Gameweek 19 results

December 28, 2018

1  up Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
66 1185
2  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
81 1178
3  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
72 1171
4  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 1171
5  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
75 1131
6  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
60 1127
7  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
78 1125
8  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
56 1119
9  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 1118
10  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
72 1114
11  same FTM
Stu Smith
73 1105
12  same King raggg
Steven Darling
67 1096
13  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
70 1095
14  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
64 1091
15  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
95 1076
16  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
76 1069
17  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
49 1057
18  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
66 1056
19  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
67 1046
20  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
71 1038
21  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
56 1034
22  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
66 1025
23  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
62 1021
24  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
70 1017
25  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
79 1015
25  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
81 1015
27  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
46 1013
28  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
59 1012
29  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
82 1010
30  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
81 1009
31  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
73 1007
32  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
61 1006
33  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
66 1002
34  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
54 999
35  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
59 999
36  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
68 987
37  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
63 977
38  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
64 970
39  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
40 969
40  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
44 967
41  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
63 964
42  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
52 956
43  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
60 946
44  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
47 932
45  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
53 929
46  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
77 912
47  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
79 897
48  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
62 895
49  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
60 889
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
57 876
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
54 808

 

Manager of the week – INIT FC – Mustafa Khan – 95 points

December’s not an easy month to negotiate but it helps when you’ve got goals galore. There were 34 last week and there were 32 in this. There were plenty of braces – Init had Felipe Anderson and Eden Hazard – and only four teams kept clean sheets. Among them Liverpool and Palace, who contributed a healthy 19 points. TAA and AWB got a bonus point for every surname – TAA added an assist. The December monthly total is always the biggest of the season and here’s how the current table looks…

1  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
78 335
2  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
60 325
3  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
79 316
4  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
66 316
4  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
71 316
6  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
72 309
7  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
82 307
8  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
64 306
9  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
56 304
10  same King raggg
Steven Darling
67 302
11  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
75 301
12  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
81 300

 

Player of the week – Kyle Walker-Peters – Tottenham Hotspur – 18 points

Tottenham also picked up a clean sheet and another double barreled wing back stole the show with three assists, more than most regular wingers manage in a season. He added a bonus mark for each surname and his christian name.

Bargain of the week – Marc Albrighton – Leicester City – 10 points

Leicester slightly sent the fanatsy world into disarray with their victory over Chelsea last gameweek. Beating City has completely thrown a spanner in the works. And to think they were allegedly considering giving their manager the boot. Albrighton hardly sets the FPL world alight, even when his team wins the league, but his headed goal and top bonus marks will have a lot of City-centric managers scratching their heads for a few days.

Twat of the week – Fabian Delph – Manchester City – -2 points

..and to compound their misery.

Goal of the week – Paul Pogba. At 6m21s

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1  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
37 2146
2  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
55 2108
3  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
71 2104
4  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
59 2099
5  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
39 2098
6  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
71 2094
7  up Hornets
Andrew Wade
54 2073
8  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
51 2070
9  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
60 2047
10  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
76 2036
11  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
64 2029
12  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
43 2028
13  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
55 2024
14  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
57 2020
15  same Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
58 2016
16  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
52 2001
17  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
45 2000
18  same It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
46 1990
19  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
53 1982
20  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
51 1972
21  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
71 1953
22  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
58 1948
23  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
41 1943
24  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
50 1941
25  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
51 1936
26  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
68 1927
27  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
62 1922
28  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
48 1921
29  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
33 1914
30  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
54 1914
31  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
71 1911
32  same King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
56 1908
33  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
58 1901
34  same Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
36 1882
35  up FTM
Stu Smith
49 1882
36  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
32 1879
37  up blakes11
Steven Darling
71 1878
38  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
49 1877
39  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
37 1868
40  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
58 1800
41  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
60 1798
42  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
43 1784
43  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
41 1778
44  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
26 1770
45  same disco dancer
darren frankland
58 1764
46  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
31 1724
47  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
40 1712
48  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
45 1653
49  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
42 1643
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
39 1513

 

April Manager of the Month – Edgbaston – Micheal Dineen – 267 points

In what was probably our closest manager of the month tussle of the season, the prize goes to Edgbaston. All of the teams in contention could have pinched the top spot with a better captain choice. Most plumped for Salah, who had a rare off week. Some, most notably Caligula, could have come out on top with a different team selection. Caligula had an extra 10 points on the bench which would have seen them over the line. Having said that, Edgbaston could also have picked up a few more points, opting as they did for Hugo Lloris over Mat Ryan and Pascal Gross over Willian. Caligula’s poor showing saw them drop to fifth overall. The gap is down to 36 points behind the Vinegar Pissers, with The Craggy Islanders and Nashton Villa now leading the chase. Mega double gameweek to come – it’s still anybody’s.

