End of season WINNERS, Last Man Standing, Teams and players of the season.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
65 2350
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
67 2270
3
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 2269
4
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
70 2263
5
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
63 2263
6
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
52 2248
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
72 2230
8
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
69 2228
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
66 2223
10
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
80 2211

Our final top ten looks like this. Caligula rose to the top in GW29 and stayed their till the end, stretching their lead week on week. Despite taking a tumble in the overall rankings in the last three gameweeks the gap back to their nearest Buckets rivals has steadily increased. Caligula returned after lockdown at 34k in the world. They end the season at just over 13k, having reached a high of just under 7.5k in GW35+. It’s their 7th top 20k finish in 14 seasons and it earns them their second Buckets title. Congratulations to them.

Game of Stones entered the top 10 in GW5 and stayed there for the duration, having brief spells at number one and never being outside of the top five. They reached a season high 24k in the world in GW25 and started the last nine gameweeks around the 39k mark, but as Caligula charged forward, Stones fell back. There was a lot of jockeying for position in behind Caligula within the top six over the nine weeks since the restart. Most held second position for at least a week, but none could put together a consistent run of scores to make ground on our champs.

Locky Bauer Bowyer became our first Last Man Standing winners. They saw off the final week challenge of Kebab Eaters and Sterling Silva by the finest of margins to take the prize. Locky’s also reached the highest overall rank of any other player during the course of the season. After GW11 they sat in 1,974th place and remained in the top 10k for the next nine weeks.

Mister D won the Buckets Cup at the first time of asking. Their impressive spurt during February and March set them up in the final against Neil Madrid. The final was played in GW30+ – the first back after lockdown. It produced the highest scoring Buckets Cup final to date with Mister D winning 105 to 95. Neil Madrid’s total would have won the Buckets Cup in any other year.

Gameweek 30+ saw many a Buckets team hit the hundred point mark. Five of the top ten hit triple digit returns, including Ginger Fizz, whose 124 points remained the highest weekly score of the season. It was a double gameweek with Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United all playing twice, which makes the single gameweek score in the final gameweek of 122 points by Upper Bullens all the more impressive. The Fizz’s 124 points was 21k in the world for weekly scores – Bullens’ total ranked them the 1,518th best team in the world. The Fizz followed up that 100+ effort with another two gameweeks later. Although less, the 106 points accrued in GW32+ was within the top 7k in the world for weekly scores. Within the first three weeks of the restart Ginger Fizz had climbed 400,000 places worldwide. It bagged them the June manager of the month award.

We had ten separate manager of the months this season and three teams who won more than one manager of the week award. They were Rock Ya-Sin (36th) King Ragg (44th) and FTM (26th). FC Caligula won MOTM once. Game Of Stones didn’t win it at all.

Mohamed Salah couldn’t make it three consecutive seasons as the highest scoring player. He finished second to Kevin De Bruyne, who successfully avoided both injury AND Pep roulette to hit 251 points, consisting of a new assist record (23) and 13 goals. Liverpool’s title winning season was the ultimate team effort. Points, goals and assists were shared around the team – although we’re still talking about the three highest scoring defenders, two of the three highest scoring midfielders and three of the four highest scoring players. When it comes to dishing out player of the year awards that split vote may hand that trophy to De Bruyne. Where would City have been without his contribution? You can also pick out any one of his four nominations for goal of the season too. Although, in truth, Son Heung-Min’s solo run against Burnely in GW16 probably just about shades it.

Team of the season

  • GK – Nick Pope – Burnley – 170 points
  • DR – Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – 210 points
  • DC – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 178 points
  • DC – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 144 points
  • DL – Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – 181 points
  • MR – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 233 points
  • MC – Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 251 points
  • MC – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 204 points
  • ML – Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 221 points
  • CF – Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 210 points
  • CF – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 205 points

Bargains of the season (with starting value)

