Gameweek 24 and January Manager of the Month results

The week (or fortnight) in which it all changed. Liverpool’s double gameweek. Probably not their last of the season but that didn’t stop the majority of us and the rest of the world jumping on the prospect of some massive scores from the runaway Premier League leaders, particularly in their match against West Ham. Some major transfer activity ensued. Can we squeeze in three Reds players? It was a move made easier by timely injuries to Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford. And then the triple captains started landing. You had a choice, depending on the make up of your team and your propensity for a bit of gambling, of sticking it on one of six players – two obvious and four hipster. There shouldn’t have been a massive amount of difference between picking Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. Stats would suggest that both would return something. Roberto Firmino carried slightly more risk, but this is the guy that only scores in away games. He could be the key to a sneaky rank rise if the majority banked on the other two. Or dare you captain a defender? TAA, Robertson and Van Dijk are virtual ever-presents in the middle of an astounding run of clean-sheet shenanigans. Add to that the full-backs’ assist potential.

270,000 managers compared to 220,000 opted for Mane over Salah as their triple captain. The split in the top 100 was 40 to 39 in favour of the Senegalese. Over a million compared to 940,000 went with the standard captain choice on Mane. Selecting Sadio Mane WAS NOT A BAD IDEA. Keep telling yourself that. In the end the best choice was Jordan Henderson, who equaled Salah’s score, but at well under half the price. 

So, selecting Salah would have got you 48 points to Mane’s 3, and it’s pretty easy, scanning the Buckets league to pick out those that went with the former over the latter. That 45 point difference is evident in a lot of scores. Most notably, right at the top. We have new leaders, and instantly by some distance. Game Of Stones got it right. Locky Bauer Bowyer did not.

1
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
811431
2
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
441408
3
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
811402
4
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
841394
5
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
701393
6
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
701389
7
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
771381
8
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
371378
9
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
791378
10
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
541367

Considering what was expected of the week, the scores were, on the whole, a bit underwhelming. The average was a disappointing 55 points. But for the Liverpool v West Ham game, in which Salah’s haul and the clean sheet justified the non-Mane captainers selections, the rest of the week was pretty soul-destroying. Southampton and Burnley returned unexpected clean sheets, Everton lost one in the final minute to a Florian Lejeune double. I mean, we all saw that one coming didn’t we? There was a Leicester goal blitz but with no involvement from either Vardy or Maddison – and then they conceded. Most teams are littered with one and two point hauls plus whatever Liverpool returns you managed.

Our top scorers were FTM and Chef Utd. Both hit 89 points. FTM win the place on the honours board courtesy of the four goals they scored to Chef Utd’s two. To contradict everything I’ve just said about the gameweek, they only relied on two Liverpool assets and got pretty good returns out of the rest of their squad. They could even afford to have a 10 point Jorginho haul sat on their bench. They become the first three-time manager of the week winners this season.

Manager of the month went to The Craggy Islanders. Despite the contrasting scores and fortunes of a lot of teams in the league, the standings didn’t alter much from last week to this. Most of those in contention posted scores in the 70s and 80s, suggesting they all got their double gameweek picks just about right. The Islanders triple captained Salah.

1
The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
81271
2
Alisson Wonderland
Scott Denyer
85264
3
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
79254
4
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
81253
5
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
84252
6
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
77251

The Buckets Cup starts next gameweek. So if you’re cursing your Mane luck, put that behind you and focus on the cup. To confirm, the three teams with a bye to the second round are The Craggy Islanders, as last years winners, and Cook Pass Babtridge and Locky Bauer Bowyer as the two highest weekly scores so far this season. Check the cup link for the draw. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the Last Man Standing competition is now past half way. We have 30 teams left. Nine of our current top ten remain, with Edgbaston being a casualty in GW18. Ren n White, currently in 59th place, are the lowest team still (just about) standing. Check that link to see if you’re still there. 

