Gameweek 12 results

November 21, 2017

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
68 738
2  same Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
74 710
3  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
77 703
4  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
100 688
5  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
79 687
6  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
63 686
7  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
51 684
8  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
56 671
9  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 665
10  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
69 665
11  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
64 663
12  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
78 658
13  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
48 655
14  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
62 651
15  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
50 648
16  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
102 645
17  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
45 642
18  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
79 639
19  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
82 630
20  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
60 626
21  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
53 625
22  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
68 623
23  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
37 620
24  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
43 616
25  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
54 616
26  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
63 614
27  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
33 612
28  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
56 611
29  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
54 605
30  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
54 601
31  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
78 599
32  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
67 597
33  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
80 596
34  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
75 595
35  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
41 594
36  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
92 592
37  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
64 592
38  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
79 591
39  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
47 586
40  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
50 586
41  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
60 585
42  down FTM
Stu Smith
32 584
43  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
37 579
44  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
62 556
45  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
49 555
46  up blakes11
Steven Darling
87 549
47  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
78 546
48  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
48 532
49  down disco dancer
darren frankland
28 517
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
43 445

 

Manager of the week – Nashton Villa – Jaime Nash – 102 points

Seven clean sheets and 30 goals set up plenty of high scoring opportunities this week and for the first time this season the century barrier was broken. As a result a new highest weekly score target has been set. An honourable mention must go to Greenyteamy who leap 11 places into the top five with a whopping 100 point return. Last week’s highest scorers missed out on two consecutive manager of the week awards by two points. They are however way out in front in the chase for the November manager of the month. The only team with a chance of catching them appear to be this week’s highest scorers, Nashton Villa. Nashton’s 102 points saw them jump 16 places to 16th overall. Both placed the armband on Mohamed Salah – Nashton threw their triple captain chip at the Egyptian. That extra 16 points was the difference as Greeny’s had more double figure scorers, including our player of the week and two of the the top three gameweek attackers.

Player of the week – Eden Hazard – 18 points

It was another week of frustration for those opting for Harry Kane as captain, and to a degree, Romelu Lukaku. And it was a week of some notable point scoring comebacks that are sure to throw spanners in the works and give selection headaches for the weeks to come. Paul Pogba and Philippe Coutinho made scoring returns from injury – and it might be worth keeping an eye on Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Most ominous is Eden Hazard’s player of the week contribution. It becomes his third point-scoring performance of the last four games. Also, Chelsea’s fixtures, following a tricky trip to Anfield this weekend, hit a purple patch all the way through to the new year. Definitely one to watch.

Bargain of the week – Callum Wilson – 17 points

Another gradual comeback crowned by a match-winning performance and only the third Premier League hat trick of the season. Callum Wilson made a blistering start to his Premier League career only for a serious injury to stop him in his tracks – and that included a hat trick against West Ham in the early part of the 2015/16 season. So don’t rush out to buy him just yet. He could lose a leg next weekend.

Twat of the week – Simon Francis – -2 points

A second successive clean sheet for Bournemouth, but one that won’t be enjoyed by those that saw an opportunity to bring in this particular defensive asset. The fact they went on to score two more goals after the dismissal might make it worse. He really didn’t need to put himself in that position after all.

Goal of the week – Kevin De Bruyne. City’s 5th goal of the week winner.

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Gameweek 11 results

November 7, 2017

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
47 670
2  same Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
54 636
3  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
55 633
4  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
52 626
5  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
50 623
6  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 620
7  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
43 619
8  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
51 612
9  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
54 607
10  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
45 603
11  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
40 602
12  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
32 600
13  same It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
56 597
14  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 589
15  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
71 588
16  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
45 583
17  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
42 580
18  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
43 579
19  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
35 573
20  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
32 572
21  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
63 566
22  same Rico united
JASON REACHER
45 564
23  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
26 563
24  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
43 562
25  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
51 555
26  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
43 555
27  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
31 553
28  down FTM
Stu Smith
38 552
29  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
58 551
30  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
61 548
31  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
38 547
32  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
60 543
33  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
33 542
34  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
37 540
35  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
42 539
36  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
39 534
37  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
50 528
38  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
44 525
39  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
46 525
40  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
40 520
41  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
44 516
42  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
70 516
43  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
45 506
44  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
23 500
45  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
34 494
46  down disco dancer
darren frankland
34 493
47  same Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
52 488
48  same blakes11
Steven Darling
50 482
49  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
49 472
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
39 402

 

Manager of the week – Greenyteamy – 71 points 

Another weekend in which the majority suffered at the hands of Harry Kane’s week on/week off policy. A home game against Palace promised so much but didn’t deliver. Maybe the best course of action is to go with your instinct on who might be the best Man City player to hand the armband to. Last week it was Leroy Sane; this week Kevin De Bruyne had a turn. Greenyteamy got 20 points out of the Belgian. They also had Mohamed Salah, whose 15 points was his fourth double figure score of the season. He also becomes the game’s second highest scoring player behind Sane. He’s the Liverpool player most likely, particularly with Roberto Firmino’s patchy form and Philippe Coutinho’s injury problems. However, Sadio Mane’s return to the side may see a shift in a share of the Red’s points.

