End of season WINNERS, Last Man Standing, Teams and players of the season.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
65 2350
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
67 2270
3
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 2269
4
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
70 2263
5
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
63 2263
6
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
52 2248
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
72 2230
8
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
69 2228
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
66 2223
10
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
80 2211

Our final top ten looks like this. Caligula rose to the top in GW29 and stayed their till the end, stretching their lead week on week. Despite taking a tumble in the overall rankings in the last three gameweeks the gap back to their nearest Buckets rivals has steadily increased. Caligula returned after lockdown at 34k in the world. They end the season at just over 13k, having reached a high of just under 7.5k in GW35+. It’s their 7th top 20k finish in 14 seasons and it earns them their second Buckets title. Congratulations to them.

Game of Stones entered the top 10 in GW5 and stayed there for the duration, having brief spells at number one and never being outside of the top five. They reached a season high 24k in the world in GW25 and started the last nine gameweeks around the 39k mark, but as Caligula charged forward, Stones fell back. There was a lot of jockeying for position in behind Caligula within the top six over the nine weeks since the restart. Most held second position for at least a week, but none could put together a consistent run of scores to make ground on our champs.

Locky Bauer Bowyer became our first Last Man Standing winners. They saw off the final week challenge of Kebab Eaters and Sterling Silva by the finest of margins to take the prize. Locky’s also reached the highest overall rank of any other player during the course of the season. After GW11 they sat in 1,974th place and remained in the top 10k for the next nine weeks.

Mister D won the Buckets Cup at the first time of asking. Their impressive spurt during February and March set them up in the final against Neil Madrid. The final was played in GW30+ – the first back after lockdown. It produced the highest scoring Buckets Cup final to date with Mister D winning 105 to 95. Neil Madrid’s total would have won the Buckets Cup in any other year.

Gameweek 30+ saw many a Buckets team hit the hundred point mark. Five of the top ten hit triple digit returns, including Ginger Fizz, whose 124 points remained the highest weekly score of the season. It was a double gameweek with Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United all playing twice, which makes the single gameweek score in the final gameweek of 122 points by Upper Bullens all the more impressive. The Fizz’s 124 points was 21k in the world for weekly scores – Bullens’ total ranked them the 1,518th best team in the world. The Fizz followed up that 100+ effort with another two gameweeks later. Although less, the 106 points accrued in GW32+ was within the top 7k in the world for weekly scores. Within the first three weeks of the restart Ginger Fizz had climbed 400,000 places worldwide. It bagged them the June manager of the month award.

We had ten separate manager of the months this season and three teams who won more than one manager of the week award. They were Rock Ya-Sin (36th) King Ragg (44th) and FTM (26th). FC Caligula won MOTM once. Game Of Stones didn’t win it at all.

Mohamed Salah couldn’t make it three consecutive seasons as the highest scoring player. He finished second to Kevin De Bruyne, who successfully avoided both injury AND Pep roulette to hit 251 points, consisting of a new assist record (23) and 13 goals. Liverpool’s title winning season was the ultimate team effort. Points, goals and assists were shared around the team – although we’re still talking about the three highest scoring defenders, two of the three highest scoring midfielders and three of the four highest scoring players. When it comes to dishing out player of the year awards that split vote may hand that trophy to De Bruyne. Where would City have been without his contribution? You can also pick out any one of his four nominations for goal of the season too. Although, in truth, Son Heung-Min’s solo run against Burnely in GW16 probably just about shades it.

Team of the season

  • GK – Nick Pope – Burnley – 170 points
  • DR – Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – 210 points
  • DC – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 178 points
  • DC – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 144 points
  • DL – Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – 181 points
  • MR – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 233 points
  • MC – Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 251 points
  • MC – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 204 points
  • ML – Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 221 points
  • CF – Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 210 points
  • CF – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 205 points

Bargains of the season (with starting value)

