1  up The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
124 1868
2  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
80 1825
3  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
77 1817
4  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
84 1804
5  same Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
89 1795
6  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
93 1794
7  same Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
81 1781
8  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
98 1781
9  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
104 1776
10  same Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
72 1769
11  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
67 1765
12  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
112 1763
13  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
102 1756
14  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
90 1754
15  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
62 1749
16  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
85 1743
17  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
46 1741
18  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
110 1736
19  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
102 1736
20  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
74 1729
21  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
68 1723
22  same We are Ayling
Paul Murray
90 1719
23  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
84 1700
24  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
95 1688
25  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
100 1685
26  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
100 1679
27  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
86 1677
28  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
112 1676
29  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
35 1673
30  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
83 1670
31  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
102 1666
32  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
83 1652
33  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
77 1647
34  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
34 1643
35  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
43 1637
36  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
71 1636
37  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
104 1626
38  down blakes11
Steven Darling
54 1607
39  up FTM
Stu Smith
120 1604
40  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
56 1563
41  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
102 1563
42  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
88 1559
43  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
109 1556
44  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
36 1546
45  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
51 1525
46  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
44 1514
47  same disco dancer
darren frankland
61 1477
48  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
29 1437
49  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
12 1401
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
23 1291

 

Buckets Cup Winners – Emegency Gap Jumper

This season’s Bucket Cup champions are Emergency Gap Jumper. They beat Game Of Throw Ins by 102 – 81. Congratulations to them. It’s their first prize money in their 10th Bucket Season. EGJ opted to wildcard, fielding a full XI, whereas GOTI chose not to and went with a seven man squad. The news EGJ won’t want to hear is that they could have beaten GOTI by not wildcarding and simply playing the six players they already had in their squad who were potentially going to play this gameweek. Salah, as captain, Pickford, Milivojevic, Firmino, Doucoure and Gomez would have amassed 85 points.

Manager of the week – The Vinegar Pissers – Paul Hawkins – 124 points

Last week we all put out full teams and some of us struggled to reach what was one of the lowest average scores of the season. This week we’ve four matches in a vastly reduced gameweek – meaning eight teams – seven of them being shit – and 14 Buckets managers post scores of 100+. And it’s all thanks to one player. If ever there was a week in which everybody was going to captain the same man it was this one. Only the ghostships and the league leader decided Mohamed Salah wasn’t up to the job. Brexiter drop to third as a result of their decision to take a punt on Firmino. However, had they gone with Salah, they’d still have lost their lead to The Vinegar Pissers, who have been threatening to take over the top spot for a number of weeks now. Who’d have thought this week would give up the highest gameweek score as well? The VPs only got eight players out, but it would have been a struggle to pick a worse eight. Only Callum Wilson offered up appearance points. Their three man defence contributed a clean sheet each, a goal, an assist and five bonus points. Mane and Milovejevic, playing alongside Salah, added a goal, two assists and two bonus points, and all of a sudden, Cenk Tosun needs to be taken seriously, scoring two to add to the other two he’s notched in his last two games. Four in three and he’s the striker in form.

The VPs have built up quite a lead as a result. Ordinarily you’re happy with an 80 point return, especially from a reduced gameweek, but Hornets are now conceding a 43 point lead to the new leaders. An honorable mention should go to FTM who achieved the second highest score of the weekend and did so by playing their free hit. The free hit chip was developed for gameweeks like this one. FTM finished four shy of The VPs. A bit more faith in Bournemouth or more investment in the Crystal Palace defence over the Everton defence would have seen them over the line. Yet, despite all their efforts, they only moved up two places in the league.

Player of the week – Mohamed Salah – 29 points

It’s the highest weekly score of the season. It’s, from memory, the second highest weekly score ever and the highest single gameweek score. It’s his 14th double figure haul of the season. There have only been seven weeks in the 31 in which he hasn’t either scored or assisted. It’s four goals, an assist and inevitably, all the bonus points. It’s Mohamed Salah, who now sits on 266 points from 30 of the 31 gameweeks. That’s an average of 8.86 points a game. At that rate he should surpass the 300 point mark and become the first player to do that. Luis Suarez’s record is 295 from the 2013/2014 season. Just leave the armband where it is.