Player of the week – Steve Cook – 15 points.

Just what you need out of your fourth or fifth defender. Hold out for 90 minutes, then power in a header from a corner with a few to go. In come the bonus points to add to your goal and clean sheet. What you also need is for him not to be warming your bench.

Bargain of the week – Scott Malone – 12 points

Huddersfield’s fifth clean sheet matches City, Spurs and Chelsea. Its Malone’s first as a recent regular starter. It seems Huddersfield are still a steady defensive bet against the teams they need to beat…

Twat of the week – Christopher Schindler – -2 points 

…apart from this goon who got himself a red card.

Goal of the week – Rajiv Van La Parra.

Triple header of awards for Huddersfield.

End of season 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

The Craggy Islanders are our champions. By three points. I think that might be our closest finish yet. It was looking at one point, before the bonuses came in, that it might end up being a tie. I’m glad it wasn’t. I didn’t fancy the season long count back of goals scored. The Islanders won the last weekly battle 85 to 80 – the five point gap enough to take over at the top. WHMA played the All Out Attack, but to no avail. It wouldn’t have made a difference had they not bothered.

The Islanders started this season as our first manager of the week and then spent most of the next three months coming and going, in and out of the top 10. They hit a century in gameweek 14 climbing back to the summit. From that moment on they never left the top four, clinging on to first for six weeks between 16 and 22, and then next appearing in top spot when it really mattered – gameweek 38.

Meaning When Harry Met Alli must settle for second place for the second successive year. They were always in the mix. They never dropped out of the top 10 but for one week in December. From the turn of the year they took up residence in the top four and never fell below that. They were at the head of the group of teams trying to peg back Aquamar through the last third of the season, managing to take the lead in gameweek 37. Perhaps their decision to play their bench boost a week earlier than The Islanders cost them the title. We’ll never know.

And we’ll never know whether Aquamar’s itchy transfer finger cost them the top prize. Sitting in the top 3,000 worldwide in gameweek 32 with an 80 point lead over their nearest Buckets challenger, they went on a complete transfer bender making 19 in the last six weeks. Not having Harry Kane to play out the final two weeks, however, was probably the biggest handicap. It was a season of what might have been for Aquamar, also finishing runners-up in the Buckets Cup to Shoelace Untied.

Fourth place was a battle to the death with five or so teams continuously changing places over the closing two months of the season. Kebab Eaters United eventually pipped Edgbaston to the last cash prize. Edgbaston finished fifth last year too, but do take home the prize for the May manager of the month and the highest weekly score – a record breaking 181 points in gameweek 37.

Shoelace ploughed all of their energy into winning the cup, taking 76 points worth of hits across three gameweeks in order to outscore their opponents. Curiously, they also climbed the table, proving that taking hits doesn’t necessarily always cost you points. As long as you bring in the right players. It’s not a tactic I’d suggest playing across an entire season.

Rico United were double month winners and Yeboah’s Right Foot won manager of the week more than anyone else, coming out on top four times. That’s probably pretty impressive in a 53 team league. The record still stands at seven in a 26 team league.

Alexis Sanchez topped the player charts by some distance, although had Harry Kane played out a full season, it’s probable he’d have collected more points. He finished joint third with Eden Hazard, and just behind Dele Alli, but missed eight games with injury. Tom Heaton was the top goalkeeper. He kept ten clean sheets, and headed both the saves made and bonus points tables to finish ahead of Hugo Lloris and Thibault Courtois. The Chelsea defence ruled. No-one got close to Cahill, Alonso and Azpilicueta. Kane, Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku topped the bonus charts, all scoring 33. Marcos Alonso’s value rose the most over the course of the season, £0.9 million to £6.9 million.

Picking a bargain buy of the season hasn’t been as easy as last year when we had so many Leicester players to choose from. West Brom’s second top scorer, Gareth McAuley, deserves a mention. The 804 year old defender started as a £4.5 million back up in many teams but probably lasted the distance thanks to his steady return of goals and clean sheets – up until the point that West Brom reached 40 points and they got the holiday brochures out. Josh King’s second half of the season was as prolific as any of the elite forward players in the league. Only Sanchez and Alli scored more from midfield. From gameweek 20 onwards he contributed in 13 of the 18 games he played in. Expect a position change and starting price rise for next season.

