End of season WINNERS, Last Man Standing, Teams and players of the season.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
65 2350
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
67 2270
3
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 2269
4
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
70 2263
5
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
63 2263
6
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
52 2248
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
72 2230
8
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
69 2228
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
66 2223
10
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
80 2211

Our final top ten looks like this. Caligula rose to the top in GW29 and stayed their till the end, stretching their lead week on week. Despite taking a tumble in the overall rankings in the last three gameweeks the gap back to their nearest Buckets rivals has steadily increased. Caligula returned after lockdown at 34k in the world. They end the season at just over 13k, having reached a high of just under 7.5k in GW35+. It’s their 7th top 20k finish in 14 seasons and it earns them their second Buckets title. Congratulations to them.

Game of Stones entered the top 10 in GW5 and stayed there for the duration, having brief spells at number one and never being outside of the top five. They reached a season high 24k in the world in GW25 and started the last nine gameweeks around the 39k mark, but as Caligula charged forward, Stones fell back. There was a lot of jockeying for position in behind Caligula within the top six over the nine weeks since the restart. Most held second position for at least a week, but none could put together a consistent run of scores to make ground on our champs.

Locky Bauer Bowyer became our first Last Man Standing winners. They saw off the final week challenge of Kebab Eaters and Sterling Silva by the finest of margins to take the prize. Locky’s also reached the highest overall rank of any other player during the course of the season. After GW11 they sat in 1,974th place and remained in the top 10k for the next nine weeks.

Mister D won the Buckets Cup at the first time of asking. Their impressive spurt during February and March set them up in the final against Neil Madrid. The final was played in GW30+ – the first back after lockdown. It produced the highest scoring Buckets Cup final to date with Mister D winning 105 to 95. Neil Madrid’s total would have won the Buckets Cup in any other year.

Gameweek 30+ saw many a Buckets team hit the hundred point mark. Five of the top ten hit triple digit returns, including Ginger Fizz, whose 124 points remained the highest weekly score of the season. It was a double gameweek with Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United all playing twice, which makes the single gameweek score in the final gameweek of 122 points by Upper Bullens all the more impressive. The Fizz’s 124 points was 21k in the world for weekly scores – Bullens’ total ranked them the 1,518th best team in the world. The Fizz followed up that 100+ effort with another two gameweeks later. Although less, the 106 points accrued in GW32+ was within the top 7k in the world for weekly scores. Within the first three weeks of the restart Ginger Fizz had climbed 400,000 places worldwide. It bagged them the June manager of the month award.

We had ten separate manager of the months this season and three teams who won more than one manager of the week award. They were Rock Ya-Sin (36th) King Ragg (44th) and FTM (26th). FC Caligula won MOTM once. Game Of Stones didn’t win it at all.

Mohamed Salah couldn’t make it three consecutive seasons as the highest scoring player. He finished second to Kevin De Bruyne, who successfully avoided both injury AND Pep roulette to hit 251 points, consisting of a new assist record (23) and 13 goals. Liverpool’s title winning season was the ultimate team effort. Points, goals and assists were shared around the team – although we’re still talking about the three highest scoring defenders, two of the three highest scoring midfielders and three of the four highest scoring players. When it comes to dishing out player of the year awards that split vote may hand that trophy to De Bruyne. Where would City have been without his contribution? You can also pick out any one of his four nominations for goal of the season too. Although, in truth, Son Heung-Min’s solo run against Burnely in GW16 probably just about shades it.

Team of the season

  • GK – Nick Pope – Burnley – 170 points
  • DR – Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – 210 points
  • DC – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 178 points
  • DC – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 144 points
  • DL – Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – 181 points
  • MR – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 233 points
  • MC – Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 251 points
  • MC – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 204 points
  • ML – Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 221 points
  • CF – Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 210 points
  • CF – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 205 points

Bargains of the season (with starting value)

