Gameweek 26 results

February 27, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
52 1461
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
56 1444
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
55 1442
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
61 1422
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
74 1416
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
88 1405
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
36 1399
down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
43 1396
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
56 1389
10  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
58 1385
11  same Cooksters
Peter Cook
63 1382
12  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
77 1376
13  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
79 1375
14  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
70 1369
15  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
57 1368
16  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
54 1361
17  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
48 1355
18  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
66 1351
19  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 1351
20  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
67 1350
21  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
52 1346
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
60 1344
23  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
49 1337
24  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 1318
25  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
79 1315
26  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
76 1312
27  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
32 1311
28  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
81 1311
29  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
81 1308
30  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
72 1302
31  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
68 1302
32  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
69 1282
33  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
76 1268
34  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
79 1265
35  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
58 1264
36  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
55 1261
37  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
62 1245
38  up FTM
Stu Smith
65 1224
39  down jetty city
scott mcgow
47 1223
40  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
56 1208
41  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
43 1207
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
61 1195
43  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
77 1194
44  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
43 1185
45  down Dj daz
darren frankland
37 1181
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
37 1169
47  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
92 1143
48  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
51 1143
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
51 1100
50  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
44 1063
51  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
38 1053
52  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
8 1030
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
37 1022

 

It looked like an even split of managers hoping for either a Harry Kane week or a Romelu Lukaku week. Everton welcomed Sunderland, while Spurs had Stoke to contend with. The odds may have been slightly with Lukaku, but it was Kane who provided the bigger points haul – 20 in total – 40 if you had him as captain. Lukaku’s goal came as welcome relief to those who went with the Everton striker, but come mid-afternoon Sunday, that would have been no consolation has a whole host of teams came sailing past carrying the Spurs forward and their 70+ scores.

Our weekly winner, monthly winner and most of the teams that advanced to the Buckets Cup quarter finals all had Kane, and most had him with the armband.

No-one could top Bermie United, whose unwavering faith in Leicester City finally paid off with a mindbending final total of 92 points. And all achieved whilst the manager is biking round ‘Nam for charity. Maybe Claudio is with him. Last season’s holy trinity of Vardy, Mahrez and Drinkwater contributed 23 points on top of the 40 from Kane. They made one transfer in gameweek four, and only managed to put out nine players for the weekend. Classic ghostship.

Uriah’s deserve a mention. Playing the game properly, they amassed 88 points. As well as captain Kane, they benefited from Christian Eriksen’s assists and another goal scoring performance from Gareth McAuley. He’s West Brom’s second top scorer, the league’s top scoring defender and moves into sixth place on the defender charts.

The manager of the month changed hands dramatically at the final reckoning. Both Lukaku and Kane had carried RG XV to the top of the monthly table before Monday’s game – they were 9th after last week’s fixtures. RG also had McAuley – and Seamus Coleman, who contributed anther double figure total with a seventh consecutive scoring week. Yet it wasn’t enough to hold off Rico United who pipped them by a point and have Matt Phillips to thank – for not playing. Rico utilised the bench boost expertly. Captain Phillips defaulted to vice captain Alli, and the extra eight points carried them past RG to the prize. They’re our first double month winner.

up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
79 208
up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
79 207
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
61 198
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 197
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
74 197
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
88 197
same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
67 196

 

Our cup quarter finalists have been decided. FC Caligula will not defend their trophy, falling to Release The Hounds, who will take on Jarvis FC in the next round. Rico’s month winning total was enough to see them through to play Upper Bullens. Bakerlona are the lowest ranked team left in, creeping through in a battle of the ghost teams. They face league leaders Aquamar, who only just squeezed through themselves with the second lowest cup score of the week. Joey Bosa and Shoelace Untied make up the draw. Aquamar are the only top 10 team left in the competition and there are more bottom half than top half teams remaining.

 

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 20 points. Another hat trick. Time for a few weeks off now, eh Harry.

Bargain of the week – Idrissa Gueye – 10 points. Everton’s Kante. The scoring will stop here.

Donkey of the week – Ashley Barnes – -1 points. Another cheapo striker’s honeymoon period is over.

Goal of the week – Danny Drinkwater. They won’t get relegated.