Bargain of the week – James Tomkins – 15 points

In truth the other big scores of the weekend could have gone anywhere. Any one of the other teams could have kept a clean sheet or scored a hatful. Those who took a punt on Palace players would have ended up happy, particularly those opting for James Tomkins. He’s the safest route into that Palace defence at the moment – if you dare venture there. You couldn’t have asked for much more than a goal, clean sheet and all the bonus marks. Apart from maybe a second goal, which he as inches away from getting. Just don’t pick him next week.

Twat of the week – Charlie Adam – -2 points

I’m not sure he was gracing too many teams. In fact, he’s been dropping out of squads as opposed to being brought in ahead of this gameweek, which says a lot. Xherdan Shaqiri looked like the most optimistic Stoke choice, along with Jack Butland, who has been racking up the save points over the last few weeks. Shaqiri failed to deliver, but Butland’s 3 point return was the average keeper score. Watford and Huddersfield were the teams to completely ignore this week.

Goal of the week – Junior Stanislas.

1m20s in

 

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1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
61 1670
2  same Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
56 1650
3  same Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
49 1638
4  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
54 1633
5  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
46 1630
6  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
61 1622
7  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
52 1616
8  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
61 1608
9  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
51 1603
10  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
65 1592
11  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 1580
12  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
44 1579
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
45 1561
14  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
60 1558
15  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
50 1556
15  same Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
56 1556
17  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
56 1555
18  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
58 1551
19  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
55 1539
20  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
60 1537
21  down Rico united
JASON REACHER
55 1537
22  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
50 1533
23  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
53 1524
24  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
51 1522
25  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
40 1518
26  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
52 1514
27  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 1510
28  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
59 1509
29  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
48 1507
30  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
57 1501
31  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
52 1500
32  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
52 1491
33  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
67 1489
34  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
53 1481
35  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
40 1481
36  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
53 1479
37  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
71 1471
38  down blakes11
Steven Darling
55 1465
39  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
53 1413
40  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
48 1404
41  same FTM
Stu Smith
48 1401
42  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
51 1396
43  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
50 1393
44  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
58 1386
45  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
42 1373
46  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
50 1361
47  same disco dancer
darren frankland
45 1343
48  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
52 1305
49  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
39 1295
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
41 1161

 

Buckets Cup Round Two

All of our cup ties were very closely contested this week with Game Of Throw Ins’ 16 point victory over Gotta Light the most convincing victory. The other seven teams to progress did so with margins of no more than six points. Hornets triumphed in our battle of the top two and Aquamar become the lowest team left in the competition.

February Manager of the Month – Alan Hardy – To Elland Back – 211 points

Only four teams posted lower scores than To Elland Back in GW26 who started the month with a miserable 36 point return. The highest score this week coupled with a century busting  second highest in the last gameweek has helped them clinch the February prize. Placing the armband on Sergio Aguero in GW27 ahead of Mohamed Salah and shrewdly transferring Raheem Sterling out for Willian ahead of GW28 are two key decisons that paid off.

Manager of the week – Alan Hardy – To Elland Back – 71 points

There was very little to separate Buckets teams this week. To Elland Back were the only ones to top the 70 point mark. Most of us beat the average of 49 points – only 12 teams scored below that. Scores in the 50’s and 60’s almost swept the board hence the closeness of the cup ties and the minimal amount of movement in the league table.

Rank Team & Manager GWRound Score TOTTotal Points
1  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
71 211
2  up Hornets
Andrew Wade
61 205
3  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
65 203
4  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
50 199
5  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
59 198
6  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
60 196
7  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 196

Player of the week – Ederson Moraes – 15 points

It’s not often we get a keeper as player of the week and it’s usually off the back of a clean sheet with a penalty save – which automatically guarantees full bonus marks. City have struggled for clean sheets of late and their run of upcoming fixtures looks tough with Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea coming up within their next five games. Although the other seven fixtures could quite easily produce seven blanks and more points for Ederson.

Bargain of the week – Emre Can – 13 points

Liverpool’s best player in their latest steamrollering is now a regular in their midfield and costing only £4.9 million. So if you can’t afford or fit in the front three, Can, who bagged his second double figure score in four gameweeks, could be a tempting Liverpool route into your team.