  • GK – Dean Henderson – Sheffield United – 160 points – £4.5m
  • DR – Enda Stevens – Sheffield United – 142 points – £5m
  • DC – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 144 points – £4m
  • DC – John Egan – Sheffield United – 133 points – £4.5m
  • DL – George Baldock – Sheffield United – 142 points – £4.5m
  • MR – Adama Traore – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 130 points – £5m
  • MC – Mason Mount – Chelsea – 137 points – £6m
  • MC – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa – 149 points – £6m
  • ML – Harvey Barnes – Leicester City – 133 points – £6m
  • CF – Danny Ings – Southampton – 198 points – £6m
  • CF – Raul Jimenez – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 194 points – £7.5m

I’m not sure whether a defender has ever topped the 200 point mark – or outscored every single attacker other than the golden boot winner. Jamie Vardy may have banged in 23 goals but Trent Alexander-Arnold sits level on points with him having scored 4, assisted 15 and with 14 clean sheets. Might we be looking at the first £8 million defender at the start of next season?

We all know John Lundstram isn’t a central defender but for pretty much all of the first half of the season he was a FPL manager’s dream. A starting value of £4m and playing so far out of position he was almost in a different country. Unsurprisingly, Lundstram and his Sheffield United colleagues (the ACTUAL Blades defence) dominate the bargain differential squad of the season. The entire back line is red and white. Lundtsram is one of the seven players, along with TAA, who has returned a 20+ point weekly score. Michail Antonio’s four goals against Norwich a few weeks ago gave us the largest individual weekly total. The other four players to achieve the mark were Ayoze Perez, during Leicester’s 9-0 hammering of Southampton, Raheem Sterling in GW1 and GW35+, Sergio Ageuro, following a hat-trick against Villa – and Phil Foden in DGW30+, against Arsenal and Burnley. Manchester City players have achieved four of the nine highest gameweek scores since the restart.

Ryan Bertrand’s -6 in GW10 – the same week as Ayoze Perez scored 20+ – was the season’s lowest score. A bit unfair, considering he only lasted 11 minutes of the game, hobbling off to then watch his teammates implode as Leicester ran riot. Bertrand went into that game with only 5 points in the bank, having missed a few games with injury and not keeping a clean sheet in the games he had played. Credit to Southampton who finished the season impressively, beating Manchester City – and with Danny Ings coming close in the golden boot chase and being far and away the best value attacking player in the game for the whole season (not including Lundtsram of course – who really isn’t a defender).

 

 

 

 

Gameweek 37+results

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 2285
2
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
63 2217
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
76 2207
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
59 2204
5
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
63 2204
6
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
60 2193
7
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
63 2163
8
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
78 2162
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
70 2157
10
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
76 2153

As we go into the last week, 24 points separate the chasing five. Locky’s, in sixth, have their free hit remaining – the only one of the five with a remaining chip. It could be enough to see them leapfrog into second. Look out for Kebab Eaters, back in ninth, who are the only other top ten team with a chip left. They too have a free hit and could make a late charge, although they’d have to get everything right and hope for a major mess-up in those teams above them.

But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 almost got everything right this week. Their 94 points, which was the gameweek’s best, saw returns for all but two of their starting eleven, including 34 points from captain, Raheem Sterling. I doubt it’ll be enough to put them in contention for the final monthly prize. The July table currently looks like this…

1
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
63 367
2
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
72 365
3
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
63 351
4
Pukki Blinders
David Spinks
80 343
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 340
6
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
70 337
7
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
66 334
8
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
76 334
9
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
76 332

Our first Last Man Standing final will be between Sterling Silva, Locky Bauer Bowyer and Kebab Eaters Utd. Naston Villa and Relegation Material fell at the last this gameweek with 59 and 58 points respectively. It was very close, with Locky’s only suviving by a point. Sterling Silva go into the final week with the highest average score through July with between five to seven points more per week than their rivals. But Locky’s and Kebab Eaters have those free hits. It’s anyone’s.

 

Manager of the week – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 94 points

Player of the week – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 17 points

Bargain of the week – Erik Pieters – Burnley – 12 points

Twat of the week – Emiliano Buendia – Norwich City – -2 points

Goal of the week – Naby Keita.