  • GK – Dean Henderson – Sheffield United – 160 points – £4.5m
  • DR – Enda Stevens – Sheffield United – 142 points – £5m
  • DC – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 144 points – £4m
  • DC – John Egan – Sheffield United – 133 points – £4.5m
  • DL – George Baldock – Sheffield United – 142 points – £4.5m
  • MR – Adama Traore – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 130 points – £5m
  • MC – Mason Mount – Chelsea – 137 points – £6m
  • MC – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa – 149 points – £6m
  • ML – Harvey Barnes – Leicester City – 133 points – £6m
  • CF – Danny Ings – Southampton – 198 points – £6m
  • CF – Raul Jimenez – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 194 points – £7.5m

I’m not sure whether a defender has ever topped the 200 point mark – or outscored every single attacker other than the golden boot winner. Jamie Vardy may have banged in 23 goals but Trent Alexander-Arnold sits level on points with him having scored 4, assisted 15 and with 14 clean sheets. Might we be looking at the first £8 million defender at the start of next season?

We all know John Lundstram isn’t a central defender but for pretty much all of the first half of the season he was a FPL manager’s dream. A starting value of £4m and playing so far out of position he was almost in a different country. Unsurprisingly, Lundstram and his Sheffield United colleagues (the ACTUAL Blades defence) dominate the bargain differential squad of the season. The entire back line is red and white. Lundtsram is one of the seven players, along with TAA, who has returned a 20+ point weekly score. Michail Antonio’s four goals against Norwich a few weeks ago gave us the largest individual weekly total. The other four players to achieve the mark were Ayoze Perez, during Leicester’s 9-0 hammering of Southampton, Raheem Sterling in GW1 and GW35+, Sergio Ageuro, following a hat-trick against Villa – and Phil Foden in DGW30+, against Arsenal and Burnley. Manchester City players have achieved four of the nine highest gameweek scores since the restart.

Ryan Bertrand’s -6 in GW10 – the same week as Ayoze Perez scored 20+ – was the season’s lowest score. A bit unfair, considering he only lasted 11 minutes of the game, hobbling off to then watch his teammates implode as Leicester ran riot. Bertrand went into that game with only 5 points in the bank, having missed a few games with injury and not keeping a clean sheet in the games he had played. Credit to Southampton who finished the season impressively, beating Manchester City – and with Danny Ings coming close in the golden boot chase and being far and away the best value attacking player in the game for the whole season (not including Lundtsram of course – who really isn’t a defender).

 

 

 

 

Gameweek 34+ results

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
84 2117
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
51 2037
3
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
83 2032
4
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
72 2030
5
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
74 2025
6
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
76 2018
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
98 2009
8
Stranger Mings
Adam Burnett
91 1981
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
84 1974
10
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
82 1969

We may have our winner. As the chasing pack alternate between good gameweeks and bad gameweeks, Caligula only have good gameweeks. Another 80+ score sees them jump into the top 10k overall. And it may be five from the next six to take the runners up prizes. There’s another chasing pack of five or six teams all of whom are consistently posting 80 and 90+ scores but it’s proving to be not quite enough to claw back the gap to 6th place. Ginger Fizz have gone big again, almost hitting their third 100+ score of the season. The current Ginger Fizz tactic is score big, score 56, repeat to the end of the season. It might work.

The Fizz didn’t quite hit the century but The Islanders did. They incorporated their bench boost to accumulate 103 points and achieve the gameweek’s highest score. This included four double figure returns, one of whom was John Egan, the Sheffield United defender, who got double digits for the second consecutive week. Obviously, we’ll all be benching him next gameweek.

In Last Man Standing news – we’re down to our final nine. Six of our current top ten remain. Only Relegation Material, down in 25th, sit outside the top 12. We said goodbye to Sterling Silva in 2nd and Alisson Wonderland in 21st after this round of scores. Stranger Mings are the form team with an average of 86 points per gameweek since restart, closely followed by Caligula. Nashton and Rip Roaring Reds have the lowest average. But that average is 72 points. So, let’s just conclude that any one of these teams could win it, such is the high consistency of scoring.

