Gameweek 2 results

NORWICH ARE BACK have changed their name…to Pukki Blinders. Do they have Teemu Pukki? Er, no. Well, they probably do now, like the rest of us. A sharp price rise up to £6.7 million could hike up even further by the start of GW3. His ownership appears to have trebled from GW1 to now. The market seems pretty volatile at the moment and I reckon there are going to be a lot more wildcards played this week than were maybe first planned as a result of not being able to afford certain players. Pukki’s the first and only to see a £0.2 million rise so far. That going to cause some managers to have to look at taking a cheaper option somewhere else in their team. And that cheaper option might not be John Lundstram anymore. Is the Sheffield United man this season’s Wan Bissaka? A regular £4.0 starter? Not only that, but listed as a defender and playing out of position as a midfielder. Watch his price rises closely. He could be another very quickly adding £0.2 million to his value.

There aren’t many Pukki owners among us at all. Plenty of Lundstram lovers…with him warming their bench. Our highest scoring manager, Rock Ya-Sin, who moves up to 32nd place with a 65 point haul, collected their big points from a shrewd captain pick, guessing Sadio Mane would pick up where he left off at the end of last season. Is Mane the Liverpool attacker to have? Ahead of Salah?

1
Cook Pass Babtridge
Marcus Baker
51 150
2
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
57 140
3
Show Me Da Mane
Jason Earwicker
62 138
4
The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
60 137
5
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
59 137
5
FTM
Stu Smith
46 137
7
Greeenteeaaam
adam greenwood
52 136
8
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
47 135
9
The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
57 133
10
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 132

Our leading pack all posted good 10-15 points above average scores with Cook Pass Babtridge holding onto their lead. Perfidious and The Islanders have moved into the top 10 and a special mention to The Mindless Morons – totally Sunderland-esque in their love of the arse-end of the table, but now perched with a nosebleed in fourth.

Player of the week – Teemu Pukki – Norwich City – 17 points

Bargain of the week – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 14 points

Twat of the week – Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 0 points

Goal of the week – Douglas Luiz. 

Close run thing this week. Pukki’s volley misses out because the keeper got a paw to it. Harsh, I know, but it’s my blog. Also, an honorable mention for Ruben Neves’s curler for Wolves against Man Utd.

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Gameweek 29 results

1  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
49 1797
2  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
45 1795
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
44 1782
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
58 1753
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
44 1725
6  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
52 1687
7  same FTM
Stu Smith
40 1681
8  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
32 1679
9  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
63 1659
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
42 1642
11  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
52 1640
12  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
51 1630
13  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
34 1622
14  down King raggg
Steven Darling
35 1621
15  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
57 1609
16  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
61 1602
17  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
42 1593
18  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
31 1591
19  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
36 1585
20  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
29 1582
21  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
43 1566
22  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
40 1564
23  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
50 1560
24  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
22 1560
25  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
57 1553
26  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
48 1551
27  same Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
45 1534
28  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
57 1532
29  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
61 1521
30  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
51 1519
31  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
45 1511
32  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
35 1505
33  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
47 1503
34  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
30 1499
35  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
27 1497
36  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
31 1493
37  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
39 1493
38  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
32 1488
39  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
59 1482
40  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
32 1477
41  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
48 1477
42  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
30 1470
43  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
70 1464
44  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
60 1457
45  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
47 1452
46  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
27 1446
47  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
22 1405
48  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
51 1378
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 1338
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
53 1294

Buckets Cup semi finals

The 2019 Buckets Cup final will be contested by The Craggy Islanders and Neil Madrid. Both are previous league winners and losing cup finalists, so whoever wins will become just the third team to have won both a Buckets Cup and a Buckets League title. We could even see another double with the Islanders taking their place at the top of the league this week and Neil Madrid closing the gap in fourth place.

Manager of the week – Drop It Like It’s Hart – Jason Earwicker – 70 points

Another relatively low scoring week on the whole. Two missed penalties by PEA and Paul Pogba may have affected some final totals. Bad if you had both. Double bad if you stuck the armband on one of them. Pogba particularly was a popular choice for captain. I don’t think any of us were unlucky enough to chance the triple captain. Drop It’s 70 points contained a 25 point West Ham contribution. Is that part of a strategy working towards the blank in which the Hammers are one of the ten teams with a game?

Player of the week – Declan Rice West Ham United – 15 points

There aren’t many players who have ended the gameweek as the highest scorer on two occasions. Who’d have thought a West Ham defender would achieve that feat, particularly given their shoddy clean sheet record. Rice’s goal, clean sheet and top bonus against Newcastle matches his performance against Arsenal back in GW22. It’s worth noting in the six intervening games he’s only picked up an additional 10 points.

