Gameweek 15 results

December 6, 2018

1  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
81 975
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
55 950
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
74 943
4  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
67 929
5  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
82 908
6  down Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
69 899
7  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
61 885
8  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
54 875
9  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
52 867
10  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
49 861
11  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
37 860
12  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
57 859
13  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
37 858
14  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
79 858
15  same King raggg
Steven Darling
64 858
16  same Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
54 844
17  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
54 836
18  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
62 835
19  down FTM
Stu Smith
28 835
19  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 835
21  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
42 827
22  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
64 817
23  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
60 814
24  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
35 811
25  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
17 807
26  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
68 801
27  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
48 800
28  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
21 782
29  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
59 781
30  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
44 776
31  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
43 772
32  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
45 769
33  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
39 769
34  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
57 768
35  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
36 766
36  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
61 764
37  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
63 762
38  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 762
39  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 752
40  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
58 746
41  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
65 745
42  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
52 741
43  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
25 740
44  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
66 730
45  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
49 715
46  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
50 698
47  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
35 685
48  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
42 680
49  up The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
70 660
50  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
43 660
51  down Ross’s champions
darren frankland
48 642

 

Manager of the week – Edgbaston – Micheal Dineen – 82 points

A crazy week of rotation as we start the slog through December. It gives you an indication of what it will be like once the festive fixtures kick in and highlights the need for a strong bench to cover those rests and knocks. Liverpool virtually fielded a second XI, electing to drop Salah and Firmino to the bench, while leaving Mane and Robertson at home. The most notable restee (?) was perhaps Raheem Sterling who wasn’t needed from the bench in City’s latest victory. Can we assume that those who didn’t play or had reduced minutes this midweek will be in the starting line up at the weekend? That’s the game. There were no clean sheets this week either, so any five man defences were in for a rough couple of nights.

The Kane to Aguero switch proved popular ahead of this gameweek, aided a little by the Aguero injury. I wonder how many would have taken the plunge if Aguero hadn’t been out. Spurs run of fixtures into the new year look like a potential goalfest for Kane and Aguero is much less rotation proof that the Spurs man with Gabriel Jesus waiting in the wings. Other than a potential rest around Tottenham’s important European game next week I think it’s safe to assume Kane will start every game through Christmas, probably earning his eventual break for the FA Cup 3rd Round against Shepshed Dynamo. Edgbaston made that move and captained Kane to good effect. Other goals from Wilson, Fraser, Pike, Mainwearing and Richarlison totted up an impressive 80+ total to move them from 6th all the way up to 5th.

Player of the week – Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City – 12 points

The City guessing game is never an easy one, but is made slightly less complicated by the long term absences of Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy. There seems to be some kind of rough three way rotation working around the central striker, whether that be Aguero or Jesus, and also around the central midfielder, who is the ever present Fernandinho. Dilva, Bilva and Gundogan rotate around the midfield positions, with Gundogan being perhaps the slightly less favoured, while Sterling, Mahrez and Sane do the same either side of the attacker.  Mahrez, like Gundogan, is getting slightly less minutes than the others, but it’s still enough to allow him to score his fourth double figure haul of the season. Will he play the next game? Who knows. It’s Chelsea, so Pep may choose his strongest XI, in which case Sane and Sterling may be the preferred two. Having said that, Sane has started and finished each of he last three games, so maybe Mahrez picks up another start and don’t bet against him adding to his double figure scores.

Bargain of the week – Lucas Perez – West Ham United – 12 points

Further proof the West Ham fixture swing is worth a look, although hats off to anyone who took a punt on Lucas Perez being the beneficiary. It took him 50 minutes to register his brace having come on for the injured Arnautovic. It looks likely the Austrian striker will be out until the New Year, so expect more minutes for Perez, although still perhaps playing second fiddle to Javier Hernandez.

