Gameweek 34 results

  same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
74 1985
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
68 1912
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
77 1911
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
41 1887
same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
51 1869
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
53 1868
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
68 1848
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
57 1837
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
72 1834
10  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
39 1825
11  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
68 1822
12  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
87 1811
13  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 1810
14  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
31 1809
15  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
51 1803
16  same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
54 1802
17  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
73 1800
18  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
37 1791
19  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
76 1790
20  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
55 1785
21  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
55 1782
22  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 1770
23  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
51 1767
24  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
86 1765
25  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
42 1759
26  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
59 1737
27  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
53 1734
28  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
56 1730
29  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
42 1728
30  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
51 1722
31  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
51 1720
32  up jetty city
scott mcgow
54 1684
33  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 1675
34  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
40 1667
35  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
44 1657
36  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
41 1640
37  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
32 1630
38  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
62 1627
39  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 1614
40  same FTM
Stu Smith
68 1610
41  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
65 1596
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
86 1581
43  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
48 1561
44  up Dj daz
darren frankland
78 1559
45  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
44 1556
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
76 1534
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
39 1483
48  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
73 1481
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
55 1480
50  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
56 1477
51  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
47 1400
52  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
41 1398
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
51 1394

 

Real Jorvik win the double gameweek with 86 points. They shared that score with Hucking Fell, but scored five goals to HF’s three and claim the weekly accolade. It was a double gameweek that could have delivered more. Jorvik only had two players that played twice and they only contributed 18 points. Jorvik’s best player was an elite single gameweeker. Diego Costa was handed the armband and had his best scoring week of the season amassing 16 points – 32 as captain.

In truth not all that many of us went double gameweek crazy. The managers who went for it scored in the 60’s and 70’s, but knowing an 80 point score was possible with only two double gameweekers makes you wonder whether it was worth it. Hucking Fell played four double gameweekers with a return of 53 points. They captained Beneteke, and had De Gea in goal. The United keeper returned the best of the double gameweek scores. The United defence boosted a lot of totals with their 0-0 Manc derby result. Daley Blind, Eric Bailly and Matteo Darmian all had double clean sheets. Frustratingly, Antonio Valencia, the most picked United defender, only played in one game. Watch out for Jose moaning about rotation for the next few weeks. As attractive a player Valencia is, he seems to be the one the United manager is more likely to rotate out of games.

There was a lot of investment in the Boro defence, a move which looked doomed for failure after 20 minutes against Bournemouth. At that point they were 2-0 down and a man down. They redeemed themselves against Sunderland with a 1-0 victory. And Christian Benteke was the main Palace scorer. Two goals against Liverpool helped boost the scores of those that had opted for him as captain.

The whole week was sent into a spin before it had even begun with Ibrahimovic’s injury. That forced a few managers into last minute hit taking transfers. He’s out for the season now. Marcos Rojo picked up a similar season ending injury in their Europa tie, so maybe Jose’s moans are justified. Aquamar were forced into five transfers because of the injuries, taking a 16 pint hit. They brought Rojo in only to have to transfer him out immediately. The gameweek worked out OK for them. Their overall lead was reduced by a measly 5 points as their double gameweekers contributed a useful 53 points towards their final 74 point total.

 

Player of the week – David De Gea – 17 points. Double gameweek goalie coming out on top.

Bargain of the week – Marc Pugh – 16 points. Single gameweek midfielder runs him close.

Donkey of the week – Oumar Niasse – -2 points. Unlucky – this card has now been rescinded.

Goal of the week – Diego Costa. Team goal alert.

 

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Gameweek 34 preview

Bournemouth 15:00 Middlesbrough
Hull 15:00 Watford
Swansea 15:00 Stoke
West Ham 15:00 Everton
Burnley 14:15 Man Utd
Liverpool 16:30 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 19:45 Southampton
Arsenal 19:45 Leicester
Middlesbrough 19:45 Sunderland
Crystal Palace 20:00 Spurs
Man City 20:00 Man Utd

It just doesn’t seem right not handing the captaincy to a player in a team playing twice during a double gameweek. That is unless it’s the worst double gameweek of all time. This one.