 

January manager of the month – Adrian Roche – The Craggy Islanders – 271 points

Manager of the week – Stu Smith – FTM – 89 points (4 goals)

Player of the week – Jordan Henderson – Liverpool – 16 points

Bargain of the week – Florian Lejeune – Newcastle United – 14 points

Twat of the week – David Luiz – Arsenal – -3 points

Goal of the week – Jay Rodriguez

Gameweek 20 results and December manager of the month

Here are the top 20, following gameweek 20, before we hit 2020.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
59 1221
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
71 1178
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
66 1177
4
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
74 1173
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
61 1168
6
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
60 1147
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
47 1147
8
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
58 1143
9
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
69 1142
10
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
64 1140
11
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
56 1137
12
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
42 1130
13
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
64 1124
14
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
54 1120
15
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
64 1117
16
Ole’s Revival
Patrick Martin
57 1111
17
Reluctant Soldier
Trevor Gordon
75 1108
18
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
76 1104
19
Cookie fc
Peter Cook
66 1103
20
But da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
48 1097

Locky’s sit at the top as we head into the new decade. It’s their tenth consecutive week at the top of the pile. They hold a 43 point lead over Game of Stones. Their lead was at it’s greatest last week, stretching to 51 points and it’s been fairly consistently at around 40 points since gameweek 11. The chasing pack can’t quite put a run together of outscoring Locky’s enough to close the gap. I have no idea if that last sentence makes sense.

This week Rock Ya Sin scored highest with 77 points. They sit just outside this top 20 with 1095 points. They benefitted from Danny Ings stepping in to fill the void left by Jamie Vardy’s non-appearance. It was the gameweek that was maybe expected to test the strength of the bench the most and it was mostly to cover Leicester absentees. I think we pretty much all had to call on at least one of our substitutes with the Vardy omission. Soyuncu, Pereira, Chilwell, Tielemans and Praet were all benched. James Maddison was too, but came on for a one point cameo.

Managers had varying degrees of success with their benches – most saw the likes of Kelly, Rico and Cantwell promoted to the tune of a few points. Special mention to Musttryharder who had Vardy as captain with De Bruyne has their vice. Traore took Vardy’s place in the team and Baldock replaced Lundstram for a total of 30 additional points, doubling their score and maintaining their place in the top 10. Smooth.

The December prize has been won by The Reluctant Soldier. This month they’ve achieved five out of six green arrows, rising 700,000 places in the overall ranks. They backed Vardy with the armband for the first four weeks, then switched to Alli last week and De Bruyne this week. All returned. Any captain advice needed – ask The Reluctant Soldier.

1
Reluctant Soldier
Trevor Gordon
75 378
2
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
54 373
3
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
76 367
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
58 364
5
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
56 362
6
Pukki Blinders
David Spinks
62 361

 

December Manager of the Month – Trevor Gordon – The Reluctant Soldier – 378 points

Manager of the week – Rock Ya Sin – Paul Bentz – 77 points

Player of the week – Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 14 points

Bargain of the week – Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton – 12 points

Twat of the week – Adrian Mariappa – Watford – -2 points

Goal of the week – Aaron Mooy. 2m20s.

Gameweek 13 results

There is only one captain choice for double digit and regular 20+ point returns at the moment. Jamie Vardy seems capable of scoring against any opposition. He has become the first player to pass the 100 point barrier this season and with his next four fixtures being against bottom half teams in dreadful form, why not just set him up with the armband and leave it? He could quite conceivably return another 80 points by the end of that run. Looking for alternatives could cost you dearly regardless of who anybody else may be playing. Sadie Mane’s form and record against Palace tempted a few people this week. In the 82nd minute on Saturday, Palace equalised, wiping out Mane’s clean sheet point and putting his full bonus haul in jeopardy, while Vardy despatched his retaken penalty to assure his top bonus and kill Brighton off.

He’s no James Tarkowski, mind. The Burnley defender is the weekly top scorer for a second consecutive gameweek with a defender’s full house. If he makes it a hat trick, I’m retiring.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
67 822
2
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
69 799
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
72 790
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
64 786
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
73 780
6
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
64 769
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
70 759
8
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
64 750
9
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
80 748
10
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
64 739

The Mane captain choice was favoured by our highest scoring manager this week. FTM had nine out of eleven players returning to post an 85 point score. It moves them up to third in the November manager of the month table. There could realistically be as many as 20 managers in the hunt for our latest prize. Not many points separate a lot of teams.

