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

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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.

Gameweek 9 results

October 24, 2017

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
78 576
2  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
78 543
3  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
56 534
4  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
56 531
5  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
54 527
6  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
66 524
7  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
78 519
8  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
50 513
9  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
59 512
10  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
70 504
11  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
52 503
12  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
57 502
13  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
59 499
14  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
43 495
15  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
60 493
16  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
56 492
17  up Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
62 487
18  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
45 486
19  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
55 485
20  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
64 482
21  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
55 480
22  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
47 479
23  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
83 477
24  same musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
55 475
25  down FTM
Stu Smith
47 470
26  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
49 467
27  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
68 465
28  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
48 463
29  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
58 462
30  down Rico united
JASON REACHER
54 458
31  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
73 456
32  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 451
33  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
57 447
34  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
41 447
35  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
43 447
36  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
64 444
37  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
45 439
38  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
47 439
39  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
55 435
40  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
56 430
41  up disco dancer
darren frankland
71 429
42  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
39 428
43  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
61 423
44  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
51 422
45  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
73 416
46  down mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
44 405
47  same Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
45 391
48  down blakes11
Steven Darling
48 386
49  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
49 382
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
40 326

 

Manager of the week – Game of Throw-Ins – Ryan Garoghan – 83 points

There’s still no catching Hornets no matter how hard the chasing pack try. Harry Kane was back in town and in as captain in most of the scores topping 60 points this week. Hornets posted the joint second highest score along with their new nearest challengers, Kompany & Co. Game of Throw-ins also picked Kane as captain and were one of the few with Nicolas Otamendi in their back line – the two top scoring players of the weekend.

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 16 points

He’ll have a week off next week. When I make him captain. He appears to be scoring in twos at the moment, and stats suggest he’s having having two more shots at goal per game than any of his rivals for the golden boot. A hat trick will probably come sooner rather than later. Is it worth just keeping him as captain and putting up with the lame weeks knowing he’ll more than make up for it in the next game?

Bargain of the week – Glenn Murray – 13 points

There are quite a few low priced strikers offering good returns at the moment. Could Glenn Murray add himself to that list? It looks like he might have forced himself to the front of the queue of the Brighton strikers and his team look like they’re finding their feet.

Twat of the week – Jose Holebas – -1 points

A two time twat. And both within 5 gameweeks. That, I think, is some kind of record. We’ve never had a three time twat in a season. He’s got plenty of time and unnecessary attitude to achieve that feat.

Goal of the week – Alexis Sanchez. At 5m45s.

 

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