  • GK – Dean Henderson – Sheffield United – 160 points – £4.5m
  • DR – Enda Stevens – Sheffield United – 142 points – £5m
  • DC – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 144 points – £4m
  • DC – John Egan – Sheffield United – 133 points – £4.5m
  • DL – George Baldock – Sheffield United – 142 points – £4.5m
  • MR – Adama Traore – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 130 points – £5m
  • MC – Mason Mount – Chelsea – 137 points – £6m
  • MC – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa – 149 points – £6m
  • ML – Harvey Barnes – Leicester City – 133 points – £6m
  • CF – Danny Ings – Southampton – 198 points – £6m
  • CF – Raul Jimenez – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 194 points – £7.5m

I’m not sure whether a defender has ever topped the 200 point mark – or outscored every single attacker other than the golden boot winner. Jamie Vardy may have banged in 23 goals but Trent Alexander-Arnold sits level on points with him having scored 4, assisted 15 and with 14 clean sheets. Might we be looking at the first £8 million defender at the start of next season?

We all know John Lundstram isn’t a central defender but for pretty much all of the first half of the season he was a FPL manager’s dream. A starting value of £4m and playing so far out of position he was almost in a different country. Unsurprisingly, Lundstram and his Sheffield United colleagues (the ACTUAL Blades defence) dominate the bargain differential squad of the season. The entire back line is red and white. Lundtsram is one of the seven players, along with TAA, who has returned a 20+ point weekly score. Michail Antonio’s four goals against Norwich a few weeks ago gave us the largest individual weekly total. The other four players to achieve the mark were Ayoze Perez, during Leicester’s 9-0 hammering of Southampton, Raheem Sterling in GW1 and GW35+, Sergio Ageuro, following a hat-trick against Villa – and Phil Foden in DGW30+, against Arsenal and Burnley. Manchester City players have achieved four of the nine highest gameweek scores since the restart.

Ryan Bertrand’s -6 in GW10 – the same week as Ayoze Perez scored 20+ – was the season’s lowest score. A bit unfair, considering he only lasted 11 minutes of the game, hobbling off to then watch his teammates implode as Leicester ran riot. Bertrand went into that game with only 5 points in the bank, having missed a few games with injury and not keeping a clean sheet in the games he had played. Credit to Southampton who finished the season impressively, beating Manchester City – and with Danny Ings coming close in the golden boot chase and being far and away the best value attacking player in the game for the whole season (not including Lundtsram of course – who really isn’t a defender).

 

 

 

 

Gameweek 28 results and February Manager of the Month

The blank gameweek. So called because some teams don’t play. Or in the case of this horror show, when all your players DON’T SCORE ANY POINTS. Well done if you picked three players who returned. Congrats if you got out a full XI. Kudos if you beat the average – a measly 26. It’s definitely the lowest scoring week of the season. It may even be the lowest scoring week EVER. The same thing could have happened last week had Liverpool not brought home the bacon. Even the ever reliable champions elect couldn’t come to our rescue this time out. 

1
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
29 1625
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
26 1620
3
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
31 1610
4
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
42 1600
5
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
25 1587
6
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
29 1577
7
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
24 1572
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
22 1568
9
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
29 1546
10
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
18 1546

Kante Fit My Willian took the opportunity to free hit to stake a claim for the February manager of the month award. And it worked. Although I’m not sure that mustering 53 points from a free hit would normally be a satisfactory end total. Still, it was twice as much as most of the rest of us managed. The best weekly score pushed them over the line to bag the best monthly score. So…well deserved. Marcos Alonso was the difference. The Chelsea bouffant has posted some incredible stats this season. Lampard obviously doesn’t fancy him, limiting him to just nine starts, yet he’s returned in eight of those at an average of nearly 8 points a game. He’s still playing in the same way as he always used to, being so far forward, he’s in a different stadium. Will he finally nail down a place? Look out for him when Chelsea double gameweek rolls round.