Gameweek 16 results

How much longer before we’re completely rid of our Manchester City players? Raheem Sterling has exited close to a million teams in the last month and with that seen an almost half million pounds price drop. There comes a time when patience just becomes sheer stubbornness and stupidity. Let it go, let it go. And as for Kevin De Bruyne, the one asset we all thought we’d stick by… Just because he was dirt cheap in the first place, shouldn’t mean he’s not replacable when the points dry up. He doesn’t look quite so cheap now when you compare his current form to that of Son and Alli, or even Jonjo bloody Shelvey. It is Arsenal this weekend though?!

It was a good week for Locky’s at the top, re-establishing a lead with the highest score in the top ten. It looks like the Spurs bandwagon has been well and truly jumped upon by a number of teams, most notably our leaders and Atletico Chappers, who leap up into third – possibly their highest placing ever. Chappers opted away from Vardy as captain and chose Harry Kane, who posted only his second double digit score of the season – the first being in GW1. Smooth.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
79 1007
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
67 963
3
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
72 945
4
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
46 944
5
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
68 938
6
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
52 935
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
54 927
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
75 922
9
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
66 920
10
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
66 910

Our monster score of the week, however, came from Kebab Eaters, who despite being down in 33rd place are on a bit of a roll. They’ve climbed 3.5 million places in the last seven weeks, managing consecutive green arrows. This 94 point haul was in among the top 20k worldwide and was miraculously made up of a five man defence in a week in which only four teams kept clean sheets. Standard captain plus a nice smattering of Spurs players, which I imagine may increase over the coming weeks, also saw them race into early contention for the December monthly prize.

Manager of the week – Kebab Eaters United – Paul Howard – 94 points

Player of the week – Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – 16 points

Bargain of the week – George Baldock – Sheffield United – 14 points

Twat of the week – Matt Targett – Aston Villa – -1 points

Goal of the week – Heung-Min Son. 

Gameweek 36 results and April Manager of the Month

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
104 2345
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
105 2304
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
95 2285
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
79 2247
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
85 2223
6  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
121 2196
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
98 2158
8  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
83 2137
9  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
88 2126
10  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
125 2125
11  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
86 2099
12  down FTM
Stu Smith
82 2096
13  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
86 2084
14  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
110 2061
15  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
115 2048
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
82 2043
17  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
117 2026
18  down King raggg
Steven Darling
74 2026
19  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
72 2022
20  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
62 2022
21  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
90 2017
22  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
76 2002
23  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
52 1997
24  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
53 1970
25  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
62 1958
26  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
97 1956
27  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
74 1954
28  same Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
87 1952
29  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
85 1946
30  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
91 1946
31  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
78 1938
32  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
66 1934
33  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
59 1923
34  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
94 1896
35  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
96 1896
36  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
69 1883
37  same Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
81 1879
38  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
72 1866
39  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
80 1865
40  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
86 1845
41  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
58 1833
42  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
85 1833
43  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
59 1832
44  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
95 1828
45  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
57 1827
46  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
51 1815
47  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
73 1798
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
46 1736
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
57 1672
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
71 1607

 

Top of the league – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2345 points

Da Pitch aren’t giving up on that title yet. They’re making every effort to close that gap. Scoring 105 points should help, unless the team you’re chasing racks up 104. The big scores were plentiful this week – seven in triple figures – only one less than last week. Albion aren’t out of contention either, posting 95 points. Our leaders however, crucially, still have their triple captain.

April manager of the month – Kebab Eaters United – Paul Howard – 351 points

April has probably produced a Buckets record for the highest monthly score for a four week game month. It took Kebab Eaters 351 points to win it – which included two 100+ scores. We’re looking at an average score of close to 90 points a week. Mentions too for the Islanders, Caligula and Da Pitch who weren’t far behind, also averaging an 80+ weekly total.

1  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
117 351
2  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
104 344
3  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
121 330
4  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
105 330

Manager of the week – Rip Roaring Reds – Sean Whyton – 125 points

For the second successive week we have a highest weekly score of 125 points. It was the triple captain chip that garnered the triple figure totals this week. And it was the triple captaining of one player in particular, Mo Salah, that reaped the greatest reward. The Islanders held the highest weekly score prize for one week only – they only scored four goals to the Reds’ seven. Most of us realised that all out Liverpool was the way to go with them coming up against the whippiest of whipping boys, Huddersfield. I suspect the Islanders are saving their triple captain for the last gameweek – a tactic which I think they’ve employed before – but had they gone with it they’d have accumulated the highest weekly score, won the manager of the week, the manager of the month AND probably sewn up the Buckets title.

