Gameweek 38 results

May 23, 2017

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2315
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 2312
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
77 2274
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 2255
down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
87 2238
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 2221
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
91 2215
down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
70 2208
same Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
97 2175
10  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
84 2161
11  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
97 2157
12  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
75 2134
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
76 2123
14  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
80 2114
15  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
90 2107
16  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
80 2100
17  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
94 2093
18  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
77 2090
19  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
66 2076
20  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
76 2066
21  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
61 2063
22  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
78 2051
23  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
66 2044
24  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
51 2027
25  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
62 2024
26  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
100 2021
27  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
76 2017
28  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
49 2016
29  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
80 2008
30  up jetty city
scott mcgow
73 1979
31  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
73 1977
32  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
74 1968
33  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
77 1960
34  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
89 1958
35  up FTM
Stu Smith
92 1930
36  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
66 1907
37  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
68 1871
38  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
67 1869
39  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
68 1868
40  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
44 1866
41  same Dj daz
darren frankland
74 1857
42  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
65 1843
43  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
68 1822
44  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
79 1821
45  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
57 1810
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
43 1742
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
40 1714
48  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
56 1705
49  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
71 1656
50  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
54 1655
51  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
49 1645
52  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
55 1638
53  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
59 1635

A typically crazy last week in which the Buckets league clocked up another couple of century scores. I’m pretty sure this season has seen more 100+ totals by our managers than any other. I suppose it helps there being 53 of us.

And all you had to do was concentrate on the top five. They scored 23 goals between them. The fixtures had fallen very kindly. As expected, Manchester City walloped Watford, Chelsea thumped Sunderland, Spurs annihilated Hull and Liverpool comfortably despatched of Boro. Even Arsenal, arguably with the trickiest tie, managed to hit three past Everton with ten men.

The four goals Harry Kane hit against Leicester on Thursday convinced many of us to go with him as captain. A simple choice – totally justified. His 17 points made him player of the week for the second week running and for the third time in total. Any combination of this supporting cast of usual suspects – Aguero, Hazard, Coutinho, Sanchez, Alli, De Bruyne, Pedro, Lallana, Jesus, Eriksen (the list goes on) – pretty much guaranteed you your 80+ score.

Kebab Eaters won the week, and fittingly, their 110 points was enough to see them jump into fourth place in the final table and claim the last cash prize. They pipped Edgbaston, who finished 5th for a second consecutive year. They should take some consolation in the fact they clinched the May manager of the month prize. Their record breaking total from last week virtually guaranteed the award, and despite the 87 points they achieved this week not being enough to hang onto fourth, it was more than enough to earn them a place on the role of honour. Here’s the May table…

same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
87 355
same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 336
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 331
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 329
same nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
90 329
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 325
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
97 324

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 17 points. Pretty much guarantees his most valuable player status for next season.

Bargain of the week – Geoff Cameron – 12 points. Er!

Donkey of the week – Laurent Koscielny – -2 points. What was he thinking?

Goal of the week – Aaron Ramsey. Probably the first thing he’s done all season.

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Gameweek 37 preview

May 19, 2017

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

We’ve made it to the final week of the season. The race for this year’s Buckets title is between three teams. When Harry Met Alli lead The Craggy Islanders by two points. Long time leaders, Aquamar, are 30 or so points back in third. WHMA have their All Out Attack chip remaining, and given the crazy goalfests you often get in gameweek 38, it might be the best time to play it. It might be what gets them over the line ahead of their rivals.

Five other teams go into the week with a realistic chance of finishing fourth. Kebab Eaters United have their All Out Attack remaining. Hedgehog Corpse have a triple captain to play, and they have Gabriel Jesus and Alexis Sanchez in their squad. Manchester City and Arsenal are two of the three teams left with something to play for and those two players were two of the top five scorers from last week’s mega double gameweek. That’s not to rule out last week’s high scorers, Edgbaston, last year’s champs, FC Caligula, and double manager of the month, Rico United. It’s the creme de la creme.

