Gameweek 11 results

We have a leader. A proper leader. There’ll be no more weekly chopping and changing at the top for a while given Locky Bauer Bowyer’s current rate of scoring. This week they surpassed the 100 point barrier – the first team to do that so far this season. Their total of 103 becomes the highest weekly score, eclipsing Cook Pass Babtridge’s week one total of 99. It was inside the top 6,000 in the world – one of the top 0.1% in the entire game. And as a result, they now sit in the top 2,000 overall.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
103 692
2
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
78 664
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
79 645
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
81 644
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
74 642
6
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
56 634
7
Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
73 633
8
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
68 632
9
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
70 629
10
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
56 613

No-one really got close to them but that’s not to say everyone had a bad week. Most of us have John Lundstram after all. The next nearest score was 83, one of a hefty group of managers posting 70+ totals, most of whom, if not all, would have received green arrows.

Every one of Locky’s starting XI contributed, apart from KDB, who was the game’s second top scorer at the start of the weekend. Manchester City were arguably the main reason the rest of us didn’t challenge that high score. The Sterling or De Bruyne captain choice looked too good to ignore against Southampton. We should maybe have expected Saints to park the bus. When the defence was finally breached it was by Aguero, who has been exiting a lot of teams recently (although not Locky Bauer Bowyer’s), and Kyle Walker. A Sterling and KDB double up would have gained you no more that 5 points.

Manager of the week – Paul Hawkins – Locky Bauer Bowyer – 103 points

Player of the week – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 21 points

Bargain of the week – Lys Mousset – Sheffield United – 13 points

Twat of the week – James Tarkowsi – Burnley – 0 points

Goal of the week – Jamie Vardy. 2m14s

Gameweek 10 results and October Manager of the Month

Another week, another leader. Locky Bauer Bowyer had already taken over by the time Leicester’s 9th goal had gone in, accumulating 48 points from just that one game. By contrast Genial Plodders finished Friday evening on a score of -1. They’ll be glad they only had Jannik Vestergaard and not Ryan Bertrand, who finished on a record low total of -6. Locky’s weren’t the only to benefit from the 9-0. Virtually everyone with a green arrow against their name had some Leicester influence in their team. I’m not sure any of us had a triple up. Plenty of us captained Vardy and there were a few more of us with Vardy and one other – Chilwell, Soyuncu, Maddison, Tielemans and Evans being the most popular.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
78 589
2
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
61 586
3
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
71 578
4
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
83 572
5
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
53 566
6
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
74 564
7
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
67 563
8
Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
67 560
9
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
43 559
10
Chef Utd
Robert Frost
57 559

It was a good week for the other City too. As well as benefitting from the Leicester madness, many of us complimented that with (at last) a fruitful captain pick from the Etihad. Both Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, the two most popular armband choices, returned attacking contributions. The Leicester/Manchester combination came through for Pretty Schitty City, our October Manager of the Month. City got over the line thanks to a 60 point contribution from Ederson, Sterling and captain Vardy. Although there was more bad luck for those convinced that Sergio Aguero would pick up his regular home points haul. He missed out again in favour of Gabriel Jesus and salt was well and truly rubbed in with a 10 minute, 1 point cameo.

1
Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
79 178
2
Cookie fc
Peter Cook
82 168
3
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
78 166
4
king ragg
Steven Darling
65 163
5
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
71 160

 

October manager of the month – Pretty Schitty City – Alex Michaluk – 178 points

Manager of the week – Basham’s Arriving – Tim Dodd – 84 points

Player of the week – Ayoze Perez – Leicester City – 20 points

Bargain of the week – Tim Krul – Norwich City – 16 points

Twat of the week – Ryan Bertrand – Southampton – -6 points

Goal of the week – Jay Rodriguez. 1m26s

 

Gameweek 9 results

A year ago the leaders of the Buckets league had 621 points. They were 100 points ahead of 14th place. Already, three quarters of the league were out of the title race. Our best managers had cracked the season’s code early and were moving at pace. We had a good mix of elite players staying in form (Hazard, Salah, Robertson) and differential cheap picks to fit the budget (Wan Bissaka, Wolves assets). Fast forward a year. This week sees our leader limp to 525 points. You have to drop to 51st place to go back 100 points. Lower-mid table languishers need not worry just yet. You still might win.

1
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
49 525
2
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
54 516
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
35 513
4
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
40 511
5
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
52 507
6
Chef Utd
Robert Frost
48 502
7
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
37 496
8
Greeenteeaaam
adam greenwood
43 494
9
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
35 494
10
Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
45 493

Captain choices are so hard. There’s almost too much choice some weeks. Most captained this week was Sergio Aguero…closely followed by Tammy Abraham and Callum Wilson. Aguero’s benching wouldn’t necessarily of promoted anyone decent from vice captain either. Abraham and Wilson blanked. Only Sterling of the £10 million+ players picked up any attacking points – and then he got carded. You needed to have had the heavily rotated David Silva lined up to take the armband.