Manager of the week – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 103 points

Player of the week – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool -18 points

Bargain of the week -John Egan – Sheffield United – 15 points

Twat of the week – Federico Fernandez – Newcastle United -2 points

Goal of the week – Wilfred Zaha. 1m24s

Gameweek 25 results

Well done everyone – we all learnt our lesson from last week. We all captained Salah. And as a result there wasn’t much to choose between our challengers at the top. In fact there was only 15 points difference in scores among all of our top 13 teams. Bottom of that pile are Locky’s who’ve had a couple of stinkers lately and dropped to fifth. They’ve suffered an overall rank drop of around 70k from a season high of around 2,000th in GW11, picking up seven red arrows in the last nine weeks. Is it all over for them? Joining them, with some pretty drastic plummeting from the top 10, are Musttryharder, who inexplicably captained Isaac Hayden this weekend and have dropped 300,000 places in three weeks – and Ginger Fizz, who have fallen the same amount of places over a five week period. This week they managed to score even lower than the total that recently saw them eliminated from the Last Man Standing competition. All three need to turn it round. Is it wildcard time?

1
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
57 1488
2
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
64 1466
3
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
70 1464
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
69 1462
5
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
55 1459
6
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
67 1448
7
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
63 1448
8
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
60 1434
9
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
68 1430
10
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
57 1424

Last week FTM chalked up the highest weekly score for the third time this season, becoming the first team to do so. This week that feat has been matched by Rock Ya-Sin. 51 of their 78 points came from Liverpool assets. Last week they suffered as a result of Mane’s injury, although captained Andy Robertson and had Jordan Henderson in their midfield. This week, switching Mane to Salah, and captaining him, as well as sticking with Henderson, has seen them climb the league. Is Jordan Henderson all of a sudden a viable fantasy asset? Certainly while Mane’s away it maybe worth taking advantage of the captain, an ever present, and a Jack Grealish cheaper.

Continued congratulations to Red n White, who carry on defying gravity and survive the Last Man Standing cull for another week by a single point, while sticking in 59th place in the league. They’ve also progressed from the preliminary round of the cup. The first round proper starts next week and our league leaders won’t be there. Game Of Stones were knocked out by Bielsa Ringing, who now face another top 10 team in Rip Roaring Reds. Check out the full cup results rundown and the draw for the next round via the link.

Manager of the week – Paul Bentz – Rock Ya-Sin – 78 points

Player of the week – Robert Snodgrass – West Ham United – 18 points

Bargain of the week – Tim Krul – Norwich City – 10 points

Twat of the week – Oleksandr Zinchenko – Manchester City – -3 points

Goal of the week – Steven Bergwijn. 

Gameweek 24 and January Manager of the Month results

The week (or fortnight) in which it all changed. Liverpool’s double gameweek. Probably not their last of the season but that didn’t stop the majority of us and the rest of the world jumping on the prospect of some massive scores from the runaway Premier League leaders, particularly in their match against West Ham. Some major transfer activity ensued. Can we squeeze in three Reds players? It was a move made easier by timely injuries to Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford. And then the triple captains started landing. You had a choice, depending on the make up of your team and your propensity for a bit of gambling, of sticking it on one of six players – two obvious and four hipster. There shouldn’t have been a massive amount of difference between picking Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. Stats would suggest that both would return something. Roberto Firmino carried slightly more risk, but this is the guy that only scores in away games. He could be the key to a sneaky rank rise if the majority banked on the other two. Or dare you captain a defender? TAA, Robertson and Van Dijk are virtual ever-presents in the middle of an astounding run of clean-sheet shenanigans. Add to that the full-backs’ assist potential.

270,000 managers compared to 220,000 opted for Mane over Salah as their triple captain. The split in the top 100 was 40 to 39 in favour of the Senegalese. Over a million compared to 940,000 went with the standard captain choice on Mane. Selecting Sadio Mane WAS NOT A BAD IDEA. Keep telling yourself that. In the end the best choice was Jordan Henderson, who equaled Salah’s score, but at well under half the price. 

So, selecting Salah would have got you 48 points to Mane’s 3, and it’s pretty easy, scanning the Buckets league to pick out those that went with the former over the latter. That 45 point difference is evident in a lot of scores. Most notably, right at the top. We have new leaders, and instantly by some distance. Game Of Stones got it right. Locky Bauer Bowyer did not.