Manager of the week – FTM – Stu Smith – 85 points

Player of the week – James Tarkowski – Burnley – 17 points

Bargain of the week – John Fleck – Sheffield United – 13 points

Twat of the week – Simon Francis – Bournemouth – -3 points

Goal of the week – Joao Moutinho.

Gameweek 12 results

Spot the top 10 team without Jamie Vardy in their ranks. Captaining him this week probably earned you a score over 70. The move towards Vardy as the popular captain choice probably had a lot to do with City and Liverpool playing each other, but whose to say it won’t continue given the form that he and Leicester are in and their upcoming run of tasty fixtures. Can you see him not scoring against Brighton, Villa, Watford, Everton and Norwich?

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
63 755
2
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
66 730
3
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
78 722
4
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
73 718
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
69 707
6
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
75 705
7
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
62 690
8
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
60 689
9
Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
46 679
10
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
72 675

Romeoshondavan chalked up their first manager of the week award with a 79 point haul. They felt the need to take an 8 point hit, following on from a 4 point hit last week. Those six transfers have stopped a pretty hefty slide down the rankings that saw them plummet 1.4 million places between gameweek 7 and 10. They’re clawed 700,000 of those places back as a result.

Manager of the week – Romeoshondavan – Rob Hewer – 79 points

Player of the week – James Tarkowski – Burnley – 12 points

Bargain of the week – Gerard Deulefeu – Watford – 12 points

Twat of the week – Davy Propper – Brighton and Hove Albion – -1 points

Goal of the week – Fabinho

Gameweek 7 results and September manager of the month

More chopping and changing at the top, as the Buckets League welcomes it’s fifth different leader in just seven gameweeks. Sterling Silva have had six consecutive green arrows, climbing the rankings week on week from almost four millionth in GW1 to their current high of just under 88k. They’ve made a single transfer every week, thus taking no hits and are yet to unleash their wildcard.

1
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
55 435
2
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
41 431
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 427
4
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
57 425
5
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
52 423
6
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
61 418
7
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 418
8
romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
65 417
9
Chef Utd
Robert Frost
52 415
10
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
66 415

Despite the consistency, it’s not enough to take the September prize. That award goes to Crazylegs XI. Their three week run has seen them rise from two millionth to around 466k – and up to just outside the top 10 of Buckets.

1
Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
66 218
2
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
57 194
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
55 194
4
romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
65 193
5
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
53 189

Our highest weekly score was achieved by Greeenteeeaam who reached 76 points with double figure contributions from Harry Kane as captain, Georginio Wijnaldum doing what his front three colleagues should have done and Ricardo Pereira, who rises to the top of the defender charts as a result of scoring for the second match in a row. Periera and the Leicester defence look a tasty prospect following the international break with a run of eminently winnable fixtures all the way through to mid December. Most of them are either at home and/or against teams outside the so-called big six.

Two players have registered attacking returns every week. Bizarrely, neither have had a price increase over their starting value. Callum Wilson was shipped out by a massive amount of managers over the first five gameweeks, until people started to sit up and notice that three assists and three goals is actually pretty good going. Wilson’s value has re-risen to £7.9 million, but had dipped from his £8 million starting price to £7.8 million. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has stayed on £11 million since week one. He has seven in eight games – and in the game in which he didn’t score – he assisted. Maybe too many of us were too interested in Pukki to look at Wilson and too desperate to fill up on City players to consider Aubameyang. It’s worth noting Aubameyang’s run of fixtures too. This run could last until Christmas.

 

October Manager of the Month – David Caldicott – Crazylegs XI – 218 points

Manager of the week – Adam Greenwood – Greeenteeeam – 76 points

Player of the week – Matt Doherty – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 15 points

Bargain of the week – Jorginho – Chelsea – 11 points

Twat of the week – Serge Aurier – Tottenham Hotspur – -2 points

Goal of the week – Anwar El-Ghazi. 3m15s in.