The weekend scoring was dominated by the 8-0 thumping of Watford by Manchester City. Bernardo Silva, KDB and either Otamendi or Mahrez would have been the best three way combo to have, but you could also throw David Silva and Aguero in there and still come out with a decent looking score, especially with one of them as captain. Raheem Sterling got a total rest. There was simply no need to risk him with it being 7-0 at the hour mark. Jammy points to those that captained Sterling and opted for one of the previously mentioned team mates as vice. Extra jammy points for those that had John Lundstram coming off the bench to replace him. Lundstram is a fantasy manager’s dream. Rock bottom price, playing out of position – and involved. He’s as essential as any of those City forwards.
And there lies the difference between a red and green arrow this week. Those going up were well stocked with City players. Those going down… are mad. Biggest score of the week came from DaSilvaorthefreD, whose 84 point haul included 33 from City players, Aguero promoted to captain in Sterling’s place, Lundstram’s 12-pointer and a healthy 21 point contribution from three of the four Liverpool attacking returns.
Manager of the week – DaSilvaorthefreD – Stephen Papadopoulos – 84 points
Player of the week – Bernardo Silva – Manchester City – 19 points
Bargain of the week – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United – 14 points
Twat of the week – Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal – -3 points
The 2019 Buckets Cup final will be contested by The Craggy Islanders and Neil Madrid. Both are previous league winners and losing cup finalists, so whoever wins will become just the third team to have won both a Buckets Cup and a Buckets League title. We could even see another double with the Islanders taking their place at the top of the league this week and Neil Madrid closing the gap in fourth place.
Manager of the week – Drop It Like It’s Hart – Jason Earwicker – 70 points
Another relatively low scoring week on the whole. Two missed penalties by PEA and Paul Pogba may have affected some final totals. Bad if you had both. Double bad if you stuck the armband on one of them. Pogba particularly was a popular choice for captain. I don’t think any of us were unlucky enough to chance the triple captain. Drop It’s 70 points contained a 25 point West Ham contribution. Is that part of a strategy working towards the blank in which the Hammers are one of the ten teams with a game?
Player of the week – Declan Rice West Ham United – 15 points
There aren’t many players who have ended the gameweek as the highest scorer on two occasions. Who’d have thought a West Ham defender would achieve that feat, particularly given their shoddy clean sheet record. Rice’s goal, clean sheet and top bonus against Newcastle matches his performance against Arsenal back in GW22. It’s worth noting in the six intervening games he’s only picked up an additional 10 points.
Bargain of the week – Andreas Periera – Manchester United – 12 points
The second best goal in a game full of cracking goals and an assist to one of Romelu Lukaku’s double and, given the lengthy Old Trafford injury list, we have a £4.5 million Manchester United player in with a shout of nailing down a place for the forthcoming double gameweeks.
Twat of the week – Lucas Torriera – Arsenal – -2 points
Not many North London derbies go by without a red card. This time Arsenal’s tenacious Uruguayan midfielder got the early bath – if you can call the 95th minute early. I’m sure most managers will be cursing those penalty misses more.