The other team with something to fight for are Liverpool, who, due to their lack of action in double gameweeks, have fallen off the fantasy radar a little. Their rout of West Ham last week, and the fact they take on a relegated Middlesbrough at home this week, should turn your attention to that elite midfield bunch of theirs for one last time this season. Philippe Coutinho seems the obvious choice and would only cost £8.6 million. They’ve also finally figured out how to defend with four clean sheets in their last five. Joel Matip leads the way in their defence with three two point bonus performances in that run.

Gameweek 37 preview

May 12, 2017

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

Here it is. The gameweek that will probably decide so much. The title chase could take a dramatic turn this week. It’s a three horse race. Aquamar have been at the top since February 2nd. They built a lead, but over the last few weeks, The Craggy Islanders and When Harry Met Alli have chipped away. Aquamar go into this double gameweek with 12 players potentially playing twice, as do WHMA. Both have played their bench boost. The Craggy Islanders haven’t. They have 13 players lined up for a double appearance and their bench boost chip remaining. They’ve two free transfers this week. Expect 15 double gameweekers and put your money on The Craggy Islanders for the trophy.

The race for fourth should be as keenly contested. Rico, Hedgehogs, Kebab Eaters, Edgbaston and Caligula are separated by 38 points. Rico are in the box seat at the moment but have no wildcards or chips remaining. Hedgehogs are somehow still sat on their bench boost AND triple captain. Kebab Eaters have a wildcard left, and both Edgbaston and Caligula have their bench boost to play. I’m predicting a bench boost bonanza this week. How well that chip is played will probably determine our fourth place finisher.

Release The Hounds are the current holders of the highest weekly score. It’s 108 points, and they managed that in GW21. That’s got to go this week. If When Harry Met Alli can get a triple figure score from a double gameweek in which only two teams played twice, imagine what could be achieved this week. Ten teams take to the pitch for a second time, and that includes five of the top six. That’s 21 of the top 30 available players POTENTIALLY playing twice.

But only potentially. Chelsea could have the league wrapped up by this evening. If that happens, with the FA Cup final on the horizon, expect rotation for the Watford game. John Terry is bound to get a run out. Cesc Fabregas and Willian deserve more than a few more cameo appearances and will also probably start. We need a West Brom result – with a few Chelsea goals. That would keep Spurs going too. There’s less chance of rotation at the Lane, mainly because there’s not really anyone to rotate to, but how demoralised might they be come Sunday knowing they came so close for a second consecutive year? Surely Harry Kane’s pursuit of the golden boot should keep him motivated. It’s tricky. With something to play for, Arsenal and Manchester City are much better placed for this gameweek. If you’ve a wildcard kicking around – lucky you.

Gameweek 33 results

April 18, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
58 1927
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
88 1850
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
51 1844
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
61 1834
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
65 1818
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
51 1815
same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
46 1786
same Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
47 1782
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
69 1780
10  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
68 1780
11  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 1762
12  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
56 1758
13  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
62 1756
14  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
56 1754
15  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
58 1753
16  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
45 1748
17  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
45 1742
18  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
56 1740
19  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
53 1739
20  same Cooksters
Peter Cook
44 1727
21  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
77 1725
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
61 1716
23  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 1714
24  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
42 1694
25  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
74 1692
26  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
54 1681
27  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
52 1679
28  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
48 1679
29  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
38 1678
30  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
70 1678
31  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
47 1673
32  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
57 1634
33  up jetty city
scott mcgow
75 1630
34  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
59 1627
35  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
45 1617
36  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
50 1603
37  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
50 1598
38  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
41 1572
39  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
54 1565
40  down FTM
Stu Smith
39 1554
41  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
72 1531
42  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
46 1521
43  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
59 1512
44  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
47 1495
45  same Dj daz
darren frankland
48 1481
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
51 1458
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
60 1444
48  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
42 1425
49  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
48 1421
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
45 1408
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
37 1357
52  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
65 1353
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
66 1343