Palace are virtually safe and have two fixtures against much better teams with much more to play for. Spurs are taking teams apart at the moment. Two consecutive 4-0 victories could quite easily become three by 10pm on Wednesday. Christian Benteke is one of the most infuriating and belligerent FPL strikers of all time. Despite being in double figures for goals, he’s nowhere on the bonus table. Part of the skill of picking up bonuses is being able to pass and dribble – Benteke knows how to do neither. In Novemeber he went on a three week spree accumulating 28 points. It took him 15 more gameweeks to score the same total.

Middlesbrough can’t score. Don’t score. Probably won’t score. Even against Sunderland. They’ve only won four games. Their last victory was in December. Although they do like a 0-0. So bringing in a couple of Boro defenders could be worthwhile. No, not really – next week they play Manchester City. The week after its Chelsea. Don’t lumber yourself with Middlesbrough defenders.

Manchester United – surely rich pickings there for a double gameweek. Not necessarily. Progressing in the Europa League after extra time is the second worst thing that could have happened. The worst being the likely season ending injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had made his way into many teams already ahead of this week. Even if neither of those things had happened, it’s likely their star man would have only played one game. United are rotating wildly at the moment, and will have to again. Who knows who could take the field against Burnley.

So you might as well pick Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku. Or Phil Jagielka. This could be one of those double gameweeks in which a single gameweeker records the highest score. It’s a dilemma. I imagine most managers will have taken a look at the GW37 double gameweek and decided that was the one to wildcard for, so it’ll be interesting to see how many of us have actually been bothered to indulge this week’s fixtures.

Gameweek 33 preview

Spurs v Bournemouth
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Everton v Burnley
Stoke v Hull
Sunderland v West Ham
Watford v Swansea
Southampton v Man City
West Brom v Liverpool
Man Utd v Chelsea
Middlesbrough v Arsenal

This is definitely the year that Arsenal don’t finish in the top four. Just look at their fantasy season. There’s only really been one player worth having at any time and that’s Alexis Sanchez, and even that bubble may well have burst. Laurent Koscielny has had his moments in an unusually unreliable defence and some of us got a bit excited when Olivier Giroud scored that scorpion kick. But that’s about it – and that’s being kind. Sanchez is still the overall leading points scorer, but has Hazard, Alli and Lukaku breathing down his neck. We need more than a single goal and assist in your last five outings, Alexis. That’s coincided with Wenger shifting him back out onto the flanks with Danny Welbeck through the middle. So is it time to get rid? We’re all clinging onto him in the hope that his manager sees sense and sticks him up top again – where the double figure scores undoubtedly are. And there are **NEWLY ANNOUNCED** double gameweeks ahead – two in consecutive weeks for Arsenal. Who’ve they got this week? Oh, it’s Boro. K E E P !!!

Harry Kane’s back. There’s your replacement. Providing of course you haven’t already got three Spurs players in your team. And why wouldn’t you? They’re the form team with the easiest run in and a double gameweek fixture in GW37. Bringing in Kane means the obvious sacrifice of a big hitter elsewhere – Sanchez is probably a leading contender (up against Boro – are you mad?). The real decision is which Spurs player to drop. Maybe there’s just too much surgery involved bringing Kane in right now. Bournemouth at home screams goals, but whose to say those goals won’t be shared between Alli, Son and Eriksen?

Also, drafting Kane in probably disrupts your carefully laid plans for next week’s double gameweek. Anyone whose been gradually transferring in Palace players must be pleased with themselves. Right through the team, from back to front, Palace arguably offer much more, and for much less money, than Manchester United, who also play twice. Be aware that Mamadou Sakho doesn’t play the double gameweek match against Liverpool as part of his loan agreement. And don’t be afraid that as well as Liverpool, they face Spurs away. They’re fairing better against the big guns anyway. Leicester this week – their minds will be elsewhere.

Click forward – the double gameweeks are in. Gameweek 36 sees Arsenal and Southampton play twice. They both play twice again in gameweek 37 – along with Chelsea, Watford, Manchester City, West Brom, Manchester United, Leicester and Spurs. Oh, and Sunderland. Best start planning those chips and wildcards.

