Gameweek 18 results

same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
52 1023
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
44 1009
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
86 1008
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 979
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
77 968
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
66 967
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
69 962
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
55 960
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
71 959
10  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
74 956
11  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
68 954
12  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
55 952
13  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
58 951
14  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
75 951
15  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
81 947
16  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
53 933
17  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
47 928
18  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
96 925
19  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 923
20  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
75 920
21  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
65 911
22  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
86 909
23  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
41 902
24  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
41 899
25  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 899
26  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
51 892
27  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
85 884
28  same Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
55 879
29  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
37 867
30  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
44 864
31  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
47 864
32  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
36 855
33  up FTM
Stu Smith
49 844
34  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 843
35  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
62 840
36  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
65 839
37  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
60 838
38  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
35 835
39  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
39 831
40  same Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
55 822
41  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
73 818
42  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
36 796
43  same jetty city
scott mcgow
37 786
44  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
26 785
45  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
36 776
46  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
42 761
47  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
45 752
48  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 739
49  up Dj daz
darren frankland
47 733
50  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
70 731
51  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
29 729
52  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
34 709
53  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
34 705

 

Joey Bosa lead the way this week with an impressive-for-the-post-Christmas-fixtures type score of 96 points. They almost produced a full house, and were potentially on for the highest weekly score of the season until Jose Fonte and Jan Vertonghen let the side down. They managed only a solitary point between them in the final fixture of the gameweek. Still, 96 points is enough to see Joey climb eight places into the top 20.

They, and most other managers with him in their squad, went with possibly the most obvious captain choice of the season. Zlatan didn’t disappoint, adding 30 points with the armband. That captain choice appeared to be the difference between those managers scoring up in the 60s and 70s and those struggling in the 30s and 40s.

Neither of our leading pair made that choice and the gap at the top has been closed as a result. The Craggy Islanders and Yeboah’s Right Foot managed only 52 and 44 respectively. Every other team in the top 15 outscored them both. Aquamar in particular, with 86 points, hauled Yeboah’s back to within one point. Aquamar have also put themselves in contention for the December manager of the month, along with Cooksters, who race to the top of the monthly pile, last years champs, FC Caligula, and one or two others bubbling under…

up Cooksters
Peter Cook
69 326
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
52 325
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
86 325
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 317
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
44 315
up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
75 312
down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
68 310
up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
81 304
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
77 302

 

Player of the week – Dele Alli – 15 points. Just as managers were beginning to drop him, he gets 26 points in two weeks.

Bargain of the week – Joel Robles – 12 points. A goalie assist.

Donkey of the week – Nathan Redmond – -2 points. Harshly sent off.

Goal of the week – Pedro. Mkhitaryan’s was offside.

 

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Gameweek 1 results

Rank Team & Manager GW TOT
new The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
74 74
new 30:19
Darren Lavelle
69 69
new When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
69 69
new Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
63 63
new nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
63 63
new FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 62
new greenyteamy
adam greenwood
60 60
new To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
59 59
new Ciderheads
Darren Pope
59 59
10  new Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 56
10  new Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
56 56
10  new Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
56 56
10  new DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
56 56
14  new Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 55
14  new Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
55 55
16  new QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
54 54
16  new Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
54 54
18  new Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
53 53
19  new 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
52 52
20  new Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
51 51
20  new Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
51 51
22  new I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
50 50
22  new RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
50 50
24  new Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
49 49
24  new Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
49 49
26  new Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
48 48
27  new Cooksters
Peter Cook
47 47
27  new Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
47 47
29  new INIT FC
Mustafa khan
46 46
29  new Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
46 46
29  new jetty city
scott mcgow
46 46
29  new Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
46 46
33  new Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 44
33  new Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
44 44
35  new Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
41 41
35  new Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
41 41
37  new Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
40 40
38  new Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
38 38
38  new Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
38 38
40  new Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 37
41  new Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
36 36
41  new FTM
Stu Smith
36 36
41  new Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
36 36
44  new Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
34 34
45  new romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
33 33
46  new RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
32 32
46  new bazza 28 united
laura barrett
32 32
46  new Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
32 32
46  new Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 32
50  new Have a little dink
Ian Williams
30 30
51  new Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
19 19

 

I don’t think there are any other teams set to join the league – so 51 it is – FIFTY ONE TEAMS. The only slight annoyance about that is the league table page on the website only has enough room for 50. So if you don’t see yourself on that page, you’re probably last. Sorry about that. The prize money calculations appear on the ‘Prize Money’ page. Of all places. Information has been updated on the ‘Buckets Cup’ link page regarding when that will start, how long it will take and who gets a bye into the first round proper.