 

Kebab Eaters are now the main challengers to Aquamar after recording the highest score of the weekend to leapfrog When Harry Met Alli and The Craggy Islanders into second place. They scored 88 points with nine players registering a score other than their basic appearance points. Harry Kane was brought in to accompany Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli – and that Spurs combination contributed 34 points. Kane played alongside fellow flat track bully, Romelu Lukaku, who also got his usual home goal against lesser opposition. And it seems nothing can stop Phil Jagielka scoring at the moment. Kebab Eaters took a chance on him grabbing his third goal in as many games – and it paid off.

 

Player ofthe week – Vincent Kompany – 14 points. Back, but for how long?

Bargain of the week – Phil Jagielka – 11 points. Lethal.

Donkey of the week – Sam Byram – -2 points. Sent off in a draw against Sunderland. Could you be any more of a donkey?

Goal of the week – Xherdan Shaqiri. If only he was fit for more than one month of a season.

 

Gameweek 24 results

February 6, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
71 1353
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
88 1347
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
51 1335
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
55 1331
same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
77 1322
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
64 1293
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
78 1288
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
60 1284
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
60 1279
10  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
54 1268
11  up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
60 1268
12  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
66 1251
13  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
42 1250
14  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
57 1244
15  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
53 1242
16  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
43 1241
17  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
49 1241
18  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
72 1239
18  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 1239
20  same Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
43 1224
21  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
70 1224
22  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
35 1223
23  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
69 1223
24  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
70 1222
25  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
48 1215
26  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
45 1203
27  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
67 1197
28  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
78 1186
29  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
44 1185
30  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
51 1181
31  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
64 1172
32  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
43 1170
33  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
44 1158
34  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
47 1155
35  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
35 1149
36  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
41 1131
37  up jetty city
scott mcgow
97 1130
38  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
51 1125
39  same FTM
Stu Smith
49 1119
40  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
34 1118
41  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
56 1106
42  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
81 1103
43  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
56 1095
44  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
79 1094
45  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
53 1093
46  up Dj daz
darren frankland
67 1082
47  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
53 1071
48  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
50 1019
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
30 1004
50  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
58 983
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
47 975
52  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
31 971
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
70 962

 

Jetty City, for the second consecutive week, win manager of the week. They were the only team to manage a 50+ score during the drab midweek. This weekend they almost hit a century. Had they played their perfect XI or played their bench boost they’d have got past the 100 point mark and achieved the highest weekly score.

They were one of the few teams who went with a Lukaku/Defoe double pronged attack, captaining the Belgian, and picking up 55 points from their strike force along. That’s more points from two players than most teams managed with their full XI – the teams that unluckily had neither striker in their line up. There were plenty of teams carrying Lukaku, most notably our top two, Aquamar and When Harry Met Alli, who both handed him the armband.

Aquamar were involved in the biggest tie of the preliminary round of the Buckets Cup, coming up against sixth placed Kebab Eaters United and triumphing 71-64. It’s unlucky on Kebab Eaters who were the second highest scoring losers of the round. Shoelace crept through scoring only 35 points to Bazza 28 United’s 30. No Fuchs Given and 4 Fuchs Ake’s victories have set up a Fuchs derby in the first round proper, whilst the closest tie of the round saw Hedgehog’s beat Uriah’s on goals scored, 5 to 4 – Lukaku the difference again. All results and revised first round draw are on the Buckets Cup page.

 

Player of the week – Romelu Lukaku – 21 points. Cue kneejerk Lukaku transferring across the board.

Bargain of the week – Lamine Kone – 13 points. Palace doomed.

Donkey of the week – Jeff Hendrick – -2 points. He lasted six minutes.

Goal of the week – Eden Hazard.

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