Gameweek 28 results

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 50 1,557
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 50 1,538
3 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 36 1,496
4 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 24 1,492
5 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 30 1,489
6 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 44 1,485
7 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 39 1,482
8 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 27 1,471
9 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 44 1,465
10 SS3 FC Paul Murray 37 1,459
11 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 48 1,456
12 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 29 1,453
13 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 40 1,452
14 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 36 1,451
15 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 40 1,451
16 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 43 1,450
17 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 42 1,449
18 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 46 1,444
19 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 62 1,444
20 Init fc Mustafa khan 53 1,429
21 Below Par Paul Bentz 41 1,428
22 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 34 1,427
23 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 37 1,426
24 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 34 1,420
25 Howayman Mark Bromham 34 1,418
26 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 43 1,404
27 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 35 1,388
28 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 49 1,384
29 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 41 1,380
30 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 30 1,376
31 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 35 1,365
32 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 47 1,359
33 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 35 1,349
34 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 37 1,340
35 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 23 1,311
36 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 36 1,287
37 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 35 1,272
38 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 40 1,257
39 Ciderheads Darren Pope 32 1,253
40 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 39 1,250
41 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 32 1,222
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 34 1,163
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 35 1,088
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 26 1,065

 

I give up.

Walking With Memphis score the most points this gameweek. It could have been so many more had they bench boosted – or picked Ashley Williams and Roberto Firmino ahead of Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane. WWM would have accumulated 17 more points, and that would have placed them in the top 10.

It was largely a low scoring week. Tuesday’s games offered very little, so much so that most teams struggled to get out of the teens and twenties. Wednesday’s games promised so much more, but Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City all lost, conceding six between them and scoring only two. And what looked like it could be a bad week for Leicester actually turned into a very good week. Despite drawing their game 2-2, anyone who saw their performance will know they should have won the game, scoring a hatful more, and still look the team most likely to go on and win the league. I think even Manchester United and West Ham came into contention. Certainly for the Champions League.

The preliminary round of the Cup saw no great shocks. The highest ranked team to tumble were Game of Throw Ins in 8th who lost out in a low scoring encounter to 23rd placed Edgbaston. Unluckiest team of the week has to be Panza Grande. They managed the 5th highest score of the gameweek with 49 points, but that was no match for Memphis’s week winning 62.

 

Player of the week – Steve Cook – 15 points. Possibly the most boringly named player in the league….

Bargain of the week – Andy King – 14 points. …on second thoughts.

Donkey of the week – Ryan Bennett – -1 points. Norwich take the lead in the donkey count.

Goal of the week – Fabio Borini. Stupid celebration though.

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Gameweek 7 results

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 63 397
2 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 62 380
3 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 70 374
4 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 61 371
5 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 67 365
6 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 72 362
7 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 67 362
8 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 66 359
9 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 56 344
10 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 59 339
11 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 45 332
11 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 44 332
13 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 50 332
14 Ciderheads Darren Pope 57 330
15 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 59 326
16 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 50 316
17 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 45 312
18 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 54 307
19 Van Damme United P Hawkins 54 305
20 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 68 302
21 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 64 298
22 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 58 297
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 48 294
24 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 60 290
25 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 43 284
26 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 45 282
27 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 53 280
28 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 51 275
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 37 261

 

Panza Grande pick up their first award of the season, scoring 72 points and winning manager of the week. There were some high and healthy scores in the league this week posting higher than the average of 51.

It was a week in which many of the form players didn’t disappoint. Angel Di Maria’s ownership is increasing in the hundreds of thousands every week, and understandably so. His 13 point score is his third in double figures, and his third in which he’s assisted and scored. He’s yet to bag the highest weekly score, but it’s probably only a matter of time. Gylfi Sigurdsson has had a few fallow weeks, but also managed his third double figure score, achieving his fifth and sixth assists of the season. That’s one behind Cesc Fabregas in the assists table. And as usual that assist helped Diego Costa to his obligatory goal.

Finally arriving at the point scoring party, and long overdue, are Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure. Toure in particular has been disappointing so far this season, managing to score no higher than three points – and that was only once and in the first game of the season. His first goal and first bonus marks will have pleased any managers who’d persevered with him. He’s been so out of favour in fantasy world that his ownership has dropped to just 8.2% and his value by £0.3 million. It may take a few more weeks of similar scores to turn managers back on to the prospect of buying him again, although £10.7million still seems a little overpriced.