1  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
59 267
2  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
52 262
3  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
39 258
4  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
60 256
5  same disco dancer
darren frankland
58 249
6  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
71 246

Manager of the week – Queen of the North – Dorine Reacher – 76 points

Queen of the North became only the fifth team to achieve a second manager of the week nod and move into the top 10 overall – although they’re probably out of the running for a top four place with no chips remaining ahead of the double gameweek. The key to a high score was stocking up on Palace players who made themselves safe with their 5-0 rout of Leicester. Wilfried Zaha bagged his second double figure score in three weeks and was the Queen’s highest scoring player.

Player of the week – Dusan Tadic – 15 points

Despite Palace’s best efforts it was another relegation threatened team who provided us with this weeks best player. Southampton look semi-revitalised and not yet ready to give up on their Premier League status – and may now offer us some options for their double gameweek – Tadic being one of them. He normally shows up for one week of every season with a big score. He chipped in with 23 points back in gameweek 8 of the 2014-2015 season.

Bargain of the week – Mamadou Sakho – 13 points

There we are. The Palace representative. Sakho was one of four Palace players to hit double figures this week. Lots of managers have taken a punt on Zaha given his good form, but not so many on any other player, probably due to the fact they only have one game next week. All others have been gradually discarded in preparation for the GW37. They have Stoke and West Brom left to play – which in the middle of the season would tempt you towards them. Now they’re safe and with those two teams still fighting, it might be best to look elsewhere.

Twat of the week – Marc Albrighton – -2 points

It’s very difficult to time tackles when you’re wearing flip flops and sunglasses.

Goal of the week – Dusan Tadic

No vid for this toe-poke. Tadic again. You definitely won’t see this name mentioned again until next season.

Gameweek 22 results

January 5, 2018

1  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
87 1308
2  down Hornets
Andrew Wade
40 1298
3  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
84 1278
4  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
47 1272
5  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
63 1266
6  up The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
77 1262
7  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
61 1256
8  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
62 1254
9  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
56 1254
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
43 1251
11  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
35 1231
12  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
66 1218
13  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
59 1216
14  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
51 1215
15  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
47 1208
16  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
38 1199
17  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
56 1198
18  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
51 1191
19  same We are Ayling
Paul Murray
49 1189
20  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
54 1188
21  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
70 1187
22  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1186
23  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
47 1184
24  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
57 1174
25  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 1172
26  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
83 1170
27  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
51 1170
28  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
63 1159
29  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
23 1157
30  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
37 1154
31  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
65 1152
32  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
42 1150
33  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
53 1147
34  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
50 1146
35  same Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
45 1126
36  same Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
56 1114
37  up blakes11
Steven Darling
86 1112
38  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
65 1102
39  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
46 1101
40  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
33 1084
41  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
34 1084
42  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
45 1078
43  same FTM
Stu Smith
47 1073
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
37 1070
45  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
64 1065
46  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
48 1059
47  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
66 1049
48  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
31 1017
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
54 1003
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
43 861

 

Manager of the week – Despicable Mee – – Trevor Gordon – 87 points

Not only the manager of the week, but our new leader. As soon as we slip into the New Year, Hornets, ever present at the top since August, are knocked from their perch. Maybe this could be Despicable Mee’s year after two consecutive second place finishes. They played their free hit with good effect, although it would have been a lot better – and for a lot more managers – had Harry Kane (yes, him again) done what he was supposed to and scored two more hat tricks. I hope no-one triple captained him. The double gameweek could have been better. It was easier to draft in West Ham players than Spurs players given their cheapness and that didn’t open up too many point scoring opportunities. The free hit was probably the best chip to play in the circumstances with doubts over rotation and the fitness of some players. Without it, introducing Alli, Eriksen, Son and/or Kane would probably have meant losing a Liverpool or Man City big hitter. DM’s free hit consisted of three from West Ham and Spurs, and three from Man City and Leicester, who were the week’s highest scoring teams. It couldn’t have worked out any better really. Honorable mentions for The Winnings R Mine, who now sit 3rd, having been in 21st place on Christmas Eve. TWRM played an early wildcard, dropping Kane (brave/smart) and captaining the highest scoring double gameweeker, Son Heung-Min. Must Try Harder went with the free hit and a similar team set up to Despicable Mee to the tune of 83 points. Blakes11 totaled 86 with their early wildcard, captaining Alli, ignoring Kane, and picking up 51 points from double gameweekers.

