Gameweek 27 results

February 13, 2018

1  up Hornets
Andrew Wade
83 1609
2  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
69 1598
3  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
94 1589
4  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
70 1584
5  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
74 1579
6  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
68 1565
7  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
84 1564
8  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
59 1556
9  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
86 1547
10  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
61 1535
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
66 1528
12  same Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
81 1527
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
81 1524
14  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
80 1506
15  same Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
71 1500
16  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
92 1499
17  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
83 1498
18  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
58 1493
19  down Rico united
JASON REACHER
70 1486
20  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
67 1484
21  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
84 1483
22  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
77 1478
23  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
83 1477
24  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
83 1471
24  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
69 1471
26  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
94 1462
27  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
94 1459
28  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
100 1458
29  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
56 1452
30  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
96 1450
31  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
86 1444
32  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
111 1441
33  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
55 1439
34  up blakes11
Steven Darling
90 1434
35  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 1430
36  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
62 1428
37  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
60 1422
38  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
104 1400
39  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
66 1360
40  down mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
69 1360
41  same FTM
Stu Smith
63 1353
42  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
59 1345
43  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
63 1343
44  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
87 1340
45  down iamgroot
scott mcgow
80 1335
46  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
64 1311
47  same disco dancer
darren frankland
77 1306
48  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
63 1256
49  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
43 1253
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
70 1120

 

Buckets Cup 1st round

Most of the biggest scoring teams taking part in this round of the cup found their way through to the next round. This week saw the second highest average gameweek score across the whole game, so 80’s, 90’s and some 100+ totals were always going to be needed to help teams progress. Spare a thought for Iamgroot, who scored 80, but were still knocked out.  They would have been the lowest placed team left in the competition. Title challengers, Brexiter City were able to progress with 69 points. The next round has drawn Brexiter together with league leaders Hornets in an intriguing (cliche) top of the table clash.

Manager of the week – Upper Bullens – Andy Taylor – 111 points

We had three 100+ scores this week including the second highest gameweek score of the season. Bullens’ 111 points is also their second manager of the week award. They’ve been hard to come by this season with Greenyteamy the only other team to achieve a double weekly nod. It makes you wonder how they’re still languishing in 32nd place.

Of course this and the other century scores were achieved with the help of Manchester City’s five goal haul aganst Leicester which saw Sergio Aguero notch a long overdue four goal blitz. The potential is always there – he normally gets one in a season. Bullens captained him and picked up another 20 points from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling to add to Aguero’s 42. There was an inevitable double figure contribution from Mohamed Salah and a slightly less expected one from Oumar Niasse, who seems to have worked his way to the front of the pecking order in Everton’s attack again. Kebab Eaters and To Elland Back also hit centuries, both captaining Aguero, and with help from the likes of Roberto Firmino, Ben Davies and penalty demon, Luca Milovejovic.

Hornets are back on top after a week away. For one night only, after Saturday’s games, Gotta Light had found their way to the number one spot, climbing up from 7th. Again proving how congested it is. It’s still anyone’s title.

Player of the week – Sergio Aguero – 21 points

Aaron Ramsey equalled the highest weekly player score last week – a record held by Sergio Aguero since September. That record stood at 20 points. Ramsey’s time at the (joint) top lasted a week. Sergio wanted the accolade all to himself. Four goals and all the bonus marks gets you 21 points.

Bargain of the week – Steve Mounie – 15 points

I predicted in gameweek 15 that Steve Mounie would score big again in GW31. Not a bad shout – I was only four gameweeks out. His third double figure total of the season and just his fifth goal came 11 weeks since his last. It would have been four points more had he not cruelly been robbed by a dubious decision to award an own goal to Steve Cook.

Twat of the week – Harry Maguire – -1 points

It had to be one of those on the receiving end of the Manchester City hammering. Maguire gets it as the most popular and most expensive route into the Leicester back four. The booking didn’t help either. It’s harsh on Harry as we all know the real twat of the week was Chris Smalling, who took a dive in his own half which resulted in Newcastle’s winning goal and snuffed out Manchester United’s faint title challenge. Well done Chris.

Goal of the week – Sergio Aguero (4th goal).  

You never know – he might get a player of the season nomination this season (he’s never had one!). 2m30s.

 

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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.

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?

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