2013

1 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 61 1,140
2 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 77 1,119
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 50 1,119
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 50 1,114
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 61 1,102
6 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 71 1,098
7 Les Canaris David Spinks 52 1,097
8 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 40 1,066
9 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 81 1,065
10 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 69 1,063
11 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 37 1,048
12 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 67 1,048
13 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 79 1,045
14 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 71 1,014
15 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 64 1,008
16 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 44 1,006
17 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 65 1,005
18 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 56 996
19 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 74 992
20 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 87 988
21 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 52 966
22 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 67 962
23 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 36 956
24 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 66 950
25 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 33 921
26 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 41 902
27 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 36 888

Part of the key to this year’s league is to guess when not to have Robin Van Persie as your captain. He’s more than capable of top scoring every week. He’s managed double figures on 5 occasions  He’s contributed with either a goal or an assist in each of the last 8 weeks. He’s a pretty safe bet to get you 10+ points if you hand him the captaincy whoever United play. When they play Wigan – it’s a shoe in. Having said all that – he’s not player of the week. Luis Suarez matched Van Persie’s stats, and as he’s the cheaper player, so he wins the player of the week award. Suarez is in a rich vein of form also. That’s 4 consecutive scoring weeks for him – the second in a row in which he’s hit double figures. Matching both Suarez and Van Persie stat for stat, but for one less bonus point, was Javier Hernandez. If you can guess the weeks that Fergie’s going to plump for the Mexican, again, you’re almost certainly on for a high score. This week he managed 15 points. He’s played a full 90 minutes on 4 other occasions this season. He’s scored more than 9 points in 3 of those games. Until Rooney returns, you suspect he’ll keep his place. Fergie may even try to accommodate all three – as he did against West Ham some weeks back – although that only ended in a 1-0 victory. Too many cocks…I mean cooks.

And so the big Buckets scorers this week had a combination of two of these brace scoring strikers. No team was lucky enough to have all three. Pretty Schitty City had Van Persie and Hernandez – and top scored with 87 points. Neil Madrid also had RVP and Hernandez. Goodbutnosigurdsson and Pimp My Side had Suarez and RVP – which bodes well for them for the coming weeks, given the form that both are in. Shoe-horning Van Persie in is probably impossible without having to sell 3 or 4 other players – and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to do it with Suarez too, as his value increases again week on week.

There are hints of a few changes in fortune for various players and teams. Stoke conceded 3 for the second consecutive week, and Liverpool look a lot more attractive a proposition as they scored 3 and kept a clean sheet for the second consecutive week. Skrtel, Agger and Johnson are all in the top 10 scoring defenders, not so much for their defensive play, but for their goals, assists and bonus scoring. The same can be said for Patrice Evra, who assisted again this week, to add to the 2 goals he scored in weeks 18 and 19. Pablo Zabaleta is City’s go to defender at the moment. Another not keeping as many clean sheets as you’d want him too, but very capable of chipping in with a goal and assist every couple of weeks. Zabaleta’s place in the team looks nailed on for a good few weeks to come yet with both Richards and Maicon injured, and only at a price of 5.9 million. Liverpool’s upturn in form has coincided not only with Suarez’s latest scoring burst, but Steven Gerrard seems to have woken up aswell. It’s 5 consecutive scoring games for him now. It might not have looked likekly at the start of the season, but as the new year starts, Liverpool might be the go to team for affordable players, at the expense of the likes of Stoke, Norwich and Swansea, whose form has all waned slightly. It’s been 4 gameweeks since a Michu goal.

  • Player of the week – Luis Suarez – 16 points. On for a 30 goal season?
  • Bargain of the week – Joey O’Brien – 15 points. Subbed before West Ham conceded.
  • Donkey of the week – Robert Huth – 0 points. Time to change the defence?

Goal of the week

Weedy bloke. Thunderous free kick.

Gameweek 11 results

November 12, 2012


# Team Manager GW TOT
1 Les Canaris David Spinks 48 603
2 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 55 597
3 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 60 582
4 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 51 580
5 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 51 578
6 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 48 577
7 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 72 574
8 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 48 569
9 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 28 561
10 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 41 549
11 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 45 548
12 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 50 542
13 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 54 534
14 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 31 529
14 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 51 529
16 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 59 528
17 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 50 528
18 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 58 525
19 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 76 524
20 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 51 511
21 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 44 508
22 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 31 507
23 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 48 497
24 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 47 496
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 32 463
26 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 42 455
27 Shadwell Town Ed Carter 22 452
28 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 44 447


Inter Ealing are this weeks top scorers with 76 points. Employing Dimitar Berbatov as captain was a risk worth taking against Arsenal. He bagged two goals, an assist and top bonus marks – times all that by 2 and you get 32 points. That’s more than some teams this week – including Rip Roaring Reds who are dropping like a stone.

Another week in which the best defences in the land couldn’t stop the opposition from scoring. City, United, Everton and Arsenal all had to come from behind. West Ham and Stoke now lead the way in the clean sheet league. Jussi Jaaskelainen and Asmir Begovic lead the goalkeeping charts, closely followed by John Ruddy. Norwich kept their 4th clean sheet at the weekend. That’s one more than last season already.

There was a clutch of players scoring doubles this week. Berbatov was one. Olivier Giroud scored two in the same game for Arsenal. Andreas Weimann put Villa 2-0 up against United, only for Javier Hernandez to score his brace to win the game for them. That’s Hernandez’s 3rd and 4th Premier League goals of the season. He’s outscoring Wayne Rooney, who at this rate could find himself on the bench and relegated to third choice striker. Rooney’s not a popular choice at the moment. His value has dropped, has an own goal and a penalty miss to his name, and currently appears in less squads than Pavel Pogrebnyak.

City’s comeback against Spurs was thanks to Edin Dzeko. Dzeko has appeared in 9 of City’s 11 games, but only completed 90 minutes twice. Yet, he has 6 goals and an assist. His points to minutes played ratio must be the best in the league. He doesn’t appear in many squads though.    A supersub in form is an FPL headache. You know if you pick him he either won’t play, or worse still come on for a minute and score you one measly point while your first choice substitute scores a hat trick.

This season’s Buckets League is bubbling along quite nicely. We’ve seen Rip Roaring Reds drop from first with a 30 point cushion down to 9th and 40 points off the top in a matter of weeks. That’s how quickly things can change. A lot of teams still have a chance. Les Canaris had an average week. There were some big movers just below. The mid table is tightly packed. And Shadwell Town are on holiday.


  • Player of the week – Dimitar Berbatov – 16 points. Moves into the top 10 scoring strikers.
  • Bargain of the week – Andreas Weimann – 12 points. One of four players to score a double this week.
  • Donkey of the week – Ron Vlaar – -1 points. Unlucky, but the own goal turned the game against United.

Goal of the weekend


It was only a matter of time before Fellaini gets a goal of the week

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