The preliminary round of the Buckets Cup was played this week. You can check the full list of results and the draw for the first round proper on the Buckets Cup page. Biscuitmen, adrift by over 100 points at the bottom of the league, scored a win over Kompany & Co. They played their wildcard this week to aid the victory and are maybe looking at sneaking through the cup to rescue their dismal league season. The Vinegar Pissers became the highest placed team to exit the competition, losing to new league leaders and highest scoring team of the week, Brexiter City.
Manager of the week – Colin Goulding – Brexiter City – 67 points
Speaking of which…Brexiter have made a bee-line for the top having spent most of the season loitering around the lower reaches of the top ten. Their week winning score pushes Hornets back down to second by three points. Both captained Salah for 30 points, but the player that arguably made the difference for Brexiter was Luca Milovejovic. The Palace midfielder is a regular pick now and on penalties. This was his sixth goal of the season – his fourth from the spot. It was also his second full bonus point haul in five weeks.
Player of the week – Aaron Ramsey – 20 points
A good week for Arsenal in which not only did Aaron Ramsey place himself back on our radar, but Henrik Mkhitaryan assisted three of the five they put past Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his debut. Maybe that old Dortmund partnership is worth keeping an eye on. Both Ramsey and Mkhitaryan’s in and out seasons have seen their values drop to £6.9 and £7.7 million respectively. Depending on the make up of your team they could be nicely priced to slot in alongside those luxury midfielders from City and Liverpool. Ramsey’s total is only the second 20 point haul this season, equalling Sergio Aguero’s score from gameweek five.
Bargain of the week – Federico Fernandez – 10 points
The Swans revival continues apace. This is the third consecutive week in which Swansea have a leading player. It’s the second time in three weeks that player has been Federico Fernandez. They’ve just put eight past Notts County in a cup replay too, so this run could continue for a few more weeks yet. Their fixtures up to GW32 are all against teams in and around them at the bottom, and in their current form all look very winnable.
Twat of the week – Michael Keane – -1 points
A bad week for Everton. It looked like Allardyce had sorted their defence out, but it’s crumbled again in recent weeks. Keane was the fall guy getting hooked at half time having already conceded four. It has been six weeks since their last clean sheet.
Goal of the week – Jose Izquierdo. Lots of contenders this week – Wanyama, Salah, Lemina, Danilo. Start 1m40s in
Manager of the week – Kompany & Co – Dean Cripps – 79 points
It all hinged on having Sergio Aguero and making him captain this week. A lot of managers probably can’t afford to have both Kane and Aguero and the midfield they want. Kompany & Co have shoe horned both strikers in with a reduced midfield and this week it produced the highest weekly score. Such is the dominance of Kane over every other high priced striker in the game that Aguero doesn’t really get a look in. His worldwide ownership is half that of the Spurs man, yet he has a higher points per match ratio. With Gabriel Jesus injured, Aguero is guaranteed more match time and City’s run of fixtures look a hell of a lot easier than Spurs’ in the coming weeks. Maybe it’s time for a switch?
The Winnings R Mine, for one night only, completed their remarkable rise to the summit. Hornets took over again after Sunday’s match. And all of this with no Kane, no Salah, no Aguero, no Man City at all, a West Brom defender, a third choice keeper and £2 million in the bank. What a maverick. Unsurprisingly, they’re in with a chance of the January manager of the month prize. The table currently looks like this with one round of fixtures to go.
Chelsea’s defence have been ultra-reliable since gameweek 10 returning 10 clean sheets in 15 games. Marcos Alonso has been in among the goals and is somewhat of an indispensable fantasy asset if you can stomach forking out over £7 million on a defender. Victor Moses, much like last season, has been slightly behind Alonso in the scoring stakes, but finally got a double figure total on the board. It’s easy to balk at his price too, but consider that’s what you would have paid for him as a midfielder last season and he’s doing exactly the same job now. Still, none of us had him.
Bargain of the week – Federico Frenandez – 11 points
An unexpected win and clean sheet for Swansea against Liverpool. I’m pretty sure we were all expecting a nice total boost with the Monday night fixture. Whatever you were on after Sunday’s games, admit it, you were expecting another 20 or so points to be added by the end of Monday night. Fernandez’s assist to Mawson’s goal made it a good night for the Swansea defence all round. Lukasz Fabianski took the remaining bonus mark and sits third in the keeper table surpassing the 100 point mark at the same time as Ederson Moraes. The reason – he’s made over twice as many saves as the City keeper.
