Final league table

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
64 2448
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
63 2406
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
55 2381
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
62 2344
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
63 2323
6  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
58 2314
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
71 2269
8  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
69 2259
9  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
70 2219
10  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
40 2218
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
59 2216
12  same FTM
Stu Smith
67 2190
13  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
56 2171
14  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
78 2163
15  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
51 2150
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
49 2144
17  up King raggg
Steven Darling
68 2144
18  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
53 2137
19  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
59 2122
20  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
51 2113
21  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
49 2104
22  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
45 2091
23  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
36 2086
24  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
68 2080
25  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
73 2068
26  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
72 2067
27  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
80 2063
28  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
39 2060
29  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
44 2047
30  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
48 2042
31  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
63 2037
32  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
39 2031
33  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
77 2025
34  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
68 2013
35  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
65 1999
36  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
67 1999
37  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
93 1998
38  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
31 1995
39  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
88 1995
40  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
76 1978
41  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
53 1964
42  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
61 1962
43  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
68 1961
44  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
60 1934
45  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
52 1924
46  same Morningblues
Jeff Morning
58 1901
47  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
55 1876
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
66 1871
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
56 1796
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
60 1714

 

Winners – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2448 points

You have to go all the way back to GW12 to find a league table without one of our league prize winners sat in the top four positions. Once The Islanders climbed up into fourth in GW13, that was it. So ensued a four way battle for supremacy with The Islanders, Da Pitch, Albion and Madrid all spending some time at the top. Strangely our winners didn’t win a manager of the month (but did win the cup), whereas our three runners up all picked up a monthly prize. Albion spent every one of the 38 weeks occupying a top four place. Da Pitch spent all but two weeks and Madrid all but five in the prize positions.
The four way battle became a three way slog after a poor GW31 for Madrid – a time at which Albion surged back to the top. Following that however, both Albion and Da Pitch couldn’t match the power scoring of The Islanders, particularly in blank GW33 and double GW35. Albion’s rank fell over the final weeks but still remained around the 10k mark – a very good season. Da Pitch kept plugging away but couldn’t quite make up the ground and ended at around the 5k mark. A top 1k finish just eluded the Islanders. Once in the top 5k after GW30 they didn’t falter, rising into the top 2k in GW35 and staying there. Its the highest ranking finish by a Buckets winner, our highest scoring season by a Buckets winner and probably our most keenly contested title race. Not unlike the real deal. Manchester City and Liverpool’s relentless scoring no doubt helped increase the scores. Most of us were at least doubling up on both teams at all times through the season. The fantasy team of the season reflects that.
Special mentions to Rip Roaring Reds who won the December prize and chipped in with the best weekly score. Worth mentioning they pipped the Islanders to what would have been a treble of sorts. They both achieved 125 points in different gameweeks, but the Reds’ bagged more goals and so clinch the prize.
Team of the season 
GK – Allison – Liverpool – 176 points (£5.5 – £5.9 million)
DR – Trent Alexander Arnold – Liverpool – 185 points (£5.0 – £5.8 million
DL – Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – 213 points (£6.0 – £6.8 million)
DC – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 208 points (£6.0 – £6.8 million)
DC – Aymeric Laporte – Manchester City – 177 points (£5.5 – £6.3 million)
DMC – Luca Milivojevic – Crystal Palace – 166 points (£6.5 – £6.5 million)
MR – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 259 points (£13.0 – £13.2 million)
ML – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 237 points (£11.0 – £11.7 million)
MC – Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 238 points (£11.0 – £11.0 million)
MC – Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 231 points (£9.5 – £10.3 million)
CF – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 205 points (£11 – £10.8 million)
A team dominated by Liverpool more than City due to less rotation at Anfield and the assisting power of their fullbacks. Aymeric Laporte was a regular in the City line up, as was Raheem Sterling. Sergio Aguero misses out due to Aubameyang’s last day brace. The Arsenal man saw his price fall over the season – an indication that maybe he was slightly over priced to begin with. The other two golden boot winners make up the midfield alongside Eden Hazard, who produced the most double figure scores. My OCD can’t handle there not being a defensive midfielder in the squad and Luca Milivojevic fills that berth, thanks to the 11 penalties he buried in the back of the net.
Bargain team of the season
GK – Neil Etheridge – Cardiff City – 154 points (£4.5 – £4.7 million)
DR – Matt Doherty – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 144 points (£4.5  – £5.3 million)
DL – Jonny Castro Otto – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 103 points (£4.5 – £4.3 million)
DC – Willy Boly – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 120 points – (£4.5 – £4.7 million)
DC – Michael Keane – Everton – 129 points (£5.0 – £4.8 million)
DMC – Abdoulaye Doucoure – Watford – 124 points (£6.0 – £5.8 million)
MR – Nathan Redmond – Southampton – 137 points (£5.5 – £5.5 million)
ML – Gerard Deulefeu – Watford – 133 points (£5.5 – £5.7 million)
MC – Andros Townsend – Crystal Palace – 135 points (£6.0 – £5.8 million)
FC – Raul Jiminez – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 181 points (£5.5 – £6.9 million)
FC – Callum Wilson – Bournemouth -168 points – (£6.0 – £6.9 million)
Wolves dominate the differential squad. As a newly promoted team finishing best of the rest it’s hardly surprising. Doherty and Jiminez were among those that had the highest overall price rise. Jiminez’s £1.4 milllion increase was on a par with that of Vardy and Mahrez’s from the Leicester season. Getting them in early was key to a high score. Once in, they stayed. Callum Wilson stayed relatively injury free to post his best season score. Neil Etheridge, despite his relegation with Cardiff, produced the second most saves, the most penalty saves and the best bonus return of any of the keepers.
An honourable mention to Aaron Wan Bissaka, who was outscored by Matt Doherty for the right back slot, but was perhaps the real dream bargain pick – starting at just £4 million and collecting more points than all but three of the entire Manchester United squad.
Goal of the Season
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YxmkGzGZSk
No contest.
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Gameweek 35 results