We’re off. Saturday was a slow-ish start with 14 goals scored across the seven games. The two games on Sunday produced almost as many goals – 11 in total. Worries that Arsenal fans might have had about their defence were justified as they shipped four and Manchester United did what they were meant to do and won convincingly with a Rooney goal, a Zlatan debut goal and noteworthy assists from Anthony Martial. Basically, if you started out the weekend with your team based heavily round the West Brom or Swansea defence, the Liverpool midfield and the Manchester United attack, you probably did OK.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sergio Aguero appeared to start the weekend as the most popular captain choice, and didn’t disappoint, adding all three bonus marks to his goal, and contributing 18 points to the majority of teams. Including The Craggy Islanders – who set the early pace with 74 points – and win the first manager of the week award. The average score across the game was 44 and we had 33 teams scoring above that. Our highest scoring debut manager is nO fucHs given who posted 63 points. Pudding and Pie are the lone team occupying page two on 19 points. They were let down by everybody, not least their defence (and keeper) who only managed six points between the five of them.

It’s only one week so we probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions on settled line ups, but those that included Joe Hart, Yaya Toure and Cesc Fabregas must be cursing their non-selection. On the other hand there might be a few early forays into the transfer market to bring in the mid to low price players that performed well in the first week. The surprise result of the weekend was Hull’s defeat of Leicester. At the arse end of the striker list Adama Diomande, who will only set you back £4.5 million, bagged one of their goals and some bonus marks in their 2-1 victory. Hull’s squad is so depleted that they had to fill their bench with academy players, and didn’t actually make any substitutions during the game. So you can expect Diomande and those other Hull players you’ve never heard of to get more game time in the coming weeks.

Etienne Capoue, also at £4.5 million, scored Watford’s goal, whilst Stephen Kinglsey, of the £4 million defenders, posted 8 points, starting as Swansea’s left back in their 1-0 defeat of Burnley. Also worth noting is Nathan Redmond’s 10 point score for Southampton. Although listed as a midfielder, Redmond started as an attacker, and his goal and 3 point bonus display will have only cemented that place in the team for another week.

 

Player of the week – Philippe Coutinho – 15 points. One of four Liverpool midfielders to score/assist/bonus.

Bargain of the week – Leroy Fer – 11 points. This might be the season he doesn’t get relegated.

Donkey of the week – Ben Watson – -2 points. First red of the season

Goal of the week – Philippe Coutinho. Scored the week one goal of the week last season too.

 

 

Gameweek 2 results

1 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 54 111
2 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 57 101
3 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 59 97
3 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 54 97
3 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 45 97
6 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 44 95
7 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 50 94
8 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 50 92
9 What’s Up????? DEAN CRIPPS 51 87
10 Below Par Paul Bentz 52 85
10 SS3 FC Paul Murray 50 85
12 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 48 85
13 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 45 83
13 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 40 83
15 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 46 83
16 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 52 81
17 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 51 80
18 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 42 79
19 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 57 78
20 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 40 77
20 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 43 77
22 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 43 76
23 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 41 76
23 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 42 76
25 Ciderheads Darren Pope 43 75
26 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 34 74
27 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 47 73
28 Init fc Mustafa khan 39 71
29 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 34 70
30 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 30 70
31 Howayman Mark Bromham 43 69
32 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 37 68
33 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 46 68
34 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 28 67
35 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 30 63
36 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 33 62
37 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 42 61
38 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 24 60
39 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 38 59
40 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 22 57
40 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 28 57
42 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 26 56
43 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 29 52
44 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 35 46

 

Grievous Angel Rangel win gameweek two with a total of 59 points. They were closely followed on 57 points by two of our newcomers, Go Buffoons Go!!! and Golden Boys. All three teams installed Christian Benteke as captain.

Just behind them were gameweek one winners, greensmeansbusiness. They’ve extended their lead at the top and are in pole position for the first manager of the month prize. Manchester City and Everton, with a little late help from Benteke did the business for our weekly high scorers. There were a few more 50+ scores posted this week – we only managed three between us last week. It’s fair to say, as a league we’re struggling. Probably due to an over reliance on some under performing players. As well as City and Everton, Leicester and Swansea, and the defences of Liverpool and United are where the points are at the moment. Picking the right combo of mid and low price options alongside your elite players has always been the secret to a hot start in this competition – something which the majority of us are failing to do. I feel some early wildcards coming on.