The trend among the strikers continues. But for Costa and Aguero, the best striking options in the game remain in the £5-6 million bracket. The five best of the week all landed in that price range. Firstly, Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham. Sunderland’s first victory came courtesy of two goals from Fletcher and one from Wickham. Steven Naismith bagged his fourth of the season in the week his value fell back to £5.2 million from a high of £5.6 million a fortnight ago. Diafra Sakho has scored in three successive games now for West Ham. He’s been under the radar somewhat, but will probably see his value increase now he’s risen into the top 10 striker standings. And Papiss Cisse bagged his second brace of the season, which will be a welcome to relief to long suffering Newcastle fans. Maybe the Senegalese can recapture the form he had when he first joined the club.

 

Player of the week – Steven Fletcher – 15 points. Would be such a good FPL option if he could steer clear of injury.

Bargain of the week – Riyad Mahrez – 13 points. Another player just coming to life this week.

Donkey of the week – Nedum Onuoha – -1 points. A little bit unlucky, but it was only a matter of time before we got a QPR donkey

Goal of the week – Ross Wallace. Not up to the standard of last week, but a nice free kick all the same.

Gameweek 1 results

1 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 62 62
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 61 61
3 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 56 56
4 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 54 54
5 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 53 53
5 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 53 53
7 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 51 51
7 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 51 51
9 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 50 50
10 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 49 49
10 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 49 49
10 Van Damme United P Hawkins 49 49
10 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 49 49
14 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 48 48
14 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 48 48
16 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 47 47
16 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 47 47
18 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 46 46
18 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 46 46
18 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 46 46
21 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 44 44
21 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 44 44
21 Ciderheads Darren Pope 44 44
24 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 40 40
25 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 38 38
25 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 38 38
27 Howay Man AFC Mark Bromham 36 36
28 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 31 31
29 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 27 27

Good to see the Premier League is still completely unpredictable. The two outright title favourites had the most convincing results, but even they didn’t necessarily have it all their own way, with Chelsea having to recover from a goal down, and City only sealing a more convincing looking victory than it actually was against Newcastle with a strike in injury time. Arsenal and Liverpool limped to victories against Palace and Southampton respectively, but despite this, the expensive midfield and attacking options of last season’s top four were where the majority of Buckets points were scored this week.

And where were United? Picking up from where they left off last year? Not even that. This time last year they faced Swansea in their opening game and beat them 4-1. Away. With that Moyes bloke in charge. So much for the revolution. So much for the new system which was dropped after 45 minutes.

And fantasy managers have been voting with their fingers and mouses and clicking and shit. Most transferred players out of fantasy teams as I write – top of the list (not including the crocked Ross Barkley) is Juan Mata. Also in the top twenty – Ander Herrera and Ashley Young. I’m prepared to give it another game or two. To think that United will continue on a losing streak against all three of the promoted teams (three of their next four games) does seem a little hard to believe. The were a number of good combos of those big name midfielders and attackers. As many as possible of Sterling, Fabregas, Ramsey, Silva, Aguero, Costa, Sturridge and Dzeko would have probably contributed between 20 and 30 points to your total. Rooney, the most popular pre-gameweek pick was the only United saving grace. As the most popular captain choice (we really were seduced weren’t we?) he guaranteed a fair amount of managers a double point score at least.

Top of the Buckets after week one are last years champs (in a different team name guise), RayCrawfordsCrackers, who finished with 62 points. Keeping the same name, and in second place, are last years runners up, Panza Grande, with 61. Panza were catapulted from mid table to second thanks to James Chester’s promotion from subs bench to starting line up following Ben Davies’ no show. Chester scored, kept a clean sheet and got top bonus marks in Hull’s victory over QPR. And became our first player of the week.

 

Player of the week – James Chester – 15 points. The only back three that worked.

Bargain of the week – Saido Berahino – 13 points. The Premier League’s leading goalscorer.

Donkey of the week – Kyle Naughton – -2 points. Took him 26 minutes to forget he’s not a keeper.

Goal of the week – Lee Cattermole – Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion. Place your bets. Will he end up with more red cards or goals come the end of the season? So rare are Cattermole goals, there’s no video for it anywhere on the world wide web.

 

Gameweek 38 results

1 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 41 2,356
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 47 2,327
3 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 63 2,323
4 The Magico Rob Buttaci 63 2,277
5 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 55 2,263
6 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 82 2,256
7 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 52 2,205
8 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 49 2,202
9 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 57 2,193
10 Ciderheads Darren Pope 49 2,177
11 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 49 2,160
12 Have a little dink Ian Williams 49 2,149
13 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 49 2,136
14 Kedah FA David Spinks 47 2,110
15 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 39 2,094
16 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 65 2,081
17 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 59 2,061
18 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 48 2,053
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 50 2,045
20 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 64 2,040
21 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 40 2,017
22 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 40 2,007
23 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 43 1,998
24 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 55 1,988
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 65 1,922
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 25 1,774

 

It’s all over for another season.