April 25, 2019

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
125 2245
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
84 2203
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
90 2194
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
113 2176
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
124 2138
6  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
106 2079
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
73 2064
8  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
65 2058
9  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
94 2038
10  up FTM
Stu Smith
80 2014
11  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
119 2013
12  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
62 2004
13  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
82 1998
14  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
102 1961
15  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
64 1960
16  down King raggg
Steven Darling
65 1952
17  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
72 1951
18  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
88 1950
19  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
95 1945
20  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
54 1933
21  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
94 1931
22  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
92 1926
23  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
62 1917
24  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
100 1913
25  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
81 1912
26  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
98 1880
27  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
63 1868
28  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
80 1865
29  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
92 1864
30  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
69 1864
31  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
76 1861
32  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
70 1859
33  same Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
80 1855
34  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
76 1814
35  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
71 1802
36  same The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
63 1800
37  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
56 1798
38  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
121 1798
39  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
58 1785
40  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
79 1777
41  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
60 1775
42  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
48 1770
43  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
45 1764
44  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
72 1759
45  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
75 1752
46  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
83 1733
47  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
60 1725
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
49 1690
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
71 1615
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
65 1540

 

Manager of the week – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 125 points

We may have our champions. An expertly played double gameweek has (probably) pinched the highest gameweek score and has created a gap at the top of the table with three gameweeks left to play. The Islanders scored one of only eight triple figure scores in the week in which they were more likely to happen. The bench boost was the chip of choice for the Islanders and they managed to pick two of the three players that amassed 17 points – Gerard Deulefeu and Jonny Castro Otto. Add to that a 16 point captain contribution from Raheem Sterling, a double clean sheet 15 pointer from Aymeric Laporte and a much welcomed improvement in Brighton’s form offering 12 points from Mat Ryan. The Islanders are left with their triple captain, as are their closest challengers, Da Pitch. Albion and Madrid are chipless and will more than likely battle it out for third and fourth.