Player of the week – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 19 points

It’s Salah’s second player of the week award. What a week to land the triple captain chip. He was always going to be the one and this Huddersfield fixture was always likely to be the game. There have been frustrating moments throughout the fantasy season for Salah owners, but he’s still leading scorer, and now by a fair distance. It appears that by not reaching the heights of last season he’s unworthy of a player of the year nomination or a place in the team of the year. Nonsense.

Bargain of the week – Cyrus Christie – Fulham – 11 points

Three consecutive clean sheets for Fulham. How did that happen? There’s no point in discussing this any further. Only ghost ships own Fulham defenders.

Twat of the week – Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal – -2 points

Doesn’t anybody want Champions League football next season? Maitland-Niles did Arsenal’s Europa League cause more good with dopey 30 minute red. He was on the Rip Roaring Reds’ bench. A smart place to put him.

Goal of the week – Ryan Babel. No vid.

Gameweek 22 results

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
71 1366
2  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
72 1359
3  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
57 1342
4  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
49 1339
5  up FTM
Stu Smith
70 1299
6  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
61 1292
7  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
64 1290
8  down Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
52 1283
9  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
55 1277
10  same Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
52 1269
11  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 1268
12  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 1264
13  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
47 1262
14  down King raggg
Steven Darling
53 1259
15  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
61 1244
16  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
45 1229
17  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
60 1222
18  same Cookie fc
Peter Cook
55 1212
19  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
61 1207
20  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
48 1201
21  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
42 1196
22  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
59 1194
23  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
63 1191
24  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
52 1190
25  same PenshawPerformers
david bruce
55 1187
26  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
46 1179
27  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
59 1177
28  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
45 1171
29  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
50 1165
30  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
40 1163
31  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
48 1159
32  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
35 1151
33  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
53 1143
34  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
49 1141
35  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
57 1134
36  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
48 1130
37  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
82 1125
38  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
62 1121
39  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
39 1114
40  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
37 1113
41  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
40 1108
42  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
60 1107
43  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
55 1090
44  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
41 1077
45  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
65 1070
46  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
38 1066
47  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
42 1048
48  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
62 1035
49  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
42 1029
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
59 1017
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
57 962

 

Manager of the week – Kebab Eaters United – Paul Howard – 82 points

There wasn’t much happening up front this week with just 20 goals scored and seven clean sheets. The biggest scores in the league were created by those with solid defences, not least the Kebab Eaters who amassed 43 points from their back five. The highest scoring being Lucas Digne with 12 points. That’s his third double digit haul in seven weeks – and his fifth attacking return in the same time. He’s Alonso-like in his ability to get forward, find a cross or belt in a free kick. He’s Doherty-like in his price.

Player of the week – Declan Rice – West Ham United – 15 points

Rice is classed as a defender but has been playing as a defensive midfielder. That never guarantees you any points anyway, but in a West Ham team not keeping clean sheets, even on this run of fixtures they’ve had against bottom half teams, purchasing him seems even more pointless, other than to fill a £4.4 million hole. And even if that’s what you are doing, you invariably benched him this weekend anyway, didn’t you?

Bargain of the week – Shane Long – Southampton – 12 points

Shane Long hasn’t scored since the 80’s. Maybe he can grab an opportunity, although it’s likely he’ll become nothing more than bench fodder (like Rice) to free up cash for more big hitters elsewhere. Danny Ings seems to be in and out with injury, Charlie Austin is the same and is misfiring when fit anyway. Under this new manager, who knows? Southampton do seemed to have turned a corner.

Twat of the week – Willy Boly – Wolverhampton Wanderers – -3 points

A week of close games and few goals until the last offering on Monday night when Wolves made a tricky task twice as hard by having a defender sent off after just 19 minutes. Are City back. So many managers ditched their prize assets after that run of three defeats in four. Since then they’ve beaten Liverpool and scored 19 goals in three games. Time to draft them all back in again.

Goal of the week – Andre Schurrle. He likes a shot. Finally one of them has gone in.