Bargain of the week – Andreas Periera – Manchester United – 12 points

The second best goal in a game full of cracking goals and an assist to one of Romelu Lukaku’s double and, given the lengthy Old Trafford injury list, we have a £4.5 million Manchester United player in with a shout of nailing down a place for the forthcoming double gameweeks.

Twat of the week – Lucas Torriera – Arsenal – -2 points

Not many North London derbies go by without a red card. This time Arsenal’s tenacious Uruguayan midfielder got the early bath – if you can call the 95th minute early. I’m sure most managers will be cursing those penalty misses more.

Goal of the week – Yann Valery

Gameweek 20 results and December manager of the month

1  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
72 1235
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
55 1233
3  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
43 1228
4  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
55 1226
5  same Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
59 1190
6  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
46 1173
7  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
74 1169
8  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
39 1164
9  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 1164
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
45 1163
11  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
44 1163
12  down FTM
Stu Smith
56 1157
13  down King raggg
Steven Darling
41 1137
14  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
43 1134
15  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
61 1133
16  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 1124
17  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
50 1107
18  same Cookie fc
Peter Cook
44 1100
19  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
54 1092
20  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
81 1090
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
74 1086
22  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
36 1082
23  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
74 1081
24  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
46 1080
25  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
54 1079
26  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1071
27  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
55 1070
28  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
53 1063
29  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
54 1056
30  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
38 1055
31  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
50 1049
32  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
34 1047
33  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
28 1043
34  same Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
40 1039
35  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
31 1037
36  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
43 1030
37  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
45 1022
38  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
58 1019
39  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
43 1013
40  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
46 1002
40  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
35 1002
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
55 1001
43  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
32 996
44  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
71 996
45  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
64 976
46  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
38 966
47  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
50 947
48  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
51 946
49  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
42 931
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
38 914
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
58 858

 

Manager of the week AND December manager of the month – Rip Roaring Reds – Sean Whyton – 375 points

Last update I posted a league table of the runners and riders for the December manager of the month prize. It was the top 12 from Frostee Rucker who were out in the lead on 335 points down to Fake Madrid on 300 points. The Reds weren’t in that twelve. They were probably about 15th or 16th. They’re in at number one in the week that matters. With a bullet. Taking the manager of the week accolade to seal the monthly prize makes it even more impressive. And it’s boosted them 10 places in the overall rankings from 30th to 20th. It’s rare to jump that many places at this point in the season. You need a very, very good week to achieve that. Ousting one misfiring City asset in Leroy Sane and replacing him with Paul Pogba and then captaining him was the catalyst. A brave move that paid off handsomely.

Player of the week – Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 18 points

City players out. United players in. Not least the one player in red whose caused the most controversy, been the biggest talking point, been the most divisive, been the most disappointing. Not any more. Under Solksjaer, Pogba has hit three double figure scores in succession. That’s Salah-esque. For 5 million less. Can you afford to be without him? And his mates. It reminds me of Leicester’s championship winning season when everyone could afford to have Vardy and Mahrez because they were so damn cheap. You can have a triple pick of Pogba, Lingard, Martial and Rashford for the same price as Sterling and Aguero.

Bargain of the week – Neil Etheridge – Cardiff City – 15 points

Joining Callum Wilson as the only player to gain two weekly high scores, Neil Etheridge has risen to the second highest scoring keeper, keeping five clean sheets, saving three penalties, including one in this game, and making a shitload of saves – more than any other stopper. He’s way ahead of any other keeper in his price bracket, but still, more of us feel safer with the greasy gloves of Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski.

Twat of the week – Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal – -1 points

What happened to the North London derby Arsenal? Only PEA seems capable of keeping up his pace of scoring. I’m not sure there’s ever been a more untrusted Arsenal defensive collective in fantasy league history. There is no Arsenal player on the first page of defenders.

Goal of the week – Victor Camarasa. 

