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.

Sterling Silva
49 525
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
54 516
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
35 513
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
40 511
Noel Driver
52 507
Chef Utd
Robert Frost
48 502
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
37 496
adam greenwood
43 494
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
35 494
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 26 results

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
94 1666
2  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
77 1634
3  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
66 1624
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
59 1601
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
68 1565
6  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
89 1565
7  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 1554
8  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
72 1550
9  same FTM
Stu Smith
68 1541
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
67 1525
11  up King raggg
Steven Darling
74 1518
12  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
65 1506
13  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
59 1506
14  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
71 1500
15  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
62 1490
16  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
64 1485
17  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
76 1462
18  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
51 1462
19  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
84 1460
20  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
82 1455
21  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
82 1454
22  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
58 1450
23  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
38 1435
24  same Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
71 1433
25  same Kompany & Co
69 1430
26  same RICO UNITED
70 1428
27  same Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
58 1402
28  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
49 1392
29  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
75 1382
30  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
52 1380
31  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
56 1377
32  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
53 1376
33  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
77 1374
34  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
67 1373
35  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
58 1367
35  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
45 1367
37  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
68 1365
38  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
85 1355
39  same Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
57 1353
40  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
77 1351
41  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
55 1351
42  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
75 1342
43  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
42 1337
50 1334
45  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
94 1328
46  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
30 1307
47  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
72 1293
48  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
56 1264
49  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
47 1242
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 1213
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
76 1157


Buckets Cup 1st round

There were some very closely fought games this week with ten of the sixteen being won by less than 10 points – five of those by just a 2 point margin. Ross’s Champions continue their progress by knocking out the reigning champs, Puddle Splash Van – we’re yet to have a manager retain the cup. Shoelace were knocked out in the tie of the round on 82 points – only five teams scored more points than that in the entire league this gameweek.

Top of the League – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 1666 points

The last two weeks have produced a bit of a change at the top. It’s still the same four teams, but the order has changed and the points spread has widened. And the teams in the chasing pack are also within shooting distance. Da Pitch have posted two 90+ scores to leap back into the top 5k in the world and build a lead of 32 points over The Craggy Islanders, who occupy their highest position of the season. Neil Madrid have dropped back after two shocking weeks of bad captain choices and a risky hokey-cokey transfer policy.

Manager of the week – Pique Blinders – Colin Goulding – 94 points (14 bps)

Pique’s match Da Pitch for points and goals this week but triumphed in the meaningless quest to be manager of the week by virtue of picking up more bonus points. It’s a score that puts them in contention for a charge at the manager of the month prize. Eight goals scored and four players collecting top bonus is a great return. Some teams will welcome the two week cup break. It might have come at the wrong time for Pique’s.

Player of the week – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 18 points

Pipping his hat trick scoring team mate by one point, despite scoring one less goal and one less bonus point. No less annoying for those that saw fit to dispense of City players with the prospect of what should have been a much tougher match against Chelsea and the fact they have a blank coming up next time out. City have refound their form (again) and Sterling becomes the first player to achieve a player of the week award twice this season. It’s the seventh player award for their team overall. Will they have another blip to throw the game into complete disarray again?

Bargain of the week – Chris Wood – Burnley – 13 points

Burnley look OK now. Wood and his team mate, Ashley Barnes, are in among the form strikers and look like a tempting pick for the forthcoming blank. They have five and four goals respectively in the last seven games. It’s a run that has seen them climb to relative safety in the league and they look set to continue the partnership for the foreseeable.

Twat of the week – Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – -1 points

Take your pick of the Chelsea defence. If Alonso is still stinking up your backline it’s surely now time to dispense. Worse still if you re-invested in Chelsea after they beat Huddersfield. Remember they were thumped for four by Bournemouth in the game before. The top four look so much more reliable for big priced players at the moment. Hazard could quite easily go on another six week holiday before his next big haul.

Goal of the week – Anthony Martial. At 1m31s


Gameweek 2 results

1  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
89 191
2  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
86 175
3  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
88 172
4  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
79 171
5  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
77 170
6  same King raggg
Steven Darling
82 166
7  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
83 164
8  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
95 159
9  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
84 158
9  up CAS Vampire Slayers
Mustafa khan
81 158
11  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
85 157
12  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
78 155
13  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
87 154
14  up DoubleDee
Noel Driver
79 149
15  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
92 148
15  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
87 148
17  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
86 147
18  down RICO UNITED
54 145
63 145
18  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
80 145
21  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 143
21  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
74 143
23  up Kompany & Co
93 142
Adam Burnett
86 139
25  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
69 133
26  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
70 127
27  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
53 126
28  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
71 125
29  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
68 121
30  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
71 119
30  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
48 119
32  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
66 118
33  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
49 117
34  same Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
63 115
35  up FTM
Stu Smith
70 113
36  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
68 109
37  up Ross’s champions
darren frankland
76 108
38  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
54 108
39  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
54 106
40  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
58 106
41  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
45 102
42  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
47 102
43  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
51 99
44  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
65 99
45  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
51 98
46  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
59 98
47  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
54 91
48  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
40 91
49  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
45 88
50  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
45 87
51  down The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 85
52  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
41 68


Manager of the week – Upper Bullens – Andy Taylor – 95 points

Storming starts by lots of managers all thanks to doubling and tripling up on the two title favourites. Six goals for Liverpool without reply and eight for Manchester City with a single goal in the against column have helped towards some impressive looking totals in the first two weeks. There were three more 90+ scores and over half of us topping the 60 point average. And most of those were as a result of having Sergio Aguero as captain. The home tie against Huddersfield was too much to resist and the City striker duly delivered to the tune of 40 points with the armband. Bullens were the best with Marcos Alonso contributing 13 points and being one of only two players to post two double figure scores; and Richarlison scoring his third goal of the season and adding 9 more points to the 14 he got last week. They move up to eighth overall and lie just over 30 points behind the leaders, Perifidious Albion, who opted for a curious wildcard and could have surpassed the century mark again had they captained Sergio over that Harry Kane bloke. I’m not having that prick anywhere near my team this year.