Our champs are Romeo’s Honda-Van. Romeo’s took the lead in week 23 and haven’t relinquished it since. They won seven manager of the week awards – a record for a season – and the January Manager of the Month. They finished with a bit of whimper. They were in the running for the May manager award, but only 41 points amassed in the last week didn’t mount any kind of challenge. Romeo’s finished on 2356 points – which is the highest ever final winning score.

Panza Grande XI finish second. It’s their third consecutive top five finish having finished fifth and fourth in the last two years. They closed the gap to Romeo’s ever so slightly in the last week, but not enough to catch the champions.

It was Panza themselves who were nearly caught. Neil Madrid left their challenge for the title a little too late, but were still able to finish third, just four points off second, and in doing so won the February, April and May manager of the month awards. The first team to win three manager of the months in one season. I am the greatest. Here’s the May table…

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 63 183
2 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 55 159
3 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 64 153
4 The Magico Rob Buttaci 63 152
5 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 55 152

 

The battle for fourth was between The Magico and Shakin’ Stephens. The Magico’s 63 point total this week kept them ahead of last years champions who will have to make do with a £10 prize for the season’s highest weekly total. The 165 points amassed in gameweek 31 will take some beating. That was the biggest bumper double gameweek in living memory. The highest score across the whole game for gameweek 31 was 205 points. Ordinarily, that’s a decent monthly score.

Unlucky Sporting posted the highest weekly score with an impressive 82 points. A little more attention paid in gameweek 37 may have seen them get the monthly award and a top four place.

Full list of winners on the Roll of Honour page and prize money breakdown appears on the prize money page. I’ll be in touch if you’re a winner. If you’re not –  better luck next year. Some stupid stats will follow in the next post.

The gameweek finished fairly predictably as far as the Premier League was concerned. The top six all won. The next two drew with each other and most of the rest lost. Swansea and Stoke moved up a place and were the only two teams to improve their league position. City and Arsenal reliably strode to expected 2-0 victories with regular scorers Yaya, Nasri, Ramsey and Giroud adding to their totals. Liverpool and Chelsea didn’t keep their side of the bargain, conceding sloppy goals, then limping to victory. Gerrard and Sturridge would have added to many managers scores. Carl Jenkinson was one of many second stringers to get a run out and ended up with the highest score of the week. Dwight Gayle was another, and followed his two goals against Liverpool last week with another two against Fulham in this.

It was City and Liverpool’s fantasy year. Their free scoring antics were the main contributors to the big points totals. They managed 14 player of the week awards between them. Luis Suarez won it five times between weeks 9 and 17. During this spell it was almost too easy to pick your captain. There were other bandwagons of form stopping and starting through the season for people to jump on. Arsenal spent more time at the top of the league than any other team. During the first half Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey were regularly among the points. The wheels coming off Arsenal’s challenge coincided with Ramsey’s injury. Injuries to Wilshere, Walcott and Ozil followed. And the baton passed to Liverpool who started on their 16 match unbeaten run, book-ended by two defeats to Chelsea. City steadily picked up points throughout the season with Yaya Toure the most consistent and reliable captain choice. Injuries to Sergio Aguero may have prevented City wrapping the title up much earlier than they did. Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo stepped up to the plate to fill in during Aguero’s injury spells. No defence excelled particularly. Laurent Koscielny kept 17 clean sheets, and stayed reasonably priced all the way through the game. Probably because of Arsenals propensity for losing it in the big matches and conceding fives and sixes. Chelsea, perhaps, went on the best run, keeping 12 in 18 from December through to April, but their bus parking wasn’t matched by their goalscoring. Demba, Eto’o and Torres managed 19 between them. As is usually the case with the keepers, it was those in the lower price bracket that gave the most points satisfaction. The likes of Julian Speroni and Vito Mannone had trillions of shots to save and as they plotted their great escapes, started chipping in with the odd clean sheet too. Honourable mentions to Everton’s Seamus Coleman, the game’s best defender and the eighth best player overall. His six goals helped his value increase by £1.8 million over the season. Suarez’s value increased the most. Aaron Ramsey’s value increase could have topped £3 million had he stayed fit. Southampton offered up the best batch of bargain players. Jose Fonte ended the season on £5.4 million from £4.5 million. Adam Lallana topped £8.3 million and makes our team of the year, only being beaten by Eden Hazard, Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure in the midfielder charts. And Ricky Lambert and Jay Rodriguez both finished in the top ten strikers. Assorted donkeys of the year are Younes Kaboul with his two sendings off and one own goal in the space of a month, Martin Skrtel with his three own goals (two in a week in December), Steven Taylor who sat on -4 points until January and Erik Lamela, who ended up having to pay you to be in your team.

