Gameweek 35 results

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 39 2,100
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 51 2,097
3 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 47 2,062
4 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 48 2,056
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 45 2,019
6 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 47 2,013
7 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 39 1,992
8 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 44 1,982
9 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 47 1,974
10 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 36 1,970
11 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 41 1,956
12 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 55 1,945
13 Init fc Mustafa khan 52 1,936
14 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 41 1,931
15 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 52 1,925
16 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 60 1,919
17 SS3 FC Paul Murray 50 1,918
18 Howayman Mark Bromham 52 1,904
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 66 1,900
20 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 31 1,891
21 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 27 1,888
22 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 38 1,886
23 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 41 1,885
24 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 40 1,884
25 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 41 1,865
26 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 50 1,859
27 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 42 1,854
28 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 34 1,838
29 Below Par Paul Bentz 51 1,826
30 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 31 1,818
31 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 42 1,795
32 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 32 1,767
33 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 34 1,767
34 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 40 1,761
35 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 59 1,739
36 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 21 1,734
37 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 44 1,728
38 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 55 1,676
39 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 44 1,672
40 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 33 1,649
41 Ciderheads Darren Pope 32 1,640
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 44 1,471
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 31 1,438
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 45 1,333

 

The reduced gameweek. That’s less games – so low scores were somewhat inevitable. Or perhaps they shouldn’t have been given that four teams managed to score four goal victories. But, the worldwide average was only 39 points. Maybe it had something to do with the scorers in those games – Eden Hazard? Or it may have had more to do with the fact that everyone was expecting another Tottenham rout – and that didn’t materialise.

In fact this could be the weekend that the Premier League title was effectively decided. Any doubts over whether Leicester could cope without Jamie Vardy were answered emphatically as they thumped Swansea (defo on the beach) 4-0. The contrasting form of Leicester and Spurs players over the last few weeks has seen a lot of managers opt to dispense of the likes of Mahrez and Vardy, yet keep hold of Kane, Alli, Eriksen etc. That tactic didn’t pay off this week. Vardy’s replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, proved what a useful asset he is, scoring twice and picking up 13 points for anyone that dared take the punt.

One of whom was Hedgehog Corpse, our highest weekly scorer with 66 points. Ulloa came in alongside Mahrez, who was made captain, and Robert Huth, to contribute 39 points to their overall score.

The top eight are all non-movers this week, although Your Ad Here’s 16 point swing against Caligula moves them closer to the top and further away from the chasing pack. Maybe it is back to that two horse race again.

 

Player of the week – Kelechi Iheanacho – 16 points. Better than Bony and half the price.

Bargain of the week – Ashley Westwood – 15 points. Probably the best Villa performance of the season – and they still got hammered.

Donkey of the week – Ashley Williams – -1 points. Beach.

Goal of the week – Daniel Sturridge. Bit of a dearth this week

 

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Gameweek 15 preview

06 Dec 12:45 Newcastle v Chelsea
06 Dec 15:00 Hull v West Brom
06 Dec 15:00 Liverpool v Sunderland
06 Dec 15:00 QPR v Burnley
06 Dec 15:00 Spurs v Crystal Palace
06 Dec 15:00 Stoke v Arsenal
06 Dec 17:30 Man City v Everton
07 Dec 13:30 West Ham v Swansea
07 Dec 16:00 Aston Villa v Leicester
08 Dec 20:00 Southampton v Man Utd

 

It’s probably turned into a two horse race for the title. City’s form has been up and down, but with three consecutive victories and nine goals scored, they’re clear in second place having usurped Southampton, who are slogging bravely through their month of hell.

It may be the time to consider bringing in a few more City players to play alongside Aguero. They’re not exactly injury free, but this does open up the door for certain players who would ordinarily be benched or rotated. Alexandar Kolarov’s injury has given Gael Clichy a run of games. The left back has taken full advantage and contributed two double figure scores in his last five outings. And at £5.4 million is a bit of a bargain. Stevan Jovetic is another taking advantage of a run of games. In the absence of Edin Dzeko the striker has partnered Sergio in four of the last five games, scoring twice and assisting once. City’s December fixtures are favourable, with this weekend’s game against Everton looking like the toughest. Up to the FA Cup break they face Leicester, Palace, West Brom, Burnley and Sunderland. At least five victories will be expected, and not out of the question.

At the other end things look bleak for Leicester City. Anyone who concedes three against Liverpool is in trouble. They simply can’t keep clean sheets. Kasper Schmeichel is the least well performing of the (almost) ever present keepers (he’s missed one game which ironically ended with a shut out). Leonardo Ulloa’s early season form has disappeared, although two assists in the last two games have kept him just in the top 10 striker standings. The only tempting feature of the Leicester squad is their cheapness. Ulloa at £5.3 million is their most expensive player, with the majority of their first teamers all coming in at under £5 million. If anything, they could be useful bench warmers, but don’t expect any surprising score boosts if those players are promoted to your first XI.