Player of the week – Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 20 points

This year’s Kane? Blanks then hat tricks. Then blanks. Then hat tricks. As long as it’s alternate weeks. Given the run of fixtures City have, it could be every week. They don’t get tough till October. The run till then sees them take on the other five promoted teams of the last two seasons.

Bargain of the week – Neil Etheridge – Cardiff City – 16 points

The goalkeeper no-one wanted. The goalkeeper with twice as many points as pretty much every other keeper. How long can that last? As long as Cardiff keep conceding penalties – it can last forever.

Twat of the week – Terence Kongolo – Huddersfield Town – -3 points

Huddersfield started last season with a run of clean sheets. Although that was never likely to happen coming up against Chelsea and City in their first two games, it looks like, with nine goals conceded, that they’re the team to avoid for defensive options. Five of the seven defenders that have turned out for them so far this season still haven’t made it past 0 points. Three of them have minus scores. One of them is Terence Kongolo.

Goal of the week – Will Hughes.

Season review

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
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
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
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.



Player awards

Gameweek 25 results and January Manager of the Month

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
47 1465
2  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
54 1464
3  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
66 1463
4  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
65 1462
5  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
53 1460
6  up The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
76 1452
7  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
49 1443
8  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
54 1430
9  same Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
55 1430
10  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
39 1425
11  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
65 1425
12  same Queen of the north
45 1401
13  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
71 1392
14  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
54 1389
15  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
56 1388
16  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
63 1387
17  down Rico united
50 1383
18  same Kompany & Co
59 1376
19  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
56 1364
20  same We are Ayling
Paul Murray
60 1362
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
55 1352
22  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
54 1352
23  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
67 1343
24  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
73 1341
25  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 1339
26  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
50 1336
27  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
43 1335
28  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
65 1334
29  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
52 1333
30  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
45 1331
31  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
52 1331
32  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
57 1331
33  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 1314
34  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
48 1311
35  same Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
56 1309
36  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
60 1294
37  down blakes11
Steven Darling
63 1294
38  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
65 1260
39  down mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
42 1258
40  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
50 1246
41  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
68 1246
42  down FTM
Stu Smith
40 1241
43  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
44 1238
44  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
56 1227
45  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
59 1221
46  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
43 1204
47  up disco dancer
darren frankland
65 1188
48  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
39 1178
49  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
40 1151
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
48 1006


Manager of the month – The Winnings R Mine – David Bruce – 270 points (14 goals)

It was a close run thing for January Manager of the Month. The top four were separated by three points with The Winnings R Mine and Brexiter City both scoring 270 points and sharing first place. The Winnings R Mine take the prize, outscoring Brexiter by 14 goals to 11.

1  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
54 270
1  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
65 270
3  down blakes11
Steven Darling
63 268
4  up The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
76 267

Blakes11 triple captained in an attempt to pinch the award but just fell short. The Vinegar Pissers, despite winning manager of the week, will be cursing a Harry Kane captain choice – possibly not for the first time this season. Kane was outscored by seven other players in their line up – all of whom, as captain, would have given them the monthly award as well.

Manager of the week – The Vinegar Pissers – Paul Hawkins – 76 points

It was a week in which the top scoring teams – Liverpool and Manchester City – did as they were supposed to and registered comfortable wins against struggling teams with all of their star players chipping in with either an assist or goal. It definitely wasn’t a week for relying on the clean sheet experts – Manchester United or Chelsea – to do what they were supposed to and keep out Spurs and Bournemouth. That’s maybe slightly harsh on United, but the double whammy for Phil Jones owners – and there are a lot – is the minus score courtesy of and own goal and a booking. Chelsea have no excuse. But for David De Gea in goal, The Vinegar Pissers avoided the dodgy defensive displays and picked up a healthy 38 points from their Liverpool and City contingent.

Player of the week – Sam Clucas – 15 points

There’s a Swansea revival to take notice of. They’re suddenly the team offering the most tempting cheap players. Jordan Ayew is the form cheap striker scoring four in his last seven. In GW24 Federico Fernandez was the best bargain player and Alfie Mawson was only just pipped to the overall player award by one point. Sam Clucas takes that prize this week with two goals in their impressive win over Arsenal to follow up their similarly impressive, and unexpected, win over Liverpool last week.

Bargain of the week – Callum Wilson – 12 points

Every single stat surrounding the Chelsea v Bournemouth fixture pointed towards a comfortable home win. The last five games between the two have all resulted in a Chelsea victory by an aggregate score of 13-3. Add to the that the fact that Chelsea had kept six clean sheets in their previous eight games with Bournemouth only managing four all season. It’s the reason Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta top the £7 million mark for defenders. This week they collected a solitary point each as Wilson netted his fourth in six games and second double figure score in three.

Twat of the week – Phil Jones – -2 points

Who else? The fifth most owned defender in the game drops a clanger. It’s a one off. He’s been the most consistent United defender and is the joint highest bonus scorer across the back line. Don’t be surprised if he picks up another nine point haul against Huddersfield at the weekend.

Goal of the week – Christian Eriksen. Bit of a dearth of quality this week. This for no other reason that it was scored in 10 seconds. You’d think the internet would have a video of that whole 10 seconds wouldn’t you? It doesn’t.