The Buckets Cup semi-finalists have been decided. The unpredictability of the recent weeks has left us with two bottom half teams competing for a spot in the final. Based on their last three gameweek scores, both Mister D (48th) and Queen Of The North (40th) could be in with a chance. Both outscored their higher-placed opponents, Nashton Villa (1st) and Neil Madrid (13th)

Manager of the week – Paul Callaghan – Kante Fit My Willian – 53 points

Player of the week – Ismaila Sarr – Watford – 19 points

Bargain of the week – Jamal Lewis – Norwich City – 15 points

Twat of the week – Ezequiel Scheletto – Brighton and Hove Albion – -1 points

Goal of the week – Ismaila Sarr. 6m36s (2nd goal)

Gameweek 26 results

Hi. Remember me. The longest, most arduous, painful, wet and windy gameweek in history has finally come to a close. It started on the 8th February. Before weather had been invented and Manchester City had something to play for. And finally ended last night. I’ll be honest, I have absolutely no recollection of the first few games. We had a game postponed – then rearranged, thankfully within the same gameweek. Only in this country could we have a winter break and still have a game postponed?! Last night’s rearranged fixture gave us another KDB masterclass. Particularly pleasing for those that gave him the armband. Whatever the uncertainty at City at the moment – he stays.

And we have new leaders…

Nashton have been threatening to rise to the top. They’ve bagged green arrows in nine of the last eleven weeks, scoring above average in ten of those weeks. Their nearest challenger in the top ten this week was 14 points adrift of their 77 point total. They’ve finished top ten in each of the last two manager of the month tables and are in with a chance of finally scooping a prize in this one. They have their second wildcard remaining, but are out of chips. Have they disarmed themselves? How are they going to negotiate the doubles and blanks?

1
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
77 1539
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 1538
3
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
63 1525
4
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
53 1517
5
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
47 1506
6
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
43 1491
7
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
60 1490
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 1489
9
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
57 1487
10
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
62 1486

Highest scorer this week is Real Jorvik, all the way down on page two. They captained KDB and picked up five bonus-strewn clean sheets. There were four 80+ scores this week, with all four teams in the bottom half of the table – two of them on page two – and including wooden spooners, ShakeItDown, who amassed 83 points thanks to a TAA triple captain punt, a triple Liverpool defence and nine out of their ten (yes, just ten) players returning something. The other two 80+ers were Rico United and Queen Of The North. It’s a shame three of the four are out of the cup. These mega-scores came a week too late.

Talking of which, we’ve had a few surprise results and early exits in the knockout competition this gameweek. Only three of the current top ten remain in the hunt. Red n White are the lowest ranked side left – and are still going strong in the Last Man Standing. Long time leaders, Locky’s were knocked out by Mister D, currently in 56th place.

Manager of the week – Real Jorvik – Simon Brown – 87 points

Player of the week – Nicolas Pepe – Arsenal – 17 points

Bargain of the week – Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Everton – 11 points

Twat of the week – Adrian Mariappa – Watford – -1 points

Goal of the week – Matej Vydra. 1m31s in. 

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 23 results

You either captained De Bruyne and spent 24 hours cursing his no-show until celebrating Jamie Vardy’s penalty miss like he’d scored a hat trick in a week that you’d captained him. Or, you celebrated De Bruyne’s no-show in expectation of a massive rank rise off the back of a Jamie Vardy goal blitz, and then wished you’d captained De Bruyne, even if it was just for four points.

Or you wildcarded, like The Craggy Islanders, drafted in Sergio Aguero and basked in the glory of the brace that secured the week’s highest Buckets total. That same wildcard has set the Islanders up nicely for Liverpool’s double header in the next gameweek. Most managers seem to have a Liverpool plan in place, with at least two of Salah, Mane, TAA, Robertson, Van Dijk or Firmino in place already. Not a lot of West Ham interest though. 

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
35 1364
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 1350
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
46 1341
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
69 1323
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
39 1323
6
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
31 1321
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
33 1315
8
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
34 1313
9
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
51 1310
10
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 1304

Nashton were the big movers this week, scoring 69 to shoot up into fourth and the prize money places. And that with both De Bruyne and Vardy as captain. They fluked Spurs’ only clean sheet this millennium, coupled with a penalty save for Paulo Gazzaniga, another double figure return for Jack Grealish, an assist for Mason Holgate (!) and clean sheet and bonus points for Reece James, who was conveniently hooked before Newcastle’s winning goal. 

Manager of the week – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 70 points

Player of the week – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 15 points

Bargain of the week – Paulo Gazzaniga – Tottenham Hotspur – 14 points

Twat of the week – Steve Cook – Bournemouth – -2 points

Goal of the week – Jack Grealish. 1m27s