Twat of the week – Marcos Rojo – Manchester United – -2 points

An unfortunate own goal put pay to any chance of Rojo keeping a minus score, despite what should probably be considered in terms of Man U at the moment, as a good performance against an in form Arsenal. United can’t seem to get a settled back line. Their combined ownership is probably at an all time FPL low.

Goal of the week – Florin Andone. 

No vid. He ran a long way with it.

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1  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
63 898
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
65 895
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
48 869
4  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
61 862
5  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
63 830
6  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
65 826
7  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
45 824
8  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
62 823
9  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
52 821
10  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
48 821
11  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 819
12  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
54 812
13  up FTM
Stu Smith
76 807
14  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
51 802
15  same King raggg
Steven Darling
57 798
16  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
63 790
17  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
52 790
18  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 787
19  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
51 785
20  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
34 782
21  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
65 782
22  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
56 776
23  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
53 773
24  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
73 761
25  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
49 754
26  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
54 753
27  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
44 752
28  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
30 733
29  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
44 732
30  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
59 730
31  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
50 730
32  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
56 729
33  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
45 726
34  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
59 724
35  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
55 719
36  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
53 715
37  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
39 711
38  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 708
39  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
46 703
40  same Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
47 699
41  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
43 689
42  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
58 688
43  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
46 680
44  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
42 670
45  same Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
51 664
46  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
47 650
47  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
46 648
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
50 642
49  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
56 617
50  up Ross’s champions
darren frankland
71 594
51  down The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
46 590

 

November Manager of the month – Neil Madrid – Neil Strong – 272 points

Madrid were in fourth at the start of the month, 60 or so points adrift of the top. They now occupy the number one position, having clawed back that gap to take the prize for November. Swapping and off-the-boil Hazard for Raheem Sterling at the point the City man went fantasy nuts was surely the key. Madrid have posted five consecutive green arrow scores that has seen them rise from 196,000 to 13,000 overall. Check me out.

1  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
63 272
2  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
61 263
3  up FTM
Stu Smith
76 256
4  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
52 242
5  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 240

 

Manager of the week – FTM – Stu Smith – 76 points

FTM’s second week winning score in three wasn’t quite enough to push them to the summit of the monthly table, being let down arguably by their GW13 score. Nevertheless, they have climbed from 22nd to the outskirts of the top 10 and look set to push on through December. FTM are loving West Ham right now. Ahead of their favourable run of fixtures they picked up 15 points from Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson. As with many teams, Sterling became default captain through Aguero’s absence, and a five man defence, also popular this week, propspered to he tune of 35 points. Only Jose Holebas failed to deliver a clean sheet.

Player of the week – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 16 points

Maybe game of the season. Maybe the best Arsenal have played in a decade. And as Raheem Sterling became the first player to pass the 100 point barrier, PEA hit his 9th and 10th goals of the season to move within nine points of the same target. Aubameyang comes into serious contention now, particularly with an injury to Sergio Aguero, Liverpool relying on Divock Origi, inevitable City rotation, and no-one quite sure whether Harry Kane is paying well or not. Spurs’ run of fixtures into February could result in a period of heavy scoring for the England captain. Arsenal’s, on paper, don’t look as easy, but their star striker looks capable of scoring past anyone at any time. His overall Premier League record is 20 goals in 27 appearances. With 23 matches of the season remaining, there’s a strong possibility he’ll get close to the 30 goal mark. Why would you want to miss out on all that?

Bargain of the week – Javier Hernandez – West Ham United – 13 points

Somewhat of an unexpected result, but one that should alert fantasy bosses to the potential value of one or two West Ham assets in their team. Hernandez may not start every week however, so maybe steering towards Arnautovic or Anderson would reap more rewards. West Ham don’t play a top six team again until GW22.

Twat of the week – Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham Hotspur – -3 points

The game started boiling over in the first half so there was a certain inevitability about a red card being dished out at some point. Vertonghen conceded the penalty and looked rattled throughout until he finally lost it after Arsenal had bagged their 4th goal. Despite the aforementioned fixture swing in favour of Spurs, I wouldn’t go anywhere near any of these defenders.

