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.

Gameweek 4 and August Manager of the Month

The Mindless Morons have hung on. And by a safe distance. And by doing something that no other fantasy player has ever done – gaining from points scored by Jordan Ayew. The Morons have a lot to thank Palace for. Aswell as Ayew, PVA pulled in another clean sheet, a score that’s taken him to the top of the defender charts. Sergio Aguero and, at last, a clean sheet from Andy Robertson, were the other notable contributors. Sergio’s price has risen. It’s amazing it’s taken so long for him to increase his value by £0.1 million, given he’s the game’s current top scorer and has returned in every gameweek.

1
The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
58 269
2
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
65 259
2
Cook Pass Babtridge
Marcus Baker
51 259
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
57 252
5
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
78 250
6
The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
73 249
7
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
73 245
7
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
73 245
9
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
53 244
10
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
70 241

It was another bumper week for goals and although clean sheets were thin on the ground again, City and Liverpool shut their opponents out, so Buckets back lines contributed more than in the first three weeks. Those who kept patience with the likes of TAA, Robertson, Zinchenko etc have finally got their reward.  It was a high average score as a result and the 87 points posted by Rip Roaring Reds was the best of the week. The Reds prospered due to 51 points from their City assets, and another player finally coming good, Youri Tielemans. There’ll be more to follow from him as well you’d expect.

August Manager of the Month – John Seacroft – The Mindless Morons – 269 points

Manager of the week – Sean Whyton – Rip Roaring Reds – 87 points

Player of the week – Jamie Vardy – Leiciester City – 16 points

Bargain of the week – Arthur Masuaku – West Ham United – 12 points

Twat of the week – Trezeguet – Aston Villa – -2 points

Goal of the week – Jamie Vardy. Reminded me of 2015/16.