See you then.

Gameweek 25 preview

February 10, 2017

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

It’s worth remembering that the next gameweek has a reduced schedule due to the League Cup final. No Manchester teams, no Arsenal and no Southampton. And then don’t forget gameweek 28 with the potential for no Manchester teams, no Arsenal and no Southampton. No Stoke, no Spurs, no Boro, no Sunderland and no Leicester. No Liverpool. No Burnley, no Watford…and no Chelsea.

So be careful. This week the Manchester teams in particular offer very tempting transfer options. But for two blank weeks in four…?

City will definitely get a hatful against Bournemouth. That defence are plummeting Bournemouth into a relegation fight, conceding, on average, between two and three goals a game. I notice a few Buckets managers have taken the punt on Gabriel Jesus, which definitely paid off last weekend. He’ll no doubt see his ownership and value increase ahead of this game too. And Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have two goals and five assists between them in the last three matches.

Watford travel to Old Trafford and they haven’t triumphed there since 1978. Watford may have won two on the bounce, but United are on a 15 game streak without losing. They’ve the most affordable defence of the top six and Zlatan’s on 11 in 14. Still only in 2.7% of teams, and £0.7 million cheaper than his starting price is Henrik Mkhitaryan. He’s finally repaying the transfer fee, starting every game and having an increasing influence upon them.

But for two blank weeks in four…?

And dare you sell Alexis Sanchez?

Or keep him. For two blank weeks in four?

Gameweek 6 preview

September 23, 2016

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

We will crown our September manager of the month after this weekends games and it could literally be any one of us. Here’s the top half of the monthly table with When Harry Met Alli in pole position. They lead the way overall as well, so go into the gameweek as favourites to take the prize. Just to clarify – despite the fact that the first game of gameweek 7 takes place on the 30th September, the game month finishes officially after these fixtures. The scores for the month of October will start with the 30th September fixture between Everton and Crystal Palace.

up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
56 135
up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
79 134
up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
76 133
down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
62 127
down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
46 126
up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
64 125
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
71 123
up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
70 122
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
60 121
10  up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
65 120
11  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
72 118
12  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
70 118
13  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
53 115
14  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
74 113
14  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
53 113
16  down jetty city
scott mcgow
61 113
17  down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
54 110
18  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
60 109
19  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
44 108
20  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
66 107
21  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 106
22  up 30:19
Darren Lavelle
66 104
23  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
53 103
24  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
66 102
24  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
61 102
26  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
57 101

 

Over a million managers – nearly a third of the worldwide game – have dispensed with Sergio Aguero over the last two weeks. He’s back. It’s a headache. It’s the easiest thing in the world to replace him – no-one is anywhere near as expensive as he is. Getting him back is trickier. You’ll probably have to make two transfers to re-accommodate him. Is there any point? Well, yes – given the way that City are dominating teams at the moment. And lets not forget the hat trick he scored in the Champions League tie against Borussia Monchengladbach.

So, what are the options? Stick with what you’ve got and hold out till you get two free transfers next week. It could work, although City play Swansea this week and the potential for goals is too great, is it not?

Use your wildcard if you’ve still got it. That would certainly allow you to make wholesale changes if they were needed and bring in the best possible combination of players around Aguero.

If you’ve one available transfer and you’re determined to re-instate him, who are you going to drop? Those carrying Nolito or Harry Kane have had the decision made easy for them. The Spaniard starts his own three match ban, whilst Kane is sidelined for two months with an ankle injury. Dropping any elite players runs a certain risk. Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez’s form probably rules them out. Similarly Romelu Lukaku, although the Everton striker is nursing an injury that forced him off before the end of last weekend’s victory over Middlesbrough. And dropping De Bruyne and Sterling is counterproductive.

Consider Eden Hazard, whose value rose to £10.3 million, but has dropped dramatically back to £10 million. All in the space of five gameweeks. Hazard appears to be the player who has suffered most at the hands of the imminent return of Aguero. And not just that, but the sparkling form of De Bruyne and Sterling. Despite an encouraging start, two games and a measly three points have seen managers react in a pretty unforgiving way. Maybe last season’s no-show is still fresh in the memory.

And don’t rule out dropping Zlatan. Manchester United’s form as a whole, rather than their star striker’s, is the discouraging factor. Three consecutive defeats and rumours of an unsettled camp doesn’t bode well. Ibrahimovic is also the closest in price to Aguero, and therefore the easiest to swap.

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