Final league table

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
64 2448
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
63 2406
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
55 2381
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
62 2344
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
63 2323
6  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
58 2314
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
71 2269
8  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
69 2259
9  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
70 2219
10  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
40 2218
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
59 2216
12  same FTM
Stu Smith
67 2190
13  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
56 2171
14  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
78 2163
15  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
51 2150
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
49 2144
17  up King raggg
Steven Darling
68 2144
18  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
53 2137
19  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
59 2122
20  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
51 2113
21  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
49 2104
22  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
45 2091
23  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
36 2086
24  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
68 2080
25  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
73 2068
26  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
72 2067
27  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
80 2063
28  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
39 2060
29  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
44 2047
30  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
48 2042
31  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
63 2037
32  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
39 2031
33  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
77 2025
34  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
68 2013
35  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
65 1999
36  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
67 1999
37  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
93 1998
38  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
31 1995
39  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
88 1995
40  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
76 1978
41  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
53 1964
42  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
61 1962
43  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
68 1961
44  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
60 1934
45  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
52 1924
46  same Morningblues
Jeff Morning
58 1901
47  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
55 1876
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
66 1871
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
56 1796
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
60 1714

 

Winners – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2448 points

You have to go all the way back to GW12 to find a league table without one of our league prize winners sat in the top four positions. Once The Islanders climbed up into fourth in GW13, that was it. So ensued a four way battle for supremacy with The Islanders, Da Pitch, Albion and Madrid all spending some time at the top. Strangely our winners didn’t win a manager of the month (but did win the cup), whereas our three runners up all picked up a monthly prize. Albion spent every one of the 38 weeks occupying a top four place. Da Pitch spent all but two weeks and Madrid all but five in the prize positions.
The four way battle became a three way slog after a poor GW31 for Madrid – a time at which Albion surged back to the top. Following that however, both Albion and Da Pitch couldn’t match the power scoring of The Islanders, particularly in blank GW33 and double GW35. Albion’s rank fell over the final weeks but still remained around the 10k mark – a very good season. Da Pitch kept plugging away but couldn’t quite make up the ground and ended at around the 5k mark. A top 1k finish just eluded the Islanders. Once in the top 5k after GW30 they didn’t falter, rising into the top 2k in GW35 and staying there. Its the highest ranking finish by a Buckets winner, our highest scoring season by a Buckets winner and probably our most keenly contested title race. Not unlike the real deal. Manchester City and Liverpool’s relentless scoring no doubt helped increase the scores. Most of us were at least doubling up on both teams at all times through the season. The fantasy team of the season reflects that.
Special mentions to Rip Roaring Reds who won the December prize and chipped in with the best weekly score. Worth mentioning they pipped the Islanders to what would have been a treble of sorts. They both achieved 125 points in different gameweeks, but the Reds’ bagged more goals and so clinch the prize.
Team of the season 
GK – Allison – Liverpool – 176 points (£5.5 – £5.9 million)
DR – Trent Alexander Arnold – Liverpool – 185 points (£5.0 – £5.8 million
DL – Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – 213 points (£6.0 – £6.8 million)
DC – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 208 points (£6.0 – £6.8 million)
DC – Aymeric Laporte – Manchester City – 177 points (£5.5 – £6.3 million)
DMC – Luca Milivojevic – Crystal Palace – 166 points (£6.5 – £6.5 million)
MR – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 259 points (£13.0 – £13.2 million)
ML – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 237 points (£11.0 – £11.7 million)
MC – Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 238 points (£11.0 – £11.0 million)
MC – Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 231 points (£9.5 – £10.3 million)
CF – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 205 points (£11 – £10.8 million)
A team dominated by Liverpool more than City due to less rotation at Anfield and the assisting power of their fullbacks. Aymeric Laporte was a regular in the City line up, as was Raheem Sterling. Sergio Aguero misses out due to Aubameyang’s last day brace. The Arsenal man saw his price fall over the season – an indication that maybe he was slightly over priced to begin with. The other two golden boot winners make up the midfield alongside Eden Hazard, who produced the most double figure scores. My OCD can’t handle there not being a defensive midfielder in the squad and Luca Milivojevic fills that berth, thanks to the 11 penalties he buried in the back of the net.
Bargain team of the season
GK – Neil Etheridge – Cardiff City – 154 points (£4.5 – £4.7 million)
DR – Matt Doherty – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 144 points (£4.5  – £5.3 million)
DL – Jonny Castro Otto – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 103 points (£4.5 – £4.3 million)
DC – Willy Boly – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 120 points – (£4.5 – £4.7 million)
DC – Michael Keane – Everton – 129 points (£5.0 – £4.8 million)
DMC – Abdoulaye Doucoure – Watford – 124 points (£6.0 – £5.8 million)
MR – Nathan Redmond – Southampton – 137 points (£5.5 – £5.5 million)
ML – Gerard Deulefeu – Watford – 133 points (£5.5 – £5.7 million)
MC – Andros Townsend – Crystal Palace – 135 points (£6.0 – £5.8 million)
FC – Raul Jiminez – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 181 points (£5.5 – £6.9 million)
FC – Callum Wilson – Bournemouth -168 points – (£6.0 – £6.9 million)
Wolves dominate the differential squad. As a newly promoted team finishing best of the rest it’s hardly surprising. Doherty and Jiminez were among those that had the highest overall price rise. Jiminez’s £1.4 milllion increase was on a par with that of Vardy and Mahrez’s from the Leicester season. Getting them in early was key to a high score. Once in, they stayed. Callum Wilson stayed relatively injury free to post his best season score. Neil Etheridge, despite his relegation with Cardiff, produced the second most saves, the most penalty saves and the best bonus return of any of the keepers.
An honourable mention to Aaron Wan Bissaka, who was outscored by Matt Doherty for the right back slot, but was perhaps the real dream bargain pick – starting at just £4 million and collecting more points than all but three of the entire Manchester United squad.
Goal of the Season
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YxmkGzGZSk
No contest.
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1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
74 1871
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
74 1865
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
61 1843
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
53 1806
5  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
90 1777
6  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
32 1757
7  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 1736
8  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
73 1732
9  down FTM
Stu Smith
40 1721
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
65 1707
11  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
72 1681
12  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
37 1677
13  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
54 1676
14  same King raggg
Steven Darling
59 1676
15  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
42 1672
16  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
64 1666
17  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
77 1637
18  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
41 1632
19  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
37 1630
20  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
45 1630
21  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
60 1624
22  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
41 1623
23  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
62 1615
24  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
81 1613
25  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
61 1612
26  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
38 1604
27  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
27 1587
28  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
62 1581
29  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
42 1576
30  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
76 1575
31  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
53 1574
32  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
59 1566
33  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
50 1549
34  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
55 1548
35  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
53 1546
36  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
55 1543
37  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
49 1542
38  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
39 1540
39  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
64 1534
40  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
43 1525
41  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
53 1522
42  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
44 1521
43  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
61 1518
44  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
48 1512
45  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
46 1498
46  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
24 1470
47  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
88 1466
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
47 1452
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 1381
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
53 1347