Player of the week – Ayoze Perez – Newcastle United – 17 points

It’s not uncommon for a single gameweeker to triumph in a double gameweek – it happened last week of course. Thanks Brighton. It was maybe less likely to happen this week given the larger pool of double gameweek players to pick from and the teams that were playing – six of the top half. I mentioned a few weeks ago as Ayoze Perez posted a 16 point gameweek that at the same time last season he came into incredible goal scoring form to save Newcastle from a relegation scrap. And that the same thing could happen last season. It is.

Bargain of the week – Jonny Castro Otto – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 17 points

Manchester City were the only team to keep two clean sheets of the double gameweekers. Wolves kept one against Brighton and were unlucky not to add a second against Arsenal. Despite conceding one against the Gunners two of their three goals had wing back involvement. Matt Doherty scored his fourth league goal of the season, assisted by his mate on the opposite flank, Jonny, who added a second assist to help him to his second double figure total of the season.

Twat of the week – Nacho Monreal – Arsenal – 0 points

It was difficult to pick a twat this week. Monreal scored zero and was the costliest of those players so he takes the honour. Both Arsenal and Manchester United shipped six and did their Europa League hopes the world of good.

Goal of the week – Lucas Digne.

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
74 1871
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
74 1865
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
61 1843
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
53 1806
5  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
90 1777
6  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
32 1757
7  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 1736
8  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
73 1732
9  down FTM
Stu Smith
40 1721
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
65 1707
11  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
72 1681
12  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
37 1677
13  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
54 1676
14  same King raggg
Steven Darling
59 1676
15  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
42 1672
16  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
64 1666
17  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
77 1637
18  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
41 1632
19  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
37 1630
20  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
45 1630
21  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
60 1624
22  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
41 1623
23  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
62 1615
24  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
81 1613
25  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
61 1612
26  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
38 1604
27  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
27 1587
28  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
62 1581
29  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
42 1576
30  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
76 1575
31  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
53 1574
32  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
59 1566
33  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
50 1549
34  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
55 1548
35  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
53 1546
36  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
55 1543
37  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
49 1542
38  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
39 1540
39  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
64 1534
40  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
43 1525
41  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
53 1522
42  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
44 1521
43  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
61 1518
44  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
48 1512
45  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
46 1498
46  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
24 1470
47  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
88 1466
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
47 1452
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 1381
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
53 1347

 

Buckets Cup Final

The first silverware of the season has been won by The Craggy Islanders, who triumphed in the Buckets Cup by 74-53 over Neil Madrid. It’s the Islanders’ first cup success to add to their league title win of two seasons ago. Their weekly total enabled them to hold onto their lead at the top of the table and keeps them on course for the double. They built up a healthy lead on the Saturday with double figure returns from Ryan Fraser and Jamie Vardy and that lead was extended further with two more doubles from Sadio Mane and captain, Mo Salah. Neil Madrid, despite having Raheem Sterling in their ranks, couldn’t match that scoring. A Liverpool clean sheet and a contribution from Gonzalo Higuain was needed but wasn’t forthcoming. Congratulations to the Islanders

Manager of the week – Shoelace Untied – Caroline Strong – 90 points

Shoelace bag their second weekly high of the season and are firmly in contention for the top four, sitting just 29 points off Neil Madrid in the prize winning spots. Their 90 points came without a contribution from Raheem Sterling. but did include a canny captain punt on Jamie Vardy, as well as a fifth double figure haul from arguably the most reliable dead ball specialist in the league, Luca Milivojevic.

Player of the week – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 21 points

Raheem Sterling is the first player to post three weekly highs with his second hat trick of the season. He sits just five points behind Mo Salah now in the highest scoring player charts and whereas the Liverpool man may have been the favourite for most manager’s triple captain choice, his drastic drop in form and the recent swing in favour back towards City in the title race might force a change of tack.

Bargain of the week – Ayoze Perez – Newcastle United – 16 points

About this time last season Ayoze Perez went on a scoring run that helped lift Newcastle away from the relegation battle ahead of schedule – and saw them clamber up into 10th place. That might be about to happen again. Newcastle play next week’s blank and look likely to feature in one of the doubles – probably GW35.