Twat of the week – James Collins – -1 points

The ignominy this week goes, as it does in may weeks, to the worst performing defender in the latest steamrollering dished out by Liverpool or Manchester City. Collins was the only one of the West Ham back line to also pick up a booking as well as concede four goals at the hands of Emre Can and his team mates.

Goal of the week – Bernardo Silva. 

Includes Sane’s dribbling run to assist from 16s in.

Gameweek 24 results

January 24, 2018

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
56 1418
2  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
58 1410
3  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
65 1407
4  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
58 1401
5  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
56 1397
6  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
50 1394
7  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
74 1386
8  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
53 1380
9  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
73 1379
10  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
51 1376
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
47 1364
12  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
44 1356
13  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
60 1335
14  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
76 1333
15  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
43 1332
16  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
50 1325
17  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
40 1324
18  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
79 1317
19  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
51 1308
20  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
65 1302
21  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
53 1298
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
53 1297
23  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
46 1292
24  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
72 1286
25  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
64 1286
26  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
62 1284
27  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
65 1281
28  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
52 1279
29  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
48 1278
30  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
48 1276
31  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
50 1269
32  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
64 1268
33  same Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
59 1263
34  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
67 1258
35  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
74 1253
36  same blakes11
Steven Darling
55 1239
37  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
42 1238
38  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
68 1224
39  up FTM
Stu Smith
69 1201
40  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
66 1196
41  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
68 1195
42  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
42 1194
43  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
46 1183
44  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
43 1178
45  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
69 1178
46  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
37 1169
47  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
30 1139
48  up disco dancer
darren frankland
61 1123
49  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 1111
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
46 958

 

Manager of the week – Kompany & Co – Dean Cripps – 79 points

It all hinged on having Sergio Aguero and making him captain this week. A lot of managers probably can’t afford to have both Kane and Aguero and the midfield they want. Kompany & Co have shoe horned both strikers in with a reduced midfield and this week it produced the highest weekly score. Such is the dominance of Kane over every other high priced striker in the game that Aguero doesn’t really get a look in. His worldwide ownership is half that of the Spurs man, yet he has a higher points per match ratio. With Gabriel Jesus injured, Aguero is guaranteed more match time and City’s run of fixtures look a hell of a lot easier than Spurs’ in the coming weeks. Maybe it’s time for a switch?

The Winnings R Mine, for one night only, completed their remarkable rise to the summit. Hornets took over again after Sunday’s match. And all of this with no Kane, no Salah, no Aguero, no Man City at all, a West Brom defender, a third choice keeper and £2 million in the bank. What a maverick. Unsurprisingly, they’re in with a chance of the January manager of the month prize. The table currently looks like this with one round of fixtures to go.

1  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
58 216
2  same blakes11
Steven Darling
55 213
3  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
56 205
4  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
65 200
5  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
64 199
6  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
44 199
7  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
50 196
8  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
74 195
9  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
69 195
10  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
76 193
11  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
51 191
12  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
72 190

 

Player of the week – Victor Moses – 17 points

Chelsea’s defence have been ultra-reliable since gameweek 10 returning 10 clean sheets in 15 games. Marcos Alonso has been in among the goals and is somewhat of an indispensable fantasy asset if you can stomach forking out over £7 million on a defender. Victor Moses, much like last season, has been slightly behind Alonso in the scoring stakes, but finally got a double figure total on the board. It’s easy to balk at his price too, but consider that’s what you would have paid for him as a midfielder last season and he’s doing exactly the same job now. Still, none of us had him.

Bargain of the week – Federico Frenandez – 11 points

An unexpected win and clean sheet for Swansea against Liverpool. I’m pretty sure we were all expecting a nice total boost with the Monday night fixture. Whatever you were on after Sunday’s games, admit it, you were expecting another 20 or so points to be added by the end of Monday night. Fernandez’s assist to Mawson’s goal made it a good night for the Swansea defence all round. Lukasz Fabianski took the remaining bonus mark and sits third in the keeper table surpassing the 100 point mark at the same time as Ederson Moraes. The reason – he’s made over twice as many saves as the City keeper.