Player of the week – Carl Jenkinson – 15 points. Limited appearances but managed seven bonus marks across the season.

Bargain of the week – Dwight Gayle – 13 points. One to watch next year?

Donkey of the week – Paul Dummett – -2 points. On for five minutes before tripping over Suarez’s teeth

Goal of the week – Aaron Ramsey. What might have been…

Gameweek 37 results

1 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 105 2,315
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 93 2,280
3 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 120 2,260
4 The Magico Rob Buttaci 89 2,214
5 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 108 2,212
6 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 49 2,174
7 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 76 2,157
8 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 95 2,153
9 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 84 2,136
10 Ciderheads Darren Pope 60 2,128
11 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 48 2,111
12 Have a little dink Ian Williams 98 2,100
13 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 99 2,091
14 Kedah FA David Spinks 86 2,063
15 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 81 2,055
16 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 67 2,016
17 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 91 2,009
18 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 76 2,002
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 81 1,995
20 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 95 1,977
21 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 89 1,976
22 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 68 1,967
23 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 87 1,955
24 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 101 1,937
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 74 1,857
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 54 1,749

 

The double gameweek didn’t disappoint in dishing out some big scoring players and teams. Those loading their teams with City and Sunderland players were the ones that hit the jackpot. City scored seven goals and in doing so are strong favourites to bag the title. Sunderland kept two clean sheets, including a shut out against United, and guaranteed their Premiership status miraculously with a game to spare.

Four teams posted 100+ scores this week. Neil Madrid win the manager of the week award with 120 points, and are in pole position to win the May manager of the month award. It could be their third manager of the month prize – all of them coming in the final four months of the season. The other three 100+ scorers were Release the Hounds, Shakin’ Stephens and Romeo’s. There are plenty of teams in the high 90’s also in the running for the final monthly prize….

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 120 120
2 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 108 108
3 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 105 105
4 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 101 101
5 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 99 99
6 Have a little dink Ian Williams 98 98
7 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 95 95
8 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 95 95
9 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 93 93
10 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 91 91

Anything could happen in the last week. We’ve already seen some unexpected team tinkering in the pen-ultimate week, so all is not lost for those teams just outside this group of ten.

It was the unexpected team tinkering at United that cost many managers this week. An injury/illness combination ruled Wayne Rooney out of both games. Juan Mata was a popular pick but only managed 65 unproductive minutes against Sunderland and played no part in the Hull fixture. David De Gea, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick were the only three players to start both games and none of them offered up any points totals of note. Only one United player managed double figures and that was James Wilson (?). Next best was Marouane Fellaini. United were, unfortunately for most, worth avoiding. As they have been all season. So at least they’re consistent.

It was the blue half of Manchester and Gus Poyet’s miaracle that provided the best returns, although the injury to Sergio Aguero in the Everton game did dent some Buckets teams prospects. Panza were probably the biggest losers as a result of the Argentinian striker’s dodgy groins. Panza were within touching distance of Romeo’s at the top of the table, and Romeo’s bold move to make four transfers could have backfired until Yaya Toure’s performance in the 4-0 drubbing of Aston Villa last night. Panza opted for Aguero as captain – Romeo’s went for Yaya. The difference in captain points has 99% guaranteed Romeo’s the title. To add insult to injury Panza now have Neil Madrid breathing down their neck, 20 points behind, and with every chance of challenging for second.

71 of Neil Madrid’s 120 points came courtesy of City players. Edin Dzeko high scored for the week scoring four goals and picking up six bonus marks. Samir Nasri managed 12 points. Both were in the Madrid team. Alexander Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta also posted double figure scores. There were, however, more double figures scorers in the Sunderland team. The goalkeeper and all four defenders scored between 12 and 17 points. Seb Larsson also hit 17 with Jack Colback on 12 and Fabio Borini on 10. At 4.3 million, Wes Brown scoops the bargain of the week award with his 17 point contribution. Only Andreas Weimann and Kieran Westwood for Villa offered anything else from the double gamweekers. The returns from Hull and West Brom were pathetic.

It seems that Sporting may have dropped out of contention for prize money. The second lowest score of the week of 49 points came from an under-investment in double gamweekers and the unfortunate captain choice of Juan Mata. They have fallen 38 points off fifth place. It looks like it’s between Shakin’ Stephens and The Magico for the 4th place prize with two points separating the teams. Magico are 36 points behind Madrid and will be hard pressed to plug that gap.

 

Player of the week – Edin Dzeko – 25 points. The form striker for City at the right time

Bargain of the week – Wes Brown – 17 points. Two minus scores this season, but ends it on a high

Donkey of the week – Younes Kaboul – -3 points. Without doubt donkey of the year. His third weekly award

Goal of the week – Ross Barkley. Another contender for GOTS.