 

Gameweek 19 results

1  up Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
66 1185
2  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
81 1178
3  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
72 1171
4  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 1171
5  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
75 1131
6  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
60 1127
7  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
78 1125
8  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
56 1119
9  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 1118
10  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
72 1114
11  same FTM
Stu Smith
73 1105
12  same King raggg
Steven Darling
67 1096
13  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
70 1095
14  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
64 1091
15  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
95 1076
16  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
76 1069
17  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
49 1057
18  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
66 1056
19  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
67 1046
20  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
71 1038
21  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
56 1034
22  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
66 1025
23  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
62 1021
24  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
70 1017
25  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
79 1015
25  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
81 1015
27  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
46 1013
28  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
59 1012
29  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
82 1010
30  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
81 1009
31  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
73 1007
32  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
61 1006
33  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
66 1002
34  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
54 999
35  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
59 999
36  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
68 987
37  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
63 977
38  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
64 970
39  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
40 969
40  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
44 967
41  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
63 964
42  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
52 956
43  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
60 946
44  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
47 932
45  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
53 929
46  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
77 912
47  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
79 897
48  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
62 895
49  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
60 889
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
57 876
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
54 808

 

Manager of the week – INIT FC – Mustafa Khan – 95 points

December’s not an easy month to negotiate but it helps when you’ve got goals galore. There were 34 last week and there were 32 in this. There were plenty of braces – Init had Felipe Anderson and Eden Hazard – and only four teams kept clean sheets. Among them Liverpool and Palace, who contributed a healthy 19 points. TAA and AWB got a bonus point for every surname – TAA added an assist. The December monthly total is always the biggest of the season and here’s how the current table looks…

1  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
78 335
2  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
60 325
3  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
79 316
4  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
66 316
4  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
71 316
6  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
72 309
7  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
82 307
8  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
64 306
9  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
56 304
10  same King raggg
Steven Darling
67 302
11  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
75 301
12  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
81 300

 

Player of the week – Kyle Walker-Peters – Tottenham Hotspur – 18 points

Tottenham also picked up a clean sheet and another double barreled wing back stole the show with three assists, more than most regular wingers manage in a season. He added a bonus mark for each surname and his christian name.

Bargain of the week – Marc Albrighton – Leicester City – 10 points

Leicester slightly sent the fanatsy world into disarray with their victory over Chelsea last gameweek. Beating City has completely thrown a spanner in the works. And to think they were allegedly considering giving their manager the boot. Albrighton hardly sets the FPL world alight, even when his team wins the league, but his headed goal and top bonus marks will have a lot of City-centric managers scratching their heads for a few days.

Twat of the week – Fabian Delph – Manchester City – -2 points

..and to compound their misery.

Goal of the week – Paul Pogba. At 6m21s

Gameweek 2 results

1  up Hornets
Andrew Wade
80 142
2  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
47 132
3  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
55 130
4  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
52 129
5  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
50 129
6  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
48 126
7  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
63 126
8  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
36 124
9  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
63 123
9  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
54 123
11  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
50 122
12  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
38 122
13  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
60 121
14  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 119
15  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
51 118
16  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
26 112
17  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
42 110
17  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
40 110
19  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
28 108
20  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
31 108
21  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
46 107
22  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
35 107
22  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
52 107
24  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 106
25  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
43 103
26  up Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
47 102
27  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
35 100
28  down mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
40 100
29  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
40 99
30  up FTM
Stu Smith
47 97
31  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
45 96
32  down disco dancer
darren frankland
36 94
32  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
29 94
34  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
47 94
35  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
42 93
36  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
32 93
37  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
43 92
38  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
47 91
39  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
36 88
40  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
38 88
41  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
39 84
42  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
40 83
43  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
29 79
44  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
40 78
45  down blakes11
Steven Darling
36 77
46  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
44 75
47  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
36 73
48  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
27 68
49  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
21 67
50  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
19 47

 

Manager of the week – Hornets – 80 points

Straight to the top of the league and in pole position for the first manager of the month prize go league newcomers, Hornets. Player of the week, Marcos Alonso, top scored, with added double figure totals courtesy of our goal of the week scorer, Aaron Mooy, and Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. Pogba, along with Henrik Mkhitaryan, are top of the midfielder points, and at long last making those transfer fees seem worthwhile. Lukaku, meanwhile, isn’t wasting any time. He’s the most selected and was the most captained this gameweek.

Player of the week – Marcos Alonso – 16 points

Hopefully there weren’t too many kneejerk reactions to Cheslea’s poor showing against Burnley last week. Alonso has very quickly reminded us why he’s the most expensive defender, by basically playing as an attacker, and curling in a trademark beauty of a free kick. Harry Kane got booked again. How many kneejerk reactions will there be to his crap start? Surely next week against Burnley is where he finally makes his mark on the season?

Bargain of the week – Harry Maguire – 15 points

Leicester look far more capable of scoring and keeping clean sheets already than at any point last season. Scoring and keeping a clean sheet is exactly what Maguire did. He seems to have cemented his starting berth although three tough fixtures in the next four await.

Twat of the week – Kyle Walker – -2 points

And if you did kneejerk away from the Chelsea defence, lets hope you didn’t plump for Kyle Walker.

Goal of the week – Aaron Mooy 

No vid. disgraceful