Twat of the week – Shane Duffy – -1 points

For being on the receiving end of a 4-0 hammering. Brighton haven’t won in a while, yet a smattering of 0-0 draws still makes their low priced defence worth considering. Duffy is one of only two Brighton players to have seen their value increase over the season and there’s a fairly friendly looking set of fixtures coming up.

Goal of the week – Alexandre Lacazette. 1m09s

Gameweek 23 results

January 16, 2018

1  up Hornets
Andrew Wade
64 1362
2  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
74 1352
3  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
43 1351
4  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
94 1344
5  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
70 1342
6  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
87 1341
7  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
71 1327
8  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
63 1325
9  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
70 1317
10  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
104 1312
11  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
46 1312
12  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
75 1306
13  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
74 1289
14  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
70 1288
15  same Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
67 1275
16  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 1275
17  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
74 1265
18  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
59 1257
19  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
47 1246
20  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
75 1245
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
70 1244
22  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
52 1238
23  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
48 1237
24  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
62 1234
25  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
71 1228
26  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
40 1227
27  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
52 1222
28  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
38 1222
29  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
69 1219
30  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
90 1216
31  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
68 1214
32  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
50 1204
33  same Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
57 1204
34  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
40 1199
35  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
60 1196
36  up blakes11
Steven Darling
72 1184
37  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
65 1179
38  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
54 1156
39  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
51 1152
40  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
53 1137
41  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
76 1135
42  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
67 1132
43  same FTM
Stu Smith
59 1132
44  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
47 1131
45  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
52 1130
46  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
39 1109
47  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
64 1109
48  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
53 1070
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
63 1062
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
51 912

 

Manager of the week – Queen Of The North – Dorine Reacher – 104 points

Some huge scores this week and another one topping the 100 point barrier. I’m not sure we’ve had quite so many 100+ scores achieved just in single gameweeks. Queen of the North’s 104 is the second highest winning score and the fourth highest score of the season overall. The secret to their success and many of the other higher scoring teams was keeping faith in those originally brought in for the double gameweek. West Ham and Spurs players may have disappointed slightly in GW22, but this week eight goals and a clean sweep of the bonus marks between them made up for that. QOTN collected 55 points alone from those two teams.

The Manchester City v Liverpool game had the potential to make or break a manager’s weekend. It lived up to it’s billing and as a seven goal thriller, it kind of half worked. Everyone playing in red who you wanted to score…scored. It was left to City’s supporting cast to provide the bulk of their points with meager returns for De Bruyne and Sterling – and a minus score for Otamendi.

Could we be on for a record breaking finish? In 2013-2014 our winner finished the season with 2,356 points – our highest ever total. At this stage during that season we only had one team on exactly 1,300 points. This season we have 12 teams past that mark, the highest of whom sits on 1,362. It also looks set to be the tightest ever finish. Given that The Winnings R Mine have climbed a million places in the worldwide game in six weeks to be 10 points behind our leader (from nearly 150 points behind our leader), who’s to say that teams as far down as 30th aren’t out of the race for the title?

Player of the week – Marko Arnautovic – 16 points 

Arnautovic has been threatening to post a highest weekly score for the last few gameweeKs. He seems to have found a new lease of life under David Moyes of all people. We like midfielders playing as central strikers and he’s now scored six in eight, posting two double figure totals, contributing three assists and seven bonus points. West Ham’s fixtures look very winnable for the next four gameweeks as well.

Bargain of the week – Jonny Evans – 15 points

West Brom have been best avoided since about gameweek 5. They have kept a couple of clean sheets since then, but only in 0-0 draws and all of their players, but for Ahmed Hegazi, have seen their values fall from their starting price. There’s talk that this might be Jonny Evans’ last appearance for them too. At least he left on a fantasy high, but don’t expect him, at whichever club he warms the bench for, or West Brom, to offer up too many double figure efforts again this season.

Twat of the week – Nicolas Otamendi – -1 points

He’s not the first Manchester City player to appear in the twat list. He does so by virtue of being the most expensive of the four players to record a -1 score this week. It’ll be interesting to see if other teams adopt the way that Liverpool played against City to see if they can get anything out of the game. Starting with Newcastle this weekend…yeah right!

