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 37+results

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 2285
2
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
63 2217
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
76 2207
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
59 2204
5
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
63 2204
6
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
60 2193
7
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
63 2163
8
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
78 2162
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
70 2157
10
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
76 2153

As we go into the last week, 24 points separate the chasing five. Locky’s, in sixth, have their free hit remaining – the only one of the five with a remaining chip. It could be enough to see them leapfrog into second. Look out for Kebab Eaters, back in ninth, who are the only other top ten team with a chip left. They too have a free hit and could make a late charge, although they’d have to get everything right and hope for a major mess-up in those teams above them.

But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 almost got everything right this week. Their 94 points, which was the gameweek’s best, saw returns for all but two of their starting eleven, including 34 points from captain, Raheem Sterling. I doubt it’ll be enough to put them in contention for the final monthly prize. The July table currently looks like this…

1
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
63 367
2
Buffoon United
Jitesh Lakhani
72 365
3
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
63 351
4
Pukki Blinders
David Spinks
80 343
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 340
6
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
70 337
7
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
66 334
8
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
76 334
9
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
76 332

Our first Last Man Standing final will be between Sterling Silva, Locky Bauer Bowyer and Kebab Eaters Utd. Naston Villa and Relegation Material fell at the last this gameweek with 59 and 58 points respectively. It was very close, with Locky’s only suviving by a point. Sterling Silva go into the final week with the highest average score through July with between five to seven points more per week than their rivals. But Locky’s and Kebab Eaters have those free hits. It’s anyone’s.

 

Manager of the week – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 94 points

Player of the week – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 17 points

Bargain of the week – Erik Pieters – Burnley – 12 points

Twat of the week – Emiliano Buendia – Norwich City – -2 points

Goal of the week – Naby Keita.

Gameweek 35+ results

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
61 2178
2
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
65 2090
3
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
55 2087
4
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
46 2079
5
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
57 2075
6
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
45 2071
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
51 2060
8
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
76 2045
9
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
71 2039
10
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
50 2020

 

We had two managers with Michail Antonio. Unsurprisingly, they notched the two highest scores of the week. Neither captained him, or had Raheem Sterling in their ranks. He was the player that arguably made the most difference this gameweek. His hat trick earned him 21 points, five shy of Antonio’s total, yet it was his higher ownership that determined whether you went up or down the table. Only 3.5% of teams worldwide had the West Ham forward in their teams compared to nearly 20% picking Sterling. The inclusion of Antonio saw Mister D and Buffoon United surpass the 80 point mark. Mister D won the week with a total of 89, aided and abetted by captaining Anthony Martial and having Gabriel Jesus up front. Other than those four players and Son Heung-Min, the other highest scoring players in a week full of high scoring players were misfits like Oli McBurnie, Dominic Solanke, David McGoldrick, Ryan Fredericks and Junior Stanislas, all of whom are owned by less that 1% of all players. Nobody at all owns Stansilas. NOBODY!

With almost a century on their closest rival FC Caligula look good for the title, although we may have a few more teams in the tussle for sixth. Both Sterling Silva and Neil Madrid were among those making moves this gameweek, gaining double figure swings on most of those teams directly above them. Both of those teams have also survived the next cull in Last Man Standing. Our latest two victims are Stranger Mings and Rip Roaring Reds. Both suffered at the hands of poor weeks for Chelsea, Leicester and Liverpool and the fact that, despite another 5-0 win, Kevin De Bruyne had absolutely nothing to do with any of the Manchester City goals. If only they’d taken a punt on Stanislas.

Manager of the week – Mister D – Mr D Boy – 89 points

Player of the week – Michail Antonio – West Ham United – 26 points

Bargain of the week – Trezeguet – Aston Villa – 16 points

Twat of the week – Caglar Soyuncu – Leicester City – -3 points

Goal of the week – Alexandre Lacazette. 4m09s

Gameweek 16 results

How much longer before we’re completely rid of our Manchester City players? Raheem Sterling has exited close to a million teams in the last month and with that seen an almost half million pounds price drop. There comes a time when patience just becomes sheer stubbornness and stupidity. Let it go, let it go. And as for Kevin De Bruyne, the one asset we all thought we’d stick by… Just because he was dirt cheap in the first place, shouldn’t mean he’s not replacable when the points dry up. He doesn’t look quite so cheap now when you compare his current form to that of Son and Alli, or even Jonjo bloody Shelvey. It is Arsenal this weekend though?!

It was a good week for Locky’s at the top, re-establishing a lead with the highest score in the top ten. It looks like the Spurs bandwagon has been well and truly jumped upon by a number of teams, most notably our leaders and Atletico Chappers, who leap up into third – possibly their highest placing ever. Chappers opted away from Vardy as captain and chose Harry Kane, who posted only his second double digit score of the season – the first being in GW1. Smooth.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
79 1007
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
67 963
3
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
72 945
4
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
46 944
5
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
68 938
6
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
52 935
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
54 927
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
75 922
9
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
66 920
10
Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
66 910

Our monster score of the week, however, came from Kebab Eaters, who despite being down in 33rd place are on a bit of a roll. They’ve climbed 3.5 million places in the last seven weeks, managing consecutive green arrows. This 94 point haul was in among the top 20k worldwide and was miraculously made up of a five man defence in a week in which only four teams kept clean sheets. Standard captain plus a nice smattering of Spurs players, which I imagine may increase over the coming weeks, also saw them race into early contention for the December monthly prize.

Manager of the week – Kebab Eaters United – Paul Howard – 94 points

Player of the week – Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – 16 points

Bargain of the week – George Baldock – Sheffield United – 14 points

Twat of the week – Matt Targett – Aston Villa – -1 points

Goal of the week – Heung-Min Son. 

Gameweek 11 results

We have a leader. A proper leader. There’ll be no more weekly chopping and changing at the top for a while given Locky Bauer Bowyer’s current rate of scoring. This week they surpassed the 100 point barrier – the first team to do that so far this season. Their total of 103 becomes the highest weekly score, eclipsing Cook Pass Babtridge’s week one total of 99. It was inside the top 6,000 in the world – one of the top 0.1% in the entire game. And as a result, they now sit in the top 2,000 overall.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
103 692
2
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
78 664
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
79 645
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
81 644
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
74 642
6
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
56 634
7
Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
73 633
8
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
68 632
9
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
70 629
10
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
56 613

No-one really got close to them but that’s not to say everyone had a bad week. Most of us have John Lundstram after all. The next nearest score was 83, one of a hefty group of managers posting 70+ totals, most of whom, if not all, would have received green arrows.

Every one of Locky’s starting XI contributed, apart from KDB, who was the game’s second top scorer at the start of the weekend. Manchester City were arguably the main reason the rest of us didn’t challenge that high score. The Sterling or De Bruyne captain choice looked too good to ignore against Southampton. We should maybe have expected Saints to park the bus. When the defence was finally breached it was by Aguero, who has been exiting a lot of teams recently (although not Locky Bauer Bowyer’s), and Kyle Walker. A Sterling and KDB double up would have gained you no more that 5 points.

Manager of the week – Paul Hawkins – Locky Bauer Bowyer – 103 points

Player of the week – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 21 points

Bargain of the week – Lys Mousset – Sheffield United – 13 points

Twat of the week – James Tarkowsi – Burnley – 0 points

Goal of the week – Jamie Vardy. 2m14s