Twat of the week – Shane Duffy – -1 points
For being on the receiving end of a 4-0 hammering. Brighton haven’t won in a while, yet a smattering of 0-0 draws still makes their low priced defence worth considering. Duffy is one of only two Brighton players to have seen their value increase over the season and there’s a fairly friendly looking set of fixtures coming up.
Manager of the week – Game of Throw-Ins – Ryan Garoghan – 83 points
There’s still no catching Hornets no matter how hard the chasing pack try. Harry Kane was back in town and in as captain in most of the scores topping 60 points this week. Hornets posted the joint second highest score along with their new nearest challengers, Kompany & Co. Game of Throw-ins also picked Kane as captain and were one of the few with Nicolas Otamendi in their back line – the two top scoring players of the weekend.
Player of the week – Harry Kane – 16 points
He’ll have a week off next week. When I make him captain. He appears to be scoring in twos at the moment, and stats suggest he’s having having two more shots at goal per game than any of his rivals for the golden boot. A hat trick will probably come sooner rather than later. Is it worth just keeping him as captain and putting up with the lame weeks knowing he’ll more than make up for it in the next game?
Bargain of the week – Glenn Murray – 13 points
There are quite a few low priced strikers offering good returns at the moment. Could Glenn Murray add himself to that list? It looks like he might have forced himself to the front of the queue of the Brighton strikers and his team look like they’re finding their feet.
Twat of the week – Jose Holebas – -1 points
A two time twat. And both within 5 gameweeks. That, I think, is some kind of record. We’ve never had a three time twat in a season. He’s got plenty of time and unnecessary attitude to achieve that feat.
Manager of the month – Dean Cripps – Kompany & Co – 289 points
The Vinegar Pissers lead the way going into the weekend but it’s Kompany & Co that take the prize. They also switched places – 3rd and 4th – in the overall league. Kompany’s key player was Nacho Monreal. The Arsenal defender added 15 points to their score. And you probably hadn’t noticed, but that’s four shut-outs on the spin now from Wenger’s team.
Manager of the week – Stu Smith – FTM – 91 points
FTM were probably hoping for a few goals from Harry Kane, a clean sheet from Phil Jones, another dominant Man City display and maybe a piece of magic from Philippe Coutinho to amass a healthy score this week. They got all those things, but the 16 ridiculous points picked up by Marouanne Fellaini probably wasn’t expected, and it’s what pushed them to the top of the weekly charts just ahead of Neil Madrid, who gave us the first glimpse of the potential power of the fee hit.
Player of the week – Marouane Fellaini – 16 points.
This will never happen again. Not even Marouane Fellaini has Marouane Fellaini in his fantasy team.
Bargain of the week – Stephen Ward – 12 points
Second in the bonus charts for defenders and third in the bonus charts overall, Ward and the Burnley back line look the best of the cheap options in that area of the park at the moment.
Twat of the week – Tommy Smith – 0 points
It’s hard to believe that still no Palace players have landed at the bottom of the weekly charts given the amount of goals they’re shipping. Luckily for them there’s always someone slightly more expensive shipping as many goals each week. Palace players are so uninvolved they’re not even getting sent off.
Manager of the week – Golden Boys – Stephanie Cripps – 92 points
A massive week for the Cripps family as both representative teams broke the 90 point barrier. Our first teams to do so this season. Golden Boys are the team of the week, captaining Aguero (of course), complimented by a full house of clean sheets. Kompany and Co’s 90 point haul included a 57 point contribution from Manchester City players.
Player of the week – Sergio Aguero – 20 points.
I’m not sure if Sergio picked up a 20 point score last season. He was more likely to be sent off than get a hat trick. And that warned a lot of people off him. As well As the widely held thought that Pep preferred Gabriel Jesus. Well, both are starting and both are scoring. And assisting. Each other. Uh oh!
Bargain of the week – Lukasz Fabianski – 11 points
A hard fought 0-0 for Swansea. Which was totally unexpected given that roughly a third of FPL players put the armband on Harry Kane. Kane out.
Twat of the week – Jose Holebas – -2 points
The more Watford’s bright start to the season crumbled over the course of their game with City, the more lumps Holebas felt obliged to kick out of the City attackers.
Goal of the week – Sergio Aguero (3rd goal)
Honourable mention for Antonio Valencia, but this was Maradona-esque