Goal of the week – Sadio Mane. Goal at 1m in.

Gameweek 20 results

December 29, 2017

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
83 1212
2  same Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
66 1183
3  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
64 1154
4  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
95 1154
5  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
68 1151
6  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
84 1147
7  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
69 1138
8  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
71 1133
9  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
121 1133
10  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
68 1131
11  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
84 1128
12  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
88 1125
13  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
77 1104
14  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
74 1092
15  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
84 1088
16  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
63 1086
17  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
56 1085
18  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
74 1085
19  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
93 1085
20  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
43 1084
21  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
74 1083
22  down Rico united
JASON REACHER
63 1081
23  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
64 1077
24  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
77 1076
25  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
53 1074
26  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
96 1067
27  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
109 1064
28  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
93 1055
29  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
66 1053
30  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
72 1047
31  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
75 1044
32  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
62 1039
33  same Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
85 1038
34  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
87 1034
35  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
63 1023
36  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
60 1016
37  up Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
76 1013
38  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
58 1012
39  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
65 1010
40  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
68 1002
41  same FTM
Stu Smith
63 997
42  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
59 987
43  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
107 985
44  up blakes11
Steven Darling
82 981
45  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
58 976
46  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
85 968
47  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
51 954
48  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
75 942
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
56 891
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
37 773

 

Manager of the week – The Winnings R Mine – David Bruce – 121 points

Maybe it was bound to happen sooner or later. Putting the armband on Harry Kane during one of his hat trick weeks, plus the right combo of free scoring City and/or Liverpool players was going to produce a mega score at some point. And without the aid of a chip, The Winnings R Mine’s 121 points catapults them up the league from 21st to 9th and into position to grab the highest weekly score prize. Often double gameweeks don’t yield that many points. It’ll be tough to beat. It’s worth mentining Marc Albrighton and Ashley Young’s contributions as well as Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta’s double digit hauls. It’s arguably more about the cheaper differential members of your team rather than the players that everybody else has. Honorable mentions to Emergency Gap Jumper and Mrs Magoo who also passed the century mark. The Winnings R Mine and Gap Jumpers’ scores place them in a great position to pinch the December manager of the month prize. The table currently looks like this with one gameweek to play…

1  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
96 410
2  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
74 408
3  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
109 407
4  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
77 396
5  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
121 391
6  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
84 389
7  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
87 387
8  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
95 382
9  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
88 381
10  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
71 380

 

Bearing in mind that it’s a reduced gameweek in which Tottenham (and Kane) and West Ham don’t play, it’s not going to be a straightforward round of matches to negotiate. Someone could jump from even further down the pack. It’s worth also bearing in mind that the resultant double gameweek is in GW22. Whether your chasing this massive monthly prize or not, the right tactics are crucial so as not to lose pace with whoever it is you don’t want to lose pace with. Oh – and Harry Kane is ill.

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 17 points

For the second consecutive week and his third overall this season. It’s taken until Christmas, but maybe – just maybe – he is going to be indispensable. And even moreso in a double gameweek – if he’s fit enough to play. Illness or no illness, is the 48 hour gap too little even for him to start two consecutive games? Are you considering a triple captain punt? It’ll be a perfect opportunity for him to register his fourth player of the week total. It would be his third in consecutive playing gameweeks – a feat which I don’t think anyone has managed previously.

Bargain of the week – Trent Alexander-Arnold – 14 points

This Liverpool defence are beginning to keep clean sheets. It’s three in their last four. They appear much more reliable against the teams they should be beating, which is encouraging to managers when those kind of fixtures roll round. Particularly seeing as how there are many cheap routes into that Liverpool back line. Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are rotating the right back berth – with slightly more action for Gomez. Both come in at well under £5 million.

Twat of the week – Marcos Rojo – -1 points

Hooked after 45 minutes at 2-0 down against Burnley at Old Trafford. Maybe the Argentinian defender is not quite back up to full speed yet after a long injury lay-off. His comeback has coincided with a ropy spell at the back for United. Nine clean sheets in their first thirteen has change dramatically into just one in their last seven.

Goal of the week – Philippe Coutinho. His third contender.

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