Gameweek 13 results

November 28, 2016

same Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
65 727
same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
66 721
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
53 698
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
46 695
up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
51 694
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
38 690
down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
42 689
up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
56 688
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
36 687
10  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
62 686
11  down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
63 685
12  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
52 674
13  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
44 666
14  up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
61 664
15  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 661
16  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
43 661
17  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 660
18  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 648
19  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 647
20  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
55 645
21  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
34 643
22  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
38 643
23  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
58 642
24  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
34 636
25  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
51 635
26  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 632
27  same FTM
Stu Smith
51 631
28  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
61 630
29  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
57 626
30  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
57 625
31  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
70 615
32  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
42 612
33  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
59 608
34  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 606
35  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
38 599
36  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
39 594
37  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
69 593
38  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
68 585
39  up jetty city
scott mcgow
66 579
40  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
51 576
41  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 574
42  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
56 573
43  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
45 572
44  same Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
56 571
45  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
42 569
46  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
66 554
47  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
60 535
48  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
34 520
49  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
41 506
50  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 495
51  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
50 490
52  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
60 481
53  down Dj daz
darren frankland
25 457

 

We have our first gap opening up at the top of the table. We’ve a two team brekaway. Uriah Rennie 2nd XI and Queen Of The North move past the 700 point mark with healthy weekly scores of 65 and 66. The gap between QOTN and The Craggy Islanders in 3rd is 23 points. Then only 13 points separate the next nine teams. In fact, an inspired captain choice and prevailing wind could see teams as far down as maybe Rip Roaring Reds in 17th climb the league and land somewhere in the top ten and within shooting distance of the prize money.

November manager of the month goes to Greenyteamy who held off challenges from a number of teams to hold on to the lead they’d established after last week’s matches. Only Yeboahs Right Foot and Hedgehog Corpse of those featured in the monthly table appear in the overall top ten. This may explain the tightly packed nature of the mid table. Other than our leading pair and Hedgehogs, the rest of our top ten had a fairly uninspiring week in which they limped to an around-average score. Much the same as last week. And the week before.

 

same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
44 172
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
62 168
up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
56 168
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
61 167
up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
68 164
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
51 163
down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
42 161
up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
58 161
down FTM
Stu Smith
51 161
10  up jetty city
scott mcgow
66 160

 

 

Buckets stalwarts, Romeoshondavan, scored the highest weekly score. More than half of their 70 point total came courtesy of old faithfuls Sergio Aguero (as captain) and Alexis Sanchez. Before the week started, Philippe Coutinho was not only the most picked player in the game, but also the most transferred in and most popular captain of the week. He lasted 36 minutes. The rap he took to his ankle looks like it might rule him out until the New Year. There was potential for a Sunderland trouncing at the hands of the Liverpool midfield, but it never transpired, and left a lot of managers cursing their luck.

The nine goal thriller served up by Swansea and Palace provided us with six of the ten players who managed double figure scores this week. They’re not among the most popular teams with fantasy managers. I know a couple of Buckets teams have Christian Benteke clogging up their attack. His ownership across the whole game is only at 6%. More surprisingly perhaps is that Gylfi Sigurdsson appears in only 5.2% of teams in the game as a whole. Maybe his value seems a little high. But, he’s a top ten midfielder, has played virtually every minute of Swansea’s last nine games and has contributed meaningful points in seven of them. Basically if Swansea score, he’s usually somewhere in the mix.

 

Player of the week – Fernando Llorente – 15 points. Collected in 25 minutes.

Bargain of the week – Leroy Fer – 14 points. His 5th and 6th goals of the season. Only Hazard and Sanchez have more in the midfield.

Donkey of the week – Kyle Naughton – -1 points. A clean sweep. His fourth donkey in three years.

Goal of the week – Pedro. Finally worth considering him for your fantasy team. At 3m25s

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Gameweek 1 results

August 16, 2016

Rank Team & Manager GW TOT
new The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
74 74
new 30:19
Darren Lavelle
69 69
new When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
69 69
new Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
63 63
new nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
63 63
new FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 62
new greenyteamy
adam greenwood
60 60
new To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
59 59
new Ciderheads
Darren Pope
59 59
10  new Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 56
10  new Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
56 56
10  new Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
56 56
10  new DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
56 56
14  new Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 55
14  new Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
55 55
16  new QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
54 54
16  new Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
54 54
18  new Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
53 53
19  new 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
52 52
20  new Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
51 51
20  new Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
51 51
22  new I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
50 50
22  new RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
50 50
24  new Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
49 49
24  new Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
49 49
26  new Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
48 48
27  new Cooksters
Peter Cook
47 47
27  new Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
47 47
29  new INIT FC
Mustafa khan
46 46
29  new Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
46 46
29  new jetty city
scott mcgow
46 46
29  new Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
46 46
33  new Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 44
33  new Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
44 44
35  new Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
41 41
35  new Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
41 41
37  new Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
40 40
38  new Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
38 38
38  new Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
38 38
40  new Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 37
41  new Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
36 36
41  new FTM
Stu Smith
36 36
41  new Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
36 36
44  new Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
34 34
45  new romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
33 33
46  new RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
32 32
46  new bazza 28 united
laura barrett
32 32
46  new Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
32 32
46  new Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 32
50  new Have a little dink
Ian Williams
30 30
51  new Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
19 19

 

I don’t think there are any other teams set to join the league – so 51 it is – FIFTY ONE TEAMS. The only slight annoyance about that is the league table page on the website only has enough room for 50. So if you don’t see yourself on that page, you’re probably last. Sorry about that. The prize money calculations appear on the ‘Prize Money’ page. Of all places. Information has been updated on the ‘Buckets Cup’ link page regarding when that will start, how long it will take and who gets a bye into the first round proper.