 

Buckets Cup Final

The first silverware of the season has been won by The Craggy Islanders, who triumphed in the Buckets Cup by 74-53 over Neil Madrid. It’s the Islanders’ first cup success to add to their league title win of two seasons ago. Their weekly total enabled them to hold onto their lead at the top of the table and keeps them on course for the double. They built up a healthy lead on the Saturday with double figure returns from Ryan Fraser and Jamie Vardy and that lead was extended further with two more doubles from Sadio Mane and captain, Mo Salah. Neil Madrid, despite having Raheem Sterling in their ranks, couldn’t match that scoring. A Liverpool clean sheet and a contribution from Gonzalo Higuain was needed but wasn’t forthcoming. Congratulations to the Islanders

Manager of the week – Shoelace Untied – Caroline Strong – 90 points

Shoelace bag their second weekly high of the season and are firmly in contention for the top four, sitting just 29 points off Neil Madrid in the prize winning spots. Their 90 points came without a contribution from Raheem Sterling. but did include a canny captain punt on Jamie Vardy, as well as a fifth double figure haul from arguably the most reliable dead ball specialist in the league, Luca Milivojevic.

Player of the week – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 21 points

Raheem Sterling is the first player to post three weekly highs with his second hat trick of the season. He sits just five points behind Mo Salah now in the highest scoring player charts and whereas the Liverpool man may have been the favourite for most manager’s triple captain choice, his drastic drop in form and the recent swing in favour back towards City in the title race might force a change of tack.

Bargain of the week – Ayoze Perez – Newcastle United – 16 points

About this time last season Ayoze Perez went on a scoring run that helped lift Newcastle away from the relegation battle ahead of schedule – and saw them clamber up into 10th place. That might be about to happen again. Newcastle play next week’s blank and look likely to feature in one of the doubles – probably GW35.