I’m admitting defeat on my hunch about Sunderland. There’s already talk of crisis meetings and questions as to whether their manager really does want the job. A home game against the least fancied promoted team should have been an ideal opportunity for them to turn round last weeks disappointment against Leicester, but Norwich didn’t read that script and got their first points on the board. Nathan Redmond added to his goal against Palace with another strike and is our bargain buy of the week.

Maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised. That was Norwich’s thirteenth consecutive away game without defeat apparently – a stat that might be worth considering for future weeks. At the other end of that scale are Newcastle, who suffered their sixth consecutive away defeat. Among their many achilles heels is their indiscipline. Daryl Janmaat was sent off – their eighth red card of the year – and new signing, Aleksandar Mitrovic, received his second yellow card in a combined 25 minutes of play. Their opponents, Swansea, offered up the same goalscorers as last week. Both Andre Ayew and Bafetembi Gomis will only set you back a combined value of £14.2 million at present. Note the additional £0.2 million – they’re already on the rise.

The City’s of Manchester and Leicester sit at the top of the league – positions replicated by our current leading players. Riyad Mahrez and Vincent Kompany top the early season scoring charts. Mahrez’s third goal and second consecutive three point bonus puts him on 25 points. Kompany scored his second of the season and added a second clean sheet to equal that total. Both had seen their values rise by £0.1 million ahead of this week’s fixtures. Mahrez’s has gone up again off the back of Saturday’s result. Yaya Toure and Marc Albrighton also passed the 20 point mark.

As has Ross Barkley, who, like Kompany, Mahrez, Ayew, Gomis and Redmond, netted his second goal of the season. Another player on two goals is Romelu Lukaku, who added to Barkley’s strike to condemn Southampton to an unexpected 3-0 defeat – and is our player of the week.

 Player of the week – Romelu Lukaku – 13 points. A solid start from Everton’s main man.

Bargain of the week – Nathan Redmond – 11 points. One of many lower mid priced midfielders making their mark.

Donkey of the week – Daryl Janmaat – -3 points. Poor discipline another reason not to touch the Newcastle defence.

Goal of the week – Olivier Giroud. Flying volleys will always win this prize.

 

Gameweek 3 results

1 The Magico Rob Buttaci 53 193
2 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 53 192
3 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 40 180
4 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 55 176
5 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 48 172
6 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 53 170
7 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 45 167
7 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 40 167
9 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 44 165
10 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 56 161
11 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 80 161
12 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 46 160
13 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 43 159
14 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 53 155
15 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 33 155
16 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 37 155
17 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 39 150
18 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 22 149
19 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 36 147
20 Ciderheads Darren Pope 46 143
21 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 40 139
22 Have a little dink Ian Williams 41 139
23 Kedah FA David Spinks 43 135
24 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 34 133
25 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 34 133
26 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 49 115

Another week in which defences came out on top. Nine teams kept clean sheets. Only the Crystal Palace v Sunderland game saw both teams find the net. Of the top 30 players in the game, 20 are either goalies or defenders. Simon Mignolet, Jose Enrique and Seamus Coleman lead the way. Olivier Giroud is in 4th place, and the highest scoring forward player.

Most Buckets managers ended up in and around the average weekly score of 44 points, but Romeo’s-Honda-Van, who finished last season with six manager of the week awards, managed an amazing 80 points. The highest score of the week across the whole game was 82. No-one else came close in the Buckets league to matching that score, and it saw Romeo’s climb 14 places from second bottom to 11th.

Romeo’s were never likely to get close to the manager of the month award. League newcomers, The Magico held off the challenge of league newcomers, The Mindless Morons and former champions, Crazylegs and Neil Madrid to take the first monthly prize. Congratualtions to them.

Player of the week – Ben Davies – 15 points. Scored a good goal too.

Bargain of the week – Nathan Redmond – 11 points. Scored a good goal too.

Donkey of the week – John O’Shea – -2 points. Not a good start for Di Canio.

Goal of the week – Hatem Ben Arfa. 3rd consecutive season with a goal of the week.

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