Twat of the week – Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle United – -1 points

A good week for Perez and Newcastle was a bad week for Jamaal Lascelles. Hooked at half time with an injury and a booking and therefore playing no part in the comeback from 2-0 down to 3-2.

Goal oftnhe week – Anthony Knockaert. At 3m50s

Gameweek 26 results

February 12, 2019

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
94 1666
2  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
77 1634
3  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
66 1624
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
59 1601
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
68 1565
6  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
89 1565
7  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 1554
8  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
72 1550
9  same FTM
Stu Smith
68 1541
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
67 1525
11  up King raggg
Steven Darling
74 1518
12  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
65 1506
13  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
59 1506
14  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
71 1500
15  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
62 1490
16  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
64 1485
17  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
76 1462
18  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
51 1462
19  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
84 1460
20  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
82 1455
21  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
82 1454
22  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
58 1450
23  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
38 1435
24  same Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
71 1433
25  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
69 1430
26  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
70 1428
27  same Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
58 1402
28  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
49 1392
29  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
75 1382
30  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
52 1380
31  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
56 1377
32  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
53 1376
33  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
77 1374
34  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
67 1373
35  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
58 1367
35  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
45 1367
37  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
68 1365
38  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
85 1355
39  same Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
57 1353
40  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
77 1351
41  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
55 1351
42  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
75 1342
43  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
42 1337
44  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 1334
45  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
94 1328
46  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
30 1307
47  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
72 1293
48  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
56 1264
49  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
47 1242
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 1213
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
76 1157

 

Buckets Cup 1st round

There were some very closely fought games this week with ten of the sixteen being won by less than 10 points – five of those by just a 2 point margin. Ross’s Champions continue their progress by knocking out the reigning champs, Puddle Splash Van – we’re yet to have a manager retain the cup. Shoelace were knocked out in the tie of the round on 82 points – only five teams scored more points than that in the entire league this gameweek.

Top of the League – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 1666 points

The last two weeks have produced a bit of a change at the top. It’s still the same four teams, but the order has changed and the points spread has widened. And the teams in the chasing pack are also within shooting distance. Da Pitch have posted two 90+ scores to leap back into the top 5k in the world and build a lead of 32 points over The Craggy Islanders, who occupy their highest position of the season. Neil Madrid have dropped back after two shocking weeks of bad captain choices and a risky hokey-cokey transfer policy.

Manager of the week – Pique Blinders – Colin Goulding – 94 points (14 bps)

Pique’s match Da Pitch for points and goals this week but triumphed in the meaningless quest to be manager of the week by virtue of picking up more bonus points. It’s a score that puts them in contention for a charge at the manager of the month prize. Eight goals scored and four players collecting top bonus is a great return. Some teams will welcome the two week cup break. It might have come at the wrong time for Pique’s.

Player of the week – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 18 points

Pipping his hat trick scoring team mate by one point, despite scoring one less goal and one less bonus point. No less annoying for those that saw fit to dispense of City players with the prospect of what should have been a much tougher match against Chelsea and the fact they have a blank coming up next time out. City have refound their form (again) and Sterling becomes the first player to achieve a player of the week award twice this season. It’s the seventh player award for their team overall. Will they have another blip to throw the game into complete disarray again?

Bargain of the week – Chris Wood – Burnley – 13 points

Burnley look OK now. Wood and his team mate, Ashley Barnes, are in among the form strikers and look like a tempting pick for the forthcoming blank. They have five and four goals respectively in the last seven games. It’s a run that has seen them climb to relative safety in the league and they look set to continue the partnership for the foreseeable.

Twat of the week – Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – -1 points

Take your pick of the Chelsea defence. If Alonso is still stinking up your backline it’s surely now time to dispense. Worse still if you re-invested in Chelsea after they beat Huddersfield. Remember they were thumped for four by Bournemouth in the game before. The top four look so much more reliable for big priced players at the moment. Hazard could quite easily go on another six week holiday before his next big haul.