Just like league leaders, Sterling Silva, who would have been sweating on an Aguero one minute cameo more than anyone. Silva’s eventual 22 points saw them rise to the top of the table ahead of Musttryharder, who climbed to second with a 54 point haul, one of only five scores over 50. The highest score, a 56 by Pretty Schitty City, was aided by a handy 13 point haul from Jack Grealish. That’s four attacking contributions in three weeks for the Villa captain. Another mid-price one to watch.

Extra jammy points to those who may have profited from everyone’s favourite first sub, John Lundstram, coming off their bench to replace Aguero or Salah. And probably not for the first time this season. And that’s kind of what FPL has come to. Crossing fingers for a Sheffield United clean sheet (because that’s evidently more likely than Aubameyang scoring), to score 6 points from a guy whose starting price was £4 million – because your £11 million strikers are benched, or just bollocks.

Manager of the week – Pretty Schitty City – Alex Michaluk – 56 points

Player of the week – Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – 14 points

Bargain of the week – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa – 13 points

Twat of the week – Aaron Mooy – Brighton and Hove Albion – -2 points

Goal of the week – David Silva. 33s in

 

 

Gameweek 8 results

Anybody get a captain choice right? None of this lot did…

1
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
51 478
2
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
41 476
3
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
48 471
4
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
37 462
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
46 461
6
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
28 459
6
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
41 459
8
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
37 455
9
Chef Utd
Robert Frost
39 454
10
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
47 452

…yet it didn’t really matter. I’ve not checked all 61 of us, but it may be that only King Ragg, our highest scorer, who picked Sadio Mane, achieved double figures with their armband. Raheem Sterling was the most popular choice – and why wouldn’t he be? Rested in midweek and up against a slow starting Wolves team just off the plane from Europa duty – and at the Etihad. That went well. More blanks for Salah, Kane and Aguero, a rare blank for Aubameyang and for those of us daring enough to opt for Teemu Pukki – well that party is probably over. So all in all, a good week to have a bad week. If you clambered over 50, you did well.

Manager of the week – Steven Darling – King Ragg – 62 points

Player of the week – Adama Traore – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 16 points

Bargain of the week – Wesley Moraes – Aston Villa – 14 points

Twat of the week – Seamus Coleman – Everton – -2 points

Goal of the week – Douglas Luiz. 8m50s in. 

 

Gameweek 7 results and September manager of the month

More chopping and changing at the top, as the Buckets League welcomes it’s fifth different leader in just seven gameweeks. Sterling Silva have had six consecutive green arrows, climbing the rankings week on week from almost four millionth in GW1 to their current high of just under 88k. They’ve made a single transfer every week, thus taking no hits and are yet to unleash their wildcard.

1
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
55 435
2
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
41 431
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 427
4
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
57 425
5
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
52 423
6
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
61 418
7
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 418
8
romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
65 417
9
Chef Utd
Robert Frost
52 415
10
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
66 415

Despite the consistency, it’s not enough to take the September prize. That award goes to Crazylegs XI. Their three week run has seen them rise from two millionth to around 466k – and up to just outside the top 10 of Buckets.

1
Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
66 218
2
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
57 194
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
55 194
4
romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
65 193
5
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
53 189

Our highest weekly score was achieved by Greeenteeeaam who reached 76 points with double figure contributions from Harry Kane as captain, Georginio Wijnaldum doing what his front three colleagues should have done and Ricardo Pereira, who rises to the top of the defender charts as a result of scoring for the second match in a row. Periera and the Leicester defence look a tasty prospect following the international break with a run of eminently winnable fixtures all the way through to mid December. Most of them are either at home and/or against teams outside the so-called big six.

Two players have registered attacking returns every week. Bizarrely, neither have had a price increase over their starting value. Callum Wilson was shipped out by a massive amount of managers over the first five gameweeks, until people started to sit up and notice that three assists and three goals is actually pretty good going. Wilson’s value has re-risen to £7.9 million, but had dipped from his £8 million starting price to £7.8 million. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has stayed on £11 million since week one. He has seven in eight games – and in the game in which he didn’t score – he assisted. Maybe too many of us were too interested in Pukki to look at Wilson and too desperate to fill up on City players to consider Aubameyang. It’s worth noting Aubameyang’s run of fixtures too. This run could last until Christmas.

 

October Manager of the Month – David Caldicott – Crazylegs XI – 218 points

Manager of the week – Adam Greenwood – Greeenteeeam – 76 points

Player of the week – Matt Doherty – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 15 points

Bargain of the week – Jorginho – Chelsea – 11 points

Twat of the week – Serge Aurier – Tottenham Hotspur – -2 points

Goal of the week – Anwar El-Ghazi. 3m15s in.