Player of the week – Riyad Mahrez – 14 points

Mahrez has been racking up some impressive totals in recent weeks with either a goal or an assist in eight of his last nine games. He’s now the 5th highest scorer overall – the fourth highest midfielder. This might explain why he still feels like a slightly more under the radar choice. Is there any room? It’s not impossible to have him in your midfield, but it’s at the expense of someone who maybe feels more likely to score – like a Coutinho, a Sanchez or a Hazard. Yet, he beats them all in overall total and form.

Bargain of the week – Marc Albrighton – 13 points

Albrighton was pipped to the overall player of the week by his teammate, Mahrez, picking up three bonus points to his two. Both contributed a goal and assist in their victory over Huddersfield. Albrighton’s recent figures are good and worthy of note. He has six scoring weeks in his last ten, becoming a much more regular starter under Claude Puel. And all for £5.5 million.

Twat of the week – Christian Kabasele – -1 points

Soon to be renamed ‘Twatford of the week’ due to the frequency with which they win this award. It shows on Marco Silva’s face too. He knows. It was a slightly unfortunate own goal, rather than a scything challenge that did for Kabasele. Still, he went and did it in a week in which no-one conceded seven or snapped someone in two in the first half.

Goal of the week. Pedro Obiang. Two great goals in one match but this was the most unexpectedly spectacular. 2m15s

Gameweek 2 results

August 17, 2015

1 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 54 111
2 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 57 101
3 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 59 97
3 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 54 97
3 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 45 97
6 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 44 95
7 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 50 94
8 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 50 92
9 What’s Up????? DEAN CRIPPS 51 87
10 Below Par Paul Bentz 52 85
10 SS3 FC Paul Murray 50 85
12 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 48 85
13 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 45 83
13 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 40 83
15 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 46 83
16 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 52 81
17 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 51 80
18 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 42 79
19 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 57 78
20 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 40 77
20 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 43 77
22 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 43 76
23 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 41 76
23 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 42 76
25 Ciderheads Darren Pope 43 75
26 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 34 74
27 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 47 73
28 Init fc Mustafa khan 39 71
29 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 34 70
30 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 30 70
31 Howayman Mark Bromham 43 69
32 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 37 68
33 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 46 68
34 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 28 67
35 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 30 63
36 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 33 62
37 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 42 61
38 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 24 60
39 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 38 59
40 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 22 57
40 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 28 57
42 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 26 56
43 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 29 52
44 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 35 46

 

Grievous Angel Rangel win gameweek two with a total of 59 points. They were closely followed on 57 points by two of our newcomers, Go Buffoons Go!!! and Golden Boys. All three teams installed Christian Benteke as captain.

Just behind them were gameweek one winners, greensmeansbusiness. They’ve extended their lead at the top and are in pole position for the first manager of the month prize. Manchester City and Everton, with a little late help from Benteke did the business for our weekly high scorers. There were a few more 50+ scores posted this week – we only managed three between us last week. It’s fair to say, as a league we’re struggling. Probably due to an over reliance on some under performing players. As well as City and Everton, Leicester and Swansea, and the defences of Liverpool and United are where the points are at the moment. Picking the right combo of mid and low price options alongside your elite players has always been the secret to a hot start in this competition – something which the majority of us are failing to do. I feel some early wildcards coming on.

I’m admitting defeat on my hunch about Sunderland. There’s already talk of crisis meetings and questions as to whether their manager really does want the job. A home game against the least fancied promoted team should have been an ideal opportunity for them to turn round last weeks disappointment against Leicester, but Norwich didn’t read that script and got their first points on the board. Nathan Redmond added to his goal against Palace with another strike and is our bargain buy of the week.

Maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised. That was Norwich’s thirteenth consecutive away game without defeat apparently – a stat that might be worth considering for future weeks. At the other end of that scale are Newcastle, who suffered their sixth consecutive away defeat. Among their many achilles heels is their indiscipline. Daryl Janmaat was sent off – their eighth red card of the year – and new signing, Aleksandar Mitrovic, received his second yellow card in a combined 25 minutes of play. Their opponents, Swansea, offered up the same goalscorers as last week. Both Andre Ayew and Bafetembi Gomis will only set you back a combined value of £14.2 million at present. Note the additional £0.2 million – they’re already on the rise.