Goal of the week – Anthony Martial. At 1m31s

 

Gameweek 15 results

December 6, 2018

1  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
81 975
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
55 950
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
74 943
4  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
67 929
5  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
82 908
6  down Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
69 899
7  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
61 885
8  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
54 875
9  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
52 867
10  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
49 861
11  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
37 860
12  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
57 859
13  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
37 858
14  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
79 858
15  same King raggg
Steven Darling
64 858
16  same Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
54 844
17  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
54 836
18  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
62 835
19  down FTM
Stu Smith
28 835
19  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 835
21  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
42 827
22  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
64 817
23  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
60 814
24  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
35 811
25  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
17 807
26  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
68 801
27  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
48 800
28  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
21 782
29  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
59 781
30  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
44 776
31  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
43 772
32  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
45 769
33  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
39 769
34  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
57 768
35  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
36 766
36  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
61 764
37  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
63 762
38  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 762
39  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 752
40  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
58 746
41  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
65 745
42  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
52 741
43  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
25 740
44  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
66 730
45  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
49 715
46  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
50 698
47  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
35 685
48  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
42 680
49  up The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
70 660
50  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
43 660
51  down Ross’s champions
darren frankland
48 642

 

Manager of the week – Edgbaston – Micheal Dineen – 82 points

A crazy week of rotation as we start the slog through December. It gives you an indication of what it will be like once the festive fixtures kick in and highlights the need for a strong bench to cover those rests and knocks. Liverpool virtually fielded a second XI, electing to drop Salah and Firmino to the bench, while leaving Mane and Robertson at home. The most notable restee (?) was perhaps Raheem Sterling who wasn’t needed from the bench in City’s latest victory. Can we assume that those who didn’t play or had reduced minutes this midweek will be in the starting line up at the weekend? That’s the game. There were no clean sheets this week either, so any five man defences were in for a rough couple of nights.

The Kane to Aguero switch proved popular ahead of this gameweek, aided a little by the Aguero injury. I wonder how many would have taken the plunge if Aguero hadn’t been out. Spurs run of fixtures into the new year look like a potential goalfest for Kane and Aguero is much less rotation proof that the Spurs man with Gabriel Jesus waiting in the wings. Other than a potential rest around Tottenham’s important European game next week I think it’s safe to assume Kane will start every game through Christmas, probably earning his eventual break for the FA Cup 3rd Round against Shepshed Dynamo. Edgbaston made that move and captained Kane to good effect. Other goals from Wilson, Fraser, Pike, Mainwearing and Richarlison totted up an impressive 80+ total to move them from 6th all the way up to 5th.

Player of the week – Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City – 12 points

The City guessing game is never an easy one, but is made slightly less complicated by the long term absences of Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy. There seems to be some kind of rough three way rotation working around the central striker, whether that be Aguero or Jesus, and also around the central midfielder, who is the ever present Fernandinho. Dilva, Bilva and Gundogan rotate around the midfield positions, with Gundogan being perhaps the slightly less favoured, while Sterling, Mahrez and Sane do the same either side of the attacker.  Mahrez, like Gundogan, is getting slightly less minutes than the others, but it’s still enough to allow him to score his fourth double figure haul of the season. Will he play the next game? Who knows. It’s Chelsea, so Pep may choose his strongest XI, in which case Sane and Sterling may be the preferred two. Having said that, Sane has started and finished each of he last three games, so maybe Mahrez picks up another start and don’t bet against him adding to his double figure scores.

Bargain of the week – Lucas Perez – West Ham United – 12 points

Further proof the West Ham fixture swing is worth a look, although hats off to anyone who took a punt on Lucas Perez being the beneficiary. It took him 50 minutes to register his brace having come on for the injured Arnautovic. It looks likely the Austrian striker will be out until the New Year, so expect more minutes for Perez, although still perhaps playing second fiddle to Javier Hernandez.

Twat of the week – Marcos Rojo – Manchester United – -2 points

An unfortunate own goal put pay to any chance of Rojo keeping a minus score, despite what should probably be considered in terms of Man U at the moment, as a good performance against an in form Arsenal. United can’t seem to get a settled back line. Their combined ownership is probably at an all time FPL low.

Goal of the week – Florin Andone. 

No vid. He ran a long way with it.

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