We’re off. Saturday was a slow-ish start with 14 goals scored across the seven games. The two games on Sunday produced almost as many goals – 11 in total. Worries that Arsenal fans might have had about their defence were justified as they shipped four and Manchester United did what they were meant to do and won convincingly with a Rooney goal, a Zlatan debut goal and noteworthy assists from Anthony Martial. Basically, if you started out the weekend with your team based heavily round the West Brom or Swansea defence, the Liverpool midfield and the Manchester United attack, you probably did OK.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sergio Aguero appeared to start the weekend as the most popular captain choice, and didn’t disappoint, adding all three bonus marks to his goal, and contributing 18 points to the majority of teams. Including The Craggy Islanders – who set the early pace with 74 points – and win the first manager of the week award. The average score across the game was 44 and we had 33 teams scoring above that. Our highest scoring debut manager is nO fucHs given who posted 63 points. Pudding and Pie are the lone team occupying page two on 19 points. They were let down by everybody, not least their defence (and keeper) who only managed six points between the five of them.

It’s only one week so we probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions on settled line ups, but those that included Joe Hart, Yaya Toure and Cesc Fabregas must be cursing their non-selection. On the other hand there might be a few early forays into the transfer market to bring in the mid to low price players that performed well in the first week. The surprise result of the weekend was Hull’s defeat of Leicester. At the arse end of the striker list Adama Diomande, who will only set you back £4.5 million, bagged one of their goals and some bonus marks in their 2-1 victory. Hull’s squad is so depleted that they had to fill their bench with academy players, and didn’t actually make any substitutions during the game. So you can expect Diomande and those other Hull players you’ve never heard of to get more game time in the coming weeks.

Etienne Capoue, also at £4.5 million, scored Watford’s goal, whilst Stephen Kinglsey, of the £4 million defenders, posted 8 points, starting as Swansea’s left back in their 1-0 defeat of Burnley. Also worth noting is Nathan Redmond’s 10 point score for Southampton. Although listed as a midfielder, Redmond started as an attacker, and his goal and 3 point bonus display will have only cemented that place in the team for another week.

 

Player of the week – Philippe Coutinho – 15 points. One of four Liverpool midfielders to score/assist/bonus.

Bargain of the week – Leroy Fer – 11 points. This might be the season he doesn’t get relegated.

Donkey of the week – Ben Watson – -2 points. First red of the season

Goal of the week – Philippe Coutinho. Scored the week one goal of the week last season too.

 

 

Gameweek 24 preview

February 2, 2016

02 Feb 19:45 Arsenal v Southampton
02 Feb 19:45 Leicester v Liverpool
02 Feb 19:45 Norwich v Spurs
02 Feb 19:45 Sunderland v Man City
02 Feb 19:45 West Ham v Aston Villa
02 Feb 20:00 Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
02 Feb 20:00 Man Utd v Stoke
02 Feb 20:00 West Brom v Swansea
03 Feb 19:45 Everton v Newcastle
03 Feb 19:45 Watford v Chelsea

 

February begins with the end of the transfer window and some midweekers. It ends with our first reduced gameweek. Only 16 teams will compete in gameweek 27 due to the Rumbelows Cup Final between City and Liverpool. As well as the finalists, Newcastle and Everton miss a week. As yet, those games are unscheduled, but look out for some upcoming double gameweeks – probably sometime in March or April.

You may have noticed Sergio piling on the pounds again. It hasn’t taken long, but there has been a rush on the Argentinian since his return to the starting XI. And with good reason if you look at the stats for his last four appearances. For a player that’s only completed four 90 minute appearances in the league all season, it shows how highly thought of among fantasy managers he is. His value to has increased by half a million from it’s original starting price. There’s a good chance he’ll add to his goals total against a Sunderland side who haven’t kept a clean sheet since November.

And you can afford it. Well you’ve got a good chance if you’ve got Kevin De Bruyne in your team. The Belgian looks set to miss at least two months of the season after picking up a knee injury in the Milk Cup semi final victory over Everton last week. A little bit of tinkering is required to make way for Aguero, but in this season of the bargain, your cheaper midfield options are plentiful.

All of the new signings have been assigned prices. The most expensive signing will actually cost you £13 million less than his real life fee. Gianelli Umbula suffers from being a holding midfielder, so is unlikely to feature too highly on many fantasy radars. Oumar Niasse will cost you £7 million, but will probably only play second fiddle to Romelu Lukaku at Everton. Seydou Doumbia may be an instant starter in place of the misfiring Aleksander Mitrovic at Newcastle. A flying start could cement a place in his new team’s line up and could be a tempter in fantasy world. Leroy Fer posted good returns for a £5 million midfielder in his QPR days. His 25 yarders found the target a little more regularly than Andros Townsend’s – another who could make an instant first team appearance in black and white. Another likely starter could be Wahbi Khazri. He could be the attacking midfielder Sunderland have needed since the season started. Alexandre Pato will probably have to work his way into the Chelsea starting XI. Can you see him being anything other than an expensive gamble who’ll be back in Brazil in August? And Emmanuel Adebayor could go either way. Surely his experience is a better bet than the group of third choice strikers Palace are relying on at the moment?

All of these moves were outshone by the news that Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as City manager from next season. It’ll be interesting to see how the FPL administration deal with the pricing of Lionel Messi when he rocks up in August.

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