 

Gameweek 7 preview

04 Oct 15:00 Hull v Crystal Palace
04 Oct 15:00 Leicester v Burnley
04 Oct 15:00 Liverpool v West Brom
04 Oct 15:00 Sunderland v Stoke
04 Oct 15:00 Swansea v Newcastle
04 Oct 17:30 Aston Villa v Man City
05 Oct 12:00 Man Utd v Everton
05 Oct 14:05 Chelsea v Arsenal
05 Oct 14:05 Spurs v Southampton
05 Oct 16:15 West Ham v QPR

 

Our first October gameweek, and the last before another pesky international break. Gameweeks seven, eight and nine make up October – another three week month. Once we get the European Championship qualifiers out of the way it’s thirteen straight gameweeks with no interruptions and some midweek fixtures thrown in. All the way through to the first weekend of the New Year, and the third round of the FA Cup.

The difficulty of knowing whether to stick or twist on transfers has been taken away for a lot of managers this week. Wayne Rooney and Aaron Ramsey will play no further part in the league until November. Hanging onto them is a risky move, particularly when there’s so much potential in lots of other players – most of whom come in at much cheaper prices.

The obvious swap for Rooney is Diego Costa. If you haven’t already got him in your team, now’s the time. That said, Chelsea’s relatively easy passage through the first few weeks of the season becomes a lot more difficult over the next six, with Arsenal this weekend, and Liverpool and United on the horizon. It may not be as straightforward as simply handing the captain’s armband to Costa every week. There’s scope for teams who haven’t made the best start to move up the Buckets table with a wise differential captain choice during Chelsea’s tougher weeks.

The best swap option for Ramsey could be Angel Di Maria. United are also faced with a tricky run of games. Far trickier than their first six fixtures which saw them lose at home to Swansea, fail to score against Burnley and concede five against Leicester. So far, Radamel Falcao, RVP and Juan Mata have been patchy at best. Di Maria at least, appears undroppable, and always likely to be involved in any goals the Reds do score.

Southampton continue to offer the best alternative options. Maybe too many. After this weeks tough-ish fixture against their former manager and Spurs, they go on a roll of five very winnable games until they finally face a title challenger in the last week of November. Fraser Forster, Nathaniel Clyne, Ryan Bertrand, Jose Fonte, Morgan Schneiderlin, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle all occupy top ten places for their respective positions.

Leonardo Ulloa will fancy his chances of netting against Burnley this weekend. Leicester are the only team not to keep a clean sheet so far this season, so owners of Kasper Schmeichel may finally get some reward against the lowest scoring team in the league. Swansea could get back to winning ways against a battered looking Newcastle, who also remain winless. The Swans midfield offers many a cheap replacement for those lamenting Ramsey’s injury. City offer more obvious captain potential with their forward line, although some extra tinkering will be needed you’re desperate to replace Rooney with Aguero. If you’re an owner of both Ramsey and Rooney a combination of Aguero and a Saints/Swansea midfielder could be the way to go.

Gameweek 5 results

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 46 289
2 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 46 277
3 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 57 261
4 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 46 258
5 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 34 258
6 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 40 256
6 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 33 256
8 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 32 256
9 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 51 251
10 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 36 248
11 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 41 246
12 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 49 237
12 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 49 237
14 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 23 231
15 Van Damme United P Hawkins 41 229
16 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 26 221
17 Ciderheads Darren Pope 36 220
18 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 27 216
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 31 214
20 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 16 212
21 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 35 204
22 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 37 203
23 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 36 200
24 Howay Man AFC Mark Bromham 31 198
25 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 35 194
26 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 28 193
27 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 35 186
28 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 26 180
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 43 172

A week in which everything that was meant to happen – didn’t. With the exception of the Arsenal game – and you could even argue against that with Villa conceding three goals, two of which had involvement from the, until now, redundant Mesut Ozil.

Burnley kept another clean sheet sending Tom Heaton to the top of the goalkeepers charts, Newcastle didn’t lose. West Ham beat Liverpool. West Brom and Palace won away at Spurs and Everton respectively, and Diego Costa didn’t score.