Twat of the week – Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle United – -1 points

A good week for Perez and Newcastle was a bad week for Jamaal Lascelles. Hooked at half time with an injury and a booking and therefore playing no part in the comeback from 2-0 down to 3-2.

Goal oftnhe week – Anthony Knockaert. At 3m50s

Season review

May 14, 2018

1  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
84 2289
2  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
65 2253
3  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
67 2251
4  same Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
67 2250
5  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
86 2245
6  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
65 2216
7  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
76 2215
8  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
74 2193
9  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
52 2184
10  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
66 2156
11  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
71 2155
12  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
71 2148
13  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
51 2139
14  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
34 2134
15  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
73 2133
16  same Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
55 2125
17  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
54 2125
18  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 2108
19  same Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 2103
20  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
68 2095
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
88 2094
22  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
66 2089
23  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
53 2089
24  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
58 2082
25  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
48 2078
26  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 2073
27  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
87 2072
28  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
85 2065
29  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
69 2061
30  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
84 2061
31  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
55 2052
32  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
80 2050
33  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
70 2048
34  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
43 2035
35  same Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
57 2021
36  same blakes11
Steven Darling
54 1998
37  same musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
52 1995
38  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
58 1983
39  same FTM
Stu Smith
55 1980
40  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
85 1918
41  down iamgroot
scott mcgow
56 1903
42  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
66 1898
43  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
69 1896
44  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
50 1895
45  same disco dancer
darren frankland
61 1879
46  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
52 1848
47  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
59 1829
48  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
50 1799
49  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
50 1752
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
71 1653

 

Winners – The Vinegar Pissers 

The third manager to pick up their second title scoring the second highest finishing total. The Vinegar Pissers only spent six weeks outside of our top 10, first taking root in GW5. They did drop to the depths of 11th and 12th, before permanently floating around 6th until gameweek 29, when a manager of the week performance saw them rise to third. Then GW31 – only four games – but a Mohamed Salah masterclass and everybody’s posting 100+ totals and challenging for the highest weekly score prize. The VP’s kicked arse with 124 points from eight players, 58 of which came from Salah. That put them at the top of the league and that’s where they stayed – and in truth, no-one really got that close to them. Congratulations to the Pissers. They got as high as 8,202nd in the world, never took more than a four point hit, played their triple captain and bench boost in the run in and utilised their free hit well, picking up a good score with it and a green arrow just before Christmas. Interestingly, they played their wildcards at almost the earliest possibly opportunity on both occasions. Proving that there is still no logic to this game and it’s all complete luck.

Runners up – Nashton Villa, Edgbaston and Despicable Mee 

Our Champions League qualifiers all had similar seasons, making their surge into the top ten and then the top four at around the same time. It was during March that they all lost ground on the VPs and were left desperately trying to claw back the points lost during gameweeks 29 and 31 – the two weeks that definitely won the VP’s that manager of the month, and arguably won them the league. It was a superb debut season for Nashton who reached their highest worldwide position after GW37, but were unable to continue the rise and challenge for the top spot. They would have had to surpass the 100 point mark in GW38 to knock our champions off their perch.

Edgbaston have finally crept into our top four after two consecutive 5th place finishes, despite finishing lower in the world rankings than in both of their last two attempts. And fourth placed Despicable Mee are regressing. Two consecutive runners up placings and now fourth place. Once always the bridesmaid – now a distant uncle only invited because they had a space to fill. In all seriousness – if one of these two doesn’t win this title soon, I’d be very surprised.

The rest

There were valiant efforts by two former champs who just ran out of steam at the last knockings – FC Caligula and The Craggy Islanders finished 5th and 6th respectively. We’re sure to see them in the running next season. Hornets, a total rookie FPL debutant, who were top every week bar three between gameweeks 2 and 29, finished in a respectable 7th. By gameweek 16 they had climbed to 1,663rd in the world, as high (possibly) as any Buckets manager has been, but they peaked too early. Better understanding of the chips and when to play them might serve them better next season. The rest of us – probably got stung by Harry Kane once too often, and only realised when it was too late that they should have had Mo Salah as captain EVERY WEEK.

The awards

We had more managers of the week scoring 100+ scores than in any previous season. The Vinegar Pissers’ 124 point score was the second highest weekly winning score, but falls way behind their own record set in the 2013-2014 season when they managed 165 points in a week in which virtually everybody passed the 100 point barrier following a mammoth double gameweek. That same season produced the highest winning finishing score in our league of 2356 points. Despite there being more 100+ weekly winners in this season, The VPs finished 67 points behind that total. It’s worth noting that the 124 points scored in GW31 was done so from only four games. Another thirteen of our fifty teams passed the century mark that week. And most of them were only fielding bit part teams.