 

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Gameweek 31 preview

April 2, 2015

04 Apr 12:45 Arsenal v Liverpool
04 Apr 15:00 Everton v Southampton
04 Apr 15:00 Leicester v West Ham
04 Apr 15:00 Man Utd v Aston Villa
04 Apr 15:00 Swansea v Hull
04 Apr 15:00 West Brom v QPR
04 Apr 17:30 Chelsea v Stoke
05 Apr 13:30 Burnley v Spurs
05 Apr 16:00 Sunderland v Newcastle
06 Apr 20:00 Crystal Palace v Man City
07 Apr 19:45 Aston Villa v QPR

 

We’ve another double gameweek. Aston Villa and QPR (again) are up for twice the points. There are probably more cons than pros to drafting in any of their players. For starters they both face tough games in week 32. So if you use up multiple transfers this week, you’re likely to be lumbered. Villa play Spurs and QPR host Chelsea.

QPR played a double header as recently as gameweek 28 in which they played Arsenal and Spurs away from home, losing 2-1 in both games. Their defence was best avoided then, and they’ve done nothing in the intervening weeks to make you change your mind. No defender has scored more than two points since. In fact only three players have contributed anything to their totals other than appearance points. Eduardo Vargas would be the biggest punt of the three being the least likely to start both games. Charlie Austin’s scoring rate has dropped. There are 11 forwards in better form than him at the moment. Matthew Phillips may be the pick of the bunch at only £4.6 million and in a run of games that have seen him assist four and score a goal of the season contender.

Over at Villa Park prospects aren’t much better. OK – so they line up at home against QPR – and the smart money would be on them getting the three points in that game, but that’s off the back of a trip to Old Trafford. At the back they appear to be down to their bare bones with only two fit first choice defenders, which doesn’t bode well for a side that have only kept two clean sheets this year. Having said that, that’s still one more than QPR. In their favour, they’ve affordable players in better form. Christian Benteke is second in the striker form list with two double figure scores in the last three weeks. Fourth in the striker form list is Gabby Agbonlahor, who at £5.2 million, is almost a million and a half cheaper than Benteke, which I think adds up to being a better investment.

There’s been a semi interesting development involving a couple of goalkeepers in the last few weeks. Fraser Forster has been number one keeper for most of the season. Ben Foster has been integral to the new stingy West Brom under Tony Pulis. Both are now out for the season, meaning Boaz Myhill and Kelvin Davies are guaranteed starters for the remaining eight gameweeks. Both made encouraging starts a fortnight ago. Davies kept a clean sheet. Of Southampton’s remaining fixtures, five of the eight offer more clean sheet potential. Myhill meanwhile, despite conceding three against Manchester City, made 13 saves, adding 4 points to his score. Four out of West Broms remaining eight games could yield a clean sheet. At £4.4 million and £4 million respectively, they’ll also save you money.

Its Buckets Cup semi Final weekend. A top of the table clash and a mid table battle will determine who plays in the final next week.

Gameweek 29 results

March 17, 2015

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 43 1,598
2 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 29 1,569
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 24 1,556
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 47 1,548
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 43 1,540
6 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 67 1,534
7 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 24 1,525
8 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 47 1,521
9 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 39 1,518
10 Ciderheads Darren Pope 35 1,517
11 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 31 1,505
12 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 30 1,496
13 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 45 1,477
14 Van Damme United P Hawkins 27 1,469
15 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 43 1,463
16 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 33 1,456
17 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 51 1,456
18 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 38 1,451
19 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 27 1,409
20 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 35 1,406
21 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 45 1,397
22 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 32 1,380
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 44 1,368
24 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 53 1,354
25 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 49 1,332
26 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 41 1,307
27 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 40 1,303
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 41 1,211
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 33 1,057

 

Uriah’s lead the way this week with 67 points – 14 points more than their nearest challenger. The March manager of the month looks likely to be contested between themselves and Shoelace who followed last weeks uber score with another steady total. If either win they’ll become the first teams to win two monthly manager prizes this season. Shoelace hold a bit of a lead but there’s a strong chasing pack and in truth any of the top 10-15 teams could have a sniff.

1 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 43 145
2 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 67 136
3 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 51 131
4 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 47 130
5 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 43 126
5 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 47 126
5 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 45 126
8 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 53 126
9 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 38 125
10 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 43 121
11 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 40 120
12 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 31 116
13 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 45 115
14 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 39 115
15 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 24 113

 

Uriah’s main man this week was probably George Boyd. Everyone’s favourite bench warmer stepped into Uriah’s squad to replace the non-starting Samir Nasri to add 11 points. It seems Boyd can always be relied upon as sub number one. He always starts and has contributed 90 points overall, which is the highest of any outfield player valued at under £5 million. The problem is knowing when to promote him. No-one would have expected his first double figure total of the season to come against City, so extra smug points to Uriah’s who were lucky enough to have two non starters, thus giving Boyd his starting berth. I imagine he was still sat on the bench for everyone else.