Gameweek 30 results

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
47 1705
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
53 1665
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
37 1639
same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
43 1633
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
58 1622
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
55 1618
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
39 1615
down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
44 1607
same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
42 1599
10  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
64 1595
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 1593
12  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
40 1580
13  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
56 1575
14  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
49 1575
15  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
67 1574
16  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 1569
17  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
59 1568
18  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
52 1566
19  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
45 1562
20  same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
45 1559
21  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
40 1555
22  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
38 1554
23  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 1553
24  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
61 1516
25  same Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
41 1507
26  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
51 1506
27  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
64 1500
28  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
31 1500
29  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
42 1499
30  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
77 1486
31  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
36 1482
32  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
45 1480
33  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
58 1479
34  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
47 1464
35  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
37 1443
36  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
52 1442
37  down jetty city
scott mcgow
34 1435
38  up FTM
Stu Smith
74 1430
39  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
22 1407
40  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
28 1400
41  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
39 1398
42  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
30 1369
43  same Dj daz
darren frankland
38 1359
44  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1340
45  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
38 1333
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
41 1330
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
34 1302
48  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
60 1278
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
28 1268
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
47 1256
51  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
61 1202
52  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
48 1190
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
37 1148

 

Hucking Fell make the best start to the six gameweek slog through April picking up 77 points. Our 2013 champs were one of only two teams to get above 70 points in one of those rare weeks in which defences ruled. Just over half of Hucking Fell’s points came from their back five. Their front six scored four goals between them but only picked up two bonus points.

Crystal Palace alerted managers to their potential usefulness in the upcoming double week with a surprise win over Chelsea, who have now gone seven gameweeks without a clean sheet. The odd manager has started the slow draft in of Palace and Boro players. Wilfried Zaha appeared to be the most popular and he was instrumental in the victory picking up 11 points. Boro also reminded us that their defence offers good cheap points with a goalless draw at Swansea. Against their relegation rivals they don’t concede too many and in between now and the end of the double gameweek they face Hull, Burnley, Bournemouth and Sunderland.

 

Player of the week – Miguel Britos – 15 points. The first Watford player of the week this season

Bargain of the week – Craig Cathcart – 11 points. And only their second bargain winner.

Donkey of the week – Harry Arter – -1 points. The ball is still rising.

Goal of the week – Wilfried Ndidi. They’ll be champions next season at this rate.

Gameweek 21 preview

Spurs v West Brom
Burnley v Southampton
Hull v Bournemouth
Sunderland v Stoke
Swansea v Arsenal
Watford v Middlesbrough
West Ham v Crystal Palace
Leicester v Chelsea
Everton v Man City
Man Utd v Liverpool

Last weekend’s break for the FA Cup reminded me that we’re only a few weeks away from the start of our own cup competition. The Buckets Cup returns in gameweek 24 – that’s the weekend beginning the 4th February. I’ll explain how the draw is going to be made. All the details are on the Buckets Cup link as well.

The deal is that we need 42 teams to play in the preliminary round to create a round of 32 for the first round proper. That means 11 of you get a bye. FC Caligula are in the hat already as last year’s winners. The other ten will be made up of the 10 highest scoring gameweek winners up to and including gameweek 23.

At the moment those lucky 10 teams are The Craggy Islanders, Yeboah’s Right Foot, Joey Bosa, DJ’s Trail Blazers, To Elland Back, Rico United, Racing Club Skegness, Jarvis FC, Upper Bullens and Pudding and Pie. Pudding and Pie are most at risk with the lowest score of the ten. If someone beats their 77 points between now and gameweek 23, they’re in the prelim with all the other dropkicks.

If your cup run takes you as far as gameweek 26, you’ll have the League Cup final to contend with. The semi final first legs were played this week. Manchester United will take a 2-0 lead to Hull for their second leg, while Southampton edged Liverpool 1-0 in their home tie. It’ll probably be difficult for Hull to claw back the two goal deficit, but the other game is still very much in the balance. Anyway, gameweek 26 will be an eight fixture affair whatever happens. A Liverpool/United final would see Manchester City and Leicester also get the week off. If Southampton make it, Arsenal miss a week. Definitely worth keeping those possibilities in mind, especially if the temptation to play your new wildcard gets too much before then. You don’t want to be up League Cup shit creek without any transfer paddles.

As for previewing this week – Watford v Boro will probably be 0-0.