1
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
811431
2
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
441408
3
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
811402
4
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
841394
5
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
701393
6
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
701389
7
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
771381
8
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
371378
9
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
791378
10
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
541367

Considering what was expected of the week, the scores were, on the whole, a bit underwhelming. The average was a disappointing 55 points. But for the Liverpool v West Ham game, in which Salah’s haul and the clean sheet justified the non-Mane captainers selections, the rest of the week was pretty soul-destroying. Southampton and Burnley returned unexpected clean sheets, Everton lost one in the final minute to a Florian Lejeune double. I mean, we all saw that one coming didn’t we? There was a Leicester goal blitz but with no involvement from either Vardy or Maddison – and then they conceded. Most teams are littered with one and two point hauls plus whatever Liverpool returns you managed.

Our top scorers were FTM and Chef Utd. Both hit 89 points. FTM win the place on the honours board courtesy of the four goals they scored to Chef Utd’s two. To contradict everything I’ve just said about the gameweek, they only relied on two Liverpool assets and got pretty good returns out of the rest of their squad. They could even afford to have a 10 point Jorginho haul sat on their bench. They become the first three-time manager of the week winners this season.

Manager of the month went to The Craggy Islanders. Despite the contrasting scores and fortunes of a lot of teams in the league, the standings didn’t alter much from last week to this. Most of those in contention posted scores in the 70s and 80s, suggesting they all got their double gameweek picks just about right. The Islanders triple captained Salah.

1
The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
81271
2
Alisson Wonderland
Scott Denyer
85264
3
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
79254
4
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
81253
5
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
84252
6
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
77251

The Buckets Cup starts next gameweek. So if you’re cursing your Mane luck, put that behind you and focus on the cup. To confirm, the three teams with a bye to the second round are The Craggy Islanders, as last years winners, and Cook Pass Babtridge and Locky Bauer Bowyer as the two highest weekly scores so far this season. Check the cup link for the draw. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the Last Man Standing competition is now past half way. We have 30 teams left. Nine of our current top ten remain, with Edgbaston being a casualty in GW18. Ren n White, currently in 59th place, are the lowest team still (just about) standing. Check that link to see if you’re still there. 

 

January manager of the month – Adrian Roche – The Craggy Islanders – 271 points

Manager of the week – Stu Smith – FTM – 89 points (4 goals)

Player of the week – Jordan Henderson – Liverpool – 16 points

Bargain of the week – Florian Lejeune – Newcastle United – 14 points

Twat of the week – David Luiz – Arsenal – -3 points

Goal of the week – Jay Rodriguez

Gameweek 5 results

King Ragg achieved the highest total of the gameweek, having taken somewhat of a punt away from Man City and Liverpool and opting for Son Heung Min as their captain. They couldn’t gave picked a better player. Spurs’ South Korean striker outscored all of his contemporaries, hauling 16 points in their demolition of Crystal Palace. This is a Spurs side that haven’t looked completely at the races so far this season  – and a player who is often rested after returning from international duty, so there was a definite element of risk. Ragg also had Sadio Mane and Tammy Abraham in their ranks. They plundered a further five goals between them.

1
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
64 323
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
77 316
3
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
69 314
4
The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
40 309
5
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
58 308
6
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
56 308
7
Cook Pass Babtridge
Marcus Baker
47 306
8
Chef Utd
Robert Frost
66 304
9
The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
54 303
10
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
62 303

Liverpool did what they were supposed to against Newcastle, although not without conceding and losing clean sheet points again. Those of us, and there were many, who hoped for a Manchester City goalfest, probably earned more points from their Norwich assets – providing they hadn’t benched them. It brings into question City’s potential going forward, although they’ve an awesome run of fixtures and surely should never be discounted. Mane over Salah though – that could be worth some serious consideration before their values move closer together.

Manager of the week – King Ragg – Steven Darling – 78 points

Player of the week – Son Heung-Min – Tottenham Hotspur – 16 points

Bargain of the week – Serge Aurier – Tottenham Hotspur – 14 points

Twat of the week – Patrick Van Aanholt – Crystal Palace – -2 points

Goal of the week – Fikayo Tomori.