Goal of the week – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 1m14s in. This game had it all.

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.

 

 

Player awards

1  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
58 1926
2  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
63 1888
3  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
66 1870
4  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
54 1867
5  same Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
66 1861
6  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
64 1858
7  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
59 1840
8  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 1832
9  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
47 1828
10  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
49 1814
11  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
62 1811
12  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
44 1807
13  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
35 1804
14  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
68 1803
15  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
51 1803
16  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
61 1802
17  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
67 1799
18  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
49 1799
19  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
53 1778
20  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
41 1777
21  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
50 1769
22  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
32 1755
23  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
52 1752
24  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 1739
25  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 1729
26  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
49 1726
27  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
59 1725
28  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
48 1724
29  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
47 1723
30  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
68 1720
31  same Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
53 1719
32  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
53 1718
33  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
60 1703
34  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
50 1697
35  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
59 1696
36  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
62 1688
37  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
42 1678
38  up FTM
Stu Smith
68 1672
39  down blakes11
Steven Darling
45 1644
40  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
62 1625
41  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
55 1618
42  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
55 1614
43  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
56 1604
44  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
57 1603
45  up Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
45 1559
46  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
34 1559
47  same disco dancer
darren frankland
58 1531
48  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
44 1481
49  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
46 1443
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
44 1335

 

March Manager of the Month – The Vinegar Pissers – Paul Hawkins – 304 points

There wasn’t really anyone else in it. During March The Vinegar Pissers have risen to the top of our league, climbed 100,000 places in the overall game into the top 20,000 and posted the highest weekly gameweek score of our season so far. They’ve no wildcard but all three chips remaining, meaning it looks like they’re in good shape to cope with gameweeks 34, 35 and 37. They’re our likely new favourites for the title and it’ll be a second time success for their manager. Beware of last year’s champs and runners up who are sat in 3rd and 5th respectively and on the climb.

Manager of the week – Pure Buffoonery! – Jitesh Lakhani – 68 points (7 goals)

Three teams picked up 68 points this week. Queen Of The North and FTM both scored four goals in reaching that total, but it’s Pure Buffoonery! with seven goals that take their place on the honours board. Seven goals is an impressive haul for a gameweek. They were scored by five different players with both Arnautovic and Aubameyang contributing a brace. Clearly they missed when placing the captain’s armband. Surely it was meant to land on Mo Salah, but instead ended up around Pascal Gross’ arm. Which would have been wonderful had it paid off, but it didn’t. But when your side bangs in seven goals, what does it matter?

Player of the week – Marko Arnautovic – 16 points

There haven’t been many double players of the week. Arnautovic becomes the fourth following Aguero, Son and Kane. He appears to be leading the line again following a spell relying on Javier Hernandez, which didn’t work out all that well. West Ham have a double gameweek upcoming – probably in GW37 – and they also play GW35. Arnautovic, who has scored his nine goals in 13 games, could be well worth keeping hold of if you’ve got him. Although, they won’t be playing Southampton every week.

Bargain of the week – Ben Chilwell – 11 points

Chilwell is winning the battle with Christian Fuchs for the Leicester left back role at the moment and at £4.3 with two double gameweeks on the horizon is a tempting prospect. He has two assists in his last two games, so there’s attacking potential there. This week he added a clean sheet. Leicester’s double gamewek opponents are Burnley, Southampton, West Ham and Arsenal. At least two, possibly even three of those four games could easily end up with more clean sheet points on the board.

Twat of the week – Jack Stephens – 0 points

It’s looking pretty dire for Southampton. They too have two double gameweeks to negotiate, but their run in is frightening. Chelsea, Leicester, Everton and Swansea make up their 34 and 37 opponents, which is bad enough. Add to that Arsenal next week and Manchester City last game of the season and even those that can’t resist filling the teams with double gameweekers are probably going to be steering well clear of Southampton players.

Goal of the week – Ashley Barnes. 