And the weekend of surprises is somewhat reflected in the relative lowness of some of the Buckets weekly scores. Only 11 teams managed to get above 40 points. RayCrawfordsCrackers finished as weekly top scorers with 57 points. A total achieved by making the best captain choice of any of their rivals. Which leads us on to the most spectacular result of the weekend – Leicester’s 5-3 defeat of Manchester United. It was Angel Di Maria that notched 22 of RCC’s total. The Argentinian forward was United’s best player by a mile, assisting and scoring (our goal of the week) to put them 3-1 up after an hour. Enough at that point to have probably guaranteed all three bonus points too. But, he had to settle for third place in the bonus table behind the continuously impressive Leonardo Ulloa, whose season start is every bit as impressive as Diego Costa’s – and he’s doing it without picking up daft bookings every week – and ex Fleetwood Town hitman, Jamie Vardy, who as well as scoring, assisted the other four, and of course, bagged all three bonuses. Hilarious.

Player of the week – Jamie Vardy – 21 points. Could end up having the highest weekly score of the season.

Bargain of the week – Victor Wanyama – 9 points. Southampton September’s team of the month.

Donkey of the week – Tyler Blackett – -3 points. Poor lad.

Goal of the week – Angel Di Maria. Swimming in a sea of shit

Gameweek 4 results

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 91 243
2 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 83 235
3 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 79 224
4 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 93 224
5 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 65 223
6 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 54 216
7 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 58 212
8 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 67 212
9 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 69 208
10 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 67 208
11 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 61 205
12 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 68 200
13 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 56 196
14 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 73 195
15 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 55 189
16 Van Damme United P Hawkins 51 188
17 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 68 188
18 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 44 188
19 Ciderheads Darren Pope 68 184
20 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 63 183
21 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 35 169
22 Howay Man AFC Mark Bromham 46 167
23 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 50 166
24 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 59 165
25 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 70 164
26 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 36 159
27 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 50 155
28 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 31 154
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 33 129

 

Uriah Rennie 2nd XI are our new leaders, jumping three places from fourth to first with an impressive 91 points. Not the highest score of the week however. Rip Roaring Reds eclipsed them with a 93 point haul, and jumped ten places from 14th into the top four. Both teams had Diego Costa and Wayne Rooney. Both made Rooney captain. Kind of a gamble given the indifference of both his and United’s early season form – but one that paid off. It’s taken until game four for United to finally get some worthwhile fantasy points on the board. No coincidence that it happened in the gameweek they were finally able to pick all of their new signings – and drop Ashley Young. Angel Di Maria (also picked by RRR’s) was the most impressive, and their highest scorer, with 14 points.

Kudos to those of you – and there were quite a few of you judging by the scoring – who took a risk on Diego Costa, either by bringing him in – or not leaving him out. And especially to those who went all out and opted for him as captain. Panza, Upper Bullens and *Your Ad Here*, who make up the rest of the top five, should be smugly relieved he overcame his injury. He’s scored in every game now. He’s bagged the first hat trick of the season. He’s on seven goals, outscoring some teams. Having started the week on £10.7 million, it’ll be interesting to see how far and fast that value rises before next weeks fixtures. At his rate of scoring, even if he were to tip the £11 million barrier, it still seems like too good an offer to turn down. No new striker has hit the ground running quite like Costa in the Premier League era. It took Luis Suarez a season and a half and a couple of bans to be this prolific. How long can it last? At this rate, if the hamstrings hold out, and he keeps his head – because he does look like he’s got at least one red card in him – could we be looking at our first 40 goal finisher?

He’s not the only newbie to be impressing. The top scoring striker list looks very unfamiliar. Leonardo Ulloa and Graziano Pelle leap into the top five having scored and gathered top bonus marks at the weekend. Both are set to see their values rise in the coming weeks if their form continues, but at £5.5 and £7.5 million respectively, neither are going to dent your finances too much and leave money for spends elsewhere. In fact, buying a form striker has never been as cheap. Steven Naismith and Andreas Weimann make up the top five (with Costa), and a little further down the list comes Gabby Agbonlahor. None of those three will cost you any more than £5.6 million.

And it’s Villa, who against all odds, are offering the best cheap options at the moment, particularly in defence and attack. All of their first choice back four have hit double figures, and Brad Guzan leads the goalkeeping charts. They have the best defensive record thus far, and kept another clean sheet at the weekend in a surprise victory over Liverpool. Contrast that with Arsenal, who’ve yet to keep a clean sheet. Wojciech Szczesny was last season’s second highest scoring keeper. Villa’s next opponents? – Arsenal.

 

Player of the week – Diego Costa – 17 points. Draft him in now

Bargain of the week – Graziano Pelle – 13 points. Southampton won’t get relegated.

Donkey of the week – John Terry – -1 points. Not completely watertight at the back.

Goal of the week – Enner Valencia. Boom!