There were a few surprises in the first round of the Buckets Cup. The quarter final draw has been made. Biggest shock of the round came at the home of Sportingabiggerwig as they sent Pescara packing. Shoelace won the tie of the round in the tightest game against RayCrawfordsCrackers. No Recognised Plan knocked out the holders and will now face the league leaders, Neil Madrid. Arguably the tie of the quarter final sees the only former champs left in the competition, *Your Ad Here*, take on fellow top four botherers Hedgehog Corpse.

 

Player of the week – Michael Carrick – 14 points. Another corner turned

Bargain of the week – Gabriel Agbonlahor – 12 points. Villa strikers to fill their bots to the end of the season?

Donkey of the week – Fabricio Coloccini – -3 points. Leaving Newcastle with one fit defender.

Goal of the week – Matthew Phillips. Goal of the season…?

 

Gameweek 28 preview

March 3, 2015

03 Mar 19:45 Aston Villa v West Brom
03 Mar 19:45 Hull v Sunderland
03 Mar 19:45 Southampton v Crystal Palace
04 Mar 19:45 Man City v Leicester
04 Mar 19:45 Newcastle v Man Utd
04 Mar 19:45 QPR v Arsenal
04 Mar 19:45 Spurs v Swansea
04 Mar 19:45 Stoke v Everton
04 Mar 19:45 West Ham v Chelsea
04 Mar 20:00 Liverpool v Burnley
07 Mar 15:00 QPR v Spurs

 

It’s the first week of March, so it’s the first week of the 2015 Buckets Cup. The preliminary round is held over this gameweek, taking in tonight, tomorrow night and the single game on Saturday. The first round proper kicks off in gameweek 29 on the following Saturday. The final is in the second gameweek in April. March is a three gameweek month, so if you find yourself in the semi final of the cup at the start of April, the likelihood is you’ll be in with a good chance of taking the March manager of the moth award.

It’s also our first double gameweek of the season. This week sees Spurs and QPR play twice – against Swansea and Arsenal respectively, as well as each other. More often than not the best captain choices in a double gameweek come from one of those teams playing twice, and the obvious choice during this gameweek is Harry Kane. Kane doesn’t have many blank weeks – just two in his last eleven – and he’s scored 12 of Spurs’ last 24 goals in that same period. Spurs fans would probably expect at least four points from the two games, and managers with Kane in their squad might expect at least an 8 point FPL return – 16 if he’s given the armband. But if everyone has the same idea, where do you gain your advantage?

Spurs’ defensive foursome doesn’t change much. Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are automatics. Eric Dier has been getting the nod over Federico Fazio of late, and there’s no indication that will change. In recent weeks Danny Rose has looked like the most favourable option from the back line, although clean sheets don’t come along too often. It’s Rose’s attacking exploits that put him ahead of his fellow defenders. Other than Christian Eriksen, their midfield is hard to predict. Pochettino has chopped and changed a lot with their fixture build up. Early season favourite Nacer Chadli has been out of the team of late, but was recalled for the League Cup final. Depending on available finances, Chadli might be the midfielder to look to if Eriksen is unaffordable. Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason fall into the £4-5 million club, but neither contribute much in the way of goals, assists or bonuses.

The obvious QPR pick would be Charlie Austin. Austin notched 10 goals in 10 appearances in the run up to Christmas. He hasn’t been as prolific since, but did score last time out against Hull. Austin owners might at least expect a goal from one of the two games, which always brings with it the possibility of some bonus points. Clean sheets don’t come along too often for QPR either. Few people would expect one against either Spurs or Arsenal, despite them being at home. However, due to various injuries, it looks certain that Suk Young Yun will get a game, who at £3.9 million is the cheapest of all the double gameweekers. In midfield, only Matthew Philips is in any kind of form. Three starts in the last three games has yielded three assists and 15 points, so could be well worth a punt, especially at £4.6 million.

Yet, there are other teams in such good form that gaining an advantage could result from ignoring the double gameweek prospects altogether. Liverpool are the form team. A Champions League place looks a reasonable prospect. They appear to have found a formula based on picking one goalkeeper, two defenders and eight midfielders – none of whom are Steven Gerrard. Philippe Coutinho is their form man. And picking Raheem Sterling is effectively picking a fourth attacker, being that he’s playing the furthest forward.

Tony Pulis has been in charge of West Brom for seven league games. They’ve kept clean sheets in five of those. They have Aston Villa tonight. Three of their defensive base come in at under £5 million, with only Joleon Lescott costing more. A team with two free transfers at their disposal could bring in Foster, McAuley and Dawson, and expect at least a 14 point gain.

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