The City’s of Manchester and Leicester sit at the top of the league – positions replicated by our current leading players. Riyad Mahrez and Vincent Kompany top the early season scoring charts. Mahrez’s third goal and second consecutive three point bonus puts him on 25 points. Kompany scored his second of the season and added a second clean sheet to equal that total. Both had seen their values rise by £0.1 million ahead of this week’s fixtures. Mahrez’s has gone up again off the back of Saturday’s result. Yaya Toure and Marc Albrighton also passed the 20 point mark.

As has Ross Barkley, who, like Kompany, Mahrez, Ayew, Gomis and Redmond, netted his second goal of the season. Another player on two goals is Romelu Lukaku, who added to Barkley’s strike to condemn Southampton to an unexpected 3-0 defeat – and is our player of the week.

 Player of the week – Romelu Lukaku – 13 points. A solid start from Everton’s main man.

Bargain of the week – Nathan Redmond – 11 points. One of many lower mid priced midfielders making their mark.

Donkey of the week – Daryl Janmaat – -3 points. Poor discipline another reason not to touch the Newcastle defence.

Goal of the week – Olivier Giroud. Flying volleys will always win this prize.

 

Gameweek 1 results

August 11, 2015

1 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 57 57
2 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 52 52
3 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 51 51
4 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 44 44
4 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 44 44
4 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 44 44
7 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 43 43
7 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 43 43
9 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 42 42
10 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 41 41
11 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 40 40
12 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 39 39
13 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 38 38
13 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 38 38
15 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 37 37
15 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 37 37
15 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 37 37
18 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 36 36
18 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 36 36
18 What’s Up????? DEAN CRIPPS 36 36
21 SS3 FC Paul Murray 35 35
21 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 35 35
21 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 35 35
24 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 34 34
24 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 34 34
26 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 33 33
26 Below Par Paul Bentz 33 33
26 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 33 33
26 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 33 33
30 Ciderheads Darren Pope 32 32
30 Init fc Mustafa khan 32 32
32 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 30 30
33 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 29 29
33 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 29 29
33 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 29 29
36 Howayman Mark Bromham 26 26
36 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 26 26
38 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 25 25
39 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 23 23
40 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 22 22
41 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 21 21
42 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 19 19
43 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 11 11

Nice to see the Premier League is as predictable as ever. Arsenal second bottom. Leicester, Palace, West Ham and Villa occupying the European places. Long may it continue. Although it won’t will it? It’s the first week. No-one knows what’s about to happen. No amount of fantasy pre-planning would have envisaged Arsenal conceding two and scoring zero against the Hammers. Only five teams managed a clean sheet. It wasn’t a weekend for the defence. Thank goodness for Man City who posted the most convincing result. Their 3-0 defeat of West Brom established them at the top of the league, and gives Yaya Toure the first player of the week award. He and Vincent Kompany had sluggish seasons last time out, but their double figure scores for this week might get a few more managers interested in them again.

So – plenty of points to be had among the goal scorers and assist makers – but, only if you’d taken some wild-ish punts on the mid price market. Aside from Toure, the most expensive player occupying that first page of high scores is Philippe Coutinho at £8 million. Next highest scorers of the week Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton won’t set you back any more than £5.5 million. Highest scoring striker Arouna Kone is a £5 million player and £4.5 million Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez posted the second best score for a defender behind Kompany.

A good selection of the lesser known new signings made their mark. As well as Gomez, Jordan Amavi and Rudy Gestede had promising debuts for Villa. As did Andre Ayew for Swansea, Dimitri Payet for West Ham and Georginio Wijnaldum for Newcastle. All should have slipped onto a few managers’ radars. Slipping off may be Petr Cech, who clearly thinks he’s still playing for Chelsea.

As things stood on Saturday night we had a Leicester fan sat at the top of the Bucket with a Sunderland fan at the bottom – which felt right. Apologies if anyone was led down a Mackem based garden path based on what I’d written in the first blog post. It was a double whammy of sorts for the Mindless Morons who didn’t even have any Sunderland players in their team, yet still propped everybody else up. They were one of many to invest in Thibaut Courtois. Pretty Schitty City stayed loyal to Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, and they returned 25 points. But its league newcomer, greensmeansbusiness, who leads the way and gets our first manager of the week award. Their 57 points came courtesy of a canny (or was it accidental?) use of their bench boost chip. An extra 13 points was added to their total courtesy of scoring performances by Jason Puncheon and Steven Fletcher.

Player of the week – Yaya Toure – 16 points. Making City the early pacesetters.

Bargains of the week – Marc Albrighton – 15 points. Ended last season strongly too.

Donkey of the week – Thibaut Courtois – -2 points. A chance for Asmir Begovic?

Goal of the week – Philippe Coutinho. Because it appears overhead kicks have been banned.

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