Was close to winning it a few weeks back. Definitely wins it this week. From the start.

 

Gameweek 23 results

January 16, 2018

1  up Hornets
Andrew Wade
64 1362
2  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
74 1352
3  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
43 1351
4  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
94 1344
5  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
70 1342
6  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
87 1341
7  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
71 1327
8  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
63 1325
9  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
70 1317
10  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
104 1312
11  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
46 1312
12  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
75 1306
13  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
74 1289
14  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
70 1288
15  same Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
67 1275
16  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 1275
17  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
74 1265
18  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
59 1257
19  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
47 1246
20  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
75 1245
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
70 1244
22  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
52 1238
23  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
48 1237
24  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
62 1234
25  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
71 1228
26  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
40 1227
27  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
52 1222
28  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
38 1222
29  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
69 1219
30  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
90 1216
31  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
68 1214
32  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
50 1204
33  same Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
57 1204
34  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
40 1199
35  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
60 1196
36  up blakes11
Steven Darling
72 1184
37  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
65 1179
38  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
54 1156
39  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
51 1152
40  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
53 1137
41  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
76 1135
42  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
67 1132
43  same FTM
Stu Smith
59 1132
44  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
47 1131
45  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
52 1130
46  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
39 1109
47  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
64 1109
48  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
53 1070
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
63 1062
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
51 912

 

Manager of the week – Queen Of The North – Dorine Reacher – 104 points

Some huge scores this week and another one topping the 100 point barrier. I’m not sure we’ve had quite so many 100+ scores achieved just in single gameweeks. Queen of the North’s 104 is the second highest winning score and the fourth highest score of the season overall. The secret to their success and many of the other higher scoring teams was keeping faith in those originally brought in for the double gameweek. West Ham and Spurs players may have disappointed slightly in GW22, but this week eight goals and a clean sweep of the bonus marks between them made up for that. QOTN collected 55 points alone from those two teams.

The Manchester City v Liverpool game had the potential to make or break a manager’s weekend. It lived up to it’s billing and as a seven goal thriller, it kind of half worked. Everyone playing in red who you wanted to score…scored. It was left to City’s supporting cast to provide the bulk of their points with meager returns for De Bruyne and Sterling – and a minus score for Otamendi.

Could we be on for a record breaking finish? In 2013-2014 our winner finished the season with 2,356 points – our highest ever total. At this stage during that season we only had one team on exactly 1,300 points. This season we have 12 teams past that mark, the highest of whom sits on 1,362. It also looks set to be the tightest ever finish. Given that The Winnings R Mine have climbed a million places in the worldwide game in six weeks to be 10 points behind our leader (from nearly 150 points behind our leader), who’s to say that teams as far down as 30th aren’t out of the race for the title?

Player of the week – Marko Arnautovic – 16 points 

Arnautovic has been threatening to post a highest weekly score for the last few gameweeKs. He seems to have found a new lease of life under David Moyes of all people. We like midfielders playing as central strikers and he’s now scored six in eight, posting two double figure totals, contributing three assists and seven bonus points. West Ham’s fixtures look very winnable for the next four gameweeks as well.

Bargain of the week – Jonny Evans – 15 points

West Brom have been best avoided since about gameweek 5. They have kept a couple of clean sheets since then, but only in 0-0 draws and all of their players, but for Ahmed Hegazi, have seen their values fall from their starting price. There’s talk that this might be Jonny Evans’ last appearance for them too. At least he left on a fantasy high, but don’t expect him, at whichever club he warms the bench for, or West Brom, to offer up too many double figure efforts again this season.

Twat of the week – Nicolas Otamendi – -1 points

He’s not the first Manchester City player to appear in the twat list. He does so by virtue of being the most expensive of the four players to record a -1 score this week. It’ll be interesting to see if other teams adopt the way that Liverpool played against City to see if they can get anything out of the game. Starting with Newcastle this weekend…yeah right!

Goal of the week – Sadio Mane. Goal at 1m in.

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