We had ten different managers of the month, six managers taking two weekly accolades, but only one, The bloody Vinegar Pissers, managing three highest weekly scores. Shoelace Untied took the December prize, accumulating 477 points for the month – the highest ever monthly total.

The players

We may have fallen just short of breaking our manager records this season, but the reason we got so close was largely due to one player – Mohamed Salah. He became the first player to pass 300 points for the season. No-one else came close – which may explain why we didn’t quite eclipse the higher scores from four years ago. Back then, in the ‘Suarez’ season, there was a great supporting cast, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Robin Van Persie, Yaya Toure and Eden Hazard all scoring big, playing consistently and featuring in a lot of teams. This season only Harry Kane, Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne passed the 200 point mark. Despite Kane running Salah (fairly) close in the golden boot chase, he was still close to 100 points behind. Which says more about the frustrating, annoying, inconsistent, trolling season the Spurs striker had. Nowt for weeks then just when you get sick of it all three frickin’ hat tricks…or whatever it was. Dickhead. Still – he’ll be in from the start next season.

Kane picked up more player of the week awards (three) than anyone else. Salah, who only scored more than anyone else once throughout the whole season, was much more consistent. A goal every week rather than three and a gap. And lets mention GW31 again – 29 points – the highest ever single match gameweek score. Sergio Aguero, Heung-Min Son and Marko Arnautovic were the only other players to get two player of the week awards. Tottenham won the award six times ahead of Chelsea with five, and then perhaps surprisingly, Manchester City, with only four winners. Ayoze Perez, Federico Fernandez and Callum Wilson showed up on the bargain list more than once and Newcastle appeared to be the best go-to cheapo team, winning the award five times over the course of the season. Watford were king of the twats offering up six ‘worst of the week’, with Jose Holebas winning the award twice. Jack Stephens also won it twice – and in consecutive weeks, so well done to him. Manchester City did dominate the goal of the week contenders with eight wins, but anyone who tells you that Jamie Vardy’s over the shoulder volley against West Brom in GW30 isn’t the goal of the season, is some kind of goon.

Debatable team of the season

  • GK – David De Gea – 172 points

No arguments here, although Lorus Karius did pick up more points per match of all keepers playing more than 10 games. Karius and Mignolet played half a season each – 19 games a piece. Mignolet scored on average 1.1 points per game less and kept three less clean sheets – although still 7 out of 19 which is pretty respectable.

  • DR – Cesar Azpilicueta – 175 points
  • DL – Marcos Alonso – 165 points
  • DC – Nicolas Otamendi – 156 points
  • DC – Jan Vertonghen – 138 points

Antonio Valencia, Ben Davies and Kyle Walker all scored more than Vertonghen, but none are central defenders. In the favoured three at the back, you’d probably have to drop Alonso. He hasn’t scored enough to warrant his usual left wing back position ahead of the highest scoring midfielders either…coming up next. Andrew Robertson missed 16 games and Phil Jones missed 15 games, but both beat all of the above, other than Alonso, in points per game. Jones managed 15 clean sheets in his 23 games. Basically – if he didn’t play – United usually conceded.

  • DM – Luca Milivojevic – 144 points
  • CM – Kevin De Bruyne – 209 points
  • AM – Mohamed Salah – 303 points
  • AM – Raheem Sterling – 229 points
  • AM – Christian Eriksen – 199 points

Obviously, this is where it all gets a bit ‘debatable’. No real team is complete without some kind of defensive holding player, so when you see the PFA team of the year, and it’s basically a goalkeeper and 10 attackers, you do wonder if they ever really watch the game. But then if you were going to stick a defensive midfielder in there, you wouldn’t necessarily be basing their inclusion on their fantasy points total, seeing as how nothing they do is ever taken into consideration when the scores are totted up. You’d just pick N’Golo Kante and move on wouldn’t you? Milivojevic is definitely worth a mention though. Arguably the most reliable penalty taker in the league, double figures for goals and in the top 10 for bonuses.

  • CF – Harry Kane – 217 points

His best goalscoring season but not his his best fantasy season. Too many braces and hat tricks, if their can be such a thing, and not enough consistency. Kane would go missing for weeks, but then burst back into life racking up the highest bonus score too. It was all about catching him on a good day. He blanked in 19 gameweeks – half a season. Salah failed to score anything other than appearance points in only 10 games. Aguero, and latterly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, finished the season with more points per match. There’s your front three for August.

 

 

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